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Friday, April 13, 2018

DRays Bay: Montreal Expos ownership group positioned for MLB relocation

The recent exhibition games played in Montreal have significantly re-ignited the talk of baseball in that City and Province, to the point where prospective owners have been forced to respond to endless questions about when and how - not if - the Expos will return to Montreal.

. . .

But the latest few questions answered by Mitch Garner, who has a stake in Cirque du Soleil and is set to make an ownership bid along with fellow Billionaire Stephen Bronfman, is what has raised eyebrows and ...

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Dr. Vaux Posted: April 13, 2018 at 02:43 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expos, rays, relocation, stadium financing


Minor-league baseball team wins on walk-off steal of home

Booker, an outfielder for the Class A team in the Carolina League*, made a bold move during the Dash’s game Thursday night against the Carolina Mudcats.


The Dash, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, had the bases loaded with two outs in the 10th inning when Booker decided he’d try to win the game on a straight steal of home.

Zach Posted: April 13, 2018 at 12:10 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, steals home

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-13-2018

El Paso Herald, April 13, 1918:

Manager McGraw is evidently going to rely this season, as he always has, on his players slugging the ball, instead of having them follow the sacrifice bunt system.
...
He may be right in following this plan, but it seems that by doing the unexpected once in a while and adopting the sacrifice, the Giants would win many more close games.

John McGraw might have been a jerk, but he was no dummy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2018 at 09:54 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Miami Marlins outdrawn by Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville

Yeah Jeets!

The Marlins drew 6,150 fans. The Jacksonville team brought in 6,960 for its home opener Wednesday night.

For the three-game series against New York, the Marlins—who lost Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna as part of a rebuilding plan by the team’s new ownership—drew a total of 19,669 fans.

Depressing. The Mets fans in South Florida didn’t want to come out to see their red-hot team?

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 13, 2018 at 09:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, jacksonville, marlins

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Break up the Mets! | FanRag Sports

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 07:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Jared Banner and the making of a front-office prospect

Here’s something you don’t see every day, an in-depth look at a mid-level baseball exec.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Elvis Andrus headed to DL for first time in career with fractured elbow

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Wednesday’s game versus the Los Angeles Angels after being hit on the right elbow by a Keynan Middleton pitch in the ninth inning. Initial x-rays and examination by Rangers Team Physician Keith Meister done at Globe Life Park in Arlington indicate the probability of a fracture in the elbow.

Reminiscent of Ivan Rodriguez breaking his hand (while catching) in 2000 – both players at the peak of their careers. Of course Rodriguez was an MVP on his way to the ...

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BDC Posted: April 12, 2018 at 01:23 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, injuries, opt-outs, rangers

The White Sox ballpark in Chicago that never was and could have changed history

Dayn Perry with a tremendous article on Philip Bess and his attempts to design a ballpark that combined the best of the Wrigley-Fenway-Comiskey era parks along with modern amenities.  He came up with Armour Field and the piece has illustrations of what might have been for the White Sox instead of Guaranteed Rate Field.

Elvis Posted: April 12, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, chicago white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-12-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 12, 1918:

Mel Wolfgang, who suffered last year from the effects of poison ivy, contracted at Paso Robles, Cal., has fully recovered and says he’s ready to pitch big league baseball. Mel was carried, not for what he was doing, but for what Pants Rowland knew he could do.

Must have been a hell of a poison ivy outbreak if it was newsworthy that Wolfgang had recovered in the offseason. I know he was a redhead and I know their skin can be particularly susceptible to stuff like ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Kaplan: How Max Stassi delved deep into the data and turned his career around – The Athletic

A get look at how players can use data to improve their games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, max stassi, pay site, the athletic

Rockies, Padres Get Into Benches-Clearing Scuffle After Nolan Arenado Charges Mound

The brawl happened in the bottom of the third when San Diego’s Luis Perdomo threw behind Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, almost hitting the third baseman.

Arenado charged the mound. Perdomo then threw his glove at Arenado, and Arenado threw a punch.

The benches cleared and the scuffle lasted over a minute as the two were separated and then another brawl broke out.


A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks’ hitters locking in with new approach

Too bad nobody thought of this before. Can you imagine how good Ted Williams could have been?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2018 at 07:34 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

974 Fans Attended Rays vs. White Sox Game at Guaranteed Rate Field

You get a foul ball!  YOU get a foul ball!!  EVERYBODY GETS A FOUL BALL!!!

Monday’s game:

And then, Tuesday’s game:

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 11, 2018 at 04:09 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: nothing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1918:

Four members of the White Sox team who visited the Ellington aviation field in Texas a few days ago were given a war thriller when they saw two aviators killed during flights. It was the third like casualty of the day.

Goodness. That had to have been awkward for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Marlins argue they’re from a Caribbean Island

The Marlins are claiming corporate citizenship in the foreign territory in order to have an arbitrator take over a lawsuit filed by Miami and Miami-Dade County in a dispute over the profits from the team’s sale last year, according to the Miami Herald.

But could Marlins Teamco (a subsidiary of Marlins Funding, a subsidiary of Marlins Holdings LLC) win the Caribbean World Series?

Walt Davis Posted: April 11, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: loria, marlins

Lovullo and Molina suspended

I haven’t seen this discussed. It seems off, to me. A manager being suspended is hardly anything as he can manage just as well by text. (I assume he can’t come to the park).

And it looks to me like Lovullo was clearly in the wrong and admits he was in the wrong. But maybe I missed something?

bunyon Posted: April 11, 2018 at 08:17 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, mothers day


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cubs place 1B Rizzo on DL with back tightness

CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago Cubs are taking the safe route with Anthony Rizzo, placing the first baseman on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with lower back tightness.

Rizzo said he is feeling better and hopes to be ready when he is eligible to come off the DL on Monday. The move was made retroactive to Friday.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2018

Bridgeport Times, April 10, 1918:

Derrill Pratt and John Lavan, former members of the St. Louis Americans, who compromised their $50,000 damage suits against Phil Ball, president of the St. Louis club, received $5,400 in settlement, according to information obtained here yesterday.

Ball yesterday said that the settlement did not cost him a cent and sporting men concluded from this statement that the American League had footed the bill.

Pratt and Lavan had sued Ball for slander after the owner ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bradford: Are players buying what baseball is selling when it comes to analytics? It’s a work in progress | WEEI

It seems to be working.

The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It’s a whole new thing. And it’s one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years, certainly seems to have some merit.

But, make no mistake about it, the selling of this new way of doing things is, and will be, a work in progress. The information gatherers know it. The coaches know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shifts


Monday, April 09, 2018

Cole Hamels’ dip in velocity leaves him vulnerable | Dallas Morning News

First, about the velocity drop: It is significant. Hamels, 34, is averaging 89.8 mph with his four-seam fastball, the one that is supposed to “explode” through the strike zone on what appears to be an upward plane. That is down from 92.3 mph in his first three starts a year ago.

On Sunday, he threw a four-seamer on the game’s first pitch. It didn’t explode, well, at least not until after leadoff hitter Steve Pearce sent it deep into the left-field stands. It was the second time in three starts ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 09, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Promo Preview: A look at the season to come | MiLB.com News

Wait, what?
If Brannock Devices aren’t random enough for you, there’s plenty more where that came from. For example:

—The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are shooting off “Bacon-themed” fireworks on June 2. As to what that entails, your guess is as good as mine.

—On June 28, the Altoona Curve are giving away replica championship rings in Jell-O. Why? It’s “Office Night,” and the Jell-O-encased ring references one of the pranks that Jim played on Dwight in the long-running NBC sitcom.

—The Lake ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions

OTP 2018 Apr 9: A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

As President Trump congratulated the World Series champion Houston Astros at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer and an Astros superfan, as “the king of those tax cuts.”

What he did not mention is that the new tax law Mr. Brady helped draft, and which Mr. Trump signed, levies a large new tax on the Astros, and ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 9, 1918:

Lieutenant Martie McHale, formerly pitcher for the Yankees and Red Sox and now in the Twenty-second Regiment, wants to get men organized who will throw bombs as baseballs are thrown, with curves and dips. He has interested prominent athletes and baseball players in a bomb-throwing squad and arranged for a complete and effective staff of teachers who can show the men in the squad a thing or two about curves that will make the enemy sit up and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

NJ.com:  Ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez: I should’ve signed with the Mets

How differently history may have unfolded.  If the Mets have A-Rod in 2001, the might well have made the playoffs, and all of history since then changes.  No Art Howe, no Vaughn, no Alomar, and their awful era, no Duquette to trade Kazmir for Zambrano, etc etc.  But then probably no Beltran and who knows what next.

Adam Starblind Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Amed Rosario hopes to steal some knowledge from Jose Reyes on being more aggressive on the bases | Newsday

Yes, please.

This year, Rosario said his plan is to be “100 percent” aggressive on the bases.

“If God provides me with health, I’ll be able to steal a lot of bases,” he said through an interpreter.

Count manager Mickey Callaway among the believers in that possibility. But base-stealing is a skill that takes time to develop, just like hitting and fielding.

“Base-stealing is something that is an art and it takes time to build, unless you’re just clearly outrunning the baseball,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

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