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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt urges Christians to be more accepting of gays

Affeldt penned a blog post this week in which he urged Christians to be more tolerant toward gays. He writes:

Why do people who aren’t Christians hate us? They look at us and say, “You’re just a bunch of Bible thumpers who are homophobic and you don’t love anybody.”
We’ve brought that on ourselves. I don’t think we’re showing the love of Jesus. Gay people are asking for equal rights under the law, and we’ve got Christians saying “God hates you.” I get so angry because ...

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Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Poz - The Brevity of Pitching Stardom

Felix Hernandez is an anomaly – he has now been very good to excellent for eight straight years.

bbmck Posted: April 02, 2015 at 01:17 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hype machine, king felix, legend

The Baseballist: Most Extreme Ballpark Contexts In The Minors

WHAT ABOUT THE MOON????

1. High Class A High Desert (California)

Situated in the Mojave Desert and with an elevation pushing 3,000 feet above sea level, High Desert annually ranks as the most most hitter-friendly venue in the minors. No full-season ballpark featured more total runs per game (13.97) or home runs per game (2.94) in 2014, and that’s not an isolated incident. For the 2010-12 seasons, teams at the Mavericks’ home park in Adelanto, Calif., combined to feature 14.65 runs and ...

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Blue Jays, Pirates both love Russell Martin, but only Toronto has him | FOX Sports

The Pirates, meanwhile, are optimistic the catcher they acquired from the Yankees, Francisco Cervelli, will replicate much of what Martin offered defensively, if not his .832 OPS from 2014.

Heck, Martin probably will not match that outlier; his OPS the previous five seasons had been .702. But the Jays will be a postseason threat if they get even league-average pitching to complement their dynamic lineup. And that’s where Martin should make a difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, francisco cervelli, pirates, russell martin

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-2-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 2, 1915:

[Chicago Whales manager] Joe Tinker has a new play which he expects will make the other teams in [the Federal League] open their eyes this season. It’s a double squeeze, with two men scoring instead of one. Speed merchants are necessary to work it out, but it looks awfully good on paper.

I have no idea how you could possibly expect that to work, but good luck with that, Joe.


Duke’s Matuella Done For Season, Will Require Tommy John Surgery - BaseballAmerica.com

Duke righthander Michael Matuella, who entered the season as the top draft-eligible college pitcher and a projected top-five pick despite a back condition that was discovered in the fall, will miss the remainder of the college season due to a completely torn ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery will follow.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Are long baseball contracts worth it? - Magazine - The Boston Globe

Of course, like his fellow owners, Henry is still making a lot of money

“The difficulty for the average fan is, he doesn’t think a player is worth $32 million, so why would you pay him $64 million” for each good year? Okrent says. “Well, it’s play money if a team’s making a profit. And baseball is making huge profits.”

An owner like John Henry “is not in it to make money, he’s in it to win pennants,” Okrent adds. “And to have a good time. Therefore, whatever he pays a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

An interview with Pete Palmer | Baseball: Past and Present

Here’s a nice interview with sabermetrics pioneer and good guy Pete Palmer. The recently re-released The Hidden Game of Baseball was my introduction into sabermetrics (before I even knew the word) and it changed my life. I am on my third copy now and still refer to it from time to time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pete palmer, sabermetrics, stuff worth buying

Brewers’ Jean Segura feeling invigorated after tough 2014

While everyone with the Milwaukee Brewers is eager to break camp and head north, Jean Segura has some extra incentive.

Nobody on the team had a tougher 2014 than the 25-year-old shortstop. He turned down a $38 million contract extension in the spring, struggled at the plate and, worst of all, dealt with the sudden death of his infant son in his native Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jean segura

ESPN: Ten ways to boost offense

Baseball teams scored an average of 4.07 runs per game last year, more than one run fewer than they averaged in 2000. It also was Major League Baseball’s lowest scoring average since 1981 and the same rate teams averaged way back in 1969. Batters also struck out a record 37,441 times, more than 15 times per game, an 18 percent increase from just a decade ago. The major league batting average of .251 was the lowest since 1972.

Jacob Posted: April 02, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: offense

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: service time clocks.

The District Attorney Posted: April 01, 2015 at 09:00 PM | 959 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Sources: Juan Lagares agrees to 4-year, $23 million extension with Mets

Outfielder Juan Lagares agreed to a four-year, $23 million extension with the New York Mets that includes a club option to buy out one season of free agency, major league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The 26-year-old Lagares is best known for his brilliant defense in center field, and the Mets are hopeful his bat catches up. In his two major league seasons, Lagares has hit .262/.302/.368.

The contract, which will be official after a Thursday physical, starts in 2016, at which point Lagares ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 NL Central Preview

Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”

Chris Fluit Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central, pirates, reds

Marcus Semien Is a Shortstop Now | FanGraphs Baseball

From what I have seen from Semien this spring, he has a looooooooonnnnnnnnnggg way to go before he’s a major league shortstop. If he keeps booting as many routine plays as he has been, he won’t last the season as a starter at the position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule

The infield fly rule is neither a rule of law nor one of equity; it is a rule of baseball.

Zach Posted: April 01, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clubhouse lawyer, infield fly, old orioles, rules of play

Neyer: Maps? Just good clean fun.

As we approach opening day, the Facebook data team is releasing several maps detailing Major League Baseball fandom across the US. The first map displays Facebook fans of all MLB teams by county. Each county is color-coded based on which official Facebook team page has the most likes from people who live in that area.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 04:31 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, fandom

Add beards, afros, mustaches to players on Baseball Reference

Have you ever wondered what Mike Trout would look like with a James Harden beard? What about Robinson Cano with an Italian mustache? Well, if you said yes to those questions, today is your lucky day because you can now add those features to any player of your choosing through the wonderful Baseball Reference.

Tuque Posted: April 01, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: afros, april fools, baseball-reference, beards, mustaches

Where’s the Beef: Can the Red Sox Survive Their Crap Starting Pitching?

But that pitching staff … holy shit. I’m far from the first person to notice that the starting rotation will be a weak point for Boston, but if anything, I think we’ve underplayed the implications of Rick Porcello being the Sox’s best pitcher.1 Boston is attempting to win a championship behind a starting rotation comprised of three youngish guys who aren’t nearly as good as people seem to think they are (Porcello, Wade Miley, and Joe Kelly) and two older guys (Clay Buchholz and Justin ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Next SL: Cardinals Set to Flee St. Louis Without “Top Tier” Stadium Deal

As if the drama surrounding the possible departure of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team wasn’t enough, nextSTL has learned that the St. Louis Cardinals may relocate if funds are not found for a new “top tier” stadium.

Opened just a decade ago to much fanfare, Busch Stadium III is already seeing wear, and is considered by many to be outdated. The final construction cost of just $364M, a modest sum by today’s standards, ironically makes the stadium almost expendable.

The ...

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B-R Tonsorial Consulting Service

e have an exciting feature for our users who also happen to be major league ballplayers. The new Baseball-Reference.com TCS® (Tonsorial Consulting Service) can help you decide new directions to take your hair style and/or facial hair without having to take the time to grow the hair first.

 

Gamingboy Posted: April 01, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reference, bref, goofballery

John Axford’s son recovering from Rattlesnake bite

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.

Axford, who returned to pitch a bullpen session on Tuesday, had not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.

shoewizard Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Clark, Rogers among 7 sent to Minors; OD roster all but set | brewers.com

Brewers are down to 27.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-1-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 1, 1915:

Lee Meadows, the Cardinals’ young player, who has attracted national attention because he wears spectacles while pitching, was botany professor at the Horner Military academy in Oxford, N.C. If he decides to quit baseball, his old place is open to him.
...
Jim Thorpe, who has yet to show that he is a ball player of real class, but who is recognized as one of the best football players who ever lived, says that he would rather play baseball than football any day ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe, lee meadows

Jays to open season with Castro, Osuna in bullpen - Sportsnet.ca

The Jays are going young.

The decision to promote both Castro and Osuna means the Blue Jays will open the season with six rookies. Top pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris will start for Toronto, while Dalton Pompey and Devon Travis will start in centre field and at second base, respectively.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jays

At 40, R.A. Dickey is primed for his best season with Blue Jays

“I think if I can get ahead in counts, shave my walks down, throw strikes, and pitch deep into games that I’m going to have a pretty good season,” says Dickey. “I would say a successful season for me would be 200 innings, 15 or more wins, keep my walks around 50 or 60, [while] going to the playoffs and hopefully to the World Series.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, knuckleball, r.a. dickey

The Phillies are selling liquor and wine now, so fans can drown their sorrows

Aramark and the Phillies announced Tuesday that this season they’ll be selling booze at Citizens Bank Park’s general concessions areas for the first time. Beer they already sold, but liquor and wine were only available in the fancier parts of the ballpark, like the premium seats. Not any more.

Hey, guys, you need help with that cocktail list? It seems like the Phillies roster offers plenty of inspiration, such as:

• The Ryan Howard Slammer — it’s a big ol’ drink that costs $25, but don’t ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro

Kane County Cougars introduce aptly-named Heart Attack Burger

The Kane County Cougars have introduced one food item for the 2015 season that is not shy about its number of calories. Based on its description, the Heart Attack Burger sounds like it could deliver what it promises.

New in 2015, the Heart Attack Burger should cover any fan’s breakfast, lunch and dinner palate. The half-pound beef patty is topped with grilled onions, a fried egg, slice of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle bacon mayo, two strips of bacon with a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:15 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, heart attack, kane county cougars, pablo sandoval

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Post: Jenkins: Lessons From the School of Hardwood

No such thing as grit? The science says otherwise:

If you detect something profound in the NCAA tournament, there is no need to apologize, because you are right, according to renowned neurobiologist Angela Lee Duckworth. A MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” recipient who has her own research lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth studies traits that predict achievement, and her special focus is on the quality known as “grit.” It’s not just a descriptive term the way ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:47 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, coaching, grit, ncaa, science, testing

An Analysis of a Broken Bat Home Run

Interesting stuff from Alan Nathan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: science

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