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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo has a seven-year, $130-million agreement with the Rangers, sources tell CBSSports.com.
Texas has a deal now with its primary target. The Rangers envision Choo has a tablesetter following a year in which he had a .423 on-base percentage with the Reds.
Texas is said to be a real long shot on Masahiro Tanaka now, according to sources.
Choo is known to have had talked with the Reds, his former team, plus the Mariners, Yankees and a few others. The Rangers’ $130-million deal is ...
Posted: December 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM | 44 comment(s)
As Pea Muggeridge Day once noted…“Few ballplayers of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.”
As the Yankees officially introduced Carlos Beltran as their latest free-agent addition on Friday, they essentially said goodbye to Ichiro Suzuki.
Ichiro still is on the roster in the Bronx, due $6.5 million for 2014. The 40-year-old outfielder is 258 hits away from 3,000 in his major league career after reaching the milestone of 4,000 combined in MLB and Japan this ...
Posted: December 21, 2013 at 07:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
Ron Chimelis’ 9-man HOF ballot…but wants less.
My moral dilemma is not with guys who have been credibly tied to steroids. My checkmark will never be seen next to the names Clemens, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa and Palmeiro.
My issue is sheer numbers, and so I am reaching out to baseball fans who might help me with this question: for an honor that is special for its exclusivity, is voting for nine players in one year acceptable?
The rules say yes. Voters can choose a maximum of 10.
Until this year, ...
Posted: December 21, 2013 at 06:29 AM | 26 comment(s)
Friday, December 20, 2013
Duke Carmel never did anything like this, then again…Duke Carmel never did much of anything.
Still, it was a bit stunning to find out on Friday, years later, just how strongly he felt about the way things ended between him and his old ballclub. Indeed, on the same day he was thrilled to be introduced as a Yankee, Beltran spoke of what he seemed to perceive as a smear campaign by Mets management — the result of a couple of “controversies,” as he called them.
“The organization tried to ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also has a consistent track record of health and consistency over the last six seasons.
There’s still more. …
JE (Jason Epstein)
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
This is somewhat trivial but it is kinda neat: McGriff ranks second all-time in games (1,826) and plate appearances (7,777) as a cleanup hitter. Only Eddie Murray (2,041 and 8,775, respectively) is ahead of him.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 02:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
Link is a tweet citing an article in Japanese. Translated via Google, it says Youkilis “only played 28 of the game there is also a failure of the waist this season.”
Steve Parris, Je t'aime
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 01:50 PM | 51 comment(s)
Why Do Smart Writers Vote For Jack Morris?
And then there’s Jack Morris – he of the 3.90 ERA that was only 5% better than league average (Glavine, by comparison, was 18% better and most HOFs are 20+% better). The debate on Morris has been ranging in print+online for several years now and I am clearly in the camp of “He was a good but not great pitcher”. The fascinating part of the debate for me isn’t the arguments against Jack Morris (it begins/ends with a 3.90 ERA, 105+ ERA) – ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
Ken Wuhl/Wahl would stink as Newbomb Turk!
Casual fans, then and now, might consider Cobb entertaining. It has all the old standbys: sex, violence, even the obligatory car chase. However, anyone hoping to catch an insight into Cobb’s genius as a player will be disappointed. For a baseball movie, there is precious little playing action. During his playing days, Cobb’s off-field altercations regularly put him in the news, but it was his on-field brilliance that made him so fascinating to ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:36 AM | 38 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, December 20, 1913:
CHICAGO, Dec. 20—“What is your batting average?” inquired Judge Sullivan of Charles Schramm, 30, who claims to be a shortstop in the Southern league when Schramm was arraigned on the charge of stealing an overcoat.
“Two hundred and eighty-seven,” answered Schramm.
“Discharged,” said the court. “You can’t be very bad with a batting average like that.”
Ron LeFlore was a career .2878 hitter and convicted of armed robbery. So, y’know…
Also, there’s no evidence ...Read More...
Lord, Chamberlain’s men doth flee.
Thus Joba Chamberlain, if anything, was the symbol of their spiritual collapse. He and Phil Hughes were the twin pillars of their (supposedly) pitching-plenty organization, evidence that the Yankees didn’t just flex their wallets every November to find their requisite golden arms.
Then, inexplicably, Chamberlain was fired. Brian Cashman, bitten by the Moneyball bug, snagged by the sabermetricians, decided he would remold the Yankees in his newfound, Geek ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:20 AM | 33 comment(s)
Don’t know WTF they’ve done to the Fox Sports page…but at least Robothal is still there.
If the Rays stunk, this would be easy. They would trade left-hander David Price to the team that offered the best package of prospects, and that would be that.
Thing is, the Rays don’t stink, just as they didn’t stink a year ago, when they traded righty James Shields to the Royals. Quite the contrary – the Rays will be trying to make the playoffs for the fifth time in the past seven seasons, and ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:55 AM | 29 comment(s)
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Give that man a FootJoy SciFlex Glove…or 16.
Kaat, who turned 75 on Nov. 7, shot his age on Dec. 7 at McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., a Tom Fazio-Nick Price work. That alone makes him one of just thousands who have shot their age. But Kaat’s 75 was as a righthander, and together with three other age-shooting rounds he’s had from the left side, the feat makes Kaat the first golfer we’ve chronicled who has shot their age from both sides of the ball.
More proficient as a lefthander, the ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:55 PM | 34 comment(s)
Wait, Mariano Rivera retired?
“No Yankee ever had a greater career than Mariano Rivera, not if you measure greatness in terms of performance and contributing to winning and representing the franchise the right way. He’ll forever be one of the Yankees every other is measured against.
Rivera will be a topic of discussion whenever greatness in baseball is discussed, whenever class and humility and dignity are a topic of discussion. On the other hand, we were among the lucky ones. We were ...Read More...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM | 48 comment(s)
3. “The Natural” theme by Randy Newman: Forget steroids. Listening to those blasting oboes when Roy Hobbs connects at the end of “The Natural” is the greatest performance-enhancer there is.
2. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Jack Norworth: With all due apologies to Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” this is our true national anthem.
1. “Centerfield” by John Fogerty: Fogerty told me a couple of years ago that he considers center field to be “this ...
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts Wednesday for refusing to pay 3 percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to published reports.
Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with the school Mi Futuro Biliguer (My Future Big Leaguer) when Starlin was 15, agreeing to pay the school during his active career in the majors.
The seizure was made at various banks, reports said.
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:33 PM | 44 comment(s)
Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.
By keeping Tanaka for at least another year, the Eagles would forgo a $20 million compensatory posting fee from the major league team that ultimately signed him. But they would enhance their chances at repeating as champions in Japan, and they would avoid millions of dollars in lost ticket, food and merchandise sales.
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM | 45 comment(s)
The Red Sox have traded left-hander Franklin Morales and minor-league right-hander Chris Martin to the Rockies in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera, a switch-hitter without much offense but considered a decent defensive player who can play second base, shortstop and third base.
Lough’s status with the Royals was in jeopardy after right fielder Norichika Aoki was obtained from the Brewers. Lough had spent his entire career in the KC organization, so the trade to Baltimore was unsettling.
“It was kind of a shock to me,” Lough said.
After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.
Or as Mitch Williams squirmed out last night: “Trumbo is a better all-around hitter than Goldschmidt.”
“With him and Goldy, you’ve got two of the more prolific right-handed hitters in the game right now,” Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said. “In this ballpark, they’ll hit balls out of the ballpark even when they miss. Both are the type of right-handed bats that in the bigger ballparks like Petco, LA and San Francisco, those parks will be hard to hold them.”
Trumbo, who ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 06:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
Remember, everything might have turned out different had Granderson stayed healthy. Cano would have had protection in the lineup, and who knows, the Yankees might have actually reached the playoffs. At his best, Granderson is the type of player who can have a WAR of over 5. Add five wins to the Yankees last season and you’ve got a team competing closely for the Wild Card. As cliché as it sounds, making the playoffs for the Yankees would have changed everything.
It’s possible Granderson would ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, December 19, 1913:
It has been a question of how the rules could be changed to prevent a pitcher from purposely walking a batter. The latest suggestion for a rule which would give the batter a chance under such conditions comes from the veteran, Jack Doyle.
Doyle would force the pitcher to put at least one ball over the plate before he would be allowed to walk a batter. He claims that such a rule would give the batter a chance to show his prowess. The idea is a novel one, but ...
The always entertaining Pat Caputo HOF ballot (Maddux, Glavine, L. Smith, Trammell, Morris, Thomas, Raines, McGriff)...now pull up the Ativan, I’m hopping in.
It’s led to this constast evaluation of Morris for what he wasn’t as pitcher instead of what he did present, which was extraordinary.
What is not taken into account enough is the era Morris pitched.
His ERA was higher because much of his career took place during the height of the so-called steroids era. Offensive numbers were ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:41 AM | 64 comment(s)
The Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter.
The contract would be worth $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could increase the value to $5 million. There would be no option year in the contract.
I feel old just reading that.
If you’re keeping track, three @BtBScore writers have gotten jobs with MLB organizations this week. And they don’t even throw left-handed!
The Jays get Ben Horrow.
The Rays get Andrew Ball.
The Reds get Lewie Pollis.
The MVP trophy and World Series ring aren’t the only items Hernandez has placed in the auction. Also up for grabs: his 2002 San Francisco Giants N.L. championship ring, 2004 Silver Slugger Award, and the first-pitch baseball he threw from the first Washington Nationals game.
I used to love that Large Tub of Goo, but now he’s just a Large Tub of Poo to me.
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