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Friday, September 14, 2018

Prospects who had big seasons in 2018

Someone for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

As another season ends in frustration, Mariners are stuck in worst kind of limbo | The Seattle Times

Pessimism for the Mariners.

They have $122.5 million tied up in just seven players – Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mike Leake, Dee Gordon, Jean Segura and Juan Nicasio – most of whom underachieved badly in 2018 for a variety of reasons.

They have few minor-league prospects on the horizon coming out of a farm system that continues to rank last in MLB in virtually every poll. And they play in a division with the Astros, who look to be elite for a few more years, and the A’s, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Red Sox, Nationals only teams on track to pay MLB’s luxury tax

NEW YORK—The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press.

Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, which would cause the Red Sox to pay a $9.4 million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million.

San Francisco was just below the ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, nationals, red sox

David Wright to suit up for Mets one last time

Fighting back tears at an emotional news conference Thursday, Wright announced he will return from a 2 1/2-year absence to start at third base on Sept. 29. He does not expect to play again after this month.

I bet he’ll get a pretty good ovation, and he deserves it.


Granderson triple bounces twice on HR marker

Curtis Granderson missed a home run by… a millimeter? It bounced on top of the stretchy nylon rope that separates the field from the basket where home runs can land. Then it bounced on top of the rope AGAIN and landed in play. Truly amazing.

Also, the Brewers look like the team to watch in the playoffs. We don’t get excited about these teams that suddenly add multiple short-term veterans who are hungry for a championship, because it might fall apart in the off-season, but the team and its fans ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, curtis

Baseball Video Game Directory - Arcade, Personal Computer

I haven’t gone through the whole list but I’m sure I’ve played a bunch of them. I’m currently down the OOTP rabbit hole.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:29 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: games

Thursday, September 13, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-13-2018

Washington Times, September 13, 1918:

When Leslie Mann, leader of the Chicago branch of the World’s Series Union of Professional Baseball Non-Workers and Non-Fighters, was hit on the leg with a pitched ball by Carl Mays, and fell to the ground, a fan in the stand at Fenway Park roared in stentorian tones:

“Cut it off!”

That’s how much sympathy there was in the crowd.

IMO, the “non-workers and non-fighters” thing was the better jab at the players. Maybe it really was a good idea to end the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 13, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A-Rod on Hall of Fame hopes: ‘I want to get in, I hope I get in, I pray I get in’

Alex Rodriguez has Baseball Hall of Fame numbers, but he’s no lock. Turns out, voters care about how those numbers were accumulated, and A-Rod is one of the few Hall of Fame hopefuls who served a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez, who has transitioned seamlessly into the broadcast booth, is aware that he has an uphill battle, but he still hopes and prays he gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A-Rod revealed that during an interview with Marvin R. Shanken of Cigar ...

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QLE Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, cigars, hall of fame, peds

Joe Maddon is angry with MLB over Cubs weather-impacted schedule

A stretch of bad weather has put the Chicago Cubs in a difficult position schedule wise, and manager Joe Maddon is not pleased with how Major League Baseball is handling the situation.

After taking on the Milwaukee Brewers in a critical division game Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Maddon’s Cubs will grab their packed overnight bags for a quick trip to Washington D.C. for a makeup game against the Nationals.

The rescheduled game means the Cubs will have a stretch of 30 consecutive days in ...

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QLE Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, old man yells at cloud, weather

Twins’ Joe Mauer To Consider Retiring After Season

What could lead Mauer to retire? His slip in production at the plate is one. The plight of the Twins — a roster makeover began at the trade deadline and will continue into the offseason — is another. So is family. He and his wife, Maddie, are expecting their third child around Thanksgiving. Mauer spoke of how busy he has been helping get his twin daughters ready for another school year. The events of May 11 also will be considered. That’s when Mauer, during a game in Anaheim, dived ...

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caspian88 Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe mauer, retirements, twins

J.D. Martinez has an Excellent Chance at the Triple Crown?—?but he’s not the AL MVP

Thought this was all settled in 2012? Think again.

gehrig97 Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: jd martinez, mike trout, mookie betts, mvp, red sox

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


WaPo: Tom Boswell: Juan Soto Has Been The Best Teenage Hitter Ever

Juan Soto’s superlative age-19 season finally getting some attention:

But right now, Soto has generated more offense than any teenager ever, according to FanGraphs, which puts his value at 29.2 runs. And Soto has done it in just 421 plate appearances. To compare, Harper was worth 16.8 runs in 597 plate appearances.

Ott holds many marks for 19-year-olds, but perhaps the most impressive is his on-base-plus-slugging percentage, the most widely-used catch-all offensive stat in baseball. Ott’s ...

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Could Acuna win NL MVP Award as rookie?

For a while, I was riding the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter NL MVP Award bandwagon (if only because it serves great homemade salsa). Lately, it feels like Christian Yelich’s late-season push for the Brew Crew might be enough to propel him to the honor. But we’ve still got 2 1/2 weeks left, and that’s plenty of time for a hot hitter to leave a lasting impression. The assumption all along is that the NL MVP Award is going to be won with the benefit of a home-stretch surge.

Which brings us back to ...

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The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mvp, phenoms, ronald acuna

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-12-2018

New York Sun, September 12, 1918:

It is over! The last signal has been given, the last strike called, the last ball thrown in professional combat until Uncle Sam slams an iron pill against the Kaiser’s rib for the greatest putout in the history of the world. The Boston Americans wound up the world’s series and league competition for the rest of the war as well [yesterday] afternoon at Fenway Park when they defeated the Chicago Nationals by 2 to 1.
...
And upon Max Flack—poor unfortunate Flack—is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets’ Jacob deGrom Sets Record With 26th Straight Start Allowing Three Runs or Fewer

There’s something of a weird everyman appeal to this story, though I’m reasonably sure deGrom wishes it wasn’t so.

If the Mets were searching for a silver lining this season, look no further than the play of ace righthander Jacob deGrom.

On Tuesday, deGrom registered his 26th straight start allowing three runs or fewer, surrendering just two runs across seven innings against the Marlins. The previous record was set by Leslie “King” Cole in 1908. It took 108 years for his mark to be topped. ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, mets being mets, mets let him down

A’s lose Sean Manaea to shoulder surgery at worst possible time

With just weeks to go before the postseason starts, the Oakland Athletics have lost their best pitcher. Sean Manaea will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder Sept. 19. A’s manager Bob Melvin doesn’t expect to have Manaea back until after the 2019 season.

Prior to the injury, the 26-year-old Manaea posted a 3.59 ERA over 160 2/3 innings. Manaea initially went on the disabled list in late August due to a shoulder issue. After being examined, doctors determined he would need to have ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitcher injuries, sean manaea, shoulder surgery

Bruce Bochy meets with free-falling Giants ahead of 10th straight loss

I was expecting that the Giants doing as well as they were in relative terms wasn’t particularly sustainable- I just wasn’t expecting things to fall apart so completely so suddenly…..

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy doesn’t like admitting that his team is out of the race no matter how many consecutive losses might pile up. He doesn’t like admitting that they’re playing poorly, and on three consecutive days he has talked about how many of the last 10 losses could have easily flipped the ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, watching the team collapse right in front of you

Josh Donaldson hitless in Cleveland Indians debut, 2-0 win over Tampa Bay Rays

Looks like he made it after all.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Josh Donaldson went hitless in his Cleveland debut, Edwin Encarnacion reached 30 homers for the seventh straight season and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Cleveland lowered its magic number to three for a third straight AL Central title. Second-place Minnesota was hosting the New York Yankees.

Acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31, Donaldson went 0 for 4 in his first big league game since May 28, a layoff ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, josh donaldson

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 11, 1918:

More than 25,000 baseball enthusiasts waited one hour yesterday for the fifth world series game to start at Boston while the big-leaguers of Cubs and Red Sox argued with the National Commission for a heavier share in the profits of the tournament. By a mere eyelash the most startling scandal ever attached to the game was avoided after the crowd had about reached the end of its patience.

A tragic feature of the situation was the appearance of hundreds of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2018 at 10:21 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

An automated strike zone’s looming, and the Rockies — like all of baseball — are split on the prospect of a robot calling pitches

What comes first- us turning on the robot umpires, or vice versa?

There’s an evolving opinion in baseball that has come to the forefront once again this month, as it has so often in recent every-pitch-matters, Statcast-tracked Septembers.

The strike zone, many in the game and the Twittersphere say, is not safe in the hands of man.

Such was the uproar after the Rockies’ 4-2 loss to open the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this past weekend, where Colorado fans ripped the lackluster ...

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QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: robots in baseball, strike zone, umpires

Phillies stuck in the mud, figuratively and literally

Probably for the best that the game was called- I’d hate to imagine what the Philadelphia sports fans would do if they got their hands on all that mud, to say nothing about the blowtorches…..

There have been times in recent days when it has looked like the Phillies’ season was stuck in the mud. So the unexpected, and probably avoidable, events of Monday night served as an apt metaphor for what has happened to the team lately.

The Phillies’ scheduled game against the Washington Nationals at ...

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QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: groundskeeping, phillies, rain delay

Closer Kenley Jansen rejoins Dodgers, expects offseason heart surgery

Stuck in Los Angeles over the weekend, unable to travel to Denver because of concerns about his heart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen rejoined the club for Monday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

“To be honest, it was a little boring to be at home,” Jansen said before the Dodgers faced the Reds. “I love my wife. I love my kids. But my mind was really with the team.”

Jansen did not idle during his days away from the team. He maintained his ...

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QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, heart, kenley jansen, surgery

Multiple Teams Miffed Over Donaldson Trade

The issue, according to [The Athletic], is the unclear health status of Donaldson, who has not played in the majors since May 28 because of a calf injury. The former American League MVP began a minor league rehab assignment on Aug. 29 and was placed on revocable trade waivers by the Blue Jays that same day. He was traded to Cleveland just before the Aug. 31 deadline, meaning he is eligible to play for the Indians in the postseason.

By rule, a player must be certified as healthy in order to be ...

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My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, red sox, yankees

Varriano: Solving Major League Baseball’s Young Person Problem

put a microphone in the ear or a buzzer in the pocket of home plate umpires that indicates when a pitch is thrown in the electronic strike zone, and the technology is close to doing so accurately. That way hitters come to the plate every game knowing exactly what a strike is and is not, so they swing at more strikes instead of chasing balls incorrectly called strikes, which will result in more contact, better contact and fewer strikeouts despite defensive shifts.

DanG Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, strike zone

Sporting News: Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson talks character clause, PED users and ballot changes

SN: Why is character so central to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in your view?
JI: Probably because we’re such a big part of American culture and history, and character matters in our country. And baseball is a reflection of our country.
Life is full of opinions, and you can determine character however you like. Everyone has a different opinion of how character should be evaluated. The point of that guideline is to ensure that those who are being considered for election didn’t disgrace the ...

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DanG Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: election rules, hall of fame, jeff idelson

The Death Of The Shutout - BtBS

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of a once relevant statistic: the shutout. It’s been in hospice for many seasons, with hardly any pitchers coming to visit. Now, it has finally succumbed to death by singularity. For the first time in history, we may finish the season without a single pitcher accumulating more than one complete game shutout.

The kind reader is reminded that a SO (Shut Out) is only awarded to a pitcher when he pitches a complete game, therefore ...

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Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, rotation

Paul Sullivan - MLB Needs to Change Cubs-Nats Venue for Thurday’s Game

Switching it to a day game in Chicago, or even in Milwaukee if the Nationals are worried about giving the Cubs home-field advantage, makes much more sense. It’s not unprecedented, and it’s obviously doable.

Clearly, rational minds will arrive at a rapid, amicable solution that will please all involved.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hurricane, nationals, pennant race, weather

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