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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Heyman - D-backs Kendrick Unhappy - Decisions Delayed On Execs

Arizona Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick is said to be “upset” and “embarrassed” about the team’s performance this season, at a time when the club’s very famous and accomplished top baseball operations executives, who include Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa and former pitching great Dave Stewart, have contract decisions coming due.

While Kendrick’s alleged current mood isn’t necessarily determinative, and the official word is that no decisions have been made yet, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Rockies Look For Boost From Hoffman - BaseballAmerica.com

The Rockies already got a boost offensively from calling up top prospect David Dahl last month. Now, they will try and get the same type of boost to their pitching staff with Jeff Hoffman.

The Rockies will call Hoffman up to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Cubs, according to multiple reports. Hoffman, the Rockies’ No. 3 prospect at midseason and a Futures Game participant, was 6-9, 4.02 with 124 strikeouts and 44 walks in 118 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff hoffman, prospects, rockies

Did Chicago White Sox steal Cleveland Indians’ signs? It happens in baseball | cleveland.com

A sign of the times.

Manager Terry Francona, when told of the speculation, said, “If it’s on the Internet, you know if has to be true. I think a lot of that goes on – more than people realize. Just because it gets written about doesn’t mean you react all of a sudden.

“We watch for that stuff all the time. Teams watch us. We watch them. It’s common. Some teams are better at it than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, white sox

Secrecy clouds view of downtown baseball stadium - San Antonio Express-News

Finally, Plummer writes, “The study is an evaluation and it points out the strengths and weaknesses of various locations. Forcing Centro to disclose weaknesses identified in the Requested Information clearly puts Centro at a substantial competitive disadvantage.”

But shouldn’t the public know about potential “weaknesses” before writing a big check?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium deals

Scout who sued Yankees for age discrimination settles case - NY Daily News

“We reached a tentative agreement that has amicably resolved the matter,” Miske’s attorney, Vincent Miranda, told the Daily News. He declined to say when the case had settled, but it appeared to have been very recent — no papers had yet been filed in the case indicating a deal.

Miske, whose most recent stint with the team began in 2009, says he was told by his boss, then-assistant general manager Billy Eppler, that “50 years in scouting is enough.”

“The Yankees often treated Mr. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts, yankees

Carlos Beltran says Texas is ‘more about baseball’ than New York - CBSSports.com

Beltran has taken a liking to his new haunt in other ways, too—like preferring the vibes in Texas to those in New York. Here’s what he told KESN-FM about the difference between his most-recent employers, per the Dallas Morning News:

But at the end of the day, [in] New York there’s a lot of distractions, a lot of things going on more than baseball. Here it’s more about baseball.

That’s not a surprising answer. Beltran has every reason to prefer playing in Texas—in part because, you know, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, rangers, yankees

OMNICHATTER 8-20-16

The International Incident OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 20, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, August 19, 2016

MLB clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman in PED probe

Turns out the shipments were just going to Peyton Manning’s wife!

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were cleared of wrongdoing in Major League Baseball’s investigation into their possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, prompted by an Al Jazeera report.

MLB announced Friday that the investigation was complete and it “did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: al jazeera, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman

“Spaceman” Bill Lee Talks Weed, Running for Governor, and Josh Duhamel - Men’s Journal

“You’re supposed to sit on your ass and nod at stupid things,” the late Warren Zevon sang on his tribute to the former big league pitcher Bill Lee. But the free-spirit player, known to most as “Spaceman,” wasn’t about to do that — and it eventually cost him his career after a one-game walkout.
...
So you sat through the film?

Yeah, uncomfortably, in Montreal. It was funny, cute. I loved the ending, which has me pitching in San Rafael, kissing the ground. It doesn’t make me look ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:11 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, interview, red sox

After steady rebuild, Astros on verge of taking a step back

They are six games behind the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox in the wild card race entering Wednesday night.

But, oh, how everything could have been different if Cole Hamels didn’t exercise his no-trade rights when the Philadelphia Phillies were traded to the Astros a year ago, and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy wouldn’t have vetoed a deal two weeks ago to the Cleveland Indians.

“It changed,’’ Luhnow said, “everything.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:26 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow

A Q&A with the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough on the insecurity of writing, what the Royals did for his career, and Twitter schtick

Interesting candid thoughts from the Dodgers (and former Royals, Mets, and Yankees) beat writer.

This past spring, I stopped by the Royals clubhouse. “We got you promoted!” Eric Hosmer said. In that moment, your insecurity creeps in, and you want to say “Fuck you, I did this on my own!” But that’s not totally true. So I wear it. I’m sure I’ll be connected with Kansas City for a while, and I’ll stomach the occasional dweeb on the Internet telling me I owe my career to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andy mccullough, dodgers, journalism, mets, royals, writing, yankees

Liftetime Bans for PEDs? Some Researchers Say Yes

As of 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency began recommending that athletes caught intentionally using performance-enhancing drugs could be banned up to four years, doubling the previous ban. Despite that increased severity, some medical researchers say it’s still not sufficient.

“If you’re caught taking anabolic steroids, I think it should be a lifetime ban,” Stuart Phillips, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Canada, told the Globe and Mail.

The reasoning by Phillips, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 12:55 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, steroids

Why Do The Red Sox Stick With John Farrell?

Bloodlust rages with each bullpen meltdown, a one-sided social media referendum calling for Farrell to lose his job. On the heels of a six-game winning streak, a single defeat – granted, a brutal one – is sufficient to unleash nitroglycerin. Yet despite the trending prominence of #firefarrell calls in the wake of defeats, the Red Sox haven’t dropped the guillotine and they almost surely aren’t going to do so this season.

How well does the manager work with the GM/president of ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2016

Ogden Standard, August 19, 1916:

Philadelphia Doubles Its Attendance Since Raw College Boys Have Taken the Place of Famous $100,000 Infield.

“Stuffy” McInnis, Eddie Collins, Jack Barry and Frank Baker are names to conjure with. Names to inspire the beardless youth to falsetto cheering and the hodcarrier and banker to lusty applause…While the combination could go out any old day and win a ball game, it began to do it with too much regularity. To make a short story shorter, the state of affairs ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, dugout, history

Derek Jeter’s media company is pitching a movie | New York Post

No, it’s not a remake of The Pickup Artist.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, movies

Gary Sanchez turned around work ethic, defense to start for Yanks - NY Daily News

Plus, Sanchez had maturity and discipline issues in the minors. He was suspended at Double-A Trenton in 2014 and banished back to extended spring training from Class A ball in 2011. As Cashman puts it, “We try to jump on it to get all that stuff out of the way at the lower levels.”

He struggled some years in the minors, not living up to high expectations. And when the Yankees were practically handing him the backup catcher’s job in spring training this year, he pressed and did not play well, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

MLB Now breaks down Zach Britton | MLB.com

I’m not sold.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Steven Matz of New York Mets to miss start with issue in shoulder

“I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder,” Matz said. “It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.”

Matz said he is not concerned about the issue lingering.

“Not so ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

The So-Far Disastrous Crop of 2016 Free Agents

Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous ...

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Inside Baseball From Jon Heyman - 10 Manager Status Updates

Notes galore.

5. Mike Scioscia (50-70), Angels. Outside L.A. (or technically Anaheim), a lot of stat-inclined executives around the game don’t get why Scioscia is still there, don’t understand it one bit. And it has nothing to do with the record this year. It’s about the belief that Scioscia has not adapted, that he’s supremely old school in a new-school game. Scioscia could not get along with ex-Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, driving Dipoto out and to the in-division rival Mariners. But new GM ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Heyman - Alex Rodriguez Long Shot For 2017

When Alex Rodriguez’s publicist announced that A-Rod would not be coming back to play in 2016, the speculation already started up about 2017.

But that is probably a long shot, too.

A-Rod told some friends the weekend of his sendoff, “I’m done.” And perhaps we should take him at his word (though he hasn’t tipped his hand publicly).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Blue Jays Fire Scouting Director, National Crosschecker - BaseballAmerica.com

The Blue Jays fired scouting director Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis, two sources with the organization confirmed Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

New York Mets have ‘no present plans to make any changes’ with manager Terry Collins, GM Sandy Alderson says

His days are numbered.

“Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” Alderson said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Rob Manfred talks rules, game’s young stars | MLB.com

Prior to the 2015 season, a rule requiring players to keep one foot in the batter’s box was implemented, and clocks timing breaks for innings and pitching changes were posted in each stadium. In the process, the average time of game dropped from three hours, two minutes in 2014 (an all-time high), to two hours, 56 minutes. This year, the average time of game is up a little to three hours.

“When you look at our experience with the effort we undertook last year, and you look kind of month by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Orioles homer six times against Astros | MLB.com

The Orioles used six home runs—including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis—on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East.

Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

OMNICHATTER 8-19-16

The “Don’t Drop The Baton” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 19, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The 10 most deserving players who are not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

It’s easy to forget that the 1960s and early 1970s were an abysmal time to put up hitting numbers. There’s a reason the AL introduced the designated hitter in 1973 — scoring was at a near all-time low. if we take Allen’s career records and put them into the context of the 1980s and at Comiskey Park, for example, he ends up with more than 400 home runs, a .324 batting average, .414 OBP, and .592 SLG. His context-altered line would show ten 100-RBI seasons, three 200-hit seasons, and nine ...

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Manny Machado Might be the Best Young Third Baseman in History

You already know Manny Machado, all-star third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is very good. But here’s the thing: He’s better than very good. Machado might be the best-ever third baseman at this stage in a career.

gehrig97 Posted: August 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, manny machado, mike schmidt, third basemen

Keith Law: Time to end the Diamondbacks’ reign of error (INSIDER)

No mistake has loomed larger than the constant stream of errors around Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez. The brand-new front office reached to sign him for $8 million after the 2013 season, even though it appeared that he was priced by other teams at about one-tenth that number. The Diamondbacks didn’t understand the international bonus pool rules, and thus were unaware they would have to pay an $8 million penalty on top of Lopez’s bonus AND would be prohibited from signing any July 2 free ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Billy Bob of the Baseball Movies

But Thornton was more than a fan. At Malvern (about 20 miles from Hot Springs) High School, he had some success as a pitcher. He was good enough to get invited to a Kansas City Royals tryout camp in 1973. And it was there that fate intervened.

On his first day at camp, he was hit by an errant throw during an infield drill. An anonymous but strong-armed third baseman broke his collarbone. Thornton was not participating in the drill but was just a bystander. And so his professional career ended ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball movies, billy bob thornton, hollywood, royals

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