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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Braves’ pitching plan a throwback to their glory days

The Braves followed the old John Schuerholz-Paul Snyder-Bobby Cox model by focusing on athletic, “high upside” players in the June first-year player draft. They chose high school players with their first four selections, and invested 24 of their first 31 picks in pitchers. Assistant general manager John Coppolella calls the surplus of arms a “happy coincidence,” but acknowledges it is appropriate given the organization’s pitching-rich history.

“We see Max Scherzer getting $210 million on the ...

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Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: August 13, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The WAR is over, even if Buster Olney doesn’t know it

In short, the WAR war is over. If it wasn’t over when Felix Hernandez won the 2010 Cy Young Award with a 13-12 record, it surely was last year, when Clayton Kershaw became the first National League pitcher to win the MVP since 1968 — in no small measure because his 8.0 WAR led the majors, with the closest position player in the Senior Circuit being Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy at 6.8. And, of course, the fact that they are on the back of the Topps baseball cards, which is as close as the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, buster olney, rbi, the sporting news, war

David Robertson pans ‘bush league’ Mike Scioscia for standing in way

Icing the closer?

Shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal. Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. White Sox manager Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay ...

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The Real Cardinal Way: How Cluster Luck Is Once Again Propelling St. Louis’s Astonishing Success «

The Cardinals are a real cluster luck!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Yankees calling up Greg Bird | MLB.com

The Yankees are making room for their future. They will promote Greg Bird, their No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The club has not yet announced the move.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

Which managers are most likely to get canned? | FOX Sports

Managers on the hot seat.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Texas Rangers will send Josh Hamilton for MRI on knee | | Dallas Morning News

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, dealing with renewed soreness in his chronically sore left knee, will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday to determine if he’s dealing with something more debilitating.

Hamilton has had two surgeries on each knee and regularly receives injections of synthetic lubricating fluid to ease the strain on the knees caused by the removal of some cartilage.

“I’m not sure,” Hamilton said Thursday when asked if he was concerned. “This feels a little more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, josh hamilton, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2015

Seattle Star, August 13, 1915:

Charles Bultman, a realty broker, today announced to the United Press that he is negotiating the sale ofthe Cincinnati Reds. He said Warren Carter of Pasadena, Cal., has a 10-day option on the club.

It was reported that “inside baseball” circles today that Carter is acting for the Federal league, and that the Reds will be included in the Federal circuit for 1916.

Wowsers. That would have been crazy. Obviously this didn’t happen, with the Federal League months away ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, reds

Rizzo climbs on tarp, into stands for catch

Amazing play by Rizzo of course, but I was surprised it was ruled a legal catch. My understanding has always been than a player can jump into the stands and catch the ball in the air, but he can’t plant his foot on the wall and then jump into the stands to make a catch.  And I’m surprised he was allowed to climb on the tarp.  At the same time, the rules (shockingly), aren’t entirely clear (see text after the jump).

Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lawyers, rules of the game

Beyond Charboneau: The Curious Cases of Baseball Burnouts – The Hardball Times

Includes a Jason Bere reference.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: history

2015 High Class A Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com

Antonio Senzatela looks like someone to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Pirates’ sloppy fielding leads to 4-2 loss to Cardinals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gerrit Cole sounds like a good teammate.

For Cole (14-6), this one had a little extra sting. The budding ace of the Pirates staff had hoped to be the difference against the first-place Cardinals. After the game, he didn’t spend a spare word blaming his defense. The biggest mistakes, he said, were his.

“Those guys are fighting their [butt] off every night just like I am,” he said. “I don’t look at it like they let me down. … There’s no defense for balls pulled over the plate or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, gerrit cole, pirates, yadier molina

Comcast Sports: Should the Red Sox trade Xander Bogaerts for Matt Harvey?

On Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, both Bob Ryan and Bob Neumeier think that shipping Bogaerts to the Big Apple in exchange for a young, Mets ace should be done, although Ryan isn’t so sure it’s Harvey the Sox should be targeting.

“I would send Bogaerts in a heartbeat for Harvey, for [Noah] Syndegaard, [Jacob] deGrom, any of the three,” declared Neumy.

I can’t even listen to this at work, but I couldn’t resist posting.  Who is the crazier fanboy here - me for thinking this is insane, ...

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Lassus Posted: August 13, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Kyle Schwarber to get more catching starts down stretch

Schwarber started in left field for the fifth consecutive game Wednesday.

“I’ve got to get him back there at some point. I don’t want him to lose all that good work that he’s done,” said Maddon, who might hold David Ross back Sunday to use Schwarber against lefty Chris Sale, with Dan Haren pitching for the Cubs.

“He’s made so much progress with it.”

Schwarber has made 12 starts behind the plate for the Cubs after catching 52 games in the minors this season.

“Certainly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Detroit Tigers could activate Miguel Cabrera on Friday

Can Miggy’s return put the Tigers back in the wildcard hunt?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Starlin Castro of Chicago Cubs shifts to second base

Did his agent help Castro?

“Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody.”

Kinzer wasn’t making any demands, just openly wondering where it has gone wrong for Castro. Maddon hopes he can find his groove again, but Addison Russell is the Cubs’ shortstop now and for the future.

“Addy looks like the guy everyone thought he would be,” Maddon said. “[Prospect Javier Baez] is still getting his way back here. And Starlin, we’re trying to get him back on his feet.”

Castro hadn’t played since ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WTOP.com | 500 days of the boys of summer, or why the Nats need to fire Matt Williams

On Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals will square off in a rubber match with the Los Angeles Dodgers inexplicably sitting in second place in the worst division in baseball, a division they should be winning by 10 games. The day marks the 500th since manager Matt Williams took the reins for his first game, which is a large enough sample to acknowledge what has become painfully obvious: He’s not equipped to manage a team with championship aspirations.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dumbass, nationals

OMNICHATTER 8-13-15

The Domino-no OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Red Sox interested in adding Pat Gillick to front office - Over the Monster

Pat Gillick is an extremely astute baseball decision maker. If this report is true, it’s clear that the Red Sox question the team’s decision-making at the top of baseball ops. As they should. Hopefully, they are just working to improve Cherington’s advisory team because I believe his *process* is, overall, the right process.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Kuma KO’s O’s, Joins No-No Club.

Hisashi Iwakuma tossed the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday at Safeco Field, becoming just the second Japanese pitcher (Hideo Nomo was the first) in Major League history to throw a no-no.

In the process of throwing his first career no-hitter, it was also the first complete game of Iwakuma’s career. Iwakuma fanned seven and walked only three batters in tossing the first American League no-hitter since his teammate, Felix Hernandez, threw a ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, no hitters

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

Brian Kenny is ready to televise the sabermetric revolution ... again | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Brian Kenny and Rob Neyer are two of my favorite baseball analysts. These experiments need a lot of tweaking, however. The game is what’s important. Focus on the game and inject smart analysis. Making the analysis the focal point of the broadcast is just too much.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Cards win by turning ordinary to extraordinary | MLB.com

All hail the mighty Cardinals. Really.

“It is a great credit to our player-development system that they prepare the players for what is expected when they get here,” said Mozeliak. “Historically, we have been a team that handles the ups and downs. We look to use the internal options, which are typically young and inexperienced players, but we have a manager and staff willing to try that, which is very helpful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

10 Draft picks off to best starts as pros | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo gives a list of the rabbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Boston Red Sox hire former Los Angles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as consultant

The Boston Red Sox have hired former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as a consultant to help in player evaluation and offseason planning, the team confirmed Wednesday. The role is not a permanent position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, red sox

Keri: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season

Poor results from the #6 organization.

Pinpointing why, exactly, the M’s have failed to usher top prospects into big league prominence is a tougher task. In hindsight, trying to emulate the big-bat/bad-defense approach that got Zduriencik players like Fielder and Weeks looks like it was a bad blueprint in spacious Safeco Field, where slow, unathletic players like Smoak and Montero became bad fits. A lack of viable alternatives led to rushing players like Zunino. And banking on positional ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

NYT:  An Aging Nomad, Jose Reyes Longs for a Team in the Hunt

Reyes, a shell of his former self, longs to play for a contender and wants to finish his career in New York.

When I retire, I’m going to go home and say, ‘I played for what?’ You know, if I don’t win anything.”

This is some sad stuff!!!

Adam Starblind Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, jose reyes, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2015

Tucumcari [New Mexico] News, August 12, 1915:

The oldest baseball in existence is owned by the president of the East End Church Baseball league in Pittsburgh. The ball is nearly fifty-three years old. It was used first in a championship game between the Eclipse team of Kingston, N.Y., and the Hudson team of Newburg, N.Y. The game was played on June 20, 1862, and ended 49 to 18, in favor of the Kingston team.

Wartime pitchers, amirite?

For whatever it’s worth, the East End Church ball is not the ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

All 15 MLB home teams win on same day | MLB.com

What a record! I bet you will all forever remember where you were when you heard the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: records

red sox - Reluctant reliever: Red Sox’ bullpen fix might start with Joe Kelly - WEEI | Rob Bradford

There is an easy fix for Joe Kelly. Pitch better as a starter. If not, prepare yourself for the bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

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