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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Verdict: I’m sorry, but Johnson, after all these years, still wins. Yes, there were only 16 teams, and they were all white guys from the United States, but as far as dominating the sport from the mound, no one has done the job at the level and the volume of The Big Train.
There were some surprises in this exercise. Johnson still reigns. Pedro may still take the modern division, but Maddux is right there with him. Grove has two separate career peaks. And amid the names of Pedro, The Meal ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
It sounds like The Hurler makes one want to hurl it later.
Meulens is blunt about his feelings on the shift.
“It should be illegal, really,” he said. “Why should there be a guy standing in (shallow) right field?”
Well, for a defense, because it works. Baseball Info Solutions calculates shifts saved 267 runs last season and already have saved 194 this year. But while it’s easy for defenses to reposition an infielder or two, Meulens argues, it’s not so easy for hitters to adjust.
“It’s hard for guys to change their swings on ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
The Indians can win with what they have. Frazier may be ready fairly soon. Brantley may also be contributing after the break.
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
I asked Jason Motte the same question. The Rockies reliever began his professional career as a catcher, so he too knows what it feels like at each end of the 60-feet, six-inch pathway. With 13 seasons under his belt, the 34-year-old righty doesn’t dwell on results as much as he used to.
“When I was a hitter, I thought way too much,” said Motte. “Maybe that’s why I wasn’t very good? But are you more in control when you go out there and pitch? You are and you aren’t. At the end of ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.
This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is ...
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Alan Trammell (No. 3) and Lou Whitaker (No. 1), Tigers
Fernando Valenzuela (No. 34), Dodgers
Dan Quisenberry (No. 29), Royals
Ted Simmons (No. 23), Cardinals
Dave Stieb (No. 37), Blue Jays
Larry Walker (No. 33), Rockies
Edgar Martinez (No. 11), Mariners
Barry Bonds (No. 25), Giants; Roger Clemens (No. 21), Red Sox/(No. 22), Yankees; Mark McGwire (No. 25), A’s/Cardinals; Sammy Sosa (No. 21), Cubs
Derek Jeter (No. 2), Yankees; Ivan Rodriguez (No. 7), Rangers; Jim Thome (No. 25), Indians
Posted: June 25, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 45 comment(s)
hall of merit
The New York Mets will demote struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to the minors Saturday and promote outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin and multiple reports.
I guess he’s not actually better than Kris Bryant.
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
Posted: June 25, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
Royals starter Edinson Volquez entered Friday night’s appearance against the Astros with a 106 ERA+—meaning, in the simplest terms, he’d been an above-average pitcher on the season when things like his ballpark and the league as a whole were taken under consideration. Volquez then had one of the worst starts in big-league history, thus ensuring that was no longer the case.
Not only was Volquez lifted after recording just three outs—he failed to get anyone out in the second inning—but he yielded ...
1. Aroldis Chapman to the Nats for Trea Turner. The Yankees will wait a month to see if they will get serious about a sale for the first time in nearly three decades. But if they do hold one, there will be a feeding frenzy over their two veteran closers, two of the very best in the game. The Nats could have used late-inning fortification even before Jonathan Papelbon went down with an intercostal injury, and Nats manager Dusty Baker is said to love Chapman from their Reds days together. Turner ...
Friday, June 24, 2016
Bismarck Daily Tribune, June 24, 1916:
Several years ago while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, [Fred] Anderson was studying dentistry on the side. Finally he decided to give up baseball and follow his other profession. He bought out the practice of an old tooth carpenter down in Georgia and hit 1.000 in the prosperity league.
Finally his health broke under the strain. A physician advised him to take a long rest and be outdoors as much as possible. The Federals, just starting up, offered an ...
He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.
Not a good second start for the Freak.
Keith Law was much higher on him than everybody else. They are both looking good right now.
2. Kevin Newman, ss, Pirates
Team: Double-A Altoona (Eastern). Age: 22.
BB/SO: 1.13. BB: 8.6%. SO: 7.6%. ISO: .121.
The former Arizona shortstop and 19th overall selection in 2015, Newman only recently advanced to Double-A from high Class A Bradenton. Regardless, his hitting approach is professional grade, and he has a long track record for hitting for average and for showing balanced strikeout and ...
Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
Can they really get much for him with his injury history?
Which raises the question: How far would the Orioles go to upgrade? Would they trade right-hander Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2011 and who is finally healthy and contributing as a reliever after missing most of the previous three seasons with injuries?
Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
‘Commish’ Hummel looks back on the 1980s STL-NYM rivalry, points and laughs at young Chris Dial’s tears of rage and anguish. Worthy topics!
Cobb County’s plan for handling traffic generated by the Atlanta Braves next year is to get fans off I-285 and onto surface streets in adjacent communities.
The mayor and city council of Sandy Springs learned of this for the first time on Tuesday. They are not pleased. ...
The news account quotes a “visibly angry” Mayor Rusty Paul as calling the Cobb plan “our nightmare.” The mayor also said he had made calls to ranking Cobb officials to discuss traffic planning, but had never heard ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 58 comment(s)
I’ve watched Espinosa a number of times over the years. He’s a useful player. I watched Trea Turner up close last night at Pawtucket. After the Super Two cutoff, the Nationals will be putting an inferior shortstop on the field if they stick with Espinosa.
Danny Espinosa is not a star, and maybe Trea Turner will turn into one. But for 2016, the Nationals have correctly identified that Espinosa as their starting shortstop may very well be their best option, and not just their best option until the ...
OK, I haven’t paid for anything yet but I have gone through the process and created an image file using a screen capture. If you ever wanted a Topps baseball card. Here’s your chance.
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
When $500 million isn’t enough.
City of Arlington officials have touted a “50-50” private-public partnership to build a proposed $1 billion retractable roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.
A WFAA-TV investigation, however, has found taxpayers may instead pick up to 80 percent of the tab, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars more than initially promised by city leaders.
Last month, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a “Master Agreement” to ask voters to extend ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
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