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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Yankees beat Giants on 8th-inning error | MLB.com

It’s tough to be a seller when your team keeps winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Baseball Prospectus | DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS

Baseball Prospectus updates its pitching metric.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER 7-23-16

What is this, some kind of OMNICHATTER?

Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2016 at 12:03 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kansas City Royals add ultrasound system MuscleSound

Looking for an edge.

Kenney says the players remain divided on the new technology, with some fearing that any information—the technology does read the quality of a muscle—will get used against them in future contract talks, but others stay “very, very interested to see where their body is taking them.”

“We are trying to get guys to optimal levels and increase performance levels,” Kenney says. “That is our intended use.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, science

OMNICHATTER 7-22-16

It’s chatterific!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

MLB Scores Big Win in Minor-League Wage Lawsuit

Last October, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball’s minor-league pay practices scored an important, albeit preliminary, victory when the court tentatively certified the case as a collective-action lawsuit. As I noted at the time, this meant that rather than have to file individual lawsuits for every player allegedly denied the minimum wage or overtime, current and former minor-league players could instead opt-in to the existing litigation and have their claims ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 22, 1916:

Hans Wagner, holder of diamond records galore during twenty-one years of big league ball, has added another mark to his string in the form of home run No. 106.
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His total of 106 probably never will be equaled.

Certainly there’s no chance it could ever be equaled by anyone playing big league baseball in 1916, right?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Rockies’ Mark Reynolds crushes 484-foot homer | MLB.com

This is a giant-sized homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mark reynolds, rockies

Ichiro Suzuki records 2 hits, 4 shy of 3,000 | MLB.com

It can happen any day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ted Berg: I badly wanted MLB to adopt replay before 2014. Now I find it boring and dumb

I get that it’s a complicated thing and there are a million factors I haven’t considered. But the way it is right now kind of stinks, and I can’t imagine it’s actually improving MLB’s on-field product even if it’s technically making it more fair.

Like sports talk radio, it starts more arguments than it solves.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 21, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules

Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM? - StarTribune.com

Souhan thinks Pohlad is a bumpkin.

Hiring the next big thing is an exercise in research and perceptiveness, and it is difficult. When MacPhail left the Twins after the 1994 season to run the Cubs as one of baseball’s most respected bosses, he wanted to hire a general manager to work below him. On the flight to Chicago, he showed me a list of potential candidates that included Sabean, who has won three of the past five World Series with the Giants. Then he hired Ed Lynch.

On Monday, Pohlad did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Heyman - Stewart Defends D-backs From Unnamed Accusations

The best way to answer the critics is to win.

The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.

Seems like an unlikely reason to make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers


Pokemon Go craze hits Chicago Cubs clubhouse—sort of - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

You don’t really have to catch them all.

Has the Pokemon Go craze found its way into the Chicago Cubs clubhouse? That was the question put to players this week, as their ability to travel the country and catch Pokemon make them prime candidates for the addicting and popular game.

“I’ve caught two so far,” pitcher Jason Hammel said. “The first one might be a gimme so they can hook you. I’m going to show it to my son, and he will love that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Physics of Catchers’ Knees – The Hardball Times

My knees hurt just from reading the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 21, 1916:

The Cleveland Club has protested to [American League] President Johnson that the grass at Shibe Park should be cut. Manager Fohl claims that the grass is so long that the outfielders are in danger of tripping or turning an ankle. It is a fact that the grass is longer than any we have ever seen in a major league park, but Mack says it will not be cut until the Mackmen depart for the West. He argues that it would be impossible to cut the grass ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, groundskeeping, history

Top Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman makes first start in left field, notches three hits for Fresno Grizzlies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Bregman sees time in left field.

Alex Bregman can hit. He can play shortstop. He can play third base. On Wednesday night, he added another line to his defensive resume and kept swinging the same bat that has Houston abuzz.

With rumors flying about an imminent promotion to the Major Leagues, the Astros’ top prospect made his first professional start in left field—where he contributed two putouts—and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored as Triple-A Fresno topped Round Rock, 8-5.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Rangers’ Prince Fielder has herniated disk | texasrangers.com

Free Joey Gallo!

The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disk in his neck.

Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.

The herniation is just above a previous injury that was surgically ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, prince fielder, rangers

Rays shut down Cobb to deal with fatigue, mechanical issues | Tampa Bay Times

Their season is over; why push him?

The Rays returned Cobb from his rehab assignment and essentially stopped the 30-day clock, thus, given a mandatory seven-day wait, postponing his next start until at least Monday. Cobb left his second rehab start July 11 after one inning, so he will go at least two full weeks between games. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today at the Trop, then possibly a live batting practice next.

“He’s had some fatigue issues in his arm, and that, along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Cubs get Mike Montgomery in 4-player trade | MLB.com

The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, trade

Nationals’ Trea Turner pulls off steal of home | MLB.com

This kid looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Hanley Ramirez hits three home runs vs. Giants | MLB.com

Hanley had a huge day, including a homer after getting hit by a pitch. Pomeranz looked good for three innings, then got rocked.

“Every time I get hit, that fires me up,” said Ramirez, who, along with his teammates, were clad in the throwback Red Sox uniforms from 1975. “I think it makes me a better player when I get hit, because I get so angry. You know, sometimes Hanley’s just not Hanley. It’s somebody else.”

When asked if he said, “I’ll getcha back,” to Suarez after getting hit by a pitch in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, hanley ramirez, red sox

ONICHATTER 7-21-16

The OMNICHATTER forgot to read that book that’s due back at the library tomorrow.

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2016 at 12:32 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dave Cameron Fangraphs Chat

Cameron is annoying but I gotta give credit where due; he is so right, here:

All In The Guetterman, Looking Up At The Stargell Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:57 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: baez, cubs, schwarber

Prospects who are ready to help contenders now | MLB.com

Prospect fatigue is starting to rear its head with Gallo.

3. Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Rangers (7): He’s been up before, and we all know that power plays anywhere. The question, as always, is will he make enough contact to tap into it at the highest level. He’s still striking out, although not as much as he has in the past, and his walk rate is up. The fact he can play both infield corners and left field gives him added value.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

MLB teams spent record $268 million on amateur draft bonuses – The Denver Post

I still wish teams could trade draft picks.

Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year’s final total of $249.38 million.

Spending initially declined when restraints were put in place ahead of the 2012 draft, but has gradually risen under the five-year labor contract with the players’ association.
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Atlanta spent the most this year on amateur draft signing bonuses at nearly $15.6 million, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, economics

Bartolo Colon’s face is plastered all over this incredible new shirt

I’m not sure wearing this will make you a fashion maven.

The shirt is a tad expensive, costing buyers $29.99, but it’s worth the money. You’ll just have to wait a few months before receiving it because it won’t ship until September.

Oh no!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, merchandise, mets

Mariners notebook: Finally on Wednesday, it’s Happy Felix Day again | The News Tribune

Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will be officially activated prior to the game from the disabled list after the Mariners make a corresponding space-clearing roster move.

“I’m ready, man,” Hernandez said. “I was going crazy (in the early) weeks when I wasn’t with the team (on the road). It was the worst time of my career. But I’m good now. I’m ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Brian Johnson made a bold decision to tackle anxiety head-on

Alex Speier did a great job on this article. I wish Johnson well.

For now, for Johnson and the team, there is not a need to draw a line to a future destination.

Johnson is back to enjoying life both on and off the mound. And that is enough.

“The biggest thing for me is that it’s one day at a time. I’m not looking a month ahead. If I go out there and pitch well, awesome. If I don’t, it’s one game,” said Johnson. “I haven’t thought about [getting back to the big leagues] once, to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian johnson, red sox

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