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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Detroit Tigers could activate Miguel Cabrera on Friday

Can Miggy’s return put the Tigers back in the wildcard hunt?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Starlin Castro of Chicago Cubs shifts to second base

Did his agent help Castro?

“Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody.”

Kinzer wasn’t making any demands, just openly wondering where it has gone wrong for Castro. Maddon hopes he can find his groove again, but Addison Russell is the Cubs’ shortstop now and for the future.

“Addy looks like the guy everyone thought he would be,” Maddon said. “[Prospect Javier Baez] is still getting his way back here. And Starlin, we’re trying to get him back on his feet.”

Castro hadn’t played since ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WTOP.com | 500 days of the boys of summer, or why the Nats need to fire Matt Williams

On Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals will square off in a rubber match with the Los Angeles Dodgers inexplicably sitting in second place in the worst division in baseball, a division they should be winning by 10 games. The day marks the 500th since manager Matt Williams took the reins for his first game, which is a large enough sample to acknowledge what has become painfully obvious: He’s not equipped to manage a team with championship aspirations.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dumbass, nationals

OMNICHATTER 8-13-15

The Domino-no OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Red Sox interested in adding Pat Gillick to front office - Over the Monster

Pat Gillick is an extremely astute baseball decision maker. If this report is true, it’s clear that the Red Sox question the team’s decision-making at the top of baseball ops. As they should. Hopefully, they are just working to improve Cherington’s advisory team because I believe his *process* is, overall, the right process.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Kuma KO’s O’s, Joins No-No Club.

Hisashi Iwakuma tossed the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday at Safeco Field, becoming just the second Japanese pitcher (Hideo Nomo was the first) in Major League history to throw a no-no.

In the process of throwing his first career no-hitter, it was also the first complete game of Iwakuma’s career. Iwakuma fanned seven and walked only three batters in tossing the first American League no-hitter since his teammate, Felix Hernandez, threw a ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, no hitters

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

Brian Kenny is ready to televise the sabermetric revolution ... again | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Brian Kenny and Rob Neyer are two of my favorite baseball analysts. These experiments need a lot of tweaking, however. The game is what’s important. Focus on the game and inject smart analysis. Making the analysis the focal point of the broadcast is just too much.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Cards win by turning ordinary to extraordinary | MLB.com

All hail the mighty Cardinals. Really.

“It is a great credit to our player-development system that they prepare the players for what is expected when they get here,” said Mozeliak. “Historically, we have been a team that handles the ups and downs. We look to use the internal options, which are typically young and inexperienced players, but we have a manager and staff willing to try that, which is very helpful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

10 Draft picks off to best starts as pros | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo gives a list of the rabbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Boston Red Sox hire former Los Angles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as consultant

The Boston Red Sox have hired former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as a consultant to help in player evaluation and offseason planning, the team confirmed Wednesday. The role is not a permanent position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, red sox

Keri: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season

Poor results from the #6 organization.

Pinpointing why, exactly, the M’s have failed to usher top prospects into big league prominence is a tougher task. In hindsight, trying to emulate the big-bat/bad-defense approach that got Zduriencik players like Fielder and Weeks looks like it was a bad blueprint in spacious Safeco Field, where slow, unathletic players like Smoak and Montero became bad fits. A lack of viable alternatives led to rushing players like Zunino. And banking on positional ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

NYT:  An Aging Nomad, Jose Reyes Longs for a Team in the Hunt

Reyes, a shell of his former self, longs to play for a contender and wants to finish his career in New York.

When I retire, I’m going to go home and say, ‘I played for what?’ You know, if I don’t win anything.”

This is some sad stuff!!!

Adam Starblind Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, jose reyes, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2015

Tucumcari [New Mexico] News, August 12, 1915:

The oldest baseball in existence is owned by the president of the East End Church Baseball league in Pittsburgh. The ball is nearly fifty-three years old. It was used first in a championship game between the Eclipse team of Kingston, N.Y., and the Hudson team of Newburg, N.Y. The game was played on June 20, 1862, and ended 49 to 18, in favor of the Kingston team.

Wartime pitchers, amirite?

For whatever it’s worth, the East End Church ball is not the ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

All 15 MLB home teams win on same day | MLB.com

What a record! I bet you will all forever remember where you were when you heard the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: records

red sox - Reluctant reliever: Red Sox’ bullpen fix might start with Joe Kelly - WEEI | Rob Bradford

There is an easy fix for Joe Kelly. Pitch better as a starter. If not, prepare yourself for the bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

OMNICHATTER for Aug. 11, 2015

Hump-Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 11, 2015 at 11:24 PM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Cwik: Brian Kenny is ready to televise the sabermetric revolution ... again

Rob Neyer *and* Kevin Millar working together? That was awkwarrrdddddd.

The broadcast should be similar to MLB Tonight’s live look-ins, where the hosts will frequently jump in between games as the action unfolds. Sometimes, they’ll go directly to the local feed or the game, but other times the analysts may talk while the action is still going on.

Kenny said that the latter approach can often lead to some interesting discussions, and that’s what the panel is hoping to capture here. Having four ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 09:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, mlb network, rob neyer, sabermetrics

Fansided Slideshow of Best Pitchers by Franchise

Some teams have been blessed to see one legendary arm after another take the hill for their squad. Others have been forced to live with mediocrity while they await their turn in line. As such, we are here to examine the greatest starting pitchers in the history of each franchise. Whether it was championship glory or individual accomplishments, something sets each of these men apart from the pack and makes them the face of pitching greatness for their respective teams.

Los Angeles Angels – ...

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bbmck Posted: August 11, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: great baseball players, pitchers, teams


Yankee Stadium’s Next-Gen Security Tech Isn’t Making Anyone Safer | VICE Sports

This does not sound like something I want to get involved in. I will stick to the lines to try and hold onto as much of my remaining privacy as I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks

Twins’ catcher Kurt Suzuki still wary of advanced defensive metrics - TwinCities.com

Mention his improved standing in the controversial area of pitch framing, and Kurt Suzuki all but rolls his eyes.

It’s not just because the Twins’ beleaguered pitching staff has spent the past two weeks reversing the gains of the season’s first four months.

“I still think that thing is false,” said Suzuki, the Twins’ all-star catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 02:09 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kurt suzuki, pitch framing, twins

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to take on new role with team

Send in your resume, Harv!

The Milwaukee Brewers tweeted on Tuesday, August 11th that team general manager Doug Melvin will transition into an advisory role with the club.

According to the Milwaukee Brewers website, Melvin joined the Brewers on September 26, 2002 as the eighth general manager in franchise history. During his 12-year tenure, Melvin has 957 regular-season wins and two postseason berths, including a 2011 National League Central Division championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin

Brad Ausmus says Johnny Cueto stopping in windup

Luis Tiant was a cheater!

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus questioned Monday night whether Johnny Cueto’s sometimes-funky delivery is legal.

Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules, brad ausmus, johnny cueto, royals, tigers

Stories of a Scorer | Baseball Hall of Fame

They are still using paper and pencil?

“You can’t say I’m going to go out and watch Pete Rose break Stan Musial’s National League hits record … well this was ‘on Sept. 6 Cal’s going to do this unless it gets rained out’,” Jacobson said.

Cal Ripken’s last at-bat on Sept. 6, 1995 when he broke Lou Gehrig’s “unbreakable” streak. BL-5335-96 (Richard Lasner / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Jacobson said it was special for a long time, but like with a no-hitter, he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: scorekeeping

LITTLE LEAGUE: New Albany moves to elimination bracket in 5-2 loss to Kentucky - Sports - News and Tribune

Keith Law mentioned this on Twitter. 80/90 pitches that are curveballs?

Meanwhile, Burwash was cruising. The junk ball pitcher had New Albany off-balance throughout the morning and afternoon. He struck out 15 batters and allowed just four hits in 62/3 innings.

“He’s such a competitor,” Bowling Green manager Rick Kelley said of Burwash. “He has so much confidence in the pitches he throws. His breaking pitch and his change-up were just on target today. He’s been pitching that way for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: little league

The heartbreaking farewell | Jeff Pearlman

Does anyone know how much of the library has been digitized? As King Kaufman notes in the comments, can’t the library be donated to a library?

Earlier today I spent about four hours researching my latest book project inside the Sports Illustrated library on the 32nd floor of the Time Life Building. It’s a place I consider to be my editorial home. Over the course of the past decade, through seven book projects, I’ve probably spent, oh, 200 hours inside the library, digging through files, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Wrigleyville: THE ECHOING SILENCE OF STARLIN CASTRO’S BAT

Castro hasn’t turned into the player many of us thought he’d be.

Castro earns his first mention on our website in Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Cubs’ Prospects:

“Perfect World Projection: Castro may be an above-average shortstop who doubles as a good second hitter in the lineup.”

Castro’s ascendency to the Cubs starting shortstop job occurred suddenly as he tore up the spring in 2010 and looked like he could challenge the weak incumbent, Ryan Theriot, for the job. Castro would have to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 11, 1915:

It will be a case of “Look who’s here!” at Forbes Field this afternoon…[Pirates owner] Barney Dreyfuss having definitely set apart Sept. 16 as “Suffrage Day,” six suffragists are going to call at the club house this afternoon to “talk it over”.
...
“Col. Dreyfuss says we may own Forbes Field for a day—that all we need do is to meet the fellows who play ball in his yard and arrange the details. If the players will agree to all Col. Dreyfuss has, it will be a ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, suffrage

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

Hustling and showing joy aren’t mutually exclusive.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I never even thought about doing those things. Whatever one’s personal opinions about these ever-changing “unwritten” rules, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: unwritten rules

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