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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hero kid saves little siblings from home run while grown man cowers in fear

Asdrubal Cabrera blasted a home run into right field Tuesday night to put Tampa Bay up 4-2 against Toronto. Cabrera’s heroics fell short of the exploits of the little kid who snagged the solo shot. The young fan hauled in the homer, saving the little siblings sitting next to him.

It was a great, and necessary play. It also begs the question of where was the adult supervision while this was happening?

Oh, he was protecting himself and leaving the kids to figure it out on their own.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: child support

Man makes incredible one-handed catch while holding baby at Cubs game

Early on in Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, one fan– or hero, whichever– made a dazzling one-handed catch while not only holding, but feeding his son. It would’ve been perfect, had it not been called interference on Adrian Gonzalez. Who would’ve gotten the Dodgers their third out.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: obstruction

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-24-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 24, 1915:

Ban Johnson, in an interview in New York, admits he has done everything in his power to strengthen the Yankees, but that there is no improvement of Donovan’s team in sight at present. He realizes that with so much interest in the Yankees, the team should be made as strong as possible, but he adds that the club owners who have star players are unwilling to sell or give them up.

YR to decry baseball welfare in 3…2…1…

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Royals and Rays are reinventing how teams use starting pitchers and it’s going to drive baseball traditionalists crazy

They call him Captain Hook.

The key to the success of both teams has been an unusually high usage of relief pitchers, or maybe more accurately, a minimized usage of starting pitchers. However, unlike the trend in recent decades of using starting pitchers less in an attempt to avoid injuries, the Rays and Royals are not limiting the number of pitches being thrown, but rather, they are limiting the number of batters the starting pitchers are facing to in order to increase their effectiveness….. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, rays, royals

MLive: Watch Miguel Cabrera give batting gloves, bat to young Indians fan following hilarious exchange

Mickey Callaway was ejected from the game for less. Go figure.

Never one to shy away from engaging with fans of the visiting team, Cabrera’s generous gift came after a playful back-and-forth conversation with a young fan, who cleanly fielded a foul ball down the first-base line with his baseball cap.

The play was entertaining. But the exchange that took place afterwards between Cabrera and the fan, Dom, was the real magic.

“I just told Miggy, ‘I got your back. You need to be fired up,’” Dom ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, indians, miguel cabrera, tigers


Video: Statcast: Stanton’s 26th homer | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, video

(video) Len Kasper interviews Darryl McDaniels during the 7th

Cool interview between Cubs TV announcer (and noted music geek) Len Kasper and Daryl McDaniels, founding member of Run DMC. They get into the story behind “walk this way”.

It’s a very charming interview. Len’s just giddy meeting a legend, and Darryl’s really appreciative.

Cabbage Posted: June 24, 2015 at 02:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, music, run d.m.c.

6-24-2015 OMNICHATTER

The Phillies-3-game-Win-Streak OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 24, 2015 at 01:32 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ESPN 538: 4000 adjusted hits for Aaron

Career Hits adjusted for era, park and schedule:

Ty Cobb: 4369
Pete Rose: 4358
Hank Aaron: 4014

bbmck Posted: June 23, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hank aaron, pete rose, statistics, ty cobb

Watch: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball

Right when a curveball crosses the plate, the spinning of the seams tricks a hitter’s brain into thinking the ball is diving at a steeper angle than it really is. In the video above, you can see the same illusion at work — the circle is dropping straight down the screen, but its spin makes it seem like it’s moving to the left.

This is a well-known phenomenon called the curveball illusion. In a recent paper, a group of University of Rochester cognitive scientists conducted some tests to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2015 at 02:43 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bats are afraid, curveball, science

Maybe It’s Time To Blow Up the White Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron wants the White Sox to blow up the team.

Yes, trading the only good players the team has would likely be a huge blow to the team’s revenues, and if you take those guys off this team, you’re left with an unwatchable product in the short-term. But in each case, it’s likely that the White Sox stars are currently at their peak value, and it’s hard to imagine there will ever be another time where the team will have as much leverage as a seller as they would this July. And these ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 01:55 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

NYDN: Derek Jeter makes Hannah Davis pay half the pizza check in Italy

Is Jetes still trying to prove that he’s not paying for sex?

Derek Jeter and his supermodel girlfriend Hannah Davis decided to enjoy their Italian vacation by going Dutch.

Jeter — who made hundreds of millions playing for the Yankees — and Davis — who pulls in about $5 million a year modeling — made out and ate pizza near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Then they asked to split the bill, each paying with their AmEx Black Cards (available to those who charge more than $250,000 per year!).

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 23, 2015 at 12:51 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, gift baskets, italy, retirement, women

Petchesky: Study: Mets Fans Bad At English

Shut up, you moran.

The study (via the Wall Street Journal) is highly unscientific and for entertainment purposes only, but oh how entertaining it is. The company proofread 150 comments from articles on each of the 30 teams’ official websites, all at least 50 words long, and counted up the spelling and grammar mistakes per 100 words. And while baseball fans as a whole are stronger than their football counterparts, things still get pretty rough, especially in the Northeast.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets

Video: Must C: Franco puts on a show | MLB.com

Something good for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies, video

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1915:

Ban Johnson has wired George Sisler, Michigan’s star pitcher, who wants to play for his former college coach, Branch Rickey, that he cannot play with the St. Louis Browns. The Pittsburg Pirates have put in a strong claim for the local pitching sensation, and [Pirates owner] Barney Dreyfuss will fight for Sisler before the commission.
...
[Sisler] declared that rather than play with Pittsburg he will not enter professional ball. He wants to play with his former ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 23, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers | MLB.com

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Mental approach raises Goldschmidt’s game | dbacks.com

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” ~ Yogi Berra

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Indians Sign Brady Aiken - MLB Trade Rumors

OK, so he lost about $2.5 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brady aiken, indians

F.B.I. Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking - The New York Times

More info about the hack.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

6-23-2015 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER did not bet on baseball when it was a player.

Gamingboy Posted: June 23, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 22, 2015

Meet the French teenager trying to become the first woman in MLB

Major League Baseball is one step closer to having its first female player. On Sunday, 16-year-old French teenager Melissa Mayeux became the first known female to be added to MLB’s international registration list.

That means Mayeux is eligible to be signed by a club during the next international signing period, which begins July 2.

While anyone can attempt to register for the list, only players who have the potential to be signed actually make the cut. Even if Mayeux isn’t signed by a club, ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 09:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: france, french baseball, women, women in baseball

Former player and MLB Net Analyst Darryl Hamilton found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Former Major League Baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton has been found dead, along with one other, in a suburban home outside Houston.

The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were found about 4:45 p.m. Sunday inside the house in the 11500 block of Island Breeze, according to the Pearland Police Department.

Police said officers were sent to the home on an emergency call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found the body of Hamilton near the front entry ...

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Gamingboy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: darryl hamilton, obituary

Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player.

Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.

But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball—and on the Cincinnati Reds—as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 22, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, scumbags

ESPN: Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

For analysis on this, let’s turn to FOX analyst Pete Rose.

For 26 years, Pete Rose has kept to one story: He never bet on baseball while he was a player.

Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.
 
But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball—and on the Cincinnati Reds—as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: banishment, gambling, pete rose, reds

A New Way to Look at Sample Size

Our aim in this project is to extend the understanding of reliability and show a more complete picture of how additional plate appearances affect the reliability value of everyday stats for both batters and pitchers. We want to reinforce the idea that reliability is a spectrum, not a single point. There is no single point at which you can say a stat has stabilized. We also want to use the concept of reliability to regress toward the mean and to make confidence bands that give a better idea of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sample size

Female French teen is first woman added to international registration list

Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the French U-18 junior national team, became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list, which means she will be eligible to be signed by a Major League club on July 2.
International prospects, Mayeux included, are typically added to the international registration list at MLB-sanctioned events after verifying their dates of birth and citizenship; while anyone can technically be added to the list, only those who have ...

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Baseball, softball among finalist sports to be added for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Games organizers said Monday.

The sports are expected to make presentations in Tokyo in early August. Tokyo 2020 organizers are expected to recommend which sports to add, if any at all, by Sept. 30, with the International Olympic Committee making a final decision in August 2016.

Baseball and softball, part of the ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, olympics, softball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 22, 1915:

Jack Holland, owner of the St. Joseph baseball club, and Second Baseman Page of the same club were rushed by a mob of 300 fans yesterday after Page assaulted Umpire Vansickle, striking him behind the ear and felling him against a turnstile. A squad of police rescued Holland and Page, taking them to the police station for safety. The trouble started when Page was ordered out of the game for disputing a decision. Holland objected to the ruling and he also was ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, riots

JOE KELLY, THE BULLPEN, TWO BIRDS AND ONE STONE - Boston - Baseball Prospectus

I’ve been in favor of putting Kelly in the bullpen for a little while. I’d replace him in the rotation with Steven Wright.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

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