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Friday, July 03, 2015

Michael Conforto is the upgrade Mets too afraid to summon | New York Post

What’s the worst that can happen? The guy could come up, get buried, lose his confidence, and become a used up husk of a player.

Sandy Alderson recently chided media members for overzealousness by dubbing them the denizens of Panic City. Funny. Alderson has a dry wit. What he doesn’t have is a good enough offense to support a superb rotation. What he doesn’t have yet is a trade market ready to deliver him a bat to enliven a comatose lineup.

The answers, for now, must come internally. And ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

OMNICHATTER 7-3-15

Friday’s OMNICHATTER, which lacks a reference or anything today.

Gamingboy Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Video: Statcast: Molina’s amazing throw | MLB.com

OK, you might want to turn the volume on this it. It’s a great throw, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: video, yadier molina

Inside Baseball: 12 possible sellers, who might go and proposed deals - CBSSports.com

Sunday Notes, on Friday! Many tidbits, including this one.

Proposed Trade: Cueto to the Astros for young outfielder Domingo Santana and infield prospect Nolan Fontana. (Though it may not be so easy to get Reds GM Walt Jocketty to get together on a trade with his Astros counterpart Jeff Luhnow—word is, ex-Cards execs Jocketty and Luhnow are even less close than Luhnow and the remaining Cardinals front office folks).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Blind Resumes: A Fascinating Keuchel Comp

Some interesting player comparisons.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dodgers acquire four Minor Leaguers in moves | dodgers.com

If understand the slot system, this means the Dodgers got four players and saved spending $1.3 million, which further reduces their pool, which means they will pay a higher tax on the money they already spent. Right?

With the two deals, the Dodgers acquired four players for $1,320,300 in overage tax for international signings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cardinals fire Scouting Director for hacking Astros

Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify whether the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Correa did not leak any Astros data, and is not responsible for additional hacks that the FBI has alleged occurred or leaking any data, said the source.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking, scouting

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

Glenn Fleisig is the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute, which has long been the leader in understanding sports-related injuries and as such has worked with many major-league teams.

He says that many of those teams openly admit that they put too much emphasis on fastball velocity. Part of it is that pitch speed is so easily quantifiable, where other factors like character and mechanics and work ethic can be vague. He hears over and over again that if two prospects are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babip, chris young, injuries, royals, velocity

Al Newman gets fine, suspension from Northwoods League for violating pitch count rule

Dusty Baker would have been banned from this league forever.

Alexandria Blue Anchors manager Al Newman wanted to give his pitcher an opportunity to throw a complete game on Monday afternoon against the Willmar Stingers.

It’s a move that ended up costing him a 14-game suspension and a $1,000 fine from the Northwoods League (NWL). Newman says he thought he was within the legal pitch-count guidelines set forth by the NWL when he sent Angelo State’s Graylon Brown out for the ninth inning on ...

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CSN Philly: GIF: Kyle Lohse tackles Ryan Howard to the ground

Careful! The Phils don’t want to see Howard’s trade value go down.

Kyle Lohse went from pitcher to hitter to NFL safety in the time it took him to run to first base.

The Milwaukee Brewers righthander had himself a night against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, picking up the win and racking up three hits in a 9-5 victory over the worst team in baseball. One of those hits did not come easy, however, as Lohse wound up running right into the backside of mammoth first baseman Ryan Howard ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 03:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, kyle lohse, phillies, ryan howard

Manny Ramirez loves coaching the Cubs, and the Cubs love having him around | For The Win

Manny Ramirez, hitting savant.

“Sometimes people just worry so much about how they feel,” he says. “You’re not going to feel good every day, so just go and compete. Just focus on what is out there. The game is still easy. Everybody throws 95, OK, but they still make the same mistakes.

“The strike zone is a little bit bigger, but the game’s the same.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, manny ramirez

The Forgotten Story of ... the world’s best baseball stadium – that was never built

The best major league baseball park that was never built was given a name: Labatt Park. It had a site; in downtown Montreal, just southeast of the Bell Center, home to hockey’s Canadiens. The best major league baseball park that was never built was going to be tiny, with only 35,000 seats. It would have given fans in even the worst seats a sense they were close to the field. It would have had a grace unique to any ballpark – modern but not utilitarian. It would have been … perfect.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball stadiums, expos, montreal

Giants To Sign Lucius Fox

“Prospect”? I think he should be running the organization!

The Giants have agreed to sign shortstop Lucius Fox to an approximately [$6 million] bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Fox, who’ll officially sign out of the Bahamas, entered the July 2 period as a consensus top-five prospect.


Top international prospects signing breakdown | MLB.com

Jesse Sanchez reveals the current agreements.

With the international signing period officially underway, here is a look at MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects and which of them have agreed to terms with clubs so far.
Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: international players

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-2-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 2, 1915:

Persistent rumors to the effect that Connie Mack’s holdings in the Athletics were for sale and that he had named his price to a syndicate which has the approval of Ban Johnson, president of the American league, were emphatically denied by the manager of the Mackmen.
...
[Mack:] “My interest in the Athletics is not for sale at any price, but any time my partners are dissatisfied with the way I’m running my ball club, or the American league does not like what I’m ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 02, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history

Star-Telegram: Could Cricket Come to Texas?

“It would be one game, to introduce it to the United States,” [Texas Secretary of State Carlos] Cascos told a crowd of hundreds gathered for a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at the Petroleum Club.

The game would take as long as two years to plan, Cascos said, but if it does happen, it could draw more viewers than a Super Bowl traditionally does.

“It opens up a whole new market,” Cascos said during the chamber’s Leaders in Government Series. “We could have billions ...

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BDC Posted: July 02, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cricket, international, texas

Massarotti: Celebrate Your Independence… From The 2015 Red Sox « CBS Boston

Tony Massarotti is a mindless blowhard. He literally hurts my head listening to him on the radio and reading his columns. I usually just ignore him but I’ve been noticing one silly headline after another over the last few weeks. If the Red Sox let him make decisions for the team, they would be a perennial loser and wouldn’t have won one World Series over the last 15 years.

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blowhards, red sox

Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies | dbacks.com

D-backs manager Chip Hale said the club feels Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, may be ready now to pitch in the Majors for the first time since 2013. If they opt instead to call up a starter from the Minors or use Josh Collmenter for a spot start, then Corbin will pitch once more for a Minor League affiliate on Saturday.

“We all feel like he’s ready, but we just want to make sure over these next few days that he feels the way he should feel, and that’s the way we want to go as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Rays to activate Moore, option Krauss | raysbaseball.com

Matt Moore starts against Corey Kluber and the Indians today. It’s Matt Moore is back day!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

With the international signing period starting today, here’s MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez’s top prospect list.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players

Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco has stuff to dominate rest of year - SweetSpot - ESPN

He was pressing in the 9th. He also reacted better than any pitcher I’ve ever seen lose a no hitter.

Major league hitters don’t swing and miss as often you may think. When they swing, they put the ball in play 41 percent of the time, hit a foul ball 37 percent of the time and swing and miss just 21.6 percent of the time, or about one of every five swings.

Which helps tells us about the type of stuff that Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco had Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians

Trevor Story jumps to Triple-A for Rockies, closer to replacing Troy Tulowitzki - The Denver Post

Of course, the “rumors” are writer driven.

Rumors and reports, especially out of New York, continue to swirl around Tulowitzki, who will make $20 million this season on a multiyear contract that takes him through 2020. With the Rockies floundering in last place, Tulowitzki seems the most valuable trade chip to gain rebuilding pieces for the future.

But Bridich was quick to keep the spotlight on Story and not Tulowitzki.

“This is a Story story,” Bridich said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story, troy tulowitzki

Phenom Sano headed to Twins, Vargas optioned | twinsbaseball.com

It’s Miguel Sano is getting called up by the Twins day!

In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday’s game, and they are expected to call up top prospect Miguel Sano, according to a source familiar with the team’s decision.

The Twins have not announced the move.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Returns Following 13-Month Layoff - The New York Times

It’s Jose Fernandez is back day!

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.

Now he’s back, saying he’s a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He’ll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

“I’ve been waiting 13 months,” said the 22-year-old Fernandez. “If I’ve learned something, it’s how to be patient at my age.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

David Wright gives Mets the update they’ve been hoping for | New York Post

Wright was in uniform with the team early last month for three games in San Diego, at which time he told reporters he unequivocally expected to return this season. Wright has been visiting with Watkins every Monday, at which time the doctor and patient review a checklist and a workout is prescribed for the upcoming week.
Wright said he was told early on that surgery wouldn’t be an option — unless he was careless in his rehab and the condition worsened.
“From the moment I was diagnosed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injury, mets

7-2-2015 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER would like to wish our northern friends a belated Happy Canada Day!

Gamingboy Posted: July 02, 2015 at 12:40 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mattingly: John McCain Dropped a Foul Ball. He’s Got a Good Excuse, Internet.

Lighten up, Costas Mattingly.

Now, McCain is pretty famous, and not just in the Washington sense. He was, after all, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. That generally puts your face and biography in front of a lot of the nation.

But apparently 2008 was a really long time ago, or perhaps parts of that bio didn’t quite stick. Like, you know, the fact his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and he was taken prisoner. Or the fact that he was captured with fractures in both ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, john mccain

In Venezuela, the difficult search for the next José Altuve

In 1998, around 20 Venezuelans were playing in the MLB. In 2014, they numbered almost 100.

In those 16 years, Santana and Félix Hernández won three Cy Young Awards between them; Cabrera won the Triple Crown and was twice named MVP; Ordóñez, Altuve, Cabrera and Carlos González won six batting titles; García, Santana, Hernández and Aníbal Sánchez had the lowest ERA during seven different seasons; and Francisco Rodríguez smashed Bobby Thigpen’s saves record.

Ordóñez, Altuve, Valbuena ...

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PCL 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game Roster Announced

Royals fans couldn’t get Omar Infante into this game.

The PCL All-Star Starters include two players from Oklahoma City, Reno and Tacoma, with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and second baseman Darnell Sweeney, Reno outfielder Peter O’Brien and former Storm Chasers third baseman Jamie Romak for the Aces, and first baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte for the Rainiers. Fresno outfielder L.J. Hoes, Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride and El Paso designated hitter Cody Decker round out ...

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How to throw a no-hitter and lose by 4 runs

Those early 90s Yanks were something else.

Poor Jim Leyritz was in left field. Leyritz is not, was not, and never would be, a leftfielder. Injuries and general incompetence had forced the Yankees to experiment, and they were in the Diet Coke and Mentos phase of the experiment. It was Leyritz’s fourth game in the outfield in the majors, and he had just 55 chances in the outfield in the minors. He was a 26-year-old rookie with the kind of athleticism you would expect from someone who wasn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andy hawkins, no-hitters, white sox, yankees

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