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Sunday, May 31, 2015

A’s beat: Sean Doolittle returns to disabled list with strained shoulder - SFGate

This has to be frustrating.

This setback involves a different muscle in Doolittle’s shoulder than his previous injury. That offered scant solace as he contemplated at least two weeks of inactivity; only then will Doolittle pick up a baseball again and start another throwing program.

“It’s really frustrating to work your ass off for four months, come all the way back, throw one inning and then I’m back on the shelf,” he said.

The A’s activated Doolittle on Tuesday, after he made ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sean doolittle

Gregorius Inherited Jeter’s Position, but So Far, Not His Defensive Instincts - NYTimes.com

It’s not easy following a legend.

When a player is struggling at the plate, he can go in the batting cage and tinker with his swing. If he is struggling in the field, he can take more ground balls. But how does a player improve his awareness?

“You have to play,” Girardi said. “You can’t simulate game speed and game conditions. As much as you try, you just can’t do it. They’ll work on a time clock sometimes with runners, and having to go to first base, but it’s not really the same. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, didi gregorius, yankees

Re-Examining WAR’s Defensive Spectrum – The Hardball Times

Most of the WAR stuff I do now is geared to baseball sims. One of the issues I’ve been working on the last couple of years is the proper use of positional adjustments. From a practical standpoint, introducing a batting adjustment in runs prior to a conversion to wins actually makes it harder to compare players across positions during draft prep. Mediocre catchers and shortstops end up showing up too high in the overall rankings, which skews calculations for player dollar values in auctions. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Sunday Notes: Featherston, Bass, Knucklers & Eddy R

Michael Roth, who was featured in last week’s column, isn’t a fan of the term “pitching to contact.” As a matter of fact, the 25-year-old lefty calls it “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” He likes striking hitters out, he simply doesn’t do a whole lot of it. Pitching for Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, Roth has a 5.6 K/9 to go with a 5-1 record and a 3.24 ERA.

“People probably label me as a guy who pitches to contact, because I don’t strike a lot of guys out,” Roth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: How each team in the medicore AL East can break out - Sports - The Boston Globe

The Boston Glove Sunday Notes column, mostly about the Red Sox this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sunday notes

Baseball brings Byrd, inspirational teen together

Paul Byrd. Good guy.

That first year he became aware of Tarez Miller, who played for a team called the Shamrocks. By the following season, 2010, the Shamrocks had disbanded and Tarez showed up to try out for Byrd’s Georgia Roadrunners. He was clearly good enough. He was also polite and always hustled. But Byrd had a practical concern. Tarez lived an hour and fifteen minutes away. There were regular practices. How would he make the commute?

“I inquired and said, ‘What about his family ...

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eddieot Posted: May 31, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: paul byrd

Saturday, May 30, 2015

OMNICHATTER 5-31-2015

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

OMNICHATTER OMNICHATTER OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2015 at 11:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter


St. Thomas Bobcats pitcher Ben Ancheff is our new favorite athlete - SBNation.com

Which ROUND is this guy going in? (You have to click the link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Video: Must C: Hamilton goes deep twice | MLB.com

So far, the Rangers are getting the Angels money’s worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers, video

Jerry Dior, Designer of Major League Baseball’s Logo, Dies at 82 - NYTimes.com

It looks like Killebrew to me.

Per his instructions, he drew a generic baseball player. (In interviews years later, Mr. Dior stressed that the figure was not modeled on Harmon Killebrew as many people, including Killebrew himself, believed.) He executed the design in Magic Marker, originally making it blue and green before switching to a patriotic palette.

“It just came to me,” Mr. Dior told The Wall Street Journal in 2008. “I did the rough sketch and cleaned it up a bit, and that was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Chili Davis: “I don’t worry about David Ortiz” - providencejournal.com

Now might be a good time to start spot starting David Ortiz.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Peralta is baseball’s most productive shortstop | cardinals.com

Please, MLB decision makers, make the Statcasty defensive numbers available.

While a large part of Peralta’s value comes from his underrated defense, we can also look at Statcast™ and see just how much the ball is jumping off his bat. Peralta’s second double on Friday night, this one coming in the seventh inning off of Juan Nicasio to drive in Kolten Wong with the game’s final run, came off the bat at 103.8 mph. That’s the sixth-hardest tracked non-homer ball of the season for Peralta, who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta, sabermetrics

Inside Baseball: Eight possible spots for Ryan Howard, and more notes - CBSSports.com

One good month doesn’t convince me he’s worth a flyer, even with a huge markdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

OMNICHATTER MAY 30, 2015

Saturday OMNICHATTER goes here.

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, May 29, 2015

The New York Times:  ‘Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty,’ by Charles Leerhsen

Cobb remains a puzzle missing certain pieces. This biography takes the crudely drawn monster away, and in place leaves a more common figure in the world of sports, the player who is “at once the dreaded enemy and the biggest draw.” Leerhsen gives him to us incomplete but human, rather than as a myth served up whole.

bobm Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:13 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: biography, books, ty cobb

The Astros Are Making A Historic Turnaround

The Astros’ turnaround becomes historic, however, when you look at how bad they were two years ago. In 2013, the Astros finished 51-111, good for a .315 winning percentage and the bottom of the division. The team was not felled by injuries or misfortune — it was genuinely terrible in every phase of the game.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Dan Uggla is a good hugger, Washington Nationals say

Uggla is known for his hugs. Freddie Freeman, with the Braves, is perhaps more well-known for his many on-field hugs, but Uggla said he taught that to Freeman. Fans have held up signs at games such as “I Want a Huggla from Uggla” at games. His nickname is, sometimes, Huggla.

“That’s one of our pregame things: hugging before the game,” Harper said. “I don’t konw. Hugs for Uggs, right? That’s what everybody says. I’m a big hugger, too. I hug [Drew] Storen out there every time ...

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Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 29, 2015 at 02:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hold me gently, nationals

OMNICHATTER 5-29-15

The OMNICHATTER is here today. Hooray!

Gamingboy Posted: May 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

An advance scout’s theory on why A-Rod is so good this year - NY Daily News

Too bad he’s so unmarketable.

Like most other evaluators, this scout has seen A-Rod appear tense over the years, squeezing the bat in pressure situations. This year has brought noticeable change.

“He has the easiest swing I’ve ever seen from him,” the advance scout said. “He just looks like he doesn’t give a sh-t. And that’s a good thing.”

In other words, a famously self-conscious man is finally allowing himself to let it rip, and enjoy the game.

The scout went on to theorize ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Prince Fielder’s Foul Ball Lands In Woman’s Nachos; Cheese Goes Everywhere [VIDEO] « CBS Detroit

Fan gets cheesed up over Fielder foul!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

The MLB Pipeline just expanded their draft list to 200 players.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

The Expanded Strike Zone: It’s Baaaack… – The Hardball Times

Why do the umpires hate offense?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, strike zone

Oak Mountain’s David Dahl suffers lacerated spleen in collision in minor league baseball game | AL.com

What an awful injury.

At 3:15 p.m. CDT Thursday, Mike Dahl said his son was in surgery.

“They’re trying to save the spleen,” Dahl said. “There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They’re just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that’s the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn’t remember much about what happened. No broken bones ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injury, minor leagues, rockies

Let’s play two: Baseball would be better with a split season | FOX Sports

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is open-minded to any suggestion that would make baseball better, so here’s another idea for him to consider:

A split season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Grant Balfour Leaning Toward Retirement

If Balfour’s career is coming to a close, he’ll finish with a 30-23 record, 84 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 539 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing righty averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine innings over a 12-year big league career split between the Twins, Rays, Athletics and Brewers.

Best MLB Aussie ever?

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: grant balfour, rays

See Veteran’s Stadium come back to life on this week’s episode of ‘The Goldbergs’

Please just let it die.

On this week’s episode of the family sitcom, Adam Goldberg and his dad go to a game in Veteran’s Stadium, where the Phillies played from 1971-2003. You thought it you’d never see it again, but thanks to the magic of TV, look!

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2015

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 29, 1915:

Harry Harper...has pitched three games for Minneapolis, and all of them were remarkable affairs in their way. In his first game he struck out 16 batsmen, walked 12, made three wild pitches, and although he allowed but seven hits, he was beaten, 9 to 5. In his second game Harper allowed but four hits, but was beaten, 11 to 1, because he walked 15 men and hit another.
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Harper’s third game resulted in a no-hit, no-run victory that was one of the most ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry harper, history

For de Blasio, a Red Sox Fan, the Simple Pleasure of Baseball Gets Complicated

“I’ve waited over 20 years, almost my entire adult life, for a Democratic mayor,” complained Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “For him to be a Boston Red Sox fan? Come on.”...

Mr. de Blasio has said he plans to attend a Yankees game soon. The team has extended a standing invitation.

“He told me he’s brave,” Mr. Levine said, anticipating a Bronx cheer. “He’ll take the pounding.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 29, 2015 at 05:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Montreal Mayor Wants Regular-Season MLB Games in the City in 2016

[Mayor] Coderre says Montreal is a real baseball town and that six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing games in the city next year.

SeanBerry Posted: May 28, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal

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