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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tigers face new reality: They’re ready to sell at trade deadline

The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.

Yet, when contacted Monday, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told USA TODAY Sports that no decision had been finalized.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, trade rumors

Handful of teams a trade from winning it all | MLB.com

Is Cueto hurt?

But even with so many teams still in contention, there will be impact players changing teams, possibly several of them. Reds ace Johnny Cueto could be the best, but there is a long list of others, including Cueto’s teammate Mike Leake.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, mets, orioles, trade deadline, trade rumors, yankees

Dolinar: The Use and Frequency of Emoji in MLB Twitter Engagement

Never mind analytics, fire Ruben Amaro Jr. for not adopting the fire emoji.

Emoji

Emoji is the new addition to this round of Twitter analysis. The Rockies had 401 tweets that contained an emoji. While the Rockies tended to use emojis more often than other, they had an entire game where their social-media account tweeted in nothing but emoji, which put them over the top.

In stark contrast, the Royals, who rank last in emoji usage, only managed to tweet an emoji four times.

Fire Emoji

The ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: social media, teams, twitter

OMNICHATTER 7-21-2015

The Ominous OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 226 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Edwin Jackson designated; Soriano called up

Availability yet to be determined

Walt Davis Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, edwin jackson, not that one, rafael soriano

The Best MLB All-Star Teams Ever

Probably the one with the most Royals.

The best All-Star team ever? According to this method, that mantle belongs to the roster that represented the National League in 1966 — and it’s not hard to see why. Sandy Koufax started the game on the mound, to be relieved by Juan Marichal, Jim Bunning and Gaylord Perry — Hall of Famers, all. The starting outfield was outrageous: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente. Ron Santo and Willie McCovey manned the infield corners. Along with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Ex-slugger Hideki Matsui pitching, batting righty in Sunday rec league

“He’s not just a baseball player in Japan; he’s like a deity unto himself,” said Reilly, a bond trader for a bank. “We’ve all followed him since our high school days. So whenever he comes to bat, everybody stops.”

Their everyday lives could not be much different. Team Matsui included a corrections officer, a television cameraman, a human resources manager, accountants, bond traders and a hairdresser.

Still, Matsui treated his teammates Sunday as if they were Derek Jeter and Jorge ...

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eddieot Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hideki matsui

Monday, July 20, 2015

Michael Cuddyer forced out of Mets’ game with balky left knee | Newsday

The Mets had already been seeking an outfielder in the trade market. But their search could intensify if Michael Cuddyer’s balky left knee doesn’t respond well to what he called a last-ditch effort to manage the pain.

If it doesn’t work, Cuddyer will likely land on the disabled list.

The 36-year-old veteran left in the eighth inning of Sunday’s marathon 3-1 win over the Cardinals in 18 innings.

Once again, he felt pain stemming from the bone bruise in his left knee, which has plagued him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2015

Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1915:

[St. Cloud batter Jake Thielman hit a ball which was] driven clear to the fence and hit a rabbit browsing in the long grass. The startled rabbit started for the diamond, touched second base, sped along the base line a few jumps ahead of Thielman, rounded third base on account of the fans on the side line, and dashed across the home plate with the local player hard on his heels.

“If we’d had another base to go,” said Thielman, “I would have had to tell the ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But ...

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Cole Hamels’ scuffles continue amid trade talk | MLB.com

This doesn’t help his trade value, part 2.

If Cole Hamels made his final start for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, it will be a forgettable conclusion to a memorable career.

Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one in just three innings in an 8-7 victory over the Marlins, which gave the Phillies their first series sweep since May. Hamels’ poor effort Sunday followed his July 10 start at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he allowed a career-high nine runs in 3 1/3 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Johnny Cueto has rare rough outing vs. Indians | reds.com

This does not help his trade value.

“You have a better chance of coming out and seeing him throw a one-hit shutout then you have him walking six guys and walking in some guys with the bases loaded,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was just a bad day.”
“I feel really well today, I feel outstanding today,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “But things happen. This is what happened. I don’t think [very often] in my career I’ve walked six batters in one game. It just happened. Things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds

Rieper: White Sox announcer Ed Farmer is not a fan of the Royals

Is Farmer’s goal to make Harrelson look sympathetic by comparison?

Years later, Cowens, as a member of the Tigers, would face Farmer, then with the White Sox. Cowens had not forgotten about what had happened. On a routine grounder, Cowens ran straight for the pitchers mound. Cowens landed a few punches, even ripping Farmer’s nostrils in a bench-clearing brawl. The brawl was so violent, it led to charges being filed, potentially preventing Cowens from returning to Chicago until Farmer agreed to ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: announcer, announcing, royals, white sox

Canada defends Pan Am baseball gold in wild finish against Americans

With Canada and the U.S. tied 4-4 after nine innings, the game entered the Pan Ams’ tiebreaker twilight zone. As per the tournament’s unusual extra-inning rules, each team started the 10th with runners at first and second with none out, while hitting from any spot in the batting order.
As the terms of the tiebreak were announced, boos rained down from the sold-out Ajax crowd, who had just taken in an entertaining, see-saw battle between the baseball rivals.

BrianBrianson Posted: July 20, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: canada

Sunday, July 19, 2015

OMNICHATTER 7-20-2015

The 18-Inning-Hangover OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 19, 2015 at 11:24 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Padres Rained Out At Home

For the first time since the Padres started playing baseball in San Diego, they had a home game rained out in July. Sunday afternoon’s weather stopped the scheduled game between the Padres and Rockies in the top of the 5th inning (Colorado was leading 1-0).
...
The last rainout at Petco Park came on April 4 of 2006, a span of 820 home games.
This series we saw the first time a game in our town has ever even been DELAYED by weather in the month of July. The only other July delay in San Diego ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 19, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Sunday Notes: Maybin, Gordon, Harris, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Clint Barmes hits go-ahead homer in Padres win | MLB.com

In the eighth inning of the Padres’ 5-4 win over the Rockies, Barmes jumped on a fastball from reliever Tommy Kahnle, pulling a screamer nearly into the visiting dugout.

Anxious and excited, batting in a tied game with a runner on first base, Barmes stepped out of the box, took a deep breath and gathered himself before proceeding with the at-bat.

“It was backing off and not trying to do too much,” he said afterwards.

Instead, the Padres’ shortstop actually did a lot, hitting a two-run home ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres


LOVERRO: Frank Robinson slighted during MLB’s ‘Greatest Living Players’ salute - Washington Times

Imagine how Roger Clemens feels.

Frank Robinson used to joke that if he knew it would be such a big deal to have 600 career home runs and 3,000 hits, he would have played a few more games.

Well, Frank, maybe you were right. It turns out that 586 career home runs and 2,943 hits, along with 1,812 runs batted in, Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, a Triple Crown, five pennants and two World Series titles wasn’t enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: frank robinson, orioles

Former Carp, Eagles manager Brown gets best of both worlds through scouting for Nationals | The Japan Times

“I’m really here to see everybody, but I thoroughly enjoy watching Otani play, whether he is in the lineup hitting third or if he’s pitching. He’s got electric stuff and exciting velocity, but he’s got to become more of a pitcher than a thrower,” Brown said of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star player.

“Fujinami I’ve seen in his two years a pro, where he’s been indecisive on the mound with not much poise, working really slow, and then I’ve seen him with a great ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Tampa Bay prospect Brent Honeywell pitches four-hit shutout for Charlotte Stone Crabs | MiLB.com

A complete game 107 pitch start is something that doesn’t happen in the minors very often.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, rays

Padres, Astros have held preliminary trade discussions on starting pitchers | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Sources told the Union-Tribune that the Padres and the Astros have held preliminary talks on starting pitchers, with right-handers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner believed to be among those mentioned. There are no indications of anything imminent, and one source said the two sides had not spoken on the subject since early this month.

Reds ace Johnny Cueto is the top trade target for the Astros, the Houston Chronicle reported late last month, not least because his impending free agency could make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, padres, trade rumors

Video: Kershaw strikes out 14 | MLB.com

He was nasty last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Angels’ Garrett Richards shuts out Red Sox | MLB.com

If Richards is back to where he was last year, Houston may be in trouble.

“I think that one of the best-kept secrets is really how our rotation’s doing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our rotation has given us a chance to win the lion’s share of starts we’ve had this year. The last couple of games are indicative of the way they threw in the first half.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Reds front office waiting for offers

The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.

Nobody has bought yet. But it will happen. It’s a matter of how many players will go.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Pirates notebook: No clear alternative to Alvarez ... yet | TribLIVE

Alvarez is the only Pirates regular who has produced negative Wins Above Replacement (-0.4) — in part because of his defensive struggles. Pirates first basemen have combined for -1.4 WAR, ranking 29th in the majors.
On Friday, a routine groundball went under Alvarez’s glove for his 15th error of the season, the most by a first baseman since Prince Fielder committed 15 in 2011. By any measure, traditional or advanced, Alvarez ranks as the worst defensive first baseman in baseball this season.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pedro alvarez, pirates

OMNICHATTER 7-19-15

The OMNICHATTER for Sunday is here! So… chatter up!

Gamingboy Posted: July 19, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Grantland: New Order: What’s Behind the Sudden Surge in Pitchers Batting Eighth?

Despite that ambivalence and the lineup studies, the industry as a whole has embraced the eighth-place pitcher to an unprecedented degree this season. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only 861 games since 1914 have featured a starting pitcher in the second-to-last lineup spot. Almost 20 percent of those games have come in 2015. [...]

This season, though, there have been 162 games in which the pitcher batted eighth,1 putting us on pace to shatter the 2008 record of 222. Even more ...

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bobm Posted: July 18, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: batting order, cubs, lineups

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