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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-8-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 8, 1917:

Japanese baseballs or baseballs made in any other country no longer will be able to masquerade in America as American productions.

The Secretary of the Treasury, who has ample power in the matter, has issued an order requiring that hereafter all imported baseballs be indelibly stamped with the name of the country of their origin, such identification marks when placed on cartons being considered insufficient.

This was all part of the Pink Hawley-Homer Smoot ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 08, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Orioles’ Kevin Gausman shines against an All-Star lineup - Baltimore Sun

“It’s basically an All-Star team. It really is. You’ve got to be on top of your game. You’ve got to be able to throw strikes, and against a lineup like that, you can’t throw too many strikes. If you just live in the zone against those guys, they’re the best in the world and the best from the Dominican Republic. They’re very good.”

Gausman was, too. And he had to be.

The top of the visiting team’s lineup read like a who’s who of the game’s brightest stars. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Gausman’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican baseball, kevin gausman, orioles, wbc

High cost of the heater Fastball mania not good for baseball

A record 31 big league pitchers touched 100 mph on the radar gun last season, according to PITCHf/x data, and two pitchers — Aroldis Chapman and Mauricio Cabrera — averaged at least 100 mph for the season.

There is more heat in the forecast. Baseball America documented another 71 prospects clocked at 100 mph in the minor leagues last year.

The fastball fixation is nothing new. You can fairly trace pitching history through baseball’s rapidly spinning seams, from Walter Johnson to Bob ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, pitching

Tinkering with split-finger gave A’s Madson a sore arm - SFGate

“I was working on a new pitch, a split-finger fastball,” Madson revealed after his Cactus League debut Tuesday. “Either I overdid it, threw too many, or it’s just a nasty pitch on my elbow.”

Madson, 36, is a key part of the A’s bullpen plans. He saved a team-high 30 games last season — albeit with seven blown saves — and is in the late-game mix this season, though manager Bob Melvin hasn’t announced a closer.

Why try to add a split-finger fastball?

“I’m always trying to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ryan madson

Mitch Harris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

In a roster bind for much of this winter, the Cardinals removed Harris from the 40-man roster and every other team in baseball had a crack at him. The Cardinals lost players Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tim Cooney and Dean Kiekhefer this past offseason through waivers, but Harris passed through without being claimed. Like the free agent Maness, Harris is listed as having elbow surgery, and for most that’s Tommy John and a 12-month absence. Having cleared waivers, Harris remained with the Cardinals, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mitch harris, tommy john surgery

Tweet the Mets: Thor’s online ‘battle’ with Mr. Met

Syndergaard admitted that Mr. Met burned him recently on Valentine’s Day, when the mascot tweeted that Syndergaard’s date for the night was his mother.

“Other than that one, they’re pretty weak on his part,” Syndergaard says.

The starter says he realized only toward the end of last year that fans had picked up on this feud with Mr. Met, but believes they’re on his side and have joined the “I hate Mr. Met parade.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Adam Eaton, the Mighty Mouse of the Washington Nationals - The New York Times

Bargains are everywhere today!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 09:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals

Travis: ESPN Cutting Nearly $100 Million In On-Air Talent

#StickToSports

Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties—Outkick has heard from a variety of different sources that ESPN is cutting up to $100 million in on-air salaries.

Yep, on air. This means you’re going to know ...

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (((JE))) Posted: March 07, 2017 at 06:00 PM | 260 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, cable, espn, jobs, politics

Top 10 fantasy baseball prospects for 2017 | MLB.com

Through the magic of spring training games on MLB.TV I fell in love with this guy last year.

10. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers (No. 12)
Though Los Angeles has Adrian Gonzalez at first base and a surplus in the outfield, Bellinger is too talented to keep down on the farm for much longer. The game’s best power prospect is a polished hitter who could force his way into the lineup by midseason. If he had a big league job waiting for him on Opening Day, he’d rank No. 2 on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Statcast’s impact on baseball has been considerable

Bring it on!

“[The dialogue change has happened] in some sense a little more quickly than I would have thought. Two years in baseball time is very little,” said Mike Petriello, an analyst for MLB.com who is in many ways the site’s voice of Statcast. “Exit velocity took off very quickly. It’s very easy to understand. It’s ubiquitous. You see it in a lot of in-stadium scoreboards now. You see guys talking about it constantly now. Kris Bryant talks about exit velocity and launch angle. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 03:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Max Scherzer and Jon Lester Have Been Free-Agent Bargains | FanGraphs Baseball

Bargains? Mookie Betts is a bargain. Kris Bryant is a bargain. Noah Syndergaard is a bargain. Scherzer and Lester aren’t bargains.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

2017 World Baseball Classic Schedule and Scores | BaseballAmerica.com

Full schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 02:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

Burglars hit Yasiel Puig’s Sherman Oaks home, make off with $170,000 in stolen goods - LA Times

Investigators estimated that $170,000 in jewelry and “other items” were taken from Puig’s residence, though that figure could grow, according to Preciado.

The break-in was the latest in a string of thefts from celebrity homes across the city. Last month, burglars ripped a safe containing $2 million in jewelry from the Brentwood home of singer Alanis Morissette, police said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 01:56 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig


The Time Reggie Jackson Got His Ass Whooped In The Clubhouse By A Teammate

Reggie Jackson hovered above them, eyes squinting in scrutiny, until one name in particular caught his eye. “Berman?” he asked, perusing the blue list. “Who put down for these?” Per Rangers policy, players were allowed four seats from the blue list and only two from the white, so first baseman Mike Epstein had used his family passes for friends of his father—the delightfully named Sherman Berman and family—to ensure that they sat together. This was not unusual practice.

“I ...

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ReggieThomasLives Posted: March 07, 2017 at 11:22 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, reggie jackson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-7-2017

Washington Times, March 7, 1917:

The death knell has been sounded for “mashed potatoes” in the camp of the Griffmen.

In its stead has come old kid “Ham And.”

For five years the Griffmen training at Charlottesville were filled with mashed potatoes, morning, noon and night. They lived with King “Mashed Potatoes” day in and day dut [sic]. They went to bed with him. They dreamed of him, knowing that they would meet him in the morning.

But now has come old “Ham And.”

This means something. This is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 07, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

4 MLB clubs face World Baseball Classic teams | MLB.com

What do people think about the WBC? Although I enjoy watching players from foreign leagues, scheduling the play at this time of year just seems off. I’d rather see a shortened tournament which takes place in lieu of the All Star Game during an extended midseason break than the current format.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

Fixing Batted-Ball Statistics with Statcast – The Hardball Times

Everything you wanted to know about line drivers but were afraid to ask.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Blake Treinen may well prove that nice guys can finish the last inning - The Washington Post

Blake Treinen’s gaze falls when someone asks the question, and because he is a candidate to close for the Washington Nationals this year, people are asking, over and over. When they ask, his normally cheerful voice sinks into a defiant murmur, because he has heard people wonder if he is too kind to close before.

“I don’t really care what people say about that,” Treinen said, eyes downward when asked one day recently — a turn to stern that pretty much qualifies as an expletive-riddled ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake treinen, nationals

Steven Matz just wants to talk about this new trick he learned | New York Post

Unlike some of his teammates, though, Matz had a relatively routine procedure, which is why there was more focus on holding runners on.

In the National League, only Chicago’s Jon Lester allowed more runners to steal (28) than Matz (20).

Matz is now trying out a method he picked up from former Met lefty Scott Rice, keeping his leg hanging before he delivers to the plate.

The move is designed to give Matz more time to determine whether the runner is going to steal.

“It could be huge for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Henning: Tigers have issues; Avila isn’t worried yet

The Tigers, Avila acknowledged without mentioning names, could say goodbye to some well-known people with high-dollar contracts: Anibal Sanchez ($21.8 million owed on his long deal), Mike Pelfrey ($8 million), and Mark Lowe ($5.5 million). None of the three has pitched well enough to survive – yet.

“We’ll take our 12 best pitchers,” Avila said, insisting performance, as opposed to contract politics, will decide who travels to Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Mariners, a mariachi band and Leonys Martin: A birthday and baseball celebration | The Seattle Times

“We’ve got something special planned for Leonys’ birthday,” Servais said with a mischievous smile in his morning media meeting. “You guys will see it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

David Dahl injury: Rockies outfielder has stress reaction of rib

This is new.

Asked specifically if Dahl would be healthy enough to see game action during spring training, Black answered: “Yeah, I do. I can’t put a date on it, but I do anticipate him hopefully getting in a game here.”

According to the Princeton University Athletic Medicine website, “A rib stress injury can be described as a rib stress ‘reaction’ or can lead to a rib stress ‘fracture’ if not managed or treated correctly from the start of symptoms.”

According to the website, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

The making of an Italian baseball superstar

Teahen has been posting Instagram videos showing his training regimen. His rigorous program seems to include:

• Drinking wine to better understand the culture (“Little known fact,” he says, “Italy produces wine”).

• Overcoming blisters he got while taking batting practice at Scottsdale’s CrackerJax Family Fun Park batting cages.

• Running little left-turning circles in the snow (“Turning left is the key to scoring runs”).

Zach Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mark teahen, turning left, world baseball classic


Statcast and the Future of WAR | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve argued about this for 20 years. The MVP question and the best player question are two entirely different things. Using WAR for either conflates the two. Why not transform WAR into a purely contextual answer (value) and continue to define results in runs and wins based on outcome and then use Statcast probabilities as a scouting tool for the best player question? In my mind, using Statcast as the inputs on an improved 20/80 scouting scale and apportioning all the components properly would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, war

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2017

A brutally honest season preview in the Seattle Star, March 6, 1917:

Fifth or sixth place seems to be the best the Reds can hope for. There is no silly pennant talk being stirred up here, as the team doesn’t look as good as the one Buck Herzog took South last spring.

Coincidentally, fifth or sixth place seems to be the best the Reds can hope for in 2017.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 06, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mike Gimbel’s video of RPA vs. WAR plus 2017 predictions.

Mike Gimbel’s video was made on February 28th. It contains criticism of the WAR formula(s), using a comparison of results from the 2016 season and an analysis of all 30 MLB teams going into the 2017 season.

caiman Posted: March 06, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, rpa, sabermetrics, war

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