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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Reds Benefit from Error, Expected to Sign Undrafted Talent | FanGraphs Baseball

UPDATE: 8/4/2016: Friedl signed today for about $730k. Since the initial publication of this article, scouts have contacted me and alerted me that they knew he was draft eligible (though it’s clear some teams didn’t), as did Friedl, but that Friedl wasn’t going to sign after his R-Soph year unless he got the kind of money that he ended up getting today from the Reds. Scouts who saw him this spring didn’t think he was worth that sort of bonus. Scouts who saw him this summer however, did.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, t.j. fried

Twins consider sending Miguel Sano to Triple-A | twinsbaseball.com

“I think it goes along the lines with young players who get to the big leagues and they either subconsciously, or their agents, someone’s telling them they’ve got everything figured out and go enjoy the life,” Molitor said. “It’s contrary to what’s real in terms of you don’t want to ever get too comfortable. And there are other guys we’ve had discussions with as young players to keep their focus on how they got here, why they’re here and [doing] what they need to do to stay here.”

Molitor said ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, paul molitor, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2016

Milwaukee Journal, August 4, 1916:

After a couple of battles in which Capt. Johnny Evers and Red Smith, Boston Nationals, figured yesterday, Evers announced he was “disgusted” with the way things were going, and that if he could obtain an unconditional release he was “about ready to quit the Braves.”

The trouble started when [Evers] called Red down for unsportsmanlike conduct. Louden, Cincinnati, had tripled and was about to make a dask for the home plate after a fly, when Red held him. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history

OT: August 2016 Soccer Thread

Upcoming European Dates of Note:
English Community Shield - August 7
European Super Cup - August 9
English Premier League kickoff - August 13
Serie A kickoff - August 20
La Liga kickoff - August 20
German Bundesliga kickoff - August 26

jmurph Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 396 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

The 10 quickest ways to get kicked out of an MLB stadium | FOX Sports

You have to respect the rules and be a seat moving artist!

8. Sneak up into better seats
This is a case-by-case basis. Usually, as long as you aren’t a jerk about it, and the theft isn’t too heinous, moving up into better seats isn’t an ejection-worthy crime at a ballgame. But if you’re trying to crash a skybox suite (the present author has NEVER attempted such a misdeed), you’re going to be out on your butt before you can explain why you’ve eaten half the complimentary shrimp.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

All the debates about Puig have gotten a reality check. | Sports on Earth

All of us who have played baseball competitively know that some players are more difficult to play with than others. Our willingness to tolerate the more difficult personalities is balanced by how well the player performs and how much of an effort we see him putting into playing well. If the player is killing it on the field and helping our team win, we’ll tolerate much more of all the other stuff. If the player’s performance, however, isn’t what we expect, it doesn’t take very long to see him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

The Mets place Yoenis Cespedes on the DL amid golf controversy | FOX Sports

On MLB Radio they were talking about him playing five hours of golf on a game day while he’s troubled by his calf problem. If true, I can see why the Mets organization and his teammates would be bothered.

If Cespedes wouldn’t pull the plug on his golf hobby, should the Mets have done so? That’s a question the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro asked:

You can blame Cespedes for bad judgment without blaming his hobby on complicating his recovery. These are not mutually exclusive things. And now ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: golf, injuries, mets, yoenis cespedes

IOC approves five sports for Tokyo, including baseball/softball

Great, now Olympic venues will have to blow more money building a baseball stadium which will never get used again.

“We have a real vision around what these new sports will add to the mix for Tokyo 2020, and it’s a vision that isn’t just limited to these five sports but what we want the Olympic program to do, what we want sport to be in the future of the Olympic Games,” said Kit McConnell, the IOC’s sports director. “In many ways, the sports that have come in signal a vision for how ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: olympics

OMNICHATTER 8-4-16

The OMNICHATTER was not approved as an Olympic Sport.

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Salazar to DL with Elbow Inflammation

the Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Newest member of the Indians, outfielder Brandon Guyer, assumed his spot on the 25-man roster.

Salazar has been dealing with discomfort in his throwing arm for several weeks. It was enough of an issue that he skipped making an appearance in his first All-Star Game to allow his body more time to rest.

Hopefully it’s nothing, but these situations always make fans nervous. ...Read More...

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Australian Baseball League to go ahead in 2016, without financial support of Major League Baseball

THE Australian Baseball League will go ahead this season but its future remains in limbo after Major League Baseball ended its lucrative backing of the national competition.

MLB had funded 75 per cent of the loss-making league since in 2010 with Baseball Australia holding the other 25 per cent stake.

After a review of its international operations last year MLB decided to terminate its ownership of the ABL and redirect funds to the development of the sport in Australia.

This includes a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: australian baseball, international, wombats

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw moved to 60-day DL

DENVER—Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, sidelined since late June with a herniated disk in his back, was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.

That means the 28-year-old won’t be able to return until Aug. 27, at the earliest.

 

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injury, kershaw

Deadspin: The Battle Over The Rangers’ Ballpark Scam Has Officially Begun

Gee, ya think?

The proposed stadium deal is pure blackmail. When the $1 billion stadium was announced, only $500 million of it was promised to come from the team itself. Why would the city of Arlington shell out half a billion dollars? Why would it spend anything? Because, even without having to say it, the implication — which is probably only a bluff — is that the Rangers will leave Arlington without a new, publicly funded ballpark to replace their perfectly fine one. The PAC formed to ...

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eddieot Posted: August 03, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: new stadiums, rangers

Dylan Bundy takes another step by completing seven scoreless innings - Baltimore Sun

Orioles fans must be pretty happy today.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Doc: MLB trade deadline is baseball at its worst

Dumbest column of the day?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade deadline

Ranking all 30 MLB teams by likability

This guy must be a Royals fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Trevor Story, probably done for regular season, placed on 15-day disabled list – The Denver Post

This stinks…and I don’t even have him on any of my fantasy teams.

But make no mistake: The Rockies, hoping to turn this recent summer surge into a fall to remember, felt subdued at the outset of a critical homestand. The news that star rookie shortstop Trevor Story probably is done for the season after suffering a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb dealt a blow.

“It’s terrible to hear that,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “It hurts my heart for him. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, trevor story

Phillies Nearly Employed An Optimal Lineup Last Night – Phillies Nation

Since they are playing Phillies hitters, this can’t even remotely be true.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies


Alex Rodriguez’s Days as a Yankee May Be Numbered - WSJ

At this point, why not keep him? He doesn’t have to play every day.

Roster expansion is 28 days away. If the team can build any value by playing him, even if they only save a million or two, it’s still better than buying him out now.

All of this has raised speculation that the Yankees could release Rodriguez, who remains under contract in 2017 for another $20 million. At this point, the speculation hasn’t evolved into anything resembling a plan: In an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 3, 1916:

The sudden disappearance of Harold Isroff, aged 12, son of Mrs. Anna Isroff, was solved when the lad was found in the American League baseball park, Cleveland, after relatives [in Youngstown] had become frantic. He is a good ball player and said he wanted to see Tris Speaker play, as he was tired of playing “one ol’ cat.”

Okay, maybe he shouldn’t have done things that way, but it’s tough to get upset at a kid for wanting to watch Tris Speaker. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers Dysfunction: Selling Low On Yasiel Puig Is Malpractice (UPDATE) - Forbes

How can the writer make this claim? He can have his own opinion of what he things about Puig but he has no idea of the opinion of GMs. FYI, a player’s reputation has an impact on his value. This is particularly true when the player is not playing well.

But I am not willing to stipulate that Puig has lost all his trade value. This business of comparing a player with his former self only goes so far, and it’s intellectually lazy. Puig, right now, today, is a considerably better player than Scott ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Midseason ranking of MLB’s Top 10 farm systems | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline updates its Top 10 minor league systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Zion Harvey throws first pitch at Camden Yards | MLB.com

Zion did a great job on the first pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Rovell: Lowlight Of The Night: Joey Votto

Disagree with Rovell. The fan deserved Joey’s scorn.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, joey votto, reds, trolling

Yasiel Puig’s time with Los Angeles Dodgers always seemed destined to end badly - LA Times

Hernandez’s zinger could have been worse. He could have compared Zaidi to LA Times sports columnists. Those guys, phew, they aren’t that bright.

While Zaidi was speaking, Fox Sports posted a story online about how Puig departed Dodger Stadium in a huff after being told he would be traded or demoted.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Zaidi said. “We have an off day today. Anything further, we’ll address and comment on tomorrow.”

Zaidi has a doctorate in behavioral economics from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers, yasiel puig

The ‘uber’ Yankees? Brian Cashman’s LeBron James-like master plan - Yankees Blog- ESPN

MLB should just give them Harper, Fernandez, and Machado right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Dodgers leave Yasiel Puig behind as they head to Colorado | FOX Sports

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal updated his piece and apologized for getting the report wrong later last night.

Puig’s agent, Adam Katz, and Dodgers officials said that my initial report — that Puig stormed off after arriving at Dodger Stadium and being given the news — was inaccurate.

“I’m told he never went to the park,” Katz said. “The club informed me and the player understood clearly that they were making every effort to trade him and that if they were unable to come to terms with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:43 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Red Sox to Promote Andrew Benintendi

The article seems unsure where he’ll play ... Left field?

Brian Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: benintendi, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-2-16

The Day-After-Trade-Deadline OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 224 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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