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Monday, May 07, 2018


Poll of 70 big leaguers reveals what they value to gauge performance

When you look at your stats at the end of a given year to evaluate yourself, what number do you gravitate toward and why?

We didn’t get any Wins Above Replacement votes (“I still wish I understood WAR,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said.), but we did get a handful of “team wins” votes, which we will strike from the record because they run counter to the emphasis here on the individual.

In some cases, we didn’t get a vote at all.

“I hate ‘em all,” Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson said, ...

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Johnny Cueto won’t have elbow surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks | ESPN

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto does not have a torn ligament in his injured elbow but is expected to miss at least six weeks, according to multiple reports.

Cueto met recently with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who reportedly told the right-hander that surgery was not necessary and recommended that he rest for six to eight weeks.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, james andrews, johnny cueto

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2018

El Paso Herald, May 7, 1918:

Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago American league baseball club, today followed the example of president Wilson in pasturing sheep on the white house lawn, and purchased ten of the animals as assistants to his groundkeeper [sic]. It is expected the sheep will help in keeping the grass short and the example, if generally followed, may help in relieving the wool shortage.

This seems like it would be a great idea until someone makes a diving, sliding catch into ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees’ new Death Star is fully operational | Yahoo Sports

The latest to play hero in The Bronx is none other than new second baseman Gleyber Torres — who for all intents and purposes was the final piece separating the lovable ‘Baby Bombers’ from returning to full on ‘Evil Empire’ status.

Torres became the youngest player in Yankees history to launch a walk-off home run as New York emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Indians for its 15th win in 16 games. It was Torres second homer in as many days.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

OTP 2018 May 7: George F. Will Is the Umpire on Politics and Baseball

I sat down Washington Post columnist and author George F. Will in Austin, Texas, in late March to chat about the current administration and America’s favorite pastime — baseball. We discuss politics in the age of polarization and the future of America.

Baseball is the sport of America’s future, Will argues, as parents stop letting their children play football because of the dangers of lifelong head and body injuries.

 


Jacob deGrom goes on DL with hyperextended elbow

The Mets changed course Sunday and placed staff ace Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow.

DeGrom was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds and is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation next Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Mickey Callaway said the team decided to shut down deGrom as a precautionary measure. On Saturday, the Mets had said deGrom would take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation.

Yeah, sure ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on disabled list

A hellish road trip for the Dodgers turned even darker Sunday morning, when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache, a Dodgers official said.

Terrible season for the defending NL champs gets worse. How much worse remains to be seen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Yadier Molina Undergoes Surgery After Taking Fastball To The Dick And Balls

On the list of worst-case scenarios for baseball catchers, this sequence has got to rank somewhere near the top: getting nailed in the junk by a deflected 102-mph fastball

spanx for the memories Posted: May 06, 2018 at 12:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: st louis cardinals

Olney: Have big swings, big flies and big whiffs broken baseball?

This will be the 11th consecutive year that the league-wide K/9 record will be broken and likely will be the first season ever to have more strikeouts than hits.

The sport-wide batting average is dropping, diminishing the number of sustained rallies and perhaps feeding into the hitters’ collective effort to hit homers—and the strikeouts.

“It seems like every night this season, you get a notification on your phone that somebody is taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning,” one staffer ...

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Bored Posted: May 06, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, strikeouts

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Astros’ Gerrit Cole Strikes Out 16 in One-Hit Shutout of Diamondbacks

Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8–0 Friday night.

Cole (3–1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to Chris Owings in the fifth inning of his second career complete game. The only other baserunner against the dominant right-hander was David Peralta, who walked to lead off the fourth.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, diamondbacks, gerrit cole

Dodgers shut out Padres in first combined no-hitter in franchise history

As the Dodgers celebrated a 4-0 victory over San Diego, Buehler sought out the others who contributed to a unique milestone: The first combined no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history, and only the 12th in the history of the sport.

Buehler did the lion’s share of the work, logging six innings of no-hit baseball in the third start of his big-league career. After Buehler left the mound, Tony Cingrani handled the seventh. He walked a pair but did not give up a hit. Yimi Garcia blitzed through the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:30 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, padres

Albert Pujols joins 3,000 hit club, adding to latest chapter of Hall of Fame career

The hit wasn’t his most majestic, more well placed than well struck.

But there was no questioning the significance of the single, this accomplishment about an accumulation of moments rather than one crowning instant.

In his 18th season and 17 years, one month and four days after his first career hit, Albert Pujols collected No. 3,000 on Friday, overshadowing a 5-0 Angels victory and everything the game included.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, albert pujols, angels


Friday, May 04, 2018

20 years later, Wood and Astros hitters recall 20-strikeout game

Wood’s fifth career start put him on the Major League map and flummoxed a Houston lineup that consisted of multiple All-Stars and two future Hall of Famers, all of whom later lifted the Astros to a club-record 102 wins while leading the NL with 874 runs scored.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest performances in Major League history, here’s a look back, as told by those who lived it….

An oral history of the 20-K game.


Johnny Cueto to see Dr. James Andrews about elbow

Though the Giants were not prepared to share their findings from Johnny Cueto’s elbow MRI exam Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Cueto is expected to see Andrews during their visit to Atlanta this weekend, which speaks to the severity of the injury.

Pitchers do not visit Dr. Andrews to discuss inflammation.

Before the Giants pummeled the Padres 9-4 to end a 7-3 homestand, Bochy said Cueto will get “two or three” opinions. Asked if the Giants had ruled out a torn ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 04, 2018 at 05:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, james andrews, johnny cueto

Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

“My guess,” Alderson said, “is that there are people out there who are willing to take a shot on Matt Harvey.

“It’s the end of an era. And I use that term in the broad sense. Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here. A tremendous prospect at the time I arrived, tremendous accomplishments during the course of my tenure here, and it’s a very unfortunate, difficult conclusion.”



The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2018

New York Tribune, May 4, 1918:

The boys in the upper tier were getting ready to pan the baseball pantaloons right off young Mister Huggins yesterday when suddenly, as they say, in the eleventh inning, curse them Bawstanese, the Yankees stepped out and got a run for themselves, “Bullet Joe” Bush did a cuckoo and everything was lovely. That made the final score 3 to 2.

Young Mister Huggins made a most goshawful blunder in the tenth inning when with three on and none out he let [pitcher] Elmer ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ichiro transitioning to role of ‘Special Assistant to the Chairman,’ effective immediately

The longtime icon and outfielder was removed from the Mariners 25-man roster on Thursday afternoon and assigned a new job in the organization — Special Assistant to Chairman John Stanton.

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In his new role, Ichiro will continue to be an active presence with the Major League club, both at home in Seattle and on the road.

caspian88 Posted: May 03, 2018 at 02:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ichiro, mariners, retirements

Ichiro’s Playing Days Over

Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki’s playing days are over, and will be transitioning to a role in the front office, effective Thursday, the Mariners announced.

Thanks for the memories Ichiro.



D-backs reach deal with Maricopa County to drop Chase Field suit

According to the memorandum, the Diamondbacks must play at Chase Field through the 2022 season. Then they could move to another facility in the county without penalty.

There is still a vote that needs to take place, so not “done done”.  But this poster believes they end up with new stadium at Salt River/Pima Indian Land, probably south of current Talking Stick Spring Training facility, near 101/202 Freeway interchange.

shoewizard Posted: May 03, 2018 at 12:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals

This wasn’t a catcher’s balk in Royals’ game, but it was a rarity in baseball history

The play didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the Royals’ wild 7-6 win at Boston on Tuesday, but this was one of the rarest plays you’ll see in a game.

The Royals had runners on first and second with two outs and Lucas Duda at the plate. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez blocked a pitch from Carson Smith, and the ball was on the ground next to him. Vazquez used his catcher’s mask to secure the ball, and that’s not allowed.

Zach Posted: May 03, 2018 at 11:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rare plays, red sox, royals

Trevor Bauer Might Have Conducted an Experiment

  “There is a problem in baseball right now that has to do with sticky substances and spin rates,” Bauer told reporters….

  “...And it’s my opinion that it is the same argument that was used when steroids were going on in the game. If you just look the other way and you let some people do it, the people who chose not to do it are at a competitive disadvantage. And that’s what’s going on right now.”

If Bauer is right (Big “if,” I know), would an effective crackdown on the ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: May 03, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: trevor bauer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-3-2018

Grand Forks Herald, May 3, 2018:

Rumors that the St. Louis Nationals intended to move to the old Federal league park which is more commodious than Cardinal field, were dissipated by a statement from President Branch Rickey that the club would not desert its old home.

“I spend $4,800 for improvements there last season,” he explained, “and almost the same amount this season. I am willing to spend as much more as we need, but until after the war the Cardinals will be found at their old quarters. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 03, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The AZ Snake Pit Statcast Primer

If you don’t know how to use MLB’s Statcast tool, then start here!

Time some of you fossils learned something new   ;)  OK….I’m a fossil too.

shoewizard Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, statcast

NCAA: 7 college baseball father-son duos you might not know about

J.T. Snow made one of the more memorable plays of that World Series, playing the role of the superhero and saving young Darren Baker from a near-certain collision at the plate. Darren, of course, was the batboy for the San Francisco Giants, and son to skipper Dusty Baker.

Now, Darren is bringing his baseball skills to Cal.

 

DanG Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Daniels bristles at notion of guile involving Calhoun

For those wanting to get under Jon Daniels’ skin, here’s a tip:

Accuse him of trying to manipulate a player’s service clock.

Thursday marks the day the Texas Rangers could recall outfielder Willie Calhoun without losing a year of contractual control on the centerpiece of the Yu Darvish trade. That, however, is not the reason the Rangers have kept Calhoun at Triple A Round Rock.

“He’s still working on his defense,” Daniels said.

Aha. Hahahahaha, and after we come up for breath, hahahahaha.  ...

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BDC Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, service time, willie calhoun

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