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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Phillies rookie Maikel Franco has small hand fracture

Franco visited Philadelphia-based hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp and had an MRI that revealed a fracture in his left hand, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, maikel franco, phillies

NYPOST - Mike Puma: Mets to skip Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard starts in September

In broad strokes, the Mets plan to skip starts — particularly for Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard — in September to ensure the young guns don’t surpass their innings limits and need to be shut down.

The plan’s central component is the return of lefty Steven Matz and Logan Verrett’s arrival from Triple-A Las Vegas as a swingman who can float between the bullpen and rotation.

The Mets’ plan - Inspired genius or doomed to failure?  No, there is no space in between.

Lassus Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Frank Wren reportedly ‘leading contender’ for new Red Sox GM - Over the Monster

Marc Normandin with some insight on Frank Wren’s possible role with the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: frank wren, general managers, red sox

Baseball Fever Grows in Montreal With Hope of a New Team - The New York Times

Once considered a shaky baseball city, Montreal is enjoying a renaissance as arguably the best option on a list of potential locations that includes San Antonio; Charlotte, N.C.; and Las Vegas.

And the talk here has already advanced to the next stage: whether it would be the Tampa Bay Rays relocating to Montreal, or if the city would get a team when baseball ultimately expanded again. Both options are fraught with imposing obstacles, but optimism still prevails.

“Things have changed here ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: expos

Boston Red Sox’s move to hire Dave Dombrowski and part ways with Ben Cherington the right move, but not one to celebrate in this blood sport | FOX Sports

I don’t believe the Red Sox will de-emphasize the numbers. It’s all about best integrating scouting and sabermetrics.

The Red Sox will not completely abandon the numbers; these days, all teams blend the subjective and objective, only to different degrees. Dombrowski’s first task will be to undo some of the mess that Cherington created, whether it’s dumping Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, just one of them, maybe others. But once Dombrowski gets rolling, the Red Sox could be formidable ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, dave dombrowski, red sox

Fangraphs: Red Sox Hire Dave Dombrowski

And now, two weeks later, Dombrowski has landed a new position, taking the title of President of Baseball Operations with the Red Sox. As part of the transition, GM Ben Cherington will be leaving the organization, and Bob Nightengale reports that former Braves GM Frank Wren is the most likely candidate to replace Cherington. Wren was ousted in Atlanta in part because the team had fallen behind the curve analytically, so a Dombrowski/Wren combination would make for one of the more old-school ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cooperstown Chances: Is Trevor Hoffman a Hall of Famer? | MLB | Sporting News

Statistically, neither Hoffman nor Smith come anywhere close to Rivera, who Buster Olney suggested ought be the first unanimous selection to Cooperstown. Rivera’s 652 saves and lifetime 205 ERA+ are best in baseball history and his 56.6 WAR is also tops among closers (though not that far beyond Wilhelm’s 50.1 WAR). Rivera’s in a class all his own as a closer. If he’s Willie Mays, Hoffman is Duke Snider.

Then again, Hoffman and Smith have better numbers than at least one closer already in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:58 PM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, trevor hoffman

8-18 Omnichatter

My computer is broken but CHATTER UP

Gamingboy Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 192 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Passan: Divisions in baseball need to be benched

Imagine a world with no divisions….it’s easy if you try….

Were the postseason to begin today, the National League’s second- and third-best teams would play each other in a single winner-takes-all game for the honor of going on the road and playing a series against the best team in baseball. In the meantime, the teams with the fourth- and fifth-best records in the league would face off for a ticket to the NLCS.

If this seems screwed up, it’s because it is. The wild card opened up a world ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: divisional alignment, playoffs, post-season

Protest Upheld Over Fixed Game At Little League Softball World Series

Say it ain’t so, Snohomish:

A team from Central Iowa will get a second chance to advance past pool play at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, after officials determined Monday that a team from Snohomish, Washington, rested its stars and lost on purpose to avoid a rematch in the semifinals.

Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if the Washington team either scored just three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 18, 2015 at 01:45 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, iowa, kids, little league, softball, washington

SBNation: 9% of Canada watched Troy Tulowitzki’s 12-pitch battle with Andrew Miller

Some staggering stats have been sent by Sportsnet since the Blue Jays’ huge trade-deadline moves, but nothing as mind-boggling as this: 3.14 million people tuned in on Sportsnet’s broadcast of the game against the Yankees at 10:19 pm on Friday, when Troy Tulowitzki was engaged in a 12-pitch battle against Andrew Miller.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 18, 1915:

John B. Foster, secretary of the New York Nationals, announced…his club would protest the first game won by Pittsburgh [yesterday] on the grounds that Rube Benton, who pitched for Pittsburgh, is legally the property of the Giants. The New York club claimed Benton last Saturday after Cincinnati had sold him to Pittsburgh. Manager McGraw of the Giants said he had an option on Benton which had not expired when the player was sold.

...and McGraw was ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube benton

Dodgers part with several international execs | MLB.com

This is a little odd.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Buck Showalter still one of the best at running a pitching staff - CBSSports.com

Buck Showalter seems to know how to work a bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles


Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell struck in head by line drive, has nasal fracture

Always a scary moment.

The Yankees later announced that Mitchell was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a small nasal fracture. Team doctors would monitor him for concussion symptoms, but he was released from the hospital and returned to Yankee Stadium as his club beat the Twins 8-7 in 10 innings.

“I talked to him, and he said he’s feeling fine,” said reliever Caleb Cotham, who entered the game for Mitchell in the second inning. “He’s here, somewhere. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan mitchell, yankees

Danny Salazar sharp as Indians beat Red Sox | MLB.com

My personal worst losing streak is now up to eight. Not many bright spots in last night’s game. Jackie Bradley is a phenomenal outfielder. Hanley Ramirez is not.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, red sox

Silverman: Terry Francona here to help John Farrell through chemo | Boston Herald

Together, the friends for more than a quarter century will follow the signs where they lead.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, john farrell, terry francona

The Apprenticeship of Connie Mack – The Hardball Times

I have to wonder how the six-year-olds today look at Mack’s statue when they attend Phillies games. Here stands a man born during the Civil War, whose playing career spanned the Gilded Age and the Gay ’90s, and whose managerial career started in 1894 and carried through the first half of the 20th century. Still, it’s been more than six decades since the A’s left for Kansas City, so small fry today would likely be unimpressed by the statute of the gaunt old man waving his scorecard. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, history

J.P. Crawford

The next big thing in Philly.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

Vin Scully is undecided on returning to Dodgers for a 67th season next year - LA Times

I know the day will come when Vin Scully retires. I just don’t want it any time soon. It will be a very sad day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully


Mets eyeing Philly for David Wright’s return - Mets Blog - ESPN

He’s almost back.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Monday, August 17, 2015

MLB, Fox break impasse in streaming talks - local streaming to come

Welcome to the 21st century.

Several industry sources said the league is drafting deal documents with Fox, which holds the local media rights to 15 MLB teams. An agreement to offer authenticated local streaming of live games is expected to be in place by the start of the 2016 season.

It was a significant shift in MLB’s negotiating position that led to the breakthrough with Fox, which has been in active negotiations with the league for several years over the streaming service. The Toronto ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2015 at 10:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, live streaming, media, mlb.com

Need more useless baseball metrics — stat - Chicago Tribune

I made up a new category just for this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dopey writers

Braun ties Yount’s team record for home runs

ryan braun tied robin yount’s franchise record with his 251st home run.  pretty low bar to clear in terms of career homers for a team. 

braun’s remarks:

“It’s definitely a special accomplishment, something to be proud of,” said Braun, whose four career homers against Harang are tied for his highest total against any pitcher.

“Robin’s obviously the greatest player in franchise history. Played here for 20 years, accomplished so many amazing things, so anytime you are mentioned alongside his ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braun, brewers, home runs, milwaukee, robin yount

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 17, 1915:

Bubble fountains, with pure, clear, sparkling water, are to replace the time-honored soda pop at the Cardinals’ park. This announcement [yesterday] by President Schuyler Britton follows close on the heels of yesterday’s game when some 200 bleacherites shied a multitude of pop bottles at Lord Byron, the singing umpire.
...
“Put a ban on soda pop sales,” [Britton] explains, “and no bottles will be thrown for the simple reason that there will be no bottles ...

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Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How To Run Sports Data Regressions in Microsoft Excel – TechGraphs

Help for fledgling sabermetricians who want to get their geek on.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


Sale Strikes Out 15 as White Sox Beat Cubs 3-1 - The New York Times

It’s like a little league game.

Sale matched a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching seven scoreless innings, and the White Sox snapped the crosstown Cubs’ nine-game win streak with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, cubs, white sox

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