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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nightengale: Pujols nears 500 home runs…and no one seems to care

Could always ask Brad Lidge.

It’s sure getting harder and harder to impress us these days.

Here we are, on the brink of one of the most magnificent milestones in all of sports, and it seems nobody cares.

Just 25 men in Major League Baseball history have ever hit 500 homers in their lifetime, and here’s Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols ready to join them after hitting No. 496 on Monday night.

Yet it’s getting all of the acclaim of an NBA triple-double.

What has happened to us? ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history

Verducci: Overuse of young pitchers fueling MLB’s Tommy John surgery problem

On MLB Network, Mitch Williams got so worked up arguing with Verducci over this…they’re still scraping Suavecito pomadesplosion residue off the walls.

What’s going on? Just in recent years, American teenage pitchers significantly have increased the intensity of two of the greatest risk factors for injury: Velocity and volume. And because of the growth in the travel/showcase model, the risks are only growing worse.

First, here is a basic understanding of how the arm works. It is “accepted ...

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Repoz Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:44 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: history

OMNICHATTER: Wednesday April 16, 2014

TBR, Odorizzi 12:35 PM
@BAL, Gonzalez

CHC, 1:05 PM
@NYY,

CHC, Wood 7:05 PM
@NYY, Pineda

CLE, McAlliste 7:08 PM
@DET, Sanchez

SEA, [bold]Hernandez[/bold] 8:05 PM
@TEX, [bold]Darvish[/bold]

BOS, Buchholz 8:10 PM
@CHW, Danks

KCR, Guthrie 8:10 PM
@HOU, Keuchel

TOR, Dickey 8:10 PM
@MIN, Pelfrey

OAK, Milone 10:05 PM
@LAA, Skaggs

PIT, Liriano 12:35 PM
@CIN, Cueto

STL, Kelly 1:10 PM
@MIL, Peralta

NYM, Gee 3:40 PM
@ARI, McCarthy
...Read More...

Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Minuteman News Center: Giandurco: This means WAR

If we don’t end WAR, WAR will end us! (trips over imported blunderbuss stand)

I have frequently argued how economic statistics do not always give an accurate appraisal of the current climate. The same happens in sports, at times. I’d like to demonstrate why a currently voguish baseball statistic is vastly misleading, in the hopes of engendering healthy skepticism in fields other than sports.

The statistic called “Wins Above Replacement,” or WAR, is considered the best all-around rating ...

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Repoz Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2014

Toledo News-Bee, April 16, 1914:

One of [Toledo manager] Topsy Hartsel’s recruits, “Walter Clarkson,” almost put something over on the Mud Hen manager, before the boss started to get wise to his scheme.
...
Shortly after Topsy was appointed manager of the team he received a message from a pitcher, who said his name was Walter Clarkson and that he used to captain Harvard and play with the Yankees. Hartsel, who met Clarkson once with the Yanks, immediately signed him.

When he reported, Hartsel ...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bud Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

Then again…Selig said the same thing about the ‘56 Renault Dauphine.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

Calls by umpires on the ...

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Repoz Posted: April 15, 2014 at 07:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, zzzzzzz

Gothamist: Yankee Stadium Is Selling Nachos In A Helmet For $20

As Uncle Junior Kennedy once said…“Go shiit in your helmet!”

kiu

We don’t have a $25 cheese-stuffed corn dog but the Yankees are selling something equally expensive, caloric and incredible. Behold the Nacho Helmet, a behemoth portion of chips and florescent “cheese” served inside a plastic bowl shaped like a batter’s helmet. This concoction—which can also be enjoyed with seasoned ground beef, jalapenos, salsa and guacamole—costs $20. God bless America.

As someone with very little regard for ...

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Repoz Posted: April 15, 2014 at 01:40 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: heave, yankees

Joe Torre: John Farrell Will Be Fined By MLB For His Replay Criticism

Unfair to our rights! The hell with Cask’n Flagon call in Cliven Bundy!

Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, told the New York Daily News on Monday that the Boston Red Sox manager will be fined for comments he made after Sunday’s loss to the New York Yankees.

“I’m not going to suspend him. It will be a fine,” Torre said. “I’m sorry about what he said. What I try to do in whatever I do in this job that the commissioner has imported me to do is ...

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Repoz Posted: April 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

NY Post: Davidoff: Why the Yankees are using the shift more than ever

Heading into Monday’s action, according to Baseball Info Solutions, the Yankees were tied with four other clubs — the Astros, Brewers, Cardinals and Athletics — with the major league-leading total of two team shift runs saved. Last year, the Yankees tallied three team shift runs saved for the entire season. [...]

The Yankees used the shift 475 times last year, and they’re already at 88 in 2014, second in the majors behind only Houston (137). If they keep this up, they’ll wind up ...

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bobm Posted: April 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: shift, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-15-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 15, 1914:

A Brooklyn magistrate paroled “Jake” Daubert of the Brooklyn National League club in the Coney Island Police Court [yesterday], so that his team might not be deprived of the services of its captain and first baseman on the opening day of the championship season.

Daubert was in court on a summons to explain why he violated the Sunday law relating to baseball…The magistrate told Daubert he could play with the Brooklyns against Boston [yesterday], but to ...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Jedd Gyorko signs 5-year extension

What a gyood deal!

he San Diego Padres have signed power-hitting second baseman Jedd Gyorko to a five-year extension with a team option for a sixth season, the team announced Monday.

The deal is worth $35 million and includes a $13 million club option that could increase if an escalator clause in the contract vests, a source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. It replaces a one-year deal agreed to last month and includes a team option for 2020. San Diego essentially buys out one year of free agency ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:56 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, jedd gyorko, padres

Doug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway

Its unthinkable that we still find instances of discrimination against former Phillies.

A police officer from West Hartford had pulled up across the street, exited his vehicle, and begun walking in my direction. I noted the strangeness of his being in Hartford—an entirely separate town with its own police force—so I thought he needed help. He approached me with purpose, and then, without any introduction or explanation he asked, “So, you trying to make a few extra bucks, shoveling ...

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Cameron: Baseball’s New Strategy: Drop the Ball on Purpose

Setting the stage for a Brant Brown comeback?

This year, in an attempt to clarify the difference between a catch and a transfer on plays around the [second] base bag, MLB informed teams that a clean transfer from glove to hand was now going to be a required element in making a legal catch. No longer could a player argue that the ball was dropped on the exchange between glove and hand in order to retire the lead runner in a double play attempt…

However, this rule isn’t just being applied to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 06:54 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, strategy

OMNICHATTER for April 14, 2014

Woah, almost forgot. Sorry, folks.

Gamingboy Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:15 PM | 149 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Calcaterra: “An embarrassing mishmash of fringe ranting and ill-informed, shrill bomb-throwing”

Thank heavens for BBTF/Primer.

My baseball blog has a comments section and always has. When it was small it was really great, but as it has gotten more popular and well-trafficked It’s become about 80-90% garbage. This used to bother me, but I’ve come to accept that, with comments, ######## are a feature, not a bug. A pretty important feature, actually.

I like having a comments section. For all the jerks, there are still people who will point out my errors in respectful fashion and ...

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Repoz Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:36 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: eli from weschester, jerome from manhattan

John Farrell: ‘It’s hard to have any faith in the [replay] system’

I sooo look forward to to every team having a Pelekoudas in the announcers booth explaining ####. #DOOM

“We felt that it was clear that the replay was inconclusive,” Farrell told reporters in New York. “The frustrating part is when this was rolled out and explained to us, particularly on the throw received by the first baseman, we were instructed that when the ball enters the glove, not that it has to hit the back of the glove, is where the out is deemed complete. At the same time, any ...

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Repoz Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Brewers win ninth straight game behind dominant Lohse

from the article:  Lohse allowed one run on four singles and no walks, throwing 76 pitches for strikes and leading his team to a 10-2 record (best in baseball) in just two hours and 11 minutes.

really strong defensive work from the brewers this past weekend.  multiple nice plays all over the field both infield and outfield.  Reynolds started a nifty 3-6-3 double play on Friday night and logan Schafer made a beauty of a catch in left on sunday on an alvarez fly ball where logan crashed into ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, kyle lohse, milwaukee, winning is fun

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-14-2014

100 years ago yesterday, the Federal League held its first game as a “major league”.

Washington Times, April 14, 1914:

That the Federal League is going to make good in Baltimore and awaken those old feverish days of the Hanlon era was distinctly shown when the invaders got down to business yesterday. The opening game of the Feds drew 27,692 fans to the new park, and, to make everybody happy, Baltimore defeated Buffalo 3 to 2.
...
“Baltimore has done itself proud,” said [Federal League] ...

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Right-hander Joe Blanton retires

Never quite Cy Blanton…

Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton has retired, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Because he was released before retiring, the Angels still owe him the $7.5 million left on his contract.

Blanton, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Athletics after being released by the Halos. He made two starts for their Triple-A affiliate, allowing seven runs in 10 2/3 innings.

In 20 starts and eight relief appearances for the Angels last year, Blanton went ...

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Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland

Fine for Yankees being considered in tampering case with Mike Trout

Commissioner Bud Selig is considering whether to fine the New York Yankees for tampering, the result of an investigation triggered by Yankees President Randy Levine’s comment last winter that he would offer Angels outfielder Mike Trout a 10-year contract.

The potential fine was disclosed by two people with knowledge of the matter but not authorized to comment about it. The amount of the possible fine was not disclosed.

The Angels were furious Levine dropped Trout’s name into a December ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:13 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, yankees

Derek Jeter sitting out a second straight game

Tight quad my ass! They’re just trying to protect Jeter’s .3123 career BA and keep him ahead of Manny Ramirez’s .3122!

Jeter is 39 years old and played in only 17 games last season. Girardi’s thinking is pretty understandable.

Also there’s this, from MLB.com Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch …

Girardi: Jeter’s quad got tight on Friday. Had yesterday off. He’s getting today off because of it too. No tests scheduled.

Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:36 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Boras (via Heyman): Drew, Kendrys ‘damaged;’ MLB disagrees but will investigate

Scott Boras, the agent for top remaining free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, came out swinging against the half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials who negatively speculated in a recent article on the value of those two players. Boras says those unnamed executives and officials are breaking league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their markets.

Boras… said he intends to pursue a grievance, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kendrys morales, legal, scott boras, stephen drew

Murray Chass on Baseball: IT’S BACK — MAYBE

Murray sez: Glory! “Wrong Hole, Buster”

[The use of anonymous quotes is a] highly questionable journalistic practice and is frowned on by reputable news organizations.

This type of article is what has angered Clark and the union. One such example ran on the [ESPN] web site last week with the heading “Execs put a price on Drew, Morales.”

Written by Buster Olney, the site’s lead baseball writer, the piece offers no names of people he quotes but quotes an assortment of people identified ...

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bobm Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: collusion, free agents, kendry morales, stephen drew

Deadspin: Hayhurst: A Major League Pitcher’s Guide To Doctoring A Baseball

When someone like Pineda cheats so obviously that it has to be acknowledged, it’s discussed in terms of a ludicrously weak explanation that all players seem to accept: Loading the ball is not about cheating; it’s about getting a grip.

Since it seems like everyone could stand to get a grip on this form of cheating in the majors, let’s talk some of the ways pitchers go about getting one. This is a strange thing, existing in a sort of no-man’s land. It’s not really illegal, since no one gets ...

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bobm Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: it aint cheating if you dont get caught, pine tar, rosin, vaseline

Le Batard: It’s difficult for us to understand Puig’s lack of understanding.

I found the anecdotes about the other players particularly interesting.

Blastin Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:42 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

NY Times: Kepner: A Rapidly Shifting Philosophy of Infield Play

Teams shifted about 2,400 times in 2010 and 2011, said Ben Jedlovec, a vice president for the company, and about 4,500 times in 2012. Last season, the total jumped to about 8,100, and teams are on pace for 13,000 shifts in 2014.

“Clint Hurdle said nine of 10 balls up the middle used to be hits — and now, two of 10 are,” said Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski, referring to the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It just shows how different it is.”

Dombrowski’s Tigers ...

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bobm Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: muppets, shift

Neyer: Kissing the Rolaids Relief Award goodbye

In 2006…. the Rolaids brand was acquired… Johnson & Johnson drastically reduced its distribution of Rolaids-brand products, and the attendant promotion of those products… [Heath] Bell and Rafael Soriano, the winners in 2010, didn’t get their trophies. José Valverde and John Axford, the winners in 2011, didn’t get theirs, either…

The way the Players Association saw it, the Rolaids Relief Man Award was still being promoted on a corporate website in 2010 and ’11, so somebody owed four ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, relievers, rob neyer, rolaids relief award

Zuckerman - Character test for battered, beaten Nationals

Span, Zimmerman, Fister, Ramos, Hairston out. Werth day-to-day. Who knew that Adam LaRoche would be the poster boy for the Nationals Institutes of Health???

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals

Robothal: Red Sox’s lowball offer might cost them Lester

This is is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester’s last season with the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox’s most recent offer to Lester was far below market value—four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team’€™s clubhouse.

Lester, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, rejected the offer and will not resume negotiations with the club until the offseason, the sources said.

The Red Sox will have an exclusive negotiating ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, red sox

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