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Indians Present Best Matchup for Boston, But Red Sox Face Daunting Task in Either Wild-Card Opponent

For Red Sox fans, this season has been paradise. The hometown heroes from the Fens have suffered through a few years of turmoil after reigning supreme as a perennial World Series contender for most of the 21st century. Everyone knows the storyline this season, though: From 69 wins and the basement of the American League East to 97 wins, a division title and the best record in the...
Via NESN.com
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s time for MLB to protect its pitchers

It has become increasingly clear that Major League Baseball must protect its pitchers. On May 7, 2013, when Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the base of the skull by a ferocious line drive that rocketed off of the bat of Tampa Bay outfielder Desmond Jennings, we were given a reminder about one of the genuinely dangerous aspects of playing baseball. Happ had essentially...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Back Where It All Started: Dontrelle Willis Attempts A Comeback With The Chicago Cubs

Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter When closer Tom Gordon got injured right before the season started in 2002, the Chicago Cubs got desperate for a replacement. They made a trade with the Florida Marlins for their closer Antonio Alfonseca and Starting Pitcher Matt Clement. Going to the Marlins, as a throw in, in that deal, was Dontrelle Willis. Now, in Spring Training 2013, Willis...
Via Total Sports Blog
February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs make a deal in the 4th dimension. Welcome back Dontrelle Willis.

In 2002 the Cubs traded Dontrelle Willis, Julian Tavarez and two minor leaguers for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.11 years later, they get Willis back. What does it mean in the cosmic scheme?The big picture?The Cubs got Alfonseca and Clement for Tavarez!And that is crafty, my friend.A deal made in the 4th dimension.Way back when, I took a class called "3-D Design"...
Via Cub Reporter
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Edwin Jackson rumor interruption.

Hi.Just a little Edwin Jackson interruption here. This sketchbook watercolor is from 2003.From the day the Cubs lost to the Sox 6-7 at Wrigley.Matt Clement was on the mound for 3.1 innings and gave up 11 hits and 7 freaking runs.The other guy was 24 year old Mark Buerhle who would go 6.1 innings and continue tossing 230.1 innings that year.Did you know he's never not thrown for...
Via Cub Reporter
December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The Year’s Longest Plate Appearance

Technically, or literally, the year’s longest plate appearance was probably this one, in which a visiting Miguel Cabrera insisted upon the re-drawing of the batter’s boxes. The discussions and subsequent work by the groundskeepers caused something like a nine-minute delay before Cabrera flew out on the very next pitch. So that’s one way of looking at this, but that’s probably...
Via Fangraphs
November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Taillon and Middle of the Road Starters at High A

A little a while ago I examined the high A stats of Pirate prospect Jameson Taillon againsttop 20 Baseball America pitching prospects. In the first post, I looked at players that I had judged to be top shelf, front of the rotation starters. How about other top 20 Baseball American pitching prospects that spent a few years as a starter in the Majors but never got ‘Ace’ status...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Nats Try To Tame Alex Meyer

With rain being a scouting nemesis for much of early April, having Nationals first rounder Alex Meyer fall into my lap in Rome, Georgia after consecutive postponements was a welcome surprise. Meyer’s start marked the beginning of a three-day stretch of scouting which included four top-100 pitching prospects (Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster), along with...
Via Fangraphs
May 17, 2012  |  Discuss

BlueSox Reach New Agreement to Play at Pullman, Announce 2012 Schedule

From the Butler BlueSox Christmas arrived a few days early for the Butler Community. The Butler BlueSox and the City of Butler Parks Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority reached an agreement for the use of Pullman Park. A two-year lease was agreed upon Tuesday afternoon keeping the BlueSox playing ball at Pullman Park through 2013. The team has the option to renew the...
Via Summer Ball
December 21, 2011  |  Discuss
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