Tag:Evan Longoria
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Pepper: Feeding Harpermania

By Evan Brunell

HARPERMANIA: Eye on Baseball's C. Trent Rosecrans took in a game between the Hagerstown Suns and Lexington Legends on Thursday. This is relevant because Bryce Harper was in the game. Rosecran's video below shows Harper taking batting practice as well as some great shots of him hitting during the game, in which he went 1 for 3 with a double.

BASEBALL TODAY: How big of a blow is the Joe Mauer loss to the Twins? What is the latest with replay and Major League Baseball? Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the latest in baseball:

I AM 42: Friday is Jackie Robinson Day, where everyone will wear No. 42 to celebrate the breaking of the color barrier so notably demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. MLB.com has a website honoring Robinson, with MLB players discussing the importance of Robinson to the game. (Iam42.com)

HELLO, OLD FRIEND: John Farrell returns to Boston Friday as his Blue Jays come to town for a four-game series. Farrell made a major impact on the Red Sox during his time as pitching coach and there are nothing but good things said by his former compatriots. Now in Toronto, Farrell has to adjust to managing despite having zero experience in that role. (Boston Globe)

THE REPLACEMENT: Farrell's replacement is Curt Young, who spent years shaping the Athletics staff. While Boston's own staff is off to a poor start, you won't hear skipper Terry Francona disparaging Young. Nope; Francona believes Young is a great fit, while Young himself is still trying to figure out how to get the most out of his pitchers. He's already fixed a few mechanical tweaks with Clay Buchholz and convinced Daisuke Matsuzaka to start a different regimen. (Boston Herald)

RUN, DODGER, RUN: Davey Lopes' impact as baserunning coach for the Dodgers is already remarkable as they are tied with the Padres for most steals in the NL and could double their total from last season. The success rate is also way up. While part of that is thanks to signing the speedy Tony Gwynn, Jr., Lopes has made a big impact on the team as a whole. (Los Angeles Times)

PAGING OSCAR GAMBLE: Coco Crisp broke out a new look Thursday, doing away with his braids and going with an Oscar Gamble-esque look. And really, there's no better team to break out the hairdo with than the Athletics, with their history of follicial accomplishments. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: Having two left-handers in the bullpen is something of a luxury for Angels manager Mike Scioscia, and he's enjoying the heck out of it, especially since Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi can fill several roles. (Los Angeles Times)

LONG-LASTING RELIEF: Guillermo Mota has been one of the hardest-worked relievers in the game since 1999, and he's still kicking as he's made the Giants the last two years off a minor-league deal. (San Francisco Chronicle)

HOLD ME BACK: Evan Longoria is so pleased with his rehab from a strained left oblique that he's relying on the trainers to keep him on a tight schedule instead of accelerating the process. The Rays plan to take it conservatively with Longoria so he is fully healed and can provide his bat all season. (Tampa Tribune)

UTLEY UPDATE: There's still no timetable for second baseman Chase Utley's return, but the Phillies hope he can get onto a field in May. He did some running Wednesday, but it's still anyone's guess how long Utley will be out with patellar tendinitis. Additionally, Ryan Howard deemed himself healthy after experiencing soreness when plunked on the right wrist Wednesday night by Washington's John Lannan. (Philadelphia News)

WATCH OUT! Yep, the third video in Pepper, this one showcases one of the grounds crew falling under a tarp being rolled out at the Royals game. Despite trying to warn his co-workers, he literally had the metal canister rolled over him:

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Pepper: Huston Street off to fast start

Street

By Evan Brunell

HOT HUSTON: The Rockies have zipped out to a 7-2 start, and closer Huston Street has nailed down five of those victories. The early success has enabled Colorado and Street to put aside a frustrating 2010 season. Meanwhile, Street is reaching milestones in Colorado as he ranks third on the franchise list for total saves, but also tops the list in save percentage.

Part of Street's success -- no blown saves this season -- has to do with his changeup, which wasn't really a factor last year.

"A lot of it has to do with the weapons that [Street] has available to him when he has hitters in counts that he wants to get them into," manager Jim Tracy said. "It's a combination of two things, actually. His put-away pitches are there where we saw them in the past. That's No. 1. And No. 2, the fact that his ball is doing exactly what he wants it to do. I'm throwing it here, it goes there. That is what makes him so special. When the guy is right, he can thread needles. That's exactly what he's been doing these last few times out. The performance in Pittsburgh the other night, when he threw three innings and threw only 27 pitches, is indicative."

Street feels this season has gone perfectly so far. While he'd always be confident, the road's been a bit easier in the early going as he hasn't really had a roadblock put in his way so far.

"You always carry confidence out there. You always expect to get the job done," he said. "It's frustrating when you don't. It's more so when you're not executing because of mechanics or a lack of a feel for a pitch at a certain time. I felt that this year I had the perfect Spring Training. No setbacks, just gradually build, turn up the velocity and the intensity, and it's allowed me to develop all three pitches nicely. At the same time you've got to go out and execute, and I've been making some good pitches, and I've had some good plays behind me to help out in some big spots. It's a team game and we're winning as a team." (MLB.com)

BASEBALL TODAY: Josh Hamilton is injured again, the Red Sox lose again and the Orioles get a big early season test. Tony Lee of NESN.com joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the latest.

BACK OFF: Manager Ozzie Guillen isn't happy about the hometown fans giving mock cheers to White Sox outfielders for catching balls hit to them. Hey, after five flubs so far in the early going, can you really blame them? (Chicago Tribune)

JUST WIN, BABY: Jayson Werth knows how it works. After bashing a home run against his former team to lead Washington to victory, Werth spoke about how important it is for the Nats to beat the Phillies -- and really, everyone else. Winning will change the culture and bring fans to the ballpark. Doesn't take a mad scientist to figure that out, but at least Werth has the right mentality after signing his lucrative contract. (MASN)

A LEGEND GROWS: Sam Fuld's incredible night Monday was not lost on the masses, who propelled him to Twitter stardom. ESPN even came calling for a couple interviews after he stroked four extra-base hits to catch everyone's attention. The outfielder came back down to earth in Tuesday's game, but his name is already out there. (St. Petersburg Times)

POWER: Justin Upton flashed some power in Tuesday's game by blasting a 478-foot home run against the Cardinals. (Matthew Leach on Twitter)

SWITCHING IT UP: Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt could be switching positions, with Huff returning to his more familiar first base while Belt takes a crack at right. Manager Bruce Bochy has been displeased with the team's defense. But what do you expect when you play a first baseman out of position in right and a DH (Pat Burrell) in left? (MLB.com)

MORE BEER: There is a second outdoor beer garden opening a couple blocks from Nationals Park. Hey, fans need a nice stiff drink before watching a team that could lose 90 games, right? (MASN)

LONGORIA PROGRESSING: Evan Longoria has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from a strained left oblique. He'll need a few rehab games but should be able to return on schedule at the end of the month. (MLB.com)

ONLY JAPAN: Ever had to try to hit a pitch thrown by someone in midair after jumping off a trampoline? Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi had to deal with this on a trip to Japan a while back. (Fangraphs)

THANKS, CARLOS: If Indians pitchers want to thank someone for their early suggest, manager Manny Acta suggests thanking catcher Carlos Santana. Acta praised Santana's game-calling in the early going and believes getting the additional work now and seeing more teams and players that he wasn't familiar with is really helping his progression. (MLB.com)

BLAME THE JERSEY? A Pittsburgh sports columnist recently wrote an article centered around Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was critically beaten at the hands of two Dodger fans. The two takeaways from the articles? Adults wearing sports jerseys are creepy and weird, and Stow basically had it coming. Big League Stew rightfully excoriates the article. (Big League Stew)

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Longoria to miss 'at least' 3 weeks

Evan LongoriaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique and is expected to miss at least three weeks, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports.

The Rays have called up veteran infield Felipe Lopez, who is expected to join the Rays in time for today's game. The team will have to make another move to get him on the 40-man roster.

Longoria had an MRI on Sunday morning after leaving Saturday's game in the fifth inning.

"It's just unfortunate," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're having a hard time scoring runs out of the chute. He's probably our best run producer and now we don't have him. We're just going to have to make some adjustments and keep playing."

Sean Rodriguez will likely get most of the playing time at third, with Lopez playing some as well.

Longoria didn't have a hit yet in the team's first two games.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Rays lock up RHP Davis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Wade Davis One of the big parts of the success of the Rays has been finding out which players they want to keep for their core and locking them up early. The latest is 25-year-old right-hander Wade Davis.

The Rays have signed him to a seven-year deal, guaranteed for $12.6 million for the first four years. The Rays then have options for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons, with a maximum value of approximately $35.1 million.

"Wade is the type of player and person we want to build around," GM Andrew Friedman said in a statement released by the team. "His work ethic and makeup are extraordinary and he has demonstrated great poise as one of the top rookies in the American League last season. We are excited by the opportunity to watch him continue to grow as an important part of our starting rotation."

Davis was 12-10 with a  4.07 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie in 2010.

With the deal, the team has options for two of Davis' free agent years and cost certainty for his arbitration years. It's risky to sign this young of a player for a four-year deal, but the Rays gambled with a rookie Longoria in 2008 and that paid off handsomely, as one of the best players in the game is locked up in Tampa Bay through the 2016 season.
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Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Update: Longoria had AK-47 stolen

By Matt Snyder

Authorities in Port Charlotte, in southwest Florida, are investigating a burglary at a home rented by Tampa Bay Rays players near the stadium.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the items stolen were valued at nearly $56,000 and included jewelry, cash, computer equipment and electronics.

Also among the items taken was an AK-47 belonging to Evan Longoria, TampaBay.com reported Monday afternoon . Sheriff's officials described Longoria's assault rifle as "perfectly legal."

Also sharing the rental with the Rays' third baseman is shortstop Reid Brignac and starting pitcher David Price.

The Sheriff's Office said the players were away at a game Saturday afternoon when someone entered their rental house through an unlocked window.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Three Rays' players burglarized

By Matt Snyder

David Price, Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac rented a home together in Port Charlotte, Fla. and were victimized in a break-in burglary Saturday night. The assailants made off with quite the haul, too.

Price estimates he had $50,000 worth of losses. The laundry list of some of the items taken: a 60-inch flatscreen TV, headphones, three iPads, two X-Boxes, a laptop computer and several "high-priced" watches.

Fortunately, none of the three players were around when the theft took place. Price was first on the scene after it happened and noticed some plants outside were knocked over, which caused him to contact Brignac and Longoria before the three called the police.

The players were very positive about the job the police department has done for them so far and looked on the bright side.
"Thank God nobody was there," Brignac said Sunday. "If we were there, it would have been a different story."

"That was one of the biggest things," Longoria said, "that everybody was okay and safe, and nobody had to fight their way out of a home invasion robbery. … A multitude of different things could have happened, and there could have been people injured."
(St. Petersburg Times )

No word on what kind of karmic mistake Longoria made this offseason, but it's the second time this spring he's been victimized. He also had a car stolen earlier this month. Talk about some bad luck. On a very serious note, let's hope it's just a coincidence with Longoria. You never know with famous people and twice in a month is an awfully big coincidence if it is one. Again, let's hope it is.

UPDATE: One of the items stolen was an AK-47 rifle that belonged to Longoria.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: March 9, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Dude, who stole my car?

By Matt Snyder

Evan Longoria has had his car stolen.

He was having a black and white 1967 Camaro -- reportedly valued at $75,000 -- refurbished in an Arizona lot and it was stolen from there, along with another car from the same lot.

"I'm sure that it's long gone by now,'' Longoria said. "I hope they find it but odds are if they do it's not going to be in the same shape when it left. .. It sucks, but what can you do. If someone is going to take something, they're going to take something. They broke through a gate and a security system to get them.'' (St. Petersburg Times )

Longoria, 25, must have a thing for classic Camaros, as he also has a 1969 Camaro SS, which he's been driving to his spring practices and games.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:13 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 5:51 pm
 

NFL coach branching out into baseball

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Raheem MorrisPerhaps looking ahead to the NFL lockout when he may need a part-time job, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris tried his hand at managing a baseball team on Tuesday.

Morris was in uniform and sat on the bench with Rays manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday and even had carte blanche to call hit-and-runs and bunts. And then in the fourth inning of the game against the Blue Jays, Morris went out to the mound to take James Shields out of the game after the right-hander reached his 60-pitch limit.

"It was funny. I'm definitely used to seeing Joe come out there," Shields told the Tampa Tribune. "He came out, he walked out to the mound and said, 'So what do we do now?' I said you're supposed to get the ball from me, and he's like, 'Oh, OK. Then hand me the ball. What are we doing after the game?' This is what we're supposed to talk about out there. It was pretty funny."

Morris also took the lineup card to the umpires at the start of the game.

Bucs wide receivers coach Eric Yarber took batting practice and ground balls before the game and served as the first base coach during the first inning. 

Morris also did some scouting of his own while he was in camp.

"[Evan Longoria could] probably play a little linebacker for me, a little Sam," Morris told MLB.com. "He's got some toughness. I notice he's got a little bit of swagger."

He'd also take B.J. Upton.

"Maybe coming in as the nickel, he doesn't want to tackle," Morris said. "So I'll get him out there on third down. But Joe got him to run the bases hard now, so I can get him to tackle."

Maddon said he'd like to take a turn running the Bucs' scout team.

"If he can see over our line, he's got a chance," Morris said.

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