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Friday, July 21, 2017

NYP: Yoenis Cespedes: I want to finish my career with A’s

Melvin to Cespedes: “Damn baby! What did you do to your hair?”

Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t finished the first season of his four-year, $110 million contact with the Mets, and the star outfielder already is thinking about joining another team.

Before Friday’s game against the A’s at Citi Field, Cespedes told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would like to end his career in Oakland, where he debuted in 2012, and remained until being traded to the Red Sox in July 2014.

“I wish that ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:05 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, retirement, yoenis cespedes

Baseball’s Best Teams Are Too Damn Good

As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 05:40 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, fivethirtyeight, parity

Steven Souza Jr. blames state of Athletics’ field for hip injury

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics’ O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday’s game.

“I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base,” Souza said after the Rays’ 7-2 loss. “My leg got stuck in the ground, and I just kind of felt a jump in my hip. That didn’t feel very great.”...

“I don’t know how it got real muddy out there, but it was not OK,” Souza told reporters. “I’ve never ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 04:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rays, stephen souza

Sonoma Stompers pitcher just 3rd woman to win pro game

In seven solid innings, the 5-9, 165-pound right-hander allowed just one run and four hits while striking out four and not allowing a walk. The Stompers trounced the Pittsburg Diamonds, 16-1.

Piagno allowed only one hit after the second inning and retired 20 of the final 22 batters she faced.

 

DanG Posted: July 21, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sonoma stompers, stacy piagno, women ballplayers


He played where? Majors’ best ‘irony jerseys’

Giants: Darryl Strawberry’s No. 17
The only time Straw wore that weird No. 17 (which had always been Keith Hernandez’s number in New York) was the 29 games he played with the Giants in 1994. He got off to a very hot start, hitting homers in back-to-back games in Montreal and then doing it again with back-to-back homer days against the Rockies. At that point, Strawberry was hitting .303/.407/.530, but he promptly went 2-for-his-next-26, the strike came, and the Giants let him go.

Indians: Keith ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 02:43 PM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: joe posnanski

Carson Kelly promoted to Cardinals; Marco Gonzales traded | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

A bunch of moves and the following report:

Sounds like a managing change is coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Why all the rest for the Pirates? Clint Hurdle explains | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This article convinced me that I need a nap.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Mariners trade top prospect Tyler O’Neill to Cardinals for LHP Marco Gonzales

The Mariners have made another trade to beef up their pitching staff, acquiring left-handed starter Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for minor-league outfielder Tyler O’Neill, the organizations’ top prospect.

The team announced the move Friday morning, a day after acquiring reliever David Phelps from Miami for four minor-leaguers.

Gonzalez, 25, has a career 5.53 ERA in 12 games over parts of three seasons with St. Louis. He was a first-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2013 and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marco gonzalez, mariners, tyler o'neill

Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

MIAMI — Throughout his life, Jorge Mas Santos has had a passion for Cuba, family, business and sports.

Now, as one of the wealthiest people in Miami and a serious contender to buy the Miami Marlins, Mas may be able to combine his interests in a way that would have an impact on baseball and, perhaps, the larger world of politics.

In Mas — who inherited his family’s business from his father, Jorge Mas Canosa, who died in 1997 — baseball sees a deep-pocketed investor with strong local ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: loria, marlins, team sales

It’s unacceptable — Cardinals have lost their Way under Matheny

It was embarrassing and unacceptable, and somebody must be held accountable. Who are these guys masquerading as the St. Louis Cardinals?

There’s a right way to play baseball and a wrong way to play it. For 124 years of Cardinals’ baseball, the glorious franchise of Stan “The Man” Musial was the gold standard.

These guys hardly resemble George Kissell’s beloved Cardinals anymore. They aren’t your mom and dad’s Cardinals, much less your grandma and grandpa’s. The Cardinal Way is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

The Absurd History of “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”

Almost nobody noticed it, but a major league team changed its name prior to the 2016 season. Slipped into a team style sheet was a detail almost nobody noticed until this June:  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dropped the “of Anaheim” label and returned to the name “Los Angeles Angels” for the first time since the club moved away from Dodger Stadium in 1965.
This is, admittedly, a minor change, but the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” name has been a source of ridicule for fans ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Do Teams Still Overpay for Free Agents from Other Teams?

Fascinatingly, the OPP Premium for pitchers has completely disappeared and reversed itself, while the OPP Premium for hitters has increased. I suspect that this is just a function of limited sample sizes, but it could also be a case of the market overcorrecting for the risk of signing other team’s pitchers.]

I think the best evidence is that teams have gotten smarter about signing free agents from other teams, and the market has become more efficient as a result. While it is difficult to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

The Pirates and Cardinals will play in “The Little League Classic” on August 20

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will play a special regular season game during the 2017 Little League World Series on Sunday, August 2. It will be called “The Little League Classic” and will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pirates will be the home team.

The game, which takes place during the Little League World Series, will air nationally on ESPN at 7pm that night. ESPN, of course, broadcasts the Little ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, little league, pirates

The 10 best Cardinals blockbuster trades in the DeWitt era | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

It’s time for the Cardinals to pack it in.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tap-In Question: Should the Orioles be sellers no matter how they fare against the Astros? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

It’s pretty amazing how well Duquette has done in Baltimore working under the constraints of Angelos.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees’ Luis Severino handcuffs Mariners | MLB.com

Severino is looking more and more like an ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2017

Chicago Eagle, July 21, 1917:

Bob Veach of the Tigers wants to know if hitting a ball over the bull sign entitles a batter to $50 the same as actually hitting the sign. In one of the games Detroit played in Washington Veach sent the ball clear over the sign for one of the longest drives ever seen in Washington. It is some trick to hit the sign there, let alone clear it.

Elsewhere on the same newspaper page, former big league catcher Ted Easterly is released on probation after a conviction for ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ken Rosenthal - Posts

Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook column. (Let me know if you can’t view it.) Would someone please help him set up a Wordpress account??

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Watch Brendan McKay crush his first homerun in the Rays system - DRaysBay

Brendan McKay is slated to pitch his first outing this weekend, and will be on a 30-inning limit this summer after heavy use on the mound at Louisville in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Cleveland Indians can’t waste a chance to keep fans engaged—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

If a World Series appearance didn’t bring them back…

Northeast Ohio is waiting to fall back in love with baseball.

I’m not talking about the hardcore Indians fans. The are a loyal Tribe, celebrating and agonizing with their favorite team for 162 games.

I’m talking about the casual sports fan ... or perhaps, the fan who gave up on the Indians during the grim days of trading Cy Young Award winners and slashing payroll.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

SF Giants on NBCS on Twitter: “This guy dropped a foul ball. Then Kuip came along and made his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants


Statcast takes a look at top trade candidates | MLB.com

More, more, more Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, trades

Cashman: Yankees will ‘send Frazier out’ when Hicks returns | New York Post

Nobody knows when Aaron Hicks will come off the disabled list. But when all the Yankees outfielders are healthy, Clint Frazier will be the odd man out.

“Send Frazier out,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said via phone Thursday when asked how the outfield picture will unfold when Hicks returns. “But Hicks isn’t doing anything yet, so that is down the road.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, clint frazier, yankees

Thursday, July 20, 2017

America Has Spoken: The Yankees Are The Worst

That’s according to a FiveThirtyEight-commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience poll of 989 self-described baseball fans, conducted June 30 to July 8.1 The poll does provide the Yankees with one talking point: They received more votes as people’s favorite team than any other franchise. But a deeper look at the results reveals that the Cubs are a much better fit for the title of America’s best-liked team (if such a thing even exists)....

Sixty-seven percent of baseball fans nationally had a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 05:37 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, poll, yankees

The Last Cowboy: Joe West Is On A Quest To Preserve The Sanctity Of Umpiring

You have no choice. If you don’t greet him before your first plate appearance, West will hold up the game. He is the only umpire who does this, but so what? He is the only umpire who does a lot of things, like moonlight as a country-music singer, which has made him the only umpire with three nicknames: Country Joe, Cowboy Joe and the Blue Cowboy. He has a website, umpirejoewest.com, where he sells umpiring equipment, including a chest protector he invented, the WestVest. There is a reason ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 05:35 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpires

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 20, 1917:

McKee, of the San Francisco team, in a game against Salt Lake city recently started from second for third as the opposing pitcher wound up, the bases being full at the time. The runner on third frantically waved the man back. But the runner kept on and the pitcher who had begun his motion committed the error of turning and throwing the ball to second. As a result of the balk the man on third was permitted to walk home and the erratic McKees took third.

“I meant ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Should Washington celebrate Ryan Zimmerman’s franchise HR record? It’s complicated.

On Monday, Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run in the first inning in Cincinnati that was the 235th of his career. Depending on your vantage point, it was historic or trivial, momentous or meaningless. That blast gave Zimmerman one more home run than Vladimir Guerrero hit over his entire career with the Montreal Expos.

Wait. Montreal? Canada again? Man, baseball’s been back in these parts for a dozen years. Can’t we sever ourselves from their history — for once and forever?

Let’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, ryan zimmerman

Marlins trade David Phelps to Mariners

The Marlins have traded reliever David Phelps to the Mariners, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Miami will receive four prospects in the deal, with outfielder Brayan Hernandez the main piece involved.

Seattle was known to be in talks to acquire a reliever late last night, with Phelps emerging as a candidate then. The 30-year old righty is one of a few relievers Miami were known to be shopping on the market, along with A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough, and is the first Marlin to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david phelps, mariners, marlins

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