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Friday, April 14, 2017
These days everyone’s looking for new-age-y Statcast evidence, so I can tell you this much: In 2015, Andrus ranked in the 36th percentile in average exit velocity. That, obviously, combines his first three months and his last three months. In 2016, Andrus ranked in the 56th percentile in average exit velocity. He was right there tied with Jose Altuve, Mike Napoli, and Aledmys Diaz, so there’s enough strength there to be threatening. Andrus is never going to top any of these Statcast ...
Posted: April 14, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
Accordingly, MLB over the last year has commissioned a pace-of-play study to help it better understand how its product is viewed by fans. And it has only reinforced that finding a solution to satisfy both will be at the heart of whatever changes do arrive within the next year.
There is a growing consensus, a half-dozen league, front office and player sources told Yahoo Sports, that the most effective fix would be a 20-second pitch clock. With a pitch clock already in place in the minor leagues ...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Angels do not plan to activate ace Garrett Richards from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible Sunday. Richards has not yet been cleared to resume throwing, and reliever JC Ramirez will replace him in the Angels’ rotation on Friday.
“Right now, there’s no time frame for how long he’ll be in our rotation,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Ramirez. “It could be the whole year.”
Oh, no, it’s just a bicep strain, they said. It’s no big deal, they said. He’ll be back ...Read More...
Baseball in 1976 was a bunch of guys throwing 86 and dialing it up to 91 now and again, pitching to a league where half the hitters couldn’t reach the warning track with two helpings at breakfast and an aluminum bat. Baseball in 2016 is beasts averaging 93 and then leaving after a couple of hours so beasts throwing 97 can go to work, taking on a league where everyone can turn around a fastball. Why, I mean, in the world, would we expect these two things to take anywhere close to the same ...
Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend Lou Brock has cancer, the club announced on Thursday.
Brock, 77, was initially set to appear April 25 at Busch Stadium for Budweiser Bash, but instead that has been cancelled. The Cardinals released the following statement on Brock’s health:
The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Lou Brock has cancelled his April 25th Budweiser Bash appearance at Busch Stadium as he is currently undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. The Hall of Famer was recently ...
Al Oliver, Tony Perez, Lee Smith, Maury Wills and Dave Stewart will be honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in June.
Oliver, Perez, Smith and Wills will be inducted into the Kansas City museum’s fourth “Hall of Game” class, which was created by the museum in 2014 to recognize players who “competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues.” Stewart, a former major-league player, coach and executive, will receive the ...
Butte Daily Post, April 13, 1917:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The blisters a pitcher gets are much more painful. They start deep below the surface of the skin, usually between the nail bed and the skin surrounding it. It will begin to radiate heat as the area (further below the surface of the skin than blisters we get) fills with fluid. Continue to pitch and the fluid erupts to the surface, taking a lot of skin with it and causing a lot of bleeding. So the pitcher is left with a hole in his skin next to his nail, and the hole exudes pus and blood. ...
The rocker cameos in a new ad for Warstic, the slugger company he co-owns with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
White, a Detroit native, scored the ad with a new track, “Battle Cry,” that dropped last week. Kinsler, the star of the ad, grapples with his demons as White, playing “a shadowy trickster,” lurks in the background, doing his usual Addams Family vibe.
How did Pete Alexander dominate the Yankees in the 1926 World Series when he was with the Cardinals despite being drunk? The answer to that question dispels a myth and reveals the different circumstances of professional baseball at the time. Quite simply, Alexander was not drunk when he entered Game Seven of the ‘26 Series in relief.
On Billy Hamilton: The athlete who’s the first to do something well usually seems remarkable. If they do it well enough, they can be startling to the senses. Babe ...Read More...
This is where it stopped being about Mariners vs. Angels, and started being about two elite baseball players showing off. Trout was having some sort of exchange with Zunino, Zunino presumably telling him, “hey, quit it.” It’s funny. It’s funny to be amazing.
Among those who think it is time for the club to decisively move away from the logo is the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, who in continuing discussions with the team’s ownership is beginning to apply a little bit of pressure on the club to come up with a plan of action.
In a statement to The New York Times, Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said Manfred, in his talks with the Indians’ owners, had made clear his “desire to transition away from the ...
He needs the day off to get his head in a better place.
“It’s all about trusting the process,” Dozier said of Buxton. “He’s learning that. We all have gone through it. If the stats aren’t there in September, then we’ll talk.”
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 24 comment(s)
Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.
You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were ...
In the aftermath of the Angels’ previous mind-boggling comeback victory, Cliff Pennington suggested that it could carry over. The next time they’re a few downs run, he said, they’ll be confident they can win.
His theory was proven correct in the very next game.
The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and the winner on Carlos Perez’s safety squeeze in the 10th, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
On the heels of Sunday’s seven-run rally to win in the ...
Topeka State Journal, April 12, 1917:
Connie Mack refuses to be stampeded by the war. In spite of the high cost of living he still allows his players to enter the park without paying admission.
Various colleges have abandoned baseball on account of the war, thereby causing considerable surprise. Few of the public ever believed that college teams played baseball.
“I don’t know if you can write it up any better,” Brantley said. “I guess if you hit a home run, but we got a win. That’s all that matters. A lot of hard work went into this offseason. A lot of time away from my kids and my family.”
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
How can this be? From all the preseason predictions I thought all the teams had to play the same way as last year?
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Smith, personable and charismatic as well, isn’t basking in what he has done, the 4-for-19 at the plate (.211) offsetting the hustle on the field and basepaths (3-for-3 in steals) in Mallex-facturing runs. “A good first week,” he said. “But there’s a lot of things I could do better.”
He’s determined to prove he is more than just fast, that “being talked about as a one-dimensional guy kinda irks me.” And he is sharp enough to know there isn’t much he can do to extend his stay but keep playing ...
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
“####### it,” The Boss exploded. “I can’t believe [Irabu] guy. I’m going to stick him on the next plane right back to you.”
Afterman listened as the knockdown pitch sailed up and in. She never tolerates being spoken to disrespectfully—even by someone as legendary as The Boss.
“Seriously, great!” Afterman countered, raising Steinbrenner’s ante. “I’m going to be at the f—-ing airport. You send him back with his f—-ing signing-bonus check and we’ll go right to the bank and we’ll cash it.
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
Would Smyly be hurt if he hadn’t played in the WBC? That’s an open question. If I were a GM of a team, I wouldn’t want my pitchers in the WBC because I’d expect my training staff to know my players better which *should mean* they’d be in a better position to have my players better prepared to open the season healthy.
It’s understandable that team officials would “remain wary of the WBC,” as Rosenthal wrote. Teams have many millions of dollars tied up in their players’ well-being and the ...
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
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