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Monday, August 14, 2017

Astros acquire Clippard from White Sox

Buying low on Clippard.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, trades, tyler clippard, white sox

COONEY: Odubel Herrera’s continued mistakes could cause a stinky situation for Pete Mackanin | Kevin Cooney | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Perhaps it’s because the Phillies coaching brass as a group now is resigned to the fact that “Odubel being Odubel” means having to swallow these kinds of brain fart moments every once in a while.

“I’d prefer, instead of looking at all the positives and the negatives, I prefer to say that he’s more positive than negative and if you look back on the last six, seven weeks, he has not made many mistakes,” Mackanin said. “Today was an innocent mistake.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Jones: The unfortunate truth about Tim Tebow haters | tbo.com

Haters. Hating on the haters. Haters hating on the haters who hate the haters.

Ugh.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Top 10 Prospects: August 14 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

If Honeywell played for a different team, we’d be getting inundated with articles about his team’s GM being stupid.

1. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2017 stats: 23 G, 3.54 ERA, 125.0 IP, 122 H, 11 HR, 32 BB, 160 K at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

Welcome to the number one spot, Brent. Honeywell had two strong starts this week, throwing just under 12 innings without allowing a run. He also struck out 11, and only walked one. With all due respect to some of the other members of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, prospects

OTP 14 August 2014: The American Pastimes of Rock ’n’ Roll, Baseball and Poetry

Maybe poetry and politics don’t mix. “I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world,” said Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser, when he was challenged, recently, about the Trump administration’s proposal to restrict immigration. “The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”

The poem, “The New Colossus,” was ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:18 AM | 3273 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Must C: Red Sox stun Yankees | MLB.com (video)

OK, this is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mets begin life without Neil Walker in win over Phillies

Walker knew he might be traded. Still, he did not act like a man on the move, a display of practiced cool that comes only with time. But one day later, Walker was suiting up for the Brewers, and the Mets plugged along without yet another veteran who had helped set the agenda in the clubhouse. Such is the reality of the phase the Mets have entered over the final weeks of this season.

The start of the Subway Series Monday night may provide a little extra intrigue in a season long lost to ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 13, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, neil walker


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Numberphile: Aaron Numbers

The story behind the Ruth-Aaron numbers.



Andrew McCutchen exits with knee discomfort | MLB.com

“If a knee can get a cramp, that’s what it felt like,” McCutchen said. “Your knee kind of locks up. You wait for it to go away, it goes away. That’s what I was trying to do—wait for it to go away—and it never went away. I knew if I tried to run, I’d be base-to-base. Next thing I know, I’ve got some angry fans screaming, ‘Why didn’t Cutch score?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani might play in 2018 | MLB.com

Ohtani, 23, doesn’t meet MLB’s definition of a foreign professional under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, since he’s not 25 years old with six years of service in a recognized foreign league. As such, he’ll be subject to international amateur spending limits if he moves from NPB to MLB this winter, limiting the amount an MLB team must invest in order to acquire him.
The MLB team would pay the Fighters a release fee—likely the maximum of $20 million—and then a signing bonus to Ohtani. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Mariners get the news on James Paxton and it’s pretty much what they expected | The News Tribune

Great, brittle talent.

Club officials hinted at the seriousness of the injury Thursday in characterizing it as a strained muscle, which indicated they suspected it was torn to some degree. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Friday confirmed the strain.

“I was talking to Dr. (Edward) Khalfayan,” Paxton said, “and he said it’s a very rare injury to see in pitchers. I feel like I’ve had enough of those.”

Paxton spent time on the disabled list in each of the past four years and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners

South Side - REYNALDO LOPEZ’S ENTIRE PROFILE ON DISPLAY IN WHITE SOX DEBUT

Taking apart his first start.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: reynaldo lopez, white sox

Friday, August 11, 2017


Loria agrees to sell Miami Marlins to Sherman and Jeter, source says

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to a group led by New York businessman Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, and Major League Baseball is expected to receive the written agreement on Friday, according to a New York based MLB source.

Sherman, a wealthy venture capitalist who has a home in New York and is building a home in South Florida, will be the “control person,” similar to a managing general partner.

But Jeter, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 04:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeffrey loria, marlins, sale

Top 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

According to baseball-reference.com, Fernando pitched in front of more fans than any other pitcher in baseball from 1980 to 1990. That’s true even though Fernando missed six weeks to injury in 1988 and only made two starts in 1980.

Starting Pitchers who Performed in Front of the Most Fans, 1980-1990

1. Fernando Valenzuela … 12,945,716
2. Nolan Ryan … 10,867,110
3. Bob Welch … 10,114,515
4. Jack Morris … 10,096,435
5. Dave Stieb … 10,005,851

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 11, 2017 at 03:56 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don drysdale, jackie robinson, pee wee reese, sandy koufax

Braves vs. White Sox is an epic battle for MLB’s best farm system

And it’s no wonder Braves fans get all parochial when someone dare say the White Sox might have a better system.

Except here’s the thing: They do.

It is not inarguable. One evaluator whom I trust believes deeply Atlanta’s is better. A handful of others agree. Of the 24 people surveyed, though, 18 voted White Sox. And almost all came back to the same reason: The position players.

They love pitching. Everyone loves pitching. Pitching is the lifeblood of baseball. Develop a homegrown ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, white sox

Josh Reddick: the Astros are “down in the dumps” about the team standing pat at the trade deadline

Still, there are many who believe that the Astros failing to land a starting pitcher such as Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish bodes ill for the team’s chances and these folks have spent the past two weeks feeling kind of deflated. They’re not just fans, either. Some of the disappointed folks are Houston Astros players.

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick was on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM yesterday and he had this to say about the front office’s lack of moves:

“I think deep ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 02:25 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, josh reddick

FiveThirtyEight: Baseball’s ‘Hot Hand’ Is Real

Every starting pitcher in our data shows a noticeable pattern of switching between hot and cold states.5 Some pitchers’ streakiness manifests in a pronounced downside when they’re cold, like what happens to Texas Rangers lefty Cole Hamels. When he’s on, Hamels’ fastball is just a tick faster than average for him. But when he’s off, he loses about two and a half miles per hour compared to his average fastball. The impact is massive: That almost 4 mph difference in heat translates to a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, hot hand

Moncada’s Heroics Deliver Sweep of Astros

Yoan Moncada played hero for the first time with a game-tying blast and followed it up with a walk-off single, giving the White Sox their second series sweep of the season as they knocked off the Astros, 3-2, in 11 innings at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday.

“It was something indescribable,” said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. “All my emotions were to the roof when I hit that ball and then when I was running the bases. It was something unique.”

ED: He turned around a 99mph Giles ...

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madvillain Posted: August 11, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox, yoan moncada

The Multiple Paths to a Tigers Rebuild

If the Tigers want to be competitive again by 2020, they must do more. They need to focus on obtaining prospects nearly ready for a major-league role, something both Candelario and Lugo are. In this vein, moving their youngest pitching talent, like Michael Fulmer or Daniel Norris, to make teams interested in taking on the expensive contracts of older players like Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, or Justin Upton wouldn’t make sense for the Tigers. Fulmer, who’s under club control until ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2017

El Paso Herald, August 11, 1917:

That Walter Johnson, the Senators’ great pitcher…is to be disposed of before the 1918 season opens is a report which has not only been freely circulated in Washington, but which in many quarters is given credence.

The Washington club is bound to lose money before the curtain drops next October. It is known that the baseball property here…is not clear of encumbrances, that with salaries and notes to be paid the present stockholders must stand heavy assessments.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, walter johnson

VIDEO: Tim Tebow greets autistic boy, then hits home run for him

If it happened in a movie we’d say it was unrealistic:

Tebow was on-deck during the July 29 game when Seth Bosch, a young boy with high-functioning autism who just turned 10, took his shot to try and get the ballplayers attention.

Bosch waved at Tebow and, to the child’s surprise, the star walked over and shook his hand through the netting. The boy, who has a tumor behind his right eye which makes it difficult to play sports, went back to his seat next to his parents with tears of joy ...

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Davoice of Dapeople Posted: August 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: christianity, kids, tim tebow

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fenway Organist Grateful for Gig

As Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda began to walk off the field on April 23, 2014, after being ejected when pine tar was found on his neck, a song played by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor reverberated throughout Fenway Park.

Trying to find the perfect song for the moment, Kantor began to play “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley.

Kantor’s quick thinking and ability to play songs from multiple eras and genres has made him a fan favorite since becoming the organist in 2003. He’s yet to miss a ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: music, red sox

Inside Baseball | Astros Cautious Ways Will Hurt October Chances

AL Notes
NL Notes

“This year” isn’t the timeline the Astros are considering. The idea of overpaying for an aging, expensive starter to incrementally increase the team’s changes clearly doesn’t appeal to them. They want to compete over multiple years and believe in, by only making prudent trades, they will increase their chances of winning a championship *or two* over the next half dozen year.

But you have to wonder whether their conservative style may wind up haunting them this year. Though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:21 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Getting the Tigers a Real Prospect for Justin Verlander

Nobody claimed Verlander. It suggests no team is willing to just eat his remaining contract. On MLB Network, Ken Rosenthal just suggested the Tigers want top prospects *and* don’t want to assume a big part of his salary. If it’s true, the Tigers are living in a fantasy world and aren’t placing a real-world value in today’s MLB. Verlander will ride down with the Tigers’ sinking ship.

More reasonably, I’d think maybe the Tigers would be willing to pay something like half of Verlander’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

It’s Do Or Die For Dansby Swanson

Do or die?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

The swing tweak that may have fixed Jose Peraza

How does such an obvious flaw not get fixed in the minor leagues?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose peraza, reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 10, 1917:

Ira Thomas, former catcher for the Athletics, today denied that he was considering an offer to succeed Miller Huggins as manager of the St. Louis Nationals. He said his income of $3,500 for coaching the Williams college baseball team and $6,000 to $8,000 from his real estate business would prevent him from ever returning to baseball.

Thomas went on to say he had a guy on the other line asking about some whitewalls.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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