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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

OMNICHATTER 6-18-2014

The God-Help-Us-The-Royals-Are-In-First-Place OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s Anti-Cardinals All-Star Ad Is Perfect

Best Attack Ads in Baseball

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s making a push to get voted into this season’s All-Star Game, and his anti-Yadier Molina, anti-Cardinals message features the kind of mudslinging one could only find in a local political ad.

I voted 150 times for Lucroy when I heard the sound of a baby crying over footage of Molina.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2014 at 09:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, brewers, cardinals, jonathan lucroy

Giancarlo Stanton opposite-field home run challenges laws of physics

“I’ve never seen a home run like that. That thing took two seconds to get out of the ballpark. I thought it would be a foul ball and hit the base of the wall or something.

“It was a line drive — I just didn’t think it had 400 feet of carry on it. He’s a strong boy.”

 

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 17, 2014 at 09:35 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, feats of strength, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 17, 1914:

Of course we have all been hep to the fact that baseball is one of the best real tonics there is—both for the player and for the spectator. Not many have bothered about why it is—they know it is, and that has been sufficient.
...
[Professor G.T.W. Patrick of the University of Iowa says] “During untold periods of the life history of our race, survival has come to him who could throw the straightest, run the swiftest, and strike the hardest…Anyone who has ever held ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, making stuff up

Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel trade talks well underway - Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs are angling for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2014 at 06:48 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason hammel, jeff samardzija

Contextualizing The Jon Singleton Extension – MLB Trade Rumors

Here’s a great look at the Singleton extension.

If anything, perhaps, the Singleton extension really marks the latest instance of a general trend away from formulaic contractual models. His deal opens new doors, especially, for players who did not have the opportunity to capture downside protection at their point of entry into the professional ranks, at which time they immediately become subject to the limitations of the reserve clause (as expressed in the collectively bargained Basic ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, contract extensions, contracts, economics, jon singleton


Orioles’ Matt Wieters to undergo Tommy John surgery on right elbow Tuesday - baltimoresun.com

If only his manager did a better job watching his pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Chad Billingsley of Los Angeles Dodgers to miss rest of season - ESPN Los Angeles

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2014 at 06:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chad billingsley, dodgers

Tom Friend: Tony Gwynn used fear as motivation

In late April, I surprised him at the hospital. He was in a wheelchair. His hair was fully gray. He couldn’t open his right eye. He could only halfway open his mouth. He was on oxygen. The purest hitter of our generation was dying.

You can’t prepare yourself for that. Not when you knew him like I did. I was a rookie Padres beat writer in 1985; he’d won his first batting title in 1984. I knew him when his vision was 20-10, when he considered 1-for-4 a bad day at the office, when he used ...

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Gonfalon B. Posted: June 17, 2014 at 01:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, tony gwynn

OMNICHATTER 6-17-14

The 5.5 Hole OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 17, 2014 at 12:39 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, June 16, 2014

WSJ: At Least the Mets Are Good at One Thing… Bullpen Somehow Excels in Preventing Inherited Runners to Score

You can’t call the Mets “good for nothings.” They’re actually great at something. Entering Sunday, they ranked second-best ever at preventing inherited runners from scoring.

Only 20 of 109 inherited runners have scored against the Mets, a rate of 18.3%. Since Stats LLC began tracking the statistic in 1974, just one team has been better—the 1995 Cleveland Indians (17.7%). The 1988 Mets are third-best at 18.8%.

Too bad they’re 7th of 30 this season in games the relief pitcher pitched in more ...

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bobm Posted: June 16, 2014 at 06:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, relief pitching

The Gwynn men: A son’s love, a father’s fight | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Reports all over Twitter that HOF Tony Gwynn has passed away.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 216 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, padres, tony gwynn

OMNICHATTER 6-16-2014

OMNICHATTER for today is… here.

Gamingboy Posted: June 16, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Jim Bunning: Cubs’ sale at odds with MLB antitrust exemption

Jim Bunning: “You can’t fool the people that long.” Sweet fuctwa! Bunning’s been winning elections since 1977!

If anyone in the U.S. House or Senate decides to bring another challenge to Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, the Cubs’ sale to the Ricketts family could become part of the case, former lawmaker Jim Bunning said.

Bunning, the baseball Hall of Famer who later led multiple threats and challenges to MLB’s exemption as a seven-term congressman and two-term senator, ...

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Repoz Posted: June 16, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 16, 1914:

Ray Chapman was to have cavorted in the shortfield in yesterday’s Washington-Nap game, but Dr. M.H. Castle, club physician, crossed Manager Birmingham at the last minute. He does not think Chappie will be ready for another week.

In the meantime Ray will spend most of his practice time running backwards. A half dozen players who dropped out of their team lineup because of fractured ankle bones got themselves back in trim by running backwards.

“A player favors an ...

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

It was 50 years ago today Cards got Lou Brock from Cubs

As my old Cubs pal Ellsworthless Dick used to say: “You can’t spell I Go Boner Rile! without Ernie Broglio!”

On June 15, 1964, with his team enjoying an off day, Cubs second baseman Joey Amalfitano heard a knock on the door of his apartment.

Old pal Ernie Broglio was there with a suitcase and a smile, which baffled Amalfitano because his former minor league roommate pitched for the Cardinals and the Phillies were next on the Cubs’ schedule.

“I said, ‘What in the world are you doing ...

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Repoz Posted: June 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cards, cubs, history

Celebrating 60: Boog Powell was big part of Orioles’ dominance in 1960s, 1970s

The 1971 season was Powell’s last All-Star season. He played three more for the Orioles and then after the 1974 season, he was traded to Cleveland in a deal that brought Dave Duncan to Baltimore.

“I felt awful, disappointed,’’ Powell says. “I had deep roots in Baltimore.’‘

Powell had injury issues with his shoulder in his final seasons in Baltimore, but in 1975, he was healthy, leading to 27 home runs with 86 RBIs for the Indians. The Orioles won 90 games, but finished second in the AL East ...

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Repoz Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

BLS: Jimmy Rollins’ and Mike Schmidt’s career batting averages leave Ruben Amaro confused

The Amaro Variation: Monster-Error-of-the-Week.

In said appearance, Amaro did not seem to fully grasp the basic differences between a plate appearance and at-bat and how they effect stats such as batting average and on base percentage. The confusion stemmed from Philadelphia’s broadcast team noting that Jimmy Rollins was approaching Michael Schmidt’s team record for career hits — which he ultimately surpassed in a very cool moment on Saturday — to which Amaro replied.

  “Yeah, we were ...

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Repoz Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

6-15 OMNICHATTER (w/College World Series)

Chatter up MLB games and the College World Series here.

Gamingboy Posted: June 15, 2014 at 12:41 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cameron: FG on Fox: Maybe Hitters Are Being Too Passive

If this lasts, it would mark the first season ever recorded — as far back as Baseball-Reference’s data for that split goes anyway, which for this specific number is 1988 — where the OPS on at-bats with a first pitch swing was higher than the OPS on at-bats with a first pitch take. For most of the last 25 years, it hasn’t even been close.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 09:44 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch

Fangraphs: MLB Releases More Tracking Data, Names Product

We welcome our new StatCast overlords.  Here are the two new plays with StatCast data that have been released.

Yasiel Puig‘s insane catch.

Andrew McCutchen‘s only-slightly-less insane catch.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, video

BtBS: Jonathan Lucroy is the best catcher in baseball

This season, Lucroy has compiled a .325/.394/.491 batting line for a 146 wRC+ and 2.4 fWAR, easily the highest mark among catchers. Over the last calendar year, he’s managed a .306/.370/.480 line for a 135 wRC+ and 5.3 fWAR. That’s a half win more than Molina and almost two full wins more than Posey. [...]

Lucroy, Molina and Posey all rate very highly with regards to pitch-framing. Of the three, Lucroy is clearly the best.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, catchers

Jose Canseco plans to travel the country trying to break home run records

The former MLB slugger is hopping in an RV for 10 weeks and traveling the U.S. and Canada for a “Home Run Tour” in which he’s trying to break the records for longest baseball and softball home runs.

As far as ideas go…this is one.  They’ve got a graphic and everything.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 14, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: can't miss idea, homers, jose canseco, records

Dodgers’ fans, players and Vin Scully react to Kings’ Stanley Cup victory

In fact, even those in attendance at Dodger Stadium had to find a way to get their eyes on overtime. They ended up flooding the concourse where the in-stadium televisions broadcast each heart-stopping pass, shot and save. Then, finally, with the baseball action in the bottom of the sixth inning, a small eruption could be heard as Alec Martinez tapped home a rebound for the Cup clinching goal.

AJ Ellis on crowd reacting to #LAKings win: “We knew they weren’t getting fired up over a Chone ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 14, 2014 at 07:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hockey, vin scully

Jordan Ellenberg: The Author of How Not to Be Wrong Explains How He Was Wrong

As Horatio Prim once (okay a lot more) said: “Odds bodkins!”

When you write a book called How Not to Be Wrong, you ought to expect to be fact-checked a little. And one of the virtues of the new, data-driven journalism currently in vogue is the habit of going back and checking one’s own old stuff. We’re not supposed to avert our gaze from the howlers in our old columns. We’re supposed to find the mistakes and learn from them.

Overall, my record’s not too bad. Mathematicians over 30 ...

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Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history, sabermetrics, steroids

Keri: The BestCoolest MLB Teams (I’ve Ever Seen)

Last year, I unveiled my rankings of the BestCoolest Player I’ve Ever Seen, pitchers and hitters editions. As with most other Grantland baseball fare, there was some level of objectivity to the rankings, since we can do a pretty good of evaluating the best players from the past 30-plus years. “Coolest” is an entirely different matter, though. Should steroids guys count? How is Rickey not no. 1? And what the hell should we do with Bo Jackson? While unanimity was impossible, you could still ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: history, jonah keri, not a slideshow

Robin Yount, no fan of old timers games, says: ‘I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come’

Love to hear Robin go tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!).

Yount is not sad to see the demise of old timers games. He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.

“I think it (the Brewers Wall of Honor ceremony) was far better than any old timers game you could ever have,” Yount said. “I am not a fan of old timers games, in all honesty. And I’ll tell you why. Some of these kids will recognize names and not ...

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Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history

George “The Animal” Steele Mangles A Baseball

Unlike Tiger Jeets Singh…George “The Animal” Steele still has range of motion (according to the new TheraBite Sabermetric System).

As noted earlier, WWE Hall of Famer George “the Animal” Steele threw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Charlotte Knights - Columbus Clippers MiLB game last Sunday at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, NC as part of “Animal Day.” You can watch Steele throw the pitch and mangle a baseball in the video above.

Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: wrasslin'

6-14-2014 OMNICHATTER (w/College World Series OMNICHATTER)

In addition to MLB games, today is also the first day of the College World Series:


3 PM- UC Irvine vs. Texas (ESPN2)

8 PM- Louisville vs. Vanderbilt (ESPN2)


CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: June 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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