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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Royals’ Yordano Ventura will miss as little as one start as MRI finds no ligament damage

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings.  “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy.  I am as giddy as a drunken man.  A merry Christmas to everybody!  A happy New Year to all the world!  Hallo here!  Whoop!  Hallo!”

Zach Posted: May 27, 2014 at 05:33 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

Baseball players wearing camouflage? Make sports, not war Add to ...

There is the disorienting sense of rah-rah about the whole thing. It’s a celebration, which seems the wrong tone if what we are doing is honouring those who have been harmed or risked harm on our behalf.

In U.S. arenas, they’ve been slowly phasing out the military trappings. The paying public can apparently tolerate only so many patriotic ballads and fly-overs.

One thing they still do regularly is focus in on one veteran during a break in play, name him or her, and allow the crowd to react ...

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Paul D(uda) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:26 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, military

Oregon State leads field of 64 in 2014 Division I Baseball tournament

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The national top eight seeds are Oregon State (42-12), Florida (40-21), Virginia (44-13), Indiana (42-13), Florida State (43-15), La.-Lafayette (53-7), TCU (42-15) and LSU (44-14-1). The top eight seed for Indiana marks a first for a Big Ten institution.

Both my current school (Oregon State) and my undergrad (Cal Poly) are number one seeds in their ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Gallo’s Home Run Production Stands Alone - BaseballAmerica.com

If he can continue to make adjustments, he’s going to be a monster.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects

10 Degrees: As MLB looks for Bud Selig’s successor, Jerry Reinsdorf makes power grab - Yahoo Sports

The Game of Thrones: The Boys of Summer Edition

Truth is, Manfred represents much of what owners have come to value in a commissioner. He grabbed ahold of the changing power dynamics in labor relations and returned them to MLB after the union spent decades wiping the floor with the league. He is exceedingly bright and devilishly funny. He will fight and, in keeping with the tack of MLB past, fight dirty. He knows the game, the people. He wrote the labor agreements that have kept peace for nearly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, commissioner

($) 2014 Perfect Game MLB Draft Preview Content - Baseball Prospectus

I don’t usually link to content behind the pay wall. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed David Rawnsley work over the years and appreciate his take on the draft, especially the top five picks.

1. HOUSTON ASTROS ($7,922,100)

BRADY AIKEN - LHP - Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
This is the Astros’ third consecutive try to map out a top of the draft strategy. Their 2012 strategy looks to be an “A” effort, with their 2013 strategy, on very early impressions, less so. I would expect the Astros to look for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Mock Draft: Astros might take Prep pitcher Aiken No. 1 | MLB.com: News

Jim Callis’ latest mock draft. I would think it would be difficult for the Cubs not to take one of the big arms if Jackson goes ahead of them.

1. Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
Houston likely will choose between the top three pitchers and Jackson, and is believed to prefer the two left-handers. The Astros may save money versus the $7,922,100 assigned pick value to spend later in the Draft but won’t compromise on talent at No. 1.

2. Marlins: Alex Jackson, C/OF, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft

David Ortiz believes Manny Ramirez will make good mentor - The Boston Globe

Who is Manny being now?

“It’s a different guy. He’s been doing different things for the past couple of years,” Ortiz said after an 8-6 victory against the Braves. “I’ve been talking to him a lot on the phone and sometimes I get confused because I don’t know if I’m talking to him or not. This is legit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ortiz, manny ramirez, red sox

How much longer before Royals shake things up in dugout, front office?

Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.

An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, j.j. hardy, mariners, mets, padres, phillies, rangers, royals, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2014

Calumet (Michigan) News, May 27, 1914:

Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the American league, talked for an hour on Sunday with Joe Tinker, manager of the Chicago Feds. Although nothing definite was done, the great pitcher departed in a receptive mood. No offer was made because Johnson declared he was not open for an offer at the present time.

“I wouldn’t sign a contract now with any ball club, not even with Washington, but I’ll say that the Federal league looks as good to me as any other league, ...

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Giants OF Pence offers reward for stolen scooter


San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.

Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

C’mon San Francisco, you are better than this.  You would expect this kind of crap if you left something unlocked around Dodger Stadium but I thought you folks were cool.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, not cool, san francisco

OMNICHATTER 5-27-2014

It has been [1] day(s) since Jeff Samardzija last won a game.

It has been [2] day(s) since the last no-hitter.

Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, May 26, 2014

KC’s Ventura exits with lateral elbow discomfort

KANSAS CITY—Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Monday night’s game with what was described as lateral elbow discomfort.

He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in an effort to determine the severity of the problem. Any elbow irregularity, of course, is cause for concern, especially in light of the recent increase of Tommy John surgeries.

Zach Posted: May 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

A.J. Ellis suffers severe ankle sprain during no-hitter celebration

Ellis jumped up and landed on Drew Butera’s discarded catcher’s gear during the celebration, he said.

When you’re a 33-year-old catcher, hitting .170, and you’ve just returned from the DL, this isn’t the smartest thing to do.

vortex of dissipation Posted: May 26, 2014 at 06:33 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Peter Gammons: Memorial Day MLB Draft Notes

Alex Jackson seems to be getting some pre-draft helium.

“Many of the Astros people believe that picking a pitcher at the top is a gamble because of the historical predictability of pitchers,” says another club official friendly with the Houston front office. Last year, if they hadn’t been able to do a deal with (Stanford pitcher) Mark Appel, (North Carolina third baseman) Colin Moran was in their mix. I think it’s certain that Alex Jackson is a name they are looking at closely.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, peter gammons

Noah Syndergaard of New York Mets placed on DL with elbow injury - ESPN New York

Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the disabled list and will be dispatched to New York for an examination with team doctors after being diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER for 5-26-2014

This OMNICHATTER is for Eddie Grant.

Gamingboy Posted: May 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AP: Josh Beckett pitches first career no-hitter and first in MLB this season

PHILADELPHIA—Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.

Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars.

“I don’t think I had no-hit stuff,” he said. “I just really kept them guessing.”
The 34-year-old right-hander, whose career was almost ...

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Tripon Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:18 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Full Count » Jonny Gomes, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez ejected after Red Sox, Rays clear benches

This is stupid. Getting angry because a team stole a base with only a five-run lead?? Instead of yelling, how about driving in some runs so your team doesn’t lose 10 games in a row?

The two teams cleared their benches once again, this time as a result of a Yunel Escobar steal of third with two outs in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay carrying an 8-3 lead.

Escobar could be seen shouting at the Red Sox dugout, where Red Sox catcher David Ross had been yelling his displeasure of the stolen base. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes, knucklehead, red sox

Conrad Gregor’s first home run of season caught by his dad

Gregor’s first home run of the season went to right-center and landed in the hands of a delighted guy. Though few knew it at the time, Gregor said after the game that his dad, Marty Gregor, was the one who caught the ball. Gregor’s parents drove five hours from Indiana to watch their son play this weekend. Aw.

Nice advance Father’s Day present.

Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:30 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, homers, randomness

Paige: Pueblo’s Turk Lown defines honor on and off the baseball field

He once led the American League in saves. Another year, he led the AL in appearances. He didn’t give up a run in three World Series games. He played 18 seasons in the minors and the majors from the 1942-62.

On May 30, Lown will join an exclusive club of only 63 former players who are in their 90s, and the list of 500 ballplayers who fought in World War II has dwindled below 100.

“I certainly understand the real meaning of Memorial Day,” added Lown, who lost a band of brothers and ...

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Perry Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Cubs sign Manny Ramirez to be player-coach at Triple-A Iowa | MLB.com

Oh that Manny!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Morning Edition: Wrigley Field, the Much-Imitated, Never Duplicated Ballpark.

SCOTT SIMON: Speaking of ancient times, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since Roosevelt was president, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908. We’re outside of the park in front of the marquee, and you know, when my mother did last summer, the Cubs were kind enough to put her name up here. My grandfather, my father, my stepfather, my mother died without ever seeing the Cubs win a World Series here. And you know what, now they’re coming for me.

Includes a chat with Ernie Banks. Let’s play two.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, cubs, history

Shoe Box owner gets Kenosha Kingfish ready for first baseball season

I can’t wait for A League of Their Own tribute night.

The 2,200 seats came out of Camden Yards in Baltimore. The paving stones in the walkways were once part of Kenosha’s city streets.

And out in left field, one of the more bizarre fences in baseball was taking shape as a 43-foot fishing boat named Bambino was anchored to the ground with cement.

. . . the city-owned field that was opened in 1920 and was home to the Simmons Bedding Co. baseball team. During the stadium’s inaugural ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indy leagues

Anft: The New Balance For MLB Executives, Fans

As Triandos of Clap said…“The WAR ain’t ovah!”

Among front-office types, it’s not just the numbers, but also how you balance them that is important. If, for example, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a high RF (range factor: a formula that is nine times a player’s putouts and assists divided by innings played) and UZR (ultimate zone rating), showing that he saves runs with his defense, how important is it to watch him play? Do those numbers make him more valuable than, say, former ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics

Kepner: The true Melky Cabrera, so the Blue Jays hope

As Billy Welu and his yellow-speckled jawline used to say…“Trust is a must, or your game is a bust!”

This is old news, and all parties swiftly moved on: The Giants won the World Series without Cabrera; Major League Baseball, at Cabrera’s request, removed him from consideration for a batting title he otherwise would have won; and the Blue Jays signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract — theoretically more than he would have made without cheating, but less than he would have made had he ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jays, steroids

Madden: MLB commissioner Bud Selig has earned right to choose his replacement

...and he also invented The Steering Wheel of Death for the ‘54 Cadillac Eldorado! So let’s hear it for…..

Although Selig has deliberately and steadfastly avoided endorsing any candidate for his successor, it has stood to reason his No. 2 man, MLB COO Rob Manfred, would naturally evolve to the position by virtue of having been the point man for much of Selig’s legacy — as the chief labor negotiator for three collective bargaining agreements that were completed without a work stoppage; the ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

OMNICHATTER 5-25-14

If the Red Sox played Samardzija right now, would anybody come out with a win?

I’m sorry, that was mean. Here’s the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Players union keeping watchful eye on Cubs’ spending

Sources said the union is concerned about how the Cubs’ business practices are affecting player markets. At least one agent met with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts this year, according to sources, to make the case for investing in the major-league team even as the club overhauls the scouting and player development system.

SteveM. Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: broke ass, chicago cubs

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Miguel Cabrera messes with Adrian Beltre’s Head

Not really news, but every time someone messes with Beltre’s head, the result is pretty awesome.

SoCalDemon Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

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