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Friday, September 09, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-9-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 9, 1916:


The Fitzsimmons team of [Newark, Ohio], composed of amateur ballplayers, boasts of one real curiosity. He is Outfielder Nutter, who, so far as is known, is the only man in baseball who ever knocked a home run with his head.

In a recent exhibition game with the Philadelphia Athletics, Nutter lost a flyball. It hit him on the top of the head and bounced over the fence for a circuit smash.

Coincidentally, Jose Canseco is ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 09, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nine Innings: Pedroia’s season is similar to his ‘08 MVP year, but he has no shot at winning now

Pedroia is having a great year. He’s not the M.V.P.

Steve Lyons, in his usual nonsensically earnest Steve Lyons way, tried to make the point during Tuesday’s NESN broadcast that Dustin Pedroia’s numbers this season are very similar to his stellar stats in 2008, when he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, and thus that should mean he ought to be a candidate for the award this year. Well, no. Pedroia is having a wonderful season — he’s actually hitting .326, just as he ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Worried about your ace’s $100 million arm? There is insurance for that. - The Washington Post

Remember when the Nationals held Strasburg out to protect him long-term?

“Theoretically, on a contract that size, you would definitely get insurance,” said an executive from another major league club, speaking of Strasburg’s deal. “The challenge is that the insurance always asks for exemptions on previous injuries. Anyone will insure anything at a certain cost. But in this case, either they have an exemption for the elbow, which would make the insurance borderline useless, or it’s so ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals


The Worldwide Leader in OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 09, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

What to watch for Friday on MLB.TV |

Kershaw vs. Fernandez. Red Sox vs. Blue Jays, Orioles vs. Tigers.

I guess I’m split screening it today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault -

Hector Olivera, the former Dodgers and Braves prospect, was found guilty on Thursday of misdemeanor domestic assault stemming from an incident at an Arlington, Va., hotel in April. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty of those days were suspended, however, meaning he will serve just 10 days before being released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, hector olivera, padres

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Strasburg out indefinitely with forearm strain

Surprised no one punched this one up yet!

“Normally [strained flexor masses] come around very well with treatment and strengthening programs,” Nationals head athletic trainer Paul Lessard said. “It’s not a season-ending injury…”

This is the basically the same initial diagnosis as prior to Strasburg’s 2010 UCL tear was discovered.  Lessard did not go on to explain precisely which tune he was whistling as he passed the ligament graveyard.

Scott Fischthal Posted: September 08, 2016 at 06:21 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg, ucl

Betting tout Adam Meyer pleads guilty in $45 million scam

Florida betting tout Adam Meyer pleaded guilty to extortion and racketeering Thursday in a scam that cost Fond du Lac millionaire Gary Sadoff $45 million — a sum that is nearly double the amount Meyer was originally charged with embezzling.
Meyer falsely claimed Real Money Sports used computer analysis and simulations to predict the outcome of games.

He previously claimed to have helped MLB with an investigation.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: September 08, 2016 at 04:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Are the Umpires At It Again?

The story is relatively clear. For both right-handed and left-handed batters, the probability of a strike call on low pitches has decreased substantially. (The base rate of called strikes for these pitches ranges from 20 to 60 percent.) In some cases, the probability of a low outside strike has decreased by as much as 12 percentage points. Much of this difference is low and outside, pitches we know to be more difficult to hit with high exit velocities or for home runs.

Interestingly, there are ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, umpires

Heyman - 20 Best Trades From Last Two Seasons

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 02:02 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trades

Critics of Mets’ Tim Tebow deal don’t get how this game works | New York Post

Another take.

Organizations sign high-end amateur athletic lottery tickets all the time and see if they can infuse nuanced baseball moves and skills. Most fail, yet no organization stops trying, hence all the investment into the athletic-hued players of Cuba, some of whom are in their late 20s like Tebow.

In other words, this machine already was operating before the Mets bought Tebow. No player – NONE – who demonstrates he has even a scintilla of a chance of making it to The Show is going ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Josh Beckett: Red Sox ‘Made Up’ 2012 Injury, Left Him To Take Blame « CBS Boston

I’m glad that’s cleared up.

“I wish everybody would have known the whole story,” said Beckett. “I’ll finish with this … Aaron Cook had an opt-out in his contract, I was pitching terrible – which is my fault – so we made up an injury so that [the Red Sox] could call him up, so he didn’t opt out and go to the Yankees. That was a thing, but I don’t think that that’s actually legal to do. I don’t think you can just phantom DL somebody.

“That’s the whole thing that I had a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: josh becket, red sox

Mets sign Tim Tebow - Minor League Ball

Really? It bothers John?

NEWSFLASH: Life isn’t always fair. It never will be completely fair. On the outrage meter, however, this shouldn’t even move the needle.

But I have to admit, the whole thing bothers me. There are dozens of players in independent baseball who have put in the work and effort to earn a shot in organized ball. Tebow gets to jump ahead in the line just because he is famous for non-baseball reasons.

Just another nail in the coffin of the idea that baseball is a pure ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Tim Tebow signs with Mets |

He’s a Met!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

One idea to speed up September games: Limit the number of relievers (INSIDER)

But more and more, you hear from folks inside the game about what a tough watch it has become, and according to sources, Major League Baseball has raised the idea of regulating the September rosters in the current collective bargaining talks in the hopes of diminishing the slog. Concepts have been discussed internally, centered on the idea of creating greater limits on the number of players available to managers in each game.
Even some managers who use their full complement of players to seek ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of place

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 8, 1916:

The ushers at Braves’ field have received the following instructions in regard to balls fouled into the grandstand. If the visiting team is in the field and an old ball is hit into the stand it is to be retained so that a new ball may be put into play; an old ball fouled in with the home team in the field is to be thrown out again.

It’s a clever idea, but I can’t imagine it would have been a massive help for the Braves. It is interesting, though, to see MLB ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nationals rally three times two sweep Braves |

Strasburg reacted the way most guys react when they’ve blown out their elbows. It was not promising.

Strasburg had missed 16 games with right elbow soreness before taking the mound Wednesday, and Baker insisted the right-hander was ready to pitch.

“He did everything that was asked of him. He was cleared,” Baker said. “He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He said that he felt fine.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

For better or worse, Mets defined by homers

After nine homers in the three-game series against Cincinnati, including three in a 6-3 victory on Wednesday, New York has 192 homers—the second most in the National League this season. Ninety-five of those came on the road—sixth most in the Majors and 10 short of the franchise record. And, most importantly, nearly 54 percent of the Mets’ runs are scored by the homer, and they are 64-36 when they hit one out, compared to 10-30 when they don’t.

The Mets hit 9 homers in their 3 game sweep of ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


OMNICHATTER, the final frontier…

Gamingboy Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Reddit: How to watch any MLB game since 2009 for free on official MLB YouTube accounts

I have no idea how well-known this is, but I suspect not a lot of people are aware of it, and MLB doesn’t seem to do much to advertise this fact.

As many of you know, many full MLB games can be found online on various YouTube accounts. MLB even has its own MLBClassics account in addition to the official MLB account on YouTube.

But maybe you didn’t realize that MLB has posted, from what I can tell, just about every game since the beginning of the 2009 season on their own official MLB YouTube ...

bbmck Posted: September 07, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: youtube

Roughned Odor is on the Verge of Something Historic (There’s a “but…”)

Roughned Odor is having an interesting season (and it has nothing to do with that chopping right to Jose Bautista’s jaw).

The table toward the end is pretty amazing. Different game.

gehrig97 Posted: September 07, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bonds, dimaggio, gehrig, hr, mize, roughned odor, walks

We’re watching the best crop of young shortstops in MLB history | For The Win

Ted Berg sizes up the shortstops. He has Xander Bogaerts way too low.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 03:35 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, shortstop

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 7, 1916:


With one out [in the tenth inning] Cobb beat out a hit to the shortstop. He stole second and Hartley’s low throw bounded into Marsan’s hand [in center field], but Cobb continued to third and beat the throw. Veach grounded sharply to Sisler, who forces Cobb to return to third, but as Sisler was touching first Cobb tore for home and beat the throw by an eyelash.

Well, that certainly would have made for an exciting ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Yankees’ Rebuild - The New York Times

“No regrets,” General Manager Brian Cashman insisted before batting practice Tuesday. “None whatsoever. We mapped out what we needed to do, we had to do it, and we’re better for it. In the present and the future. Period.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Rumors & Rumblings: Bryant is scouts’ pick for NL MVP

Somebody is going to be very disappointed this off-season.

Right fielder Jose Bautista reportedly was seeking a five-year, $125 million contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

The talks went nowhere and Bautista will become a free agent in November coming off an injury-ravaged season. He is hitting .227 with 17 home runs with a .793 OPS in 91 games following a six-year run where he hit a combined 227 homers and was selected to the All-Star Game each year.

It will ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, jose bautista, mets, notes, phillies

Chart Party: Jeff Francoeur, my favorite worst baseball player

Jeff Francoeur’s start was historically great, and the rest of his career has been historically not. But through it all, he remains. He is my favorite baseball player.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, jon bois

Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez signs with Reds |

The Reds’ latest splurge into the Cuban free-agent market culminated on Wednesday, when the signing of pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was completed. Gutierrez was at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday for his physical, which he passed before the signing was made official. It is a Minor League contract, and the right-hander will not occupy a spot on the 40-man roster.’s Jesse Sanchez reported on Aug. 30, via an industry source, that the Reds and Gutierrez had a $4.75 million deal. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 12:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds, vladimir gutierrez

Minor League All-Star Team 2016 -

BA Minor League All-Star team.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Why pitcher Kyle Farnsworth took his talents south of the border

Kyle Farnsworth is 40 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. You might recall that he made headlines a year ago by somewhat secretly joining the Orlando Phantoms, a semipro football team.

But none of that means Farnsworth is retired from baseball. He has been toiling the past two seasons in the Mexican League, and if his well-traveled past is any indication, there’s no telling where his next move will take him….

Despite a track record of 16 big league seasons pitching for nine ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle farnsworth, mexican baseball

The reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are always contenders - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Although there is a lot of talk about their draft success. How much of that success, though, is really a superior development system?

Here’s how Mozeliak summed up the challenge of contending yearly with an eye on the long term:

“Every year presents new challenges, demands and expectations. Our goal has always been to look at this team with long-term lenses and try to understand how and what we need to do to remain competitive. Ownership provides us with resources to best manage our short- and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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