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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

Hustling and showing joy aren’t mutually exclusive.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I never even thought about doing those things. Whatever one’s personal opinions about these ever-changing “unwritten” rules, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: unwritten rules

Rockies’ Jon Gray expects better things in second career start - The Denver Post

Gray said he’ll be a different pitcher Monday and hopes to display the things he learned at Triple-A Albuquerque.

“I feel like I’m more aggressive now,” he said. “I’m pitching more to contact now, and I’m not letting my pitch count go up.”

Gray gained notoriety at the University of Oklahoma for a fastball that topped 100 mph. He doesn’t cut loose like that now, but he said the firepower is still there when he needs it.


“It definitely is,” he said. “There is a time and a place for that. If a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

2015 Major League Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com

Only the Major League list is available for free. Dip into your piggy bank to see the rest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings

David Wright of New York Mets begins rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie

Things keep looking better and better for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Blue Jays’ Breakout Is No Surprise, But Don’t Forget The W’s And L’s

Baseball statheads have long known that a team’s run differential is generally a better predictor of future wins and losses than its record. So, it stood to reason that the Blue Jays would eventually turn things around. But we should also be careful not to swing too far in the opposite direction and ignore team records entirely.

BrianBrianson Posted: August 11, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labatt's blue jays' baseball

Monday, August 10, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-11-15

The “Brought To You By The Annoying Advertisement At The Top Of The Page” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2015 at 11:47 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

DAVID CONE AND THE TRADE THAT SUNK THE ’92 BREWERS

Because this was an August deal, after the July 31st deadline, Cone had to pass through revocable waivers before the trade could be completed. The Blue Jays had stood atop the division all year long. When the deal went through, Toronto was 73-55 and only the Oakland Athletics had a better record at 76-51. As such, any other team in the American League could have claimed Cone on waivers in order to block the trade. And so one must wonder: why didn’t the Milwaukee Brewers, who wound up being ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, bud selig, collusion, david cone, fay vincent, trades

40 bad New Era Yankees caps you can buy right now

Here’s something vaguely interesting: New Era, producer of caps, makes a lot of Yankees-branded caps. Like, a ton. And a ton that bare little-to-no resemblance to the cap the players wear on-field. Maybe you know this – perhaps you’ve seen Yankees caps that are light blue, or that are gray or black or purple or some other bold color. But that’s barely the tip of the iceberg. Which is a confusing metaphor to use here, because caps have very little to do with frozen water. But, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 04:13 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, merchandise, yankees

Catcher Framing: Does Size Matter, And Is Age Just a Number? – The Hardball Times

So age does have its effects. It cuts off the youthful rise in framing experience around age 25, then imposes a long and very gentle recession of skills, broken only when longtime veterans get pared down to those with enduring defensive ability.

If one hoped for a dominating effect from age or height, though, one is disappointed. Age mainly serves to cap the learning curve of novice catchers, and height is meaningless. Anyone looking for a magic formula to find catchers inclined to become ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Dodgers fast-tracking a ‘speed camp’ to develop designated runners - LA Times

They won’t be Herb Washington.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 02:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, herb washington

The Bat Doctor is In: Seriously Illegal Softball Bats and The Men Who Make Them - SBNation.com

While I’ve brought along my own bat — a hand-me-down green Mizuno Envy, made in China and approved for play by all the sanctioned softball leagues — mostly, I’ll be using those provided by my source, who wishes, hopes and prays to stay anonymous. See, my tipster — let’s call him “Deep Out” from this point forward — has been playing in amateur slow-pitch softball leagues and tournaments throughout California and the greater American Southwest for the past quarter-century. While ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, softball

In Second Year, FOX Sports 1 Making Progress On Catching ESPN - Forbes

That’s true at my house. I barely watch ESPN now. I watch FOX Sports 1 a little less than ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: television

The Krank–Baseball’s Rarest Book « Our Game

Click through to read it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2015

Milwaukee Journal, August 10, 1915:

Two base runners were retired by one throw to the plate in a game between the Wichita and Lincoln clubs of the Western league—probably the only time such a play ever was made. Lincoln had runners on second and third. A Lincoln batter sent a Texas leaguer to right field. The fielder got the ball on the first bound and sent it zipping to the plate.
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The throw beat the first man by about two feet and all the catcher had to do was to reach out and tag him…[The ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tootblan

Mariners notebook: McClendon says rookie can shake off shaky start by not shaking off catcher | The News Tribune

A day after Lloyd McClendon gave a blunt evaluation of Mike Montgomery’s start against the Rangers — “a bad outing,” the Seattle Mariners manager called it, adding “I’m very disappointed” — no words were minced in the skipper’s office Sunday morning.

At issue isn’t so much Montgomery’s pitches but his demeanor between throwing them.

“One of the things this kid’s got to understand is that when he came to the big leagues, the catcher put down a sign and he threw a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike montgomery

Fruits of Los Angeles Dodgers’ trades haven’t been promising so far - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

A week after the deal is certainly enough time to judge a deal. Or not.

Apparently, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was a big believer in Johnson’s recovery from that career low, because—six months after leaving Beane’s umbrella—he traded for Johnson again. It’s fair to say Johnson has not been a walking billboard for the efficacy of the Dodgers’ new general manager. Not that Zaidi didn’t have reason to believe in Johnson again. Many of his numbers—including strikeout-to-walk ratio and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: deadline trades, dodgers

Rays Tales: A struggle to develop position-player stars | Tampa Bay Times

Richie Shaffer last week joined an exclusive club — more exclusive than you’d think — when he became just the 26th position player in 20 years to be drafted, signed and developed by the Rays and debut in the majors with them.

The Rays expect great things, of course, from Shaffer, who was their top pick in the 2012 draft. And if he pans out as projected, he will be part of an even smaller group, as of that 26 the Rays have produced only two homegrown All-Star position players, OF Carl ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics, war

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez headed to 15-day disabled list | Miami Herald

The Marlins intend to place Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list but were relieved to learn the pitcher has a right biceps strain and not a major injury that would require surgery.

As a result, it’s possible Fernandez could pitch again this season.

“I’d like to see him pitch. I think he wants to pitch, in talking with him [Sunday] morning,” manager Dan Jennings said of the likelihood Fernandez could take the mound before the end of the season.

Fernandez returned Saturday to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

‘You can’t assault’: Teixeira blasts fan in incident-filled game | New York Post

Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Sunday, August 09, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-10-15

The Cyanocitta Cristata OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Here are some suggestions on how to fix the Red Sox

“One suggestion offered: Would the Red Sox be able to obtain Matt Harvey for Xander Bogaerts?

...

Pablo Sandoval for James Shields

...

The consensus is to keep Ramirez in left because he’d have to learn first base, and that could be fatal for the Sox’ infield. Our experts think free agent Chris Davis and his lefthanded power would be ideal.”

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 09, 2015 at 01:40 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: delusions of grandeur, red sox

Jamie Moyer going into Mariners Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Crazy.

At the age of 30, with a 34-54 record in the big leagues and having spent the bulk of the 1991 and ‘92 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Moyer thought it might be time to get on with life outside of baseball. Digger Phelps, his father-in-law, didn’t agree.
....
Moyer finished his career with the Rockies in 2012 at the age of 49, and he compiled a 269-209 career record, 35th on the all-time wins list. And he did the heavy lifting after turning 30.

His 235 victories tie him with another former ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jamie moyer, mariners

Can Sabermetrics Replace the Officer FitRep?

Sabermetrics brings objectivity to baseball management through a more robust statistical analysis. Managers can now make personnel decisions not only using the quality of a player, but by assessing how well one fits within the existing talent structure of a team. A team which plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark will target players differently than a team at home in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. A manager is now also more likely to consider the talent surrounding a player—their context within ...

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Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: navy veteran, sabermetrics


Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make | Nats Insider

The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.

Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.

Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

The Mets have to learn lessons a computer can’t teach them | New York Post

Much has been made lately about the Mets “Matrix’’ system.

The Matrix is a computer program coupled with scouting, Collins said Saturday they use the info to help figure out what pitchers the Mets’ young hitters, especially, might have the most success against.

“What we’ve tried to do is get our scouts together and take [Rays starter] Nathan Karns for example, how many guys have that kind of stuff, similar stuff, go through the computer system and say, ‘OK, here is a guy who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching

Hanley Ramirez: ‘I’m struggling, just like everybody else’ - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

A nice interview with Hanley Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Jose Fernandez Dealing With Shoulder Stiffness - MLB Trade Rumors

This isn’t good.

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and has returned to Miami to see a doctor, the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reports (Twitter links). The nature and severity of the injury are unclear. “Let’s see what it is before we speculate on something,” says Marlins manager Dan Jennings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday Notes: Putnam’s Odd Mix, Spin Rates, Mariners, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes this tidbit.

Rick Waits pays attention to TrackMan data. It’s not an end-all-be-all for the Seattle Mariners pitching coach, but he considers it a valuable tool. He uses it as a reference point to assess things that might be amiss.

“If I have a pitcher whose spin rate was higher last year than it is this year, let’s say with a curveball, I’ll look a little closer to see if there’s any particular reason,” said Waits. “It might be arm angle or it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Career Talk: Being a Major League Baseball Bullpen Catcher

The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

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