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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 4, 1916:

“Lefty” Russell, who once cost Connie Mack $12,000, is now playing first base for Baltimore.

Not only did Russell cost the Athletics $12,000 (a huge sum at the time) when he was sold in 1910, but he was a pitcher. Not a particularly good sign when your high-priced pitcher becomes a minor league first baseman.

Russell threw 58 big league innings and allowed 113 baserunners. His 6.36 ERA in the dead-ball era was good for a career ERA+ of 49. He wasn’t much of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 12:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lefty russell

Dominic Smith turns on power for B-Mets in rout

After batting just .174 through his first 11 games, Smith has been on a tear, hitting.349 over his last 11. During that streak, MLB.com’s No. 47 overall prospect has driven in 14 runs and homered twice, raising his season average to .275.

“It wasn’t too frustrating,” Smith said of his slow start. “I know there’s a lot of things you have to adjust to. This level is the toughest level before the big leagues. There’s a lot of top prospects you have to face day in and day out. There’s a lot of ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers, prospects

OMNICHATTER 5-4-16

May the OMNICHATTER be with you!

Or: The Hedge OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

ESPN edited Curt Schilling out of its 30 for 30 episode on the ‘04 Red Sox and people are mad.

Four Days in October is an ESPN 30 for 30 series film that first aired in 2010. It aired again yesterday, in slightly edited format, and dopey Red Sox fans teamed up with dopey conservatives to form a coalition of derp in protesting what they believed to be a conspiracy against recently fired analyst Curt Schilling.

spanx for the memories Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox

Atlanta Braves should bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa and the teepee

We live in a politically correct world these days, with people sensitive about anything and everything. We can never be in other people’s shoes to understand why something might upset them, but there’s little doubt, it seems easy for everyone to find something that gets their goat.

Perhaps that was a disclaimer that what I’m about to write might upset some, but it doesn’t worry me enough not to write it. Twenty-five years ago when the Atlanta Braves became the team everyone loved, it ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mascots

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

Players from the Pirates and Marlins banded together in recent days to let Major League Baseball know they want to move the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium to Miami instead, sources said, a view shared by some club officials and staff members as well. Despite the widespread implications – including a possible effect on league relations with Puerto Rico as well as opening a Pandora’s box for athletes leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, another Zika-affected country – MLB ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika


On the Prospect of Owners Getting “Duped” by PED Users

It is not even clear that being caught affects future performance. Taking a different angle, I looked at the players with track records who were suspended in 2012 and 2013. What I did was took a look at their projections before they were suspended, and then pretended that was how they performed in the relevant season. I then applied the standard aging curve to the two seasons following the suspension season. I regarded this as their “expected performance” based on pre-suspension levels. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, long term contracts, peds

Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.

Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear extension but said terms, including the length of the deal and compensation, would not be disclosed.

The brand, which has had Harper as an endorser for five years, will begin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 12:20 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, endorsements, nationals, under armour

Pablo Sandoval needs surgery and his season is over - SBNation.com

Maybe the Red Sox need the Orioles’ doctors to examine future free agents.

Just when Sandoval will return is up in the air, as the procedure is reconstructive. The Red Sox didn’t insure Sandoval’s shoulder when he signed prior to the 2015 season, as there was no physical need to do so. Since that time, though, his shoulder has obviously suffered and degraded, and for all we know it could have been part of his problem a year ago and this spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, pablo sandoval, red sox

To learn about himself, Ben Cherington decided to teach - The Boston Globe

I still believe he was scapegoated.

The topics seemingly have sharpened Cherington’s views of what happened during his time in Boston. Even as the organization’s emerging young core — which Cherington proved resolute in preserving — appears to have the team back on a promising track, he understands why he is no longer GM of the Red Sox.

“Results do matter. In Boston, you know they matter. That’s fundamentally a part of the job,” he said. “In Boston, you know that the results do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, red sox

Behind David Wright’s tweaked, homer-hitting new swing | New York Post

Two hours of prep each day to play.

“We knew that if he shortened his leg kick and got that under control,’’ Long told The Post, “we were hoping that the consistency would be a lot better and it has been.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for David and how he goes about his business,’’ Long said. “He’s doing the best he can with the circumstances that he is currently under.’’

Wright, because of his spinal stenosis, cannot work his way out of hitting problems. He ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets


Latest MLB PED Suspension Much Bigger Than You Think

This doesn’t sound good.

Josh Ravin isn’t well known. Dee Gordon is an All Star and a batting champion, but he’s not well known outside of baseball. Both have been suspended within a week, but while more know who Gordon is, it’s the substance Ravin tested positive for that’s a much bigger story.

While early reports were that Ravin tested positive for HGH, the actual substance is, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, a peptide. Peptides are a class of performance enhancer that is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, peds

Carson Smith brings different look to Red Sox bullpen - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

The Red Sox can really use him.

It’s Carson Smith’s offseason workout partner, former Red Sox and current Pirates All-Star reliever Mark Melancon, who probably sums it up best.

“You’ve got righties, and you’ve got lefties,” Melancon said. “And then you’ve got Carson. It’s almost like a third dimension.”

“It’s like sidearm, but it’s not sidearm, you know?” said Mookie Betts, who has done his best to forget the times he’s faced Smith. “It’s not over the top, it’s not three-quarters, but it’s not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carson smith, red sox


Book Review: The Only Rule Is It Has To Work - BaseballAmerica.com

Picking this up later today. Has anyone already read it?

Lindbergh and Miller quickly realize that getting buy-in from the players and coaches is a key aspect of any of the changes they want to implement. It’s what makes this book different and provides a consistent theme from the preseason to the end of the season.

By having the two authors trade off writing responsibilities from chapter to chapter, the book bounces back and forth in style and tone, but it works. The Only Rule Is It Has To ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews

Cardinals hit five home runs in win | MLB.com

The Cardinals had a pretty, pretty good game last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Credit the Braves for trying stuff. Lots of stuff, actually | Mark Bradley blog

Change is easy when you stink.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-3-2016

Toledo News-Bee, May 3, 1916:

[Detroit pitcher] Harry [Coveleski] was sitting on the bench when Brother Stan was mowing down the Tigers in Monday’s moist conflict…“Atta boy, Stan, atta boy. Guess that brother of mine hasn’t got something,” he yelled as Veach fouled to Turner.

“That’s it, Stan. You’ve got his number,” he muttered as Sam Crawford hit a roller to Howard, forcing Cobb at second.

“Say, Harry, if you are going to root for Cleveland, go over on the Cleveland bench,” shouted [Detroit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry coveleski, history, stan coveleski

Yankees GM: ‘We urgently need to stop the bleeding’ | New York Post

A tourniquet may be needed.

“We urgently need to stop the bleeding now,” Cashman said Monday in a telephone interview. “We’ve been saying that. We’re working towards that.”

That doesn’t mean changes are imminent — and for sure, as Cashman made clear, it bodes no trouble for manager Joe Girardi or his coaches. Yet while Cashman wants to give his current roster more time to climb out of this hole, he won’t wait too long.

“We’ll continue to do the work necessary to put ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Texas Rangers: Nomar Mazara had best first month by a Rangers rookie—ever | SportsDay

He certainly looked good yesterday.

Watch the homer first, then the throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Mark Simon on Twitter: “Michael Conforto and Gregory Polanco top the hard-hit rate leaderboard. Where does your favorite rank? Leaderboard—https://t.co/uS0VL2gnyI”

It would be interesting to see how this data correlates with exit velocity.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statistics

Vin Scully Talks Beards For Five Minutes

Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is going all out during his final stint in the booth. The season’s only a month old, and we’ve already had two great episodes of Storytime With Vin Scully. Two weeks ago, he debunked the myths surrounding the number 13, and this weekend he gave us the entire history of beards:

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, vin scully

OMNICHATTER 5-3-16

The Verlander-Upton Engagement Party OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2016 at 12:24 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 02, 2016

Pablo Sandoval to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

The Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo left shoulder surgery in the coming days.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist who examined Sandoval in Florida on Monday. Sandoval, 29, had complained of shoulder soreness in early April and was placed on the disabled list on April 13.

The Red Sox did not provide an update on how long Sandoval will be out or what kind of rehab his surgery will entail, noting in a press release that more ...

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The Braves Play Taxpayers Better Than They Play Baseball

Over the last 15 years, the Braves have extracted nearly half a billion in public funds for four new homes, each bigger and more expensive than the last. The crown jewel, backed by $392 million in public funding, is a $722 million, 41,500-seat stadium for the major league club set to open next year in Cobb County, northwest of Atlanta. Before Cobb, the Braves built three minor league parks, working their way up the ladder from Single A to Triple A. In every case, they switched cities, pitting ...

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The last video of Babe Ruth playing in the major leagues, IN COLOR

Get a fantastic look at what Baker Bowl looked like in the 1930s. This video captures the Babe in his next-to-last game in the major leagues, as the Braves take on the Phillies in Philadelphia. Get a load of the scoreboard with the home team listed as batting first, and that’s Jimmie Wilson bouncing around the bases with a home run.

The Babe would retire two days later, frustrated at being lied to by the owner of the Braves. Emil Fuchs was broke and unable to pay rent at Braves Field, and ...

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Francisco Cervelli’s framing an advantage for Pirates - SweetSpot- ESPN

The Pirates fully appreciate what he brings beyond his pitch presentation.

“It’s priceless,” pitching coach Ray Searage said. “Everything he does behind the plate—his execution and game calling—helps build the trust between him and the entire pitching staff. He has grown tremendously as a catcher in the two years he has been here.”

But Cervelli still feels as if he has more to do and more “love” to give.

“I feel like I’m not there yet,” he said. “I’m going to keep working until my very last ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli, pirates, pitch framing

Tim Lincecum’s showcase set, and Giants will be there - San Francisco Chronicle

Is it really going to happen?

Lincecum will host his long-awaited showcase in Arizona on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. At least two-thirds of the major-league teams are expected to attend.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

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