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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mets’ Jose Reyes: Continues late-season offensive bender

Reyes went 4-for-5 with his 14th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The veteran infielder continues to impress with this late-season surge—over his last 22 games, Reyes has hit .389 with five homers, eight steals, 16 RBI and 22 runs. That’s some impressive stat stuffing from a guy who was looking washed up earlier in the season, and it doesn’t seem like Reyes is going to slow down over the remaining games.

Since April 13th, Reyes has hit .261/.335/.444 despite a .275 ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Must C: Five straight for Olson | MLB.com (video)

A rookie prospect comes up blasting homers by the bushel just about every day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt olson

Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“The two things that were most important to us, with the young team that we had, was someone with an extensive player development background as well as someone who was intellectually curious,” Friedman recalled this week from Los Angeles, where he is now the president of the Dodgers. “As far as what we were looking for at that point in time, Joe fit it to a T. He checked all the boxes on paper, and even more so when we sat down and had a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-20-2017

Fulton County [Pennsylvania] News, September 20, 1917:

John Ganzel, manager of the Kansas City Blues, recently pulled a new stunt in the art of handling pitchers…Ganzel used two pitchers, interchangeably, between right field and the hurling hill. With two out and none on base Pierce, a southpaw, replaced Sanders against Indianapolis. He retired Wickland, a left-handed batter, and then went to right field to permit McQuillan, a right hander who had been playing the old soldiers’ garden, to pitch ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Josh Donaldson Wants You To Know: This Wasn’t A Catch

Is Donaldson right? Somehow, I don’t think the rule was written with the idea that being hit in the midriff with a batted ball and then grabbing it with the hand would not be a catch.

Hank G. Posted: September 19, 2017 at 12:24 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules

Scouting report on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

“I saw Griffey in the Minor Leagues and A-Rod as an amateur,” one international scouting director said. “The buzz about Ohtani is similar to those guys and guys like Strasburg. Compared to Griffey and A-Rod, he isn’t as polished a hitter and probably doesn’t have the same upside. But he does have the chance to be a Strasburg. What is unique is that he does both.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Carlos Carrasco And Trevor Bauer’s Baseball Versions Of Their Cleveland Teammates, Ranked

What a fun team. I really, really hope these guys win it all if my team doesn’t.

Perry Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: art, hilarity, indians

Technology Threatens Scouts, Could Also Set Them Free | FanGraphs Baseball

As I’ve said for about twenty years, scouts and sabermetrics is complimentary. As Sawchik writes, Statcast (and the like) can make scouts even more valuable, not less.

“When we got the pitch-tracking data… it didn’t eliminate scouts. It freed scouts form having to chart pitches and grind through the data to find trends,” Huntington said. “Now much more is automated. But a scout that sees the pitcher’s tells, a scout that recognizes patterns — patterns that a computer won’t even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-19-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 19, 1917:

Ping Bodie, of the Athletics, is an enthusiastic collector of baseball articles which have helped make history for the national game.

When the Athletics played in Detroit recently the Tigers made a triple play. When First Baseman Burns tossed the ball on the diamond after the three-ply killing Umpire Nallin obtained it.

“This should make quite a souvenir for you, Ping,” said Nallin, as he handed the ball to the big Italian.

“You betcha,” said Ping.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brad Ausmus’ tirade about ‘negativity’ a bad response to reasonable question | MLive.com

Ausmus should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

A’s preferred stadium site criticized for causing gentrification, killing waterfowl | Field of Schemes

Won’t somebody think about the ducks?????

The [Golden Gate Audubon Society], which has more than 7,000 members in Oakland and nearby cities, said the proposed ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood would be disastrous for nearly 200 species of ducks, herons, songbirds, nesting cormorants and fish that make their homes in Lake Merritt, the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge.

“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” said Cindy Margulis, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

LEADOFF: Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost top

You have to love stadium deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Dodgers’ Corey Seager out of lineup Monday | MLB.com

“I think there’s a little bit of preservation, understanding where his arm is at,” said Roberts. “I don’t think it’s 100 percent. I think he’s doing a little guarding and protecting. He knows when to let it go and when not to. But I think it’s clear that he’s doing some protecting. He’s not showing the arm strength he has had because he’s trying to manage it.”

Roberts said Seager wants to play through the pain rather than sit. Although the club has not discussed specifics of what Seager is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Allowed a Grand Slam | FanGraphs Baseball

Thanks to the magic go MLB.TV I had four games going last night. This result was a little shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Red Sox outlast Orioles in 11 innings, 10-8

I stood up late to watch this one. Good win!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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.

Baseball in the 21st century: “Hold my beer ...

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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

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