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21 Feb 19

In 2018, New York Yankees youth products Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar burst out into the scene in New York with Tyler Wade struggling and newly acquired Brandon Drury injured. Once they came, they made immediate impacts including multiple walk-off hits and big home-runs. Both players had WAR’s over 2.0. Many baseball fans always worry about […]

21 Feb 19
Say Hello To Baseball

$20 ticket and 1st beverage on us! Tickets News February 21, 2019 View as web page © 2019 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. MLB trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball. Visit MLB.com. Any other marks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners. Please review our Privacy Policy. You (suca019luti) received […]

21 Feb 19
The baseball bats fanatic

Most Mets’ fans focus this spring, at least as pertains to the team’s starting pitching, has been on whether the club can agree to a long-term deal to prevent reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom from reaching free agency after the 2020 season. Teammate Noah Syndergaard is a logical extension candidate in his own right, […]

21 Feb 19
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Healthy Scratch by Robyn M. Ryan is the hockey romance you’ve been waiting for! Release Date: March 12th Amazon — https://amzn.to/2GocBuv Apple — https://apple.co/2S2TV4M Nook — http://bit.ly/2V147gl Kobo — http://bit.ly/2IarTER Google — http://bit.ly/2BBvPce He wants out of the friend zone…she doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Relationships are not in Lauren Gentry’s playbook. The only […]

21 Feb 19
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21 Feb 19
iPhillySports

Live MLB free agency updates: Phillies Bryce Harper back up plan includes Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel https://ift.tt/2NmNTeU

21 Feb 19
Est. 1933

By Travis Politakis Kyler Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner,has officially declared his intention of entering the NFL Draft and pursuing his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback, despite being drafted at number nine overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft. “Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committed to becoming an […]

21 Feb 19
Royals Farm Report

There’s been a lot of talk of the next wave of talent both recently and in the past.  Baseball America wrote a few articles about lessons learned from rebuilds and from the 2015 Royals specifically.   I looked at multiple opinions of other people and I try to put some thought process into what needs to […]

21 Feb 19
The Denver Post
Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. Rockies owner Dick Monfort said he was optimistic that something would come about with Nolan Arenado and his contract. Arenado said he’s comfortable with the direction of his contract talks. Well, I would feel comfortable as well if I were set to make $26 million this summer. Let’s just be honest here, Arenado has earned the right to explore free agency after the season is over. Is all this talk just smoke and mirrors to keep fans happy, or do you see Arenado jumping off the LoDo bandwagon at seasons end? Keep up the solid work Patrick. — Jim, Littleton Jim, your question found its way to our Rockies mailbag inbox before word came down on Tuesday that Manny Machado had agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with San Diego. That record-breaking deal shifted the baseball landscape and it will affect Arenado’s future. I wrote extensively about in a story that appeared Tuesday afternoon at denverpost.com/rockies. To me, Arenado’s most-telling quote from the story was this: “I’ve lived in Denver, but your mind can’t help but wondering what’s out there, right? I can’t help that, as a human, and as a person in this position, I’m like, ‘Hey, I don’t know what’s out there.’ “Part of me wants to find out, but part of me wants to be one of the best Rockies players of all time. So those are the things I think about.” I think Arenado believes the Rockies organization is in a good place now, probably stronger than he anticipated. But to answer your question, I don’t think it is “all smoke and mirrors.” I think the Rockies will make a genuine, good-faith effort to sign Arenado – perhaps going as high as eight years, $280 million – but the issue ultimately will be decided by Arenado. If you had asked me before this winter if Arenado would be in a Rockies uniform in 2020 I would have said no. Now I think there is a better chance he remains with the Rockies, but it’s tough to lay accurate odds on it. With Carlos Gonzalez still a free agent and Gerardo Parra signing (a minor-league deal) with the Giants, I feel like the Rockies’ outfield depth could be an issue. Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl and Ian Desmond seem like the everyday options, but are the Rockies looking into adding a proven veteran to pair with young players like Ramiel Tapia and Michael Tauchman for depth? Plenty of options still available: Adam Jones, Carlos Gomez, CarGo, Denard Span, etc. — Steven L., Denver Steven, that’s a really good question, but I doubt that the Rockies will add veteran depth to the outfield, and I very much doubt CarGo will return. From everything I’ve been told, he’s not coming back. This is not what you want to hear, I’m sure, but Colorado did add veteran outfielder Michael Saunders this offseason to a minor-league deal, and he would be the veteran you’re talking about — if he makes the team. Plus, you forgot to add Noel Cuevas into the mix. He’s a steady, if unspectacular fourth outfielder. I should add this: The Rockies really want to see Tapia turn the corner and become a productive major-leaguer. That means he must be able to cope with being a spot starter and evolving into a more effective hitter off the bench. So far, he’s been unable to do that, but he’s matured. We’ll see. Also keep in mind that Tapia’s speed can be a weapon on the bases, and I would not be surprised to see him replace Desmond in center field, late in games, for defensive purposes. Finally, Tapia is out of minor-league options, so the Rockies are going to try and get everything they can out of him. There is also this to consider: The club’s payroll is currently more than $140 million and I don’t know how much wiggle room is left, especially the prospect of a possible, long-term Nolan Arenado contract on the horizon. Patrick, nice to see you giving some love to the Rockies bullpen. I saw you got to chat with Bryan Shaw about is sub-par year with the Rox. I agree he was a mess, but I predict a huge season for him in purple pinstripes this season. Would you agree with me on this one? — Sal, Denver Sal, seeing would be believing and he needs to do a lot to regain manager Bud Black’s trust. Shaw was so consistently bad last year that he has a lot to prove this spring. How bad? Shaw’s ERA at Coors Field was 6.93 vs. 5.10 on the road; he served up five home runs at Coors vs. four on the road; and he had a 2.108 WHIP at home vs. 1.523 away. His track record suggests that he’ll rebound, but he also has a lot of miles on his right arm. As I wrote in my story: “When Shaw struggled with Colorado last season, there were concerns that the velocity of his cut-fastball — his primary weapon — was waning. According to FanGraphs, however, his fastball averaged 93.9 mph last season, down just a tick from 2017 (94.6) and faster than in 2015 (92.8).” Bottom line: I think Shaw will improve this year, but I don’t think he’ll be the Rockies’ primary set-up man in the eighth inning. I think that job goes to Scott Oberg. Hi Patrick, I am an old baseball fan, going back to the 50’s, so you can guess my age, having a bit of a problem understanding some of the new analytics, in particular WAR. How does that work and how do they arrive at the numbers in that. Thanks for that and I follow you quite regularly on Twitter. — Bob Meyer, Castle Rock Bob, thanks for reading and thanks for the follow on Twitter (as long as you aren’t one of those nasty Twitter Trolls). Over the last 10 years, WAR has become common baseball vernacular. Anyway, WAR is meant to measure a player’s overall value. Here is a fairly cut-and-dried explanation from FanGraphs: “Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is all-inclusive and provides a useful reference point for comparing players. WAR offers an estimate to answer the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a freely available minor leaguer or a AAAA player from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” This value is expressed in a wins format, so we could say that Player X is worth +6.3 wins to their team while Player Y is only worth +3.5 wins, which means it is highly likely that Player X has been more valuable than Player Y.” I hope that helps. If not, simply Google “baseball WAR” and you will learn more than you ever wanted to know — mathematical formulas, various versions of WAR and why it’s the greatest thing in baseball since pine tar. Just be careful that you don’t turn into a Stat Goblin! Patrick, I would love to know your thoughts on Kyler Murray heading to the NFL over baseball. A lot of folks are saying he is making a bad decision. And after his NFL career goes south he can always try and play baseball like Tim Tebow. I believe the A’s would still have his rights though, correct? — RJ, Aurora RJ, to answer your last question first, yes, the A’s will retain his baseball rights going forward and he will be placed on the minor-league restricted list indefinitely. Should Murray ever decide to return to baseball, he would have to return to the Athletics. Here are my thoughts on the matter. First, I would love to see more young, talented, African-American players in baseball. Second, the guaranteed money that players receive in baseball sure seems tantalizing. (The Athletics and Murray agreed to a $4.66 million signing bonus following last June’s draft). Third, baseball can, sometimes, provide a longer, more-lucrative professional career. Fourth, baseball doesn’t wreck a player’s body the way football often does. Fifth, it often takes some very trying times in the minors to make it to The Show. Yet, having said all of that, Murray’s heart seems to be set on playing football. As he stated in a tweet: “Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life to becoming an NFL quarterback. Football has been my love and passion my entire live. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.” Bottom line: Murray is chasing his passion and I applaud that. RELATED: Sign up for the Rockies Insider newsletter and Denver Sports Omelette Hey Patrick, it looks like the only position battle heading into camp is at second base. Put your Vegas hat on and handicap the race between Ryan McMahon, Pat Valaika, Garrett Hampson, and prospect Brendan Rodgers. What do your odds on these players look like? — Aaron Hurt, Omaha, Nebraska Aaron, I wrote about the race for second base in a recent story and I think it’s a three-man competition between McMahon, Hampson and Rodgers. I think Valaika is a long shot. Manager Bud Black indicated that he could mix-and-match a couple of players at second base this season, and if that is the case I think the two players who make the 25-man roster coming out of camp are Hampson and McMahon. Having said that, I think Hampson’s nifty glove, speed and baseball maturity make him the favorite to be the starter. Rodgers, I think, will begin the season at Triple-A, but if he has a great camp, as shortstop Trevor Story did in 2016, he could force his way onto the team as a starting second baseman. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see who replaces DJ LeMahieu and how they measure up. Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag.
21 Feb 19
The Sports Daily

Every year every team brings in a bunch of catchers for spring training for a few reasons. A lot of pitchers need to be worked out simultaneously and, since it is a high stress position, catchers are at great risk of injury so are generally given less playing time during games than their position player […]

21 Feb 19

2/21/19 9:00am Braves Josh Donaldson out to Prove the Haters Wrong   Cover Photo: Curtis Compton/AP By. Andrew Rodberg  Following a disappointing 2018 season where Donaldson couldn’t get fully healthy, he was able to come to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $23 million dollar contract this offseason. With many fans and […]

21 Feb 19
The baseball bats fanatic

The Phillies have announced the signing of third baseman Trevor Plouffe to a minor-league deal. He’ll receive an invitation to Spring Training. Plouffe had appeared briefly at the major-league level last year with the Phils, marking his ninth-straight season with some action in the majors. He only took a dozen plate appearances, though, marking the […]

21 Feb 19
Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina

Campbell walks off ECU to hand Pirates first loss…Late Run Helps USF Top Lady Pirates…Pirate SB Invitational Schedule Altered By Inclement Weather…Gameday: Pirate Lacrosse Treks To George Washington And Delaware State…Dennis scores 18 to lead Wichita St. past Tulsa 81-60…Martin scores 43 to lift Memphis past Tulane 102-76…UCF basketball chases signature win at No. 25 […]

21 Feb 19
Auntie Rona's Trans Blog

GLBT Resource Center of Michiana, Inc. – Facebook Today’s Profound Thoughts and Items of Interest Michiana Daily News Update Trans News Updates Weather: Today’s High 36 Low 21 mostly sunny with a 0% chance of rain or snow. Local News Breaking News Headline Google News Drudge Report ABC News CBS News CNN Fox News NBC News MSN […]