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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Sorry if this pushes my ambidextrous agenda on you guys.
Now, after serving seven years in the Yankees’ organization, the long man, the innings eater, topping out at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and with winter ball stints in places as far afield as Venezuela, an alien twice over, he’s declared himself a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the angle-shooting, value-seeking A’s.
“I just felt like they wanted me the most,” he says. After a solid first Oakland spring, he has landed ...
But let’s be clear about something – Stanton’s 467-foot homer did not clear the ballpark. He hit the awning or the canopy or whatever you want to call that corrugated metal roof covering the left-field pavilion and then it bounced over.
It’s where it hits, not where it ultimately comes to rest.
Now not everyone agrees with this viewpoint, including my colleague Dylan Hernandez, who never lets the facts get in the way of an easy story. Not my immediate supervisor. Not several veteran ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Players don’t get signed on skill alone. Every year some players get signed because they are good guys in the clubhouse. At the same time, players with greater talents get dropped. Bonds still had some skill left in 2008. Unfortunately for him, on the scales that teams use to evaluate players, his personality and baggage outweighed his remaining talent. In 2008, he just wasn’t worth the trouble any more.
Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 102 comment(s)
Throughout spring training indications were that Huston Street and the Angels both had an interest in keeping him from next offseason’s free agent market with a contract extension and now the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll get $18 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
Street is currently finishing up a six-year, $43 million deal originally signed with the ...
Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.
“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”
Strassmann then brought up ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1915:
Danny Claire, a former Western League player, who is serving a term in the federal penitentiary [in Leavenworth, Kansas], pulled a good one the other day. He was looking over some new “roomers” and asked:
“Who is that smooth-faced fellow in the lead?”
He was informed that it was Mayor Roberts, of Terre Haute, who had been sentenced for election irregularities in the Indiana town. Claire commented:
“Well, I’m glad the mayor is here. He can pitch the first ball ...
At least it would be “Minor” surgery.
The surgery could lessen the chances that Minor will not be offered a contract for next season by the Braves, who lost an arbitration hearing against him this season when the pitcher was awarded a $5.6 million salary.
A recent MRI of his shoulder again showed no structural damage, but if damage is found during surgery it would almost certainly be season-ending.
Presumably the only way Minor might return this seaosn is if no damage is found. Even then, it ...
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“I think he’s thinking too much,” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “In this game, when you’re thinking too much, it’s hard to do everything right. It’s like, for example, a hitter. When a hitter’s going to the plate and thinking too much, you’re not going to hit the ball well. It happens, too, with a pitcher. He has to go out there and fight and try to do the best he can. You can’t go out and think too much. I think that’s what’s happening with him right now.”
Masterson has looked brutal. He’s the first guy to be replaced in the rotation.
“The last two times out for Justin have not been anywhere close to what he’s shown this year—set aside prior to the start of 2015,” Farrell said. “Clearly, he’s not right. Whether that’s physical, whether that’s delivery-wise, the ball is not coming out of his hand as he’s shown the better part of the year. We’ve got to gather information, we’ve got to check on him in the morning, get a full workup, get a better ...
Theo? Even he can’t fast-forward an organization.
Analytics are great. And with the revolutionary data points being logged by MLB’s new Statcast system, the gap between the teams poised to make the best use of that information and the teams still struggling to catch up could widen significantly. But even the most proficient organizations can’t fast-forward through the rebuilding process. Unless they hire Theo Epstein.
Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
Q: Is Sandberg demoralized by the way things have been going?
A: “No. He’s very patient. I think he’s been great. Not at all.”
Q: How about you?
A: “I don’t like losing. I don’t like losing. I don’t care how you lose or what you have on the field, I don’t like losing. I’m not going to change. That’s the way I am. I was that way when I played, when I coached, managed. I was that way when I worked at MLB. I do not like not doing the best I can and when we lose I think ...
Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
They must want to keep in the lineup to better Alex’s chances of hitting his next milestone homer.
A-Rod has been nursing a sore left hamstring, sitting out Saturday’s game. He started the past two games and was in the starting lineup Tuesday, even stealing a base in the ninth inning on Monday night. He was seen grabbing at the hamstring after taking the base - which was later scored as defensive indifference - but expressed little concern after the game.
“I think it should be OK,” Rodriguez ...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Unless you’re a longtime Yankees fan (or a baseball fan over the age of fifty), Joe Pepitone probably doesn’t mean that much to you. Larry David name-checked him on a handful of Seinfeld episodes – including the one where Kramer gets kicked out of Yankees fantasy camp after plunking Pepitone with a fastball – and literally invoked his name (“Joe Pepitone up in this ############!”) in a memorable Curb Your Enthusiasm moment. But unlike former Yankees teammates Yogi Berra or Mickey Mantle, ...
s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).
“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.
Cubs president Theo ...
This is rich. Sorry, it comes off as whining. One of the biggest reasons the Rockies have not had winning seasons over the last four years is their best, most expensive player has only played about 60% of his team’s game.
One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen.
The two will decide whether it is time to ask Rockies management for a trade.
“To say that it is not a ...
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
Next time she needs to come up and in on his grill.
Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld told a St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce lunch crowd Tuesday that baseball is the only sport that can create “its own sense of place” due to its 81-game home schedule.
“No other sport can do that,” Auld said.
Auld touched briefly on the long-running stadium impasse between the team and the St. Petersburg City Council, repeating the Rays’ mantra that a new stadium has to be good for the team and the region.
A new stadium could spark ...
Nice fan writeup and 74 photos from the new bleacher setup.
Not only is he hitting but, I have heard, his dreamy eyes have caught the attention of certain Yankees fans.
Betts is now batting .248/.322/.442 on the season, good for a 111 OPS+. His BABIP still isn’t all the way fixed, as it’s just .252, but if anything, that’s just encouraging for what’s still to come. Mookie has managed to bat .280/.362/.488 in the 20 games since his initial slump, with three homers and 10 extra-base hits overall. He’s struck out just eight times in his last 95 plate ...
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Boggs worked to make himself a decent third baseman. Decent. His Gold Gloves were a gift, however. Pedroia has consistently been a great fielder. Their defensive skills are not similar.
But Pedroia has hit for almost exactly the same overall power as Boggs, at least when it comes to a career slugging percentage. Boggs posted a .443 slugging over his tenure, while Pedroia checks in at .444, despite hitting dingers at a far higher rate than Wade ever did. And Pedroia plays stellar defense at a ...
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 157 comment(s)
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