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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Technology Threatens Scouts, Could Also Set Them Free | FanGraphs Baseball

As I’ve said for about twenty years, scouts and sabermetrics is complimentary. As Sawchik writes, Statcast (and the like) can make scouts even more valuable, not less.

“When we got the pitch-tracking data… it didn’t eliminate scouts. It freed scouts form having to chart pitches and grind through the data to find trends,” Huntington said. “Now much more is automated. But a scout that sees the pitcher’s tells, a scout that recognizes patterns — patterns that a computer won’t even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-19-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 19, 1917:

Ping Bodie, of the Athletics, is an enthusiastic collector of baseball articles which have helped make history for the national game.

When the Athletics played in Detroit recently the Tigers made a triple play. When First Baseman Burns tossed the ball on the diamond after the three-ply killing Umpire Nallin obtained it.

“This should make quite a souvenir for you, Ping,” said Nallin, as he handed the ball to the big Italian.

“You betcha,” said Ping.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brad Ausmus’ tirade about ‘negativity’ a bad response to reasonable question | MLive.com

Ausmus should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

A’s preferred stadium site criticized for causing gentrification, killing waterfowl | Field of Schemes

Won’t somebody think about the ducks?????

The [Golden Gate Audubon Society], which has more than 7,000 members in Oakland and nearby cities, said the proposed ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood would be disastrous for nearly 200 species of ducks, herons, songbirds, nesting cormorants and fish that make their homes in Lake Merritt, the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge.

“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” said Cindy Margulis, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

LEADOFF: Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost top

You have to love stadium deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Dodgers’ Corey Seager out of lineup Monday | MLB.com

“I think there’s a little bit of preservation, understanding where his arm is at,” said Roberts. “I don’t think it’s 100 percent. I think he’s doing a little guarding and protecting. He knows when to let it go and when not to. But I think it’s clear that he’s doing some protecting. He’s not showing the arm strength he has had because he’s trying to manage it.”

Roberts said Seager wants to play through the pain rather than sit. Although the club has not discussed specifics of what Seager is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Allowed a Grand Slam | FanGraphs Baseball

Thanks to the magic go MLB.TV I had four games going last night. This result was a little shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Red Sox outlast Orioles in 11 innings, 10-8

I stood up late to watch this one. Good win!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Matt Harvey Out Of Answers For Rough Season

It was not fun to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball

For at least one generation of Americans, “Friends” endures as a cultural touchstone, a glowing chunk of 1990s amber. But its runaway popularity stretched far beyond the United States, and for some Latino baseball players it is something more: a language guide, a Rosetta Stone disguised as six 20-somethings commingling in a Manhattan apartment.

NattyBoh Posted: September 18, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 485 comment(s)
  Beats: english, latino players, minors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2017

El Paso Herald, September 18, 1917:

Ball games in the American league will be speeded up hereafter according to president Johnson, who has instructed his umpires not to tolerate any unnecessary delays.

The order today is the outgrowth of a complaint made by president Comiskey, of the Chicago Americans, who said that protests of some managers and players about the condition of the ball in recent games has made it necessary to play two hours or more.

Baseball in the 21st century: “Hold my beer ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice

Women in sports broadcasting are used to men criticizing their voices. In my three years in sports radio, I’ve had more men complain about my voice than everything else about me combined — and trust me, there are a lot of other things they don’t like about me.

“It has nothing to do with you being a woman,” they tell me, “I just can’t stand the sound of your voice.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 18, 2017 at 08:08 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, general

OTP 18 September 2017: Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry Criticizes Jemele Hill, Praises POTUS: Trump is ‘A Great Man’

“I think no one should call anyone anything. President Trump, he’s a great man to me. He was always gracious to me. I really love him, his family, I was on his show and he’s always been kind to me… I’ve known him quite well and every time I’ve seen him and been around him he’s always been so gracious with me and I’m always grateful for that.”

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 18, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1552 comment(s)
  Beats: daryl strawberry, politics

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits 490-foot home run | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, video

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Baseball’s Hunter Greene, all that and more

A feature on Hunter Greene.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2017 at 09:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, reds


Sunday Notes: Oakland’s Chris Smith Rides a Rollercoaster | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2017 at 03:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

To this day, the company insists, “we don’t know exactly why it works—it just does!”

NattyBoh Posted: September 16, 2017 at 08:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: physics, pitching, wiffle ball

John Lackey melts down, blames ump; Cubs crush Cards 8-2 anyway – Chicago Sun-Times

He seems to have some anger issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, john lackey

Why hasn’t MLB fixed its September roster expansion rules?

Allow teams to activate as many players as they want but limit them to 25 dressed players per game. Fixed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb rules

Silverman: Red Sox get off easy but face scrutiny for stealing signs | Boston Herald

How much was the fine?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox


Trevor Bauer admitted this wasn’t the first time he ended a 22-game winning streak | MLB.com

With this additional info, it’s clear Terry Francona should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Have the Cardinals Found the New J.D. Martinez? | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jose martinez

Royals stop Indians’ winning streak at 22 | MLB.com

You can let your kids outside again. The streak is over.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

How Whit Merrifield became an instant standout for KC Royals | The Kansas City Star

Nice feature on Whit Merrifield.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, whit merrifield

Friday, September 15, 2017

SEE IT: Mets wore male rompers on flight home

What do male rompers and this Mets season have in common? Neither one should be a thing.

Possible comments:

A) Um.

B) Didn’t realize they hired George Costanza as their new traveling secretary.

C) WTF?

 

eddieot Posted: September 15, 2017 at 04:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wtf


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