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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Indians Usher Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Wear Pro-Sin Tax Sticker

Edward Loomis, a former usher for the Cleveland Indians, says that the team’s campaign to get voters on its side also includes mandatory pro-Issue 7 stickers that must be worn by employees and that his refusal to wear the pro-sin tax gear led to his dismissal from his job.

cmd600 Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, taxpayers

Connie Marrero, oldest Major Leaguer, dies at 102

Connie Marrero, the Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Senators in the 1950s and was the oldest living Major Leaguer, died this week just two days shy of his 103rd birthday, the Associated Press reported. Only Red Hoff, who died at 107, played in an MLB game and lived longer than Marrero.

They called Marrero “the Cuban cutie,” a “muscle-bound little gnome,” “the ageless Cuban,” “a real pixie,” and Chico — coined “by sportswriters who had trouble spelling Corrado ...

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Gonfalon B. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:30 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: history


Calcaterra: Blogger Murray Chass attacks me for bad reporting, ignores quotes, evidence in doing so

Castellammare del Blogo.

Murray, you’re a Hall of Famer, and for all the work that put you there, I respect you. But you have no more business being out there engaging in media criticism than 83-year-old Ernie Banks has being in the Cubs’ lineup against the Diamondbacks this afternoon. Less so, actually. Because while neither Banks nor you are likely to be able to catch up to a fastball these days, at least Banks isn’t blinded by bitterness and rage about not being active anymore.

*I ...

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Repoz Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:02 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

NY Times: The Upshot: Up Close on Baseball’s Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. Rushin came up with the name — in honor of the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson and the retired Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon — in 2003, and he had to guess where the line ran: “north of New Haven but south of Hartford, running the breadth of central Connecticut.”

We don’t have to guess anymore.

Fans may not list which team ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, general

Toronto Star: Blue Jays pave way for grass at the Rogers Centre

A look at some of the challenges involved with installing natural grass at Rogers Centre.

If only it were as simple as heading to Home Depot and picking up 143,000 square feet of sod. The four-year timeline before grass can be installed inside the Rogers Centre is based on a year of research and testing, followed by three years to produce the sod and grow the grass.

“For grass in the spring of 2018, you’ve got to sow the seed in 2015,” said Eric Lyons, an associate professor of turfgrass ...

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Boileryard Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, groundskeeping, lawns

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2014

The lesser-known subplot of Wrigley Field’s first game, in the Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1914:

Court Officers Yank Pitcher Johnson, Late of Reds, From Chicago Federal League Game

Chief Johnson, Indian twirler who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Federals, expressed confidence on Friday that the court order restraining him from playing with the Packers will be dismissed…
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Papers were served on Johnson after he had pitched two innings at the Chifed opener. At the same time ...

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Matt Williams: No problem with Harper’s two-strike bunting

NATITUDE FLEX PACKS NO PUNCH!

A strange play occurred in the sixth inning during the Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night. After Adam LaRoche singled off right-hander Jared Weaver to lead off, Bryce Harper tried to bunt for a hit on a 2-2 count, but he fouled out to catcher Chris Iannetta.

Manager Matt Williams defended Harper, saying the Angels gave him the opportunity to bunt.

“I’m not opposed to him laying a bunt down with two strikes. We’ve seen guys do it before,” ...

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Repoz Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:43 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: nats

BU: Take Me Out to the MOOC Game

Now if they could only get Joe Moock to do the intro…

Baseball’s opening day is behind us, but if you can’t get enough of this spring ritual, you can savor another opening day of sorts May 29, when a baseball-centered class debuts as BU’s first MOOC.

Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics kicks off what ultimately will be five MOOCs (massive open online courses) BU will offer via edX, the online platform spearheaded by Harvard and MIT. MOOCs allow students around the world ...

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Repoz Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Pelicans’ patient Gallo hits three homers | MiLB.com News

This guy could be scary good.

A year ago, Gallo became the first teenager to hit 40 home runs in the Minors in over 50 years. His raw power—touted highly before he arrived in Class A Hickory—was on full display throughout the summer, but his plate approach was also often questioned. Gallo struck out in 37 percent of his plate appearances and batted just .245.

He’s hitting .359 right now in large part because he’s drastically cut down on the strikeouts. His strikeout rate is 25.3 percent and his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects, rangers

Full Count » Red Sox to call up right-hander Alex Wilson, option Daniel Nava

Nava had a great year in 2013. This year he has looked just awful on both sides of the ball. Still, I’m surprised they sent him down. Having options left is not good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2014 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel nava, red sox, shane victorino

OMNICHATTER for 4-24-2014

The OMNICHATTER has never been ejected for having a foreign substance on it’s neck.

Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:11 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Keri: Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?

The first culprit is rising strikeout totals, as hitters have been whiffing more often than ever over the past few seasons. Through this many games in 2006, batters were striking out 18.7 percent of the time while netting a .265 batting average. That first figure has soared to 23.3 percent in 2014, an all-time high for this point in the season.

In an attempt to figure out why hitters are striking out more than ever, Grantland contributor Ben Lindbergh hosted a panel discussion on Baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Michael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after pine tar discovered on neck

No pine tar barren episode here.

Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from his start against the Red Sox Wednesday night after umpires checked him for a foreign substance at the request of Boston manager John Farrell.

Pineda could face a suspension from Major League Baseball, especially since Joe Torre, MLB’s VP of baseball operations, talked to Yankee GM Brian Cashman after Pineda was spotted with a similar substance on his palm during his last start against the Red Sox on April 10.

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Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:29 PM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Coliseum Authority accuses Athletics of not paying rent

Here’s A’s president Mike Crowley response to the Coliseum Authority’s accustaions below:

“First, we owe no back rent or any other amounts. We did deduct rent payments in the past for items that we are allowed under our lease, but that was our negotiated right.

Second, there is absolutely nothing in either our lease offer to them or their counter proposal to us that mentions any kind of subsidy. In fact, under our final offer we would immediately invest no less than $10 million in the ...

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The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 23, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, oakland coliseum

Doyel: How was Gerrit Cole not suspended? He basically started the brawl

Doy-El…still trying to convince his colleagues that doom awaits!

Let me get this straight. Baseball has suspended four people because of the brawl on Sunday between the Brewers and Pirates—but didn’t suspend the guy who started the damn thing?

That would be Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, and don’t look at me like that. If you’re here to argue with me, I know both your issues already: One, you say Gerrit Cole never threw a punch, never fought with anyone, therefore he can’t be suspended for his ...

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Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates

Matt Harvey of New York Mets deletes Twitter account after controversial tweet

Please report to the Amway office for personality removal. #davidwright

Matt Harvey’s Twitter account is outta here.

Harvey’s final tweet Tuesday created a stir. On the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John procedure, the rehabbing New York Mets ace tweeted “I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already.#tommyjohn” and attached a photo of himself from his hospital bed in October, with his middle finger raised.

Shortly thereafter, the tweet disappeared. Then Harvey’s entire Twitter account was ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, social media

The Five “Acts” of Ike Davis’s Career, and Why Trading Ike Was a Mistake

Let’s recap Acts 1 through V:

Act I, 2010 and 2011: .271/.357/.460 over 750 plate appearances, 26 HR, 123 OPS+
Act II, early 2012: .202/.276/.404 in 344 plate appearances
Act III, late 2012: .256/.354/.551 in 240 plate appearances
Act IV, early 2013: .161/.242/.258 in 207 plate appearances
Act V, late 2013: .267/.429/.443 in 170 plate appearances

When I look at the various ups and downs in Ike’s career, I don’t see a player who cratered without explanation from a potential wunderkind in ...

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thetailor Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets, trades

4 balls, you’re out!

I have an idea: steroids for the replay guys.

bunyon Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, replay, sabermetrics, umpires

Morosi: Diamondbacks’ growing gloom might mean doom for manager or GM

Grit ain’t grocery
Eggs ain’t poultry
And Kirk Gibson ain’t the man

The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to lead the league in grit. Purportedly, that was the rationale behind the Justin Upton trade two offseasons ago. The swashbuckling leadership team of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson wanted their guys to play hard, drill opposing hitters when necessary and teach Yasiel Puig a few lessons in major league decorum.

Now they have the worst record in baseball, 5-18. With a 9-2 loss to the ...

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Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: d-backs

MLB takes a swing at the video game business

MLB Advanced Media, the league’s digital arm, has released a baseball video game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Apple mobile devices. The game itself, RBI Baseball ‘14, is fairly conventional, but its release is not: It marks the first time a major professional sports league has developed its own console game.

“MLBAM has done some games before, but online mobile games,” said Samit Sarkar, reporter for the video game news site Polygon. “It’s something new for a league to do a ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, mlbam, video games

The rise and fall of Ike Davis’ New York Mets | Capital New York

I like Ike. I’ve been sitting on him for a few years in various fantasy leagues. At this point, I’m just happy he’s out of New York, so I can finally find out if my belief in him is misguided or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2014

[Keokuk, Iowa] Daily Gate City, April 23, 1914:

Chilly atmosphere that threatened to cut the bleacher attendance, was dished up today for the opening of the new Chicago Federal park, when the Kansas City Packers meet [sic] the Chifeds. Despite interference by the weather man, Owner Weeghman predicted a crowd of 20,000, the reserve seat section having been sold out three weeks ago. Corporation Counsel Sexton was to hurl the first ball.

Weeghman Park firsts:
First batter: Chet Chadbourne
First ...

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OMNICHATTER for 4/23/2014

In which baseball players continue to play baseball…

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM | 183 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore believes hitting will come around

It’s pronounced ‘Gor-Don’.

Among the heart of the team’s order, only Alex Gordon is performing up to expectations, with a reasonable .294/.329/.441 slash line and a 114 OPS+. Billy Butler has one extra-base hit, Eric Hosmer has four, and neither has hit a home run. Salvador Perez is batting .095 in his last 10 games. Mike Moustakas has a .492 OPS.

The picture is not pretty. The power outage is the reason behind the team’s 9-9 start, general manager Dayton Moore believes. But it also ...

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Repoz Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Josh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.

But during that Saturday night game, DRaysBay.com editor Erik Hahmann suggested that enough was enough. “It gets brought up every game by some ####### on twitter,” he tweeted. What ensued was a discussion, largely made up of male writers and fans, about the etiquette of reminding people that Lueke raped a woman.

Lars6788 Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:31 PM | 257 comment(s)
  Beats: brett myers, josh lueke, rape, rays, when enough is enough

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseball’s Best Young Position-Player Duo Ever

With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons.
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By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history.
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If ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 22, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Twitter / msimonespn: Who is hitting the ball hard ...

This is a list you don’t want to top. Run Segura, run!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Baseball Equivalent of Hitting on 16 | FanGraphs Baseball

With his history in Seattle, it’s tough not to view Tony Blengino’s criticisms of the Mariners as axe grinding.

This article is not meant to pick on Lloyd McClendon or the Mariners in general. It could have been any number of managers or clubs – it just happened to be this one that did all of these things repeatedly in a single weekend, and lost more than one game as a direct result. Managers have the hardest job in baseball, in my opinion, and game strategy comprises a very small percentage ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:35 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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