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Friday, August 17, 2018


Calcaterra - Dusty Baker Drops Truth Bombs

In which Craig Calcaterra reads The Athletic $ piece by Ken Rosenthal, then writes this piece that you can read for free.

I say that because every time someone gets to Dusty Baker for an interview, he drops some major truth bombs that make you wonder why anyone wouldn’t want him in charge. Sure, like any manager he has his faults and blind spots — more so in his distant past than in his recent past, I should not — but the guy is smart, has more experience than anyone going and is almost ...

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Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 17, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, manager, nationals

8,000 baseball fans recreated Animal House food fight during game

The St. Paul Saints welcomed fans to the game (against the Sioux Falls Canaries) with complimentary waterproof ponchos.  Attendees were then “given access to prepared food packets, mashed potatoes, marshmallows, powdered donuts and popcorn.”  Then everyone patiently waited until the bottom of the 5th inning, when Animal House’s memorable food fight scene started playing on the “big board.”

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op2RVoARcY8[/video]

Now they could have done it with ...

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Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, fight, fight, fight, food, st paul saints

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 17, 1918:

“The most peculiar happening in baseball during my career took place when I was with the St. Louis Feds,” said Bob Groom. “In a game at Pittsburgh, we had the bases filled and Larue Kirby came to bat. He hit for a home run, his hit accounting for four runs. Then the Pittsburgh management discovered that according to the score card Delos Drake should have hit ahead of Kirby. The umpire ruled Drake out for not having batted and allowed Kirby to hit over again. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, batting out of order, dugout, history

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rays Disrupt Baseball’s Tanking Industry by — Get This — Trying to Win - The New York Times

One of the complaints I’ve heard about the opener is it costs pitchers wins. The other day one of MLB Radio’s hosts made an interesting comment about wins. He said using an opener will help a pitcher get more wins not less.That’s because as a starter a pitchers needs to go five innings to get a win. A reliever, of course, has no such requirement. With such high reliever usage a pitcher can come in the second, pitch three or four good innings and end up with a win. True this. Of course, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Ronald Acuna elbow OK | MLB.com

Some good news for the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 01:50 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-16-2018

Pittsburgh Press, August 16, 1918:

Gamblers have been trying hard all season to fasten their slimy grip upon baseball…Says Bill Phelon in the Chincinnati [sic] Times-Star:
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“It is said that gambling cliques, operating in Boston and New York, have been trying to corrupt big league players all season, and that 50 major league stars could tell of the offers made them. One player—and not Hal Chase, either—was approached by the gamblers at New York, and offered a fat flock of bills to make infield ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 16, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Looking back at the Gio Gonzalez trade.

On December 23, 2011, the Washington Nationals made a deal with the Oakland Athletics that helped to shape the best six-year run in franchise history. The Nats obtained Gio Gonzalez and minor league pitcher Robert Gilliam for prospects A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, and Brad Peacock. Less than a month later, the Nationals locked Gonzalez in to a seven-year extension that bought out his first three years of free agency. Seven years later, let’s see how the deal turned out.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:15 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, washington nationals


Luis Severino struggling with slider

His slider is one part of the problem. I’ve watched a few of his starts. What I noticed is his fastball location is off. He’s catching too much of the middle of the plate. To verify I looked at his fastball heatmaps on Baseball Savant. Here’s what I found:
severino_before_after

Edit: Missed the labels somehow. On the left is Severino’s fastball before July 2nd; on the right is his fastball after July 2nd.

A slider, which isn’t breaking as much, mixed with a straight fastball, which is finding too much of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2018

Washington Times, August 15, 1918:

Hal Chase, crack first baseman of the Cincinnati Reds, suspended on charges of frequenting poolrooms and making bets, denied he had made any wagers on ball games.
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[Chase:] “Perhaps it is hardly best for me to agitate the affair, or to talk too freely right now, but I can’t help saying a few things just the same…Let’s not dodge around the bush or mince words. I’m accused of frequenting poolrooms and making baseball bets. I’ve gone into poolrooms, yes; I’ve ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Launch party: How Cubs infielder David Bote finally got to the majors – The Athletic $

The article describes one way data can be used to improve on-field performance.

“They said, ‘Hey, I know you worked hard to get to this point,’” Bote said. “‘You’re doing well. You’re having success with what you’re doing. But this is what we see, this is what the numbers show and this is what you have in your pocket. If you can make this adjustment, you can elevate your game to a level that you didn’t think could be there. Do you want to be a great Double-A player or a big ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david bote

Shane Baz is the player to be named later in the Chris Archer deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This was a very good trade for the Rays.

Still, the Meadows-Glasnow-Baz price tag is significant, as will be the criticism general manager Neal Huntington takes in some circles for agreeing to it — an ironic twist, given the heat he previously was under for failing to materially improve the roster.

Considerable upside aside, Baz — and Meadows and Glasnow, for that matter — is far from a sure thing. If they all reach their peaks as Archer fails to reach his, it’ll be looked back upon as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, rays, shane baz

“It’s so gorgeous and elegant.” @markdero7 breaks down @ronaldacunajr24’s swing.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Big Al speaks: Meet the dinger-hitting 12-year-old who became a viral Little League sensation

With just 16 words, a legend was born: “Hi, my name’s Alfred Delia. Back home they call me ‘Big Al’ and I hit dingers.”

He also has the nickname The Sauce which is incredible.

Master of the Horse Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: kidsareawesome, little league


How MLB’s Coldest Hitter Got Hot

In the span of a few months, Calhoun went from being colder than he’d ever been to about as hot as he’d ever been. “It’s definitely pretty extreme,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever really experienced anything like it.” Almost no hitter ever has. Baseball Prospectus provided The Ringer with RPA+ data for all hitters in all calendar months going back to 1950 in which they recorded at least 80 plate appearances. Only one hitter — the Dodgers’ Ron Fairly in ...

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Shredder Posted: August 15, 2018 at 12:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: kole calhoun, los angeles angels

Tuesday, August 14, 2018



Paul Zeise: The Pirates front office looks foolish — yet again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I’m sure they don’t believe they are smarter than everyone. I’m pretty sure, though, they know they are smarter than Paul Zeise.

The Pirates are within striking distance of a wild-card berth with an exciting young pitching staff, and there is a strong chance they will finish the season with a winning record for the fourth time in 25 years.

These are the things fans and media should be talking about; instead, they are talking about biometric data, Clay Holmes and Casey Sadler. The thing is, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Ronald Acuna hits two leadoff homers | MLB.com

I watched both Braves games yesterday. Acuna put on a real showcase of his skills. I know Juan Soto is getting some well deserved attention. Having watched the two play, Soto will be the better hitter but Acuna will be the better overall player. In pretty much equal playing time this year, bWAR currently gives Acuna the edge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Latest bigotry reminds us that baseball is a white man’s game.

When Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones famously said two years ago that “baseball is a white man’s sport,” he was castigated in some corners, lauded in others, the bifurcated reaction a pretty reasonable foretelling of America today. Jones was right, of course. Major League Baseball is a white man’s sport. Its teams are owned, disproportionately, by white men. They are run, disproportionately, by white men. The league’s top executives are, disproportionately, white men. The ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:48 AM | 319 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, washington nationals

David Bote’s Path

America’s greatest hero.

Seriously, a nice story about a hard-working kid

Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: africa, cubs, david bote, grand slam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2018

Toledo News-Bee, August 14, 1918:

Dazzy Vance, up for the steenth time, proved a hopeless case and Manager Miller Huggins of the Yankees has shipped him to Rochester in the International.

At this point, Vance was 27 years old and had allowed 22 runs and 23 walks in 33 big league innings. He didn’t make it back to the majors until 1922. If Dazzy didn’t have the least likely Hall of Fame career of all time, he’s gotta be close.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, August 13, 2018


If you need a consistent, even-keeled manager, Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke is the guy

Isn’t this the point of the deadline? It’s supposed to be difficult.

1. There’s a movement within baseball to get rid of the waiver trading period and extend the non-waiver trade deadline until about mid-August. While there are trades made during the waiver period, the exercise is time-consuming and creates a lot of administrative paperwork that even Major League Baseball would love to eliminate. “It’s just a stupid exercise,” said one National League official. “You pass players ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sunday notes

Fangraphs: Jackie Bradley, Jr. and the Error Rule

To summarize:

1. The MLB rules state that the part of the error rule about ordinary effort is an objective standard.

2. The part of the error rule that says it’s all dependent on the judgment of the official scorer establishes a subjective standard.

3. Statcast is more 1. than 2.

IMO the standard of “ordinary effort” applies to any part of the fielding process, not the sum total. If a fielder gets an extraordinary jump, runs with extraordinary speed on an unusually efficient route, and ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2018

Toledo News-Bee, August 13, 1918:

[Reds owner] August Herrmann and Hal Chase held a conference today and the great first baseman was duly warned as to the nature of the charges against him. The charges resulted in his recent suspension.

“I wish to tell you, Mr. Chase,” said Mr. Herrmann, “that charges have been brought against you affecting your integrity as a ball player. These charges shall be submitted to the National League for due consideration and till the league has acted your suspension ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

David Bote hits walk-off grand slam for Cubs | MLB.com

This is a pretty nice way to end a game.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david bote

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