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Friday, July 31, 2015

Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 609 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, trades

Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 378 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A.J. Pierzynski tried to convince ump that this bounced pitch was a strike

When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you’ll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, “come on, this is totally a strike.”

Rickey! is all out of bubblegum Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

Adrian Beltre becomes fourth player to hit for the cycle three times

The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.

The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Don’t let it go to his head.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre

Leigh Steinberg an agent for change

So, you want to be a sports agent. Really?

The session in Steinberg’s hometown was so well received that they added sessions in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami for this year.

“There is no programs in college that focus on preparing you to be a sports agent,” said Cabott, who graduated from La Salle and then got his J.D. from the Widener School of Law in 2005. “These people will learn more about being an agent in one day with [Steinberg] than in an entire semester in a sports ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, leigh steinberg

Our Game « Our Game

You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.

This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Which Teams’ Positions Have Gone All-Star-Less? – The Hardball Times

The Athletics haven’t had an All-Star second baseman since 1976. Who was it? Read the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Wilmer Flores is not doing what was expected, and we love him for it |

New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.

Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Newly acquired Morse hopes to begin turnaround with Pirates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Michael Morse had already bought a ticket to Los Angeles. His things were in transit and he was at the airport. Then he heard from his agents: His destination had changed.

“I couldn’t be more excited, especially with this clubhouse, especially with the guys, the coaching staff,” Morse said. “For me, it’s like winning the lotto.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: michael morse, pirates

Buckley: Why the Red Sox’s Larry Lucchino era is ending | Boston Herald

He was reduced to scrambling for a way to get out his own message Saturday after the Herald had learned Sam Kennedy will be replacing him as president of the Red Sox. None of this happened on Lucchino’s terms, and he said so himself in the statement that was released Sunday:

“We would have preferred to announce all of our transition plans at once, including my new role,” read the statement, “but I can tell you we all feel strongly that Sam Kennedy, who has been with me for 20 years, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: larry lucchino, red sox

The Change: Severino, Gray, Owens, Norris & Rookie Pitchers or Rookie Hitters?

There isn’t a lot of daylight between Jon Gray and Henry Owens, and neither is coming into a great situation for a pitcher. They’re also very different, in that the lefty Owens has two non-fastballs that should help his average velocity work, while Gray is a big velocity righty with a tight slider and a changeup with great fade but not much drop. Gray’s command might be better, but if you’re temped to move him ahead of Owens, you always have to remember that home park. At least Gray ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics

Valentino: Examining Latino Hitters’ Plate Discipline

Racist!

Utilizing the five two-sample t-tests, there is evidence at the proposed α = .05 significance level, but not at α = .01, that Latino players are less disciplined hitters than are American players and swing at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone. However, this undisciplined approach works for players from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as they more often successfully make contact with those outside pitches. The term ‘less ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: latino players, plate discipline

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 4, 1915:

Herb [sic] Shocker’s good pitching this season is attracting attention. Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pittsburg club, in the National league, especially, is very keen to see Shocker in action and he has arranged to have his scouts look the youngster over. In fact, the owner of the Pirates intimates that he may have Shocker report to Manager Clarke, as the Ottawa club feels it will be able to let him go.

The “Journal” says: “Dreyfuss would like to have him, ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, urban shocker

Matheny: Contracts can’t be ignored in setting bullpen roles : Sports

Of course, if managers stopped managing for the save, the criteria for getting paid would be based more on actual performance and impact on wins than a show stat.

Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.

“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics, saves

Jon Gray scheduled to make major-league debut for Rockies against Mariners - The Denver Post

Now they are ready for him to be sent back down.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

WaPo: Svrluga - No Relief from Matt Williams Bullpen Handling

Barry Svrluga was the first beat writer covering the Nationals for the Washington Post wayyyyy back in 2005.

But what we learned over the weekend is that the Nats fan base hasn’t flushed October, and if another October rolls around, the manager will be watched — and closely. Maybe it’s part of Washington becoming a baseball town again, because it clearly isn’t enough to be in first place and just turn your attention to Redskins training camp when the baseball team goes awry. And maybe ...

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boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: August 04, 2015 at 07:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, nationals, tailspin

Washington Post: Mike Hessman Sets Minor League Career HR Record

Maybe someone will make a movie?

Mike Hessman’s dedication to playing professional baseball never resulted in an extended stay in the major leagues, and it looks like it never will. However, that dedication paid off Monday night, as the 37-year-old broke a noteworthy minor-league record that had stood for almost 80 years. Playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, Hessman hit a grand slam for his 433rd career home run in the minors. That topped the career total of Russell “Buzz” Arlett, who played ...

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8-4-2015 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER of TODAY, as opposed to the OMNICHATTER of YESTERDAY or TOMORROW

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, August 03, 2015

David and Goliath at the trade deadline

At the start of the season, a player making $7 million and winning his team one more game than a replacement player would might appear to have a marginal value of $0. That is to say he’s payed exactly what he’ll likely produce, on average. But at the trade deadline, context is important. A team that knows that his one extra win might push them into the playoffs might actually value his contributions at $15 million, while a team that knows that his one extra win will push get them to 75 wins ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2015 at 03:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten knows not to rush to judgment after trading deadline - The Orange County Register

Some trade deadline perspective from Stan Kasten, a guy who has been around forever.

“Every stock that has ever been sold in the history of the world has been sold by someone who thought it was going down to someone who thought it was going up,” Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “It’s always a function of an intersection of needs and plans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trades

OTP - August 2015: Meet the … Baseball Owner Funding the 2016 Campaign ...

Scott Walker’s Super PAC “Unintimidated” raked in the biggest donation from a sports-associated contributor. The Ricketts family — the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team — tossed $5 million dollars to the Super PAC backing the Wisconsin governor. Joe gave $100,000, his wife Marlene gave $4.9 million in contributions and their son Todd gave almost $2,500. According to Forbes, the family is worth nearly $4.5 billion.

Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)

BDC Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

The 2015 Strike Zone, Through July | FanGraphs Baseball

The ever expanding strike zone.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, strike zone

Having the AL’s worst record could benefit Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

Funny. Sonny Gray is the kind of player Beane holds onto.

Take Sonny Gray. If the A’s decide to expose him to revocable waivers, the Sox would have the first crack at claiming him so long as they have either the worst record in the AL or the worst record for any team besides the A’s. If the Sox do claim him, they would then have about two days to discuss what kind of return it would take for Oakland to consider moving the righthander – laying a framework for further discussions in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Grant: Jeff Banister on why he pulled Martin Perez, went with bullpen with AL’s highest ERA in close game | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister discusses his thoughts on pulling Martin Perez.

What Banister was witnessing was a bit different. Banister subscribes to the theory that not all pitches are the same. Pitches in the first aren’t thrown with as much stress as pitches in the seventh and later. Pitches in the ninth of a close game against an elite team, when facing the lineup the fourth time through, are ramped in stress level significantly.

When Banister saw a changeup that stayed up and over the plate to Angel ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, rangers

Kaiser Carlile, 9-Year-Old Bat Boy, Dies After Being Struck by Player’s Swing

Just awful news…

A 9-year-old bat boy died Sunday evening after getting hit in the head as a baseball player took practice swings in Kansas, his team said.

“With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening,” the Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team, announced on Facebook….

A witness told NBC affiliate KSNW that the boy was running to bring back a bat after an out when he ...

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Yordano Ventura calls Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accuses him of stealing signs | HardballTalk

Yordano Ventura might be a little volatile.

Yordano Ventura, who was in the middle of the beefing after the benches cleared, had his own words for Bautista. They were also on Twitter but were since deleted. Jeff Passan of Yahoo, however, describes them here:

In those tweets, according to two people who read and translated them, Ventura said to Bautista: “We’ll meet again later and if you do that with me, you’ll see what I’m about. I don’t care about anybody. I used to respect you, but ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista, royals, yordano ventura

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 3, 1915:

The report issuing from Chicago to the effect that the White Sox had offered several players and $20,000 for the sale of Outfielder Joe Jackson was denied by Vice President Barnard of the Cleveland American league club.

“No one here has ever had the temerity to suggest the sale of Jackson to any club nor has any club made a recent bid for his services,” said Barnard.

Suuuuuuure, Ernest. Sure. And I bet there’s no chance Jackson is playing for the White Sox by ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: August 03, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe jackson, lies


Edward Fitzpatrick: With opposition on right and left, will Providence ballpark be out at home?

Larry Lucchino’s new project is trying to screw over the taxpayers in Rhode Island.  His biggest cheerleader is House speaker, Nicholas A. Mattiello. Mattiello is trying to paint the opposition as extremists. Although some of them might be, all it takes is a little knowledge about how these deals work to oppose any deal which transfers taxpayer money into the pockets of owners, who are already making a ton of money.

“The extreme right and the extreme left are opposed to this,” Mattiello said ...

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‘He was crying like a baby’: Tempers flare as Royals lose to Blue Jays 5-2 | The Kansas City Star

I guess there is a lot of crying in baseball.

In the aftermath, Royals veteran Edinson Volquez sneered at the behavior of All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson. After Volquez hit Donaldson in the first inning, Donaldson twice reacted with demonstrative anger when Kansas City pitchers continued to pitch inside.

“He’s a little baby,” Volquez said. “He was crying like a baby.”

The sentiment spread through the visitors’ clubhouse, as members of the Royals pitching staff decried ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, crying in baseball, royals

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