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Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Carson Smith leaves game with forearm tightness - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

That’s not ideal.

Newly acquired Red Sox reliever Carson Smith left the game Monday with tightness and “a cramping sensation” in his right forearm, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Smith was scheduled be evaluated further after he returned to the team’s facility in Fort Myers later Monday evening.

“I’m concerned,” the reliever said. “It’s my career. Everybody, when you feel something in your forearm, you’re going to be concerned.”

“There’s always concern,” Farrell said. “At this point ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carson smith, mariners

Jacob deGrom not alarmed by low-90s velocity in spring games | Newsday

Don’t be alarmed until you need to be alarmed. Velocity is a funny thing. Sometimes it changes. See Steve Avery for just one example.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Top outfields in baseball | MLB.com

There is a lot to quibble with in these rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced off against switch-hitter Antoan Richardson | MLB.com

Just kidding, there’s a rule for this exact scenario.

“A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch ... The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury.”

In other words, the batter gets the final call. As Clint Hurdle told MLB.com’s Adam Berry, “It was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, pat venditte, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2016

El Paso Herald, March 22, 1916:

The Baltimore Feds would like to have [Federal League President] Jim Gilmore drop around some day—the sooner the better. When peace negotiations were entered into the Baltimore Feds were left out in the cold. Other magnates in the “outlaw” circuit were taken care of, but the Baltimore people got what it classed as “the rawest deal in baseball history.”
...
But when peace came, with Gilmore engineering the proceedings for the Feds, the $300,000 investment of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Indians continue to inquire about adding depth to their outfield | FOX Sports

De Aza would be a good stopgap.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

red sox - Hanley Ramirez is proving doubters wrong: ‘I let you guys do all the talking’ - WEEI | John Tomase

He has. Now he just needs to keep hitting.

Far from overmatched at first base, he actually looks … good? He has made multiple diving plays this week, he’s scooping throws in the dirt, and he has even leapt off the bag to snare errant tosses and slap tags on runners.

Who knew Ramirez might actually make this look easy?

“I knew,” he responded with a broad smile during a recent conversation. “Right away. But I keep it quiet. I let you guys do all the talking.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cuban National Team OMNICHATTER

From Estadio Latinoamericano….

TAMPA BAY (Matt Moore) at CUBA (Yosvani Torres). 2 PM (w/pre-game apparently starting at least at 1:30 PM). ESPN.

Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, omnichatter


Korean-born players are making an impact in MLB.

“There is that debate of, ‘What is Korean baseball?’” says Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. “Is it Double-A, Triple-A, Four-A? I do think that’s everybody’s internal question. We’re trying to look at it in a way to prove performance from there to here. I think the scouts are still battling that as well.”

Right now, in O’s camp, Kim is battling it. His initial exposure to big league ball began with an 0-for-23 stint in the Grapefruit League, though he’s shown signs in recent days that he’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 02:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, korean free agents

Red Sox could replace Pablo Sandoval with Travis Shaw as soon as Opening Day

Farrell also went out of his way to say that it’s too early to call Shaw a corner utility player, meaning he’s still in the running for that job at the hot corner. A job that, to this point, was assumed to be Sandoval’s.

Now, though, it sounds like it’s Sandoval’s to lose, which is a different thing entirely.

”(Yesterday) was a good showing for [Sandoval],” Farrell said. “He swung the bat well. There is no denying his work, the amount of work he’s putting in, the intensity in which that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, pablo sandoval, red sox, travis shaw

A look at when Ty Cobb performed his steals of home

On April 20, 1912, Ty Cobb christened Frank Navin’s new $300,000 ballpark by scoring the Detroit Tigers’ first-ever run at Navin Field. He did it in typically dramatic style, swiping home in the bottom of the first inning against Cleveland’s Vean Gregg. It was the first of a record eight steals of home the Peach would pull off that summer.

Wahoo Sam Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: charts, detroit tigers, stolen bases, ty cobb

Tommy Hanson Had It All—Family, Friends and a Sparkling Career. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Close as we are to loved ones, tight as we become with our best friends, some things are just unknowable. Depression, like a virus, barges in with invisible force and incapacitates with a silent thud.

Most likely, someone you know is fighting a desperately quiet battle with it as you read this. The website Healthline says that more than 80 percent of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment for it, while the number of people diagnosed with depression ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, drug abuse, kris medlen, tommy hanson

MLB media roundtable: Challenges of reporting, tough interviews and more | SI.com

An interesting Q&A with some of baseball’s best reporters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Chris Archer traded fastball run for rise in 2015, and it made him an Ace - DRaysBay

But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.

The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays


MLB tells its teams’ stars to hit the road - The News-Press

Teams aren’t following this rule.

Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Pitoniak: Gossage’s rant a familiar refrain

Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, get off my lawn, goose gossage, scott pitoniak

OTP - 2016 March 21: Baseball politics nearly as ugly and unbearable as the real thing

The rhetoric has escalated, it’s getting ugly, and folks are being downright mean.

You’ll soon be asked, perhaps forced, to pick a side. It’s you vs. them. Old vs. new. Progressive vs. conservative.

No, it’s not the 2016 presidential election. It’s the 2016 baseball season. But it’s getting hard to tell the difference.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: March 21, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 2136 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-21-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1916:

A bush league umpire threw a scare into the great Heine Zim [in Tampa] yesterday. His name’s Fromberz. When Zim bounded up to him to kick on a decision Fromberz said, “Git,” and reached for his handkerchief. Heine thought he was reaching for a gun and moved.

Well, that would end arguments fairly quickly.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history

Once the Yankees’ Future, a Big Three Settle for the Present - The New York Times

“I was, necessarily, the guinea pig — which I’m O.K. with,” Chamberlain said. “They were trying to protect me, and I blew out anyway. Innings, doing all these restrictions, that’s going to be a topic around baseball for as long as baseball goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, joba chamberlain, phil hughes, yankees

Cardinals add veteran shortstop Ruben Tejada

It didn’t take Ruben Tejada long to find work. Three days after being released by the New York Mets, the 26-year-old shortstop inked a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he’ll compete for the opening day job at shortstop.
The Cardinals have been looking for a starting option since losing Jhonny Peralta to a significant thumb injury earlier this month. The All-Star shortstop is expected to be out until at least midseason, meaning St. Louis will be forced to ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, ruben tejada

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Griffey: LaRoche has the right to walk away

That’s just the way things go,’’ Griffey said. “Different places have different rules and you have to accept it and move on. Personally, I think the timing [this late in spring training] is crazy for this. But the organization has the right to do what they want to do and need to do. And [LaRoche] has the right to walk away. There is no right or wrong on this.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, white sox

Sunday Notes: Dick Egan, Heyward, Buxton, Padres, Indians, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

It finally comes out: Several White Sox players complained about Drake LaRoche

This promises to be a situation that is going to fester for some time. I think the initial mistake was allowing LaRoche to have his son with him at work 100% of the time (assuming that the White Sox actually authorized that much access).

Hank G. Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:14 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: big hot mess, team chemistry

Former Newark Bears stadium sold to NYC developer for $23M

...Once hailed as a beacon for a new era of development and prosperity in Newark, the return of minor league baseball to the state’s largest city proved to be a misstep almost immediately…Though the stadium opened to much fanfare in 1999, and the team attracted future major league stars like Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco, the Bears failed to capture the hearts of area fans, and the team soon had nearly as many unpaid bills as nightly attendees. A group of developers rescued the franchise ...

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NattyBoh Posted: March 20, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, newark, stadium issues

An angry Chris Sale is an opportunity for Red Sox

Wow, how could Chicago pass on getting Allen Craig?

If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.

Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.

With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, chris sale, red sox, trade

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Spring Training Roster Charade

The News-Press, as part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, analyzed the first 60 road rosters of 2016, four for each Florida-based team. The study did not include split-squad games or Marlins-Cardinals matchups, as they share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

In 60 road trips, only nine times did four or more projected Opening Day starters make the bus ride. On 17 occasions, a minimum of four projected Opening Day starters made the trip. But 32 times, fewer than four Opening Day projected ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 19, 2016 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

OT: Soccer March/April 2016

I figured the start of the Europa/Champions League quarterfinals was as good a time as any to start a new thread.

Selected Upcoming Fun Fixtures
March 20: Manchester Derby (EPL), Real Madrid v. Sevilla (La Liga)
March 22: West Ham v. Man U (FA Cup)
March 25: Colombia U23 v. USMNT U23 (Olympic Qualifier), Guatemala v. USMNT (WC Qualifier)
March 26: Germany v. England (Friendly)
March 29: USMNT U23 v. Colombia U23 (Olympic Qualifier), USMNT v. Guatemala (WC Qualifier)
April 2: Liverpool v. ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 19, 2016 at 04:48 PM | 702 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off topic, soccer

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