Tag:Delino DeShields
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 11:14 am
 

Pepper: Radar-gun manipulation

By Evan Brunell

BASEBALL TODAY: How big of a surprise has Freddy Garcia been for the Yankees? Will Max Scherzer remain unbeaten? Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to answer those questions and more.

RADAR GUN SHENANIGANS: As pitch F/X takes hold across all of baseball, it's meant the decline of radar-gun manipulation, which used to be an asset to teams.

While radar guns still vary from stadium to stadium (the Angels and Rangers reportedly run a bit slow), it's become difficult for teams to jigger radar-gun readings on the scoreboard to their advantage.

Current Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers recalled situations in San Diego when the team would purposely reduce the velocity of Brad Penny's fastballs, causing the hurler to get upset that he wasn't throwing as hard as he thought. That made Penny -- with the Dodgers at the time -- start throwing harder, which in turn made his fastball elevate for the hitter's liking.

The pitch F/X system is automatic and feeds directly to the scoreboard, so the lack of a middleman cuts out shenanigans that could otherwise take place. However, some stadiums may still manipulate readings despite annual reminders from the league not to do so.

Radar-gun readings became an issue last week when Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was registered as throwing 93-94 mph with his fastball. That led to much concern, with many wondering if Chapman was injured. He's back to 100-plus these days, so everything is fine, but one can't help but wonder if San Diego was gaming the system, given their current reputation as a stadium where radar-gun readings are low despite having switched over to the pitch F/X system. (Arizona Republic)

WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD OFF: A leadoff man is responsible for getting on base. Period. Stolen bases can be a nice luxury, but too many teams act as if the flip's true. (New York Times)

THE STATE OF ELLSBURY: Jacoby Ellsbury is currently in the midst of a hot streak which has seen his return to the leadoff spot in the lineup. But it's still unclear what Ellsbury really is as a hitter. To stay as leadoff man, Ellsbury needs to get on base. (Boston Globe)

BACK TO O'MALLEY? Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley could be back to the rescue, as he may be gearing up for an eventual run at taking the team back. A Dodgers executive revealed that O'Malley has lined up two "big time" investors if -- or when -- Frank McCourt sells the club. (KLAC 570 AM)

DEFENSIVE WHIZ: Alcides Escobar doesn't even have a month's tenure with the team but is already being discussed as the best defensive Royals shortstop in franchise history. (FOX Sports Kansas City)

SLOW GOING: Chris Snyder now has the ignominious lable of slowest runner in the game now that Bengie Molina has retired (brother Jose and Yadier are, somehow, faster). In fact, Snyder has never stolen a base in a game and should end up in second place by the end of the season behind Russ Nixon, a catcher in the 60s, for most plate appearances without a steal. (Wall Street Journal)

ADJUSTING: Corey Hart has only just returned to the lineup for the Brewers, and he's not pleased with where he is swing is despite collecting two hits in his return. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

LAWN CARE: Former major leaguer and current minor-league manager Delino DeShields knows what its like to have a heralded prospect with his son, Delino Jr., in the Astros system. Funny thing, though -- his former landscaper does, too. Cecil Newton saw his son, Cam, go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. (Dayton Daily News)

HOME RUN! Only in this day and age can you read a story written by a fan -- also a ball-catcher who has over 4,000 baseballs caught -- on how he caught someone's first major-league home run and what it was like to meet the player. That's what happened here, and it's a nice behind-the-scenes telling of what happens when you catch such an important ball. Of course, it helps when the batter, Mike Nickeas, is "genuinely awesome." (MLBlogs.com)

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

Astros first-rounder Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested in Georgia and charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation early on Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports .

The Atlanta native was arrested in Athens-Clarke County, home to the University of Georgia and about an hour east of Atlanta.

DeShields, 18, was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He received a $2.15 million signing bonus, the most ever given to an Astros pick.

"It's a police matter and we'll deal with it when appropriate," Astros general manager Ed Wade told the Chronicle .

DeShields was released on $2,500 bond for three misdemeanors.

DeShields is the son of long-time big leaguer Delino DeShields.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans
UPDATE: DeShields, Jr. issued an update on his Facebook page Monday, where he wrote:
"I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter."
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 3:33 pm
 

Griffey wants to manage

Ken Griffey
OK, I admit it. That headline, while correct, is a bit misleading. Because it's not the Griffey you're thinking of, and we're not talking about managing in the majors.

Ken Griffey Sr. is hoping to break into the managerial ranks, moving up from hitting coach to skipper for the Dayton Dragons, the Reds' entry in the low Class A Midwest League. Dayton manager Todd Benzinger did not have his contract renewed after the Dragons finished in last place.

"I’ve been wanting to manage for a long time," Griffey told the Dayton Daily News. "I enjoy dealing with kids. And I know a lot of them understand a lot more about the game than they would have if I wasn’t there. And I enjoyed Dayton. The fans, the people, were great.”

Griffey, 60, was a traveling coach with Dayton until August, when he took a leave of absence to have his hip replaced. He has never managed in the minor leagues, but has managed in the Arizona Fall League and in Puerto Rico. He played 19 seasons in the majors, notably as an outfielder with Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" teams in the 1970s, and has been a major-league coach and scout. He is the father of former minor-league outfielder Craig Griffey (and also has another son, named Ken Jr.).

If he doesn't get the gig -- the Reds might want to go younger and promote rookie league manager Delino DeShields -- Griffey would be happy to return to Dayton as hitting coach.

“I mentioned to Terry [Reds director of player development Terry Reynolds] that I’d like to manage, but that’s up to them,” Griffey said. “At this point, right now, all I know is I have a job. Whatever they decide is OK with me.”

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

Feeling old, Astros take Delino Deshields Jr.

Delino Deshields was born in 1969 -- he made his big-league debut in 1990, and now his son has been drafted.

Delino Deshields Jr. was taken No. 8 overall by the Houston Astros.

The elder Deshields played parts of 13 seasons for the Expos (ask your parents, kids), Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. Like his dad, the younger Deshileds can flat fly. He was also a top running back in the state of Georgia.

Now I know how my dad felt when Ken Griffey Jr. was drafted.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


 
 
 
 
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