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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rany on the Royals: Goodbye for Now

Rany takes a break from blogging.

And then in 2013 I got the call that, in retrospect, I had spent the previous two decades working to get. The Chicago Cubs contacted me and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for an analytics position in their front office.

Let me rephrase that: The Chicago Cubs wanted me to work for them.

Let me reframe that one more time: The Chicago Cubs, run by Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, who had already won two world championships and ended an 86-year ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rany jazayerli, royals

Baseball Prospectus | Fantasy Freestyle: How We Got Here

An interview with Alex Patton and Peter Kreutzer, two pioneering Roto experts.

To follow up on that, you used to play in the pre-Internet age, when people read newspapers and networked with friends in other cities for relevant fantasy information? Do you still enjoy the game with all of the information just there for anyone to get in a matter of minutes?

Alex: I miss the networking. But I still read newspapers! Better enjoy that while I can, I guess.

Peter: Information increase is inevitable, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Full Count » How Red Sox teamed up to help Eduardo Rodriguez not tip his pitches

“In the midst of that one inning that Eduardo had the other day, it was me and Wade [Miley] sitting down in the batting cage watching TV and balls are getting hit hard. I think the one that set us off was the Chris Davis slider. It was a good slider away and he stayed on it and went the other way. You have to expect 96 or 97 and you’re staying back on a slider on a full count, left on left? It didn’t register. So we went in there and looked at it and found something that was not really ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox


Joe Maddon brings in magician to “lighten things up” amid Cubs skid

Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there,” second baseman Addison Russell said afterward.

Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-1-2015

Dakota County [Nebraska] Herald, July 1, 1915:

Marty McHale has invented a new wrinkle in delivery. He pours a cupful of water on his right knee just before he starts for the rubber, and when he wants to pitch he rubs the ball on the wet spot and gets it good and smooth so that his grip is better. The other teams have protested against the trick, but the umpires see no other way to stop it.

Seems like the exact opposite of what you’d want to do in order to get a good grip, but he was a big ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, marty mchale

Prospect Pulse: Meet the Matz!

IF these guys can stay healthy…

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Sale away: Ace’s road show ties Pedro | MLB.com

There are a lot of things wrong with the White Sox this year but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Video: Statcast: Gordon’s speedy homer | MLB.com

Dee Gordon is fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

BLS: Gorkys Hernandez’s awful mistake on the bases nearly costs Pirates

Meh, Hernandez is no Ruben Rivera.

With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.

The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that’s when things got confusing for Hernandez.

Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis’ glove, ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, gorkys herandez, pirates, tigers

OTP - July 2015:  Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football

Some smart person, I believe it was political columnist and baseball guru George Will, said that politics is a lot more like baseball than football.

What he meant is that if you lose a few football games the season quickly becomes unsuccessful. But if you lose even a lot of baseball games, you can still win the World Series. NFL teams play 16 regular season games. Major League Baseball teams play 162.

In politics you can lose a lot of legislative battles and public policy fights, and still be ...

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Bitter Mouse Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 468 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Source: Dipoto could step down as Angels GM | angels.com

On Monday, a FOXSports.com report stated that “emotions simmered” amid a series of meetings revolving around the front office’s belief that the coaching staff was doing an inadequate job of relaying scouting information to players. In those meetings, occurring this past weekend, at least one coach “responded heatedly” to Dipoto and Pujols issued “a pointed rebuttal” to the fourth-year GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

OMNICHATTER 7-1-2015

The WE-ARE-NOW-IN-JULY OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 01, 2015 at 12:48 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

International signing period opens Thursday | MLB.com

An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 and June 15 of next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players

OMNICHATTER 6/30/15

The End-Of-June OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Don’t ever make closer Huston Street pitch earlier than the ninth inning

I’ll do whatever it takes to win….except pitching the eighth inning.

Traditionally, the best reliever in a team’s bullpen gets designated the closer. In recent years, though, there’s been an argument that using your best reliever in high-leverage situations is more valuable than saving your closer for a save opportunity that may never materialize.

Huston Street is not a fan of that thinking, according to David Alder of MLB.com.

“I’ll retire if that ever happens,” Street said. “If they ever ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, closers, huston street, mentality, roles, the will to win

A Glimpse of Moonlight | Baseball Hall of Fame

A nice anecdote about Moonlight Graham.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, moonlight graham

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 30, 1915:

Elmer Leifer, a left-handed pitcher for Ewan, Wash., struck out thirty-two batsmen in a nineteen-inning game with the Malden, Wash., team.

...and then his arm fell off. Okay, not really, but Leifer had an interesting career.

He signed to play in the Northwestern League and was eventually converted to the outfield. Elmer hit .352 for Butte in 1917, .326 in 1920 as Moose Jaw’s everyday third baseman, and made it all the way to the big leagues for a cup of coffee ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 30, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, elmer leifer, history

As trade season approaches, Astros have hole in rotation - Houston Chronicle

McCullers high point is 104.2 innings heading into this season.

Collin McHugh and the rehabbing Scott Feldman remain quality rotation pieces, but there’s a need beyond them that young pitchers Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez probably can’t fill because of developmental innings limits.

“(I’m hopeful for a trade based on) what we’re doing right now and the position that we’re in,” Keuchel said before Saturday’s 9-6 loss to the Yankees. “Fully intend for the front office to make a move. And ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Braves have one eye on present, two on future | braves.com

“When we get to the Trade Deadline, we won’t look to ship out everyone who is on a free-agent contract or everybody who is over the age of 30,” Coppolella said. “We’re going to look to make good solid baseball trades that will be made in the best interest of this franchise. I don’t know if we’ll be as active as we have been previously. We’ll see what comes up at the Deadline, but by no means will we totally gut this team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Billy Beane still weighing A’s options as trade deadline nears | CSN Bay Area

It’s a long season. The Wild Card opens up many possibilities.

“It’s really depending on how you’re playing and where you’re headed,” Beane said. “Just about any deficit can be overtaken if you’re clicking as a club. Case in point, 2012.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane


Steven Matz’s grandpa on going viral: ‘What the heck is that?’ | New York Post

“They said I went viral, and I said, ‘What the heck is that?’” Moller told The Post Monday by phone. “It was crazy. When he hit that double, it was like: ‘Oh my gosh.’ You couldn’t control your emotions. I was so happy.

“When he was a day old, he was in my arms. … He’s still a kid to me. It’s crazy.”

Moller, 82, has been a Mets fan since the team was born. Growing up in Bay Ridge — attending PS 185, Fort Hamilton High School and Brooklyn College before joining the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Eugene Emralds’ Historic Stadium Burns Down

A spectacular, two-alarm fire gutted Eugene’s beloved Civic Stadium — and the dreams that went with it — today.

Nearly 40 emergency personnel responded to the blaze, which was called in at 5:26 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames that were twice the height of the stadium. A huge plume of black smoke could be seen from across much of the city.

This is a huge bummer. The stadium was almost 80 years old and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Though ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: June 30, 2015 at 01:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, huge bummers

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tensions return between Angels’ front office, manager Scioscia

Angels certainly in the running for “Most Dysfunctional Executive Team of the Year.”

Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.

The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Dylan Bundy Shut Down Indefinitely - MLB Trade Rumors

This doesn’t sound good for Bundy. More detail at the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 08:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Tests on Red Sox Hanley Ramirez’s bruised hand negative - Sports - The Boston Globe

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday or Thursday after tests on his bruised left hand proved negative.

Ramirez was in Boston on Monday, getting an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital. The exam showed no structural damage and he has been cleared to start swinging a bat.


“We’ll see how the next day to three days goes. The optimistic view is he’ll back in the lineup while we’re here,” manager John Farrell said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Phillies Hire Andy MacPhail As Pat Gillick’s Successor

Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking. … In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player ...

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eddieot Posted: June 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit | royals.com

“The guy, from the moment he got here, has been a threat and he is doing the job offensive along with being a Gold Glove behind the plate,” said Yost, a former catcher himself.

He joins Joe Mauer, now a first baseman primarily with the Twins, and current Yankee Brian McCann as the only active players who were catchers and had 500 hits by the age of 25.

“What’s that say about him?” repeated Yost. “It says he’s pretty darn good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2015

Toledo News-Bee, June 29, 1915:

One of the prettiest bits of generalship of the baseball season resulted in a victory for the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cards [on June 24].
...
[Heinie Zimmerman] had been spiked badly and had been out of the game for days. He drove a ball far to center and limped to second, then hobbled to third [on a ground out]. There were two out and two strikes on the batter. Manager Bresnahan delayed the game. He rushed to third base and ordered Zimmerman to get out ...

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