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April 28, 2010

MLB to use DH in NL parks

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 9:05 pm

in the All-Star game:

[A] designated hitter will be used in the All-Star game every year, including in NL cities. The DH has been used since 1989 when the All-Star game was played in AL ballparks. There would have been a DH anyway for this year’s game.


Another change is that a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the All-Star break will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star game and will be replaced on the roster, Major League Baseball said in a change announced Wednesday.

In which Gordon Beckham wants to adjust his batting stance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 8:17 pm
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Gordon Beckham believes simply widening his batting stance will help remedy his struggles at the plate. … Beckham, who is batting .205, thought that unnecessary movement was affecting his pitch selection and swing. He worked on changing his stance with hitting coach Greg Walker.“I’m either lunging or behind,” Beckham said. “There’s not an in-between right now. There’s no happy medium for me as of right now, and that’s the issue we’re having.”


“Not mechanical. It’s more my mind,” Beckham explained. “I’m not taking my BP into the game. When I’m getting in the game I feel like I’m a little rushed, I feel like my head is moving a little faster than it should. As opposed to being calm and just sitting in the box and let the ball come to me. I’m going to spread out a little bit, eliminate the lower half a little bit, and that’s going to keep me locked in, a little quieter. Hopefully, that will help me be more accurate with the ball and make better decisions on pitches that are close and not close. I think that should help. I just have to do it in the games. It’s all there.”

USA Today on Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 2:59 pm


Fortunately, there are some stats besides losses and ERA you can check before doing something rash. Pitchers with low strand rates or high batting averages on balls in play almost always see those figures settle around the major league norms by the end of the season.

Gavin Floyd of the White Sox is among the worst in the majors in BOTH categories with his 55% strand rate and .416 BABIP. He may be struggling now, but the increased strikeout rate he’s shown over the past couple seasons is continuing. A turnaround should be right around the corner.

FutureSox Minor-League podcast


This month, Anthony Mazzuca talks to Alex Vispoli, Winston-Salem Dash Director of Media Relations and Broadcaster, and Josh Ellis, who holds the same positions with the Kannapolis Intimidators. Dan Santaromita also gives a run down of the recent happenings with the Knights and Barons, as the FutureSox.com Podcast has the White Sox minor league system covered.

Jake Peavy says velocity decrease was due to not using his legs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 12:12 am


”If you go look at my delivery at the start of last year to what it was before my last start, it doesn’t look like the same guy,” Peavy said. ”A big part of that is my legs. For some reason, I quit using my legs. It’s pretty easy to think why.”

”My ankle was hurt, and I pitched three or four games with it in San Diego,” he said. ”Probably took my legs right out of the equation subconsciously because I was injured. Then when I came back, I was probably favoring my legs, not wanting to drive off my backside and get out toward home plate. When I came over here and was doing that, [pitching coach Don Cooper] and those guys didn’t have anything to go off of.”

UPDATE: Gregor:

As Peavy repeated to reporters in Texas Tuesday, he is intent on using his legs more. But he’s also dropped his arm slot a good 12 inches from where it was at the start of the season.

Peavy is a classic three-quarters guy, not an over-the-top pitcher like he’s been.

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