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Monday, April 06, 2015

OTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal

When the last weekend of a race for mayor coincides in Chicago with Easter and Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the candidates know where to go to close the deal.

Edit: Stop the personal insults in the political threads. I’ve gotten many complaints about numerous posters, especially about Rickey! is just here so he don’t get fined. If the insults don’t stop, the OTP will go on hiatus and accounts will be suspended. FYI, Jim.

Bitter Mouse Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 3761 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, off topic, politics, religion

Os await roster deadline « Britt’s Bird Watch

The Orioles have to set their Opening Day roster by 3 p.m. ET today and they’re still trying to make a trade to give them some flexibility.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2015

Tacoma Times, April 6, 1915:

H. E. Westgate of [Los Angeles] has applied for a patent on an automatic umpire he has invented that records strikes and balls, returns the ball to the pitcher, and presents a right or left hand dummy batter by a simple twist of the wrist. The device has been tested by league pitchers and they declare it is accurate to the fraction of an inch.

Cool idea. The patent application can be found here.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers set MLB record payroll at $270M; average is $4.2M

That is one extremely poorly worded headline.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

OPENING DAY 2015 OMNICHATTER

And so it begins…

Blue Jays (Hutchison) at Yankees (Tanaka), 1 PM, ESPN
Twins (Hughes) at Tigers (Price), 1 PM
Rockies (K. Kendrick) at Brewers (Lohse), 2 PM
Red Sox (Bucholz) at Phillies (Hamels), 3 PM
Orioles (Tillman) at Rays (Archer), 3 PM
Mets (Colon) at Nats (Scherzer), 4 PM, ESPN
Braves (Teheran) at Marlins (Alvarez), 4 PM
White Sox (Samardzija) at Royals (Ventura), 4 PM
Angels (Weaver) at Mariners (King Felix), 4 PM
Pirates (Liriano) at Reds (Cueto), 4 PM
Padres (Shields) at Dodgers ...

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Gamingboy Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 437 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports

Baseball, for decades now the national pastime only through the nostalgic lens of history, is a thriving business. Revenue is at an all-time high. Attendance in the 30 major league parks and in minor leagues around the country is strong. Baseball players on average make half again as much money as football players. But since he took office this year, Manfred has been sounding a startling warning bell: The sport must address its flagging connection to young people or risk losing a generation of ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: doom and gloom

HOF Broadcaster Lon Simmons dies at 91

Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments in Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr.

Only makes sense to trade Kimbrel (never mind dump B.J.) if you’re rebuilding… but I thought they’d, y’know, get something…

The Braves will acquire [Cameron] Maybin and [Carlos] Quentin, [Ken] Rosenthal tweets. The Braves will also acquire pitcher Matt Wisler, as FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweets. [Fangraphs’ Kiley] McDaniel tweets that the Braves will also receive outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck. Rosenthal tweets that the Braves will also receive the 41st pick in this June’s draft.

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NY Daily News: Madden: Healthy David Wright and pitching depth will lead the Mets to NL East crown

As for the offense, obviously I’m banking on Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud all building on their 2014 seasons and David Wright, his shoulder fully healed, regaining his 20-homer/100 RBI form — and possibly even Curtis Granderson benefiting from the pulled-in fences in right-center and the reunion with his favorite batting coach, Kevin Long, to have a year more befitting his $13 million salary. I don’t think any of that is a reach. At the same time, the Nationals have a ...

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bobm Posted: April 05, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Indians Extend Cory Kluber for 5Y/$38.5M

The deal also includes two extra club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The Indians have announced signing reigning CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber to a five-year contract, which runs through the 2019 season and contains club options for 2020 and 2021. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian tweets Kluber’s guaranteed five-year portion is worth $38.5MM while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets the contract, plus its unique escalators and trade language, is the largest guarantee ever for a ...

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Esoteric Posted: April 05, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians

Bad call by Cubs in sending Kris Bryant to minors - Sports - The Boston Globe

Lost of good stuff in Cafardo’s notes columns. This tidbit is a little silly.

And Swihart might not be the catcher long term.

There are whispers about changing his position because he’s so athletic.

Whispers by who? Why would the Red Sox move Swihart?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cubs, kris bryant, red sox, sunday notes

Matt Harvey is back for the Mets ... And better than before | NJ.com

Better.

According to the Mets’ internal numbers, the spin rate on those two pitches was higher this spring than it was in 2013 - and more consistently so too. Spin rate measures the revolutions a baseball makes on its way to the plate. The higher the spin rate for breaking balls, the harder they are to differentiate from a fastball and to make solid contact with.

“Everything is better,” Warthen said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox


White Sox and Cubs on brink: This could be the start of something big - Chicago Tribune

Baseball will be fun in Chicago this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

MLB preview: Flyover country is no longer irrelevant in baseball | TribLIVE

In the modern game, since 1961, there never has been a longer expansion drought. Baseball has not added a new team since admitting the Diamondbacks and Rays in 1998.

Last October, was the first full-season World Series without a 90-win team. Bookmakers peg only the Nationals and Dodgers to win 90-plus games this season. Manuel believes the lack of expansion has increased parity. Why?

“Pitching has had a chance to catch up,” he said.

Run scoring declined in baseball for an eighth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

How Giants should properly reward Sabean, Bochy | CSN Bay Area

So what to do then for the men who have won everything? Consider this their SkyMall moment.

• BALLPARK STATUES: This is pretty de rigueur stuff these days at new ballparks, so Sabean sitting in a ballpark seat or Bochy standing at a dugout railing is a little boring for the modern conceptual artist. Thus, we suggest two massive bronze pieces.

One would be a gigantic fliptop cellphone with a crank on the side to commemorate Sabean’s Vietnam War-era mobile (the crank is there to power it, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, bruce bochy, giants

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry (Sports on Earth: Leitch)

A pre-game warm-up for tonight’s opener.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cardinals, central illinois, cubs, freese

Tanaka: Sinker is why velocity will be down all year - NY Daily News

Pressed on if his velocity dip was caused by the two-seamer, or the need to protect his elbow, Tanaka said, “I think, yes, because of the fact I’m throwing more two-seamers, that could make the velocity go down a bit. As far as my pitching style and my mechanics, I’m trying to relax a little bit more when I’m throwing, so that might have to do with it a little bit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

OPENING NIGHT 2015 OMNICHATTER

Man, it feels just like yesterday that Madison Bumgarner was singlehandedly winning the World Series. No. Wait. It feels like an eternity. BASEBALL IS BACK! Thank goodness!

Cardinals (Wainwright) at Cubs (Lester). 8 PM, ESPN.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 258 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 04, 2015

College pitcher sacrifices his senior season to save a boy he’s never met | For The Win

Last October, when University of South Carolina Beaufort senior pitcher Jason Boulais had his cheek swabbed to enter the donor pool for the Be The Match bone marrow registry, he had a strange feeling that his name would come up one day.

“I told my dad about it, and we both just had a gut feeling I was going to be the one,” Boulais said to USCBathletics.com. “Reality kind of set in when I got the first phone call saying I might be a match.”

Boulais was a match, and after getting his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 05:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

The New York Times: The Common Man’s Crown

“Until the late 1970s, wearing a ball cap anywhere but on the baseball field carried with it a cultural stigma,” James Lilliefors writes in his book “Ball Cap Nation,” citing the Mets cap of the “Odd Couple” slob Oscar Madison as one example of its signaling mundane degeneracy. In Lilliefors’s reckoning, eight factors contributed to the cap’s increased legitimacy, including the explosion of television sports, the maturation of the first generation of Little League retirees and ...

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bobm Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cap

Do Hitter Hot/Cold Streaks Matter for Daily Fantasy Baseball?

Worth a read.

There is nothing to gain from adding recent game performance into the hitter projection mix and one should not choose a lesser-projected player over another because they have done well in previous games. Assuming equal Hittertron (or DFSBot) projections and both hitters are starting that next day, choosing the ‘hotter’ player is perfectly fine. As is choosing the hitter who has performed better against the opposing pitcher. Or choosing the hitter whose last name comes first ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Get ready for Opening Day with MLB players reciting the ‘Field of Dreams’ speech | MLB.com

It’s now been twenty years since my father passed. Although I know the movie is a little hoke, I still get choked up when Ray asks his father to play catch.

You know the “Field of Dreams” speech in your bones. You’ve recited it hundreds of times in the mirror, on your way to work, when lying in bed, wishing you could have a catch in the backyard with Dad. If you haven’t already done it, you’ve at least long considered getting a “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: field of dreams

Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo has heel surgery | The Star Telegram

What’s the OS Trigonum bone connected to?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects, rangers

2015 PREDICTION THREAD

PREDICT NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Adidas takes shot at Chicago Cubs with Kris Bryant ‘Worth The Wait’ billboard across from Wrigley Field

On Friday, Adidas unveiled a billboard across from the famous Wrigley marquee featuring the 23-year-old third baseman with the text “Worth The Wait.”

Aaron Kahn, director of baseball for Adidas, played down the tension that the sign might create with the tenants on the other side of Addison Street.

“We just wanted to make sure to tell the folks in Chicago that they have a great thing coming,” Kahn told ESPN.com.

Kahn said his team had long decided to buy a billboard and feature Bryant on it, ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 04, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chastity, cubs, kris bryant

Sources: Yordano Ventura in deep discussions with Royals on 5-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Fireballing starter Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals are deep into discussions on a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth season that would guarantee him more than $20 million, sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Brandon Phillips hitting 7th, Joey Votto 2nd for Reds

The starting eight position players for Friday, and presumably Monday, is Billy Hamilton in center field, Votto at first, Todd Frazier batting and playing third, Devin Mesoraco catching and batting cleanup, Marlon Byrd in left field batting fifth, Jay Bruce in right batting sixth, Phillips at second batting seventh and Zack Cozart eighth, playing shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Heaney among six players sent to Minors | angels.com

The Angels cut six players after Friday’s game, optioning starter Andrew Heaney and infielders Josh Rutledge, Grant Green and Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake, and reassigning reliever Scott Snodgress and power hitter Marc Krauss to the Minor Leagues.

The Angels’ Spring Training roster is now at 32 players. Snodgress and Krauss will be with the team at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, for the finale of the Freeway Series, but won’t make the Opening Day roster.

Krauss getting optioned could be a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rosters

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