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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fangraphs: Andrew McCutchen’s Injury Is A Huge Blow

In the original draft of this post, this portion talked about how it was at least plausible that being hit in the back one night and coming up with a strained oblique (which is what this really looked like) the next night could be unrelated. We could infer, but not say for sure. Pirates fans could be angry at the Diamondbacks, but no one could be certain. Now, it’s come out that McCutchen actually fractured a rib – he has *deep breath* “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral ...

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Fresno Grizzlies ‘TMNT Night’ featured a cosplay wedding proposal

I’ve heard of the Splendid Splinter, but this is ridiculous!

The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team flooded the Internet in the past couple weeks leading up to their “TMNT Night,” which by all accounts was a rousing success. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed jerseys and hats, the Turtles even showed up in person, free pizza was given away, the team mascot dressed up like Splinter. Good times were had by all.

In fact, it was even a life-changing night, as two TMNT ...

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Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: frank white, jackson county, kansas city, politics, royals

Calcaterra: Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles: Adam Dunn pitched last night.

Not gonna lie: I’ve seen big bulky relievers with worse-looking mechanics than Dunner here. He was a college quarterback, after all, and football-throwing skills do transfer. Maybe not 100% cleanly after 15 years and a lot of beers and T-bone steaks like Dunn has likely seen come and go, but muscle memory can be pretty useful.

The line, alas, was not so great: one inning pitched, two hits, a walk and an earned run. But (a) he was more effective than the White Sox pitchers who gave the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, white sox

Mets Latch On to Cupping Therapy, and Have the Marks to Prove It

The millennia-old art of cupping traditionally involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside a glass bulb, which is then applied to the skin for as long as 15 minutes. Blood is pulled to the area, causing bruising and, ostensibly, relief of tight, sore muscles. Some believe that cupping can also help with arthritis, eczema and migraine headaches, among other ailments.

Today, teams like the Mets and others that practice cupping use a mechanical suction pump to create the vacuum. Nick ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, mets

Must C: Ball gets loose on field

Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, reds, umpires, umpiring

Padres said to have chosen A.J. Preller for GM

Good hire. He’s pretty funny in those Sprint Framily commercials.

The Padres are expected to introduce Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as their GM on Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the news….

Preller was in his 10th season in the Rangers organization, where his current duties have him overseeing the team’s player-development and scouting departments, though it’s in the international market—Latin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, rangers

Derek Jeter gets the tongue from Joba Chamberlain, then gets plunked

Say aah…shiit!

Chamberlain appeared to stare down Jeter while the retiring shortstop went through his pre-at-bat routine with the game tied at 3-apiece in the bottom of the 10th inning.

And when Jeter tipped his cap to Chamberlain — the future Hall of Famer does it to every pitcher — Chamberlain’s tongue emerged from his Grizzly Adams beard.

The at-bat ended with Chamberlain hitting Jeter with an inside fastball. It didn’t seem intentional, however, as Chamberlain appeared quite upset ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 6, 1914:

The Chippewa Indian baseball team recently lost a game to the American Giants in Chicago and blamed the music of the band for their defeat.

Which recalls the story of the protest filed by a German team in Cincinnati years ago. The Germans were playing the Popular Stars, a team that began with O’Ryan and ended with Grady—and a band was out.

The Irish team won, 12 to 4, and the Germans protested. They claimed the band played “The Wearing of the Green” every time ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees Lefty Specialist Matt Thornton Claimed by Nationals

“Matt did a great job for us,” Cashman said. “There’s a reason the Nats put a claim on him; they’re in a pennant race and they know he can help them. But this is about flexibility in 2014 and 2015 for us.”
...
So Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings and had not surrendered a home run since last June, is gone, replaced in the short term by journeyman Rich Hill.

Hill, of course, sucks.  He hit the only batter he faced in his Yankees debut.  Seems like a weird time to ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt thornton, nationals, yankees, yr bait

Padres To Hire A.J. Preller As GM

Eccentric!  ROWRRRR.

The Padres have decided to hire Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to fill their GM vacancy, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

Preller had been one of four finalists for the vacancy, along with Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng. Preller and Eppler were both rumored to be favorites for the job at different times, though the most recent reports had Eppler in the lead.

Instead, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

OMNICHATTER 8-6-2014

Wednesday. OMNICHATTER. Right here.

Gamingboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Korean Royals fan gets royal treatment for first visit to Kansas City

Lee, a Royals fan since the 1990s who follows the team from his home in Seoul, South Korea, was treated like royalty upon his arrival Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.

Camera crews, fellow Royals fans and curious bystanders watched and cheered as Lee made his way through the gate, wearing his Royal blue jersey…

Kamler said he and other Royals fans have been communicating with Lee for a few years on Twitter. Kamler said Lee tweets with fans during the games despite the 14-hour ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: korea, royals, super fan

Biogenesis Scandal implicates more players.

Or to put it another way, get ready for another month or more of wondering when all of this will play out and which of your favorite players will be Braun’d, Melky’d, or Nelson’d out of their reputation and roster spot for 50 or more games. The focus will be off the races, off the teams, and on the guessing game of who gets outed next. Gee, thanks, “Dr.” Bosch.

There she is! There she is.

Dale Sams Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB.com - Maria Torres: Mets’ ace right-hander feels good after tossing 20 fastballs at team’s Minors complex

So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”

“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like ...

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Lassus Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, the rapture

ESPN: Sources: Selig successor decided next week

Mighty Manfred the Wonder Commissioner

Bud Selig’s successor as commissioner of baseball is expected to be decided next week, sources confirmed, when MLB owners assemble in Baltimore to vote on three finalists for the job.

The three final candidates, according to one source familiar with the vote, are MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner…Manfred has long been viewed as the favorite to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: commish, reinsdorf

Vote for Rookie: Trenton Thunder golden retriever advances to championship round of ‘Mascot Mania’

On MiLB.com, Rookie’s likes are listed as “baseballs, baseball bats, belly rubs and treats,” but his top rival is still the vacuum cleaner. The site notes that Rookie is training to be a bat-dog like Derby, his father who retrieves bats during every home Trenton Thunder game, and grandfather Chase “That Golden Thunder,” who died last year.

“It really started with Chase, who was the most important mascot we had. We’re really happy to pay homage to our dog lineage because there’s ...

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NattyBoh Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat dog, mascots, trenton thunder

HuffPost | Darryl Strawberry Confirms One Of Baseball’s Most Disturbing Urban Legends

Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.


Marlins designate Turner for assignment, recall Flynn

The transaction is mildly surprising because of Turner’s age, 23, and his upside. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was the ninth overall pick of the Tigers in 2009. He was pushed through the Minor Leagues quickly, and he made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2011.

Wow. Do the Marlins not believe in BABIP regression? What are the trading rules for DFAs in August? Are they free to trade him to any team within the next 10 days or does he have to pass waivers first?

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Report: More players to be named in connection with Biogenesis

Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Hunter Pence gets burned by Mets Fans

There’s another half dozen or so at the link, including the ones from an earlier game.

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There’s another half dozen or so at the link, including the ones from an earlier game.

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Today’s final game of the Giants-Mets series was a day game, and Pence’s biggest enemies brought the heat in the form of mild accusations on neon signs. They’re attacking your card-shuffling ability, man. Say something!

Pence has two homers and seven RBI in ...

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Why The Wild Card Game Should Be A Two-Game Series

But adding an extra game would push the World Series to Christmas!

Wha’? A two-game series? Erm…don’t know how to tell you this, Nico, but…um…two is an even number. I know. And the wild card game should, for many reasons at once, be a two-game series. Here’s how I think it should work, and why…

To advance to the ALDS, the 2nd wild card team should have to beat the 1st wild card team twice. That “two chances to win one” backdrop gives the 1st wild card team a significant ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, mariners, royals, wild card, yankees

Pujols teaches Puig lesson with baserunning

Albert Pujols insisted that he was just playing within the confines of the game, because the Angels’ lead was only five and the Dodgers’ high-powered offense would still get to bat a couple more times.

In the process, though, the Angels’ veteran first baseman might have taught the young, eccentric Yasiel Puig a valuable lesson.

That lesson: Never forget about the runner on base, no matter who he is and where he’s stationed.

kthejoker Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, yasiel puig

NY Daily News: Really trying to understand why I was so wrong about NY Mets’ Lucas Duda. What are the challenges of separating reporting from personal feelings?

He made similar comments in many interviews, including one I conducted with him last September. Duda had just hit two homers in a game, and we began with what I thought was a softball to warm him up.

“Lucas, when you first came up, you were open about how hitting in big spots made you nervous. Now that you’ve been in the league a few years, is it easier?”

His answer? Laughter, followed by, “No.”

A moment later, when the camera was off, Duda dropped his head, said, “tough ...

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thetailor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets

Fangraphs: Christian Vazquez is Partially Elite

Vazquez has long had the reputation of being an outstanding defensive catcher with a little bit of offensive upside. He’s always been praised for his skills in the field, so that’s our background: We already had reason to believe in Vazquez’s defense. He’s had only a few blocking opportunities. He’s had only a few throwing opportunities. He’s had more than 1,000 framing opportunities. Though it’s been only a few weeks, all the evidence suggests Vazquez is one of the best receivers ...

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Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays’ road win streak ends in a weird 3-2 loss to A’s

Its a shame about Rays.

“What am I going to say right now?” Balfour asked aloud. “All the things I’m not supposed to say, or the things you want to hear? … What do you want out of me? You want the truth? Or just want hear whatever you (expletive deleted) want to hear?”

Balfour had just blown another game, allowing the winning run on an 0-2 single by Derek Norris with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring former Ray Sam Fuld, who reached on an 0-2 single, with two walks in between.

But ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, grant balfour, rays, safety squeeze

Reds lethargic effort leaves Price perplexed

As Specs Rigveda once said: “Lethargy can prove fatal for baseball life.”

The Reds lost the opener of their four-game, home-and-home series with Cleveland, 7-1, at Progressive Field. How they lost was what had Price incensed as he sat in the manager’s office after the game.

“We’re a .500 team after 112 games; we’re 56-and-56,” said Price. “What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was the fact that we didn’t have our head in the game at all, especially those first five innings.”

In ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 5, 1914:

The British censorship has been extended to the baseball scores sent to London for publication there. The cable officials have been notified that the scores will not be accepted. It is presumed that the military censor believes they might be code messages intended for Germany.

“Tell Kluck and Bülow to turn south when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-6.”

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Collins: Lagares’ defense ranks with the best

Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.

Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.

With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, juan lagares, mets

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