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Monday, April 04, 2016

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado always rakes in a never-ending Wiffle Ball game

Charming.

Arenado plays Wiffle Ball at the end of every summer for 2½ months. This major-leaguer, he’s still a kid.

For 16 years, the Rockies’ star third baseman, with his brothers and cousins and friends, wage a never-ending, always-rambunctious game of Wiffle Ball in Lake Forest, Calif. The game is always the same, now and forever. They just have to wait until after the 162-game major-league season.

“It’s what we do. We go play Wiffle Ball,” Arenado said.

He is 24 now and about to start ...

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Perry Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, wiffle ball

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

Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:

“Bat’ries for today’s game!”
“Get that of’shul score card!”
“Peanuts!”
“One o’ those lo-o-ong innings!”
(Deleted by censor).
“Larceny!”

These and many other cries of the great American fan and his minions are heard along the western edge of the United States today, yea, even from Salt Lake’s icy mountains to Vernon’s coral strangs, or whatever they make strands out of there.

It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

The Pitch Doctor: The secret to the Pirates’ success is Ray Searage | SI.com

They bring mattresses on road trips?

ne day in March, Jared Hughes, Pittsburgh’s 30-year-old setup man, was at his spring training locker in Bradenton, Fla., recounting his morning. He had awakened at 5:30, after nine hours of sleep; the Pirates, he said, value quality Z’s so much that a sleep consultant meets with players once a month, and the team takes players’ preferred mattresses and pillows on road trips. At the ballpark Hughes’s day began with mindfulness exercises designed by the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, ray searage

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s Fangraph’s Tampa Rays scouting reports. After reading and following Kiley McDaniel’s reporting the last couple of years, Fangraph’s stuff has been very disappointing this year, primarily because of the timetable. If you are doing scouting reports for fantasy players, you need your Top 100 lists out in early March at the latest for them to be useful. Hopefully, they will fix this issue next year as their stuff went from being one of the most useful lists to the least useful. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rays

OTP - 2016 April 4: Breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics

This week marks the start of another baseball season and, undoubtedly, the continuation of the ongoing beanball season that the Republican presidential campaign has degenerated into.

Over the years, both of these American pastimes—baseball and presidential campaigns—have been governed by quaint, but powerful “unwritten rules.” They both now find themselves under great strain. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 2147 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, politics

A’s hopes and confidence high, despite predictions - San Francisco Chronicle

(Second) Opening Day, where everybody starts off 0-0 and the pundits don’t matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics



New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes on outfield drop: ‘I’m human’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

OK, then.

“The ball just fell out of my glove,” Cespedes, who also struck out to end the game with the tying run at third base, said through an interpreter. “...The ball just fell. I’m human.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson aims to make baseball a contact sport again after second-half struggles last year - LA Times

He looked out of sync in the most of the games I watched him this spring.

In the winter, Pederson sought to shave the extraneous movement from his swing. In the spring, he huddled with new hitting coach Turner Ward to sharpen his daily routine. This coming summer will determine whether he can learn how to counter the pitchers who solved him last season.

“I made some adjustments, and I like where I’m at,” Pederson said.

A survey of rival talent evaluators who saw Pederson this spring raised ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Kansas City Royals say New York Mets’ presence soured pregame pomp

In a day of firsts, it was the New York Mets who had the dubious honor of being the first team in MLB history to relive a World Series defeat through a steady stream of big-screen highlights before the victor raised the championship banner on Opening Day—in their face.

“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony,” Yost said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Full Opening Day slate opens baseball season | MLB.com

Happy (Second) Opening Day!

After watching three games yesterday, it feels a little odd to be taking time off work to “observe a religious holiday and watch Opening Day games”.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Source: Gregory Polanco, Pirates agree to five-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options that locks in the prime years of the young outfielder, something with which the Pirates have found significant success in recent years, a source with knowledge of the club’s dealings told Yahoo Sports.

The deal is believed to guarantee Polanco in the mid-$30 million range, the source said, and should be announced this week. Polanco rejected Pittsburgh’s seven-year, $25 million offer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

OPENING DAY (Monday) 2016 OMNICHATTER

The appetizers are out of the way, it’s time for the main course! 12 games, aces on (almost) every hill. Get hype. ESPN will have HOU at NYY, SEA at TEX and LAD at SD, while ESPN 2 will have CHC at LAA.

Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 229 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Baseball on the Radio 2016

Both Chicago teams change flagship radio stations for 2016 while the Phillies drop WPHT-AM from their gamecasts.

Baseball on the radio has an appeal that can’t be matched by television and lets you follow the game while pretending to get other things done.

Korean Flagships: 1 (Dodgers)

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, radio

Free MLB.TV for T-Mobile customers

T-Mobile customers can sign up this week, April 3-10, for a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium.

spycake Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv, streaming

Cardinals put their faith in the future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I finished The Cardinal Way. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially to Cardinals fans and those interested in the workings of major league front offices. My only quibble with the book is its failure to fully unify the stories/chapters in the book. Don’t get me wrong; each chapter was interesting and worth reading. It’s just that, although you can see how Howard tried to tie everything together, he fell a little short in executing it.

Has anyone else finished the book? If so, what are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Sunday Notes: Baez, Jankowski, Hughes, Opening Day, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila with a bunch of tidbits in this week’s notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Now comes the hard part for Aroldis Chapman | New York Post

I’m not sure I follow the Yankees plan for Chapman. Why have him ramp up for Spring Training?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Nick Cafardo: Ranking the 50 most important players in baseball - The Boston Globe

Some odd lists from Nick Cafardo.

COMEBACK CANDIDATES

Ten players who must bounce back
1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers — “The amazing, God-given talent is still there,” said one AL general manager. “He just has to stay healthy.”

Ah, no.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Let’s Find Some MLB Comps for Tyler White | FanGraphs Baseball

Looking over his comps I agree that he’ll need to exceed expectations and add more power to stick around at first. It will be fascinating to follow his progress.

For White to have a successful career as an average-or-better everyday first baseman, it feels like he’s going to have to add some power, like Carpenter did last year. White stands at just 5-foot-11, which may not bode well for a future power spike, but at the very least, he’s cognizant of the fact that a bit more power could go a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, tyler white

The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons gets creative with the art of defense - LA Times

If only he could hit a little more.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

MLB Roster Grid | RosterResource.com

I haven’t verified every roster but it looks like every team’s Opening Day roster on one page.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: depth charts, rosters

Introducing ... the best and worst defensive teams, plus most improved and teams that got worse—MLB

The Indians may be the best defensive team in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

MLB regular season opens with three games | MLB.com

Happy Mini Opening Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

OCR: Managers Mike Scioscia, Dave Roberts deal with new realities of their role

Few managers today retain the stature and independence Scioscia has with the Angels. While far from the baseball Luddite he was cast as during last year’s power struggle with former general manager Jerry Dipoto, Scioscia is nonetheless more old school than new math.

None of that can be said of Roberts. With the Dodgers, he serves at the whim of perhaps baseball’s most empowered, and crowded, front office. Analytical input will be a part of his life every day of the season.

“Yeah, ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 03, 2016 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

2016 OPENING SUNDAY OMNICHATTER

CHATTER UP FOR 2016!

1:05 PM - Cardinals (Wainwright) at Pirates (Liriano) on ESPN

4:05 PM - Blue Jays (Stroman) at Rays (Archer) on ESPN2

8:37 PM- Mets (Harvey) at Royals (Volquez) on ESPN

 

 

Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 349 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 02, 2016

2016 Season Prediction OMNICHATTER

PREDICT NOW.

Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, prediction

AJ Pollock fractures Elbow

He will be out minimum 4 months and maybe miss entire season

shoewizard Posted: April 02, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Friday, April 01, 2016

Taylor Teagarden – shown in Al-Jazeera documentary – suspended for violating drug policy

Taylor Teagarden, a free agent catcher who was named in the same Al-Jazeera report that connected Peyton Manning and baseball stars Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard to anti-aging clinics, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday.

MLB’s statement did not cite a failed drug test in disciplining Teagarden, 32, who appeared in just 17 major league games the past two seasons, most recently with the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Instead, it noted that Teagarden will be suspended upon his ...

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