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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Continuing neck problems ending Prince Fielder’s career, sources say; Rangers will still owe DH $44 million

Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.

Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers, retirement

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, August 10, 1916:

LOST—“Dolly” Elder and Joe Collins, crack diamond artists of the Bismarck baseball team. Last seen on the streets of Jamestown with two fair ladies. Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts, kindly advise the sporting editor of the Tribune as they are needed for the game with Mandan next Sunday.

I’m not sure if they ever found Elder and Collins. I’m just saying they’re local baseball stars and both almost exactly the right age to be the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Michael Brantley suffers setback | indians.com

Looks like a lost season for Brantley.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Tommy La Stella wants to play for only the Chicago Cubs

Read the whole article. It’s majors or bust. If I were the team, I’d leave him home where he’s comfortable.

The Cubs placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the inactive list Tuesday as he contemplates retirement if he can’t play for the big league team.

In fact, La Stella, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, said the Cubs are the only team he wants to play for as his priorities have changed over the last year.

“I’m a baseball player by profession. My identity is not tied up in that,” La ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tommy la stella

Grant:Knowledge from Pedro Martinez, via Carlos Beltran, could make Yu Darvish even more devastating

Pedro helps Darvish via Beltran.

The two just happened upon one another in the cafeteria of the visiting clubhouse in Houston on Saturday. Some 20 minutes later, Darvish emerged with a fresh perspective about how he wanted to attack hitters.

In short, Darvish decided he could attack hitters, especially inside, with his fastball instead of having to throw inside.

“He’s got so much experience,” Darvish said Monday. “We talked about the mental side. I feel like my mind is the weakest part of my ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, pedro martinez, rangers, yu darvish

Forbes: Maury Brown: Disney Buys $1B Stake In MLB BAM Tech, To Launch ESPN Streaming Service

More evidence that MLB is awash in dough:

Walt Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that it is taking a minority stake in MLB Advanced Media’s spin-off media company, BAMTech. Disney is making a $1 billion investment in two payments—now and in January 2017—that will give it a 33% interest in the media company, with an option to become the majority stakeholder in the future.

Disney said that BamTech will collaborate with ESPN to launch a “multi-sport” subscription streaming service, ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, disney, espn, mlbam

Tommy La Stella has failed to report to Triple-A for 11 days

Des Moines is lovely this time of year.

Tommy La Stella was demoted to Triple-A by the Cubs on July 29. It was a roster crunch situation and La Stella has options left so, despite the fact that he has been an effective player this year, it made sense to send him down. Sorry, baseball is not a pure meritocracy. Sometimes the politics of contracts, options and service time play into such decisions.

At the time, Joe Maddon mentioned to the media that La Stella didn’t take the demotion well. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tommy la stella

OMNICHATTER 8-10-16

The OMNICHATTER All-Around

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Yasiel Puig loving the topless, F-bomb party at Triple-A

Yasiel Puig really is the gift that keeps on giving.  As is the New York Post, a newspaper that really does know how to make a big deal about not so much.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 09, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: yasiel puig

Maricopa County rejects most of Arizona Diamondbacks’ requested $65M for Chase Field upgrades

County officials in recent weeks have rejected most of the team’s request for $65 million in upgrades to Chase Field, saying the repairs don’t meet the lease agreement’s requirements for funding. Requested repairs include suite renovations, painting and a new scoreboard, all of which county officials say are cosmetic and the team’s responsibility.

Documents also show the conflict has gotten personal.

County Supervisor Andy Kunasek sent a letter to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall as the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2016 at 01:01 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chase field, diamondbacks, stadium renovations

Gordo: Mediocrity is enough for Cards to contend | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

The Cardinals may make the playoffs in what seems like a bridge year for them. It would be quite the accomplishment.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs

Baseball’s Union Remains Wary Of Wearables - Vocativ

Just wait until the cyborg revolution starts!!

“It’s not really the technology itself—it’s all, in theory, great,” Colorado Rockies reliever and team union rep Adam Ottavino said. “I think we’re always a little bit scared of giving away too much of ourselves.”

The Zephyr Bioharness and the Motus elbow sleeve (the two approved devices) log heart and breathing rates and a pitcher’s workload and strain, respectively. They’re permitted so long as the data does not stream live ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, technology, wearables

Former NFL QB Tim Tebow to pursue a career in professional baseball

At 29, he’s getting a late start. He’s got an uphill climb but I made fun of a guy in my sim league for drafting Matt Bush in our amateur draft this year, so I will hold off on making fun of Tebow on this one.

Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN broadcaster Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month, according to his agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan.

For almost the past year, Tebow has been ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: tim tebow

Buster Posey tried to slide headfirst into third base, but the bag won | MLB.com

When it’s described as a “head first slide”, Posey took the phrase literally.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Mets make two waiver claims — one for a reliever - NY Daily News

Not satisfied with their moves before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are at least trying to be active in the waiver-trade market. One industry source told the Daily News that since Tuesday, the Mets have made two waiver claims, one for a reliever, but have not been able to complete the deals.

They have also put names out on the waiver wire last week to see if they can stir up a possible trade, The News has learned. Those names include catcher Travis d’Arnaud and infielder ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, waivers

Brandon Crawford’s seven hits powers Giants | MLB.com

Brandon Crawford tied an all-time single-game National League record with a franchise-record seven hits, including the go-ahead single off Andrew Cashner in the 14th inning, to power the Giants to an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon crawford, giants, marlins

Believe in Baltimore:  O’s are for real

“I don’t remember a time in the last five years when the Orioles’ success was not belittled and/or dismissed within minutes of it being noted. The Red Sox were about to make a run; the Yankees are hanging on; the Rays have young talent ready to sprout; the Blue Jays are finally having the season we’ve all been waiting for them to have. The Orioles? Well, the Orioles are bound to fade. They’re playing above their heads. They can’t keep this up.

The Orioles have kept this up.” ...Read More...

escabeche Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Diamondbacks Try To Squeeze More Money From Taxpayers; County Supervisor Tells Team To Screw Themselves

The Diamondbacks have been playing in their current ballpark since 1998. Their stadium cost $364 million to build, and Maricopa County picked up $238 of the tab. Eighteen years later, it is need of some repairs, and the fight over who is going to pay for them has gotten ugly.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks

38 Pitches His Hat Into the Ring

The three-time World Series-winning pitcher recently revealed some pretty serious political plans in perhaps the most casual manner possible — in the comment section of one of his own Facebook posts complaining about the Democratic Party.

“I am going to run, soon,” Schilling wrote back.

When asked for details, Schilling replied, “state office first, white house in 8 years :)”

And then he added: “or if by some amazing illegal event this country elects another clinton.”

Edit: We ...

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Whaddaya think of that, John Moore? Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bloody politicians, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-9-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, August 9, 1916:

The Athletics not only have equaled the American League record for consecutive defeats by dropping 20 games in a row, but they also have broken the greatest record in the history of the game for defeats over a long stretch. Since June 26 the Athletics have won only two games and have dropped 39 out of the last 41 contests, which beats the greatest record of this sort ever made in the major leagues.
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When the losing streak was started the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 09, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-9-16

The 200 Meter OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, August 08, 2016

OTP 2016 August 8: Arlington could generate more tax dollars without new Rangers stadium

{A recent study] hints at an even smaller tax impact than what has been widely promoted.

The report from HR&A Advisors notes—without specifics—that some of the tax money would be used to pay off stadium debt. Also, the $2 million annual rent would help pay off the debt and eventually go toward stadium improvements when the bonds were retired. None of the Rangers rent would end up in the city’s general fund.

With those adjustments, the amount of Rangers-generated tax dollars helping pay for ...

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BDC Posted: August 08, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1507 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, rangers, taxes, texas

MLB Rookie Report: Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball

His initial MLB innings confirm the minor league scouting reports: fastball between 88 and 95 MPH, averaging around 92; curveballs, sliders, and change-ups ranging from the upper-70s to mid-80s, plus excellent command and control that helps everything play up. There’s nothing left for him to prove in the minors and he is ready for a full trial.

Given his history and some funk in his delivery, I’m not certain that he’ll be durable long-term, but you can say that about most young pitchers. Aside ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, joe musgrove, prospects

Celebrating The Singularity Of Ichiro - BaseballAmerica.com

But he didn’t. He has 3000 hits, which is a great accomplishment for a great player.

Ichiro clearly didn’t let a late introduction to Major League Baseball slow him. He collected at least 200 hits for 10 straight seasons—a major league record—and accumulated more hits in his 30s—2,080 of them—than any player in history. Additionally, the 10-time all-star won two AL batting titles, 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers—which is remarkable when you realize he never hit more than 15 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:38 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, mariners, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2016

Grand Forks Herald, August 8, 1916:

By losing yesterday’s game to Detroit, 4 to 2, the Philadelphia club placed itself in a position to tie Boston’s record of 20 consecutive defeats, established years ago.
...
Charles E. Hughes, presidential nominee, watched two innings of the game.

He didn’t win the election, but Hughes had a better 1916 than the Philadelphia Athletics.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB translators a long-awaited boon for Spanish-speaking players

This is such a good idea that it’s surprising it wasn’t done sooner.

Scioscia, who can communicate simple concepts in Spanish, endorses the idea of players getting help from translators.

“I think it makes sense because of how much the media has grown in the last 15 years,’’ Scioscia said. “It’s always been in New York, Los Angeles, maybe Chicago, but in a lot of cities now with social media, the players are under such a microscope. I know if I were playing or managing in Latin America ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: interpreters

Rajai Davis is still an elite baserunner - Beyond the Box Score

Davis still isn’t much of a hitter, or a defender. But what kind of fan comes to the ballpark to watch guys hit home runs or make slick catches? For the true baseball lovers, baserunning – be it a move ahead to third or a swipe of second – stands out as the true attraction. Throughout his 11-year career in the Show, Davis has catered to these fans’ esoteric interests, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The man who’s described himself as “always [being] faster than everyone else” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rajai davis, sabermetrics

Sorry, MLB, the Cubs are great again - SBNation.com

It’s a looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnng season.

The Cubs have had kind of a weird season. The beginning of their year was so, so great that it masked the months of mediocrity that followed. They began 2016 with a 25-6 run, matching a franchise record so old that their World Series-less streak hadn’t even begun yet. They then had a stretch, covering the rest of May, all of June, and a chunk of July, that saw them go just 27-29, which slowly evaporated the enormous lead they had built on the Cardinals ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


MLB notebook: Brian Bannister’s hands-on help a boon to Red Sox staff | Boston Herald

Interesting stuff. RTFA.

Brian Bannister’s kids know a ton more about pitching than you do.

Their combined ages are 11.

“I spend so much of my time, days, preparing how to say something to a guy in two minutes,” said Bannister, the Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development. “The bulk of my life is trying to take something very complicated and being able to tell it to my 4-year-old son (Atley) or 7-year-old daughter (Brynn). If I can tell it to them, then I know it can be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, reds

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