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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

No, the Cleveland Indians don’t miss Mike Napoli or Rajai Davis: Zack Meisel’s musings | cleveland.com

I’m sure they were expecting more from Edwin Encarnacion.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2017

Tucumcari News, May 31, 1917, an American soldier tells of organizing a baseball team alongside British soldiers on the front lines at the Somme:

...our first baseman, a Welshman, found an old German hand grenade of the ‘hairbrush’ variety. Being an ardent souvenir hunter, he proceeded to get busy on that bomb with the point of his bayonet…The result of his investigation was right arm blown off and no first baseman.
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Our shortstop had a bad habit of trying to stop hot grass eaters with his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Unlikely Albers-Glover combo has stabilized Nationals bullpen - Nationals Pastime

Maybe they don’t need a “veteran” closer.

“Things go in streaks,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I still feel very confident in my bullpen. Quite honestly, I’m kind of tired of talking about it. Everybody wants to go on a day-to-day thing, and that’s not how you do it. That’s why you play six months of the season. We’ve played two months. We’ve still got two-thirds of the season left to go.”

Whether it’s coincidence or not, Glover’s ascendance to the closer’s role has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Sucre or Norris? | The Process Report

Three catchers in the days of 13 man bullpen? Yup, I’d say it would limit their flexibility. Ultimately, Norris and Sucre aren’t very good, so the choice isn’t really that tough.

Maybe the Rays feel like Ramos is only ready for DH duty, and they happen to keep three natural catchers on the roster for the time being, but I feel like they wouldn’t bring him back if he wasn’t 100% ready. Carrying three catchers would obviously limit their flexibility, so that seems out of the question. With the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

FiveThirtyEight: Who Needs A DH? The NL Is Outhitting The AL, Somehow

Entering play on Tuesday, the National League hitters — including the pitchers — had a .739 on-base plus slugging percentage compared with .735 for the American League. This is remarkable considering the NL’s OPS includes 1,590 plate appearances by pitchers whereas AL pitchers have batted just 125 times. Only once in history has the NL outhit the AL across a full season, in 1976 — and that year it was a virtual dead heat (.6812 OPS to .6809). The average advantage for the AL has been 22 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2017 at 12:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, offense

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jeb Bush drops bid for Miami Marlins | Miami Herald

The source would not go as far as to say MLB would not allow Bush to be the control person under those circumstances, but said it had become a problematic issue in recent days. An MLB spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jeter now would be the group’s “control” person, putting him in charge of all franchise decisions if he succeeds in buying the team, according to a source with direct knowledge.

An associate of Bush said he knew of no friction between Bush and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper suspended | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced disciplinary measures for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Tuesday following their fracas on Monday afternoon in San Francisco. Strickland has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Harper, the Nationals star who was suspended for four games and also fined for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland.

Both players have elected to appeal their suspensions, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, giants, hunter strickland, nationals

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo Is Here to Stay - Minor League Ball

Will he ever hit above .250? Will it matter?

So don’t focus on his .205 average or his 71 strikeouts; league-leading “Crush” Davis provides a direct cautionary tale for the Rangers. Gallo has managed 23 walks, stolen four bases without being caught, his .548 slugging percentage ranks 23rd in all of baseball and a .861 OPS is also top 50 (42nd) in the league.

It may not be in the most traditional statistical sense, but Joey Gallo is a very, very unique player. He has certainly arrived, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:23 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Why do Philly sports fans trust the Sixers’ process but have little faith in Phillies’ rebuild?

But are they selling jeans?

The acceptance of losing and trust in a rebuilding process hasn’t quite made its way across Pattison Avenue.

The Phillies, like the Sixers, haven’t finished a season with a winning record in a half decade. They entered play on Saturday with a 223-309 record (.419 winning percentage) since the start of the 2014 season.

The Phillies’ management and ownership, like that of the Sixers, officially embarked on a rebuilding project (in October of 2014) that saw the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:13 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Rosario’s streak reaches sweet 16 for 51s | MiLB.com News

What’s the Super 2 day again? Of course, playing in the PCL in Vegas makes it a little tough to judge where his offense really is.

Although he just turned 21 six months ago, Rosario has shown no problems adjusting to Triple-A. Through his first 50 games in the Pacific Coast League, he’s hitting .354/.393/.519 with 21 extra-base hits, 37 RBIs and 32 runs scored. His 73 hits stand second to Reno’s Ketel Marte (82) and his 10 stolen bases are eighth-most in the circuit.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 05:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Dodgers’ bullpen throwing most high fastballs | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, statcast

Hector Olivera To Sign With Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters

Former Major Leaguer Hector Olivera has signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, reports Robert Murray of FanRag Sports (via Twitter).

The 32-year-old Olivera hasn’t played since early in the 2016 season thanks first and foremost to a domestic abuse arrest and conviction that caused clubs to steer clear of him even when he was effectively available for nothing. Then a member of the Braves, Olivera was arrested in April 2016 and charged with ...

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Scott Boras: Bryce Harper deserves lesser penalty from Nationals-Giants brawl | FOX Sports

I call bullshit. He was hit in his ass. The pitch wasn’t up near his head.

As the Giants and Nationals await the discipline for Monday’s brawl, agent Scott Boras contends that his client, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, deserves a lesser penalty than some other players receive when they charge the mound.

Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday that because there had been no “notice of provocation” between the Giants and Nationals, Harper should not be treated as harshly as a player who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 03:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, scott boras


Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is off to record-setting start – and will get better | FOX Sports

Cody Bellinger possesses that rarest of baseball gifts.

“He has the ability,” Dodgers first base coach George Lombard said, “to make everything look easy.”

Lombard said that the Dodgers’ staff didn’t know Bellinger all that well at the start of spring training. His arm proved better than they expected. He ran better than they expected. And his power . . . it’s doubtful that even Bellinger’s father, former major-league infielder/outfielder Clay Bellinger – expected this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, notes

World Fame 100 Top Ranking Athletes

The Top 100 Most Famous Athletes in the World - before you read the list, take a guess and comment on where you think the first baseball player is ranked.

Cokes to the winner ..


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-30-2017

Bismarck Tribune, May 30, 1917:

A couple of years ago Jack Dunn, owner of the Baltimore International League club decided to break up his club and sell his stars.

A Cincinnati scout heard of the deal and hurried to Baltimore with orders to buy George Twombly and see what other deals he could make.

He had an opportunity to buy Twombly with Ruth or with Ruth and Shore, but received instructions from Cincinnati to let the pitchers go and take an infielder named Derrick…

And in related news:

Since ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 30, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland spark fracas | MLB.com

Two dopes. Luckily, Buster Posey didn’t join the madness.

Giants catcher Buster Posey did not immediately react as Harper charged the mound, saying after the game that it can be dangerous to get in there. And although both benches cleared, there appeared to be no other punches thrown, with both sides focused on separating the two.

“After it happened, I kind of saw Harper point and the next thing you know, he’s going out after him,” Posey said. “There’s some big guys tumbling around on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, hunter strickland, nationals

All-Draft prospects team by position | MLB.com

RHP: Hunter Greene, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (No. 1)
He’s the top guy on our current Top 100, so this is a bit of a no-brainer. He’s only 17 and was hitting triple digits. A first-rounder as a shortstop, his athleticism should allow him to continue to get better on the mound at the next level. Now, if a high school right-hander isn’t your cup of tea, then Vandy’s Kyle Wright (No. 3) would be a very good next choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Angels star Mike Trout to miss at least one month after tearing a ligament in left thumb

(Angel GM) Eppler said surgery would not sideline Trout for the rest of the season, but it would knock him out for five to eight weeks and would torpedo the team’s already slim hopes of making the playoffs.

Trout, who has twice been selected the American League’s most valuable player and finished second in MVP voting in his other three years, was having his best season, batting .337 with an AL-leading .461 on-base percentage, .742 slugging percentage and 1.203 on-base-plus-slugging ...

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, dies at 78

The longtime Sports Illustrated writer got his start at the magazine in 1962, but over his career there wasn’t a medium that he didn’t plunge into. The author of more than a dozen books also made his mark on TV and radio with his booming, gruff voice. Until his recent retirement after 37 years, Deford had been a weekly fixture on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” offering his unique take on the sports world.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 29, 2017 at 02:39 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: frank deford, in memoriam


Longtime Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Longtime Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford died on Sunday in Key West, Florida, according to the Washington Post. He was 78 years old.

Deford started writing at Sports Illustrated in 1962 and was a senior editor emeritus.

He recently worked with NPR’s Morning Edition for 32 years. He retired earlier this month following his 1,656th NPR commentary.

Monty Posted: May 29, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: frank deford, obituary

Dodgers Alex Wood placed on disabled list | MLB.com

The Dodgers will be without one of their more productive starters after placing Alex Wood on the disabled list Monday.

Wood, who seized a rotation spot with a string of excellent starts this month, is suffering from inflammation in his left SC joint.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex wood, dodgers, injuries

Chicago Cubs say slow start offers ‘no need to worry’

Do it like 1978!

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is keeping calm while fans in Chicago might be “freaking out” over the team’s 25-24 record as the calendar hits Memorial Day. After a weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maddon was asked what to tell a nervous fan base.

“Please, go ahead and freak out,” he said with a smile. “If you want to freak out, freak out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Statcast: Taylor’s speedy grab | MLB.com

I bet this wasn’t on Sportscenter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Brandon McCarthy expected to make next start | MLB.com

Look like no DL time for now. Will he be able to make it through a whole season in the rotation?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers

OTP 29 May 2017: Should we double check with Rod Laver?

Political controversy in sport is global, as witness this episode from Down Under:

Margaret Court said last week she would not travel on Qantas because the boss of the airline, Alan Joyce, supported same-sex marriage.

A volley of controversy followed. It was even suggested that the Melbourne Park court named after the winner of 24 grand slam titles be renamed. It is amazing how stupid some of our community can be.

Should we double check with Rod Laver on his thoughts? What if he doesn’t ...

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BDC Posted: May 29, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 1834 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, politics, tennis

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mike Trout sprains thumb in Angels’ loss to Marlins

Trout sprained his left thumb on a head-first slide during the Angels’ 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon, the disappointing end to a trip in which they lost six of 10 games.

Initial X-rays revealed that Trout doesn’t have a fracture, but an MRI on Monday will show the extent of soft tissue damage. At this point, he may miss only a day or two, or he may be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.



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