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Monday, October 31, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1916:

Larry McLean is now an actor. The once sky-scraping catcher has been filmed as the high priest in a Chinese drama. Larry says every time the director tells him to put a stern look on his face he thinks of the National League umpires, and the pictures show him sad enough to make an audience weep.

Whatever film it was, it appears to have been lost to the ages as McLean isn’t listed in IMDB.

Just to the left of the McLean story is an article about Elmer ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 October 31: Stepping Up to the Plate: A Brief History of Baseball Players in Politics

South of the United States, players like Bobby Avila, Aurelio Lopez, Raul Mondesi, Magglio Ordonez and Melido Perez became involved in politics in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. It’s a similar story for several Japanese baseball players too.

But success in the baseball stadium does not guarantee victory in the political arena. Walter “Big Train” Johnson, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators, lost a race for U.S. Congress for the GOP in 1940 when he ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 31, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1544 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

The 2016 Fielding Bible Awards - ACTA Sports

Position Winner Points
First Base Anthony Rizzo 113
Second Base Dustin Pedroia 114
Third Base Nolan Arenado 119
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons 106
Left Field Starling Marte 119
Center Field Kevin Pillar 109
Right Field Mookie Betts 116
Catcher Buster Posey 120
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel 103
Multi-Position Javier Baez 105

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding bible

The perfect play that helped save the Cubs’ season took only 3 seconds

This was a shocker.

“Lester gets rid of the ball quickly. Rossy has a quick release, a strong, accurate arm. Baez is the best guy I’ve ever seen putting quick tag on a guy,” said Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones, who works with the team’s infielders. “It’s a combination of everything coming together. If all three of those things don’t happen, we don’t get him. They work in tandem, and that’s the result you get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

If the Indians are to pop champagne again in 2016, they’ll do so from Cleveland’s friendly confines | cleveland.com

The bright side for the Indians.

The last century of Cleveland sports has produced only a handful of major professional championships.

Only the 1920 Indians and the 1964 Browns secured the title with Lake Erie nearby. And in a year in which Cleveland sports have morphed from sorry to spectacular—the Browns and their unrelenting futility aside—it would be appropriate for the Indians to cap 2016 with an in-town celebration for the ages.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cubs edge Indians to keep title hopes alive | MLB.com

Cubs live another day. East Coasters get to go to bed tonight at a decent hour.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Theo Epstein’s not finished building his legacy

President Theo? (I can’t wait for this election to be over.)

Those who have known Epstein a long time have suggested him as a future Democratic US Senator from Illinois or Massachusetts. Epstein has never publicly stated any political aspirations, but some Democrats have said that Epstein would make an outstanding politician, one who could even consider a presidential run at some point.

“There’s no doubt that Theo probably has a few other things he’d like to do with his life other than ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, world series

Sunday Notes: Cubs-Indians Game 4, Bogaerts, McHugh, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest is World Series heavy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, notes, world series


Comeback Cubs? Don’t count ‘em out | MLB.com

Jason Heyward got his hits in Game 3.

The first step on the road back, to quote Miguel Montero, could be a seeing-eye single delivered at the right time in Game 5. No team that has hit like this Cubs team stays cold forever.

“They’re all trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on,’’ Montero said of the Cubs’ young hitters. “It’s not going to happen. We need to take our walks. We need to be a little bit more patient at the plate. We need to play small ball. … We’re all trying to launch the ball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

2016 World Series Game 5 OMNICHATTER

The Indians could win their first World Series since 1948.

Indians (Bauer) at Cubs (Lester). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 30, 2016 at 12:44 AM | 628 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fox’s “Commercial-Free Break” During the World Series Could be a Win For Everyone

Though we’re all conditioned to expect a barrage of ads following the third out of any frame, Fox is experimenting with a new model. During Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, the network declined to go to a break in the middle of the third inning, instead cutting to its studio team….

If a sponsored studio hit allows Fox to recover anywhere close to the income it loses from forgoing a commercial break, this is a win for everyone.

Commercial breaks invite viewers to change the channel, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2016 at 02:51 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, television, world series

Miami Herald: Marlins star Jose Fernandez was legally drunk, had cocaine in blood when he died, medical examiner says

Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash off South Beach last month, according to a toxicology report released Saturday.

While his two companions had alcohol in their systems, neither was legally drunk, the reports show. However, one of them, Eduardo Rivero, also had cocaine in his blood, the reports show.

Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of .08. Other fluids in his body ...

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AndrewJ Posted: October 29, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, autopsy, drugs in sports, jose fernandez

5 ways Cleveland Indians fans can survive the Joe Buck-Kyle Schwarber love fest | cleveland.com

In case you didn’t know, this is a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: joe buck, kyle schwarber

What Does it Take to be a Scout in Today’s Game? | 2080 Baseball

So you think you can be a scout?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Sorry, Wrigleyville: Cleveland Indians have come to crash your party

Does this make him a traitor to his people?

So all of a sudden, the Indians are in perfect position to do to the Cubs what they’ve been doing throughout this entire month of October, first to Red Sox Nation, then to an actual nation (i.e., Canada). Yes, they’re poised once again to break millions of hearts.

Cubs fans expecting only joy in their first World Series since 1945 were rudely awakened by Game 3’s sobering 1-0 loss to the Tribe. Scott Olson/Getty Images
“I love it,” said Indians second ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Oakland A’s, Smashmouth in Twitter war

Days after San Jose band Smashmouth used its Twitter account to defend 49ers general manager Trent Baalke from criticism, the band was back at it again Friday — and this time, the target of the band’s ire, the Oakland A’s, fired back.

Before it was over, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle had jumped in to try to keep the peace, but the “All Star” performers and the 1989 World Series champions were too busy taking their swings to back down.

The tweet tiff began with a fairly innocent ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, smash mouth, social media

Cubs-Indians: Game Three Notes | FanGraphs Baseball

“I think people lose sight of the fact that you’ve got to win four,” offered Francona. “You’re not trying to prolong the series. So, you try to take stock of where you are. I try not to fall in, ever, to relenting to, ‘Well, we’re losing, so let’s move everybody up.”
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Here was Joe Maddon’s take on Tomlin, including his hitters’ inability to attack him optimally:

“His MO is to start early with the breaking ball strike and then not to throw a breaking ball strike ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Why this is Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s most important offseason | The Seattle Times

It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his thrown throne.

Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.

“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber says he’s OK on short rest for Game 4 of World Series | cleveland.com

It’s the same, only different.

“The last time was first time on short rest, so I didn’t know what to expect about how I was going to feel,” said Kluber. “Now that I do know I felt fine, it’s just a matter of using those three days to recover.”

Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 in the postseason. He struck out 29 and allowed two runs in 24 1/3 innings. In Game 1 of the World Series, he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Cubs.

“It’s basically doing the same stuff in one less ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, cubs, indians, world series

Coco Crisp delivers once again as Cleveland Indians shut out Cubs, 1-0, in Game 3 of World Series | cleveland.com

Coco Crisp plays the hero.

“It obviously feels good,” said Crisp, who hit an AL-high .392 (31-for-79) with runners in scoring position during the regular season. “No matter if you get the big hit or lay the bunt down, you want to do something that can possibly help the team. Fortunately enough for me today, it was a hit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

2016 World Series Game 4 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 2-1.

Indians (Kluber) at Cubs (Lackey).

8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2016 at 12:13 AM | 391 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wrigleyville bars are already packed with Cubs fans | FOX Sports

From my experience, this isn’t a great idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 11:43 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

How Roberto Perez overcame Bell’s palsy to become an unlikely World Series hero

Three times a week, Roberto Perez retreats to a back room at Progressive Field, eases himself off his feet and gets needles jabbed into his face. Sometimes, they are juiced with an electrical pulse to stimulate his facial muscles, too. Usually it’s eight or so – one in the Pupil Bone Hole, another in the Welcome Fragrance, and can’t forget about the Earth Granary. Perez is here at the World Series because of these acupuncture points. Without them, he may not be playing baseball period.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bell's palsy, indians, roberto perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2016

Fairmont West Virginian, October 28, 2016:

The winter of 1916 may see the end of the spitball!

Rumors in baseball circles indicate magnates of the major leagues will place a ban on the moistened delivery similar to that which put the emery ball out of business two years ago and resulted in the retirement from big league circles of two great pitchers, Russell Ford and Cy Falkenberg.
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Barring the spitball from baseball probably would effect [sic] few pitchers. The number of men using this ball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball


Joe Buck explains why calling World Series at Wrigley will be his career highlight | FOX Sports

19 long years.

Thanks to some good fortune and the fact that my employer, FOX, has held Major League Baseball rights for most of my adult life, I have broadcast 19 World Series. I have never seen the kind of fervor for a team and a venue like I have for the Cubs and Wrigley in 2016. It’s national front-page news, and it should be. For many of us, it is the sports story of a lifetime.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, joe buck, world series

Padres GM A.J. Preller addresses suspension | padres.com

It was just a “misunderstanding.”

Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.

“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

2016 World Series Game 3 OMNICHATTER

For the first time since WWII, World Series baseball will be played in Wrigley Field.

Indians (Tomlin) at Cubs (Hendricks). Game 3. Series tied 1-1. 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2016 at 12:06 AM | 625 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play field as World Series moves to Wrigley

Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.

“Just too much risk associated with playing the field at this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

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