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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Michael Brantley unlikely to open season on time with Cleveland Indians | cleveland.com

If Brantley opens the season on the DL, the Indians will carry five outfielders. After Joey Butler was optioned to Class AAA Columbus on Saturday, there are eight viable candidates still in camp – Tyler Naquin, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill, Shane Robinson, Robbie Grossman and Will Venable.

Naquin, Davis and Chisenhall are on the team. Chisenhall has been sidelined with a sore right forearm, but it does not sound like he’ll open on the DL. Cowgill is on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Coordinators make sure players learn the ‘Nationals way’ - The Washington Post

I can’t wait for the book.

“But that’s all of us,” Garber said. “Really what Tommy and I do, we organize the thoughts of Doug [Harris] and [Director of Player Development] Mark [Scialabba] and all the coordinators. Because what we’re trying to do is have a developmental system that produces Washington Nationals major leaguers. . . . Things we’re consistent with from rookie ball to the time they get to the big leagues. A style of play, how we’re going to compete, how we’re ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Diamondbacks don’t care if you think they’re nuts | New York Post

More than any other 10 organizations combined? Ahh, no.

Because the Diamondbacks have endured more outside noise about how they do business than any other 10 organizations combined. “We’ve heard it,” manager Chip Hale said. How do you miss it?

They are the majors’ piñata, they just don’t seem to care much. You have a mom-and-pop franchise like the Rockies that operates outside the mainstream, and more scouting-centric franchises such as the Giants, Royals and Twins that have resisted ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, March 26, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE BASSBIN, OR THE UNLIKELY EDM CAREER OF TWINS RELIEVER TREVOR MAY

Its no Pavement.

And yet there’s a contemporary scene that makes all the sense in the world for the musically inclined sports figure. Say what you will about electronic dance music—and I say it’s generally more great than not from “Sharevari” onwards—but its longtime reliance on The Beat over a personality cult and preference for collective-driven anonymity over marquee stardom makes it one of music’s greatest places to escape. Detractors say it’s “faceless,” but when your face is on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2016 at 01:39 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: edm, music, trevor may, twins

Levine: ‘Unfair’ that Yanks pay more than Mets in revenue sharing

New York Yankees president Randy Levine complained about baseball’s revenue-sharing system in a recent interview with Fox Sports, saying it is “unfair” that the Yankees are paying considerably more than the crosstown rival New York Mets.

Levine’s comments, which were published Friday by Fox Sports, were made ahead of the looming expiration of Major League Baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 1, and the impending labor talks following the 2016 season.

“What is very ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, revenue sharing, yankees

Friday, March 25, 2016


Madison Bumgarner and Jason Heyward have a beef that wasn’t a beef at all.

Madison Bumgarner’s on-mound demeanor could be described using many different words; I’ll go with “cantankerous,” but depending upon your perspective anything from “fired-up” to “dickish” can be appropriate. So when Jason Heyward stood around seemingly staring at Bumgarner after taking a called third strike yesterday, Bumgarner didn’t appreciate it:

spanx for the memories Posted: March 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, san francisco giants

Hosmer’s Mad Dash

On a play that defined the 2015 Royals, Eric Hosmer’s daring sprint for home in the ninth inning of Game 5 sent Kansas City to its first World Series title in 30 years

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 25, 2016 at 12:14 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, kansas city royals, lucas duda, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 25, 1916:

Bob Steele of the Cards’ pitching staff is not a citizen of the United States. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., and is subject to the draft in the European war. Bob may be flinging hand grenades “somewhere in Flanders” before fall.

Stupid Flanders.

As far as I can tell, Steele never served in the Canadian armed forces, and he definitely didn’t have to worry about the draft in 1916. Canada didn’t introduce conscription until late 1917, after the Battle of the Somme ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bob steele, dugout, history, world war i

Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin sharp 2 years after surgery

I’m very big on Corbin this season.

In one respect Corbin is a different pitcher than he was in ’13. That season he used his changeup just 9.98 percent of the time, relying primarily on his fastball and slider. But he’s wanted to protect his elbow by throwing fewer sliders so the changeup has become a bigger part of his repertoire. He’s used it 16.49 percent of the time in spring training – comparatively, he’s thrown his slider 14.43 percent of the time – and it’s become an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Mike Paul recalls career in Mexican League | MLB.com

Paul has been a part of it. Known as the Whitey Ford of Mexico, he compiled the lowest career ERA in league history for a pitcher who worked at least 1,000 innings.

It was more than he ever expected. Released after two early April appearances with the Cubs in 1974—in which he allowed four earned runs and retired four batters—Paul pitched the rest of that season and all of ‘75 with the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate at Toledo, where Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning was the manager.

Then Paul ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mexican league, mike paul

Detroit Tigers’ Daniel Norris to start season on the disabled list

Still doesn’t sound good.

After seeing a back specialist today, the Detroit Tigers left-hander was diagnosed with three non-displaced fractures in the spinal process, according to team trainer Kevin Rand.

The diagnosis, Rand said, “sounds a whole lot worse than it is.”

Regardless, Norris will not be ready to start the season. He won’t pick up a baseball for five days, and the timetable for his return has not changed.

“We don’t know exactly,” manager Brad Ausmus said, “But as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Diamondbacks CEO: We might bolt Chase if not upgraded

I’ve had it with this type of baloney. The teams don’t need taxpayer money. Ever.

The county refused the team’s request in a letter Wednesday, saying taxpayers built the facility with $238 million in sales taxes. The letter also states the team, according to its contract with the county, is prohibited from trying to move until 2024.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 08:58 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadiums

The 15 year anniversary of Randy Johnson vaporizing a bird.

Fifteen years ago, in an otherwise unremarkable spring training game, Randy Johnson sent a dove to the great seed bell in the sky. It was one of the first viral pre-YouTube videos, something you would spend an hour downloading over a 56k modem:

spanx for the memories Posted: March 24, 2016 at 05:35 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: seattle mariners

How the Dodgers’ $8.3B TV deal turned into an unmitigated disaster

Because Time Warner promised the Dodgers such an exorbitant sum, it wanted $4.90 per month from other providers for the right to broadcast SportsNet LA – an extra Abe that neither DirecTV nor any of their cable brethren were willing to charge their customers. So Dodgers games existed only for Time Warner customers, and the rest of the Los Angeles area was faced with a choice no company wants to foist on its consumers: get it illegally or don’t get it at all.

This is the consequence of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 05:16 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cord-cutting, directv, dodgers, television

Diamondbacks’ middle infield competition is going even better than they’d hoped | FOX Sports

This is not a problem.

Manager Chip Hale told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman on Thursday that he could go “Maddon-esque” and rotate the three players in the two spots.

General manager Dave Stewart, however, did not sound enthused about that idea.

“You could probably do that,” Stewart told FOX Sports. “But I don’t know how productive that would be for any of them, I really don’t. It will be a question that we would have to answer in the next week or two.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Reed’s inside-the-park home run | MLB.com (Video)

Oh boy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Why acquiring Ken Giles was stunning move by Houston Astros

“I don’t look at the numbers,” Giles said. “That’s your job. My job is to get three outs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 02:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, closers, ken giles

Mariners’ Mike Zunino quietly trying to work his way back into being better at the plate | The Seattle Times

I hope he can put his offensive game back together.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino

Graveman focused on using changeup more | MLB.com

“I think it’s come a long way,” Graveman said. “[Catcher Stephen] Vogt really emphasized that today, and I think we did what we wanted to do and got some weak contact, especially early.

“It’s one of those things, you just use it now to get more comfortable with it, and I think today helped with that mentality of, ‘Hey, you can throw it and you can be successful with it.’”

“The changeup to righties is a huge weapon for him,” Vogt said. “I’m glad to see him use it and use it effectively.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, kendall graveman

Forbes: Baseball’s most valuable teams

The New York Yankees, worth at least $3.4 billion, have held MLB’s top spot since our first estimation of team values in 1998. That $3.4 billion represents just the enterprise value of the team and its stadium economics. But in reality, a big reason why someone would be willing to pay seven times revenue for the Yankees instead of, say, the MLB average of five times revenue, is the ability to extend the team’s brand, acumen and relationships beyond baseball into ventures such as Legends ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: forbes, franchise values, revenues, yankees

2016 Top 125 Preseason Prospect Rankings | 2080 Baseball

A very different Top 125 Prospect list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects reports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-24-2016

Washington Times, March 24, 1916:

Ty Cobb is to get back his $600 diamond ring he lost two weeks ago. It has been found by a little boy and he will turn it over to the star tosser.

Ty Cobb was kind of a tosser, but I don’t think they meant it the same way I do.

Kudos to the kid and his family, who could have sold the ring and made a bunch of money.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legendary broadcaster Joe Garagiola passes away at 90.

Garagiola, who was awarded the Ford Frick Award—presented annually to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball”—by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, was the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1961. He worked alongside Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Bob Costas on the network’s “Game of the Week.

spanx for the memories Posted: March 23, 2016 at 04:35 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, st louis cardinals

Sox Prospects - “A Glorius Story”

Going into this season, he said there is still discussion about whether he will be stretched out as a starter or the team will fast-track him by sending him directly to the bullpen.

“I’d like to be a starter. I think I’m worth more starting games, but if they want me to close, and they think that’s going to be the quickest opportunity for me to move up and succeed, then I’m completely fine with relieving,” he said.

He’s happy with the attention he’s beginning to receive, but feels ...

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deadpilgrims Posted: March 23, 2016 at 03:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

David Ortiz wants bat flip haters to shut up

“People want to talk about old school. I am old school,” said Ortiz. “How many [expletives] are in the game right now who played in 1997 in the big leagues?”

“Whenever somebody criticizes a power hitter for what we do after we hit a home run, I consider that person someone who is not able to hit a homer ever in his life,” Ortiz told the Globe. “Look at who criticizes the power hitters in the game and what we do. It’s either a pitcher or somebody that never played the game. ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: March 23, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees to retire after 2017 season

You won’t have Arod to kick around much longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees


Five Marllins to watch as camp winds down | MLB.com

He’s not much of a fielder and he’s not having a great spring but he can hit a little.

INF/OF Derek Dietrich: Also out of options, Dietrich is a left-handed hitter with power. Since joining the organization in 2013, he has moved around from second base to third base to left field, and he’s seeing time at first base. It will come down to if the Marlins feel he is the right bench fit with the potential to be an everyday player. Dietrich also could be a late spring trade piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 02:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

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