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Thursday, April 14, 2016

SABR 46: An Interview with Barry Bonds | Society for American Baseball Research

This should be interesting.

We are excited to announce that baseball great Barry Bonds will be a featured speaker at the SABR 46 convention this summer in Miami.

SABR 46 will be held July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Discounted early registration rates are available now at SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Ty Cobb, reputations

Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator.  He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy.  Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him.  He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers.  Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick.  Carl Mays.  Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons.  I ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, dick allen, ty cobb

Drellich: Red Sox won’t be able to hide Pablo Sandoval for long | Boston Herald

The Red Sox don’t have many options. Right now, Shaw is a better player than Sandoval was before he went off the rails. So, even if Sandoval finds workout religion, how does the team find playing time to rebuild his value enough to get another team to take on even a small portion of his contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Alex Rodriguez must hit or he has no worth for New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

NEWSFLASH: Designated Hitter must hit to be of value to team. Story at 11!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Chip Hale upset with Rick Honeycutt | MLB.com

He was probably offended by their new uniforms.

D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo slugs two more homers for Round Rock Express | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

What kind of hitter will Joey Gallo be? Following his track record of second year adjustments at each level, we might have to wait until 2008 to find out.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

From gurus to grainy video, new information age dawns for MLB sluggers

The number of tools to help players today really is amazing

While wary of oversimplifying what can be an extremely complex process, Tewksbary stresses three elements: Swing plane, depth of swing, and path of swing. A batter’s goal: A launch angle of 10 to 15 degrees, which he believes is ideal for making hard contact and elevating the ball.

With the advent of Statcast, major leaguers are able to easily track exit velocity and launch angle, providing immediate validation.

Some of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris colabello, hitting, hitting philosophies, josh donaldson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-14-2016

Hugh Fullerton via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 14, 1916:

“Center Fieldin’ Ain’t No Puddin’” is the title of a song Artie Hoffman used to sing. Neither is umpiring any pastry, but they are the whole dessert compared with managing a ball club. I used to feel sorry for the mother of nine growing boys or a teacher in a parential school until I found out what a baseball manager is up against.

I was flabbergasted to learn that “Center Fieldin’ Ain’t No Puddin’” is an actual song. (Or at least a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 14, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: centerfield, dugout, history, music

OMNICHATTER 4-14-16

The 161-1 Orioles prediction OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 14, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Photos: MLB uniforms, caps for holidays, Home Run Derby

Is today April Fools Day again?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 09:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: uniforms



OMNICHATTER 4-13-16

The Wednesday Omnichatter

Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Farewell to The Maniacal One, Chuck Waseleski - The Boston Globe

I never met him but I’m sure he would have fit in well here.

Condolences to his family and friends.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, red sox

MLB Scores Important Victory in Fan-Safety Lawsuit | FanGraphs Baseball

I don’t have a problem with extending the netting further away from home plate. Extending it all the way to the foul poles seems a little excessive.

Consequently, even if the plaintiffs were to prevail against the five remaining defendant-teams, the most they could hope to obtain would be a court order requiring MLB’s five California franchises to extend protective netting from foul-pole-to-foul-pole in each of their stadiums. Thus, Friday’s ruling dashes the Payne plaintiffs’ hopes of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, fan safety

Braves’ Hector Olivera arrested after domestic dispute

Reports in Washington, D.C. are saying Atlanta Braves left fielder Hector Olivera has been arrested after being involved in a domestic dispute.

ABC7 reported the female victim had bruises and was transported to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.

Olivera was at a Ritz Carlton and was taken into custody.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, domestic incident, hector olivera, police blotter

Most of us are missing the point on Vin Scully – HardballTalk

Scully still does his research. Typically he doesn’t repeat information or stories about a player during a game. He has something new to say each AB. Contrast that with a lot of other announcers. Nothing grates on me more than hearing an announcer make the same comment on a player multiple times in a game. Take a spring game for example. I was watching the Dodgers. Each time Cody Bellinger made a play or came to bat the announcer repeated that his father was former Yankee Clay Bellinger. What ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, vin scully

Look at Cubs’ underground lair reveals lavish new digs

Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball?  Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball.

The Cubs dug deep — 40 feet or thereabouts — for their new underground digs at Wrigley Field.

They wouldn’t reveal, however, how deep Chairman Tom Ricketts dug into the club’s pockets to fund the team’s new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse project that features a Las Vegas-like players lounge, hyperbaric chambers, a 3,800-square-foot training room, new weight room and rehab facilities.

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Perry Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hubris

The Minnesota Twins Are Losing, And It’s All Going According To Plan | VICE Sports

Did the article really need the intro?

BTW, it’s only seven games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Red Sox must turn to Christian Vazquez to help struggling pitchers - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Swihart isn’t throwing those fat pitches in the middle of the plate. Replacing him behind the dish for missing a pop up is just silly. What’s even more silly is suggesting they should carry a third catcher because their “roster is imperfect anyway”.

During the final week of spring training, Farrell said the Red Sox wouldn’t rule out carrying three catchers. It’s hardly an ideal scenario, but as long as third baseman Pablo Sandoval is coming off the bench, the Sox’s roster is imperfect anyway. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, christian vazquez, red sox

Adam LaRoche goes deep on his decision to walk

So here’s the deal: You need to forget everything you think you know about professional athletes. Adam LaRoche is different. He walked into the clubhouse for the first time every spring and greeted new teammates by saying, “Oh, hey, I didn’t know we signed you.” During spring training in 2010, with the Diamondbacks, he and his family pulled a trailer to Tucson, and he rode a bicycle from the campground to the ballpark every day. He’s one of the stars of the reality TV show Buck Commander, in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-13-2016

Grand Forks Daily Herald, April 13, 1916:

Cleveland lost its opening game to St. Louis [yesterday], 6 to 1, chiefly because they could not hit Groom, ex-Federal league pitcher.
...
Tris Speaker played his first game as a Cleveland player. He fielded spectacularly and walked three times, being passed purposely twice. The crowd was the largest that ever witnessed an opening game in Cleveland.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians, tris speaker

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Billy Hamilton recorded the fastest home run trot in Statcast history

Statcast measured the amble at 16.2 seconds—the quickest for an over-the-wall homer in the tracking system’s history.

Hamilton also had the fastest trot last season at 16.5 seconds. Although, that one was from the left side and this one was from the right, so, um, major bonus points.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 12, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: alfredo despaigne, billy hamilton, home run, statcast

The List: Most Aggressive Opening Day Assignments - BaseballAmerica.com

Every week during the minor league season, we’ll pick out some aspect of the game to rank. This week, we’re looking at the 10 most aggressive Opening Day assignments of the 2016 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Cooperstown Confidential: The tale of Charley Lau – The Hardball Times

I believe Charlie Lau was the first coach to come out with a video. I bought it and must have watched it 50 times. You can check it out on youtube.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, hitting coaches

OMNICHATTER 4-12-16

The “I’m late posting this” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 12, 2016 at 12:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Limits of Analytics: The Tale of the Red Sox, Hippos, and Groundhogs

Older article, going back to the John Henry announcement six weeks ago that the Red Sox would be placing less emphasis on analytics (which was discussed pretty thoroughly at the time). I think the biggest insight here is that organizations can get down in the weeds with the data and lose sight of the context to which the data applies.

But once organizations get zealous about data, such as the Red Sox, they can go too far in the other direction. Rudin calls these organizations “groundhogs” ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: April 12, 2016 at 11:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, red sox, sabermetrics

These Tigers’ managers were ejected the most times

A consequence of the challenge/replay system has been a decrease in the number of on-field arguments between managers and umpires. While fans don’t go to a ballpark to see their manager debate with an umpire they’ve probably never heard of, the argument was a part of baseball history and it’s provided some memorable moments. Who doesn’t remember Earl Weaver flipping out at a bad call and engaging in a profanity-filled exchange with the men in blue? Well, they wear black now, but…

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Why the Cole Hamels trade might pay even more dividends for the Rangers | FOX Sports

The latest Robothal.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis says the more that left-hander Clayton Kershaw throws his changeup, the more it can become “a special weapon.”

Kershaw used the pitch only 44 times combined the past two seasons. He threw six in his 96-pitch outing against the Padres on Opening Day, but none against the Giants on Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Bryce Harper Bat Now With 100 Emoji

Bryce Harper >>>>> Billy Ripken


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