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Thursday, September 21, 2017

‘Highly unlikely’ Mets risk Harvey burning them — with another team | New York Post

The Mets appear willing to gamble on the disappointing right-hander, even at the risk of potentially wasting $6 million in 2018 should the struggles that have defined Harvey’s last two seasons persist.

And that means tendering a contract to the arbitration-eligible pitcher.

“It’s highly unlikely that we’re not going to bring him back next year,” general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post on Wednesday after the Mets’ 9-2 loss to the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2017

Bismarck Tribune, September 21, 1917:

The National baseball commission today announced that the world’s series would open on the grounds of the Chicago Americans, October 6, with the second game played there Sunday, October 7.
...
Soldiers now in France and also those who are preparing to fight for liberty, were remembered by the commission. Announcement was made that a 1,000 word story would be cabled to France after each game for the benefit of the soldiers there…

President Wilson and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

MLB, Rob Manfred must expand protective netting | SI.com

Nets to the ends of the dugout wouldn’t have helped this child. Bringing a toddler to a game, sitting that close, and not paying attention is just stupid.

There are enough cases for Major League Baseball to merit mandatory protective netting to, at least, the ends of each dugout. Maybe Wednesday’s incident will be what prompts significant change.

If it doesn’t, then somebody will eventually be killed by a foul ball. And then they’ll have to make a change.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, yankees

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dayton Moore on why Royals did not sell | MLB.com

Actually where they were on July 30th doesn’t matter. If they make the playoffs it was a good idea to keep the team together; if they don’t, it wasn’t.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore knows the question will be coming if his team doesn’t make a miraculous run down the stretch: Why didn’t you sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, considering all of Kansas City’s pending free agents?

“It’s a fair question,” Moore told MLB.com. “Those are good questions, and they should be asked. But where ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: royals


This is baseball’s home run breaking point | New York Post

Breaking point?

And this?

And, let’s not be naïve, chemists somewhere have cooked up strengthening concoctions that currently evade MLB’s testing for illegal performance enhancers.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:42 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs

Pat Neshek rips Zack Greinke for not signing autograph | SI.com

Don’t bother sending Zach Greinke an autograph request. Pat Neshek is fair game.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:23 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: autographs, pat neshek, zach greinke

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast

Yoenis Cespedes reveals his new offseason training plan | New York Post

What the heck is the training staff doing?

“I think in the past I have gone into the season where I have spent a lot of time in the gym doing a lot of lifting, so I come in feeling very strong,” Cespedes said through an interpreter before the Mets’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Marlins. “But I definitely wasn’t dedicating the time I need to be running, to really give resistance to my muscles.

“So although I was starting out strong, I can tell during the season my muscles weren’t able ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes


Mets’ Jose Reyes: Continues late-season offensive bender

Reyes went 4-for-5 with his 14th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The veteran infielder continues to impress with this late-season surge—over his last 22 games, Reyes has hit .389 with five homers, eight steals, 16 RBI and 22 runs. That’s some impressive stat stuffing from a guy who was looking washed up earlier in the season, and it doesn’t seem like Reyes is going to slow down over the remaining games.

Since April 13th, Reyes has hit .261/.335/.444 despite a .275 ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Must C: Five straight for Olson | MLB.com (video)

A rookie prospect comes up blasting homers by the bushel just about every day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt olson

Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“The two things that were most important to us, with the young team that we had, was someone with an extensive player development background as well as someone who was intellectually curious,” Friedman recalled this week from Los Angeles, where he is now the president of the Dodgers. “As far as what we were looking for at that point in time, Joe fit it to a T. He checked all the boxes on paper, and even more so when we sat down and had a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-20-2017

Fulton County [Pennsylvania] News, September 20, 1917:

John Ganzel, manager of the Kansas City Blues, recently pulled a new stunt in the art of handling pitchers…Ganzel used two pitchers, interchangeably, between right field and the hurling hill. With two out and none on base Pierce, a southpaw, replaced Sanders against Indianapolis. He retired Wickland, a left-handed batter, and then went to right field to permit McQuillan, a right hander who had been playing the old soldiers’ garden, to pitch ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Josh Donaldson Wants You To Know: This Wasn’t A Catch

Is Donaldson right? Somehow, I don’t think the rule was written with the idea that being hit in the midriff with a batted ball and then grabbing it with the hand would not be a catch.

Hank G. Posted: September 19, 2017 at 12:24 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules

Scouting report on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

“I saw Griffey in the Minor Leagues and A-Rod as an amateur,” one international scouting director said. “The buzz about Ohtani is similar to those guys and guys like Strasburg. Compared to Griffey and A-Rod, he isn’t as polished a hitter and probably doesn’t have the same upside. But he does have the chance to be a Strasburg. What is unique is that he does both.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Carlos Carrasco And Trevor Bauer’s Baseball Versions Of Their Cleveland Teammates, Ranked

What a fun team. I really, really hope these guys win it all if my team doesn’t.

Perry Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: art, hilarity, indians

Technology Threatens Scouts, Could Also Set Them Free | FanGraphs Baseball

As I’ve said for about twenty years, scouts and sabermetrics is complimentary. As Sawchik writes, Statcast (and the like) can make scouts even more valuable, not less.

“When we got the pitch-tracking data… it didn’t eliminate scouts. It freed scouts form having to chart pitches and grind through the data to find trends,” Huntington said. “Now much more is automated. But a scout that sees the pitcher’s tells, a scout that recognizes patterns — patterns that a computer won’t even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-19-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 19, 1917:

Ping Bodie, of the Athletics, is an enthusiastic collector of baseball articles which have helped make history for the national game.

When the Athletics played in Detroit recently the Tigers made a triple play. When First Baseman Burns tossed the ball on the diamond after the three-ply killing Umpire Nallin obtained it.

“This should make quite a souvenir for you, Ping,” said Nallin, as he handed the ball to the big Italian.

“You betcha,” said Ping.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brad Ausmus’ tirade about ‘negativity’ a bad response to reasonable question | MLive.com

Ausmus should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

A’s preferred stadium site criticized for causing gentrification, killing waterfowl | Field of Schemes

Won’t somebody think about the ducks?????

The [Golden Gate Audubon Society], which has more than 7,000 members in Oakland and nearby cities, said the proposed ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood would be disastrous for nearly 200 species of ducks, herons, songbirds, nesting cormorants and fish that make their homes in Lake Merritt, the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge.

“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” said Cindy Margulis, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

LEADOFF: Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost top

You have to love stadium deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Dodgers’ Corey Seager out of lineup Monday | MLB.com

“I think there’s a little bit of preservation, understanding where his arm is at,” said Roberts. “I don’t think it’s 100 percent. I think he’s doing a little guarding and protecting. He knows when to let it go and when not to. But I think it’s clear that he’s doing some protecting. He’s not showing the arm strength he has had because he’s trying to manage it.”

Roberts said Seager wants to play through the pain rather than sit. Although the club has not discussed specifics of what Seager is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Allowed a Grand Slam | FanGraphs Baseball

Thanks to the magic go MLB.TV I had four games going last night. This result was a little shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Red Sox outlast Orioles in 11 innings, 10-8

I stood up late to watch this one. Good win!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Matt Harvey Out Of Answers For Rough Season

It was not fun to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball

For at least one generation of Americans, “Friends” endures as a cultural touchstone, a glowing chunk of 1990s amber. But its runaway popularity stretched far beyond the United States, and for some Latino baseball players it is something more: a language guide, a Rosetta Stone disguised as six 20-somethings commingling in a Manhattan apartment.

NattyBoh Posted: September 18, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 485 comment(s)
  Beats: english, latino players, minors

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