Daily Archives: March 11, 2016
Bryce Harper. You love him or you hate him. But since I think that hate is a very strong word, I rather say that you like him or dislike him.
I tend to dislike him.
I do not vent my opinion too much, but in this case I had to write something about it.
I posted this article at the Facebook page of the KNBSB (Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) and it triggered a lot of reactions, pros and cons.
Baseball has a “fun” problem. The game noticeably stands apart from other professional leagues with its reputation for longer, slower-moving games and expectations for more stoic behavior on the field. Sports are a leading source of entertainment but baseball lags behind their counterparts in many ways when it comes to their image of being stuffy and boring. This was personified by recent comments made by Hall-of-Fame reliever Goose Gossage, blasting behavior he thinks is ruining the game.
Lisa Swan of Subway Squawkers returns to the show, talking about the Yankees starting pitching situation and we compare our favorite stadium rituals, including the Roll Call in the Bronx.
It is an embrace the Empire episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast
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For the premiere starting pitching prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system, it was a tough debut.
“I think that I was just thinking about it too much.” Tyler Glasnow said. This, after giving up two runs in 1.2 innings of work in his Grapefruit League debut last week. “I’m thinking too much about mechanics and things I need to work on rather than competing.”
Although Glasnow had seen action just one week prior in the team’s annual Black & Gold scrimmage game, this was his first true taste of action against established Major-League hitters since his rapid advancement through the team’s minor league affiliates in 2015. It is important to note that Spring Training outings for starting pitchers – especially un-established starters – is more about refinement and mechanics than strictly results. Much like the games themselves, the box scores are meaningless, but that didn’t stop manager Clint Hurdle from recognizing that Glasnow might have gotten into his own head.
“It was a great day for us to send those young men out there and pitch.” Hurdle said after Glasnow’s start. “That’s what I tell them, to go out there and compete. The hard part now can be, for younger players especially, is that they want to well. They want to work hard, they’ve thrown their side sessions, then they want to dot everything up.”
For Glasnow, dotting everything up likely means mastering his change up to go along with his plus fastball and curveball pitches.