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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

International signing period opens Thursday | MLB.com

An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 and June 15 of next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players

OMNICHATTER 6/30/15

The End-Of-June OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Don’t ever make closer Huston Street pitch earlier than the ninth inning

I’ll do whatever it takes to win….except pitching the eighth inning.

Traditionally, the best reliever in a team’s bullpen gets designated the closer. In recent years, though, there’s been an argument that using your best reliever in high-leverage situations is more valuable than saving your closer for a save opportunity that may never materialize.

Huston Street is not a fan of that thinking, according to David Alder of MLB.com.

“I’ll retire if that ever happens,” Street said. “If they ever ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, closers, huston street, mentality, roles, the will to win

A Glimpse of Moonlight | Baseball Hall of Fame

A nice anecdote about Moonlight Graham.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, moonlight graham

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 30, 1915:

Elmer Leifer, a left-handed pitcher for Ewan, Wash., struck out thirty-two batsmen in a nineteen-inning game with the Malden, Wash., team.

...and then his arm fell off. Okay, not really, but Leifer had an interesting career.

He signed to play in the Northwestern League and was eventually converted to the outfield. Elmer hit .352 for Butte in 1917, .326 in 1920 as Moose Jaw’s everyday third baseman, and made it all the way to the big leagues for a cup of coffee ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 30, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, elmer leifer, history

As trade season approaches, Astros have hole in rotation - Houston Chronicle

McCullers high point is 104.2 innings heading into this season.

Collin McHugh and the rehabbing Scott Feldman remain quality rotation pieces, but there’s a need beyond them that young pitchers Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez probably can’t fill because of developmental innings limits.

“(I’m hopeful for a trade based on) what we’re doing right now and the position that we’re in,” Keuchel said before Saturday’s 9-6 loss to the Yankees. “Fully intend for the front office to make a move. And ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Braves have one eye on present, two on future | braves.com

“When we get to the Trade Deadline, we won’t look to ship out everyone who is on a free-agent contract or everybody who is over the age of 30,” Coppolella said. “We’re going to look to make good solid baseball trades that will be made in the best interest of this franchise. I don’t know if we’ll be as active as we have been previously. We’ll see what comes up at the Deadline, but by no means will we totally gut this team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Billy Beane still weighing A’s options as trade deadline nears | CSN Bay Area

It’s a long season. The Wild Card opens up many possibilities.

“It’s really depending on how you’re playing and where you’re headed,” Beane said. “Just about any deficit can be overtaken if you’re clicking as a club. Case in point, 2012.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane


Steven Matz’s grandpa on going viral: ‘What the heck is that?’ | New York Post

“They said I went viral, and I said, ‘What the heck is that?’” Moller told The Post Monday by phone. “It was crazy. When he hit that double, it was like: ‘Oh my gosh.’ You couldn’t control your emotions. I was so happy.

“When he was a day old, he was in my arms. … He’s still a kid to me. It’s crazy.”

Moller, 82, has been a Mets fan since the team was born. Growing up in Bay Ridge — attending PS 185, Fort Hamilton High School and Brooklyn College before joining the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Eugene Emralds’ Historic Stadium Burns Down

A spectacular, two-alarm fire gutted Eugene’s beloved Civic Stadium — and the dreams that went with it — today.

Nearly 40 emergency personnel responded to the blaze, which was called in at 5:26 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames that were twice the height of the stadium. A huge plume of black smoke could be seen from across much of the city.

This is a huge bummer. The stadium was almost 80 years old and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Though ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: June 30, 2015 at 01:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, huge bummers

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tensions return between Angels’ front office, manager Scioscia

Angels certainly in the running for “Most Dysfunctional Executive Team of the Year.”

Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.

The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Dylan Bundy Shut Down Indefinitely - MLB Trade Rumors

This doesn’t sound good for Bundy. More detail at the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 08:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Tests on Red Sox Hanley Ramirez’s bruised hand negative - Sports - The Boston Globe

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday or Thursday after tests on his bruised left hand proved negative.

Ramirez was in Boston on Monday, getting an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital. The exam showed no structural damage and he has been cleared to start swinging a bat.


“We’ll see how the next day to three days goes. The optimistic view is he’ll back in the lineup while we’re here,” manager John Farrell said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Phillies Hire Andy MacPhail As Pat Gillick’s Successor

Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking. … In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player ...

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eddieot Posted: June 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit | royals.com

“The guy, from the moment he got here, has been a threat and he is doing the job offensive along with being a Gold Glove behind the plate,” said Yost, a former catcher himself.

He joins Joe Mauer, now a first baseman primarily with the Twins, and current Yankee Brian McCann as the only active players who were catchers and had 500 hits by the age of 25.

“What’s that say about him?” repeated Yost. “It says he’s pretty darn good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2015

Toledo News-Bee, June 29, 1915:

One of the prettiest bits of generalship of the baseball season resulted in a victory for the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cards [on June 24].
...
[Heinie Zimmerman] had been spiked badly and had been out of the game for days. He drove a ball far to center and limped to second, then hobbled to third [on a ground out]. There were two out and two strikes on the batter. Manager Bresnahan delayed the game. He rushed to third base and ordered Zimmerman to get out ...

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This is Vin Scully’s 66th season broadcasting Dodgers games. Really.

He’s seasoned enough that he fields one question before it’s asked: “If anybody asks me about longevity, I would say I have my mother’s genes, and she lived to be 97. So that’s the only idea. I mean, I don’t have any secrets like, ‘Well, I’ve lived this long because I eat tapioca every day.’ No.” He’s seasoned enough that he once played center field in a Fordham-Yale game during which George Herbert Walker Bush, who turned 91 this month, played the opposing first base. ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, dodgers

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty | MLB.com

Makes sure you watch the videos. His grandfather’s reaction to one of his hits was priceless.

Then, just like that, Matz transformed into a force as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound. The rookie from Long Island cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Reds.

Turns out all the Mets’ flagging offense needed was … another starting pitcher. Matz became the first player—pitcher or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

OMNICHATTER 6-29-15

The OMNICHATTER rarely if ever is rained out.

Gamingboy Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mattingly challenges Puig to adjust to pitchers

I don’t know what Mattingly is on about.  Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year.  His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high.  OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway.  Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, yasiel puig

HR Derby to feature brackets, timed rounds

Instead of a set number of “outs” per round, each player this year will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. A running clock will begin counting down upon release of the first pitch, though it will stop for any home run hit during the final minute. The clock will stop immediately after those home run balls land and will not begin again until a non-home run ball lands or the batter swings and misses.

cardsfanboy Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, homerun derby

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rookie League manager leaves bullpen off lineup card, has to use position players in relief

Rivera sent out left-hander Seth Davis to take over in the fifth. Before Davis could face his first batter, plate ump Jeb Bennett called a halt to the proceedings…

“I saw that (Davis) wasn’t listed on the lineup card ... the number ... I don’t know their players’ names,” said Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg.

“It’s a tough situation, but the umpire caught it. I looked at my lineup card and said ‘What’s his number?’ But he would have caught it anyhow. That’s their job,” he said.

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Swedish Chef Posted: June 28, 2015 at 03:39 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, position players pitching

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Would you rather have Xander Bogaerts or Jose Iglesias at shortstop? - Sports - The Boston Globe

Mostly about the Red Sox this week with notes on several players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Sunday Notes: SABR 45 Snapshots, Spray Charts, Roe | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s latest focuses on this week’s SABR Convention.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 01:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr, sunday notes

Sean Conroy becomes baseball’s first ever openly gay professional player

Who’s next?

Sean Conroy has become baseball’s first ever professional to come out as gay.

The 23-year-old pitcher, who plays for minor league Californian team Sonoma Stompers, has said he wants to be an example for other players.

‘It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am,’ he said.

 

eddieot Posted: June 28, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Alaska’s 110-Year-Old Twilight Baseball Game

The state’s most famous baseball tradition is the Midnight Sun Game, played annually on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, home of the Alaska Goldpanners, the world’s northernmost baseball team. First pitch each year is at 10:30 p.m., more than two hours before official sundown; as the sub-Arctic sun ducks below the horizon, the game continues in dim twilight, without the aid of artificial illumination. By the late innings, the sky is bright enough to get wood on a fastball, but dark enough ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 28, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: summer leagues

Cole Hamels ‘open-minded’ to all potential trade destinations | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and club president Pat Gillick have been listening to offers on Hamels for months. They have made it clear that they are ready to pull the trigger when they get one they like. By contract, Hamels has already conceded to accept a trade to nine clubs. He can veto 20 other destinations -– but that doesn’t mean he necessarily would do that.

“I have not been approached,” he said. “When I’m approached, then I can make a decision and provide an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Bob Costas tells News he owes Cubs’ Pedro Strop an apology - NY Daily News

“The tone of it was not what I intended. I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small, or even for no accomplishment at all,” Costas said. “I inadvertently appeared harsh toward Strop. That wasn’t my intention. And so

I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him (on Sunday).”

Costas was adamant in saying his reaching out to Chase had nothing to do with the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media

Marlins slugger Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken bone in hand | FOX Sports

The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.

Stanton, who grimaced as he swung and missed for strike three Friday night in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the injury became worse as the game progressed.

“We’re hoping that it will be the quickest course possible, but certainly not great news when you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

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