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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Several errors led Phillies to this point, and one excuse Friday doesn’t hold up

One of the key points made by John Middleton, Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak at Friday’s press conference was that most of the Phillies’ additions performed but many of the players who were on the 2018 team either did not improve or were worse in 2019.

That’s not news to any Phillies fan. They saw the product. They watched a team they thought last winter was on the brink of contention add a superstar in Bryce Harper, a star-level catcher in J.T. Realmuto and a very good, multi-dimensional vet in Andrew McCutchen and win just one more game.

It really is staggering to look at how few players on the 2019 team sustained or increased their 2018 production. Rhys Hoskins was worse. Odubel Herrera was worse before his season-ending suspension. Maikel Franco was worse. Roman Quinn was worse (and dealt with a slew of injuries again). Nick Williams was substantially worse.

Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Seranthony Dominguez, Edubray Ramos, all worse.

A postmortem on a season that didn’t go as the management was expecting….

 

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, phillies

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a pariah, shunned and scorned by the national pastime.

Now it’s a museum, right across the street from Greenville’s retro minor league ballpark, dedicated to preserving the memory of the man who once lived within its walls.

Shoeless Joe Jackson.

“It is one of the greatest stories,” says Michael Wallach, who leads the museum’s board of directors. “So many of the baseball players in the Hall of Fame, their story is their career. Joe has three parts to his story: before, during and after. All three are romantic stories.”

Well, this is the centennial, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that this idea would pop up again….

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, black sox, shoeless joe jackson

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Should the Red Sox Trade Mookie Betts?

With Dave Dombrowski out and a new baseball operations guru presumably on the way in, the Red Sox are approaching a critical juncture. Chief among the priorities of Boston’s revamped front office will be dealing with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, which could mean dealing Mookie Betts ahead of his contract year or trying to build one last team around him before he becomes a coveted free agent.

The question is simple, the answer is not: Should the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts this winter?

It strikes me as a lousy idea, but, if they’re being serious, the Giants have a player that (if the the Red Sox fan base offers the sort of pressure I expect) could result in the steal of the century…..

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, mookie betts, trade talk

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Kobe Bryant is trying to bring the Mamba Mentality to baseball

If you’ve been paying attention to Kobe Bryant’s post-NBA career, he’s made it quite clear he’s not interested in just riding off into the sunset as a basketball great. He’s got his sights set much higher.

Heck, he’s already won an Emmy and an Oscar.

Now, he wants to transform the way athletes — particularly young ones — hone their craft. Even those outside of basketball. As strange as it might sound, even baseball players.

This week, Bryant’s Mamba Sports Venture Lab launched its first product. It’s called Mamba RISE. It’s a smartphone app that is part game, part mental exercise, the goal is to bring Bryant’s famous Mamba Mentality to other sports. Included in the launch of Mamba RISE are baseball, football and volleyball. A basketball version is coming later. No word on if it’ll be beta-tested by a certain youth basketball he made famous on Instagram.

Towards the end of this piece, the argument is made that Kobe Bryant could be the one to save baseball- there are things to be said about that idea, none of them positive…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, pete alonso, snake oil

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Alex Rodriguez got crushed for his bizarre take on even and odd leads

Alex Rodriguez was a great baseball player, even if he was juiced up for much of his career.

But he struggles as an announcer, which anyone who has watched even a little bit of a Sunday Night Baseball broadcast can attest too.

If ESPN is not forcing a wacky appearance by his girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, then A-Rod can often be found rambling on and on and on and not always making sense.

That happened during Sunday night’s Mets-Phillies game when he suggested the Phillies drop a sacrifice bunt to get a runner to third because it could help the team eventually get a two-run lead.

Clearly, he’s been taking J. Geils Band albums to heart.

 

QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bad ideas, leads

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Baseball fans trashed the MLB Players’ Weekend black-and-white jerseys

MLB Players’ Weekend returned for its third year on Friday, and fans are roasting the league’s decision to introduce solid black and white Players’ Weekend jerseys for every team in 2019.

In the past, teams wore special edition jerseys for Players’ Weekend, but still retained their usual team colors. This weekend, every baseball game on television will be almost indistinguishable, and you might forget which teams are playing if you aren’t paying attention to the scoreboard.

The Chicago Cubs, thankfully, wore their usual blue caps on Friday to add a splash of color to their game against the Washington Nationals. For teams wearing solid white, however, it’s nearly impossible to read the logos and nicknames on each jersey. If you’re checking out highlights from across the league, every game looks the same.

In addition to all the other insults, I’ll note that the players in white vaguely resemble cricket players, which I strongly doubt was the intent of whoever had this idea…..

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:40 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, players weekend, uniforms

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

MLB Players’ Weekend is back with new nicknames, sleek uniforms and more social media

At the end of August, Major League Baseball players will have an opportunity to show off their personalities. Players’ Weekend is back, and it promises sleek uniforms, more social media presence than ever and entertaining player nicknames. Do you want to know which player will go by “Scoots McGoots” during the festivities? Of course you do.

But before we get into that, here are the particulars. Players’ Weekend will take place Aug. 23-25. On top of nicknames on jerseys, players will be allowed to use custom designs for various pieces of equipment, including spikes, batting gloves, bats, and catcher’s gear.

During the weekend, there will be a much more relaxed mobile device policy. Players will be able to use smart phones and tablets on the field or in the dugout up until the national anthem. Before and after games, players have the option to wear a shirt highlighting a cause or charity of their choice.

A number of MLB stars have been named Players’ Weekend Ambassadors for the festivities. They’ll be tasked with representing and leading their clubs. There will be 30 ambassadors in total, one representing each team. Ronald Acuña Jr., Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Alex Bregman and Hunter Pence are among the players who will act as ambassadors during the weekend.

The more and more details I hear, the more and more the “fun” of this event feels forced.

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, nicknames, players weekend, social media, uniforms

Friday, August 02, 2019

Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada

Henderson has its eye on the big leagues.

Last year, Henderson officials quietly began a push to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks from the team’s Phoenix home to their city, records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show. Although discussions have stalled, the move signals Henderson’s desire to grow as a professional sports-caliber city.

“While a proposal for an Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark has not moved forward, the city of Henderson would welcome conversations with other major league franchises that may be considering a move to a different market,” the city said in a statement this week.

In a subsequent email, the city clarified it would be open to talking with any professional sports team looking to relocate.

For those of you wondering how the stadium shakedown racket somehow still lasts after a chorus of commentators (across the economic spectrum) have noted that it is a terrible idea….

 

QLE Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, diamondbacks, las vegas

Monday, May 27, 2019

Pirates GM asks MLB to allow re-entry after concussion tests

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wants Major League Baseball to consider changing its concussion assessment system to allow for player re-entry after exiting a game for concussion testing.

Huntington offered the suggestion Sunday, a day after Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a head injury.

Cervelli was struck by the barrel of Joc Pederson’s broken bat with two outs in the fourth inning. After being assessed on the field by a trainer, he remained in the game before removing himself in the bottom of the inning after briefly stepping into the batter’s box.

I have to wonder if this is answering, in an indirect way, why the Pirates missed the opportunity they had a half-decade ago….

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, concussions, francisco cervelli, neal huntington, pirates

 

 

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