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MtGrizzlyFor his sake, I just hope it's not substance abuse. Some things are more important than baseball.1 hour 37 min ago
mojicianThat's not very nice. I shouldn't have said that. Hope Hamilton gets things figured out and is all right.2 hours 30 min ago
mojicianaw crud. If its worse than PED's then he will be suspended for a long time and LAAAAAAA will get out of jail free on that contract. What is worse than PED's?2 hours 56 min ago
MtGrizzly@Alden_Gonzalez: #Angels confirm Josh Hamilton is in New York, meeting with Commissioner's Office regarding a disciplinary issue. LA Times reported first.3 hours 20 min ago
DaddyORe: Marte, that immortal phrase of Alan Greenspan. "irrational exuberance," is appropriate to the M's brass who compare Marte to Reyes/7 hours 7 min ago
DaddyOSpec: " (per Morosi) someone in the M's brass is comparing Ketel Marte to Jose Reyes." Rose-colored glasses by any other name would look as tinted.7 hours 9 min ago
SpectatorMarte is fast, but his SB totals aren't eye-popping (80 SB, 31 CS in 380 G). Reyes in minors was 131-44 in 357 G. Reyes had 15 triples at 18 and 19 triples at 19. Marte has never had more than 7. Of course, 7 triples in a year is really good. But it's not Jose Reyes good. OK, done with that issue.7 hours 58 min ago
SpectatorLooking closer: Reyes from 20 to 22 had no power and barely ever walked but was there for his glove and speed. That's Marte. But eventually Reyes' BB-rate got more normal and his ISO got up over .140. And you could see it coming from his minors numbers (.156 ISO with 7.4% BB-rate at 19 in High-A & AA). Not seeing the latter Reyes (the genuine all-star one) in Marte, and reports are that he's not necessarily an ultra- glove wizard.8 hours 15 min ago
SpectatorJon Paul Morosi says someone in the M's brass is comparing Ketel Marte to Jose Reyes. Not seeing it myself. http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/seattle-mariners-crowded-shortstop-position-brad-miller-chris-taylor-ketel-marte-0224158 hours 28 min ago
SABR MattYep...as I figured...Weeks will mostly play LF, 1B, and occasionally DH or 3B...the other guy (Bloomquist or Taylor) will play 2B, SS and occasionally 3B.10 hours 33 min ago
MtGrizzly@RyanDivish: McClendon said that Weeks will work in left field this spring and said the combo (not platoon) of he and Ackley could put up good numbers10 hours 47 min ago
mojicianNotable Rangers tragedies: Nolan Ryan leaves Rangers with hurt feelings after being put in Jon Daniels' sandbox. Jurickson Profar out forever. Derek Holland out for 2014; 3. Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison injured in 2014 Ian Kinsler traded for "never missed a game" Prince Fielder to make room for the aforementioned Profar. As soon as Fielder is traded he has his neck fused. Kinsler is good in Detroit and says he hopes the Rangers lose every game. Shin Soo Choo out for the count. Houston Astros lose the nickname "Lastros" after only one season.1 day 2 hours ago
mojicianHow about the Angels? Notable tragedies: AAA sensation Nick Adenhart killed by a drunk driver the night of his rookie debut. Coach falls over with a broken leg after trying to catch a ceremonial first pitch, and Josh Hamilton. What about the Stros? Their regional sports network went belly up, they lost their first round pick in 2014, and nearly lost the 2015 draft pick. The Orcs don't have personnel tragedies because the turnover approaches 100 percent from year to year. Orcs are fungible, like bales of hay. The Rangers really are snake bit.1 day 2 hours ago
OBFI don't follow other orgs closely at all... do they all have their share of tragedy, or are the M's... uh.... special in that regard? Halman and Sanchez of course leap off the page, but even beyond that freak injuries to up and comers seem like regular occurrences(Snelling rounding the bases, the pitcher who got tore up in an odd self car accident, DTFT losing his career to a food allergy of all things[he should try whole30])... Like I said, could just be bias since I follow the M's closely, but it feels like we are snake bite...1 day 3 hours ago
MtGrizzlyMLB's 'streaming-tech' business unit is quickly becoming a major force in the OTT (over the top) market. HBO will be using the platform for their direct-to-consumer streaming service. Ditto Sony, ESPN and the World Wrestling Entertainment. Glenn Beck is already using it for his OTT network. MLB reportedly has a sales funnel of 40 more, including a number of traditional TV networks. Very strange to see MLB as a leading innovator in...anything really. But they have something figured out.1 day 6 hours ago
SpectatorSanchez still in coma, but "small dose of good news"; better than bad news, I guess. http://m.mariners.mlb.com/news/article/110180578/mariners-receive-update-on-injured-prospect-sanchez1 day 9 hours ago
SABR MattFarquhar abandoning the 2-seamer is very good news. His cutter should be dialed back a bit as well...throw more up the ladder 4-seamers and more curves and change-ups and a few fewer cutters and you've got the makings of a closer.1 day 11 hours ago
SABR MattDaddyO - short form answer is that the Yankees spend more than any team in baseball by a wide....WIIIIIIIDDDDE margin for analytics and that they specifically looked for managers and coaches interested in analytics to inform decision-making...and I can guarantee you that their infrastructure for doing analytics work is second to none in organized sports.1 day 11 hours ago
DaddyOInteresting article on MLB teams' increasing awareness of the impact of player fatigue over the course of a full season. http://www.wsj.com/articles/baseballs-fight-with-fatigue-14247105601 day 20 hours ago
lrI get what you're saying about getting a sense of how someone moves, but I think anyone fielding a 6 hopper in drills is going to look pretty good. I'd bet if we could find some spring training grounders video of Smoak, or Morrison, they might look a little different than they do taking live grounders in games. I'm not saying Smoak is a good athlete, he's not. I'm just saying using that specific video to declare Montero a vastly better athlete than most any other pro baseball player seems premature. Let's also not forget he played catcher for what, 5 or 6 years. He has to have some feel for how to react to a baseball coming at him. You'd think that should help him in the hands department as well, at least in theory. My main doubts for Montero are in the reaction time/reflexes/quickness area, which combined with having good hands are probably the most important things for that position.2 days 42 min ago