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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sean Doolittle’s girlfriend will buy your tickets to A’s Pride Night

As part of their special events this season, the Oakland Athletics recently introduced Pride Night. Pride Night will “celebrate the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.” Partial proceeds from the event will benefit a non-profit charity supporting the LGBTQ media arts. After hearing about the promotion, some fans decided they did not want to attend the game, and would rather sell their tickets. Enter Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of A’s reliever Sean Doolittle. Dolan put up a post on her website, telling ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sean doolittle

Neyer: Ortiz isn’t a bad guy—or a Hall of Famer

Look, you can believe that Ortiz wasn’€™t “€œcheating”€ or not. But without naming names, shouldn’€™t we assume that players were gobbling up just about anything they thought would make them better baseball players? Especially if their pals were doing the same thing? It does seem that Ortiz has internalized the standard excuse, that drugs were to “€œsustain workouts”€ instead of, you know, help him hit the ball 20 feet farther than before. But there’€™s every reason to think ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, steroids

Keri: 2015 NL East Preview

New York Mets

Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins, mets, nationals, phillies

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL East Preview

The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 31, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, expos, marlins, mets, nl east, phillies

Dish Adds MLB Extra Innings Package

Good news for you owners of “the Hawpah”

Dish Network has added MLB Extra Innings to its sports offerings for the first time.

The multiyear agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) also includes authenticated access to the MLB.TV streaming sports service.

Dish and MLB Network also reached a multiyear renewal agreement for continued carriage of MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone, including digital rights for those channels on DishAnywhere.com and via the ...

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eddieot Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb extra innings

Macnow: Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg is wrong man for wrong team

Let’s start with this: If Ryne Sandberg manages with the strategic brilliance of Tony La Russa, assesses talent like Bobby Cox and grows as beloved in the clubhouse as Joe Torre, well, this year’s Phillies might win 72 games. This is a bad team Sandberg directs, and even channeling Casey Stengel won’t put them in the playoffs. But Sandberg is none of those Hall of Fame managers, and carries none of their attributes. So a poor team stands to be more wretched.

It says here 61 wins. And 101 ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 31, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Timing and Tempo and Hitting - East Bay Hitting Instruction

A nice look at one component of hitter swings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-31-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 31, 1915:

Hugh Jennings is the inventor of a new disease of ailment, or affliction, whichever it may be termed. It is called “handball hands,” and affects those who like to bat the little ball around the courts though it does little to hamper any save persons who also dabble in some other form of athletics.
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The palms of both [of Jennings’s hands] were bruised and sore from hitting the ball without a protection by gloves. These sores came just where the ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: March 31, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, hughie jennings

Eddie Butler hurt, LaTroy Hawkins rocked as A’s beat Rockies

Starter Eddie Butler, in line to join the starting rotation coming out of spring training, left the game after one inning with right shoulder fatigue.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 06:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

Reds open breast-feeding suite at the ballpark

A local homebuilder created it and the Reds got Pampers to sponsor it. The result is this straight-outta-HGTV suite that’s probably better than most peoples’ homes.

The Reds advertise the suites as: “A private area open to all moms for breast feeding, bottle feeding and other child care needs. This space features comfortable gliders, a kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, a private restroom, changing stations and lockers for storing your items during the game.”

Castellini also ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 04:08 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: joey b., pampers, reds

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rays denied consideration of re-negotiated lease by St. Petersburg City Council

The Rays are one step closer to moving to Paducah, Kentucky.

ch over a minor monetary amount, with many council members taking offense that the team was not interested in negotiating in public forums.

The sticking point were any profits that might have been had if the City redeveloped a portion of Tropicana Field’s 80-acres while the team still occupied the site. Under the current agreement, the team and City split profits equally….

The Rays owner has already made two intentions very clear: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium

Mets find lefty reliever, land Torres from Padres

Still smarting from Josh Edgin’s season-ending elbow injury, the Mets addressed their left-handed relief problem in two quick strikes on Monday, acquiring Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named, then Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

depletion Posted: March 30, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, padres

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 AL West Preview

I enjoy these previews but it’s hard to see how every team will hit the “over” on their projections.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: al west, angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Cubs send Bryant to minors

The Chicago Cubs have reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant, who leads the majors with nine spring training home runs, to their minor league camp. The Cubs made the move Monday, less than a week before they open their season against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“We entered camp with the presumptive move being to send him to Triple-A,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “It’s always the presumptive [move] for us move with young players that haven’t played in the big leagues yet.”

Bryant, 23, led the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shenanigans

Pitching change: Rockies have a plan to improve on the mound | FOX Sports

OK, it sounds like the Rockies’ baseball operation department isn’t as dysfunctional as it may have been. Just getting along better won’t necessarily improve the performance on the field, though. It may but it may not.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

The MLBPA Has a Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

Nathaniel Grow makes some great points about the growing gap between baseball’s revenues and the players’ share of those revenues. Do you know what be a great thing for the MLBPA to work toward in the next CBA? A guaranteed portion of the revenue for minor leaguers. I won’t hold my breath.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Soccer team reenacts George Brett’s pine tar incident at Yankee Stadium

On Saturday, the schedule called for a Major League Soccer matchup between the home-standing NYCFC squad — which is actually co-owned by the New York Yankees — and Sporting Kansas City. With the stadium clear of fans and presumably only a few stadium workers on hand, three players from the Kansas City team took the field to reenact one of baseball’s most famous — or infamous — scenes: the George Brett pine tar incident from July 24, 1983.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, pine tar, royals, yankees

Twins offering bloody mary garnished with cold slice of pizza

The Minnesota Twins introduced the $19 “College Daze Bloody Mary,” which comes garnished with a cold slice of pepperoni pizza in addition to many of the usual fixings one might be accustomed to.

And here’s the full description, courtesy of Hrbeks’.

This Bloody Mary will bring back the memories (or not)! This cool Bloody Mary gets a cold slice of Pepperoni Pizza which is just what you need with a Bloody Mary! If that wasn’t enough you also get all the other fixings! Beef Stick, Pepper Jack ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bloody mary, miguel cabrera, twins

This week’s must-read books | New York Post

I’m about 1/3 done with my copy (which I paid for). The book is a great piece of research and very entertaining as well. In short, the book is great.

GMs have always been a special interest for me and I read every GM biography I find. I now have few new ones on my list because of the thoroughness of the book’s research. If you are a visitor to the site and are interested in the topic, do yourself a favor and get this book. I cannot recommend it enough.

In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, stuff worth buying

New York Mets still open to trading Dillon Gee despite Zack Wheeler injury - ESPN New York

The Mets like Montero better. Unless someone steps up and gives them something for him, though, the Mets are starting Gee and putting Montero in the pen. When is the MLBPA filing a grievance?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dillon gee, mets, rafael montero

Johnson has edge in second-base competition | whitesox.com

Micah Johnson “appears to be the guy” at second base for the White Sox to start the 2015 season, per comments made by Robin Ventura on Sunday. But the White Sox manager added that nothing is set in stone with five Cactus League games remaining.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos sanchez, micah johnson, white sox

The 2015 Season Preview in Data Visualization – The Hardball Times

Some great stuff in this post. Really, go look at it.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions, sabermetrics

Red Sox trade for new catcher with Christian Vazquez sidelined - Over the Monster

According to the report, the Red Sox pick up catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash. They plan on using him as a backup for Ryan Hanigan.

The Red Sox will end up without their expected starting catcher, as Christian Vazquez is set to receive a second opinion from elbow expert Dr. James Andrews. While that won’t happen until Wednesday, the Red Sox aren’t taking any chances, and have added another catcher to the organization just in case. Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old backstop in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Zach McAllister, T.J. House picked for Cleveland Indians’ rotation - ESPN

Zach McAllister and T.J. House earned the final two jobs in the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-30-2015

Arizona Republican, March 30, 1915:

We shall know for certain sure [sic] tonight whether or not there will be a league ball team in Phoenix.
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[Herb Hester] needs about $4000 in cash to start the season, and he asks for it out of the individual pockets of the people who go to ball games. Instead of stock, he will issue a flock of rattling good baseball at one simoleon per ticket.

It seems weird that Phoenix wouldn’t have had a baseball team in 1915, but its population in the 1910 census was ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: March 30, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, simoleons

Arizona Diamondbacks encouraged by Yoan Lopez’s progress

Still, Lopez hasn’t yet shown the pure power stuff the Diamondbacks saw before they signed him. On the day they gave the Cuban right-hander an $8.27 million deal — and had to pay another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their bonus pool — Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart compared Lopez’s upside to that of a No. 1 overall pick. Stewart said Lopez had a mid-90s fastball that approached triple digits.

This spring, Lopez has mostly sat in the low-90s. In his start on Tuesday, he ...

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shoewizard Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, diamondbacks, scouting

Sunday, March 29, 2015

WSJ - For Ichiro Suzuki, 41 Is the New 25 in Miami

“That must be what it feels like to be a puppy at a pet shop,” Ichiro explained in his unique style. “Amongst all the cute little puppies jumping and tumbling for prospective owners, there’s one who’s a little older, a little more mature, who keeps getting passed over for the more adorable ones. When someone finally comes along and points a finger at him, an undying loyalty is born.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 29, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro

Nats have tough decision to make on Uggla

Is it ableist to keep the good players and unload a few Ugglas?

[Dan] Uggla’s disastrous 2014 with the Braves (and briefly the Giants) left him in this position, forced to accept a minor-league contract with the Nationals and nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big-league roster.

Thing is, Uggla’s performance this spring suggests he is worthy of making a big-league club. An 0-for-3 showing Saturday in Port St. Lucie dropped his batting average from .303 to .278, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: March 29, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dan uggla, nationals

Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed

We talkin’ bout practice????

The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills.

Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training

Posnanski: A Baseball Story

Then there was Bobby Bragan, who would confess that he was willing to give up his career to make this stand. In later years, he explained: He saw blacks as inferior to whites. He did not know how to tell his family and friends that he was playing baseball with a black person. He did not see this as hateful or even objectionable; it was simply his view of the world. Bragan asked to be traded.

The Dodgers didn’t need him. He was a backup catcher who was only good for a few dozen at-bats. He ...

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