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Saturday, September 26, 2015

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 | 36 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


The Astros-in-Freefall OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 26, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Daily Fantasy Sports and the Hidden Cost of America’s Weird Gambling Laws - The New York Times

Are daily fantasy games really a skill?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Inside Baseball: 25 heroes for 2015; plus notes from all over MLB -

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 07:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Carlos Martinez is the ace of Cardinals staff |

2015 Postseason beast?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

Cubs clinch postseason berth

Clinching on a Kelby Tomlinson strikeout 2,000 miles away isn’t exactly as dramatic as coming back on Mark Melancon at home would’ve been, but after watching the Cubs wander the desert for the past seven years, I’ll certainly take it.  Here’s hoping even better things lie ahead.

Spahn Insane is enjoying a peaty potation Posted: September 26, 2015 at 01:39 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs, wild card

Friday, September 25, 2015

BLS: Madison Bumgarner gets into an intense staredown with ump Joe West

Get a room, fellas…

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has a reputation for being one of the more fiery pitchers in baseball. And Joe West has a reputation for being — well, how should we put this nicely? — the most contentious ump in the game. And that’s not just our opinion. You need only to search West’s name on the Internet to see words like “awful” and “idiocy.”

So you can see how the combination of Bumgarner and West could be combustible. And, to little surprise, it was ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cowboy joe west, madison bumgarner, san francisco giants

“The Babe” at Petco

An eventful night at the ballpark:

A woman who went to see the San Diego Padres left as a brand new madre. Petco Park announced that a baby boy was born during Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, the first in the ballpark’s 11-season history.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the baby was born “around the third inning” and was named Levi. Donna Borowy, an on-staff nurse at Petco Park who is also a midwife, delivered the baby near the Padres store. Borowy told KGTV ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, happy birthday, kids, labor, padres, petco park

Red Sox Name Frank Wren Senior VP Of Baseball Operations

The Red Sox announced this afternoon that former Braves GM Frank Wren has been hired as the team’s senior vice president of baseball operations. Wren, 57, worked with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski previously in the Marlins and Expos organizations.

It’s getting awfully crowded in the Sox front office…

eddieot Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, too many cooks

East Side diamond: Mayor, Royals GM announce youth baseball academy

Very cool.

On the morning after the Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Central Division Championship, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore helped announce a new $14 million project expected to boost the fortunes of local youth and the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy was announced and detailed by Moore, Mayor Sly James and others at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St….

Moore said the Royals are deeply committed to growing ...


Zuckerman: Papelbon suspended 3 games by MLB, appeals ruling

A dumbass gets suspended for being a dumbass. Good.

MLB’s ruling, made by senior vice president of standards and on-field operations Joe Garagiola Jr., cited Papelbon “throwing a pitch in the head area” of Machado in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, an offense the league office takes seriously.

The incident occurred two innings after Machado hit a towering, 2-run homer off Max Scherzer that gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Baltimore’s All-Star third baseman ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dumbass, jonathan papelbon, suspension

Jon Gray is winless, but Walt Weiss can see success - The Denver Post

It’s not good when the park is in your head.

“I’ve pitched fine on the road,” Gray said. “I just can’t find that whatever it is to make an adjustment and pitch in this place.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Mike Hazen appears made for the Red Sox GM job - The Boston Globe

More background on the Red Sox new assistant GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike hazen, red sox

Cyril Morong on Twitter:

I love this.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Journal of Sports Analytics - Volume 1, issue 1 - Journals - IOS Press

Ready to get your math geek on?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Don Orsillo being pursued by Padres - The Boston Globe

Don Orsillo will land on his feet somewhere. That team’s fans will enjoy his broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 25, 1915:

According to a statement given out by John G. Taylor Spink, publisher of the official organ of organized baseball, the Federal league is not paying any attention at all to its official schedule and are playing for the gate.
“The policy of the Federal league has been to play as many doubleheaders as possible where its games conflicted with the games played by National and American league clubs,” said Spink. “In this manner many of the better teams, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, lying liars

Nats’ GM Noncommittal About Matt Williams’ Return in 2016 « CBS DC

I don’t think Williams survives.

“And then, after the season, we’re going to take a look at all aspects of our operation, from general manager’s office all the way down to the 40-man roster, and we’ll make decisions based on what our findings are, and how to proceed to make this organization continue to be playing meaningful games in September and October and to be one of the real vital franchises in baseball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

Ranking the 30 Minor League Systems Statistically | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve always used Blengino’s stuff to add a different perspective to my prospect rankings. I’ve found he sometimes identifies players that haven’t been mentioned elsewhere. Be aware, though, his methods also have a higher miss rate.

It should be said up front that these purely statistical player rankings shouldn’t be taken as gospel. These lists basically constitute a master follow list, with traditional methods then used to tweak the order. There are no adjustments for park effects or ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Royals win first AL Central title |

“It’s something I’ve expected from the first day of the season,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It was kind of like ‘This is supposed to happen.’ Last year was tooth and nail every game. I just had a real confidence with this group from the middle of Spring Training on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Chris Sale suffers a rare misstep against the Yankees

Baseball is awesome.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox, yankees

Tension building inside Orioles organization | FOX Sports

I can’t see Duquette getting the boot one year after the team prevented him from leaving.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, general managers, orioles



Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2015 at 12:21 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Front-office veteran Mike Hazen named GM of Red Sox

Someone has to get Dombrowski’s coffee in the morning.

The Boston Red Sox have hired Mike Hazen as general manager, the first big move by Dave Dombrowski since he took over as president of baseball operations in August.

Hazen has spent a decade in several areas of the team’s major league operations, including player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, major league scouting and pro scouting.

“Over his 10 years with the Red Sox, Mike has proven to be an invaluable member of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 05:37 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general manager, mike hazen, red sox

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