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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Twins player confronted play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer about his calls

Losing has a way of grating on you, though, and with the Twins a MLB-worst 11-34 heading into Wednesday’s game against Kansas City, there’s been plenty of losing to go around. That may have been what led to the incident Bremer described to Fargo, North Dakota radio host (on 970 AM WDAY) Mike McFeely last week:

Surprisingly, Bremer said one player has confronted him this season about being too critical of the team. Bremer wouldn’t name the player.

“I make it a practice to go in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 25, 2016 at 05:05 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dick bremer, twins

Clickhole: An Oral History Of The 1998 Major League Baseball Home Run Chase

Wow, what an inspiring story.

Bud Selig: It was a tight race. Every time McGwire hit a home run, Sosa would hit one right back.

Tony La Russa: Sometimes, McGwire would hit a home run, and when he finished rounding the bases, a fist would punch through his stomach, and the crowd would scream in horror as Sammy Sosa clawed his way out of Mark McGwire’s body and revealed that the home run had just been hit by Sosa in a clever disguise. Then, the real Mark McGwire would come out of the dugout ...

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Texas Rangers: Grant: How can Rangers ensure Yu Darvish is still pitching in October? | SportsDay

Bubble wrap and a large protective glass case?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-25-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 25, 1916:

Manager Lee Fohl of the Cleveland Indians does not agree with Clark Griffith that cigarets are bad for professional ball players.

Griffith is deadly opposed to cigarets and his players know it, for any member of the local club caught smoking a cigaret is fined $10.
...
Fohl said: “You’ve got to show me where cigarets ever harmed a ball player. I will admit that perhaps they would be better off without smoking, but I don’t believe it hurts them much…In the first ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tobacco

Dexter Fowler exemplifies why MLB’s free agent system is broken

Fowler has been one of the premier leadoff hitters in baseball, hitting .314 with a .435 on-base percentage, including five homers and 21 RBI. He has the third-highest WAR among NL position players, and the Cubs, not coincidentally, are 29-14.

Yet, he was available 10 days into spring training when the Cubs signed him to a one-year, $13 million contract, because teams were so intent on retaining the first-round draft pick they would have forfeited to sign Fowler, one of 16 players who rejected ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: May 25, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent compensation

Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled | New York Post

There is no greater transgression to the press than a player leaving the clubhouse before talking to waiting reporters. As this article shows, the vilifying begins immediately.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Mariners Leonys Martin hits walk-off home run | MLB.com

Martin isn’t putting up M.V.P. numbers but if he can keep this up, he’s a valuable contributor.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

Wacha routed again and can’t figure it out | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

From reading some of my Twitter follows I conclude his issues must be due to pitching the most innings in a year following Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, michael wacha

New York Mets weigh next step for Matt Harvey as right-hander’s struggles continue

Harvey’s performance was not pretty.

In Tuesday’s rematch, Harvey surrendered a career-high 20 total bases before departing. Of the 90 pitchers to make at least nine starts this season, he is one of four to fail to reach the seventh inning at least once. The others are Michael Pineda, Wily Peralta and Shelby Miller.

The Mets had implored Harvey to fire his fastball more forcefully on Tuesday than in previous starts. And Harvey actually had his best velocity of the season in the early innings, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

New York Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud resumes throwing, headed to Port St. Lu - Mets Blog- ESPN

New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has resumed throwing at home in California and should report to the team’s Florida complex midweek, assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday.

D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He has been working at home with his personal physical therapist/trainer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

OMNICHATTER 5-25-16

Here we are! Born to be kings! We’re the Princes of OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 295 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Science news: Throwing fastballs may be linked to Tommy John surgery in MLB pitchers

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Major League Baseball pitchers who throw a high percentage of fastballs may be at increased risk for Tommy John surgery, according to research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Researchers suggest that throwing fastballs nearly half of the time puts pitchers at risk of injury to their elbow. MLB pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery threw on average 7 percent more fastballs than pitchers who had no surgery.

Researchers found no statistical ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:36 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: science, tommy john surgery

Near the bottom in MLB attendance, the Marlins are now suing ticket holders

This year, even with a team that’s flirting with the .500 mark for the first time in years, Miami is averaging just 20,508 fans per game, which ranks 26th in the league.

The answer to the team’s box-office woes, obviously, is to start suing season ticket holders.

SteveM. Posted: May 24, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cheapskate, miami marlins

Thornography » Bill Lee is reportedly running for governor of Vermont

I can’t wait until he’s President.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, expos, red sox


Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

Log onto any mainstream website or media outlet (certainly any program within the ESPN empire) and 30 seconds cannot pass without extreme statistical analysis, which didn’t exist 20 years ago, hijacking the conversation. But not in “BlackWorld,” where never is heard an advanced analytical word. Not in urban barbershops. Not in text chains during three-hour games. Not around office water coolers. Not even in pressrooms or locker rooms where black folks who make a living in the industry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, analytics, michael wilbon

DSPN: Unspinning The Mythical Gyroball, The Demon Miracle Pitch That Wasn’t

The shuuto isn’t new or unique. Its first introduction to Americans was as “the great equalizer,” the pitch that constantly bedeviled Tom Selleck in Mr. Baseball. Only the name is exotic. In MLB, the shuuto has been thrown for decades, but under a different identity. You know it as a two-seam fastball, or a circle change, or a screwball. It’s any pitch that breaks to a pitcher’s arm side. The shuuto in Japan generally falls somewhere between a change-up and a fastball in velocity, but it’s ...

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The Adventures of a Gaijin Fan: Three Games in Japan

QVC Marine Field is one of the most unique venues in NPB. Fans in the upper deck can see the ocean behind the right field wall. The sea can play havoc with the winds, but were calm on this day. It’s an outdoor stadium, but the turf is artificial, which allows doorless Audi convertibles to cart in relief pitchers without breaking the field. The most unique in-play feature is the vast stretch of foul territory; during a game in mid-May a runner advanced to second on a sacrifice fly to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japan baseball

Tony Gwynn’s Family’s Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco

The family of Gwynn, who played for the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001, filed the lawsuit against Altria Group Inc., the company formerly known as Philip Morris. They allege the company induced Gwynn to start dipping when he began college at San Diego State University in 1977 with free samples of their product, knowing its health risks. As The New York Times reports:

For 31 years—1977 to 2008—Gwynn used one and a half to two cans of smokeless tobacco (usually Skoal) per day. It was the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: litigation, tobacco, tony gwynn

Full Count » Red Sox reliever Carson Smith will have Tommy John surgery Tuesday

This trade isn’t working out as planned.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: carson smith, injuries, red sox

Atlanta Braves prospect Dansby Swanson stays focused in Double-A debut with Mississippi | MiLB.com

Here’s another guy who looks like he’s going to be pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Braves trade minor leaguers for draft pick (and Matusz)

The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.

They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.

The Braves immediately designated for assignment ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian matusz, draft picks, orioles, trade

What’s behind Jeff Samardzija’s turnaround in 2016? | FOX Sports

He’s pitching better.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, notes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-24-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 24, 1916:

Mike Mowrey was put out of yesterday’s game after he had been called out at second on a close play. He laid on the ground and gave an imitation of swimming. Umpire Byron promptly ordered him from the field.

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpshow

Marlins Sue Season Ticketholders, Vendors Bankrupted by Small Crowds

Then last year the Marlins sued Axelband, alleging he had illegally backed out of a two-year season ticket deal. He might have reacted angrily, but that’s just not the kind of guy he is. “I wasn’t shocked, just disappointed,” he says. “After all these years, I wondered, why now?”

Axelband isn’t alone. In fact, the Marlins have sued at least nine season ticketholders and luxury suite owners since 2013. That virtually never happens in sports, experts say. Two stadium vendors are also locked in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, lawsuit, marlins, season ticket holders

NYP: Bartolo Colon told Nationals: ‘Throw it down the middle, [I’m] not swinging’

I paid good $ to see BartoLOLo swing the bat at Nats Park and instead this happened:

Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times.

“I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: 1986, bartolo colon, mets, nationals


OMNICHATTER 5-24-16

I’m gonna make a SUPERSONIC OMNICHATTER OUT OF YOU!

Gamingboy Posted: May 24, 2016 at 12:31 AM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 23, 2016

Borges: Red Sox Nation miserable while club keeps winning | Boston Herald

Ron Borges needs to talk to smarter fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox douche

OMNICHATTER 5-23-16

In which a Monday OMNICHATTER takes place

Gamingboy Posted: May 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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