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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Battering the Batter

MLB can also look at the National Hockey League, which has a rule that’s always enforced regardless of intent. The NHL gives a player a two-minute delay of game penalty if he shoots the puck over the glass out of his own end. It’s irrelevant if the delay of game occurred because the player was trying to stave off an offensive rush, or if he just ran into some bad luck.

MLB can follow the same process, though it would be far more controversial: automatic ejections of any pitcher who hits a ...

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Kyle Farnsworth is a defensive lineman now, and he leads his team in sacks

Good news everyone!

Kyle Farnsworth is ... listen, there are a lot of descriptions that walk a fine line between libelous and accurate, so let’s just say that he’s different. He could take your nose off with one well-placed karate chop, and then he would probably do something weird with the nose.

So it’s completely bizarre and perfectly logical that 321 days after throwing his last major league pitch, the 39-year-old Farnsworth is leading his Florida Football Alliance team in sacks and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, football, kyle farnsworth, royals, tigers, yankees

Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby suspended 14 games

Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.
Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday.

After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto’s 4-1 loss, members of the Blue Jays coaching staff traded words with the umpiring crew as they left the field.
At Fenway Park, the umpires exit through the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 02:18 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brook jacoby, suspensions, umpires

After 2-year grind, Chad Billingsley is ready for Phillies debut

Billingsley went 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA in 219 games (190 starts) for the Dodgers before he went down with the elbow injuries. He’s still young enough to get his career back on track and pitch for many years — if he stays healthy.

Billingsley is healthy now and all that’s on his mind is giving the Phillies a chance to win Tuesday night. He will oppose Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller.

“I’m not thinking about the past, just the future and being a big-league pitcher again,” he ...

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eddieot Posted: May 05, 2015 at 01:15 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, tommy john surgery, starting pitching, phillies

Tyler Tumminia Has Baseball In Her Blood

Growing up, little Ty wasn’t allowed to watch TV. But she got to hang out with big league ballplayers.

Robin Ventura gave her his spring training jersey, Ozzie Guillen an autographed picture. She has had dinner with baseball royalty such as Earl Weaver, Rocky Colavito, Jim Palmer, and Bob Feller. She even got up the nerve to talk to Rapid Robert, telling him he had really big feet.

“He put them up next to mine and said, ‘Well, I guess, kid, I do,’ ” she says.

Tumminia yearned to ...

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Ortiz, Vlad Jr. lead Top 30 International Prospects list | MLB.com

Here’s some players to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 12:07 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Jered Weaver: “I’m not hurt … I’ve got no answers”

Weaver never threw particularly hard and his velocity has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now:

2010: 89.9 mph
2011: 89.1 mph
2012: 87.8 mph
2013: 86.5 mph
2014: 86.3 mph
2015: 83.3 mph

However, while a decent number of pitchers are able to thrive with high-80s fastballs once the velocity dips into the mid-80s consistently the tightrope they need to walk becomes incredibly thin. Weaver won a league-leading 18 games last season with a 3.59 ERA, but at age 32 there’s ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mysteries

Getting The Most Out Of Batted-Ball Data: The Basics | FanGraphs Baseball

Tony Blengino parses the data.

Batted-ball data can easily be misinterpreted, but once you understand its nuances, it is an exceptional aid in talent evaluation. Just looking at a player’s average exit speed on all BIP types can be very misleading; hitting a bunch of 90 MPH fly balls doesn’t get you much of anywhere. Being able to weave together the intricacies of frequency and authority, while taking into account pull tendencies, park effects, etc., enables one to combine such new-school ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

New Way to Judge Hitters? It’s Rocket Science, Sort Of

Good stuff.

For months, their front-office executives debated the merits of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Davis was a former first-round pick whose career had been stymied by injuries and a plummeting batting average. Duda, a lower-round pick, had worked his way into the lineup but did not have a great batting average, either, or an extensive track record.

Both were left-handed power hitters, and they were close in age. But one clear advantage Duda had over Davis was better exit velocity when he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets, science, statcast

Nationals Baseball: Anthony Rendon - what it costs the Nats

Why don’t you tell us?

Anthony Rendon, is now down with an oblique strain. What does that mean? What does THAT mean? What does that MEAN?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, danny espinosa, nationals, yunel escobar

Mike Moustakas’s great 2015 start is a result of him staying the same, improving, and getting worse - Beyond the Box Score

The major change for Moustakas has been his approach. He’s been going the other way a lot more this season. It’s tough to see in the the chart but if you look at the hit location for his line drives you should see the pattern. This is one of those things, however, that clearly stand out when you watch him hit.

FanGraphs Batted Ball Graphs

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mike moustakas, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 5, 1915:

Players of other clubs say the [Red Sox] are a long way from harmonious and they intimate that Tris Speaker is the cause of friction. The Washington men even have gone so far as to say that unless “Spoke” is traded or sold, there is no danger of Boston’s winning the pennant.
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It is hard to believe that Speaker would deliberately stir up strife…There is not a pleasanter fellow to meet in the world and the writer hesitates to accept as true the report that he is ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red sox, tris speaker

Rockies’ Adam Ottavino facing Tommy John surgery on right elbow - The Denver Post

Cut him if you got him.

The season is about to close on the Rockies’ newest closer. Adam Ottavino revealed Monday he probably will have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair an injured right elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, rockies

In firing manager Ron Roenicke now, Milwaukee Brewers bring decisions they made in past into question, and now must act fast to avoid prolonging the current downward spiral, Ken Rosenthal writes | FOX Sports

You can’t fire all the players.

I asked Melvin: Did Roenicke lose the players?

“I don’t think he lost them,” Melvin said. “But he and I sat down a few weeks ago. I said, ‘Ron, how do we stop these losing streaks, going 2-8, 1-9?’ I don’t know why that is. That’s what we’re going to find out, what Craig is going to find out. I know we don’t have a No. 1 starting pitcher like a Kershaw. But there is no reason we shouldn’t be better than 7-18.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ron roenicke

For Hanley Ramirez, health has always been easy come, easy go - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Day-to-day? It will take a minor miracle for Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez not to miss extended time after reinjuring his left shoulder, which he has already had surgically repaired twice since 2007. The most recent fix required open surgery in 2011, a considerably more invasive procedure than an arthroscopy.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

5-5-2015 OMNICHATTER

The “Happy Birthday, Mike Redmond” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 05, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 04, 2015

Two Dudes Smooch On Dodgers’ Kiss Cam, To Hearty Applause

Its Koufax and Drysdale, not Adam and Steve!

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. (It’s at the 0:28 mark.)

It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gay rights, kiss cam

Jeff Karstens announces his retirement

#HanginEmUp Just would like to give a huge thank you to all my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all the support you’ve giving me on and off the field over the years. I will forever cherish all of the special moments and memories. #ThankYou

Few men have done more with less of a fastball.

Enjoy your retirement, Jeff.


Twinsights: Danny Santana is making history with his refusal to walk - Twins Now

He’s just doing his best to shorten games.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: danny santana, twins

Hanley Ramirez and Batted-Ball Data | FanGraphs Baseball

Data and your lying eyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 02:33 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hitfx, sabermetrics, statcast

Yadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch

Yadier Molina is terrible and the Astros will play the Cardinals in the World Series.

Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, framing, yadier molina


10 Degrees: Jered Weaver’s fastball can’t even break a Texas speed limit, and what it means for his future - Yahoo Sports

Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver

How Contact Ability Might Influence a Hitter’s Transition to the Majors | FanGraphs Baseball

Is it really shocking that being able to put the bat on the ball translates better in the major leagues?

Bat-to-ball ability is obviously a great tool for a hitter to have. We already knew that. But these data suggest that — for whatever reason — it might be even more important when facing major league pitching. If true, this could help explain the downfalls of recently highly-touted prospects like Mike Olt, Jon Singleton and Jackie Bradley Jr., who are already flirting with the “bust” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics

Scripts for the inevitable ‘Milestones Press Conference’ | FOX Sports

I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rob manfred, yankees

Alex Rodriguez won’t talk spat with Yankees over bonus money - NY Daily News

He’s a new man!

Two years ago, Rodriguez would have been more likely to publicly stand toe-to-toe with the club. He said he has a “100%” different mindset now.

“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “The old (A-Rod) is gone.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

PBA.com: John Burkett Looking Forward to Career as PBA50 Tour Player

Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.

On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players ...

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BDC Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, braves, giants, marlins, rangers, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2015

[PIRATES] PLAY FOR RAIN AND GAME RESOLVES ITSELF INTO BIG FARCE

In the fourth with the Cubs at bat and two out, it appeared as though the water would come down any minute. Pierce was up and Cooper immediately started to walk him by pitching high balls, so high that Gibson could barely reach them. The trick of the Pirates was visible to everybody and Manager Bresnahan flashed a code wireless to Pierce to strike at everything Cooper served no matter if it were his glove or a grounder.
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Cooper ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 04, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, traveshamockeries

Video: James Taylor debuts new song | MLB.com

James Taylor’s new Red Sox song. My wife didn’t like it but it struck a cord with me.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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