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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Braves’ instructional league led by young arms |

The next big thing.

Maitan looks like he belongs

Perhaps one of the biggest storylines at instructs for the Braves is the arrival of international signee Kevin Maitan. The top player on’s Top 30 International Prospects list, Maitan signed with the Braves for $4.25 million in July. The 16-year-old shortstop phenom is joined by others from this past signing period as playing in the United States for the first time.
“You look at these guys and they’re basically sophomores in high ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Yet Another Update on Safeco Field, Home Run Haven | U.S.S. Mariner

Barreling up in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Kyle Hendricks extends mastery, Kris Bryant tops 100 RBIs in Cubs’ 100th win - Chicago Tribune

Cubs win 100th game.

“It’s not too often you get this much talent in one room on one team,” said Bryant, who was a rookie on last year’s Cubs team that won 97 games. “We need to realize what we have here and be grateful for it. I certainly am. I couldn’t have pictured a better two years in the big leagues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs



Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Scoreboard operator tells the inside stories of Fenway’s Wall

“Legend has it that Manny came in and went to the bathroom,” he says. “He did come in, but he wasn’t going to the bathroom. There isn’t a bathroom back there; there hasn’t been one since I started.”

Ramirez came in many times, says Elias.

“We’d talk everything except baseball,” he says. “Even if he hit a home run the inning before. He’d ask about my kids, we’d talk family, he loved cars, and he was very nice to us. We had a lot of laughs. Sometimes we’d give him ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Fallout from brawl becomes big question for Blue Jays now -

The Blue Jays have everything to lose in a brawl. They have to be smarter than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Mariners gain in Wild Card on Cano’s 2 homers |

Robinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston closer to elimination.

Cano clubbed two home runs, including a long solo shot down the right-field line off Luke Gregerson in the 11th inning, to send the Mariners to a key, 4-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, September 26, 2016

Minor Leagues, Minimal Wages

According to Nathaniel Grow, an associate professor of legal studies at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, the MLB is able to maintain such low wages (or avoid paying them entirely) thanks to a clause in the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. The law, a linchpin of the New Deal that, among other things, outlined the 40-hour workweek and established a federal minimum wage, carved out an exception with which Major League Baseball justifies its practice. Minimum-wage and overtime ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 08:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: labor, minor leagues, wages

Israel Defeats Great Britain to Advance to WBC

Team Israel has reached a goal it has been pursuing for the past four years.

The Israelis have made it to the elite 16 of the World Baseball Classic, vanquishing an extra-inning elimination loss that has haunted them since 2012.

With Sunday night’s 9-1 victory over Great Britain ending the Brooklyn qualifier at MCU Park, Israel will move on to play in Pool B at Seoul, beginning March 7 against host South Korea, Chinese Taipei and The Netherlands, completing the field of 16 nations for next ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 26, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Tangotiger Blog:Fans Scouting Report: best fielders in baseball

​Last year, the top 4 fielders were tied: Crawford, Heyward, Simmons, Bradley.  This year, Brandon Crawford scrapes by for the win, ahead of Heyward, Simmons, Arendo, and Kiermaier.

Position by position, the best fielders:

C: Posey, Perez
1B: Belt, Goldy, Rizzo
2B: Baez, Pedroia
SS: Crawford, Simmons, Russell, Lindor
3B: Arenado, Machado, Beltre
LF: Marte, Gordon
CF: Kiermaier, Bradley, Hamilton, Inciarte, Marisnick
RF: Heyward, Betts, Puig, Eaton
Among players who spent most of their time ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 02:18 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding

Rawlings, Minors announce ‘16 Gold Glovers

Birmingham second baseman Joey DeMichele is the only repeat winner from 2015, as he registered a .990 fielding percentage in 122 games for the Barons in 2016. The fifth-year pro out of Arizona State University recorded 579 total chances and was a part of 88 double plays. DeMichele, 25, was selected by the White Sox in the third round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Pensacola shortstop Zach Vincej recorded a .991 fielding percentage in 105 games for the Blue Wahoos. Vincej, 25, who had 423 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, gold gloves, minor leagues, prospects

Evan Gattis fixed his ground ball problem - Beyond the Box Score

Early in the season it looked like Evan Gattis might have been finished as a productive hitter. A player who is limited to DH and doesn’t hit the ball in the air enough to maximize his power is simply not an appealing roster option for most teams. Thankfully for both Gattis and the Astros the early season struggles seem to be merely a blip on the radar. As it turns out, a move back behind the plate and an increase in launch angle was all that was needed to re-energize his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, evan gattis, statcast

Sportswriters Love Marriotts More Than You Love Anything

Why do sports writers love Marriott in particular? The answer seems to be the chain’s big-city locations, early rewards program, and inertia. A number of younger writers say that they were counseled into Marriotts by older colleagues. On Friday, Marriott completed its merger with Starwood Hotels — a move that may dilute Marriott brand loyalty and could mark the end of an era — but for now, the adoration remains strong.

Adam Kilgore, a national sports writer for the Washington Post who ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hotels, marriotts, sportswriters

We’ve got everything you need to see and hear from Vin Scully’s final home game |

Some good stuff from Vin Scully’s last game at Dodger Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: vin scully

OTP 2016 Sep 26: A single for Donald Trump - He doesn’t have to hit a home run to send Hillary to the showers

There’s baseball tonight, and politics, too. Politics, like baseball, is a game of inches. A called strike, two inches within the strike zone, a fly ball that clears the left-field fence by three inches. A tag at third base misses by four inches. An inch here and two inches there, and a late-inning rally ruined.

Baseball is the all-American metaphor for politics, and Donald Trump must keep his eye on the ball if he wants to avoid the missed inches and extend his rally. This is no time for a ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 26, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 2082 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Episode

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is having a segment on PitchFx tomorrow night.  It might be worth watching.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 26, 1916:


By winning another double-header from St. Louis [in New York yesterday], 1 to 0 and 6 to 2, the New York Giants won their twenty-first straight victory and created a new record for successive victories, smashing the record of the Providence Nationals who won 20 straight games in 1884.

And they weren’t done yet.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

What can the Cardinals learn from the Cubs’ rise? - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Complete overhauls aren’t needed in St. Louis.

“Certainly they were looking at a way to arbitrage the draft and international markets,” he said. “They were able to do so without being overly concerned about how they finished for a couple years. I hear of teams doing it—and the Cubs aren’t the first to try this—but for us, I’ve always said St. Louis has been a place that demands winning. [Owner Bill] DeWitt Jr. and myself, we’re not ever looking at a season where we want to take a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Why 2016 is the Year of the Home Run

It’s all about the home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs



Gamingboy Posted: September 26, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Lee Smith: Farewell to Jose Fernandez, the Kid Who ‘Loved the Baseball’


I watched the game on TV and saw Bonds and Fernandez embrace each other in the dugout and laugh. As the AP reported, Bonds shouted, “I love you.”

“That goes way back, it’s a long story,” Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. “It’s impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, ‘It was the best that I have seen you pitch. I’m impressed.’ To get that from probably one of the best hitters ...


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jose Fernandez’s death is especially heartbreaking for Cubans and Cuban Americans - LA Times

I generally don’t get impacted by the deaths of people I don’t personally know. I could feel Jose Fernandez’s joy for life, though. People with such joy are a treasure. He’ll be missed. The world is a worse place today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 06:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

After 67 years of greatness, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man.

In one week, on the first Sunday of October, Scully will take a short ride along the streets of San Francisco from his hotel to AT&T Park. He will call his final game, between the team for which he rooted as a schoolboy and the team he served with unparalleled distinction.

Neither Los Angeles nor San Francisco had a team when Scully started his remarkable career, describing the feats of Jackie Robinson. When the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, so did Scully.

He courted L.A., on behalf ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 25, 2016 at 12:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, vin scully

Jose Fernandez Dies In Boating Accident - MLB Trade Rumors

This is horrific news.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday Notes: Dickerson, Anti-Velo Bias, Melancon in DC, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Yankees’ half-measure failure forces grand plan into focus | New York Post

The balance of that mission now migrates up to Yankees ownership and the front office. They stockpiled their farm system with their trade-deadline maneuvers while promising they still would contend. They contended for a while. The revamp, however, has to pay off with multiple successful contentions in order for all of their wheeling and dealing to make sense.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

New York Mets’ hidden MVP: Their pitch framing - Mets Blog- ESPN

But what’s distinct about the Mets is this: The Giants and Dodgers each have one great pitch-framer (Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal) and the Cubs have two (Miguel Montero and David Ross). The Mets have three.

What’s the tangible impact?

On a game-by-game basis, take Friday night’s win as an example. Rivera and d’Arnaud had a great game. They got 5.5 more strikes than would have been expected from the pitches that Phillies’ hitters took. It was their sixth-best game of the season in that ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitch framing

When Scully is telling a story, it’s only fair that the baseballs head foul - LA Times

I have a friend who doesn’t enjoy listening to Vin Scully. He’s in very, very small company.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully

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