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Thursday, April 25, 2019

You Are Cordially Invited to SOFTBALL IN THE CITY

Permit application process has been started, with any luck we’ll be frolicking in the North Meadow of Central Park some sunny Saturday in July or August.* Attendance will be taken! Those not in attendance will be talked smack of!

Further details will be posted as they become available, or as I remember them. If you’re in contact with primates (or other beings) who don’t regularly visit the site, make sure to let ‘em know! They don’t need to be good, there are already enough of you who make me look bad.

RSVP before game time, whenever that turns out to be. Or just show up.


*Okay, I requested 11 - 2 on July 20, we’ll see what happens
**Per post #130 below, it’s Saturday, August 10, 11 - 2 on North Meadow field #4. I’ll try to keep the ...

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Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: community, hot town, injury-plagued, meetups, softball

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Rockies trade offers Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies

Still, sources say that the Rockies would listen to offers for Blackmon, even though the chances of a trade before next Wednesday’s Deadline are remote.

Blackmon, who turned 33 this month, has a 15-team no-trade clause, which would complicate any trade negotiations. Colorado would need to consider the reaction—inside and outside its clubhouse—to trading a cornerstone player so soon after signing Nolan Arenado to an eight-year, $260 million extension through 2026.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2019 at 11:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie blackmon, rockies, trade rumors

Dodger Stadium to undergo $100-million renovation this offseason

The Dodgers on Tuesday will unveil plans for a $100-million renovation of Dodger Stadium that will provide a new center field plaza as well as elevators and bridges that will connect the outfield pavilions to the rest of the stadium.

The project is expected to be complete in time for next season. The announcement will be made during a news conference where the logo for the 2020 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium is expected to be revealed.

Spread over two acres, the new center field plaza will include food establishments, a beer garden, two sports bars, a children’s play area, and a space for live pregame and postgame music. Fans will be able to watch the game from above a new batter’s eye in straightaway center field and from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2019

Topeka State Journal, July 23, 1919:

George Cochran, former Topeka third baseman, was the victim of a peculiar accident at the American association ball park [in Louisville] Tuesday. He was hit in the back with a ball thrown by Good, of the Louisville team. Cochran had hit a ball too hot for McCarthy, pitcher, to handle, and Good recovering heaved the ball towards the first baseman. Cochran on the path, received the ball over the kidney and dropped like he was pole-axed. He was unconscious for a half hour.

On reviving in the club house Cochran’s first words were, “Did he hit me with a bat.” Cochran may be internally injured.

I’m not sure how severe his injury was, but I know that Cochran was playing pro baseball in the high minors into the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Here’s how walk-up songs went from organ tunes to a cultural sensation almost overnight

“Because the organ was located—thanks to Bill Veeck—among the fans, I received a lot of positive feedback, along with a lot of great ideas for songs,” Faust remembered.

She soon realized she could play specific songs that related to each player.

After Caray referred to Frank Howard as “Too big to be a man, not big enough to be a horse,” Faust played “I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet.” She once played “Jesus Christ Superstar” for Dick Allen and, after he homered when the song was played, the song stuck. Harold Baines, known for his quiet, almost shy demeanor, earned “He’s So Shy.”

You’ll notice Faust’s impact around the league, with organists like the Braves’ Matthew Kaminski, or the Red Sox’s Josh Kantor ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: walk up music

Please read this story about MLB Trade Rumors before they aggregate it

The site, which relies on scoops from the sport’s top news breakers (and the daily churn from beat writers), remains a one-stop shop for aggregation and analysis, which can make it seem like a relic from a pre-Twitter internet. It also garnered 287 million page views in 2018, which set a record for the site, according to Dierkes. 

In terms of pure clicks, MLB Trade Rumors rivals Baseball-Reference as the second-most trafficked baseball-only site in the world behind MLB.com, depending on when you look. Yet its reach goes beyond inconsistent traffic metrics or page views. 

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a regular reader, looking for transactions he might have missed. So, too, is Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, known for his active ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Phrased this way, I keep imagining some sort of 19th-century offense- did he try to jump teams?

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: keone kela, pirates, suspensions

Tigers sign Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal

The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.

If Edwin Jackson were any more peripatetic, he’d be engaging in discourses on Aristotle in his spare time.

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin jackson, tigers

MLB Power Rankings: What baseball’s best teams need at the trade deadline

Are you ready for Major League Baseball to be consumed by the trade deadline? Because it’s that time of the year.

From today until the trade deadline on July 31, expect plenty of rumors about who might be on the move and just as many takes about who should be buying and selling.

So for this week’s installment of the MLB Power Rankings, we’re doing something special — ranking the teams, but also assessing what they’ll be looking to do in the next two weeks. Particularly with this week’s Top 10.

You mean, other than a good five-cent cigar?

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: power rankings, trade talk

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have boosted local TV ratings for Phillies and Padres

Turns out, fans like it when baseball teams spend money on elite players. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres have seen strong television rating increases this season after signing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado during the offseason, according to Sports Business Journal.

The Padres have seen a massive boost in viewers during the first half of the season. Ratings are up 81 percent compared to last year. Though the team is just 47-52, Padres fans have a lot to be excited about. On top of Machado, the team also has young stars like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack putting up breakout seasons.

Harper and the Phillies are seeing a 20 percent boost in the ratings thus far. The Phillies started the season hot, posting a 33-24 ...

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QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, television ratings

White Sox host 1st MLB game with foul pole-to-pole netting

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.

The extra netting at Guaranteed Rate Field was in place for Chicago’s first home game since the All-Star break. The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.

On Sunday in Cleveland, another fan was hurt by a foul. Indians star Francisco Lindor said he was told his line drive put a 3-year-old boy in the hospital.

“It’s a great idea,” White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall said. “It’s a shame it wasn’t done sooner and just almost a standard ...

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QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: netting, white sox

Don Mossi | 1954 Cleveland Indians Relief Star Dies At 90

Don Mossi, one of the last living members of the Cleveland Indians 1954 American League Championship team, died July 19, 2019 in Nampa, Idaho as per his daughter Linda Mossi Tubbs. He was 90.

Mossi signed with the Indians in 1949 from Jefferson High School in Daly City, California. They immediately placed him with their Class C team in Bakersfield, keeping the California native within the confines of his home state to develop his talent. The move paid off, as Mossi worked his way to the big league club five years later, right in time for a pennant run.

The left-hander joined the Indians in 1954, integrating himself into a dominant pitching staff that included Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and Hal Newhouser. Mossi partnered with ...

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QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: don mossi, indians, obituaries, rip

Monday, July 22, 2019


Baseball card collectors suspected rampant fraud in their hobby. Now the FBI is investigating.

The green stadium seats shown on the baseball card are empty as Stan Musial, wearing a crisp white uniform, grips a bat and digs in. His eyes gaze toward the pitcher over his right shoulder, his white teeth peeking out in a grin. It’s almost as if, on this vividly colored card issued in 1952 by the Bowman Gum Company, “Stan the Man” has spotted a fat fastball.

The card’s lone obvious blemish is a stray black print mark on its white frame. Even with the defect, it sold in an online auction in late 2017 for $2,800.

Seven months later, a 1952 Bowman Stan Musial card without that print mark sold for $28,100. Collectors have since claimed the two cards are in fact the same item, improperly altered to inflate its value and then ...

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jmurph Posted: July 22, 2019 at 11:57 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2019

Pittsburgh Press, July 22, 1919:

The Boston Redsox of the American league are said to be threatening a mutiny because of the reports that Carl Mays, right handed pitching star, is to be sold or traded to the New York Americans.
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Mays quit the Redsox, with whom he had a $9,000 per year contract in the third inning of a game in Chicago and disappeared, announcing that he was through with baseball and would go on a fishing trip.
...
Instead of suspending him indefinitely or otherwise taking action…Barrow puzzled the critics and fans by beginning negotiations for the disposal of Mays to another club.

Red Sox players and fans were also said to be upset that Mays might end up with the Yankees. They should grab a helmet and strap in, because ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2019 at 10:20 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

For Some Players, Not Reaching the Hall Just Brings More Fame

Baseball has kept certain players at arm’s length because of scandals and accusations, but that often has bolstered the players’ popularity.

“It’s the law of unintended consequences,” John Thorn, the official M.L.B. historian, said in an interview, “that if you want to remove or restrict a man’s eligibility for official fame, you may accord him an unofficial fame that’s even greater.”


Everything you need to know about the new and improved MLB Trade Deadline

For a long time, Major League Baseball had the best, most exciting trade deadline among the four major sports. In recent seasons, that excitement has been eclipsed by the popularity of the NBA, but baseball still stands ahead of football and hockey in terms of in-season movement.

In an effort to shake things up a bit, baseball’s trade deadline underwent some changes in the offseason.

Notably, while July 31 has always been deadline day, in past years it was a bit of a misnomer. July 31 was technically just the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline in years past. The month of August has always allowed trades to be made as long as players pass through waivers. If a player is claimed off waivers, his team can either pull him back, let him go for ...

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QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, trade deadline, waivers

Six players inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

Six players were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, marking the 78th such class of inductees in MLB history. Following their election to the Hall in December and January, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, and Mariano Rivera accepted the honor among an impressive gathering of their peers, while Brandy Halladay accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, Roy.

Mussina, 50, received 76.7% of the votes needed for induction in his sixth year on the ballot. Over an 18-year career split between the Orioles and Yankees, the right-hander was decorated with five All-Star designations and seven Gold Gloves, and led the league with 19 pitching wins in 1995. He capped his lengthy list of ...

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Giants’ relievers have fueled playoff push, but also are valuable trade assets

SAN FRANCISCO – The strength of this San Francisco Giants roster that has kept them in the NL wild-card race is also what makes them such an appealing trade partner.

The Giants’ bullpen, anchored by Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, entered Sunday with the second-best ERA in the National League.

That stout collection of relievers has made up for a poor offense and inconsistent starting pitching, and has them within 2 1/2 games of a wild-card spot.

Yet, those three standout relievers represent a chance for the Giants to infuse talent into a system that needs help.

The Giants are about as close to reaching the playoffs as the Red Sox are- but no one will ever run an article suggesting that they should trade Mookie Betts in ...

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QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, relievers, trade talk

Montgomery traded, but place in Cubs history secure

It took 108 years for the Cubs to end their championship drought, so the final play of that 2016 World Series won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Mike Montgomery, who at that point had no saves in his big league career, got Michael Martinez to hit a weak grounder for the last out of Game 7 in Cleveland. Chicago won 8-7 in 10 innings.

Montgomery was traded to Kansas City this past week in a deal that sent Martin Maldonado to the Cubs, closing the book on the left-hander’s stint in Chicago. Although he hasn’t had a very effective 2019 season, Montgomery’s place in Cubs lore is secure because of his contribution to the title team.

Brian Wilson begs to differ….

 

QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mike montgomery, trades

LEADING OFF: Skaggs’ funeral, White Sox debut full netting

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

PAYING RESPECTS

Ryan Braun will miss Milwaukee’s home game against the Cincinnati Reds to attend the funeral of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in a Texas hotel room on July 1. Braun and Skaggs were workout buddies. Mike Trout and the Angels have an off day between road series at Seattle and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tyler skaggs

‘I’m going to do the best I can’: Brandy Halladay was perfect in honoring Roy

They are eulogies in those binders they carry to the Sunday afternoon podium in Cooperstown.

Page by page, turned by trembling fingers, they are goodbyes.

Man by man, what they talk about is immortality. Line by line, tear by tear, what they honor, what they examine, what they express, is mortality.

So they find the eyes of their moms and dads, these men, to say thank you again. Sometimes they must pick a place in the sky that seems about right. They search for their children, their wives, their brothers and sisters, their friends, to say the things that got lost in the days. They’d finally written them down so they wouldn’t forget.

Some thoughts on what induction into the Hall of Fame means to those who participate in the ...

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QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, induction, roy halladay

Castellanos On Comerica: ‘This Park’s A Joke’

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket)—Nicholas Castellanos saw one pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Blue Jays on Sunday. And that was all he needed to see to end the game, driving a Tim Mayza slider left over the plate into the bullpen—his first career walk-off home run and the Tigers’ fourth home win since the start of June.

It was Castellanos’ 11th homer of the season, just his 3rd at home. Of his 104 career home runs in six years, just 44 have come within the confines of Comerica Park. Surely, part of that can be contributed to the spacious dimensions of the Tigers’ home digs, one of the largest stadiums in the Major Leagues.

Following his walk-off on Sunday, Castellanos opened up on his feelings about Comerica, on a day where ...

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QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comerica park, jokes, nicholas castellanos, outfield

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Andrew Cashner Would Have Sat Out If Traded To Undesirable Team

Back in May, right-hander Andrew Cashner suggested to Dan Connolly of The Athletic that he’d consider sitting out the rest of the season if the Orioles sent him to an undesirable destination by the July 31 trade deadline. Cashner, whom Baltimore traded to Boston last weekend, confirmed to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com that he indeed would have held out through year’s end had the Orioles dealt him somewhere he didn’t want to go.

“I mean what I said,” he told Cotillo. “This is one of the places I would come. It wasn’t a place that I would ever not come to. We’re talking about the World Series champions. Why would you not come here?”

Philadelphia was the only other team that showed reported interest in Cashner before his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2019 at 02:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner

SI: Stephanie Apstein: What Made Roy Fly

Roy Jr. taught Roy III to master two things. Many baseball fans know how the father searched for a house with a basement at least 60 feet, six inches long; charted the son’s velocity; honed his focus. They do not know that the father also passed on another, greater love: for flying.

Those moments in the air brought Roy III such pleasure, but knowing how it all ended, his mother, Linda, wishes he had never had them. She is angry with her son for whatever happened that day, for whatever he did that took him away from her. His sisters, Merinda and Heather, agree. “I’d rather he be here and miserable,” Heather says. Roy Jr. does not traffic in counterfactuals.

“I wish that he had been more careful,” he says, “But I’m not ...

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puck Posted: July 21, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, hall of fame, phillies, roy halladay

Aaron Boone Melts All The Way Down, Torches Umpire With Incredible Rant

From the first game of yesterday’s double header against the Rays, but worth the click through just to see Brett Gardner going absolutely nuts in the dugout behind Boone

Aaron Boone did not make it very far into in this afternoon’s Rays-Yankees game. In just the second inning, umpire Brennan Miller had apparently been a bad enough job calling balls and strikes by Boone’s measure that he stormed out of his dugout and absolutely ripped into Miller. Brett Gardner had just struck out on a called third strike, and Boone let Miller have it so as to protect Gardner, who was going wild with a bat in the dugout.


Saturday, July 20, 2019


Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Trade Value:

Ronald Acuna is #1!

And here we are at No. 1. Many of you predicted this in the comments, and it seemed pretty obvious from the start to me and everyone I ran this list by. Acuna was being hyped by very reasonable people last year as the next best player in the game, whenever Trout decides to let that happen. That still seems to be the thought around the game, but it’s also important to note that it wasn’t so obvious when last year’s list was written. On that day, Acuna had a 109 wRC+ and a 30% strikeout rate. Since then, he put up a 141 wRC+, 41 homers, and 6.4 WAR in 163 regular season games, good for ninth in all of baseball in that period, all at ages 20 and 21. He didn’t have a great showing in the Braves playoff series loss to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2019 at 03:47 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: trade value

The Five Trends That Could Define Baseball’s Future - The Ringer

Baseball is always evolving, partly through random mutations—like a suddenly supercharged baseball, assuming MLB is being honest about not intentionally tampering with the pill—but largely through the same principle that governs evolution in other cutthroat environments: Traits that aid an organism’s survival tend to propagate and multiply. Right now, we’re witnessing several tactics that used to be relative rarities cross the threshold at which they’ve actually become more common than not for at least a team or two. And if those plans pay off, the clubs embracing them today may be the bellwethers that tell us where the game is going.

Below, we’ll explain why we’re seeing certain teams double down on these tactics; whether ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2019 at 03:44 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: trends

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