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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 4, 1918:

The hospital list in the Phils’ camp was increased yesterday afternoon when Mike Prendergast, the flinger from Chicago, sprained his ankle in an effort to jump from the grand stand to the ground. Mike was in good jumping form and had lots of technique, but a slippery step caused by some loose ice cream caused him to make a mess of it.

Not quite as strange as Vince Coleman getting rolled up in the tarp machine or Kevin Mitchell hurting himself ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, injuries

Shohei Ohtani belts first major league homer in Angels’ victory | OC Register

Your daily Shohei update.

Just over 48 hours after Ohtani The Pitcher had a breakthrough performance, Ohtani The Hitter delivered a three-run homer as part of three-hit game.

Ohtani pitched six innings to pick up the victory on Sunday, retiring 14 of the last 15 hitters after all three runs came on one bad pitch.

Then on Tuesday, in his first game at Angel Stadium, he belted a homer and then blistered two other singles. He’s now 4 for 9 in two games as the team’s designated hitter.


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Baseball Therapy: Bunt, Joey, Bunt! - Baseball Prospectus

A theoretical exercise that doesn’t really tell us anything.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2018 at 02:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, joey gallo

LOC: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports Now Online

The collection includes about 1,750 baseball scouting reports from the 1950s and 1960s, documenting Rickey’s skill in analyzing various aspects of a player’s game and identifying some of the greats. The Rickey Papers are online at loc.gov/collections/branch-rickey-papers/about-this-collection/.

The digitization of the Rickey Papers is part of a larger effort to make historical materials available online. Other newly digitized collections include the papers of U.S. Presidents James ...

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BDC Posted: April 03, 2018 at 01:02 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: archives, branch rickey, scouting reports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2018

Washington Times, April 3, 1918:

Dissensions are sprouting in the ranks of Pat Moran’s Phillies. Several players complain that Colonel Baker has not spent any of the money obtained in the Alexander-Killifer deal in strengthening the team, and that they will not long remain with a minor league organization.

Pat Moran is doing the best he can with the material he has, but he refuses to talk of the future.

Moran’s future was better than the Phillies organization’s future. The manager’s contract ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

This 10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Chase Utley Met in 2006 Is Now His Teammate

Must have gotten some dust in my eye.

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eddieot Posted: April 03, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, chase utley, dodgers, phillies


Monday, April 02, 2018

MLB.tv’s Quad Box Disappears For Now

This is a bummer.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 07:22 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbtv

Neon Deion tweets

Somebody tell me who this catcher is so i can make sure he has brand new gear for his next game. Please Please. This is incredible. And I want to meet him. #Truth

Check out the embedded video from Tony Austin.

Stormy JE Posted: April 02, 2018 at 04:24 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, heart, high school baseball


What we learned about Ohtani’s arm in first start

His stuff is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani


MLB to warn Phillies regarding pitching change

THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

The Phillies will receive a formal warning from Major League Baseball for making a pitching change in the third inning Saturday night in Atlanta without having left-hander Hoby Milner warmed up and ready to enter the game, a source said Sunday.

MLB is still reviewing the incident, but it believes umpire Jerry Layne handled the situation appropriately given the circumstances.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Twins win with 2 Dozier HRs, Berrios shutout | MLB.com

You can’t bunt against the shift?

This is dumb.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Two Truths and a Lie: The Hidden Forces That Affect How Catchers Perform at the Plate - The Ringer

Tyler Flowers and big questions about catchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-2-2018

Washington Times, April 2, 2018:

Art Wilson, formerly a Cub catcher now with the Boston Braves, on the third trial caught a baseball dropped by an aviator, who was passing over the ball ground at Miami, Fla., at a rate of eighty miles an hour. The ball was dropped by Roger Humphreys. Humphreys and Wilson were some time ago players on a Three-Eye League team.

They had heard of catching a ball thrown from the Washington Monument, but agreed that no one had ever caught a ball from an aeroplane. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Apr. 14, 1931 - Scenes at a Yankees vs Red Sox Game, NYC (real sound)

Scenes at a baseball game at Yankee Stadium taken on April 14, 1931 in New York City. These films were taken with early Movietone sound cameras.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankee stadium

OTP 2018 Apr 2: This Opening Day, keep baseball pure—and keep the politics out of it

In a year when American culture seems to be dissolving before our very eyes in the shadow of a political discourse that often seems as turbid as it is abhorrent, there’s always baseball.

I grew up the daughter of a man who loved baseball; over the years my Mom learned to enjoy it just as much. My dad played it, listened to it, watched it, collected cards of players he admired. I can’t even pinpoint my first baseball experience, such is the way the entirety of the game enveloped around and ...

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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Papke: Twins angry after Orioles bunt against shift in 9th

It’s never too early in the season for the “unwritten rules” to rear its ugly head…

We already knew that bunting for a hit with a no-hitter in progress is against baseball’s so-called “unwritten rules.” This, however, was only a one-hitter.

What’s more, the Twins were putting their shift in action against Sisco, meaning they clearly still saw merit in going out of their way defensively to prevent the catcher from getting on base. If Minnesota feels justified in doing that, why is Sisco ...

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Stormy JE Posted: April 01, 2018 at 08:44 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, idiotic philosophies, orioles, shift, twins, unwritten rules

Shohei Ohtani picks up victory for Angels in his mound debut | OC Register

OAKLAND — Just like Shohei Ohtani and the Angels had been saying all along, spring training means nothing.

A rough spring had prompted plenty of questions about the Japanese superstar’s readiness for the majors, but his performance in his first outing as a big league pitcher no doubt eased many concerns from outside the organization.

Ohtani pitched six innings in the Angels’ 7-4 victory over the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon, completing his historic season-opening series.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 01, 2018 at 07:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: #bandwagon, angels, shohei ohtani

A New Chapter At Sports Reference

Along the way, the only consideration has been what would work best for the user. That’s why, after months of extensive research, I’m very pleased to announce:

We’re Pivoting to Video.

villageidiom Posted: April 01, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: april fools, baseball-reference, stats, video

Gabe Kapler’s alarming error adds to rough start as Phillies manager

If there was a reset button in the Philadelphia Phillies dugout, new manager Gabe Kapler would have pressed it several times by now.

His first three games have been an out-of-control roller coaster at best, a disaster at worst, with Saturday’s 15-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves providing a low point that the Phillies have to hope will never be duplicated.

spanx for the memories Posted: April 01, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: philadelphia phillies

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Friday, March 30, 2018



Official attendance likely to plummet this season for Marlins | Miami Herald

It remains to be seen whether fewer fans show up this season at Marlins Park if the team struggles, as most expect.

But, whether that proves to be the case, official crowd figures announced by the team are expected to plummet significantly — or at least come closer to reality.

The reason: a Marlins spokesman said Thursday that the Marlins will only count actual tickets sold in their attendance calculations.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-30-2018

Washington Times, March 30, 1918:

Four cities have been granted franchises in the new International League, it became known today. They are Baltimore, Toronto, Jersey City and Syracuse. Buffalo, Newark, Rochester, Richmond, and several other cities bidding for franchises will have until next Wednesday morning to qualify. President McCaffery, of the Toronto club, said today that the season will probably be opened May 1.

The other four cities that made up the league were Buffalo, Newark, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB salaries 2018: A 1% raise for major leaguers, but clouds ahead

Bob Nightengale breaks down the dollars.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: economics


MLB’s stat-crunchingest video game predicts a World Series win for L.A. - Polygon

OOTP recently released version 19. Although I’ve bought a few versions I haven’t played it much. The options are pretty daunting. Is there an easy way to import rosters managed somewhere else? (I’d like to sim out a league I play in Dynasty League Baseball.)

I’m also curious about online league play. Is there a way for people to play head-to-head live? I see a broadcast to the web option but it seems this is something for GM only leagues where the Commissioner sims the games.

I know a few ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations

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