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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Among 96 pitchers who’ve thrown their sliders at least 50 times this season, only six have gotten swings more often than Bundy, and only seven have gotten a higher percentage of whiffs per swing. Bundy’s extra sliders have come at the expense of his four-seamer, which he’s throwing much slower this season, either because he’s simply lost velocity or because he’s intentionally trying to save his strength. Bundy faded down the stretch last season and has never stayed healthy enough in ...
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
At 6’3”, he was probably deemed too small to play basketball in the NBA-crazy country.
Just before the start of Monday night’s game against the Cubs, the Pirates announced that they were calling up rookie pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to take the roster spot of Adam Frazier, who went to the DL. Neverauskas made history while throwing two innings of one-run ball, becoming the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Major Leagues.
Neverauskas hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, where his ...
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
Straily knew there was more in there. He hoped Boddy, whom he met through Houston pitching coach Brent Strom, could help him find it.
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
With five April games left to play, Thames has a Major League record within reach. Albert Pujols hit a record 14 April home runs in 2006, and Alex Rodriguez matched that in 2007.
Has Thames ever had more fun playing baseball?
“I would say the last three years. When I actually started to let go,” said Thames, referring to his time in Korea. “When I was a prospect and [breaking into] the big leagues, I stressed out a lot. I drank a lot. I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I have to hit a home run or ...
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Let’s put the ‘Ol Perfessor’s playing career in some perspective. He finished among the top 10 home run hitters in four of his seasons (I know that’s not a lot back then and some of them were inside-the-park-jobs, but still…) He finished his career with an OPS+ of 120. Of course no one paid much attention to those numbers back then, but he also walked nearly as much as he struck out. Batted .393 in 33 post-season plate appearances. It’s really quite a revelation when you look at ...Read More...
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, April 24, 2017
“I think anybody would be lying if they said they didn’t at least acknowledge it a little bit. That’s part of the pre-pitch,” Solter says. “You clear it and, as cliche as it sounds, you attack him like any other batter and see how he reacts to different pitches and adjust accordingly to make some pitches and get an out.”
The fact that Tebow isn’t built like a typical baseball player also plays a role in how teams approach him at the plate. In theory, teams like to pound Tebow with inside ...
Indians pitcher Steve Delabar received an 80-game ban from Major League Baseball on Monday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Delabar, 33, tested positive for ostarine, a muscle-building (or maintaining) agent that is consumed orally.
Two others were also suspended. Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro drew 50 games, while former Cubs righty Jeffry Hernandez (currently unsigned) got 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.
The Angels, whose bullpen has been beset by injuries and overworked, acquired veteran reliever David Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named on Monday.
Hernandez, who had been in Triple-A with the Braves, is expected to join the Angels’ major league bullpen.
Have right arm, will travel.
While it’s difficult for probably a number of reasons — building sites, parking, the demands to maximize revenue streams, etc. — to totally recapture the classic ballpark experience, the new model of parks has failed to improve the fan experience in some crucial ways. And thanks to Andrew Clem’s fine web site, I have the cross sections and diagrams of stadiums to prove it.
Travis is 100% right, in my opinion.
As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.
Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.
He did not hesitate with his reply.
“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”
The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early ...
Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
Not just any player is worthy of signing a Pokémon card for Addison Russell’s collection. It needs to be a player the Cubs shortstop admires—and one who matches the traits of the Pokémon character on the card being autographed…
“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.
Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 24, 1917:
Manager Mathewson of the Cincinnati Nationals, announced that he had obtained the services of Jim Thorpe of the New York Nationals. The deal involved a straight sale, but the price was not announced.
1917 was the closest Thorpe came to being a regular in the big leagues, and he wasn’t awful. Thorpe hit .237/.275/.357 (96 OPS+) in 103 games, and legged out 10 triples in 308 at-bats. He put up 0.5 WAR, which isn’t great, but at least suggests that he deserved to ...Read More...
Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on politics:
“Who thinks it is acceptable for a kid to come Downtown with a handgun in his pocket?” he asked. “Who thinks it is OK for kids who aren’t even 18 to be walking around with guns? I don’t think you can find anyone who thinks that is acceptable.”
Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on baseball:
“Some call it slow, or even boring. But it’s deliberate for a reason. It’s a situational game. Every batter, every pitch, presents a different ...
Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 801 comment(s)
I see he’s been struggling mightily but this still surprises me. While it seems clear he’s not going to deliver on the promise he showed early in his career, he’s still got 10 career WAR, 3 WAA through age 28 and seems to still play a competent CF. Price tag if grabbed on waivers is whatever is left of $4.9 M.
In a coat of blue or a coat of orange…
It makes sense that the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard would be cast as a Lannister general in Game of Thrones — he discussed his appearance in Season 7 recently on Sports Illustrated Now, and confirmed that he’s already filmed his part in Spain.
Syndergaard’s part is little more than a cameo, but he did say that he either “kills someone or is killed.” Seeing that he’s a general, and the killing is usually left to the soldiers, it’s probably the ...
“These are tough things for me to address,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s really unfortunate. Shelby’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Numbers aside, you just hate to have something like his pop up. We’re going to be optimistic.”
Miller says he has never experienced this type of issue before, but a forearm injury sometimes is a precursor to elbow problems and ultimately Tommy John (ligament-replacement) surgery.
“Personally, I feel like I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” ...
Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Boston Red Sox’s payback on Manny Machado took bizarre form Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman drew the ire of the Red Sox on Friday for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia, which injured the veteran second baseman. Boston didn’t retaliate Saturday, but the issue finally came to a head late in Sunday’s series finale. With one out in the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes appeared to throw at Machado’s head — although the ball ended up hitting Machado’s bat for a ...
What about the strategy? Plus watching a quality major league hitter take his cuts isn’t as entertaining as watching a pitcher swing at a fastball like he’s a blindfolded three-year old trying to hit a pinata!
Posted: April 23, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 80 comment(s)
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