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Saturday, May 14, 2016

MiLB: Rangers call up former top pick Bush

Nearly 12 years since being drafted, Matt Bush is finally getting the call he’s dreamed of.

The former No. 1 overall pick was promoted to the Majors on Friday by Texas after starting the season with Double-A Frisco, where he was 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander will join the Rangers after signing with the team this past December following a three-year prison sentence from a nearly fatal DUI incident in 2012.

The Rangers optioned outfielder ...

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Baseball Prospectus | Life at the Margins: Swing, Batta Batta

This is more about math than insight.

This means—and this is the really important part—that while a big-league hitter, on average, is just as likely to swing on a 3-1 count achieved after a 2-1 count as he is on the same count achieved from a 3-0 take, certain big-league hitters are far more likely to swing in the second count than the first. It’s those batters, I assume, that Zaidi and the Dodgers are targeting. Just something to watch out for, as you take in the game of baseball during ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Jose Reyes’ suspension could be announced as soon as Friday | FOX Sports

An announcement on Jose Reyes’ suspension for a domestic-violence incident could come as soon as Friday, according to major-league sources.

The expectation is that Reyes will be suspended for at least 60 games, as previously reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

The Best Pitchers Of All Time | FiveThirtyEight

Pedro was something very, very special.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pitchers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2016

Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:

“I am going to start Elmer Myers against the St. Louis team today…There are three reasons why Myers will pitch. First, I think it will help to improve his control, and with control he will be one of the best youngsters I have uncovered in many a moon. Again, he is what I have been hunting for—a fellow who thrives under work, who loves to pitch and who can stand it and improve under it. The third reason is that Myers asked me if he could ...

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No, Jose Ramirez’s Helmet Doesn’t Defy The Laws of Gravity

The Internet loves a great video. In today’s clip we see José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians sliding into second base. But wait! His hat (I’m calling it a hat, not a helmet, because no one has a magic helmet) flies off and hits his foot. Magically, the hat appears to fly backward yet still end up hitting Ramírez on the back as he reaches second base.


WaPo: No One Expected a Strasburg Extension, then Boras made a call

A really interesting in-depth look at how the Strasburg extension came together. RTFA


What’s realistic to expect in the end from .409-hitting Murphy? - Nationals Pastime

The purpose of this exercise? There are two conclusions worth drawing: 1) Murphy deserves a whole lot of credit for what he’s done to date, because not many have been able to do it over the years, and 2) Barring a complete collapse from a guy who has been a very good hitter his entire career, Murphy should end up with a batting average well north of .300 by season’s end.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, nationals


MLB Tonight: Maverick | MLB.com

It’s been a long time since I thought of ballplayers being anything more than great athletes. Nevertheless, it nice when players make time to improve the lives of their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Red Sox make history with 11 runs vs. Astros | MLB.com

After his team secured a fifth consecutive win with a fourth straight game of at least 11 runs on Thursday night at Fenway Park, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts compared Boston’s unstoppable offense to a video game.

“This is kind of like Playstation,” Bogaerts said after hitting his third home run of the season and driving in three runs in an 11-1 rout of the Astros. “Only teams on Playstation score this many runs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Bernie Williams hits right notes in pursuit of music degree

I’ve always admired athletes who have interesting post-playing careers. Especially one like this, where a former superstar had to humble himself by going back to school. Well done, Bernie.

Bernie Williams will graduate Friday from the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s in jazz composition as he works on his second All-Star career. Remarkably, in a city where he remains a huge celebrity and ran with the likes of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a former life and earned over $100M in ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 13, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retired players

Tigers’ Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench.

Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field.

There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot in center.

Just what in the heck is ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

OMNICHATTER 5-13-16

The “Sorry I Was So Late With the OMNICHATTER yesterday’ OMNICHATTER


OR.. Captain OMNICHATTER: The First Avenger

Gamingboy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mets fan loses bet, now has giant Bartolo Colon face tattooed on his arm

There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in ...

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Dan Holmes: The greatest pitching rotation there ever was

All four were right-handed and possessed excellent fastballs. The oldest of the quartet was an American hero and one of the most famous athletes in the world. Another was the son of immigrants who could hardly speak English but who had what Ted Williams called an “unhittable pitch.” One of them was a pitcher by necessity: he had started his ballplaying career as an outfielder but switched to the mound after it became apparent that he couldn’t hit breaking pitches. The final member of the ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bob feller, bob lemon, cleveland indians, early wynn, mike garcia

WTOP.com: Racing FDR: Disaster or opportunity?

My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…

The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, nationals, presidents

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard takes Dodgers counterpart deep—twice

One day shy of the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game as New York Mets pitchers continue to be lethal with their bats as well as their arms.

Syndergaard became the only pitcher in the majors with three home runs of 400 or more feet since he made his debut on May 12, 2015. Jake Arrieta ranks second with two. Syndergaard’s homers Wednesday went 407 and 400 feet.

Arizona’s Micah Owings on ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: thor

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Special K’s: Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout night is an ode to efficiency - The Washington Post

This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.

So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Steven Matz will miss next start after pitching elbow flares up | New York Post

This isn’t good.

Instead, there is some level of concern about Steven Matz, who will miss his next scheduled start because of elbow discomfort, according to manager Terry Collins.

The rookie had a “flare up” following his Monday start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two earned runs over six innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Noah Syndergaard goes full Thor, but reveals elbow scare | New York Post

Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.

There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.

“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Howie Rose Interviews Vin Scully

17 minutes covering how Vin Scully got his start calling a football game from the roof of Fenway and riding the bus with the players in Spring Training and calling Hank Aaron’s home run #715.

I had trouble playing the interview in Firefox while it played fine in Chrome.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, interview, vin scully

Roscher (BLS): Bartolo Colon’s dinger mashed up with ‘The Natural’ is perfection

Better than the original…

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first career home run is a thing of majesty and beauty all on its own. Between the dugout reaction, the fan reaction, the announcers’ reaction, and Bartolo’s magnificent home run trot, you might think it can’t get any better.

But it can.

A Mets fan and video editor named Mark Evans created a mash-up of Bartolo’s home run and the famous home run scene from The Natural, and it feels so right you might wonder “Is this how it ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, incredible, mets, the natural

Braves trade Chacin to Angels for lefty relief project

The Braves traded starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for 6-foot-8 left-hander Adam McCreery, a low-level relief prospect who’s 23 and hasn’t pitched above the rookie-league level.


First Strasburg, Then Arrieta

“The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency,” Arrieta said of Boras. “I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I’d stay here. That’s just one side of the story. We’ll see.”

When asked whether he’d give a hometown discount to the Cubs, Arrieta flatly said “no” while shaking his head.

Arrieta said “aces get 7 years”—just as Strasburg got—so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.

Boras is 63 and ...

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bbmck Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: boras, cubs, jake arrieta, strasburg

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-12-2016

Seattle Star, May 12, 1916:

Tigers Who Commit Mental Miscues Face Electric Chair—in Clubhouse

Electric chairs, peculiar to our foremost prisons may be used in the future to inject “pep” in brain-weary athletes who commit boners on the ball field. One has been installed in the clubhouse of the Detroit Tigers, but to date Hughey Jennings has refrained from applying heroic treatment to members of his flock who have been guilty of mental faux pases.

One shock has a tendency to nerve the wildest of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Does MLB’s replay system need to be fixed?

Please make it go away. That’s unless fans love seeing a big play then having to watch everybody stand around wondering if the play will be challenged and then having to wait until the replay ump decides to overturn the play or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: replay

A.R. Foster and the Ride to Kankakee — 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas

Good stuff.

Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fiction

MLB Investigates Red Sox Over International Signings

Follow the money.

During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.

In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) ...

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