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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

What MVP and Cy Young Awards are really about

We should be in the middle of the Mike Trout M.V.P. era.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Statcast Lab: How much impact does a great-fielding outfielder have?

This is absolutely fantastic stuff. I cannot wait to see Statcast defensive stats readily available.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Marlins activate Giancarlo Stanton from DL | MLB.com

Mattingly said that for now, Stanton is strictly a pinch-hitting option. However, trainer Dustin Luepker and the medical staff said the power-hitting right fielder could also run the bases.

“He’s basically a bat off the bench right now, and he will continue to rehab,” Mattingly said before the game. “We feel like he will continue to get better and better. We’ll see if he will be able to get back on the field or not to play the outfield and things like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Dave Dombrowski says Steven Wright was not rushed back | Boston Herald

Pinch running with one of your best pitchers is dumb.

“Again, we were confident in the initial diagnosis that there wasn’t anything structural that was going to hinder or prevent him from pitching, or put him in a position where he was doing any additional harm,” Farrell said. “So that’s not denying he’s still feeling the effects from that in the last two outs, we’ve just got to let it quiet down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Braves see no risk in possible Tebow signing | MLB.com

As the Braves have continued to evaluate the possibility of signing Tim Tebow to a Minor League contract, they have remained interested primarily because they do not see an obvious risk. The financial commitment would be insignificant, and the former NFL quarterback would simply fill a need for Double-A Mississippi while serving as a non-roster player.

“Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, tim tebow

OMNICHATTER 9-7-16

It Came From The OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality

According to his manager, Steve Yeager went down “like he’d been felled by a bullet.”

Fans near the on-deck circle who had a view of the incident were stunned and silent. Some turned away and a few were brought to tears.

“It was sickening,” teammate Steve Garvey said.

Randy Jones, who was on the mound when the play occurred, thought Yeager had been shot too. He was so shocked he couldn’t move.

Wahoo Sam Posted: September 06, 2016 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: los angeles dodgers, steve yeager

MLB playoffs: Ranking all 18 contenders’ schedules

The Mets have the easiest schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, schedule

Heyman - David Wright Headed To California For Check-Up On Neck

Mets captain David Wright is off to Los Angeles today for a scheduled checkup on his surgically-repaired neck with his surgeon, noted back special Robert Watkins, with hopes of being cleared to resume some light baseball activities, or at least receive a schedule to do so.

Wright, who’s traveling from Cincinnati where he was with the team, confirmed the appointment via email, saying it was a “routine checkup” that was “set up after surgery.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 6, 1916:

Suitcase Charley Pechous, the new Cub third sacker, is a recruit from Peoria…He received his cognomen from the fact that when he joined the Cubs he was so excited at the prospect of taking a trip with the big leaguers that he invested 80 cents in a paper suitcase in which to carry his toothbrush and hankey. He left the case on the station platform in the rain and when he picked it up the handle came away and the sides of the case fell in.

The Cubs’ nickname ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 10:55 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, nicknames

OMNICHATTER 9-6-16

The OMNICHATTER for the day is this one.

Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Angels’ Matt Shoemaker has surgery to stop bleeding in his skull

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Shoemaker had the procedure late Sunday at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, and athletic trainer Adam Nevala is staying with him until he is able to travel to Southern California.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided the update Monday in Oakland, saying Shoemaker had been receiving CT scans every 2/3 hours when the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, matt shoemaker

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel shut down from throwing - Houston Chronicle

In addition to scratching him from his start that had been scheduled for Tuesday against the Indians, the Astros have already ruled out their ace from starting this weekend against the Cubs. With only 25 games remaining on the Astros’ schedule after Monday, the rest of the pitcher’s season is shrouded in doubt.

“I don’t know,” manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if he thought Keuchel would pitch again this season. “We’ll have to get back and see how all of these tests come back ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel

Jay Bruce clarifies report he did not want to be traded to Mets - NY Daily News

“The Reds came to me very early in the process and asked me where I wanted to go and I gave them three places I wanted to go and New York wasn’t one of them.

Seth Lugo keeps Mets rolling in 5-1 win over Nationals
“But that has nothing to do with the Mets or New York or anything like that. I had personal ties with places I wanted to go. It ended up not working out.”

What places? “San Francisco, Texas and L.A.,” Bruce said.

So is he upset to be a Met? “Absolutely not. I got a chance to come ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds


An A’s ballboy put forth an All-Star, all-out effort on a grounder, but nope | MLB.com

He lays it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ball boys

Dodgers hit 5 home runs off Zack Greinke | MLB.com

odger Stadium had a healthy serving of boos reserved for Zack Greinke in his first start there since leaving for Arizona via free agency in the offseason. However, it was his former teammates who offered an even ruder welcome in a 10-2 Dodgers win on Monday night.

The Dodgers hit five homers off Greinke, a career high for the right-hander. Adrian Gonzalez got it started in the fourth with a two-run shot on a numbers-high fastball. Before the inning, Greinke had thrown three shutout innings, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, zach greinke

Monday, September 05, 2016

OTP 2016 September 5: Baseball, Politics & Comedy

From baseball and politics to comedy, Drew Forum speakers will display a lot of range this fall and winter.
Between September and February, the Drew University series will feature Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers; Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; New York Times columnist Gail Collins and political players Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 05, 2016 at 12:58 PM | 1118 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, politics

Notes keep Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson pitch-perfect

Stathead announcer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, tigers

Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman keeping Mets alive in playoff race | Newsday

We used to view Lugo and Gsellman, a pair of lower-round 2011 picks, as temporary placeholders, Vegas guys keeping the rotation spots warm for Matz and Jacob deGrom. Not anymore. There’s no guarantee we’ll see either one again this season, and judging by the pace of their rehab stints, don’t get your hopes up.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Report: Before trade to the Mets, Jay Bruce asked to be sent ‘anywhere but New York’ | For The Win

Fatherhood has not hurt Bruce. He isn’t losing sleep or wasting energy changing diapers. Actually, he was still in Cincinnati when he became a father and was having a great year. Then they traded him to New York and his numbers declined in a New York minute. I was told when he knew he would be traded he went to the Reds and asked them to trade him anywhere but to New York. Guess they didn’t hear him right and thought he said, “Please trade me to New York.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds

Being anomaly in changing game hasn’t affected Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks - Chicago Tribune

“The game has taken such a turn to power pitching that I guess my pitching style is more of an anomaly in the game today,” Hendricks said. “But there are also a lot of guys that pitch like me. We never get much recognition, obviously.

“It’s always the power pitchers with the power stuff that are going to get the headlines. There are a lot of guys out there that can flat-out pitch, make pitches, change speeds, because if you can do it and do it well, you can have a lot of success at this level. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


OMNICHATTER 9-5-16

The Labor Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2016 at 01:23 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, September 04, 2016

You should watch the Women’s Baseball World Cup

The Women’s Baseball World Cup kicked off on September 2, and no, I don’t mean softball. I mean baseball. While it’s not well known that women still play baseball (since young girls are pushed toward softball instead of our nation’s pastime), they do, and they do it well. Sarah Hudek, the trailblazing collegiate baseball player who recently transitioned to softball, pitched in the title game of the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup. (Sadly, the US team lost.) That should tell you a lot ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: women's baseball

How Joe Maddon’s Cubs experiment is changing baseball | New York Post

This is the most important factor by far.

2. There are more pitchers. Teams now routinely carry 12 and sometimes even 13. That limits positional maneuverability for a manager, unless he has player(s) who can make it feel like he has more than 25 players available by being able to capably move around.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

The education of Yoan Moncada

New York wanted Moncada at $25 million. Hastings said another team was over $30 million. The Yankees refused to budge. Hastings said Moncada would go elsewhere. The Yankees pulled their offer. Hastings called Eddie Romero, the Red Sox’s VP of international scouting, and said: “We’ve got a deal.” Just like that, over the course of two minutes, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound, switch-hitting infielder with game-breaking speed, legitimate power and a jeweler’s eye went from being convinced he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Rays debut the first of their new stockpile of knuckleball pitchers

I love knuckleballers.

Friday night’s game between the Blue Jays and Rays was notable for two reasons. One, it marked the return of Alex Cobb, back after missing more than a season and a half due to Tommy John surgery. Second, it represented the debut of the majors’ newest knuckleballer: Eddie Gamboa.

Gamboa, a 31-year-old who converted to knuckling a few years back on a whim, had been recalled last season by the Orioles, but failed to appear in a game. That changed on Friday, obviously, as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie gamboa, knuckleballers, rays

Mental, physical changes helping Rays’ Longoria rebound | Tampa Bay Times

First, Longoria, for the first time he can remember, wrote out the key statistics for each year of his career to provide a base. Then, his assignment was to jot down specific numerical goals for this season, such as how many home runs he could hit.

Falco’s theory was to give it permanence on paper as a point of reference to look at during the season and, more importantly, to get Longoria to think aggressively and aim high.

“It’s really the first time I’ve ever done it,” Longoria said. “In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays

Minor-leaguer makes history, plays all 9 positions | theScore.com

Melvin “The Machine” Mercedes, playing for the Class-A Stockton Ports, appeared at all nine positions in a game Saturday against the Bakersfield Blaze.

Prior to the game, Mercedes played six different positions during the 2016 season, failing only to appear at first base, center field, and behind the dish. Mercedes finished 1-4 at the plate with a double, a walk and closed out the game pitching a scoreless inning, striking out tw

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

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