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Thursday, May 10, 2018

From Atlanta to Athens, organist Matthew Kaminski keeping baseball’s music tradition alive

When Kaminski decided on a whim to audition for the Braves organist position in 2009, he got the job. Two years later, he was contacted by the Georgia athletic association, which asked Kaminski to play a few games in Athens.

What started as a dozen or so games the first year turned into a seven-year long relationship between Kaminski and the Bulldogs. Whenever the Braves are out of town, or their season has not yet started, Kaminski can be found at Foley Field. The difference in crowd size ...

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Many Twins players embrace extra-innings rules changes, but not what’s happening in the minors

“Doesn’t seem fair,” said Duffey, the Twins righthander who is currently back at Class AAA. “Doesn’t seem like baseball.”

That’s a common complaint as minor league baseball implements the experimental rules, designed to address what some consider a scourge and others view as a blessing: extra innings.

Interesting to see some feedback on the recent changes.


Here are the DII baseball records we think will never be broken

Not a question I had ever considered asking, but some of these are pretty neat. One example:

The final score was 71-1 and that was after only four innings. St. Francis, a dual member of the NAIA and DII baseball, jumped all over Robert Morris, and they did it quickly forcing them to surrender after four innings. Here are just some of the more eye-popping numbers from that game that still stand as single-game records:

  10: Triples in a game
  11: Bases on balls in an inning
  26: Runs in ...

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Rafael Palmeiro Making a Comeback in Pro Baseball in Cleburne

A familiar face is making a comeback in professional baseball in North Texas, with a few grey hairs to show for his time off. Rafael Palmeiro signed on Wednesday with the independent Cleburne Railroaders, who play in the American Association.

Now 53, Palmeiro played 20 years for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, and he won’t be making the trip to Cleburne alone.
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“Wherever you go, I’m gonna go with you because we’re gonna do this together,” said Palmeiro’s older son Patrick.

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Tony Pérez book is first about only Cuban Major Leaguer in National Baseball Hall of Fame

Pérez grew up in the little sugar mill town of Violeta, learning to hit pebbles with a stick, playing his way out of the mill through that narrow window just before the Bay of Pigs (when the window closed permanently). The “140-pound string bean with the fluorescent smile” signed with the Cincinnati Reds. His bonus? A $2.50 visa and a plane ticket to Tampa.

DanG Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, hall of fame, reds, tony perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 10, 1918:

Babe Ruth had on his clouting clothes on Thursday and had one big day at the bat. He poled a triple, three doubles and a single in five times up. He hit in the cleanup position.

Does anybody know anything about this Ruth guy? I guess he’s a pitcher too. He almost sounds like an American Shohei Ohtani.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball Bugs (Bunny) Offers to Help the Birds

Hey @Orioles, just make the call! I’m available, Docs!

NattyBoh Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, bugs bunny, worst team in baseball

Orioles Game of Thrones and the Way Forward

The Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball and it’s clear this team needs to be rebuilt…Looking at this whole situation, it appears the dust is starting to settle, and the winner of this interesting saga looks to be Brady Anderson. Anderson has been quoted as saying he wasn’t seeking out new responsibilities, but if they were to come he would take them on.

NattyBoh Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brady anderson, buck showalter, dan duquette, orioles, peter angelos

Trade to Reds Might Be Worst-Case Scenario for Matt Harvey

The Matt Harvey saga is officially over in New York, but it’s just beginning in a new and unlikely place. On Tuesday evening, the Mets announced they were trading Harvey, who was designated for assignment last Friday, to the Reds in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco. The deal is essentially a swap of broken-down former All-Stars, though for Harvey, the move to Ohio can charitably be described as a worst-case scenario.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

ESPN: Reds acquire Matt Harvey, ship Devin Mesoraco to Mets

The Reds agreed to pay the Mets $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal.

This would have been a blockbuster deal a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, both players are now washed-out, former All-Stars. I realize that the Reds are desperate for starting pitching, but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a ...

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Hochman: Ex-Cardinal Lynn jaded by free-agency experience

“Maybe I’ll just go on and be a hired gun the rest of my career, I don’t really care,” Lynn said in his monotone voice. “If somebody gives me a chance to pitch, I’m going to go do it, I’m not worried about anything else. It’s kind of been who I’ve been my whole life. I’m going to take the ball and I’m going to try to help the team win.

“That’s kind of the unfortunate business part of baseball now. I was here for seven years and there’s no loyalty in the game. So as ...

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Andre Dawson embraces death in new life running funeral home: ‘It’s not for the weak’

The call was urgent, and the emotions raw, when three businessmen pulled into the Little Havana neighborhood in the early afternoon, rang the doorbell, and solemnly walked into the home to get the dead body.

A man directed them to the bedroom where his father had just passed away. He looked up twice and stared intently through his glassy, reddened eyes, as his face contorted in an odd mixture of grief, confusion and thrill.

“The Hawk?’’ he blurted out.

“Yes,’’ Andre Dawson said, ...

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Lineup snafu highlights Mickey Callaway’s inexperience

Is this rock bottom? It can always get worse, I guess.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2018

Beaver [Oklahoma] Herald, May 9, 1918:

Harry Heilman [sic], Tiger outfielder, had an experience recently which will stick with him for a while and which will keep him glued to his seat in the Pullman when traveling about the country…The train hesitated at New London, Conn., and Heilman jumped off to get some sandwiches, running out of the Pullman car without coat and hat. While he was purchasing the grub the whistle blew and off went the rattler minus Heilman.

Harry had the change from a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

James Paxton’s No-Hitter Is a Clear Product of Baseball’s All-or-Nothing Era

The third no-hitter of the 2018 MLB season and the 299th in professional baseball history belongs to James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners. Over nine innings in Toronto, the big Canadian lefty struck out seven Blue Jays and needed just 99 pitches to finish the job, throwing as hard as 100 mph in his final frame. While it wasn’t as dominant an effort as his 16-strikeout outing last week, Paxton’s no-no perhaps best represents this current era of baseball—an all-or-nothing affair in which ...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna charged with assault by Toronto police

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested early Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman, according to Toronto police.

Details of the alleged incident weren’t immediately known.
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The Blue Jays didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.



Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in ‘19

NEW YORK—The most historic rivalry in baseball will break new ground in June 2019, with the Red Sox and Yankees scheduled to meet in London for the first Major League games played in Europe.

The MLB London Series will be played June 29-30, 2019, at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games, marking the first ...

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manchestermets Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: london, overseas series, red sox, yankees

A Corn Island tale: The Royals’ Cheslor Cuthbert had to leave home and learn Spanish before he could make the major leagues

Long, excellent piece by Rustin Dodd in The Athletic.

Cuthbert isn’t the first major leaguer from the English-speaking Caribbean part of Nicaragua, but he’s the first one from Corn Island.

Luis put his son at shortstop because he “liked the spot,” he says. He would not let him pitch because he feared an arm injury. He steered Cheslor away from other sports, such as basketball, because he worried he’d injure his hands. And when his son fell in love with raising chickens on the land near ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cheslor cuthbert, nicaragua, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2018

Bridgeport Times, May 8, 2018:

Hugh Duffy, holder of the batting average ever recorded in either of the major leagues, says that Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hits a ball harder than any other player in fast company. A part of Ruth’s success is due to confidence in himself. He firmly believes that he can hit all kinds of pitching.

Tough to argue with either of them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 08, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 07, 2018


Poll of 70 big leaguers reveals what they value to gauge performance

When you look at your stats at the end of a given year to evaluate yourself, what number do you gravitate toward and why?

We didn’t get any Wins Above Replacement votes (“I still wish I understood WAR,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said.), but we did get a handful of “team wins” votes, which we will strike from the record because they run counter to the emphasis here on the individual.

In some cases, we didn’t get a vote at all.

“I hate ‘em all,” Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson said, ...

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Johnny Cueto won’t have elbow surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks | ESPN

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto does not have a torn ligament in his injured elbow but is expected to miss at least six weeks, according to multiple reports.

Cueto met recently with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who reportedly told the right-hander that surgery was not necessary and recommended that he rest for six to eight weeks.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, james andrews, johnny cueto

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2018

El Paso Herald, May 7, 1918:

Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago American league baseball club, today followed the example of president Wilson in pasturing sheep on the white house lawn, and purchased ten of the animals as assistants to his groundkeeper [sic]. It is expected the sheep will help in keeping the grass short and the example, if generally followed, may help in relieving the wool shortage.

This seems like it would be a great idea until someone makes a diving, sliding catch into ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees’ new Death Star is fully operational | Yahoo Sports

The latest to play hero in The Bronx is none other than new second baseman Gleyber Torres — who for all intents and purposes was the final piece separating the lovable ‘Baby Bombers’ from returning to full on ‘Evil Empire’ status.

Torres became the youngest player in Yankees history to launch a walk-off home run as New York emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Indians for its 15th win in 16 games. It was Torres second homer in as many days.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

OTP 2018 May 7: George F. Will Is the Umpire on Politics and Baseball

I sat down Washington Post columnist and author George F. Will in Austin, Texas, in late March to chat about the current administration and America’s favorite pastime — baseball. We discuss politics in the age of polarization and the future of America.

Baseball is the sport of America’s future, Will argues, as parents stop letting their children play football because of the dangers of lifelong head and body injuries.

 


Jacob deGrom goes on DL with hyperextended elbow

The Mets changed course Sunday and placed staff ace Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow.

DeGrom was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds and is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation next Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Mickey Callaway said the team decided to shut down deGrom as a precautionary measure. On Saturday, the Mets had said deGrom would take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation.

Yeah, sure ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on disabled list

A hellish road trip for the Dodgers turned even darker Sunday morning, when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache, a Dodgers official said.

Terrible season for the defending NL champs gets worse. How much worse remains to be seen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

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