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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well.

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come ...

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Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Monday, April 24, 2017

What It’s Like to Actually Pitch to Tebow

“I think anybody would be lying if they said they didn’t at least acknowledge it a little bit. That’s part of the pre-pitch,” Solter says. “You clear it and, as cliche as it sounds, you attack him like any other batter and see how he reacts to different pitches and adjust accordingly to make some pitches and get an out.”

The fact that Tebow isn’t built like a typical baseball player also plays a role in how teams approach him at the plate. In theory, teams like to pound Tebow with inside ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, tim tebow

Cleveland Indians pitcher Steve Delabar suspended 80 games for positive PEDs test

Indians pitcher Steve Delabar received an 80-game ban from Major League Baseball on Monday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Delabar, 33, tested positive for ostarine, a muscle-building (or maintaining) agent that is consumed orally.

Two others were also suspended. Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro drew 50 games, while former Cubs righty Jeffry Hernandez (currently unsigned) got 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:39 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, general, suspensions

Angels acquire David Hernandez to add to bullpen depth

The Angels, whose bullpen has been beset by injuries and overworked, acquired veteran reliever David Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named on Monday.

Hernandez, who had been in Triple-A with the Braves, is expected to join the Angels’ major league bullpen.

Have right arm, will travel.



The New Generation of Ballparks Is Pushing Us Away

While it’s difficult for probably a number of reasons — building sites, parking, the demands to maximize revenue streams, etc. — to totally recapture the classic ballpark experience, the new model of parks has failed to improve the fan experience in some crucial ways. And thanks to Andrew Clem’s fine web site, I have the cross sections and diagrams of stadiums to prove it.

Travis is 100% right, in my opinion.


Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.

Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.

He did not hesitate with his reply.

“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”

The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rockies

‘Really bro, Pokemon?’ Addison Russell is building baseball’s most unusual autograph collection

Not just any player is worthy of signing a Pokémon card for Addison Russell’s collection. It needs to be a player the Cubs shortstop admires—and one who matches the traits of the Pokémon character on the card being autographed…

“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”

PreservedFish Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, autographs, baseball cards, pokemon

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity - GammonsDaily.com

Gammon on catching.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, defense

2017 UZR Updates! | FanGraphs Baseball

MGL updates UZR.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, uzr

Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in David Robertson, Alex Colome

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.

Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 24, 1917:

Manager Mathewson of the Cincinnati Nationals, announced that he had obtained the services of Jim Thorpe of the New York Nationals. The deal involved a straight sale, but the price was not announced.

1917 was the closest Thorpe came to being a regular in the big leagues, and he wasn’t awful. Thorpe hit .237/.275/.357 (96 OPS+) in 103 games, and legged out 10 triples in 308 at-bats. He put up 0.5 WAR, which isn’t great, but at least suggests that he deserved to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe


OTP 24 April 2017: Talking politics (and baseball) with the mayor

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on politics:

“Who thinks it is acceptable for a kid to come Downtown with a handgun in his pocket?” he asked. “Who thinks it is OK for kids who aren’t even 18 to be walking around with guns? I don’t think you can find anyone who thinks that is acceptable.”

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on baseball:

“Some call it slow, or even boring. But it’s deliberate for a reason. It’s a situational game. Every batter, every pitch, presents a different ...

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BDC Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 188 comment(s)
  Beats: indianapolis, politics

Mariners DFA Leonys Martin

I see he’s been struggling mightily but this still surprises me. While it seems clear he’s not going to deliver on the promise he showed early in his career, he’s still got 10 career WAR, 3 WAA through age 28 and seems to still play a competent CF. Price tag if grabbed on waivers is whatever is left of $4.9 M.

Walt Davis Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, seattle mariners

SportsGrid: Noah Syndergaard Hints That He Gets Killed In His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene

In a coat of blue or a coat of orange…

It makes sense that the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard would be cast as a Lannister general in Game of Thrones — he discussed his appearance in Season 7 recently on Sports Illustrated Now, and confirmed that he’s already filmed his part in Spain.

Syndergaard’s part is little more than a cameo, but he did say that he either “kills someone or is killed.” Seeing that he’s a general, and the killing is usually left to the soldiers, it’s probably the ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

Shelby Miller leaves with forearm tightness | MLB.com

“These are tough things for me to address,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s really unfortunate. Shelby’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Numbers aside, you just hate to have something like his pop up. We’re going to be optimistic.”

Miller says he has never experienced this type of issue before, but a forearm injury sometimes is a precursor to elbow problems and ultimately Tommy John (ligament-replacement) surgery.
“Personally, I feel like I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

What is wrong with Jose Bautista? - Beyond the Box Score

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Klapisch: How did Mets become such a train wreck?

Train wreck?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Farm Report: Lewis Brinson is feasting

An update on some top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Manny Machado at center of another incident | MLB.com

Some clear thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, manny machado, orioles, red sox

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watch Matt Barnes Get Ejected For Throwing At Manny Machado Despite Foul Ball

The Boston Red Sox’s payback on Manny Machado took bizarre form Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman drew the ire of the Red Sox on Friday for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia, which injured the veteran second baseman. Boston didn’t retaliate Saturday, but the issue finally came to a head late in Sunday’s series finale. With one out in the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes appeared to throw at Machado’s head — although the ball ended up hitting Machado’s bat for a ...

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The Baseballist: Three Reasons Why Adding DH Makes Sense For NL | BaseballAmerica.com

What about the strategy? Plus watching a quality major league hitter take his cuts isn’t as entertaining as watching a pitcher swing at a fastball like he’s a blindfolded three-year old trying to hit a pinata!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter


Smokeless Tobacco is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse

Before a recent game at Citi Field, one player stood at his locker, peeked from left to right and then slipped a can of smokeless tobacco into his back pocket. There was a reason for his surreptitiousness. Since last April, a city law has banned such products for use at both the Mets’ home ballpark and at Yankee Stadium.

And yet the player may not have had to act that secretively. Although similar laws against use of smokeless tobacco now extend to 12 major league stadiums outside New York, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2017 at 02:39 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: smokeless tobacco

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Bullpen dominance; Tillman starts; roster crunch - BaltimoreBaseball.com

This year is shaping up to a very interesting race in the AL East this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Early AL Rookie of Year debate shows Yankees’ plan at work | New York Post

What is the Super Two date this year?

Going into the weekend, Haniger actually led the majors in Baseball Reference’s version of Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Judge was 11th in the stat, which tries to encompass hitting, baserunning and defense. Benintendi, the preseason favorite, was hitting .322 with an .838 OPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rookies

Jason Heyward swinging hot bat early for Cubs | MLB.com

“It’s tough when you are worried about other things,” Heyward said of his struggles last April. “I had a wrist injury early, which is not an excuse. This year, coming in, I had put in my work in the offseason. I was able to have a consistency in my routine that allowed me to relax and have the good timing and rhythm that allows me to focus on just myself and the pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward

Sunday Notes: Whitley’s Cattle, Cubs Butler, Gausman’s Analogy, Prideful Yard Goat, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Over the past several months I’ve asked a handful of high-ranking front office members about personnel decisions. More specifically, I’ve asked how they assess the relative value of acquiring a specific style of player, versus simply upgrading at a position. Bobby Evans, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, is among those I’ve queried.

“You can do both simultaneously,” Evans told me. “They go together. You might have a guy who would clearly fit the chemistry of your ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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