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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Full Count » David Ortiz after walk-off win: ‘Just say I’m a bad [expletive]’

Some people are clamoring for David Ortiz to renounce his decision to retire at the end of the year. I’m not one of them. Ortiz keeps talking about the problems he has with his legs and the amount of work he needs to do to play. He has also talked about missing time with his family. So, although I am enjoying his final season, I’d rather see him go out at the top of his game as he enjoys his last season rather than watch him try to force another season, which might very well turn into an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

More goose eggs for Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Julio Urias of Oklahoma City | MiLB.com

“The best place for a young pitcher is long relief.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: julio urias

Banned MLB players seek answers for unexplainable positive drug tests | FOX Sports

I guess it’s *possible* they are being truthful. Of course, we’re still waiting for O.J. to find Nicole’s killer.

“I am the only one who knows what I did and didn’t do. And no matter how many different ways I tell people that I didn’t do this, ultimately what I am realizing is that no matter what I tell anyone at this point, they aren’t going to believe me until I have proof.

“So, I have to go and find that proof, not just for me, but for every member of our league. This is way bigger ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

St. Louis Cardinals standing behind Aledmys Diaz, misplays and all - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

His defensive play can improve. Still, his play has clearly been a plus for the Cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

OMNICHATTER 5-15-16

Iron OMNICHATTER 3

Gamingboy Posted: May 15, 2016 at 12:56 AM | 247 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 14, 2016

How Nolan Arenado went from a raw prospect to the next Brooks Robinson - CBSSports.com

Jonah Keri’s examines Arenado’s path to superstardom.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

Prospect Heat Check: The kid with more hype than Clayton Kershaw - Yahoo Sports

He has three Red Sox prospect in the top four. That can’t be right.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

10 players that should earn your All-Star vote | MLB.com

One of my favorite things about baseball is seeing players advance their games unexpectedly. Which of these guys will continue their hot starts?

Maybe they weren’t on our radars on Opening Day. Who knew if all of them would even stick around? As for All-Star consideration, no, that wasn’t part of the conversation.

Things have changed now as we consider our All-Star ballots. They’ve earned our consideration. One of the coolest things about every All-Star Game is watching the players who are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Ackert: Reyes’ domestic violence suspension less than a PED ban - NY Daily News

The shortstop has rightfully expressed his remorse and agreed to not appeal the suspension.

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family,” Reyes said in a statement released by his agents. “I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball.

“My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Yankees’ Luis Severino exits with injury | yankees.com

The Yankees may finally have an explanation for Luis Severino’s sophomore slump. Forced to leave his start in the third inning on Friday, the hurler has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right triceps, which will necessitate a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

The Yankees are expected to call up right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Severino’s spot on the roster, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

Severino struggled mightily in a 7-1 loss to the White ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

OMNICHATTER 5-14-16

Marvel’s The OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 14, 2016 at 07:33 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

MiLB: Rangers call up former top pick Bush

Nearly 12 years since being drafted, Matt Bush is finally getting the call he’s dreamed of.

The former No. 1 overall pick was promoted to the Majors on Friday by Texas after starting the season with Double-A Frisco, where he was 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander will join the Rangers after signing with the team this past December following a three-year prison sentence from a nearly fatal DUI incident in 2012.

The Rangers optioned outfielder ...

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Baseball Prospectus | Life at the Margins: Swing, Batta Batta

This is more about math than insight.

This means—and this is the really important part—that while a big-league hitter, on average, is just as likely to swing on a 3-1 count achieved after a 2-1 count as he is on the same count achieved from a 3-0 take, certain big-league hitters are far more likely to swing in the second count than the first. It’s those batters, I assume, that Zaidi and the Dodgers are targeting. Just something to watch out for, as you take in the game of baseball during ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Jose Reyes’ suspension could be announced as soon as Friday | FOX Sports

An announcement on Jose Reyes’ suspension for a domestic-violence incident could come as soon as Friday, according to major-league sources.

The expectation is that Reyes will be suspended for at least 60 games, as previously reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

The Best Pitchers Of All Time | FiveThirtyEight

Pedro was something very, very special.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pitchers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2016

Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:

“I am going to start Elmer Myers against the St. Louis team today…There are three reasons why Myers will pitch. First, I think it will help to improve his control, and with control he will be one of the best youngsters I have uncovered in many a moon. Again, he is what I have been hunting for—a fellow who thrives under work, who loves to pitch and who can stand it and improve under it. The third reason is that Myers asked me if he could ...

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No, Jose Ramirez’s Helmet Doesn’t Defy The Laws of Gravity

The Internet loves a great video. In today’s clip we see José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians sliding into second base. But wait! His hat (I’m calling it a hat, not a helmet, because no one has a magic helmet) flies off and hits his foot. Magically, the hat appears to fly backward yet still end up hitting Ramírez on the back as he reaches second base.


WaPo: No One Expected a Strasburg Extension, then Boras made a call

A really interesting in-depth look at how the Strasburg extension came together. RTFA


What’s realistic to expect in the end from .409-hitting Murphy? - Nationals Pastime

The purpose of this exercise? There are two conclusions worth drawing: 1) Murphy deserves a whole lot of credit for what he’s done to date, because not many have been able to do it over the years, and 2) Barring a complete collapse from a guy who has been a very good hitter his entire career, Murphy should end up with a batting average well north of .300 by season’s end.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, nationals


MLB Tonight: Maverick | MLB.com

It’s been a long time since I thought of ballplayers being anything more than great athletes. Nevertheless, it nice when players make time to improve the lives of their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Red Sox make history with 11 runs vs. Astros | MLB.com

After his team secured a fifth consecutive win with a fourth straight game of at least 11 runs on Thursday night at Fenway Park, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts compared Boston’s unstoppable offense to a video game.

“This is kind of like Playstation,” Bogaerts said after hitting his third home run of the season and driving in three runs in an 11-1 rout of the Astros. “Only teams on Playstation score this many runs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Bernie Williams hits right notes in pursuit of music degree

I’ve always admired athletes who have interesting post-playing careers. Especially one like this, where a former superstar had to humble himself by going back to school. Well done, Bernie.

Bernie Williams will graduate Friday from the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s in jazz composition as he works on his second All-Star career. Remarkably, in a city where he remains a huge celebrity and ran with the likes of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a former life and earned over $100M in ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 13, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retired players

Tigers’ Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench.

Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field.

There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot in center.

Just what in the heck is ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

OMNICHATTER 5-13-16

The “Sorry I Was So Late With the OMNICHATTER yesterday’ OMNICHATTER


OR.. Captain OMNICHATTER: The First Avenger

Gamingboy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mets fan loses bet, now has giant Bartolo Colon face tattooed on his arm

There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in ...

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Dan Holmes: The greatest pitching rotation there ever was

All four were right-handed and possessed excellent fastballs. The oldest of the quartet was an American hero and one of the most famous athletes in the world. Another was the son of immigrants who could hardly speak English but who had what Ted Williams called an “unhittable pitch.” One of them was a pitcher by necessity: he had started his ballplaying career as an outfielder but switched to the mound after it became apparent that he couldn’t hit breaking pitches. The final member of the ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bob feller, bob lemon, cleveland indians, early wynn, mike garcia

WTOP.com: Racing FDR: Disaster or opportunity?

My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…

The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, nationals, presidents

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard takes Dodgers counterpart deep—twice

One day shy of the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game as New York Mets pitchers continue to be lethal with their bats as well as their arms.

Syndergaard became the only pitcher in the majors with three home runs of 400 or more feet since he made his debut on May 12, 2015. Jake Arrieta ranks second with two. Syndergaard’s homers Wednesday went 407 and 400 feet.

Arizona’s Micah Owings on ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: thor

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