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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Yankees Lefty Specialist Matt Thornton Claimed by Nationals

“Matt did a great job for us,” Cashman said. “There’s a reason the Nats put a claim on him; they’re in a pennant race and they know he can help them. But this is about flexibility in 2014 and 2015 for us.”
...
So Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings and had not surrendered a home run since last June, is gone, replaced in the short term by journeyman Rich Hill.

Hill, of course, sucks.  He hit the only batter he faced in his Yankees debut.  Seems like a weird time to ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt thornton, nationals, yankees, yr bait

Padres To Hire A.J. Preller As GM

Eccentric!  ROWRRRR.

The Padres have decided to hire Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to fill their GM vacancy, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

Preller had been one of four finalists for the vacancy, along with Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng. Preller and Eppler were both rumored to be favorites for the job at different times, though the most recent reports had Eppler in the lead.

Instead, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

OMNICHATTER 8-6-2014

Wednesday. OMNICHATTER. Right here.

Gamingboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Korean Royals fan gets royal treatment for first visit to Kansas City

Lee, a Royals fan since the 1990s who follows the team from his home in Seoul, South Korea, was treated like royalty upon his arrival Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.

Camera crews, fellow Royals fans and curious bystanders watched and cheered as Lee made his way through the gate, wearing his Royal blue jersey…

Kamler said he and other Royals fans have been communicating with Lee for a few years on Twitter. Kamler said Lee tweets with fans during the games despite the 14-hour ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: korea, royals, super fan

Biogenesis Scandal implicates more players.

Or to put it another way, get ready for another month or more of wondering when all of this will play out and which of your favorite players will be Braun’d, Melky’d, or Nelson’d out of their reputation and roster spot for 50 or more games. The focus will be off the races, off the teams, and on the guessing game of who gets outed next. Gee, thanks, “Dr.” Bosch.

There she is! There she is.

Dale Sams Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB.com - Maria Torres: Mets’ ace right-hander feels good after tossing 20 fastballs at team’s Minors complex

So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”

“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like ...

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Lassus Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, the rapture

ESPN: Sources: Selig successor decided next week

Mighty Manfred the Wonder Commissioner

Bud Selig’s successor as commissioner of baseball is expected to be decided next week, sources confirmed, when MLB owners assemble in Baltimore to vote on three finalists for the job.

The three final candidates, according to one source familiar with the vote, are MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner…Manfred has long been viewed as the favorite to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: commish, reinsdorf

Vote for Rookie: Trenton Thunder golden retriever advances to championship round of ‘Mascot Mania’

On MiLB.com, Rookie’s likes are listed as “baseballs, baseball bats, belly rubs and treats,” but his top rival is still the vacuum cleaner. The site notes that Rookie is training to be a bat-dog like Derby, his father who retrieves bats during every home Trenton Thunder game, and grandfather Chase “That Golden Thunder,” who died last year.

“It really started with Chase, who was the most important mascot we had. We’re really happy to pay homage to our dog lineage because there’s ...

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NattyBoh Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat dog, mascots, trenton thunder

HuffPost | Darryl Strawberry Confirms One Of Baseball’s Most Disturbing Urban Legends

Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.


Marlins designate Turner for assignment, recall Flynn

The transaction is mildly surprising because of Turner’s age, 23, and his upside. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was the ninth overall pick of the Tigers in 2009. He was pushed through the Minor Leagues quickly, and he made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2011.

Wow. Do the Marlins not believe in BABIP regression? What are the trading rules for DFAs in August? Are they free to trade him to any team within the next 10 days or does he have to pass waivers first?

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Report: More players to be named in connection with Biogenesis

Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Hunter Pence gets burned by Mets Fans

There’s another half dozen or so at the link, including the ones from an earlier game.

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There’s another half dozen or so at the link, including the ones from an earlier game.

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Today’s final game of the Giants-Mets series was a day game, and Pence’s biggest enemies brought the heat in the form of mild accusations on neon signs. They’re attacking your card-shuffling ability, man. Say something!

Pence has two homers and seven RBI in ...

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Why The Wild Card Game Should Be A Two-Game Series

But adding an extra game would push the World Series to Christmas!

Wha’? A two-game series? Erm…don’t know how to tell you this, Nico, but…um…two is an even number. I know. And the wild card game should, for many reasons at once, be a two-game series. Here’s how I think it should work, and why…

To advance to the ALDS, the 2nd wild card team should have to beat the 1st wild card team twice. That “two chances to win one” backdrop gives the 1st wild card team a significant ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, mariners, royals, wild card, yankees

Pujols teaches Puig lesson with baserunning

Albert Pujols insisted that he was just playing within the confines of the game, because the Angels’ lead was only five and the Dodgers’ high-powered offense would still get to bat a couple more times.

In the process, though, the Angels’ veteran first baseman might have taught the young, eccentric Yasiel Puig a valuable lesson.

That lesson: Never forget about the runner on base, no matter who he is and where he’s stationed.

kthejoker Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, yasiel puig

NY Daily News: Really trying to understand why I was so wrong about NY Mets’ Lucas Duda. What are the challenges of separating reporting from personal feelings?

He made similar comments in many interviews, including one I conducted with him last September. Duda had just hit two homers in a game, and we began with what I thought was a softball to warm him up.

“Lucas, when you first came up, you were open about how hitting in big spots made you nervous. Now that you’ve been in the league a few years, is it easier?”

His answer? Laughter, followed by, “No.”

A moment later, when the camera was off, Duda dropped his head, said, “tough ...

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thetailor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets

Fangraphs: Christian Vazquez is Partially Elite

Vazquez has long had the reputation of being an outstanding defensive catcher with a little bit of offensive upside. He’s always been praised for his skills in the field, so that’s our background: We already had reason to believe in Vazquez’s defense. He’s had only a few blocking opportunities. He’s had only a few throwing opportunities. He’s had more than 1,000 framing opportunities. Though it’s been only a few weeks, all the evidence suggests Vazquez is one of the best receivers ...

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Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays’ road win streak ends in a weird 3-2 loss to A’s

Its a shame about Rays.

“What am I going to say right now?” Balfour asked aloud. “All the things I’m not supposed to say, or the things you want to hear? … What do you want out of me? You want the truth? Or just want hear whatever you (expletive deleted) want to hear?”

Balfour had just blown another game, allowing the winning run on an 0-2 single by Derek Norris with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring former Ray Sam Fuld, who reached on an 0-2 single, with two walks in between.

But ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, grant balfour, rays, safety squeeze

Reds lethargic effort leaves Price perplexed

As Specs Rigveda once said: “Lethargy can prove fatal for baseball life.”

The Reds lost the opener of their four-game, home-and-home series with Cleveland, 7-1, at Progressive Field. How they lost was what had Price incensed as he sat in the manager’s office after the game.

“We’re a .500 team after 112 games; we’re 56-and-56,” said Price. “What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was the fact that we didn’t have our head in the game at all, especially those first five innings.”

In ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 5, 1914:

The British censorship has been extended to the baseball scores sent to London for publication there. The cable officials have been notified that the scores will not be accepted. It is presumed that the military censor believes they might be code messages intended for Germany.

“Tell Kluck and Bülow to turn south when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-6.”

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Collins: Lagares’ defense ranks with the best

Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.

Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.

With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, juan lagares, mets

Monday, August 04, 2014

8-5-2014 OMNICHATTER

TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW!

(Also, Price’s first DET start and a WS rematch in STL)

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:38 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Report: Pirates’ McCutchen expected to go on DL, may miss a month

An oblique for a hand leaves everyone oblique and handless.

The Pirates are expected to place reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list with a severe oblique strain, reports Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He could miss three weeks to a month according to Cook’s source…

The Diamondbacks hit McCutchen with a pitch in his back and near his oblique on Saturday as retaliation for the Pirates accidentally hitting Paul Goldschmidt on Friday. Goldschmidt suffered a broken ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, injuries, pirates

Matt Cain out for season, Giants say

Cain is unAbel.

The Giants right-hander will have bone chips in his right elbow removed next Monday in San Francisco. He is expected to be sidelined for about three months, but should be healthy in time for spring training.

“It’s been frustrating for him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Matt’s been battling this for a while. It’s time. He could keep trying to push it but it’s inevitable, it looks like. Let’s have this done and get him ready for spring training.”

Cain hasn’t pitched since July 9 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, matt cain

What can we expect from Javier Baez?

Cubs recall Baez for Tuesday night’s game in Colorado, where he’ll play second base.  The youth movement is finally arriving.

Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs

Grantland: The Diamondbacks’ Disgrace, or: A List of Things Kirk Gibson Can Kiss

It’s annoying when the Diamondbacks complain about who jumps in their pool or bad-mouth a player who’s on the way out, under the cover of anonymity. They’re going to lose a lot, which matters to me not at all, because I’m one of the fortunate folks whose happiness isn’t based on the Diamondbacks’ success. I can even live with Gibson and Miguel Montero taking the “we’re not happy until you’re not happy” approach after losses, because if the Diamondbacks aren’t going to have ...

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OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Link to July Thread.

Fantasy Premier League. Code for BTF League is 585849-148849.


Aug. 4: Man U vs Liverpool (ICC Final), MLS Homegrown Team vs Timbers U23

Aug. 5: Champ. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champ. League (inc. Montral Impact vs FAS)

Aug. 6: UEFA Champ. League Qual., Nacional vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, Napoli vs Barcelona

Aug. 7: Europa League Qual., CONC. Champ. League

Aug, 8: LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 opener)

Aug. 9: ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM | 889 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Tanaka plays catch, feels good after throwing for first time since injury

Tanaka was sweaty and smiling after 50-pitch game of catch. Told me he felt good and no pain. First of many steps.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014

Manager Joe Girardi will meet with the media at approximately 4 p.m. ET, at which point he will surely discuss Tanaka’s throwing session and the next step in his rehab process.

Tanaka, 25, suffered the ligament tear the week before the All-Star break. He was examined by three doctors and all three agreed the tear was small enough ...

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Cubs call up Javier Baez

“The Cubs are calling up top shortstop prospect Javier Baez, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. He will join the team for their series opener against the Rockies on Tuesday.”

“In 104 Triple-A games this season, Baez is hitting .260/.323/.510 with 24 doubles and 23 homeruns. He hit .229/.285/.424 with 11 homers and a 33.7 percent strikeout rate in his first 66 games of the year, but has put up a .315/.384/.657 batting line with 12 homers and a 23.8 percent strikeout in 38 games since. ...

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SouthSideRyan Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

This MLB hate map confirms everyone detests the Yankees

George Steinbrenner’s American Shiit Building Company is now a world wide success!

Hate maps are back folks, this time with the much-anticipated MLB edition. Unlike the regional wars that fuel the NFL there’s a pretty clear delineation here: Almost everyone hates the Yankees.

Florida hates the Red Sox: This is wonderful because you can guarantee this is purely based on New York retirees heading to the Sunshine State.
Arkansas has strong feelings about the Cubs: Honestly, it’s just nice to see ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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