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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Joe Kelly Notches Hit Against Friend Shelby Miller, Wins ‘Bet’

That alibi is Nickolay Lame!

Joe Kelly came out on the winning end of his faceoff with Shelby Miller in more ways than one.

Though neither pitcher earned a decision Wednesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the two best friends had a chance to step into the batter’s box against each other for the first time in their major league careers.

Kelly, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, shared earlier in the week a wager he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 07, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, gambling, joe kelly, red sox, shelby miller

Dodgers Acquire Roberto Hernandez

The second white flag trade Hernandez has been involved in! (Wait, what?)

The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash considerations…

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5MM deal last winter, and he posted a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 121 innings for them, with a strong 52.0% ground ball rate. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has played parts of nine seasons, also spending time with the ...

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Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

OMNICHATTER 8-7-2014

Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP….

OMNICHATTTTEEEERRR

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

‘King of NY’: Derek Jeter’s cleats not lacking in superlatives

Cleat Voyeur, if you will.

jhg

The Yankees shortstop sported a new pair of cleats during Monday’s game against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, and the shoes list nearly every incredible statistic in the career of the future Hall of Famer.

On the back, the Captain was even given another nickname — “King of NY.”

 

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:

[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.

“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Great Minor League Home Run Race

GIANT photos and big time home run power dominate this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, kris bryant, matt olson, peter o'brien, prospects

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

“Hunter Pence Signs’ follow Hunter Pence from New York to Milwaukee

Over the weekend, Mets fans started a movement. That movement: to write weird Hunter Pence anti-jokes that confuse announcers on signs. It was a nice break from the usual signage, which is centered around “loving” one player or “hating” another. These seem to be somewhere in the middle.

Well, like most things, this gem started in New York and has moved west. The Giants took on the Brewers in Milwaukee last night, and Wisconsinites showed that they, too, have odd things to say about ...

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MLB Telecasts On Regional Sports Networks Dominate Prime Time Television

Major League Baseball is king during prime time at the regional level thus far this season for regional sports networks (RSNs) winning the key prime time slot in the US markets that Nielsen Media Company tracks.

The data bolsters the position that baseball continues to be a solid programming choice for networks in the summer when the major networks are in reruns.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, television

Baez goes boom: First big league blast wins it

Evidently, the timing was right for Javier Baez to get to the big leagues.

Playing his first Major League game, Baez launched the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan leading off the 12th inning into the bullpen for his first big league homer and hit to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.

That’s a lot of firsts, and Baez will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the game, including the home run ball, which landed in the Rockies’ bullpen.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, home runs, prospects

Chirinos Leads Rangers to 16-0 rout of ChiSox [and Adam Dunn Pitches]

The laugher ended with designated hitter Adam Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder allowed one run on two hits and a walk. He did not speak with reporters afterward.

“If (Dunn) hits someone, we can’t charge him—he’s too big,” joked Beltre, who added, “He was throwing power sinkers. Obviously, they were too nasty for J.P.” Arencibia fouled out.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: big donkey, rangers, white sox

Fangraphs: Andrew McCutchen’s Injury Is A Huge Blow

In the original draft of this post, this portion talked about how it was at least plausible that being hit in the back one night and coming up with a strained oblique (which is what this really looked like) the next night could be unrelated. We could infer, but not say for sure. Pirates fans could be angry at the Diamondbacks, but no one could be certain. Now, it’s come out that McCutchen actually fractured a rib – he has *deep breath* “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral ...

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Fresno Grizzlies ‘TMNT Night’ featured a cosplay wedding proposal

I’ve heard of the Splendid Splinter, but this is ridiculous!

The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team flooded the Internet in the past couple weeks leading up to their “TMNT Night,” which by all accounts was a rousing success. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed jerseys and hats, the Turtles even showed up in person, free pizza was given away, the team mascot dressed up like Splinter. Good times were had by all.

In fact, it was even a life-changing night, as two TMNT ...

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Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: frank white, jackson county, kansas city, politics, royals

Calcaterra: Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles: Adam Dunn pitched last night.

Not gonna lie: I’ve seen big bulky relievers with worse-looking mechanics than Dunner here. He was a college quarterback, after all, and football-throwing skills do transfer. Maybe not 100% cleanly after 15 years and a lot of beers and T-bone steaks like Dunn has likely seen come and go, but muscle memory can be pretty useful.

The line, alas, was not so great: one inning pitched, two hits, a walk and an earned run. But (a) he was more effective than the White Sox pitchers who gave the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, white sox

Mets Latch On to Cupping Therapy, and Have the Marks to Prove It

The millennia-old art of cupping traditionally involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside a glass bulb, which is then applied to the skin for as long as 15 minutes. Blood is pulled to the area, causing bruising and, ostensibly, relief of tight, sore muscles. Some believe that cupping can also help with arthritis, eczema and migraine headaches, among other ailments.

Today, teams like the Mets and others that practice cupping use a mechanical suction pump to create the vacuum. Nick ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, mets

Must C: Ball gets loose on field

Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, reds, umpires, umpiring

Padres said to have chosen A.J. Preller for GM

Good hire. He’s pretty funny in those Sprint Framily commercials.

The Padres are expected to introduce Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as their GM on Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the news….

Preller was in his 10th season in the Rangers organization, where his current duties have him overseeing the team’s player-development and scouting departments, though it’s in the international market—Latin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, rangers

Derek Jeter gets the tongue from Joba Chamberlain, then gets plunked

Say aah…shiit!

Chamberlain appeared to stare down Jeter while the retiring shortstop went through his pre-at-bat routine with the game tied at 3-apiece in the bottom of the 10th inning.

And when Jeter tipped his cap to Chamberlain — the future Hall of Famer does it to every pitcher — Chamberlain’s tongue emerged from his Grizzly Adams beard.

The at-bat ended with Chamberlain hitting Jeter with an inside fastball. It didn’t seem intentional, however, as Chamberlain appeared quite upset ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 6, 1914:

The Chippewa Indian baseball team recently lost a game to the American Giants in Chicago and blamed the music of the band for their defeat.

Which recalls the story of the protest filed by a German team in Cincinnati years ago. The Germans were playing the Popular Stars, a team that began with O’Ryan and ended with Grady—and a band was out.

The Irish team won, 12 to 4, and the Germans protested. They claimed the band played “The Wearing of the Green” every time ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees Lefty Specialist Matt Thornton Claimed by Nationals

“Matt did a great job for us,” Cashman said. “There’s a reason the Nats put a claim on him; they’re in a pennant race and they know he can help them. But this is about flexibility in 2014 and 2015 for us.”
...
So Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings and had not surrendered a home run since last June, is gone, replaced in the short term by journeyman Rich Hill.

Hill, of course, sucks.  He hit the only batter he faced in his Yankees debut.  Seems like a weird time to ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt thornton, nationals, yankees, yr bait

Padres To Hire A.J. Preller As GM

Eccentric!  ROWRRRR.

The Padres have decided to hire Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to fill their GM vacancy, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

Preller had been one of four finalists for the vacancy, along with Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng. Preller and Eppler were both rumored to be favorites for the job at different times, though the most recent reports had Eppler in the lead.

Instead, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

OMNICHATTER 8-6-2014

Wednesday. OMNICHATTER. Right here.

Gamingboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Korean Royals fan gets royal treatment for first visit to Kansas City

Lee, a Royals fan since the 1990s who follows the team from his home in Seoul, South Korea, was treated like royalty upon his arrival Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.

Camera crews, fellow Royals fans and curious bystanders watched and cheered as Lee made his way through the gate, wearing his Royal blue jersey…

Kamler said he and other Royals fans have been communicating with Lee for a few years on Twitter. Kamler said Lee tweets with fans during the games despite the 14-hour ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: korea, royals, super fan

Biogenesis Scandal implicates more players.

Or to put it another way, get ready for another month or more of wondering when all of this will play out and which of your favorite players will be Braun’d, Melky’d, or Nelson’d out of their reputation and roster spot for 50 or more games. The focus will be off the races, off the teams, and on the guessing game of who gets outed next. Gee, thanks, “Dr.” Bosch.

There she is! There she is.

Dale Sams Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB.com - Maria Torres: Mets’ ace right-hander feels good after tossing 20 fastballs at team’s Minors complex

So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”

“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like ...

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Lassus Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, the rapture

ESPN: Sources: Selig successor decided next week

Mighty Manfred the Wonder Commissioner

Bud Selig’s successor as commissioner of baseball is expected to be decided next week, sources confirmed, when MLB owners assemble in Baltimore to vote on three finalists for the job.

The three final candidates, according to one source familiar with the vote, are MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner…Manfred has long been viewed as the favorite to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: commish, reinsdorf

Vote for Rookie: Trenton Thunder golden retriever advances to championship round of ‘Mascot Mania’

On MiLB.com, Rookie’s likes are listed as “baseballs, baseball bats, belly rubs and treats,” but his top rival is still the vacuum cleaner. The site notes that Rookie is training to be a bat-dog like Derby, his father who retrieves bats during every home Trenton Thunder game, and grandfather Chase “That Golden Thunder,” who died last year.

“It really started with Chase, who was the most important mascot we had. We’re really happy to pay homage to our dog lineage because there’s ...

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NattyBoh Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat dog, mascots, trenton thunder

HuffPost | Darryl Strawberry Confirms One Of Baseball’s Most Disturbing Urban Legends

Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.


Marlins designate Turner for assignment, recall Flynn

The transaction is mildly surprising because of Turner’s age, 23, and his upside. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was the ninth overall pick of the Tigers in 2009. He was pushed through the Minor Leagues quickly, and he made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2011.

Wow. Do the Marlins not believe in BABIP regression? What are the trading rules for DFAs in August? Are they free to trade him to any team within the next 10 days or does he have to pass waivers first?

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

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