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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Atlanta Braves still considering 8-man bullpen | MLB.com

Insane.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

David Price elbow soreness, MRI has him sidelined

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price had an MRI on his sore left elbow and will miss his next start, according to Jim Bowden on Twitter, who reports that BoSox manager John Farrell says they are “concerned” due to the soreness being “more than in [the] past.”

If Price’s elbow issues are serious, it could have a significant impact in the American League East, where Boston is currently the favorite, in no small part due to the combination of Price and Chris Sale at the top of their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Phillies prospect Moniak showing maturity | MLB.com

It’s Mickey Moniak Day in all the Philly rags.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Jake Diekman’s inspiring story beyond baseball | MLB.com

I know a few people who suffer with this. I really feel for the guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jake diekman

Inside the complete overhaul of Jason Heyward’s struggling swing | FOX Sports

“He may be better than (he ever) was,” Mallee said. “I’m very happy for him. His mind is in the right place. He has done a lot of mental stuff. It’s really special what he has put into this.”

Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, agreed.

“I’ve never seen a veteran player work as much as Jason did this winter, let alone right after winning a World Series and having already signed a long-term deal,” Epstein said. “It shows how much he cares, his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward

Fennelly: Why Rays’ pitching is overrated … for now | Tampa Bay Times

So, for now, it’s overrated.

“Until we put together a season collectively, until we all have that year as a group and we’re playing in the playoffs,” Cobb said. “It’s about the pitching. It’s on us. I’ve always enjoyed embracing that. Because we do get a lot of credit. With that comes pressure. It’s how we deal with it.”

“Just as long as we’re ourselves, we’re fine,” Archer said. “Only time will tell. I’ve said that about the team in general. I can’t tell you whether we’re underrated or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

OT: March-April 2017 Soccer Thread

March is coming in a lot more like a lamb in my neck of the woods than nursery rhymes would suggest, and the same is true at the top of the Premier League. There’s more excitement (of a sort) in the Champions League, and some intrigue at the top end of the table in at least a couple other major European leagues. Plus relegation scraps abound!

Once again, I’m too lazy to bother putting together an interesting fixtures list. My guess is you all don’t really need my help on that front ...

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The Marksist Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, soccer

Timing Is Key For Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert | BaseballAmerica.com

Robert has the talent of a first-round pick if he were in the draft. After he signs, he should be ready for an assignment to a low or high Class A affiliate. He has a strong, lean frame at 6-foot-3 with broad shoulders, a wide back and quick-twitch athleticism. A righthanded hitter with excellent bat speed and a sound swing, Robert has plus power with room to continue filling out and increase that in the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, luis robert

Blue Jays sound off on the worst walk-up songs in baseball | Toronto Star

“My teammates one time put the Barney song as my walk up without telling me and I was not happy about it, to say the least,” infielder Darwin Barney said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: walk up music

Blue Jays’ Travis ditches social media to focus on baseball | BLUE JAYS | Baseba

Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, for example, use sites like Twitter to engage fans and get his message out. Travis laughed when asked how difficult it was to put his smart phone down.

“You know what, it’s hard, man. The first couple of weeks or so it was really hard. I would catch myself opening up my phone all the time,” he said.

“But what I found out, I was just opening my phone and I just wanted to be on something. We’ve become such creatures of habit and without that, I feel like I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 06:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, devon travis

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Matheny on CF prospect Sierra: ‘He’s an electric player’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals could use a speedy ball hawk in center again.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra, prospects

‘Game Of Thrones’ Teams With Major League Baseball For Cross Promotions

All men must bunt.

Specific promotional offerings have yet to be determined — and will vary by team. But they’ll include development of collectible and co-branded merchandise, ticket packages, giveaways, theme nights, and social media events.

“We’ve had a longstanding partnership with HBO” whose HBO Now streaming service is powered by MLB’s BAMTech technology platform, says the league’s EVP of Business Noah Garden.

Although MLB and individual teams have staged smaller ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2017 at 02:43 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, promotions

Felix Hernandez focused on return to form | MLB.com

“Everybody sees it,” Dipoto said. “His teammates see it. There’s a different fight to Felix. He’s in great shape. And he’s driven in a way that I think is different. I keep telling people, the demise of Felix Hernandez has been greatly exaggerated.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 02:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

OT - March 2017 NBA thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of bothered to submit a monthly thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  I dunno, baseball, maybe?  Probably politics, but maybe some baseball, too.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: March 01, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 833 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-1-2017

Butte Post, March 1, 1917:

A difference of opinion exists among baseball moguls as to the reason, or reasons, for the falling off in the attendance and the apparent lack of interest in the pastime by America’s great population of sportsmen.

The magnates agree on one point—that there is something radically wrong with baseball…

Dick Kinsella, scout of the New York Americans, says that the movies have hurt baseball. President Navin of Detroit days that motoring is causing many thousands to forget ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: doom, doom and gloom, dugout, history

ESPN, Fox Sports to broadcast on Youtube’s new TV streaming service

This could be huge.

YouTube will offer a new television streaming service online for $35 per month and the package will reportedly include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, Big Ten Network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and NBC Sports Network, according to Bloomberg.

“YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, so you can watch your favorite NBA or MLB teams,” YouTube said in a press release. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, regional sports networks, streaming

He can do everything: David Ross to compete on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Now, the world of dance will soon know the full extent of Ross’ athleticism as he will be appearing on the 24th season of the hit reality competition show “Dancing with the Stars.”...

While Ross will be the first baseball player to appear on the show, there has been a connection in the past: Volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, who is married to former big league catcher Matt Treanor, competed on the show after winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Will Ross be the first baseball player ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dancing with the stars, david ross

NY Times: Baseball’s Too Slow. Here’s How You Fix It.

People keep looking for innovative ways to speed up the game, but baseball was played briskly for 100 years, so looking to the past may offer more answers. Specifically, we could look to April 16, 1993, when Mark Hirschbeck, a veteran umpire, decided there was someplace he would rather be than standing behind a catcher in San Francisco’s notoriously chilly Candlestick Park.

With two outs in the ninth inning and one strike against him, Atlanta’s Ron Gant called for time and stepped out of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The 10 Best Bargains of the MLB Offseason

Of course, the reason Nova had to settle for a pedestrian contract in a barren starting pitching landscape is the very qualifier from that paragraph: He threw only 64.2 innings with the Pirates, which did little to counter his perception after he spread 729 inconsistent innings across seven seasons with the Yankees. Nova’s talent is undeniable, but his performance is undeniably frustrating, and his stale market made it apparent that teams don’t trust the tall righty outside Pittsburgh, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 03:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ivan nova, matt joyce, steve pearce

With nation deeply divided, MLB’s silence speaks volumes

Welcome to baseball in 2017, a year like no other in our nation. In the NBA, coaches and stars take regular aim at the policies of the new president of the United States, from the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to plans for building a massive wall along the Mexican border. But in Major League Baseball—where locker rooms feature a multicultural melting pot of athletes, many of whom could be directly or indirectly affected by those policies—what you hear (or ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Sources: MLB seeking new ball with stickier cover so it can enforce foreign-substance rule

MLB has commissioned Rawlings, its official manufacturer, to produce a ball with natural tack on the leather in hopes of eliminating the need for pine tar, sunscreen and rosin, or any other foreign substances whose use in recent years has blurred the legal-illegal line, sources familiar with the project told Yahoo Sports. The balls also would not need a pregame polish of Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud, the New Jersey-harvested muck that for decades has taken the sheen off the pearls that come out ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: ball, baseball, foreign substances

Nationals To Sign Joe Blanton

Bloe Janton.

The Nationals have struck a one-year deal with reliever Joe Blanton, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (via Twitter). He’s at the team’s new complex in Florida, presumably to receive a physical to complete the deal, per the report.

Though he’s coming off of a second consecutive season of steady bullpen production, the veteran had languished on the market this offseason. When catcher Matt Wieters joined the Nats, Blanton was left as the last unsigned name on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: joe blanton, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2017

Keokuk Gate City, February 28, 1917:

Charles W. Murphy, ex-president of the Chicago Cubs…recently has been credited with the statement that rough stuff on the baseball diamond is often profitable as far as the box office is concerned. A fist fight now and then, says Charles, is one good way of swelling the attendance.

When a ball player forgets himself and swings on the nose of an umpire or player in his fury, the fans very often flock to the park the next day in the hope of seeing it repeated. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history

Dodgers, Julio Urias weigh innings vs. long-term success - The Orange County Register

The catch-22 for teams is in limiting the early innings, they diminish the player’s value for their team and increase the player’s earning power and effectiveness for another team.

“I think the data is very clear that if you’re throwing too many innings before the age of 24, it dramatically decreases the likelihood of you throwing a lot of innings after the age of 30,” said Urias’ agent, Scott Boras, whose staff has done extensive research on the topic. “You have to remember – most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Mike Napoli, other MLB sluggers struggle in free agency | SI.com

Ben Reiter has some idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Brooks working to increase minorities baseball | MLB.com

Brooks is the epitome of baseball’s vision. Soon after he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1996, he received a three-month internship with the Braves. Now, following front-office stops as a personnel guru with the Braves after that internship, the Indians and the Pirates, this 43-year-old native of Orioles country (Glen Bernie, Md., which is outside of Baltimore) is entering his second year working in the Commissioner’s Office as the senior director of MLB’s front office and field ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill shows off talent on the field and … on the keyboard? | The Seattle Times

Keith Law breaks with the prospect consensus on O’Neill. It will be interesting to see how O’Neill produces on the big league field.

“He’s a special player,” said Mariners director of player development Andy McKay said. “The numbers speak for themselves. But there’s so many things about Tyler that are more exciting than the numbers. He bought into what we asked as much as anybody. He handled a lot this past year and stood up. I’m a big fan. There’s a lot of substance behind those ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, tyler o'neill

Finally healthy, 2013 first-overall pick Mark Appel is ready to live up to expectations | For The Win

He probably should have waited until he has some pro success before making this reveal.

“Given where I was, and the investment that the Astros put in me — the belief that they had in me — I wanted to compete,” Appel said. “I love playing baseball; I love pitching. But I also just wanted to give my best effort and be somebody — the Astros made a huge investment, and I don’t take that lightly. I wanted to be able to perform and be the guy that I know I can be for a team that drafted ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Monday, February 27, 2017

Diamondbacks may have ‘lightning in a bottle’ with Yuhei Nakaushiro

Starting with Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Hideo Nomo in 1995, every major league season – 22 years in a row – has featured at least one Japanese player making his major league debut. After an offseason in which no major Japanese players migrated to the majors, Nakaushiro represents the best chance – perhaps the only realistic chance – at keeping that streak alive this year.

Cool stuff about his slider in the article

shoewizard Posted: February 27, 2017 at 11:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

This is not a metaphor: San Diego Padres’ Petco Park is underwater

Here’s the Padres’ official explanation, courtesy of FOX 5:
San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told FOX 5 an amount of rain had fallen so quickly the drainage was slow to keep up. Field crews do not anticipate any damage from the standing water.

The Padres also noted there was not grass on the field because of a recently hosted monster-truck rally. Presumably, Petco will be in better shape come April 7. That’s when the Padres will host the San Francisco Giants to kick off their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, petco park

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