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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #125: May 14, 2023, 12:33:12 PM »
.406? maybe he's the new Ted Williams

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #126: May 14, 2023, 12:44:36 PM »
.406? maybe he's the new Ted Williams

Nah to a Ted Williams comp.

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/11/20/18104199/bryce-harper-free-agency-defense

“If Harper had lost his top gear, teams would be wary, but when he sprinted last season, he was as speedy as ever. It’s plausible, then, that with free agency approaching and the Nationals (who finished eight games out of a playoff spot) not firing on most cylinders, Harper went a little less than all-out in the outfield this year, gambling that a healthy season would make him more money than a bad defensive season would cost him.”

“Here’s the most convincing piece of corroborating evidence for the theory that Harper eased off the gas. In 764 opportunities in right field from 2016 to 2017, Harper dove 11 times and slid 17 times, per SIS. In 506 combined opportunities in right and center in 2018, Harper dove one time and slid four times. Among the 21 outfielders with at least 460 opportunities, Harper and Nick Castellanos were the only outfielders not to dive more than once. The other 19 averaged one dive per 60 opportunities.”


Right around what may have been Ted’s walk year in another era, he didn’t seem averse to dives:


“Pesky again described Williams's acumen in the advance training, for which Pesky personally did not qualify: "I heard Ted literally tore the sleeve target to shreds with his angle dives. He'd shoot from wingovers, zooms, and barrel rolls, and after a few passes the sleeve was ribbons. At any rate, I know he broke the all-time record for hits."

Doesn’t sound like he would tend to ease off the gas.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #127: May 14, 2023, 01:45:42 PM »
Nah to a Ted Williams comp.

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/11/20/18104199/bryce-harper-free-agency-defense

“If Harper had lost his top gear, teams would be wary, but when he sprinted last season, he was as speedy as ever. It’s plausible, then, that with free agency approaching and the Nationals (who finished eight games out of a playoff spot) not firing on most cylinders, Harper went a little less than all-out in the outfield this year, gambling that a healthy season would make him more money than a bad defensive season would cost him.”

“Here’s the most convincing piece of corroborating evidence for the theory that Harper eased off the gas. In 764 opportunities in right field from 2016 to 2017, Harper dove 11 times and slid 17 times, per SIS. In 506 combined opportunities in right and center in 2018, Harper dove one time and slid four times. Among the 21 outfielders with at least 460 opportunities, Harper and Nick Castellanos were the only outfielders not to dive more than once. The other 19 averaged one dive per 60 opportunities.”


Right around what may have been Ted’s walk year in another era, he didn’t seem averse to dives:


“Pesky again described Williams's acumen in the advance training, for which Pesky personally did not qualify: "I heard Ted literally tore the sleeve target to shreds with his angle dives. He'd shoot from wingovers, zooms, and barrel rolls, and after a few passes the sleeve was ribbons. At any rate, I know he broke the all-time record for hits."

Doesn’t sound like he would tend to ease off the gas.

About 1958, Ted Williams won the batting championship again. He complained, to Shirley Povich I think, "Yeah, but I was hitting to left."

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #128: May 15, 2023, 09:45:43 AM »
Speaking of Harper, he was ejected after almost doing a Leroy Jenkins toward the Rockies dugout:

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DENVER -- Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper was ejected from Sunday's 4-0 loss at Colorado after charging at the Rockies' dugout following the last out of the top of the seventh inning, setting off an altercation that cleared both teams' benches and bullpens.

Harper appeared to respond to Colorado reliever Jake Bird, who clapped a hand against his glove and said something toward the Philadelphia dugout.

"I get emotion," Harper said. "I understand getting fired up for an inning and stuff like that. But once you make it about a team or make it about yourself and the other team, that's when I've kind of got a problem with it."

Harper was initially restrained by Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, then Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan prevented the two-time National League MVP from entering a group of players and coaches gathered near the first-base line.

"After that point, I went out there just to go," Harper said. "J.T. [Realmuto] was right behind me. Taijuan [Walker], same thing. I appreciate my teammates for coming out with me and doing that. It was the heat of the moment. Once we got out there, [Bird] just flew into the dugout and went away. Nobody really saw him after he did what he did."

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #129: May 15, 2023, 12:51:52 PM »
NSFW. Harper’s thoughts on the Rockies:
https://twitter.com/_piccone/status/1657869198905729024?s=20

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #130: May 15, 2023, 06:45:24 PM »
Rendon to the IL yet again.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #131: May 16, 2023, 01:04:41 PM »
Rendon to the IL yet again.

Strained a Lat trying to hit a fan?

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #132: May 16, 2023, 02:20:56 PM »
Strained a Lat trying to hit a fan?
They were in Baltimore so can’t blame him.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #133: May 16, 2023, 04:28:59 PM »
They were in Baltimore so can’t blame him.

Traditional Washington baseball phrase: "Bush-league Baltimore Orioles fans"

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #134: May 16, 2023, 08:00:27 PM »
Anibal has retired

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #135: May 17, 2023, 08:33:25 AM »
Anibal has retired

I'd half expected to hear about him getting picked up by some desperate franchise once again. He had a nice, long career.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #136: May 18, 2023, 09:59:48 AM »
Blue Jays manager, some guy named Schneider, shouts to Yankee coach Brad Wilkerson, "Shut up, fat boy!"

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The identity of the New York Yankees coach who was the target of a barb from Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider has been revealed.

The Yankees and Blue Jays had some beef on Tuesday. During the third inning, Yankees third base coach Luis Rojas was asked to reposition himself to be more within the coaches’ box.

Some barbs were traded from both sides, and cameras caught Schneider shouting “shut up, fat boy” to someone on the Yankees (video here).

Now we know who was targeted by that zinger.

Yankees assistant hitting coach Brad Wilkerson was the “fat boy” in question.

Brad Wilkerson, the target of Blue Jays manager John Schneider's "shut up, fat boy" comment, heard good-natured ribbing pretty much all day from Yankees players & staff. But it did irk plenty. As one member of the traveling party said of Schneider: "he should look in the mirror."

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 17, 2023


https://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/yankees-fat-boy-coach-brad-wilkerson/615252


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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #137: May 18, 2023, 11:31:45 AM »
Blue Jays manager, some guy named Schneider, shouts to Yankee coach Brad Wilkerson, "Shut up, fat boy!"

https://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/yankees-fat-boy-coach-brad-wilkerson/615252

Eat another donut.


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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #138: May 19, 2023, 10:13:43 PM »
https://streamable.com/9nyn3d

Shoulda taken the deal in San Diego

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #140: May 21, 2023, 11:35:05 PM »
Erick Fedde doing well in the KBO.

https://mykbostats.com/players/2461-Erick-Fedde-NC-Dinos

KBO is tough on pitchers so good for him. Maybe Tampa will pick him up.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #141: May 23, 2023, 07:53:36 AM »
Dodgers DFA suero. 8.10 ERA in four appearances

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #142: May 23, 2023, 03:34:12 PM »
Dodgers DFA suero. 8.10 ERA in four appearances

Well, he got a World Series ring. Here are the stats:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suerowa01.shtml

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #143: May 24, 2023, 03:05:19 PM »
Pedro Severino signs minor league deal with the Mariners.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/05/mariners-sign-pedro-severino-catcher.html

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #144: May 26, 2023, 06:40:41 PM »
So much for Nelson Cruz's eyes being the problem: Last 15 games .147   .194   .147, 2BB, 14Ks in 34 ABs

I blame the hitting coach.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #145: May 29, 2023, 03:45:47 PM »
Brewers DFA Voit

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #146: May 30, 2023, 02:55:12 PM »
So much for Nelson Cruz's eyes being the problem: Last 15 games .147   .194   .147, 2BB, 14Ks in 34 ABs

I blame the hitting coach.

Lo and behold, MLB is hard when you're almost 43 years old.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #147: May 31, 2023, 06:05:13 AM »
Schwarber batting .166. Turner batting .240.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #148: June 01, 2023, 04:55:52 PM »
trevor gott 1,75 era, a  5:1 k:bb ratio, a 1.88 fip, and 0.9 fWAR, 5th best for mlb relievers. in faairness, up to this year, his career fwar was negative.