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Thursday, April 07, 2016

On Tim Lincecum and Labral Tears – The Hardball Times

Everything you wanted to know about labral tears.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, tim lincecum

Red Sox president defends Fenway Park’s high beer prices

I call bullshit. The beers are priced to maximize profits.

Small beers come at a big price at Fenway Park.

Last season, a beer at the Red Sox’ home ballpark cost $7.75, tied for the highest price in the league with the Phillies and Cubs. Philadelphia and Chicago, however, sold their $7.75-beers in bigger cups. Fenway served 12-oz beers, Wrigley Field served 16-oz beers, and Citzens Bank Park served 21-oz beers.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy joined CBS Boston 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, beer

Chance (the Rapper) to sign with White Sox

The Cubs are hoping to soon close their deal with the surviving members of Chicago.

Walt Davis Posted: April 07, 2016 at 02:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: music, white sox

Washington Post: Weirdest, Most Confusing Pitching Delivery In Baseball

I’ll see your Carter Capps, and raise you a John of Gant:

Enter Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Gant, who mesmerized those who watched the Nationals’ 3-1 win at Turner Field Wednesday night with his shaky leg, jittery motion and near full stop in the middle of his delivery.

Video & more at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, balk, john gant, pitching mechanics, weird

OMNICHATTER 4/7/16

The Padres won’t score today either (because they aren’t playing). CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2016 at 12:28 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Some Yankees Tickets Require a Long Walk

Yankees encourage StubHub users to get more exercise.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stubhub, yankees tickets

The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball

It’s not that I love bat flips, etc. so much. It’s just that the people objecting are so full of themselves that I feel compelled to be on the other side.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:01 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, black players, latino players

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own ...

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Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Where Braves top 30 prospects start the season | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline is publishing a series of articles on where each team’s Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

MLB needs to tweak draft to create greater disincentives for losing | FOX Sports

Team which lose are given a bigger budget. Why not tie the difference to the luxury tax threshold and revenue sharing system? Right now the Reds have a pool of $13,923,700. The Cubs have a pool of $2,245,100. Why not strike a balance? Let the Cubs a little more room under the threshold?

The difference between the two, $5.64 million, is $1.14 million greater than the difference was in 2012, the first year of the CBA. How meaningful is that growth? Well, $1.14 million is the approximate value of a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

VR Baseball Home Run Derby Released

The future has arrived.  And in the future you won’t be so terrible at sports.

This is basically a glorified tech demo at this point, but I can imagine a time just a few years from now when you can field entire teams of real VR players around the world, all playing together in real-time.

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 06, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, gaming

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2016

Topeka State Journal, April 6, 1916:

[Eddie] Collins, by the way, not only is a great baseball player, but in his college days was “some pumpkins” on a football gridiron. And ‘tis said that even now when he is the idol of more human beings than any crowned monarch upon the face of Mother Earth solely because of his baseball ability, Collins considers football a greater sport than baseball.

Yeesh. If he was as good at football as he was at baseball, he was some pumpkins indeed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

Casual sexism in baseball is alive and well – HardballTalk

In the new world it’s a crime to suggest, in any way, that men and women are different. In this worldview, we all have to be the same. Manliness and machismo are sins. Craig is clearly one of those guys.

There is no place for this crap. There is no way, in 2016, that equating women with weakness or using “woman” as an insult, which was clearly the case in Kansas City, is acceptable. The idea that a guy with long hair is a “woman” and that such a thing is bad was comically played out and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 295 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Orioles closer Zach Britton rises only after he embraced the sinker - Baltimore Sun

“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

It’s only one game, but Hanley Ramirez sure looked good Tuesday - The Boston Globe

“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Matt Harvey Throws Hard Heat at the New York Press Corps

The Dark Whiner.

Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

‘No man alive’ could hit these three Noah Syndergaard pitches | New York Post

Syndergaard is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Gibbons: ‘Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow’ - ESPN Video

Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, utley rule

Rockies rookie Trevor Story HRs into records | MLB.com

This is a great way to start off your career.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Draft prospect Jason Groome dominates in start | MLB.com

A left-handed high school pitcher is the number one draft prospect. I kid you not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

MLB approves wearable technology for two devices this season

“The next thing you know, the pitcher’s going to have a phone in his pocket taking selfies,” New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Rays win on bizarre walk-off interference call | Rays Index

Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.

The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

OMNICHATTER 4/6/16

It’s the first day of the season that isn’t an Opening Day!

Gamingboy Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Bryce Harper wants to Make Baseball Fun Again

CSN video of interview in question.

But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!

Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 05, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fun, nationals, party poopers

Did Gregory Polanco sacrifice too much in his new deal with the Pirates? | FOX Sports

If. If. If.
Remember when the conversation was about Jon Singleton? “If Jon Singleton becomes a star his deal will end up well below-market.”
A player can’t spend the cash if things don’t turn out as well as pundits think.

But if Polanco becomes a star—or even a consistently productive regular—the deal will end up being well below-market, considering that he is giving up three free-agent years.

Polanco’s new contract runs from 2017 to ‘21. The annual breakdown is not yet known, but the two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

2016 Draft Bonus Pools, Pick Values

A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball’s largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s Draft at $13,923,700.

Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team’s choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 05, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Theo Epstein ready to make the big deal when Cubs need pitching | CSN Chicago

“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.

“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.

“It’s certainly something that we talk about every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

“The Arm” Has Perfect Pitch – The Hardball Times

I’ll add it to my reading queue.

This dedication to find every story sets the book apart from less ambitious projects, but it also sets itself apart from the competition in two other ways. One is by weaving in the stories of Hudson and Coffey. The pair are ever present throughout the book; their tales of trouble and triumph get their own chapters, but also pepper the chapters that focus on others. The other is by not just looking for stories, but also for solutions.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, pitching

David Wright’s failures clouded by nostalgia — and $87 million | New York Post

Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.

Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Giants’ Bruce Bochy likes what he sees of pitcher batting 8th - SFGate

Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.

“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, lineups

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