Found May 15, 2012 on 85% Sports:
Billy Beane’s Draft History After looking at what the Astros fans could expect in the 2012 Draft from new GM Jeff Luhnow, I decided to look at Billy Beane and his history of drafting college players. Beane is known for drafting college players and for his tirade in Moneyball for his team taking Jeremy Bonderman in the 2001 draft. The belief is that college players are closer to making the majors due to their more advanced level of competition and that they present less risk than high schoolers. Here’s a year by year look at the players Beane took as a GM (starting with his first draft as GM in 1998)… Note: The numbers might be slightly off for 1998-2001, as I haven’t found a reliable source for signing information from these years; Baseball America has great information for 2002 on.) 1998 43 picks - 14 High School - 4 Junior/Community College - 25 College 38 signed (88%) - 13 HS - 2 JC - 23 C 7 MLB – 18% of signed draftees 93% of the HS players they drafted signed. Keep an eye on t...

Manny Ramirez set to begin minor league games

Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a 10-game minor league stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday in Albuquerque. Barring rainouts, the designated hitter and outfielder is eligible to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension on May 30 - his 40th birthday - for the finale of a weekend series at Minnesota. While the A's could have...

Manny's arrival '50-50' for Wednesday

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin says there is a ''50-50'' chance suspended slugger Manny Ramirez will join the team when his 50-game drug ban expires Wednesday. Ramirez was scheduled to play Monday for Triple-A Sacramento, but the Tuesday plan was yet to be determined. The afternoon start in Minnesota on Wednesday would likely require Ramirez to travel Tuesday...

Column: Return of Manny Ramirez is big con

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The state of Rhode Island is having trouble collecting some of the millions it lent former pitcher Curt Schilling, another reminder why chasing celebrity is almost always a bad thing. Schilling met with the state's governor on Wednesday to ask for even more help, after his 38 Studios company missed a $1.1 million payment...

Brandon Inge’s Second Rare Feat

During the 2011 postseason, I wrote about Brandon Inge and the unusual circumstances of his season with the Detroit Tigers. In post entitled Brandon Inge’s Rare Feat, I explained that: Based on my research, Inge appears to be the only player in the past 10 years with more than five years of major-league service who was designated for assignment, then was recalled by the major-league...

Manny Ramirez to begin minor league stint Saturday

Our old pal Manny Ramirez is set to begin a 10 game minor league stint with the Sacramento River Cats, the Oakland A’s AAA minor league affiliate. As everybody knows, Manny was suspended 100 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance. He retired, but when he returned to baseball, Major League Baseball reduced his suspension to 50 games. His suspension...

Athletics claim left hander Travis Blackley off waivers

The Oakland Athletics have claimed left handed pitcher Travis Blackley off waivers from the San Francisco Giants the team announced. The Giants designated Blackley for assignment two days ago. Blackley went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA, 0.0 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9 and 3.6 SO/9 in five innings this season with the Giants. Image by Monica's Dad under the Creative Commons License Agreement.

Balls and Strikes: The Fantasy Baseball Beat

Top 5 Free Agents To Add 1). Josh Reddick OAK 23 R 8 HR 21 RBI 4 SB .291 AVG Reddick is flat out producing across the line in every category. The only question is will he be able to keep this up? He probably won’t keep up this pace, but he at his worst should be solid 4th outfielder. 2).  Jeff Samardzija CHC 38.2 IP 39 K 4-0 3.03 ERA 1.19 WHIP The man is strait beasting the...

Game Preview 5/15/12: Maybe we're the cupcakes - Athletics @ Angels

@ Oakland Athletics (19-17) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (15-21) Pitching Probables: OAK – Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.96 ERA)  LAA – Ervin Santana (1-6, 5.09 ERA) Game Info: 4:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 Before yesterday's game I wrote that the Halos are facing nothing but cupcake opponents for the next two weeks. After yesterday's game I came to...

Game Preview 5/14/12: Moving Day - Athletics @ Angels

@ Oakland Athletics (18-17) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (15-20) Pitching Probables: OAK – Tyson Ross (1-3, 7.71 ERA)  LAA – Dan Haren (1-3, 4.19 ERA) Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 Time for the Angels to get on a move.  Still mired in last place in the AL West, the Angels begin a two-week run in which they face nothing but weak opponents...
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