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Friday, April 22, 2016
The Washington Post reprinted in the Pittsburgh Press, April 22, 1916:
When all other remedies fail try baseball. It is the saving grace of the nation. When the perspective of the public is a little awry the baseball season invariably acts as a restorer.
Just now, when the whole world is in an upheaval, when the voices of many men clamor for different courses of conduct on the part of the United States, and when the nation is on edge, it is fortunate that the season of the national sport is at ...
How much trade value does Profar have at this point?
Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the ...
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
What, no points for getting their uniforms dirty?
The Pirates keep track of productive team plate appearances, a set of criteria that result in a positive outcome.
Players can earn one in eight different ways: a hit, a walk, an eight-pitch plate appearance, a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt, moving a runner from second to third, driving in a runner from third and the rare catcher’s interference.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?
Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an ...
Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
Blue Jays fans and fantasy aficionados can take comfort in the knowledge that Donaldson has no plans to jog out a groundball or mail in an at-bat any time soon. With the exception of punching slabs of meat, he has done everything in his power to prepare himself for the seasonal grind.
“They call this sport Groundhog Day every day, but it’s only gonna be Groundhog Day if you have that perception,” Donaldson says. “I feel very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I don’t want somebody to ever ...
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Boones are baseball’s first family?
But in a new book titled, “Home Game: Big League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family,” set to go on sale May 10, Boone reveals that it was more than a simple matter of aging that caused him to fall so fast. Instead, he writes, he was a “substance abuser” whose alcohol problem grew worse during that period.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
The Yankees still have a stellar bullpen. To expect them to have a perfect bullpen expects too much.
“We’re going to get better, and it should start [Friday]” said Alex Rodriguez, who looked better at the plate, and Brett Gardner said, “I’d rather lose 9-of-14 in April than September.”
Both veterans probably are right. Without a stellar bullpen, though? This plan has no chance.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.
As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.
The virus, which can be transmitted via mosquitos, has not been transmitted in that fashion in the continental U.S., but there have been nearly 450 confirmed Zika cases contracted in Puerto Rico. The continental U.S. cases — over 350 of them — have all been tied to people traveling to places where there are outbreaks, such as Puerto Rico.
MLB and the union are talking with the players and are looking at Centers for Disease Control guidelines about how to ensure player safety and the ...
Where the Roe decision has to do with 50s Brooklyn baseball!
I see a case called “Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc.” and one called “Selig v. United States” and another called “State of Illinois v. Cicotte.”
I see a picture of George Brett going apewire in 1983, one of Ted Turner mockingly letting “umpires know he plans to keep his mouth shut during the upcoming game,” and a color version of the photo below, from the Congressional hearings on steroids in 2005. That’s ...
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
One of the most interesting new hitters in baseball.
White seemed to know more power would be necessary for sustained big-league success. The strikeout rate has spiked alongside the power, perhaps indicating a swing change. He’s the only player in baseball to have recorded at least five balls in play with a launch angle between 25-30 degrees and an exit velocity above 95 mph — the conditions most conducive to hitting home runs. He’s displayed a major league power hitter’s swing plane. ...
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
In all our field work, three concepts were paramount: 1) Get into proper viewing position so you’re not “looking up the ass end of a play,” and then come to a stop before the play happens. You can’t see what’s going on when your angle is changing and your head is bouncing. 2) Take your time before making any ruling. Like Hickox said: Take a slow breath and get it straight in your head before you commit to a self-assured STRIKE ONE or SAFE or HE’S OUT. As the instructors reminded us: ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1916:
Some of the bugs persist in calling Hal Chase “Haul.” It is pronounced to rhyme with “pal” and “shall”. Real name Harold, but the r, the o and the d are silent, like the “x” in “mule.”
Frank McKendry’s throw to first continues to cause hilarity. Mr. McKendry, of the Reds, is persevering, however, and figures that if he throws the ball on Thursday he may catch some runner left over from the previous Monday.
Must have looked something like Jon Lester’s throw ...Read More...
Now, teams don’t even need to do the work of creating or maintaining an information bank. Every time a team source leaks a contract offer to a reporter, who then posts it to Twitter or a rumors blog, another piece of that same kind of information bank is gained by anybody with access to the internet. When injury information is added to the equation, it only creates a more sensitive situation for the player, particularly when the medical information is disputed as it was with Balfour, ...
There will always be substances which are ahead of the testing.
“If you want to cheat, there is a window to do it. Guys are finding ways around the system. It’s pretty evident, pretty well-known that the people who are making these illegal substances are ahead of the testers.”
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman made history on Wednesday night, and it had nothing to do with his work on the mound. Graveman is the first starting pitcher to bat cleanup in a game since a fellow named Babe Ruth on June 1, 1920 with the Yankees. Though it’s not what you might think.
Given how much MLB provides in meal money, you’d think Maddon would have chosen a place with more of a dress code:
The Cubs have adopted the simple mantra “Try Not To Suck” for this season. However, shirts emblazoned with the words reportedly were not allowed to be worn at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium as the two teams played their first of six series against each other this year.
. . .
The genesis of the T-shirt came last year when Maddon jokingly told call-up Javier Baez “try not to suck” ...
With nearly 24% of the players on this year’s Opening Day rosters and disabled lists hailing from countries where Spanish is the dominant language, the implementation of the translator program has drawn overwhelmingly favorable reviews – and questions of why it took so long.
“What we’ve heard is a lot of positive feedback,’’ said Omar Minaya, a senior advisor to players association head Tony Clark. “A lot of the veteran players have said, ‘Boy, I wish I had that when I was ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Major League Baseball teams could do a better job of hiring minority candidates for managing and GM posts or women for VP and other administrative positions, according to an annual report released Wednesday.
The study is overseen by Richard Lapchick of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida and is similar in scope to those he conducts examining other leagues.
Baseball teams were given a grade of C-plus for racial hiring practices for managers…. ...
“I really think the bullpen can explain at least half of that overperformance during the year,” Davenport said. “Their bullpen is that good.”
But how can just one aspect of a team be so disproportionately responsible for underestimating the entire team? Without turning this into a Ph.D. dissertation, we could sum it up a couple of ways.
Many stats define how great this bullpen has been. But it all comes back to this: When the Royals have led after eight innings over the past four seasons, ...
Williams [Arizona] News, April 20, 1916:
An improved baseball bat is the recent invention of George J. Blahos, a sailor on board the U.S.S. Mississippi. His device can be applied to any bat by any carpenter, says New York World. It consists of cutting slots in the thick or batting end of the bat, inserting in them strips of nonresilient material, cardboard, for instance, fastening these with a peg driven through at right angles to them.
And thus, George J. Blahos invented the corked bat. Anyway, ...Read More...
So, having a better idea on how well a player will perform in the future will make projections of value better?
Ahh, thanks for the insight.
Most of the assumptions tended to have relatively limited effect on the approximate value of the opt-out. The key parameter is the standard deviation of forecasted WAR, which affects that last term reflecting the expected value post-opt-out conditional on not opting out. Further research into how projections change over time as the year in question gets ...
Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
This play was discussed on MLB Radio this morning. According to the hosts, the umpires reversed the call back after talking to Hurdle *and* after viewing a replay on the Jumbotron. If that’s true, MLB has a problem because balk calls aren’t reviewable. Of course, we are headed toward 30 second mound visits for pitching coaches to speed up the game and 10 five-minute replay reviews every game.
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Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
Although there were a few vague chants, we couldn’t hear anything offensive. So we asked ESPN. When reached for comment, a spokesperson said that the game audio was being reviewed, but to their knowledge no slurs had been picked up.
When Heyward came to bat in the sixth inning, the Worldwide Leader cut to Bryce Harper’s at-bat in a game against the Marlins. Some people on Twitter attributed it to the network wanting to avoid any recurrence of audible slurs while Heyward was at the plate: ...
Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 102 comment(s)
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