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Friday, August 07, 2015

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.

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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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Put a Milo Candini on him. (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

Recalling Babe Ruth’s Stint as a Pro Wrestling Referee | Bleacher Report

The Babe and wrestling.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 6, 1915:

The reopening of a raid by the Federals on clubs in organized baseball gives room for wonder if there will be any more cases like that of Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Federals last season.

Marsans has not played a lick of baseball since last June, when he made the leap. He was enjoined from playing with St. Louis and his case was continued in court. But Marsans’ salary goes on just the same. ...

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What To Expect: Luis Severino - BaseballAmerica.com

The kid was impressive in his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

With success on field, Mets enjoy a spike in ticket sales | Newsday

Maybe Wilpon can pay off those debts faster!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mike Trout having his best season of career | MLB.com

NEWSFLASH: Mike Trout is a great player!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, sabermetrics

Keri: Seven Days in Flushing: Reliving One of the Craziest Weeks in New York Mets History

Jerry Seinfeld: “A Cespedes for the rest of us.”

Epilogue

After a pair of wins against the Marlins, the Mets now lead the Nationals by one game in the NL East.

The good news is that the Mets will get a bunch more games against lesser teams like the Marlins, as no club in baseball owns a weaker schedule the rest of the way.6

In addition to keeping pace with a talented Washington team that figures to get better as it gets healthier, New York will face an internal challenge as the season wears ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

8-6-15 OMNICHATTER

The “Wow, Things Could Be Going Better For The Nationals” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 05, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Andrew Stoeten: Let’s Maybe Not Yet Start Pining For Anthopoulos To Stick Around

The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
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Boileryard Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”

Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few ...

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Seattle on a roll, wins 3rd in row | The News Tribune

The Mariners may be hot and may be *only* six games back. They also have *seven* teams between them and the spot.

Wild card standings

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, wild card

baseballthing, Have We Been Underestimating Chris Bassitt?

I haven’t watched him pitch. How is Bassitt getting out lefties?

On the other hand, Nathaniel Stoltz was touting Bassitt as a sleeper prospect at FanGraphs toward the end of 2013. Stoltz noted Bassitt’s deception and velocity as strengths. Deception and velocity seem like good things for a pitcher to possess. Movement? Yup. He had that, too.

So far, so good. What about potential trouble spots? Here’s Stoltz again:

Sinker-slider pitchers tend to struggle with opposite-handed batters, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt

How door opened for Syndergaard to match deGrom’s honor | New York Post

Syndergaard has looked great and may give the Mets back-to-back Rookies of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, rookie of the year

SB Nation: Braves outfielder celebrates making a catch while the ball rolls 30 feet away

Eury Perez looks like he’ll fit right in with the participants at this weekend’s softball game.

He thought he had it. He knew he had it. Except he didn’t have it.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playing the game the right way

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