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Friday, June 30, 2017

An oral history of “League of Their Own” on the 25th anniversary

Candaele: Geena Davis (Dottie) was very clearly a talented athlete. She could throw and swing the bat. Then all of the other women they found to fill out the teams were great athletes. So it just reinforced this idea that there are great women athletes out there that are tremendous baseball players. They brought those skills to the tryouts, then, of course, the movie.

Greenhut: We went through a lot tryouts. We had Demi Moore out there in a batting cage. (Moore eventually couldn’t do the film ...

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Tom Henke’s early retirement might’ve cost him the Hall of Fame | MLB | Sporting News

Duane Ward’s interview should have been completed first.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:59 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, interviews, tom henke

Before Kevin McClatchy came out as gay, he called ‘the midwife’ for help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A psychology Ph.D. who loves Star Wars and Star Trek, he also felt writing his own book would provide a more holistic picture of his background and accomplishments than leaving his story up to media outlets.

“Far more important than knowing I am gay,” he said, “is knowing I am a geek.”

Bragman knew McClatchy wanted to maintain his sense of self, too, as a golfer, a major sports figure in a town of Rooneys and the chairman of a newspaper chain — who happened to be gay.

“This is a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

To combat fly-ball mania, Pirates pitchers are playing along | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When everybody is zigging, it’s time to start zagging.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Cardinals promote Mozeliak, set to name Girsch general manager

It has been discussed for several months now within the ballpark how Mozeliak would be promoted and one of his lieutenants would be moved up to the general manager role. Mozeliak would have a role overseeing all of baseball operations—and a title to go with it, akin to president—and still remain heavily involved. The Cardinals would have a new general manager to work in tandem with Mozeliak.

Mike Girsch, the assistant general manager, has been identified as the next general manager of the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak, mike girsch

MLB First-Half Awards: Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge and, oh yeah, Craig Stammen?

What does this have to do with Craig Stammen?

As with just about everything he does, Goldschmidt is turning in a kid-on-an-iPad quiet MVP-type season. He is the most well-rounded first baseman we’ve seen in some time, among his ability to hit for average and power, his patience, his baserunning and his glove. Scherzer has been the best pitcher in baseball this year, and like Sale, his dominance deserves MVP consideration. The rest of the list is pretty much Dodgers and Nationals, with Joey ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, craig stammen


Numbers behind Rockies’ 8-game losing streak | MLB.com

Allowing more runs and scoring less is a recipe for a losing streak.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Breaking Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

What the Twins have done with Byron Buxton development is abysmal. They rushed him up too soon and he’s never been able to get comfortable in a MLB box.

As a reminder, this is what he did last year:

This is what he’s done so far this season:

Now I don’t expect him to hit 9 homers every month but the guy clearly has enough power to make a ground ball approach seem like a tremendous waste of talent.

From what I’ve seen of the guy, his biggest problem is his approach. He doesn’t seem to have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2017

Chicago Eagle, June 30, 1917:

Nicholas Altrock is a ball player who can trace his ancestors back to the land of the kaiser. He is a regular German, but thus far has kept it a secret. Now that there is a mix-up between this country and Germany, however, Nicholas has taken it upon himself to be prepared and maintain an attitude of the strictest neutrality.

...he wandered into court in Washington recently and asked that his name be changed to “MacAltrock.” Nick believes the little dash of Scotch ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

MLB.com: Sterling calls Melky’s catch

Was a clown. Still a clown. Will always be a clown.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, idiot, john sterling, melky cabrera

Mets heating up, hope to climb back into race | MLB.com

They are resting.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Statcast Sprint Speed shows speed peaks young | MLB.com

When data confirms what you already know.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Josh Reddick Remains the King of the Unclutch

Josh Reddick is having a career year at the plate, but he continues to struggle in high-leverage situations. It’s part of a near-decade-long trend that both lacks a clear explanation and calls into question what the Astros outfielder’s true value is.

PreservedFish Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, clutch hitting, josh reddick

Yankees rookie Dustin Fowler carted off with injury during first major league inning

Yankees rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler sustained what appeared to be a serious leg injury during the first major league inning of his career.

In a game against the White Sox in Chicago that started four hours late due to a rain delay, Fowler careened into the rightfield wall in foul territory attempting to corral a ball. It’s unclear if the field conditions directly affected the play.

Fowler was unable to stay upright and was carted off the field.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:44 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin fowler, yankees

Nationals speedster Trea Turner fractures wrist on hit by pitch

The Nationals have lost Trea Turner indefinitely due to a broken wrist suffered Thursday.

In the bottom of the seventh inning of Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Cubs, Turner was hit in the right wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Chicago reliever Pedro Strop. Turner glanced briefly at Strop, then walked slowly to first base.

The 24-year old shortstop remained in the game and caught a pop-up in the top of the eighth inning, but was replaced in the top of the ninth by reserve infielder Wilmer Difo. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

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villageidiom Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:03 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Inside Baseball | 96 Players Who Could Be Traded Ranked By Value

Jon Heyman’s list of trade candidates.

When you are done with that one, check out his AL Notes and NL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors

Braves Designate Bartolo Colon

The Braves announced that they have designated veteran righty Bartolo Colon for assignment. Atlanta selected the contract of southpaw Rex Brothers to take his roster spot.

It always hurts to drop a player who’s owed a big salary — in this case, $12.5MM on the year — but his performance left the team with little alternative. Colon, 44, carries an unsightly 8.14 ERA through 63 innings with 6.0 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9 and a 45.6% groundball rate.

Though a recent DL placement bought some time ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves

2017 Futures Game packed with top prospects

It’s a team, which will be managed by former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson, that is jam-packed with elite prospects. Three of the other four U.S. outfielders with Tucker are also in the Top 100, including his organization-mate Derek Fisher. Five U.S. pitchers are Top 100 guys, led by White Sox flame-thrower Michael Kopech. There are three Top 100 infielders and both U.S. catchers, Futures Game vet Chance Sisco (he homered in last year’s game) of the Orioles and 2016 White Sox first-round pick ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game

Shock therapy continues as Cardinals demote Diaz

The Cardinals have tried shock therapy at several different levels in this disappointing season.

They traded former regular first baseman Matt Adams to Atlanta for a Class A prospect. They sent regular outfielder Randal Grichuk to Class A. They reassigned their third-base coach and released former regular Jhonny Peralta. And on Wednesday, the scythe was wielded for 2016 All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.

Taking the roster place of Diaz, who hit .300 last ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 29, 1917:

Something out of the ordinary is for an outfielder to make the putout on a player who is caught off first by a pitcher. Amos Strunk, Athletic center fielder, was the hero of this kind in a game played in Washington on June 20.
...
“Rube” Schauer detected Jamieson taking too long a lead off first in the eighth inning and his throw to McInnis started a run down play that was completed when Strunk, who helped in it, tagged Jamieson on the line and the back.

A trick ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


MLB Prospects Rankings - Top Fantasy Baseball Rookies for 2017 (Week 13) | RotoBaller

Ranking the prospects based on fantasy baseball impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

2017 Minor League Ball MLB prospect index - Minor League Ball

John Sickels has expanded prospect coverage. Here’s a link to the index.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MLB Umpire Saves Woman

As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to diffuse tense situations at the ballpark.

None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.

Pirate Joe Posted: June 28, 2017 at 09:19 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

In MLB’s New Home Run Era, It’s The Baseballs That Are Juicing

But it turns out there was an experiment in progress under our noses all along. Baseball’s camera- and radar-tracking technologies measure the speed of the ball shortly after the pitcher releases it and then again when it crosses the plate. By examining how much speed it loses between those two locations, we can calculate its air resistance (as measured by drag coefficient). For example, the average pitch loses about 7.4 mph on its way to the plate. The exact amount of velocity lost depends ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, home run spike, juiced baseballs

Let’s Do the Math on Miguel Montero and Jake Arrieta

As recently as 2011?

It underscores the importance of time to the plate as Jon Lester, and his well-known battles with the yips, controls the run game vastly better in part due to a quick time to the plate. When Montero has been catching anyone, a paltry 3% of base-stealers have been caught. Montero’s arm has declined significantly, as he led the league in caught-stealing percentage (40%) as recently as 2011, though that rate fell has fallen each year since 2012 (42%) to 20% in 2015 and 11% ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 03:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, miguel montero

JT Realmuto is baseballs most athletic catcher | MLB.com

Remember when we said that the Major League average Sprint Speed was 27 feet per second? Herrera was flying down the basepath at a scorching 29.8 feet per second, but thanks to Realmuto (and pitcher Edinson Volquez), he still couldn’t quite make it safely.

But if you look back to our top five fastest catchers list, you’ll notice something. They’re all young, with the 28-year-old d’Arnaud the elder statesman of the bunch. We talked about Realmuto playing shortstop in high school, and Barnes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 03:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, marlins

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