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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Why The Wild Card Game Should Be A Two-Game Series

But adding an extra game would push the World Series to Christmas!

Wha’? A two-game series? Erm…don’t know how to tell you this, Nico, but…um…two is an even number. I know. And the wild card game should, for many reasons at once, be a two-game series. Here’s how I think it should work, and why…

To advance to the ALDS, the 2nd wild card team should have to beat the 1st wild card team twice. That “two chances to win one” backdrop gives the 1st wild card team a significant ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, mariners, royals, wild card, yankees

Pujols teaches Puig lesson with baserunning

Albert Pujols insisted that he was just playing within the confines of the game, because the Angels’ lead was only five and the Dodgers’ high-powered offense would still get to bat a couple more times.

In the process, though, the Angels’ veteran first baseman might have taught the young, eccentric Yasiel Puig a valuable lesson.

That lesson: Never forget about the runner on base, no matter who he is and where he’s stationed.

kthejoker Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, yasiel puig

NY Daily News: Really trying to understand why I was so wrong about NY Mets’ Lucas Duda. What are the challenges of separating reporting from personal feelings?

He made similar comments in many interviews, including one I conducted with him last September. Duda had just hit two homers in a game, and we began with what I thought was a softball to warm him up.

“Lucas, when you first came up, you were open about how hitting in big spots made you nervous. Now that you’ve been in the league a few years, is it easier?”

His answer? Laughter, followed by, “No.”

A moment later, when the camera was off, Duda dropped his head, said, “tough ...

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thetailor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets

Fangraphs: Christian Vazquez is Partially Elite

Vazquez has long had the reputation of being an outstanding defensive catcher with a little bit of offensive upside. He’s always been praised for his skills in the field, so that’s our background: We already had reason to believe in Vazquez’s defense. He’s had only a few blocking opportunities. He’s had only a few throwing opportunities. He’s had more than 1,000 framing opportunities. Though it’s been only a few weeks, all the evidence suggests Vazquez is one of the best receivers ...

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Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays’ road win streak ends in a weird 3-2 loss to A’s

Its a shame about Rays.

“What am I going to say right now?” Balfour asked aloud. “All the things I’m not supposed to say, or the things you want to hear? … What do you want out of me? You want the truth? Or just want hear whatever you (expletive deleted) want to hear?”

Balfour had just blown another game, allowing the winning run on an 0-2 single by Derek Norris with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring former Ray Sam Fuld, who reached on an 0-2 single, with two walks in between.

But ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, grant balfour, rays, safety squeeze

Reds lethargic effort leaves Price perplexed

As Specs Rigveda once said: “Lethargy can prove fatal for baseball life.”

The Reds lost the opener of their four-game, home-and-home series with Cleveland, 7-1, at Progressive Field. How they lost was what had Price incensed as he sat in the manager’s office after the game.

“We’re a .500 team after 112 games; we’re 56-and-56,” said Price. “What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was the fact that we didn’t have our head in the game at all, especially those first five innings.”

In ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 5, 1914:

The British censorship has been extended to the baseball scores sent to London for publication there. The cable officials have been notified that the scores will not be accepted. It is presumed that the military censor believes they might be code messages intended for Germany.

“Tell Kluck and Bülow to turn south when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-6.”

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Collins: Lagares’ defense ranks with the best

Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.

Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.

With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, juan lagares, mets

Monday, August 04, 2014

8-5-2014 OMNICHATTER

TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW!

(Also, Price’s first DET start and a WS rematch in STL)

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:38 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Report: Pirates’ McCutchen expected to go on DL, may miss a month

An oblique for a hand leaves everyone oblique and handless.

The Pirates are expected to place reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list with a severe oblique strain, reports Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He could miss three weeks to a month according to Cook’s source…

The Diamondbacks hit McCutchen with a pitch in his back and near his oblique on Saturday as retaliation for the Pirates accidentally hitting Paul Goldschmidt on Friday. Goldschmidt suffered a broken ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, injuries, pirates

Matt Cain out for season, Giants say

Cain is unAbel.

The Giants right-hander will have bone chips in his right elbow removed next Monday in San Francisco. He is expected to be sidelined for about three months, but should be healthy in time for spring training.

“It’s been frustrating for him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Matt’s been battling this for a while. It’s time. He could keep trying to push it but it’s inevitable, it looks like. Let’s have this done and get him ready for spring training.”

Cain hasn’t pitched since July 9 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, matt cain

What can we expect from Javier Baez?

Cubs recall Baez for Tuesday night’s game in Colorado, where he’ll play second base.  The youth movement is finally arriving.

Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs

Grantland: The Diamondbacks’ Disgrace, or: A List of Things Kirk Gibson Can Kiss

It’s annoying when the Diamondbacks complain about who jumps in their pool or bad-mouth a player who’s on the way out, under the cover of anonymity. They’re going to lose a lot, which matters to me not at all, because I’m one of the fortunate folks whose happiness isn’t based on the Diamondbacks’ success. I can even live with Gibson and Miguel Montero taking the “we’re not happy until you’re not happy” approach after losses, because if the Diamondbacks aren’t going to have ...

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OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Link to July Thread.

Fantasy Premier League. Code for BTF League is 585849-148849.


Aug. 4: Man U vs Liverpool (ICC Final), MLS Homegrown Team vs Timbers U23

Aug. 5: Champ. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champ. League (inc. Montral Impact vs FAS)

Aug. 6: UEFA Champ. League Qual., Nacional vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, Napoli vs Barcelona

Aug. 7: Europa League Qual., CONC. Champ. League

Aug, 8: LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 opener)

Aug. 9: ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM | 429 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Tanaka plays catch, feels good after throwing for first time since injury

Tanaka was sweaty and smiling after 50-pitch game of catch. Told me he felt good and no pain. First of many steps.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014

Manager Joe Girardi will meet with the media at approximately 4 p.m. ET, at which point he will surely discuss Tanaka’s throwing session and the next step in his rehab process.

Tanaka, 25, suffered the ligament tear the week before the All-Star break. He was examined by three doctors and all three agreed the tear was small enough ...

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Cubs call up Javier Baez

“The Cubs are calling up top shortstop prospect Javier Baez, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. He will join the team for their series opener against the Rockies on Tuesday.”

“In 104 Triple-A games this season, Baez is hitting .260/.323/.510 with 24 doubles and 23 homeruns. He hit .229/.285/.424 with 11 homers and a 33.7 percent strikeout rate in his first 66 games of the year, but has put up a .315/.384/.657 batting line with 12 homers and a 23.8 percent strikeout in 38 games since. ...

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SouthSideRyan Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

This MLB hate map confirms everyone detests the Yankees

George Steinbrenner’s American Shiit Building Company is now a world wide success!

Hate maps are back folks, this time with the much-anticipated MLB edition. Unlike the regional wars that fuel the NFL there’s a pretty clear delineation here: Almost everyone hates the Yankees.

Florida hates the Red Sox: This is wonderful because you can guarantee this is purely based on New York retirees heading to the Sunshine State.
Arkansas has strong feelings about the Cubs: Honestly, it’s just nice to see ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Kapler: In Rays We Trust

Mike Francesa hasn’t heard of Warren Buffett either.

The perception that the Rays received a paltry haul is based on the precedent set by the 2012 deal in which they acquired Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard from the Royals. We are now two years down the road, and prospects are overvalued by the industry.

My grandfather remembers when he could buy a bottle of Pepsi for a nickel. He’s still pissed off about the price hike. Regardless of how he feels about it, when ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, rays, trade deadline, trade value

OMNICHATTER 8-4-2014

Monday and the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Trainer Says Yankees Left Dominican Prospect At The Altar

Its “Adam and EVE” not “Adam and Christopher”!

The Yankees backed out of a seven-figure signing agreement with a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to the player’s trainer, but the team says there was never a deal in place.

Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, according to his trainer Orlando Mazara, reached an oral agreement in October 2013 to sign with the Yankees for a $2.1 million bonus, with the understanding that Torres would officially sign when he became eligible on July ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dominican, prospect, scouting, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2014

Logan [Utah] Republican, August 4, 1914:

We hereby issue a challenge to the Mendon baseball team to play a game of baseball on the B.Y. campus at once, the sooner the better, for $100 a side and winner to take all gate receipts.

We have understood that the Mendon team is crowing that it can defeat the team compused of the Kidmans’ [sic] of the valley. Now put up or shut up as the Kidman boys are ready.

LYMAN KIDMAN,
Manager Kidman Team

I really like the idea of family-only ballclubs roaming ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs announce ‘Hipster Night’ at Wrigley Field – The Heckler

Let’s hope this never becomes an official event, especially when I visit next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, funny

The utility guy the Yankees actually wanted at the deadline | New York Post

Before acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Yankees inquired about the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.
Nevertheless, when Seattle asked for minor league right-hander Bryan Mitchell, the discussions essentially ended because the Yankees view the 23-year-old right-hander as a rotation candidate either this year or next.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Braves swept by lowly Padres for their sixth loss in a row; now trail in division by 3.5 games

SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman ...

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Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, padres

DallasNews: Time and Money (4-part series on youth select sports)

The Industry, first in a four part series

At the final tournament of the season, with the finish line in sight, the couple counted up how many games their sons had played — and they had attended — since the seasons started in the spring. The total: 167, five games more than a major league team’s calendar.

More doesn’t necessarily mean better, though. With the increased intensity comes a price — often in time and money, or in some cases, the child’s interest in the sport or even ...

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Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 03, 2014 at 02:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, money, youth sports

Pouliot: Just Fire Kirk Gibson Already

On Saturday, the Diamondbacks flat-out embarrassed themselves. Because of their mentality, it was a given that they’d seek revenge after Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game. There was nothing intentional about that pitch, something Goldschmidt himself acknowledged. But the Diamondbacks were going to drill Andrew McCutchen last night regardless.

No, what was pathetic about the whole incident was that the Diamondbacks did nothing the ...

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Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong

A BTF favorite is back… and he’s ready to take your money.

“I became addicted to money,” he conceded. “Money was my drug, and a few other ones, too. But whatever. This is a pretty entertaining interview, isn’t it?”

Guapo Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:53 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, finances, grit, idiocy, lenny dykstra, mets, phillies, prison

Livingston: Jim Thome is Cleveland Indians’ HR leader, but statue should have been Omar Vizquel

Updating the Lord Livingston calendar…

Thome played for six teams and spent nine seasons elsewhere, despite saying, before he left Cleveland the first time, “They’ll have to tear the uniform off my back,” although really all the Phillies had to do was dangle a massive contract while the players union squeezed, and off popped the uniform, neatly enough.

A lot of Indians from the 1990s, led by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, chased the last dollar without saying their laundry would have to be ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

MLB.com writers share favorite baseball books « Baseball Books

Although I have read and enjoyed most of the books listed, my favorite was Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: books

OMNICHATTER 8-3-2014

SUNDAY OMNICHATTER.

ESPN GAME OF WEEK: Yankees vs. Red Sox. Shocker.

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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