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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bradford: The real reason Dave Dombrowski fired John Farrell | WEEI

It’s not complicated. John Farrell wasn’t Dave Dombrowski’s guy, and only one of them was leaving town.

The Red Sox president of baseball operations fired his manager Wednesday morning, offering meager crumbs of explanation during a morning press conference. But talking to players who witnessed the dynamic between the two over the course of the last seven months, it became pretty clear how we got here.

Players believed Dombrowski and Farrell didn’t get along. Whether their disagreements were ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, john farrell, red sox

Yankees’ Social Media Ruthlessly Burns Indians After Epic ALDS Comeback | MLB | NESN.com

Do these people know there are two series the Yankees still have to win? The Astros and the NL winner might not be ready to roll over.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

The story behind the Astros-Red Sox video that went viral - Houston Chronicle

Yankees fans are back out from under their rocks.


Farrell’s firing in Boston accentuates the longevity Showalter has had with Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Since Showalter was hired, the Yankees have had one manager, the Rays have had two, the Toronto Blue Jays have had three and the Red Sox are working on their fourth.

Who could have imagined 10 years ago that the Orioles would have one of the more stable managerial situations in baseball?

Of course, Showalter’s contract expires after next season, so things could change soon.

But, this offseason, several teams are looking for a new manager. And the Orioles, again, aren’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles

These Yankees have grown to embrace an unfamiliar role | New York Post

Aura and Mystique are back!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Texas Rangers Slugger Joey Gallo Becomes the Ninth Player Since 2015 to Finish a Season with 40 or More Home Runs and Fewer Than 100 RBI

Dunn and Gallo can both be described as “Three True Outcomes” hitters who are most likely to end a plate appearance with either a walk, home run, or strikeout.  However, Gallo may be taking the “Three True Outcomes” hitting style to a new level as he walked 75 times while recording just 94 hits—less than half his 196 punchouts.  Moreover, Gallo’s 94 hits was a new low for a slugger who hit 40 or more home runs.  Not surprisingly, the slugger who held this dubious distinction before Gallo was ...

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Silverman: Dave Dombrowski is on the clock now | Boston Herald

Maybe they could use a guy who loses his mind once in a while (or feigns it). I’d like to see someone in the Maddon/Bannister/Hurdle/Lovullo mold, a guy who gets the numbers but who really connects with players emotionally. It’s a tall order, I know.

The John Farrell who departed is the same John Farrell who not only endured his share of barbs without losing his mind and temper (at least in public) but who also won a World Series and two division titles while managing a baseball team in Boston.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Jorge Velandia emerges in Phillies’ search for manager

The Phillies manager’s job opened when Klentak reassigned Pete Mackanin, 66, to the front office last month. At the time, Klentak indicated that he was seeking a young perspective and a new style in the skipper’s office. Klentak, 37, is one of a growing number of young, analytically driven general managers in the game, and he appears to want a field manager of his generation that both he and a young roster can grow with as the team moves closer to contending.

Velandia is going to get a long, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Strasburg rises from mold malady to throttle Cubs, send NLDS to Game 5 | Chicago Sun-Times

The headline is just wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mold, nationals, stephen strasburg

Indians early exit shouldnt overshadow season | MLB.com

Of course it should.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Cleveland Indians season ends with sounds of silence—Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com

The Indians had three chances to win one game, three opportunities to keep what was once such a wonderful season alive.

The last chance was at home with ace Corey Kluber on the mound.

And they failed ... again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs

Didi Gregorius no longer in Derek Jeter’s shadow | Newsday

Ah, the vagaries of postseason. Plus, a new anointed one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, indians, playoffs, yankees

Heyman | Ruben Amaro On Tigers Radar For Manager Opening

Amaro is an interesting candidate.

Others in the mix in Detroit include Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Hensley Meulens, Joe McEwing and a trio of in-house candidates: Lloyd McClendon, Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell - GammonsDaily.com

I don’t see Ausmus as a fit.

This is an important decision. The window here closes soon, where the Yankee window is just opening. The good young Red Sox players are soon going to make big coin. According to MLBTraderumors.com, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Tyler Thornburg, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and Drew Pomeranz stand to make between $30-35M in arbitration this winter. If so, they will take the payroll within $20-25M of the luxury tax threshold. So forget Eric ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager

No thank you [to Ron Gardenhire].

Alec Cora sounds interesting. I’m not sure Boston is the best first job though. Torey Lovullo was a missed opportunity. Most of the others are bad fits or tired retreads. One interesting name I heard is Mike Redmond. He got his first job out of the way. He’s open to sabermetrics. He also seems like a good guy who relates to players well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:57 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, ron gardenhire

Shohei Otani to have surgery on right ankle Thursday | Japan Times

“I want to be in perfect condition for the new season,” Otani said through the team. “I have decided to have surgery at this point in time now that the season is over. I will undergo rehab and training after surgery to be able to perform the way I can.”


OT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, some of whom still care about baseball playoffs, but all of whom agree the Celtics gave up too much for Irving.

Here’s the thread’s top 50 players ranking.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 1423 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2017

Rogue River [Oregon] Courier, October 11, 2017:

The New York National league Giants trampled over the Chicago American league White Sox by a five to nothing score, making the series even up. Ferdinand Schupp, the Giant’s southpaw duplicated Benton’s shut out performance, by plastering a second coat of white-wash to the would-be victors…The series now stands, Chicago, 2; New York 2.

At this point, the White Sox hadn’t scored a run in 22 innings.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Red Sox dismiss John Farrell | MLB.com

Another manager gets dismissed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox


Joe Maddon wants the Dodgers? He’s got them if Cubs can win one more | Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You have to beat the best to be the best,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘You can’t run away from any of this stuff. Pick the ’27 Yankees, pick the ’64 Cardinals, the Big Red Machine, whatever. You just want to believe your guys can match up with anybody, and I want our guys to believe the same thing.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Stephen Strasburg’s legacy on line now - Washington Times

This is a weird on. What’s his real issue?

The news that, with Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday pushed back to Wednesday because of rain, that Strasburg, even though he is fully rested, will not start Game 4 was met with howls of laughter and tears — especially when manager Dusty Baker told reporters, that Strasburg is “feeling under the weather.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Evan Drellich: Eric Hosmer’s leadership, J.D. Martinez’s power fits for Boston Red Sox

Eric Hosmer isn’t a good fit. In this big boom era they need more power.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Dustin Pedroia contemplates surgery, and his future

I look forward to seeing Statcast numbers for infield defense.

Meanwhile, the knee injury impaired other potential contributions. His defensive range may have been diminished. He graded as two runs below an average second baseman, according to Baseball Information Solutions (Fangraphs, by contrast, had him as 6.7 runs above average, as measured by Ultimate Zone Rating). His baserunning ranked near the bottom of the league, as he took an extra base just 16 percent of the time on hits while ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Astros manager Hinch on player relationships | MLB.com

Hinch needed to get Marwin Gonzalez into a game, and to decide who wouldn’t play, he’d put the names of his regular infielders into a hat and drew one.

“So you picked my name?” Bregman asked.

“I picked Correa’s name,” Hinch said, referring to Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. “But I put it back in there and drew again.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.

The Cubs will stick with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta for Game 4 regardless, instead of Game 1 starter Kyle Hendricks, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would not yet say whether he would replace scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark with Game ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals, nlds, weather

Barry Bonds among athletes who flee “crazy” Wine Country fire scene

Former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds wound up shuttling guests who did not have rides away from Mayacama when the villas at the course were evacuated. Longtime Kansas City pitcher Bret Saberhagen left his golf clubs in the parking lot in order to fit Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen and his wife into his rental car. And onetime Dodgers closer Eric Gagne raised the alarm at a second hotel to which the celebrities were sent, pounding on doors to make sure occupants were out.

esseff Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, bret saberhagen, eric gagne

MLB Trade Rumors: Projected 2018 Arbitration Salaries

Some large sums (service time estimate in parentheses):

Manny Machado (5.056) – $17.3MM
.  .  .
Jose Abreu (4.000) – $17.9MM

Details on methodology & estimate info on all players available at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, finances, money, salary arbitration


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2017

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, October 10, 1917:

Big Rube Benton turned the tide of the Giants’ luck in the third game of the world’s series [in New York] this afternoon when he beat Chicago, 2 to 0. The big southerner worked in superb form, outpitching the wizard, Eddie Cicotte, who was believed unbeatable. The series now stands two to one in Chicago’s favor…

The home team had won the first three games of the series at this point. Game four was in New York on the afternoon of October 11. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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