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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Schoenfield: Trying to figure out Don Mattingly and the Dodgers

I agree with Schoenfield: Absent a World Series ring, Mattingly is going, going, gone.

That brings us to the latest maneuverings of manager Don Mattingly. After Mattingly spent a few weeks screwing around with Yasiel Puig by occasionally sitting him to get Carl Crawford some at-bats, the manager has now benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, with Enrique Hernandez—who had been filling in at second due to the injury to Howie Kendrick—moving to center so Chase Utley can play second. The ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, on-base percentage

SB Nation: Pirates outfielder may have made the most chill out in MLB history

You know, I don’t think I had ever seen a casual throw nail a runner on a tag play.

Starling Marte’s chill knows no bounds. Most players would be harried trying to get the ball to third, but Marte put less effort into this out than people at the fair when throwing at milk bottles to win a prize.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:39 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cool, defensive plays, pirates, starling marte

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After loss and injury, is Javier Baez finally ready for the Cubs?

A really nice article about a guy who sounds really great and his miracle sister.  Keep the tissues handy.

Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Fivethirtyeight: The Happiest And Saddest Fans In Baseball

Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.

All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Irreverent Relics of the Baseball Reliquary

Believe it or not!

It’s been called “the fans’ Hall of Fame,” “the antithesis of Cooperstown,” and “the motherlode vein leading to the heart and soul of baseball.” It calls itself “a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history,” but that doesn’t really capture the Reliquary’s unique nature. “It’s hard to categorize,” admits Terry Cannon, 62, a part-time librarian in Pasadena, California, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reliquary, history, museums

OMNICHATTER 8-26-15

The All-Natural OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter


15 runs only hide the real alarming Yankees’ issue | New York Post

Bring on the kids.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the same goes for an offensive revival. The Yankees employ established, elite hitters in Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both men, however, have dramatically exceeded their 2015 projections, and both men currently look more fried than Harold and Kumar during their trip to White Castle.

Teixeira started at first base Tuesday, making his first appearance after seven games off to rest a bruised right lower leg, and surely everyone in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Axe Bat adds new technology, gains popularity in MLB - Edge - SI.com

If I were still playing, I’d try this bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment

Blurry line between fantasy sites

How many people have tried either DraftKings or FanDuel? Has anyone made any money?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: daily fantasy baseball, fantasy

Jose Bautista is boycotting SportsNet because they won’t pay for Devon Travis’ suit

Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews with Sportsnet for the past three months in protest of the broadcaster’s refusal to pay the cost of a designer suit purchased by rookie Devon Travis as part of a TV segment aired on Sportsnet on May 19.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bautista, blue jays, media, travis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-26-2015

Milwaukee Journal, August 26, 1915:

Lawrence Henderson, pitching for Charleston in the Ohio State league [in Charleston, WV] yesterday, shut out Ironton in a doubleheader, not a hit being allowed in the first game…Henderson allowed five hits in the last game.

Pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

In a season of losses, Don Orsillo’s firing the worst of all - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

I don’t get angry about very much when it relates to baseball. It’s a game. Getting rid of Orsillo, however, makes me feel angry.

Even as the team’s play frequently crossed over to the unwatchable this season, Orsillo and Remy remained as dependable as ever. Blaming the broadcasters for NESN’s tanking ratings this season is about as plausible as attributing global warming to a faulty exhaust pipe. Orsillo and Remy were witnesses to a collapse, not the cause of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, red sox

The Year BaseRuns Failed | FanGraphs Baseball

Why don’t we just wait until the end of the year.

If we extrapolate the current deviations from BaseRuns out to 162 games for all teams, then the final season standard deviation for the league would be 7.4 wins, nearly double what it has been in previous years. Of course, the teams that have defied BaseRuns so far probably won’t continue to do so at the same rate over the final six weeks of the season, but even if every team plays exactly as BaseRuns would expect over the rest of the year, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Politico: Las Vegas Sun owners host Obama

Who says St. Jeter can’t move left?

It’s not the first time Obama and [Las Vegas Sun publisher] Greenspun have hung out. Obama kicked off the fundraiser recalling a trip to Nevada last November when he and Greenspun golfed with former Yankees great Derek Jeter.

“He and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” Obama said of Greenspun, referring to the course in North Las Vegas. “It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere. ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, golf, presidents

Full Count » Hanley Ramirez: ‘I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team’

The guy has been an infielder his whole career. I’m sure he’ll be more comfortable at first than in LF. Although I don’t expect him to be great there, I do believe he’ll be more than passable at the position, until David Ortiz retires and he moves to DH.

If you expected Hanley Ramirez to resist playing first base — surprise! He’s completely on board.

“I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team on the field, competing every day,” Ramirez said on Tuesday in Chicago ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

A Potential Baseball Powerhouse Blossoms in Uganda | VICE Sports

“Hello Joe. I have some good news for you. We want to bring you aboard as a full-time scout. As a matter of fact, we’d like you to be one of our Area Supervisors. We’re also going to start you at the top of our pay scale.” “Great, great! Am I staying in Florida?” “No, Joe. We want you to mine a great new area for us. YOU ARE GOING TO UGANDA!!”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects

CC Sabathia rules out surgery, stays open to bullpen role | New York Post

CC Sabathia was encouraged by what a doctor told him Tuesday about his sore right knee.

“It went good — no surgery,’’ said Sabathia, who hopes rest will allow him to return to the Yankees this season. “I’ll start the rehab process, and I feel like if I get enough rest I can come back and be healthy enough to pitch.’’
Sabathia was so pleased with what Dr. Answorth Allen said, he thinks there is a chance he will be able to pitch when eligible to come off the disabled list on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ESPN Takes Schilling Off LLWS Broadcast After Anti-Muslim Tweet

Schilling retweeted a post that said, ‘‘Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?’’ The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.

Only 5-10% of Curt Schilling’s tweets are racist. How’d that go, Curt?



Small moves that paid off big

Remember all the fun the Padres had last winter though?

4. Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Yankees: Acquired from the Marlins in December in a trade that sent David Phelps and Martin Prado to Miami, Eovaldi didn’t seem to be making much progress in a Yankees uniform. After surrendering eight runs in two-thirds of an inning against his former team on June 16, he owned a 5.12 ERA through 13 starts, with opponents hitting .329 against him.

But the hard-throwing 25-year-old has turned things around since, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: transactions

Relationship Between Spending, Winning Remains Low

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

About a year ago, the Providence Journal ran a piece, Money Can’t Buy Success for Teams Anymore, discussing the relationship between wins and payroll. The article took a look at Opening Day payrolls over the last decade and correlated the payroll with wins. Brian MacPherson found that from 2002 to 2008 the correlation coefficient for wins and payroll exceeded .4 and was generally around .5, but that the relationship had declined ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2015 at 03:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: money, payroll

THE ROAD THEY’VE TRAVELED: GEORGE PLIMPTON, DRA RUN VALUES, AND THE CUBS ROTATION

How is Baseball Prospectus’ Deserved Run Average (DRA) calculated? Read the article for some insight.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 03:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dra, sabermetrics

Don Orsillo will not return on Red Sox telecasts next season - The Boston Globe

NESN is getting rid of the very entertaining and likable Don Orsillo. Orsillo is immensely popular among all the Red Sox fans I know. Do any of the Sox fans here disagree?

According to industry sources, Orsillo was never a favorite of Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming and production/executive producer who arrived at the network in July 2012. Last year, Maar implemented the policy of having its broadcasters — Orsillo and analyst Jerry Remy, in this case — take in-season ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 02:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, red sox, television

Houston Astros bullpen strong without big names Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports

Hinch said the relievers have “general” roles — when the Astros lead, he mostly goes Harris-Neshek-Gregerson in the final three innings, mixing and matching with Qualls and his lefties, Sipp and Perez. But because none of the relievers is an established late-inning monster — this, for example, is Gregerson’s first year closing — Hinch said the roles are “in pencil.” In other words, he can manage however he wants, and the relievers are comfortable with it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bullpen usage, bullpens

Ask BA: Watching The Best Rule 5 Class In Years

Last year only three players stuck with their new teams. No more than five players have been retained by their new team in any major league Rule 5 draft over the past seven seasons.

This year? It would appear that 10 of the 14 players taken in last December’s Rule 5 draft will stay with their new team. (...)The 10 who are likely to meet the requirements this year would make it the second-most numerous Rule 5 class this century, topped only by the 11 players who managed to stick from the 2002 ...

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And Now, Curt Schilling With Some Cool Thoughts About Muslims And Nazis

The now-deleted tweet you see above comes to us from big idiot Curt Schilling. Thank you for letting us know about the true #’s, Curt.

Really makes you think.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, muslims, nazis, twitter

Pitcher Kris Medlen is intriguing as he makes the most of his audition for Royals’ rotation | The Kansas City Star

When his elbow holds together, Kris Medlen is a pretty good pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: kris medlen, royals

Taylor Jungmann and Diminishing Marginal Utility | FanGraphs Baseball

Good stuff from Eno Harris.

So when Trevor Bauer dismisses the fact his curveball has the highest whiff rate among starters, saying, “That’s just because of how I use it, not because of the movement of the pitch,” then you can understand better how complicated pitching is — and how one good pitch thrown infrequently does not automatically beget one great pitch thrown more often.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pitching, taylor jungmann

Struggling Nationals Call on Trea Turner | FanGraphs

lthough he was one of the better hitters at both of his minor-league stops this season, it seems as though his bat still has some developing left to do. ZiPS and Steamer forecast him for roughly an 80 wRC+ from here on out. This is more or less what Desmond’s done this year, and falls short of even the most pessimistic rest-of-season projection for Desmond. More than likely, Turner’s not a better player than Desmond is right now. The Nationals are aware of this, which is why Turner’s only ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

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