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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Ted Diadiun: Muhammad Ali ushered in the era of preening, swaggering athletes

In which Ted Diadiun(whowever that is) decides that Joel Sherman should not be the only turd in the sportswriters’ punch bowl.

In addition to his indisputable boxing skills, his instinctive showmanship, his inspirational role as a confident young black man and the warm fuzzies that his eventual turn as the kindly old gentleman of sport have produced, Ali’s legacy includes a few other things.

The first is his creation of the preening, prancing, unapologetically boastful demeanor that has ...

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eddieot Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: sportswriting, ugh

Jazayerli: An Irresistible Force Rises in Chicago

It’s hard to talk about the 2016 Cubs without descending into what can only be called baseball stat porn. The numbers that surround this team range from the astonishing to the unbelievable. Here is the simplest way to sum up how good this team is with facts that should be mutually exclusive:

1. The 2016 Chicago Cubs are on pace to challenge the all-time record for victories in a season.

2. They are underachieving….

What is unprecedented is just how they’re managing it. The Cubs aren’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 02:17 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Scouts Get Defensive Projecting Future Roles - BaseballAmerica.com

Work ethic and desire don’t show up in amateur stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 01:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

7 MLB stars whose draft reports predicted their greatness | FOX Sports

Old scouting reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Former Brewers pitcher Ruben Quevedo dead at 37

A number of reports out of Venezuela say that a former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher has passed away.Ruben Quevedo has died of a heart attack at the age of 37, according to the Venezuelan publication Lider. Quevedo had an 11-20 record with a 5.66 ERA from 2001-03 with Milwaukee. He also pitched with the Cubs for a year, and with Aragua and Venezuelan club Magallanes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, obituary, ruben quevedo

ESPN: Oral History: David Ross Hits His First HR, Off Mark Grace

Grace: I got a bad scouting report. I was told he was a good fastball hitter, so I threw a bad fastball and he still hit it a mile.

 


Cameron: MLB Should Throw the Book at Yordano Ventura

Last year, following the bench clearing incident with the White Sox, MLB suspended Ventura for seven games, which caused him to miss one start. After this latest incident, MLB needs to throw the book at him. The punishments escalate significantly for repeat offenders of other behaviors MLB is trying to curb — a second failed PED test brings a suspension twice as long as a first failed test, for instance — and it’s clear that Ventura won’t be deterred from starting fights by simply ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, suspensions, yordano ventura

The Yoenis Cespedes trade wasn’t one-sided at all | New York Post

n his first four starts following a late-April promotion, Fulmer never got beyond five innings, had a 6.52 ERA and a .944 OPS against. In the four subsequent starts, he has worked at least six innings each time, posted a 0.32 ERA and .378 OPS against. In his last three outings, he has given up three or fewer hits and yielded no runs. No pitcher in major league history has ever had three such results in their first eight starts. The previous fewest starts was 10 by Anibal Sanchez in 2016.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael fulmer, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Perez, Shelby Fail MLSB Drug Tests - BaseballAmerica.com

How far will Delvin Perez drop?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1916:

OPPOSITION TO BEAN BALL INCREASING

It is high time that a baseball law was passed making a real penalty for the bean ball, the most dangerous weapon now in the power of big league ball players.

The bean ball is far worse than any player’s spikes, for its effects have been known to injure a player for life.
...
Two persons fainted in the stands [in Cleveland Sunday] as [a pitch] crashed into Gandil’s skull and he dropped to the ground. He was lucky to be hit in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history

MLB Rookie Report: Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates - Minor League Ball

Taillon made 10 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis before moving up today and was terrific, posting a 2.04 ERA in 61.2 innings with a spectacular 61/6 K/BB, allowing a mere 44 hits. The numbers are impeccable; indeed, they are considerably better than anything Taillon did before he got hurt. The scouting reports back all that up: his 93-96 MPH fastball is fully restored, the big curve is there, and his change-up has improved significantly compared to where it was three years ago. His command of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

Rangers stadium to cost Arlington well over $500m, local paper more concerned about its code name | Field of Schemes

Another rip off.

Add in the city’s costs from providing free (and property-tax-free) parking lots for the new stadium, plus possible costs from any shortfall in revenues that the Rangers would use to pay off their own share of stadium bonds (which will actually be sold by the city, presumably to get around paying income tax on things like naming rights and PSL sales), and the projected public cost is headed well north of half a billion dollars, though how far north is hard to say. When I have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

The reason why the Royals have considered trading Yordano Ventura - Yahoo Sports

Another stupid skirmish.

Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, royals, yordano ventura

Phillies should draft Corey Ray with top pick | MLB.com

Cutting a good deal could turn a few players into the 1/1.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Chicago Cubs’ lefty Jon Lester knows not to question Joe Madden - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“I told Joe I was fine (to go back out there). But I also told him that he’s the manager,” Lester said Monday night. “I’ve tried before with him, but I think I’ve won maybe once in two years. When he shakes my hand, I know it’s pretty much done, so there’s no point in arguing. Like I’ve always said, the manager makes those decisions. The players don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

OMNICHATTER 6-8-16

J.J. Abrams Alternate-Universe Reboot OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:34 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Perez, Shelby fail MLSB drug tests

A pair of draft prospects have tested positive during Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau’s pre-draft testing.

Industry sources have told Baseball America that shortstop Delvin Perez, the Puerto Rican shortstop who ranks No. 8 on the BA Top 500 Draft Prospects, failed the drug test administered by the Major League Scouting Bureau. Perez’s positive test was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Kentucky third baseman/second baseman JaVon Shelby tested positive for Adderall, a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, peds

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

What Are Baseball Managers Actually Doing?

Between the rise of data-driven decision-making, the inflation of player salaries and the increased influence of the front office, field managers have largely transformed into middle managers. And the old dictatorship has become more of a democracy.

“If you’re going to get hired as a manager now,” New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said, “you’d better be open to listening.”

Once-common strategies like sacrifice bunts and stolen bases have gone the way of flannel uniforms ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Mock Draft 5.0

It’s crunch time, and two days out, the draft remains unsettled.

That’s not unprecedented. In 2014, the Astros went down to the last minute before deciding on Brady Aiken at No. 1 over Carlos Rodon or other choices such as Colin Moran. That one didn’t work out that year, but the Astros didn’t have a locked-down pre-draft deal with Aiken, as history shows.

The Phillies, picking first this year for the first time since 1998, also don’t appear to have a set pick. Philadelphia appears ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 07, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Fernandez a Pirate? Redrafting the 2011 picks | MLB.com

This guy still gets overrated.

21. Blue Jays: Austin Hedges, C, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
(Actual pick: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass./did not sign. Hedges: second round, Padres.)
The best defensive high school catcher to come out of the Draft in years, Hedges signed for $3 million in the second round, which would have been a record if not for the guy redrafted two choices after this. He still has to prove he can hit, and if he does, he’ll move considerably higher ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Pirates’ Jameson Taillon will start Wednesday | MLB.com

That was quick.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 02:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

Rays’ red-hot Logan Morrison remained positive during slump | Tampa Bay Times

When will he get hurt or turn back into a pumpkin?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: logan morrison, rays

Yard Goats Facing Season On The Road

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hartford Yard Goats this season. Now, the team’s scenario is careering rapidly toward the worst case.

Hartford mayor Luke Bronin at a Monday press conference on Monday announced that the stadium’s developers, DoNo Hartford and Centerplan Cos., were being removed from the long-delayed project.

The announcement came after the developer took issue with the team’s release of the still-unfinished items at Dunkin Donuts Park, which was last scheduled ...

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Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 07, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-7-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 7, 1916:

Stories printed [in Chicago] under a Boston date say that Manager Tinker of the Chicago Nationals will begin negotiations calculated to bring Johnny Evers of the Boston club back to the Cubs. The stories could not be confirmed here.

In other news, Al Capone is going into business with Bugs Moran, Joseph Stalin is palling around with Leon Trotsky, and Biggie is recording an album with Tupac.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Here’s how the Red Sox turn scouting reports into success

Good stuff on the Red Sox pregame prep.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Scoggins: Get Sano out of right field, trade Plouffe, give Kepler a long look - StarTribune.com

Is he any better at third?

Sano’s defense has been worse than feared. He plays right field like contestants competing in a dizzy-bat race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Rutherford’s Ready to Take the Next Step: How High Will He Go in the Draft? | 2080 Baseball

20/80 has been doing some interesting stuff, like this article.

While some evaluators, and even Blake himself, compare his game to fellow southern California prep product Christian Yelich (OF, Marlins), Rawnsley sees Rutherford ending up more like Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, projecting him as a plus hitter with plus power if he reaches his ceiling.

Outside of the bat, Rutherford shows five-tool potential, with a chance for average speed, defense and arm strength at maturity. Rawnsley grades ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

How Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton got his swing back

“Everything is starting to slow itself down a little bit more,” he said. “I’m starting to let the ball travel a little bit and putting the ball in play a little bit more.”

Turns out there’s much to be said for visualizing one-hop grounders to second.

“I’m exaggerating through the middle,” Buxton said, “which just allows me to envision where my hands and where my bat plane need to be. That way everything is in sync.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

There won’t be any winners in the James Shields trade | New York Post

Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.

Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

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