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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ESPN: Stephen Vogt brings his fun-loving personality to the ballpark every day

Great feature on the Oakland Athletics’ biggest fan favorite in recent years.

“[Eric] Byrnes was more of an athletic, running-down-the-line-hard, playing-with-his-hair-on-fire type of guy,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “Stephen probably doesn’t have the pace to play with his hair on fire, but he’s a ditch digger. He doesn’t use batting gloves. He has pine tar all over him and he’s dirty from the time he goes out there. His teammates feed off how hard he plays and how hard he works—and how ...

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Sonny Gray's Got a Yakker for Your Culo Posted: June 16, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

NY Times: St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, for hacking into the internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law ...

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How far would you go to improve your favorite team?

Would you kill for a Bryce Harper?

Oliveros’s actions bring up an important question: How far would you, as a fan, be comfortable with your team going to improve itself? To stay them in contention? At the risk of being melodramatic, how much of your soul is a couple of extra wins worth?

Me? I don’t demand that ballplayers be good people. I’ve long ago had the hero-worship beaten out of me by Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch. But there are lines in the sand that I will not cross. One of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: ethics, head-hunting, twins


Two video replays were botched in the Dbacks-Angels game last night | HardballTalk

I’m really tired of replay. It slows the game down. Managers often ask for looks when the result isn’t very close. At the same time replay officials often get the calls wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules of the game



Estimating Pitcher Release Point Distance with PITCHf/x: Home and Away Splits – The Hardball Times

Not exactly great reading. It makes me pine for fielding related research.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-16-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, Page 5 of linked newspaper, June 16, 1915:

[Jack] Nabors, a local pitcher in the Georgia-Alabama league, established what is regarded as a new record in organizaed baseball [in Newman, Georgia] Tuesday by pitching against the Tallageda [sic] club for thirteen innings without giving a hit or base on balls. Only forty men faced Nabors, who won his game, 1 to 0.

Well, golllllllleee. That was a heck of a performance.

You’d think a pitcher like that would go on to a successful ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack nabors

A tough day for the Yanks yields sobering Tanaka lesson | New York Post

Even after these lousy results, the Yankees remained third in the AL with 288 runs scored. It’s rather mind-blowing to look at the many currently below-average bats in the Yankees’ lineup — Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, plus the fill-ins for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury — and then realize that the Yankees stand in serious contention BECAUSE of their offense, not despite it.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Hamilton thinks about giving up switch-hitting

You can’t? Somebody should tell Pablo and Shane.

“It’s on my mind all the time,” he said. “Here lately, a bunch of guys have done it. Pablo (Sandoval) did it. Shane Victorino did it. It’s something you can’t do in the middle of the season. You can’t go from being left-hander to facing righty-on-righty. You can’t do it in the middle of the season.

“But it’s something I’ve really been thinking about to do. I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable left-handed. It’s something I’ve got to keep ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds

Seven straight Red Sox losses, but not a negative word here - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

The press and fans have every right to complain. Of course, although it might feel good to vent, it doesn’t mean the venting actually does anything to improve the team’s chances.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Harper: With Gee out, time for Mets to welcome Matz - NY Daily News

Watch those innings. It certainly worked for the Nationals with Strasburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Byron Buxton’s first MLB hit was a triple because of course it was | MLB.com

According to Statcast, his speed topped out at 21.39 mph, which is A) fast enough to get you pulled over in a Massachusetts school zone and B) .41 miles faster than Billy Hamilton’s last triple, hit on May 13 against the Braves and maxing out at 20.98 mph. It’s even faster than Jarrod Dyson’s triple on May 10, which clocked in at 21.03 mph.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast, twins

September 9, 1965: ‘A million butterflies’ and one perfect game for Sandy Koufax | SABR

Includes a link to Vin Scully’s call of the last three outs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, no hitters, sandy koufax

OMNICHATTER 6-16-15

8 out of 9 Royals agree: OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: June 16, 2015 at 12:23 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tribune: Cubs To Call Up Kyle Schwarber (1st Round Pick ‘14 Draft)

“Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A (Iowa) after Sunday’s game,” Epstein said.

The second biggest sports news of the day in Chicago?

 

VoodooR Posted: June 15, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

San Diego Padres likely looking for sizzle in Bud Black’s successor | FOX Sports

So, what if the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson had not made that amazing catch on a potential game-winning hit by the Padres’ Justin Upton with two on and two outs in the ninth on Sunday?
Would a dramatic victory and series triumph over the rival Dodgers have mattered to the Padres’ itchy ownership? Or would they have just gone ahead and fired Bud Black as manager anyway?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, padres

NY Daily News:  Mets designate pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment

  With Gee seemingly out of options, the Mets announced Friday he would make a spot start against the Braves on Sunday. Gee, looking to prove he belonged in the rotation, was crushed and the Mets DFA’d him Monday.

In six seasons with the Mets, Gee went 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA.

Adam Starblind Posted: June 15, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tampa Bay Rays Looking To New Tech To Study Pitching

But does it measure The Will to Win?

So, it comes with little surprise that the Rays and markerless bio-mechanics company KinaTrax have announced a deal that will allow the Rays to keep track of their pitchers’ form. The two organizations released a statement today, saying that KinaTrax will install a software-hardware product suite in Tropicana Field for use in the 2015 MLB season.

The system will be able to track a pitcher’s mechanics in real-time during a game. It does not use any sort ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mechanics, pitching, rays, technology

3 reminders that long extensions for young players are still risky

Jedd Gyorko

He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.

Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball ...

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Kahrl: Will Streaking Blue Jays Add Pitching?

The title says it all.  The Jays are hot right now, but do they have the pitching they need to get to the playoffs?

Chris Fluit Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, christina kahrl, johnny cueto

6-15-15 OMNICHATTER

The No-More-Fallout-References-E3-Has-Started OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Oh, so close: Scherzer inches away from historic performance | MLB.com

He’s even better when not covered in chocolate sauce.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 15, 1915:

Keliher, first baseman of the Worcester team, had the distinction of playing through yesterday’s New England league game with Fitchburg without a putout, assist or error.

As of May 2007, 24 MLB first basemen had played an entire game without a fielding chance. That makes it just slightly more common than a perfect game, which has occurred 23 times in MLB history.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 15, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A-Rod redirects Yankees offer to donate HR bonus money - NY Daily News

Cost of lawyers and a lot of negative publicity. What a mess.

It is believed the only reason the Yankees made any suggestion to settle with a charity donation was because of the enormous cost of litigating the case — which would entail bringing in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the testimony A-Rod gave them in the Biogenesis case, along with the many witnesses in that case.

Regardless, if it’s war he wants with them again, the Yankees are said to be confident they will win it and prepared ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Chris Sale dominant again with 12 K’s, but Rays win to complete sweep

At the least, some fine company.

Sale was the third pitcher since data is available to strike out 12 in four consecutive starts. Martinez did it in 2001 (he had a streak of five in ’99) to go with a four-game streak in 1997. Randy Johnson strung together five straight of 12 or more in 1998. This was Sale’s 24th game with 10 or more, in 97 starts.

“The maturity of Chris Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof, just on and off the field,” Parent said. “It seems like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB | TribLIVE

“We like two-sport athletes, and we absolutely covet three-sport athletes,” General Manager Neal Huntington said. “We think they are a much better athlete. We believe in our developmental system. We feel there is a little bit more ceiling.”

Jacoby Jones, a third-round pick in 2013, played outfield and second base at LSU. But the former prep football player has played shortstop in the Pirates’ system.

“The mobility, agility stuff, quick short-yardage stuff,” Jones said of football ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates

New York Mets promote Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris

Gee will be unavailable for a few days after starting Sunday’s game. Bobby Parnell will not be asked to work a third straight day on Monday as he returns from Tommy John surgery. And Sean Gilmartin’s availability for the series opener against the Jays also is questionable since he logged two innings on Sunday.

So Morris—a 10th-round pick in 2010—appears a very brief safety net and an appropriate choice because he already is on the 40-man roster and within relative proximity.

Vic Black, also ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 15, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Kenny: The end of FIP as we know it

Professor Jon Heyman comments: “We’re going to have to sit shiva.”

What McCracken found became the foundation for how we would understand pitching. There is a wild variance in the batted ball. Defense and luck are huge components in run prevention. What was known as the “peripherals,” the strikeouts and walks, would’ve been better known as the “essentials.” For the past 14 years, you could reliably find out how good an outing was by looking at a pitcher’s strikeouts and walks.

This ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 15, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, sabermetrics, strikeouts, three true outcomes, walks

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