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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Brewers, two Pirates suspended for fracas | MLB.com: News

“Maldonado gets five games, Gomez three, Snider two, Martin one for Sunday’s fight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, suspensions

Crashburn Alley – Cliff Lee Is Still Very Awesome

Cliff Lee, the ace nobody seems to notice.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, phillies

Baseball games still take too long. Blame the Red Sox.

With beer going for $9.00 a pop, every extra minute increases concession sales. But more money can’t be the cause. Right?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:21 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, time of game, yankees

Baseball games still take too long. Blame the Red Sox.

With beer going for $9.00 a pop, every extra minute increases concession sales. But more money can’t be the cause. Right?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, time of game, yankees

Martin Maldonado suspended

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday’s benches-clearing incident with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Maldonado also was fined $2,500, according to the source.

The scuffle began when Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh pitcher Gerrit Cole yelled at each other following the Brewers outfielder’s triple in Sunday’s contest.

...The benches then emptied, and as the teams converged, ...

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Repoz Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Forbes: Valuing Derek Jeter: NYC v. Middle America

4193, not Jeter’s final hit total but a map reference.

Yet, the view of Jeter outside NYC and baseball’s high profile announcers and analysts, while ranging from appreciative to resentful, sees Jeter as overhyped. I’ve long lived in the intersection of Braves, Cardinals, and Reds territory and followed the Rangers and Astros based on childhood geography. To these fans and others in middle America, Jeter’s a very good hitting, limited-fielding shortstop with great durability and longevity ...

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Repoz Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2014

Milwaukee Journal, April 22, 1914:

Most of Bill Steen’s tough luck has come since he rubbed a negro hunchback bootblack’s head, trying to get lucky.
...
Among ball players there’s a superstition that the scratching of the head of a [racial slur] hunch back will bring luck. Bill and Vean Gregg were believers in that “hunch” at Pensacola in 1913, so both hunted up a crippled bootblack and rubbed his kinky head.

Instead of acquiring luck nothing has come Bill’s way since but bad fortune…Bill wants ...

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OMNICHATTER for APRIL 22, 2014

Among the MANY fine pitchers starting today are J. Verlander, J. Fernandez, M. Tanaka, J. Lester, A. Wainwright,and… Kyle Gibson?

Gamingboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eno Sarris On Young Pitchers’ Declining Velocity

Here’s a nasty open secret about pitching: Young pitchers don’t get better as they age. There is no peak age. As soon as they start firing bullets they start running out of time. They’re born and then they start dying.

djordan Posted: April 21, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: eno sarris, mlb

In baseball, is the right way the “white way?”

How fair is it for Latin and black players to be criticized for playing the game the wrong way? Is the right way really “the white way?” Who keeps track of the “unwritten rules?”

Just a few years ago, for the first time, more professional players were under contract (counting all baseball players at the major and minor league levels) who had been born outside the United States than were born inside the country. Most of those players are Latinos, prominently from Venezuela, the ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: April 21, 2014 at 06:50 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, race in baseball, yasiel puig

High and outside

You go to a Colorado Rockies game now, you see a lot of people sucking on mints, gum drops and lollipops. They’re not kids with a sweet tooth. They’re adults with a hash habit. It’s edible marijuana.
...
There’s a story going around town about a “representative” from a visiting MLB team (read: equipment guy) walking into a shop with a “grocery list” and walking out with an “armful” of stuff. There’s no limit for out-of-state residents on edibles, only smokables.

For ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 21, 2014 at 06:15 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rick reilly, rockies

ESPN: W. P. Kinsella: Where It Began: “Shoeless Joe”

Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Field of Dreams:

I replied that to me, writing a novel was akin to a baker baking a loaf of bread: So long as the buyers pay for the bread, they were free to do with it as they chose. If they made dainty sandwiches, fine. If they fed it to their gerbils, fine. I realized that most books optioned for movies became gerbil food. I’ve never understood authors who are proprietary with their work, fighting any changes of plot or character. All I care about is ...

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Mets add Bobby Abreu to roster, send down Andrew Brown

And Kyle Farnsworth is the new closer.  Richard Hidalgo is available…

The Mets have officially brought up Bobby Abreu to their major league roster, optioning down outfielder Andrew Brown as a corresponding move.

Abreu will serve as as a left-handed hitter off the bench…

Abreu hit .395 in 15 games at Triple-A in Las Vegas.

“He’s played very well at Vegas,” [GM Sandy] Alderson said. “And he’s a great hitting role model for our players. He’s a professional hitter and I think our guys can ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2014 at 03:08 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew brown, bobby abreu, mets, transactions

Posnanski: The Royals: A history of power

BTW, the recent Schur/Poz draft of superheroes went (Schur first): Batman; Superman (Schur had the usual problems with him); Thor; Hulk; Dr. Manhattan (Poz had never heard of him or Watchmen); Wonder Woman; Aquaman (Schur blamed his kid, but good God); Spider-Man (finally); Professor X; Captain America

the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago…

only seven team home run records survive from pre-1996. Six of the seven are impressive ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: history, joe posnanski, royals, steve balboni

J.R. Gamble: Albert Pujols’ 500-Homer Chase Is A Bore, But That’s Baseball’s Fault

Gamble in huff: The Sound Of Prostanozol.

Pujols is an interesting case. He’s never failed a drug test (that we know of) and before Miguel Cabrera went Triple Crown crazy, was considered the elite hitter in the game. Just 25 ballers in MLB history have ever hit 500 homers in their lifetime. His countdown to 500 should be a fan-frenzied, anticipated event. But there’s a massive legion of baseball fans, it doesn’t resonate with, because Pujols did it in the heart of the Steroids Era. We have ...

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Repoz Posted: April 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Deadspin: Here is a Chicken Playing Baseball

British Pathé, apparently seeking a permanent end to workplace productivity, recently uploaded an enormous amount of material, much of it previously unseen by the public, to Youtube.

Some 85,000 old newsreel clips have been posted to their Youtube channel. Feel free to use this space to posts your finds of any sports or poultry-related material.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 21, 1914:

According to Charlie Barrett, [Yankees rookie Tom] Burr throws a natural curve on account of a bend in his right arm. This bend is not the result of a break, but is simply due to the fact that the young man’s arm chose to grow in a curve rather than in a straight line.

The drop, which most pitchers find difficulty in throwing, is easy for Burr. His team-mates have christened him ‘The man with the bowlegged arm.’

Burr never did pitch in the majors, though ...

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Morosi: MLB must evolve to let players express themselves without rebuke

Evol not Love.

Sorry, everyone. I must have been busy waiting for Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales to sign when this transaction came across the wire:

NATIONAL LEAGUE—Named Gerrit Cole as Special Baseball Ethics Instructor to Carlos Gomez, succeeding Brian McCann.

Look, I can’t support everything Gomez does. Sunday’s bat toss and trot to first on what he thought was a home run probably cost the Brewers a run. With his speed, he could have had an inside-the-park homer if he had sprinted out ...

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Repoz Posted: April 21, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

OMNICHATTER for APRIL 21, 2014

The traditional 11:00 in the morning game in Boston starts off a 13-game slate today.

Gamingboy Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, April 20, 2014

VIDEO: Brewers, Pirates brawl after Carlos Gomez triple

Dukes! Snider!

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit what he apparently thought was a home run and it actually ended up being a triple. Pirates starter Gerrit Cole didn’t appear to appreciate how Gomez reacted and told him so. And it was, as they say, on:

Repoz Posted: April 20, 2014 at 03:17 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl

Ivan Nova’s season in jeopardy after tearing elbow ligament

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with a serious elbow injury, the Yankees announced Sunday morning, putting him in jeopardy of requiring season-ending surgery.

bayside627 Posted: April 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan nova, yankees

NY Times: Who Made That Relief Pitcher?

In April 1903, a writer for Sporting Life described what might have been a baseball first: “Manager McGraw has originated a new plan,” the paper said, referring to John McGraw, the successful skipper of the New York Giants. “He will use two pitchers in every game, one being in the points five innings and the other four. No manager but one who has originality and nerve would attempt any such innovation, but McGraw has both.”

The team soon abandoned this idea, wrote Peter Morris, author ...

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bobm Posted: April 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, john mcgraw, relievers

Zander Hollander, Sports Trivia Shepherd, Dies at 91

Zander Hollander, a journeyman journalist who rebounded from the merger of his newspaper in the mid-1960s by becoming what Sports Illustrated called “the unofficial king of sports paperbacks” — particularly a once wildly popular series of encyclopedic yearbooks — died on Friday in a nursing home in Manhattan. He was 91.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, his wife, Phyllis, said.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: books, obituaries, zander hollander

Tim Federowicz has rough night behind the plate - True Blue LA

Try not to feel the sympathy pain.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ouch

Studeman: Why wOBA Works

Why wOBA Works

Let’s say you have a player, let’s call him Al Trout, who has hit six singles in 10 plate appearances (making an out every other time) and the league, on average, hits three singles every 10 plate appearances (again, making an out every other time). To use linear weights to figure out how many more runs Al contributed above the league average, you’d…

  Calculate the extra runs Al contributed by hitting more singles, which equals the difference in singles times the run ...

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Repoz Posted: April 20, 2014 at 05:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Raissman: After cheating scandal, former Mets GM Steve Phillips back calling the shots

As a Met fan used to tell me…“It wasn’t just us…he Bordicked everybody.”

When he walks the streets of Manhattan he sees faces staring back at him. Phillips wonders what they are thinking, good, bad, or indifferent. “But what they are thinking,” Phillips said, “says more about them than it does about me.”

The nature of sportstalk radio, and the media in general, requires commentators to pass judgment — quickly — on athletes who find themselves in trouble. Whether it be for drugs, ...

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Repoz Posted: April 20, 2014 at 05:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

John Torres: Baseball must bag sickening farewell tours

As Lord Byron Browne once noted…“All baseball farewells should be sudde…”

Who started this fairly new trend of farewell tours for retiring baseball players?

I’d like to choke them.

This is the third consecutive year Major League Baseball fans have to endure the nauseating, endless stream of tributes, gifts, videos and photos of opposing retiring players by the teams they root for. First it was Chipper Jones, then Mariano Rivera and now it is Derek Jeter.

Don’t take it the wrong way. As a ...

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Repoz Posted: April 20, 2014 at 04:47 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OMNICHATTER for April 20, 2014

The link is a play on words/names.

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2014 at 01:22 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A’s Jed Lowrie “flabbergasted” by Astros’ response to bunt

Holy mackerel!

Last night’s game featured some strangeness, with Astros manager Bo Porter getting bent out of shape about Jed Lowrie’s bunt attempt against the shift in the first inning and the A’s up 7-0. Consensus around the Oakland clubhouse: The first inning is way too early to get upset about a guy bunting – plus, if you put the shift on, you’re inviting the bunt. Why would you then get upset about it?

“I’m really flabbergasted by the reaction,” Lowrie said of Porter’s ...

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Repoz Posted: April 19, 2014 at 08:04 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, oakland

Baseball Researcher: Some Very Fortunate Footage

Footage of Babe Ruth’s first game back in 1925 is interesting, but perhaps not worth blogging about. However, it was not this portion of the film that excited me. Instead, it was other footage, shot earlier that same day, that caught my attention. This pre-game footage showed Ruth taking batting practice, tossing the ball around and posing for the camera in front of the Yankees dugout. Here’s are a pair of frames from this section of footage [...]

Behind Ruth, at far left, is a familiar ...

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bobm Posted: April 19, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, film, lou gehrig, yankees

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