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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Let’s Invent a New Pitch | FanGraphs Baseball

Everything has already been invented.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Old school baseball? Not for me

If you can’t enjoy winning, why bother? So, heave that bat, fist pump that strikeout, and point to the heavens when you do well!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, unwritten rules of baseball


Yankees rejected Expos’ crazy Derek Jeter trade

According to a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, then-Montreal Expos owner Jeffrey Loria wanted Derek Jeter so bad that he gave his general manager, Jim Beattie, free reign to offer everything the team had.

So, the report said, Beattie offered Yankees general manager Brian Cashman a crazy package: Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero. Obviously, Cashman rejected it.

“I can’t trade Derek Jeter,” Cashman said, according to the report.

The report didn’t say which year the deal was ...

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Shortstop Marten Gasparini’s unlikely journey from Italy to Royals’ minor leagues

Nick Leto has dark, short hair, and he is blessed with a friendly, affable personality. On a typically sunny day in Surprise, he is wearing a Royals polo shirt and greeting nearly everyone who passes by their first name.

His title is the Arizona operations manager for the Royals. In a nutshell, that means Leto ensures the facilities in Surprise accommodate whatever the team needs. It’s a year-round job.

After the Royals break spring training this week, the minor-leaguers stay behind until ...

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Zach Posted: March 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: europe, international players, operations guy from arizona, royals

Baseball or calculus? Advanced metrics changing way we absorb, interpret game - San Jose Mercury News

There are still a lot of smart guys on the Internet.

And, for the younger generation, there is Brad Pitt.

—‰‘Moneyball’ was the moment,” said Sam Miller, the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. “Before that, there were smart guys who knew each other on the Internet. But that was about it. And they clearly felt like an outsider culture.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

In the Major Leagues, Female Scouts Are Few. Their Skills Aren’t.

Wallace’s scouting workload from March through August, covering amateur players in most New England states, is practically full time. Officially speaking, though, Wallace is the scouting bureau’s only part-time scout (maintaining a law practice and raising a 16-month-old son will lead to some compromises).

That leaves 22-year-old Amanda Hopkins in a class of her own.

Bill Bavasi, who succeeded Marcos as the scouting bureau’s senior director, said that if the Mariners had not hired ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rob neyer, scouting, women in baseball

Harvey had blood clot in bladder, will start Opening Day - NY Daily News

Let it flow, Matt!

After hours of speculation about his “mysterious” medical condition, Matt Harvey was cleared to pitch Opening Day after passing a “big” blood clot. The Mets ace said that the blood clot developed after a bladder infection, likely because he does not use the restroom often enough.

“I guess the main issue is I hold my urine in for too long instead of peeing regularly, so I guess I have to retrain my bladder to use the restroom a little bit more instead of holding it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-29-2016

Rock Island Argus, March 29, 1916:

A majority of the members of the Detroit American league baseball club do not approve the plan of establishing a home for retired ball players. Several of the Tiger players have declared that under present salary conditions any capable player who does not become incapacitated by injury should be able to save at least a modest fortune during his diamond career. Some were inclined to think that players who were not of a saving disposition, but who were clever ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 29, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ed hohnhorst, history, pensions

Welcome to Pittsburgh, home of baseball’s most dynamic pitching laboratory | FOX Sports

All hail the Pirates’ Dr. Searage.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, pitching, ray searage

Those who can’t do, “Strat-O-Gize”. - Hoffman Files

From the photo in the article, it’s clear some Strat players fondle bigger dice than others.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations, strat-o-matic

Williamson among 9 Giants cut from camp

Opening Day is almost here!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Excerpt: In ‘The Arm,’ a search for the new frontier of building healthy baseball pitchers - Yahoo Sports

Good stuff. Adding this book to my list for the summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Brian Bannister is leading Red Sox charge on applying analytics; Craig Kimbrel, Clay Buchholz already on board | masslive.com

Bannister will also work with Red Sox scouts in analyzing pitchers for potential trades.

“I can envision asking him to look at a pitcher on our staff and get me some data or get me some feedback on what he’s seeing as far as release point, spin rate, action of the pitches,” Willis said last fall when the team announced Bannister’s new role.

“Anytime you have anyone who knows the game and can break the game down and give you tendencies to look at, any opportunity you can get to give yourself ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, red sox

Farrell: ‘We’ve got versatility’ in Red Sox lineup | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Jackie Bradley should be right where he is. Not that it will make a huge difference.

hould Bradley continue to hit as he has this spring (.378 before Sunday’s game) he could conceivably hit higher in the order, perhaps as high as sixth, which would, again, give the Sox a lefty hitter to break up a run of other righthanders.

“Could he hit higher? Yes,’’ said Farrell. “I think there’s some healthy conversation among our staff in that regard. It’s more about lineup configuration rather than what ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, red sox

Monday, March 28, 2016

Big League Stew - Mike Oz: Matt Harvey could miss opening day and the Mets aren’t saying why

Something’s wrong with Matt Harvey and the New York Mets aren’t saying what it is. They are, however, admitting that his opening-day start could be in jeopardy.

How’s that for potentially ominous news about the staff ace?

Since Harvey’s specific ailment is unknown, let’s take a look at the things we do know. First, Harvey missed Monday’s road trip to Jupiter, Fla., because of what was called a “non-orthopedic doctor’s appointment” and on its own, that wasn’t cause for a terrible amount of ...

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Lassus Posted: March 28, 2016 at 10:44 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets

Is the secret to Kris Bryant’s success ... his dad?

Mostly a puff piece, though it’s much more about Kris Bryant’s dad, Mike, than Kris.  Mike appears to have a bit of crazy parent thing going on:

MIKE WONDERS IF he sounds nuts. He traveled to 30 games last season, threw to Kris in the Home Run Derby and became an associate scout for the Cubs. He’s got a business card. It’s not a full-time job, but he gets $250 if a kid he recommends is signed to a contract. Adidas, which endorses Kris, is backing Mike on a youth team in Vegas. He has a lot of ...

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Moses Taylor, Optimist Posted: March 28, 2016 at 03:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, parents

How JBJ Forced MLB, And Red Sox, To Take Another Look

While there are many levels to how the lefty hitter found himself on the August run that turned perception inside-out, it was his revelation that waiting around for good, better and best pitches wasn’t going to work for him anymore that he identifies as the biggest difference-maker.

For perhaps the first time in his baseball career, Bradley started prioritizing swinging at the first good pitch he would see. The results were noticeable. ... “I don’t care if it’s the first pitch of the game. If ...

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villageidiom Posted: March 28, 2016 at 02:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley, jr., red sox, sox therapy

Braves release Nick Swisher, send Alex Torres down

Tough break, brah.

Nick Swisher was a player without a spot on the rebuilding Braves. Injuries and age had robbed him of many of the skills he had earlier in his career and while he did have some positional flexibility, he wasn’t necessarily a desirable option at any of the positions he could play.

After acquiring Swisher in the trade that essentially shuffled bad contracts around with the Indians (sending Chris Johnson to the Indians and taking on Michael Bourn as well), the Braves tried to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2016 at 01:56 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nick swisher

John Smoltz does not like how starting pitchers are used in today’s game

“The analytic world, they’re right in this one respect: They are run-preventing better than ever before, so that model works. But it’s short-sighted, not long-term effective. The game to me will suffer by lessening the role of the starter and thinking that you’re protecting the starter, when in essence the injuries are harder and greater than they’ve ever been.

“And you’re not really getting the full capacity out of a guy who you’re giving $210 million. As long as they feel ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: March 28, 2016 at 01:15 PM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, john smoltz, starting rotation

How a Giants blue-chip prospect kept his baseball ambitions intact after nearly cutting off his right hand

But when you tell a story like Gustavo Cabrera’s, you have to show people his face. And so the kid and the ink-stained wretch did the best they could in the harsh light. They had 10 minutes together before batting practice would begin. It didn’t help that his curious teammates kept crowding around, tossing a baseball at his shins and trying to get him to laugh.

“How about a serious one,” the reporter said. “Mas grave.”

Cabrera kept smiling. Even his neutral expression had a hint ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2016 at 01:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, gustavo cabrera, injuries

Cuba open to welcoming back defectors like Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes to field powerhouse team again | FOX Sports

Could the likes of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig play on the Cuban national team at next year’s World Baseball Classic?

“Everything is on the table,” Cuban baseball commissioner Heriberto Suárez said in Spanish, when asked about the possibility in Havana during this week’s historic trip by President Obama, Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Suárez went on to explain that any such arrangement would need to be part of a new, overall working agreement among the Cuban ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, cuban baseball

Rob Refsnyder’s weekend from hell ends with sad demotion | New York Post

If he’s better at second base, he is a horrible third baseman.

As for Refsnyder, whose X-rays were negative, Girardi said he will get a steady diet of third.

“Our feeling is that we want him to play more at third. For him to be valuable to us, if he can do them both [second and third], he would be valuable to us. We are going to get him multiple days down there at third base,” Girardi said. “It’s tough. We thought he made progress while he was here. We are just asking him to make some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rob refsnyder, yankees

Ruben Amaro Jr. reflects on time with Phillies | phillies.com

Members of the new Phillies’ regime have said the analytics system was way more advanced than they had anticipated, based on nothing more than the world’s outside perception of it.

If that is true, then why did the Phillies try to seem so unanalytical at times?

“We didn’t think it was all that important for us to have to advertise what we were doing,” Amaro said. “Why do we have to advertise what we do? Am I doing it to save my job or what? We were a little behind I think with some of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies, ruben amaro jr.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-28-2016

Toledo News-Bee, March 28, 1916:

DUKE, CRANK ON BONERS, SAYS INSIDE BASEBALL IS A JOKE

It may sound extravagant, a declaration that inside baseball is a joke, but that’s what Roger Bresnahan contends. And we admit he ought to know what he is talking about.
...
[The old Baltimore club,] of which Bresnahan was a member, used to pull off the stuff, but according to Bresnahan, everything was accomplished without the aid of signs. The athletes knew each other’s style and they worked together.
... ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, roger bresnahan, strategy

‘Fastball’ Review: Jonathan Hock’s Thrilling Baseball Doc | Variety

Somehow the writer didn’t get around to bashing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in his review.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: documentaries, movies

Trevor Story rockets into starting shortstop spot for Rockies - The Denver Post

He’s looked good in the games I’ve seen this spring. Do the Rockies release Reyes if Story plays well during his suspension?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Are the Orioles looking to send struggling outfielder Hyun Soo Kim back to South Korea? | FOX Sports

he O’s, according to sources, have talked internally about potentially trying to strike a similar arrangement with South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who is struggling mightily in his first major-league spring training.

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette, asked Saturday if such a possibility was realistic, said, “I don’t know if we’re there yet,” indicating that he is still evaluating Kim.

Duquette added that such a decision would not rest solely with the Orioles. Kim would need to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun-soo kim, orioles

Mariners notebook: Lee added to 40-man roster; Montero’s status in doubt | The Olympian

First baseman Dae-Ho Lee’s quest to play in the big leagues moved a step closer Sunday morning as the Mariners added him to their 40-man roster.

“Dae-Ho has the history of hitting left-handers,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “I think he’s given us reason to believe in spring training. He’s very prepared. He’s very calm in the batter’s box. I think he’s gotten better every step of the way.

“It’s been a pleasant surprise with the defense and, particularly, the base-running. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dae-ho lee, mariners

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