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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Believe in Baltimore:  O’s are for real

“I don’t remember a time in the last five years when the Orioles’ success was not belittled and/or dismissed within minutes of it being noted. The Red Sox were about to make a run; the Yankees are hanging on; the Rays have young talent ready to sprout; the Blue Jays are finally having the season we’ve all been waiting for them to have. The Orioles? Well, the Orioles are bound to fade. They’re playing above their heads. They can’t keep this up.

The Orioles have kept this up.” ...Read More...

escabeche Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Diamondbacks Try To Squeeze More Money From Taxpayers; County Supervisor Tells Team To Screw Themselves

The Diamondbacks have been playing in their current ballpark since 1998. Their stadium cost $364 million to build, and Maricopa County picked up $238 of the tab. Eighteen years later, it is need of some repairs, and the fight over who is going to pay for them has gotten ugly.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks

38 Pitches His Hat Into the Ring

The three-time World Series-winning pitcher recently revealed some pretty serious political plans in perhaps the most casual manner possible — in the comment section of one of his own Facebook posts complaining about the Democratic Party.

“I am going to run, soon,” Schilling wrote back.

When asked for details, Schilling replied, “state office first, white house in 8 years :)”

And then he added: “or if by some amazing illegal event this country elects another clinton.”

Edit: We ...

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Whaddaya think of that, John Moore? Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bloody politicians, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-9-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, August 9, 1916:

The Athletics not only have equaled the American League record for consecutive defeats by dropping 20 games in a row, but they also have broken the greatest record in the history of the game for defeats over a long stretch. Since June 26 the Athletics have won only two games and have dropped 39 out of the last 41 contests, which beats the greatest record of this sort ever made in the major leagues.
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When the losing streak was started the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 09, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-9-16

The 200 Meter OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, August 08, 2016

OTP 2016 August 8: Arlington could generate more tax dollars without new Rangers stadium

{A recent study] hints at an even smaller tax impact than what has been widely promoted.

The report from HR&A Advisors notes—without specifics—that some of the tax money would be used to pay off stadium debt. Also, the $2 million annual rent would help pay off the debt and eventually go toward stadium improvements when the bonds were retired. None of the Rangers rent would end up in the city’s general fund.

With those adjustments, the amount of Rangers-generated tax dollars helping pay for ...

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BDC Posted: August 08, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1507 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, rangers, taxes, texas

MLB Rookie Report: Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball

His initial MLB innings confirm the minor league scouting reports: fastball between 88 and 95 MPH, averaging around 92; curveballs, sliders, and change-ups ranging from the upper-70s to mid-80s, plus excellent command and control that helps everything play up. There’s nothing left for him to prove in the minors and he is ready for a full trial.

Given his history and some funk in his delivery, I’m not certain that he’ll be durable long-term, but you can say that about most young pitchers. Aside ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, joe musgrove, prospects

Celebrating The Singularity Of Ichiro - BaseballAmerica.com

But he didn’t. He has 3000 hits, which is a great accomplishment for a great player.

Ichiro clearly didn’t let a late introduction to Major League Baseball slow him. He collected at least 200 hits for 10 straight seasons—a major league record—and accumulated more hits in his 30s—2,080 of them—than any player in history. Additionally, the 10-time all-star won two AL batting titles, 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers—which is remarkable when you realize he never hit more than 15 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:38 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, mariners, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2016

Grand Forks Herald, August 8, 1916:

By losing yesterday’s game to Detroit, 4 to 2, the Philadelphia club placed itself in a position to tie Boston’s record of 20 consecutive defeats, established years ago.
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Charles E. Hughes, presidential nominee, watched two innings of the game.

He didn’t win the election, but Hughes had a better 1916 than the Philadelphia Athletics.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB translators a long-awaited boon for Spanish-speaking players

This is such a good idea that it’s surprising it wasn’t done sooner.

Scioscia, who can communicate simple concepts in Spanish, endorses the idea of players getting help from translators.

“I think it makes sense because of how much the media has grown in the last 15 years,’’ Scioscia said. “It’s always been in New York, Los Angeles, maybe Chicago, but in a lot of cities now with social media, the players are under such a microscope. I know if I were playing or managing in Latin America ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: interpreters

Rajai Davis is still an elite baserunner - Beyond the Box Score

Davis still isn’t much of a hitter, or a defender. But what kind of fan comes to the ballpark to watch guys hit home runs or make slick catches? For the true baseball lovers, baserunning – be it a move ahead to third or a swipe of second – stands out as the true attraction. Throughout his 11-year career in the Show, Davis has catered to these fans’ esoteric interests, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The man who’s described himself as “always [being] faster than everyone else” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rajai davis, sabermetrics

Sorry, MLB, the Cubs are great again - SBNation.com

It’s a looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnng season.

The Cubs have had kind of a weird season. The beginning of their year was so, so great that it masked the months of mediocrity that followed. They began 2016 with a 25-6 run, matching a franchise record so old that their World Series-less streak hadn’t even begun yet. They then had a stretch, covering the rest of May, all of June, and a chunk of July, that saw them go just 27-29, which slowly evaporated the enormous lead they had built on the Cardinals ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


MLB notebook: Brian Bannister’s hands-on help a boon to Red Sox staff | Boston Herald

Interesting stuff. RTFA.

Brian Bannister’s kids know a ton more about pitching than you do.

Their combined ages are 11.

“I spend so much of my time, days, preparing how to say something to a guy in two minutes,” said Bannister, the Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development. “The bulk of my life is trying to take something very complicated and being able to tell it to my 4-year-old son (Atley) or 7-year-old daughter (Brynn). If I can tell it to them, then I know it can be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, reds

The Secrets To Landing An MLB Expansion Team - Forbes

Back up a truck filled with taxpayer cash?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion

Heyman - How Alex Rodriguez’s Exit From The Yankees Went Down

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner came to New York for a few-day visit to see his Yankees this week, and while in town he made sure to make it his business to do something about the Alex Rodriguez “situation.”

And, indeed, it had become a situation. Rodriguez was one of the greatest players of his time — of any time really — and he was struggling to the point where he wasn’t playing for a Yankees team in transition. Speculation of an uncomfortable release was gaining in legs ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Sharing their final season: David Ortiz drops in on Vin Scully - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

I will miss them both.

It was one legend saying hello—and goodbye—to another Sunday when the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz visited the Dodger Stadium press box for hugs and handshakes with longtime broadcaster Vin Scully.

Ortiz is in his 20th and final season with the Red Sox. Scully is in his 67th and final season behind the microphone for the Dodgers. The powerhouse duo met before the series finale between the Dodgers and Red Sox.

In a video clip of the meeting Sunday, provided by the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, dodgers, red sox, vin scully

Alex Rodriguez forced us to take the good with the bad | New York Post

Alex Rodriguez should be remembered as one of the best baseball players ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Kershaw plays catch for 1st time since setback | MLB.com

That isn’t too positive.

Roberts pushed any possible return date for Kershaw into September on Friday, saying that the ace had a set of marks to meet with his back to begin his rehab. With those marks apparently met, the team will start ramping up Kershaw’s throwing and hope he can make it back this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Manny Machado hits 3 homers in first 3 innings | MLB.com

The new Manny being Manny.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

OMNICHATTER 8-8-16

The 100 Meter OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2016 at 12:37 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Ichiro Joins 3,000 hit club with triple

Ichiro Suzuki, the true “Hit King”, joined Paul Molitor as the only member of the 3,000 Hit Club to do so with a triple when he did so in the top of the seventh inning in Denver.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:54 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, ichiro, marlins, pete rose

Alex Rodriguez to retire | yankees.com

If the Yankees outright release him, I believe he’s still entitled to the rest of his contract. Has this been covered in the press conference?

Update: Another report says that’s he’s still getting his money.

The Yankees today announced that Alex Rodriguez will play in his final Major League game on Friday, August 12 vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium. Following the game, he will be unconditionally released by the club from his player contract in order to sign a contract to serve as a special ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

MLB Should Pause For The 2020 Olympics

No, no, no, no, and, no.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: olympics

Sonny Gray leaves with injury, A’s lose to Cubs - San Francisco Chronicle

The team announced that Gray has right extensor muscle soreness, which could refer to one of several arm muscles. Gray said the discomfort is at the top of his forearm. “Hopefully it will feel OK the rest of today and coming in tomorrow,” he said. “That will be the big test.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, sonny gray

A modest proposal: Give Joe Maddon the weekend off - Chicago Tribune

That’s why I’m making a modest proposal to the Cubs to keep manager Joe Maddon relaxed and fresh for October: Give him a “Camp Ojibwa weekend” and tell him to come back Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Sunday Notes: Santana’s Feat, Avisail’s Hands, Gordon, Gyorko, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Swiping a Screen Rather Than Flip a Page in Baseball - NYTimes.com

The St. Louis Cardinals are one club that has not quite fully adopted the iPads. Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman said much of the team’s bullpen information was relayed orally. And if he has a question, he will refer back to the bullpen coach, Blaise Ilsley.

“So he’s sort of our iPad in that sense,” Bowman said.

Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said he would check an iPad in the dugout occasionally, sometimes when a new pitcher entered the game. But perhaps memory, at least ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Astros won’t rush Yulieski Gurriel to Majors | astros.com

“We don’t bring guys up unless our coaches and scouts and evaluators tell us their approach is good enough to work at this level, and I think obviously some adjustments have to be made,” Luhnow said. “There’s been a little bit of bad luck, a little bit of anxiousness. Those players are going to be very good Major Leaguers and it’s going to start happening soon. I have no doubt about it. Hopefully it’s this weekend.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

Pirates GM Huntington details thinking behind trade deadline deals | TribLIVE

The Pirates were delayed in announcing the Liriano trade as they struggled to reach a player involved in the trade.

“Because of the delay with the Liriano announcement, we weren’t able to articulate ‘the why’ early in the process,” Huntington said. “Many people jumped to incorrect conclusions. Our primary motivation was to acquire Drew Hutchison. ... Instead, it came out that we moved two prospects to move Liriano’s contract. Now I can’t tell you that wasn’t a part of the motivation, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, drew hutchison, francisco liriano, pirates

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