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Friday, May 10, 2013
Umpire Fieldin Culbreth, the crew chief in Thursday night’s game between the Angels and Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, has received a two-game suspension and a fine for the misapplication of Rule 3.05(b) in the top of the seventh inning, Major League Baseball announced Friday afternoon.
The other members of Culbreth’s crew—Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson—received fines stemming from the same sequence of events. Culbreth’s two-game suspension will be served at a date to be ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 05:50 PM | 42 comment(s)
And I was the shortstop for the New York Yankees! But like the rest of you I’ve outlived my usefulness! No one wants me around any more!
Father Time is finally throwing Jeter some serious chin music, snapping his ankle in October, and then taunting him back to practice before chipping it again. But Jeter is the Bernard Hopkins of baseball, swinging until he’s literally carted off. The Yankees surely hope he makes that decision before they have to.
“Jeter’s not a quitter!” you bark. ...Read More...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM | 50 comment(s)
I thought this was sorta common knowledge…
Brilliant Reader Wendell has wandered through some baseball numbers and comes up with what seems a fascinating question, at least if you’re kind of a crazy baseball history buff.
From 1954-1957, Warren Spahn started 136 games—fourth-most in baseball. He pitched 1,081 innings—second only to Robin Roberts. He won 79 games, more than any pitcher over that time. Well, that was Warren Spahn, right? Hall of Famer. A workhorse. A constant force. He was a ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 05:25 PM | 31 comment(s)
Not to dump water on this…but he’s tied with Tim McCarver.
Jeter has long been known for his ability to rack up 200-hit seasons, the hallmark of any 3,000-hit campaign. Cano, with only two 200-hit seasons, and perhaps because of his status as an elite power hitter, has often been left out of the discussion of players who could reach 3,000.
But Cano isn’t far off Jeter’s pace. Jeter notched his 1,500th hit at age 29, in his ninth season. Cano hit the mark at age 30, also in his ninth year. It ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 05:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
The Cleveland Indians have the lowest average attendance in baseball. Lower, even, than the Miami Marlins, who most people would assume own that dishonor. In fact, Miami is only fifth worst.
Cleveland’s average of 14,205 makes places like Miami, Tampa Bay and Kansas City look somewhat decent. The Royals, in fact, are second worst in baseball and average 4,000 more per game than the Indians.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Indians drew 9,514 and 9,474 with the Oakland Athletics in town. This was ...
Plus he’d wait on line for an Ebinger’s black-out cake just like the rest of us!
Is former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers great Gil Hodges the best eligible position player not in the Hall of Fame? No, Barry Bonds is…or maybe Jeff Bagwell. But five years ago, the answer very well may have been “yes”.
Without all this newfangled steroid nonsense clouding the picture, Hodges’ case depicts perhaps the most lopsided argument in history regarding a player’s Hall of Fame merit. It seems ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 01:12 PM | 45 comment(s)
Next he’ll be spray painting “Aus der Traum!” on the ESPN studio wall!
“I love David. I love him to death. And I think a lot of what Dan has done in his life has been personally driven. But he didn’t ask a question that people aren’t asking themselves,” Schilling said. “And I keep going to back to, as a player, this is our fault. We did this. We let this happen. We had a chance to stop it and we didn’t. I think the way it was done was kind of cheesy. But there are people asking ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM | 34 comment(s)
More like a Hunter’s guide for big game…
15. DIAMONDBACKS: After an early run on pitchers, position players will be the strength of the middle of the first round. Count Arizona as one of several teams in this area who would love an unexpected shot at Meadows. Renfroe and California high school shortstop J.P. Crawford are better bets to be available.
PROJECTED PICK: HUNTER RENFROE.
30. RANGERS: Since 2006, Texas has used eight of its nine first-round picks on high schoolers. Most of the best ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 09:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
Maureen Oleskiewicz, a 28-year-old middle school teacher, died on Sunday after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Oleskiewicz and her brother, Martin Oleskiewicz, were eating before the game started when she fell to the floor choking. CPR was administered, but she died after undergoing cardiac arrest.
Maureen Oleskiewicz, a 28-year-old middle school teacher, died on Sunday after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field.
Before Oleskiewicz passed away, ...
Washington Times, May 10, 1913:
The United States League will have its formal opening at Union League Park today, when the Brooklyn team meets the Washington team. There will be no admissions charged, Manager Carsey throwing open the gates to the fans and offering the first engagement between the clubs gratis.
The 1913 US League season lasted two days. New York and Newark folded up shop after 100 people showed up to their season opener, and the other six teams gave up after the second game.
“Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I’m Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?” Ortiz said.
“If you’re from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 06:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
Hey, take it easy…probably only Scott Radinsky and Jack McDowell ever discussed early Amphetamine Reptile sides.
The average pitcher is more likely to die in a car crash over his lifetime then get hit in the head by a line drive during his MLB career.
If this is where society is going, then we have a lot of other culprits to fix before we start imposing more safety legislation on baseball.
Let’s ban the X-games, where Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died in January, as a result of injuries he ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 05:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
As Alfred, Lord (The Human Eyeball) Tennyson once said about smile splits…“A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.”
Dwight Howard, meet Josh Hamilton.
“I’ve had people screaming at me when I’m at the plate, ‘Wipe that smile off your face,’‘’ said the Angels bust. “If I’m not smiling, you don’t want me out there. I want to play the game how I’ve grown up my whole life playing it, and that’s with a smile. You do your best when you’re relaxed.’‘
Hamilton gets any more relaxed and he really ...
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 04:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
[Angels’] Manager Mike Scoscia argued Astros skipper Bo Porter wasn’t allowed to make two pitching changes before the first reliever fired an official pitch.
However, since the Angels came back to win, 6-5, the protest is essentially a non-factor. [...] Rule 3.05(b) states: If the pitcher is replaced, the substitute pitcher shall pitch to the batter then at-bat, or any substitute batter, until such batter is put out or reaches first base, or until the offensive team is put out, unless the ...
15 games today, and I can’t come up with anything witty to say right now. Sorry. I’ll make sure to have something ready for Saturday.
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM | 95 comment(s)
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Will the rotator cuff tear be repaired, or will the joint just be cleaned out, referred to as a debridement? The thickness and location of the tear will likely be the determining factors. If the labrum shows degenerative wearing at the edges, it may only require a bit of smoothing out. If a labral tear is evident once they are in the joint, Halladay will require a more robust surgery. [...] It is likely that Halladay is looking at a minimum six-month recovery if more than a simple debridement ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 11:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
But with no preseason notice, the Nationals front office for the 2013 season significantly diluted the Red Carpet Rewards program, and the number of points needed to buy extra benefits increased dramatically. For example, a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, May 25, costs 1,000 Red Carpet points for a field MVP or club seat, which is 10 times what it cost last year. The Nationals also shortened the window in which tickets can be redeemed ahead of time to one month; last year ...
Former Cardinals outfielder Fernando Tatís once famously hit 2 Grand Slams in one inning and set a Major Leage record with 8 RBI in one frame but that may not be his biggest feat. Lately it seems that Fernando has been lighting up the world of graphic design and his all original creations are truly a sight to behold and the world needs to stand up and take notice.
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM | 52 comment(s)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) on Thursday unveiled legislation that would upend the cable and satellite business, forcing them to let customers pick-and-choose which channels they would like to get rather than take programming in bundles.
“The video industry, principally cable companies and satellite companies and the programmers that sell channels, like NBC and Disney-ABC, continue to give consumers two options when buying TV programming: First, to purchase a package of channels whether you ...
Entering Wednesday, Simmons had played 680 innings in his major league career and the Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) numbers have him with 30 defensive runs saved. He had 19 in 426 innings last season and already has a major-league best 11 in 254 innings in 2013.
For a little perspective, that’s an incredible number for what amounts to less than half a season’s worth of play. No shortstop has had 30 defensive runs saved in a full season since Troy Tulowitzki had 31 in 2007.
Simmons has been ...Read More...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
#8 Johan Santana, 2012 – Game Score: 90
#4 Al Leiter, 1999 – Game Score: 86
Leiter threw 135 pitches that day — he threw 120+ pitches eleven times in 1999 — in a performance that should go down as one of the Mets’ best all time. He was never pretty, walking four, but he sure got the job done. A little more than a year later, he would throw 142 pitches in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series.
#2 David Cone, 1991 – Game Score: 99
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 01:25 PM | 14 comment(s)
Jeff Sullivan enjoys his semi-retirement with some thoughtful musings on the maturation of Prince Felix into King Felix:
There are throwers, and there are pitchers. Felix has been amazing as both of them.
This is all to set up just a few factoids. The following, courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions, won’t take you by surprise:
2005: 96mph average fastball
2013: 91mph average fastball
Every so often Felix used to rush it up there in or near the triple digits. Somewhat alarmingly, now I feel ...
11 13-20 5/09 Blue, pan up from lid of ball cap End of manager
Exactly how much rope does the Dodgers’ skipper have left? Probably not the best choice of words there, because whatever you think of the way Don Mattingly is going about his business, any and all rope is best locked away safe and sound.
Rope, sharp objects, plugged-in radios near bathtubs, adjacent medicine cabinets, tall buildings, you name it. Not for Mattingly, necessarily, but for the inconsolable fan, because ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM | 20 comment(s)
Conor Glassey explains the difference between what writers do and what scouts do:
Yes, we often will write about players we’ve seen and we’ll tell you how fast a pitcher was throwing, what kind of offspeed pitches he throws, or how fast an outfielder got from home to first. That’s not scouting, that’s just reporting. Anybody can sit at a game and hold a radar gun or click a stopwatch.
However, there’s a growing number of people online who think the opposite. It’s baffling to me ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
Jake just made it look easy. Odorizzi.
Jake Odorizzi and three Durham Bulls relief pitchers combined on an historic Sunday performance.
The four Durham pitchers combined to throw just the second no-hitter in the team’s International League history as the Bulls defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-1 at McCoy Stadium.
Odorizzi (3-0) pitched the first seven innings, before Frank De Los Santos, Taylor Yates and Jeff Beliveau kept Pawtucket hitless over the final two innings despite allowing one ...Read More...
I haven’t seen a Romero ruined this badly…since Cesar Romero’s Pretty Willie Wetzchahofsky got shatzed-on in “Love That Brute”!
The call to return Ricky to the bigs was an absolute mishandling of a career on the part of the Blue Jays.
If you’re going to overhaul a player, and you know that player’s confidence is a factor, how can you, in good conscience, throw him back into the fiercest competition after only a single outing in High A?
Any baseball man worth his salt knows the true test ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 09:31 AM | 36 comment(s)
Yadier and the HOF?
You are widely considered the greatest catcher in major league history, which makes you more qualified than to weigh in on the subject: With his steady improvement at the plate, combined with his prowess behind it and the championships he’s helped the Cardinals win, do you feel that Yadier Molina is worthy of having a plaque next to you and Fisk and Yogi Berra at Cooperstown?
(Molina) is really one of the best defensive catchers that you’ll see, and he’s swung the ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 09:15 AM | 17 comment(s)
vivaelpujols, it might be time to update…“That was possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read. Not even kidding.”
But you fit all the models. You are from the Dominican Republic. You are an older player. Older players don’t get better. You’ve had injuries consistent with steroid use. You showed up on the list from 2003. You fit all the formulas.
“[Expletive], I’m a human being just like everyone else,” said Ortiz. “You can get worse or you can get better. One or the other.’’
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 06:51 AM | 37 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, May 9, 1913:
While the [Milwaukee-Minneapolis American Association] game was bad enough in itself, the fight between [Brewers manager/third baseman Harry] Clark and [Millers shortstop Dave] Altizer was one of the most disgraceful ever witnessed on a Milwaukee ball field. Sliding into third base in the seventh inning, Altizer deliberately cut Clark down with his spikes, leaping high in the air and planting both feet on Harry’s anatomy. The Brewer leader…jumped onto the runner ...
And Clay Buchholz loads up and fires back…Sunscreen, rosin controversies ‘doing me an injustice’
The secret trick that led to accusations of Boston Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz throwing a spitball has an ancillary benefit: It prevents skin cancer, too.
Two veteran pitchers and one source close to the Red Sox told Yahoo! Sports that about 90 percent of major league pitchers use some form of spray-on sunscreen – almost always BullFrog brand – that when combined with powdered rosin ...
Posted: May 09, 2013 at 05:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
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