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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Curious Case of Cutch: Andrew McCutchen on his lost 2016, and why 2017 will be better

Only two players that debuted on the day a pitcher won their 300th game went on to post at least 10 bWAR: McCutchen and Randy Myers. Here’s hoping McCutchen can rediscover his stroke.

Regarding the worst, most mystifying season of his career, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made a startling admission to me: He lost his nerve to run.

Slumps are the viral illnesses of a hitter. They strike without warning or known cause and run their course, be they days, weeks or, in McCutchen’s case ...

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ajnrules Posted: March 14, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pittsburgh pirates, spring training, tom verducci

Tracy Ringolsby: Rockies must turn to Plan B | MLB.com

Best laid plans…

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 14, 1917:

GEORGE M. COHAN AFTER BALL TEAM

The Providence International League baseball club was sold this afternoon by William H. Draper, its owner, to a syndicate of local men for $18,000.
...
Dennis O’Brien, George M. Cohen’s [sic] attorney, was present and said that Mr. Cohen intended buying the entire holdings. It may be possible that the New York theatrical man may yet get control, taking it out of the hands of the local men who bought it just for civic pride.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

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Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in ...

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Nimmo Unlikely To Be Ready When Camp Ends

The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.

Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Bote Man Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, wbc

Venezuela rallies past Italy to advance | MLB.com

Great ending. Too bad I missed it because I had to turn in.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

WBC Chatter - March 14, 2017

2nd round action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

MLB drops the ball in ruling Mexico out of the World Baseball Classic

This is a great lesson in why rules need to have clearly defined terms. Are “defensive innings” the number of innings pitched or does any inning in which a team plays defense constitute a defensive inning. The phrase “including partial innings” does not solve the ambiguity.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mexico, venezuela, world baseball classic

Young Acuna raising eyebrows at Braves camp

TAMPA, Fla.—Ronald Acuna has steadily become a well-known figure among Braves fans since he caught the attention of Bobby Cox and some of Atlanta’s upper-level executives during the 2015 Instructional League. But the 19-year-old outfielder’s legend has truly grown since he came to this year’s Spring Training and gained the welcome surprise he would have a chance to compete in some big league exhibition games.

Though he has been used simply as an extra called over from Minor League camp, Acuna ...

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Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: #trusttheprocess, braves, prospects, rebuilding

OT: NCAA March Madness 2017

Who’s ready for Madness?

New Orleans vs. Mt. St. Mary’s and NC-Central vs. UC-Davis!

Number 1 Seeds: North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova, Gonzaga


Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


The win-now and win-later windows of the 2017 baseball season

The Giants come close, but baseball really doesn’t have a team that’s analogous to the 2011 Phillies, which means we’ll focus on that scrum closer toward the top of the Y-axis. Here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of why each of those teams are so high on the window-shut-o-meter:

The Tigers are old and they have a bunch of long-term contracts on the books
The Royals have a bunch of free agents after the season, and they’ve already spent a lot more than they normally do
The Mariners are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: grant brisbee, win

Manny Ramirez’s Japan Baseball Contract Includes Infinite Sushi, Optional Practice

Manny Ramirez apparently has earned the right to live the high life in Japanese baseball. The former Boston Red Sox slugger and 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame nominee last Thursday signed a contract with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent league. His deal includes some eye-popping details, which The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported Monday, citing Yakyudb.com, that should warm the hearts of his fans. They include:

A Mercedes car and a driver

Optional practices

his own ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, manny ramirez

Padres to sign Cuban lefty Osvaldo Hernandez

The Padres have agreed to sign Cuban pitching prospect Osvaldo Hernandez for $2.5 million, according to a source. The 18-year-old left-hander will join a record-breaking international class on which the Padres have spent roughly $80 million since July 2.

Hernandez, who was declared a free agent last month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Astros, Cardinals and Braves. The 6-footer has a fastball that reaches 94 mph. His secondary pitches — a curveball, slider and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, osvaldo hernandez, padres

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve enjoyed Eric Longenhagen’s prospect reports over at Fangraphs. Unfortunately, he’s a one-man show which means it will take him forever to get his team reports done. I was a little concerned his top 100 list would come out so late it wouldn’t be usable in fantasy drafts. Not any more. His list is up.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top 100, top prospects

Tangotiger Blog: Weekend at SABR’s (part 1 of 3)

Tangotiger’s experience at the SABR Analytics Conference.

This is the non-technical post.  Part 2 will have the new stuff I did on “What If” and Part 3 will have the new stuff on “Shifts against RHH”.  Both are work-in-progresses.  Which is really what Statcast is, every question answered, uncovers another two.  Our LACK of knowledge will grow exponentially with more Statcast findings!  More accurately, the awareness of our lack of knowledge will do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, sabr

Mariners utilityman Taylor Motter in a league of his own when it comes to hair flips | The News Tribune

He’d better hope he doesn’t get traded to the Yankees.

“He’s certainly got tremendous hair flip,” manager Scott Servais said. “In Seattle, I can (already) hear the crowd holding their breath until he flips it back up again.

“I’m sure (marketing vice president Kevin) Martinez has T-shirts coming. I can see the whole thing (unfolding). We’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taylor motter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-13-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 13, 1917:

It was learned [in Pittsburgh] yesterday that there is little likelihood of Honus Wagner ever again playing professional baseball. Wagner’s business and legal representative is authority for the statement that the famous Dutchman has about concluded arrangements to enter the oil producing business with Fred Clarke, former manager of the Pirates, regardless of what the Pittsburgh club offers him in the way of salary for the coming season.

Honus played on in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Nick Cafardo: Why Andrew Miller could represent the future of relief pitching

Globe’s weekly baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rockies Ian Desmond fractures left hand | MLB.com

The Ian Desmond Era will be delayed.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 08:06 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, rockies

DR downs resilient Colombia in 11 to win pool | MLB.com

I don’t like the WBC extra innings rule.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: colombia, domincian republic, wbc

OTP 13 March 2017: A Week in Breitbart Sports

DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:

I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to ...

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BDC Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, nba, nfl, politics, tim tebow

Yadier Molina blasts MLB over security for families at WBC

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blasted Major League Baseball’s security arrangements for the families of players at the World Baseball Classic in Mexico.

“MLB,,, its a shame that you are more interested in making money and not in the security of our family,” Molina said via his Instagram account. “Its a shame that the players have to be worried about the safety of our family when you were supposed to have security for them,, Horrible organization for the this event, no security for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic, yadier molina

MLB’s International Prospect Showcase Is Shifting Power Back to Young Latino Peloteros

Allow me a brief anecdote: one of my old teammates (we’ll call him Raul) told me that his buscone took half of his signing bonus, and overcharged him for the steroids he said were necessary. Raul always wanted to move to New York City; consider his story similar to the plot of Sugar, where a Dominican pitching prospect quits on baseball after a few disorienting years in the minors to pursue his passion for carpentry. Only difference is that Raul wanted to sell drugs, “como Biggie”.  I ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando perez, latin america

Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang placed on restricted list as he awaits visa

The probability third baseman Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pirates on opening day continues to plummet. On Friday, a week after receiving a suspended sentence for his third DUI in South Korea, Kang was officially placed on the major league restricted list.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly described the move as “a procedural matter.” Kang has yet to receive his visa for travel to the United States, and there is no known deadline for that decision.

“It is neither a statement of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2017 at 12:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, jung-ho kang, pirates, visa

Sho Nakata paces Japan’s win over Netherlands | MLB.com

Extra inning game with weird extra runners added to the bases in the 11th. It certainly finished the game in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, netherlands, wbc

March 12, 2017 WBC Gamechatter

One exciting extra inning game down. How many to go?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: gamechatter, wbc

Sunday Notes: Cubs’ Kelly, Dipoto’s Deals, WBC, Castro, more | FanGraphs Baseball

“We had a much more targeted list of players who we felt fit our needs,” explained Dipoto. “Last year, when I first got here, we didn’t want to start trading off, wholesale, players from the minor leagues who we didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to evaluate. But we knew we had needs (and) we filled those needs with one-year players, like Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, Nori Aoki, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith on a one-plus-one.

“This year, we took that next step, trying to transition our ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Column: Vince Velasquez should focus on himself – Phillies Nation

“Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason, I guess. They don’t like me or they can’t see. I don’t know what the case is. It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to keep it under my tongue and just go about my business.”

“I’ve got to keep it under my tongue,” comes directly after “Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Silverman: Tyler Thornburg endures rough adjustment to Sox’ shoulder program | Boston Herald

Thornburg said that after the December trade, he was sent a list of exercises from the training staff. The message he did not receive was that all of the exercises were to be performed daily.

“I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tyler thornburg

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