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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former D-backs GM Dave Stewart regrets trading Dansby Swanson, calls firing unfair

“I would probably say I should have stuck to my gut — although I think Shelby Miller is going to be everything I thought he was going to be when I traded for him,” Stewart said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. “But my gut that whole time said I should not move Dansby Swanson.

 

 

shoewizard Posted: February 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Reynaldo Lopez hopes to start with White Sox | MLB.com

“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Lopez said. “When the people from the Nationals called me and let me know I was in a trade, I couldn’t believe it.
“But then my lawyer called me and explained to me the situation and told me this is a good opportunity for me and a good team for me, and I was happy then. But first I was very surprised.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: reynaldo lopez, white sox

Travis d’Arnaud’s Problem? Throwing With ‘Too Much Arm’ - The New York Times

Getting it all the way to second base is definitely a good goal.

“It takes a lot of stress off my arm and makes it easier to get it all the way to second base, and it makes you more consistent,” d’Arnaud said later.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Berrios believes ‘16 struggles can help development with Twins - StarTribune.com

Berrios had never been hit like that before, so it tested his confidence.

“You see what the big difference is between the major league and the minor leagues,” Berrios said. “So now I feel more comfortable and more confident with myself. I feel better. You have to stay mentally strong. Sometimes I feel rushed and it can be tough. But everyone knows I work hard every day. So I go out and do my stuff, the things I can control.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Jon Gray believes he can become best pitcher in Rockies history

The question posed to Jon Gray was simple and direct: Do you think you have a chance to be the best pitcher in Rockies history?

His answer was measured and thoughtful.

“I think I can definitely accomplish that, because I don’t fear Coors Field at all,” Gray said last week as spring training opened. “I know I can go in there and give it everything I have and get the win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Meet baseball’s latest boy genius – the son of a pile driver operator

A boy genius for you. A boy genius for you. Boy geniuses for EVERYBODY!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: derek falvey, general managers, twins


J.D. Martinez ‘not proud’ after finishing last among defensive RFs

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus likened it to a slump.

“I think he had an off year; I don’t want to say he took a step back,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, it was a lack of concentration at times. I think a couple of balls hit his glove and bounced out. I’m not worried about him. I think he takes pride in his defense and he will return to form.

“Even good hitters have off years. Why couldn’t a good defender have an off year?”

Now remember, Martinez was a finalist for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, j.d. martinez, tigers

Heyman: Cardinals And Yadier Molina Have Preliminary Extension Talks

Mozeliak called the talk “very preliminary.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

The Glory of Their Times—Special Edition - YouTube

H/T to John Thorn for sharing on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, video

10 reasons to love the Cactus League | MLB.com

Richard Justice is a people person.

7. Mike Scioscia, Angels manager.
He’s a teach. In the end, it’s that simple. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, he opened Spring Training with a simple fine system. Players would get small fines for not taking an extra base and for not throwing to the right bag. In this way, he was letting the Angels know what he expected of them. That’s part of his brilliance. He begins Spring Training mornings with a team meeting that could pass for a stand-up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Mets top 2017 Statcast fastball velocity ranks | MLB.com

Mets, Mets, Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, statcast

Mike Trout lands atop Top 100 Right Now list | MLB.com

If Trout wasn’t at the top something would be wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blake Swihart Appears To Have A Case Of The Yips

The yips are the worst boogeyman in sports, and although it’s not clear that Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is dealing with that particular beast, but this sure doesn’t look good:....

Masslive reports that this is not a one-time incident, and that Swihart has been struggling with his throws back to the mound throughout the early days of spring training. Despite this, Swihart told Masslive that he is not worried about it:

“I feel fine. I’m not worried. You guys shouldn’t be worried ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, steve blass disease, yips

Nick Swisher: “The Dream Is Over, Baby!”

And he was all like, “brah, its totes time to call it quits.”

Then, in my first at bat, I get to the plate toting one of my fresh new sticks, and … first pitch, bro … I go deep. Like, deeeeep. A no-doubter. And the catcher — who still doesn’t know who I am — says, “Wow, man … that’s a really nice swing.”

I’m like, “Thanks, dude. I’ve been working on it.”

And I just laughed all the way back to the dugout.

It was the best.

And the reason I say that anybody who’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nick swisher, retirement

Carter Capps Delivery Is New, Still Basically Against The Rules

This. Is. Insane.

Brian Posted: February 17, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Dear Pittsburgh

In this case, I hope the best decision the Pirates made this off-season was the trade they didn’t make.  There are not enough heart emoji’s in the world to adequately express my affection for this player. 

Russ Posted: February 17, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2017

The Daily Missoulian, February 17, 1917:

[D.F.] McGowan is a member of the legal staff of District No. 1 of the United States Forest Service. He has devised a new method of determining the “standing of the clubs” and will presently submit it to the consideration of the baseball magnates.
...
[An excerpt from the McGowan Plan:] The playing season is to be divided into periods corresponding to calendar months. During each of these periods the relative standing of the clubs is to be computed as at ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: crazytown bananapants, dugout, history

Starling Marte says he is fine with offseason switch to center field | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates outfield needs to stay healthy this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, starling marte

Brian Cashman excited about position battles | MLB.com

The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


A Top Mets Prospect Let Baseball Wait Until School Was Done - The New York Times

The next really big thing.

In trade talks over the winter, Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said Rosario’s name did not even come up much because rival teams had figured it out for themselves: Rosario was too good to be made part of any deal.

“He can be an outstanding player,” Alderson said in December.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Jay Bruce here today, could be gone tomorrow | Newsday

The new New York obsession.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Joe Maddon’s new normal for Cubs: A team people love to hate? | CSN Chicago

“I don’t know if the word’s ‘hated,’” Maddon said Thursday at the Sloan Park complex. But making a sense of swagger or arrogance part of this team’s identity? That’s Cub.

“It’s all about that,” Maddon said. “Just go back in history. I’ve often talked about the Dodgers when I came up in the minor leagues (with the Angels). Their uniforms were whiter than everybody else’s. They thought they were better than everybody else. And then they went out and they won all the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Rockies’ new color of purple drawing mixed reviews in clubhouse – The Denver Post

Now it’s actually purple.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, uniforms

Rob Manfred discusses proposed rule changes | MLB.com

“We have data on how effective the batters handle that low strike and that is something that has driven our thinking,” Manfred said. “I think it’s also important to remember the evolution on the strike zone. The strike zone was down to the hollow of the knee because we weren’t getting low strikes called. My good friend Mr. [Sandy] Alderson [then executive vice president of operations for MLB] came along and he improved dramatically the management of the umpires in two ways. We had a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes has difficult road ahead | MLB.com

But there are two things to consider about the realities of Tommy John surgery.

One is that just about every terrific pitcher of the last decade did not go through Tommy John surgery. It’s striking: There are very, very few exceptions. The past 10 Cy Young Awards winners are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. Not one of them had Tommy John surgery. Then you throw ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, tommy john surgery

DONNIE DEWEES ONE OF MANY PROSPECTS REAPING THE BENEFITS OF NEUROSCIENCE

Dewees credits this climb, at least in part, to his work with the software, which he refers to as “neuro”. It was created by NeuroScouting, LLC, which was cofounded by Brian Miller and Wesley Clapp and is based in Cambridge, Mass. “NeuroScouting was started in 2007 with a mission focused on translating the latest brain research into real-world applications,” Miller and Clapp said.

To players like Dewees, it is a seemingly simple program that helps with pitch recognition and reflexes.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: neuroscience, plate discipline, royals

Kris Bryant gets pranked by Cubs great Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting National League MVP while hurling some zingers at him, too.

“This sound guy has got a good curveball. What is this?” Bryant said after taking one of Maddux’s pitches. “He’s pretty good.”...

Maddux came on the mound when the practice pitcher suddenly got a call to “run study hall” on campus. “I seriously doubted you,” Bryant said. “I need to get one over the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greg maddux, kris bryant, prank

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-16-2017

El Paso Herald, February 16, 1917:

BALL PLAYERS TO BE SOLDIERS

American Leaguers Will Be Given Instruction in Handling a Gun This Spring

American league baseball parks during the playing season are to be turned into military training camps and the players are to devote one hour a day to instruction. The league has adopted a resolution which provides that the players shall shoulder rifles as well as baseball bats.

They’re looking at you, Dave Davenport.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

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