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Monday, July 20, 2015

Cole Hamels’ scuffles continue amid trade talk | MLB.com

This doesn’t help his trade value, part 2.

If Cole Hamels made his final start for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, it will be a forgettable conclusion to a memorable career.

Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one in just three innings in an 8-7 victory over the Marlins, which gave the Phillies their first series sweep since May. Hamels’ poor effort Sunday followed his July 10 start at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he allowed a career-high nine runs in 3 1/3 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Johnny Cueto has rare rough outing vs. Indians | reds.com

This does not help his trade value.

“You have a better chance of coming out and seeing him throw a one-hit shutout then you have him walking six guys and walking in some guys with the bases loaded,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was just a bad day.”
“I feel really well today, I feel outstanding today,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “But things happen. This is what happened. I don’t think [very often] in my career I’ve walked six batters in one game. It just happened. Things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds

Rieper: White Sox announcer Ed Farmer is not a fan of the Royals

Is Farmer’s goal to make Harrelson look sympathetic by comparison?

Years later, Cowens, as a member of the Tigers, would face Farmer, then with the White Sox. Cowens had not forgotten about what had happened. On a routine grounder, Cowens ran straight for the pitchers mound. Cowens landed a few punches, even ripping Farmer’s nostrils in a bench-clearing brawl. The brawl was so violent, it led to charges being filed, potentially preventing Cowens from returning to Chicago until Farmer agreed to ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: announcer, announcing, royals, white sox

Canada defends Pan Am baseball gold in wild finish against Americans

With Canada and the U.S. tied 4-4 after nine innings, the game entered the Pan Ams’ tiebreaker twilight zone. As per the tournament’s unusual extra-inning rules, each team started the 10th with runners at first and second with none out, while hitting from any spot in the batting order.
As the terms of the tiebreak were announced, boos rained down from the sold-out Ajax crowd, who had just taken in an entertaining, see-saw battle between the baseball rivals.

BrianBrianson Posted: July 20, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: canada

Sunday, July 19, 2015

OMNICHATTER 7-20-2015

The 18-Inning-Hangover OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 19, 2015 at 11:24 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Padres Rained Out At Home

For the first time since the Padres started playing baseball in San Diego, they had a home game rained out in July. Sunday afternoon’s weather stopped the scheduled game between the Padres and Rockies in the top of the 5th inning (Colorado was leading 1-0).
...
The last rainout at Petco Park came on April 4 of 2006, a span of 820 home games.
This series we saw the first time a game in our town has ever even been DELAYED by weather in the month of July. The only other July delay in San Diego ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 19, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Sunday Notes: Maybin, Gordon, Harris, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Clint Barmes hits go-ahead homer in Padres win | MLB.com

In the eighth inning of the Padres’ 5-4 win over the Rockies, Barmes jumped on a fastball from reliever Tommy Kahnle, pulling a screamer nearly into the visiting dugout.

Anxious and excited, batting in a tied game with a runner on first base, Barmes stepped out of the box, took a deep breath and gathered himself before proceeding with the at-bat.

“It was backing off and not trying to do too much,” he said afterwards.

Instead, the Padres’ shortstop actually did a lot, hitting a two-run home ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres


LOVERRO: Frank Robinson slighted during MLB’s ‘Greatest Living Players’ salute - Washington Times

Imagine how Roger Clemens feels.

Frank Robinson used to joke that if he knew it would be such a big deal to have 600 career home runs and 3,000 hits, he would have played a few more games.

Well, Frank, maybe you were right. It turns out that 586 career home runs and 2,943 hits, along with 1,812 runs batted in, Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, a Triple Crown, five pennants and two World Series titles wasn’t enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: frank robinson, orioles

Former Carp, Eagles manager Brown gets best of both worlds through scouting for Nationals | The Japan Times

“I’m really here to see everybody, but I thoroughly enjoy watching Otani play, whether he is in the lineup hitting third or if he’s pitching. He’s got electric stuff and exciting velocity, but he’s got to become more of a pitcher than a thrower,” Brown said of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star player.

“Fujinami I’ve seen in his two years a pro, where he’s been indecisive on the mound with not much poise, working really slow, and then I’ve seen him with a great ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Tampa Bay prospect Brent Honeywell pitches four-hit shutout for Charlotte Stone Crabs | MiLB.com

A complete game 107 pitch start is something that doesn’t happen in the minors very often.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, rays

Padres, Astros have held preliminary trade discussions on starting pitchers | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Sources told the Union-Tribune that the Padres and the Astros have held preliminary talks on starting pitchers, with right-handers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner believed to be among those mentioned. There are no indications of anything imminent, and one source said the two sides had not spoken on the subject since early this month.

Reds ace Johnny Cueto is the top trade target for the Astros, the Houston Chronicle reported late last month, not least because his impending free agency could make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, padres, trade rumors

Video: Kershaw strikes out 14 | MLB.com

He was nasty last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Angels’ Garrett Richards shuts out Red Sox | MLB.com

If Richards is back to where he was last year, Houston may be in trouble.

“I think that one of the best-kept secrets is really how our rotation’s doing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our rotation has given us a chance to win the lion’s share of starts we’ve had this year. The last couple of games are indicative of the way they threw in the first half.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Reds front office waiting for offers

The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.

Nobody has bought yet. But it will happen. It’s a matter of how many players will go.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Pirates notebook: No clear alternative to Alvarez ... yet | TribLIVE

Alvarez is the only Pirates regular who has produced negative Wins Above Replacement (-0.4) — in part because of his defensive struggles. Pirates first basemen have combined for -1.4 WAR, ranking 29th in the majors.
On Friday, a routine groundball went under Alvarez’s glove for his 15th error of the season, the most by a first baseman since Prince Fielder committed 15 in 2011. By any measure, traditional or advanced, Alvarez ranks as the worst defensive first baseman in baseball this season.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pedro alvarez, pirates

OMNICHATTER 7-19-15

The OMNICHATTER for Sunday is here! So… chatter up!

Gamingboy Posted: July 19, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Grantland: New Order: What’s Behind the Sudden Surge in Pitchers Batting Eighth?

Despite that ambivalence and the lineup studies, the industry as a whole has embraced the eighth-place pitcher to an unprecedented degree this season. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only 861 games since 1914 have featured a starting pitcher in the second-to-last lineup spot. Almost 20 percent of those games have come in 2015. [...]

This season, though, there have been 162 games in which the pitcher batted eighth,1 putting us on pace to shatter the 2008 record of 222. Even more ...

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bobm Posted: July 18, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: batting order, cubs, lineups

Clutch Jeff Francoeur emerges for Phillies | MLB.com

Clutch Francoeur! Take away this guy’s word processor!

Edit: Link fixed. Stupid MLB! Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, phillies

2015 Trade Value: The Top 10 | FanGraphs Baseball

David Cameron’s #1 player is Mike Trout.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, trade value

Inside Baseball: Dodgers aim for Cueto, Hamels; Rangers in on Cole, too - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s latest notes column.

While one AL executive suggested a week ago that the Phillies haven’t yet “bent” on their Hamels demands since Andy MacPhail joined their front office to lead them, two other executives, using similar terminology, now say the Phillies have seemed somewhat more “reasonable” in their recent trade talks, and sources suggest there’s word of some potential progress with at least the Dodgers and Rangers. Phillies scouts have been dispatched to check out multiple ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Tripping Off the Power: Evan Longoria and the Sudden Decline of a Superstar «

Although it’s not much of a move, I can see how Longoria stands a little taller in the clip. I don’t see the change in hip movement. Does anyone else see it?

“In 2013, his front hip would get well out in front of his body,” Parker said. “This position primes the big muscles in his hips and legs to whip the top half of his body to the ball. In 2015, that angle isn’t as aggressive, so he hasn’t tapped into the same muscles to help power his swing.”

Parker also notes that Longoria ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays

OMNICHATTER 7-18-15

I would have said something witty here, but the lights went out.

Gamingboy Posted: July 18, 2015 at 12:34 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 17, 2015

Philadelphia Phillies summon Aaron Nola to make Major League debut Tuesday | MiLB.com

RHP AaronNola10 will make his MLB debut on Tuesday, July 21, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 17, 1915:

The Red Sox have the distinction of being the only big league team in the world that carries a movie man as a member of their regular party. His name is George Murray, and he took movie pictures of the double-headers between Red Sox and Indians at Somers park.

He is doing it for President Joseph J. Lannin of the Boston club, who plans this winter to put on moving picture talks in Boston and the territory for miles around, showing games played by the Red Sox in ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Chairman Mark Walter backs Yasiel Puig, says yes, Dodgers can improve - LA Times

I wonder if a trade would light a fire under Puig?

While there is increased skepticism within the organization as to whether Puig’s production will ever match his talent, Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter remains optimistic.

“I wouldn’t give up on him now,” said Walter, the team’s controlling owner.

Walter said his backing of Puig is based not on the player’s marketability, but on how he thinks Puig will develop as a player.

“I think he’s just going to be a great player,” Walter said.

Walter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Angels are in good spot going into second half but have things to fix - LA Times

It’s a long season.

“There are a lot of professional people in here who have been through a lot, who know what it takes, and who know not to get too low or to press and be upset if we’re behind,” Iannetta said.

“I think we believed and knew the whole time that we were a good team. Guys are starting to play more like themselves, and as a result, we’ve scored a lot of runs lately. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Take Me Out to the Brain Game: Can two entrepreneurs turn neuroscience into Moneyball? - SBNation.com

When the two researchers hopped on a conference call with Bradley’s coaches in early November to discuss their findings, they finally got a sense of the scope of the concept they were developing, and what it could mean for baseball. The coaches immediately requested the results of one player who seemed to struggle at the plate, despite obvious athleticism and a picturesque swing. Muraskin patiently explained the metrics he had recorded, seven data points in all, categorized by names like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Smoltz says Mets pitchers ‘way better’ than 1990s-era Braves - NY Daily News

“They’re way better,” Smoltz said of the Mets in comparison to his Braves rotation, which featured five elite pitchers all under the age of 30, including Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. “They’ve got more talent than we could ever have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: john smoltz, mets

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