Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Story speaks for itself
How do the MGoPeople feel about this? Can Bonderman be important for us? Or will he flop?
IMO, I think Bondo can be beneficial coming out of the bullpen, but I also don't think we will need to use him that often with Veras, especially considering how well our starters have been. However, if a starter gets in a jam, I could see Bondo coming in and I hope he can get some outs for us.
It appears the Tigs are involved in a 3 way trade, Avi Garcia goes to Chitown, Peavy goes to Boston, and Jose Iglasias comes to Detroit, per Danny Knobler on Twitter (among others). Iglacias can play SS, 2B, 3B and is hitting 330 in 200+ at bats in the Bigs. Locked in for a while, until 2019.
EDIT: appears Brayan Villarreal is also included, going to Boston
Side note - AP reports Biogenesis suspensions will be announced on Friday, Peralta to accept it.
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.