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Thursday, June 15, 2017

SABR 47 - NYC

The lineup for SABR 47 - which is just two weeks away has continued to be added to.  If you haven’t signed up, please consider it - even for the day.  Across the street from Grand Central makes this hotel perfect for anyone to spend a day.  The ballpark event on Friday is a phenomenal time. This year’s speakers is jammed pack with favorites: Jim Bouton and Keith Olbermann are a couple of exciting names.  El Duque is scheduled to speak as well.

Every evening will be terrific - come out and join ...

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Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 15, 2017 at 03:43 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Luke Heimlich Will Not Pitch In College World Series

Oregon State lefthander Luke Heimlich, who was not drafted following a report that as a teenager he pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a 6-year-old female family member, will not pitch in the College World Series.

Covfefe Posted: June 15, 2017 at 02:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: college world series, draft

Brad Ausmus on Analytics, Closer Mentality, and Pitch-Framing

Ausmus on analytics (intro): “Analytics are ubiquitous. I think the dangerous mistake people make — some member of the media make — is believing that they can’t be flawed, because they’re based on numbers. That’s absolutely false. Numbers do not always tell us the whole story. And there are certain things in baseball, because it’s played by humans, that numbers will never be able to put a value on.”

On leverage and closer mentality: “A lot of people in the analytics world ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, bullpen usage, tigers

New owner enters Marlins sale picture

While people involved with sale talks involving the Marlins continue to suggest that one of the two leading groups – the Derek Jeter group and the Tagg Romney-Tom Glavine group – are “most likely” to win the team through negotiation, sources suggest that at least one other viable prospect owner has entered the picture.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred this week suggested there could be a sale in place by the end of next month (and Marlins current higherups share that optimism, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 01:02 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, sale

Baseball Hall of Fame reaffirms Pete Rose ban

National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson told Outside the Lines on Thursday that in December, the Hall’s board of directors decided to uphold its rule that has effectively prevented consideration of Pete Rose, the career leader in hits, for induction.

According to a statement from the Hall regarding its board’s decision, “After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ban, hall of fame, pete rose


Hall of Fame denies Pete Rose’s request to stand for election

When Rob Manfred succeeded Selig as MLB commissioner, Rose got to make his case. Rose also got his answer: No.

Your lifetime ban for betting on baseball still holds, Manfred ruled. You still cannot work in baseball, he said, but the Hall of Fame can deal with you however it wants.

So Rose got to make his case to the Hall: put me on the ballot, and I’ll live with the results.

In December — in a decision not made public before now — Rose got his answer: No.

No reinstatement. No chance ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 15, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-15-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 15, 1917:

“The amount of money that is wagered on baseball,” says Arnold Rothstein, “is grossly exaggerated. I find that there is little real betting on the daily games.”
...
“Baseball is not a good betting proposition, which may be just as well for the game.”

Rothstein went on to remark, “Please disperse. There is nothing to see here.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, dugout, gambling, history

MLB Draft Day 3 | MLB.com

It’s always interesting to see which teams strike it big later in the draft by managing their bonus pool well.

Highly-rated prospects, particularly high school players, frequently drop due to signability concerns. Teams tend to take more chances on players during Day 3 of the Draft, because there is no penalty for failing to sign a player after Round 10. If a team doesn’t sign a player it selects in the first 10 rounds, it loses the bonus pool allotment for that round.

The question for most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

All-Undrafted Team includes many star players | MLB.com

Third base: Toby Harrah was passed over in the 1966 Draft because scouts assumed he was going to go to college. Phillies scout Tony Lucadello, however, found out Harrah was working in a factory and signed him for $500. Harrah wound up playing 17 years in the big leagues—2,155 games, ranking 165th on the all-time list. A five-time All-Star who also saw regular duty at shortstop and second base, Harrah hit .264 with 195 home runs and 918 RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Report: A’s to promote Chapman on Thursday | Pacific Coast League News

While Chapman’s plus power is impressive, scouts rave about his defense at the hot corner, and he has a 75-grade throwing arm with a plus-plus glove. His plus range and smooth hands make him a potential Gold Glover at the position and a necessary improvement for the A’s, who rank last in the Majors with 62 errors and a .974 fielding percentage.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt chapman, prospects

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to get shoulder examined; Yasiel Puig appeals MLB punishment for gesture - LA Times

This is not good.

A fitful season for Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias took a concerning turn this week, and now the left-hander is headed back to Los Angeles so team doctor Neal ElAttrache can examine his sore left shoulder.

The triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers placed Urias on the disabled list Wednesday. Urias mentioned to the medical staff that “he wasn’t feeling right” a few days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The team shut him down from throwing. When his condition did not approve, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, julio urias

EL notes: Indians’ Mejia has glove to match | MiLB.com News

How soon before the best catching prospect in baseball gets promoted, at least to AAA?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians

Mets’ Matt Harvey concerned about arm fatigue | MLB.com

He looked awful.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Can a brain ‘zapping’ device improve San Francisco Giants’ performance?

Electrodes hidden inside a $750 headset are placed above the area of the brain responsible for controlling movements — the motor cortex. The brain region sends electrical signals from neurons to targeted groups of muscle fibers, causing them to contract.

DanG Posted: June 14, 2017 at 11:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: performance, san francisco giants, training

KEVIN COONEY: Matt Klentak has to walk fine line between honesty and complete truth | Phillies Talk | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Every time I read “carrying 13 pitchers” I want to scream, “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

“We have alternatives if we need to go get somebody at Triple-A,” Klentak said. “That too may come at some point. But right now, with how the roster’s going, with us carrying 13 pitchers and with Daniel Nava playing well, this is a perfectly fine setup for right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 10:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

BOX SCORE ART

IT IS ART.  ABOUT BOX SCORES.  MAINLY LINES AND THINGS?

TOLAXOR Posted: June 14, 2017 at 10:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: art

Memo: MLB players can use nicknames on back of jersey, wear bright-colored shoes during ‘Players Wee

He hate me!

Major League Baseball will relax its uniform rules for a weekend later this season, allowing players to put nicknames on the back of their jerseys, wear fluorescent-colored shoes and personalize a patch paying tribute to someone instrumental in their development, according to a memo obtained by Yahoo Sports.

The event, called Players Weekend, is planned for Aug. 25-27 and was negotiated between the league and MLB Players Association. Players long have sought to express their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2017 at 05:56 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: player's weekend, uniforms

The Juiced Ball Is Back – The Ringer

STOP THE PRESSES!!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 02:15 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball

Don Newcombe’s lost interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down

Campanella and I signed to play for the Danville Dodgers in the Three-I (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa) League. When the president of the league heard about that, he called Branch Rickey and said ‘I’ll close the league down. They’ll never play here.’ There was only one club left in the Dodger farm system where we could go, and that was in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the New England League. Buzzie Bavasi was the general manager and Walter Alston was the field manager.

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-14-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 14, 1917:

Fort Smith, Ark., June 14.—Umpire Shaffer [escaped] from a mob of fans who took objections to his decisions in the game between Fort Smith and Muskogee by jumping into an auto and speeding to his hotel. The ball players ushered Shaffer from the diamond to the street.

The bad news is that the fans tried to attack the umpire. The good news is that the fans seem really emotionally invested in their local ballclub.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brian Kenny on Twitter: ICYMI: A few smart teams have found a new weapon: The SuperReliever:

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger already has a cool place in MLB history

Four multi-homer games already?! It’s pretty crazy, when you consider some thought Bellinger was going to be a temporary call-up for the Dodgers in late April. Since then, the 21-year-old outfielder has driven in 39 runs, scored 32 and is slashing .261/.335/.630.

That doesn’t quite compare with Judge’s line: .343/.450/.718 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs. But it doesn’t take anything away from Bellinger, either. His impact on the Dodgers has been quite obvious. Just consider this pair of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Pablo Sandoval’s Boston Red Sox future lies in Dave Dombrowski’s hands

It’s difficult to justify putting him in the lineup. Sunk costs needs to be embraced.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

How the Twins are proving the value of defense

I see three reasons they could be a model for other clubs. For one, defense is cheap. The 10 players with the most fielding runs over the past three seasons generated 90.6 wins above replacement in that span, according to FanGraphs. They are earning a total of $70.4 million this year, or about $776,500 per WAR since 2015. The 10 best hitters have 143.8 WAR and are costing their teams $153.1 million in 2017, or 37 percent more per win. Those numbers are skewed, because some of MLB’s best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

Twins pummel Mariners behind club-record 28 hits

This is run support.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

WaPo: Daniel Murphy Asked An Umpire To Move, Got F-Bomb Instead

But Tuesday, Murphy’s ability to play defense diminished greatly when umpire Alan Porter stood in his line of sight early in the game.

Porter did not respond well to a request from Murphy, barking at the player, who appeared to try to reason with him. When the conversation was over, and Murphy could no longer see what Porter was saying, cameras caught the umpire muttering expletives at Murphy.


Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 14, 2017 at 02:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: expletives, f-bomb, shift, umpires, washington nationals

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes pair of obscene gestures to stands after hitting a home run

Probably expressing his protest over the Cleveland logo!

Not shown there for obvious reasons is that Puig flipped the ol’ bird—two of them actually—toward someone or a group of people in the Progressive Field stands. Yes, two very visible middle fingers toward fans.
The gesture happened on Puig’s trip back to the dugout after crossing home plate. The area is very close to the on-deck circle, so we can probably do the math, right? People are all over Puig in the on-deck circle about how much he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, flipping the bird, indians, obscene, yasiel puig

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