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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mejia hanging around in Amazin’ battle for 5th spot

For most of spring training, the race for the fifth spot in the team’s rotation has been Daisuke Matsuzaka’s to lose, but with six exhibition games remaining, the 24-year-old Mejia is still under consideration for the job.

Mejia did nothing to harm his chances Sunday, when he allowed one run on two hits over five innings in the Mets’ 3-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals.

The Mets have to inform Matsuzaka by Tuesday whether they intend to carry him on the 25-man roster. Otherwise, ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 24, 2014 at 01:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rangers’ Jurickson Profar out up to 3 months with torn shoulder muscle

More bad news on the injury front for the Texas Rangers: Second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss the next 10 to 12 weeks after an MRI revealed a torn right shoulder muscle. The team announced that surgery will not be required.

As T.R. Sullivan notes, Josh Wilson and Brent Lillibridge are two internal candidates to replace Profar at second.

The 21-year-old Profar is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .234/.308/.336 in 324 plate appearances at the MLB level. Coming up through the ...

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Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 06:53 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Opening Series leaves a lasting impression

Mainly a puff piece, but I figure we should have some sort of place to discuss it in retrospect and discuss future possibilities for non-WBC MLB international ventures.

...
This trip is over now, but MLB’s international adventures will continue. The details and itineraries of the next excursions have yet to be mapped out. There’s a whole world out there, and much of it is as intrigued by baseball as it is in Taiwan or China or Japan or, as it turns out, Down Under.

So cheers, Australia, ...

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Gamingboy Posted: March 23, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, international

Ringolsby: Is it time to lower the mound again?

Don’t lower the mound, raise the batter’s box.  LAAYYYDEEE!

With an increasing number of serious arm injuries—particularly those requiring Tommy John surgeries—the suggestion has been made that Major League Baseball consider lowering the pitcher’s mound again.

...Some in the medical field contend that the raised elevation creates an extra stress on the pitcher’s arm. Supporters of lowering the mound point out that the longevity of a pitching career has extended since dropping the mound from ...

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Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Survey of insiders reveals who’s at top of their game | New York Post

Mike Trout is the best player. Who knew?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Saxon: Mattingly is running out patience with Puig

Much like Puig running out of the baseline or whatever the hell that was at 3B.

Puig batted .122 in spring training. At times, he seemed unfocused. In one drill, the Dodgers practiced calling for pop-ups. How rudimentary is that? Each of the veterans, including Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier took it seriously, dutifully calling for the ball and waving others off.

When it came to Puig’s turn, he jokingly turned in circles in right field and let the ball land in the grass ...

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Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Urban: Buster Posey has entered superstar spectrum

Wrong halo Buster.

Superstardom supersedes pretty much everything, you see. The New York Yankees suck? Blame A-Rod. Cleveland Cavalliers lost in the NBA Finals? LeBron James isn’t clutch. Giants lose the 2002 World Series? Barry Bonds’ PED karma.

You get the idea. That’s how it goes for Posey now. He’s official. He’s a superstar no matter how aw-shucks anonymous he’d like to be. Hey, if those Toyota ads couldn’t slow his superstar roll, it’s all over. He’s there.

(Grown men ...

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Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Bud Selig: ‘Faith’ in Dodgers TV deal

Time Warner has only 32 percent of the Los Angeles market. MLB Network, which broadcast the Dodgers’ two Australian games to the rest of the United States, is blacked out in the Los Angeles market.

“I have faith that the parties will work this out,” commissioner Bud Selig at a news conference in Australia before the Dodgers took on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 23, 2014 at 01:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mike Gimbel’s baseball portion of his website

Hi All,

As many of you are aware, I have been (very slowly) developing my website. Not all is perfect, and I hope you don’t mind some basic snafu’s.

The website is www.mikegimbel.com and contains political, physics and baseball areas.

If you are only interested in the baseball area of the website, the baseball area can be directly gotten to via this address: www.mikegimbel.com/album3/album3_006.htm

The baseball area has (partial list):
•a copy of the introduction and explanation of the ...

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caiman Posted: March 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Bill Madden: Nolan Ryan and Tommy John flush notion that babying pitchers staves off elbow surgery

And my crusty old Sparton 842-SX radio works better than that new Serious Radio contraption!

What is clear, as evidenced by so many high profile pitchers today, from Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey, to Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, Jordan Zimmermann, Joe Nathan and Josh Johnson, all having undergone Tommy John elbow ligament transplant surgery over the last few years, something is very wrong. Now, we’re at a point where pitchers like Medlen, Beachy, Parker, Daniel Hudson, Joakim Soria, ...

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Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 04:58 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Heyman goes one better than the Daily News: claims A-Rod has “refused” to pay his legal bill

But Heyman is more interested in using this isolated and frankly uninteresting little factoid as a springboard for, once again, rehashing all of the reasons A-Rod is to be loathed. The very headline of his article calls his legal bill “the latest in a series of bad acts.” And he spends paragraph after paragraph lambasting Rodriguez for all of his past misdeeds as if they were news and as if the legal fee thing was in keeping with them on a moral and ethical level. It’s the ultimate ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 22, 2014 at 03:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

FiveThirtyEight | When Spring Training Matters

We then find that spring productivity is statistically significant when predicting actual performance in the upcoming season, even after controlling for a player’s Marcel projection. However, while significant, the effect is extremely small: To raise his expected regular-season wOBA by just a single point, a typical player would need to hit for a wOBA roughly 17 points higher than expected during the spring.

bobm Posted: March 22, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Indians release outfielder Jeff Francoeur

Born Toulouse-Lautrec. (even Genzale weeps)

The Indians have released outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who’d been signed to a minor-league deal and brought into camp to compete for the final spot on the roster. Francoeur had put up decent numbers this spring (.286/.359/.429), and made a couple great throws from the outfield, but he was always a longshot to make the roster, given that there were so many other guys set for playing time in the outfield, or who provided the versatility to also play ...

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Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

GIF: Mark Trumbo in left field is going about as well as expected

Joe Bonham had better range.

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are opening the 2014 regular season in Australia on Saturday, which means Mark Trumbo is playing his first game with his new team. Arizona acquired him in a trade with the Angels over the winter.

Because Paul Goldschmidt is entrenched at first base, Trumbo will play left field full-time for the D-Backs. He played there briefly a few years ago, only 75 games plus one more in the minors. His inexperience showed on Scott Van Slyke’s ...

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Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: d-backs

Det. Sonny Grosso, Joe DiMaggio and an Ongoing Love Affair With the Yankees

The French Kiss Connection.

Grosso has been a fan of the pinstripes since he was a kid growing up in Harlem, cheering for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio. In his upcoming memoir, Harlem to Hollywood: My Real to Reel Life, Grosso spins larger-than-life tales about his on-going love of the Yankees:

...Grosso, who became an award winning producer of TV series and movies after he retired from the NYPD, said that DiMaggio never disappointed him “on the field or as a human being.” In fact, Grosso ...

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Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Frank Thomas: HOF speech won’t chastise users

He’s Frank.

“There are two guys that (it’s) very sad they aren’t going to the Hall of Fame and that’s Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens,” Thomas said. “When I came into the game, those two guys were the standards as a hitter and a pitcher. You might not know what will happen 50 years from now, 30 years from now, but it doesn’t look good right now (for induction) and I know how great those two guys were.

“You can look at their history. We kind of know when it started for those two guys. For me ...

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Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bellone: The curious hitting of Didi Gregorius

According to Kevin Towers, Didi is now a prepubescent Derek Jeter.

Last season, against left-handed pitching, Didi hit .200/.267/.245. Quite simply, terrible. Especially compared to his very respectable .275/.359/.429 against righties. It is when you look at his splits against starters versus relievers, though, when things get interesting. Against left-handed starters, the young shortstop hit .261/.354/.333. So, wait. He hit sixty-one points higher against left-handed starters than lefties as ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

ESPN: Angels trade Scioscia for Gretzky

*whistles*

Jim Wisinski Posted: March 21, 2014 at 04:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: transactions

OMNICHATTER for Opening Series Games in Australia

4:00 AM- Dodgers (Kershaw) “at” Diamondbacks (Miley)

10 PM-Dodgers (Ryu) “at” Diamondbacks (Cahill)

Both games on MLB Network and also, I believe, the local RSNs.


(All times Eastern)

Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 172 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, omnichatter

Oz: MLB partners with dating site Match.com in hopes of boosting ticket sales

Major League Baseball ushered out a new partnership with dating site Match.com, and thus the MLB team pages had ads urging single baseball fans to search out each other for dates. For instance, Athletics.com had Match.com ads on each side of the page with attractive-looking people (none of them wearing baseball caps or anything). There was an ad that read, “Meet other singles Athletics fans.”

A strip across the top of the page said, “Take them out to the Athletics game,” a call to action that ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 21, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dating, hookers, tickets

Wilson Betamit is the most underrated player in major USA team sports?

Betemit is a couple of years past 30 now and missed almost all of last year with injuries, so, you know. . .it’s anybody’s guess whether he has anything left to give. But in 2010 Wilson Betemit, filling in as a place-holder third baseman for the Royals, hit .297 with 13 homers in 276 at bats, .889 OPS. The first half of 2011 Betemit hit .281, with disappointing power but a .750 OPS. They took his job away, and gave it to Mike Moustakas. Moustakas’ career OPS is 93 points lower than ...

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attaboy Posted: March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-21-2014

Toledo News-Bee, March 21, 1914:

Larry Chappell, $18,000 outfielder of the Chicago White Sox, who is suffering from blood poisoning, is really in a serious condition, Manager Callahan said on Saturday, after a visit to the hospital, and may lose his leg.

Chappell broke in a new pair of shoes in the San Francisco exhibition series and rubbed the skin off his left foot.

If it wasn’t for awful luck, Chappell wouldn’t have had any luck at all. In his last minor league game in 1913, Chappell ruined ...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

FiveThirtyEight | What to Expect From Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects

Top 20 or bust!

For example, Baseball America’s No. 1 slot gets 46 WAR from 1995’s top prospect, Alex Rodriguez. But the top spot loses 1.9 WAR from Todd Van Poppel, one of the game’s all-time biggest busts. Among 18 players from 1990 to 2007, the average for Baseball America’s top spot was nearly 20 WAR.

Do this for all 100 slots, and you arrive at an average, early-career WAR total for each ranking. It’s not a perfectly smooth drop-off from each spot to the next — for instance, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-20-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1914:

Connie Mack, leader of the Philadelphia Athletics, wants his son Earl [sic], who is managing Raleigh’s professional team and coaching the university nine to give up baseball and learn to play the violin as taught in the old world conservatories.
...
The elder baseball man believes baseball will ruin the fingers that will make another Kubelik. Earl Mack will study [in Raleigh] this season, however.

That, I think, was Connie politely telling his son that baseball ...

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Jack McDowell on R.E.M. & managing rookie ball

JACK McDOWELL: The Dodgers asked me to come to Arizona for Spring Training as a special instructor, travel around a few weeks during the summer, you know, five day-trips to high-A, AA and AAA affiliates, just to see what goes on, which I was on board with. Couple weeks later, the organization called up to let me know they had a managerial opening in rookie ball for the Ogden Raptors if I was interested. I ran it by the wife and joked “Remember when I said I was gonna be gone for two weeks? ...

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djordan Posted: March 20, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 154 comment(s)
  Beats: jack mcdowell, mlb

Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: The Big Questions from the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference

A lot of good stuff in the article.

Quite a bit, apparently. Dave Allen and Kevin Tenenbaum compared three projections for minor-league players: one based on a “naïve” statistical model, one based on the more complex ZiPS projection system, and one informed by Kevin Goldstein’s five-star prospect tiers at Baseball Prospectus from 2007-2012. The scouting-centric model won head-to-head showdowns with both of the others.
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That shouldn’t come as a shock: Scouts, after all, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Real McCoy | Billy Hamilton is a blur but no mirage

Hal McCoy believes in Billy Hamilton.

Billy Hamilton won’t be a mirage.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds

Tech-savvy Pirates testing a new secret weapon this spring | TribLIVE

Or how much can Russell Martin eat?

This spring the Pirates are experimenting with sports science technology. Prior to and during games this exhibition season, some Pirates are wearing Zephyr workload monitoring devices. Under select players’ jerseys is a tight-fitting, compression shirt, which has a black, circular, detachable electronic device — about the size of a quarter — attached near the center of the chest. The device collects data from a sensor that records players’ heartbeats and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

MLB system discourages teams like Astros from promoting top young talent | FOX Sports on MSN

Outfielder George Springer, the Astros’ top prospect, has yet to play an inning in the major leagues. He almost certainly will not make the team’s Opening Day roster.

Yet last September, the Astros offered him a seven-year, $23 million contract, according to major league sources.

Springer, 24, rejected the offer, sources said, declining to give up three years of arbitration and one year of free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:27 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, george springer

Aroldis Chapman struck by liner, hospitalized with facial fractures

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures to bones in his nose and left eye while taking a line drive to the face Wednesday night.

Chapman was carted off the field and transported by ambulance to a hospital and would be kept overnight for observation, the Reds said on their Twitter account.

The Reds said Chapman was originally taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., where tests indicated the facial fractures. He was then transferred to Banner Good ...

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Repoz Posted: March 20, 2014 at 05:28 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

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