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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Although I was too young in the 1967 to remember any details, I believe my great love of baseball is directly tied to the Red Sox success that year. After suffering bad teams for years, my father was so excited by the Red Sox that year that he held game-watching parties though most of the summer. All that excitement surely caught the interest of the three-year old me.
Was Nick Cafardo on the Betances arb panel?
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Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
I was busy yesterday and haven’t read all the hot takes but, other than it being smarter for Levine to keep his mouth shut, Betances outcome fits within the history of the arbitration framework. If the system has been truly flawed why didn’t the MLBPA make it point during the recently settled contract? I get Betances complaint but the outcome shouldn’t have been unexpected. Set-up men don’t get paid in arbitration.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
“It’s like me saying, I’m not the president of the Yankees, I’m an astronaut. I’m not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer,” Levine adds.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that there’s “bad blood” between Betances and the Yankees going back to last season, when the Yankees renewed Betances’ salary for the league minimum of $507K despite Betances’ strong performances to that point.
Stay classy, Randy.
Mookie Betts is awesome and the Truth.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has never made a secret of his love of bowling—he’s said that he watches the game every Sunday when he can, he competed in the 2015 World Series of Bowling and he’s bowled two perfect games in the past four years. The guy has a profile on the U.S. Bowling Congress website.
So it’s not exactly surprising that he won last night’s All-Star Celebrity Clash at Chris Paul’s charity bowling tournament. And he ...
So if pitchers who strike out a lot of batters while walking few tend to be very good, is the converse always true? Are pitchers with lousy K/BB ratios… lousy?
(Jerry Crasnick bears no responsibility for any of this)
“I would probably say I should have stuck to my gut — although I think Shelby Miller is going to be everything I thought he was going to be when I traded for him,” Stewart said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. “But my gut that whole time said I should not move Dansby Swanson.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Lopez said. “When the people from the Nationals called me and let me know I was in a trade, I couldn’t believe it.
“But then my lawyer called me and explained to me the situation and told me this is a good opportunity for me and a good team for me, and I was happy then. But first I was very surprised.”
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
Getting it all the way to second base is definitely a good goal.
“It takes a lot of stress off my arm and makes it easier to get it all the way to second base, and it makes you more consistent,” d’Arnaud said later.
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Berrios had never been hit like that before, so it tested his confidence.
“You see what the big difference is between the major league and the minor leagues,” Berrios said. “So now I feel more comfortable and more confident with myself. I feel better. You have to stay mentally strong. Sometimes I feel rushed and it can be tough. But everyone knows I work hard every day. So I go out and do my stuff, the things I can control.”
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
The question posed to Jon Gray was simple and direct: Do you think you have a chance to be the best pitcher in Rockies history?
His answer was measured and thoughtful.
“I think I can definitely accomplish that, because I don’t fear Coors Field at all,” Gray said last week as spring training opened. “I know I can go in there and give it everything I have and get the win.”
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus likened it to a slump.
“I think he had an off year; I don’t want to say he took a step back,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, it was a lack of concentration at times. I think a couple of balls hit his glove and bounced out. I’m not worried about him. I think he takes pride in his defense and he will return to form.
“Even good hitters have off years. Why couldn’t a good defender have an off year?”
Now remember, Martinez was a finalist for the ...
Richard Justice is a people person.
7. Mike Scioscia, Angels manager.
He’s a teach. In the end, it’s that simple. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, he opened Spring Training with a simple fine system. Players would get small fines for not taking an extra base and for not throwing to the right bag. In this way, he was letting the Angels know what he expected of them. That’s part of his brilliance. He begins Spring Training mornings with a team meeting that could pass for a stand-up ...
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, February 17, 2017
The yips are the worst boogeyman in sports, and although it’s not clear that Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is dealing with that particular beast, but this sure doesn’t look good:....
Masslive reports that this is not a one-time incident, and that Swihart has been struggling with his throws back to the mound throughout the early days of spring training. Despite this, Swihart told Masslive that he is not worried about it:
“I feel fine. I’m not worried. You guys shouldn’t be worried ...
And he was all like, “brah, its totes time to call it quits.”
Then, in my first at bat, I get to the plate toting one of my fresh new sticks, and … first pitch, bro … I go deep. Like, deeeeep. A no-doubter. And the catcher — who still doesn’t know who I am — says, “Wow, man … that’s a really nice swing.”
I’m like, “Thanks, dude. I’ve been working on it.”
And I just laughed all the way back to the dugout.
It was the best.
And the reason I say that anybody who’s ...
In this case, I hope the best decision the Pirates made this off-season was the trade they didn’t make. There are not enough heart emoji’s in the world to adequately express my affection for this player.
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Daily Missoulian, February 17, 1917:
[D.F.] McGowan is a member of the legal staff of District No. 1 of the United States Forest Service. He has devised a new method of determining the “standing of the clubs” and will presently submit it to the consideration of the baseball magnates.
[An excerpt from the McGowan Plan:] The playing season is to be divided into periods corresponding to calendar months. During each of these periods the relative standing of the clubs is to be computed as at ...
The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.
“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not ...
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
The next really big thing.
In trade talks over the winter, Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said Rosario’s name did not even come up much because rival teams had figured it out for themselves: Rosario was too good to be made part of any deal.
“He can be an outstanding player,” Alderson said in December.
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
“I don’t know if the word’s ‘hated,’” Maddon said Thursday at the Sloan Park complex. But making a sense of swagger or arrogance part of this team’s identity? That’s Cub.
“It’s all about that,” Maddon said. “Just go back in history. I’ve often talked about the Dodgers when I came up in the minor leagues (with the Angels). Their uniforms were whiter than everybody else’s. They thought they were better than everybody else. And then they went out and they won all the ...
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
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