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Sunday, September 25, 2016

When Scully is telling a story, it’s only fair that the baseballs head foul - LA Times

I have a friend who doesn’t enjoy listening to Vin Scully. He’s in very, very small company.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully

Fire Joe Morgan and the Moneyball revolution.

The scouts vs. statheads war is, and was, overblown.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Theo Epstein has Cubs looking like a winner

Of course, Ben Cherington showed patience, which got him booted.

Despite the success, Epstein admits he made mistakes near the end of his Red Sox tenure.

“I got in too much of a rush to build an uber-team and got too aggressive in free agency rather than relying on the things we did well as an organization — scouting, player development, and trying to find undervalued players.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, red sox, theo epstein

Nick Cafardo: Yes, John Farrell belongs in Manager of the Year conversation

I would vote for Francona.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, notes, red sox


The “Final Stretch begins” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I know Chase Utley is hated by 98% of Primates, but the man can play a little ball.  This is how you recover from a ####up.

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 24, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cool

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: That’s The Way I Like It And I’ll Never Get Bored

Sam Miller did a great job at BP. Congratulations on his new gig at ESPN. I hope he and Dan Szymborski get on the same sack race team at the company picnics.

Congrats to Aaron Gleeman on his new position at BP. With all the great new Statcast stuff on the horizon, I look forward to seeing BP’s use of the new metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: writers

How Have The Mets Stayed In Contention

For all the legitimate criticism for his strategic gaffes, one thing that cannot be denied about manager Terry Collins is that the players have continued to play hard for him and they did not give up on the season when the injuries finally appeared to be taking their toll when the club fell under .500 in late-August.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Texas Rangers: Three takeaways from Rangers’ AL West clinching win  | SportsDay

The Rangers clinch the West!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rangers


The Designated OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 24, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, September 23, 2016

Respect mutual between Vin Scully and umpires |

Froemming retired from field duty at the end of 2007 and will retire from his position with MLB as a special umpiring assistant at the end of this season. Just so happens he’s scheduled to be at the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco that doubles as Scully’s final series, so the umpire will have one last chance to say hello—and goodbye—to his old friend.

Asked what message he would deliver to Scully, Froemming made a perfect call.

“You were down the middle, and you were fair,” he ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, vin scully

New Statcast metric barrels has best-hit balls |

How well does this correlate to HR/PA?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-23-2016

Chicago Eagle, September 23, 1916:

Monte Cross is responsible for a story of two base runners being put out by a batted ball. While the Athletics were playing the Browns years ago Cross was on second and Clements on third. With two out and three and two on the batter, both base runners started with the windup. The batter hit along the third base line, winging Clements, and the ball carromed off the latter’s shin and struck Cross just as he reached third, both being declared out as the result of ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A new Yasiel Puig giving Los Angeles Dodgers what they’re looking for - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Since his promotion, after rosters had expanded in September, Puig has been a changed man. He has not been 2013 rookie Puig—not even close—but he has established himself as a possible solution for the lefty issue, and he now looks like he will be of use on a potential playoff roster when a month ago the odds of that happening seemed Powerball-sized.

“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to just return to the team,” Puig said, when asked if his goal upon his return was to make the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Masahiro Tanaka scratched from next start with elbow strain | New York Post

he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.

Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.

The ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

No manager blends the human and the math quite like Terry Francona | FOX Sports

Cubs fans might disagree.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona

Adam Jones Wants To Know Where All The Orioles Fans Are

Through these first three games against the Red Sox, a huge series for their playoff hopes and traditionally a big one for fan interest, the crowds at Camden Yards have averaged just 19,903 a night.

“I’d say that it’s just, it’s a little, what’s the right word to say it’s a little, you know, not sad, just like, eerie, a little bit,” said center fielder Adam Jones, the team’s longest-tenured player.
That’s part of a larger trend: the Orioles rank 20th in MLB attendance this ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, attendance, orioles

Why women have every opportunity to succeed—and fail—in professional baseball

According to coach Siegal, while more than 100,000 girls play youth baseball, only 1,000 of them end up playing at the high school level. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 1,290 girls played high school baseball in the 2015 to 2016 school year. While some of that could be due to attrition, the blame falls largely on two reasons: the lack of opportunity for girls at the high school level, and softball.

“Too many schools are telling girls that they can’t ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

The fraudulent myth of Big Papi

9F)ans and obsequious sportswriters will continue to lap up every last pre-game ceremony of Ortiz’s farewell tour (the one he swore he’d never take). But while they continue their relentless peddling of the myth of Big Papi, the rest of us should feel confident in this truth: David Ortiz is a jerk.

Scott Ross Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, boston red, david ortiz

Ball Four, You’re Out: How A Classic Baseball Book Became A Failed Baseball Sitcom

One of the main obstacles Bouton and his co-creators faced in writing the series was the issue of translating ballplayer dialogue to network television in a realistic and/or believable fashion, since Joe Schultz-style epithets were obviously not going to fly on network TV. “You couldn’t say ‘Horseshit,’” Bouton explains. “You could have ‘Horse!’, or maybe ‘Horse-crock!’ There were all sorts of ways they had to neuterize it.” But swearing wasn’t the only aspect of life in the majors that was ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ball four, jim bouton, television

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carlos Beltran might struggle to make the Hall of Fame

The players who got in relatively quickly to the Hall of Fame with the writers, for the most part, hit antiquated statistical milestones such as 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, or they had images that suggested more value than they had sabermetrically. That’s not Beltran, who’s built much of his Hall of Fame case around consistency and longevity.
Will Beltran be the next Dwight Evans for Hall of Fame candidates? The two are close in WAR, JAWS, and Hall Rating, with Beltran enjoying a ...

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, dwight evans, hall of fame, larry walker

Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated ‘like animals’

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger fired off controversial tweets Thursday in response to civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C., calling for protesters to be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger has a private Twitter account, but reporter Jon Humbert of KOMO-TV in Seattle captured screengrabs of the tweets.

The Mariners issued a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” the ...


Bryce Harper told the Nationals he is not hurt, and they seem to believe him - The Washington Post

“Bryce said it didn’t come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report,” Baker said. “The trainer said no.”

According to multiple people familiar with the situation, Rizzo commandeered Baker’s office for an informal deposition after the report came out Tuesday. He brought in Harper and trainer Paul Lessard, hoping to learn whether there was some issue Harper had not told them about. If not, they hoped to identify the source of the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

6 MLB managers who are on the hot seat as the season ends | FOX Sports


Walt Weiss, Rockies
The Rockies, showing significant progress, need only two more victories for 75, which would be their highest total since their last winning season in 2010.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 22, 1916:

The complaint of the Brooklyn Ball club against the Flatbush Hygeia Ice Co. for permitting cinders to pour out into the air and get into the eyes of the Dodgers, was dismissed by Magistrate Voorhees yesterday. The case was called while the baseball men were outside the court taking the air. The club’s appeal to reopen the case was denied.

I’ve gotten cinders in my eyes before. It’s no fun. On the other hand, if the cinders were getting into the Dodgers’ ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 22, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Trout’s HR carries Angels over Rangers

What is Mike Scioscia thinking batting Andrelton Simmons fourth in the order? He has no power. His on base skills aren’t great. It makes me scratch my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mike scioscia


The “Oh My God Vin Scully Is Actually Going To Be Retiring” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run—convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes’ drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on ...

Brian White Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte, mets

ESPN: Gary Sanchez Is Having Maybe The All-Time Best Start


Sanchez hit two more home runs and drove in five in Wednesday’s 11-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He is the fastest baseball player in history to record 19 homers; it has taken him just 45 games. The Boston Braves’ Wally Berger belted 19 homers in 51 games back in 1930. No one had hit them at a quicker rate until Sanchez arrived for good on Aug. 3.

“I never thought it was going to be like this,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez has hit homers in four consecutive games. Wednesday was his third ...


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baseball’s Savviest (And Crappiest!) Bullpen Managers

We’re calling the resulting metric weighted reliever management plus (wRM+), and in the style of other “plus” statistics, it’s been rescaled for ease of interpretability: 100 is average, with numbers above 100 corresponding to the percentage factor by which a manager is better than average (or worse than average, for scores below 100). For example, Joe Torre grades out as the best manager since 2000 with a score of 113, meaning his bullpen management was 13 percent better than average. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, fivethirtyeight, managers

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