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Sunday, November 02, 2014
The Arizona Fall League’s most dangerous hitter this season continued to pound pitchers in the prospect circuit’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday evening. Yankees first baseman Greg Bird opened the scoring with the longest home run in the game’s nine-year history, triggering a four-run second inning that held up for a 6-2 Eastern Division victory.
Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
The most pressing decision is whether to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez by Monday. That would assure Los Angeles of a supplemental Draft pick between the first and second rounds if Ramirez rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, but it also gives Ramirez the choice of accepting the offer and committing to the Dodgers for one year.
Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
Break the bank or make some deals?
More than at any time in recent memory, the link between spending and winning is tenuous. Most players don’t reach free agency until age 30 or later, but the production of players in their 30s has fallen off steeply in recent years. The Red Sox aren’t the only team to be have been victimized by spending too much money and counting too heavily on one-time stars past their primes.
Young players under team control are the game’s new currency, meaning rich ...
Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
Fresh off his H. V. Kaltenborn “Suave Voice of Doom” audio collection, Madden spreads…
Besides the aforementioned problems with the college scholarships and in the youth leagues, perhaps the biggest reason even the best teams in baseball are significantly flawed — as the Giants were — is because there are simply too many teams in baseball. In his farewell tour, Selig has understandably repeatedly said he has no regrets about anything he’s done in his impactful 23-year stewardship. And ...
Posted: November 02, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
Saturday, November 01, 2014
MLB Trade Rumors runs an annual free agent prediction contest. Writer Tim Dierkes predicts¹:
Scherzer - Yankees, Lester - Cubs, Shields - Red Sox, Hanley - Yankees, Panda - Giants, V-Mart - White Sox, Melky - Blue Jays, R. Martin - Cubs, N. Cruz - Orioles, Y. Tomas (Cuban defector) - Phillies, E. Santana - Giants, Maeda (Japanese league) - Astros, D. Robertson - Cubs, B. McCarthy - Pirates, F. Liriano - Red Sox, Headley - Red Sox, A. Miller - Tigers, Masterson - Cubs, Aramis - Brewers, Rasmus ...Read More...
The District Attorney
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 34 comment(s)
The Cheesehead Nightingale?
The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.
The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit ...
Where’s the proof? Maddon had a opt-out clause in his contract. He reportedly was reminded about the clause by TB’s Matt Silverman, “The opt-out clause, Maddon said, was something of a fine-print treasure revealed to him in a call from Matt Silverman, the Rays’ president of baseball operations, just after Friedman left. “I had totally forgotten about it,” Maddon said. “Andrew leaves, and I get a phone call that I have an opt-out clause. Otherwise I would not have known, I swear to ...Read More...
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 39 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: whether communicable diseases are politicians’ fault.
Commenter “fivetwentyone” wrote:
heres what I got from retrosheet, so for example, 1.02 start-of-inning changes and 1.93 mid-inning changes, per team per game,
. Comments include a plot of annual start-of-inning changes and mid-inning changes since 1950.
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.
The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.
“The termination of her employment,” the Mets and Wilpon said in their filings in United States ...Read More...
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
One of favorite things to watch. If we could get the other AFL games on demand at MILB.com, I would be even happier.
The game, which starts at 5 p.m. MST/8 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Tigers announced qualifying offers to free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez among a flurry of moves Friday, including the loss of Andy Dirks off waivers to Toronto and Patrick McCoy off waivers to Baltimore.
Detroit also purchased the contract of outfielder Wynton Bernard from low Class A West Michigan and outrighted the contracts of utilityman Don Kelly and reliever Evan Reed to Triple-A Toledo. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, right-hander Drew VerHagen and relievers Bruce Rondon and Luke ...
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
So let’s judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances.
Despite all the Pederson hype, though, he looked like anything but a can’t-miss kid after his late-season call-up. You never want to judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances, but for now it’s impossible not to notice he went 4-for-28 with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. He turns 23 in April, it’s not like starting the year back in triple-A is going to ruin his career.
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
Shortly after Brian Sabean became general manager of the Giants, he orchestrated a trade that was arguably one of the most unpopular in franchise history. He sent third-base fan favorite Matt Williams to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that brought back at the time little-known second baseman Jeff Kent, infielder Jose Vizcaino and reliever Julian Tavarez.
The outrage among the folks in the Bay Area, including the media, was so strong that Sabean finally called a news conference to explain, ...
Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
Friday, October 31, 2014
Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:
As of time of writing, event ...
Where will they all sign?
4. Hanley Ramirez
With Derek Jeter gone, we have a new why-is-he-still-playing-shortstop champion. If Ramirez still insists on playing short wherever he goes, feel free to slide him one down on this list. Ramirez isn’t the average-fueled monster who hit .345 with 20 homers in a half-season in 2013, but he’s still an excellent power hitter in a free agent market that isn’t flush with them. And, okay, technically he can still play up the middle.
If Shin-Soo ...
Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 54 comment(s)
This is a pretty remarkable video, one that will surely give you chills if you have any connection to a sports team. During the first set of Phish’s show at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the San Francisco Giants were on the verge of clinching their third World Series in five years, cementing themselves as a modern-era dynasty.
As “The Moma Dance” kicked in, Pablo Sandoval caught the final out in foul territory, setting off the celebration. In the age of social media, ...
So Gabe Kapler tweeted and deleted this tweet… #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/ee94pEUzuw
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 31, 2014
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Gabe Kapler, who has been a baseball analyst with Fox Sports 1 and appeared on the MLB whip around coverage, may be going to the Los Angeles Dodgers in some front office capacity, if his apparently accidental tweet is an indicator. Kapler sent out (and has since deleted) the following, that may have been intended as another direct message to ...
The money quote:
“Rick deserved to come back for another season as Cubs manager, and we said as much when we announced that he would be returning in 2015. We met with Rick two weeks ago for a long end-of-season evaluation and discussed plans for next season. We praised Rick to the media and to our season-ticket holders. These actions were made in good faith.
“Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon—who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ...
I will say this, though: If the Jirsch HAD sent Gordon home and Gordon HAD been thrown out by something comical like 30 or 40 feet, that would have created one hundred times the second-guessing that’s going on now. It would have been one of the greatest blunders in sports history. And people would still be wondering what was behind those other curtains, the ones that would never be opened.
Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 45 comment(s)
Few people ever have been more complicated—or controversial—than the late Dock Ellis. One moment, he could have been complaining publicly about something as trivial as the length of his hotel bed in San Francisco; the next, he might be visiting hardened criminals in the state penitentiary, doing his best to advise them on a straighter and narrower path.
It’s only natural that someone like Ellis would become the subject of a full-length documentary. Directed by Jeffrey Radice, No No: A ...
“You’re always going to have those questions,” Bochy said of managerial criticism. “‘Well, you could have done this or done that or it may not work out.’ It’s part of the game now, more so now than ever. You understand that, but hey, it’s great people are watching the game.”
Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.
By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last ...
United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 31, 1914:
A sensation was sprung in baseball circles on Saturday when Connie Mack, manager of the Athletics, announced that he had asked waivers on Pitchers Bender, Plank and Coombs. These three men were the mainstay of the Philadelphia machine when it was at the height of its power.
There were unconfirmed reports [in Philadelphia] on Saturday that the three famous pitchers had been negotiating with the Feds and that this influenced Mack in his decision ...
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