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Sunday, May 21, 2017

OTP 22 May 2017: George W. Bush photobombs a sports reporter

Former president George W. Bush attended a Texas Rangers baseball game Wednesday evening, and happened to be heading to his seat with drink in hand right when sideline reporter Emily Jones was live on TV.

So Bush did what any normal person would do — seize the opportunity to be on TV and make a funny face.

Mark my words, the Donald will be doing this a couple of decades from now, and we’ll all be nostalgic for the innocent, rosy days of 2017.

(As always, views expressed in the article ...

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BDC Posted: May 21, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 1558 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, politics, rangers, television

Brewers Stir A Little Beef By Suggesting That Cubs Called Rainout For Reason Other Than Rain

A few hours before the scheduled first pitch, the Cubs called to reschedule yesterday afternoon’s game against the Brewers due to rain. But when the original game time rolled around, it was no longer raining—and things stayed pretty dry for the rest of the day. An ordinary display of caution by the Cubs? A simple judgment error? Not according to the Brewers!

Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, general manager David Stearns stopped short of accusing the Cubs of any ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, postponement, rain



Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

Boston Globe Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, orioles

Heyman | Luis Robert Has Deal With White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have an agreement with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, and the contract is expected to be worth between $25-$30 million, sources told FanRag Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: luis robert, white sox

Inside Baseball NL Notes | How Stanton’s Contract Impacts Marlins

Sorry, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family the last few days. Here’s something to start getting caught up.
Inside Baseball AL Notes | Astros doing homework on starters

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Bobby Grich, Rick Burleson, and Their One Full (Strike-Shortened) Season as a Dominant Double Play Combination

The pairing of Grich and Burleson not only brought together two of the game’s best all-around players but also two of its fiercest competitors.  Grich and Burleson were both known for their intensity and determination to win—earning reputations as hard-nosed players, not afraid to get their uniforms dirty.  Umpire Ron Luciano once said that Grich “always wore uniforms that looked like ‘before’ on detergent commercials.”  Early in his career Burleson was given the nickname “Rooster” by Boston ...

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Dance-off for NL Central title!

Let’s see David Ross top this!

Walt Davis Posted: May 21, 2017 at 02:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, dancing

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Matt Adams traded to the Atlanta Braves

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 06:21 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, matt adams


Price Makes Rehab Start in Pawtucket Loss | MiLB.com

A Price sighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Mike Trout: Baseball’s Best, Without the Brand - The New York Times

“What he does on a daily basis, it’s just awesome to watch and be a part of,” Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker said. “There’s always something brand-new he’s done in baseball that no one’s ever done.”

Trout is LeBron James in spikes, Tom Brady out of shoulder pads, minus their championship rings. Also missing is something that barely matters to Trout but is so important to other athletes in his echelon: a brand.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

ESPN Olney:The stupidity of retaliation

Major League Baseball is in an era of enlightenment, in which organizations are filled with bright minds of men and women who won’t accept the status quo without examination. The phrase That’s the way it’s always been done is routinely ignored, thankfully, and more informed decisions are made….

But somehow, as the sport has evolved, the practice of retaliation—through the use of a baseball thrown at a prone human target—is still in play, left over like a horse and buggy in the middle of an ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flip, stick-it-in-his-ear

The man behind Cody Bellinger’s early success with the Dodgers

Meet Cody Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Legendary Butt: Meet Your Favorite Ballplayer’s Best Friend

As Oks recalls, the daily ritual began in conversation with a few veteran Cardinals like Smith and former All-Star Pedro Guerrero. It was 1989 or thereabouts. Details are a little hazy. Their banter one day devolved into talk of pranks. Oks said he’d moon the Cardinals bus. The players called his bluff. Oks was adamant. Smith remembers thinking, “Yeah, right.”

“They didn’t believe me, so I did it, and from there, it carried on for many years,” Oks, now 55, said. “Every day, every ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: friends

Giancarlo Stanton says frustration level is “highest ever”

Giancarlo Stanton should be a happy man, what with a $325 million contract that sets him up for life.

But all that money—guaranteed to the decimal—isn’t putting a smile on his face. He is fed up with losing, and losing is all he’s ever known as a Marlin.

Before taking the field Thursday at Dodger Stadium, before the Marlins tossed another loss into the raging bonfire, Stanton said his frustration level is reaching new heights.

“It’s probably the highest ever,” Stanton said. “It’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Olney: The stupidity of retaliation

So what was the point of the retaliation?

Longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson asked a really great question as Teheran struggled in the early innings: How much was Teheran thinking about his forthcoming retaliatory strike on Bautista as he prepared and warmed up for the game? Because drilling a hitter on purpose is not something pitchers do often.

Keep in mind: Teheran went into Thursday’s start needing performance traction. He really could have used a clean first inning, to get off to a good ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:07 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, retaliation, unwritten rules of baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2017

Chicago Eagle, May 19, 1917:

John B. Foster, secretary of the New York Giants, agrees with President Barrow of the International league that the game of baseball will not suffer because of war. He believes even that baseball might be stimulated.

“War has never hurt baseball in this country,” said Foster. “As a matter of fact, it was the baseball played during the Civil war by the soldiers which resulted in giving the game its great impetus in this country.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 01:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The end of the Cuban revolution is coming soon with Luis Robert’s signing

The Cuban revolution in Major League Baseball ends this week. Technically, Luis Robert, 19 years old, 6-foot-2, 180 yoked pounds, outfielder, right-handed hitter and thrower, fast as a bullwhip and, like every one of his predecessors, especially interesting because he is shrouded in the unknown, is not the last baseball player to come to the United States from Cuba. The drip-drip-drip of talent, whether through defection or an agreement between the league and nation, will cease no time soon.

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Manfred Eyes 2019 For Regular-Season Games In Europe

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful the sport can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.

Major League Baseball had hoped to have European games in 2018, possibly between the Yankees and Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium, but decided there was not enough time to get plans in place.

“It’s something we’d really like to do in 2019,” Manfred said Thursday following a quarterly owners’ meeting. “I can’t tell you we are going to do it. I ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 04:58 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: europe, international, red sox, rob manfred, yankees

Angels To Sign Doug Fister

The Angels are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister on a Major League contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Fister is a client of PSI Sports Management.

As of last week, the 33-year-old Fister was said to be close to signing, and Cotillo listed the Angels as one of five clubs in the mix for him at that time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, doug fister

MLB probing incident involving Kevin Pillar’s homophobic slur

Major League Baseball says it is investigating an incident in which Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar appeared to say a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Wednesday night’s game.

Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh inning of Atlanta’s 8–4 win and felt he was quick-pitched by Motte.

Pillar started to yell toward the mound at Motte after he struck out….

illar apologized to for actions after the game.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, gay rights, kevin pillar, slurs

MLB To Stream Games Live On Facebook Without Blackouts

Major League Baseball games are coming to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). The announcement was made today by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred at the end of the quarterly owners meetings in New York City. The deal will see a national game streamed via MLB’s Facebook page each Friday beginning with tomorrow’s (Friday. May 19th) game between the Rockies at Reds at 7:10pm ET. Other matchups will be announced at a later date.

“This is very important for us to experiment [with Facebook],” said Manfred.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, facebook, media, social media

Baseball Prospectus | Pitching Backward: What We Know About Spin Rate

I hope this doesn’t make your head spin.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Peter Gammons: The Pirates and the depreciating asset of Gerrit Cole - GammonsDaily.com

Most big Scott Boras clients come with an expiration date tag. Sometimes, that free agent promise date seems a distraction; their teams believe it in the cases of Jake Arrieta and Matt Harvey, but it never distracted Max Scherzer from his relentless drive for greatness.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, pirates

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