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Thursday, July 14, 2016

D-Train Derailed: Don’t feel sorry for Dontrelle Willis

And by that spring, at 33 years old, it had sent him to a part of Phoenix called Maryvale, to a last-chance spring training with the Brewers, where his neck hurt and his shoulder ached but another group of young players was finding out what it means to be a Dontrelle friend, a Dontrelle teammate.

“Awesome,” said Will Smith, who turned 14 the summer Willis won the rookie of the year award for the Marlins and now found himself Willis’ locker mate and throwing partner. “If you had to pick one ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dontrelle willis, marlins, pitchers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 13, 1916:

Tris Speaker ran over into right field in the eighth inning of the second engagement with the Yanks [in New York] Tuesday, and pulled down a hard drive from Baker’s bat.

As the ball settled into the great outfielder’s hands, a man sitting in the right wing of the grandstand, jumped up and hurled a pop bottle. The missile narrowly missed Speaker’s head. It might have fractured his skull.
...
Two special policemen ran to the spot from which the bottle had been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tris speaker

Canadian All-Star Michael Saunders reacts to anthem incident - SBNation.com

Canadians are such trouble makers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, michael saunders

Baseball thriving thanks to young superstars | MLB.com

When wasn’t this true?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

2016 Mid Season Top 50 | Prospect 361°

They are a bit high on Glasnow, especially over Reyes.

2. Tyler Glasnow (Pit, RHP) – Promoted: 7/7/2016

The size and stuff is all there for Tyler Glasnow to pitch at the top-of-the-rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The problem is his control has taken a step backwards this year and he’s now walking nearly five per nine.  It hasn’t mattered as nobody can hit him as he’s only given up 57 hits in 96 innings.  At 6-foot-8 and a tremendous stride to the plate, it’s still going to take ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospect reports

How modern media killed the All-Star Game

Every generation has great players. As for his complaint about the game not being special any more…who cares? I’d much rather watch all the games I can now *every single day* than get all excited about watching one *special* meaningless exhibition game in the middle of the season.

The players are still great even if it’s about as hard as it has ever been to get a hit, so dominant has pitching become. And my generation certainly was spoiled by living during a time when many of the game’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Rob Manfred, Tony Clark discuss CBA matters | MLB.com

In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.

The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

AL wins fourth straight All-Star Game over NL | MLB.com

“It’s baseball; we face All-Stars all the time,” Harris said. “It’s no different. You just want to do your job, and now the game counts for so much. With home-field advantage, there’s a little bit extra on the line which makes it that much more fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Rob Manfred: I have not certainly given up on Oakland.

SAN DIEGO - Commissioner Rob Manfred, insisting he remains a proponent of the A’s staying in Oakland, said Major League Baseball would regret a relocation.
“I am committed to Oakland as a major-league site,” Manfred said Tuesday. “If we were to leave Oakland, I think 10 years from now we would be more likely than not looking backwards saying we made a mistake.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, oakland coliseum

How a young Big Papi beat Griffey, A-Rod in the greatest home run derby you’ve never heard of | ESPN.com

It seems almost inconceivable now, given the risk of injury and the overall unwillingness of most big leaguers to give up a precious day off. Back then, though, two years after a players’ strike wiped out the World Series, in-season barnstorming trips to minor league affiliates weren’t uncommon.



The Mariners, fresh off an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 1995 and contending again in ‘96, were set to play a doubleheader July 30 in Milwaukee. After wrapping up a ...

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MASN Dispute Won’t Be Resolved by MLB Panel

Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.

A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, orioles, tv rights

Bryce Harper Has Lots Of Opinions. And They’re (Almost) All Correct.

The DH

Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.

I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.

I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-12-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 12, 1916:

[Louisville] Colonels and [Minneapolis] Millers each took an end of the double bill on Tuesday. Minneapolis’ win in the second game made it four out of six on the series.
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[Louisville] Manager Bill Clymer objected to Umpire Murray’s decisions behind the bat in the first game, and Murray invited him to stand behind him and watch the throws.

I’d have loved to watch an umpire invite Earl Weaver or Billy Martin to hang out behind the plate.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 12, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Young shortstops, like Diaz, are wave of future in the big leagues | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals seeing Diaz as their future at shortstop is quite a reversal from 12 months ago, when it was possible his time with the team had passed. The Cardinals needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Diaz had idled at Class AA. The club designated him for assignment. Diaz had to pass through waivers, giving 29 teams a chance to claim him. (“Whoops,” said one NL executive earlier this season.) In the months that followed, Diaz went on a tear: He hit better than .300, reached base more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Baseball Remembers How to Score Runs - WSJ

There is some evidence to suggest that after years of being overpowered by dominant pitchers whose fastballs routinely approach triple digits, batters have started to catch up to the heat. Hitters have a .399 slugging percentage against pitches traveling 95 mph and up this season, up from .337 in 2014.

“Guys throw so hard now, you either become accustomed to it or we have to find another line of work,” said Washington Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has already set a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, run scoring

Giancarlo Stanton beats Frazier in All-Star Home Run Derby - Yahoo Sports

He hit a lot of baseball hard and far.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

OMNICHATTER for the 2016 ALL-STAR GAME

From Petco Park in San Diego.. American League (Chris Sale for an inning or two) and National League (Johnny Cueto for an inning or two) face off for home field in the World Series and bragging rights and y’know what how about we just have fun? CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: July 12, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 272 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 11, 2016

New York Tabloid Cover Asks Daniel Murphy to ‘please go away’

The story about the story.

Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.

With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 11, 2016 at 03:52 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, nationals, nl east

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 11, 1916:

CUT BALL IN HALF, IS COLUMBIA’S PLAN

Columbia University wants at least half the baseball that was used in the annual game with Penn on Franklin field this year.

For years the winning team has hung the ball in its trophy room, but this year darkness brought the contest to an end in the 15th inning with the score tied. The Penn team retained possession of the ball despite protests.

Harry Fisher, graduate manager of athletics at Columbia, has written the Penn ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works | FOX Sports

Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?

Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trade rumors

Cards prospect Reyes sizzles in Futures Game | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Since I’m sure they are watching his innings, how long can the Cardinals resist adding him to their bullpen? As Earl Weaver used to say, “The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Zack Greinke may not return right after break | MLB.com

Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is still another day or two away from playing catch, so the D-backs right-hander will likely not be ready to return for the team’s first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Yankees are still afloat — but their litmus test is coming fast | New York Post

As Girardi said before the game: “We’re not in a great position, but if you’re in this position, you want to play games in your division.”

That won’t be a problem for the fourth-place Yankees. Of their remaining 74 games, they will play AL East opponents 49 times — 13 each with the Orioles, Red Sox and Rays and 10 with the Blue Jays. It starts right out of the chute; after the Red Sox (49-38), the Orioles (51-36) come to town for a four-game set.

That might very well expose and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Evolution of MLB Colors Since 1962 – The Hardball Times

In short, we’re witnessing a return to the same theory that guided ’70s major league teams’ color principles. Brighter is better, at least for now. And nostalgia is leading the way. The recent bright shifts by the Brewers, Astros, Blue Jays, Padres and the M’s weekend throwbacks all were preceded by nods to franchise nostalgia. Of course, all those franchises also had sunk toward extended mediocrity and wanted to change their image. Moving forward, that would seem to make the Rockies ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: uniforms

Take 2: Michael Brantley begins second rehab assignment Monday; Cleveland Indians excited | cleveland.com

The Indians and Brantley have been encouraged by his progress since he received a cortisone shot from Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. The biceps tendinitis had slowed Brantley’s return from November surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder to the point where he was placed on the disabled list on May 14 for the second time this season.

“Sometimes you try to say things in a PC way, but we are excited,” said Francona. “When the diagnosis came ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill all business at Futures Game | The Seattle Times

How’s his defense? He misplayed a Bregman single into a triple in the Future’s Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects, tyler o'neil

Mets’ double-play combo of future shines in showcase | New York Post

There is some life in the Mets farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dilson herrera, mets, prospects

Getting Jose Altuve out a daily dilemma for pitchers - Houston Chronicle

He’s a freak.

“The No. 1 thing is you can’t really strike him out, so that eliminates a lot of outs,” Greinke said. “And he can kind of hit anything.

“It’s weird. It’s not like he has some super strength where if you make a mistake he crushes it. It’s just no matter what you do, he’s probably going to bat close to .300. And if you leave it over the middle, it would probably be closer to .350.”

The latter is roughly where Altuve’s batting average will sit entering this week’s All-Star break. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

Futures Game MVP Yoan Moncada leads World win | MLB.com

The World team hadn’t won a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this decade. For most of Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, it appeared it wouldn’t again this year.

The World was down to its last five outs when U.S. shortstop Alex Bregman’s (Astros) error put the tying run on base. Up came second baseman Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), the best prospect in the Futures Game and arguably the best in baseball. When Anthony Banda (D-backs) hung a changeup, Moncada crushed a 406-foot homer into the upper deck in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Ordinance gives Braves development power to set vending areas | News | mdjonline.com

How many politicians are in the Braves pockets?

Another one of Cupid’s concerns was that the ordinance could impact property owners near the stadium and The Battery Atlanta by restricting their ability to allow vendors to set up in their parking lots or other parts of their property.

“That is how I interpreted the code, that any vending of items by those classified as vendors would not be able to within a certain distance” of the stadium, Cupid said. “I just get concerned overall when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

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