Saturday, March 08, 2014
Oliver LOOGYs are signed now.
The Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year, $4.25MM deal, pending physical. Perez, a client of Scott Boras, will earn $1.75MM for the coming year and $2.5MM in 2015.
Perez, 32, has revitalized his career over the past two seasons as a reliever with the Mariners. He has tallied a 3.16 ERA with 10.7 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 31.8 percent ground-ball rate in 82 2/3 innings in that time. Opposing left-handers have batted .254/.346/.316 against him in that time, while righties have had a tougher time getting on base but slugged at a higher clip with a .237/.309/.411 batting line.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Get well soon.
ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”
In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season. It also announced a multiyear contract extension with him.
ESPN did not say what Schilling’s broadcast plans will be for the upcoming season.
“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” the network said in a statement. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”
Schilling, 47, pitched in the majors for 20 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.
The right-hander, though, was best known for his performances in the postseason. In 19 starts, he compiled an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. He’ll forever be a part of Red Sox lore, helping them to World Series titles in 2004 and ‘07.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Smitty, your take?
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Some guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Or if they do, it’s far too short a shot and they are overlooked for the rest of their careers, exiled to Triple-A or worse. You gotta make the best of that shot. You may never get another one.
Unless you’re Dontrelle Willis, of course, in which case you seemingly get a couple dozen shots and will until you just don’t fell like trying anymore:
I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014
... Since [Willis] left Florida following the 2007 season he’s 4-15 with a 6.15 ERA while walking 7.1 hitters per nine and allowing 9.3 hits per nine. And… he hasn’t even gotten a significant MINOR league look since 2011.
I know he’s a lefty and lefties are supposed to live forever, and by all accounts he’s a great guy to have around (at least if you don’t ask the Orioles). But there has been nothing — literally nothing — positive to be seen in his pitching in a decade. No indication whatsoever that he can help a ball club. How does he still get chances when so many other pitchers don’t?
Probably like this:
Dontrelle Willis turns 32 Sunday. In prime years. If he’s in good shape and figured out control issues, he could be great story. #sfgiants
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014
A nice thought. But people have been having that same thought for years. It never pans out.
The District Attorney
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 18 comment(s)
Thursday, January 09, 2014
“Really, a lot of it is selling who we are and what we’re about,” Towers said. “I can speak for Ken and Derrick and myself that we’re pretty easygoing people that are not real plastic at all. Kind of ‘What you see is what you get,’ and I think some people like that style. It’s pretty casual, but it’s real and it’s straightforward and not a lot of bells and whistles, just kind of who we are. I think that’s a great quality about this organization and what I love about this organization. It’s kind of down home good people.”
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
Friday, January 03, 2014
But baseball hasn’t had a general manager fired since 2011 — or it has had only one if you count the changes in Miami, where Larry Beinfest was fired as president of baseball operations….....
Another factor is probably tied to the backgrounds of modern GMs, many of whom are business savvy and/or Ivy League trained. Being able to speak the same language as their owners, to rationalize their decision-making based on more quantifiable factors rather than on scouting hunches or gut instincts, can only help when things don’t work out as planned.
As GMs have become more front and center in the post-“Moneyball” years, managers’ stars have dimmed somewhat. And certainly, the GMs are far more secure than the managers they hire; 12 teams have featured new managers since the end of the 2012 season.
Monday, December 16, 2013
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continued to make bold moves in remaking the team Monday, dealing closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A third baseman Matt Davidson.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Wikipedia “Swiss Armed Forces” article: “Swiss Army knives are also issued, but are not considered weapons.”
The Mariners have reached an agreement with infielder Willie Bloomquist on a two-year deal in the $5-6MM range, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Bloomquist, a client of Scott Boras, batted .317/.360/.367 without a homer or stolen base in 139 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2013. Bloomquist has spent the past three seasons in Arizona, batting a combined .289/.328/.368 with four homers—all of which came back in 2011. The 36-year-old served as a Swiss army knife for manager Kirk Gibson, playing shortstop, second base, third base, left field and right field in his time with the D-Backs.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Nice collection of videos put together at AZ Snakepit. The guy was amazing all year. A defensive season for the ages, one of the best I have ever seen, and if the Fielding Bibile numbers are to be believed, it was just that.
Posted: November 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Getting fired sucks, but it’s still probably better than six consecutive life sentences.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
The purpose of this position is to provide data and systems analyst functions for the Baseball Operations department’s statistical & technology-related initiatives.
Posted: October 05, 2013 at 11:11 PM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their 2013 NL West title by taking a swim in the Chase Field pool. That has upset some folks in Arizona, which makes sense. The Dodgers had already been asked not to return to the field after celebrating in the clubhouse, yet they did so anyway. “I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist said of the dip in the pool. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”
The Dodgers probably peed in the pool, too.
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