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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Royals catch Reds napping on infield fly rule | MLB.com

Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch that had Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer camped underneath before it hit the ground. The infield fly rule was invoked for the out on Bruce.

The runner on third base, Bourgeois, broke from third base and tried to score. Hochevar threw to catcher Drew Butera, who easily tagged Bourgeois five feet from the plate for the inning-ending double play.

According to Major League Baseball rules, runners may advance at their own risk when the infield fly rule is called. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, royals

Peter Gammons: Dombrowski signing ushers in newest chapter in Red Sox baseball - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons take.

His trusted associates with the Tigers, many of whom went back with him to Florida, all thought from the outset that Boston was where he wanted to go. “John Henry felt him out about the job when he was buying the team,” says one of those associates, “but Dave didn’t want to work with Larry (Lucchino). But that was a long time ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Ben Cherington surprised by Red Sox’ decision | Boston Herald

Ben Cherington explains his departure.

Update: Here’s another article, which contains a great quote.
Unselfish approach bites Ben Cherington

“This is a grown-up business,” Cherington said. “The GM of the Red Sox isn’t maybe ever fully responsible, but he’s certainly fully accountable. We knew some sort of change was coming. There has to be some sort of change after two years of this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general manager, red sox

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Greenia:  Comprehensive reform for the Veterans Committee

We start by adapting the three existing committees, making them for players only, while clarifying and equalizing the time periods covered by each one. In addition, the Hall should establish four committees for other candidates. That would give the HOF eight committees, the old BBWAA electorate along with seven specialized Veterans committees:

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

ESPN: Greg Bird Off To A Flying Start, Powers Yankees To Win

Greg Bird, the 22-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman just called up from Triple-A six days ago, smacked the first two home runs of his major league career. Better yet, he drove in all four runs in a 4-3 New York Yankees victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Will he be as good against Toronto & Baltimore? Or St. Louis in the World Series?


Chase Utley Agrees to Dodgers Trade.

Chase Utley, whose 13-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies included five All-Star appearances and the club’s first World Series championship since 1980, agreed to a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has been agreed upon, but not finalized. The Phillies will receive a pair of mid-level prospects from the Dodgers, who will also receive $2 ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies, trades

OMNICHATTER 8 19 15

Computer still broken but chatter up

Gamingboy Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 187 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

New York Mets knock off Baltimore Orioles | MLB.com

Granderson is having a very good year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets


Harper: Nationals could mess up Mets with Wally Backman hire - NY Daily News

It would certainly shake things up. Whether it would be an improvement is an entirely different question.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, wally backman

SoxProspects News: Scouting Scratch: Yoan Moncada

He’s still just 20.

Moncada has soft hands, plenty of range, and a plus arm that is more than enough for second base, but he seems to forget the fundamentals and lose focus there. His misplays during the series included: not staying down on the ball, trying to backhand a ball rather than surround it to get in front of it, attempting to make an off-balance throw rather than setting his feet, and issues on the transfer. On more difficult plays, Moncada showed plenty of effort and a willingness to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, August 19, 1915:

The biggest crowd that ever saw a baseball game filled Braves’ field, the greatest ball park in the country to overflowing at its opening [yesterday]. Boston defeated St. Louis, 3 to 1.

According to official estimates, the crowd numbered between 46,000 and 47,000 persons.
...
The raising of last year’s championship pennant was participated in by President Tener of the National league and many of the club-owners, by members of both teams and by Mayor Curley.

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dugout, history

Clayton Kershaw Slams Ball on Field, Throws It into Dugout in Frustration | Bleacher Report

I assume time was already called. I am surprised the umpire didn’t even come out to talk to him.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Dave Dombrowski in Boston: ‘Things sure changed in a hurry’

The Nationals? That’s very surprising.

Dombrowski, who interviewed three hours last Thursday at the MLB owners’ quarterly meetings with the Red Sox, told USA TODAY Sports that he also had a formal interview with another club, and spoke with a third club. One of the clubs, according to a person familiar with the talks, was the Washington Nationals.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, nationals, red sox

Phillies rookie Maikel Franco has small hand fracture

Franco visited Philadelphia-based hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp and had an MRI that revealed a fracture in his left hand, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, maikel franco, phillies

NYPOST - Mike Puma: Mets to skip Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard starts in September

In broad strokes, the Mets plan to skip starts — particularly for Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard — in September to ensure the young guns don’t surpass their innings limits and need to be shut down.

The plan’s central component is the return of lefty Steven Matz and Logan Verrett’s arrival from Triple-A Las Vegas as a swingman who can float between the bullpen and rotation.

The Mets’ plan - Inspired genius or doomed to failure?  No, there is no space in between.

Lassus Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Frank Wren reportedly ‘leading contender’ for new Red Sox GM - Over the Monster

Marc Normandin with some insight on Frank Wren’s possible role with the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: frank wren, general managers, red sox

Baseball Fever Grows in Montreal With Hope of a New Team - The New York Times

Once considered a shaky baseball city, Montreal is enjoying a renaissance as arguably the best option on a list of potential locations that includes San Antonio; Charlotte, N.C.; and Las Vegas.

And the talk here has already advanced to the next stage: whether it would be the Tampa Bay Rays relocating to Montreal, or if the city would get a team when baseball ultimately expanded again. Both options are fraught with imposing obstacles, but optimism still prevails.

“Things have changed here ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: expos

Boston Red Sox’s move to hire Dave Dombrowski and part ways with Ben Cherington the right move, but not one to celebrate in this blood sport | FOX Sports

I don’t believe the Red Sox will de-emphasize the numbers. It’s all about best integrating scouting and sabermetrics.

The Red Sox will not completely abandon the numbers; these days, all teams blend the subjective and objective, only to different degrees. Dombrowski’s first task will be to undo some of the mess that Cherington created, whether it’s dumping Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, just one of them, maybe others. But once Dombrowski gets rolling, the Red Sox could be formidable ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, dave dombrowski, red sox

Fangraphs: Red Sox Hire Dave Dombrowski

And now, two weeks later, Dombrowski has landed a new position, taking the title of President of Baseball Operations with the Red Sox. As part of the transition, GM Ben Cherington will be leaving the organization, and Bob Nightengale reports that former Braves GM Frank Wren is the most likely candidate to replace Cherington. Wren was ousted in Atlanta in part because the team had fallen behind the curve analytically, so a Dombrowski/Wren combination would make for one of the more old-school ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cooperstown Chances: Is Trevor Hoffman a Hall of Famer? | MLB | Sporting News

Statistically, neither Hoffman nor Smith come anywhere close to Rivera, who Buster Olney suggested ought be the first unanimous selection to Cooperstown. Rivera’s 652 saves and lifetime 205 ERA+ are best in baseball history and his 56.6 WAR is also tops among closers (though not that far beyond Wilhelm’s 50.1 WAR). Rivera’s in a class all his own as a closer. If he’s Willie Mays, Hoffman is Duke Snider.

Then again, Hoffman and Smith have better numbers than at least one closer already in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:58 PM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, trevor hoffman

8-18 Omnichatter

My computer is broken but CHATTER UP

Gamingboy Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 192 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Passan: Divisions in baseball need to be benched

Imagine a world with no divisions….it’s easy if you try….

Were the postseason to begin today, the National League’s second- and third-best teams would play each other in a single winner-takes-all game for the honor of going on the road and playing a series against the best team in baseball. In the meantime, the teams with the fourth- and fifth-best records in the league would face off for a ticket to the NLCS.

If this seems screwed up, it’s because it is. The wild card opened up a world ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: divisional alignment, playoffs, post-season

Protest Upheld Over Fixed Game At Little League Softball World Series

Say it ain’t so, Snohomish:

A team from Central Iowa will get a second chance to advance past pool play at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, after officials determined Monday that a team from Snohomish, Washington, rested its stars and lost on purpose to avoid a rematch in the semifinals.

Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if the Washington team either scored just three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 18, 2015 at 01:45 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, iowa, kids, little league, softball, washington

SBNation: 9% of Canada watched Troy Tulowitzki’s 12-pitch battle with Andrew Miller

Some staggering stats have been sent by Sportsnet since the Blue Jays’ huge trade-deadline moves, but nothing as mind-boggling as this: 3.14 million people tuned in on Sportsnet’s broadcast of the game against the Yankees at 10:19 pm on Friday, when Troy Tulowitzki was engaged in a 12-pitch battle against Andrew Miller.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 18, 1915:

John B. Foster, secretary of the New York Nationals, announced…his club would protest the first game won by Pittsburgh [yesterday] on the grounds that Rube Benton, who pitched for Pittsburgh, is legally the property of the Giants. The New York club claimed Benton last Saturday after Cincinnati had sold him to Pittsburgh. Manager McGraw of the Giants said he had an option on Benton which had not expired when the player was sold.

...and McGraw was ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube benton

Dodgers part with several international execs | MLB.com

This is a little odd.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Buck Showalter still one of the best at running a pitching staff - CBSSports.com

Buck Showalter seems to know how to work a bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles


Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell struck in head by line drive, has nasal fracture

Always a scary moment.

The Yankees later announced that Mitchell was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a small nasal fracture. Team doctors would monitor him for concussion symptoms, but he was released from the hospital and returned to Yankee Stadium as his club beat the Twins 8-7 in 10 innings.

“I talked to him, and he said he’s feeling fine,” said reliever Caleb Cotham, who entered the game for Mitchell in the second inning. “He’s here, somewhere. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan mitchell, yankees

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