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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cubs poised to return to the postseason, thanks to Theo Epstein | NBC SportsWorld

In the GM portion of our links today…Theo Epstein.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

A Q&A with Dave Dombrowski

In the GM portion of our links today…Dave Dombrowski.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:31 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox


Hey, Murray, is there room in your basement for Lupica and Madden? Can Mike and Bill munch on your Fruit Loops or must they bring their own boxes?

A “Keeping Score” column in The New York Times last week caught my attention with this start to a sentence: “While batting average may no longer hold much sway…”

Written by Benjamin Hoffman, the piece was about Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets’ surprising sensation, and his chances of winning the National League most valuable player ...

JE (Jason) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:25 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, get off my lawn, murray chass, old coot, statistics

Biggest offseason questions |

Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, free agency, giants, mariners, mets, orioles, white sox

Are the New York Mets mismanaging Matt Harvey?

This is my concern. A one-time skip in the rotation can be a nice breather. Throwing less pitches per start, especially with so many breaks in between, might increase his risk of being injured if he’s later pushed in the playoffs. Why? Not throwing as much over the last few weeks of the season will ultimately reduce his overall strength and stamina.

We did an informal survey of a group of sports-medicine professionals, a couple of whom would not agree to be interviewed about a player who isn’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets


I guess in his view the drop in homers since testing started is purely coincidental.

Those leading the PED witch hunts now have to cope with the fact that the Brewers’ right fielder hasn’t tanked post-PEDs. This poses significant problems for the PED narrative. How does one hold that Braun’s numbers during his prime were a sham, now that he’s once again performing near his career norms? Does one plug one’s ears and ignore this season? Does one push in all the chips and baselessly ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, ryan braun

Francisco Lindor leading Indians by example |

One of many exciting young shortstops in the game right now. Lindor has been better with the bat than expected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

The Dodgers aren’t really going to start Jimmy Rollins over Corey Seager, are they? -

I can’t see how the Dodgers could take Seager out of the lineup right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, jimmy rollins

Chris Davis would have a powerful effect here - The Boston Globe

No, no, no, no, no. Don’t get me wrong. I like Davis. I won’t like the Red Sox being tied to another big contract.

(And, FYI Nick, despite Ortiz’s production this year, he can’t go on like this forever.)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, red sox

Full Count » Red Sox Minor League Notebook: 2015 end of year power rankings, No.’s 1-5

With the way the team has played recently and the amount of talent in the farm system, I can’t help but feel Cherington did not deserve his fate.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Prince Fielder giving Rangers a crucial boost |

Vintage Fielder could decide the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

Anibal Sanchez’s shoulder checks out OK |

All is good then.

The Tigers received good news on right-hander Anibal Sanchez Wednesday after his consultation with Dr. James Andrews. The noted orthopedic surgeon examined Sanchez’s sore right rotator cuff on Wednesday and saw no major structural damage.

“All good,” Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato, said in a text message. “He said the shoulder looked great.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-17-2015

Keokuk Daily Gate City, September 17, 1915:

A copy of a Denver paper with a story of the Labor day baseball games there between Denver and Lincoln has been sent to The Gate City and has some interesting dope on Snooks McGaffigan, former Indian shortstop. In the first contest McGaffigan made three hits, a double, a triple, and a home run. In the second game he made three hits and two runs.

This performance was in no way historically significant, but “Snooks McGaffigan” is a wonderful name and I ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, snooks mcgaffigan

Baseball Lifers Make The Game Go -

John Manuel gives a little attention to some guys who don’t get enough of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, minors

Jered Weaver gets ejected for being a jackass | HardballTalk

I would have hit him too. Craig misses the part where Seager grabs his crotch right when he called time first and before he tells Weaver to throw it over the plate.

In this instance I blame the umpire for not stepping in and telling Seager to get in the box. It was perfectly clear that Seager was purposely being disruptive. Had the umpire kept control of the game the ensuing events would not have happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, kyle seager

Josh Johnson, aiming for comeback, to have third Tommy John surgery -

This doesn’t sound promising.

Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, still aiming for another comeback, is having a third Tommy John surgery soon, according to sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: josh johnson, padres, tommy john surgery

Bryce Harper on Matt Williams: ‘I love him as a manager’ - The Washington Post

“Truly, I love him as a manager. Flat out I absolutely do,” Harper said. “If I didn’t, everybody would know. Absolutely everybody would know. I’m not shy to say things. Being able to play for a guy like that that I can actually go up to him and talk to him about approach, at-bat to at-bat, and just being able to have the fire and intensity that he has, and the way he approaches every single day. He wants us to be perfect and I love that as a manager. I played for a guy like that in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, matt williams, nationals

2015 Minor League Player Of The Year: Blake Snell -

Not bad for the Rays number eleven prospect entering the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, prospects, rays

The Catcher Is Watching You | FanGraphs Baseball

Buster Posey must have grown up watching Blues Clues.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catching, defense, giants, melvin upton, jr.



Gamingboy Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fox Sports: Phillies to give out Pope Francis ‘Rookie Card’ on Wednesday

I had a papal trading card collection as a kid, until my Mother Superior threw it out…

During Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, fans will be allowed to pick up their own Pope rookie card at various locations in Citizens Bank Park, per the team’s official site.

“In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to celebrate the World Meeting of Families Congress,” the announcement reads, “fans may pick up a commemorative Phillies Pope Francis Rookie Card at the First Base ...

AndrewJ Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cards, philadelphia, religion

How the Pirates stole Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers

Holy cow, Clemente next to Willie Mays in the outfield?

The Dodgers signed Clemente 15 months after Campanis first saw him. By then, the Giants, Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals had also expressed interest, according to David Maraniss’ biography “Clemente.” The Braves were serious bidders, reportedly offering the largest bonus ($25,000 to $35,000). But Maraniss writes that Clemente wanted to play in New York, where he had friends and relatives in the growing Puerto Rican community there. From ...


Daily News Luipica out as Zuckerman swings ax.

The bloodbath has begun at the Daily News.

Long-time columnist Mike Lupica is among those who are heading out the door, as owner Mort Zuckerman desperately swings his cost-cutting ax, The Post has learned.

spanx for the memories Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: new york

A’s Call Up Barry Zito

So the A’s on Wednesday called up Barry Zito, their former ace and Cy Young winner, from Triple-A Nashville. Zito, 37, had hoped for an MLB comeback this season when he signed a minor-league deal with the A’s, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1999.

Instead, Zito spent the year in the minors. He was 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA, a solid contributor but not sparkling enough to warrant a big-league call-up. Until now, that is.

This is likely an MLB farewell for Zito. The A’s — with ...

Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, moneyball

Ward Melville grad Steven Matz putting in extra work to get ready for Yankees | Newsday

How simple of an adjustment is it?

Warthen is trying to fix a flaw in Matz’s delivery that is causing his elbow to drop, resulting in stress on the joint as well as his shoulder. Warthen said it’s a byproduct of trying to throw too hard—Zack Wheeler has the same issue—and because both pitchers have had Tommy John surgery, the less strain on the repaired elbow, the better.

“It puts an incredible amount of torque on your elbow or shoulder,” Warthen said. “So we worry about that.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 02:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

FiveThirtyEight: Jake Arrieta Is Not Your Normal Ace

An interesting observation on Arrieta as he takes a shot at being the first to win 20 this year.

Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Mets Juggle Their Pitchers, and Warily Eye the Dodgers’ Strong Arms - The New York Times

“My #### doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is ####### luck.” — Billy Beane

“The one thing we cannot forget is we are in the pennant race,” Collins said. “We are at the end of the season. We do not need to be getting rid of our best pitchers and letting them sit on the side for a while. We need to get him rested up a little bit and get him ready for whatever happens.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots -

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

Esurance MLB Awards

Best Major Leaguer: Jake Arrieta, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Andrew McCutchen, David Price, Mike Trout, Joey Votto

Other votes, only first 3 of these and vote above are active atm: Best Everyday Player, Best Starting Pitcher, Best Rookie, Best Defensive Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Bounceback Player, Best Manager, Best Executive, Best Social Media Personality, Best Play Offense, Best Play Defense, Best ...

bbmck Posted: September 16, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, great baseball players, voting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-16-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 16, 1915:

Third baseman Red Smith of the Boston Braves ran into a pair of wallops on the jaw yesterday when he tangled with Umpire Byron at Chicago. Red had been riding the judge of play all during the afternoon and received a right and left to the jaw at the end of the battle. Byron has been in hot water all season, and a few weeks ago at St. Louis he had about 500 pop bottles tossed at him.

It’s not entirely clear those punches actually connected with Smith’s face, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 16, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpshow

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