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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Players’ Tribune: Letter To My Younger Self

Also a love letter to the Cardinals and their fans.

Perry Posted: September 29, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, rick ankiel


Aaron Judge’s 51st HR Ties Babe Ruth For Most Yankee HRs At Home

Anytime you’re tied with Babe Ruth in a HR category, you’re doing pretty well:

The homer was Judge’s 32nd in 75 games at Yankee Stadium, tying Babe Ruth’s 1921 tally at the Polo Grounds for the most homers hit at home in a single season by a Yankee.

By working his AL-leading 125th walk later in the contest, Judge became the third player in history, age 25 or younger, with at least 125 runs and 125 walks in a season. Judge joined Ruth (1920, age 25) and Ted Williams (1941 and ‘42, ages 22 and ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, babe ruth, home runs, new york yankees, yankee stadium

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seven Memories Of Grandpa: Tales Of A 19th Century Baseball Pioneer

Betty was there, too, along with almost 50 members of Deacon White’s family.

“I’m honored to be able to speak here on behalf of my family,” Jerry Watkins says in the speech. “And this is a day we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives.”

DanG Posted: September 28, 2017 at 01:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: 19th century, deacon white, hall of fame, jack glasscock

It’s Official: MLB OKs Marlins Sale to Sherman-Jeter Group

Major League Baseball’s owners unanimously welcomed Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter to the ownership ranks on Wednesday, approving the Marlins’ sale to the group led by the venture capitalist and the Yankees legend.

The vote was conducted via conference call. Approval is contingent upon the closing of the sale transaction with the Marlins’ current ownership, led by Jeffrey Loria. That is expected to take place within the next week.

Release the hounds!

Bote Man Posted: September 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, marlins, ownership, sale, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 28, 1917:

The Boston Americans yesterday defeated by a score of 2 to 0 an all-star team, recruited from leading players of the American League, with Maranville, of the Boston Nationals, at shortstop. The entire proceeds went to the family of the late T.H. Murnane, who, until his death last winter, was one of the most prominent American baseball writers. The receipts were well over $14,000.
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Cobb, of Detroit; Speaker, of Cleveland, and Jackson, of the Champion ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Joe Starkey: If this was Andrew McCutchen’s last home game, remember the good times | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What kind of haul could the Pirates get for him?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

FOX Sports Ohio on Twitter: “You want the cliche answer or you want the real answer?”

Sometimes Twitter is actually useful and isn’t just a cesspool.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: joe votto, reds

Cubs beat Cardinals, clinch NL Central title | MLB.com

How confident are Cubs fans in the team’s pitching heading into the playoffs?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Big turnaround leads Twins to Wild Card | MLB.com

What a season for the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, twins, wild card


ESPN: Matt Cain to retire after Saturday start

Matt Cain is set to make one final start before he calls it a career.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 28, 2017 at 02:24 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt cain, san francisco giants, tim lincecum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How the Cleveland Indians Turned Their Crushing World Series Loss Into a Historic 2017 Season

Lots of interesting tidbits in here.  I’m not just saying that because the Cubs won the World Series.

In Game 7, Indians ace Corey Kluber failed to strike out a batter for the first time as a major league starter. After pitching just four innings, he watched the rest of the game on a television in a small room behind the Indians’ dugout, where he saw Davis homer off Chapman to tie the game in the eighth. (The lockers in the Cubs’ clubhouse had just been covered with protective plastic in ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 27, 2017 at 04:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: 2016, cubs, indians, world series


Statcast: Bellinger nabs Myers | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, video

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-27-2017

Fulton County [Pennsylvania] News, September 27, 1917:

“I hate to discourage you, but your professional baseball players will make bloomin’ poor bombardiers, unless they go through a lot of training,” is the way Lieut. Lester Elliott of the Australian army expresses the situation, following a morning’s exercise with the Cleveland Indians.
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“One of the training stunts for the soldiers in the intensive camps in France requires that the bombers shall throw almost without a rest for two hours. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees Fan Ejected For Tipping Pitch Locations To Gary Sanchez

Everyone involved said afterward that it was bizarre but that the umpires handled the situation properly. As for the ejection, Joe Girardi said, “Rightfully so. That shouldn’t happen.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said “The Yankees handled it really well and got him out of there.”

djordan Posted: September 27, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_rules

Buxton makes 5-star catch, steals base in win | MLB.com

This Buxton kid is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Unveiling our second annual Orioles’ Minor League All-Star Team - position by position - BaltimoreBaseball.com

CATCHER: Chance Sisco, Norfolk/Orioles

For the second straight year, the 2013 second-round pick gets my vote as the top catcher. Sisco, 22, played most of this season at Norfolk after getting a four-game “cup of coffee” with the club’s top minor-league affiliate to end 2016. In 97 games with the Tides, he hit .267 with seven home runs, 47 RBIs and 23 doubles. Sisco’s offensive numbers were down across the board (his .736 OPS, for example, was about 80 percentage points lower than his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL | MLB.com

Clown injury bro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Mets expected to let Dan Warthen go: sources | New York Post

Changes coming in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Breaking down Girardi’s likely playoff rotation strategy | New York Post

. Don’t overthink this.

Luis Severino will start Wednesday night against the Rays, putting him in line to start, with five days off, the wild-card game. Brian Kenny, the MLB Network’s intellectual provocateur, floated a fascinating idea on Tuesday: Save Severino for Game 1 of the ALDS, probably in Cleveland against the Indians — and consequently the do-or-die Game 5, if necessary — and turn the wild-card affair into a “Bullpen Game,” starting the fireballing Chad Green and working ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:01 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Clinching scenario: Chris Sale could use a rest

Neither case is ideal. Eight days is a long time between starts.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday night he hadn’t decided whether Chris Sale would pitch again in the regular season. If Sale did, it would be in the regular-season finale on Sunday. But that would mean he would face the Houston Astros, with a potential rematch four days later in Game 1 of the Divisional Series.

Of course, this all presumes that the Red Sox clinch the AL East.

If Sale doesn’t pitch, he’ll get eight ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Baseball league to allow agents starting in 2018

Following a meeting of its board of directors, the KBO said only those who have passed a qualification test set by the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association will be allowed to represent KBO players. Each agent or agency may only work with a maximum 15 players, and with no more than three players from the same club.

That’s an interesting restriction. I wonder how it’ll play out?



Before You Vote, Some Other Things to Consider | FanGraphs Baseball

This isn’t your grandpa’s MVP debate.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, mvp

Molina undergoing MLB concussion protocol

Molina took the first shot directly off his mask and fell over frontwards onto his knees. He was soon back to his feet as Matheny and trainer Chris Conroy came from the dugout.

“That first one obviously gave us some concern,” said Mike Matheny. “Went out and saw him, the medical team was okay. He was ready to go, he just needed a second.”

“We’ve been through that conversation many, many times. He was fine. Trainer kind of put him through a couple of things and everything was ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, concussions, yadier molina

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, September 26, 1917:

NEW YORK BETTOR MAKES $120,000 BY GIANTS VICTORY

With the National League pennant clinched on Monday, wagers were paid off yesterday, and [Arnold] Rothstein’s confidence in the ability of the Giants to capture the flag—a confidence born last fall—netted him the tidy sum of $120,000.

He wagered on the Giants at odds varying from 100 to 1 to even money, but the bulk of it was places at 5 to 6.

Goodness. It’s almost like Arnold Rothstein knows what’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild | MLive.com

Shrinking payroll and victory total.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Pain, no gain for Red Sox in loss to Jays | Boston Herald

Mookie Betts left the game in the eighth inning with left wrist pain, Eduardo Nunez reaggravated his knee injury and left in the fifth inning and Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox’ clear No. 2 starter, lasted only two-plus innings, allowing five runs while pitching with lower-than-normal velocity for the second straight game.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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