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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Julio Lugo charged with kidnapping, gun posession

Former Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo (2003-2006) has been charged in court with kidnapping, according to multiple reports out of the Dominican Republic.

Lugo last professionally played baseball for los Leones del Escogido, and last played stateside for the Braves in 2011.

Lugo’s arrest warrant was issued in the cities of La Romana and Santo Domingo for kidnapping and the posession of fire arms. According to the paper, Lugo and four men held their hostage and his girlfriend at gunpoint, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, guns, julio lugo, kidnapping, legal, rays, red sox

Poz - Koufax not one of greatest living players

If I was listing the four living players who best exemplify what baseball means to me, I would include Koufax, Mays, Aaron and Rose, those players who filled my imagination as a boy. If I was to list the four most thrilling players who are still living, I might include Koufax and Rickey, Bonds and Pedro (or Ryan). If I had to list the four most iconic players still living, I might say Yogi, Mays, Aaron and Koufax.

But four greatest living players? Realistically, Koufax just isn’t on that ...

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bbmck Posted: April 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, great baseball players

A Tale of Two Dingers – The Hardball Times

Interesting. Do chicks dig the backspin?

So my initial puzzle as to why there was such a great difference in distance between these two home runs has been resolved. Multiple analyses using both Home Run Tracker and StatCast data show the primary reason for the different distances is the backspin. Everything hangs together nicely. In fact, the closeness of the StatCast distance to the independently determined distance from Home Run Tracker provides additional confirmation that the TrackMan ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, science

Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs

A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.

Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.

Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Joe Nathan Out For Year With Torn UCL

I don’t know how you beat the Tigers now…

Tigers righty Joe Nathan has torn the ulnar collateral ligament as well as a tendon in his right elbow, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter...

Nathan, 40, opened the year as Detroit’s closer despite a challenging 2014 season in which he posted a 4.81 ERA. He struck out just 8.4 batters per nine while walking 4.5 per nine, both of which were the worst marks of his career since he moved to the pen.

That was obviously not the output that the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, joe nathan, tigers

Kris Bryant’s height is a perk, not a problem | FOX Sports

It also helps him reach stuff on the top of his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The Cleveland Defense Is A Different Kind Of Problem Now | FanGraphs Baseball

Free Francisco Lindor! (Or don’t the Indians need at least one player who can catch a ball?)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, indians

Decals help Red Sox customize their bats - The Boston Globe

So this is a new thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, red sox

Nightengale: Barry Bonds is free, so punch his ticket to Cooperstown

Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, mike piazza, roger clemens

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1915:

If J. Franklin Baker goes through with his determination to play with the Upland [Pennsylvania] team of the Delaware County league it will in all probability mean that he will never be permitted to play in organized baseball again.

“Baker can’t make a fool out of me,” said [Connie] Mack, “and if he thinks that he can have a little jaunt in the Delaware County league and then at his pleasure report to me and expect to find a place on my team, he has made the ...

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Inside details of how A-Rod’s 660 fight with Yankees will play out

Does A-Rod even exist?

According to two sources familiar with the situation, when Rodriguez goes deep with number 660, the Yankees will have a precise period of time — two weeks, as per one of the sources — to declare this as a marketable milestone. If they were to do this, then Rodriguez would sign over the rights to his image and associated branding for the price of $6 million.

The same drill would go into effect should A-Rod tie Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Bonds (762), as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, home runs, legal, milestones, willie mays, yankees

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada triples in debut

The Yoan Moncada era has begun. When will the Red Sox stop making a mockery of the game by keeping him in the minors?

FREE YOAN MONCADA!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Baseball Savant: Batted Ball Leaderboard

OK, this makes me all tingly.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Yasmany Tomas a temporary solution at third base for Diamondbacks with Jake Lamb out

Will Tomas have more hits or more misplayed grounders while he fills in for Lamb?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4-23-2015 OMNICHATTER

The Bernie Williams Retirement Party OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 22, 2015 at 11:58 PM | 251 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction overturned

$55 million of your tax dollars, all for this.

or obstructing justice, a development that could help the former San Francisco Giants slugger win a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The decision by an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals leaves prosecutors without a single conviction against Bonds, who was the subject of a years-long investigation into illegal steroid use and was tried in 2011 in a federal court in San Francisco. The jury hung on perjury charges and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, legal, obstruction of justice, peds

New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams to officially retire before having number retired | FOX Sports

Really Bernie? If the Yankees are this desperate for attention, maybe they should start promoting A-Rod’s home run record chase.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bernie williams, yankees

Chris Rock delivers seven-minute monologue on MLB’s diversity problem

NSFW

The decline of African-American players in Major League Baseball has been a hot-button topic for a few years.

In 2014, just 8.3 percent of big league players were African-American.

Comedian Chris Rock took on this matter in a hilarious, yet poignant seven-minute monologue for the latest edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Rock managed to explain his concerns while also dropping gems like this:

“Baseball isn’t 20 percent black anymore. It’s eight percent and falling ...

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Yasmany Tomas makes his first career start with Arizona Diamondbacks

Is he yelling something about bovine or equine feces here?

Aside from a two-base fielding error in the third inning, [Yasmany] Tomas acquitted himself quite well at third base and was even better at the plate in the D-backs’ 7-1 series-opening loss to the Texas Rangers at Chase Field Tuesday night…

Tomas, whom the D-backs signed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in the offseason, singled to right field in the second, grounded out to shortstop in the fourth and legged out an infield hit in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Agent Scott Boras wants panel to rule on readiness of players prior to end of spring training

My opinion? Well, you know how some people are “on your side”, but you really, really wish they weren’t?...

Baseball agent Scott Boras wants “panels” consisting of baseball experts to help decide if a first-year player is worthy of making the team out of spring training…

“The union or somebody may come in and say they’ve made a claim that this player is major league-ready, and to place him in the minor leagues would not be appropriate from a skills standpoint. Then, all of a sudden, it’s ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, rookies, scott boras, shifts

A Look at Statcast’s Broadcast Debut | FanGraphs Baseball

I thought it was a good first game. The game shouldn’t be Statcast centric anyway. What I found missing was context. A player runs 17 MPH to a play. Great! What does it mean though? How fast are the average players? Who are the fastest players? Same thing with other defensive plays. How often do similar plays get made? How often does the player make similar plays compared to average players? Who are the most similar players? Some of this stuff will take time to build the right databases. Right ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

4-22-15 OMNICHATTER

The “3 Grand Slams In A Game” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Economist: One Swing is All You Need

Hold off on the glue.

However, the sabermetric canon also includes a caveat to “Voros’s law” about the volatility of small sample sizes. Although the overwhelming majority of events that can transpire in baseball over a brief time period cannot be distinguished statistically from random variation, a handful of accomplishments are so rare that even a single game can contain impressive predictive power. Bill James, the father of modern baseball analysis, called this principle “signature ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: April 22, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, oldwarhorse, yankees

Nationals Walk-Off Win Caps Stat cast Debut

Lots of video in the article. Some interesting stuff.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 22, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mlb network, nats, stats

NY Times: On the Night Willie Mays Hit No. 660, It Was Just Another Number

The number held no significance at the time. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had reached that total, but both men then zoomed passed it. Aaron reached 660 in 1972 — also against the Reds — but by the time Mays reached it, Aaron had passed 700. Ruth reached 660 in 1933 at age 38. In 2004, Barry Bonds became the fourth player to reach and pass 660.

Now Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is poised to join them. Rodriguez hit his 658th career home run on Friday night and is two short of that gleaming 660 ...

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bobm Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, willie mays

NY Times: Persistence of a Steroid Bedevils Baseball

While no major leaguers had failed a test for stanozolol in about seven years, according to M.L.B., minor leaguers have been testing positive for it with disturbing regularity.

During the past six seasons, the number of minor leaguers caught using the drug could fill nearly five major league rosters. That’s almost 125 players who decided to take the great and increasing risk of being caught.

The stanozolol positives accounted for one-fourth of all of M.L.B.’s drug violations in that ...

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bobm Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stanozolol

NY Times: Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Now M.L.B. is ready to show off Statcast, and it started Tuesday night on the MLB Network broadcast of the Cardinals-Nationals game from Washington, with Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci calling the game. Statcast’s myriad metrics — many of them describing defensive work — can be deployed live, but more likely they will be seen during replays. Statcast will be used exclusively on MLB Network for several weeks until it is made available to Fox, ESPN and TBS, and local regional ...

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bobm Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 22, 1915:

[Pirates] Manager Fred Clarke has released two more of his youngsters and the fact was made known at Pirate headquarters yesterday. Joe Leonard, who was in his second year with the Pirates goes to Columbus…“Dazzy” Vance, the big pitcher, goes back to St. Joe under an optional agreement.
...
“Dazzy” must go back through no fault of his own. Clarke could not make room for Vance and hold down to the seven pitchers’ limit to which he must hold or weaken ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dazzy vance, dugout, history

As Beltran struggles, Chris Young could be answer for Yankees | New York Post

An old player is playing like an old player. Who could have seen this coming?

Beltran, coming off a terrible 2014 in which he battled a serious right elbow injury and off to a ghastly, .171/.222/.268 start this year, deserves more rope to climb out of his hole in his second Yankees season. He doesn’t deserve endless room for error, however, especially when you see how superior the Yankees’ lineup and outfield appears with Young joining Ellsbury and Gardner.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, chris young, yankees

Velocity’s Relationship with Pitcher Arm Injuries – The Hardball Times

When will the game get serious about preventing these injuries? Stop pitchers from throwing so hard, MLB! THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!

Earlier this year, Fleisig acknowledged to Grantland’s Jonah Keri that velocity could be an issue:

Velocity is a factor. All things being equal, throwing 95 miles per hour is more stressful than throwing 90. But throwing 95 miles per hour with good mechanics is less stressful than throwing 90 miles per hour with bad mechanics. Throwing 95 miles per hour with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

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