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Monday, April 17, 2017

Opera News: King of Diamonds

On April 29, the Pittsburgh Opera will present the world premiere of “The Summer King,” Daniel Sonenberg’s opera about the life of Josh Gibson:

“Just as opera fans are obsessed with deep details and history, and can tell you everything about a single performance that a singer they adored gave in 1952,” [general director Christopher] Hahn says, “baseball fans have exactly the same profound fascination with detail….” ...The Summer King…is almost certainly the only opera in history to ...

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Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 17, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: josh gibson, negro leagues, opera

What Might A Carlos Correa Extension Look Like?

With that in mind, let’s see if there are other, less obvious, precedents that might help shape an offer that could make Correa think twice.

Buster Posey, 2.161 years of service time (Super Two): eight years, $159MM plus team option
Mike Trout, 2.070: six years, $144.5MM

It seems reasonable to imagine that a Correa extension of a typical length of, say, seven years should fall somewhere in the wide gulf between the Simmons deal and the Trout deal. It’s hard to imagine Correa approaching ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Keith Law: Let’s put the sac bunt to bed

IF YOU’VE SPENT any time on Twitter, you’ve probably come across fans and analysts criticizing manager decisions to bunt, from the band Puig Destroyer’s crude but effective song “Stop F—-ing Bunting” to my own term #smrtbaseball, an allusion to a Simpsons episode in which Homer calls himself smart, spells it S-M-R-T and then sets the house on fire. Here’s the main reason for all of this vitriol: In the majority of situations when it’s used, the sacrifice bunt is a terribly stupid play.

Let’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 04:50 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: book, keith law, sacrifice bunt

Johnny Cueto wants to finish career in American League

In a surprising answer to that question, ahead of the Giants’ visit to Kansas City, Cueto said Saturday that he wants to finish his career in the American League.

“It’s just a personal preference because I played so much in the National League,” Cueto said through translator Erwin Higueros.

Cueto was an American Leaguer for three months in 2015, when he was traded to Kansas City and helped the Royals win a World Series.

Lest Giants fans start hyperventilating, Cueto was not asked ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, johnny cueto

Amir Garrett Won’t Ever Be Great?—?but He Still Might Be Pretty Good

When the Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round in 2011 and handed him a $1 million bonus, it was with the understanding that he’d be allowed to play basketball in college, which he did for two years before he committed to baseball full time in 2014. It’s cool enough when someone plays two sports at a high level, but basketball also has a lot to do with what makes Garrett an interesting baseball player.

For starters, Garrett’s basketball career has done some interesting things to his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amir garrett, reds

FiveThirtyEight: The Save Ruined Relief Pitching. The Goose Egg Can Fix It.

But there’s a solution. Building on the work of Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton,2 I’ve designed a statistic and named it the goose egg to honor (or troll) Gossage. The basic idea — aside from some additional provisions designed to handle inherited runners, which we’ll detail later — is that a pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning. Specifically, he gets credit for throwing a scoreless inning when it’s the seventh inning or later and the game is tied ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: saves

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2017

Brattleboro Daily Reformer, April 17, 1917:

Nine-inning pastimes pulled off in less than an hour are rather rare, but not quite so scarce as hen’s molars. The first game of this kind was pulled off in Dayton, O., 32 years ago, when Dayton and Ironton hustled through a regulation contest in 47 minutes.
...
In the early days of baseball—the era of big scores—it was by no means unusual for a pastime to drag out through three or four hours.

A nine-inning baseball game that lasts three hours? That’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pace of play

A Morning OMNICHATTER (April 17, 2017)

Baseball starts at 11:05 in Boston.  Unfortunately no day games other than that.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 17, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Orioles Trey Mancini ties home run record | MLB.com

“I’m more impressed with his bat,” joked Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “So Trey hits his second home run and Gentry grabs his bat and says, ‘I’m going to give that bat a try’ [and he] hits a home run. Manny says, ‘You know what? Give me that bat’ and Manny hit a home run so all of them with Mancini’s bat—I’ve never seen that before.

“When you’re ahead like that, you’re trying to be respectful of the opposition and not have too much fun, but that one was. I just went, ‘Really?’”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trey mancini

Sparky Lyle in Monument Park? Fans Say Yes, but He Disagrees

“The way I feel about the Yankees, I don’t think you need to be in Monument Park unless you’ve played your whole freaking career there and done something special like the original guys that are out there,” Lyle said. “You look at some of the newer guys. Come on! They’re putting them out there so they can have a 70,000-seat day and make some money.

“I’m happy right where I am,” Lyle said, “because that standard applies to me also.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 17, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: general, yankees

Sunday, April 16, 2017

OTP 17 April 2017: Baseball, giant American flags, and patriotism

Craig Calcaterra on a ginormous pre-ballgame flag in Atlanta:

While patriotism is a laudable trait — and while I consider myself to be a patriotic American — to suggest that flag-waving is exclusively done by those with noble and pure intent is simply laughable.

Do I think the Braves were making a political point with their giant flag on Friday night? No, not particularly. At least not anything beyond the efforts made by every baseball team which wishes to make its fans feel like going to ...

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BDC Posted: April 16, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 1402 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, politics

The Easter OMNICHATTER, April 16, 2017

Luscious “Luke” Easter was murdered during a robbery on March 29, 1979. From that day he died back until the day he was born, though nobody is sure exactly when that was, Easter lived his life on and off the field in a manner that can be best described as mythical.

It’s Easter Day, right?

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Will Jean Afterman be baseball’s first female GM? The sport should be so lucky

TODAY, YANKEES PRESIDENT Randy Levine calls it “inevitable.” Cashman says he can’t think of a reason why not. Yet there still has never been a female GM.

“I’m kind of disappointed her name never comes up,” Nomura says. “I don’t know why. It is very disappointing.”

Afterman’s résumé would certainly qualify her for the job.

“If I could be a GM, she could be a GM,” says Cashman, who, like many of his counterparts, never played professional baseball.

Afterman says she has always wanted to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jean afterman, women in baseball, yankees

Tigers take precautions against sign-stealing ‘fad,’ but Justin Verlander still hit hard

It’s becoming a sort of tradition: The Detroit Tigers attempt to explain why they are taking unusual measures to prevent sign-stealing at Progressive Field without explicitly accusing the Cleveland Indians of stealing signs.

Justin Verlander was especially cautious after his ugly outing on Saturday, not wanting it to seem as if he were making excuses.

And yet he spent a full hour after the game meticulously watching video of the game with catcher James McCann before he emerged to talk to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, justin verlander, sign-stealing, tigers

Sunday Notes: Belisle, Buck on Robots, Mancini’s Pop, Bedrosian’s Role, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Stearns went in a slightly different direction when I asked him for his thoughts on the subject. The head honcho in Milwaukee’s rebuild addressed the options in explanatory terms.

“There are two things at play there,” said Stearns. “There is style, and there is direction. Those are different. If you’re going to make an acquisition, you certainly want that player to fit your overall direction as an organization — fit the plan, fit the strategy. Style of play is a little bit ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Astros’ Carlos Correa clarifies stance on potential contract extension - Houston Chronicle

Shortstop Carlos Correa said on Friday he wouldn’t shut the door on a potential early multiyear contract extension with the Astros “if the price is right.”
Correa isn’t eligible to become a free agent until after the 2021 season, but his contract status became a topic of conversation this week after a comment made by his agent, Greg Genske. In a story published Thursday, FanRag Sports Network quoted Genske as saying “Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Quakes’ Buehler fans final eight batters | MiLB.com News

Of course, this might say more about their opponent.

Buehler, Wes Helsabeck, Dean Kremer and Shea Spitzbarth (1-0) combined for a season-high 20 strikeouts.

“It was exciting to watch. We have a very talented staff and we’ve got a lot of guys who throw the ball well. I hope we can do that again and I wouldn’t be surprised if we did,” Buehler added. “It was a special night, especially the way Helsabeck finished it with six strikeouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Blue Jays and their fans being tested like never before - Sportsnet.ca

How does the president and CEO handle the muck?

“When it comes to evaluation, you fight not to evaluate because everything gets accentuated at the start of a season, as well as emotions and desires, some of the things that make our players special, or how much they care and how competitive they are,” Shapiro said before a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night pushed the worst opening in franchise history to 1-9.

“When it goes collectively as badly as it does right now with our ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Nick Cafardo: Mike Hazen wants to build the Diamondbacks like the Red Sox. But he has a lot to learn.

With the size of the contract, could the Diamondbacks really expect a lot talent back in a deal?

Hazen was asked to respond to prevalent rumors that he will eventually deal Greinke in order to stockpile young talent.

“We understand people talking about that. We haven’t tackled the long-term outlook yet,” Hazen said. “We saw the talent on this team and we really wanted to do everything we could to make this team as strong as possible. We saw strength in the starting rotation and having a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, notes

How the Rockies rebuilt baseball’s worst bullpen into one of the best – The Denver Post

“Greg Holland and Mike Dunn have been fabulous for the mentality of the bullpen,” first-year Rockies manager Bud Black said. “They have made a marked difference with the professionalism of that group. There’s no doubt they have set the standard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Tax-Free OMNICHATTER for April 15, 2017

Pay The Man, watch some baseball.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2017 at 03:14 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Nothing to worry about as Clayton Kershaw dominates again - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Clayton Kershaw just keeps on pitching well.

“I said it before, but it’s not a lot of fun to face guys you know and consider a friend,” Kershaw said. “We did a really good job against him tonight. We really battled, made him throw a lot of pitches, didn’t give him many easy outs tonight. We kind of broke it open there with a few big hits with runners in scoring position, so hats off to our guys tonight. They really battled well against him.”

They were enemies for one night, but ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

A Year of Futility: The “Amazin’ Mets” First Year, 1962! | “Baseball Comes Alive!”

Some funny nuggets in this article.

Famed New York restauranteur Toot Shor made his son watch the Mets lose game after game, “So the lad would know what the Depression was like.”

In a mound meeting during the 1962 season, Stengel asked his starting pitcher, Bob Miller, how he felt.  “I’m not tired,” Miller said, to which the Old Perfessor replied, “You might not be, but your outfielders sure are!”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Inside the scouting report where Cubs compared Kyle Schwarber to Babe Ruth and called their shot | CSN Chicago

Stan Zielinski and Kyle Schwarber will be forever intertwined.

Amateur scouting director Matt Dorey found himself re-reading old reports after Zielinski’s death: “‘He has an arm action like a cranky shopping-cart wheel,’ things like that where you would just automatically envision the guy with a roll or a rattle at the back of his arm stroke.”

Hendry started cackling over the phone: “‘A one-pitch carnival thrower.’ You know, like guys on dates with their girlfriend trying to win the stuffed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

How the Padres Are Pioneering a New Tanking Method – The Ringer

A.J. Preller, go big or go home.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, rule 5 draft

MLB: Braves could dig their new (launching) pad

In the end, despite the higher fence in right, the park characteristics project to make more doubles and triples turn into home runs than the other way around from balls bouncing off the wall. While the 325 feet from home to the right-field corner isn’t that far below the league-average distance of 328, the other factors come into play in making SunTrust a projected mild-to-moderate homer-friendly field. The elevation helps the homers, and the small foul territory creates more offensive results ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, braves

10-day DL brings new strategic measures | MLB.com

“I think if a guy has something you think is a seven-day thing,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, “when you’re weighing that, you’re like, ‘I can go eight days without this guy or three days.’ If we think he’s going to miss five, six, seven days, with the 10-day DL, you may [put him on the disabled list] right away and instantly get another player.”
As Cubs manager Joe Maddon put it, “If you know it’s going to be 10 days and you’ll get him for that other five, you’ll go ahead and do it. That ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, injuries

Friday, April 14, 2017

JOHN FARRELL: HANLEY RAMIREZ NOT ‘BOYCOTTING’ FIRST BASE, BUT PREFERENCE CLEAR

Hanley Ramirez is not boycotting first base, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday, while acknowledging Ramirez’s preference for being the designated hitter.

Farrell said he thinks Ramirez nonetheless wants to play first base at some point.

“I know for a fact he thrives on the DH spot, that’s probably his preference overall,” Farrell said. “But in conversations throughout the winter, once we acquired Mitch (Moreland), the conversations throughout spring training — he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 06:02 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

The Good Friday OMNICHATTER, April 14, 2017

NYM   Noah Syndergaard (#34, 24, RHP, 1-0, 0.69)
MIA   Edinson Volquez (#36, 33, RHP, 0-1, 3.27)

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the park, you and your whole team, because I have found your arm righteous in this generation. Take with you seven position players of every kind of, and a battery mate, and keep their various hopes alive throughout the season.”

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 14, 2017 at 02:07 PM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

How an NFL player’s donated heart saved life of a baseball Hall of Famer

Be an organ donor!!!!

Konrad Reuland spent the last day of his life in a coma as his mother, resigned to her son’s fate, curled up close, rested her head on his broad chest and listened to his heartbeat for as long as she could.

Reuland’s heart, strengthened by his days as a football player at Stanford and in the NFL, sounded as mighty as ever. And Mary lay there from sunrise to sundown savoring the pulsing rhythm. Occasionally, someone would gently nudge her and tell her it was time to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: organ donation, rod carew

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