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Sunday, June 14, 2015


Sunday Notes: Cleveland, Taijuan, Coke, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s latest with a distinctly Cleveland theme.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, sunday notes

Video: Gallo’s monster home run | MLB.com

This kid sure hits the ball a long way.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Two blind Rockies fans still love a game they can’t see | Nine Innings - The Denver Post

Mark and Peggy LoRusso, married 30 years, sit in the front row and can’t see a thing. And there’s no other place they’d rather be.

“We have no idea what they think a baseball looks like, or a rainbow,” said the blind couple’s close friend, Dan Sauvageau. “It’s something we take for granted every day. It makes you realize how lucky you are, when we take them to a game. It puts everything in perspective.”

“We’re just like anybody else,” Peggy said. “We don’t see it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle - NYTimes.com

My theory is that it’s effort,” Wieters said. “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.”

Wieters said that Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor, who starred for the Orioles and retired in the 1980s, had told him that. But today’s pitchers, Wieters said, rarely last as long in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, tommy john surgery

Expect Phillies to attempt to make moves with a good deal of teams

Let’s assume that, this year, they are able to trade every veteran that has at least some value on the open market. What are the best-case scenarios and most likely destinations?

 


Bryce Harper a future Yankee? Dodgers may have something to say about that - LA Times

He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, nationals, yankees

Fay: Given injuries, firing Price would be foolish

A case for keeping Bryan Price.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan price, reds

Twins, Indians promoting Buxton, Lindor

The wave of uber-prospect debuts continues.  Cool.


6-14-15 OMNICHATTER

The “I hate Deathclaws” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Boston Red Sox’s free fall continue with disastrous loss to Blue Jays - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Nothing really matters except for the players. If they want the rest of us to keep faith, they have to play well.

“Tough one to swallow,” Napoli said. “But we’ve got to keep going out there and getting after it. No one’s given up in here. We’re going to go out there and play the game the right way and get it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Myth and reality about the Dodger bullpen « Dodger Insider

The bullpen was the Dodgers’ biggest problem last year? Why hasn’t anything been done about that?

Actually, quite a bit has been done. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Dodger bullpen threw 498 innings. Pitchers who threw 236 of those innings — 47 percent — are not with the team in 2015.

OK, but the bullpen is still a huge Achilles heel. Why isn’t it any better?

Actually, it is better. Even before Friday’s game (2 1/3 innings, two unearned runs, three hits, no walks, five ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Pineda getting bombed is worth it if Yanks’ caution pays off | New York Post

What’s next? How about a good bloodletting and a trepanation? I understand the desire to protect pitchers from injury. Trying to find a one-size fits all solution for pitchers with unique physiologies just seems the wrong way to go. Unless Pineda was showing signs of fatigue, I don’t see the benefit of skipping a start now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Top prospect Jorge Alfaro could be out for remainder of the season | | Dallas Morning News

Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jorge alfaro, prospects, rangers

Forgot About A.J. (Pollock) | FanGraphs Baseball

A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.

The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Nine just fine: Red-hot Jays storm back

What a great win for the Blue Jays and a horrific loss for the Red Sox. It’s tough for a Red Sox fan to be positive at this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, comebacks, red sox

Friday, June 12, 2015

OMNICHATTER 6-13-15

Bringing you the OMNICHATTER, no matter how badly it hurts.

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Why Norichika Aoki Should start the All-Star Game

A pictorial essay on expounding on the assets of Aoki.  He is technically 6th in fWAR among NL OFs.

zenbitz Posted: June 12, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, giants, grimace, royals

Video: Must C: Burns’ two great grabs | MLB.com

Not a bad pick up for Jerry Blevins.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy burns

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1915:

Long Larry McLean, second string catcher for the New York Giants, staged a knockdown and dragout fight Thursday night in the lobby of the Buckingham hotel, one of the most exclusive in St. Louis, with “Sinister Dick” Kinsella, scout, of the club, as his chief opponent, and Manager John J. McGraw as a sort of secondary enemy.

During the fracas McLean used a piece of gas pipe in his attempt to “get” Kinsella, but missed, and the Giant scout retaliated by ...

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DIRK HAYHURST » The Road Ahead

Some advice for recent draftees.

No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Farrell, Miley moving past heated exchange | redsox.com

Pitchers have a better chance of staying in the game when they aren’t giving up rockets.

“He’s a competitor,” Farrell said. “You work four days for your start and he doesn’t want to come out of the ballgame. I fully respect that. I thought he had good stuff overall, but where we were on the scoreboard, I felt like we needed a change of contrast and a change of style and I made a move after four innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade miley

The Young and the Restless: What’s Behind Baseball’s Onslaught of Blue-Chip Prospect Debuts? «

There are more prospects coming!

It’s already growing hard to remember that this season started amid outrage that the Cubs were holding back Bryant with an eye toward 2021. In retrospect, this was the wrong season to make a stink about teams putting their finances (or their futures) before their present playoff odds. Up to this point in the season, we’ve been treated to a rare display of blue-chip debuts. And while there’s certainly a cyclical element to the ebb and flow of prospect ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Take a look at how the MLB Draft breaks down state-by-state | MLB.com

Jim Callis picks the best players by state. I’m not sure how he selected the state. Just looking over the list, I see Jerry Remy is listed in Rhode Island. He was born and raised in Massachusetts.

Edit: I just noticed the writer said, “Note: The states listed here refer to the school the player was drafted out of, not the state in which he was born.” That’s wonky. So, a person who lived his entire life in one state gets misclassified if he goes away to college. In Jerry Remy’s case, he signed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Chris Sale is dominating the AL, but one Unit of measurement matters most

Now that’s a funky stat.

Sale joined Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher since 1900 to produce three consecutive starts of 12 or more strikeouts while yielding no more than one run. He also is the first pitcher in the modern era to record at least 10 strikeouts in four consecutive starts while increasing his total each time, striking out 14 in his last start Monday against the Houston Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Urshela Gets 1st Hit, Home Run but Family Had to Leave Early - NYTimes.com

Giovanny Urshela got his first major league hit in the third inning.

He added his first big league home run in the sixth.

Unfortunately, his family did not get to see either milestone.

“They left in the second inning,” he said.

The 23-year-old Colombian third baseman made his major league debut Tuesday, and his family stayed in town for three days. But his family had to start heading home and couldn’t stay at Progressive Field for the entirety of the Cleveland Indians’ 6-0 win over the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giovanny urshela, indians

6-12-15 OMNICHATTER

Play it again, Johnny OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2015 at 12:14 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Cyborg with a Mean Curved Ball

You can’t program grit.

Will things be the same way when reactionaries around the game oppose wearable technologies and the introduction of robotics into the game?

If baseball allows robotics and other technologies into the game, the parallels to the current view of analytics won’t end with the debate. For example, the Dodgers might have the best tech department in the game and perhaps some of the less wealthy, more traditional teams will skimp on such extravagances. (Looking at you, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: future of baseball, innovation, prosthetics, robotics

DSPN: Ruben Amaro Jr.: How Bad A GM Do You Think I Am?

Last night, CSN Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported that the Mariners are “checking in” on speedy Phillies outfielder Ben Revere. This makes sense: Revere has been squeezed out of his natural left-field role, and despite a down year, is still miles better than what Seattle has been getting from its leftfielders this season.

This morning, the Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton reported that trade talks are going nowhere because the Phillies are asking for either Taijuan Walker or James ...

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i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: June 11, 2015 at 08:51 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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