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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Grumbling About Socialism, the Yankees Profit From It

Paying revenue sharing, bad. Getting $1 billion in government subsidies for new stadium, good.

Hank G. Posted: April 17, 2016 at 07:45 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: corporate welfare, hypocrites, yankees

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side - GammonsDaily.com

While the Blue Jays watch Tulowitzki’s work ethic so that he gets rid of throws strongly, quickly and accurately however he reaches them, so too, on the other side the Red Sox have come to marvel at the throwing of Travis Shaw.

Now, for a guy who was moved to first base for awhile, Shaw’s athleticism has surprised the coaches and the front office. “I know I am very impressive with his defense,” says Dave Dombrowski. “Travis gets rid of the ball very quickly,” says Brian ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, red sox

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes we’ll soon have a female MLB player

“This isn’t just an African-American celebration. This is about the opening of doors for everybody,” Hurdle said, according to the Beaver County Times. “I still believe firmly there is going to be a day where there is a female player in the big leagues. I got that. Where it goes, I don’t know. I don’t believe I’ll be in the dugout to see it.”

Hurdle, 58, may not be too far off. After all, it wasn’t too long ago when Mo’Ne Davis dominated the Little League World Series, though her dream lies ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, women in baseball

WGN: Kevin Costner Wants to Make a Movie About the Cubs

Costner, who starred in two of the most famous baseball movies ever, “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams,” told King he is hoping to make another.

“I’ve got one more in me,” Costner said.

When King pressed him to elaborate, the actor replied, “It has to do with the Cubs.”

Costner said he wasn’t sure if he’d follow through on the project, but said “I’ve got to get it written.”

McCoy Posted: April 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, movies

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright frustrated | cardinals.com

All you Twitter people are on notice!

“I don’t care what all those Twitter people out there calling for my retirement and all that, and I don’t know how many times I have to tell people to relax, because you pitch a few games like this you don’t deserve to tell them to relax,” Wainwright said.

“What I will and can say is I will come out of this, and I will be a very, very good pitcher. I’m just not there right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

OMNICHATTER 4-17-16

The OMNICHATTER once saved a baby bunny from a dead snake.

Gamingboy Posted: April 17, 2016 at 01:01 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Vulture: Everybody Wants Some!! Is Effortless Fun.

The time is late August, 1980, when an agreeable 18-year-old named Jake (Blake Jenner) arrives at Texas Southern University, where he’ll be pitching on the baseball team. His “dorm” is a ramshackle house for fellow baseball players, and the atmosphere in those few days before classes and games begin is loose. The looseness is deceptive, though, because even as these athletes devote most of their waking hours to chasing women (with one practice session), they’re taking one another’s ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 16, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, movies, nostalgia

Brinson: Actual story about Madison Bumgarner told by national treasure Vin Scully last night on the Dodgers broadcast

Scully alternately tells a wonderful story about Madison Bumgarner and his wife, Allie, and calls a Howie Kendrick plate appearance.


Jackie Robinson’s legacy carries on, one wiffle bat swing at a time - Yahoo Sports

The 42 does not fret. The 42 holds out its arms. It insists Jackie Robinson Day is not a day at all, but a reminder of who we need to be on all of the days. The children? All of these wonderful children?

It says, “We just have to reach one. Start there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie robinson

Inside the record-setting seventh inning for Mark Trumbo and the homer-happy Orioles - Baltimore Sun

“There’s no doubt. This is where the fun is. The speculation — the preseason — is one thing,” Trumbo said. “But to go and actually see it with your own eyes, in season, this was a really, really fun game for us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Dodgers’ Hernandez pounds Bumgarner in win | MLB.com

This was a very good day for Kiki Hernandez.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kiki hernandez

Dustin Pedroia’s game has always been bigger than his stature | FOX Sports

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey started for Wichita State. The following year, he would be the Mets’ first-round pick, and ninth overall selection.

“That was one of the first places you could see the (velocity readings) on the scoreboard. Pelfrey was throwing 96-97,” Murphy said.

“Pedroia was a junior. Sure enough, Pelfrey warmed up before the game with some high numbers. One of the first pitches of the game, Pedroia hits a line drive off the center-field fence, just a bolt. He gets to second base, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

OMNICHATTER 4-16-16

The Insert-Joke-Here OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 16, 2016 at 01:06 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 15, 2016

Report: Adrian Beltre to stick with Rangers through 2018

The Texas Rangers and Adrian Beltre have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18 million per year, according to MLB.com.

Beltre, 37, was set to become a free agent at the end of this season, when the six-year contract he signed in January 2011 expires.

Beltre has long been a priority for Texas.

“We would like Adrian to finish his career as a Ranger,” general manager Jon Daniels said last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:52 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

For Rule 5 Draft Picks, PEDs Pay Way Too Well

For the Phillies, Stumpf’s suspension will actually make it easier to keep him on the roster. Rule 5 players cannot be sent to the minors during their Rule 5 selection season. But they also must remain on the active roster for at least 90 days before they are free and clear of Rule 5 eligibility requirements. Because of Stumpf’s suspension, the Phillies don’t have to worry about carrying him on the active roster for the rest of the first half of the season. Now 32 of those 90 days on the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:52 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel stumpf, peds, rule 5 draft

Jim Leyland to manage Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Jim Leyland is heading back into the dugout.

But this time, he won’t be wearing a major league uniform.

As first reported by Jon Morosi, the former Detroit Tigers manager will manage the U.S. team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

“I’m flattered,” Leyland said….

Leyland’s coaching staff will include former Tigers star and current Tigers special assistant Alan Trammell, former Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones, Toledo Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon, Marcel Lachemann and Willie ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jim leyland, world baseball classic

OT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: off-topic Sam Hinkie threads.

jmurph Posted: April 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 941 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 15, 1916:

The Ohio Penitentiary Baseball league opened its 1916 season in the prison grounds [in Columbus] today. No. 1 team played No. 2. The members of both squads, though they frequently expressed the belief that it would put them in better form, were deprived of the customary southern training trip. Warden Thomas said today, however, that both teams are fast. The convict players have new uniforms—baseball uniforms, that is—and equipment, this year.

It’s a good league, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ex-trainer says Pablo Sandoval needs baby sitter to control weight | Boston Herald

Did the Red Sox research him at all before signing him?

“I care about him greatly,” said Banning, who lost touch with Sandoval after the 2011-12 offseason. “But it’s a tough love. He needs to be smart enough to say there’s a problem. It’s like the alcoholic that won’t admit he’s an alcoholic: well, you can’t address that you’re an alcoholic if you don’t ever admit there’s a problem. He’s got to address that.

“He’s proven to me and shown consistently that he’s got ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:59 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Phillies’ Velasquez strikes out 16 in shutout | MLB.com

Does it get an asterisk because it was against the Padres AAA lineup?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, phillies

4-15-16 OMNICHATTER

The Jackie Robinson Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 15, 2016 at 01:01 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, April 14, 2016

No. 1 MLB draft prospect Jason Groome ruled ineligible, stats erased

Barnegat High School senior left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, the No. 1 overall prospect for June’s Major League Baseball draft, has been ruled ineligible by the state’s governing body for high school athletics for violating the state’s transfer rule, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Barnegat must forfeit victories in which Groome played this season and his statistics over the past two weeks will be erased, including the 19 strikeouts he racked up during a no-hitter he threw against ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school baseball, jason groome

Sling adds regional Fox Sports networks, including MLB games

Sling adds Fox networks, including regional Fox Sports networks, to their service offerings.  They are part of a new “beta multi-stream” service that appears to be available separately from their base plan for $20 per month.  Probably the cheapest way to (legally) get in-market baseball?

Hat tip to RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) from today’s Omnichatter.


SABR 46: An Interview with Barry Bonds | Society for American Baseball Research

This should be interesting.

We are excited to announce that baseball great Barry Bonds will be a featured speaker at the SABR 46 convention this summer in Miami.

SABR 46 will be held July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Discounted early registration rates are available now at SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Ty Cobb, reputations

Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator.  He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy.  Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him.  He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers.  Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick.  Carl Mays.  Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons.  I ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, dick allen, ty cobb

Drellich: Red Sox won’t be able to hide Pablo Sandoval for long | Boston Herald

The Red Sox don’t have many options. Right now, Shaw is a better player than Sandoval was before he went off the rails. So, even if Sandoval finds workout religion, how does the team find playing time to rebuild his value enough to get another team to take on even a small portion of his contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Alex Rodriguez must hit or he has no worth for New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

NEWSFLASH: Designated Hitter must hit to be of value to team. Story at 11!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Chip Hale upset with Rick Honeycutt | MLB.com

He was probably offended by their new uniforms.

D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo slugs two more homers for Round Rock Express | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

What kind of hitter will Joey Gallo be? Following his track record of second year adjustments at each level, we might have to wait until 2008 to find out.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

From gurus to grainy video, new information age dawns for MLB sluggers

The number of tools to help players today really is amazing

While wary of oversimplifying what can be an extremely complex process, Tewksbary stresses three elements: Swing plane, depth of swing, and path of swing. A batter’s goal: A launch angle of 10 to 15 degrees, which he believes is ideal for making hard contact and elevating the ball.

With the advent of Statcast, major leaguers are able to easily track exit velocity and launch angle, providing immediate validation.

Some of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris colabello, hitting, hitting philosophies, josh donaldson

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