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Thursday, July 30, 2015
What a mess.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that—pending medical approval—would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets’ 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that “there is no trade.”
A source confirmed early Thursday morning that the Mets nixed the deal due to concern over Gomez’s right hip. The ...
Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
While many fans are aware that baseball is generally exempt from antitrust law, fewer realize that courts have adopted widely divergent views regarding the extent to which MLB’s operations are actually shielded from the law. For instance, just because MLB is generally immune from antitrust law does not mean that a court would necessarily give the league free reign to engage in anti-competitive practices in areas completely unrelated to professional baseball (such as if, for example, MLB ...
“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.
He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.
The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. ...Read More...
Just finished Frank Cashen’s book. There wasn’t a lot of insight and way too much filler. I did not come away with the impression that Cashen liked the Wilpons much.
Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 54 comment(s)
“There’s a lot of baseball left, and there’s no point in looking at the standings because they don’t mean anything right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game goes on through September, and there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been through this.”
Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
Where will Morse play? Is there another trade in the works?
When do they start passing around stacks of money to Rhode Island’s elected officials? Historically it’s the most effective way to screw over taxpayers, especially in that state.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have invited business, government, media and real-estate developers to travel with managing partner Larry Lucchino to Durham, North Carolina, on Aug. 5, to meet elected and business leaders there, including the owner of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team, and to attend a Durham Bulls game. ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1915:
Two fights with the umpire marked [yesterday’s Federal League] double-header between Brooklyn and Kansas City…
In the first contest Umpire Corcoran called two Brooklyn runners safe on what [Kansas City] contended was a perfect double play. The argument which followed was punctuated with fisticuffs by George Stovall, manager of the locals, and he was sent to the club house. In the second game Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn team, objected to a decision ...
Storen reacts like expected. Storen and Papelbon have one thing other thing in common, neither of them are team first players.
Storen didn’t sound like a guy who was happy about the change.
“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.” ...Read More...
Yes, it was naive.
“I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation,” Tulowitzki said in his first comments since the deal went down. “So it definitely caught me by surprise. I was shocked and it caught me off guard. I think maybe I was a little naive to think I would be so connected to the (trade) process.”
Stalin Castro in San Diego? That sounds like another disappointment for Padres fans.
According to ESPN writer Jim Bowden, the Cubs still have interest in Padres No. 2 pitcher Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 132 strikeouts, while Kimbrel has 29 saves with a 2.73 ERA this season.
Bowden said Chicago would give up a lot for the two pitchers. The Cubs would have to offer shortstop Starlin Castro, minor league pitchers C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, and minor ...
Omar Infante fields Roberto Perez’s grounder and backhand flips to Alcides Escobar, who barehands and throws to first for the out.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Mejia’s suspension is effective immediately.
Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season. He missed most of the year due to an 80-game suspension for his first positive test.
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 46 comment(s)
Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.
The Hall says in a statement “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year.”
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 72 comment(s)
hall of fame
The Oakland Athletics have traded infielder Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea on Tuesday, the Royals confirmed.
Jane Lee of MLB.com added the A’s will also send cash to the Royals in order to offset Zobrist’s salary.
I really miss playing baseball.
A year after Arizona gave Toussaint a $2.7 million bonus as the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Braves assumed about $10 million owed to Arroyo to get Toussaint for themselves.
Arroyo is unlikely to throw a pitch for the Braves; Gosselin was included so the Diamondbacks would get something, besides financial relief, in return.
Clearly, the Braves believe it is more than $10 million. And it should be no surprise that Hart found a way, within the system, essentially to buy a prospect. ...Read More...
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they’d like to get their “best” offers by Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com.
The team would then make a decision about where—and whether—to trade him.
The Phillies have continued to speak with a large number of teams—a group known to include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox—about Hamels. ...
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
“Papelbon will be traded[emphasis added],” a baseball source with knowledge of the situation told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday.
The question is where?
This will be interesting.
There has been a lot of talk about the benefits and drawbacks of automated umpires for calling balls and strikes. Advocates and skeptics. But on Tuesday night in the independent Pacific Association in a game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, everyone will get to see an automated strike zone in action in a professional game.
The two-game automated umpire trial is the brainchild of former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes, who will serve as the ...
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
Is this trade enough to get the Jays into the playoffs? Can Tulo hold up on that turf?
The artificial turf at Rogers Centre is another concern for the oft-injured Tulo, but generally the surface is more of an issue for players with back trouble. Tulo underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip last August, but had played in 87 of the Rockies’ 97 first games. He was batting .300 with an .818 OPS, with similar splits at Coors Field and on the road.
Pittsburgh Press, July 28, 1915:
Here’s a new one they are starting to pull in the Central association and which is causing many arguments among the baseball rule sharks in this circuit: In giving a Keokuk batsman an intentional pass in a game at Waterloo the Jay pitcher threw four balls to the first baseman instead of the catcher and the umpire told the batter to take his base. The game was played under protest from the Keokuk manager, but as it later was won by this team the protest was not ...
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