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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hey, who’s that mystery pitcher?

As George Herman Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and even Tyrus Raymond Cobb could tell you, this wouldn’t be the first year in baseball history when every time you looked up, it’s seemed as if a position player was trudging toward the old pitcher’s mound.

But now that we’ve got that out of the way ...

There has never, ever been a season like this in mystery-pitcher history.

And trust me: As America’s foremost demented authority on position players who show up on a mound near you, I can assure ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 12, 2014 at 02:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson stark

Dodgers fan arrested for Cincy trespass

‘‘Apparently, he’s been obsessed with the Dodgers for a long time,’’ she said. She said she didn’t believe he had any weapons, but said another attorney would probably be appointed to represent him on the burglary count, which could carry prison time upon conviction.

Sexton is known online among Dodger fans as ‘‘Troy From West Virginia’’ for video postings about the team and its players, including his admiration for former Dodger relief pitcher Joe Beimel and coarse retorts ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 12, 2014 at 02:39 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mental health, reds

The Most Interesting Man in the Minors - Grantland

How does a legend begin?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 12, 1914:

One of the softest pitching jobs is that possessed by Roy Patterson, former “boy wonder” of the White Sox. He has been with the Minneapolis Millers for years, and one of the clauses in his contract is that he can leave the club the evening after he pitches, and doesn’t have to return until the fourth day, when he is supposed to pitch again.

Roy lives at Thief River Falls, near Minneapolis, and it takes him only an hour to get home. He spends those idle days in ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, roy patterson

Miracles: John D’Acquisto on Dr. Frank Jobe, UCL surgery & Jefferson Airplane

“Do you have a job,” Dr. Kerlan says, very concerned about your answer.


“Yeah,” you reply earnestly, snapping back for a moment, fighting the inevitability of this conversation’s direction as best you can, “Starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.”


“No, John,” Dr. Jobe interjects, “That’s not what he means.” Dr. Kerlan repeats himself.


“Do you have a job? There’s only a 40% chance you’ll ever throw a baseball again.”


Dr. Jobe and Dr. Kerlan detail ...

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djordan Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, john d'acquisto, mlb

Red Sox Feel Void Without Stricken Colbrunn

It was a terrible trip because the Sox went 2-7 in Cleveland, Detroit, and Baltimore. It was a terrible trip because the Sox lost six straight after the return of Stephen Drew, then watched Drew strain an oblique muscle and miss the entire Oriole series. It was a terrible trip because the Sox were six games out when they left Boston, and they are nine games out as they ready themselves for Tito and the Tribe Thursday night at Fenway. It was a terrible trip because of interminable rain delays in ...

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Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Ten of baseball’s most astounding outfield throws. | SportsonEarth.com

Some good plays here. As great as they are, all outfield arms must line up behind Ellis Valentine.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

Villani: Red Sox should lock up John Lackey while they can | Boston Herald

Make Lackey play out his contract. If he decides to retire, as has been hinted, the Red Sox still hold his rights.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: john lackey, red sox

Every facet delivers as Rays top Cardinals, 6-3 | TBO.com

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Mark Moore: The Big Lie: Travel Baseball

Mom, we’re coming home…they’re throwing us a $3500 curveball.

In the summer of 2011, my son, Penn, attended a Baseball Factory showcase in Lebanon, Tennessee.  It was attended by around 75 high school players, and their goal was to be chosen for a larger showcase event in Atlanta – one that would be attended by college coaches and professional scouts.

The cost was minimal – $99 – and only involved about 2 hours.  It was the usual stuff – ground balls, fly balls, arm strength, speed in ...

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Repoz Posted: June 12, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: travel baseball

Baseball Helps….Sometimes

Lindsey Adler, a BuzzFeed sports intern, noted that the unpredictability of baseball holds her attention as she has anxiety and depression. The simplicity of the game keeps it stress free for Adler.

“I’ve found baseball to be really effective in curbing my anxiety/depression,” Adler said. “Watching upwards of 150 games over the course of the season serves as a major distraction from my anxieties. It creates a routine for me, in which I spend approximately four hours every night ...

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Poster Nutbag Posted: June 12, 2014 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

OMNICHATTER 6-12-2014

The “I’m Posting This Early So I Don’t Forget” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Why A Great General Manager Might Be Worth More Than Mike Trout

Billy Beane should have never written this Deadspin article.

 

The random effects model for free agent signings estimates that a single standard deviation of player-investing ability corresponds to a 40-percent difference in a team’s return on free agent investments. I calculate that the average team spent $47 million on players working under contracts they signed as free agents or extensions signed after landing free agent contracts in 2013. Forty percent of $47 million is just under $19 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, general manager

What’s Behind Baseball’s Right-Handed Power Decline?

Although eight of the top 10 home run hitters in 2014 are right-handed, such success comes on the heels of some very fallow years, and it belies the larger trend. Only eight right-handed hitters reached 30 home runs in 2013, and only 36 hit 20 homers, both the fewest in a non-strike-shortened season since 1992. Only 11 righties posted a slugging percentage above .500 last year, also the fewest in any season since 1992. And even though the top of the current leaderboard is righty heavy, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, right-handed power, scouting

The OMNICHATTER for 6-11-2014

The “Oh-Crud-Did-I-Forget-Yesterday” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 11, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Cole: 45 Years Ago Today: Maury Wills Returns to the Dodgers

Lover Come Back…indeed!

Today’s Dodgers don’t make headlines with trades as early in the season as June 11. Yesterday’s Dodgers did, and General Manager Buzzie Bavasi pulled off one such deal 45 years ago today, correcting the baseball injustice that had Maury Wills wearing something other than Dodger Blue for parts of three seasons: Bavasi acquired Wills and Manny Mota from the Montreal Expos for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich on June 11, 1969.

Mota would go on to record a then-best-in-history ...

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Repoz Posted: June 11, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history

Video: Cespedes’ outstanding throw home | MLB.com

That’s a crazy good throw!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2014 at 08:47 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, yoenis cespedes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-11-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 11, 1914:

President Tener, of the National league, has advised all clubs to employ a megaphone man to announce the batteries and the changes in the line-up. This instruction is due to the practice of hooting at the umpire when making announcements, especially when the judge of play has incurred the displeasure of the bugs by giving a close decision against the home team. It is not a positive order, but clubs are urged to put an official announcer on their payrolls, with a ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rockies OF Gonzalez has tumor removed from finger

‘‘It helps explain some of the things that CarGo’s been dealing with and why that finger kept blowing up on him,’’ Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ‘‘It helps answer some of the questions we had about him.

I can only imagine how Michael Douglas thinks you get this type of cancer.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, injury, medicine, rockies

Cherington: Sox ‘going to get better’

I have complete confidence in my own decisions too.

Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wishes are fishes

Former cy Young awarrd winner Bob Welch passes away at 57.

Bob Welch, former Cy winner, has passed away at 57, #Athletics announce. Last night in Seal Beach, CA, cause of death unavailable

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: June 10, 2014 at 02:48 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: los angeles dodgers, oakland a's

Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI

Carlton Fisk, one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, was charged with driving under the influence after driving into a cornfield in New Lenox, Illinois, police said Tuesday.

Robert Pawlisz of the New Lenox Police Department told CNN that Fisk, who caught in more than 2,200 games for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, was treated and released from a hospital.

Fisk, 64, was also charged with the illegal transportation of alcohol and a lane use violation for ...

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Publius Publicola Posted: June 10, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Slate: Baseball Has an Amazing Gay History. It’s Time to Recognize It.

Numbers can’t possibly begin to explain how a tremendously talented athlete would eventually be sidelined by vicious institutional homophobia. After coming out to his teammates and managers in 1978, Burke was reportedly offered $75,000 by Dodgers Vice President Al Campanis to enter into a sham marriage. When turning down the offer—more than $312,000 in today’s money—Burke wittily replied, “I guess you mean to a woman.” Unfortunately, Glenn Burke’s fearlessness would lead to his ...

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Young fan struck by ground rule double, loves it - SBNation.com

He got the ball!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2014

Washington Times, June 10, 1914:

By getting a safety in the game which Philadelphia won from Pittsburgh by 3 to 1, John Henry Wagner, the grand old man of baseball, registered his 3,000th base hit as a major league player. Wagner’s 3,000th bingle was for two bases, and it came in the ninth inning, and resulted in a run for the Pirates.
...
The [Philadelphia] crowd cheered with as much honest vim and delight as if the hit had been a homer made by Cravath, Luderus, or Magee, of the home club. And ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 10, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Gallo delivers walk-off in Double-A debut | MiLB.com

Joey Gallo debuts in AA with a big bang.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Video: Richards’ quality start | MLB.com

Garrett Richards, the best pitcher you don’t know.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Lonnie Baseball hit three home runs on Monday night | MLB.com

Lonnie Baseball has a big day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: indians


Gregory Polanco Scouting Report (2014)

Polanco is up.

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

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