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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Byron Buxton promoted to Double-A

Last night, the Twins promoted Buxton to Double-A New Britain. It has to be more off of feel for his development than performance, as a recent slump has saw his numbers dip to .240/.313/.405 in 134 plate appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. A slower start might be expected for any player whose season was as start-stop-start-stop-start as Buxton’s has been, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a concern for the Twins’ brass.

Our favorite quote regarding Buxton is Terry Ryan saying that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2014

El Paso Herald, August 12, 1914:

If John McGraw isn’t careful he’ll wake up some morning to find that “Big Jeff” Tesreau has jumped the Giants and taken a job in the “White Hope” league.
...
But fate so far has ruled against Tesreau becoming a pugilist and it seems that fate will continue so to rule, assisted by Mrs. Tesreau, who is very much opposed to “Jeff’s” pugilistic ideas.

“Jeff” yearns to bring back to the white race the crown that Jack Johnson snatched from Jeffries.

He didn’t, ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jeff tesreau

FG: The Best and Worst Benches So Far

not groundbreaking stuff, but i think it’s somewhat interesting. 

In a perfect world, a bench wouldn’t need to contribute much at all, because in a perfect world, all nine (or eight) starters would be so productive and so consistent that a bench would barely be needed. But that’s not how it works. People get hurt, people go through slumps and people simply need a rest now and then, so the luxury of having not only depth, but productive depth, becomes a pretty important and easily ...

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steagles Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabrmetrics

OMNICHATTER 8-12-14

Nanu Nanu

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, August 11, 2014

Royals Acquire Josh Willingham

Hopefully not sharing too much time with Ibanez…

The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).

Willingham was claimed by Kansas City off revocable waivers, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press… 

The right-handed hitter, 35, is set to reach free agency following the season and will therefore be a pure ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jason adam, josh willingham, royals, trades, transactions, twins

CAN CLAYTON KERSHAW WIN THE MVP?

Since Clayton Kershaw came back from the disabled list in May, he has been pitching even better than ever. His 2014 ERA (1.78) is even better than his 2013 ERA. He also hasn’t allowed an un-earned run, so his RA9 is also 1.78. Kershaw’s 1.76 FIP is the best of his career by over half a run. Johnny Cueto is still relatively close to Kershaw in adjusted ERA, and he has more innings. He might still win over voters in the Cy Young voting, based on how they have voted in the past (let’s face ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

With division lead dwindling, injuries to Sanchez, Soria could cost Tigers

Soria: double agent?

A little over two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were flying high. Enjoying a seven-game lead in the AL Central, Detroit seemed assured of winning its fourth straight American League Central title. But since July 24, when Detroit beat the Angels to create that seven-game advantage, things have narrowed considerably in the division, with the Tigers’ lead now down to a mere 1 1/2 games entering Sunday thanks to a combination of a tough 6-9 stretch and a red-hot run by Kansas ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, injuries, joakim soria, tigers

J. Jaffe: Young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia sidelined for Mets

####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?

the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… ...

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SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 3, 2014

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.

The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, gold glove

Padres Designate Jeff Francoeur For Assignment

Frenchy wasn’t really pitching well enough at El Paso (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HBP) to justify a hitter/pitcher platoon with Jason Lane, but hell, I’d still like to see it.

The Padres have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment to clear room for top prospect Rymer Liriano‘s promotion, tweets Marty Caswell of 1090 radio in San Diego.

The 30-year-old Francoeur recently joined the Friars’ big league club after spending much of the season with Triple-A El Paso, but he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, padres, transactions

The Best Beer in Baseball

Several years ago, craft beer started taking off at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. From 2011-2012, sales went up by 20 percent. From 2012-2013, they were up 47 percent.

So when it came time to create a new hangout in a highly trafficked spot on the third-base concourse, the ballpark went all-in on craft-style beers. The new Reds Brewery District – an 84-foot-long bar with more than 50 taps – included more than 20 craft offerings when it opened this spring. There were local beers ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, mariners, reds, stadium fare

To Sung Woo, Thanks For Everything! Rany Jazayerli

Hey, I’m a Korean Royals fan too!

This summer, Sung Woo finally decided to take the plunge. Taking advantage of a job change, he was able to carve out ten days from his schedule to come to Kansas City, watch the Royals play, and maybe do a little sight-seeing and barbecue-eating while he was in town. He emailed Kamler and fellow Royals fan Dave Darby that he was buying his plane ticket and reserving his hotel room; they told him not to worry about transportation, that they’d pick him up and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, korea, rany jazayerli, royals

Rockies’ Brett Anderson likely done for season with bulging disc

Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.

Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told reporters Sunday.

Anderson will see a specialist Monday to determine the next step in his treatment.

The left-hander was forced to leave his start last Tuesday after just three innings when his back locked up, at which point the Rockies said Anderson was likely headed to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, pitcher injuries, rockies

Girls power Little League contenders

Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.

As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“We said ‘Hi’ and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, little league

Jack O’Connell: Cashman: Retire captaincy with Jeter

Captain Francesco Schetino Martinez…we salute you. (glug-glug-glug)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes that once Derek Jeter retires, the captaincy of the Yankees should retire as well.

Speaking to the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s fifth annual “Give A Hoot” benefit in a luxury suite at Yankee Stadium Sunday, Cash was asked who should succeed Jeter as team captain after his retirement.

Cashman’s response was “I’m not that big on captains myself. More than one player can ...

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Repoz Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Matinale: Nolan Ryan, power pitcher into his 40s. Did he use steroids?

As lefty Zangara once said: “You is Kruk man too!”

John Kruk said Nolan Ryan was the fastest pitcher he faced.  Faster than Rob Dibble and Dwight Gooden, whom Kruk also named.  But Kruk was emphatic when asked: Nolan he replied multiple times.  This was during the ESPN Sunday night game in Boston between the Yankees and Red Sox Aug. 3, 2014.

I wasn’t sure when Kruk would have faced Ryan so I looked it up: 1986, 1987, 1988.  But here’s the thing.  Nolan Ryan was born January 31, 1947 in ...

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Repoz Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 11, 1914:

SEMI-PRO FLINGER HAS GREAT RECORD

Rube Foster, the Christy Mathewson of colored baseball stars, has pitched 23 games for the American Giants, a colored semi-professional team, and won them all, according to the team’s official record. These games include contests with the Portland, Ore., and Spokane team of the Northwestern league.

And he’s only a semi-pro? Man, someone should really sign him.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube foster

Female pitcher leads Philly’s Taney Dragons to Little League World Series

Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, little league, weird first names

Bryce Harper drawing heat for scuffing Braves logo at Turner Field

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.

Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, douchebag, nats

OMNICHATTER 8-11-2014

It’s Monday, and here’s the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Powers: Twins need fewer smiles, more snarls

Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!

The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.

If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.

Yes, they need clutch hitters and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Townsend: Kate Upton says Yankees wouldn’t let her wear Tigers’ gear at Yankee Stadium

Life imitates Seinfeld yet again.

As you’ve probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers’ dugout to watch Verlander’s Tigers play against the Yankees on Tuesday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that’s as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.

While filling in for Kelly Ripa on ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:48 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, justin verlander, seinfeld, tigers, yankees

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs to undergo Tommy John surgery

Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and will perhaps be sidelined until the 2016 season. The team made the announcement on Sunday. Not long ago, the team placed Skaggs on the DL with a flexor strain, and now, obviously, the worst-case scenario has been realized.

Well, sh!t.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, fml, skaggs, tommy john surgery

Roenicke Reiterates Aggressive Baserunning Philosophy

a very good article where the brewers manager explains why he is ok with with his team running into 500 outs a season on the bases

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:38 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, brewers, milwaukee

Baer: Caleb Joseph has homered in five consecutive games

Also, we went 142 years between the first major league “Caleb” and the second… and now there are four.  The more you know… 彡

If you’re not familiar with the name Caleb Joseph, you’re not alone. The 28-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, made his major league debut on May 7 this season and has been playing regularly behind the dish since catcher Matt Wieters succumbed to a season-ending elbow injury…

His second-inning two-run home run against ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 01:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: caleb joseph, history, orioles

Dodgers Acquire Kevin Correia

Attention and fame.

The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams.  The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever.  He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kevin correia, trades, transactions, twins

Cardinals pitcher John Lackey called Caleb Joseph’s home run a “Baltimore home run”

Doesn’t Lackey know by now that Caleb Joseph has more pop than Caleb Bradham!

John Lackey does not take losing to Baltimore well.

On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Baltimore again after yesterday’s 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights.

According to MLB.com, Lackey called the Orioles catcher’s Caleb Joseph’s two-run, second-inning home run a “Baltimore home run,” as in he doesn’t think it was a real home run. It pretty much ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, orioles

OMNICHATTER 8-10

Yo, OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Hollywood Reporter: ESPN Suspends Host for Domestic Abuse Story

The sports network has suspended host Max Kellerman after he admitted Monday on ESPN-LA Radio show Mason & Ireland that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years.

“Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.

Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, domestic violence, espn, suspensions, talk radio

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Coco Crisp’s New Haircut is Interesting

Oakland A’s centerfield Coco Crisp’s afro is famous. Why it even has its own blog.

We regret to inform you that Coco Crisp no longer has an afro. Instead, he has this:

The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:01 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp, fashion

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