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Friday, July 10, 2015

Dan Epstein Q&A w Joe Pepitone

DE: I know you weren’t a fan of your former teammate Jim Bouton’s book, Ball Four, but in many ways the publication of Ball Four made your book possible.

JP: Eh, I didn’t read his whole book – I just read certain things that were said about some guys on the club, where he’s the last one to talk, you know what I mean? And I didn’t like how he ####-talked about Mickey [Mantle], and stuff like that. I mean, we had a saying in baseball that, “What you see here and what you say here, let it stay ...

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djordan Posted: July 10, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dan epstein, mlb, joe pepitone, cubs

OMNICHATTER 7-10-15

OMNICHATTER, because nobody would ever believe you.

Gamingboy Posted: July 10, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-10-2015

Milwaukee Journal, July 10, 1915:

President Coppin, of the Colonial league, recently fined the members of the New Bedford “Whales” for an odd exhibition of umpire baiting.
...
Late in the play with New Bedford at bat the umpire, after calling “batter up” several times, turned to the bench to ascertain the cause of the delay. He saw all of the players of the club lined up on their knees in an attitude of prayer and it was explained that they were supplicating better umpiring.

Well done. If you’re ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 10, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, July 09, 2015

How much have Marcus Semien’s errors hurt the Oakland A’s? - SweetSpot - ESPN

We’ll check out every error he’s made, but here’s a remarkable thing to consider: Baseball Info Solutions has Semien with +1 Defensive Run Saved. In other words, a league-average shortstop, even with all the errors. That’s the same rating that Asdrubal Cabrera has, who has made just two errors. (UZR is more harsh, with Semien at -14 runs, second-worst in the majors to Desmond.)
...
Semien’s 27 errors have led to just nine unearned runs. But you can argue the only error that cost the A’s a game ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Bill Murray: Cardinals are ‘Satan’s messengers on Earth’ - Extra Mustard - SI.com

In the NL, maybe. In the AL, it’s the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 04:01 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Padres, A.J. Preller could both sell and buy at trade deadline | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Whichever direction Preller chooses, he’ll have strong backing from the the owners, who’ve been enamored with Preller’s tireless approach to player development and scouting, both stateside and abroad.

“We’re ecstatic with the collaborative environment, the creativity, the will to win, the competitive nature,” Dee said. “Some of the things we’ve done to this point haven’t worked out, but we’ll jump right back on it and keep swinging.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Hardball Talk: Molina ejected or arguing during a play

There’s something you don’t see everyday.

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: +cardinals, +cubs

What to Do When a Rival Gets Injured

Recently, Miguel Cabrera hit the 15-day DL for the first time in his HOF-worthy career, and I felt bad. The Tigers (the favorite team of all my Michigan-bred blood relatives) have been the team I rooted for in every October since the 2011 season. I don’t want, at any point, one of the best players in the game to have to take unwanted time off and sit on the bench, recovering, while his teammates are forced to pick up the slack around him.

But I had a different reaction when I heard the Alex ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fans, injuries, miguel cabrera, royals, tigers, twins

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw does not belong in the All-Star game

This take is so hot it might melt your computer.

Oh, please, stop your whining. Clayton Kershaw was not selected to be a National League All-Star. The sporting world still spins.

Here’s a real news break for you — he shouldn’t be.

It’s supposed to be a game featuring the players having the best first halves of the season, not having really good seasons. There shouldn’t be any free pass based on past excellence. It’s an All-Star game, not a lifetime achievement award.

This is about 2015. ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-9-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 9, 1915:

A merry little argument has arisen between the Brooklyn and Chicago clubs of the Federal league over the case of Tex Westerzil [sic], the third baseman recently sold by the Brookfeds to the Chifeds. After having had Westerzil for nearly two weeks Manager Joe Tinker, of Chicago, announced Tuesday that he had decided to return the player. Brooklyn will not take him back.

That’s gotta do wonders for a player’s confidence.

Wisterzil was actually a perfectly ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 09, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tex wisterzil

Infield Hits by Speed Score | Articles | Bill James Online

Jose Iglesias is an infield hit machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Royals Alex Gordon leaves game with leg injury | MLB.com

This doesn’t sound good at all.

Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon left Wednesday night’s 9-7 win on a cart due to a left groin strain, according to the club.

The Royals said that Gordon is having an MRI to determine severity of the strain

“I’m hopeful that it’s not an extremely long term thing, and I mean extremely long term, I’m talking months,” manager Ned Yost said. “Could be, though. We’ve got to see. He’s getting an MRI right now and we’ll find out.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Expect another apology by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro after clumsy comments about Chase Utley | FOX Sports

The reaction to this seems a little overblown. In 249 PA, Utley has hit .179/.257/.275. In 212 PA, Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301/.386/.383.

Here is what the Phillies’ general manager should have said Tuesday when asked if second baseman Chase Utley would reclaim his position after coming off the disabled list:

“It’s too soon to answer that. Chase has meant a lot to this franchise. Cesar Hernandez is playing well. We’ll see where we are when Chase comes off the DL. So much can happen ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

7-9-15 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER: Like Comic-Con, only nerdier.

Gamingboy Posted: July 08, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Yes, that Marlins reliever’s hop in his delivery is legal

For those wondering, yes, Capps’ unorthodox delivery is legal. The righthander hops toward the plate, and he was called for illegal pitches while he was in the minors. But MLB clarified things for him in April.

“They just said they wanted me to make sure I dragged my foot and not get too elevated in the air, and make sure it’s more on a lateral plane,” Capps told MLB.com. “As long as I do that, they have no problem with it.”

kthejoker Posted: July 08, 2015 at 03:51 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: miami marlins, rules of the game

The 10 best active MLB players who have never made an All-Star team

Shoulda played for the Royals, I guess.

1. Shin-Soo Choo

If you made a “most underrated players” list from 2008 through 2013 and didn’t include Choo, they broke down your door and took your children away. Everyone knew that Choo was underrated, and that almost made him overrated, but just the thought of him being overrated made him underrated again. For two straight years in Cleveland, Choo hit over .300, was among the league leaders in on-base percentage, and slugged close to .500.

Choo’s ...

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Texas Rangers sign Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez

The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.

t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.

Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andy ibanez, cuban free agents, rangers

Ruben Amaro Jr. says Chase Utley shouldn’t start once he returns

After hitting just .179/.257/.275 in 249 at-bats, Utley was sent to the disabled list with a right ankle injury. When he returns, he may find that his run with the Phillies has come to an end.

Is Utley still team’s everyday 2B upon return? “Not for me he’s not,” Amaro said. “Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman.”

Those are pretty strong words from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Hernandez has performed well over the first few months of the season, hitting .302/.385/.385 over 207 plate ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: cesar hernandez, chase utley, phillies, ruben amaro

Alex Rodriguez deserves to be an All-Star, but ...

If A-Rod was at least part of the Final Vote, you could see a real horse race.

A week ago, I had a conversation with Robinson Cano about the All-Star Game. He told me that he believed A-Rod should be lauded by Major League Baseball and the crowd in Cincinnati for his career achievements — similar to Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Derek Jeter last year. That’s unrealistic, of course, because A-Rod is not beloved like Rivera and Jeter (for a variety of reasons). But A-Rod is respected by many of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, all-star game, peds, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2015

Washington Evening Star, July 8, 1915:

Joe Jackson, the Cleveland club’s star ball player, will not be in the game against the Tigers today, having been the victim of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon. Accompanied by his wife, Jackson was driving east of the city. Thinking something was wrong with the engine, Jackson got on the running board and lifted the hood, while Mrs. Jackson took the wheel and kept the car in motion.

While Jackson still was engaged in his investigation a wagon ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, joe jackson

Midseason Top 50 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com

Corey Seager is number one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Video: Must C: J. Upton robs a home run | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, justin upton, padres, pirates

Goold: What was so foul about ump’s fair call : Sports

From the replay I saw (and I couldn’t find one on MLB.com), the ball looked like it went over the bag. Nevertheless, Gould makes some good points about replay, which I’ve criticized many times. Maybe it would be a good idea to get rid of challenges and just put replay in the hands of an extra umpire.

Before we get to the rule, here’s the situation: With two runners already on base and the Cardinals leading by a run, Seth Maness delivers a pitch that Cubs rookie Addison Russell reaches out just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, instant replay

Touki Toussaint hits 98 mph in start with Rome Braves

Maybe Stewart should get his organization’s radar guns checked.

General manager Dave Stewart defended the trade by downplaying Toussaint’s reported velocity of 96 mph, saying that the prospect had an inflated perception.

“To this point, he has pitched OK, he has pitched well,” Stewart told Fox Sports. “But guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

But what about 98 mph?

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that 96 mph ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Minor role changes on staff won’t alter much | angels.com

Who is in charge of throwing all the organization’s computers into the dumpster and moving all the nerds back into their moms’ basements?

Rico Brogna, previously labeled a “player information coach,” used to be the liaison between the front office and coaching staff when it came to scouting information. Now Brogna is helping out in the pro-scouting department and is no longer traveling with the team.

Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher will handle the reports on the pitching side, with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

7-8-15 OMNICHATTER

The Paulo Orlando Grand Slam Walk-Off OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 08, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Reds are holding up trade traffic, according to Jon Morosi

THIS TIME IT COUNTS

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Walt Jocketty is hauling the obnoxiously slow boat that’s clogging up the left lane of the baseball world.

If that’s tangibly true, it confirms at least one of the two nonsensical dogmas Reds fans have heard whispers about for months, with the off chance that both head-scratching theories are true.  If there’s a hard deadline that’s been put in place for all potential deals and said deadline comes after the city of Cincinnati gets to ...

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WATCH: Buster Posey ‘sorta’ handles other kinds of deliveries

There’s no doubt that Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is a top hitter and a skilled catcher, ready and eager to handle the delivery of most any teammate except possibly for Tim Lincecum.

But is he ready to handle the delivery of a baby?

That’s the question this TV commercial for Esurance asks. He’s “sorta” the woman’s doctor. They both wear gloves. And they always deliver in the clutch. Right?


Cardinals rookies in full uniform buy coffee at Starbucks next to Wrigley Field - SBNation.com

Maybe they should have gotten some espresso shots today.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

That A-Rod Ball Was Worth Far More Than Initially Thought - Hall of Very Good

I suspect someone’s jock collection just got bigger.

“The Yankees have given me all the things they initially offered, such as meeting A-Rod, doing a press conference at Yankee Stadium, being interviewed live during the game on TV and the radio, and receiving signed memorabilia and free tickets, including tickets to this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Cincinnati.” Hample told The Hall exclusively. “I will also have opportunities to write for Yankees Magazine, get a special ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, collectables, yankees

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