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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ted Berg: I badly wanted MLB to adopt replay before 2014. Now I find it boring and dumb

I get that it’s a complicated thing and there are a million factors I haven’t considered. But the way it is right now kind of stinks, and I can’t imagine it’s actually improving MLB’s on-field product even if it’s technically making it more fair.

Like sports talk radio, it starts more arguments than it solves.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 21, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules

Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM? - StarTribune.com

Souhan thinks Pohlad is a bumpkin.

Hiring the next big thing is an exercise in research and perceptiveness, and it is difficult. When MacPhail left the Twins after the 1994 season to run the Cubs as one of baseball’s most respected bosses, he wanted to hire a general manager to work below him. On the flight to Chicago, he showed me a list of potential candidates that included Sabean, who has won three of the past five World Series with the Giants. Then he hired Ed Lynch.

On Monday, Pohlad did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Heyman - Stewart Defends D-backs From Unnamed Accusations

The best way to answer the critics is to win.

The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.

Seems like an unlikely reason to make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers


Pokemon Go craze hits Chicago Cubs clubhouse—sort of - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

You don’t really have to catch them all.

Has the Pokemon Go craze found its way into the Chicago Cubs clubhouse? That was the question put to players this week, as their ability to travel the country and catch Pokemon make them prime candidates for the addicting and popular game.

“I’ve caught two so far,” pitcher Jason Hammel said. “The first one might be a gimme so they can hook you. I’m going to show it to my son, and he will love that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Physics of Catchers’ Knees – The Hardball Times

My knees hurt just from reading the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 21, 1916:

The Cleveland Club has protested to [American League] President Johnson that the grass at Shibe Park should be cut. Manager Fohl claims that the grass is so long that the outfielders are in danger of tripping or turning an ankle. It is a fact that the grass is longer than any we have ever seen in a major league park, but Mack says it will not be cut until the Mackmen depart for the West. He argues that it would be impossible to cut the grass ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, groundskeeping, history

Top Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman makes first start in left field, notches three hits for Fresno Grizzlies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Bregman sees time in left field.

Alex Bregman can hit. He can play shortstop. He can play third base. On Wednesday night, he added another line to his defensive resume and kept swinging the same bat that has Houston abuzz.

With rumors flying about an imminent promotion to the Major Leagues, the Astros’ top prospect made his first professional start in left field—where he contributed two putouts—and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored as Triple-A Fresno topped Round Rock, 8-5.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Rangers’ Prince Fielder has herniated disk | texasrangers.com

Free Joey Gallo!

The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disk in his neck.

Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.

The herniation is just above a previous injury that was surgically ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, prince fielder, rangers

Rays shut down Cobb to deal with fatigue, mechanical issues | Tampa Bay Times

Their season is over; why push him?

The Rays returned Cobb from his rehab assignment and essentially stopped the 30-day clock, thus, given a mandatory seven-day wait, postponing his next start until at least Monday. Cobb left his second rehab start July 11 after one inning, so he will go at least two full weeks between games. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today at the Trop, then possibly a live batting practice next.

“He’s had some fatigue issues in his arm, and that, along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Cubs get Mike Montgomery in 4-player trade | MLB.com

The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, trade

Nationals’ Trea Turner pulls off steal of home | MLB.com

This kid looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Hanley Ramirez hits three home runs vs. Giants | MLB.com

Hanley had a huge day, including a homer after getting hit by a pitch. Pomeranz looked good for three innings, then got rocked.

“Every time I get hit, that fires me up,” said Ramirez, who, along with his teammates, were clad in the throwback Red Sox uniforms from 1975. “I think it makes me a better player when I get hit, because I get so angry. You know, sometimes Hanley’s just not Hanley. It’s somebody else.”

When asked if he said, “I’ll getcha back,” to Suarez after getting hit by a pitch in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, hanley ramirez, red sox

ONICHATTER 7-21-16

The OMNICHATTER forgot to read that book that’s due back at the library tomorrow.

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2016 at 12:32 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dave Cameron Fangraphs Chat

Cameron is annoying but I gotta give credit where due; he is so right, here:

All In The Guetterman, Looking Up At The Stargell Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:57 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: baez, cubs, schwarber

Prospects who are ready to help contenders now | MLB.com

Prospect fatigue is starting to rear its head with Gallo.

3. Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Rangers (7): He’s been up before, and we all know that power plays anywhere. The question, as always, is will he make enough contact to tap into it at the highest level. He’s still striking out, although not as much as he has in the past, and his walk rate is up. The fact he can play both infield corners and left field gives him added value.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

MLB teams spent record $268 million on amateur draft bonuses – The Denver Post

I still wish teams could trade draft picks.

Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year’s final total of $249.38 million.

Spending initially declined when restraints were put in place ahead of the 2012 draft, but has gradually risen under the five-year labor contract with the players’ association.
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Atlanta spent the most this year on amateur draft signing bonuses at nearly $15.6 million, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, economics

Bartolo Colon’s face is plastered all over this incredible new shirt

I’m not sure wearing this will make you a fashion maven.

The shirt is a tad expensive, costing buyers $29.99, but it’s worth the money. You’ll just have to wait a few months before receiving it because it won’t ship until September.

Oh no!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, merchandise, mets

Mariners notebook: Finally on Wednesday, it’s Happy Felix Day again | The News Tribune

Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will be officially activated prior to the game from the disabled list after the Mariners make a corresponding space-clearing roster move.

“I’m ready, man,” Hernandez said. “I was going crazy (in the early) weeks when I wasn’t with the team (on the road). It was the worst time of my career. But I’m good now. I’m ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Brian Johnson made a bold decision to tackle anxiety head-on

Alex Speier did a great job on this article. I wish Johnson well.

For now, for Johnson and the team, there is not a need to draw a line to a future destination.

Johnson is back to enjoying life both on and off the mound. And that is enough.

“The biggest thing for me is that it’s one day at a time. I’m not looking a month ahead. If I go out there and pitch well, awesome. If I don’t, it’s one game,” said Johnson. “I haven’t thought about [getting back to the big leagues] once, to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian johnson, red sox

Ortiz: MLB fails in hiring Latino GMs, managers | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

Minaya, who currently works for the players’ association, definitely deserves another shot. The Mets thrived and reached the World Series last year with many of the players he left in the system when he was fired in October 2010.

In his annual address to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America before this year’s All-Star Game, Commissioner Rob Manfred noted the “glaring” lack of Latino managers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: ‘Expect the unexpected’ at trade deadline | CSN Chicago

If we expect the unexpected, does the unexpected become expected?

Yes, the market for starting pitching is especially thin at a time when there aren’t that many overall difference-makers available. But Hoyer also pointed to the Red Sox flipping Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s in the Yoenis Cespedes deal at the 2014 deadline (an eye-opening experience outside of Boston that ultimately helped the Cubs sign the $155 million pitcher).

“That was like a total shock,” Hoyer said. “I think we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, jed hoyer

What next for Lopez and Giolito? - Nationals Pastime

Reynaldo Lopez revealed both weaknesses (a very hittable fastball) and strengths (a very unhittable curveball and changeup) in his major league debut last night, enough to leave the Nationals plenty intrigued to see more of the 22-year-old.

“He’s young, this is the big leagues, and you’re facing big-league hitters,” manager Dusty Baker said after Lopez gave up six runs and 10 hits but struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings. “But he’s very bright. Just gotta tighten up a few things. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, reynaldo lopez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1916:

CHRISTY MATHEWSON TRADED TO CINCINNATI FOR HERZOG

[Reds President Gerry] Herrmann announced today that he had agreed with President Harry Hempstead and Manager McGraw of the New York Nationals, to trade Charles Herzog, manager of the Reds and Outfielder Wade Killifer to the Giants for Christy Mathewson, Outfielder Rousch and Infielder McKechnie.
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[Mathewson] had expressed willingness to go to Cincinnati and had made arrangements sometime ago to move there. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, trades

Cody Reed sharp, but Reds fall to Braves in 11

I’m hoping pick him up in my keeper league.

The left-hander is still searching for his first victory at this level, something he knew he wasn’t getting when he stayed in the dugout of a 2-2 game in the seventh, but he did look more like the prized prospect the Reds believe him to be. His record still stands at 0-4, but his ERA dropped from 8.39 to a slightly less unsightly 6.75.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody reed, reds

The potential bombshell Cubs trade that never materialized | FOX Sports

The scenario, according to major-league sources, unfolded like this:

The Cubs tried to acquire left-hander Drew Pomeranz before the Padres sent him to the Red Sox for Class A right-hander Anderson Espinoza — simple enough.

The Cubs’ plan, though, wasn’t to keep Pomeranz, who is under club control through 2018. No, the Cubs wanted to spin Pomeranz for a starter who is under even longer team control.


Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles Dodgers shut down due to continuing back pain

This isn’t good news for Dodgers fans.

“Clayton, after he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn’t feel great,” manager Dave Roberts said before Tuesday’s series opener against the Nationals. “I think that at that point and time he let us know that we had to be a little more on the cautious side.

“I don’t know if it’s a step back, but we’re going to let the back pain subside and see where we go. So as far as his return ... uncertain.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dysfunction junction

OMNICHATTER 7-20-16

The OMNICHATTER is a thing that happens.

Gamingboy Posted: July 20, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 156 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Ichiro Suzuki, still connecting

Long article on ESPN, worth a read.

Kendrick sees a kinship between Ichiro and the black players who integrated the major leagues. It’s not apples to apples. No one fought to keep Ichiro out of the majors. But Kendrick believes he faced similar hurdles.

So many people were skeptical that his skill set would transfer from Japan. People thought he wasn’t as good,” Kendrick says. “I always understood the parallels between the guys coming out of the Negro Leagues and what Ichiro had to deal ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 20, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cuban prospect Jorge Ona cleared as free agent, expected to sign with Padres | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Break up the Padres!

Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Oña has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, a source said Tuesday. The 20-year-old is expected to sign with the Padres, which would continue a massive influx of talent into their farm system.

San Diego already has committed about $50 million, including overage taxes, during the 2016-17 international signing period, which opened July 2. Adding Oña, perhaps the best amateur talent left on the market, would give the Padres their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international signings, jorge ona, padres

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