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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Think Cubs should trade Castro with Addison Russell here? Think again | Chicago

Castro has looked great this year.

Castro has always seemed to genuinely want to become a great all-around player, and tried to follow the leads of each new manager, infield coach and hitting coach that came through the Cubs turnstile during his career.

Maybe the communication is better with this manager and staff. Maybe the obvious influx of better talent and the real intention of trying to win again has made a difference.

Whatever it is, Castro said he does more daily work before games in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Naval Academy grad Harris called up to majors by Cardinals

Cards could use the veteran presence.

During his stint in the Persian Gulf on a Navy carrier, Mitch Harris kept his pitching arm - and his hopes of eventually making it to the majors - in shape by tossing a baseball on the flight deck.

‘‘We actually had a cook ... who grew up playing baseball his whole life,’’ Harris recalled. ‘‘He was about the only person I truly trusted to throw with, because I was scared I’d hurt anybody else.’‘

Harris, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, told ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, military, mitch harris, naval academy, veterans

WSJ: What constitutes batting around in an inning?

By the way, the Brian Mangan in the article is me!

When the question was posed to New York Mets captain David Wright, he didn’t hesitate. “Ten,” he said. As far as Wright was concerned, nobody could disagree. To prove as much, he called over his teammate, John Mayberry Jr. Mayberry said nine, just as emphatically. Wright was stunned.

As the debate spread beyond the Mets’ players and fans, so did the divide. Colorado Rockies relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, a 42-year-old in his 21st ...

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thetailor Posted: April 21, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: batting around, history, vin scully

TNR: The Future of Binge TV Belongs to America’s Oldest Sport

MLB Advanced Media, which has arguably the country’s most extensive and experienced broadband network for streaming live video, has been around since 2000 and is equally owned by the 30 MLB clubs. In addition to streaming most baseball games (more on that later), it handles the back-end duties for myriad other major sports. BAM, as it’s known in industry parlance, powers ESPN’s watch-anywhere app. It runs Turner Sports’ March Madness streaming. The World Wrestling Entertainment Network ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dying, mlbam

After a decade in the minors Royals rookie Paulo Orlando is demolishing triples records

[Paulo] Orlando tripled Monday night against the Twins, giving him five triples through his first seven career games. No other hitter in MLB history has more than three triples through seven career games.

Orlando has played just seven games and logged just 29 plate appearances, yet by himself he’d be tied for the most triples by any team this season…

Orlando is very fast and doesn’t hit many homers, so he did rack up a lot of triples in the minors. He totaled 14 triples in 286 games at ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 03:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: paulo orlando, records, royals, triples

Branch Rickey’s Residual Legacy | The National Pastime Museum

Throughout baseball history, general managers have tended to leave positions because they were removed or forced out, and that tended to happen because their teams were bad. The result was a low, and often even negative, residual value confronting the incoming administration.
That was never Branch Rickey’s way. In fact, Rickey’s most overlooked legacy to the franchises he operated was a booming residual value of talent upon which a succeeding administration could fashion ongoing success. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 02:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey

Minor League Baseball returns to CBS Sports | MiLB.com

CBS Sports Network is broadcasting ten minor league games this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball

Jeremy Guthrie: Let’s Make International Baseball Awesome

Step 1: Use the World Cup as the model
The World Baseball Classic is great, but who wouldn’t want to see it go to the next level and approach the hype of soccer’s World Cup? Right now, the WBC takes place in March during spring training, so the best players in the world have a bunch of easy (and good) excuses for why they can’t participate. As commissioner of MLB, I want to grow the game globally by showcasing the sport and giving players from around the world the chance to compete ...

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Royals Fans Upset at Being Served Moldy Hot Dogs

The quality of food they say they got at the concession stands on Buck Night was unacceptable. This comes just a month after a food safety manager was fired for allegedly speaking out against health violations at Kauffman Stadium.

Fans sent KCTV5 News dozens of pictures from Friday night’s game. One shows a normal stadium hot dog beside one of the dollar dogs. Fans weren’t happy with the blackened franks on soggy, discolored and squashed up buns. One photo even showed mold on the bun. ...Read More...

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: revenue sharing, wal-mart

Jonathan Lucroy suffers broken toe in Brewers’ loss

Things aren’t going the Brewers way so far this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy

red sox - Bradford Files: How Manny Ramirez helped his neighbor, Hanley Ramirez - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Manny needs to give Hanley some tips on playing the Green Monster. First tip: when you feel the warning track under your feet as you slowly approach the wall, put your right hand back to feel for the wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, hanley ramirez, manny ramirez, red sox

Nicolai Bonds | Jeff Pearlman

Jeff Pearlman interviews Barry Bonds’ son. It’s an interesting read.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 21, 1915:

Jack Pfiester, who was formerly a pitcher on the team of the Chicago Nationals, was a witness in his own behalf in the Circuit court [in Chicago] on Tuesday in the suit brought against the Western Union Telegraph company, seeking to recover $2,500 in alleged damages in connection with a telegram sent him by the Milwaukee baseball club. Pfiester charged that on May 3, 1912, a telegram from the Milwaukee club, reading: “Will give you $300 per month,” signed ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack pfiester

TBL: Fan at Cubs-Pirates Taken Off on Stretcher After Foul Tip Hit Her Head Through Screen [UPDATE]

Scary. Very scary.

The Pirates-Cubs game Monday night was delayed in the top of the second inning for 23 minutes after a fan walking behind the home plate netting was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Starlin Castro. This one is very rough to watch and, fingers crossed, the fan is okay. The ball did not go through the netting, per reports. ...

UPDATE: The Pirates updated the fan’s status and said she was conscious and thanking the caregivers when taken to the hospital:

JE (Jason) Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fans, pirates

Power display erases Valbuena’s slow start | astros.com

Silly.

After starting the season 0-for-10, Valbuena is hitting .323 with five homers and seven RBIs in the past eight games. He’s hit safely in seven of those games, including three multihit contests.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, luis valbuana

With suspensions looming, Royals hope to move on from ‘emotional’ series with Oakland | The KC Star

Sure.

The gesture was broadcast on the television screen inside Ned Yost’s office. Ejected from Sunday’s game, Yost witnessed Kelvin Herrera point to his head after throwing a pitch behind the back of Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie. As a spectator, Yost experienced a reaction common to viewers across the country.

“You look at it, and you’re like ‘God, what’s he doing that for?’” Yost said.

Herrera received an ejection of his own, as one of five Royals tossed from Sunday’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, royals

Angels have a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton - LA Times

They are in no rush.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

How Common Are Early-Season Manager Firings? – MLB Trade Rumors

Is Mike Redmond in trouble?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mike redmond

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Monday, April 20, 2015

4/21/2015 OMNICHATTER

The “I submitted this early so I don’t have to fight with the stupid Equate ad taking up the window and leaving the rest of the window blank for some reason glitch” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2015 at 11:12 PM | 290 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

A profane Bryan Price vents frustration

Man, C. Trent Rosecrans is like Jerry in Parks and Rec.

Audio of the interview mentioned in this article will be posted soon.

Upset by the accurate reports that All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team for Sunday’s game in St. Louis, [Reds manager Bryan] Price went on a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade in his daily session with reporters… The final tally was 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).

The basis ...

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WSJ: He’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around.

The debate has been raging for years in the sandlot baseball league of New York attorney Brian Mangan. Seeking to settle it, Mangan tweeted a question on March 13: “Batting around—is that when all 9 hitters bat, or does the first guy need to bat twice?”

As a contributor to MetsBlog, a popular website, Mangan boasts a baseball-loving Twitter following. Dozens responded, their views divided about equally on whether it takes nine or 10 batters to bat around. Some of the answers included ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rdp bait, vin scully

VICE SPORTS: AGAINST ESPN’S K-ZONE, WHICH IS THE WORST

The centerfield camera sits at the center of this operation, and only its ubiquity keeps us from recognizing it as the miracle it is. With this shot, pioneered by NBC producer Harry Coyle in the middle of last century, anyone at home—or at the bar, or in line for takeout—can see the flight of a pitch better than all but a handful of people in the actual stadium. It makes what had been in the pre- and early-television days the work of conjecture or imagination—the particular break of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on television, espn, k-zone, media

Notes: ‘Fastball’ documentary a home run for fans | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

A truly disgusting suggestion.

Over at SI Richard Dietsch has a piece in which he asked several broadcasters and media members about changes they’d make to sports broadcasts and reporting. Fox’s lead play-by-play guy said this:

Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver’s seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fox, joe buck, media, terrible ideas

Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan suspended 80 games for PED violation

No surprise if you look at his home run totals.

Atlanta Braves lefthander Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for violating league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday….

McKirahan was a Rule 5 pick acquired from the Chicago Cubs by the Miami Marlins. The Braves acquired him after the Marlins waived him in March.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mckirahan, braves, peds, suspensions

Poz - The Museum of Nice Players

The best players by position that Poz considers to have no HoF support.

You will notice that all my Museum of the Nice Player inductees are from the last 40 years or so. I think this is because before 1960, many of the Nice Player candidates have been elected to the real Hall of Fame. Bill Mazeroski would have been a good choice, but he’s in Cooperstown (and, to be fair, he probably had too much Hall of Fame support from fans anyway).

C: Darrell Porter
1B: Mark Grace
2B: Chuck Knoblauch
SS: ...

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bbmck Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of very good, lists

New York Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud to fractures - MLB - SI.com

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry blevins, mets, travis d'arnaud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender

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