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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Mike Mayers. | Sports on Earth

What happens when your dream comes true but turns into a nightmare?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, debuts, mike mayers

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Describes His Journey To Baseball’s Top Position - Fortune

You can hear about Manfred in a series of podcasts at the link.

Manfred’s entry to the sport, as he describes it, was a fluke. After doing well on a pension case — “one of the driest areas of law that you can imagine,” Manfred said — he got rewarded with a more compelling baseball assignment, and eventually joined the league as EVP for labor relations and HR in 1998.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners, rob manfred

Angels slugger Albert Pujols racks up RBIs | angels.com

Albert Pujols is bringing the RBI back.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Statcast: Dickerson’s two-run HR | MLB.com

This is a homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Law: Cubs pay a heavy price for Aroldis Chapman, on and off the field - Keith Law Blog- ESPN

Keith Law makes the case for banning players who are involved in domestic violence incidents.

Of course, I’m on record as opposing any team’s decision to acquire and pay a player with a domestic violence incident in his past, especially his recent past. I criticized the Yankees for trading for Chapman in December and expressed my disappointment in the Mets for picking up Jose Reyes and minimizing what he did in describing his own domestic violence incident.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Chris Sale talks about White Sox suspension | MLB.com

I’m sorry. Where was the apology? FYI, Chris all those silly promotions help pay your salary. Grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Blue Jays reportedly deal for Melvin Upton Jr. | MLB.com

What a day for the Padres. Not matter what they get for him, just getting rid of that contract is a wonderful accomplishment.

According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto has agreed to acquire Upton from the Padres for a Class A prospect and the deal could be finalized today. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the deal.

Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres likely would have to cover some of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton, jr.

OMNICHATTER 7-26-16

The “I’m Slipping Lately” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yoo Chang-sik under police investigation for match-fixing

Say it ain’t you, Yoo. Say it ain’t Yoo.

South Korean police say they have investigated a baseball player who confessed to his team about match-fixing.

The investigation of Yoo Chang-sik, a left-handed pitcher for the Kia Tigers, came four days after prosecutors indicted two other players on match-fixing allegations.

According to police, Yoo told investigators Monday that he deliberately allowed walks in the first innings during two games in 2014 when he was playing for the Hanwha Eagles.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 05:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, korean league

OMNICHATTER 7-25-16

The OMNICHATTER to end all OMNICHATTERS.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 03:40 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Will Hall of Fame’s new election rules help former Tigers?

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker remain three of the most controversial candidates for the Hall. All three have their camps of support, but none of them can be elected by the baseball writers, for separate reasons.

Wahoo Sam Posted: July 25, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell, hall of fame, jack morris, lou whitaker

Yankees deep in trade talks: Aroldis Chapman for Cubs stud | New York Post

Torres would be a good get, although there is a question whether he’ll outgrow shortstop.

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, gleyber torres, trade rumors, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-25-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 25, 1916:

The assault on Umpire George Johnston at the [Toledo] baseball park Sunday will result in the elimination of pop bottles, according to Manager Bresnahan. A paper substitute will be used.

Johnson was knocked unconscious by one of fifty or more bottles thrown from the stands when the spectators were dissatisfied with a decision which meant defeat for the home club.

The arbiter left the hospital yesterday with several stitches in the back of his head where the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

Rockies will promote prospect David Dahl | MLB.com

It might only be a short-term call-up, depending on trades and performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, rockies

White Sox problems always more interesting than other teams’ problems - Chicago Tribune

When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.

Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.

“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Every Picture Tells a Story: The Stick « Our Game

The trade card shown at the left is part of a six-card series contrasting “New Style” (1880s) and “Old Style” (1870s). Depicting “The Scorer,” it casts light on an old mystery that I referenced many moons ago in my book Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:

We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Big Love: An Oral History of David Ortiz

Red Sox Nation adores David Ortiz.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching

There are two important things that can be gleaned from this weekend’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.

One: Good teams are resilient. They battle when things don’t look particularly promising. And they do it in a convincing way. This is a good Orioles team.

Two: Don’t be fooled. The Orioles still need starting pitching reinforcements, no matter how well the rotation has pitched recently. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Baseball Hall of Fame: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza are Cooperstown odd couple

“They each took roads that not many have ever traveled,’’ said former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, Piazza’s best friend in baseball. “Mike was the late-round draft pick with people doubting him along the way. Junior had the expectations of having a successful big-league dad. But they both did it on their own. There weren’t any shortcuts. I think that added a human quality to the display of emotion you saw here.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

OTP 2016 July 25: Card Shark - Bikini trading-card king Brian Wallos expands his empire to politics

Wallos’s Decision 2016 political trading-card set, released in mid-April, is perhaps the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date for cable-news addicts who also grew up collecting baseball cards. Instead of documenting when a player was drafted in what round, Wallos reminds collectors of the exact moment each candidate dropped out of the race. And rather than commemorating highlights, like Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, Decision 2016 cards capture seminal moments, like Hillary Clinton ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 25, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 2475 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, politics

Solving the Yankee Equation, One Number at a Time - The New York Times

The Yankees analytical team comes out of the basement.

For all you old RSBB guys, there has been a David Grabiner sighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

PITCH fx: The future for MLB Umpires? :: Klip Bloggin Sports

I didn’t realize the system didn’t track the pitch all the way.

How does PITCHf/x work to call strikes? PITCHf/x uses three cameras to triangulate a baseball’s position in space from the moment it leaves the pitcher’s hand. There is a major flaw however: The cameras stop tracking the ball a few feet from the plate, instead analyzing the trajectory to come up with a predicted location within an inch of where it actually shows up. ... Yet, that blind spot in front of the plate troubles the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx, rules of the game, umpires

What To Expect: Alex Bregman - BaseballAmerica.com

The Astros looking for more offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza deliver emotional Hall of Fame speeches

Well, Piazza lasted two minutes before his voice started cracking, sniffing, and wiping away tears.

Griffey, who made the mistake of looking into the faces of his three children sitting in the front row, lasted all of 20 seconds.

“Nothing can prepare you,” Piazza said, “for how you feel, and the history sitting behind us on stage.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman could be traded | MLB.com

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Sunday night that the Cubs’ top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres, would be a part of a deal between Chicago and the Yankees involving Chapman. Torres was scratched from the lineup before his game Sunday at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, trade rumors, yankees

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Report: D-backs making teams aware Shelby Miller ‘is available’

This is a terrible indictment on their decision-making process.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Rockies have several players who could be targeted for trade with deadline near – The Denver Post

The Tulowitzki trade last summer sneaked up on nearly everyone outside the GM’s office, including Tulowitzki, who was furious he was kept in the dark. But Bridich had that trade in the works for months. Trading Gonzalez could give a playoff-contending team a hearty slugger at an affordable price. His contract may be undervalued for his production.

“I’ve seen a lot of players that follow the money and they’re not happy,” Gonzalez told The Denver Post. “Money isn’t everything. You ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies


Slate: Out at Home

Reds fans couldn’t help but think the Griffeys should’ve reunited in Cincinnati. Junior’s ancestral connection to the Big Red Machine explained a lot of the fervor over his eventual homecoming. Just as important was his star power, which transcended his sport in a way that doesn’t really happen in baseball today. (Try to imagine local news helicopters tracking the homecoming of, say, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw.) Griffey had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nabisco, and AOL; he had a ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr., mariners, reds, trades

Baseball: Sport more than a passion for these women | Times Record

Great stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

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