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Monday, April 25, 2016

Orioles notes: Hyun Soo Kim more aggressive at plate; Tyler Wilson to start Thursday - Baltimore Sun

“This is a guy who walked 100-plus times in Korea last year, and I think he’s kind of seeing that there’s a little more attack mode here,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was telling me that six or seven out of 10 pitches he sees over there are breaking balls. And because of his reputation over there, guys pitched him kind of like how you see them pitch some of our guys when they’re swinging the bats. So it was tough for him initially when guys were really attacking him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun soo kim, orioles

OTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear

We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping The Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 1946 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, politics, washington nationals

WaPo - Twins and Nats Combine for 16-innings of Wackiness

Sunday’s game had everything a game could offer, from dramatic highs to head-shaking oddities. Bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and Baker, in his 21st season as a manager, have seen thousands of games combined, and the three agreed this was the wildest game they had been a part of.

It was definitely not the cleanest game ever played, but there were so many uncommon events that this one will be remembered for quite some time.

Bite Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dusty baker, nationals, twins

Arrieta can join these six pitchers who threw two no-hitters in one season

The game was historic before Johnny Vander Meer even threw a pitch. It was the first regular season game played under lights at Ebbets Field. The game was preceded by great fanfare. There was a fife and drum corps that marched on the field, a parade of local politicians and officials of the power company who had installed the lights, which at the time were the most powerful lighting system at any sporting venue. Olympic champion Jesse Owens performed in a series of sprinting competitions that ...

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NYT - What Happens When Baseball-Stats Nerds Run a Pro Team?

Sam Miller:

IN 2015, the Sonoma Stompers, the team with one of the lowest payrolls in the Pacific Association, a professional baseball league near San Francisco, did something desperate: It handed its baseball-operations department to a couple of stat-savvy writers with no baseball-management experience, Ben Lindbergh and me.

You won’t believe what happened next!

Bite Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs, stat nerds

AP: Cubs fan says arrest on field after no hitter was ‘worth it’

America!

Dylan Cressy tells The Chicago Tribune he handed his wallet and phone to a friend and scouted his route before the last out was called Thursday night in Cincinnati.

The 22-year-old Indiana University student then jumped over a railing, ran past an officer and began jumping up and down with Cubs players. Cressy patted Arrieta on the head before an officer dragged him away. He was charged with criminal trespass.

Cressy describes the game as “pure joy.”

His father wasn’t thrilled ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, douchebag, fans, idiot

Sunday, April 24, 2016

OMNICHATTER 4-24-16

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you OMNICHATTERING
I only wanted to see you
OMNICHATTERING in the purple rain

Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2016 at 12:06 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Townsend (BLS): No one is buying Derek Jeter’s hole-in-one video

DER-EK CHEAT-ER (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)...

The video in question was posted by Jeter’s sister, Sharlee, who is also the president of his Turn 2 Foundation. It’s a charity event, so everything they’re doing is ultimately for a good cause, but it’s difficult to get past what appears to be a staged event. ...

Based on the smirk on Jeter’s face before he even tees off, he was either very confident or he knew they were pranking the masses. We’ll go with that latter, especially since there’s ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: April 23, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, derek jeter, golf

New vision training has Joe Mauer back on track

For that resurgence, at least some of the credit must go to the discontinued, goggle-like glasses Nike sent him this offseason. Mauer brought them to spring training and showed them to hitting coach Tom Brunansky, who became an instant believer.

Young Twins hitters such as Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario have been using the dark, wraparound glasses that include a small control switch on the frame to alter the speed at which the internal strobe light flashes. Korean slugger Byung Ho Park has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joe mauer, twins

Mets’ Matt Harvey on start vs. Braves: ‘It’s still a work in progress’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Obviously throwing that many pitches in five innings is not ideal,” Harvey said. “My goal today was going out there and really trying to work on what we had worked on this past week. At times I was able to do that, and at times I fell out of that. I have to re-find that.

“When you get into a bad habit, it’s not going to be an immediate fix,” the 27-year-old continued. “The majority of the time out of the stretch I did feel better. Like I said, there’s still work to be done.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury steals home | MLB.com

It ties the game too.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, steals home, yankees

Rays calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to start Saturday | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays are calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to make his major-league debut at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Snell is 1-1, 2,51 in three starts for Triple-A Durham, striking out 21 in 14 1/2 innings while allowing 15 hits and seven walks.

In the midst of playing nine straight, the Rays needed a fifth starter for Saturday. They had been planning on using RHP Erasmo Ramirez, but he was needed in relief on Thursday in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays, top prospects

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes incredible throw | MLB.com

Too bad he missed the cutoff man.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, great throw, yasiel puig

Jays’ Colabello Suspended 80 Games for PEDs

Colabello’s positive test for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that is sold under the name Turinabol, was a violation of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. His suspension is effective immediately.

“On March 13, I got one of the scariest and most definitely the least-expected phone calls of my entire life. I was informed by the players’ association that a banned substance was found in my urine,” Colabello said in a statement released by the union. “I have ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, steroids

OMNICHATTER 4-23-16

Let’s go Crazy and OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Sox turn 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

Worst TOOTBLAN ever?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fundamentals, rangers, tootblan, white sox

Braves may complain to union about condition of Turner Field infield

This would never happen with a new stadium!

Unhappy over the conditions of the Turner Field infield, Atlanta Braves players are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can pressure their own club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN on Thursday.

The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface is not being treated with the same meticulous care as in the past and that the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 02:26 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field conditions, mlbpa, turner field

Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado puts on a show every game

I thought Arenado would be good, just not this good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

MLB’s replay rule can be challenging: When to challenge? | www.ajc.com

Yes, what we need is more replay. How about we cut the game time down to one hour so we can have two hours of replay and still get the game in under three hours?

Francoeur said he’d like to see managers get two challenges per game. “That’s why I get frustrated — it doesn’t make sense that there’s only one challenge,” he said. “That’s such a huge call in the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:53 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, replay

Yadier Molina, Buster Posey: Pitch-framing early in 2016 - Stats

An early look at two top pitch framers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, defense, pitch framing

Schilling says he wouldn’t have spoken out about politics if he needed job to support family

Listen I’m lucky I’ve been so blessed in my life to be able to experience and do the things I’ve done and if that job meant I had to continue doing it to put a roof over the head of my family and food on my table, I’m probably acting a little differently than I did.

  Weren’t we supposed to feel sorry for him because he lost all of his money on his gaming business?

TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling

Posnanski: The Hobgoblin of an Unoccupied Mind

That might be harsh — I’m sure Schilling has friends in and around the game — but it has never been hard to find people annoyed or infuriated by Schilling. Well, he’s a loudmouth. That’s something he readily admits. He says insensitive, uninformed stuff all the time, and it splits people — many are offended, others race to his defense. Sometimes he apologizes. Sometimes he doesn’t. This time — after posting clueless and nasty anti-transgender stuff on his Facebook page — ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, joe posnanski

OMNICHATTER 4-22-16

Little Red OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 22, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2016

The Washington Post reprinted in the Pittsburgh Press, April 22, 1916:

When all other remedies fail try baseball. It is the saving grace of the nation. When the perspective of the public is a little awry the baseball season invariably acts as a restorer.

Just now, when the whole world is in an upheaval, when the voices of many men clamor for different courses of conduct on the part of the United States, and when the nation is on edge, it is fortunate that the season of the national sport is at ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers: Grant: How will Jurickson Profar situation play out? I see two scenarios | SportsDay

How much trade value does Profar have at this point?

Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Pirates notebook: Hurdle uses unique method to measure offensive production | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What, no points for getting their uniforms dirty?

The Pirates keep track of productive team plate appearances, a set of criteria that result in a positive outcome.

Players can earn one in eight different ways: a hit, a walk, an eight-pitch plate appearance, a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt, moving a runner from second to third, driving in a runner from third and the rare catcher’s interference.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, pirates

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

“Jumpin’ Joe Dugan” — 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas

Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Josh Donaldson not resting on his MVP laurels

Blue Jays fans and fantasy aficionados can take comfort in the knowledge that Donaldson has no plans to jog out a groundball or mail in an at-bat any time soon. With the exception of punching slabs of meat, he has done everything in his power to prepare himself for the seasonal grind.

“They call this sport Groundhog Day every day, but it’s only gonna be Groundhog Day if you have that perception,” Donaldson says. “I feel very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I don’t want somebody to ever ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson

The Astros should not be worried about Ken Giles - Beyond the Box Score

Don’t cut him yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ken giles

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