Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Baseball Newsstand
— All the News That's Fit to Link

Monday, May 23, 2016

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

Please don’t take away our glorious intentional walks

I love the proactive approach of our commissioner, but this is silly. If the traditional intentional walk goes away this is what we would miss:

1. The chance of a pitcher throwing a ball away. It happens.

2. Taking a pitcher out of his rhythm by forcing him to throw four pitches intentionally out of the strike zone, which are usually at about 75 percent effort.

3. Giving the home team a chance to steadily rain boos on a visiting pitcher the entire time he is intentionally walking a hitter. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: intentional walks

Judd Apatow to co-direct ‘30 for 30’ on Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

What if I told you the story of the ‘86 Mets could be littered with penis jokes?

Hollywood A-lister Judd Apatow will co-direct an upcoming “30 for 30” documentary on 1980s Mets superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

ESPN announced last week that the “Trainwreck” director would work with “You Don’t Know Bo” director Michael Bonfiglio on “Doc & Darryl,” which is set to air July 19. Here’s the trailer.

The film reunites former ace pitcher Gooden and star slugger Strawberry at a diner ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, darryl strawberry, dwight gooden, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-23-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 23, 1916:

Ray Caldwell of the New York Yankees, owes his late start this spring to a peculiar accident which befell him in the spring training came at Macon, Ga. While carving his initials on his favorite bat the knife slipped and cut into the top of his right index finger.

When a pitcher starts fooling with a bat there’s no telling what will happen to him. People should never monkey with machinery they don’t know anything about.

Caldwell was actually a pretty decent ...

Read More...
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ray caldwell

Plate umpire Rackley leaves game

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Plate umpire David Rackley left Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game after getting hit in the groin by a foul bunt attempt by Joc Pederson.

Rackley immediately collapsed and was down for about five minutes and was tended to by a Padres trainer. He had to be helped to his feet. He left the field under his own power, and handed a ball to a kid on his way to the tunnel.

And then they played another 12 innings.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, padres, umpires

Yu Darvish set to join Cole Hamels in rotation | texasrangers.com

Daniels also had a broader vision. He looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces—Hamels and Yu Darvish—at the top of its rotation. That one-two punch might compare favorably with any in the game and potentially make the Rangers a formidable October team.

That vision is about to become reality. Darvish, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, made his final Minor League rehab start on Sunday, and he likely will return to the rotation next Saturday against the Pirates in ...

Read More...
Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

OTP 2016 May 23: Baseball owners hear from Democratic, Republican strategists

Baseball owners heard from Democratic and Republican strategists Wednesday on the opening day of their spring meeting.

Jim Messina, co-chair of Priorities USA Action, spoke to them along with Matt Rhoades, chairman of America Rising. Messina was campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign in 2012 and Rhoades was campaign manager four years ago for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 23, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 1628 comment(s)
  Beats: owners, politics

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Humiliated in Homophobic ‘Nightmare’ at Padres Game

WTF?

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was at the center of a disturbing incident that happened at Petco Park on Saturday night. Called upon to sing the Star-Spangled Banner, their singing was replaced with a recording of a woman, nobody stopped it, and they were led off the field afterward while being taunted by homophobic fans in the stands.

eddieot Posted: May 23, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 243 comment(s)
  Beats: asshats, padres

Uncertainty Reigns With Draft Just Three Weeks Away - BaseballAmerica.com

This year’s draft sounds even riskier than normal.

“There’s more comfort this year with the high school class than the college class,” one scouting director said. “It’s not a clear-cut Top 10 group . . . not as high-end a group as you would have hoped for this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Clayton Kershaw Great Numbers so far for Dodgers - Stats

That Kershaw guy is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A’s place Sonny Gray on DL

Sonny Gray’s disappointing season has taken another turn for the worse, as the A’s placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a strained right trapezius.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the 25-man roster.
This is the first career DL stint for Gray, who is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in nine starts.

The A’s make another move on the Angels for “worst luck in the West”.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: May 22, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries

Jason McLeod isn’t ready to leave the Cubs — yet

Boston Sunday Globe Baseball Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

WSJ: Coco Crisp’s Rancho Mirage Estate Seeks $9.995 Million

Maybe *this* is where Primates should gather for softball next year?

Located outside Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, the roughly 17,900-square-foot, five-bedroom house has an elevator, a game room, a home theater with a popcorn machine, a built-in saltwater fish tank and a gym. The master bathroom has an indoor hot tub and sauna.

Outside, the baseball diamond is scaled-down to make it the right size for Wiffle ball, Ms. Jones said. The 4.8-acre gated property also includes a two-bedroom ...

Read More...
Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 22, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp, real estate

AP: Plumbing issues in Yankees’ dugout at Oakland Coliseum

And Shooty forgot to bring his plunger.

There were plumbing issues in the visitor’s dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 22, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, oakland coliseum, yankees

Drellich: Joe Kelly gives jolt to rotation | Boston Herald

To this point Kelly has been frustrating. Great stuff but little consistency. So, I’m not going to get excited about one game.

Kelly could bring the rotation to the next level, and something extraordinary may be on the way.

“You know, that first came to mind in the Oakland series, where not only did we do some things with the bat, the way we ran the bases, the defense that we played, there was a moment inside those three games where you do take a step back in the middle of an inning and you ...

Read More...
Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Front office needs to fix Ryan Howard situation for Mackanin | PhillyVoice

It might be time to move Ryan Howard.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard



The Instant Intentional Walk – Joe Posnanski

Changing the intentional walk rule is not a big deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

OMNICHATTER 5-22-16

In which a OMNICHATTER takes place on a day where the Cubs and Giants are scheduled for the weekly Sunday Night game.

Gamingboy Posted: May 22, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A.J. Puk at No. 1 in latest MLB mock Draft | MLB.com

Senzel at #2?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mock drafts

Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is a cat admirer, and that’s that - LA Times

I could not post the first intro which came to my mind.

Bedrosian has two cats at home, Gracie and Bootsy, named after Aunt Bootsy from the 1998 film “Rush Hour.” He does not own one at his Orange County apartment. He considered searching for the cat that ran onto the field at Angel Stadium one week ago and taking it home with him, only to realize he can’t keep it fed during road trips.

“Cats, they just want to lay on the couch all day and relax,” he said.

“That’s what I like about ...

Read More...
Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cam bedrosian

Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

In a report filed on Friday, Stark says that the league’s competition committee reportedly agreed to alter the strike zone and eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk during their meetings with owners this week. Those two changes could be implemented as early as the 2017 season. 

He says the strike zone will be raised to the top of the knee, because umpires have taken a liking to calling pitches that were below the knees entirely. That means pitchers will have to bring the baseball up, ...

Read More...
McCoy Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bombshell, rules, strike zone

Townsend (BLS): Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

So all this time the four-pitch free pass has been what’s responsible for preventing schoolchildren from seeing the final out of games? Who knew?

As for intentional walks, Stark wrote the following:

  “The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.”

This is a ...

Read More...

Rovell: New Bartolo Colon bobblehead also features bobble stomach

Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle…

On Thursday night, Clark Toys posted an offering from Forever Collectibles: a commemorative Bartolo Colon home run bobblehead that also has a bobble stomach.

In less than 24 hours, Clark Toys has sold more than 500 of them.

“Most of the bobbleheads we sell are limited to 360 pieces and they take months to sell,” said Travis Pyan, managing partner of Clark Toys. “When the buzz on this item started this morning, we sold 100 in 30 minutes.”

Pyan said he can’t ...

Read More...
Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bobbleheads, mets

OMNICHATTER 5-21-16

Captain OMNICHATTER: Civil War

Gamingboy Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Josh Reddick is hurt and the A’s season got worse

The A’s are 19-23, five games back in the AL West and four games back of a Wild Card spot already. It’s surprising their record is even that good, as they’ve been outscored by 42 runs, have just one starter pitching even adequately, and run out a lineup full of holes each night. They seem directionless at the moment, as no one could explain exactly what the sequel to Moneyball would be about if you based it on their current team. Things are not going to get easier, either, as Josh Reddick—the ...

Read More...
dr. scott Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hopeless, oakland athletics, reddick, throws chair

Friday, May 20, 2016

Braves’ front office situation seems unsettling | www.myajc.com

Then they changed their mind. It’s called image preservation. The decision was made to fire Gonzalez, and it was done clumsily by Coppolella. (Gonzalez receiving an emailed itinerary for a one-way ticket out of Dodge before he had been told anything.) Then it was the more-polished Hart who parachuted into Pittsburgh and did most of the media commitments, in part because public speaking isn’t Coppy’s forte.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, front office, general manager


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2016

Chicago Eagle, May 20, 1916:

“Baseball insanity,” says the Toledo Blade, “is a glorious affliction.” Who is loony now?
* * *
Catcher Nunnamaker of the Yankees won a wrist watch in a raffle a short time ago, but he is afraid to wear it.
* * *
Betzel, the nifty second baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, carries around six initials to his name. He signs the little old pay check thus: C. F. A. J. H. D. Betzel.

Christian Frederick Albert John Henry David Betzel, in case you were wondering. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 20, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Page 16 of 160 pages ‹ First  < 14 15 16 17 18 >  Last › | Site Archive

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam M
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 June 27: Republican comeback after eight years? Yeah, on the baseball diamond
(1130 - 4:37am, Jun 30)
Last: BrianBrianson

NewsblogTop prospect Aaron Judge making case to be on the New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN
(17 - 3:34am, Jun 30)
Last: Fadeaway: The Baseball History Podcast

NewsblogMets greats slam Dykstra for Davey Johnson ‘drunk’ accusations | New York Post
(21 - 2:25am, Jun 30)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogReport: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston
(48 - 1:50am, Jun 30)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogCubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win
(19 - 12:41am, Jun 30)
Last: Brian C

NewsblogOT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread
(1188 - 12:14am, Jun 30)
Last: Richard

NewsblogCoastal Carolina Stays Alive in CWS
(1 - 11:59pm, Jun 29)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(6256 - 11:59pm, Jun 29)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 6-29-16
(61 - 11:52pm, Jun 29)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogAndrew Mccutchen in the country of baseball.
(2 - 11:41pm, Jun 29)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogSABR 46 Convention in Miami
(33 - 11:31pm, Jun 29)
Last: Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com

NewsblogEver spot a French press in the Nationals dugout? Here’s how it got there. - The Washington Post
(80 - 11:16pm, Jun 29)
Last: BDC

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2016
(27 - 9:59pm, Jun 29)
Last: Cblau

NewsblogPhillies prospect Mark Appel has season-ending elbow surgery
(11 - 8:19pm, Jun 29)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogThe Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous | FanGraphs Baseball
(13 - 8:17pm, Jun 29)
Last: AROM

Page rendered in 0.8916 seconds
194 querie(s) executed