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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Deadspin: Kelby Tomlinson gets his first MLB hit in front of his wife and dad.

Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:

“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’

“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so exciting. I wanted to throw up. I’m just so proud of him.”

Baseball is awesome.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Agent Scott Boras wants panel to rule on readiness of players prior to end of spring training

My opinion? Well, you know how some people are “on your side”, but you really, really wish they weren’t?...

Baseball agent Scott Boras wants “panels” consisting of baseball experts to help decide if a first-year player is worthy of making the team out of spring training…

“The union or somebody may come in and say they’ve made a claim that this player is major league-ready, and to place him in the minor leagues would not be appropriate from a skills standpoint. Then, all of a sudden, it’s subject to review by a panel like former managers and [other] baseball experts,” Boras said. “It’s up to the owners and the MLBPA to make sure they address this so it’s not brought down to a level of representation of players.”

In other words, Boras doesn’t want to be the one advocating for his clients to make a team—as he did with [Kris] Bryant during spring training…

Boras was reminded that this panel would essentially be making baseball decisions instead of front offices.

“The minute we have service measurements, we’re telling a team what to do,” Boras said…

Boras also has strong opinions about defensive shifting. He’s against it, for the defender’s sake. He believes it forces players to grasp jobs they haven’t been trained to master.

The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, rookies, scott boras, shifts

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Calcaterra: A’s rookie Mark Canha did the “Bull Durham” cliche thing after his debut

Whaddaya know? Meat wrote it down.

This morning in the recaps I noted that I had never heard of A’s rookie Mark Canha. Now I am certain to never, ever forget him, because he is an instant legend.

No, not because he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in his debut (though that’s awesome) but because he dropped the “Bull Durham” “Good Lord Willin’ . . .” cliche speech in the postgame interview, basically word for word.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, baseball movies, bull durham, rookies



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