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Monday, March 21, 2016

MLB media roundtable: Challenges of reporting, tough interviews and more | SI.com

An interesting Q&A with some of baseball’s best reporters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Chris Archer traded fastball run for rise in 2015, and it made him an Ace - DRaysBay

But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.

The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays


MLB tells its teams’ stars to hit the road - The News-Press

Teams aren’t following this rule.

Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Pitoniak: Gossage’s rant a familiar refrain

Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, get off my lawn, goose gossage, scott pitoniak

OTP - 2016 March 21: Baseball politics nearly as ugly and unbearable as the real thing

The rhetoric has escalated, it’s getting ugly, and folks are being downright mean.

You’ll soon be asked, perhaps forced, to pick a side. It’s you vs. them. Old vs. new. Progressive vs. conservative.

No, it’s not the 2016 presidential election. It’s the 2016 baseball season. But it’s getting hard to tell the difference.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: March 21, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 2136 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-21-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1916:

A bush league umpire threw a scare into the great Heine Zim [in Tampa] yesterday. His name’s Fromberz. When Zim bounded up to him to kick on a decision Fromberz said, “Git,” and reached for his handkerchief. Heine thought he was reaching for a gun and moved.

Well, that would end arguments fairly quickly.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history

Once the Yankees’ Future, a Big Three Settle for the Present - The New York Times

“I was, necessarily, the guinea pig — which I’m O.K. with,” Chamberlain said. “They were trying to protect me, and I blew out anyway. Innings, doing all these restrictions, that’s going to be a topic around baseball for as long as baseball goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, joba chamberlain, phil hughes, yankees

Cardinals add veteran shortstop Ruben Tejada

It didn’t take Ruben Tejada long to find work. Three days after being released by the New York Mets, the 26-year-old shortstop inked a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he’ll compete for the opening day job at shortstop.
The Cardinals have been looking for a starting option since losing Jhonny Peralta to a significant thumb injury earlier this month. The All-Star shortstop is expected to be out until at least midseason, meaning St. Louis will be forced to ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, ruben tejada

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Griffey: LaRoche has the right to walk away

That’s just the way things go,’’ Griffey said. “Different places have different rules and you have to accept it and move on. Personally, I think the timing [this late in spring training] is crazy for this. But the organization has the right to do what they want to do and need to do. And [LaRoche] has the right to walk away. There is no right or wrong on this.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, white sox

Sunday Notes: Dick Egan, Heyward, Buxton, Padres, Indians, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

It finally comes out: Several White Sox players complained about Drake LaRoche

This promises to be a situation that is going to fester for some time. I think the initial mistake was allowing LaRoche to have his son with him at work 100% of the time (assuming that the White Sox actually authorized that much access).

Hank G. Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:14 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: big hot mess, team chemistry

Former Newark Bears stadium sold to NYC developer for $23M

...Once hailed as a beacon for a new era of development and prosperity in Newark, the return of minor league baseball to the state’s largest city proved to be a misstep almost immediately…Though the stadium opened to much fanfare in 1999, and the team attracted future major league stars like Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco, the Bears failed to capture the hearts of area fans, and the team soon had nearly as many unpaid bills as nightly attendees. A group of developers rescued the franchise ...

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NattyBoh Posted: March 20, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, newark, stadium issues

An angry Chris Sale is an opportunity for Red Sox

Wow, how could Chicago pass on getting Allen Craig?

If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.

Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.

With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, chris sale, red sox, trade

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Spring Training Roster Charade

The News-Press, as part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, analyzed the first 60 road rosters of 2016, four for each Florida-based team. The study did not include split-squad games or Marlins-Cardinals matchups, as they share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

In 60 road trips, only nine times did four or more projected Opening Day starters make the bus ride. On 17 occasions, a minimum of four projected Opening Day starters made the trip. But 32 times, fewer than four Opening Day projected ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 19, 2016 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

OT: Soccer March/April 2016

I figured the start of the Europa/Champions League quarterfinals was as good a time as any to start a new thread.

Selected Upcoming Fun Fixtures
March 20: Manchester Derby (EPL), Real Madrid v. Sevilla (La Liga)
March 22: West Ham v. Man U (FA Cup)
March 25: Colombia U23 v. USMNT U23 (Olympic Qualifier), Guatemala v. USMNT (WC Qualifier)
March 26: Germany v. England (Friendly)
March 29: USMNT U23 v. Colombia U23 (Olympic Qualifier), USMNT v. Guatemala (WC Qualifier)
April 2: Liverpool v. ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 19, 2016 at 04:48 PM | 695 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off topic, soccer

Sox Andrew Benintendi in for Jackie Bradley | MLB.com

The next big thing in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Chris Sale unloads on White Sox VP Kenny Williams after Adam LaRoche flap | For The Win

What a mess.

“I have to speak to the people who don’t have voices. I have to speak for my teammates now, and I have to speak for my teammates in the future. This is something that needs to be taken care of for the well-being of the White Sox, not just us in the clubhouse — not just Adam, not just me. This is something that could have a lasting impression for years to come, and could affect future teams, and I’m not a fan of that. I think if we’re truly trying to win a championship, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox


Friday, March 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-18-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1916:

The San Francisco Seals have let it be known that if Detroit doesn’t care for Harry Heilman, they will be plenty glad to have him back. A delay in mails early in the month gave the ‘Frisco folks the impression that Harry wouldn’t be asked to report at Waxahachie, and they prepared in celebration.

I should say so. Heilmann was a wonderful player. He hit .400 once, above .390 four times, won four batting titles, and put up a career line of .342/.410/.520 (148 ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 18, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry heilmann, history, sam crawford

How Baseball’s New Data Is Changing Sabermetrics | FiveThirtyEight

Another recap of the SABR Analytics conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, sabr

School of Roch: Duquette on Trumbo, Kim and Wieters

Shouldn’t Wieters be feeling better by now?

I asked Duquette if he felt confident that catcher Matt Wieters would be in the opening day lineup after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow during Saturday’s game.
“I’m not sure where that’s going to come out,” Duquette replied. “I know he needs a rest period before he ramps it up, but I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve heard. I know looking at Matt, it looks to me like he’s fairly encouraged by how he feels.

“We’re in a pretty good position ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun soo kim, mark trumbo, matt wieters, orioles

Giants notes: Jarrett Parker homers, Gorkys Hernandez throws out a friend as outfield competition heats up - Giants Extra

The Giants have a lot of outfielders hitting well this spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Royals coach Kuntz wins over players | royals.com

If you hang around a Royals Spring Training practice for even a few moments, you’ll hear the familiar and booming voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.

“Player!” is Kuntz’s signature bark at his troops, an endearing shout that has become the equivalent of his “Hello.”
Royals players view the term as a compliment about their skills, as in “He’s a player!” but few know the origin of Kuntz’s “Player!”
“I was with Houston, my second or third year coaching,” Kuntz recalled. “All the players would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, rusty kuntz

The Baseballist: Top 10 Most Accomplished Active Managers - BaseballAmerica.com

But how do they manage expectations?

With so many accomplished managers vacating the dugout in recent seasons—including three of the best ever—and with teams seemingly favoring younger, less experienced applicants when making manager hires, the game today appears to have fewer active managers on a Hall of Fame track. But let’s take a closer look using the James monitor system outlined above.

If you pay attention to the annual BA Best Tools balloting results, then you probably know the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Indians’ Casey Weathers can throw 108 mph | MLB.com

Casey Weathers, yellow sneakers flashing, takes a few running steps and a crow hop before hurling a baseball with all his might into a sock net, which is a mere 30-ish feet away from his release point. A radar gun reading gets spit out on a monitor mounted on the wall: 107.8 mph.

“I got really fortunate in the last year,” says Weathers, 30, who battled bad luck and injuries for the better part of five seasons. “I basically got signed by the Indians off a pull-down video.”
Casey Weathers Radar ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: casey weathers, indians

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trouble in Sox Camp

Should he stay or should he go now?
If he goes there will be trouble
An’ if he stays it will be double
So come on and let me know

Skigem Posted: March 17, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, chris sale, kenny williams, white sox

Lester Goes One-for-Four at Minor League Camp

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 3
1. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: March 17, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, yips

OT: NCAA March Madness 2016 Thread

I estimate that only 3-5 Primates are interested in college basketball, but I’m betting a few more will be tuned in for the next few weeks. Good luck getting that CBS bumper music out of your skull!

Link goes to “One Shining Moment” video


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1916:

[Tigers manager Hughie] Jennings is having difficulty in securing nine men for his all-comers’ team which will battle the Irish contingent today. “Who wants to play against an Irishman on this day?” is the alibi.

They’ve got a point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 17, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, holidays

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