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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Women Succeeding in a Men’s Professional Baseball League - The New Yorker

The Stompers seem likely to invite them back next summer, and they may not be the only women on the team. “We’re going to continue to scout for women players,” Fightmaster said. “We held a mid-season tryout and had two girls register. So I think we’re going to have more women coming to us, saying, ‘Hey, y’know, I pitch in the men’s league in my town, and I shut these guys out every Sunday. I’ve got a knuckleball, I’ve got this, I’ve got that.’ To me, that’s the hope, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: woman in baseball

Must C: McAllister’s kick save |

This was a little crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, indiands, zach mcallister

Tim Tebow puts on showcase for MLB scouts |

He has an uphill fight ahead of him.

Update: report

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs, tim tebow

Granderson homers twice off bench, Mets beat Marlins 7-4

Curtis Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Asdrubal Cabrera extended his recent tear at the plate, hitting a two-run homer in his return to the lineup after missing one start due to a sore left knee. Rookie right-hander Seth Lugo (2-2) gave up two runs in the first inning but recovered nicely as the Mets won for the eighth time in 10 games.

By winning the first two games of the ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


National Center for Missing and Exploited OMNICHATTER

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

In-depth report on abusive usage of high school pitchers in Japan.

In terms of innings pitched, the single-game leader was Mizuki Hori, who threw all 12 innings on 177 pitches in Hiroshima Shinjo’s first round game. For him, it wasn’t his first 170-plus-pitch outing, as he had thrown 172 pitches in the final game of regional tournament, two weeks prior to his 12-inning grind at Koshien. His summer lasted a couple more games, as he threw 90 and 103-pitch complete games on four- and one-day rests, respectively.

Adewa and Hori, both of whom are expected to be ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, pitcher abuse

The Vin Scully Farewell Tour Comes To Him

Scully, 88, is not only greeted by umpires on the field. A procession of players, managers, coaches and umpires has made the trek — in uniform — up the ballpark elevator or escalators and into the Vin Scully Press Box to say goodbye to the man himself.

“He’s the only guy who has the farewell tour come to him,” Steiner said. “To see kids one-third of his age go up there wide-eyed and blown away — I think he’s every bit as blown away that they come up and show that respect.”

Bote Man Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, retirement tour, vin scully

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-30-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 30, 1916:

If there is a nation-wide railroad strike the major league ball clubs in the east will make their jumps in automobile. In the west motor cars and trolleys will be used, but numerous double headers will have to be arranged to allow time for the comparatively long trips between cities.

That would not have been fun. Driving from Detroit to St. Louis in a car built around 1916 in the era before interstate highways sounds like an absolute nightmare.

Thankfully, it ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 30, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers: Banister: Darvish is ‘more relaxed and more connected’ as he knocks Mariners down the standings | SportsDay

Hey are doing their part to become a dynamic duo. The Rangers have won Darvish’s last five stars. They’ve won three of Hamels’ last four.
“You are talking about two ace quality pitchers,” said Jonathan Lucroy, who has caught all nine of those games. “Put it this way: I’m glad I get to catch and them and not face them. I feel sorry for a lineup that has to face them back-to-back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Cleveland Indians come home with chance to pump up fans and stop doubts—Terry Pluto |

“It’s agony. It’s awesome.”

That’s how Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona characterized the playoff race.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Corey Seager is living up to high expectations |

I look forward to watching him just get better and better.

You have to watch Corey Seager to appreciate him, and not just when he is at bat or playing shortstop for the Dodgers. You have to watch him in the dugout. You have to watch him during batting practice. You have to watch him in the clubhouse, constantly viewing video, seeking input from his teammates.

And then, once you have gotten more than an eyeful, you can understand that all that offseason hype about him being an impact player as a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Here’s the secret to why Paul Goldschmidt steals so many bases -

Check it out.

The assumption to make, then, is that Goldschmidt possesses other qualities that manifest in his base-stealing success. He does. What Goldschmidt lacks in straight-line speed, he atones for with a combination of attributes that are tougher to measure, like his reaction time, his pattern-recognition skills, his opportunism, and his boldness. Let’s look at some examples of what we mean. Here’s Goldschmidt stealing second and third base off Noah Syndergaard:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Tim Tebow to display baseball skills in tryout |

I am all for chasing dreams. This one is more than a little far-fetched.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs

Red Sox roll past Rays behind Betts, Porcello |

On MLB Network this morning Todd Hollandsworth was talking about pushback he was getting for the suggestion that Rich Porcello is a Cy Young candidate. He may not be the favorite but he’s in the conversation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

The four contenders in AL’s cutthroat MVP race

Go to Rio for a month and look at what happens. Babe Ruth is resurrected, and he’s hitting right-handed and playing catcher. The Giants, the best team in baseball at the All-Star break, are literally the worst since. Ian Kennedy’s ERA in August can be spelled out in binary code. Baseball does this. Every month is its own little season of the absurd, the impossible, the unrepeatable, the glorious.

Only two things are the same.
a) Clayton Kershaw, on the disabled list for two months, still ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Beauty of Baseball’s “RedZone” Channel – The Ringer

I will try Game Changer tonight.

Redzone was exciting but bare-bones, single-minded in its pursuit of high stakes. Earlier this season, Dan Hirsch, proprietor of historical stats and analysis site The Baseball Gauge, built on Brooks’s concept and assembled a more fully featured script, which he recently renamed the “MLB.TV Game Changer.” (Get it?) I tried Game Changer for a few days last week, which was enough to make me a convert, although your mileage may vary depending on the way you ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 02:02 PM | 5 comment(s)


Gamingboy belongs on the side of an OMNICHATTER carton.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:45 PM | 363 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Hey, ump! Why’d you eject that player or manager?

An article about ejections without an Earl Weaver reference is woefully incomplete.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, umpires

MLB Network’s Matt Yallof suffered a stroke

This awful news just popped up on my Twitter feed.

MLB Network reporter Matt Yallof suffered a stroke late last month, and friends are asking for donations to aid his recovery process.

According to a donation page on, the 46-year-old Yallof suffered a stroke in his basement on July 29. He is apparently doing OK after spending seven days in the ICU but will require physical therapy, transportation and other rehabilitative needs that insurance won’t fully cover.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

Dodgers place Triple-A Superstar Yasiel Puig on trade waivers

Will anyone take a chance on The Wild Horse?

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2016

Rock Island Argus, August 29, 1916:

The most interesting deal of the 1916 baseball season, or for years for that matter, was swung last night between the Cubs and the New York Giants. The deal involves the transfer of Heinie Zimmerman, the recalcitrant infielder, to the Giants in return for Larry Doyle, Hunter, an infielder, and Jacobson, an outfielder.

Because of the fact that both Doyle and Zimmerman are two of the widest known players in the National League at present, the deal is easily the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history, larry doyle, trades

Lasers in the outfield—Infield isn’t only place where defense is shifting

When it comes to positioning their outfielders, the Yankees literally keep the information under their hats. Before each game, bench coach Rob Thomson, responsible for the outfield defense, gives Gardner, center fielder Ellsbury, right fielder Hicks and rookie outfielder Aaron Judge an index card with precise locations for each opposing hitter.

Those locations are determined by a proprietary computer program developed by the Yankees’ analytic squad, headed by David Grabiner. It takes a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, technology

Cubs star Kris Bryant has a chance to be a very unique MVP | FOX Sports

Has anyone else tried to quantify the value of position flexibility? I’ve investigated the topic a little myself for my WAR system for the simulation league I play in. Despite some effort I’ve always ended up using WAR without any additional adjustment.

But while Bryant is only in his second season and Musial is a Hall of Famer, the two could end up sharing a unique distinction.

Musial is the only player to win an MVP award after a season in which he started 30 games in both the infield and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cubs, kris bryant, mvp, stan musial

OTP 2016 August 29: Minor-league team offers Trump, Clinton bobbleheads with real hair

On Sept. 3 some lucky game-goers will receive a bobble of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and said bobblehead will be adorned with real hair. Putatively, this is a feature and not a bug.
But wait: That’s not all!


Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 1397 comment(s)
  Beats: bobblehead, bobbleheads, minor leagues, politics

Boston Red Sox must find solutions for struggling bullpen - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

The Red Sox bullpen needs help.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Cubs wear onesies on trip from Los Angeles - Chicago Tribune

Fashion mavens they were not.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Yankees look to refinance $1B debt from new stadium | New York Post

The Yanks are roughly breaking even now. That’s just the team and doesn’t include other businesses, such as the YES Network or Legends Hospitality.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing, yankees

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