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Monday, May 11, 2015

Boras’s Binders: What Baseball’s In-House Analytics Revolution Means for MLB Agents’ Edge «

How many teams are swayed by agent research?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, sabermetrics

Baseball Prospectus | Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

BP’s first mock draft.

1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (N.Y.): The Diamondbacks haven’t come close to finalizing this decision, as I’ve been told they’re debating names like Dansby Swanson, Dillon Tate, and even Tyler Stephenson. Right now I believe the choice is Whitley though—for a number substantially lower than the $8.6 million dollars the slot comes with, and with three potential 60 tools, it’s not as massive a reach as some might believe.

2. Houston ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Red Sox learning the hard way what happens when you assume

The Red Sox have been brutal the last two weeks. The starting pitching as been bad; the offense has been non-existent. Many of my friends and coworkers think the season is over. So do a bunch of writers. Deep breaths, lonnnnnnng deeeeeeep breaths. The Red Sox have some issues but things will get better. All is not lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Counsell part of managerial group of sweet 16 | MLB.com

Tracy Ringolsby’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

The Birth of the American League and How it Transformed the Game – The Hardball Times

Why did the American League succeed where its predecessors (or, in the case of the Federal League, successor) failed? And how did this series of competing leagues driving each other out of business give way to the coalition of the National and American Leagues that form Major League Baseball as we know it today?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ban johnson, history

Rockies’ Jerry Schemmel rides across America for Haiti orphanage

Watching the Rockies lose night after night might seem like punishment to some. For others, six-hour, 90-mile training rides on a bicycle would seem like suffering.

Jerry Schemmel does both, but he considers both to be blessings.

The Rockies radio announcer is training to hold up his end of a two-man team in the Race Across America (RAAM), a seven-day transcontinental bike race beginning June 20. Schemmel will be paired with Brad Cooper, who has completed seven Ironman triathlons, on the ride ...

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Perry Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, charity, rockies

OMNICHATTER 5-11-15

The No-Day-Games-Today OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 11, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Watch Johnny’s Vine, “I’ve never seen that before”

Keep that ball spinning!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Michael Pineda cranks up his fastball, nets great results - Stats

Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.

Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 11, 1915:

[Bob] Fisher worked the ancient hidden ball trick on Douglass Baird yesterday, but the Pirate coacher was just as much to blame as the recruit. As a matter of fact, this old ruse should be prohibited by law. It is not baseball, and the fans don’t like to see it, no matter who works it.

False. The hidden ball trick is fantastic, and if you don’t want to get tricked, you should pay attention.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hidden ball trick, history


Madden: Michael Pineda just like Matt Harvey, minus the hype - NY Daily News

“I was very happy,” he said of his outing, which improved his record to 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA (identical to Harvey, who is 5-1) and an unfathomable (unless you consider the other-worldly Bartolo Colon) 54/3 strikeouts/walks ratio. “Today is Mother’s Day and I’m happy my mother got to watch the game in the Dominican Republic. I love my mom.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Pete Rose ready for his TV debut, but reinstatement, Hall of Fame unlikely - Newsday

Potential Tranwreck Score: 10!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose


Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: While stars take hits for steroid use, others know they’ll never be found out - Sports - The Boston Globe

I bet there are still players taking steriods. I bet there were players who took them in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“What bothers me is the hypocrites,” Segui said. “I see them on TV sometimes criticizing people who took steroids. I say, ‘What a minute . . . maybe the public doesn’t know what you did, but I know what you did.’ Those are the ones that bother me. Just keep your mouth shut.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids, sunday notes

Hamilton Starts Rehab in Triple-A After ‘Long, Ugly Process’ - NYTimes.com

“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mike Schmidt’s Casual Sexism

McCarthy: What were you going to say, Mike? That the throw was a bar of soap that Garcia threw to home plate?

Schmidt: Well, he did kind of throw it a little… I don’t know… are you allowed to say, a little bit…

Stairs: No.

Schmidt: …girlish, so to speak?

This is sexist for a very obvious reason, one which was apparent to all three members of the broadcast booth once the words left Schmidt’s mouth. In fact, Stairs seemed to know what Schmidt was going to say when he interjected ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 575 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, gender in sports, mike schmidt, phillies, sexism

5-10-15 OMNICHATTER

The Mother’s Day OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: May 10, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Hunter Pence discusses his rehab process, his scooter, Hunter Pence signs and the sights of Sacramento - Giants Extra

On the emotional aspect of his injury:

“Emotions are things you can somewhat control, especially since you can’t control when you get hit by a pitch in a certain way. So I tried to stay in positive spirits. I think I have some unrealistic expectations of coming back, but I don’t think it hurts to dream big. But the process, I just try to take it each moment, each day. Whatever they need me to do, whatever we can think of to intelligently get it going again. A lot of times you have to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Dreadful defense does Oakland A’s in at Seattle - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Semien really needs to improve his concentration. He flubs too many routine plays.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Bernie: Redbirds consider six-man rotation : Sports

I’m sure they can come up with a plan to give their young guys a breather while keeping Lynn and Lackey on schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

A’s Jarrod Parker has broken bone in elbow - SFGate

— Jarrod Parker’s hideous injury Friday night was diagnosed Saturday as a fractured bone in his right elbow, right where the graft for his surgically reconstructed ligament is anchored.

Parker will require surgery of some sort, but trainer Nick Paparesta said it is unclear whether Parker will require what would be his third Tommy John surgery. Paparesta said, “As of right now, everything in that regard looks promising, but they really won’t know until they get in to fix the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jarrod parker

Sunday Notes: Cleveland’s 18-hit CG, Ortiz, Murakami, more | FanGraphs Baseball

As always, good stuff from David Lauria.

I recently asked Dan Duquette how his team is able to keep outperforming projections. He looked at me with a bemused expression and replied, “So, you want the secret sauce?”

The Orioles’ mastermind – his official title is Executive VP, Baseball Operations – proceeded to list a few of the ingredients. He called Buck Showalter “a steadying influence.” He said the team likes “hard-working players who give their best effort when they come to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Review of “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” by Charles Leerhsen - Books - The Boston Globe

A new take on the Georgia Peach.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: books, ty cobb

San Fran axes baseball tradition—smokeless tobacco - CNN.com

Is this really enforceable?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Rays’ Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery | Tampa Bay Times

More bad news for the Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, rays

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Adweek: 5 Entertaining Uses of MLB’s New Statcast Tracking Technology

While the novelty of knowing how high, far and fast every home run is hit might wear off, the defensive metrics Statcast reveals are, at least, entertaining—and probably useful for scouting purposes. But is the fan experience improved if baseball can quantify exactly how a player makes a great play, or is it more fun just to see it done? (MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how Statcast will affect fan experience or viewership.)

Watch these five Statcast videos and ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

NY Daily News: Madden: MLB denies colluding with MLBPA on illegal A-Rod bonus deal

[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.

According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bonus, yankees

MLB: Pirates stun Cardinals with first-ever 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history.

Here is a legitimate “you’ve never seen this before” play…because it has never, in the recorded history of Major League Baseball, happened before.

On the first pitch from Vance Worley, Yadier Molina ripped a line drive over second baseman Neil Walker’s head. Peralta and Heyward both expected the ball to clear Walker’s head, and thus took off.

But Walker leaped to snare the liner, and his throw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubled up Peralta. Heyward started back to second, but Kang’s toss to ...

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Esoteric Posted: May 09, 2015 at 10:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pittsburgh pirates, st. louis cardinals

BtBS: Has Tim Lincecum version 2.0 finally downloaded?

If the early returns this season represent a conscious change and not just a streak of luck, then Lincecum may have successfully re-invented himself. His FIP is at its lowest value since 2011 (his most recent valuable season), and he’s cut his HR/9 rate by 72.72%.

These positive results likely stem from Lincecum’s new ability to induce ground balls. Up until this season, his career GB% was 46.7%, just above the league average of 44%. In 2015 however, Lincecum has raised his GB% to a career ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum

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