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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Ned Colletti is enjoying his new, purer baseball role with the Dodgers - LA Times

Just don’t let him sign players to long-term contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ned colletti

MLB trades: Everything you wanted to know but were too nervous to ask - Beyond the Box Score

NEWSFLASH: Billy Beane and Alex Anthopoulos like to make deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, trades

Crashburn Alley – Odubel Herrera Could Prove Dynamic to the Phillies

This Rule 5 guy could stick.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies, rule 5 draft


Is this Minor League pitcher actually Andrew Cashner’s clone? | MLB.com

He’s just like him, without the talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, padres

Softball Game 2015

It’s about time to reserve a field again in Central Park but, do to some family issues I’m dealing with, I won’t be able to organize this year. Time for a fellow New Yorker to step up! Hopefully we can use this thread to discuss.

Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: blood, guts, hilarity

Olivera declared a free agent; signing could come soon | MLB.com

What’s up with his elbow, though?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector olivera

Friday, March 06, 2015

CBS News | MLB player lives in a van behind Florida Wal-Mart

It’s March and that can only mean one thing for baseball fans - a scouting report on the eye-popping cars that players take to spring training. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has a golden truck. Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome car. And Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris opts for a 1978 Volkswagon van ... that he lives in.



Sean Forman: Where Do These Stats Come From Anyways?

As they say: Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a Dennis Lamp post…or something.

Paul Erdős was one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century (famous enough to originate Erdős Numbers), along with being one of its most eccentric. He loved beautiful, simple proofs and talked about God having a book of proofs with all of the best and most direct proofs.

I left math nine years ago, so I probably wouldn’t understand any proofs in THE BOOK, but I would love to see God’s Baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: March 06, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: sabrmetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1915:

One of the Cub rookies spiked himself in the knee. It was not exactly his fault, however, as he slipped on the soggy field and in some manner managed to get his spikes entangled in his left knee. He will be out of the game for several days.

You’ve gotta be ridiculously flexible to spike yourself in the knee. I don’t even think I could do that in QWOP.

Elsewhere in the Pittsburgh Press 100 years ago, mentions of two strange young pitchers (Carmen Hill and Lee ...

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Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: March 06, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Why Masahiro Tanaka isn’t worried about the health of his elbow - Yahoo Sports

Mechanics? What did he change?

And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.

“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Jackie Bradley Jr. keeps chin up and swing level - Sports - The Boston Globe

As he piled up hits during spring training in 2013, there was a heated debate about whether the Red Sox should put Jackie Bradley Jr. on the roster for Opening Day or wait until later in the season to delay his becoming eligible for free agency.

The assumption was that Bradley would be so good that the Red Sox should do everything possible to hold onto him.


“It’s funny how things change,” Bradley said Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr, red sox


Video: Pedroia’s grand slam | MLB.com

The Laser Show is healthy again. Move him up on your draft boards.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Doc: Reds’ Joey Votto a curious guy

Ted Williams was criticized for his approach as well.

Votto could be right. He could be in the vanguard of how hitters hit and think. At the moment, metrics are discussed by media and front-office types, not players. Maybe Votto bends that discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patriots, Giants, Rays sign amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage

The New England Patriots, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays have all signed onto an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, according to the Huffington Post. They are among almost 400 companies - many of which are some of the biggest corporations in the country - to support the brief. The Supreme Court will hear a case on gay marriage on April 28 and is expected to make a determination by June.

All of these teams have strong ...

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ESPN: Cashman: Retire captaincy with Jeter

Tomorrow, Cashman will tell ESPNNewYork.com that he’s recommending that no one play SS right away….

“I think Derek did it as well as anyone can,’’ Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “He wore it well, and I’m not a big advocate of giving out the captaincy anyway. I’m not going to recommend anyone being named captain of the New York Yankees right away.’‘

Earlier in the day, Cashman had said on ESPN New York Radio 98.7 FM that he did not see a viable candidate in the Yankees clubhouse to succeed Jeter ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:08 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, derek jeter, the captain, yankees

Minor’s absence opens opportunities for Stults | braves.com

This doesn’t sound good.

Though Braves officials are maintaining hope that Mike Minor needs just a few weeks of rest, they are well aware of the fact that the three months of rest he received this past offseason did not prevent his left shoulder from becoming an issue yet again this week.

Thus, instead of simply waiting a couple more weeks to see if the shoulder discomfort persists, the Braves are planning for Dr. James Andrews to evaluate Minor’s shoulder early next week. The hope is that the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mike minor

Sources: Cuban Hector Olivera could have damaged UCL in throwing arm - Yahoo Sports

Serious concern exists that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, potentially hindering the market for a free agent who many expected to contribute in the major leagues this season, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector olivera

Darvish not concerned after exiting spring debut | MLB.com

Tightness in the right triceps.

“I was working on my location,” Darvish said in a limited press conference afterward. “It didn’t affect my location or the command of my pitches. I felt it warming up and didn’t think too much of it. But it never loosened up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

UPDATE: X-rays confirm fractured left forearm for Giants’ Hunter Pence, out 6-8 weeks - Giants Extra

Bummer.

Pence was diagnosed with a non-displaced ulnar fracture and was being fitted with a cast; he is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, meaning the earliest he could return is mid-April.

Pence was struck by a pitch from Cubs minor league right-hander Corey Black. He usually sprints to first base after he’s hit by a pitch but stayed down for several seconds before he began walking toward the base.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, injuries

Joe Posnanski’s Top 100 Players: No. 40: Eddie Collins

Annnd, we’re back!

There is no satisfying way to compare ancient players from Deadball to the players today. For instance: There is an argument to be made, a strong one, that Eddie Collins was one of the ten best player in baseball history. If you treat the baseball of his time as equal to all other times, you almost have to rank him in that stratosphere. He ranks tenth In wins Above Replacement. He hit .333 with more than 3,000 hits, more than 700 stolen bases, more than 1,800 runs scored — ...

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The District Attorney Posted: March 05, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, eddie collins, history, joe posnanski, white sox

‘Boring’ Cardinals know how to win

“People say we’re boring,’’ Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright says. “That’s fine.

“But it’s kind of like the San Antonio Spurs, right? They just show up every year, play well, and act professionally.

“That’s who we are.

“We want to make news because we’re winning, not because we’re the loudest or act a certain way.’‘

The Cardinals have been the most consistent team in baseball since 2011. They’ve reached the National League Championship Series four consecutive years, winning one World Series ...

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It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports: ‘Being Mr. Met’ «

It sounds like being Mr. Met gives a guy a big head.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met

Pictures of New Ballpark Food Items « Ben’s Biz Blog

I’m not a health food nut but this stuff doesn’t look appealing. (OK, maybe I’d try the bacon on a stick. Who doesn’t like bacon?)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: food, minor leagues

Arbitrator will decide whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehab - ESPN Los Angeles

While I sympathize with Hamilton battle with addiction and hope he wins this fight, I don’t believe it’s unreasonable that he should lose the money he won’t be earning during his time away from the game. This isn’t his first second chance. Mistakes have consequences. From what I’ve seen in my life, avoiding consequences after repeated mistakes doesn’t ultimately help the person change. Ultimately, whatever decision gets made, Josh Hamilton’s choices will control his future.

The arbitrator’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

‘I thought the bat looked slow’: Scouts on A-Rod | New York Post

If he’s used right, I expect Alex will have enough in the tank to be a net positive for the Yankees. Of course, while doing that, he will be the most expensive part-time player in history.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

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