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Monday, July 10, 2017

OTP 10 July 2017: Jim Bunning’s Brethren: Baseball Men Who Went Into Politics

But if Bartolo is anything like Jim Bunning, he could go into politics, following the example of the tall right-hander who passed away on May 26 after 224 wins, 3,760.1 innings, and 23 years in the House and Senate as a representative and later senator from Kentucky.

John Tures, a political scientist at LaGrange College, compiled a list of players who went into politics. As with baseball itself, many have tried, but few succeeded, and certainly none so spectacularly as Bunning, whom the ...

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Team U.S. defeats World in 2017 Futures Game | MLB.com

An entertaining Futures Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game

Sunday, July 09, 2017


As No. 1 Picks Go, Chipper Jones Stands Among Greats | BaseballAmerica.com

Todd Van Poppel, a cautionary tale.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Crippling injuries, Greg Bird mystery dashing Yankees’ season - NY Daily News

Is George back?

Much as the Torres and Fowler injuries were downright heartbreaking, the Bird mystery ankle bruise has become merely annoying. Despite numerous tests that have turned up nothing, Bird continues to insist the ankle is still sore — too sore to allow him to play. The Yankee brass has become exasperated with Bird, who’s never been able to stay healthy, and it has gotten to the point where if he doesn’t get back on the field after the All-Star break, they are prepared to move ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Rowe: All-Star Memories: The best of baseball’s Midsummer Classic

This piece is so NY-centric that it fails to include the amazing Torii Hunter catch in 2002. (Not to mention Selig’s shrug!)

Mets phenom Dwight Gooden was the youngest pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game (he was 19 when he pitched relief in 1984).

He was also the youngest to start a game (he was 21 when he started in 1986).

Gooden had mixed results. He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, while striking out three, in the National League’s 3-1 win in 1984, but he was the losing pitcher, ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 09, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, dwight gooden, memories

Saturday, July 08, 2017


Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow impressing in Triple-A | MLB.com

Walking out of manager Clint Hurdle’s office at PNC Park last month, Tyler Glasnow came to a reassuring realization, upsetting as it may have been. The heralded prospect had just been sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis following the first extended disappointing stretch in his professional career.

“It was like, ‘All right, so this is probably as bad as it’s going to get,’” Glasnow said Wednesday, smiling. “I hadn’t really ever done bad. I came down here, and I was like, ‘Whatever. Just pitch ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow


Mississippi’s Acuna continues stellar year | MiLB.com News

Glowing praise for the Braves prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2017 at 07:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Home Run Derby curse is merely a myth | MLB.com

It’s a trap!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

Friday, July 07, 2017

Who has the best putaway pitch in baseball? - SweetSpot- ESPN

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein says ‘biggest fixes are inside the clubhouse’

Billy Williams ain’t walking through that door.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

What if the gave a Rain Delay and no rain showed up?

The most unusual aspect of the game was the fact that the teams sat through a nearly rainless 3-hour, 5-minute rain delay before the first pitch. What went unsaid, but seemed widely understood, was that Nationals officials delayed the start over concern that approaching rain would halt play in the early innings and they’d lose starter Gio Gonzalez and have to turn things over to woeful bullpen.

Time of delay: 3:05
Time of game: 3:10

Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: July 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals


Terry Francona undergoes heart procedure, out for All-Star Game

Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona will not manage in the All-Star Game after undergoing a heart procedure on Thursday, the team announced.

Francona underwent a cardiac ablation procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the Indians said in a statement, and is resting at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two,” the Indians said. “It is expected he will resume managing the team beginning Friday, July 14 and Major ...

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Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: July 07, 2017 at 12:21 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, cleveland indians, health, terry francona

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-7-2017

Butte Daily Post, July 7, 1917:

When “Indian” Smith, pitcher for the San Francisco Seals, went on the warpath the other day swinging a baseball bat it came near being the “happy hunting grounds” for Dan Murray, catcher for the Oakland club.

The Indian, so the boys say, objected strenuously to being called “[six-letter racial slur beginning with n redacted]” and Murray made the mistake of considering a serious matter a joke. He “got hep to himself” mighty quick after a whizzing bat purred past ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, racism


What to Make of Mallex Smith | The Process Report

Breaking down Mallex Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mallex smith, rays

Dreaming of A Free Amateur Market – The Hardball Times

Wrong? Doesn’t the writer know about the Luxury Tax system? Also, MLBPA collectively bargains with the owners. They have not demonstrated the desire to increase the size of the pie for minor leaguers.

But as Miller pointed out, that logic was flawed in the first place, and since the institution of free agency, it has been exposed as entirely wrong. That leads me to ask: What if we abolished the draft and instituted true amateur free agency for all prospects? What would the baseball world look ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Yankees and trade deadline: Don’t mess with team of future | New York Post

By virtue of their strong start and the buzz provided by their youngsters, the Yankees are now ahead in attendance from last year — by 298 per game, as per Baseball-Reference.com. That buzz won’t go away if the Yankees keep fielding exciting young players. And if they don’t rob from that corps to strengthen their starting rotation.

In the wake of their struggles, there has been only a mild “Do something!” clamor out there. Most folks get it. So the Yankees, playing the long game, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Mets prospect Amed Rosario on cusp of Majors | MLB.com

Keeping the dream alive.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

MLB Statistics on Twitter: “Infield triple!!

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: video


MLBTR: Bartolo Colon Drawing Interest From Mets, Others

You can never get enough BartoLOLo.

While it’s notable that the Mets moved so quickly on a fan favorite who so recently played such a significant role with the organization, it’s not yet clear that Colon is slated to return to Queens. The club doesn’t expect to hear back from Colon’s camp until tomorrow, says Puma. And other (as yet unnamed) organizations have also logged their interest in the veteran hurler, per James Wagner of the New York Times (via Twitter).

Colon, 44, washed out ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 07, 2017 at 12:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire | OC Register

Trout batted third and served as the designated hitter. He grounded out weakly to second in his first at-bat on a 3-and-1 pitch. On the seventh pitch of his second at-bat, he struck out swinging. In his third at-bat, he hit a routine fly ball to center field on a 1-and-1 pitch.

It was Trout’s first game action since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base May 28 in Miami.

“I feel great,” he said.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 06, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, rehab


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2017

Philadelphia Public Ledger, July 6, 1917:

Charley “Red” Dooin, catcher for the [Chester, PA] Delaware County League team, has been given his release by Manager Frank Poth. The former manager of the Phillies failed in his comeback and only one hit for an average of .045 in nine games was registered by the “sorrel top.”

I know what Voros’ Law says, but jeez. The guy was in the major leagues in 1916 and he hit .045 in the Delaware County League in 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Levine: Justin Verlander May Be A Key For Cubs’ Future « CBS Chicago

Can he be effective for two more seasons? Will he be worth the money and cost in talent?

Sitting at 41-42 entering play Wednesday and with a desire to acquire more than a rental pitcher, the Cubs could view Verlander as a key piece to help reconnect the dots this season and beyond. The 34-year-old Verlander is under contract through the 2019 season, with a vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five of the Cy Young voting in 2019.
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Verlander has had an underwhelming season, as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trade rumors

Heyman | Marlins Sale Moving Towards Finish Line

Sources say they still hope there’s a deal for at least a negotiating window by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The Jorge Mas group has the financing and is a threat to win the team, while the Tagg Romney-Wayne Rothbaum group is at least close and even the Derek Jeter group, which had been well behind, is said to have come up with close to $1 billion in backers and isn’t completely out of the running, according to a source close to the talks.

Mas is the wealthiest of the interested ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, team sales

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