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Saturday, May 31, 2014

MLB: Alderson says that ‘now’s the time to turn the corner’

Awareness of the Probabilities…pretty sure Bouzouki Joe Records had them on a Turkish Freakout comp.

MLB.com: When you say awareness, how much of the newer metrics do you involve Terry in? Talking to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about it this spring, he said he doesn’t think you can be a manager in the big leagues these days unless you use them to a certain degree.

Alderson: I think that’s fair. There’s so much information out there that it needs to be distilled into something that is usable. ...

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Repoz Posted: May 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER 5-31-2014

It has been [0] days since the last bench-clearing between Boston and Tampa.

Gamingboy Posted: May 31, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, May 30, 2014


Johnny Damon says he was ‘booted’ from MLB because he didn’t take PEDs

Damon Records: My Sadness.

Johnny Damon’s career might have ended a little prematurely — and against his will — all because he didn’t take performance-enhancing drugs.

Well, at least that’s what he thinks.

The longtime major leaguer claims that he was forced out of baseball for staying away from steroids and other PEDs.

“I played it clean,” Damon said during a recent interview on 810 CBS Sports in Orlando. “That’s what everybody’s going to be looking at. I think I’m one of the only ...

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Repoz Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: history, steroids

How Oakland Tried (and Failed) to Do Replay Differently «

Three? How about this?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2014 at 09:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks

OMNICHATTER 5-30-2014

All night games tonight, hence why this wasn’t submitted just after midnight.

Also, a reminder that it has been [5] days since our last MLB No-Hitter.

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Even A Team’s Fifth Starting Pitcher Matters When Trying to Make the Playoffs

New study shows statistical evidence that anybody throwing 170 innings is important to a teams’ won-loss record. Groundbreaking discovery!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 30, 2014 at 03:45 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jonah keri

Noble: Grace in center has Lagares on short Mets list

Confession: I root for Juan Lagares. There, I’ve said it, admitted it. On a regular basis, I do that which is routinely discouraged—even forbidden—in the pressbox. I do not cheer for the Mets center fielder. Can’t; long ago, Jerome Holtzman, the dean of baseball writers in Chicago, not only used “No cheering in the pressbox” as the title of his book, he also demanded it, not that writers’ objectivity had necessarily been called into question. So I don’t ever cheer—for any ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Want to avoid Tommy John surgery? Don’t throw so hard

Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

Dr. James Andrews Behind App Aiming To Limit Tommy John Surgeries

Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has performed numerous Tommy John surgeries on the elbows of baseball players. Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, has overseen the rehabilitation of many of these athletes following the procedure.

And after witnessing an increasing number of throwers seeking Tommy John surgery at progressively younger ages, Andrews and Wilk are trying to stem the tide of these devastating injuries at the youth level by teaming up to develop an ...

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eddieot Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: biomechanics, dr. james andrews, technology, tommy john surgery

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-30-2014

Toledo News-Bee, May 30, 1914:

Brick Owens, when umpiring an American association game at Minneapolis a couple of years ago, called a strike on Hobe Ferris.

“I swung only half way, I didn’t go over,” Ferris protested. “Yesterday I swung the same way and you called it a ball,” the player continued.

“Well,” drawled Owens, “that half you had yesterday and the half you had today makes a whole strike. Since it’s your third one, you’re out.”

Tough to argue with that logic. ...Read More...

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 30, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brick owens, dugout, history, hobe ferris

Passan: The baseball employment revolution: Why thousands have signed up for a free online course

Over the past month, since registration opened for the free online course Sabermetrics 101, a 13,464-person army of the curious, the dreamers, the scholarly and all other kinds signed up and turned a clever idea into a rousing success. The course launched Thursday morning. Nerdery went massively mainstream. The world did not end.

Actually, it got better, much better, and not simply because the brains behind the course, Boston-based professor Andy Andres, has put together a curriculum that ...

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Repoz Posted: May 30, 2014 at 07:06 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grantland: Right Down the Middle

If you’re in the mood for a no-nonsense overview of the state of baseball book publishing in 2014, check this out.

When ideas fail, baseball books drift back to the same place where they’ve been anchored for two decades: the 1950s. Baseball books are instant replay for baby boomers. “There has to be a book every year about Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Ted Williams, or some combination thereof,” said Robert Weintraub, author of The Victory Season, which was published last year. ...

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AndrewJ Posted: May 29, 2014 at 09:52 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: authors, baseball books, books, nostalgia

Kurkjian: The Unwritten Canon, Revealed

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson says, “There are so many unwritten rules because it’s such an old game. It’s such a technical game. There are so many opportunities for gamesmanship. It creates such drama. It’s such a game of respect. It’s a game that punishes those who are selfish.”

Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy asks, “But aren’t there unwritten rules in every industry? In journalism, you can’t steal sources, right? In hockey, guys don’t take their skates off and slash an opponent’s throat ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 29, 2014 at 08:31 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: tim kurkjian, unwritten rules

Ron Darling: Keith Hernandez qualified to be a critic of Mets’ hitting philosophy

Keith got 9 IBB’s in 86…so there’s that!.

Fired Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens used the word “naysayers” when describing the SNY announcers—including Keith Hernandez—who have criticized the team’s batting approach.

SNY announcer Ron Darling had another word Tuesday night to describe Hernandez: Expert.

“If you look at Keith’s career,” Darling told Newsday, “Keith was the poster boy for what they do. He’s already done it. These guys aspire to do it. I think that Keith is probably the best ...

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Repoz Posted: May 29, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets

Robothal - Joe Torre On Replay Delays

It’s not really an issue now,” Torre said. “The only concern that we’ve seen in a couple of instances — and that there have been some warnings on — is going out there and using (the delay) for other reasons, to freeze a pitcher, to get a pitcher warmed up, stuff like that. That’s a concern because that’s gamesmanship. We said early on that we didn’t want that to take place.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, time of game

WaPo: Boswell—Zimmerman says he’s ready to move to left field

“I’ve come to some self-realizations. I’ll be the first to say it. I’ve never shied away from the truth. The last two years have been rough for me [at third base]. I’ve had to do an excess of work to be able to do what I used to do naturally,” said Zimmerman, alone at his locker. “People keep asking me if six weeks off will help my [surgically repaired] shoulder. Six weeks off? Go six years back, maybe. It’s tough. It’s bone and joint.

“I’m comfortable playing wherever it ...

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Chris Needham Posted: May 29, 2014 at 09:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals


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

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