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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Red Sox worried Justin Masterson may be hurting after he’s rocked - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Masterson has looked brutal. He’s the first guy to be replaced in the rotation.

“The last two times out for Justin have not been anywhere close to what he’s shown this year—set aside prior to the start of 2015,” Farrell said. “Clearly, he’s not right. Whether that’s physical, whether that’s delivery-wise, the ball is not coming out of his hand as he’s shown the better part of the year. We’ve got to gather information, we’ve got to check on him in the morning, get a full workup, get a better ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox

Maybe Phillies should follow Pirates’ roadmap for success

Theo? Even he can’t fast-forward an organization.

Analytics are great. And with the revolutionary data points being logged by MLB’s new Statcast system, the gap between the teams poised to make the best use of that information and the teams still struggling to catch up could widen significantly. But even the most proficient organizations can’t fast-forward through the rebuilding process. Unless they hire Theo Epstein.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, pirates

Larry Bowa talks Sandberg, Asche, player accountability | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Q: Is Sandberg demoralized by the way things have been going?

A: “No. He’s very patient. I think he’s been great. Not at all.”

Q: How about you?

A: “I don’t like losing. I don’t like losing. I don’t care how you lose or what you have on the field, I don’t like losing. I’m not going to change. That’s the way I am. I was that way when I played, when I coached, managed. I was that way when I worked at MLB. I do not like not doing the best I can and when we lose I think ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: larry bowa, phillies

Yogi Berra at 90: Quips and quotes from a Yankees icon

Belated Happy Birthday to Yogi!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yogi berra

Yankees Insider: Drew to replace Alex Rodriguez as backup 3B - NY Daily News

They must want to keep in the lineup to better Alex’s chances of hitting his next milestone homer.

A-Rod has been nursing a sore left hamstring, sitting out Saturday’s game. He started the past two games and was in the starting lineup Tuesday, even stealing a base in the ninth inning on Monday night. He was seen grabbing at the hamstring after taking the base - which was later scored as defensive indifference - but expressed little concern after the game.

“I think it should be OK,” Rodriguez ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, stephen drew, yankees


5-13-15 OMNICHATTER

CHATTER of the OMNI variety…

Gamingboy Posted: May 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM | 178 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

‘Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud:’ The Best Baseball Book You’ve Never Read

Unless you’re a longtime Yankees fan (or a baseball fan over the age of fifty), Joe Pepitone probably doesn’t mean that much to you. Larry David name-checked him on a handful of Seinfeld episodes – including the one where Kramer gets kicked out of Yankees fantasy camp after plunking Pepitone with a fastball – and literally invoked his name (“Joe Pepitone up in this ############!”) in a memorable Curb Your Enthusiasm moment. But unlike former Yankees teammates Yogi Berra or Mickey Mantle, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball books, frank sinatra, joe pepitone

Cubs-Mets trade will happen ‘at some point’

s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).

“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.

Cubs president Theo ...

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Troy Tulowitzki mulls asking Rockies for trade | New York Post

This is rich. Sorry, it comes off as whining. One of the biggest reasons the Rockies have not had winning seasons over the last four years is their best, most expensive player has only played about 60% of his team’s game.

One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen.

The two will decide whether it is time to ask Rockies management for a trade.

“To say that it is not a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

MLB Network analyst hits line drive into co-host’s head - SBNation.com

Next time she needs to come up and in on his grill.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, sean casey, television

Rays brass says stadium can spur urban renaissance

JERBS!

Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld told a St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce lunch crowd Tuesday that baseball is the only sport that can create “its own sense of place” due to its 81-game home schedule.

“No other sport can do that,” Auld said.

Auld touched briefly on the long-running stadium impasse between the team and the St. Petersburg City Council, repeating the Rays’ mantra that a new stadium has to be good for the team and the region.

A new stadium could spark ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 12, 2015 at 03:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: new stadiums, rays, st. petersburg, subsidies, urban renewal

The Wrigley Field Bleachers Reopen

Nice fan writeup and 74 photos from the new bleacher setup.


Mookie Betts has arrived, and just in time for the Red Sox - Over the Monster

Not only is he hitting but, I have heard, his dreamy eyes have caught the attention of certain Yankees fans.

Betts is now batting .248/.322/.442 on the season, good for a 111 OPS+. His BABIP still isn’t all the way fixed, as it’s just .252, but if anything, that’s just encouraging for what’s still to come. Mookie has managed to bat .280/.362/.488 in the 20 games since his initial slump, with three homers and 10 extra-base hits overall. He’s struck out just eight times in his last 95 plate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Elvis Andrus Stalks The Most Dangerous Game: Adrian Beltre

Funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, elvis andrus, rangers

BP Boston: OLDE SOX: THE UNIQUENESS OF WADE BOGGS

Boggs worked to make himself a decent third baseman. Decent. His Gold Gloves were a gift, however. Pedroia has consistently been a great fielder. Their defensive skills are not similar.

But Pedroia has hit for almost exactly the same overall power as Boggs, at least when it comes to a career slugging percentage. Boggs posted a .443 slugging over his tenure, while Pedroia checks in at .444, despite hitting dingers at a far higher rate than Wade ever did. And Pedroia plays stellar defense at a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade boggs

Noah Syndergaard to make MLB debut - MLB Daily Dish

I have read that it is THORSDAY!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Video: Must C: Davis’ mammoth blast | MLB.com

This was a shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, khris davis

Asche optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley | phillies.com

Can’t have him take time away from Sizemore or Francoeur.

He was surprised once again Monday. Not with the fact they wanted him to play left field, but that they wanted him to learn in the Minor Leagues, where he has not played since 2013.
“I’m surprised, but I understand,” Asche said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody asche, phillies

Party on: Wrigley Field bleachers reopen, not much has changed - Chicago Tribune

Get in line lemmings.

There are still some kinks that need to be worked out, like the non-operating elevator at the center-field entrance. And while the concourses are huge, the new exits in the middle of the left-field bleachers are so narrow only one person can fit through at a time, meaning fans will have to smush together or wait until the entrance is open.

“That’s a design flaw someone should’ve noticed,” Schwerin said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The unlucky season of the super-lucky Giants - SBNation.com

Grant Brisbee breaks down the runs scored/allowed data.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Bridich challenges Rockies to play better | rockies.com

Remember the Blake Street Bombers?

“We have a good collection of players,” said Bridich, the first-year GM whose team is 11-17 and last in the National League West. “And at this point, meaning the last two weeks of the season, they’ve added up to a bad team. I don’t think there’s any other way you can look at it. That’s not saying anything shocking. The players know that.

“There are bad stretches that befall every team in a season, or most every team in a season. This is where we see what type ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Snopes.com:  Wally Pipp’s Career-Ending ‘Headache’

In the case of Wally Pipp there was no inopportune headache, no “delightful and romantic story” — just a case of a slumping player who lost his job to an up-and-comer and never got it back. But his replacement was the stuff of legend (the indestructible ballplayer finally felled by a fatal disease), and so he became part of a legend that mixed fact and fiction and grew so large even some of the participants came to believe in its fictional aspects.

I don’t know nearly as much baseball history ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, lou gehrig

Adam Bittner: Not yet time to give up on Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harrison is a great super sub. The Pirates would maximize his value by using him in that role.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jordy mercer, josh harrison, jung ho kang, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-12-2015

Page 32 of the Pittsburgh Press, May 12, 1915:

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, forkball, history, pitches

Sources: Olivera receives visa, headed to LA | MLB.com

Olivera, 30, who signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March, is expected in Los Angeles on Friday to finalize the contract by completing his physical, according to industry sources. Additionally, the timeline for Olivera’s introductory news conference is being finalized, and he could be begin working out at Camelback Ranch, the club’s Spring Training facility in Glendale, Ariz., sometime next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hector olivera

Marlins making change in closer role | marlins.com

Maybe last season’s success gave him a big head.

“Shrek [Cishek] has done a tremendous job for us, but at the end of the day, it’s about winning games,” Redmond said.

A year ago, Cishek converted 39 of 43 chances. The sidearm-throwing right-hander has already blown as many as he did last season.

“It’s tough to win in the big leagues, and when you get late leads, you’ve got to be able to lock them down,” Redmond said. “Against a team like the Dodgers, they have so many weapons, great pitching. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, steve cisheks

No. 3 STL prospect Alex Reyes racks up career-high 11 strikeouts for Palm Beach Cardinals | MiLB.com

A good day for the Cardinals next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

The nightmare is happening: The New York Yankees are a very good team - SweetSpot - ESPN

David likes them, he really likes them.

That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to 85 or 90 losses.

It starts with Rodriguez, the onetime golden child—so long ago, of course—turned pariah seeking his moment of redemption. I don’t know if he’ll get that; he remains, after all, the most disliked player in the game. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap | Boston Herald

I bet Clayton Kershaw would like to provide all the game balls.

“If you’re playing on turf and a guy hits a screaming one-hopper to the shortstop, it’s going to have a huge scuff on it. Certain pitchers can create an advantage with that, so that’s why they throw those baseballs out,” Wilson said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball

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