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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Inside Baseball: Mets’ Harvey bought arm insurance; plus more MLB notes -

Oh, boy. Can’t the guy just shut up. I don’t see how Boras yapping about Harvey advances his *client’s* interests. 

“We were never about him not pitching in the postseason, and we never said Matt Harvey wasn’t going to pitch in the playoffs. Any question revolved around the management of innings,” Boras said. “There’s an obligation—I should say mandate—to pitch. There’s an obligation to the integrity of the game, to his teammates and the fans. At no time did the player or I ever say he wasn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes, scott boras

What Baseball Taught Me | The Players’ Tribune

Today, I am very excited to be a “rookie” all over again in a new field: songwriting. I am sure the lessons baseball has taught me will help me develop the thick skin I’ll need for this new endeavor. If one day you ever happen to hear a song of mine, I hope you’ll be honest about what you think. I have been building a skill set of handling adversity for years, so fire away!

Thank you, again, to all the men and women who are as captivated by this great game as I still am. Whether ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, giants

Tigers’ Norris has cancerous growth on thyroid

Wishing this young man a speedy and lasting recovery.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced on Instagram Monday that he was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid.

“I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people,” he wrote. “I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers


4 PM: ALCS GAME 4 (KC leads 2-1) Royals (Chris Young) at Blue Jays (Dickey), FS1

8 PM: NLCS GAME 3 (NYM leads 2-0) Mets (deGrom) at Cubs (Hendricks), TBS


Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2015 at 04:47 AM | 865 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Bookshelf Conversation: Mark Armour

If you’ve been around here a while you know I am a big fan of In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Mark Armour and Dan Levitt

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers, interviews, podcasts

MLB Daily Dish: Yankees fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland

Maybe the club can also bring in the right-field porch a wee bit more?

Replacing Kevin Long was the biggest challenge for Pentland, who said that if Long couldn’t do the job, he knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy gig. Long was fired with a year left on his deal following the 2014 season and later joined the Mets as their hitting coach.

King names a number of potential candidates for the vacant job. When the job was available the first time, Chili Davis and Dave Magadan were brought in for ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, hitting coaches, yankees

Barry Zito: What Baseball Taught Me

My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows. I’ve been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I’ve started Game 1 of a World Series in one year and I’ve been left off of a postseason roster in another. I’ve been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I’ve been praised as a savior and deemed a curse.

We’ll miss you Barry…

eddieot Posted: October 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, players' tribune

OTP October 2015 4: Preserving dignity in baseball and politics

He seemed like a nice guy: loquacious, thoughtful, curious. We’d exhausted the play-by-play, and he asked me how I liked my job. Then we got to talking about politics. He didn’t like the way this country was headed. He said he was scared for me, and this seemed genuine. He was worried about the Islamic State. He thought that Trump seemed like a bright guy, an honest guy. He asked my opinion on gun control, and repeated the refrain about the car crash and whose fault it was.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 19, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 1562 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, politics

How much is Daniel Murphy worth, and which teams may be interested? | New York Post

Murphy would fit many teams, maybe even the Yankees at second. But as executives tried to guess (and these were guesses, not hard information) where Murphy could land, three teams came up most often:
1) The Astros because they love versatility and could use Murphy at first, third and DH, and want to diversify a lineup that strikes out too much. In addition, in private Astros notes leaked last year, it was revealed Houston and New York discussed a trade of Murphy for shortstop Jonathan Villar. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-19-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 19, 1915:


The death of Robert B. Ward, head of baking companies in many cities, which occurred [in New York] last night, will doubtless have a far-reaching effect on the future of the Federal Baseball league, of which he was vice president.

It is said that Mr. Ward had expended a million dollars in an effort to keep the Federal league alive. Now that he is dead, and his support removed, baseball men expressed doubts today ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Dusty Baker wants to be a Major League manager |

“I’d like to be back in the right situation before it gets too late,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s too late already, but I’m the coolest old dude there is. I don’t think I really compare to too many people. [Age] doesn’t matter. How old was Casey Stengel? I’m younger than Tony La Russa. I’m younger than all of those dudes [Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Jim Leyland] when they left. Plus, I’ve got a 16-year-old that keeps me hip about how to deal with everybody.

“Age is all relative. There are ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Punchless Chicago Cubs fading fast in NLCS

They aren’t out but they are groggy.

His team hadn’t lost a single game he’d started in all that time, regular season or postseason. And it hadn’t lost a road game he’d started since June 26. So when Arrieta was asked if this game surprised even him, his answer was short but not so sweet.

“I didn’t pitch well,” he said. “So yeah.”

His teammates rallied around him, of course. Said the right things. Said them with total conviction.

“I’m not shocked,” Ross said. “It’s baseball.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Mets still do not plan to bring Daniel Murphy back: sources - NY Daily News

Is Lagares a really a backup? I know Cespedes is playing there now, but Lagares was playing a serviceable centerfield before he had arm problems earlier this year.

“If they are keeping their payroll in the same neighborhood, they can’t afford to keep him,” the GM said. “He’s making $8 million now, will probably get a bump on that and he’s going to want some years.

“They already have all that money invested in Juan Lagares (4 years, $22.5 million) and Michael Cuddyer (1 year, $10 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets


Kansas City (Cueto) at Toronto (Stroman), 8 PM, FS1

Royals lead series 2-0.


Gamingboy Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:07 AM | 206 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Master swordsman Isao Machii, the very same who took on katana-wielding robot MH24 earlier this year, has returned to the web. This time? Annihilating baseballs as they hurl past him at an impressive 100 mph.

Swedish Chef Posted: October 18, 2015 at 01:58 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, swings at everything

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who can generate power for the Red Sox? - The Boston Globe

This is a curious Dodgers move.

The biggest head-scratcher was firing two advance scouts (Gary Pellant and Willie Fraser) right before the season ended. The staff was blindsided by this, and it didn’t help in the postseason when other teams had small armies evaluating teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, notes, red sox

Two Aces Down, Two More to Go in the Mets’ Path - The New York Times

How can anyone miss this game?

“Part of it is his crossfire,” said Dan Haren, the veteran Cubs starter, describing Arrieta’s delivery. “He’s stepping across his body, so immediately it’s going to be really hard on righties. It’s like Jered Weaver in his prime, where it’s impossible for a right-hander to see it — and he throws 96 and gets two-seam run on it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets

Toronto Blue Jays ace David Price fails to exorcize playoff demons after seventh-inning explosion from Kansas City Royals | National Post

When is a good time to give up hits?

That was the pitcher’s version of events. “I just gave up hits at the wrong time,” Price said after the game. He said he still felt good, but that the Royals kept battling. Asked if it was frustrating to struggle in the seventh when he has sailed through six, Price gave one of his few pointed answers: “It’s frustrating, but I didn’t struggle.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, royals

Sunday Notes: Grimm’s Inning, Schoop, Shifts, Mueller, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

$310M Dodgers go bust: What’s the future for these 3 big names? | New York Post

Why don’t the Dodgers just trade Mattingly to the Marlins. Win, win.

Mattingly clearly has grown annoyed about job status questions — it is not as if his resume is littered with last-place finishes. Jon Heyman of has reported that if let go by the Dodgers, Mattingly would become a frontrunner to be the Marlins’ manager as their owner Jeffrey Loria continues to adore anything that has a Yankees background.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta looks to rediscover dominance and even NLCS

“He’s not going to be perfect every time,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “But I like the idea that he’s got a little extra rest going into this start. I’m anticipating a lot of what we’ve seen the last couple of months.”

Arrieta, one of the top Cy Young contenders in the National League this year, admitted on his side day after the Cardinals start that the adrenaline high and energy drain of the day leading up to that start may have contributed to the command issues.

“Early ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets, noah syndergaard


NLCS Game 2

Cubs (Arrieta) at Mets (Syndergaard), 8 PM, TBS

Meet The Mets/Go Cubs Go…CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 636 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Berg: Matt Harvey returned to Gotham’s good graces with a dominant Game 1 start

This is always how it was supposed to be for Matt Harvey and the New York Mets: Before Jacob deGrom emerged as the team’s ace this season, before Noah Syndergaard left Valhalla to blaze 100-mph fastballs past mortal hitters, before local kid Steven Matz became one of the club’s most popular players with his stunning debut, Harvey was the guy inked in for the Game 1 start of every postseason series in his tenure in Queens.

And the truth is, he should remain that guy: None of Harvey’s ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2015 at 01:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, matt harvey, mets, nlcs

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Washington Post: Kilgore: Manny Still Being Manny

It’s not Theo. It’s not Maddon. It’s Manny!

The Cubs view Ramirez as equal parts sage, hitting instructor and life coach, particularly for the club’s stable of young Latin players. He has been especially crucial for Soler, who does not have access to his family and speaks little English. Players notice Ramirez roaming with the Latin contingent at the ballpark and away from it.

“Manny has done a wonderful job in the background,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. “A lot of it has to do with ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, chicago cubs, hitting coaches, manny ramirez, peds, religion, sage

SB Nation: Here’s Marlins Man helping a person in a horse mask back to their seat at the ALCS

You can lead an A-Rod to his seat…

Not much actually. Marlins Man was very courteous helping the person in the horse mask back towards their seat.

I guess you could say he was a good neigh-bor.

I guess you could say he’s just barn with the desire to help people out.

I guess you could say he knows how to pony up to help people in distress.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, alcs, fans, royals

Heyman Baseball Insider: Mattingly deserves to stay in LA, but will he? Plus MLB notes

JH ♡ DM.

Mattingly, it is said, has been quite cooperative on the lineup input he receives from above, and word is, it’s substantial. The club is blessed with terrific positional depth at full strength, giving them options galore, though Mattingly doesn’t always make the call. (That might explain why he answers questions about lineup decisions with “We thought it gave us the best chance to win.”

Under normal circumstances, Mattingly should easily be safe. But he also knows his job comes with ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, jon heyman, manager, managerial openings, marlins, nationals


(Note: Each game’s broadcast starts a half-hour earlier than the listed time, which is an estimate of when it actually might start)

4 PM Game 2 of the ALCS, Blue Jays (Price) at Royals (Ventura). Royals lead 1-0. FS1

8 PM Game 1 of the NLCS, Cubs (Lester) at Mets (Harvey). TBS.


Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 757 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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