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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yasiel Puig of Los Angeles Dodgers meets with fan who lost tooth via ball toss

So this does happen.

Yasiel Puig has met with the Los Angeles Dodgers fan whose front tooth was knocked out when the outfielder tossed a ball into the stands at Yankee Stadium as a souvenir.

Alyssa Gerharter also came away with a busted lip from Puig’s throw, which followed the final out of a Dodgers win Monday night in the opener of a three-game set in the Bronx.

Puig made amends with Gerharter and tweeted a photo of the meeting Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Yankees agree to deal with Billy Butler, source says | Newsday

If they wanted an old washed up guy, why didn’t they just keep Arod?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, yankees

Doing What it Takes to Keep Players Healthy – The Hardball Times

So bloodletting is no longer in vogue?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Shohei Otani Sets NPB Record For Fastest Pitch—Again - BaseballAmerica.com

This guy is special.

Shohei Otani threw the fastest pitch in Nippon Professional Baseball history on Tuesday as he was clocked at 164 kph (101.9 mph) on a third-inning fastball to Orix right fielder Yoshio Ito. Impressively, Ito turned on the inside pitch and lined it to right field for a single. Three major league pitchers have thrown a pitch of 102 or faster this year–Aroldis Chapman (179 pitches of 102+), Mauricio Cabrera (61 pitches of 102+) and Arquimedes Caminero (1 pitch of 102+).
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Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani

MLB player survey: The challenges of mixing baseball and activism

What is most unfair about criticism of players who do not speak out?

Just because an athlete isn’t speaking publicly to the masses doesn’t mean it’s not important to them or that they aren’t doing anything to help resolve it. I heard something recently about how it’s a professional athlete’s responsibility to speak out about police violence. I disagree strongly with that statement. For example, I have teammates from other countries that have pressing issues such as having enough food for their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: social issues, social media

The hypocrisy of Tony La Russa and the understandable fears of black baseball players

I might as well keep the “moralist” chain alive. Agree or be branded!

Tony La Russa, a convicted drunk driver who managed one of the most steroid-addled clubhouses in modern baseball history and today oversees an organization that at the trade deadline passed along to multiple organizations private medical information about a player it wanted to deal, spent Wednesday playing moralist, a role that suits him about as well as chief baseball officer for a major league franchise.

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Astros’ Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman exit series finale against Rangers - Houston Chronicle

The Astros aren’t dead yet but they are hurt and limping toward the end.

Altuve left with right oblique discomfort. The American League’s leading hitter flied out in the third inning, with replays showing him grimacing after a swing during the plate appearance.
Bregman departed after pulling up in the sixth inning while running to third base. He walked gingerly to the Astros dugout before heading straight to the clubhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Mariners win eighth in a row, besting Angels 2-1 in another fine pitching performance | The Seattle Times

The Mariners will not die.

“We were just focusing on the one game,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “When we got on the plane and we were thinking — just keep winning series and winning series. Then you win the first couple of games and you think, ‘Why not sweep it?’ That’s been our attitude. Everybody’s doing their part.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. credits Taijuan Walker’s success to embracing mechanical changes | The Seattle Times

“At that point, he decided it was time to make some adjustments and changes,” Stottlemyre said.

The following day the two were out early before the game, playing catch and working on the changes that features a different leg kick and more hip turn to help him use his legs more and drive down the slope of the mound. It’s been a daily routine since then. They’ve spent hours together going over the changes. They were inseparable on the field, in the weight room and in front the video ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taijuan walker

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bill Murray not feeling fan selfie at Yankee Stadium | theScore.com

You want a selfie now???

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bill murray

Steven Wright injury: Headed to Fort Myers to initiate throwing program; Red Sox regular season in jeopardy | masslive.com

Dumbest move ever?

Wright originally injured his shoulder in early August while diving back to a bag as pinch-runner on the west coast. He landed on the disabled list, but upon his return in late August, Wright still felt symptoms and was not nearly as effective on the mound as he had been during his All-Star worthy first half.

Wright went for a second opinion on the shoulder in Los Angeles while the club was on its most recent west coast road trip. There is no structural damage, however, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:23 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

West Coast trip will show what Blue Jays are made of: Griffin | Toronto Star

“We have to start winning some games,” Gibbons said, stating the obvious. “We played good out there. I remember Donaldson had a big, big series. The West Coast has never been friendly, really, for anybody. It’s going to be a big test for us and Seattle has always been tough. They’ve got a good ballclub too. This next road trip will say a lot, I would say it determines what happens to us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on display at showcase | MLB.com

The next, next big thing.

Scouts in attendance were impressed with Gurriel’s physique and overall strength. They also noted good arm strength on defense. However, there is a belief is that he could use more at-bats against live pitching.

“What I showed today was a product of all of the hard work I have put in since I got here and in Miami,” Lourdes Jr. said. “I had trainers working really working hard from the beginning.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, prospects

Major League Baseball is co-producing a baseball drama aimed at Generation Z

Today, AwesomenessTV and Major League Baseball announced that their new scripted series “Out of My League” will premiere on September 19th on AwesomenessTV. The series features an all-star cast featuring Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen (3M fans) and Brian Redmon (654K fans) with Caeli Santa Olalla (16.9M fans) and Ryan Abe (857K fans). Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder, Joc Pederson (439K fans) also makes a special appearance.

Shot in and around legendary Dodger Stadium, “Out ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2016 at 05:22 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drama, television

MLB: Cherington Joins Blue Jays Front Office

The Blue Jays hired former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington to be their vice president of baseball operations on Wednesday… He will report to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Ross Atkins.

VP of Baseball Ops sounds closer to the role I thought he wanted in Boston (President of Baseball Ops), but it’s one step further away. Per TFA the VP of Baseball Ops reports to the Executive VP of Baseball Ops, which is the GM in Toronto. So he’s an Assistant GM, ...

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villageidiom Posted: September 14, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, blue jays

MLB announces 2017 regular season schedule

The Atlanta Braves will open SunTrust Field, their $1.1 billion home in suburban Cobb County, on April 14, 2017 against the San Diego Padres, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.

The 2017 season will begin for the second consecutive year with a Sunday tripleheader, as the New York Yankees will play at the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play host to the San Francisco Giants on April 2. A third game, yet to be announced, will be moved to the Sunday night slot.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Mike Trout’s real MVP problem? He’s just not that interesting

We take Mike Trout’s greatness for granted.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, mvp

How one World Series play 30 years ago shaped a beautiful baseball bromance | For The Win

Thankfully, I can now laugh at 1986.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-14-2016

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 14, 1916:

Denied admission to the baseball park by officials of the Petersburg Virginia League Club, Umpire Buckley, assigned to officiate at yesterday’s game with Newport News, crawled through a hole in the fense, declared the game forfeited to Newport News, and then was taken to jail on a trespass warrant sworn out by the city collector…The incident caused a near-riot among the fans.

I should say so. That’s not something you see every day.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 14, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpshow

Cody Allen on His Weird Year (2016 Version) | FanGraphs Baseball

On bullpen usage and leverage: “The way Tito has been doing it… he hasn’t just gotten crazy to where it’s the fifth inning and he puts in Andrew Miller. He knows he can’t warm up Andrew every time a hairy situation comes up. But I think [using your best relievers in high-leverage situations] provides value to a club. That’s especially true when you have a couple of guys willing to do it.

“Of course, Andrew matches up well against anybody, whether they’re right-handed or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody allen, indians

Texas Rangers: Rangers’ belief in each other allows them to keep winning games they shouldn’t win | SportsDay

Ya gotta believe!

So, if you are looking for the secret to the approach, it starts with belief.

“I think that’s the No. 1 asset you can have beyond talent,” Banister said. “There has got to be belief and buy-in. It sure looks like our guys have bought in.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Jacoby Ellsbury’s overpaid on many nights but not this one | New York Post

Here’s what it says: Ellsbury gets too big a paycheck for what he contributes to the team. He’s a B- player with an A+ salary. It says that Girardi wisely doesn’t concern himself about dollars or reputations. Starting the righty-swinging Refsnyder in left field, with Brett Gardner sliding over to center field, was the proper move with Urias on the hill.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Braves’ Freddie Freeman reaches 500 RBIs | MLB.com

“I didn’t really think [hitting 30 homers] would happen, especially after the start [of the season] and obviously coming off an injury. You don’t know how it’s going to hold up,” Freeman said. “Just to stay healthy for a whole year is a big enough accomplishment for me. It just eases everything for me going forward into my career.”

Having just celebrated his 27th birthday on Monday, Freeman is surging into what might be his prime with the confidence he has gained while hitting .334/.434/.632 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman

COONEY: Herrera could end up shuffling himself out of Phillies’ outfield picture | Phillies | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Wishcasting.

All of those things added together makes trading Herrera not an outrageous possibility this offseason. Matt Klentak showed last year that he was willing to part with young players with attractive potential in the Ken Giles trade. And given the inconsistency that Herrera has shown in two major-league seasons, perhaps this would be a wise time to move him.

That stroke can be unorthodox and potent. It can also deliver good results at times. But if it doesn’t become a steadier ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

OMNICHATTER 9-14-16

The OMNICHATTER has not been called about the Twins job yet.

Gamingboy Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:05 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vin Scully Will Not Call Dodgers Playoff Games

Getcher Vin Scully fix in the regular season. After that, there aint no more.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, giants, radio, vin scully

For Brewers, Dodgers, clock hasn’t run out on Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade

Braun and Puig were about 20 minutes from being traded to the Dodgers two weeks ago, according to several executives with direct knowledge of their trade talks, but the teams ran out of time at the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

The executives spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.

Braun was being traded to the Dodgers, who would pay the entire $76 million in his contract, for outfielder Yasiel Puig, injured veteran pitcher Brandon McCarthy and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 04:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, ryan braun, yasiel puig

Minnesota Twins set to interview Cubs exec Jason McLeod

The search expands.

A few hours before Dozier connected off a Daniel Norris fastball in the third inning, the Twins formally requested permission to interview Chicago Cubs executive Jason McLeod for their top baseball operations job. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed the request, telling reporters he expected the interview to take place.

“There’s probably not a better scouting and player-development guy out there,” Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune. “He has all the skills to do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

The Blue Jays and Rays almost brawled over absolutely nothing

This is where things get weird. Souza heard catcher Russell Martin say something to him, and since Souza had taken some time to admire what ended up being a flyout, he thought Martin was criticizing him. But that’s not what started things. Here’s what Souza said to Topkin:

“I thought Russ was saying something about it, which would have been on me, totally,” Souza explained. “And I was saying, ‘Dude, I’m sorry, I thought I got it.’

This is the most important part of this really ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rays, unwritten rules of baseball

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