Thursday, April 03, 2014
$25. $25. $25. $25.
Sales of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ $25 corn dog have been so brisk that the team’s concessionaires can’t wait for a week-long road trip that starts Friday so that they can prep enough to be ready for the team’s April 11-13 homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are selling the D-Bat—an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon and served with fries—for $25.
The 18-inch corn dog, called the D-Bat, is stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon and is served with a side of fries.
Posted: April 03, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 42 comment(s)
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mainly a puff piece, but I figure we should have some sort of place to discuss it in retrospect and discuss future possibilities for non-WBC MLB international ventures.
This trip is over now, but MLB’s international adventures will continue. The details and itineraries of the next excursions have yet to be mapped out. There’s a whole world out there, and much of it is as intrigued by baseball as it is in Taiwan or China or Japan or, as it turns out, Down Under.
So cheers, Australia, and no worries. Major League Baseball will be back.
Friday, March 21, 2014
According to Kevin Towers, Didi is now a prepubescent Derek Jeter.
Last season, against left-handed pitching, Didi hit .200/.267/.245. Quite simply, terrible. Especially compared to his very respectable .275/.359/.429 against righties. It is when you look at his splits against starters versus relievers, though, when things get interesting. Against left-handed starters, the young shortstop hit .261/.354/.333. So, wait. He hit sixty-one points higher against left-handed starters than lefties as a whole? Yes, he did. In fact, he was actually slightly better against southpaw starters than right-handed ones. He hit for more power against right-handers - all seven of his home runs - but otherwise he only hit .250/.326/.382. If managers look at Gregorius and think about platooning him against lefties, perhaps they should think again.
So the question becomes, how could a player hit seventy-five points worse against lefties last year, while hitting sixty-one points higher against such pitchers as starters? The only explanation: he must have had absolutely no success against left-handed relievers.
Baseball-Reference categorizes pitchers into three different types: power, pitchers who are in the top third of the league in strikeouts plus walks; finesse, pitchers in the bottom third in strikeouts plus walks; and avg p/f, somewhere in between. Looking deeper into Gregorius numbers last year, and we see that he struggled the most against finesse pitchers. Which is strange because teams usually stack their power arms in the bullpen. And we just got done saying that Didi’s struggles against lefties are isolated to the bullpen.
JE (Jason Epstein)
Posted: March 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM | 12 comment(s)
4:00 AM- Dodgers (Kershaw) “at” Diamondbacks (Miley)
10 PM-Dodgers (Ryu) “at” Diamondbacks (Cahill)
Both games on MLB Network and also, I believe, the local RSNs.
(All times Eastern)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It just wouldn’t be spring without a grumpy ‘Dre.
SYDNEY, Australia—As much as bombastic Dodgers President Stan Kasten tries to convince people otherwise, it’s clear not all of his players like the idea of starting their season on the other side of the world.
Working out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday turned the usually affable Andre Ethier into the moody Andre Ethier of years past. Without the slightest trace of a smile, a clearly irritated Ethier sarcastically recited the company line.
“Glad to be here,” Ethier said. “Fun trip. This is a good time. Great for baseball. Good for Australia. Happy to be here, guys.”
Sunday, March 16, 2014
An MRI on Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin’s left elbow showed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Sunday, and it appears he could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Even if he doesn’t need surgery, Corbin likely won’t be pitching anytime soon, a crushing blow for a team with designs on contending in the National League West.
Friday, March 14, 2014
He wants baseball’s drug testing program strengthened and says it’s impossible to believe the game is totally clean without it. He wants Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun to once and for all divulge the details that led to his drug suspension instead of vague apologies. He wants the Hall of Fame to be off limits to any player linked to performance-enhancing drugs. And, if it’s not asking too much, he wants every player to hustle to first base.
When the St.Louis Cardinals signed Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $52 million contract this offseason less than two months after the shortstop served a 50-game suspension for his links to the Biogenesis doping scandal, Ziegler reacted to the controversial deal on Twitter: “It pays to cheat. Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use.”
Posted: March 14, 2014 at 05:18 AM | 33 comment(s)
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 06:35 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 10:37 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 10:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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