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Sunday, April 26, 2015

4-26-2015 OMNICHATTER

The ESPN game of the week this week is… Mets-Yankees.

Talk about that and every other game here in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: April 26, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: April 25, 2015 at 07:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, obituaries

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back | MLB.com

Not good news for the Marlins or Yelich.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas | MLB.com

The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, suspensions, white sox

The emergence of Matt Harvey 3.0—and a matchup vs A-Rod - NY Daily News

His absence had a very different cause than Harvey’s, and his best years are long past. But when A-Rod steps into the box against the new king of New York baseball, we will see two men, born elite and gifted at creating buzz, competing for the first time. It will be riveting.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, yankees

Minor League Ball Gameday - Saturday, April 25th - Minor League Ball

Here’s an interesting utility to help track top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Source: Angels close to trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers | FOX Sports

This sounds workable.

Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

4-25-2015 OMNICHATTER

The “Day After Felix Day” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 25, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 24, 2015

Giants Splash: Patience with McGehee, and who goes when Pence returns - San Francisco Chronicle

I am not a fan of Casey McGehee, who only has 42 plate appearances. The Giants will give him more time, though, as they should.

1. How long will Bochy go with Casey McGehee when Matt Duffy is raring to go on the bench?

You know the Bochy/Giants drill by now. McGehee was targeted in trade to be the third baseman. The front office wanted him for a reason, and they certainly are not make a statement against McGehee by benching him one-eighth of the way through te season.

There is a pecking order ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mcgehee, giants, hunter pence

Baseball Savant: Your Source For Advanced MLB Statistics

More good stuff from BaseballSavant.com.

Top 5 weakest hit pitchers
1 Sale 81.9 MPH
2 Wainwright 83.14
3 Chen 83.33
4 Collmenter 83.65
5 Keuchel 84

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Josh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com

No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Cuban-born Jose Fernandez becomes U.S. citizen

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….

“This is one of ...

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Oh, Barry Bonds, How Could We Have Doubted You? - NYTimes.com

You won’t like Juliet Macur when she’s angry.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, rants

Andrew Miller hasn’t faced a lefty hitter yet

I don’t know how whether this is very odd or not but I noticed Andrew Miller has yet to face a lefty batter in the seven games that he’s pitched. 29 plate appearances, all against right-handed batters. Even without facing a lefty, he’s been dominant. .

Graphic of Andrew Miller's splits

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2015

Syndicated columnist Hugh Fullerton in the Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1915:

Here is Ty Cobb’s newest play—and his most daring one.

Cobb is on first when the ball was bunted. The throw is made to second, but Cobb beats it and, without stopping, starts for third. The batter meantime turns first. Cobb reaches third by a narrow squeak and the batter lands in safety on second.

Every time Cobb has tried it so far this year—it was quite a part of the training trip—he has been put out by a foot or ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Earl Weaver had it right: Emotion must take back seat to common sense | FOX Sports

When wasn’t he right?

Weaver was right.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, ned yost, royals, yordano ventura

Alex Guerrero in Dodgers lineup for series finale vs. Giants - LA Times

The Dodgers need to find a way to ride out Guerrero’s hot streak, even if the thought irritates Mattingly.

Asked if he considered making Guerrero the starting third baseman and Uribe his late-inning defensive replacement, Mattingly mentioned Turner again.

“Where does J.T. fit in your plan?” Mattingly snapped. “Does he not play? Should he not start and then somebody come in for him? I know the people are chanting for Alex right now, but there’s other guys too that probably have swung the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers


At Trop, Tampa Mayor also waiting for chance to talk stadium

Before and after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, with gusto, on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn chatted with team president Brian Auld and other Rays officials.

That level of banter is about all they can do for now, at least until St. Petersburg and the Rays work out a deal for them to discuss stadium sites on the other side of the bridges. Those talks are on hold, likely until after the season, after the St. Pete City Council rejected the last proposal.

“We still are willing to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium, tampa

For ballpark design, it could be different game in future - Chicago Tribune

Seats with touchscreen monitors? Sorry but what is this guy smoking? There is barely room (and sometimes no room) for cup holders. With smartphones, why would you even need a monitor?

Nor does NYU sports business professor Robert Boland. But he can envision seats with touchscreen monitors being installed, giving spectators access to the producer’s feed from the truck along with more statistics and maybe even bringing gambling to the stands.

“Or some sort of interactive community where (you can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

4-24-2015 OMNICHATTER

The “Kansas City Royals turn to the Dark Side” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM | 126 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yodano Ventura sparks Brawl

That Brett Lawrie sure gets around.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, kansas city royals

Kozma takes disdain from Nats’ fans as a compliment

He feeds upon your rage.

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: @# pete kozma, cardinals, kozma, nationals

Slate.com: WAR Means This

The art of sabermetrics—first brought to the mainstream by Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, Moneyball—is, essentially, the math of baseball. Since the book’s publication, a new breed of baseball personnel—such as the Cubs’ Theo Epstein (formerly of the Red Sox) and Boston’s Ben Cherington—have followed in Oakland A’s general manager and Moneyball star Billy Beane’s footsteps, and the way a winning team is built has changed fundamentally.

The most crucial statistic to understanding ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

How to Cloak Your DNS to watch the Dodgers on MLB.TV

The most subversive thing I’ve ever read in the LA Times.  Columnist Chris Erskine gives detailed instructions on how to mask your DNS to watch Dodger games on MLB.TV, avoiding antiquated blackout rules and telling Time Warner cable to…..well, who needs them anymore?

pthomas Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mlbtv, television

Seth Myers visits Yankee Stadium

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, seth myers, yankee stadium, yankees

Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

What are the odds?

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, banishment, pete rose, reds, rob manfred

The early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced

You’ll recall Major League Baseball’s “Franchise Four” thing, in which fans vote for “the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise” and some overall categories as well… here are the results thus far:

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, franchise four, history

Posnanski: The Best Pitcher In Baseball History

Poz’s selection may angry up the blood.

How good was Roger Clemens? Well, yesterday I pointed out that his career is better than Sandy Koufax and Johan Santana.

But Matthew Namee — who was once Bill James’ research assistant — does me one better. He sent Tom Tango a comparison that shows that Roger Clemens is, basically, Sandy Koufax PLUS Pedro Martinez, the two greatest short-career pitchers in the game’s history.

How does he figure that? Start with Pedro:

Clemens in Boston: 81 WAR, ...

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