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Friday, March 27, 2015
We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.
Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.
Hysterical & Useless
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 244 comment(s)
Thursday, May 28, 2015
A GM has to balance short-term desires and long-term needs. Cherington is a patient sort who leans towards long-term part of the spectrum. Despite having three world championships in the last 12 years, the typical Red Sox fan, like most fans, falls firmly on the short-term desire side of the spectrum. When you add in a rabid, impatient press, that’s not a good mix.
The 2012 edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records states that Ruth holds the top AL mark in four seasons: 1920 (136 RBIs); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); and 1926 (151). This venerable record book is edited by long-time SABR member Seymour Siwoff, president of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians for Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, MLB.com, the official website for Major League Baseball, states that Ruth was first in RBIs in six AL seasons: 1919 (114 RBIs); 1920 (137); 1921 ...
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 2 comment(s)
It’s not his mix that’s a problem; it’s his command. Although he could find the magic elixir as a starter, I just don’t see it. Kelly’s place should be the pen, where a simple fastball/slider mix could allow him to be a real weapon.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
They plan to begin a six-man rotation and carry it through mid-August.
This is not unprecedented, but it usually does not last long. The natural attrition of pitchers has a way of changing plans.
The rotation plan, they hope, will shave three to four starts off each starter’s regular workload. Colon, who is 42, rarely throws off the mound between starts and has told Dan Warthen, the pitching coach, that he likes the idea. Others are skeptical.
Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall. “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den.
In the summer of 2012, the Sons of Israel synagogue, which had not housed a congregation since 1991, was repurposed as a souvenir store for the minor league baseball team next door. Before this season, ...
This ace fixation is out of hand. The Red Sox don’t need Porcello to be an ace. If he pitches like a solid number-three guy, he’ll be doing the job he’s being paid to do.
Rick Porcello seems like a nice guy, hard-working and very well-intentioned. He takes losses and bad performances to heart. All fine traits.
Here comes the “but.”
He’s not an ace. Not now, anyway.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 7 comment(s)
His fantasy owners and Cardinals fans surely shed a tear at this news. I know I did.
[Matt] Adams, who had an MRI on Wednesday, said, “The results came back worse than what we were expecting. The timetable is three to four months. If things go well then, hopefully, I’ll be able to get back at the end of the season.
“It was just something that needed to be done. There’s a torn tendon in there that needs to be repaired. It’s a tough break. It’s not what I wanted.”
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
If Kang keeps playing well, he’ll help some Korean players (and their teams) get a lot of money.
Like Suzuki, Kang studied American pitchers feverishly before crossing the Pacific Ocean, and like Suzuki, his adjustments appear to have gone swimmingly.
“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”
Remember when some sabermetricians scoffed at the idea that guys like Brad Ausmus are very valuable.
Maybe the biggest lesson here is that framing pitches involves many different parties, from the catcher to the pitcher to the hitter to the umpire. For his part, Norris seemingly hasn’t done a good job receiving this season despite a track-record that includes mostly league average-ish numbers. Norris’ framing deficiencies, especially when compared to last year’s Rene Rivera-Yasmani Grandal ...
This division is wide open.
The Toronto Blue Jays seem to believe they can still win this division, and despite all that’s gone wrong for them this year, it’d be tough to disagree.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 20 comment(s)
Fungo Tennis, from the Pittsburgh Press, May 28, 1915:
The average time of a nine-inning game has been two minutes faster in May than in April, and now has shrunk by 10 minutes per game compared to last season, as players continue to adjust to Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-game rules.
MLB has recorded fewer violations per game in each week of the season of the rule that requires batters to keep a foot in the box during an at-bat. Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports
Games have averaged 2 hours, 52 minutes in May, compared with 2:54 in April and 3:02 ...
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
rules of the game
If the idea of the pitcher win statistic is — as I think it is — to determine which starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win, then let’s actually record what starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
kill the win
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Guess he showed you NERDS.
Rusty then asked me what was the toughest run to drive in and then told me it was a runner on second with two outs. At that point Mitch Maier — Rusty’s future replacement — walked over and Rusty asked Mitch if Mitch got pitched to differently with a runner on first base than he did when there was a runner on second.
With a runner on first base the run is still two singles away from scoring and pitchers will be much more aggressive, throwing ...
Astros on Clemens: “Worth $38,000.” About $90,000 in current money, according to Internet calculators.
The Astros took catcher Robbie Wine. He had six hits in 23 games and that was the end of his MLB career.
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 21 comment(s)
man met Reyes after Friday night’s Gwinnett Braves-Columbus Clippers game and agreed to go to a bar with him.
The woman said Reyes then paid for a hotel room because he didn’t want the women to drive after they had been drinking. One of the women fell asleep upon entering the room, and Reyes allegedly pinned the other to the bed and forced her to have intercourse.
The woman later called 911 and reported the incident. Court records show rape and kidnapping charges were filed Saturday. ...Read More...
Gotta make room for “Battle of the Network Stars.”
Nothing nostalgic about a solution that ABC television came up with over a half century ago to reduce the season, though. They didn’t suggest 154, or 144, or anything as incremental as that. Their suggestion: play a 60-game season, on weekends only, and promote it the way that football is promoted, as a major television event.
This idea brought chuckles of disbelief from their rivals at CBS and NBC and the kind of dismissals reserved for ...
Centaurs fulfill the diversity requirements of the “Selig Rule”, right?
Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week. Maybe that’ll happen after more losses—Miami has dropped seven of nine since the managerial change, including a tough loss Tuesday—or after more changes in the coaching staff. Maybe the Marlins will turn it around, and Loria will still switch managers. As the old saying ...
If this doesn’t bring the fans into Miller Park, what will?
The “Selig Experience” attraction opens this week at Miller Park. It’s billed as a state-of-the art tribute to the franchise’s history and symbol of baseball’s rock-solid future in Milwaukee.
“Everything is really, really extraordinary. I can’t emphasize that,” said Selig, who got an early glimpse at the exhibit. “I am rarely speechless in my life. I was speechless.”
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 18 comment(s)
The Indians in a show of support for Mike Aviles and his daughter are shaving their heads.
“It’s a team thing,” said second baseman Jason Kipnis. “It started with Mike’s daughter because of what she’s going through. Unfortunately, she’s going to be losing her hair soon from chemotherapy and we all wanted to join in.”
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
Stotz found the bigness of Little League to be awful in part because it seemed like an exploitative ploy that used kids’ athletic ambitions to fill adult-sized voids. As the league grew and became more corporate, there was less and less opportunity for kids to enjoy the thrill of low-stakes, good-natured organized competition. In his fascinating paper “ ‘A Diamond Is a Boy’s Best Friend’: The Rise of Little League Baseball, 1939-1964,” University of Chicago historian Michael H. ...
Tell us how you really feel, Kevin. Fine in 10…9…8…7…
“Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,’’ he said. “We spend so much time on pace of play, let’s just the damn call right on the field. It’s terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight.’‘
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
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