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Sunday, March 20, 2016

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 | 870 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off topic, soccer

Sox Andrew Benintendi in for Jackie Bradley | MLB.com

The next big thing in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Chris Sale unloads on White Sox VP Kenny Williams after Adam LaRoche flap | For The Win

What a mess.

“I have to speak to the people who don’t have voices. I have to speak for my teammates now, and I have to speak for my teammates in the future. This is something that needs to be taken care of for the well-being of the White Sox, not just us in the clubhouse — not just Adam, not just me. This is something that could have a lasting impression for years to come, and could affect future teams, and I’m not a fan of that. I think if we’re truly trying to win a championship, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox


Friday, March 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-18-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1916:

The San Francisco Seals have let it be known that if Detroit doesn’t care for Harry Heilman, they will be plenty glad to have him back. A delay in mails early in the month gave the ‘Frisco folks the impression that Harry wouldn’t be asked to report at Waxahachie, and they prepared in celebration.

I should say so. Heilmann was a wonderful player. He hit .400 once, above .390 four times, won four batting titles, and put up a career line of .342/.410/.520 (148 ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 18, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry heilmann, history, sam crawford

How Baseball’s New Data Is Changing Sabermetrics | FiveThirtyEight

Another recap of the SABR Analytics conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, sabr

School of Roch: Duquette on Trumbo, Kim and Wieters

Shouldn’t Wieters be feeling better by now?

I asked Duquette if he felt confident that catcher Matt Wieters would be in the opening day lineup after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow during Saturday’s game.
“I’m not sure where that’s going to come out,” Duquette replied. “I know he needs a rest period before he ramps it up, but I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve heard. I know looking at Matt, it looks to me like he’s fairly encouraged by how he feels.

“We’re in a pretty good position ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun soo kim, mark trumbo, matt wieters, orioles

Giants notes: Jarrett Parker homers, Gorkys Hernandez throws out a friend as outfield competition heats up - Giants Extra

The Giants have a lot of outfielders hitting well this spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Royals coach Kuntz wins over players | royals.com

If you hang around a Royals Spring Training practice for even a few moments, you’ll hear the familiar and booming voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.

“Player!” is Kuntz’s signature bark at his troops, an endearing shout that has become the equivalent of his “Hello.”
Royals players view the term as a compliment about their skills, as in “He’s a player!” but few know the origin of Kuntz’s “Player!”
“I was with Houston, my second or third year coaching,” Kuntz recalled. “All the players would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, rusty kuntz

The Baseballist: Top 10 Most Accomplished Active Managers - BaseballAmerica.com

But how do they manage expectations?

With so many accomplished managers vacating the dugout in recent seasons—including three of the best ever—and with teams seemingly favoring younger, less experienced applicants when making manager hires, the game today appears to have fewer active managers on a Hall of Fame track. But let’s take a closer look using the James monitor system outlined above.

If you pay attention to the annual BA Best Tools balloting results, then you probably know the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Indians’ Casey Weathers can throw 108 mph | MLB.com

Casey Weathers, yellow sneakers flashing, takes a few running steps and a crow hop before hurling a baseball with all his might into a sock net, which is a mere 30-ish feet away from his release point. A radar gun reading gets spit out on a monitor mounted on the wall: 107.8 mph.

“I got really fortunate in the last year,” says Weathers, 30, who battled bad luck and injuries for the better part of five seasons. “I basically got signed by the Indians off a pull-down video.”
Casey Weathers Radar ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: casey weathers, indians

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trouble in Sox Camp

Should he stay or should he go now?
If he goes there will be trouble
An’ if he stays it will be double
So come on and let me know

Skigem Posted: March 17, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, chris sale, kenny williams, white sox

Lester Goes One-for-Four at Minor League Camp

TENNESSEE ERRORS: 3
1. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: March 17, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, yips

OT: NCAA March Madness 2016 Thread

I estimate that only 3-5 Primates are interested in college basketball, but I’m betting a few more will be tuned in for the next few weeks. Good luck getting that CBS bumper music out of your skull!

Link goes to “One Shining Moment” video


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1916:

[Tigers manager Hughie] Jennings is having difficulty in securing nine men for his all-comers’ team which will battle the Irish contingent today. “Who wants to play against an Irishman on this day?” is the alibi.

They’ve got a point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 17, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, holidays

Analytics have teams considering bullpen roles | MLB.com

4. Playing it by ear every day would inevitably force relief pitchers to warm up more frequently than they have to, ultimately hindering performance.

At least that’s what Angels closer Huston Street believes.

“At the end of the day,” Street said, “it’s quite simple: There’s just not enough energy to go around.”

Street has been a closer almost his entire life, from his collegiate days at the University of Texas to the totality of his 11-year Major League career. He estimates that in a given ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, relief pitching, sabermetrics

Nationals Bronson Arroyo scratched from start | MLB.com

It’s sounds like it’s over.

Bronson Arroyo’s Major League comeback with the Nationals may have come to an end. The 39-year-old right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with right shoulder soreness, which a source told MLB.com is the result of a tear of his labrum. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted that the tear was “80 percent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, nationals

Indians Michael Brantley in Minor League start | MLB.com

Brantley is still working to be ready for Opening Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 07:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Contreras has look of Cubs’ catcher of the future | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs are busting out all over.

“I think he’s got as much ability as anybody at that position,” said the Cubs’ catching coach. “He’s the kind of athletic, strong, strong-armed, powerful-legged, young catcher that you don’t come across very often.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, willson contreras

School of Roch: Notes on Wieters, Matusz, Britton and more

Still not a good sign.

Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews examined Matt Wieters’ MRI and concurred with team physicians who said there were no signs of structural damage.

More good news for the Orioles, who held obvious concerns about Wieters after he exited Saturday’s game with right wrist soreness.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Dodgers Digest / 2016 Dodgers prospects: Best Tools

Dodgers Digest breaks down the best prospect tools.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pirates’ Juan Nicasio strikes out 10 in start | MLB.com

Nicasio struck out 10 of the 14 Orioles hitters he faced over four innings in Pittsburgh’s 9-3 loss at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday. The right-hander, signed to a $3 million contract in December, allowed one hit and extended his Spring Training scoreless streak to 10 innings.

Nicasio has one career 10-strikeout game, which came as a member of the Rockies against the Padres on July 31, 2011. He faced 28 batters in that game, compared to the 14 he faced Wednesday.

“That kind of outing will get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 07:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: juan nicasio, pirates

Barry Bonds defeats Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich in Marlins home run derby

There were 762 of those bad boys during Barry Bonds’ 22-year career. But it was a career that ended nine years ago. Bonds is now 51 years old and the Marlins’ new hitting coach.

Still, it’s hard not to wonder whether the slugger could somehow help the team in some dream emergency scenario off the bench. Can he still hit? Is that don’t-pitch-me-inside-i’ll-obliterate-that-thing-to-the-moon swing still there? Judging from an impromptu home run derby on the back fields of Roger Dean Stadium on ...

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eddieot Posted: March 16, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Figueroa using analytics, physics for edge in making Pirates’ roster

On Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., Figueroa made an outstanding play at third base, ranging far to his right to field a ball, then releasing an accurate throw from beyond the third-base line to first. In the following inning, he singled to center to raise his spring average to .350 (7 for 20).

But he’s also perhaps the most mathematically gifted player in the Grapefruit League. In clubhouses that still have varying degrees of resistance to new-age thought, Figueroa is using analytics, coding ...

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eddieot Posted: March 16, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Sabermetrics’ impact grows as baseball delves deeper into the numbers

Billy Beane never should have put together this conference.

If Bill James incubated the revolution with his annual “Baseball Abstract” in the 1980s, and Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” spread the movement into the mainstream and throughout the sport, the next generation is all about more numbers, more knowledge and new ways of finding new knowledge.

Jason Sherwin was a research professor of visual neuroscience at the State University of New York after holding appointments as a postdoctoral ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: conference, sabermetrics

Gay Cardinals Minor League player quit baseball when teammates said gays should be killed

I experienced both coaches and players make remarks on killing gay people during my time in baseball, and each comment felt like a knife to my heart. I was miserable in a sport that used to give me life, and ultimately I decided I needed to hang up my cleats for my own sanity. -Tyler Dunnington


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-16-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 16, 1916:

[Phillies manager] Pat Moran didn’t relish a letter he received from Eppa Rixey. The tall southsider said he was unable to get a pinch teacher to take his place at his school in Alexandria, and he could not tell when he would join the Phils. Sidestepping Dixie drill is bad business. Pat wired Rixey to go to the Phillies camp at once, or be disciplined.
...
Clark Griffith was rather amused when his attention was called to a story printed in one of the Washington ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 16, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chick gandil, dugout, eppa rixey, history, joe judge

Spring Training Roundup: Short Story? - BaseballAmerica.com

Baseball America updates on some young players in camp.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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