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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ejected, leaves sweatshirt over home plate

Well, you can definitely say Brad Ausmus isn’t going down without a fight. Ausmus was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during Monday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. He may or may not need that sweatshirt later this season, though.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

Tim Lincecum agrees to deal with Angels

Tim Lincecum, who recently auditioned for teams to show he is healthy, has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

The deal is pending a physical.

Lincecum spent nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, but he has not pitched in the majors since last June. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Chicago White Sox and Giants were two of the last teams to not make the cut.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: timmeh

Monday, May 16, 2016

Minor League Fantasy Baseball Is Real And Kinda Cool, Maybe?

Fantasy players assemble weekly rosters from 100 of the game’s top prospects, with points distributed for certain on-field events (four points for hitting a home run, one point for striking a batter out, etc.) A minor league game, however, presents challenges that don’t exist in other fantasy sports.

“I had one guy this week that just got called up to San Diego, so that kind of defeats the purpose if they get too hot,” Kevin Kievit, a 38-year-old AFLAC insurance salesman in Rhode ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, minor leagues

PIRATES’ GERRIT COLE: CUBS AREN’T THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

When a reporter posed the question that Cole just shut down the best team in baseball, the Pirates pitcher politely corrected the statement:

“It’s just an opportunity to salvage the series,” Cole said. “I don’t really think they’re the best team in baseball.”

Of course, the Cubs are currently the best team in baseball - the only team still in the single digits in the loss column halfway through May.

The Cubs sit at 27-9 overall with a +109 run differential. In fact, their run differential ...

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McCoy Posted: May 16, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lalaland, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 16, 1916:

They’re finicky fellows, those Washington ballplayers. Whenever they visit the Polo grounds in New York they lug along their own dirt from the capital city for hand-drying purposes. They claim the soil in and around home plate in Gotham is “trick dirt,” asserting that instead of drying the moisture on their hands it makes them slippery and the balls and bats harder to handle.

Pine tar, you guys. Use pine tar.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, trick dirt

OTP 2016 May 16: College baseball takes hit from Mississippi politics

The state flag is already keeping Mississippi from hosting predetermined NCAA preseason and postseason tournaments, which is why the state didn’t put in a bid to host the SEC baseball tournament, which could have been held at Trustmark Park, in Pearl.

An anti-flag group held a rally last month at the SEC headquarters in Birmingham to ask the league to ban Mississippi from postseason play altogether. Postseason baseball tournaments are currently determined by how well a team performs during ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 16, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 1561 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, politics

Pirates notebook: Challenge protocol could be more efficient, Hurdle says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s not. Manager didn’t go out to argue every little thing. A great many challenges are fishing expeditions.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn’t mind the wait, saying the system is “as good as it can be” at this point. He decided waiting 20 or 30 seconds to debate a challenge is better than the two or three minutes it might take for him to go out and argue a call.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, pirates, replay

Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter is gone — is rest to blame? | New York Post

It’s only one game.

Masahiro Tanaka has built his career around his split-fingered fastball, and on Sunday, the Yankees got a glimpse of what he’d look like without it.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Vin Scully: Dodgers’ announcer reflects on Hall of Fame career

I’m going to miss him.

“Los Angeles is a city of stars,” says Charley Steiner, a fellow Dodgers broadcaster for the past dozen years and, at home games, a regular 5:30 p.m. dinner partner with Scully and Rick Monday, another colleague. “And Vin is the biggest star of them all. I don’t care who it is—Arnold, Leo, Spielberg, Kobe, Magic—nobody is bigger than Vin, and I’ll tell you why: With everybody else you can find some subset of people who don’t like them. Nobody doesn’t like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully

Harper: Doc Gooden opens up about past, struggle with addiction - NY Daily News

I wish Dwight Gooden well with his ongoing recovery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dwight gooden, mets

red sox - Hanley is being Hanley, and it seems to be working out for all involved - WEEI | Rob Bradford

It worked for Mr. 3000.

Hanley Ramirez bunted with two outs, the scored tied in the ninth inning and David Ortiz standing at third base Saturday afternoon.

“He saw something maybe only he saw,” lamented Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Not a good baseball play, as the reaction from virtually everyone in Fenway Park could attest after the execution resulted in an easy, inning-ending out.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Jed Hoyer, The Other Guy in Cubs front office, fits role perfectly - Chicago Tribune

Talk about the Cubs around town and Jed only comes before Theo alphabetically, a reality Hoyer accepts without a hint of resentment.

“No, it doesn’t bother me,’’ Hoyer said. “One of the first things we talked about when we did this was that this only is going to work is if it’s a total collaboration. No one knows who works on what deals or what contracts. Once you start getting into who deserves credit in a front office, it’s a huge negative and we’ve done what we can to avoid that.’‘

It ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, jed hoyer

Blue Jays, Rangers throw punches during game | MLB.com

I usually don’t care about this kind of stuff. This fracas was pretty stupid though.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brawls, jose bautista, rangers, rougned odor

OMNICHATTER 5-16-16

OMNICHATTER: The Dark World

Gamingboy Posted: May 16, 2016 at 01:13 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Feud reignites in Blue Jays-Rangers finale

That changed two batters later, when Justin Smoak hit a grounder to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who tried to get a forceout at second base. Bautista came into the base with a hard slide that was ruled a violation of MLB’s new slide rule and made contact with second baseman Rougned Odor’s leg. And even though Odor’s throw sailed wide of first, the Rangers were awarded an inning-ending double play because of Bautista’s illegal slide.

Before the play was over, Odor shoved Bautista with both ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 16, 2016 at 12:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: utley rule

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Townsend (BLS): Houston paper apologizes for quoting Carlos Gomez’s broken English

He Hate Me was unavailable for comment.

What’s not arguable, though, is that Smith should have used better judgment in quoting Gomez within his article. Gomez, who comes from Santiago in the Dominican Republic, does not speak English as his primary language. He speaks well enough English though that his words are understandable and translatable, yet Smith elected to quote Gomez’s broken English word-for-word.

  “For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 15, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos gomez, reporters, spanish

Former Angels and Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren opens up about the inner turmoil that led to his retirement from baseball

Dan Haren repeated a ritual after the miserable outings, and during the last four years of his baseball career the miserable outings became too numerous to count. He trudged off the mound and through the dugout, embarrassed by the reassurances from teammates, so he could find his phone in the clubhouse and text his wife, Jessica.

I quit, Haren would write after games for the Angels or the Dodgers or whoever employed him.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I’m sick of the stress.

I quit.

I ...

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Zach Posted: May 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dan haren, dodgers, stress

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

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