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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Houston Astros battle back to reach .500 | astros.com

The reporting of their death looks premature.

“If you had told me we’d be .500 on this date, I would have said we should be better,” Hinch said. “I want to keep it in proper perspective.”

The Astros are 36-36, which won’t blow you away when you consider they were a consensus pick to win the American League West.

And then the wheels came off. Tuesday night was the first time they’d been .500 since they were 1-1 on April 6. They were 7-17 in April and 17-28 on May 22. At times, it looked like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

In the Nick of time: Could a Williams promotion boost Phillies bats? | PhillyVoice

It doesn’t sound like he’s ready to me.

Would it send the right message to promote a guy within a two-week window that he was benched at Triple-A for disciplinary reasons? Probably not. Williams, who turns 23 in September, has failed to run out fly balls and helped start a beanball war within the last two weeks. General manager Matt Klentak was asked about Williams’ behavior four days ago.

“Nick is 22-years-old in Triple-A,” Klentak said. “He and J.P. (Crawford) both are among the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Baseball’s financial disparity issue goes beyond just team payrolls | FOX Sports

Owners pay more money for high-revenue clubs. High-revenue clubs also generate more money for low-revenue clubs in national broadcast packages. They also send money via luxury taxes and penalties for exceeding the international bonus pool. How much more help do they need to give low-revenue teams?

Low-revenue clubs, in particular, continue to express frustration that high-revenue clubs use their financial might to exploit the international market, as well as the major-league talent pool. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

NFLPA APPROVED FINANCIAL ADVISOR STOLE $30 MILLION FROM MARK SANCHEZ, JAKE PEAVY, AND ROY OSWALT

The Wilpons are interested!

The business was never viable, running operating losses of more than $3 million for four straight years. “To be sure,” Harmon wrote to Narayan in a May 2014 email, “our revenue sucks. Our balance sheet is a disaster.” Ticket Reserve would have been sunk if not for the fact that Narayan stole money from Oswalt, Peavy, and Sanchez and redirected it to TTR without their consent or knowledge. This was how Narayan “raised” 90 percent of of TTR’s investment capital. For ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: finances, financial advisers, jake peavy, roy oswalt

Injuries And Indecision Have The Mets On The Edge Of Panic Mode | VICE Sports

HIT THE PANIC BUTTON!!!!!!
Panic Button

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Here is Odell Beckham Jr. crushing softball home runs Happy Gilmore style - SBNation.com

Nice bat flip.


Aaron Nola and Phillies battered by Twins

So they have moved on from pies and chocolate sauce and are battering players now? Better keep the deep fryers out of the dugouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Grandal’s three-run homer is enough for Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Nationals - LA Times

I’ve heard this somewhere before. 

“Three-run homers win games,” Manager Dave Roberts said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Chris Sale gets 12th victory in White Sox win | MLB.com

But what is his FIP?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Tom Seaver’s wife outraged Mets never built statue of her husband - NY Daily News

Didn’t he already get a bobblehead?

Count Nancy Seaver among those who are up in arms at the Amazin’ omission of a Citi Field statue honoring her husband Tom.

The absence of a Seaver statue at the stadium is “ridiculous,” said Nancy Seaver, she and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. “I’m embarrassed for (the Mets). I really am.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

You can boo, but Jose Reyes makes sense for Mets | New York Post

Reyes, at this juncture, is a marginal player with interesting upside who would be filling a marginal role on this Mets team. Given what these Mets want to accomplish, though, Reyes represents one margin worth exploring.

There are enough reasons to sign onto such an agreement and not enough to dismiss the notion. The only reason this shouldn’t occur is if Reyes, after his release, gets a better offer (like an immediate job in the big leagues) elsewhere — in which case the Mets can shrug it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Jake Arrieta makes history again while Cubs try to expose Cardinals - Chicago Tribune

I would think the Cubs records would be a little bare on the topic.

Though Cubs’ records are sketchy, Arrieta is in all likelihood the first on-field employee to appear partially exposed in a national magazine since former ballgirl Marla Collins, who posed in the nude for the September 1986 edition of Playboy.

Cubs players pored over that issue. There was not much else to look forward to during the summer of ‘86.

“That’s the best thing I’ve seen out of uniform all year,” broadcaster Harry ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

The Sultan of Swag: Babe Ruth as a Financial Investment | Society for American Baseball Research

Interesting stuff.

Over the course of his career, the total return earned by the Yankees on their investment in Babe Ruth was 1254 percent. Because of its volatility, the stock market returned a net gain of only 17 percent during the period. Bonds did much better at 205 percent, but still fell far short of Ruth. It turns out that Babe Ruth was indeed a wise investment for the Yankees. It would have been difficult for Jacob Ruppert to find any other investment that could have done nearly as well. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, history, sabr

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2016

New York Tribune, June 22, 1916:

George Foster, the sturdy little right hander of the Boston Red Sox, won lasting fame among the pitchers in baseball [yesterday]. He shut the New York Yankees out without a hit, beating them by a score of 2 to 0.

Three momentary lapses in control was all that prevented this stocky little native of Oklahoma from joining Addie Joss and Cy Young in the ranks of the immortals in the national pastime by allowing no man to get to first base.

This was the second ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, no-hitters

Giants’ Jake Peavy defrauded of millions in investment scheme, feds allege - SFGate

Throughout spring training and his terrible start to the regular season, Jake Peavy had a secret, that he might have lost more than $15 million to a financial adviser who allegedly redirected money that was supposed to go into safe investments toward a sports-ticket brokerage that eventually failed.

On Tuesday, the secret was revealed when the Securities and Exchange Commission said it filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas seeking to freeze the assets of the adviser, Ash Narayan, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

OMNICHATTER 6-22-16

The OMNICHATTER of Seasons AND the OMNICHATTER of Ages.

Gamingboy Posted: June 22, 2016 at 12:20 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has injury setback | MLB.com

Put the trade talks on hold.

Roughly a month shy of Zack Wheeler’s scheduled return from Tommy John surgery, the Mets have temporarily shut the right-hander down due to right elbow discomfort. Wheeler is scheduled to fly to New York for an examination on Wednesday by Mets doctors.

Wheeler, 26, had been scheduled to throw a simulated inning this week in Port St. Lucie, Fla., marking his first competitive action since he underwent surgery in March 2015. Though the Mets do not consider this latest ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 07:19 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Crooked Scoreboard: Humor and Culture In Sports | How To Lose Friends And Irritate People

Preller should get at least some credit for trading him before the complete meltdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 06:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Wil Myers is having a breakout season, which puts the Padres in a trade dilemma

Although he is only 25, Padres first baseman Wil Myers has been through an awful lot in his career. He’s been a former top prospect, a Rookie of the Year, involved in two blockbuster trades, injured, and considered a disappointment. That’s a lot crammed into a relatively short period of time.

This season, Myers is finally starting to live up to his potential and become the star so many expected when Baseball America ranked him the fourth best prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season. ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 21, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, wil myers

Baseball’s All-Time Hothead Team

“Inspired by recently-suspended Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura’s penchant for inciting brawls, the object of this exercise was to assemble the most volatile, temperamental team imaginable.”

including:

“Rob Dibble

The hard-throwing reliever was pure hothead. Among other tantrums, Dibble once poured ice water over a reporter’s head, launched a ball into the stands that injured a fan and got ejected for firing a ball at a runner.”


Drellich: Red Sox must be smart in signing of top pick Jason Groome | Boston Herald

“We’re hopeful to still sign him,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We went into there with open eyes. We know what his demands are from what his agent passed on to the clubs. We think we can sign him, but only time will tell.”

Despite a fantastic curveball and a fastball that’s climbed to 97 mph, Groome slid because of dollar demands and concerns around his makeup. One major league general manager emphasized Groome didn’t slide just for money.

But the Red ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, red sox

Former Mariners scout Bob Harrison dies at 95 | MLB.com

Harrison, who was 95, began scouting with the Cardinals in the 1960s and was still working on a limited basis with the Mariners, with whom he had been since the franchise’s inception in ‘77.

“This is my life,” Harrison said of being an active scout several years ago. “What else would I do? My wife passed away. My kids are grown.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, scouts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-21-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 21, 1916:

Down in the Ohio State league there is a young outfielder by the name of McHenry, who is…going like the proverbial house afire and the harder the pace the better he seems to like it. Already a number of major league clubs are after him but he will likely stick the season out with Huntington or at least until such time that he will be in danger of draft.

McHenry stayed in the Ohio State League until it folded, a few weeks after this mention in the newspaper.

I’ve ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: austin mchenry, dugout, history, prospect reports

David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox says he regrets season-long celebration that has come with his planned retirement

The retirement tours are too much for us too Papi.

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he regrets announcing that this will be his final season in the majors.

The Dominican star feels overwhelmed by all the attention he has received, which he said has affected his extended preparation time before each game.

“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz told ESPN Deportes following the Red Sox’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. “It’s very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Phillies agree to terms with No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak

The Phillies signed No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak on Monday and were able to cut a deal that allows them to spend more money on their other top picks.

The contract, according to Baseball America, has a $6.1 million signing bonus, which is $3 million less than the bonus pool allotment for the No. 1 pick. The Phillies will use that money on other players who require a larger signing bonuses. They have yet to sign second-round pick Kevin Gowdy, a righthanded pitcher, but infielder Cole Stobbe, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Yard Goats’ Stalled Stadium Leaves Seasonal Workers In Limbo - Hartford Courant

A $63 million park project.

Yahaira Davila heard “we’ll call you soon” countless times from job interviewers who never called back.

She heard that phrase again in March inside the Wilson-Gray YMCA on Albany Avenue. That promise of a call came from the Hartford Yard Goats, the AA baseball team whose major selling point in this city was the jobs it would create.

The promise was made good when she was brought in for a second interview and walked out with a seasonal position as a member of Dunkin’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium renovations

Marlins, Rockies Set Curious Home Run Record

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.

They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.

Eight solo home runs is still ten short of the entertainment record held jointly by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.


Fadeaway: Episode 3: See That He Behaves

The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

George McQuillan was one of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball until a variety of scandals and personal problems brought his career crashing down. Part Dwight Gooden, part Max Scherzer, and part Christy Mathewson, McQuillan’s fall from grace is one of baseball’s saddest stories. This episode uses never-before-published documents to tell the story of how McQuillan lost his way, his attempt to resurrect his career from the ...

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Baseball Prospectus | The Perils Of MLB’s Sorting System

Lesson in article one is, it’s very difficult to get a job in MLB. The lesson in article two is, life isn’t fair.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, jobs

Full Count » John Farrell explains decisions made in Red Sox’ extra innings loss to White Sox

I don’t believe Farrell is a great manager. Having said that, his moves weren’t the problem last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

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