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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Bryce Harper Retires From Home Run Derby

On Tuesday, Harper told The Washington Post he has no plans to participate in the 2016 derby in San Diego, either.
In fact, Harper isn’t sure if he’ll ever do the Home Run Derby again. At least, that’s how he feels as of July 5, 2016.
I just don’t want to, plain and simple,” he said after Tuesday night’s loss to the Brewers.


Brayan Pena to serve U.S. Army

The phone call from the military recruiter that Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena had been waiting for came Tuesday, and if the U.S. Army calls again asking him to serve, he said he would probably leave baseball to do so.

Pena, 34, has been exploring the possibility of joining the U.S. Army Reserves, and he learned Tuesday that he will be able to participate in training and work as an ambassador, but his contract with the Cardinals forbids him from officially enlisting. But he feels called to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cardinals, military service

Digging Deep Into Inside Edge’s Fielding Data – The Hardball Times

If you are interested in defensive metrics, this is a must read. Great work!

I originally sought to better understand Inside Edge’s defensive data on my accord and articulate the context of the data here. But my exploration evolved when anecdotal evidence seemed to turn into something more. En route, I offered here limited but still quantitative evidence that WAR, as we now calculate it, fails to properly account for the difficulty of defensive seasons, at least in the tail ends of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 11:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, inside edge, sabermetrics

Red Sox add Brian Bannister to coaching staff | redsox.com

In an effort to get better results from a pitching staff that has struggled for much of the season, the Red Sox have given Brian Bannister a role on the coaching staff, effective immediately.

Bannister was hired last September to be the team’s director of pitching analysis and development. He will now work along with pitching coach Carl Willis to help the Major League club on a daily basis.

Due to Major League rules, Bannister won’t be in uniform during games. But he will be on the field ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, red sox

Breaking down Matt Harvey’s mechanical issues - Amazin’ Avenue

Did you say you’d like to see some Harvey gifs?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Chicago police investigate Pirates infielder in sexual assault claim - Chicago Tribune

“We have been made aware of the allegation that has been made against Jung Ho Kang,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement in response to questions from the Tribune about the sexual assault investigation. “We take allegations of this type extremely seriously. Pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy on such matters, this matter is exclusively before the Commissioner’s Office at this time. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the Commissioner’s Office. As a result of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pirates

Revolution in sports doesn’t happen overnight. | Sports on Earth

I guess this post officially makes this Brian Kenny Day at BBTF.org.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, brian kenny, sabermetrics

The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books: Review of “Ahead of the Curve”

As I mentioned in a previous post, I highly recommend the book. Don’t take just my word for it.

Here’s a few other reviews:
Goodreads.com

Kirkusreviews.com

Libraryjournal.com

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, brian kenny

MLBN: Brian Kenny releases new book

Tom Verducci interviews Kenny about his new book, “Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution”:


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 6, 1916:

Physicians attending Schuyler P. Britton, president of the [St. Louis] National league club, who was badly burned about the face from the explosion of a cannon cracker while entertaining his family in a July Fourth celebration, announced that they feared both eyes have been injured. The cracker exploded just a few inches from Britton’s face and left burns which probably will scar the baseball magnate for life. Fortunately for Britton the glasses he wears protected ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fireworks, history

OMNICHATTER 7-6-16

Edit: I updated the link to MLB.com’s scoreboard. Jim.

Gamingboy Posted: July 06, 2016 at 12:54 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

OT: NBA Offseason Thread, July 2016

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own off-topic thread, we won’t distract from the site’s true purpose, off-topic threads. Link goes to Kevin Durant’s announcement in The Players’ Tribune.


Jameson Taillon put on the disabled list, Steven Brault to start Tuesday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates put right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 15-day disabled list after their game Monday because of right shoulder fatigue, further thinning a rotation already suffering due to Gerrit Cole’s injury.

Taillon was scheduled to start today. To take his place, the Pirates will promote left-hander Steven Brault from Class AAA Indianapolis. Brault, 24, will make his major league debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

Picking the 68 All-Stars is a thankless process, but here goes anyway | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s selections.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

Rieber: Mets fire even when Matt Harvey’s a dud | Newsday

“Whether it was the slider or curveball or changeup or fastball, everything was just out of whack,” Harvey said. “Catching too much of the plate.”

What can the Mets do? Not much except keep sending him out there. Keep hoping he goes from dud back to stud.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 5, 1916:

It is said the Red Sox plan to shift Pitcher Ruth to the outfield. The Sox don’t miss Speaker. They only miss his fielding and hitting.

Man, the Red Sox must really be getting desperate if they’re thinking about using a pitcher in the outfield.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, tris speaker

Atlanta Braves’ Tyler Flowers Is Redefining Catcher’s Safety

A mask with a built-in spring to absorb the impact of a baseball.

The 30-year-old catcher is no longer the only catcher in Major League Baseball to wear the mask.  Other catchers such as Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart and Minnesota’s Kurt Suzuki have also converted to the Defender.  A handful of MLB umpires have also started wearing the mask.

Safety concerns for all sports have never been higher.  This mask comes at a perfect time when people are paying more attention to head injuries and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment

Sports Reference Ending Page Sponsorships » Sports Reference » Blog Archive

You won’t be able to sponsor pages on your favorite site any more.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: news

After the Nationals nearly gave up on him, Danny Espinosa has finally found himself - The Washington Post

He’s having a good power year and his defensive metrics are good. Can he keep it up in the second half?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: danny espinosa, nationals

OMNICHATTER 7-5-16

OMNICHATTER of Navarone

Gamingboy Posted: July 05, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 04, 2016

Brewers bat out of order | MLB.com

The Brewers became the first big league team in nearly three years to be penalized for sending the wrong man to the plate, the result of an incorrect lineup card that had Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy listed in the wrong spots. It cost Braun a base hit and gave Lucroy an 0-for-1 start to his day, even though he’d never made it past the on-deck circle.
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After Braun smacked a single to center field off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, Washington manager Dusty Baker immediately emerged for a ...

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OTP 2016 July 4: Bustos withdraws support for baseball bill

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has withdrawn her support for a bill that would have exempted minor league baseball players from the minimum wage standards in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The bill drew nationwide attention, as it was introduced in the midst of a legal fight over whether to pay minor leaguers the minimum wage.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 04, 2016 at 04:08 PM | 1904 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, politics, salaries

Looking for bullshit in Earl Weaver’s “Weaver On Strategy” | The J.G. Preston Experience

A fisking of Earl Weaver’s “Weaver on Strategy”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver

An ode to the intentional walk

Intentional walks stink. Get rid of them entirely.

“I don’t want to lose those moments where you can say, ‘I’ve never seen that before,’ ‘’ said Phillies broadcaster and former big league pitcher Larry Andersen. “If you eliminate the intentional walk, there’s a chance you’ll lose one of those ‘I’ve-never-seen-this-before’ episodes. Those are part of what makes baseball great. Granted, they’re few and far between. But they keep the game a little more entertaining.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: intentional walks, rules of play

Yelich, Realmuto make mark on historic night | marlins.com

The clubs came to Fort Bragg for just one game, which lasted two hours and 59 minutes. They left with the experience of a lifetime.

“Nothing but goosebumps,” Realmuto said. “I got goosebumps multiple times tonight. The flyover for the anthem, and when they were chanting [‘U.S.A.!’].”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, j.t. realmuto, marlins

Could Yankees emerging rookie throw wrench in rotation? | New York Post

When Mark Teixeira was on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he was impressed by Green.

“When I got back I said he had the best stuff at Triple-A,’’ Teixeira said of Green, who gave the ball from his first big league strikeout to his wife and planned on presenting the ball from his first win to his parents. “He dominated and we needed it.’’

The question now becomes when Green will get a chance to do it again for a team that has three starters with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chad green, yankees

Baseball collector crushed on Twitter for crashing Fort Bragg game | FOX Sports

It looks like someone crashed the Marlins-Braves game at Fort Bragg on Sunday night, and it’s causing quite the uproar. Self-proclaimed baseball collector Zack Hample tweeted an image of a baseball he obtained during the special event, sparking a significant amount of criticism on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Mike Trout goes big in proposal to longtime girlfriend

Good idea to lock up Trout to a long-term deal.


Four-time All-Star and 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout is known for going big on the baseball field.

So it’s no surprise that the Angels star would propose to his longtime girlfriend in the same way.

Trout retweeted this post from his now-fiancee Jessica Cox on Saturday, showing a “Will you marry me Jess?” written across a clear blue sky.

“I’m so excited to finally be able to officially call this amazing man my fiance!” Cox wrote on her Instagram ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

OMNICHATTER 7-4-16

4th of July OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 04, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Wilmer Flores shines as Jose Reyes nears arrival to displace him at third

With Jose Reyes exclusively playing third base during his tune-up in the minors, there is little doubt Flores will be displaced from the position once Reyes is promoted sometime this week. But with Flores on the verge of reverting to his initial backup role, he produced a career game Sunday.

Flores went 6-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored as the New York Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 14-3 rout at Citi Field.

Flores’ six hits matched the ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 03, 2016 at 11:26 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets, wilmer flores

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