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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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 ...

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 |

“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 ...

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 |


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 ...

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


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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 13, 1916:

Hal Chase, in spite of being a left handed thrower, has played magnificently at second base for the Reds. The records show that the only southpaw infielders of any account were Hulen, Keeler, and Jimmy Ryan.

I understand why left-handed infielders are so rare, but it does seem like an extremely talented lefty first baseman (Keith Hernandez in his prime, for instance) could have pulled it off. Okay, maybe they might drill a few baserunners in the face with ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets fire Wally Backman after manager went rogue

Wally Backman’s tenure in the Mets organization officially concluded Monday, with general manager Sandy Alderson’s announcement the popular figure from the 1986 World Series-winning club has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

But a club source indicated Backman was fired.

Backman spent the last seven years managing in the minors for the Mets. He guided the organization’s Triple-A team at Buffalo and Las Vegas for the last five years. In 2014 he was named Pacific Coast League ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, minor leagues, wally backman

Anyone see this coming from Kyle Hendricks? | Sports on Earth

A funny thing happened on the way to mediocrity.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle hendricks


The OMNICHATTER wears sunglasses at night.

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Milestone Approaches for Mike Trout (Yawn)

Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero. 

Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).

gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, barry bonds, ichiro suzuki, mike trout, mvp, war

Adam Jones on MLB’s lack of Kaepernick protest: ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’

“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’

Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, race


If Cookie Monster ate the OMNICHATTER, it’d be the the OM-NOM-NOM-NICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-12-2016 which a quiet, intelligent, thoughtful ballplayer who mostly kept to himself threatens to beat the crap out of every single person on his own team. In the leadup to this incident, the Dodgers had lost seven of nine and had fallen out of first place.

Pittsburgh Press, September 12, 1916:

In one corner of the [locker] room Jack Coombs arose, quietly and unobserved.

“Boys, I would like to talk with you for a few moments,” he said. Now, the Brooklyn ball club has been talked to before, often ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Reds’ Next Starting Rotation Full Of Potential

Hope in Cincy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

The Fresno Bee: John D’Acquisto Book Release This Week

One of the early chapters explores D’Acquisto’s impressive year in Fresno. During the 1972 season, the San Diego native led the league with 245 strikeouts and had a winning percentage of .739 as he went 17-6. He was voted the best pitching prospect in the league.

djordan Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb_network

Yoenis Cespedes comes up big for wild-card chasing Mets

The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.

Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.

But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Ye Gods of BABIP, Let My Fly Balls Go! – The Hardball Times

So, pitchers can impact BIP. Who knew?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OTP 2016 Sep 12: Iraq, Hillary and baseball

Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”

Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”

“I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1346 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

2016 Scouting Report - By the Fans, For the Fans

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Cubs back Arrieta to win series vs. Astros |

The Cubs magic number is five!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs

David Ortiz moves into 18th on home run list |

This is far down on his list of big homers but it’s meaningful nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

The Japan Times: Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

Always good to see a different team win. In my case, especially when it’s the one you root for.

The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship.

On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a 6-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.


vortex of dissipation Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Athletics release Billy Butler

The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.

Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:54 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Can We Move This Along?

Once upon a time, the average ballplayer was paid about the same as a factory foreman, and the games were almost the length of a movie. Alas, those days aren’t coming back, but even progressive, analytics thinkers know today’s game has to change.

“Pace of play is vitally important on many fronts, mainly with the entertainment product that’s out there for younger viewers,” says Brian Kenny of MLB Network. “And not just because, ‘Oh, these millennials have no attention span.’ No, how ...

yogiberramuseum Posted: September 11, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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