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Monday, October 02, 2017

Marwin Gonzalez’s versatility key for Astros | MLB.com

When talking about fungible utility players, I used to say, “You know, the Marwin Gonzalez type.” I need to find another example.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marwin gonzalez

Bartolo Colon wins, doesn’t plan to retire | MLB.com

The Energizer Colon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, twins

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

1. Tigers (64-98, .395)
2. Giants (64-98, .395)
3. Phillies (66-96, .407)
4. White Sox (67-95, .414)
5. Reds (68-94, .420)
6. Mets (70-92, .432)
7. Padres (71-91, .438)
8. Braves (72-90, .444)
9. Athletics (75-87, .463)
10. Pirates (75-87, .463)

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, October 01, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

If you are going to be bad, you might as well be the worst.

The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, tigers

Terry Collins fights back tears as he steps aside | New York Post

Nobody manages forever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 09:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry colins

OT - October 2017 College Football thread

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2017 at 03:30 PM | 163 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic


Saturday, September 30, 2017


D-backs rally to help Fuentes, Puerto Rico

Kendrick sends private jet to bring outfielder’s family to Arizona

shoewizard Posted: September 30, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, puerto rico

Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry begins with Sunday’s preseason opener

...The Heat, which announced earlier this year it was going to be the first franchise in the NBA to completely transition entry into AmericanAirlines Arena from tickets to smartphones, will begin the switch with its first exhibition game.

Parking at AmericanAirlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace will also be mobile only….

NattyBoh Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mobile, stadiums, tickets

Former All-Star Carl Crawford Is Making $21.9M to Not Play, and He’s OK with It | Bleacher Report

Who doesn’t appreciate a good severance package?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carl crawford

Red Sox have nothing to celebrate after another loss to Astros

Two more tries. And the Yankees can help out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

‘I have a short leash’: Girardi’s quick hook sends message to Betances | New York Post

Yanks and Sox going down to the wire.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, yankees

Detroit Tigers should at least talk to Ozzie Guillen about manager job

Well, there’s a thought.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, tigers

Friday, September 29, 2017

MLB: The World Series MVP Award is now named after Willie Mays

I get it: he made a famous catch in the Fall Classic. But wouldn’t Bob Gibson or Reggie Jackson have made better sense?

No longer interested in this website Posted: September 29, 2017 at 11:03 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: willie mays, world series

2017 All-MLB team

The Cleveland Indians placed a league-high six players on the 2017 All-MLB team, including starter Corey Kluber, the only unanimous choice among the 45 players, general managers, executives, scouts, analysts, writers, broadcasters and other major league personnel surveyed by Yahoo Sports.

In creating an All-MLB team, the goal was to provide the equivalent of the NFL’s All-Pro team or the All-NBA team: recognition that better represents the full breadth of the season than an All-Star ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2017 at 09:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

CBS: David Wright says Mets teammates ‘cowardly’ for ripping Terry Collins anonymously

I agree with Wright. At this point those anonymous teammates are only kicking him on his way out the door.

“Terry’s office is 10 feet from our clubhouse. If I’ve ever had any problems or players I know know that if they had any issue, they can march right on down and sit down and man-to-man talk about it. For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man ...

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Esoteric Posted: September 29, 2017 at 08:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york mets

The Players’ Tribune: Letter To My Younger Self

Also a love letter to the Cardinals and their fans.

Perry Posted: September 29, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, rick ankiel


Aaron Judge’s 51st HR Ties Babe Ruth For Most Yankee HRs At Home

Anytime you’re tied with Babe Ruth in a HR category, you’re doing pretty well:

The homer was Judge’s 32nd in 75 games at Yankee Stadium, tying Babe Ruth’s 1921 tally at the Polo Grounds for the most homers hit at home in a single season by a Yankee.

By working his AL-leading 125th walk later in the contest, Judge became the third player in history, age 25 or younger, with at least 125 runs and 125 walks in a season. Judge joined Ruth (1920, age 25) and Ted Williams (1941 and ‘42, ages 22 and ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, babe ruth, home runs, new york yankees, yankee stadium

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seven Memories Of Grandpa: Tales Of A 19th Century Baseball Pioneer

Betty was there, too, along with almost 50 members of Deacon White’s family.

“I’m honored to be able to speak here on behalf of my family,” Jerry Watkins says in the speech. “And this is a day we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives.”

DanG Posted: September 28, 2017 at 01:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: 19th century, deacon white, hall of fame, jack glasscock

It’s Official: MLB OKs Marlins Sale to Sherman-Jeter Group

Major League Baseball’s owners unanimously welcomed Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter to the ownership ranks on Wednesday, approving the Marlins’ sale to the group led by the venture capitalist and the Yankees legend.

The vote was conducted via conference call. Approval is contingent upon the closing of the sale transaction with the Marlins’ current ownership, led by Jeffrey Loria. That is expected to take place within the next week.

Release the hounds!

Bote Man Posted: September 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, marlins, ownership, sale, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 28, 1917:

The Boston Americans yesterday defeated by a score of 2 to 0 an all-star team, recruited from leading players of the American League, with Maranville, of the Boston Nationals, at shortstop. The entire proceeds went to the family of the late T.H. Murnane, who, until his death last winter, was one of the most prominent American baseball writers. The receipts were well over $14,000.
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Cobb, of Detroit; Speaker, of Cleveland, and Jackson, of the Champion ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Joe Starkey: If this was Andrew McCutchen’s last home game, remember the good times | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What kind of haul could the Pirates get for him?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

FOX Sports Ohio on Twitter: “You want the cliche answer or you want the real answer?”

Sometimes Twitter is actually useful and isn’t just a cesspool.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: joe votto, reds

Cubs beat Cardinals, clinch NL Central title | MLB.com

How confident are Cubs fans in the team’s pitching heading into the playoffs?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Big turnaround leads Twins to Wild Card | MLB.com

What a season for the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, twins, wild card


ESPN: Matt Cain to retire after Saturday start

Matt Cain is set to make one final start before he calls it a career.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 28, 2017 at 02:24 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt cain, san francisco giants, tim lincecum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How the Cleveland Indians Turned Their Crushing World Series Loss Into a Historic 2017 Season

Lots of interesting tidbits in here.  I’m not just saying that because the Cubs won the World Series.

In Game 7, Indians ace Corey Kluber failed to strike out a batter for the first time as a major league starter. After pitching just four innings, he watched the rest of the game on a television in a small room behind the Indians’ dugout, where he saw Davis homer off Chapman to tie the game in the eighth. (The lockers in the Cubs’ clubhouse had just been covered with protective plastic in ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 27, 2017 at 04:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: 2016, cubs, indians, world series

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