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Friday, April 14, 2017

Ranking Yankees!

“Who is the greatest Yankee in history after Babe Ruth?”

It’s not a question that would hold any interest for the late George Steinbrenner, who once quipped: “Second place is really first loser.” But we baseball fans are suckers for rankings, so rankings shall commence.

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As a hitter, Derek Jeter is second only to Honus Wagner among shortstops; as a defender, Jeter is second to literally every player to ever man the position.

gehrig97 Posted: April 14, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: berra, dimaggio, gehrig, jeter, mantle, mariano rivera, ruth, yankees

Miami All-Star Game gear reflects its South Florida setting

Caps for the first two days will also have a Miami feel to them as all teams will have black caps with their specific team logo in orange (so, nothing special for the Mets or Orioles but it’ll be a different look for the Yankees and Dodgers), the ASG logo on the side.

BLASPHEMY! Or sumpin.

Bote Man Posted: April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star games, marlins

The African-American talent pool remains a troubling problem for baseball

Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen, in a MLB Network roundtable airing Sunday at 8 p.m. (ET), issues a telling response when host Harold Reynolds mentions that teams rarely include as many as six black players anymore.

“The question is, why?” McCutchen says.

He then raises his right arm and rubs his thumb against his other fingers, making the universal gesture for money.

“This right here, this right here,” McCutchen says, continuing to gesture. “This is the main reason that you ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, race

What’s the point of the Matt Adams outfield experiment?

Adams didn’t look very good on any of these three plays, with the first two looking like balls a better outfielder maybe or probably catches. Which is normal, of course, because he’s never played the outfield before, and it would be weird if he already looked like he’d been playing out there forever. This is a guy a month into learning a new position, and doing it on the big stage. None of this is his fault. He’s clearly trying to do something his team wants him to be able to do, and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-14-2017

Butte Daily Post, April 14, 1917:

Mamaux, the millionaire kid pitcher of the Pirates, was wild as the proverbial hawk yesterday in the game with the Cubs, and five runs were scored off him in the first round.

Two things:
1. I have no idea what the proverbial hawk is, because hawks seem pretty damn precise to me.
2. I looked it up and Al Mamaux was indeed a millionaire’s son. His dad was the “Awning King”, according to Mamaux’s SABR bio, and I think this is his family’s company. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Greg Holland latest success from Tommy John | MLB.com

Last year alone, there were at least 190 pitchers in the big leagues who had returned from Tommy John surgery, according to the tracking of Jon Roegle, who has detailed 1,364 players who have undergone the surgery, beginning with Tommy John himself in 1974.

That included several who pitched well enough that they were traded in season to contenders, including Rich Hill from the Rays to the Dodgers, Mark Melancon from the Pirates to the Nationals and Matt Moore from the Rays to the Giants.

Over ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, rockies, tommy john surgery



The Complete Reinvention of Elvis Andrus | FanGraphs Baseball

These days everyone’s looking for new-age-y Statcast evidence, so I can tell you this much: In 2015, Andrus ranked in the 36th percentile in average exit velocity. That, obviously, combines his first three months and his last three months. In 2016, Andrus ranked in the 56th percentile in average exit velocity. He was right there tied with Jose Altuve, Mike Napoli, and Aledmys Diaz, so there’s enough strength there to be threatening. Andrus is never going to top any of these Statcast ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, rangers

A young fan got to play catch with Mike Trout and you didn’t | MLB.com

OK, it’s now a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

As in-person and TV viewers clash in MLB’s pace-of-play debate, there’s one obvious solution

Accordingly, MLB over the last year has commissioned a pace-of-play study to help it better understand how its product is viewed by fans. And it has only reinforced that finding a solution to satisfy both will be at the heart of whatever changes do arrive within the next year.

There is a growing consensus, a half-dozen league, front office and player sources told Yahoo Sports, that the most effective fix would be a 20-second pitch clock. With a pitch clock already in place in the minor leagues ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 12:48 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff passan, pace of play, pitch clock

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Angels could face extended period with Garrett Richards on the disabled list

The Angels do not plan to activate ace Garrett Richards from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible Sunday. Richards has not yet been cleared to resume throwing, and reliever JC Ramirez will replace him in the Angels’ rotation on Friday.

“Right now, there’s no time frame for how long he’ll be in our rotation,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Ramirez. “It could be the whole year.”

Oh, no, it’s just a bicep strain, they said. It’s no big deal, they said. He’ll be back ...

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The Pace-of-Play Problem began in 1884

Baseball in 1976 was a bunch of guys throwing 86 and dialing it up to 91 now and again, pitching to a league where half the hitters couldn’t reach the warning track with two helpings at breakfast and an aluminum bat. Baseball in 2016 is beasts averaging 93 and then leaving after a couple of hours so beasts throwing 97 can go to work, taking on a league where everyone can turn around a fastball. Why, I mean, in the world, would we expect these two things to take anywhere close to the same ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2017 at 05:24 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: joe sheehan, pace of play

Cardinals announce Hall of Famer Lou Brock has been diagnosed with cancer

Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend Lou Brock has cancer, the club announced on Thursday.

Brock, 77, was initially set to appear April 25 at Busch Stadium for Budweiser Bash, but instead that has been cancelled. The Cardinals released the following statement on Brock’s health:

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Lou Brock has cancelled his April 25th Budweiser Bash appearance at Busch Stadium as he is currently undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. The Hall of Famer was recently ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, cardinals, lou brock


Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces fourth annual ‘Hall of Game’ class

Al Oliver, Tony Perez, Lee Smith, Maury Wills and Dave Stewart will be honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in June.

Oliver, Perez, Smith and Wills will be inducted into the Kansas City museum’s fourth “Hall of Game” class, which was created by the museum in 2014 to recognize players who “competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues.” Stewart, a former major-league player, coach and executive, will receive the ...

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Day Baseball OMNICHATTER

Night baseball too.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 13, 2017 at 02:13 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-13-2017

Butte Daily Post, April 13, 1917:

No.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, small sample size

With a little Grace, Javy gets his ring

Keep the kleenex handy

Walt Davis Posted: April 13, 2017 at 03:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, javier baez

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LAT: A closer look at Rich Hill and his blisters

The blisters a pitcher gets are much more painful. They start deep below the surface of the skin, usually between the nail bed and the skin surrounding it. It will begin to radiate heat as the area (further below the surface of the skin than blisters we get) fills with fluid. Continue to pitch and the fluid erupts to the surface, taking a lot of skin with it and causing a lot of bleeding. So the pitcher is left with a hole in his skin next to his nail, and the hole exudes pus and blood.

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gross stuff, rich hill

Jack White Wrote a Song for His Baseball Bat Company That’s Also Walkup Music for MLB’s Ian Kinsler

Wait. What?

The rocker cameos in a new ad for Warstic, the slugger company he co-owns with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

White, a Detroit native, scored the ad with a new track, “Battle Cry,” that dropped last week. Kinsler, the star of the ad, grapples with his demons as White, playing “a shadowy trickster,” lurks in the background, doing his usual Addams Family vibe.

eddieot Posted: April 12, 2017 at 03:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, ian kinsler, jack white

The 20 Greatest Phillies

How did Pete Alexander dominate the Yankees in the 1926 World Series when he was with the Cardinals despite being drunk? The answer to that question dispels a myth and reveals the different circumstances of professional baseball at the time. Quite simply, Alexander was not drunk when he entered Game Seven of the ‘26 Series in relief.

On Billy Hamilton: The athlete who’s the first to do something well usually seems remarkable. If they do it well enough, they can be startling to the senses. Babe ...

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Fangraphs: Let’s Watch Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout Face Off Forever

This is where it stopped being about Mariners vs. Angels, and started being about two elite baseball players showing off. Trout was having some sort of exchange with Zunino, Zunino presumably telling him, “hey, quit it.” It’s funny. It’s funny to be amazing.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mike trout

Commissioner starts to press Cleveland Indians about their logo

Among those who think it is time for the club to decisively move away from the logo is the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, who in continuing discussions with the team’s ownership is beginning to apply a little bit of pressure on the club to come up with a plan of action.

In a statement to The New York Times, Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said Manfred, in his talks with the Indians’ owners, had made clear his “desire to transition away from the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo, rob manfred

MN Twins, Byron Buxton’s struggles mount in Detroit Tigers loss

He needs the day off to get his head in a better place.

“It’s all about trusting the process,” Dozier said of Buxton. “He’s learning that. We all have gone through it. If the stats aren’t there in September, then we’ll talk.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy [FG]

Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were ...

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Bote Man Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, hitting, mets, nationals


Angels rally for another late victory

In the aftermath of the Angels’ previous mind-boggling comeback victory, Cliff Pennington suggested that it could carry over. The next time they’re a few downs run, he said, they’ll be confident they can win.
His theory was proven correct in the very next game.

The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and the winner on Carlos Perez’s safety squeeze in the 10th, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

On the heels of Sunday’s seven-run rally to win in the ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome sauce, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-12-2017

Topeka State Journal, April 12, 1917:

Connie Mack refuses to be stampeded by the war. In spite of the high cost of living he still allows his players to enter the park without paying admission.
...
Various colleges have abandoned baseball on account of the war, thereby causing considerable surprise. Few of the public ever believed that college teams played baseball.

Zingers galore!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Michael Brantley wins home opener with double | MLB.com

“I don’t know if you can write it up any better,” Brantley said. “I guess if you hit a home run, but we got a win. That’s all that matters. A lot of hard work went into this offseason. A lot of time away from my kids and my family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

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