Posted on February 20, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part four of six, he brings you the National League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Chicago Cubs (more…)
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Posted on December 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin
You would be hard-pressed to find any young professional baseball players who’d say their path to the major leagues is easy. However, the road can be a lot bumpier for some players than others, and Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Josh Poytress had to overcome a major obstacle to even get to the point where he could be drafted. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Cal State Fresno, Interview, Josh Poytress, Pittsburgh Pirates, Prospects | 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 November 12, 2012 by Andrew Martin
*** To say I loved the Red Sox signing catcher David Ross to a two year, $6.2 million free agent would be an understatement. He brings the kind of leadership, experience and defensive presence the Sox have lacked behind the plate for years. Although he won’t be a full-time starter he could play a significant role in changing the culture of managing the pitching staff and calling games.
*** The free-spending ways of the Los Angeles Dodgers seems to know no bounds. It was confirmed last week that they successfully bid $25.7 million for the chance to negotiate a contract with Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Andrew McCutchen, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, David Ross, Free Agents, Hall of Fame, Hot Stove, Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark McGwire, Mike Matheny, PEDs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Robin Ventura, Ryu Hyun-Jin, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Trades, Walt Weiss, Yasmani Granal | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 23, 2012 by Daniel Marino
In 1983, this former major league player had seven at-bats with the Oakland A’s. He had one hit, and finished with a .143 batting average. It was his only season in the major leagues. The former player’s name is Dave Hudgens…the current New York Mets hitting coach. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chicago Cubs, Dave Hudgens, Gregg Ritchie, Houston Astros, James Rowson, Joe Vavra, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ty Van Burkleo | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 16, 2012 by Daniel Marino
Were you one of the many who thought the Pittsburgh Pirates might actually have a winning season in 2012 for the first time in twenty years? If you realized that their manager was Clint Hurdle, you knew that an epic collapse was in the offing once again. Will someone please tell me why this man is still a Major League manager? (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 17, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Danny Sheaffer’s baseball career began with great promise. The right-handed hitting Clemson University catcher was taken with the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Despite his status as a top prospect, his journey to the major leagues proved to be a long one, but he never gave up and played in the big leagues in 7 of his 18 professional seasons, a testament to his hard work and determination. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Clemson, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Danny Sheaffer, Houston Astros, Interview, Joe Girardi, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rich Gedman, St. Louis Cardinals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 13, 2012 by David Kerr
When the 2012 Major League Baseball season began, the usual names came up in predicting the MVP’s of the American and National Leagues. Braun, Kemp, Pujols, Cabrera. Fast forward four months and there are two names on top that practically no one predicted. Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout. Both players, you could say, have single-handedly turned their respective teams around this year. They’re both putting up absolutely gaudy numbers and there is no real sign of either slowing down. So, from a fantasy perspective, who is more valuable, this year and into the future? To find that out, let’s take a look at each player. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Andrew McCutchen, Fantasy, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Pittsburgh Pirates | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 13, 2012 by Andrew Martin
For most fans of baseball history, Honus Wagner represents one of the most respected and mythic figures the game has ever known. The “Flying Dutchman” spent all but three seasons of his 21 year major league career playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being an inaugural inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Because of his accomplishments and notoriety it’s hard to believe that he was once ordered by a court to provide evidence of the existence of his baseball career. (more…)
Filed under: Baseball History | Tagged: Baseball History, E.L. Braunstein, Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 30, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Particularly in the earlier days of the game, baseball had a well-earned reputation for hard drinking and living players. Because the players often socially mingled with the press, and because the writers depended on access to teams to sell their papers, the vast majority of the more salacious happenings failed to make it to the public. Even so, catcher Rollie Hemsley, whose drunken exploits while a major leaguer in the 1930’s were so ridiculous and legendary, that everyone knew about his reputation. His story has a happy ending however, as Hemsley was able to persevere and beating his drinking problem, and along the way became a major reason for the international explosion of Alcoholics Anonymous. (more…)
Filed under: Baseball History | Tagged: AA, Alchoholics Anonymous, Bob Feller, Bob Gil, Bob Wilson, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cy Slapnicka, Dr. Bob Smith, Ossie Vitt, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rogers Hornsby, Rollie Hemsley, St. Louis Browns | Leave a Comment »