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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Farquhar wears protective cap for 1st bullpen session

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar wore a specially designed protective cap Friday during his first spring training bullpen session with the New York Yankees.

Farquhar collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 after pitching in the sixth inning against Houston. He was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage, had surgery the next day and was hospitalized until May 7. Farquhar was not cleared to pitch again in 2018, became a free agent after the season and signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.

“I am extraordinarily just thankful,” Farquhar said.

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.

In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star one season removed from going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings.

Well, it isn’t really that much a surprise- roster limits being what they are, you’d have to be willing to use individual relievers far more heavily than anyone ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

For Nolan Arenado, it’s about more than just the money

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mid-morning, the fog that was low and warm lifted. Filtered and grayish since daybreak, the sun’s rays hit him square across the shoulders and neck. The infield, otherwise smooth and glossy, was, a few steps to his left, a few steps back, chopped and pitted and worn.

“Right down that line, dawg,” he shouted.

And so all that stuff that looks made up in the moment, that looks impossible until it isn’t, that can only be a gift of intuition and providence, began with a two-hopped fungo hissed over the third-base bag. With a backhander that carried him into the grass. With a throw that out-raced an imaginary runner.

Is it about the pie?

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, nolan arenado

Adam Wainwright Worried About Mid-Season Strike, Players Walking Out

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is worried that the cool Hot Stove this offseason could lead to a strike.

Wainwright spoke to InsideSTL.com on Friday and voiced his concerns over what could happen with the growing issues between players and management.

“Unless something changes, there’s going to be a strike. 100%,” he said. “I’m just worried people are going to walk out midseason.”

So, what do we anticipate happening as a result of a mid-season strike, should it come to pass?

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, hot stove, strike

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nightengale: Trevor Bauer’s radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone

As free agents have struggled to land long-term deals over the past two winters, the 28-year-old believes that signing only one-year contracts would make him affordable to all 30 teams, even with an annual price tag of at least $35 million.

“I’ll go year-to-year my entire career,” said Bauer, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season. “Why would you lock yourself in a situation that may not make you happy? I think that’s highly inefficient. Everybody is afraid of risk. Everyone is scared.

Jack Sommers Posted: February 15, 2019 at 04:41 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, free agency, trevor bauer

Cubs’ Addison Russell: ‘I am accountable for my past actions’

Addison Russell had more than five months to prepare for his first media session since his domestic violence suspension, and it showed.

With his manager, top front office executives and the Cubs’ highest-ranking public relations people watching from the back of the room, the Cubs’ troubled shortstop held a polished 20-minute Q-and-A session heavy on “thank you for that question” responses and obviously well rehearsed talking points.

“I’m accountable for my past actions,” he said more than once when asked about his past denials and whether he acknowledges details of the abuse his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy outlined.

“I am not proud of the person I was.”


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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 04:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell

OT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  Kyler Murray and how the Galactic Empire did nothing wrong.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 15, 2019 at 12:14 PM | 925 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-15-2019

Washington Times, February 15, 1919:

Joe Jackson and “Swede” Risberg for Bobby Veach, Donie Bush and Harry Heilman is the latest heard in “the Loop.”

Bush, according to the story, is dissatisfied with conditions in Detroit, and welcomes a change. Furthermore, the Tigers’ shortstop is a veteran, and Hughey Jennings has taken quite a fancy to Risberg.

Jackson has not communicated with the Chicago club. He has taken sadly to heart the columns of criticism hurled at him all around the country, and will hardly care to play [in Chicago] again.

Joe, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news is that you’re going to be a White Sock for the rest of your career. The good news is that you won’t be have to be a White Sock for very long. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants add a ‘baseball guy’ to develop new data-driven pitching program – The Athletic

All you SABR nerds aren’t baseball people.

Maybe if the “internal civil war” doesn’t need to exist, we should stop classifying ourselves so much.

“I’m not a mathematician or a SABR nerd,” Daniels told The Athletic this week. “I’ve read all that stuff but at heart I’m a baseball guy that knows data, not the other way around.”

It’s an important distinction.

“There’s an internal civil war that exists and doesn’t need to exist,” Daniels admitted.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

Mad Max: On what the Nationals ace believes is ‘poisoning’ the game – The Athletic

How many teams really aren’t trying to win? Serious question. Are the Padres trying to win? How about the Marlins?

I get the frustration by players. I’m not sure harping on this point is a productive path for players, however. Do the players really want fewer fans for the game?

“When there’s teams, when there’s too many teams that are not trying to win that poisons the game, poisons the fan experience and it creates bandwagon fans,” said Scherzer, who heaped praise on the Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo for investing in the club this winter. “If you’re constantly just trying to go in this win-loss cycle that MLB is pushing you are creating bandwagon fans and that’s not the type of fans you want to create. You want ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 07:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, pay site

Nolan Arenado discusses contract negotiations | Colorado Rockies

“I’m not going to sit here and say there is a deadline,” Arenado said. “As a collective group between me, my agent and the Rockies, I think we’re going to have a quiet deadline. There’s a time and place to focus on ball. They have a job to do, too. They’re trying to help us win games, also. I think they’re more worried on helping us win games than trying to get this contract done at a certain time.

“When serious games start, there’ll probably be a silent deadline. I’m not sure. But at the end of the day, I’m open to anything. It’s been fine. There’s no hard feelings. We can talk whenever.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

O’Donnell: Could this be Theo Epstein’s finale with Cubs?

“Tearing at the seams” sounds like an exaggeration.

Critical core: At age 45, Epstein is approaching the prime of his career. In MLB, he is universally acknowledged as being as good as it gets. So why should be continue to work for anyone else, especially an organization tearing at the seams on multiple imaging fronts above a roster era that could quite likely be arced out?

If he is not somewhere on the trolley toward becoming chairman and managing partner of another MLB team—in a perfect scenario with a majority ownership stake—he is doing himself, his professional ceiling and his family a disservice.

And intellectual omission has never been a fungo on any field of possibilities overseen by Theo Epstein.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Will the Cubs really finish last in 2019? Say it ain’t so, PECOTA - Chicago Tribune

The PECOTA computer can’t look in anyone’s eyes to see if that “look” is there.

Does it know something we don’t?

“It is entertaining,” Maddon said. “Who knows why or how they arrive at that stuff. It really means nothing.

“You’ve got to go out and play the game. You’ve got to compete. I have zero interest in something like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Red Sox motto for 2019 spring training: ‘Turn the page’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy, rolling down the streets of Boston in duck boats, and everything else that comes with a World Series title is all fine and dandy.

But if there’s one way to describe the Red Sox’s approach to the upcoming season, it’s “Belichickian.” The past is the past. They’re “on to 2019.”

At last year’s trade deadline, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman unintentionally provided the Red Sox with a rallying call that helped spark a championship run and a boatload of merchandise sales. Cashman stated that when the Yankees go head-to-head with the Red Sox, they “do some damage against them.” And thus, “Do Damage” was born.

Funny- I always pictured Bob Seger as being ...

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QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, slogans

Tigers pitcher Mize, majors’ No. 1 pick, trying to fit in

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers issued jersey No. 74 to Casey Mize and for the next few days, he will be just one of 31 pitchers in camp, trying to get his arm and body ready for a long baseball season.

But the 21-year-old right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft last June, and as Detroit’s No. 1 hope for the future, he was bound to attract more than his share of attention, even while just trying to fit in.

“When you’re a draft pick like that, everybody’s staring at you anyway,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You’ve got your name on your back and everybody’s paying attention and you can put more pressure on yourself.”

Has he given any thought to calling himself The Slightly Bigger ...

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QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, spring training, tigers

Why is David Price wearing No. 10? Red Sox hurler keeps switch a mystery

David Price wants the jersey sleuths to do their own detective work.

During his introductory press conference in Fort Myers, Fla., the Boston Red Sox pitcher was asked why he changed his uniform number from 24 to 10 earlier this offseason.

Here was his response:

“I’ma let you guys figure it out. It’s not that tough, I feel like you can get it. Somebody will get it and everybody’s gonna be like ‘oh, ok, wow.’”

Thanks for clearing that up, David.

Are we sure he isn’t just trying to confound Jerry at every turn?

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, mysteries, numbers

Cueto pitched with severe pain in elbow nearly 3 years

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For nearly three years, Johnny Cueto pitched with a stabbing pain in his right elbow. He won 18 games for San Francisco in 2016 and started the All-Star game that year dealing with the discomfort.

How he did so, Cueto isn’t sure. And the animated right-hander can now envision how great it will be once he’s back on the mound and pain-free following Tommy John reconstructive surgery.

“It was a lot for me to deal with. It was almost three years with pain in the elbow, and strong pain,” said Cueto, who turns 33 on Friday. “It’s not easy. Last year I started well, but it’s a mental pain, it’s a pain that felt like someone stuck a knife in my elbow and stabbed it over and over again. It was unbearable ...

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QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow injury, johnny cueto, pain

Hunter Pence reflects on his time with the Giants in a heartfelt essay

During his last game at AT&T Park, Hunter Pence exited in a way only he could—on a motorized scooter. It was the appearance of a young soul who wanted to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible.

At the time, it was presumed that was going to be his last game as a member of the Giants. But nobody knew for sure, including Pence.

With the three-time All-Star recently agreeing to a minor league deal with the Rangers, he reflected on the seven seasons he spent as a member of the Giants in a touching essay entitled “Gr8ful” to The Player’s Tribune.

A player’s farewell- we’ll always have 2014.

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, giants, hunter pence

Carson Fulmer turned to one of baseball’s top data-driven companies to reclaim his career

SEATTLE — The end of the baseball season provides a welcome rest for most players. After a grueling 162-game season, players generally take some time away from the game. It’s their time to decompress, re-evaluate their season, get married, go on vacation or spend time with family.

There was no break for Chicago White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer this offseason. While his major-league club was still playing games in September, Fulmer went to his offseason home in Seattle, and committed to training as often as possible during the winter. The 25-year-old was not going to let rain, illness or the holidays be an excuse, because he understands there’s a lot at stake in 2019.

After being selected as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 Major ...

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QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carson fulmer, comeback, data-driven decisions

Manny Machado reportedly met with Padres GM in Miami

The San Diego Padres’ pursuit of Manny Machado continued with a reported face-to-face meeting earlier this week in Miami.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made the cross-country flight to Miami to meet with Machado and his wife. It’s the second meeting the Padres and Machado have had this offseason, but this one clearly has a more personal feel. Acee termed the meeting “a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement.”

The Padres’ interest in Machado has gradually increased the longer he’s remained available. San Diego has also been a late entry into the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Members of the Padres front office recently flew to ...

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QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, miami, padres

Former Pirates pitching great (and his baseball card) appears on “This Is Us”

I love it when the hobby and pop culture collide. On last night’s episode of This Is Us, the mega-popular tear-jerker of a TV show, former Pirates pitching great John Smiley and his 1987 Topps Traded card made an appearance.

Sort of.

I know John Smiley is hardly considered a “great” today, but in 1992, coming off a 20-win season, an All-Star appearance, and a third-place finish in Cy Young Award voting, “great” is not a stretch. And it wasn’t actually Smiley on the show, but actor Troy Doherty portraying Smiley at a baseball card signing.

Fiore Gino Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, pittsburgh pirates, tv

Chris Berman Will Be One of the Red Sox Announcers This Year

Legendary sportscaster Chris Berman will be a part of WEEI’s Red Sox broadcasts this season. Berman will call select games in a busy 2019 rotation alongside Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Joe Castiglione(via WEEI press release):

“In adition to McDonough, Lewin and Impemba, Chris Berman, broadcaster for ESPN; Lou Merloni, on-air personality for WEEI; Dale Arnold, on-air personality for WEEI; Tom Caron, studio host for NESN; and Dave O’Brien, television voice of the Red Sox for NESN, will also call select games as part of the broadcast play-by-play committee. O’Brien will call a select number of nationally televised Red Sox games.”

While Berman will always be known for his NFL work, he is no stranger to baseball having called numerous ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frazier, Wheeler rally behind deGrom: Mets, sign him now

Deserves what he can get under the current CBA would be a truer statement. The CBA would need a total redo for players to get what they deserve. Albert Pujols and Pablo Sandoval, for just two examples, certainly don’t want the kind of CBA restructuring where players get what they currently deserve.

“[DeGrom] deserves every penny, and I hope he gets it. He’s that good of a baseball player and he deserves all the money in baseball he can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Blue Jays have no timetable for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. debut

Atkins said the team will see how spring training progresses when asked about Guerrero’s debut.

“There’s no firm timeline on when he arrives and when he plays in Toronto for the first time but we want to make sure he’s the best possible third baseman and the best possible hitter he can be,” Atkins told reporters, according to the Toronto Sun and Baseball Toronto.

“This is going to be a fun and exciting time for him and a fun and exciting time for the organization.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 02:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Braves think their fans are idiots

Back to money.

Q: Liberty reported significant revenue increases for 2018. Fans see that and expectedly want you to invest in players.

McGuirk: The last thing you can do is follow our bouncing ball of economics, with debt. It costs a lot to build this edifice.

I have no idea what this means other than front offices think of all player salaries as pure liability and that the end game of a baseball team is profit, not winning baseball games.

Wait, I don’t need to infer that. McGuirk says so explicitly in his next answer, when asked about the interplay between team revenues and the product on the field:

It’s all designed to produce profitability that will go into our team, over and above, as we pay off the debt and pay off the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 01:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Trevor Bauer: Indians presented ‘character assassination’ against him

Maybe Bauer doesn’t have the temperament to go to arbitration every year. As Sean Casey will tell you, “It’s not business; it’s personal.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, indians, trevor bauer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-14-2019

Pittsburgh Press, February 14, 1919:

Clark Griffith of the Senators says he would have “Babe” Ruth on first base every day in the week if “Babe” were with the Washington club, writing to a baseball friend [in Boston]. Griffith declares that he can’t see Ruth at all as a pitcher or as an outfielder.
...
“As a pitcher, Ruth is a joke. I know all about his record, too, when I say this. I could go up and get two hits off him in every game he pitched against me; that’s what I think of his pitching. As an outfielder, Ruth is not good. As a hitter—oh, lady, lady, he’s a wonder.

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

Elsewhere on the same page of the Press, umpire Billy Evans talks about Yankees outfielder George Halas: He’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 09:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets’ heightened expectations put Mickey Callaway on hot seat

Does any manager have more pressure to succeed than Mickey Callaway?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway


Jason Kipnis And The Dark Side Of An Increased Launch Angle

Tony Blengino thinks increasing launch angle hurt Jason Kipnis.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jason kipnis

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