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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mets Fans Aren’t Imagining a Postseason Ticket Drought | VICE Sports

Oh boy. Is the team really this hard up for cash?

The Mets ticket sales department, being no dummies, have taken the team’s abrupt relevance as an opportunity to try to entice fans into putting down deposits on season plans for next year, with guaranteed 2015 postseason tickets as the carrot. In fact, they’re still doing so, helpfully telling fans who lost out in today’s NLDS ticket lottery that they can buy their way out of failure:

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs

What to watch for: Blue Jays have opportunity vs. Braves -

Right now the Braves are just dreadful. Will the Blue Jays take full advantage?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves

Stop Thinking Like a GM; Start Thinking Like a Player | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

OK, this is too long for me to read right now but a bunch of people on Twitter are saying nice things about it. A quick skim suggests they might be onto something.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Yoenis Cespedes is no one-man show, but with his flair for the bright lights, his amazing 2015 run and his ability to make everyone better, there is just something about the guy | FOX Sports

The latest Robothal.

Meanwhile, the next decision on Cespedes—the free-agent decision—will carry the biggest stakes yet.

One rival exec said he initially believed that Cespedes would command $80 million, but now believes that the outfielder’s contract will exceed $130 million.

A long, expensive deal could prove a mistake, considering that Cespedes turns 30 on Oct. 18. Then again, there is something about him, isn’t there?

Ask the 2014 Athletics. Ask the 2015 Mets.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 15, 1915:

John J. McGraw, according to a report current here today, can sign a five-year contract at $200,000, as manager of the club the Federal league proposes to install in New York next season. This sum is said to be exclusive of any stock propositions.
McGraw’s close friends are inclined to the belief, however, that the former’s two-year contract with the Giants will prove an obstacle in the path of the Feds in the event the veteran pilot agrees to talk ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, john mcgraw

Prince pulls Rangers closer to the top |

Look out, the Rangers are making their move.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prince fielder, rangers



Gamingboy Posted: September 15, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 307 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Salisbury: Jonathan Papelbon has harsh words about ex-Phillies teammates

Proven dumbass.

“I don’t know if I got a bad rap here or whatever, but I can promise you I was far [from] the bad guy on this team,” Papelbon said before Monday night’s game. “I was one of the few that wanted to actually win, and I was one of the few that competed and posted up every day.”

That’s pretty harsh criticism, accusing former teammates of not wanting to win and of not competing.

Papelbon would not name the teammates that he believed did not “post up” every day. When ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dumbass, jonathan papelbon, nats, phillies, proven closers

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sandomir: As Mets Rise, City Starts to Change Its Pinstripes

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Matt Harvey is mentioned only once in the article and not in the excerpt.

It is not just a feeling. By the measures of attendance and television viewership, the Mets are surging while their crosstown rivals are sliding a bit. It is an improbable reversal of fortune, given that the Yankees have dominated the market so clearly since they won four World Series from 1996 to 2000, capped by a triumph over the Mets in the so-called Subway Series.

The Yankees’ ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, merchandise, mets, new york, tv ratings, yankees

Sullivan: After disappointment in Philly, Cubs set for showdown in Pittsburgh

Only three weeks remain in the regular season, and the Cubs are hoping to earn home-field advantage for the Oct. 7 wild-card game.

The Cubs will face Gerrit Cole on Tuesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader, while the Pirates will face Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. Cole and Arrieta are expected to face off if the teams face each other in the wild-card game.

Here’s to the Cubs pulling off a 2003 again and sweeping the Pirates.

McCoy Posted: September 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, playin

Analyzing the Strike Zone as a Three-Dimensional Volume – The Hardball Times

Really interesting stuff. Of course, if all the true strikes were called correctly, all hitters might go all Joey Votto.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, umpiring

ANGELS REPORT: Andrew Heaney joins a new financial world - LA Times

I will stick to my investment in 1980’s baseball cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

Wisdom and Links: Ferrell Takes The Field - Hall of Very Good

For example, arguably the best bit of the entire film comes when Billy Beane, after Ferrell’s stint at shortstop with the Athletics, tells Ferrell he’s been traded. Ferrell, of course, doesn’t take the news well, and intercut with his reaction to Beane in the Athletics dugout is a (presumably facetious) long monologue by Ferrell about how Billy Beane is a blood-sucking liar who loves his numbers so much that he doesn’t care about heart or guts at all and doesn’t realize that players ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-14-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 14, 1915:

Manager Walter McCredie of the Portland Coast league team went to Seattle to look over some of the Northwestern league prospects. He sat talking with Owner Dugdale of Seattle, and complimented him on some of the players on Dug’s team, bemoaning his own lack of talent meanwhile.

“How do you get ‘em, Dug?” asked McCredie.
“Well,” answered Dugdale, “I’m lucky, I guess. Some of the best ones just come to me begging for jobs.”
“Who’s the pitcher?” asked ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 14, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, duster mails, history

Astros succeeding without aid of No. 1 pick Mark Appel - Ultimate Astros

Sure, every player is different. At this point to describe Mark Appel as anything but disappointing is disingenuous.

“You hope each year in a player’s career, they progress and you can certainly say he did that,” agent Scott Boras said of Appel. “He moved to a new level and performed well and I think he feels very confident about coming to camp (in 2016) and competing.”

“Look, every player’s different. He’s a big guy. And … new to pro baseball. But getting control of those ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mark appel

Red Sox? Phillies? Ranking MLB’s 5 GM openings | New York Post

Working for Samson and Loria is a situation covered with warts.

Recently, I was speaking to a well-regarded executive who one day would like to be a general manager about the possibility that the Marlins job might open.

Essentially the discussion boiled down to this: There are just 30 of these jobs, yet would you abstain from, say, even being considered to run the Marlins’ baseball operations — due to the firing, tempestuous, meddling, low-payroll nature of owner Jeffrey Loria and team ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, general managers, mariners, phillies, red sox

10 Degrees: Why Yoenis Cespedes may not come back to New York

Great timing for Cespedes.

Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the ...



Agents of O.M.N.I.C.H.A.T.T.E.R.

Gamingboy Posted: September 14, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pirates, Marlins reportedly will play in Puerto Rico in 2016

Would be to honor Roberto Clemente.

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pirates, puerto rico

Mike Moustakas reflects on mother’s passing after career day at plate | FOX Sports

But my, how she loved her son.

“Every day, I miss her,” Mike said. “It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and call, hear her voice.

“I always let her know that anytime I did anything good, it was for her. Even if I didn’t do anything good, she was always proud of me. She’d let me know that I was still in the big leagues, to keep having fun going out there. That’s what was awesome about mom. She was always proud of me, no matter what happened.”

Last October, when Connie could not ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mike moustakas, royals

Matt Harvey of New York Mets to get half-outings to stay sharp

How about if he just wears a garlic neckless to ward off evil?

The motivation for using Harvey more frequently but for shorter durations is to keep him sharp for the postseason while keeping his innings count in check. Harvey currently sits at 171 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Agent Scott Boras has suggested that exceeding 180 innings might imperil Harvey’s health.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Nightengale: Without a doubt, David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.

The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.

He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS. ...Read More...

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: 500, big papi, david ortiz, hall of fame, hof, peds, red sox, steroids

Pirates notebook: Kang blazes trail for Korean hitters | TribLIVE

The 29-year-old, right-handed hitting Park hit a career-best 52 home runs last season.

“(Park) has much more power than I have,” Kang said through his interpreter.

How much power?

Without an interpreter Kang, whose English is improving, exclaimed: “Big power.”

Kang said he is “close” with Park. With the Pirates’ first-base situation muddled going into next season, will Kang lobby for a Park-Pirates pact if he is posted?

Kang did not answer. He smiled and shrugged, turning his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, korean baseball, pirates

Sunday Notes: Revere, Hutchison, Ortiz, Chemistry, more | FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of good tidbits in this one.

Gibbons acknowledged that winning enhances chemistry. He then proceeded to explain what enhances winning.

“Good players help you win games,” said Gibbons. “That’s the bottom line. You can have a lot of great character guys out there, but if they aren’t as talented, you’re not going to win. There’s no substitute for talent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Troy Tulowitzki exits game with injury |

This isn’t good news for the Jays.

Tulowitzki was sent for an MRI late Saturday afternoon that revealed the fracture in his scapula. He also was diagnosed with upper back muscle bruises and the Blue Jays will monitor his status over the next week before a timeline for his return can be established.

The injury is a potentially devastating blow to a Blue Jays lineup that has been borderline unstoppable since the end of July. Toronto entered play in Game 2 Saturday night having won 31 of 40 games, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, troy tulowitzki

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: For Dave Dombrowski, building a serviceable bullpen should be doable - The Boston Globe

I am very glad Nick Cafardo isn’t in charge in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Lauber: How David Ortiz rescued his season en route to 500 HRs | Boston Herald

Early this season, for about the 3rd time, I thought David Ortiz was done. Eventually he will be but not this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox


The “Be Careful When Slamming Things Closed” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SI: Nats’ Drew Storen slams locker shut, breaks thumb, likely out for season


Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen will likely miss the remainder of the season after slamming his locker shut and breaking his right thumb, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.

Storen allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5–3 loss to the Mets that put New York ahead 4–2. After the outing, he slammed his locker shut out of frustration and sustained the injury.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 12, 2015 at 06:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, dumbass, injury, nationals, nats

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