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Monday, August 10, 2015
Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
Sunday, August 09, 2015
“One suggestion offered: Would the Red Sox be able to obtain Matt Harvey for Xander Bogaerts?
Pablo Sandoval for James Shields
The consensus is to keep Ramirez in left because he’d have to learn first base, and that could be fatal for the Sox’ infield. Our experts think free agent Chris Davis and his lefthanded power would be ideal.”
At the age of 30, with a 34-54 record in the big leagues and having spent the bulk of the 1991 and ‘92 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Moyer thought it might be time to get on with life outside of baseball. Digger Phelps, his father-in-law, didn’t agree.
Moyer finished his career with the Rockies in 2012 at the age of 49, and he compiled a 269-209 career record, 35th on the all-time wins list. And he did the heavy lifting after turning 30.
His 235 victories tie him with another former ...
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 35 comment(s)
Sabermetrics brings objectivity to baseball management through a more robust statistical analysis. Managers can now make personnel decisions not only using the quality of a player, but by assessing how well one fits within the existing talent structure of a team. A team which plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark will target players differently than a team at home in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. A manager is now also more likely to consider the talent surrounding a player—their context within ...Read More...
The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.
Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.
Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for ...
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
Much has been made lately about the Mets “Matrix’’ system.
The Matrix is a computer program coupled with scouting, Collins said Saturday they use the info to help figure out what pitchers the Mets’ young hitters, especially, might have the most success against.
“What we’ve tried to do is get our scouts together and take [Rays starter] Nathan Karns for example, how many guys have that kind of stuff, similar stuff, go through the computer system and say, ‘OK, here is a guy who ...
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
This isn’t good.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and has returned to Miami to see a doctor, the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reports (Twitter links). The nature and severity of the injury are unclear. “Let’s see what it is before we speculate on something,” says Marlins manager Dan Jennings.
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
David Laurila’s latest includes this tidbit.
Rick Waits pays attention to TrackMan data. It’s not an end-all-be-all for the Seattle Mariners pitching coach, but he considers it a valuable tool. He uses it as a reference point to assess things that might be amiss.
“If I have a pitcher whose spin rate was higher last year than it is this year, let’s say with a curveball, I’ll look a little closer to see if there’s any particular reason,” said Waits. “It might be arm angle or it ...
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April ...
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
human interest story
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Now I want to get out to a minor league game that uses the clock and see for myself what it’s like.
Thursday, I was in Toledo to do a story on minor league home run champion Mike Hessman, and I watched my first baseball game with a clock. And I’ll just say it right out because there’s no point in playing games here: I was 100% wrong. I was so totally, ridiculously and absurdly wrong that, frankly, I want to write an angry email in response to myself.
But this game, Elizabeth was ...
“I felt a little frustrated, especialy [Friday] when they told me I’m not going to play for I don’t know when,” Castro said. “In the beginning, I took it really personal. After that, I thought about it. You can’t put those guys on the bench. They’re really hot right now and I understand. I thought about it last night. I’ll do whatever I can do for the team.”
“I never put my head down,” Castro said. “I know the player I am. I’ll just keep working, keep doing my routine. I’ll get back on ...
Posted: August 08, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 48 comment(s)
In the end, the Cubs and the Astros finished in a virtual tie for the top spot, with their fanbases each rating them at just a shade under 4.9 out of 5.0. This isn’t terribly surprising. Both clubs are run by exceptionally smart people, with excellent reputations, and are competitive a year ahead of schedule. It’s easy to buy into that. To no one’s surprise, the Marlins finished dead last, as every single respondent rated their confidence in Mike Berger at one. The other day, Mike Hill, ...
Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 10 comment(s)
Friday, August 07, 2015
It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.
First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.
The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.
Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….
Napoli has struggled mightily ...
Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?
The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….
Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).
Where the money comes in would be here:
Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 ...
Don’t usually like Raissman at all, but he absolutely nailed the Met fan here. The Misery Wing, indeed.
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
I thought Pete only hit on 17-or-under in blackjack.
John Dowd, the investigator whose findings led to Rose’s ban in 1989 by former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, claims he was told by former Rose associate Michael Bertolini that Rose committed statutory rape on young girls during his playing and/or managerial career.
In a July 13 interview with WCHE in West Chester, Pa., that hadn’t surfaced until now, the former federal organized crime investigator said, “Michael Bertolini told us that not ...
Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was formally sentenced Friday after pleading no contest last month to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.
Reed had two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges dropped July 17 as part of the plea deal before Wayne County Circuit Court Shannon Walker. Reed was given one year of probation Friday by Walker.
Walker also ordered Reed to perform 120 hours of community service and must pay $4,480 for his victim’s medical fees among various other ...
He’ll look great in Central Park tomorrow.
The Les 4 Chevaliers is a Montreal-based quartet that bills itself as the softball/baseball equivalent of basketball’s infamous tricksters.
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The group certainly lives up to the hype in this incredible footage, showing batter Renaud Lefort pulling off a mind-boggling switch hit.
The Henry Red Sox have always blended scouting and analytics. Always.
How about the mix between analytics and traditional scouting? Are the Red Sox too numbers-oriented? Too much Bill James?
“I think we have good people in both areas,” Cherington said. “I don’t think we’re lacking for information. You always have to find ways to get more information and better information and process it the right way. You can look back and see decisions that have worked out and others that haven’t ...
Speier is overcomplicating this question. You keep the best and trade the rest.
“Historically, [top farm system status] has translated over time,” said Cherington. “It doesn’t always in a given year. Obviously, it hasn’t for us this year. There are teams that have had periods of success at the big league level without having a very strong farm system, or at least the perception is that they don’t have one, and then there’s plenty of examples of teams that have.
“We’d like [a ...
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
This would mean the A’s have joined the Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox, Giants, and more as teams instituting a president of baseball operations who is a former GM, one who can remain hands on with the department. The Red Sox could end up joining this mix soon, or the Blue Jays, or whoever ends up with Dave Dombrowski now that the Tigers let him go. It’ll be sad if Beane takes a step back or becomes more reclusive with the promotion, but the guy has been around and successful for so long that it’s ...
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