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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, May 29, 1914:

The Pirates are displaying a lamentable tendency to “look over their opponents’ pitching” before deciding to offer at balls over the plate.
...
Whether the Pirates work under specific orders when at bat is a mooted question, but it is a fact that very few of them ever strike at the first ball pitched, regardless of how good it may be.
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Many experts…are of the opinion that it is good judgment to try to hit any ball that cuts the heart of the plate at a ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, strategery

internships jobs at ESPN

Who doesn’t want to work long hours for no money?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2014 at 07:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jobs, you won't get paid


Jury selection begins in Giants fan Bryan Stow’s civil suit against Dodgers

The 100 prospective jurors in court Tuesday were given a six-page questionnaire to fill out, with questions such as “What is your opinion if any of Frank McCourt?”

My answer would surely have gotten me disqualified.

Seriously, I would like to see McCourt take it in the shorts as much as anyone but can they really get him on this?  The Dodger parking lot is a vast, chaotic free-for-all filled with drunk scumbags.  On a good day.  It would take a small army to effectively police.  You ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 29, 2014 at 04:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium, frank mccourt, legal

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

OMNICHATTER 5-29-14

Of course I’m submitting this on 5-28-2014, but Flux Capacitor is… uh… fluxing.

Gamingboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

Not a long statement but it’s informative.

During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that is, today’s pro pitcher in his 20’s was an adolescent pitcher a dozen years ago. Thus in many cases, the injury ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dr. james andrews, injuries, tommy john surgery

Rick Reilly: Jeter State of Mind

Holy hagiography! Did I really beat Repoz to this?! Rick Reilly pens one for the ages- a letter to the imaginary future child of Derek Jeter.

How he was loved! In a league full of bloated steroid cheats, he kept the same body, the same weight, the same helmet size. In a game full of bat-flipping prima donnas, he ran out every ground ball, hard. In a world of my-agent-doesn’t-want-me-to-play multimillionaires, he played hurt more than we know. “Most of the time, he wasn’t 100 percent,” Posada ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, rick reilly

95.7 The Game get defensive when their social media policy is questioned

The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants played home games at the same time yesterday. The A’s hosted the Detroit Tigers, while the Giants faced the Chicago Cubs. Sellout crowds on both sides of the bay…....

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's, san francisco giants

A SON OF THE GAME: Mariano Rivera III tries to make a name for himself in baseball

Wait, Mariano Rivera retired? Why didn’t they announce it or anything?

The father is here to cheer on his 20-year-old son — a redshirt sophomore for the Gaels. Listed on the Iona roster as Mariano Rivera, the son’s legal name is actually Mariano Rivera III (although most everybody, including dad, refers to him as “Jr.”). Beyond the name and the fact that they both pitch, there are other similarities between the two. There are also many differences, one of which is that the son is a starter ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bloodlines, mariano rivera, yankees

Gallardo wins it for Brewers—as a hitter

MILWAUKEE—As he was about to be intentionally walked, Brewers infielder Mark Reynolds was chuckling in the batter’s box, knowing that his team needed a starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, to get a big hit to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

It turns out that Gallardo got the last laugh.

With the Brewers out of position players, Gallardo’s pinch-hit double off T.J. McFarland scored Reynolds from first with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Miller ...

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Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-28-2014

Pittsburgh Press, May 28, 1914:

“Babe” Ruth, aged 18, star pitcher of the Baltimore Internationals, is safe from Federal raids. [Orioles owner] Jack Dunn found the boy in an industrial school and has been appointed his guardian. Ruth can sign no contracts without his guardian’s consent.

Baseball team owners adopting star underage players? What could possibly go wrong?

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, jack dunn

OMNICHATTER 5-28-2014

It has been [3] days since the last no-hitter.

It is now day [4454] of Operation Shutdown. Stay strong, Derek. Stay strong.

Gamingboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Royals’ Yordano Ventura will miss as little as one start as MRI finds no ligament damage

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings.  “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy.  I am as giddy as a drunken man.  A merry Christmas to everybody!  A happy New Year to all the world!  Hallo here!  Whoop!  Hallo!”

Zach Posted: May 27, 2014 at 05:33 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

Baseball players wearing camouflage? Make sports, not war Add to ...

There is the disorienting sense of rah-rah about the whole thing. It’s a celebration, which seems the wrong tone if what we are doing is honouring those who have been harmed or risked harm on our behalf.

In U.S. arenas, they’ve been slowly phasing out the military trappings. The paying public can apparently tolerate only so many patriotic ballads and fly-overs.

One thing they still do regularly is focus in on one veteran during a break in play, name him or her, and allow the crowd to react ...

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Paul D(uda) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:26 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, military

Oregon State leads field of 64 in 2014 Division I Baseball tournament

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The national top eight seeds are Oregon State (42-12), Florida (40-21), Virginia (44-13), Indiana (42-13), Florida State (43-15), La.-Lafayette (53-7), TCU (42-15) and LSU (44-14-1). The top eight seed for Indiana marks a first for a Big Ten institution.

Both my current school (Oregon State) and my undergrad (Cal Poly) are number one seeds in their ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Gallo’s Home Run Production Stands Alone - BaseballAmerica.com

If he can continue to make adjustments, he’s going to be a monster.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects

10 Degrees: As MLB looks for Bud Selig’s successor, Jerry Reinsdorf makes power grab - Yahoo Sports

The Game of Thrones: The Boys of Summer Edition

Truth is, Manfred represents much of what owners have come to value in a commissioner. He grabbed ahold of the changing power dynamics in labor relations and returned them to MLB after the union spent decades wiping the floor with the league. He is exceedingly bright and devilishly funny. He will fight and, in keeping with the tack of MLB past, fight dirty. He knows the game, the people. He wrote the labor agreements that have kept peace for nearly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, commissioner

($) 2014 Perfect Game MLB Draft Preview Content - Baseball Prospectus

I don’t usually link to content behind the pay wall. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed David Rawnsley work over the years and appreciate his take on the draft, especially the top five picks.

1. HOUSTON ASTROS ($7,922,100)

BRADY AIKEN - LHP - Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
This is the Astros’ third consecutive try to map out a top of the draft strategy. Their 2012 strategy looks to be an “A” effort, with their 2013 strategy, on very early impressions, less so. I would expect the Astros to look for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Mock Draft: Astros might take Prep pitcher Aiken No. 1 | MLB.com: News

Jim Callis’ latest mock draft. I would think it would be difficult for the Cubs not to take one of the big arms if Jackson goes ahead of them.

1. Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
Houston likely will choose between the top three pitchers and Jackson, and is believed to prefer the two left-handers. The Astros may save money versus the $7,922,100 assigned pick value to spend later in the Draft but won’t compromise on talent at No. 1.

2. Marlins: Alex Jackson, C/OF, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft

David Ortiz believes Manny Ramirez will make good mentor - The Boston Globe

Who is Manny being now?

“It’s a different guy. He’s been doing different things for the past couple of years,” Ortiz said after an 8-6 victory against the Braves. “I’ve been talking to him a lot on the phone and sometimes I get confused because I don’t know if I’m talking to him or not. This is legit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ortiz, manny ramirez, red sox

How much longer before Royals shake things up in dugout, front office?

Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.

An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, j.j. hardy, mariners, mets, padres, phillies, rangers, royals, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2014

Calumet (Michigan) News, May 27, 1914:

Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the American league, talked for an hour on Sunday with Joe Tinker, manager of the Chicago Feds. Although nothing definite was done, the great pitcher departed in a receptive mood. No offer was made because Johnson declared he was not open for an offer at the present time.

“I wouldn’t sign a contract now with any ball club, not even with Washington, but I’ll say that the Federal league looks as good to me as any other league, ...

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Giants OF Pence offers reward for stolen scooter


San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.

Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

C’mon San Francisco, you are better than this.  You would expect this kind of crap if you left something unlocked around Dodger Stadium but I thought you folks were cool.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, not cool, san francisco

OMNICHATTER 5-27-2014

It has been [1] day(s) since Jeff Samardzija last won a game.

It has been [2] day(s) since the last no-hitter.

Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, May 26, 2014

KC’s Ventura exits with lateral elbow discomfort

KANSAS CITY—Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Monday night’s game with what was described as lateral elbow discomfort.

He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in an effort to determine the severity of the problem. Any elbow irregularity, of course, is cause for concern, especially in light of the recent increase of Tommy John surgeries.

Zach Posted: May 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

A.J. Ellis suffers severe ankle sprain during no-hitter celebration

Ellis jumped up and landed on Drew Butera’s discarded catcher’s gear during the celebration, he said.

When you’re a 33-year-old catcher, hitting .170, and you’ve just returned from the DL, this isn’t the smartest thing to do.

vortex of dissipation Posted: May 26, 2014 at 06:33 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Peter Gammons: Memorial Day MLB Draft Notes

Alex Jackson seems to be getting some pre-draft helium.

“Many of the Astros people believe that picking a pitcher at the top is a gamble because of the historical predictability of pitchers,” says another club official friendly with the Houston front office. Last year, if they hadn’t been able to do a deal with (Stanford pitcher) Mark Appel, (North Carolina third baseman) Colin Moran was in their mix. I think it’s certain that Alex Jackson is a name they are looking at closely.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, peter gammons

Noah Syndergaard of New York Mets placed on DL with elbow injury - ESPN New York

Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the disabled list and will be dispatched to New York for an examination with team doctors after being diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER for 5-26-2014

This OMNICHATTER is for Eddie Grant.

Gamingboy Posted: May 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AP: Josh Beckett pitches first career no-hitter and first in MLB this season

PHILADELPHIA—Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.

Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars.

“I don’t think I had no-hit stuff,” he said. “I just really kept them guessing.”
The 34-year-old right-hander, whose career was almost ...

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Tripon Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:18 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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