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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lookout Landing: Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach

The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.


Yankees Surprise Mel Stottlemyre With Plaque

Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, a day like no other:

Stottlemyre, who had to convince his oncologist to let him fly to New York, sat in the Yankees’ dugout as Randolph received his Monument Park plaque. He watched as his fellow Old-Timers were introduced, a history of the club unfurling in front of him. He waited for his name to be called until he was the last one left. “I was sitting there by myself, and I actually thought they forgot me,” he said.

As Stottlemyre sat in the dugout, he saw ...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Madden: Recapping a baseball week to forget - NY Daily News

Why isn’t Madden writing a blog with three readers?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bad analysis

Ford: Utley’s berating a death knell for Sandberg’s tenure

What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ryne sandberg

Mets MGR Terry Collins on life and his Dad

if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one

“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.

“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”

Howie Menckel Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, mets

OMNICHATTER 6-20-15

The “A-Rod Had His 3000th Hit” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Robothal: Rays’ will to win overcomes any obstacle in their path

Robothal is hitting .500 in yesterday afternoon’s columns.

The point is, Tampa Bay is competing, as Tampa Bay always competes, even as Rays owner Stuart Sternberg describes the team’s current run as “beyond improbable.”

Sternberg, in speaking to reporters, was referring to all of the injuries, all of the rookies. But really, the Rays expected to be good last season, when many of us picked them to win the division, if not reach the World Series. Injuries and poor performance in ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: first place, injuries, ken rosenthal, rays, small market, trades

Sale ties mark with 12-plus K’s in 5th straight | MLB.com

The White Sox have some problems but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Red Sox need to dump Sandoval, Ramirez, like, now | FOX Sports

Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Holding On to a Special Ball, With No Apology

Two security officials led the way through the Yankee Stadium crowd on Friday, and a group of reporters followed, as Zack Hample clutched the ball that was Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit so tightly that his knuckles were white….

Hample was not exactly awe-struck. He had, to a degree, planned this all out. He had bought a season ticket in right field knowing that it would be a prime location for home runs. The Yankees described him as a professional home run catcher, and the whole scene felt ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 20, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees

Big League Stew: Notorious ballhawk Zack Hample catches A-Rod’s 3,000th hit

Yo, Randy Levine: Market this.

He’s been on the receiving end of several notable milestones over the years, including Mike Trout’s first major league home run on July 24, 2011 at Camden Yards. He also caught Barry Bonds’ 724th career home run at Petco Park in 2006, and over the years has caught several balls at the Home Run Derby in numerous locations.

Now he adds Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, which should prove to be the most valuable of them all.

Of course, no one knows that better than ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, a-rod, fans, souvenirs, yankees

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Angels’ rookie league team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.

This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...

I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly ...

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As Cardinals acknowledge ‘rogue element’ in hacking of Astros, a third breach is found - Ultimate Astros

What a mess.

The Chronicle on Thursday learned that the Cardinals had unauthorized access to Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known. Cards owner Bill DeWitt Jr., meanwhile, for the first time acknowledged that his organization had played a role in accessing proprietary information belonging to the Astros, blaming “roguish behavior.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

How Royals fans have turned MLB’s All-Star voting into anarchy - Yahoo Sports

What a mess.

More than 300 million votes have been accepted, according to the league, and the record of 390 million should fall sometime this week. Almost certainly a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2. And that doesn’t include the massive amounts of votes Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, said the league disallowed because of concerns over fake or improper voting.

“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Tampa’s Wilson does it all in marathon win -  Backstop catches 15 innings, hurls two frames, slugs first pro homer

Officially, Yankees prospect Wes Wilson is listed as a catcher. Unofficially, he’s an iron man two-way player, a lights-out closer, a jokester, and after his late-innings exploits Thursday, somewhat of a Tampa hero.

Wilson caught 15 innings behind the plate before tossing two perfect innings of relief and capping his mammoth night with a go-ahead homer in the 17th frame as the Class A Advanced Yankees outlasted the host Bradenton Marauders, 5-4.

It’s not every day that you see a 17-inning ...

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Barnwell: MVP Votes for negative WAR

By my count, 36 players have received MVP votes for sub-replacement seasons since 1931, when the American League joined the National League in adopting the current selection model, without any restrictions on multiple-time winners.  Highlighted players:

1997: Deivi Cruz, SS, Tigers
1997: Tony Womack, 2B, Pirates
1992: George Bell, OF, White Sox
1990: Joe Carter, OF, Padres
1974: Jack Billingham, P, Reds
1950: Ken Wood, OF, Browns

Colon, Gregerson, Gattis, Kendrys and Torii suggested as ...

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bbmck Posted: June 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, mvp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2015

Albuquerque Morning Journal, June 19, 1915:

INSANE PROVE TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC ROOTERS AT BASEBALL GAME

Three hundred inmates of the state asylum for the insane [in San Bernardino, CA] rooted like real fans at a baseball game played [yesterday] between teams made up from inmates and attendants of the institution.

Dr. J.A. Riley, superintendent of the hospital, who believes interest created by baseball may restore mental balance in many of the patients, announced after the game that work would be ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 19, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Royals beat Brewers 3-2 as Ned Yost becomes winningest manager in club history | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

So, he wasn’t very good before the changes?

When Kansas City stumbled earlier this month, Yost and his players preached patience. Yost considered this a learned skill, something he could not always practice when he first became a manager. The team credited him for loosening the reigns and trusting his roster.

“I just respect the fact that he’s really adapted and changed,” said Jeremy Guthrie, who logged six innings of two-run baseball on Thursday. “Just like every player has to do. Just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals

Sean McAdam: Pablo Sandoval incident reveals dysfunction aplenty

Has an underperforming team ever been likable?

Until, say, two weeks ago, the Red Sox were just another underperforming, overpaid team.

Then came a string of additional losses, some distinct lack of hustle on the field, a team meeting which had no positive effect and, finally, the Pablo Sandoval Fiasco.

Now the Red Sox aren’t just underachieving - they’re also hugely unlikable.

Now they’re a punch-line, an honest-to-goodness laughing stock, inviting ridicule and scorn.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox


Surgery not on table for Lagares | Amazin’ Stories | NorthJersey.com

Rest or Tommy John surgery?

The possibility of surgery was broached earlier in the afternoon when manager Terry Collins said the ways for Lagares’ elbow to improve would be to rest or have Tommy John surgery. Collins added Lagares can play through this injury.

“A lot of guys have,” Collins said. “We just have to be careful he doesn’t get crazy and make an awkward throw or try to overthrow too much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Exclusive: Astros’ Jeff Luhnow on Cardinals hacking scandal - MLB - SI.com

Among other comments.

One was the implication that the hackers had been able to gain access to the Astros’ database—which is called Ground Control and contains scouting and medical reports and statistical projections, among other data—because he had failed to change his old passwords. “That’s absolutely false,” said Luhnow, who worked as a technology executive before he began his career in baseball. “I absolutely know about password hygiene and best practices. I’m certainly aware ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, jeff luhnow

Let’s Watch Carlos Correa Do Something Amazing | FanGraphs Baseball

Some great info on Carlos Correa.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Who’s next to 3,000 hits, Alex? A-Rod needs 1 more | MLB.com

A-Rod is one hit away. Prepare your celebrations!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 6-19-2015

The A-Rod 3K watch OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 19, 2015 at 12:25 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pretty Good, episode 3: Lonnie Smith fought the 1980s and beat its ass down

This is pretty good.

Lonnie Smith is mostly remembered for about a five-second span of the 1991 World Series, but his entire career is one of the most fascinating sports stories of my lifetime.

 


OMNICHATTER 6-18-2015

The “Oh Crud, I forgot about the day games” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 18, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 154 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Lindbergh: Capps’ Hop Quantified

When Capps is pitching, 60 feet, six inches shrinks to roughly 52 feet, four inches. That’s enough to inflate his perceived velocity by almost 3.5 mph, topping 101, passing Chapman (who gets a much smaller boost), and crowning Capps as baseball’s hardest-seeming thrower.

bbmck Posted: June 18, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: capps, statcast, velocity

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

I hacked the MLB All-Star voting page in under 20 minutes

To be fair, “hacked” really isn’t the right word. That word implies some kind of username/password cracking, which in turn implies some kind of secure system, and quite frankly, the All Star voting page set up by MLB is anything but secure. With a basic knowledge of HTML, a bit of Javascript, and a few minutes to play around, I was able to exploit MLB’s All-Star voting system quite easily.

The key to exploiting the system was realizing that—are you ready for this?—there is zero verification ...

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Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, royals, voting

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