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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MLB.com: A Canadian knuckleballer will be the first woman to play in the collegiate West Coast League

Claire Eccles, at just 19 years old, has already pitched in two Women’s Baseball World Cups and the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Now, the Canadian knuckleballer will become the first woman to play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league ...

“Ichiro has always been my favourite player because I’m half-Japanese and grew up watching the Mariners. They were the closest team to where I live. I also admire all the skill he has since he isn’t the biggest or strongest player in the league. ...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Fly Ball Revolution Is Hurting As Many Batters As It’s Helped

So there is definitely a fly-ball revolution underway in baseball. But that revolution is not without its discontents. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto recently disparaged the trend towards fly-ball hitting in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I see it with a lot of guys. Everyone tells the good stories, but there’s a lot of s—ty stories of guys who are wasting their time trying things,” Votto said, as quoted in the Enquirer.

Votto is right; being a more productive ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 05:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, flyball revolution



PED suspicion is up now that home runs are back in baseball | SI.com

Conjecture <> evidence.

Let’s be clear: PEDs are not driving this explosion in home runs, the way they did almost two decades ago. A change in hitting philosophy is causing this boom more than anything. Get the barrel in the zone early, hit the bottom third of the ball, generate a launch angle between 23 and 28 degrees.

There’s a saying going around baseball: There is no damage on the ground. The damage is in the air. And damage means money.

A generation of players has been trained to hit this way. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 02:43 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Information Age Shapes Pitching | BaseballAmerica.com

Technology has helped increase pitching velocity, first with the promulgation of the radar gun, second in the improvement of training techniques for pitchers. It has not seemed to help pitchers throw more strikes.

“Command is more important than velocity at times,” Meyer said, “especially the higher you go up. You can throw 97, but if you’re down the middle and you have one pitch, you’re going to get beat.”

Technology (the Internet) has spread information about velocity training, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Aaron Judge fools Yankees fans on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon

At 6-7, 282 pounds, Aaron Judge is hard to miss.

But the Yankees rookie managed to fool fans in a Jimmy Fallon segment on “The Tonight Show” that aired Monday night simply by wearing a pair of hipster glasses.

Judge asked one fan, wearing a Yankees hat, who his favorite player is right now.

“Adam Judge,” the fan responded.

Judge later held up a headshot of himself in uniform and said: “People say I kind of look like him.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 01:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, comedy, jimmy fallon, yankees

Scoreboard.GQ: All MLB and MiLB scores on one page

For years, I’ve been irritated that I couldn’t find a site that displayed live scores for every level of organized baseball on one page. If I wanted to find out how the Indians, Toledo Mud Hens, and Akron Rubberducks did, that involved multiple clicks and perhaps multiple sites.

So I solved my own problem and built it myself.

It displays probable pitchers, team records, scores, inning, outs, current batter with slash stats, current pitcher with W-L and ERA, baserunners on each base, pitchers ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: general, websites

The Twins defense is propping up a staggering pitching staff - Twinkie Town

An interesting comparison using Catch Probability. (Cubs fans should pass by this link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 11:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, twins


Francisco Cervelli joins Venezuelan protests and pleads with others to do the same

For weeks, Rivero and Cervelli scanned Instagram on their cell phones and shared scenes from anti-government demonstrations. Videos of tear-gas canisters flying into crowds, of police brutality, of Maduro dancing while military vehicles advanced protesters in the streets. The players were active in the conversation but weren’t sure what impact they could have from afar.

Before the Pirates played the Milwaukee Brewers on May 5, Cervelli spoke with Hernan Perez during batting practice. They ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli, political, protest, venezuela

The Red Sox have a third base problem - Beyond the Box Score

The Red Sox aren’t trading Devers as long as they consider him viable at 3B.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2017

Dugout favorite Tubby Spencer is a changed man!

Pittsburgh Press, May 16, 1917:

Nobody has ever won a decision from “Old King Booze,” according to Spencer.

“I’ve tried his game, and I know,” remarked Spencer, “You may think you are getting away with his delivery, but in the end he will always strike you out.”
...
When [Spencer] left the sanitarium, the physician in charge told him that a drink would kill him. “I wondered whether it would or not, but I waited a week to find out, then I got ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tubby spencer

David Ross continued his ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dominance, foxtrotted his way to finals | MLB.com

Luckily my wife isn’t a fan of the show.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david ross

Do the Phillies have too many young outfielders? – Phillies Nation

The Red Sox aren’t trading Devers (who plays a problem position in their org) for Hellickson and an outfield prospect (a position where they are quite comfortable).

For instance, the Red Sox could feel that this is their year but they need to add one more solid starter at the deadline. They’d want Hellickson but they don’t want to give up their top ranked prospect, third basemen Rafael Devers. The Phillies could counter with a deal that includes several prospects, including Quinn, Cozens or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Kyle Schwarber seeks better results at leadoff | MLB.com

I know this is pointing out the obvious but…if he’s a click underneath the baseball, it’s not a good swing.

“Mentally, it gets frustrating,” Schwarber said. “You feel you put a good swing on the ball and you’re not getting a good result. I just have to keep going with the approach, stay positive every day. I’m never going up there thinking I’m going to get an out. I’m going to stay with my mind-set and keep approaching what I’m doing.”
“I’ve seen great swings,” Maddon said. “He’s just a click ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

The 8 most fearsome MLB hitters since 2000 | FOX Sports

One of these things is not like the others.

Derek Jeter
Not all heroes wear capes and not all fearsome hitters are home run kings. Wearer of the most recently retired New York Yankees jersey, Jeter possessed the same debatable “clutch” gene as Ortiz. He was more powerful than your average shortstop but most importantly had a knack for being a very challenging out and coming up huge in the postseason.

His powers were in full bloom in the 2000 postseason when he ripped four home runs combined ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hitters



Injury Was Inevitable for Noah Syndergaard

Baloney. If this were true, teams wouldn’t have such stringent innings limits on young pitchers.

The result is a system where ball clubs are encouraged — are essentially commanded — to squeeze every last bit of life out of their young pitchers, until their arms are ruined … conveniently, right around the time they’re due to hit the open market. Recently, Martinez — remember, he was the only pitcher whose arm hasn’t been hurt yet — signed a long-term contract in which the team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Inside the Mind of Bill – Joe Blogs – Medium

“To me,” Bill writes, “that is just incredible. . .that Anthony Rendon drove in as many runs in ONE game as George Brett ever drove in in a three-game set.”

People often call Bill a numbers guy, a statistician, a baseball geek or whatever. And it has long seemed to me that they miss the point. Bill doesn’t care about numbers. He is uninterested in statistics as a concept or the numbers of other things. He cares about what baseball statistics can open up about the game. He longs to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, george brett

Mazz: Dombrowski Thin On Options To Fix Red Sox « CBS Boston

Tony Mazz is a horrible analyst.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, May 15, 2017



Eric Thames and the Transformative Power of Boredom | FanGraphs Baseball

On the benefits of boredom.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, eric thames

What pitchers think about being credited with wins and losses. | Sports on Earth

Hendricks’ manager, Joe Maddon, has managed the likes of star hurlers such as David Price, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. The feeling he gets is that the pitcher win isn’t going anywhere as an official statistic.

“The win is always going to be relevant to a pitcher. Always,” Maddon said. “That’s how they were raised. If you were raised with that mindset, that’s what you’re going to live for. That’s how they evaluate themselves.”

Maddon said that if presented with the choice of recording more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 01:14 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: kill the win, wins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2017

Tacoma Times, May 15, 1917:

[The St. Louis Browns are] made up of a heterogenous combination of ball players, a few great ones, a few mediocre, some rookies…molded into an organization which is now playing about the fastest and brainiest game in the league.

There’s no secret about it, but the answer is Fielder Jones, former president of the Northwestern league.

Jones is a peculiar chap. He is gloomy by nature and a grouch by cultivation. He is upstage. He is not at all likeable. His ball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 15 May 2017: A sport dominated by politics

And that would be … cricket – what were you expecting?

Tanya Alfred draws our attention to the world-threatening problem of climate change — which more than 97 per cent of climate scientists agree on’ — and bemoans the lack of a strategy from the English Cricket Board (ECB) for how cricket is organised today and its lack of preparation for the future.
In 2016, for instance, the Indian Premier League was forced to relocate matches from Maharashtra because of a water shortage. Bangladesh is ...

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BDC Posted: May 15, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 2684 comment(s)
  Beats: cricket, politics

Pretty in pink: See Buxton’s gorgeous grab | MLB.com

This guy is pretty, pretty good with the glove.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, defense, twins

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bobby Valentine Gives Perfectly Bobby V Response To David Ortiz « CBS Boston

Managers are now childcare workers.

“After doing it about the third time, I asked [Aviles] what his problem was, was it hearing or learning?” joked Valentine. “And afterwards it was like this major – and I said it with a loud voice, I might have even used an expletive or two to get my point across – but afterwards, three or four of the guys came in and said how Mike was in his locker and his head was down and he felt so bad and I had to apologize because I hurt his feelings and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 07:31 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

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