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Thursday, September 08, 2016

One idea to speed up September games: Limit the number of relievers (INSIDER)

But more and more, you hear from folks inside the game about what a tough watch it has become, and according to sources, Major League Baseball has raised the idea of regulating the September rosters in the current collective bargaining talks in the hopes of diminishing the slog. Concepts have been discussed internally, centered on the idea of creating greater limits on the number of players available to managers in each game.
Even some managers who use their full complement of players to seek ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of place

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 8, 1916:

The ushers at Braves’ field have received the following instructions in regard to balls fouled into the grandstand. If the visiting team is in the field and an old ball is hit into the stand it is to be retained so that a new ball may be put into play; an old ball fouled in with the home team in the field is to be thrown out again.

It’s a clever idea, but I can’t imagine it would have been a massive help for the Braves. It is interesting, though, to see MLB ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nationals rally three times two sweep Braves | MLB.com

Strasburg reacted the way most guys react when they’ve blown out their elbows. It was not promising.

Strasburg had missed 16 games with right elbow soreness before taking the mound Wednesday, and Baker insisted the right-hander was ready to pitch.

“He did everything that was asked of him. He was cleared,” Baker said. “He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He said that he felt fine.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

For better or worse, Mets defined by homers

After nine homers in the three-game series against Cincinnati, including three in a 6-3 victory on Wednesday, New York has 192 homers—the second most in the National League this season. Ninety-five of those came on the road—sixth most in the Majors and 10 short of the franchise record. And, most importantly, nearly 54 percent of the Mets’ runs are scored by the homer, and they are 64-36 when they hit one out, compared to 10-30 when they don’t.

The Mets hit 9 homers in their 3 game sweep of ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER 9-18-16

OMNICHATTER, the final frontier…

Gamingboy Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Reddit: How to watch any MLB game since 2009 for free on official MLB YouTube accounts

I have no idea how well-known this is, but I suspect not a lot of people are aware of it, and MLB doesn’t seem to do much to advertise this fact.

As many of you know, many full MLB games can be found online on various YouTube accounts. MLB even has its own MLBClassics account in addition to the official MLB account on YouTube.

But maybe you didn’t realize that MLB has posted, from what I can tell, just about every game since the beginning of the 2009 season on their own official MLB YouTube ...

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bbmck Posted: September 07, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: youtube

Roughned Odor is on the Verge of Something Historic (There’s a “but…”)

Roughned Odor is having an interesting season (and it has nothing to do with that chopping right to Jose Bautista’s jaw).

The table toward the end is pretty amazing. Different game.

gehrig97 Posted: September 07, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bonds, dimaggio, gehrig, hr, mize, roughned odor, walks

We’re watching the best crop of young shortstops in MLB history | For The Win

Ted Berg sizes up the shortstops. He has Xander Bogaerts way too low.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 03:35 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, shortstop

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 7, 1916:

COBB DEFEATS BROWNS BY HIS BASERUNNING

With one out [in the tenth inning] Cobb beat out a hit to the shortstop. He stole second and Hartley’s low throw bounded into Marsan’s hand [in center field], but Cobb continued to third and beat the throw. Veach grounded sharply to Sisler, who forces Cobb to return to third, but as Sisler was touching first Cobb tore for home and beat the throw by an eyelash.

Well, that certainly would have made for an exciting ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Yankees’ Rebuild - The New York Times

“No regrets,” General Manager Brian Cashman insisted before batting practice Tuesday. “None whatsoever. We mapped out what we needed to do, we had to do it, and we’re better for it. In the present and the future. Period.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Rumors & Rumblings: Bryant is scouts’ pick for NL MVP

Somebody is going to be very disappointed this off-season.

Right fielder Jose Bautista reportedly was seeking a five-year, $125 million contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

The talks went nowhere and Bautista will become a free agent in November coming off an injury-ravaged season. He is hitting .227 with 17 home runs with a .793 OPS in 91 games following a six-year run where he hit a combined 227 homers and was selected to the All-Star Game each year.

It will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, jose bautista, mets, notes, phillies

Chart Party: Jeff Francoeur, my favorite worst baseball player

Jeff Francoeur’s start was historically great, and the rest of his career has been historically not. But through it all, he remains. He is my favorite baseball player.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, jon bois

Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez signs with Reds | MLB.com

The Reds’ latest splurge into the Cuban free-agent market culminated on Wednesday, when the signing of pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was completed. Gutierrez was at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday for his physical, which he passed before the signing was made official. It is a Minor League contract, and the right-hander will not occupy a spot on the 40-man roster.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported on Aug. 30, via an industry source, that the Reds and Gutierrez had a $4.75 million deal. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 12:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds, vladimir gutierrez

Minor League All-Star Team 2016 - BaseballAmerica.com

BA Minor League All-Star team.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Why pitcher Kyle Farnsworth took his talents south of the border

Kyle Farnsworth is 40 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. You might recall that he made headlines a year ago by somewhat secretly joining the Orlando Phantoms, a semipro football team.

But none of that means Farnsworth is retired from baseball. He has been toiling the past two seasons in the Mexican League, and if his well-traveled past is any indication, there’s no telling where his next move will take him….

Despite a track record of 16 big league seasons pitching for nine ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle farnsworth, mexican baseball

The reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are always contenders - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Although there is a lot of talk about their draft success. How much of that success, though, is really a superior development system?

Here’s how Mozeliak summed up the challenge of contending yearly with an eye on the long term:

“Every year presents new challenges, demands and expectations. Our goal has always been to look at this team with long-term lenses and try to understand how and what we need to do to remain competitive. Ownership provides us with resources to best manage our short- and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tipsheet: Suffering continues for Miller, D-Backs | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

I can’t wait until Miller gets traded for 10 cents on the dollar, has a great year, and people kill the Diamondbacks front office for making another horrible trade.

If there is anybody feeling worse than the shell-shocked Pittsburgh Pirates this morning, it’s poor Shelby Miller.

The former Cardinals pitcher absorbed still another loss Tuesday, falling 5-2 to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Miller (2-11, 6.89 earned-run average) allowed those five runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The reeling ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

What MVP and Cy Young Awards are really about

We should be in the middle of the Mike Trout M.V.P. era.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Statcast Lab: How much impact does a great-fielding outfielder have?

This is absolutely fantastic stuff. I cannot wait to see Statcast defensive stats readily available.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Marlins activate Giancarlo Stanton from DL | MLB.com

Mattingly said that for now, Stanton is strictly a pinch-hitting option. However, trainer Dustin Luepker and the medical staff said the power-hitting right fielder could also run the bases.

“He’s basically a bat off the bench right now, and he will continue to rehab,” Mattingly said before the game. “We feel like he will continue to get better and better. We’ll see if he will be able to get back on the field or not to play the outfield and things like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Dave Dombrowski says Steven Wright was not rushed back | Boston Herald

Pinch running with one of your best pitchers is dumb.

“Again, we were confident in the initial diagnosis that there wasn’t anything structural that was going to hinder or prevent him from pitching, or put him in a position where he was doing any additional harm,” Farrell said. “So that’s not denying he’s still feeling the effects from that in the last two outs, we’ve just got to let it quiet down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Braves see no risk in possible Tebow signing | MLB.com

As the Braves have continued to evaluate the possibility of signing Tim Tebow to a Minor League contract, they have remained interested primarily because they do not see an obvious risk. The financial commitment would be insignificant, and the former NFL quarterback would simply fill a need for Double-A Mississippi while serving as a non-roster player.

“Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, tim tebow

OMNICHATTER 9-7-16

It Came From The OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality

According to his manager, Steve Yeager went down “like he’d been felled by a bullet.”

Fans near the on-deck circle who had a view of the incident were stunned and silent. Some turned away and a few were brought to tears.

“It was sickening,” teammate Steve Garvey said.

Randy Jones, who was on the mound when the play occurred, thought Yeager had been shot too. He was so shocked he couldn’t move.

Wahoo Sam Posted: September 06, 2016 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: los angeles dodgers, steve yeager

MLB playoffs: Ranking all 18 contenders’ schedules

The Mets have the easiest schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, schedule

Heyman - David Wright Headed To California For Check-Up On Neck

Mets captain David Wright is off to Los Angeles today for a scheduled checkup on his surgically-repaired neck with his surgeon, noted back special Robert Watkins, with hopes of being cleared to resume some light baseball activities, or at least receive a schedule to do so.

Wright, who’s traveling from Cincinnati where he was with the team, confirmed the appointment via email, saying it was a “routine checkup” that was “set up after surgery.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 6, 1916:

Suitcase Charley Pechous, the new Cub third sacker, is a recruit from Peoria…He received his cognomen from the fact that when he joined the Cubs he was so excited at the prospect of taking a trip with the big leaguers that he invested 80 cents in a paper suitcase in which to carry his toothbrush and hankey. He left the case on the station platform in the rain and when he picked it up the handle came away and the sides of the case fell in.

The Cubs’ nickname ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 10:55 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, nicknames

OMNICHATTER 9-6-16

The OMNICHATTER for the day is this one.

Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Angels’ Matt Shoemaker has surgery to stop bleeding in his skull

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Shoemaker had the procedure late Sunday at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, and athletic trainer Adam Nevala is staying with him until he is able to travel to Southern California.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided the update Monday in Oakland, saying Shoemaker had been receiving CT scans every 2/3 hours when the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, matt shoemaker

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel shut down from throwing - Houston Chronicle

In addition to scratching him from his start that had been scheduled for Tuesday against the Indians, the Astros have already ruled out their ace from starting this weekend against the Cubs. With only 25 games remaining on the Astros’ schedule after Monday, the rest of the pitcher’s season is shrouded in doubt.

“I don’t know,” manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if he thought Keuchel would pitch again this season. “We’ll have to get back and see how all of these tests come back ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel

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