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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Teams Under International Penalty For 2017, 2018 | BaseballAmerica.com

Teams pretty much out of the Otani sweepstakes.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings

The year of the home run in MLB is reaching a very rare milestone

Let us bury no ledes: At some point on Tuesday night, we’ll very likely see the 5,000th home run in Major League Baseball this season. If that strikes you as a lofty tally, that’s with good reason. That’s because it’s a lofty tally. Shall we explore this matter further? Lo, we shall explore this matter further ...
5,000 home runs has happened before but not often.
Going into Tuesday night’s packed slate, MLB hitters have combined for 4,979 home runs. So, yes, at this writing it’s probably a ...

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Meatwad Posted: August 30, 2017 at 02:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 73, bonds, home runs, stanton

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Brian Cashman is going to Japan with eyes on a superstar | New York Post

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is the latest baseball executive traveling to Japan to scout superstar pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
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Due to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and Otani’s age, the most he could get from the Yankees currently is about $8 million in a signing bonus. The only way to increase the amount is by acquiring other clubs’ international pool money in a trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei otani, yankees


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2017

Western League president E.W. Dickerson, quoted in the Marshalltown [Iowa] Evening Times-Republican:

Umpires with chips on their shoulders, backed by presidents who were trying to mimic Ban Johnson, have done more to lessen the interest in baseball than all other causes combined.

There is not the slightest reason why baseball should be stopped on account of the war. In fact, baseball should thrive even more now than in times of peace, for, when the boys of America get into action the public ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giancarlo Stanton’s Slugging Is Carrying the Miami Marlins

This Stanton guy seems pretty good. [Jim]

Dreadful Foie Gras Posted: August 29, 2017 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, miami marlins

Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others? - The New York Times

Tango and company get some kudos for the stuff they are doing at MLB.com.

‘‘Bill James had a great line,’’ Tom Tango, the senior database architect of stats for MLB Advanced Media, told me. (If James is largely considered the godfather of sabermetrics, Tango could be its Michael Corleone.) ‘‘If you have a metric that never matches up with the eye test, it’s probably wrong. And if it never surprises you, it’s probably useless. But if four out of five times it tells you what you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statistics

How The Dodgers Are Using Baseball’s New DL Rules To Get An Edge | FiveThirtyEight

Even knowing that rest prevents injuries, whether Los Angeles prevented more serious ailments by using the short-term DL so frequently is difficult to say. Friedman built the Dodgers’ rotation on a surprisingly thrifty budget, relying largely on injury-prone pitchers who could be bought on the cheap. And the Dodgers seem to have gotten their money’s worth: They racked up more disabled list trips than any other team in the league in 2016, even if you focus only on the 60-day list (for which ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list

Nick Ahmed hit by a pitch on the same hand he fractured in June

Only days before he was expected back from the disabled list, Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is hurt again.

Ahmed suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during his rehab game on Sunday night and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, General Manager Mike Hazen said. That means the soonest he could come back is at some point during the postseason.

Hazen said the club will monitor the trade market for potential help but said he doesn’t expect to find much available. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, nick ahmed


Before Baseball-Reference, Statheads Relied On The ‘Big Mac’ | FiveThirtyEight

I begged my parents to buy me one of these in the middle 70’s. Although I no longer have it, it got a lot of use, at least until Total Baseball came out.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

David Wright shuts down rehab; Yoenis Cespedes out for season | New York Post

Sometimes you see a rash of injuries and think, “Wow, that’s some bad luck.” I don’t get those thoughts with the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Amed Rosario comes up big as Mets split doubleheader | New York Post

Two weeks ago, Rosario hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning in Philadelphia that led the Mets to victory. The power display comes after a minor league career in which Rosario hit only 17 homers in 1,775 at-bats.

“I came from a league where I wasn’t seeing pitches come at me this fast,” Rosario said. “But as I have adjusted, I feel that I am doing better.”

And defensively, Rosario — as advertised — has shined.

“Our guys keep coming in with our defensive analysis, and he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Top 10 Prospects: August 28 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

He’s hit much better in the 2nd half. The Phillies played him some at 3B. I still don’t see a 3B bat in him.

10. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
2017 stats: 119 G, .239/.350/.393, 71 R, 17 2B, 6 3B, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 75 BB, 93 SO, 5 SB at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The hits didn’t drop for Crawford, which was due to happen considering how hot he’s been since July. Even as his average dropped, however, he still showed the same quality approach at the plate that he has since for the past ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

A Visual Case for the DH – The Hardball Times

Just think of all the strategy there would be if we just randomly pulled a fan out of the stands to play first base.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, sabermetrics

Clayton Kershaw good after rehab start, set to rejoin Dodgers next weekend | ESPN

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw came out of his Saturday rehab start at Triple-A well and will next start for Los Angeles either Friday or Saturday.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kershaw, rehab

12up.com: Astros Pitcher Calls Out Rangers for ‘Greed’ in Hurricane Harvey Crisis

Quite a brushback pitch.

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros were scheduled to play a series in Houston this week. Of course, that had to be moved due to the hurricane. The obvious location was Arlington, but the Rangers were unwilling to take on the burden of switching up the home series. Put simply, this upcoming series would be switched to a home series for Texas, while a later set of games would become a home series for Houston. Seems easy enough. ...

Because Texas was unwilling to ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 29, 2017 at 12:18 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hurricane, rangers, schedule

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey forces Rangers and Astros to play at Tropicana Field

The Astros will play this week’s scheduled three-game series vs. the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida.

Additionally, the series vs. the Mets may also be moved to Tropicana Field. That decision will be made later this week.

If that’s the case, then that would mean 19 straight road or neutral site games for the Astros.

I think the last time a game was moved to a neutral site was when the Astros hosted the Cubs in Milwaukee. Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter.

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Greg Pope Posted: August 28, 2017 at 05:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hurricane, mets, rangers

Taking Back the Ballparks - Padres voting thread

Unlike our two previous installments, the Padres nominating thread didn’t seem to generate a consensus choice for a name for the lovely little ballpark near the Pacific Ocean. And opinion was equally spread with our nominating committee, which is why a hefty six choices will be put before the electorate. As was the case with the Rangers, if you choose one of the selections, you’ll be asked to follow up with a second question.

Voting will conclude one week from today, at which point we’ll ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: August 28, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2017

Washington Times, August 28, 1917:

An air of mystery surrounds the reported franchise shift in the American League today. It is reported that “certain stockholders of the Washington club have been notified to attend a meeting at which the proposition will be discussed.” Some of those questioned today say they know nothing about such a meeting. And there the matter rests, while Baltimore seethes in anticipation of owning a major league baseball club in 1918.

Washington Herald, August 28, 1917:

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 28 August 2017: Minor league baseball team’s ‘Alternative Facts Night’ promises ‘bigly home runs’

For those who do show up on Friday, they’ll be in for an interesting experience. The first 1,000 attendees will get a 2016 Eastern League championship ring to celebrate what one can only assume was the alternative championship considering the SeaWolves won it with a purported 142-0 record. (In the actual Eastern League last season, the SeaWolves finished with a losing record of 69-72 and made it nowhere near the actual championship game.)

The team also plans to involve the other side of the ...

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Brewers minor-leaguer goes into cardiac arrest after being struck by pitch - CBSSports.com

Well wishes to this young man! Hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2017 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Matt Harvey is coming back and Mets see one good sign already | New York Post

Is anyone still optimistic Matt Harvey can still be an ace?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, August 27, 2017

As the Red Sox have surged, ratings have bounced back

Just in time to listen to the horrible Jerry Remy fill-ins and the snooze inducing Dave O’Brien.

And more caterwauling about the Houston decision to not retain some scouts.

That may be the case, but the reality is scouting as a way of evaluating players is dying. So many great baseball people who have devoted their lives to discovering talent no longer work in the game. This is very disturbing to Dave Dombrowski, who says, “You’ve got to have both.”

The roll call in Houston includes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Olney: Marlins’ new owners face defining decision on Stanton - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

If a team can trade Arod, Stanton can be traded.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:34 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Obituary: Joe Klein, 75, Was GM Of Three Teams | BaseballAmerica.com

Klein had that ability to keep things in perspective. He would occasionally relive the 1982 Winter Meetings in Honolulu. He had just become GM and had a trade in place to acquire a package of players from the Dodgers, including two young pitchers named Dave Stewart and Orel Hershiser. Ownership killed the deal.

“If that trade had gone through I might have still been the general manager in Texas,” he said decades later.

He shrugged his shoulders.

Disappointed? Sure.

Upset? Nah.

It wasn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, joe klein, obituary

Rockies’ Greg Holland pulled in save situation | MLB.com

Brutal.

Holland, who left an 0-2 slider over the plate to Ozzie Albies for a single just before Adams’ homer, has given up four homers and 14 runs in 6 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, rockies

The art of hitting by Daniel Murphy - Byron Kerr

“Every at-bat to him is extremely valuable,” says third base coach Bobby Henley of Murphy’s work. “He’s up there to try to do something to help the ballclub. He wants to drive runs in, that’s the big thing. He wants to do whatever he can to drive a run in, understanding what the pitcher is trying to do to him and staying with his plan. I think he has shown over last year and the course of this year that he’s pretty good when he stays with his plan. It’s been fun to watch, I know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, nationals

Moneyball at 20: Inside Billy Beane’s legacy after 2 decades running the A’s - San Francisco Chronicle

Must read. Some really good insights into Billy Beane.

Top on the list: trading third baseman Josh Donaldson, who went on to be the MVP after going to Toronto, in exchange for four players who have not nearly approached that kind of star power.

“In hindsight, that was certainly questionable — and I’m being kind to myself,” Beane said recently in his first public comments reproaching himself for the deal. “There were a number of reasons why, and Josh was a good player who became a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, moneyball


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