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Friday, June 22, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Arizona Diamondbacks

Following the lead of the Rangers, the Diamondbacks owners were in negotiations over the conditions of their 20-year-old ballpark, which I like to think of as Miller Park Southwest (I’ve only been to Miller, but they strike me as pretty similar. Their retractable roof set-ups look alike from my screen, and the Bernie-only slide in Milwaukee is countered by the pool built in the desert for inebriated Phoenicians and celebrating Dodgers). That issue appears to be settled. At least for now. You ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: June 22, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium names

Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Field: Great Lawn, Field 7
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Friday, June 22, 2018



Mike Trout Is Compiling a Historic Season and the Angels Are Wasting It Again

“This June is on track to be the best month of Trout’s career.”

Bouncing and pounding
My head the backboard
I need release to let it flow
And I was ready
Really ready
I was ready to explode

Oh wasted time

Lest we forget Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, goat, mvp, trout

Mariners rallying to get Ichiro in Home Run Derby

Since Day 1 of his major league career, Ichiro’s home run-hitting prowess in batting practice has been a well-known legend… There was always a long-held belief that he could be more of a power hitter if he chose to be, but as a speedy leadoff man he concentrated more on getting on-base with base hits.

PreservedFish Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, if he wanted to

Late Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors: A Character With A Huge Appetite For Life

Billy Connors, the former Yankees pitching guru who died on Monday at age 76, was a man of prodigious appetites.

He could eat – at the time of his death, he must have weighed close to 300 pounds, and according to friends, hadn’t been out of a chair, literally, in years. Reggie Jackson told me on Wednesday that during his days as the Yankees pitching coach, Connors would make a big show of coming to the ballpark each day with two dozen donuts that he would leave out for the players.

One ...

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Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, gluttony, lust, yankees

Omaha to host Tigers-Royals game as kickoff event for 2019 CWS

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman on Wednesday.

The collaboration between Major League Baseball and the NCAA to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS was first reported by The Associated Press.

A news conference with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS.

The Tigers-Royals game would ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: college world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2018

Chicago Eagle, June 22, 1918:

George Burns of the Giants is still wondering what happened to him in the last game in St. Louis. He was on second, and after Fletcher’s foul had been caught George danced about a bit as if he contemplated trying for third. When he turned around to go to second he found Center Fielder J.C. Smith there just receiving the ball. Burns was out.

I totally understand not noticing the center fielder sneaking in behind you, but how do you not see someone throwing the ball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-21-2018

The [Fairmont] West Virginian, June 21, 1918:

For the first time since its organization the National Commission, baseball’s court of last resort, has been defied.

Never, since the commission was founded, some 18 years ago, when the National and American Leagues decided not to war against each other, has a magnate taken issue with the rulings of the body, until Connie Mack of Philadelphia ignored the right of the commission to award the services of his young pitcher, Scott Perry, to the Boston ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2018

Toledo News-Bee, June 20, 1918:

LIFE’S FROLICSOME IN TEXAS LEAGUE

Umpire George Blackburn was a storm center in a recent hard fought Fort Worth-Dallas series at Dallas. In one game Lee of Fort Worth, angry over a decision, threw dirt in Blackburn’s face.

The maddened umpire struck the first player he saw, who happened to be Clarence Kraft, who retaliated by giving his umps a beating. It took a half dozen policemen to pull him off Blackburn.

Frolicsome indeed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How Major League Teams Are Using Bobbleheads to Skirt Tax Laws

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments last Wednesday in a dispute over taxes on promotional items purchased by the Cincinnati Reds and offered to fans through promotional ticket packages. Ohio state law exempts companies from paying taxes on items they buy and resell, but the issue is whether promotional items like bobbleheads are being sold as part of a ticket package or given away in an effort to increase ticket sales. Simply put, if the team gives away bobbleheads, they pay tax. If they ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 19, 2018 at 08:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, money, screwing taxpayers, taxes

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley ...

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Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2018

New York Tribune, June 19, 1918:

It is not the fault of Señor Jose Campos, of the visiting Mexican journalists, if his readers of “Excelsior,” a Mexico City daily, do not understand baseball perfectly now that he has explained the finer angles of the game to them. The other day Don Jose saw the Giants and the Cincinnati Reds play and he sent the following to his paper, according to a morning contemporary:
...
“In place of a bull baseball has an umpire, a man who does not play the game, but is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brewers Surprise Bob Uecker by dressing as him for flight to Pittsburgh

Bob Uecker was one of the first passengers aboard the Brewers’ charter flight Sunday for a rare road trip, and he had an inkling something was up when he noticed one of the flight attendants wearing a shirt with his name on it.

Uecker knew something was up when first-base coach Ed Sedar climbed aboard wearing a loud sport coat over his T-shirt bearing an infamous image of Uecker in a Speedo, the one that had been splashed across the pages of Sports Illustrated a decade ago.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers, uecker

Market for Moustakas could be slow, says Ken Rosenthal

Oddly, Rosenthal points to the $3 million owed Moustakas over the last two months of the season as a hindrance, although that seems to be a very low price for an established slugger, certainly cheaper than other third basemen that could potentially hit the market like Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, or Adrian Beltre.

It does seem as if the market has moved away from (a) sluggers who bash home runs, since everyone can seemingly hit home runs; and (b) rentals like Moustakas who are eligible for ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: robothal

Monday, June 18, 2018

Deadspin: Former Blue Jay Kelly Gruber Disinvited From Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame Festivities

That’s Gruber making an excruciatingly awkward, jarringly hostile entrance at PitchTalks, immediately making what seems to be some kind of pass at host Ashley Docking, then responding to her effort to direct his attention to the crowd by shouting over her and declaring her inessential to the proceedings. Docking, to her enormous credit, manages to confront his wildly disrespectful behavior without punching him in the face, which is probably what he deserved.

Is he drunk? Seems like he might ...

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DanG Posted: June 18, 2018 at 01:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canadian hall of fame, jerks, kelly gruber

MetBblog: Mets reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for ‘virtually everyone’

The Mets are “ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone” on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

Adam is gettin’ upset!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: June 18, 2018 at 12:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Juan Soto Makes His Second MLB Debut Tonight

The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when, at 5:05 p.m., they resume the game suspended due to rain with the score tied in the sixth inning on May 15.

But Howie Kendrick, now out for the season with an Achilles’ injury, is due up third that inning. Andrew Stevenson, since optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, is also in the lineup. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy, both available now, were not on the active roster that day. Juan Soto had not yet made ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, rules, suspended games

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2018

Washington Times, June 18, 1918:

“Irish” Meusel, the Phils’ young outfielder, tried to follow Ty Cobb’s example [in Philadelphia] yesterday, when he leaped into the bleachers and took a violent swing at a jeering rooter. He was finally induced to let the insulter live.

It’s not clear whether Meusel cared if the guy had no feet.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 18, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 June 18: How Life Imitates the Congressional Baseball Game

“This game is a situation of which, you’re a product of your political success, so if you have a good political year, you have a good recruiting year for this game.” So said former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., many years ago about the Congressional Baseball Game and the teams each party gets to field.

Washington is host to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, known among fans as the midsummer classic. But Capitol Hill has staged its own midsummer classic every year for more than ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: June 18, 2018 at 08:15 AM | 1332 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grumpy Gossage Napalms His Bridges:BWitz:NYT (reg req.)

Has Goose Gossage at long last grumped his way to irrelevance? Gossage has not been invited to Yankees Old Timers Day. 

Maybe the biggest problem with his grumpiness is there’s nothing new: more complaints about computers and guys from Harvard who won their rotisserie leagues. However, the portrait in the article at well-rounded, and Goose is still one of the icons of the game. Gossage was the best of both words—he lit up the spreadsheet and was fun to watch.

He had never been out of the ...

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puck Posted: June 17, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: old man yells at cloud, yankees

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angels Place Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Zack Cozart, Jim Johnson On 10-Day DL

It’s not fully clear how severe these injuries are, but it’s still an ugly casualty list for a team that has already had some worrying health issues arise recently. Richards has a left hamstring strain, while Tropeano is dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

With Shohei Ohtani already on the shelf, likely joining JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker there for a lengthy stretch, the team’s rotation depth has already been tapped into. It seems the team is likely to call upon John Lamb in the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Dodgers’ surprise ace makes All-Star case in win over Giants

Four starts ago, after Ross Stripling had lowered his earned-run average below that of Scherzer, the Dodgers’ pitcher frankly assessed the odds of finishing the season that way.

“Probably not super great,” Stripling said.

That was three weeks ago, and let’s check the latest leader board. After Stripling carried a shutout into the seventh inning of Friday’s 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, his earned-run average stands at 1.76.

At the end of May 16, the Dodgers were 16-26. ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:00 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ross stripling

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has fractured bone in left foot, will undergo CT scan

The Royals don’t yet know the extent of the injury but believe it is unrelated to what happened last week in Oakland. A CT scan on Saturday will determine the Royals’ next move.

But this fact remains: Soler, in his first full season playing at the major-league level with the Royals after being acquired from the Cubs in a December 2016 trade of reliever Wade Davis, used crutches to cross the carpet of the clubhouse here after the game. He gingerly made his way in and out of the showers, careful ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, jorge soler, royals

Donaldson’s return to Blue Jays still TBD

The Blue Jays put Donaldson through a series of running drills on Thursday afternoon, but he still wasn’t comfortable running at full speed. He continues to take batting practice and field ground balls, but until Donaldson runs the bases without any issues, his availability will remain on hold.

“I was here watching him yesterday when he was running the bases, and he still couldn’t cut it loose,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “That’s all I’ve got. He’s feeling better, but he’s still a ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson


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