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Friday, June 01, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-1-2018

Chicago Eagle, June 1, 1918:

Grover Alexander’s arm will not have much chance to get out of condition at Camp Funston [Kansas], as he will have as a battery mate Johnny Kling, the greatest backstop that ever put on a mitt. Kling did not enlist, nor has he been drafted, but he is coaching the army there in baseball.

Sometimes they play baseball when army has a half day.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 01, 2018 at 11:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Field of Dreams: Why MLB Holds the Key to Solving the Midlevel Gallery Crunch

Major League Baseball used collective bargaining to go from chaos and scandal to fortune and functionality. Why can’t galleries?

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: June 01, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: art, business, culture

With Rhys Hoskins out, not too soon for Phillies to think about trading for a hitter

Trading for Machado now wouldn’t guarantee the Phillies could re-sign him in the offseason. It can’t hurt, though. If he feels comfortable here — and he’s already acquainted with several team officials, including general manager Matt Klentak and farm director Joe Jordan — he might be more inclined to stay. And there’s no doubt Machado would boost the Phillies’ chances of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Other hitters will be available, too. Third basemen Josh ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: June 01, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clayton Kershaw allows one run in return from biceps injury, but now his back is acting up

Kershaw’s fastball averaged 91.9 mph in his seven starts prior to the biceps injury, so his velocity was down considerably in his return Thursday. The good news is, even with reduced velocity, Kershaw was rather effective, and his secondary pitches were still missing bats. He generated a whopping 15 swings and misses among his 62 pitches, which is ridiculous.

Perhaps in an effort to compensate for the lack of velocity, Kershaw relied on his slider heavily against the Phillies, throwing the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 31, 2018 at 10:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, omg please no


For sabermetric crusader Brian Kenny, the argument over baseball stats will never be over

Brian must have been a member here at some point.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2018 at 11:26 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, brian kenny

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2018

Celina [Ohio] Democrat, May 31, 1918:

Outfielders are in great demand along the battle front, and the garden keepers [of] the big leagues may find themselves specially sought after when the next call for troops is issued.

So says a letter from Tom O’Hara, the veteran center fielder who has for three years served gallantly in Canadian platoons…[The outfielder] is lighter on his feet and faster in motion than the men who play the other positions, therefore specially adapted for the work of “going ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rabbit Hole: Centering the Pill

In any case, I decided look a little bit at some of the lively ball discussions of the past. I thought it would take a few minutes. It took a little bit longer than that.

Down the rabbit hole we go to look at a brief history, real and imagined, of the rabbit ball.

Very lengthy but fascinating.  Bring on the scientists!

Perry Posted: May 30, 2018 at 10:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: juiced ball, posnanski

MLB trade targets: Top 20 players who could move by the deadline

13. Adam Jones, Orioles, center fielder: It was the trade that sent the Mariners spiraling, and in the 10 years since Jones and four others including pitcher Chris Tillman was traded to Baltimore, the Mariners still have not quite recovered. The Orioles love Jones, who has become the face of their franchise, but he’s a free agent in November.

Prediction: The Mariners, who lost All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a PED suspension and center fielder Dee Gordon to a broken toe, finally ...

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How Mike Trout improved his defense

You don’t get to be the best player alive if you aren’t always trying to get better, and this year, his focus was defense. For all the highlight-reel catches, Trout hasn’t actually been rated all that highly by defensive metrics over the past few years. It’s been the only minor flaw on an otherwise spotless resume.

“There are a lot of defensive metrics out there you want to get better on,” said Trout to MLB.com in February.

So far, so good: One-third of the way through the season, Trout’s ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 30, 2018 at 01:17 PM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, defense, mike trout


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-30-2018

Washington Herald, May 30, 1918:

Memorial Day!

Crowds hurrying into packed ball parks—to crowded open-air stadiums where automobile races are being held—to open-air boxing matches—to field meets, rowing regattas, what-not. What will the Memorial Day of the future mean to these frivolous pleasure-seekers, who now find Memorial Day nothing but a holiday in which to seek their favorite amusement?
...
Millions of men and boys are going to France. Scarcely a family as escaped sending its quota of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Samardzija exits after just one inning vs Rockies with right shoulder tightness | NBCS Bay Area

Jeff Samardzija was pulled after just one inning at Coors Field on Tuesday night due to right shoulder tightness. He gave up two runs in the first and his fastball averaged just 91 mph, a significant dip from recent starts. After the inning, Samardzija met with manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Curt Young and head trainer Dave Groeschner. When the call was made to the bullpen, Samardzija grabbed one of his bats and snapped it over his knee.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija

How Dwight Evans Overcame a Mid-Career Crisis to Evolve into a Hall of Fame-Caliber Player

In early July 1980, Dwight Evans’ career stood at a crossroads.  For the past seven and a half seasons, Evans had played right field for the Boston Red Sox.  Evans possessed one of the most feared throwing arms in the game and was recognized for his defensive skills which had won him three Gold Glove Awards.  Evans was a decent hitter but had yet to have a breakout campaign at the plate.  After struggling mightily in the batter’s box during the first few months of the 1980 season, Evans found ...

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How The Yankees Landed Aaron Judge In The 2013 Draft

An oral history of a draft pick that has paid off big time:

Tim McIntosh, Yankees area scout (2001-03, ‘10-12): My ex-wife grew up in Linden. Everybody knows everybody. Somebody said, “There’s a big kid playing and you’ve got go look at him.” My cousin coached [Judge] in basketball and said, “He’s kind of passive; he’s soft. He’s the kind of guy that if he knocks you over, he’d let the play go down the court and help the guy up.”
.  .  .
Don Lyle, Indians: My mind was already set that this guy ...

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Rizzo’s slide into catcher stirs Cubs-Bucs debate

PITTSBURGH—Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s hard slide into Pirates catcher Elias Diaz broke up a double play, forced an errant throw into right field that scored two runs and left everyone in both clubhouses debating whether the play was legal, clean or dirty.

Umpires ruled that Rizzo’s eighth-inning slide was legal, and a replay review upheld the call. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was irate that the play was reviewed in the first place, and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected after arguing ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 30, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: slide rule

OT - 2018 NBA Summer Potpourri (finals, draft, free agency, Colangelo dragging)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  complaints about mayonnaise.


EDIT: image is shrunken. Mouse over to show full size. -vi

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 30, 2018 at 12:56 AM | 1218 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


This is how Verlander got his groove back

“I was 99 percent sure I was going to need shoulder surgery. I couldn’t throw a baseball.”

By now, you probably know two things: Verlander didn’t need shoulder surgery, and he’s currently enjoying the most dominant season of a probable Hall of Fame career. After Monday’s emphatic 5-1 win over the Yankees, he leads the Majors with a 1.11 ERA. Verlander is pitching for the defending World Series champion Astros in a rotation that could become the best of all time.

Perhaps most tellingly, the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 29, 2018 at 01:17 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers


OT: Soccer Thread (World Cup)

We’ve gotten through Champions League and most of the relegation/promotion stuff so we may as well focus on the World Cup. And what a World Cup, Buffon playing his sixth, Pulisic making his WC debut, quality on-site reporting from Fox and two time Copa America champs Chile just part of what should make for an amazing tournament!  Plus of course the the family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere sure to be fostered by the Russians.

Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B - Portugal, ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 29, 2018 at 09:57 AM | 556 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2018

El Paso Herald, May 29, 1918:

There have been many queer developments and freakish plays in the history of baseball but the one that takes the cake was staged in Muncie, Ind., 28 years ago tomorrow…The remarkable chapter of the contest was confined to one inning, when the Anderson players made six hits—three triples, a double and two singles—without scoring a single run.

Triple. Out at home trying to score on a passed ball. Triple. Out at home trying to stretch it into a home run. Triple. Bunt ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 May 28: Don’t turn down WH invitation: Former Nats manager on Powerhouse Politics podcast

“Baseball is not about politics, it’s just about going out and enjoying the game,” Johnson says of his experience managing a team in the nation’s capital in comparison with managing teams elsewhere, such as the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Games at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., are often a “who’s who” of the political world, including Supreme Court justices, leading Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and high-profile media figures. ...

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Padres acquire Phil Hughes from Twins, but he’s probably not why they made the deal

In all likelihood, the Padres made this deal despite Hughes’s inclusion rather than because of it. In exchange for taking on less than $7 million in 2019 money, the Padres will net the 74th pick in the draft. (Remember, the competitive balance picks are tradeable.) This will again give the Padres four picks in the top-84, beginning with pick No. 7—they’d previously surrendered their second-round pick to sign Eric Hosmer. In addition, the Padres will pick 38th and 84th


Monday, May 28, 2018


Saturday, May 26, 2018


Friday, May 25, 2018

Alex Colome, Denard Span traded to Mariners

Dipoto improved both his bullpen and outfield with a two-for-two deal, acquiring Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, veteran outfielder Denard Span and cash for Minor League starters Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2018 at 11:37 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex colome, denard span, mariners, rays, trade

Red Sox to part ways with Hanley Ramirez

According to a major league source, the Red Sox informed Ramirez Friday morning that they will designate him for assignment in order to open a spot on the major league roster for Dustin Pedroia, who is returning from the disabled list after his rehab from offseason knee surgery.

The Red Sox are responsible for more than $15 million remaining on Ramirez’s salary through the duration of this season. They will have seven days to trade or release him.

The decision to part ways with the ...

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Greg Pope Posted: May 25, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-25-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 25, 1918:

Joe Jackson announced [today] that he is done with professional baseball.

“It makes no difference when the war ends. I shall not attempt to go back to ball playing to make a living. I intend to make my home here and to follow the trade of ship building.”

Jackson is peeved over press criticism of his action in quitting the White Sox after being called for selective service. He said he applied to the shipbuilding plant [in Wilmington, Delaware] two months ago for a ...

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