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Monday, April 13, 2015

ESPN: Billboards near Citifield urge Wilpons to sell team.

Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old Mets fan who lives in New London, New Hampshire, raised $6,700 on Kickstarter to pay for the placards. He was frustrated when the owners cut spending as they dealt with the fallout from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Now he’s angry the Mets maintain a payroll similar to those of middle-market teams, even though they say they hope to contend with a club buoyed by the return of star pitcher Matt Harvey from elbow surgery.

“They asked us to be patient through the ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, wilpons

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 13, 1915:

Joe Jackson has suffered a nervous collapse as the result of his family troubles. Within the last 10 days he has lost 15 or 20 pounds in weight as the result of not eating and brooding over his troubles.

In an effort to get in shape after his layoff of nearly two weeks he worked throughout Saturday’s game at Columbus and looked like the same old Joe. Twice he sent Mensor back to the left field fence to capture his long drives. He got a single and a triple, his ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe jackson

Hector Noesi of Chicago White Sox among MLB pitchers using Kevlar ballcaps

Here’s the hard hat crew.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, uniforms

Royals crush Angels 9-2, but Yordano Ventura leaves early with another cramp | The Kansas City Star

That Ventura kid is pretty good, even if he’s very crampy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Rays’ Nathan Karns has strong bounceback start | Tampa Bay Times

Rays notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Down On The Farm with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson | A’s Farm

This is a week old but worth reading.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Barry Bonds on A-Rod: ‘I can’t wait until he hits 660’

Can the Yankees really avoid paying him by just ignoring the event?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

4-13-15 OMNICHATTER

Home openers in Flushing, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Francisco and Toronto. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Angell: Sox 6, Yankees 5, in Nineteen Innings

Anybody can stay up till one in the morning. What eats at you, numbs you, puts you into coma watching is the bottomless party: another pop-up, or another three-hop infield grounder that ends the inning and rolls around the next, on and on, perhaps forever. BB ad infinitum.

As stated, I’m glad I wasn’t there—and believe or strongly guess that the the later, game-tying Yankee runs were greeted by outer cheers and inner groans by some or many in pinstripes last night.

It’s all in ...

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The Season’s Best Baseball Books - The Daily Beast

Some good books on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books

The night is dark and full of errors: MLB teams as Game of Thrones characters - DRaysBay

If you are a fan of Games of Thrones, this is an article for you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: culture

Pitchers boosting pace to slow running game : Sports

Good stuff.

The focus on getting to 1.2 seconds is simple math, a triangulation of the time it takes for the catcher to make a throw to second and the time it takes the runner to get there. As a catcher, Matheny wanted his “pop time” — the time it took to go from his mitt to the middle infielder’s glove at second — at less than 2 seconds. Hundredths of a second mattered. Yadier Molina has been known to throw in the 1.80s. The time left over has to be covered by the pitcher, and most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stolen bases

Is criticism of Jon Lester’s pickoff move much ado about nothing?

I’m sure his opponents will work to prove whether this is a real issue or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester


Royals need to be different than last season to return to playoffs, and we’re seeing a glimpse

Sam Mellinger breaks down this year’s Royals.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Jenrry Mejia tests positive for stanozolol, so what is it? - NY Daily News

Not a smart decision.

Four Major League Baseball players have tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol since March 27, the most recent being Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia. The others are David Rollins of the Mariners, the Braves’ Arodys Vizcaino and Ervin Santana of the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

M.L.B. Teams Nurture Players’ Mental Health - NYTimes.com

For Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer, Josh Lifrak is just like the hitting coach John Mallee or the pitching coach Chris Bosio.

Lifrak is the director of the team’s mental-skills program, while Mallee and Bosio are two vital members of Manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff. Hoyer looks at each of them in a similar way, and he knows what that means in terms of a shift in thinking when it comes to mental health and major league baseball.

“I think that it used to be the kind of thing that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health

Mets Insider: Terry Collins keeps faith in Wilmer Flores - NY Daily News

“He is going to play,” Collins said of Flores after the Mets’ 5-3 defeat Saturday night. “I am going to play Ruben (Tejada) tomorrow, but I knew going in Ruben was going to play on Sunday. I don’t think there is any set date (to judge how Flores is doing). I told him today, ‘Hey relax. Go play a game like you did in Florida. The thing I want you to understand is you are going to have good nights and bad, get over it and get ready to play the next day.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores


OMNICHATTER 4-12-15

This week’s ESPN Game of the Week is, of course, Angels-Royals.

Kidding, it’s Yankees-Red Sox.

Gamingboy Posted: April 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels owner’s stance in Josh Hamilton case puts players in tough spot

Wilson said he agreed with columnists who have written the Angels would be treating Hamilton differently if he was playing like the five-time All-Star he was in Texas and not the disappointing and oft-injured player he’s been in Anaheim, where Hamilton hit .255 with 31 homers in his first two seasons.

“Some of the commentators had a lot of insight — if the situation was this, it would be turned around and be different,” Wilson said. “Josh went through the whole process with an arbitrator. It ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, josh hamilton

Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, domestic abuse, jesmuel valentin, phillies, suspension

Mets’ Mejia suspended 80 games for PED use | MLB.com

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.

Mejia, 25, is currently on the disabled list battling right elbow inflammation. He posted a 3.65 ERA last season with 28 saves in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2015 at 06:31 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, suspensions

Philly.com: Stan Hochman passes away at age 86

RIP.

Sadly, Philadelphia lost one of its literary legends when Hochman died at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Thursday after a recent illness. He was 86.

Hochman, according to Pat McLoone, managing editor of the Daily News, could be summed up in one word: “Great.”

“When you think that Stan Hochman came on the Philadelphia sports scene in the late ‘50s, made a mark right away and has been great, truly great, for more than 50 years, it really is overwhelming,” said McLoone, who was sports editor from ...

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AndrewJ Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary

Rangers’ Holland, Choo, Rua injured vs. Astros

Derek Holland never looked right on the mound for the Texas Rangers in their home opener. Now he won’t be back there for at least six weeks—and maybe more.

Outfielders Shin-Soo Choo (back spasms) and Ryan Rua (sprained right ankle) also made early exits because of injuries. Choo was feeling better afterward, but Rua had a protective boot on his foot and could be headed to the disabled list.

Tuque Posted: April 11, 2015 at 04:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, injury, rangers, texas, texas rangers

The meaning of Matt Harvey’s excellent debut

In case that one doesn’t do it for you, you might prefer the third-inning at-bat, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 97. Or you could skip ahead to the sixth, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 96. Between Strasburg and Harper, the Nationals have two young stars who’ve generated near-unparalleled hype. Thursday, Harvey out-played them both. It was a rather emphatic way for the phenom to kick off what promises to be an electric campaign.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 02:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: batman, dark knight, matt harvey, mets

Neyer: Really, MLB? Missing Derek Jeter already?

Now, Jeter and his long-time teammates did play in six World Series, and piled up some big moments. But who’s the next superstar in six? Buster Posey’s already been on three championship teams ... but if you’re not a Giants fan, how many Buster Posey moments can you recall? Not counting terrifying leg injuries?

So here you’ve got an immensely talented, immensely likeable superstar with three championship rings ... and if he walked through a shopping mall in Little Rock, what would ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 02:03 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: because you demanded it, derek jeter, marketing

Robothal: Old Hoss Epstein?

Consider an incident that occurred Thursday night, when Epstein threw out the first pitch at the home opener of the Cubs’ new affiliate in South Bend, Ind.

As this video clearly suggests, Epstein threw at Cubs’ mascot Clark the Cub.

“Clark and I have a love-hate relationship,” Epstein said. “He got a little upset at a prank I pulled a couple of spring trainings ago and has been a little distant since. “I tried to brush him back — at least move his feet with a two-seamer in off ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clark the cub, cubs, pedobear, theo epstein

Robothal: Phillies need to get real if they want to deal Hamels to Red Sox

OK, can the Phillies stop asking the Red Sox about center fielder Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart now?

So, is it over? Will the Phillies simply turn their attention to teams other than the Red Sox when trying to move Hamels? Or might the Phils come to their senses and target the next layer of prospects in the Sox’s bountiful farm system?

I would imagine that the Sox’s view of the Phillies’ stance can be summed up in two words: “Their problem.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:33 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, red sox

Keri: Suit Up: How MLB Mentors Pay It Forward, One Lesson (and Shopping Spree) at a Time

“We’re all in the team hotel, and Trevor Hoffman spreads the word to all the rookie call-ups, ‘Meet me downstairs at noon!’” Axford said. “We were in Chicago, I hadn’t even pitched in my first game yet. And then here we all are at Macy’s on the seventh floor. We get there and Hoffman just says, ‘OK, go get yourselves suited.’”

Hoffman can’t point to a specific suit-buying role model the way Hawkins can with Puckett, but Hoffman was nonetheless happy to carry on the ...

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