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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Matt Harvey Out Of Answers For Rough Season

It was not fun to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball

For at least one generation of Americans, “Friends” endures as a cultural touchstone, a glowing chunk of 1990s amber. But its runaway popularity stretched far beyond the United States, and for some Latino baseball players it is something more: a language guide, a Rosetta Stone disguised as six 20-somethings commingling in a Manhattan apartment.

NattyBoh Posted: September 18, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 485 comment(s)
  Beats: english, latino players, minors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2017

El Paso Herald, September 18, 1917:

Ball games in the American league will be speeded up hereafter according to president Johnson, who has instructed his umpires not to tolerate any unnecessary delays.

The order today is the outgrowth of a complaint made by president Comiskey, of the Chicago Americans, who said that protests of some managers and players about the condition of the ball in recent games has made it necessary to play two hours or more.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice

Women in sports broadcasting are used to men criticizing their voices. In my three years in sports radio, I’ve had more men complain about my voice than everything else about me combined — and trust me, there are a lot of other things they don’t like about me.

“It has nothing to do with you being a woman,” they tell me, “I just can’t stand the sound of your voice.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 18, 2017 at 08:08 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, general

OTP 18 September 2017: Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry Criticizes Jemele Hill, Praises POTUS: Trump is ‘A Great Man’

“I think no one should call anyone anything. President Trump, he’s a great man to me. He was always gracious to me. I really love him, his family, I was on his show and he’s always been kind to me… I’ve known him quite well and every time I’ve seen him and been around him he’s always been so gracious with me and I’m always grateful for that.”

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 18, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1552 comment(s)
  Beats: daryl strawberry, politics

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits 490-foot home run | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, video

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Baseball’s Hunter Greene, all that and more

A feature on Hunter Greene.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2017 at 09:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, reds


Sunday Notes: Oakland’s Chris Smith Rides a Rollercoaster | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2017 at 03:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

To this day, the company insists, “we don’t know exactly why it works—it just does!”

NattyBoh Posted: September 16, 2017 at 08:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: physics, pitching, wiffle ball

John Lackey melts down, blames ump; Cubs crush Cards 8-2 anyway – Chicago Sun-Times

He seems to have some anger issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, john lackey

Why hasn’t MLB fixed its September roster expansion rules?

Allow teams to activate as many players as they want but limit them to 25 dressed players per game. Fixed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb rules

Silverman: Red Sox get off easy but face scrutiny for stealing signs | Boston Herald

How much was the fine?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox


Trevor Bauer admitted this wasn’t the first time he ended a 22-game winning streak | MLB.com

With this additional info, it’s clear Terry Francona should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Have the Cardinals Found the New J.D. Martinez? | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jose martinez

Royals stop Indians’ winning streak at 22 | MLB.com

You can let your kids outside again. The streak is over.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

How Whit Merrifield became an instant standout for KC Royals | The Kansas City Star

Nice feature on Whit Merrifield.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, whit merrifield

Friday, September 15, 2017

SEE IT: Mets wore male rompers on flight home

What do male rompers and this Mets season have in common? Neither one should be a thing.

Possible comments:

A) Um.

B) Didn’t realize they hired George Costanza as their new traveling secretary.

C) WTF?

 

eddieot Posted: September 15, 2017 at 04:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wtf


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2017

Chicago Eagle, September 15, 1917:

Don’t use your meat hand to stop hard-hit balls that are batted back at you. If you do you may put an end to your pitching career.
...
Early last spring [Yankees pitcher Allen] Russell reached for a hard-hit ball through the box with his nude flipper. He got his hand on the ball and succeeded in retarding its progress, but immediately afterwards he suffered a sharp pain in the first two digits of his pitching hook, which was followed by numbness. Then his hand ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2017 at 10:23 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chase Utley on Hall of Fame: ‘Something that I don’t really focus much on’

The 38-year-old Utley is a famously tough interview, well-known among media members for his unwillingness to say much. Some players and coaches hold court in the clubhouse before games, happy to expound when approached. This isn’t Utley. He has all the joy answering questions of a person giving a deposition.

He admits only sparingly, for instance, that people sometimes talk about him as a future Baseball Hall of Fame candidate.

“I mean, you hear it once in awhile but it’s something that ...

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How Tim Tebow became the greatest value in minor league baseball

Baseball America calculated that Tebow was worth nearly $1.6 million in additional tickets, parking, concessions and other revenue.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 14, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prank

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-14-2017

Pittsburgh Press, September 14, 1917:

Ray Caldwell isn’t in jail [in New York] today, but it isn’t the fault of New York fans.

When Caldwell was served with an order for his arrest on a charge of abandoning his wife and their seven-year-old son, the New York club planned to take enough money from the gate receipts of the Boston-New York game to make up his bail of $1,000. They found, however, there were not enough spectators to make the required sum and Ray had to get his bail elsewhere.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 14, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

New delivery, old results for Tyler Glasnow in loss to Brewers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why not give him some time in the pen in a long reliever role?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

Rhys Hoskins hits 17th homer in Phillies win over Marlins

The Phillies are trending up. Aaron Nola also has been pitching well.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies, rhys hoskins

Kelly’s Last Trip: The King of Players Put Out by Death

Good stuff here.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

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