Sunday Notes: Players as Fans, High School or College, Andruw Jones, more

Joe Smith had a favorite team growing up. As is the case for most players, his allegiances changed when he began playing professional baseball. Smith was drafted by the Mets and has gone on to play for the Indians and now the Angels. According to the side-arming reliever, the change in rooting interests goes beyond […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Markakis: Signing with Braves 'just felt right'

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Markakis walked into the Turner Field home clubhouse on Friday and rattled off the names of Braves players he cheered for as a kid living near Atlanta. Chipper Jones. Andruw Jones. David Justice. Fred McGriff. Greg Maddux. John Smoltz. Tom Glavine. Born in New York, Markakis moved to Woodstock, Georgia, north of Atlanta, when he was 10. He said he remembers his...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers in Review: Catcher/Criminal Miguel Olivo

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR AAA  81 .368 .407 .605 n/a 4 n/a MLB 13 .217 .240 .304 49 0 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Oh, lord. You know, I’ve been writing these reviews for a long time. I had to deal with Andruw Jones‘ horrendous 2008, and Manny Ramirez‘ 2009 suspension. I’ve written about players having great years and awful ones, injured ones and healthy ones. I’ve talked...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Juan Lagares could be the best defensive CF since Willie Mays

That’s a pretty blasphemous headline to some people. It’s hard enough to compare the offensive and pitching stats from one era to another, so imagine how hard it is to do with defense. We don’t have the ability to really watch an extremely large portion of Willie Mays career because baseball wasn’t televised as it is now. We don’t have the luxury of advanced defensive statistics...
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

This Guy Is On Fiers….This Guy Is On Fiers…

Low voice, "Wow." Digs ditch, steps down, "Wow." Need more emphasis. Buys a mini-excavator, consults with architects about installing a down escalator, begins construction, gets behind on schedule, fires a guy that smokes more than he digs, hires a foreman that seems like he knows what he's doing, foreman runs off with money, tracks foreman down in Aruba hanging out with Andruw...
Via Razzball
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig and All of Those Ground Balls

In case you haven’t noticed, Allen Craig’s ground ball rate has jumped rather drastically (55% so far this year, compared to 45% last year according to Fangraphs).  While we’re still operating in relative small sample size land, it’s still a rather alarming jump, so much so that I wanted to get some historical context.  With that goal I grabbed all of the seasons of greater...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees are a Sori team full of Sori excuses

He came up last night with runners on base in a game we still could win. The YES-Mo court jesters said that he was 4 for his last 23, but ready to bust out with a big game. King Felix never threw a strike. He took three swings and strode to the dugout, Grandyman-like, while I screamed at the TV: "GOOD! THANK YOU! GOOD!"Yes, folks... I was glad. I wanted him to strike out. It's that...
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

April May, but June Ju-LIES... The Yanks are four games behind last year's pace

Those who forget the past...Maybe we should start calling them "the Even Empire," as in "breaking even." They win a game, then they torture one.Exiting the month of May - which traditionally was cruel to Yankee powerhouses of the early 2000s - here is what I know:1. The AL East is a putrid cesspool of antique collections of mediocrity - plus a young one, Tampa Bay. Unless the Blue...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tinkers, Evers and No Chance: The top three Yankee hitters this spring represent the Legion of the Lost

Of course these "games" don't matter. They are TV illusions, like Duck Dynasty or the political "debates." Think of this as Survivor: Tampa, except instead of eating salamanders, the contestants must avoid the trans-fats of the clubhouse bang bang shrimp buffet. So all spring stats, however conveniently they are presented to us, carry the weight of Absolute Zero. Nada. Nothing.Still...
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New-look Marlins assemble as one for first time

JUPITER, Fla. -- All In. That's the motto printed across Miami Marlins workout shirts this season, a mantra the entire organization has bought into to as it works together as a family and unit. "We talked a lot about leadership and chemistry and being a family and all of those things that were so important to me when I played," manager Mike Redmond said. "Any guy that I know, if...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks was chasing not only curveballs, but sideline reporters

These are the dog days of the hot stove league. Think of it as Aug. 30 through Aug. 40. Everybody is signed - well, almost everybody - and nothing will happen until the first avalanche of injuries. Soon, we'll see stories about how so-and-so is reporting to camp in "the best shape of his life," (as Andruw Jones did two Februarys ago; remember how that turned out?)So for the next...
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Andruw Jones: Masahiro Tanaka can overpower but is not like Yu Darvish

Masahiro Tanaka is one of the most intriguing players this offseason. The Japanese pitcher went 24-0 in 2013 and is coming over to MLB after a long period of questions about whether his Japanese team would post him. Many Japanese pitchers have been successful since coming over — Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda and Hideo Nomo […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Outfielder Andruw Jones returning to Japan for 2014 season

Japan's Rakuten Eagles have said that Andruw Jones will return for another season after helping the Pacific League team win the Japan Series last year. The 36-year-old former major leaguer has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.8 million, Japanese media reported Wednesday. Jones batted .243 while hitting 26 home runs and a team-high 94 RBI as the Eagles won their first Japan Series...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Andruw Jones staying in Japan, re-signs with Rakuten

Andruw Jones has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of  Japan’s Pacific League reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. The news is hardly a surprise as the 36-year-old figures to earn far more in Japan than he would stateside. There’s a good chance that Jones finishes his playing days in Japan. Last season Jones hit .243/.391/.454 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 143...
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Andruw Jones re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that OF Andruw Jones has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League after drawing off-season interest from at least two MLB teams. The financial terms of his new contract have not been made available. The belief here is that those MLB clubs were only willing to offer Andruw Jones a non-guaranteed minor league contract...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Casey McGehee and Others Who Have Returned From Japan

Casey McGehee just signed a contract to play for the Marlins in 2014, after spending the season with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, where he was teammates with Andruw Jones, Kaz Matsui, Brandon Duckworth, and Takashi Saito. McGehee had a good year: .292/.376/.515 slash line, with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. (He and Jones were easily the team’s two best hitters; he was two homers...
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Holy crap: Andruw Jones and Casey McGhee did it to us again... this time in Japan

Famous quote from beloved Disney World attraction:"It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small small world. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small small world...." And it is.Today, we learned the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Foreign Class of the Japan...
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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