Posted on June 17, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Although a major brawl last week between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks resulted in eight suspensions and a dozen fines, the incident is yet another reminder of what a joke on-field fights and the subsequent reaction of Major League Baseball have become.
Tempers flared after Dodgers’ rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was hit in the face by a pitch, followed by a back-and-forth retaliatory actions by both sides.
Managers Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson were banned for one game each, while Dodgers’ hitting coach Mark McGwire earned two games because of behavior which resembled an enraged rhinoceros. The punishments are more of a show than punitive in nature. It seems that MLB’s reaction to such incidents is really an unsaid acceptance that brawls are good for business because of the attention they draw. If baseball truly wanted to crack down on on-field fighting, they could do so very easily. Their insistence in staying with the status quo indicates a sanctioning of loosely-controlled violence that spices up games. No matter how egregious brawls are, suspensions and fines are generally light and often reduced upon appeal (although it is rare that an explanation is given in such cases). (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Brawls, Charlie Sands, Don Mattingly, Don Sutton, Don Zimmer, Jeff Burroughs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark McGwire, Matt Williams, Ozzie Smith, Pedro Martinez, Sparky Anderson, Steve Garvey, Yasiel Puig | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the news as much as any baseball franchise over the past year-plus. Following a highly-publicized team sale and offseason spending spree, they have stumbled out of the gate and looked lost so far during the 2013 season sitting in last place in the National League West. While things look bleak at the big league level, there are reasons to be optimistic when considering their minor league system. Rising slugger O’Koyea Dickson is one of those bright spots, as he is starting to emerge as one of the team’s best prospects.
The 23-year-old Dickson is a powerfully built 5’11” right-handed hitter, who has played primarily at first base during his professional career. He grew up in the Bay Area and got his start in the game from the First Base Foundation, which serves minority youth in that region. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Interview, Los Angeles Dodgers, O'Koyea Dickson, Prospects | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 20, 2013 by Andrew Martin
I had such a good time going over baseball history links last week that I decided to do it again! Here’s hoping this can become a regular feature, as the cool nuggets just continue to pile up. I’ll try to continue bringing a blend of topics to keep it fresh and interesting. As usual, thanks for reading!
***Baseball has had a lot of mascots over the years, ranging from obnoxious to downright entertaining. But none were more buxom or lascivious than Morganna, the Kissing Bandit. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Bo Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., Glenn Burke, Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Bench, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Wohlers, Morganna, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Vladimir Guerrero | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 29, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The length of a baseball team’s disabled list can have such a strong impact on the outcome of their season. Injuries not only deprive teams of talented players, but alter the chemistry that was so carefully constructed during the offseason and spring training.
The ability of backup players, minor league prospects and the length of time needed for the injured to come back healthy can all determine whether or not a season will be derailed. Just a month into the 2013 season, a number of major league teams have felt the pinch of losing players to the DL. The scrambling has already begun for some to overcome a fractured roster. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Detroit Tigers, Hanley Ramirez, Jason Kipnis, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Teixeira, Max Scherzer, New York Yankees | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 25, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino’s long journey trekking through each division in the major leagues is over. Now, in part six of six, he brings you the National League West’s Players to Watch:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Part 4: NL Central Players to Watch.
Part 5: AL West Players to Watch.
Arizona Diamondbacks (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: A.J. Ellis, A.J. Pollock, Andres Torres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Brad Boxberger, Brandon Belt, Brett Pill, Colorado Rockies, Dee Gordon, Freddy Garcia, Garrett Mock, Joe Panik, Josh Rutledge, Juan Uribe, Kevin Gregg, Kyle Blanks, Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Grace, Mark Kotsay, Matt McBride, Ross Stripling, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum, Todd Helton, Trevor Story, Tyler Skaggs | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 10, 2013 by Daniel Marino
What kind of baseball world do we live in today? Aaron Sele, Steve Finley, and Julio Franco all received Hall of Fame votes. Franco actually received 6 votes. Six “sports” writers gave Franco a Hall of Fame vote. But the true disservice of this year’s HOF vote was seeing Mike Piazza not receiving the 75% of votes needed to gain entry into the Hall of Fame (Craig Biggio also has a case).
Numbers don’t lie. If we compare Piazza’s stats against Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, and Gary Carter‘s, Piazza should have been a slam dunk for the HOF. Piazza has the least amount of at-bats, yet led the other three players in homeruns. He trailed only Johnny Bench in RBI, but he had 700 fewer at-bats than Bench. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Hall of Fame | Tagged: Aaron Sele, Barry Bonds, Carlton Fisk, Craig Biggio, Gary Carter, Hall of Fame, Johnny Bench, Julio Franco, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, New York Mets, Rafael Palmeiro, Steve Finley | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 7, 2013 by Andrew Martin
It’s now less than two months until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. We’ve finally gotten to the point of the offseason where teams are starting to scramble to fill the final holes on their rosters. Because the majority of the big-name free agents have already signed, the depths of the available player pool are starting to be plumbed. This makes the weeks leading up to spring training some of the most interesting to watch for diehard baseball fans.
***The Texas Rangers added another bat to their lineup by agreeing to a one-year contract with free-agent first baseman Lance Berkman. The switch-hitter will be 37 before the start of the season and played in only 32 games last year with the St. Louis Cardinals because of injuries. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Bobby Abreu, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Dontrelle Willis, Free Agents, J.P. Howell, Javier Vazquez, Lance Berkman, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Sergio Romo, Texas Rangers | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The holiday season slowed down the hectic MLB offseason, which had operated on full blast for more than a month. Although many free agents have signed with new teams, there is still a lot going on around baseball as 2012 comes to an end.
***It may be the week after Christmas, but it’s never too late to share stories of baseball and good will. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times wrote about a young fan’s actions and experience of a lifetime while attending a Los Angeles Dodgers’ game earlier this year.
11-year-old Jack Baur (no, not the guy from 24) was sitting in the stands during an August game when he was struck by a bat that slipped from the grasp of Los Angeles third baseman Hanley Ramirez and ricocheted off another child. Fortunately, both youngsters were okay. Security immediately retrieved the bat to return to Ramirez, but new team owner Magic Johnson saw everything transpire and brought autographed balls to the two boys and made sure they weren’t hurt. It turned out that wasn’t the end of the situation. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: A.J. Pierzynski, Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox, Bruce Nash, Daniel Bard, Free Agents, Hanley Ramirez, Hideki Matsui, Jack Baur, Joel Hanrahan, John Farrell, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Melancon, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Russell Martin, Texas Rangers, Trades, Ugeth Urbina | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 10, 2012 by Andrew Martin
If you happen to follow many baseball writers on Twitter, chances are your timeline was blowing up this past week. With MLB’s winter meetings taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, there was a lot of activity, as more free agents were taken off the market. Heck, there was even some trading going on. It was all part of the dance as we get closer and closer to the start of spring training.
***Perhaps the most shocking move to come out of the winter meetings was the Red Sox giving a three-year, $39 million deal to outfielder Shane Victorino. The Red Sox have publicly declared their new distaste in giving out large contracts of lengths exceeding more than three or four years. Apparently they are content with grossly overpaying players on shorter-term deals. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Angel Pagan, Boston Red Sox, Free Agents, Josh Lindblom, Jurickson Profar, Kevin Youkilis, Los Angeles Dodgers, Marco Scutaro, Michael Young, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Shane Victorino, Terry Francona, Texas Rangers, Trades, Zack Greinke | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 4, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Boston Red Sox decided to give a three-year deal worth $39M to free agent Shane Victorino to become their starting right fielder but Victorino comes with a lot of red flags that may end up making this deal a loss for the Sox. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Free Agents, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Winter Meetings, Philadelphia Phillies, Shane Victorino | Leave a Comment »