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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Abraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol

The guy polishing off another drink in the middle of the nightclub hears a voice.

Almonte has been sucked so far into this lifestyle that he can’t acknowledge his actions or their consequences. He tells his wife he’s sleeping at the baseball complex, but he’s actually careening toward the club. He’s heading for another late night, one filled with lies to his family and lies to himself.

Almonte started drinking regularly at 19 while with the Yankees’ Class A affiliate. After he underwent ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: abraham almonte, alcoholism, indians, minor leaguers, yankees

Someone Appears To Be Trying To Hoax The Marlins President Out Of His Job

About halfway through Ozuna’s stint in minor-league “jail,” rumors began circulating that there was a recording of some sort involving Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson saying something awful about a player. The rumors were maddeningly vague. They also eerily predicted the contents of a brief audio file that was later emailed to us….

Then, out of the blue on Aug. 31, our tips email account received a 22-second audio file with the brief explanation that “it was ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, hoax, marlins

Bloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports

A story about the Spaceman.

As fate would have it, “Bill Lee” marked a turning point in both of their careers. Though Zevon continued to write brilliant songs until he died, he never again approached the kind of record sales he achieved with “Excitable Boy” and “Bad Luck Streak,” in part because of his personal demons and his testy relationship with the music business. Lee never pitched another full season in the majors, his career compromised by injuries, the 1981 strike and his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 03, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, history, red sox


Air-Conditioned OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 03, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Japan Times: Taguchi hopes to realize dream of managing in U.S.

Well, I think he has a better chance than Tsuyoshi Shinjo does…

Former big leaguer So Taguchi has been touted as a candidate to manage the Pacfic League’s Orix Buffaloes next year and does dreams of managing one day — but in the United States rather than Japan.

“My final dream is to manage over there, be the first Japanese,” he told Kyodo News on Friday at Tokyo Dome. “I’ve held on to that final dream all this time. I don’t know how things will actually turn out, of course.”

...
vortex of dissipation Posted: September 03, 2015 at 03:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, managers

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Back to School: The Science Behind Toronto Flamethrower Marcus Stroman’s Rapid ACL Recovery «

I am shocked.

Marcus Stroman is starting tonight. For the Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball affiliate, but still: He’ll be throwing baseballs to professional batters. Five months ago, that was something that no one but Stroman foresaw. And five years ago, the chronological realities of rehabbing from in-season surgery might have proven his prediction wrong. But Stroman’s is a special case, a partnership of personality and science that points the way toward the future of injury ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Grant: Why Rangers prospect Joey Gallo struggled in Triple-A after first stint in majors | Dallas Morning News

“Hitters make changes based on what is comfortable or based on not having success,” Banister said. “Young hitters go through the phase where they have measured struggles that they’ve never had before and have the impulse that they have to fix something. Sticking to the process is the most difficult thing for every player to do when they have their first real struggle.

“All the things he went through, all of that has to happen for a young guy,” Banister added. “When they come out ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 01:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Bat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America

In the United States, the bat flip exists on the abstruse list of behaviors considered rude and worthy of confrontation. In Korea, the flip is, well, just a flip. No one cares. This cultural variance, combined with the world-shrinking influence of social media, has created a disjointed international sports milieu in which players like Hwang have been celebrated, derided and deabted in a language they do not understand for a move they regard as involuntary.

Matt Williams Defends Bullpen Management.

“All these people want to know why Papelbon isn’t in the game because we lost,” Williams continued. “He’s our closer. He’s the one that closes the game.”

In his other life he’s a super hero called The Tautologist.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, ten dogs

J.P. Crawford, A.J. Reed highlight Arizona Fall League rosters | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Click to see all the players.

Baseball’s version of finishing school is about a month away from being in session, and now we know who will be on the class lists.

Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford and No. 5 Astros prospect A.J. Reed highlight the 2015 Arizona Fall League preliminary rosters announced by the autumn circuit Tuesday. The season begins Oct. 13 and will culminate with a championship game Nov. 21.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Notable Sept. 1 Callups -

That’s not good.

Miami Marlins

Most Notable: None. What happens if a team decides not to add any players for September? It may come close to happening in Miami. The Marlins have seven pitchers and two position players on the disabled list. They have not added anyone yet and with only two position players on the 40-man roster who aren’t currently on the big league roster and few healthy pitching options, they are unlikely to do much to change that.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rosters

Batting title would put Cabrera in elite club | FOX Sports

Now that Cabrera has enough plate appearances to qualify, he’s on pace to win the batting title for the fourth time in five years. With that, he’s about to join very exclusive company. (Again.)

Here’s the complete list of right-handed batters with at least four batting titles in any five-year span:

—Rogers Hornsby, 1920-25 (six straight)

—Honus Wagner, 1906-09 (four straight), also seven in nine years from ’03-’11

—Nap Lajoie, 1901-04 (four straight)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Cubs content to make do down stretch to playoffs - Chicago Tribune

Maddon has more pieces to play with in September, and he said he’s going to use them all.

“I try to work it through in advance but then when you get new pieces for your puzzle you don’t always think it all the way through,” he said. “The game presents different thoughts that you have not even thought about.

“If you screw it up one night, try to do it up in a way nobody else knows except you, if that’s possible. I’m eager to work with it. I like it. I like the position player juggling ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Paging the real Rick Porcello: Two dominant starts alter perceptions - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

A little too late to save Ben Cherington.

“I think that for this year, this was the most consistent stuff I’ve had,” he said. “We moved the ball around well, and Blake [Swihart] called a great game back there. He and I were on the same page the entire night.”

The difference since his return, Porcello said, is in the renewed commitment to his sinker, the pitch upon which his success was predicated in Detroit. It may be confounding to understand how he got away from it so much in the first place, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

The Process Report » Evan Longoria’s Contract

To calculate present value you need to discount future dollars. To do this we need the player’s salary, the number of years and an interest rate. After some discussion in the previously linked thread I have decided to use 5.3% for the discount rate due. Some legwork showed that his is a reasonable figure due to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% for the fifty highest paid players between 2000 and 2015 using the USA Today Salary Database. I’m also estimating that a dollar per win on the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays

Shades of 2002, but not quite as dark for Orioles - Baltimore Sun

I bet Orioles fans love being reminded of the 2002 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

The plan appears simple enough: The Miami Marlins this week will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as GM, according to major-league sources. | FOX Sports

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the team plans, “sweeping changes to its baseball operation, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.” Spencer wrote that Jennings could return to the front office, but not necessarily as GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

The Screwball: Comedy Is in the (Baseball) Cards – The Hardball Times

Hal McRae:
A) is asking if he has spinach in his teeth.
B) is doing mouth calisthenics just prior to a corn on the cob-eating contest.
C) is responding instinctively to teammate Cookie Rojas.
D) is proud of his prototype Invisalign braces.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, history

How to fix an MLB rule so stupid even the NFL doesn’t mess it up | New York Post

September roster expansion has been the norm forever. I can understand the reasoning by people who oppose but I think they should just keep it as it is. Sherman’s new idea is not an improvement. It will just lead to greater specialization for more of the season.

I think the sport should do something radical: You can use anyone in your system to play anytime from Game 1 to Game 162, you just have to announce your 25-man roster six hours before first pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

The Secrets of Baseball Management | FOX Sports

Earl Weaver took over the managing job after spending years in the Orioles farm system. If you read his books, he was most proud of his ability to evaluate players. This helps explain his level of comfort making some of the moves that he did.

Rob: Reading about the moves Earl Weaver made, immediately upon taking over as manager of the Orioles—making Don Buford an every-day player and using Elrod Hendricks more often—led me to wonder, how many times have new managers made big decisions that paid ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers

‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’ «

I remember seeing these guys outside of Fenway. I didn’t realize so many of them were connected.

They were sold outside Fenway Park for $10 a shirt, and they sold very, very well. Wilson and LeMoine contend they had more money than they knew what to do with, and all of it was cash in hand. Looking to diversify his portfolio and grow his bankroll, Wilson began to spend some of his share in low-level drug deals. But this one was different; by his usual standards, this one was ambitious.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1915:

The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, socialism

Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected as chickenpox hits Royals’ clubhouse

The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!

Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.

An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, infectious diseases, jonny gomes, kelvin herrera, royals

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

HardballTalk: Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents



Gamingboy Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera |

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

red sox - Seventy-one pages that helped define Dave Dombrowski - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?

“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers

Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren’t voters buying it?

Graham Womack makes the case for Mike Mussina.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

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