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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Grantland: Hitting Wins Championships: Why the Chicago Cubs’ Inverted Rebuilding Strategy Is Starting to Look Brilliant

I’m referring instead to the core principle with which the Cubs have been trying to build a championship roster since team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were hired after the 2011 season, a principle that distinguishes this rebuilding project from almost every other one in baseball history: They’re building an offense from within and a pitching staff from spare parts.

This flies in the face of more than a century of conventional baseball wisdom, which states that (1) ...

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McCoy Posted: June 14, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Cuban Players And Teams Growing Frustrated With MLB Free Agency Process - BaseballAmerica.com

It does seem to take a long time for these guys to get cleared.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents


OMNICHATTER 6-14-16

I am OMNICHATTER, Chatter of Chatters
Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

Gamingboy Posted: June 14, 2016 at 12:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reds To Sign No. 2 Overall Pick Nick Senzel - MLB Trade Rumors

That’s a pretty nice discount.

The Reds have reached an agreement with No. 2 overall draft pick Nick Senzel and will sign the Tennessee third baseman for a $6.2MM bonus later today, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter). The second pick came with a value of $7,762,900 this season, meaning that Cincinnati will save $1,562,900 on the pick. That money can be reallocated to other picks further down the team’s draft board.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, reds

Cuban Yulieski Gurriel is an MLB free agent | MLB.com

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel has been declared a free agent and can sign with any Major League team, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 01:02 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, yulieski gurriel

From garbage man to garbage innings: An ode to Joe Winkelsas

An American (un?)success story.

It was there that a Brewers scout (re)discovered Winkelsas’ arm, which the pitcher claimed was restored by hauling garbage cans.


Madison Bumgarner is only pitcher worthy of the Home Run Derby. | Sports on Earth

Since the Derby is for entertainment, if Bumgarner participates, how can Colon not?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

OMNICHATTER 6-13-16

OM-NI-CHAT-TER

Gamingboy Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

New York Mets manager Terry Collins taken to hospital before Sunday game

New York Mets manager Terry Collins will remain hospitalized overnight in Milwaukee after requiring medical attention less than 30 minutes before Sunday’s first pitch against the Brewers.

Collins complained of feeling ill, but had improved by the time he departed Miller Park for Froedtert Hospital, assistant general manager John Ricco said.

The 67-year-old Collins, the oldest manager in the majors, departed the clubhouse without requiring assistance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Cubs on the prowl for a quick strike in summer pitching market | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would Baez be a non-starter?

Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez and top catching prospect Willson Contreras are expected to be non-starters in talks. But the Cubs have a handful of other intriguing young prospects (and possibly Jorge Soler) who could be made available.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, trade rumors, yankees

10 Degrees: MLB’s economic disparity and why its top bargains are so valuable - Yahoo Sports

This overestimates Clayton’s value. Teams don’t pay $8 million per win. They pay $8 million per win on the free agent market.

Clayton Kershaw, even at $32 million, is a giant bargain. And this goes well beyond the raw amazement he generates, though any opportunity to showcase Kershaw’s line is one gladly taken. Look at this. It’s like fine art sketched out in number form: 100 2/3 IP, 59 H, 18 R, 17 ER, 6 BB, 122 K, 1.52 ERA. That belongs in the MoMA.

So, how does that translate to a bargain? ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: economics


Rays to promote Blake Snell, send Matt Andriese to bullpen | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays feel they have the answer to their bullpen woes: Blake Snell.

Actually, it’s the domino effect of adding their top prospect to the rotation, which they will do Thursday when the left-handed rookie is scheduled to make his second big-league start. Snell is needed because Matt Andriese is headed to the bullpen to assume to role Erasmo Ramirez played earlier this season — a pitcher who can get outs and get a lot of them.

Manager Kevin Cash announced the news after Sunday’s 5-0 victory ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, matt andriese, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 13, 1916:

Babe Ruth of the Redsox is some athlete. He is not only a good pitcher, but can produce at the bat. He was used as a pinch hitter yesterday and made good with a home run.

Man, it’s too bad pitchers only make 38-40 starts per year. I guess we’ll never see what Ruth could do if he got 500 at bats. He could hit 15 or 20 home runs in a season!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Uribe Goes Down | 120Sports.com

That looked like it hurt. (Sorry, you’ll have to click the link because I can’t see any way to embed the video.)

Juan Uribe had the Most Ridiculous play Sunday when he was stretchered off the field after he tried to field a 106 mph ground ball from Mike Trout that ended up hitting his groin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: juan uribe, video

Bryce Harper will make half a billion—and he’s worth it - Sportsnet.ca

I know how much money is in the game. It’s still tough getting my mind around this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

OTP 2016 June 13: Voinovich remembered as a ‘titan of Ohio politics’

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who was Dayton’s mayor when Voinovich was governor, said that Voinovich’s “support for projects like the baseball stadium, the Schuster Center and RiverScape MetroPark were essential and he intervened to ensure that Dayton was identified as a destination along I-70. His work in the U.S. Senate was incredibly important for sustaining Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, said ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 13, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 2135 comment(s)
  Beats: ohio, politics

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Separating Babe Ruth truth from fiction

The reports of Babe Ruth’s demise were often exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

James Paxton could be key for Mariners’ staff | MLB.com

A friend was texting me during the game. He told me that Paxton was “hitting 98-100” every other pitch” and “he just threw a 92 MPH slider”. Of course, he finished with, “He’s still giving up hits. LOL.” Fangraphs discussed his increased velocity the other day. It looks like the velocity is sustainable, at least in the short term.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners

GM Dave Stewart: D-Backs pitchers have ‘underachieved’

If seeing a reliever stir in the pen bothers you, the coaching staff isn’t the problem.

Frustrations ran high on Friday night, with Corbin complaining that the coaching staff doesn’t show enough trust in the rotation.

Corbin said that after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh – the first hit he’d allowed after retiring 11 in a row – he saw the bullpen begin to stir and felt he needed to make perfect pitches to remain in the game. He wound up walking a the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, patrick corbin

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka just can’t catch a break - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.

The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.

Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Texas Rangers: Grant: Now it’s getting serious; Yu Darvish to miss scheduled start Monday due to shoulder tightness | SportsDay

Yu Darvish will miss at least one start because of a shoulder tightness issue that cropped up in his last outing.

The Rangers are hopeful that is it.

He will leave the team on Sunday to return to Dallas for an MRI on the area and will be examined again by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. During an exam by Dr. Meister following his most recent start, which was shortened to five innings by the shoulder issue, there was no structural issue detected.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Cubs reject Rahm’s Wrigley plaza deal, ‘Negotiations are over’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Is this protection for local bars or a real issue?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Liriano’s struggles continue in loss to Cardinals | TribLIVE

Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.

The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.

Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, pirates

OMNICHATTER 6-12-16

The OMNICHATTER with no name

Gamingboy Posted: June 12, 2016 at 12:59 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Family Members Including Trey Griffey Drafted

Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 11, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Are Cubs’ flaws hiding behind the team’s great record?

If the Cubs weren’t 41-18, Maddon might finally decide a change in the batting order could be warranted after No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward struck out three more times and went 0-for-4.

If the division lead was smaller, there might be more concern with some bullpen members who either continue to struggle or have been trending that way. Justin Grimm saw his ERA (5.57) rise again after giving up two hits and a walk without recording an out. That’s not far from what happened in Philadelphia a ...

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McCoy Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

CAPE LEAGUE: Host parents are the hidden stars - Sports - Wicked Local Chatham - Chatham, MA

For this, host families are given a “weekly allowance” from the team to help offset expenses, but at best, a host family might break even.

However, no one does it for the money.

“The benefits far outweigh the costs,” said Curtis. “The hardest part comes at the end of the season when the players leave. You get attached to them over the summer so it can be really difficult at the end.”
Norkevicius notes having an “enthusiasm for baseball” as the only other requirement.

“The benefits are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, cape cod league

When a slump isn’t really a slump — and why the Cubs might come back to Earth - The Washington Post

Tom Boswell believes the Cubs are lucky.

The Nationals combined have a subpar .282 BABIP after posting normal marks of .300 and .303 the past two seasons. Nats pitchers have a lucky BABIP against of .283. Both those marks would usually trend back toward the high .290s.

In all of baseball, there is only one stunning “outlier” in BABIP for an entire batting attack or pitching staff: Cubs pitchers. Their BABIP is a ridiculously lucky .248. I don’t care how smart their defensive shifts are or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals

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