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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki talks about trade rumors and future in Colorado - The Denver Post

Somebody talked some sense into Tulo.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Down and Away: Leo Mazzone might be the best pitching coach in Major League history. And no one will hire him

After the 93-loss season had ended, Mazzone says the Orioles assured him that he would be brought back for 2008. But on Oct. 12, 2007, Mazzone was fired with a year left on his contract.

“I thought we were going to have a little more time to get it done,” says Perlozzo. Connolly says it was less a lack of time than a lack of talent. Mazzone agreed with both of those assessments, but when he left he said all the right things in his statement to the press: “I understand and wish the team ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, leo mazzone, orioles, pitching coach

Camden Yards Workers Screwed Over Yet Again

The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over the killing of Freddie Gray reigned.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several canceled or rescheduled games,” read Tuesday’s memo from management, “the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, labor, orioles

MLB, NHL Fans May Seek to Alter How Games Aired, Judge Rules

Baseball and hockey fans can seek to change the way professional games are aired, a judge said in allowing them to sue as a group over claims that Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League violate antitrust law in their control of television and Internet broadcast rights.

Fans sued the leagues, individual clubs and regional TV sports networks, along with Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC, claiming the practice of dividing live game broadcasts into exclusive territories, protected by ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:02 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, broadcasting, legal, media

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies

DRaysBay: The Rays attendance problem is getting worse

With the help of savvy scheduling, the Rays are hosting the Yankees mid-week, and normally that’s a strong draw, but it’s supposedly a doubly-strong draw with A-Rod in the house and the Yankees leading the division. The Tampa Bay community is saturated with Yankees fans of old, so the numbers were anticipated to be decent this week. Instead, the opposite has happened:

- Attendance was at it’s lowest ever in franchise history for a Yankees game on Tuesday night, at 10,619.

- Then last night, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, montreal, rays, stadium

There’s Nothing At All Like the Dodgers’ Offense

But, wait a second, the Royals play in the American League! That’s hardly fair. The Dodgers, pitchers and all, have that 131 wRC+. The second-highest National League mark belongs to the Cardinals, at 104. Enormous gap, almost twice the size of the first. Here, the difference between first and second place is the same as the difference between second and 14th.

Yeah, I know it’s early, but this has been the most enjoyable lineup I’ve ever gotten to watch (or listen to on the radio as it often ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 14, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Calcaterra; Mike Trout saved the Angels’ bacon with three fantastic defensive plays (Video)

Anything can happen. Mike Trout could literally get hit by a bus tomorrow or could figuratively fall off a cliff like Dale Murphy did, but as things are going right now, we’re watching a player that we’ll be telling our grandkids about one day.


All eyes on the Phillies leading up to July’s trade deadline - StarTribune.com

I constantly make this point in the fantasy leagues I play in. Of course, what’s considered “fair” is often the sticking point.

“We’re not trying to make the perfect deal. In any deal we make, to put it bluntly, both sides have to be winners,” team president Pat Gillick told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “People think you make a deal to take advantage of someone else. No, that isn’t the case because you want to go back and have repeat business with that person. When you’re making a deal, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 14, 1915:

John Henry, catcher, was absent from the Washington lineup when Griffith’s men faced the White Sox [yesterday]. He spiked himself in rounding first base…and was in a hospital [yesterday] with an ugly gash in his left leg just below the knee. He will be unable to play for a fortnight, it is said.

“You spiked yourself in the…knee? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.”

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john henry

red sox - Missing Molina: Red Sox willing to ride out Joe Kelly’s sometimes uncomfortable evolution - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Kelly is particularly vexing. The guy clearly has talent. To this point, though, he has a terrible approach. His execution is also completely erratic. Giving him another month is an OK plan, especially considering their options. I’m not confident, however, that the team won’t be better served putting him in the bullpen.

“Nothing mechanical,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell when analyzing Kelly’s recent struggles. “He’s a good athlete that repeats his delivery and yet he yanked a number of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

New Britain: Baseball Town No More – The Hardball Times

The community team link is one sided. Baseball is a business. Taxpayers and fans need to keep this fact in mind, lest they continue to be used and abused.

“You’ve got hundreds of thousands of people in central Connecticut who are used to coming to New Britain Stadium,” Stewart said. “They’re still going to come as long as it’s good, quality baseball. Baseball has been a staple of the New Britain community for the last [33] years — since before I was born. … It certainly was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league affiliations, minor league deal

Mattingly: Puig out ‘at least a couple weeks’ | dodgers.com

Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Yasiel Puig will be sidelined “at least a couple weeks,” the closest the Dodgers have come to providing a timetable for Puig’s return.

Puig has been troubled by a strained left hamstring since April 13. He missed four of the next five games, then went on the disabled list April 26.

He was eligible to be activated Sunday, but reinjured the leg playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the strain is not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Indians beat Cardinals behind Kluber’s 18 K’s | MLB.com

Kluber’s 18 strikeouts tied Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller for the most in a nine-inning game in franchise history. Feller achieved the feat on Oct. 2, 1938, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers. The 18 strikeouts are the most in the Majors since Ben Sheets fanned the same total on May 16, 2004, with the Brewers. Kluber also tied soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson for the most strikeouts in an eight-inning outing since at least 1914.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Fangraphs: Mike Trout Fixed His Only Problem

I can’t imagine you need background. Everyone knows what was going on. Everyone saw what the Royals did to Mike Trout in last year’s ALDS. Trout’s strikeouts went up because teams realized they could throw him fastballs upstairs. OK, this, we’re all familiar with. It was probably unrealistic to expect Trout to make an adjustment last year on the fly. He’d need an offseason to work out how he wanted to respond. I think we’ve now seen his response. That glaring, obvious weakness? ...

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OMNICHATTER 5-14-15

A CHATTER of the OMNI variety…

Gamingboy Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Ambidextrous Nashville Sounds pitcher Pat Venditte shows rarest of skills

Sorry if this pushes my ambidextrous agenda on you guys.

Now, after serving seven years in the Yankees’ organization, the long man, the innings eater, topping out at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and with winter ball stints in places as far afield as Venezuela, an alien twice over, he’s declared himself a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the angle-shooting, value-seeking A’s.

“I just felt like they wanted me the most,” he says. After a solid first Oakland spring, he has landed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, athletics, minor league, pat venditte

Dilbeck: Sorry, Giancarlo Stanton homer was not hit out of Dodger Stadium

But let’s be clear about something – Stanton’s 467-foot homer did not clear the ballpark. He hit the awning or the canopy or whatever you want to call that corrugated metal roof covering the left-field pavilion and then it bounced over.

It’s where it hits, not where it ultimately comes to rest.

Now not everyone agrees with this viewpoint, including my colleague Dylan Hernandez, who never lets the facts get in the way of an easy story. Not my immediate supervisor. Not several veteran ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, steve dilbeck

Infielder Mike Aviles back with Cleveland Indians after 4-year-old daughter diagnosed with leukemia

Keep the Aviles family in your thoughts…

Gamingboy Posted: May 14, 2015 at 12:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike aviles

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Rostering Bonds just wasn’t worth it in ‘08 | FOX Sports

Players don’t get signed on skill alone. Every year some players get signed because they are good guys in the clubhouse. At the same time, players with greater talents get dropped. Bonds still had some skill left in 2008. Unfortunately for him, on the scales that teams use to evaluate players, his personality and baggage outweighed his remaining talent. In 2008, he just wasn’t worth the trouble any more.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds

Angels sign closer Huston Street to $18 million extension

Throughout spring training indications were that Huston Street and the Angels both had an interest in keeping him from next offseason’s free agent market with a contract extension and now the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll get $18 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

Street is currently finishing up a six-year, $43 million deal originally signed with the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, closers, contract extension, huston street

Jorge Posada says Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be in Hall of Fame

Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.

“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”

Strassmann then brought up ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hall of fame, jorge posada, peds, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1915:

Danny Claire, a former Western League player, who is serving a term in the federal penitentiary [in Leavenworth, Kansas], pulled a good one the other day. He was looking over some new “roomers” and asked:

“Who is that smooth-faced fellow in the lead?”

He was informed that it was Mayor Roberts, of Terre Haute, who had been sentenced for election irregularities in the Indiana town. Claire commented:

“Well, I’m glad the mayor is here. He can pitch the first ball ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: danny claire, dugout, history

Braves pitcher Minor to have shoulder surgery

At least it would be “Minor” surgery.

The surgery could lessen the chances that Minor will not be offered a contract for next season by the Braves, who lost an arbitration hearing against him this season when the pitcher was awarded a $5.6 million salary.

A recent MRI of his shoulder again showed no structural damage, but if damage is found during surgery it would almost certainly be season-ending.

Presumably the only way Minor might return this seaosn is if no damage is found. Even then, it ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, injuries, mike minor, shoulder surgery

Mock draft version 1.0 | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Mock Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

‘Wild Child, I will take that’: Vin Scully on Satchel Paige « Dodger Insider

Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, satchel paige, vin scully

Alarming stretch has Strasburg searching for answers | Nats Insider

“I think he’s thinking too much,” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “In this game, when you’re thinking too much, it’s hard to do everything right. It’s like, for example, a hitter. When a hitter’s going to the plate and thinking too much, you’re not going to hit the ball well. It happens, too, with a pitcher. He has to go out there and fight and try to do the best he can. You can’t go out and think too much. I think that’s what’s happening with him right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Red Sox worried Justin Masterson may be hurting after he’s rocked - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Masterson has looked brutal. He’s the first guy to be replaced in the rotation.

“The last two times out for Justin have not been anywhere close to what he’s shown this year—set aside prior to the start of 2015,” Farrell said. “Clearly, he’s not right. Whether that’s physical, whether that’s delivery-wise, the ball is not coming out of his hand as he’s shown the better part of the year. We’ve got to gather information, we’ve got to check on him in the morning, get a full workup, get a better ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox

Maybe Phillies should follow Pirates’ roadmap for success

Theo? Even he can’t fast-forward an organization.

Analytics are great. And with the revolutionary data points being logged by MLB’s new Statcast system, the gap between the teams poised to make the best use of that information and the teams still struggling to catch up could widen significantly. But even the most proficient organizations can’t fast-forward through the rebuilding process. Unless they hire Theo Epstein.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, pirates

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