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Thursday, April 12, 2018


Kaplan: How Max Stassi delved deep into the data and turned his career around – The Athletic

A get look at how players can use data to improve their games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, max stassi, pay site, the athletic

Rockies, Padres Get Into Benches-Clearing Scuffle After Nolan Arenado Charges Mound

The brawl happened in the bottom of the third when San Diego’s Luis Perdomo threw behind Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, almost hitting the third baseman.

Arenado charged the mound. Perdomo then threw his glove at Arenado, and Arenado threw a punch.

The benches cleared and the scuffle lasted over a minute as the two were separated and then another brawl broke out.


A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks’ hitters locking in with new approach

Too bad nobody thought of this before. Can you imagine how good Ted Williams could have been?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2018 at 07:34 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

974 Fans Attended Rays vs. White Sox Game at Guaranteed Rate Field

You get a foul ball!  YOU get a foul ball!!  EVERYBODY GETS A FOUL BALL!!!

Monday’s game:

And then, Tuesday’s game:

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 11, 2018 at 04:09 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: nothing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1918:

Four members of the White Sox team who visited the Ellington aviation field in Texas a few days ago were given a war thriller when they saw two aviators killed during flights. It was the third like casualty of the day.

Goodness. That had to have been awkward for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Marlins argue they’re from a Caribbean Island

The Marlins are claiming corporate citizenship in the foreign territory in order to have an arbitrator take over a lawsuit filed by Miami and Miami-Dade County in a dispute over the profits from the team’s sale last year, according to the Miami Herald.

But could Marlins Teamco (a subsidiary of Marlins Funding, a subsidiary of Marlins Holdings LLC) win the Caribbean World Series?

Walt Davis Posted: April 11, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: loria, marlins

Lovullo and Molina suspended

I haven’t seen this discussed. It seems off, to me. A manager being suspended is hardly anything as he can manage just as well by text. (I assume he can’t come to the park).

And it looks to me like Lovullo was clearly in the wrong and admits he was in the wrong. But maybe I missed something?

bunyon Posted: April 11, 2018 at 08:17 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, mothers day


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cubs place 1B Rizzo on DL with back tightness

CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago Cubs are taking the safe route with Anthony Rizzo, placing the first baseman on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with lower back tightness.

Rizzo said he is feeling better and hopes to be ready when he is eligible to come off the DL on Monday. The move was made retroactive to Friday.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2018

Bridgeport Times, April 10, 1918:

Derrill Pratt and John Lavan, former members of the St. Louis Americans, who compromised their $50,000 damage suits against Phil Ball, president of the St. Louis club, received $5,400 in settlement, according to information obtained here yesterday.

Ball yesterday said that the settlement did not cost him a cent and sporting men concluded from this statement that the American League had footed the bill.

Pratt and Lavan had sued Ball for slander after the owner ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bradford: Are players buying what baseball is selling when it comes to analytics? It’s a work in progress | WEEI

It seems to be working.

The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It’s a whole new thing. And it’s one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years, certainly seems to have some merit.

But, make no mistake about it, the selling of this new way of doing things is, and will be, a work in progress. The information gatherers know it. The coaches know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shifts


Monday, April 09, 2018

Cole Hamels’ dip in velocity leaves him vulnerable | Dallas Morning News

First, about the velocity drop: It is significant. Hamels, 34, is averaging 89.8 mph with his four-seam fastball, the one that is supposed to “explode” through the strike zone on what appears to be an upward plane. That is down from 92.3 mph in his first three starts a year ago.

On Sunday, he threw a four-seamer on the game’s first pitch. It didn’t explode, well, at least not until after leadoff hitter Steve Pearce sent it deep into the left-field stands. It was the second time in three starts ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 09, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Promo Preview: A look at the season to come | MiLB.com News

Wait, what?
If Brannock Devices aren’t random enough for you, there’s plenty more where that came from. For example:

—The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are shooting off “Bacon-themed” fireworks on June 2. As to what that entails, your guess is as good as mine.

—On June 28, the Altoona Curve are giving away replica championship rings in Jell-O. Why? It’s “Office Night,” and the Jell-O-encased ring references one of the pranks that Jim played on Dwight in the long-running NBC sitcom.

—The Lake ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions

OTP 2018 Apr 9: A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

As President Trump congratulated the World Series champion Houston Astros at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer and an Astros superfan, as “the king of those tax cuts.”

What he did not mention is that the new tax law Mr. Brady helped draft, and which Mr. Trump signed, levies a large new tax on the Astros, and ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 9, 1918:

Lieutenant Martie McHale, formerly pitcher for the Yankees and Red Sox and now in the Twenty-second Regiment, wants to get men organized who will throw bombs as baseballs are thrown, with curves and dips. He has interested prominent athletes and baseball players in a bomb-throwing squad and arranged for a complete and effective staff of teachers who can show the men in the squad a thing or two about curves that will make the enemy sit up and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

NJ.com:  Ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez: I should’ve signed with the Mets

How differently history may have unfolded.  If the Mets have A-Rod in 2001, the might well have made the playoffs, and all of history since then changes.  No Art Howe, no Vaughn, no Alomar, and their awful era, no Duquette to trade Kazmir for Zambrano, etc etc.  But then probably no Beltran and who knows what next.

Adam Starblind Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Amed Rosario hopes to steal some knowledge from Jose Reyes on being more aggressive on the bases | Newsday

Yes, please.

This year, Rosario said his plan is to be “100 percent” aggressive on the bases.

“If God provides me with health, I’ll be able to steal a lot of bases,” he said through an interpreter.

Count manager Mickey Callaway among the believers in that possibility. But base-stealing is a skill that takes time to develop, just like hitting and fielding.

“Base-stealing is something that is an art and it takes time to build, unless you’re just clearly outrunning the baseball,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

How I was wrong about Shohei Ohtani

Maybe Spring Training isn’t a big enough sample. Of course, neither is ten games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Jake Arrieta makes Phillies debut | MLB.com

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and threw 31 pitches in the first. He found a rhythm after that, needing just 43 pitches the rest of the way and retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. He threw 49 sinkers, which averaged 91.7 mph. He got five swings-and-misses on the pitch and 15 called strikes overall.

“Was just maybe a little too giddy, pulling a lot of stuff out of the zone,” Arrieta said about his first-inning struggles.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jake arrieta, phillies


Sunday, April 08, 2018

With expected start, Zack Wheeler aligns Mets’ long-awaited rotation

The New York Mets have waited years for this rotation.

Zack Wheeler will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, finally aligning the five-man rotation New York has hoped to use for years.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the right-hander’s upcoming start Sunday. It will mark the first time Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey and Wheeler make a rotation turn together. New York fans have hoped to see that five-man group ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 08, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dreams do come true, mets

Shohei Ohtani was nearly perfect in his home pitching debut | LA Times

The Angels sold out. They sold 44,742 tickets, more than for opening day, more than for any regular-season day game since they downsized their stadium 20 years ago.

What could be more dramatic than Ohtani hitting a home run in his first at-bat at Angel Stadium? How about pitching a perfect game in his first start at Angel Stadium?

Ohtani very nearly did, nearly enough to get the crowd cheering in anticipation of third strikes in the fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the seventh, when ...

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

Opening Day Rosters Analysis

Baseball America does a rundown of where every team’s top prospects will begin the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2018 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Friday, April 06, 2018

Fangraphs: 2018 UZR and UZR Update!

The methodology has changed a little that allows UZR to account for some of the noise associated with imperfect data. The net result of this change is that extreme UZR’s, which were likely caused by, to some extent at least, noise in the data, rather than extreme performance, will be slightly ‘dampened.’ We think that these new values, while very close to the old ones in most cases, more accurately reflect the actual performance of the players in question.

I’ve always had a problem with ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 06, 2018 at 04:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, fangraphs

Billy Bean and Torey Lovullo’s Friendship

Nice story about the friendship between Billy Bean (not Beane), the gay former player and current MLB front office exec, and Torey Lovullo, the DBacks manager.

Blastin Posted: April 06, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, inclusion

Indians Activate Michael Brantley | MLBTR

His injury troubles notwithstanding, Brantley saw his $12MM club option exercised by the Indians last November. Given the offseason surgery and the manner in which corner outfielders were further devalued in free agency this winter, the Cleveland front office may prefer a mulligan on that decision, though Brantley was worth more than $12MM in just 90 games last season when he hit .290/.357/.444 with 20 doubles, nine homers and 11 steals.

The 2018 season will be a crucial one for Brantley, ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 06, 2018 at 02:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

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