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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mike Moustakas reflects on mother’s passing after career day at plate | FOX Sports

But my, how she loved her son.

“Every day, I miss her,” Mike said. “It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and call, hear her voice.

“I always let her know that anytime I did anything good, it was for her. Even if I didn’t do anything good, she was always proud of me. She’d let me know that I was still in the big leagues, to keep having fun going out there. That’s what was awesome about mom. She was always proud of me, no matter what happened.”

Last October, when Connie could not ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mike moustakas, royals

Matt Harvey of New York Mets to get half-outings to stay sharp

How about if he just wears a garlic neckless to ward off evil?

The motivation for using Harvey more frequently but for shorter durations is to keep him sharp for the postseason while keeping his innings count in check. Harvey currently sits at 171 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Agent Scott Boras has suggested that exceeding 180 innings might imperil Harvey’s health.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Nightengale: Without a doubt, David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.

The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.

He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS. ...Read More...

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: 500, big papi, david ortiz, hall of fame, hof, peds, red sox, steroids

Pirates notebook: Kang blazes trail for Korean hitters | TribLIVE

The 29-year-old, right-handed hitting Park hit a career-best 52 home runs last season.

“(Park) has much more power than I have,” Kang said through his interpreter.

How much power?

Without an interpreter Kang, whose English is improving, exclaimed: “Big power.”

Kang said he is “close” with Park. With the Pirates’ first-base situation muddled going into next season, will Kang lobby for a Park-Pirates pact if he is posted?

Kang did not answer. He smiled and shrugged, turning his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, korean baseball, pirates

Sunday Notes: Revere, Hutchison, Ortiz, Chemistry, more | FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of good tidbits in this one.

Gibbons acknowledged that winning enhances chemistry. He then proceeded to explain what enhances winning.

“Good players help you win games,” said Gibbons. “That’s the bottom line. You can have a lot of great character guys out there, but if they aren’t as talented, you’re not going to win. There’s no substitute for talent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Troy Tulowitzki exits game with injury |

This isn’t good news for the Jays.

Tulowitzki was sent for an MRI late Saturday afternoon that revealed the fracture in his scapula. He also was diagnosed with upper back muscle bruises and the Blue Jays will monitor his status over the next week before a timeline for his return can be established.

The injury is a potentially devastating blow to a Blue Jays lineup that has been borderline unstoppable since the end of July. Toronto entered play in Game 2 Saturday night having won 31 of 40 games, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, troy tulowitzki

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: For Dave Dombrowski, building a serviceable bullpen should be doable - The Boston Globe

I am very glad Nick Cafardo isn’t in charge in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Lauber: How David Ortiz rescued his season en route to 500 HRs | Boston Herald

Early this season, for about the 3rd time, I thought David Ortiz was done. Eventually he will be but not this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox


The “Be Careful When Slamming Things Closed” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SI: Nats’ Drew Storen slams locker shut, breaks thumb, likely out for season


Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen will likely miss the remainder of the season after slamming his locker shut and breaking his right thumb, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.

Storen allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5–3 loss to the Mets that put New York ahead 4–2. After the outing, he slammed his locker shut out of frustration and sustained the injury.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 12, 2015 at 06:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, dumbass, injury, nationals, nats

Skippers learning on job brings mixed results |

Notes from the Cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, managers, notes, reds, rockies

Joe Maddon on Jake Arrieta’s Cy Young prospects: My vote is for Jake

It’s official. We have a Cy Young award race in the National League.

With his eight innings of a one-run ball Friday night in the Chicago Cubs 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jake Arrieta lowered his ERA to 1.99. That’s the magic number.

With Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke sporting a 1.68 mark, the two are the only starters with a sub-2.00 ERA in baseball. Arrieta needed to get into Greinke’s area code to have a chance at the award—and now he’s there.

“My vote is ...

McCoy Posted: September 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy young award

Defense Mechanisms: Inside the Indians’ Historic Fielding Turnaround «

I knew that Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Giovanny Urshela were big upgrades. I did not realize that Chisenhall was playing so well in the outfield.

When he volunteered to try the outfield in Triple-A, Lonnie Chisenhall hadn’t played there since college, aside from shagging during BP. But it took him only four games in Columbus to convince Cleveland that he could be an everyday option. The day after the Indians traded Moss to St. Louis, Chisenhall made his first major league start in right ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, lonnie chisenhall, sabermetrics

Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty not planning on going anywhere

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn’t ready to move out of the general manager’s chair.

“I’m not ready for that yet,” Jocketty said Friday night. “Give me another year or so.”

Jocketty’s good friend Doug Melvin stepped down from his job as the Brewers’ general manager into an advisory role. Jocketty is a year older than Melvin, but said Friday he is looking forward to rebuilding the Reds.

“Where we’re at is based a lot on the trades we knew we had to make because of the free agents and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, reds

How social media is killing the post game radio show - LA Times

I hardly ever listen to the radio now. There was a time that when I was out of the house I’d listen to the game broadcast to keep up on the score. I don’t need to do that anymore. I have the MLB At Bat that I can use to follow the Red Sox *and* all the other games that are going on.

I also don’t listen to local sports talk on the radio. I can listen to MLB Radio on Sirius. MLB Radio isn’t perfect but the discussions and guest and better than the local stuff. If I am not driving, I can also ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: media, radio


The Saturday Omnichatter, which lacks a funny play on words.

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 335 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, September 11, 2015

Inside Baseball: What’s the deal on Harvey, Cespedes Mets futures? -

Heyman’s latest includes this tidbit.

Alderson and Boras are scheduled to hold a conference call with Andrews soon after the agent returns from Japan Friday with the intention to map out Harvey’s immediate future. It appears the tentative plan has Harvey pitching in the Yankees series September 19-21, and then again, if needed to clinch, against the beleaguered Nationals the final weekend of the season, though the postseason plans remain a secret (a Mets person disputed the likelihood of a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes

Mark Teixeira Out For Season With Fractured Leg - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will not return this season after tests showed that he has a fracture in his right shin, GM Brian Cashman told reporters including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (via Twitter). It’s expected that he’ll require three months to recover, Jack Curry of the YES Network adds on Twitter, meaning that he should be ready to go for the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:43 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Wax Pack: One Man’s Road Trip to Track Down Every Player From a Pack of Baseball Cards

...the pack he chose from to form his road trip included former Toronto Blue Jay Rance Mulliniks, Al Cowens, Garry Templeton, Randy Ready, Gary Pettis, Jaime Cocanower, Don Carman, Vince Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli, Richie Hebner, Carlton Fisk, Steve Yeager and Rick Sutcliffe.

In such a random sample size of players from this particular baseball pack, there was a separation between players who were swallowed up by fame, fortune and controversy, and others who simply receded to the ...

Voodoo... Posted: September 11, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, road trip

Feldman a baseball survivor despite laid-back approach - Houston Chronicle

Your wait for the Scott Feldman profile is finally over. Please don’t lose your head during the celebration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, scott feldman

MLB Pipeline 2015 Prospect Team of the Year |

The list shouldn’t be too surprising.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Grant: Rangers exit West Coast trip with offense sputtering from top to bottom | Dallas Morning News

If you RTFA you will also see a picture of Adrian Beltre using telekinesis to control his bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Using Batted Ball Data in Scouting – The Hardball Times

I have always thought putting sabermetric ratings on the scouting scale makes a lot of sense.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

2015 Minor League Classification All-Star Teams -

Some of these guys can play a little.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 12:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Marlins farm teams also struggling and have few MLB-ready prospects | Miami Herald

The Marlins aren’t a model franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, prospects

Ray Knight scolds Nats fan wearing a paper bag: ‘You just look stupid’ - The Washington Post

I doubt the fan could watch the TV with the bag over his head, plus he was at the ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

GWB remembers “The Pitch”

It was a powerful moment.

Edit: Original intro removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Red Sox create new analytics position for ex-MLB pitcher Brian Bannister

As a former pitcher with a knowledge of analytics, Bannister’s role is, in a way, a data-driven coach, but not just for players—Bannister is unlikely to direct the pitchers in the way that pitching coach Carl Willis does, but like anyone else in the front office, his job will be to provide the team with the best information he can, whether he gets it from scouting or PITCHf/x, and then distribute it to other key figures in the organization. Teams blend all of that information together the best ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian bannister, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2015

Washington Times, September 11, 1915:

“Wooden Shoes” Cravath, once a first baseman for the Nationals, has only four more home runs to make to equal the big league record of Buck Freeman, also a National. If Cravath can pole four more of them, his total will be twenty-six, and he will rule the world of sluggers. Yesterday the husky outfielder for the Phillies broke a ball to bits by slamming the pill over the center field fence with the bases jammed. How do you do!

Cravath finished with 24, two ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: buck freeman, dugout, gavvy cravath, history, ned williamson

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