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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dodgers Dysfunction: Selling Low On Yasiel Puig Is Malpractice (UPDATE) - Forbes

How can the writer make this claim? He can have his own opinion of what he things about Puig but he has no idea of the opinion of GMs. FYI, a player’s reputation has an impact on his value. This is particularly true when the player is not playing well.

But I am not willing to stipulate that Puig has lost all his trade value. This business of comparing a player with his former self only goes so far, and it’s intellectually lazy. Puig, right now, today, is a considerably better player than ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Midseason ranking of MLB’s Top 10 farm systems | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline updates its Top 10 minor league systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Zion Harvey throws first pitch at Camden Yards | MLB.com

Zion did a great job on the first pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Rovell: Lowlight Of The Night: Joey Votto

Disagree with Rovell. The fan deserved Joey’s scorn.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, joey votto, reds, trolling

Yasiel Puig’s time with Los Angeles Dodgers always seemed destined to end badly - LA Times

Hernandez’s zinger could have been worse. He could have compared Zaidi to LA Times sports columnists. Those guys, phew, they aren’t that bright.

While Zaidi was speaking, Fox Sports posted a story online about how Puig departed Dodger Stadium in a huff after being told he would be traded or demoted.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Zaidi said. “We have an off day today. Anything further, we’ll address and comment on tomorrow.”

Zaidi has a doctorate in behavioral economics from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers, yasiel puig

The ‘uber’ Yankees? Brian Cashman’s LeBron James-like master plan - Yankees Blog- ESPN

MLB should just give them Harper, Fernandez, and Machado right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Dodgers leave Yasiel Puig behind as they head to Colorado | FOX Sports

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal updated his piece and apologized for getting the report wrong later last night.

Puig’s agent, Adam Katz, and Dodgers officials said that my initial report — that Puig stormed off after arriving at Dodger Stadium and being given the news — was inaccurate.

“I’m told he never went to the park,” Katz said. “The club informed me and the player understood clearly that they were making every effort to trade him and that if they were unable to come to terms with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:43 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Red Sox to Promote Andrew Benintendi

The article seems unsure where he’ll play ... Left field?

Brian Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: benintendi, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-2-16

The Day-After-Trade-Deadline OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 224 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-2-2016

Toledo News-Bee, August 2, 1916:

The secret of the Browns’ winning streak in spite of the heat is out. It’s hot hotels. They deserted them and went to the ball park where they slept nights under tents while their opponents spent hot sleepless nights in downtown hotels.

Air conditioning is so ubiquitous in 2016 that I guess I never realized this would have been an issue back then.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, August 01, 2016

Toronto Blue Jays acquire Francisco Liriano and two relievers to bolster pitching staff at trade deadline | National Post

They were busy.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
...
Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.

Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded to ...

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Mets, Pirates swap Antonio Bastardo for Jon Niese - MLB Daily Dish

An exchange of disappointments.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trade deadline, trades

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades

Boston Red Sox activate Craig Kimbrel from DL, send Joe Kelly to Pawtucket

Red Sox get back their closer at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, joe kelly, red sox

Giants acquire Rays pitcher Matt Moore | MLB.com

The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rays, trade deadline, trades

Giants acquire left-handed reliever, but at a huge price - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.

A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.

Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, trade

Injured pitcher Colin Rea returns to Padres | MLB.com

Nevermind.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, padres, trades

Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - Todays Knuckleball

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Pat Light, a right-handed reliever and the 14th-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando abad, pat light, red sox, trade, trade deadline, twins

Oakland Athletics send OF Josh Reddick, LHP Rich Hill to Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects

The A’s sent outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Dodgers in a deal first reported by Fox Sports

Multiple reports have the A’s getting pitching prospects Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton in return.


BenFred: Introducing the Stick To Sports Compromise | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

I am all for this compromise.

Anyway, as the self-appointed chairman of the Stick To Sports Committee on Oversight and Reform, I would like to officially announce a proposal that will build a towering wall between sports and politics. It’s a treaty of sorts, an olive branch that will benefit the public more than anything since the invention of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry. It’s the Stick To Sports Compromise.

The promise: We, the sportswriters, will stick to sports — as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sports media

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors | MLB.com

Trade Deadline Catch-All Thread.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 206 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline


Fixing Batted-Ball Statistics with Statcast – The Hardball Times

I would think that arc angle would be very useful for defense as well. Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Pleskoff - An Interview With Tony Perez - Today’s Knuckleball

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is holding their annual convention in Miami, Florida.

Part of the convention agenda was a session of interviews with four high-profile baseball personalities from the present and the past. MLB.com reporter Barry Bloom interviewed Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson and Don Mattingly.

My first in this series of four articles focused on the Bonds interview. Today I will feature the responses given by Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds RBI machine ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr, tony perez

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

OTP 2016 August 1: The haiku intersection of baseball and politics

I spent most of that part of the game watching the current and future Vice Presidents give their convention speeches. Biden pointing out - in what was likely his last major address as an elected official - that Donald Trump “doesn’t have a clue”, and Kaine doing his moderately impressive impression of the Republican nominee. Sandwiched between them was a genuine billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, advising America to “elect a sane, competent person” instead of the self-proclaimed billionaire the ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 2019 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

MLB.com: Myers swipes home in the 6th

Welcome back, Homer.

Wil Myers breaks for home after Homer Bailey turns his back on the plate and pulls off the steal for the Padres’ second run of the game

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, oops, padres, reds, steals home, wil myers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2016

Milwaukee Journal, August 1, 1916:

R.J. (Bobby) Wallace, umpire for the American league, today signed to play the rest of the season with the St. Louis Americans. For several years Wallace was star shortstop for the St. Louis team, but two seasons ago joined the American league staff of umpires.
...
Branch Rickey, business manager of the St. Louis team, said he had signed Wallace because Ernest Johnson, shortstop, had been injured Sunday.

No big deal. Just your everyday “umpire gets signed to a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby wallace, dugout, history

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? | cleveland.com

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.

No.1.

Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

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