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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Australian Baseball League to go ahead in 2016, without financial support of Major League Baseball

THE Australian Baseball League will go ahead this season but its future remains in limbo after Major League Baseball ended its lucrative backing of the national competition.

MLB had funded 75 per cent of the loss-making league since in 2010 with Baseball Australia holding the other 25 per cent stake.

After a review of its international operations last year MLB decided to terminate its ownership of the ABL and redirect funds to the development of the sport in Australia.

This includes a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: australian baseball, international, wombats

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw moved to 60-day DL

DENVER—Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, sidelined since late June with a herniated disk in his back, was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.

That means the 28-year-old won’t be able to return until Aug. 27, at the earliest.

 

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injury, kershaw

Deadspin: The Battle Over The Rangers’ Ballpark Scam Has Officially Begun

Gee, ya think?

The proposed stadium deal is pure blackmail. When the $1 billion stadium was announced, only $500 million of it was promised to come from the team itself. Why would the city of Arlington shell out half a billion dollars? Why would it spend anything? Because, even without having to say it, the implication — which is probably only a bluff — is that the Rangers will leave Arlington without a new, publicly funded ballpark to replace their perfectly fine one. The PAC formed to ...

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eddieot Posted: August 03, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: new stadiums, rangers

Dylan Bundy takes another step by completing seven scoreless innings - Baltimore Sun

Orioles fans must be pretty happy today.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Doc: MLB trade deadline is baseball at its worst

Dumbest column of the day?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade deadline

Ranking all 30 MLB teams by likability

This guy must be a Royals fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Trevor Story, probably done for regular season, placed on 15-day disabled list – The Denver Post

This stinks…and I don’t even have him on any of my fantasy teams.

But make no mistake: The Rockies, hoping to turn this recent summer surge into a fall to remember, felt subdued at the outset of a critical homestand. The news that star rookie shortstop Trevor Story probably is done for the season after suffering a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb dealt a blow.

“It’s terrible to hear that,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “It hurts my heart for him. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, trevor story

Phillies Nearly Employed An Optimal Lineup Last Night – Phillies Nation

Since they are playing Phillies hitters, this can’t even remotely be true.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies


Alex Rodriguez’s Days as a Yankee May Be Numbered - WSJ

At this point, why not keep him? He doesn’t have to play every day.

Roster expansion is 28 days away. If the team can build any value by playing him, even if they only save a million or two, it’s still better than buying him out now.

All of this has raised speculation that the Yankees could release Rodriguez, who remains under contract in 2017 for another $20 million. At this point, the speculation hasn’t evolved into anything resembling a plan: In an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 3, 1916:

The sudden disappearance of Harold Isroff, aged 12, son of Mrs. Anna Isroff, was solved when the lad was found in the American League baseball park, Cleveland, after relatives [in Youngstown] had become frantic. He is a good ball player and said he wanted to see Tris Speaker play, as he was tired of playing “one ol’ cat.”

Okay, maybe he shouldn’t have done things that way, but it’s tough to get upset at a kid for wanting to watch Tris Speaker. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers Dysfunction: Selling Low On Yasiel Puig Is Malpractice (UPDATE) - Forbes

How can the writer make this claim? He can have his own opinion of what he things about Puig but he has no idea of the opinion of GMs. FYI, a player’s reputation has an impact on his value. This is particularly true when the player is not playing well.

But I am not willing to stipulate that Puig has lost all his trade value. This business of comparing a player with his former self only goes so far, and it’s intellectually lazy. Puig, right now, today, is a considerably better player than Scott ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Midseason ranking of MLB’s Top 10 farm systems | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline updates its Top 10 minor league systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Zion Harvey throws first pitch at Camden Yards | MLB.com

Zion did a great job on the first pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Rovell: Lowlight Of The Night: Joey Votto

Disagree with Rovell. The fan deserved Joey’s scorn.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, joey votto, reds, trolling

Yasiel Puig’s time with Los Angeles Dodgers always seemed destined to end badly - LA Times

Hernandez’s zinger could have been worse. He could have compared Zaidi to LA Times sports columnists. Those guys, phew, they aren’t that bright.

While Zaidi was speaking, Fox Sports posted a story online about how Puig departed Dodger Stadium in a huff after being told he would be traded or demoted.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Zaidi said. “We have an off day today. Anything further, we’ll address and comment on tomorrow.”

Zaidi has a doctorate in behavioral economics from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers, yasiel puig

The ‘uber’ Yankees? Brian Cashman’s LeBron James-like master plan - Yankees Blog- ESPN

MLB should just give them Harper, Fernandez, and Machado right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Dodgers leave Yasiel Puig behind as they head to Colorado | FOX Sports

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal updated his piece and apologized for getting the report wrong later last night.

Puig’s agent, Adam Katz, and Dodgers officials said that my initial report — that Puig stormed off after arriving at Dodger Stadium and being given the news — was inaccurate.

“I’m told he never went to the park,” Katz said. “The club informed me and the player understood clearly that they were making every effort to trade him and that if they were unable to come to terms with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:43 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Red Sox to Promote Andrew Benintendi

The article seems unsure where he’ll play ... Left field?

Brian Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: benintendi, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-2-16

The Day-After-Trade-Deadline OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 224 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-2-2016

Toledo News-Bee, August 2, 1916:

The secret of the Browns’ winning streak in spite of the heat is out. It’s hot hotels. They deserted them and went to the ball park where they slept nights under tents while their opponents spent hot sleepless nights in downtown hotels.

Air conditioning is so ubiquitous in 2016 that I guess I never realized this would have been an issue back then.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, August 01, 2016

Toronto Blue Jays acquire Francisco Liriano and two relievers to bolster pitching staff at trade deadline | National Post

They were busy.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
...
Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.

Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded to ...

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Mets, Pirates swap Antonio Bastardo for Jon Niese - MLB Daily Dish

An exchange of disappointments.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trade deadline, trades

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades

Boston Red Sox activate Craig Kimbrel from DL, send Joe Kelly to Pawtucket

Red Sox get back their closer at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, joe kelly, red sox

Giants acquire Rays pitcher Matt Moore | MLB.com

The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rays, trade deadline, trades

Giants acquire left-handed reliever, but at a huge price - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.

A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.

Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, trade

Injured pitcher Colin Rea returns to Padres | MLB.com

Nevermind.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, padres, trades

Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - Todays Knuckleball

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Pat Light, a right-handed reliever and the 14th-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando abad, pat light, red sox, trade, trade deadline, twins

Oakland Athletics send OF Josh Reddick, LHP Rich Hill to Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects

The A’s sent outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Dodgers in a deal first reported by Fox Sports

Multiple reports have the A’s getting pitching prospects Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton in return.


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