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Monday, August 10, 2015

Fruits of Los Angeles Dodgers’ trades haven’t been promising so far - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

A week after the deal is certainly enough time to judge a deal. Or not.

Apparently, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was a big believer in Johnson’s recovery from that career low, because—six months after leaving Beane’s umbrella—he traded for Johnson again. It’s fair to say Johnson has not been a walking billboard for the efficacy of the Dodgers’ new general manager. Not that Zaidi didn’t have reason to believe in Johnson again. Many of his numbers—including strikeout-to-walk ratio and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: deadline trades, dodgers

Rays Tales: A struggle to develop position-player stars | Tampa Bay Times

Richie Shaffer last week joined an exclusive club — more exclusive than you’d think — when he became just the 26th position player in 20 years to be drafted, signed and developed by the Rays and debut in the majors with them.

The Rays expect great things, of course, from Shaffer, who was their top pick in the 2012 draft. And if he pans out as projected, he will be part of an even smaller group, as of that 26 the Rays have produced only two homegrown All-Star position players, OF Carl ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics, war

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez headed to 15-day disabled list | Miami Herald

The Marlins intend to place Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list but were relieved to learn the pitcher has a right biceps strain and not a major injury that would require surgery.

As a result, it’s possible Fernandez could pitch again this season.

“I’d like to see him pitch. I think he wants to pitch, in talking with him [Sunday] morning,” manager Dan Jennings said of the likelihood Fernandez could take the mound before the end of the season.

Fernandez returned Saturday to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

‘You can’t assault’: Teixeira blasts fan in incident-filled game | New York Post

Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Sunday, August 09, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-10-15

The Cyanocitta Cristata OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Here are some suggestions on how to fix the Red Sox

“One suggestion offered: Would the Red Sox be able to obtain Matt Harvey for Xander Bogaerts?

...

Pablo Sandoval for James Shields

...

The consensus is to keep Ramirez in left because he’d have to learn first base, and that could be fatal for the Sox’ infield. Our experts think free agent Chris Davis and his lefthanded power would be ideal.”

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 09, 2015 at 01:40 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: delusions of grandeur, red sox

Jamie Moyer going into Mariners Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Crazy.

At the age of 30, with a 34-54 record in the big leagues and having spent the bulk of the 1991 and ‘92 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Moyer thought it might be time to get on with life outside of baseball. Digger Phelps, his father-in-law, didn’t agree.
....
Moyer finished his career with the Rockies in 2012 at the age of 49, and he compiled a 269-209 career record, 35th on the all-time wins list. And he did the heavy lifting after turning 30.

His 235 victories tie him with another former ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jamie moyer, mariners

Can Sabermetrics Replace the Officer FitRep?

Sabermetrics brings objectivity to baseball management through a more robust statistical analysis. Managers can now make personnel decisions not only using the quality of a player, but by assessing how well one fits within the existing talent structure of a team. A team which plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark will target players differently than a team at home in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. A manager is now also more likely to consider the talent surrounding a player—their context within ...

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Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: navy veteran, sabermetrics


Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make | Nats Insider

The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.

Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.

Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

The Mets have to learn lessons a computer can’t teach them | New York Post

Much has been made lately about the Mets “Matrix’’ system.

The Matrix is a computer program coupled with scouting, Collins said Saturday they use the info to help figure out what pitchers the Mets’ young hitters, especially, might have the most success against.

“What we’ve tried to do is get our scouts together and take [Rays starter] Nathan Karns for example, how many guys have that kind of stuff, similar stuff, go through the computer system and say, ‘OK, here is a guy who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching

Hanley Ramirez: ‘I’m struggling, just like everybody else’ - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

A nice interview with Hanley Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Jose Fernandez Dealing With Shoulder Stiffness - MLB Trade Rumors

This isn’t good.

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and has returned to Miami to see a doctor, the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reports (Twitter links). The nature and severity of the injury are unclear. “Let’s see what it is before we speculate on something,” says Marlins manager Dan Jennings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday Notes: Putnam’s Odd Mix, Spin Rates, Mariners, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes this tidbit.

Rick Waits pays attention to TrackMan data. It’s not an end-all-be-all for the Seattle Mariners pitching coach, but he considers it a valuable tool. He uses it as a reference point to assess things that might be amiss.

“If I have a pitcher whose spin rate was higher last year than it is this year, let’s say with a curveball, I’ll look a little closer to see if there’s any particular reason,” said Waits. “It might be arm angle or it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Career Talk: Being a Major League Baseball Bullpen Catcher

The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

OMNICHATTER 8-9-15

IF THIS BE… OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Posnanski: 500 (More) Words on Baseball Clocks

Now I want to get out to a minor league game that uses the clock and see for myself what it’s like.

Thursday, I was in Toledo to do a story on minor league home run champion Mike Hessman, and I watched my first baseball game with a clock. And I’ll just say it right out because there’s no point in playing games here: I was 100% wrong. I was so totally, ridiculously and absurdly wrong that, frankly, I want to write an angry email in response to myself.

But this game, Elizabeth was ...

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Starlin Castro benched, staying positive

“I felt a little frustrated, especialy [Friday] when they told me I’m not going to play for I don’t know when,” Castro said. “In the beginning, I took it really personal. After that, I thought about it. You can’t put those guys on the bench. They’re really hot right now and I understand. I thought about it last night. I’ll do whatever I can do for the team.”

“I never put my head down,” Castro said. “I know the player I am. I’ll just keep working, keep doing my routine. I’ll get back on ...

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Voodoo... Posted: August 08, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The early flaws of Statcast data - Beyond the Box Score

Another look at Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

How confident are you in your MLB general manager? - MLB Daily Dish

In the end, the Cubs and the Astros finished in a virtual tie for the top spot, with their fanbases each rating them at just a shade under 4.9 out of 5.0. This isn’t terribly surprising. Both clubs are run by exceptionally smart people, with excellent reputations, and are competitive a year ahead of schedule. It’s easy to buy into that. To no one’s surprise, the Marlins finished dead last, as every single respondent rated their confidence in Mike Berger at one. The other day, Mike Hill, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, ratings

The Seedy Underside of Slow Pitch Softball

Who knew that the world of slow-pitch softball was so corrupt?

Hank G. Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Daniel Nava: The greatest story ever told - Over the Monster

Who is going to star in the Nava movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel nava, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-8-2015

The Worldwide Leader in OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Inside Baseball: Padres, Reds throw late deadline curves, and other notes - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers, red sox, trade

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson

Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….

Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).

Where the money comes in would be here:

Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 ...

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Mets fans still complaining despite winning games and adding Yoenis Cespedes

Don’t usually like Raissman at all, but he absolutely nailed the Met fan here. The Misery Wing, indeed.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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.

Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.

End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.

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

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