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Friday, April 24, 2015

Baseball Savant: Your Source For Advanced MLB Statistics

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Top 5 weakest hit pitchers
1 Sale 81.9 MPH
2 Wainwright 83.14
3 Chen 83.33
4 Collmenter 83.65
5 Keuchel 84

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Josh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com

No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Cuban-born Jose Fernandez becomes U.S. citizen

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….

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Oh, Barry Bonds, How Could We Have Doubted You? - NYTimes.com

You won’t like Juliet Macur when she’s angry.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, rants

Andrew Miller hasn’t faced a lefty hitter yet

I don’t know how whether this is very odd or not but I noticed Andrew Miller has yet to face a lefty batter in the seven games that he’s pitched. 29 plate appearances, all against right-handed batters. Even without facing a lefty, he’s been dominant. .

Graphic of Andrew Miller's splits

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2015

Syndicated columnist Hugh Fullerton in the Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1915:

Here is Ty Cobb’s newest play—and his most daring one.

Cobb is on first when the ball was bunted. The throw is made to second, but Cobb beats it and, without stopping, starts for third. The batter meantime turns first. Cobb reaches third by a narrow squeak and the batter lands in safety on second.

Every time Cobb has tried it so far this year—it was quite a part of the training trip—he has been put out by a foot or ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Earl Weaver had it right: Emotion must take back seat to common sense | FOX Sports

When wasn’t he right?

Weaver was right.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, ned yost, royals, yordano ventura

Alex Guerrero in Dodgers lineup for series finale vs. Giants - LA Times

The Dodgers need to find a way to ride out Guerrero’s hot streak, even if the thought irritates Mattingly.

Asked if he considered making Guerrero the starting third baseman and Uribe his late-inning defensive replacement, Mattingly mentioned Turner again.

“Where does J.T. fit in your plan?” Mattingly snapped. “Does he not play? Should he not start and then somebody come in for him? I know the people are chanting for Alex right now, but there’s other guys too that probably have swung the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers


At Trop, Tampa Mayor also waiting for chance to talk stadium

Before and after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, with gusto, on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn chatted with team president Brian Auld and other Rays officials.

That level of banter is about all they can do for now, at least until St. Petersburg and the Rays work out a deal for them to discuss stadium sites on the other side of the bridges. Those talks are on hold, likely until after the season, after the St. Pete City Council rejected the last proposal.

“We still are willing to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium, tampa

For ballpark design, it could be different game in future - Chicago Tribune

Seats with touchscreen monitors? Sorry but what is this guy smoking? There is barely room (and sometimes no room) for cup holders. With smartphones, why would you even need a monitor?

Nor does NYU sports business professor Robert Boland. But he can envision seats with touchscreen monitors being installed, giving spectators access to the producer’s feed from the truck along with more statistics and maybe even bringing gambling to the stands.

“Or some sort of interactive community where (you can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

4-24-2015 OMNICHATTER

The “Kansas City Royals turn to the Dark Side” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM | 126 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yodano Ventura sparks Brawl

That Brett Lawrie sure gets around.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, kansas city royals

Kozma takes disdain from Nats’ fans as a compliment

He feeds upon your rage.

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: @# pete kozma, cardinals, kozma, nationals

Slate.com: WAR Means This

The art of sabermetrics—first brought to the mainstream by Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, Moneyball—is, essentially, the math of baseball. Since the book’s publication, a new breed of baseball personnel—such as the Cubs’ Theo Epstein (formerly of the Red Sox) and Boston’s Ben Cherington—have followed in Oakland A’s general manager and Moneyball star Billy Beane’s footsteps, and the way a winning team is built has changed fundamentally.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

How to Cloak Your DNS to watch the Dodgers on MLB.TV

The most subversive thing I’ve ever read in the LA Times.  Columnist Chris Erskine gives detailed instructions on how to mask your DNS to watch Dodger games on MLB.TV, avoiding antiquated blackout rules and telling Time Warner cable to…..well, who needs them anymore?

pthomas Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mlbtv, television

Seth Myers visits Yankee Stadium

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, seth myers, yankee stadium, yankees

Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

What are the odds?

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, banishment, pete rose, reds, rob manfred

The early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced

You’ll recall Major League Baseball’s “Franchise Four” thing, in which fans vote for “the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise” and some overall categories as well… here are the results thus far:

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, franchise four, history

Posnanski: The Best Pitcher In Baseball History

Poz’s selection may angry up the blood.

How good was Roger Clemens? Well, yesterday I pointed out that his career is better than Sandy Koufax and Johan Santana.

But Matthew Namee — who was once Bill James’ research assistant — does me one better. He sent Tom Tango a comparison that shows that Roger Clemens is, basically, Sandy Koufax PLUS Pedro Martinez, the two greatest short-career pitchers in the game’s history.

How does he figure that? Start with Pedro:

Clemens in Boston: 81 WAR, ...

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Julio Lugo charged with kidnapping, gun posession

Former Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo (2003-2006) has been charged in court with kidnapping, according to multiple reports out of the Dominican Republic.

Lugo last professionally played baseball for los Leones del Escogido, and last played stateside for the Braves in 2011.

Lugo’s arrest warrant was issued in the cities of La Romana and Santo Domingo for kidnapping and the posession of fire arms. According to the paper, Lugo and four men held their hostage and his girlfriend at gunpoint, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, guns, julio lugo, kidnapping, legal, rays, red sox

Poz - Koufax not one of greatest living players

If I was listing the four living players who best exemplify what baseball means to me, I would include Koufax, Mays, Aaron and Rose, those players who filled my imagination as a boy. If I was to list the four most thrilling players who are still living, I might include Koufax and Rickey, Bonds and Pedro (or Ryan). If I had to list the four most iconic players still living, I might say Yogi, Mays, Aaron and Koufax.

But four greatest living players? Realistically, Koufax just isn’t on that ...

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bbmck Posted: April 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, great baseball players

A Tale of Two Dingers – The Hardball Times

Interesting. Do chicks dig the backspin?

So my initial puzzle as to why there was such a great difference in distance between these two home runs has been resolved. Multiple analyses using both Home Run Tracker and StatCast data show the primary reason for the different distances is the backspin. Everything hangs together nicely. In fact, the closeness of the StatCast distance to the independently determined distance from Home Run Tracker provides additional confirmation that the TrackMan ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, science

Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs

A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.

Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.

Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Joe Nathan Out For Year With Torn UCL

I don’t know how you beat the Tigers now…

Tigers righty Joe Nathan has torn the ulnar collateral ligament as well as a tendon in his right elbow, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter...

Nathan, 40, opened the year as Detroit’s closer despite a challenging 2014 season in which he posted a 4.81 ERA. He struck out just 8.4 batters per nine while walking 4.5 per nine, both of which were the worst marks of his career since he moved to the pen.

That was obviously not the output that the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, joe nathan, tigers

Kris Bryant’s height is a perk, not a problem | FOX Sports

It also helps him reach stuff on the top of his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The Cleveland Defense Is A Different Kind Of Problem Now | FanGraphs Baseball

Free Francisco Lindor! (Or don’t the Indians need at least one player who can catch a ball?)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, indians

Decals help Red Sox customize their bats - The Boston Globe

So this is a new thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, red sox

Nightengale: Barry Bonds is free, so punch his ticket to Cooperstown

Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, mike piazza, roger clemens

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1915:

If J. Franklin Baker goes through with his determination to play with the Upland [Pennsylvania] team of the Delaware County league it will in all probability mean that he will never be permitted to play in organized baseball again.

“Baker can’t make a fool out of me,” said [Connie] Mack, “and if he thinks that he can have a little jaunt in the Delaware County league and then at his pleasure report to me and expect to find a place on my team, he has made the ...

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