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Saturday, September 05, 2015

A.J. Burnett’s simulated game goes better than expected | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I’m not looking at it as me,” he said. “I’m looking at it as getting back to healthy, as healthy as I can. I came back [to the Pirates] to help us win. I can’t do that on the DL, obviously. The fact that this is my last year, and I want to go out and pitch again before I’m done, I’m trying to throw that aside and not worry about that.”

Burnett will throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which the Pirates will discuss his next step.

“I’m not getting paid to get our guys out, I know ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

A Brief History of the Last Player Alphabetically | Value Over Replacement Grit

Tony Zych is going to be tough to beat.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Rich Hill may get slot in starting rotation - The Boston Globe

Red Sox notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mets’ Conundrum: Matt Harvey’s Health Versus a Playoff Run - The New York Times

More info, including quotes from Adam Wainwright and Dr. Andrews.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, matt harvey, mets, scott boras



Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rosenthal: There’s no proof shutting down New York Mets ace Matt Harvey now will prevent injury later | FOX Sports

As a mentioned in a comment, that Boras is creating this issue now, after the Mets have the discussed the plan since the start of the year, is what is so irritating. He’s making himself the story.

Boras’ timing in going public — first to Jon Heyman of, then other media outlets — is a bit odd, considering that the Mets have been rather open with their plan for Harvey since the start of spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, September 04, 2015

Heyman:  Inside Baseball: Managerial heat in NL East, especially in Washington

Of course, at this point, with a big lead, and 20 of 29 games remaining against the likes of the Phillies, Marlins, Braves and Reds, it’s hard to imagine even the historically snake-bit Mets blowing this one.

Actually, for Mets Fans, it is not hard to imagine at all—in fact, it’s their specialty.

Srul Itza Posted: September 04, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

The Ankiel House of Horror

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 04, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: i mean seriously what is this, what

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).

Bote Man Posted: September 04, 2015 at 04:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, great baseball players, hitting, mvp, nationals, plate discipline, strike zone

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for ...


]PTBNL[ Trea Turner Finally Gets 1st Hit

Player To Be Named Later makes a name for himself with first hit. Or was it an error?

Bote Man Posted: September 04, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, ptbnl, trea turner

Breaking tradition: Brewers reschedule fan appreciation night; Chicago Cubs may be to blame

“They all come up here thinking they own the place,” said fan Rachel Evanow.

“They come here in droves,” said another.

Brewers fans can’t stomach the idea of Cubs fans walking away with prizes intended for them.

“I hate the Cubs. The Cubs suck,” said Evanow.

And the Brewers agree—they’re breaking tradition and fan appreciation night is being moved two weeks earlier, to September 19th, against the last place Cincinnati Reds.

McCoy Posted: September 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, wrigley field north

Bryce Harper’s bizarre night: four runs, zero swings and a little bit of history

Mostly posting because: “The only player to see more pitches and not swing in the last 10 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info, was Juan Uribe in 2010. His total was 21, one more than Harper’s.”

Juan Uribe would not have been my first, or 100th, guess.

SoCalDemon Posted: September 04, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Managing challenge that could ruin Yankees, Mets playoff hopes | New York Post

Luckily for the Nationals, their back-end relievers are well rested because Matt Williams doesn’t like to use them much. They will be better off even more in October, when they are home watching the Mets in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

As Kiermaier emerges, should Rays seek long-term deal? | Tampa Bay Times

I like Kiermaier. I’m not sold on his value being this high based on on his defensive WAR. Among other issues, defensive WAR has the same problem as stats like RF/9 and RBI. It’s still far too dependent on opportunity.The current WAR systems are still too much of a mix of context-neutral and context-laden statistics to tell me whether a player is most valuable or the best player, two entirely different questions. In assessing value in a particular season, like in the MVP discussion, context is ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Lincecum’s hip problem ends his Giants season, career up in the air - San Francisco Chronicle

How long have hip issues been a thing in MLB?

However, Lincecum’s two-year, $35 million contract expires after this season and the Giants clearly need a rotation makeover for 2016 and beyond.

Team trainer Dave Groeschner said Lincecum‘s surgery involved shaving down bone to take care of impingement and repair his labrum. Lincecum, who Groeschner expects to be ready to pitch in spring training. The pitcher will start rehabilitation Friday, staying in Colorado through weekend, then resuming ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 4, 1915:


Walter Breymeier, aged 18, pitcher for the Proctor Recreation Centers, a semi-professional team, [yesterday] pitcher 34 innings in a double-header against Keifer’s Colts, another semi-professional team. The first game was called at the end of the eleventh inning, with the score 0 to 0, while he won the afternoon game for his team, 5 to 4, with a single in the twenty-third inning. It took three hours ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pitch counts


The First-Friday-Of-September OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 04, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Metsblog:  Dominic Smith Named FSL Player of the Year

What am I missing about his season.  These look to me like the numbers of a non-prospect first baseman.

First baseman Dominic Smith of the High-A St. Lucie Mets has been named the Florida State League Player of the Year (Sept. 3).

Smith, 20, is hitting .305 with a .354 OBP and .417 SLG to go along with six home runs, 33 doubles, and 79 RBI in 118 games so far this season for St. Lucie.

Adam Starblind Posted: September 04, 2015 at 05:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Baseball’s Next Generation of Managers

Welcome back.

Gabe Kapler: Kapler currently serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development, his first year in the position. He spent 12 seasons in the big leagues after being selected in the 57th round of the 1995 amateur draft, a round that doesn’t exist anymore. Work ethic and determination to beat the odds to succeed was something Gabe never lacked. I witnessed this first hand as a teammate in Detroit and then again as a broadcasting partner at FOX.

In 2007, Kapler took ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 10:25 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, gabe kapler, joe mcewing, managers, raul ibanez, todd greene

Jazayerli: A Dayton With Destiny

Who will play Dayton Moore in his “Moneyball”? Clooney?

In the span of time that Moore has been a GM, every team in baseball has improved its understanding of the mechanics of the game. Every GM today is better at his job than he was in 2006. Being a successful GM requires showing a willingness to learn new information on the job and adapt your processes accordingly.

Which leads me, as someone who has obsessed over Moore’s job performance since he was hired, to posit the following ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, rany jazayerli, royals

Michael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright

The difference is talent.

Trading for Yoenis Cespedes changed the Mets’ world, but don’t underestimate what rookie outfielder Michael Conforto has meant to this club.


“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.
“He’s not entitled.’’

That alone is a gift from the baseball gods in this day and age.

“Some guys come in here and they’re loud, a lot more talking ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 03, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, michael conforto

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-3-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 3, 1915:

The popularity of First Baseman Jake Daubert, captain of the Brooklyn Nationals, was attested today when it became known that he has been chosen by Flatbush Democrats for alderman. At [this week’s] caucus Daubert was designated to go into the September primaries as an aldermanic candidate by the Democrats in the Fifty-ninth District, where he resides.

He didn’t get elected. Daubert isn’t all that famous today, but he was a huge star 100 years ago. He ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jake daubert

Abraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol

The guy polishing off another drink in the middle of the nightclub hears a voice.

Almonte has been sucked so far into this lifestyle that he can’t acknowledge his actions or their consequences. He tells his wife he’s sleeping at the baseball complex, but he’s actually careening toward the club. He’s heading for another late night, one filled with lies to his family and lies to himself.

Almonte started drinking regularly at 19 while with the Yankees’ Class A affiliate. After he underwent ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: abraham almonte, alcoholism, indians, minor leaguers, yankees

Someone Appears To Be Trying To Hoax The Marlins President Out Of His Job

About halfway through Ozuna’s stint in minor-league “jail,” rumors began circulating that there was a recording of some sort involving Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson saying something awful about a player. The rumors were maddeningly vague. They also eerily predicted the contents of a brief audio file that was later emailed to us….

Then, out of the blue on Aug. 31, our tips email account received a 22-second audio file with the brief explanation that “it was ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, hoax, marlins

Bloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports

A story about the Spaceman.

As fate would have it, “Bill Lee” marked a turning point in both of their careers. Though Zevon continued to write brilliant songs until he died, he never again approached the kind of record sales he achieved with “Excitable Boy” and “Bad Luck Streak,” in part because of his personal demons and his testy relationship with the music business. Lee never pitched another full season in the majors, his career compromised by injuries, the 1981 strike and his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 03, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, history, red sox


Air-Conditioned OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 03, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Japan Times: Taguchi hopes to realize dream of managing in U.S.

Well, I think he has a better chance than Tsuyoshi Shinjo does…

Former big leaguer So Taguchi has been touted as a candidate to manage the Pacfic League’s Orix Buffaloes next year and does dreams of managing one day — but in the United States rather than Japan.

“My final dream is to manage over there, be the first Japanese,” he told Kyodo News on Friday at Tokyo Dome. “I’ve held on to that final dream all this time. I don’t know how things will actually turn out, of course.”

...
vortex of dissipation Posted: September 03, 2015 at 03:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, managers

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Back to School: The Science Behind Toronto Flamethrower Marcus Stroman’s Rapid ACL Recovery «

I am shocked.

Marcus Stroman is starting tonight. For the Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball affiliate, but still: He’ll be throwing baseballs to professional batters. Five months ago, that was something that no one but Stroman foresaw. And five years ago, the chronological realities of rehabbing from in-season surgery might have proven his prediction wrong. But Stroman’s is a special case, a partnership of personality and science that points the way toward the future of injury ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

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