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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cubs season comes down to Jason Hammel’s start | Chicago Sun-Times

As they say, it’s one game at a time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, playoffs

Red Sox will consider Johnny Cueto, but mystery remains after ALCS performance | Boston Herald

The Red Sox picked up a 30 year-old pitcher with a somewhat similar style almost 35 45 years ago. Are they ready to do it again?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, red sox

Masahiro Tanaka Has Bone Spur Removed - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.

Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.

New York says in its announcement that the Japanese ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Mets 5, Cubs 2: N.L.C.S. Game 3 Highlights - The New York Times

One Theo team came back from a 3-0 deficit. Can another?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 21, 1915:

Directing women where to buy their lingerie and silk hosiery will be the winter’s work of “Brick” Owens, the biggest umpire in the American association. “Brick” also boasts of the loudest voice in umpirical circles. He stands six foot three and weighs over 200 pounds. “Brick” will handle the “front door” as a floor-walker in one of the largest and most fashionable women’s department stores on Kansas City’s smartest street.

Seems like this would have been a job ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies outright Domonic Brown off 40-man roster

Its a Brown-out.

Three summers ago, Domonic Brown represented the Phillies and the National League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.

On Monday, after none of baseball’s other 29 teams deemed him worthy of a waiver claim, the Phillies removed Brown outright from their 40-man roster.

Brown, one of the biggest prospect busts in recent years, can elect free agency immediately and is expected to do so in the coming days. The oft-maligned 28-year-old outfielder was set to be ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: domonic brown, phillies


4 PM: ALCS GAME 5 (KC leads 3-1, advance to WS with win) Royals (Volquez) at Blue Jays (Estrada), FS1

8 PM: NLCS GAME 4 (NYM leads 3-0, advance to WS with win) Mets (Matz) at Cubs (Hammel), TBS

CHATTER UP, because for all we know this could be the last day of games before the World Series.

Gamingboy Posted: October 21, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 955 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

KC 1 win from WS after chasing R.A., piling on |

That wasn’t a good outcome for the Blue Jays. It was brutal to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 09:02 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, royals

Jason Varitek interviewed for vacant Seattle Mariners manager job -

If I were a GM, I would find it incredibly difficult to hire a manager who has no managing experience or coaching experience.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jason varitek, managers, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2015

El Paso Herald, October 20, 1915:

Plans are already being formulated by the officers of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity to make the big league games faster next season.
[Fraternity President Dave Fultz] urged that the players move to and fro from their positions between innings on the run, cause no needless delays in batting, and otherwise pepperize the pastime, so to speak, in order to make it as attractive, and, therefore, as profitable as possible.
Recently games of few runs have ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, length of games

Joe Maddon plays theme music from Rocky |

I wonder how many of his players have watched the movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, playoffs

Blue Jays pound Johnny Cueto as Royals lose 11-8 in ALCS Game 3 | The Kansas City Star

Just last week Johnny Cueto was once again on his way to a huge payday. He won’t go hungry but starts like last night aren’t putting more money into his bank account.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, johnny cueto, royals

R.A. Dickey’s Game 4 start will showcase elusive knuckleball to huge audience: DiManno | Toronto Star

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not appear to be a fan — perhaps because it’s not a manly pitch. It’s fickle and fey. Not to bang on about it, but Gibbons did pull Dickey in Game 4 of the Division Series against Texas with two out in the fifth and Toronto cruising along, up 7-1. The early hook, which denied Dickey pitcher-of-record status, remains controversial. Certainly it was disrespectful to the right-hander.

After that game, a gracious Dickey said he and the skipper would likely ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mets, r.a. dickey

Inside Baseball: Mets’ Harvey bought arm insurance; plus more MLB notes -

Oh, boy. Can’t the guy just shut up. I don’t see how Boras yapping about Harvey advances his *client’s* interests.

“We were never about him not pitching in the postseason, and we never said Matt Harvey wasn’t going to pitch in the playoffs. Any question revolved around the management of innings,” Boras said. “There’s an obligation—I should say mandate—to pitch. There’s an obligation to the integrity of the game, to his teammates and the fans. At no time did the player or I ever say he wasn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes, scott boras

What Baseball Taught Me | The Players’ Tribune

Today, I am very excited to be a “rookie” all over again in a new field: songwriting. I am sure the lessons baseball has taught me will help me develop the thick skin I’ll need for this new endeavor. If one day you ever happen to hear a song of mine, I hope you’ll be honest about what you think. I have been building a skill set of handling adversity for years, so fire away!

Thank you, again, to all the men and women who are as captivated by this great game as I still am. Whether ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, giants

Tigers’ Norris has cancerous growth on thyroid

Wishing this young man a speedy and lasting recovery.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced on Instagram Monday that he was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid.

“I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people,” he wrote. “I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers


4 PM: ALCS GAME 4 (KC leads 2-1) Royals (Chris Young) at Blue Jays (Dickey), FS1

8 PM: NLCS GAME 3 (NYM leads 2-0) Mets (deGrom) at Cubs (Hendricks), TBS


Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2015 at 04:47 AM | 865 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Bookshelf Conversation: Mark Armour

If you’ve been around here a while you know I am a big fan of In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Mark Armour and Dan Levitt

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers, interviews, podcasts

MLB Daily Dish: Yankees fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland

Maybe the club can also bring in the right-field porch a wee bit more?

Replacing Kevin Long was the biggest challenge for Pentland, who said that if Long couldn’t do the job, he knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy gig. Long was fired with a year left on his deal following the 2014 season and later joined the Mets as their hitting coach.

King names a number of potential candidates for the vacant job. When the job was available the first time, Chili Davis and Dave Magadan were brought in for ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, hitting coaches, yankees

Barry Zito: What Baseball Taught Me

My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows. I’ve been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I’ve started Game 1 of a World Series in one year and I’ve been left off of a postseason roster in another. I’ve been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I’ve been praised as a savior and deemed a curse.

We’ll miss you Barry…

eddieot Posted: October 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, players' tribune

OTP October 2015 4: Preserving dignity in baseball and politics

He seemed like a nice guy: loquacious, thoughtful, curious. We’d exhausted the play-by-play, and he asked me how I liked my job. Then we got to talking about politics. He didn’t like the way this country was headed. He said he was scared for me, and this seemed genuine. He was worried about the Islamic State. He thought that Trump seemed like a bright guy, an honest guy. He asked my opinion on gun control, and repeated the refrain about the car crash and whose fault it was.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 19, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 1562 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, politics

How much is Daniel Murphy worth, and which teams may be interested? | New York Post

Murphy would fit many teams, maybe even the Yankees at second. But as executives tried to guess (and these were guesses, not hard information) where Murphy could land, three teams came up most often:
1) The Astros because they love versatility and could use Murphy at first, third and DH, and want to diversify a lineup that strikes out too much. In addition, in private Astros notes leaked last year, it was revealed Houston and New York discussed a trade of Murphy for shortstop Jonathan Villar. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-19-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 19, 1915:


The death of Robert B. Ward, head of baking companies in many cities, which occurred [in New York] last night, will doubtless have a far-reaching effect on the future of the Federal Baseball league, of which he was vice president.

It is said that Mr. Ward had expended a million dollars in an effort to keep the Federal league alive. Now that he is dead, and his support removed, baseball men expressed doubts today ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Dusty Baker wants to be a Major League manager |

“I’d like to be back in the right situation before it gets too late,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s too late already, but I’m the coolest old dude there is. I don’t think I really compare to too many people. [Age] doesn’t matter. How old was Casey Stengel? I’m younger than Tony La Russa. I’m younger than all of those dudes [Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Jim Leyland] when they left. Plus, I’ve got a 16-year-old that keeps me hip about how to deal with everybody.

“Age is all relative. There are ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Punchless Chicago Cubs fading fast in NLCS

They aren’t out but they are groggy.

His team hadn’t lost a single game he’d started in all that time, regular season or postseason. And it hadn’t lost a road game he’d started since June 26. So when Arrieta was asked if this game surprised even him, his answer was short but not so sweet.

“I didn’t pitch well,” he said. “So yeah.”

His teammates rallied around him, of course. Said the right things. Said them with total conviction.

“I’m not shocked,” Ross said. “It’s baseball.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Mets still do not plan to bring Daniel Murphy back: sources - NY Daily News

Is Lagares a really a backup? I know Cespedes is playing there now, but Lagares was playing a serviceable centerfield before he had arm problems earlier this year.

“If they are keeping their payroll in the same neighborhood, they can’t afford to keep him,” the GM said. “He’s making $8 million now, will probably get a bump on that and he’s going to want some years.

“They already have all that money invested in Juan Lagares (4 years, $22.5 million) and Michael Cuddyer (1 year, $10 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

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