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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Kenta Maeda hits a home run, pitches Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Padres - LA Times

This is a pretty good first game. Of course, it was against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenta maeda

How a Baseball-Obsessed Programmer Is Helping Us Live Our Hardball Fantasies | Motherboard

I’ve played a lot of baseball games. This is one of my favorites.

“I haven’t watched a baseball game in years,” said Chris Flora, a tax consultant in Florida who has played OOTP since 2004. “But I read Baseball Prospectus before each season starts, and then I get lost in these Out of the Park universes, thirty or forty seasons in a row, that are always better than the real thing—whatever ‘real’ means.”

Flora compared his experience to that of J. Henry Waugh in Robert Coover’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

The Very Respectable Adventures of Gentleman Matty and Dime-Novel Frank – Narratively

A lot of great stuff in this article.

Mathewson was through as a pitcher after 1916. He managed Cincinnati until midseason 1918, when he joined the armed services and served as a captain on the Western Front. He was hit by a whiff of poison gas, and two years later he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in both lungs.

He was sent to Saranac Lake, New York, for treatment, where one of his lungs collapsed. Betrayed by his body, Matty let his mind wander back to the infinite intricacies of baseball, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Sam Hinkie steps down as Philadelphia 76ers general manager, president of basketball operations

Posting this because of some of the factors related to his resignation are relevant to MLB front offices.

I haven’t had time to read the full thirteen pages of his long-winded resignation. With that in mind…as much as I buy into having an objective “process” in running a sports organization, you need people skills and ownership backing to get buy in or your franchise will be a muddled mess. Ultimately, though, you either find success or you end up unemployed.

Update: Finished reading the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 241 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, process, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2016

Toledo News-Bee, April 7, 1916:

There is a story [in New York] to the effect that the most important baseball deal of the season will be completed [there] on Friday or Saturday. By the deal the world’s champion Red Sox will lose their big sticker, Tris Speaker, who will go to Bill Donovan’s Yankees.
...
As part of the deal for Speaker, Fritz Maisel, the little third sacker, will be sent to the Red Sox.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Press reports that Red Sox president Joe Lannin denies the Speaker ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, trade rumors, tris speaker

Braves prospect John Gant has one of the strangest deliveries you’ll ever see | MLB.com

Who is the MLB VP in charge of the Ministry of Silly Windups?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, john gant

Is A’s reliever Sean Doolittle the most interesting man in baseball?

He is an enormous Star Wars fan who wore a Chewbacca costume to the opening of “The Force Awakens.’’ (He also bought Dolan a Darth Vader costume to wear. She was less than thrilled.) “I don’t know if those are costumes,’’ Doolittle says. “I think they’re technically pajamas.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sean doolittle

On Tim Lincecum and Labral Tears – The Hardball Times

Everything you wanted to know about labral tears.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, tim lincecum

Red Sox president defends Fenway Park’s high beer prices

I call bullshit. The beers are priced to maximize profits.

Small beers come at a big price at Fenway Park.

Last season, a beer at the Red Sox’ home ballpark cost $7.75, tied for the highest price in the league with the Phillies and Cubs. Philadelphia and Chicago, however, sold their $7.75-beers in bigger cups. Fenway served 12-oz beers, Wrigley Field served 16-oz beers, and Citzens Bank Park served 21-oz beers.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy joined CBS Boston 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, beer

Chance (the Rapper) to sign with White Sox

The Cubs are hoping to soon close their deal with the surviving members of Chicago.

Walt Davis Posted: April 07, 2016 at 02:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: music, white sox

Washington Post: Weirdest, Most Confusing Pitching Delivery In Baseball

I’ll see your Carter Capps, and raise you a John of Gant:

Enter Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Gant, who mesmerized those who watched the Nationals’ 3-1 win at Turner Field Wednesday night with his shaky leg, jittery motion and near full stop in the middle of his delivery.

Video & more at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, balk, john gant, pitching mechanics, weird

OMNICHATTER 4/7/16

The Padres won’t score today either (because they aren’t playing). CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2016 at 12:28 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Some Yankees Tickets Require a Long Walk

Yankees encourage StubHub users to get more exercise.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stubhub, yankees tickets

The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball

It’s not that I love bat flips, etc. so much. It’s just that the people objecting are so full of themselves that I feel compelled to be on the other side.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:01 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, black players, latino players

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own ...

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Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Where Braves top 30 prospects start the season | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline is publishing a series of articles on where each team’s Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

MLB needs to tweak draft to create greater disincentives for losing | FOX Sports

Team which lose are given a bigger budget. Why not tie the difference to the luxury tax threshold and revenue sharing system? Right now the Reds have a pool of $13,923,700. The Cubs have a pool of $2,245,100. Why not strike a balance? Let the Cubs a little more room under the threshold?

The difference between the two, $5.64 million, is $1.14 million greater than the difference was in 2012, the first year of the CBA. How meaningful is that growth? Well, $1.14 million is the approximate value of a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

VR Baseball Home Run Derby Released

The future has arrived.  And in the future you won’t be so terrible at sports.

This is basically a glorified tech demo at this point, but I can imagine a time just a few years from now when you can field entire teams of real VR players around the world, all playing together in real-time.

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 06, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, gaming

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2016

Topeka State Journal, April 6, 1916:

[Eddie] Collins, by the way, not only is a great baseball player, but in his college days was “some pumpkins” on a football gridiron. And ‘tis said that even now when he is the idol of more human beings than any crowned monarch upon the face of Mother Earth solely because of his baseball ability, Collins considers football a greater sport than baseball.

Yeesh. If he was as good at football as he was at baseball, he was some pumpkins indeed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

Casual sexism in baseball is alive and well – HardballTalk

In the new world it’s a crime to suggest, in any way, that men and women are different. In this worldview, we all have to be the same. Manliness and machismo are sins. Craig is clearly one of those guys.

There is no place for this crap. There is no way, in 2016, that equating women with weakness or using “woman” as an insult, which was clearly the case in Kansas City, is acceptable. The idea that a guy with long hair is a “woman” and that such a thing is bad was comically played out and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 295 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Orioles closer Zach Britton rises only after he embraced the sinker - Baltimore Sun

“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

It’s only one game, but Hanley Ramirez sure looked good Tuesday - The Boston Globe

“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Matt Harvey Throws Hard Heat at the New York Press Corps

The Dark Whiner.

Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

‘No man alive’ could hit these three Noah Syndergaard pitches | New York Post

Syndergaard is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Gibbons: ‘Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow’ - ESPN Video

Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, utley rule

Rockies rookie Trevor Story HRs into records | MLB.com

This is a great way to start off your career.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Draft prospect Jason Groome dominates in start | MLB.com

A left-handed high school pitcher is the number one draft prospect. I kid you not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

MLB approves wearable technology for two devices this season

“The next thing you know, the pitcher’s going to have a phone in his pocket taking selfies,” New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Rays win on bizarre walk-off interference call | Rays Index

Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.

The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

OMNICHATTER 4/6/16

It’s the first day of the season that isn’t an Opening Day!

Gamingboy Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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