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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Not challenging hit-by-pitch only start of Joe Girardi’s problems

In Game 2 on Friday, Sanchez immediately pointed out the ball hit the knob of the bat, not Chisenhall’s hand. He told reporters after the game he yelled “Foul! Foul!” and replays show him looking and pointing toward the dugout, the universal sign for “challenge this.” Girardi did not challenge it. And after the game, Girardi said this:

“There was nothing that told us he was not hit on the pitch.”

Oops.

Wahoo Sam Posted: October 08, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, yankees

Baseball Joe Girardi, Upon Review, Offers a Rare Mea Culpa: ‘I Screwed Up’

Given a night of restless sleep — and after perhaps letting an excoriation from the news media (including from commentators on the YES Network, which is partly owned by the Yankees) sink in — Girardi ventured to the Bronx on Saturday, disassembled his standard defensive armor and offered up something unusual: a mea culpa.

“I screwed up,” he said.

“In hindsight, yeah,” he added. “I wish I would have challenged it.”

“Again, I screwed up,” he went on. “And it’s hard. ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 08, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, managers

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen credits predecessors for playoff foundation

Byrnes praised Hazen’s ability to “thread the needle” by assembling a playoff team in a scenario complicated by a potentially narrowing window to win along with a challenging payroll situation.

“As much turnover as there is in the business, every new regime goes about assessing the assets they have and being smart about it, with players and otherwise,” Byrnes said. “It’s critical. It’s easy to repeal and replace everything, but you have to know when you have some good stuff ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Nick Cafardo: Torey Lovullo brought love — yes, love — to the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse

“I wasn’t afraid to talk about the word ‘love,’ ” Lovullo said before the NL wild-card game on Wednesday. “You know, in baseball and sports we’re very macho people. We’re afraid to talk about it. So you’ve heard me say the word ‘love.’ I think that the guys use the word ‘love,’ and I think that we’ve developed a really special bond. So that was the first thing that I set out to do through my own actions and my own relationships, and I think that the guys caught on. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

This Yasiel Puig at-bat had everything from a batter’s box dance to a bat flip | MLB.com

More personality and enjoyment of success is not a bad thing. Flip ‘em if you can.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Once the broom, Arizona Diamondbacks in danger of getting swept

My preseason wager is in real danger.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Real Bryce Harper shows he’s on his way back in a big way - Chicago Tribune

Doing the bat flip thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals

Michael Brantley becomes ‘common sense’ option at DH for Cleveland Indians after Edwin Encarnacion injury | cleveland.com

Brantley, whose inclusion on the 25-man postseason roster was a bit unexpected, says he feels comfortable already, despite playing in only two regular season games before Friday.

“I’ve been doing a lot before the series even started,” Brantley said. “Just making sure what I could handle and what I couldn’t. Make sure we had our limitations. Everything’s been going great, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Astros’ ability to get two-strike hits causing fits for Red Sox in ALDS - Houston Chronicle

Back to the future. Is a better two strike approach the big new thing?

Hinch would not share exactly how the Astros teach pitch-recognition: “Some stuff we do behind the scenes to be able to recognize the difference between a fastball and a breaking ball, breaking ball and a changeup. So that’s about as far as I’ll go with you.”
...
“All of it,” Betts said. “They don’t strike out much. They put it in play a lot. One to nine, they can just bang. The way their lineup is built, I’m sure it’s tough ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Dodgers have learned, ‘you don’t ever want to disappoint Chase’

“At this point, I get it,” Utley said. “I hear jokes pretty much on a daily basis. We’ll be watching an old game from the ‘80s and guys will say, ‘Hey Chase, are you playing in that game?’ I take it in stride, but I can dish it back for sure—especially to guys that I’m in better shape than.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers

Joe Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss

It really sucked when he gave up the grand slam.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees


Saturday, October 07, 2017


Friday, October 06, 2017

Astros at leading edge of analytics and their success is proof positive

A lot of good stuff in this one.

“You’ve always got to be questioning what you’re doing well and working on the things you do poorly,” said Hinch. “If you’re on the back end, following these massive trends, whether the use of technology or the use of analytics, imagine how far out in front the other teams are. I think that intellectual curiosity and fear is what drives you to get better faster.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sabermetrics


A bigger ball for shorter games

I’ve not heard this suggestion before. Part of me thinks this is a good idea to combat the current issues but I worry that changing the size of the ball could have unintended consequences.

isaacc7 Posted: October 06, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: length of games, rule changes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2017

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, October 6, 1917:

Chicago is ready to entertain the world’s series audience and actors today. The stage, while a trifle moist and muddy, is all set, and the big act will go on as per schedule.

It was Ferdie Schupp (Giants) vs. Eddie Cicotte (White Sox) in Game One of the 1917 World Series.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Three homers by Jose Altuve highlight Astros’ Game 1 win - Houston Chronicle

Astros beating Red Sox hitter up in the zone. Altuve just beating baseballs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

Cleveland Indians have a night where everything goes right—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians look awfully tough to beat.

For the Cleveland Indians, it was a night for fans screaming until their throats were raw.

And for standing and stomping and waving red towels.

And for Trevor Bauer to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings ... and then leave the game to a standing ovation.

Tip your cap, Trevor!

And he did just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

Nine Innings: The Red Sox looked bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s over - The Boston Globe

Sox down one. That Verlander guy is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

This wasn’t the Sonny Gray the Yankees expected | New York Post

Yankees down one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

Thursday, October 05, 2017


The Atlanta Braves are looking for a new general manager after John Coppolella resigned Monday. | The Telegraph

McGuirk is a little more than Shanks suggests.

Instead, Liberty has allowed Terry McGuirk, a longtime Braves executive who is not considered a baseball man, to have the final say. He, in turn, gave John Hart and Coppolella keys to the car, which has now resulted in an embarrassing conflict.

Coppolella is gone, and Hart should be, too. Hart worked side-by-side with Coppolella throughout the past three years, so to think he had no knowledge of the alleged violations is unrealistic. Plus, Hart ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

LAT: Reconstructing the Dodgers’ 2016 Game 5 NLDS Win Over Washington

An essay by Andy McCullough that many say is very good.

As Kershaw loosened up in the bullpen, a phone rang inside Friedman’s suite. It was a member of the training staff. “Kersh is going to see if he can get loose,” the trainer said. “And there was nothing we could do to stop him.”

 

Bote Man Posted: October 05, 2017 at 03:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kershaw, nationals, nlcs

Heyman | Braves front office of Schuerholz and Hart at odds

People with ties to the team say they believe Schuerholz would love to bring in Dayton Moore, and have Moore, a longtime Braves executive before he went to Kansas City, groom Schuerholz’s son Jonathan, who runs the farm system for the Braves.

I am as certain of this happening - Dayton Moore replaces John Hart, John Schuerholz Jr is promoted up from farm director to be “groomed” for the GM position - as I was that Fredi Gonzalez would replace Bobby Cox.

 

Rickey! the first of his name Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, front office, kremlinology

ALDS OMNICHATTER for October 5, 2017

Boston (Sale) @ Houston (Verlander)
New York (Gray) @ Cleveland (Bauer)

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 313 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

MLB Playoffs: Key relievers to watch for each team - Beyond the Box Score

I still see Musgrove as a starter. The problem I saw was he was in the strike zone too much. The confidence gained in the bullpen might be the jump he needs to become an effective starter. Next year.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros

Musgrove underwhelmed as a starter early this season, posting a 6.12 ERA over 72 innings. But a move to the bullpen has invigorated Musgrove, as he’s posted a 1.44 ERA with a 21.7 percent strikeout-minus-walk rate in 31.1 relief innings.

Struggling starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, relievers

Girardi won’t rule out a Severino bullpen appearance | New York Post

One bad game shouldn’t wipe out a great season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees


Kevin Millar Recalls Confronting Dan Shaughnessy During 2004 ALCS « CBS Boston

“I remember sitting in the room with David Ortiz and we were watching ESPN, and John Kruk said something about our defense or something, I forget what it was,” Millar said. “And I’m like, ‘Who in the hell does he think he is talking about our defense?‘ So the thing about it is this: When you’re working with a team — and I know sometimes we gotta say what we gotta say — but at the end of the day, is it worth it to bash your own team or say something? I’m not saying ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin millar, red sox

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