maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
According to the Free Press, the Tigers acquired the Houston Astros' Jose Veras for a prospect (Danry Vasquez) and a player-to-be-named. It will be nice to have
a designated closer him in that organization.
Veras has 19 saves for the Astros this season, and sports a 2.93 ERA.
[Edit - rlew correctly points out in the comments that he's not necessarily going to be a closer.]
The ejection of Miguel Cabrera in today's Tigers game, which most people (Tigers fans at least) thought was a result of the ump being way too sensitive, has me thinking about how different sports manage sportsmanship.
In many sports, there are penalties that referees can call when they think players are whining or being overly demonstrative to the detriment of the game. Football refs throw a flag for a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, NBA refs call a technical and the other team shoots free throws, soccer refs can hand out a yellow card.
In baseball, there aren't really penalties. The ump's only power move is to eject someone.
And then there's hockey, which I don't watch a ton of, but my impression is that the notion of a ref calling a penalty on a player for unsportsmanship is just silly.
So my question for you all is, which sport do you think handles sportsmanship the best? Would you like any sports to change their rules?
My opinion: I hate when player antics that have nothing to do with gameplay affect the outcomes of matches. There is nothing more frustrating than having a big 3rd down stop nullified by an excessive celebration penalty, or a tech called on a player for arguing a call late in a close game. At the same time, it's also annoying to watch players whining, and I think there should be something to keep players somewhat in line.
With that said, I think hockey does it the best, because the culture of hockey players sort out most annoying players. You don't want to get labeled as a whiny POS because players will hunt you down during games. In this way, whining is limited and gameplay is unaffected. I'd love NBA and especialy soccer to develop this mentality, but I think in the meantime increasing fines is the way to start.
Nice write-up on him in SI. Talks about his time at Michigan, the start of his time in the Yankees system, and his uncle, former Yankee Paul O'Neill.
From the article:
The two O'Neills approach the game in different ways, however. Paul's best asset was his power at the plate; Michael's is his speed on the basepaths. In three years at Michigan, Michael stole 72 bases -- fourth all-time at the university.
"He's one of those rare players that has technique and speed," says Michigan coach Erik Bakich. "But the scary part is that he's only scratching the surface. I can't wait to see how remarkable he is in a year or two.
Daily has an article out on the 2013 Michigan baseball recruiting class. They claim the class is 16-strong, with two signees not previously mentioned on mgoblog—both junior college transfers from California:
- Jason Deitrich: 6-7 right-handed pitcher. Junior college transfer from Golden West College. His profile page there says he went 5-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 2013. He started out at Long Beach State, before his one year at Golden West.
- Jackson Glines: 6-0, 185-pound outfielder. Junior college transfer from Fresno City College. In 2013 Glines batted .373 with 4 HR and 29 RBI. This article on his commitment to Michigan has more details on his two years at Fresno City.
The Daily article also says Michigan has 30 players returning from last season, plus the 16 newcomers, which would put them well above the 35-man roster limit (which needs to be reached by the day before the first scheduled game). Anyone know if this is unusual? It's possible that several of the returning players are walk-ons, so it may be that the number of players on some type of scholarship is well below 46.
Tigers threads almost always get started after losses nowadays, so I wanted to mix it up and maybe discuss things other than reactionary statements after a loss. Here's some bullets that hopefully will spark some discussion.
- OMG Miggy left the game today! Day-to-Day with a sore hip flexor.
- Tigers bounce back to win the last two games after dropping the first two to start the second half.
- Tigers put another whooping on Chris Sale.
- VMart's average is up to .270 (!!!). He went 4-5 tonight and has been on an absolute tear.
- Rondoner has pitched 4.1 innings since the break (appearing in each game) and has given up just 1 run: a balked in run tonight.
- The LA Dodgers have reported put their hat in the K-Rod race.
- Omar Infante still a bit away from returning.
Here's my question:
If the price gets too high for K-Rod (is there such a thing as too high a price this year?) does acquiring a left-handed bat become a better deadline move?
6-2, 175-lb. left-handed pitcher Michael Hendrickson announced on Twitter last night his commitment to Michigan. He's a rising senior at Saline High and is (to my knowledge) the 10th commit for Michigan baseball in the 2014 class (this thread has a chart listing the other nine).
Hendrickson is a good looking 2014 prospect. Standing at 6-foot-2 already he seems like he may have more to grow. From the mound Hendrickson was up to 83 MPH with his fastball and his breaking ball had some late tilt. He threw that pitch between 68-69 MPH. He threw his changeup for strikes as well, a pitch that he kept down nicely. Hendrickson also plays for Saline a perennial state title contender so he is sure to know the game.
In a May 2013 rundown, they had this to say:
Hendrickson struck out 13 hitters last night against Dexter. He sat between 82-84 mph early on with three pitches for strikes. Hendrickson, a Midwest Futures Games participant last summer, has been rounding into form recently.
I don't know where PBR has him ranked, but Michigan Baseball Prospects has Hendrickson at #21 in the 2014 class.