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Sunday, October 02, 2016

White Sox expected to replace Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria | Chicago Sun-Times

I guess Ventura isn’t going to last after all.

Ventura is also respected by players and the organization as a sound baseball man and steady leader. The players competed hard to the end despite being out of contention for all of September. In Ventura’s defense, he managed teams his last four years that were too thin on talent and depth beneath a solid core.

Perhaps Renteria can do better, although the direction the Sox will take this offseason — rebuild, go for it or somewhere in between — ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, rick renteria, robin ventura, white sox

Starting Nine: Modest proposals for Pirates offseason agenda | TribLIVE

Travis Sawchik proposes some fixes for the Pirates.

1. The following is a series of modest proposals for an offseason agenda for the Pirates. Where should the club focus? Pitching and defense. Those areas must be improved to shrink the gap in the NL Central.

2. Andrew McCutchen had his exit interview with manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington on Thursday. McCutchen was the last player to be interviewed. What to do with McCutchen? It is perhaps the first question the Pirates ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Danny Valencia optimistic about his 2017

Valencia has put up pretty good numbers the last two years. He consistently hits the ball hard. If he can’t find regular playing time, he must be the biggest jerk ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Final day promises to be frenzied, fantastic |

Watch the board. You won’t be bored. Major League Baseball has never had a final day quite like the one we’re embarking upon today.

Although scoreboard-watching is a regular rite of the regular-season finale, Scoreboard Sunday is multitasking taken to the extreme. Not only will all 15 games begin within 10 minutes of one another in a range from 3:05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, but five teams (the Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Tigers) will go into those games still in the playoff hunt. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, wild card


GAME 162 and THE FINAL GAME OF VIN SCULLY’S CAREER. All games start at the 3 o’clock hour. Two AL Wild Cards and one NL Wild Card remain to be decided.

Gamingboy Posted: October 02, 2016 at 12:23 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mets clinch home field in NL Wild Card Game |

It’s the era of the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 06:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mariners’ Plan For Developing Hitting Prospects Gets Early Validation

This fall, the Mariners will try to build on this year’s success by mimicking what’s already worked for them. Instead of fielding an instructional league team in Arizona, the organization will hold four week-long programs similar to the hitting summit but focused on other phases of the game such as pitching, baserunning and individual defense.

“We definitely have not outsmarted anybody with this whole thing, and that was never the goal,” McKay says. “We focused on having clear ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, player development

Heyman - Passing Out The MLB Awards

Jon Heyman’s recent notes column includes his award picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

David Ortiz helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays |

David Ortiz helps out the Tigers and Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Toolshed: Rookies meeting, underperforming their MLB projections | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

This one really surpised me.

Cody Reed: To put it bluntly, Reed probably would’ve fallen shy of just about any preseason projection, given his performance. The 23-year-old left-hander, who is on the disabled list with back spasms, struggled to a 7.36 ERA, 6.06 FIP and -0.3 WAR in 10 starts (47 2/3 innings). His biggest issue was the gopher ball; Reed averaged 2.3 home runs allowed per nine innings, well above his Minor League average of 0.5. Steamer didn’t have high expectations for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

OT - October 2016 College Football thread

More like this, please:

At the University of Miami, what’s old is new again—at least as far as the football team’s uniforms go.

The Hurricanes will harken back to the days of the Orange Bowl as they unveiled new uniforms [September 19] at a launch party at the Rathskeller on campus.

According to Miami, the new Adidas togs are called ‘Legend of the U’ and will debut Oct. 8 when the Hurricanes play host to Florida State at Hard Rock Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens.

...
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2016 at 03:11 AM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Friday, September 30, 2016


The “Last Saturday of the Regular Season” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2016 at 11:29 PM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The View is Much Better When You’re the Lead Dog: Mike Trout Closes in on Another Second-Place MVP Finish

Williams. Musial. Pujols. It looks like Trout is about to join some very exclusive company.

gehrig97 Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, joe dimaggio, mickey mantle, mike trout, mvp, stan musial, ted williams

What’s going on inside the Blue Jays clubhouse?

Why, for example, would the leaders on the team allow someone to put up on a wall photos of two Toronto sports writers with an ‘X’ scratched on their face and the a message written on top reading, ‘Do not grant them interviews’ (or words to that effect)?

On the surface, a pretty juvenile stunt. But also unprofessional. And it’s something, a couple of journalists pointed out to a Jays official, the New York Yankees would never allow in their clubhouse.

And it’s not just those photos. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2016

Chicago Eagle, September 30, 1916:

“I took up professional baseball after receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan because the financial returns were there,” remarked George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns, the other day.
“I intend to use the winter months to advantage, however, by keeping in touch with engineering. Baseball is a grant game and I want to get to the top if possible. At the present rate, I think I can retire in 12 years with a fortune.

“One ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history

Why Bo Jackson chose baseball

“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”

Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bo jackson, draft, football, royals, yankees

Fox Sports: Ken Rosenthal’s 2016 MLB awards

I know, I know—Britton’s innings total, currently 65 1/3, would be the lowest ever for a Cy winner.

Problem is, the top nine starters in the league are virtually indistinguishable, with ERAs between 3.06 and 3.21. And the last AL pitcher to win the Cy with an ERA above 3.00 was CC Sabathia in 2007.

So, it’s a good but not great group of starters vs. a record-setting reliever. Or hadn’t you noticed? Britton is a perfect 47-for-47 in saves. His 0.55 ERA would be the lowest in history for ...


One More Incredible Rangers Statistic | FanGraphs Baseball

Of course there’s noise, or randomness, and of course circumstances can be different when a team plays a certain other one. Maybe the Rangers have gotten really lucky in terms of missing the better teams’ better starters. But we haven’t seen something quite like this in a century. In a little more than a century, for that matter.

Almost 2,300 team-seasons in the sample. For each of them, I calculated winning percentage against teams who’re at least .500, and winning percentage against ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Can New Technology Bring Baseball’s Data Revolution to Fielding? -

It’s the Holy Grail of statistical analysis!

Statcast churns out an overwhelming amount of information; describing the movements of all the players on the field during a routine ground out, according to Willman, who is an analyst at BAM, can fill the equivalent of 21,000 rows on a spreadsheet. Teams are still learning how to dig through the digital sediment for usable knowledge. For now, they rely mostly on Willman and a couple of other colleagues to serve as electronic archaeologists. The ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Molina’s walk-off 2B keeps Cards in WC hunt |

It was a weird end. Watching the game, I agree with the umps. Price waited too long.

Molina stepped to the plate with two out and the potential winning run on first and ripped a ball to left field. It bounced off the warning track and hit a panel of signage beyond the wall before caroming back into play. A throw from left fielder Adam Duvall was too late to get Carpenter, who slid into home to initiate the celebration.

Statcast measures the exit velocity of Yadier Molina’s double and Matt ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, reds


The “Last Friday of the Regular Season” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for use of a stimulant

Shoulda stuck to ice cream sandwiches.

Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.

If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jesus montero, mariners, peds

Heyman: Twins’ hiring of Falvey raising eyebrows

Derek Falvey has a lot going for him as a well-regarded young executive with the Indians, but his impending hiring to lead the Minnesota Twins’ baseball ops department as its new chief baseball officer is raising eyebrows around the league.

Falvey is indeed the choice, with the Twins believed just to be doing final background checks. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the hiring. Of course no one should blame Falvey, a very bright exec by all accounts, but it’s questionable how qualified he ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, derek falvey, jed hoyer, twins

Jay Bruce gives peek at breakout as playoffs come into focus | New York Post

The trade might work out after all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist were forced to swap positions (and gloves) for a single play |

This was much ado about nothing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2016

New York Evening World, September 29, 1916:

Twenty-five straight!

If the Giants never do anything else they can rest on that record. The twenty straight of the old Providence Club lasted for thirty-two years. Under the law of averages—with the increasing difficulty of winning games as the strain of a long drawn out effort grows—the new record of the Giants should last for a century!

I don’t know, man. 100 years is a long time. People probably won’t even be playing baseball anymore in 2016.

At ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

The Other Weird Thing About the Home-Run Surge | FanGraphs Baseball

Everybody is doing it. The chicks must dig it.

I’m not saying anything here is conclusive. And it’s possible we have a population change and a baseball change. Some of the evidence for a different baseball is very convincing. But now there’s more power coming from baseball’s middle class. And there’s more power coming from baseball’s lower class. The upper class has more power, too, yet not really by a whole lot. Homers are being distributed fairly equally, perhaps more than ever ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


The Last-Thursday-Of-The-Regular-Season OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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