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Saturday, August 29, 2015

mlb.com: Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Former Major League pitcher Zach Day, who works at TrackMan, a pitch-tracking system employed by both the Mets and Statcast™, noted that spin rate correlates quite closely with swing-and-miss rate. That, in turn, is an excellent indicator of success—one way to quantify what pitchers refer to as “stuff,” or as Day puts it, “your life on your fastball.” So it is worth noting that as Harvey’s velocity and spin rate have fallen, particularly in comparison to the game’s other elite starters, his ...

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bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, statcast

BtBS: Do players outperform their projections in walk years?

Of the 76 players who are currently in their free agent walk year, 29 overperformed their projections, 44 underperformed their projections, and three hit their projections right on. One one end of the spectrum, players like Yoenis Cespedes and David Price are on pace to outperform their preseason projections by just over two wins. On the flip side, Matt Joyce and Ian Desmond have had rough years and could fall nearly three wins short of their preseason projections. On average, players were ...

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bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: walk year

Do some stats suggest Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is below average? - LA Times

Andrew Friedman farts in Fangraph’s Defensive Stats’ general direction.

The Dodgers have benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who batted .169 in July and is batting .114 in August. The team had stuck with him for weeks, even as his offensive performance dropped, citing his outstanding defense.

However, according to a variety of statistics available on the Fangraphs website, Pederson’s defense ranks below average among major league center fielders.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Zduriencik the latest GM discarded in MLB’s executive shuffle | FOX Sports

Jon Paul Morosi’s recent notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Reds Raisel Iglesias continues hot August | MLB.com

Some good news about this season.

“He’s a stud,” Price said. “These games are very personal to him as they are to all of us. I think he wants to be that guy that goes out there and wins a ballgame for us. I think he showed again great emotional durability because he had a rough first inning and he bounced back and gave us some really good baseball—six innings of one-run ball. That’s how you do it. He’s taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s growing up. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Swihart’s inside-the-park homer | MLB.com

Blake Swihart is one fast catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, video

Pirates notebook: Hurdle mulling rotation options | TribLIVE

When asked whether top prospect Tyler Glasnow would be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis when rosters expand on Monday, Hurdle was coy.
“It’s a big, fresh arm and a kid we like a lot,” Hurdle said. “It wouldn’t behoove him or me to say whether he could help us this year or not right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

It seems anything is possible for Stroman the optimist: DiManno | Toronto Star

“He hasn’t made a start yet, even in the minor leagues.” Still, conceding: “Alex was always wanting me to try to start him, where I thought he was going to be in the bullpen, realistically. But, wrong again,”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News

Cold.

The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine

OMNICHATTER 8-29-15

The “Jack’s Going, Vin’s Staying” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, August 28, 2015

Inside Baseball: Keys to Cubs’ success, plus more MLB news and notes - CBSSports.com

Ha!

Chris Davis (35 home runs) has put himself in position for a big payday, though it will likely be elsewhere. Baltimore’s offer a couple years ago wasn’t in the ballpark of the asking price. As one Orioles person put it, “Scott (Boras) was looking for part of the TV deal.” That was a joke, but word is the comp being used a couple years ago was Joey Votto’s $225-million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.

Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

SI: Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and never finished a season higher than third place in the division under Zduriencik’s direction.

Entering Friday, Seattle sits 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division with their 59-69 record.

But what about the weight room?

Monty Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Its OK to have the hots for baseball players: A Manifesto

I have no problem admitting my love for Alex Gordon.

Female sports fans in general are treated like a stock list of stereotypes: served up infantilizing Hello Kitty merchandise and given institutionalized opportunities to “better understand” the game, invited to wine-soaked MLB-sponsored ladies’ nights, or dressed up in Victoria’s Secret gear that invites kisses on the kiss cam.

Further, it seems that sports culture can’t reconcile female desire with knowledge, so if you’re admiring the finer ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Los Angeles Dodgers can hit and get on base—so why can’t they score? | FOX Sports

The way I figure, it comes to four things. Very slightly, the Dodgers have underachieved with men on base. They’ve been a bad baserunning team. They’ve very infrequently reached on errors. And then some of this is probably just simple bad luck. Combine those and I imagine you can account for the missing half-run a game. You at least get close. That’s why the Dodgers haven’t scored as many runs as you’d think.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, sabermetrics

Martino: Mets should use Steven Matz out of pen in playoffs - NY Daily News

The Mets are already thinking about their playoff roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro teaches Carlos at ASG | MLB.com

Good stuff from Pedro.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos martinez, pedro martinez, pitching mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1915:

John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, has just signed the youngest ball player ever placed under any form of contract by a big league club…
...
Waite Hoyt of Brooklyn is the youngster. He is 15 years old, but large for his age, and weighs around 165 pounds. He is a pitcher.

Nice pickup. Very well done, Mr. McGraw. The kid could definitely pitch, he just mostly did it elsewhere for the next couple decades.

McGraw traded Hoyt to Rochester in 1919 and the ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john mcgraw, waite hoyt

Each season has an autopsy. Here’s an early version for the Nationals. - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell article reads more like an obituary.

“We do an autopsy on every season after it’s over and also every month. Sometimes I feel like I do it every night,” said General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose Nats still trailed the Mets by 6 1/2 games after Thursday’s win over San Diego. “I always say, ‘In the end, you are your record.’ This August has been my worst month ever” as a general manager.

The Nats’ “end” hasn’t arrived yet. Last year the team got healthy at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Old News in Baseball, No. 18 « Our Game

The picture of Huggins and Ruppert is worth a click.

1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him. In the ensuing battle of wills, owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize to the team before he is reinstated.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Dan Shaughnessy: With Don Orsillo news, Red Sox drop the ball again - The Boston Globe

It’s not often that I agree with Shaughnessy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, red sox, television

JON HEYMAN: MLB prevails over Barry Bonds in collusion case over his career ending

Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn’t get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out of the game, CBS Sports has learned.

Bonds’ career ended at the time, when no job was forthcoming.

The ruling, made within the last few days, came in the form of an opinion written by Horowitz, who heard Bonds’ case back in May.

Bonds, with the assistance of union lawyers, tried to make the ...

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bobm Posted: August 28, 2015 at 01:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, collusion

8-28-15 OMNICHATTER

The Great-Tasting OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy

Since 2000, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has conducted a stealth campaign to take over every team domain, undoing any damage caused by its slow start in registration. MLB and other leagues have tried to snap up team sites not only to attract more traffic and ad revenue, but to avoid the unwanted attention that can come from a site like Cowboys.com, which became an “online dating community for men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle,” after the NFL’s Dallas franchise passed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, mlbam, twins

Hey, data data: MLB teams face challenge delivering info to players

Some great points in this article.

Some still choose to do their trend-spotting homework themselves. In addition to video and heat maps, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he delves into the raw data while scouting opposing hitters.

“You look at exit speed velocity,” he said. “You look at tendencies in certain counts and certain pitches and quadrants of the zone. Velocity comes into play.

“You try to match it up with your pitcher that you have that day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1915:

TOOK HIM FOUR YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO BUNT

Tod Sloan, outfielder with Birmingham in the Southern league, will be with the St. Louis Browns again next season for his fourth trial in the major leagues.
...
He was sent back from the majors three times, mainly because he couldn’t bunt. He has learned the bunting art this season.

That’s just goofy. Sloan appears to have been an okay enough ballplayer, mostly generic, nothing special but not terrible. In 143 MLB ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, dugout, history, tod sloan

Pablo Sandoval has improved defensively - The Boston Globe

I bet this means fans shouldn’t make snap judgement on players. Of course, most of you already know that.

But that has started to change. Since the break, Sandoval has played with more efficiency at third base and become a reliable defender.

It’s something teammates and coaches have noticed.

“I certainly have,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox. “Moving very well laterally. The first-step quickness, he’s getting to a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

The Pyramid Rating System: JAWS on a Career Scale – The Hardball Times

Interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing some rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings, sabermetrics

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