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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Mending the Sox: Scouting has let team down time and again - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s premature to write off Porcello, Kelly, Sandoval, and Ramirez. Having said that, when combined with the team’s top picks in the last few free agent drafts, it’s clear the U.S. scouting decision-making process has some serious problems.

How to assign credit and responsibility for each of Boston’s missteps in recent years generally is an exercise in futility. Cherington bears significant responsibility, naturally, and both John Henry and Larry Lucchino have signed off at least on the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays clobber Chris Sale, hand White Sox fifth loss in last six

A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.

So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?

“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager | MLive.com

It’s not a short-term gig.

Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, tigers

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International

RollingWave Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 185 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-5-15

Step right up and OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:58 PM | 232 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

538: Paine & Silver: Did Your Team Blow It At The Trade Deadline?

The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.

It’s a lot ...

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bobm Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, doyle alexander, mets, tigers, trade deadline

First-Place Mets Have Baseball’s Easiest Schedule From Here Out - WSJ

General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.

Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tigers release Dombrowski, promote Avila to GM

Next stop, Toronto?

The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.

Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, ...

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asinwreck Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).

His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.

Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame

Time for MLB to waive goodbye to August trade format for new system

The wrinkle in the waiver system is that a team with no intention of acquiring a player can put in a waiver claim, forcing his team to pull him back and ending the possibility of him being traded. The waiving team can simply let the player go for nothing – the Devil Rays stuck the Yankees with Jose Canseco this way in 2000 — but most often, it’s used as a blocking tool.

As a result, the players who get through waivers tend to be ones with unmanageable contracts. With the way the market ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, waiver trades

Yes, the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Was As Insane As It Seemed. Here’s Proof. «

Ben Lindbergh take on the trade deadline deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trades

Ruben Amaro, Phillies deal for 12 prospects | phillies.com

Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?

“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”

Quality is key. Some folks considered the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr., trade deadline

Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez gets 3-game suspension | MLB.com

The three games for hitting a guy in the leg?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays, royals, suspensions

Deadspin: Kelby Tomlinson gets his first MLB hit in front of his wife and dad.

Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:

“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’

“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so ...

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How baseball’s tech team built the future of television | The Verge

BAM, BAM…BAM, BAM, BAM!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbbam, technology

Cards can bank on Lackey

Even with incentives added, Lackey is pitching for about one-tenth of the $15.25 million he made last year because of a contract option clause that said he would play for the minimum if he ever missed a season because of injury.

That clause was exercised this year, and Lackey is a potential free agent after the season, having stated he wants to play two more years.

I thought he was going to retire?

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minimum wage


A.J. Pierzynski tried to convince ump that this bounced pitch was a strike

When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you’ll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, “come on, this is totally a strike.”

Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

Adrian Beltre becomes fourth player to hit for the cycle three times

The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.

The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Don’t let it go to his head.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre

Leigh Steinberg an agent for change

So, you want to be a sports agent. Really?

The session in Steinberg’s hometown was so well received that they added sessions in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami for this year.

“There is no programs in college that focus on preparing you to be a sports agent,” said Cabott, who graduated from La Salle and then got his J.D. from the Widener School of Law in 2005. “These people will learn more about being an agent in one day with [Steinberg] than in an entire semester in a sports ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, leigh steinberg

Our Game « Our Game

You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.

This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Which Teams’ Positions Have Gone All-Star-Less? – The Hardball Times

The Athletics haven’t had an All-Star second baseman since 1976. Who was it? Read the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Wilmer Flores is not doing what was expected, and we love him for it |

New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.

Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Newly acquired Morse hopes to begin turnaround with Pirates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Michael Morse had already bought a ticket to Los Angeles. His things were in transit and he was at the airport. Then he heard from his agents: His destination had changed.

“I couldn’t be more excited, especially with this clubhouse, especially with the guys, the coaching staff,” Morse said. “For me, it’s like winning the lotto.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: michael morse, pirates

Buckley: Why the Red Sox’s Larry Lucchino era is ending | Boston Herald

He was reduced to scrambling for a way to get out his own message Saturday after the Herald had learned Sam Kennedy will be replacing him as president of the Red Sox. None of this happened on Lucchino’s terms, and he said so himself in the statement that was released Sunday:

“We would have preferred to announce all of our transition plans at once, including my new role,” read the statement, “but I can tell you we all feel strongly that Sam Kennedy, who has been with me for 20 years, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: larry lucchino, red sox

The Change: Severino, Gray, Owens, Norris & Rookie Pitchers or Rookie Hitters?

There isn’t a lot of daylight between Jon Gray and Henry Owens, and neither is coming into a great situation for a pitcher. They’re also very different, in that the lefty Owens has two non-fastballs that should help his average velocity work, while Gray is a big velocity righty with a tight slider and a changeup with great fade but not much drop. Gray’s command might be better, but if you’re temped to move him ahead of Owens, you always have to remember that home park. At least Gray ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics

Valentino: Examining Latino Hitters’ Plate Discipline

Racist!

Utilizing the five two-sample t-tests, there is evidence at the proposed α = .05 significance level, but not at α = .01, that Latino players are less disciplined hitters than are American players and swing at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone. However, this undisciplined approach works for players from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as they more often successfully make contact with those outside pitches. The term ‘less ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: latino players, plate discipline

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 4, 1915:

Herb [sic] Shocker’s good pitching this season is attracting attention. Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pittsburg club, in the National league, especially, is very keen to see Shocker in action and he has arranged to have his scouts look the youngster over. In fact, the owner of the Pirates intimates that he may have Shocker report to Manager Clarke, as the Ottawa club feels it will be able to let him go.

The “Journal” says: “Dreyfuss would like to have him, ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, urban shocker

Matheny: Contracts can’t be ignored in setting bullpen roles : Sports

Of course, if managers stopped managing for the save, the criteria for getting paid would be based more on actual performance and impact on wins than a show stat.

Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.

“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics, saves

Jon Gray scheduled to make major-league debut for Rockies against Mariners - The Denver Post

Now they are ready for him to be sent back down.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

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