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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Monday, April 20, 2015

A profane Bryan Price vents frustration

Man, C. Trent Rosecrans is like Jerry in Parks and Rec.

Audio of the interview mentioned in this article will be posted soon.

Upset by the accurate reports that All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team for Sunday’s game in St. Louis, [Reds manager Bryan] Price went on a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade in his daily session with reporters… The final tally was 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).

The basis ...

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WSJ: He’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around.

The debate has been raging for years in the sandlot baseball league of New York attorney Brian Mangan. Seeking to settle it, Mangan tweeted a question on March 13: “Batting around—is that when all 9 hitters bat, or does the first guy need to bat twice?”

As a contributor to MetsBlog, a popular website, Mangan boasts a baseball-loving Twitter following. Dozens responded, their views divided about equally on whether it takes nine or 10 batters to bat around. Some of the answers included ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rdp bait, vin scully

VICE SPORTS: AGAINST ESPN’S K-ZONE, WHICH IS THE WORST

The centerfield camera sits at the center of this operation, and only its ubiquity keeps us from recognizing it as the miracle it is. With this shot, pioneered by NBC producer Harry Coyle in the middle of last century, anyone at home—or at the bar, or in line for takeout—can see the flight of a pitch better than all but a handful of people in the actual stadium. It makes what had been in the pre- and early-television days the work of conjecture or imagination—the particular break of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on television, espn, k-zone, media

Notes: ‘Fastball’ documentary a home run for fans | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

A truly disgusting suggestion.

Over at SI Richard Dietsch has a piece in which he asked several broadcasters and media members about changes they’d make to sports broadcasts and reporting. Fox’s lead play-by-play guy said this:

Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver’s seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fox, joe buck, media, terrible ideas

Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan suspended 80 games for PED violation

No surprise if you look at his home run totals.

Atlanta Braves lefthander Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for violating league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday….

McKirahan was a Rule 5 pick acquired from the Chicago Cubs by the Miami Marlins. The Braves acquired him after the Marlins waived him in March.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mckirahan, braves, peds, suspensions

Poz - The Museum of Nice Players

The best players by position that Poz considers to have no HoF support.

You will notice that all my Museum of the Nice Player inductees are from the last 40 years or so. I think this is because before 1960, many of the Nice Player candidates have been elected to the real Hall of Fame. Bill Mazeroski would have been a good choice, but he’s in Cooperstown (and, to be fair, he probably had too much Hall of Fame support from fans anyway).

C: Darrell Porter
1B: Mark Grace
2B: Chuck Knoblauch
SS: ...

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bbmck Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of very good, lists

New York Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud to fractures - MLB - SI.com

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry blevins, mets, travis d'arnaud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender

WEEI: O’s rip Buchholz for ‘forever’ pace on mound

Good things come…

Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t believe that the two half innings by Buchholz took nearly 40 minutes of the three hours, 24 minutes it took to complete the game. More annoying to Showalter was the impact it had on his starter Chris Tillman.

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“I wouldn’t say it’s mentally tough,” added Tillman. “It’s more physically challenging. I’ve been in that situation enough to prepare myself in the dugout to go back out to make pitches from the get-go. First ...

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4-20-2015 OMNICHATTER

It’s the Patriot Day OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Economist: One swing is all you need

Why one moonshot can matter more than years of past performance: applying Bill James’s concept of “signature significance” to home run distance.

The group of 22 players who have hit at least one 477-foot homer over the past eight seasons…features Mike Trout…Giancarlo Stanton…Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz, Justin Upton, Edwin Encarnación and Mark Teixeira…

For each foot beyond the distance of a league-average longball (usually just under 400 feet) that ...

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White Sox To Promote Carlos Rodon

He was also working on his defense.

The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.

The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, minor leagues, white sox


Giants not off to a winning start - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, sunday notes

More from Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Brett Lawrie, the voice of reason?

Lawrie said first-base umpire Greg Gibson commended him on how he handled himself, and Lawrie said, with a little grin, “He hits you with one, and there’s two things I can do. I can blow up right here, or I can just take it and walk to first base and let him get in trouble and let it get the better of him.

“What’s the crowd want me to do right there? They want me to blow up and create a huge scene, but why fuel the fire? Why dump another thing of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick, royals, yordano ventura

‘Hybrid’ Sale battles early, cruises with big lead | whitesox.com

Sale wasn’t sharp yesterday but, when you have stuff that good, you can still be effective.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

The myopic ignorance in hailing Alderson for Mets ‘revival’ | New York Post

It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, omar minaya, sandy alderson


2015 MLB Draft Rankings, April Edition | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel scouts the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Madden: Yankees GM feeling early pain of offseason deals - NY Daily News

Beleaguered? First, the season is just about two weeks old. Second, the team isn’t very good. It has a lot of old high-priced players. The team needs to take a step back for a season or two.

Maybe 11 days on the road, far away from the media glare of New York and the growing “De-rek Je-ter!” fan derision at Yankee Stadium, will cure Didi Gregorius of the yips and help cleanse his brain before he returns home to a three-game series against ... gulp ... the Mets! And at least perhaps Brian ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

4-19-2015 OMNICHATTER

It’s Reds vs. Cardinals on ESPN this Sunday. Chatter about all the games here.

Gamingboy Posted: April 19, 2015 at 12:32 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pete Rose to join FOX, FOX Sports 1 as baseball analyst

Put your HD channels on parent block…

[Pete] Rose will serve FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and will also appear on “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1…

FOX officials say they are hiring Rose for his on-air presence and that he will make for compelling television regardless of how one views his controversial past.

The network’s move comes at a time when Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader with 4,256, has ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2015 at 04:16 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, television

Dodgers A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal caught up in framing a pitch for strikes

[A.J.] Ellis has ranked among the worst framers (catchers who get fewer strike calls than they should as measured by, again, Pitch f/x) in the majors the past few seasons. That put him in an uncomfortable situation this past winter with the Dodgers’ front office now in the hands of a coterie of highly sophisticated, analytically inclined decision-makers who believe strongly in the value of the pitch-framing metrics.

“I’ll be honest – I was motivated by the realization that that ...

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A-Rod connects twice, within 2 of Mays on HR list

Do dead centaurs bounce?

In other all-time HR list news, Trout passes Drew.

cercopithecus aethiops Posted: April 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, centaurs, history, yankees

Can Mets make playoffs with 4s up the middle? |

Although I play Dynasty League Baseball now, I still think the same way when I watch a good (or bad) defensive play.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, strat-o-matic


Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits | MLB.com

He’s poetry at the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

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