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Monday, June 13, 2016

10 Degrees: MLB’s economic disparity and why its top bargains are so valuable - Yahoo Sports

This overestimates Clayton’s value. Teams don’t pay $8 million per win. They pay $8 million per win on the free agent market.

Clayton Kershaw, even at $32 million, is a giant bargain. And this goes well beyond the raw amazement he generates, though any opportunity to showcase Kershaw’s line is one gladly taken. Look at this. It’s like fine art sketched out in number form: 100 2/3 IP, 59 H, 18 R, 17 ER, 6 BB, 122 K, 1.52 ERA. That belongs in the MoMA.

So, how does that translate to a bargain? ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: economics


Rays to promote Blake Snell, send Matt Andriese to bullpen | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays feel they have the answer to their bullpen woes: Blake Snell.

Actually, it’s the domino effect of adding their top prospect to the rotation, which they will do Thursday when the left-handed rookie is scheduled to make his second big-league start. Snell is needed because Matt Andriese is headed to the bullpen to assume to role Erasmo Ramirez played earlier this season — a pitcher who can get outs and get a lot of them.

Manager Kevin Cash announced the news after Sunday’s 5-0 victory ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, matt andriese, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 13, 1916:

Babe Ruth of the Redsox is some athlete. He is not only a good pitcher, but can produce at the bat. He was used as a pinch hitter yesterday and made good with a home run.

Man, it’s too bad pitchers only make 38-40 starts per year. I guess we’ll never see what Ruth could do if he got 500 at bats. He could hit 15 or 20 home runs in a season!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Uribe Goes Down | 120Sports.com

That looked like it hurt. (Sorry, you’ll have to click the link because I can’t see any way to embed the video.)

Juan Uribe had the Most Ridiculous play Sunday when he was stretchered off the field after he tried to field a 106 mph ground ball from Mike Trout that ended up hitting his groin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: juan uribe, video

Bryce Harper will make half a billion—and he’s worth it - Sportsnet.ca

I know how much money is in the game. It’s still tough getting my mind around this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

OTP 2016 June 13: Voinovich remembered as a ‘titan of Ohio politics’

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who was Dayton’s mayor when Voinovich was governor, said that Voinovich’s “support for projects like the baseball stadium, the Schuster Center and RiverScape MetroPark were essential and he intervened to ensure that Dayton was identified as a destination along I-70. His work in the U.S. Senate was incredibly important for sustaining Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, said ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 13, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 2135 comment(s)
  Beats: ohio, politics

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Separating Babe Ruth truth from fiction

The reports of Babe Ruth’s demise were often exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

James Paxton could be key for Mariners’ staff | MLB.com

A friend was texting me during the game. He told me that Paxton was “hitting 98-100” every other pitch” and “he just threw a 92 MPH slider”. Of course, he finished with, “He’s still giving up hits. LOL.” Fangraphs discussed his increased velocity the other day. It looks like the velocity is sustainable, at least in the short term.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners

GM Dave Stewart: D-Backs pitchers have ‘underachieved’

If seeing a reliever stir in the pen bothers you, the coaching staff isn’t the problem.

Frustrations ran high on Friday night, with Corbin complaining that the coaching staff doesn’t show enough trust in the rotation.

Corbin said that after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh – the first hit he’d allowed after retiring 11 in a row – he saw the bullpen begin to stir and felt he needed to make perfect pitches to remain in the game. He wound up walking a the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, patrick corbin

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka just can’t catch a break - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.

The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.

Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Texas Rangers: Grant: Now it’s getting serious; Yu Darvish to miss scheduled start Monday due to shoulder tightness | SportsDay

Yu Darvish will miss at least one start because of a shoulder tightness issue that cropped up in his last outing.

The Rangers are hopeful that is it.

He will leave the team on Sunday to return to Dallas for an MRI on the area and will be examined again by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. During an exam by Dr. Meister following his most recent start, which was shortened to five innings by the shoulder issue, there was no structural issue detected.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Cubs reject Rahm’s Wrigley plaza deal, ‘Negotiations are over’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Is this protection for local bars or a real issue?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Liriano’s struggles continue in loss to Cardinals | TribLIVE

Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.

The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.

Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, pirates

OMNICHATTER 6-12-16

The OMNICHATTER with no name

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2016 at 12:59 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Family Members Including Trey Griffey Drafted

Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 11, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Are Cubs’ flaws hiding behind the team’s great record?

If the Cubs weren’t 41-18, Maddon might finally decide a change in the batting order could be warranted after No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward struck out three more times and went 0-for-4.

If the division lead was smaller, there might be more concern with some bullpen members who either continue to struggle or have been trending that way. Justin Grimm saw his ERA (5.57) rise again after giving up two hits and a walk without recording an out. That’s not far from what happened in Philadelphia a ...

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McCoy Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

CAPE LEAGUE: Host parents are the hidden stars - Sports - Wicked Local Chatham - Chatham, MA

For this, host families are given a “weekly allowance” from the team to help offset expenses, but at best, a host family might break even.

However, no one does it for the money.

“The benefits far outweigh the costs,” said Curtis. “The hardest part comes at the end of the season when the players leave. You get attached to them over the summer so it can be really difficult at the end.”
Norkevicius notes having an “enthusiasm for baseball” as the only other requirement.

“The benefits are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, cape cod league

When a slump isn’t really a slump — and why the Cubs might come back to Earth - The Washington Post

Tom Boswell believes the Cubs are lucky.

The Nationals combined have a subpar .282 BABIP after posting normal marks of .300 and .303 the past two seasons. Nats pitchers have a lucky BABIP against of .283. Both those marks would usually trend back toward the high .290s.

In all of baseball, there is only one stunning “outlier” in BABIP for an entire batting attack or pitching staff: Cubs pitchers. Their BABIP is a ridiculously lucky .248. I don’t care how smart their defensive shifts are or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals

Gerrit Cole exits game with “right triceps tightness”

Trainers told Cole that the worst time to evaluate injury is immediately after activity, so they will take a more extensive look at the injury Saturday.

Cole said this is not an injury he has experienced before. Although he felt fine the first two innings, he could tell something was off with his right arm in the third—it wasn’t responding like he wanted it to.

Apparently it finally dawned on MLB teams that the world was into the fact that “forearm tightness” means “impending Tommy John ...

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OMNICHATTER 6-11-16

Move like a butterfly, sting like a OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 11, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mets may have planted the seeds for Matt Harvey’s exit | New York Post

Back in February, at the news conference to announce Yoenis Cespedes’ re-signing, Alderson said of his starting rotation: “I think you always are making choices. Even if the payroll were to go up, we’re still going to have to make choices. It’s nice that we have some of those choices to make and we certainly want to be in a position to keep some or all of those pitchers.

“So I don’t mean to say we’re not going to keep them all. We’d love to keep them all. We just have to make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Red Sox tell teams they’d trade for starting, relief pitching | Boston Herald

I’d prefer to not see the team trade a top prospect. Unless injury hits Wright or Price I’d rather see them use a few middling prospects to acquire another bullpen arm than trade one of their best for a back-end starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB Draft Day 2 has college feel | MLB.com

Is this a change? Are more collegiate players getting drafted earlier?

Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.

College players were the main attraction, as they have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Friday, June 10, 2016

NJ.com: Ex-Met Josh Satin retires at 31, cites toll of head injuries

Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.

Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.

“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”

Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 05:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: head trauma, injuries, mets, retirement

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just ...

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Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

White Sox call up Anderson, designate Rollins for assignment - Yahoo Sports

The Chicago White Sox have called up top prospect Tim Anderson and designated struggling veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.

The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, hoping the shortstop can help jolt a team that has gone from leading the AL Central with a 23-10 record to fourth with a 30-30 record entering this weekend’s series against Kansas City.

The 22-year-old Anderson batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, tim anderson, white sox

What do you do with players who have large contracts but can’t play any more?

It is a problem that the NFL has always dealt with by featuring non-guaranteed contracts, something that executives with the Major League Baseball Players Association would never agree to, barring their presence on a firing squad. But while these guaranteed contracts are great for the players, they are a growing problem for the teams, and generally a hindrance to the game, especially in an era where seven and eight-year contracts have become too commonplace. After all, roster spots and playing ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: June 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, carl crawford

How Prep Phenom Clayton Kershaw Became an L.A. Dodger 10 Years Ago

Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”

Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….

At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2016

AP via Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 1916:

REPRESSIVES TO SELECT TY COBB FOR PRESIDENCY

It is rumored that Tyrus Cobb of Augusta (Georgia) and Detroit will be nominated for president on the first ballot.
...
Gedeon of New York and Shotten of St. Louis are mentioned for the war portfolio, while Shore is a possibility for secretary of the navy. Wheat looks to have the nomination for secretary of agriculture, although Meadows may make a strong showing in the St. Louis delegation.
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Judge of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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