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Thursday, March 05, 2015
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There is no satisfying way to compare ancient players from Deadball to the players today. For instance: There is an argument to be made, a strong one, that Eddie Collins was one of the ten best player in baseball history. If you treat the baseball of his time as equal to all other times, you almost have to rank him in that stratosphere. He ranks tenth In wins Above Replacement. He hit .333 with more than 3,000 hits, more than 700 stolen bases, more than 1,800 runs scored — ...
“People say we’re boring,’’ Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright says. “That’s fine.
“But it’s kind of like the San Antonio Spurs, right? They just show up every year, play well, and act professionally.
“That’s who we are.
“We want to make news because we’re winning, not because we’re the loudest or act a certain way.’‘
The Cardinals have been the most consistent team in baseball since 2011. They’ve reached the National League Championship Series four consecutive years, winning one World Series ...
I’m not a health food nut but this stuff doesn’t look appealing. (OK, maybe I’d try the bacon on a stick. Who doesn’t like bacon?)
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
While I sympathize with Hamilton battle with addiction and hope he wins this fight, I don’t believe it’s unreasonable that he should lose the money he won’t be earning during his time away from the game. This isn’t his first second chance. Mistakes have consequences. From what I’ve seen in my life, avoiding consequences after repeated mistakes doesn’t ultimately help the person change. Ultimately, whatever decision gets made, Josh Hamilton’s choices will control his future.
The arbitrator’s ...
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 53 comment(s)
If he’s used right, I expect Alex will have enough in the tank to be a net positive for the Yankees. Of course, while doing that, he will be the most expensive part-time player in history.
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
I agree with Joel Sherman. Organizations that consistently win have a culture that focuses on doing things that foster winning. At the core it’s about finding every possible way to increase a team’s odds of winning.
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, March 5, 1915:
They are counting 10 on Hunter Hill, the Texan who startled by St. Louis by carrying a gun in his back pocket even on the playing field. Hunter has grown fat and can’t pick them up any more.
A gun in your pocket on the field? That seems ill-advised. Tim Raines’s cocaine vials are no longer the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of an MLB player keeping in his back pocket during a game.
“The comfort of knowing someone who knows their swing is so important,’’ Ricciardi said. “They can always go back to that guy and he can get them to the foundation. That’s really important. You can see that comfort level and it’s great for us, I think it’s going to reap a lot of benefits.
“When a player is struggling they have to have someone that they feel confident with so that when they say something, they get it immediately. Sometimes, working with someone new, you just ...
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
When was this?
Eighteen veteran outfielders with salaries of more than $5 million changed teams in the offseason, going to 16 different teams, and that list doesn’t include the likes of Wil Myers, Jonny Gomes, Ichiro Suzuki, Seth Smith, Matt Joyce and Heisey. Yet there was no market for Ethier, who not so long ago was viewed as a possible free-agent prize for teams like the Red Sox and Cubs.
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
Catching prospect Peter O’Brien rapped out a pair of hits in three at-bats and also played well behind the plate.
“The most important thing for us—we know he is going to swing the bat and do some damage—we’re really watching that catching,” Hale said. “I asked the umpire at one point how he felt with him in front of him and he said he did a good job and was showing him the ball well. He did a good job with the pitchers. This guy has really, really improved behind the plate. He’s bilingual, ...
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
“What I’m seeing (is) that he’s feeling real good, the ball is coming out of his hand very nice,” Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said after a recent spring training workout. “He looks free and easy. You don’t have to watch him long to understand why he is so highly regarded.”
Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
For the foodies:
The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to top the success of last year’s 18-inch bacon-and-cheese-stuffed corn dog by offering a dessert. Team president and CEO Derrick Hall told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the team’s star concession item this year will be a Churro Dog.
The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro sitting inside a Long John chocolate-glazed donut, which is then topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Its estimated calorie count is 1,117.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
A summary of a Sloan Sports Analytics Conference presentation demonstrating that properly deployed spring training statistics can indeed improve preseason projections.
Incorporating spring training improved the correlation between preseason projections and final results from .578 to .593 for hitters (using OPS) and from .354 to .387 for pitchers (using ERA)...
ZiPS projected the 2% of hitters whose forecasts were most helped by spring training for a combined .709 OPS, while they actually ...
The Chicago Cubs of Milwaukee?
Crane Kenney’s statement indicates that they had considered playing an entire season—perhaps 2015?—at Miller Park, which would have given them from September 2014 to April 2016 to do significant work at Wrigley Field.
Logistically, this would have created significant issues for Cubs season-ticket holders who live, say, anywhere south of the Lake/Cook county line in Illinois. Even that line is about 70 miles from Miller Park; those season-ticket holders who ...
MLB picked the right man for this job.
When I took this job at MLB, I knew it was going to take time for many to embrace my message of inclusion. Expecting everyone to be supportive right away is simply not realistic. If you asked anyone who has competed in high-level men’s professional sports, I believe they would agree with me. This doesn’t change the way I go about my business, or my belief in what I am doing, but it’s reality.
After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his ...
Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.
Grantland Rice in the Pittsburgh Press, March 4, 1915:
In your opinion could a ball club be picked from those who live in the south good enough to beat or make an even fight against a club picked from northern players? E.H.K.
The north would have a decided margin in pitchers, catchers and infielders. The south’s big edge would come in the outfield play, where Cobb, Speaker, Jackson and Milan would close out the debate.
I’ll give this a shot in the comments. My border will follow ...Read More...
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