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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’ «

I remember seeing these guys outside of Fenway. I didn’t realize so many of them were connected.

They were sold outside Fenway Park for $10 a shirt, and they sold very, very well. Wilson and LeMoine contend they had more money than they knew what to do with, and all of it was cash in hand. Looking to diversify his portfolio and grow his bankroll, Wilson began to spend some of his share in low-level drug deals. But this one was different; by his usual standards, this one was ambitious.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1915:

The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, socialism

Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected as chickenpox hits Royals’ clubhouse

The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!

Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.

An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, infectious diseases, jonny gomes, kelvin herrera, royals

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

HardballTalk: Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents



Gamingboy Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera |

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

red sox - Seventy-one pages that helped define Dave Dombrowski - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?

“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers

Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren’t voters buying it?

Graham Womack makes the case for Mike Mussina.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.

Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in ...

Zach Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jonny gomes, royals, trade

Kevin Kiermaier channeled his inner Mike Trout to scale Camden Yards wall and steal a home run |

I say Kiermaier’s catch was just a little better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kevin kiermaier, mike trout

Schoenfield: Williams’ time running short with Nationals after loss - SweetSpot - ESPN

Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.

There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.

Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

SNY Kidcaster calls play-by-play for the Mets

This 11 year old kid is at least as good as a number of actual MLB play-by-play guys.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: better than hawk harrelson, cute kid, mets

Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

ARod, team player.

“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”

Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.

“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, yankees

Michael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright | New York Post

“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Babe Ruth’s Former New York Apartment Can Be Bought For Just $1.6M (Photos) | MLB |

Time to crack open that piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:


James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.

It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender, no-hitters

OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about ...


Forbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson

After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.


“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain ...

bobm Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred, shoeless joe jackson

Shapiro comes to Blue Jays as well-loved individual -

Shapiro spoke at a SABR convention in Cleveland. I remember being impressed.

“We don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “This guy is a combination of intelligent probably bordering on … he’s that smart. But he takes that intelligence and he’s very driven and organized. And you take it with the people skills … a pretty nice combination.”

Francona describes Shapiro as a dynamic speaker with the ability to make any topic interesting — even the typically tedious organizational ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, indians

Miller’s Hard-Luck Streak Reaches 19 Starts Without a Win - The New York Times

I wonder which book he’s reading.

“Honestly I don’t know where all those stats sit,” Miller said. “I’m reading a book (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) gave me. It’s all about how stats and all that stuff (don’t) really reflect on how you perform. You can make a good pitch and give up a hit. You want to be the best you can be, but it’s all about going out there and competing. The stats are a benefit on the side.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller

Angels seek quick resolution for GM opening - The Orange County Register

Why not just let Mike Scioscia pick the new GM?

Of the external candidates who have been interviewed so far, none has been a major league general manager before, the source said. The Angels are planning to speak to at least some candidates with experience in that position, according to a source.

The Angels will not keep interim general manager Bill Stoneman in that position beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, general managers

Monday, August 31, 2015


The final full month of the regular season begins! CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: August 31, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Appellate court sides with MLB in minimum wage lawsuit

The district court granted MLB an initial victory in the Chen case last year, determining that FanFest was not subject to the FLSA and therefore was immune from the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. Now, in a recent decision issued earlier this month, MLB has scored yet another victory with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s finding that the FLSA does not apply to FanFest.

However, while the Chen decision certainly represents an important decision ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fair pay, fanfest, labor laws, lawsuit, legal, minimum wage, minor leagues

Braves’ record, attendance both in decline since 42-42 |

The Braves haven’t been pretty to watch in the second half.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Peter Gammons: Sea of possibilities for Dombrowski in Boston -

Gammons on the Sox.

“Complexities and angles of first base”? The Red Sox don’t need him to be a Gold Glover at first. They will need him to be passable until Ortiz retires.

It isn’t as easy task for Dombrowski to decide about Ramirez. Can and will he do a Butterfield boot camp? Can he wrap his head around all the complexities and angles of first base? If not, can he be moved if the Red Sox pay the freight? Or, because he is an elite hitter whose career OPS+ and offensive WAR puts him in the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 01:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 31, 1915:

A freak home run drive by [Possum] Whitted with one man out in the tenth inning gave Philadelphia a victory over St. Louis [yesterday] 4 to 3. Whitted’s drive struck the bleacher wall, bounded against [Bob] Bescher’s chest and caromed into the stand.

Jose Canseco, eat your heart out.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rangers beat Orioles on Derek Holland shutout |

Holland gives the team a big boost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Henry Schulman’s guide to Dodgers-Giants showdown - SFGate

Big series coming up. Get the popcorn ready.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

What’s wrong with the Nationals? It’s the starting pitching, stupid. - The Washington Post

Overall the starting pitchers are 10th in runs allowed per game. The offense is 13th in runs scored per game. Overall the team in 13th in winning percentage. Now I get that the expectations were higher for the starters. Of course, so was the expectations for the offense. So, I’d say the Nationals disappointing season is a team effort.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

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