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Monday, July 06, 2015

U of T engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine | Toronto Star

Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and science, they want answers.

As such, four mechanical engineering students at the University of Toronto set out to “demystify” the knuckleball by attempting to build the world’s first pitching machine that would replicate the notoriously capricious pitch on a consistent basis.

“The idea was if we could control everything maybe we could get a knuckleball to be the exact same every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: knuckleballers, science

Collins says Mets pitchers ‘need to get over’ frustration with 6-man rotation | FOX Sports

Of course, by September they may already be out of the race.

“I guess the best way to say it is, ‘Matt, we’ll go back to a five-man, but I hope you enjoy watching the rest of the season sitting on the bench in September when we need you.’ We’ve got to make the adjustment, and Matt knows that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The stories behind Dodgers’ deep-seated Yasiel Puig resentment | New York Post

So a few of the arguments were with Zach Greinke. Huh.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Catcher framing revisited - Beyond the Box Score

OK, so now Russell Martin is one of the worst pitch framers?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, russell martin, sabermetrics

Neyer: Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire

This contest determined by popular vote has totally devolved into a popularity contest!

Flat-out question: If you’re building two teams for the rest of the season and you get two of everything including six outfielders, how many Royals’re you choosing?

You know what? I think Gordon and Cain actually make my team, perhaps even as starters! With Perez backing up Russell Martin. So, yes—with the exception of Escobar, the Royals’ starters are pretty well-deserving. By this standard that ...

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OMNICHATTER 7-6-15

The Good Ship OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 06, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, July 05, 2015

538: Baseball’s Kids Are All Right

The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.

Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement).

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Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has ...

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bobm Posted: July 05, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: age


Scioscia Reigns and Dipoto Resigns: What the Heck Is Going on With the Angels? «

Jonah Keri’s take on the mess in Angels front office.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Cubs, Theo Epstein won’t necessarily be buyers at trade deadline - Chicago Tribune

There’s no doubt the Cubs need help, and not just the return of Jorge Soler or the arrival of reliever Rafael Soriano, who’s been hung up in the Dominican Republic with visa problems.

Epstein said Friday that “demand far outweighs supply” in the current market and everyone has to “recognize the trade deadline is not a panacea” for solving a team’s problems.

“If you look at the history of teams that go on and play in the World Series, very rarely is it (because of a) deadline deal,” he said, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

From a Front Row Seat, Scott Boras Notes Matt Harvey’s Struggles

Matt Harvey, though the eyes of his agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Hardball’s winners and losers at halfway point of MLB season | New York Post

Joel Sherman picks the mid-season award winners.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Rangers notes: Hamilton may go back on disabled list | The Star Telegram

This might mean a return of Joey Gallo.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could be headed to the disabled list again, this time with a groin strain.

Hamilton had an MRI on Saturday but the results had not been revealed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hamilton wasn’t in the Rangers lineup for Saturday’s game with the Angels. He came out of Friday’s game after the seventh inning.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton came out of Friday’s game a little sore but said Saturday was a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Corbin completes ‘long road’ back to Majors | dbacks.com

It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3.

“When they announced my name before pregame and the fans gave a pretty nice applause there, that gave me some chills and some butterflies,” Corbin said. “And after that seemed to calm me down. I just wanted to go out there ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Sunday Notes: Angels Angst, Astros, Colabello, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

OMNICHATTER 7-5-2015

The End Of The 4th Of July Weekend OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 05, 2015 at 12:15 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tigers place Miggy on DL with calf strain | MLB.com

Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base.

The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel cabrera, tigers

Brian McCann’s Three-Run Homer in 12th Helps Yankees Walk Off With a Victory - The New York Times

Trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 5-3 in the 12th inning on Friday night, Teixeira had an opportunity to ignite a rally with runners on first and third and one out. Suddenly, fireworks began going off outside the Stadium, minutes before the Fourth of July officially began, and Teixeira responded with a run-scoring single.

Moments later, McCann capped the show with a three-run homer to right field, propelling the Yankees to a 7-5 win, their first walk-off victory of the season.

“It’s one of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, yankees

Klapisch: Mets’ 16-13 win over Braves in 1985 an instant classic

Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…

The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.

“Need that story.”

It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.

The Mets and ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, extra innings, mets, pitchers hitting, rain delays


Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees getting the baseball from his 3,000th hit after all

The Yankees, in a news release, said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game. Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
...
During their opening remarks, Rodriguez accepted an apology from Hample, who before recovering the 3,000th-hit ball compared Rodriguez to the devil, on Twitter.

“First of all, you are forgiven,” said Rodriguez, 39. “I have a Ph.D. in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Theo Epstein on trade that brought Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs

Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, athletics, billy beane, cubs, theo epstein

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees settle dispute over bonus payment

Aren’t the Yankees and A-Rod wonderful people?

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Reddick criticizes A’s front office over his playing time | CSN Bay Area

Maybe he should worry about doing better in the AB he does get against lefties.

“I have no idea. It doesn’t come from anywhere in this clubhouse. Everybody knows what situations our general manager puts up there. I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.”

Reddick, who’s hitting ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick

Charges pending in alleged St. Louis Cardinals computer intrusion of Houston Astros - CNNPolitics.com

Correa’s attorney, Nicholas Williams, said: “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior.”

The probe by investigators at the FBI’s Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Ben Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get | New York Post

Ben Zobrist? Don’t get me wrong, He’s a good player. But he’s the GUY they would overpay for? He is a free agent next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, mets, trade rumors

Trevor Bauer imitates teammates batting stances during an at-bat.

Trevor Bauer’s third plate appearance during Friday’s game against the Pirates was ... interesting. Either the Indians’ batters were telepathically controlling their pitcher from the dugout, or Bauer decided to show off a few very accurate impressions at the plate.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 04, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, rich little, trevor bauer

7-4-2015 OMNICHATTER

Today, we celebrate, our OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 04, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 03, 2015

No Chicago White Sox front office rift

So there’s a rift in the White Sox front office ...

Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, rick hahn, white sox

Who is baseball’s best manager? The survey says ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘

Jacob Posted: July 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, buck showalter, joe maddon, managers, terry francona

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