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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Former White Sox infielder Tadahito Iguchi announces retirement plans

A Chicago World Series star who was not ready for DWTS .... until now.

Japanese infielder Tadahito Iguchi, who helped the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005, will retire at the end of the 2017 season.

The 42-year-old Iguchi, the oldest active player in Nippon Professional Baseball, currently plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.

“I’ve been thinking when would be the right time to quit,” Iguchi said Tuesday. “I want the fans and those who supported me to ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: June 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, japanese baseball, white sox

Retronaut: The House of David baseball team

With their long hair and beards, the House of David players drew massive crowds as they barnstormed around the country.

Famous professional players occasionally donned fake beards and joined the team for games, including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Satchel Paige, and even Babe Ruth.(They considered signing the Sultan of Swat in 1934, but decided his hedonistic lifestyle would be a poor fit for the ascetic team.)

Zach Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beards, general, history, house of david

At Long Last, Video Of One Of The Most Ridiculous And Unforgettable Plays In Nats History (WaPo)

This is pure awesomeness!! MLBAM swept away the cobwebs and wrestled out of their archives this video gem for which Nats fans have been clamoring for centuries.

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most unforgettable plays in early Nationals history, a moment right up there with Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wearing “Natinals” jerseys for a home game in 2009. If you haven’t seen the play, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard it.

MLB video direct link

What’s your ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 21, 2017 at 05:21 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, bone-headed plays, nationals, nook logan, videos


Twins to play 2 games in Puerto Rico in 2018

The Minnesota Twins will host the Indians in Puerto Rico for two games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico next season, the team announced Wednesday…..

To be held April 17-18, 2018, the trip will be legitimate “home games” for four Twins players with roots in Puerto Rico. Starting pitcher Jose Berrios, outfielder Eddie Rosario and slugger Kennys Vargas were born there, and left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago’s grandparents hail from Puerto Rico.

All four players suited up ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 04:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, puerto rico, twins

‘Wild Thing’ Mitch Williams wins lawsuit against MLB Network

A Camden County jury on Tuesday awarded more than $1.5 million to former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams in a civil case against MLB Network for his firing as an analyst in 2014 after disputed reports about his conduct at two of his 10-year-old son’s youth tournament baseball games….

Williams filed his lawsuit in September 2014 after losing his job with MLB Network. His termination followed two reports about two youth baseball tournament games posted online by Deadspin, a sports news and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, mitch williams, mlb network

How the wonks won baseball coverage

“It’s a ball now. It’s my favorite period in the business — by far,” says Tom Boswell of The Washington Post, a great baseball writer who straddles sharply different eras.

“I wish it had always been like this. You have all the old approaches to coverage still available — profiles, human interest, humor, etc. But so much more, too. For people who love to analyze (me), there’s nothing as good as real data, plus tons of unmined data where you can discover patterns that others haven’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 04:05 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, reporters, sabermetrics

Eric Pardinho is Brazil’s first million-dollar arm

Meet the hot young Brazilian prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, international signings

San Antonio Missions Advance to Triple-A

Today, the Elmore Sports Group is excited to announce a major advancement in the Professional Baseball landscape in San Antonio. Starting with the 2019 season, the San Antonio Missions will advance a level to play their games in Triple-A Baseball.

The Missions, with 112 seasons of play in the Alamo City and over 100 of those seasons as a member for the Double-A Texas League, will be advancing to play Triple-A Baseball as a member of the Pacific Coast League. The PCL is one level of play from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, san antonio


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-21-2017

Butte Post, June 21, 1917:

The recent success of the Detroit team is attributed by the players to a new mascot, a dog, presented to Trainer Harry Tuthill by a friend in Boston. The pet, which carries the imposing name of Luckstone Little Boy Blue, indicative of a long line of pedigreed ancestors, answers to the name of “Spin” among the athletes, and is supposed to be a thoroughbred Boston terrier.

...tests have proved it can find the free lunch counter inside of four minutes from the time of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Beyond the Box Score: On the lack of interest in Albert Pujols’s 600 HR and Adrián Beltré’s pursuit of 3,000 hits

Had Biggio retired a year early, it would be interesting to see how it would have affected his Hall of Fame entry. He had to wait too long for entry as it was, because voters have historically struggled with all-around players such as Biggio. There are likely still voters who can’t be bothered to look beyond whether a player got 3,000 hits or not, but the electorate is gaining a higher percentage of voters who actually know how to evaluate players’ careers with nuance.

DanG Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, albert pujols, hall of fame, milestones

After 71 games of chaos, inconsistency, Pirates somehow just four games back

The season of competitive balance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger lead Dodgers’ win | MLB.com

The Dodgers have two pretty, pretty good players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, corey seager, dodgers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Freddie Freeman Might Play 3B for Braves After Recovering from Wrist Injury

As Freddie Freeman gets closer to a return from the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves are exploring the possibility of having their All-Star first baseman play third base.

Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves are trying to find ways to keep Freeman and Matt Adams in the lineup when Freeman comes back.

It’s not that they don’t understand your dWAR arguments. It’s that they just don’t care. They think you’re wrong.

Rickey! No. You move. Posted: June 20, 2017 at 09:20 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, defense, defensive metrics, nofuksgiven

Legendary umpire Joe West dishes on players, managers and replay at 5,000th game

Country Joe West, who has produced two country music albums, appeared in the Grand Ole Opry and The Naked Gun, and developed and patented his own chest protector, has out-lived them all.

His tenure has spanned six commissioners, 21 World Series champions, 151 umpires and 55 Hall of Fame players. The game Tuesday between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks pits two franchises that didn’t exist when he began his career.

The impressions he left were often indelible.

“Joe was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 05:32 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpires

Pablo Sandoval placed on the disabled list with an inner ear infection

I don’t know if the Pablo Sandoval era is ending in Boston, but if it is, it’s ending with a whimper. The whimper: the Sox just placed him on the disabled list . . . with an inner ear infection.

Look, an inner ear infection is no joke. My son actually has one right now! I had to go put ciprofloxacin drops in his ear just before stating this post. I tend to think, however, that this is not the sort of thing for which a useful ballplayer in his team’s good graces would be put on the DL. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox


Angels put right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the disabled list

The strain in the extensor muscles of Matt Shoemaker’s right forearm has abated a bit, but not enough, and the Angels put the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. He will miss at least one turn through the club’s starting rotation.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dl, matt shoemaker

In Raising the Bar, the Young Yankees Face a Trade Predicament - The New York Times

Should they stay or should they go, for it.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB prospects from Cuba are trapped by a dream

There isn’t always a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players

Clayton Kershaw Has a Home Run Problem

A few innings later, he chased the Dodgers ace with another homer, his second of the night — and, more distressingly for the pitcher, Kershaw’s fourth allowed of the game (a career worst) and 17th allowed of the season (also a career worst, already, in mid-June). Only six pitchers have surrendered more homers this season than Kershaw, who — despite maintaining a top-five ERA, K%, and BB% in the NL — is exhibiting an unprecedented problem. In 263 starts before 2017, Kershaw ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw

Phillies Designate Jeanmar Gomez, Michael Saunders

The Phillies made a rather dramatic roster move today, announcing that righty Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders have been designated for assignment. Lefty Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins have had their contracts purchased.

While there were never realistic hopes of contention in 2017, the Phillies’ worst-in-baseball 22-and-46 record nevertheless represents a considerable disappointment. These two veterans are hardly the only poor performers, but their pronounced ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: michael saunders, phillies

The Brewers Are Winning by Being the Anti-Astros – The Ringer

A bunch of good stuff in this article.

“Depth isn’t often talked about,” Stearns says. “But I think we’re seeing throughout the industry how important depth can be within an organization, and certainly it’s something that we’ve talked about internally. And as we look at our roster this year, one of the really rewarding things for us and for our organization as a whole is how many different guys have contributed.”

We can quantify depth. Adam Guttridge and David Ogren, cofounders ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns

Baseball’s pressing question: What happens to a sport when nothing happens?

Over the course of three minutes shy of four hours, 90 batters came to the plate and only 40 of them put the ball in play, or once every six minutes. Nine pitchers, all of whom hit 93 to 99 mph on the radar gun, including L.A. starter Clayton Kershaw, paraded to the mound to strike out a National League–record 42 batters. Nobody managed a hit in 13 tries with runners in scoring position. All three runs scored on solo home runs.

Unlike most sports, baseball’s beauty is not only in its ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 01:26 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, pace of play

Padres manager calls out Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo after home plate collision with Austin Hedges

San Diego Padres manager Andy Green did little to conceal his feelings about the home-plate collision that knocked Austin Hedges out of Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, calling Anthony Rizzo’s hit on the Padres catcher “a cheap shot” in his postgame news conference.

“I think you look at that play and it’s a fairly egregious violation of the rule,’’ Green said. “The rule exists to protect the catcher. The safety of the catcher is more in jeopardy now when you have the rule to ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 20, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher collisions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2017

Washington Herald, June 20, 1917:

Ban Johnson, sweating under the published announcement that the Washington American League club was about to be removed, probably to Brooklyn, has denied that such a thought has entered his mind or the minds of his club owners.

In spite of Johnson’s statements, it may be stated with some authority that negotiations for the removal of the club not only have been started, but probably will be carried out next winter.

This is at least the second mention I’ve seen ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


FiveThirtyEight: Aaron Judge Is The Most Out-Of-Nowhere MVP Candidate Since Ichiro

All Rise!

If Judge does end up winning that piece of individual hardware, he’d be its most unheralded winner ever. Not only has no single-season WAR leader ever gone into a season with fewer than zero career WAR before, but no eventual MVP has ever entered the year with fewer WAR to his name than Judge’s -0.4 mark.

The only MVPs who started from a place similarly close to nowhere were Ichiro Suzuki, who won the award in 2001 in his first year in the (American) majors — he played in Japan ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 20, 2017 at 12:30 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, mvp, new york yankees

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tigers debate lively baseballs, stolen signs

In the past, when the technology wasn’t as sharp, when there wasn’t HD capability and every facial tick or expression could be seen from the center-field camera, stealing signs was a respected art in the game.

Technology has taken the art out of it.

“It’s not about gamesmanship anymore,” Verlander said. “It used to be, if you got my sign, good for you. When you are standing on second base, before HD and all of that, you couldn’t see specific signs the catcher was throwing down ...

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