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Friday, August 19, 2016

Gary Sanchez turned around work ethic, defense to start for Yanks - NY Daily News

Plus, Sanchez had maturity and discipline issues in the minors. He was suspended at Double-A Trenton in 2014 and banished back to extended spring training from Class A ball in 2011. As Cashman puts it, “We try to jump on it to get all that stuff out of the way at the lower levels.”

He struggled some years in the minors, not living up to high expectations. And when the Yankees were practically handing him the backup catcher’s job in spring training this year, he pressed and did not play well, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

MLB Now breaks down Zach Britton | MLB.com

I’m not sold.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Steven Matz of New York Mets to miss start with issue in shoulder

“I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder,” Matz said. “It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.”

Matz said he is not concerned about the issue lingering.

“Not so ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

The So-Far Disastrous Crop of 2016 Free Agents

Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous ...

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Inside Baseball From Jon Heyman - 10 Manager Status Updates

Notes galore.

5. Mike Scioscia (50-70), Angels. Outside L.A. (or technically Anaheim), a lot of stat-inclined executives around the game don’t get why Scioscia is still there, don’t understand it one bit. And it has nothing to do with the record this year. It’s about the belief that Scioscia has not adapted, that he’s supremely old school in a new-school game. Scioscia could not get along with ex-Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, driving Dipoto out and to the in-division rival Mariners. But new GM ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Heyman - Alex Rodriguez Long Shot For 2017

When Alex Rodriguez’s publicist announced that A-Rod would not be coming back to play in 2016, the speculation already started up about 2017.

But that is probably a long shot, too.

A-Rod told some friends the weekend of his sendoff, “I’m done.” And perhaps we should take him at his word (though he hasn’t tipped his hand publicly).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Blue Jays Fire Scouting Director, National Crosschecker - BaseballAmerica.com

The Blue Jays fired scouting director Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis, two sources with the organization confirmed Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

New York Mets have ‘no present plans to make any changes’ with manager Terry Collins, GM Sandy Alderson says

His days are numbered.

“Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” Alderson said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Rob Manfred talks rules, game’s young stars | MLB.com

Prior to the 2015 season, a rule requiring players to keep one foot in the batter’s box was implemented, and clocks timing breaks for innings and pitching changes were posted in each stadium. In the process, the average time of game dropped from three hours, two minutes in 2014 (an all-time high), to two hours, 56 minutes. This year, the average time of game is up a little to three hours.

“When you look at our experience with the effort we undertook last year, and you look kind of month by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Orioles homer six times against Astros | MLB.com

The Orioles used six home runs—including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis—on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East.

Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

OMNICHATTER 8-19-16

The “Don’t Drop The Baton” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 19, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The 10 most deserving players who are not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

It’s easy to forget that the 1960s and early 1970s were an abysmal time to put up hitting numbers. There’s a reason the AL introduced the designated hitter in 1973 — scoring was at a near all-time low. if we take Allen’s career records and put them into the context of the 1980s and at Comiskey Park, for example, he ends up with more than 400 home runs, a .324 batting average, .414 OBP, and .592 SLG. His context-altered line would show ten 100-RBI seasons, three 200-hit seasons, and nine ...

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Manny Machado Might be the Best Young Third Baseman in History

You already know Manny Machado, all-star third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is very good. But here’s the thing: He’s better than very good. Machado might be the best-ever third baseman at this stage in a career.

gehrig97 Posted: August 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, manny machado, mike schmidt, third basemen

Keith Law: Time to end the Diamondbacks’ reign of error (INSIDER)

No mistake has loomed larger than the constant stream of errors around Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez. The brand-new front office reached to sign him for $8 million after the 2013 season, even though it appeared that he was priced by other teams at about one-tenth that number. The Diamondbacks didn’t understand the international bonus pool rules, and thus were unaware they would have to pay an $8 million penalty on top of Lopez’s bonus AND would be prohibited from signing any July 2 free ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Billy Bob of the Baseball Movies

But Thornton was more than a fan. At Malvern (about 20 miles from Hot Springs) High School, he had some success as a pitcher. He was good enough to get invited to a Kansas City Royals tryout camp in 1973. And it was there that fate intervened.

On his first day at camp, he was hit by an errant throw during an infield drill. An anonymous but strong-armed third baseman broke his collarbone. Thornton was not participating in the drill but was just a bystander. And so his professional career ended ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball movies, billy bob thornton, hollywood, royals

Spin (rate) zone: Mike Montgomery is a real numbers guy

“We were in the bullpen together and he’s really into it,” Montgomery told me of Zych. “We just talked a lot about it and I went to a website called Brooks Baseball. I guess it’s pretty accurate. We would just look at it and I’d check it out after every time I pitched. And we talked about what the numbers would teach us about our own stuff. I can throw these pitches in these locations because it’s really hard to hit. And learning about movement on the pitches and stuff like ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brooks baseball, cubs, mariners, mike montgomery, stats

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 18, 1916:

Manager Joe Tinker yesterday indicated very plainly his sentiments toward Heine Zimmerman. In spite of the fact that he did not have enough outfielders to go around, he sent Zimmerman to the bench, Zeider to third and employed Gene Packard, a pitcher, in left field for the game against the Giants. This is taken to mean that Tinker is about through with Zimmerman.

Good guess. The Cubs suspended Zimmerman a few days later for “laying down on the job”, and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history

Josh Donaldson and John Gibbons were separated after a heated argument in the dugout

Josh Donaldson was not pleased after striking out in the third inning against the Yankees. His tempers boiled over into the dugout, and manager John Gibbons confronted the Blue Jays star.

The incident started when Donaldson threw his bat upon entering the dugout. Gibbons argued with Donaldson about that behavior, but Donaldson wouldn’t back down.

It got to the point that teammates had to step in and pull Donaldson away from his manager. Donaldson also gave catcher Josh Thole a shove while ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, josh donaldson

Hal Steinbrenner’s unusual reaction to Yankees’ youth turn | New York Post

Hal Steinbrenner isn’t his father.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OMNICHATTER 8-18-16

The SteepleOMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Maricopa County supervisors give go-ahead to Chase Field sale negotiations

So now county is selling Chase Field , which cost 354M to build, for 60M to an investment group. D Backs have a veto and can negotiate terms with buyers regarding renovations, upgrades, etc.

shoewizard Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium issues

Affidavit shows Hooks outfielder attacks girlfriend at Whataburger Field

Inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, a Hooks player backhanded his girlfriend three times, according to an arrest affidavit.

Footage of the attack, captured on video surveillance, prompted Hooks officials to contact police the next day.

The affidavit into what led to the arrest of outfielder Danry Vasquez was released to the Caller-Times on Tuesday.

Police arrested Vasquez on a warrant Aug. 4 on suspicion of assault family violence, a misdemeanor. The Venezuelan national remains free on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, domestic violence, minor leagues

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 17, 1916:

According to Eddie Ainsmith, the Washington catcher, Walter Johnson is developing a spitball delivery. What does this mean. There have been rumors of late that the Capitol City Speed King is losing his wonderful speed. Batters who have been facing him for several years say Walter doesn’t have the oldtime zip to his flings this year. And if it is a fact that he is trying the spitball there must be something to the rumors. The moist fling is regarded only as the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, walter johnson

Let’s look at the best and worst baserunning teams - SweetSpot- ESPN

This is like talking about who has the prettiest arms in the Miss America contest.

1. San Diego Padres (+21.6 runs)

Key stats: The Padres are third in the majors in steals with an excellent 78 percent rate and lead the majors in taking the extra base 51 percent of the time (the MLB average is 40 percent).

Key contributors: Wil Myers (+6.5 runs), Travis Jankowski (+4.1 runs), Melvin Upton Jr. (+3.8 runs). Jankowski is one of the fastest players in the majors, but Myers has been the big ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


Harper’s inconsistency highlights Trout’s greatness. | Sports on Earth

Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.

Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Mookie Betts has seven homers at Camden Yards | MLB.com

“He has not changed his approach in the four-hole,” said Farrell. “He doesn’t take on any added significance to the role or the spot in the lineup. He’s in some kind of spot right now the way he’s seeing the baseball, the way he’s making such hard contact.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Braves promoting shortstop Dansby Swanson | braves.com

Unrealistic expectations with this one.

After trading shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers on Tuesday, the Braves created the roster spot necessary for Swanson to begin his Major League career. The 22-year-old suburban Atlanta native ranks as baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, prospects

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nathan Eovaldi likely to miss 2017 season | yankees.com

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has a partial UCL tear and a torn flexor tendon, and he will undergo surgery on both, ending his season and likely keeping him out through 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nathan eovaldi, yankees

Bud Selig might soon be in the Baseball Hall of Fame (try to contain your excitement)

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

It’s generally more a matter of when than if commissioners get in the Hall of Fame. Selig’s call looks to be coming since the Hall of Fame announced revisions in July to the structure for its Era Committees, which consider players retired more than 15 years as well as managers, umpires and executives.

Selig falls under the newly created Today’s Game Committee, which will meet in December. Because of the rules of the committee ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

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