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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Column | Freddie Freeman Shouldn’t Play 3B To Accommodate Adams

What’s the downside to trying Freeman at third? I guess he could get hurt but he’s been hurt as a first baseman. If he can’t play there, they move him back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, matt adams

OMNICHATTER 6-24-17

Gorgeous Ladies of OMNICHATTER*

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: June 24, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Yankees designate Chris Carter for assignment, call up Tyler Austin from Triple-A

It’s over for Chris Carter.

The struggling first baseman was designated for assignment after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s game. Tyler Austin will be called up to take his place and ostensibly will get the lions share of the first base time for now.

Carter was signed to a one year deal for $3.5 million.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:24 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, yankees

Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday’s 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after suffering a right knee injury while playing for the Nationals.

“I feel so comfortable, really good moving behind the plate,” Ramos said. “Right now I feel very good and ready to play, ready to get ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, rays, wilson ramos

Friday, June 23, 2017

Royals sign former Brewers closer Neftalí Feliz and drop Chris Young

“Neftali has a power arm, and he’s healthy,” Moore said. “He also had a lot of success last year. It was pretty easy for us to move forward with this.”

Feliz’s struggles have stemmed from giving up the long ball. In just 27 innings for the Brewers, he allowed eight home runs, which is tied for second most in the MLB by a reliever in 2017. In 2016 with the Pirates, Feliz gave up 10 home runs in 53 2/3 innings.

In contrast, during Feliz’s two best seasons (2010 and 2011) in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 11:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, neftali feliz, royals

Asdrubal Cabrera to Mets: Trade me

Asdrubal Cabrera, unhappy with the Mets’ decision to move him to second base on short notice, said Friday he wants to be traded.

The veteran infielder, who was activated from the disabled list, was in the lineup at second base against the Giants at AT&T Park and vowed to give “100 percent,” but he made it clear he is unhappy with his situation.

“If they don’t have a plan for me, I think it’s time to make a move,” Cabrera said, noting he has told his agent to facilitate a trade. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to have shoulder surgery; he’s out for the season

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will undergo major shoulder surgery next week and will not pitch again in 2017.

Team doctor Neal ElAttrache will repair the anterior capsule in Urias’ left shoulder on Tuesday. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, expects Urias to require 12 to 14 months of rehabilitation.

The injury occurred on one pitch during a minor league outing on June 10, Friedman said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Detroit Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez

The Tiger opted today to release Rodriguez, who had continued to struggle after losing the closer’s job to Justin Wilson. The Tigers announced this afternoon they have recalled right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers also announced that outfielder Alex Presley has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list and they have selected the contract of outfielder Matt den Dekker from Toledo.

Rodriguez questioned the communication skills of manager Brad Ausmus and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco rodriguez, tigers

Trout got extension but longer deal was broached

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him to free agency at barely 29….

After Trout’s suggestion of a possible lifetime deal wasn’t immediately accepted by the Angels (word is, he preferred shorter if not very long), the sides wound ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, george springer, kris bryant, mike trout

Red Sox Sign Jhonny Peralta

The Red Sox have agreed to a minors deal with veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was among those to tweet. He’ll report to Triple-A for the time being, where he’ll line up at third base and attempt to give the organization another option at that area of need.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jhonny peralta, red sox

Mets are open for a selloff: Here’s how it can work

So the Mets not only should be open-minded now, they should be open for business. In Bruce, Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker (currently on the DL), they have five walk-year players unlikely to return or receive the qualifying offer, which would guarantee a contract of more than $18 million next season if accepted and – as part of the new CBA – return only a draft pick following the second round if the free agent signs elsewhere.

Since they still control all of their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, curtis granderson, jay bruce, mets, royals

AP source: Jeter doesn’t have money needed to buy Marlins

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Derek Jeter told Major League Baseball on Thursday he doesn’t yet have the necessary money to buy the Miami Marlins and is still seeking help from other investors, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

The person described the status of the Marlins’ sale talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t discussing the negotiations publicly.

The person said Jeter, a 14-time All-Star shortstop, met with MLB and Marlins ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Analytics haven’t ruined baseball, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

Verducci does, however, touch on an operative point. Analytics makes teams perform better than conventional wisdom. But analytics is indifferent to entertainment, a prime concern for what is an entertainment product. Teams are getting more efficient. That does not mean efficiency is better to watch.

Sports must engage fans. Inherent to fan engagement is a working understanding of what’s happening in front of them. That’s true whether it’s the child fantasizing about running his favorite ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Baseball’s tumultuous relationship with the female fan

Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and bravely paving the way for Men’s Rights Activists, men in the ‘70s sued teams over Ladies’ Days, claiming these promotions discriminated against them, as male fans were barred entry and forced to walk over coals as punishment should they arrive at the ballpark on Ladies’ Day. The lawsuits were successful, and Ladies’ Day was no more. But women continued to press for equality, emboldened by these desperate attempts to curb their increasing ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 12:25 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, women in baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2017

Chicago Eagle, June 23, 1917:

The force-out of a runner at the plate on a ball that dropped in the outfield is the remarkable play made in a recent game between the Phillies and Cubs. With the bases full, and one out, Mann of the Cubs poked the ball to center field…[Gavy Cravath] caught the ball on the first bounce, and, actuated by almost a sixth sense, he hurled the ball straight to Catcher Killifer and forced out Doyle, hot-footing it from third.

I’ve seen 9-3 putouts at first base before, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fake news, history

For My Compadre, Big Papi

Where we come from, we had to hustle just for the 50 pesos it cost to take the bus to the Olympic stadium to play baseball. It was 25 pesos each way. If you happened to lose 25 pesos at the ballpark, you were walking back home.

No waters. No Gatorade. No food. Nothing. If you were lucky, somebody would find a hose. That’s how we made it. We are raised by our families to be survivors.

From the time you are a baby, you learn to eat whatever is on the table. You don’t get to pick. You bless ...

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Aaron Judge More Than Halfway To Rookie HR Record

All Rise!

Aaron Judge is halfway to 50 home runs. This marks the 11th time that a New York Yankees player hit 25 home runs within the team’s first 70 games of the season. Babe Ruth had five of the other 10. Roger Maris had two such years (including 1961, when he broke Ruth’s record by hitting 61 home runs). Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig had one each.
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Twenty-five home runs in 70 team games is at a season’s pace of 57 homers, which would shatter Mark McGwire’s major ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2017 at 03:07 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, homers, new york yankees, records, rookies

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Recounting the many ways baseball has changed in 20 years

While some of Kurkjian’s predictions might seem outlandish now, 20 years can bring all sorts of wild changes no one could have anticipated. If I took a time machine back to 1997 and wrote a column predicting all the things that would happen, I would be laughed out of the room or burned at the stake as a heretic. (Were they burning people at the stake in 1997? I was in college then—that year is a bit of a blur.)

So let’s imagine what things have happened in the past 20 years of baseball, and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 04:00 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: history


Kyle Schwarber headed back to Triple-A Iowa

A spokesperson for the Chicago Cubs confirmed Thursday that Schwarber is being sent back to Triple-A Iowa after struggling through the first months of the 2017 season.

The 24-year-old outfielder/catcher was expected to play a major role for the defending world champions again this season but has hit just .171 (38-for-222) in 64 games.

Schwarber has been a fan favorite ever since the Cubs selected him in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft. That popularity skyrocketed when Schwarber shocked ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Athletics Designate Stephen Vogt

The Athletics have designated veteran catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment in the team’s latest future-oriented move, per a club announcement. Catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson have been called up from Triple-A, with third baseman Matt Chapman hitting the DL.

Chapman had only just been called up himself, taking over at third base with veteran Trevor Plouffe being designated and later traded to the Rays. The A’s are now calling upon two additional youthful players ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stephen vogt

Your 2017 MLB local broadcaster rankings

31. Chicago White Sox (road): 1.26

-Hawk Harrelson (play by play)
-Steve Stone (analyst)
-Tom Paciorek (analyst – select)

Our readers have made it three polls in a row at the bottom for Hawk Harrelson and company, to the shock of absolutely no one. The White Sox road crew’s score was the same as it was last year, and they also picked up the most F votes out of any team (as you’d expect).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2017

Butte Post, June 22, 1917:

Haunted, it is said, by fear of life in the European trenches, Walter Mails unceremoniously quit the Portland Coast League baseball club to accept a job at one-half the salary in a Seattle shipbuilding plant.

The eccentric southpaw pitcher’s friends assert that he quit the club because W. W. McCredie refused to guarantee his full salary to the close of the Coast league season.
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Judge McCredie says Mails told him he didn’t want to fight and as he could make $6 a day ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum receives $1 million gift from MLB, players union

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum received a substantial gift on Wednesday from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and players association executive director Tony Clark were at the museum on Wednesday to announce a $1 million donation to the NLBM. Clark proposed the idea to Manfred of creating a partnership with the museum about a year ago.

“Whenever you try to rebuild something like rebuild African-American participation in our game, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: negro league baseball museum

Can rising prospect be roundabout solution to Yankees’ 1st base problem? | New York Post

The Yankees have had a first-base issue all season with Greg Bird’s struggles perhaps due to injury, his extended absence because of injury and Chris Carter’s inability to do enough of what he excels at (hitting homers) to overshadow what he does not (pretty much everything else).

As if on cue to demonstrate the point, Matt Holliday — making his eighth start at first this season — misplayed a second-inning pop-up that every cast member of “The Bad News Bears” would have caught.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Mets Are Pissed At Yasiel Puig For Admiring His Homer

Puig’s fourth-inning, three-run homer off of Tyler Pill put L.A. up 5-1, and Puig circled the bases in a dilatory 32.1 seconds, the second-longest trot in the majors this season. In defense, he was distracted by exchanging words with Wilmer Flores at first and then Travis d’Arnaud at home….

Flores said he told Puig to “run the bases.” Puig responded, according to Flores, “Fuck you.”

Between innings, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes spoke to Puig.

“After I talked to Cespedes, he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, unwritten rules of the game, yasiel puig

Jarrod Dyson breaks up perfect game with bunt – and Justin Verlander isn’t mad

Baseball’s unwritten rules were back in play on Wednesday night when Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson broke up Justin Verlander’s perfect-game bid with a bunt single with one out in the sixth inning.

The inning quickly unraveled for Verlander and the Tigers after that, as the Mariners plated three runs on three more hits and two walks. Here’s the rally-starting bunt:

To his credit, Verlander wasn’t upset.

“It was a perfect bunt,” Verlander said, via MLB.com. “That’s part of his game. ...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Former White Sox infielder Tadahito Iguchi announces retirement plans

A Chicago World Series star who was not ready for DWTS .... until now.

Japanese infielder Tadahito Iguchi, who helped the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005, will retire at the end of the 2017 season.

The 42-year-old Iguchi, the oldest active player in Nippon Professional Baseball, currently plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.

“I’ve been thinking when would be the right time to quit,” Iguchi said Tuesday. “I want the fans and those who supported me to ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: June 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, japanese baseball, white sox

Retronaut: The House of David baseball team

With their long hair and beards, the House of David players drew massive crowds as they barnstormed around the country.

Famous professional players occasionally donned fake beards and joined the team for games, including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Satchel Paige, and even Babe Ruth.(They considered signing the Sultan of Swat in 1934, but decided his hedonistic lifestyle would be a poor fit for the ascetic team.)

Zach Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beards, general, history, house of david

At Long Last, Video Of One Of The Most Ridiculous And Unforgettable Plays In Nats History (WaPo)

This is pure awesomeness!! MLBAM swept away the cobwebs and wrestled out of their archives this video gem for which Nats fans have been clamoring for centuries.

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most unforgettable plays in early Nationals history, a moment right up there with Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wearing “Natinals” jerseys for a home game in 2009. If you haven’t seen the play, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard it.

MLB video direct link

What’s your ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 21, 2017 at 05:21 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, bone-headed plays, nationals, nook logan, videos

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