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Friday, May 23, 2014

NY Times: Baseball Lords Vexed by Plan for New King.

Jerry Reinsdorf ain’t sitting down for this one.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

OMNICHATTER 5-23-2014

Full slate of games!

Gamingboy Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Fangraphs: Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching

Pitching is feel. Your hand and the ball is a marriage that should never end. The pitcher and the ball should be married forever. Hands, fingers, the ball – they should be married forever. It’s like caressing your wife. It’s touching and getting that feel to know her, alone.

I don’t care if you are Pedro Martinez, stay away from my wife.

villageidiom Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, fangraphs, pedro martinez, pitching, pitching mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-23-2014

Toledo News-Bee, May 23, 1914:

Steve Evans, the comedian of the Brooklyn Feds is unique in his humor. During the baseball trip around the world Steve had fun with a lot of people, some of whom do not know yet what he was doing.

In a London hotel lobby two English gentlemen of the most pronounced type occupied a sofa, earnestly discussing some business or political question. Steve..strolled over…and remarked:

“I beg pardon, gentlemen. Am I intruding upon a private conversation?”

“Not at all, ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, steve evans

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MLB.com: Rangers’ Prince Fielder out for rest of season; Jurickson Profar likely out for season too

The little-known eleventh plague of Yahweh was the Plague of Season-Ending Injuries

DETROIT—Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck and miss the rest of the season. Second baseman Jurickson Profar could also miss the rest of the season as the Rangers were hit with another double dose of bad injury news on Thursday.

Fielder, who was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett on Thursday, is seeking a second opinion but has told the ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: biblical plague of injuries, texas rangers

Ruben Amaro Jr., Joe Torre among possible candidates for MLB commissioner, report says

“... Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr….”

NattyBoh Posted: May 22, 2014 at 07:11 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, commissioner, ruben amaro jr.

ESPN: Yankees Hooked On Japanese Candy

The New York Yankees’ hoarding of a foreign candy started in spring training. One minute there would be boxes of the colorful sweets in the Tampa clubhouse; the next, they would be gone.

Since then, the epidemic has grown. The candy is now showing up in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and on the road, most recently at Wrigley Field. The candy is called Hi-Chew. “It is kind of a mix between bubble gum and a Starburst,” said David Phelps, who might pop one or two before his start against the ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 22, 2014 at 06:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: addiction, food, hiroki kuroda, japan, team chemistry, yankees

SI.com: Rangers’ 1B Fielder ‘seriously considering’ season-ending surgery.

Oof. 

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is “seriously considering” season-ending surgery, according to a report on Thursday from Jeff Wilson of The Star-Telegram.

Fielder would undergo the surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck. He had a nerve-root injection over the weekend to help alleviate the pain, but as Wilson points out, “the shot doesn’t remove the chunk of disc from the nerve that is pinched and is causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm.” Because of ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, texas rangers

Royals send Mike Moustakas down to Class AAA Omaha

The discussions had stretched for days, long enough for Mike Moustakas to make peace with his fate. On Wednesday night, shortly after the Royals completed a nine-game home stand, general manager Dayton Moore informed Moustakas he was being demoted.

Zach Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Keidel: Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Be Quiet — Now

I’ve never heard Harvey say a word against Akron New York.

Harvey is already wearing us out. Between the middle-digit tweet, the talk of no Tommy John when they first found the torn ligament in his golden arm, posing for nude photos for ESPN and the perfunctory, courtside Barbie doll on his arm at every game, he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.

Do ...

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Repoz Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Keri: The [Dave] Duncan Way

Now if only he could come and take fear from bats…

Pujols Shot Ya Posted: May 22, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Chappell: Rockwell’s Baseball Painting ‘The Rookie’ Sells For $20 Million (NPR)

Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” has sold for $20 million at auction Thursday. The 1957 painting of baseball players in a locker room was sold by Christie’s auction house — heady heights for a work that first appeared on a magazine that sold for 15 cents.

A painting I’ve always admired, a popular subject for jigsaw puzzles and the like.  #8 in the painting is catcher Sammy White, not Frank Sullivan as the article suggests.  The focus of the picture is Jackie Jensen looking up in quizzical ...

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BDC Posted: May 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: americana, art, jackie jensen, media, red sox, sammy white, ted williams

The SportsXchange: Monday a big day for Yankees ailing OF Beltran

Carlos could use a few more 5-hour Energy drinks.

Monday appears to be decision day for Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow,
will reportedly take some test swings on Monday to gauge progress in his recovery.

If pain persists surgery may be required. And the 37-year-old veteran could be out
until late July.

“We’ll kind of keep our fingers cross for Monday and how that goes and go from
there,” Yankees manager Joe ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, injury, old coot, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2014

Seattle Star, May 22, 1914:

Texas university owns a baseball player to whom a “sensational one-hand catch” is a daily occurrence. To go further still, he has never been known to use two hands in catching a fly, and he works in the outfield, too.

The reason is he is a one-handed player, and he’s the star of the club at that. His name is Dick Hooper, his home is at Conroe, Tex., and he always plays center field for his team.

Hooper, who handles himself surprisingly well in the garden, is a ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: May 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Grantland:Barumann:Josh Donaldson, Secret Star

Even the Moneyball A’s had stars in Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, and those three starting pitchers, but a decade later, Oakland has turned into an oubliette for baseball celebrity, an egalitarian utopia in which there are neither stars nor scrubs, but only 90-win seasons and division championship banners. While the Phillies, Angels, and perhaps eventually the Yankees wade through the waste and carnage of the failure of brute economic force, Oakland keeps chugging along as the kibbutz, a ...

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Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: May 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mullet, mvp, oakland a's

OMNICHATTER 5-22-14

Jeff Samardzija won’t get a win today, either.

Gamingboy Posted: May 22, 2014 at 07:30 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

D-backs’ GM Kevin Towers: ‘I don’t want to be a pseudo-GM’

For Towers, right now it’s business as usual and he’s hoping his duties and responsibilities don’t change much.

“I certainly don’t want to be a pseudo-GM,” he said. “The front office role will be new to him and I’m hoping I can help him too, like the daily calendar and what’s important in June and July. These are some of the good players in our system—no different from what Jerry Dipoto did for me in my first year here.

“I’m hoping that we help one another and as we get to talk that he’ll ...

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shoewizard Posted: May 21, 2014 at 07:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, general managers

SI.com (Jaffe): Jose Fernandez’s Tommy John tale takes an unsettling turn

I think Jaffe’s thesis here (Fernandez self-sabotaged and may have potentially destroyed his career) is rather overstated, but still…has pitching hurt ever worked out well for anyone except Sandy Koufax and Curt Schilling?

The loss of Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery blindsided the baseball world, robbing the game of a brilliant young star, at least temporarily. But just as the 21-year-old ace threatened to recede into the bleak landscape of this year’s wave of injuries, things have ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 21, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: florida marlins

A’s trying to get George Michael for Coliseum appearance

There’s no official word yet on whether Michael will show, but there has been contact and the A’s are hopeful they can pull it off. Which would be amazing, and pretty darn cool. Michael, who is English, presumably has little background in baseball and probably hadn’t heard of Josh Reddick until recently, but the Oakland outfielder has brought Michael’s sax-heavy ballad “Careless Whisper” back into cultural relevance.

Reddick is using the song as his walkup music – a major shift ...

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Traderdave Posted: May 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

A look at MLB’s new player motion tracking system - MLB - Ben Reiter - SI.com

When this goes online I may never leave my computer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2014 at 01:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, sabermetrics

Obama pops in on Little League game

The president paid a surprise visit Monday to Washington’s Friendship Park, where a handful of teams were warming up for the big game. Stepping onto the field in a tie but no jacket, Obama shook hands with the players and posed for photos with each team.

Shocked parents reached for their smartphones to snap a quick photo, but not all of their kids were as impressed. Some held back, unsure of who Obama was, as their parents tried to lure them back onto the infield to join the president.

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 21, 2014 at 01:40 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: little league, presidents

Reuters: Abe’s new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams

WHIP deflation now?

A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan’s economy drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party seen by Reuters calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and—in a curve ball—increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12.

“Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen attachment to regional cities and help local economies thrive,” said the report, which cited the success of U.S. Major League Baseball in nearly doubling from 16 ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expansion, international, japan, politics

OMNICHATTER 5-21

Hey, I wonder how Samardzija will NOT get a win today?

Gamingboy Posted: May 21, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2014

Washington Times, May 21, 1914:

The Browns have a mascot de luxe, Herman George Nelson. German George wears the highest collar of any bat guardian in the game. In fact, the claim is made that Herman George, seventeen, is the only stick superintendent in the pastime who sports an immaculate choker on and off the field. As [Branch] Rickey’s club is a model outfit, so is Herman George a model wood warden. He is adverse to splitting a bottle of soda with the ribald fan as he is opposed to splitting ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Guerrero injured in dugout fight with Olivo | MiLB.com

It used to be a dog eat dog world.

Albuquerque second baseman Alex Guerrero needed surgery on his left ear after getting attacked by teammate Miguel Olivo during a dugout fight at Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, and both Salt Lake police and the Dodgers are investigating.
...
Morosi said police have “gathered evidence about the incident and collected witness statements, according to Boras. Guerrero’s recovery timetable is uncertain, Boras said. It’s not clear yet how many stitches the surgery ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:28 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ouch

MLB: Stephen Drew signs 1-year deal with Red Sox (1Y/$10M)

Well that free-agent strategy could’ve gone better.  Scott Boras completely and utterly blew it for his client (obviously Drew would never have signed this deal if any serious multi-year deals had lurking out there).  I’m not entirely sure what the Red Sox are doing here, either…but at least they don’t have to give up a draft pick.

[T]hus ends an odyssey that started with Drew rejecting Boston’s qualifying offer of $14.1 million last November, only to return on a one-year deal that ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox

Rany Jazeryli: In Praise of MLB’s Submarine Wizards

Everyone is Chad Bradford Wannabe.

The true submariners — the guys who would come close to scraping their knuckles on the mound — share much in common besides the angle of their throwing arm. And while Ziegler shares those traits as well, he’s taken the craft to places it’s never been before. He’s simultaneously the archetype of a submarine pitcher and a new iteration entirely. Consider:

They were all effective: There’s obviously a selection bias going on here, because submarine ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: submariners

Snyder: Offensive decline continuing in 2014

Are we having fun yet!?

With a new crop of uber-talented power pitchers, the cyclical nature of the game and, probably—though we couldn’t prove this and pitchers were using the juice, too—the major crack-down on performance-enhancing drugs, offense continues its decline in baseball.

Heading into Tuesday’s action, MLB hitters were posting the lowest batting average and on-base percentage since the 1972 season. That year has some historical significance, which we’ll get to in a bit.

The 4.19 ...

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Repoz Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:53 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

Dodgers TV Standoff Boosts Radio Listener Cume

In which the valued customers learn the value of TV by listening to the radio broadcast, or at least the first 3 innings of it.

Fox Sports 570’s weeknight “cume” rating was up 19 percent last month compared to last April.

Comparing radio and TV ratings is a bit apples and oranges, but clearly, for the Dodgers, the radio and TV numbers are headed in opposite directions; An average of just 45,000 households are watching games on TV, according to Nielsen. That’s a drop of nearly 63%, ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, dodgers, radio, tv contracts

Obama, first sitting president to visit baseball Hall of Fame

Herm Card is retired from two careers: He taught English in Marcellus, and he suited up for decades as an accomplished Upstate baseball umpire. Card stays busy as a poet, author and photographer, and he served for years as a volunteer educator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

At the hall, Card never relinquished a sense of wonder. Whenever he had the chance, he’d walk the galleries and study the artifacts. This week, he is away from Syracuse, helping his 98-year-old father ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cooperstown, hof, presidents

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