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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bryce Harper plans to use Playstation as part of his thumb rehab

Harper has a legitimate medical reason for including Playstation as part of his rehab. Presumably, using his left thumb to aim firearms, operate motor vehicles, and shimmy past linebackers will strengthen it after a dormant period following the surgery.

If this is a thing, then I feel like the new Mario Kart has me in the best shape of my career.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 08, 2014 at 03:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, frat boy logic, gaming, nats

OMNICHATTER 6-8-2014

Sunday Omnichatter!

Gamingboy Posted: June 08, 2014 at 12:34 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, June 07, 2014

ESPN: Pete Rose to manage for 1 day

Pete Rose is back in professional baseball—for one game anyway. Rose, who still is serving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, will return to the dugout to manage the independent league Bridgeport Bluefish for one day. The Bluefish, who play in the Atlantic League, announced Saturday that Rose will serve as their manager on June 16 against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

the line just changed

Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard referred to Rose’s one-game managerial return as “one of the ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 07, 2014 at 09:49 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, pete rose

Kendrys Morales agrees with Twins

They agree that the draft compensation rules are annoying.

Morales’ deal is less than “but in the ballpark” of the $10 million contract that Stephen Drew signed with the Boston Red Sox in May, the source said.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 07, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Paul Lo Duca on Mets catchers: I can hit better lefty than those ‘schmucks’

Lo Duca-Durabol strikes again!

“I could hit better left-handed than the schmucks they’ve got there now,” said the righty-swinging Lo Duca, who is also a horse racing analyst and was booked on the show to preview the Belmont Stakes.

D’Arnaud, a top prospect acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal, is hitting .184 and Recker is right on the Mendoza Line at .200. That does make Lo Duca’s two years at Shea — he hit .318 in 2006 and .272 in 2007 – look Ruth-ian.

But Lo Duca, who was named ...

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Repoz Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bump: The time Bill Clinton made the New York Yankees a front in the war on drugs

Drugging: How Each of Us Can Change the Baseball World.

In 1995, the New York Yankees owner decided to sign Darryl Strawberry to a short-term contract, despite Strawberry’s suspension for testing positive for cocaine a few months earlier. Then the Bill Clinton White House got involved.

In the latest of the ongoing release of previously classified documents from the Clinton Presidential Library is a memo sent from then-chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel covering a number of important topics: ...

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Repoz Posted: June 07, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Stereogum: Merge Records Took Over Last Night’s Durham Bulls Game

Mikie Mahtook having Superchunk’s “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” (spelled as Mitoo. oof!) as his walk-up song might be the greatest thing ever.

The indie giant Merge Records is a hometown institution in Durham, North Carolina, and it’s maintained ties with another hometown institution: The Durham Bulls, the local Triple-A baseball team. When SPIN’s David Bevan wrote his great profile of the label last year, much of it took place at a Merge-themed night at the local stadium. And last night, as ...

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Repoz Posted: June 07, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: music

OMNICHATTER 6-7-2014

The Day-3-of-the-draft OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 07, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, June 06, 2014

ESPN: O’s Johan Santana has torn Achilles

Johan Santana’s comeback bid with the Baltimore Orioles ended Friday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner tore his Achilles tendon.
The injury occurred in Florida while Santana was pitching in extended spring training. He was struck by a line drive before stumbling in pursuit of the ball.
“The tendon is severed, and it will in effect end his season,” Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “I know the rehab is significant for these tendon injuries. We’ll have to get ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: santana

Daugherty: How healthy is healthy enough for Joey Votto?

Is there a Doc Daugherty in the house? (readies Ewald tube)

We only know what we see. Here’s what I see:

Mike Leake, making a third consecutive start Thursday, with a stiff neck he incurred last Sunday night against St. Louis. Getting knocked around, not using the neck as an excuse. “Hopefully, that tightness will just go away,’’ Leake offered.

“He competed his tail off,’’ Price noted.

I see Jay Bruce, playing 18 days after minor knee surgery. Not tearing it up, but doing what he can. ...

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Repoz Posted: June 06, 2014 at 06:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Twice Rejected, Third Time Was the Charm in Painful Road to MLB Draftee

Everyone on the team expected me to go pro. In fact, they wanted to me to. I was obsessed with the draft to the point my teammates couldn’t associate with me after my starts. It got so bad that a teammate called my apartment answering machine in a fake voice and left a message: “Hello Dirk, this is Harry Rosinbag with the Kansas City Royals. I was just calling to talk to you about our interest in you for this year’s draft. We’re thinking of taking you in the first round and wanted to ...

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if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: June 06, 2014 at 10:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hayhurst

Deadspin: Mark Teixeira’s Fake Talk Show Is Actually Pretty Funny

I had no idea that Mark Teixeira has a fake talk show, which comes off as some kind of cross between Between Two Ferns and The Chris Farley Show, and I am upset about that because Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira is pretty funny. This is a surprising development, as I always just assumed that Mark Teixeira had the personality of a lukewarm glass of milk.


OMNICHATTER 9-6-2014

Day 2 of the Draft OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

How the cards unfolded: Analyzing Draft’s first-day surprises | MLB.com

JIm Callis talks about some first round surprises.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Strange but - True!: Sabermetrics

Strange but - True!: Can’t see the Rendlesham Forest for the trees!

Q. Baseball fans, are you a sabermetrician? Have you got a taste for the alphabet soup of statistics being served up in baseball these days?

A. Historically, the holy trinity of baseball stats has been AVG (batting average), HR (home runs) and RBI (runs batted in), says Steve Mirsky in “Scientific American” magazine. Now we also have “sabermetrics,” a term from legendary stat man Bill James, combining “metrics” with an ...

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Repoz Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 6, 1914:

For assaulting Umpire Knapp at the conclusion of the Dubuque-Davenport game with a chair yesterday, badly bruising his head and narrowly missing his eye, Carl Grabow, 25, a painter, was yesterday fined $25 and costs by Judge Buckley, and warned that a repetition would send him before the grand jury on a felony charge. Knapp had made bad guesses in decisions.

Bad decisions were running rampant in Dubuque in early June 1914, it seems.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Angell: Don Zimmer, 1931-2014

Our universal affection for Zim is complicated, beginning as it does with our childlike joy in his bald cannonball head and stumpy bod and jack-o’-lantern grin, but encompassing as well, I think, a deep trust in and respect for his decades of exemplary competitive service, without stardom or contemporary distraction. He was a baseball figure from an earlier time: enchantingly familiar, tough and enduring, stuffed with plays and at-bats and statistics and anecdotes and wisdom accrued from tens ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: June 06, 2014 at 01:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, don zimmer, obituary, roger angell

Thursday, June 05, 2014

If teams were comprised of only players they drafted

fun project by one of the authors at brewcrewball.  thought folks might be interested.  if you are just going to nitpick how the lists were constructed go (anatomically impossible act).

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 05, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, mlb, scouting

1st Picks Overall in the MLB June Amateur Draft - Baseball-Reference.com

Want to check out the draft in just about any way possible? Click the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

2013 Draft Retrospective: One year gone | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

MiLB’s rundown of last year’s first round.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, prospects

Bill James Mailbox

Regarding Tangotiger`s question about fielding luck, I have heard many times that a defence plays well if the pitcher is pitching quickly. So, could Verlander, (and others) be “creating” fielding luck by pitching quickly?

Yeah, well. . .I’d be surprised if you could prove that either true or false. All policemen know that crimes increase during a full moon, only it isn’t true.

HeyBill, in looking back at the 70’s 20-game winners, I wondered if the managers back then weren’t more sympathetic ...

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Repoz Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

McCoy: Jay Bruce: 500 RBI and counting

Exactly, counting.

Jay Bruce sat on 499 career runs batted in for a long time — and he sat on it and sat on it and sat on it.

He had 499 when he went on the disabled list on May 6. He returned to the lineup on May 23. He played eight games, had 34 at-bats, before he drove in No. 500. That came in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night and then he later drove in No. 501.

BRUCE IS ONLY the fifth member of the Cincinnati Reds to reach 500 RBIs at the age of 26, ...

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Repoz Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Anatomy of a start: Jake Peavy dissects his last outing against the Braves

Inside the head of a veteran thinking man’s pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jake peavy, pitching, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 5, 1914:

Bob Long, former California State league pitcher, struck out all 27 of the men who faced him in a semi-pro game at Cincinnati—the remarkable part of it being that no one signed him the next day.

I don’t really care where you do it, when you do it, or who the opposition is. A perfect game with 27 strikeouts is mind-blowing.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATER 6-5-2014

The Don Zimmer Memorial OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

The Economist: A singularly team-friendly deal

The magazine’s sports blog argues that human-capital contracts are the solution to the imbalance in bargaining leverage demonstrated by Jon Singleton’s team-friendly deal.

If players like Mr Singleton are willing to offer such generous deals to their employers to lock in a few million, presumably they would give outside investors similarly advantageous terms. With today’s low interest rates, a well-heeled speculator could surely have achieved an expected return far above the market average ...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Grantland: Keri: Did the Pittsburgh Pirates Penny-Pinch Their Way Back Into Irrelevance?

Though it’s still (relatively) early, the Pirates don’t seem to be headed in that direction. Even after winning three in a row, the Bucs remain two games under .500 and 6½ games behind the first-place Brewers, and they have the fourth-worst run differential in the National League. For that, they can thank some lousy evaluation of both the free-agent market and their own talent, specifically in the starting rotation. They can lament a couple of unlucky breaks. And, after two decades of ...

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bobm Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

NY Post: Sherman: Mets must seize unexpected opportunity and spend

There are four months of the season left, so maybe the Nationals get their act right. Maybe. Perhaps the Braves’ power bats overcome all. Perhaps. But there is opportunity here for Alderson and the Mets. If the Marlins are trying to get their team better, Alderson should be proactive as well. Ownership needs to stop talking about the money it is willing to spend and open wallets.
Does the front office, for example, think there is still a star player inside Matt Kemp as long as he is liberated ...

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bobm Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:43 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: meaningful games in september, mets

Baseball icon Don Zimmer dies at 83 | MLB.com

A unique baseball personality passes. The world is not the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:35 PM | 220 comment(s)
  Beats: don zimmer, obituaries

WaPo (Chris Needham): When Ryan Zimmerman was baseball’s best third baseman

Original Nats blogger (and BBTF’s own) Chris Needham guests at the Washington Post with a requiem for Ryan Zimmerman’s defensive glory days:

Once, Ryan Zimmerman was among the very best to ever play third. Tuesday night, he’s a left fielder, a position so unimportant defensively, the Nats buried oafs such as Adam Dunn, Wily Mo Pena and Michael Morse out there. [...]

From about 2006 through 2009, there was not a better defensive third baseman in the league. (Not even you, Scott Rolen.) And ...

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Depressoteric Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: washington nationals

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