7:49 PM EDT, Fri October 09, 2015

Postgame notes: “It’s bigger than baseball”

Who knew the maniac of the Yankees’ postgame celebration would be John Ryan Murphy? With a deadpan delivery, as if analyzing a pitcher’s breaking ball, Murphy delivered the line of the night in a YES Network interview with Meredith Marakovits. “I think everybody’s on the same page,” Murphy said. “And that page is drinking.” It […] The post Postgame notes: “It’s bigger than baseball” appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.

VIDEO: Hamilton sac fly gives Rangers insurance in the seventh

The Rangers added some insurance in the seventh inning when Josh Hamilton drove in Adrian Beltre to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead. The Rangers would hold on to their two run lead to clinch a spot in the playoffs. With the loss, the Angels and Twins...
Athletics Nation Oct 2, 2015

3 Ways the Oakland A's can get rid of Billy Butler before the 2016 season

There is no way around the fact that Billy Butler has been a free agent flop in 2015. From the start, the signing was a decent idea at best, a long-term contract for a player with a bit of upside but also zero margin for error given his one-dimensional skill set. I tried to get excited about him before the season, but he spent the summer falling short of my expectation that he'd be a lefty-masher who could bring the DH spot back to life. His hot September has somewhat salvaged his overall numbers, but it's been too little too late in the court of public opinion. That leaves the A's with a...
South Side Sox Sep 17, 2015

Athletics 4, White Sox 2: Who saves the saver?

David Robertson sees lead slip away after Avisail Garcia can't hang onto Billy Butler's home run ball Back on July 4, Avisail Garcia bailed out David Robertson with a leaping catch at the wall, which robbed Chris Davis of  a game-tying home run. With runners on the corners and one out in a 2-1 game, Robertson needed Garcia to play hero again just to keep the game tied. He left an 0-1 fastball over the plate, and Billy Butler took it deep to right field. Garcia took a good route, timed his leap well, and the ball found his glove ... only to leave it a split-second later, and over the wall: ...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2015

Game #147: Hilarious homer by Billy Butler splits series

Billy Butler played the role of hero for the A's, hitting a three run shot in the ninth to save the day. September has been a long month. But now we have this. Avisail Garcia catches the 360-foot alley-oop from Billy Butler and dunks it over the right field wall for a home run pic.twitter.com/fzBLqcBT3k — Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 17, 2015 Pitcher's duel, kinda Results wise, this game was a bit of a pitching duel for the early innings. For the A's, Sean Nolin "Ryan" got the start, again disappointing the radar gun but putting up decent results. Nolin went five...
Athletics Nation Sep 15, 2015

Bounce back candidate Billy Butler: Take 2?

This year should have been the bounce back year for the Oakland Athletics designated hitter. But is there still time for a bounce back next year? Alternative title considered: "Wherein I am the last person on Earth to believe in Billy Butler". The moment I began to set aside notions that the Oakland Athletics were correct that this would be Billy Butler's bounce back year came June 14, when Nico wrote of the struggling Country Breakfast, "His second-worst quality is that when he reaches base he clogs them something fierce. His worst quality is that he rarely gets on base." The moment I...

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