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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bundle up! 2020 MLB opening day is March 26, earliest ever

NEW YORK (AP)—The 2020 Major League Baseball season will open March 26, the earliest big league opening day.

The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will play the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition on Monday, March 23 as the first game involving major league teams at Globe Life Field, their new ballpark with a retractable roof.

A person familiar with the schedule then said the season will open on Thursday, March 26. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

And yet they wonder why so many early games suffer due to the cold…..

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: march madness, opening day

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opening day winners and losers: Robinson Cano, Chris Sale and pace-of-play

It’s one game out of 162. One day out of months of them. So how much can you really take away from opening day in Major League Baseball? It’s a valid question. But have you ever known sports not to be a world of overreaction?

So, sure, we’re assessing the winners and losers of opening day. And, yes, the premise is somewhat flawed. But we also know that every baseball fan approaches opening day with slightly more optimism than the other days. Even people in Baltimore.

The winners aren’t just the teams that score more runs — even though that is also technically true. Being an opening day “winner” is about making a statement on the biggest day of the year when all 30 teams play. It’s also about being on the opposite side of expectations. So, no, the Orioles aren’t necessarily “losers” for losing.

The good news? Tomorrow is a new day. And so is the day after that.

Some commentary concerning opening day- wonder how many of these points will still apply at the end of the season….

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, opening day, pace of play, robinson cano

Friday, March 29, 2019

Opening Day 2019: ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’

Before he lost his air of invincibility — before he became a convicted rapist and then, ultimately, a side show — Mike Tyson was a greatly feared boxer. Whether it was because of his fierce style, the historic weakness of the post-Larry Holmes heavyweight division or some combination of the two, no one had an answer for him for the first four years of his career. He was simply unstoppable.

Back when Tyson was unstoppable, his opponents were invariably asked what they’d do against him. What they would do that the guy who was knocked senseless by Tyson a couple of months before did not do. They all had different answers.

Some said they’d use a lot of lateral movement. Some said they’d keep him at bay with jabs. Some said they’d get on their bike and use the whole ring in an effort to tire him out. Some said they’d tie him up. It never worked. At least it never worked until an out-of-shape and ill-prepared Tyson got knocked the hell out by Columbus, Ohio’s own Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990, but that’s another story.

One time, when Tyson was still invincible, someone asked him about his opponents’ strategies and how he intended to counter them. In response, he gave what is probably his most famous quote: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Somewhere, Malcolm “Flash” Gordon is shaking his head at this….

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: boxing, opening day

Astros SS Correa (neck) sidelined for opener

Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa is out of the lineup for Opening Day on Thursday as he grapples with a neck strain.

He took early batting practice before the Astros’ game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field but declared himself a no-go. He told reporters he hopes to play at some point in the opening series.

Correa, 24, suffered the injury in a spring training game on Friday.

“I’m getting better, slowly better,” he said. “It’s day-to-day type of thing. I’m trying to feel great to where I can just swing and let it go. It happened — and obviously, bad timing — in one of the last games in Spring Training against the Mets. I went to tag (Michael) Conforto and tripped with him and fell on my shoulder. Thank God, (the injury) was not my shoulder; it was just my neck. I just recovered slowly.”

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, neck, opening day

Nationals lose 1st game of 2019 with 2018-type miscues

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some respects, the first game of 2019 felt a bit like a remnant of 2018 all over again for manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals.

As much as the roster has been reworked after missing the playoffs, with plenty of folks gone — most prominently, of course, Bryce Harper — and plenty arrived to replace them, the sorts of things that ailed the Nationals last season were again on display in a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets on opening day.

That included an up-and-down-the-lineup inability to hit in the clutch and one particularly bad example of baserunning by rookie center fielder Victor Robles.

Do you think Mike Rizzo ever regrets his hubris from 2012 at all?

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, opening day

Everybody’s journey is different: Merrill Kelly’s unique path to his first opening day

LOS ANGELES — On a day in which there would be 15 baseball games, hundreds of waving ballplayers lined along dozens of basepaths, thousands of souls in those ballparks, all ready to start over, to try it again, to be a little better this time, Merrill Kelly awoke Thursday morning in a hotel room in the clouds above downtown here. Bre, his wife of four months, was beside him.

Of all of those journeys to all of those basepaths in all of those ballparks, Kelly’s would conclude with a bus ride of two or three miles, up the hill, from where, perhaps, he would see his every step till now. Through the minor leagues, through four years in Korea, though the trials of time and distance, to a small patch of smoothed dirt saved between Archie Bradley and Alex Avila, teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, to his first opening day, his first day in the big leagues, his first recognition that what was maybe possible had happened.

“Some days, and I was telling these guys,” Kelly said, gesturing around him, “me standing here talking to you right now, this day was literally miles away. So many miles away.”

He turned 30 in October. He is a right-handed pitcher scheduled to start Monday in San Diego. But, for a day at least, he was a guy in a big-league jersey after years being an SK Wyvern, an Escogido Leon, a Durham Bull, a Salt River Rafter.

A reminder of the ways in which the beginning of the season serves as a beginning for many of the players on the field.

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cup o coffee, merrill kelly, opening day

Cubs, Rangers fans miss opening ceremonies due to long lines outside stadium

The final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington did not start the way anyone hoped. And that’s before the first pitch was thrown Thursday between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

David Tarrant, a reporter with Dallas Morning News, intended to talk to fans about the final season to be played at the park. He was even there for opening day in 1994.

Instead, he listened to angry fans stuck outside as lines extended down the block from the third base side to the home plate side.

It turns out the problems with Rangers management extend beyond the product on the field….

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lines, opening day, rangers

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Baseball Savant | baseballsavant.com

If you haven’t been following the improvements to Baseball Savant, you’ve been missing out. Check out the Opening Day game previews.

Happy Opening Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

MLB notebook: Orioles’ Cobb (groin) lands on IL

The Baltimore Orioles placed scheduled Opening Day starter Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin, the club announced Monday.

Cobb departed his final spring training outing after one inning Saturday due to the injury.

Fellow right-hander Andrew Cashner likely will draw the season-opening assignment for Baltimore on Thursday against the host New York Yankees.

The Cleveland Spiders could use a good challenge….

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, groin, opening day, orioles

Mariners back to exhibition games after trip to Japan

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais didn’t need long to come up with one immediate advantage to playing exhibition games after having already opened the regular season.

“Yeah, the fact we’re 2-0 is not a bad thing,” Servais joked.

Servais could joke because the atmosphere around the Seattle clubhouse was relaxed, if not a little jet-lagged still, before beginning an awkward two-day stretch on Monday night with the first of two exhibition games against the San Diego Padres.

After the fanfare and excitement of traveling across the Pacific to Japan, opening the season with a pair of victories over Oakland, and bidding farewell to the professional career of Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners returned home for a pair of games with little-to-no meaning that don’t count in the standings.

In case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to return to the pre-season after your regular season has already begun….

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: exhibitions, japan, mariners, opening day

Familiar teams favored in MLB despite shifting stars

Washington (AFP) - Superstar sluggers Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will try to turn their new clubs into title contenders but mostly familiar teams figure to dominate this year’s Major League Baseball championship chase.

After a two-game debut in Tokyo that was basically a farewell celebration for Japanese legend Ichiro Suzuki, the major league campaign opens in earnest on Thursday in North American venues.

Harper, a six-time All-Star outfielder, never went deeper than four first-round playoff exits in seven seasons with Washington before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years at $330 million earlier this month.

In other words, kind of what we’d expect after the last off-season.

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, opening day, same old same old

Top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to be on Padres opening-day roster, reports say

While many MLB teams shy away from having their top prospects start the season in the majors, the San Diego Padres seem to be going in the opposite direction.

According to several media reports, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., 20, who has never played a game above the Class AA level, will be on the Padres’ 25-man roster on opening day.

The news comes a day after 23-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack, who also hasn’t played above Class AA, was announced as the starting pitcher for San Diego’s fourth regular-season game on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

Padres management has clearly gone mad with power! Run, everyone, run!!!!

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., opening day, roster battles, service time

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In data-driven age, ‘honor’ of opening day start still big

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As spring training neared its conclusion, a reporter mentioned to Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez that Max Scherzer was not precisely on schedule to start on opening day.

“He’s going to be lined up,” Martinez said with a laugh. “Come Thursday at 1:05, he’ll be on the mound.”

Of course he will. Scherzer is, after all, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and runner-up last season. So it makes perfect sense that when Washington hosts the NL East rival New York Mets this week, Scherzer will take on the pitcher who topped him in the NL voting, Jacob deGrom.

Or, The (Symbolic) Importance Of Opening-Day Starting

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, symbolism

Ranking all 30 of MLB’s opening day starters for 2019

Brace yourself, baseball fans. Opening day is almost here.

We got a small taste of meaningful baseball last week when the Seattle Mariners swept a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Japan. Now, though, we’re primed and ready for the season’s first full slate on March 28.

That’s right, all 30 teams will be in action on this year’s traditional opening day. And as always, one of the more interesting aspects leading into the big day is which pitchers will get the honor of throwing their team’s first pitch.

A listing of everyone scheduled to be (or, in two cases, already have been) opening day starters- curious to know what criteria you’d use and how your lists would look.

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, pitching, rankings

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Giants confident massive new scoreboard will be ready for Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO—When members of the local media were let into Oracle Park on Friday to see upgrades, it was easy to be concerned about the scoreboard. The new version appears nowhere close to done, but the Giants are quickly making progress, and in the few minutes it took three team executives to brief the media on the ballpark, one percent of the scoreboard panels got completed.

Bill Schlough, the team’s Chief Information Officer, said there are no concerns about Opening Day. The $10 million Diamond Vision board will be fully operational by April 5, when the team returns home to host the Tampa Bay Rays. Schlough said the scoreboard will be more than two-thirds finished by Monday’s exhibition game against the A’s, and since the Giants have been testing it as they install rows, they will be able to use the completed portion Monday.

Even that will represent a significant upgrade. The new scoreboard will be the first 4K version in the majors, and will be 153 feet wide and 70 feet high. It is more than three times the size of the previous one, with twice the resolution.

Doings at China Basin- would that I had either the time or money….

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: china basin, giants, opening day, scoreboard

Injured duo Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.

The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday’s opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the 10-day injured list. He has been recovering from a right calf strain that’s limited him during spring training. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game but has participated in intrasquad minor league games. Potentially frigid weather in Minneapolis is an extra concern for Cleveland.

Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won’t do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, injuries, jason kipnis, opening day

 

 

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