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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous | FanGraphs Baseball

My focus is going to be on grounders in particular, because I want to show you the kind of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed on grounders, according to Baseball-Reference. At that point, of course, the Cubs led baseball in lots of stuff. Anyway, since then, the season sample size has doubled. Here’s the new big-league landscape.

In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2016

Washington Times, June 29, 1916:

[Cleveland manager] Lee Fohl makes a bid for popularity when he numbers his players, but what’s the use?

In these latter days of baseball in the major leagues, every park is well equipped with score boards and official announcers. There is no need of numbering players in such an open game as baseball.
...
Let correct score boards be given away at all major league parks, and have some brains spent in the management of the scoreboard, that’s all that is necessary ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grumpy old men, history, uniforms

Coastal Carolina Stays Alive in CWS

After dropping the series opener to Arizona on Monday night, Coastal Carolina bounced back with a 5-4 win Tuesday to force a Game 3 rubber match in the 2016 College World Series. The Chanticleers’ tournament run thus continues for one final game against a Wildcats club that had given up just six runs in Omaha before Game 2…

Never mind that the Chants were the 2016 Big South regular season and conference tournament champions. They beat last year’s CWS champs Virginia, 5-4, back in February. ...

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Andrew Mccutchen in the country of baseball.

It starts with a man walking to a park to watch a baseball game. He doesn’t know why, other than the park is near his house. He has no connection to anyone on either team. He’s there for the most basic of reasons: It’s something to do.

He figures this is where he belongs. He coaches a team that plays in this park, Peterson Park in Lakeland, Florida, and he feels fullest when he’s on a ballfield. And so here he is, sitting in the clamped air of a central Florida summer watching what he ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: June 29, 2016 at 01:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Billy Beane’s Athletics need to embrace a rebuild

Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane’s A’s). And it’s well-earned; when the going gets tough, A’s players get going.

spanx for the memories Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Report: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston

He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out. 

Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:57 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Marcell Ozuna having breakout season for Miami | MLB.com

If Marcell Ozuna’s breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn’t terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we’d named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ “five-tool players.”

Okay, we’ll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna, marlins, statcast

BA: Kevin Maitan Is Venezuela’s Next Great Prospect Read

Aside from older Cuban players who have come over, Maitan, a 16-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, is the best international prospect for July 2 since Miguel Sano signed with the Twins for $3.15 million in 2009. Scouts considered both players potential impact, middle-of-the-order bats, though staying at shortstop was never a realistic option for Sano. With Maitan, he might be able to stay there, which is why you can argue he might be an even better prospect.

It takes a lot longer than that to ...

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Rickey! [quote], not [code] Posted: June 28, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hype machine, prospects

Colabello wants to clear his name

Colabello claims, “I can give you a thousand different theories [on how the metabolite showed up on the test]. My mind has literally gone to every possible corner that you can imagine. It’s gone to my mom’s breast cancer medicine. It’s gone to my dog’s medication.”

Unfortunately for Colabello, the damage is already done. His theories and words aren’t sufficient enough to clear his name or drop the 80-game suspension he’s currently serving without pay. He’ll have to step back onto the field ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chris colabello, peds

Mets greats slam Dykstra for Davey Johnson ‘drunk’ accusations | New York Post

Dykstra won’t be invited to Davey Johnson Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: davey johnson, keith hernandez, lenny dykstra, mets, ron darling

Bird was nearly obliterated by a pitch and a bat at Royals game

While Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was pitching to Cheslor Cuthbert, a bird flew near home plate at Kauffman Stadium.

Not only did the bird narrowly miss the ball, but also the bat as Cuthbert swung.

Zach Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bird, near miss, royals

OMNICHATTER 6-28-16

Twilight OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mushnick: New-school thinking has taken all the wonder out of baseball

Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress.

The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going to third on a single to short left, and scoring on a sac fly. Fabulous.

Next was Daniel Murphy hitting one deep to right. The ball hit the top of the wall and rolled toward the infield. Running all the way, Murphy easily made third, whereas “the game has changed” posers and joggers would’ve been at second, if ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, old man yells at cloud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2016

Washington Times, June 28, 1916:

A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
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The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

How Strat-O-Matic Baseball Changed My Life Forever - Culture – Forward.com

Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: board games, games, simulations, strat-o-matic

Mike Napoli on Twitter: “Shirt available by @108Stitches or @Indians Weds”

Mike Napoli, clubhouse god.

(Editor’s note: I cleaned up the thread title link. -vi)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike napoli

Mengden finally gets run support in A’s victory - San Jose Mercury News

It’s the power of the stache.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, daniel mengden


Eduardo Rodriguez sent to Triple A after another Red Sox loss | Boston Herald

Yesterday’s performance was brutal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

A New Way to Look at College Players’ Stats – The Hardball Times

Some interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college, sabermetrics

Texas Rangers Reaction for Monday June 27, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

This is crazy. I’m shocked they didn’t call the game.

Good news: I have discovered something that is worse than a two-out pitching change in the ninth inning.

A rain delay in the ninth inning.

Wait, there’s more: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay.

What’s that? Still more? Yes: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay in a game that saw its first pitch delayed by 21 minutes because of the threat of rain even though rain wasn’t falling.

That’s the ticket. At least I’ll have a story ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito to start Tuesday | MLB.com

I know what I will be watching tonight.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Nationals Park against the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg, where he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, nationals

Kris Bryant has historic 3-homer, 2-double win | MLB.com

This guy looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

This is a must read.

Dykstra earned roughly $36.5 million during his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

But it never was enough. Ask him to pinpoint a moment or two (or three) when things began to spin out of control on him, and he says it wasn’t really one moment.

Then, he pauses. Long. Several seconds pass.

“Money became, like, the driving force of my life, you know?” he says slowly. “Even though I had a ton of it, I wanted more. Money’s important; we all need money ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, peds, phillies

Monday, June 27, 2016

Notes: Oakland needs to refrain from breaking up the band

We’re not selling band t-shirts here.

Oh, Billy Beane could still have his usual deadline fun, moving left-hander Rich Hill (if healthy), third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever John Axford, perhaps even closer Ryan Madson if some team will overpay, maybe a few others.

But it’s time for the Athletics to commit to a direction, going all-in with their veterans who matter most, and allowing that group to serve as a foundation while the team’s next wave of prospects emerges.

The A’s live in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, josh reddick

Yasiel Puig or Jeff Francoeur?

Specifically because of Puig’s track record, I don’t think we should assume this is what he is, now. He deserves more time to come out of this, because he is terrifically gifted. That being said, Jeff Francoeur was also terrifically gifted, in many similar ways. He and Puig have employed a similar approach, and Francoeur’s productivity with it was unsustainable. I’m not sure what Puig’s future holds, but it’s pretty obvious one way he could go.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 03:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

40 years ago, Mark (The Bird) Fidrych was ‘some kind of unbelievable’

Bob Uecker, who along with Bob Prince and Warner Wolf called the action for ABC, warned the new Bird watchers.

“He’s one of the funniest guys I have seen come along in baseball in a long time. He has outstanding stuff and you’re going to see a lot of antics from this young right-hander tonight.”

As noted in his 2013 biography, “The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych,” author Doug Wilson wrote: “Mark seemed to be all Prince, Uecker and Wolf were able to talk about on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mark fidrych, tigers

Why Mark McGwire would make a great manager someday | FOX Sports

Green told me McGwire is the most humble superstar he has ever been around. He doesn’t want to talk about himself or his career, he always wants it to be about their current players. He also said it only took about a couple weeks for Big Mac to get his flow and learning what Green needs from him during a game. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for two guys who had never worked together.

So when I asked him if Mark McGwire could be a big-league manager one day, Green was hesitant to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mark mcgwire, padres

ESPN: Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadlin

I am a little surprised Levine said this. He’s 100% right, but publicly dissing writers for saying stupid stuff usually doesn’t happen.

Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadline: “I don’t pay any attention to any of that. That’s for you guys [with] nothing more important to write about that to write nonsense. When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know. The difference is that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: media, yankees

MLB Rookie Report: Chad Kuhl, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates - Minor League Ball

Another Chad Kuhl scouting report.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chad kuhl, scouting reports

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