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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Is it fair to assume that guys like Bagwell and Craig Biggio took steroids and lankier, more average body types like Maddux and Glavine did not? After all, the whispers were likely started based on nothing but body-type profiling.
The proof will be in the non-anabolic pudding when Thomas is elected to the Hall in his first year on the ballot and Bagwell, whose numbers are definitely not as good as Frank’s but eerily similar in most categories gets a stiff arm to the well-developed chest. ...
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM | 18 comment(s)
according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Gentry is incredibly fast and a fantastic defensive center fielder with a .280 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 323 career games, although those totals likely overstate his offensive ability because he’s typically been platooned a lot.
Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into this year, and hit .302 with 14 homers and an .835 OPS in 132 games at Triple-A as a ...Read More...
Brian McCann will be introduced by the Yankees at a news conference Thursday now that the catcher has passed his physical and his five-year, $85 million deal has been made official. The deal also contains a vesting option for the 2019 season.
Man, this is gonna be frameariffic.
The Reds are trading catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The swap could be a three-way deal.
It was expected that Cincinnati would move Hanigan since they agreed to a two-year deal with Brayan Pena…
Hanigan will give the Rays three catchers with Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina already in the fold…
Hanigan… has a reputation as a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in ...
The crash occurred when a team van collided with a car after pulling out of a hotel’s driveway.
Police and fire spokesmen said either three or four people affiliated with the Giants were hurt and taken to a hospital, while Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter says six Giants minor league players were transported.
Police Sgt. Mark Clark said none of the injuries was life-threatening.
I guess this “explains” it…
The Tigers are in agreement with Joe Nathan on a two-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link).
And you don’t need a Masters Degree!
Here we go again… It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year or that this will be our fourth time around, but it’s time to vote for my annual project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. Last year’s project was a smashing success, and this year looks to be even better with the ballot fuller than ever. Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas highlight an unusually deep class of newly-eligible players.
Votes for this year’s ...
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:22 AM | 71 comment(s)
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, according to a tweet from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
A deal with Pierzynski would appear to end the Red Sox’ relationship with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was not tendered a qualifying offer last month.
Pierzynski, 36, is a 16-year veteran who played for the Rangers last season on a one-year deal, hitting .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs in 134 games. He previously spent eight seasons with the White Sox and also ...
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:11 AM | 102 comment(s)
Joe Kelley quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, December 3, 1913:
Years ago, Baltimore and Boston - and they were some ball clubs - tried to play a polite, courteous game, to see how it would work.
The first half inning was lovely. Even when Tim Hurst called a strike on Tom McCarthy that was a foot high, there was no outbreak. “Wasn’t that ball a trifle high, Mr. Umpire?” Tom asked, all courtesy. “I fear I may have erred in judgment, Mr. McCarthy, kindly overlook it if you will,” replied Tim with ...
Spykstra cards going once, twice…
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Joc Pederson, of
2. Corey Seager, ss
3. Julio Urias, lhp
4. Zach Lee, rhp
5. Chris Anderson, rhp
6. Chris Withrow, rhp
7. Alexander Guerrero, 2b
8. Chris Reed, lhp
9. Onelki Garcia, lhp
10. Ross Stripling, rhp
Their most recent big-ticket international signing—Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, who signed for four years and $28 million—went against the grain, as teams had several opportunities to evaluate him at showcases in the ...
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
Pulverizin’ Pulitzers! Don’t piss off Parker and his mighty Masters Degree from the Columbia School of Journalism!
The most-prized possession in my life is my Baseball Hall of Fame vote.
Yes, it means more than anything I ever obtained in this world - even my Masters Degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
...Think about it. There are more than 300 million people in the United States. Yet, less than 500 people—just 10 of whom are African American—have a vote after being issued a ...
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM | 44 comment(s)
Weeks will make you want a Schoop.
The Athletics have officially acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) was the first to report the deal. The Orioles also pick up a player to be named later or future considerations in the deal, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
The Baltimore closer had been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn a $10MM+ payday through arbitration for the Orioles, ...
Monday, December 02, 2013
“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan’s sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “Beyond being just a talented ballplayer, Evan was a great teammate and a quiet leader who went about his craft as a professional every day.
“Off the field, Evan loved making a difference in the community, and often dedicated a lot of his time working with children in the communities in which he played. Our heartfelt sympathies ...
Bolstering their rotation and checking off one of their major offseason goals, the Nationals traded the Detroit Tigers for Doug Fister, according to several reports. It is not immediately clear what the Nationals sent Detroit in return.
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM | 309 comment(s)
Some Mets go when they get told to sit and ‘spin.
The JV1 era in Queens is over. According to multiple reports, Jordany Valdespin has been non-tendered by the Mets. Valdespin wasn’t arbitration-eligible until 2016, but it appears the Mets wanted to be rid of him…
2013 turned out to be a miserable season for Valdespin. After struggling mightily to begin the season, he hit a solo homer against the Pirates on May 10, 2013, in a 7-3 Mets loss. The homer came in the ninth inning with the Mets ...
Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling and…........jack morris.
Here is my Hall of Fame ballot.
Second-year candidates Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens appear on my ballot for the first time. I also voted for Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas in their first year of eligibility. Because 10 candidates is the maximum for which to vote, I could not fit Tim Raines or Lee Smith this time after ...
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM | 67 comment(s)
tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Bloomquist, a client of Scott Boras, batted .317/.360/.367 without a homer or stolen base in 139 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2013. Bloomquist has spent the past three seasons in Arizona, batting a combined .289/.328/.368 with four homers—all of which came back in 2011. The 36-year-old served as a Swiss army knife for manager Kirk Gibson, playing shortstop, second base, third base, left field and right field in his time with the D-Backs.
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Kazmir, who turns 30 next month, reemerged as a legitimate Major League starter in 2013… After pitching to a 5.54 ERA in 299 innings from 2009-11 and seeing his average fastball velocity drop below 87 mph, Kazmir returned with a 92.5 mph heater and posted a 4.04 ERA In 158 innings for the Indians. He averaged 9.2 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings to go along with a 40.9 percent ground-ball rate…
The Kazmir signing likely puts an end to Oakland’s interest in a ...Read More...
It wasn’t until this past season with the Cubs that Navarro proved he can still hit at the Major League level in a big way. In 266 plate appearances with the Cubs, Navarro slashed .300/.365/.492 with 13 home runs.
Catcher was a clear area of need for the Blue Jays this offseason after J.P. Arencibia, Josh Thole, Mike Nickeas and Henry Blanco combined to bat .190/.235/.335 in 2013…
Navarro will turn 30 in February, and his signing could cost Arencibia his job, as Rosenthal ...Read More...
Some December highlights:
December 2nd: Lazio v NapoliRead More...
December 3rd: Upstart Lille v Marseille and Palace v West Ham
December 4th: Man U v Everton
December 6th: World Cup Draw, Bologna v Juventus
December 7th: MLS CHAMPIONSHIP, SKC v RSL, Man U v Newcastle, FA Cup second round proper matches, Napoli v Udinese, Dortmund v Leverkusen
December 8th: Arsenal v Everton, Roma v Fiorentina
December 9th: Swansea v Hull
December 10th: Man U v Shakhtar Donetsk, Galatasaray v Juventus, FC Hollywood v Man ...
Shooty is in the Trust Tree
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 10:46 AM | 537 comment(s)
Father Gabe Costa doesn’t have a HOF vote…and the father away the better!
I have listed a number “interesting” eligible candidates on this year’s lists. I have included the number of years for which they have been under consideration (just for the BBWAA), a bullet comment or two and listed a “Prediction Grade for Election in 2014” which is calibrated as follows:
A = Definite Election…if not this year, then in the very near future
B = Possible Election…if not this year, then ...
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 10:31 AM | 40 comment(s)
Curt Schilling and Howard Eskin love pissing on each other. In January, Eskin attacked Schilling’s HOF credentials and Schilling called Eskin a jackass.
This weekend, their ongoing disagreement bubbled over into new territory. A confusing Twitter war commenced when Eskin again took aim at Schilling’s credentials. Schill responded. And many followers chimed in, sending the argument into strange territories.
I’ve done my best to curate the conversation into a coherent exchange. Do enjoy ...Read More...
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 10:18 AM | 63 comment(s)
Okay…so the analyst bit was a reach.
GZ: I think the game has deteriorated fundamentally. High-level players are rushed to the bigs too soon. They don’t get enough reps in the minors anymore. Just look at the bunting and the inability to command the fastball. Pitchers who throw 95 are out there trying to trick guys and end up with Tommy John surgery from throwing too many sliders, etc. Players focus on the areas of their games which get them paid.
...GZ: Don’t assume that a veteran is ...
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 09:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
Washington Herald, December 2, 1913:
Eli Cates, pitcher of the Indianapolis Federal League team, had his right hand torn off in a corn shredder. The accident happened on the farm of Cates’ uncle near [Greenfork, Indiana]. Cates, who pitched with his right hand, was one of the mainstays of the Indianapolis club last season.
Nelson rules…where a greater variation of teams would be expected.
Offers being equal, the Mariners wouldn’t be the pick of many players. But there’s reason to believe that, with Cruz, the offers won’t be equal, and if the Mariners blow away the competition, Cruz would have to take a significant hit to go somewhere else. Before Byrd, maybe the Phillies would’ve been the team most likely to save the Mariners from themselves, but now they’ve already acquired an alternative and the ...
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:31 AM | 34 comment(s)
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Here is a question Robinson Cano and his advisors have to at least take into consideration as they attempt to find common ground with the Yankees:
What happens if the Yankees spend their dollars elsewhere and they are no longer in the market for the five-time All Star? [...]
Seattle is thought to be a dark horse-team for Cano, but the Mariners don’t figure to contend in the AL West with or without Cano. Since Cano left Scott Boras for Jay Z because he believed the mega entertainment star ...
Posted: December 01, 2013 at 11:39 PM | 29 comment(s)
let me just tell you that I’ve found the best possible gift for any basketball fan: basketball-printed and basketball net-printed leggings... Even better, both the ball and net leggings have matching t-shirts to go along with them. Personally, I’d pair the basketball shirt with the hoop leggings, since it’d give you the appearance of being a gigantic human basketball going in to an elongated human rim, but that’s just me. At just $150 per pair of leggings — and $175 ...
[Monfort] also explained why he isn’t about to spend all that new TV money next year. He said he is planning to receive $8 million less, or $19 million, believing a chunk will be kept for baseball’s central fund to compensate for last season
...The $18 million is additionally siphoned, Monfort explained, to pay $5.5 million to the MLB credit line for past loans, $5 million for player raises and $3.5 million to cover projected revenue loss from not having the Yankees and the Red Sox play at ...
Posted: December 01, 2013 at 01:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
When I read Aristotle’s ethics in undergrad it initially struck me as odd that one of the later chapters was on friendship. Why include such a frivolous topic in a book of such gravitas?
But it soon became clear to me the reason we debate, for example, roads and public transit isn’t because there is some inherent value in it. But because it gets us to work, or to the baseball game. Politics has no inherent value. Enjoying baseball and beer with friends on a weekend afternoon does.
This is ...
Posted: December 01, 2013 at 11:09 AM | 1289 comment(s)
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