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Monday, July 01, 2019

Red Sox owner John Henry gives idea of Red Sox’ approach at Major League Baseball trade deadline | WEEI

And as frustrating as the two games against the Yankees might have been Saturday and Sunday, in which the Red Sox were outscored 29-21 in two losses, it is Henry’s team’s overall lot in life that offers the true frustration. That much was clear when the Sox’ owner spoke with WEEI.com on the London Stadium field just prior to the series opener.

“I don’t feel good about the way we’ve played thus far,” said Henry prior to seeing his team fall 11 games in back of the first-place Yankees.

Then when asked if the approach heading into July has to still be to wait and see what transpires over the next few weeks, he was quick with his response, “We’ve been waiting and seeing. It’s not wait and see. It’s ‘you expect to pick it up’ in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

2019 All-Stars by league, position | MLB.com

The complete teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (July 2019)

No summer doldrums this month — not when there’s a Sundance breakout drama, a new Pagan horror movie from the guy who gave you Hereditary and Quentin Tarantino’s valentine to old-school Sixties Tinseltown on the horizon.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

St. Pete’s futile history with the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg is at odds with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. It isn’t the first time the Rays and City Hall have been far apart. Will it be the last?

Bote Man Posted: June 30, 2019 at 10:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, extortion, politics, tampa bay rays

ESPN:Miller:Even for homer-happy 2019, offense is out of control at Coors Field

In 2017, the Denver Post profiled Tony Cowell, the Coors Field stadium engineer who…conceived of a humidor that would bring Coors Field’s extraordinary offensive environment to heel.

...It took 18 seasons after Cowell’s miracle cure for altitude, but Coors Field has fought back. Its Park Factor has been steadily rising, and this year it has reached a new post-humidor extreme. Nothing in that park is normal anymore.

Lots of stats in the article, such as oddball stuff like Charlie Blackmon’s splits (1.495 home OPS, .653 road OPS) but also more substantive stuff like this:

Rockies pitchers have a 3.90 ERA on the road, which is the fourth-lowest mark in baseball…Those same pitchers have a 6.45 ERA at home, which is the second-worst home ...

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puck Posted: June 30, 2019 at 10:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: bludgeon ball, colorado rockies, coors field

Passan—How Wander Franco became MLB’s next can’t-miss kid

The next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2019 at 07:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, wander franco

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Rozner: MLB’s simple answer is they were expendable

The Players Association should help the 630 financially. Exactly how, I don’t know.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pensions

Friday, June 28, 2019

Brewers bringing Keston Hiura back

Hiura and Tyler Saladino go to the Brewers. Travis Shaw optioned to AAA. Hernan Perez designated for assignment which was the surprise to Brewers fans as Perez is a fan favorite.

Master of the Horse Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: keston hiura, milwaukee brewers

2019 MLB Futures Game Rosters, Preview

This year’s Futures Game rosters are spectacular. There’s really no other way to put it. The top three prospects in the game—Wander Franco, Jo Adell and MacKenzie Gore—will all be there, as will a scintillating array of the rest of the Top 100. Altogether 36 of the 50 players selected for the Futures Game are currently on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list.

To see full analysis on every prospect playing in the game, click here.

Part of the reason the game was able to collect such vast swath of talent was because of this year’s format switch. Instead of pitting U.S.-born prospects against their counterparts from across the globe, the game will adopt the same format AL vs. NL format as the All-Star Game.

So while all of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game

Phillies are overpriced as long as Bryce Harper is a shell of himself

“It’s possible baseball observers will have to accept that his fantastic 2015 season was a fluke.”

Harper fans can say, “Hey, it’s only half a season.”

Lest we forget Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, buyer's regret, fantasy, judd nelson, phillies

Rays to call up top two-way prospect Brendan McKay to start on Saturday

According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin, the Tampa Bay Rays will promote top prospect Brendan McKay to start on Saturday.

McKay, the team’s No. 2 prospect and the No. 23 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was a two-way star at Louisville, where he earned the Golden Spikes Award. After being selected fourth overall in 2017, he will be the sixth player in his class to make the majors.

McKay has rocketed up the Rays’ system despite having to develop as both a left-handed starter and first baseman/designated hitter. Between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham this season, McKay owns a 1.22 ERA in 66 2/3 innings, while slashing .205/.313/.331 at the plate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay

MLB umpire going to bat for teen at center of Lakewood youth baseball brawl

His heart went out to Cordova, the 13-year-old who was umpiring a Bear Creek Junior Sports Association baseball game in Lakewood on June 15 where a brawl broke out among the adults in attendance. Video footage of the scrum almost immediately went viral, and Lakewood police subsequently issued citations for disorderly conduct to a dozen spectators, ranging in ages from 24 to 55, who were reportedly involved in the skirmish.

“So I was sickened, really. I couldn’t believe this happened,” Guccione said. “It is embarrassing. It’s a 7-year-old game with a 13-year-old umpire? Come on.”

Umps have to stick together, and Guccione was so moved by Cordova’s composure under the circumstances that he invited the teen and his family to be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: umpire

Red Sox Take World’s Most Luxurious Huge Charter Jet to London

Red Sox taking the Crystal Skye Boeing 777 to London, the most luxurious big jet in the world. Six hour trip for up to 88 people in flat first class seats with a full bar costs around $500,000.

PreservedFish Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: travel

Angels try to improve their performance against lefties … by moving a sign

The Angels suspect that an ad, of all things, might have contributed to their mysterious trouble hitting left-handed pitchers over the past several years.

The Angels have the worst batting average in the majors against lefties since 2015, which has been a well-chronicled head-scratcher. Throughout that time, the Angels’ best hitters, including Mike Trout, have been right-handed.

Months of study by the team’s analytics department concluded that a part of the problem might have been an ad on the center field fence, General Manager Billy Eppler said this week.

The ad had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight since 2012, moving to its furthest left position, closest to straightaway center, in 2015.

When the Angels ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels


Thursday, June 27, 2019


385 Feet To Center? It’s Going to be a Blast

Have you ever been to London? What are you most looking forward to there?

Marcus Walden, Red Sox relief pitcher: No. The biggest thing that I would never really do, but I’m going to do, is The Eye, the big ol’ carousel thing. That’s something I rarely do. I don’t like heights. I don’t like doing it, but my wife said I have to go. That’s the one thing I would never do but I’m gonna do. I don’t know a whole lot about London. Walking around is going to be cool. My cousin is married to a professor at Oxford. She gave me a list of things that I need to go see. It’ll be cool to have her come into the game and have them show us around.

Just some conversations ahead of the London Series with players on both teams.  Some fun bits of humanity in ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 27, 2019 at 09:24 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: london, red sox, world champions, yankees

The Dodgers’ weekend walk-off drama highlights baseball’s bullpen paradox – Orange County Register

How will bullpens fare in July and August?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

J.P. Crawford is making this fun - Lookout Landing

A nice look at J.P. Crawford’s adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, mariners

Why We’re Not Ranking The Top July 2 MLB International Prospects

Read the whole thing.

Let’s get into the practical side first. International free agency is a vastly different scouting process from the draft in the United States. The reality is that teams are not currently scouting the top 2019 international players, many of whom reached agreements to sign with major league teams when they were 14. That means, in many cases, the last time those players worked out for clubs outside of the organization they’re expected to sign with on July 2 was two years ago. So when I speak with scouts, they don’t have an updated read on the players going to the other 29 teams.

When a player commits to a team, he stops working out for other clubs. The player still practices at his trainer’s field and can go to a team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:06 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Jason Vargas doubles down on reporter freak out as Mets implode again

Another bullpen meltdown for the Mets.

Why is Vargas still commenting?

“I don’t think all the information is out there,” Vargas said. “I don’t think this is a time to get into that, but I think anybody that knows me or has played with me through the duration of my career, there has never been a situation like that, so think it just happened out of the blue would be foolish.”

Vargas was asked why he hadn’t told his side.

“Because it’s over,” he said. “Our organization made a statement and put an end to it, but I think it’s pretty obvious all the info wasn’t out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

‘There’s No Winning:’ Trainers, MLB Teams Unhappy With International Signing System

The July 2 signing process is a complete mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Championship Gold: Vanderbilt baseball wins national title, beats Michigan

Vanderbilt baseball won its second national championship Wednesday, beating Michigan 8-2 in the winner-take-all title game.

Hendersonville native Mason Hickman pitched a gem. New Yorker Pat DeMarco crushed the critical home run. And Floridian Jake Eder closed out the win.

The Commodores are the best college baseball team in America.

This Vanderbilt (59-12) team may also be the best in program history. The Commodores also won the 2014 national title and finished runner-up in 2015. But this year’s squad broke the SEC record with 59 total victories, swept the SEC regular-season and tournament titles, and won 35 of their last 39 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

MLB veterans who sign minor league deals face challenges on and off the field

For players like Gonzalez and Parra, a return to the minors, even for a short time, can be a culture shock. The lifestyle differences between the majors and even Triple-A can be profound. There’s no chartered private jet for the team; instead players are sandwiched in a middle seat on an early morning flight or riding an overnight sleeper bus. There’s no five-star hotel with a room to themselves; instead players share rooms in mid-level hotels unless they’re willing to pay out of pocket to stay in their own room.

There’s no varied and healthy pre- or post-game food spread in the clubhouse; instead players get sandwiches before a game and then sodium-heavy Chinese food or pasta afterward. They have to go back to waiting through security ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:40 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league deals

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Braves turn double play without ball in play | MLB.com

Some bad baserunning on this play.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Van Wagenen is managing Mets games from home in ‘unusual’ struggle

According to an industry source, it was the rookie GM who instructed Mickey Callaway to remove Jacob deGrom from a game in Arizona earlier this month in which the Mets ace sustained a hip cramp. After deGrom was removed from the game in the seventh inning, the bullpen imploded in a loss that added to the frustration of a 2-5 road trip.

The source said Van Wagenen, who was watching the game at home on TV, communicated with a member of the Mets support staff with an order to remove deGrom from the game. Callaway complied with the order, and deGrom was visibly upset as he departed the field, certain he could continue pitching. The manager was grilled for the move, but at the time insisted the decision was his.

“Hell, yeah, it’s unusual: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Driveline’s Kyle Boddy Interested In Major League Role

In a blog post he unveiled on Sunday, June 23, Boddy announced that he would be open to interviewing for pitching coordinator or pitching director roles for major league teams. It seems likely that Boddy will find a potential fit—in the day since he posted the blog he said he’s already heard from seven different MLB organizations.

Last offseason, Driveline Baseball has a significant exodus of top instructors who left for jobs in pro ball, or in the case of Phillies hitting coordinator Jason Ochart, took a new job in pro ball while remaining with Driveline as well. At the time, Boddy said that the next six months would be the most important in Driveline’s history, as either the facility would develop the systems to properly replace ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle boddy

We Calculated Advanced Stats For The Congressional Baseball Game

Under the lights at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Republican and Democratic members of Congress will don their uniforms and take the field to play in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. The event may be for a good cause, but it’s also a serious athletic contest: Bones have been broken in past games, and pitches have been clocked as high as 80 miles per hour. This year, Republican congressmen got up at 6 a.m. two to three times a week to train for the game under the tutelage of former pros including Darrell Evans. (It was at such a practice two years ago that a gunman opened fire on the Republican team, injuring then-Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others.)

BrianBrianson Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: washington senators

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