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Monday, May 09, 2016

WHAT BAN MIGHT REYES FACE?

Jon Heyman breaks news on Facebook now?

Half a season with no testimony from his wife and no formal charges would be an extremely aggressive punishment. It will be interesting to read the explanation from the Commissioner and the MLBPA response.

Jose Reyes should hear his penalty from MLB for domestic abuse soon, and word is that it’ll be at least 60 games and perhaps significantly longer than that.

Eighty games, or about a half a season, may be a fair ballpark estimate, according to some. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, rockies

USA TODAY: Bryce Harper saw 27 pitches against the Cubs and didn’t swing at a single one

The Nationals outfielder had seven plate appearances in Washington’s 13-inning loss. He was walked six times and also hit by the pitch once. The six walks ties an MLB record for most walks in a game. [...]

Jayson Stark ✔ ‎@jaysonst
That’s 6 BB & one HBP for Bryce Harper today. @ESPNStatsInfo reports no player in the last 100 years has reached base 7 times without an AB!
6:47 PM - 8 May 2016

From 1913 to 2016, (requiring ROE=0, TOB=6 and AB=0), sorted by greatest TOB

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2016 at 02:19 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals, records

WSJ: Falling Fish Delays Japanese Baseball Game

What is the air-speed velocity of a half-eaten fish, Swallows?

The weather in Hyogo, Japan, was mostly sunny with a chance of fish.

A half-digested fish that rained on the outfield of Koshien stadium in western Japan caused a baseball game to be delayed for a few minutes on Sunday.

According to a spokeswoman for the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, the condition of the fish made it clear that it couldn’t have been thrown in from the stands and likely was dropped by a bird that flew over the ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, japanese baseball, npb, weird

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Red Sox, Price don’t know cause of left-hander’s struggles - providencejournal.com

Remember when the Red Sox didn’t believe in huge contracts for 30+ starting pitchers?

The main reason to be concerned, though, and what manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis kept coming back to on Saturday, was Price’s diminished velocity. He sat 92 with his fastball on Saturday — his lowest mark of what’s already been his lowest season on the radar gun.

“We just haven’t seen the velocity that he’s had before,” said Willis of a pitcher used to pitching 94 or 95 mph.

While ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Harper: Yanks could land big haul for Aroldis Chapman at deadline - NY Daily News

How much value would a two-month closer rental have?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Nick Cafardo: How baseball’s key offseason trades have worked out so far - The Boston Globe

Boston Globe Sunday Baseball Notes column.

According to MLB, entering Thursday, the National League was averaging 4.47 runs per game compared with the American League’s 4.01. The NL has not averaged more runs per game than the AL since 1974 (4.15 to 4.10). The difference of 0.46 runs per game is on pace to be the largest in favor of the NL since 1945, when the NL had a 0.56 advantage (4.46 to 3.90). During the AL’s current 41-year run of averaging more runs than the NL, only five times did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trades


New York Mets’ Matt Harvey out to rediscover 2015 form in San Diego - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Matt’s feeling good,” Terry Collins said. “There are no arm issues. There’s none of that stuff. He’s just got to make better pitches, and he knows that. You’re talking about one of the best pitchers in the game, who’s not pitching like we know he can. Sure he’s frustrated. I think that’s the easiest word to use. I don’t blame him. We’re all in the same boat.

“These guys will all tell you that they’re their own worst enemy. Their expectations of themselves are more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Bartolo Colon hits first home run of career | MLB.com

If he can do it, so can you!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

OMNICHATTER 5-8-16

The “BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 08, 2016 at 12:30 AM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Julio Urias leading option for Dodgers bullpen | dodgers.com

Sounds like a great way to get his feet wet while limiting his innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Indians notebook: Closer Cody Allen not tied to save situations; Cody Anderson returning; Roberto Perez has surgery - Indians - Ohio

On Cleveland’s bullpen and the recall of Cody Anderson.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 01:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Alex Anthopoulos reflects on time Blue Jays | MLB.com

On his reasons behind walking away at the end of 2015…
Anthopoulos: “I know a lot was made that I wasn’t as forthcoming, or maybe it should have been a little more specific, but I wanted to keep that more private overall ... I did my best to try to enjoy the playoffs. I really made a conscious effort to try to enjoy it. And until the decision is final, it’s not final.
“I would say through the end of the month of August, I expected to be here for five, 10, 20 years, whatever it was going to be, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Lincecum throws 41 pitches in return to the mound | CSN Bay Area

Lincecum comes out of hiding.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, tim lincecum

Taijuan Walker Expects to Make Next Start after Leaving Game with Neck Spasms

HOUSTON – Taijuan Walker was removed from the Mariners game against the Astros after pitching just two innings with what was announced shortly after to be neck spasms. After the game, Walker said he believed that he slept wrong Thursday night and was confident he could make his next start.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Aaron Hicks’ first home run powers Yankees | MLB.com

That is a tough way to lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

OMNICHATTER 5-7-16

The Ron Kulpa Strikezone OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 07, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Spector: David Ortiz’s game-changing K was embarrassing; robot umps, anyone?

Looking at PitchF/X data from Brooks Baseball, Farrell was both right and wrong. The 3-1 pitch was a strike. The 3-2 pitch, after which Ortiz had to be restrained from going after Kulpa, was low. It was not so low as to match Farrell’s assertion that Ortiz “needed a hockey stick” to reach it, but it should have been Ball 4.

It’s important to remember, though, that the 3-2 pitch came after the 3-1 pitch and a reaction by Ortiz that was so animated, Farrell needed to come out and get ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, strike zone, umpires, yankees

Giancarlo Stanton hits longest homer of 2016 | MLB.com

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton once again stands alone when it comes to pure home run distance. The three-time All-Star connected on a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning on Friday that lifted Miami to a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

Friday, May 06, 2016

Boston Globe: It’s time to talk David Ortiz out of retiring

We’re still talking about this retirement thing?

Maybe there will be some stretch this season when David Ortiz plunges into a prolonged slump, giving some indication of why the designated hitter felt it necessary to retire following the 2016 campaign.

But right now, Ortiz’s offseason announcement seems more like a premature caprice than an unavoidable choice.

...

Team owner John Henry ought to have an intimate discussion with his most important player about deferring his decision at ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:29 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, entitled fans, red sox

Le ‘Spin:  Manfred likes Montreal and Mexico City for Expansion

MLB has plenty of #### to get together before it starts thinking about expansion, and commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledges that. The collective bargaining agreement expires this winter, so that’s foremost. The stadium situations in Oakland and St. Pete are dire. But once all that’s out of the way, it’s time for more baseball teams!

“Baseball’s a growth business and growth businesses tend to expand,” Manfred said yesterday on the Red Sox-White Sox broadcast. (Fun fact! Yesterday ...

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Where Have All The Southpaws Gone?

In fact, the number of left-handed starting pitchers has been declining since 2012, when lefties started 32.0 percent of all big leagues, a number that’s down to 25.5 percent this year. What used to happen every third game is now happening every fourth, a projected difference of 315 starts over the course of a full major league season.

“There is a shortage of left-handers,” Gonzalez said.

And no one’s quite sure why.

“I’ve spent most of my professional life trying to find more ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: left-handed pitchers

Going, going, gone! A brief history of baseball farewell tours

Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jones checked all the requisite boxes. But nothing could prepare them for the reception in previously hostile environs.

“When I walked onto Citi Field for the last time, there were still boos,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t want to stand up and acknowledge it was my last time. That’s why they’re called fanatics. They’re fanatical for their team, and anything else just won’t do. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

“You’ve been trying ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, retirement

Source: Angels ace Garrett Richards expected to undergo Tommy John surgery - Yahoo Sports

Another quality pitcher blows out his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Kinsler approaching Hall of Fame pace, and not slowing down

With his single and two-run home run Tuesday, he’s at 1,551 hits. He has 199 stolen bases, 964 runs scored and 189 home runs.

According to Baseball Reference.com, he would become the 40th player in Major League history to hit those levels in all of those statistical categories – joining a big batch of current or soon-to-be Hall-of-Famers: Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, Craig Biggio, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and George Brett to name only a few.

His career WAR (wins above replacement) of 48.2 ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2016

Chicago Eagle, May 6, 1916:

Slim Sallee was working against the Giants at the Polo grounds,” said [an unnamed baseball player], “and in the seventh inning the Giants filled the bases and needed only one run to tie. A ball was hit to Sallee, but instead of throwing the ball to the plate and forcing a man, he hurled it to first. When he got back to the bench the rest of the players began to ‘ride’ him and accuse the pitcher of having been rattled by the shouts of the crowd.

“‘Oh, let me alone,’ ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dog, dogging it, dugout, history, slim sallee

Willie Mays to be honored with cable car named for him - SFGate

When do they name an Uber after him?

“Like San Francisco cable cars, the legend of Willie Mays is iconic,” said Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “While it may not move as fast as Mr. Mays, cable car 24 will forever pay tribute to the Say Hey Kid as it climbs San Francisco’s majestic hills.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, willie mays

Commissioner: Decision imminent on MLB games in Puerto Rico - The Denver Post

A discussion on a number of topics including Snapchat.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred

Good news, we found The Bad News Bears for their 40th anniversary

Catching up with the Bad News Bears.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

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