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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nats have tough decision to make on Uggla

Is it ableist to keep the good players and unload a few Ugglas?

[Dan] Uggla’s disastrous 2014 with the Braves (and briefly the Giants) left him in this position, forced to accept a minor-league contract with the Nationals and nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big-league roster.

Thing is, Uggla’s performance this spring suggests he is worthy of making a big-league club. An 0-for-3 showing Saturday in Port St. Lucie dropped his batting average from .303 to .278, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: March 29, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dan uggla, nationals

Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed

We talkin’ bout practice????

The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills.

Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training

Posnanski: A Baseball Story

Then there was Bobby Bragan, who would confess that he was willing to give up his career to make this stand. In later years, he explained: He saw blacks as inferior to whites. He did not know how to tell his family and friends that he was playing baseball with a black person. He did not see this as hateful or even objectionable; it was simply his view of the world. Bragan asked to be traded.

The Dodgers didn’t need him. He was a backup catcher who was only good for a few dozen at-bats. He ...

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Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners removed from Angel Stadium entrance

With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

Will Mets unseat king Yankees? These matchups will decide | New York Post

Joel Sherman compares the Mets and Yankees.

Supremacy in New York could come down to who gets the best results in a few areas in which the teams have similarities such as:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, yankees

Masahiro Tanaka can avoid surgery and still be dominant, says Adam Wainwright - Newsday

Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.

Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.

“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, masahiro tanaka, tommy john surgery, yankees

Feeling left arm fatigue, Garcia unlikely for Opening Day | cardinals.com

Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.

Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team’s medical staff on Saturday afternoon that “he’s feeling something that isn’t right.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jaime garcia

With major defections, early rotation woes, could Rays be in for long year? - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the 2015 Rays fortunes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Defiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings | New York Post

I haven’t seen any of his starts. How bad has he looked?

A reporter asked the veteran lefty how much stock anyone should put in the results we’ve seen so far.

“I don’t give a [expletive] what stock they put in it,” Sabathia said, as the Yankees were losing a 10-2 game to the Orioles at Steinbrenner Field. “It is what it is. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

U.S. union stands behind minor-league baseball players | Toronto Star

$800 a month isn’t a lot of money.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Did David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?

Interesting speculation on the Ortiz piece from Calcaterra.

So let’s go back to David Ortiz. He claims he’s been tested 80 times in the decade or so there has been drug testing. That’s an awful lot of testing, especially when you consider that the blood testing just started last year. And that, until last year, the number of in-season random tests was less than half of what it is now. Given that a player not “in the program” gets, at most, four tests a year and more likely 2-3 (less ...

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rufus was here Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, peds, red sox

Sunday Notes: Perkins & Varvaro, Travis in Toronto, Dozier Ducks, much more

David Lauria’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Mariners Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies - BaseballAmerica.com

Victor Sanchez has passed away.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects

Hanigan is bummed out about injury to Vazquez | redsox.com

This doesn’t sound too promising.

“When you find out what the deal is, all you can do is feel for the kid,” said Hanigan. “He was pumped up, excited, ready to go. It’s just a tough thing, but he’ll be back.”

All the Red Sox have said for sure is that they found “something” in the MRI conducted on Vazquez.

If that something includes ligament damage, Vazquez would face the possibility of Tommy John surgery, a fate that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters faced last year.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox, ryan hanigan

5 trades that make sense before Opening Day | MLB.com

Jim Duquette makes a few suggestions.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NY Post: Sherman: Commish, Boras And Cubs: Shut Up About Hopeless Phenom Debate

It’s time for everyone involved in the current Kris Bryant saga to shut up. For the good of the kid and — more vitally — the good of the game.

Everyone has had their say now, even the new commissioner. Everyone has staked their position. This should be the feel-good story of the spring. Instead, the rarest commodity in the sport — a young position player with the talent and charisma to attract fans — has been soiled.

It would be worthwhile if this were a debate in which the outcome ...

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bobm Posted: March 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, scott boras, theo epstein

Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant and the service-time game | FOX Sports

As you may have noticed, there are a few Kris Bryant discussions on the site. One area of some contention is how the CBA actually works. I’ve seen one poster unequivocally state that keeping Bryant down won’t give the Cubs another year of Bryant’s play, even going so far as to say “I am so ####### tired of reading this. It is not about what years the Cubs have Bryant it is about how much they pay him in those years.” Debating such topics without factual information only makes the discussions ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Sadly, We’ve Lost Another Primate

With a heavy heart we regret to inform you of the untimely death of longtime Primate Joel Schuster, known on the site as either Jack Vincennes or Bunny Vincennes. Although I didn’t interact directly with Joel often over the years, he will be missed by all as he was always a force to be reckoned with,whether in a contentious Cubs thread or is a heated Lounge thread. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends, especially to his many,many friends on the site.

In lieu of flowers, the Dane ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary

Astros to introduce drool-inducing Chicken & Waffle Cone

The Houston Astros understand that sweet and salty, like Biggio and Bagwell, are one of the best combinations of all time. That’s why they’ve decided to take crazy to a new level with the Chicken & Waffle Cone. Your eyes do not deceive you. That’s chicken in a waffle cone, served with mashed potatoes and a honey mustard sauce.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 28, 2015 at 02:08 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, fatass, pablo sandoval

Jonathan Lucroy’s bat is literally on fire

In a recent promotional shoot, Lucroy decided to take the phrase literally.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 28, 2015 at 01:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy

Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

Hope everybody is recovered from last year, because it’s time to schedule this year’s Amazing Athletic Extravaganza!  Let’s decide on a date this week that works for the most people possible.  Let me know which of these work for you:

June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18
August 1, 8, 15

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

The Dome: 15 years ago Seattle blew up a giant, concrete eyesore full of memories.

Its hosted an All-Star Game, a Pro Bowl, an NBA All-Star, and a Final Four. Thank god its gone.

It was an albatross. Only fifteen years after its spectacular demolition was King County able to pay off the bonds still tied to it. The Kingdome was only slightly older than Safeco Field is now before its two main tenants began grousing about its inadequacy as a modern sporting venue. The moment that Camden Yards opened in 1993 and began printing money for the Orioles the last 30+ years of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:11 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: defunct stadiums, kingdome, mariners

Cleveland Indians demote Salazar; McAllister, House, Tomlin compete for 2 rotation spots

ZIPS projects Salazar for 2.7 WAR, but what do stats know?

The Indians have optioned struggling right-hander Danny Salazar to Class AAA Columbus.

In doing so they have reduced the competition for the fourth and fifth spots in the starting rotation to Zach McAllister, T.J. House and Josh Tomlin. McAllister is out of options so he’s guaranteed a spot on the staff regardless it’s as a starter or reliever. House and Tomlin have options.

The Reds hit Salazar hard Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark in ...

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Jason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.

If he wants the biggest contract, he has to put up some bigger numbers than he has put up the last few years. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be a very wealthy young man at the end of season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agents

Grantland (Keri): 2015 AL Central Preview

3. Chicago White Sox

...

Worst Offseason Move: None. Seriously, the Pale Hose didn’t put a foot wrong this winter. Although, when we spoke a few weeks ago, Hahn getting fired up about a minor league deal for 36-year-old Brad Penny might’ve been a bit much.

I think it would have been fair to place the David Robertson deal here.

Eddo Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, indians, royals, tigers, twins, white sox

Jeff Samardzija ready for future - Chicago Tribune

If he’s not looking for top dollar, I’m sure he will have plenty of teams lined up not to give it to him.

“I’m not looking for top dollar,” Samardzija said. ”For me, it’s good to see those guys are compensated. But I think if you look at maybe outside of Shields, who maybe didn’t get his first choice, you look at Jon and Max and couple other guys, the big thing for them is they went somewhere they wanted to go to, and they were excited about where they were going to.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox

Fastball-changeup interplay featuring Jacob deGrom - Beyond the Box Score

Putting Jacob DeGrom under the microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, sabermetrics

Red Sox catcher Vazquez to have MRI on elbow | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Vazquez hasn’t caught in a major league game in two weeks after experiencing some discomfort in the elbow in a game against the New York Yankees. Subsequently, Vazquez experienced some pain in his triceps after altering his throwing motion somewhat to compensate for the elbow soreness.

He threw to bases Thursday, but did so at less than full intensity - per the Red Sox’ request.

“There’s a little bit [of restriction] there,’’ said Vazquez of the discomfort he experiences with his elbow. “I’ve ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox

At Least All These Tommy John Surgeries Aren’t Rotator Cuff Surgeries | FiveThirtyEight

Shoulder injuries really suck. Fortunately, conditioning methods have improved.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitcher injuries, tommy john surgery

For Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach - Sports - The Boston Globe

There is a reason the Red Sox won’t include Betts in a deal for Hamels. He a very smart *and* physically-gifted player.  He understands that taking walks should never be the goal. They should be a byproduct of a batter not getting pitches to hit. He also understands that the game is about constant adjustments. Not every gifted players gets that. (See Javier Baez for comparison.)

“[Big league] pitchers are just around the zone more. I feel like you have to swing a little more. You can’t go up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

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