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Friday, June 09, 2017

The mystery of Shohei Otani and whether he’ll leave $200M on the table to play in MLB

That Otani is shrouded in mystery is only appropriate, seeing as his legend has grown to proportions in which even myths wouldn’t dare traffic. The fastball. The home runs. The legitimate possibility of a two-way player better than anyone since the person to whom Otani is most often compared – only Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player ever. All of it creates this mania through which teams try to sift and find the truth.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei otani

Sherman: How will next 5 years treat these borderline baseball legacies?

An anachronistic system with no transparency or accountability:

A six-member screening committee looks at every player who has been retired five years and who played at least 10 seasons. It takes two votes to be placed on the ballot, which the larger voting body receives each December.

DanG Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: 2022 ballot, alex rodriguez, david ortiz, hall of fame

Cincinnati Reds from Cuba: A comprehensive list

“Not only did one of the team’s minor-league affiliates once reside in Havana, the club has been signing players from the Caribbean island country for more than 100 years.”

DanG Posted: June 09, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinnati reds, cuba, tony perez

Did Moneyball teach us nothing? MLB is still selling jeans

“The draft is radically, radically different than 15 years ago, but probably not in some hugely measurable way when it comes to height and weight,” another executive said. “Maybe the interesting conclusion is that more teams than ever are leaning heavily on data to help them make smarter selections, yet players still look the same.”

Indeed, data is more important to every team now than it was in 2002. Not only do teams dig deep into college stats, like the Moneyball A’s did, but they have ...

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Unbalanced: It’s Time to Revisit Eric Thames, Human Cyborg

I like the idea of evaluating the impact of injuries by logically assessing what will change and confirming that in the stats. It’s just a small piece of this article, and here it’s applied just to Thames; but on a larger sample of players having similar injuries it could be a good thing.

villageidiom Posted: June 09, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, eric thames, milwaukee, milwaukee brewers

2017 College Player of the Year: Brendan McKay Excels On All Fronts | BaseballAmerica.com

McKay went 9-3, 1.77 in 96.2 innings. At the plate, he hit .308/.418/.431 with four home runs. Just a year after Kentucky’s A.J. Reed won the College Player of the Year award, college baseball had found its next two-way superstar.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, brendan mckay, college baseball

Baseball keeps getting slower, but change will come by 2018 - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

New rules won’t matter if umpires don’t enforce them.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play

Hurley: David Price Making Case Against Himself As Fit For Boston « CBS Boston

This type of reaction doesn’t bode well for David Price’s future in Boston.

As reported by Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Price pulled Drellich aside after the Red Sox’ loss to the Yankees and berated him loudly enough for reporters on the other side of a closed door to hear. Price later continued his confrontation with Drellich, and also snapped at Buckley (who had been told by the Red Sox media relations director to stick around to talk to Price).

The interactions with Price ended when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Foreign-born managers break through baseball team hierarchy in KBO

Whenever a slugger of the opposing team stands at home plate, SK Wyverns manager Trey Hillman asks his players to shift their standard positions and move to certain areas on the field to help them more easily catch a ball hit by the player.

The defensive realignment — called the “Hillman shift” among baseball analysts here — is based on odds drawn from accumulated data about the direction and distance a ball travels from the slugger’s bat.

The Hillman shifts have been executed 132 times ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 12:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: kbo, korean league, shifts, trey hillman

‘Bachelor Canada’ will help former MLB pitcher look for love

Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Leroux didn’t go down swinging when love threw him a curve. The six-year Major League Baseball veteran got right back in the box.

Leroux will look for love on the next season of “Bachelor Canada.” He is, as you might have already guessed, the titular bachelor….

Prior to being a reality show contestant, Leroux spent six seasons in the majors. The majority of his time came with the Pirates, but also pitched for the Florida Marlins and New York ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 12:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris leroux, pirates, reality tv, television, the bachelor

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Baseball keeps getting slower, but change will come by 2018

The preference on both sides is for a negotiated solution—a common ground found through conversation and an exchange of ideas. Manfred spoke about this in March, about how he wants to have more dialogue from the players, more input on how to improve the pace of games. But some players recognize that one way or another, rule changes are coming. One player told teammates recently that they better get used to the idea of a pitch clock “because it’s inevitable.”...

But MLB wants a formal ...

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An Oral History of the Moneyball Draft

Delightful peek into this legendary stathead event. My favorite line so far:

Lewis: [McCurdy] looked like this unbelievable power-hitting shortstop, but it turned out the University of Maryland had like a 260-foot fence, and he hit a lot of 270-foot fly balls. So the next year they park-adjusted their stats.

PreservedFish Posted: June 08, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball


Zack Wheeler has a quality start, Mets win in ninth on dropped throw

“The two mistakes he made, he threw to me,” Bruce said after his fourth multi-homer game of the season.

Given the lead, Wheeler did not relinquish it, delivering the kind of quality start that has become increasingly rare for the Mets. By allowing just one run in seven innings, Wheeler extended a stretch in which he has eclipsed the six-inning mark in five of his last six outings, all while lowering his ERA to 3.45, the best in the rotation.

“Zack was tremendous tonight,” Collin said. ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 08, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Luke Heimlich sex crime surfaces as Oregon State baseball nears College World Series

Two months ago, as the Oregon State University baseball team marched toward the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, compiling one of the best records in college baseball history, a crime surfaced from a star player’s past.

A Benton County sheriff’s sergeant, on a sweep to track down sex offenders who let their registrations lapse, located one at Gill Coliseum, the heart of Oregon State’s bucolic campus. It was Luke Heimlich, the ace left-hander who statistically is the nation’s best ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, draft, oregon state, sexual abuse

MLB to investigate domestic violence allegation against Cubs’ Russell

Major League Baseball plans to investigate domestic violence allegations made against Cubs shortstop Addison Russell via social media Wednesday night, an MLB official said Thursday morning.

Russell’s wife, Melisa, suggested in multiple posts late Wednesday the couple was breaking up.

In a subsequent comment related to one of the posts, a woman Russell’s wife referred to as a close friend, accused him of “mentally and physically abusing her.”

MLB is investigating based on the posts ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, domestic violence

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2017

Butte Daily Post, June 8, 1917:

Will Al Mamaux eat himself out of baseball?
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He does not drink nor does he ordinarily keep late hours. But Mamaux eats anything any time and uses no judgment in his selection of the food. He is just as likely to make a night of lobster and ice cream as not and he eats much candy and rich foods which threaten to ruin his digestive organs.
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If Mamaux eats himself out of baseball he will be following the example of Elmer Flick who ruined his stomach by heavy ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cats, dugout, history

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Piling on David Price makes no sense

CHB, Mr. Sensitivity, exposes David Price for the sensitive guy that he is. Sensitive players shouldn’t sign big-money contracts to play in Boston. Sensitive players shouldn’t be talking to CHB.

“I’m not cautious,’’ he insisted. “I’m the same me. I don’t talk to the media every day like I did last year and I guess I get blown up for that. But I was honest with everything they asked me last year and I get blown up for that. So they did this to themselves. Talk to me on the day I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red soxs


Tyler Duffey has evolved - Twinkie Town

Some interesting analysis of Tyler Duffey.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, tyler duffey

Jennings: Increase in home runs would be big asset for Red Sox | Boston Herald

Yes, more home runs are good for your offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Giants acquire Sam Dyson from Rangers - MLB Daily Dish

Giants roll the dice.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rangers, sam dyson

Masahiro Tanaka’s woes have Yankees muttering, too | Newsday

It doesn’t look like Tanaka will be opting out.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mashahiro tanaka, yankees

Why Theo Epstein believes Cubs offense will click on all cylinders | CSN Chicago

On MLB Now Dan O’Dowd constantly makes the point that one of the most difficult parts of being a GM is having patience in player development. He says a GM has to believe in talent because player development is not a linear process. Theo gets it.

Here’s one quote but the article has a few others.

“We need time,” Epstein said. “Over time, our guys are going to continue to progress. And when that gap (between talent and performance) exists, it’s a better position to be in than not having ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Texas Rangers: Excitement from Rangers’ win marred by Adrian Beltre leaving Globe Life in a walking boot | SportsDay

The “good” news: It is apparently not an aggravation of the calf injury that cost him the first two months of the season. The rest of the news: Beltre suffered a left ankle sprain and is likely to miss at least Wednesday’s game against the Mets, if not more.

“It’s tough to put weight on it right now,” Beltre said with uncharacteristic softness, his hands jammed in his pockets,. “It doesn’t feel great. We will say what happens in the next couple of days. But I missed 50-something games, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Ring Lardner: Baseball’s Comedic Genius | The National Pastime Museum

In baseball, it’s important to have a healthy sense of humor. In a sport where even the best hitters fail seven out of every 10 times at bat, how else can anyone survive the long, grueling season without a little laughter along the way?

There is no shortage of amusing stories, and we all have our favorites. Blooper reels have long been a scoreboard staple between innings at a ball game, from Rick Dempsey’s rain-delay antics to the fly ball bouncing off Jose Canseco’s head for a home run. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: history, writers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-7-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 7, 1917:

Local fandom received with unmistakable joy the news that the veteran Hans Wagner had affixed his signature to a Pittsburg contract, and would play first base in today’s game with the Brooklyn Superbas at Forbes Field.
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[Pirates owner Barney] Dreyfuss probably realized that he made a mistake when he offered the veteran a reduction in salary last winter. Despite all statements to the contrary, there is no doubt at all that it was this alone which caused John to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

MLB investigating abuse allegations leveled against Rays’ Derek Norris by ex-fiancée

Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris’ former fiancée that the Tampa Bay Rays catcher “physically and mentally abused’’ her during their relationship, league spokesman Pat Courtney told ESPN.com on Tuesday night.

Kristen Eck made the charges in an Instagram post in which she described being abused by “the man I thought I was going to marry’’ before leaving him a year ago with no access to a car and $300 to her name. She did not specifically refer to Norris by name ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:45 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, domestic abuse, rays

Phillies’ Aaron Nola answers call to step up | MLB.com

Like a lot of the Phillies, Aaron Nola has been disappointing this season. Not last night, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Bartolo Colon (majors-worst 7.78 ERA) placed on disabled list

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

The Mets picked just the right time to let him go.

Mired in the worst stretch of his 20-year career, Bartolo Colon is now on the 10-day disabled list with what the Braves said was a left oblique strain.

The move was made Tuesday, a day after Colon (2-7) got rocked again for seven hits and eight earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of an 11-4 loss to the Phillies, raising his majors-worst ERA to a staggering 7.78, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves, mets

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