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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don’t fix baseball, even if it’s broken

Today’s all-or-nothing baseball is too one-dimensional. There are too many strikeouts… Also, too many of the hits are home runs. It was imprecise for Crash Davis (Kevin Costner’s character in “Bull Durham”) to say that strikeouts are “fascist,” but he was right that they are “boring,” a… And “on average, you have to wait [3 minutes and 45 seconds] between balls put in play — 41 seconds longer between movement than 20 years ago.” Steals (hence pitchouts), sacrifice bunts, ...

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NattyBoh Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, george will, shifts, speed-up-the-game, strikeouts

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Some insight into what the Braves are thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mike Matheny Fired

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#STLCards announce that they have fired Mike Matheny.

Interim manager: Mike Schildt. John Mabry and Bill Mueller also fired.

Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

NYTimes: The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination

I mean, be reasonable: How often, as Derek Jeter’s retirement approached in 2014, were we made to endure the squealing ecstasies of television announcers too bedazzled by the fastidious delicacy of his dainty coupé-chassé en tournant on grounders to his right to notice his minuscule range or flimsy arm? Why were we forced to see him awarded a preposterous two additional Gold Gloves in his dotage when his defense was scarcely better than mediocre in his prime?

Who, moreover, can forget the ...

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Who Ya Got? An MVP Primer

The MVP goes to the best player on the best team — except when it doesn’t.
Players from bad teams never win the MVP — except when they do.
MVPs are players who show up for work every day — except when they’re not.
MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law…

gehrig97 Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, mookie betts, mvp, red sox

SABR 48 Pittsburgh Review

Mark Armour shares his SABR experience, and also provides the details on a fascinating new game, WAR war.  I think this may be bigger than blackjack.

Meanwhile, Joe Dimino and I started playing “WAR War” with the stacks of 1989 cards laying around.

If you have never heard of WAR War, don’t feel too bad. I sort of made it up on the spot, but I think, like Monopoly or Scrabble, it has a chance to become a craze.

Mike Webber Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, sabr, sabr-bbtf chapter, war

How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics | McKinsey

I picked up Astroball the other day. It was OK, but not particularly informative. I actually learned more about the Astros process from this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow


Billy Beane on the A’s rush into contention — ‘I prefer to be a buyer’ (subscription)

TK: I’ve got some thought that you could really just set up for a big run in 2019. Is that possible — compete this year but plan mostly for 2019?

Beane: No, in our situation we’ve got to grasp every opportunity we can. In any sport, you can sit there, ‘oh well, we’re just going to wait,’ and it never arrives.

For us, until we have a different venue, we are going to be somewhat hand-to-mouth. The idea that we can sort of push off an opportunity because we think we’ll be better ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane

Phillies Reportedly Increase Offer For Manny Machado

The Phillies have improved their offer to the Orioles for star infielder Manny Machado, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). In recent days, the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees have been categorized as the favorites to land Machado. However, Rosenthal suggests that while the Dodgers and Yankees have the strongest offers on the table, the Brewers are beginning to fade from the mix, while the Diamondbacks are, at this point, “on [the] periphery” of the market.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:10 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles, phillies

Dodgers’ Chase Utley, citing family, says he’ll retire at end of 2018

LOS ANGELES—Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia Phillies and an elder-statesman role with the Dodgers.

“I’m no spring chicken. My hair is going gray. There’s a lot of things letting me know it’s time,’’ Utley said.

The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:05 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Friday, July 13, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 13, 1918:

WALT JOHNSON ANOTHER RUTH

Walter Johnson is getting jealous of Babe Ruth. Inspired by the all-round skill of the Boston heaver, the Washington mound star went into center field on Friday and was a big factor in the win over Detroit. Johnson clouted a triple and a single and accounted for three of the Nationals’ five runs. He got a fourth himself.

Well, okay, so maybe he wasn’t exactly another Babe Ruth, but Johnson wasn’t shabby with a bat. He hit .246/.294/.369 ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Toolshed: Futures Game tale of the tape | MiLB.com News

One of the most interesting games of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2018 at 01:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Fancred Sports : Inside Baseball: Ranking the 29 starters on the trading block

25%?

2) Blake Snell, Rays: The All-Star snub isn’t underappreciated by MLB execs. However, it’s near to impossible to see the Rays moving him. File this under the heading, “Wishful thinking.”
Value: 4 ½ stars. ****1/2. Odds to go: 3-1 (25 percent).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors

Alex Cora: Dustin Pedroia to rehab in Arizona, but still expects him back this season

It’s not looking good for his return.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2018 at 01:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-12-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 12, 1918:

Some of the shipyard ball players are playing so poorly that they may have to be sent back to the Athletics for more seasoning.

Zing!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 12, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

This Orioles Defense May Be the Worst We’ve Ever Seen

... these Orioles are mind-bogglingly bad at catching balls put in play. Orioles fielders have combined for negative-84 runs of defensive value compared with the average team, per the advanced stat defensive runs saved. That is already one of the 10 worst totals… At their current pace, they will finish the season with negative-160 DRS—40 worse than the previous record holder, the 2005 Yankees.

NattyBoh Posted: July 12, 2018 at 11:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, defense, manny machado, records

Jose Ramirez is pulling more than our heartstrings

How Jose Ramirez isn’t a bigger story in baseball rignt now is utterly mind-blowing.

Three years, three consecutive leaps up the ladder of excellence from star to superstar and now he finds himself among the absolute elite of players. FanGraphs and Baseball Reference place him behind only Mike Trout by WAR, with Baseball Prospectus placing him third behind Mookie Betts. This year the power is through the roof too, as Ramirez has made yet another massive change to how he hits. Literally ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: July 12, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jacob deGrom Has Been Cy Young Worthy This Season

“His goal from the outset was to win the Cy Young and so far he is making a case to do just that. He has been a joy to watch ... “

How low can you go?  The first starting pitcher with under 13 wins to win the Cy? 11? 9?

Shades of Nolan Ryan ... who didn’t win his.

Lest we forget Posted: July 11, 2018 at 10:57 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, degrom, nolan ryan, wins

Yankees have made ‘strong offer’ for Machado

 


Garrett Richards: MRI revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament

 

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 11, 2018 at 07:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: garrett richards

MLB Hitters Explain Why They Can’t Just Beat The Shift

Or…won’t.

CC: Scott Boras

ESPN.com recently asked three lefty hitters who face varying percentages of shifts for their takes on the state of affairs. How do they try to attack defensive shifts, and do they think MLB can take any steps to address the problem—if there is, indeed, a problem?

Those hitters include Daniel Murphy, Kyle Seager, and Matt Carpenter.

Bote Man is no David Posted: July 11, 2018 at 02:23 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, shifts, strategy

‘How do you lose a game on that?’ The Astros had one of weirdest walk-off wins ever

A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy grabbed the ball and tried to tag Bregman, who backed up. Lucroy bobbled and then dropped the ball. Bregman took off for first, but Lucroy calmly picked up the ball and ... threw it past first base, allowing the winning run to score.

Zach Posted: July 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: freak plays, houston astros, oakland a's, walkoff wins


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2018

New York Evening World, July 11, 1918:

Neither President John K. Tener of the National League nor Garry Herrmann, Chairman of the National Baseball Commission, to-day would discuss further the acute baseball situation brought about by President Tener’s statement that he was through with the National Commission unless its decision in the Scott Perry case [awarding Perry to the Boston Braves instead of the Philadelphia Athletics] was enforced.
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“There is nothing more to be said,” said President ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ben Reiter’s “Astroball” & Carlos Beltran: The Next Great Manager

Astroball reveals Beltran’s significant role in shaping the Astros into a championship team. Indeed to my eye, the book seems to illustrate Beltran’s off-the-field contributions to the ball club even more than Hinch. As the elder statesman on the roster, the 40-year-old designated hitter took young players under his wing, presiding over the clubhouse kangaroo court, providing life advice to the team’s star shortstop, and analyzing Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, poring over video to recognize ...

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djordan Posted: July 11, 2018 at 09:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, baseball books

Former baseball coach [and MLB player] Sam Esposito, 86, was ‘at the root of every success story at NC State’

Sam Esposito is the thread that connects the biggest sports accomplishments N.C. State’s history.

Esposito led the Wolfpack baseball program to the College World Series in 1968. He was an assistant basketball coach on their 1974 national championship team and indirectly helped N.C. State win another basketball title in 1983.

Esposito, whom N.C. State baseball coach Elliott Avent affectionately called “the godfather of N.C. State athletics,” passed away early Tuesday morning in ...

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QLE Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nc state, ncaa, rip, sam esposito


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