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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Matt Harvey takes ‘big step forward’ for New York Mets - Mets Blog - ESPN

Harvey made some mechanical adjustments, pitched on normal rest, and found his slider.

Manager Terry Collins suggested that pitching on standard rest probably helped Harvey, too. Harvey has groused about working on extra rest. The Mets have ditched a six-man rotation. They don’t plan to reintroduce even spot starts over the next few weeks.

Asked about the key to Harvey’s improved showing, Collins said: “I’m sure he’ll tell you, ‘a five-man rotation.’ I think that had something to do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Cole Hamels displays his value in no-hitter | MLB.com

Not a bad showcase start.

“I mean, it’s not what I envisioned,” Hamels said, asked if he thought about this being his final start with the Phillies. “It’s not what I thought. It’s not in my thought process. I think all I’ve been thinking about the past couple days was just to kind of correct my pitching, just being able to be out there and enjoy the moment.”

Hamels had a 19.89 ERA in his past two starts, which had many wondering if he would be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Deadline. Yes, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs | yankees.com

Is Arod an MVP candidate?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 7-26-2015

The HoF Induction Day (starting at noon on MLB Network) OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Neyer: Does anybody really need to do…anything?

Neyer declares war on “need.”

So you’ve got all those contending teams and all those late-July trades, and I can’t find a single compelling instance of a player who really made a difference.

Is this normal? No, and yes. Last season was atypical, just in terms of how few division races wound up being even remotely close. But let’s just think about the math for a moment. Leaving aside Mike Trout, your typical great player is worth about six wins above replacement over a whole season … ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 25, 2015 at 05:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason, trade deadline

Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.

Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’

Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Dustin Pedroia back on disabled list with same hamstring injury - Sports - The Boston Globe

This sounds like it was mishandled.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

SABR Defensive Index: July 12, 2015 | SABR

Kevin Kiermaier is a really good outfielder. Has he really been this good?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

Devon Travis, Sign Stealer?

Devon Travis has been a pleasant surprise for the Jays this season, as he’s hit better than anyone could have expected out of the gate.  Despite a horrible month of May when he tried to play through a shoulder injury, he’s hit to a 129 wRC+ so far with solid defense at 2nd.  Additionally, he may be helping the Jays in other ways, as it seems as though he may be involved in stealing signs.

I was watching the Jays game against Oakland July 22nd, and after Devon Travis hit a double in the top ...

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America Has Spoken: MLB Steroid Users Should Lose A Third Of Their Stats | FiveThirtyEight

Let’s dock them 0.5675% instead.

Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5

The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics, steroids

Tom Seaver on how Mets are mishandling their ‘stud muffins’ | New York Post

Stupid fight-winning computer!!

The right-hander with 311 victories over 20 major league seasons and the leader of the world champion 1969 Mets also is keeping a close eye on the pitching renaissance going on at Citi Field. He is doing that the old-fashioned way, looking at box scores every morning.

He loves what he sees of the Mets young staff, which includes All-Star Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and the injured Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

He wants to see one number increase ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

Mets get Braves’ Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson | MLB.com

Mets get some help. The Braves save some cash and add more pitching depth to their minor league system.

Stuck among the National League’s worst offensive teams for most of this summer, the Mets on Friday saw their season-long hunt for offense finally bear fruit. The club announced late Friday that it has acquired third baseman Juan Uribe, utility man Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves, in exchange for pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, trades

Friday, July 24, 2015

OMNICHATTER 7-25-2015

The Dodgers SP TBD OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek traded to Cardinals for prospect - MLB - SI.com

[Kyle] Barraclough, 25, was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2012. He had a 0.60 ERA in 11 games at A-ball this season before being promoted to Double A, where he has posted a 3.28 ERA in 23 games with eight saves.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marlins, trades


Ready for the Weekend | Baseball Hall of Fame

Four great players who provided some awesome memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Baltimore Brewery Commemorates Cal Ripken Jr.‘s Streak with New Beer

Heavy Seas Beer, a Baltimore-based brewery, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played with a special “Fielder’s Choice” brew featuring Ripken-themed packaging.

Apparently Wade Boggs will try to drink 2,131 of them.

eddieot Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, cal ripken jr, orioles

A Zack Greinke Story - Joe Posnanski

Figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a Greinke thread around, given the streak. Plus, there’s a fun story from Posnanski.

So Gordon was pretty excited when Greinke called him into the video room. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. He followed Greinke to to the monitor. Greinke turned it on.

Baldrick Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: posnanski, zack greinke

Orioles’ free fall continues as Yankees complete sweep with 9-3 win - Baltimore Sun

Jones has the right attitude.

The Orioles dropped to 19-30 on the road this season with their ninth loss in their past 12 games away from Camden Yards. They couldn’t leave New York quick enough, looking to salvage their nine-game road trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend

“What else are you going to do, dwell on it? No man. That’s not good for sports,” said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was 0-for-4 Thursday and 2-for-12 in the series. “It’s not good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Considering Hall of Fame chances for Ortiz, Beltran, Molina, more

Bring out the Keltner tests!

Carlos Beltran, Yankees (38 years old)
Career WAR/Peak WAR/JAWS: 67.0/44.3/55.6
Average HOF CF: 70.4/44.0/57.2

Two years ago, Beltran was amid his second strong season in a row with the Cardinals, one that would finally take him to the World Series; along the way, he added two more homers to a postseason resumé (.333/.445/.683 with 16 homers) to rival that of Big Papi. Ninth among centerfielders in JAWS and closing in on 400 homers, he seemed even more likely to ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 24, 1915:

HITLESS INDIAN GIVEN RELEASE

[Jim] Thorpe’s inability to hit anything except straight ball pitching, which opposing twirlers took care that he did not get, proved too great a handicap for even this great athlete. Passed on to ther Jersey City club of the International league, his weakness was so apparent to all pitchers that the hitless Indian was dropped from the class AA league as valueless.

As I’ve said before, Thorpe hit .303 with solid power numbers ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 24, 2015 at 12:08 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe

Mets promote Michael Conforto, place Michael Cuddyer on disabled list

I will go on record as saying this is a bad idea. Setting this kid up as the offensive savior is not a smart thing to do after less than 50 games at Double-A.

The Michael Conforto Era has begun in Flushing.

The Mets announced on Friday that they purchased Conforto’s contract from Double-A Binghamton on Friday and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list.
Latest Mets stories

Conforto, the Mets’ top hitting prospect, has dominated since his promotion to Binghamton, hitting ...

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eddieot Posted: July 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto, prospects

MLB Players’ Association upset by Colin Cowherd’s comments on Dominicans

As punishment, he should be forced to watch only ESPN content for the next week. I know that’s cruel but if even one person, let alone a whole country, is offended the punishment must certainly be the harshest possible.

Talking on his national radio show, which is simulcast on ESPNU, Cowherd was making a point about whether a general manager had the capability of stepping down from the executive office and adeptly handling managerial duties, as the Miami Marlins’ Dan Jennings has been asked to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: what did he say

Source: Cubs chasing Cole Hamels, David Price not in play yet | CSN Chicago

MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs, david price, phillies, tigers, trade rumors

The Change: Collin McHugh and Bad Fastballs | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Nice analysis from Eno Harris.

For how often he throws his breaking balls, McHugh is still getting excellent whiffs on those pitches. But don’t let that blind you to the fact that his fastball is not very good. With every tick he loses on the pitch, the more likely he is to give up home runs on it. He’s been hiding the pitch since he got in the league, but there’s not really any place to hide the fastball further when you’re throwing it less than anybody else in baseball not named R.A. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: collin mchugh, sabermetrics

Acquiring Kazmir gives players a lift on and off field - Houston Chronicle

“I feel an obligation to support them in a situation where I can do something to help them win,” Luhnow said. “They care as much as anybody, because they’re on the team.

“I think when you don’t make a move, even though sometimes that’s the right thing to do, people can misinterpret it as they’re not being supported. Now I would never make a move … just to make them feel supported, but it’s the right move to make, and it’s in our domain to make it.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, trades


A moment of hard truth about the Mets’ owners | Capital New York

Accordingly, when someone like Ben Zobrist, a utility player long coveted by the front office, becomes available, Alderson faces this: WFAN’s Ed Coleman reported that the Mets don’t want to pay the remaining balance on Zobrist’s 2015 salary, between $2-3 million.

That’s outrageous. That amount is a small fraction of the found money the team has recovered from the insurance policy on David Wright’s contract—75 percent of his $20 million contract after the first 60 days missed. It’s an even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, mets

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