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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Daniel Murphy homers in fifth straight game |

As crazy as this is, someone might actually pay him for this timely hot streak.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Spokane Indians Change Jersey to Squalish Language

The partnership between Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Short Season Class A minor league baseball team called the Spokane Indians is coming up on its 10-year anniversary. It’s been a work in progress, but the foundation has been laid for a new era. In 2014, the baseball organization honored the original inhabitants of the land by changing the name across the front of their home uniforms to read Sp’q’n’i, the Salish word for Spokane, and made it its primary jersey, beginning with ...

Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: americana, indians, minors

Derek Holland not a fan of Jose Bautista on the field, and ‘personally, I don’t like him, either’ | Dallas Morning News

The Bautista bat flip - have you ever seen a bat flip like that?

Holland: He’s the most animated player I’ve ever seen. After watching him in the outfield cry about every single thing, it’s unbelievable. I don’t care if he hits a home run off me, that’s fine, I give up home runs, I’ve struck people out, I do all that stuff, it’s how baseball goes. But the way you do it - is he better than the game? Yeah, you lived in the moment, that’s great. You hit a home run? Yeah, you can pimp it. That’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, derek holland, jose bautista, rangers

A bright new world out there for me | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Here’s some great news about Hal McCoy.

Thanks to eye surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, most of the vision in my left eye is back. It is a new, bright, wonderful world for me.
Over the last few years I had developed cataracts on top of the strokes of my optic nerves that left me legally blind for the past dozen years.

The cataracts became so bad over the last year that I thought I might have to fully retire. I couldn’t recognize neighbors across the street. My son, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, human interest story, reds

This year, youth is served in baseball postseason - The Boston Globe

I didn’t remember Brown being so high on a prospect list so I looked it up. Yep, Baseball America had him as the 4th best prospect in baseball in 2011. He was also 15th in 2010. Shocking.

On Monday, the Phillies announced that they’ve outrighted outfielder Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster. The move wasn’t shocking – in his age 27 season, Brown hit .228/.284/.349 with just five homers in 63 games. Yet in another context, the decision to give Brown the right to declare free agency ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, phillies, red sox, youth

Stroman and Price to be members of the Gibbons all-hands brigade in Game 5 -

The sad side of the playoffs. Somebody has to lose.

I’ve been a defender of Gibbons, particularly his bullpen use, and will continue to be – especially since I realized going into the postseason that the one pitcher whose absence would completely change the way Gibbons manages a game was Brett Cecil, who hasn’t been available since Game 2 of the AL Division Series.

But, yeah, he lost me there a bit when with the score 5-2 he replaced Hendriks with Hawkins, who hasn’t looked healthy or ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, royals

Klapisch: Mets’ magical ride almost complete - Sports -

Maddon knows he’s hoping for a miracle. If the Cubs can rough up Matz, they can turn the rotation over with Jon Lester in Game 5 and Jake Arrieta waiting in Game 6. Maddon says, “I like those odds” but he knows the Cubs will have to make history to get there.

How can they? They can’t even keep Murphy in the park. He slugged his fifth HR in the last five post-season games, too tough for any scouting report. Not even Murphy’s teammates are able to understand it.

“The guys in the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, playoffs

Role players boost Royals’ World Series hopes |

One of the best things about the playoffs is seeing secondary players take over center stage.

General manager Dayton Moore might not have grabbed offseason headlines, but he took care of business, finding the right pieces to fill the right holes, and then came up with Ben Zobrist ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Zobrist is a switch-hitter who they acquired to provide depth, but he played himself into the role of Kansas City’s everyday second baseman and No. 2 hitter. Zobrist got ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, royals

Cubs season comes down to Jason Hammel’s start | Chicago Sun-Times

As they say, it’s one game at a time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, playoffs

Red Sox will consider Johnny Cueto, but mystery remains after ALCS performance | Boston Herald

The Red Sox picked up a 30 year-old pitcher with a somewhat similar style almost 35 45 years ago. Are they ready to do it again?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, red sox

Masahiro Tanaka Has Bone Spur Removed - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.

Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.

New York says in its announcement that the Japanese ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Mets 5, Cubs 2: N.L.C.S. Game 3 Highlights - The New York Times

One Theo team came back from a 3-0 deficit. Can another?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 21, 1915:

Directing women where to buy their lingerie and silk hosiery will be the winter’s work of “Brick” Owens, the biggest umpire in the American association. “Brick” also boasts of the loudest voice in umpirical circles. He stands six foot three and weighs over 200 pounds. “Brick” will handle the “front door” as a floor-walker in one of the largest and most fashionable women’s department stores on Kansas City’s smartest street.

Seems like this would have been a job ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies outright Domonic Brown off 40-man roster

Its a Brown-out.

Three summers ago, Domonic Brown represented the Phillies and the National League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.

On Monday, after none of baseball’s other 29 teams deemed him worthy of a waiver claim, the Phillies removed Brown outright from their 40-man roster.

Brown, one of the biggest prospect busts in recent years, can elect free agency immediately and is expected to do so in the coming days. The oft-maligned 28-year-old outfielder was set to be ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: domonic brown, phillies


4 PM: ALCS GAME 5 (KC leads 3-1, advance to WS with win) Royals (Volquez) at Blue Jays (Estrada), FS1

8 PM: NLCS GAME 4 (NYM leads 3-0, advance to WS with win) Mets (Matz) at Cubs (Hammel), TBS

CHATTER UP, because for all we know this could be the last day of games before the World Series.

Gamingboy Posted: October 21, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 955 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

KC 1 win from WS after chasing R.A., piling on |

That wasn’t a good outcome for the Blue Jays. It was brutal to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 09:02 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, royals

Jason Varitek interviewed for vacant Seattle Mariners manager job -

If I were a GM, I would find it incredibly difficult to hire a manager who has no managing experience or coaching experience.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jason varitek, managers, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2015

El Paso Herald, October 20, 1915:

Plans are already being formulated by the officers of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity to make the big league games faster next season.
[Fraternity President Dave Fultz] urged that the players move to and fro from their positions between innings on the run, cause no needless delays in batting, and otherwise pepperize the pastime, so to speak, in order to make it as attractive, and, therefore, as profitable as possible.
Recently games of few runs have ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, length of games

Joe Maddon plays theme music from Rocky |

I wonder how many of his players have watched the movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, playoffs

Blue Jays pound Johnny Cueto as Royals lose 11-8 in ALCS Game 3 | The Kansas City Star

Just last week Johnny Cueto was once again on his way to a huge payday. He won’t go hungry but starts like last night aren’t putting more money into his bank account.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, johnny cueto, royals

R.A. Dickey’s Game 4 start will showcase elusive knuckleball to huge audience: DiManno | Toronto Star

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not appear to be a fan — perhaps because it’s not a manly pitch. It’s fickle and fey. Not to bang on about it, but Gibbons did pull Dickey in Game 4 of the Division Series against Texas with two out in the fifth and Toronto cruising along, up 7-1. The early hook, which denied Dickey pitcher-of-record status, remains controversial. Certainly it was disrespectful to the right-hander.

After that game, a gracious Dickey said he and the skipper would likely ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mets, r.a. dickey

Inside Baseball: Mets’ Harvey bought arm insurance; plus more MLB notes -

Oh, boy. Can’t the guy just shut up. I don’t see how Boras yapping about Harvey advances his *client’s* interests.

“We were never about him not pitching in the postseason, and we never said Matt Harvey wasn’t going to pitch in the playoffs. Any question revolved around the management of innings,” Boras said. “There’s an obligation—I should say mandate—to pitch. There’s an obligation to the integrity of the game, to his teammates and the fans. At no time did the player or I ever say he wasn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes, scott boras

What Baseball Taught Me | The Players’ Tribune

Today, I am very excited to be a “rookie” all over again in a new field: songwriting. I am sure the lessons baseball has taught me will help me develop the thick skin I’ll need for this new endeavor. If one day you ever happen to hear a song of mine, I hope you’ll be honest about what you think. I have been building a skill set of handling adversity for years, so fire away!

Thank you, again, to all the men and women who are as captivated by this great game as I still am. Whether ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, giants

Tigers’ Norris has cancerous growth on thyroid

Wishing this young man a speedy and lasting recovery.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced on Instagram Monday that he was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid.

“I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people,” he wrote. “I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers


4 PM: ALCS GAME 4 (KC leads 2-1) Royals (Chris Young) at Blue Jays (Dickey), FS1

8 PM: NLCS GAME 3 (NYM leads 2-0) Mets (deGrom) at Cubs (Hendricks), TBS


Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2015 at 04:47 AM | 865 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Bookshelf Conversation: Mark Armour

If you’ve been around here a while you know I am a big fan of In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Mark Armour and Dan Levitt

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers, interviews, podcasts

MLB Daily Dish: Yankees fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland

Maybe the club can also bring in the right-field porch a wee bit more?

Replacing Kevin Long was the biggest challenge for Pentland, who said that if Long couldn’t do the job, he knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy gig. Long was fired with a year left on his deal following the 2014 season and later joined the Mets as their hitting coach.

King names a number of potential candidates for the vacant job. When the job was available the first time, Chili Davis and Dave Magadan were brought in for ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, hitting coaches, yankees

Barry Zito: What Baseball Taught Me

My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows. I’ve been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I’ve started Game 1 of a World Series in one year and I’ve been left off of a postseason roster in another. I’ve been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I’ve been praised as a savior and deemed a curse.

We’ll miss you Barry…

eddieot Posted: October 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, players' tribune

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