Travis d’Arnaud Ranked 10th Best Catcher By MLB

The Shredder has ranked Travis d’Arnaud as the 10th best catcher in the majors in the latest edition of  MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series. Ahead of him they have Buster Posey at No. 1 followed by Russell Martin, Jonathan Lucroy, Francisco Cervelli, Stephen Vogt, Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, Salvador Perez and Derek Norris. While I’m glad to see d’Arnaud on the list...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The 10 Best MLB Catchers Going Into 2016, Ranked

This article is used with permission from the author, as it was originally published on January 29th at Cheap Seats Please. Spring Training is coming around again, and thus means that all is preparing to be well in the world. The best of the best in the game are dusting off the tools of their trade and preparing to get back to business around the diamonds of Major League Baseball...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates making moves behind the plate

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to begin extension talks with starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, but that has not stopped them from making other backstop moves this week. Former first round pick Tony Sanchez was released by the team on Wednesday and backup catcher Chris Stewart signed a two-year extension Thursday. Sanchez was taken fourth overall by the Pirates in 2009, and was...
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Players with Abnormally Strong Walk Years Get Paid More

There is enough literature out there to debunk the theory that players generally play better in the year prior to free agency. Anecdotally speaking, this season, we saw top pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke, and David Price have solid years in line with their established levels. Jason Heyward and Justin Upton also produced seasons that resembled their career numbers. Meanwhile...
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January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the active players with most games played without a World Series appearance

Who are the active players with the most games played without a World Series appearance? Note: Clue is the player's first season of play.
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

J.A. Happ to Toronto

It may not have been a Black Friday bargain, but for the second straight year, the Blue Jays have signed away the Pirates’ most coveted outgoing free agent: .@BlueJays have signed LHP J.A. Happ to a 3-year deal worth $36 million (US). Welcome back, J.A.! — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 28, 2015 No, this isn’t quite as big of a deal as Russell...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 American League Gold Gloves, by the Numbers

The Gold Glove Awards are getting better. They really are! Two years ago, when I did this post for the first time, the numbers and the MLB finalists agreed on 28 selections. Last year, it was 30. This year, it’s 32. Furthermore, there appear to be fewer notably egregious selections. There are still a couple here and there, and we’ll get to those, but the days of Rafael Palmeiro...
Via Fangraphs
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Face a Tough Test Against New York Mets Starters

Kansas City Royals’ Lorenzo Cain is safe at home past Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin on a hit by Eric Hosmer during the eight inning in Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) In the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals faced a pitcher in Madison Bumgarner who had one of the...
Via The Sports Journal
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Kelvin Herrera’s new twist - throwing the slider

There’s something that would bother me about Kelvin Herrera. To be clear, it had nothing to do with his personality. And it had nothing to do with the fact that he was successful. Herrera should be successful. Have you watched him? The last two years, he’s run a 2.06 ERA. He’s allowed a .570 OPS, and while maybe that doesn’t mean a lot to you without context, how about...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bizarre Game 5 One For The Ages

I got home from work with a pizza just about the time chaos erupted at the Rogers Centre. It was, what, close to 6:15 Wednesday night when I looked at the television to see a ball thrown by Jays catcher Russell Martin somehow end up rolling toward third base. Not knowing what really happened as I took off my shoes, I thought Martin had double-pumped a throw and the ball somehow...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB to review Rogers Centre's security following disturbance

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will review security at Toronto's Rogers Centre in an effort to prevent a repeat of the fan disturbance during Game 5 of the Blue Jays' AL Division Series win over Texas. Spectators littered the field with debris during an 18-minute delay Wednesday. Toronto catcher Russell Martin hit Texas batter Shin-Soo Choo with his seemingly simple return...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The bizarre (legal) play that almost started a riot

When Russell Martin‘s throw back to the pitcher hit Shin-Soo Choo, and Rougned Odor raced home to score the go-ahead run, the pages of baseball’s rule book fluttered open across America and Canada. A stunned silence in the park hid the grinding of gears behind the masks, and in baseball’s offices — was that strange, strange play… legal? Yes, it turns out. To the consternation...
Via Fangraphs
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers Score Insane Run On Obscure Rule Vs. Blue Jays In ALDS (Video)

The Texas Rangers just scored one of the craziest runs you will ever see against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the teams’ American League Division Series. Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo stepped up to the plate with a chance to drive in Rougned Odor from third base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, which is exactly what he did — sort of. Blue Jays catcher...
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers score on crazy controversial play during Game 5 of ALDS

During Game 5 between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, the Rangers scored on a weird, controversial play in the seventh inning.With Rougned Odor at third base, Jays catcher Russell Martin tried to throw the ball back to pitcher Aaron Sanchez, but the ball hit Rangers batter Shin-Soo Choo, who was standing in the batter's box in the process.The ball got away and Odor took...
Via Fox Sports
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers take lead on bizarre play in Game 5 of ALDS

TORONTO (AP) A deflected throw back to the mound by Toronto catcher Russell Martin allowed Texas to score the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, touching off a long delay and causing the Blue Jays to play Game 5 of the AL Division Series under protest. Fans littered the field with debris during the 18-minute delay as umpires sorted out one of the most unusual plays in playoff...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Culmination of the R.A. Dickey Experiment

The scientific method begins by asking a question. Ask a question, do some research, and form a hypothesis. Once you’ve got your hypothesis, it’s time to do a little testing. Or, to employ a more lively word, experimenting. Once the test, ahem, experiment is underway, data is collected and analyzed, leading to new questions, new hypotheses and new experiments. Over in Toronto...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jays top Yankees, Girardi says Pinstripers 'have to be almost perfect'

  A huge home run by Russell Martin gave the Blue Jays some breathing room atop the AL East. Martin hit a three-run homer, Marcus Stroman pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and Toronto beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday night, extending their division lead to 3 1/2 games. Martin, a former Yankee, connected off Andrew Bailey in the seventh, matching...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Stroman strong as Martin's HR leads Jays past Yankees 4-0

TORONTO (AP) Russell Martin hit a three-run home run, Marcus Stroman pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday night, extending their AL East lead to 3 1/2 games. Martin connected off Andrew Bailey in the seventh, matching his career high for homers with 21, as Toronto took two of three from...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

AL East division race: Toronto leads with two weeks left

After dominating the past dominating the opposition for the past month and a half, the Toronto Blue Jays have started to show some chinks in their armor. For the second straight week they lost three games, going a combined 3-3 against Atlanta and Boston, two teams who are in jeopardy of finishing last in their respective divisions. This failure to beat these weaker teams has left...
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Norwich captain scores vs Liverpool after son's birth

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) After dashing across England through the night to see the birth of his son, Norwich captain Russell Martin made it back to Liverpool in time to play on Sunday - and scored to secure a 1-1 draw. Martin's goal after a sleep-deprived day cancelled out Danny Ings' first goal for Liverpool, which is now winless in four games. The 29-year-old defender traveled...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool-Norwich City Wrap: Reds, Canaries Draw Amid Anfield Frustration

Liverpool was supposed to use its home game against Norwich City to turn its season into a positive direction. Instead, it treated its fans to more frustration. Liverpool and Norwich City played to a 1-1 draw in a Premier League game on Saturday at Anfield. Danny Ings gave Liverpool the lead three minutes into the second half, but Norwich defender Russell Martin tied later in the...
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Sublime Martin finish earns Norwich City a draw at Liverpool

Liverpool could not ease the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers, slumping to a 1-1 draw at home against Norwich. Sub Danny Ings gave the Reds a second-half lead, but a sublime goal from Russell Martin gave the Canaries a share of the points and left the Reds in the bottom half of the table, with just eight points after six games. Try as they might - and the Reds pushed...
Via Fox Sports
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Price pitches Toronto past Braves, runs record with Jays to 7-1

ATLANTA -- David Price allowed one run in seven innings, Russell Martin hit a homer and drove in four runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Shelby Miller and the Atlanta Braves 9-1 on Wednesday night to protect their lead in the AL East. Price (16-5) gave up six hits and had nine strikeouts as he improved to 7-1 since coming to Toronto in a trade with Detroit. He lowered his ERA to...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Whither Russell Martin? Hardly

Much has been made by some members of the Toronto media about the struggles C Russell Martin has had at the plate in the past month.  They point to the month of August, when he hit all of .138, and his second half, where he has barely been above the Mendoza line at .205.  They use that as evidence that the prized free agent signee is wearing down, and needs more rest, and isn’t...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

For the second time in 2015, John Sterling watches his house burn down (and other observations at the end of the Yankee world)

Last night, in the 2nd inning, John Sterling began postulating the Wild Card race. The Master was trying to assure his flock that all is well, that the Evils have built a five-game firewall, which cannot crumble in three weeks. Thus, we can anticipate that exciting one-game season! - quite possibly at home, in the House That Rudy Built, where we consistently crap the bedJohn was...
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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