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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Jacob deGrom posts new MLB mark for consecutive games allowing 3 runs or fewer

Can you imagine what the reactions would be if he were playing on a remotely competent team?

The New York Mets ace went into Monday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 1.68 ERA, .978 WHIP, 224 strikeouts and 41 walks allowed in 182 innings pitched.

He left having pitched another gem, allowing two hits, and one earned run with six strikeouts in six innings pitched. And a place in the MLB history books.

The outing means deGrom is the first MLB pitcher to complete 25 straight ...

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QLE Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets being mets, mets let him down, records

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Top prospects among 2018 September callups

Some interesting players.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, september roster expansions

Fangraphs: Jeff Sullivan: The Particular Skill of Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland has been the Rockies’ best pitcher this season, currently with an ERA+ of 160 and a bWAR of 6.8.  That WAR total is the second best season in Rockies’ history. (Ubaldo Jimenez is #1 with 7.5 WAR in 2010.)

Freeland’s ERA (2.90) is far better than his FIP (3.80) and other peripherals-based stats would suggest.  Jeff Sullivan writes about Freeland’s strengths, comparing his location to Mariano Rivera and Tom Glavine:

I’ve mentioned Rivera and Glavine, and I’ve shown you their ...

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puck Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, kyle freeland, rockies

Phillies reliever Austin Davis has cheat sheet confiscated by Joe West

Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. West said that was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.

You don’t see this every day…..

Posada Posse Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, joe west, phillies

OT - 2018 NFL thread

Quarantine procedure in effect.

The Raiders and Bears have finalized a deal that will send pass-rusher Khalil Mack and a second-round pick to Chicago in exchange for four draft picks—including two first-rounders—a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The Bears gave up first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 2019, the source said. In addition to Mack, Chicago also gets a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional fifth-round pick in ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

Twins hope to ‘make amends’ with Byron Buxton and his agents

At least he’ll only have one option left at the end of the year. With his play this year I can’t see him winning his grievance.

While Buxton, a Platinum Glove Award winner in 2017, will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter as a so-called “Super 2” player, he will fall 13 days shy of the service time threshold that would give him three full years in the majors. Barring a successful grievance from Buxton’s agents, B.B. Abbott and Al Goetz, the Twins now gain ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, cba, service time, twins

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Eloy Jimenez’s camp unhappy he’s unlikely to play for White Sox this year

What’s the potential CBA fix? Where does this issue fit into the MLBPA’s priority list? I would think gaining a bigger share of MLB revenue would be a more pressing problem to address. The revenue share is also a problem which impacts every member, unlike the service time problem.

Alluding to the players already protesting, Kinzer said, “Eventually, you’ll probably have to add us to the list.”

Not that he seems to be overly optimistic about their prospective case. There’s nothing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, eloy jimenez, service time, white sox

Saturday, September 01, 2018


OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (September 2018)

The new TV season is upon us.

[H]ere is Deadline’s annual rundown of fall premiere dates for new and returning series. The list covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming shows bowing between September 1 and December 31 and some high-profile one-off programs.


The long road to success for the National League’s hottest hitter

LOS ANGELES – David Peralta could have gone home and hardly anyone would have blamed him. Hardly anyone would have noticed. Maybe he’d become a trainer or a coach or work with his dad. He was young enough to go back to school, start over, forget this love affair with baseball. It clearly didn’t love him back, having dumped him once and threatening again. Always threatening.

Not a single morning, he said, did he wake up and wonder if this was all a waste of time. Not when he was in ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks

What the heck is The Eck talking about? | Boston.com

Red Sox broadcast need more Eck.

“JOHNSON’’

Ecksplanation: An important home run, but not a grand slam.

Proper use in a sentence: “Ortiz has to be the Red Sox’ all-time leader in Johnsons.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, baseball lexicon, dennis eckersley

Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

Pity my former PhD program no longer has a softball team- I have a feeling we could have obtained players from the Nationals just by asking for them.

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, ryan madson, trades, white flag

Wright rejoins Mets, hopes to get back on field in September

Given how the year has gone for the Mets so far, I can’t rule out Wright coming back….

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Wright rejoined the New York Mets on Friday, though he remains on the disabled list, and said he met with team officials to discuss what he needs to prove physically in order to get back in a major league game for the first time since 2016.

The seven-time All-Star third baseman took grounders before the Mets faced the San Francisco Giants and said he’s “cautiously optimistic” ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Indians get three-time All-Star Josh Donaldson in trade with Jays

Would that I could be as optimistic as Chris Antonetti seems to be…..

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians, who are hoping the 2015 American League MVP can bolster their lineup and help them get back to the World Series.

The Blue Jays will receive a player to be named later.

“This is one of the most dynamic players in the game on both sides of the ball when he’s healthy,’’ Indians president Chris Antonetti said late Friday night. “We ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, josh donaldson, trades

‘It’s Enrico Pallazzo!’: The inside story of ‘The Naked Gun’ baseball game

“There’s so much that’s taken seriously about baseball,” Abrahams said. 

That’s an understatement that was as true in 1988 as it is today. So much of baseball culture is seen as stiff and joyless. Just consider the traditionally stoic nature of everything, the ongoing debates over bat flips, home run trots, pace of play and the rest of the unwritten rules. It’s ripe for parody.

Laughing at the normally stiff and serious is “a very healthy laugh,” Abrahams said.

“In a ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 01, 2018 at 03:11 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: enrico pallazzo, naked gun, reggie jackson

Friday, August 31, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 31, 1918:

When the baseball rules are getting their next revision, whenever that may be, an effort will be made to change the present interpretation in regard to home runs which decide ball games. Under the system now in vogue a batsman may hit the ball outside a park, but if the runners on bases [sic] settle the game the hitter does not get credit for his home run, and it does not go into the records as such.

I guess I understand how that came to be - when the scoring ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Andrew McCutchen deal comes amid questions about Aaron Judge

As Judge continues to recover from a chip fracture in his right wrist, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for McCutchen, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. McCutchen, a 31-year-old, five-time All-Star outfielder, will bolster the Yankees’ offense and defense until their big power-hitting, hard-throwing, 26-year-old right fielder can come back.

And when that will be remains anybody’s guess.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, andrew mccutchen, yankees

Rebuilding Now Could Save The Giants Years Of Losing

Question: If everyone ends up tanking, will anyone really benefit from it?

The time to act came a year ago, and the opportunity was purposefully missed.

The time to recognize that is now, and the next steps are ones the San Francisco Giants have hidden from, ignored or completely ghosted for well more than a year. Instead, the franchise that believes its fan base will never accept a tear down-and-rebuild nestled itself deeper and deeper into a hole with every ill-advised signing and trade ...

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QLE Posted: August 31, 2018 at 05:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants, madison bumgarner, rebuilding, tanking

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters revealed

Let’s get more games televised!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2018 at 03:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league

Former Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes hates Fenway Park and Wrigley Field

In the Harrington Era, I agreed with Hughes assessment. The changes made by Henry’s group, though, changed my mind. It doesn’t have some of the amenities of the newer older parks but they don’t have Fenway’s charm.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2018 at 12:52 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, phil hughes, wrigley field

Sheinin - A Lifelong Dream Washed Away

I feel privileged to be able to tell the story of Brian Mazone, big league pitcher who watched his debut get rained out. - Dave Sheinin, Washington Post

Bote Man Posted: August 30, 2018 at 12:16 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cup o coffee, debuts, phillies

It’s time to finally change the stupidest rule in all of sports

I have always liked September roster expansion. You get to see a lot of young players for the first time. Teams with depth get value for that depth.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2018 at 11:03 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: september roster expansions

Red Sox hitters have handled high velocity exceptionally this year. How?

They should start calling getting on plane as going Teddy Ballgame.

The team discusses the sorts of swing paths that will maximize their chances of doing damage based on how the pitch acts. The adoption by several hitters of a swing meant to get on the plane of the pitch — rather than a more traditional approach that is down and direct to the ball — has created more margin for error in allowing hitters to drive pitches even when their timing on a fastball is slightly off.

“I don’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-30-2018

Toledo News-Bee, August 30, 1918:

Manager Lee Fohl of the Cleveland Indians is of the opinion that had it not been for the war Babe Ruth would have broken the home run record this year.

“If the baseballs we have used had been up to the standard of other years,” says Fohl, “Babe surely would have turned the trick, but the balls were of too poor a quality this season, being knocked out of shape quickly and losing their life.”

There may be something to Fohl’s #SiberianPonyLeather theory. In 1917, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 30, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Good Fundies: Brandon Nimmo’s Incredible On-Contact Skills; Can It Last?

Exit velocity is only part of the story (along with launch angle, situational hitting, luck, etc.) but Nimmo’s results on-contact so far have been nothing short of elite. On just 226 balls in play, Nimmo has tallied 91 hits, 21 doubles, 8 triples, and 15 HR. That’s an extra base hit a whopping 19.4% of the time. This is on par — or even better than — many of MLB’s current stars who are known for their hard contact…

thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 30, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, new york mets

Padres’ Richard to have surgery on both knees

While the Padres announced Richard was placed on the disabled list with left knee inflammation and Green later confirmed surgery on that knee that will end Richard’s season, two sources said Richard is actually going to undergo two surgeries in the next few weeks to clean up lingering issues (bone spurs, rough cartilage and possibly more). Richard, 34, has been affected by the issues since late April and has had surgeries on both knees in past years.

One source said Richard was still ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 30, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton richard, knees, padres


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pujols has knee surgery, likely out for season

From MLB.com:

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, generally keeps players out for 6-8 weeks. Pujols, 38, is batting .245/.289/.411 with 19 home runs ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2018 at 08:30 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

WaPo - Baseball Cliches Categorized

In transcripts of those interviews, we found roughly 20,000 phrases (and their variations) that occurred over and over (including “over and over,” which showed up 113 times). We eliminated normal baseball terminology, then took a look at what we had. Here’s what came up big.

Statistics on the frequency of baseball clichés. This could be fun.

Bote Man Posted: August 29, 2018 at 01:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball lexicon, cliches

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