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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kershaw (unanimous), Kluber win Cy Young Awards

AL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
 
Corey Kluber,  Indians17112169
Felix Hernandez,  Mariners1317159
Chris Sale, White Sox2195378
Jon Lester, Red Sox/Athletics315746
Max Scherzer,  Tigers46832
David Price, Rays/Tigers23416
Phil Hughes,  Twins146
Wade Davis, Royals33
Greg Holland, Royals11

NL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers30210
Johnny Cueto,  Reds2361112
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals72397
Madison Bumgarner, Giants13228
Jordan Zimmermann,  Nationals17825
Cole Hamels,  Phillies6517
Zack Greinke, Dodgers226
Doug Fister,  Nationals135
Jake Arrieta,  Cubs33
Craig Kimbrel,  Braves33
Stephen Strasburg,  Nationals33
Henderson Alvarez,  Marlins11
The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, clayton kershaw, corey kluber, cy young award, dodgers, indians

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Should Cleveland Indians trade prospect Francisco Lindor? Hey, Hoynsie! | cleveland.com

Q/A with Paul Hoynes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Monday, November 03, 2014

Terry’s Talkin’ about the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana and the search for power—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians don’t intend to open the season with Francisco Lindor in the Majors. They believe he can use more time at Class AAA. That means Jose Ramirez starts at shortstop, with Jason Kipnis at second base. Aviles is the backup at both positions.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, francisco lindor, indians, mike aviles, zach walters

Friday, October 10, 2014

Recap: Survivor: “Actions vs. Accusations”

Anyway, he’s still in good shape.

“It was well played,” John Rocker says, walking down the steps with the Idol in his pocket. “I enjoyed myself and was happy to have the opportunity,” John says…

I just can’t see voting John Rocker out at this stage in the season, other than to avoid awkward moments at mixed tribe social events. If you go along with John, he’s always a bigger target than you are, no matter who you happen to be. He’s always the person who will be viewed as the bigger threat or the bigger cancer. And maybe in the short-term he catches you a few fish and keeps you close in a couple challenges. But in the long-term, he’s a guy who couldn’t win a Jury vote if he went to 100 different “Survivor” Juries composed of 100 different Juries of his peers. He wouldn’t even win a “Survivor” Jury composed of nine Braves fans who only watched the 1999 season. Nobody would ever give John Rocker a million bucks and if he’s competing hard in challenges and helping at camp and your tribe sucks anyway? There’s no way they get stronger by voting John Rocker out…

That was my passionate defense of John Rocker in this situation. And I mostly believe it! You know what I also believe? That Sports Illustrated article came out in 1999. If, in 15 years, John Rocker hasn’t found a way to not fight back when people come after him about it? He can’t expect to play a game like “Survivor.” And if, 15 years later, he hasn’t realized that there’s a target on his back everything he does and he has to be thrice as polite and pacified as those around him? There’s nothing to be said. From the sexist grumbling after losing to his girlfriend to the inability to recognize the line between competitiveness and hostility, John Rocker couldn’t possibly have made it easier for everybody to take the assumptions they already had about him and transfer those assumptions to game strategy against him. He basically said, “You heard I was a monster… Well… I’ll be a jerk and that’ll confirm for you that I’m a monster.” That’s all under his control. Or it has to be under control if he was going to have any chance on “Survivor.” Jeff Kent was frequently reported to be one of the worst teammates in baseball, but he was mostly able to be an understated, mediocre “Survivor” player. John Rocker didn’t see any point in trying to be understated and so he became who the other players thought he was.

The District Attorney Posted: October 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians, john rocker, rangers, rays, television

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in second straight start

Corey Kluber and the Indians did what they had to do Sunday at Target Field.

Kluber struck out 14 for the second consecutive game and the reborn offense recorded 14 hits in a 7-2 victory over the Twins. The Indians, who entered Sunday trailing Kansas City for the second AL wild-card spot by 3½ games, return home for the final seven games of the season.

The final homestand starts with a four-game series against the Royals.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gammons: Looking ahead at the Indians’ Big Four power arms

“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.

as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, allowed 107 hits, posted a 2.12 earned run average, walked 36 and struck out 141…

No one in The Big Four is over 28 years old… [Corey] Kluber developed his mix of fastball command, cutters and creativity through the minor leagues. Salazar seemed headed towards front end stardom last season, then got off to such a bad start that he ended back in Columbus… [Trevor] Bauer, who has definite ideas on how he wants to pitch, has made tremendous strides in morphing some of his ideas to those the manager and staff believe necessary… [Carlos] Carrasco was [on] a bumpy shuttle from Cleveland to triple-A, starting to the bullpen and back… In his five starts since going back into the rotation, he has thrown his 97-99 [mph] from the outset, and the result has been 33 IP with 21 hits, 3 earned runs and an eye-popping 34-4 strikeout-walk ratio…

come March, there will be expectations for the Indians, largely because of that collaborative effort that is developing a pitching staff whose power arms should not only keep them in the 2015 AL Central race, but if they get to the post-season should play in October.

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, corey kluber, danny salazar, indians, trevor bauer

The New York Daily News will no longer print images of Chief Wahoo

There is a move afoot for newspapers and other news organizations to refer to the Washington Redskins as “Washington,” or to otherwise avoid using the name of the team which many people consider to be epithet. Now at least one newspaper is extending that practice to racist imagery as well. The New York Daily News:

  Yesterday, the News published this great editorial about the Washington team name. Today, we can also tell you that the paper will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ logo, Chief Wahoo.

  Another obvious and positive development, and one that won’t prevent us from continuing to call on the team and others in media to do the same. In reporting on this issue in the recent past, it became clear to me that Native American groups consider Chief Wahoo offensive, which is enough for the rest of us to deem it inappropriate.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: chief wahoo, indians, new york mets, offensive logos

Monday, September 01, 2014

Heavy rain forces suspension of Royals-Indians game, which will resume Sept. 22 in Cleveland

less pressure on the Royals to perform.

The wind punished the flags hanging high above the outfield walls. A hail of plastic bags and paper napkins whipped through the sky. During a rain delay that postponed what would have been a crushing Royals loss, a sudden storm dispersed the remnants of a capacity crowd and provided imagery that was cruel but fitting.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 with the Royals trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning to the Cleveland Indians. The game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, hours before the start of a three-game series there. The ending on Sunday marked an anticlimactic finish to a deflating night at Kauffman Stadium.

“It’s not over yet,” manager Ned Yost said. “We’ve still got half an inning to play.”

Indeed, but the moment was lost. The energy seeped from the ballpark in stages. As the Royals staggered toward their fourth consecutive loss of a similar vintage, the early optimistic vibes faded into desperation. The crowd appeared exultant when Alex Gordon’s ninth-inning homer tied the game. Yet they departed this park merely disconsolate and soggy, even if the final result is still in doubt.

 

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Maybe moving this game to Cleveland will put less pressure on the Royals to perform.

The wind punished the flags hanging high above the outfield walls. A hail of plastic bags and paper napkins whipped through the sky. During a rain delay that postponed what would have been a crushing Royals loss, a sudden storm dispersed the remnants of a capacity crowd and provided imagery that was cruel but fitting.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 with the Royals trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning to the Cleveland Indians. The game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, hours before the start of a three-game series there. The ending on Sunday marked an anticlimactic finish to a deflating night at Kauffman Stadium.

“It’s not over yet,” manager Ned Yost said. “We’ve still got half an inning to play.”

Indeed, but the moment was lost. The energy seeped from the ballpark in stages. As the Royals staggered toward their fourth consecutive loss of a similar vintage, the early optimistic vibes faded into desperation. The crowd appeared exultant when Alex Gordon’s ninth-inning homer tied the game. Yet they departed this park merely disconsolate and soggy, even if the final result is still in doubt.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, indians, rain, royals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Indians Sign Russell Branyan

Outman out, Strikeoutman in!

The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the Majors in 2011… Branyan, now 38 years of age, has seen the Majors in parts of 14 different seasons between the Indians, Brewers, Padres, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rays, Phillies, Cardinals and Angels. He’s a lifetime .232/.329/.485 hitter with 194 homers, including a career-high 31 back in 2009 with Seattle.

The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, russell branyan, transactions

Monday, August 25, 2014

FG: Joe Maddon’s Bunting Identity Crisis

I also thought the graph of “league wide WPA on sac bunts” was extremely interesting.

Since he began leading the Rays in 2006, Joe Maddon has been known as one of the more progressive MLB managers… He’s even spoke out publicly against sac bunting in the past… [yet] The Tampa Bay Rays have attempted 58 non-pitcher sacrifice bunts this season, by far the highest mark in the major leagues. No other team has even 50… Just 35 of those 58 attempts have turned into “successful” sacrifice bunts… 35-of-58 yields a 60% success rate. That’s bad. The league average success rate for a sacrifice bunt is 71%. Only five teams have lower success rates on bunts than the Rays this year…

the Rays, despite having attempted more sac bunts than anyone, have not executed more sac bunts than anyone. Instead, that title goes to Terry Francona’s Indians, with a league-leading 38 successful sacrifice bunts. The Indians, like the Rays, are known as one of the most progressive organizations in baseball and Francona has a reputation as a progressive manager from his time with the Theo Epstein-led Red Sox who didn’t bunt at all…  both the Indians (104 wRC+) and Rays (102 wRC+) have top-1o offenses in baseball this season… The Indians have at least bunted well, which is more than the Rays can say, with an 82% success rate that is topped only by the Rangers’ 86%...

To be honest, I really can’t think of a good explanation as to why Maddon and Francona have fallen in love with the sacrifice bunt this year. Both have proven to be anti-bunt in the past and have strong lineups, yet rely on the bunt more than any other manager in baseball seemingly to a fault.

Just for fun, since we’re talking about the Rays and the Indians, what do the bunting habits of the Moneyball A’s look like? Fewest in the league, with just 12. Part of that is due in part to their league-worst 44% success rate, but they’ve also attempted just 24, the sixth-fewest in the MLB.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, indians, joe maddon, rays, strategy, terry francona

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nick Swisher undergoes surgery, is out for the year

Brohio might still be okay with it.

The Indians have announced that Nick Swisher is undergoing surgery on his knees today…

This season has been a disaster for Swisher, as he’s hitting just .208/.278/.331 in 401 plate appearances, with only 8 home runs, after hitting 20+ in nine consecutive seasons. That .208 batting average is second worst in the American League among qualified hitters, as is his .608 OPS. Factoring in his terrible defense this season, and Swisher has a case as the worst player in MLB this season, among starters.

Swisher is owed another $30 million over the next two seasons, and at this moment, I have a hard time seeing that work out well for the Tribe.

The District Attorney Posted: August 20, 2014 at 08:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, nick swisher

Friday, August 15, 2014

Corey Kluber has rain to thank for rise to game’s elite

I bless the rain down in… Columbus???

Rain showers had washed away Triple-A Columbus’ pregame plan, and Corey Kluber retreated to the confines of a cage to complete his workout. With rain falling and nothing but time on his hands, the pitcher decided to have some fun with the mound session.

Kluber fired his customary four-seam fastball, but he then started working in a two-seam sinker every few pitches. Ruben Niebla, who was Columbus’ pitching coach during that 2011 season, liked what he saw and told the right-hander to finish the workout with nothing but sinkers… What the Indians could not have known on that rainy afternoon three years ago was the turning point in Kluber’s career had quietly arrived…

Heading into Monday’s off-day for the Tribe, Kluber was 13-6 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP through 25 starts this season… “He’s getting an air about him like a Nolan Ryan or a Roger Clemens,” pitching coach Mickey Callaway said…

Callaway says the two-seamer has increased the effectiveness of Kluber’s two main offspeed offerings… Entering Monday’s action, Fangraphs.com gave Kluber’s cutter a 12.2 rating, which was the second-best cut fastball in baseball behind Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (16.9)... hitters have posted a .072 (11-for-153) average in at-bats ending with Kluber’s curveball, which has Fangraph’s highest rating (17.7) in the Majors for that particular pitch…

And what if it had not rained on that afternoon three years ago?

“I guess we’ll never know,” Kluber said with a smile.

The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 06:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Sullivan: Going inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement

On the other hand, Matt LaPorta is opening up a pizza place, so I think the Brewers are ok with it.

Used to be, in terms of performance, [Michael] Brantley was consistently, exactly average. Now, take a trip through the Wins Above Replacement leaderboard. You see Mike Trout at the top, naturally. Then there’s Alex Gordon, and Josh Donaldson, a previous breakthrough. Hanging out with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton is Brantley, who this year has become a fringe MVP candidate…

Brantley is pulling the ball more, especially against fastballs… By and large, against non-fastballs, Brantley hasn’t been that different. He’s been better, but only slightly… he’s looking for a fastball to drive, and he’s willing to swing at the fastball hard… Brantley’s seeing fewer fastballs than ever, and he’s seeing fewer strikes than ever, because now he’s more often punishing fastballs and punishing strikes. This is what happens when players adjust in the major leagues—the major leagues adjust back, in response. Brantley’s been excellent in the second half, so he’s still coming out ahead…

Brantley has gotten more and more aggressive within the strike zone, but he hasn’t lost any of his discipline. He’s not swinging at more pitches out of the zone than he did in 2010. He’s making the same amount of contact… There’s nothing dramatic here. There’s no swing overhaul. There’s no adjusted stance. Brantley always had the skills. Now he’s just figured out how to put them all together in the right way.

The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jeff sullivan, michael brantley, sabermetrics

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pirates Acquire John Axford

One day, the Ax just fell…

The Pirates have acquired righty John Axford from the Indians, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Axford, 31, joined Cleveland on a one-year, $4.5MM free agent contract after being non-tendered by the Cardinals…

On the year, Axford has posted a 3.92 ERA with 10.5 K/9 but a troubling 6.5 BB/9 over 43 2/3 innings… Axford opened the season as the Cleveland closer, and picking up ten saves in the process, but lost the job with inconsistent performance…

Pittsburgh got Axford on a straight waiver claim and will be on the hook for the approximately $1.1MM that he is still owed this year, tweets ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

The District Attorney Posted: August 14, 2014 at 04:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, john axford, pirates, transactions

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ohio state senator urges Cleveland Indians to change team name, mascot

Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…

Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.

In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:

  “A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native American caricature, such as Chief Wahoo, is an affront to Native Americans and…An evolving sense of decency and respect demand that the Cleveland Indians change their nickname and mascot.”

The Ohio General Assembly is on summer break.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, legislation, mascots, native americans, ohio, politics

Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His statue, along with Thome’s and Bob Feller’s, will all be moved to the same part of the stadium.

Gate C, which is beyond right-center field, will be revamped to create a more open space with a view of the field.

The bullpens will be rebuilt so that they are right next to one another, and there will be seating on all sides of them, giving fans an “enhanced connection.” (This should also cut down on the number of balls thrown onto the field by Cincinnati relievers!)

The Kids Clubhouse will be expanded to two levels.

A number of luxury suites will be removed. Progressive Field currently has the second most suites in MLB, so this move makes sense.

There will be a new two-story bar down the right-field line, with decks that look out onto the field and city skyline beyond the stadium, There will be both indoor and outdoor seating at the bar.

The upper deck in right field will be rebuilt so that it can host large-group gatherings during the season (perhaps an LGT meetup???). It will also be structured in a way that allows for the section to be used as a standing-room only area for the postseason and other high-demand games.

Progressive Field currently has a seating capacity of 42,487. These renovations will lower that capacity to somewhere between 37-38,000.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Must C: Ball gets loose on field

Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, reds, umpires, umpiring

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Livingston: Jim Thome is Cleveland Indians’ HR leader, but statue should have been Omar Vizquel

Updating the Lord Livingston calendar…

Thome played for six teams and spent nine seasons elsewhere, despite saying, before he left Cleveland the first time, “They’ll have to tear the uniform off my back,” although really all the Phillies had to do was dangle a massive contract while the players union squeezed, and off popped the uniform, neatly enough.

A lot of Indians from the 1990s, led by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, chased the last dollar without saying their laundry would have to be shredded before it would be shed. A few others -– George Brett in Kansas City, a smaller market than Cleveland, Cal Ripken in Baltimore, Derek Jeter, moving nimbly despite the Brinks truck strapped to his back in New York -– stayed with one team for their entire careers.

A nice man with a simple approach to life, Thome was in the shadow of either Belle or Ramirez much of the time he was here. He was never a great leader, except as a leader in bashing in an era –- although I firmly believe Thome was absolutely clean – of pharmaceutical-enhanced bashers.

While preaching self-sacrifice, he yet managed contractual self-indulgence, or at least indulgence of those close to him, and lacked the resolve to carve out his own path. He was offered his name on the left field home run porch, a lifetime job with the team and the chance to be a second franchise icon for life.  It was not enough.

The statue could have gone to another player who was one of the best, not only of his era, but of any era, at his position—shortstop—which did not come down to playing batter (designated hitter, Thome’s role eventually.)

This other player was told he and the final pair of his 11 Gold Gloves awards, which he was to win elsewhere, were expendable in the grand, mission statement-fueled rebuilding project that was to begin.

The statue should have been of Omar Vizquel.

Repoz Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Friday, August 01, 2014

Rosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges

It has not been a good summer for former Yankees outfielders accused of sexual impropriety.

A Nassau County jury convicted a former player for the Yankees, Rosendo “Rusty” Torres, Thursday of sexually abusing a girl at his baseball clinic in Plainview several years ago.

The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Torres, 65, of Massapequa of charges that he sexually molested another girl who attended the clinic, which he ran from 2008 to 2012 while he was employed by Town of Oyster Bay. He was suspended after his arrest.

Torres remains free on $50,000 bond. He refused to comment as he left Nassau County Court in Mineola. His attorney, Troy A. Smith of White Plains, said, “We respectfully disagree with the verdict.” He said an appeal was planned.

“Mr. Torres is obviously gravely disappointed. I’m gravely disappointed. We believe there were reasonable doubts,” the attorney said.

Torres, a light-hitting outfielder with a .212 career batting average and 35 home runs during his nine years with five Major League Baseball teams, faces up to 7 years in prison on each of five counts of sexual abuse in the first degree when he is sentenced Oct. 7.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nationals acquire infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from Indians

Wasn’t this guy supposed to be able to field? That was weird.

The Nationals solved their second-base problem by acquiring infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for infielder Zach Walters on Thursday about an hour before the non-waiver Trade Deadline…

The Nationals made this move after learning that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman would be out for at least the regular season because of a Grade 3 hamstring injury. Anthony Rendon will continue to serve as the everyday third baseman.

Walters, meanwhile, was a utility player for the Nationals and made two Major League stints this year, going 8-for-39 (.205) with three home runs and five RBIs.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cardinals To Acquire Justin Masterson

Robbin’ Masters?

The Indians and Cardinals have agreed to a deal that will send Justin Masterson to St. Louis, Peter Gammons reports (on Twitter). Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that top outfield prospect James Ramsey is headed to Cleveland (Twitter link).

Masterson, 29… [has] battled a knee issue for most of this season, which could very likely have contributed to his 5.51 ERA and bloated walk rate (5.1 BB/9).

Masterson’s fastball velocity has declined significantly this season, falling from an average of 91.6 mph in 2013 to 89.1 in 2014. However, Masterson’s now former pitching coach Mickey Callaway said earlier in the month that he felt Masterson’s knee injury had altered his mechanics, which could explain the dip in velocity as well as the increase in walks.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Caucasians’ T-shirt mocking Cleveland Indians becomes hot seller on reserves

A First Nations band that wore the shirt was accused of racism.  Honest.

John Northey Posted: July 29, 2014 at 01:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, racism

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)...

Competitive Balance Round A

  Marlins
  Rockies
  Cardinals
  Brewers
  Padres
  Indians

Competitive Balance Round B

  Reds
  Athletics
  Mariners
  Twins
  Orioles
  Diamondbacks

As MLB.com’s Jim Callis explained earlier in the week, teams that have one of the 10 smallest markets or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds (Round A) or between the second and third rounds (Round B).

Its about time the Cardinals got some help to become more competitive.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journal News: Recap of Derek Jeter Retirement Gifts

The big 2nd half issue at BBTF is likely to be the retirement gifts The Captain receives as he completes his Final Journey. To provide perspective, the LoHud Yankee Blog reviews the 1st half:

May 25 — White Sox
Once a powerful hitter for both the Yankees and White Sox, retired slugger Ron Kittle built Jeter’s U.S. Cellular Field retirement gift. Kittle created a bench made of baseball equipment with bases as the seat, bats as the back and arm rests, and baseballs used for decoration and spacing. Long time White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko also presented Jeter with clay removed from the shortstop position at U.S. Cellular, plus a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

Looks like it wouldn’t be difficult for Furtdao to top the Cubs effort on behalf of BBTF.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SB Nation: The Many Crimes of Mel Hall

So if you thought the Chad Curtis story wasn’t creepy enough, there is the Mel Hall story.

“Mel Hall loved sex. Sex is what drove him,” said McMillan. According to a high school teammate, Hall impregnated two girls by the time he was a high school senior. The best guess of Texas authorities for the number of children he eventually sired is eight.

McMillan added, “He was a young guy who made a lot of money real fast, and he wanted to buy his way through life.”

So that was Mel Hall: a disappointment as a player, a tall tale, a caricature of a narcissistic athlete untethered from reality by sudden fame and fortune, a guy who did everything in excess. No, he probably wasn’t someone you wanted to be close with, but he filled up column space and kept things interesting over 162 games.

So when Hall started showing up to the ballpark with 15-year-old Jennifer Diaz, the most common reaction was one of amused curiosity.

The tabloid news show “A Current Affair” did a story on the odd couple. When Jennifer sat in the family section with players’ wives 10 and 20 years older than her, his teammates teased him for picking up his fiancée at Toys “R” Us. The organization, in a portion of their 1991 team yearbook devoted to players and their significant others, even included a picture of Mel and Jennifer at a school prom. No one blinked, at least publicly. It was all part of Mel Hall being Mel Hall….

The first time Hall had sex with Jennifer, her father was asleep on the sofa several feet away. After it was over, the 15-year-old cried. Decades later, she testified that Hall told her it was OK because he would marry her once she turned 18.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 360 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, indians, mel hall, sexual assault, statutory rape, yankees

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