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Friday, June 06, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 6, 1914:

For assaulting Umpire Knapp at the conclusion of the Dubuque-Davenport game with a chair yesterday, badly bruising his head and narrowly missing his eye, Carl Grabow, 25, a painter, was yesterday fined $25 and costs by Judge Buckley, and warned that a repetition would send him before the grand jury on a felony charge. Knapp had made bad guesses in decisions.

Bad decisions were running rampant in Dubuque in early June 1914, it seems.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Angell: Don Zimmer, 1931-2014

Our universal affection for Zim is complicated, beginning as it does with our childlike joy in his bald cannonball head and stumpy bod and jack-o’-lantern grin, but encompassing as well, I think, a deep trust in and respect for his decades of exemplary competitive service, without stardom or contemporary distraction. He was a baseball figure from an earlier time: enchantingly familiar, tough and enduring, stuffed with plays and at-bats and statistics and anecdotes and wisdom accrued from tens ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: June 06, 2014 at 01:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, don zimmer, obituary, roger angell

Thursday, June 05, 2014

If teams were comprised of only players they drafted

fun project by one of the authors at brewcrewball.  thought folks might be interested.  if you are just going to nitpick how the lists were constructed go (anatomically impossible act).

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 05, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, mlb, scouting

1st Picks Overall in the MLB June Amateur Draft - Baseball-Reference.com

Want to check out the draft in just about any way possible? Click the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

2013 Draft Retrospective: One year gone | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

MiLB’s rundown of last year’s first round.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, prospects

Bill James Mailbox

Regarding Tangotiger`s question about fielding luck, I have heard many times that a defence plays well if the pitcher is pitching quickly. So, could Verlander, (and others) be “creating” fielding luck by pitching quickly?

Yeah, well. . .I’d be surprised if you could prove that either true or false. All policemen know that crimes increase during a full moon, only it isn’t true.

HeyBill, in looking back at the 70’s 20-game winners, I wondered if the managers back then weren’t more sympathetic ...

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Repoz Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

McCoy: Jay Bruce: 500 RBI and counting

Exactly, counting.

Jay Bruce sat on 499 career runs batted in for a long time — and he sat on it and sat on it and sat on it.

He had 499 when he went on the disabled list on May 6. He returned to the lineup on May 23. He played eight games, had 34 at-bats, before he drove in No. 500. That came in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night and then he later drove in No. 501.

BRUCE IS ONLY the fifth member of the Cincinnati Reds to reach 500 RBIs at the age of 26, ...

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Repoz Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Anatomy of a start: Jake Peavy dissects his last outing against the Braves

Inside the head of a veteran thinking man’s pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jake peavy, pitching, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 5, 1914:

Bob Long, former California State league pitcher, struck out all 27 of the men who faced him in a semi-pro game at Cincinnati—the remarkable part of it being that no one signed him the next day.

I don’t really care where you do it, when you do it, or who the opposition is. A perfect game with 27 strikeouts is mind-blowing.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATER 6-5-2014

The Don Zimmer Memorial OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

The Economist: A singularly team-friendly deal

The magazine’s sports blog argues that human-capital contracts are the solution to the imbalance in bargaining leverage demonstrated by Jon Singleton’s team-friendly deal.

If players like Mr Singleton are willing to offer such generous deals to their employers to lock in a few million, presumably they would give outside investors similarly advantageous terms. With today’s low interest rates, a well-heeled speculator could surely have achieved an expected return far above the market average ...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Grantland: Keri: Did the Pittsburgh Pirates Penny-Pinch Their Way Back Into Irrelevance?

Though it’s still (relatively) early, the Pirates don’t seem to be headed in that direction. Even after winning three in a row, the Bucs remain two games under .500 and 6½ games behind the first-place Brewers, and they have the fourth-worst run differential in the National League. For that, they can thank some lousy evaluation of both the free-agent market and their own talent, specifically in the starting rotation. They can lament a couple of unlucky breaks. And, after two decades of ...

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bobm Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

NY Post: Sherman: Mets must seize unexpected opportunity and spend

There are four months of the season left, so maybe the Nationals get their act right. Maybe. Perhaps the Braves’ power bats overcome all. Perhaps. But there is opportunity here for Alderson and the Mets. If the Marlins are trying to get their team better, Alderson should be proactive as well. Ownership needs to stop talking about the money it is willing to spend and open wallets.
Does the front office, for example, think there is still a star player inside Matt Kemp as long as he is liberated ...

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bobm Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:43 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: meaningful games in september, mets

Baseball icon Don Zimmer dies at 83 | MLB.com

A unique baseball personality passes. The world is not the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:35 PM | 220 comment(s)
  Beats: don zimmer, obituaries

WaPo (Chris Needham): When Ryan Zimmerman was baseball’s best third baseman

Original Nats blogger (and BBTF’s own) Chris Needham guests at the Washington Post with a requiem for Ryan Zimmerman’s defensive glory days:

Once, Ryan Zimmerman was among the very best to ever play third. Tuesday night, he’s a left fielder, a position so unimportant defensively, the Nats buried oafs such as Adam Dunn, Wily Mo Pena and Michael Morse out there. [...]

From about 2006 through 2009, there was not a better defensive third baseman in the league. (Not even you, Scott Rolen.) And ...

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Depressoteric Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: washington nationals

50 Cent Blames Bad Pitch on ‘Excessive Masturbation’ | Rolling Stone

Where was Dr. Andrews when he needed him?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch

TSL: Adam Jones is chillin’ as an African-American All-Star. He’s a throwback to MLB’s future.

Ha! Some street smarts…even Glassey was joshin’ with you.

Gamble: Rumor has it you were a freak of nature in high school and baseball just came naturally.

Jones: “Up throughout high school it was just pure athleticism that made me good in baseball. It wasn’t coached or necessarily taught. Once I got into pro ball I began learning a lot, but before that everything else was just raw skills. I had some people around me like a guy that I don’t mention a lot but he played major league ...

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Repoz Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Report: Marlins tried to acquire Jim Johnson from Athletics

The Marlins tried to acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Athletics last week, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The offer was Johnson and cash for the 39th overall pick in this week’s draft, plus another player.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:42 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: florida marlins, oakland a's

In Defense of Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins

I suspect that I stand so brazenly alone in holding this opinion that I fear it places me in the same lunatic fringe as a conspiracy theorist. Nonetheless:

I believe the Miami Marlins have been executing a good team-building strategy.

thetailor Posted: June 04, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: loria, marlins

Chicago Cubs leaving WGN radio

Holy cow!

After 90 years and no World Series victories, the Chicago Cubs and WGN radio are going their separate ways.

The Cubs will announce a new, seven-year deal to broadcast games on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM on Thursday, according to media reports. The deal starts next season.

After 197 losses in two seasons, WGN used an opt-out clause in its contract due to declining ratings and revenue last fall, and couldn’t come to terms with the Cubs on a new deal.

“We’re very proud of our ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media, radio, wgn

Manfred: US Soccer Team Coach Makes A Blunt Kobe Bryant Analogy That Explains Why He Cut Landon Donovan

OK, it’s not a baseball story but we should always applaud a coach/manager who understands his club’s need to focus on future, not past performance.

In what was the most controversial roster move in U.S. soccer history, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. ...

He said he doesn’t believe that past accolades should be taken into account when planning for the future.

He used a Kobe Bryant analogy to illustrate this point. He said the two-year ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, basketball, sabermetrics, soccer

Which teams are hitting—and missing—in MLB Draft? | FOX Sports

BP’s Ben Lindbergh breaks down draft success (or failure) by team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, sabermetrics

MLB draft—Rise, fall of New York Yankees pitcher Brien Taylor - ESPN New York

The second greatest pitcher that never was.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:17 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, prospects, yankees

A Conversation With Jim Callis, the Greatest MLB Mock Drafter Who Ever Was or Will Be

That 2005 draft had a couple huge hits — I count two MVPs and about half a dozen All-Stars in that first round — and some huge busts. Who from that draft panned out the way you expected and who surprised you, for better or worse?

That was probably the best draft in the past 10 years. I thought Jeff Clement was going to be a really good player. Mariners fans will hate hearing this, but that was one of the picks that changed at the last minute. … Up until that final weekend, the Mariners ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, grantland, jacoby ellsbury, jeff clement, jim callis

Sinkers, Change-ups and Platoon Splits | FanGraphs

You say patato I say potato.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Checking in on the Draft class of 2013 | MLB.com

How good might this year’s picks be this time next year? Check out how last year’s picks are doing.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, prospects

MLB.com: For the Garveys, home is all about family

“For us, it’s simply where the heart and soul of the family is,” Garvey said. “It’s a place that originally was a house, and this very talented woman makes it a home.

“It’s where we love and we live. We have so many kids, then we send them out into the world”—he laughs—“to find homes of their own.”

Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1914:

Armando Marsans of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended last night on a charge of causing dissension among the team. This action by Manager Herzog followed receipt of letters from the Cuban outfielder and Dave Davenport, a young pitcher, that they would quit the club unless given new contracts.
...
Herzog immediately ordered both players to get out of their uniforms and off the diamond. Davenport was later excused in the belief that he was led into the matter by ...

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OMNICHATTER 6-4-2014

The Day-Before-The-Draft OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Big League Stew: The Internet made it so: 50 Cent’s bad first pitch hit by Vladimir Guerrero

We will never forget, Vlad.

Thank you, Internet wizards at MLB Fan Cave for mashing that up for our delight. (It’s our second favorite 50 Cent mashup, for the record). But we needed Vlad meets 50, we just didn’t know we needed it.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, internet, rap battle, vladimir guerrero

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