Marcus Stroman is starting tonight. For the Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball affiliate, but still: He’ll be throwing baseballs to professional batters. Five months ago, that was something that no one but Stroman foresaw. And five years ago, the chronological realities of rehabbing from in-season surgery might have proven his prediction wrong. But Stroman’s is a special case, a partnership of personality and science that points the way toward the future of ...
“Hitters make changes based on what is comfortable or based on not having success,” Banister said. “Young hitters go through the phase where they have measured struggles that they’ve never had before and have the impulse that they have to fix something. Sticking to the process is the most difficult thing for every player to do when they have their first real struggle.
“All the things he went through, all of that has to happen for a young guy,” Banister added. “When they come out ...
In the United States, the bat flip exists on the abstruse list of behaviors considered rude and worthy of confrontation. In Korea, the flip is, well, just a flip. No one cares. This cultural variance, combined with the world-shrinking influence of social media, has created a disjointed international sports milieu in which players like Hwang have been celebrated, derided and deabted in a language they do not understand for a move they regard as involuntary.
Baseball’s version of finishing school is about a month away from being in session, and now we know who will be on the class lists.
Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford and No. 5 Astros prospect A.J. Reed highlight the 2015 Arizona Fall League preliminary rosters announced by the autumn circuit Tuesday. The season begins Oct. 13 and will culminate with a championship game Nov. 21.
Most Notable: None. What happens if a team decides not to add any players for September? It may come close to happening in Miami. The Marlins have seven pitchers and two position players on the disabled list. They have not added anyone yet and with only two position players on the 40-man roster who aren’t currently on the big league roster and few healthy pitching options, they are unlikely to do much to change that.
Maddon has more pieces to play with in September, and he said he’s going to use them all.
“I try to work it through in advance but then when you get new pieces for your puzzle you don’t always think it all the way through,” he said. “The game presents different thoughts that you have not even thought about.
“If you screw it up one night, try to do it up in a way nobody else knows except you, if that’s possible. I’m eager to work with it. I like it. I like the position player juggling ...
“I think that for this year, this was the most consistent stuff I’ve had,” he said. “We moved the ball around well, and Blake [Swihart] called a great game back there. He and I were on the same page the entire night.”
The difference since his return, Porcello said, is in the renewed commitment to his sinker, the pitch upon which his success was predicated in Detroit. It may be confounding to understand how he got away from it so much in the first place, ...
To calculate present value you need to discount future dollars. To do this we need the player’s salary, the number of years and an interest rate. After some discussion in the previously linked thread I have decided to use 5.3% for the discount rate due. Some legwork showed that his is a reasonable figure due to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% for the fifty highest paid players between 2000 and 2015 using the USA Today Salary Database. I’m also estimating that a dollar per win on the ...
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the team plans, “sweeping changes to its baseball operation, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.” Spencer wrote that Jennings could return to the front office, but not necessarily as GM.
A) is asking if he has spinach in his teeth.
B) is doing mouth calisthenics just prior to a corn on the cob-eating contest.
C) is responding instinctively to teammate Cookie Rojas.
D) is proud of his prototype Invisalign braces.
September roster expansion has been the norm forever. I can understand the reasoning by people who oppose but I think they should just keep it as it is. Sherman’s new idea is not an improvement. It will just lead to greater specialization for more of the season.
I think the sport should do something radical: You can use anyone in your system to play anytime from Game 1 to Game 162, you just have to announce your 25-man roster six hours before first pitch.
Earl Weaver took over the managing job after spending years in the Orioles farm system. If you read his books, he was most proud of his ability to evaluate players. This helps explain his level of comfort making some of the moves that he did.
Rob: Reading about the moves Earl Weaver made, immediately upon taking over as manager of the Orioles—making Don Buford an every-day player and using Elrod Hendricks more often—led me to wonder, how many times have new managers made big decisions that paid ...
I remember seeing these guys outside of Fenway. I didn’t realize so many of them were connected.
They were sold outside Fenway Park for $10 a shirt, and they sold very, very well. Wilson and LeMoine contend they had more money than they knew what to do with, and all of it was cash in hand. Looking to diversify his portfolio and grow his bankroll, Wilson began to spend some of his share in low-level drug deals. But this one was different; by his usual standards, this one was ambitious.
The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. ...
The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!
Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.
An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of ...
It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.
You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.
The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.
Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?
“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team ...
Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.
There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.