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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Brad Ausmus named Angels manager | MLB.com

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT news conference at Angel Stadium on Monday. Ausmus, who managed the Tigers from 2014-17, spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. The former big league catcher beat out nine other candidates for the position, including fellow special assistant Eric Chavez, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and longtime MLB infielder Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brad ausmus, manager

Reds select David Bell as team’s new manager | Cincinnati Reds

Completing a process that began in April, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager on Sunday and signed him to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

After two terrific postseason starts, Nathan Eovaldi should hit it big in free agency

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Mookie Betts to second base? Alex Cora isn’t ruling it out | Boston.com

What have reporters done? Overreacted, of course.

“You’re going to see Mookie taking ground balls at second,” Cora said. “But he’s doing that the whole season, so do not overreact. That’s part of his preparation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Dodgers advance to World Series with 5-1 victory over Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS - Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t had ‘easy’ in the playbook all year,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “So for it to come down this way shouldn’t be surprising. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the talent in this room won out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox | MLB.com

It will be TITANIC!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Speier:How the Red Sox beat baseball’s best pitching staff

Boston Globe articles appear to be behind a paywall, but the site allows a few free articles. This is a pretty interesting look at what Boston’s scouting turned up, with help from ex-Astros (Cora and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson:

The Red Sox had a feel for how the Astros would attack – helped not just by ample video and heatmap data but also by input from Cora (last year’s Astros bench coach) and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, who had worked in the same role with Houston in 2017 and thus ...

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puck Posted: October 20, 2018 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, houston astros, red sox, scouting

Astros’ Jose Altuve underwent surgery to repair right knee injury

Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

An Introduction to Driveline Hitting Assessments: The Why, What and How - Driveline Baseball

It’s my opinion that technology will never replace the coaches, but the coaches who knows how to use the technology will replace those who don’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting mechanics

Best 2018-19 Hot Stove value may be in trade

Let’s make a deal!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: team building, trades

Brewers win NLCS Game 6 vs. Dodgers

Bullpenning on parade.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

The Brewers are becoming more and more positionless on defense | SI.com

Down is up and up is down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, strategy


The Athletic:  “When I see somebody wearing it, I go ‘I’ve got a story for you’”: The inspired, melancholy life behind the Brewers’ beloved logo

Great article (behind a paywall) about the man behind a great logo. RIP, Tom Meindel.

Meindel wasn’t a fan of baseball. But he was intrigued by the challenge. In various interviews through the years, he described sketching the idea during a psychology class. His breakthrough came when he mashed together an M and a B. To him, it looked like a baseball glove. When he returned home that day, he presented the design to his wife.

“Do you see anything different about the logo?” he asked.

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AndrewJ Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logo, obituary

Friday, October 19, 2018

Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

But it’s safe to say stadium backers are looking at a combination of ways to pay the projected $892 million cost for a ballpark in the team’s preferred Ybor City location — among them, a community development district, tourism tax revenues, naming rights, corporate sponsorships and a team contribution.

And one other option, called an Opportunity Zone, that has captured the imagination of deep-pocketed investors, developers and politicians interested in reviving depressed inner city ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: October 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

MLB must fix glaring problem that ruined an all-time classic

The games start too late and last too long. I love baseball but there is no way I can make the kind of commitment it takes to watch complete games. Five o’clock in the morning comes too quick.

Despite the length, the TBS ratings for Game 4 were still good (the most watched show on all of cable Wednesday) — but that has much to do with mammoth numbers in Boston and Houston. Elsewhere, devilish decisions between sleep or not on a work night were undertaken as the game ebbed toward a 1:12 a.m. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Alex Cora has some words for a vocal critic of David Price | Boston.com

Why didn’t he just mention the Mad Dog?

“There was a lot of noise,” Cora said. “I was saying today — and I don’t want to pick battles with the media — but I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David, blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason.”

...

The belief paid off Thursday.

“When he was throwing 94 miles per hour and the [changeups], I was thinking about that segment on MLB Network today,” Cora said. “I don’t know, probably the guy is going ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: david price


Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game by EconTalk | Econ Talk | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Baseball stats guru and author Bill James talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of understanding complexity in baseball and elsewhere. James reflects on the lessons he has learned as a long-time student of data and the role it plays in understanding the underlying reality that exists between different variables in sports and outside of sports. The conversation closes with a discussion of our understanding of social processes and the connection to public policy and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, podcasts

Red Sox Reach World Series With David Price’s Playoff Breakthrough - The New York Times

Recently he’s been saying stuff that resonates with Red Sox fans. Last night his production matched his words.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dave Littlefield latest candidate to interview for Mets’ GM role

The Mets have interviewed Tigers’ vice president of player development Dave Littlefield for their open GM role, SNY’s Andy Martino confirmed on Wednesday.

New Yorkers unfamiliar with the peculiarities of Littlefield’s disastrous time in charge of the Pirates may at least recall his official scouting assessment of the height of Derek Jeter’s butt.

Everyone gets intrusive thoughts from time to time (e.g. “I wonder how far I could throw that baby), but it’s almost never a good idea to act on ...

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Red Sox Voice Joe Castiglione Falls Off Chair Calling Game 4 Final Out | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, red sox

More questions after Astros get free pass on dugout spying

“We were playing defense,” Astros president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow said. “We were not playing offense. We want to make sure it’s an even playing field.”

This is a bad look. It’s the league’s job to make sure it’s an even playing field.

The league offering Houston the free pass enraged executives around baseball, who reached out to Yahoo Sports trying to understand the rationale. If the Astros were allowed to monitor another team’s dugout in-game without penalty, one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Rustin Dodd on Twitter: “Here’s the space between the yellow line and the first row in right field at Minute Maid Park:… ”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: minute maid park

MLB playoffs 2018: Brewers used a fake starter, Dodgers used Clayton Kershaw - SBNation.com

This was a cheap simulation league maneuver. There is no rule against it. Maybe there should be.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, October 18, 1918:

The airplane has broken into the game. Some days ago the baseball team from Brooks field at San Antonio flew all the way to Corpus Christi, Tex., to keep a date with the nine at that aviation field. The fliers from San Antonio won the game, by the way. They covered the 100 miles in nine planes in a little more than two hours. Major league clubs have gone aviating before this, but never in real airplanes.

Those teams went in fake ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers Asking Taxpayers To Cover 60% Of Bribes Related To New Stadium

Aren’t they factored in for every stadium deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: humor

Kiley McDaniel Chat – 10/16/18 | FanGraphs Baseball

Some interesting tidbits in this week’s chat.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

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