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Monday, July 11, 2016
It’s a rite of passage for a United States president to throw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game at least once during his tenure. Other than that, though, politics and baseball don’t often mix. That’s what makes the summer schedule of Palm Springs Power relief pitcher Alex Strizak unusual.
By night, Strizak is a relief pitcher for the Palm Springs Power. By day, he is an intern working for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert).
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.
“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.
“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.
It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
Derek Jeter is finally a married man. The 42-year-old former New York Yankees captain married model Hannah Davis, 26, on Saturday. And rather than throw a big showbiz wedding, the couple chose to exchange their vows in a small and intimate ceremony with only close friends and family in Napa, Calif.
The ceremony took place outside at the picturesque Meadowood resort in Napa, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit beauty Davis walked down the aisle in a stunning, custom-made Vera Wang ...
Boz examines pitching philosophies:
The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?
Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.
Does it make sense that a player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs would use the same substance again while serving his penalty?
Does it make sense that the player would commit a third violation and invite a lifetime ban just weeks before he was due to appeal?
Those are the questions that free-agent catcher Cody Stanley is asking — and he said that his inability to find suitable answers makes him fear for his fellow players.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.
How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.
Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things ...
We begin today’s story with MARS.
Not the delicious candy bar that sticks to your teeth; nor the planet that can grow Matt Damon’s potatoes. Rather, it is Multi-variate Adaptive Regression Splines, or MARS for short. MARS is a trademarked term, so the R or Python implementation is usually referred to as “earth.” Essentially, the MARS approach to regression improves upon basic multiple linear regression in three ways:
It breaks apart each regression line into multiple formulae (for ...
Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.
To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.
Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
For pinch-hitting duties, right?
Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been named to the National League All-Star team. The 43-year-old takes the place of Madison Bumgarner. This will be Colon’s fourth All-Star appearance and first since 2013, when he made the game as a member of the Oakland A’s.
Friday, July 08, 2016
1. Yoan Moncada 2b Red Sox So far, Moncada has managed to live up to the hype generated by his $31.5 million signing bonus.
This is just very, very wrong. Certainly Dan Szymborski will be able to clue us in on the festivities.
The BlueClaws will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities (shown in the image above). For your best chance to secure a jersey, join us at the game, but an extremely limited quantity will be available online next week.
Fans are able to bring their cats to the game (will need to sign a waiver and be in a case or on a leash and cats are admitted ...
Not a blockbuster but hopefully he can help out a third. It’s not a big move but they didn’t really give up much.
The Red Sox kicked off their midyear process of filling needs, dealing for Brewers second baseman/third baseman Aaron Hill in exchange for Triple A righthander Aaron Wilkerson and High A second baseman Wendell Rijo.
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
He’s been getting some time in centerfield.
Trea Turner is on his way to New York, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. It is unclear what move might be made to clear space for him on the Nationals’ active roster, though with Ryan Zimmerman ailing from some as-yet unidentified trouble and an already short bench after Michael A. Taylor was sent down to make room for Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals need right-handed reinforcements.
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
Matt Harvey will undergo season-ending surgery to resolve his thoracic outlet syndrome, agent Scott Boras told ESPN on Friday. Neither the Mets nor Harvey have confirmed his decision, though general manager Sandy Alderson on Thursday painted it as inevitable.
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
Here are the current MLB stadiums that have never hosted an All-Star Game:
Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia
SunTrust Park, Atlanta (opening next year)
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Yankee Stadium, New York (the new one, of course)
There are also five active stadiums that haven’t hosted the game in more than 20 years:
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (1980)
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (1987)
Wrigley Field, Chicago (1990)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (1991)
Camden Yards, Baltimore (1993)
So, with ...
Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 44 comment(s)
Defending champion Todd Frazier and current home run leader Mark Trumbo headline the participants in the 2016 Home Run Derby. The field was announced on Thursday’s SportsCenter….
Frazier won last year’s derby, defeating the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson in the finals.
In the other matchups, No. 4 seed Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners (20 homers) is paired with No. 5 seed Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins (19 homers), and No. 3 seed Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds (22 homers) matches up ...
Milwaukee Journal, July 8, 1916:
President Ban B. Johnson of the American league fined “Wild Bill” Donovan, leader of the Yankees, $100 for sending his trainer, Jimmy Duggan, into the upper pavilion at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, last Saturday to wallop a noisy spectator.
Walter B. Shive yelled down to “Wild Bill,” telling the Yank manager something about his early history. Bill was too busy with his managerial duties at the time to climb to the second pavilion, so called for his pinch hitter to ...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Yesterday, the Mets announced that Harvey has been put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, which sources say could be thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Newsday’s David Lennon.
In surveying people the last 12 hours—be it insiders, media, fans, etc.—I see people split 50-50 on whether they think this is a legit injury or just a cover to get Harvey two weeks away from the team.
The Mets will hopefully make an official announcement today about Harvey’s status. In the ...
Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 30 comment(s)
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that was announced Wednesday night.
Because he will be suspended, Mateo will not participate in the Futures Game this Sunday in San Diego. News of the suspension was delivered through the Yankees public ...
Posted: July 07, 2016 at 02:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
BP’s midseason prospect Top 50.
1. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Why He’ll Succeed: He has the broadest base of skills in the minors, and one of those skills is plus defense at shortstop. Couple that with a strong hit tool and approach, note the double-digit home run potential, and you may be looking at a perennial all-star at shortstop.
Why He Might Fail: Crawford hasn’t hit as much against upper-minors competition as you’d like to see from your top prospect, the glove and ...
“Some of the guys on the team wish our fans were a little more boisterous and crazy. A little bit like we see in different stadiums when we’re on the road. We also realize that a lot of our fans are new Nationals fans. A whole bunch of them were Cubs and Mets [fans], wherever they come from. That’s the dynamics of D.C., which you realize. But we’re trying to win everybody to us.
We need their energy, big time. Especially on days, there are some days when you don’t have the energy. There’s ...
Milwaukee Sentinel, July 7, 1916:
HERZOG TOO EXTRAVAGANT FOR CINCY STOCKHOLDERS
Red Manager Stops at Best Hotels on Road and May Lose Job as Result
Let the denials fall where they may, Charles Herzog, present manager and shortstop for the [Cincinnati] National league club, is about to reture as leader of the Reds, and he will be succeeded by Hal Chase…
Herzog is dissatisfied with his present job because of the refusal of the Cincinnati stockholders to work in harmony with him. Herzog, a ...
Thus far, each sub-committee has convened twice with the Expansion Era voting in 2010 and 2013, the Golden Era voting in 2011 and 2014, and the Pre-Integration Era voting in 2012 and 2015. However, in its short history the Era Committee process has drawn a fair share of criticism for a variety of reasons and with December’s Pre-Integration Era vote representing two full cycles under the current format it is likely that the Hall of Fame board members will review and possibly modify to the ...Read More...
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