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Monday, May 04, 2015

Two Dudes Smooch On Dodgers’ Kiss Cam, To Hearty Applause

Its Koufax and Drysdale, not Adam and Steve!

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. (It’s at the 0:28 mark.)

It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gay rights, kiss cam

Jeff Karstens announces his retirement

#HanginEmUp Just would like to give a huge thank you to all my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all the support you’ve giving me on and off the field over the years. I will forever cherish all of the special moments and memories. #ThankYou

Few men have done more with less of a fastball.

Enjoy your retirement, Jeff.


Twinsights: Danny Santana is making history with his refusal to walk - Twins Now

He’s just doing his best to shorten games.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny santana, twins

Hanley Ramirez and Batted-Ball Data | FanGraphs Baseball

Data and your lying eyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 02:33 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hitfx, sabermetrics, statcast

Yadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch

Yadier Molina is terrible and the Astros will play the Cardinals in the World Series.

Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, framing, yadier molina


10 Degrees: Jered Weaver’s fastball can’t even break a Texas speed limit, and what it means for his future - Yahoo Sports

Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver

How Contact Ability Might Influence a Hitter’s Transition to the Majors | FanGraphs Baseball

Is it really shocking that being able to put the bat on the ball translates better in the major leagues?

Bat-to-ball ability is obviously a great tool for a hitter to have. We already knew that. But these data suggest that — for whatever reason — it might be even more important when facing major league pitching. If true, this could help explain the downfalls of recently highly-touted prospects like Mike Olt, Jon Singleton and Jackie Bradley Jr., who are already flirting with the “bust” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics

Scripts for the inevitable ‘Milestones Press Conference’ | FOX Sports

I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rob manfred, yankees

Alex Rodriguez won’t talk spat with Yankees over bonus money - NY Daily News

He’s a new man!

Two years ago, Rodriguez would have been more likely to publicly stand toe-to-toe with the club. He said he has a “100%” different mindset now.

“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “The old (A-Rod) is gone.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

PBA.com: John Burkett Looking Forward to Career as PBA50 Tour Player

Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.

On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players ...

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BDC Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, braves, giants, marlins, rangers, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2015

[PIRATES] PLAY FOR RAIN AND GAME RESOLVES ITSELF INTO BIG FARCE

In the fourth with the Cubs at bat and two out, it appeared as though the water would come down any minute. Pierce was up and Cooper immediately started to walk him by pitching high balls, so high that Gibson could barely reach them. The trick of the Pirates was visible to everybody and Manager Bresnahan flashed a code wireless to Pierce to strike at everything Cooper served no matter if it were his glove or a grounder.
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Cooper ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 04, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, traveshamockeries

Video: James Taylor debuts new song | MLB.com

James Taylor’s new Red Sox song. My wife didn’t like it but it struck a cord with me.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

The 1911 Tigers-Browns game that drew 66 fans | Baseball: Past and Present

And John Thorn comments with info about other games with extremely low attendance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Boston Red Sox swept by New York Yankees, lose ground to skeptics - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

THE YANKEES ARE HOT!! BREAK UP THE YANKEES!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Padres To Promote Austin Hedges - MLB Trade Rumors

Why is he rated so high? Despite his hot start in AAA, he profiles as a defense-minded backup.

Hedges is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, No. 50 by MLB.com, and No. 74 by ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider-only). Hedges’ defensive ability wins widespread acclaim from nearly all prospect analysts. MLB.com praises his receiving, arm, and potential game-calling ability, while Law notes that framing pitches should prove to be a strength as well. Hedges wins less praise ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hedges, padres

Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke, reportedly set to hire Craig Counsell

President and general manager Doug Melvin announced the move hours after the team’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will name Craig Counsell as Roenicke’s replacement on Monday, according to a FoxSports report.

“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of ...

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Dan The Mediocre Posted: May 04, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

5-4-15 OMNICHATTER

The weekend is over. It’s time for Monday’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 04, 2015 at 12:19 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

nj.com: Recovery from Tommy John surgery in 6 months? How Mets and Yankees are helping MLB solve elbow injury epidemic

The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]

Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports ...

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bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, yankees

The New Baseball Gauge

Dan Hirsch has updated the Baseball Gauge, which IHMO is right up there with baseball-reference and fangraphs as a baseball encyclopedia.

KJOK Posted: May 03, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Blitz to 13 homers puts Cruz in elite company | MLB.com

Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, nelson cruz

Elite travel baseball and basketball teams make for a youth sports industrial complex

In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

OMNICHATTER 5-3-15

The “Oh Crap I almost forgot to submit this” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

NY Post: 100 years ago, Babe Ruth hit his first home run

Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.

Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.

Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch ...

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bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

MLB’s Evolving Luxury Tax | FanGraphs Baseball

A very good look at the impact of the luxury tax.

The more realistic approach for the players, then, is likely to be focusing their efforts on raising the luxury tax threshold. While the players could obviously simply agree to a more substantial set of predetermined increases to the threshold, they may be better off attempting to have the payroll limit established each year based on a fixed percentage of MLB’s estimated overall league revenues. This would help the players avoid seeing their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson


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