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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday Notes: Heaney, Givens, Dombrowski, Lefties-vs-Lefties, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

The Indians want a new minority owner — but the price isn’t right | New York Post

Mark Shapiro’s exit might not be coincidental.

Dolan, who is under fire from fans for one of the smallest payrolls in the big leagues, hired boutique investment bank Allen & Co. several months ago to shop roughly 30 percent of the team, The Post learned.

He doesn’t have deep enough pockets and is looking to a new investor to ramp up spending on salaries, sources said. The club’s payroll of $76 million ranks 26th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.

So far, Dolan, who is the cousin of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Tim Lincecum’s hip recovery stalls, and he might have thrown his last pitch as a Giant: “The bad days are outshining the good ones” - Giants Extra

Is he done at thirty-one?

While trying to throw off a mound at the Giants’ complex in Arizona last week, Lincecum’s hips locked up again.

“It’s definitely frustrating but I’ve got to find a way to move forward,” Lincecum said. “The training staff is definitely doing their best to help me out. … (The shots) aren’t taking hold the way we had hoped. I don’t know. It’s a band-aid situation. To be honest, we’re trying to explore as many options as we can.”

That includes ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Blue Jays to name Mark Shapiro club president, replacing Beeston -

Mark Shapiro, the Indians’ team president, will be named Toronto Blue Jays president, sources close to that team said.

The announcement is expected to come as early as this week, perhaps Monday.

Shapiro will replace Paul Beeston, the longtime Jays president who is retiring. Beeston is expected to remain through the year in Toronto, and Shapiro may not start in Toronto until next season, though the exact starting date isn’t known.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office

Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter against Dodgers |

I was not planning on watching the entire game. Jake Arrieta changed my plans.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, no hitter


September is Coming.

It has been (0) games since the Dodgers were last no-hit.

Gamingboy Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Encarnacion’s home run hat trick

At first, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought “a couple idiots” were just throwing their hats onto the field, then he saw dozens more hit the turf. Teammates let Edwin Encarnacion know what was going on.

Hats rained down from all sections of Rogers Centre in the most Canadian way of celebrating Encarnacion’s home run hat trick in the Blue Jays’ 15-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Encarnacion’s not a big hockey fan, but he got an education in that sport’s tradition ...


Alex Anthopoulos accuses infielder Steve Tolleson of quitting on team

“Steve Tolleson just decided he didn’t want to play anymore,” Anthopoulos said during a media session in Texas on Wednesday.

Tolleson, however, insists he has been injured since the Jays placed him on the disabled list with a groin strain on May 27. His minor-league rehab assignment expired July 1, just after he had played in two games for Buffalo, and the Jays designated him for assignment that day.

In dispute is whether the 31-year-old reserve infielder was still injured when the Jays ...


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Proposing a Callup Rule Change

MLB needs to enact a daily 22-man roster for September games. When a manager hands his lineup card to the umpire, he would also hand over his full 22-man squad for the day. There are still 40 roster-eligible players in the clubhouse, and the Major League experience is not cheapened at all for prospects.

Without starting pitchers on the bench, teams lose the occasional option of Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter or Andrew Cashner as a pinch-runner. But notice how we set the number at 22 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:38 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rules, september roster expansions

Rangers Minor League Insider: Profar could be option in September | The Star-Telegram

I hope the kid can salvage some type of career.

Profar had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in late February after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn teres major muscle in the same shoulder. He last played in a regular season game for the Rangers on Sept. 27, 2013.

“It’s been two years out of baseball, and I’ll come here and just play,” he said. “Now everything is going to be good. I’m just having fun playing day-to-day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

How Nathan Eovaldi evolved into Yankees’ possible playoff ace | New York Post

OK, maybe Severino isn’t the guy.

Eovaldi has performed like a top starter for more than two months (2.93 ERA in his last 12 starts) and something approximating an ace in his past two outings as he readies to pitch Sunday in Atlanta. That is too small a sample size to make a final determination. But not too few outings to generate some excitement for the rest of this year and beyond.

A scout familiar with Eovaldi from his NL days with the Dodgers and Marlins who saw the righty recently, said, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

Luis Severino the starter the Yankees can trust the most | New York Post

Of course, they might need to pitch him to get there.

From what we’ve seen so far? Absolutely, you’d trust him to start for the Yankees in a one-and-done playoff game, which looks to be the team’s fate as long as the Blue Jays keep treating the rest of the industry like their personal batting-practice session.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Tom Werner: Don Orsillo ousted to ‘re-energize’ Boston Red Sox broadca - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Dave O’Brien has his moments but he’s not exactly an energizing guy. If the Sox want to re-energize the broadcast, maybe the team shouldn’t finish in last place so much. That’s why most of my friends don’t watch NESN as much. It’s not Orsillo. Maybe Werner needs to actually talk to some fans.

“I understand it has created some controversy,” Werner told Buckley. “And I also understand that Don is a great broadcaster. But we felt that starting next year, it was worth going in a different ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

Vin Scully: 2016 Will Be Final Season in Booth for Dodgers - The New York Times

I will surely watch more Dodger games the rest of this year and next. I will miss Vin Scully.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, dodgers, vin scully

New York Mets to acquire right-handed reliever Addison Reed from Arizona Diamondbacks

I thought the Mets were trying to win.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: addison reed, mets

Fan dies in fall from upper deck at Turner Field |

A man who fell off the top deck at least 40 feet to the concrete on the first level below during the Braves’ game against the New York Yankees on Saturday night died, Atlanta police said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 291 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Madden: It’s panic in the owner’s box season in baseball - NY Daily News

Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.

And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he ...



OMNICHATTER, fresh out of the kitchen.

Gamingboy Posted: August 30, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 29, 2015 Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Former Major League pitcher Zach Day, who works at TrackMan, a pitch-tracking system employed by both the Mets and Statcast™, noted that spin rate correlates quite closely with swing-and-miss rate. That, in turn, is an excellent indicator of success—one way to quantify what pitchers refer to as “stuff,” or as Day puts it, “your life on your fastball.” So it is worth noting that as Harvey’s velocity and spin rate have fallen, particularly in comparison to the game’s other elite starters, his ...

bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, statcast

BtBS: Do players outperform their projections in walk years?

Of the 76 players who are currently in their free agent walk year, 29 overperformed their projections, 44 underperformed their projections, and three hit their projections right on. One one end of the spectrum, players like Yoenis Cespedes and David Price are on pace to outperform their preseason projections by just over two wins. On the flip side, Matt Joyce and Ian Desmond have had rough years and could fall nearly three wins short of their preseason projections. On average, players were ...

bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: walk year

Do some stats suggest Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is below average? - LA Times

Andrew Friedman farts in Fangraph’s Defensive Stats’ general direction.

The Dodgers have benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who batted .169 in July and is batting .114 in August. The team had stuck with him for weeks, even as his offensive performance dropped, citing his outstanding defense.

However, according to a variety of statistics available on the Fangraphs website, Pederson’s defense ranks below average among major league center fielders.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Zduriencik the latest GM discarded in MLB’s executive shuffle | FOX Sports

Jon Paul Morosi’s recent notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Reds Raisel Iglesias continues hot August |

Some good news about this season.

“He’s a stud,” Price said. “These games are very personal to him as they are to all of us. I think he wants to be that guy that goes out there and wins a ballgame for us. I think he showed again great emotional durability because he had a rough first inning and he bounced back and gave us some really good baseball—six innings of one-run ball. That’s how you do it. He’s taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s growing up. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Swihart’s inside-the-park homer |

Blake Swihart is one fast catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, video

Pirates notebook: Hurdle mulling rotation options | TribLIVE

When asked whether top prospect Tyler Glasnow would be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis when rosters expand on Monday, Hurdle was coy.
“It’s a big, fresh arm and a kid we like a lot,” Hurdle said. “It wouldn’t behoove him or me to say whether he could help us this year or not right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

It seems anything is possible for Stroman the optimist: DiManno | Toronto Star

“He hasn’t made a start yet, even in the minor leagues.” Still, conceding: “Alex was always wanting me to try to start him, where I thought he was going to be in the bullpen, realistically. But, wrong again,”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News


The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine


The “Jack’s Going, Vin’s Staying” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, August 28, 2015

Inside Baseball: Keys to Cubs’ success, plus more MLB news and notes -


Chris Davis (35 home runs) has put himself in position for a big payday, though it will likely be elsewhere. Baltimore’s offer a couple years ago wasn’t in the ballpark of the asking price. As one Orioles person put it, “Scott (Boras) was looking for part of the TV deal.” That was a joke, but word is the comp being used a couple years ago was Joey Votto’s $225-million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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