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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Postseason’s True Revelation Is a Two-Way Mystery Man

The best player in the world? We won’t know until he comes to MLB.

Otani’s 2016 performance produced the most climax-worthy stats page since late-career Barry Bonds. In 140 innings, he struck out 174 and allowed only four home runs, finishing with a 1.86 ERA — an improvement on his 2015 performance, when he’d been one of the top three contenders for the Sawamura Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young. While he was at it, he hit .322/.416/.588 in 382 plate appearances, launching ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani

Goold: Changes to coaching staff, roster still ahead for Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Derrick Goold covers some of the Cardinals 40-Man Roster decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

LCS Day 5 OMNICHATTER

4: Indians (Kluber) at Blue Jays (Sanchez), Indians lead 3-0. TBS.
8: Cubs (Arrieta) at Dodgers (Hill), tied 1-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 373 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 17, 2016

Report: Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.

Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.

The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Major League Baseball pushes for international draft in new CBA

Corruption or cost?

Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.

As part of baseball’s proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Red Sox may well hire next GM from within

General Manager or Assistant General Manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

Cleveland Indians team name, Chief Wahoo logo targeted in Canadian lawsuit | cleveland.com

An activist for indigenous cultures has asked an Ontario court to block the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and logo on uniforms in today’s playoff game in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

Douglas Cardinal, a Canadian architect who designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is a member of the Blackfoot tribe. His request will be heard by the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto this afternoon.

Cardinal argues that the team name and mascot logo of Chief ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: logos

The Definitive History of the MVP Award

The auto magnate launches one hell of a marketing campaign; shenanigans and scandal involving the sport’s two biggest stars; the birth of the MVP award.

gehrig97 Posted: October 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 17, 1916:

Suit has been filed against the Pacific Coast Baseball League for damages amounting to $10,000, by Miss Alice Butler, who charges that sufficient protection is not afforded baseball fans in the Oakland Park and that as a result her ward, ten-year-old Beatrice Silva, was struck with a foul ball which broke her nose.

The charge is made that one of the Pacific Coast League players did “carelessly, negligently and unnecessarily strike one of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the ‘League of Legends’ World Championship

The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.

Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 17, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2095 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, video games, yankees

Nobody promised Dodgers would be easy, but it’s not time to panic | Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve been there. Deep breaths and keep the faith.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Kenley Jansen finds relief in role as Dodgers’ closer | FOX Sports

Free agent about to get very, very rich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenley jansen, playoffs

Why is it so hard to watch MLB playoff games? - Pinstripe Alley

MLB doesn’t like cord-cutters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, television


Trevor Bauer reveals questionable taste in Star Wars movies

Bauer said his relationship with the drone (which he brought with him to the press conference), is like a good marriage. “We argue all the time.” He also explained that his interest in drones grew out of his love for Star Wars, because drones reminded him of the speeder bikes used by the Empire (and then by Luke, Leia, and at least one Ewok) on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

That led to what will undoubtedly be the most controversial moment of the session, when Bauer revealed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 185 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, star wars, trevor bauer

Red Sox’ coach Chili Davis deserves to be in manager ‘Pipeline’

Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.

The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.

Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, chili davis, red sox, selig rule

Arizona Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen general manager

The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.

Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, mike hazen, red sox

Blue Jays Fan On A Mission To Prove Canadians Aren’t Stereotypically Polite

No beer cans?

Well, one Blue Jays fan, with his Justin Bieber mask and crying LeBron James sign, is on a mission to do away with that stereotype. … “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I drove hundreds of kilometers to be here to counter the inaccurate stereotype that all Canadians are polite. Some of us are provocateurs. … I’m here to export Canadian culture at its finest—but not the stereotypical culture that is thought of, the Canadian as a bland, polite people, you know? We’re the fierce warrior.”

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canada, justin bieber, polite, stereotypes

LCS Round Day 4 OMNICHATTER

8 PM: Indians (Bauer) at Blue Jays (Stroman), TBS. Indians lead 2-0.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2016 at 01:38 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pirates look to address deficiencies, close gap on Cubs in 2017 | TribLIVE

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Last offseason Huntington lamented the starting pitching market “blew up.” The average starting pitcher signed last offseason earned $10.02 million per year, compared to $8.07 in the 2014-15 offseason — a 21.6 percent increase….
Not only are proven veteran pitchers becoming more expensive, but the market for reclamation-type pitchers also is becoming more competitive. More teams are identifying the same players as undervalued thanks to growth of front ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Dodgers vs. Cubs Preview | 10/16/16

Thanks to MLB for scheduling both games at the same time. They really don’t want me to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs



Dombrowski has major decisions ahead

Nick Cafardo’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Japan Times: Carp hold off BayStars, advance to Japan Series for first time since 1991

A big first inning propelled the Hiroshima Carp into the Japan Series on Saturday in an 8-7 win over the Yokohama BayStars in Game 4 of the Central League Climax Series Final Stage.

It will be the seventh Japan Series appearance for the Carp and their first since 1991. Hiroshima last won Nippon Professional Baseball’s championship series in 1984…

...“The batters did it today in the first inning, creating that momentum,” said Ogata, who did not have enough praise for [Kosuke] Tanaka ...

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vortex of dissipation Posted: October 16, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

OMNICHATTER LCS Round DAY 3

The “I overslept” LCS OMNICHATTER

8 Eastern, FS1: Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs (Hendricks). Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM | 275 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 15, 2016

BarDown | Tim Tebow gets torn to shreds in brutally honest scouting report

As a parting shot, Law stated that “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league. Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they’re done counting their money.”


Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Isn’t Managing Like a Rookie - The New York Times

The man tasked with ruining the dreams of Cubs fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin’ deep front office roots in playoffs—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Contrast the Indians history with the Padres and Diamondbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Angels’ Garrett Richards passes last significant test, expects to anchor rotation for 2017 - The Orange County Register

And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.

“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

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