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Sunday, October 09, 2016

What can a manager do to spark a baseball team? | Boston Herald

Panicking is not the answer. Overthinking is not the answer. The Red Sox played poorly for two straight games. They did the same thing during the regular, more than once. Although the stakes are higher, their approach and attitude need to be the same. Today is a new day; they need to go out and play their best and let the chips fall where they may.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, red sox


1 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nats (Roark), Game 2 (LA leads 1-0), FS1
4 PM: Cleveland (Tomlin) at Boston (Buccholz), Game 3 (CLE leads 2-0), TBS
7:30 PM: Texas (Lewis) at Toronto (Sanchez), Game 3 (TOR leads 2-0), TBS

Gamingboy Posted: October 09, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Mike Schur: Why Is Mike Trout Less Famous Than Jimmy Garoppolo?

The question I have is could Trout walk through Times Square on a sunny Tuesday afternoon without sunglasses and go unrecognized?

djordan Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ken tremendous, mike trout

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians pushing all of the right buttons as they attain 2-0 lead in ALDS |

“Sometimes good players make you look smarter than you probably are,” Francona said after the 6-0 win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Red Sox young stars appear to have stage fright

Overreact much?

Is the stage too big for them?

This is a group that’s been used to the no-pressure view from the basement the past two years. Now suddenly they’re in this high-pressured environment, where they’re expected to win. After all, the Red Sox were the favorites in this series. There weren’t many people who picked the Indians. Not with the Indians suffering two major starting pitching losses to two of their best guys in Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco.

There’s just no way ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Drellich: When the Red Sox don’t hit, they don’t win | Boston Herald

Alternative headline: When Red Sox pitch poorly, they don’t win. Thank you for the astute observation Evan Drellich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox

Blue Jays hit 4 homers, beat Rangers in Game 2 |

“We have to win,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “There’s no tomorrow. Not only that, we’re trying to do what they did to us last year. Hopefully we can turn it around and do the same thing they did to us last year. We know we can do it. We just need to get it done in the field. There’s no doubt we believe in this team. We’ve got to find a way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ...

Meatwad Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops


4 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nationals (Roark), FS1

8 PM Eastern: Giants (Samardzija) at Cubs (Hendricks), MLB Network

Dodgers and Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 07, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2016

United Press via Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1916:

Plunging into the busy whirl of another world’s series, Boston’s Redsox clashed this afternoon in their first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in defense of their their title as the world’s baseball champions.

A bright sun beaming from a cloudless sky barely took the chill off the autumn air. Packed in the gigantic stands of the country’s biggest ball park were upwared of 40,000 raving fans.
In the meantime a cabaret sextet made sour music. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Clayton Kershaw and the hope

Dodgers nation looks to Clayton Kershaw.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, playoffs

What Happened to Derek Norris in 2016 | The Process Report

Or it could be a decline in skills?

Well that certainly feels like what Lester Freamon would call a headshot. seeing both rates fall off this much leads me to believe that Norris wasn’t just bitten by bad luck affecting his balls in play. I cannot help, but feel that some sort of injury, your guess is as good as mine as to what, led to a guy gutting through discomfort in an effort to help his team on the field. While that is nice to see, you can see the profound effect this proposed malady had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, padres, rays, sabermetrics

Four reasons Mets must sign Yoenis Cespedes to a big deal | New York Post

Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Hart: Braves’ rebuild is going faster than expected |

Which is why it was a big deal, in the first weeks after Wren’s ouster, to promote Brian Bridges to scouting director and bring back Roy Clark, who’d left for the Nationals. Coppolella’s vision includes “wave after wave of prospects” coming through the system: “I believe in waves,” he says, “not windows.” And Swanson, the tip of Wave 1, was as good as advertised.

Let’s be clear. The Braves aren’t yet where they need to be. But, as Hart said, “to where we are from where ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Blue Jays beat Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS |

The headline pretty much covers it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Indians win ALDS Game 1 over Red Sox |

The balls were flying out of Progressive Field. At least they were until Cleveland went to the pen.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

A baseball ticket in Texas costs less than a beer at the Rogers Centre does

It’s cheaper to buy a seat for a Jays’ playoff game in Texas (as low as $8) than to drink a beer ($10) while watching the playoffs at the Rogers Centre.

John Northey Posted: October 07, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, blue jays, rangers

Thursday, October 06, 2016



1 PM Eastern: Toronto (Happ) at Texas (Darvish), TBS
4:30 PM Eastern: Boston (Price) at Cleveland (Kluber), TBS
5:30 PM Eastern: LA (Kershaw) at Nationals (Scherzer), FS1
9 PM Eastern: Giants (Cueto) at Cubs (Lester), FS1

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:56 PM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Kim Ng, Four Others Among D-Backs GM Candidates

The Diamondbacks appear to have compiled at least a preliminary list of potential general manager candidates to take over for the departing Dave Stewart, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). In addition to a quartet of men with ties to the organization, MLB senior VP Kim Ng is under consideration, per the report.

Ng has long been discussed as a front office target for organizations, and has interviewed for top baseball ops positions on several occasions. A former ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, women in baseball

Will HOF Voters Have the Audacity to Vote Selig in While Keeping McGwire Out?

Selig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. McGwire deserves to share the stage with him on induction day.

gehrig97 Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame, mark mcgwire

Joe Buck reveals how hair replacement almost ended his career |

No, this isn’t from the Onion.

As a young man, one of Buck’s overwhelming fears was losing his hair, and the possibility soon consumed him. So at age 24, in Oct. 1993, he flew to New York City to get his first hair replacement treatment. He writes that, after the procedure, “I, Joseph Francis Buck, became a hair-plug addict.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 10:03 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, joe buck

red sox - Meet the man who played a pivotal role in transforming Hanley Ramirez into playoff first baseman (it’s not who you think) - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Hanley did a nice job over at first base this year. He wasn’t a Gold Glove first baseman but he played well enough to keep himself there next season.

“I prepared myself to be in this position, and we’re here,” Ramirez said. “That should be your mentality every spring training, if you’re not, you’re a loser. Your mentality has to be playing in October and celebrating in November. That’s why they sign you and give you everything you need to help you win a championship.

“When you have a lot of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 6, 1916:

Charles Evans Hughes, Republican candidate for president, has made a request for a box seat at the first world’s series baseball game to be played in Brooklyn, it was learned…today. The Brooklyn club management has granted the request and a box back of third base was set aside for Mr. Hughes and his party. It is expected that the candidate will throw out the first ball.

Hughes was better luck for the Dodgers than he was for his own presidential ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Opt-outta here? Mets brace for Yoenis Cespedes’ expected free agency - Mets Blog- ESPN

It’s already next year in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Can Jeurys Familia ever be trusted again? | New York Post

Starting with this one: Can they still trust Familia?

“All he did all year long was pick up his teammates,” manager Terry Collins said. “But in the postseason when you give one up and you lose a game, it can be really hard on you.”

Familia, to his credit, stood at his locker and answered wave after wave of interrogators. Also to his credit, he didn’t look shattered. His head wasn’t covered in a towel, and tears didn’t fill his eyes. In that sense, at least, he recalled Mariano ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, wild card


I’ve argued in the past for the idea of “emergent WAR,” which is the idea of teams deriving value, not from individual contributions, but from the ways in which the parts of the roster can interact with one another. For example, putting a groundball-heavy pitcher in front of a good infield defense can be worth several hits turned into outs, and turning a hit into an out is worth roughly three-quarters of a run each time you do it. A good GM could have the wherewithal to execute a plan to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, theo epstein

Astros minor-leaguer apologizes for tweet criticizing Jessica Mendoza

What Marlow said was stupid. I don’t agree, however, with the idea that any non-specific criticism should be automatically painted as misogynistic. The writer’s decision to paint her detractors with a broad brush as a response undercuts his argument.

But Marlow’s criticism follows the same tired trend we always see with Mendoza. It’s never specific, and it’s more about the fact that she’s a woman than anything else. It’s never anything like, “I wish her hitting breakdowns were more ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, broadcasting

Suspect in Blue Jays-Orioles beer-tossing furor is identified | Toronto Star

Perpetrator or witch-hunt victim?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

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