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Saturday, September 12, 2015

SI: Nats’ Drew Storen slams locker shut, breaks thumb, likely out for season


Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen will likely miss the remainder of the season after slamming his locker shut and breaking his right thumb, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.

Storen allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5–3 loss to the Mets that put New York ahead 4–2. After the outing, he slammed his locker shut out of frustration and sustained the injury.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 12, 2015 at 06:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, dumbass, injury, nationals, nats

Skippers learning on job brings mixed results |

Notes from the Cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, managers, notes, reds, rockies

Joe Maddon on Jake Arrieta’s Cy Young prospects: My vote is for Jake

It’s official. We have a Cy Young award race in the National League.

With his eight innings of a one-run ball Friday night in the Chicago Cubs 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jake Arrieta lowered his ERA to 1.99. That’s the magic number.

With Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke sporting a 1.68 mark, the two are the only starters with a sub-2.00 ERA in baseball. Arrieta needed to get into Greinke’s area code to have a chance at the award—and now he’s there.

“My vote is ...

McCoy Posted: September 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy young award

Defense Mechanisms: Inside the Indians’ Historic Fielding Turnaround «

I knew that Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Giovanny Urshela were big upgrades. I did not realize that Chisenhall was playing so well in the outfield.

When he volunteered to try the outfield in Triple-A, Lonnie Chisenhall hadn’t played there since college, aside from shagging during BP. But it took him only four games in Columbus to convince Cleveland that he could be an everyday option. The day after the Indians traded Moss to St. Louis, Chisenhall made his first major league start in right ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, lonnie chisenhall, sabermetrics

Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty not planning on going anywhere

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn’t ready to move out of the general manager’s chair.

“I’m not ready for that yet,” Jocketty said Friday night. “Give me another year or so.”

Jocketty’s good friend Doug Melvin stepped down from his job as the Brewers’ general manager into an advisory role. Jocketty is a year older than Melvin, but said Friday he is looking forward to rebuilding the Reds.

“Where we’re at is based a lot on the trades we knew we had to make because of the free agents and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, reds

How social media is killing the post game radio show - LA Times

I hardly ever listen to the radio now. There was a time that when I was out of the house I’d listen to the game broadcast to keep up on the score. I don’t need to do that anymore. I have the MLB At Bat that I can use to follow the Red Sox *and* all the other games that are going on.

I also don’t listen to local sports talk on the radio. I can listen to MLB Radio on Sirius. MLB Radio isn’t perfect but the discussions and guest and better than the local stuff. If I am not driving, I can also ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: media, radio


The Saturday Omnichatter, which lacks a funny play on words.

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 335 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, September 11, 2015

Inside Baseball: What’s the deal on Harvey, Cespedes Mets futures? -

Heyman’s latest includes this tidbit.

Alderson and Boras are scheduled to hold a conference call with Andrews soon after the agent returns from Japan Friday with the intention to map out Harvey’s immediate future. It appears the tentative plan has Harvey pitching in the Yankees series September 19-21, and then again, if needed to clinch, against the beleaguered Nationals the final weekend of the season, though the postseason plans remain a secret (a Mets person disputed the likelihood of a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes

Mark Teixeira Out For Season With Fractured Leg - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will not return this season after tests showed that he has a fracture in his right shin, GM Brian Cashman told reporters including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (via Twitter). It’s expected that he’ll require three months to recover, Jack Curry of the YES Network adds on Twitter, meaning that he should be ready to go for the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:43 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Wax Pack: One Man’s Road Trip to Track Down Every Player From a Pack of Baseball Cards

...the pack he chose from to form his road trip included former Toronto Blue Jay Rance Mulliniks, Al Cowens, Garry Templeton, Randy Ready, Gary Pettis, Jaime Cocanower, Don Carman, Vince Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli, Richie Hebner, Carlton Fisk, Steve Yeager and Rick Sutcliffe.

In such a random sample size of players from this particular baseball pack, there was a separation between players who were swallowed up by fame, fortune and controversy, and others who simply receded to the ...

Voodoo... Posted: September 11, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, road trip

Feldman a baseball survivor despite laid-back approach - Houston Chronicle

Your wait for the Scott Feldman profile is finally over. Please don’t lose your head during the celebration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, scott feldman

MLB Pipeline 2015 Prospect Team of the Year |

The list shouldn’t be too surprising.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Grant: Rangers exit West Coast trip with offense sputtering from top to bottom | Dallas Morning News

If you RTFA you will also see a picture of Adrian Beltre using telekinesis to control his bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Using Batted Ball Data in Scouting – The Hardball Times

I have always thought putting sabermetric ratings on the scouting scale makes a lot of sense.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

2015 Minor League Classification All-Star Teams -

Some of these guys can play a little.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 12:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Marlins farm teams also struggling and have few MLB-ready prospects | Miami Herald

The Marlins aren’t a model franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, prospects

Ray Knight scolds Nats fan wearing a paper bag: ‘You just look stupid’ - The Washington Post

I doubt the fan could watch the TV with the bag over his head, plus he was at the ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

GWB remembers “The Pitch”

It was a powerful moment.

Edit: Original intro removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Red Sox create new analytics position for ex-MLB pitcher Brian Bannister

As a former pitcher with a knowledge of analytics, Bannister’s role is, in a way, a data-driven coach, but not just for players—Bannister is unlikely to direct the pitchers in the way that pitching coach Carl Willis does, but like anyone else in the front office, his job will be to provide the team with the best information he can, whether he gets it from scouting or PITCHf/x, and then distribute it to other key figures in the organization. Teams blend all of that information together the best ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian bannister, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2015

Washington Times, September 11, 1915:

“Wooden Shoes” Cravath, once a first baseman for the Nationals, has only four more home runs to make to equal the big league record of Buck Freeman, also a National. If Cravath can pole four more of them, his total will be twenty-six, and he will rule the world of sluggers. Yesterday the husky outfielder for the Phillies broke a ball to bits by slamming the pill over the center field fence with the bases jammed. How do you do!

Cravath finished with 24, two ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: buck freeman, dugout, gavvy cravath, history, ned williamson

It’s been a fade to oblivion for Baltimore Orioles

“For the Orioles to get back to playing winning baseball, we need to do a lot of things better,” Duquette said. “We need to draft better. We need to develop better. We need to procure players better. We need to coach better, and we need play better. We need to do all of those things better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Arizona Diamondbacks are not anti-analytics | FOX Sports

Like any aspect of team building, it’s important not to just have a system in place. You need to strive to have the *BEST* system.

“It was clear that we had to do more,” said La Russa, the D-backs’ chief baseball officer. “There is a lot of helpful information, important information you can use, whether you’re talking about drafting players, professional players, decision-making, how you put together a roster.

“We’re getting very close. We’re not perfect yet. It will take some time. Typically, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER for 9-11-2015

The Rain-Delayed OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 210 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 10, 2015

red sox - How Dave Dombrowski learned art of making trades - WEEI | Rob Bradford

GMs and making trades, two of my favorite topics.

“It’s changed a lot to now from then. Back then the contracts weren’t that big deal. Now you have to have a lot more information,” Dombrowski said. “I guess, looking back, the thing I learned was how each trade can be so different. With some it’s one phone call and done, and others can go on for months. There was no sure, 100 percent way to do it. You just had to be open-minded to every which way to go about. The one thing was that you always had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, trades

Astros’ pro scouting strategy hits big on Francis Martes, David Paulino - Ultimate Astros

It usually doesn’t hurt to talk up a team’s prospects.

“When I hired Kevin, one of the things I asked him to do was think about what the right strategy should be for us given the fact that we were on a slightly longer time frame than other clubs,” Luhnow said. “Normally when you’re dealing players, I found this now being on the acquiring side, when you’re dealing players, the team wants players that are close to the major leagues back in return. Which is why we trade (Domingo) Santana ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, scouting

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s ...


Mets fans, don’t read this: Greatest September collapses

Whee, such happy memories. I still have nitemares about ‘07.

reech Posted: September 10, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets

Phillies elect not to extend Amaro’s contract Proefrock named interim GM

And there was much rejoicing!

The Phillies have elected not to extend the contract of senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, the team announced on Thursday. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock was named interim GM, effective immediately.

The Phillies will immediately begin a search for Amaro’s replacement as general manager. The team has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at Citizens Bank Park to discuss Amaro’s departure. It can be seen live at and

...
eddieot Posted: September 10, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruin tomorrow jr.

Yadier Molina: The constant in the Cardinals’ decade of dominance

“I’ll put it to you this way,” former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons, now a Seattle Mariners special assistant, told USA TODAY Sports. “Molina could be the manager of the team. He could be the pitching coach. He could be the hitting coach. And he could catch the game.

“I’m convinced he could do all four of those things at the same time. His awareness is unparalleled to anybody in today’s game.

“And if you go strictly by defense,” says Simmons, a member of the Cardinals Hall of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

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