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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Extended road trips were a part of baseball in the early 20th century

In 1905 the Tigers had a 20-game road trip that started on May 29 and didn’t conclude until June 23. That trip took the team to Chicago, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and finally New York before turning back for Detroit. In late July they commenced on a 17-game road trip to the east coast. That trip included three doubleheaders, all of which were played during the day, since night games wouldn’t become popular until after World War II. Sometimes the teams changed into ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: September 05, 2017 at 04:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: travel


Derek Jeter’s reported plan to slash Marlins’ payroll is cruel | SI.com

It’s a lot easier to say it when it’s not your money.

It would be a colossal mistake and deeply wrong on the part of Jeter and Sherman to come to Miami and immediately tear things down. To give up right from the get go would be to admit openly that professional baseball isn’t worth the effort in Miami, and if the new ownership group can’t commit to doing what’s right for the franchise and its fans, then they shouldn’t be allowed to purchase the team. Manfred and MLB may desperately want ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Chicago’s Avisail Garcia and Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer fight over pitches - SBNation.com

As these things usually start, this one began on the diamond thanks to some disagreements over pitching preferences. Garcia, who has said this to pitchers before, thought that Bauer was being unfair with his pitch choices.

So Bauer told him to get back in the batter’s box and get ready to try to get a hit off of him again. Garcia struck out, after which Bauer told him to go sit down.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, indians, trevor bauer, white sox

Meet the math/computer whiz who helps make Marlins baseball decisions | Miami Herald

So what was realistic about the movie?

“There was sort of a divide between the traditional scouting and the analytics stuff a decade ago,” Parè said. “I do think that gap has closed quite a bit and teams realize that just any source of information they can get more of and better of is going to help them make better decisions and be more of a competitive advantage.

“For every organization I’ve worked with (the Marlins, Indians and Blue Jays), there has been none of that animosity ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

MLB At Bat App Surpasses 2 Billion Minutes Consumed In August

MLBAM is printing money.

MLBAM said data shows that At Bat is approaching 10 billion minutes consumed for 2017, putting it on pace to surpass last year’s record 10.4 billion by early September.

 

eddieot Posted: September 05, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, revenues

Matt Harvey’s dubious future comes down to these five starts | New York Post

Three days rest?

If you blinked Saturday, you might have missed Matt Harvey’s ignominious return to the mound in Houston in which his ravaged right arm was torched for seven runs on eight hits in two innings by the Astros.

But apparently Harvey was enthused enough about his performance that he’s rushing back out there, moved up a day in the rotation to pitch Wednesday against the Phillies on three days of rest after having thrown 70 pitches in his first big league start since June 14.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2017

Seattle Star, September 5, 1917:

[Carl] Mays has speed, a good curve and a change of pace. In addition his underhand delivery is hard for most batsmen to hit because they do not bat against it often enough to get accustomed to it.
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[Mays:] “In the minor leagues I was always having arguments with managers who believed the underhand delivery was to be tabooed because it was scarcely ever used.

“That was the best reason, to my notion, for keeping on using it. A batter is less likely to hit the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs’ Javier Baez sits out with injured thumb | MLB.com

It’s his thumb not his vision.

“My thumb is kind of jammed a little bit, so I’m taking a day off and I’ll be ready to go [Tuesday],” he said before the Cubs played the Pirates. I told the doctor about my thumb, but we were obviously worried more about the head, the contact. So today it’s pretty swollen. I’ve been icing it. Hopefully I’ll be ready [Tuesday].”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, injuries, javier baez

Placing 19-Year-Old Ronald Acuna’s Season In Context | BaseballAmerica.com

Some good comps. Delmon Young is there to remind us prospect numbers don’t always translate into MLB numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Is the LeMahieu Shift the Boldest One Ever? | FanGraphs Baseball

Now this is a shift.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. lemahieu, diamondbacks, rockies, shifts

OTP 5 September 2017: For storm-ravaged Houston, a presidential visit and baseball’s return

The city of Houston on Saturday witnessed two milestones on its road to recovery from Hurricane Harvey: a visit from the president of the United States and the return of baseball a week after deadly floodwaters engulfed the metropolis.

President Donald Trump, in a widely watched test of his handling of the disaster, distributed food and played with children at a center for evacuees in his first trip to Houston since it was slammed by one of the most destructive storms to hit the United States. ...Read More...

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 05, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 1430 comment(s)
  Beats: houston astros, politics

Clint Hurdle agrees to four-year contract extension with Pirates

Hurdle has agreed to a four-year contract extension, which replaces the 2018 club option on his current deal and keeps him under contractual control through 2021.

The guaranteed portion of Hurdle’s current contract, agreed to in April 2014, expires at the end of this season. The Pirates have not announced the move.
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Chad Kuhl pitches seven scoreless innings, Pirates pound Cubs, 12-0
Hurdle, 60, took over the Pirates in 2011 and has a 575-534 record in seven seasons. The team reached the ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 04:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, contract extension, pirates

Jake Arrieta’s hamstring injury ‘could be worse’ but severity unclear

The hottest pitcher in the majors left the Cubs’ 12-0 loss to the Pirates in the third inning Monday when the middle of the right hamstring “grabbed” on a pitch to the third batter of the inning.

“I’ve never really had any -hamstring issue before. It’s kind of a foreign feeling,” said Arrieta, the National League’s pitcher of the month in August. “I think it could have been a lot worse. No pop or anything like that. So that’s a good sign.”

Arrieta is to be re-evaluated ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hamstring, jake arrietta

Diamondbacks blast Dodgers with 4-HR game from J.D. Martinez

Martinez became just the 18th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, going deep in each of his final four trips to the plate to lead the Diamondbacks to their 11th consecutive victory, a 13-0 shellacking of the Dodgers.
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The win left the Diamondbacks one win shy of their 2003 franchise record of 12 consecutive wins. It was their fourth during the streak that’s come against the Dodgers. Not long ago, the Dodgers had a chance at establishing an all-time wins record. On ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:40 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez

Cleveland Indians beat White Sox, 5-3, for 12th straight win; Trevor Bauer wins No. 15

The Indians are in the midst of their longest winning streak since last year’s franchise record 14-gamer. They have not lost a game since Aug. 23 against Boston.

They are the first team to construct winning streaks of 12 or more games in consecutive seasons since the Orioles in 1970 and 1971.

The Indians are 34-16 since the ASB, the best in the majors during that stretch.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland rocks

Angels use league record 12 pitchers to grind out 11-inning victory over A’s

Scioscia issued no apologies after setting an American League record on Monday by using 12 pitchers in the Angels’ 11-9, 11-inning victory over the Oakland A’s.

After Kole Calhoun’s two-run triple put the Angels on top, Scioscia used three pitchers to get the final three outs in the bottom of the inning.

“If I’d needed a couple more innings, I’d have used 13 or 14,” he said with a chuckle.

The Angels began the day with 12 relief pitchers on the lineup card, and they ended up ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia, mob rule, september baseball

Monday, September 04, 2017


Clear eye for the Cubs’ guy: Javy Baez seems to be OK after collision – Chicago Sun-Times

Javier Baez seems to be OK. Those headfirst slides are a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Souhan: On Twins and cowardly trolls - StarTribune.com

I’m not sure about the background on this but it’s clear Aaron Gleeman thinks it’s aimed at him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

High-speed prospect Alcantara shows another gear in MLB debut | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

In a three-pitch at-bat in the middle of Alcantara’s major-league debut Sunday, the former National League MVP saw back-to-back sliders and then swung over a 92-mph changeup. Catcher Yadier Molina rolled the changeup ball to the dugout as a souvenir of Alcantara’s first big-league strikeout. It came against the best hitter he faced and without using his best pitch.

“You can start getting exciting when you see (that),” manager Mike Matheny said. “Anybody who throws hard, you know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sandy alcantara

Red Sox’ Blake Swihart looking for a reboot

I wouldn’t write Swihart off yet. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get his ankle strong enough for the season grind.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

New York Yankees’ young core is giving them reason to dream - Yankees Blog- ESPN

Severino sure looked like an ace last night.

“I think it is important to his development because you have to be able to do that,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Severino’s beating Sale. “If you want to call yourself an ace, you have to be able to match up against their No. 1 guy.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

New Marlins owners plan told potential investors they plan to cut payroll | Miami Herald

For those who believe Derek Jeter’s purchase of the Marlins will be a great panacea, here’s one warning:

His group doesn’t appear equipped to spend lavishly on payroll.

In fact, a potential investor who was specifically briefed by the Bruce Sherman/Jeter group this summer said they spoke of a payroll being pulled back from $115 million to potentially as low as $55 million (if Giancarlo Stanton is traded) or $80 million to $85 million if Stanton is retained at $25 million next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

One rookie Mets stud starts to soar — as the other goes down | New York Post

If Lagares is healthy, and I know it’s a big if, he should be playing centerfield.

Lost in the offensive barrage was a terrific play by Juan Lagares to end the third. He came over from center, retrieved a ball off the wall in left and threw off balance and on the run to third, nailing Tony Kemp trying for a triple.

“He’s a Gold Glove, he’s got a great arm and he’s getting playing time,” Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tip drills: J-Ram hits 2 assisted HRs | MLB.com

Jose Ramirez is a hell of a good player. He got a little help on this homer, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 07:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jose ramirez

Giancarlo Stanton is just what the Red Sox need

Have to be?

If Stanton is made available, the Red Sox have to be in on him. Whether they would have enough to satisfy the Marlins’ demands and whether the Marlins would eat some of Stanton’s contract remains to be seen. But at age 27 and with 60-homer potential, Stanton is a player the Sox must inquire about.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, September 03, 2017

D-backs LHP Robbie Ray wears insert in cap after line drive to head

Ray says he’d like to think that if he had worn an SST guard the night he got hit, it would have prevented him from having his head cut open. He says the liner hit him a couple inches above and a couple inches behind the ear in an area where he now wears the insert.

The shot left the bat of the Cardinals’ Luke Voit at 108 mph, ricocheted off Ray and was caught in the air by third baseman Daniel Descalso. Ray collapsed to the ground and was soon carted off while he held a bloody towel to his ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ow my head, robbie ray

Rays’ Archer cites forearm tightness upon leaving game vs. White Sox

CHICAGO—Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer left the game against the Chicago White Sox due to right lateral forearm tightness after giving up back-to-back home runs without recording an out in the first inning of his start Saturday night.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, ow, ow my arm, rays, tampa bay

Season over: Victor Martinez to have cardiac ablation procedure

Detroit – The season is over for designated hitter Victor Martinez, but not his baseball career.

The Tigers announced Saturday that Martinez, on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, will undergo cardiac ablation surgery.
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Cardiac ablation is a common procedure to correct heart arrhythmia. Indians manager Terry Francona had the procedure done before the All-Star break. He returned to manage the team after the break.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: surgery, tigers, victor martinez

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