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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Mets notes: Wright says ‘everything’s good’ - Mets - NorthJersey.com

This is the first time Wright will have three straight days of baseball activity, and he recently completed back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wright is fielding and taking batting practice in the cage.

“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said after working out prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Assessing the go-getters and do-nothings of the trade deadline - Sports - The Boston Globe

Cafardo is another writer I’m glad isn’t in charge of the Red Sox. Like most fans, he’s 100% rooted in the now, long-term planning and fair deals be damned.

Hamels would have solved the Red Sox’ problems immediately, and given the five-prospect package the Rangers used to land him, the Sox could easily have made a similar deal.

The Red Sox also didn’t obtain a controllable starter, such as Tyson Ross or Carlos Carrasco. They’re both good pitchers, but the Red Sox must pick up an ace. And ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox fan struggles with poncho, announcers can’t keep it together - Sports - The Boston Globe

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Larry Lucchino to step down as Red Sox chief executive at end of season - Sports - The Boston Globe

At least Dan Shaughnessy won’t lose the one front office guy who might like him.

Lucchino, meanwhile, remains an equity partner of the Sox ballclub and expects to remain a part of the front office in a different role.

The Sox do not yet have the framework of a new deal with Lucchino, officials said. They have had discussions with him about assuming a different role that moves beyond his current involvement in day-to-day operational details to broader strategic conversations, both with the Red ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-2-15

The “The ESPN game of the week is Nationals-Mets” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2015 at 01:00 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 01, 2015

MLB trade deadline losers | FOX Sports

Last winter’s genius is this summer’s dummy, at least according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal has been a favorite on this site for a long time. His reporting skills are fantastic. He also seems like a very nice guy, a nice guy who would be great to watch a game with at the pub or at the ball park. Like a lot of reporters, however, I’m not particularly enamored with his analysis. Although I like his reporting on my favorite team, I wouldn’t want the Red Sox following his suggestions. Neither ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Injury to Burnett forced the Pirates’ hand to add pitcher | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I hope Burnett can come back. He’s been a great story this year.

The addition of Happ, 32, whose first name is pronounced “Jay,” resulted directly from right elbow inflammation that sent A.J. Burnett to the 15-day disabled list Friday. Burnett made the All-Star team because of a 2.11 first-half ERA and 100 strikeouts in 119⅓ innings. In three starts since, he has allowed 32 hits and 18 earned runs in 16 innings. Huntington said Burnett informed the team of elbow pain after his start ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart: Padres asked for Paul Goldschmidt in trade

If this is true, it’s really a stupid way to conduct business. It’s a complete waste of time. Such an offer is predicated on the stupidity of the other guy. It’s insulting and counterproductive.

On the radio, he said the Diamondbacks “did not get a very positive response” from the Padres in their attempts to acquire Kimbrel, an All-Star closer. He was then asked if the Padres were reluctant to make a deal within the division.

“I don’t know if it was not wanting to trade in the division,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, padres, trade rumors

Jim Callis: Ranking the best traded prospects | MLB.com

Click through for the rest of the list.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams’ postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We’ll rank the top 20:

1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (from Blue Jays in David Price trade)
Detroit parted with an ace left-hander in the present to get one for the future (not to mention two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Quality and quantity: Phillies’ return for Hamels looks solid | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

I’m not sold on Alfaro. If he’s the centerpiece of the deal, they may end up disappointed. Luckily they received a bunch of other bodies so somebody else can help make this deal a winner.

In this deal, the Phillies get quality and quantity. Alfaro will be viewed as the centerpiece. The Phillies have long been linked to him in their search for a difference-making young catcher. Alfaro has the potential to be exactly that. He has a power bat and a very strong arm, though he’s viewed as raw behind ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

With baseball’s 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

Master plan?

Hill said he’s hoping Marlins fans realize that the core of the team is still intact, and that trading Haren, Latos and Morse — as well as closer Steve Cishek, sent off to St. Louis last week — doesn’t represent a total reset of Miami’s master plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Teixeira Homers From Both Sides as Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6 - The New York Times

The Retro Yankees stay hot.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

There Is Crying In Baseball: Wilmer Flores Hit A Walk Off Home Run!

Coming on the heels of the last couples days, this might be one of the best things I’ve seen in mid-season baseball. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?

The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Thursday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.

And then the trade fell though. Awkward.

When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 01, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, mets, wilmer flores

Friday, July 31, 2015

OMNICHATTER FOR AUGUST 1, 2015

The “Holy Crap, Wilmer Flores” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 31, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 183 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Former Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.

His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times.  And 2 WS victories

A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy ...

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Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Classic Movie Line

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

With money and cutting-edge brilliance, Dodgers playing a game others can’t - Yahoo Sports

The Dodgers are very smart.

By absorbing about $15 million from the Marlins – the struggling Morse is owed $8 million next season – Los Angeles paid more than $40 million in contracts for which it has no use. This is where money is best spent, because swallowing others’ problematic contracts or fronting money for valuable players allows the Dodgers to ask for premium talent in return, and in Wood and Peraza, it got just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:45 PM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

This Is The Refusal Roberto Clemente Got When He Asked For A Raise

Following his 1959 season—his fifth full year in the bigs—Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente asked for a raise, to $23,000. GM Joe L. Brown, architect of those great Pirates teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s, replied with a letter politely but firmly telling Clemente that he wasn’t good enough.

Apparently OBP was a thing in 1959…

eddieot Posted: July 31, 2015 at 01:21 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, roberto clemente

Yankees remain in Kimbrel market; could active Astros join them? - CBSSports.com

Yankees looking to build a “super bullpen”.

The Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay all of the $28 million remaining through 2017 on Kimbrel’s deal, but it isn’t known what they are offering in the way of players. They declined to surrender shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo, as was already reproted on CBSSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors, yankees

Astros Acquire Acceptably Healthy Carlos Gomez | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan’s take on the Astros deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2015

Milwaukee Journal, July 31, 1915:

Conversation with [Braves manager] George Stallings this season has been of a most unique variety, Mr. Stallings using a form of speech very much like that of the Arapaho Indians, whose grunting gutturals are so obscure that two Arapahos cannot understand each other in the dark. This is about the way Mr. Stallings talks for publication this summer, according to a writer in the Cincinnati Times-Star:

The Interviewer—“Ah, good morning, Mr. Stallings.”
Mr. ...

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Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 609 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, trades

Twitter: Giants get Leake

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike leake, reds, trade rumors, trades

7-31-2015 OMNICHATTER/TRADE DEADLINE OMNICHATTER

OMNICHATTER on Deadline Day

Gamingboy Posted: July 31, 2015 at 12:07 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jon Heyman on Twitter: “carlos gomez and mike fiers go to houston”

His hip is good in Houston.

I will update as more info becomes available.

Updated: 7:55 PM

Updated: 7:50 PM

 

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trade rumors, trades

Pirates acquire Joakim Soira from Tigers | MLB.com

The bodies are flying now.

he National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.

Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the fading Tigers’ closer—who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week’s acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

The Tigers get shortstop JaCoby Jones—who had been ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tigers, trades

Lookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez

There’s no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley’s career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame.

Oop Ackley, as Bill the Cat might say.


OT - 2015 College Football Pre-Season Thread

Sports Information Directors favor the three-headed monster in Columbus:

Rk Team (1st)            Pts
 1 Ohio State (62)      1598
 2 TCU (1)              1487
 3 Alabama (1)          1452
 4 Baylor               1365
 5 Oregon               1260
 6 Michigan State       1230
 7 Auburn               1085
 8 Florida State        1050
 9 Georgia              1009
10 USC                   965
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 30, 2015 at 05:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before ...

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