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Monday, September 15, 2014
A source tells The Chronicle that Triple-A Sacramento has filed to end its longtime affiliation with the A’s, as I first reported was likely in May. That ends a fruitful 15-year relationship, and the River Cats could announce a new affiliation – overwhelmingly expected to be the Giants – as soon as tomorrow.
This move was entirely precipitated by the River Cats, not the A’s, who would prefer to keep their Triple-A affiliate 90 miles away. Sacramento was the entity to file to end the ...
Obviously the offense has been the primary problem throughout this frustration-filled year for the Braves. But long before scoring became a nightly struggle, this organization started to experience some of instability that seemingly marked the start of the struggles that have followed.
Highly-regarded scout Dom Chiti and notable pitching guru Dave Wallace both left the Braves to join Buck Showalter’s coaching staff in Baltimore. While both benefited financially by going to a Major League ...
While the story was that Baccala sent Montero an ice cream sandwich in the dugout after yelling to him on the field to move faster, others with knowledge of the situation insist it was actually an ice cream helmet. In either case, Mariners people were not pleased by the stunt.
In an interview shortly after the incident, Baccala told Baker that the episode wasn’t portrayed exactly right. He also suggested at first that he didn’t send an ice cream sandwich, instructing Baker to find ...
“Ned Yost is the worst manager in baseball, except all the others.”
On Sunday, with the Royals up 4-3 in the sixth inning and starter Jason Vargas on his way out of the game, Yost brought in Aaron Crow with a man out and two on. Crow walked Yoenis Cespedes to load the bases, struck out Allen Craig, then allowed a grand slam to Daniel Nava to blow the lead and then some. Nava is one of the more extreme platoon bats in baseball — a switch-hitter, he’s got a career 125 ...
Posted: September 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM | 46 comment(s)
Cuba is one of the biggest sources of international baseball talent. But, because of the US embargo, most Cuban players have to use smugglers to get themselves to the United States. What’s more, due to a quirk in Major League Baseball rules around contracts, those Cuban players often first have to travel to a third country, like Mexico — a difficult process.
And that’s where traffickers come in. In recent years, some Major League Baseball players have revealed that a variety of criminals ...
Crabs, huh? Got to be more careful with the gift baskets, Derek.
We haven’t checked in on Derek Jeter gifts for a while. But this past weekend marked his last visit to Camden Yards as a player, and here was his haul:
A U.S. Navy Captain’s hat;
A bucket of crabs, presented by Boog Powell; and
a $10,000 check in his name for the Miracle League of Manasota, which is a charity that helps kids with special needs play baseball.
Posted: September 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
Butch Baccala, the high-ranking Mariners scout who angered Jesus Montero by sending Montero an in-game ice cream treat, will be let go by the team, sources said.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, reached by phone Sunday night, shortly after the contending team’s 4-0 loss to the A’s, declined comment on Baccala’s status with the team. The Mariners conducted an investigation to determine what happened but apparently aren’t ready to discuss the findings.
Here is where you can find the games no one will watch.
-No World Series games will be going head to head with either Monday or Thursday Night Football. If the series isn’t a sweep, Game 5 will go head to head with the Packers and Saints on Sunday Night Football….
-Five networks will be airing Postseason games this year. The two Wild Card games will air on TBS (AL) and ESPN (NL), while the entire ALDS and ALCS air on TBS. The NLDS will air on Fox Sports 1, though two of those games will ...
Posted: September 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 16 comment(s)
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A transcript of Chi-Feds manager Joe Tinker berating umpire Ed Goeckel, in the Pittsburgh Press, September 15, 1914:
“You are a fine piece of cheese to be umpiring a ball game. Why don’t you get up close to the plate and call them when they are over?...How about that stuff Saturday when you called the game on account of darkness when the sun was shining brightly?...You are the worst umpire I ever bumped up against and [Federal League President] Gilmore is going to tie the can to you shortly.”
here’s a few concrete examples of searches that can now be completed: [...]
* Jorge Soler is just the third player since 1914 with an extra-base hit in each of his first five career games.
* Since 1914, only Dwight Gooden had more double-digit K games in his first 83 games than Yu Darvish.
* The most wins by a non-playoff team in the Wild Card Era from Games 82-162 is 52 by the 2006 Angels.
Posted: September 15, 2014 at 02:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
Sunday, September 14, 2014
from Gene Weingarten:
As America’s foremost connoisseur of the misuse of the English language, I get sad around this time of the year. That’s because the baseball season is almost over.
Baseball plays itself to physical and emotional exhaustion, with games nearly every day. Therefore, players and managers are wary of saying anything that might dampen morale, which could in turn affect momentum. Momentum, like a dog, is something you definitely don’t want to dampen, lest you stink up the ...
A mighty adventure when the HOF’s destiny rides in the saddle bags of the…PONY EXPRESS!
The process is brought into the electronic age with online registration and research materials but remains in the Pony Express days with actual submission of ballots by snail mail. The Heisman Trophy has had electronic voting for some time now, so I assume Ernst & Young will ultimately employ this innovation as well. But not yet.
From the standpoint of voters, the new procedure offers the innovation of ...
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 04:41 PM | 82 comment(s)
Really terrific piece. No snark.
However, we are now more than a decade past the publication of Moneyball, and, to put it bluntly, the days of simply adding an analytical genius to the front office and expecting him to tip the scales are over. There’s simply too much information-sharing in today’s world for any club to gain a lasting structural informational edge over their competitors. Proprietary information is becoming harder and harder to come by. While there are certainly frontiers of ...
Not in Fenway.
The rule of thumb is that, conservatively, each ticket sold is equivalent to $35 in revenue. That means the Rangers will lose about $13 million in revenue over last season because of the decline in attendance. That will impact the payroll.
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 63 comment(s)
If MLB wanted more teams in the playoff hunt, the extra wild card spot seems to be doing the trick. All they need is another playoff team or two and just about every team will be in the hunt, just like hockey.
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
I’m back, and so is MM-DD-YYYY format!
There are 15 game days remaining (including today).
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 122 comment(s)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Swing Away Cologne, by Joe Maddon. Available at Macy*s.
Is all the additional time players spend on BP and working in the cage as beneficial as it is expected to be? Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, who led the way in utilizing defensive shifts, said no.
“What we’re doing differently is we’re not taking as much of [BP],” Maddon said of his Rays. “I’m not a big believer in it. I think it’s very overrated. Because No. 1, I think too many guys go out there just trying to hit homers. No. ...
Posted: September 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
There is a second side to this story though, one that is often overlooked. After the game when Fiers spoke with the media he was visibly upset about the incident. To the point of near tears, Fiers expressed his sympathy and sorrow for the unintentional pitch that struck Stanton in the face. His concerns were with Stanton and his emotions could not have been any more sincere.
For Fiers there will be a recovery process as well, one not nearly as daunting as what Stanton will likely go through, ...
“...It was just a little kid, man,” Johnson said. “It happens every game—somebody gets hit. Whether it’s a bad one or not, somebody gets hit in the stands every single game.”
Johnson isn’t far off. About 1,750 spectators get hurt each year by batted balls, mostly fouls, at major-league games, or at least twice every three games, a first-of-its-kind analysis by Bloomberg News has found. That’s more often than a batter is hit by a pitch, which happened 1,536 times last season, ...
Posted: September 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM | 163 comment(s)
Friday, September 12, 2014
0.920. Sale’s WHIP. Only three lefties have finished a season with a lower mark, and Sale is not old enough to remember any of them: Dave McNally (0.842) in 1968, Dutch Leonard (0.886) in 1914 and Doc White (0.903) in 1906.
30.28. This is Sale’s strikeout percentage, the best in the AL. He’s striking out almost every third batter he faces. Only one other lefty did it better in a full season, and that was Randy Johnson—twice. The Big Unit had a 34.24 mark in 1997 and a 33.95 percentage ...Read More...
Nice article. It shows when mangers use challenges, how often they’re correct, etc. I’m really curious about their data on which umpires have the most overturned calls, rather than just stating that Guccione has only one and Cedarstrom has twelve.
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Posted: September 12, 2014 at 05:28 PM | 4 comment(s)
Gilberto Suarez, 40, allegedly paid $250,000 to smugglers tied to the Los Zetas drug cartel to bring Puig to America in exchange for a cut of his expected Major League Baseball contract.
Federal prosecutors are seeking to get back the money Suarez allegedly earned from the operation, according to the indictment, as well as almost $3 million in real estate and luxury cars.
Also mentioned in the article is a Cuban boxer named Yunior Despaigne, of whom it’s unclear if he’s related to the ...Read More...
Wow, really committing to this “Maris has the real record” bit.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis‘ season is over as he has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun… The suspension will cover eight postseason games, should Baltimore advance that far, as the team has 17 regular season contests remaining.
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