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Monday, July 14, 2014

Knobler: Inside MLB’s Cuban Pipeline: It’s High-Risk, High-Reward

Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba.

Eventually, the players who leave the island establish residency in another country and are declared free agents. Workouts are scheduled, sometimes attracting 200 scouts and executives if the player is a big enough star.

Sometimes, a player may work out for a specific team, as Abreu did for the Reds when they wanted to see if he could play third base or left field (he couldn’t, at least not to their satisfaction, and with Joey Votto set ...

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OT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014

Link to June Thread

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Finally we get to talk about what really matters: transfer rumors!

Oh, and there are some games too:

July 15: KR Reykjavik vs Celtic & other Champions League Qualifiers

July 16: Lanus vs Atletico Mineiro (Recopa Sudamericana Leg 1), Philadelphia Union vs NY Red Bulls, Champions League Qualifiers

July 17: Europa League Qualifiers, Hearts vs Man City (Friendly)

July 18: RB Leipzig vs PSG (Friendly), Tijuana vs Puebla, Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM

July ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:02 PM | 353 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Bleacher Report: Jordan Brand Rolls out Moving ‘RE2PECT’ Tribute for Derek Jeter

Where are his sexual conquests? Didn’t they enjoy the gift baskets?

The best part of this ad might be the grudging acknowledgements of Jeter’s success. Boston bros with no love for the Yankees tip their hats, and Mr. Met might have to go into witness protection after doffing his cap for Jeter.

It’s a moving tribute for a guy who made it through baseball’s most turbulent era without an arrest or a PED scandal. This is Nike’s official salute to Jeter, whose legacy with the company is ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

Calcaterra: The Great Jucy Lucy Hunt

So a Ground Rule Double IPA can be expensed if you’re a baseball writer? Good to know.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The first thing I planned to do once I got into town and set my suitcase down on Saturday evening was to go get a Jucy Lucy. What is a Jucy Lucy, you ask? It’s a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty in addition to on top. It’s a thing here in the Twin Cities. ....Getting my Jucy Lucy was a process. It started by me getting into the elevator in my hotel and ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, beer, community, food

HR DERBY AND CELEB SOFTBALL OMNICHATTER 2014

Tonight on ESPN.

Gamingboy Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Batter Patience as a Team Sport

If plate patience was so important, why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?

But the problem with this narrative goes deeper than that. In truth, there is little evidence of any ultimate connection between team plate patience and production, on either side of the ledger. So far this season, the Red Sox (4.02 P/PA), Mets (3.87 P/PA), and Phillies (3.87 P/PA) all have significantly above-average plate patience, and significantly below-average offensive production. The Blue Jays, Athletics, and ...
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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: lyle overbay, moneyball, plate discipline

Alex Gordon: The Eugene Cernan of the 2014 MLB All Star Game

Full disclosure, this writer works for me on another site. Also full disclosure: Alex Gordon is my favorite player, and Eugene Cernan is my favorite astronaut.

Alex Gordon, on the other hand, is a little bit more like Eugene Cernan, the 24th—and last—man to walk on the moon. Maybe you’ve heard of him, but probably not. “The 24th Man to Walk on the Moon” doesn’t have much musicality to it. His achievement is far from being as historical as Armstrong’s, but still, he’s been to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, mike trout, royals, war

WATCH IT: Joey Gallo Takes Batting Practice - BaseballAmerica.com

Yesterday was Joey Gallo Day!

Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo has 31 home runs this season, more than anyone in the minors or majors. If we’re being realistic, his power is well past 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. And on Sunday at during batting practice at the Futures Game, he showed off in a major way. He hit 13 balls out during the session, most of the soaring, majestic, sky-scraping variety. Here’s two rounds of his batting practice. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, joey gallo

Joey Gallo’s homer backs stellar U.S. pitching in Futures Game win | cubs.com: News

Does anyone have a link to see the game online? I missed a couple of innings on the cable broadcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

New York Post:  Familar Cry of ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ Begins to Ring out Again

The Mets’ pythagorian record right now is 50-45.  Are they secretly good, or is there a talent-related reason they are so far below that record at 45-50?  Wright, Granderson, and D’Arnaud have all begun to live up to expectations. Murphy is better than expected.  Lagares has continued to perform at a high level. The starters have been solid, though oversold as a team strength.

Conventional wisdom is that with a record so divergent from the run differential, we should expect a strong ...

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Arbitol Dijaler Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:49 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Arguello: Would you rather be the Cubs or the Yankees right now?

Ensign Cottrell...reporting for double-duty.

For those that may say you never know how prospects are going to pan out, the Yankees have shown that spending money is no guarantee either.  Even when they turn out reasonably well, as it has with the Yankees, it doesn’t necessarily tranlsate to more wins overall.  Some fans want to see the Cubs sign a star player they can identify with, but be honest here.  Would you really be more willing to go to a ballgame to watch Brian McCann or even Jacoby ...

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Repoz Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, July 14, 1914:

“Baseball-football,” a combination of the diamond and gridiron sports originating in the mind of Herman Brosoweska, director of the [Detroit] board of education’s model playground center, was conceived to satisfy 200 schoolboys.

A very large, but light, ball is used. The pitcher tosses the ball to the batter at a level of one foot above the ground. Football tactics are employed by the batter, who kicks the ball. The usual rules for fielding and base running ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants’ battery of Bumgarner, Posey provide charge heading to All-Star break

Posey and Bumgarner became the first battery to hit grand slams in the same game, driving in every run of an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  [...]

Players and coaches credited Posey for stirring a slumping group with his fifth-inning slam. The catcher was more impressed by Bumgarner, who also hit a grand slam April 11.

“You’re just kind of shaking your head,” he said. “I was asking Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) how many pitchers have hit two in one season.”

The answer is two, ...

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bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, grand slam

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Braves Suspend Dan Uggla For One Game

No, Braves fans, you can’t void his contract for being late.

The Braves have issued a one-game suspension to Dan Uggla, the team announced… Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez declined to comment on the specifics of the suspension but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears it was due to Uggla being late (Twitter links).

... O’Brien speculated yesterday that with [Phil] Gosselin on the way up, the Braves could have designated Ugggla for assignment today.  The suspension gives ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dan uggla, phil gosselin

OC Register: Garrett Richards misses out on All-Star Game…again

Garrett Richards came up empty in another opportunity to make the All-Star team tonight, when Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was named to replace David Price.

Price, one of the players originally selected for the team, had his start pushed back from Saturday to Sunday because of an illness, knocking him out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, in conjunction with major league officials, had the discretion to replace Price.

They took Rodney, who leads the ...

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

OMNICHATTER 7-13-14

The “Last Day Before ASB and also the Futures Game” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

‘Battered Bastards of Baseball’ review: Portland Mavericks’ story is true to the team’s name

I give it 4.5 Rob Neyer flannel shirts out of a possible 5.

First-time directors Chapman and Maclain Way are the grandsons of Bing Russell, the cowboy actor who founded the independent, minor-league Portland Mavericks in 1973, so “Battered Bastards” is an affectionate family valentine rather than a hard-hitting exposé.  But the Ways’ family connections probably helped convince a number of erstwhile Mavs to sit for interviews, not least of them Bing’s movie-star son Kurt, who rhapsodizes about ...

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MLB: Brewers heartbroken by death of Jean Segura’s 9-month-old son

Just awful. Nothing else to say.

MILWAUKEE—Sometimes life trumps losing streaks. Saturday was one of those sometimes for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Players spent the morning trying to focus on an ostensibly big game against the rival Cardinals while hurting inside for shortstop Jean Segura, who was informed following Friday’s series-opening loss that his nine-month-old son, Janniel, had died suddenly in the Dominican Republic. [...]

Segura’s return to the team is open-ended. A player can remain ...

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Depressoteric Posted: July 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Cardinals execute bizarre 5-8 forceout at second base

The ole dropped-bunt-throw-to-center-fielder-covering-second-base. All those drills in practice have finally paid off.

5-8 on a hop is strange.  Really though, something like this should be infield fly rule.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 12, 2014 at 05:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pirates, weird

Aroldis sets MLB record with K in 40th straight game

His streak began on Aug. 21, 2013.

Chapman surpassed Bruce Sutter, who did so in 39 straight games from June 1-Oct. 2, 1977.

Given the current environment, I would have guessed that this record was like five minutes old.  But 1977…that impressive.  I guess.


OMNICHATTER 7-12-2014

The “Last Saturday Before The Break” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, July 11, 2014

Seinfeld Had Backup Plan In Case Keith Hernandez Couldn’t Cut It On The Set

It turned out the writers and producers had a backup plan if Hernandez’s nerves got to him. If the memorable performance was average, Hernandez could have seen his scene cut. The hour-long double-episode could have been a single episode, with a greater emphasis on George Costanza’s subplot.

Bullet dodged.  I love that episode.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 11, 2014 at 06:29 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hernandez, second spitter, seinfeld, tv

Brooks: Baseball or Soccer?

Is life more like baseball, or is it more like soccer?
...
Most of us spend our days thinking we are playing baseball, but we are really playing soccer. We think we individually choose what career path to take, whom to socialize with, what views to hold. But, in fact, those decisions are shaped by the networks of people around us more than we dare recognize.

If life were anything like that Argentina-Netherlands semifinal, I would have swerved into oncoming traffic years ago.  That was 120 ...

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Fangraphs: Let’s Imagine a Baseball-Playing LeBron James

Fun with stats!

Obviously, the first step is figuring out James’ single-season value, and this is why we’ll have two approaches. One idea: last year, James was worth about 2.3% of all basketball WAR. Because a baseball season has 1,000 total WAR, that would give us a target of about 23. The other idea: James is projected for about 21 WAR. That’s over an 82-game season, so over a 162-game season, you’d be talking about almost 42 WAR. I don’t know which way to go, so I’ll go both.

thetailor Posted: July 11, 2014 at 04:37 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: lebron, nonsense

Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto arrested Wednesday on marijuana possession charge


Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine on a marijuana possession charge.

Soto, 31, was pulled over for speeding around 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Ira E. Woods Avenue, said Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling.

He has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Eberling said Soto was cooperative during the arrest.

Soto is free on a $500 bail. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office filed his charges Friday. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, geovany soto, marijuana, rangers

CCB: Cubs Wind Landmarks OK for Wrigley Redo

The team finally got the news they’ve been aiming to hear for years.

Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: July 11, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs

Adrian Beltre sets a major league record (3B total bases)

1) Yesterday, Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre set the major league record for career total bases by a 3B and he is 8th vs. the league average.

MOST CAREER TOTAL BASES, 3B

1    Adrian Beltre             4272   Dodgers/Mariners/Red Sox/Rangers
2    Brooks Robinson            4270   Orioles
3    Eddie Mathews             4224   Braves/Astros/Tigers
4    Chipper Jones             4171   Braves
5    Mike Schmidt               4112   Phillies
6    Wade Boggs          ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is fun dammit, hall of fame, rangers, third basemen

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2014

Washington Herald, July 12, 1914:

Boston, July 11—The Red Sox took a fall out of the tail-end Naps here to-day, beating them 4 to 3 in a game that was hard-fought all the way. “Baby” Ruth, the $25,000 Baltimore star, opened in the box for the winners, but game way to a pinch hitter in the seventh, when the score was three all. Leonard finished up. Mitchell did the hurling for Cleveland and was hit hard at opportune times by the home team.

Duffy Lewis: The first man to pinch-hit for Babe Ruth in ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

When a bat boy went to a Paul McCartney concert with Mark Fidrych and Tom Veryzer

The Old Red Rose Speedway Barn…ugh. Guess the Death gig was sold out.

On Saturday, May 8, just a few weeks prior to The Bird becoming the most famous player in all baseball (at least all baseball in 1976), I had the good fortune of hanging out with him. Paul McCartney and his newly formed band were in the middle of their “Wings Over America Tour,” and Tiger shortstop Tom Veryzer and I planned to go hear them the night after an afternoon game between the Tigers and the White Sox. We decided ...

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Repoz Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, tigers

OMNICHATTER 7-11

The “Insert Lame 7-11 Joke” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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