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Monday, April 27, 2015

Brandon McCarthy out for the year with torn UCL

Nick Johnson thinks Brandon McCarthy is injury-prone.

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got bad news with the results of his MRI on Monday. The right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and is out for the season.

The club placed McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is still talking though his options with doctors, but it seems unavoidable that Tommy John surgery in in McCarthy’s future.

“It certainly looks one direction and I don’t want to be one of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, tommy john surgery, ucl

Orioles game postponed amid violence, series could be moved

Far, far, FAR down on the list of priorities of what is happening in Baltimore now, but…

Monday night’s Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards was postponed due to escalating unrest throughout the city stemming from the death of Freddie Gray last week, and new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred suggested the series could be played elsewhere.

Manfred, who was visiting Camden Yards by coincidence while making the rounds to visit to all 30 teams, acknowledged that Nationals ...

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Gamingboy Posted: April 27, 2015 at 09:42 PM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, white sox

Baseball Past and Present:  Womack:  MLB salaries stayed low longer than people may think

Marvin Miller became executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 because for 20 years prior, things got progressively worse for players.

Consider that in 1967, the minimum salary in the majors was $6,000. The first minimum salary in 1946 was $5,000, and, accounting for inflation, minimum-salaried MLB players got 29.8% less in 1967 than they did in 1946….

But it’s only been a recent development that minimum-salaried players get several multiples more than they ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:35 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, player salaries

Source: Matt Harvey to get at least 30 starts but no more than 32 - Newsday

One good way to limit Harvey’s innings is to not pitch him when he’s ill or when he has ankle issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Fraley: Baseball history has plenty examples of why Josh Hamilton reunion won’t be as fruitful as before | Dallas Morning News

Gerry Fraley doesn’t believe in the Josh Hamilton acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Abnormal Things That Fastballs Do » Warbird Academy

This popped up in my Twitter feed today.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Pitchers batting is dumb and the DH should be universal | HardballTalk

Watching pitchers hit is like watching the bathing suit competition in a senior citizen beauty pageant.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 402 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, rules of play

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 27, 1915:

[Mysterious] Walker is making one grand kick against the Federal League. The former Brooklyn pitcher is in the sad plight of being out in the cold after taking a one-year flyer at the Federal League game.
...
The portals of organized ball are closed to him; the Feds are overstocked with players. The minor leagues being part and parcel of organized ball can offer the big pitcher no relief.
...
“Here I am in first-class shape and I spend $350 of my own ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 27, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, mysterious walker

Video: A-Rod’s solo homer | MLB.com

A-Rod hits number 659. He’s getting closer to Willie Mays. This is a big deal; it’s Marketing 101.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Video: Gordon’s leaping catch in stands | MLB.com

This is an impressive catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, defense, royals, white sox

Alex Guerrero is forcing the issue with Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

“When a guy’s swinging the bat, you’re going to find playing time for him,” Mattingly said. “That’s just the way this game is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers, juan uribe

Nats playing miserably; perhaps just as bad, some seem depressed - CBSSports.com

Name names.

The Washington Nationals, everybody’s favorites before the season started, are playing miserably.

So miserably in fact that the detractors are starting to surface with pointed criticisms. According to two scouts who have seen them this year, the Nats appear “lifeless” and/or “flat.” (One voted flat, the other lifeless.)

And, if they are flat or lifeless on the field, you should see them in the clubhouse, where some of them appear moribund. The room is close to dead, too dead for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals


Max Scherzer: No one wants to see pitchers bat

“If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit: Big Papi or me?” Scherzer told the website. “Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules.”

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 27, 2015 at 12:40 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, dh, max scherzer, pitchers hitting

4-27-2015 OMNICHATTER

The Alex Gordon Diving Into The Stands OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Angelos the Younger: We Got Bigger Problems than a Inconvenience at Camden Yards

“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor ...

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Shibal Posted: April 26, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Fangraphs: Different Aging Curves for Different Strikeout Profiles.

Players that strikeout more than league average still peak earlier than players that strike out less than league average, but in this more current population of players, players that strikeout more than league average peak very early—their age 21 season. This information would reciprocate the sentiment that has been conveyed through recent work that suggests that the aging curve has changed to the point that players peak almost as soon as when they enter the league.

Enjoy your Kris Bryant ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 26, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: aging, hitting, sabermetrics, strikeouts

Rosenthal: St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright believed to have season-ending Achilles injury | FOX Sports

This is very bad news for the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is believed to have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday morning.
Wainwright was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field. The team said afterward that Wainwright would have an MRI and be further examined when the Cardinals return home. They wrap up a six-game road ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, injuries

Tigers notes: Verlander can’t throw until he’s pain-free

“He can’t pick up a ball until he’s completely pain-free and no fluid in the area,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

And until the soreness in his strained right triceps subsides, Ausmus said, he will be sidelined. There is no timetable for him to throw a ball again.

The fluid in the area, Ausmus explained, is inflammation, which was found by an MRI last week.

“My understanding is that it wasn’t fully recovered which is why it became sore again,” Ausmus said. “We have to have him completely free of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Meet the Clubhouse Crew, the team behind the Tampa Bay Rays | Tampa Bay Times

Have you ever wondered who was responsible for keeping Longoria’s jock socks clean?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Rockies get great infield defense from glittering glove box - The Denver Post

The Brittle Bunch wasn’t even an option?

The newest nicknamed bunch, the “Coors Shield,” plays in the dirt in LoDo. The name, nominated by a fan, Drew Baker, in an online poll at the fan website Purple Row, beat out two other finalists. The infielders, though, might not be ready for a nickname. They’re more focused on groundballs than on brand names.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Mariners notebook: Strained back muscle forces Iwakuma to disabled list | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Iwakuma informed club officials after his start last Monday that his shoulder felt “fatigued.” He then began taking anti-inflammatories in hopes of alleviating the problem prior to his scheduled Friday bullpen workout.

When Iwakuma reported the same symptoms in that workout, the Mariners moved quickly by placing him in the disabled list for what they characterized as a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle in his back.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Carlos Beltran making case for NY’s most hated player | New York Post

Do Mets and Yankees fans really hate Beltran?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, yankees

All-around catchers among most valuable commodities in baseball - The Boston Globe

The Globe’s Sunday notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball: At 40, Koji Uehara in a pitched battle - Sports - The Boston Globe

Koji has not looked good. Fastball around 86 MPH. His splitter has looked good but he’s throwing it an unsustainable rate. Eventually teams will stop swinging at it, get ahead in the count, and tee off on his very hittable fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: koji uehara, red sox

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more | FanGraphs Baseball

I haven’t had much time to read so I am still working on this book. It’s excellent and very well researched.

A fascinating tidbit from Mark Armour and Dan Levitt’s excellent book In Pursuit of Pennants.

In October 1962, the St. Louis Cardinals hired 80-year-old Branch Rickey as a consultant. One of Rickey’s first recommendations was that 41-year-old Stan Musial, coming off a .330/.416/.508 season, should retire. His advice wasn’t taken. Stan the Man returned for a final season and hit ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

4-26-2015 OMNICHATTER

The ESPN game of the week this week is… Mets-Yankees.

Talk about that and every other game here in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: April 26, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: April 25, 2015 at 07:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, obituaries

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back | MLB.com

Not good news for the Marlins or Yelich.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas | MLB.com

The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, suspensions, white sox

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