September 29, 1998 |
For the first time in their history, the Colorado Rockies won't have Don Baylor in the dugout next season. The Rockies on Monday fired the only manager they have had in their six years of existence. They finished fourth in the National League West with a 77-85 record, 21 games behind the first-place San Diego Padres. Baylor, who had a 440-469 record with the Rockies and was under contract through the 1999 season, was offered a job in the front office.
July 28, 2012
Despite homering on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte could be on the move. He's being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo . … The Washington Nationals expect Jayson Werth back next weekend, possibly as early as Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit. He could be a big part of the story line in September and October. … The Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair is a possibility for the Baltimore Orioles as they search for ways to improve at the infield corners.
August 20, 2011 |
BS is put up with here, WAR happily obliged. It's a place where gobbledygook acronyms such as PVORP and BABIP hold sway, and the more easily digestible BS (blown save) and WAR (wins above replacement) do not automatically raise blood pressures. In this realm, it's often H_IP to be square. The search for the most telling baseball statistics can lead to some strange places, the least peculiar of which is the Dodgers' clubhouse. As he swiveled ever so slightly in the leather chair in front of his locker, right-hander Chad Billingsley wore a quizzical expression when asked whether there was one stat that definitively told whether a pitcher was good.
December 20, 2012 |
Poor Ned Colletti. Seems he's not too sexy for his shirt or cowboy boots. What has it come to for general managers these days, when they're not only critiqued on that last free agent signing but also on if they turn heads when they enter a room? Alas, inspired by shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima's recent comment that A's General Manager Billy Beane was “extremely sexy,” Yahoo Sports' David Brown felt inspired enough to rank all 30 GMs on their sex appeal. It's the slow season in baseball.
September 22, 2012 |
For decades many soccer coaches viewed statistics other than goals and saves as nothing more than meaningless curiosities. But now, inspired in part by the "Moneyball"-fueled rush to break every game down to the sum of its parts, the sport is taking a new look at numbers. And while it has found value in some of those figures, it's clear not all of the numbers are adding up. On the plus side, Major League Soccer has experimented with a lightweight wireless data-tracking system that fits under a player's jersey and blends information from a GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer into real-time measurements of effort, speed and the distance each player has covered.
October 5, 1999 |
While several potential candidates for the job of Angel general manager expressed interest Monday--Bob Watson, Pat Gillick and Bob Gebhard among them--only Fred Claire actually telephoned Tony Tavares. "If there's an opportunity there," Claire said Monday evening, "then I'm interested." Claire and Tavares, president of Disney Sports, traded messages but had not spoken as of Monday evening.
October 4, 2005 |
Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Dave Dombrowski, Tiger president and general manager, planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields -- coaches under Trammell -- before discussing the opening with Leyland. "I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland," said Dombrowski, adding that his search could end today.
July 22, 1998 |
The contract negotiations between Gerald Laird and the Oakland Athletics appear to be at a standstill. Laird, a two-time Times Orange County Player of the Year and a second-round pick by Oakland in the June draft, has been offered a $420,000 signing bonus by the A's, according to his agent, Alan Meersand. It is a figure Laird and Meersand deem too low. Meersand said he countered with an offer "in seven figures to start negotiations" and that the Athletics have not made another offer.
October 27, 2006 |
San Diego Padres Manager Bruce Bochy agreed in principle late Thursday to become manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Angels pitching coach Bud Black is a strong candidate to replace Bochy with the Padres. Black, the Angels' pitching coach for seven seasons, was also a candidate for the Giants' job and was scheduled to interview with the Oakland A's next week for their vacancy.
May 7, 2002 |
First baseman Scott Spiezio came up in the Oakland organization, which insists players master the art of taking a walk if they want to advance through the minor leagues. Spiezio ranks second among the Angels in walks, even though he spotted his teammates a week because of his season-opening suspension, and ranks second among the starters in on-base percentage, despite a .262 batting average. So does his training in the A's system help explain his success? "Maybe subconsciously," he said.