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Monday, July 18, 2016

Former Cardinals Exec Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Astros

Wow.From prank to almost 4 years in prison.

Brian Posted: July 18, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

The case for Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees and other trade rumors

Would the Cubs trade him for Miller and Chapman?

“Cash thinks he can hit 50 home runs there,” one source with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said, and, well, that isn’t altogether farfetched. Schwarber is a 30-home run hitter in any park, presuming he comes back from the torn ACL that has sidelined him almost all of 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:32 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber, notes, trade rumors

Twins dismiss Terry Ryan | MLB.com

Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as Twins executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis.

“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, terry ryan, twins

MLB stars don’t want to see robot umps

Full title at Sporting News Rage against the machines: MLB stars don’t want to see robot umps

Sporting News asked several All-Stars and found, overwhelmingly, that the game’s best players do not want to see a change, for a variety of reasons. Here is what they had to say.

The law of unintended consequences is always in play. Worth a read.


Report: Reducing MLB season to 154 games has ‘gained momentum’ - CBSSports.com

Maybe they should put a 10% or 15% across the board salary cut on the table to get it done.

According to David Lennon of Newsday, the idea of reducing the schedule to 154 games has “gained momentum” of late, as MLB and the MLBPA negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on December 1, and there’s no indication a work stoppage is on the horizon, thankfully.

The biggest problem with reducing the schedule is the financial impact. Eight fewer games means four fewer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Roger Clemens heads roster of MLB alums to play together in NBC World Series

Clemens, a 53-year-old seven-time Cy Young winner and 11-time All-Star, headlines the Kansas Stars, a 25-man team that includes 24 ex-MLB players….Fort Scott native Adam LaRoche and Wichita native and Wingnuts co-owner Nate Robertson, both former MLB players, began to organize the team after last year’s tournament and brought in ex-stars such as Josh Beckett, Tim Hudson, Roy Oswalt and J.D. Drew.

If this team faced off against the Braves in a 21 games series - before the injuries could pile ...

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Mike Webber Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clemens, laroche, national baseball congress, wichita

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 18, 1916:

Peeved over the loss of [yesterday’s] ball game, John J. McGraw is accused of having “sicked” Catcher Kocher on Miguel Gonzales, the Cards’ Cuban backstop. A fist fight that extended from the Cards’ dugout to the home plate brought a riot call to the police. [National League] President Tener watched the fight from the stands.
...
While the fans shouted “Lock ‘em up” Gonzales and Kocher were led away. At the Dayton Street Police Station the belligerents ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, john mcgraw

Cespedes’ new OF preference creates odd-man-out dilemma | New York Post

Who goes to the bench?

“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

A’s Rich Hill exits after five pitches, Sean Manaea forced into action - San Francisco Chronicle

He has to pitch to have value.

Rich Hill, one of the top trade chips on the mid-summer market, left Sunday’s start five pitches in after a blister on his left hand appeared to pop.

Hill had been scratched from Friday’s start because of the blister but reported that his side session that day went well and he was fine.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rich hill, trade rumors


Rays offense stalls again in loss to Orioles (w/ video) | Tampa Bay Times

Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.

“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”

Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays, trade rumors

Signing Deadline Passes Uneventfully - BaseballAmerica.com

The most notable late signee was the Mariners’ Trey Griffey, son of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who signed as a 24th-round pick after playing college football at Arizona. Nick Shumpert, son of ex-big leaguer Terry Shumpert, also signed. Shumpert was a seventh-round pick out of high school but fell to the 28th round out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Ichiro Suzuki 6 away from 3,000 hits | MLB.com

Ichiro is not limping toward the record.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins, records

Yankees headed toward unfamiliar role of deadline sellers | FOX Sports

I will believe it when I see it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, yankees

OTP 2016 July 18: Girls’ softball teams being shut out of city defibrillator policy, while boys’ teams given life-saving devices

Youth softball coaches are furious that their predominantly female leagues have been left out of a city law that gives free defibrillators to youth baseball leagues.

That new law, which Mayor de Blasio signed in May, provides a free automated external defibrillator for baseball leagues who play on city fields in case a kid gets hit with the hard ball in the chest.

“The law should cover all sports,” said Peter DeMauro, a longtime youth sports coach who currently coaches girls’ softball ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1834 comment(s)
  Beats: new york, politics, softball, youth baseball

OMNICHATTER 7-18-16

The OMNICHATTER was not here yesterday as it had been sacrificed for personal reasons. Hopefully it will go better than Yan Gomes’ sacrifice to Jobu (get well soon, Yan).

Gamingboy Posted: July 18, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wainwright more than all right in blanking Marlins | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Wainwright referred to himself as “the laughingstock of the baseball world” for his 7.16 ERA at the end of April and struggles into May. He’s carved that down to 4.15. As he stood on the mound for the ninth – 11 pitches from a shutout – he made sure he saw where his 2006 teammates were in the crowd. He’s no longer the rookie they watched close their championship. He’s more complete.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Texas Rangers: Rangers sign Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell, draft pick Jacobsen to minor league deals | SportsDay

The Texas Rangers went onto the international market on Friday, adding 32-year-old Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell on a minor league deal.
Bell left Cuba, with the government’s permission, in January to pursue a spot in Major League Baseball. He briefly has played in the Mexican and independent Can-Am leagues this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alexie bell, rangers

Pirates look to create, measure optimum performance | TribLIVE

It’s a blue light special.

Before every game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle receives a number — an estimate of every player’s capacity to perform — from the strength and training staffs. The number is part of the decision-making process. The number is not a perfect guide, rather “a talking point,” Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

For Orioles’ young pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the future is now - Baltimore Sun

Bundy goes into the rotation.

And now, after pitching the first half of the season in relief, Bundy, 23, will join Gausman, 25, in the starting rotation, making his first major league start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field – a ‘hallelujah’ moment for Orioles fans who have been waiting for the team’s top young pitchers to reach their mark.

Down the stretch, the Orioles will lean on their prized young arms to help them get to the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cleveland Indians “sacrifice” chicken, ask Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes

Earlier today Jason Kipnis posted a series of videos on instagram from the Indians locker room. The players held a service asking Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes for any wrongdoing, imploring that the pagan god of Indians baseball give Gomes his mojo back.

cmd600 Posted: July 16, 2016 at 06:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, major league movie

Neyer: HAS THE VAUNTED OAKLAND A’S FRONT OFFICE BECOME TOO INSULAR FOR ITS OWN GOOD?

Back in 2002 or ‘03—in what might have been my last substantive conversation with him—I asked Beane what he thought about Boston Red Sox management’s apparent intention to build a sort of “baseball brain trust.”
I don’t remember Beane’s exact response. I do remember him suggesting the possibility of “too many cooks stirring the pot.” More than a decade later, Beane seems to feel the same way. “They’re very happy with the people they have,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says, ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane

Astros sign Cuban star Yulieski Gurriel | MLB.com

The Astros and Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $47.5 million, according to industry sources, pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

OMNICHATTER 7-16-16

What Omnichatter? This OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 16, 2016 at 12:20 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 15, 2016

Getting the 2016 Braves to the playoffs

Ya gotta have faith

At 31-58 (.348) on the season, the road to the playoffs for the Atlanta Braves is littered with obstacles. Some of these obstacles are tossed into the road by superior NL clubs, such as Washington, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona, San Diego, and Colorado. But other obstacles have been placed in the road by the Braves themselves, obstacles such as “being a shitty team,” “not spending ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 15, 2016 at 12:40 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, humor

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1916:

Arthur Shafer, the former McGraw third baseman, is coming east and he may join the Giants. Shafer was one of the best infielders in the game, but he did not like baseball and went to California, where he owns a large garage. He found, after he had retired, that like the rest he hankered for a little baseball. Now he is coming to New York to see John McGraw and he may get back in the game.

Tillie Shafer was a good player, not great, but certainly good. The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lenny Dykstra Crawls from a Hole He Joyfully Dug for Himself

“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.

Zach Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, literature, mets

Cubs get back to work — and there’s lots of work to do | Chicago Sun-Times

I hope he can bounceback so he doesn’t get released.

Turns out he’s a man, not a machine. Once seemingly unhittable, Arrieta (12-4, 2.68) now is barely hanging on to a spot among the N.L.’s top 10 in ERA. And this is alarming: He has walked more batters — 43 — than any of the N.L.’s top 20 starters in ERA.

Arrieta probably can forget about repeating as Cy Young. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg and even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Kopech Hits 105 MPH Against Wilmington

Between the Groome signing and Kopech coming back, Dombrowski may have felt trading the 18 year-old Espinosa would be a loss the team could overcome.

opech sat at 98 mph last night, but he touched 100 mph and beyond on a regular basis. That’s nothing new for a pitcher who sat at 100 mph in his high Class A debut for four innings at Carolina.

But even for a pitcher who regularly throws 100 plus, the 105 jumped off the page when the Salem pitchers turned in their charts after the game.

“We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, red sox

Heyman - Hosmer And The Royals’ Closing World Series Window - TKB

This column comes to you from Scott Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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