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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Mike Piazza agrees to buy Italian soccer team

About six weeks before he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former major league catcher announced Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to buy Italian soccer team A.C. Reggiana 1919.

Reggiana spent 2015-16 in Lega Pro A, the third tier of Italian soccer. The club had a brief run in top-flight Serie A in the 1990s.

Piazza has had an eye on owning an Italian club for some time. He told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in 2015 that he was interested in buying the more ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike piazza, soccer

2016 MLB Draft Primer - MLB Trade Rumors

Steve Adams does a great job putting together a primer of the amateur draft. .

The 2016 Rule 4 Amateur Draft will begin tonight at 7pm ET, when the Phillies will be on the clock with the first overall pick. For those who haven’t followed the draft in prior seasons or simply would like a refresher on the intricacies of the system, we’ll provide a quick recap in this post followed by a roundup of some of the top draft resources available to fans online.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 02:31 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-9-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 9, 1916:

White’s Wonders, a ball team composed of seven one-armed boys, using two-arm men only at first base and behind the bat, now touring the south, started their season with an easy victory over the Elberton [Georgia] Home Guards, 11 to 3. Five batters on the Wonder team each poled triples. Brown, pitcher for the one-arm team, allowed six blows. The Wonders committed three errors.

They blew it. Should have called the team the Oneders.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Searching for Biases in the First Round of the Draft – The Hardball Times

Interesting, even it doesn’t really tell us much.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, history

Pirates have pivoted away from pitching in recent draft selections | TribLIVE

Because of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in the professional game and the increased amount of pitching prospects with medical red flags — many believe the trends are tied to sport specialization and the showcase circuit — have the Pirates made a turn in philosophy?

Have they elected to reduce risk and target position players over pitchers with premium picks?

“It’s simply how the board has played out, the players we felt had the best potential impact to us,” Huntington said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates


Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he battled Zika in offseason

He battled the virus, but eventually gave up a two-run double to it.

Rodriguez, a 34-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, contracted the virus this past offseason and learned just how serious the illness can be. He was laid up for two weeks with severe bodyaches, joint pain, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms. Considering the effects of the illness are even more devastating for women, especially pregnant women, he advised any athletes contemplating participating in the Olympics to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco rodriguez, tigers, zika

Five things we learned Wednesday: James Shields flops for White Sox - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shields’ first game in Chicago was not good. Not exactly a surprise.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, white sox

Willson Contreras under Cubs’ minor league microscope - Chicago Tribune

And there’s a reasonable chance they’ll get a look at Triple-A Iowa catcher Willson Contreras, who is batting .343 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 48 games.

“I’ve heard nothing but good stuff,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You’ll see him here at some point. I’m certain of that. I don’t know when. He’s doing everything properly. I’m hearing a lot about his defense.  You think he’s going to hit.”

However, there are a few roadblocks for Contreras, 24. The Cubs currently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, willson contreras

New blood hopes to change Rays’ fortunes in draft | Tampa Bay Times

I just hope the Red Priestess Melisandre didn’t get hired by Tampa. If she did, things could get ugly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rays

Texas Rangers pull Yu Darvish after five innings Wednesday June 8, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

Manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers will know more Thursday about the injuries Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish experienced Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Phillies’ Velasquez suffers biceps injury | phillies.com

The Phillies always loved Vince Velasquez’s talent and potential, but they also had concerns about his durability.

Those concerns popped up Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, as Velasquez left the game after throwing just two pitches in an 8-1 loss to the Cubs. Velasquez’s fastball registered only 86 and 87 mph on the radar gun, which were bigger red flags than the red World Series championship banners that fly in center field, considering his fastball averaged 95 mph this season.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

2016 MLB Draft News | MLB.com

I know what I will be doing tonight.

Day 1 coverage begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Opening-round picks in 2016 MLB mock draft | MLB.com

They agree on 1) Moniak, 2) Senzel, 3) Ray, and 4) Puk.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

OMNICHATTER 6/9/16

OMNICHATTER into Darkness

Gamingboy Posted: June 09, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A Q&A with Tom Tango: MLB’s New Data Guru

DC: What do you imagine your primary role will be at BAM?

TT: The primary role would be to do as much as I can in data analytics, data management, metric construction, and just general saber-creativity. Basically try to parse through the mountains of data, and come up with an organization of the data that will allow for compelling stories. We have a thousand questions to ask, so I will come up with ways to present that data so that, when someone asks a question, that person will be able to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: data, mlbam, tom tango

Ted Diadiun: Muhammad Ali ushered in the era of preening, swaggering athletes

In which Ted Diadiun(whowever that is) decides that Joel Sherman should not be the only turd in the sportswriters’ punch bowl.

In addition to his indisputable boxing skills, his instinctive showmanship, his inspirational role as a confident young black man and the warm fuzzies that his eventual turn as the kindly old gentleman of sport have produced, Ali’s legacy includes a few other things.

The first is his creation of the preening, prancing, unapologetically boastful demeanor that has ...

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eddieot Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: sportswriting, ugh

Jazayerli: An Irresistible Force Rises in Chicago

It’s hard to talk about the 2016 Cubs without descending into what can only be called baseball stat porn. The numbers that surround this team range from the astonishing to the unbelievable. Here is the simplest way to sum up how good this team is with facts that should be mutually exclusive:

1. The 2016 Chicago Cubs are on pace to challenge the all-time record for victories in a season.

2. They are underachieving….

What is unprecedented is just how they’re managing it. The Cubs aren’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 02:17 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Scouts Get Defensive Projecting Future Roles - BaseballAmerica.com

Work ethic and desire don’t show up in amateur stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 01:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

7 MLB stars whose draft reports predicted their greatness | FOX Sports

Old scouting reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Former Brewers pitcher Ruben Quevedo dead at 37

A number of reports out of Venezuela say that a former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher has passed away.Ruben Quevedo has died of a heart attack at the age of 37, according to the Venezuelan publication Lider. Quevedo had an 11-20 record with a 5.66 ERA from 2001-03 with Milwaukee. He also pitched with the Cubs for a year, and with Aragua and Venezuelan club Magallanes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, obituary, ruben quevedo

ESPN: Oral History: David Ross Hits His First HR, Off Mark Grace

Grace: I got a bad scouting report. I was told he was a good fastball hitter, so I threw a bad fastball and he still hit it a mile.

 


Cameron: MLB Should Throw the Book at Yordano Ventura

Last year, following the bench clearing incident with the White Sox, MLB suspended Ventura for seven games, which caused him to miss one start. After this latest incident, MLB needs to throw the book at him. The punishments escalate significantly for repeat offenders of other behaviors MLB is trying to curb — a second failed PED test brings a suspension twice as long as a first failed test, for instance — and it’s clear that Ventura won’t be deterred from starting fights by simply ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, suspensions, yordano ventura

The Yoenis Cespedes trade wasn’t one-sided at all | New York Post

n his first four starts following a late-April promotion, Fulmer never got beyond five innings, had a 6.52 ERA and a .944 OPS against. In the four subsequent starts, he has worked at least six innings each time, posted a 0.32 ERA and .378 OPS against. In his last three outings, he has given up three or fewer hits and yielded no runs. No pitcher in major league history has ever had three such results in their first eight starts. The previous fewest starts was 10 by Anibal Sanchez in 2016.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael fulmer, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Perez, Shelby Fail MLSB Drug Tests - BaseballAmerica.com

How far will Delvin Perez drop?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1916:

OPPOSITION TO BEAN BALL INCREASING

It is high time that a baseball law was passed making a real penalty for the bean ball, the most dangerous weapon now in the power of big league ball players.

The bean ball is far worse than any player’s spikes, for its effects have been known to injure a player for life.
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Two persons fainted in the stands [in Cleveland Sunday] as [a pitch] crashed into Gandil’s skull and he dropped to the ground. He was lucky to be hit in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history

MLB Rookie Report: Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates - Minor League Ball

Taillon made 10 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis before moving up today and was terrific, posting a 2.04 ERA in 61.2 innings with a spectacular 61/6 K/BB, allowing a mere 44 hits. The numbers are impeccable; indeed, they are considerably better than anything Taillon did before he got hurt. The scouting reports back all that up: his 93-96 MPH fastball is fully restored, the big curve is there, and his change-up has improved significantly compared to where it was three years ago. His command of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

Rangers stadium to cost Arlington well over $500m, local paper more concerned about its code name | Field of Schemes

Another rip off.

Add in the city’s costs from providing free (and property-tax-free) parking lots for the new stadium, plus possible costs from any shortfall in revenues that the Rangers would use to pay off their own share of stadium bonds (which will actually be sold by the city, presumably to get around paying income tax on things like naming rights and PSL sales), and the projected public cost is headed well north of half a billion dollars, though how far north is hard to say. When I have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

The reason why the Royals have considered trading Yordano Ventura - Yahoo Sports

Another stupid skirmish.

Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, royals, yordano ventura

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