Other than bobby pin usage and the ability to understand what’s being said on Telemundo, at this stage, not that much.
The latest on Mr. Pineda, the Yankee, via Mark Feinsand -
If Michael Pineda’s dreadful outing against the Phillies Friday night wasn’t enough to knock him out of the rotation, the soreness his felt in his pitching shoulder would seem to be the final blow.
Pineda was rocked for six runs on seven hits and three walks in only 2 2/3 innings, earning a chorus of boos from the typically mild-mannered Steinbrenner Field crowd.
After he returned to the clubhouse, the 23-year-old revealed that he experienced some soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the outing.
“Tonight, my arm is a little sore,” Pineda said, adding that it felt fine before the game. “When I’m throwing, it’s a little sore. Sometimes every player doesn’t feel 100 percent when they play every day.”
Although he called it “normal sore,” he admitted that he had been trying to throw harder in his sixth start of the spring, attempting to put some of the questions about his lack of velocity to rest.
“I tried to pitch my game,” said Pineda, whose fastball mostly sat around 91 mph, touching 93-94 a few times. “I tried to throw a little harder today.”
Pineda was emotional while speaking with reporters, appearing at times to be on the verge of tears. He pointed to his lack of command as the primary reason for his dismal performance, saying his body was staying open too long, causing a side-to-side effect on his arm that made his fastball cut too much.
“My slider was good tonight and I threw a couple good changeups,” Pineda said. “For my fastball, first-pitch strikes, I didn’t attack the hitters. I didn’t have good command for my fastball tonight.”
But Pineda’s mechanics are the least of his problems now that he’s revealed a potential shoulder injury. Asked if he felt he deserved to be in the rotation, Pineda shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”
Does this mean that Jesus Montero gets to play the role of Ron “The Babe” Hassey in this drama?
I’m late to the party on this one. But, oh, my, is it funny!
When I looked this morning, I saw that batters are hitting .298 against CC Sabathia during this spring training, to date.
But, hey, we’re talking spring training here. And, we know that spring training stats cannot be trusted.
However, in the post-season last year, against the Tigers, Sabathia’s WHIP was 2.08 over the three games that he pitched.
But, hey, that’s a very small sample size. That WHIP was fashioned over 8.2 IP. And, you can’t judge a guy on a sample that small.
Yet, over his last 9 starts of the 2011 season, Sabathia faced 268 batters and allowed a BA/OBA/SLG line of: .314/.358/.502 (in 60.6 IP). And, that’s not pretty.
So, add it all up: His last 9 starts of 2011, his 2011 post-season, and, his 2012 spring training. The result is less than “ace” stuff, no?
Still, overall, you cannot count out Sabathia based on these three pieces of the puzzle.
I would wait and see what his ERA is this season on May 1st before making any serious calls for concern.
I’ve mentioned that Driving Mr. Yogi is in my queue. Can’t hardly wait to get to it. Watching clips like this is the reason why…
…how can you not love these guys?
This is a quick and dirty, back of the envelope, attempt to find which teams in baseball history had a lot of good hitters and pitchers in the same season.
First, I took this list:
From 1901 to 2011, teams with 10+ batters where OPS+>=100 and they had at least 80 PA.
Then, I cross-referenced it, via eye-ball, with this list:
From 1901 to 2011, teams with 9+ pitchers where ERA+>=100 and they had at least 40 IP
And, I got the following teams to make both lists:
Those last two teams surprised me. And, it suggests that this is not the best way to slice this pie.
Still, it would be fun to see the ’42 Cards and the ’98 Yankees match up in a best of seven and see what happens…
Concubines that come back to haunt. Via the Record Journal –
The family of major league pitcher Carl Pavano told police that a former Southington High School classmate was trying to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano by threatening to reveal personal information about him, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by police earlier this month.
In the affidavit, Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, said Christian Bedard, 36, of Southington, was “attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information” and that he believes he can hold the Pavano family “hostage” with the information.
DeGennaro filed a complaint with Southington Police in December, after receiving messages from Bedard she considered harassing on the social networking site Facebook, The messages included demands for a luxury SUV.
“The only way your brother is getting out of this… is with a heart-felt apology and a navy Range Rover with tan leather,” Bedard said in one message to DeGennaro.
Police seized a laptop and a journal from Bedard’s Hunting Hill Drive home last Wednesday, but have not charged him with any crime. The warrant allowed police to seize documents naming Pavano and any computers used to send Facebook messages. It stated materials collected would constitute evidence in an investigation into second-degree harassment and first-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny.
Southington police said Wednesday they are not releasing information about the ongoing investigation. The Record-Journal obtained the search warrant affidavit Wednesday from Bristol Superior Court.
In an interview Monday, Bedard said he was writing a journal as a way of giving closure to what he said was an “emotional and physical relationship” between him and Pavano which lasted for three years while the two were high school classmates.
“I’m sure they don’t want any of this getting out there,” Bedard said Monday.
DeGennaro called Bedard’s contention that he had a relationship with Pavano “clearly false” and an attempt to “extort her family,” according to the affidavit. Bedard told DeGennaro that he had a $1.2 million book deal.
“That is my best offer, an apology and a Land Rover and I’ll kill the project,” Bedard wrote.
In a later message, Bedard said he rescinded the offer and said “the book is the best deal.” He also mentions his mother Elaine Bedard’s political connections and the fact that she is a local police commission member.
“What’s even better is my mom’s the police commissioner and there is an open file on you already,” Bedard said to DeGennaro in a Facebook message, according to the affidavit. Elaine Bedard, who is also Democratic town chairwoman, said Monday that she has nothing to do with the police investigation, which police confirmed.
Christian Bedard has a number of convictions, including for third-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment and driving under the influence, according to the state Judicial Branch website.
He said he sent a letter to the Pavano family in November informing them that he was considering publishing his journal as a book and offering a chance for them to look over the material. He said he got no response.
Asked about the search warrant affidavit Wednesday, the Bedards declined comment. Carl Pavano’s parents, Carmen and Ann Pavano of Southington, could not be reached Wednesday. On Tuesday, they said they had no comment on the search of the Bedard residence.
DeGennaro did not return calls for comment. Pavano couldn’t be reached Wednesday and messages to his agent and the Minnesota Twins baseball team were not returned. Pavano is expected to be the Twins starting pitcher when they open their season April 6 against the Orioles in Baltimore. He previously played for the New York Yankees, among other teams. His four-year Yankee contract paid him nearly $40 million.
To be honest, given all the electronic/digital devices and media out there today, I think this type of stuff is going to be the wave of the future.
Any idea who this is/was?
Hint: He did miss.
SI is running an excerpt from R.A. Dickey’s new book, Wherever I Wind Up.
Click here to check it out. Good stuff! Glad this one is on my list.
Right now, I am finishing up Pinstripe Empire. After that, my “next book review queue” looks like this:
- Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan
- Damn Yankees: Twenty Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team
- Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball
- Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift
Looking at this list, I feel like Henry Bemis!
The list -
|26||1982-04-11 (1)||CHW||NYY||W 7-6||12.0|
That Pirates-Braves game back in 2008 was a wild one!
I have to a agree. Between the repeats on the MLB Network this AM and the crap on ESPN’s extra channels (outside of Mike & Mike), there’s no excuse not to have these games on TV.
If the games are THAT boring and unattractive to have on live TV in the States, then it makess no sense to have them played.
If Gabe Paul walked down 5th Avenue at lunch time in NYC back in 1977, no one would notice him. If Brian Cashman did it today, he would get mobbed.
When did baseball G.M.’s become such “stars”? Do we blame Billy Beane and/or Theo Epstein? Someone else?
Then again, back in their day, guys like Branch Rickey and Frank Lane were pretty famous. And, I suppose that Rickey would gather a crowd out in public. And, today, most people would not recognize Andrew Friedman or Jon Daniels if they saw them on the street today.
So, maybe it’s only those baseball G.M.’s who want to become rock gods that actually do?
Teams since 1919 with 50+ games in a season with R>=1 and R>.49*TOB -
Too bad for the ’30 Cards that they ran into George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove during the World Series.
The list – minimum 1,000 IP from 1950 on -
Lucky or good?
Ah, this is a nice read!
Via Boston.com -
The division of the Red Sox isn’t limited to Saturday’s split-squad games against the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.
A wedge appears to be forming between new manager Bobby Valentine and new general manager Ben Cherington on the best way to employ Daniel Bard, starter or reliever, and the best place to employ shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, Fenway Park or Pawtucket.
Valentine reportedly told scouts from outside the Sox organization he wants Iglesias, not utilityman Mike Aviles, as his starting shortstop. The Sox manager believes Iglesias is ready to play in the majors, which runs counter to the organization’s belief that Iglesias, who is batting .200 this spring with one extra-base hit, is greener than Fenway’s fabled Wall with the bat.
Valentine has been lukewarm, bordering on openly cynical about Bard’s conversion from setup man to starter, a centerpiece of Cherington’s team-building blueprint, and a report, citing an anonymous Sox staffer, said Bard would be returning to the bullpen when the games begin for real.
We have the first sign of discord in this shotgun marriage. Whose evaluation wins out, Valentine’s or Cherington’s, is going to signal how the Sox are going to be run and who wields the power in baseball operations.
The Sox can talk about collaborative processes and multifactorial reviews all they want, but at the end of the day someone gets the final say.
Don’t forget that Cherington didn’t choose Valentine. He was foisted upon him by Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, the man who runs the Red Sox, after ownership was underwhelmed by Cherington’s choice of onetime Sox third base coach Dale Sveum. Ownership did to Sveum what he used to do to Sox base runners – sent him home without a chance.
Ben Cherington has his hands full here…or so it seems.
I’ve mentioned the Fantography project here in the past. So, I was looking forward to reviewing the book “Baseball Fantography: A Celebration In Snapshots And Stories From The Fans.”
Here some information on the book from the publisher -
Baseball Fantography is a celebration of baseball through the eyes of fans via photos they’ve taken of players, ballparks, and related subjects over the past nine decades, along with essays, sidebars, and quotes. The project originated when the author discovered an old 1960s snapshot of himself as a teenager with his idol, Roger Maris, at Yankee Stadium. Realizing that he couldn’t be the only one with these hidden photographic gems, he began collecting baseball photos taken by fans. The book contains more than 250 never-before-published images (Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton) in chapters on subjects like ballparks, spring training, broadcasters, dugouts, and baseball cards, and features contributions from baseball aficionados and notables like Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, a 35-year veteran Topps baseball photographer, and a former president of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This is a fun book. It does contain many unique and interesting baseball photos. But, it’s also full of great baseball quotes, stories, and nuggets of baseball information (such as what “Murphy Money” is and a list of the more famous baseball card errors).
Anyone who is a died-in-the-wool baseball fan will enjoy going perusing “Baseball Fantography.” And, someone who is just interested in the game will learn some fun stuff about baseball by reading this book as well. I recommend checking it out.
It hits stores on April 1st, 2012.
Related, click here for a podcast interview of Andy Strasberg – the man behind Fantography.
On March 22, 1993, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Steve Olin was killed when a boat containing him and teammates Tim Crews and Bob Ojeda crashed at night into a wooden pier on central Florida’s Little Lake Nellie. Crews died the following day at an Orlando hospital; Ojeda was seriously injured but survived.
Hard to believe that we’re a year away from this being 20 years ago…
It’s a small list -
|1||Bob Feller||3||Ind. Games||2||1|
|2||Fernando Valenzuela||3||Ind. Games||1||1|
|3||Don Drysdale||3||Ind. Games||1||2|
|4||Felix Hernandez||3||Ind. Games||2||0|
|5||Bert Blyleven||3||Ind. Games||1||0|
|6||Dwight Gooden||3||Ind. Games||2||0|
|7||Gary Nolan||2||Ind. Games||0||1|
|8||Larry Dierker||2||Ind. Games||2||0|
|9||Catfish Hunter||2||Ind. Games||0||2|
|10||Scott Kazmir||2||Ind. Games||0||1|
|11||Pete Donohue||2||Ind. Games||1||0|
|12||Dennis Eckersley||2||Ind. Games||0||1|
|13||CC Sabathia||2||Ind. Games||0||0|
|14||Frank Tanana||2||Ind. Games||1||1|
|15||Van Mungo||2||Ind. Games||2||0|
|16||Josh Beckett||2||Ind. Games||0||1|
|17||Pedro Ramos||2||Ind. Games||2||0|
|18||Gary Bell||2||Ind. Games||1||0|
These are some “brand” names – and a few not so brand…
Pitchers who faced exactly 108 batters in their career -
It’s a small list -
|1||Pete Rose||19||1963||1983||22-42||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Carl Yastrzemski||17||1961||1979||21-39||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Brooks Robinson||17||1958||1975||21-38||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Johnny Damon||16||1996||2011||22-37||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Craig Biggio||16||1990||2007||24-41||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Rafael Palmeiro||16||1988||2004||23-39||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Cal Ripken||16||1982||1998||21-37||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Eddie Murray||16||1977||1996||21-40||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Dave Winfield||16||1974||1993||22-41||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Hank Aaron||16||1955||1970||21-36||Ind. Seasons|
Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu have an outside shot of making the club. But, that’s about it for a good while.
As a Yankees fan, when I think about “The Yankee Experience” today – meaning the team, its players, the front office, their broadcast crew, the Stadium, and even the fans themselves – it’s soooooo much different than it was in the mid-to-late ’70′s.
Think of Roy White batting at Yankee Stadium in 1976 with Phil Rizzuto covering the game on WPIX and George Steinbrenner watching from his office at the Stadium, while the ballpark is reverbing the noise of gritty down and dirty fans – and then compare that to Mark Teixeira batting at Yankee Stadium in 2011 with Michael Kay covering the game on the YES Network and Hal Steinbrenner down in Tampa watching the game on his smart phone, as he’s out for dinner, while the backdrop of the field of play is empty Premium Seating boxes that are either not sold or vacant because those using them would rather be on the buffet line than watching the game.
It’s night and day.
Then again, you can say the same thing about the Yankees of today and those of the 1980′s or 1990′s. And, for those born before 1960, you could probably throw the Yankees of the 1950′s in there too.
Was it, meaning “The Yankee Experience,” better back in the day? Or, is that just the “everything when you were younger seemed better” factor coming into play?
I’m too tainted to answer that question. How about you?
Only four first-time managers have ever won a world championship: Bob Brenly with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, Ralph Houk with the New York Yankees in 1961, Eddie Dyer with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 and Bucky Harris with the Washington Senators in 1924.
Is it just me, or, is this an amazing stat?
That would make him king of the hill and top of the heap -
Yankees career win leaders:
Me? I’m sorry. Wood, leather and grass are just too important to the baseball tactile experience. I cannot imagine the game without it. Or, at the least, I don’t want to imagine it.