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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
In 1998, around 20 Venezuelans were playing in the MLB. In 2014, they numbered almost 100.
In those 16 years, Santana and Félix Hernández won three Cy Young Awards between them; Cabrera won the Triple Crown and was twice named MVP; Ordóñez, Altuve, Cabrera and Carlos González won six batting titles; García, Santana, Hernández and Aníbal Sánchez had the lowest ERA during seven different seasons; and Francisco Rodríguez smashed Bobby Thigpen’s saves record.
Ordóñez, Altuve, Valbuena ...
Royals fans couldn’t get Omar Infante into this game.
The PCL All-Star Starters include two players from Oklahoma City, Reno and Tacoma, with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and second baseman Darnell Sweeney, Reno outfielder Peter O’Brien and former Storm Chasers third baseman Jamie Romak for the Aces, and first baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte for the Rainiers. Fresno outfielder L.J. Hoes, Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride and El Paso designated hitter Cody Decker round out ...
Those early 90s Yanks were something else.
Poor Jim Leyritz was in left field. Leyritz is not, was not, and never would be, a leftfielder. Injuries and general incompetence had forced the Yankees to experiment, and they were in the Diet Coke and Mentos phase of the experiment. It was Leyritz’s fourth game in the outfield in the majors, and he had just 55 chances in the outfield in the minors. He was a 26-year-old rookie with the kind of athleticism you would expect from someone who wasn’t ...
Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, so infuriated with his manager, Mike Scioscia, has packed up his bags and may never come back.
Dipoto, whose relationship with Scioscia has been rocky for years, reached a boiling point Monday that had him clearing out his office and telling employees that he was resigning, a high-ranking Angels front-office member told USA TODAY Sports.
The Angels have not confirmed Dipoto’s resignation, which was initially reported by ESPN.com, and Dipoto ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: America.
Moreno has really boxed himself in on this one. He may as well name Scioscia the GM because it’s pretty clear Dipoto’s replacement has no real power.
The tension between the GM and manager dissipated when the Angels won 98 games last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. But as I wrote Monday, meetings on Friday and Sunday—the first between Dipoto, Scioscia and his coaches; the second also involving the players—sparked fresh discord.
Dipoto, unhappy that the coaches were ...
So right now –– just to take one example –– Salvador Perez has 11,666,785 votes for catcher. What does that mean? It’s like light years or grains of sand on the beach, just number numbers.
But having fans vote is the way leagues like to run All-Star balloting nowadays, instead of being old-fashioned and letting the choices be made by people who actually know something, people we dare call experts.
You see, when fans vote, it’s interactive. It’s an interactive world now. Baseball’s ...
Rany takes a break from blogging.
And then in 2013 I got the call that, in retrospect, I had spent the previous two decades working to get. The Chicago Cubs contacted me and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for an analytics position in their front office.
Let me rephrase that: The Chicago Cubs wanted me to work for them.
Let me reframe that one more time: The Chicago Cubs, run by Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, who had already won two world championships and ended an 86-year ...
An interview with Alex Patton and Peter Kreutzer, two pioneering Roto experts.
To follow up on that, you used to play in the pre-Internet age, when people read newspapers and networked with friends in other cities for relevant fantasy information? Do you still enjoy the game with all of the information just there for anyone to get in a matter of minutes?
Alex: I miss the networking. But I still read newspapers! Better enjoy that while I can, I guess.
Peter: Information increase is inevitable, ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
“In the midst of that one inning that Eduardo had the other day, it was me and Wade [Miley] sitting down in the batting cage watching TV and balls are getting hit hard. I think the one that set us off was the Chris Davis slider. It was a good slider away and he stayed on it and went the other way. You have to expect 96 or 97 and you’re staying back on a slider on a full count, left on left? It didn’t register. So we went in there and looked at it and found something that was not really ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there,” second baseman Addison Russell said afterward.
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 69 comment(s)
Dakota County [Nebraska] Herald, July 1, 1915:
Marty McHale has invented a new wrinkle in delivery. He pours a cupful of water on his right knee just before he starts for the rubber, and when he wants to pitch he rubs the ball on the wet spot and gets it good and smooth so that his grip is better. The other teams have protested against the trick, but the umpires see no other way to stop it.
Seems like the exact opposite of what you’d want to do in order to get a good grip, but he was a big ...Read More...
Meh, Hernandez is no Ruben Rivera.
With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.
The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that’s when things got confusing for Hernandez.
Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis’ glove, ...
Some smart person, I believe it was political columnist and baseball guru George Will, said that politics is a lot more like baseball than football.
What he meant is that if you lose a few football games the season quickly becomes unsuccessful. But if you lose even a lot of baseball games, you can still win the World Series. NFL teams play 16 regular season games. Major League Baseball teams play 162.
In politics you can lose a lot of legislative battles and public policy fights, and still be ...Read More...
On Monday, a FOXSports.com report stated that “emotions simmered” amid a series of meetings revolving around the front office’s belief that the coaching staff was doing an inadequate job of relaying scouting information to players. In those meetings, occurring this past weekend, at least one coach “responded heatedly” to Dipoto and Pujols issued “a pointed rebuttal” to the fourth-year GM.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 and June 15 of next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign ...
Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
I’ll do whatever it takes to win….except pitching the eighth inning.
Traditionally, the best reliever in a team’s bullpen gets designated the closer. In recent years, though, there’s been an argument that using your best reliever in high-leverage situations is more valuable than saving your closer for a save opportunity that may never materialize.
Huston Street is not a fan of that thinking, according to David Alder of MLB.com.
“I’ll retire if that ever happens,” Street said. “If they ever ...
Milwaukee Journal, June 30, 1915:
Elmer Leifer, a left-handed pitcher for Ewan, Wash., struck out thirty-two batsmen in a nineteen-inning game with the Malden, Wash., team.
...and then his arm fell off. Okay, not really, but Leifer had an interesting career.
He signed to play in the Northwestern League and was eventually converted to the outfield. Elmer hit .352 for Butte in 1917, .326 in 1920 as Moose Jaw’s everyday third baseman, and made it all the way to the big leagues for a cup of coffee ...Read More...
McCullers high point is 104.2 innings heading into this season.
Collin McHugh and the rehabbing Scott Feldman remain quality rotation pieces, but there’s a need beyond them that young pitchers Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez probably can’t fill because of developmental innings limits.
“(I’m hopeful for a trade based on) what we’re doing right now and the position that we’re in,” Keuchel said before Saturday’s 9-6 loss to the Yankees. “Fully intend for the front office to make a move. And ...
Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
“When we get to the Trade Deadline, we won’t look to ship out everyone who is on a free-agent contract or everybody who is over the age of 30,” Coppolella said. “We’re going to look to make good solid baseball trades that will be made in the best interest of this franchise. I don’t know if we’ll be as active as we have been previously. We’ll see what comes up at the Deadline, but by no means will we totally gut this team.”
Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
It’s a long season. The Wild Card opens up many possibilities.
“It’s really depending on how you’re playing and where you’re headed,” Beane said. “Just about any deficit can be overtaken if you’re clicking as a club. Case in point, 2012.”
Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
Allard Baird discusses Rusney Castillo.
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