Chicago's Jackie Robinson West creating LLWS buzz, wins opener

  Win or lose, youngsters from Chicago will leave a lasting impression on the Little League World Series. The Jackie Robinson West team is comprised of all African-American players. On Thursday, their league made its first appearance in 31 years in South Williamsport, Pa. — the latest indicator that baseball is making small strides in an effort to lure young African-Americans...
Via AP on Fox
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs

Today, the San Diego Padres announced the staffs for all the minor league teams. Pat Murphy comes back to the organization for his 5th season to manage the El Paso Chihuahuas. Murphy guided the Tucson Padres to a 77-67 (.535) record and a 3rd place finish in 2013. Rounding out the Chihuahua’s coaching staff is Mike Cather, who will serve as the pitching coach, and Jacque Jones...
Via Friarhood
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall Of Fame: ’90 Braves Best ‘90s Mets…Again

You can still hear the clattering. The Hall Of Fame vote – made public almost a full day ago – has elicited much moaning and shouting about how flawed the process is. The words floated about are “broken,” “unworkable” and “antiquated.” You won’t hear any argument here; your intrepid columnist is about to join the clatter. An MSM member as estimable as Dan LeBatard...
Via Mets360.com
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard gave his Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin

Tweet Miami Herald sports writer and ESPN personality Dan Le Batard has been revealed as the Baseball Writers Association of America voter who turned his ballot over to the upstart website Deadspin. Last year Deadspin sought to purchase a ballot from one of the voters and turn it over to their readers and true baseball fans in an effort prove how flawed...
Via Los That Sports Blog
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel Autograph, Hannah Storm Cleav-Bomb & J.R. Smith Shoelace Evidence

What was more surprising: Armando Benitez and Jacque Jones getting Baseball Hall of Fame votes or Bobby Petrino getting re-hired at Louisville? BBWAA…
Via Busted Coverage
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Le Batard Outrage Proves Again How Media Perceives Fans

Yesterday's Hall Of Fame announcement came with the usual controversy and debates over who was and wasn't elected, and who did and did not receive votes. However, the biggest storyline that developed after the announcement, in my opinion, was Dan Le Batard's decision to turn his ballot over to Deadspin. Like most people, I shook my head in disapproval when I first heard...
Via Lady At The Bat
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan LeBatard Explains Why He Gave Baseball HOF Vote To Deadspin

  The mystery is solved! Deadspin went on a mission to find a veteran baseball writer willing to fork over his/her hall of fame ballot in effort to lampoon the now ridiculous voting process. Deadspin wanted to give the public the chance to participate in casting their votes–to kinda right the wrong that’s been done along the years post steroids era. The once well-respected hall...
Via BlackSportsOnline
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard is the BBWAA member who gave his Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin

The awful, terrible, shameful BBWAA member that provided Deadspin with a Hall of Fame vote isn't an old voter without his pulse on the sports world anymore - it was Dan Le Batard of ESPN. Le Batard's rationale behind giving up his ballot was sound and logical. You can read the whole thing over at Deadspin, but this is the money paragraph. "I don't think...
Via Awful Announcing
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mr. Madden's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2014 inductees on Wednesday. Everyone seems to be making their votes public this year, so I thought I'd follow suit. I don't actually have a vote, but that's nothing that a little bit of Paint can't fix.Here it is in all of its glory...Bud Selig would probably have a stroke if he saw this.I, personally, have no problem with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Deadspin buys Baseball Hall of Fame vote

On Tuesday, shortly after this year's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released, Deadspin revealed that they had bought a voter's ballot and would be crowdsourcing their readers to fill it out. The idea is brilliant on the surface, especially considering how disastrous some of the ballots submitted were last year, not to mention the ballots submitted by people who don...
Via Awful Announcing
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Greg Maddux Bust the Unanimous Barrier?

The BBWAA released the Hall of Fame ballot today and I count 6 players that you can reasonably associate with the Cubs: Rafael Palmeiro, Jacque Jones, Sammy Sosa, Lee Smith, Moises Alou and Greg Maddux. Of course, all but Sammy and maybe Lee Smith are more closesly associated with other organziations. Sammy won't be getting in and neither will Lee Smith with Maddux and Frank...
Via Cub Reporter
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Missions Name Rich Dauer as Manager

Press release provided by the San Antonio Missions media department: San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions have named former Major League infielder Rich Dauer as their new manager. Dauer replaces John Gibbons who accepted the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays on November 20. The Colton, CA native brings 26 years of coaching experience to the position, 22 at the big league...
Via Friarhood
December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

2002 Twins reunite for 10th anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS LaTroy Hawkins still remembers the call he got from manager Tom Kelly after the Twins' 2001 season. Minnesota finished the year with an 85-77 record, good for second in the American League Central. Despite the Twins' success that season, however, Kelly called to tell Hawkins that he wasn't returning as Minnesota's manager for 2002. "I felt bad...
Via Fox Sports North
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

2002 Twins reunite for 10th anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS LaTroy Hawkins still remembers the call he got from manager Tom Kelly after the Twins' 2001 season. Minnesota finished the year with an 85-77 record, good for second in the American League Central. Despite the Twins' success that season, however, Kelly called to tell Hawkins that he wasn't returning as Minnesota's manager for 2002. "I felt bad...
Via Fox Sports North
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Twins fondly recall 2002 fun; reunite Monday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ten years ago, approaching a promising 2002 season, the Minnesota Twins nearly had their franchise wiped out. Then they finished three wins short of the World Series. "It was one of those 'take that' kinds of things," said manager Ron Gardenhire, reflecting on his first year running the team. "Take that, baseball." Gardenhire's...
Via Fox Sports North
April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Twins fondly recall 2002 fun; reunion on Monday

Ten years ago, the Minnesota Twins were nearly eliminated as part of baseball's plan to fold two franchises for financial reasons. The court intervened, and the Twins came together to win their division and reach the American League championship series on a bargain budget with a bunch of scrappy young players that came up together in the minors. The Twins will honor that popular...
Via AP on Fox
April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

What do you expect from Jason Bay in 2012?

In his continuing series looking at player performances from 2011, Joe Janish writes the following in his review of Jason Bay: Is Jason Bay finished? His swift and drastic slide to mediocrity just after turning 30 is eerily similar to other sluggers of the past, such as Robin Ventura, Bobby Higginson, Jacque Jones, Von Hayes, Dale Murphy, Shawn Green, and Andruw Jones (to name a...
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

How I Use Our Custom Leaderboards

I get asked a decent amount of questions on Twitter, and while I try to answer as many of them as I can, I don’t really have enough time to get to all of them, unfortunately. However, a question I received yesterday contained the magic formula to not only getting his question answered, but getting a longer answer in the form of a full length FanGraphs post: @d_a_cameron When using...
Via Fangraphs
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss
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