Spring Training Newsbeat
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tinder’s location-specific search makes an athlete’s road game easier, and longer stays increase the chances of consummating a match, so for MLB players, in particular, scores come in bunches. “Tinder is better for an area you’re not familiar with, so that’s how a lot of guys meet people,” says Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s off the market but estimates that a third of his single colleagues are right swipers. And that number spikes during spring training, when regulars can punch out by the fifth inning. The taken might kill that time with golf and pool parties. The single guys? “They’re having lots of sex out here, and at least half are using Tinder to do it,” says a Cactus Leaguer with the Giants. “It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Although I don’t like paying higher prices, I don’t really complain about them much. I’m not a fan of all the add on prices, though. Just add them to cost of the ticket.
Plus, there are the “convenience” and service fees, which can be as high as $13 a ticket on a team site.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Teams aren’t following this rule.
Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The News-Press, as part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, analyzed the first 60 road rosters of 2016, four for each Florida-based team. The study did not include split-squad games or Marlins-Cardinals matchups, as they share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
In 60 road trips, only nine times did four or more projected Opening Day starters make the bus ride. On 17 occasions, a minimum of four projected Opening Day starters made the trip. But 32 times, fewer than four Opening Day projected starters were on hand for a road trip. Twice, there were zero.
But according to Major League Baseball, the roster guidelines are being enforced and for the most part are being followed…
Several teams have been fined this spring training, said Michael Teevan, a spokesperson for Major League Baseball. Although he would not divulge the number of violations or the fine amounts, he said lineups are tracked by MLB’s baseball operations department.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
For infielders, Jose Oquendo’s reach extends their grasp.
The Cardinals’ choreographer relies on his feel for the game, his read on the pitcher and increasingly detailed spray charts to direct each infielder where there is a high probability of a play. It’s his sense of positioning that the groundball-greedy Cardinals have come to rely on, and one of the reasons they feel confident converting infielders, even at a premium position like shortstop.
Our Brock Hanke has been touting Oquendo for years.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
So how much are you willing to pay to watch so many “Braves of the future” attempt to seize their opportunity? It’s a given that the team will not be good this season: sportsbooks’ projections range from 65 to 66½ games (or 97 to 95½ losses) and the team is expected to have the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll. So how good will spring training baseball be?
Well, the price gougers at Disney have put a price on the product. And it’s absurd. The Braves are quick to point this is not their call, but admission for Thursday’s spring training game against Detroit at Disney’s Wide World of Sports started — started — at $20. That was just to sit on the berm behind the left field wall, to the right of the foul pole. Ticket prices went up from there: $25 for general admission on the lawn down the left field line, $34 for an actual seat in the upper level or down the right field line and $49 for lower level reserve.
I believe there’s a 10 percent discount for those donating a major organ.
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 17 comment(s)
Friday, February 26, 2016
will play third base this spring, even though it looks as if, assuming Beltre’s stay is extended, another position is in his future. “I’ll play wherever,” Gallo said Thursday morning.
Lewis Brinson, rated as the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect, wants to be a center fielder, but like Gallo, will move around the outfield to accommodate his first big-league stint. Delino DeShields currently occupies center field.
Next on the prospect list is Nomar Mazara, who can play both corner outfield spots. But right and left field are to be held down by Shin-Soo Choo and Josh Hamilton through 2017.
Something tells me that if Brinson and Mazara are any good, they won’t be blocked for long. Third base is different as Beltre continues to shine and Gallo offers a lot of question marks.
Posted: February 26, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ichiro was the big draw last spring, attracting fans who would gather four deep against the fence. With all-time home run king Barry Bonds joining the team as hitting coach this year, the Marlins decided to restrict access, the sources said.
The linked Bradford article basically makes the point that Hanley Ramirez, after 1 day of spring training, hasn’t proven anything. It’s not like Bradford is throwing anyone under the bus, but he has very nicely lined up the bus riiiight next to Ramirez and opened the door for passengers to climb aboard.
Bradford is right that (a) Hanley hasn’t yet proven he can handle 1B and (b) he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. From where I sit, there is a huge amount of doubt.
Spring training isn’t even yet officially underway for the Chicago Cubs, but that didn’t stop young slugger Kyle Schwarber from making his mark at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. During batting practice on Wednesday, Schwarber launched a ball into the parking lot that left an unfortunate souvenir.
Posted: February 18, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 49 comment(s)
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Talks have dragged on for years in a bid to improve and expand the facilities, but to date have been fruitless.
“The plan would be this: to articulate what our needs are (and) to do everything humanly possible to work a deal out with Dunedin, because I think that’s still in our best interests,” Shapiro said. “I think if you look geographically in the state of Florida, that’s still the best place to be.”
Shapiro said he and Matthew Shuber, the Jays’ vice-president of business affairs and in-house legal counsel, have met with Dunedin officials in Florida. Meanwhile, the Jays are preparing a detailed outline of their requirements.
Presumably, Dunedin taxpayers would be expected to cover part of the costs, although Shapiro did not address that issue in his radio interview.
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