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Friday, February 20, 2015

Phillies’ Cliff Lee Answers Questions Using Magic 8 Ball During Press Conference

Baseball season is finally underway, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has already run out of answers for the media.

Following the pitchers and catchers’ first workout of the season, Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to field questions from reporters.

And Phillies camp is bound to get weirder…

eddieot Posted: February 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, cole hamels, phillies

Top 100 Prospects: Start Of A Ranking Revolution - BaseballAmerica.com

And I’ve been following Baseball America the whole time.

It was 25 years ago that Baseball America unveiled its first Top 100 Prospects list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, scouting

MLB announces pace of game initiatives, replay modifications | MLB.com

To do my part I just did a quick read before posting.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Twinsights: Miguel Sano ‘able to do everything’ as spring camp nears - Twins Now

More than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2014 season, Twins third-base prospect Miguel Sano remains on track to enjoy a normal big-league spring training.

“He’s doing pretty much everything,” said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations. “I don’t know if (Twins trainers) are going to watch how much activity he has in the first few days. Sometimes guys get in there and air it out and overdo it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Raissman: A-Rod ‘impossible to dislike’ says Suzyn Waldman - NY Daily News

“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” ~ Lou Holtz

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

White Sox’s Ken Williams want players to bring attitude to the field - Chicago Tribune

Ahh, the Diamondbacks approach.

“I prefer to talk more on the level of intensity on a day-to-day basis, that grind,” Williams said. “Whenever we’ve had teams that understand that (grind), we’ve been in the mix. … We purposely went out and got those types that really want it. If you don’t have (them), nothing else matters.

“I made a lot of mistakes early in my career by throwing a lot more talent against the wall and looking good on paper, but not having the guys who really wanted it and would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 20, 1915:

One writer suggests that the Cleveland Americans be called the Submarines, because they are always on the bottom. The only objection is that the Cincinnati Reds might dispute this title.

...and elsewhere on the same page:

After being with a second-division team for several years Lajoie has got renewed ambition. He has got something worth while to work for in 1915.
...
“I can hardly wait for the time to go south,” said Lajoie. “It has been several years since I ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, history, indians, nap lajoie

Thursday, February 19, 2015

MLB.com: Rangers Sign Rougned Odor’s Younger Brother, Also Named Rougned Odor

Hope it’s not too confusing when he goes for a visa:

You met up-and-coming Rougned Odor last season when the 20-year-old middle infielder notched 100 hits in his rookie campaign for the Rangers. Now, meet Rougned Odor’s younger brother ... Rougned Odor. The younger Rougned Odor followed in his brother’s footsteps (something we’re sure he’s accustomed to by now) and inked a deal with the Rangers on Thursday.
.  .  .
The older Odor spoke to MLB.com about his brother’s signing, and pointed out ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 19, 2015 at 11:06 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: family, naming rights, signings, stupid names, texas rangers, venezuela

Baseball America Top 100 Prospect List

Top 5;

Kris Bryant
Byron Buxton
Addison Russell
Carlos Correia
Corey Seager

Red Sox and Mets tied with seven players each

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 19, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Posnanski: Things I learned from Strat-o-Matic

Non-Strat-O-Matic fans who are curious about the subject can try to follow Poz’s attempt to explain the game mechanics. I have no idea if that is actually possible to do in this format. He tried, anyway.

Strat fans can presumably nod along, and appreciate this:


Jurickson Profar to have surgery « Postcards From Elysian Fields

Former top prospect in baseball goes under the knife. This does not sound good.

The MRI taken on Tuesday in Arlington showed increased strain on the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder from the previous MRI. As a result, he will undergo right shoulder surgery on Monday in Arlington with surgery to be performed by Dr. Keith Meister. The timetable for recovery and rehab won’t be determined until the extent of the surgery is known.

Update: Torn labrum

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 04:13 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Gregg Zaun: “If I had a dollar for every time Cal worked me over, physically, I’d be a pretty wealthy guy.”

With Ornette, Charlie Haden, & Billy Higgins…

...all of a sudden I had what was called “the posse” all over me. Cal Ripken, Ben McDonald, Brady Anderson, Chris Hoiles, all of the above. They beat me on my ribcage, physically abused me on my way to the training table. They taped me spread-eagle to the training table, they wrote “rookie” on my forehead with pink methylate, and they shoved a bucket of ice down my shorts. I missed the entire batting practice, and you know what? Phil Regan, ...

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'Spos hits refresh, waits for spring Posted: February 19, 2015 at 04:03 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, old school, stupid ideas

A 1966 Astros Program vs. The Cubs Had ‘LSD’ On It. Why?

There’s an asterisk after “LSD.” The asterisk refers to some words just below the hand of the Astros player in the rocking chair. According to Hartig, those words read: “Leo S. Durocher,” apparently trying to call the Cubs manager a crybaby.

Now, Durocher’s middle initial wasn’t “S”—his middle name was “Ernest.” It does appear that it could have been a drug reference, which seems very odd in that buttoned-down era. Some have speculated it was for “Lake Shore Drive” in Chicago—but no one in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, cubs, leo durocher, lsd

Wade Townsend had to flop at baseball to live a dream. | SportsonEarth.com

Wade Townsend’s life after baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, wade townsend


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-19-2015


From a mini-biography of Clark Griffith in the Tacoma Times, February 19, 1915:

The strain of managing appears to have rasped his nerves. His hair turned gray in one season at Cincinnati, and he holds the record of taking 28 drinks of water in four minutes in a crisis of a game.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: clark griffith, dugout, history

Veterans can be just as risky as prospects | FOX Sports

And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics, veterans

As Luke Hochevar returns from Tommy John surgery, Royals could experiment with eight-man bullpen | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

An eight-man bullpen is crazy.

To hear manager Ned Yost tell it, the Royals could open the season with an eight-man bullpen, one more than the usual number of relievers. The extra pitcher would provide insurance if Hochevar needs extra time to ready himself for extended duty.

“It depends on where Hoch is at,” Yost said. “If we need to protect Hoch, then, probably. If we don’t need to protect Hoch, then probably not.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Lackey aiming for World Series trifecta : Sports

Remember when people said Lackey would never pitch for the minimum. Good times.

Lackey, working out at a Cardinals camp for the first time Wednesday, said he would be amenable to a contract extension although he quickly added that there was “nothing close.

“If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it,” said the 36-year-old Lackey, who very much likes what he’s seen with the Cardinals in just the two-plus months he spent with them last August through October.

“This ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john lackey


The New York Base Ball Club (a.k.a. Washington BBC, Gotham BBC) « Our Game

I love this stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Increase in arbitration hearings doesn’t equal labor problems | FOX Sports

Arbitration…where every player wins!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, economics

‘Better Call Saul’ starts turf war between Albuquerque Isotopes and Omaha Storm Chasers | MLB.com

The Omaha Storm Chasers and the Albuquerque Isotopes appreciate Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions, minor leagues

SABR co-founder Joe Simenic was “one of the true giants” of baseball research | cleveland.com

A nice story about one of the founders of SABR.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Colorado Rockies first-rounder Tyler Matzek had to mature to find himself | MiLB.com

The story of Matzek’s winding road to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rockies, tyler matzek

Arizona Republic: Diamondbacks Ink Billion Dollar TV Deal

MLB is awash in dough:

The Diamondbacks became the latest team to cash in on baseball’s exploding local television market, agreeing to remain with Fox Sports Arizona under a contract that’s believed to be worth in excess of $1 billion. Sources would not provide details of the agreement, such as specific financial terms or even the length of the contract, but there are indications the deal is in line with expectations based on previous comments from club officials.

For months, team officials ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 19, 2015 at 12:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, money, tv rights

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Alex Rodriguez’s return to the New York Yankees

Here’s a lot of words about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

SBNation: Brisbee: 5 other letters of apology from around Major League Baseball

Think of something clever Repoz/Jim, I’m out!  But this is a terrific piece.

DJS Fights the Night Mayor! Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, arod

ESPN ranks Phillies dead last among professional sports teams for their use of analytics

...ESPN The Magazine took a look at analytics’ place in sports in its “Great Analytics Ranking” issue, which attempts to assess how every team in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB utilizes advanced metrics.

Out of the 122 ranked teams, the Phillies finished dead last: 122nd…

The New York Knicks and Washington Redskins ranked just ahead of the Phillies in use of analytics, at 121st and 120th, respectively.

NattyBoh Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, phillies

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