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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Politician Who Cooked Up Horrid Braves Stadium Deal Gets Voted Out Of Office

If torches and pitchforks were socially acceptable…

As chairman of Cobb County, Tim Lee helped oversee the deal that put Cobb County taxpayers on the hook for almost half a billion dollars to finance the Braves’ new stadium. Not only has the new traffic nightmare of a ball park depleted the county’s public parks fund and ushered in a new wave of sinister legislation, residents never even got to vote on it or voice dissent at county meetings. Lee made the case that he needed to push the deal ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, braves

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 27, 1916:

RED SOX PITCHER, ACCUSED OF USING BEANBALL, SAYS NO HURLER DELIBERATELY TRIES TO HIT AN OPPONENT

“The beanball will always be a part of the game,” said [Carl] Mays, who has punctured five men this season. “I don’t believe there’s a pitcher in any league in the country who ever deliberately tried to hit a batsman. No man’s arm is as true as a rifle.”
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“Some [batters] ‘choke up’ to within two inches of the plate instead of sticking within the six-inch boundary ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, carl mays, dugout, history

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors | MLB.com

Rumors galore.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade value

Rangers recall top prospect Joey Gallo | MLB.com

Will he make enough contact to take advantage of all that power?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

OMNICHATTER 7-27-16

Keep OMNICHATTER out of the Olympics. Mainly because OMNICHATTER isn’t a sport. Heck, it’s not even a real word.

Gamingboy Posted: July 27, 2016 at 12:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Keep baseball out of the Olympics (and softball too)

Baseball doesn’t need to come back to the Olympics. No one missed it and the only people initially mad about its removal seemed reflexively so, as if stung by the initial insult before realizing the insignificance of such a move. There was no uproar when it was taken out. Wrestling, the ultimate niche sport, practically revolted when it initially was removed from the Olympic program and fought hard to maintain its status. Baseball and softball left with a few sad quotes from players and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: olympics

Reflections On A Weekend With The Baseball Gods

What in the name of Ty Cobb was I doing there, you ask? Good question. I was there to humbly accept the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually to someone who’s covered baseball for a long time. But let’s get this straight: The lucky baseball scribe who accepts the award is not “inducted” or “enshrined.” The writer is not a Hall of Famer. That title is reserved for players, managers, and the occasional owner or general manager who has had a seismic impact on the game…

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Schedule, free-agent compensation among issues on the table between MLB, union | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bring back the doubleheader.

Options include shortening the 162-game schedule, which takes place across 183 days, but that step will create pushback from owners who lose home gates and the amount of product they can exhibit when negotiating new TV contracts.

“There are ways to produce more off days in the schedule,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at a meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America at the All-Star Game. “Some of those have very significant economic ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Statcast: Bradley Jr. hits 101 | MLB.com

101.1 MPH. You don’t see this every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-26-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 26, 1916:

A fight between Johnny Evers of the [Braves] and Rolla [sic] Zeider of the Chicago team enlivened the game [in Boston yesterday], which Chicago won, 3 to 2, in 11 innings. This was the first home game for Evers since suspended by President Tener. After an argument with Zeider, Evers hit him and punched him with a bat.

According to Dennis Snelling’s book Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, Evers argued with the umpire after a called third strike, Zeider ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, johnny evers


Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Mike Mayers. | Sports on Earth

What happens when your dream comes true but turns into a nightmare?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, debuts, mike mayers

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Describes His Journey To Baseball’s Top Position - Fortune

You can hear about Manfred in a series of podcasts at the link.

Manfred’s entry to the sport, as he describes it, was a fluke. After doing well on a pension case — “one of the driest areas of law that you can imagine,” Manfred said — he got rewarded with a more compelling baseball assignment, and eventually joined the league as EVP for labor relations and HR in 1998.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners, rob manfred

Angels slugger Albert Pujols racks up RBIs | angels.com

Albert Pujols is bringing the RBI back.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Statcast: Dickerson’s two-run HR | MLB.com

This is a homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Law: Cubs pay a heavy price for Aroldis Chapman, on and off the field - Keith Law Blog- ESPN

Keith Law makes the case for banning players who are involved in domestic violence incidents.

Of course, I’m on record as opposing any team’s decision to acquire and pay a player with a domestic violence incident in his past, especially his recent past. I criticized the Yankees for trading for Chapman in December and expressed my disappointment in the Mets for picking up Jose Reyes and minimizing what he did in describing his own domestic violence incident.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Chris Sale talks about White Sox suspension | MLB.com

I’m sorry. Where was the apology? FYI, Chris all those silly promotions help pay your salary. Grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Blue Jays reportedly deal for Melvin Upton Jr. | MLB.com

What a day for the Padres. Not matter what they get for him, just getting rid of that contract is a wonderful accomplishment.

According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto has agreed to acquire Upton from the Padres for a Class A prospect and the deal could be finalized today. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the deal.

Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres likely would have to cover some of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton, jr.

OMNICHATTER 7-26-16

The “I’m Slipping Lately” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yoo Chang-sik under police investigation for match-fixing

Say it ain’t you, Yoo. Say it ain’t Yoo.

South Korean police say they have investigated a baseball player who confessed to his team about match-fixing.

The investigation of Yoo Chang-sik, a left-handed pitcher for the Kia Tigers, came four days after prosecutors indicted two other players on match-fixing allegations.

According to police, Yoo told investigators Monday that he deliberately allowed walks in the first innings during two games in 2014 when he was playing for the Hanwha Eagles.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 05:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, korean league

OMNICHATTER 7-25-16

The OMNICHATTER to end all OMNICHATTERS.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 03:40 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Will Hall of Fame’s new election rules help former Tigers?

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker remain three of the most controversial candidates for the Hall. All three have their camps of support, but none of them can be elected by the baseball writers, for separate reasons.

Wahoo Sam Posted: July 25, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell, hall of fame, jack morris, lou whitaker

Yankees deep in trade talks: Aroldis Chapman for Cubs stud | New York Post

Torres would be a good get, although there is a question whether he’ll outgrow shortstop.

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, gleyber torres, trade rumors, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-25-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 25, 1916:

The assault on Umpire George Johnston at the [Toledo] baseball park Sunday will result in the elimination of pop bottles, according to Manager Bresnahan. A paper substitute will be used.

Johnson was knocked unconscious by one of fifty or more bottles thrown from the stands when the spectators were dissatisfied with a decision which meant defeat for the home club.

The arbiter left the hospital yesterday with several stitches in the back of his head where the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

Rockies will promote prospect David Dahl | MLB.com

It might only be a short-term call-up, depending on trades and performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, rockies

White Sox problems always more interesting than other teams’ problems - Chicago Tribune

When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.

Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.

“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Every Picture Tells a Story: The Stick « Our Game

The trade card shown at the left is part of a six-card series contrasting “New Style” (1880s) and “Old Style” (1870s). Depicting “The Scorer,” it casts light on an old mystery that I referenced many moons ago in my book Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:

We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Big Love: An Oral History of David Ortiz

Red Sox Nation adores David Ortiz.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

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