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Friday, April 28, 2017


Baseball’s New Pitch-Tracking System Is Just A Bit Outside

It all started the first weekend of the season, when observers noted some unusual pitch velocity readings from San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner’s fastball was up almost two full miles per hour compared with last year; in a league where every tick matters, that reading could have meant a much better season for the Giants’ ace than expected. It wasn’t just Bumgarner: FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron quickly noticed that velocity numbers had jumped across the league. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2017 at 02:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-28-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 28, 1917:

President Tener of the National Baseball League [yesterday] ordered replayed the game of April 17 between Philadelphia and Boston, which was protested by Manager Moran of the Philadelphia team, when Boston was declared the winner.

Umpire Bransfield decided a Philadelphia runner out for walking away from second base under the impression that he was out. President Tener says the decision was erroneous.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like a call like that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 28, 2017 at 11:08 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, protests

Fred Lynn might’ve been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston

Lynn’s sabermetric numbers — 50 WAR, 44.1 JAWS and 94 Hall Rating — all paint him as a very good, though not great player who fell just short of Cooperstown.

But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.

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Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said “Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.”

He noted, “If you want to make the Hall, ...

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‘Sports Center’ Anchor Agrees Politics is Hurting ESPN

But how could anyone not believe that Bruce Jenner deserves the Arthur Ashe award?

Captain Supporter Posted: April 28, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: espn

Are MLB Teams Gaming the New 10-Day DL System? – The Ringer

There’s another reason it’s probably too soon to pass judgement on the 10-day DL: If we do see stretching of what constitutes an “injury,” some of it will likely be done in the name of preventing fatigue. “Fatigue” needn’t be a BS justification for a DL stint; as former Dodgers head athletic trainer and VP of medical services Stan Conte says, “Many people think the 10-day DL will be [used] to rest players with the idea that this will reduce injuries overall, since many of us ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, rules of the game

Must C: Graveman tags out two | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, kendall graveman

Mets should seriously consider bringing up stud prospect | New York Post

Is Rosario really ready or just off to a hot start? Not even considering Super 2 status (which really shouldn’t be ignored), Rosario had 237 PA in AA last season. So far he has 86 in a AAA hitting environment radically different than he’ll have in New York. If the Mets front office doesn’t believe he’s ready and want to give me more time at AAA, bringing him up in a panic move will only endanger his development.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

2017 MLB Draft headlined by Greene, McKay | MLB.com

Wright’s season hasn’t been as spectacular as Greene’s or McKay’s, but he has a higher floor and better breaking stuff than the former and more upside on the mound than the latter. After failing to command his fastball—which can reach 97 mph—or land his curveball and slider for strikes in the early going, he struck out a career-high 13 in a shutout of Florida on April 14 and one-hit Georgia for eight innings on Saturday.

“Last summer, I thought Wright was the best college pitcher,” said a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Fox Business: Latest On Jeb & Jeter Marlins Bid

Still some hurdles to clear:

Making the cash raise easier for the duo is that they have the support of just about every owner in baseball who will see the value of their team soar if they are successful, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Indeed, if the $1.34 billion deal is completed, baseball’s most valuable franchise, the New York Yankees, would be valued at around $5 billion, a 56 percent increase from its estimated value of about $3.2 billion, these same people say.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Harsher punishment for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads may do more harm than good

Here is the problem with baseball imposing harsher discipline for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads:

The players do not want stronger penalties and the clubs are not inclined to press the issue, sources said…

The union, meanwhile, is sensitive to excessive punishment for pitchers who might have acted at the behest of a management representative such as a coach or manager, and suspicious of anyone who claims to know intent.

“Balls do get away from pitchers and banging a guy 20 games ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 27, 2017 at 02:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, rules

Noah Syndergaard scratched from start | MLB.com

His replacement, Matt Harvey, does not look sharp in his place.

Manager Terry Collins termed Syndergaard’s issue a “tired arm,” most likely stemming from tendinitis in his right biceps. The team alerted Matt Harvey on Thursday morning that he would start in Syndergaard’s place, with Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler sliding forward to start Friday and Saturday on regular rest, respectively.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Inside Baseball | Where Potential Sellers Stand Right Now

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Gift Ngoepe, First-Ever African-Born MLB Player, Got A Hit In His First Career At-Bat

The South Africa native has been with the Pirates organization since 2008, and he’s considered the club’s best defensive prospect. He took the field for the Pirates this evening, coming in at second base in the fourth inning and becoming the first African-born player to play in the majors. In his very first major-league at-bat, he singled up the middle on a 3-1 count.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: africa, international players, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 27, 1917:

Second baseman Charley Herzog of the New York National League team, who fell in a railroad station in New York [two days ago] while trying to kick a piece of chewing gum from his shoe, was still in bed at a hotel [in Philadelphia yesterday] under a physician’s care.
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so far as the physician can determine he sustained no serious injury.

This is a follow up to yesterday’s link, in which it was reported that Herzog was seriously injured in the fall. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 27, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Is baseball too slow? The battle lines are drawn—and MLB is taking a side

Jayson Stark’s last column at ESPN. I’m sure we’ll be able to read him someplace else. Now that he’s leaving ESPN, I might actually see him on TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of the game

Prodigious talent not Aaron Judge’s only strength | New York Post

An impressive display of power.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Red Sox have no clubhouse issues with Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes

The other issue involves David Price and when and if his rehab gets advanced. It appears after a bullpen session on Tuesday that Price is ready to face hitters on Saturday. Nobody can say when Price is actually going to go back to Florida and come closer to pitching in an actual game. But that day appears to be getting closer.

Price, too, raised more eyebrows on Twitter recently when he tweeted news of his bullpen session, saying that was his media session for the day and if there were any ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mariners’ James Paxton rising to ace status | MLB.com

Giddy up!

How overpowering has Paxton been? Coming into the game, his average four-seamer velocity of 95.8 mph ranked third out of the 56 pitchers in MLB with at least 150 four-seamers thrown, behind only right-handers Luis Severino of the Yankees and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. He was even better Wednesday, averaging 96.2 mph with a high of 98.1, according to Statcast™.

Paxton relied on the four-seamer more heavily, throwing it for 74 of his 103 pitches (72 percent), compared with his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, statcast

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESPN layoffs: A running list of reporters, anchors fired by the network - The Washington Post

Another bloodbath at ESPN. I haven’t watched much ESPN over the last couple of years. Frankly, I can find better stuff on other venues. I still visit the website pretty often, however. I guess they want me to cut down on my visits there too.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2017 at 03:51 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Hunter Greene Done Pitching For The Season | BaseballAmerica.com

Well, this is different.

Hunter Greene, the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class, confirmed in a telephone interview that he is officially done pitching for the high school season. Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) head coach Tom Dill informed the team after today’s practice that Greene will not pitch again this season.

Greene is 100 percent healthy, and will continue playing shortstop and throwing bullpens to stay in shape so that he could resume pitching in games this summer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: draft prospects, hunter greene


ESPN will cut 100 on-air personalities today

ESPN will cut more than 100 employees today, Yahoo Finance has learned.

That number is much bigger than the 40-50 that was initially reported. ESPN aims to notify all of the people today, if it can do so.

It has been widely reported for weeks that big cuts are coming to ESPN—so widely reported, and dissected, and gossiped about, in fact, that ESPN moved up its schedule and is notifying people earlier than it originally planned.

The 100 people getting cut are all “on-air talent,” a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 278 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, sports television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 26, 1917:

Charley Herzog, the star second baseman of the New York National League baseball team fell in the Pennsylvania station in New York [yesterday] while en route with his team to [Philadelphia], and suffered serious injury.

Herzog noticed a piece of chewing gum on the marble floor of the station and kicked at it. His feet slipped from under him and he fell heavily. The player came to Philadelphia and was taken to a hotel where a physician who made an ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, freak accident, history

Chris Coghlan went full Superman to jump over Yadier Molina and scored ridiculous run

Chris Coghlan made everyone look silly (and also maybe himself, but it was worth it) by not sliding on his way to home and instead jumping over Yadier Molina. You have to give him even more props for timing all of this perfectly. He could have easily jumped over Molina and missed home entirely. Nope. Coghlan was ready. He was so ready that thanks to his full extension, his helmet lined up with the base.

All this needed were a panel judges, preferably baseball legends, holding up signs to rate ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2017 at 12:15 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: chris coghlan, cubs

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Carpenter out of lineup serving one-game suspension

Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter will sit out Tuesday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays with a one-game suspension.

Carpenter received the suspension after making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane in Sunday’s contest at the Milwaukee Brewers. In that game, Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the seventh inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter, suspensions, umpire

Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team’s outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have decided to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team needs to clear a spot on its 40-man roster to make room for Bellinger, a 21-year-old who was rated the No. 7 prospect in the sport before the season by Baseball America.

Bellinger can play first base, but he is expected to aid the team’s outfield upon his debut. He will likely ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Marlins expecting to finalize $1.3B deal to sell team to Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter group

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and including former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, pending Major League Baseball approval and other details to be worked out in the drawing up and execution of a contract, according to an MLB source.

According to the source, Bush’s group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team.

A source said the Marlins and Bush group are very optimistic a deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, franchise sale, jeb bush, jeffrey loria, marlins


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