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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Career Talk: Being a Major League Baseball Bullpen Catcher

The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

OMNICHATTER 8-9-15

IF THIS BE… OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Posnanski: 500 (More) Words on Baseball Clocks

Now I want to get out to a minor league game that uses the clock and see for myself what it’s like.

Thursday, I was in Toledo to do a story on minor league home run champion Mike Hessman, and I watched my first baseball game with a clock. And I’ll just say it right out because there’s no point in playing games here: I was 100% wrong. I was so totally, ridiculously and absurdly wrong that, frankly, I want to write an angry email in response to myself.

But this game, Elizabeth was ...

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Starlin Castro benched, staying positive

“I felt a little frustrated, especialy [Friday] when they told me I’m not going to play for I don’t know when,” Castro said. “In the beginning, I took it really personal. After that, I thought about it. You can’t put those guys on the bench. They’re really hot right now and I understand. I thought about it last night. I’ll do whatever I can do for the team.”

“I never put my head down,” Castro said. “I know the player I am. I’ll just keep working, keep doing my routine. I’ll get back on ...

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Voodoo... Posted: August 08, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The early flaws of Statcast data - Beyond the Box Score

Another look at Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

How confident are you in your MLB general manager? - MLB Daily Dish

In the end, the Cubs and the Astros finished in a virtual tie for the top spot, with their fanbases each rating them at just a shade under 4.9 out of 5.0. This isn’t terribly surprising. Both clubs are run by exceptionally smart people, with excellent reputations, and are competitive a year ahead of schedule. It’s easy to buy into that. To no one’s surprise, the Marlins finished dead last, as every single respondent rated their confidence in Mike Berger at one. The other day, Mike Hill, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, ratings

The Seedy Underside of Slow Pitch Softball

Who knew that the world of slow-pitch softball was so corrupt?

Hank G. Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Daniel Nava: The greatest story ever told - Over the Monster

Who is going to star in the Nava movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel nava, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-8-2015

The Worldwide Leader in OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Inside Baseball: Padres, Reds throw late deadline curves, and other notes - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers, red sox, trade

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson

Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….

Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).

Where the money comes in would be here:

Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 ...

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Mets fans still complaining despite winning games and adding Yoenis Cespedes

Don’t usually like Raissman at all, but he absolutely nailed the Met fan here. The Misery Wing, indeed.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

New bombshell: Pete Rose accused of statutory rape; hit king denies claim

I thought Pete only hit on 17-or-under in blackjack.

John Dowd, the investigator whose findings led to Rose’s ban in 1989 by former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, claims he was told by former Rose associate Michael Bertolini that Rose committed statutory rape on young girls during his playing and/or managerial career.

In a July 13 interview with WCHE in West Chester, Pa., that hadn’t surfaced until now, the former federal organized crime investigator said, “Michael Bertolini told us that not ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: john dowd, pete rose, police blotter, statutory rape

Ex-Tiger Evan Reed gets year of probation for assault charge

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was formally sentenced Friday after pleading no contest last month to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.

Reed had two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges dropped July 17 as part of the plea deal before Wayne County Circuit Court Shannon Walker. Reed was given one year of probation Friday by Walker.

Walker also ordered Reed to perform 120 hours of community service and must pay $4,480 for his victim’s medical fees among various other ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: evan reed, police blotter, sexual assault, tigers

Fox Sports: Video: Softballer Renaud Lefort hits incredible home run with backwards swing

He’ll look great in Central Park tomorrow.

The Les 4 Chevaliers is a Montreal-based quartet that bills itself as the softball/baseball equivalent of basketball’s infamous tricksters.

Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.

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The group certainly lives up to the hype in this incredible footage, showing batter Renaud Lefort pulling off a mind-boggling switch hit.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: canada, incredible, montreal, softball

Ben Cherington is taking the heat in stride - The Boston Globe

The Henry Red Sox have always blended scouting and analytics. Always.

How about the mix between analytics and traditional scouting? Are the Red Sox too numbers-oriented? Too much Bill James?

“I think we have good people in both areas,” Cherington said. “I don’t think we’re lacking for information. You always have to find ways to get more information and better information and process it the right way. You can look back and see decisions that have worked out and others that haven’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, red sox

Does a great farm system mean big league success? For the Red Sox, not yet. - The Boston Globe

Speier is overcomplicating this question. You keep the best and trade the rest.

“Historically, [top farm system status] has translated over time,” said Cherington. “It doesn’t always in a given year. Obviously, it hasn’t for us this year. There are teams that have had periods of success at the big league level without having a very strong farm system, or at least the perception is that they don’t have one, and then there’s plenty of examples of teams that have.

“We’d like [a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Billy Beane might not be the A’s GM for much longer - SBNation.com

This would mean the A’s have joined the Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox, Giants, and more as teams instituting a president of baseball operations who is a former GM, one who can remain hands on with the department. The Red Sox could end up joining this mix soon, or the Blue Jays, or whoever ends up with Dave Dombrowski now that the Tigers let him go. It’ll be sad if Beane takes a step back or becomes more reclusive with the promotion, but the guy has been around and successful for so long that it’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, general managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2015

Seattle Star, August 7, 1915:

Eppa Rixey is one of THE Rixeys of Virginia, and can write F.F.V. without making Harry Lee turn over in his grave.

The decision of Eppa to take up baseball was not reached without many family councils under the Rixey roof at Culpepper, Va. One of Eppa’s uncles is Surgeon General P.M. Rixey, U.S.N., retired as rear admiral, upon whose chest Alfonso XIII hung a medal for services rendered the crew of the Santa Maria, following an explosion. Another was the late John ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eppa rixey, history

Updated Top 250 fantasy baseball rankings: pitcher inning limits

Here’s a great look at the players in danger of being shut down for innings limits.

Ah, but does one count Nola’s 116 1/3 innings during his final year at LSU toward his 2014 total? That would result in a total of 171 2/3 innings, and he’d be on pace for a 22-inning increase. Regardless, Nola was on an innings limit last season and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro previously hinted a 170-inning limit for the rookie right-hander in 2015. At an average of six innings per start, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

Stephen Strasburg will start on Saturday | MLB.com

This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.

Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.

“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals, stephen strasburg

Cubs’ GM Hoyer: August deals could be tougher than usual to make this year

“There’s a lot of teams that are vying for the playoffs, so I think that’ll probably mean a little bit more blocking than usual,” Hoyer said. “There’ll definitely be deals. Whether those will be big deals or not, I would probably say no, simply because I do think people are pretty active on the waiver wire and there’ll be quite a bit of blocking.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

DEADSPIN- Ley: Mets Pitcher falls of Curb, Re-Breaks Arm

Hot off the press, here is a piece of news about Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, who has been on the DL since April 19 after getting his forearm fractured by a line drive:

“Jerry Blevins on Monday night re-fractured a left forearm bone and is done for the season.  Blevins suffered the injury when he fell off a curb, according to the team. He is expected to undergo surgery in Boston next week on the distal radius bone.”

Just in case any fans forgot who they were.

Lassus Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Schwarber Homers in 2nd Straight Game, Cubs Beat Giants 5-4 - The New York Times

The Cubs are good.

“They’re a talented club,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’ve got a lot of young talent, got a lot of good arms. You saw the arms they’ve got out of the ‘pen — good velocity, good stuff, good lineup. They’re not going anywhere. That’s a good club.”
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Maddon when asked if fans should temper their expectations with the Cubs in the playoff race for the first time in years: “I’m not into temperance, I guess.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, kyle schwarber

8-7-2015 OMNICHATTER

Do not OMNICHATTER into that good night, OMNICHATTER, OMNICHATTER to the dying of the light!

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2015 at 12:32 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Pitching prospect Teddy Stankiewicz thriving despite rare birth defect

This is freaky.

Just looking at Teddy Stankiewicz and watching the right-hander pitch, you would never know he’s different than 99.9 percent of people to ever throw a baseball, but he is.

Stankiewicz was born without a right pectoral muscle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: freak, red sox, teddy stankiewicz

Tazawa Recalls Debut in Yankee Stadium Which Didn’t End Well

And that brings us to the 15th. Tazawa returned for a second inning and allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter. Johnny Damon popped up a bunt and Mark Teixeira struck out, bringing A-Rod to the plate. He did not miss a 2-1 offering, launching it into the seats in left-center, and leaving Tazawa to trudge off the mound a loser in his first game.

“What I remember about that moment is that I lost the game,” Tazawa said. “Everyone else had done their job and I hadn’t and I felt bad about ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 06, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, walk-off, yankees

The Limitations Of The 2015 StatCast Data | FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t get me wrong…..StatCast is a great thing, and we are only scratching the surface of what it can eventually become. The sample generated for this article yielded some benchmarks which will serve as the foundation for some analysis you will see here in the coming weeks. Still, when one is faced with a data set, one must put it into some sort of context, while acknowledging its limitations.

In many of my previous articles here, I have warned readers to never take pure average velocity ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Speculation or not, Cubs’ Starlin Castro has no plans to seek ADD diagnosis

Gordon Wittenmeyer is not a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.

That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.

Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: add, adhd, cubs, starlin castro, stupid questions from reporters

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