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Monday, March 05, 2018

Jon Lester using new approach on throws to 1B | MLB.com

The Cubs’ Jon Lester is trying a new Chicago Bulls-themed approach to deal with his struggles to throw to first base.

“In the words of [coach Brian Butterfield], we’re going to use the Jordan-to-Pippen bounce,” Lester said Sunday, referring to Bulls legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. “I don’t care what it looks like, I don’t care if it bounces 72 times over there, an out’s an out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

OTP 3 March 2018: Texas Wesleyan baseball coach fired after rejecting Colorado prospect over politics

A college baseball coach in Texas was fired Thursday partly because of an email he sent to a high school prospect in Colorado. Texas Wesleyan University’s coach told the senior that Colorado players have failed drug tests in the past and the university doesn’t take a chance on students from the state.

At a Thursday morning press conference, University President Fred Slabach announced coach Mike Jeffcoat was fired because of the remarks and for violating National Association of Intercollegiate ...

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Sunday, March 04, 2018

Steven Matz: Roughed up Sunday

In a post-game interview, Matz asserted that his struggles were not health related, but simply a matter of him missing his spots high. Even though it’s just a spring game, this is a bit concerning for prospective fantasy owners given the young left-hander’s struggles last year.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 04, 2018 at 03:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Bad new about Rusty Staub

The beloved Mets icon and New York philanthropist, who survived a midflight heart attack from Ireland to JFK Airport in October 2015, is again gravely ill in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital where he has been suffering from a staph infection that has led to kidney failure for nearly a month now.

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 04, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: colt .45's, montreal expos

Jose Canseco turned teammates onto steroids

This is literally an economics research paper by actual scientists.

This paper examines the issue of whether workers learn productive skills from their co-workers, even if those skills are unethical. Specifically, we estimate whether Jose Canseco, a star baseball player in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, affected the performance of his teammates by introducing them to steroids. Using panel data, we show that a player’s performance increases significantly after they played with Jose Canseco. After ...

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We X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here’s What We Found.

On top of the fact that the balls became bouncier as the core itself changed, previous research at FiveThirtyEight showed that they also became less air resistant. The decrease in drag is probably a result of a smaller, slicker baseball with lower seams. The change in air resistance could add an additional 5 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball. Combine all these factors together — a lighter, more compact baseball with tighter seams and more bounce — and the ball could fly as much as ...

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Bored Posted: March 04, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general, juiced baseballs

Saturday, March 03, 2018

What Is the Essential Baseball Film?

The Kid From Left Field?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2018 at 08:51 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

Friday, March 02, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-2-2018

Bridgeport Times, March 2, 1918:

Mr. George Perritt of Shreveport, La., right-handed pitcher for the New York Giants, says he’s through. No more baseball for him. He will not play for John J. McGraw in 1918, and never, never, never will bend another outshoot over the old pan at the Polo Grounds. So he says.
...
[Perritt:] “It won’t do any good for McGraw to come here to sign me to anything—unless he wants to buy an automobile…I’m through with baseball—through forever. I’m selling automobiles ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 02, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Royals fans remember Lucas Duda from 2015 World Series, now he’s replacing Eric Hosmer

Ironically, Duda likely will replace Hosmer as the Royals’ first baseman. According to FanGraphs, Duda has 7.4 Wins Above Replacement since the start of the 2014 season, while Hosmer has a 7.5 WAR.

After the Royals won the Series-clinching Game 5, Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz said, “Bless his heart, Duda. He’s a good bat.”

Zach Posted: March 02, 2018 at 06:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, lucas duda, royals

Does Madison Bumgarner Deserve to Be MLB’s Next $30M-Per-Year Pitcher?

He has two years on his current contract which gets him to age 33. I think the Giants can keep him for less if they extend him now. He’s a pretty down-to-earth guy. I doubt he cares about setting AAV records.
eddieot Posted: March 02, 2018 at 06:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, giants, madison bumgarner, not a boras client

Mets360: The sweet irony of Lucas Duda

Something akin to trading Ralph Branca for Bobby Thomson in about 1953 or so…

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 02, 2018 at 06:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Inside Baseball Notes | Svelte Schwarber surprising | FanRag Sports

Heyman is a great reporter. Maybe, though, he should skip the analysis.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

A conversation with the Angels’ Justin Upton: On hitting, stats, and the end of free-agent courting – The Athletic

Here’s an extremely interesting interview with Justin Upton. I doubt his perspective is unique.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin upton, pay site, the athletic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-1-2018

El Paso Herald, March 1, 1918:

Harry Frazee, Jr., 15 years old, is an enterprising school boy. Last spring he wrote to his father, president of the Red Sox, for half a dozen new balls. Frazee, Sr., paid $1.25 each for them and shipped them immediately. Several weeks later he received another urgent request for a second half dozen, which also were sent with a letter asking what had been done with the first batch. Back came a reply which read:

“I sold the first half dozen at a quarter apiece. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Goold: After walking away from baseball, Rasmus is back to ride ‘this roller coaster’ | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

A nice piece on Colby Rasmus and his ambivalence toward the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: colby rasmus, orioles

Neil Walker sounds bummed about Yankees’ Drury trade | New York Post

Torres looks like a better fit at 2B. Walker hasn’t played much third. Add in his back issue, his poor defense, and his salary and it’s not difficult to figure out when the Yankees preferred to trade for Drury.

Walker wishes intangibles weighed more in the Yankees’ decision.

“Maybe it’s something that’s being lost in translation with teams — how are we valuing guys?” Walker said. “Are we strictly valuing them on numbers, or are we not able to quantify how they’re making an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

The most intriguing thing at every Cactus League camp

These guys have track records. Unless one of these guys has made a pretty big adjustment, I’d think he already knows who’ll be the starter. Of course, he won’t want to say it.

Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and Ketel Marte are competing for the starting shortstop job in Arizona, where manager Torey Lovullo and his staff are focusing on things that don’t appear in a box score.

While MLB goes young, here’s why the Giants are doubling down on players in their 30s
Baseball is a young man’s game these ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Clayton Kershaw’s Next Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

He’s been great. His back problems the last couple of years could scare the Dodgers enough to keep them from offering him a seven-year deal. Would Kershaw agree to language which protects the Dodgers while choosing to not push them to the very top of the market?

Whether Kershaw and the Dodgers work out an extension before he opts out or he pulls the trigger, hits the open market, and signs a new deal, it’s reasonable to assume that his new pact will be a seven-year one. Not only did he (and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers


Once wondering whether he belonged, Kyle Crick found his spot in the majors | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Crick was closing for Class AAA Sacramento when the Giants promoted him last June. The Giants were the worst team in the National League, but Crick joined a clubhouse with Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain, veterans with three World Series rings.

“They were in the weight room early, they were taking care of their bodies, rolling out, doing all sorts of stuff that as a minor leaguer, as a young kid, I had just thought was eyewash stuff until that point,” Crick said. “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle crick, pirates

Alex Cora to lean on veterans for Red Sox rules, possibly tighter dress code

Are sports coats really needed?

“I think you give them the space,” Cora said in a sit-down with NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously, we’re going to have some rules. Dress codes, and who can be in the clubhouse, all that stuff. … I will get the veterans or the core of the team in my office. Tell ‘em what I want from them, and then they meet and they’ll come back with a set of rules that they feel it’s appropriate for the team, and then we’ll discuss and we go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Melky Cabrera is one of the faces of MLB’s free agent crisis | New York Post

IT’S A CRISIS!!

Cabrera has averaged 12 outfield assists each of the past three years and committed just two errors last season.

Hey Kevin Kernan, the 1940’s called asking for their statistical analysis back.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera

How Data Transformed the Angels’ Rule 5 Pick | FanGraphs Baseball

A great example of how teams can translate data for individual player improvement.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, angels


Mets Matt Harvey debuts strong at camp | MLB.com

Will he be any good this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The Rays Ditched Their Bad Fastball Hitters | FanGraphs Baseball

An alternative explanation for the Rays deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2018

Washington Times, February 28, 1918:

INTERNATIONAL IS SURE OF QUITTING FOR 1918 SEASON

A definite decision on the part of the International League to close its parks for the season of 1918 is expected soon, it was said [in New York] today.

Almost daily indications of a collapse of the league are found in the sale of players by the various clubs. In many cases the clubs are selling their best men.

Seems like this is the sort of thing you’d want nailed down before March. Anyway, the IL didn’t go ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Engel: Rangers, please don’t do this to your best arm

Mac Engel on converting reliever Matt Bush to starting duties:

Bush has electric stuff that belongs in the back end of a bullpen, not as a starter every fifth day. Sorry, sixth day. He is willing, and he has the talent, but he is not built for the role.

Asking a power arm on a 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame is asking for an injury. He generates most of that power from his large trunk, but this is a guy who battled through shoulder and knee injuries last season when he pitched 52 1/3 innings.

Both ...

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BDC Posted: February 28, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: conversion to starting, rangers, relievers

THT: Mike Norris on Billy Martin, Jesse Jefferson and Complete Games

“Now, it wasn’t so much his confidence growing each inning, but man, his chest started to poke out more, and I think he had this curve he was breaking off; he was unhittable that day. He became more erect on the mound, standing straight up and then later in the game, after finishing an inning, he’d look into our dugout at me with this cool little smile. Heh-heh, he sure had a little pimpin’ going on out there.”

djordan Posted: February 28, 2018 at 08:30 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mike norris, mlb

What you need to know about the injury that delayed J.D. Martinez’s Red Sox contract

Some details about the new clause in his contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

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