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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2017

Philadelphia Public Ledger, July 6, 1917:

Charley “Red” Dooin, catcher for the [Chester, PA] Delaware County League team, has been given his release by Manager Frank Poth. The former manager of the Phillies failed in his comeback and only one hit for an average of .045 in nine games was registered by the “sorrel top.”

I know what Voros’ Law says, but jeez. The guy was in the major leagues in 1916 and he hit .045 in the Delaware County League in 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Levine: Justin Verlander May Be A Key For Cubs’ Future « CBS Chicago

Can he be effective for two more seasons? Will he be worth the money and cost in talent?

Sitting at 41-42 entering play Wednesday and with a desire to acquire more than a rental pitcher, the Cubs could view Verlander as a key piece to help reconnect the dots this season and beyond. The 34-year-old Verlander is under contract through the 2019 season, with a vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five of the Cy Young voting in 2019.
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Verlander has had an underwhelming season, as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trade rumors

Heyman | Marlins Sale Moving Towards Finish Line

Sources say they still hope there’s a deal for at least a negotiating window by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The Jorge Mas group has the financing and is a threat to win the team, while the Tagg Romney-Wayne Rothbaum group is at least close and even the Derek Jeter group, which had been well behind, is said to have come up with close to $1 billion in backers and isn’t completely out of the running, according to a source close to the talks.

Mas is the wealthiest of the interested ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, team sales

Sprint Speed Helps Tell Us Who’s Good At Baserunning And Who’s Just Fast

As you might suspect, I have been searching for stuff comparing Sprint Spead to Baserunning Runs. Here’s a pretty interesting look from a week ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast – THE INTREPID STL

Just stumbled onto this. Here’s an interesting look at the Cardinals baserunning using advanced metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics, statcast

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gene Conley, Dual-Sport Threat With World Series and N.B.A. Titles, Dies at 86

Conley ... pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. At 6 feet 8 inches — he was the tallest pitcher in the major leagues at the time — he also carved out a parallel career in professional basketball, playing during baseball’s off-season and winning three N.B.A. titles with the Boston Celtics

DanG Posted: July 05, 2017 at 10:22 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gene conley, obituaries, red sox, tall players

Clemente Collection To Be Auctioned At All-Star Game Fanfest

The 2017 FanFest will take place from Friday to Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The auctioning of “The Personal Collection of Roberto Clemente” will take place on Tuesday at noon and is run by Hunt Auctions. And spokesman David Hunt said even if fans don’t want to or can’t buy anything, the Clemente items will be displayed like they’re in a museum for fans to enjoy.

Another headline seen in the sidebar at the Miami Herald: MLB Warns About Counterfeit Merchandise During ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, collectables, pirates, roberto clemente

For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat

Adam Duvall is running out of things to prove. He may not be an All-Star like he was a year ago, but the Cincinnati Reds left fielder is enjoying an even better season statistically.

Through 83 games, he’s hit .279, with a .324 on-base percentage and an .880 OPS. He has 19 home runs, and is on pace to be worth between 3.5 and 3.7 WAR, depending on the version of the stat. There are some questions as to whether his average is inflated by good batted ball luck, but it’s clear that the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam duvall, reds

The Relationship Between Spending Efficiency and Labor Markets | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m really looking forward to Matt Swartz’s updated analysis of his Dollar per WAR estimates. In this article he addresses some criticism from “progressively minded” analysts.

Changing the structure of the institution such that players receive a larger share of revenue is certainly a goal for which labor-minded analysts are right to advocate. But the ability of some club to identify undervalued talent isn’t an impediment to that goal. Smarter front offices will drive the undervalued players’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

The Neverending Refrain: Player Salaries and Major League Baseball | The National Pastime Museum

Read the article for the date of this quote.

The salary of the professional base-ball player is something often talked about, and the figures are generally placed too high, but for an actual fact, the professional player of to-day, providing he possesses ability of the right order, fares better than the ordinary member of any other profession. But his prosperity, as a general thing, is not of the lasting order, and the better paid some men are the worse off they are at the end of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 06:16 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez might not play until September, but whatever happens, he’s at peace with it - LA Times

The 35-year-old conceded what many people already knew: His regular season is lost. Whatever he does between now and Game 162 is to prepare for the playoffs.

“I guess a young guy might be worried about, like, ‘I need to get back to put up numbers,’” Gonzalez said. “I could care less about numbers. At this point in my career, I just want to have fun, I just want to enjoy being around the guys and win games. I don’t think there’s any other reason to play the game other than to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 05:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzlez, dodgers

Bryce Harper Has a New, Lower Gear

tl;dr Harper is not swinging for the moon and it’s paying off.

What’s interesting, at least to this author, is that Harper is willing to tinker with a gift that allowed him to reach the majors at 19. What’s perhaps troubling for the opposition is that he continues to look for ways to improve despite already possessing an NL MVP on his resume and returning close to that form thus far in 2017. He’s still just 24 — he won’t turn 25 until October — and is four months younger than Aaron ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 04:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, bryce harper, hitting, nationals


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2017

New York Sun, July 5, 1917:

Barney Dreyfuss and the Pittsburg Pirates slipped over a long shot on the baseball public when the announcement was made last night that Hugo Bezdek had been selected to succeed Jimmy Callahan as manager of the Pirates.
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Bezdek is assuming charge of the Pirates with possibly scanter qualifications, judging from his past experiences, than any other pilot has in the big leagues for many a day.

The new Buccaneer boss has never managed a ball club in organized ranks. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Joe Ross Now With Extra Pitch And Extra Stamina

I think they finally found Car 54.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: car 54, joe ross, nationals, training

Emergence Of Ian Happ Complicates Cubs Search For Pitching

Just so I get this right, having a player perform well in the big leagues makes it harder to make a trade???

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ian happ

OTP 4 July 2017: On July 4, Palm Springs celebrates with family, fireworks, baseball

Thousands gathered in Palm Springs to celebrate the Fourth of July on Tuesday with distinctly all-American traditions: family fun, fireworks and a baseball game.

As temperatures climbed above 110 on Tuesday afternoon, valley residents gathered to await a Palm Springs Power baseball game and fireworks show. They bought water, beer and snow cones as the opening pitch approached.

“It’s very American,” said Rafael Candelario, a Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms who drove to Palm Springs for ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 723 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, ffs, fireworks, politics

Benintendi hits two homers as Red Sox sparkle in Texas

Price, it has since been learned, sharply criticized Eckersley for an on-air comment about Eduardo Rodriguez pitching poorly in a minor-league injury rehabilitation game that day.

“Standing up for my teammates,” Price said. “Whatever crap I catch for that, I’m fine with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, david price, red sox


The Mets just sent a loud statement that this is over | New York Post

People are just getting the message now?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Logan Morrison isn’t happy about MLB inviting Gary Sanchez to the Home Run Derby

Rays 1B Logan Morrison criticized MLB’s decision to include Yankees C Gary Sanchez in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

“Gary shouldn’t be there,’’ Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”

Morrison has a pretty good case to be included, with 24 homers that, going into play Tuesday, ranked second most in the majors. Sanchez, who joins teammate Aaron Judge among the four AL players in the eight-man field, had 13 homers.

“I remember when I had 14 home ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2017 at 01:06 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, home run derby, logan morrison, rays, yankees

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez recruited to ask for Puerto Rico statehood

Puerto Rico’s governor has recruited retired baseball star Ivan Rodriguez to help argue for statehood for the United States territory.

Ricardo Rossello on Monday appointed the Hall of Famer to a commission charged with going to the U.S. Congress to demand statehood.



Cardinals call up Weaver, vow that he won’t ‘just sit’ in the bullpen | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

“The best place for a rookie pitcher is long relief.” ~ Earl Weaver.

“We’re going to give him a chance just like everybody else down there really,” said Matheny. “We don’t want to take him out of the Triple-A rotation to have him just sit down there (in the bullpen) and have him be an emergency-type backup guy. I just don’t want to hem him in from the beginning, that he’s only going to be in a situation where we need a guy to cover, three, four five innings.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, luke weaver

Tigers Set Large Asking Price For Justin Verlander - MLB Trade Rumors

Al Avila is “that guy” who exists in every fantasy league.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, trade rumors

Excerpt: Comparing Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Gehrig streaks | SI.com

An excerpt from John Eisenberg’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, lou gehrig, orioles, yankees


Phillies’ Aaron Nola dominant in victory | MLB.com

Something positive in Philly.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Remarkable defensive play highlights Dustin Pedroia’s career game

In Pedroia We Trust.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

AP: 1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem

Happy Fourth!

The World Series was in town, with the Cubs hosting Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago games were played at Comiskey Park, the home of the White Sox, instead of their new home at Wrigley Field, what was called Weegham Park at the time, because it held more fans. But in a city jittery over the bombing and weary from the war, Game 1 that day attracted fewer than 20,000 fans, the smallest World Series crowd in years.

When they got there, they didn’t make much noise, though ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 04, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, star spangled banner, world series

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