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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phillies agree to terms with No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak

The Phillies signed No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak on Monday and were able to cut a deal that allows them to spend more money on their other top picks.

The contract, according to Baseball America, has a $6.1 million signing bonus, which is $3 million less than the bonus pool allotment for the No. 1 pick. The Phillies will use that money on other players who require a larger signing bonuses. They have yet to sign second-round pick Kevin Gowdy, a righthanded pitcher, but infielder Cole Stobbe, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Yard Goats’ Stalled Stadium Leaves Seasonal Workers In Limbo - Hartford Courant

A $63 million park project.

Yahaira Davila heard “we’ll call you soon” countless times from job interviewers who never called back.

She heard that phrase again in March inside the Wilson-Gray YMCA on Albany Avenue. That promise of a call came from the Hartford Yard Goats, the AA baseball team whose major selling point in this city was the jobs it would create.

The promise was made good when she was brought in for a second interview and walked out with a seasonal position as a member of Dunkin’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium renovations

Marlins, Rockies Set Curious Home Run Record

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.

They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.

Eight solo home runs is still ten short of the entertainment record held jointly by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.


Fadeaway: Episode 3: See That He Behaves

The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

George McQuillan was one of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball until a variety of scandals and personal problems brought his career crashing down. Part Dwight Gooden, part Max Scherzer, and part Christy Mathewson, McQuillan’s fall from grace is one of baseball’s saddest stories. This episode uses never-before-published documents to tell the story of how McQuillan lost his way, his attempt to resurrect his career from the ...

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Baseball Prospectus | The Perils Of MLB’s Sorting System

Lesson in article one is, it’s very difficult to get a job in MLB. The lesson in article two is, life isn’t fair.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, jobs

Full Count » John Farrell explains decisions made in Red Sox’ extra innings loss to White Sox

I don’t believe Farrell is a great manager. Having said that, his moves weren’t the problem last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Rick Hahn: Not ‘in anybody’s best interest for me to comment’ on Ventura, others’ status | CSN Chicago

“I don’t think it’s in anybody’s best interest for me to comment on the status of anybody in uniform — coach, manager, player — other than to say that on any given night, we’re doing everything in our power to support the group that’s here and to try to put them in the best position to win,” Hahn said. “That’s where everybody’s focus is. It’s not on the future or outside distractions or answering questions out the status of anybody within the organization. We’re ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: rick hahn, robin ventura, white sox

OMNICHATTER 6-21-16

Majora’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 21, 2016 at 12:21 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lovers and Cranks « Our Game

Good stuff.

The first thing that impresses one on a visit to the Polo Grounds on any day of the week is the number of spectators. It makes no difference what day it is or which clubs are to compete, there are always crowds on hand to watch a match. On Fridays and Saturdays there are more persons than on other days. But a match between two of the more prominent nines of the League will call out 7,000 or 8,000 persons, no matter what the day may be. The wonder to a man who works for his living is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Chris Singleton’s year of strength and sorrow after the Charleston shooting

I’ve got nothing. Just a beautiful but heartbreaking piece.

Chris thanked everyone who had reached out to him, expressed his grief for the other families and fielded 15 questions. “I didn’t think about it at all,” he’ll say later. “I just spoke from the heart.” Someone asked if he had a message to pass on to a world horrified that a young man could walk into a church and fire 77 bullets at a group of people as they studied Scripture, ending nine lives, stealing sisters and ...

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ajnrules Posted: June 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, general

Contreras joins in Chicago Cubs’ homer barrage

While some of you were watching a silly basketball game I was enjoying a very special moment.

Catching prospect Willson Contreras came up as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and hit the first major-league pitch he saw over the wall in center field for a 2-run home run.

The delirious crowd of 41,024 screamed for a curtain call, and Contreras obliged, eating up the attention. Contreras, 24, will get his first big-league start Monday night, but it would be hard to top Sunday.

“It was amazing,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, willson contreras

Red Sox promote Yoan Moncada to Double-A Portland

It looks like a road trip is in my future.

Andrew Benintendi is about to have some company.

Top prospect Yoan Moncada has been promoted to Double-A Portland, the High-A Salem Red Sox announced on Twitter on Sunday night. Moncada hit .307 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage in almost 300 plate appearances with Salem, including a remarkable 25 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 61 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox, yoan moncada

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 20, 1916:

Third Baseman Johnny Dodge of the Mobile Southern association team, died from a concussion of the brain. He was struck by a pitched ball Sunday thrown by Pitcher Tom Rogers of the Nashville club.

Dodge was drafted by the Philadelphia National league club several years ago from the Virginia league upon the recommendation of Frank Haller, who was scouting for the Phillies at the time. He figured in a trade with the Cincinnati club, after a year’s service with the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history, john dodge, tom rogers

Did John McGraw Have a Bullpen Edge? – The Hardball Times

Somebody isn’t trying hard enough.

Bill James has written more about baseball—encompassing history, analytics, and opinion—than I will ever get to read. That doesn’t stop me from reading, and often re-reading, his work. One old passage of his I came across recently covered all three elements I just named, and offered a prediction that he didn’t test—but I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, history, john mcgraw

Mariners acquire pitcher Zach Lee from Dodgers for Chris Taylor | The News Tribune

Two change of scenery players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trade

Blueprint to fix Mets begins with Brandon Nimmo and d’Arnaud | New York Post

De Aza brings nothing to the Mets.

D’Arnaud, set to complete his rehabilitation stint Sunday night, will be there barring something crazy happening. And it would be crazy to not give Nimmo, the prodigal Wyomingite, a shot, with either Michael Conforto or Alejandro De Aza departing to make room.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on outright waivers

Well, this is an expensive mistake.

Since he was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Castillo would clear Monday. He’s still owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with a $13.5 million option after 2019. Because of that price tag, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and be outrighted to Pawtucket. He will no longer be on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.

Castillo’s contract was record-setting for an amateur international player, surpassing the $68 million deal that Jose Abreu signed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

OTP 2016 June 20: I prefer baseball, America’s pastime over politics, America’s blood sport

Now that basketball is over, baseball season is in full swing.  My college home team LSU just lost a heartbreaker that kept them from going to the college world series.  I’m a die-hard Yankees fan and tune in to a number of their games.  But it’s a presidential election year, so a tough choice of what to watch; a baseball game or political rallies?

Just what is America’s favorite pastime? Is it politics or baseball? Politics has always been a major spectator sport, particularly here in ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 20, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2050 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, ffs, politics

OMNICHATTER 6-20-16

Ocarina of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2016 at 12:29 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Report: Five teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller

I’d want Miller over Chapman. Does anyone disagree?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution: Brian Kenny: 9781501106330: AmazonSmile: Books

Just finished reading Kenny’s new book. I enjoyed it very much. It was entertaining and insightful. If you visit this site and like “Baseball Now” and Kenny, you will enjoy this book. Although I have a review copy I plan on paying for a Kindle version so I can more easily reread the book and highlight passages to refer to later. When I get the Kindle version, I will try and post a more in-depth look at the book.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Walk Like a Sabermetrician: The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.

And maybe that’s one of the lasting lessons to take away from The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. That despite the careful planning, the on-the-fly adjustments due to injuries or player poaching (at this level), the dedication of the players and support staff, the superstitious rituals, and the motivational speeches that are poured into baseball clubs, not to mention the attempts to drag baseball kicking and screaming into the sabermetric age, we will never be able ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews


Reds Cody Reed has solid Major League debut | reds.com

I have a good feeling about this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cody reed, reds

George Brett has never stopped trying to please his old man, in spite of it all | The Kansas City Star

We only have one.

George Brett is thinking about his father again, the man who punched him and kicked him and at least once threatened to kill him. George loved the old man. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that.

George has read stories that say he hated his father, and, sure, there were moments back when he was a kid in Southern California when that was true. But isn’t that how most of us are with our parents?

No, George never hated the man. Not in a real, lasting way, at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, royals

SI Yankees’ Sabermetrics Day looks to draw fans - Mlb - Scout

Watch your backs, fellas. Watch your backs.

Last season, the SI Yanks held a Game of Thrones Night, which set the attendance record for any game at Richmond County Ballpark.

The objective behind Sabermetrics Day is to accomplish the same result – and to entice (new) fans so that they begin – and continue – coming to games consistently.

Holley believes that if the event goes well, there could be another Sabermetrics Day next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions


Father’s Day around the league | MLB.com

Happy Father’s Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Like his knuckleball, Red Sox starter Steven Wright succeeds with a soft touch | Boston Herald

Wright’s harmony with regular life is teetering on unbelievable, too.

“You look at the world today, there’s so many mean people out there,” Wright said. “There’s not too many people that you come across that are nice, just in general, day-to-day life. Why not?

“So many people are mean all the time and it’s just an easy way of life. Just to shy people away. . . . It’s really hard to make sure that you’re nice and you’re polite and you’re respectful to everybody ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Expect Billy Beane and the A’s to be active in the trade market

Trading Gray right now wouldn’t be maximizing his value. Unless he goes on a solid string of above average starts or a team decides to give full value in return, there is no sense trading him.

For sure, Gray isn’t what he used to be. But is he merely going through an adjustment period after having much success over his first three seasons? Every time Gray starts, he draws double-digit scouts from contenders. In his start last Wednesday, Gray looked like his dominating self for five innings ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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