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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Dum Dum boys.
Masahiro Tanaka probably would agree.
If, in a tie game, you throw a two-strike, two-out pitch over the middle of the plate to a hitter who can knock the ball out of the ballpark—with first base open and a guy on deck who couldn’t get a hit with a tennis racket—well, you’ve just made a colossal mistake.
And so, after first baseman Mike Napoli lined Tanaka’s belt-high fastball into the first row of the right-field bleachers on Saturday night for his 10th home run, giving the ...
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM | 51 comment(s)
In his game-extending appearance, the lefty struck out two and walked one (intentionally), which was pretty darn Detwiler, though he did get six grounders without allowing a ball in the air and threw 32 strikes in 42 pitches (apart from the free pass). What really stood out about the outing, aside from the zeroes, was Detwiler’s pitch selection, which varied less than the song selection at a Kanye West/Jay Z “Watch the Thrones” show.
“I don’t remember an off-speed pitch,” Brewers ...
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
We keep hearing, though, that players whose swings aren’t built for home runs are particularly susceptible to getting out of whack because of a Derby. Is that true? Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer suffered wOBA drops in 2009 (.046 and .027, respectively), and other hitters who aren’t necessarily thought of as power-first guys have made up a pretty big chunk of the group of 40.
Taking the leap that power-first guys are also pull-first guys, I computed the percentage of the time that each of the 40 ...
For two nights, Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s pitching staff has been unhittable. After Braves’ No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined for a no-hitter Thursday night against Wilmington, Cody Scarpetta and Benino Pruneda combined for a no-hitter of their own Friday, as the Hillcats defeated the Blue Rocks, 5-0.
Of the 598 plays reviewed through Thursday, the call was overturned almost half the time — on 278 occasions, or 46.5%, according to Major League Baseball.
“There is a challenge every night,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “I don’t think there was a manager coming out to argue every night.”
In preparation for replay expansion, league officials reviewed video from last year’s games and determined one call every six games would be challenged, according to Joe Torre, the executive vice ...
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 07:43 PM | 27 comment(s)
Go, Jim & Dan
Go, Jim & Dan
Go, Jim & Dan…Please!
I am this close…(imagine thumb and forefinger about an inch apart)…from taking a baseball bat to my car radio.
I’ve been in my car a lot recently and it’s given me the opportunity to listen to Detroit Tigers’ games on the radio. As you’ll learn, I mean “opportunity” as in: we have an “opportunity” to get a root canal. It’s like someone’s invading a hole in my head and inflicting pain.
That’s what it’s like to ...
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 07:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
Cooperstown path? A Glimmerglass of hope.
I know Stats Guys hate using wins as a measure of anything, but in Hall of Fame discussion it’s a good way to canvass a starting pitcher’s full breadth of a career—did he last, was he durable, did he have individual success just on a W-L basis?
Wins and losses absolutely ARE NOT the singular way to judge a pitcher’s career, but it’s a way to begin the discussion. In my opinion. The Stats Club is free to hate it.
However you look at it, Lincecum ...
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 03:41 AM | 30 comment(s)
Tanaka! Darvish! Greinke! Samardzija! Sale! Gray! Scherzer! Hughes!
Sorry, still not used to that.
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM | 60 comment(s)
Friday, June 27, 2014
Mike Trout set team and stadium records for home run distance Friday, belting a 489-foot tape-measure solo shot to center field in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Kansas City Royals.
A must read…
Other criticisms have surfaced more recently. In an article published in the Houston Chronicle on May 25—the day, as it turned out, the Astros began a seven-game winning streak—beat writer Evan Drellich detailed the ways in which, as the headline read, radical ways paint astros as ‘outcast.’ “They are definitely the outcast of major league baseball right now, and it’s kind of frustrating for everyone else to have to watch it,” Norris, who was traded to the Orioles ...
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 06:03 PM | 27 comment(s)
Then, I looked to see what happened after each of those games, at whether Young started or was benched for the next team game. The results are… perplexing. For the last month, from May 29th to the present, Young has had 8 “good games” and 7 “bad games” where the Mets had a game the next day.
After the “bad games”, he was started 57% of the time and benched 42% of the time.
However after the “good games”, he was started 25% of the time and benched 75% of the time.
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 9 comment(s)
Here’s a look at Beltre by the numbers, both standard and advanced:
11: The number of Hall of Famers from the Major Leagues in the modern era who spent a majority of their time at third base: Home Run Baker, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Jimmy Collins, George Kell, Freddie Lindstrom, Eddie Mathews, Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt and Pie Traynor. (Paul Molitor is listed by the Hall as a third baseman, but he spent significantly more games at designated hitter).
5: The number of those ...
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 50 comment(s)
I have this narrowed down to who this is but…
My brother was much older than me; we were separated by much more than age. He attended high school in Franklin and excelled at baseball. When WWII came, he and my oldest brother found jobs at the Newport News shipbuilding yards. Both my brothers learned trades that would provide them with a livelihood during their later, peacetime lives.
Baseball remained a part of my brother’s life; he played for teams made up to provide recreation for the ...
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
The FB BULLY Project has 642,873 likes, so let’s keep at it!
But in the next half inning, he went from enlightened analyst to schoolyard bully Nelson “Ha-Ha!” Muntz. SNY presented a photo of Padres pitcher Alex Torres from the night before, wearing a cap that bulged at its sides from a protective liner.
Yes, Torres looked odd. Yet, clearly, if he were determined to diminish the chances of a fractured skull or brain injury from a line drive to the side of his head, his head, if not his ...
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 82 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, June 27, 1914:
Charlie Meara, the sensational batter, who was bought by Frank Chance from the Perth Amboy club, has explained his ability to hit. He made 24 hits in forty-two times at bat—5 homers, 4 triplets [sic] and 1 double.
“It’s a funny story,” says Meara. “When I was 5 years old my parents moved to New Jersey. The mosquitoes down there were bad, and it was my job to keep them out of the cottage when any one opened the door. After four years of practice I got so I ...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
You can’t spell Encore Rick (that’s what we used to yell to him after his 1980 outlier season) without Rick Cerone.
Former Yankees catcher Rick Cerone was on SiriusXM’s Fantasy Sports Radio channel with hosts Scott Engel and Adam Ronis today, and he had some pretty strong opinions about Robinson Cano signing with the Mariners:
Host/Scott Engel: “Robinson Cano in Seattle, why is he not hitting for power?”
Rick Cerone: “Big ballpark. Big mistake. No backup. No protection ...
Posted: June 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 259 comment(s)
Only if Trout can replicate and not be an old fart at play.
One of the largest debates in Hall of Fame discussion is that of peak vs. longevity. We know neither Trout’s peak numbers, nor his longevity. His body is not one that alludes to an enduring career, and while pessimistic, it’s not far-fetched to think that Trout may already have reached his ceiling. Before we get into hypotheticals, let’s look at where his case stands as of today.
He has produced 24.7 rWAR, and is on pace to end the ...
Posted: June 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM | 77 comment(s)
hall of fame
To be honest, I’m not sure if this says more about Tim Lincecum or the struggling, offensively inept San Diego Padres.
I mean, if you were to grade each no-hitter on a degree of difficulty scale from 1 to 10, factoring in the strength of the opponent, the ballpark and the weather, a no-hitter against the Padres at AT&T Park on a gray, hazy day would have to be a 1.
Still ... a no-hitter is a no-hitter, they’re always fun and there’s always a good story behind each one. Retiring 27 ...
Happy Birthday, Paul Molitor with an interlocking NY thingamajigisup!
Today is Derek Jeter‘s 40th birthday. I have not done a ton of research into the matter, but based on the columns and tributes I’ve seen coming out of New York, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Jeter is the first Major League Baseball player in history to turn 40-years-old. That’s a pretty great accomplishment and we should all talk about how classy and winning a strategy turning 40-years-old really is. ...
Posted: June 26, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, June 26, 1914:
The baseball fans of Washington will probably hereafter enjoy a supply of cool drinking water, furnished by spigots throughout the local ball park, thanks to a bill introduced by Representative Howard of Georgia…
Mr. Howard is himself a baseball fan, but has no taste for soda pop. For a time he was able to get drinking water from one hydrant at the Washington ball park, but finally the soft drink interests broke the handle off the faucet.
In other words, the ...Read More...
He has to do something.
Bradley has changed the position of his front foot from a straight-on approach to more of an open stance — a noticeable change when the team arrived in Oakland. It’s seemed to work, as the outfielder is 6-for-20 on the trip.
What Bradley has done is essentially go back to the stance he employed until his first exposure to the major leagues in 2013. Bradley’s struggles at the big-league level at the beginning of last season — he went 3-for-31 to start his career ...
Party at David Price’s house. Don’t forget to bring some kibble for Astro.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Bay Area needs no new summer theme park thrill rides. It still has Tim Lincecum.
The Giants’ pitcher, who has been spectacularly up and down in terms of success over the past few seasons, was at the very peak of his freaky-geeky powers Wednesday at AT&T Park.
His fastball worked. His off-speed stuff worked. His hipster-hurler mojo worked, like, totally. And after nine innings of all that, Lincecum had thrown a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres – his second no-hitter against ...
Posted: June 25, 2014 at 10:49 PM | 8 comment(s)
Twenty-two athletes will be featured in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, which will hit newsstands on July 11.
The keystone to the issue is the “Bodies We Want” section, where athletes will be featured in tasteful nude poses.
“Insert punch line”
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the lease extension of the Oakland Athletics:
“I commend the Oakland Athletics and the JPA for their efforts in reaching an extension for a lease at O.co Coliseum. The agreement on this extension is a crucial first step towards keeping Major League Baseball in Oakland.Read More...
“I continue to believe that the Athletics need a new facility and am fully supportive of the club’s view that the best site in ...
Beltre is the sixth player who played the majority of his career at third base to reach the 2,500-hit level. The others are George Brett (3,154), Wade Boggs (3,010), Brooks Robinson (2,848), Chipper Jones (2,726) and Buddy Bell (2,514)
I feel like Beltre is going to have a really interesting HOF case in a few years, especially if he keeps up what he’s been doing for the next couple years. He’ll also make the trivia question of “Who are the four active players in the MLB with 2500 hits” a ...Read More...
Posted: June 25, 2014 at 01:57 PM | 91 comment(s)
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