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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas ...

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Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister to sports parents: It’s about your child, not you | | Dallas Morning News

Good stuff from Jeff Banister. If you have a child take a few minutes to give the interview a listen.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kids, parents, youth baseball

Film Nerd 2.0: Heartbreak at the Center of the Original ‘Bad News Bears’

The boys laughed at a lot of the film, but Toshi grew quieter as the film played. For Allen, all it took was Tanner (Chris Barnes) calling someone a “booger-eating moron” and he was all aboard. He laughed at the baseball errors, he cheered for every terrible thing Tanner said, and he told me Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley) was “awesome.” When Buttermaker had his big breakdown and tells Amanda that he doesn’t want to see her between seasons, Toshi moved from the chair where he was sitting to the ...

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Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: May 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

Cubs Trade Wellington Castillo to Mariners

Castillo will join the Mariners, where No. 1 catcher Mike Zunino has hit .179/.241/.358 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Backup Jesus Sucre is just 1 for 15 in six games.

No word yet what the Cubs will be getting in return.

VoodooR Posted: May 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Bill Parcells offers advice to Marlins’ new skipper Dan Jennings

The Tuna offers advice to the guy who Jeffrey Loria hopes isn’t another real zero.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

Stan Boroski on the Rays’ PITCHf/x Usage | FanGraphs Baseball

Sabermetricians, scouts, coaches, and ball players coexisting and working together?

Goodbye all, nice knowing you,  the apocalypse is nigh!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, sabermetrics

Is lineup protection a myth or reality? It’s both, and that paradox is telling. - Beyond the Box Score

Lineup protection exists—it also doesn’t. Baseball players are aware of lineup protection and modify their approach because of it, even though their managers might have a different idea entirely of what lineup protection means. Batters think about protection, too, and part of successful hitting is the ability to think with the game as it’s happening. However, modified approaches don’t alter results in any meaningful way, as analysts such as Tom Tango and Jeff Sullivan show.

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, sabermetrics

Alex Rodriguez relates to Bryce Harper on and off the field - NY Daily News

I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bryce harper, nationals, yankees


Q & A with “Benchwarmer” Author Josh Wilker

Josh Wilker, the author of “Cardboard Gods,” one of the best-ever baseball books not necessarily about baseball, is back with another memoir.  This time, it chronicles his first year as a new father, and the insecurities (and joys) therein.  “Benchwarmer” presents his son Jack’s first year, while also detailing, in almanac form, the annals of all-time benchwarmers/sad sacks. Its not the easiest subject matter to traverse, as Wilker lays his first-time fatherhood neuroses and raw ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, interviews

Velocity and the Likelihood of Tommy John Surgery | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t want to get hurt, stop throwing so hard.

As you can see these results are more in line with Dr. Fleisig’s results (25% Major League pitchers). I don’t think it’s unreasonable there are some differences, however. This would depend on our methods of gathering the data and how we defined what a Major League pitcher is. My definition was very loose. Basically if a pitcher came up and threw one inning, then I put him in the results. The reason why I didn’t have a stricter definition of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitcher injuries, pitching, sabermetrics, tommy john surgery


Set for return to Baltimore, Nelson Cruz fondly recalls his one big season with O’s - Baltimore Sun

Exceeding all expectations while passing all PED tests. Who’da thunk it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, mariners, nelson cruz

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1915:

Baseball, as the kingpin of national pastimes, is going to be crowded for honors in a very short time, if the tennis “bug” keeps working at the speed it has shown for the past couple of years.
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The national tournaments in tennis are attracting lots more attention now than they formerly did. Now the business men, clerks and thousants of others who play the game are interested in watching men like Norris, McLoughlin and Bundy perform.

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 19, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: doom and gloom, dugout, history

School of Roch: Harvey update and minor league trade

TINSTAAPP.

The Orioles also made a deal.

The Orioles made a minor league trade today, acquiring left-hander Chris Lee from the Astros for two international bonus slots, reportedly the 46th and 76th overall.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, tinstaapp

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada suited for the spotlight - Sports - The Boston Globe

I was at work. I will never forget that moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Offensive struggles piling up for Rockies | rockies.com

A Rockies team is 22nd in offense. 22nd. While playing half their games in Denver. 22nd.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

“Big Data Baseball” A Big Hit – The Hardball Times

I’ve been waiting for this book. (Why did they wait so long?)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, pirates, sabermetrics

They’ve become the no-go Dodgers - LA Times

Tim Raines was such a weapon, but his skill isn’t appreciated enough.

“If they’re successful 70-something-percent, 80-something-percent,” Lopes said, “that’s a hell of a weapon to have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stolen bases

Baseball by the numbers: White Sox’ ‘D’ still needs improvement | Chicago

John Grochowski is at least trying, so I will cut him some slack.

Balls a defender doesn’t reach that an average fielder would mean extra hits charged to the pitchers. You can see that in the early numbers for Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana. All have been inconsistent, but all have FIPs — fielding independent pitching — stronger than their ERAs when you filter out defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, white sox

Jeffrey Loria’s message after odd hire: ‘A Marlin isn’t a flounder’

It isn’t?

“We’re supposed to be the Fish. The Marlins. We shouldn’t be the Flounders.

“A Marlin isn’t a flounder. We’ve got to get it going.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria sucks, marlins

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

OMNICHATTER 5-19-2015

As of this writing, it has been over one full day since the Marlins last fired a manager.

Anyway, full slate today, so… CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: May 19, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 218 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 18, 2015

Posnanski: The Win Machine

Oh, yes, it was one big looney-tunes adventure in Atlanta. After the eighth straight loss, Bristol gulped: “I’m doing all I can. I just don’t know what else I can do.”

After the 10th straight loss, Turner was admonished by — of all people — George Steinbrenner. “Nobody forced Ted Turner to buy the Braves,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re all over legal age and of reasonable intelligence. And when we bought these teams, we knew what the rules were.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 05:17 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, joe posnanski, managers, owners, ted turner

Allen Craig clears waivers after being dropped from 40-man roster, stays with Red Sox at Triple-A

First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, cardinals, joe kelly, john lackey, red sox

Brewers GM Doug Melvin’s rant about Scooter Gennett and stat-heads looks really, really silly now

This morning the last-place Brewers demoted their starting second baseman since mid-2013, Scooter Gennett, to Triple-A because he hit .154 in 20 games this year after coming into the season as a career .300 hitter.

What makes the move particularly odd is that less than 12 months ago Brewers general manager Doug Melvin used Gennett’s success in the majors as an example to aggressively criticize stat-heads, angrily telling Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:

Melvin, an old school GM who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin, scooter gennett, stat nerds

How Holliday survives ‘grind’ that got Carpenter : Sports

“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday

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