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Friday, September 11, 2015

Ray Knight scolds Nats fan wearing a paper bag: ‘You just look stupid’ - The Washington Post

I doubt the fan could watch the TV with the bag over his head, plus he was at the ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

GWB remembers “The Pitch”

It was a powerful moment.

Edit: Original intro removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Red Sox create new analytics position for ex-MLB pitcher Brian Bannister

As a former pitcher with a knowledge of analytics, Bannister’s role is, in a way, a data-driven coach, but not just for players—Bannister is unlikely to direct the pitchers in the way that pitching coach Carl Willis does, but like anyone else in the front office, his job will be to provide the team with the best information he can, whether he gets it from scouting or PITCHf/x, and then distribute it to other key figures in the organization. Teams blend all of that information together the best ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian bannister, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2015

Washington Times, September 11, 1915:

“Wooden Shoes” Cravath, once a first baseman for the Nationals, has only four more home runs to make to equal the big league record of Buck Freeman, also a National. If Cravath can pole four more of them, his total will be twenty-six, and he will rule the world of sluggers. Yesterday the husky outfielder for the Phillies broke a ball to bits by slamming the pill over the center field fence with the bases jammed. How do you do!

Cravath finished with 24, two ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: buck freeman, dugout, gavvy cravath, history, ned williamson

It’s been a fade to oblivion for Baltimore Orioles

“For the Orioles to get back to playing winning baseball, we need to do a lot of things better,” Duquette said. “We need to draft better. We need to develop better. We need to procure players better. We need to coach better, and we need play better. We need to do all of those things better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Arizona Diamondbacks are not anti-analytics | FOX Sports

Like any aspect of team building, it’s important not to just have a system in place. You need to strive to have the *BEST* system.

“It was clear that we had to do more,” said La Russa, the D-backs’ chief baseball officer. “There is a lot of helpful information, important information you can use, whether you’re talking about drafting players, professional players, decision-making, how you put together a roster.

“We’re getting very close. We’re not perfect yet. It will take some time. Typically, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER for 9-11-2015

The Rain-Delayed OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 210 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 10, 2015

red sox - How Dave Dombrowski learned art of making trades - WEEI | Rob Bradford

GMs and making trades, two of my favorite topics.

“It’s changed a lot to now from then. Back then the contracts weren’t that big deal. Now you have to have a lot more information,” Dombrowski said. “I guess, looking back, the thing I learned was how each trade can be so different. With some it’s one phone call and done, and others can go on for months. There was no sure, 100 percent way to do it. You just had to be open-minded to every which way to go about. The one thing was that you always had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, trades

Astros’ pro scouting strategy hits big on Francis Martes, David Paulino - Ultimate Astros

It usually doesn’t hurt to talk up a team’s prospects.

“When I hired Kevin, one of the things I asked him to do was think about what the right strategy should be for us given the fact that we were on a slightly longer time frame than other clubs,” Luhnow said. “Normally when you’re dealing players, I found this now being on the acquiring side, when you’re dealing players, the team wants players that are close to the major leagues back in return. Which is why we trade (Domingo) Santana ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, scouting

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s ...


Mets fans, don’t read this: Greatest September collapses

Whee, such happy memories. I still have nitemares about ‘07.

reech Posted: September 10, 2015 at 04:11 PM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets

Phillies elect not to extend Amaro’s contract Proefrock named interim GM

And there was much rejoicing!

The Phillies have elected not to extend the contract of senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, the team announced on Thursday. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock was named interim GM, effective immediately.

The Phillies will immediately begin a search for Amaro’s replacement as general manager. The team has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at Citizens Bank Park to discuss Amaro’s departure. It can be seen live at and

...
eddieot Posted: September 10, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruin tomorrow jr.

Yadier Molina: The constant in the Cardinals’ decade of dominance

“I’ll put it to you this way,” former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons, now a Seattle Mariners special assistant, told USA TODAY Sports. “Molina could be the manager of the team. He could be the pitching coach. He could be the hitting coach. And he could catch the game.

“I’m convinced he could do all four of those things at the same time. His awareness is unparalleled to anybody in today’s game.

“And if you go strictly by defense,” says Simmons, a member of the Cardinals Hall of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-10-2015

Chicago Tribune, September 10, 1915:

Albert Goodwin [sic] Spalding, famous throughout the world as an old time baseball player and pioneer sporting goods manufacturer, died suddenly at 9:45 [last night] from apoplexy at his residence, Point Loma. He was 65 years old.
His longest connection with active baseball playing was with the Chicago club, which he joined in 1876. He was successively its manager, secretary, and president until 1881.

Spalding was an inaugural member of the Baseball Hall ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: albert spalding, dugout, history

A Fan’s View of No. 498

I am shocked by David Ortiz’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Yoenis Cespedes homers as Mets sweep Nationals |

A brutal, brutal series for the Nationals. There is no way Matt Williams survives this. Even Rizzo may be on the block.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

Votto Goes Wild in Argument, Pirates Beat Reds on Kang Slam - The New York Times

Votto was irritated when a pitch which was clearly outside was called a strike. It was the second AB that a bad strike call put him into a 1-2 hole, instead of a 2-1 hitter’s count.

Votto was tossed by plate umpire Bill Welke while the Reds were trying to rally in the eighth. The 2010 NL MVP argued a called strike two and slammed down his batting helmet, hollering and gesturing as he went nose-to-nose with Welke.

The dispute quickly escalated and Reds teammates intervened to restrain Votto, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds


OMNICHATTER is never eliminated from playoff contention.

Gamingboy Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:18 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

SJ Mercury: A’s announce two-year extension for manager Bob Melvin

One of the nice things about having next to no media presence is that there’s next to no pressure to fire somebody just because.

A’s players have missed 949 games this season, up from 823 last season, and the number will approach 1,100 if none of the five players currently on the disabled list return to the field. The bullpen ERA is 4.51 (up from 2.91 in 2014) and home runs are down to 117 (for 156 a year ago with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss).

Beane and his chief deputy, David Forst, are ...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, bob melvin, managers, oakland a's

Greenville Drive Minor Leaguers Become English Majors

The Drive will close the regular season today with 12 players who were born in Spanish-speaking countries. Seven of them are 21 or younger. To help them break through their language barrier, the Drive collaborated with Furman professor Dr. Bobbi Siefert to offer English integration classes.

“These guys come from Venezuela or Cuba or the Dominican Republic, and the language is the toughest part of their transition,” Drive general manager Eric Jarinko said. “They’re able to talk with ...

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 09, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: latin america, minor leagues, red sox

Man charged with stealing Mets COO Jeff Wilpon’s identity

ersey office supply company, has been charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly defrauding an investor of $3.5 million. He is accused of forging fraudulent agreements with 58 companies, which led the investor to purchase $3.1 million in office equipment. Conway is said to have pocketed much of the money.

Conway is alleged to have presented the investor with a letter from the Mets containing Wilpon’s forged signature. Based on the forged letter, the investor sent ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fraud, fred wilpon, identity theft, mets

Buster Posey becomes selectively aggressive - Beyond the Box Score

Here’s a great look at Buster Posey’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, sabermetrics

Deserved Run Average: A better way to determine the Cy Young winners | FOX Sports

I’ve been looking over the DRA figures at Baseball since they announced the stat. I like it but, from what I have learned in old research, there should be a factor differentiating between pitcher performance with nobody on and with runners on. Although the difference isn’t much from most pitchers, there are some who have a different profile. Of course, I may have missed the adjustment in their explanations.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cy young award, dra, pitching, sabermetrics

Tim Hudson will retire after 2015 season

Farewell Timmy, you had a good run and got that World Series ring.

reech Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement

BA: Minor League All-Star Team 2015

SS Corey Seager • Dodgers
Triple-A Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast) • Double-A Tulsa (Texas)

The No. 1 prospect in the game at midseason, Seager stands above a crowded field of young shortstops with his combination of outstanding power (.194 isolated slugging) and strong contact skills (13.8 percent strikeouts). Only the Rockies’ Trevor Story, among minor league shortstops, hit more home runs than Seager (18), who was the youngest player to qualify for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospects

NPR Fresh Air: What Intangibles Go Into Winning Team Sports

And [Joe] Morgan - one of my favorite anecdotes of the book was in 1975, when the Reds were struggling early in the year. They had a losing record. And they were known for needling in the clubhouse. And the manager, Sparky Anderson, thought it might be excessive. And so he told him to cut back on it. No more needling, just take it easy with the young players on the team. And it wasn’t working, and they were losing. They weren’t having much fun. Morgan got hurt one day, went in, got treatment, ...


Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don’t Go for Backspin | FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t axe Brandon Moss to chop wood.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: batting

Chasing .400 | NBC SportsWorld

That’s some tough love.

Most of all, George Brett was scared of that phone call that was coming (it always came) just a few minutes after the ballgame ended.

“What the hell kind of pitch did you swing at?” the phone caller would yell.

“Were you even trying on that foul ball?” the phone caller would yell.

“That hit in the first inning was pure luck,” the phone caller would yell. “You should give it back.”

Sometimes, at the end of the phone call, Brett would tear the phone out ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, history

Site Slowdowns

A number of people have complained about slow load times for pages at different times during the day. After spending some time monitoring the server a little more closely the last few days, I’ve narrowed down the cause to a few Mysql queries that have been locking some of the database’s biggest tables. When that happens the other queries pause and fall into the queue until the table lock is released.

I’ve already fixed some issues created within the forums by archiving the old Lounges. I need ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

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