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Monday, May 02, 2016

The last video of Babe Ruth playing in the major leagues, IN COLOR

Get a fantastic look at what Baker Bowl looked like in the 1930s. This video captures the Babe in his next-to-last game in the major leagues, as the Braves take on the Phillies in Philadelphia. Get a load of the scoreboard with the home team listed as batting first, and that’s Jimmie Wilson bouncing around the bases with a home run.

The Babe would retire two days later, frustrated at being lied to by the owner of the Braves. Emil Fuchs was broke and unable to pay rent at Braves Field, and ...

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Francisco Cervelli’s framing an advantage for Pirates - SweetSpot- ESPN

The Pirates fully appreciate what he brings beyond his pitch presentation.

“It’s priceless,” pitching coach Ray Searage said. “Everything he does behind the plate—his execution and game calling—helps build the trust between him and the entire pitching staff. He has grown tremendously as a catcher in the two years he has been here.”

But Cervelli still feels as if he has more to do and more “love” to give.

“I feel like I’m not there yet,” he said. “I’m going to keep working until my very last ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli, pirates, pitch framing

Tim Lincecum’s showcase set, and Giants will be there - San Francisco Chronicle

Is it really going to happen?

Lincecum will host his long-awaited showcase in Arizona on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. At least two-thirds of the major-league teams are expected to attend.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

Facts and fiction from the first month of the MLB season | FOX Sports

I can’t see Beane trading Gray.

Fiction: Sonny Gray is certain to be traded

I’m not naive—when it comes to Billy Beane and trades, it’s always wise to bet the over. Still, the Athletics were one game under .500 in April, their revamped bullpen is performing quite well and Sean Manaea and Jesse Hahn could make their rotation even better.

Are we talking postseason? Probably not. But in 2017? Maybe. The Athletics’ farm system is improving, and Gray will remain affordable next season in his first ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish breezes through his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery with Frisco RoughRiders | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Taking a cautious approach into his first outing in almost 21 months, Yu Darvish emerged with a sense of relief on Sunday.

“I hoped I’m not going to blow (out) my elbow,” the three-time American League All-Star told reporters through an interpreter. “That’s what I was thinking.”

Darvish had no trouble of the sort and breezed through a pair of hitless frames for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He fanned two, allowed one walk and threw 18 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

How parents are ruining youth sports - The Boston Globe

When haven’t parents been the biggest problem with youth sports?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball, youth sports

J.J. Hardy foot injury could lead to hot-hitting Pedro Alvarez and others in the Orioles lineup - Baltimore Sun

Things might get interesting on the left side of the infield if Hardy will be out for a while.

Showalter touts the work Alvarez has put in at third base and first base as he prepares for an opportunity like the one that’s staring at him. There’s definitely going to be a place for whichever infielder gets summoned from the minors, and who knows if Reimold will hold up with more playing time or Kim can keep up the strides he made over his month in the batting cage.

Losing Hardy for any length ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pedro alvarez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-2-2016

Washington Times, May 2, 1916:

Charlie Chaplin…had the honor of throwing out the first ball at the Los Angeles game, opening the Pacific Coast baseball season for 1916.

After the sphere had been tossed to the first batter to step to the plate, it was presented to Chaplin by the team’s manager. The fans gave the comedian a big hand, despite the fact that the ball, as he hurled it toward the box, fell short, bumping against the head of the umpire. There were no casualties, however.

Chaplin then ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 02, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, first pitch, history

Improving Projections with Exit Velocity – The Hardball Times

When used in conjunction with Steamer, the impact of exit velocity was still significant, both statistically and practically. We can expect a hitter to outperform his Steamer projected wOBA by roughly three points for each mph of previous-season exit velocity. (We found a similar effect when using either ZiPS projections or an average of ZiPS and Steamer.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, statcast

10 Degrees: Is a juiced ball causing MLB’s large home run spike? - Yahoo Sports

At the risk of sounding like someone who believes in chemtrails and listens to Infowars religiously, I have a confession to make: More and more I’m convinced that juiced balls are causing a home run spike throughout baseball.

I am far from the only one. It’s hitters and pitchers and coaches and executives and even rational, cogent analysts who cannot find a reasonable explanation for the spike in home runs dating back to last August. The HR/FB rate – the percentage of fly balls that end ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball

OTP 2016 May 2: The Anti-Moneyball Election

But these are not the campaigns that people will study, looking back at 2016. The surprises came from the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns, which followed completely different models. They have broader, more emotional appeals to voters, rather than trying to slice the electorate into ever-narrowing segments (which have been the source for a generation of condescending consultant-speak: Bill Clinton’s soccer moms, George W. Bush’s security moms, and so on). They are running ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 02, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 2777 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, politics

5-2-16 OMNICHATTER

A Dream of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 02, 2016 at 12:13 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The strange saga of Jose Reyes is nearing an end. But what then? - The Denver Post

“I’d like to know exactly what happened,” Monfort said. “It’s easy for us all to speculate on whatever happened. But until we really know, it’s hard. You’re dealing with a guy’s life.

“But if he did something wrong, he should pay for it.”

How many people don’t agree with his statement? The Commissioner’s Office will find that ascertaining exactly what happened will be difficult, if not impossible, when the witnesses don’t want to testify. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Exploring how MLB has turned Yankee Stadium against Yankees | New York Post

But what already is entrenched could not be changed. Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira are among the 30 lefty hitters shifted against most often (all shift stats provided by Baseball Info Solutions). No other team had four, and only the Mariners (Adam Lind, Kyle Seager and Seth Smith) had three — and that did not include Robinson Cano, whose ability to hit line-to-line would have kept him effective at Yankee Stadium even in the shift environment.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLBTR: Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on BusinessWire.com).

Fantex offers professional athletes an up-front, one-time payment in exchange for a portion of that player’s future earnings both on and off the field. Fantex then sells ...

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Replay catches Albert Pujols off bag and costs LA Angels in loss at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas Somehow, what happened to the Angels and Albert Pujols on Friday night seems so obviously right and obviously wrong at the same time.

The key play in the Angels’ 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers was an instant replay challenge, resulting in Pujols being called out for barely lifting his foot off the bag while Roughned Odor held a tag on him.

It snuffed out a promising rally, just before the Rangers turned the game around.

(...)It hasn’t always been that way, but since the ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2016 at 01:28 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay, zapruder

5-1-16 OMNICHATTER

While I thank the Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) for bailing me out yesterday, I’m afraid he went in the wrong order and skipped over….

A OMNICHATTER with Dragons

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 214 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong

But what about Cobb’s 19th-century Southern roots? How could someone born in Georgia in 1886 not be a racist? What I found—and again, not because I am the Babe Ruth of researchers, but because I actually did some research—is that Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an ...

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zenbitz Posted: April 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, racism, ty cobb

Beyond the Boxscore: Joe Mauer is back.

As someone who doesn’t hit for a notable amount of power, the lefty has always seen success through his ability to command the zone and take the ball to all fields, which allowed him to hit for a high average. So when Mauer’s plate discipline profile started to decline, it is no surprise that his overall performance fell as well. Instead of a player who consistently challenged the .300 mark for batting average and .400 mark for on-base percentage, the 2015 version of Joe Mauer batted .265 ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 04:50 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, twins

4-30 OMNICHATTER

The Winds of OMNICHATTER.

I get a Syndergnome today!

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run

La Russa:

“So here’s what I thought. I thought, Gibby, he’s hittin’ on one leg. … My thought was, lookit, he’s hurting, I wanted to bring the outfield in because I didn’t think he could hit the ball out of the infield. So I was just trying to protect [against] the bloop. … So I was worried he was going to hit a ground ball through a hole or hit a blooper. So [pitching coach Dave] Duncan says, ‘You know, Steve Sax is on deck. And Eck’ll walk through him like he’s water.’ ...

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Hardball Times: The Doug Mirabelli Trade, an Oral History

10 years ago this weekend, marked backup catcher and knuckleball whisperer Doug Mirabelli’s return to the Red Sox.

The December prior, the Red Sox sent the 35-year-old Mirabelli — long Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher — to the Padres for second baseman Mark Loretta. They acquired Josh Bard from the Indians (in the Coco Crisp deal) a month later to replace Mirabelli.

April 2006 was a period of adjustment — Mirabelli adjusting to San Diego, Bard to Boston, Wakefield to Bard. It ...

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MLB Plus: Analytics-driven feed debuts

1. What is MLB Plus?
Orchestrated from both MLB.com Studios and correspondents as well as technical resources at the ballpark, MLB Plus is a new way to enjoy baseball.
MLB Plus will place a real-time emphasis on the numbers and metrics used by many of the game’s current decision-makers, from spin rate and outfield positioning to exit velocity and lead distance. In addition, MLB Plus will supplement the action with videos explaining the technology used and in-depth prospect reports.

2. Who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, fernando perez, statcast

Sherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs

Sherman blames everyone for players using PEDs—save the sportswriters who turned a blind eye to the issue during the 90s/00s.

Dee Gordon is the villain in his 80-game suspension. Let’s be upfront about that because I want to talk about the hypocrisy that cushions a villain and propels a villain to do villainous stuff.

Pretty much the only institution in the game that has delivered a strong penalty to those tied to illegal performance enhancers is the Baseball Writers Association of America, ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, peds, sportswriters, steroids, suspensions

Dee Gordon, N.L.‘s Reigning Batting Champion, Gets 80-Game Penalty

One year after an All-Star season that saw him win awards for his hitting and fielding, Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon for 80 games because tests found that he used two performance-enhancing drugs.

spanx for the memories Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: miami marlins

Astros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams

Well, the cat is out of the bag: The Houston Astros are looking at placing a High A team at a new Fayetteville ballpark, while the Texas Rangers are still eying a team in Kinston, as work progresses on moving two teams from the California League to the Carolina League.

Astros owner Jim Crane was in Fayetteville today to look at ballpark sites, in a move originally scheduled for last Monday (the trip was delayed due to flooding in Houston). And while the whole Cal to Carolina move for the High ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, california league, carolina league, rangers

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pipeline Inbox: 2016 MLB Draft questions | MLB.com

The Draft is just six weeks away and we’re kicking up MLBPipeline.com’s coverage a few notches today by updating and expanding our Top Prospects list to 100. I also wrote an overview of the top talent available, and Jonathan Mayo will break down options for the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick Friday. On Monday, we’ll both speculate as to how the first 10 choices could unfold. Then on Tuesday, I’ll detail the prospects whose stock has risen and fallen the most since the start of the year.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, prospects

Minor League Baseball Toolshed: Big week for pitching prospect promotions | MiLB.com

Some good guys on the way. After seeing him pitch a couple of times, I’m very high on Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Someone stole a 14-foot Royals player off a billboard - SBNation.com

Please put it back.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Rough start for MN Twins’ John Ryan Murphy

Murphy’s line-drive rate had dropped to just 7.4 percent, well off his career average (22.1 percent). His flyball rate was 48.1 percent, well above his typical 35.0 percent, and his hard-contact rate had dropped to 17.1 percent from a career mark of 27.1 percent.

This, too, it seems he’d rather not know.

“The way the game is now, there’s probably an overload of information,” he said. “I think every player is a little bit different. You have to understand what works for you and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: john ryan murphy, twins

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