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Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Ballgame Or Snowball Fight?

Since Collins couldn’t provide an answer, the Journal contacted the person who could: Katy Feeney, the MLB senior vice president who oversees the entire scheduling process. She constantly fields phone calls from angry teams complaining about their schedules, and nobody ever seems happy with their 162-game slate.

“People tend to look at their team’s schedule and don’t realize it’s a 30-team schedule, not a one-team schedule,” Feeney said in a telephone interview this week. “Everything you do ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 05:18 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, schedule, weather

Rangers Shin-Soo Choo to DL; Mazara called up | MLB.com

The Mazara Era has begun.

The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.

Choo is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a strained right calf muscle, while Chirinos is expected to be out 10-12 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Chirinos was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Mazara, a left-handed hitter, is coming up to be the everyday right fielder while ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers, robinson chirinos, shin-soo choo

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.

A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, comebacks, tom verducci

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Opening Day in front of zero fans | MLB.com

While the April weather has resulted in plenty of postponed and delayed games in the Majors, it has absolutely decimated the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs schedule. A day before the Minor League season started this week, their four-game home tilt against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed because of the state of their field.

Rather than fall so far behind the rest of the league, the teams relocated to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa, home to the IronPigs, where the Chiefs would still play as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaa, opening day

D-backs’ A.J. Pollock unsure when he’ll return | MLB.com

“If everything goes extremely well it’s going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities,” Sheridan said. “It could be the entire season, but I’m very hopeful and look forward to the day that we see A.J. run out of the dugout and take his position and have a good playoffs this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

OMNICHATTER 4-10-16

The “If the Braves and Twins faced each other, would either of them win?” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:06 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 09, 2016

MLB.com: Botched infield fly costs Phils potential rally

Phillies Phorget Inphield Phly Rule

Too bad Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t coaching phirst base for the Phillies.

The Phillies had Hernandez on first and Freddy Galvis on second with one out when Odubel Herrera hit a popup in the infield, just to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Mets third baseman David Wright moved underneath the ball, but the wind blew it behind him.

No matter, the infield fly rule had been called.

But Hernandez ran to second the moment the ball hit the ground. Wright threw to ...

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bobm Posted: April 09, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: infield fly, mets, phillies

Another game ends on the controversial new take-out slide rule

Friday night, another game ended on the new and controversial take-out slide rule at second base. This time Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus was called out for an improper slide, resulting an in an automatic double play, which ended the game.

As stated in the article, the rule was collectively bargained - MLBPA not only agreed to the rule, but was part of the drafting process.  Further (again, as explained in the article) Rasmus met only 1 of the 4 conditions for a legal slide - he started before ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 09, 2016 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: utley rule

OMNICHATTER 4-9-16

The “Firm 100-Pitch Count” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rockies’ Trevor Story hits 6th home run | MLB.com

Wonderboy stays hot.

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story became the fifth player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start a season, and the first to begin a season with six in four games when he went deep twice in a 13-9 loss to the Padres on Friday at Coors Field.

“I never would’ve thought that I’d start out like this, but it’s been great so far,” Story said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Friday, April 08, 2016

Better, Faster, Younger: Why baseball’s young stars are its best in 20 years

WISE MEN SAY the first time you feel old is when you look around and realize that most major league baseball stars are younger than you. If that’s true, a lot of folks are aging very suddenly. Young studs are everywhere around MLB these days.

Consider the best players in each league and the careers they could have in store. In the NL, that would be 23-year-old Bryce Harper, about whom my colleague Jayson Stark has written: “He’s a blend of Pete Rose and Reggie Jackson, as if that were even ...

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Meatwad Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, frank robinson, mickey mantle, mike trout

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber goes on disabled list | MLB.com

Well, this just sucks.

Kyle Schwarber, injured in a collision in the outfield on Thursday, will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to fully torn ACL and LCL ligaments in his left leg, as well as a severely sprained left ankle, the club informed reporters before Friday’s game against the D-backs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

The 6ix | By Marcus Stroman | The Players’ Tribune

I’m going to tell you something you probably didn’t know.

Toronto is a baseball city.

No, I’m serious. I know you probably don’t know this — especially if you don’t live here. You have to really experience it to know what I’m talking about. But just trust me.

Toronto. Is. A. Baseball. City.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 08, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman, toronto blue jays

Joe-eey Rickard: A man of growing legend (Dylan Bundy, Twins notes) - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Joey Rickard, Cinderella story or the real deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey rickard, orioles

Baseball’s warning track is useless

This is ridicules.

he warning tracks, however, that currently adorn every major league baseball field are essentially useless. (Did you see what happened to Matt Kemp on Tuesday night in Colorado? More on that in a moment.)

At Coors Field on Tuesday night, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp slammed into the wall, hurting his right knee and jaw.

We want to believe the warning track is this awesome alarm system that tells a speeding outfielder that the wall is coming up soon. But funny enough, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, stadiums

Mookie Betts Is Dustin Pedroia All Over Again | FanGraphs Baseball

A great examination of what makes Betts and Pedroia similarly great hitters. Pedroia’s power numbers dipped for a couple of years when his wrist injury prevented him from turning on the inside stuff with any authority, especially up. He’s looked like his old self the last two years. Assuming he’s over his leg problems from last season, you should expect big numbers from him again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, mookie betts, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1916:

According to a Cleveland war correspondent Chick Gandil swings the heaviest bat used in the American league. His sticks weigh around 56 ounces. In the National league Larry Doyle and Jack Meyers are said to use the heaviest bats.

56 ounces is ludicrously heavy. Edd Roush’s 48 ounce bat is frequently called the “heaviest in Major League history”, but if this report is accurate, Gandil’s bats were ~17% heavier than Roush’s bats.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, chick gandil, dugout, history

Felix Hernandez’s Ominous Company | FanGraphs Baseball

This doesn’t sound good.

It’s just — for one thing, you notice when a pitcher is down a few miles. It’s of particular significance when you’re talking about an ace, who also had an under-powered spring. Felix wasn’t very effective down the stretch a year ago, and the Mariners need for him to bounce back. It looks like Felix’s arm slot has dropped. And I might as well acknowledge what Andy Van Slyke said, when he claimed that Felix has been pitching through a partially torn UCL. Every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, sabermetrics

Cubs Rizzo knocks in 6, but Schwarber injured | MLB.com

Dexter Fowler somehow escaped injury.

It was not all good news for the Cubs as they watched left fielder Kyle Schwarber sprain his left ankle in an outfield collision in the second inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, kyle schwarber

The Physics of the Cutoff: Part II – The Hardball Times

Hit the cutoff man!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney not concerned about long-term impact of injury - The Orange County Register

Despite the fear that Andrew Heaney’s forearm tightness is a precursor to something far more serious, at the moment Heaney and the Angels are remaining optimistic.

Heaney may miss only a few weeks if all he has is a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

“I saw the MRI for myself,” Heaney said Thursday. “Obviously I’m not a doctor, but the way they explained it to me, it looked perfectly sound and healthy.”

In this case, “it” refers to the ulnar collateral ligament, which ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

OMNICHATTER 4-8-16

WILL THE PADRES SCORE TODAY? This and other questions are to be determined. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2016 at 12:49 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Adelanto’s baseball dream turns into a $1-a-year nightmare

High coin, baby. [High Desert, that is.]


E:59 - The Play That Never Happened

From Cody Decker and the people that brought you “On Jeff Ears”. Starring Cody Decker, with guest appearances from Peter Gammons, Keith Olberman, Nick Swisher, and a surprise guest star.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody decker, comedy, espn, film, minor leagues, nick swisher

‘Laws of Base Ball’ documents dated 1857 establish new founder of sport

The 1857 documents titled “Laws of Base Ball” establish the essentials of the modern game: The distance of the base paths is 90 feet, the length of the game is nine innings and nine players are in the field.

And they do it three years earlier than the 1860 birth date now recognized.

The documents were authored by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, making him the founding father of America’s pastime, not Alexander Cartwright, who now is credited.

ajnrules Posted: April 07, 2016 at 04:21 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: doc adams, history, john thorn

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas.

Sky Sox owner David Elmore and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced in a city council meeting Thursday that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate is headed to Texas for the 2019 season, according to the San Antonio News-Express.

The move is contingent upon a new downtown baseball stadium.


Keep the Isotopes in Springfield!


Overland Park man buys baseball from Eric Hosmer’s World Series dash, loans it to Royals Hall of Fame

Then Lucas saw JB044155 and this description:

Session Name: 2015 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 KC@NYM

Session Date: November 1, 2015

Additional Information: BATTER — SALVADOR PEREZ, PITCHER — JEURYS FAMILIA, TOP OF 9, GROUND OUT

Lucas did a double-take. Wasn’t that the ball Mets first baseman Lucas Duda threw away as Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer dashed home to tie Game 5 of the 2015 World Series?

Zach Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jeurys familia, memorabilia, royals, salvador perez, world series

Kenta Maeda hits a home run, pitches Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Padres - LA Times

This is a pretty good first game. Of course, it was against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenta maeda

How a Baseball-Obsessed Programmer Is Helping Us Live Our Hardball Fantasies | Motherboard

I’ve played a lot of baseball games. This is one of my favorites.

“I haven’t watched a baseball game in years,” said Chris Flora, a tax consultant in Florida who has played OOTP since 2004. “But I read Baseball Prospectus before each season starts, and then I get lost in these Out of the Park universes, thirty or forty seasons in a row, that are always better than the real thing—whatever ‘real’ means.”

Flora compared his experience to that of J. Henry Waugh in Robert Coover’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

The Very Respectable Adventures of Gentleman Matty and Dime-Novel Frank – Narratively

A lot of great stuff in this article.

Mathewson was through as a pitcher after 1916. He managed Cincinnati until midseason 1918, when he joined the armed services and served as a captain on the Western Front. He was hit by a whiff of poison gas, and two years later he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in both lungs.

He was sent to Saranac Lake, New York, for treatment, where one of his lungs collapsed. Betrayed by his body, Matty let his mind wander back to the infinite intricacies of baseball, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

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