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Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Fan’s View of No. 498

I am shocked by David Ortiz’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Yoenis Cespedes homers as Mets sweep Nationals |

A brutal, brutal series for the Nationals. There is no way Matt Williams survives this. Even Rizzo may be on the block.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

Votto Goes Wild in Argument, Pirates Beat Reds on Kang Slam - The New York Times

Votto was irritated when a pitch which was clearly outside was called a strike. It was the second AB that a bad strike call put him into a 1-2 hole, instead of a 2-1 hitter’s count.

Votto was tossed by plate umpire Bill Welke while the Reds were trying to rally in the eighth. The 2010 NL MVP argued a called strike two and slammed down his batting helmet, hollering and gesturing as he went nose-to-nose with Welke.

The dispute quickly escalated and Reds teammates intervened to restrain Votto, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds


OMNICHATTER is never eliminated from playoff contention.

Gamingboy Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:18 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

SJ Mercury: A’s announce two-year extension for manager Bob Melvin

One of the nice things about having next to no media presence is that there’s next to no pressure to fire somebody just because.

A’s players have missed 949 games this season, up from 823 last season, and the number will approach 1,100 if none of the five players currently on the disabled list return to the field. The bullpen ERA is 4.51 (up from 2.91 in 2014) and home runs are down to 117 (for 156 a year ago with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss).

Beane and his chief deputy, David Forst, are ...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, bob melvin, managers, oakland a's

Greenville Drive Minor Leaguers Become English Majors

The Drive will close the regular season today with 12 players who were born in Spanish-speaking countries. Seven of them are 21 or younger. To help them break through their language barrier, the Drive collaborated with Furman professor Dr. Bobbi Siefert to offer English integration classes.

“These guys come from Venezuela or Cuba or the Dominican Republic, and the language is the toughest part of their transition,” Drive general manager Eric Jarinko said. “They’re able to talk with ...

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 09, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: latin america, minor leagues, red sox

Man charged with stealing Mets COO Jeff Wilpon’s identity

ersey office supply company, has been charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly defrauding an investor of $3.5 million. He is accused of forging fraudulent agreements with 58 companies, which led the investor to purchase $3.1 million in office equipment. Conway is said to have pocketed much of the money.

Conway is alleged to have presented the investor with a letter from the Mets containing Wilpon’s forged signature. Based on the forged letter, the investor sent ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fraud, fred wilpon, identity theft, mets

Buster Posey becomes selectively aggressive - Beyond the Box Score

Here’s a great look at Buster Posey’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, sabermetrics

Deserved Run Average: A better way to determine the Cy Young winners | FOX Sports

I’ve been looking over the DRA figures at Baseball since they announced the stat. I like it but, from what I have learned in old research, there should be a factor differentiating between pitcher performance with nobody on and with runners on. Although the difference isn’t much from most pitchers, there are some who have a different profile. Of course, I may have missed the adjustment in their explanations.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cy young award, dra, pitching, sabermetrics

Tim Hudson will retire after 2015 season

Farewell Timmy, you had a good run and got that World Series ring.

reech Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement

BA: Minor League All-Star Team 2015

SS Corey Seager • Dodgers
Triple-A Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast) • Double-A Tulsa (Texas)

The No. 1 prospect in the game at midseason, Seager stands above a crowded field of young shortstops with his combination of outstanding power (.194 isolated slugging) and strong contact skills (13.8 percent strikeouts). Only the Rockies’ Trevor Story, among minor league shortstops, hit more home runs than Seager (18), who was the youngest player to qualify for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospects

NPR Fresh Air: What Intangibles Go Into Winning Team Sports

And [Joe] Morgan - one of my favorite anecdotes of the book was in 1975, when the Reds were struggling early in the year. They had a losing record. And they were known for needling in the clubhouse. And the manager, Sparky Anderson, thought it might be excessive. And so he told him to cut back on it. No more needling, just take it easy with the young players on the team. And it wasn’t working, and they were losing. They weren’t having much fun. Morgan got hurt one day, went in, got treatment, ...


Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don’t Go for Backspin | FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t axe Brandon Moss to chop wood.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: batting

Chasing .400 | NBC SportsWorld

That’s some tough love.

Most of all, George Brett was scared of that phone call that was coming (it always came) just a few minutes after the ballgame ended.

“What the hell kind of pitch did you swing at?” the phone caller would yell.

“Were you even trying on that foul ball?” the phone caller would yell.

“That hit in the first inning was pure luck,” the phone caller would yell. “You should give it back.”

Sometimes, at the end of the phone call, Brett would tear the phone out ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, history

Site Slowdowns

A number of people have complained about slow load times for pages at different times during the day. After spending some time monitoring the server a little more closely the last few days, I’ve narrowed down the cause to a few Mysql queries that have been locking some of the database’s biggest tables. When that happens the other queries pause and fall into the queue until the table lock is released.

I’ve already fixed some issues created within the forums by archiving the old Lounges. I need ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-9-2015

Fairmont West Virginian, September 9, 1915:


Russia—A big fellow, but so slow he has to make a homer in order to get to first.
Belgium—The innocent spectator who was hit with a foul ball.
Turkey—A pitcher who looked easy, but who is making a lot of trouble.

As someone who’s obsessed with both baseball history and World War I, this list was a lot of fun.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Will Shoeless Joe Jackson ever get in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Does it really matter?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe jackson

Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman will pitch against Yankees on Saturday - The Globe and Mail

Stroman is pitching with a brace on his knee. As Steve Phillips pointed out on MLB Radio yesterday, you have to wonder how the contraption will impact his delivery. Do the Blue Jays really need him this season?

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed here on Tuesday afternoon that the 24-year-old pitcher, out all season after having knee surgery in March, will make his 2015 debut in New York on Saturday against the Yankees.

Gibbons said that it will be just a spot start for Stroman. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Anthony Rizzo for MVP? One stat shows his value best - Stats

He hits when it counts the most, or something like that.

Rizzo’s first-inning home run Tuesday was big in that it gave the Cubs a comfortable lead early. Mathematically speaking, it was the most valuable hit of the game. Based on historical win probabilities, it increased the Cubs’ chances of winning by 20 percent.

Those are the type of hits Rizzo has been getting this season. He leads the major leagues in the advanced stat Win Probability Added, which measures every plate appearance by a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, wpa

Let’s look on the bright side of the Giants missing the postseason - McCovey Chronicles

Giants fans won’t have to watch Bumgarner in the playoffs!!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

So that’s why (some) Nats fans have been leaving early - The Washington Post

There is blood in the water.

Snapshots from a Tuesday night at Nats Park: a man in the outfield flinging his hat to the ground and screaming “I hate you Matt Williams,” after the manager called for a bunt in the bottom of the ninth with one of his best hitters at the plate. A quartet of fans from the high-end Presidents Club loudly booing Williams after he left his post-game news conference. Fans — including season-ticket holders — walking out early, and making clear that their action ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

Pregame notes and lineups: Seattle opens a 10-day homestand | The Seattle Times

You know things aren’t going well when…

Catcher Mike Zunino will not be called up. He will instead go to Arizona and participate in the upcoming instructional league. It was always assumed that the Mariners would bring him back after the Rainiers’ season ended. But Zunino is undergoing a massive swing overhaul with hitting coach Cory Snyder under the supervision of Edgar Martinez.

Zunino will report early and then begin instructional play. The idea of reworking a swing and playing in big ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino, nelson cruz

Mets rally, bump division lead to six games |

This will be a very tough loss for the Nationals to recover from. Harvey was overthrowing, with the resulting location issues, and the Nationals were going the other way with hard contract. Then, the bullpen imploded.

The Nationals had a 7-1 lead entering the seventh inning after tagging Matt Harvey for seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen had a meltdown, lost the lead and eventually the game. The Nationals had to use three relievers—Blake Treinen, Felipe Rivero and Drew ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, nationals


OMNICHATTER? Youneverknow.

Gamingboy Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 321 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mets free to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes |

The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.

Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Former MLB pitcher Joaquin Andujar, 62, dies after battle with diabetes

Former major league pitcher Joaquin Andujar, who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic after a long battle with diabetes. He was 62.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, joaquin andujar, obituaries

Tell-All From Former Yankees Clubhouse Worker Is Finally Out; Alleges Jeter & Posada Had Sexy Time

Former Yankees assistant equipment manager Paul Priore was fired in 1997. He says the team let him go because he is HIV-positive; the Yankees, and New York state courts, disagree. Now the seamy tell-all Priore threatened to write has found its way to print (albeit through self-publishing), and co-author Gary Toushek is spamming the world with this bizarre video explaning why Priore’s outlandish claims are totally legit.

About those claims! Here are some things Paul Priore says he witnessed, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: books, derek jeter, jorge posada, tabloids, yankees

2016 Major League Baseball Schedule |

The 2016 schedule has been released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 01:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Transformation complete: Edwards makes his MLB debut - Minor League Ball

Meet the Cubs future closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. edwards, cubs

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