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Monday, April 04, 2016

Source: Gregory Polanco, Pirates agree to five-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options that locks in the prime years of the young outfielder, something with which the Pirates have found significant success in recent years, a source with knowledge of the club’s dealings told Yahoo Sports.

The deal is believed to guarantee Polanco in the mid-$30 million range, the source said, and should be announced this week. Polanco rejected Pittsburgh’s seven-year, $25 million offer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

OPENING DAY (Monday) 2016 OMNICHATTER

The appetizers are out of the way, it’s time for the main course! 12 games, aces on (almost) every hill. Get hype. ESPN will have HOU at NYY, SEA at TEX and LAD at SD, while ESPN 2 will have CHC at LAA.

Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 229 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Baseball on the Radio 2016

Both Chicago teams change flagship radio stations for 2016 while the Phillies drop WPHT-AM from their gamecasts.

Baseball on the radio has an appeal that can’t be matched by television and lets you follow the game while pretending to get other things done.

Korean Flagships: 1 (Dodgers)

Bite Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, radio

Free MLB.TV for T-Mobile customers

T-Mobile customers can sign up this week, April 3-10, for a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium.

spycake Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv, streaming

Cardinals put their faith in the future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I finished The Cardinal Way. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially to Cardinals fans and those interested in the workings of major league front offices. My only quibble with the book is its failure to fully unify the stories/chapters in the book. Don’t get me wrong; each chapter was interesting and worth reading. It’s just that, although you can see how Howard tried to tie everything together, he fell a little short in executing it.

Has anyone else finished the book? If so, what are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Sunday Notes: Baez, Jankowski, Hughes, Opening Day, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila with a bunch of tidbits in this week’s notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Now comes the hard part for Aroldis Chapman | New York Post

I’m not sure I follow the Yankees plan for Chapman. Why have him ramp up for Spring Training?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Nick Cafardo: Ranking the 50 most important players in baseball - The Boston Globe

Some odd lists from Nick Cafardo.

COMEBACK CANDIDATES

Ten players who must bounce back
1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers — “The amazing, God-given talent is still there,” said one AL general manager. “He just has to stay healthy.”

Ah, no.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Let’s Find Some MLB Comps for Tyler White | FanGraphs Baseball

Looking over his comps I agree that he’ll need to exceed expectations and add more power to stick around at first. It will be fascinating to follow his progress.

For White to have a successful career as an average-or-better everyday first baseman, it feels like he’s going to have to add some power, like Carpenter did last year. White stands at just 5-foot-11, which may not bode well for a future power spike, but at the very least, he’s cognizant of the fact that a bit more power could go a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, tyler white

The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons gets creative with the art of defense - LA Times

If only he could hit a little more.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

MLB Roster Grid | RosterResource.com

I haven’t verified every roster but it looks like every team’s Opening Day roster on one page.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: depth charts, rosters

Introducing ... the best and worst defensive teams, plus most improved and teams that got worse—MLB

The Indians may be the best defensive team in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

MLB regular season opens with three games | MLB.com

Happy Mini Opening Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

OCR: Managers Mike Scioscia, Dave Roberts deal with new realities of their role

Few managers today retain the stature and independence Scioscia has with the Angels. While far from the baseball Luddite he was cast as during last year’s power struggle with former general manager Jerry Dipoto, Scioscia is nonetheless more old school than new math.

None of that can be said of Roberts. With the Dodgers, he serves at the whim of perhaps baseball’s most empowered, and crowded, front office. Analytical input will be a part of his life every day of the season.

“Yeah, ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 03, 2016 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

2016 OPENING SUNDAY OMNICHATTER

CHATTER UP FOR 2016!

1:05 PM - Cardinals (Wainwright) at Pirates (Liriano) on ESPN

4:05 PM - Blue Jays (Stroman) at Rays (Archer) on ESPN2

8:37 PM- Mets (Harvey) at Royals (Volquez) on ESPN

 

 

Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 349 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 02, 2016

2016 Season Prediction OMNICHATTER

PREDICT NOW.

Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, prediction

AJ Pollock fractures Elbow

He will be out minimum 4 months and maybe miss entire season

shoewizard Posted: April 02, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Friday, April 01, 2016

Taylor Teagarden – shown in Al-Jazeera documentary – suspended for violating drug policy

Taylor Teagarden, a free agent catcher who was named in the same Al-Jazeera report that connected Peyton Manning and baseball stars Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard to anti-aging clinics, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday.

MLB’s statement did not cite a failed drug test in disciplining Teagarden, 32, who appeared in just 17 major league games the past two seasons, most recently with the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Instead, it noted that Teagarden will be suspended upon his ...

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Baseball statistics: Spring forward | The Economist

I’ve never been one to accept the broad sabermetric pronouncements. In this case, I’ve always kept my eye on spring training and when I notice someone with a great stat line, I wonder, “Why?” Is there something different? Did the pitcher learn a new pitch? Has a batter made some kind of discernible adjustment? If I can find something I’ll take a flyer on the player. If I can’t, I ignore it. Not every guy I’ve picked up has panned out, but enough of them did to make the effort worthwhile.

Yet in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 07:46 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

LOOK: Mike Trout and a tale of love and deceit lead to a great prank

As you’re about to see, Angels warhorse Jered Weaver and outfielder/sun god Mike Trout leveraged the occasion of April Fool’s Day to hurtle staff ace Garrett Richards into a seeming broth of romantic tensions. The result was a palpably uncomfortable Richards and a pretend relationship shattered like commode dropped from space ...

Meatwad Posted: April 01, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: april fools, garrett richards, mike trout

Dale Murphy on Brycer Harper & Bautista

Dale Murphy was talking with his wife Nancy about this supposed rift between generations. You probably have heard something about it. Bryce Harper wants the game to be more fun, livelier, with more feeling expressed, with bat flips and fist pumps and raw emotion. A few other younger players have said similar things either with words or, in the case of Jose Bautista, with an epic bat flip for the ages.
And in the last couple of weeks, a couple of great players from my childhood — Goose Gossage ...

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All about the base | Nepali Times Buzz | Nepali Times

How could they not love the game?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 12:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: nepal

Are Rays sacrificing defense for offense? | Tampa Bay Times

The proper valuation of players is key for turns like this one.

The key to any success the Rays have had, specifically in their run of making the playoffs four times in six years, has been based on dominant pitching and dazzling defense.

But the net result of adding those bats was trading two key pitchers, high-end reliever Jake McGee and Nathan Karns from their starting depth, then this week ditching two slick fielders, catcher Rene Rivera and first baseman James Loney.

Baseball operations ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Jonathan Schoop proving power is for real | MLB.com

You can probably still buy low.

All of this is important because a roster that also contains slugging stars like Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado makes it easy for Schoop to be overlooked, but there’s an argument to be made that if healthy, he’ll be baseball’s best power-hitting second baseman in 2016. After all, his 484.5 foot homer off of Johnny Cueto on Aug. 26 was the third-longest home run measured by Statcast™ all season long, and one of the two ahead required help from Coors Field.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan schoop, orioles

Baseball’s Chipper Jones Puts Sprawling Double Dime Ranch on the Market - WSJ

Anyone looking to resettle?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 10:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chipper jones

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-1-2016

Toledo News-Bee, April 1, 1916:

President Weeghman announced on Friday that the Federal league pennant, won by his Chicago Whales, will be raised at the Cub park. Regular flag raising ceremonies, bands, parade and speechmaking will accompany the event, which will be held probably in July.

Does anyone know if this actually happened, and if so, how long it flew? A quick googling was unsuccessful.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Time is ripe for MLB to make decisions about return to Montreal | FOX Sports

Of course they would. I bet they would also like all the public financing information private as well.

Certainly, MLB would prefer that sensitive communications about securing a franchise remain confidential. But there’s an added layer of legitimacy to be gained through public vetting, even if the information put forward is (at least initially) short on particulars. The transparency will become more important as the probable request for public financing nears. (Of note, Quebec’s provincial ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: franchise relocation, montreal

2016 New York City Softball Game

Looks like it will be August 20th this year.

Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: community, meetups, new york, skillz

Gizmodo - Bryan Menegus: The Reason Baseball Bats Break is More Complicated Than You Think

Consider the following: baseball bats are made of wood, and being a natural material, wood has certain innate structural flaws. One of the most popular bat woods—ash—has porous holes that run along the grain (grain being those different colored lines that result from a tree’s growth rings). Lots of tiny holes creates weakness, and weakness can cause bats to break, which is why manufacturers put their logos perpendicular to the grain on ash bats.

However, Barry Bonds caused a boom in ...

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Lassus Posted: April 01, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Borges: In David Ortiz vs. Ted Williams, the edge goes to Ted

For the majority of Red Sox fans, Ted Williams stands alone. He is not only the greatest hitter in team history, he is arguably the greatest hitter who ever lived. It is a goal he once set for himself, one many in baseball believe he achieved. Who would quarrel with that?

Perhaps the newest generation of Sox fans, the millennials, for whom 10 years ago is considered the Pleistocene Epoch? To them, no one ever has swung the bat or ruled the Sox like David Ortiz. He is their Ted, with better ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:11 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, david ortiz, ted williams

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