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Saturday, May 09, 2015

NY Daily News: Madden: MLB denies colluding with MLBPA on illegal A-Rod bonus deal

[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.

According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bonus, yankees

MLB: Pirates stun Cardinals with first-ever 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history.

Here is a legitimate “you’ve never seen this before” play…because it has never, in the recorded history of Major League Baseball, happened before.

On the first pitch from Vance Worley, Yadier Molina ripped a line drive over second baseman Neil Walker’s head. Peralta and Heyward both expected the ball to clear Walker’s head, and thus took off.

But Walker leaped to snare the liner, and his throw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubled up Peralta. Heyward started back to second, but Kang’s toss to ...

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Esoteric Posted: May 09, 2015 at 10:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pittsburgh pirates, st. louis cardinals

BtBS: Has Tim Lincecum version 2.0 finally downloaded?

If the early returns this season represent a conscious change and not just a streak of luck, then Lincecum may have successfully re-invented himself. His FIP is at its lowest value since 2011 (his most recent valuable season), and he’s cut his HR/9 rate by 72.72%.

These positive results likely stem from Lincecum’s new ability to induce ground balls. Up until this season, his career GB% was 46.7%, just above the league average of 44%. In 2015 however, Lincecum has raised his GB% to a career ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum


Fangraphs Chat w/ Jeff Sullivan

You are transported back in time to, say, 1960. You have none of your money or possessions. Assume you luck your way in to an assistant GM position in an MLB front office as a way of making a living. There is no Baseball-Reference. There is no Fangraphs. There is no Excel. How do you go about using your present knowledge of advanced baseball statistics to your advantage? How do you go about getting the GM to heed your advice?

Jeff Sullivan: Well, let’s see. Shifts would be easy enough. Very ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 09, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, sabrmetrics

Paine: Willie Mays Was Way Better Than Alex Rodriguez

Mays beats A-Rod by nine lengths.

An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: May 09, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, willie mays

A’s drop game on a night filled with losses

A wretched start to the season keeps getting worse for the A’s. In a matchup for last place in the division with the Mariners, Oakland succumbed 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday when Logan Morrison hit the first pitch of the inning from Dan Otero out to center. It was yet another one-run loss — the A’s major-league-leading ninth — and the ninth loss charged to the bullpen, which also wasted the lead in the seventh.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

Rays Notes: Moore is getting more comfortable | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

“This is the time in the process when I’d get a little more excited and start to focus on maybe a mid-June-ish or what part of June (to return),” Moore said. “It feels good. It’s nice to come to the park and have days like this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

Jeffrey Deckman: PawSox owners’ woes a win for R.I. - Opinion - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

I am as big a baseball fan as anyone. I’ve also followed the way sports teams have strong-armed and hoodwinked local and state governments to extort money to the detriment of taxpayers. The Pawsox owners don’t need public financing to make money. They only need it to make more money.

A fair deal can get made. The initial proposal is not a fair deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Bernie: Maybe Cards work too hard : Sports

Cardinals info.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Do the Dodgers have a three-headed third baseman? - LA Times

It’s better to have too many good players than not enough. Eventually, though, a deal should get made.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Diamondbacks prospect O’Brien hitting, happy in outfield

It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

OMNICHATTER 5-9-15

Saturday’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 09, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 283 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, May 08, 2015

Noah Syndergaard to make MLB debut - MLB Daily Dish

With the news that Dillon Gee’s groin strain is bad enough to force a DL stint, the Mets will call-up prized right-handed prospect Noah Syndergaard.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dillon gee, mets, noah syndergaard

Sox ticket promotion a loss for taxpayers

The Ballpark Pass was a chance to watch weekday baseball during April and May this season for merely $2.64 per game.

The Sox, under an agreement with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the public agency that owns The Cell, are required to pay a fee on each ticket sold beyond 1,930,000 in paid attendance. But that “ticket threshold,” according to the agreement, excludes tickets that are given to sponsors or sold for less than $3.

it wasn’t until 2008 the Sox even paid an annual fee to ...

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Shoulder tendinitis sending Gausman to DL | orioles.com

So far this year, Gausman hasn’t taken the step to the next level that many, including me, expected. Maybe it’s physical.

“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double- and Triple-A that we are excited about—Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin gausman, orioles

Roll The Die | U.S.S. Mariner

Here’s an entertaining post by Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

red sox - How failure of Red Sox front office to recognize trends has led to last place - WEEI | John Tomase

The Red Sox are 4.5 games back after 28 games. There is a lot of season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

A Far-Too-Early 2015 MLB Mock Draft | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel’s first mock draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Matt Carpenter the catalyst for Cardinals’ success

Says he owes it all to Torii Hunter, of all people. (Also, does it surprise anyone that his dad is a high school coach?)

“I owe so much to him,’’ Carpenter told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s has been a huge part of my success. He was the one to show me what it was like to be a big leaguer. Really, he taught me everything.

“I’ll never forget what he did for me.’‘

Perry Posted: May 08, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Indians’ historically bad defense at root of Cleveland’s awful start

Are the 2015 Indians the worst-fielding team in modern major league history? There’s a lot of season left before they can claim that dubious distinction, but with the first month in the books, their play in the field has been poor enough to argue that they very well could.

Fielding is, of course, extremely difficult to measure, but it’s a bit simpler to sort out on a team level than it is to figure out the value of one fielder from the man next to him on the field. The blunt instrument ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, indians

NBC: Mets Shut Down David Wright With Back Injury

Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.

Life is ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, lolmets, mets

Ex-Red Sox minor leaguer Cody Kukuk pleads no contest to robbery, burglary charges

Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.

Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to ...

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The Hot New Form Of Fantasy Sports Is Probably Addictive, Potentially Illegal And Completely Unregulated | ThinkProgress

The article definitely is slanted against the daily games. Your experiences?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 8, 1915:

Arlie Latham, after being connected with the national pastime for thirty-odd years, has given up the sport…Arlie is keeping a delicatessen store.

Arlie’s place of business is in New York city. He declares that as a delicatessener he is batting only .106 at present, but that when he gets properly warmed up and learns how to shave 15 1/2 ounces of ham for a pound he will hit with the best of them in the delicatessen league.

If I learn that his slogan wasn’t “The ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 08, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arlie latham, dugout, history

5-8-15 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER of the day

Gamingboy Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

BtBS: Batted balls and source disagreement

Baseball Reference and Baseball Savant are in relatively close agreement on the frequency of line drives. Fangraphs differs quite a bit. For some reason, in 2013 the frequency of line drives jumped up for BR and BS but not FG. It’s possible that MLB “adjusted” the definition of a line drive in the 2012 offseason, which means the stringers feeding the info for Retrosheet and the algorithm feeding PitchF/X would have been updated on the new classification criteria. This seems unlikely to me, but ...

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bobm Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: data

Braves’ McDowell trying to repair some damaged egos | www.myajc.com

“Feeling a weight? I’ve thought about,” McDowell said. “There’s weight on our shoulders from the standpoint of keeping us in games. We went into this season thinking, ‘OK, the pitching’s going to be great, and the offense is going to struggle.’ We haven’t struggled to score runs. You would hope the pitching would hold up its end of the bargain. But you go through those difficult periods, and you hope you’re able to grow from it.”

Stay there. He’s just getting warmed up. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, roger mcdowell

A-Rod Hits HR No. 661 to Pass Mays for 4th, Yankees Top O’s - NYTimes.com

“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”

Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK. Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

BP: THE SLOW, GENTLE DECLINE OF DAVID ORTIZ

The Red Sox need to rest Ortiz when he faces unfavorable match-ups.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

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