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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Does MLB’s replay system need to be fixed?

Please make it go away. That’s unless fans love seeing a big play then having to watch everybody stand around wondering if the play will be challenged and then having to wait until the replay ump decides to overturn the play or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: replay

A.R. Foster and the Ride to Kankakee — 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas

Good stuff.

Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fiction

MLB Investigates Red Sox Over International Signings

Follow the money.

During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.

In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2016

Harrisburg Telegraph, May 11, 1916:

The latest evidence of the growing parallel of baseball ad trapshooting is found of the co-operation between the baseball and gun clubs at Buhl, Idaho.

Realizing the fact that the followers and devotees of the two sports are the same people, the officials of the gun club have made an arrangement with the baseball club for the holding of the shooting events on the same field that the ball club occupies.

When the ball club is not playing, the grounds will be ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Red Sox director of pitching analytics Brian Bannister is working with pitching coach Carl Willis to help rotation

BannyBeingBanny

Bannister has a track record of finding areas that need to be tweaked with pitchers. He helped Rich Hill re-establish his major-league career with the Red Sox at the end of last season. Hill dominated down the stretch and ended up signing a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland, less than six months removed from pitching in independent league baseball.

This year, he worked with Sean O’Sullivan, suggesting the righthander add a cutter to his repertoire which led to fewer walks ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, carl willis, red sox

Baseball and the Armed Services, Part Three « Our Game

Part three of a great series.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The Pirates Have Their Own Thoughts on Outfield Positioning | FanGraphs Baseball

The Pirates are always looking to improve.

Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, pirates, sabermetrics, statcast

Which pitching rotations stayed together the longest?

Here are the seven teams who kept a five-man starting rotation together for at least three seasons. Six of them had at least one Hall of Famer in their rotation, the other was a quintet that Billy Martin overused to the point of ruining their careers.

Wahoo Sam Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 1981 a's

Sonny Gray is almost unarmed.

Yesterday’s big news was that the Nationals agreed to a long-term extension with Stephen Strasburg. So that’s exciting for him, and for them, but you always have to think about the side-effects of these things. Several people pointed out that, without Strasburg, the upcoming pitching market sucks. And several people also pointed out that, with Strasburg locked up, this puts Billy Beane in a better position with regard to Sonny Gray. There’s just the one problem right now: Sonny Gray ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Raul Mondesi Jr. suspended 50 games for PEDs found in cold medicine

Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Tuesday. The suspension is effective immediately.

Mondesi, 20, is on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, though he is currently in Double-A. His suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 games because he showed Clenbuterol can be found in cold medicine.

“I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, raul mondesi, royals

Five Changes I’d Make If I Ran The Minors

2. Bring The Majors To The Minors

During the final few games of spring training every year, some teams leave their team’s spring training site and play a few games somewhere else before heading out for their first regular season game. The Mets this year played the Cubs for two games in Las Vegas‚ which worked because it’s the home of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate and is the hometown of (among others) Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant. The Phillies, too, got in on the fun. Their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Baseball’s New “Secret Weapon”: High-Tech Vision Training

Maybe John Sterling should try this…

Contact lenses and LASIK are but the first steps of eyesight improvement. Hitters trying to track the spin, speed, and course of a pitch are increasingly resorting to new methods of keeping pace: 3-D training programs, liquid-crystal strobe glasses, beaded Brock strings, patterned pendulums, vision-enhancing vitamins, and even virtual and augmented reality headsets.

 

eddieot Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, neil walker, pedro alvarez, training

OMNICHATTER 5-11-16

Iron OMNICHATTER 2

Gamingboy Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:12 AM | 285 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Baseball and the Armed Services « Our Game

Part one. You can read Baseball and the Armed Services, Part Two as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2016 at 01:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The War on Bunting Is Over: The Nerds Are Victorious

Overall bunting is down throughout baseball from once every 109 plate appearances in 2004 to once every 179 this year. But that’s not the half of it. If you ignore pitchers altogether and look only at position players, batters are bunting once every 337 plate appearances this year versus once every 162.5 in 2004. That means that non-pitchers are bunting an average of about once every nine games, according to Stats, LLC.

It took baseball’s collective minds a long time to realize that men ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, sabermetrics, small ball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 10, 1916:

Thirty bases on balls were given in the game in which Detroit defeated Philadelphia [yesterday], 16 to 2. Eighteen of those passes were handed out by the [Athletics] twirlers, Ray leading with 12, while Cunningham and Boland of Detroit each gave six.

To this day, that’s the record for most walks by both teams in one game. Here’s the box score. Note the time of game: 2:30.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bad pitchers, dugout, history, walks

Andrelton Simmons of Los Angeles Angels will require surgery on left thumb

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the team described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

The Angels said they would have an update on Simmons following the surgery. He will be placed on the disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, injuries

5-10-16 OMNICHATTER

The Incredible OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 10, 2016 at 12:35 AM | 173 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 09, 2016

ESPN: Sources: Stephen Strasburg, Nats agree to 7-year, $175M extension

Strasburg will receive a rolling opt-out clause after the third or fourth year of the contract and could receive $7 million in performance bonuses, sources said. He also will receive an additional $1 million bonus each season he reaches 180 innings pitched, according to sources. [...] The new deal’s total dollars match the 2013-19 contract of the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez for the sixth-highest among big league pitchers.

David Price’s deal with the Boston Red Sox that started this ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:47 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras, stephen strasburg

Baseball is a funny game

Baseball is magical. Also, “Realmuto is real gone” deserves to get Realmuto called out regardless of whether he passed the runner on the basepaths.


Dan Epstein on Reggie Jackson’s lost season in Baltimore

There was also no question that, even in a stacked field of free agents—it included his former A’s teammates Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, Joe Rudi, Gene Tenace, and Bert Campaneris—Jackson was clearly the most appetizing entrée on the re-entry draft buffet. Jackson, who had cracked to reporters in 1975 that, “If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me,” was now not joking around at all. He was openly angling to play for the Yankees, even dropping some less-than-subtle on-air ...

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djordan Posted: May 09, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dan epstein, mlb, reggie jackson

OMNICHATTER 5-9-16

Iron OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 09, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mike North: Jessica Mendoza is worst announcer in baseball

Mike North: “I’ve got to tell you something folks. You know, I’ve been called every name in the book doing this job since the early 90s. Good names, bad names, and everything in between. I’ve been called everything from a pillar in the community to a guy who’s the best who did it in Chicago’s history to a racist and a sexist. I’m going to just tell you right now what everybody else doesn’t want to say, except maybe the regular fan who you see on social media: Jessica Mendoza is the worst ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn, jessica mendoza, women in baseball

Important Articles - Please Read - Ron Shandler

What a mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy sports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2016

Tacoma Times, May 9, 1916:

The Great Falls team in the Northwestern league will hereafter be known as the “Electrics.”

This name was selected by the directors from several hundred submitted in a contest conducted by the newspaper. It is the same name by which the former Great Falls teams have been known.
...
Bill Harley has signed so many old timers to his clib, that the nicknames of “Veterans,” “Granddads,” and “Vets” have automatically affixed themselves to the club.

They blew it. Granddads ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 May 9: There’s no politics in baseball

Only one problem. The national tournament May 28 through June 4 is being held for the eighth-straight year in North Carolina. And Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last month prohibited state employees and state agencies from traveling to North Carolina in protest of that state’s new law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms designated for the gender with which they identify.

The governor’s ban didn’t apply to MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) campuses like ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 09, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 2064 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, politics

Javier Baez homer wins it in 13th as Cubs rally past Nationals - Chicago Tribune

The Cubs just aren’t natural. Which type of black magic are they using?

At what point does winning 24 of their first 30 games — including the last seven in a row —become surreal?

“Hasn’t it?” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said with a chuckle. “I mean, I think you’d have to look inside a season to see that kind of a stretch, but when it occurs at the beginning of the season it really stands out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

David Ortiz, Steven Wright lead Red Sox past Yankees | Boston Herald

Steven Wright has been very impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, steven wright

Mets edge Padres to split four-game series | MLB.com

The highlights suggest he had three pitches working.

For the first time this season, Harvey’s velocity regularly spiked up to 97 mph. So it was little surprise that the strikeouts followed. Whiffing the side in the first, Harvey struck out six of the first eight batters he faced, finishing with 10. It was his first double-digit strikeout game of the year and the 11th of his career.

Matt Harvey twirls six excellent innings against the Padres, striking out 10 batters for the first time this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

WHAT BAN MIGHT REYES FACE?

Jon Heyman breaks news on Facebook now?

Half a season with no testimony from his wife and no formal charges would be an extremely aggressive punishment. It will be interesting to read the explanation from the Commissioner and the MLBPA response.

Jose Reyes should hear his penalty from MLB for domestic abuse soon, and word is that it’ll be at least 60 games and perhaps significantly longer than that.

Eighty games, or about a half a season, may be a fair ballpark estimate, according to some. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, rockies

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