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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Former Cubs catcher David Ross will return to field for Kansas Stars

Retired catcher and former Cub David Ross is returning to the field with the Kansas Stars, an independent team of former major-leaguers that debuted in the National Baseball Congress last year. Former White Sox player Adam LaRoche and Nate Robertson organized the team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: david ross, national baseball congress

Astros player hops into DMs to lambast fan who tweeted about trading him | WFAA.com

It looks like the Astros front office might want to explain to Bregman why this wasn’t a good decision.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros

MLB commissioner mentions Charlotte’s name on the telly! | Field of Schemes

It’s tough to extort taxpayers without viable alternatives. Of course, if your team is in Cobb County, extortion isn’t even needed.

This isn’t actually the first time that Manfred has mentioned Charlotte as an expansion possibility — he did so back in 2015 as well, along with Portland — but in baseball Kremlinology, it’s de rigueur to interpret the hell out of every word out of the guy’s mouth, so let’s give it a shot. Maybe Charlotte has jumped to the head of the list in the last 14 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, stadium deals

Olney: Baseball’s lost All-Star opportunity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Another meaningless exhibition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Statcast Lab: Where do great fielders showoff more than the rest of the field?

Here’s an interesting look at some Statcast data.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

How many MLB parks have you visited? - Washington Post

The number of current parks I’ve visited is shrinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks


Aaron Judge’s legendary Home Run Derby performance introduced the world to baseball’s newest star

Fitting in a Game of Thrones reference was quite the stretch.

Though three months does not make a star, Judge’s power, his pinstripes, his age, his marketability and his unfailing likeability do make him the finest crossover candidate to play baseball since Ken Griffey Jr. twisted his cap backward and inspired a generation now in its 30s and 40s. Baseball constantly crowns the next big thing. After too many Joffrey Baratheons, Judge may be Daenerys Stormborn, his dragon a bat.

“He’s an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, home run derby

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2017

Washington Times, July 11, 1917:

There are two reasons why [Washington lost to Detroit yesterday].

One is that just before the game Mr. Jennings fired Alexander Rivers, a high-priced, dark-skinned mascot, who recently was imported from New Orleans, at much expense, and who has specialized in bringing bad luck, instead of good. The other was the introduction of Doc Ayers in the seventh inning.

No runs were scored off the Doctor. Very few ever are made off him by Detroit…There’s something ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MetsBlog: Mets have the worst infield defense in baseball

Free Amed Rosario!

The Mets have the worst infield defense in baseball, as measured by Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), tweeted Mark Simon of ESPN.

The Mets’ -32 DRS are far worse than the second-worst team on the list (the Padres), who have -22 DRS.

Using the Defensive Runs Saved metric, the Cubs—with 46 DRS—have the best infield defense in baseball.

The Mets have primarily been using Lucas Duda at first base, Asdrubal Cabrera at second base, Jose Reyes at shortstop, and Wilmer Flores at third ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, defense, mets, shit doesn't work

The All-Time Leaders In Undeserved All-Star Appearances | FiveThirtyEight

Oh, Steve Garvey!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: Measuring Pitcher Similarity

Some interesting work on pitch similarity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics


They Stole Home in 1927. – Our Game

Let learned not to pitch from the wind-up with a man on third.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Top 100 Prospects Chat | BaseballAmerica.com

Great Q/A at Baseball America.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Aaron Judge wins 2017 Home Run Derby | MLB.com

An entertaining Home Run Derby. Who knew it was possible?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

Monday, July 10, 2017

Marlins Sold (and not a Jeter in sight)

After a long saga, Forbes reports that the Miami Marlins will finally have a new owner.

According to the outlet, Jorge Mas, the co-founder of MasTech, has bought the team from Jeffrey Loria for $1.17 billion.

the sale was JUST to Jeter’s left

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jetes, marlins

How are the Angels succeeding without Mike Trout?

Quite a few players excelled in Trout’s absence. After struggling up until Trout’s injury, Kole Calhoun has hit .292/.356/.456 with 7 HR. To have some fun with arbitrary endpoints, he had a great month of June, hitting .324/.388/.505. Yunel Escobar came off a hamstring injury on June 1st and started firing on all cylinders, hitting .319/.388/.440. Andrelton Simmons — who is in the midst of his best offensive season and is already worth 4 bWAR — is getting in on the action, too. He has ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

MLB’s All-Surprise Team

First Base: Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
First base has the fiercest competition for the “most surprising” honor, but Smoak, who carried a below-average bat for nearly 3,000 plate appearances before this year, has the slightest edge over his peers. The switch-hitting Blue Jay has already set a career high in homers (23). He’s chopped his strikeout rate almost in half from last season. He’s increased his career WAR from 0.2 to 2.4. He’s navigated the common career path from top prospect to ...

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Now the Marlins Are Suing a Fan to Seize His $725,000 Building

I’m starting to think Jeffrey Loria might be a bad dude.

So how could Loria further embarrass Major League Baseball before the All-Star Game tomorrow? Well, here’s a hell of a good way: by taking a fan to court to try to seize his property.

That’s exactly what the Miami Marlins owner is doing, according to court records obtained by New Times. Loria’s team is suing a fan named Kenneth Sack in Broward County to take a $725,000 building he owns in Oakland Park — all as part of the same ugly ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-10-2017

Tacoma Times, July 10, 1917:

Despite the valiant efforts of Russ Hall, manager of the [Tacoma] Tigers, J.L. Davis, Butte Director, and Pete Jensen, Great Falls director, to keep the Northwestern league afloat, the old circuit last evening gave a final gasp, and sank sputtering beneath the waves of defeat.

The league has “flivvered.” Not because the directors all wanted to. But because D.E. Dugdale, Seattle magnate, was losing money thru his personal unpopularity with Seattle fans, and decided ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Elderly woman flashes bra on big screen at Dodgers game | Daily Mail Online

Please don’t make Rally Grandma a thing. Please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 10:06 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Futures Game players on fast track to MLB | MLB.com

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox: It has to be a matter of when, not if, right? Moncada didn’t follow up his 2016 Futures Game MVP performance this year, but his tools (11 homers, 16 SB) have to be an upgrade over what the White Sox have at second base currently, no?

2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets: See above. Mets fans have been clamoring for Rosario to get called up and he’s making it tough to stay patient as he continues to hit while Jose Reyes is batting .215 in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Acuna, Fisher, Kopech star in Futures Game | MLB.com

And he was only signed for $100,000.

Entering the day hitting .325/.374/.507 since being promoted to Double-A, Acuna cracked the hardest-batted ball of the game, 112.3 mph with a 13-degree launch angle, in the seventh inning off of Royals prospect Foster Griffin. That combination falls for a hit 78 percent of the time, and it was actually the only Barrel of the day—a ball that qualifies as the near-perfect combination of exit velocity and launch angle. Unfortunately for Acuna, center fielder ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Top Rays prospect Brent Honeywell showed off his nasty screwball in the 2017 Futures Game | MLB.com

It was curious the announcers didn’t point out the pitch during the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, futures game, screwball

OTP 10 July 2017: Jim Bunning’s Brethren: Baseball Men Who Went Into Politics

But if Bartolo is anything like Jim Bunning, he could go into politics, following the example of the tall right-hander who passed away on May 26 after 224 wins, 3,760.1 innings, and 23 years in the House and Senate as a representative and later senator from Kentucky.

John Tures, a political scientist at LaGrange College, compiled a list of players who went into politics. As with baseball itself, many have tried, but few succeeded, and certainly none so spectacularly as Bunning, whom the ...

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Team U.S. defeats World in 2017 Futures Game | MLB.com

An entertaining Futures Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game

Sunday, July 09, 2017


As No. 1 Picks Go, Chipper Jones Stands Among Greats | BaseballAmerica.com

Todd Van Poppel, a cautionary tale.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Crippling injuries, Greg Bird mystery dashing Yankees’ season - NY Daily News

Is George back?

Much as the Torres and Fowler injuries were downright heartbreaking, the Bird mystery ankle bruise has become merely annoying. Despite numerous tests that have turned up nothing, Bird continues to insist the ankle is still sore — too sore to allow him to play. The Yankee brass has become exasperated with Bird, who’s never been able to stay healthy, and it has gotten to the point where if he doesn’t get back on the field after the All-Star break, they are prepared to move ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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