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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nationals acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A’s to bolster bullpen

The Washington Nationals moved aggressively Sunday to patch the glaring hole in their otherwise dominant ball club, acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics for their opening-day closer, Blake Treinen, and two high selections from their 2016 draft class.

It’s a significant jolt for the beleaguered Nationals bullpen and it comes a full two weeks before baseball’s non-waivers July 31 trade deadline. It certainly came plenty late for both Nationals manager ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, nationals, ryan madson, sean doolittle

Todd Frazier a good trade fit for Red Sox | MLB.com

What would he cost? That’s the question.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, todd frazier, white sox

Inside Baseball NL Notes | Nationls Call On Orioles Britton

Missed this the other day. Here’s the AL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Why these Dodgers might be the closest thing to a great team

Boston Globe Sunday Baseball Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, notes

Reds’ Zack Cozart meets donkey before game | MLB.com

When Cozart met Amos, it was love at first sight.

“I’m way more excited after seeing ol’ Amos over there,” Cozart said. “He’ll live to be 25-30 years old. This is a lifetime companion here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, zack cozart

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bellinger is 1st Dodgers rookie to hit for cycle

Yeah, I realize that cycles are kind of silly. If he was at Dodger Stadium, the double would have been a home run, making it a better game while not being a cycle, but it’s kind of cool. Dodgers are now 28-4 in their last 32 games.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 15, 2017 at 11:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Lugo’s arm, bat help Mets handle Rockies again

NEW YORK—The Mets understand the depth of the hole they dug themselves into with a first half fractured by injuries and poor play, so much so that general manager Sandy Alderson all but guaranteed the team would be sellers by month’s end, barring the improbable.

And yet the second-half version of the Mets has looked like anything but sellers after steamrolling through their first two second-half games, putting up Coors Field numbers on the Rockies in Queens again in a 9-3 win at Citi Field on ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 15, 2017 at 10:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets, rockies, seth lugo



MLB Has a Long But Little-Known History of Rebels, Reformers, and Radicals

From his legal training, Ward recognized baseball contracts’ unfairness. In 1885, he organized the Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players, the first labor union in American sports. Two years later, he published “Is the Base-Ball Player a Chattel?” accusing team owners of “wage slavery.”

Baseball magnates colluded with each other, primarily through the reserve clause, which bound players to their teams but allowed owners to release them without pay. Even after profits tripled in ...

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Friday, July 14, 2017


Gwinnett Braves Announce Finalists for Team Renaming Constest

“The final six options are the Gwinnett Buttons, the Gwinnett Big Mouths, the Gwinnett Gobblers, Gwinnett Hush Puppies, Gwinnett Lambchops and the Gwinnett Sweet Teas.”

Those are some truly lousy choices for team name, save one.
There is only one real choice here: “Gwinnett Buttons”.
The name would honor Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, and county namesake, Button Gwinnett.

And it won’t sound so strange when Lin-Manuel Miranda & Stephen Colbert bring their hit, one-song ...

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Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gwinnett, minor leagues

The Marlins are completely weird, but one day they’ll be a baseball powerhouse

The Marlins won, and they said “nope.” Then they won again, and they said, “Eh.” They got a brand new stadium, and they pretended like they weren’t going to say “nope” again, but then they said “NOPE,” all-caps. Those decisions might have made sense to the people making them at the time, but they led to some pretty thick scar tissue for anyone interested in Miami baseball.

That will change. New owners are coming in, with Derek Jeter fighting against Jeb Bush, unless they’re ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Michael Pineda has torn elbow, seems headed for Tommy John

Michael Pineda has been recommended for Tommy John surgery, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

Pineda has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will receive a second opinion, but surgery — which would keep him sidelined possibly until 2019 — is likely. Pineda will become a free agent after this season, meaning his stint in pinstripes is likely over.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 12:19 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, tommy john surgery, yankees

Red Sox Designate Pablo Sandoval For Assignment

The Red Sox announced that they have activated struggling third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list and designated him for assignment. Sandoval is midway through the third season of a five-year, $95MM contract.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2017

Chicago Eagle, July 14, 1917:

...the magnitude of the sugar industry in the continent south of us, resulting from the demand growing out of the war, has attracted many Cuban baseball players to the continent and these men have organized baseball teams and started to play the great American game.
...
As a result, baseball promises to become at least as well known, if not as popular, in Latin America as it is in the West Indies. The South Americans are a sport-loving people, and once the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The baseball schedule needs more days and fewer games

To this end, both MLB and the Players Association are trying to reduce the scheduling burden.

Besides the four extra off-days, the new CBA addresses other concerns, specifically travel. MLB has created an algorithm that produces an efficiency metric to score the difficulty of each trip based on such variables as travel distance and arrival time. To lower the scores, there will be more day games on getaway days to try to avoid 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. arrival times in the next city and shorter ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:30 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Colby Rasmus to ‘Step Away’ from MLB, Placed on Restricted List by Rays

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus is taking a leave of absence from Major League Baseball.

The Rays announced Thursday that they’ve placed Rasmus on the restricted list and released a statement in support of his decision:

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rasmus is not expected to return during the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:09 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: colby rasmus, rays

Nationals declare ‘major legal victory’ after court ruling vs. MASN

An appeals court has ruled that a committee of Major League Baseball owners and executives can determine the amount of rights fees the Washington Nationals can earn from television broadcasts of their games.

The Nationals declared Thursday that they’ve “won a major legal victory” with this ruling.

This is the latest chapter in a lengthy dispute between the Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles. MASN was established in March 2005 after the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, television rights, territorial rights

Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana

In a stunning development, the Cubs have acquired lefty Jose Quintana from the crosstown rival White Sox, per club announcements. Top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease are going in return, with first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete also included in the package.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 11:31 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose quintana, white sox

Alex Rodriguez shares his four-point plan to save baseball

Rodriguez wants the league and its broadcasters to implement live footage of what’s going on at all times within the ballpark. He wants MLB and Google to come together on sharing background information and social media posts from players. On every month’s first Tuesday, Rodriguez calls on the owners to charge just $10 per ticket.

Rodriguez’s final point is to implement microphones on every player, coach and manager during games. This certainly would appear to be the toughest one to get ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 11:12 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, save baseball

If Mike Trout played the rest of his career in Korea - an OOTP experiment

I used OOTP, a highly realistic baseball simulation game, to get the answers I wanted. I placed Mike Trout on Korea’s KT Wiz, the team playing in the biggest hitters’ park in the league. To ensure Trout didn’t get homesick before I was through with him, I deleted the MLB and all its players and prospects. The only baseball league in the world is the Korean Baseball Organization, and its superstar is Mike Trout. At only age 24 going into the first season, can the Millville Meteor become ...

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PreservedFish Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, out of the park baseball

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers on a fast track to the majors

That might be a bit of an exaggeration in discussing a 20-year-old, but there are markers of change. Devers’s beaming smile no longer glistens with a mouth full of braces as it did in his prior Futures Game. He features a wisp of a mustache — the source of jibes among his Double A Portland teammates — but an impossibility for him as a teenager two years earlier. And the tattoo on his arm of his daughter Rachel’s name attests to a fundamental life change.

“Two years ago, I was playing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

One night with Phillies pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez and his 100-mph fastball

Hopefully he can stay healthy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sixto sanchez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, July 13, 1917:

One of the queerest plays that ever happened on a baseball diamond came in the fourth inning of the second game [of a doubleheader between the Giants and Reds].
...
Two men were out and Chase was on second base when Neale came to bat. As Perritt started to wind up preperatory to pitching a fan threw back a ball which had been fouled into the stands…Harrison, the field umpire, called time. Perritt, who already was in the act of pitching, let the ball go ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

KC Royals don’t exactly follow MLB Spanish translator rule | The Kansas City Star

Do they really need a dedicated translator if they have other multilingual staff?

Taking advantage of a loophole in the rule, the Royals have a translator in coach Pedro Grifol who is not professionally trained to interpret responses verbatim. While pieces of their interviews have been lost in translation, players still endorse Grifol’s approach.

“Sometimes in the heat of the moment you say things,” former Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales told The Star in Spanish. “But it’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Orioles’ Trey Mancini looks to extend his rookie roll by continuing to learn and adapt - Baltimore Sun

How’s those Trumbo and Davis contracts looking now? Maybe the Orioles should have made signing Manny Machado a bigger priority.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trey mancini

COLUMN: CAN’T SOMEBODY SPEED UP THE GAME OF BASEBALL?

I’ve criticized the All Star game format and the pace of play separately and previously. The reason for the huge drop in ratings for the game, however, isn’t either of those things. When I was a kid, the only chances to see a NL player (and some AL players) were the Saturday afternoon game of the week and the All Star Game. We can watch every player *every day*. I can literally watch any game I want to watch Friday.

The reasons are varied, and not hard to find. Interleague play has taken the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, pace of play

Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna, 19, promoted to Triple-A

Would they really want to add him to the 40 this season?

Last week Acuna was named the No. 1 prospect in the Braves’ talent-rich minor league system and No. 10 overall by Baseball America in its midseason Top 100. He won’t turn 20 until December and it’s within the realm of possibility that Acuna could make his major league debut at some point this season if the Braves have an outfield need.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ken Rosenthal Now Writing On Facebook Because Fox Sports Sucks

Ken Rosenthal, who has been at FOX Sports since 2005, tweeted this afternoon that he is “wait[ing] to find a new writing home” now that FoxSports.com is all-video. Yikes.

Rosenthal is one of the industry’s top baseball reporters, and is flexible in his ability to break news and transactions and still file insightful columns. That he of all people would be displaced from his writing platform is bleak.

In the meantime, Rosenthal will be posting his columns to Facebook, he says

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 05:42 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, ken rosenthal, media

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