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Sunday, June 12, 2016

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka just can’t catch a break - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.

The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.

Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Texas Rangers: Grant: Now it’s getting serious; Yu Darvish to miss scheduled start Monday due to shoulder tightness | SportsDay

Yu Darvish will miss at least one start because of a shoulder tightness issue that cropped up in his last outing.

The Rangers are hopeful that is it.

He will leave the team on Sunday to return to Dallas for an MRI on the area and will be examined again by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. During an exam by Dr. Meister following his most recent start, which was shortened to five innings by the shoulder issue, there was no structural issue detected.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Cubs reject Rahm’s Wrigley plaza deal, ‘Negotiations are over’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Is this protection for local bars or a real issue?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Liriano’s struggles continue in loss to Cardinals | TribLIVE

Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.

The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.

Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, pirates

OMNICHATTER 6-12-16

The OMNICHATTER with no name

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2016 at 12:59 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Family Members Including Trey Griffey Drafted

Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 11, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Are Cubs’ flaws hiding behind the team’s great record?

If the Cubs weren’t 41-18, Maddon might finally decide a change in the batting order could be warranted after No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward struck out three more times and went 0-for-4.

If the division lead was smaller, there might be more concern with some bullpen members who either continue to struggle or have been trending that way. Justin Grimm saw his ERA (5.57) rise again after giving up two hits and a walk without recording an out. That’s not far from what happened in Philadelphia a ...

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McCoy Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

CAPE LEAGUE: Host parents are the hidden stars - Sports - Wicked Local Chatham - Chatham, MA

For this, host families are given a “weekly allowance” from the team to help offset expenses, but at best, a host family might break even.

However, no one does it for the money.

“The benefits far outweigh the costs,” said Curtis. “The hardest part comes at the end of the season when the players leave. You get attached to them over the summer so it can be really difficult at the end.”
Norkevicius notes having an “enthusiasm for baseball” as the only other requirement.

“The benefits are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, cape cod league

When a slump isn’t really a slump — and why the Cubs might come back to Earth - The Washington Post

Tom Boswell believes the Cubs are lucky.

The Nationals combined have a subpar .282 BABIP after posting normal marks of .300 and .303 the past two seasons. Nats pitchers have a lucky BABIP against of .283. Both those marks would usually trend back toward the high .290s.

In all of baseball, there is only one stunning “outlier” in BABIP for an entire batting attack or pitching staff: Cubs pitchers. Their BABIP is a ridiculously lucky .248. I don’t care how smart their defensive shifts are or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals

Gerrit Cole exits game with “right triceps tightness”

Trainers told Cole that the worst time to evaluate injury is immediately after activity, so they will take a more extensive look at the injury Saturday.

Cole said this is not an injury he has experienced before. Although he felt fine the first two innings, he could tell something was off with his right arm in the third—it wasn’t responding like he wanted it to.

Apparently it finally dawned on MLB teams that the world was into the fact that “forearm tightness” means “impending Tommy John ...

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OMNICHATTER 6-11-16

Move like a butterfly, sting like a OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 11, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mets may have planted the seeds for Matt Harvey’s exit | New York Post

Back in February, at the news conference to announce Yoenis Cespedes’ re-signing, Alderson said of his starting rotation: “I think you always are making choices. Even if the payroll were to go up, we’re still going to have to make choices. It’s nice that we have some of those choices to make and we certainly want to be in a position to keep some or all of those pitchers.

“So I don’t mean to say we’re not going to keep them all. We’d love to keep them all. We just have to make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Red Sox tell teams they’d trade for starting, relief pitching | Boston Herald

I’d prefer to not see the team trade a top prospect. Unless injury hits Wright or Price I’d rather see them use a few middling prospects to acquire another bullpen arm than trade one of their best for a back-end starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB Draft Day 2 has college feel | MLB.com

Is this a change? Are more collegiate players getting drafted earlier?

Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.

College players were the main attraction, as they have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Friday, June 10, 2016

NJ.com: Ex-Met Josh Satin retires at 31, cites toll of head injuries

Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.

Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.

“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”

Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 05:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: head trauma, injuries, mets, retirement

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just ...

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Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

White Sox call up Anderson, designate Rollins for assignment - Yahoo Sports

The Chicago White Sox have called up top prospect Tim Anderson and designated struggling veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.

The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, hoping the shortstop can help jolt a team that has gone from leading the AL Central with a 23-10 record to fourth with a 30-30 record entering this weekend’s series against Kansas City.

The 22-year-old Anderson batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, tim anderson, white sox

What do you do with players who have large contracts but can’t play any more?

It is a problem that the NFL has always dealt with by featuring non-guaranteed contracts, something that executives with the Major League Baseball Players Association would never agree to, barring their presence on a firing squad. But while these guaranteed contracts are great for the players, they are a growing problem for the teams, and generally a hindrance to the game, especially in an era where seven and eight-year contracts have become too commonplace. After all, roster spots and playing ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: June 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, carl crawford

How Prep Phenom Clayton Kershaw Became an L.A. Dodger 10 Years Ago

Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”

Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….

At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2016

AP via Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 1916:

REPRESSIVES TO SELECT TY COBB FOR PRESIDENCY

It is rumored that Tyrus Cobb of Augusta (Georgia) and Detroit will be nominated for president on the first ballot.
...
Gedeon of New York and Shotten of St. Louis are mentioned for the war portfolio, while Shore is a possibility for secretary of the navy. Wheat looks to have the nomination for secretary of agriculture, although Meadows may make a strong showing in the St. Louis delegation.
...
Judge of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB draft Round 1 recap: Cardinals make a few nice gambles - MLB Draft Blog- ESPN ($)

You’ll have to be an ESPN Insider to get Keith Law’s take.

Rutherford came out of last summer as a probable top-five pick, a corner outfielder who could really hit and projected to above-average or better power. He turned 19 in early May, which is a point against him—the track record of 19-year-old high school seniors taken high in the draft is poor—and he’s limited defensively, so you’re just betting on the bat. But we all loved the guy’s hit tool last summer, and there isn’t anything really ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Cespedes vs. Heyward and the debate over advanced analytics - NY Daily News

Hey, why not bash when you can. If there is any time to make definitive judgments over long-term free agent signs, it’s 1/3 through the first season of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

MLB Draft Room Power Rankings: Magnets, Man Buns, and More «

Ben Lindbergh’s take on draft rooms.

Sometimes the patience needed to see your draft picks pay off gets a GM fired.

So which players will be pleasant surprises and which will be busts? Which teams made the smartest selections? And which scouting directors deserve to be drawn and quartered in comments sections and on baseball Twitter?

We’ll be able to start answering those questions in just five or so short years! By then, the college draftees will be reaching their primes, and the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Draft Day One Sees Several Surprises - BaseballAmerica.com

John Manuel’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Day 1 of Draft’s best moves, biggest surprises | MLB.com

More draft analysis by Jim Callis.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Royals’ Yordano Ventura appealing suspension | MLB.com

Ventura gets nine days. Manny gets four days.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, suspensions, yordano ventura

White Sox sign Justin Morneau to contract for rest of 2016

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 American league MVP, to a contract that will pay him $1 million for the rest of the season.

Morneau is being placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

The news was first reported by CSN Chicago. Here is the website’s report.

During his 11 years with the Twins, Morneau hit 15 home runs in 64 games at U.S. Cellular Field along with a ,271 average at the Chicago ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: justin morneau, white sox

Murphy: Phillies need a dose of good luck with Moniak

This year was the second kind of year, so adjust your expectations for Mickey Moniak accordingly. The Phillies made the San Diego-area high school star the first overall selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday evening, and while they were thrilled to do so, they also realized that they were picking a kid who had not yet received his high school diploma (that will occur Friday). Moniak has a swing that enamored everybody from the organization who saw it, not the least of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mickey moniak, phillies

Red Sox draft pitcher Jason Groome in first round | Boston Herald

Red Sox get BA’s highest rated player with #12 overall pick. He dropped so far because of questions about his makeup.

After an eligibility issue following a transfer from the IMG Academy in Florida, where Groome spent one season, the lefty returned home and had a strong performance during his final year at Barnegat High School (N.J).

All the while, his stock was slipping.

By midsummer, Vanderbilt was no longer interested in having Groome attend, according to a source familiar with the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

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