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Sunday, March 22, 2015

DallasNews: Big league dreams turn to nightmares for Venezuelan stars

The racket is simple. Grab the relative of a well-paid major league player and make off with some easy ransom money.

“This happens with everybody who has family there,” said Andrus, whose family lives in Maracay, the third-largest city in the country. “It’s easy for them to kidnap people and ask for money. And everybody knows how much money the players make. They can Google it. It’s just not safe. You have to take steps. It was pretty shocking, for sure.”

“He was pretty shaken ...

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Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 22, 2015 at 03:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, venezuela

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Best Baseball Books - The 20 Best Baseball Books Ever

There are some great books on this list; there are some great books missing.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 04:30 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Astros’ Collin McHugh throwing by the book - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Mark Simon explains Collin McHugh’s transformation.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 10:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, collin mchugh



Who will get Derek Jeter’s locker? - Newsday

How will they adjust the bathroom pecking order?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Red Sox starter Justin Masterson continues to make strides - The Boston Globe

For the Red Sox rotation plan to work, their number five starter has to pitch like a number three. He doesn’t have to dominate he just needs to consistently keep them in games. Of the Red Sox starters, Masterson is the guy I’m most worried about.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox

PEORIA, Ariz.: Mariners send six players to Tacoma, reassign five others in latest cuts | Seattle Mariners | The News Tribune

Mariners send a bunch of players down and start lining up their pitching rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Rays notes: Souza puts scare into team on diving attempt | TBO.com

Some Rays notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias, a Cuban defector, signed ... | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal writes about the Reds efforts to sign Raisel Iglesias.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds


Cubs top list of MLB’s 10 best farm systems | MLB.com

MLB.com releases the rest of its team Top 30 lists.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, March 20, 2015

MLB In-Market Streaming Without Blackouts By Opening Day? Not So Fast

A report by the New York Post has fans thinking they may get an Opening Day gift of blackouts lifted for games streamed in-market saying, “Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days a deal with a national distributor, like a wireless provider, to stream local games of every MLB team, a source close to the situation said Thursday.”

While nothing could likely make fans happier, the fact is as of today, that is simply not the case.

As we reported last week, in-market ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, cable, fox, mlbtv

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1915:

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cartoons, dugout, history

Bloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports

In retrospect, it makes perfect sense that Lee and Zevon should have gravitated toward each other. Born less than a month apart (Lee on Dec. 28, 1946, Zevon on Jan. 24, 1947), both men spent substantial portions of their formative years in Southern California; Lee made his college pitching debut for USC in early 1966, just a few months before Zevon’s first single – “Follow Me,” a duet with Violet Santangelo that was issued under the groovy mid-60s alias Lyme and Cybelle – was pressed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, red sox

Why Billy Butler To The A’s Makes Perfect Sense | FanGraphs Baseball

Tony Blengino makes a case supporting the A’s pickup.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, royals

MLB hopes to add excitement on season’s final day with simultaneous starts

With five playoff spots in each league, there is a good chance that a race or two extends to the last game of the season. In an effort to amplify the drama, Major League Baseball has scheduled every game on the final day of the regular season to start at the same time.

No longer will players squirm anxiously in the clubhouse, waiting to see whether their playoff fate will be decided before they can take the field. Instead, MLB has set up what could be the ultimate day of scoreboard watching.

PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2015 at 02:00 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Fangraphs: Diving Into First Base: Maybe Not Crazy

Most of us have been taught that running through the bag is unequivocally faster than diving into it. Those who dive into first base are often ridiculed for doing so, risking injury to themselves while simultaneously making themselves less likely to beat the throw. However, a new way of thinking about the physical effects on the runner as he dives through the bag — pioneered by the father/son duo that make up “Baseball con Ciencia” — shows that the diving runner could close the distance ...

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PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2015 at 01:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rethinking Pete Rose’s reinstatement | FOX Sports

So how long ago did Rob make up his mind about Rose?

We’ve had this discussion many, many times here on the site. Nothing has changed about the situation.

Pete Rose, like every other player for years and years and years, knew that betting on baseball would make him “permanently ineligible”. How did he know? This is posted in EVERY clubhouse, “Any player, umpire, or club official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Brady Aiken Leaves Start Early - BaseballAmerica.com

That doesn’t sound good.

Lefthander Brady Aiken, pitching for IMG Academy’s postgraduate team for the first time this spring, left his start with an apparent injury after making just 12 pitches and getting two outs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 08:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brady aiken, prospects

Neyer: I have seen Pat Venditte and He was glorious.

The bottom of the seventh inning ended, Venditte trotted in from the bullpen—his arrival trumpeted by the nine-year-old boy running loose in my row—and at 3:42 Mountain Standard Time, I finally saw Pat Venditte throw a real pitch to a real batter.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 19, 2015 at 05:14 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pat venditte

March Sadness: Understanding the True Cost of the Spring Tommy John Surge

March, more than any other, is the month pitchers fall apart. And while April is the next riskiest, it’s also a distant second, so a team whose staff escapes spring training unscathed has reason to celebrate.

Spring training, formerly dismissed as insignificant in analytical circles, is enjoying a revival in 2015. And now we have strong evidence that March is a make-or-break month for team health, the origin of more than a quarter of the cases of a dreaded type of season-ending surgery. How ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 19, 2015 at 04:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john, zack wheeler

ESPN: Examining the state of baseball

Illegal streaming hurts Max Scherzer.

Next time you think about tuning in to your local regional sports network for a game, remember that you could be helping your team pay for the free-agent contract of David Price, Jordan Zimmermann or Matt Wieters. Local deals average more than $60 million in annual revenue per team—that’s a full 25 percent of revenue (and at least one or two big free-agent signings).

But a revenue problem looms, if cable’s bundling packages fade away and subscribers can ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dying, cable, cord-cutters, darren rovell

What’s A Yard Goat? It’s A Baseball Team Coming To Hartford

At least its not the Yard Goatse.

The team held a “Name the Team” contest that drew close to 6,000 submissions. Two weeks ago, the team announced a list of 10 options that was cut to five a week later.

After much chatter both locally and nationally, the team’s naming committee — owner Josh Solomon, general manager Tim Restall, consultant Chuck Domino and a California sports branding and marketing company — picked the name that ignited the most buzz, much of it mocking.

So the franchise ...

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red sox - Has the real Hanley Ramirez stood up? - WEEI | Rob Bradford

If he’s hitting .195 in June, the Boston media will wear thin.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Pederson letting play make case for starting job | dodgers.com

I’ve seen him play a lot this spring. His defense is better than I realized. I’d be shocked not to see him start the season in centerfield for the Dodgers.

“We think Joc’s really good defensively,” Mattingly said. “He gets good jumps on the ball. He’s shown us that he knows where to throw it. As far as game awareness, outs and situations, he’s been good.
“Really, his whole game is like that, from the standpoint of the way he runs the bases. He’s shown us game awareness and that’s really what you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Hale discusses state of the D-backs | dbacks.com

Hale: I think the toughest thing is what we’re going to do with Yasmany Tomas. Will he be at third or in the outfield? And then even there, we have so many good outfielders. I think that’s one of our issues. [Jake] Lamb has played well. He hasn’t played great where we can just say, ‘Yas, we don’t need you.’ We’ve got Drury, too, who is waiting in the wings. We’ve got [David] Peralta, [Ender] Inciarte, [Mark] Trumbo, [A.J.] Pollock in the outfield. I think it’s a tough decision, and it could be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

The midway point … « Gonzo and ‘The Show’

Second base really is wide open:
And I’m not really sure if that’s good. Thing is, none of the three candidates for the everyday role have really stuck out. Grant Green (7-for-23) hasn’t looked comfortable defensively, Josh Rutledge (7-for-31, eight strikeouts) hasn’t hit and Johnny Giavotella (5-for-20) hasn’t done anything to wow you on either end. One guy who has looked to me is Taylor Featherston, who’s being groomed for the utility-infield job. I like his defense, I like his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Roger Clemens reaches settlement with his ex-trainer Brian McNamee - Newsday

Something I just learned.

The actual settlement amount, which was not revealed, will be paid by AIG, which is Clemens’ homeowners insurance, Clemens attorney Chip Babcock said. He said it’s standard for homeowners policies to include coverage for defamation lawsuits.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: roger clemens

Want to play in the Minor Leagues? Here’s how | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

See even teams read Baseball America.

Independent league teams are not affiliated with MLB or Minor League Baseball, but they can often be a good venue for players to get experience and potentially get noticed by a big league scout. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became a memorable success story when he joined an indy club, hit .371 and was ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the independent leagues. The Red Sox saw his name on the list and purchased his contract in 2008, leading ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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