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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Twins special assistant Jim Kaat wants to see baseball go to 7-inning games

Kaat’s primary points about the change include the fact it would restore the importance of starting pitchers, with the starter going five and then the setup man and closer taking over; the size of pitching staffs could be reduced (clearly this has no chance of flying with the union); and teams could bring back four-man starting rotations.


We interrupt this Minor League contest to bring you a real, live snake on the field

[T]he Double-A San Antonio Missions—like all great Minor League clubs, really—are innovators. They weren’t just content to trot some bird or woodland creature out there while locked in a tight game against the Frisco RoughRiders on Friday night. No, they enlisted the help of an enormous and terrifying snake:



Friday, May 11, 2018

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth.

Spoiler: He’s not. But this is an interesting read anyway.

Perry Posted: May 11, 2018 at 08:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dna, genealogy, jim palmer, orioles


Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Ex-Reds starting pitcher Kyle Lohse announces retirement

After 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Kyle Lohse announced that he’s calling it quits after the Kansas City Royals released him on Thursday.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2018

Photo caption in the Washington Times, May 11, 1918:

Here’s Roger Hornsby, the star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is now playing his third and last major league campaign. He will receive $350,000 for Texas oil properties he owns and plans to get out of baseball.

Hornsby did get out of baseball. When the Reds fired him as manager. In 1953.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Joy From Eloy: Fast start for Jimenez catches the attention of White Sox fans

Outfield Eloy Jimenez is enjoying an incredible start to his season with the Double-A Barons of the Southern League, and this comes after he suffered a minor pectoral strain at the end of workouts in Glendale for Spring Training.

Activated from that injury on April 19th, Jimenez has been on a tear ever since.

At age 21, Jiminez is the youngest player on the Birmingham Barons.  He will likely be up a level (or two) at some point in the summer.

Nasty Nate Posted: May 11, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Thursday, May 10, 2018

White Sox prospect Jake Burger tears Achilles tendon for 2nd time

Hahn said the long-term prognosis remains positive and he expects Burger to have “no restrictions” once his leg heals. Hahn said the latest injury occurred at Burger’s home in Arizona.

“He was walking in his backyard and took a step and unfortunately felt a pop,” Hahn said. “It appears nothing could have been done to prevent this, much like the first one.

“Doctors are very optimistic that this repair, the second repair, will take, especially with the graft-tissue attachment. ...

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Ned Colletti Goes Inside Baseball

Controversy surfaced when the question of “juicing” or steroid use came up. Colletti mentioned legendary hitter Barry Bonds, saying, “It hurts me that Barry’s not in the Hall. He was one of the greatest, smartest players I’ve been around —genius.”

While commenting that he never saw any drug use, Colletti did say that of course it was suspected, but that management’s hands were tied because the players’ union did not allow drug testing for athletes. He claims, though, he ...

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From Atlanta to Athens, organist Matthew Kaminski keeping baseball’s music tradition alive

When Kaminski decided on a whim to audition for the Braves organist position in 2009, he got the job. Two years later, he was contacted by the Georgia athletic association, which asked Kaminski to play a few games in Athens.

What started as a dozen or so games the first year turned into a seven-year long relationship between Kaminski and the Bulldogs. Whenever the Braves are out of town, or their season has not yet started, Kaminski can be found at Foley Field. The difference in crowd size ...

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Many Twins players embrace extra-innings rules changes, but not what’s happening in the minors

“Doesn’t seem fair,” said Duffey, the Twins righthander who is currently back at Class AAA. “Doesn’t seem like baseball.”

That’s a common complaint as minor league baseball implements the experimental rules, designed to address what some consider a scourge and others view as a blessing: extra innings.

Interesting to see some feedback on the recent changes.


Here are the DII baseball records we think will never be broken

Not a question I had ever considered asking, but some of these are pretty neat. One example:

The final score was 71-1 and that was after only four innings. St. Francis, a dual member of the NAIA and DII baseball, jumped all over Robert Morris, and they did it quickly forcing them to surrender after four innings. Here are just some of the more eye-popping numbers from that game that still stand as single-game records:

  10: Triples in a game
  11: Bases on balls in an inning
  26: Runs in ...

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Rafael Palmeiro Making a Comeback in Pro Baseball in Cleburne

A familiar face is making a comeback in professional baseball in North Texas, with a few grey hairs to show for his time off. Rafael Palmeiro signed on Wednesday with the independent Cleburne Railroaders, who play in the American Association.

Now 53, Palmeiro played 20 years for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, and he won’t be making the trip to Cleburne alone.
[...]
“Wherever you go, I’m gonna go with you because we’re gonna do this together,” said Palmeiro’s older son Patrick.

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Tony Pérez book is first about only Cuban Major Leaguer in National Baseball Hall of Fame

Pérez grew up in the little sugar mill town of Violeta, learning to hit pebbles with a stick, playing his way out of the mill through that narrow window just before the Bay of Pigs (when the window closed permanently). The “140-pound string bean with the fluorescent smile” signed with the Cincinnati Reds. His bonus? A $2.50 visa and a plane ticket to Tampa.

DanG Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, hall of fame, reds, tony perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 10, 1918:

Babe Ruth had on his clouting clothes on Thursday and had one big day at the bat. He poled a triple, three doubles and a single in five times up. He hit in the cleanup position.

Does anybody know anything about this Ruth guy? I guess he’s a pitcher too. He almost sounds like an American Shohei Ohtani.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball Bugs (Bunny) Offers to Help the Birds

Hey @Orioles, just make the call! I’m available, Docs!

NattyBoh Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, bugs bunny, worst team in baseball

Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward

The Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball and it’s clear this team needs to be rebuilt…Looking at this whole situation, it appears the dust is starting to settle, and the winner of this interesting saga looks to be Brady Anderson. Anderson has been quoted as saying he wasn’t seeking out new responsibilities, but if they were to come he would take them on.

NattyBoh Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brady anderson, buck showalter, dan duquette, orioles, peter angelos

Trade to Reds Might Be Worst-Case Scenario for Matt Harvey

The Matt Harvey saga is officially over in New York, but it’s just beginning in a new and unlikely place. On Tuesday evening, the Mets announced they were trading Harvey, who was designated for assignment last Friday, to the Reds in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco. The deal is essentially a swap of broken-down former All-Stars, though for Harvey, the move to Ohio can charitably be described as a worst-case scenario.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

ESPN: Reds acquire Matt Harvey, ship Devin Mesoraco to Mets

The Reds agreed to pay the Mets $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal.

This would have been a blockbuster deal a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, both players are now washed-out, former All-Stars. I realize that the Reds are desperate for starting pitching, but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a ...

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Hochman: Ex-Cardinal Lynn jaded by free-agency experience

“Maybe I’ll just go on and be a hired gun the rest of my career, I don’t really care,” Lynn said in his monotone voice. “If somebody gives me a chance to pitch, I’m going to go do it, I’m not worried about anything else. It’s kind of been who I’ve been my whole life. I’m going to take the ball and I’m going to try to help the team win.

“That’s kind of the unfortunate business part of baseball now. I was here for seven years and there’s no loyalty in the game. So as ...

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Andre Dawson embraces death in new life running funeral home: ‘It’s not for the weak’

The call was urgent, and the emotions raw, when three businessmen pulled into the Little Havana neighborhood in the early afternoon, rang the doorbell, and solemnly walked into the home to get the dead body.

A man directed them to the bedroom where his father had just passed away. He looked up twice and stared intently through his glassy, reddened eyes, as his face contorted in an odd mixture of grief, confusion and thrill.

“The Hawk?’’ he blurted out.

“Yes,’’ Andre Dawson said, ...

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Lineup snafu highlights Mickey Callaway’s inexperience

Is this rock bottom? It can always get worse, I guess.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2018

Beaver [Oklahoma] Herald, May 9, 1918:

Harry Heilman [sic], Tiger outfielder, had an experience recently which will stick with him for a while and which will keep him glued to his seat in the Pullman when traveling about the country…The train hesitated at New London, Conn., and Heilman jumped off to get some sandwiches, running out of the Pullman car without coat and hat. While he was purchasing the grub the whistle blew and off went the rattler minus Heilman.

Harry had the change from a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

James Paxton’s No-Hitter Is a Clear Product of Baseball’s All-or-Nothing Era

The third no-hitter of the 2018 MLB season and the 299th in professional baseball history belongs to James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners. Over nine innings in Toronto, the big Canadian lefty struck out seven Blue Jays and needed just 99 pitches to finish the job, throwing as hard as 100 mph in his final frame. While it wasn’t as dominant an effort as his 16-strikeout outing last week, Paxton’s no-no perhaps best represents this current era of baseball—an all-or-nothing affair in which ...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna charged with assault by Toronto police

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested early Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman, according to Toronto police.

Details of the alleged incident weren’t immediately known.
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The Blue Jays didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.



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