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Monday, April 30, 2018

OTP 2018 Apr 30: Republicans in Congress return to baseball field nearly a year after gunman opened fire

As a light rain trickled down Wednesday, Republican members of Congress returned to a baseball field where a gunman critically wounded teammate Rep. Steve Scalise and shattered their sense of security nearly a year ago.

“Today is an emotional day,’’ said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, manager of the Republican congressional baseball team. “But it’s also a rebirth, a renewal. I’m proud of the team.’‘

On June 14, Republican lawmakers practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats ...

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Joe Kelly Roams Stands During Game

Friday night, the second game of his suspsension, the pitcher had tickets for Green Monster seats but couldn’t sit still, venturing to three different spots in Fenway Park, including the bleachers. Sunday he took it to another level.

“I was in the suite and we weren’t getting any runs and we were losing so I moved and went out to the bleachers. We got a couple of runs,” Kelly said. “I moved to another location and that didn’t work, so I moved to the Sam Adams Party Deck and we ended up ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 29, 2018 at 07:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, red sox

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Panda pitching alert! Sandoval fires perfect 9th

Sandoval, a third baseman, pitched a perfect ninth inning, inducing ground balls from Max Muncy to second base, Yasmani Grandal to third base and Chris Taylor to shortstop. Sandoval’s four-seam fastball hit 88 mph, per Statcast™. He also threw five curveballs (ranging from 68.9 mph to 71.6 mph). He got one swinging strike in his appearance, coming on a curveball to Taylor on an 0-1 count.

The Dodgers got shutdown by Pablo Sandoval. At least they still won the game.


As Rays beat Red Sox, a new debate about Blake Snell — is he an ace?

Snell continued his impressive start to this season, and extended his late 2017 turnaround, with another impressive outing in a tough test, beating the baseball-best Red Sox on a cold Friday night at Fenway Park.

“He certainly looked the part tonight, looked the part of that No. 1, elite, whatever you want to call it,’’ manager Kevin Cash said, stopping just short of the a-word. “He did his job.’‘’

And a bunch of other Rays did theirs, as the 4-3 win over Boston was their seventh straight, ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays

Twins lose to Reds and are desperately looking for cures

Not even a month of baseball has been played and the Twins already have used 17 pitchers, including outfielder Ryan LaMarre. And a loss like Friday’s, a four-hour 15-9 bludgeoning to the Reds at Target Field, could lead to more changes.

Molitor’s office was closed longer than usual while the Twins discussed changes to the pitching staff. They designated righthander David Hale for assignment and will call up a replacement Saturday.

“We’re looking at a lot of options about what we can do,” ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2018 at 11:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, twins

Cubs Activate Ben Zobrist, Option David Bote; Bryant Back In Lineup

Ben Zobrist has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will bat seventh today against the Brewers, Bruce Levine of 760thescore.com reports. Kris Bryant will also make his return to the lineup after sitting out for a few days following a hit-by-pitch injury.

The gang’s all back together for the weekend.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2018 at 11:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, kris bryant


Friday, April 27, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2018

Topeka State Journal, April 27, 1918:

Here’s one of the freaks of baseball—an ambidextrous hurler. Al Heine, pitcher for Purdue, doesn’t have to depend entirely on his right or his left paw for effectiveness against batters.

Proto-Venditte.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 27, 2018 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

ESPN: From here to the Hall: Predicting 40 active players who will wind up in Cooperstown

Andrelton Simmons

Hey, when Omar Vizquel gets elected in a few years, that will open the door for Simmons.

DanG Posted: April 27, 2018 at 07:52 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jung Ho Kang Receives Visa, Set To Rejoin Pirates

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has received a work visa and is expected to resume his career with the team, according to a report from Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Kang had not been able to secure a visa for quite some time after being convicted of a DUI in his native South
Korea.

For the time being, Kang will remain on the restricted list as he works his way toward MLB readiness with in extended Spring Training at the Pirates’ complex in Bradenton, Fla. There’s no indication from the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 26, 2018 at 05:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pirates, stealing our jobs

Ronald Acuna hits first homer | MLB.com

He showed off his power. Two ABs later he showed off his wheels beating out an infield hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Tampa Bay Rays promote LHP Jonny Venters

The greatest story of perseverance in baseball history has added another chapter.

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham.

Jonny Venters last pitched in a major league game on October 5th, 2012 while he was still a member of the Atlanta Braves.

 

JJ1986 Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: tampa bay rays, tommy john surgery

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames goes on DL with torn thumb ligament

Thames was injured Tuesday night in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ game against Kansas City, when he dived to his right to snag a grounder from Mike Moustakas, flipping to reliever Dan Jennings covering the bag for the out. Thames jammed his glove hand hard into the ground making the play and exited the game after that inning.

Before the season, they seemed to have a logjam of capable position players.  That logjam is now defunct, with the primary playing time beneficiaries likely to be ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers

The Greatest Season That Never Was

A man is granted three wishes, but there’s a catch: He has to use them to create the perfect baseball player. It almost worked.

gehrig97 Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinnati reds, eric davis, rickey henderson, willie mays


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2018

New York Tribune, April 26, 1918:

A decision as to whether Christopher Mathewson will be released from the management of the Cincinnati National League club in order to go to France to promote baseball among the American troops may be reached at a conference in Pittsburgh to-day between Mathewson and August Herrmann, president of the Cincinnati club.
...
In the event that Matty goes to France it is said that Hal Chase will manage the Reds during the absence of the old master.

Avoid France, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Today’s Phillies-Diamondbacks game available only on Facebook

The league’s first Facebook game, a rain-delayed April 4th matchup between the Phillies and the New York Mets, earned mixed reviews from viewers and sports media observers due to the interface’s laughably-large graphics, a comments bar that often obscured the action on the field and issues relating to the livestream.

But MLB has been tinkering with its Facebook broadcast in recent weeks, reducing the size of the score bug and shifting it to the right side of the screen, which has improved ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2018

Albuquerque Morning Journal, April 25, 1918:

Just fifty years ago they had a great ball club in Cincinnati. It was the Cincinnati Reds and the roster included the great players of the late sixties.

Forty-nine years ago this club went through an entire season without meeting defeat. During the season they won eighty-one games.

In memory of this great team of half a century ago Cincinnati is going to unfurl a baseball flag this year, a flag which was presented to those Reds of 1868 and which has ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kyle Schwarber hits 2 homers in Cubs’ win

He’s been crushing it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:19 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Ronald Acuna being called up by Braves | MLB.com

The Acuna Era will begin in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Raissman: Mike Francesa returning to WFAN in the 3 pm - 7 pm time slot, sources tell News

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment.

Unless there is a last-minute snag in the negotiations, Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa will soon return to WFAN, the Daily News has learned.

Francesa will be back in the 3 p.m.-7 p.m. slot, according to well-embedded Hudson Street (FAN Headquarters) rats. The sources said the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. slot will be divided between Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, currently FAN’s 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. team, and CMB, aka Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, who ...

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Stormy JE Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, mike francesa, radio, wfan

The unwritten rules of using a position player to pitch ... when you’re winning big

The last time a position player entered as a reliever when his team was well ahead — at least, as far as I can tell, no refunds — was October 3, 1920. With the St. Louis Browns leading the Chicago White Sox, 16-7, the Browns sent George Sisler in to pitch. The Hall of Famer, who hit .340 for his career, was apparently keen on giving the crowd at Sportsman’s Park a laugh on the last day of the season, and I would guess the White Sox were fine with it. Sisler had just set the all-time ...

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Bored Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: george sisler, unwritten rules

Pujols’ Age Revisted

An old subject with a little bit of new information.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, pujols, scouting

Brandon Belt sets MLB record, sees 21 pitches in AB before lining out

The sequence was Foul-Ball-Swinging Strike-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Lineout.

There were also 4 pickoff throws to first during the plate appearance.

Nasty Nate Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon belt

VIDEO: Rockies Announcers Sound Like Complete Idiots Talking About Javier Baez

The Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 9-7 to win the weekend series on the road and it was quite an interesting finale on Sunday afternoon. Several weird events transpired, including Javier Baez trying to block DJ LeMahieu’s view at second base that drew the ire of the Rockies broadcast team.

Javy is fun.

Meatwad Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:28 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javy baez, rockies, sign stealing

Long-Term Battery Combiniations

As of the end of the 2017 season 132 battery combinations had logged at least 3000 outs (1000 innings) since the establishment of the modern pitching distance of 60 feet 6 inches…...

Nine pitchers are listed twice:
Steve Carlton (Bob Boone, Tim McCarver), Hooks Dauss (Oscar Stanage, Johnny Bassler), Whitey Ford (Yogi Berra, Elston Howard), Bob Gibson (Tim McCarver, Ted Simmons), Carl Hubbell (Gus Mancuso, Harry Danning – whose careers were nearly coincident), Walter Johnson (Eddie Ainsmith, ...

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KJOK Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history


It’s quittin time - the tale of an umpire

I have no idea the quality of the data but it’s interesting. I think it common knowledge that zones expand when the result of the game is no longer in question. This is deeper.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game times, tto, umpires

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