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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Last Years of Ernie Banks | Chicago magazine | October 2015

The end isn’t always pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ernie banks

CJ Nitkowski: In Jonathan Papelbon-Bryce Harper fight, media has lost objectivity; players overwhelmingly support pitcher | FOX Sports

A different take and some great points by CJ Nitkowski. Papelbon is a wildcard but Harper seems like the kind of guy who, if he doesn’t change, won’t be around long when his talent starts to diminish.

Papelbon is everybody’s favorite punching bag but it’s not deserved here. This is a game that governs itself; it always has and always will. No one is above giving his full effort every time. When you don’t, there will be a veteran teammate there waiting to remind you. Sometimes that might ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Jake Arrieta hits a no-doubt home run against the Pirates

He had a pretty, pretty, pretty good day.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

The myth of second-half momentum | FOX Sports

Do you mean the playoffs are a crapshoot?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

red sox - Don Orsillo keeps taking high road, and NESN keeps insulting him - WEEI | John Tomase

Between all the negative leaks when people are headed out of town and the bungling of the broadcast team, it’s not a reach to think there are some real jerks at the top in Boston.

(As an aside, with Larry Lucchino forced into an emeritus position, Werner seems intent on filling the power vacuum. If his handling of Orsillo – a TV matter that’s supposedly his area of expertise – is any indication, how should we feel about him having more of a say in decisions impacting the on-field product?)

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

Harper vs. Papelbon a precursor to offseason shakeup in D.C. | FOX Sports

The Nationals are a mess.

Yes, Harper risked a reaction—and elicited an overreaction—first by failing to run, then by appearing to tell Papelbon, “let’s go,” after Pap confronted him. Tell another player, “let’s go,” and maybe he drops it or resumes the discussion later. Utter those words to a pit bull— er, Papelbon—and it’s game on.

Whatever, Papelbon vs. Harper was a mere symptom of the larger disease. This is the fourth straight year that the Nats’ season will end in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, matt williams, nationals

Sunday, September 27, 2015


The OMNICHATTER is our closer.

Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2015 at 11:19 PM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Boswell: Fight between Papelbon, Harper turns Nationals wake into a public viewing

If you’ve lost even Boz, you’ve lost.

Of course, the ruckus started in the Nats’ favorite inning for disasters involving relievers: the eighth. Why rewrite a polished script? The bullpen’s trashed everything else this year, why not fight the likely NL MVP? Fan Appreciation Day, indeed.

After the game, the Nats had their annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” promotion with each player handing his game-worn jersey to a contest-winning fan. The Nats should make sure two fans receive the first ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 27, 2015 at 10:36 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, bryce harper, dumbass, jonathan papelbon, matt williams, nationals

Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon Fighting in National’s Dugout | The Big Lead

This isn’t good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 238 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Brewers’ New G.M. Looks to Change Story Line - The New York Times

“Every organization and every situation needs to plot its own course,” he said. “No two situations are exactly the same, and the Astros’ was about as unique as you could possibly find. This is a different situation with different challenges.”
“Player development and scouting — and acquiring controllable major league players — is really the priority of the organization,” Stearns said. “So the energy and attention that perhaps in the past was given to a certain level of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Sunday Notes: Forsythe’s Breakout, Britton’s Aim, Bullpen Banter, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Cardinals Insider: Heyward’s value adds up in many ways : Sports

Heyward will likely join a market that has outfielders with more power, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, and some standout aces, lefty David Price and possibly Greinke. No standout will be as young as him. Not one can invite bets on his upside like he can.

Among his peers in right field, Heyward ranks sixth in average, 16th in slugging percentage (.433), and 11th in OPS (.785). The corner outfield positions have traditionally been power sources. Five of the top 10 in homer totals this season ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jason heyward

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Why are baseball owners endorsing new layers of upper management? - The Boston Globe

“The duties are just getting bigger,” said Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. “The sheer numbers in personnel, the enormous number of players you have to keep track of, the huge amounts of data we’re getting on both scouting and analytics, all of those things make management of a baseball team more complicated than it used to be.

“I often give the example of the baseball GM vs. the basketball GM since I was involved with the Atlanta Hawks for many years. If you’re a basketball ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Huston Street’s injury is a grim note in Angels’ dramatic win - LA Times

The Angels lose their closer and Mike Trout does Mike Trout things.

In the top of the ninth inning, they lost closer Huston Street to injury. In the bottom of the ninth, David Freese hit a walk-off home run, lifting the Angels to an emotional 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels remained one-half game behind the Houston Astros for the final spot in the American League wild-card race. The Angels have eight games left.

It appears unlikely that Street could pitch in any of those ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, huston street, mike trout

Baseball’s early black players faced injustice, humiliation and now a curious grad student - LA Times

Documenting the real history.

The project called for patience, perspective and, perhaps most of all, a deep love of baseball. The last part was what made Neftalie Williams’ presence here, next to a baseball complex in Compton, so peculiar.

Williams was there to interview Don Buford, subject No. 5 out of 111 in a quixotic mission: Over the next few years, it’s Williams’ job to interview, record and catalog every living African American player from the turbulent first 25 years of Major League ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues, social issues

The tenuous formula the Yankees will be relying on in October | New York Post

Late Saturday, Alex Rodriguez, who delivered the game-winning, ground-rule double in the sixth inning, said, “If you look at today’s game as the recipe, minus the home runs …”

Exactly. Once the Yankees took the lead in the sixth, manager Joe Girardi turned to Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller for a perfect inning apiece.

“This team has good DNA,” A-Rod said. “It doesn’t give up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, yankees

Harper: Matt Harvey shows Mets he’s still their ace - NY Daily News

The Mets are on their way to the playoffs and Matt Harvey wants to be a big part of their plan.

“When he came to me last week he said, ‘I want to pitch. I want to stay out there. I want to throw 100 pitches and I want to do it twice (before the end of the season). “He said, ‘We’re going to win this thing and I’m going to pitch in the playoffs, and I’ve got to be ready. And I’m not ready.’ ”

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey delivered an even more forceful message to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, playoffs

Behind the Scenes of Major League Baseball’s Futuristic Player Tracking System | Motherboard

Statcast is the wrong name. It should be StatScout because all Statcast does is quantify what scouts have been trying to accurately judge since the first scout watched his first ballgame.

So, have the stats nerds won? Legendary Sports Illustrated reporter Tom Verducci says the system is “not trying to get rid of the mythology” of baseball, but really, that’s a fair concern here. We might not know if Bob Feller actually threw harder than Jacob DeGrom, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Many ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, statcast

5 reasons Al Avila gave for retaining Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager |

I’m sure his dreamyness is a factor.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, managers, tigers

Hey, MLB: Royals’ postseason should be an all-inclusive party that extends to Arrowhead

I thought we were all meeting up at Paul Rudd’s mom’s house?

When the idea for a sort of simulcast at Arrowhead was presented to people at MLB, the issue of parking was the first brought up. But even if 30,000 people showed, that would still mean fewer people at Truman Sports Complex than for a sold-out football game.

Nobody from the league would speak on the record for this column, but other than basic logistical things that teams do routinely — security, parking, following sponsorship ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tv ratings



Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Kawasaki: “Bush party tonight!”

Munenori Kawasaki explains to Barry Davis what he will be doing tonight to celebrate the Toronto Blue Jays making the playoffs.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

MLBAM strikes out in marketing baseball - Beyond the Box Score

No GIFs for you.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam

Carlos Martinez hurts shoulder in first inning |

This doesn’t sound good.

The Cardinals can only hope that a special season for first-year starter Carlos Martinez did not come to an abrupt and unfortunate end on Friday night, when he walked ever so slowly to the dugout, his glove over his face, seemingly as an attempt to hide the raw emotion.

The severity of the right shoulder tightness that prompted Martinez’s exit seven pitches into what ended up as a 4-3 Brewers win will become clearer after an MRI exam and further evaluation on Saturday. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

10 Amazing Feats to Watch over the last week and a half of the season. - Jayson Stark Blog - ESPN

Jayson Stark with 10 interesting tidbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

At 85, she’s a valuable member of the Rockies’ team at Coors Field - The Denver Post

“We all get along,” Bender said of her teammates. “The Rockies are my team, win or lose. I love my job. What else am I going to do? It keeps me young.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

Scott Van Pelt gives lengthy monologue on lunacy of daily fantasy not being considered gambling

Scott Van Pelt isn’t a fan of daily sports games.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Baseball Should Stop Pretending Players Make Good Managers - The Atlantic

A solution in need of a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Wild Card format doesn’t need to change.

Keep it the way it is.

(An aside: I’m not addressing the issue of the Wild Card Game as a one-game playoff here. That’s a topic for another day. Personally, I’d love to see a three-game series, all in the same ballpark, beginning with a doubleheader. It makes home-field advantage that much more important, and it taxes the bullpens of those teams, so the No. 1 seed has a distinct advantage. Plus, it’s just fairer baseball-wise, because the sport was never meant to be played in a one-game format. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Who are the 2015 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I) | Articles | Bill James Online

Previewing BIS’s 2015 Fielding Bible Award winners.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

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