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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Yankee Stadium’s Next-Gen Security Tech Isn’t Making Anyone Safer | VICE Sports

This does not sound like something I want to get involved in. I will stick to the lines to try and hold onto as much of my remaining privacy as I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks

Twins’ catcher Kurt Suzuki still wary of advanced defensive metrics - TwinCities.com

Mention his improved standing in the controversial area of pitch framing, and Kurt Suzuki all but rolls his eyes.

It’s not just because the Twins’ beleaguered pitching staff has spent the past two weeks reversing the gains of the season’s first four months.

“I still think that thing is false,” said Suzuki, the Twins’ all-star catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 02:09 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kurt suzuki, pitch framing, twins

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to take on new role with team

Send in your resume, Harv!

The Milwaukee Brewers tweeted on Tuesday, August 11th that team general manager Doug Melvin will transition into an advisory role with the club.

According to the Milwaukee Brewers website, Melvin joined the Brewers on September 26, 2002 as the eighth general manager in franchise history. During his 12-year tenure, Melvin has 957 regular-season wins and two postseason berths, including a 2011 National League Central Division championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin

Brad Ausmus says Johnny Cueto stopping in windup

Luis Tiant was a cheater!

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus questioned Monday night whether Johnny Cueto’s sometimes-funky delivery is legal.

Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules, brad ausmus, johnny cueto, royals, tigers

Stories of a Scorer | Baseball Hall of Fame

They are still using paper and pencil?

“You can’t say I’m going to go out and watch Pete Rose break Stan Musial’s National League hits record … well this was ‘on Sept. 6 Cal’s going to do this unless it gets rained out’,” Jacobson said.

Cal Ripken’s last at-bat on Sept. 6, 1995 when he broke Lou Gehrig’s “unbreakable” streak. BL-5335-96 (Richard Lasner / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Jacobson said it was special for a long time, but like with a no-hitter, he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: scorekeeping

LITTLE LEAGUE: New Albany moves to elimination bracket in 5-2 loss to Kentucky - Sports - News and Tribune

Keith Law mentioned this on Twitter. 80/90 pitches that are curveballs?

Meanwhile, Burwash was cruising. The junk ball pitcher had New Albany off-balance throughout the morning and afternoon. He struck out 15 batters and allowed just four hits in 62/3 innings.

“He’s such a competitor,” Bowling Green manager Rick Kelley said of Burwash. “He has so much confidence in the pitches he throws. His breaking pitch and his change-up were just on target today. He’s been pitching that way for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: little league

The heartbreaking farewell | Jeff Pearlman

Does anyone know how much of the library has been digitized? As King Kaufman notes in the comments, can’t the library be donated to a library?

Earlier today I spent about four hours researching my latest book project inside the Sports Illustrated library on the 32nd floor of the Time Life Building. It’s a place I consider to be my editorial home. Over the course of the past decade, through seven book projects, I’ve probably spent, oh, 200 hours inside the library, digging through files, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Wrigleyville: THE ECHOING SILENCE OF STARLIN CASTRO’S BAT

Castro hasn’t turned into the player many of us thought he’d be.

Castro earns his first mention on our website in Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Cubs’ Prospects:

“Perfect World Projection: Castro may be an above-average shortstop who doubles as a good second hitter in the lineup.”

Castro’s ascendency to the Cubs starting shortstop job occurred suddenly as he tore up the spring in 2010 and looked like he could challenge the weak incumbent, Ryan Theriot, for the job. Castro would have to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 11, 1915:

It will be a case of “Look who’s here!” at Forbes Field this afternoon…[Pirates owner] Barney Dreyfuss having definitely set apart Sept. 16 as “Suffrage Day,” six suffragists are going to call at the club house this afternoon to “talk it over”.
...
“Col. Dreyfuss says we may own Forbes Field for a day—that all we need do is to meet the fellows who play ball in his yard and arrange the details. If the players will agree to all Col. Dreyfuss has, it will be a ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, suffrage

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

Hustling and showing joy aren’t mutually exclusive.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I never even thought about doing those things. Whatever one’s personal opinions about these ever-changing “unwritten” rules, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: unwritten rules

Rockies’ Jon Gray expects better things in second career start - The Denver Post

Gray said he’ll be a different pitcher Monday and hopes to display the things he learned at Triple-A Albuquerque.

“I feel like I’m more aggressive now,” he said. “I’m pitching more to contact now, and I’m not letting my pitch count go up.”

Gray gained notoriety at the University of Oklahoma for a fastball that topped 100 mph. He doesn’t cut loose like that now, but he said the firepower is still there when he needs it.


“It definitely is,” he said. “There is a time and a place for that. If a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

2015 Major League Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com

Only the Major League list is available for free. Dip into your piggy bank to see the rest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings

David Wright of New York Mets begins rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie

Things keep looking better and better for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Blue Jays’ Breakout Is No Surprise, But Don’t Forget The W’s And L’s

Baseball statheads have long known that a team’s run differential is generally a better predictor of future wins and losses than its record. So, it stood to reason that the Blue Jays would eventually turn things around. But we should also be careful not to swing too far in the opposite direction and ignore team records entirely.

BrianBrianson Posted: August 11, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labatt's blue jays' baseball

Monday, August 10, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-11-15

The “Brought To You By The Annoying Advertisement At The Top Of The Page” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2015 at 11:47 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

DAVID CONE AND THE TRADE THAT SUNK THE ’92 BREWERS

Because this was an August deal, after the July 31st deadline, Cone had to pass through revocable waivers before the trade could be completed. The Blue Jays had stood atop the division all year long. When the deal went through, Toronto was 73-55 and only the Oakland Athletics had a better record at 76-51. As such, any other team in the American League could have claimed Cone on waivers in order to block the trade. And so one must wonder: why didn’t the Milwaukee Brewers, who wound up being ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, bud selig, collusion, david cone, fay vincent, trades

40 bad New Era Yankees caps you can buy right now

Here’s something vaguely interesting: New Era, producer of caps, makes a lot of Yankees-branded caps. Like, a ton. And a ton that bare little-to-no resemblance to the cap the players wear on-field. Maybe you know this – perhaps you’ve seen Yankees caps that are light blue, or that are gray or black or purple or some other bold color. But that’s barely the tip of the iceberg. Which is a confusing metaphor to use here, because caps have very little to do with frozen water. But, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 04:13 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, merchandise, yankees

Catcher Framing: Does Size Matter, And Is Age Just a Number? – The Hardball Times

So age does have its effects. It cuts off the youthful rise in framing experience around age 25, then imposes a long and very gentle recession of skills, broken only when longtime veterans get pared down to those with enduring defensive ability.

If one hoped for a dominating effect from age or height, though, one is disappointed. Age mainly serves to cap the learning curve of novice catchers, and height is meaningless. Anyone looking for a magic formula to find catchers inclined to become ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Dodgers fast-tracking a ‘speed camp’ to develop designated runners - LA Times

They won’t be Herb Washington.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 02:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, herb washington

The Bat Doctor is In: Seriously Illegal Softball Bats and The Men Who Make Them - SBNation.com

While I’ve brought along my own bat — a hand-me-down green Mizuno Envy, made in China and approved for play by all the sanctioned softball leagues — mostly, I’ll be using those provided by my source, who wishes, hopes and prays to stay anonymous. See, my tipster — let’s call him “Deep Out” from this point forward — has been playing in amateur slow-pitch softball leagues and tournaments throughout California and the greater American Southwest for the past quarter-century. While ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, softball

In Second Year, FOX Sports 1 Making Progress On Catching ESPN - Forbes

That’s true at my house. I barely watch ESPN now. I watch FOX Sports 1 a little less than ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: television

The Krank–Baseball’s Rarest Book « Our Game

Click through to read it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2015

Milwaukee Journal, August 10, 1915:

Two base runners were retired by one throw to the plate in a game between the Wichita and Lincoln clubs of the Western league—probably the only time such a play ever was made. Lincoln had runners on second and third. A Lincoln batter sent a Texas leaguer to right field. The fielder got the ball on the first bound and sent it zipping to the plate.
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The throw beat the first man by about two feet and all the catcher had to do was to reach out and tag him…[The ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tootblan

Mariners notebook: McClendon says rookie can shake off shaky start by not shaking off catcher | The News Tribune

A day after Lloyd McClendon gave a blunt evaluation of Mike Montgomery’s start against the Rangers — “a bad outing,” the Seattle Mariners manager called it, adding “I’m very disappointed” — no words were minced in the skipper’s office Sunday morning.

At issue isn’t so much Montgomery’s pitches but his demeanor between throwing them.

“One of the things this kid’s got to understand is that when he came to the big leagues, the catcher put down a sign and he threw a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike montgomery

Fruits of Los Angeles Dodgers’ trades haven’t been promising so far - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

A week after the deal is certainly enough time to judge a deal. Or not.

Apparently, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was a big believer in Johnson’s recovery from that career low, because—six months after leaving Beane’s umbrella—he traded for Johnson again. It’s fair to say Johnson has not been a walking billboard for the efficacy of the Dodgers’ new general manager. Not that Zaidi didn’t have reason to believe in Johnson again. Many of his numbers—including strikeout-to-walk ratio and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: deadline trades, dodgers

Rays Tales: A struggle to develop position-player stars | Tampa Bay Times

Richie Shaffer last week joined an exclusive club — more exclusive than you’d think — when he became just the 26th position player in 20 years to be drafted, signed and developed by the Rays and debut in the majors with them.

The Rays expect great things, of course, from Shaffer, who was their top pick in the 2012 draft. And if he pans out as projected, he will be part of an even smaller group, as of that 26 the Rays have produced only two homegrown All-Star position players, OF Carl ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics, war

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez headed to 15-day disabled list | Miami Herald

The Marlins intend to place Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list but were relieved to learn the pitcher has a right biceps strain and not a major injury that would require surgery.

As a result, it’s possible Fernandez could pitch again this season.

“I’d like to see him pitch. I think he wants to pitch, in talking with him [Sunday] morning,” manager Dan Jennings said of the likelihood Fernandez could take the mound before the end of the season.

Fernandez returned Saturday to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

‘You can’t assault’: Teixeira blasts fan in incident-filled game | New York Post

Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Sunday, August 09, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-10-15

The Cyanocitta Cristata OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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