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Monday, June 27, 2016

Stroman shows signs of progress but still hasn’t quite found it - Sportsnet.ca

Stroman, meanwhile, will try to lock in on the gains he made Sunday and leverage them when he starts the Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

“You don’t want to think when you’re out there, but I’ve been struggling so obviously I’ve been thinking in between starts, just doing everything I can to get myself where I need to be, but for the most part when I’m out there, I’m not thinking, I’m just trying to execute my pitches and get on the same wavelength as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Angels pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney hoping stem-cell treatment helps them avoid Tommy John surgery

When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.

The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.

Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he ...

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Marty Barrett and the disappearance of baseball’s hidden-ball trick

“I guess Bobby Grich just loved it,” Barrett said. “It was like the greatest thing for him.”

Not so much for DeCinces, who apparently allowed the embarrassment to eat at him. According to the book, Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball’s Oldest Ruse, his aggravation seeped into the following season’s playoffs. Because he had been victimized, he vowed revenge against the Red Sox, according to author Bill Deane. DeCinces tried the trick against the Red Sox ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hidden ball trick

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 27, 1916:

Cleveland American League players wore numbers on the sleeves of their uniforms in [yesterday’s] game with Chicago, for the first time in the history of baseball so far as known. The numbers corresponded to similar numbers set opposite the players’ names on the score cards, so that all fans in the stands may easily identify the members of the home club.

Numbers? On uniforms? It’s a fad. It’ll never stick.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, uniforms

Mets to trade top prospect? Source says: “Rosario going nowhere” | Newsday

They say he isn’t going anywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Odubel Herrera staying in center field | MLB.com

“Go out there and take some fly balls to change your perspective a little bit,” Mackanin said about his motivation to have Herrera work in right field. “That’s it. There’s no plans to move him. If he reads something into it, good. Maybe he’ll think that he needs to do better. There’s nothing imminent. There’s no plans for me to move him out of there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Trumbo on All-Star support: “It makes you feel pretty special” - School of Roch

Trumbo began last week trailing the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts by only 27,023 votes for third place in All-Star balloting, which will be updated again today before teams are announced on July 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. He’s batting .279/.330/.554 with 22 home runs that lead the majors and match his 2015 total. His 55 RBIs lead the Orioles.
Mark-Trumbo-back-on-deck-white.png“I don’t actively check it,” Trumbo said. “I have updates that come in from time to time. I guess it’s a nice situation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars, mark trumbo, orioles

OTP 2016 June 27: Republican comeback after eight years? Yeah, on the baseball diamond

Gallego, who joined fellow Democrats during their sit-in of the House, was suited up and ready to play and rolled his eyes when a reporter tried to ask a question about politics.

“I love baseball,” said Gallego. “I’ve been playing since I was about 6 years old.

“It’s tradition of the Democrats playing the Republicans every year and I wanna take part in that this year,” said Gallego, a freshman playing in his first game here. “So I’ve been practicing with the team and ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 27, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 561 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, politics

Sunday, June 26, 2016

How Clayton Kershaw’s peak stacks up with all-time greats. | Sports on Earth

Verdict: I’m sorry, but Johnson, after all these years, still wins. Yes, there were only 16 teams, and they were all white guys from the United States, but as far as dominating the sport from the mound, no one has done the job at the level and the volume of The Big Train.

There were some surprises in this exercise. Johnson still reigns. Pedro may still take the modern division, but Maddux is right there with him. Grove has two separate career peaks. And amid the names of Pedro, The Meal ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, history

15 hitters contenders could try to acquire at the trade deadline

The Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox


Touching all the bases in the Cape Cod League

It sounds like The Hurler makes one want to hurl it later.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 12:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, cape cod league

Baseball making big shift in defensive strategy | The Sacramento Bee

Meulens is blunt about his feelings on the shift.

“It should be illegal, really,” he said. “Why should there be a guy standing in (shallow) right field?”

Well, for a defense, because it works. Baseball Info Solutions calculates shifts saved 267 runs last season and already have saved 194 this year. But while it’s easy for defenses to reposition an infielder or two, Meulens argues, it’s not so easy for hitters to adjust.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, strategy

Cuban team visit shows US baseball relations still caught in past - NY Daily News

Change can’t come fast enough for Cuban players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Are we getting a glimpse of life after David Ortiz?

Holt will be back soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, clay buchholz, david ortiz, red sox

Cleveland Indians riding high, but still need to make deal: Rant of the week | cleveland.com

The Indians can win with what they have. Frazier may be ready fairly soon. Brantley may also be contributing after the break.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday Notes: Yonder, Yankees, Dodgers, Pitch Selection, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I asked Jason Motte the same question. The Rockies reliever began his professional career as a catcher, so he too knows what it feels like at each end of the 60-feet, six-inch pathway. With 13 seasons under his belt, the 34-year-old righty doesn’t dwell on results as much as he used to.

“When I was a hitter, I thought way too much,” said Motte. “Maybe that’s why I wasn’t very good? But are you more in control when you go out there and pitch? You are and you aren’t. At the end of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Jose Reyes must demonstrate sincere remorse in return to Mets - NY Daily News

Something must be wrong with Harper, he sounds reasonable.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Starting Nine: Should the Pirates consider trading face of the franchise McCutchen? | TribLIVE

They won’t get full value if they trade him now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Yanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post

The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.

This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mark teixeira, yankees

Paul Giamatti, a Baseball Commissioner’s Son, Makes His Own Calls - The New York Times

I didn’t know he was the former Commissioner’s son.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners, movies

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jay Jaffe: Most deserving players without retired numbers

Alan Trammell (No. 3) and Lou Whitaker (No. 1), Tigers
Fernando Valenzuela (No. 34), Dodgers
Dan Quisenberry (No. 29), Royals
Ted Simmons (No. 23), Cardinals
Dave Stieb (No. 37), Blue Jays
Larry Walker (No. 33), Rockies
Edgar Martinez (No. 11), Mariners

Barry Bonds (No. 25), Giants; Roger Clemens (No. 21), Red Sox/(No. 22), Yankees; Mark McGwire (No. 25), A’s/Cardinals; Sammy Sosa (No. 21), Cubs

Derek Jeter (No. 2), Yankees; Ivan Rodriguez (No. 7), Rangers; Jim Thome (No. 25), Indians

bbmck Posted: June 25, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of merit

SABR 46 Convention in Miami

Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.

This is ...

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Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 25, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

ESPN: Mets to demote Conforto, promote Nimmo.

The New York Mets will demote struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to the minors Saturday and promote outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin and multiple reports.

I guess he’s not actually better than Kris Bryant.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Edinson Volquez may have just thrown the worst start of the modern era

Royals starter Edinson Volquez entered Friday night’s appearance against the Astros with a 106 ERA+—meaning, in the simplest terms, he’d been an above-average pitcher on the season when things like his ballpark and the league as a whole were taken under consideration. Volquez then had one of the worst starts in big-league history, thus ensuring that was no longer the case.
Not only was Volquez lifted after recording just three outs—he failed to get anyone out in the second inning—but he yielded ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, royals

Heyman: 8 dream trade scenarios

1. Aroldis Chapman to the Nats for Trea Turner. The Yankees will wait a month to see if they will get serious about a sale for the first time in nearly three decades. But if they do hold one, there will be a feeding frenzy over their two veteran closers, two of the very best in the game. The Nats could have used late-inning fortification even before Jonathan Papelbon went down with an intercostal injury, and Nats manager Dusty Baker is said to love Chapman from their Reds days together. Turner ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bad trade ideas, jon heyman

OMNICHATTER 6-25-16

The Minish OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 25, 2016 at 12:44 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 24, 2016


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-24-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, June 24, 1916:

Several years ago while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, [Fred] Anderson was studying dentistry on the side. Finally he decided to give up baseball and follow his other profession. He bought out the practice of an old tooth carpenter down in Georgia and hit 1.000 in the prosperity league.

Finally his health broke under the strain. A physician advised him to take a long rest and be outdoors as much as possible. The Federals, just starting up, offered an ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred anderson, history

Mariners minor leaguer Boog Powell gets 80-game suspension for PEDs

He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: June 24, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: boog powell, peds, seattle mariners

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