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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Mets plan to carry eighth reliever - Mets Blog - ESPN

The four-man bench seemingly would include John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker, with Eric Campbell an undeserving snub.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rosters

Without Jeter, The Yankees Improved More At Shortstop Than Any Other MLB Team

The headline is a bit of trolling (though technically accurate). This article discusses which teams are projected to have the biggest improvements at which positions.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 04, 2015 at 02:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, April 03, 2015

MLB clears Jarred Cosart of betting on baseball

After concluding its investigation, Major League Baseball has determined Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart never bet on baseball.

Cosart was fined for his involvement with illegal bookmakers, but it was determined that he placed bets on other sports. Shortly after MLB’s statement was released, Cosart responded with his own, via the Houston Chronicle.

“I have never, nor would I ever, bet on the great game of baseball. Major League Baseball conducted a thorough investigation and I ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gamblor, jarred cosart, marlins

Robothal: Josh Hamilton deserved better than the public trial he got

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am that we even knew that Josh Hamilton faced a possible suspension from baseball. The leaks, wherever they came from, violated the confidentiality that players are promised under the Joint Drug Agreement. And now that an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton did not violate the JDA by voluntarily informing baseball of his relapse, who will apologize to him for the public embarrassment and humiliation he has endured?

Baseball disagreed with the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Ervin Santana suspended 80 games

Smell the suspension.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended for 80 games, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Santana was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension is effective for the first 80 games of the regular season.

He was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 2014 after signing a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. Santana parlayed a successful season into a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, peds, stanozol, twins

ESPN:Arbitrator: MLB can’t punish Josh Hamilton

- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton cannot be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving alcohol and a drug of abuse, an arbitrator ruled Friday.

MLB said it disagreed with the decision made by an arbitrator appointed under its joint drug program with the players’ association. MLB said in a statement it “will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process.”

If your ...

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MLB Preview—AL West

Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS previews are up on ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: season preview

The Man They Love To Hate: Why is it so easy to dislike Bryce Harper?

Here he comes again, full bore, the only gear he knows, like the baseball version of a top fuel car. When Bryce Harper answers a question, just as when he chases a fly ball to a wall or zooms helmetless around the base paths—with the most vigorously windblown hair since Pete Rose’s—he fairly leaves in his wake the aromas of spent nitromethane, burned rubber and exhaust smoke, which is to say, he wears the scent of danger like cologne.

“You’ve got to have the confidence to win the ...

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Joey B. Posted: April 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Baseball teams use in-depth data to win

There’s a revolution going on in baseball.

If you’re nodding your head and muttering “Moneyball,” then you, my friend, are hopelessly behind the curve.

That best-selling book, now more than a decade old, examined how the Oakland Athletics used data analysis to gain a competitive advantage. New statistics — with acronyms like WAR, BABIP, and FIP — begin to move out of the realm of hardcore number crunchers and into the mainstream.

Some fans have embraced the new science, commonly referred ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Listen to Bo Jackson sum up his entire career for Adam LaRoche’s son | MLB.com

Bo really was an incredible athlete. My favorite memories of him were his throw to nail Harold Reynolds at the plate and running up the wall after making a catch. His career was far too short.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: bo jackson, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 3, 1915:

The Brooklyn pitchers will not want for oral support while laboring on the well-known slab this year. Joe Schultz, beside his many other accomplishments, has a line of chatter while the Superbas are on the field that should keep the pitchers’ “heads up” on all occasions.
...
You’ve got to hear and see him to appreciate him.

Like father, like son.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe schultz

When Harry Caray Was A Rebel With A Microphone

Harry Caray was great.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, harry caray

Trevor Cahill’s Groundball Conundrum | Banished to the Pen

Here’s an interesting look at Trevor Cahill’s problems.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, trevor cahill

Tigers put Justin Verlander on DL

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start the season on the disabled list but likely won’t be out of action for long, manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday. Verlander, who had been scheduled to make his first start of the season Wednesday, has been dealing with a sore triceps and has been throwing lightly in an attempt to work out the tightness.

The 32-year-old Verlander, a six-time All-Star selection, went 15-12 last season with a 4.54 ERA and 159 strikeouts. Verlander is 28-24 in two ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: busts, justin verlander, kate upton, tigers

Braves trade for Diamondbacks starting pitcher Cahill | www.ajc.com

Cahill’s changes for a bounce back year won’t be hurt by Simmons and Peterson at short and second.

Despite his 3-12 record and 5.61 ERA in 2014, the Braves think Cahill, 27, can have a bounce-back season working with pitching coach Roger McDowell, who’s had a lot of success getting other sinkerballers back on track in the past.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

It’s always been about finding the truth and integrating good new ideas with good old ideas.

Banister, like Hurdle, seems like an old-school baseball man who saw the light. He came to the Rangers and let loose with this to the Dallas Morning News: “We hang onto tradition. But is it tradition, or is it truth? You’ve got to seek the truth. If the numbers say the same thing year after year, there’s gotta be some truth to it, right?”

I don’t want to name the names of the old-school gatekeepers. If ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, sabermetrics

Want to eat ribs from a baseball helmet? The White Sox have you covered

RIB HELMET! These ribs are served in a souvenir batting helmet with fries, coleslaw and corn bread.

The White Sox introduced a number of new items Thursday, including a Pot Roast Sandwich and a bacon flight. While those pale in comparison to helmet ribs, they are still solid options.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, fatass, white sox

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia cuts off the best hair in baseball

New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is sporting a new look this season. Mejia, owner of the best hair in the majors, decided to cut off his locks Wednesday.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jenrry mejia, mets

Mets famous bullpen car sells for $90,000 on eBay

Bidding for the Electric powered Presidente Cart opened on eBay on Wednesday with a beginning price of $10,000. By the time bidding closed a few hours later, the winning bid came in at $90,000, which is roughly three times more than what the seller’s were anticipating.

There’s also some notable history with the cart that dates back to 1967 and continues beyond the point it went out of full-time service in the 1980s.

A fantastic example of whimsical Major League Baseball marketing from the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Judge OKs Cubs video board to block rooftop views of Wrigley

In oral arguments over the preliminary injunction last week, one attorney for the rooftop owners, Thomas Lombardo, accused the Cubs of violating antitrust law, saying the team sought to manipulate ticket prices and to “bully” rooftop properties into selling out to the Cubs. He said the Cubs bought at least some stake in four of 16 rooftops and then altered plans to position signs in front of rooftops they don’t own.

But Cubs attorney Daniel Laytin said that misrepresents the relationship of ...

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Meatwad misses Vincennes Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: antitrust exemption, cubs, legal, rooftops

Tony Gwynn items set for auction

Items from the collection of Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, who passed away last year, will be put up for bid by SCP Auctions.

The auction house has secured more than 100 items from Gwynn’s widow, Alicia, including three All-Star Game rings, a pair of Silver Slugger batting awards and some of the original contracts he signed, including his first professional baseball contract.

The most unusual item is a massive glass shrine made for Gwynn by former San Diego Padres owner John Moores.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tony gwynn

New Balance signs Robinson Cano

Cavanaugh estimates that 300 major league players will wear New Balance cleats this season. It has come at a cost for the company that for so long proudly shunned endorsements—though a relatively cheap one, compared with other sports.

On Thursday, the brand announced that it has added Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano to an endorsement roster that already includes Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

“Robby wanted to be the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, robinson cano

WSJ: A Q&A With Baseball’s New Commissioner

WSJ: You’ve discussed how important technology is to reach young fans. When will a 15-year-old in New York be able to watch a Yankees game on his phone?

Manfred: The best way to answer that question is to say the better part of my workday today was consumed by the topic of in-market streaming. It is particularly complicated in the context of a media market that is changing so quickly, but I do believe we will get a solution on in-market streaming in the relatively near future.

WSJ: Sometime ...

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Badenhop: reliever shares his thoughts on visiting bullpen

Being in the dugout during the game is awkward. It kind of feels like the baseball equivalent of watching American Pie with your parents. You don’t want to be there. They really don’t want you there.

A dugout doesn’t feel like home to a reliever. And having to sit in one raises so many questions: Are there certain places I can’t sit? When can I use the bathroom? Should I high-five someone after he scores? There’s a reason the bullpen was invented in the first place!

great read

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt urges Christians to be more accepting of gays

Affeldt penned a blog post this week in which he urged Christians to be more tolerant toward gays. He writes:

Why do people who aren’t Christians hate us? They look at us and say, “You’re just a bunch of Bible thumpers who are homophobic and you don’t love anybody.”
We’ve brought that on ourselves. I don’t think we’re showing the love of Jesus. Gay people are asking for equal rights under the law, and we’ve got Christians saying “God hates you.” I get so angry because ...

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Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Poz - The Brevity of Pitching Stardom

Felix Hernandez is an anomaly – he has now been very good to excellent for eight straight years.

bbmck Posted: April 02, 2015 at 01:17 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hype machine, king felix, legend

The Baseballist: Most Extreme Ballpark Contexts In The Minors

WHAT ABOUT THE MOON????

1. High Class A High Desert (California)

Situated in the Mojave Desert and with an elevation pushing 3,000 feet above sea level, High Desert annually ranks as the most most hitter-friendly venue in the minors. No full-season ballpark featured more total runs per game (13.97) or home runs per game (2.94) in 2014, and that’s not an isolated incident. For the 2010-12 seasons, teams at the Mavericks’ home park in Adelanto, Calif., combined to feature 14.65 runs and ...

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Blue Jays, Pirates both love Russell Martin, but only Toronto has him | FOX Sports

The Pirates, meanwhile, are optimistic the catcher they acquired from the Yankees, Francisco Cervelli, will replicate much of what Martin offered defensively, if not his .832 OPS from 2014.

Heck, Martin probably will not match that outlier; his OPS the previous five seasons had been .702. But the Jays will be a postseason threat if they get even league-average pitching to complement their dynamic lineup. And that’s where Martin should make a difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, francisco cervelli, pirates, russell martin

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-2-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 2, 1915:

[Chicago Whales manager] Joe Tinker has a new play which he expects will make the other teams in [the Federal League] open their eyes this season. It’s a double squeeze, with two men scoring instead of one. Speed merchants are necessary to work it out, but it looks awfully good on paper.

I have no idea how you could possibly expect that to work, but good luck with that, Joe.


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