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Baseball’s Best Teams Are Too Damn Good | FiveThirtyEight – FiveThirtyEight

Friday, July 21, 2017

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season…

For Seattle Sluggers, Beep baseball is serious stuff – Seattle Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Mike King approaches home plate for his turn to bat, a spotter will walk with him part of the way before the catcher finishes the job. Once King is in the batter’s box, he listens to the pitcher’s instructions for where he should stand. In Beep baseball, a league for blind, low-vision and legally blind players, the pitcher and batter work together. And King, who is legally blind, says…

Aaron Judge Has Become the Worst Player in Baseball – The Ringer (blog)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

For those of us who fear both large men and the concentrated power the judicial system gives to one person wielding a gavel, the All-Star break was a nightmare. Aaron Judge took every baseball story line, gathered them up like a bunch of twigs, and used them to launch baseball after baseball at the sound barrier. He was the consensus AL front-runner for Rookie of the Year because he was…

A Joyful Celebration of Baseball – Hardball Times

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Head of the Eddie Geadel Society, Tom Keefe, had his cowbell at the ready. (via Jesse Saucedo) Last Sunday, a standing-room-only crowd of over 200 gathered in the auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library. The occasion was the Baseball Reliquary’s 19th annual Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day. It’s an event that attracts all kinds of baseball fans, as well as “baseball royalty.” Audience members included Ty Cobb’s granddaughter, Cindy…

College of Charleston hires former Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook – Charleston Post Courier

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It was hardly the smoothest of transitions, but former South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook ended up as College of Charleston’s baseball coach after all. After a couple of tumultuous days, College of Charleston and Holbrook came to an agreement Thursday morning to bring the former Gamecocks skipper to the Lowcountry. Holbrook, 46, will officially be introduced during a press conference Friday morning at Randolph Hall…

Baseball Really Sucks – Lookout Landing

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[Ed. note: the following piece is another installment in our Hate Week series. Isabelle kicked us off, and then yesterday Mandy found some surprising sympathy for Bobby Ayala. This piece was originally slated to run yesterday, but felt like an unnecessary buzz-harsher after a thrilling late-innings victory. Luckily, the Astros—with an assist from HP umpire Dan Bellino—went right back to their dream-crushing selves yesterday. This is still pretty mad though,…

Sign here: Baseball autograph hounds make team hotels signature spot – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

fter the New York Yankees’ final team bus departed for Target Field on Monday, a disappointed middle-aged man holding a folded Aaron Judge jersey left his spot outside the Grand Hotel. He was too embarrassed to provide his name. He had waited for about 14 hours, since approximately 1:30 a.m., and left without a single Yankees player’s autograph. Approximately 20 people had clamored for Judge outside the downtown hotel as…

Viva Baseball: The Latino Pageantry of the MLB’s 2017 All-Star Game – The Nation.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame players throw the ceremonial first pitch before the MLB baseball All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)   Get The Nation Daily. Independent news is more important than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox every weekday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a…

Youngest child to have double hand transplant fulfils his baseball dream – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By six months, he could move the transplanted hand muscles, and soon after was able to use scissors and crayons, doctors found. And 12 months after undergoing surgery, the boy was able to fufil his dream of swinging a baseball bat, using both hands. The medical report of the case, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, also details a series of setbacks. On eight occasions, the transplant…

Viva Baseball: The Latino Pageantry of the MLB’s 2017 All-Star Game – The Nation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame players throw the ceremonial first pitch before the MLB baseball All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)   Get The Nation Daily. Independent news is more important than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox every weekday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a…

Baseball was life to Rene Quinones – El Paso Times

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Get to know this year’s El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. Wochit Buy Photo 2017 El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rene Quinones graduated from Eastwood High School. The pitcher then played at Hutchinson Junior College and the University of New Mexico. He later signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds and pitched in the pioneer league for Billings, Winston/Salem and…

Could Mike Trout and Bryce Harper become baseball’s all-time greatest superstar duo? – ESPN

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7:00 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Mike Trout is back just in the nick of time. The Angels superstar, who missed six agonizing weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb, returned to action Friday, getting five hits and a walk during L.A.’s weekend series against Tampa Bay. During Trout’s absence, his bizarrely marginalized place as baseball’s consensus best player was compromised further by…

Viva Baseball: The Latino Pageantry of the MLB’s 2017 All-Star Game – The Nation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame players throw the ceremonial first pitch before the MLB baseball All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)   Get The Nation Daily. Independent news is more important than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox every weekday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a…

Sometimes, there is crying in baseball – The Boston Globe

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last week, after they cried for their fallen sister Miosotis Familia at her funeral in the Bronx, her NYPD colleagues from the Four-Six retired to a place in Yonkers called Rory Dolan’s. Familia was 48 years old, with 12 years on the job and three kids and an ailing 87-year-old mother at home, when a guy who hated cops walked up to the police vehicle she was sitting in and…

Wait, the Arizona Diamondbacks Have the Best Rotation in Baseball? – The Ringer (blog)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

“Do the Diamondbacks have the best rotation in baseball?” feels like a weird question to ask, not least because while there’s certainly a curvature to their movement, I’d call it more of a “slither” than a “rotation”… But seriously, folks. It’s a legitimate question now. For the first decade of their existence, the Diamondbacks were a team built on pitching. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, maybe the best one-two punch…

Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday – ESPN

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It’s a pitching-light Tuesday in terms of streamable options, but it also doesn’t set up for a huge scoring night, either. It’s one of those in-between days. A lot of mid-level pitchers and some will rise while others will crumble, identifying who will go which way is more difficult, but I’ve come up with some intriguing options on both ends the spectrum,…

WATCH: Baseball themed gender reveal goes hilariously wrong … – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baseball scouts like to talk about the five tools: hit for average, hit for power, speed, defense, and throwing. Many consider plate discipline the sixth tool. Being able to tell a ball from a strike goes a long way. Recently an unnamed couple decided to reveal their baby’s gender with a baseball themed reveal party. The problem? The father showed a little much plate discipline and took a pitch he…

If Baseball is a Business then the Customer Service Sucks! – Athletics Nation

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

If baseball is a business, then their customer service sucks! At least in Oakland this month this is, and will be, the case. How many times have we heard Billy Beane talk about “We’re getting ready…We’re rebuilding…We want to be ready for the new stadium.” Well we’ve been Beaned again by the same rhetoric regarding the trade of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle. But I’m telling you, there’s something lacking…

Wait, Who Has the Best Starting Rotation in Baseball? – The Ringer (blog)

Monday, July 17, 2017

“Do the Diamondbacks have the best rotation in baseball?” feels like a weird question to ask, not least because while there’s certainly a curvature to their movement, I’d call it more of a “slither” than a “rotation”… But seriously, folks. It’s a legitimate question now. For the first decade of their existence, the Diamondbacks were a team built on pitching. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, maybe the best one-two punch…

How Aaron Judge Built Baseball’s Mightiest Swing – New York Times

Monday, July 17, 2017

“The good hitters, you don’t gain too much ground forward,” Toronto catcher Russell Martin said. “It’s kind of a theme: They have their heads still because your head is your camera. If you move your head at all, it kind of changes how you’re seeing things.” Advertisement Continue reading the main story By staying so heavily weighted on his back side, carrying that sensation of squatting 300 pounds through his…