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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Next round of possible MLB managers include Chase Utley, Eric Chavez

The job he’s currently doing seems like the perfect fit for him. Keep giving me boatloads of money to keep doing it.

Brian Bannister
After pitching five seasons in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, Bannister, 37, joined the Boston Red Sox as a scout and analyst before moving to the coaching staff. He possesses one of the brightest pitching minds in the game. His title: Vice President, pitching development and assistant pitching coach.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 02:06 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Can’t Catch a Break: Hall of Fame Catchers | The Hardball Times

Assessing catcher defense is still, ah, problematic. Historically it’s a mess.

Simmons should be in. Munson’s supporters have been making a solid case. I got to see a lot of him in his prime and, at the time, I thought he was comparable to Fisk. I’m still on the border with him, but I’m leaning more toward a yes. The rest of the guys are short for me.

Your thoughts?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, hall of fame

Indianapolis Indians teammates Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings both hit for the cycle in the same game

Newman and Stallings hit for the cycle in the same game. That has never been done by teammates in MLB history, though by remarkable coincidence, it also happened earlier this year for two San Jose Giants players (Gio Brusa and Jalen Miller) on April 12.


Amed Rosario could be answer to Mets’ outfield problem

There is also an opening at 1B, 2B, 3B, C, in the bullpen, the starting rotation, and, if they move Rosario to CF, at SS.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Jayson Werth called every team but Mets for job last winter – HardballTalk

Werth hit .206/.297/.389 in 145 PA for Tacoma.

Werth went on to decry analytics and Ivy League-educated front offices. Those sorts are worthy of criticism, but he did not exactly cover new ground here, nor did he explain how the analytical bent of front offices did him, personally, and injustice. I wouldn’t expect a player in Werth’s position to say so, but there is not a reason to believe that there’s a place for him on the field at this point of his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2018

Pittsburgh Press, August 8, 1918:

Harold (Hal) Chase, captain and first baseman of the Cincinnati club, has been indefinitely suspended because of indifferent playing, it was announced last night by Manager Mathewson. Chase was under a similar charge in 1913 while playing on the New York Americans and was traded by Manager Frank Chance to the Chicago Americans.

Air quotes weren’t a thing yet in 1918, so I guess peering between the lines was left to the readers. Hal Chase wasn’t indifferent at ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Must C: Soto out on wild play | 08/07/2018 | MLB.com

Crazy play.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: video

Tampa’s minor-league team lost without giving up a walk or hit. Blame a new baseball rule.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Class A affiliate had no hits and no walks against the Tampa Tarpons, yet it beat the New York Yankees’ Florida State League club 1-0.

Clearwater took advantage of a rule introduced this year that places a runner at second base at the start of each extra inning to cut down on marathon games. The rule has been criticized by baseball traditionalists. On Monday, it made it possible for Tampa to lose despite a nearly perfect game.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Memo to White Sox fans: Root for the prospects, not their service time – The Athletic $$

Well, this is silly. When the CBA is changed so teams don’t get an extra year of control for managing a player’s service clock, Fegan can make the argument again. In the meantime, somebody might also want to explain to him that he can watch Jiménez on MiLB.TV or at the AAA park.

But mostly it’s a bummer that the fetishization of optimal human asset management has trumped the interest in seeing great players do their thing. It’s one thing when general managers and teams do it because it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 02:13 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

MLB myth-buster—The shift isn’t curbing runs, it’s creating them

After we figure out whether to shift or not, can we figure out whether eating eggs for breakfast is healthy or not?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:59 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: shifts

Big League Bullying: The Conspiracy To Humiliate MLB Umpire Steve Fields

Baseball consensus holds that umpires only get noticed when they make a bad call. Steve Fields’ career as a major league ump was bookended by two calls that put him in the spotlight. But he went to his grave insisting both were right.

His first momentous call came during the umpires strike of 1979. National League officials, Fields said, told him that crossing a picket line was the only way he’d ever achieve his boyhood dream of making it to the big leagues. He was the oldest minor-league ...

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Lou Trivino thriving in loaded A’s bullpen

Yes, you read that right.

Just three years ago, when Trivino was a starter for Class A Advanced Stockton, he says his fastball sat in the low 90s on a good day. Mike Connors, who Trivino enlisted at the Tri-State Elite Baseball Academy in Quakerstown, Pa., emphasized urgency and discipline to a revamped conditioning regimen that slowly led to an uptick of nearly 10 mph.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, lou trivino, prospects

How Not to Call Up a Position Player Prospect

Despite their third-place finish, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about the Rockies’ future in 2016. That year, Baseball America ranked David Dahl (22), Ryan McMahon (43), and Tom Murphy (97) among the Top 100 Prospects in the game, and Raimel Tapia (49) joined them in 2017. All four had advanced at least to Double-A by 2016—Tom Murphy was in Triple-A and had already made his major-league debut—and Rockies fans believed that well-regarded, young reinforcements were on their way ...

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Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:12 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

After a pep talk from Pedro Strop, Javier Baez hits his 25th HR in the Cubs’ 3-1 win - Chicago Tribune

It’s a building narrative.

Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Cubs’ 3-1 win over the Royals, and he also gave Javier Baez a pep talk during a 22-minute rain delay after the slugger was upset about his two early strikeouts.

“I was screaming to him,” Strop said. “ ‘Wake up! You got a game to play. You’re the man. The next two at-bats, watch. You’re going to get two hits.’ ”

Baez responded with a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning against reliever Kevin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

It’ll take more than blind optimism for Aaron Boone to resurrect Yankees

The whole Chicken Little baseball coverage irks me. The Yankees have injuries. Some of their better healthy players aren’t playing at their peaks. It happens. It’s a long season, though. The Yankees can pull things together in September, win the Wild Card game, and crush everyone in the playoffs. If it happens, their current stretch won’t matter. A Red Sox historic season would be tarnished. And all that is assume the Red Sox don’t get crushed by injuries and the Yankees don’t quickly rebound, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2018

New York Tribune, August 7, 1918:

The resignation of John K. Tener as president of the National Baseball League was received here yesterday at National League headquarters.

In a letter, addressed to all the club presidents in the National League, President Tener said:

“Having declined to serve further on the National Commission for the good reason familiar to each of you, I must ask that my resignation as your president, tendered last December, be now accepted.”

The “good reason” was that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

No hits? No problems!

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Winning a game when you get no-hit, getting no hits, and the extra inning free runner rule.

stevegamer Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, no hitter, phillies, yankees

FG - Juan Soto Looks Like the Best Teenage Hitter in History

Jeff Sullivan is not even being hyperbolic to get clicks! Really!!

(Please don’t watch him play left field, though. TNX!)

Bote Man is no David Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, hitting, juan soto, nationals

Can Jose Ramirez Achieve the Rarest “Double Double” in Baseball?

Eric Davis couldn’t do it.
Alex Rodriguez couldn’t do it.
Willie Mays himself couldn’t do it.

Jose Ramirez? Jose Ramirez might do it.

gehrig97 Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, jose ramirez, ty cobb, willie mays

How the Mets can save Amed Rosario

Although he’s eating up service time on the Mets, sending him down won’t necessarily fix his problems. Watching him this season, he’s shown glimpses of figuring it out. As long as it’s not a confidence problem, and it doesn’t appear that it is, let him keep working against the best competition in the world and see how it plays out. He’s proven he can handle the minors. Remember, player development is not linear. Sometimes a team just needs to be patient.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

OTP 2018 August 7: Book Explores Trump, Taft and Other Presidents Baseball Ties

“William Howard Taft, all 300 pounds of him, was a big act to follow in every sense of the word. Taft was an amateur baseball pitcher in the 1880s. He wanted to became a major league pitcher, but he settled instead to become President, and in fact later became the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As Chief Justice, he scheduled his speaking engagements around the country in Major League cities, so that he could give a speech and then go out to a ballgame in the afternoon,” ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:13 AM | 1114 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics


Dodgers Corey Seager to Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Hip Tuesday

The Dodgers announced Monday that Corey Seager will undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Tuesday in New York.

The All-Star shortstop has been off the field since April when the team announced he would miss the remainder of the season following a Tommy John surgery to repair a right UCL sprain.

Seager seems awfully young to have to have all these surgeries. Maybe his youth is a good thing here? I dunno. Seager is slated to be cleared for baseball activities in January.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 07, 2018 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, pain

Lance McCullers Jr. likely out until September

The-24-year-old Astros starter was placed on the disabled list this weekend with right elbow discomfort. But, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that McCullers has a muscle strain and he is unlikely to return before September (via the Houston Chronicle).

Well, that’s not great.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 07, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, disabled list, lance mccullers

Monday, August 06, 2018

OT - 2018 NBA Thread (Pre-Season Edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about: Trying to get one of us hired as the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 06, 2018 at 03:38 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic


Top 10 Best Minor League Stadiums and Ballparks

I haven’t been to any of these parks. I need to get to get to Portland and Hartford.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:09 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league parks

MLB: Former MLB 3B Eric Chavez lands first managerial gig

Less than 24 hours after his name was mentioned as potential candidate to replace Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as he will reportedly step down next year, former Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has landed his first job as a professional manager.

Chavez, 40, will step in as manager of the triple-A Salt Lake Bees for the rest of the season. Current manager Keith Jonson has been promoted to the Big League staff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, eric chavez

Top prospect Eloy Jimenez ‘really close’ to joining the White Sox - Chicago Tribune

Sox player development director Chris Getz also has an idea, and he told WSCR-AM 670 on Sunday that Jimenez is “really close” to joining the big-league club.

“He has done nothing but perform,” Getz said. “This guy’s been able to drive the ball to all fields. He’s been able to set up pitchers. ... He’s got a pretty good arm. We just want to make sure he’s as ready as possible. We’re getting really close.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2018

Washington Herald, August 6, 1918:

If you can find a bunch more essential than the following, step aside and cry quits. Kindly note the batting order:

Coffey, Tigers, shortstop.
Wheat, Dodgers, left field.
Lamb, Joplin, second base.
Weafers, Syracuse, first base.
Rice, ex-Washington, right field.
Haddock, Binghamton, catcher.
Mays, Cards, center field.
Bacon, ex-Athletics, third base.
Hogg, Phils, pitcher.

Crum of the Bostons would make a fairly good substitute if the supply ran out. A number ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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