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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rangers release Josh Hamilton following another knee injury

It appears the baseball career of Josh Hamilton is, once and for all, done.
Hamilton, rehabbing from a left knee surgery, injured his right knee during rehab and will undergo surgery to repair it. The Rangers on Friday released him from his minor league contract.
Hamilton did not say he definitively planned to retire, but the reality is he will be a free agent at the end of this year, 36 years old and without a major league at-bat for two full seasons.
“I am disappointed but not discouraged ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Jon Lester offers Cubs fan his seats at Wrigley Field | SI.com

Oh, so his dad’s seats aren’t good enough!!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:19 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

Favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Luis Robert | MLB.com

Out of the running
The Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees are limited to signing a player for $300,000 or less during the current signing period, putting those teams out of the running for Robert.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, luis robert

What’s Wrong With Carlos Martinez? It Ain’t The Hair. He Isn’t “Disinterested.” Two Words: Throw Str

Hint: It isn’t because Martinez is “disinterested.”
Over Martinez’ last two starts, we’ve heard team TV broadcasters refer to him as “ambivalent” and “disinterested.” During Martinez’ poor start against the Brewers Thursday night, Al Hrabosky said something about “slapping” Martinez to “wake him up.”
This is so awful on so many levels, it just about leaves me speechless.
But not quite speechless.
Disinterested? In his last two starts Martinez has struck out 33.3 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

Francisco Lindor turned down Indians’ offer | MLB.com

According to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci on Thursday, the Indians’ offer to Lindor during the spring was around $100 million, but the rising star turned down Cleveland’s proposal. There have been no indications that negotiations have continued into the season.

The Indians have the 23-year-old Lindor under contractual control through the 2021 season. The shortstop will not be eligible for arbitration until 2019, putting him on target to hit the open market ahead of his age-28 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2017

Chicago sportswriter Harry Neily, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1917:

Last winter [Honus Wagner] got married. Reports are conflicting, persons friendly to the owners saying that Honus went into the club’s offices and announced in loud voice that he couldn’t take so much money from the club because he couldn’t earn it, due to the infirmities of old age. Others declare that Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pirates grew frugal and cut Wagner’s pay. Whichever is correct, Wagner quit.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thank God It’s OMNICHATTER

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Brewers’ Eric Thames adjusts to attention | MLB.com

He is used to this kind of attention. In South Korea, where Thames averaged 41 home runs over three seasons, fans nicknamed him “God.” He still has a pile of T-shirts somewhere with that word written on them in Korean, a gift Thames sheepishly accepted. He went on a date one night and was out on the street kissing a girl when a fan tapped him on the shoulder and asked for an autograph.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, eric thames

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why MLB’s best young stars will strike it wildly rich in ‘resetting of the market’

The Cleveland Indians tried to extend the contract of shortstop Francisco Lindor before Opening Day, but not even dangling what one source said was a package around $100 million did the trick.

The Chicago Cubs made runs at extending several of their young players this winter, including third baseman Kris Bryant, but according to one source, every one of those efforts “got nowhere.”

cmd600 Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:54 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

A Creative Theater Production Knits Baseball and Politics

Safe at Home is a unique production, staged at St. Paul’s CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, an independent baseball team known for its creative and wacky promotions and for being one of the best fan experiences in baseball. The Saints lent their three-year old park in the heart of St. Paul for Safe at Home. Groups of roughly 25 audience members were brought through nine areas of the stadium, with a seven-minute scene unfolding at each stop along the way. I attended the production ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, st. paul, theater

Brad Ausmus: Tigers fielders to blame after being confused by fan

Two seemingly harmless fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings of the Rays’ 8-7 victory as Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian Kinsler were confused by the shouts from the Tropicana Field stands.

The source of the Tigers’ confusion wasn’t miscommunication between the fielders. If anything, it was overcommunication on the part of a fan in the Tropicana Field stands yelling “I got it!”

“It’s fair game, if you’re a fan. I’m not the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, fans, tigers

Cubs’ John Lackey and Chris Bosio imply Eric Thames is using PEDs

In his post-game press conference, Lackey said (via the Chicago Tribune) that Thames’ home run was “kinda one of those things that makes you scratch your head.” Lackey seemingly very intentionally winked at the reporter who asked him the question.

Bosio appeared on the Mully and Hanley show and was asked about Starling Marte‘s recent suspension after testing positive for Nandrolone. Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports provides the transcript:

Well, the bottom line is [Thames] has hit the ball ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:17 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, eric thames, john lackey, peds

David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle

He may forever be a hero in these parts, but during a time he should have been basking in glory, he instead was a tormented man who battled just to get out of bed.

He would wake up mornings, slam his eye lids shut, wishing he were dead.

“I was depressed. I was always depressed,’’ Freese tells USA TODAY Sports. “I never tried to do anything to myself, but I didn’t care about my life. I didn’t care what would happen to me. It was almost to a point that if this is my time, so be it? ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, david freese, depression, mental health, pirates

Q&A: Daniels on meteoric rise with Rangers

A lot of good stuff in this one.

MLB.com: You let Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent and traded both Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, all three very popular players. Is it difficult—yet necessary—in your job to not let emotion get in the way of making what you feel is the right baseball move?

Daniels: Absolutely. Anybody would agree with that; every team would have to agree with that. It is hard, man, especially when you’ve had success as a group and you want to keep the team together. John ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jon daniels, rangers

How is free swinger Eric Thames crushing his second act?

The problem? He swung at everything. And it almost cost him everything. But he’s back and emerging as the biggest surprise of the 2017 season. How did he climb back for this second act that most players never get?

“Plate discipline,” Thames said, simply. “I learned in Korea that they won’t challenge you as much as they do in the minor leagues and [majors]. And maintaining the strike zone and swinging at strikes, that’s like the ultimate goal for everybody.”

Thames signed with the NC Dinos of ...

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Rob Manfred has a vision to improve baseball and it’s more radical than you think

Maybe the major leagues can borrow from the more joyous fan experiences in Asia and Latin America, even at the risk of adding five minutes to the game. Maybe television broadcasts can shorten commercial breaks by adding ads to a corner of the screen during play. And, yes, maybe the players and coaches could cut back on the in-game caucuses.

“The stuff where nothing is going on – Yadi Molina is making his 93rd trip to the mound, or whoever the catcher is, I don’t mean to pick out a guy ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:23 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, rob manfred

Luis Robert Declared A Free Agent - MLB Trade Rumors

The next big thing is going to the last international player to get paid.

Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, has reportedly drawn wide interest from around the league. Last we checked in, a variety of organizations were planning to take closer scouting looks. If there’s a favorite at this point, it could be the White Sox, though they’d be entering the penalty box by striking a deal with Robert. Numerous other organizations have already blown past their bonus pools, so going on to sign Robert ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international free agents


This royal throne of kings, this sceptered OMNICHATTER

Sale and Syndergaard pitching on the same day? Somebody pinch me!

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 182 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 20, 1917:

Manager Mitchell of the Cubs has ordered the discontinuance of the hit and run play. “I’ll fine anyone who tries it,” says Mitchell—“fine him $100 for the first offense and fire him the second time. I’ve studied that play thoroughly. The odds against its bein a winner are about 70 to 1, and I don’t propose to lose out on the 69 extra chances.”

On one hand, it’s pretty cool and a bit unexpected that managers were studying success rates of plays like this. On the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, strategy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WashEx: Jeb Bush looks to Derek Jeter to help buy Miami Marlins

What a team: Jeter couldn’t go to his left; Jeb! couldn’t go right. Sad!

Once rivals in their pursuit to purchase the Miami Marlins, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is teaming up with retired New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter to bid for the baseball team.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has been entertaining offers for the team, which moved to Miami in 2012 and changed its name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. With Jeter and Bush, New York financier and manager of Quogue ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeb, jeffrey loria, marlins, sad

Angel Pagan to sit out 2017 season

Free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan will sit out the remainder of the season instead of signing with a club, he told Yamaira Muniz Perez of El Vocero on Wednesday. Pagan plans to spend time with family.

Pagan, who turns 36 in July, went unsigned all winter despite rumors of interest from multiple clubs including the Blue Jays, Braves and Nationals. He was connected to the Pirates earlier in the week as a potential replacement for outfielder Starling Marte, who was suspended 80 games for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan

Josh Harrison Got Hit Four Times in a Row

No major-league player, since at least 1974 — not just the Pirates — but no major-league player has been hit by pitches in four straight plate appearances. Anthony Rizzo the last to be hit by pitches in three straight plate appearances.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hit batsmen, hit by a bus, josh harrison

The CB Bucknor Experience | FanGraphs Baseball

Let’s get rid of replay and bad umpires.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

In His 50th Year with the A’s, Steve Vucinish has a lifetime of tales

“Player requests — or, in some cases, demands — are the bane of any clubhouse manager’s existence. Most are accommodated, including the time Red Sox star Clemens asked for a birthday cake for his wife “in the fifth inning!” Vucinich said. When Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight “Dewey” Evans were with Boston, Coors was unavailable east of the Rockies, so they’d have Vucinich pack the luggage truck full of cases.

“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2017

Grantland Rice via the Harrisburg Telegraph, April 19, 1917:

A few days ago we had a long talk with Napoleon Lajoie, the eminent French Batting Eye, about the untrammelled ill-fortune that always followed Cleveland.

“There has never been anything in baseball like it,” he said, “and it has lasted for over fifteen years. There may be no such thing as a Hoodoo—but, whatever it is, it certainly gets on your nerves when you see star players hurt year after year by the queerest sort of accidents and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland, dugout, history, jinx

It’s time for a progressive, smart PED plan in baseball

Is he just trolling?

Take the below quote. This is pure conjecture. He has absolutely no idea what’s going on with players right now.

I usually like Passan but the whole article is filled with stuff like this.

Myth: PEDs are on their way out of baseball.

Truth: Earlier this week, I was on the radio with two really smart hosts, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago, and PEDs came up. I estimated somewhere between two and five guys per clubhouse are using some version of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, starling marte

Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to test out arms, but don’t get hopes up - NY Daily News

This doesn’t sound promising.

And the Mets still don’t know what is wrong with Matz.

Alderson said there is still no clear diagnosis. Team doctors said there was nothing wrong with his surgically-repaired elbow. The lefthander, who went for his own second opinion, said on Opening Day that he has a flexor tendon strain.

So with no clear diagnosis, the Mets are simply handing his rehab on the basis of feel.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Sac Bunting Summary and Redux | MGL on Baseball

MGL discusses the bunt in his unique style.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, bunting, sabermetrics

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