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Monday, April 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender

WEEI: O’s rip Buchholz for ‘forever’ pace on mound

Good things come…

Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t believe that the two half innings by Buchholz took nearly 40 minutes of the three hours, 24 minutes it took to complete the game. More annoying to Showalter was the impact it had on his starter Chris Tillman.

...

“I wouldn’t say it’s mentally tough,” added Tillman. “It’s more physically challenging. I’ve been in that situation enough to prepare myself in the dugout to go back out to make pitches from the get-go. First ...

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4-20-2015 OMNICHATTER

It’s the Patriot Day OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Economist: One swing is all you need

Why one moonshot can matter more than years of past performance: applying Bill James’s concept of “signature significance” to home run distance.

The group of 22 players who have hit at least one 477-foot homer over the past eight seasons…features Mike Trout…Giancarlo Stanton…Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz, Justin Upton, Edwin Encarnación and Mark Teixeira…

For each foot beyond the distance of a league-average longball (usually just under 400 feet) that ...

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White Sox To Promote Carlos Rodon

He was also working on his defense.

The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.

The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, minor leagues, white sox


Giants not off to a winning start - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, sunday notes

More from Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Brett Lawrie, the voice of reason?

Lawrie said first-base umpire Greg Gibson commended him on how he handled himself, and Lawrie said, with a little grin, “He hits you with one, and there’s two things I can do. I can blow up right here, or I can just take it and walk to first base and let him get in trouble and let it get the better of him.

“What’s the crowd want me to do right there? They want me to blow up and create a huge scene, but why fuel the fire? Why dump another thing of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick, royals, yordano ventura

‘Hybrid’ Sale battles early, cruises with big lead | whitesox.com

Sale wasn’t sharp yesterday but, when you have stuff that good, you can still be effective.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

The myopic ignorance in hailing Alderson for Mets ‘revival’ | New York Post

It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, omar minaya, sandy alderson


2015 MLB Draft Rankings, April Edition | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel scouts the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Madden: Yankees GM feeling early pain of offseason deals - NY Daily News

Beleaguered? First, the season is just about two weeks old. Second, the team isn’t very good. It has a lot of old high-priced players. The team needs to take a step back for a season or two.

Maybe 11 days on the road, far away from the media glare of New York and the growing “De-rek Je-ter!” fan derision at Yankee Stadium, will cure Didi Gregorius of the yips and help cleanse his brain before he returns home to a three-game series against ... gulp ... the Mets! And at least perhaps Brian ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

4-19-2015 OMNICHATTER

It’s Reds vs. Cardinals on ESPN this Sunday. Chatter about all the games here.

Gamingboy Posted: April 19, 2015 at 12:32 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pete Rose to join FOX, FOX Sports 1 as baseball analyst

Put your HD channels on parent block…

[Pete] Rose will serve FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and will also appear on “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1…

FOX officials say they are hiring Rose for his on-air presence and that he will make for compelling television regardless of how one views his controversial past.

The network’s move comes at a time when Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader with 4,256, has ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2015 at 04:16 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, television

Dodgers A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal caught up in framing a pitch for strikes

[A.J.] Ellis has ranked among the worst framers (catchers who get fewer strike calls than they should as measured by, again, Pitch f/x) in the majors the past few seasons. That put him in an uncomfortable situation this past winter with the Dodgers’ front office now in the hands of a coterie of highly sophisticated, analytically inclined decision-makers who believe strongly in the value of the pitch-framing metrics.

“I’ll be honest – I was motivated by the realization that that ...

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A-Rod connects twice, within 2 of Mays on HR list

Do dead centaurs bounce?

In other all-time HR list news, Trout passes Drew.

cercopithecus aethiops Posted: April 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, centaurs, history, yankees

Can Mets make playoffs with 4s up the middle? |

Although I play Dynasty League Baseball now, I still think the same way when I watch a good (or bad) defensive play.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, strat-o-matic


Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits | MLB.com

He’s poetry at the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Studious Metsimus: Bartolo Colon’s Hitting Prowess Is A Recipe For Success

Will Colon move to the AL to DH when his pitching days are over? He’s clearly a winner at the plate.

Bartolo Colon’s teams are 11-1 whenever he collects a hit.  They’re an unblemished 6-0 when he drives in a run.  Nobody’s perfect.  But Colon’s teams are close to perfect whenever he puts on a batting clinic, even if that clinic has been closed most of the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Robin Ventura makes controversial decision not to challenge key play in White Sox loss - Chicago Tribune

Everyone was in a tizzy!!!

There was no hypothetical man in the bleachers with binoculars causing controversy in the White Sox game against the Tigers on Friday at Comerica Park.

It was a hypothetical challenge that had everyone in a tizzy after a 2-1 Sox loss to the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, white sox

Ichiro Suzuki’s Hitting Remains Constant Amid Changes - NYTimes.com

He has 2,849 hits in the majors and is closing in on 3,000. He probably needs another season to do it, but Suzuki is exceptionally fit, and motivated. Asked how badly he wants to reach 3,000, he responded this way:

“That question is really similar to ‘Do you want to get a hit this at-bat?’ or ‘Do you want to go to the World Series?’ ” said Suzuki, who is 5 for 21 this season. “You want to get a hit every time you get up there, and everybody would love to go to the World Series. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, marlins, michael morse


Angels teammates say Josh Hamilton is physically ready to play - LA Times

If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

4-18-15 OMNICHATTER

The Kris Bryant 0-4 Memorial OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 18, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top 50 Draft Prospects: April Update - BaseballAmerica.com

It sounds like the draft is a jumble.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 09:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

The Obvious, Hidden Value of Roberto Perez « Major League Bastian

Apparently, Roberto Perez can catch the ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

The Rays’ Radical Reliever Experiment | FiveThirtyEight

The job of sabermetricians is done.

This unconventional strategy is emblematic of the cutting edge of modern, in-game sabermetrics. With every team from the small-market Rays to the moneyed Dodgers now employing a host of analysts, all the obviously beneficial tactical techniques are already in use. All that remains are the scraps. So even as the tactics have become unconventional, the margins have become thin and the advantages minute. For clever front offices like the Rays, negotiating the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

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