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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Shohei Ohtani is Japan’s Babe Ruth. His next stop is the big leagues. | SI.com

What are the loopholes?

For all his other gifts, Ohtani’s timing is lousy. Had he decamped to the majors after last season, he would have been eligible for a hefty eight-figure annual salary. (The Rangers will pay Darvish $11 million in 2017; Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will earn $22 million.) But the collective bargaining agreement signed over the winter—perhaps with Ohtani’s arrival in mind—slashes the earning potential of international players under age 25, treating them as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 12:19 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei otani

OMNICHATTER is not just a river in Africa, April 8, 2017

Kyle Hendricks, Aaron Sanchez, and Bronson Arroyo (!) make their first starts today.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnicahtter

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is baseball’s next big thing

Isn’t he already a pretty big thing?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Who held Craig Kimbrel out Friday: John Farrell or Kimbrel?

Kimbrel should have finished the 8th. The excuses are lame.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox

Ringolsby: Rox bullpen coming to rescue now | MLB.com

And he is enjoying being a part of a bullpen that has so many interchangeable parts.

“[Friday] we knew it was going to be Estevez, Oberg and myself, but we didn’t know who’d pitch the ninth,” said McGee. “It depended on when the left-handed bats were coming up.”

That, he said, is what makes it so much fun to think of what might be in the next six months.

“[The front office] has put a great bullpen together,” McGee said. “We have depth. Think about it. We have no Holland, no Dunn and no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

MLB teams missed boat on Mike Trout in Draft | MLB.com

New Jersey ballplayers discriminated against. When and where is the rally?

“If there had been even one great prospect to come out of New Jersey in a while, it would probably have been different,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “But there really hadn’t been. One thing we look for as scouts, like it or not, are patterns. I can assure you that after Mike Trout, there won’t be another New Jersey prospect who gets missed like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 07:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Friday, April 07, 2017

Will the Marlins’ financial mess scare off Derek Jeter and other buyers?

Could Jeter decide to cure cancer this summer? Of course he can. He’s Derek Jeter.

The biggest question about Derek Jeter’s interest in the Miami Marlins isn’t whether he can round up the money to buy the club. Of course he can. He’s Derek Jeter. The ultra-wealthy would line up to partner with him.

No, it’s whether Jeter wants to be the person to wade into the muck and mire that is the Marlins’ financial situation, which multiple sources familiar with it deemed “toxic,” “a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Klapisch: Is this the return of the Dark Knight?

Except for two fastballs to Matt Kemp, Harvey looked great yesterday. If he can carry forward this to future starts, he might be the Mets 1B.

Remember, though, this is a work in progress for Harvey. There’s no guarantee he’ll become the monster who dominated the National League four years ago. But if early impressions mean anything, Harvey’s arm is healthy again and has coupled the restored health with a better, more mature understanding of how to get through an opposing lineup a second ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 02:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Fox in danger of a blackout on Charter cable systems

Looks like we have yet another cable dispute on our hands and this one involves one of the major network groups. Fox is warning of a potential blackout of its networks on Charter Communications and it could happen as early as this weekend. This doesn’t just involve the Fox broadcast network, but its cable channels including FS1 and its Fox Sports Net regional channels.

In a statement, a Fox spokesman said this will leave many subscribers on Charter’s Spectrum systems without some major ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 02:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, fox, television

Sheehan on Fangraphs: Un-Breaking the Wand

The place I helped build, the site you’re on now… this is the mainstream media. That’s not a pejorative. I write for Sports Illustrated. Christina Kahrl is an editor at ESPN.com. Rob Neyer was on FS1’s baseball coverage. Jay Jaffe goes on MLB Network, as do Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan. We’re not that long removed from MLB refusing to let me into the Rule 5 draft in Dallas.

K-BAR, J-BAR (trhn) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, self congratulation

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.

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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

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