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Friday, July 27, 2018

With a Loud Ovation, Baseball Shows Its Whiteness

Let’s pose a counterfactual: Josh Hader is black, and an excavation of his Twitter account reveals that he called whites “crackers,” wrote of his hatred for them and endorsed an organization that engaged in genocidal violence against whites. One of his tweets included a picture of a clenched black fist. That black pitcher had also expressed hatred for gays and made graphic, misogynist statements.

I’m trying to imagine thousands of white fans rising to their feet and giving him a ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 27, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, racism

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Kyle Schwarber Is Becoming an Elite Defender | Chicago magazine | August 2018

He’s looked pretty good in the games I’ve watched. I wouldn’t call his arm a gun but it’s probably one of the most accurate. Today he made a perfect throw to get another guy at 2B.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 06:53 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Fangraphs writer blasts Royals in fiery Twitter rant | The Kansas City Star

Dan should be included in the byline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 05:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

J.D. Martinez’s Defense? What The Numbers Really Say

The graphics are goofy; the videos are useful; the conversation is fantastic. A moderate-depth piece from Alex Speier on why some advanced defensive metrics aren’t advanced enough.

“Statcast data has changed the way that internally teams are doing defensive evaluations,” Stern told Martinez. “But to the best of my knowledge, I don’t think very much of that is public, so it hasn’t really changed any of the public-facing numbers that people have access to.”

Martinez had heard similar ...

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Yankees have deal in place for J.A. Happ | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Toronto is expected to receive infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney, the Yankees’ No. 20 prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, trades, yankees

The Rays Played a Pitcher at Third Base

I’m fascinated by the creative player usage this year.

Venters left the game, and Romo returned to the mound. Adeiny Hechavarria came in to play shortstop. Romo survived his adventure, and he became just the ninth pitcher in recorded baseball history to both pitch and play third base in the same game. Or should I say eighth pitcher — Dick Selma did it twice in April 1970. But this hadn’t happened in the majors since August 6, 1971, when Bill Wilson temporarily played third so that Joe ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: playing the game the right way


Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

Questions linger after Rangers ship out DeShields

The Rangers have sent regular center-fielder Delino DeShields, who has been stellar in the field and lousy at the plate, to AAA Round Rock – and brought up, you guessed it, another relief pitcher.

The main question is not so much “Why did you demote the guy batting .204?” as “Why are you keeping the guys batting .195 (Ryan Rua) and .143 (Carlos Tocci)?”

Manager Jeff Banister, who wasn’t the only voice in the decision-making process, was the messenger of the news. The message opened him up ...

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BDC Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rangers, rosters


Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Wins above replacement — Baseball-Reference.com’s metric that attempts to gauge a player’s value over a typical replacement — credits Utley with 65.7 WAR, placing him among the top 100 position players ever.

Then again, several players with more WAR than Utley are not enshrined, including fellow second basemen Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich and Willie Randolph.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, hall of fame, philadelphia phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-26-2018

Washington Times, July 26, 1918:

A Detroit woman recently sued her husband for divorce because he so far forgot himself in his joy at seeing Ty Cobb crack out a hit that he slammed her in the jaw and sent her out for the complete count.
...
Hubby jumped around with joy-frenzied jumps and began to swing his arms. The fist at the end of one arm somehow or other landed flush upon wifie’s chin. Wifie crumpled and then flopped for the count.

I’m not going to joke about this - I don’t know what ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 26, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Neil Walker Is Worried About This Winter | FanGraphs Baseball

Interesting article with interesting comments.

DBA455
So I quickly threw some numbers together which will be a mess if I paste in here, so I will I try to summarize.

For the top ~50 FA signed last winter, if you assume their 2018 comp is just their average comp for the course of the deal (which I think is generous, since the early years of FA contracts are typically considered the ‘bargain’ portion that the players allow for to reflect an understood over-payment in the later years AND ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 09:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Phillies beat Dodgers in 16-inning game lasting nearly six hours [Daily News - Breen]

It was past 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Trevor Plouffe stood on the steps of the Phillies dugout and realized the Dodgers were turning to an infielder to pitch the 16th inning.

Plouffe, a 32-year-old journeyman who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in April to keep his career alive, asked manager Gabe Kapler whether he ever faced a position-player pitcher. Kapler told him he embarrassingly struck out nine years ago against Nick Swisher.

Perhaps that memory was enough for Plouffe to ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 25, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kike hernandez, phillies

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ted Williams | American Masters | PBS

If PBS isn’t part of your TV package, you can watch the show at the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2018 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ted williams

Mets finally calling up one sizzling prospect [Jeff McNeil]

The Mets are calling up Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Tuesday morning, after he tore up the Eastern League and then Pacific Coast League. The utilityman hit .368/.437/.600 in Vegas [after hitting .327/.402/.626 at AA Binghamton] and the Mets will hope he can help replenish a lineup that has struggled to produce.

The corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, though there is no shortage of expendable players in the Mets’ infield.


Is this ...

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Adam Starblind Posted: July 24, 2018 at 11:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2018

Former Cubs owner Charles Murphy, quoted in the Washington Herald, July 24, 1918:

“...when Shettsline, now secretary of the [Phillies], was manager of the team, an important stage came where runs were badly needed. Philly got runners on first and second before anybody was out. It was then Delahanty’s turn at bat.

“Shettsline called Ed to one side and said: ‘You lay down a sacrifice bunt now, and I’ll have the next fellow try to hit one out and score both men.’ Delahanty nodded. ‘All right,” he ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 24, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, July 23, 2018

New York Daily News layoffs: Which sports writers are out?

It was a dark Monday in the journalism world as the New York Daily News laid off roughly half of its newsroom, including a number of talented and popular sportswriters..Per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Daily News cut its sports staff from 34 employees down to just nine.

NattyBoh Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:32 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: media, new york, newspapers, sportswriters

Why social media unfairly branded this Cubs fan a villain

But who doesn’t love a good witch hunt?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:28 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fans


Ode To Joy

A Sox Therapy thread has evolved into a topic I think makes for a good general discussion, so I’m creating a new thread for that. Which players are the most delightful to watch? Which players bring you the most joy?

villageidiom Posted: July 23, 2018 at 03:33 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, delight, happiness, joy

PBS American Masters: Ted Williams

Showing tonight, at 9 PM local time for me. YMMV; check your local listings. (EDIT: link to online version here, h/t to Jim Furtado. Link says the video expires 8/20/18.  -vi)

In honor of the centennial of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, American Masters presents a new biography of the Boston Red Sox player who may have been the greatest hitter who ever lived.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2018

Washington Herald, July 23, 1918:

The pennant in the American Association was awarded to the Kansas City club at the close of [yesterday’s] game, which marked the end of the 1918 season, by John J. Hickey, president of the league.

Elsewhere on the same page:

The American Association and the Eastern and Virginia leagues shut up shop after yesterday, and thus the New International is now the only remaining so-called minor league in action. Hand it to the circuit for being game.

The minor league ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 July 23: How sports and American politics made each other

In January 1942, as the United States committed itself fully to World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that baseball, then the national pastime, should sustain civilian morale during the lengthy struggle ahead. He implored its commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, to make sure the games went on, despite worldwide armed conflict. And so they did. Professional baseball players, Roosevelt argued, “are a definite recreational asset.”

Roosevelt did not extend that consideration to ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:42 AM | 1431 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off topic, politics

108 degrees? Pfft.

On Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, about 15,000 fans braved a first-pitch temperature of 102. And that kept going up, topping out at 108 before the game ended around 4:40 p.m.

Clint Whitaker, his two sons and nephew, drove in from Fruitvale (about 60 miles east of Dallas) to celebrate son Cash’s 10th birthday. They were sitting in the seats they bought, in the sun behind home plate on the lower level.

Cannon, 4, was handling the heat just fine in the second inning, but didn’t hold ...

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BDC Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: air conditioning, heat exhaustion, rangers

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Biggest Years by the Smallest Players

Just a lil’ sumpin’ sumpin.’

gehrig97 Posted: July 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, berra, jose altuve, morgan, puckett, yankees

Oakland lands Jeurys Familia from Mets for 2 prospects

The A’s, in the midst of an unexpected playoff push, have acquired reliever Jeurys Familia from the Mets. In return, the Mets will receive third baseman Will Toffey, Oakland’s 17th-ranked prospect, and Minor League reliever Bobby Wahl. The Mets will also receive $1 million in international slot money as part of the deal.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 22, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, oakland athletics


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