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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 | 18 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 | 16 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 | 17 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 | 70 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 | 0 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

The drama is only just beginning for Joe Maddon’s agent, Theo Epstein and the rest of the Cubs – The Athletic

It will be interesting how the situation plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pay site

Mozeliak: Offseason accountability ‘is going to be very real’ for Cardinals’ current players | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“It’s three to four months of, ‘Can you take advantage of it?’” Mozeliak said. “Rather than just say, ‘I hope you work hard,’ we want to be very intentional on how you spend your time and energy. … I feel this is just a more strategic approach to optimizing our offseason. I see this as a chance to take a much bigger step forward.”

That’s because the team sees how it’s several steps behind.

The Cardinals don’t want to wait for games to start before trying to regain ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Fan interference negates Jose Altuve home run

Good job by security blocking the best camera angle.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 06:30 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red

Bryce Harper’s Future in the League

“Whichever team that Harper signs with will instantly become a contender.”

Hank Gillette Posted: October 18, 2018 at 04:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, washington nationals

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This unbelievable catch by Tony Kemp killed a Red Sox rally, but is it too good to be true?

and one Twitter sleuth thinks this clip proves that the ball hit the wall first. Another point of debate is the loud noise made during the catch, which some fans say is proof that the ball hit the fence. The announce team on TBS attributed it to Kemp crashing against the wall.

The link has video that causes me to think it actually wasn’t a catch.

Lassus Posted: October 17, 2018 at 11:56 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2018

Washington Times, October 17, 1918:

Babe Ruth, batting ace of the world’s champion Boston Red Sox, is a suffered [sic] with Spanish influenza at his home in Baltimore. At the close of the baseball season Ruth accepted essential employment at the Lebanon plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and became a membor of the Lebanon team, Bethlehem Steel League. While called to Baltimore on a business mission he fell a victim of the scourge. His condition is not serious.

I know how this story goes, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sources: Indians warned Red Sox about man stealing signs for Astros

A little more info.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2018 at 09:16 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Manny Machado not worth the trouble for the Yankees

Are Manny’s actions really costing him money?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, manny machado

Give these Dodgers fans a hand for rousing NLCS Game 4 comeback

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday night, this city witnessed something almost as remarkable as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2-1 victory in 13 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers fans atoned.

Raucously. Relentlessly. Rejoicefully.

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fans

Chili Davis ‘not going to blame myself,’ wishes next Cubs hitting coach better

About the time the Cubs announced the hiring of the sixth hitting coach in eight seasons of Theo Epstein’s front office regime, Chili Davis got in his truck and headed out of Chicago on Monday – still sorting out how he took the fall for a group of hitters unable or unwilling to hear his message.

“The driving gives me a little time think about things,” said Davis, who was fired last week after just one season into a multiyear contract. “I guess I need to make some adjustments in the ...

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QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: blame, chili davis, cubs, hitting

Derek Jeter gets his wish: The Marlins home run sculpture is outta there

The Miami Marlins won county permission on Tuesday to move its home run sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside, giving Derek Jeter a key win in his efforts to erase the legacy of former owner Jeffrey Loria.

The sculptor behind “Homer,” New York’s Red Grooms, opposed moving the seven-story piece of public art, saying he designed it under a $2.5 million contract with Miami-Dade County specifically for its perch in center field. The sculpture whirs to life whenever the Marlins ...

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QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, no shame, public art

Dodgers vs. Brewers: Benches clear after Manny Machado steps on Jesus Aguilar’s foot at first base

The bottom of the 10th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers featured a benches-clearing incident involving Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar. The two exchanged words following a play at first base where Machado tangled up with Aguilar’s foot.

Machado grounded out for the second out of the inning and while running through the first base bag, he made contact with the back of Aguilar’s foot. The benches and bullpens ...

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QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: benches clearing, jesus aguilar, manny machado, nlcs

Angels tell Anaheim they’re opting out of their lease on Angel Stadium

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, who led the drive against a tentative 2013 agreement between the city and the team for an Angel Stadium renovation, is in his final term. Voters in Anaheim will elect a new mayor and three new council members next month.

Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said the decision to opt out was not meant to influence voters. She said the lease required the team to opt out no later than Tuesday or wait until 2028 for another chance to do so.

“It’s today, or 10 years from ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Rosenthal: Manny Machado still has work to do if he wants to keep the focus on his performance – The Athletic

Whenever I see you and ask you how you’re doing, you say, ‘I’m chillin.’ I know that’s your personality, that’s how you are. But there was a ball the other night, and you didn’t run hard. Manny, you know this, at this time of year people notice that kind of thing, so how would you explain it? What happened?

Machado: “Uhhh … (pause) … I’ve been thinking about it and it happens every time, there’s no excuse for it honestly. I’ve never given excuses for not running. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 02:33 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, manny machado, pay site

Umpires Ejections and Player Ethnicity: An Analysis

In looking at the data overall, the percentage of ejections of nonwhite players exceeds nonwhite players’ league representation — meaning there were more ejections of nonwhite players than league representation would predict occur if ejections were equally as likely to happen to nonwhite as white players. Similarly, ejections of white players fall short of what league representation would predict.

When looked at in totality, ejections of nonwhite players far exceed what league ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: October 16, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Magic dust, spin rates and buy-in: How the Astros make good pitchers even better - The Washington Post

“Every team has an analytics department, and this is no knock on the Twins, but seeing the time [the Astros] put in and the scouting reports you’re given, it’s like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s a different level,” Pressly said. “You kind of see, ‘Wow, if I just pitch a little more to this percentage instead of that percentage I can have some better results.’ When I came over here, they were like, ‘Look, your curveball is your best pitch. Everyone tells you your best pitch should be your ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros

Will Duquette and Showalter get top jobs elsewhere or will the disaster of 2018 — and the perceptions that re-emerged — damage their resumes? – The Athletic

Like the Mets it’s tough to know how many bad decisions were owner driven.

This takes us back to the original premise: Showalter and Duquette are good at what they do. They, together, helped lift a moribund franchise back to relevancy.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Showalter gets at least one interview this offseason for one of baseball’s managerial vacancies or if Duquette ends up as special assistant somewhere given his keen eye for undervalued assets.

But for them to get hired in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, orioles, pay site

Empty vows, Alderson back-stab: Inside Mets’ GM search mess

But what is 180 degrees for the Mets? Fred Wilpon feels they got too analytical under Alderson — a sentiment not shared in the industry. But how does being too analytical jibe with what Jeff said in that end-of-year media briefing, that Alderson recommended not enlarging one of the smallest analytic departments in the majors? How can you be too analytical and yet have a tiny analytics department? And, by the way, don’t you think some good candidates noticed that Jeff put this on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

‘He’s as smart as anyone I’ve met in baseball – or anywhere’: How former team lawyer Sandy Alderson became one of the most influential GMs in the sport’s history – The Athletic

And even he couldn’t get the power to do the job. What’s the next Mets GM going to do?

“To me, if you look at the executives today and the template for the guys that run baseball teams today, they essentially all have the background of Sandy,” said Beane. “Sandy was the original Ivy League graduate with analytics driving his decisions. He was the groundbreaking guy.”

As such, those who know Alderson believe him deserving of at least one more honor.

“He should be in the Hall of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pay site, sandy alderson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 16, 1918:

Charley Hickman is credited with the shortest two-bagger ever delivered, at Comiskey Park some years ago. He hit one that struck just beyond the edge of the plate, but instead of staying quiet, bounded sharply back. The catcher tried to grab it up and effect a putout, but the ball grazed his arm and leaped clear to the stand while Hickman kept on running.

Under the rules that was a fair ball, for the catcher had struck it while it was still in fair ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 16, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rockies’ end-of-season rotation analysis: Kyle Freeland, German Marquez shined; Jon Gray fizzled

The secret to the Rockies’ success in 2018 was no secret at all.

“I think it’s pretty easy. I think it’s the starting pitching honestly, giving us a chance to win every game, game in and game out,”  all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said.

Numbers illustrate Arenado’s words. Colorado’s rotation:

-Posted a 4.17 ERA, the second-lowest in franchise history (2009 playoff had a 4.10 ERA);
-Had 84 quality starts, the third-most in franchise history
-Struck out 883, sixth in the ...

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QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, rotation

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