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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Machado: “Eventually things will turn around” - School of Roch

I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.

Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: Nothin’ to Do With Groundball Pitchers? DRA Weighs In

So what does this tell us? Does DRA confirm or negate the previous findings suggesting that groundball pitchers are more effective at run prevention? There appear to be three conclusions:

1. In modern baseball, using the most sophisticated measure of run prevention, higher groundball rates are well correlated to fewer runs allowed. It’s not an ironclad relationship—Scherzer and Verlander don’t get a lot of grounders—but inducing groundballs is a positive attribute.

2. To James’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: groundballs, pitching, sabermetrics

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cobb moves closer to majors - DRaysBay

Alex Cobb took his rehab to another level in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. After four appearances with Charlotte, Cobb moved up a couple levels and struggled out of the gate. RBI singles from Curt Casali and Daniel Robertson spotted him a 2-0 lead, but Pawtucket evened the score in the bottom of the first. Cobb allowed solo home runs in the second and third innings and finished with four runs allowed on eight hits in three frames with four strikeouts and no walks. Nice relief work from Eddie ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Why it’s fair to call these embarrassing Mets pretenders | New York Post

Welcome to Overreaction Thursday!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tipsheet: Luhnow’s blunders stunt Astros’ growth | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Blunders. That’s the headline. Let’s not forget that the Astros exceeded expectations last year. Although they have played poorly, they are still on the cusp of the playoffs. They have another crop of prospects just about ready. So, although the team isn’t quite the finished product some fans and writers may have expected this year, the team is still on the right track.

“The play on the field was not what we expected,” Luhnow said, according to MLB.com. “I don’t know if anybody could have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow

red sox - Crushing Red Sox defeat feels like potential knockout blow to entire 2016 season - WEEI | John Tomase

It was a bad loss.

The season is not over.

The sky is not falling.

It’s just one game.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

The agony of Alex: It’s been a painful season for Royals star Gordon | The Kansas City Star

It’s not a good year for Alexes.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Rich Hill’s Dodgers debut delayed by blisters | MLB.com

This has to be one of the worst blisters ever.

Hill’s lingering finger blisters still are tender, so manager Dave Roberts named rookie Ross Stripling as Friday night’s starting pitcher against Pittsburgh. Hill might not join the rotation for another week or more, as he wasn’t mentioned as a candidate for any of the games vs. the Pirates.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rich hill

How Hal Steinbrenner set Girardi up for this A-Rod fiasco | New York Post

The end is difficult for many players. ARod is getting released in a couple of days. He’s not getting released because of any animus. He’s getting released because the team doesn’t believe he can play any more. He’s doesn’t deserve playing time. He’s owed a bunch of money. He’ll get the money. He’ll get one last day in Yankees Stadium. Girardi doesn’t owe him any additional playing time.

On Day 2 of the newest Yankees production, “A-Rod: You Have Got to Be Sitting Me,” Joe Girardi finally ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2016

El Paso Herald, August 11, 1916:

As we get it, [Browns manager Fielder Jones’s] view of a winning policy is to tighten the defence to the point where the other fellow can’t score, except through miscarriage of plans; and then to outthink him a run or two on attack.
...
Taking as a basis for consideration the games from July 22 to Aug. 5, inclusive, the first facts the figures reveal are these.

That the Browns scored 69 runs on 127 hits, an average of one run for every 1.84 hits. That the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

D-backs’ David Peralta to have wrist surgery | dbacks.com

Pretty much a lost season for Peralta.

D-backs outfielder David Peralta will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist Thursday morning in Phoenix.

Peralta is currently on the disabled list for the third time this season and it is the second time he has been on it as a result of his wrist. Peralta initially injured the wrist the final week of the 2015 season, and at the time, it was thought that rest and rehab would be enough to avoid surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks, injuries

Prince Fielder announces playing career over | texasrangers.com

The Prince Fielder press conference was tough to watch. You have to feel for the guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

OMNICHATTER 8-11-16

The OMNICHATTER Time Trial

Gamingboy Posted: August 11, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 217 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Joe Girardi benches A-Rod again, says ‘job description does not entail farewell tours’

Girardi thinks the key to winning is batting the sub .200 hitters over A-Rod.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:46 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Red Sox scrap David Ortiz bobblehead night | Boston Herald

Good decision.

The Red Sox scrapped a planned giveaway of 15,000 
David Ortiz bobblehead dolls last night because the toys appeared racially insensitive, team President Sam Kennedy said.

The bobbleheads depicted Big Papi speaking at Fenway Park in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombings, when he declared Boston “our (expletive) city.”

But something went wrong in production.

“I personally felt that they were offensive given the portrayal in terms of his facial features,” Kennedy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:38 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bobblehead, david ortiz, red sox

Steven Wright hurt shoulder pinch running, replaced by Clay Buchholz | Boston Herald

So I go on Twitter and see a comment about injuries being avoidable for pinch-running pitchers. I reply with, “That’s what I was thinking when the Red Sox had Steven Wright pinch-run recently.” Then I scroll down and find out that Steven Wright actually got hurt during his pinch-running appearance.

Maybe I should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Mets have ‘open mind’ on Carlos Gomez, year after trade drama | New York Post

This doesn’t sound like the Mets are looking to pick up Gomez.

With the price tag far lower than last season — Gomez is making $9 million this season, but can be signed for the league minimum if he clears waivers — would the Mets consider adding his right-handed bat to the struggling lineup?

“We always have an open mind,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Terry Francona Sits Out Game

During Francona’s daily pregame meeting with reporters, the manager stopped momentarily and complained of chest pain. Francona felt well enough to finish the question-and-answer session, but then retreated to the clubhouse, where he was examined by medical staff on hand at Nationals Park.

Francona, 57, remained at the ballpark after being checked out. The Indians’ media relations staff noted that the manager was feeling better by first pitch, but had experienced some dizziness and ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 10, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: health, indians, managers

Continuing neck problems ending Prince Fielder’s career, sources say; Rangers will still owe DH $44 million

Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.

Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers, retirement

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, August 10, 1916:

LOST—“Dolly” Elder and Joe Collins, crack diamond artists of the Bismarck baseball team. Last seen on the streets of Jamestown with two fair ladies. Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts, kindly advise the sporting editor of the Tribune as they are needed for the game with Mandan next Sunday.

I’m not sure if they ever found Elder and Collins. I’m just saying they’re local baseball stars and both almost exactly the right age to be the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Michael Brantley suffers setback | indians.com

Looks like a lost season for Brantley.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Tommy La Stella wants to play for only the Chicago Cubs

Read the whole article. It’s majors or bust. If I were the team, I’d leave him home where he’s comfortable.

The Cubs placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the inactive list Tuesday as he contemplates retirement if he can’t play for the big league team.

In fact, La Stella, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, said the Cubs are the only team he wants to play for as his priorities have changed over the last year.

“I’m a baseball player by profession. My identity is not tied up in that,” La ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tommy la stella

Grant:Knowledge from Pedro Martinez, via Carlos Beltran, could make Yu Darvish even more devastating

Pedro helps Darvish via Beltran.

The two just happened upon one another in the cafeteria of the visiting clubhouse in Houston on Saturday. Some 20 minutes later, Darvish emerged with a fresh perspective about how he wanted to attack hitters.

In short, Darvish decided he could attack hitters, especially inside, with his fastball instead of having to throw inside.

“He’s got so much experience,” Darvish said Monday. “We talked about the mental side. I feel like my mind is the weakest part of my ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, pedro martinez, rangers, yu darvish

Forbes: Maury Brown: Disney Buys $1B Stake In MLB BAM Tech, To Launch ESPN Streaming Service

More evidence that MLB is awash in dough:

Walt Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that it is taking a minority stake in MLB Advanced Media’s spin-off media company, BAMTech. Disney is making a $1 billion investment in two payments—now and in January 2017—that will give it a 33% interest in the media company, with an option to become the majority stakeholder in the future.

Disney said that BamTech will collaborate with ESPN to launch a “multi-sport” subscription streaming service, ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, disney, espn, mlbam

Tommy La Stella has failed to report to Triple-A for 11 days

Des Moines is lovely this time of year.

Tommy La Stella was demoted to Triple-A by the Cubs on July 29. It was a roster crunch situation and La Stella has options left so, despite the fact that he has been an effective player this year, it made sense to send him down. Sorry, baseball is not a pure meritocracy. Sometimes the politics of contracts, options and service time play into such decisions.

At the time, Joe Maddon mentioned to the media that La Stella didn’t take the demotion well. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tommy la stella

OMNICHATTER 8-10-16

The OMNICHATTER All-Around

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Yasiel Puig loving the topless, F-bomb party at Triple-A

Yasiel Puig really is the gift that keeps on giving.  As is the New York Post, a newspaper that really does know how to make a big deal about not so much.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 09, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: yasiel puig

Maricopa County rejects most of Arizona Diamondbacks’ requested $65M for Chase Field upgrades

County officials in recent weeks have rejected most of the team’s request for $65 million in upgrades to Chase Field, saying the repairs don’t meet the lease agreement’s requirements for funding. Requested repairs include suite renovations, painting and a new scoreboard, all of which county officials say are cosmetic and the team’s responsibility.

Documents also show the conflict has gotten personal.

County Supervisor Andy Kunasek sent a letter to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall as the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2016 at 01:01 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chase field, diamondbacks, stadium renovations

Gordo: Mediocrity is enough for Cards to contend | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

The Cardinals may make the playoffs in what seems like a bridge year for them. It would be quite the accomplishment.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs

Baseball’s Union Remains Wary Of Wearables - Vocativ

Just wait until the cyborg revolution starts!!

“It’s not really the technology itself—it’s all, in theory, great,” Colorado Rockies reliever and team union rep Adam Ottavino said. “I think we’re always a little bit scared of giving away too much of ourselves.”

The Zephyr Bioharness and the Motus elbow sleeve (the two approved devices) log heart and breathing rates and a pitcher’s workload and strain, respectively. They’re permitted so long as the data does not stream live ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, technology, wearables

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