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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Can Sabermetrics Replace the Officer FitRep?

Sabermetrics brings objectivity to baseball management through a more robust statistical analysis. Managers can now make personnel decisions not only using the quality of a player, but by assessing how well one fits within the existing talent structure of a team. A team which plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark will target players differently than a team at home in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. A manager is now also more likely to consider the talent surrounding a player—their context within ...

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Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: navy veteran, sabermetrics


Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make | Nats Insider

The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.

Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.

Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

The Mets have to learn lessons a computer can’t teach them | New York Post

Much has been made lately about the Mets “Matrix’’ system.

The Matrix is a computer program coupled with scouting, Collins said Saturday they use the info to help figure out what pitchers the Mets’ young hitters, especially, might have the most success against.

“What we’ve tried to do is get our scouts together and take [Rays starter] Nathan Karns for example, how many guys have that kind of stuff, similar stuff, go through the computer system and say, ‘OK, here is a guy who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching

Hanley Ramirez: ‘I’m struggling, just like everybody else’ - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

A nice interview with Hanley Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Jose Fernandez Dealing With Shoulder Stiffness - MLB Trade Rumors

This isn’t good.

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and has returned to Miami to see a doctor, the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reports (Twitter links). The nature and severity of the injury are unclear. “Let’s see what it is before we speculate on something,” says Marlins manager Dan Jennings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday Notes: Putnam’s Odd Mix, Spin Rates, Mariners, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes this tidbit.

Rick Waits pays attention to TrackMan data. It’s not an end-all-be-all for the Seattle Mariners pitching coach, but he considers it a valuable tool. He uses it as a reference point to assess things that might be amiss.

“If I have a pitcher whose spin rate was higher last year than it is this year, let’s say with a curveball, I’ll look a little closer to see if there’s any particular reason,” said Waits. “It might be arm angle or it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Career Talk: Being a Major League Baseball Bullpen Catcher

The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

OMNICHATTER 8-9-15

IF THIS BE… OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Posnanski: 500 (More) Words on Baseball Clocks

Now I want to get out to a minor league game that uses the clock and see for myself what it’s like.

Thursday, I was in Toledo to do a story on minor league home run champion Mike Hessman, and I watched my first baseball game with a clock. And I’ll just say it right out because there’s no point in playing games here: I was 100% wrong. I was so totally, ridiculously and absurdly wrong that, frankly, I want to write an angry email in response to myself.

But this game, Elizabeth was ...

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Starlin Castro benched, staying positive

“I felt a little frustrated, especialy [Friday] when they told me I’m not going to play for I don’t know when,” Castro said. “In the beginning, I took it really personal. After that, I thought about it. You can’t put those guys on the bench. They’re really hot right now and I understand. I thought about it last night. I’ll do whatever I can do for the team.”

“I never put my head down,” Castro said. “I know the player I am. I’ll just keep working, keep doing my routine. I’ll get back on ...

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Voodoo... Posted: August 08, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The early flaws of Statcast data - Beyond the Box Score

Another look at Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

How confident are you in your MLB general manager? - MLB Daily Dish

In the end, the Cubs and the Astros finished in a virtual tie for the top spot, with their fanbases each rating them at just a shade under 4.9 out of 5.0. This isn’t terribly surprising. Both clubs are run by exceptionally smart people, with excellent reputations, and are competitive a year ahead of schedule. It’s easy to buy into that. To no one’s surprise, the Marlins finished dead last, as every single respondent rated their confidence in Mike Berger at one. The other day, Mike Hill, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, ratings

The Seedy Underside of Slow Pitch Softball

Who knew that the world of slow-pitch softball was so corrupt?

Hank G. Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Daniel Nava: The greatest story ever told - Over the Monster

Who is going to star in the Nava movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel nava, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-8-2015

The Worldwide Leader in OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Inside Baseball: Padres, Reds throw late deadline curves, and other notes - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers, red sox, trade

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson

Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….

Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).

Where the money comes in would be here:

Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 ...

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Mets fans still complaining despite winning games and adding Yoenis Cespedes

Don’t usually like Raissman at all, but he absolutely nailed the Met fan here. The Misery Wing, indeed.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

New bombshell: Pete Rose accused of statutory rape; hit king denies claim

I thought Pete only hit on 17-or-under in blackjack.

John Dowd, the investigator whose findings led to Rose’s ban in 1989 by former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, claims he was told by former Rose associate Michael Bertolini that Rose committed statutory rape on young girls during his playing and/or managerial career.

In a July 13 interview with WCHE in West Chester, Pa., that hadn’t surfaced until now, the former federal organized crime investigator said, “Michael Bertolini told us that not ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: john dowd, pete rose, police blotter, statutory rape

Ex-Tiger Evan Reed gets year of probation for assault charge

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was formally sentenced Friday after pleading no contest last month to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.

Reed had two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges dropped July 17 as part of the plea deal before Wayne County Circuit Court Shannon Walker. Reed was given one year of probation Friday by Walker.

Walker also ordered Reed to perform 120 hours of community service and must pay $4,480 for his victim’s medical fees among various other ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: evan reed, police blotter, sexual assault, tigers

Fox Sports: Video: Softballer Renaud Lefort hits incredible home run with backwards swing

He’ll look great in Central Park tomorrow.

The Les 4 Chevaliers is a Montreal-based quartet that bills itself as the softball/baseball equivalent of basketball’s infamous tricksters.

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The group certainly lives up to the hype in this incredible footage, showing batter Renaud Lefort pulling off a mind-boggling switch hit.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: canada, incredible, montreal, softball

Ben Cherington is taking the heat in stride - The Boston Globe

The Henry Red Sox have always blended scouting and analytics. Always.

How about the mix between analytics and traditional scouting? Are the Red Sox too numbers-oriented? Too much Bill James?

“I think we have good people in both areas,” Cherington said. “I don’t think we’re lacking for information. You always have to find ways to get more information and better information and process it the right way. You can look back and see decisions that have worked out and others that haven’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, red sox

Does a great farm system mean big league success? For the Red Sox, not yet. - The Boston Globe

Speier is overcomplicating this question. You keep the best and trade the rest.

“Historically, [top farm system status] has translated over time,” said Cherington. “It doesn’t always in a given year. Obviously, it hasn’t for us this year. There are teams that have had periods of success at the big league level without having a very strong farm system, or at least the perception is that they don’t have one, and then there’s plenty of examples of teams that have.

“We’d like [a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Billy Beane might not be the A’s GM for much longer - SBNation.com

This would mean the A’s have joined the Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox, Giants, and more as teams instituting a president of baseball operations who is a former GM, one who can remain hands on with the department. The Red Sox could end up joining this mix soon, or the Blue Jays, or whoever ends up with Dave Dombrowski now that the Tigers let him go. It’ll be sad if Beane takes a step back or becomes more reclusive with the promotion, but the guy has been around and successful for so long that it’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, general managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2015

Seattle Star, August 7, 1915:

Eppa Rixey is one of THE Rixeys of Virginia, and can write F.F.V. without making Harry Lee turn over in his grave.

The decision of Eppa to take up baseball was not reached without many family councils under the Rixey roof at Culpepper, Va. One of Eppa’s uncles is Surgeon General P.M. Rixey, U.S.N., retired as rear admiral, upon whose chest Alfonso XIII hung a medal for services rendered the crew of the Santa Maria, following an explosion. Another was the late John ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eppa rixey, history

Updated Top 250 fantasy baseball rankings: pitcher inning limits

Here’s a great look at the players in danger of being shut down for innings limits.

Ah, but does one count Nola’s 116 1/3 innings during his final year at LSU toward his 2014 total? That would result in a total of 171 2/3 innings, and he’d be on pace for a 22-inning increase. Regardless, Nola was on an innings limit last season and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro previously hinted a 170-inning limit for the rookie right-hander in 2015. At an average of six innings per start, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

Stephen Strasburg will start on Saturday | MLB.com

This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.

Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.

“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals, stephen strasburg

Cubs’ GM Hoyer: August deals could be tougher than usual to make this year

“There’s a lot of teams that are vying for the playoffs, so I think that’ll probably mean a little bit more blocking than usual,” Hoyer said. “There’ll definitely be deals. Whether those will be big deals or not, I would probably say no, simply because I do think people are pretty active on the waiver wire and there’ll be quite a bit of blocking.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

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