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Monday, July 27, 2015

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted | MLB.com

ICYMI, this article contains all the players’ speeches.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals | reds.com

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Before Beane

The origin story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 26, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


Nick Cafardo: There’s a long shopping list at this year’s baseball trade deadline - The Boston Globe

A Puig for Hamels deal can’t happen because the Dodgers said they aren’t trading him. Right?

The Red Sox and A’s made the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes swap, and we wonder which teams will make a similar hitter-for-pitcher deal this season? How about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels? Would Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski flip Cespedes for a pitcher? Or would he deal David Price for a hitter?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade rumors

For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference | The Kansas City Star

In both sports and business, there is a popular idea that a group is made better or worse by how it generates or loses energy together. So-called “energy givers” are valued, and “energy suckers” are rooted out and discarded. Chiefs coach Andy Reid, among many others, refers to this regularly.

There is so much talk in sports about team chemistry, an impossibly vague term that often confuses cause and effect. Maybe there’s some of that here, too — there’d be a lot fewer high fives ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, royals

Angels GM Bill Stoneman handles some business the old-fashioned way - LA Times

The Angels’ present need is clearly identified: a starting left fielder. They would prefer to make a trade without disrupting the major league roster or surrendering their top prospect, pitcher Sean Newcomb. The mild-mannered Stoneman sounded bolder about the likelihood of a significant trade now than he ever did in his long run as general manager.

“The expectation is we’ll be able to get something done,” he said.

The Angels have been linked to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Gerardo Parra ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bill stoneman, padres

Burnett buckling of late | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As A.J. Burnett sees it, a lack of execution led to his two subpar starts after the All-Star break. Too many pitches left over the plate, especially to left-handers. Simple issues to address, small tweaks he has made before.

His previous two outings stand out in sharp relief against his first-half performance, but Burnett cautioned against using that as a yardstick.

“You expect me to go out and do what I did the first half, you’re nuts,” he said after the Pirates lost to the Washington ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Matt Harvey takes ‘big step forward’ for New York Mets - Mets Blog - ESPN

Harvey made some mechanical adjustments, pitched on normal rest, and found his slider.

Manager Terry Collins suggested that pitching on standard rest probably helped Harvey, too. Harvey has groused about working on extra rest. The Mets have ditched a six-man rotation. They don’t plan to reintroduce even spot starts over the next few weeks.

Asked about the key to Harvey’s improved showing, Collins said: “I’m sure he’ll tell you, ‘a five-man rotation.’ I think that had something to do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Cole Hamels displays his value in no-hitter | MLB.com

Not a bad showcase start.

“I mean, it’s not what I envisioned,” Hamels said, asked if he thought about this being his final start with the Phillies. “It’s not what I thought. It’s not in my thought process. I think all I’ve been thinking about the past couple days was just to kind of correct my pitching, just being able to be out there and enjoy the moment.”

Hamels had a 19.89 ERA in his past two starts, which had many wondering if he would be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Deadline. Yes, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs | yankees.com

Is Arod an MVP candidate?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 7-26-2015

The HoF Induction Day (starting at noon on MLB Network) OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Neyer: Does anybody really need to do…anything?

Neyer declares war on “need.”

So you’ve got all those contending teams and all those late-July trades, and I can’t find a single compelling instance of a player who really made a difference.

Is this normal? No, and yes. Last season was atypical, just in terms of how few division races wound up being even remotely close. But let’s just think about the math for a moment. Leaving aside Mike Trout, your typical great player is worth about six wins above replacement over a whole season … ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 25, 2015 at 05:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason, trade deadline

Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.

Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’

Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Dustin Pedroia back on disabled list with same hamstring injury - Sports - The Boston Globe

This sounds like it was mishandled.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

SABR Defensive Index: July 12, 2015 | SABR

Kevin Kiermaier is a really good outfielder. Has he really been this good?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

Devon Travis, Sign Stealer?

Devon Travis has been a pleasant surprise for the Jays this season, as he’s hit better than anyone could have expected out of the gate.  Despite a horrible month of May when he tried to play through a shoulder injury, he’s hit to a 129 wRC+ so far with solid defense at 2nd.  Additionally, he may be helping the Jays in other ways, as it seems as though he may be involved in stealing signs.

I was watching the Jays game against Oakland July 22nd, and after Devon Travis hit a double in the top ...

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America Has Spoken: MLB Steroid Users Should Lose A Third Of Their Stats | FiveThirtyEight

Let’s dock them 0.5675% instead.

Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5

The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics, steroids

Tom Seaver on how Mets are mishandling their ‘stud muffins’ | New York Post

Stupid fight-winning computer!!

The right-hander with 311 victories over 20 major league seasons and the leader of the world champion 1969 Mets also is keeping a close eye on the pitching renaissance going on at Citi Field. He is doing that the old-fashioned way, looking at box scores every morning.

He loves what he sees of the Mets young staff, which includes All-Star Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and the injured Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

He wants to see one number increase ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

Mets get Braves’ Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson | MLB.com

Mets get some help. The Braves save some cash and add more pitching depth to their minor league system.

Stuck among the National League’s worst offensive teams for most of this summer, the Mets on Friday saw their season-long hunt for offense finally bear fruit. The club announced late Friday that it has acquired third baseman Juan Uribe, utility man Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves, in exchange for pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, trades

Friday, July 24, 2015

OMNICHATTER 7-25-2015

The Dodgers SP TBD OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek traded to Cardinals for prospect - MLB - SI.com

[Kyle] Barraclough, 25, was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2012. He had a 0.60 ERA in 11 games at A-ball this season before being promoted to Double A, where he has posted a 3.28 ERA in 23 games with eight saves.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marlins, trades


Ready for the Weekend | Baseball Hall of Fame

Four great players who provided some awesome memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Baltimore Brewery Commemorates Cal Ripken Jr.‘s Streak with New Beer

Heavy Seas Beer, a Baltimore-based brewery, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played with a special “Fielder’s Choice” brew featuring Ripken-themed packaging.

Apparently Wade Boggs will try to drink 2,131 of them.

eddieot Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, cal ripken jr, orioles

A Zack Greinke Story - Joe Posnanski

Figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a Greinke thread around, given the streak. Plus, there’s a fun story from Posnanski.

So Gordon was pretty excited when Greinke called him into the video room. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. He followed Greinke to to the monitor. Greinke turned it on.

Baldrick Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: posnanski, zack greinke

Orioles’ free fall continues as Yankees complete sweep with 9-3 win - Baltimore Sun

Jones has the right attitude.

The Orioles dropped to 19-30 on the road this season with their ninth loss in their past 12 games away from Camden Yards. They couldn’t leave New York quick enough, looking to salvage their nine-game road trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend

“What else are you going to do, dwell on it? No man. That’s not good for sports,” said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was 0-for-4 Thursday and 2-for-12 in the series. “It’s not good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

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