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FANTASY PLAYS: Analyzing several April baseball surprises – USA TODAY

Saturday, April 29, 2017

New York Yankees’ Starlin Castro (14) and Aaron Judge, right, celebrate after the Yankees’ 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)(Photo: The Associated Press) There are several fantasy baseball surprises as we head into May, both good and bad. This week, we examine two impressive early season hitters, a struggling starter, a mirage at…

Watsonville’s Maxx Ramirez balancing golf, baseball – Register Pajaronian

Saturday, April 29, 2017

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville High sophomore golf and baseball standout, Maximilian — Maxx for short — Ramirez IV’s father got the kind of call Friday that all parents dread. Ramirez was sick, scared and in the next room. “When I sat up and tried to get out of bed I fell on my face,” Ramirez said. “I was too weak to stand. It was pretty scared. I called my dad and…

Guest TML: Baseball’s inconvenient truths – Cincinnati.com (blog)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, center right, runs back to the dugout after calling up relief pitcher Wandy Peralta (53) to relieve relief pitcher Blake Wood in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 7-5. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(Photo: John Minchillo, AP) I’m just going to leave this right here: In 1856, British-born Henry Chadwick sat overlooking the Elysian Fields of…

Rewinding No. 5 Auburn baseball’s series-opening loss to No. 8 Mississippi State – AL.com

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Auburn faces one of its most crucial tests of the season this weekend: a road trip to Starkville, Miss., for a three-game series against SEC-leading Mississippi State — a pivotal series that will have first place in the conference on the line. It’s also the Tigers’ first matchup of top-10 teams this season. No. 5 Auburn (30-13, 12-6 SEC) is a top-five team for the first time in 14 years,…

Gift Ngoepe is the first African-born player to baseball’s major league – PRI

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Pittsburgh Pirates rookie named Gift Ngoepe has become the first African-born player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. Listen to the Story. PRI.org On Wednesday, the 27-year-old South African stepped up to the plate in a game against the Chicago Cubs and hit a single up the middle in his first at-bat. Here’s how Pirates announcer Joe Block called it as Gift Ngoepe entered the batter’s box to face…

At Booker T., Navy coaches are giving the baseball program a lift 1 push-up at a time – Virginian-Pilot

Friday, April 28, 2017

NORFOLK Tyreon Imes needs only a split second to answer. What, he’s asked, is different about the latest Booker T. Washington baseball coaching staff? “Push-ups were a big thing,” Imes said. “Push-ups. We did a lot of push-ups and running when we made mistakes. It’s been a lot of discipline.” When Navy veteran Mike Encalade took over as the Bookers’ coach last season, he brought along…

Family shaped Connor McCaffery’s decision to play both baseball and basketball at Iowa – Landof10.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fran McCaffery’s 35 years as a men’s basketball coach has included thousands of recruiting trips — hundreds that were successful and a few that were memorable. But none rank as personally important or as challenging as the one in his own house. McCaffery, Iowa’s coach since 2010, sees a 4-star senior talent almost every day. His son, Connor McCaffery, a 6-foot-5 point guard, led Iowa City West —…

Gift Ngoepe is the first African-born player to baseball’s major league – PRI

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Pittsburgh Pirates rookie named Gift Ngoepe has become the first African-born player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. Listen to the Story. PRI.org On Wednesday, the 27-year-old South African stepped up to the plate in a game against the Chicago Cubs and hit a single up the middle in his first at-bat. Here’s how Pirates announcer Joe Block called it as Gift Ngoepe entered the batter’s box to face…

Fantasy Baseball Forecaster for Week 5: May 1-7 – ESPN

Friday, April 28, 2017

12:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Welcome to the new and improved version of the Fantasy Baseball Forecaster! This year, we’ve reorganized the story into four parts; it’s the same great intel, but you get right where you need to go as fast as possible. Good luck this season! Quickly jump to any page for specific intel Projected starting pitchers Hitting ratings Week 5 pitcher…

Friends swore he would be the next Derek Jeter. Now Brandon Martin is charged in three killings – Los Angeles Times

Friday, April 28, 2017

<!– –><!– On Sept. 18, 2015, police officers were called to a Corona house where they discovered the bodies of two people beaten to death with a baseball bat. A third victim would later die at a hospital. –> On Sept. 18, 2015, police officers were called to a Corona house where they discovered the bodies of two people beaten to death with a baseball bat. A third victim would…

MLB – Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for April 28 – ESPN.com – ESPN

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:04 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It’s been quite a week in terms of weather — hopefully the weekend will be drier. Between injuries and reshuffling due to postponed games, the weekend’s probable pitchers look vastly different than they did entering the week. If you find yourself short a couple of starts, Friday night is a great opportunity to catch up with several enticing options,…

Baseball: No. 2 Park Vista tops No. 4 Wellington – Palm Beach Post

Friday, April 28, 2017

“It’s always nerve-wracking because the crowd just gets bigger and bigger every time,” Marinan said. “At the beginning of the season, there were maybe one or two here and there, and then as I just kept going, my (velocity) started to go up and more people started showing up.”

Fantasy baseball daily notes for April 28 – ESPN

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:04 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It’s been quite a week in terms of weather — hopefully the weekend will be drier. Between injuries and reshuffling due to postponed games, the weekend’s probable pitchers look vastly different than they did entering the week. If you find yourself short a couple of starts, Friday night is a great opportunity to catch up with several enticing options,…

MLB Metrics 101: The 10 Most Overrated Stars of Baseball – Bleacher Report

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Methodology G Fiume/Getty Images Since a perfect way to answer that first question doesn’t exist, the good enough way will have to do. This involves focusing on what’s in the final column on a player’s Baseball-Reference.com page: All-Star Games, Silver Sluggers and Gold Gloves, as well as MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. These things aren’t determined by statistical accomplishments. Each comes with a gray area that can…

Is baseball too slow? The battle lines are drawn and MLB is taking a side – ESPN

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment PHILADELPHIA — Art Nelson knows that up the New Jersey Turnpike on Park Avenue, Major League Baseball’s deepest thinkers are hard at work trying to solve maybe the hottest topic on commissioner Rob Manfred’s to-do list: pace of game. But here in Ashburn Alley, with a cheesesteak in his hand and a Mets-Phillies game about to unfold before his…

What gets passed down through the generations of baseball – ESPN

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Seth Wickersham’s daughter, Maddie, waits on deck in her first baseball game. As if I needed more anxiety, my daughter lost a tooth as she walked to the batter’s box. It was a crisp, orange Connecticut afternoon, the first baseball game of the year — and the first one of Maddie’s life as a participant. The Angels, her little league team, were playing the A’s, and she was on her…

Smart Baseball Can Still Be Fun Baseball – Deadspin

Monday, April 24, 2017

Image via William Morrow/Fangraphs Functionally and historically, the sabermetric revolution in baseball is over. Analytics is not some outsider’s method of attacking institutional baseball; it’s how institutional baseball does business. Every single major-league team receives immense amounts of data from MLB about their players’ batting, pitching, and, notably, defense. Advertisement For some of us, the whole structure of the old trads-versus-quants argument doesn’t even apply. Because I’m relatively young, and…

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but baseball is changing – ESPN

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment There are loud changes in baseball and quiet ones. While the topline news about this season has been the continuing march toward three true outcomes (walks, strikeouts and home runs), there are other ways 2017 has been different than 2016, 2015 and in some cases all seasons before. Are these changes real? Are they permanent? What is the new…

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but baseball is changing – ESPN.com – ESPN

Friday, April 21, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment There are loud changes in baseball and quiet ones. While the topline news about this season has been the continuing march toward three true outcomes (walks, strikeouts and home runs), there are other ways 2017 has been different than 2016, 2015 and in some cases all seasons before. Are these changes real? Are they permanent? What is the new…

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but baseball is changing – ESPN

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment There are loud changes in baseball and quiet ones. While the topline news about this season has been the continuing march toward three true outcomes (walks, strikeouts and home runs), there are other ways 2017 has been different than 2016, 2015 and in some cases all seasons before. Are these changes real? Are they permanent? What is the new…