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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bryce Harper Has Lots Of Opinions. And They’re (Almost) All Correct.

The DH

Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.

I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.

I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-12-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 12, 1916:

[Louisville] Colonels and [Minneapolis] Millers each took an end of the double bill on Tuesday. Minneapolis’ win in the second game made it four out of six on the series.
...
[Louisville] Manager Bill Clymer objected to Umpire Murray’s decisions behind the bat in the first game, and Murray invited him to stand behind him and watch the throws.

I’d have loved to watch an umpire invite Earl Weaver or Billy Martin to hang out behind the plate.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 12, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Young shortstops, like Diaz, are wave of future in the big leagues | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals seeing Diaz as their future at shortstop is quite a reversal from 12 months ago, when it was possible his time with the team had passed. The Cardinals needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Diaz had idled at Class AA. The club designated him for assignment. Diaz had to pass through waivers, giving 29 teams a chance to claim him. (“Whoops,” said one NL executive earlier this season.) In the months that followed, Diaz went on a tear: He hit better than .300, reached base more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Baseball Remembers How to Score Runs - WSJ

There is some evidence to suggest that after years of being overpowered by dominant pitchers whose fastballs routinely approach triple digits, batters have started to catch up to the heat. Hitters have a .399 slugging percentage against pitches traveling 95 mph and up this season, up from .337 in 2014.

“Guys throw so hard now, you either become accustomed to it or we have to find another line of work,” said Washington Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has already set a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, run scoring

Giancarlo Stanton beats Frazier in All-Star Home Run Derby - Yahoo Sports

He hit a lot of baseball hard and far.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

OMNICHATTER for the 2016 ALL-STAR GAME

From Petco Park in San Diego.. American League (Chris Sale for an inning or two) and National League (Johnny Cueto for an inning or two) face off for home field in the World Series and bragging rights and y’know what how about we just have fun? CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: July 12, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 272 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 11, 2016

New York Tabloid Cover Asks Daniel Murphy to ‘please go away’

The story about the story.

Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.

With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 11, 2016 at 03:52 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, nationals, nl east

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 11, 1916:

CUT BALL IN HALF, IS COLUMBIA’S PLAN

Columbia University wants at least half the baseball that was used in the annual game with Penn on Franklin field this year.

For years the winning team has hung the ball in its trophy room, but this year darkness brought the contest to an end in the 15th inning with the score tied. The Penn team retained possession of the ball despite protests.

Harry Fisher, graduate manager of athletics at Columbia, has written the Penn ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works | FOX Sports

Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?

Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trade rumors

Cards prospect Reyes sizzles in Futures Game | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Since I’m sure they are watching his innings, how long can the Cardinals resist adding him to their bullpen? As Earl Weaver used to say, “The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Zack Greinke may not return right after break | MLB.com

Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is still another day or two away from playing catch, so the D-backs right-hander will likely not be ready to return for the team’s first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Yankees are still afloat — but their litmus test is coming fast | New York Post

As Girardi said before the game: “We’re not in a great position, but if you’re in this position, you want to play games in your division.”

That won’t be a problem for the fourth-place Yankees. Of their remaining 74 games, they will play AL East opponents 49 times — 13 each with the Orioles, Red Sox and Rays and 10 with the Blue Jays. It starts right out of the chute; after the Red Sox (49-38), the Orioles (51-36) come to town for a four-game set.

That might very well expose and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Evolution of MLB Colors Since 1962 – The Hardball Times

In short, we’re witnessing a return to the same theory that guided ’70s major league teams’ color principles. Brighter is better, at least for now. And nostalgia is leading the way. The recent bright shifts by the Brewers, Astros, Blue Jays, Padres and the M’s weekend throwbacks all were preceded by nods to franchise nostalgia. Of course, all those franchises also had sunk toward extended mediocrity and wanted to change their image. Moving forward, that would seem to make the Rockies ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: uniforms

Take 2: Michael Brantley begins second rehab assignment Monday; Cleveland Indians excited | cleveland.com

The Indians and Brantley have been encouraged by his progress since he received a cortisone shot from Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. The biceps tendinitis had slowed Brantley’s return from November surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder to the point where he was placed on the disabled list on May 14 for the second time this season.

“Sometimes you try to say things in a PC way, but we are excited,” said Francona. “When the diagnosis came ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill all business at Futures Game | The Seattle Times

How’s his defense? He misplayed a Bregman single into a triple in the Future’s Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects, tyler o'neil

Mets’ double-play combo of future shines in showcase | New York Post

There is some life in the Mets farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dilson herrera, mets, prospects

Getting Jose Altuve out a daily dilemma for pitchers - Houston Chronicle

He’s a freak.

“The No. 1 thing is you can’t really strike him out, so that eliminates a lot of outs,” Greinke said. “And he can kind of hit anything.

“It’s weird. It’s not like he has some super strength where if you make a mistake he crushes it. It’s just no matter what you do, he’s probably going to bat close to .300. And if you leave it over the middle, it would probably be closer to .350.”

The latter is roughly where Altuve’s batting average will sit entering this week’s All-Star break. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

Futures Game MVP Yoan Moncada leads World win | MLB.com

The World team hadn’t won a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this decade. For most of Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, it appeared it wouldn’t again this year.

The World was down to its last five outs when U.S. shortstop Alex Bregman’s (Astros) error put the tying run on base. Up came second baseman Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), the best prospect in the Futures Game and arguably the best in baseball. When Anthony Banda (D-backs) hung a changeup, Moncada crushed a 406-foot homer into the upper deck in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Ordinance gives Braves development power to set vending areas | News | mdjonline.com

How many politicians are in the Braves pockets?

Another one of Cupid’s concerns was that the ordinance could impact property owners near the stadium and The Battery Atlanta by restricting their ability to allow vendors to set up in their parking lots or other parts of their property.

“That is how I interpreted the code, that any vending of items by those classified as vendors would not be able to within a certain distance” of the stadium, Cupid said. “I just get concerned overall when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

2016 Home Run Derby OMNICHATTER

Do you want to consider the horrible truth, or do you want to OMNICHATTER about some DINGERS!?!?!

Gamingboy Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OTP 2016 July 11: Power player interns with Congressman Raul Ruiz by day

It’s a rite of passage for a United States president to throw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game at least once during his tenure. Other than that, though, politics and baseball don’t often mix. That’s what makes the summer schedule of Palm Springs Power relief pitcher Alex Strizak unusual.

By night, Strizak is a relief pitcher for the Palm Springs Power. By day, he is an intern working for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert).

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 1784 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, politics

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Drellich: Three trades in, Dave Dombrowski still has holes to fill | Boston Herald

The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.

“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.

“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade rumors

Here’s why the Mets have few options for big deals at deadline - NY Daily News

All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.

It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trades

New York Post: Page Six: Derek Jeter Marries Hannah Davis

Breaking News:

Derek Jeter is finally a married man. The 42-year-old former New York Yankees captain married model Hannah Davis, 26, on Saturday. And rather than throw a big showbiz wedding, the couple chose to exchange their vows in a small and intimate ceremony with only close friends and family in Napa, Calif.

The ceremony took place outside at the picturesque Meadowood resort in Napa, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit beauty Davis walked down the aisle in a stunning, custom-made Vera Wang ...

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OMNICHATTER 7-10-16

Today is Sunday. This is the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Washington Post: Tom Boswell: Nationals, Mets Take Far Different Approaches In Care Of Young Arms

Boz examines pitching philosophies:

The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?

Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.


FOX: Facing possible lifetime ban, Cody Stanley is living every player’s nightmare

Does it make sense that a player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs would use the same substance again while serving his penalty?

Does it make sense that the player would commit a third violation and invite a lifetime ban just weeks before he was due to appeal?

Those are the questions that free-agent catcher Cody Stanley is asking — and he said that his inability to find suitable answers makes him fear for his fellow players.


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Jake Arrieta in the Body Issue

ESPN’s Body Issue is out again.  Remember that the shots, while really impressive and showing the dynamism of athletic bodies from across the sports universe, are still of naked people and NSFW.

Arrieta’s are some of the best of the bunch, but Vince Wilfork curled into a ball of potential energy looks like goddamned Atlas and I’m pretty sure I’d drown if I tried carrying a rock across the bottom of the ocean like Courtney Conlogue is doing here.


Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard injuries make bad day even worse for Mets | Newsday

There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.

How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.

Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, noah syndergaard, yoenis cespedes

Quantifying Pitcher Command – The Hardball Times

We begin today’s story with MARS.

Not the delicious candy bar that sticks to your teeth; nor the planet that can grow Matt Damon’s potatoes. Rather, it is Multi-variate Adaptive Regression Splines, or MARS for short. MARS is a trademarked term, so the R or Python implementation is usually referred to as “earth.” Essentially, the MARS approach to regression improves upon basic multiple linear regression in three ways:

It breaks apart each regression line into multiple formulae (for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics

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