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Sunday, August 07, 2016

MLB Should Pause For The 2020 Olympics

No, no, no, no, and, no.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: olympics

Sonny Gray leaves with injury, A’s lose to Cubs - San Francisco Chronicle

The team announced that Gray has right extensor muscle soreness, which could refer to one of several arm muscles. Gray said the discomfort is at the top of his forearm. “Hopefully it will feel OK the rest of today and coming in tomorrow,” he said. “That will be the big test.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, sonny gray

A modest proposal: Give Joe Maddon the weekend off - Chicago Tribune

That’s why I’m making a modest proposal to the Cubs to keep manager Joe Maddon relaxed and fresh for October: Give him a “Camp Ojibwa weekend” and tell him to come back Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Sunday Notes: Santana’s Feat, Avisail’s Hands, Gordon, Gyorko, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Swiping a Screen Rather Than Flip a Page in Baseball - NYTimes.com

The St. Louis Cardinals are one club that has not quite fully adopted the iPads. Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman said much of the team’s bullpen information was relayed orally. And if he has a question, he will refer back to the bullpen coach, Blaise Ilsley.

“So he’s sort of our iPad in that sense,” Bowman said.

Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said he would check an iPad in the dugout occasionally, sometimes when a new pitcher entered the game. But perhaps memory, at least ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Astros won’t rush Yulieski Gurriel to Majors | astros.com

“We don’t bring guys up unless our coaches and scouts and evaluators tell us their approach is good enough to work at this level, and I think obviously some adjustments have to be made,” Luhnow said. “There’s been a little bit of bad luck, a little bit of anxiousness. Those players are going to be very good Major Leaguers and it’s going to start happening soon. I have no doubt about it. Hopefully it’s this weekend.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

Pirates GM Huntington details thinking behind trade deadline deals | TribLIVE

The Pirates were delayed in announcing the Liriano trade as they struggled to reach a player involved in the trade.

“Because of the delay with the Liriano announcement, we weren’t able to articulate ‘the why’ early in the process,” Huntington said. “Many people jumped to incorrect conclusions. Our primary motivation was to acquire Drew Hutchison. ... Instead, it came out that we moved two prospects to move Liriano’s contract. Now I can’t tell you that wasn’t a part of the motivation, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, drew hutchison, francisco liriano, pirates

Jordan Zimmermann placed on DL with lat injury | tigers.com

More bad news for the Tigers.

The Tigers’ hopes to avoid returning Jordan Zimmermann to the disabled list proved short-lived. Detroit placed the veteran right-hander back on the 15-day DL after Saturday night’s 6-5 win over the Mets and will recall left-hander Daniel Norris from Triple-A Toledo on Monday to take his place in the rotation.

Zimmermann returned from the DL on Thursday after missing a month with a right neck strain. However, he lasted just 1 2/3 innings, hampered by tightness in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jordan zimmermann, tigers

MLB: Lincecum designated for assignment by Angels - Mercury News

Angels: Tim Lincecum was designated for assignment on Saturday, bringing into question the professional future for the former Giants two-time Cy Young Award winner. The Angels made the move a day after Lincecum allowed six runs in the first inning of a 6-4 loss to Seattle. Lincecum is 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from left hip surgery last September. Lincecum signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Angels in May. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels are hopeful ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Nick Castellanos breaks bone in left hand | tigers.com

This stinks for the Tigers.

Castellanos has enjoyed a breakout this year in his third season as a Tiger, batting .286 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs while settling into the middle of the lineup. His midseason production especially helped the Tigers weather cold stretches in other parts of their batting order.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nick castellanos, tigers

Giancarlo Stanton sets Statcast homer record | MLB.com

This is a home run. (Sorry, can’t embed.)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, statcast

Yanks, Alex Rodriguez to hold news conference | yankees.com

The Yankees announced on Saturday night that they will hold a news conference with designated hitter Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium prior to today’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Indians.

The news conference, which will begin at 11 a.m. and stream live on MLB.com, will also include general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. The club has not confirmed whether the news conference will address Rodriguez’s role on the team for the remainder of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 8-7-16

We interrupt the Olympics-related OMNICHATTER quotes/jokes to bring you the Press Conference/Funeral of Alex Rodriguez. Oh, and the games. Obviously.

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made a fast impression on a young Josh Reddick

It was the first time that Reddick, who became a Dodger on Monday in a deadline-day trade with the Oakland A’s, had met Ortiz in person.

“Immediately I knew I loved the guy because he put all the hitters into a room and he talked for a solid hour about hitting and how to approach things,” Reddick recalled. “That right there was a great first impression when I got there. (In the majors) he was the same guy. He came up to me and talked to me about what the starter had that night. Told me ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, dodgers, josh reddick, red sox

Yasiel Puig, expected to make triple-A debut Sunday, still hasn’t reported to Oklahoma City - LA Times

The Dodgers want Puig to get into a work routine before games, a team official said. That could be complicated by the working conditions here. Oklahoma City is in a stretch of playing 53 games in 54 days, and the summer heat often compels the team to cancel batting practice on the field.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:38 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Reusse: Mishandling of Sano more of his making than the Twins’ - StarTribune.com

Miguel’s main problem is not that he’s been mishandled by the Twins. Miguel’s main problem continues to be mishandling himself, by not preparing for today’s game – today’s one of 162—at anything close to the maximum of his abilities.

And those abilities remain immense, if he ever chooses to exploit them to the fullest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Turner continues to dazzle at plate and in center field - Byron Kerr

As written in the article, the kid can play.

“Much better, even than the beginning of this year, and right before the All-Star break I felt a little weird,” Turner said. “Last year, I never really felt right the whole time. I’m starting to feel more normal these last three or four days. I feel like I’ve made the adjustments I’ve wanted to and I’ve kind of gotten back to where I feel comfortable.

“But every day is a battle, and that last at-bat I didn’t do what I was supposed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Sabermetric Research: Why log5 is biased against favorites

Phil Birnbaum goes under the hood with Log5.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Indians prospect Francisco Mejia’s hit streak | MLB.com

Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia got the drama out of the way early on Friday, stretching his historic hitting streak to 47 consecutive games with a double in his first at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s 13-6 loss to Salem. The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.
...
Mejia’s streak is now the seventh-longest in Minor League history, passing Johnny Bates, who hit in 46 straight for Nashville in 1925. It’s the longest streak in the Minors since Roman Mejias ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospect

OT: Olympic Games 2016 Chatter

Insert high-minded quotation from Pierre de Coubertin here.

Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, lesser sports, olympics

OMNICHATTER 8-6-16

Citius. Altius. OMNICHATTERius.

Gamingboy Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

MLB investigating Padres for medical disclosures at trade deadline

Major League Baseball is reviewing the Padres’ process of disclosing medical information to other teams before last week’s trade deadline, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. The league is looking into San Diego’s deal with Miami involving Colin Rea, as well as the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza.

Rea was originally traded from the Padres to the Marlins as part of a 7-player deal on July 29, but lasted only 3.1 innings in his first start with Miami ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: colin rea, drew pomeranz, injuries, investigations, marlins, padres, red sox

A’s strength/conditioning coach reportedly spied on players in weight room

In a bizarre turn of events, an Oakland A’s employee is being investigated for spying on players with a hidden camera, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. The employee, strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques, installed the camera in the weight room so that he could monitor players’ workouts and rehab while the team was on the road. Per Brown:

“This was the misguided action of one employee,” said Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “We ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, oakland coliseum

Padres executive isn’t backing down from criticism of Matt Kemp

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler isn’t backing down.

Fowler, speaking to fans at a “town hall” meeting Wednesday, referred to Matt Kemp’s open letter to Braves fans as a “bunch of B.S.”

The executive, in an email exchange, essentially repeated his comments to me on Friday.


Kemp, traded by the Padres to the Braves last Sunday, subsequently admitted in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he had developed a reputation as “selfish, lazy and a bad teammate.”

That ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, padres

Friday, August 05, 2016

Mark Teixera to retire

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.

reech Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Now is the time for the Phillies to bring back Jimmy Rollins

Phillies should sign him this month and let him retire as a Phillie.  And not only retire as a Phillie by signing him to the usual one-day contract and letting him wave good-bye to the fans at the start of a game.  No, for Rollins and the Phillies this year, with the season in the dumps, I see no reason why the team shouldn’t sign Rollins to a one-day contract AND let him play his last game in red pinstripes. Do this in late August, before the team brings up J.P. Crawford to play shortstop in ...

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eddieot Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

OMNICHATTER 8-5-16

In the name of all the primates I promise that we shall take part in these OMNICHATTERs…

Gamingboy Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

ESPN: Not A Folktale; Nationals Trea Turner Really Is That Fast

The Pro Rata Rookie of the Year:

In the opener of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit his first big-league triple, in the process recording a top running speed of 22.7 miles an hour that, according to MLB Statcast, was the fastest by any big-leaguer on a triple this season (and yes, that includes Billy Hamilton). The following night, Turner tripled again, this time on a line drive to left field—as in, the field that’s closest to third base. As if that weren’t impressive ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, speed, steals home, trea turner, washington nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, August 5, 1916:

Captain Johnny Evers of the Boston National league baseball club last night issued a formal statement expressing his “sincerest regret” over the incident yesterday afternoon, when he had an altercation with Third Baseman Smith of the home club and was ordered off the field by Umpire Byron.

“I am perfectly willing to admit I lost my head,” the statement says.

“It will be a day or two before I am able to get back into the game because of my back and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, johnny evers

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Inside the Cleveland Indians’ trade deadline maneuverings | SI.com

For once, the Indians had not only the prospect heft to make a deadline splash but also the desire to deviate from their strict process. Their ideas weren’t limited to catchers and relievers, and as the deadline approached, they engaged in at least some level of negotiations with nearly every club that might have been thinking about selling. They got awfully close with some. But Shapiro used to remind his executives that no talk is cheaper than trade talk. “You’ve either made a trade, or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trade deadline

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