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Sunday, April 05, 2015

White Sox and Cubs on brink: This could be the start of something big - Chicago Tribune

Baseball will be fun in Chicago this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

MLB preview: Flyover country is no longer irrelevant in baseball | TribLIVE

In the modern game, since 1961, there never has been a longer expansion drought. Baseball has not added a new team since admitting the Diamondbacks and Rays in 1998.

Last October, was the first full-season World Series without a 90-win team. Bookmakers peg only the Nationals and Dodgers to win 90-plus games this season. Manuel believes the lack of expansion has increased parity. Why?

“Pitching has had a chance to catch up,” he said.

Run scoring declined in baseball for an eighth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

How Giants should properly reward Sabean, Bochy | CSN Bay Area

So what to do then for the men who have won everything? Consider this their SkyMall moment.

• BALLPARK STATUES: This is pretty de rigueur stuff these days at new ballparks, so Sabean sitting in a ballpark seat or Bochy standing at a dugout railing is a little boring for the modern conceptual artist. Thus, we suggest two massive bronze pieces.

One would be a gigantic fliptop cellphone with a crank on the side to commemorate Sabean’s Vietnam War-era mobile (the crank is there to power it, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, bruce bochy, giants

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry (Sports on Earth: Leitch)

A pre-game warm-up for tonight’s opener.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cardinals, central illinois, cubs, freese

Tanaka: Sinker is why velocity will be down all year - NY Daily News

Pressed on if his velocity dip was caused by the two-seamer, or the need to protect his elbow, Tanaka said, “I think, yes, because of the fact I’m throwing more two-seamers, that could make the velocity go down a bit. As far as my pitching style and my mechanics, I’m trying to relax a little bit more when I’m throwing, so that might have to do with it a little bit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

OPENING NIGHT 2015 OMNICHATTER

Man, it feels just like yesterday that Madison Bumgarner was singlehandedly winning the World Series. No. Wait. It feels like an eternity. BASEBALL IS BACK! Thank goodness!

Cardinals (Wainwright) at Cubs (Lester). 8 PM, ESPN.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 258 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 04, 2015

College pitcher sacrifices his senior season to save a boy he’s never met | For The Win

Last October, when University of South Carolina Beaufort senior pitcher Jason Boulais had his cheek swabbed to enter the donor pool for the Be The Match bone marrow registry, he had a strange feeling that his name would come up one day.

“I told my dad about it, and we both just had a gut feeling I was going to be the one,” Boulais said to USCBathletics.com. “Reality kind of set in when I got the first phone call saying I might be a match.”

Boulais was a match, and after getting his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 05:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

The New York Times: The Common Man’s Crown

“Until the late 1970s, wearing a ball cap anywhere but on the baseball field carried with it a cultural stigma,” James Lilliefors writes in his book “Ball Cap Nation,” citing the Mets cap of the “Odd Couple” slob Oscar Madison as one example of its signaling mundane degeneracy. In Lilliefors’s reckoning, eight factors contributed to the cap’s increased legitimacy, including the explosion of television sports, the maturation of the first generation of Little League retirees and ...

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bobm Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cap

Do Hitter Hot/Cold Streaks Matter for Daily Fantasy Baseball?

Worth a read.

There is nothing to gain from adding recent game performance into the hitter projection mix and one should not choose a lesser-projected player over another because they have done well in previous games. Assuming equal Hittertron (or DFSBot) projections and both hitters are starting that next day, choosing the ‘hotter’ player is perfectly fine. As is choosing the hitter who has performed better against the opposing pitcher. Or choosing the hitter whose last name comes first ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Get ready for Opening Day with MLB players reciting the ‘Field of Dreams’ speech | MLB.com

It’s now been twenty years since my father passed. Although I know the movie is a little hoke, I still get choked up when Ray asks his father to play catch.

You know the “Field of Dreams” speech in your bones. You’ve recited it hundreds of times in the mirror, on your way to work, when lying in bed, wishing you could have a catch in the backyard with Dad. If you haven’t already done it, you’ve at least long considered getting a “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: field of dreams

Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo has heel surgery | The Star Telegram

What’s the OS Trigonum bone connected to?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects, rangers

2015 PREDICTION THREAD

PREDICT NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Adidas takes shot at Chicago Cubs with Kris Bryant ‘Worth The Wait’ billboard across from Wrigley Field

On Friday, Adidas unveiled a billboard across from the famous Wrigley marquee featuring the 23-year-old third baseman with the text “Worth The Wait.”

Aaron Kahn, director of baseball for Adidas, played down the tension that the sign might create with the tenants on the other side of Addison Street.

“We just wanted to make sure to tell the folks in Chicago that they have a great thing coming,” Kahn told ESPN.com.

Kahn said his team had long decided to buy a billboard and feature Bryant on it, ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 04, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chastity, cubs, kris bryant

Sources: Yordano Ventura in deep discussions with Royals on 5-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Fireballing starter Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals are deep into discussions on a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth season that would guarantee him more than $20 million, sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Brandon Phillips hitting 7th, Joey Votto 2nd for Reds

The starting eight position players for Friday, and presumably Monday, is Billy Hamilton in center field, Votto at first, Todd Frazier batting and playing third, Devin Mesoraco catching and batting cleanup, Marlon Byrd in left field batting fifth, Jay Bruce in right batting sixth, Phillips at second batting seventh and Zack Cozart eighth, playing shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Heaney among six players sent to Minors | angels.com

The Angels cut six players after Friday’s game, optioning starter Andrew Heaney and infielders Josh Rutledge, Grant Green and Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake, and reassigning reliever Scott Snodgress and power hitter Marc Krauss to the Minor Leagues.

The Angels’ Spring Training roster is now at 32 players. Snodgress and Krauss will be with the team at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, for the finale of the Freeway Series, but won’t make the Opening Day roster.

Krauss getting optioned could be a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rosters

The one liability keeping Yanks’ stud prospect from majors | New York Post

Yes, making a lot of errors is a liability. He doesn’t need to have the best range. He needs to be able to make most of the routine plays.

Refsnyder started at second base Thursday and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. In his first full Grapefruit League, he has a terrific .357/.460/.548 slash line over 24 games. He also has committed six errors — hence the talk of “finishing off” the original outfielder who converted to second base in 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rob refsnyder, yankees

Mets plan to carry eighth reliever - Mets Blog - ESPN

The four-man bench seemingly would include John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker, with Eric Campbell an undeserving snub.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rosters

Without Jeter, The Yankees Improved More At Shortstop Than Any Other MLB Team

The headline is a bit of trolling (though technically accurate). This article discusses which teams are projected to have the biggest improvements at which positions.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 04, 2015 at 02:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, April 03, 2015

MLB clears Jarred Cosart of betting on baseball

After concluding its investigation, Major League Baseball has determined Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart never bet on baseball.

Cosart was fined for his involvement with illegal bookmakers, but it was determined that he placed bets on other sports. Shortly after MLB’s statement was released, Cosart responded with his own, via the Houston Chronicle.

“I have never, nor would I ever, bet on the great game of baseball. Major League Baseball conducted a thorough investigation and I ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gamblor, jarred cosart, marlins

Robothal: Josh Hamilton deserved better than the public trial he got

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am that we even knew that Josh Hamilton faced a possible suspension from baseball. The leaks, wherever they came from, violated the confidentiality that players are promised under the Joint Drug Agreement. And now that an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton did not violate the JDA by voluntarily informing baseball of his relapse, who will apologize to him for the public embarrassment and humiliation he has endured?

Baseball disagreed with the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Ervin Santana suspended 80 games

Smell the suspension.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended for 80 games, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Santana was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension is effective for the first 80 games of the regular season.

He was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 2014 after signing a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. Santana parlayed a successful season into a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, peds, stanozol, twins

ESPN:Arbitrator: MLB can’t punish Josh Hamilton

- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton cannot be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving alcohol and a drug of abuse, an arbitrator ruled Friday.

MLB said it disagreed with the decision made by an arbitrator appointed under its joint drug program with the players’ association. MLB said in a statement it “will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process.”

If your ...

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MLB Preview—AL West

Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS previews are up on ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: season preview

The Man They Love To Hate: Why is it so easy to dislike Bryce Harper?

Here he comes again, full bore, the only gear he knows, like the baseball version of a top fuel car. When Bryce Harper answers a question, just as when he chases a fly ball to a wall or zooms helmetless around the base paths—with the most vigorously windblown hair since Pete Rose’s—he fairly leaves in his wake the aromas of spent nitromethane, burned rubber and exhaust smoke, which is to say, he wears the scent of danger like cologne.

“You’ve got to have the confidence to win the ...

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Joey B. Posted: April 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Baseball teams use in-depth data to win

There’s a revolution going on in baseball.

If you’re nodding your head and muttering “Moneyball,” then you, my friend, are hopelessly behind the curve.

That best-selling book, now more than a decade old, examined how the Oakland Athletics used data analysis to gain a competitive advantage. New statistics — with acronyms like WAR, BABIP, and FIP — begin to move out of the realm of hardcore number crunchers and into the mainstream.

Some fans have embraced the new science, commonly referred ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Listen to Bo Jackson sum up his entire career for Adam LaRoche’s son | MLB.com

Bo really was an incredible athlete. My favorite memories of him were his throw to nail Harold Reynolds at the plate and running up the wall after making a catch. His career was far too short.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: bo jackson, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 3, 1915:

The Brooklyn pitchers will not want for oral support while laboring on the well-known slab this year. Joe Schultz, beside his many other accomplishments, has a line of chatter while the Superbas are on the field that should keep the pitchers’ “heads up” on all occasions.
...
You’ve got to hear and see him to appreciate him.

Like father, like son.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe schultz

When Harry Caray Was A Rebel With A Microphone

Harry Caray was great.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, harry caray

Trevor Cahill’s Groundball Conundrum | Banished to the Pen

Here’s an interesting look at Trevor Cahill’s problems.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, trevor cahill

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