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Monday, October 12, 2015

Replay Is Turning Baseball Into Football And I Hate It

To be fair, Terrance Gore never made a “football move.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged the play, sending the umpiring crew to a replay review. They determined that after sliding in safely, Gore’s foot popped off the bag for a brief moment, and that he was therefore out because the third baseman’s wrist (which I guess is part of the glove?) was still pressed against Gore’s body. If you watch the GIF above enough times, you can see why the umpires reversed the call, and you can even ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, astros, instant replay, royals, terrance gore

AA: Harold Reynolds doesn’t think Canadians can catch foul balls

It’s evident Harold has never seen Greg K man the hot corner in Central Park.

I’m not sure what happened in Harold Reynolds’ mind when he went from “Laser beam foul ball into the stands” to “Canadians can’t catch baseballs because it’s cold, or something.”

JE (Jason) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 02:04 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, blue jays, canada, dumbass, harold reynolds, hockey

Leonys Martin jilts Texas Rangers, skips workouts in Arizona | Dallas Morning News

I guess he’s not a team player.

Outfielder Leonys Martin has weakened his always shaky status with the club by failing to report to the Arizona Instructional League as planned.

The Rangers included Martin in a group of players sent to Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday to continue workouts during the post-season and be ready if needed. Team can change rosters at all times during the post-season.

General manager Jon Daniels said Martin apparently was upset at being left off the roster for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, rangers

Baseball Is Not a Contact Sport | FanGraphs Baseball

If only ONE player gets hurt, the rules need to be changed!

Oh, brother.

What matters is that players get hurt, and while you can’t make rules to eliminate all injuries, you can certainly work to eliminate injuries caused by other players when they deliberately behave in certain ways. It doesn’t really make sense that baseball, as a sport, would leave the door open to vicious takeout slides at second base. It doesn’t go with everything else, especially now that we’ve mostly gotten rid ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, ruben tejada, rules

Lee Smith: In Defense of the Chase Utley Slide

Lee Smith (no, the other one) weighs in:

Middle infielders learn this principle in youth baseball, long before they get to the professional ranks. If you turn your back on the incoming runner, you’re putting yourself at risk. This is one reason why it’s harder, and more dangerous, for the second baseman to turn the double play than it is for the shortstop. At second, you have to square yourself to receive the relay from short or third so you’re always giving some of your back to the ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, mets, neighborhood play, suspension

Jake Arrieta’s run among best in MLB history |

“It’s easy to talk about momentum, but it’s harder to maintain it,” Hershiser said. “Every day you put in the work to look to lengthen the run. Does it get easier? I’m not sure it does. It’s a mental challenge to keep it going as much as a physical challenge, knowing that the baseball probabilities will get you. So you just keep your focus knowing that you can make one more sinker low and away and one more breaking ball in the dirt.”

Arrieta keeps defying the probabilities. And it’s no ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Cowlishaw: Rangers need Beltre back, Choo, Fielder to show up | Dallas Morning News

Another big game today. Playoff baseball is the best.

But Fielder already knows how a team’s fans can sour on a slugger during or after a really poor post-season. It happened in Detroit two years ago.

There’s still time for Choo and Fielder to write positive post-season chapters to their 2015 tales. It could happen as early as Monday afternoon against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In fact, changing the story in the next few hours sure beats trying to do it two days from now in an ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

OTP: October 2015 3. Congress honors Red Land Little League

Congressman Lou Barletta, who once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, was at the game with his grandson. He told the team about his own baseball background as they ate pizza slices on the dais in a House hearing room, and offered a few words of encouragement regarding their future plans.

“If you don’t make it as a professional ball player, you can always fall back on being a congressman,” Barletta quipped.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 1036 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, little league, politics

Toronto Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey would be ‘disappointed and sad’ if he doesn’t get a chance to pitch in post-season | National Post

Dickey can go a long way in making the deal with the Mets seem better.

“Look,” said Dickey, “you had to win three games anyway, right? The order in which you’ve won those games is insignificant to winning them. So if you won the first one, lost the next two and won the next two, it doesn’t matter, if you won three in a row, it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to win three. Here we are having to win three. We’ve had an 11-game win streak this year. Nobody in (the clubhouse) is thinking ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, r.a. dickey, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2015

Associated Press via Clarksburg [WV] Daily Telegram, October 12, 1915:

The world’s championship is almost within the firm grasp of the Boston Americans. The red hosed champions of the American League trimmed the Philadelphia club by a score of two to one today. Ernest Shore’s fine pitching held the Phillies to one run, while opportune batting sent enough runs over the plate for Boston to win. The Red Sox have now won three games; the Phillies one contest.

The Sox will attempt to close out the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red sox, world series

Harper: In NLDS Game 3, Mets’ Harvey can right this wrong - NY Daily News

As if Matt Harvey needed more pressure.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt harvey, mets

Don Mattingly: David Wright would get away with hard slide - NY Daily News

If Utley plays and gets a game-winning hit, there will be mass hysteria in New York.

Mattingly said he had been considering starting Utley, who is 6-for-18 (.333) with one home run against Harvey, while Howie Kendrick is only 1-for-6. Lefties hit 15 home runs and had a .676 OPS in 377 plate appearances this season against Harvey, who limited righthanders to three home runs and a .544 OPS in 378 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, don mattingly, mets

Lorenzo Cain’s misplay embodies day for Royals but not necessarily the series | The Kansas City Star

The magic appears to be gone.

At the very crack of George Springer’s bat, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain zoomed toward the left-center gap in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series against Houston on Sunday at Minute Maid Field.

The simmering sixth-inning drive was sinking fast, and Cain would have to backhand a challenging catch that would have been about Exhibit 38 in the case for Cain as the best man at his job in the game today.

Had this been during the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lorenzo cain, royals

Longtime friends Dallas Keuchel, Jason Castro happy to see reversed fortune for this season’s Astros - Ultimate Astros

Success is a lot more sweet whenever you kind of go through hardships, like we did the first couple years that I was up here, and Castro,” Keuchel said. “A lot of (the noise Sunday) hinges on just the 10-year absence from the playoffs. You never want to lose in any season. Guys hate losing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, jason castro, royals



1 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Astros lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Royals (Ventura) at Astros (McCullers), FS1

4 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Rangers lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Blue Jays (Dickey) at Rangers (Holland), FS1

6 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Cardinals (Wacha) at Cubs (Arrieta), TBS

8:30 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Dodgers (Anderson) at Mets (Harvey), TBS

Time Unknown: Appeals hearing, Chase Utley and MLBPA vs. Major League Baseball


Gamingboy Posted: October 12, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1129 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Why MLB needs to suspend Dodgers’ Chase Utley for over-the-top takeout -

Serve up justice? How overwrought and unhinged can a columnist get?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 405 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets

Chase Utley slide joins most controversial plays in Dodger playoff history « Dodger Insider

Jon Weisman makes some good points.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 02:07 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs

Cardinals notebook: Wide strike zone no longer big part of game strategy : Sports

On Saturday, Maddon remarked how even though “it’s a structured strike zone, (but) it’s always interpreted differently by whomever is behind the plate.” What limits the umpires, Matheny has said several times, is the use of technology such as FoxTrax for broadcasts and the similar grid tech that Major League Baseball uses to grade umpires. The benefit, Matheny said, is “more accountability and should be more consistency.” The drawback is the diminishing importance of a catcher who ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, strike zone

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Gonzalez, and Albert Pujols Combine to Set the Major League Record For Most Players to Finish a Season With 40 or More Home Runs and Less Than 100 RBIs

With the trend over the last several seasons showing a rise in strikeouts, drops in batting average, OBP, and runs scored, along with a sustained focus on power it is likely seasons of 40 or more home runs with less than 100 RBI may become more common.  In fact, Pujols was the only one of the five sluggers to complete the odd feat who was not a regular strikeout victim.  What’s more, none of the five 40 or more home run/sub-100 RBI seasons produced in 2015 were abbreviated by injury or had any ...


Bunt-happy Joe Maddon leads the charge in wild Cubs’ victory | Chicago Sun-Times

Bunts for all my friends!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Mets’ Pitching Coach Keeps Young Arms From Harm’s Way - The New York Times

Warthen is tasked with keeping elbows safe. At least that’s the premise of the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: john warthen, mets

Sunday Notes: Cubs, Pirates, Managers, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes


ALDS Game 3 (Tied 1-1): Kansas City (Volquez) at Houston (Keuchel). 4 PM. MLB Network.

ALDS Game 3 (Texas leads 2-0, advances to ALCS with win): Toronto (Estrada) at Texas (Perez)


Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 207 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Plaschke: Chase Utley’s slide was late, high and arguably dirty

The slide was late. The slide was high. The slide was questionably legal and arguably dirty.

Even if you were watching it through blue-colored glasses, you had to admit that the slide was recklessly dangerous, so much that it broke another man’s leg.

Oakland A’s Minor Leaguer Mike Nolan Dies After Drive-By Shooting

Mike Nolan died on Thursday three weeks after he was shot outside of a Yonkers, N.Y. Burger Kings on September 18. Nolan and friends were standing around outside when their group was shot at from a car moving along Central Avenue. He was 23 years old.

Police believe the attack was related to a drag race. Nobody has been arrested yet.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deaths in baseball, minor leaguer, minor leagues

Saturday, October 10, 2015

More Angell:By Comparison

With four divisional playoff games on view yesterday between twelve-thirty in the afternoon and one this morning, a surviving witness of forty-one innings and three hundred and four at-bats (three hundred and twenty-nine batters, counting walks and sacrifices; or one thousand two hundred and fifty-four pitches) can offer only blurry, overlapping notes as summary… game of the day, a corker, with deGrom and the celebrated Dodger lefty and double Cy Young holder Clayton Kershaw striking out ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: class, degroom, roger angell

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson mum about Keone Kela, Pete Rose jabs - SweetSpot - ESPN

The skirmishes during the season don’t really bother me. It’s a long season and sometimes emotions get heated. During the playoffs, though, they are just stupid. There is too much riding on each game for players to act like this.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson offered little insight on the heated exchange he had with Texas Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the 13th inning after Donaldson’s bid for a second home run in Game 2 Friday afternoon sailed foul.

Benches cleared briefly ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson, keone kela, rangers

Peter Abraham | What is the trade value of each Red Sox player? - The Boston Globe

You don’t trade this kid.

Blake Swihart: If the Red Sox believe Christian Vazquez will be healthy and ready to go for Opening Day, trading Swihart becomes an option. A young, talented, and cost-controlled catcher could be part of a package that brings back a top-tier starter.

But dealing Swihart would be difficult because of his vast potential. They’d have to be awfully sure.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Qualifying Offer Value Set At .8MM - MLB Trade Rumors

That’s a nice chunk of change.

The 2015-16 free agent season’s qualifying offer value has been set at $15.8MM, according to a tweet from Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal. That represents an increase, of course, but the rise isn’t nearly as great as it has been in the past.

The QO system used a $13.3MM number in its first year, which increased to $14.1MM and then to $15.3MM last fall. The qualifying offer value is determined by averaging the 125 contracts leaguewide that have the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: business, free agency, free agent compensation

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