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Friday, May 08, 2015

Astros’ Rookie Preston Tucker’s First Hit Is Key To 9th Inning Rally

[Preston]Tucker didn’t mind any of it after coming through with a game-tying single in the ninth inning for his first Major League hit as the Astros rallied for three runs against Angels closer Huston Street to win, 3-2, on Thursday night at Angel Stadium…Tucker, a left-handed hitter, was called up to the big leagues late Wednesday to replace George Springer, who went on the disabled list with a concussion.. A seventh-round pick by the Astros in 2012, Tucker was leading the Minor Leagues in ...

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GrumpyFan Posted: May 08, 2015 at 04:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Pretty Good: Oh my God, the Mets gave Koo Dae-Sung a baseball bat

This is a great ten minute video covering one of the most unlikely offensive performances in baseball history.  I’ll take a thousand flailing strikeouts if that’s the price to pay for Mr. Koo’s at-bat and baserunning against Randy Johnson.

CrosbyBird Posted: May 08, 2015 at 12:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitchers hitting, randy johnson, video

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The cost of closing the Baltimore Orioles game during the riots: $7.5 million

“I would guess the cancellations have meaningful implications because of the number of games lost,” said Rodney Paul, a professor of sport management at Syracuse University. Major League Baseball depends more on gate receipts for revenues than does, say, the National Football League, which profits from big television contracts, he said. “For a baseball team, it’s a big loss,” Paul said.

A back-of-the-envelope calculation reveals that the riots that forced a shutdown of Camden Yards ...

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NattyBoh Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:14 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, orioles, riots

Big League Chew: An Oral History

Rob Nelson: Eventually the Mavericks signed me in August. It’s not like they needed left-handed pitching. It’s just that I think Bing Russell kind of rewarded me for hanging around, selling tickets and throwing BP. I went back in ’76 and ’77. As my brother Harry described my Maverick career, I pitched briefly and ineffectively for three years. It’s hard to believe.

Todd Field: Rob lived a very austere life. He had not a stick of furniture. The sum total of what he owned consisted of ...

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WaPo: Yunel Escobar’s long and winding road to the big leagues

The two started dating. She told him she could him get out of Cuba, and he trusted her. When she returned to the States, she contacted smugglers and agents in the United States, including Joe Kehoskie, then an agent who represented several Cuban players, and introduced herself as Escobar’s girlfriend.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 07, 2015 at 04:31 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: carribea, cuban, nationals, yunel escobar

Rangers release former first-round pick after DWI arrest

Left-hander Kevin Matthews, the Rangers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning and today the team released him.

Matthews had been pitching at Single-A in his fourth pro season and had already lost whatever prospect status he had due to injuries and poor performances.

Drafted 33rd overall, he has a 4.56 ERA with 124 strikeouts and 110 walks in 132 pro innings

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 03:24 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, kevin matthews, police blotter, rangers

Deadspin: Starlin Castro Mimics Kris Bryant’s Throw, Confuses Anthony Rizzo

Teamwork, Starlin Style…

Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, crazy video, cubs, goofy, kris bryant, silly, starlin castro

VICE SPORTS: HOW MLB STAYS WHITE

In fact, reports of Counsell’s hiring were flying across Twitter within an hour of the team’s Sunday dismissal of previous manager Ron Roenicke, who led Milwaukee to a Major League Baseball-worst 5-17 record in April. And none of that would be a problem, except for this: Milwaukee’s seemingly non-existent managerial search means the club almost certainly violated the league’s “Selig Rule,” which mandates that teams consider minority candidates for all prominent front office positions, including ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 01:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: craig counsell, managers, race, race in baseball

Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy

His name was Michael Burke, and, as should be plain by now, he was not your typical baseball executive. He stood apart from the blah collection of moneymen known as the “Lords of Baseball,” and not just because of his unusual career, which also included pit stops in the circus, Hollywood, and broadcasting. Burke was stylish, learned, and amiable, but neither his background nor his demeanor helped the Yankees accumulate many victories…

Burke was a drinking man, a soldier, and an athlete, so ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 07, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: good old days, owners, yankees

Red Sox designate Edward Mujica for assignment

he Red Sox have designated reliever Edward Mujica for assignment, according to a major league source.

The 31-year-old is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games and 13 2/3 innings this year with eight strikeouts and three walks. Opponents are hitting .294 with a .345 OBP and .490 slugging mark (along with three homers) against him.


While the corresponding roster move isn’t clear, the fact that the Red Sox had righthander Matt Barnes appear out of the bullpen for Triple A Pawtucket on Wednesday in ...

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MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

Baseball is great! Let’s have less of it!

“Players have asked about 154,” Manfred said, via MLB.com. “I think 154 is a topic that is complicated. It has big competitive and economic ramifications. Having said that, I think in the 20-something years I’ve worked in the game, there’s more conversation about it than there has been in a long time.”

It has been more than 50 years since baseball switched to a 162-game schedule, and one of the points of debate back in the 1960s likely would resurface ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: 154-game season, rob manfred, schedule

Terry Collins hasn’t decided what to do when Travis d’Arnaud returns - Newsday

This is a nice problem to have. I haven’t looked yet but some team must need a catcher and has an extra shortstop. Off the top of my head, how about Reynolds and either d’Arnaud or Plawecki plus Matz or Syndergaard for Tulo?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets, travis d'arnaud

The story of the woman hired by the Phillies as the first female baseball scout

They could probably use some more today.

During their meeting, Edith Houghton thrust into Carpenter’s hands a scrapbook of her life in baseball, taking into account the Bobbies, the A. A.‘s, and the doomed trip overseas led by a delusional former catcher. Carpenter saw the work experience as enough to help guide his team into the future and brought her on board as one of his scouts, the first ever woman to fill the role (Bessie Largent of the White Sox had been doing so but worked as a partner ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouting, women in baseball

Dodgers’ Puig set to start rehab assignment, but Ryu’s recovery slows - The Orange County Register

This doesn’t sound good.

Ryu was supposed to begin throwing to hitters this week but did not make the trip with the Dodgers. Instead, he stayed behind to work out at Dodger Stadium and the training staff “decided to give him a couple days off” after his velocity decreased during his most recent bullpen session.

Mattingly said Ryu was clocked at only 82-83 mph during his throwing session Friday at Dodger Stadium, “a couple ticks below” what he had thrown in his previous workout. The lost ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, May 7, 1915:

Those Yanks won another game up at the Polo Grounds yesterday, after fighting the Boston Red Sox tooth and nail for thirteen innings.
...
For Boston, the big left-handed pitcher, Babe Ruth, was all that a pitcher is supposed to be, and some more. He put his team into the running in the third inning by smashing a mighty rap into the upper tier of the right-field grandstand. Ruth also had two other hits to his credit. His pitching throughout was of high ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history


Mark Attanasio says rebuilding Brewers is not out of the picture

Do Brewers fans want Melvin gone?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Two-Sport Star Murray Opts Out Of The Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

How does he benefit from this move?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Uecker Locked In Radio Booth

Bob Uecker?! I thought you were Boog Powell!!

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 07, 2015 at 12:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, prison, radio, uecker

5-7-15 OMNICHATTER

OMNICHATTER: It’s what’s for… whatever time of day’s food it is as you are reading this.

Gamingboy Posted: May 07, 2015 at 12:06 AM | 211 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Votto Ejected, May Face Further Discipline.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected from Wednesday’s game vs. the Pirates and could be facing further discipline after bumping home-plate umpire Chris Conroy.

During a scoreless game, Votto struck out to end the top of the third inning and was visibly upset, yelling and spiking his helmet as he walked away. Votto also appeared to say something toward starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the Pirates’ third-base dugout before Conroy ejected him while Votto’s back was turned.

I always thought ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 06, 2015 at 09:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, reds

Bryce Harper Hits 3 HRs in 3 ABs Before Grounding Out - NYTimes.com

I can’t believe he grounded out!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 07:52 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Pedro Martinez: Manny Ramirez spiked Red Sox drinks with Viagra

Not quite Merkle’s boner….

Newly-elected Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez had a book come out this week (the succinctly named “Pedro”) and he’s been making the rounds through the media. There were recently a few possibly-controversial things that came out, but here’s a rather funny one involving one Manny Ramirez.

In the clip below, Martinez describes the Red Sox’s 2004 mixed drink that he made for Ramirez with gin, honey and wine—only to find out that Manny Being Manny threw in some Viagra. They ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2015 at 07:49 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ellis burks, manny ramirez, pedro martinez, red sox, viagra


How far will Statcast’s reach extend? | MLB.com

How much of the defensive stuff will be made publicly available? I can’t see how the availability of this data won’t make all the current defensive metrics obsolete.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Baseball Prospectus | BP Ballpark Night

So there is still a chance…

Of course, the 2015 version of Ryan Braun does appear to be different than the pre-injury Braun. Some may ascribe his struggles to a lack of performance-enhancing drugs, but the batted-ball velocity suggests the power in his swing hasn’t subsided in any meaningful manner. Instead, the 2015 Braun is different because he’s exploitable. He’s pitchable. Opposing hurlers can challenge him early with hard stuff in on the hands and then work out of the strike zone with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun


Cubs young core envisioning playoff run

“They’ve (the Cardinals) created this culture, this method,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Then, you layer that with this fan base, baseball fans who support this team and know the game. So bully for them.

“We’re in the process of doing the same thing with the Cubs.”

Who knows when it will happen? But Chicago is convinced there will come a time when the Cardinals no longer bully the Cubs, and it might be now.

“It feels like this is just the beginning,” Epstein said. “Even though we haven’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2015

New York Evening World, May 6, 1915:

The Red Sox are here for the first time to-day and the shooting ought to be good. They have just shut out the Senators two games in succession, but are far behind their schedule of cinching the pennant before the Fourth of July. As yet they have not beaten our new Yanks.

This was the closest thing I could find to a preview of the May 6, 1915 Boston-New York game, a 13-inning affair with a pitching matchup that saw Yankee right hander Jack Warhop face off with ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

When hitters pitch, and other out-of-position classics. | SportsonEarth.com : Andrew Simon

There has to be some better picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding

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