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Friday, December 20, 2013
This is somewhat trivial but it is kinda neat: McGriff ranks second all-time in games (1,826) and plate appearances (7,777) as a cleanup hitter. Only Eddie Murray (2,041 and 8,775, respectively) is ahead of him.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 02:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
Link is a tweet citing an article in Japanese. Translated via Google, it says Youkilis “only played 28 of the game there is also a failure of the waist this season.”
Steve Parris, Je t'aime
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 01:50 PM | 23 comment(s)
Why Do Smart Writers Vote For Jack Morris?
And then there’s Jack Morris – he of the 3.90 ERA that was only 5% better than league average (Glavine, by comparison, was 18% better and most HOFs are 20+% better). The debate on Morris has been ranging in print+online for several years now and I am clearly in the camp of “He was a good but not great pitcher”. The fascinating part of the debate for me isn’t the arguments against Jack Morris (it begins/ends with a 3.90 ERA, 105+ ERA) – ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
Ken Wuhl/Wahl would stink as Newbomb Turk!
Casual fans, then and now, might consider Cobb entertaining. It has all the old standbys: sex, violence, even the obligatory car chase. However, anyone hoping to catch an insight into Cobb’s genius as a player will be disappointed. For a baseball movie, there is precious little playing action. During his playing days, Cobb’s off-field altercations regularly put him in the news, but it was his on-field brilliance that made him so fascinating to ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, December 20, 1913:
CHICAGO, Dec. 20—“What is your batting average?” inquired Judge Sullivan of Charles Schramm, 30, who claims to be a shortstop in the Southern league when Schramm was arraigned on the charge of stealing an overcoat.
“Two hundred and eighty-seven,” answered Schramm.
“Discharged,” said the court. “You can’t be very bad with a batting average like that.”
Ron LeFlore was a career .2878 hitter and convicted of armed robbery. So, y’know…
Also, there’s no evidence ...Read More...
Lord, Chamberlain’s men doth flee.
Thus Joba Chamberlain, if anything, was the symbol of their spiritual collapse. He and Phil Hughes were the twin pillars of their (supposedly) pitching-plenty organization, evidence that the Yankees didn’t just flex their wallets every November to find their requisite golden arms.
Then, inexplicably, Chamberlain was fired. Brian Cashman, bitten by the Moneyball bug, snagged by the sabermetricians, decided he would remold the Yankees in his newfound, Geek ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:20 AM | 28 comment(s)
Don’t know WTF they’ve done to the Fox Sports page…but at least Robothal is still there.
If the Rays stunk, this would be easy. They would trade left-hander David Price to the team that offered the best package of prospects, and that would be that.
Thing is, the Rays don’t stink, just as they didn’t stink a year ago, when they traded righty James Shields to the Royals. Quite the contrary – the Rays will be trying to make the playoffs for the fifth time in the past seven seasons, and ...
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Give that man a FootJoy SciFlex Glove…or 16.
Kaat, who turned 75 on Nov. 7, shot his age on Dec. 7 at McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., a Tom Fazio-Nick Price work. That alone makes him one of just thousands who have shot their age. But Kaat’s 75 was as a righthander, and together with three other age-shooting rounds he’s had from the left side, the feat makes Kaat the first golfer we’ve chronicled who has shot their age from both sides of the ball.
More proficient as a lefthander, the ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:55 PM | 31 comment(s)
Wait, Mariano Rivera retired?
“No Yankee ever had a greater career than Mariano Rivera, not if you measure greatness in terms of performance and contributing to winning and representing the franchise the right way. He’ll forever be one of the Yankees every other is measured against.
Rivera will be a topic of discussion whenever greatness in baseball is discussed, whenever class and humility and dignity are a topic of discussion. On the other hand, we were among the lucky ones. We were ...Read More...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM | 44 comment(s)
3. “The Natural” theme by Randy Newman: Forget steroids. Listening to those blasting oboes when Roy Hobbs connects at the end of “The Natural” is the greatest performance-enhancer there is.
2. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Jack Norworth: With all due apologies to Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” this is our true national anthem.
1. “Centerfield” by John Fogerty: Fogerty told me a couple of years ago that he considers center field to be “this ...
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts Wednesday for refusing to pay 3 percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to published reports.
Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with the school Mi Futuro Biliguer (My Future Big Leaguer) when Starlin was 15, agreeing to pay the school during his active career in the majors.
The seizure was made at various banks, reports said.
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.
By keeping Tanaka for at least another year, the Eagles would forgo a $20 million compensatory posting fee from the major league team that ultimately signed him. But they would enhance their chances at repeating as champions in Japan, and they would avoid millions of dollars in lost ticket, food and merchandise sales.
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM | 44 comment(s)
The Red Sox have traded left-hander Franklin Morales and minor-league right-hander Chris Martin to the Rockies in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera, a switch-hitter without much offense but considered a decent defensive player who can play second base, shortstop and third base.
Lough’s status with the Royals was in jeopardy after right fielder Norichika Aoki was obtained from the Brewers. Lough had spent his entire career in the KC organization, so the trade to Baltimore was unsettling.
“It was kind of a shock to me,” Lough said.
After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.
Or as Mitch Williams squirmed out last night: “Trumbo is a better all-around hitter than Goldschmidt.”
“With him and Goldy, you’ve got two of the more prolific right-handed hitters in the game right now,” Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said. “In this ballpark, they’ll hit balls out of the ballpark even when they miss. Both are the type of right-handed bats that in the bigger ballparks like Petco, LA and San Francisco, those parks will be hard to hold them.”
Trumbo, who ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 06:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
Remember, everything might have turned out different had Granderson stayed healthy. Cano would have had protection in the lineup, and who knows, the Yankees might have actually reached the playoffs. At his best, Granderson is the type of player who can have a WAR of over 5. Add five wins to the Yankees last season and you’ve got a team competing closely for the Wild Card. As cliché as it sounds, making the playoffs for the Yankees would have changed everything.
It’s possible Granderson would ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, December 19, 1913:
It has been a question of how the rules could be changed to prevent a pitcher from purposely walking a batter. The latest suggestion for a rule which would give the batter a chance under such conditions comes from the veteran, Jack Doyle.
Doyle would force the pitcher to put at least one ball over the plate before he would be allowed to walk a batter. He claims that such a rule would give the batter a chance to show his prowess. The idea is a novel one, but ...
The always entertaining Pat Caputo HOF ballot (Maddux, Glavine, L. Smith, Trammell, Morris, Thomas, Raines, McGriff)...now pull up the Ativan, I’m hopping in.
It’s led to this constast evaluation of Morris for what he wasn’t as pitcher instead of what he did present, which was extraordinary.
What is not taken into account enough is the era Morris pitched.
His ERA was higher because much of his career took place during the height of the so-called steroids era. Offensive numbers were ...
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:41 AM | 64 comment(s)
The Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter.
The contract would be worth $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could increase the value to $5 million. There would be no option year in the contract.
I feel old just reading that.
If you’re keeping track, three @BtBScore writers have gotten jobs with MLB organizations this week. And they don’t even throw left-handed!
The Jays get Ben Horrow.
The Rays get Andrew Ball.
The Reds get Lewie Pollis.
The MVP trophy and World Series ring aren’t the only items Hernandez has placed in the auction. Also up for grabs: his 2002 San Francisco Giants N.L. championship ring, 2004 Silver Slugger Award, and the first-pitch baseball he threw from the first Washington Nationals game.
I used to love that Large Tub of Goo, but now he’s just a Large Tub of Poo to me.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
On Wednesday afternoon, the two GMs completed a trade that brings [Ryan] Doumit to Atlanta in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin, a former first-round selection whose development had stalled over the past couple of years….
With this acquisition, the Braves have satisfied their desire to add versatility, depth and power potential to their bench. Doumit is a capable switch-hitter who will likely primarily be used as a pinch-hitter. He also will serve as the third ...
Outman! Fighter of the day-man! Champion of the sun!
Cleveland acquired Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The left-handed Outman is the newest member to Cleveland’s revamped bullpen, which has seen All-Star closer Chris Perez released and free agent right-handers Joe Smith and Matt Albers sign elsewhere this offseason.
The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. ...
Howell the Dodgers spend their money this winter?
The Dodgers have not made any blockbuster moves this offseason, but the roster is slowly coming together as the calendar year comes to a close. J.P. Howell is the latest piece to fall in place as he was signed to a two-year deal on Monday night, according to Ken Gurnick.
The 30-year old lefty will be making $11.5 million over the next two seasons. If he totals 120 appearances in those two seasons, a mutual option worth $6.5 million will be ...
Its all fun to you start seeing Benoit balls.
A person familiar with the situation says the San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal is pending on Benoit passing a physical.
In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston’s David Ortiz ...
The Orioles announced today they have acquired Royals outfielder David Lough in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia.
Valencia is a 29 year old right-handed hitting third baseman who hit .304/.335/.553 in 170 plate appearances with Baltimore, splitting some time in AAA. The once promising Twins prospect had a good rookie season in 2010, hitting .311./351/.448 with 7 HR 40 RBI and finishing third in Rookie of the Year balloting. He floundered in his sophomore season hitting ...
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