Monthly Archives: February 2016
if you’re looking for very detailed accounts of Michael’s shoulder updates and his hitting program in February, 216clevelandgirl.blogspot.com is the place. i have pictures, i have videos, i have quotes…omg SO many quotes!
now let’s get into the February news:
February 1: in an article on mlb.com by Anthony Castrovince, it was finally revealed what Michael himself thought about all the “the injury was worse than they thought and he might not be back until August” hubbub from December 2015. “i laughed. i absolutely laughed. i didn’t actually know what happened, because a lot of family members and friends were calling and texting me. i hadn’t even had a re-check from my surgery yet, so whatever information somebody got, it was all news to me as well.”
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As the season approaches we are seeing more and more gambling entities finally display and update their Division odds on a daily basis.
Over the course of the year we will be doing a weekly post on both the World Series and the MLB Divisions for best value.
I have selected one good value pick and one bad value pick for each Division. Next to a good pick, or a bad one, there will be an assigned parenthesis number for the degree I love the wager compared to the other Division picks.
The Chicago Cubs are the biggest favorite to win their own Division which is not surprising. In the American League, the KC Royals have the lowest odd.
I like how this establishment has the Royals as their favorite lock to make the postseason, yet still have the Red Sox and Blue Jays favored over them for the World Series odds.
This goes the same for the Giants in the National League. San Francisco is +900 to win the ‘Fall Classic’, yet the Mets and Nationals are more of a favorite to win the NL East, then they are the NL West. Read the rest of this entry
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It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.
— cubsfan (@cu8sfan) February 20, 2016
I am more than willing to talk about the Yankee ticket crisis, but I am bringing in help. Lisa Swan, co creator of Subway Squawkers and frequent guest of the podcast, wrote about the ticket fiasco and has been quoted in WFAN and the New York Post.
Why not get her thoughts here?
It’s a print from home edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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In an earlier post, in order to make a point about how the average human reaction time to foul balls is more than adequate to at least duck as a foul ball approaches them, if they were paying attention. In that foul ball analysis on FoulBallz.com I used 50 feet as an extreme example of how close a fan can be to the action. Fans, however, are required to sit a minimum of 60 feet
from fair territory. Players in foul territory are often located within 50 feet of fair territory.
The debate about fan injuries spurred a wave of dissent and a call for extended netting during and after the 2015 MLB season. There seemed to have seen a significant rise in fans being injured by foul balls. Whether this is true or a result of heightened awareness or increased media attention is hard to say. Regardless, we know fans are getting injured, some very badly, by foul balls.
The season saw fans at Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cubs, Red Sox, and Royals games, and a host of other games in both the MLB and MiLB suffer injuries which sent the fan to the hospital. Each time this occurs social media erupts in a frenzy of folks calling for MLB to protect fans from these projectiles in spite of the fans knowing they buy MLB seats in these hot zone areas. All those in favor of extended netting cite the “fact” it’s “impossible to react” to a foul ball coming at you.
However, as noted previously, we can now put to rest this myth. Those who claim there’s not enough time to react to a foul ball flying at them have not looked at the facts.
Rule 1.04, part of the “Objectives of the Game” section in the MLB official rules, states the foul lines paralleling the infield set the parameters for minimum distance fans can be seated from the field of play.
MLB standards indicate the foul territory space between home and the backstop and from the foul lines on either side to the stands cannot be less than 60 feet and reads as such:
It is recommended that the distance from home base to the backstop, and from the base lines to the nearest fence, stand or other obstacle on foul territory shall be 60 feet or more.
This applies only to the infield though. Foul territory can narrow to a point in the outfield if the team so chooses. Dodger Stadium is a perfect example of this. Therefore, all fans sit a minimum of 60 feet from the field. This is roughly the same distance the batter is from the pitcher.
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After Dutch Hoofdklasse club HCAW and former Major Leaguer Ralph Milliard parted ways at the end of last season, the Hoofdklasse club from Bussum had to look for a new manager. It took the club long as it only became clear last Friday that it had found its man.
After an extensive search, the club from Bussum has signed Roy Berrevoets as their “new” skipper.
The official announcement was made today (Monday, February 29) as the club was still busy with completing the coaching staff.
Alright, you may have to bear with me a little bit here, as I am not 100% sure how I want to present this except to say this is what I say about the A’s A LOT of the time and ESPN’s Buster Olney said it in his “Insiders Only” piece on Saturday called,
It IS admirable and using both Olney’s statistics and my own, I intend to show you exactly why their drive to contend has not only been successful but beyond that, that most team’s in their situation would not or choose not to try to compete. Instead they tank and have a long stretch of terrible years – only to reemerge with a lot of high draft picks who are ready for the big leagues.
It reminded me a lot of a similar piece that I wrote for Today’s Knuckleball that talked about how the A’s had their own unique way of “rebuilding.” It went on to explore how they’ve been able to maintain a high level of competitiveness despite having one of the league’s lowest payrolls and having to be creative in creating platoons that will put up similar numbers to those exhibited by the big name free agents that they cannot afford.
Roger Kahn, Donald Honig and David Halberstam are some of the names on the short list for of the greatest baseball authors. Someone who is making a serious run at that distinction is Glenn Stout, who is submitting another entry to his resume with The Selling of the Babe: The Deal that Changed Baseball and Created a Legend—an outstanding take on the Bambino’s famous sale from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees.
With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous years.
Shawn Zarraga was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 44th round of the 2007 draft.
In 2008 he played his first pro games with the AZL Brewers. The next year he started with the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League (advanced rookie). In that same year he was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Full A Midwest League, thus skipping A short season. With the Timber Rattlers Shawn only hit .152 in 21 games. With the Helena Brewers he hit a bit better as he posted a .266 BA in 31 games.