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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BAR: Joey Votto’s outstanding season

Votto is healthy and good again.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball: Move Hanley Ramirez over, or move him out? - The Boston Globe

At some point, Ortiz will be done. That point will come sooner rather than later. Tell Ramirez he’s going to play first base, left field and DH next season. Play him there.

The problem is, he doesn’t work hard on his defense, according to team sources. The one time he did work was in spring training, when he was out before and after practice and games.

But once the season began, the extra work stopped.

Ramirez has been unwilling to go out and practice, very similar to Yoenis Cespedes last ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Mike Gallego out as A’s third base coach, Ron Washington in - San Francisco Chronicle

In the wake of recent baserunning snafus, Mike Gallego, the A’s long-serving third-base coach, was let go by the team on Monday and infield coach Ron Washington was installed back in his old spot.

“I’m going to do all I can to get guys across the plate,” Washington said before Oakland’s game at Safeco Field. “I don’t expect to be a perfect third-base coach. But I know I’m a damn good third base coach.’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mike gallego, ron washington

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2015

Topeka State Journal, August 25, 1915:

Otis Crandall, former Giant now with the St. Louis Feds, has invented a new delivery known as the “snake ball.” According to the reports of opposing batsmen, the sphere floats up the the plate in a series of eccentric circles that give hickory swingers the staggers trying to follow its course.

Sounds (from contemporary reports as well as more recent sources) like it was just a big, loopy curveball. Writers of this era seemed intent on discovering “new” ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: doc crandall, dugout, history, pitches

Bryant Homer Lifts Cubs to 2-1 Win Over Indians - The New York Times

Bryant appears locked in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Martino: David Wright returns to a very different Mets team - NY Daily News

It’s Captain America calling!

At the beginning of a historic night for the Mets offense, David Wright announced his relevance to the pennant race with one thundering swing: top of the second inning, boom, second deck in left field.

With that, the Mets’ weirdly successful August became even weirder. Wright returns to a Twilight Zone, where everything works out for this team. It’s a reality barely recognizable from what the captain has seen for years.

“I hope that everyone here is soaking ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Monday, August 24, 2015

JESSICA MENDOZA WILL BE THE FIRST FEMALE ANALYST ON AN ESPN MLB GAME

A bit of history is being made on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball this evening – ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza will be the first ever female analyst on an ESPN MLB game. She’ll be in the booth alongside Dave O’Brien and Dallas Braden, replacing Aaron Boone, currently in Williamsport for the Little League World Series….

This is a pretty big deal, considering the majority of ESPN’s analysts have been ex-players. Technically, Mendoza is also an ex-player – she was a two-time Olympian for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:52 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: analysts, espn, females in baseball

10 Degrees: The hard truth about RBIs - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan makes a case against the importance of the RBI in the MVP discussion. He also writes about a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mike trout, mvp, notes, rbi, sabermetrics

MiLB pitcher Josh Wilkie AMA on Reddit

Did you ever pitch high on cannabis? And if so, do you think it made you performance better or worse?

You won’t believe his answer to this question!

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: August 24, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marijuana, minor leaguers, nationals, pitching

From field to front office, many believe chemistry still matters in baseball

Sure, numbers are fine for fantasy leagues, but if you want to truly define a player’s value, or recognize the importance significance of clubhouse culture, it’s time to wake up and embrace character, too.

“I think we’re losing part of our game because so many of these people in charge don’t have the scouting background or playing background,’’ Peavy said. “All they have is a great education and they’re really good at math. Some of these front offices crunch all of these ...

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Dallas Keuchel, Astros discuss contract extension - Ultimate Astros

Except he doesn’t get hurt all the time and allows a lot less hits.

“I’ve watched him throw a lot,” Kershaw said. “He reminds me a little bit of Brett (Anderson). … His sinker’s great. Gets so many ground balls. I feel like with anybody, it’s his ability to command. He just doesn’t miss it (on) the) outside corner. Changeup’s really good. People don’t really notice it but his slider, breaking ball, whatever he calls it, he gets a lot of swings and misses. Strikes out a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, clayton kershaw, dallas keuchel

How Independent Baseball Teams Make Money. Or Don’t. - WSJ

In most cases, the teams are kept alive by owners who are either independently wealthy or have a basket of other businesses, and are prepared to swallow some losses for the thrill of owning a team. “In any league, I’d be surprised if over half the teams make money,” says Miles Wolff, commissioner of the American Association and Canadian American Association independent leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, minor leagues

Over the Plate: Arlie Latham’s Own Baseball Stories, No. 2 « Our Game

This is the second of a series of unusual entertaining stories told by Arlie Latham, reminiscent of the old days of baseball, and of some of the things, ludicrous and whimsical, that go to make up a player’s life. Arlie—who was christened Walter Arlington—will be remembered with the Giants of late years as coach and scout.

He played his first professional ball in 1882 with the Philadelphia team of the Alliance League. [The latter is today termed the League Alliance, and it was not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Joc Pederson of Los Angeles Dodgers loses spot in lineup

Adjustments, adjustments, adjustments.

Joc Pederson was a rookie of the year front-runner and the starting center fielder for the National League All-Star team, but a protracted slump has cost him his starting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Don Mattingly said Enrique Hernandez will take over the center-field job until further notice. Hernandez was in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros for the second straight day and will face right-hander Lance McCullers on Sunday.
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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Mike Fiers’ no-hitter shows Astros not driven solely by stats Ken Rosenthal notebook | FOX Sports

The analytics vs. scouts dichotomy is fiction.

Here’s to staying open-minded.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mike fiers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2015

New York Tribune, August 24, 1915:

Jack Hendricks, manager of the Indianapolis team, and Doyle, an umpire, engaged in a one-sided battle [yesterday] during the first game between the Indianapolis and Kansas City Association teams.

Hendricks shouted from the bench and angered Doyle, who motioned the manager to the clubhouse. As Hendricks passed Doyle he spoke a few words in low tone. The umpire at once staggered the manager with a right swing to the jaw and a left to the face.
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Hendricks, who ...

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Coors Field is getting weird and Walt Weiss has a theory why

Saturday’s game, even more than Friday’s, played through a hazy fog. Wildfires in Washington state sent smoke into Colorado and turned the sky gray.

“The ball is flying right now,” Weiss said. “It’s the way the park has played the last couple nights.”

And Weiss — a baseball manager more than a meteorologist or climatologist — said the blaze, the haze and the crazy baseball might be related.

“My un-scientific theory is: A few years ago, I remember when the state was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, walt weiss

Andy Pettitte ‘thankful’ to have No. 46 retired by New York Yankees

Hello rook. You have number 145.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: andy pettitte, yankees

Olivera might get a little more time in Triple-A | www.ajc.com

It’s Olivera time, almost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

Piece of concrete falls in Comerica Park concourse

I guess it’s time for another taxpayer paid stadium in Detroit. Luckily the city is awash in cash.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, tigers

Mike Fiers of Houston Astros denies illegal substance on glove during no-hitter

One day after throwing a 134-pitch no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros right-hander Mike Fiers denied he had an illegal substance on his glove during the 3-0 win, shooting down speculation that began when photos on social media that zoomed in on the glove appeared to show a shiny substance.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mike fiers

Jaded Jose Reyes would welcome a trade from the Rockies - The Denver Post

Jose Reyes, winning over teammates since 2003.

He’s not interested in playing for a team that isn’t competitive. And the Rockies, on pace for another 95-loss season, likely aren’t interested in an aging, high-priced veteran. Colorado owes Reyes more than $56 million through the 2017 season. He’s now their highest-paid player.

“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Sunday, August 23, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-24-15

The “Computer’s Working Again!” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2015 at 11:48 PM | 302 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OMNICHATTER - Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s chatterific!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday Notes: Saber Seminar, Backup Sliders, Gose, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes some info on the Saber Seminar.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who will Dave Dombrowski hire as Red Sox GM? - The Boston Globe

I love Mookie Betts. There is no way the Mets would trade Harvey for him, though. No. Way.

My suggestion of trading Xander Bogaerts for Matt Harvey has drawn interesting responses. Mets people hate it because Harvey is a movie star in New York. Red Sox people hate it because they love Bogaerts. Baseball executives mostly think the Mets would need to get more for Harvey. Fascinating discussion.

Philadelphia isn’t a good fit. Cherington has a patient, long-term mindset. In Boston, fans and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Astros, Dodgers try to be smart, but mistakes more affordable for L.A. - Houston Chronicle

At the core, being better at player evaluation than your opponent is the most important attribute of any great organization. Having a lot of cash, though, let’s you wallpaper over mistakes, at least in the short-term.

When Boston was in town in July, Ben Cherington was still its GM. In a long session with reporters, he made an observation related to his own failures.

“Every team’s talent is more evenly distributed,” said Cherington, who has since left the Red Sox. “Every team has access to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, astros, dodgers, general managers, jeff luhnow

Levine: Theo Epstein, Cubs Are A Long-Term Match « CBS Chicago

Why can’t the Red Sox get great GMs like Theo Epstein?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

Influence of Don Zimmer renewed with Joe Maddon’s Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“The similarities are their vision and the way they’re able to think outside-the-box,” Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez said. “It’s pretty similar. ‘Zim’ was feistier. Joe is calmer. But the way they go about thinking, about doing different things, is similar.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, don zimmer, joe maddon

Craig Biggio honored at Minute Maid Park | MLB.com

Biggio gets his day in Houston.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, craig biggio

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