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Thursday, October 06, 2016


I’ve argued in the past for the idea of “emergent WAR,” which is the idea of teams deriving value, not from individual contributions, but from the ways in which the parts of the roster can interact with one another. For example, putting a groundball-heavy pitcher in front of a good infield defense can be worth several hits turned into outs, and turning a hit into an out is worth roughly three-quarters of a run each time you do it. A good GM could have the wherewithal to execute a plan to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

Astros minor-leaguer apologizes for tweet criticizing Jessica Mendoza

What Marlow said was stupid. I don’t agree, however, with the idea that any non-specific criticism should be automatically painted as misogynistic. The writer’s decision to paint her detractors with a broad brush as a response undercuts his argument.

But Marlow’s criticism follows the same tired trend we always see with Mendoza. It’s never specific, and it’s more about the fact that she’s a woman than anything else. It’s never anything like, “I wish her hitting breakdowns were more ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, broadcasting

Suspect in Blue Jays-Orioles beer-tossing furor is identified | Toronto Star

Perpetrator or witch-hunt victim?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

2016 Major League All-Rookie Team |

Baseball America’s All-Rookie Team.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rookies

Giants vs. Mets 2016 final score: Madison Bumgarner shuts out New York to advance to NLDS -

His run as really been incredible. Can he keep it going?

Madison Bumgarner remains untouchable in winner-take-all games
Madison Bumgarner hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23 innings in the playoffs. He’s started the Wild Card Game twice and thrown a shutout each time, with the previous one coming in 2014.

Since the Giants had to use Bumgarner for the Wild Card Game, he won’t be able to get two starts against the Cubs if the NLDS goes a full five games. However, Johnny Cueto exists and the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Red Sox’ Rick Porcello has met expectations, but in a different way

“You can’t really dwell on those sort of things or, for me, rest my hat on the fact that I’m pitching to that caliber . . . It’s kind of an uneasy feeling,” said Porcello. “I don’t want to get complacent and be like, ‘I’ve done this now. I’ve arrived. Now I can stop.’ As appreciative as I am of that recognition, I can’t allow myself to think like that. I would maybe be overlooking things that I really need to stay focused on and that have allowed me to be sharp up to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox, rick porcello


Best of 3, both games on TBS.

Toronto (Estrada) at Rangers (Hamels), 4:30 Eastern.

Red Sox (Porcello) at Cleveland (Bauer), 8 Eastern.

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 420 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Marlins exercise option on 42-year-old Ichiro!

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and third baseman Martin Prado are returning to the Miami Marlins.

Suzuki, 42, reached 3,000 hits this season, becoming the 30th player in major league history to do so, and finished with 3,030 hits. He also hit .291 in 143 games.

Suzuki is 25th on the all-time hits list. He also had 1,278 hits in nine seasons of professional baseball in Japan.

Also on Wednesday, the Marlins confirmed that they’d fired hitting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 05, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro

Deadspin: I covered the Braves for a newspaper that didn’t exist

“When my sportswriter friend asked me, back in September of 2000, if I wanted to join him at an Atlanta Braves game that he was working, my first thought was, “That sounds fun!” When he suggested that I use an outdated photographer’s pass he had in his possession, issued for a different game vs. a different team, never mind that I was a real estate broker and not a member of the media in any way, shape, or form, my next thought was, “Does Turner Field have a jail cell?”

This wasn’t ...

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: October 05, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, goofballery, media

Manfred in favor of changing Sept. call-up rules

This guy is in favor of everything.

Asked Tuesday whether he liked seeing games that feature 17 or 18 relievers because of all the September call-ups, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred replied, “I don’t think 18 pitchers in a game is a good thing.’‘

“September call-ups were non-controversial for years,’’ Manfred said. “I think the controversy has arisen because of changes that have taken place in the game. There are so many relievers, so many matchups, that it has made the presence of the extra ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 05, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: september roster expansions

Rise of T.J. Rivera is Mets’ wildest tale of all - NY Daily News

In 33 games this season, Rivera hit .333 and has essentially been the club’s starting second baseman since mid-September. He was 2-for-3 against Bumgarner when the lefty pitched against the Mets in August.

“As a long-time minor-league guy, these are the stories you love,” Terry Collins said Tuesday as his Mets worked out in preparation for the one-and-done clash. “T.J.’s story will be told hundreds of times over for the next number of years, to guys who don’t think they’re ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, t.j. rivera

Dodgers’ Friedman talks NLDS, roster makeup |

They are likable, really likable.

“It’s been incredible to be around this group,” he said. “The professionalism and the ability to have fun and welcome in guys as injuries happened, it’s as good a group dynamic as I’ve ever been around. Coming in last year, we talked a lot about changing the culture, and Doc (Roberts) and the coaching staff have done a tremendous job creating that dynamic in our clubhouse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers

Freddy Galvis has earned a starting role – Phillies Nation

He hit a little bit and his defensive numbers were pretty good. Still his bWAR ranked only 23rd at 1.3 wins, between Chris Owings and Adeiny Hechavarria.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 5, 1916:

If the baseball magnates, and the National Commission in particular, want to help baseball and restore the confidence of the fans, let them abolish the world’s series.
The mad desire of magnates to have pennant-winning teams in order to get a slice of the world’s series melon does a lot of good for a few teams and satisfies the fans of a few cities, but the fans and players of the teams in seven cities in each league are bitterly ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, stupid ideas, terrible ideas

Pitching guru Brian Bannister has Red Sox staff on upswing | Boston Herald

Brian Bannister needs to get out of his mom’s basement.

The way Red Sox pitching guru Brian Bannister sees it, there’s a war going on in baseball that’s not taking place on the field.

It’s going on in the darkest corners behind stadium walls. And after Bannister helped the staff go from 21st-ranked in the majors to second-best behind only the Chicago Cubs, it sure looks like the Red Sox are winning the war off the field, too.

“There is always this underground battle going around the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, red sox

Beer can thrown at Orioles’ Hyun Soo Kim the latest example of poor behavior at Rogers Centre - Baltimore Sun

Something needs to be done about all those unruly Canadians!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, wild card

The colossal, inexplicable mistake of Buck Showalter

You have to get the lead before you can protect it. You don’t get the lead by giving up runs using an inferior pitcher.

“Sure, it crosses your mind from about the sixth inning on,” Showalter said. “So there’s a bunch of decisions to make there during the course of the game. Our pitchers pitched real well the whole game to hold that club to two runs at that point. You could make a case, probably other than Zach, Ubaldo is pitching better than anybody we’ve had for the last six or seven ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, buck showalter, orioles, playoffs, wild card

Orioles don’t use Zach Britton against Toronto |

So he wastes him in the pen instead of pushing him for two innings? That makes no sense at all.

Britton warmed up three times: in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. But he never got the call, prompting extensive criticism.
“There’s a lot of different ways to look at it, so that’s the way we went,” he said. “It didn’t work out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles

DMR: Mother of Johnston Little League player dies from cancer

Very sad news out of Iowa…

Jen Garcia first made headlines during the August series when her on-camera interview with ESPN’s Jaymee Sire was interrupted as her son, JT, hit a home run. She and some other parents traveled to South Williamsport, Penn., to watch the boys on Johnston’s Midwest champion Little League team play.

Sire was mid-sentence, asking a question about the bracelets the boys wear in Garcia’s honor, when JT’s metal bat connected with the ball — ping! The ball sailed over the ...



From Citi Field in Flushing…

Mets (Syndergaaard) vs. Giants (Bumgarner)

8 Eastern. ESPN. Winner to NLDS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 496 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Tim Tebow To Play In Arizona Fall League |

Do they really want him to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 08:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, tim tebow

Don Mattingly couldn’t take Barry Bonds anymore | New York Post

I guess Mattingly didn’t like him.

The 52-year-old Bonds publicly said he wanted to return in August, but apparently the Marlins didn’t want him back. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled” during the summer, and manager Don Mattingly called him out for the lack of effort.

According to The Post’s Kevin Kernan, who spoke with an MLB coach, Mattingly would have gone so far as to step down as manager if Bonds returned for another season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 07:37 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins

Hall of Fame ‘Eras Committee’ to vote on these 10 names for 2017

This week, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced 10 names that will be considered for induction in 2017. For this round, the Eras Committee is tasked with considering the Hall merits of Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, John Schuerholz, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella, Harold Baines, Mark McGwire, Albert Belle, Orel Hershiser, and Will Clark.

I can see Selig, Schuerholz and maybe Von Steingrabber making it.  I doubt any of the players will

Srul Itza Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Idiots Argue Modern Ballplayers Are Fat In Stupid USA Today Op-Ed

The op-ed makes two main points. The first is that in the last 25 years there has been a drastic change in the body composition of baseball players—70 percent of today’s players are overweight and 10 percent are obese, according to the authors—and the second is that, for the sake of both their own health and that of the greater public to which they are role models, baseball players have a duty to lose weight.

The first point is scientific hogwash; the second is disingenuous ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: health, weight

The Art of Letting Go: Bat Flips in Korea

As Major League Baseball struggles to overcome its staid image and lure younger fans—according to Nielsen, most of the sport’s TV viewers are over 50—the simple bat flip has come to symbolize the culture war being waged within its ranks. It’s a conflict between those who believe the game should embrace the traditions of other countries and flashier elements of other sports, and those who, as Bautista wrote in The Players’ Tribune, are “old-school, my-way-or-the-highway type of people who never ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, korea, korean league

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2016

New York Sun, October 4, 1916:


New York Leader Hints Collusion After Defeat by Dodgers
Indifferent Playing Arouses Manager
Leaves Game in Fifth Inning and Declares He Is Through

McGraw, angry at rebellion among his subordinates, attacked the supreme honesty of the national pastime and practically made charges against his hirelings, which aroused more than a breath of scandal to rest upon the heretofore carefully guarded, virtuous sport.

American League ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A’s wish list: turnaround for Sonny Gray; adding outfielders - San Francisco Chronicle

Valencia has some talent. If the A’s get rid of him, it’s tough not to believe he’s a world-class jerk.

The offense in general is an issue after the A’s finished last in runs and on-base percentage. “Let’s be frank, we have a lot of ground to make up,” Beane said.

The A’s have numerous roster questions to iron out before Nov. 18, when they must finalize their 40-man roster to protect minor-leaguers from the Rule-5 draft, and the non-tender deadline in early December. Outfielder Danny ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Baseball Stadium Workers Not Owed Overtime

A baseball stadium concessions operator in Maryland is exempt from paying overtime, a federal appeals court ruled ( Hill v. Del. N. Cos. Sportservice, Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 15-2109, 10/3/16 ).

Delaware North Companies Sportservice Inc., which sells food, beverages and merchandise inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is covered by a Fair Labor Standards Act exemption for businesses engaged in amusement or recreational activities on a seasonal basis, Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote Oct. 3 for the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: concession workers, labor, legal, orioles

OT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread

I’m too lazy to pick out matches of note, so you’ll have to keep track of schedules all by yourself.

The Marksist Posted: October 04, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Texas Rangers: Why investments in the right people—not just analytics or scouting—is key to Rangers’ success | SportsDay

Of course, the Royals talked about the same thing the last few years. Did the Royals have less quality “people” this season?

You can’t grade people on a 20-80 scale and you can’t distill them down to just a spin rate or an exit velocity. There is no metric. It’s the sixth tool, impossible to quantify, but idiotic to ignore. If the Rangers have an identity, this is it. They pride themselves on investing in people. And their second consecutive AL West title sparkles with those investments.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

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