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Saturday, August 01, 2015

With baseball’s 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

Master plan?

Hill said he’s hoping Marlins fans realize that the core of the team is still intact, and that trading Haren, Latos and Morse — as well as closer Steve Cishek, sent off to St. Louis last week — doesn’t represent a total reset of Miami’s master plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Teixeira Homers From Both Sides as Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6 - The New York Times

The Retro Yankees stay hot.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

There Is Crying In Baseball: Wilmer Flores Hit A Walk Off Home Run!

Coming on the heels of the last couples days, this might be one of the best things I’ve seen in mid-season baseball. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?

The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Thursday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.

And then the trade fell though. Awkward.

When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 01, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, mets, wilmer flores

Friday, July 31, 2015

OMNICHATTER FOR AUGUST 1, 2015

The “Holy Crap, Wilmer Flores” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 31, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 183 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Former Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.

His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times.  And 2 WS victories

A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy ...

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Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Classic Movie Line

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

With money and cutting-edge brilliance, Dodgers playing a game others can’t - Yahoo Sports

The Dodgers are very smart.

By absorbing about $15 million from the Marlins – the struggling Morse is owed $8 million next season – Los Angeles paid more than $40 million in contracts for which it has no use. This is where money is best spent, because swallowing others’ problematic contracts or fronting money for valuable players allows the Dodgers to ask for premium talent in return, and in Wood and Peraza, it got just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:45 PM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

This Is The Refusal Roberto Clemente Got When He Asked For A Raise

Following his 1959 season—his fifth full year in the bigs—Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente asked for a raise, to $23,000. GM Joe L. Brown, architect of those great Pirates teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s, replied with a letter politely but firmly telling Clemente that he wasn’t good enough.

Apparently OBP was a thing in 1959…

eddieot Posted: July 31, 2015 at 01:21 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, roberto clemente

Yankees remain in Kimbrel market; could active Astros join them? - CBSSports.com

Yankees looking to build a “super bullpen”.

The Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay all of the $28 million remaining through 2017 on Kimbrel’s deal, but it isn’t known what they are offering in the way of players. They declined to surrender shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo, as was already reproted on CBSSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors, yankees

Astros Acquire Acceptably Healthy Carlos Gomez | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan’s take on the Astros deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2015

Milwaukee Journal, July 31, 1915:

Conversation with [Braves manager] George Stallings this season has been of a most unique variety, Mr. Stallings using a form of speech very much like that of the Arapaho Indians, whose grunting gutturals are so obscure that two Arapahos cannot understand each other in the dark. This is about the way Mr. Stallings talks for publication this summer, according to a writer in the Cincinnati Times-Star:

The Interviewer—“Ah, good morning, Mr. Stallings.”
Mr. ...

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Twitter: Giants get Leake

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike leake, reds, trade rumors, trades

7-31-2015 OMNICHATTER/TRADE DEADLINE OMNICHATTER

OMNICHATTER on Deadline Day

Gamingboy Posted: July 31, 2015 at 12:07 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jon Heyman on Twitter: “carlos gomez and mike fiers go to houston”

His hip is good in Houston.

I will update as more info becomes available.

Updated: 7:55 PM

Updated: 7:50 PM

 

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trade rumors, trades

Pirates acquire Joakim Soira from Tigers | MLB.com

The bodies are flying now.

he National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.

Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the fading Tigers’ closer—who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week’s acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

The Tigers get shortstop JaCoby Jones—who had been ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tigers, trades

Lookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez

There’s no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley’s career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame.

Oop Ackley, as Bill the Cat might say.


OT - 2015 College Football Pre-Season Thread

Sports Information Directors favor the three-headed monster in Columbus:

Rk Team (1st)            Pts
 1 Ohio State (62)      1598
 2 TCU (1)              1487
 3 Alabama (1)          1452
 4 Baylor               1365
 5 Oregon               1260
 6 Michigan State       1230
 7 Auburn               1085
 8 Florida State        1050
 9 Georgia              1009
10 USC                   965
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 30, 2015 at 05:31 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before ...

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Nitkowski: Deadline Time - The View from the Clubhouse

You mean players aren’t just stat lines?

In 1999, I played for the Detroit Tigers. We weren’€™t a good team and I was a left-handed reliever, the most dispensable job in baseball. In late July, the rumors were flying. I had a player I knew well from an opposing team come up to me during batting practice one day and say, “€œYankees, huh? That would be nice.”

Word had gotten around that there was a possibility of a deal that would send me to the New York Yankees. I am a New York native and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. nitkowski, trade deadline

Let’s make a steal | NBC SportsWorld

Joe Posnanski’s take on the worst trades in history.

1. December 15, 1900: Cincinnati Reds trade Christy Mathewson to the Giants for Amos Rusie.

Difference: 95 WAR.

Here is a story that appeared in the Sports and Sportsmen section of the Lowell Sun on Dec. 27, 1900, just when the legendary new York Giants pitcher Amos Rusie was deciding whether or not to accept the trade to Cincinnati. It is filled with all the misogyny and absurdity of the time:

Amos Rusie, one of the best baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: history, trades

Buster Posey’s Pitch Framing Makes Him A Potential MVP | FiveThirtyEight

Sounds like WAR needs to be tweaked.

No current version of WAR accounts for framing, a catcher’s art of carefully receiving the pitch in such a way as to cause the umpire to call it a strike. That happens to be Posey’s most important defensive talent. Good framers turn pitches outside of the zone into strikes and keep pitches within the zone from being called incorrectly as balls. This ability, in turn, scares opposing batters into swinging at less-optimal pitches, making the impact of good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catchers, defense, giants, pitch framing, sabermetrics, war

Blue Jays make big score, land Tigers lefty David Price - CBSSports.com

The haul going back to the Tigers seems to be still up in the air. Most recent speculation is Daniel Norris and two other pitchers.

Update:
Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:01 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, tigers, trade rumors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 30, 1915:

“I am going to communicate with the Brooklyn owner and tell him unless we get better umpiring and better breaks on the decisions, I’m going to quit,” Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn Federal league team, declared [in Kansas City] yesterday.
...
“I’m not going to put up with the sort of stuff we have been going through most of the season…I was put out of the first game of the season and I have been the butt of every umpire’s anger since that time.”

That ...

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Indians, Cardinals believed to be working on significant trade - MLB Daily Dish

Reportedly, it’s a done deal. Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky.

According to sources, the Indians and Cardinals are believed to be making progress on a deal that appears to be significant, likely involving top Cardinals’ prospect Rob Kaminsky. The sides have been discussing Brandon Moss in recent talks as well, according to a source. The possibility of a one-for-one-swap of Moss-for-Kaminsky appears to be in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals, indians, rob kaminsky, trade rumors, trades

Cards, Fox Sports Midwest reach lucrative TV deal : Sports

It’s raining money in St. Louis!

Capitalizing on their history of success and baseball’s skyrocketing value as real-time TV, the Cardinals have reached a deal with Fox Sports Midwest that will guarantee the team more than $1 billion and assert for years to come their televised presence in a broad, devoted region.

The team and its exclusive local broadcast partner are expected to announce a new, 15-year agreement Thursday morning, officials on both sides confirmed. The new deal will begin with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: television rights

Dodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves - MLB Trade Rumors

Another interesting late night deal.

JULY 30: The Dodgers will indeed pay the final two installments of Olivera’s signing bonus, tweets David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means the Braves are essentially taking on Olivera on a six-year, $32.5MM contract that began this season. He’s earning $2MM in 2015, of which about $754K remains, so their total financial commitment to him will be about $31.25MM over the course of five and a half years.

JULY 29: The Dodgers, Marlins ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, giants

Keith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal

Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.

Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Rangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels

I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.

Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.

After months of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers


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