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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ted Cruz the latest victim of politicians trying to talk sports | NBC SportsWorld

I don’t care about a politicians’ sports opinions. I care even less about the political views of sportswriters.

And no, this isn’t another OTP thread. Frankly, just like I’m sure you don’t care about mine, I don’t care much about your political views either.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Jake Arrieta sounds off on Cubs future, PED rumblings: ‘Some people are idiots’

A little late on this story.

Sorry about the paucity of links the last few days. A family member has been dealing with a medical issue the last few days and I’ve been busy providing support. Luckily she’s now fine and her prognosis is good.

I’ve heard players, and I’m talking about some of the best players in the league,’’ Arrieta told USA TODAY Sports, “question whether I’ve taken steroids or not. Some of the things I hear are pretty funny, and some people are idiots, frankly.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, peds

The Most and Least Generous Strike Zones | FanGraphs Baseball

Not that it’s helped the Astros much.

A big chunk of this is about catcher framing. But you also have run-of-the-mill luck, and plus there’s pitcher identity to take into account. Some pitchers just earn better zones than others, typically because they possess better command. Now, these numbers aren’t perfect, because the PITCHf/x system isn’t perfect. So this isn’t gospel, but below are my results. To this point, the Astros have pitched to the most generous zone. The White Sox have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Cooperstown Confidential: Baseball’s Facebook Phenomenon – The Hardball Times

As someone who spends a good deal of time on Facebook, I can tell you full well the benefits that it provides for someone who likes to spout opinions on our National Pastime. If something catches my attention, particularly if it is a current day issue that annoys me (like the recent Adam LaRoche affair), Facebook is a quick and ready outlet that allows for some candid venting. I used to host a sports talk show, which gave me a nightly forum for such ranting, but that’s something from the long ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, history

Let’s just put the coronation of the Cubs on hold a minute | FOX Sports

We interrupt the coronation of the Cubs to remind you that that the NL Central features two other contenders with powerful offenses.

Yes, the Cubs already lead the Pirates by three games and the Cardinals by 3½; neither of the trailing clubs is pitching as well as expected, while the Cubs rank second in the NL in ERA.

The race, however, remains intriguing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

4-28-16 OMNICHATTER

A OMNICHATTER of Swords

Gamingboy Posted: April 28, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 270 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fehr (BLS): Noah Syndergaard Tours New York City as Thor

Thor could crush somebody in Times Square and he wouldn’t lose fans.

The Mets flamethrower has teamed up with SportsNet New York for a segment where he hits the street of New York City dressed as Thor.

JEe (Jason) Posted: April 27, 2016 at 07:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, noah syndergaard, thor

How Teams Can Get Around International Bonus Pools

The most obvious route, especially in the first year of the international bonus pools, was a package deal. Take a player for July 2 you want to sign for $2 million, but give $1.5 million to him on July 2 and give $500,000 to another player from the same trainer before July 2. Prior to July 2, 2012, there were no bonus pools, so you save half a million dollars from your 2012-13 bonus pool.

While the decision should ultimately be up to the player and his family, the reality is that the trainers ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2016 at 04:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bonus pools, international free agents

Minors 4.26.16: Sizzling Amed Rosario leads St. Lucie to win

ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 5: Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. He smashed a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. It was Rosario’s third long ball of the season and second in three games. Rosario added a two-run triple in the eighth to put the Mets ahead by four runs. Rosario has two four-RBI performances in the last three games. He was seeking a double for the cycle, but was stranded on deck in the ninth.

Rosario is off to a very good start with the bat in ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 27, 2016 at 01:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers

OMNICHATTER 4-27-16

A Clash of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 27, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 27, 1916:

FUTURE GIANT HURLS NO-HIT GAME

Erasmus Hall High School won another baseball game by defeating Manual Training High School by a score of 4 to 1…Waite Hoyt, who is under contract with the Giants and who pitched a no-hit game Saturday, relieved Davidson and repeated his feat of holding his opponents hitless. Hoyt went into the box in the second inning, and during the remainder of the game was never touched for even a scratch hit. He struck out ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 27, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, waite hoyt

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FG - Rate Your MLB Broadcaster

Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The purpose of those rankings? To place a “grade” on each of the league’s television and radio broadcast teams — a grade intended to represent not necessarily the objective quality or skill of the relevant announcers, but rather the appeal those announcers might have to the readers of Fangraphs.

I have a feeling I know how CFB will vote ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 26, 2016 at 10:50 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, broadcasters, poll

When Athletes are left to their own digital dating devices

Tinder’s location-specific search makes an athlete’s road game easier, and longer stays increase the chances of consummating a match, so for MLB players, in particular, scores come in bunches. “Tinder is better for an area you’re not familiar with, so that’s how a lot of guys meet people,” says Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s off the market but estimates that a third of his single colleagues are right swipers. And that number spikes during spring training, when regulars can punch out by ...

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A’s RHP Sean Murphy Dies

“The Oakland Athletics announced that righthander Sean Murphy, a member of the organization since 2010, unexpectedly died on Monday in Arizona.

The 27-year-old had not pitched in an official game since 2014 as he rehabilitated from Tommy John surgery. He was suspended for 50 games in February after testing positive for a drug of abuse.”


Fivethirtyeight: Statheads Are The Best Free Agent Bargains In Baseball

Even though some of the initial rewards had already been realized by 2009, there were still significant gains to be made by semi-early adopters. To measure them, we built a model estimating how good a team was before its front-office hires, using the following factors for each team: its winning percentages over the previous three seasons, its payroll and market size and its Baseball America farm-system ranking. Using these variables, we generated an expected winning percentage for each team ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2016 at 03:11 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, fivethirtyeight, stats vs. scouts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 26, 1916:

LAVAN TRIES TO CALL BALK ON OWN PITCHER

For the first time in a big league a team has tried to call a balk on its own pitcher. When Graney stole second in the first inning of Monday’s Indian-Brown battle while Groom held the ball, then took third on Groom’s wild throw, Johnny Lavan rushed in with a wild shout of “balk.” He claimed Groom moved from the pitcher’s pose and that therefore Graney was only entitled to one base on a balk.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: doc lavan, dugout, history

Why Would Anybody Watch the Braves? (Baseball Prospectus)

Fightin’ words:

If you were in the Atlanta area on Sunday, you could have seen matinee performances of ‘Dream Girls’ (at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta) or ‘Ragtime’ (at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center). You could have attended an Italian Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre, or the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Centennial Olympic Park, where the craft beer was flowing and live music played. It was a free entrance day at several National Parks, including nearby Chattahoochee Park. ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 26, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

OMNICHATTER 4-26-16

A Game of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 26, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

What happens to teams that start the season hot?

16 of the 20 teams who have won at least 30 of their first 40 games went on to win the pennant. Nine of them won the World Series, six of them losing it (one played before the World Series began).

Most promising for teams that win at a 75% clip through 40 games is the fact that 18 of the 20 teams to do so have finished in first place and advanced to the postseason.

When we look at teams that won at least 17 of their first 20 (twelve total), we see that five of them failed to even make the ...

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Monday, April 25, 2016

538: 2016 MLB Predictions

Each team’s rating and its chances of advancing to the playoffs.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 25, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

Yankees prospect Acevedo dies in car wreck

Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.

Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.

MLB.com’s David Adler cited a 2015 Scout.com interview in which Donny Rowland, New ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, obituaries, prospects, yankees

Generate your own minor league baseball franchise!

‘s been over a year since we helped a professional baseball team choose the name “Hartford Yard Goats.” That was a fun time, but now we’re all kind of used to them. They’re just one creatively silly minor league team name out of dozens.

We need something fresh.

We need an entire alternate universe filled with new minor league teams.

Introducing the minor league baseball team name generator!

“The Rancho Cucamonga Steel Zebras”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league

A Record Setting Five Koreans Debut in Major League Baseball

When most fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) think of players from the Pacific Rim, players imported from Japan’s professional league tend to come to mind. Whether it be Ichiro or for a period Dice K Matsuzaka, there have been a string of high profile players coming from Japan to the United States. That perception may be about to change. While more Japanese professionals have played in the major leagues, players from Korea are increasingly making their mark in MLB as well.

Because of the ...

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Yasiel Puig crashed a high school prom after game in Colorado

Only to be thrown out by that stuffy Dean! I’LL GET YOU PUIG!

Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig had a little time to kill on Saturday night after Kenta Maeda and company made short work of the Colorado Rockies. So he decided he would surprise some Denver area high school students by crashing their prom party.

True story.

Puig shocked the students from Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.— which is a suburb of Denver — a little before midnight. He even posed for pictures with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hijinks ensue, yasiel puig

Founding Rules of ‘Base Ball’ Sell for $3.26 Million in Auction

Nothing about bat flips though.

“Laws of Base Ball” was put up for online bidding this month by SCP Auctions; the price paid was the most ever for a baseball document but below the $4.3 million paid in 2010 for James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball. The most expensive piece of sports memorabilia is a Babe Ruth jersey from 1920 that sold for $4.4 million in 2012.

“Laws,” which was written by Daniel Adams, who was known as Doc, established rules such as nine men on a side, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, baseball history, baseball rules, memorabilia

Walt Whitman, Baseball Reporter

America’s poet expounded on America’s game in this little-known June 18, 1858 ed­itorial from the Brooklyn Daily Times. But these were not Whitman’s only published words on the national pas­time: in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass appears the line “Upon the race-course, or enjoying picnics or a good game of base-ball”; and in the Brooklyn Eagle of July 23, 1846 (only one month after the Knickerbockers’ purported first match game), he wrote: “In our sun-down perambulations, ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 25, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: literature

With ‘no changes’ in MRI, Orioles hope Yovani Gallardo returns in about 4 weeks - Baltimore Sun

A new MRI on Gallardo’s ailing right shoulder Sunday showed “no changes” from the MRI taken two months ago during Gallardo’s club physical, before the Orioles signed him in February, according to an industry source.

Gallardo left Friday’s game in Kansas City after just two innings after feeling discomfort in his shoulder and was placed on the DL before Saturday’s game against the Royals, marking the first time in parts of 10 major league seasons that he has gone on the DL with an arm-related ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yovani gallardo

Yadier Molina points out suspicious man with binoculars in Padres’ center-field camera well

Not cool to “hack” into the Cardinals signs like that!

But the practice of sign-stealing goes from an innocent and understandable part of on-field play to a weirder and more concerning competitive advantage if and when teams incorporate agents and technologies beyond the diamond to figure out what their opponents are planning. The Toronto Blue Jays have long been dogged by allegations of a mysterious man in white clothing — the Man in White — who sits in center field at the Rogers Centre ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, padres, sign-stealing, yadier molina

OMNICHATTER 4-25-16

A Song of Ice and OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2016

New York Evening World, April 25, 1916:

Baseball statisticians have been conspicuously negligent in failing to tabulate whether left or right handed umpires are hit the hardest.

Touché. That hits a bit close to home, old-timey people. (I should mention that the “Answers to Queeries” below the linked blurb gave me a chuckle or two.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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