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Monday, June 20, 2016

Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on outright waivers

Well, this is an expensive mistake.

Since he was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Castillo would clear Monday. He’s still owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with a $13.5 million option after 2019. Because of that price tag, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and be outrighted to Pawtucket. He will no longer be on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.

Castillo’s contract was record-setting for an amateur international player, surpassing the $68 million deal that Jose Abreu signed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

OTP 2016 June 20: I prefer baseball, America’s pastime over politics, America’s blood sport

Now that basketball is over, baseball season is in full swing.  My college home team LSU just lost a heartbreaker that kept them from going to the college world series.  I’m a die-hard Yankees fan and tune in to a number of their games.  But it’s a presidential election year, so a tough choice of what to watch; a baseball game or political rallies?

Just what is America’s favorite pastime? Is it politics or baseball? Politics has always been a major spectator sport, particularly here in ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 20, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2050 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, ffs, politics

OMNICHATTER 6-20-16

Ocarina of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2016 at 12:29 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Report: Five teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller

I’d want Miller over Chapman. Does anyone disagree?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution: Brian Kenny: 9781501106330: AmazonSmile: Books

Just finished reading Kenny’s new book. I enjoyed it very much. It was entertaining and insightful. If you visit this site and like “Baseball Now” and Kenny, you will enjoy this book. Although I have a review copy I plan on paying for a Kindle version so I can more easily reread the book and highlight passages to refer to later. When I get the Kindle version, I will try and post a more in-depth look at the book.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Walk Like a Sabermetrician: The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.

And maybe that’s one of the lasting lessons to take away from The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. That despite the careful planning, the on-the-fly adjustments due to injuries or player poaching (at this level), the dedication of the players and support staff, the superstitious rituals, and the motivational speeches that are poured into baseball clubs, not to mention the attempts to drag baseball kicking and screaming into the sabermetric age, we will never be able ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews


Reds Cody Reed has solid Major League debut | reds.com

I have a good feeling about this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cody reed, reds

George Brett has never stopped trying to please his old man, in spite of it all | The Kansas City Star

We only have one.

George Brett is thinking about his father again, the man who punched him and kicked him and at least once threatened to kill him. George loved the old man. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that.

George has read stories that say he hated his father, and, sure, there were moments back when he was a kid in Southern California when that was true. But isn’t that how most of us are with our parents?

No, George never hated the man. Not in a real, lasting way, at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, royals

SI Yankees’ Sabermetrics Day looks to draw fans - Mlb - Scout

Watch your backs, fellas. Watch your backs.

Last season, the SI Yanks held a Game of Thrones Night, which set the attendance record for any game at Richmond County Ballpark.

The objective behind Sabermetrics Day is to accomplish the same result – and to entice (new) fans so that they begin – and continue – coming to games consistently.

Holley believes that if the event goes well, there could be another Sabermetrics Day next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions


Father’s Day around the league | MLB.com

Happy Father’s Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Like his knuckleball, Red Sox starter Steven Wright succeeds with a soft touch | Boston Herald

Wright’s harmony with regular life is teetering on unbelievable, too.

“You look at the world today, there’s so many mean people out there,” Wright said. “There’s not too many people that you come across that are nice, just in general, day-to-day life. Why not?

“So many people are mean all the time and it’s just an easy way of life. Just to shy people away. . . . It’s really hard to make sure that you’re nice and you’re polite and you’re respectful to everybody ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Expect Billy Beane and the A’s to be active in the trade market

Trading Gray right now wouldn’t be maximizing his value. Unless he goes on a solid string of above average starts or a team decides to give full value in return, there is no sense trading him.

For sure, Gray isn’t what he used to be. But is he merely going through an adjustment period after having much success over his first three seasons? Every time Gray starts, he draws double-digit scouts from contenders. In his start last Wednesday, Gray looked like his dominating self for five innings ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Ex-Met says time is Wright for club to sign Cuban 3B Gourriel - NY Daily News

Are there still questions about his age?

“It’s more of an issue when a guy is listed at 32,” one scout said. “It’s not like someone who says he’s 22 and turns out to be 24 or 25. At 32 an extra year or two matters a lot more. You have to see if the athleticism is still there.

“Even if he looks good in a workout, I wouldn’t give him more than two years. The cost would depend on how many clubs get involved, but based on what some of the other (Cuban defectors) have gotten, it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yulieski gourriel

Tim Lincecum’s debut for Angels goes better than he expected in 7-1 win over A’s - LA Times

The Freak is back with the freak turned low.

In the sixth inning, Lincecum clapped for his teammates when they turned a quick double play behind him. Lowrie lined his next pitch into left field, Robinson secured it, and fans again stood up to commend Lincecum on his performance.

His day was done. To use his favored idiom for fastball velocity, he did not pump any cheese, but he induced the kind of weak contact he could not in recent seasons for San Francisco.

“I’ve tried to scratch ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

OMNICHATTER 6-19-16

OMNICHATTER’s Awakening

Gamingboy Posted: June 19, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blue Jays’ Saunders making legitimate case for being MLB’s most productive hitter - Sportsnet.ca

The guy is having a great month/season.

And Saunders nearly had a fourth, as he smoked a 2-2 fastball 330 feet to left field in the third inning, where it fell right in front of the outfield wall marker that reads “333.” Five more feet and Saunders would have made history.

“Michael’s in a nice little groove. He’s having a hell of a year for us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “And he’s using the whole field, too. He’s not just hitting his home runs pull side. He’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, michael saunders

Did Lou Gehrig actually die of ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’? | PBS NewsHour

Virtually every American today, be they a baseball fan or not, knows Lou Gehrig’s “bad break” was his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fierce neurodegenerative disorder that robs one of muscle control, swallowing, breathing, and ultimately, life.

Two months earlier, on May 1, 1939, Gehrig gallantly took himself out of the lineup because he could no longer will his body to perform the athletic miracles that made him, arguably, the best baseball player ever to play the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: history, lou gehrig

Ever spot a French press in the Nationals dugout? Here’s how it got there. - The Washington Post

The secret is out.

That same day, a few minutes after Espinosa chose the French press, Clint Robinson opted for the normal coffee pot.

“Too bitter,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t get it down.”

The French press coffee, it seems, is an acquired taste. Thanks to two of their most productive contributors off the bench, though, these Nationals have acquired it — and with it, though perhaps not related to it, a firm hold on first place in the National League East.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tyler Chatwood is starting to figure out Coors Field. | Sports on Earth

For outsiders, Chatwood is in the unenviable position of having the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in baseball yet the potential to be hamstrung by his own ballpark. But as Hundley notes, a lot of it is in your head when you’re on the mound in Denver.

“If you go out and try to control the atmosphere, the barometric pressure, the humidity levels, if you’re worried about that stuff, big league hitters are gonna eat you alive,” he said. “Tyler believes in himself and he believes in his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, tyler chatwood

OMNICHATTER 6-18-16

A OMNICHATTER to the Past

Gamingboy Posted: June 18, 2016 at 01:00 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 17, 1916:

Tom Hughes, lanky Brave pitcher, broke a fast curve ball over the outside corner with Honus Wagner at the plate [yesterday] afternoon. Umpire Bill Klem’s right arm swung in strike fashion and with that gesture Long Tom’s name was flashed to the baseball Hall of Fame. The achievement was a no-hit game against the Pitates and the Braves scored a shut-out victory, 2 to 0.

Hughes’ feat is the first of its kind in the major leagues this season.

The baseball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, no-hitters, salida tom hughes

Giancarlo Stanton mired in career-worst slump | MLB.com

Stanton is having a hard time making contact on pitches in the zone, particularly those up and in. If he’d actually moved off the plate, he’d in theory be in a better position to hit those, but that’s not what’s happened. In fact, since Stanton’s mechanics starting his swing look the same, a reasonable assertion would be that if the side was an issue, not only would he struggle to make contact, but he’d have a hard time being on time with his swing. That’s exactly what’s happened. Over the past ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

As Pete Rose tries to steal attention, let’s appreciate Ichiro instead - Yahoo Sports

Even if he’s correct? Yes, Pete Rose is correct. Ichiro isn’t near his record. Nevertheless, what Ichiro has done is well worth mentioning and celebrating.

This will not fall down that wormhole of ignorance. This will be a rejoinder to it. Because even if Pete Rose is correct that the 4,257th hit of Ichiro Suzuki’s professional baseball career, laced down the right-field line on Wednesday afternoon, doesn’t place Suzuki in Rose’s all-time company because the first 1,278 came in Japan – and he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, pete rose

Mark Attanasio downplays trade rumors with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy

Are they actively listening?

“Much ado about nothing so far,” Attanasio said of the constant speculation that either Braun or Lucroy, or both, will be traded before the Aug. 1 deadline.

“We’re not actively out shopping either of these guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy, ryan braun

Inside Baseball With Jon Heyman - Trouble In Los Angeles

You can’t take the long view when you are writing on a deadline. The Dodgers and Angels only similarity is where they play. They are two teams on different courses.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OMNICHATTER 6-17-16

OMNICHATTER’s Adventure

Gamingboy Posted: June 17, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 255 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Royals move on from struggling second baseman Omar Infante, designate him for assignment

Would he still wear a Royals uniform when he starts the All-Star Game?

The Royals officially cut their losses with second baseman Omar Infante on Wednesday, designating him for assignment to clear room on the roster for left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn.

The move results in a significant amount of dead money for the Royals. Infante is still owed roughly 60 percent of his $7.75 million contract this season, which comes out to about $4.7 million. The Royals also are on the hook for $8 million ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: omar infante, royals

What kind of pitcher are Red Sox really in market for?

As I mentioned the other day. The Red Sox don’t need to make a deal for starting pitching right now.

If Price, Wright, and Porcello’s performances prove sustainable, then the Sox’ approach to the trade market may likewise end up being relatively modest. As much as Dave Dombrowski is known for big-splash trades such as his acquisition of Price at the trade deadline in 2014, he more frequently focused on mid-rotation names at past trade deadlines to considerable effect, most notably with Doug ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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