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Monday, May 04, 2015

Boston Red Sox swept by New York Yankees, lose ground to skeptics - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

THE YANKEES ARE HOT!! BREAK UP THE YANKEES!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Padres To Promote Austin Hedges - MLB Trade Rumors

Why is he rated so high? Despite his hot start in AAA, he profiles as a defense-minded backup.

Hedges is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, No. 50 by MLB.com, and No. 74 by ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider-only). Hedges’ defensive ability wins widespread acclaim from nearly all prospect analysts. MLB.com praises his receiving, arm, and potential game-calling ability, while Law notes that framing pitches should prove to be a strength as well. Hedges wins less praise ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hedges, padres

Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke, reportedly set to hire Craig Counsell

President and general manager Doug Melvin announced the move hours after the team’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will name Craig Counsell as Roenicke’s replacement on Monday, according to a FoxSports report.

“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of ...

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Dan The Mediocre Posted: May 04, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

5-4-15 OMNICHATTER

The weekend is over. It’s time for Monday’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 04, 2015 at 12:19 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

nj.com: Recovery from Tommy John surgery in 6 months? How Mets and Yankees are helping MLB solve elbow injury epidemic

The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]

Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports ...

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bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, yankees

The New Baseball Gauge

Dan Hirsch has updated the Baseball Gauge, which IHMO is right up there with baseball-reference and fangraphs as a baseball encyclopedia.

KJOK Posted: May 03, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Blitz to 13 homers puts Cruz in elite company | MLB.com

Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, nelson cruz

Elite travel baseball and basketball teams make for a youth sports industrial complex

In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

OMNICHATTER 5-3-15

The “Oh Crap I almost forgot to submit this” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

NY Post: 100 years ago, Babe Ruth hit his first home run

Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.

Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.

Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch ...

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bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

MLB’s Evolving Luxury Tax | FanGraphs Baseball

A very good look at the impact of the luxury tax.

The more realistic approach for the players, then, is likely to be focusing their efforts on raising the luxury tax threshold. While the players could obviously simply agree to a more substantial set of predetermined increases to the threshold, they may be better off attempting to have the payroll limit established each year based on a fixed percentage of MLB’s estimated overall league revenues. This would help the players avoid seeing their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson


White Sox still determining how to use Carlos Rodon | CSN Chicago

Earl Weaver believed the best place to start a young pitcher is long relief. I know long relievers are out of vogue but it seems to me having a young guy start his career there, especially when you want to limit innings, still is a good idea.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said Rodon’s 2015 innings are scarce resource. The franchise has a tried and true program for keeping pitchers healthy and therefore isn’t going to run Rodon’s inning count up to 180. But Rodon could still move ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, white sox

Cubs survive injury scare to Rizzo and Russell | Chicago

Injuries suck. Luckily the Cubs didn’t have to add two more guys to their list.

“It’s a scary moment. They were both giving a lot of effort on that play,” Arrieta said. “It was a little out of their reach. One of those unfortunate things where two guys are going kind of (all) out to make a play. We’re thankful that they’re both OK.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, anthony rizzo, cubs

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Brian Cashman says New York Yankees won’t pay Alex Rodriguez’s $6 million bonus for 660th home run

Cost to market A-Rod’s home run milestone? $6,000,000. Cost to make your organization look like petty, cheap jerks? Priceless.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

NotMrTibbs’s post on Vine

I don’t think that’s how a catcher should be throwing to third.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ouch, video

Pedro revels one of his secrets to pitching success - Over the Monster

An interesting observation from Felipe Alou, via Pedro Martinez. I wonder how this would stand up to a higher sample.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro martinez, pitching, the little things

Boston Red Sox call up top prospect Blake Swihart to replace injured Ryan Hanigan

Tough luck for Hanigan. He was doing a nice job for the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, ryan hanigan

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Madden: A-Rod ties Willie, cloud of suspicion won’t go away - NY Daily News

Madden sounds like a bitter ex-spouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Say Hey Rod: Rodriguez Matches Mays Milestone With Homer 660 - NYTimes.com

The coverage of the homer sure seems to suggest the Yankees and baseball gain benefit from the event.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Inside Baseball: What you want to know about A-Rod vs. Yankees - CBSSports.com

Do the Yankees really want to keep this sideshow going?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, May 01, 2015

OMNICHATTER for 5-2-15

Earth’s Mightiest OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Reds’ Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

As expected, Homer Bailey’s 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes one year, meaning the Reds expect Bailey to return sometime next season.

Bailey, who turns 29 on Sunday, missed the end of 2014 with a right elbow flexor mass injury and had surgery to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds, tommy john surgery

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the ...

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Would You Rather Start a Team With Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts

Team Mookie

Right now, I think Betts is the better ballplayer. For all the significance of Bogaerts simply being in the majors at such a young age—younger than Betts was at debut—the facts are that we’ve had a pretty good look at him, and he is, right now, about an average major-leaguer. And right now, in my assessment, Betts is better than that. (Another month of Betts’ slump might make me reconsider.) I’m taking the better now player, even if he is short and doesn’t have the ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: future, prospects, red sox

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