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Friday, February 17, 2017

Nick Swisher: “The Dream Is Over, Baby!”

And he was all like, “brah, its totes time to call it quits.”

Then, in my first at bat, I get to the plate toting one of my fresh new sticks, and … first pitch, bro … I go deep. Like, deeeeep. A no-doubter. And the catcher — who still doesn’t know who I am — says, “Wow, man … that’s a really nice swing.”

I’m like, “Thanks, dude. I’ve been working on it.”

And I just laughed all the way back to the dugout.

It was the best.

And the reason I say that anybody who’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nick swisher, retirement

Carter Capps Delivery Is New, Still Basically Against The Rules

This. Is. Insane.

Brian Posted: February 17, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Dear Pittsburgh

In this case, I hope the best decision the Pirates made this off-season was the trade they didn’t make.  There are not enough heart emoji’s in the world to adequately express my affection for this player. 

Russ Posted: February 17, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2017

The Daily Missoulian, February 17, 1917:

[D.F.] McGowan is a member of the legal staff of District No. 1 of the United States Forest Service. He has devised a new method of determining the “standing of the clubs” and will presently submit it to the consideration of the baseball magnates.
...
[An excerpt from the McGowan Plan:] The playing season is to be divided into periods corresponding to calendar months. During each of these periods the relative standing of the clubs is to be computed as at ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: crazytown bananapants, dugout, history

Starling Marte says he is fine with offseason switch to center field | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates outfield needs to stay healthy this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, starling marte

Brian Cashman excited about position battles | MLB.com

The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


A Top Mets Prospect Let Baseball Wait Until School Was Done - The New York Times

The next really big thing.

In trade talks over the winter, Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said Rosario’s name did not even come up much because rival teams had figured it out for themselves: Rosario was too good to be made part of any deal.

“He can be an outstanding player,” Alderson said in December.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Jay Bruce here today, could be gone tomorrow | Newsday

The new New York obsession.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Joe Maddon’s new normal for Cubs: A team people love to hate? | CSN Chicago

“I don’t know if the word’s ‘hated,’” Maddon said Thursday at the Sloan Park complex. But making a sense of swagger or arrogance part of this team’s identity? That’s Cub.

“It’s all about that,” Maddon said. “Just go back in history. I’ve often talked about the Dodgers when I came up in the minor leagues (with the Angels). Their uniforms were whiter than everybody else’s. They thought they were better than everybody else. And then they went out and they won all the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Rockies’ new color of purple drawing mixed reviews in clubhouse – The Denver Post

Now it’s actually purple.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, uniforms

Rob Manfred discusses proposed rule changes | MLB.com

“We have data on how effective the batters handle that low strike and that is something that has driven our thinking,” Manfred said. “I think it’s also important to remember the evolution on the strike zone. The strike zone was down to the hollow of the knee because we weren’t getting low strikes called. My good friend Mr. [Sandy] Alderson [then executive vice president of operations for MLB] came along and he improved dramatically the management of the umpires in two ways. We had a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes has difficult road ahead | MLB.com

But there are two things to consider about the realities of Tommy John surgery.

One is that just about every terrific pitcher of the last decade did not go through Tommy John surgery. It’s striking: There are very, very few exceptions. The past 10 Cy Young Awards winners are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. Not one of them had Tommy John surgery. Then you throw ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, tommy john surgery

DONNIE DEWEES ONE OF MANY PROSPECTS REAPING THE BENEFITS OF NEUROSCIENCE

Dewees credits this climb, at least in part, to his work with the software, which he refers to as “neuro”. It was created by NeuroScouting, LLC, which was cofounded by Brian Miller and Wesley Clapp and is based in Cambridge, Mass. “NeuroScouting was started in 2007 with a mission focused on translating the latest brain research into real-world applications,” Miller and Clapp said.

To players like Dewees, it is a seemingly simple program that helps with pitch recognition and reflexes.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: neuroscience, plate discipline, royals

Kris Bryant gets pranked by Cubs great Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting National League MVP while hurling some zingers at him, too.

“This sound guy has got a good curveball. What is this?” Bryant said after taking one of Maddux’s pitches. “He’s pretty good.”...

Maddux came on the mound when the practice pitcher suddenly got a call to “run study hall” on campus. “I seriously doubted you,” Bryant said. “I need to get one over the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greg maddux, kris bryant, prank

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-16-2017

El Paso Herald, February 16, 1917:

BALL PLAYERS TO BE SOLDIERS

American Leaguers Will Be Given Instruction in Handling a Gun This Spring

American league baseball parks during the playing season are to be turned into military training camps and the players are to devote one hour a day to instruction. The league has adopted a resolution which provides that the players shall shoulder rifles as well as baseball bats.

They’re looking at you, Dave Davenport.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Jonah Keri’s over/under bet picks for 2017: Buy low on the A’s, sell high on the Royals

I am not a gambler usually but looking over all the over/unders, I’m tempted to put some of my cash down on the Diamondbacks at 78.5 wins. The D’Backs had a lot go wrong last year. With the change of emphasis on catcher pitch framing, the improved health of Pollock, and the talent I see on their pitching staff, I expect to see much better numbers on the defensive side of things.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball

Prospects to keep an eye on at Spring Training | MLB.com

Prospects in the camps of each team.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training


Theo Epstein of the Cubs shares his 20 percent rule for getting ahead

If you do 90% of your boss’ work, he will like you even more.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Satche’s Greatest Trick

“Paige was the best pitcher I ever saw,” Feller said. 

“He’s a better pitcher’n I ever hope to be,” Dean said.

“Of course the stories about Satchel are legendary, and some of them are even true,” said Buck O’Neil, who teamed with Paige on the Kansas City Monarchs and was a lifelong friend. “For Satchel, making believers out of doubters was sweeter than winning any ballgame. It was as sweet as life itself.”

gehrig97 Posted: February 16, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bill veeck, bob feller, dizzy dean, satchel paige

The Best Transactions of the 2017 Offseason

#6: Brewers Bet on KBO Translation
Acquire: Eric Thames
Cost: 3 years, $15 million

Thames is a fascinating test case in many ways. A busted prospect who went to Korea and became a superstar, his return to MLB can either be seen as confidence in his improvements — he got a three-year contract! — or skepticism about how well he’ll perform — he only got $5 million per year, which is now bench-player money — depending on which part of his contract you focus. In the end, though, I think ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: transactions

Lou Whitaker on the Hall of Fame: “I didn’t even get daylight”

Whitaker, who played from 1977 to 1995 with the Detroit Tigers, ranks among the best second basemen in baseball history by various sabermetrics — sixth by Wins Above Replacement, seventh by Wins Above Average, and 12th by JAWS according to Baseball-Reference.com. But Whitaker drew just 2.9 percent of the vote for Cooperstown in 2001, his only year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s ballot, disqualifying him from future consideration by the writers.

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Optimizing the Lineup | The Process Report

An interesting look at the Rays lineup. I caution against putting too much credence in simple lineup simulators. In my experience, the best lineups take into account speed and sequencing of lefty-righty batters.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Slow-go for Brantley, Jackson: 5 things we learned from Cleveland Indians’ spring training | cleveland.com

1. Slow go for Michael Brantley.

Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that the Indians would have to “restrain their enthusiasm’ on setting a date for Michael Brantley’s return from August surgery on his right shoulder.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mets’ Zack Wheeler feels tenderness in elbow | MLB.com

Nevertheless, it’s not a promising first day.

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has spent nearly two full years attempting to return from Tommy John surgery, felt some “tenderness” in his elbow during a routine bullpen session earlier this week, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. The Mets have briefly paused Wheeler’s throwing program as a result.

Warthen was quick to add that he does not consider this a setback for Wheeler, because a routine physical exam taken Monday revealed no structural ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 06:57 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Report: Jeffrey Loria being considered as U.S. Ambassador to France

France is rumored to be offering the Eiffel Tower to other countries in return for prospects.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly being considered as the U.S. ambassador to France.

According to the New York Post, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has recommended Loria for the position. 

However, there is reportedly internal discussions between Preibus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about who should get the ambassador positiions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2017 at 05:52 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins

Aaron Nola clears a symbolic hurdle in Phillies camp | CSN Philly

Nola’s health is probably the biggest storyline in camp and that showed in the number of eyeballs that peeked in on Wednesday’s bullpen session. Several front office members were on hand. Part owner John Middleton was in attendance, as well.

To the naked eye, Nola looked fine, free and easy, as they say. More tests will come and he will remain a focal point of camp.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “He feels great. He feels like he’s 100 percent and he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Episode 2 is alive! ALIVE! | lapodoa (PODCAST)

Primate David Peng has a new Angels podcast. In Episode 2, he talks to Dan Szymborski about the Angels. Check it out!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, podcasts

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