How Rules Changes Impact Free Agency, Manoah Blasts Cole, First Woman on a DI Baseball Team, Cubs Bullets

The Little Boy was sprinting house from faculty yesterday to attempt to see as a lot of the US-Wales World Cup match as potential, and he bought within the door … simply in time to see the US quit a game-tying objective. I used to be like, buddy, welcome to your life in sports activities fandom.

  • Executives had been requested how the approaching rule adjustments (pitch clock, pick-off limits, shift limits, and bigger bases) would influence their pursuits in free company, and what’s most attention-grabbing about their responses is how uninteresting they’re. They spoke solely to the obvious issues that you just already know – velocity and athleticism may be extra precious, lefty pull hitters may get a bump, and many others. You don’t get a sense from them that they’re admitting to altering their technique, even on the margins, in free company.
  • Why is that attention-grabbing? Because it tells me that both there are not any sneaky benefits to be gained by focusing on sure gamers, *OR* there are some tremendous secretive ones that groups are merely not going to the touch in public. If it is the latter, it may not develop into clear till after the offseason is over. I are likely to suppose there aren’t actually some particular traits on the market that are not being mentioned a lot, however I do suppose the place groups might differ is in HOW MUCH, for instance, further velocity and athleticism will matter. And how rather more you would be keen to pay for it in free company. No group goes to even hints at that stuff earlier than a signing is accomplished.
  • Alek Manoah actually doesn’t give an eff. He was on a present the place he needed to reply arduous questions (if he was keen to reply them), and he dropped the hammer on fellow AL East starter Gerrit Cole:
  • I do not know if I’d agree that Cole is the BIGGEST cheater in MLB HISTORY, however clearly it appeared fairly clear that he had been utilizing spider tack for a very long time (do not forget that press convention?). Mostly I similar to the RIVALRY potential that comes from a participant placing himself on the market like this. Imagine the aspect tales and drama in Yankees-Blue Jays video games subsequent season.
  • Some further technical specs on Kodai Senga’s pitches, which does appear to verify that the fastball, splitter, and slider are his finest pitches:
  • This is a incredible thread from Cubs minor league hitting coordinator Rachel Folden. Although it’s about youth gamers, it undoubtedly provides you a lot of perception into her philosophy on instructing all gamers:
  • I bear in mind studying concerning the Cubs new hitting infrastructure actually eager to let athletes be athletic (ie, much less mechanical), and dealing on their strengths as a lot as their weaknesses (even letting the strengths lead). So this all tracks, whether or not Folden is speaking about a 10-year-old or a 20-year-old. And then, in fact, there’s the communication element, in order that gamers perceive – for themselves – why they’re doing one thing, not simply that they’re alleged to do it.
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