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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

White Sox To Sign Mike Pelfrey

: Heyman reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal, though he doesn’t specify whether it’s a minor league pact that’ll send Pelfrey to Triple-A Charlotte for the time being or a Major League deal that will place Pelfrey directly onto the 25-man roster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, white sox

Stark: Where have all the MLB superstars gone?

Between November and February, that firm surveyed more than 6,000 American sports fans, age 12 and older. If you don’t count Tim Tebow (please don’t) or Bo Jackson, guess the only three baseball players who showed up among America’s 50 favorite pro athletes?

In the NBA, coaches and stars take aim at the policies of our new president. Not in baseball. Should the sport of Jackie Robinson, with players who make it a multicultural melting pot, say more?
There was Derek Jeter, at No. 13. He hasn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, stars

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1917:

Earl Yingling, the southpaw pitcher for whom Clark Griffith paid Minneapolis $2,500, and who last winter notified Griffith he had quit baseball, may yet be seen in a Washington uniform this season. The manager had a talk with Yingling [in Cincinnati] and the latter assured him he wanted to play with Washington, but that his wife was opposed to his continuing in the game, and that it was to please her he had retired. He told Griffith he would have another talk ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How MLB Is Breaking Down Its Long-Standing Language Barrier

When I first got here, I didn’t know how to say ‘hi,’ nothing — I didn’t know what it means” he says. “In our country, we take English classes, but it’s not the same. You’ve got a teacher that reads in English and we repeat, but we don’t know what we’re saying. So it doesn’t make sense. When you are in Colombia and you learn a couple words, you think, ‘oh, I can defend myself now.’ But when you come to this huge country, you know, it’s way different.”

Bote Man Posted: April 05, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: development, english, latino players

Miller: Garrett Richards, Angels ready for biggest game yet

Richards will make his first start since May 1, his first since opting for stem-cell therapy over Tommy John surgery, his first since becoming the most public example yet of a treatment both pioneering and polarizing.

“I might be the first one to be so open about it, I guess,” Richards said. “I didn’t really have a choice about keeping it private. But I don’t mind being an ambassador for this or whatever you want to call it.”

A guinea Angel, you might label Richards, stem-cell ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Piscotty takes a pounding as Cards lose to Cubs | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Somebody on TV said he really earned this run. I agree.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Joey Gallo’s monster homer gave a faraway Rangers fan an unexpected souvenir | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

FiveThirtyEight: We Rated Every Rotation In MLB. How Does Your Team’s Stack Up?

Today, we’re hoping to provide you with an answer to one of those types of questions: Who has the best rotation in baseball? Mets fans like to think they do, in part because their starting pitchers have the league’s greatest hair. The Dodgers have a rightful claim since they employ Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball. And the Red Sox have a pair of aces, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, haunting the AL East, with David Price waiting in the wings.

But all of them are behind the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 12:15 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, pitching

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mets’ Seth Lugo hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery for partially torn UCL, reports say

Newsday reports Lugo has a “slight tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Of course, an injury to the UCL leads to concern over the need for Tommy John surgery.

To that end, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports noted Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews is reviewing Lugo’s records.


Marc Carig is also reporting that the Mets think Lugo’s injury may have come from his stint in the World Baseball Classic.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo


San Diego Padre for Life: Team Continues Support for Disabled Former Pitcher

As for the San Diego Padres, they could have ended their contract with him, since he was no longer able to fulfill his obligations on the mound. Instead, they have continued to sign LaChappa to a Minor League contract each year, for more than 20 years – thus ensuring that he has a small income plus the health insurance he needs.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, padres

About All These Velocity Spikes

This year, however, with Statcast officially replacing PITCHF/x in the big leagues, the data being pulled publicly is now from the Trackman radar. While PITCHF/x velocity numbers were reported at a defined point along each pitch’s trajectory — usually at the 55 foot mark — so that velocity didn’t have to be calculated at every x/y point along the pitches path, Statcast outputs the highest velocity that Trackman records along the flight of the pitch, which due to physics, is going to be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, velocity

Pedro Guerrero, feared Dodgers slugger, reportedly ‘fighting for his life’

Pedro Guerrero, whose big bat powered many of the Dodgers’ best teams in the 1980s, was hospitalized Monday in the Dominican Republic. Initial reports offered conflicting information about Guerrero’s current state.

Miami-based journalist Antonio Puesan reported that Guerrero has died. Three other reports indicated Guerrero is alive, but in failing health. ESPN’s Renato Bermudez reported that Guerrero suffered a heart attack, while ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Guerrero suffered a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:03 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, pedro guerrero

How do you build a winning outfield? Mariners mixing up the blueprint

Picture the prototypical corner outfielder, and a classic image springs to mind: He has strong wrists and forearms and the ability to hit 20 home runs by accident. The defense might be spotty, but he’ll compensate with a penchant for driving balls into the seats.

That’s the stereotype, and Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t hesitant to admit he bought into it until his analytics department took a dive into the numbers.

“If you look at what’s available in today’s game, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 4, 1917:

John Donaldson, a colored pitcher, who ranks with the fastest hurlers among the dusky club, has, so it is stated, been [illegible] a salary by a big league manager, conditioned on his going to Cuba, learning Spanish, pitching a season on the island, and returning under a Cuban disguise and a Spanish name. Donaldson has declined the proposition.

...and rightfully so. They may as well have said he could join the team if he figured out a way to become white.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rey Ordóñez And The Outer Boundary Of Range | VICE Sports

Debates about Rey Ordonez were a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, rey ordonez

A’s dedicate Rickey Henderson Field | MLB.com

Rickey Henderson Field is now the greatest stadium name of all time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rickey henderson, stadiums

Scout Doug Gassaway remembered for keen eye | MLB.com

Another great scout passes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, scouts

“There Are Very Few Individuals as Fascinating as Lefty O’Doul”

Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).

After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dimaggio, japanese baseball, lefty o'doul, macarthur

Monday, April 03, 2017

Syndergaard was aghast after his mother took a photo with his nemesis, Mr. Met

Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard’s mother, Heidi, after Monday’s game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:

Mother! How could you?!?!?

Somehow, this feud continues to be funny.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met, thor, twitter

Robert Megerdichian Is The Baseball Glove Whisperer [Boston Globe]

CAMBRIDGE — Robert Megerdichian’s idea of bliss is sitting in his kitchen listening to Boston Red Sox games on the radio as he refurbishes baseball gloves….

“Why would someone buy a new glove when they could just fix the old one,” Megerdichian asked Saturday as he stood in the kitchen that doubles as his glove repair workshop. “I’m old fashioned. Old-fashioned people fix things.”

Bote Man Posted: April 03, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, gloves, old school, red sox

Will Votto grow old before Reds grow up?

Yes. Next obvious question.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

We know why you wear a baseball cap

Hats off to you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, hats, history, reds

MLB Opening Night on ESPN: Highest-Rated Since 2010

Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!

MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.

Additionally, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball ratings, cardinals, cubs, espn

Source: Cardinals complete extension with outfielder Piscotty

The Cardinals will announce a long-term extension with Piscotty on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. St. Louis time. A source confirmed the deal to The Post-Dispatch.

Terms of the deal were not yet clear.

Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would likely include all of his remaining control years—through 2022. The Cardinals prefer to make such deals with players when they also include some free agent years. If so, that would give Piscotty the longest ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stephen piscotty

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 3, 1917:

Ty Cobb declared formally that he would not play another game in the [current exhibition series against the Giants] and Jennings, manager of the Tigers, announced that he had made arrangements to send him to Cincinnati to finish his training with the Cincinnati Reds. This action was taken as a result of the clash between Cobb and Herzog in Dallas on Saturday.
...
Jennings agreed to [Cobb’s] withdrawal and upholds his stand, calling Charley Herzog, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

On Opening Day, Rick Porcello aims to put playoff stinker behind him | Boston Herald

It’s Red Sox Opening Day! I always take the day off as a religious holiday. So, may a Red Sox win be with you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, red sox

Tigers GM Al Avila says Tigers can compete | MLB.com

“Cleveland obviously is the class of the American League, if not Major League Baseball,” Avila said. “They’re an excellent team. But the American League Central Division is still very tough. The Chicago White Sox still have a very good team. The Kansas City Royals have an excellent team. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest division, in my mind.

“It’s not going to be easy. If anybody thinks it’s going to be easy, they’re not thinking right. But we do feel we have a good team, a team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

MLB preview: Q&A with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington

Huntington: A lot of it was conceptualized before we came in the door. After talking with Bob (Nutting) and Frank (Coonelly), we bought into the concept of let’s see what the 2008 could do. They’d done a nice job (in 2007) and appeared to be ready to take the next step forward. There were some established position players, although most of them were approaching free agency. There wasn’t much in the farm system other than (Andrew) McCutchen, (Neil) Walker and Brad Lincoln. We knew we were going ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, neal huntington, pirates

April 3rd - 2nd Opening Day Omnichatter

It’s Opening Day…again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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