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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy 50th Houston Astros — formerly ‘Colt .45s,’ almost ‘Stars’

Ruh-roh, George!

How and why they became “Astros” requires some explanation.

In a nutshell, the name change was precipitated by a licensing dispute between the ballclub and the Colt Firearms Company.

An AP story from October 21, 1964 stated that:

“It was understood that the Colt Firearms Co. has no objection to the baseball club using its name, but is objecting to the baseball club sub-licensing to manufacturers the right to use the name on novelties and souvenirs sold at baseball ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colt .45's, history

Look out Refsnyder: Yankees interested in Braves’ 2B prospect

Yankees attempting to use an Atlanta fire to their advantage… again…

The Yankees have let the Braves know they have an interest in Atlanta’s second-base prospect Jose Peraza who is currently playing at Triple-A.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation the Yankees made contact with the Braves and sent scout Dennis Twombley to Gwinnett, Ga. recently to watch Peraza, who turns 22 on April 30.

Baseball America ranked the 6-foot, 165-pound native of Venezuela as the 54th best ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gary sanchez, jose peraza, rumors, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 16, 1915:

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pitches


Video: Pillar robs a home run | MLB.com

This was a great catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, kevin pillar

Teams across MLB honor Jackie Robinson’s ‘eternal’ impact | MLB.com

“My dad, he loved Jackie Robinson,” DeShields Jr. said. “Growing up, [Robinson] was always an impactful person to me because of my mom and dad. It was something they wanted me to follow and hear about. He was the first African-American to play, he gave me the opportunity to play, the people before me and the people after me. He did a lot of remarkable things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie robinson

Why the Yankees’ season already could be on the brink | New York Post

NEWSFLASH: The Yankees aren’t very good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

PawSox want $4M a year from RI for Prov. stadium | wpri.com

Help recoup the cost? This is a bad deal for Providence and Rhode Island.

Skeffington said the new owners would put up the $85 million required to design and build the ballpark, but would seek state and city subsidies after it’s finished to help recoup the cost. They also want a 30-year lease on the land – at $1 a year – from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission and Brown University, with an option to buy it at fair market value at the end of the lease.

The team is asking state ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, red sox, stadium deals

Hale keeping tabs on Tomas, O’Brien at Triple-A Reno | dbacks.com

He’ll probably get over the yips. He still won’t be a decent catcher.

“He’s playing the outfield, he’ll play a little first,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said. “I think they are waiting about a month to get him back in there. Just to kind of clear his head and let him get off to a good offensive start.”

O’Brien’s days behind the plate, though, are not necessarily over.

“He had come a long way catching-wise and gained the trust of the pitchers,” Hale said. “I really feel like at some point there ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, yasmany tomas

Robothal: diamondbacks had nothing to do with fan covering up

Surprised this didnt get linked as well…......actually not surprised

shoewizard Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

A highly subjective and judgmental ranking of major league and Triple-A cities

We’re not simply ranking what Triple-A cities stink the most. That’s lame. This is a comparative exercise: is it worse to be sent from Big League City A to Minor League City B, or Big League City C to Minor League City D? This is a multi-variable poll, in which a GREAT big league city can find itself farther down this list if it’s paired with a really good minor league city. We’re ranking big gaps in desirability between affiliates, with the bigger the falloff ranking higher on the list;

Zach Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

How much higher can Pujols climb on career home run leaderboard?

How much further can Pujols climb in terms of milestones? To date, the 35-year-old slugger has 2,523 hits to go with his 522 homers, with a contract that runs through 2021, giving him nearly seven years remaining.

Jacob Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: homers, pujols

Arizona Diamondbacks call up Cuban OF Yasmany Tomas

This whole thing is working out great.

The Diamondbacks promoted Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas to the big leagues on Wednesday, a surprising move given the glut of position players already on the roster.

Just before Opening Day, the club optioned Tomas to Triple-A Reno, citing a lack of playing time and the desire for him to get regular at-bats to help in his development.

But an injury changed the equation for the Diamondbacks, who decided their need for another hitter in the majors trumped the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 12:23 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, transactions, yasmany tomas

4-16-2015 OMNICHATTER

Not to be confused with yesterday’s OMNICHATTER or tomorrow’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 16, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Red Sox starters: The Big Five or Five Easy Pieces?

Week 1, rave reviews. Clay Buchholz at the top of his game, newly minted Rick Porcello with a strong debut marred by one bad pitch, Justin Masterson triumphantly returning, Wade Miley battling the Bombers and Joe Kelly dazzling them.

Second go-round, not so much: Only Porcello so far this week has managed to complete five innings. Buchholz was hit with a seven-spot in the first inning Sunday night in New York and gave up 10 runs (9 earned) in 3⅓ innings in the Bronx. Masterson was gone with ...

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DallasNews: Why the Rangers should trade for Josh Hamilton

Alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet?

It’s not out of the question. It’s not crazy. Certain aspects of a Hamilton-back-to-Texas deal make a lot of sense.

I feel like Hamilton would be on the field enough, motivated enough that he would bring some punch to this team. And he would at least provide entertainment. That’s more than you can expect from most of this current Rangers’ outfield.

Why should they trade for him?  Apparently Tim Cowlinshaw thinks the Rangers haven’t ...

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Royals call up Terrance Gore

The Royals have called up outfielder Terrance Gore from AA Northwest Arkansas, according to 610 Sports, to replace outfielder Alex Rios on the roster. Rios will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and will likely miss at least a month with a broken left pinky finger.

Zach Posted: April 15, 2015 at 03:52 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baby face, pinch runners, royals

OT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread

It’s been 14 months since the last thread might as well start a new one.

Meatwad misses Vincennes Posted: April 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: nhl, ot

Carlos Carrasco injured by line drive in Cleveland Indians’ 4-1 loss to White Sox

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face in the first inning by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera and had to be taken off the field on a motorized stretcher.

Carrasco suffered a bruised jaw, but X-rays at Lutheran Medical Center showed no signs of a concussion or head injury. It is not known how many starts Carrasco will miss.

Scary moment in last night’s Indians game. It looks like Carrasco is going to be OK - if so, he’s a very lucky man.

 


Boston - Baseball Prospectus: THE INCREDIBLE VERSATILITY OF BROCK HOLT

Of course, this set-up forced them to put Hanley Ramirez at 3B last night.

This combination of skills is the first, and biggest part of why the Boston Red Sox are starting the season with an unorthodox bench. I took a survey of all 30 teams on RosterResource.com, and Boston appears as one of two teams that run the same guy out as the team’s only bench shortstop AND the team’s only bench third baseman AND the team’s only bench center fielder (along with the Indians and Mike Aviles).

(If ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 15, 1915:

[Columbus, Ohio] City employees will be permitted to see the opening game of the season at Neil park today without the loss of salary. City council Monday night, by a vote of 14 to 2, declared a half holiday for this afternoon, which will give all of Columbus’ employees a chance to get in the Hulswitt parade.

“Hulswitt” being Rudy Hulswitt, the manager of the Columbus Senators. This was about the only fun Columbus baseball fans had that year; the 1915 Sens went ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 15, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

Angels in pickle with high-priced Hamilton, who is backed by CBA | FOX Sports

Has anyone reported on the specific language in Hamilton’s contract?

Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reported Wednesday that Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, told teams involved in the free-agent bidding that the player would allow protective language if he received the right deal.
Moreno said at the time of the signing that Hamilton’s deal included no such language. But it turns out that the owner indeed tried to guard against a relapse by Hamilton, fully aware of the player’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels


Why isn’t Ruf getting a real shot from the Phillies?

Is he really suggesting Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur aren’t long-term solutions in Philly?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: darin ruf, grady sizemore, jeff francoeur, phillies

A definitive (and highly subjective) 2014 bobblehead ranking: NL edition | FOX Sports

I’m very pro-bobblehead. I got two last season and I’m set to pick up another three at Fenway this year!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads

Carter Capps receives clarification on pitching motion - Sun Sentinel

How is this delivery legal? He jumps ahead, regains balance, then releases the pitch.It’s the middle step which looks illegal to me. Does MLB really want to encourage more pitchers to try this delivery? 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: carter capps, marlins

Matt Harvey Delivers in Home Debut, but Mets’ Victory Is Painful - NYTimes.com

A lot of stuff happened in yesterday’s Mets game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, matt harvey, mets

Newsday: The Matt Harvey ticket effect for second Mets home game?

Apparenty, the Wilpons don’t want to be late on the next round of bank payments.

“Secondary considerations” was how Mets GM Sandy Alderson last month characterized the team’s decision to have Matt Harvey start the third game of this season at Washington, and subsequently, the second home game at Citi Field, instead of Opening Day at either stadium.

Well, that second home game was Tuesday night. And Harvey didn’t disappoint, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings while striking ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: April 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, matt harvey, mets, tickets

4-15-2015 OMNICHATTER

Pay your taxes and CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 15, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scout.com: 2015 MLB DRAFT: MOCK 2.0

I MOCK this draft! MOCK IT!

1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Tate was number one last time and he has done nothing to change that. If anything, there is less competition now then there was a month ago. This pick would appear to be down to Tate or Rodgers. There is an outside chance with the Diamondbacks could go off board and decide to try and spread out their large bonus over multiple picks….

2. Houston Astros – Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)
This ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mock drafts

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