Archive for August, 2010

Friday, August 27th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

So here is Strasburg, early 20’s, going under the knife to dare I say….save his career? This guy was the second coming of Jesus…or better still…Doc Gooden just two and a half months ago. Now, he may be nothing more than Mark Prior’s shadow.

Food for Thought

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 by Chuck

Joe Girardi’s contract with the Yankees expires following the 2010 season.
Girardi has long been a favorite of Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry, who, ironically, have a managerial opening for 2011.
Former Yankees great Don Mattingly, Joe Torre’s bench coach during his final years in New York and now with the Dodgers, will manage this off-season [...]

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 by JoeDelGrippo

During Monday night’s St. Louis Cardinals loss to the last-place (and worst record in baseball) Pittsburgh Pirates, Albert Pujols was 3-for-5 with a double, raising his batting average to .322.
I know this stat is not important to saber heads (please bear with us), but for this argument it is imperative.
Meanwhile, on the west coast, Cincinnati’s [...]

Outspoken critics are clueless about the Pirates’ situation

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 by Shaun

There is a striking lack of context here, for those who want to read into the Pirates making profits while losing.

Prospect Showdown: Mike Minor vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 by Chuck

Tale of the Tape:
Age: Minor, 22 (23 on December 26th), Hellickson, 23, (24 on 4/8/11).
Height/Weight: Minor, 6′3″, 200, Hellickson 6′1″, 185.
Bats/Throws: Minor, L/L, Hellickson, R/R
Minor: Atlanta Braves first round draft choice in the 2009 Draft out of Vanderbilt University. SEC Freshman of the Year in 2007, $2.4 million bonus is Atlanta club record.
Hellickson: Tampa Bay [...]

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 by Chuck

Anyone remember Michael Ynoa?
Ynoa is the 6′7″ teenage pitcher the Oakland A’s signed for $4.25 million dollars out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 as a 16 year old.
The bonus remains the largest in A’s history and has only been surpassed by Aroldis Chapman for the largest ever awarded to an International player.
Almost immediately after [...]

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by Chuck

Now that the dust has settled and the 2010 Major League Draft is behind us, time to take a look at what transpired in the days leading up to the draft itself, as well as some post-draft ramifications and gossip.
In the days leading up to the draft, most thought eventual first overall pick Bryce Harper, [...]

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Even with last night’s win, the Yankees are slumping. No doubt about it. They can’t hit lately and are losing games they should be winning. But as you knew it would, the Yankee Universe is calm, assured that waiting this out is the sane course of action.

Just kidding, the Yankee Universe is losing their mind.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

The fine folks at a little tv network you may have heard of…ESPN…are reporting that Giant great Bobby Thomson, author of arguably the most famous dinger in baseball history, died late last night at his home.
The Shot Heard Round The World notwithstanding….Thomson was more than a one trick pony. He had a career that would [...]

Monday, August 16th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
Ray Chapman, 29, is beaned by a hurler Carl Mays at the Polo Grounds. The right handed Chapman, known for crowding the plate, can’t get out of the way and takes one in the crown. He is carried from the field and he dies the next day from a [...]

Prospect Showdown: Mike Moustakas vs. Brett Wallace

Monday, August 16th, 2010 by Chuck

Tale of the Tape:
Age: Wallace, 23, turns 24 on August 26th. Moustakas, 21, turns 22 on September 11th.
Height/Weight: (listed), Wallace, 6′1″, 245. Moustakas 6′0″, 195.
Bats/Throws: Both players are lefty, righty.
Position(s): Wallace was a third baseman in college and his first two seasons as a professional. He has since been moved to first base. Moustakas was [...]

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Jeter’s O-swing percent—percentage of pitches a batter swings outside the strike zone—is the highest of his career…by a long shot at 28.9%. And the second stat is that Jeter’s pitch per AB is the second lowest of his career. Which, to put it succinctly, means that Jeter is swinging at more pitches, and a lot of them are pitcher’s pitches, not hitter’s pitches.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by JohnBowen

To think…if it weren’t for Steve Bartman, the Cubbies might have finally won the National League pennant in 2003. But Steve Bartman just had to interfere with a nearly uncatchable foul ball, and then proceed to make an error at shortstop, surrender several baserunners, leave himself in the game for far too long and then [...]

Sunday, August 8th, 2010 by Chuck

By now we should all be familiar with the Arizona Fall League, a development and proving ground for the top minor league prospects which has, to date, over 1800 alumni who have gone on to play Major League Baseball.
While the players get most of the attention, and rightfully so, it should be remembered the AFL [...]

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 by Chuck

As if we’re not all confused enough on how it worked up until now, the Baseball Hall of Fame has once again decided to change the electoral process of the Veteran’s Committee.
Announced the day after this year’s Induction Ceremonies and effective with the December, 2010 ballot, the VC will now consider all candidates, from three [...]