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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cubs’ John Lackey and Chris Bosio imply Eric Thames is using PEDs

In his post-game press conference, Lackey said (via the Chicago Tribune) that Thames’ home run was “kinda one of those things that makes you scratch your head.” Lackey seemingly very intentionally winked at the reporter who asked him the question.

Bosio appeared on the Mully and Hanley show and was asked about Starling Marte‘s recent suspension after testing positive for Nandrolone. Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports provides the transcript:

Well, the bottom line is [Thames] has hit the ball ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:17 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, eric thames, john lackey, peds

David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle

He may forever be a hero in these parts, but during a time he should have been basking in glory, he instead was a tormented man who battled just to get out of bed.

He would wake up mornings, slam his eye lids shut, wishing he were dead.

“I was depressed. I was always depressed,’’ Freese tells USA TODAY Sports. “I never tried to do anything to myself, but I didn’t care about my life. I didn’t care what would happen to me. It was almost to a point that if this is my time, so be it? ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, david freese, depression, mental health, pirates

Q&A: Daniels on meteoric rise with Rangers

A lot of good stuff in this one.

MLB.com: You let Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent and traded both Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, all three very popular players. Is it difficult—yet necessary—in your job to not let emotion get in the way of making what you feel is the right baseball move?

Daniels: Absolutely. Anybody would agree with that; every team would have to agree with that. It is hard, man, especially when you’ve had success as a group and you want to keep the team together. John ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jon daniels, rangers

How is free swinger Eric Thames crushing his second act?

The problem? He swung at everything. And it almost cost him everything. But he’s back and emerging as the biggest surprise of the 2017 season. How did he climb back for this second act that most players never get?

“Plate discipline,” Thames said, simply. “I learned in Korea that they won’t challenge you as much as they do in the minor leagues and [majors]. And maintaining the strike zone and swinging at strikes, that’s like the ultimate goal for everybody.”

Thames signed with the NC Dinos of ...

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Rob Manfred has a vision to improve baseball and it’s more radical than you think

Maybe the major leagues can borrow from the more joyous fan experiences in Asia and Latin America, even at the risk of adding five minutes to the game. Maybe television broadcasts can shorten commercial breaks by adding ads to a corner of the screen during play. And, yes, maybe the players and coaches could cut back on the in-game caucuses.

“The stuff where nothing is going on – Yadi Molina is making his 93rd trip to the mound, or whoever the catcher is, I don’t mean to pick out a guy ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:23 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, rob manfred

Luis Robert Declared A Free Agent - MLB Trade Rumors

The next big thing is going to the last international player to get paid.

Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, has reportedly drawn wide interest from around the league. Last we checked in, a variety of organizations were planning to take closer scouting looks. If there’s a favorite at this point, it could be the White Sox, though they’d be entering the penalty box by striking a deal with Robert. Numerous other organizations have already blown past their bonus pools, so going on to sign Robert ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international free agents


This royal throne of kings, this sceptered OMNICHATTER

Sale and Syndergaard pitching on the same day? Somebody pinch me!

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 182 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 20, 1917:

Manager Mitchell of the Cubs has ordered the discontinuance of the hit and run play. “I’ll fine anyone who tries it,” says Mitchell—“fine him $100 for the first offense and fire him the second time. I’ve studied that play thoroughly. The odds against its bein a winner are about 70 to 1, and I don’t propose to lose out on the 69 extra chances.”

On one hand, it’s pretty cool and a bit unexpected that managers were studying success rates of plays like this. On the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, strategy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WashEx: Jeb Bush looks to Derek Jeter to help buy Miami Marlins

What a team: Jeter couldn’t go to his left; Jeb! couldn’t go right. Sad!

Once rivals in their pursuit to purchase the Miami Marlins, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is teaming up with retired New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter to bid for the baseball team.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has been entertaining offers for the team, which moved to Miami in 2012 and changed its name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. With Jeter and Bush, New York financier and manager of Quogue ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeb, jeffrey loria, marlins, sad

Angel Pagan to sit out 2017 season

Free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan will sit out the remainder of the season instead of signing with a club, he told Yamaira Muniz Perez of El Vocero on Wednesday. Pagan plans to spend time with family.

Pagan, who turns 36 in July, went unsigned all winter despite rumors of interest from multiple clubs including the Blue Jays, Braves and Nationals. He was connected to the Pirates earlier in the week as a potential replacement for outfielder Starling Marte, who was suspended 80 games for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan

Josh Harrison Got Hit Four Times in a Row

No major-league player, since at least 1974 — not just the Pirates — but no major-league player has been hit by pitches in four straight plate appearances. Anthony Rizzo the last to be hit by pitches in three straight plate appearances.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hit batsmen, hit by a bus, josh harrison

The CB Bucknor Experience | FanGraphs Baseball

Let’s get rid of replay and bad umpires.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

In His 50th Year with the A’s, Steve Vucinish has a lifetime of tales

“Player requests — or, in some cases, demands — are the bane of any clubhouse manager’s existence. Most are accommodated, including the time Red Sox star Clemens asked for a birthday cake for his wife “in the fifth inning!” Vucinich said. When Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight “Dewey” Evans were with Boston, Coors was unavailable east of the Rockies, so they’d have Vucinich pack the luggage truck full of cases.

“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2017

Grantland Rice via the Harrisburg Telegraph, April 19, 1917:

A few days ago we had a long talk with Napoleon Lajoie, the eminent French Batting Eye, about the untrammelled ill-fortune that always followed Cleveland.

“There has never been anything in baseball like it,” he said, “and it has lasted for over fifteen years. There may be no such thing as a Hoodoo—but, whatever it is, it certainly gets on your nerves when you see star players hurt year after year by the queerest sort of accidents and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland, dugout, history, jinx

It’s time for a progressive, smart PED plan in baseball

Is he just trolling?

Take the below quote. This is pure conjecture. He has absolutely no idea what’s going on with players right now.

I usually like Passan but the whole article is filled with stuff like this.

Myth: PEDs are on their way out of baseball.

Truth: Earlier this week, I was on the radio with two really smart hosts, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago, and PEDs came up. I estimated somewhere between two and five guys per clubhouse are using some version of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, starling marte

Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to test out arms, but don’t get hopes up - NY Daily News

This doesn’t sound promising.

And the Mets still don’t know what is wrong with Matz.

Alderson said there is still no clear diagnosis. Team doctors said there was nothing wrong with his surgically-repaired elbow. The lefthander, who went for his own second opinion, said on Opening Day that he has a flexor tendon strain.

So with no clear diagnosis, the Mets are simply handing his rehab on the basis of feel.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Sac Bunting Summary and Redux | MGL on Baseball

MGL discusses the bunt in his unique style.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, bunting, sabermetrics

Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently? | FiveThirtyEight

Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, statcast

Hunting for upgrades, Orioles show willingness to turn over 40-man roster - Baltimore Sun

Dan Duquette remains creative.

“You know, there’s the whole thing about sifting through [for gold],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You shake [the tray], you shake it. You get a nugget here and a nugget there, rocks there. Now let’s go get some more and sift through them. It’s through trades, it’s through waivers, it’s through the draft.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Jayson Werth speaks out following bizarre ending to Braves-Nationals

Chase d’Arnaud struck out, and the Washington Nationals were ready to celebrate their 3-1 win.

Or so they thought.

Home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a foul ball on the Braves catcher’s swings, and the game was extended. The grounds crew was already on the field. It was chaotic.

d’Arnaud swung and missed on the next pitch after the confusion was cleared up and the Nationals won. But Washington outfielder Jayson Werth was displeased with how the whole thing played out.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 12:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Night Games Only OMNICHATTER, April 18, 2017

There were no day games at all today, thereby making today the worst day in human history.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 18, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, it was announced Tuesday.

“The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: ped, pirates, sterling marte

Phillies’ Buchholz undergoes surgery, season likely over

Clay Buchholz appears to have already thrown his last pitch with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Buchholz had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. It essentially ends his season with a recovery time of 4-6 months. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews after getting a second opinion from the renowned surgeon Monday.

Right-hander Zach Eflin was called up from Triple-A and starts in Buchholz’s spot Tuesday night against the New York Mets.

Buchholz, 32, made ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz

Dodgers trying to connect with next generation of fans despite lack of TV exposure

For the fourth consecutive year, the cable company that markets the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel has been unable to sell it to any other major cable or satellite provider in the Los Angeles area. The Dodgers got a record $8.35 billion in their 25-year cable deal, but there is no end in sight to the blackout.

“They’re pushing all the right buttons, but that TV contract has just been a killer,” Wagner said. “It’s hurt the team. It didn’t hurt them financially.

“It’s one ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, tng, tv contracts

Eaton out to prove he’s still an elite center fielder - Nationals Pastime

In the bigger picture, Eaton admits at least some motivation this season to show his detractors he still can be an elite center fielder.

“Yes and no,” he said. “A part of me thinks: Who cares what other people think? That’s kind of been my motto my whole life. You can tell me I can’t do something, and I don’t really care what you think. I’m just going to go out and do the best of my ability. That’s one of my thoughts.

“And the other one is: Yeah, tell everybody that I can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, defense, nationals

Ranking the playing careers of all 30 MLB managers | FOX Sports

Paul Molitor is ranked #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Clay Buchholz Will Undergo Surgery

Buchholz was diagnosed with the partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm last week. He was set to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Monday. It was, apparently, a bad opinion. He’s expected to miss around 3-5 months, which practically speaking, could be the entire season if it’s anything but the speediest recovery.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, phillies

News from The Associated Press

Great!

MLB has tried to speed up reviews this year, aiming for the umpires in the New York replay booth to relay the final calls to the field in under 2 minutes.

“It’ll take more time,” Boston pitcher David Price said. “It’s not going to make them any shorter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay

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