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Friday, October 02, 2015

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy says he has played entire season with torn labrum in left shoulder - Baltimore Sun

Playing with a torn labrum can’t be fun.

Hardy—who signed a three-year, $40 million extension last October, is signed through the 2017 season with a $14 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances.

Hardy said that if the shoulder ailments persisted next year, it could impact how long he plans to continue playing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, j.j. hardy, orioles

Yankees Hold On to Clinch Wild Card - The New York Times

“It’s been like Christmas Eve — you want to go down and open your presents, but it’s not quite time,” said third baseman Chase Headley, who is in the playoffs for the first time. “It felt like an eternity.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, yankees


The OMNICHATTER barrels into the final series’ of the regular season!

Gamingboy Posted: October 02, 2015 at 12:14 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Statcast identifies the rare ‘five-tool player’

The All-Craftsman Team!

Let’s lay out the rules. We identified the following five Statcast™ thresholds as stand-ins for the five traditional tools, and sorted by only the players who have had at least three qualified recorded data points in each of the five areas. That’s not the same as being above average for an entire season, but that’s not the point; we want to see the players who are blessed with the capability to do these things at all, and three times over six months didn’t seem too ...


Dirk Hayhurst/VICE Sports: Racism In Baseball Isn’t Going Anywhere

Hayhurst doesn’t hold back.

It’s not the sluggish pace of game that keeps kids away. It’s the homogenization. The league has representation across the racial spectrum because, as Norris says, the doors are open to other countries. But players from those countries are discouraged from expressing their individuality. The game stays white, no matter who plays it.

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 01, 2015 at 07:52 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: race in baseball

Coppolella promoted to GM by Braves

After watching John Coppolella do most of the heavy lifting that encompassed the massive reconstruction process their organization has undergone over the past year, the Braves will reward him by naming him their general manager.

NYT: How Ned Yost Made the Kansas City Royals Unstoppable

That chemistry appears to have offset the construction of curious batting orders. Alcides Escobar, who has hit leadoff for much of the season, historically reaches base less often than the league average. The potent Alex Gordon was hitting sixth before he strained a groin muscle in early July. This in particular rankles the analysts. “Batting order is something a manager very clearly has control of,” says Dave Cameron, the managing editor of the widely read website Fangraphs, “It’s something ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, dave cameron, don wakamatsu, lineups, ned yost, royals

Jeremy Affeldt: I’m retiring. Here are five things I won’t miss about baseball

1. The incessant showboating

Nowadays, all you hear about is how “baseball is dying,” and “the game is too slow and boring,” and “MLB just needs to let these guys have more fun.” Believe me, we players hear all of that media-driven chatter, and we’re not buying it. Yes, baseball isn’t the NFL (that’s a good thing, in my opinion), or the NBA, where fans can rock the gear and emulate the stars much more easily.

But what baseball does have, that those other sports largely do not, is tradition. ...


Posnanski: Why Cubs’ Jake Arrieta would get my Cy Young vote

This year, I don’t have a Cy Young vote. But if I did, as much as it pains me to say it — everyone knows I’ve been in the tank for Zack Greinke since he was a teenager — I would vote for Jake Arrieta.

Why? Well, I could give you lots of reasons why I would vote for any of those guys, but in the end the decisive factor for me would be how well they’ve pitched on the road. Dodger Stadium is a better pitchers’ park than Wrigley Field (though Wrigley, unexpectedly, does lean toward ...

McCoy Posted: October 01, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-1-2015

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 1, 1915:

Next Friday, in all probability, the Red Sox and Phillies will meet in the first game of the series that will decide the world’s championship.

Final decision as to the date and place of starting the annual derby will not be definitely settled until Saturday, when the national commission meets in New York.
By starting the series on the eighth, which is Friday, the magnates not only would be favoring fandom, but would be financially helping ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 01, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Touts Mexico As A Possible Expansion Location

!Aye Carumba!

“We see Mexico as an opportunity internationally,” Manfred said. “We also think a team in Mexico and a larger number of Mexican players in the big leagues could really help us continue to grow the Hispanic market in the United States.”

Manfred also said that the choice of expansion locations in the U.S. would not be affected by clubs with regional networks that blanket the country.

“As a general proposition, I do not see the television territories for the clubs as a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, mexico, rob manfred

Mike Trout making case for AL MVP award |

Mike Petriello breaks down some of the differences. Right now Donaldson has the lead in the context dependent stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Steven Matz scratched from start vs. Phillies |

Hopefully Matz will be healthy for the playoffs. Does any Mets fan really want Bartolo Colon starting in the postseason?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Angry Baby Paul Molitor Yells At Jose Ramirez To “Get The Fuck Off The Field”

Although some want to paint such incidents as racism, I’m not so inclined. Sure, there are differences in the mores of baseball in different countries and cultures. But, every workplace has an embedded culture. When newcomers enter that culture they either integrate or change it. Neither outcome is necessarily intrinsically better.

After hitting a three-run home run to put the Indians up 10-1 on the Twins in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Jose Ramirez had the sheer audacity to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: unwritten rules

OT Gaming: October 2015

RosePortal Games, the developer of an RPG called Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals recently got caught offering compensation—in the form of free Steam keys—in exchange for Steam reviews. When Valve found out, they weren’t pleased.

Yeah, nothing shady about that…

Anyway, here’s the start of monthly Gaming threads.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: games, gaming, steam

Wrigley rooftops’ lawsuit is dismissed; Cubs happy ‘this chapter closed’

Rancor grew after the Ricketts family purchased the team in 2009. The Ricketts family made offers to buy all of the rooftop businesses shortly after buying the team, according to court records in the case dismissed Wednesday.

The Ricketts has since acquired six rooftop businesses — all this year — as part of a campaign by Chairman Tom Ricketts to gain further control of the neighborhood streets surrounding the historic ballpark.

Besides McCarthy’s rooftop businesses, the only one along ...

McCoy Posted: October 01, 2015 at 07:36 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

OTP - October 2015: Political and baseball desperation

In politics, the survivors will learn their fate in New Hampshire, Iowa and other early 2016 primaries. In the dead of winter, survival is the name of the game. For Hillary Clinton, there is no next time. Simply desperation. She must win in 2016 or likely fade from the scene. It is hard to see a path to the nomination for any other Democrat, Bernie Sanders included.

For Republicans, the current chaos must lead to a viable challenger, but it remains a bit of a wild card. As September fades to ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 01, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 985 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

More comments from new Mariners’ general manager Jerry Dipoto on team needs, free agency vs. trades, tailoring a team to Safeco Field | The Seattle Times

Some good stuff here.

On playing in the same division as his former team, the Angels?

“I’m obviously very competitive. I care a lot about the players in that clubhouse, a lot of the people that make up that team. I spent four years of blood, sweat and tears helping to put it together. Now, like they will with me on this side, I’d like to go beat them. That makes them one of 28 others I’d like to go beat.”

I learned this from Kirk Gibson, who I worked with in Arizona. We were going in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jerry dipoto, mariners

Dodgers put focus on rotation for playoff series with Mets - LA Times

Kershaw and Grienke and pray for rain.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Pick ‘em: Six of eight MLB award races are one-on-one battles | FOX Sports

Robothal on the ongoing battles.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards



Gamingboy Posted: October 01, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wave ‘em home: Embracing the bandwagon fan in October | FOX Sports

I’m not sure whether I will wear my Mets or Cubs jerseys next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 03:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

OT: Soccer October 2015

A month without Messi!

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 30, 2015 at 03:34 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

The Great American Pitching Experiment: Why the Reds Won’t Stop Starting Rookies «

Meanwhile, losing this aggressively risks alienating fans: The Reds don’t have to go back very far to remember what the then-bottom-of-the-barrel Astros had to endure when it came to plummeting attendance and 0.0 TV ratings. When you see a star like Cole Hamels block a trade to Houston and opt to go to a division rival instead, it’s hard not to wonder if over-the-top levels of losing might sometimes leave a lasting stink on a franchise, even once that team starts to win again.9 Of course, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

In Jonathan Papelbon, Nationals got their closer — and their kiss of death - The Washington Post

Wow. What a mess. Can you fire the manager and trade most of the players?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Homer’s night on the town

If you drank a shot with the [Charlotte] Knights mascot on Sept. 20, you were basically harboring a fugitive

This is the most important sports story of the year.

Baseball’s culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities


A USA TODAY Sports study of 67 bench-clearing incidents in Major League Baseball over the past five seasons found the main antagonists hailed from different ethnic backgrounds in 87% of the cases.

Just more than half of them - 34 - pitted white Americans against foreign-born Latinos. Another four featured white Americans and U.S.-born Latinos….

“Why can a pitcher show you his emotions and you can’t show yours to him? Those are baseball rules from a different ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2015 at 01:39 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, brawls, bud norris, carlos gomez, latino players, yasiel puig

WATCH: Fan at Yankees game botches three chances to catch foul ball -

I hope this isn’t one of you.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2015

Topeka State Journal, September 30, 1915:


Wild Demonstrations Followed News of Winning of N. L. Pennant
Old and middle aged men who have been faithful rooters for the local club for thirty-two years, hugged each other and even total strangers on city hall plaza did so when the electric lights on the score board, which had told the story of the game to multitudes of spectators, flashed “Compton’s final fruitless swing.”
The news spread rapidly throughout the city, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 30, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, phillies

red sox - What to make of Rick Porcello and his future with Red Sox - WEEI | Rob Bradford

If Porcello hadn’t changed his pitching style, his overall numbers wouldn’t be so bad. Whose idea was it?

The Red Sox signed Porcello based off the potential he showed in 2014, a season which saw him go 15-13 with a 3.70 ERA over 204 2/3 innings. The idea was that at his age, it would only get better. It didn’t.

But if his run since coming off the 15-day disabled list is any indication—with Porcello now going 4-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 53.5 percent ground ball rate (compared to 43.8 percent in the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

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