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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dreadful defense does Oakland A’s in at Seattle - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Semien really needs to improve his concentration. He flubs too many routine plays.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Bernie: Redbirds consider six-man rotation : Sports

I’m sure they can come up with a plan to give their young guys a breather while keeping Lynn and Lackey on schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

A’s Jarrod Parker has broken bone in elbow - SFGate

— Jarrod Parker’s hideous injury Friday night was diagnosed Saturday as a fractured bone in his right elbow, right where the graft for his surgically reconstructed ligament is anchored.

Parker will require surgery of some sort, but trainer Nick Paparesta said it is unclear whether Parker will require what would be his third Tommy John surgery. Paparesta said, “As of right now, everything in that regard looks promising, but they really won’t know until they get in to fix the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jarrod parker

Sunday Notes: Cleveland’s 18-hit CG, Ortiz, Murakami, more | FanGraphs Baseball

As always, good stuff from David Lauria.

I recently asked Dan Duquette how his team is able to keep outperforming projections. He looked at me with a bemused expression and replied, “So, you want the secret sauce?”

The Orioles’ mastermind – his official title is Executive VP, Baseball Operations – proceeded to list a few of the ingredients. He called Buck Showalter “a steadying influence.” He said the team likes “hard-working players who give their best effort when they come to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Review of “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” by Charles Leerhsen - Books - The Boston Globe

A new take on the Georgia Peach.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: books, ty cobb

San Fran axes baseball tradition—smokeless tobacco - CNN.com

Is this really enforceable?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Rays’ Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery | Tampa Bay Times

More bad news for the Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, rays

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Adweek: 5 Entertaining Uses of MLB’s New Statcast Tracking Technology

While the novelty of knowing how high, far and fast every home run is hit might wear off, the defensive metrics Statcast reveals are, at least, entertaining—and probably useful for scouting purposes. But is the fan experience improved if baseball can quantify exactly how a player makes a great play, or is it more fun just to see it done? (MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how Statcast will affect fan experience or viewership.)

Watch these five Statcast videos and ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

NY Daily News: Madden: MLB denies colluding with MLBPA on illegal A-Rod bonus deal

[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.

According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bonus, yankees

MLB: Pirates stun Cardinals with first-ever 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history.

Here is a legitimate “you’ve never seen this before” play…because it has never, in the recorded history of Major League Baseball, happened before.

On the first pitch from Vance Worley, Yadier Molina ripped a line drive over second baseman Neil Walker’s head. Peralta and Heyward both expected the ball to clear Walker’s head, and thus took off.

But Walker leaped to snare the liner, and his throw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubled up Peralta. Heyward started back to second, but Kang’s toss to ...

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Esoteric Posted: May 09, 2015 at 10:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pittsburgh pirates, st. louis cardinals

BtBS: Has Tim Lincecum version 2.0 finally downloaded?

If the early returns this season represent a conscious change and not just a streak of luck, then Lincecum may have successfully re-invented himself. His FIP is at its lowest value since 2011 (his most recent valuable season), and he’s cut his HR/9 rate by 72.72%.

These positive results likely stem from Lincecum’s new ability to induce ground balls. Up until this season, his career GB% was 46.7%, just above the league average of 44%. In 2015 however, Lincecum has raised his GB% to a career ...

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum


Fangraphs Chat w/ Jeff Sullivan

You are transported back in time to, say, 1960. You have none of your money or possessions. Assume you luck your way in to an assistant GM position in an MLB front office as a way of making a living. There is no Baseball-Reference. There is no Fangraphs. There is no Excel. How do you go about using your present knowledge of advanced baseball statistics to your advantage? How do you go about getting the GM to heed your advice?

Jeff Sullivan: Well, let’s see. Shifts would be easy enough. Very ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 09, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, sabrmetrics

Paine: Willie Mays Was Way Better Than Alex Rodriguez

Mays beats A-Rod by nine lengths.

An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: May 09, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, willie mays

A’s drop game on a night filled with losses

A wretched start to the season keeps getting worse for the A’s. In a matchup for last place in the division with the Mariners, Oakland succumbed 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday when Logan Morrison hit the first pitch of the inning from Dan Otero out to center. It was yet another one-run loss — the A’s major-league-leading ninth — and the ninth loss charged to the bullpen, which also wasted the lead in the seventh.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

Rays Notes: Moore is getting more comfortable | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

“This is the time in the process when I’d get a little more excited and start to focus on maybe a mid-June-ish or what part of June (to return),” Moore said. “It feels good. It’s nice to come to the park and have days like this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

Jeffrey Deckman: PawSox owners’ woes a win for R.I. - Opinion - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

I am as big a baseball fan as anyone. I’ve also followed the way sports teams have strong-armed and hoodwinked local and state governments to extort money to the detriment of taxpayers. The Pawsox owners don’t need public financing to make money. They only need it to make more money.

A fair deal can get made. The initial proposal is not a fair deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Bernie: Maybe Cards work too hard : Sports

Cardinals info.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Do the Dodgers have a three-headed third baseman? - LA Times

It’s better to have too many good players than not enough. Eventually, though, a deal should get made.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Diamondbacks prospect O’Brien hitting, happy in outfield

It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

OMNICHATTER 5-9-15

Saturday’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 09, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 283 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, May 08, 2015

Noah Syndergaard to make MLB debut - MLB Daily Dish

With the news that Dillon Gee’s groin strain is bad enough to force a DL stint, the Mets will call-up prized right-handed prospect Noah Syndergaard.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dillon gee, mets, noah syndergaard

Sox ticket promotion a loss for taxpayers

The Ballpark Pass was a chance to watch weekday baseball during April and May this season for merely $2.64 per game.

The Sox, under an agreement with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the public agency that owns The Cell, are required to pay a fee on each ticket sold beyond 1,930,000 in paid attendance. But that “ticket threshold,” according to the agreement, excludes tickets that are given to sponsors or sold for less than $3.

it wasn’t until 2008 the Sox even paid an annual fee to ...

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Shoulder tendinitis sending Gausman to DL | orioles.com

So far this year, Gausman hasn’t taken the step to the next level that many, including me, expected. Maybe it’s physical.

“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double- and Triple-A that we are excited about—Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin gausman, orioles

Roll The Die | U.S.S. Mariner

Here’s an entertaining post by Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

red sox - How failure of Red Sox front office to recognize trends has led to last place - WEEI | John Tomase

The Red Sox are 4.5 games back after 28 games. There is a lot of season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

A Far-Too-Early 2015 MLB Mock Draft | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel’s first mock draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Matt Carpenter the catalyst for Cardinals’ success

Says he owes it all to Torii Hunter, of all people. (Also, does it surprise anyone that his dad is a high school coach?)

“I owe so much to him,’’ Carpenter told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s has been a huge part of my success. He was the one to show me what it was like to be a big leaguer. Really, he taught me everything.

“I’ll never forget what he did for me.’‘

Perry Posted: May 08, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Indians’ historically bad defense at root of Cleveland’s awful start

Are the 2015 Indians the worst-fielding team in modern major league history? There’s a lot of season left before they can claim that dubious distinction, but with the first month in the books, their play in the field has been poor enough to argue that they very well could.

Fielding is, of course, extremely difficult to measure, but it’s a bit simpler to sort out on a team level than it is to figure out the value of one fielder from the man next to him on the field. The blunt instrument ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, indians

NBC: Mets Shut Down David Wright With Back Injury

Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.

Life is ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, lolmets, mets

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