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Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Degrees: The hard truth about RBIs - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan makes a case against the importance of the RBI in the MVP discussion. He also writes about a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mike trout, mvp, notes, rbi, sabermetrics

MiLB pitcher Josh Wilkie AMA on Reddit

Did you ever pitch high on cannabis? And if so, do you think it made you performance better or worse?

You won’t believe his answer to this question!

Bote Man Posted: August 24, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marijuana, minor leaguers, nationals, pitching

From field to front office, many believe chemistry still matters in baseball

Sure, numbers are fine for fantasy leagues, but if you want to truly define a player’s value, or recognize the importance significance of clubhouse culture, it’s time to wake up and embrace character, too.

“I think we’re losing part of our game because so many of these people in charge don’t have the scouting background or playing background,’’ Peavy said. “All they have is a great education and they’re really good at math. Some of these front offices crunch all of these ...


Dallas Keuchel, Astros discuss contract extension - Ultimate Astros

Except he doesn’t get hurt all the time and allows a lot less hits.

“I’ve watched him throw a lot,” Kershaw said. “He reminds me a little bit of Brett (Anderson). … His sinker’s great. Gets so many ground balls. I feel like with anybody, it’s his ability to command. He just doesn’t miss it (on) the) outside corner. Changeup’s really good. People don’t really notice it but his slider, breaking ball, whatever he calls it, he gets a lot of swings and misses. Strikes out a lot of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, clayton kershaw, dallas keuchel

How Independent Baseball Teams Make Money. Or Don’t. - WSJ

In most cases, the teams are kept alive by owners who are either independently wealthy or have a basket of other businesses, and are prepared to swallow some losses for the thrill of owning a team. “In any league, I’d be surprised if over half the teams make money,” says Miles Wolff, commissioner of the American Association and Canadian American Association independent leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, minor leagues

Over the Plate: Arlie Latham’s Own Baseball Stories, No. 2 « Our Game

This is the second of a series of unusual entertaining stories told by Arlie Latham, reminiscent of the old days of baseball, and of some of the things, ludicrous and whimsical, that go to make up a player’s life. Arlie—who was christened Walter Arlington—will be remembered with the Giants of late years as coach and scout.

He played his first professional ball in 1882 with the Philadelphia team of the Alliance League. [The latter is today termed the League Alliance, and it was not ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Joc Pederson of Los Angeles Dodgers loses spot in lineup

Adjustments, adjustments, adjustments.

Joc Pederson was a rookie of the year front-runner and the starting center fielder for the National League All-Star team, but a protracted slump has cost him his starting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Don Mattingly said Enrique Hernandez will take over the center-field job until further notice. Hernandez was in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros for the second straight day and will face right-hander Lance McCullers on Sunday.
... ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Mike Fiers’ no-hitter shows Astros not driven solely by stats Ken Rosenthal notebook | FOX Sports

The analytics vs. scouts dichotomy is fiction.

Here’s to staying open-minded.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mike fiers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2015

New York Tribune, August 24, 1915:

Jack Hendricks, manager of the Indianapolis team, and Doyle, an umpire, engaged in a one-sided battle [yesterday] during the first game between the Indianapolis and Kansas City Association teams.

Hendricks shouted from the bench and angered Doyle, who motioned the manager to the clubhouse. As Hendricks passed Doyle he spoke a few words in low tone. The umpire at once staggered the manager with a right swing to the jaw and a left to the face.
Hendricks, who ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 24, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack doyle, jack hendricks, umpshow

Coors Field is getting weird and Walt Weiss has a theory why

Saturday’s game, even more than Friday’s, played through a hazy fog. Wildfires in Washington state sent smoke into Colorado and turned the sky gray.

“The ball is flying right now,” Weiss said. “It’s the way the park has played the last couple nights.”

And Weiss — a baseball manager more than a meteorologist or climatologist — said the blaze, the haze and the crazy baseball might be related.

“My un-scientific theory is: A few years ago, I remember when the state was ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, walt weiss

Andy Pettitte ‘thankful’ to have No. 46 retired by New York Yankees

Hello rook. You have number 145.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: andy pettitte, yankees

Olivera might get a little more time in Triple-A |

It’s Olivera time, almost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

Piece of concrete falls in Comerica Park concourse

I guess it’s time for another taxpayer paid stadium in Detroit. Luckily the city is awash in cash.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, tigers

Mike Fiers of Houston Astros denies illegal substance on glove during no-hitter

One day after throwing a 134-pitch no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros right-hander Mike Fiers denied he had an illegal substance on his glove during the 3-0 win, shooting down speculation that began when photos on social media that zoomed in on the glove appeared to show a shiny substance.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mike fiers

Jaded Jose Reyes would welcome a trade from the Rockies - The Denver Post

Jose Reyes, winning over teammates since 2003.

He’s not interested in playing for a team that isn’t competitive. And the Rockies, on pace for another 95-loss season, likely aren’t interested in an aging, high-priced veteran. Colorado owes Reyes more than $56 million through the 2017 season. He’s now their highest-paid player.

“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Sunday, August 23, 2015


The “Computer’s Working Again!” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2015 at 11:48 PM | 302 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OMNICHATTER - Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s chatterific!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday Notes: Saber Seminar, Backup Sliders, Gose, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes some info on the Saber Seminar.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who will Dave Dombrowski hire as Red Sox GM? - The Boston Globe

I love Mookie Betts. There is no way the Mets would trade Harvey for him, though. No. Way.

My suggestion of trading Xander Bogaerts for Matt Harvey has drawn interesting responses. Mets people hate it because Harvey is a movie star in New York. Red Sox people hate it because they love Bogaerts. Baseball executives mostly think the Mets would need to get more for Harvey. Fascinating discussion.

Philadelphia isn’t a good fit. Cherington has a patient, long-term mindset. In Boston, fans and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Astros, Dodgers try to be smart, but mistakes more affordable for L.A. - Houston Chronicle

At the core, being better at player evaluation than your opponent is the most important attribute of any great organization. Having a lot of cash, though, let’s you wallpaper over mistakes, at least in the short-term.

When Boston was in town in July, Ben Cherington was still its GM. In a long session with reporters, he made an observation related to his own failures.

“Every team’s talent is more evenly distributed,” said Cherington, who has since left the Red Sox. “Every team has access to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, astros, dodgers, general managers, jeff luhnow

Levine: Theo Epstein, Cubs Are A Long-Term Match « CBS Chicago

Why can’t the Red Sox get great GMs like Theo Epstein?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

Influence of Don Zimmer renewed with Joe Maddon’s Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“The similarities are their vision and the way they’re able to think outside-the-box,” Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez said. “It’s pretty similar. ‘Zim’ was feistier. Joe is calmer. But the way they go about thinking, about doing different things, is similar.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, don zimmer, joe maddon

Craig Biggio honored at Minute Maid Park |

Biggio gets his day in Houston.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, craig biggio

Angels’ Mike Trout has MVP competition in Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson - LA Times

The difference in RBI will still kill Trout with a lot of voters.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Mariners designate Rodney for assignement |

Veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, who lost his closer’s role in Seattle two and a half months ago, was designated for assignment after Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the White Sox, as the Mariners made a flurry of moves to shuffle their beleaguered bullpen.

Rodney, 38, didn’t pitch Saturday, but has struggled all season and was 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and six blown saves in 22 opportunities this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando rodney, mariners

Grant: Adrian Beltre shows rarely seen part of self as he becomes all-time games played leader among Dominicans | Dallas Morning News

When Beltre was informed about 10 days ago that he was closing in on Julio Franco’s record of 2,527 games set over three decades, but seemed more like two centuries, he stopped the frown show for just a moment. He may have even let a small smile start to crack at the corner of his lips.

The moment arrives Sunday at Detroit when Beltre is expected to play in game No. 2,528 of his career over the course of an 18-year career that keeps adding Hall of Fame credentials almost by the week. Even ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Jorge Posada has No. 20 retired by Yankees - NY Daily News

On the scoreboard, the Yankees posted a message from the 90-year-old Berra, who could not attend. In grand Berra fashion, the message contained humor, saying, in part, “I am very sad that I cannot be with you today, but my knees hurt too much. Just wait — one day, you’re knees are going to hurt, too!”

“I’m proud of you kid.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge posada, yankees

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Madden: Who’s the boss now? Helter-skelter dealing and spending by Dodgers and Red Sox make Yankees


As for Castillo (.286/.318/.415, three steals, three doubles in 46 games entering Saturday), he spent most of the season either at Triple-A or on the disabled list, obviously falling far short of the 2015 projections (31 doubles, 22 HR, 32 steals) by Bill James, Red Sox owner John Henry’s resident sabermetrics fraud. James, who ought to be Dombrowski’s first “exit velo” candidate, also projected Allen Craig — whom Cherington acquired last summer from the Cardinals with ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, yankees

NY Post: Sherman: Forecasting Harsh Fallouts from 10 Most Disappointing MLB Teams

6. Mariners

How can a team invest in Robinson Cano one offseason and Nelson Cruz in another, yet in 2015 be averaging fewer runs than it did in 2013 and the third-fewest in the AL? Even if GM Jack Zduriencik has an answer it might not matter. He is on tremulous ground, and that probably means manager Lloyd McClendon is as well.

Zduriencik has had three top-five picks in the draft — Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino and Danny Hultzen – that have not worked out, nor has the salary infusion. ...

bobm Posted: August 22, 2015 at 06:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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