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Sunday, March 19, 2017


So many of MLB’s 2015-16 megadeals are in deep trouble | New York Post

Who could have seen this coming?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Q&A with great-great-grandson of hot dog inventor

Parson: It was Opening Day 1901 at the Polo Grounds. The two major concessions items back then were ice cream and steamed peanuts. It was April and it was snowy and nasty, and he was not selling the ice cream. He had the idea to sell German sausages. It turned out they ran out of the waxed paper that the sausages were wrapped in, but still had sausages left. He thought quickly about how he was going to present the remaining sausages and told his errand boy to get a bunch of small French rolls ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: concessions

Chapman trade afterthought is hitting way onto Yankees’ radar | New York Post

McKinney went 1-for-1 with a solo homer against the Orioles in a 5-4 loss at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.

In 15 games he is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and seven RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Imagining the New Matt Harvey | FanGraphs Baseball

Eno Harris does not paint an optimistic view for Harvey if his old velocity doesn’t come back.

Could he throw his secondary pitches a lot more this year and pitch backwards? Perhaps, though Tim Lincecum once admitted that that sort of thing wasn’t working for him once he lost his fastball velocity. The secondary pitches all rely on the fastball in some form or another.

We have done some research on what makes a changeup good — velocity differential and horizontal and vertical movement ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Nick Cafardo: A Cubs-Red Sox World Series? It’s not too early to talk about it

Other teams will have a say about that.

“That’s what sport is all about,” said Hurdle, a philosopher and motivator. “The ability to go out and play on grass. You don’t play on paper. It wasn’t a ‘monster’ until two years ago. There’s a lot of stories that were written over the winter. You’re writing about different players now. It’s a different story in Boston now.

“To compare things in life is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Be who you are. Know who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Baseball Researcher: “How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game”

This looks pretty interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, movies

USA beats Dominican Republic in WBC ‘17 | MLB.com

No work today so I got to watch Giancarlo Stanton’s homer when it happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, giancarlo stanton, usa, wbc

Saturday, March 18, 2017

“Unlimited sushi” and optional practices (!) highlight Manny Ramirez’s new contract in Japan

The details of his new contract were just made public in a recent press conference and… [it] has some very specific perks that go along with it.
Among those benefits is “unlimited sushi” for the full span of the season, a hotel suite on road trips, his own personal Mercedes (with driver) and, in a nod to the “Manny Being Manny” days of old, practicing is “optional.”

PreservedFish Posted: March 18, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: manny ramirez

Why Fantasy Baseball Remains a Dad-Friendly Zone

Another reason to not expect a change, people like me, who want a more realistic competition will play sim baseball games.

And that’s why fantasy may never need to adapt, no matter how statistically literate its audience grows. An online league isn’t really a refuge for late adopters who still see pitcher wins as a worthwhile statistic — they’re the marks that the stat-savvy players prey on. But in fantasy, the anachronistic numbers that in real life we’ve learned to discount are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Yankees still give ‘very mature’ Jorge Mateo a big demotion | New York Post

Girardi said he spoke with Mateo on Friday before departing for Lakeland, where the Yankees visited the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

“I told him, ‘Wherever you go, it’s your job to go down and dominate because you’re a special talent,’ ’’ Girardi said. “In a way, it’s a real blessing to have the talent that he has, but it’s also a curse. [People] are always gonna watch every move you make, because they want to see what you’re gonna do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, prospects, yankees

Mozeliak says Cardinals ‘open for business’ with Molina | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

Mozeliak was not taken aback by the summary he received — Bengie Molina said during a Sirius XM MLB Network Radio interview that Yadier Molina won’t hesitate to enter free agency if the catcher does not receive an extension he deems desirable.

“Can’t you say that about every player?” Mozeliak asked. “I don’t know what’s so weird about that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

New Socks, Same Road: The Emergence of Michael Kopech | 2080 Baseball

“Michael liked to hold a ball in his hand before he could walk, but became nearly obsessed with baseball in T-ball. Although I thought when he was born that I was going to have a law partner, he quickly debunked that idea and told me at 4 years old that he was going to be a professional baseball player. From that moment on, I became his coach,” Kopech’s dad shared via email.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, white sox

David Wright sheds light on laborious shoulder rehab process | New York Post

This doesn’t sound good.

“When I first started throwing I could tell it was just not right because I never had that sharp, shooting pain going into my shoulder like that,’’ Wright admitted. “There’s just no way of doing what I’m capable of doing at third base and being productive for this team with the pain.’’

Wright referred to this problem as a bump in the road. I asked him: Is this a bump in the road or the end of the road?

“I mean, I’m just doing what the doctors are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

The Dawn of Athlete Endorsements

There is only one case of record where ball players received a large remuneration for acting as models for an advertisement. Those players were Capt. Ewing and ‘Old Man’ Anson. It was before the Brotherhood War, when Ewing was in the very zenith of his glory. A certain ale manufacturing concern wanted a taking ad. for its goods and decided that a base ball picture was the best thing. So when the Chicagos came to New York this firm arranged for Ewing and Anson to sit in front of a tent on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Rays, Reds lead Statcast outfield highlights | MLB.com

If you like great catches, Statcast has found some of the best.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

US faces Dominican Republic in WBC ‘17 | MLB.com

It’s payback time for the United States. Team USA will send Danny Duffy to the mound. The Dominican Republic will counter with Ervin Santana in his first start of the tournament.
“It’s going to be a great game [Saturday],” Jones said. “We are going to bring what we got. We are facing Ervin Santana, somebody that is familiar with most of the players, so we will give it all we got and they are going to give it all they got. Hopefully, it’s a great game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, usa, wbc

Puerto Rico reaches WBC ‘17 semifinals | MLB.com

“They’re doing a lot of things right right now,” said Team USA manager Jim Leyland after Friday’s game. “They’re a very good team. They play the game right. They play a combination of big ball and small ball, and you tip your hat to them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: puerto rico, usa

Dodgers Prospect Cody Bellinger Has Limitless Potential

Another next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, prospects

High cost of the heater Fastball mania not good for baseball

A record 31 big league pitchers touched 100 mph on the radar gun last season, according to PITCHf/x data, and two pitchers — Aroldis Chapman and Mauricio Cabrera — averaged at least 100 mph for the season.

There is more heat in the forecast. Baseball America documented another 71 prospects who clocked at 100 mph in the minor leagues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, injuries, pitching

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Best Irish Ballplayers of All Time

#1 Troy O’Leary!

There have been 48 Irish-born ballplayers in the major leagues (Baseball Reference lists 47 of them, but inexplicably leaves off their list the appropriately nicknamed Henry “Irish” McIlveen, who was born in Belfast and played for the Pirates and Yankees from 1906 to 1909). First-generation Irish-Americans, men who were born in the United States but grew up in the Irish immigrant milieu, make up an even larger number. But the farther we get from the massive Irish ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 11:41 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: irish

Michael Pineda learned English the hard way

“The hardest thing for me is when the media uses big words because I don’t know those words,” Pineda says. “I didn’t understand the questions.”

It is not so much that Pineda could have saved himself—he repeatedly said he was trying to get a better grip—but he could have been less petrified and more nuanced in his defense. The press—which itself could have more Spanish speakers—is not faultless, either.

As for why and how the pine tar found its way to Pineda’s neck in the first place, well, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 03:33 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: english, michael pineda

2017 MLB Mock Draft: The First Ten | BaseballAmerica.com

Early mock draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Long drives, strong pitching propel DR | MLB.com

The highlights suggest it was a good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, venezuela, wbc

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2017

Former Browns scout Charley Barrett on the time he tried and failed to sign an amateur pitcher named Grover Alexander, quoted in the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 17, 1917:

“I stopped over in Beardstown to change trains and went to a hotel. Carrie Nation then was making a lecturing tour. She was at the hotel, but was to leave on another train. I set down my grip in the lobby, so did Carrie. She paid her bill, and making a great clatter grabbed a grip and hustled to the depot.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, scouts

Why do the A’s wear green? You can thank Charlie Finley | MLB.com

Though many of Finley’s ideas have now faded away into the annals of baseball history—there are no more hot pants days, mules named “Charlie O” or orange baseballs filling your broadcast—the Athletics are synonymous with the green and gold.

When you watch all the green on the field for St. Patricks Day, don’t just thank the 1978 Reds for being the first to start the tradition. Thank Charlie Finley for proving, long before the days of alternate jerseys, that fans do want colorful unis.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 05:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, charlie finley, uniforms

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What does Statcast’s catch probability tell us about Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner? - River Avenue Blues

So, while Ellsbury’s 1-for-28 effort on Five Star Outs in 2016 may not accurately reflect his true defensive ability given the limited amount of data, it did happen, and it did cost the Yankees runs. My eyes told me both Gardner and Ellsbury were still above-average defenders last season, Gardner moreso. Neither was as good as we’ve seen them in the past, I don’t think, and that makes sense given their ages. The various defensive stats say the opposite is true, that they were better than ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:21 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Bob Bruce, Astros’ starting pitcher in first Astrodome official game, dies

Bob Bruce, the man who was the starting pitcher in the last game at Houston’s Colt Stadium and the first official official game at the Astrodome, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

RIP.

QLE Posted: March 16, 2017 at 06:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, bob bruce, colt .45's, obituaries

Sun-Times: Ken Harrelson likely to cut back schedule even more after 2017

“I didn’t say I wanted to broadcast four more years,’’ Harrelson told the Sun-Times. “The main thing is I just want to be in baseball four more years, not necessarily broadcasting.”

Harrelson said he will do Sox broadcasts this season, “and if I decide to do some games next year … it’s up to them.’’

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, white sox

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to blame for fatal boating crash, investigation concludes

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, drunk and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame when his boat plowed into a jetty off South Beach, killing two others, police concluded in a report released Thursday.

Had Fernandez lived, he would likely have been charged with a host of crimes including manslaughter, according to the final report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Investigators made the conclusion because the physical damage to Fernandez’s body matched the damage on the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

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