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Monday, August 15, 2016

Still Pitching and Still Fascinating at 69 – The Hardball Times

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the first players I ever interacted with was Bill Lee. The 8 year-old me idolized big leaguers, so having one smile, joke around, sign an autograph and spend a few minutes was the greatest thing ever. I stopped idolizing players a long time ago but childhood memories and feelings linger long after we grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, red sox

OTP 2016 August 15: Amarillo’s Politics Could Cost City a AA Baseball Team

Nelson presented a feasibility study to the Lubbock city council Thursday showing how bringing a major league affiliated baseball team to the city would benefit them not only culturally with downtown development but economically as well.

“Part of the project is to build a stadium with a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats. Nelson said. “Deterime the ideal site for that stadium. Determine the viability of sharing the stadium with the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 989 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, minor leagues, politics


Exploring Statcast Data from Baseball Savant | Exploring Baseball Data with R

The future of batted ball data.

There seems to be active research of making sense of this type of data. For example, there is an interesting post by Rob Arthur at fivethirtyeight.com which looks at the relationship between launch angle, exit velocity and a linear weights measure of BIP value. There is a more recent article by Bill Petti on the Hardball Times. I agree with Rob Arthur that these findings are currently preliminary — we have a lot to learn about success in hitting balls in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Stephen Piscotty has improved arm strength | MLB.com

Great article.

And Piscotty? Well, we know exactly what he did, because MLB.com’s Cardinals beat reporter Jen Langosch pointed out way back in early April that improving arm strength was a focus of Piscotty’s last spring. As she wrote, Piscotty changed his throwing mechanics when new teammate Mike Leake “identified a flaw that was costing the outfielder some strength,” then worked with fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk on improving his arm action. Two days into the season, Piscotty showed off his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Mookie Betts hits three home runs in 5 innings | MLB.com

This kid is pretty, pretty good.

The 23-year-old Betts is one of the game’s rising stars, and he is hitting his way into the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award discussion.
Following his 4-for-6 display on Sunday, Betts had a slash line of .313/.353./.561 with 91 runs scored, 34 doubles, five triples, 26 homers and 84 RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton likely out for year | MLB.com

Really bad news for the Marlins.

“It’s a Grade 3 strain of his groin,” Hill said. “We’re going to rehab it, and best-case scenario is a six-week return. Obviously, there is still opportunity for G to be back this season’s end. But obviously, it was a significant injury and we’ll see how rehab goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

OMNICHATTER 8-15-16

Table OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Goold: How Moss learned to mash, without regrets | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Doctor Strangebat: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb!

Each day’s BP became his chance to let loose, masquerading as a warmup to get loose. He had a swing built for a longest-drive contest. He knew where the pitch was going to be, how fast it was going to arrive, and he wanted to see how far he could send it, picking distant spots out at each ballpark. If there was water out yonder, all the better. He would let fly to see how far it flew. And then, during a BP session at Class ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals

Marlins’ Stanton, Conley heading for DL stints | MLB.com

The Marlins suffered a costly 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night, as right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) and left-hander Adam Conley (hand) sustained injuries that will put them on the disabled list.

Stanton was injured on the final play of the game, attempting to stretch a single to a double. Conley, who started and gave up five runs in four innings, revealed postgame that he has been dealing with a hand injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adam conley, giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

Padres’ identity emerging on basepaths | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Despite a lineup that has become populated by rookies and other youngsters, an identity has emerged amid the infield dirt.

“I think I stated early on that I wanted the team to be aggressive and opportunistic, and I think one of the ways that’s exploited more than anywhere else is on the basepaths,” Green said. “You look at us on the bases this year, and we’ve found things we can take advantage of and we’ve taken advantage of them.

“That’s the way we want to play the game here. It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Concerned about David Price? Look to Rick Porcello for reassurance

Huh, you can’t completely evaluate a player in a single season. I wish my fellow Red Sox fans would understand this.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Sunday Notes: Saber Seminar, Yelich, Shipley, Hooton, Aardsma, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Tom Tippett took questions from the audience after speaking at this weekend’s Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball seminar in Boston, and one in particular caught my attention. Boston’s senior baseball analyst was asked to compare Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington and Dave Dombrowski, all of whom he’s worked for as a member of the Red Sox front office. His response (edited here for concision) was as follows:

“Theo was very analytical,” said Tippett. “Very creative, always ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, notes, saberseminar

Bannister saw benefits of PITCHF/x system early on - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Most scientists conduct their experiments in the seclusion of their labs, far away from eyes that might judge their work before they’ve reached conclusions. Back in 2008, when they were pitching together with the Kansas City Royals, Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke conducted their experiments in front of more than 37,000 people.

Bannister and Greinke had come across early data on pitch velocity and movement generated by a camera system mounted at major-league stadiums, a system now widely ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, pitchfx, red sox

Let’s hear it for Joe Girardi, the true hero of this Yankees season

For once, Loopy gets it exactly right

Captain Supporter Posted: August 14, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, new york yankees

Mejia’s epic streak ends, then extends to 50 | MLB.com

The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospects

MLB.com: Yanks Duo First To HR Back-To-Back In First AB

There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:

Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin ...

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OMNICHATTER 8-14-16

The OMNICHATTER Throw

Gamingboy Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 13, 2016

William Shatner throws out first pitch at Boston Red Sox game to kick off Comic Con in Boston (video) | masslive.com

That’s a pretty good throw for an 85 year-old actor.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, red sox

Dodgers’ Kershaw plays catch for 2nd day in a row

Baby steps.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Michael Brantley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery - MLB Daily Dish

Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Klapisch: The many reasons why I will miss Alex Rodriguez - Sports - NorthJersey.com

Don’t worry. We’ll end up seeing more of him.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Jonathan Papelbon released by Washington Nationals - Washington Times

Don’t they preplan these things now?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelton, nationals


Mejia Extends Hit Streak To 49 Games - BaseballAmerica.com

He’s still going.

Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.

After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians

What Mets must do to keep season from spiraling out of control | New York Post

Get everybody healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Jameson Taillon Beginning To Blossom Into A Star

“The catchers are smart,” Taillon said. “The catchers and Ray really game plan quite well. I’m keeping my head down. I don’t shake much, I just do what Ray says and throw whatever those guys put down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

New York Mets: Zack Wheeler Has More Elbow Discomfort

This doesn’t sound good.

Although his rehab lasted into the 2016 season, Wheeler was anticipated to be a part of the Mets rotation down the stretch. Instead, his rehab had been delayed due to elbow discomfort, bringing Wheeler’s return into question. Now, one has to wonder if he will pitch for the Mets this season, as Wheeler will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss further discomfort in his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, zach wheeler

Dylan Bundy providing Orioles rotation a lift | orioles.com

Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.

Finally.

The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.

Finally.

And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

New York tabloid takes parting shot at Alex Rodriguez

OK, who is their source?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

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