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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NY Post: It was a mistake for Bob Uecker to ignore this spider bite

The spider thought it was biting the great Whitey Ford. (So he lied.)

The 84-year-old — getting ready for his 48th season calling games for his hometown Brewers — told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the poisonous venom of a brown recluse spider nearly stopped him from returning to the game that he loves after he got bit in October in the backyard of his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“I had a pair of shorts on,” Uecker told the newspaper. “I got bit by a spider but I didn’t know ...

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The Luckiest Pitching Staff in History

If you find yourself caught in a lightning storm, you’ll want to huddle with these guys.

gehrig97 Posted: March 20, 2018 at 05:02 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony young, christy mathewson, jack coombs, lefty gomez, pitching

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-20-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, March 20, 1918:

There is much gloom and sadness in St. Pete these days, because one of the best little plans that ever split the plate has been wrecked beyond repair. Al Lang, the hustling Mayor, is wearing a grouch and other members of the welcome-to-our-city club are disconsolate. They have been foiled, and the worst part of it is that no one can be blamed, not even themselves.

On Monday night it was decided to have a monster celebration to welcome the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Spending bill could quash Minor League Baseball players’ wage claims

Why doesn’t the MLBPA add minor leaguers to their union? Of course, we know why.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2018 at 07:01 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner suffers broken left wrist | ESPN

Justin Turner has a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch during Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Turner was struck by a pitch from right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning.

“I was hoping obviously the X-rays would be negative, but there’s a small non-displaced fracture,’’ Turner said. “We’ll just play it by ear, see how it goes.’‘

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 20, 2018 at 01:15 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injury, justin turner

Monday, March 19, 2018

Braves Ronald Acuna sent to Minors camp | MLB.com

Acuna getting sent down to learn to walk on water.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2018 at 08:09 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-19-2018

Toledo News-Bee, March 19, 1918:

Pitcher George Foster, star of the Red Sox hurling staff in the 1916 world’s series, announced today that he had quit the game. He will devote his future to raising hogs. The contract Boston offered Foster this season specified a cut of $2000 in salary. This is said to have prompted Foster to quit. Foster is building one of the biggest hog ranches in [Oklahoma].

I can see why he’d have been upset. Foster was still in his 20s and a good pitcher, had a career ERA+ ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 19, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 March 19: Spending bill could quash Minor League Baseball players’ wage claims

A massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from federal labor laws, according to three congressional officials familiar with the talks.

The exemption would represent the culmination of more than two years of lobbying by Major League Baseball, which has sought to preempt a spate of lawsuits that have been filed by minor leaguers alleging they have been illegally underpaid.


Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Where will Holland go? | FanRag Sports

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NY POST - KERNAN: It’s all coming together for ‘awesome’ Matt Harvey

PORT ST. LUCIE — What a change from a year ago. In more ways than one for Matt Harvey and the Mets.

Harvey has a feel for the baseball again, something he didn’t have last year because he was recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.

That change Thursday was obvious as Harvey struck out the last five Marlins he faced, the final two Ks coming off diving changeups in the Mets’ 7-6 loss at First Data Field.

One other important note: Harvey is digging the new “badass’’ ...

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Lassus Posted: March 17, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Another rough day for Shohei Ohtani prompts more questions for Angels | OC Register

Scioscia said they aren’t yet sure when Ohtani’s next start would be. Assuming five or six days rest, the schedule he’s been on all spring, that would be either next Thursday or Friday.

It’s also possible he could pitch in a minor league game so they can ensure he gets up to the 90 pitches he needs to start the season. Ohtani threw only 50 pitches in Friday’s game, then went down to the bullpen for another three innings worth of work, Scioscia said.

Ohtani has now pitched in four ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 17, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Friday, March 16, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-16-2018

Washington Times, March 16, 1918:

Wally Schang is playing third base for the Red Sox in their practice skirmishes [in Arkansas]. Manager Barrow will not admit that Schang will continue to hold down the hot corner, but he keeps the former Philadelphia catcher right out there facing sizzlers.

Babe Ruth at first, Johnny Evers at second, [Everett] Scott at short and Schang at third is the line-up of the infield right now.

Man, things are so bad in Boston that they’ve got a pitcher playing first ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 16, 2018 at 11:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Top 175 MLB Prospects for 2018 - Minor League Ball

It’s a little late this year but here is John Sickels Top 175 Prospect List.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2018 at 03:48 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

OT - March Madness 2018

I estimate that only STIGGLES is interested in college basketball. This thread will avoid detracting from what BBTF is truly about: the NBA and how many MLB teams are tanking.

Who will earn a soon-to-be vacated Final Four birth this year?

#1 Seeds are Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, and Xavier.

[Link goes to overview of Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings]


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-15-2018

Toledo News-Bee, March 15, 2018:

Al Timme, president of the Milwaukee club, is probably the busiest man in the world today, answering communications from baseball men who want to manage the Brewers, now that it is clear Ned Egan, hired for that job, is out of the game for the year. Egan, who injured his spine in a skating accident, is in a bad way.

When I first saw this, I thought it was kind of amusing: An ice skating accident ending a manager’s season. But the more I read about it, the more ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Minor League Pace-Of-Play Changes in 2018

EXTRA INNINGS

At all levels of Minor League Baseball, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position previous to the leadoff batter of the inning (or a substitute for that player). By way of example, if the number five hitter in the batting order is due to lead off the 10th inning, the number four player in the batting order (or a pinch-runner for such player) shall begin the inning on second base. Any runner or ...

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villageidiom Posted: March 14, 2018 at 04:56 PM | 273 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, minor leagues, minors, pace of play

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2018

Toledo News-Bee, March 14, 1918:

The story of how Arthur Fletcher nearly lost a pair of fingers from his right hand reached [New York] on Thursday. The star Giant shortstop was trying to count the revolutions of the fans in his motor with the two fingers. He escaped with bruises.

Art Fletcher: A new candidate for Biggest Idiot Ever.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

David Wright Sidelined For Two Months

He was back in spring training with the hope of playing again. He wasn’t doing much, but the hope was there, pending further medical evaluations. Now those evaluations are in and, while not necessarily surprising, are not good.

djordan Posted: March 14, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


The Opt-Out Clause Is Evolving | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan explains Jake Arrieta’s contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2018 at 04:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: contracrs, jake arrieta


SABR Analytics Conference | Society for American Baseball Research

Highlights from the conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-13-2018

Bridgeport Times, March 13, 1918:

The mystery as to why Harold Ruel of the Yanks was nicknamed “Muddy” was explained by [Yankees team secretary] Harry Sparrow, who says it is because Ruel’s uniform while at Memphis was always the color of the Missouri, part of the Mississippi river. He never had his unirofm washed while on a hitting streak, and, as he always hit well, the flannels never saw any water.

Bill James mentions a completely different story in the Historical Baseball Abstract, in which ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 13, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, March 12, 2018

Neil Walker signs one-year deal with Yankees | MLB.com

The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, is entering his 10th Major League season. His signing could signal the Yankees’ intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues.

“I don’t control that,” Torres said. “I control playing my game every day and making progress every day, staying humble and trying to help my team. I don’t know what happens right now.”

Walker’s contract is believed to be worth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:58 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Jake Arrieta, Phillies agree to deal | MLB.com

That’s a pretty good contract for a guy who is trending in the wrong direction.

The Phillies made a remarkably bold move Sunday, particularly for a team that still considered itself building for the future. Sources told MLB.com that the Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports it’s a three-year contract worth $75 million—Arrieta will make $30 million in the first year, $25 million in the second and $20 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-12-2018

Washington Herald, March 12, 1918:

An unusual and interesting feature of the spring training of the St. Louis Americans is focusing the attention of the fans upon Shreveport, La., for there Jack Powell, fat and middle-aged, is attempting what, if successful, will prove one of the most remarkable come-backs in the history of baseball.

Powell, who twirled for the St. Louis club during the team’s first year in the American League, and who left major league baseball in 1912, is paying his own ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, dugout, history

Dodd: Scott Boras says “The system has failed” Mike Moustakas – The Athletic

The “system” or his agent?

Moustakas is a good player. He’s not a great player. He’s also the type of player who has lost value…slow, mediocre fielders with one above-average tool (a tool that is plentiful in the market). Boras should have gotten him signed earlier.

Boras, his agent, had misjudged the market. Moustakas lost nearly $10 million in the process in 2018. Yet as Boras, Moustakas and Moore gathered for a group media session on Saturday morning, Boras questioned the “integrity” of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike moustakas, pay site, royals, scott boras, the athletic

OTP 12 March 2018: Trevor Bauer thinks Major League Baseball trying to silence him on Twitter

Last February, Bauer made waves on Twitter when he argued over politics with his followers. He tweeted that almost all of the Indians supported Donald Trump and told another user they were “welcome to quit life.”

Bauer has been much calmer as of late and that could be because MLB stepped in. The 27-year-old hasn’t tweeted that much this offseason and when he does it’s been about things like the Olympics and his training.


Staying Ahead of the Curve: Why Conventionality is a Luxury of the Rich | The Process Report

Some great analysis on a idea that I’ve been a proponent of for a long time. Hopefully the team will get full buy-in from players with the ability to execute the plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Heyman | Arrieta closing in on deal with Phillies | FanRag Sports

Twitter says it’s a done deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 05:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

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