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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

“The Arm” Has Perfect Pitch – The Hardball Times

I’ll add it to my reading queue.

This dedication to find every story sets the book apart from less ambitious projects, but it also sets itself apart from the competition in two other ways. One is by weaving in the stories of Hudson and Coffey. The pair are ever present throughout the book; their tales of trouble and triumph get their own chapters, but also pepper the chapters that focus on others. The other is by not just looking for stories, but also for solutions.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, pitching

David Wright’s failures clouded by nostalgia — and $87 million | New York Post

Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.

Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Giants’ Bruce Bochy likes what he sees of pitcher batting 8th - SFGate

Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.

“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, lineups

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1916:

The Morris [Illinois] Reds baseball nine today started suit to restrain Farmer Thomas Anderson from plowing up their outfield to plant corn. Anderson owns the ground but the club claims a two-year lease.

“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s Morris, Illinois.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Utley Rule costs Atlanta Braves a baserunner vs. Washington Nationals

This rule is overkill and an overreaction.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nick markakis, rules of the game

Opening Day PART III OMNICHATTER (Tuesday): OMNICHAT HARDER

Maybe, just maybe, the last of the MLB teams can play their first game of the season today. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:54 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, April 04, 2016

Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93

Long live the meme!

Walt Davis Posted: April 04, 2016 at 11:18 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: admiral ackbar, lonnie smith

Ron Darling Recalls The Ridiculous Amount Of Drugs The 1986 Mets Did During Games

Darling notes when he first made it to “The Show”, there was a jar in plain sight that contained different doses of amphetamine pills called “white crosses” and “black beauties”.

“The five-milligram amphetamines were known as white crosses—and these were passed around like candy, if that was your bag. The heavier doses were black beauties.”....

Apparently, this level of performance-enhancing (or reducing, in Darling’s eyes) has been going on for decades.

“In the era of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drug abuse, mets, ron darling

The complete oral future of outlandish ballpark foods

....The West Michigan Whitecaps introduced the 4,000-calorie Fifth Third Burger. The Lake County Captains responded with a three-pound fish sandwich on a loaf of bread. Then the major league teams stumbled along like a dad with a backwards hat, deciding they needed to get in on the action. The Texas Rangers came out with a two-foot hot dog slathered in death. It didn’t stop.

By the year 2016, teams were tripping over themselves trying to be more outlandishly caloric than the next team. Thirty ...

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WSJ:How Drugs and Alcohol Fueled the 1986 Mets to a Championship

In his new book, former pitcher Ron Darling recounts how the Mets relied on a cocktail of amphetamines and beer between innings to get through a World Series-winning season….

” You’d see guys toward the end of a game, maybe getting ready for their final at bat, double-back into the locker room to chug a beer to “re-kick the bean” so they could step to the plate completely wired and focused and dialed in. They had it down to a science, with precision timing. They’d do that thing where ...

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HBO’s John Oliver rips the Yankees brass for elitist ticket policies

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

Come Tuesday, fans won’t be gaining entry to Yankee Stadium’s Opening Day with print-at-home tickets.

Some fans, however, will get to see the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros from behind home plate on the dime of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver—under one condition.

The comedian is offering a total of six Legends Suite tickets to the three Yankees home games this week for 25 cents each to people who can conjure up the most creative, original ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: April 04, 2016 at 02:49 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: new york yankees

Interpreting The Ray Searage Effect and All of Its Parts |

I just stumbled upon this. Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, ray searage, sabermetrics

Luke Gregerson to be Astros closer | MLB.com

I’m guessing they are using Giles in high leverage situations.

Luke Gregerson will open the season as the Astros’ primary closer, manager A.J. Hinch announced Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ken giles, luke gregerson

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado always rakes in a never-ending Wiffle Ball game

Charming.

Arenado plays Wiffle Ball at the end of every summer for 2½ months. This major-leaguer, he’s still a kid.

For 16 years, the Rockies’ star third baseman, with his brothers and cousins and friends, wage a never-ending, always-rambunctious game of Wiffle Ball in Lake Forest, Calif. The game is always the same, now and forever. They just have to wait until after the 162-game major-league season.

“It’s what we do. We go play Wiffle Ball,” Arenado said.

He is 24 now and about to start ...

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Perry Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, wiffle ball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2016

Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:

“Bat’ries for today’s game!”
“Get that of’shul score card!”
“Peanuts!”
“One o’ those lo-o-ong innings!”
(Deleted by censor).
“Larceny!”

These and many other cries of the great American fan and his minions are heard along the western edge of the United States today, yea, even from Salt Lake’s icy mountains to Vernon’s coral strangs, or whatever they make strands out of there.

It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

The Pitch Doctor: The secret to the Pirates’ success is Ray Searage | SI.com

They bring mattresses on road trips?

ne day in March, Jared Hughes, Pittsburgh’s 30-year-old setup man, was at his spring training locker in Bradenton, Fla., recounting his morning. He had awakened at 5:30, after nine hours of sleep; the Pirates, he said, value quality Z’s so much that a sleep consultant meets with players once a month, and the team takes players’ preferred mattresses and pillows on road trips. At the ballpark Hughes’s day began with mindfulness exercises designed by the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, ray searage

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s Fangraph’s Tampa Rays scouting reports. After reading and following Kiley McDaniel’s reporting the last couple of years, Fangraph’s stuff has been very disappointing this year, primarily because of the timetable. If you are doing scouting reports for fantasy players, you need your Top 100 lists out in early March at the latest for them to be useful. Hopefully, they will fix this issue next year as their stuff went from being one of the most useful lists to the least useful. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rays

OTP - 2016 April 4: Breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics

This week marks the start of another baseball season and, undoubtedly, the continuation of the ongoing beanball season that the Republican presidential campaign has degenerated into.

Over the years, both of these American pastimes—baseball and presidential campaigns—have been governed by quaint, but powerful “unwritten rules.” They both now find themselves under great strain. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 2147 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, politics

A’s hopes and confidence high, despite predictions - San Francisco Chronicle

(Second) Opening Day, where everybody starts off 0-0 and the pundits don’t matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics



New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes on outfield drop: ‘I’m human’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

OK, then.

“The ball just fell out of my glove,” Cespedes, who also struck out to end the game with the tying run at third base, said through an interpreter. “...The ball just fell. I’m human.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson aims to make baseball a contact sport again after second-half struggles last year - LA Times

He looked out of sync in the most of the games I watched him this spring.

In the winter, Pederson sought to shave the extraneous movement from his swing. In the spring, he huddled with new hitting coach Turner Ward to sharpen his daily routine. This coming summer will determine whether he can learn how to counter the pitchers who solved him last season.

“I made some adjustments, and I like where I’m at,” Pederson said.

A survey of rival talent evaluators who saw Pederson this spring raised ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Kansas City Royals say New York Mets’ presence soured pregame pomp

In a day of firsts, it was the New York Mets who had the dubious honor of being the first team in MLB history to relive a World Series defeat through a steady stream of big-screen highlights before the victor raised the championship banner on Opening Day—in their face.

“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony,” Yost said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Full Opening Day slate opens baseball season | MLB.com

Happy (Second) Opening Day!

After watching three games yesterday, it feels a little odd to be taking time off work to “observe a religious holiday and watch Opening Day games”.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Source: Gregory Polanco, Pirates agree to five-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options that locks in the prime years of the young outfielder, something with which the Pirates have found significant success in recent years, a source with knowledge of the club’s dealings told Yahoo Sports.

The deal is believed to guarantee Polanco in the mid-$30 million range, the source said, and should be announced this week. Polanco rejected Pittsburgh’s seven-year, $25 million offer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

OPENING DAY (Monday) 2016 OMNICHATTER

The appetizers are out of the way, it’s time for the main course! 12 games, aces on (almost) every hill. Get hype. ESPN will have HOU at NYY, SEA at TEX and LAD at SD, while ESPN 2 will have CHC at LAA.

Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 229 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Baseball on the Radio 2016

Both Chicago teams change flagship radio stations for 2016 while the Phillies drop WPHT-AM from their gamecasts.

Baseball on the radio has an appeal that can’t be matched by television and lets you follow the game while pretending to get other things done.

Korean Flagships: 1 (Dodgers)

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, radio

Free MLB.TV for T-Mobile customers

T-Mobile customers can sign up this week, April 3-10, for a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium.

spycake Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv, streaming

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