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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MLB.com: Who Will Make Hall of Fame From 2019 World Series

.  .  . the most Hall of Famers to play in any World Series was way back in 1932, when 13 eventual inductees played for the Yankees (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing and Joe Sewell) and the Cubs (Kiki Cuyler, Burleigh Grimes, Gabby Hartnett and Billy Herman). Three other Hall of Famers—Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, Cubs manager Rogers Hornsby (in the Hall as a player) and umpire Bill Klem—were also involved in that Series.

Probably fewer this year, but some worthies.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Astros Staffer’s Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB’s Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence

More than an hour after José Altuve won the Astros the pennant, the party in the Houston clubhouse still raged. Rightfielder Josh Reddick was crushing vodka Red Bulls. Starter Gerrit Cole smoked a cigar. Shortstop Carlos Correa gazed lovingly at the American League championship trophy.

And in the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f———glad we got Osuna!”

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an interview.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

How to neutralize a rookie sensation: Fangraphs: Mailhot

Can Yordan Alvarez make adjustments to the steady diet of fastballs up and in?

He’s also seen an increase in the number of fastballs thrown against him, up to 64.8% in the postseason. And it looks like both the Rays and Yankees have a common approach with their heaters.

...In the GIF above, Luis Severino busts Alvarez up and in with a 95 mph fastball. Alvarez can’t get his powerful arms extended and pops up harmlessly to left. In a September article examining his outstanding year, Ben Clemens wrote about Alvarez’s ability to pull the ball with power:

  “Here’s a random, tossed-off statistic for you. When Alvarez pulls the ball in the air, he bats .868 with a 2.421 slugging percentage. … Your mind will logically go to small sample sizes and regression here, and that’s not unreasonable. Consider this, though: Alvarez’s xwOBA is a robust .963 on these balls, second only to Joey Gallo. He hits them, on average, 100.3 mph, good for sixth in the league. He’s barreling up nearly half of them, 43.2%. In other words, Alvarez might be getting marginally lucky when he pulls the ball in the air, but for the most part he’s hitting the ball too hard to need luck.”

Most of those pulled fly balls and line drives during the regular season came off pitches in the middle of the plate or down and in where he can drop the barrel of his bat or get his arms extended. By pitching him up and in, the Rays and Yankees have prevented Alvarez from taking advantage of his greatest strength. He’s only pulled four batted balls in the air during the playoffs, three line drives and a lazy fly ball.
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puck Posted: October 20, 2019 at 04:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
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