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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Study: Pittsburgh is America’s second best baseball city | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh was ranked the second-best city in the United States for baseball fans, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company.

The study rated 272 cities based upon 11 metrics split into two categories — “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement.” The study took into account MLB and college teams. The Pirates and the Pitt baseball team represented Pittsburgh in the study.

“There’s been rumblings for a couple years now if whether ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, pirates

Rangers to lose Josh Hamilton for approximately four weeks | | Dallas Morning News

After an impressive first week that included a two-homer game and a walk-off double, the other side surfaced again Wednesday. An MRI exam on Hamilton’s sore left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain. The prognosis: He will miss at least the next four weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Cubs call-up coming? Baez to start playing third base Wednesday

Are the Cubs really moving Bryant to the outfield?

But, another infield spot appeared to open up for the Cubs who started third baseman Kris Bryant in left field during Tuesday’s game at Miami.

Baez is off to a great start to the I-Cubs season, compiling a .325 batting average with seven home runs, six doubles and 26 RBIs through his first 32 games with Iowa. He entered Wednesday’s game riding a five-game hitting streak while also batting .351 with four homers in his last 10 contests.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Video: Benches clear after Lake homers | MLB.com

The Marlins didn’t like Lake’s showboating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marlins, video

Chris Sale strikes out 13 in White Sox victory

Sale was dominant. Joey Gallo was overmatched in his three AB vs. Sale before homering off Zach Duke.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, joey gallo, rangers, white sox

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
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That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Tanaka spearheads sweep of M’s in return | MLB.com

Tanaka is back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Baseball’s worst long-term contracts - Beyond the Box Score

This week, I will be covering the worst long-term contracts in baseball. While I did end up ranking these contracts, please don’t see these rankings as set in stone. I could have very easily ranked some of these contracts differently, depending on how I feel about how a particular player will perform going forward. The point is that there are a lot of bad contracts in baseball, and the ones listed below are some of the worst of the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 06:44 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

ESPN/Schoenfield: Ranking the Best No. 1 Draft Picks

if there’s a lesson through all this: Don’t ever make a draft pick predicated on saving a little money.


A Post-Nuke Fenway Park Is In “Fallout 4”

Sharp-eyed James McKenna spotted the above image in the trailer, which appears for only a few frames. It does seem to be Fenway Park, rusted and repaired and now serving as some sort of redoubt. It’s not an exact replica of any specific part of Fenway, but given the batter sculpture and loading bays and traffic bollards, they appear to have taken a few liberties with the Gate B entrance.

 

eddieot Posted: June 03, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park

Confusion within the Diamondbacks? Prospect Peter O’Brien’s position still undetermined

On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.

This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........

Then on Monday afternoon, ...

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shoewizard Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

McClendon confident, but can Mariners really turn it around? | FOX Sports

McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.

“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lloyd mcclendon, mariners

Starlin Castro wants to take charge of his problems - Chicago Tribune

Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.

“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Nationals’ Strasburg Diagnosed With Strained Left Trapezius - NYTimes.com

Washington manager Matt Williams said Tuesday the trapezius was the cause of the neck and upper back discomfort. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts and failed to last four innings in four of five outings in May.

“As soon as he feels good, he’ll get back to throwing,” Williams said before Tuesday’s doubleheader against Toronto. “We don’t know when that will be, though. ... But it could be within days that it feels better and he’s able to get back out there and do all the things he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Joey Gallo on Twitter: “Way back in the day when me and @Bharper3407 were 8 and 9 years old!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, joey gallo, rangers

New York Mets’ six-man rotation about protecting arms, young and old - Mets Blog - ESPN

Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.

“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.

“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics, six man rotations

Darowski-Hall of Stats:  First Look: The 2016 Pre-Integration Ballot

An early look at potential that candidates could appear on the Pre-Integration ballot which will be released this Fall.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2015

Toledo News-Bee, June 3, 1915:

LARRY DOYLE PULLED A NEW STYLE BONER

Larry Doyle, Giant leader, has always been recognized as one of the National league’s smartest players. At Boston on Wednesday he pulled a stunt for which Brave fans think he should be consigned to the boneyard. The play cost the Giants the game.

With Burns on third, Doyle flied to Moran in right. He trotted down to first. After the catch Burns started in from third and would have scored easily. Moran whipped the ball in, but ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 03, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, larry doyle

OMNICHATTER 6-3-2015

OMNICHATTER, OMNICHATTER never changes.

Gamingboy Posted: June 03, 2015 at 12:16 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gallo homers in second big league at-bat | MLB.com

Kris who?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, next big thing, rangers

Full Count » John Henry: John Farrell’s job is secure; Ben Cherington will be general manager of Red Sox for a ‘very long time’

A faith in the process.

“Why do I believe that? Because I have worked with a lot of people over the years and these are two people that are really likable, respected — they are committed,” Henry said. “They are very good at what they do. John has provided the kind of leadership that we need through a tough period and I just don’t think you can blame the manager for this. I watch these games. They’ve been painful games to watch. To me it’s not the manager’s fault the way that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, john farrell, john henry, red sox


Giancarlo Stanton is a monster who eats his Kit Kats whole

It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop and there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. These are known scientific facts. But, there’s definitely a wrong way to eat a Kit Kat. As the old adage goes, one must “break me off a piece” of a Kit Kat bar.

That strategy has been passed on from generation to generation since the dawn of time, but Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to care.

PreservedFish Posted: June 02, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, unwritten rules

Have relievers really gotten better? | FOX Sports

If relievers are truly getting better, maybe a team won’t need so many of them. How about a couple less relievers and a few more quality pinch-hitting options?

Now that we know that teams have better bullpens at their disposal than they used to, what’€™s the counter-move? One that’s been suggested is that hitters should stop being so patient and just attack what the starter gives them. In fact, there’€™s evidence that one reason for the recent rise in strikeouts is that hitters are being too ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, sabermetrics, trends

Sonoma Stompers Give Writers a Chance to Run Team

The Sonoma Stompers, they’re an independent professional baseball team in California’s wine country. Think grape stomping. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller do a weekly podcast where they said they would love to run a team, and the owners of the Stompers heard this and decided to take them up on it. The two writers are passionate about sabermetrics, the kind of baseball number-crunching made famous in the movie “Moneyball.”
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And so, they have more freedom in terms of what they can do, and that’s ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, sabrmetrics

Sketch of National Game of Baseball by George Wright « Our Game

George Wright (1847-1937), the first hero of the professional era in baseball, presented this little essay in person at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1919. It was published by the Society in the following year. Much of what Wright relates predates his earliest experience of playing the game, at age 14 in 1861, and is a bit of an undigested hash. But baseball was surely discussed in his household when he was a tyke, for his brother Harry had joined the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Grant Brisbee breaks down each of Oakland’s 15 one-run losses

Getting to this a bit late, this was published on May 28th and since then the A’s have increased the number of one-run wins by 50%... to give them a 3-15 record overall.

4. Astros 7, A’s 6 - April 26

Key moments:
I’m caught between wanting to throw my hands up and say, “You get the idea” and continuing to pile on at the risk of my sanity and yours. I’ve chosen the latter strategy. May we all find peace in this world.

If only there were an image to symbolize this awful game.

OH COME ON.

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, gifs, oakland a's

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2015

Tacoma Times, June 2, 1915:

[Federal League Umpire Bill Brennan] climbed about a train to go to the park and happened to be sitting bak to back with the players. He overheard them plotting.

“I’ll call him a big rummy, a stiff and tell him he’s all swelled on being umpire-in-chief,” said one. “He’ll can me. Then you run at him and bawl him good and strong. Then we can sneak back to town and meet those dolls.”

It happened per schedule. Never did an umpire take more abuse and grin. The players ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 02, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Is the Red Sox’ defense really that bad? - The Boston Globe

Hanley is the only real issue with the Red Sox defense. He has been brutal in left. Pedroia has been as good as he ever has been. Xander Bogaerts has noticeably improved at shortstop. Sandoval has been O.K. at third. I have no complaints about the rest of the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, red sox, sabermetrics

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL | dbacks.com

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

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