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Friday, May 01, 2015

Brian Auld, Rays plan a neutral environment for Baltimore

I wonder if they’ll play “Seven Nation Army” every five minutes to make Orioles players feel at home.

Moving the series was a monumental task, but one the Rays have been able to execute under the leadership of VP of Operations Rick Nage, team President Brian Auld, and VP of Sales Brian Richeson. Nafe said the air has been like post season play, with sudden mobilization to make the series happen.

Tickets are general admission for the weekend, lower-bowl only, and according to Brian Auld the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore riots, orioles, rays

Bryce Harper voted MLBs “most overrated player” by his peers for second consecutive year

For the last three years the baseball world’s been waiting for Bryce Harper to break out. Yes, his forearm muscles have certainly popped onto the scene, which isn’t quite the impact everyone around the sport expected when the Nationals took him with the first overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft.

All told, in parts of three seasons Harper’s put up a slash line of .272/.351/.465 with 55 home runs. Solid, respectable numbers. The key number when talking about Harper is games played. ...

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Joey B. Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Starting Rotations April 30, 2015 | Bill James Online

My real purpose in doing this was to educate myself about the 30 major league rotations.  If I can force myself to do this once a week—which I probably can’t, but if I could—then I would develop a stronger understanding of who was in the rotation right now for all 30 teams, who their #1 starter was, etc.  I’m old; I have a hard time lodging all of that information in my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, pitching, sabermetrics

Minor League Ball Gameday - Friday, May 1st - Minor League Ball

I have all of John’s books. He’s had a tough couple of years physically. If you’ve enjoyed his books in the past, help keep them coming by purchasing this year’s book. It may be too late to use the info in fantasy draft but it’s still a good reference.

One last thing before we get to the goodies. If you happened to peruse the comments section of the Gameday (highly, highly recommended if you don’t already), John passed along an update of The 2015 Baseball Prospect Book. To quote Mr. Sickels from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, minor leagues, prospect reports

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: more trolling than ever.

Speaking of which, from Paul Pierce’s Twitter:

The District Attorney Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 326 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Pedro Martinez talks rivalry with New York Yankees in new book - MLB - SI.com

Just reading about Manny is probably worth the purchase price.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: books, pedro martinez, red sox

MLB game times drop considerably; player penalties may be dropped

The system is working. Change the system!

Major League Baseball average game times are down almost 8 1/2 minutes from 2014, thanks to the league’s new pace-of-game rules.

That’s good news not just for fans, but players as well; ESPN reports that MLB officials and the players union are in discussions to drop the fines for slow play the league could impose beginning Friday.

According to Major League Baseball, through Wednesday’s games, the average nine-inning game time of just under two ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fines, mlbpa, pace of play

DFAs By The Numbers - MLB Trade Rumors

This is worth bookmarking.

MLBTR introduced its DFA Tracker back in August of 2013, and has endeavored to keep tabs on every single DFA since. In addition to tracking whether a trade, release, or outright is pursued, the tracker further reflects the fact that an outrighted player can be claimed, can be assigned to the minors with their original team, or (if they have sufficient service time or have been outrighted before) can elect free agency. (It also covers the rare scenarios of the return of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-1-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 1, 1915:

RULES FOR THE ROOTER

Always refer to the umpire as a __!!!__*?*?*__!!!

Don’t forget to pound the man sitting in front of you with your fist when the home team makes a home run.

Greet the opposing pitcher every inning thusly: “We’ll get you this time, you big hunk of neufchatel.” He’s probably a college graduate, you know.

After consuming the contents of a pop bottle, hurl the empty receptable at the batboy. It will waken him up a bit.

Call each player who ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brady Anderson on Analytics | FanGraphs Baseball

Well worth reading.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, brady anderson, orioles, sabermetrics

Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona | royals.com

Right-hander Kris Medlen, a popular signing among Royals fans last winter, is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

Medlen told MLB.com that he will be heading to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday to begin throwing against hitters. If all goes well, he could start a 30-day rehab assignment sometime in May.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kris medlen, royals

Slugger Park Byung-ho being watched by MLB scouts

When Nexen Heroes first baseman Park Byung-ho, two-time South Korean baseball MVP, steps into the batter’s box Thursday, he will have more than a few sets of watchful eyes tracking his movements.

According to the Heroes, a Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, scouts from six Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have applied for credentials to watch the Heroes at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, korean league, park byung-ho

Mets call up Dilson Herrera | Metsblog

Sandy Alderson said on Thursday that if the Mets called up Herrera or Matt Reynolds, it wouldn’t be to sit on the bench.

Once Herrera joins the club, Daniel Murphy will shift to third base until David Wright returns from the DL, according to Mike Puma (April 30).

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets

OMNICHATTER 5-1-2015

Age of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2015 at 12:21 AM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Watch Munenori Kawasaki do ‘body fat gymnastics’

From the translated Japanese description on this video:

Made a “fun chants reduce” concept, body fat gymnastics.
Immediately, Kawasaki Munenori’s to professional baseball players, we have to practice. The Kawasaki ish players, riding to Latin rhythms, I was dancing in cheerful! Choreography: South truly supervision: Kuno Fu也Graduate School professor also other, such people have to practice. Q’ulle Manako’s https:? //www.youtube.com/watch v = jJ1rc ... fruit punch Murakami Takeshi’s https:? ...

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OTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he’d like to watch a baseball game with Teddy Roosevelt — and possibly rapper Pitbull.

Asked who he would take if he could bring “any historian or inventor” to a baseball game, the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender said that he’d probably bring the United States’ 26th president - but that he might want to have Pitbull there as well.

“The reason you like baseball is that you can actually have a conversation with people,” Mr. Bush said.

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BDC Posted: April 30, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 769 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Buck Showalter had some wise words about what’s happening in Baltimore

One of the worst things that comes out of civil unrest like we’ve seen in Baltimore are the armchair civic leaders, lecturing people from the comfort of their homes and lives which have absolutely no connection to the unrest in question about what they should or should not be doing.

You’ve seen them on your Facebook feed. Quoting Martin Luther King under the delusion that they have more to say about being, for example, a black person or a poor person in a place where black and poor people ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore riots, buck showalter, orioles

Hamilton owes Angels an apology after relapse, subsequent trade

Heyman is taking over as editor of Halos Heaven.

It’s to the point where Hamilton is so convincing he doesn’t even have to try. And he hasn’t been trying.

In his Texas press conference, Hamilton never once took responsibility for causing the Angels a lot of heartache. Instead, what he said was Moreno should have known better. That strikes me as a very different message than the one he gave him when selling him on the $125 million deal, which is among the all-time worst from a team ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, drugs, hot takes, jon heyman, josh hamilton, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-30-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 30, 1915:

Benny Kauff, the Ty Cobb of the Federal League was the indirect cause [yesterday] afternoon of more genuine excitement at the Polo Grounds than that field had known since September 23, 1908, when Fred Merkle lost a pennant through failure to tag second base. Kauff, who at noon time deserted the Brooklyn Federal League club and signed a three years ironclad contract with the New York Nationals, attempted to play centerfield for the Giants. President James ...

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Stark - Worst free-agent signings of all time

1. Josh Hamilton (5 years, $125 million)
2. Mike Hampton (8 years, $121 million)
3. Melvin Upton Jr. (5 years, $72.25 million)
4. Manny Ramirez (2 years, $45 million)
5. Chan Ho Park (5 years, $65 million)

HM. Carl Pavano (4 years, $39.9 million with the Yankees)
HM. Jason Bay (4 years, $66 million with the Mets)
HM. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million with the Mariners)
HM. Gary Matthews Jr. (5 years, $65 million with the Angels)
HM. Andruw Jones (2 years, $36.2 million with the Dodgers)

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bbmck Posted: April 30, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, bad contracts, josh hamilton, manny ramirez

OMNICHATTER 4-30-2015

OMNICHATTER ASSEMBLE

Gamingboy Posted: April 30, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Ottavino in ‘holding pattern’ with elbow injury until Monday | rockies.com

I took an interest in Ottavino after reading this interview. I followed his progress to start the year. It’s a shame the injury bug seems to have caught him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, rockies

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare | MLB.com

Archie Bradley is one lucky guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks

Cubs manager Joe Maddon: “zero hard feelings” over Rays’ tampering charges | Chicago

After a high-tech investigation that inexplicably took six months to conclude, Major League Baseball has cleared the Cubs and Joe Maddon of tampering allegations leveled by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Angell: The Silence of the Fans

None of this matters much, to be sure, except as an unexpected reminder of the massive and relentless add-ons and distractions of modern-day ball. The Kiss Camera, the racing mascots, the T-shirt cannonades, the God Bless, the deafening rock, the home-team anthem, the infield sweepers’ dance, the well-plaqued Hall of Heroes, the retired numbers, the gymnasium-sized souvenir shops, the Texas steak restaurant in right (with its roped-off waiting areas thoughtfully supplied with overhead ...

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Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, roger angell

Take Me Out to No Crowd

Whatever made the day so hushed and surreal, one thing was clear from the start: This is a terrible way to experience baseball.

Maybe it was different actually being there, but watching on MLB.tv was amazing. I wouldn’t want most games to be like this, but as a one-off event it was really neat to actually be able to hear the sounds of baseball.

Baldrick Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles

BP BOSTON: THE BOOK ON MOOKIE BETTS

Some good stuff from BP’s Matthew Kory.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, sabermetrics, xander bogaerts

DMN: SB Nation fires Angels blogger for article that ‘crossed the line’ in ripping Josh Hamilton

Will Reason pick him up off of waivers?

SB Nation, a fan-based sports blogging website, fired a Los Angeles Angels blogger Tuesday for an article written about Josh Hamilton that founder Tyler Bleszinski said “crossed the line between fanaticism and good taste.”

Hamilton was acquired in a complicated deal Monday from the Angels. The Angels, according to Dallas Morning News sources, are taking on more than $65 million of Hamilton’s remaining $80 million salary.

The blogger, who writes under ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: blog, josh hamilton, sb nation

MLB is making the best out of a bad situation in Baltimore | HardballTalk

Craig talks a lot of sense in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Player’s View: No-hitter Silent Treatment | FanGraphs Baseball

Not talking about no hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: no hitters, pitching

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