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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New A’s outfielder Khris Davis has power, personality - San Francisco Chronicle

Rodney Davis, like his son, is all on board with the move to the A’s. The Brewers are rebuilding, and though he is now working as the senior adviser of MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton (Los Angeles County), with his scout’s hat on, Rodney Davis believes that Oakland will be a better team than many people expect.

“It was fortuitous he went to Milwaukee, and it’s great he got to get his start in the major leagues there. But Oakland is a great city for him to grow as a player,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, khris davis

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Trevor Story closer to starting at shortstop for Rockies - The Denver Post

This is the Story Rockies fans have been waiting for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

City attempts to evict minor league baseball team from stadium

For all the issues the Raiders had with the city and Oakland and Alameda County, at least they were never evicted.

That’s what the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A California League are facing, with the city of Adelanto filing documents to evict the minor league baseball team from Heritage Field, The Sun News reported over the weekend.

Adelanto mayor Rich Kerr said in a release the city declared a fiscal crisis in 2013 and is ``still not in position to assume financial responsibility to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: high desert, minor leagues, stadiums

Donaldson has seen dark side of domestic violence | Toronto Star | thestar.com

His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.


‘Seinfeld’ and sabermetrics: A guide to the advanced stats that matter in today’s game | cleveland.com

Sabermetrics and Seinfeld, two great things that go great together.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, seinfeld

Inside David Wright’s Grueling Rebab Routine

Serious stuff.

The fact is, Wright, who in person is open-faced, generous, and disarmingly down-to-earth, will deal with back pain for the rest of his life.

Spinal stenosis generally affects men and women over 50 and is usually the result of either arthritis or the wear and tear of aging. And though unusual in younger people, it has cut short several prominent sports careers. Former New York Yankee Don Mattingly retired because of it. Former Phillies and Mets star Lenny Dykstra tried to correct ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Why Derek Jeter found himself at Cuba press conference | New York Post

In the interest of international relations I hope he brought many gift baskets.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, derek jeter

Hazelbaker could force Cardinals into tough decision | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The next J.D. Martinez or just another nice spring story?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jeremy hazelbaker


Carson Smith leaves game with forearm tightness - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

That’s not ideal.

Newly acquired Red Sox reliever Carson Smith left the game Monday with tightness and “a cramping sensation” in his right forearm, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Smith was scheduled be evaluated further after he returned to the team’s facility in Fort Myers later Monday evening.

“I’m concerned,” the reliever said. “It’s my career. Everybody, when you feel something in your forearm, you’re going to be concerned.”

“There’s always concern,” Farrell said. “At this point ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carson smith, mariners

Jacob deGrom not alarmed by low-90s velocity in spring games | Newsday

Don’t be alarmed until you need to be alarmed. Velocity is a funny thing. Sometimes it changes. See Steve Avery for just one example.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Top outfields in baseball | MLB.com

There is a lot to quibble with in these rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced off against switch-hitter Antoan Richardson | MLB.com

Just kidding, there’s a rule for this exact scenario.

“A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch ... The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury.”

In other words, the batter gets the final call. As Clint Hurdle told MLB.com’s Adam Berry, “It was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, pat venditte, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2016

El Paso Herald, March 22, 1916:

The Baltimore Feds would like to have [Federal League President] Jim Gilmore drop around some day—the sooner the better. When peace negotiations were entered into the Baltimore Feds were left out in the cold. Other magnates in the “outlaw” circuit were taken care of, but the Baltimore people got what it classed as “the rawest deal in baseball history.”
...
But when peace came, with Gilmore engineering the proceedings for the Feds, the $300,000 investment of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Indians continue to inquire about adding depth to their outfield | FOX Sports

De Aza would be a good stopgap.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

red sox - Hanley Ramirez is proving doubters wrong: ‘I let you guys do all the talking’ - WEEI | John Tomase

He has. Now he just needs to keep hitting.

Far from overmatched at first base, he actually looks … good? He has made multiple diving plays this week, he’s scooping throws in the dirt, and he has even leapt off the bag to snare errant tosses and slap tags on runners.

Who knew Ramirez might actually make this look easy?

“I knew,” he responded with a broad smile during a recent conversation. “Right away. But I keep it quiet. I let you guys do all the talking.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cuban National Team OMNICHATTER

From Estadio Latinoamericano….

TAMPA BAY (Matt Moore) at CUBA (Yosvani Torres). 2 PM (w/pre-game apparently starting at least at 1:30 PM). ESPN.

Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, omnichatter


Korean-born players are making an impact in MLB.

“There is that debate of, ‘What is Korean baseball?’” says Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. “Is it Double-A, Triple-A, Four-A? I do think that’s everybody’s internal question. We’re trying to look at it in a way to prove performance from there to here. I think the scouts are still battling that as well.”

Right now, in O’s camp, Kim is battling it. His initial exposure to big league ball began with an 0-for-23 stint in the Grapefruit League, though he’s shown signs in recent days that he’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 02:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, korean free agents

Red Sox could replace Pablo Sandoval with Travis Shaw as soon as Opening Day

Farrell also went out of his way to say that it’s too early to call Shaw a corner utility player, meaning he’s still in the running for that job at the hot corner. A job that, to this point, was assumed to be Sandoval’s.

Now, though, it sounds like it’s Sandoval’s to lose, which is a different thing entirely.

”(Yesterday) was a good showing for [Sandoval],” Farrell said. “He swung the bat well. There is no denying his work, the amount of work he’s putting in, the intensity in which that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, pablo sandoval, red sox, travis shaw

A look at when Ty Cobb performed his steals of home

On April 20, 1912, Ty Cobb christened Frank Navin’s new $300,000 ballpark by scoring the Detroit Tigers’ first-ever run at Navin Field. He did it in typically dramatic style, swiping home in the bottom of the first inning against Cleveland’s Vean Gregg. It was the first of a record eight steals of home the Peach would pull off that summer.

Wahoo Sam Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: charts, detroit tigers, stolen bases, ty cobb

Tommy Hanson Had It All—Family, Friends and a Sparkling Career. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Close as we are to loved ones, tight as we become with our best friends, some things are just unknowable. Depression, like a virus, barges in with invisible force and incapacitates with a silent thud.

Most likely, someone you know is fighting a desperately quiet battle with it as you read this. The website Healthline says that more than 80 percent of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment for it, while the number of people diagnosed with depression ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, drug abuse, kris medlen, tommy hanson

MLB media roundtable: Challenges of reporting, tough interviews and more | SI.com

An interesting Q&A with some of baseball’s best reporters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Chris Archer traded fastball run for rise in 2015, and it made him an Ace - DRaysBay

But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.

The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays


MLB tells its teams’ stars to hit the road - The News-Press

Teams aren’t following this rule.

Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Pitoniak: Gossage’s rant a familiar refrain

Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, get off my lawn, goose gossage, scott pitoniak

OTP - 2016 March 21: Baseball politics nearly as ugly and unbearable as the real thing

The rhetoric has escalated, it’s getting ugly, and folks are being downright mean.

You’ll soon be asked, perhaps forced, to pick a side. It’s you vs. them. Old vs. new. Progressive vs. conservative.

No, it’s not the 2016 presidential election. It’s the 2016 baseball season. But it’s getting hard to tell the difference.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: March 21, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 2136 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-21-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1916:

A bush league umpire threw a scare into the great Heine Zim [in Tampa] yesterday. His name’s Fromberz. When Zim bounded up to him to kick on a decision Fromberz said, “Git,” and reached for his handkerchief. Heine thought he was reaching for a gun and moved.

Well, that would end arguments fairly quickly.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history

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