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Friday, August 28, 2015

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.

Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

SI: Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and never finished a season higher than third place in the division under Zduriencik’s direction.

Entering Friday, Seattle sits 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division with their 59-69 record.

But what about the weight room?

Monty Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Its OK to have the hots for baseball players: A Manifesto

I have no problem admitting my love for Alex Gordon.

Female sports fans in general are treated like a stock list of stereotypes: served up infantilizing Hello Kitty merchandise and given institutionalized opportunities to “better understand” the game, invited to wine-soaked MLB-sponsored ladies’ nights, or dressed up in Victoria’s Secret gear that invites kisses on the kiss cam.

Further, it seems that sports culture can’t reconcile female desire with knowledge, so if you’re admiring the finer ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Los Angeles Dodgers can hit and get on base—so why can’t they score? | FOX Sports

The way I figure, it comes to four things. Very slightly, the Dodgers have underachieved with men on base. They’ve been a bad baserunning team. They’ve very infrequently reached on errors. And then some of this is probably just simple bad luck. Combine those and I imagine you can account for the missing half-run a game. You at least get close. That’s why the Dodgers haven’t scored as many runs as you’d think.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, sabermetrics

Martino: Mets should use Steven Matz out of pen in playoffs - NY Daily News

The Mets are already thinking about their playoff roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro teaches Carlos at ASG |

Good stuff from Pedro.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos martinez, pedro martinez, pitching mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1915:

John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, has just signed the youngest ball player ever placed under any form of contract by a big league club…
Waite Hoyt of Brooklyn is the youngster. He is 15 years old, but large for his age, and weighs around 165 pounds. He is a pitcher.

Nice pickup. Very well done, Mr. McGraw. The kid could definitely pitch, he just mostly did it elsewhere for the next couple decades.

McGraw traded Hoyt to Rochester in 1919 and the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john mcgraw, waite hoyt

Each season has an autopsy. Here’s an early version for the Nationals. - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell article reads more like an obituary.

“We do an autopsy on every season after it’s over and also every month. Sometimes I feel like I do it every night,” said General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose Nats still trailed the Mets by 6 1/2 games after Thursday’s win over San Diego. “I always say, ‘In the end, you are your record.’ This August has been my worst month ever” as a general manager.

The Nats’ “end” hasn’t arrived yet. Last year the team got healthy at ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Old News in Baseball, No. 18 « Our Game

The picture of Huggins and Ruppert is worth a click.

1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him. In the ensuing battle of wills, owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize to the team before he is reinstated.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Dan Shaughnessy: With Don Orsillo news, Red Sox drop the ball again - The Boston Globe

It’s not often that I agree with Shaughnessy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, red sox, television

JON HEYMAN: MLB prevails over Barry Bonds in collusion case over his career ending

Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn’t get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out of the game, CBS Sports has learned.

Bonds’ career ended at the time, when no job was forthcoming.

The ruling, made within the last few days, came in the form of an opinion written by Horowitz, who heard Bonds’ case back in May.

Bonds, with the assistance of union lawyers, tried to make the ...

bobm Posted: August 28, 2015 at 01:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, collusion


The Great-Tasting OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy

Since 2000, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has conducted a stealth campaign to take over every team domain, undoing any damage caused by its slow start in registration. MLB and other leagues have tried to snap up team sites not only to attract more traffic and ad revenue, but to avoid the unwanted attention that can come from a site like, which became an “online dating community for men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle,” after the NFL’s Dallas franchise passed ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, mlbam, twins

Hey, data data: MLB teams face challenge delivering info to players

Some great points in this article.

Some still choose to do their trend-spotting homework themselves. In addition to video and heat maps, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he delves into the raw data while scouting opposing hitters.

“You look at exit speed velocity,” he said. “You look at tendencies in certain counts and certain pitches and quadrants of the zone. Velocity comes into play.

“You try to match it up with your pitcher that you have that day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1915:


Tod Sloan, outfielder with Birmingham in the Southern league, will be with the St. Louis Browns again next season for his fourth trial in the major leagues.
He was sent back from the majors three times, mainly because he couldn’t bunt. He has learned the bunting art this season.

That’s just goofy. Sloan appears to have been an okay enough ballplayer, mostly generic, nothing special but not terrible. In 143 MLB ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, dugout, history, tod sloan

Pablo Sandoval has improved defensively - The Boston Globe

I bet this means fans shouldn’t make snap judgement on players. Of course, most of you already know that.

But that has started to change. Since the break, Sandoval has played with more efficiency at third base and become a reliable defender.

It’s something teammates and coaches have noticed.

“I certainly have,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox. “Moving very well laterally. The first-step quickness, he’s getting to a lot of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

The Pyramid Rating System: JAWS on a Career Scale – The Hardball Times

Interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing some rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings, sabermetrics

Plans for more protective netting already in works in Philly | FOX Sports

Nerf balls and bats. Problem solved!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, phillies


Cold, Refreshing OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Schoenfield: Trying to figure out Don Mattingly and the Dodgers

I agree with Schoenfield: Absent a World Series ring, Mattingly is going, going, gone.

That brings us to the latest maneuverings of manager Don Mattingly. After Mattingly spent a few weeks screwing around with Yasiel Puig by occasionally sitting him to get Carl Crawford some at-bats, the manager has now benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, with Enrique Hernandez—who had been filling in at second due to the injury to Howie Kendrick—moving to center so Chase Utley can play second. The ...

JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, on-base percentage

SB Nation: Pirates outfielder may have made the most chill out in MLB history

You know, I don’t think I had ever seen a casual throw nail a runner on a tag play.

Starling Marte’s chill knows no bounds. Most players would be harried trying to get the ball to third, but Marte put less effort into this out than people at the fair when throwing at milk bottles to win a prize.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:39 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: cool, defensive plays, pirates, starling marte

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After loss and injury, is Javier Baez finally ready for the Cubs?

A really nice article about a guy who sounds really great and his miracle sister.  Keep the tissues handy.

Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Fivethirtyeight: The Happiest And Saddest Fans In Baseball

Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.

All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Irreverent Relics of the Baseball Reliquary

Believe it or not!

It’s been called “the fans’ Hall of Fame,” “the antithesis of Cooperstown,” and “the motherlode vein leading to the heart and soul of baseball.” It calls itself “a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history,” but that doesn’t really capture the Reliquary’s unique nature. “It’s hard to categorize,” admits Terry Cannon, 62, a part-time librarian in Pasadena, California, who ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reliquary, history, museums



Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

15 runs only hide the real alarming Yankees’ issue | New York Post

Bring on the kids.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the same goes for an offensive revival. The Yankees employ established, elite hitters in Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both men, however, have dramatically exceeded their 2015 projections, and both men currently look more fried than Harold and Kumar during their trip to White Castle.

Teixeira started at first base Tuesday, making his first appearance after seven games off to rest a bruised right lower leg, and surely everyone in the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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