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Friday, May 08, 2015

A Far-Too-Early 2015 MLB Mock Draft | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel’s first mock draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Matt Carpenter the catalyst for Cardinals’ success

Says he owes it all to Torii Hunter, of all people. (Also, does it surprise anyone that his dad is a high school coach?)

“I owe so much to him,’’ Carpenter told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s has been a huge part of my success. He was the one to show me what it was like to be a big leaguer. Really, he taught me everything.

“I’ll never forget what he did for me.’‘

Perry Posted: May 08, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Indians’ historically bad defense at root of Cleveland’s awful start

Are the 2015 Indians the worst-fielding team in modern major league history? There’s a lot of season left before they can claim that dubious distinction, but with the first month in the books, their play in the field has been poor enough to argue that they very well could.

Fielding is, of course, extremely difficult to measure, but it’s a bit simpler to sort out on a team level than it is to figure out the value of one fielder from the man next to him on the field. The blunt instrument ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, indians

NBC: Mets Shut Down David Wright With Back Injury

Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.

Life is ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, lolmets, mets

Ex-Red Sox minor leaguer Cody Kukuk pleads no contest to robbery, burglary charges

Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.

Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to ...

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The Hot New Form Of Fantasy Sports Is Probably Addictive, Potentially Illegal And Completely Unregulated | ThinkProgress

The article definitely is slanted against the daily games. Your experiences?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 8, 1915:

Arlie Latham, after being connected with the national pastime for thirty-odd years, has given up the sport…Arlie is keeping a delicatessen store.

Arlie’s place of business is in New York city. He declares that as a delicatessener he is batting only .106 at present, but that when he gets properly warmed up and learns how to shave 15 1/2 ounces of ham for a pound he will hit with the best of them in the delicatessen league.

If I learn that his slogan wasn’t “The ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 08, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arlie latham, dugout, history

5-8-15 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER of the day

Gamingboy Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

BtBS: Batted balls and source disagreement

Baseball Reference and Baseball Savant are in relatively close agreement on the frequency of line drives. Fangraphs differs quite a bit. For some reason, in 2013 the frequency of line drives jumped up for BR and BS but not FG. It’s possible that MLB “adjusted” the definition of a line drive in the 2012 offseason, which means the stringers feeding the info for Retrosheet and the algorithm feeding PitchF/X would have been updated on the new classification criteria. This seems unlikely to me, but ...

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bobm Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: data

Braves’ McDowell trying to repair some damaged egos | www.myajc.com

“Feeling a weight? I’ve thought about,” McDowell said. “There’s weight on our shoulders from the standpoint of keeping us in games. We went into this season thinking, ‘OK, the pitching’s going to be great, and the offense is going to struggle.’ We haven’t struggled to score runs. You would hope the pitching would hold up its end of the bargain. But you go through those difficult periods, and you hope you’re able to grow from it.”

Stay there. He’s just getting warmed up. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, roger mcdowell

A-Rod Hits HR No. 661 to Pass Mays for 4th, Yankees Top O’s - NYTimes.com

“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”

Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK. Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

BP: THE SLOW, GENTLE DECLINE OF DAVID ORTIZ

The Red Sox need to rest Ortiz when he faces unfavorable match-ups.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Astros’ Rookie Preston Tucker’s First Hit Is Key To 9th Inning Rally

[Preston]Tucker didn’t mind any of it after coming through with a game-tying single in the ninth inning for his first Major League hit as the Astros rallied for three runs against Angels closer Huston Street to win, 3-2, on Thursday night at Angel Stadium…Tucker, a left-handed hitter, was called up to the big leagues late Wednesday to replace George Springer, who went on the disabled list with a concussion.. A seventh-round pick by the Astros in 2012, Tucker was leading the Minor Leagues in ...

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GrumpyFan Posted: May 08, 2015 at 04:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Pretty Good: Oh my God, the Mets gave Koo Dae-Sung a baseball bat

This is a great ten minute video covering one of the most unlikely offensive performances in baseball history.  I’ll take a thousand flailing strikeouts if that’s the price to pay for Mr. Koo’s at-bat and baserunning against Randy Johnson.

CrosbyBird Posted: May 08, 2015 at 12:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitchers hitting, randy johnson, video

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The cost of closing the Baltimore Orioles game during the riots: $7.5 million

“I would guess the cancellations have meaningful implications because of the number of games lost,” said Rodney Paul, a professor of sport management at Syracuse University. Major League Baseball depends more on gate receipts for revenues than does, say, the National Football League, which profits from big television contracts, he said. “For a baseball team, it’s a big loss,” Paul said.

A back-of-the-envelope calculation reveals that the riots that forced a shutdown of Camden Yards ...

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NattyBoh Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:14 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, orioles, riots

Big League Chew: An Oral History

Rob Nelson: Eventually the Mavericks signed me in August. It’s not like they needed left-handed pitching. It’s just that I think Bing Russell kind of rewarded me for hanging around, selling tickets and throwing BP. I went back in ’76 and ’77. As my brother Harry described my Maverick career, I pitched briefly and ineffectively for three years. It’s hard to believe.

Todd Field: Rob lived a very austere life. He had not a stick of furniture. The sum total of what he owned consisted of ...

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WaPo: Yunel Escobar’s long and winding road to the big leagues

The two started dating. She told him she could him get out of Cuba, and he trusted her. When she returned to the States, she contacted smugglers and agents in the United States, including Joe Kehoskie, then an agent who represented several Cuban players, and introduced herself as Escobar’s girlfriend.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 07, 2015 at 04:31 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: carribea, cuban, nationals, yunel escobar

Rangers release former first-round pick after DWI arrest

Left-hander Kevin Matthews, the Rangers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning and today the team released him.

Matthews had been pitching at Single-A in his fourth pro season and had already lost whatever prospect status he had due to injuries and poor performances.

Drafted 33rd overall, he has a 4.56 ERA with 124 strikeouts and 110 walks in 132 pro innings

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 03:24 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, kevin matthews, police blotter, rangers

Deadspin: Starlin Castro Mimics Kris Bryant’s Throw, Confuses Anthony Rizzo

Teamwork, Starlin Style…

Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, crazy video, cubs, goofy, kris bryant, silly, starlin castro

VICE SPORTS: HOW MLB STAYS WHITE

In fact, reports of Counsell’s hiring were flying across Twitter within an hour of the team’s Sunday dismissal of previous manager Ron Roenicke, who led Milwaukee to a Major League Baseball-worst 5-17 record in April. And none of that would be a problem, except for this: Milwaukee’s seemingly non-existent managerial search means the club almost certainly violated the league’s “Selig Rule,” which mandates that teams consider minority candidates for all prominent front office positions, including ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 01:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: craig counsell, managers, race, race in baseball

Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy

His name was Michael Burke, and, as should be plain by now, he was not your typical baseball executive. He stood apart from the blah collection of moneymen known as the “Lords of Baseball,” and not just because of his unusual career, which also included pit stops in the circus, Hollywood, and broadcasting. Burke was stylish, learned, and amiable, but neither his background nor his demeanor helped the Yankees accumulate many victories…

Burke was a drinking man, a soldier, and an athlete, so ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 07, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: good old days, owners, yankees

Red Sox designate Edward Mujica for assignment

he Red Sox have designated reliever Edward Mujica for assignment, according to a major league source.

The 31-year-old is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games and 13 2/3 innings this year with eight strikeouts and three walks. Opponents are hitting .294 with a .345 OBP and .490 slugging mark (along with three homers) against him.


While the corresponding roster move isn’t clear, the fact that the Red Sox had righthander Matt Barnes appear out of the bullpen for Triple A Pawtucket on Wednesday in ...

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MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

Baseball is great! Let’s have less of it!

“Players have asked about 154,” Manfred said, via MLB.com. “I think 154 is a topic that is complicated. It has big competitive and economic ramifications. Having said that, I think in the 20-something years I’ve worked in the game, there’s more conversation about it than there has been in a long time.”

It has been more than 50 years since baseball switched to a 162-game schedule, and one of the points of debate back in the 1960s likely would resurface ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: 154-game season, rob manfred, schedule

Terry Collins hasn’t decided what to do when Travis d’Arnaud returns - Newsday

This is a nice problem to have. I haven’t looked yet but some team must need a catcher and has an extra shortstop. Off the top of my head, how about Reynolds and either d’Arnaud or Plawecki plus Matz or Syndergaard for Tulo?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets, travis d'arnaud

The story of the woman hired by the Phillies as the first female baseball scout

They could probably use some more today.

During their meeting, Edith Houghton thrust into Carpenter’s hands a scrapbook of her life in baseball, taking into account the Bobbies, the A. A.‘s, and the doomed trip overseas led by a delusional former catcher. Carpenter saw the work experience as enough to help guide his team into the future and brought her on board as one of his scouts, the first ever woman to fill the role (Bessie Largent of the White Sox had been doing so but worked as a partner ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouting, women in baseball

Dodgers’ Puig set to start rehab assignment, but Ryu’s recovery slows - The Orange County Register

This doesn’t sound good.

Ryu was supposed to begin throwing to hitters this week but did not make the trip with the Dodgers. Instead, he stayed behind to work out at Dodger Stadium and the training staff “decided to give him a couple days off” after his velocity decreased during his most recent bullpen session.

Mattingly said Ryu was clocked at only 82-83 mph during his throwing session Friday at Dodger Stadium, “a couple ticks below” what he had thrown in his previous workout. The lost ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, May 7, 1915:

Those Yanks won another game up at the Polo Grounds yesterday, after fighting the Boston Red Sox tooth and nail for thirteen innings.
...
For Boston, the big left-handed pitcher, Babe Ruth, was all that a pitcher is supposed to be, and some more. He put his team into the running in the third inning by smashing a mighty rap into the upper tier of the right-field grandstand. Ruth also had two other hits to his credit. His pitching throughout was of high ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history


Mark Attanasio says rebuilding Brewers is not out of the picture

Do Brewers fans want Melvin gone?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Two-Sport Star Murray Opts Out Of The Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

How does he benefit from this move?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

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