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Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: TBA
Field: TBA
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley ...

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Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2018

New York Tribune, June 19, 1918:

It is not the fault of Señor Jose Campos, of the visiting Mexican journalists, if his readers of “Excelsior,” a Mexico City daily, do not understand baseball perfectly now that he has explained the finer angles of the game to them. The other day Don Jose saw the Giants and the Cincinnati Reds play and he sent the following to his paper, according to a morning contemporary:
...
“In place of a bull baseball has an umpire, a man who does not play the game, but is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brewers Surprise Bob Uecker by dressing as him for flight to Pittsburgh

Bob Uecker was one of the first passengers aboard the Brewers’ charter flight Sunday for a rare road trip, and he had an inkling something was up when he noticed one of the flight attendants wearing a shirt with his name on it.

Uecker knew something was up when first-base coach Ed Sedar climbed aboard wearing a loud sport coat over his T-shirt bearing an infamous image of Uecker in a Speedo, the one that had been splashed across the pages of Sports Illustrated a decade ago.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers, uecker

Market for Moustakas could be slow, says Ken Rosenthal

Oddly, Rosenthal points to the $3 million owed Moustakas over the last two months of the season as a hindrance, although that seems to be a very low price for an established slugger, certainly cheaper than other third basemen that could potentially hit the market like Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, or Adrian Beltre.

It does seem as if the market has moved away from (a) sluggers who bash home runs, since everyone can seemingly hit home runs; and (b) rentals like Moustakas who are eligible for ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: robothal

Monday, June 18, 2018

Deadspin: Former Blue Jay Kelly Gruber Disinvited From Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame Festivities

That’s Gruber making an excruciatingly awkward, jarringly hostile entrance at PitchTalks, immediately making what seems to be some kind of pass at host Ashley Docking, then responding to her effort to direct his attention to the crowd by shouting over her and declaring her inessential to the proceedings. Docking, to her enormous credit, manages to confront his wildly disrespectful behavior without punching him in the face, which is probably what he deserved.

Is he drunk? Seems like he might ...

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DanG Posted: June 18, 2018 at 01:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canadian hall of fame, jerks, kelly gruber

MetBblog: Mets reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for ‘virtually everyone’

The Mets are “ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone” on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

Adam is gettin’ upset!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: June 18, 2018 at 12:58 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Juan Soto Makes His Second MLB Debut Tonight

The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when, at 5:05 p.m., they resume the game suspended due to rain with the score tied in the sixth inning on May 15.

But Howie Kendrick, now out for the season with an Achilles’ injury, is due up third that inning. Andrew Stevenson, since optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, is also in the lineup. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy, both available now, were not on the active roster that day. Juan Soto had not yet made ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, rules, suspended games

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2018

Washington Times, June 18, 1918:

“Irish” Meusel, the Phils’ young outfielder, tried to follow Ty Cobb’s example [in Philadelphia] yesterday, when he leaped into the bleachers and took a violent swing at a jeering rooter. He was finally induced to let the insulter live.

It’s not clear whether Meusel cared if the guy had no feet.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 18, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 June 18: How Life Imitates the Congressional Baseball Game

“This game is a situation of which, you’re a product of your political success, so if you have a good political year, you have a good recruiting year for this game.” So said former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., many years ago about the Congressional Baseball Game and the teams each party gets to field.

Washington is host to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, known among fans as the midsummer classic. But Capitol Hill has staged its own midsummer classic every year for more than ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: June 18, 2018 at 08:15 AM | 494 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grumpy Gossage Napalms His Bridges:BWitz:NYT (reg req.)

Has Goose Gossage at long last grumped his way to irrelevance? Gossage has not been invited to Yankees Old Timers Day. 

Maybe the biggest problem with his grumpiness is there’s nothing new: more complaints about computers and guys from Harvard who won their rotisserie leagues. However, the portrait in the article at well-rounded, and Goose is still one of the icons of the game. Gossage was the best of both words—he lit up the spreadsheet and was fun to watch.

He had never been out of the ...

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puck Posted: June 17, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: old man yells at cloud, yankees

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angels Place Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Zack Cozart, Jim Johnson On 10-Day DL

It’s not fully clear how severe these injuries are, but it’s still an ugly casualty list for a team that has already had some worrying health issues arise recently. Richards has a left hamstring strain, while Tropeano is dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

With Shohei Ohtani already on the shelf, likely joining JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker there for a lengthy stretch, the team’s rotation depth has already been tapped into. It seems the team is likely to call upon John Lamb in the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Dodgers’ surprise ace makes All-Star case in win over Giants

Four starts ago, after Ross Stripling had lowered his earned-run average below that of Scherzer, the Dodgers’ pitcher frankly assessed the odds of finishing the season that way.

“Probably not super great,” Stripling said.

That was three weeks ago, and let’s check the latest leader board. After Stripling carried a shutout into the seventh inning of Friday’s 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, his earned-run average stands at 1.76.

At the end of May 16, the Dodgers were 16-26. ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:00 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ross stripling

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has fractured bone in left foot, will undergo CT scan

The Royals don’t yet know the extent of the injury but believe it is unrelated to what happened last week in Oakland. A CT scan on Saturday will determine the Royals’ next move.

But this fact remains: Soler, in his first full season playing at the major-league level with the Royals after being acquired from the Cubs in a December 2016 trade of reliever Wade Davis, used crutches to cross the carpet of the clubhouse here after the game. He gingerly made his way in and out of the showers, careful ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, jorge soler, royals

Donaldson’s return to Blue Jays still TBD

The Blue Jays put Donaldson through a series of running drills on Thursday afternoon, but he still wasn’t comfortable running at full speed. He continues to take batting practice and field ground balls, but until Donaldson runs the bases without any issues, his availability will remain on hold.

“I was here watching him yesterday when he was running the bases, and he still couldn’t cut it loose,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “That’s all I’ve got. He’s feeling better, but he’s still a ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson


Friday, June 15, 2018


Former MLB pitcher Kevin Brown reportedly held two mail thieves at gunpoint until police arrived

Former MLB All-Star Kevin Brown is now a neighborhood watchdog.

According to Laura Corley of The Telegraph, Brown recently caught two mail thieves in his Macon, Georgia, neighborhood and held them at gunpoint until police arrived.

Sounds like he handled these thieves better than he handled David Ortiz in Game 7.

Nasty Nate Posted: June 15, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: steals home

Twins send Sano to Class A team to ‘get back on track’

What do Twins fans think of this move?  Seems kind of harsh

Master of the Horse Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, minnesota twins

Jaffe collects Anthony Bourdain baseball highlights

[Bourdain’s] career-changing discovery of his writing voice was among the many that inspired me as I embarked upon my own change from graphic design to writing about baseball…

Bourdain was many things, among them a passionate baseball fan. While sorting through the numerous tributes and obituaries today, a few of his baseball-related clips came to my mind as worth sharing.

Seeing a baseball game in Japan has been on my bucket list since before the term “bucket list” existed. ...Read More...

PreservedFish Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: food

Every MLB Logo Ranked, with Bonus Criticism by a Designer

I don’t want to say anything too negative about any of these logos, because they are all the hard work of talented people. The one one thing that I always think about is what the imagery is going to communicate, and I’m worried that if you were to view [the Tampa Bay Ray’ logo] from far away, it might look more like a logo for a seafood restaurant than a baseball team.

PreservedFish Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: logos

Nationals Transfer Team Control From Ted To Mark Lerner

Ted Lerner got his start delivering newspapers around Griffith Stadium and as owner hoped to see his Washington Nationals win the World’s Series. Now it’s looking like time is running out for him at age 92. Can Bryce Harper Juan Soto save the season??

Bote Man Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, owners, ownership

Deadspin: What Do We Think Of This Old Video Of An Umpire Handling An Extremely Pissed Terry Collins?

We need more of these umpire sound clips and less of A-Rod repeatedly exclaiming, “The Toddfather.”

The context is important. Utley’s notorious takeout slide in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series nuked the right fibula of Mets infielder Ruben Tejada. Utley was suspended for the next two games of the series, and ultimately MLB instituted what has come to be called the Chase Utley Rule, essentially banning (but not eliminating) takeout slides. Syndergaard’s pitch in 2016 was ...

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Drink your Orioles pain away: This Baltimore bar is offering free shots every time Chris Davis gets a hit

A bar in Baltimore is trying to lighten the mood around Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historically poor season, with the help of alcohol.  Bartenders Pub at 2218 Boston St. is offering customers free Dr Pepper shooters for every hit Davis gets.

 

NattyBoh Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, chris davis

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

Dodgers, Rangers Brawl After Matt Kemp Runs Over Robinson Chirinos

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers. But Kemp ran over Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. 

The two nudged each other as they got up and soon Kemp pushed Chirinos who then tried throwing a punch back. The benches cleared as players tried to hold the two apart from each other.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sandy Alderson takes responsibility for Mets’ woes

His team spiraling and questions about its short-term ceiling and big-picture path increasingly relevant, general manager Sandy Alderson took the blame Tuesday for the state of the Mets.

“We’re not satisfied and to date, the work that we’ve done hasn’t been successful,” Alderson said during a conference call. “I take full responsibility for where we are. I’m not happy about it. But at the same time, the job now is to figure out how to fix it and improve that. That’s what ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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