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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values - BaseballAmerica.com

Draft figures.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Harper: Tanaka concern may have been lost in translation - NY Daily News

It’s just a misunderstanding.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Babe Ruth’s Autobiography, as Written in 1920; Section III « Our Game

More good stuff from John Thorn.

Part 1
Part 2

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history, yankees

Curtis Granderson’s continued evolution of his offensive approach - Beyond the Box Score

I’m sold on Curtis Granderson this year. First, as the article mentions, he made some adjustments in his pitch selection last year. Second, he’s tweaked his swing this off-season, cutting out most of the hitch he had in his swing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets, sabermetrics

Red Sox collecting Justin Mastersons | FOX Sports

Good stuff from Dave Cameron.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox, rick porcello

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1915:

Manager Bill Carrigan of the Red Sox expects to depend largely upon his left-handed pitchers during the first months of the season. He has Leonard, Collins and Ruth ready to do their share of the work, and Foster, Shore, and Mays to help them.

Ruth? Ruth is going to make the team? There’s no way that kid’s ready. He has flop written all over him.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 08, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bill carrigan, dugout, history

Huffington Post: The 50 Greatest Baseball Books of All Time

This should be good for an argument…

Rather than ranking the 50 greatest nonfiction baseball books, I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by author. Scroll down the list and find books that will entertain and educate. And if some of your favorite baseball books are missing, post a comment and let the rest of us know.

AndrewJ Posted: April 08, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: books, lists

Baseball is realizing the value of taking a day off. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

Too tired to play? Major League players need to embrace the napping lifestyle.

“I think we’re getting more analytical about this and asking ourselves how we can preserve these players over the course of a season,” says long-time Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. “If a guy does great playing four games in a row but doesn’t do well on the fifth day, why are we playing him when we have a fresh guy on the bench who could be better? I think we definitely see a decrease in performance when people get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: general


Shea: Henderson has plenty of faith in Zito - San Francisco Chronicle

I hope Barry Zito gets back.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, rickey henderson


OMNICHATTER 4-8-15

The first day of 15 games! Everybody is playing!

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2015 at 12:33 AM | 240 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Posnanski: How do you solve a problem like Dalkowski?

One July 10, 1962, a minor miracle happened — though only a few people witnessed it. That was the day that Andy Warhol unveiled his odd Campbell Soup Cans work of art, though that wasn’t the miracle. A company called Telstar launched into space the first privately owned satellite. That wasn’t the miracle either.

No, that day, a somewhat clunky and generally unimposing young man with thick glasses took the mound for a minor-league baseball game in Elmira, N.Y. There were, by official ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 07, 2015 at 07:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, history, joe posnanski, orioles, steve dalkowski

Randy Johnson throws out D-backs’ first pitch, could still probably strike you out

Soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Famer Randy Johnson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for opening day, taking the mound to throw out the first pitch.

Johnson stood taller than everyone around him on the field, them calmly walked out to the mound and zoomed his first pitch over the plate like he wasn’t even trying, like he was doing these things yesterday. Johnson, 51, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009 but obviously isn’t out of practice, even though he devotes his time to photography ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 07, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, big unit, randy johnson

Pitchfork at the Plate

Baseball season is under way, folks. To celebrate Opening Day, we polled Pitchfork staffers on the song they would choose if they were stepping up to the plate. Here are their responses.

I’d probably go with Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”, but then I’m way too unhip to write for Pitchfork.

Swedish Chef Posted: April 07, 2015 at 05:13 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: at bat music, hipsters, music, muzak, trivia

Bill James Mailbag - 4/7/15

Hey, Bill! Long-time Braves fan here (through some good years, and some VERY bad ones) and it really hurts to see the Braves trade away Craig Kimbrel. I know they claim to be “rebuilding,” but Kimbrel has been one of the best relievers in the game over the last couple of years, and he’s only 26. Wouldn’t you consider…that position, at least…to be already “built?”

It’s Upton. The signing of BJ Upton was utterly inexplicable, for reasons I should probably be polite enough not to outline, but ...

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George Will’s 2015 Opening Day Quiz - The Washington Post

My score was…disappointing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 01:22 PM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: quiz

Masahiro Tanaka Abandons the Fastball | FanGraphs

Jeff Sullivan also tries to talk Yankees fans off the ledge.

And then, let’s think about Tanaka saying he’s changing his approach. The natural assumption is that Tanaka is trying to protect his own arm, and that’s sensible enough. Maybe he’s just trying to power down a little bit so as to reduce the stress on his elbow. But, alternatively, maybe Tanaka is just trying to be a little better? Dozens or hundreds of pitchers make adjustments in between seasons. When there aren’t injury ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

HACKING MASS Competition 2015

I did pretty well last year, although Travis Ishikawa didn’t end up getting the Pirates’ job and that hurt.

HACKING MASS, our competition to pick the least dangerous hitters and least effective pitchers in the majors, returns for the 2015 season!... You’ll have a full week to enter (the deadline is April 13, 2015, at midnight PST), but it’s easy to change players, so feel free to go all in on Freddy Galvis on the entry form today, then switch to Adeiny Hechavarria Monday morning…

Simply pick ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, contests, hacking mass, sabermetrics

Worried about Masahiro Tanaka’s velocity? Don’t be | FOX Sports

CJ Nitkowski explains why Tanaka’s drop in fastball velocity isn’t a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Newcomers make big impact on Day 1 | MLB.com

These new guys did O.K. yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2015

Bismarck Daily Tribune, April 7, 1915:

The oldest man connected with baseball has never seen a game.

He is David Riblet of Cleveland…If Riblet lives until March 13 he will be ninety years old. For the last four years he has been the watchman in the club rooms of the Naps.
...
“But I don’t ever expect to see a ball game,” adds Riblet. “You see, I’m one of those kind of men who always stick at their post, no matter what is happening near by them.”

For 18 years Riblet operated the turnstiles at ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 07, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants survive opener, have health concerns about rotation - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants also will need to scramble for a Game 3 starter because Matt Cain had an MRI exam after feeling right-forearm tightness and was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon.

Cain’s symptoms put a big scare into the Giants because they can reflect the most devastating pitching injury, a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which requires Tommy John surgery. Bochy said Cain has nothing like that and termed his injury “more like a two-week thing.”

“The trainers seem positive about ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt cain

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez feels the Yankee Stadium love - Yankees Blog - ESPN

The fans love him. They really love him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Video: Sam Fuld Talks Preparation with Eno Sarris | FanGraphs

Interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: interview, sam fuld

Doug Melvin gets call on length of extension

Doug Melvin doesn’t know how long he wants to keep his job.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin

April 7, 2015 OMNICHATTER

What’s the opposite of penultimate? As in, like, second to first…. well, that’s whatever this day is to most teams.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2015 at 12:36 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, April 06, 2015

Tanaka doesn’t look like himself in opener; Didi doesn’t resemble Jeter

You thought it couldn’t get more over the top, did you?  You were wrong.

Beyond the loss, the game raised questions about 1) Tanaka, 2) the Yankees offense, and 3) the unfortunate sap charged with the impossible job to replace the great Derek Jeter…Though it’s hard to recall a major-league player attempting something quite so foolish, certainly not in his debut with a new team, nor while replacing the perfect player.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:56 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, yankees

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello To Four-Year Extension

Dude’s on track to make a whole lotta money in this sport.

The Red Sox announced that they’ve signed right-hander Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension that covers the 2016-19 seasons… Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter) that Porcello will be guaranteed a sizable $82.5MM over the four years. Per Speier, Porcello receives a $500K signing bonus before earning $20MM in 2016 and 2017 then $21MM in 2018 and 2019. Porcello was already slated to earn $12.5MM this season ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:23 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Grantland: 2015 MLB Predictions: Our Playoff and Award Picks, Surprise and Flop Team Selections, and Much More

It’s Opening Day! Baseball is back! You might have heard! Grantland’s MLB writers and editors are here to offer their predictions for the upcoming season, so grab a hot dog and a cold one, shake off your worries about the Cubs’ seemingly insurmountable 0-1 start, and join the fun. We’ve never been wrong before …

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

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