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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The CB Bucknor Experience | FanGraphs Baseball

Let’s get rid of replay and bad umpires.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

In His 50th Year with the A’s, Steve Vucinish has a lifetime of tales

“Player requests — or, in some cases, demands — are the bane of any clubhouse manager’s existence. Most are accommodated, including the time Red Sox star Clemens asked for a birthday cake for his wife “in the fifth inning!” Vucinich said. When Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight “Dewey” Evans were with Boston, Coors was unavailable east of the Rockies, so they’d have Vucinich pack the luggage truck full of cases.

“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2017

Grantland Rice via the Harrisburg Telegraph, April 19, 1917:

A few days ago we had a long talk with Napoleon Lajoie, the eminent French Batting Eye, about the untrammelled ill-fortune that always followed Cleveland.

“There has never been anything in baseball like it,” he said, “and it has lasted for over fifteen years. There may be no such thing as a Hoodoo—but, whatever it is, it certainly gets on your nerves when you see star players hurt year after year by the queerest sort of accidents and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland, dugout, history, jinx

It’s time for a progressive, smart PED plan in baseball

Is he just trolling?

Take the below quote. This is pure conjecture. He has absolutely no idea what’s going on with players right now.

I usually like Passan but the whole article is filled with stuff like this.

Myth: PEDs are on their way out of baseball.

Truth: Earlier this week, I was on the radio with two really smart hosts, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago, and PEDs came up. I estimated somewhere between two and five guys per clubhouse are using some version of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, starling marte

Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to test out arms, but don’t get hopes up - NY Daily News

This doesn’t sound promising.

And the Mets still don’t know what is wrong with Matz.

Alderson said there is still no clear diagnosis. Team doctors said there was nothing wrong with his surgically-repaired elbow. The lefthander, who went for his own second opinion, said on Opening Day that he has a flexor tendon strain.

So with no clear diagnosis, the Mets are simply handing his rehab on the basis of feel.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Sac Bunting Summary and Redux | MGL on Baseball

MGL discusses the bunt in his unique style.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, bunting, sabermetrics

Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently? | FiveThirtyEight

Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, statcast

Hunting for upgrades, Orioles show willingness to turn over 40-man roster - Baltimore Sun

Dan Duquette remains creative.

“You know, there’s the whole thing about sifting through [for gold],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You shake [the tray], you shake it. You get a nugget here and a nugget there, rocks there. Now let’s go get some more and sift through them. It’s through trades, it’s through waivers, it’s through the draft.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Jayson Werth speaks out following bizarre ending to Braves-Nationals

Chase d’Arnaud struck out, and the Washington Nationals were ready to celebrate their 3-1 win.

Or so they thought.

Home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a foul ball on the Braves catcher’s swings, and the game was extended. The grounds crew was already on the field. It was chaotic.

d’Arnaud swung and missed on the next pitch after the confusion was cleared up and the Nationals won. But Washington outfielder Jayson Werth was displeased with how the whole thing played out.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 12:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Night Games Only OMNICHATTER, April 18, 2017

There were no day games at all today, thereby making today the worst day in human history.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 18, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, it was announced Tuesday.

“The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: ped, pirates, sterling marte

Phillies’ Buchholz undergoes surgery, season likely over

Clay Buchholz appears to have already thrown his last pitch with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Buchholz had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. It essentially ends his season with a recovery time of 4-6 months. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews after getting a second opinion from the renowned surgeon Monday.

Right-hander Zach Eflin was called up from Triple-A and starts in Buchholz’s spot Tuesday night against the New York Mets.

Buchholz, 32, made ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz

Dodgers trying to connect with next generation of fans despite lack of TV exposure

For the fourth consecutive year, the cable company that markets the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel has been unable to sell it to any other major cable or satellite provider in the Los Angeles area. The Dodgers got a record $8.35 billion in their 25-year cable deal, but there is no end in sight to the blackout.

“They’re pushing all the right buttons, but that TV contract has just been a killer,” Wagner said. “It’s hurt the team. It didn’t hurt them financially.

“It’s one ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, tng, tv contracts

Eaton out to prove he’s still an elite center fielder - Nationals Pastime

In the bigger picture, Eaton admits at least some motivation this season to show his detractors he still can be an elite center fielder.

“Yes and no,” he said. “A part of me thinks: Who cares what other people think? That’s kind of been my motto my whole life. You can tell me I can’t do something, and I don’t really care what you think. I’m just going to go out and do the best of my ability. That’s one of my thoughts.

“And the other one is: Yeah, tell everybody that I can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, defense, nationals

Ranking the playing careers of all 30 MLB managers | FOX Sports

Paul Molitor is ranked #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Clay Buchholz Will Undergo Surgery

Buchholz was diagnosed with the partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm last week. He was set to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Monday. It was, apparently, a bad opinion. He’s expected to miss around 3-5 months, which practically speaking, could be the entire season if it’s anything but the speediest recovery.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, phillies

News from The Associated Press

Great!

MLB has tried to speed up reviews this year, aiming for the umpires in the New York replay booth to relay the final calls to the field in under 2 minutes.

“It’ll take more time,” Boston pitcher David Price said. “It’s not going to make them any shorter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay

Kyle Schwarber’s first career bunt was an absolute thing of beauty | FOX Sports

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, cubs, kyle schwarber

Statcast introduces new sprint speed metric | MLB.com

Top 2016 Sprint Speed by outfielders
29.8 feet per second—Hamilton
29.7 feet per second—Buxton
29.1 feet per second—Lorenzo Cain
29.0 feet per second—Paulo Orlando
28.7 feet per second—Jake Marisnick
28.6 feet per second—Gregory Polanco / Travis Jankowski / Max Kepler
28.3 feet per second—Christian Yelich
28.2 feet per second—Kevin Kiermaier

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Umps may soon take to mic to explain replays

Want to hear exactly how disputed calls get decided, like that one in last year’s NL Championship Series?

Soon, we might.

While nothing is set, Major League Baseball and umps are expected to discuss a plan — most prominently used in the NFL — for crew chiefs to wear a microphone and explain replay rulings.

Under one possible scenario, they would start at the All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, tweak the process over the season’s second half and then go forward with the experiment in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, umpires

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2017

AP via Harrisburg Telegraph, April 18, 1917:

Forty-two men were injured, fourteen of them seriously enough to warrant hospital attention, in the collapse of a section of the west bleachers at Neil Park yesterday afternoon just before the start of the baseball game between the Columbus Senators and the Louisville American Association team. The accident occurred while the teams were practicing, following a patriotic demonstration which marked the opening of the American Association season in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sporting News: Luis Tiant on Hall of Fame: “I think it’s wrong what they do.”

“I already told my family, ‘They put me after I die, don’t go anywhere. Don’t go to the Hall of Fame, don’t go to Cooperstown, don’t go no god— place,’” Tiant said. “‘Cause I think it’s wrong what they do.”

Tiant doesn’t see the benefit of posthumous induction.

“What good is that they put you after you die?” Tiant said, adding, “You can’t do nothing with your family and your friends.”

Tiant went 229-172 with a 3.30 ERA, which sounds fairly pedestrian, ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 18, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Notes: Baseball games were not meant to end in ties | FOX Sports

No thank you.

I generally am not a fan of media-on-media commentary, writers opining on other writers’ ideas. It strikes me as too clubby, and less interesting than an original take, even the hottest of the hot.

In this case, though, I’m making an exception.

Two friends of mine, two of the people I actually respect most in the business, want to do away with extended extra-inning games.

To which I say, no, a thousand times no, play all freaking night, if that’s what it takes.

My two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Monday, April 17, 2017

Opera News: King of Diamonds

On April 29, the Pittsburgh Opera will present the world premiere of “The Summer King,” Daniel Sonenberg’s opera about the life of Josh Gibson:

“Just as opera fans are obsessed with deep details and history, and can tell you everything about a single performance that a singer they adored gave in 1952,” [general director Christopher] Hahn says, “baseball fans have exactly the same profound fascination with detail….” ...The Summer King…is almost certainly the only opera in history to ...

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Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 17, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: josh gibson, negro leagues, opera

What Might A Carlos Correa Extension Look Like?

With that in mind, let’s see if there are other, less obvious, precedents that might help shape an offer that could make Correa think twice.

Buster Posey, 2.161 years of service time (Super Two): eight years, $159MM plus team option
Mike Trout, 2.070: six years, $144.5MM

It seems reasonable to imagine that a Correa extension of a typical length of, say, seven years should fall somewhere in the wide gulf between the Simmons deal and the Trout deal. It’s hard to imagine Correa approaching ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Keith Law: Let’s put the sac bunt to bed

IF YOU’VE SPENT any time on Twitter, you’ve probably come across fans and analysts criticizing manager decisions to bunt, from the band Puig Destroyer’s crude but effective song “Stop F—-ing Bunting” to my own term #smrtbaseball, an allusion to a Simpsons episode in which Homer calls himself smart, spells it S-M-R-T and then sets the house on fire. Here’s the main reason for all of this vitriol: In the majority of situations when it’s used, the sacrifice bunt is a terribly stupid play.

Let’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 04:50 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: book, keith law, sacrifice bunt

Johnny Cueto wants to finish career in American League

In a surprising answer to that question, ahead of the Giants’ visit to Kansas City, Cueto said Saturday that he wants to finish his career in the American League.

“It’s just a personal preference because I played so much in the National League,” Cueto said through translator Erwin Higueros.

Cueto was an American Leaguer for three months in 2015, when he was traded to Kansas City and helped the Royals win a World Series.

Lest Giants fans start hyperventilating, Cueto was not asked ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, johnny cueto

Amir Garrett Won’t Ever Be Great?—?but He Still Might Be Pretty Good

When the Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round in 2011 and handed him a $1 million bonus, it was with the understanding that he’d be allowed to play basketball in college, which he did for two years before he committed to baseball full time in 2014. It’s cool enough when someone plays two sports at a high level, but basketball also has a lot to do with what makes Garrett an interesting baseball player.

For starters, Garrett’s basketball career has done some interesting things to his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amir garrett, reds

FiveThirtyEight: The Save Ruined Relief Pitching. The Goose Egg Can Fix It.

But there’s a solution. Building on the work of Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton,2 I’ve designed a statistic and named it the goose egg to honor (or troll) Gossage. The basic idea — aside from some additional provisions designed to handle inherited runners, which we’ll detail later — is that a pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning. Specifically, he gets credit for throwing a scoreless inning when it’s the seventh inning or later and the game is tied ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: saves

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