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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change | Mark Bradley blog

How next year won’t be like this year: “I think we’re going to see a younger team. We’ve got arguably the best prospect in the game (outfielder Ronald Acuna) pushing his way up to Atlanta. He’s going to be given every opportunity in spring training. When he’s ready, nobody’s going to stand in his way. I said the same thing about Ozzie Albies this spring, and it’s the same way. You saw where we moved Brandon Phillips to third base. We will move other people to make way for this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Olney: Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton’s future - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Others who have seen the Marlins’ books all say the same thing: The unpopular franchise is saturated with debt. The club’s current television contract runs out in a few years, and it’s unclear how much growth the Marlins can expect, given the club’s struggles on the field. A lot of Miami baseball fans have been unhappy with the way that the team’s relatively new ballpark was funded, and they have stayed away from a place that isn’t easy to access before games and isn’t easy to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:56 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Diamondbacks Clinch Playoff Berth

Go Diamondbacks!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jacob deGrom reaches significant 200-inning plateau for first time in career

Jacob deGrom has been the last ace standing for the Mets for most of this season, pitching more innings than Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz have thrown combined.

Coming off of season-ending elbow one year ago, it is of no small significance that deGrom reached the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his major-league career on Sunday. DeGrom tossed another six strong frames, despite suffering the defeat to Washington ace Max Scherzer in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

“It’s ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 24, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Francona ... points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS

Francona: Clevinger going to bullpen “to be a weapon.” Indians leaning toward 4-man rotation for ALDS.

Francona didn’t name the 4th starter, but sure points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS, if Game 4 needed. Team still weighing Salazar’s role.

cmd600 Posted: September 24, 2017 at 05:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: genius, homers, indians, postseason

Electronic device speeds Byron Buxton’s hand recovery

Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand.

“That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon as he sat at his Comerica Park locker.

In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryon buxton, twins

The case for Jose Altuve as the American League MVP, and a look at the rest of the contenders

Nick Cafardo embraces WAR.

WAR numbers can also vary based on the formulas used to calculate them. Defensive metrics are also getting more refined and accurate. And there are these things called your eyes. If you’ve followed a player all season you understand his value regardless of what the numbers say. Usually the numbers back up the eyes and the instincts.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday Notes: Travis Shaw and the Brewers are Sneaky Good | FanGraphs Baseball

When I first wrote about Matt Olson, he was 20 years old and wrapping up a season where he led the Pacific Coast League with 37 home runs. Three years later, he’s showing off his prodigious power in an Oakland uniform. Since being called up by the A’s in mid June, the sweet-swinging first baseman has gone deep 24 times in 210 plate appearances. His slash line is a McGwire-esque .262/.357/.667.

The bridge between those aforementioned seasons included an impactful mechanical adjustment. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Yankees look ahead after postseason clinch | MLB.com

I’m giving this the thumbs down!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

ASK BA: Can A Team Promise Otani A Lucrative Extension? | BaseballAmerica.com

The CBA says, “The Commissioner may impose strict penalties on any Club that attempts to circumvent the system.” What exactly would the Commissioner do? Loss of pick(s)? Fine? Spanking? Would any team blow through the cap to sign Otani?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings

A’s Bruce Maxwell kneels for anthem | MLB.com

Baseball players join the movement.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bruce maxwell

Saturday, September 23, 2017

How the Astros’ trade for Justin Verlander came together | SI.com

If you are interested in trade discussions, this is a must read.

“The reality is that any economic modeling that includes projections is not going to like a deadline deal, where you’re trading what could be an enormous amount of future value for a decent amount of present value,” says Luhnow. “The math does not support these types of deals. It’s a matter of using your best judgment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Bellinger blasts Giants, Dodgers clinch NL West

“You know, I could play Otani every day,” he said, with a faint smile. “Oh, I’d put him out there. Trust me.”

The Giants will make every effort this winter to court Shohei Otani, a generational talent from Japan who conjures comparisons to Babe Ruth with his 102 mph fastball and his ability to turn them around at the plate.

Maybe next year the Giants will have Otani on their side. Maybe they will have Giancarlo Stanton’s chiseled form in the middle of their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, shohei otani


Arizona Diamondbacks had a dinosaur throw out the first pitch - SBNation.com

Don’t worry; it wasn’t a real dinosaur.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wondering if Jiménez is making his final start with Orioles - School of Roch

He’s had an interesting career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, ubaldo jimenez

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger sets NL rookie home-run record with 39th

Bellinger breaks the NL rookie home run record in the same game the Dodgers clinch their 5th straight division title. And he’s still got 8 games left to pad the record.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, home runs, rookie of the year

Friday, September 22, 2017

Canadian Fakin’ - Goins uses hidden ball trick to get Frazier

Ryan Goins is known for being a magician with the glove, but in Friday night’s 8-1 win over the Yanks at Rogers Centre, he unveiled his sneakiest move yet: The hidden ball trick.


Jeter Cleans House Via Remote Control

Derek Jeter doesn’t even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball’s Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon), and the player known as Mr. Marlin (Jeff Conine), according to two MLB sources.

And here’s the twist: Jeter asked Marlins president David Samson to fire those four Marlins luminaries for him, because Jeter didn’t want ...

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Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:46 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: douchebag, firings, front office, jeter, marlins

The subtle change that saved Aroldis Chapman’s season | New York Post

He stopped throwing pitches down the middle?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Karl Ravech on Twitter: There is no conversation worth having ...

What, he doesn’t care about the children in the bleachers?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:35 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nets

How Marlins pitcher Junichi Tazawa helped create 90 jobs in a North Carolina candy factory

Tazawa. Candy. Baseball. This is a fun one.

jmurph Posted: September 22, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: candy, marlins, red sox


Albert Pujols is having the worst season for a 37-year-old in MLB history

Pujols has four more years on this contract, making him the favorite for the worst ever season for a 38-year-old, a 39-year-old, a 40-year-old, and a a 41-year-old.

Hank G. Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2017

Updates on international baseball in the Chicago Eagle, September 22, 1917:

The American boys in France are finding out that they are not the only men who can play ball. Not counting the Canadians, or “Americans,” there are in the Australian part of the British empire’s army a lot of very nifty baseballers.

The Japanese government, it is reported, plans to send two college [baseball] teams in a tour of its territory in Manchuria, partly to make the Japanese colonists there feel in touch with the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Robinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com

Moms dig the long ball.

Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday’s 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

Cano had a special fan in attendance as his mom, Claribel, had flown in from the Dominican Republic earlier this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, milestones, robinson cano

Marlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel

“It’s almost like you see yourself. Oh, there’s a Brian Anderson up there. Maybe that’ll be me one day,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool experience, seeing a guy with your name. That said, it also makes you realize you’re really common, so you’re not going to stand out much with your name.”

Anderson, the Miami Marlins’ third baseman, stood out enough anyway to earn his first major league call-up this month, becoming the third Brian Anderson in major league history. Out ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brian anderson, marlins

Baseballs Are More Consistently Juiced Than Ever | FiveThirtyEight

Making the balls more consistent might further affect MLB’s overall home run rate, but it also means pitchers and hitters should end up with a more even playing field. Such consistency won’t help every player, but at least they’ll have a better idea of what they’re working with — a ball that travels farther and flies faster than it used to.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseballs

Ozzie and the MVP | Articles | Bill James Online

Dave Fleming on the 1987 MVP race.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, mvp, ozzie smith

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rangers release artists’ renderings of their new ballpark

Good news for BDC, I guess.

Hank G. Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:07 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rangers

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