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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Some interesting stuff from David Schoenfield.
He’s had some impressive at bats this spring. Can anyone provide any insight into his defense?
I’m not sold on Syndergaard, especially this year. After watching him get visibly flustered the other day, it might be a good idea for him to deal with the tough pitching environment of Las Vegas a little longer. On the other hand I’ve been impressed with Carlos Rodon. I look forward to watching him pitch a little more this spring.
Some good stuff from Ben Lindbergh. This is just one tidbit. Read the whole thing.
Speaking about leadoff hitters…
Other than 3B, there are no exciting prospects in this article to get excited about for the start of this season.
Betts is the real deal. Barring injury he’s going to be a best leadoff hitter in baseball within a couple of years.
They may as well give the guy a little time. As the writer notes, it’s not like the D’Backs have much of a chance of making the playoffs anyway. From what I’ve seen and read so far, Tomas has not been pretty.
Pittsburgh Press, March 11, 1915:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A particularly arousing bit of Cub prospect porn.
From Bob Nightengale’s Twitter:
If the entire world revolved around Josh Hamilton I would agree. All of us, including addicts, have responsibility for our actions. Although I hope Josh Hamiltion gets control over his addiction and MLB and the public are supportive of his efforts, it’s just not true that the issue is just about Josh Hamilton.
Hector Olivera changes agents.
Hopefully this was just a scare.
More bad news.
Keri: The Tommy John Epidemic: What’s Behind the Rapid Increase of Pitchers Undergoing Elbow Surgery?
Being the general manager of a baseball team is an extraordinarily difficult job. A GM must have a near-preternatural understanding of baseball, the patience to deal with the Bond-villain egos of owners, and the administrative capacity to manage a diverse and often combative set of employees. A GM must earn the trust of his (or, someday — we hope — soon, her) coaches, staff, and players in order to get them to operate like a unit, while maintaining the emotional distance to view them as ...Read More...
MiLB’s top defensive minor league center fielders.
This a an Odd Couple pairing that I’d actually watch.
The international stage is set for Tuesday’s opening of the historic two-game series where newly established “Team Europe” will make its world premiere against the top-ranked Japanese National Team at the iconic Tokyo Dome on 10-11 March.
There will be a live broadcast of the two-game series (Game times: 18:00 Japanese Standard Time). The games will be televised free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). In Europe, Eurosport 2 will broadcast the games live ...Read More...
Tigers infielder George Moriarty quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, March 10, 1915:
Monday, March 09, 2015
Washington is the favorite for the pennant? Nat so fast.
MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.
“All you have to do is get some smoke out there and, trust me, I’m from the country, I live in the country. You take some smoke out there and you smoke the hive, ‘cause the queen’s in there somewhere, then you get a ShopVac and you suck ‘em all in, take ‘em outside the park and let ‘em all go.”
I’ll take “‘80s sports talk topics” for $800, Alex.
The A’s certainly won’t be a powerhouse on the position player side. If you look at BB-Ref’s Positional Comparisons it looks like the rebuilt A’s have the potential to put at least similar WAA on the position player side as they did last year. Ben Zobrist (5.0 bWAR) is a big upgrade at 2B (Oakland -1.4 bWAR last year). This one pick-up can have a big impact. The keys, however, are Marcus Semien and Brett Lawrie. If Semien can provide slightly above average play at SS and Lawrie can stay on the ...Read More...
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