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Monday, October 19, 2015

Barry Zito: What Baseball Taught Me

My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows. I’ve been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I’ve started Game 1 of a World Series in one year and I’ve been left off of a postseason roster in another. I’ve been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I’ve been praised as a savior and deemed a curse.

We’ll miss you Barry…

eddieot Posted: October 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, players' tribune

OTP October 2015 4: Preserving dignity in baseball and politics

He seemed like a nice guy: loquacious, thoughtful, curious. We’d exhausted the play-by-play, and he asked me how I liked my job. Then we got to talking about politics. He didn’t like the way this country was headed. He said he was scared for me, and this seemed genuine. He was worried about the Islamic State. He thought that Trump seemed like a bright guy, an honest guy. He asked my opinion on gun control, and repeated the refrain about the car crash and whose fault it was.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 19, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 1562 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, politics

How much is Daniel Murphy worth, and which teams may be interested? | New York Post

Murphy would fit many teams, maybe even the Yankees at second. But as executives tried to guess (and these were guesses, not hard information) where Murphy could land, three teams came up most often:
1) The Astros because they love versatility and could use Murphy at first, third and DH, and want to diversify a lineup that strikes out too much. In addition, in private Astros notes leaked last year, it was revealed Houston and New York discussed a trade of Murphy for shortstop Jonathan Villar. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-19-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 19, 1915:


The death of Robert B. Ward, head of baking companies in many cities, which occurred [in New York] last night, will doubtless have a far-reaching effect on the future of the Federal Baseball league, of which he was vice president.

It is said that Mr. Ward had expended a million dollars in an effort to keep the Federal league alive. Now that he is dead, and his support removed, baseball men expressed doubts today ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Dusty Baker wants to be a Major League manager |

“I’d like to be back in the right situation before it gets too late,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s too late already, but I’m the coolest old dude there is. I don’t think I really compare to too many people. [Age] doesn’t matter. How old was Casey Stengel? I’m younger than Tony La Russa. I’m younger than all of those dudes [Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Jim Leyland] when they left. Plus, I’ve got a 16-year-old that keeps me hip about how to deal with everybody.

“Age is all relative. There are ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Punchless Chicago Cubs fading fast in NLCS

They aren’t out but they are groggy.

His team hadn’t lost a single game he’d started in all that time, regular season or postseason. And it hadn’t lost a road game he’d started since June 26. So when Arrieta was asked if this game surprised even him, his answer was short but not so sweet.

“I didn’t pitch well,” he said. “So yeah.”

His teammates rallied around him, of course. Said the right things. Said them with total conviction.

“I’m not shocked,” Ross said. “It’s baseball.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Mets still do not plan to bring Daniel Murphy back: sources - NY Daily News

Is Lagares a really a backup? I know Cespedes is playing there now, but Lagares was playing a serviceable centerfield before he had arm problems earlier this year.

“If they are keeping their payroll in the same neighborhood, they can’t afford to keep him,” the GM said. “He’s making $8 million now, will probably get a bump on that and he’s going to want some years.

“They already have all that money invested in Juan Lagares (4 years, $22.5 million) and Michael Cuddyer (1 year, $10 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets


Kansas City (Cueto) at Toronto (Stroman), 8 PM, FS1

Royals lead series 2-0.


Gamingboy Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:07 AM | 206 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Master swordsman Isao Machii, the very same who took on katana-wielding robot MH24 earlier this year, has returned to the web. This time? Annihilating baseballs as they hurl past him at an impressive 100 mph.

Swedish Chef Posted: October 18, 2015 at 01:58 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, swings at everything

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who can generate power for the Red Sox? - The Boston Globe

This is a curious Dodgers move.

The biggest head-scratcher was firing two advance scouts (Gary Pellant and Willie Fraser) right before the season ended. The staff was blindsided by this, and it didn’t help in the postseason when other teams had small armies evaluating teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, notes, red sox

Two Aces Down, Two More to Go in the Mets’ Path - The New York Times

How can anyone miss this game?

“Part of it is his crossfire,” said Dan Haren, the veteran Cubs starter, describing Arrieta’s delivery. “He’s stepping across his body, so immediately it’s going to be really hard on righties. It’s like Jered Weaver in his prime, where it’s impossible for a right-hander to see it — and he throws 96 and gets two-seam run on it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets

Toronto Blue Jays ace David Price fails to exorcize playoff demons after seventh-inning explosion from Kansas City Royals | National Post

When is a good time to give up hits?

That was the pitcher’s version of events. “I just gave up hits at the wrong time,” Price said after the game. He said he still felt good, but that the Royals kept battling. Asked if it was frustrating to struggle in the seventh when he has sailed through six, Price gave one of his few pointed answers: “It’s frustrating, but I didn’t struggle.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, royals

Sunday Notes: Grimm’s Inning, Schoop, Shifts, Mueller, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

$310M Dodgers go bust: What’s the future for these 3 big names? | New York Post

Why don’t the Dodgers just trade Mattingly to the Marlins. Win, win.

Mattingly clearly has grown annoyed about job status questions — it is not as if his resume is littered with last-place finishes. Jon Heyman of has reported that if let go by the Dodgers, Mattingly would become a frontrunner to be the Marlins’ manager as their owner Jeffrey Loria continues to adore anything that has a Yankees background.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta looks to rediscover dominance and even NLCS

“He’s not going to be perfect every time,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “But I like the idea that he’s got a little extra rest going into this start. I’m anticipating a lot of what we’ve seen the last couple of months.”

Arrieta, one of the top Cy Young contenders in the National League this year, admitted on his side day after the Cardinals start that the adrenaline high and energy drain of the day leading up to that start may have contributed to the command issues.

“Early ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets, noah syndergaard


NLCS Game 2

Cubs (Arrieta) at Mets (Syndergaard), 8 PM, TBS

Meet The Mets/Go Cubs Go…CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 636 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Berg: Matt Harvey returned to Gotham’s good graces with a dominant Game 1 start

This is always how it was supposed to be for Matt Harvey and the New York Mets: Before Jacob deGrom emerged as the team’s ace this season, before Noah Syndergaard left Valhalla to blaze 100-mph fastballs past mortal hitters, before local kid Steven Matz became one of the club’s most popular players with his stunning debut, Harvey was the guy inked in for the Game 1 start of every postseason series in his tenure in Queens.

And the truth is, he should remain that guy: None of Harvey’s ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2015 at 01:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, matt harvey, mets, nlcs

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Washington Post: Kilgore: Manny Still Being Manny

It’s not Theo. It’s not Maddon. It’s Manny!

The Cubs view Ramirez as equal parts sage, hitting instructor and life coach, particularly for the club’s stable of young Latin players. He has been especially crucial for Soler, who does not have access to his family and speaks little English. Players notice Ramirez roaming with the Latin contingent at the ballpark and away from it.

“Manny has done a wonderful job in the background,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. “A lot of it has to do with ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, chicago cubs, hitting coaches, manny ramirez, peds, religion, sage

SB Nation: Here’s Marlins Man helping a person in a horse mask back to their seat at the ALCS

You can lead an A-Rod to his seat…

Not much actually. Marlins Man was very courteous helping the person in the horse mask back towards their seat.

I guess you could say he was a good neigh-bor.

I guess you could say he’s just barn with the desire to help people out.

I guess you could say he knows how to pony up to help people in distress.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, alcs, fans, royals

Heyman Baseball Insider: Mattingly deserves to stay in LA, but will he? Plus MLB notes

JH ♡ DM.

Mattingly, it is said, has been quite cooperative on the lineup input he receives from above, and word is, it’s substantial. The club is blessed with terrific positional depth at full strength, giving them options galore, though Mattingly doesn’t always make the call. (That might explain why he answers questions about lineup decisions with “We thought it gave us the best chance to win.”

Under normal circumstances, Mattingly should easily be safe. But he also knows his job comes with ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, jon heyman, manager, managerial openings, marlins, nationals


(Note: Each game’s broadcast starts a half-hour earlier than the listed time, which is an estimate of when it actually might start)

4 PM Game 2 of the ALCS, Blue Jays (Price) at Royals (Ventura). Royals lead 1-0. FS1

8 PM Game 1 of the NLCS, Cubs (Lester) at Mets (Harvey). TBS.


Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 757 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Back to the Future Calls Cubs Win

In “Back to the Future II” the character Terry, played by Charles Fleischer, tells McFly that he wishes he could go back in time and bet on the Cubs to win the World Series at 100-to-1 odds. In reality, Gale said the movie’s associate producer, Steve Starkey, inquired before this season in Las Vegas about making a future bet on the Cubs to win it all—only to find out the odds were a mere 8-1.

He should’ve tried DraftKings. There’s no season-long commitment to injured players; huge prizes ...

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: October 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bttf, cubs, great scott, marlins, movies

@jimfurtado/Primates on Twitter

I’m doing some work on my Twitter lists. Help me build the most comprehensive list of Primates on Twitter. While you are there, follow me.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: twitter

Who are the celebrity fans cheering for MLB teams left in playoffs? | Toronto Star

I know you are dying to find out which team Rachel MacAdam is rooting for.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, mets, playoffs, royals

Kelly: Toronto’s thin pitching a worrying sight - The Globe and Mail

Not the way to get the biggest contract.

Playoff weeble-wobble David Price follows Estrada for Saturday’s Game 2. On that score, nobody’s worried. Except when you ask them about it.

A question that would have been laughed at a month ago – “Is Price all right?” – has become the sort that now elicits sober nodding.

“I don’t worry about him at all,” manager John Gibbons said before Friday’s series opener. Then he explained why he’s worried about him.

“I know he’s had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, royals

Royals silence Blue Jays’ sluggers, but they need to do it again (and again and again) | The Kansas City Star

Edinson Volquez?

The wrong team is flexing, and that is not a metaphor. The Blue Jays’ clubhouse is quiet. The men in that room scored more runs and hit more homers than anyone else in baseball this year. But they are quiet. Across the hallway, in the Royals’ clubhouse, they are smiling. Joking. Flexing. We mean this literally.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, royals

Mets’ Matt Harvey, Terry Collins say ace will pitch twice vs. Cubs in NLCS | Newsday

I’m really looking forward to this series. Tonight, though, I have a party to attend. There may be some extra bathroom breaks (via the bar) because I can’t pull the game up on my phone. Stupid Comcast and MLB.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

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