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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Zach Britton talks relief roles, Orioles’ future, Wallace, Chiti and Cy Young Award -

It’s not unreasonable for managers to expect to get 90-100 innings from a reliever. He might have to work in an extra off day once in a while but it’s doable. Limiting your most effective pitcher to 60 innings isn’t maximizing his value.

“If you watch the way (Indians manager Terry) Francona is using Miller, that’s exactly what he is doing. He’s using those off days to his advantage,” Britton said. “But, through the course of a regular season, we just don’t get those off days. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Upon further review, Adrian Gonzalez remains unhappy | FOX Sports

How does replay improve the game? Still not a fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, dodgers, replay


Series tied 2-2.

Cubs (Lester) at Dodgers (Maeda).

8 PM.


Winner of series will face Cleveland.

Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 875 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays to win AL pennant |

It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 07:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs, world series

The Definitive History of the MVP Award: Part II

Born in scandal, killed twice before it caught on, the MVP Award as we know it was created in 1931. We’re still trying to figure out what the award actually recognizes…

gehrig97 Posted: October 19, 2016 at 02:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: most valuable player

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-19-2016

19th century infielder Arthur Irwin tells the funniest baseball story he knows, Topeka State Journal, October 19, 1916:

Frank Bonner, once a big league star, was at bat, with a fellow named Thomas pitching. Thomas was bald headed but not proud about it, so he wore a wig. Bonner knew nothing about the dome disguise.

“Frank picked out one of Thomas’s twisters and drove it right back at him. The ball smashed Thomas on the upper division of his forehead and promptly knocked off Thomas’s cap and ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 19, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Economist: Progressive managers are finding sweet relief by unshackling their closers

This sclerotic management technique was the unwitting handiwork of Jerome Holtzman, a sportswriter who devised a statistic in 1960 that he called a “save” in order to measure the impact of shut-down relievers. Roughly speaking, it meant entering with a lead of three or fewer runs and finishing the game without relinquishing it, though there were a few additional wrinkles. The number took decades to catch on, and for most of the 1970s and 1980s, teams wisely deployed “fireman” relievers ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen strategy, saves

Hill’s biggest start works out just fine - LA Times

He carved them up with curveballs.

“It’s interesting,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Of the starts I’ve seen him this year, that wasn’t his best stuff. I think that curveball command wasn’t as I know he would like it. But that just shows he goes out there and competes.

“His preparedness, his guts really kept those guys at bay.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Major League Baseball is pushing for an International Draft. It will be a disaster. - MLB Daily Dish

When Major League Baseball expanded its amateur draft to Puerto Rico in 1990, it had a catastrophic effects on the island’s baseball community. In 2007, the island’s Secretary of Sport, David Bernier, told Jesse Sanchez, “The investment in Puerto Rico is not a cost-effective one for Major League teams and has lost charm for the recruiter. This reality is substantiated by the decrease in numbers of players selected through the Draft and active in the Major Leagues…. This creates a domino ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, international players

Slumping Cubs looking at shattered dreams | FOX Sports

“It ain’t over till it’s over”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs


4: Indians (Merritt!?!?) at Blue Jays (Estrada). Cleveland leads 3-1. TBS.
8: Cubs (Lackey) at Dodgers (Urias). Dodgers lead 2-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 538 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blue Jays defeat Indians in Game 4 of ALCS |

That didn’t really work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Red Sox staffers open up at Saberseminar

Tippett said the Red Sox are about a half-game behind their own 2016 projection, which he shared as a graph in a slideshow. The team appears headed for right around 90 wins, based on the graph.

Tippett sees a connection to the 2011 club that fell apart in the final month.

“I predicted to myself as I was putting the slides together that somebody would think I’m predicting a September collapse,” Tippett said. “I am not predicting another collapse in September.”

Tippett felt in the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, saberseminar, tom tippett

Pop culture has always treated a Cubs championship like a far-out fantasy

The thought of the Cubs getting to—let alone winning—the World Series, had entered the realm of outlandish fantasy. After all, the team’s current 107-year championship drought is the longest in not only professional baseball but also football, hockey, and basketball. The Cubs taking the pennant seemed like a sure sign of the apocalypse, as when W.P. Kinsella, in his short story collection The Thrill Of The Grass, has the Cubs finally triumphing… right before Armageddon. The team ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pop culture

The Oral History of Baseball on ‘Seinfeld’ | Complex

This is right in my sweet spot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Cubs’ curse is alive and well at the Billy Goat Tavern

Primate reviews?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Cubs’ defense delivering at elite level |

Chicago also boasted the NL’s DRS leader at four individual positions—first base (Anthony Rizzo, 11), second base (Javier Baez, 11), shortstop (Addison Russell, 19) and right field (Jason Heyward, 14). That defensive core should be together for some time, too, as all are 27 years old or younger.

“That’s, I think, kind of a scary part for the rest of our league,” starter Jon Lester said. “For the next however many years, before these guys get to free agency and all this other stuff, we have got ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, defense, statcast

How NLCS spotlights the depth required in MLB’s new age | New York Post

“Having star players and depth should not be mutually exclusive,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

WFAA finds millions in additional giveaways for proposed Arlington stadium |

Misleading numbers? Not shocking. MLB is constantly looking to screw over taxpayers.

A WFAA-TV analysis has determined the actual costs and possible giveaways for the proposed $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers may be much higher than the “50-50” private-public partnership touted by City of Arlington officials.

WFAA-TV became the only media outlet to challenge the “50-50” claim four months ago, with City of Arlington officials and other media disputing the News ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 18, 1916:

It is [Yankees manager Bill Donovan’s] opinion that if pitchers continue to invent schemes which require something other than a natural delivery of the ball it is going to result soon in legislation which will force the pitcher to work without a glove, thus depriving him of his best means for practicing deception.

“That is the only way they will ever successfully curb the illegal and freak deliveries that are complained about,” says Bill, “for, to a ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Corey Kluber to start Game 4 for Indians |

They are up 3-0. They aren’t down 0-3. This makes no sense to me.

Kluber has 136 Major League starts to his name. His 137th will be his first on short rest.

“I wouldn’t put anything past Corey,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said. “He does a great job of conditioning his body and putting himself in a spot, in a position, to do that. Exactly what that will be, who knows? We’ll have to leave that up to the game. The one thing I have great confidence in is Tito knowing when it’s the right time ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Possible activity on the 40-man roster - School of Roch

A look at some Orioles 40-Man options.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

How Trevor Bauer’s gory finger led to Terry Francona’s piece de resistance

In the days leading up to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, when Trevor Bauer sat in the Cleveland Indians’ trainer’s room getting treatment on his mangled right pinky, he kept asking the medical staff to use a soldering iron and burn shut the wound he suffered at a hotel when a drone he was repairing went haywire and sliced his finger from the nail to second knuckle. They laughed, even though they understood Bauer was dead serious and regretted not cauterizing it himself ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Indians take 3-0 ALCS lead vs. Blue Jays |

A weird bullpen game. The Indians are one win away from the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

The Postseason’s True Revelation Is a Two-Way Mystery Man

The best player in the world? We won’t know until he comes to MLB.

Otani’s 2016 performance produced the most climax-worthy stats page since late-career Barry Bonds. In 140 innings, he struck out 174 and allowed only four home runs, finishing with a 1.86 ERA — an improvement on his 2015 performance, when he’d been one of the top three contenders for the Sawamura Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young. While he was at it, he hit .322/.416/.588 in 382 plate appearances, launching 22 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani

Goold: Changes to coaching staff, roster still ahead for Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land |

Derrick Goold covers some of the Cardinals 40-Man Roster decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals


4: Indians (Kluber) at Blue Jays (Sanchez), Indians lead 3-0. TBS.
8: Cubs (Arrieta) at Dodgers (Hill), tied 1-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 373 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 17, 2016

Report: Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.

Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen.’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.

The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Major League Baseball pushes for international draft in new CBA

Corruption or cost?

Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.

As part of baseball’s proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Red Sox may well hire next GM from within

General Manager or Assistant General Manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

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