Thursday, February 02, 2017
This is a few months old, published around the World Series, but still a good listen. The latest from Primate Eric Enders’ baseball history podcast.
Born in Ozanna, Poland, at the start of the Third Reich, Moe Drabowsky escaped from Hitler and came to America as a toddler. He embraced life in America, becoming first the hardest-throwing young prospect in baseball, then its most notorious prankster. And in 1966, after arm injuries had caused everyone to write him off for good, he resurrected his career and authored the most spectacular relief pitching performance in World Series history.
Also features some comments from Gene Larkin about this moment.
Posted: February 02, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
1966 world series
Friday, January 27, 2017
Agents for the top two remaining free-agent left-handers, Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, are signaling to teams that the pitchers will secure deals of at least two years and $12 million.
*The Blue Jays are trying to add two relievers, a lefty to replace Brett Cecil and a righty as well. Signing one such pitcher for bigger money — say, Blevins or right-hander Joe Blanton — could limit the team’s options.
*The Indians continue to explore the market, and bullpen coach Jason Bere was one of two representatives from the team to watch Craig Breslow’s throwing session on Monday, according to a scout in attendance. Breslow impressed scouts by throwing at a lower arm slot. The Mets and Dodgers each had two officials attend the session as well, and the Jays and Cubs were among the other clubs represented.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
We need to see more Duane Wards, Sparky Lyles, and Rollie Fingers again.
Get rid of the closers and bring back the firemen!
“The one thing I think you’re seeing a little differently is having someone that has closer-like stuff being used for two or three innings, and then balancing that with a pitch count,” Mozeliak said. “That’s a very slippery slope when you talk about in-season vs. postseason.”
Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, September 30, 2016
I know, I know—Britton’s innings total, currently 65 1/3, would be the lowest ever for a Cy winner.
Problem is, the top nine starters in the league are virtually indistinguishable, with ERAs between 3.06 and 3.21. And the last AL pitcher to win the Cy with an ERA above 3.00 was CC Sabathia in 2007.
So, it’s a good but not great group of starters vs. a record-setting reliever. Or hadn’t you noticed? Britton is a perfect 47-for-47 in saves. His 0.55 ERA would be the lowest in history for a pitcher with a minimum of 50 innings.
Porcello’s 22-4 record is partly the product of his league-leading run support, but he also has produced the lowest opponents’ OPS among qualifiers. Yet, even in that category, the difference between first and eighth is minuscule; all of the starters are that close.
It’s not unprecedented for a reliever to win the Cy; it just takes unique circumstances. I would say these are pretty darned unique.
To which BK responds:
for his generous support.
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