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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sports on Earth: The Subway Series’ Best

A fun retrospective on some of the players and moments that have been part of the New York-New York series since the start of interleague play.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 18, 2015 at 01:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giambi, matsui, mets, piazza, subway series, teixeira, wright, yankees

It’s Now the New York Mets’ City as Crucial Subway Series Begins | Bleacher Report

Shouldn’t Subway be the sponsor or this series?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Starter Mat Latos, acquired July 30, designated for assignment by Dodgers

Money to burn….

Pitcher Mat Latos will not finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team designated him for assignment on Thursday.

Latos, a right-hander who arrived from the Miami Marlins as part of a 13-player trade on July 30, has struggled in almost all of his appearances since the trade. He finishes his time with the Dodgers with an 0-3 record, 6.66 ERA and 31 hits allowed in 24⅓ innings.

Latos is set for free agency this offseason after signing a one-year deal with ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mat latos



Gamingboy Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rival major league scouts sound off on the state of Seattle’s Mariners | The News Tribune

Not very complimentary.

Is there a viable in-house partner for catcher Mike Zunino?

“Is that a serious question?” one scout asked. “If they had a truly legit guy anywhere in the system, they’d have sent Zunino to the minors in May.”

From another: “They had that guy in (Welington) Castillo, and they traded him (to Arizona). Now, I’m a (Mark) Trumbo guy. I’d rather have Trumbo (than Castillo) unless I really needed a catcher. They really need a catcher.”

From a third: “They ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 18, 1915:

Umpire Rigler gave the double-header [between the Pirates and Giants] an unusual feature when he chased 19 New York players including Manager John McGraw to the club house for their actions following a disputed strike decision in the second game.
Grant flied out, and as he was passing Umpire Rigler on the way to the New York bench he made some remarks to the official. A few minutes later, Rigler halted the game and gave McGraw the sign to leave ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cy rigler, dugout, history, umpshow

Rewind: Beane says Semien could fit anywhere on the diamond | CSN Bay Area

His improved play might not be enough to keep him at the position, however.

But it’s really been a tale of two halves for the East Bay native. Just six of those errors have come in the 51 games since the All-Star break. In watching Semien on a regular basis, it’s clear he’s handling shortstop with more confidence and fluidity over the second half. His athleticism has been on display on some highlight-worthy plays recently, including a terrific stop in the hole against the White Sox on ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Rangers complete four-game sweep of Astros |

This was not a pretty series for the Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers

MLB Makes Major Change For Cuban Players -

It looks like Cuban players will be getting fast-tracked.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NY Times: Omar Minaya’s Fingerprints Are All Over These Mets

Let’s take a stroll around the current Mets infield. That big power-hitting lug Lucas Duda at first base? He was a Minaya-era draft pick, as was second baseman Daniel Murphy, whose hands are iron-coated but whose bat is gold-plated. Shortstop Ruben Tejada, completing a smart comeback year, was a find from Panama.

Wilmer Flores, Citi Field’s own Fountain of Tears, plays shortstop and second and swings a handsome bat. Minaya’s scouts signed Flores in Venezuela when he was 16.

Minaya’s ...

bobm Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets, omar minaya

Jung Ho Kang out for season after takeout slide

This stinks.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will need season-ending surgery after a takeout slide at second base against the Chicago Cubs earlier on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the season, as first reported by Dejan Kovacevic of

The play in question was a double play ground ball to second base in the top of the first inning by Anthony Rizzo. Chris Coghlan slid hard into the shortstop Kang as he turned the double play. Kang was removed from the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:13 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jung ho kang, pirates

Theo Epstein says he proposed making MLB’s Wild Card a best-of-three series | For The Win

Don’t like having your season decided by one game? Win your division. I greatly prefer this setup to the old one where the only drawback was one less playoff game.

And so the Cubs, even if they end up with a better record against better competition than the majority of division winners, will likely see their season reduced to a single road game in Pittsburgh. And the Pirates, for owning the second-best record in the sport despite playing the Cardinals 18 times, risk seeing their postseason end ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, playoffs, wild card

Milo Hamilton, HOF Broadcaster passes away at 88.

Milo Hamilton, who was behind the microphone for Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run and later spent decades as the voice of the Astros, has died. He was 88.

spanx for the memories Posted: September 17, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: houston astros


Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded for Johnson, Mat Latos and Wood. Latos still hasn’€™t won a game, and Wood had pitched poorly before Wednesday night. Johnson’€™s been a disaster.

Oh, and the Dodgers are 7 ½ games ahead of the Giants.

Their big moves didn’€™t work at all, and all they’€™ve done is run away and hide.

Which should be the real takeaway here.

The Mets would have a big lead without Cespedes, the Royals without Zobrist; granted, both teams will probably be thrilled to have ...


Yoenis Cespedes to Mets: Dombrowski recounts his side of story

The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”

“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, mets, tigers, trade, yoenis cespedes

Roberto Clemente day should focus on importance of Latinos to baseball.

Major League Baseball this week announced the 30 nominees for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. The announcement came two days before the 14th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which will be observed Wednesday at parks across the big league circuit

spanx for the memories Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pittsburgh pirates

Cubs poised to return to the postseason, thanks to Theo Epstein | NBC SportsWorld

In the GM portion of our links today…Theo Epstein.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

A Q&A with Dave Dombrowski

In the GM portion of our links today…Dave Dombrowski.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:31 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox


Hey, Murray, is there room in your basement for Lupica and Madden? Can Mike and Bill munch on your Fruit Loops or must they bring their own boxes?

A “Keeping Score” column in The New York Times last week caught my attention with this start to a sentence: “While batting average may no longer hold much sway…”

Written by Benjamin Hoffman, the piece was about Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets’ surprising sensation, and his chances of winning the National League most valuable player ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:25 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, get off my lawn, murray chass, old coot, statistics

Biggest offseason questions |

Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, free agency, giants, mariners, mets, orioles, white sox

Are the New York Mets mismanaging Matt Harvey?

This is my concern. A one-time skip in the rotation can be a nice breather. Throwing less pitches per start, especially with so many breaks in between, might increase his risk of being injured if he’s later pushed in the playoffs. Why? Not throwing as much over the last few weeks of the season will ultimately reduce his overall strength and stamina.

We did an informal survey of a group of sports-medicine professionals, a couple of whom would not agree to be interviewed about a player who isn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets


I guess in his view the drop in homers since testing started is purely coincidental.

Those leading the PED witch hunts now have to cope with the fact that the Brewers’ right fielder hasn’t tanked post-PEDs. This poses significant problems for the PED narrative. How does one hold that Braun’s numbers during his prime were a sham, now that he’s once again performing near his career norms? Does one plug one’s ears and ignore this season? Does one push in all the chips and baselessly ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, ryan braun

Francisco Lindor leading Indians by example |

One of many exciting young shortstops in the game right now. Lindor has been better with the bat than expected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

The Dodgers aren’t really going to start Jimmy Rollins over Corey Seager, are they? -

I can’t see how the Dodgers could take Seager out of the lineup right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, jimmy rollins

Chris Davis would have a powerful effect here - The Boston Globe

No, no, no, no, no. Don’t get me wrong. I like Davis. I won’t like the Red Sox being tied to another big contract.

(And, FYI Nick, despite Ortiz’s production this year, he can’t go on like this forever.)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, red sox

Full Count » Red Sox Minor League Notebook: 2015 end of year power rankings, No.’s 1-5

With the way the team has played recently and the amount of talent in the farm system, I can’t help but feel Cherington did not deserve his fate.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Prince Fielder giving Rangers a crucial boost |

Vintage Fielder could decide the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

Anibal Sanchez’s shoulder checks out OK |

All is good then.

The Tigers received good news on right-hander Anibal Sanchez Wednesday after his consultation with Dr. James Andrews. The noted orthopedic surgeon examined Sanchez’s sore right rotator cuff on Wednesday and saw no major structural damage.

“All good,” Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato, said in a text message. “He said the shoulder looked great.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-17-2015

Keokuk Daily Gate City, September 17, 1915:

A copy of a Denver paper with a story of the Labor day baseball games there between Denver and Lincoln has been sent to The Gate City and has some interesting dope on Snooks McGaffigan, former Indian shortstop. In the first contest McGaffigan made three hits, a double, a triple, and a home run. In the second game he made three hits and two runs.

This performance was in no way historically significant, but “Snooks McGaffigan” is a wonderful name and I ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, snooks mcgaffigan

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