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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Chicago Cubs’ Circle of Trust - WSJ

What about a Cone of Silence?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 03:42 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


Gwinnett Braves plan to change team name for 2018 season, ask for fans help in naming contest

What about “Barves”?

“The Atlanta Braves are still currently the only major league team that owns the majority of their minor league teams and a major part of the Braves footprint and the Braves expanding their brand throughout the Southeast is to continue to have minor league teams use the Braves name,” Johnson said. “When the team was in Richmond, that made great sense. If you were going to a Braves game, you knew you weren’t going to Atlanta. You were definitely going to Richmond.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gwinnett, mascot, minor league

Is John Farrell Officially On Hot Seat As Red Sox Manager? « CBS Boston

I’d expect them to get a more emotional manager to replace him. Farrell isn’t a bad manager; of course, he’s not a good one either.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:26 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Focus on Jeter should inspire memories of Garciaparra’s peak

“it’s as if Jeter stands alone as the shortstop talent for a generation.

It’s too bad, considering that Garciaparra was every bit the player Jeter was. And in his prime, he was better.

There’s no question that Jeter brings the superior career to a debate between the two. Injuries derailed what Garciaparra could become from a legacy standpoint, and cost him the Hall of Fame”

Shortstops with most seasons of 6+ WAR, debuting 1969+:

Name            Yrs From   To   Age ...
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DanG Posted: May 22, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hall of fame, nomar garciaparra, red sox, yankees

We road-tested MLB’s foray into VR game streaming | New York Post

When will this be a thing? The technology seems a long way away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2017

Tacoma Times, May 22, 1917:

Baseball trades are funny propositions.

A week ago the Tacoma team traded Ray Alexander, pitcher, and Toots Bankhead, outfielder, to the Seattle team for Kid McIvor, southpaw pitcher.

Bankhead refused to play for Seattle, and quit organized baseball by starting east. McIvor has a good job with a Seattle shipyard and refuses to come to Tacoma. He plays ball in the Seattle shipbuilding league.

I know it’s because I’m looking at it from the perspective of 2017, but it ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Terry Collins, Mets need to find way to relieve strain on bullpen | FOX Sports

A quality bullpen can’t exist when your starters are getting knocked out early every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Mets need Matt Harvey to get his act together now more than ever - NY Daily News

One amusing moment during the Mets game was Mike Trout AB against Milone. Trout had a bad swing on a Milone pitch and Keith Hernandez (I think) made a comment about not needing to throw 95 to be effective. I turned to my wife and said, “Trout’s going to take him deep now.” Five seconds later, boom!

After the game, Terry Collins said the Mets are probably going to push Zack Wheeler back a day from his scheduled Wednesday start to give him an extra day’s rest and they might do it with Jacob ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Top Yankees Prospect Gleyber Torres Promoted To Triple A

All is proceeding according to plan:

The Yankees have promoted top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The move was announced after Sunday’s game by manager Bobby Mitchell on the team’s weekly radio show. Torres, 20, was hitting .273/.367/.496 in 32 games at Double-A and had homered in four of his past seven games, including a grand slam on Friday against Portland.

“Every since we’ve gotten him in the organization, he’s shown the ability to give quality at-bats ...

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red Sox are too good to be this average

The Red Sox need a trade, a benching, a tipping over of the food table moment, a stern meeting. They need to be shaken up.

They are 21-21 after a terrible 8-3 beating Saturday at the hands of the Oakland A’s, a last-place team the Red Sox have helped revive.

The Red Sox should be way better than this. It was an awful day. They fell to .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 to begin the season.

“Yeah it’s disappointing. We’re not a .500 team,” insisted Chris Young. “At the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nick cafardo, red sox

Dodgers’ newest pitcher could be outfielder Brett Eibner

The Dodgers manage their roster with a short bench and a surplus of creativity. The player who has pinch-run most often this season is pitcher Ross Stripling.

So it might come as little surprise that the Dodgers are experimenting with outfielder Brett Eibner as a pitcher. He played the outfield and pitched at the University of Arkansas from 2008-10, so he would be working on seven years rest.

“I’m also 25 pounds heavier, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

This isn’t just about a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:38 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brett eibner, dodgers

OTP 22 May 2017: George W. Bush photobombs a sports reporter

Former president George W. Bush attended a Texas Rangers baseball game Wednesday evening, and happened to be heading to his seat with drink in hand right when sideline reporter Emily Jones was live on TV.

So Bush did what any normal person would do — seize the opportunity to be on TV and make a funny face.

Mark my words, the Donald will be doing this a couple of decades from now, and we’ll all be nostalgic for the innocent, rosy days of 2017.

(As always, views expressed in the article ...

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BDC Posted: May 21, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 1731 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, politics, rangers, television

Brewers Stir A Little Beef By Suggesting That Cubs Called Rainout For Reason Other Than Rain

A few hours before the scheduled first pitch, the Cubs called to reschedule yesterday afternoon’s game against the Brewers due to rain. But when the original game time rolled around, it was no longer raining—and things stayed pretty dry for the rest of the day. An ordinary display of caution by the Cubs? A simple judgment error? Not according to the Brewers!

Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, general manager David Stearns stopped short of accusing the Cubs of any ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, postponement, rain



Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

Boston Globe Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, orioles

Heyman | Luis Robert Has Deal With White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have an agreement with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, and the contract is expected to be worth between $25-$30 million, sources told FanRag Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: luis robert, white sox

Inside Baseball NL Notes | How Stanton’s Contract Impacts Marlins

Sorry, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family the last few days. Here’s something to start getting caught up.
Inside Baseball AL Notes | Astros doing homework on starters

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Bobby Grich, Rick Burleson, and Their One Full (Strike-Shortened) Season as a Dominant Double Play Combination

The pairing of Grich and Burleson not only brought together two of the game’s best all-around players but also two of its fiercest competitors.  Grich and Burleson were both known for their intensity and determination to win—earning reputations as hard-nosed players, not afraid to get their uniforms dirty.  Umpire Ron Luciano once said that Grich “always wore uniforms that looked like ‘before’ on detergent commercials.”  Early in his career Burleson was given the nickname “Rooster” by Boston ...

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Dance-off for NL Central title!

Let’s see David Ross top this!

Walt Davis Posted: May 21, 2017 at 02:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, dancing

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Matt Adams traded to the Atlanta Braves

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 06:21 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, matt adams


Price Makes Rehab Start in Pawtucket Loss | MiLB.com

A Price sighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Mike Trout: Baseball’s Best, Without the Brand - The New York Times

“What he does on a daily basis, it’s just awesome to watch and be a part of,” Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker said. “There’s always something brand-new he’s done in baseball that no one’s ever done.”

Trout is LeBron James in spikes, Tom Brady out of shoulder pads, minus their championship rings. Also missing is something that barely matters to Trout but is so important to other athletes in his echelon: a brand.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

ESPN Olney:The stupidity of retaliation

Major League Baseball is in an era of enlightenment, in which organizations are filled with bright minds of men and women who won’t accept the status quo without examination. The phrase That’s the way it’s always been done is routinely ignored, thankfully, and more informed decisions are made….

But somehow, as the sport has evolved, the practice of retaliation—through the use of a baseball thrown at a prone human target—is still in play, left over like a horse and buggy in the middle of an ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flip, stick-it-in-his-ear

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