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Sunday, May 22, 2016

AP: Plumbing issues in Yankees’ dugout at Oakland Coliseum

And Shooty forgot to bring his plunger.

There were plumbing issues in the visitor’s dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 22, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, oakland coliseum, yankees

Drellich: Joe Kelly gives jolt to rotation | Boston Herald

To this point Kelly has been frustrating. Great stuff but little consistency. So, I’m not going to get excited about one game.

Kelly could bring the rotation to the next level, and something extraordinary may be on the way.

“You know, that first came to mind in the Oakland series, where not only did we do some things with the bat, the way we ran the bases, the defense that we played, there was a moment inside those three games where you do take a step back in the middle of an inning and you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Front office needs to fix Ryan Howard situation for Mackanin | PhillyVoice

It might be time to move Ryan Howard.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard



The Instant Intentional Walk – Joe Posnanski

Changing the intentional walk rule is not a big deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

OMNICHATTER 5-22-16

In which a OMNICHATTER takes place on a day where the Cubs and Giants are scheduled for the weekly Sunday Night game.

Gamingboy Posted: May 22, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A.J. Puk at No. 1 in latest MLB mock Draft | MLB.com

Senzel at #2?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mock drafts

Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is a cat admirer, and that’s that - LA Times

I could not post the first intro which came to my mind.

Bedrosian has two cats at home, Gracie and Bootsy, named after Aunt Bootsy from the 1998 film “Rush Hour.” He does not own one at his Orange County apartment. He considered searching for the cat that ran onto the field at Angel Stadium one week ago and taking it home with him, only to realize he can’t keep it fed during road trips.

“Cats, they just want to lay on the couch all day and relax,” he said.

“That’s what I like about ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cam bedrosian

Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

In a report filed on Friday, Stark says that the league’s competition committee reportedly agreed to alter the strike zone and eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk during their meetings with owners this week. Those two changes could be implemented as early as the 2017 season. 

He says the strike zone will be raised to the top of the knee, because umpires have taken a liking to calling pitches that were below the knees entirely. That means pitchers will have to bring the baseball up, ...

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McCoy Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bombshell, rules, strike zone

Townsend (BLS): Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

So all this time the four-pitch free pass has been what’s responsible for preventing schoolchildren from seeing the final out of games? Who knew?

As for intentional walks, Stark wrote the following:

  “The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.”

This is a ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: intentional walk, rule changes, strike zone, stupid ideas

Rovell: New Bartolo Colon bobblehead also features bobble stomach

Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle…

On Thursday night, Clark Toys posted an offering from Forever Collectibles: a commemorative Bartolo Colon home run bobblehead that also has a bobble stomach.

In less than 24 hours, Clark Toys has sold more than 500 of them.

“Most of the bobbleheads we sell are limited to 360 pieces and they take months to sell,” said Travis Pyan, managing partner of Clark Toys. “When the buzz on this item started this morning, we sold 100 in 30 minutes.”

Pyan said he can’t ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bobbleheads, mets

OMNICHATTER 5-21-16

Captain OMNICHATTER: Civil War

Gamingboy Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Josh Reddick is hurt and the A’s season got worse

The A’s are 19-23, five games back in the AL West and four games back of a Wild Card spot already. It’s surprising their record is even that good, as they’ve been outscored by 42 runs, have just one starter pitching even adequately, and run out a lineup full of holes each night. They seem directionless at the moment, as no one could explain exactly what the sequel to Moneyball would be about if you based it on their current team. Things are not going to get easier, either, as Josh Reddick—the ...

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dr. scott Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hopeless, oakland athletics, reddick, throws chair

Friday, May 20, 2016

Braves’ front office situation seems unsettling | www.myajc.com

Then they changed their mind. It’s called image preservation. The decision was made to fire Gonzalez, and it was done clumsily by Coppolella. (Gonzalez receiving an emailed itinerary for a one-way ticket out of Dodge before he had been told anything.) Then it was the more-polished Hart who parachuted into Pittsburgh and did most of the media commitments, in part because public speaking isn’t Coppy’s forte.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, front office, general manager


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2016

Chicago Eagle, May 20, 1916:

“Baseball insanity,” says the Toledo Blade, “is a glorious affliction.” Who is loony now?
* * *
Catcher Nunnamaker of the Yankees won a wrist watch in a raffle a short time ago, but he is afraid to wear it.
* * *
Betzel, the nifty second baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, carries around six initials to his name. He signs the little old pay check thus: C. F. A. J. H. D. Betzel.

Christian Frederick Albert John Henry David Betzel, in case you were wondering. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 20, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tommy John, Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey: A ligament runs through them

So for a night, with two pitchers who endured this bizarre procedure that is now considered rote, there was a contrast. That had Collins not only evaluating whether Harvey would make his next start — “We’re going to look at that,” he said — but also using Strasburg as an example for Harvey.

“That guy that pitched tonight for them, he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he’s resurged,” Collins said. “. . . [Harvey] went above and beyond last year, and I’m not sure ...

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Guapo Posted: May 20, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, nationals, secondguessing, tommy john

OMNICHATTER 5-20-16

Ant-OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 20, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sources: Rangers, City of Arlington will announce plans for new retractable-roof stadium

What?

The Rangers appear destined for a new stadium.

And sooner than you think.

According to two major league sources, the Rangers and City of Arlington are about to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium that is expected to come on line earlier than the current lease expires following the 2023 season. An announcement could come as soon as Friday.

It is uncertain how far ahead of the 2024 season the new stadium could be opened—or how it would be financed—but getting into a new ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadiums

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Batavia Muckdogs Sale Could Bring Minority Owner

The slow-but-sure demise of the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn) franchise might soon open the door to a new chapter of Minor League Baseball history. If all goes according to plan, the Muckdogs will soon become the only majority black-owned team in baseball.

The Muckdogs have reached an agreement to sell the franchise to a group of black businessmen in the Washington area who plan to move the team next season to the D.C. suburb of Waldorf, Md., according to three sources who requested ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals

The two bad trades of Mike Piazza

According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, marlins, mets, mike piazza

Cameron: Let’s Talk About the Phillies’ Playoff Odds (!)

According to Dave, Martin O’Malley might have a better chance of being the Democrat nominee.

See that flat line across the bottom? That’s the Phillies. Their 24-17 start hasn’t moved the needle, at all, on our forecasts expectations for their chances of reaching the postseason. Okay, that’s not exactly true; they’ve gone from a 0.1% chance of winning one of the two Wild Card spots in our preseason forecast all the way up to a 0.3% chance of getting to the play-in game now. But their odds ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1916:

Considering the vast amount of time that is lost at every game by the custom of solemnly pawing, inspecting and arguing over every foul ball that happens to bounce off a wall, why not save the time and give somebody a nice, new job? Why not have at every ball park an official known as “Ball Inspector,” whose duty it shall be to receive all fouls returned to the field, pass upon them and then return them to the pitcher or condemn them as unfit for further play?

Or ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, siberian pony leather

Why David Ortiz still plans on retiring despite his amazing start - Yahoo Sports

The Red Sox should not be giving him $25 million.

The Red Sox do hold club options that max out at $16 million for the next two seasons. For now, the organization is respecting Ortiz’s choice to retire with more than $150 million earned and burgeoning businesses he wants to nurture.

“I’m happy with the decision that I made,” Ortiz said, “and my feet are happy with the decision that I made, and my wife is happy with the decision that I made. I’ve got to wait until next year when I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: The Fall of the Ryan Empire

Last year’s fluke record raised expectations to unrealistic levels. The Twins, as they were at the start of last season, are in the middle of a rebuild.

Amid all the losing the Twins have assembled a highly rated farm system. The young core—first-round picks Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios, plus Smith-signed international prospects Miguel Sano and Max Kepler—is one they can potentially build around. This is a team on the rise, albeit with a massive step backward taking place this season. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Phillies GM Matt Klentak would consider acquiring bat, but not at cost of rebuild | CSN Philly

The 2015 Twins in Phillies uniforms.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

OMNICHATTER 5-19-16

Age of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 19, 2016 at 12:56 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Angels’ Jered Weaver vows improvement, says others ‘would’ve shut it down’

“It’s no secret,” Weaver said. “My stuff isn’t that great.”

It is unfair to compare almost any pitcher to Kershaw, who sports a 22-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last six starts. But the juxtaposition is especially sharp with Weaver, whose neck and shoulder stiffness have transformed his pitches into sluggish, inconsistent offerings.

According to Fangraphs, Weaver’s fastball is averaging just 82.8 MPH this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, owchies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-18-2016

El Paso Herald, May 18, 1916:

CUTSHAW CLOUTS OUT FREAK HIT; BALL CLIMBS FENCE; A HOME RUN

Cutshaw, Bewildered All the Way Through, Runs Back and Forth Between Bases, Not Knowing What to Do Until Some One Tells Him He Has Made a Home Run; Then He Walks Home, Scoring Tally.

This one’s completely absurd and the whole article is a fun read. Apparently the ball hit something on the fence on the fly, bounced straight up, balanced on the top of the wall for what seemed like an eternity, then dropped ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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