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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sports talk host Michael Felger is brash and cranky, but we can’t stop listening - The Boston Globe

Ah, some of us can. This show is all that is bad about sports talk radio.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: radio, red sox

Roster maneuvering would give Yankees ideal rotation setup | New York Post

Six starters isn’t a good idea.

Because these Yankees, as they try to capture their first American League East title since 2012, will be best served with a six-man rotation as long as all six of their current options remain healthy. Actually, going with six represents the Yankees’ optimal likelihood of keeping all six guys, not a one of whom lacks concern about either health or innings limits, active and productive.

“In theory, it sounds great,” Girardi said before the Yankees fell short ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Andrew Benintendi, one year later: How Boston Red Sox stud OF has managed peaks and valleys since MLB debut | masslive.com

Since April, Benintendi has been a first-hand witness to the growing pains of the majors.

The 23-year-old hasn’t been able to find a groove at the plate all season, hitting .204 in May, .295 in June, then .222 in July.

“I feel like this year especially it’s been more frustrating because obviously these pitchers have got a scouting report on me and I’ve got one on them and it’s just this game of going back and forth,” Benintendi said. “Definitely still learning how people try to pitch me and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Texas Rangers: Does road the Rangers appear to be heading down lead to the eventual departure of Adrian Beltre? | SportsDay

“Yes, it absolutely would change my mind,” Beltre said Tuesday before the Rangers hit three long home runs and still lost 8-7 to Seattle. “At this stage of my career, I’m not here for a rebuild. But I don’t think it will be. I think there is a possibility of this team playing better this year. I’m still focused on this year and don’t want to think about it right now, but it would change things for me.”

General manager Jon Daniels said bluntly Tuesday that Beltre need not worry.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-2-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 2, 1917:

Dr. Richard C. Hoblitzel, first baseman of the Boston American League baseball team, has volunteered and undergone examination for a commission in the dental reserve corps, it was announced today. Dr. Hoblitzel said he was uncertain when he was likely to be called.

Just your everyday “quality starting first baseman in his late 20s going to France to be a military dentist” story.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Must C: Jackson robs homer | MLB.com

They don’t get better than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: austin jackson, indians, red sox, video

Mariners hang on in Texas to win 4th straight | MLB.com

The first home does seem understated at 465 feet.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, videos

Jeff Passan Interview with Doug Gottlieb | FOX Sports Radio

Don’t look into the light. Things were not good between them on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: trolling

Tuesday, August 01, 2017



Hochman: Molina posts another Instagram message, Internet responds | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

Tell me again about Matheny being secure in his position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 01:53 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 1, 1917:

Ping Bodie says he was chatting with [Walter] Johnson one day and remarked that if Johnson would fire one every now and then close to the batter’s skull, few would stay up to the plate and try to get a hit. This is what Johnson said:

“No, Ping; I never tried to hit any batter, and I never will. The minute any manager tries to get me to hurl one at a batter’s head, that quick I will cut that team. If I cannot beat them honestly, I will lose.”

Between Johnson and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history, walter johnson

Prospect Trade Analysis - Minor League Ball

John Sickels and his team break down all the deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trade deadline

Mariners’ Jerry Dipoto pat at Trade Deadline | MLB.com

If only Dipoto was willing to make a deal…

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

One drunken mistake can change your life forever. Just ask Toronto Blue Jays fan Ken Pagan

You might not recognize Pagan’s name, but if you’re even a casual follower of baseball, you know what he did.

Last October, during the seventh inning of the American League wild card game between the Jays and the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, a beer can flung from the stands nearly hit an Orioles outfielder in the middle of play.

Sports commentary tends to embrace hyperbole, so let’s just say it felt like the Lob Heard Around the World…

But there’s a disconnect ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2017 at 11:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, fan behavior

Cardinals can’t find a deal they’re comfortable making | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

We haven’t run from the fact that we mentioned or talked about adding an additional bat to the lineup,” Mozeliak said. “We were unable to find a partner that was willing to do that. … We approached it as we were open to any ideas. We talked about what it might look like to move a player, and we also looked at what it would be to add players. It wasn’t that we were driven to do one or the other. In a broad sense, we definitely had trial balloons going up on all different fronts. Small ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Olney: Grading the 2017 trade deadline - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN ($)

This may be true for most teams but it’s not true for all teams. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s not easy. Teams with the most resources (including brain power) can, and should, do both.

The other day, an evaluator talking about the landscape of the trade market cited the essential purpose for the trade deadline: Either you advance and attack your weaknesses, or you retreat strategically. As best they can within their context, teams should either work to improve their playoff hopes or they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Cleveland Indians Scribbles: Why it was wise to keep Francisco Mejia—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Some of the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

11. Did you notice that Lucroy was traded by Texas to Colorado for ... get this ... a player to be named later! Heading towards free agency, Lucroy is batting .242 (.635 OPS) with four homers and 27 RBI. The two-time All-Star catcher had an awful season at a very bad time. Remember that Mejia, Yu Chang, Greg Allen and Scott Armstrong were all headed to Milwaukee in the deal for Lucroy last July. He vetoed it and was later traded to Texas.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Orioles’ core mission: Make the playoffs - Baltimore Sun

de·lu·sion·al
dəˈlo͞oZH(ə)nəl
adjective

characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.
“hospitalization for schizophrenia and delusional paranoia”
based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.
“their delusional belief in the project’s merits never wavers”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Nats trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler | MLB.com

After months of bullpen woes and closer changes to begin the season, the Nats continued their bullpen overhaul by trading for right-hander Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. He becomes the third reliever Washington has acquired this month, as it sent left-hander Tyler Watson, who was its No.17 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, and international bonus money to Minnesota.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon kintzler, nationals, twins

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Love the way the data is presented.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Inside the frenzied 12 minutes that led to the Dodgers’ deal for Yu Darvish

Unique isn’t a synonym for flawed.

A few days earlier, the Rangers insisted a deal for Darvish include one of Los Angeles’ two best prospects, pitcher Walker Buehler or outfielder Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers refused to consider either, a position on which they held firm in all offers. Texas eventually softened its stance and considered a deal around Willie Calhoun, one of the most unique prospects in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade deadline, yu darvish

Yankees are all in and the baseball world feels right again | New York Post

If the Yankees were “all in” Yu Darvish would be pitching for them this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

Jim Callis on prospects traded on Deadline day | MLB.com

A prospect breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Dodgers add Yu Darvish to talented rotation | MLB.com

That’s what the Dodgers paid for, anyway: upside. They didn’t need Darvish, not really. They were just fine without him, which is why they weren’t willing to give up their top trio of prospects to get him. But this is clearly their year, and they weren’t about to let this year’s team head into October without every possible asset at their disposal. If Darvish adds value in October, the deal will be worth it. If he doesn’t? They might be good enough anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yu darvish

Ken Rosenthal - All you buyers who remained disciplined, refused to succumb to the emotions….

Kenny, Kenny, Kenny. The idea that being disciplined is stupid is…stupid. Overpaying for incremental improvements squanders assets.

The Astros and the Dodgers are looking to be the 90’s Braves not the 2003 Marlins. The Dodgers and Astros? Wait didn’t the Dodgers make the big deal? They made a deal but they traded away fungible assets. They didn’t trade any top prospects. Instead, they stayed disciplined and waited for a deal where they could give fair value to acquire a helpful rental.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:23 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dodgers trade for Yu Darvish, bolster bullpen | MLB.com

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz, who was the team’s No. 21-ranked prospect, to the Pirates for Watson.

and

The Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another [Hendrik Clementina] to the Reds for Cingrani, 28. Cingrani was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2011, and he will not be eligible for free agency until 2020. He has a 5.40 ERA in 25 games. He missed May with an oblique strain, and he has allowed nine earned runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, pirates, reds, trades

Orioles trade for infielder Tim Beckham | MLB.com

Why, why, why??

Infielder Tim Beckham has been traded by the Rays to the Orioles for young right-hander Tobia Myers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays, tim beckham

Mets to recall phenom Amed Rosario on Tuesday | MLB.com

The reaction of Mets fans.

via GIPHY

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Dodgers acquire right-hander Yu Darvish from Rangers

The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in baseball, have acquired right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports.

Los Angeles landed perhaps the biggest name available right at the trade deadline on Monday. The Rangers will receive three minor-leaguers, but one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, outfielder Alex Verdugo, will not be part of the deal, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 31, 2017 at 04:44 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darvish, dodgers, rangers, trade

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