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Friday, June 05, 2015

Toolshed: 2015 Major League Baseball Draft preview | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Listing the top prospects. Here’s an explanation of how the slot system works.

Ahead of the 2012 Draft, Major League Baseball instituted a slot system to put a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. A designated amount is assigned to each pick (greater amounts for higher picks), and the collective amount for an organization’s total picks is considered its cap. The more or higher picks you have, the bigger your pool. For instance, the Astros, who have two top-five ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Switch-pitcher placed on path early by dad | MLB.com

There is a new freak in town.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

OMNICHATTER 6-5-15

The OMNICHATTER was never meant to save anyone

Gamingboy Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Is Cleveland Being Too Conservative With Francisco Lindor? | FanGraphs Baseball

Is Lindor really ever going to be a good hitter? Regardless, Cleveland’s shortstops have a .509 OPS, ranked 29th in OPS, so far this year. Their Off Runs (Fangraphs) at shortstop sit at #27 with -11.0 runs. Overall, their shortstops rank 29th with -0.6 WAR. In other words, their shortstop play stinks anyway, so why not bring up Lindor now?

Francisco Lindor could help the Indians with his glove right now, and perhaps his bat — if Ramirez doesn’t start piling up enough hits to keep the wolves ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Pirates starter Charlie Morton’s mechanics sound again at last, and the results prove it | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Morton pitches well this season, the Pirates may beat the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, pirates

Rosenthal’s improvement is a stretch : Sports

It’s not so much throwing strike one rather than ball one, said Rosenthal. “It’s throwing quality strike one and not just throwing it over the plate,” he said.

Manager Mike Matheny touched on one aspect of his game that Rosenthal hadn’t referenced — the fact that Rosenthal has been pitching exclusively from the stretch. Matheny would like to see most all his relievers do that.

“It’s simplified pitching,” Matheny said. “I’m waiting for somebody to convince me otherwise, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, trevor rosenthal

Why manager Joe Maddon bats the pitcher eighth in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup

Jayson Stark with a nice article about Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher 8th.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lineups

Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval take center stage in Boston Red Sox debacle

Debacle? It was a loss. Despite their inconsistent play, despite their breakdowns, despite their failures to play up to expectations, this team has enough talent and, more importantly, time (5.5 back of first) to right the ship and win the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2015

El Paso Herald, June 5, 2015:

Should the Boston Braves fail in their efforts to tear off another National league championship, William N. Jarvis, a local baseball enthusiast, has agreed to walk from [Cambridge, Massachusetts] to Philadelphia and return, having as his guardian a big mud turtle, Lucy Lee.

Jarvis and a friend, Fred Woodland, made the bet, the latter standing to lose $100 if the Braves land the bunting, while Jarvis will be compelled to walk the entire distance.

Lucy Lee is to ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 05, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, dugout, history

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Astros plan to remove Tal’s HIll for 2016

The Astros have received preliminary approval from the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority their plans for a $15-million renovation to Minute Maid Park that would include the removal Tal’s Hill in center field and moving the flag poles so they’re no longer in play.

Astros owner Jim Crane thanked the Sports Authority for their support at a meeting Thursday morning and said the renovation project would begin as soon as the season ends and would be finished in time for the 2016 season. The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, stadium renovations

OMNICHATTER 6-4-2015

I don’t want to set the OMNICHATTER on fire….

Gamingboy Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Caught in the Draft | Baseball Hall of Fame

Some Hall of Fame draft history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hall of fame, history

Braun leaves Brewers for right thumb procedure

Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left the team Wednesday to travel to California to undergo a second cryotherapy procedure on his troublesome right thumb.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell downplayed the significance of this latest development, saying the procedure was pre-planned and referring to it as “maintenance.” But it was the first public indication of any kind that Braun’s first such procedure in October, during which a specialist injected a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 4, 1915:

The Chicago National League club may may have new stands next year. The present structures are regular eyesores. They have been patched and repatched and their plans altered so many times that the Cubs’ park is the worst-looking architecturally of any in the major leagues.

The Cubs did have new stands in 1916, but it didn’t happen the way the writer expected.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, history, wrigley field

Adjusting offensive positional expectations - Beyond the Box Score

How much of the change is due to a shift in philosophy? It makes sense for teams to look for more defense at shortstop and catcher when offense drops.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘huge difference’ that had Tanaka resembling ace of last year | New York Post

“Today he pitched like an ace, and that’s what we need,’’ Mark Teixeira said after Tanaka shut down the Mariners 3-1 at Safeco Field on Wednesday to give the Yankees a sweep of the series. “He was throwing 95, throwing his splits, you are just really happy to see that.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

McCullers spins complete game gem

Righty Lance McCullers, the rookie with lightning, was the one still searing that 96 mph so late in the game, in just his fourth big league start. The 21-year-old kid’s first complete game since high school — and the first nine-inning complete game of his life — was so near….Hinch on Wednesday went to the mound before Davis stepped in, as suspenseful a moment as any pitch itself. Closer Luke Gregerson was warm in the ‘pen, with McCullers’ chance to go the distance in the balance.

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GrumpyFan Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Study: Pittsburgh is America’s second best baseball city | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh was ranked the second-best city in the United States for baseball fans, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company.

The study rated 272 cities based upon 11 metrics split into two categories — “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement.” The study took into account MLB and college teams. The Pirates and the Pitt baseball team represented Pittsburgh in the study.

“There’s been rumblings for a couple years now if whether ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, pirates

Rangers to lose Josh Hamilton for approximately four weeks | | Dallas Morning News

After an impressive first week that included a two-homer game and a walk-off double, the other side surfaced again Wednesday. An MRI exam on Hamilton’s sore left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain. The prognosis: He will miss at least the next four weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Cubs call-up coming? Baez to start playing third base Wednesday

Are the Cubs really moving Bryant to the outfield?

But, another infield spot appeared to open up for the Cubs who started third baseman Kris Bryant in left field during Tuesday’s game at Miami.

Baez is off to a great start to the I-Cubs season, compiling a .325 batting average with seven home runs, six doubles and 26 RBIs through his first 32 games with Iowa. He entered Wednesday’s game riding a five-game hitting streak while also batting .351 with four homers in his last 10 contests.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Video: Benches clear after Lake homers | MLB.com

The Marlins didn’t like Lake’s showboating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marlins, video

Chris Sale strikes out 13 in White Sox victory

Sale was dominant. Joey Gallo was overmatched in his three AB vs. Sale before homering off Zach Duke.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, joey gallo, rangers, white sox

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
...

That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Tanaka spearheads sweep of M’s in return | MLB.com

Tanaka is back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Baseball’s worst long-term contracts - Beyond the Box Score

This week, I will be covering the worst long-term contracts in baseball. While I did end up ranking these contracts, please don’t see these rankings as set in stone. I could have very easily ranked some of these contracts differently, depending on how I feel about how a particular player will perform going forward. The point is that there are a lot of bad contracts in baseball, and the ones listed below are some of the worst of the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 06:44 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

ESPN/Schoenfield: Ranking the Best No. 1 Draft Picks

if there’s a lesson through all this: Don’t ever make a draft pick predicated on saving a little money.


A Post-Nuke Fenway Park Is In “Fallout 4”

Sharp-eyed James McKenna spotted the above image in the trailer, which appears for only a few frames. It does seem to be Fenway Park, rusted and repaired and now serving as some sort of redoubt. It’s not an exact replica of any specific part of Fenway, but given the batter sculpture and loading bays and traffic bollards, they appear to have taken a few liberties with the Gate B entrance.

 

eddieot Posted: June 03, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park

Confusion within the Diamondbacks? Prospect Peter O’Brien’s position still undetermined

On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.

This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........

Then on Monday afternoon, ...

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shoewizard Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

McClendon confident, but can Mariners really turn it around? | FOX Sports

McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.

“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lloyd mcclendon, mariners

Starlin Castro wants to take charge of his problems - Chicago Tribune

Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.

“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

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