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Friday, April 07, 2017

Go big or go OMNICHATTER for April 7, 2017

Day games on a Friday? Yes, please. A bunch of home openers to start the weekend.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

MLBers’ Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to toss defamation claims by Ryan Zimmerman, who plays for the Washington ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: al jazeera, defemation, legal, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman

Why playing in the WBC actually might be safer than spring training

The positions of those officials are understandable, given the seemingly greater injury risk for players under the intensity of international competition, as opposed to the relative indifference of spring-training games.

Yet, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball, players who participated in the past two tournaments actually got hurt at a lower rate than players who did not.

Among pitchers on 40-man rosters, only one of 40 from the 2013 tournament (2.5 percent) opened the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training, world baseball classic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 7, 1917:

Amos Strunk, the fastest player on the Athletics, was last night ordered out of the camp by Connie Mack and given his transportation to Philadelphia. Strunk refused to run out infield hits this spring and instead of taking kindly to the advise [sic] given him by Mack, sulked and in Charlotte failed to put in an appearance for the game.

Mack stated that he would not have any disgruntled star upon his team and that Strunk had not spoken to him for 10 days.

This is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tim Tebow hits two-run homer in first minor league at-bat

Tim Tebow’s minor league baseball career couldn’t have started in more magical fashion.

In his first at-bat for the Class A Columbia Fireflies, the former Heisman Trophy winner drove a 2-1 pitch from Augusta GreenJackets lefty Domenic Mazza off and over the fence in left field for a two-run home run, sending a capacity crowd at Spirit Communications Park into a disbelieving frenzy.


How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball - LA Times

A great feature on Farhan Zaidi.

“You get one ‘Friday Night Lights’ ending, and you get 29 ‘Sopranos’ endings,” Zaidi said. “The lights just go out, and you don’t know what happened.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers

Daily News - Ackert:  Matt Harvey gives Mets reason to be optimistic in first start since July

That is what Mets fans were hoping they would finally see Thursday night: old-school Matt Harvey. As he walked off the mound, after pitching 6.2 solid innings in the Mets’ 6-2 win over the Braves, that is what brought the fans to their feet to cheer him off the field.

“I remember getting booed off the field last year,” Harvey said with a laugh, “so I think flipping that switch a little bit, it was exciting.”

His first start since July 4, when he was shut down with Thoracic Outlet ...

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Lassus Posted: April 07, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: harvey, mets


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Yadier Molina completely fooled by a bizarre twist on the ‘hidden ball’ trick

Yadier Molina – an eight-time Gold Glover who never looks foolish behind the plate – tried to block a ball in the dirt. He was successful but didn’t realize it. As he looked around frantically for the ball, he didn’t realize it was somehow stuck to his chest protector.

What is this sorcery?!?

Molina couldn’t do that again if he tried – and he probably won’t. That wild pitch resulted in a strikeout, but Matt Szczur reached first on the folly. Jon Jay followed with a walk, and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 05:26 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: yadier molina

Suspended Reds prospect posted videos of apparent drug use on Snapchat

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games by the league Tuesday after he failed his second test for a drug of abuse. At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.

Those videos were discovered by Twitter user @Reds_1fan. There are four clips posted in total, two of which appear to feature drugs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

One of those videos shows ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, reds

Braves To Sign Ryan Howard

The Braves have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran slugger Ryan Howard, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (Twitter link). He’ll head to extended Spring Training before taking a minor-league assignment.

Howard, 37, had a quiet offseason after the Phillies declined a club option following the 2016 campaign. But he’s now headed to a division rival after wrapping up a 13-year run in Philly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ryan howard

For every Mike Trout in the draft, there are hundreds of swings and misses by the scouts - LA Times

Mission accomplished.

“People doubted me,” he said this spring. “A lot of teams passed on me. I always told myself to try to prove everybody wrong.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

My Kingdom for an OMNICHATTER 4-6-2017

Pirates/Red Sox already postponed.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 06, 2017 at 11:04 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Eric Thames is a legend in Korea, now he’s restarting his career with the Brewers

The Babe Ruth of Korea is a Jesuit prep school graduate who is built like Terry Crews, wears a beard down to his chest, and was nicknamed God. But Eric Thames’s rock star life in Changwon reached its most outrageous point one late night last year.

“I was on a date,” he says. “We were on the street kissing, and a fan came up, hit me on the shoulder and was like, ‘Hey, can you sign?’ I’m like, ‘I’m with a girl right now! Get out of here.’ I was blown away.


“Wouldn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, eric thames, korean league

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2017

Grand Forks Herald, April 6, 1917:

Yelling, “Take it, Joe,” nearly resulted in half a dozen cracked heads among members of the Cleveland Americans. It happened because Joe Wood, Joe Boehling and Joe Harris were racing for the ball at the same time. They came together like a ton of brick.

“I shall have to split our Joes up or they’ll be killing one another,” Manager Fohl said.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

PawSox planning ‘100 percent replica’ of Fenway, including Green Monster

I’m really not sure how I feel about this…

Pros: farmhands get used to Fenway quirks, easier for team to forecast “how they’ll hit in Fenway”

Cons: seems like it would inevitably cost more, does it make “real” Fenway seem less special?

Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 06, 2017 at 08:45 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox, stadiums

Did a top Yankees prospect ask to wear Mantle’s number? Depends who you ask - CBSSports.com

He still eats children, though, right?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, yankees

Angels Richards leaves start with biceps cramp | MLB.com

The club announced that Richards’ removal was precautionary, and he said afterward that he wasn’t concerned about the issue, which was called a cramping of his right biceps.
“My bicep was just kind of cramping a little bit,” Richards said. “Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight. Elbow feels fine. Shoulder feels fine. It was kind of a long inning and I kind of stiffened up a bit, but nothing to be worried about.”

Manager Mike Scioscia said Richards will be evaluated by team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Among Billion-Dollar Marlins Bidders

How much is an outfield bar and associated businesses worth?

At least three possible bidders have emerged to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team including one representing the country’s most prominent political family, and one representing a future Hall of Famer, the FOX Business Network has learned.

Former New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter has expressed interest in bidding for the team, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. He is being represented in talks ...

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

White Sox To Sign Mike Pelfrey

: Heyman reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal, though he doesn’t specify whether it’s a minor league pact that’ll send Pelfrey to Triple-A Charlotte for the time being or a Major League deal that will place Pelfrey directly onto the 25-man roster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, white sox

Stark: Where have all the MLB superstars gone?

Between November and February, that firm surveyed more than 6,000 American sports fans, age 12 and older. If you don’t count Tim Tebow (please don’t) or Bo Jackson, guess the only three baseball players who showed up among America’s 50 favorite pro athletes?

In the NBA, coaches and stars take aim at the policies of our new president. Not in baseball. Should the sport of Jackie Robinson, with players who make it a multicultural melting pot, say more?
There was Derek Jeter, at No. 13. He hasn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, stars

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1917:

Earl Yingling, the southpaw pitcher for whom Clark Griffith paid Minneapolis $2,500, and who last winter notified Griffith he had quit baseball, may yet be seen in a Washington uniform this season. The manager had a talk with Yingling [in Cincinnati] and the latter assured him he wanted to play with Washington, but that his wife was opposed to his continuing in the game, and that it was to please her he had retired. He told Griffith he would have another talk ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How MLB Is Breaking Down Its Long-Standing Language Barrier

When I first got here, I didn’t know how to say ‘hi,’ nothing — I didn’t know what it means” he says. “In our country, we take English classes, but it’s not the same. You’ve got a teacher that reads in English and we repeat, but we don’t know what we’re saying. So it doesn’t make sense. When you are in Colombia and you learn a couple words, you think, ‘oh, I can defend myself now.’ But when you come to this huge country, you know, it’s way different.”

Bote Man Posted: April 05, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: development, english, latino players

Miller: Garrett Richards, Angels ready for biggest game yet

Richards will make his first start since May 1, his first since opting for stem-cell therapy over Tommy John surgery, his first since becoming the most public example yet of a treatment both pioneering and polarizing.

“I might be the first one to be so open about it, I guess,” Richards said. “I didn’t really have a choice about keeping it private. But I don’t mind being an ambassador for this or whatever you want to call it.”

A guinea Angel, you might label Richards, stem-cell ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Piscotty takes a pounding as Cards lose to Cubs | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Somebody on TV said he really earned this run. I agree.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Joey Gallo’s monster homer gave a faraway Rangers fan an unexpected souvenir | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

FiveThirtyEight: We Rated Every Rotation In MLB. How Does Your Team’s Stack Up?

Today, we’re hoping to provide you with an answer to one of those types of questions: Who has the best rotation in baseball? Mets fans like to think they do, in part because their starting pitchers have the league’s greatest hair. The Dodgers have a rightful claim since they employ Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball. And the Red Sox have a pair of aces, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, haunting the AL East, with David Price waiting in the wings.

But all of them are behind the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 12:15 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, pitching

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mets’ Seth Lugo hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery for partially torn UCL, reports say

Newsday reports Lugo has a “slight tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Of course, an injury to the UCL leads to concern over the need for Tommy John surgery.

To that end, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports noted Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews is reviewing Lugo’s records.


Marc Carig is also reporting that the Mets think Lugo’s injury may have come from his stint in the World Baseball Classic.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo


San Diego Padre for Life: Team Continues Support for Disabled Former Pitcher

As for the San Diego Padres, they could have ended their contract with him, since he was no longer able to fulfill his obligations on the mound. Instead, they have continued to sign LaChappa to a Minor League contract each year, for more than 20 years – thus ensuring that he has a small income plus the health insurance he needs.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, padres

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