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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Wilmer Flores shines as Jose Reyes nears arrival to displace him at third

With Jose Reyes exclusively playing third base during his tune-up in the minors, there is little doubt Flores will be displaced from the position once Reyes is promoted sometime this week. But with Flores on the verge of reverting to his initial backup role, he produced a career game Sunday.

Flores went 6-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored as the New York Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 14-3 rout at Citi Field.

Flores’ six hits matched the ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 03, 2016 at 11:26 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets, wilmer flores

Firing manager John Farrell won’t solve problems of the Boston Red Sox - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

“I mean, I only gave up three earned runs,” Buchholz said, inconceivably, after briskly handing the ball to Farrell and storming off the mound, a bad look that Farrell said he addressed with Buchholz after the game. “It wasn’t the worst performance I’ve had all year.”

Easy to say when you have a 6.31 ERA as a starter. Farrell could say only that he’s “not ready to commit” to Buchholz making his next start, which is an indictment to the manager’s lack of options at his disposal.

As it is, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox


Is this the end for Clay Buchholz in Boston?

No, when you pitch like crap game after game your manager will lose confidence in you. The Red Sox have put Kelly in the bullpen. It’s time they put Buchholz on waivers.

“It was a quick exit,” said Farrell. “We’ve had a chance to talk about it. I know he’s frustrated.”

“Yeah, we talked,” Buchholz said. “I still didn’t want to come out of the game.

“You’ve got to earn that right. I understand that. I’ve been here for a long time. It’s not my first go-round. I’ve had some ups and downs here in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

OMNICHATTER 7-3-16

Fort OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 03, 2016 at 01:07 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Piecoro: Diamondbacks prospect Yoan Lopez leaves team again

Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.

Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ... ...Read More...


Joe Maddon believes young Cubs can learn — some — from losing - Chicago Tribune

I bet they learned:
“Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as polio.
Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as syphilis.
Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as bubonic plague…
... attacking one…
... but infecting all.
Ah, but curable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

First Base: Fort Bragg Game unprecedented | MLB.com

MLB and MLBPA built the stadium. That’s a twist. Still, it’s a nice effort by MLB to do something for the military community in the area.

The Fort Bragg Game was created in a joint effort by MLB and the MLB Players Association to honor our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. The first game of its kind is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN Radio and MLB.TV. Tickets are limited to military personnel.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general


2 women make history for Sonoma pro baseball team - SFGate

The bright idea to recruit women was first floated by film director Francis Ford Coppola, who said in a news release that he always wondered why there weren’t co-ed teams in professional baseball given that the game doesn’t rely as much on size and strength as other sports.

“My family would play co-ed baseball games and inevitably the star player would always be an aunt,” said Coppola, whose Virginia Dare Winery, in Geyserville, has been a primary sponsor of the team over the past ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, minor league promotions

Buckley: We can celebrate David Ortiz without Ted Williams comparisons | Boston Herald

That’s some good company.

What happened was that it was Big Papi’s 522nd career home run. And diehard Sox fans don’t need a calculator to know that 522 is one more than 521.

As in the number of home runs Ted Williams hit during his iconic, Hall of Fame career.

Yes, it’s true Ortiz also passed Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas, themselves the owners of 521 home runs. Sure, that’s a swell angle: With one swing of the bat, Ortiz stepped past not one, not two, but three Hall of Famers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, ted williams


Why Schwarber won’t be traded and what it means for Cubs’ bullpen | Chicago Sun-Times

“I’m looking forward to Kyle Schwarber, who got hurt in a Cubs uniform, and is working is ass off in a Cubs uniform to come back, hitting a very big home run in a Cubs uniform sometime very early next season,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Indians beat Blue Jays for 14th straight win | MLB.com

It doesn’t happen every day that you watch a game for a few hours, stop watching for a couple of hours to run errands, and can put the channel back on to watch the end *WITHOUT USING THE DVR*.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Friday, July 01, 2016

Omnichatter for July 1st.

Putting out an APB for Gamingboy.

cardsfanboy Posted: July 01, 2016 at 09:21 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Bloomberg: Disney Said to Buy Stake in $3.5 Billion MLB Web Unit

When your traditional revenue streams are drying up, you need to find a way to make the money flow from someplace else:

The deal underscores the importance of the video-streaming business to the future of ESPN, which has been losing viewers and advertising dollars to online media. ESPN has toyed with the idea of selling Web-only packages outside of the traditional cable-TV package, and Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger is making deals to offer ESPN on Internet services such as Sling ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: July 01, 2016 at 08:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, espn, media, mlbam, video

How to strike it rich in baseball without ever playing | New York Post

You’d better hope your mommy and daddy are loaded because the weight of student loans won’t look so great when you are making minimum wage *if* you ever get a job in baseball.

Syracuse University has become the first school to award a bachelor’s degree in sports analytics. It will welcome freshmen to the discipline this fall, with the first graduates set to hit the job market in the spring of 2020.

“I think it’s a great idea,” says Billy Beane, the former A’s general manager for whom ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: education, jobs, moneyball

July 2 Scouting Reports, Prospects 1-10 | FanGraphs Baseball

1. Kevin Maitan, SS/3B, Venezuela (Video 1, 2, 3, 4)

Where to begin? How about at age 12? That’s when scouts started to identify Maitan as this class’s top overall player. By age 14, Maitan already had everything scouts are looking for in a baseball prospect. A picturesque build, good defensive actions at shortstop with plenty of arm for the position and not just usable but potentially impactful swings from both sides of the plate — as well as power projection to accompany it. The Braves ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, kevin maitan

Source: Red Sox banned from signing international amateurs for a year - Yahoo Sports

On MLB Radio they were saying the ban is for the next two years. Has anyone seen anything definitive?

The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

MLB must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone

It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.

But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 01, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: god bless america, offensive logos, retirement

Hartman: Pohlad affirms support for Molitor as Twins’ woes continue - StarTribune.com

Last year’s team overperformed. It happens. Instead of recognizing it as such, some people thought the team had turned a corner. This led to unrealistic expectations for this season. With the team’s play this season, people are now talking about what a mess the team is when, in actuality, it’s probably underperforming. It’s true talent level is somewhere in between. From where I sit, the team is on an upward slope overall but still not progressing as quickly as its fans want. 

Pohlad added that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: paul molitor, twins

Michael Fulmer’s workload closely monitored | MLB.com

After essentially having his start skipped last week, Fulmer will start Friday night, then return on his regular four days of rest Wednesday afternoon. That will be his final start before the All-Star break. He won’t pitch again until they need a fifth starter for the fifth game out the break, currently scheduled for July 19 against the Twins.

Each of the other four rotation members will start twice in between then.

Manager Brad Ausmus’ predecessor, Jim Leyland, did something similar with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael fulmer, tigers

Jose Reyes and the Question of Responsibility | VICE Sports

Here’s an excellent take on Jose Reyes and the domestic violence problem.

As hard as it is to acknowledge, if Reyes was not in professional baseball he would simply be somewhere else—likely somewhere where he is held less accountable for his actions, and somewhere that lacks the necessary resources and systems to ensure that his abuse doesn’t happen again. Rehabilitation and prevention are important things to keep in mind when faced with the knowledge that close to five million women in the US ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, mets

Steven Matz feeling good after pitching through bone spur | New York Post

He shelved the slider and used his changeup more. He’s a better pitcher with the slider but he can still be very effective without it.

“It felt good. I was able to go out there and pitch with no issues,” Matz said. “I would say [it gave me] a little relief, but this is something I’ve been dealing with. I knew what to expect.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-1-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 1, 1916:

A row between Capt. McBride of the Washington team and Mays, the Boston pitcher, precipitated a clase in the third inning of yesterday’s game [in Washington] that threatened for a time to develop into a general fight among the players of the two clubs.

The police restored order and after Agnew, a Boston catcher, had been arrested and Capt. McBride and Manager Griffith of the Washingtons put off the field, the game was resumed and Boston won, 6 to 1.

The trouble ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history

It’s Bobby Bonilla’s payday ... and every July 1 through 2035 - Mets Blog- ESPN

A gift that keeps on giving.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby bonilla, mets

Heyman - Yankee Intrigue Over Trades And A-Rod - TKB

Jon Heyman’s latest notes column.

Word going around the game is that while team honchos Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine, the managing partner and president, don’t even want to think about selling, not yet, and not when they’re so close (3.5 games) to the wild card, perhaps not everyone feels exactly that way. Despite the Yankees’ uninspiring standing and their overt flaws, the two at the top are advocating a wait-and-see approach. But word going around is that not everyone in Yankeeland ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, yankees

MLB Penalties For Red Sox International Signings Could Come Soon - BaseballAmerica.com

Major League Baseball could penalize the Red Sox over their 2015 international signings before this year’s signing period opens on Saturday, international baseball sources have told Baseball America.

The penalties being considered, according to those sources, include signing restrictions for the upcoming 2016-17 international signing period, and possibly making several of Boston’s top 2015 international signings free agents, who would then be available to sign with any team.

The timing of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

Heyman - Bruce Would ‘Very Likely’ Waive NTC For Indians

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has the Cleveland Indians listed as one of eight teams on his no-trade clause, but according to a friend of Bruce, he only added the Indians as the eighth team as a late replacement for the Blue Jays after hearing Toronto was interested (he apparently liked the idea of going to the Jays).

The friend says Bruce has no negative feelings toward Cleveland or the Indians and would be very likely accept a deal there.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, reds

Can You Tell Which One of These Baseball Stories Was Written By a Robot?

If it’s not all Robothal all the time, I’m not interested.

The Associated Press announced today it will begin using automated software to write stories for 10,000 Minor League Baseball games not previously covered by the news organization.

In order to get the stories written, the AP is working with technology company Automated Insights, which builds software capable of analyzing data, deducing the most important information, and turning deductions into readable stories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: media

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