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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Carl Willis confident Red Sox can fix starting rotation woes | Boston Herald

The inconsistent trio.

“No,” Willis said. “Our hope is that one of these guys gets their ship righted and they step in, whether it be Joe (Kelly) or Clay (Buchholz), and then Henry Owens. These are the guys we anticipated should be that guy. The hope is that one of these guys takes the situation in hand and runs with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

OMNICHATTER 6-7-16

OMNICHATTER: Nemesis

Gamingboy Posted: June 07, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 06, 2016

Lookout Landing: The King may be out longer than we thought.

en James Paxton was called up late last week, we weren’t sure at the time exactly why. We came to find out that the move corresponded with a 15-Day DL trip for Felix Hernandez. It was scary news, seeing as The King has only missed like one start in his ten-year career. With his velocity down more than one tick this year, and the command all over the place, Felix has looked…different than ever before in his career. Of course, that “different” isn’t the magical 2014 version, it’s a new, maybe ...

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Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mariners

Tim Lincecum determined to be a major league starter again

“I think he threw the ball fine,” said Bud Black, the Angels’ special assistant to the general manager. “You could tell he might have been a little rusty the first innings but he looked good physically. The hip injury didn’t seem to be an issue and his arm motion looked the same. He was throwing 90 miles and his secondary pitches looked fine. He just needs to build some stamina.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Sanchez’s success creates more tough decisions for Blue Jays - Sportsnet.ca

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have a dilemma. They’ve found ways to ease Sanchez’s workload by mixing in extra days off on occasion. In theory the added rest could allow Sanchez to stay in the rotation a little longer than initially planned.

Success has complicated matters, since Sanchez keeps pitching deep into games. As manager John Gibbons notes, he’s averaging almost seven innings per start. One time to provide Sanchez with some rest would be around the all-star break, when teams get to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays

Mariners notebook: Cano’s bounce-back surge at one year and counting | The News Tribune

His decline will certainly come. For now, though, he’s back to being one of the best second baseman in baseball.

It was just about a year ago that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, a perennial All-Star, bottomed out in the mid-.230s in a dreadful start to the season.

Criticism was sharp that Cano, then 32, had started an inevitable decline with more than 8 1/2 years remaining on his 10-year deal. He spent much of last June muddling along to get out of the .230s before putting on a closing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Yanks must trade flamethrowers now — before wins fool them | New York Post

Or, they could wait.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1916:

George Wintherbotham, former pitcher in the Pacific Coast league, is a private today in the 211th battalion of the ‘American Legion.’ He joined in order to win the hand and heart of a lady fair—also $50,000 of her papa’s money.

Wintherbotham is a cigar salesman. When he duly requested parental consent for the marriage he proposed, the prospective father-in-law declared he first must prove his merit by going through the war.

To the meritorious son-in-law he also ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Derek Jeter honors Muhammad Ali for living the life he never would

Generic sports columnist yells at cloud.

Oh, the irony. On Saturday, we all mourned the passing of the great Muhammad Ali, fondly recalling the legacy of a man who spent a lifetime transcending his sport, who dared to use his athletic platform to push for social change. It was Ali, dead at 74 on Friday night, who showed a generation of athletes that they could be more than stars, that they could truly impact the world if they so chose.

Jeter made a career of never choosing to truly impact the ...

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eddieot Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter,

Cobb County spent all its money on Braves stadium, doesn’t have enough left for public parks | Field of Schemes

It’s worthwhile to note that this isn’t just a case of the county spending general revenue on the stadium and having none left over for parks, which would be bad enough; rather, the county actually redirected tax revenue that had been earmarked for public parks to pay for the stadium bonds, even though the park project was approved by voters, and the stadium never was. I’d say something snarky here about Cobb County’s attitude toward democracy, but Lee has already managed that quite ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Neil Walker returns to Pittsburgh as a Met with no regrets | Newsday

For most of his adult life, Neil Walker existed as a living, breathing anachronism, a hometown kid making good in his own backyard. For 11 seasons, he stood in stark relief against the mercenaries who represent the norm in professional sports, his black and gold Pirates uniform a reminder of a charmed existence.

So when that changed this past offseason with a trade to the Mets, he needed time to process the end of an era. “I felt a bit slighted,” said Walker, who returns to Pittsburgh on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, neil walker, pirates

Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting

TB: Clearly drafting is difficult, and you mentioned things coming back to burn you. It seems that no matter how good a draft is, there’s always that one pick you could have made. How difficult is it to deal with that regret looking back? Do you get over it quickly or are there things that stick with you?

JM: I think a little of both. It depends on the process that you have which led to the other pick and how good you felt about that pick at the time. Certainly, gosh, every scouting director’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cubs

Texas Rangers: Grant: Ten years later, Rangers GM Jon Daniels reveals what his first MLB draft taught him | SportsDay

“Our clarity and our process have been streamlined exponentially,” Levine said.

Said Daniels: “I’m less involved now than back then. Really stems from a near-unconditional trust in Kip and our staff and respect for their process and preparation. My involvement is more setting direction and philosophy, asking challenging questions at times, and working through strategy. But with very few exceptions I’ve stayed out of the player-picking business.”

Even though he ultimately bears accountability ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

OTP 2016 June 6: Patrick Murphy aims his youthful political exuberance at U.S. Senate seat

By his senior year, Murphy said he was in conversations to play baseball at the University of Miami and a few other schools. But instead, he opted to take a “post-graduate year” after graduating from Palmer Trinity. Murphy went to the elite Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 2001-02, where tuition, room and board this year is about $58,000 a year.

“I didn’t know which sport I wanted to play in college,” he said. “So Lawrenceville gave me another opportunity to play sports ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 1998 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Miami Marlins say Josh Naylor injures Greensboro Grasshoppers teammate Stone Garrett in prank involving knife | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

I guess nobody told him he shouldn’t play with knives.

“Naylor has a reputation of being a bit of a prankster, but this one obviously went a little too far,” Hill told the Sun-Sentinel. “Obviously, he’s torn up about it. This is a good friend, his roommate. They came into pro ball together, so they’re good friends.

“Hopefully, it’ll just be ... short term and [Garrett] can get back healthy and return to form and continue on his career.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: josh naylor, marlins

OMNICHATTER 6-6-16

OMNICHATTER: Insurrection

Gamingboy Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:32 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Dodgers DFA Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford has been designated for assignment. That means that the Dodgers have 10 days to put Crawford on waivers, trade him, release him or send him to the minors (with his permission). Often times, this move is essentially the team cutting the player.

In Crawford’s case, this is a last resort move. Crawford, 34, is making $21.607 million this season and will make $21.857 million next season. If someone else picks up Crawford (either by waivers or simply signing him after he’s released), ...

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Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 05, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dodgers

Can New York Mets’ Matt Harvey make it two good starts in a row? - Mets Blog- ESPN

I know what I’ll be watching on this rainy day.

Harvey returns to the mound Sunday as the New York Mets aim to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. He has a tough matchup. Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) opposes ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53) in the 1:10 p.m. ET finale.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets

This year, the trade market will favor relievers, not starters

I call bullshit.

We hear that as long as the Dolans own the Indians, there won’t be a threat of them leaving Cleveland, where they simply can’t draw. But if the Dolans sold the team? Well, that could be a different story. The Indians are already down about 2,500 fans per game from last season, when they averaged 17,172 after 26 dates.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

How Mookie Betts went from homer-less to slugger

“I just remember every time I talked to U.L., it was just, when he gets ahead in the count or is sitting on his pitch, he needs to be a little more aggressive to it and let it go instead of being too picky and drawing walks to get on base,” said Hyers. “Mookie is so coachable. He was a leadoff guy, so he wanted to get on base. At that time, we were teaching patience and swinging at strikes. Mookie knew the strike zone. He saw the ball as good as anyone I’ve been around. It was a matter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox


Lance McCullers on Spin, Angles, and Embarrassing Batters | FanGraphs Baseball

I hope your head isn’t spinning.

On setting up hitters with spin: “A lot of people think about pitching as setting up the batter based on pitch location. I think more of setting up batters with spin. If I throw a good hard fastball with good backspin, and then rip over a curveball from that same slot, it’s going to be hard for the batter to tell the difference. It will be hard for him to tell the difference between the four-seam I just threw at the thigh, versus my hard, 12-6 breaking ball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: houston, lance mccullers, pitching

Padres trade James Shields to White Sox

In their most public admission of a rebuild to date, the Padres on Saturday traded right-hander James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Erik Johnson and infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego has agreed to pay a little more than half of the $58 million left on Shields’ contract.

Baseball America’s take on the deal. This is what they said about Tatis:

The White Sox signed Tatis as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last July 2 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, trades, white sox

OMNICHATTER 6-5-16

OMNICHATTER: First Contact

(Sorry I missed yesterday)

Gamingboy Posted: June 05, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Vanderbilt’s Everett Dies In Drowning

Vanderbilt freshman righthander Donny Everett has died, drowning in a lake in Coffee County, Tenn., The Tennessean reported.

Everett, who ranked No. 21 on the BA500 a year ago but was drafted in the 29th round by the Brewers due in part to his Vanderbilt commitment, was 19.

Sad news from Tennessee. Everett was really good - here’s his 2015 MLB draft video.


Fox Sports: Anthony Rizzo almost tricked an umpire into thinking he was starting a fight

Give the catcher his throwing lane, damnit!

Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, and the first inning got off to a rough start for the star first baseman. In the first inning, Rizzo was beaned in the head by Diamondbacks catcher Wellington Castillo, who was simply trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher.

After taking the throw off the noggin, Rizzo turned to Castillo, his former teammate, and stared him down. He then playfully shoved the ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 04, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, diamondbacks, goofy

How a 157-pitch game in Kansas explains everything wrong with youth baseball - Yahoo Sports

The KSHSAA rules, by which Hudson said West would continue to abide, are actually quite terrible. The nine-inning threshold is too arbitrary. Allowing a pitcher to go 12 innings over a 48-hour period is inviting trouble. If Kansas wanted to stop this, it could do what Illinois, Texas, Minnesota and other states are trying: implement hard-and-fast pitch-count rules.

This won’t eliminate pitching injuries. Nothing will. Throwing a baseball at high velocities can be dangerous even among the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, arm injuries

Mozeliak Says Diaz Will Stay at Shortstop, Peralta Feels He Can Play 3rd Base - 101Sports.com

On if Kolten Wong could be sent to Memphis to work out his hitting slump:
“I don’t want to talk about a given person especially when you’re talking about a downward assignment, but overall this game is about performance. Ultimately, we’ve got to try to put together our best 13 from an offensive standpoint to give us a chance to win.”
“As this picture becomes more clear and we have a better understanding about when some of these injured players are coming back and what to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta

Baseball mourns death of boxer Muhammad Ali | MLB.com

I don’t watch much boxing now but as a kid I spent many fights holding the rabbit ears to watch him battle. He was definitely one of a kind.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: boxing

Corey Seager hits 3 homers in Dodgers’ victory | MLB.com

Seager entered Friday night’s game leading the Dodgers in home runs and extended his lead with his second multi-homer game of the season. If you combine Seager’s 12 homers with Thompson’s nine and the eight from their other roommate, Joc Pederson, the household of young Dodgers has seven more homers (29) than the entire Braves team (22).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

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