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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WaPo: Destiny Denied, Barry Svrluga Time Capsule Of Nationals 2015 Season

Part 1 -

The Washington Nationals had the most wins in the National League in 2014 and headed into the 2015 season as World Series favorites. With expectations high, Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga spoke to several key members of the organization throughout the season to document their thoughts and emotions in real time, with the understanding they would be not published until the team’s fate was determined.

The link to Part 2 of this series appears at the bottom of this linked ...

boteman sez FIRE MATTY!! Posted: September 29, 2015 at 08:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: choking, nationals

Public Editor: Provocative Bryce Harper ‘choke’ blog post draws critics’ ire

Presenting the Kansas City Star ombudsman:

Twitter is the most negative corner of the Internet, in my opinion. Its short bursts of 140 characters tend to be long on outrage, and media sources are constant targets. ...

I reached out to Lee [Judge], who it should be noted has also been a political cartoonist for The Star for some 30 years. He’s well accustomed to expressing provocative opinions, sometimes in blunt language. His reply, in which he stands by what he wrote:

Judging the Royals is ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 29, 2015 at 07:36 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, choking, dumbass, jonathan papelbon, journalism, newspapers

Baseball May Return To 2020 Olympics

Ousted from the London 2012 Games by the International Olympic Committee, baseball and softball might get a reprieve, thanks to a proposal from Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers. They’d also like to see skateboarding and surfing — but not bowling.

Together, the five sports would bring an additional 474 athletes to Tokyo. Here’s the list of proposed events, along with the number of athletes:

Baseball/Softball: 234
Karate (Kata and Kumite): 80
Skateboard (Street and Park): 80
Sports Climbing ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 29, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, olympics, survey

Oakland A’s hire woman coach: Justine Siegal to be guest instructor

On Tuesday, the A’s became the first major-league team to employ a woman coach, naming Justine Siegal a guest instructor for their Instructional League club.

(...)According to Forst, Siegal will work with infielders, hit fungos and throw batting practice, among other duties. Plus, Siegal, 40, has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology, and Forst said that director of player development Keith Lieppman and director of minor-league operations Ted Polakowski are looking forward to having Siegal ...

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 29, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Gleeman - Statcast Says: Bryce Harper Isn’t Lollygagging

Aaron Gleeman proves (with charts and everything!) that Bryce Harper is no lollygagger.

boteman sez FIRE MATTY!! Posted: September 29, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, choking, lollygagging, nationals, statcast

Continue to think like a GM. Some used to play. - Beyond the Box Score

There is a difference between saying “we can’t quantify it yet” and “it doesn’t exist”. Most sabermetricians I knew over the years believed the former not the later.

In the same way, the “grizzled scout” would have bet presumably large sums of money that pitch framing did exist and was worth something. Sabermetrics, still young and finding its place in the baseball world, bet against the grizzled scout. That was until Mike Fast—a ‘sabermetrician’ for the purposes of Corbett’s essay and this ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

A new Python-based PITCHf/x parser

Now that Dan Brooks is working with the Brewers Who will write the next big thing?

Edit:  Apparently this wasn’t a serious Tweet. That will teach me to believe certain people on Twitter. I should know better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, sabermetrics

Curtis Granderson: How Mets’ winning compares with Yankees’ | New York Post

The Mets have two world championships in their history — they last won it all in 1986 — and the Yankees have 27. But Granderson says the Mets can take back New York, at least for the moment.
“There is a lot of [Yankees] history that won’t be forgotten,” Granderson said. “Twenty-seven championships, the length that organization has been around, this organization has only been around since the 1960s. There is still a long time before you get to that point, but at the same time, you ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2015

New York Tribune, September 29, 1915:

Night baseball at the Brooklyn Federal League grounds, which was to have been introduced to the public to-night in a scheduled game between the Brooklyn and Buffalo teams, has been deferred, and it is doubtful if the fans will have an opportunity of seeing a contest under novel conditions this season.

Lack of time for the completion of the towers and emergency lights and the difficulty in obtaining competent workment have delayed the project. The three ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 29, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Tangotiger Blog: Fans Scouting Report 2015 - And the best fielders in MLB are

Some of the ratings are out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding

Rawlings, Minors announce Gold Glovers | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

“Congratulations to the nine outstanding Minor League Baseball players who deservedly won the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award,” said Mike Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of baseball for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “Minor League Baseball is and will always continue to be a great partner of Rawlings, and we knew the Rawlings Gold Glove Award would be a popular goal for many young players when we decided to rekindle this award platform in 2011.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, minor leagues

Changes are coming to the Nationals after disappointing season, brawl - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell eviscerates the Nationals.

If Matt Williams had been at Ford’s Theatre in 1865, he would have loved the play. Did something go wrong? Nope, didn’t see a thing. Nobody said anything, either.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals



Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jerry Dipoto named Mariners general manager |

An upgrade in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jerry dipoto, mariners

Vicesports-Gordon:hThe Revolution Will Be Meticulously Tracked: Welcome To The Statcast Era

Statcast measures every activity on the field down to the microsecond, including the very spin of the ball as it hurtles towards home plate. This is the first season the technology is active in all 30 stadiums, marking what several MLB employees referred to as the beginning of the Statcast Era. It could revolutionize the way baseball is watched, analyzed, taught, and even thought about, because it will give spectators and general managers alike a view of the game unlike ever before…..In the ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 28, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-chass, statcast

The night Kansas City baseball came back to life

Fantastic essay by Andy McCullough on last year’s AL Wild Card game—one of the best pieces of sports writing I’ve read all year.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 28, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: longform, royals

Nationals suspend Jonathan Papelbon 4 games |

The Nationals acted on Monday after a dugout altercation between two of their players on Sunday. Washington announced that closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for four games without pay after his confrontation with outfielder Bryce Harper in Sunday’s game’s against the Phillies.

The Nationals also said that Papelbon has elected to drop his appeal of a suspension issued by Major League Baseball last stemming from his actions in a game on Wednesday against Baltimore. Papelbon was ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Jake Arrieta’s dominance deserves the NL Cy Young Award

Pitching under a blood moon, Chicago Cubs right-handed ace Jake Arrieta didn’t change into some kind of beast. He was his normal every-five-days self on Sunday night, which is to say he was almost perfect, almost unhittable and the best pitcher in baseball.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 28, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: arrested development, cubs, cy young award, mvp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2015

Seattle Star, September 28, 1915:


Ty Cobb stole third while Ownie Bush was standing on the bag in yesterday’s game with the Senators. Players of both sides were so astonished they were helpless. Cobb was first to realize his mistake and started back for second, Shanks tagging him out. Cobb was so angry he was ruled off the field.

I imagine Donie Bush probably realized Cobb’s mistake before Ty did: “Wait, what? Does he not see me standing here on third base?” ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, oops, ty cobb

The Last Years of Ernie Banks | Chicago magazine | October 2015

The end isn’t always pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ernie banks

CJ Nitkowski: In Jonathan Papelbon-Bryce Harper fight, media has lost objectivity; players overwhelmingly support pitcher | FOX Sports

A different take and some great points by CJ Nitkowski. Papelbon is a wildcard but Harper seems like the kind of guy who, if he doesn’t change, won’t be around long when his talent starts to diminish.

Papelbon is everybody’s favorite punching bag but it’s not deserved here. This is a game that governs itself; it always has and always will. No one is above giving his full effort every time. When you don’t, there will be a veteran teammate there waiting to remind you. Sometimes that might ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Jake Arrieta hits a no-doubt home run against the Pirates

He had a pretty, pretty, pretty good day.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

The myth of second-half momentum | FOX Sports

Do you mean the playoffs are a crapshoot?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

red sox - Don Orsillo keeps taking high road, and NESN keeps insulting him - WEEI | John Tomase

Between all the negative leaks when people are headed out of town and the bungling of the broadcast team, it’s not a reach to think there are some real jerks at the top in Boston.

(As an aside, with Larry Lucchino forced into an emeritus position, Werner seems intent on filling the power vacuum. If his handling of Orsillo – a TV matter that’s supposedly his area of expertise – is any indication, how should we feel about him having more of a say in decisions impacting the on-field product?)

...
Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

Harper vs. Papelbon a precursor to offseason shakeup in D.C. | FOX Sports

The Nationals are a mess.

Yes, Harper risked a reaction—and elicited an overreaction—first by failing to run, then by appearing to tell Papelbon, “let’s go,” after Pap confronted him. Tell another player, “let’s go,” and maybe he drops it or resumes the discussion later. Utter those words to a pit bull— er, Papelbon—and it’s game on.

Whatever, Papelbon vs. Harper was a mere symptom of the larger disease. This is the fourth straight year that the Nats’ season will end in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jonathan papelbon, matt williams, nationals

Sunday, September 27, 2015


The OMNICHATTER is our closer.

Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2015 at 11:19 PM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Boswell: Fight between Papelbon, Harper turns Nationals wake into a public viewing

If you’ve lost even Boz, you’ve lost.

Of course, the ruckus started in the Nats’ favorite inning for disasters involving relievers: the eighth. Why rewrite a polished script? The bullpen’s trashed everything else this year, why not fight the likely NL MVP? Fan Appreciation Day, indeed.

After the game, the Nats had their annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” promotion with each player handing his game-worn jersey to a contest-winning fan. The Nats should make sure two fans receive the first ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 27, 2015 at 10:36 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, bryce harper, dumbass, jonathan papelbon, matt williams, nationals

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