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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Pregame notes and lineups: Seattle opens a 10-day homestand | The Seattle Times

You know things aren’t going well when…

Catcher Mike Zunino will not be called up. He will instead go to Arizona and participate in the upcoming instructional league. It was always assumed that the Mariners would bring him back after the Rainiers’ season ended. But Zunino is undergoing a massive swing overhaul with hitting coach Cory Snyder under the supervision of Edgar Martinez.

Zunino will report early and then begin instructional play. The idea of reworking a swing and playing in big ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino, nelson cruz

Mets rally, bump division lead to six games |

This will be a very tough loss for the Nationals to recover from. Harvey was overthrowing, with the resulting location issues, and the Nationals were going the other way with hard contract. Then, the bullpen imploded.

The Nationals had a 7-1 lead entering the seventh inning after tagging Matt Harvey for seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen had a meltdown, lost the lead and eventually the game. The Nationals had to use three relievers—Blake Treinen, Felipe Rivero and Drew ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, nationals


OMNICHATTER? Youneverknow.

Gamingboy Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 321 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mets free to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes |

The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.

Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Former MLB pitcher Joaquin Andujar, 62, dies after battle with diabetes

Former major league pitcher Joaquin Andujar, who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic after a long battle with diabetes. He was 62.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, joaquin andujar, obituaries

Tell-All From Former Yankees Clubhouse Worker Is Finally Out; Alleges Jeter & Posada Had Sexy Time

Former Yankees assistant equipment manager Paul Priore was fired in 1997. He says the team let him go because he is HIV-positive; the Yankees, and New York state courts, disagree. Now the seamy tell-all Priore threatened to write has found its way to print (albeit through self-publishing), and co-author Gary Toushek is spamming the world with this bizarre video explaning why Priore’s outlandish claims are totally legit.

About those claims! Here are some things Paul Priore says he witnessed, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: books, derek jeter, jorge posada, tabloids, yankees

2016 Major League Baseball Schedule |

The 2016 schedule has been released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 01:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Transformation complete: Edwards makes his MLB debut - Minor League Ball

Meet the Cubs future closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. edwards, cubs

Braves road and bridge projects push public cost past $300m, still no one sure where money will come from

...because the state refused to pay for that delayed pedestrian and shuttle-bus bridge that is set to leave Braves fans walking along the side of a highway to get to games for at least the stadium’s first season. The bridge itself is projected to cost $9 million (though nobody apparently really thinks it can be built for that amount), plus another $3.5 million is needed to upgrade a parking deck that it would connect to. Right now nobody knows where the money will come from…

On the one ...


Nathan Eovaldi has elbow injury |

The Yankees announced on Monday that starter Nathan Eovaldi has right elbow inflammation and will be shut down for two weeks. Eovaldi was evaluated by head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which revealed the inflammation.

On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had touched on his pitchers’ health during a discussion about Matt Harvey and the Mets. Eovaldi wasn’t one he was worried about.
“We have pitchers that I don’t have concerns ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

GMs come and go, but Ruben Amaro keeps his job

The question is, did the Phillies hire MacPhail to replace the group or to join it? The assumption in the local and national media was that MacPhail’s hiring was the first step in an inevitable rebuilding of the front office. But when you consider Gillick’s involvement in MacPhail’s hiring and his steadfast defense of Amaro’s job performance as general manager, it is hard to eliminate the possibility that the Phillies ended up hiring a guy whose vision already aligns with their own, and thus a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 8, 1915:

Fred Clarke, for 16 years manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, handed in his resignation to President Barney Dreyfuss this morning. It was regretfully accepted.

Clarke’s resignation did not come as a surprise to the followers of the team [in Pittsburgh], as it is known that for years Mrs. Clarke has been averse to her husband leaving the farm in Kansas to come East for the baseball season.

With apologies to Joe Biden, this was a big frickin’ ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred clarke, history

Around the World with the Minor League Home Run King – The Hardball Times

“I feel blessed to have been able to play this game for so long and see so many places along the way,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mike hessman, minor league baseball


The OMNICHATTER never leaves in the 7th inning (although sometimes it doesn’t go up until the 7th inning…)

Gamingboy Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 291 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, September 07, 2015

Bryce Harper Criticizes Nationals Fans Following Loss vs. Mets | Bleacher Report

Harper is just a kid so I will cut him some slack.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Is there a way to quantify how good managers are?

Regressed wins are useful, but I think it’s worth considering that assessing the performance of managers isn’t one of those situations: The context of their decisions is nearly everything. A bad manager can cost his team real, actual, printed-in-the-newspaper wins. That shouldn’t be ignored in favor of a broader, context-neutral look at their performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Team UZR (To Shift or Not to Shift) | MGL on Baseball

Interesting stuff.The BIS defensive stuff cannot compare to defensive analysis generated by the FIELDf/x (or whatever they are calling it) stuff. I wish this data was more readily available to public analysts.

I think the most important thing to take away from this discussion is that there can be a fairly large difference between team infield UZR which uses every GB, and the total of the individual UZR’s which uses only those plays in which no shift was relevant to the outcome of the play. As ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

Matt Harvey’s damage control isn’t enough for forgiveness | New York Post

The issue was entirely avoidable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Chris Coghlan embraces challenging journey that led him to Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“Staying in the present is hard to do,” Coghlan said. “Nobody does it perfectly — I don’t at all. It’s a natural tendency for humans to worry and to doubt and to fear and have anxiety about the future. But I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to take those thoughts captive and to try and really challenge myself to stay more in the moment of, ‘OK, today is what I’ve given. I’m going to try to do the best I can do today and not worry about tomorrow.’ And then when tomorrow comes do the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris coghlan, cubs

Column: Maybe Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh Pirates isn’t an idiot

Dejan Kovacevic likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, managers, pirates

‘Gaming’ the system an international venture for major-league teams | The Seattle Times

Some info about how the international slotting system works.

Critics say such teams are “gaming” the system and want rules overhauled when MLB’s collective-bargaining agreement is renewed after the 2016 season. But proponents argue teams will always exploit rules.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international players



Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

WATCH: Kris Bryant hits one off Wrigley video board

If not for running into the video board, MLB statcast estimates that the homer was going 495 feet. That makes Bryant’s shot the longest of the 2015 season for anyone in the majors. Here’s the top 10:

1. Bryant on Sunday, 495 feet
2. Michael Taylor, 8/20, 492.8
3. Jonathan Schoop, 8/26, 484.5
4. Nelson Cruz, 4/29, 482.7
5. Josh Donaldson, 4/23, 481.2
6. Hanley Ramirez, 6/21, 480.5
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/23, 478.6
8. Giancarlo Stanton, 5/16, 478.4
9. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/5, 478.4
10. Kris ...

Meatwad stole 3rd base on Lester Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, crushed, cubs, home run, kris bryant

Kahrl: For Matt Harvey, October innings might last a lifetime

Kahrl suggests a way out of this mess.

Does that put him in danger? Yes and no. Pitching always puts a pitcher at risk. But an arm is not a gas tank, so let’s remember he isn’t gassed or running on empty. For that, you should credit the Mets for the care they have exercised in managing his workload this season. The Mets haven’t had him pitch on four days’ rest in consecutive turns since May. While he’s slightly better than the MLB average in pitches per batter faced (3.73 vs. 3.79), ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, innings limit, matt harvey, mets

Digiovanna: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia disagrees that Mike Trout is average defender

Matt Harvey, Scott Boras, and Dr. James Andrews were unavailable for comment.

But some advanced defensive metrics rate Trout as average, in part because he doesn’t always get the best jumps or run the most efficient routes, an assertion that baffles and bothers Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.

“We have overhead [cameras] that read jumps, and he’s off incredibly quick,” Scioscia said. “From a scouting perspective, there’s no question this guy is one of the best center fielders in our game. The ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, defense, mike scioscia, mike trout, sabermetrics

Brewers shut down Matt Garza, and he’s not happy

Clearly someone isn’t a Boras client ...

Manager Craig Counsell said ... that Garza was being removed from the rotation so that the team could look at some of its younger pitchers the rest of the season.

Garza was livid when asked about the move.

“It’s (expletive),” he said. “It’s not my decision. I didn’t get much say. It’s completely taken out of my hands. That’s it. I didn’t have any say at all.


“They do things differently here, I don’t know. But I’ll be here for the next ...


Sunday, September 06, 2015

I Will Pitch in the Playoffs

Matt Harvey speaks (actually he writes).

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Matt Harvey looks terrible in sudden drama over innings limits | For The Win

Throwing baseballs 100 mph is not a natural activity, and every single pitch Harvey or anyone else throws comes with risk of arm injury. But one thing Harvey did say pretty definitively on Saturday is that he feels great. And the numbers back that up: Over his last six starts, Harvey has a 1.32 ERA in 41 innings with 42 strikeouts against only three walks. If he’s feeling any lingering effects of the surgery that cost him all of 2014, he’s not showing any signs of it whatsoever.

And again, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Musial and his frozen appendix : Sports

In May 1947, he had four at-bats five days after diagnosis.

Of course, he still had his appendix.

Musial had just gone 1-for-4 on May 7 in Brooklyn when he then let the team know about the stabbing pain near his stomach. The Cardinals’ first baseman was sedated and flown back to St. Louis to meet with the team doctor, Dr. Robert Hyland. According to reports from the time and later recounts in books and Bob Broeg columns, Hyland diagnosed Musial with appendicitis and tonsillitis. Hyland, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday, stan musial

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