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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy

Since 2000, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has conducted a stealth campaign to take over every team domain, undoing any damage caused by its slow start in registration. MLB and other leagues have tried to snap up team sites not only to attract more traffic and ad revenue, but to avoid the unwanted attention that can come from a site like Cowboys.com, which became an “online dating community for men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle,” after the NFL’s Dallas franchise passed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, mlbam, twins

Hey, data data: MLB teams face challenge delivering info to players

Some great points in this article.

Some still choose to do their trend-spotting homework themselves. In addition to video and heat maps, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he delves into the raw data while scouting opposing hitters.

“You look at exit speed velocity,” he said. “You look at tendencies in certain counts and certain pitches and quadrants of the zone. Velocity comes into play.

“You try to match it up with your pitcher that you have that day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1915:

TOOK HIM FOUR YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO BUNT

Tod Sloan, outfielder with Birmingham in the Southern league, will be with the St. Louis Browns again next season for his fourth trial in the major leagues.
...
He was sent back from the majors three times, mainly because he couldn’t bunt. He has learned the bunting art this season.

That’s just goofy. Sloan appears to have been an okay enough ballplayer, mostly generic, nothing special but not terrible. In 143 MLB ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, dugout, history, tod sloan

Pablo Sandoval has improved defensively - The Boston Globe

I bet this means fans shouldn’t make snap judgement on players. Of course, most of you already know that.

But that has started to change. Since the break, Sandoval has played with more efficiency at third base and become a reliable defender.

It’s something teammates and coaches have noticed.

“I certainly have,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox. “Moving very well laterally. The first-step quickness, he’s getting to a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

The Pyramid Rating System: JAWS on a Career Scale – The Hardball Times

Interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing some rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings, sabermetrics


Plans for more protective netting already in works in Philly | FOX Sports

Nerf balls and bats. Problem solved!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, phillies

OMNICHATTER 8-27-15

Cold, Refreshing OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Schoenfield: Trying to figure out Don Mattingly and the Dodgers

I agree with Schoenfield: Absent a World Series ring, Mattingly is going, going, gone.

That brings us to the latest maneuverings of manager Don Mattingly. After Mattingly spent a few weeks screwing around with Yasiel Puig by occasionally sitting him to get Carl Crawford some at-bats, the manager has now benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, with Enrique Hernandez—who had been filling in at second due to the injury to Howie Kendrick—moving to center so Chase Utley can play second. The ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, on-base percentage

SB Nation: Pirates outfielder may have made the most chill out in MLB history

You know, I don’t think I had ever seen a casual throw nail a runner on a tag play.

Starling Marte’s chill knows no bounds. Most players would be harried trying to get the ball to third, but Marte put less effort into this out than people at the fair when throwing at milk bottles to win a prize.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:39 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cool, defensive plays, pirates, starling marte

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After loss and injury, is Javier Baez finally ready for the Cubs?

A really nice article about a guy who sounds really great and his miracle sister.  Keep the tissues handy.

Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Fivethirtyeight: The Happiest And Saddest Fans In Baseball

Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.

All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Irreverent Relics of the Baseball Reliquary

Believe it or not!

It’s been called “the fans’ Hall of Fame,” “the antithesis of Cooperstown,” and “the motherlode vein leading to the heart and soul of baseball.” It calls itself “a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history,” but that doesn’t really capture the Reliquary’s unique nature. “It’s hard to categorize,” admits Terry Cannon, 62, a part-time librarian in Pasadena, California, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reliquary, history, museums

OMNICHATTER 8-26-15

The All-Natural OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter


15 runs only hide the real alarming Yankees’ issue | New York Post

Bring on the kids.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the same goes for an offensive revival. The Yankees employ established, elite hitters in Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both men, however, have dramatically exceeded their 2015 projections, and both men currently look more fried than Harold and Kumar during their trip to White Castle.

Teixeira started at first base Tuesday, making his first appearance after seven games off to rest a bruised right lower leg, and surely everyone in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Axe Bat adds new technology, gains popularity in MLB - Edge - SI.com

If I were still playing, I’d try this bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment

Blurry line between fantasy sites

How many people have tried either DraftKings or FanDuel? Has anyone made any money?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: daily fantasy baseball, fantasy

Jose Bautista is boycotting SportsNet because they won’t pay for Devon Travis’ suit

Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews with Sportsnet for the past three months in protest of the broadcaster’s refusal to pay the cost of a designer suit purchased by rookie Devon Travis as part of a TV segment aired on Sportsnet on May 19.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bautista, blue jays, media, travis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-26-2015

Milwaukee Journal, August 26, 1915:

Lawrence Henderson, pitching for Charleston in the Ohio State league [in Charleston, WV] yesterday, shut out Ironton in a doubleheader, not a hit being allowed in the first game…Henderson allowed five hits in the last game.

Pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

In a season of losses, Don Orsillo’s firing the worst of all - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

I don’t get angry about very much when it relates to baseball. It’s a game. Getting rid of Orsillo, however, makes me feel angry.

Even as the team’s play frequently crossed over to the unwatchable this season, Orsillo and Remy remained as dependable as ever. Blaming the broadcasters for NESN’s tanking ratings this season is about as plausible as attributing global warming to a faulty exhaust pipe. Orsillo and Remy were witnesses to a collapse, not the cause of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, red sox

The Year BaseRuns Failed | FanGraphs Baseball

Why don’t we just wait until the end of the year.

If we extrapolate the current deviations from BaseRuns out to 162 games for all teams, then the final season standard deviation for the league would be 7.4 wins, nearly double what it has been in previous years. Of course, the teams that have defied BaseRuns so far probably won’t continue to do so at the same rate over the final six weeks of the season, but even if every team plays exactly as BaseRuns would expect over the rest of the year, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Politico: Las Vegas Sun owners host Obama

Who says St. Jeter can’t move left?

It’s not the first time Obama and [Las Vegas Sun publisher] Greenspun have hung out. Obama kicked off the fundraiser recalling a trip to Nevada last November when he and Greenspun golfed with former Yankees great Derek Jeter.

“He and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” Obama said of Greenspun, referring to the course in North Las Vegas. “It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere. ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, golf, presidents

Full Count » Hanley Ramirez: ‘I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team’

The guy has been an infielder his whole career. I’m sure he’ll be more comfortable at first than in LF. Although I don’t expect him to be great there, I do believe he’ll be more than passable at the position, until David Ortiz retires and he moves to DH.

If you expected Hanley Ramirez to resist playing first base — surprise! He’s completely on board.

“I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team on the field, competing every day,” Ramirez said on Tuesday in Chicago ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

A Potential Baseball Powerhouse Blossoms in Uganda | VICE Sports

“Hello Joe. I have some good news for you. We want to bring you aboard as a full-time scout. As a matter of fact, we’d like you to be one of our Area Supervisors. We’re also going to start you at the top of our pay scale.” “Great, great! Am I staying in Florida?” “No, Joe. We want you to mine a great new area for us. YOU ARE GOING TO UGANDA!!”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects

CC Sabathia rules out surgery, stays open to bullpen role | New York Post

CC Sabathia was encouraged by what a doctor told him Tuesday about his sore right knee.

“It went good — no surgery,’’ said Sabathia, who hopes rest will allow him to return to the Yankees this season. “I’ll start the rehab process, and I feel like if I get enough rest I can come back and be healthy enough to pitch.’’
Sabathia was so pleased with what Dr. Answorth Allen said, he thinks there is a chance he will be able to pitch when eligible to come off the disabled list on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ESPN Takes Schilling Off LLWS Broadcast After Anti-Muslim Tweet

Schilling retweeted a post that said, ‘‘Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?’’ The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.

Only 5-10% of Curt Schilling’s tweets are racist. How’d that go, Curt?



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