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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Site Slowdowns

A number of people have complained about slow load times for pages at different times during the day. After spending some time monitoring the server a little more closely the last few days, I’ve narrowed down the cause to a few Mysql queries that have been locking some of the database’s biggest tables. When that happens the other queries pause and fall into the queue until the table lock is released.

I’ve already fixed some issues created within the forums by archiving the old Lounges. I need ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-9-2015

Fairmont West Virginian, September 9, 1915:


Russia—A big fellow, but so slow he has to make a homer in order to get to first.
Belgium—The innocent spectator who was hit with a foul ball.
Turkey—A pitcher who looked easy, but who is making a lot of trouble.

As someone who’s obsessed with both baseball history and World War I, this list was a lot of fun.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Will Shoeless Joe Jackson ever get in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Does it really matter?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe jackson

Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman will pitch against Yankees on Saturday - The Globe and Mail

Stroman is pitching with a brace on his knee. As Steve Phillips pointed out on MLB Radio yesterday, you have to wonder how the contraption will impact his delivery. Do the Blue Jays really need him this season?

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed here on Tuesday afternoon that the 24-year-old pitcher, out all season after having knee surgery in March, will make his 2015 debut in New York on Saturday against the Yankees.

Gibbons said that it will be just a spot start for Stroman. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Anthony Rizzo for MVP? One stat shows his value best - Stats

He hits when it counts the most, or something like that.

Rizzo’s first-inning home run Tuesday was big in that it gave the Cubs a comfortable lead early. Mathematically speaking, it was the most valuable hit of the game. Based on historical win probabilities, it increased the Cubs’ chances of winning by 20 percent.

Those are the type of hits Rizzo has been getting this season. He leads the major leagues in the advanced stat Win Probability Added, which measures every plate appearance by a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, wpa

Let’s look on the bright side of the Giants missing the postseason - McCovey Chronicles

Giants fans won’t have to watch Bumgarner in the playoffs!!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

So that’s why (some) Nats fans have been leaving early - The Washington Post

There is blood in the water.

Snapshots from a Tuesday night at Nats Park: a man in the outfield flinging his hat to the ground and screaming “I hate you Matt Williams,” after the manager called for a bunt in the bottom of the ninth with one of his best hitters at the plate. A quartet of fans from the high-end Presidents Club loudly booing Williams after he left his post-game news conference. Fans — including season-ticket holders — walking out early, and making clear that their action ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

Pregame notes and lineups: Seattle opens a 10-day homestand | The Seattle Times

You know things aren’t going well when…

Catcher Mike Zunino will not be called up. He will instead go to Arizona and participate in the upcoming instructional league. It was always assumed that the Mariners would bring him back after the Rainiers’ season ended. But Zunino is undergoing a massive swing overhaul with hitting coach Cory Snyder under the supervision of Edgar Martinez.

Zunino will report early and then begin instructional play. The idea of reworking a swing and playing in big ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino, nelson cruz

Mets rally, bump division lead to six games |

This will be a very tough loss for the Nationals to recover from. Harvey was overthrowing, with the resulting location issues, and the Nationals were going the other way with hard contract. Then, the bullpen imploded.

The Nationals had a 7-1 lead entering the seventh inning after tagging Matt Harvey for seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen had a meltdown, lost the lead and eventually the game. The Nationals had to use three relievers—Blake Treinen, Felipe Rivero and Drew ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, nationals


OMNICHATTER? Youneverknow.

Gamingboy Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 321 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mets free to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes |

The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.

Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Former MLB pitcher Joaquin Andujar, 62, dies after battle with diabetes

Former major league pitcher Joaquin Andujar, who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic after a long battle with diabetes. He was 62.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, joaquin andujar, obituaries

Tell-All From Former Yankees Clubhouse Worker Is Finally Out; Alleges Jeter & Posada Had Sexy Time

Former Yankees assistant equipment manager Paul Priore was fired in 1997. He says the team let him go because he is HIV-positive; the Yankees, and New York state courts, disagree. Now the seamy tell-all Priore threatened to write has found its way to print (albeit through self-publishing), and co-author Gary Toushek is spamming the world with this bizarre video explaning why Priore’s outlandish claims are totally legit.

About those claims! Here are some things Paul Priore says he witnessed, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: books, derek jeter, jorge posada, tabloids, yankees

2016 Major League Baseball Schedule |

The 2016 schedule has been released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 01:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Transformation complete: Edwards makes his MLB debut - Minor League Ball

Meet the Cubs future closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. edwards, cubs

Braves road and bridge projects push public cost past $300m, still no one sure where money will come from

...because the state refused to pay for that delayed pedestrian and shuttle-bus bridge that is set to leave Braves fans walking along the side of a highway to get to games for at least the stadium’s first season. The bridge itself is projected to cost $9 million (though nobody apparently really thinks it can be built for that amount), plus another $3.5 million is needed to upgrade a parking deck that it would connect to. Right now nobody knows where the money will come from…

On the one ...


Nathan Eovaldi has elbow injury |

The Yankees announced on Monday that starter Nathan Eovaldi has right elbow inflammation and will be shut down for two weeks. Eovaldi was evaluated by head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which revealed the inflammation.

On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had touched on his pitchers’ health during a discussion about Matt Harvey and the Mets. Eovaldi wasn’t one he was worried about.
“We have pitchers that I don’t have concerns ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

GMs come and go, but Ruben Amaro keeps his job

The question is, did the Phillies hire MacPhail to replace the group or to join it? The assumption in the local and national media was that MacPhail’s hiring was the first step in an inevitable rebuilding of the front office. But when you consider Gillick’s involvement in MacPhail’s hiring and his steadfast defense of Amaro’s job performance as general manager, it is hard to eliminate the possibility that the Phillies ended up hiring a guy whose vision already aligns with their own, and thus a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 8, 1915:

Fred Clarke, for 16 years manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, handed in his resignation to President Barney Dreyfuss this morning. It was regretfully accepted.

Clarke’s resignation did not come as a surprise to the followers of the team [in Pittsburgh], as it is known that for years Mrs. Clarke has been averse to her husband leaving the farm in Kansas to come East for the baseball season.

With apologies to Joe Biden, this was a big frickin’ ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred clarke, history

Around the World with the Minor League Home Run King – The Hardball Times

“I feel blessed to have been able to play this game for so long and see so many places along the way,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mike hessman, minor league baseball


The OMNICHATTER never leaves in the 7th inning (although sometimes it doesn’t go up until the 7th inning…)

Gamingboy Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 291 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, September 07, 2015

Bryce Harper Criticizes Nationals Fans Following Loss vs. Mets | Bleacher Report

Harper is just a kid so I will cut him some slack.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Is there a way to quantify how good managers are?

Regressed wins are useful, but I think it’s worth considering that assessing the performance of managers isn’t one of those situations: The context of their decisions is nearly everything. A bad manager can cost his team real, actual, printed-in-the-newspaper wins. That shouldn’t be ignored in favor of a broader, context-neutral look at their performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Team UZR (To Shift or Not to Shift) | MGL on Baseball

Interesting stuff.The BIS defensive stuff cannot compare to defensive analysis generated by the FIELDf/x (or whatever they are calling it) stuff. I wish this data was more readily available to public analysts.

I think the most important thing to take away from this discussion is that there can be a fairly large difference between team infield UZR which uses every GB, and the total of the individual UZR’s which uses only those plays in which no shift was relevant to the outcome of the play. As ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

Matt Harvey’s damage control isn’t enough for forgiveness | New York Post

The issue was entirely avoidable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Chris Coghlan embraces challenging journey that led him to Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“Staying in the present is hard to do,” Coghlan said. “Nobody does it perfectly — I don’t at all. It’s a natural tendency for humans to worry and to doubt and to fear and have anxiety about the future. But I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to take those thoughts captive and to try and really challenge myself to stay more in the moment of, ‘OK, today is what I’ve given. I’m going to try to do the best I can do today and not worry about tomorrow.’ And then when tomorrow comes do the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris coghlan, cubs

Column: Maybe Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh Pirates isn’t an idiot

Dejan Kovacevic likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, managers, pirates

‘Gaming’ the system an international venture for major-league teams | The Seattle Times

Some info about how the international slotting system works.

Critics say such teams are “gaming” the system and want rules overhauled when MLB’s collective-bargaining agreement is renewed after the 2016 season. But proponents argue teams will always exploit rules.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international players



Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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