Baseball

October 18, 2018

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4: Mookie Betts tries to make a play at the wall on a Jose Altuve hit, and the umpires rule that a fan interfered and call Altuve out.

posted by bender to baseball at 09:22 AM - 20 comments

August 29, 2018

Baseball players are famous for cliches. Here are their most popular ones.:
This article does a heck of job. It's a breath of fresh air that finds a way to get it done. Time after time, it grabs the bull by the horns and brings something to the table. Up and down the lineup, this article was looking forward to the challenge and stepped up it's game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:08 PM - 6 comments

August 16, 2018

Andrew McCutchen Re-Enacts Dodgers-Giants Brawl: The Dodgers and Giants brawled Tuesday night because catcher Nick Hundley didn't like batter Yasiel Puig engaging in introspective self-criticism after he fouled a pitch and Puig didn't like Hundley not liking it. Andrew McCutchen arrived late to the fracas from the outfield. He explains why in this re-enactment.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:41 AM - 5 comments

August 09, 2018

How the Delmon Young Draft Pick Worked out for Tampa Bay: One of those cool "Follow the history" stories that shows how the Rays turned a dud draft pick into a ton of production.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 10:49 AM - 2 comments

July 29, 2018

Kirk Gibson,and the character of Parkinson's disease: "I had heard about Gibson’s calmer demeanor first as a coach with the Diamondbacks and then as their manager, about his 2015 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and the endearing way he calls his new opponent Parky. I’d read sympathetic takes on his ongoing—though reduced—performance as a color analyst on TV, seen the startlingly sweet graduation speech he gave at Michigan State in May 2017, weeks before turning 60." (longform)

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July 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

In its typical invocation, chemistry is a cop-out: an after-the-fact explanation of why a team won, especially against the odds. It lets us avoid uncomfortable truths: that baseball, like the workforce, is not always a meritocracy; that mediocre teams can capitalize on luck to beat very good ones; that the sport can be cosmically unjust. In the postgame twilight, chemistry coalesces as a narrative—the “It’s not you, it’s me” of baseball heartbreak. It rings hollow, but is not provably false.

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:03 PM - 1 comment

May 15, 2018

Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for drug violation.:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:38 PM - 1 comment

May 04, 2018

Ichiro Suzuki Steps Away, Leaving Albert Pujols on the Path They Took Together: On April 2, 2001, a few hours apart in Denver and Seattle, the major league careers of fraternal twins were born. Albert Pujols made his debut that afternoon for the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Later that night, at Safeco Field, Ichiro Suzuki made his for the Seattle Mariners.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 07:50 AM - 3 comments

May 02, 2018

John Dingell on Ty Cobb and Ty Cobb: There's a political element to this quote, but I'm sharing it for other reasons. Former Congressman John Dingell of Michigan tweeted, "I’ve now lived through two completely unrelated Ty Cobb retirements. The latter was infinitely more hilarious than the former. Nice mustache, pal." Cobb played his last game on September 11, 1928. The 91-year-old Dingell was two years old then -- too young to remember Cobb, but Dingell's father was a Detroit native who lived in the city all of the legendary ballplayer's 22 years with the Tigers.

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:00 PM - 1 comment

April 20, 2018

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball: (W)hy do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs—many baseball owners have a stake in another pro team, and even if the people running the NBA, NHL, and MLB aren’t literally the same people, they all went to the same business schools and hang out at the same golf courses. No, it’s about power and leverage.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 11:30 AM - 3 comments

March 29, 2018

Rusty Staub Dead at 73: A sad note on opening day, Le Grand Orange has passed away. His career spanned 23 seasons, mainly with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 09:28 PM - 3 comments

March 27, 2018

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play: This is too epic to summarize.

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:04 PM - 10 comments

February 23, 2018

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule: Some MLB executives have discussed letting the losing team have any three batters it chooses in the ninth inning, according to Rich Eisen. One said, "Best argument is that no other sport has the best players sitting on the bench in the final minutes of a game."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:20 AM - 9 comments

February 19, 2018

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18: Pace of game rules, but no pitch clock.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 02:02 PM - 3 comments

January 29, 2018

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019: The upcoming 2018 season will be the last that Chief Wahoo is used on uniforms by the Cleveland Indians, the New York Times reported today. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been pressuring the team to drop the racist caricature, an effort that increased after the league awarded the 2019 All-Star Game to Cleveland. For several years Wahoo was kept off team uniforms and other gear at its spring training games in Goodyear, Arizona. There may still be Wahoo items sold at team gift shops and in Ohio.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:28 PM - 12 comments

December 10, 2017

November 27, 2017

In the pantheon of American baseball, Satchel Paige has always occupied a special place.: "He was one of the game’s all-time greats and also one of its most shameless and storied self-promoters. A whole mythology surrounds him and his exploits; he talked almost as fast as he pitched. In photos his mischievous smile made him seem invincible. A few years ago I learned, by chance, that he had played for one of the most infamous Latin American dictators who ever lived. It struck me as the kind of story only Paige himself could concoct, a tale so gaudy as to seem camouflaged in the annals of sports. I decided to investigate what happened when these two outsize individuals collided."

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:30 PM - 2 comments

November 22, 2017

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here.":
With the release of the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot this week, Joe Morgan has penned a letter that has been sent to all the Hall of Fame voters in the BBWAA.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:07 AM - 5 comments

November 02, 2017

Astros Win World Series: The Houston Astros won the first World Series in the history of the franchise, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game 7. The Astros scored 5 runs off starter Yu Darvish, who was pulled in the second inning. Houston's win makes a 2014 Sports Illustrated prophetic. The magazine called the team "Your 2017 World Series Champs" on the cover.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:11 AM - 16 comments

October 17, 2017

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?: Longtime baseball scribe Tracy Ringolsby outlines a dramatic proposal in baseball: Expansion to Montreal and Portland, dropping the AL and NL for four seven-team regional divisions, a 156-game season with 12 games against each division opponent and a playoffs with four divisional champs and eight teams in play-in games.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:59 PM - 8 comments

September 05, 2017

Red Sox found to be stealing signs from the Yankees: using an Apple Watch.

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September 01, 2017

Justin Verlander Traded to Houston Astros: The Detroit Tigers traded ace Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros for minor leaguers outfielder Daz Cameron, pitcher Franklin Perez and catcher Jake Rogers and either a player to be named later or cash. Verlander, 34, won the Cy Young award in 2011 and was runner-up last season. He's under contract through 2019 with an option for 2020. The Tigers will reportedly pay $8 million of his salary in 2018 and 2019.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:22 AM - 4 comments

August 18, 2017

Skunk In The Outfield : How A Trick Play Almost Broke Baseball:
That's how it came to be that a Portsmouth sophomore named Johnny Pedrotty stood in right field in Game 2 of the Rhode Island state championship series, that a crowd of a thousand fans erupted into profane chaos, that a star infielder almost blacked out from the stress, and that Ulmschneider found himself unsure of how to stop what he'd unleashed. It's how, for two minutes and 32 seconds, baseball broke.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:28 AM - 3 comments

July 31, 2017

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring: The Chicago Cubs gave a World Series ring today to Steve Bartman. "While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today," owner Tom Ricketts said. Bartman responded with gratitude and said, "I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over."

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:27 PM - 13 comments

April 26, 2017

April 11, 2017

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:48 PM - 4 comments

April 01, 2017

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants:
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leave of absence due to "a medical issue" and that recently-hired-advisor-to-the-CEO Barry Bonds has been tapped to fill in as the interim manager until Bochy is cleared to return.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:38 AM - 3 comments

March 08, 2017

Lox to advance: How Israel's WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since the oil burned for eight days. It's not nothing, if you know what I mean.

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February 17, 2017

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.:
If I was an opposing manager, I'd protest every single pitch he made against my team.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:33 PM - 3 comments

January 25, 2017

Total eclipse of the park: On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The path of totality (not the Korn album) will curve from Oregon to South Carolina and encompass the ballparks of seven minor league teams -- six of which happen to have home games that day. In Oregon, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have already announced plans for a 9:35am start with a 15-minute delay for the eclipse, which is to begin at 10:17am. In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies have similar plans later in the day. Other parks with penumbral potential include Nashville, Bowling Green (KY) and Charleston (SC).

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:09 PM - 2 comments

January 22, 2017

Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Ventura, who set an MLB rookie record with an 103 mph fastball, pitched his last game in a cap that paid tribute to friends and fellow Major Leaguers Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, who both also died tragically in crashes in recent years.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:28 PM - 4 comments

January 18, 2017

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.:
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:58 PM - 9 comments

December 01, 2016

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field: Major League Baseball is changing the rules for home-field advantage in the World Series. The experiment of giving it to the league that wins the All-Star Game is over. Instead, for the first time in league history, home field will go to the team with the better record.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:53 AM - 13 comments

November 13, 2016

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.:
Man hit ball hard. Ball leaves domed stadium. World is stunned.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:46 PM - 10 comments

November 02, 2016

Cubs Win World Series: For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in an unforgettable game 7 that ended in the 10th inning. The Cubs had a four-run lead erased by the Indians late, then the game was delayed by rain for a half hour after the end of the ninth. Cleveland's own 68-year title drought continues.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:44 PM - 18 comments

October 29, 2016

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets: A couple getting a divorce in Cook County, Illinois, are fighting for custody of a World Series ticket to tonight's game 4. John and Nancy Riddle both want the ticket so they can be the one who takes their 12-year-old son. After Nancy's filing argued this is an emergency because the Cubs might not reach the Series again in her lifetime, John's attorney Michael Berger disagreed and tempted fate in his response: "Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely -- regrettably -- that they will be back to the World Series again soon."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:59 AM - 5 comments

October 26, 2016

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo: The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:03 PM - 8 comments

October 25, 2016

World Series Game 1 Preview: The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians meet tonight for game 1 of a World Series guaranteed to end a historic championship drought. Cubs ace Jon Lester faces Indians ace Corey Kluber in Cleveland. Vegas likes the Cubs to win game 1 and the series.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:18 PM - 3 comments

October 22, 2016