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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Votto joins Bench in record books with 3 homers | reds.com

Joey Votto on Tuesday night etched his name on a Reds list that only Johnny Bench is also on.

Votto knocked three home runs against the Phillies to lead Cincinnati to an 11-2 victory and secure the three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The three-homer game was Votto’s third of his career and catapulted him into the record books as one of only two Reds to ever have three career three-home run games—with the other being Bench.
“It’s very cliche to say it, but any time you’re alongside a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Updated Giants notes: DL is a strong possibility for Hunter Pence, Blanco scratched, setting the schedule for Cain and Peavy, SF’s draft list includes a familiar name - Giants Extra

Hunter Pence wasn’t sure if he’d need to go back on the disabled list. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is willing to wait a day.

This much is clear: Pence’s left wrist remained too sore to return to the Giants lineup Tuesday night as the club opens a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Pence felt more discomfort in his wrist when he tried to swing off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice.

As Pence himself noted, Tuesday would be the seventh day he hasn’t played. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Mets turned biggest strength into a mess that’s not going away | New York Post

Is it the Mets or the sportswriters turning this into a mess?

The arrangement already has infuriated Gee, who has felt yo-yoed. The Mets have tried to trade him since the beginning of last offseason and may have been able to swap him to the Dodgers for Juan Uribe (before Uribe was moved to the Braves). But at the time the Mets did not think David Wright’s absence was going to be extended much further and were comfortable with the pre-DL Daniel Murphy playing third.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


All Star Ballot Update: Royals taking over the world

We have yet another in a seemingly infinite loop of All-Star balloting updates, and it appears the Kansas City Royals fans aren’t losing steam. In fact, they are gaining it. Seven of the nine starting spots in balloting currently belong to Royals with Omar Infante real close to Jose Altuve at second base. Not only that, but Alex Rios is fourth in AL outfielders—though it does seem a total longshot to get him past Mike Trout.

Still, it’s something to behold. Check out these Royals.

I have no ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 10, 2015 at 01:14 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: as game, ballot stuffing, lulz, royals

6-10-15 OMNICHATTER

Galaxy News OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 10, 2015 at 12:07 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

ESPN: Starks: It’s time to trade draft picks in MLB

In those other sports, it’s part of life, part of the intrigue, part of the drama of draft day. Who’s trading up? Who’s trading down? Who’s scheming? Who’s listening?
In those other sports, the trading of draft picks is a given. Taken for granted. Buzzed about for weeks. An indispensable part of the fun.
And in baseball? Still stuck in a 50-year-old time warp. Still banning something that would increase interest in the draft by about a billion times. Trade your first-round pick? Still ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: stuck-in-a-time-warp, trades

Simon: Q&A with Max Scherzer

But does having eyes of different colors remain a market inefficiency?

Simon: “Two things have become much more popular lately: pitch framing and defensive shifts. What are your approaches with regard to each of those?”

Scherzer: “Framing is there. Certain catchers get more calls than others, but the pitcher has to put the ball in the right spot to let the catcher do that. It’s more parts catcher, but there is a pitcher part to that, especially if you want to work the outside edges and down and ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, max scherzer, nationals, pitch framing, sabermetrics

Lauber: Xander Bogaerts blossoming into a star | Boston Herald

Since reintroducing an old toe tap at the plate, Bogaerts has looked like a different hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-9-2015

Harrisburg Telegraph, June 9, 1915:

Christy Mathewson will be out of baseball for several weeks, it was said yesterday, after the pitching star of the New York Nationals had undergone a rigid examination by a nerve specialist.

Suffering from a nervous disorder of the left shoulder, Mathewson has been unable to take his regular turn in pitching for some time…He had been unable to sleep more than three hours a night, he said, because of the pain. The disorder extended to the right shoulder ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 09, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history

No more anticipation, Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa delivers in debut - SweetSpot - ESPN

The Correa era begins in Houston.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

2015 Draft: Best Available For Day Two - BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s best available for day two.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tulo, CarGo leading Rockies’ resurgence | MLB.com

Much to my disappointment, I was just too tired to make it through the second round. Still some good players available for day two.

The top 10 players, according to the MLB.com rankings, still on the board, are:
23. Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville HS (Tenn.)
28. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke
31. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)
33. Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (Ga.)
39. Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Acadamy (Fla.)
41. Jalen Miller, SS, Riverwood International Charter School (Ga.)
45. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Chris Sale strikes out 14 Astros in White Sox’ 3-1 victory

Chris Sale was dominant last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

OMNICHATTER 6-9-2015

OMNICHATTER Tactics

Gamingboy Posted: June 09, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 08, 2015

Baseball’ Flawed Genius Reviewed

Simon says You Can Call Me… Billy

The meat of the book is Martin’s stormy managerial career. Martin was clearly a managerial descendant of Casey Stengel, there’s a little Chuck Dressen influence there, too. At least that’s what Martin said at some point. You could make a peak argument for Martin being one of the best, if not the best managers of all time.

fra paolo Posted: June 08, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

SB Nation: Newspaper celebrates MLB’s first amphibious pitcher

One if [he pitches] by land, two if by sea…

Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can’t be too busy to fact-check things like “the word for someone who can use both hands equally well.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, newspapers, oakland a's, pat venditte

Vin Scully’s all-time NL team

He says he didn’t consult any record books, and apparently he restricted it to players he personally saw.  He also excluded Dodgers.

1B • Stan Musial
2B • Joe Morgan
SS • Ernie Banks
3B • Mike Schmidt
OF • Aaron, Mays, Robinson, Clemente
C • Johnny Bench
SP • Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux.
RP • Bruce Sutter, Hoyt Wilhelm

Perry Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:50 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, vin scully

2015 MLB Draft News | MLB.com

If you can’t watch the draft on the MLB Network, you can watch it online at MLB.com.

Watch LIVE: Coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET, Round 1 at 7 p.m.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 05:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Bud Selig hires agent to sell book rights

Recently retired Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has hired Sandy Montag of IMG as his agent to represent him in selling the rights to a book about his life and baseball.

No matter how bland and whitewashing the end result turns out, it will never be able to match the FIFA movie.

Swedish Chef Posted: June 08, 2015 at 03:11 PM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: books, selig

OMNICHATTER 6-8-15

Super Mutant OMNICHATTER


(Also, the draft starts tonight)

Gamingboy Posted: June 08, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

2015 Amateur Draft Omnichatter

Draft!  Get your draft chatter here!

Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 190 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Draft Evolves, Grows In Spite Of Little Fanfare - BaseballAmerica.com

A great look at the history of the draft by Allan Simpson.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

On eve of draft, Astros say they’ve moved on from Brady Aiken debacle - Ultimate Astros

A review of the Brady Aiken/Astros issues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, astros

Red Sox stun A’s with 7-run 8th to cap sweep | redsox.com

This was a good win for the Red Sox. It’s good to see some life for the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1915:

Marty Kavanaugh [sic] has a way all his own of catching thrown balls. He brings his hands together like a pair of cymbals, but as the ball stays within the peculiarity of his technic is of trifling consequence.

If I’ve learned anything at all from Eric B. and Rakim, it’s that you shouldn’t sweat the technique.

Kavanagh played first base in 1915, but most of the rest of his career at second. I hope he didn’t do the cymbal thing while he was trying to pivot on a ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 08, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, marty kavanagh

Rays feel no extra pressure with higher-than-usual draft pick | Tampa Bay Times

The pressure comes AFTER the draft, if the players you picked don’t produce.

“I’ve never felt pressure in this job in that regard. If you start looking at it in that regard, you start making decisions for the wrong reasons. And we’ve never done that here in the 10 years I’ve been in this position with this group.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Angels, scouts rave about suddenly ‘great’ Yankees | New York Post

The whole league is a jumble this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, yankees

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