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Monday, August 31, 2015
At first, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought “a couple idiots” were just throwing their hats onto the field, then he saw dozens more hit the turf. Teammates let Edwin Encarnacion know what was going on.
Hats rained down from all sections of Rogers Centre in the most Canadian way of celebrating Encarnacion’s home run hat trick in the Blue Jays’ 15-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Encarnacion’s not a big hockey fan, but he got an education in that sport’s tradition ...
“Steve Tolleson just decided he didn’t want to play anymore,” Anthopoulos said during a media session in Texas on Wednesday.
Tolleson, however, insists he has been injured since the Jays placed him on the disabled list with a groin strain on May 27. His minor-league rehab assignment expired July 1, just after he had played in two games for Buffalo, and the Jays designated him for assignment that day.
In dispute is whether the 31-year-old reserve infielder was still injured when the Jays ...
Sunday, August 30, 2015
MLB needs to enact a daily 22-man roster for September games. When a manager hands his lineup card to the umpire, he would also hand over his full 22-man squad for the day. There are still 40 roster-eligible players in the clubhouse, and the Major League experience is not cheapened at all for prospects.
Without starting pitchers on the bench, teams lose the occasional option of Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter or Andrew Cashner as a pinch-runner. But notice how we set the number at 22 ...
I hope the kid can salvage some type of career.
Profar had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in late February after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn teres major muscle in the same shoulder. He last played in a regular season game for the Rangers on Sept. 27, 2013.
“It’s been two years out of baseball, and I’ll come here and just play,” he said. “Now everything is going to be good. I’m just having fun playing day-to-day.”
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
OK, maybe Severino isn’t the guy.
Eovaldi has performed like a top starter for more than two months (2.93 ERA in his last 12 starts) and something approximating an ace in his past two outings as he readies to pitch Sunday in Atlanta. That is too small a sample size to make a final determination. But not too few outings to generate some excitement for the rest of this year and beyond.
A scout familiar with Eovaldi from his NL days with the Dodgers and Marlins who saw the righty recently, said, ...
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
Of course, they might need to pitch him to get there.
From what we’ve seen so far? Absolutely, you’d trust him to start for the Yankees in a one-and-done playoff game, which looks to be the team’s fate as long as the Blue Jays keep treating the rest of the industry like their personal batting-practice session.
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
Dave O’Brien has his moments but he’s not exactly an energizing guy. If the Sox want to re-energize the broadcast, maybe the team shouldn’t finish in last place so much. That’s why most of my friends don’t watch NESN as much. It’s not Orsillo. Maybe Werner needs to actually talk to some fans.
“I understand it has created some controversy,” Werner told Buckley. “And I also understand that Don is a great broadcaster. But we felt that starting next year, it was worth going in a different ...
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 19 comment(s)
I will surely watch more Dodger games the rest of this year and next. I will miss Vin Scully.
A man who fell off the top deck at least 40 feet to the concrete on the first level below during the Braves’ game against the New York Yankees on Saturday night died, Atlanta police said.
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 277 comment(s)
Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.
And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he ...
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Former Major League pitcher Zach Day, who works at TrackMan, a pitch-tracking system employed by both the Mets and Statcast™, noted that spin rate correlates quite closely with swing-and-miss rate. That, in turn, is an excellent indicator of success—one way to quantify what pitchers refer to as “stuff,” or as Day puts it, “your life on your fastball.” So it is worth noting that as Harvey’s velocity and spin rate have fallen, particularly in comparison to the game’s other elite starters, his ...
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
Of the 76 players who are currently in their free agent walk year, 29 overperformed their projections, 44 underperformed their projections, and three hit their projections right on. One one end of the spectrum, players like Yoenis Cespedes and David Price are on pace to outperform their preseason projections by just over two wins. On the flip side, Matt Joyce and Ian Desmond have had rough years and could fall nearly three wins short of their preseason projections. On average, players were ...
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
Andrew Friedman farts in Fangraph’s Defensive Stats’ general direction.
The Dodgers have benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who batted .169 in July and is batting .114 in August. The team had stuck with him for weeks, even as his offensive performance dropped, citing his outstanding defense.
However, according to a variety of statistics available on the Fangraphs website, Pederson’s defense ranks below average among major league center fielders.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president ...
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
Some good news about this season.
“He’s a stud,” Price said. “These games are very personal to him as they are to all of us. I think he wants to be that guy that goes out there and wins a ballgame for us. I think he showed again great emotional durability because he had a rough first inning and he bounced back and gave us some really good baseball—six innings of one-run ball. That’s how you do it. He’s taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s growing up. ...
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
When asked whether top prospect Tyler Glasnow would be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis when rosters expand on Monday, Hurdle was coy.
“It’s a big, fresh arm and a kid we like a lot,” Hurdle said. “It wouldn’t behoove him or me to say whether he could help us this year or not right now.”
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
“He hasn’t made a start yet, even in the minor leagues.” Still, conceding: “Alex was always wanting me to try to start him, where I thought he was going to be in the bullpen, realistically. But, wrong again,”
Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.
First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.
Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Chris Davis (35 home runs) has put himself in position for a big payday, though it will likely be elsewhere. Baltimore’s offer a couple years ago wasn’t in the ballpark of the asking price. As one Orioles person put it, “Scott (Boras) was looking for part of the TV deal.” That was a joke, but word is the comp being used a couple years ago was Joey Votto’s $225-million deal.
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.
Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:
“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to ...
The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and never finished a season higher than third place in the division under Zduriencik’s direction.
Entering Friday, Seattle sits 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division with their 59-69 record.
But what about the weight room?
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
I have no problem admitting my love for Alex Gordon.
Female sports fans in general are treated like a stock list of stereotypes: served up infantilizing Hello Kitty merchandise and given institutionalized opportunities to “better understand” the game, invited to wine-soaked MLB-sponsored ladies’ nights, or dressed up in Victoria’s Secret gear that invites kisses on the kiss cam.
Further, it seems that sports culture can’t reconcile female desire with knowledge, so if you’re admiring the finer ...
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 43 comment(s)
The way I figure, it comes to four things. Very slightly, the Dodgers have underachieved with men on base. They’ve been a bad baserunning team. They’ve very infrequently reached on errors. And then some of this is probably just simple bad luck. Combine those and I imagine you can account for the missing half-run a game. You at least get close. That’s why the Dodgers haven’t scored as many runs as you’d think.
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
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