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Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Sox’ coach Chili Davis deserves to be in manager ‘Pipeline’

Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.

The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.

Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, chili davis, red sox, selig rule

Arizona Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen general manager

The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.

Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, mike hazen, red sox

Blue Jays Fan On A Mission To Prove Canadians Aren’t Stereotypically Polite

No beer cans?

Well, one Blue Jays fan, with his Justin Bieber mask and crying LeBron James sign, is on a mission to do away with that stereotype. … “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I drove hundreds of kilometers to be here to counter the inaccurate stereotype that all Canadians are polite. Some of us are provocateurs. … I’m here to export Canadian culture at its finest—but not the stereotypical culture that is thought of, the Canadian as a bland, polite people, you know? We’re the fierce warrior.”

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canada, justin bieber, polite, stereotypes


8 PM: Indians (Bauer) at Blue Jays (Stroman), TBS. Indians lead 2-0.


Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2016 at 01:38 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pirates look to address deficiencies, close gap on Cubs in 2017 | TribLIVE

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Last offseason Huntington lamented the starting pitching market “blew up.” The average starting pitcher signed last offseason earned $10.02 million per year, compared to $8.07 in the 2014-15 offseason — a 21.6 percent increase….
Not only are proven veteran pitchers becoming more expensive, but the market for reclamation-type pitchers also is becoming more competitive. More teams are identifying the same players as undervalued thanks to growth of front ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Dodgers vs. Cubs Preview | 10/16/16

Thanks to MLB for scheduling both games at the same time. They really don’t want me to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Dombrowski has major decisions ahead

Nick Cafardo’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Japan Times: Carp hold off BayStars, advance to Japan Series for first time since 1991

A big first inning propelled the Hiroshima Carp into the Japan Series on Saturday in an 8-7 win over the Yokohama BayStars in Game 4 of the Central League Climax Series Final Stage.

It will be the seventh Japan Series appearance for the Carp and their first since 1991. Hiroshima last won Nippon Professional Baseball’s championship series in 1984…

...“The batters did it today in the first inning, creating that momentum,” said Ogata, who did not have enough praise for [Kosuke] Tanaka ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 16, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball


The “I overslept” LCS OMNICHATTER

8 Eastern, FS1: Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs (Hendricks). Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM | 275 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 15, 2016

BarDown | Tim Tebow gets torn to shreds in brutally honest scouting report

As a parting shot, Law stated that “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league. Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they’re done counting their money.”

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Isn’t Managing Like a Rookie - The New York Times

The man tasked with ruining the dreams of Cubs fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin’ deep front office roots in playoffs—Terry Pluto |

Contrast the Indians history with the Padres and Diamondbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Angels’ Garrett Richards passes last significant test, expects to anchor rotation for 2017 - The Orange County Register

And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.

“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Heyman - Showalter Offers Thoughts On ‘Inexplicable Call’

Jon Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Indians defeat Blue Jays in Game 1 of ALCS |

“He’s got arguably the best right-hand breaking ball in the game,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Kluber. “And he kept us honest with enough fastballs. And he’s got that razor-blade slider that’s tough to do anything with. [It’s] a big strikeout pitch for him. He gets a lot of weak contact on them, really.

“So really, that’s what it came down to. I don’t think it was a lack of something we did; I just thought they pitched that well, as did we.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Friday, October 14, 2016

Player’s Tribune | Giving Thanks - Jason Grilli

Dude, I love Canadian Thanksgiving.

For Americans who don’t know what the deal with Canadian Thanksgiving is, it’s basically just like American Thanksgiving except… earlier. The second Monday of every October. It’s really amazing. You have to try it.

For where I’m at in my life, the timing for my first Canadian Thanksgiving really couldn’t have been any better. This year, perhaps more than any other, I really have a lot to be thankful for.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 14, 2016 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canada, grilled cheese

Bauer cuts finger on drone, won’t start Game 2

Trevor Bauer cut his finger fixing one of the drones he likes to fly and won’t start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, again diverting the Cleveland Indians’ pitching plans for the playoffs.

The right-hander needed several stitches to close the cut on the pinkie on his pitching hand. The enigmatic Bauer has built and flown drones for years, and was hurt while repairing a propeller.

Rob Manfred is open to outlawing drone usage.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 14, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: robots in baseball

10 Player-Development Storylines To Follow At The Arizona Fall League

Taylor Ward, C, Angels

The Angels’ selection of Ward in the first round of the 2015 draft had many industry observers scratching their heads due to concerns about the bat being good enough to make him more than a backup catcher. Though he impressed in the Midwest League during his first pro season, he underwhelmed when he moved up to the high Class A California League this year as his plate approach appeared less advanced than it had before. In addition to handling himself against better ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Heyman - Teams Calling Royals On Wade Davis

Davis, though, should have excellent value even in a market stacked with excellent closers. It’s the best closing market perhaps ever, with Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all free agents.

Of course all three of those closers will cost a pretty penny (one GM predicted all three would top Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50-million deal for closers, and Chapman and Jansen certainly will), while Davis is a bargain.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, rumors, wade davis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2016

Chicago Eagle, October 14, 1916:

What is the value of a sacrifice hit? Evidently all baseball managers do not agree on the worth of the play. Fielder Jones of the St. Louis American league team declares the sacrifice hit is one of the most valuable plays in baseball…On the other hand, George Stallings of the Boston Nationals is not at all enthusiastic over the play and seldom uses it, in fact, much less than any other manager in either league, and the standing of the Boston team is certainly an ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, dugout, history

Mets’ tough call on Neil Walker has its price: $17.2M | New York Post

The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.

It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).

For example, Ian ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, neil walker

Joe Maddon confident his Cubs will be ready for the NLCS - Chicago Tribune

They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.

“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.

“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, joe maddon, playoffs

For Javier Baez, making acrobatic tags is ‘just natural’ - Chicago Tribune

Javier Baez, tagger extraordinaire.

“Because I’m a lefty,” the Cubs infielder said. “I write lefty, I eat lefty, I even can hit lefty. With that on my glove side, I have really quick hands. I let the ball travel, and as soon as I catch it, my hand goes down to the tag.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki: ‘This is for everything. It’s our time’


“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.

“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs

But maybe ... the Indians’ Andrew Miller has created a new position - Super Reliever: Doug Lesmerises |

It’s not new. He’s a fireman.

If we want more Andrew Millers in the baseball world, and we should, then we have to give them a name. If we can have closers and setup men, we can have a name for the reliever who gets the most dangerous hitters out in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. We can make it a new full-time position in major league baseball.

“I don’t know, didn’t they call them Firemen back in the day?” Miller said this week when I presented him with the Super Reliever name. “Goose ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, indians

Dodgers’ Julio Urias gets win over Nationals |

Balk or no balk?

His move raised some eyebrows, however. According to Rule 8.05, “If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his free foot past the back edge of the pitcher’s rubber, he is required to pitch to the batter except to throw to second base on a pick-off play.”

Urias’ free foot certainly came close to crossing that imaginary line. But in the eyes of the umpiring crew, it was a clean throw to first base and not a balk.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, dodgers, julio urias

Dodgers’ Game 5 win is a magical scene right out of 1988 - LA Times

Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, dusty baker, kenley jansen, nationals

Blue Jay Kevin Pillar elite Statcast fielder |

More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, kevin pillar, sabermetrics, statcast

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