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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marcell Ozuna nails Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game

Ozuna fired a laser to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who applied the tag to Nieuwenhuis just before he could touch the plate, ending the game.

The best part? Ozuna had nailed a runner at the plate the inning prior, as well.

Vids in the link.  Nailing the tying runs at the plate in the eighth and ninth is something a can’t remember seeing before.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:30 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets being mets

Angels release 42-year-old Raul Ibanez

He finishes his Angels tenure with a .157/.258/.265 slash line, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 190 plate appearances.

Another notch in the belt for Father Time.  That bastard never loses.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:25 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, final call, raul ibanez

Brewers clear bases after wild pitch

The Milwaukee Brewers scored plenty with the bases loaded in Saturday’s 9-4 victory against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, but they didn’t need a hit do so.

Three runs came in after a wild pitch.

Heads up play by Segura.  Only thing that could have made it better is if Carlos Gomez had been the final run and broke into an eight part celebration dance that cleared the benches.  Please reserve a spot for me on the Brewers bandwagon.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, clusterf, rockies

Saturday, June 21, 2014

OMNICHATTER 6-21-2014

Saturday in the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

SB Nation: Horsehide fiend: The best (and worst) platoons in baseball

Derek Norris + John Jaso = Jorek Norso

Combined numbers: .283/.382/.465, 12 HR, 45 RBI, .374 wOBA, 142 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR

Only the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy has been more valuable than the A’s catching combination of Norris and Jaso—and every team carries a backup catcher, right? Pretty effective. The A’s mix Jaso in at designated hitter occasionally as well, but in games where one of these two has started behind the plate, Oakland has had the best catcher in the American League this season.

It ...

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bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: platoon

Ballpark Digest: NCAA’s Emmert disses minor-league sports; teams diss Emmert

Some minor league teams are having fun with NCAA President Mark Emmert’s comment that “U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.”

Lucky participants who take part in the Captains in-game promotions will not be rewarded for their efforts, rather, they will have the satisfaction of just having the opportunity to participate. At the end of the game, a promotional participant will be crowned that evening’s BCS (Big Captains Superstar) ...

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Boileryard Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: lake county captains, minor leagues, ncaa, st paul saints

Hayhurst: An Insider’s Guide to Baseball’s Mysterious ‘Eephus’ Pitch

We, LaRoche’s pitching staff in 2009, had reached Triple-A by way of throwing hard. Hundreds of thousands of reps had already been logged trying to execute with fast, late-moving, sharp-acting ammo. Even if we rolled out of bed and played catch, we’d still be doing it harder than The Lob’s max velocity.

Our bodies were used to a natural velocity far exceeding the effort the normal human would put into a throw. When we wound up and lobbed the pitch, more than one of us threw the ball ...

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bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: eephus, pitching

Fangraphs: Mixing Pitches, Situationally

league averages. Let’s establish a baseline:

Bases Empty: 63% fastballs (cutters included)
Runner(s) On: 61% [...]

I looked at every pitcher who’s thrown at least 1,000 pitches since the start of 2013. The following graph plots their relevant fastball rates. The sample pool numbers nearly 400 [...]

Out of the pool, 24 pitchers have decreased their fastball rates by at least 10 percentage points with runners on base.

bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Hardball Times: Exploring the Shift Dynamic

As it seems, the onset of the shift has not really changed the probability of an opposite hit ball. But, for those most shifted in 2013, there has been a large decrease across the board in the value of their batted balls, with the average ground ball losing 66% of it’s value until this year—where there seems to be a spike in ground ball run values.  But the most surprising factor is the apparent effect of the shift on the fly balls and line drive value, which have both dropped significantly ...

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bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, shift

BtBS: Running the bases: An analysis

Good things occur on the basepaths as well [as bad], and I would be remiss if I didn’t point these out. It doesn’t have the same catchiness the Mistake Index has, but if I’m going to show negative outcomes, I should point out the positive as well, such as stolen bases, reaching on errors or taking an extra base (for example, going from first to third on a single). [...]

Given this, let’s expand this list and look at the ratio of good events to bad: [...]

This doesn’t help Puig but shows ...

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bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning

NY Post: The challenger to d’Arnaud’s status as Mets’ catcher of future

After a pedestrian April, when he hit just .250 with three extra-base hits for Double-A Binghamton, the 23-year-old [Kevin Plawecki] has been on a tear since the calendar turned to May, hitting .352 with a .946 OPS. His totals for the season stood at .326 with six homers and 41 RBIs heading into Friday. 

Plawecki has caught the eye of an American League scout, who called him a “future All-Star” and “the best catcher in the organization.”

“He can hit, catch, throw,” the scout ...

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bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Rantankerous: Prepare your JAWS for a sabermetric WAR

Brian “What We Learned” Tynes vs. George “Hot Reads” Jones. I got through 5:18…and then it was back to my Räjäyttäjät party.

If you don’t know wSB from TMZ, you’re in the right place.

One of those is a baseball statistic and the other is a celebrity news web site. The legitimacy of both is debatable.

In this week’s discussion, George jumps on the sabermetric bandwagon and tries to argue the merits of such nonsensical acronyms as UZR, wOBA, BABIP and OOPS, which are all baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: June 21, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Friday, June 20, 2014

OMNICHATTER 6-20-2014

Chatter up, up the chatter?

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Orioles starters can’t fool hitters

Orioles starters have trouble getting batters to swing at pitches out of the zone, particularly Ubaldo Jimenez:

“Hitters swing at only 24.5% of Jimenez’s pitches out of the zone, fewer than one out of four. This is great, because he throws out of the zone so rarel—err, no, wait, he throws out of the zone 53.6% of the time. Dang.”

rpollack Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pitchfx, pitching, strike zone

Did Chewing Tobacco Kill Tony Gwynn?

Keith Olbermann is a blowhard. By his logic we should stop pitchers from throwing because Dave Dravecky had a cancerous desmoid tumor in his left arm. THE SAME ARM HE PITCHED WITH!

Gwynn cancer-related death is a tragedy. Linking that tragedy to smokeless tobacco (a repugnant product) with no evidence is just exploitation.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: keith olbermann, tony gwynn

Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

Cuban authorities say hard-hitting outfielder Yasmani Tomas has defected, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
...
Tomas went 6-for-16 during the WBC with two homers, one double and four strikeouts.

According to official statistics, Tomas hit .275 for Industriales last season with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs in the 90-game regular season and seven playoff games.

He dipped to six home runs while hitting .290 in 257 plate appearances for Industriales this season, but a source told Baseball ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:20 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

As a Clinton staffer, Rahm Emanuel wanted to go after Daryl Strawberry for drugs

Typical spiteful Cubs fan.

The baseball part is his advice about how the Clinton White House should nose itself into baseball and drugs. Not steroids — no one cared about that yet — but about players abusing recreational drugs. Specifically, Daryl Strawberry:

In one 1995 memo, Emanuel even suggested that the president jump into the fray over New York Yankees star Darryl Strawberry testing positive for drugs. He called for Clinton’s drug czar, Lee Brown, to meet with Yankees owner George ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bill clinton, daryl strawberry, drugs, mets, politics, rahm emmanuel

SocraticGadfly: It’s once again time to swat down the David Ortiz Hall of Fame claims

Big Arias: Rake progress.

Craig Calcaterra at NBC is the latest to get on my wrong side regarding David Ortiz and the HOF, with this, over Ortiz’s ######## about an official scorer’s ruling:

  Let’s ... focus of the pettiness of a guy with a Hall of Fame resume throwing a little temper tantrum over a scoring call that will matter not one iota in the course of this season let alone his career.

Is Ortiz already a member of the “Hall of Very Good”? Yes.

Hall of Fame? No. As I said in ...

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Repoz Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

‘Dynamic Pricing’ May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium

Are you sure its not Mike Moustakas’ strikeouts?

“If you’re a diehard to your team, you’ll show up,” said Moffitt a Royals home game.

But plenty of diehard fans during the most recent homestand did not.

The St. Louis Cardinals last week drew less than 30,000 in each of their games at Kauffman Stadium. That hasn’t happened since 2007.

For Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the 25,000-plus attendees exceeded two of the three games against the Yankees.

Royals Director ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: dynamic pricing, revenues, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 20, 1914:

Howard McLarry, second baseman of the Louisville American association baseball team, and Miss Villa Glassman, Lincoln, Neb., were married [in Kansas City] yesterday. The bride sat in the grand stand at yesterday afternoon’s game between Kansas City and Louisville. Louisville’s victory was due largely to McLarry’s hitting. He made two home runs and one single, and was responsible for four of Louisville’s runs.

Not sure how many bonus points you get on your ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, polly mclarry

MLB, the MLBPA announce the creation of the Puerto Rico Summer League

Players from Puerto Rico are subject to the Major League draft, which, kills the incentive for teams and scouts to go there and develop teenage talent like they do in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Since the imposition of the draft in Puerto Rico in 1990, the once rich vein of talent heading from there to the big leagues has all but dried up.

But not to worry, this summer league is sure to turn around 25 years of decline.  Problem meet solution.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:32 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: media, rangers, wtf

Gavin Floyd suffers fracture in elbow

Floyd broke the olecranon—the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow—as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.

“In the big picture, I think he’s going to be OK,” Gonzalez said.

A similar injury ended the career of Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2010.

“I mean like a really big picture.  It probably won’t kill him is what I’m saying.” ...Read More...

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, injuries

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Economist: A perfect conundrum

An argument that people who want to #KillTheWin should also recognize that Clayton Kershaw’s masterpiece should not be considered a perfect game, because baseball is at its heart a team sport.

The problem with assigning wins and losses to pitchers is it gives them undeserved credit or blame for their teammates’ performances. Defining perfect games as an individual achievement falls victim to the exact same fallacy…If we want to #KillTheWin, let’s kill the perfect game and RBI too, as well ...

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Posnanski:  A Barry Bond thought

‘Elo kiddies, ‘elo kiddies
Whatcha gonna do when your head’s exploding?
You lead a life of crime
You know they’re out to get you

Baseball Reference has this cool thing called the Fan EloRater, where they have fans rank players against each other and then use the millions of rankings to form a list of the greatest players in baseball history. It’s a great concept and great way to show what fans think about the game.  Trouble is … it really is what fans think about the game — unfiltered ...

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Gonfalon B. Posted: June 19, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bonds, clemens, posnanski

Sports on Earth: THE BEST PITCHERS AGAINST EACH TEAM

Notes: The second-best pitcher ever against the Rangers was Moe Drabowsky. Drabowsky is probably better known for the pranks he pulled than the pitches he threw. I wrote about Drabowsky in this space a few months back. Here’s part of what I wrote then:

Perhaps the most famous example came when he was playing against the Kansas City A’s in Kansas City. Having played for the A’s, Drabowsky knew the intricacies of the stadium’s bullpen phone system. He also knew the number for the home team’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: randy johnson, roger clemens

ESPN’s Keith Law Comes Down Hard On Ausmus, Calls Remark ‘Nauseating’ « CBS Detroit

Does somebody’s children need to be taken away?

Keith’s a good guy and means well but this reaction is over the top.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2014 at 02:58 PM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers


MLB’s New Home-Plate Rule Had Its Lowest Moment

The bases were loaded—this was a force play. Bucs catcher Russell Martin received the throw, tapped home plate with his his foot, then got out of the way of the sliding Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco was ruled out; Bryan Pryce argued, and after a lengthy chat with the replay office in New York, umpires overturned the call.

Natty Fan Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher collisions, pirates, reds, rules

OMNICHATTER 6-19-14

Are you ready for OMNICHATTER?

Gamingboy Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

The Essence of Velocity: The pitching theory that could revolutionize baseball, if only the sport would embrace it - SBNation.com

What would happen if we got Perry Husband and Mike Marshal together?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

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