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Friday, August 12, 2016

Heyman - Inside Look At Yankees’ Sale And What May Come Next

Yankees and notes.

While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, yankees

Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin - LA Times

Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.

“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium

The Seattle Mariners didn’t panic at the deadline and it’s paying off | FOX Sports

Hope is alive in Seattle!

“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.

“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Angels’ Garrett Richards hopeful he can begin throwing Monday - The Orange County Register

A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”

Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

OMNICHATTER 8-12-16

The A-Rod Farewell OMNICHATTER

or…

The “Please Stand for the National Anthem of OMNICHATTER”

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Diamondbacks Letter Back to Stadium District

This is an interesting read for anyone following the other articles and threads.

shoewizard Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium financing

Fivethirtyeight: Steroids Probably Aren’t Causing Baseball’s Power Surge

In addition to the dramatic rise in home runs per plate appearance, one of the hallmarks of the PED era was a jump in the average age of hitters. Instead of withering away, many older hitters remained productive into their late 30s and early 40s, in some cases putting up their best seasons toward the end of their careers. (We’re looking at you, Barry.) MLB’s average plate appearance-weighted age in 2005 was 29.3, the second-highest history behind 1945, when many young would-be players were ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, home run spike, peds

MLB Television Viewership Up Five Percent

Probably all old people though.

Overall, there’s been an increase of 121,000 viewers across the board, an increase of 5% over last season. The All-Star game might have lost a couple million, but MLB stands to have an increase locally about 10 times that amount. In an era where fewer and fewer people are even watching television and ratings for the Olympics are down 25%, seeing an increase in viewers is a plus for Major League Baseball. While the shift over viewership from national games to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dead, television ratings

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Machado: “Eventually things will turn around” - School of Roch

I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.

Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: Nothin’ to Do With Groundball Pitchers? DRA Weighs In

So what does this tell us? Does DRA confirm or negate the previous findings suggesting that groundball pitchers are more effective at run prevention? There appear to be three conclusions:

1. In modern baseball, using the most sophisticated measure of run prevention, higher groundball rates are well correlated to fewer runs allowed. It’s not an ironclad relationship—Scherzer and Verlander don’t get a lot of grounders—but inducing groundballs is a positive attribute.

2. To James’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: groundballs, pitching, sabermetrics

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cobb moves closer to majors - DRaysBay

Alex Cobb took his rehab to another level in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. After four appearances with Charlotte, Cobb moved up a couple levels and struggled out of the gate. RBI singles from Curt Casali and Daniel Robertson spotted him a 2-0 lead, but Pawtucket evened the score in the bottom of the first. Cobb allowed solo home runs in the second and third innings and finished with four runs allowed on eight hits in three frames with four strikeouts and no walks. Nice relief work from Eddie ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Why it’s fair to call these embarrassing Mets pretenders | New York Post

Welcome to Overreaction Thursday!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tipsheet: Luhnow’s blunders stunt Astros’ growth | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Blunders. That’s the headline. Let’s not forget that the Astros exceeded expectations last year. Although they have played poorly, they are still on the cusp of the playoffs. They have another crop of prospects just about ready. So, although the team isn’t quite the finished product some fans and writers may have expected this year, the team is still on the right track.

“The play on the field was not what we expected,” Luhnow said, according to MLB.com. “I don’t know if anybody could have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow

red sox - Crushing Red Sox defeat feels like potential knockout blow to entire 2016 season - WEEI | John Tomase

It was a bad loss.

The season is not over.

The sky is not falling.

It’s just one game.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

The agony of Alex: It’s been a painful season for Royals star Gordon | The Kansas City Star

It’s not a good year for Alexes.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Rich Hill’s Dodgers debut delayed by blisters | MLB.com

This has to be one of the worst blisters ever.

Hill’s lingering finger blisters still are tender, so manager Dave Roberts named rookie Ross Stripling as Friday night’s starting pitcher against Pittsburgh. Hill might not join the rotation for another week or more, as he wasn’t mentioned as a candidate for any of the games vs. the Pirates.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rich hill

How Hal Steinbrenner set Girardi up for this A-Rod fiasco | New York Post

The end is difficult for many players. ARod is getting released in a couple of days. He’s not getting released because of any animus. He’s getting released because the team doesn’t believe he can play any more. He’s doesn’t deserve playing time. He’s owed a bunch of money. He’ll get the money. He’ll get one last day in Yankees Stadium. Girardi doesn’t owe him any additional playing time.

On Day 2 of the newest Yankees production, “A-Rod: You Have Got to Be Sitting Me,” Joe Girardi finally ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2016

El Paso Herald, August 11, 1916:

As we get it, [Browns manager Fielder Jones’s] view of a winning policy is to tighten the defence to the point where the other fellow can’t score, except through miscarriage of plans; and then to outthink him a run or two on attack.
...
Taking as a basis for consideration the games from July 22 to Aug. 5, inclusive, the first facts the figures reveal are these.

That the Browns scored 69 runs on 127 hits, an average of one run for every 1.84 hits. That the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

D-backs’ David Peralta to have wrist surgery | dbacks.com

Pretty much a lost season for Peralta.

D-backs outfielder David Peralta will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist Thursday morning in Phoenix.

Peralta is currently on the disabled list for the third time this season and it is the second time he has been on it as a result of his wrist. Peralta initially injured the wrist the final week of the 2015 season, and at the time, it was thought that rest and rehab would be enough to avoid surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks, injuries

Prince Fielder announces playing career over | texasrangers.com

The Prince Fielder press conference was tough to watch. You have to feel for the guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

OMNICHATTER 8-11-16

The OMNICHATTER Time Trial

Gamingboy Posted: August 11, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 217 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Joe Girardi benches A-Rod again, says ‘job description does not entail farewell tours’

Girardi thinks the key to winning is batting the sub .200 hitters over A-Rod.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:46 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Red Sox scrap David Ortiz bobblehead night | Boston Herald

Good decision.

The Red Sox scrapped a planned giveaway of 15,000 
David Ortiz bobblehead dolls last night because the toys appeared racially insensitive, team President Sam Kennedy said.

The bobbleheads depicted Big Papi speaking at Fenway Park in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombings, when he declared Boston “our (expletive) city.”

But something went wrong in production.

“I personally felt that they were offensive given the portrayal in terms of his facial features,” Kennedy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:38 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bobblehead, david ortiz, red sox

Steven Wright hurt shoulder pinch running, replaced by Clay Buchholz | Boston Herald

So I go on Twitter and see a comment about injuries being avoidable for pinch-running pitchers. I reply with, “That’s what I was thinking when the Red Sox had Steven Wright pinch-run recently.” Then I scroll down and find out that Steven Wright actually got hurt during his pinch-running appearance.

Maybe I should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Mets have ‘open mind’ on Carlos Gomez, year after trade drama | New York Post

This doesn’t sound like the Mets are looking to pick up Gomez.

With the price tag far lower than last season — Gomez is making $9 million this season, but can be signed for the league minimum if he clears waivers — would the Mets consider adding his right-handed bat to the struggling lineup?

“We always have an open mind,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Terry Francona Sits Out Game

During Francona’s daily pregame meeting with reporters, the manager stopped momentarily and complained of chest pain. Francona felt well enough to finish the question-and-answer session, but then retreated to the clubhouse, where he was examined by medical staff on hand at Nationals Park.

Francona, 57, remained at the ballpark after being checked out. The Indians’ media relations staff noted that the manager was feeling better by first pitch, but had experienced some dizziness and ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 10, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: health, indians, managers

Continuing neck problems ending Prince Fielder’s career, sources say; Rangers will still owe DH $44 million

Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.

Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers, retirement

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, August 10, 1916:

LOST—“Dolly” Elder and Joe Collins, crack diamond artists of the Bismarck baseball team. Last seen on the streets of Jamestown with two fair ladies. Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts, kindly advise the sporting editor of the Tribune as they are needed for the game with Mandan next Sunday.

I’m not sure if they ever found Elder and Collins. I’m just saying they’re local baseball stars and both almost exactly the right age to be the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Michael Brantley suffers setback | indians.com

Looks like a lost season for Brantley.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Tommy La Stella wants to play for only the Chicago Cubs

Read the whole article. It’s majors or bust. If I were the team, I’d leave him home where he’s comfortable.

The Cubs placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the inactive list Tuesday as he contemplates retirement if he can’t play for the big league team.

In fact, La Stella, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, said the Cubs are the only team he wants to play for as his priorities have changed over the last year.

“I’m a baseball player by profession. My identity is not tied up in that,” La ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tommy la stella

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