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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Batting title would put Cabrera in elite club | FOX Sports

Now that Cabrera has enough plate appearances to qualify, he’s on pace to win the batting title for the fourth time in five years. With that, he’s about to join very exclusive company. (Again.)

Here’s the complete list of right-handed batters with at least four batting titles in any five-year span:

—Rogers Hornsby, 1920-25 (six straight)

—Honus Wagner, 1906-09 (four straight), also seven in nine years from ’03-’11

—Nap Lajoie, 1901-04 (four straight)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Cubs content to make do down stretch to playoffs - Chicago Tribune

Maddon has more pieces to play with in September, and he said he’s going to use them all.

“I try to work it through in advance but then when you get new pieces for your puzzle you don’t always think it all the way through,” he said. “The game presents different thoughts that you have not even thought about.

“If you screw it up one night, try to do it up in a way nobody else knows except you, if that’s possible. I’m eager to work with it. I like it. I like the position player juggling ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Paging the real Rick Porcello: Two dominant starts alter perceptions - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

A little too late to save Ben Cherington.

“I think that for this year, this was the most consistent stuff I’ve had,” he said. “We moved the ball around well, and Blake [Swihart] called a great game back there. He and I were on the same page the entire night.”

The difference since his return, Porcello said, is in the renewed commitment to his sinker, the pitch upon which his success was predicated in Detroit. It may be confounding to understand how he got away from it so much in the first place, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

The Process Report » Evan Longoria’s Contract

To calculate present value you need to discount future dollars. To do this we need the player’s salary, the number of years and an interest rate. After some discussion in the previously linked thread I have decided to use 5.3% for the discount rate due. Some legwork showed that his is a reasonable figure due to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% for the fifty highest paid players between 2000 and 2015 using the USA Today Salary Database. I’m also estimating that a dollar per win on the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays

Shades of 2002, but not quite as dark for Orioles - Baltimore Sun

I bet Orioles fans love being reminded of the 2002 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

The plan appears simple enough: The Miami Marlins this week will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as GM, according to major-league sources. | FOX Sports

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the team plans, “sweeping changes to its baseball operation, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.” Spencer wrote that Jennings could return to the front office, but not necessarily as GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

The Screwball: Comedy Is in the (Baseball) Cards – The Hardball Times

Hal McRae:
A) is asking if he has spinach in his teeth.
B) is doing mouth calisthenics just prior to a corn on the cob-eating contest.
C) is responding instinctively to teammate Cookie Rojas.
D) is proud of his prototype Invisalign braces.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, history

How to fix an MLB rule so stupid even the NFL doesn’t mess it up | New York Post

September roster expansion has been the norm forever. I can understand the reasoning by people who oppose but I think they should just keep it as it is. Sherman’s new idea is not an improvement. It will just lead to greater specialization for more of the season.

I think the sport should do something radical: You can use anyone in your system to play anytime from Game 1 to Game 162, you just have to announce your 25-man roster six hours before first pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

The Secrets of Baseball Management | FOX Sports

Earl Weaver took over the managing job after spending years in the Orioles farm system. If you read his books, he was most proud of his ability to evaluate players. This helps explain his level of comfort making some of the moves that he did.

Rob: Reading about the moves Earl Weaver made, immediately upon taking over as manager of the Orioles—making Don Buford an every-day player and using Elrod Hendricks more often—led me to wonder, how many times have new managers made big decisions that paid ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers

‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’ «

I remember seeing these guys outside of Fenway. I didn’t realize so many of them were connected.

They were sold outside Fenway Park for $10 a shirt, and they sold very, very well. Wilson and LeMoine contend they had more money than they knew what to do with, and all of it was cash in hand. Looking to diversify his portfolio and grow his bankroll, Wilson began to spend some of his share in low-level drug deals. But this one was different; by his usual standards, this one was ambitious.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1915:

The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, socialism

Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected as chickenpox hits Royals’ clubhouse

The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!

Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.

An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, infectious diseases, jonny gomes, kelvin herrera, royals

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

HardballTalk: Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents



Gamingboy Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera |

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

red sox - Seventy-one pages that helped define Dave Dombrowski - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?

“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers

Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren’t voters buying it?

Graham Womack makes the case for Mike Mussina.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.

Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in ...

Zach Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jonny gomes, royals, trade

Kevin Kiermaier channeled his inner Mike Trout to scale Camden Yards wall and steal a home run |

I say Kiermaier’s catch was just a little better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kevin kiermaier, mike trout

Schoenfield: Williams’ time running short with Nationals after loss - SweetSpot - ESPN

Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.

There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.

Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

SNY Kidcaster calls play-by-play for the Mets

This 11 year old kid is at least as good as a number of actual MLB play-by-play guys.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: better than hawk harrelson, cute kid, mets

Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

ARod, team player.

“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”

Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.

“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, yankees

Michael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright | New York Post

“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Babe Ruth’s Former New York Apartment Can Be Bought For Just $1.6M (Photos) | MLB |

Time to crack open that piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:


James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.

It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender, no-hitters

OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about ...


Forbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson

After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.


“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain ...

bobm Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred, shoeless joe jackson

Shapiro comes to Blue Jays as well-loved individual -

Shapiro spoke at a SABR convention in Cleveland. I remember being impressed.

“We don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “This guy is a combination of intelligent probably bordering on … he’s that smart. But he takes that intelligence and he’s very driven and organized. And you take it with the people skills … a pretty nice combination.”

Francona describes Shapiro as a dynamic speaker with the ability to make any topic interesting — even the typically tedious organizational ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, indians

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