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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Harper’s inconsistency highlights Trout’s greatness. | Sports on Earth

Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.

Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Mookie Betts has seven homers at Camden Yards | MLB.com

“He has not changed his approach in the four-hole,” said Farrell. “He doesn’t take on any added significance to the role or the spot in the lineup. He’s in some kind of spot right now the way he’s seeing the baseball, the way he’s making such hard contact.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Braves promoting shortstop Dansby Swanson | braves.com

Unrealistic expectations with this one.

After trading shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers on Tuesday, the Braves created the roster spot necessary for Swanson to begin his Major League career. The 22-year-old suburban Atlanta native ranks as baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, prospects

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nathan Eovaldi likely to miss 2017 season | yankees.com

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has a partial UCL tear and a torn flexor tendon, and he will undergo surgery on both, ending his season and likely keeping him out through 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nathan eovaldi, yankees

Bud Selig might soon be in the Baseball Hall of Fame (try to contain your excitement)

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

It’s generally more a matter of when than if commissioners get in the Hall of Fame. Selig’s call looks to be coming since the Hall of Fame announced revisions in July to the structure for its Era Committees, which consider players retired more than 15 years as well as managers, umpires and executives.

Selig falls under the newly created Today’s Game Committee, which will meet in December. Because of the rules of the committee ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

States Adopting New Pitch Limits For High School Pitchers - BaseballAmerica.com

Georgia’s new rules will limit any varsity pitcher to no more than 110 pitches in any outing. Pitchers will be able to finish facing their final batter even if that means they go beyond 110 pitches. The new rules for Georgia will also mandate three days of rest after any outing of 86 or more pitches, two days of rest after 61-85 pitches, one day of rest for 35-60 pitches. Pitchers who throw less than 35 pitches can pitch again the next day. According to the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, pitchers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, amateurs

Nine Prospects Primed To Help Contenders - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Yulieski Gurriel, 3b, Astros

HoustonAstros
Signed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal in July, the Astros previously said they would promote Gurriel to the majors on Monday but have since backed off that statement. Still, it figures to be only a matter of time for Gurriel, who is currently at Double-A Corpus Christi and 11 games into his U.S. career. The 32-year old Cuban wouldn’t have to do much to outperform Astros’ third basemen offensively this season, who have combined to hit ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Minnesota Twins using village to help struggling Jose Berrios

The Berrios Project.

For a rookie pitcher with an astronomical earned-run average, Jose Berrios seems remarkably upbeat.

“The numbers don’t look good, but I feel great,” the Twins’ young right-hander said. “I’m trying to keep working every day, keep learning from the veteran guys. That’s the most important thing right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Cardinals loosen reins on Grichuk | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“He needs to be Randal,” hitting coach John Mabry said.

That’s something Moss has wanted to talk to Grichuk about.

An unapologetic slugger who was in Triple-A at 27 when he accepted his swing, Moss recently loaded up a bushel of statistics on his phone to show Grichuk. Moss researched information on BrooksBaseball.net (a database of granular pitching data), FanGraphs (a progressive statistical site), and Baseball-Reference.com (baseball heaven, online). The stats illustrated how other ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, randal grichuk

No, the Tigers-Red Sox day game on Thursday is not part of a conspiracy theory

The baseball schedule can be tough, especially come August, but some in Boston believe this is more than just some bad scheduling luck. At least one columnist, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, suggests that the day game in Detroit on Thursday may have something to do with the Tigers former relationship with Sox’ president Dave Dombrowski:

The Red Sox tried to get the Tigers to push the start time back to late afternoon or evening when the times were set in the offseason. Major League ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, make up games, red sox, tigers

Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo to forearm fracture - MLB Daily Dish

That’s a bummer for the Rangers.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, shin-soo choo

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-16-2016

Arizona Republican, August 16, 1916:

Babe Ruth came out the victor in a 13-inning pitching duel with Walter Johnson today, the Boston Americans defeating Washington in the latter’s final appearance at Fenway Park this season, 1 to 0.

Add that to the list of early MLB games I’d give a significant body part to be able to watch: Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson trading zeroes for 13 innings.

Also in the news 100 years ago today: A fan sues the St. Louis Browns for $15,000, claiming he was wrongly ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, walter johnson

Dave Dombrowski will have a lot to process when it comes to judging John Farrell

When a team keeps underperforming expectations, the manager gets the blame. John Farrell should be on shaky ground.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-16-16

The OMNICHATTER Vault

Gamingboy Posted: August 16, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 318 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The incredible side of Yankees prospect Clint Frazier that was a secret until now | NJ.com

Some background on Clint Frazier.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, yankees

Monday, August 15, 2016

Coco Crisp ‘hurt,’ believes A’s trying to prevent option

But now the A’s longest tenured player is upset and told The Chronicle he is convinced that the team is deliberately not using him in order to avoid having his $13 million vesting option for 2017 kick in.

“I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” said Crisp, who did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss at Texas. “I’m not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp, vesting options

Puma: Original Met Clarence ‘Choo Choo’ Coleman dead at 80

#RIPChooChoo

Coleman said he received the nickname “Choo Choo” in his youth because of his speed. Mets manager Casey Stengel would quip he had never seen a catcher so fast at retrieving passed balls.

Following his baseball career, Coleman helped run a Chinese restaurant in Newport News, Va. He was among the attendees at the Mets’ 50th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 09:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 1962 mets, mets, obituary

Jonathan Papelbon Subjected His Teammates To Terrible Pro-Trump Music

Whether you’re voting for Trump or not, we can all agree that Rodney Carrington songs are terrible.

The Nationals released Papelbon over the weekend, and that meant it was time for writers and reporters to dish some gossip. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg provided us with this gem:

Now maybe players don’t, or shouldn’t, care whether the home fans like them. If a Nationals player did care, though, he probably wouldn’t have wanted to wear a T-shirt reading “Obama can’t ban these ...

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Let’s Always Know The Longest Baseball Play (Baseball Prospectus)

So, this is my call to you: If you see a play you think might have taken longer, I want you to tell me. Tweet me, email me, leave a comment here—any will work. I’ll continue to update this post, forever, with either plays that have already happened or with plays that are still to come. For all time. Let’s beat 21.04 25.69 seconds.

Rules: Timing starts when the ball reaches the plate—either the catcher’s glove or the batter’s bat. It stops when the last baserunner is either standing on a base, ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 15, 2016 at 12:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fun stuff

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 15, 1916:

[Reds manager Christy Mathewson got a letter] from a bug in Hamilton, Ont., who has a lucky penny that he wants to dispose of. This rich card claims that the possession of the penny will make an instantaneous winner out of the Reds.
...
He offers to sell it to Matty for the small sum of a thousand dollars.

Matty replied by asking if the penny could play shortstop of had ever been known to make a home run with the bases full. He offered to take it on option, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Is Jose Altuve Having the Best Season Ever for a Player of His Size?

As Joba Chamberlain said to the state trooper arresting him for DUI:  “[Yogi] might not be as tall as the front of your car.

The best seasons ever by short guys, as ranked by a short guy.

gehrig97 Posted: August 15, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: jose altuve

Still Pitching and Still Fascinating at 69 – The Hardball Times

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the first players I ever interacted with was Bill Lee. The 8 year-old me idolized big leaguers, so having one smile, joke around, sign an autograph and spend a few minutes was the greatest thing ever. I stopped idolizing players a long time ago but childhood memories and feelings linger long after we grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, red sox

OTP 2016 August 15: Amarillo’s Politics Could Cost City a AA Baseball Team

Nelson presented a feasibility study to the Lubbock city council Thursday showing how bringing a major league affiliated baseball team to the city would benefit them not only culturally with downtown development but economically as well.

“Part of the project is to build a stadium with a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats. Nelson said. “Deterime the ideal site for that stadium. Determine the viability of sharing the stadium with the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 989 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, minor leagues, politics


Exploring Statcast Data from Baseball Savant | Exploring Baseball Data with R

The future of batted ball data.

There seems to be active research of making sense of this type of data. For example, there is an interesting post by Rob Arthur at fivethirtyeight.com which looks at the relationship between launch angle, exit velocity and a linear weights measure of BIP value. There is a more recent article by Bill Petti on the Hardball Times. I agree with Rob Arthur that these findings are currently preliminary — we have a lot to learn about success in hitting balls in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Stephen Piscotty has improved arm strength | MLB.com

Great article.

And Piscotty? Well, we know exactly what he did, because MLB.com’s Cardinals beat reporter Jen Langosch pointed out way back in early April that improving arm strength was a focus of Piscotty’s last spring. As she wrote, Piscotty changed his throwing mechanics when new teammate Mike Leake “identified a flaw that was costing the outfielder some strength,” then worked with fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk on improving his arm action. Two days into the season, Piscotty showed off his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Mookie Betts hits three home runs in 5 innings | MLB.com

This kid is pretty, pretty good.

The 23-year-old Betts is one of the game’s rising stars, and he is hitting his way into the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award discussion.
Following his 4-for-6 display on Sunday, Betts had a slash line of .313/.353./.561 with 91 runs scored, 34 doubles, five triples, 26 homers and 84 RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton likely out for year | MLB.com

Really bad news for the Marlins.

“It’s a Grade 3 strain of his groin,” Hill said. “We’re going to rehab it, and best-case scenario is a six-week return. Obviously, there is still opportunity for G to be back this season’s end. But obviously, it was a significant injury and we’ll see how rehab goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

OMNICHATTER 8-15-16

Table OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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