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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The search expands.
A few hours before Dozier connected off a Daniel Norris fastball in the third inning, the Twins formally requested permission to interview Chicago Cubs executive Jason McLeod for their top baseball operations job. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed the request, telling reporters he expected the interview to take place.
“There’s probably not a better scouting and player-development guy out there,” Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune. “He has all the skills to do ...
Posted: September 13, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 32 comment(s)
This is where things get weird. Souza heard catcher Russell Martin say something to him, and since Souza had taken some time to admire what ended up being a flyout, he thought Martin was criticizing him. But that’s not what started things. Here’s what Souza said to Topkin:
“I thought Russ was saying something about it, which would have been on me, totally,” Souza explained. “And I was saying, ‘Dude, I’m sorry, I thought I got it.’
This is the most important part of this really ...
Pittsburgh Press, September 13, 1916:
Hal Chase, in spite of being a left handed thrower, has played magnificently at second base for the Reds. The records show that the only southpaw infielders of any account were Hulen, Keeler, and Jimmy Ryan.
I understand why left-handed infielders are so rare, but it does seem like an extremely talented lefty first baseman (Keith Hernandez in his prime, for instance) could have pulled it off. Okay, maybe they might drill a few baserunners in the face with ...Read More...
Wally Backman’s tenure in the Mets organization officially concluded Monday, with general manager Sandy Alderson’s announcement the popular figure from the 1986 World Series-winning club has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
But a club source indicated Backman was fired.
Backman spent the last seven years managing in the minors for the Mets. He guided the organization’s Triple-A team at Buffalo and Las Vegas for the last five years. In 2014 he was named Pacific Coast League ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero.
Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).
“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.
“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’
Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans ...
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 129 comment(s)
...in which a quiet, intelligent, thoughtful ballplayer who mostly kept to himself threatens to beat the crap out of every single person on his own team. In the leadup to this incident, the Dodgers had lost seven of nine and had fallen out of first place.
Pittsburgh Press, September 12, 1916:
In one corner of the [locker] room Jack Coombs arose, quietly and unobserved.
“Boys, I would like to talk with you for a few moments,” he said. Now, the Brooklyn ball club has been talked to before, often ...
One of the early chapters explores D’Acquisto’s impressive year in Fresno. During the 1972 season, the San Diego native led the league with 245 strikeouts and had a winning percentage of .739 as he went 17-6. He was voted the best pitching prospect in the league.
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.
Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.
But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s ...
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”
Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”
“I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”
Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1346 comment(s)
Always good to see a different team win. In my case, especially when it’s the one you root for.
The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship.
On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a 6-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.
vortex of dissipation
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.
Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home ...
Once upon a time, the average ballplayer was paid about the same as a factory foreman, and the games were almost the length of a movie. Alas, those days aren’t coming back, but even progressive, analytics thinkers know today’s game has to change.
“Pace of play is vitally important on many fronts, mainly with the entertainment product that’s out there for younger viewers,” says Brian Kenny of MLB Network. “And not just because, ‘Oh, these millennials have no attention span.’ No, how ...Read More...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 93 comment(s)
A.J. Pollock’s lost season.
Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.
“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”
Terry Francona didn’t have a computer when he managed in Philadelphia, although he did write out match-ups on the back of the lineup card every day, which he equates to dabbling in sabermetrics before having learned the word. He did have a computer when he was the bench coach in Oakland. Ditto in his managerial stints in Boston, and now Cleveland.
Francona said on Friday that he loves getting information that makes him think. (He jokingly added that he probably makes Sky Andrecheck, the ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
The guy is an incredible talent. That talent needs to be refined.
Farrell said Moncada can benefit from simply watching games from the dugout and asking questions of his veteran teammates.
“If you notice in the dugout, he’s in and around a number of guys, and that’s done on purpose to just walk through game situations, to think the game, to rehearse certain things,” Farrell said. “When he finds himself back in the spots, hopefully he’s lived it in his mind a little bit.”
Said Moncada: “What ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
Joe Maddon is the best.
“Perfect example was last year,” Martinez said. “Anthony Rizzo says, ‘I want to play 162 games.’ All of a sudden we get to the playoffs and he said, ‘Man, I was tired.’ So I tell him, ‘Hey, take your days off. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Take them. Relax.’”
Rizzo talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday, but you can bet he’ll get a day off soon. Maddon usually has good reasons ready for the tough conversations. Last week he ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 79 comment(s)
On 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stance of not standing for the national anthem:
It’s his constitutional right, and everybody chooses different ways to get their message across. It’s a little bold for me personally, but he has the right. And it seems like he’s putting other actions behind it, too, monetarily and getting out in the community (like talking to military veterans). And that’s the most important thing for me.
Taking a knee during the national anthem, that’s one thing. We ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
What was the bench coach doing?
You could see the pain in Terry Collins’ eyes.
This loss was on him and he knew it. And as soon as the 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Braves was complete Saturday night at Turner Field, Collins fell on his sword.
He blew it.
He did not pinch run with two outs in the eighth inning and Wilmer Flores on second base after Flores crashed a ball near the top of the center-field fence for a double.
The Mets roster is bulging with players in September, and Collins did ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
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