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Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: TBA
Field: TBA
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grumpy Gossage Napalms His Bridges:BWitz:NYT (reg req.)

Has Goose Gossage at long last grumped his way to irrelevance? Gossage has not been invited to Yankees Old Timers Day. 

Maybe the biggest problem with his grumpiness is there’s nothing new: more complaints about computers and guys from Harvard who won their rotisserie leagues. However, the portrait in the article at well-rounded, and Goose is still one of the icons of the game. Gossage was the best of both words—he lit up the spreadsheet and was fun to watch.

He had never been out of the ...

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puck Posted: June 17, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: old man yells at cloud, yankees

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angels Place Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Zack Cozart, Jim Johnson On 10-Day DL

It’s not fully clear how severe these injuries are, but it’s still an ugly casualty list for a team that has already had some worrying health issues arise recently. Richards has a left hamstring strain, while Tropeano is dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

With Shohei Ohtani already on the shelf, likely joining JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker there for a lengthy stretch, the team’s rotation depth has already been tapped into. It seems the team is likely to call upon John Lamb in the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Dodgers’ surprise ace makes All-Star case in win over Giants

Four starts ago, after Ross Stripling had lowered his earned-run average below that of Scherzer, the Dodgers’ pitcher frankly assessed the odds of finishing the season that way.

“Probably not super great,” Stripling said.

That was three weeks ago, and let’s check the latest leader board. After Stripling carried a shutout into the seventh inning of Friday’s 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, his earned-run average stands at 1.76.

At the end of May 16, the Dodgers were 16-26. ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:00 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ross stripling

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has fractured bone in left foot, will undergo CT scan

The Royals don’t yet know the extent of the injury but believe it is unrelated to what happened last week in Oakland. A CT scan on Saturday will determine the Royals’ next move.

But this fact remains: Soler, in his first full season playing at the major-league level with the Royals after being acquired from the Cubs in a December 2016 trade of reliever Wade Davis, used crutches to cross the carpet of the clubhouse here after the game. He gingerly made his way in and out of the showers, careful ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, jorge soler, royals

Donaldson’s return to Blue Jays still TBD

The Blue Jays put Donaldson through a series of running drills on Thursday afternoon, but he still wasn’t comfortable running at full speed. He continues to take batting practice and field ground balls, but until Donaldson runs the bases without any issues, his availability will remain on hold.

“I was here watching him yesterday when he was running the bases, and he still couldn’t cut it loose,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “That’s all I’ve got. He’s feeling better, but he’s still a ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson


Friday, June 15, 2018


Former MLB pitcher Kevin Brown reportedly held two mail thieves at gunpoint until police arrived

Former MLB All-Star Kevin Brown is now a neighborhood watchdog.

According to Laura Corley of The Telegraph, Brown recently caught two mail thieves in his Macon, Georgia, neighborhood and held them at gunpoint until police arrived.

Sounds like he handled these thieves better than he handled David Ortiz in Game 7.

Nasty Nate Posted: June 15, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: steals home

Twins send Sano to Class A team to ‘get back on track’

What do Twins fans think of this move?  Seems kind of harsh

Dreadful Foie Gras Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, minnesota twins

Jaffe collects Anthony Bourdain baseball highlights

[Bourdain’s] career-changing discovery of his writing voice was among the many that inspired me as I embarked upon my own change from graphic design to writing about baseball…

Bourdain was many things, among them a passionate baseball fan. While sorting through the numerous tributes and obituaries today, a few of his baseball-related clips came to my mind as worth sharing.

Seeing a baseball game in Japan has been on my bucket list since before the term “bucket list” existed. ...Read More...

PreservedFish Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: food

Every MLB Logo Ranked, with Bonus Criticism by a Designer

I don’t want to say anything too negative about any of these logos, because they are all the hard work of talented people. The one one thing that I always think about is what the imagery is going to communicate, and I’m worried that if you were to view [the Tampa Bay Ray’ logo] from far away, it might look more like a logo for a seafood restaurant than a baseball team.

PreservedFish Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: logos

Nationals Transfer Team Control From Ted To Mark Lerner

Ted Lerner got his start delivering newspapers around Griffith Stadium and as owner hoped to see his Washington Nationals win the World’s Series. Now it’s looking like time is running out for him at age 92. Can Bryce Harper Juan Soto save the season??

Bote Man Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, owners, ownership

Deadspin: What Do We Think Of This Old Video Of An Umpire Handling An Extremely Pissed Terry Collins?

We need more of these umpire sound clips and less of A-Rod repeatedly exclaiming, “The Toddfather.”

The context is important. Utley’s notorious takeout slide in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series nuked the right fibula of Mets infielder Ruben Tejada. Utley was suspended for the next two games of the series, and ultimately MLB instituted what has come to be called the Chase Utley Rule, essentially banning (but not eliminating) takeout slides. Syndergaard’s pitch in 2016 was ...

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Drink your Orioles pain away: This Baltimore bar is offering free shots every time Chris Davis gets a hit

A bar in Baltimore is trying to lighten the mood around Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historically poor season, with the help of alcohol.  Bartenders Pub at 2218 Boston St. is offering customers free Dr Pepper shooters for every hit Davis gets.

 

NattyBoh Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, chris davis

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

Dodgers, Rangers Brawl After Matt Kemp Runs Over Robinson Chirinos

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers. But Kemp ran over Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. 

The two nudged each other as they got up and soon Kemp pushed Chirinos who then tried throwing a punch back. The benches cleared as players tried to hold the two apart from each other.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sandy Alderson takes responsibility for Mets’ woes

His team spiraling and questions about its short-term ceiling and big-picture path increasingly relevant, general manager Sandy Alderson took the blame Tuesday for the state of the Mets.

“We’re not satisfied and to date, the work that we’ve done hasn’t been successful,” Alderson said during a conference call. “I take full responsibility for where we are. I’m not happy about it. But at the same time, the job now is to figure out how to fix it and improve that. That’s what ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera done for 2018 season with ruptured biceps tendon

Former two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera is done for the season.

During Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Twins (MIN 6, DET 4), Cabrera suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon while taking a swing in the third inning. He will undergo season-ending surgery, the Detroit Tigers announced.

The contract is a big deal. Here’s one opinion on the issue:
Tigers still owe Miguel Cabrera a ton of money, but even with
the injury his contract isn’t as awful as you think

The beginning of the end came ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, miguel cabrera, tigers


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, June 13, 1918:

Babe Ruth Looks Like Cobb’s Successor

...to return to King Tyrus and his most logical successor, George Sisler, although a wonderful player, will not do, because of that same colorless stuff and lack of personality which characterizes the standing of Eddie Collins…The slugger always is popular with the masses, and the boy who can slam the pellet out of the lot or knock down a couple of infielders in every combat will get the big majority in the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2018

Washington Times, June 12, 1918:

Friend Wife will have to have the feed bag ready early today, for Mr. A. Fan will be rushing off to Oriole Park to see the Dunnmen get down to work at 6 o’clock. Today 6 o’clock starts will be inaugurated by Manager Dunn as an experiment.

The wording leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s cool that the Orioles were experimenting with night baseball as early as 1918. It couldn’t have come any earlier that 1918 - these 6:00 starts were made possible by Daylight ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 10:39 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs

Rather than wait for a relatively safe moment to retaliate—with two outs, or, like, tomorrow—and rather than retaliate by, uh, winning the game—Joe Musgrove plunked Chris Owings to lead off the bottom half.

mathesond Posted: June 12, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, unwritten rules

Engel: From the cheap seats

A man after my heart, Mac Engel:

Other than bullying, intimidation or lying, I have no idea how the Rangers actually sell a single ticket to one of these afternoon games.

No explanation is acceptable why a game is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. first pitch in June in Texas at Global Meltdown Ballpark. Per the Farmer’s Almanac, the average temperature for June 10 in Arlington is, “You Don’t Want To Know.”

By the seventh inning, most of my face had melted into the plastic seat. Death was near, and ...

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BDC Posted: June 12, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: air conditioning, espn, heat exhaustion, rangers, schedule

Orioles Activate Zach Britton

Britton will make his long-awaited season debut as soon as this evening. The southpaw reliever was sidelined to open the year after suffering an Achilles tear in offseason workouts. He’s playing on a $12MM salary in his final season of arbitration eligibility.

With the O’s limping out to the worst record in baseball to this point of the season, the hope will be that Britton can pitch his way into a useful trade chip this summer. Certainly, he has established a ceiling that few others have ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 12, 2018 at 02:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trade audition, zach britton

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mensa Dork Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball

“For years, batters have sought to work deep counts – and rightly so for a number of reasons. All the while, the length of games has increased and the percentage of balls in play has decreased (due to the associated increase in strikeouts and walks). By introducing the concept of an expanding strike zone – where the strike zone starts small for every at-bat, then expands slightly after Strike 1, then expands slightly again after Strike 2 – batters would change their approach, knowing ...

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PreservedFish Posted: June 11, 2018 at 09:22 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes


Angels GM disputes Ohtani surgery report | MLB.com

Not so fast.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

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