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Monday, June 11, 2018

Mensa Dork Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball

“For years, batters have sought to work deep counts – and rightly so for a number of reasons. All the while, the length of games has increased and the percentage of balls in play has decreased (due to the associated increase in strikeouts and walks). By introducing the concept of an expanding strike zone – where the strike zone starts small for every at-bat, then expands slightly after Strike 1, then expands slightly again after Strike 2 – batters would change their approach, knowing ...

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PreservedFish Posted: June 11, 2018 at 09:22 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes


Angels GM disputes Ohtani surgery report | MLB.com

Not so fast.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

The Updated Top 131 Prospect Rankings | FanGraphs Baseball

Ronald Acuna is number 1.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Mets Release Adrian Gonzalez

The New York Mets have released first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the team said.

Chris Fluit Posted: June 11, 2018 at 03:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, new york mets, what took so long

SABR 48 – PITTSBURGH

This is the catch-all thread for SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, June 21-24. You can find the relevant information by clicking the link in the thread title.

Recap of SABR 47 in NYC by Jeff Kindig

Hope to see you all there!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, pittsburgh, sabr

Report: Shohei Ohtani likely to have Tommy John surgery, will be out until 2020

The Angels were going to reevaluate him in three weeks. At this point, waiting the three weeks before surgery would likely not harm his timetable should surgery then be decided, so it’s possible that the Angels will still wait and see.

If Ohtani does go under the knife, however, it would be sad, sad ending to his breakout rookie season. Ohtani has wowed baseball by being its first effective two-way player in nearly a century, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 61/20 in 49.1 ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-11-2018

Washington Herald, June 11, 1918:

An extraordinary baseball catching feat was accomplished when Corp. Michael Bessolo, a soldier on [Kelly] field, established a new world record by catching a baseball dropped from an airplane, 700 feet in the air.
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It was the first time a successful attempt ever has been made to catch a baseball from an airplane. The fact that the baseball cas caught with an infielder’s glove, instead of the heavier catcher’s mitt, makes it all the more remarkable.

Back in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2018 at 09:04 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 June 11: Sports, politics conflicted 50 years ago with mourning of RFK’s death

If you think the intersection – and conflict – of sports and politics is something new, well, you haven’t been paying close enough attention to either for a very long time.

Don’t think so? Check out President Trump’s pardon of the controversial African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who held the title more than 100 years ago. His reign was consumed by the politics of the day. So it is no surprise that the debate over NFL players and the national anthem remains a divisive ...

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Sunday Baseball Notes: Clay Buchholz, staff savior? The Diamondbacks think so

This week’s edition.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Edwin Jackson signed with the A’s and could tie Octavio Dotel’s 13-team record

As of the end of the 2017 season, he’d played for 12 in 15 years—one off Octavio Dotel’s record of 13. And finally, on Wednesday, we learned that Jackson had signed with his 13th organization:

It’s only a minor-league deal, but if things go well Jackson could play for an AL West team for the first time. He is 34, and had been starting games for the Syracue Chiefs until opting out of his deal a week ago.

Nasty Nate Posted: June 10, 2018 at 09:58 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin jackson

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mariners get 40th win—their 20th by 1 run

Pitching has been the name of the game for the Mariners, who improved to 40-23 and maintained their one-game lead over Houston in the AL West. Seattle has gone 16-4 since May 18, the best 20-game stretch for the franchise since 2003. The Mariners improved to an MLB-best 20-9 in one-run games.

“This is an amazing clubhouse,” Gonzales said. “It’s one of the [most fun] teams I’ve played on, for sure. We love playing for each other. We have faith. We don’t panic. Even in all these one-run ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:49 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners


Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

Friday, June 08, 2018

Padres reliever Jose Torres suspended rest of season for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy

San Diego Padres reliever Jose Torres has been suspended for the rest of the 2018 season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

The suspension is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. Torres will not appeal and enter a treatment program.

“We fully support the decision by the commissioner’s office to suspend Jose Torres for violating the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy,” the Padres said in a statement. “We will ...

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Shohei Ohtani to the DL for NOT blister issues

Obviously, I’ve gone into mourning.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 08, 2018 at 03:17 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani, ucl

Fernando Abad Serving Retroactive 80-Game Suspension

FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that Abad’s minor league deal with the Mets in late March was indeed axed when the Mets learned of his failed PED test shortly before the deal became official. Importantly, he notes that Abad went through a lengthy appeal process that was ultimately unsuccessful. However, the beginning of his suspension is retroactive to the filing of the appeal, meaning his suspension will actually finish being served later this month.

Heyman also relays a statement from Abad ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2018

Washington Herald, June 8, 1918:

Mike Donlin was up in the press box at the Polo Grounds, New York City, [two days ago], and during a fanfest said:

“I see where the boys claim Babe Ruth established a record by making four home runs in four successive days. Well, Babe only tied the record.

Bill Bradley, the old third baseman of the Cleveland team, playing against the Phillies in Philadelphia, back in 1901 did the same stunt. Four days running he slammed out a circuit clout.”

Donlin’s right, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets minor leaguer gives up 14 runs, immediately retires

Mets minor league pitcher Aaron Laffey began Wednesday night as the starting pitcher for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. By the end of the evening, he had given up 14 runs and quit baseball altogether.

Seems appropriate.

PreservedFish Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets

A Complete History of Media Reports Chronicling the Wilpons’ Meddling in New York Mets Baseball Operations

I know that most of you know most, or all, of this already. But many folks do not realize the extent of things and it always helps to spread the word.

thetailor (Brian) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets

How Dr. Alan Nathan Became Baseball Fans’ Favorite Physicist

Baseball is full of nuances, and though the game has been studied closely for at least a century, the work in the last two decades of people like Nathan has expanded our understanding of how those little details come together. He’s become a go-to for the sabermetric community for his work on things like the PITCHF/x pitch tracking system.

“When they say baseball’s a game of inches, it’s probably better said that it’s a game of fractions of inches when it comes to hitting,” Nathan ...

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Hank G. Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: physics of baseball, science of hitting

Thursday, June 07, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-7-2018

Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1997:

[On this day in 1918] Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the offseason, made his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter’s box and doffed his cap. A bird flew out.

I knew this story and expected today’s link to be a June 7, 1918 newspaper mention of the Stengel bird incident. But here’s the thing: There are absolutely no accounts in any of the newspapers I’ve seen from June 1918 about ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 07, 2018 at 10:43 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: casey stengel, dugout, fake news, history

Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals Star and Oldest Hall of Famer, Dies at 95

The epitome of the baseball lifer, Schoendienst became a revered figure in St. Louis. He first donned a Cardinals uniform at a tryout camp in 1942 — a red-haired, freckle-faced teenager from the Midwest who was later likened in the press to a latter-day Huckleberry Finn. While in his 90s, he was listed as a special assistant to the general manager.

Playing second base, his position for nearly his entire playing career, Schoendienst teamed with shortstop Marty Marion in a superb double-play ...

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Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals | AZ Central

SAN FRANCISCO – In acquiring Jon Jay in a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen believes he filled a short-term need in the outfield at a time when his club needs it most.

“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”

The D-Backs send minor league prospects Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Royals.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, john jay, royals

Cubs hero Jason Heyward’s walk-off slam latest sign of new life in bat since DL

But Heyward really has seemed to be a different hitter since hitting his head on the outfield wall May 6 in St. Louis and spending close to two weeks on the concussion disabled list.

Heyward called the ordeal scary and said he was thankful when he was able to return to baseball activities about halfway through the time he was sidelined.

But while he’s able to joke now about the fact he’s hitting .340 in 13 starts since hitting his head, an actual benefit was the work on his mechanics he ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:38 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The Most Competitive World Series of All-Time Formula

Let’s explore the difference between “excitement” and competition. What made the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and the Mets an emotional rollercoaster was obviously the game-losing error, but it was also the fact that it occurred during extra innings play. There were multiple lead changes, in addition to the Mets as a team returning from a 2-0 Series deficit to win four of the next five games.

But something not everyone remembers is that there were no lead changes until Game 6 ...

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djordan Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, world series

Scherzer throws second immaculate inning

Scherzer struck out the side on 9 pitches for the second time in his career.

This seems more likely today than a 3 pitch inning.

bunyon Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:27 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, scherzer, strikeouts

What the baseball world looked like when Nolan Gorman, MLB’s first 2000s prospect, was born

Great little nugget here: Cardinals first-round pick Nolan Gorman was born on May 10, 2000.

He’s the first child of the 2000s to ever be drafted.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:27 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, draft picks

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