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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cubs manager Joe Maddon: “zero hard feelings” over Rays’ tampering charges | Chicago

After a high-tech investigation that inexplicably took six months to conclude, Major League Baseball has cleared the Cubs and Joe Maddon of tampering allegations leveled by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Angell: The Silence of the Fans

None of this matters much, to be sure, except as an unexpected reminder of the massive and relentless add-ons and distractions of modern-day ball. The Kiss Camera, the racing mascots, the T-shirt cannonades, the God Bless, the deafening rock, the home-team anthem, the infield sweepers’ dance, the well-plaqued Hall of Heroes, the retired numbers, the gymnasium-sized souvenir shops, the Texas steak restaurant in right (with its roped-off waiting areas thoughtfully supplied with overhead ...

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Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, roger angell

Take Me Out to No Crowd

Whatever made the day so hushed and surreal, one thing was clear from the start: This is a terrible way to experience baseball.

Maybe it was different actually being there, but watching on MLB.tv was amazing. I wouldn’t want most games to be like this, but as a one-off event it was really neat to actually be able to hear the sounds of baseball.

Baldrick Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles

BP BOSTON: THE BOOK ON MOOKIE BETTS

Some good stuff from BP’s Matthew Kory.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, sabermetrics, xander bogaerts

DMN: SB Nation fires Angels blogger for article that ‘crossed the line’ in ripping Josh Hamilton

Will Reason pick him up off of waivers?

SB Nation, a fan-based sports blogging website, fired a Los Angeles Angels blogger Tuesday for an article written about Josh Hamilton that founder Tyler Bleszinski said “crossed the line between fanaticism and good taste.”

Hamilton was acquired in a complicated deal Monday from the Angels. The Angels, according to Dallas Morning News sources, are taking on more than $65 million of Hamilton’s remaining $80 million salary.

The blogger, who writes under ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: blog, josh hamilton, sb nation

MLB is making the best out of a bad situation in Baltimore | HardballTalk

Craig talks a lot of sense in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Player’s View: No-hitter Silent Treatment | FanGraphs Baseball

Not talking about no hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: no hitters, pitching

Harper: Gregorius not showing defensive side to Yankees - NY Daily News

Was there really a consensus that Gregorius was a great fielder before the trade? I thought the opinions were mixed.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, didi gregorius, yankees

Baseball Prospectus: Introducing Deserved Run Average (DRA)-And All Its Friends

This may be an improvement over other metrics that are currently available. (I don’t have time to read the detailed breakdown, which I applaud them for providing, BTW.) I would think, though, better metrics for measuring pitchers are just around the corner due to Field F/X (whatever it’s called) data. With that data it should be possible to separate (and this is one of the Holy Grail sabermetric goals) fielding from pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics

How Does Eye Color Affect Day/Night Splits? – The Hardball Times

Based on things I’ve read in the past, I was surprised by the writer’s results.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1915:

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 29, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Marketing No. 660 Could Cost Yankees Even More - NYTimes.com

Good faith? The Yankees are getting a lot of attention based on A-Rod getting close to the record. They can choose to not push the event but their actions don’t mean the event isn’t newsworthy.

For Rodriguez, the matter is worth $6 million. For the Yankees, it is actually $9 million, according to multiple baseball officials. The reason is that the team would be taxed 50 percent on any added payment to Rodriguez because the Yankees are over the luxury-tax threshold and the figure would be added ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Suitors for Cole Hamels starting to line up

“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, particularly left-handed, better than him,” Amaro says. “Debate it all you want, from the sabermetrics to scout evaluations, but he is as good as there is going to be out there.

“No respect to the guy out there in Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) or to Felix (Hernandez), but he was as good as any pitcher in baseball the second half of last season. If you match up his numbers from late May to the end of the season, he’s as good as it gets. And he tends to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cardinals, cole hamels, dodgers, philles, red sox

Homer Bailey of Cincinnati Reds could have elbow surgery

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey may require surgery on his pitching elbow, a significant setback to a team already struggling with its staff.

Cincinnati is considering various options for treating an injured ligament in Bailey’s right elbow, including surgery. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that no decision had been made. The Reds could wait and see if the elbow heals with treatment.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds

Archie Bradley hit in face by 115 MPH Line Drive

Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos.  The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning

shoewizard Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

4-29-2015 OMNICHATTER

The Zero-Attendance OMNICHATTER (hopefully with attendance)

Gamingboy Posted: April 29, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 197 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington Post: Nationals Stage Massive Comeback

I wonder what the win expectancy was when the Nationals were down 9-1?

Yet the comeback the Washington Nationals staged Tuesday night, capped by a three-run home run by Dan Uggla in the top of the ninth, is the kind around which seasons pivot. Down eight runs in the second inning, the Nationals fought off injuries, errors, and a month’s worth of frustration to beat the Braves, 13-12, on a deep drive to left by a former Braves second baseman whose career was left for dead. The win snapped a ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, comebacks, washington nationals

17-year Navy veteran to make his NCAA pitching debut

Cool to add some veteran presence.

Yes, after 17 years of active duty in the Navy, Holcomb will pitch in an NCAA game for the first time on Tuesday night for the Jacksonville University Dolphins.

From the Jacksonville University website:

“I’m like a little freshman trying to get that spot and do some damage out there on the mound,” said Holcomb who turns 35 next week. “Where I am at in my life, I’ve surpassed a lot of my dreams. I found a role around here and stayed attached to the program ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, jacksonville, navy veteran

Tanaka to DL with wrist tendinitis, forearm strain | MLB.com

I didn’t see this coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 09:05 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Romero says release by Blue Jays surprised him

Ricky Romero says his release by the Toronto Blue Jays came as a surprise and the left-hander acknowledges that he has “mixed feelings” about whether he had the full support of the organization.

“It was definitely pretty weird, pretty shocking,” said Romero, who was a guest on Tuesday morning’s Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 28, 2015 at 05:32 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ricky romero


Phillies Make History With $22,000 Panamanian Battery

The “ceremony” lasted just a minute and when it was over all the Phillies’ players laughed and applauded. Even Severino Gonzalez, the 22-year-old pitcher who will become a made man when he steps on a big-league mound for the first time Tuesday night.

Gonzalez will face the St. Louis Cardinals in his big-league debut and televisions all over Panama will be tuned to the event as it marks the first time two natives of the country will make up a major-league battery.

eddieot Posted: April 28, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chooch, panama, phillies, scouting

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While ...

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Dallas Observer: The 2015 Texas Rangers At-Bat Songs, Ranked

What has happened to music?

Well, anyways, we figured it might be fun to rank the Rangers’ batter ditties—known to commoners as “walk-up songs” or “at-bat songs”—and I’ll tell you what, most of them are bad and the Texas Rangers have bad taste in music. It’s mostly contemporary pop hits, reggaeton or otherwise. However there are a few gems in Metallica, gritty Daddy Yankee and an Al Green song, which almost wash away the sins of Christian rock, Chris Brown and Tyga. Almost.

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Greg Franklin Posted: April 28, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: music, rangers

The Designated Aesthetic: Why the National League DH Debate Can Be Irrational Without Being Invalid «

Although I’ve preferred the DH for years, I did not much care whether the NL had the DH or not. The daily implementation of interleague play has changed my opinion. You see, I really dislike interleague play. The current implementation of interleague, which sucks for a number of reasons, further penalizes teams which sign dedicated DHs, like the Red Sox, as they lose that bat during 10 games.

So, instead of bickering over whether MLB should get rid of the DH, maybe we can all agree to push ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter, rules of play

Behold: The case against the DH « Dodger Insider

Jon Weisman picks up the torch for the “anti-DH side”.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, rules of the game

Rangers have support system in place to help Josh Hamilton; How it will work | Dallas Morning News

Although the Angels should have worked to give Hamilton as much support as they could, I can’t buy into the idea it was some type of moral responsibility for them. Hamilton’s sobriety was his responsibility. As such it was on him (and his representation) to make sure he had the support system he needed. I hope, for Hamilton’s sake, that his sobriety isn’t dependent on the Rangers because, no matter how well his battle goes while he is a Ranger, he’ll have a lot of life left to live when his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamiltion, rangers

Bumgarner rejects idea of DH moving to National League, takes offense at Scherzer’s “wet newspaper” comment

“Oh, well, my wet newspaper is 34 ½ inches, 33 ½ ounces, and I’m waiting on some new ones right now,” said Bumgarner, asked for comment.

“What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can’t pitch anymore?” Bumgarner said. “I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don’t think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?

Bumgarner is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and a sacrifice ...

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Injuries impact newly expanded Top Draft Prospects list | MLB.com

This year’s draft is a jumble.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Scott Boras Has Baseball’s Most Accurate Projection System

PECOTA wasn’t the first projection system. Bill James introduced his BROCK2 system in the 1985 Baseball Abstract.

Fascinating that Scott Boras had his own advanced projection system, three years before Nate Silver debuted PECOTA here at BP. More impressive, Boras’ system not only projects a few years into the future, but 16 years into the future. Most impressive of all: Look at those numbers! Why, Rodriguez would not only break the all-time home run record, but the doubles record, too! And RBIs. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, projections

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