JOE BLANTON RUMORS & GOSSIP

The curious case of Joe Blanton

This post was co-written with long-time Dodgers Digest commenter, Maths Cat (@SpaceDodgers). Joe Blanton is having an interesting season. In fact, he’s been having an interesting couple of seasons. After not appearing in a Major League game in 2014, Blanton was signed by the Royals in 2015, who converted him to a reliever before trading him to the Pirates in late July. Blanton...
Via Dodgers Digest
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Final: Joe Blanton serves up decisive home run in Dodgers' 5-2 loss to Blue Jays

TORONTO – A pitcher's duel between starters Kenta Maeda and Marcus Stroman was decided by the bullpens. Penalty kicks might have been better for the Dodgers. A three-run home run by Kevin Pillar in the eighth inning off Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton...
Via The OC Register
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is still Joe Blanton but the new slider is cool

The Dodgers signed Joe Blanton recently, which makes sense but is also absolutely horrifying because he’s Joe Blanton. However, many have made the case that Blanton is legit as a reliever, and Neil Weinberg of FanGraphs made the point that his career as a reliever should be given a clean slate given how he’s changed. For the last several years, he’s been a fringy pitcher...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, and Other Ray Searage Success Stories

Maybe the headline is a tad misleading; Joe Blanton-to-the-bullpen looked like something of a success story before he went to Pittsburgh and worked under the tutelage of pitching coach guru Ray Searage. But it was in Pittsburgh and under Searage that Blanton really took off, and without that time in Pittsburgh, Blanton may very well have been Just Another Reliever on the scrap heap...
Via Fangraphs
January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday's agreement: $250,000 each for 50 and 60, and $500,000 for 70. Blanton largely...
Via Associated Press
January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ secret weapon

The man who started the 2015 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers — Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — is now the secret weapon for the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Blanton was purchased by the Pirates after being designated for assignment in late July. The former first-round draft pick had a disappointing past couple years, even taking all of 2014 off from...
Via Sportsnaut
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Joe Blanton Re-Assessment Opportunity

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
Via Fangraphs
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton retires from baseball

getty images Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. The right handed pitcher was released from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of spring training and later latched on with the Oakland Athletics. Assigned to Triple-A he has retired after two starts. Joe Blanton has retired. Had been pitching for A's AAA team. Yes, #Angels still owe him all of his contract. Since they released him...
Via Tireball.com
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels grant RHP Joe Blanton his unconditional release

Joe Blanton's brief tenure with the Angels was destined to end badly, and Wednesday, it finally did when the team announced it had granted the right-hander his unconditional release. Blanton never found his footing in Anaheim after signing a two-year deal as a free agent in December 2012. He lost his job in the starting rotation last season and had a 2-14 record in 28 games (20 starts...
Via Fox Sports West
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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