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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Recalling Babe Ruth’s Stint as a Pro Wrestling Referee | Bleacher Report

The Babe and wrestling.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 6, 1915:

The reopening of a raid by the Federals on clubs in organized baseball gives room for wonder if there will be any more cases like that of Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Federals last season.

Marsans has not played a lick of baseball since last June, when he made the leap. He was enjoined from playing with St. Louis and his case was continued in court. But Marsans’ salary goes on just the same. ...

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What To Expect: Luis Severino - BaseballAmerica.com

The kid was impressive in his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

With success on field, Mets enjoy a spike in ticket sales | Newsday

Maybe Wilpon can pay off those debts faster!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mike Trout having his best season of career | MLB.com

NEWSFLASH: Mike Trout is a great player!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, sabermetrics

Keri: Seven Days in Flushing: Reliving One of the Craziest Weeks in New York Mets History

Jerry Seinfeld: “A Cespedes for the rest of us.”

Epilogue

After a pair of wins against the Marlins, the Mets now lead the Nationals by one game in the NL East.

The good news is that the Mets will get a bunch more games against lesser teams like the Marlins, as no club in baseball owns a weaker schedule the rest of the way.6

In addition to keeping pace with a talented Washington team that figures to get better as it gets healthier, New York will face an internal challenge as the season wears ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

8-6-15 OMNICHATTER

The “Wow, Things Could Be Going Better For The Nationals” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 05, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Andrew Stoeten: Let’s Maybe Not Yet Start Pining For Anthopoulos To Stick Around

The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
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Boileryard Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”

Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few ...

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Seattle on a roll, wins 3rd in row | The News Tribune

The Mariners may be hot and may be *only* six games back. They also have *seven* teams between them and the spot.

Wild card standings

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, wild card

baseballthing, Have We Been Underestimating Chris Bassitt?

I haven’t watched him pitch. How is Bassitt getting out lefties?

On the other hand, Nathaniel Stoltz was touting Bassitt as a sleeper prospect at FanGraphs toward the end of 2013. Stoltz noted Bassitt’s deception and velocity as strengths. Deception and velocity seem like good things for a pitcher to possess. Movement? Yup. He had that, too.

So far, so good. What about potential trouble spots? Here’s Stoltz again:

Sinker-slider pitchers tend to struggle with opposite-handed batters, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt

How door opened for Syndergaard to match deGrom’s honor | New York Post

Syndergaard has looked great and may give the Mets back-to-back Rookies of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, rookie of the year

SB Nation: Braves outfielder celebrates making a catch while the ball rolls 30 feet away

Eury Perez looks like he’ll fit right in with the participants at this weekend’s softball game.

He thought he had it. He knew he had it. Except he didn’t have it.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playing the game the right way

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2015

Tacoma Times, August 5, 1915:

One thing needed to put new interest in baseball is a new discovery, something like the spitball which gave fans new heroes to worshipp [sic] and something new to talk about.
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The one hurler with something new, a fooler that may get into the same class with the spitball and put a new “kick” on the game, is Gene Dale of the Cincinnati Reds. He broke in this season with a slow curve, the likes of which had never been seen on a big league diamond.
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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: curveball, dugout, gene dale, history, pitches

Rogers: Jake Arrieta has a message after Cubs win again

No one who saw Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last year is surprised at what’s he has become. Maybe the bigger surprise is how his teammates have come along with him. The Cubs won their sixth straight game, 5-0, over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as Arrieta was magnificent on the mound again.

McCoy Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, wild card

MLB Inks $600 Million Pact with NHL to Handle TV, Streaming Distribution

Under the terms of the pact, MLBAM will pay the NHL about $100 million per year for the rights to distribute the league’s out-of-market telecasts, including the NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Center Ice subscriptions services, in the U.S. and certain international markets. The NHL will receive an equity stake in MLBAM of between 7% and 10%.

Swedish Chef Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hockey, mlbam

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

The Process Report » To Pull Or Not To Pull

A look at the results.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Mending the Sox: Scouting has let team down time and again - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s premature to write off Porcello, Kelly, Sandoval, and Ramirez. Having said that, when combined with the team’s top picks in the last few free agent drafts, it’s clear the U.S. scouting decision-making process has some serious problems.

How to assign credit and responsibility for each of Boston’s missteps in recent years generally is an exercise in futility. Cherington bears significant responsibility, naturally, and both John Henry and Larry Lucchino have signed off at least on the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays clobber Chris Sale, hand White Sox fifth loss in last six

A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.

So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?

“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager | MLive.com

It’s not a short-term gig.

Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, tigers

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International

RollingWave Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-5-15

Step right up and OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:58 PM | 232 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

538: Paine & Silver: Did Your Team Blow It At The Trade Deadline?

The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.

It’s a lot ...

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bobm Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, doyle alexander, mets, tigers, trade deadline

First-Place Mets Have Baseball’s Easiest Schedule From Here Out - WSJ

General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.

Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tigers release Dombrowski, promote Avila to GM

Next stop, Toronto?

The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.

Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, ...

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asinwreck Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).

His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.

Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame

Time for MLB to waive goodbye to August trade format for new system

The wrinkle in the waiver system is that a team with no intention of acquiring a player can put in a waiver claim, forcing his team to pull him back and ending the possibility of him being traded. The waiving team can simply let the player go for nothing – the Devil Rays stuck the Yankees with Jose Canseco this way in 2000 — but most often, it’s used as a blocking tool.

As a result, the players who get through waivers tend to be ones with unmanageable contracts. With the way the market ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, waiver trades

Yes, the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Was As Insane As It Seemed. Here’s Proof. «

Ben Lindbergh take on the trade deadline deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trades

Ruben Amaro, Phillies deal for 12 prospects | phillies.com

Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?

“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”

Quality is key. Some folks considered the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr., trade deadline

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