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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Snell Is On the Outs | The Process Report

Blake Snell is in desperate need for some form of success and perhaps he can temporarily find that in the majors upon his return working in relief against lefties. For all of his issues this season, he has been quite effective against lefties limiting them to just two extra base hits in 48 plate appearances. The long-term plan for Snell needs to include better command of his pitches so he can get to the higher ground in the matchup sooner and pitch to both sides of the plate with his his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays

Wrigleyville - LIKE MAGIC: ON THE VALUE OF JAVY BÁEZ

A great take on El Mago!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Hitters have adjusted to Rick Porcello - Over the Monster

I wouldn’t classify a loss of command as something that needs an adjustment in approach. It’s a problem in execution, an entirely different thing.

In the end, this is really a combination between his lack of command and batters being more aggressive. If he were consistently working the edges of the zone, he’d have much better luck even if batters were swinging more often. That being said, it’s time for a counter-adjustment. There’s easily a chance this could backfire, but it could be time ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton: A bust? - Minor League Ball

Byron Buxton’s progression fascinates me. His minor league track record suggests offensive ability. Except in his late season return last year, however, he’s been bad with the Twins. I wonder, though, how much the constant modifications to his hitting mechanics have hurt him? It will be interesting to see how he progresses once he sticks to the same mechanics over an extended period.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Inside the struggle: How MLB has caught up to Aaron Judge - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The New York Yankees rookie boasted a .329 average with a 1.139 OPS and 30 home runs heading into the All-Star break. He could do no wrong at the plate, right through the Home Run Derby, which he won with an amazing performance.

But baseball is a game of adjustments. And the league has since adjusted to Judge.

The right fielder is struggling in the second half, hitting .182 with a .710 OPS and five home runs in 22 games.

So, what happened? Let’s take a look at how the league has adjusted to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

The defiant girls who refuse to play softball instead of baseball, and why they rock

“I watched a middle school softball game once, and it was just so slow,” said Tess Usher, 11, who plays first base for D.C. Force, the all-girls baseball team that just killed it at a national tournament. “I love playing baseball. That’s not going to change.”

Tess hit her first home run in Rockford, Ill., last week, on the same field where the Rockford Peaches played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League way back in the 1940s when women showed the world they could ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: softball, women in baseball, youth baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, August 8, 1917:

During their stay [in Chicago] the secretary of the Braves had this notice conspicuously displayed in the clubhouse at the ball park. It gave valuable information to the athlete who desired a potato with his evening meal:
...
If anyone desires a potato with his dinner, at night, simply have the waiter see the head waiter, who will O.K. this order.

Good to know.

Elsewhere in the news, Heine Groh is turned away by the army because he’s got crooked ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 08, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Consultant says $90m Brewers spring-training park would lose money, town seeks new consultant | Field of Schemes

The Milwaukee Brewers are seeking a new $90 million spring-training facility in Gilbert, Arizona, and are generously offering to pay a whole $20 million of the cost:

According to emails among Gilbert staffers, [developer David] Sellers and financial consultants from April to June, the Brewers are willing to put $20 million toward the construction of the new facility.

The town would be on the hook for the other $70 million, which could be funded through bonds, development fees or a special ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing


Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Ryan Parker on Twitter: “Bellinger   ShotTracer https://t.co/voqQHoZ1iL”

This is beautiful.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Monday, August 07, 2017

Rockies offered four-year extension to Carlos Gonzalez last spring

The Rockies reportedly offered outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a four-year extension that was rejected during spring training, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. While Nightengale does not specify exactly how much money Gonzalez turned down, he does go as far as to describe the offer as “lucrative.”

Gonzalez, 31, has really struggled offensively in 2017 with just a .642 OPS and .298 OBP. A free agent after the season, Gonzalez has spent nine of his ten seasons with the Rockies and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:37 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies

Counsell: Crew isn’t built to rely on small ball

Counsell remained candid during the media scrum in the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field on Monday, prior to his club’s series opener with the Twins. The Brewers have 27 sacrifice bunts this season, below the National League average of 29. In addition, 23 of their 27 bunts have been recorded by pitchers.

“If I put on a bunt sign, it’s not a 100 percent guaranteed success,” Counsell said. “I think people say, ‘Well, he’s a big league player and he should bunt.’ I don’t think that’s a fair ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bunting, craig counsell

Ike Davis is a Pitcher Now, Apparently

Now, as a 30-year-old, Davis is a full-time professional pitcher. Sunday, he made his debut for the AZL Dodgers and struck out the side in the sixth inning, earning a hold in his team’s 13-5 win over the AZL Padres.
FanGraphs’ lead prospect writer Eric Longenhagen reports that Davis’ fastball was sitting 88-92 mph.

PreservedFish Posted: August 07, 2017 at 07:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis

D-backs 50/50 raffle now available online for TV viewing audience

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has extended the 50/50 Raffle, supported by Western Refining, to be available for all fans in Arizona, even if they aren’t inside Chase Field during D-backs home games. The 50/50 Raffle will now be available for fans to purchase raffle tickets online at dbacks.com/5050raffle.


Do other teams do this ?

shoewizard Posted: August 07, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, gambling


The Dodgers Have A Real Chance To Break The All-Time Wins Record

According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo model, which simulates the remainder of the season using power ratings and each team’s probability of winning every game, the Dodgers are on pace to win 112 games. But that’s just their average outcome — in some simulations they win more, and in some they win less. In a shade over 20 percent of sims, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fivethirtyeight

Boston Red Sox director of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski always works to stay on the same page as ownership

Nice interview with Dave Dombrowski.

“I think I’ve probably have had as autonomous a career you can have as a general manager, president of baseball operations, whatever your title may be,” Dombrowski said. “But I think you’re always on the same page with your ownership. You need to be . . . If we were making an option of a player [to send him to the minors], I would not call [ownership] and consult with them, that’s a day-to-day operation. But if you are making a big acquisition for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

Yankees’ Luis Severino dominant vs. Indians | MLB.com

“Sevvy is really good,” manager Joe Girardi said. “[What needs] to continue for him is to take steps forward. I’ve said all along: Sevvy’s stuff does not fall off. As he gets late in the game, it does not fall off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Sources: Astros, Tigers talked Verlander deal

The Tigers and Astros have had recent contact regarding the possibility of a Justin Verlander trade, sources told MLB.com.

Verlander has cleared trade waivers, according to the Detroit Free Press, leading to even more extensive contact between the teams than in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, sources said.
While it’s unclear if progress toward a deal has been made, several factors have increased the viability of Verlander as a trade option for the Astros:
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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Baseball Researcher: A Portrait of Mickey Mantle in Decline

When you really want to know something you put the time in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey mantle, photos, research, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 7, 1917:

“The proposal to sent baseball players to France at the end of the season to entertain soldiers is the most absurd thing I ever heard of.”

This is the way President John K. Tener of the National League felt about it today when told an offer had been made to finance such an expedition.

“The idea of sending a bunch of big huskies over there with their expenses all paid to perform for the benefit of men who are ready to sacrifice their lives for their ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Glory days: Former major leaguers win the NBC World Series

The Kansas Stars won the National Baseball Congress World Series, defeating Everett 7-1 in Sunday’s championship game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Let’s talk about how strange that is.

Ben Sheets was the winning pitcher. Seventeen years ago, Sheets was the winner in the United States’ Olympic gold-medal winning game over Cuba. He had an entire major-league career in between and probably became the only person ever to be the winning pitcher in Olympic- and NBC-clinching wins.

Ryan ...

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SABR: Cool Maps of MLB Radio Networks

These maps give you a pretty decent visual of each team’s sphere of media influence, with the occasional entertaining outlier (e.g., not just one, but two Cardinals radio affiliates in Hawai’i!

I’m not sure the Red Sox are broadcast in Wyoming and New Mexico any more. Still, interesting maps.

villageidiom Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: maps, radio, sabr

FTW: Noah Syndergaard’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo finally happened and it was glorious

After the battle, the Mets trainer treated Thor Lannister and, wouldn’t ya know, he’s now unavailable to battle the White Walkers.

Syndergaard appeared as a Lannister soldier in the climatic battle scene (which led to a fire-breathing cliffhanger), and of course, he got a chance to show off his arm.

It turns out that Syndergaard’s super-human arm strength makes for a deadly spear throw. While we only got a quick glimpse at Syndergaard, the injured Mets pitcher confirmed that it was indeed his ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 08:06 AM | 266 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

OTP 7 August 2017: Women’s Rights, Baseball And Politics: 12 Talks Not To Miss At Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

“Tweets, Leaks, and Turmoil: Covering the Trump White House”

This sold-out opening panel (the only event that requires paid tickets) features the subject that has embroiled the nation and every corner of social media: the White House.

Ashley Parker (Washington Post) and Glenn Thrush (New York Times), highly regarded White House correspondents from dueling papers, will discuss covering the administration in a period of uncontrolled leaks, Twitter feuds and shake-ups. Specific details will ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 07, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 2147 comment(s)
  Beats: books, politics

Ex-Phillies star Darren Daulton dies at age 55 of brain cancer

Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors removed during brain surgery July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:47 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darren daulton, phillies

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Gary Sanchez gets day off, challenged to improve defense

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi benched All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez on Sunday because of his failures on defense this season.

Girardi is starting usual Yankees backup Austin Romine even though they are playing a day game after a night game. Girardi had said that Sanchez would be behind the plate Sunday, but the manager said he changed his mind after seeing how well Romine caught on Saturday.

“The start is not the message,” Girardi said. “The message came from us verbally that, ‘Your ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Steve Lyons’s absence from NESN is due to domestic battery charge

Former Red Sox utilityman and current NESN analyst Steve Lyons has been missing from Red Sox telecasts in recent weeks because he’s dealing with a domestic battery charge after an incident at his Hermosa Beach, Calif., home in January.

Lyons was arrested and charged with domestic battery assault and would likely go to trial in September if attempts to have the charges dismissed are not successful.

A redacted police report provided by the Hermosa Beach police does not include the name of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, nesn, red sox, steve lyons

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