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Friday, July 07, 2017

Terry Francona undergoes heart procedure, out for All-Star Game

Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona will not manage in the All-Star Game after undergoing a heart procedure on Thursday, the team announced.

Francona underwent a cardiac ablation procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the Indians said in a statement, and is resting at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two,” the Indians said. “It is expected he will resume managing the team beginning Friday, July 14 and Major ...

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Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: July 07, 2017 at 12:21 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, cleveland indians, health, terry francona

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

Butte Daily Post, July 7, 1917:

When “Indian” Smith, pitcher for the San Francisco Seals, went on the warpath the other day swinging a baseball bat it came near being the “happy hunting grounds” for Dan Murray, catcher for the Oakland club.

The Indian, so the boys say, objected strenuously to being called “[six-letter racial slur beginning with n redacted]” and Murray made the mistake of considering a serious matter a joke. He “got hep to himself” mighty quick after a whizzing bat purred past ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, racism


What to Make of Mallex Smith | The Process Report

Breaking down Mallex Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mallex smith, rays

Dreaming of A Free Amateur Market – The Hardball Times

Wrong? Doesn’t the writer know about the Luxury Tax system? Also, MLBPA collectively bargains with the owners. They have not demonstrated the desire to increase the size of the pie for minor leaguers.

But as Miller pointed out, that logic was flawed in the first place, and since the institution of free agency, it has been exposed as entirely wrong. That leads me to ask: What if we abolished the draft and instituted true amateur free agency for all prospects? What would the baseball world look ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Yankees and trade deadline: Don’t mess with team of future | New York Post

By virtue of their strong start and the buzz provided by their youngsters, the Yankees are now ahead in attendance from last year — by 298 per game, as per Baseball-Reference.com. That buzz won’t go away if the Yankees keep fielding exciting young players. And if they don’t rob from that corps to strengthen their starting rotation.

In the wake of their struggles, there has been only a mild “Do something!” clamor out there. Most folks get it. So the Yankees, playing the long game, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Mets prospect Amed Rosario on cusp of Majors | MLB.com

Keeping the dream alive.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

MLB Statistics on Twitter: “Infield triple!!

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: video


MLBTR: Bartolo Colon Drawing Interest From Mets, Others

You can never get enough BartoLOLo.

While it’s notable that the Mets moved so quickly on a fan favorite who so recently played such a significant role with the organization, it’s not yet clear that Colon is slated to return to Queens. The club doesn’t expect to hear back from Colon’s camp until tomorrow, says Puma. And other (as yet unnamed) organizations have also logged their interest in the veteran hurler, per James Wagner of the New York Times (via Twitter).

Colon, 44, washed out ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 07, 2017 at 12:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire | OC Register

Trout batted third and served as the designated hitter. He grounded out weakly to second in his first at-bat on a 3-and-1 pitch. On the seventh pitch of his second at-bat, he struck out swinging. In his third at-bat, he hit a routine fly ball to center field on a 1-and-1 pitch.

It was Trout’s first game action since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base May 28 in Miami.

“I feel great,” he said.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 06, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, rehab


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2017

Philadelphia Public Ledger, July 6, 1917:

Charley “Red” Dooin, catcher for the [Chester, PA] Delaware County League team, has been given his release by Manager Frank Poth. The former manager of the Phillies failed in his comeback and only one hit for an average of .045 in nine games was registered by the “sorrel top.”

I know what Voros’ Law says, but jeez. The guy was in the major leagues in 1916 and he hit .045 in the Delaware County League in 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Levine: Justin Verlander May Be A Key For Cubs’ Future « CBS Chicago

Can he be effective for two more seasons? Will he be worth the money and cost in talent?

Sitting at 41-42 entering play Wednesday and with a desire to acquire more than a rental pitcher, the Cubs could view Verlander as a key piece to help reconnect the dots this season and beyond. The 34-year-old Verlander is under contract through the 2019 season, with a vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five of the Cy Young voting in 2019.
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Verlander has had an underwhelming season, as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trade rumors

Heyman | Marlins Sale Moving Towards Finish Line

Sources say they still hope there’s a deal for at least a negotiating window by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The Jorge Mas group has the financing and is a threat to win the team, while the Tagg Romney-Wayne Rothbaum group is at least close and even the Derek Jeter group, which had been well behind, is said to have come up with close to $1 billion in backers and isn’t completely out of the running, according to a source close to the talks.

Mas is the wealthiest of the interested ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, team sales

Sprint Speed Helps Tell Us Who’s Good At Baserunning And Who’s Just Fast

As you might suspect, I have been searching for stuff comparing Sprint Spead to Baserunning Runs. Here’s a pretty interesting look from a week ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast – THE INTREPID STL

Just stumbled onto this. Here’s an interesting look at the Cardinals baserunning using advanced metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics, statcast

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gene Conley, Dual-Sport Threat With World Series and N.B.A. Titles, Dies at 86

Conley ... pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. At 6 feet 8 inches — he was the tallest pitcher in the major leagues at the time — he also carved out a parallel career in professional basketball, playing during baseball’s off-season and winning three N.B.A. titles with the Boston Celtics

DanG Posted: July 05, 2017 at 10:22 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gene conley, obituaries, red sox, tall players

Clemente Collection To Be Auctioned At All-Star Game Fanfest

The 2017 FanFest will take place from Friday to Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The auctioning of “The Personal Collection of Roberto Clemente” will take place on Tuesday at noon and is run by Hunt Auctions. And spokesman David Hunt said even if fans don’t want to or can’t buy anything, the Clemente items will be displayed like they’re in a museum for fans to enjoy.

Another headline seen in the sidebar at the Miami Herald: MLB Warns About Counterfeit Merchandise During ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, collectables, pirates, roberto clemente

For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat

Adam Duvall is running out of things to prove. He may not be an All-Star like he was a year ago, but the Cincinnati Reds left fielder is enjoying an even better season statistically.

Through 83 games, he’s hit .279, with a .324 on-base percentage and an .880 OPS. He has 19 home runs, and is on pace to be worth between 3.5 and 3.7 WAR, depending on the version of the stat. There are some questions as to whether his average is inflated by good batted ball luck, but it’s clear that the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam duvall, reds

The Relationship Between Spending Efficiency and Labor Markets | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m really looking forward to Matt Swartz’s updated analysis of his Dollar per WAR estimates. In this article he addresses some criticism from “progressively minded” analysts.

Changing the structure of the institution such that players receive a larger share of revenue is certainly a goal for which labor-minded analysts are right to advocate. But the ability of some club to identify undervalued talent isn’t an impediment to that goal. Smarter front offices will drive the undervalued players’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

The Neverending Refrain: Player Salaries and Major League Baseball | The National Pastime Museum

Read the article for the date of this quote.

The salary of the professional base-ball player is something often talked about, and the figures are generally placed too high, but for an actual fact, the professional player of to-day, providing he possesses ability of the right order, fares better than the ordinary member of any other profession. But his prosperity, as a general thing, is not of the lasting order, and the better paid some men are the worse off they are at the end of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 06:16 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez might not play until September, but whatever happens, he’s at peace with it - LA Times

The 35-year-old conceded what many people already knew: His regular season is lost. Whatever he does between now and Game 162 is to prepare for the playoffs.

“I guess a young guy might be worried about, like, ‘I need to get back to put up numbers,’” Gonzalez said. “I could care less about numbers. At this point in my career, I just want to have fun, I just want to enjoy being around the guys and win games. I don’t think there’s any other reason to play the game other than to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 05:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzlez, dodgers

Bryce Harper Has a New, Lower Gear

tl;dr Harper is not swinging for the moon and it’s paying off.

What’s interesting, at least to this author, is that Harper is willing to tinker with a gift that allowed him to reach the majors at 19. What’s perhaps troubling for the opposition is that he continues to look for ways to improve despite already possessing an NL MVP on his resume and returning close to that form thus far in 2017. He’s still just 24 — he won’t turn 25 until October — and is four months younger than Aaron ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 04:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, bryce harper, hitting, nationals


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2017

New York Sun, July 5, 1917:

Barney Dreyfuss and the Pittsburg Pirates slipped over a long shot on the baseball public when the announcement was made last night that Hugo Bezdek had been selected to succeed Jimmy Callahan as manager of the Pirates.
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Bezdek is assuming charge of the Pirates with possibly scanter qualifications, judging from his past experiences, than any other pilot has in the big leagues for many a day.

The new Buccaneer boss has never managed a ball club in organized ranks. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Joe Ross Now With Extra Pitch And Extra Stamina

I think they finally found Car 54.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: car 54, joe ross, nationals, training

Emergence Of Ian Happ Complicates Cubs Search For Pitching

Just so I get this right, having a player perform well in the big leagues makes it harder to make a trade???

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ian happ

OTP 4 July 2017: On July 4, Palm Springs celebrates with family, fireworks, baseball

Thousands gathered in Palm Springs to celebrate the Fourth of July on Tuesday with distinctly all-American traditions: family fun, fireworks and a baseball game.

As temperatures climbed above 110 on Tuesday afternoon, valley residents gathered to await a Palm Springs Power baseball game and fireworks show. They bought water, beer and snow cones as the opening pitch approached.

“It’s very American,” said Rafael Candelario, a Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms who drove to Palm Springs for ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 723 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, ffs, fireworks, politics

Benintendi hits two homers as Red Sox sparkle in Texas

Price, it has since been learned, sharply criticized Eckersley for an on-air comment about Eduardo Rodriguez pitching poorly in a minor-league injury rehabilitation game that day.

“Standing up for my teammates,” Price said. “Whatever crap I catch for that, I’m fine with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, david price, red sox

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