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Friday, May 15, 2015

Dustin Pedroia’s Glove Work Saves Red Sox In Win Over Mariners (Videos) | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

I have watched about 80% of the Red Sox games this year. Dustin Pedroia has looked as good as ever. I was surprised, however, to see he’s only at 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and has a 0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). I look forward to a future when FIELDf/x numbers are available. (Crossing fingers.) 

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, fielding, red sox

Harper: Mets manager Collins delivers a call to action - NY Daily News

Sorry, Flores is not the answer at shortstop for the Mets.

As for the young players to whom Collins referred, he was thinking mostly of Wilmer Flores, who forever seems to be in the glare of the spotlight because of his questions about whether he can play shortstop.

Flores made what turned out to be a critical error — his eighth of the season — in the fifth inning, a big part of the Cubs’ four-run rally that tied the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Baseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: Saberseminar Tickets On Sale Now!

I had tickets last year but had to pass when my stepson came to visit with his wife and new baby. I’m thinking about attending this year. Is anyone else going?

Tickets are now on sale for Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball 2015. They can be purchased through Ticketleap at: http://saberseminar.ticketleap.com/ss15/

This year’s conference will happen August 22nd-23rd in Boston, MA, at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium. Our keynote sponsors are FanGraphs and Baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: events, saberseminar

Dressed to the Nines event another sign of Negro Leagues museum’s staying power | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Anyone going?

The coolest, most ingenious, realest reason to believe in the future of an irreplaceable and often endangered crown of Kansas City is a pressed suit, sharp tie and matching pocket square.

It is an idea that started a short time ago with a guy and his roommate, and already is an official Royals promotion with thousands of fans wearing suits and ties and even some red dresses for fun and to pay respect to the Negro Leagues and the baseball museum at 18th and Vine.

They call it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: negro league baseball museum, negro leagues, royals

Baseball Prospectus | Daisy Cutter: Shark Tank

The solution to Samardzija’s problems may not be that simple. It’s easy to say that he should just go to pitches that worked for him in the past more often; but currently, those pitches—the sinker and the split—are getting hit and hit hard. He’s using his slider, but he’s missing with it badly and frequently. Those are pitches that helped lead him to his best season ever, and they don’t appear to be having the same effect as they once did.

There’s no easy fix here. Samardzija ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, sabermetrics, white sox

Bartolo Colon: ‘At my age, I even surprise myself’ - Mets Blog - ESPN

“The main thing is I’ve got confidence in what I’m doing,” Colon says in Spanish, with bullpen coach Ricky Bones translating. “But, at my age, I even surprise myself that I’m pitching as well as I’m pitching right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Black players walking away from baseball

Read the whole thing.

As a ferocious, 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, William Penn High School junior Frank Burton III is being recruited by major colleges and likely will sign a football scholarship next year.

But baseball is his favorite sport.

“It’s my first love, but football is starting to become that,” Burton III said. “I’m starting to have a passion for that sport, but baseball was my first love. I started with that.”

Burton III hit a three-run homer and earned his fourth pitching ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 15, 1915:

Herbert Pennock, the youthful twirler upon whom Connie Mack is relying heavily to bring the Athletics up in the race, is a Philadelphia boy, and once pitched for a high school there. While a prep school player he set a strikeout-record of 23 in a single game that stood until this spring, when it was broken by a youth named Kenneth Square, who raised the ante to 24.

So either there was a guy in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania named Kenneth Square, or this story is ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 15, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, herb pennock, history

Video: CarGo’s go-ahead homer | MLB.com

Down two, two outs, Carlos Gonzalez puts the Rockies ahead in the 9th.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

CJorge Posada Sorry For A-Rod Comments « CBS New York

Cornered? Why didn’t he just say the devil made him do it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

5-15-2015 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER, all caps.

Gamingboy Posted: May 15, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 262 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki talks about trade rumors and future in Colorado - The Denver Post

Somebody talked some sense into Tulo.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Down and Away: Leo Mazzone might be the best pitching coach in Major League history. And no one will hire him

After the 93-loss season had ended, Mazzone says the Orioles assured him that he would be brought back for 2008. But on Oct. 12, 2007, Mazzone was fired with a year left on his contract.

“I thought we were going to have a little more time to get it done,” says Perlozzo. Connolly says it was less a lack of time than a lack of talent. Mazzone agreed with both of those assessments, but when he left he said all the right things in his statement to the press: “I understand and wish the team ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, leo mazzone, orioles, pitching coach

Camden Yards Workers Screwed Over Yet Again

The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over the killing of Freddie Gray reigned.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several canceled or rescheduled games,” read Tuesday’s memo from management, “the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, labor, orioles

MLB, NHL Fans May Seek to Alter How Games Aired, Judge Rules

Baseball and hockey fans can seek to change the way professional games are aired, a judge said in allowing them to sue as a group over claims that Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League violate antitrust law in their control of television and Internet broadcast rights.

Fans sued the leagues, individual clubs and regional TV sports networks, along with Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC, claiming the practice of dividing live game broadcasts into exclusive territories, protected by ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:02 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, broadcasting, legal, media

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies

DRaysBay: The Rays attendance problem is getting worse

With the help of savvy scheduling, the Rays are hosting the Yankees mid-week, and normally that’s a strong draw, but it’s supposedly a doubly-strong draw with A-Rod in the house and the Yankees leading the division. The Tampa Bay community is saturated with Yankees fans of old, so the numbers were anticipated to be decent this week. Instead, the opposite has happened:

- Attendance was at it’s lowest ever in franchise history for a Yankees game on Tuesday night, at 10,619.

- Then last night, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, montreal, rays, stadium

There’s Nothing At All Like the Dodgers’ Offense

But, wait a second, the Royals play in the American League! That’s hardly fair. The Dodgers, pitchers and all, have that 131 wRC+. The second-highest National League mark belongs to the Cardinals, at 104. Enormous gap, almost twice the size of the first. Here, the difference between first and second place is the same as the difference between second and 14th.

Yeah, I know it’s early, but this has been the most enjoyable lineup I’ve ever gotten to watch (or listen to on the radio as it often ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 14, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Calcaterra; Mike Trout saved the Angels’ bacon with three fantastic defensive plays (Video)

Anything can happen. Mike Trout could literally get hit by a bus tomorrow or could figuratively fall off a cliff like Dale Murphy did, but as things are going right now, we’re watching a player that we’ll be telling our grandkids about one day.


All eyes on the Phillies leading up to July’s trade deadline - StarTribune.com

I constantly make this point in the fantasy leagues I play in. Of course, what’s considered “fair” is often the sticking point.

“We’re not trying to make the perfect deal. In any deal we make, to put it bluntly, both sides have to be winners,” team president Pat Gillick told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “People think you make a deal to take advantage of someone else. No, that isn’t the case because you want to go back and have repeat business with that person. When you’re making a deal, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 14, 1915:

John Henry, catcher, was absent from the Washington lineup when Griffith’s men faced the White Sox [yesterday]. He spiked himself in rounding first base…and was in a hospital [yesterday] with an ugly gash in his left leg just below the knee. He will be unable to play for a fortnight, it is said.

“You spiked yourself in the…knee? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.”

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john henry

red sox - Missing Molina: Red Sox willing to ride out Joe Kelly’s sometimes uncomfortable evolution - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Kelly is particularly vexing. The guy clearly has talent. To this point, though, he has a terrible approach. His execution is also completely erratic. Giving him another month is an OK plan, especially considering their options. I’m not confident, however, that the team won’t be better served putting him in the bullpen.

“Nothing mechanical,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell when analyzing Kelly’s recent struggles. “He’s a good athlete that repeats his delivery and yet he yanked a number of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

New Britain: Baseball Town No More – The Hardball Times

The community team link is one sided. Baseball is a business. Taxpayers and fans need to keep this fact in mind, lest they continue to be used and abused.

“You’ve got hundreds of thousands of people in central Connecticut who are used to coming to New Britain Stadium,” Stewart said. “They’re still going to come as long as it’s good, quality baseball. Baseball has been a staple of the New Britain community for the last [33] years — since before I was born. … It certainly was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league affiliations, minor league deal

Mattingly: Puig out ‘at least a couple weeks’ | dodgers.com

Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Yasiel Puig will be sidelined “at least a couple weeks,” the closest the Dodgers have come to providing a timetable for Puig’s return.

Puig has been troubled by a strained left hamstring since April 13. He missed four of the next five games, then went on the disabled list April 26.

He was eligible to be activated Sunday, but reinjured the leg playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the strain is not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Indians beat Cardinals behind Kluber’s 18 K’s | MLB.com

Kluber’s 18 strikeouts tied Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller for the most in a nine-inning game in franchise history. Feller achieved the feat on Oct. 2, 1938, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers. The 18 strikeouts are the most in the Majors since Ben Sheets fanned the same total on May 16, 2004, with the Brewers. Kluber also tied soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson for the most strikeouts in an eight-inning outing since at least 1914.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Fangraphs: Mike Trout Fixed His Only Problem

I can’t imagine you need background. Everyone knows what was going on. Everyone saw what the Royals did to Mike Trout in last year’s ALDS. Trout’s strikeouts went up because teams realized they could throw him fastballs upstairs. OK, this, we’re all familiar with. It was probably unrealistic to expect Trout to make an adjustment last year on the fly. He’d need an offseason to work out how he wanted to respond. I think we’ve now seen his response. That glaring, obvious weakness? ...

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OMNICHATTER 5-14-15

A CHATTER of the OMNI variety…

Gamingboy Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Ambidextrous Nashville Sounds pitcher Pat Venditte shows rarest of skills

Sorry if this pushes my ambidextrous agenda on you guys.

Now, after serving seven years in the Yankees’ organization, the long man, the innings eater, topping out at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and with winter ball stints in places as far afield as Venezuela, an alien twice over, he’s declared himself a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the angle-shooting, value-seeking A’s.

“I just felt like they wanted me the most,” he says. After a solid first Oakland spring, he has landed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, athletics, minor league, pat venditte

Dilbeck: Sorry, Giancarlo Stanton homer was not hit out of Dodger Stadium

But let’s be clear about something – Stanton’s 467-foot homer did not clear the ballpark. He hit the awning or the canopy or whatever you want to call that corrugated metal roof covering the left-field pavilion and then it bounced over.

It’s where it hits, not where it ultimately comes to rest.

Now not everyone agrees with this viewpoint, including my colleague Dylan Hernandez, who never lets the facts get in the way of an easy story. Not my immediate supervisor. Not several veteran ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, steve dilbeck

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