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Saturday, October 01, 2016

David Ortiz helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays |

David Ortiz helps out the Tigers and Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Toolshed: Rookies meeting, underperforming their MLB projections | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

This one really surpised me.

Cody Reed: To put it bluntly, Reed probably would’ve fallen shy of just about any preseason projection, given his performance. The 23-year-old left-hander, who is on the disabled list with back spasms, struggled to a 7.36 ERA, 6.06 FIP and -0.3 WAR in 10 starts (47 2/3 innings). His biggest issue was the gopher ball; Reed averaged 2.3 home runs allowed per nine innings, well above his Minor League average of 0.5. Steamer didn’t have high expectations for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

OT - October 2016 College Football thread

More like this, please:

At the University of Miami, what’s old is new again—at least as far as the football team’s uniforms go.

The Hurricanes will harken back to the days of the Orange Bowl as they unveiled new uniforms [September 19] at a launch party at the Rathskeller on campus.

According to Miami, the new Adidas togs are called ‘Legend of the U’ and will debut Oct. 8 when the Hurricanes play host to Florida State at Hard Rock Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens.

...
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2016 at 03:11 AM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Friday, September 30, 2016


The “Last Saturday of the Regular Season” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2016 at 11:29 PM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The View is Much Better When You’re the Lead Dog: Mike Trout Closes in on Another Second-Place MVP Finish

Williams. Musial. Pujols. It looks like Trout is about to join some very exclusive company.

gehrig97 Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, joe dimaggio, mickey mantle, mike trout, mvp, stan musial, ted williams

What’s going on inside the Blue Jays clubhouse?

Why, for example, would the leaders on the team allow someone to put up on a wall photos of two Toronto sports writers with an ‘X’ scratched on their face and the a message written on top reading, ‘Do not grant them interviews’ (or words to that effect)?

On the surface, a pretty juvenile stunt. But also unprofessional. And it’s something, a couple of journalists pointed out to a Jays official, the New York Yankees would never allow in their clubhouse.

And it’s not just those photos. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2016

Chicago Eagle, September 30, 1916:

“I took up professional baseball after receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan because the financial returns were there,” remarked George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns, the other day.
“I intend to use the winter months to advantage, however, by keeping in touch with engineering. Baseball is a grant game and I want to get to the top if possible. At the present rate, I think I can retire in 12 years with a fortune.

“One ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history

Why Bo Jackson chose baseball

“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”

Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bo jackson, draft, football, royals, yankees

Fox Sports: Ken Rosenthal’s 2016 MLB awards

I know, I know—Britton’s innings total, currently 65 1/3, would be the lowest ever for a Cy winner.

Problem is, the top nine starters in the league are virtually indistinguishable, with ERAs between 3.06 and 3.21. And the last AL pitcher to win the Cy with an ERA above 3.00 was CC Sabathia in 2007.

So, it’s a good but not great group of starters vs. a record-setting reliever. Or hadn’t you noticed? Britton is a perfect 47-for-47 in saves. His 0.55 ERA would be the lowest in history for ...


One More Incredible Rangers Statistic | FanGraphs Baseball

Of course there’s noise, or randomness, and of course circumstances can be different when a team plays a certain other one. Maybe the Rangers have gotten really lucky in terms of missing the better teams’ better starters. But we haven’t seen something quite like this in a century. In a little more than a century, for that matter.

Almost 2,300 team-seasons in the sample. For each of them, I calculated winning percentage against teams who’re at least .500, and winning percentage against ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Can New Technology Bring Baseball’s Data Revolution to Fielding? -

It’s the Holy Grail of statistical analysis!

Statcast churns out an overwhelming amount of information; describing the movements of all the players on the field during a routine ground out, according to Willman, who is an analyst at BAM, can fill the equivalent of 21,000 rows on a spreadsheet. Teams are still learning how to dig through the digital sediment for usable knowledge. For now, they rely mostly on Willman and a couple of other colleagues to serve as electronic archaeologists. The ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Molina’s walk-off 2B keeps Cards in WC hunt |

It was a weird end. Watching the game, I agree with the umps. Price waited too long.

Molina stepped to the plate with two out and the potential winning run on first and ripped a ball to left field. It bounced off the warning track and hit a panel of signage beyond the wall before caroming back into play. A throw from left fielder Adam Duvall was too late to get Carpenter, who slid into home to initiate the celebration.

Statcast measures the exit velocity of Yadier Molina’s double and Matt ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, reds


The “Last Friday of the Regular Season” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for use of a stimulant

Shoulda stuck to ice cream sandwiches.

Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.

If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jesus montero, mariners, peds

Heyman: Twins’ hiring of Falvey raising eyebrows

Derek Falvey has a lot going for him as a well-regarded young executive with the Indians, but his impending hiring to lead the Minnesota Twins’ baseball ops department as its new chief baseball officer is raising eyebrows around the league.

Falvey is indeed the choice, with the Twins believed just to be doing final background checks. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the hiring. Of course no one should blame Falvey, a very bright exec by all accounts, but it’s questionable how qualified he ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, derek falvey, jed hoyer, twins

Jay Bruce gives peek at breakout as playoffs come into focus | New York Post

The trade might work out after all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist were forced to swap positions (and gloves) for a single play |

This was much ado about nothing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2016

New York Evening World, September 29, 1916:

Twenty-five straight!

If the Giants never do anything else they can rest on that record. The twenty straight of the old Providence Club lasted for thirty-two years. Under the law of averages—with the increasing difficulty of winning games as the strain of a long drawn out effort grows—the new record of the Giants should last for a century!

I don’t know, man. 100 years is a long time. People probably won’t even be playing baseball anymore in 2016.

At ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

The Other Weird Thing About the Home-Run Surge | FanGraphs Baseball

Everybody is doing it. The chicks must dig it.

I’m not saying anything here is conclusive. And it’s possible we have a population change and a baseball change. Some of the evidence for a different baseball is very convincing. But now there’s more power coming from baseball’s middle class. And there’s more power coming from baseball’s lower class. The upper class has more power, too, yet not really by a whole lot. Homers are being distributed fairly equally, perhaps more than ever ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


The Last-Thursday-Of-The-Regular-Season OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Untitled — We all want the real Pitch, but…

Great stuff by Rob.

The difference was massive. Male pitchers averaged roughly 37 meters per second; females 27 meters per second. That is, women threw 73 percent as hard as the men. Apologies, but this would really be stretching the definition of “a few miles per hour slower.”

Technically, of course, “a few” can mean just about anything. But a reader might be mistaken for thinking “a few” means three miles an hour slower. Or six, or maybe seven.

I got Fleisig on the phone ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:25 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: woman in baseball

Steven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow

While Matz, 25, announced his presence in the Majors last summer with an excellent debut, he didn’t pitch enough innings for his rookie status to expire. The 2016 campaign has technically been his rookie year, and it’ll come to a close with a 3.40 earned run average and a 129-to-31 K/BB ratio that was compiled over the life of 132 1/3 innings out of the New York rotation. Matz becomes the third Mets starer to require season-ending surgery, joining rotation-mates Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, youngpitchingwillbreakyourheart

Theo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs

They’ve always said it was inevitable, but the later in the season it got, a little doubt started to creep in.

Chairman Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein hammered out a new deal that will keep Epstein in charge of the Cubs’ baseball operations for five more years. Epstein’s contract had been set to expire at season’s end.

The deal surpasses the $8 million annually that Dodgers baseball czar Andrew Friedman garnered in fall 2014 to become their president of baseball operations, ...


White Sox will retain Robin Ventura if he wants to return: report - Chicago Tribune

Has he really earned a new contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, robin ventura, white sox

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Of course he did.

Tebow, batting second, was making his debut in Port St. Lucie, Fla., against the Cardinals’ instructional league team. His homer came off left-hander John Kilichowski, the Cardinals’ 2016 11th-round pick out of Vanderbilt, who gave up just one homer in 47 at-bats vs. left-handed batters in the Minors this year.

eddieot Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Time For MLB To End Rules That Jeopardize Safety Of Scouts -

“MLB’s rules that limit our ability to travel a Venezuelan guy to the Dominican Republic, that limit our ability to get them in a complex at different ages, all these rules are solely contributing to the risks that all of us are taking traveling from complex to complex, facility to facility in the streets,” said one international director. “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time, and it’s on MLB when it happens, because they’re the ones who created these rules. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects, scouting, venezuela

Fan loses ring while proposing during game at Yankee Stadium

Generally, I’m not a fan of the marriage proposal at a sporting event.

It’s become such a common event that most people just roll their eyes when there is a proposal on the big screen at a stadium. Teams, such as the New York Yankees, even encourage fans to propose at games.

However ... there are times when it’s pure magic.

Zach Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, yankees

Cracked: Baseball Is Carefully Crafted To Skirt The Limits Of Human Ability

[scroll down to #1]

On any regulation baseball diamond, the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound is weirdly specific: 60’ 6”. That distance isn’t a two-thirds ode to the devil; it’s an important design feature. That’s the empirically determined balancing point which puts the pitcher and hitter on an equal playing field. Moving the pitcher’s mound back even five feet would change the game wildly, giving batters a huge (20 percent) increase in the time they had to prepare their swing, ...

John DiFool2 Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

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