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Saturday, June 04, 2016

How a 157-pitch game in Kansas explains everything wrong with youth baseball - Yahoo Sports

The KSHSAA rules, by which Hudson said West would continue to abide, are actually quite terrible. The nine-inning threshold is too arbitrary. Allowing a pitcher to go 12 innings over a 48-hour period is inviting trouble. If Kansas wanted to stop this, it could do what Illinois, Texas, Minnesota and other states are trying: implement hard-and-fast pitch-count rules.

This won’t eliminate pitching injuries. Nothing will. Throwing a baseball at high velocities can be dangerous even among the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, arm injuries

Mozeliak Says Diaz Will Stay at Shortstop, Peralta Feels He Can Play 3rd Base - 101Sports.com

On if Kolten Wong could be sent to Memphis to work out his hitting slump:
“I don’t want to talk about a given person especially when you’re talking about a downward assignment, but overall this game is about performance. Ultimately, we’ve got to try to put together our best 13 from an offensive standpoint to give us a chance to win.”
“As this picture becomes more clear and we have a better understanding about when some of these injured players are coming back and what to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta

Baseball mourns death of boxer Muhammad Ali | MLB.com

I don’t watch much boxing now but as a kid I spent many fights holding the rabbit ears to watch him battle. He was definitely one of a kind.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: boxing

Corey Seager hits 3 homers in Dodgers’ victory | MLB.com

Seager entered Friday night’s game leading the Dodgers in home runs and extended his lead with his second multi-homer game of the season. If you combine Seager’s 12 homers with Thompson’s nine and the eight from their other roommate, Joc Pederson, the household of young Dodgers has seven more homers (29) than the entire Braves team (22).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Friday, June 03, 2016

You’ll never stop the Marlon Byrds of the world from taking PEDs - SBNation.com

I disagree with the idea that bigger penalties wouldn’t be effective. Byrd knew that he’d be back. A quicker path to permanent bans would, at the least, have prevented him from getting another contract. A penalty which would require him to repay money earned and force teams and players to terminate long-term contracts would also disincentivize PED use. (I realize collecting paid salary would be difficult in many cases.)

Where was the risk? There was none. And after not taking a risk, Byrd made ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds

Orioles outslug Red Sox to cap wild series | MLB.com

Seven homers are a big deal.

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones both went deep twice and Manny Machado blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa to break a 5-5 tie. The O’s homered in five straight innings, including Francisco Pena’s first career long ball in his Baltimore debut, to overcome a rocky sixth from starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered five runs in the frame after allowing just one hit in the first five innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Mariners react to historic comeback vs. Padres | MLB.com

My, my, isn’t this embarrassing.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres

OMNICHATTER 6-3-16

OMNICHATTER: Generations

Gamingboy Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sources: Dodgers won’t be punished for using laser rangefinders to help outfielders

Friggin’ laser beams.

Baseball will not discipline the Dodgers for using a laser rangefinder to predetermine defensive positions before games, according to major-league sources.

The in-game use of such a device would violate the sport’s rules on electronics, but the league said that pregame use is permissible and determined that the Dodgers committed no infraction, sources said.

Baseball, however, notified all clubs on Thursday that golf tees, chalk and paint cannot serve as markers for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, dodgers, lasers

Female managers? Indy ball will lead the way

Women have made significant strides in baseball in recent years. USA Baseball has a women’s national team. Amanda Hopkins is working as a full-time scout for the Mariners. Mo’Ne Davis starred in the Little League World Series in recent years. Justine Siegal was the first female coach in affiliated baseball when she worked at the Athletics’ instructional league camp last fall.

The idea of women in baseball will take another step forward this fall when Fox rolls out “Pitch,” a drama ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, independent leagues, managers

Major League Baseball Should Have an Asian Heritage Month

ajor League Baseball has held a Hispanic Heritage Month every season for the past several years, and during that time many teams in the league trot out special edition jerseys with their team name rendered in Spanish.
Several teams take this occasion as a chance to have a bit of fun with their branding and create some really great jerseys:

Since this program is such a fantastic way to reach new Hispanic fans, I think it’s time Major League Baseball start taking a similar approach to court ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: asian baseball players, heritage, promotions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2016

Chicago Eagle, July 3, 1916:

“Iron Men” is the latest nickname for the Toledo baseball club. Two Toledo sport writers are using the name exclusively in referring to the club. Whether it will become popular is problematical.

Rajahs and Bresna Hens were two names that for a short time seemed to strike the popular fancy, but fandom decreed that neither was suitable andreturned to the old name of Mud Hens.

Toledo’s baseball team was owned at this point by Roger Bresnahan, by the way. I’d have been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Heyman: Harper and Machado long shots to stay?

But the issue with Harper is not just his supreme talent – he’s generally seen as one of the two best players in the game, along with Mike Trout – but also his stunning youth. That the sides haven’t seriously talked may be a reflection on the fact there’s thought to be no common ground. Or maybe it’s just an assumption that there’s none. Maybe the Nats have heard the whispers that the asking price may be $40 to $50 million a year, and perhaps for 15 years (that could make it as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jon heyman, manny machado

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2016

Toledo News Bee, June 2, 1916:

Breakfast Food Ball Is the Latest Shoot Used By Some A.A. Heavers To Fool Batter

Latest substance used by American association pitchers in making the old baseball do convulsive leaps as it is hurtled towards the plate, is oatmeal. This, rolled oats or some other mealy matter is kept in the back pocket of the flinger, who sprinkles the ball and then polishes it on his trouser leg.
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Our old friend, Lefty James, here on Thursday with the Louisville club, is the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, foreign substances, history

Jurickson Profar needs four games a week for long-term stay with Texas Rangers | The Star-Telegram

When you play well, the manager will usually find a way to get you in the lineup.

“In Jurickson’s case, I think the concern and need with him is the everyday process,” Banister said. “When you haven’t played every day for two years, getting the body back up to speed to play every day and continue to play every day, we need to make sure we monitor that.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Ryan Howard is benched: “I know where I’m at right now ... I understand.” | PhillyVoice

Howard: He talked to me today. We had a conversation. I told him, I get it. I know where I am right now. You know, I understand. By no means am I trying to relinquish my job or anything but you know, I’ve played the game long enough to know and understand. Hey, I want to win. And I’m going to get my stuff figured out. Going got continue to focus on getting my stuff figured out. Take this time and recoup and keep working. I went over—after I talked to Pete—I went over and told Tommy. Because ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Astros beat D-backs in 11 for 5th straight win | MLB.com

Astros walk off!  They are now 25-29 and 6 1/2 back in the West with 2/3 of the season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, george springer

Red Sox option Joe Kelly to Pawtucket - providencejournal.com

At some point the Red Sox need to accept Joe Kelly for what he is. Put him in the bullpen and hope the uptick in velocity will offset his lack of command.

“It came down to the inconsistency of his command overall, particularly fastball command,” manager John Farrell said. “That’s an area that has been kind of the nemesis for Joe. Blessed with a golden arm and tremendous stuff, the execution of it has not been as consistent.
“You exit early, it taxes a bullpen deep, and we’ve got to get another ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Giants lose 9th-inning lead, fall to Braves, lose Pence to injury - San Francisco Chronicle

Hunter Pence is hurt. No, this isn’t a repost from last season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

OMNICHATTER 6-2-16

The Undiscovered OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 02, 2016 at 12:00 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

San Diego Padres exec calls his team ‘miserable failures’ | FOX Sports

I’d say the housecleaning start with the executive chairman.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:51 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

OT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread

Special Randy Jones Summer Soccer Thread!

Upcoming Dates of Note
June 3 - Copa America begins (US v. Colombia) All games on Fox family.
June 10 - Euro 2016 begins (France v. Romania) All games on ESPN family.
June 28-29 - Champions League first round qualifiers.
June 30 - Europa League first round qualifiers.
August 3- Women’s Olympic soccer beings (many games including USA v. New Zealand) All games on NBC family.
August 4 - Men’s Olympic soccer begins (many games including Mexico v. Germany) ...

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Barry Bonds: mea culpa

Barry Bonds in an interesting interview:

“Yes, Bonds was surly, angry, dismissive, grumpy, rude, obnoxious, nasty, selfish, ungrateful and combative toward many people during his 22 seasons through 2007 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. But given my interactions with him, that wasn’t the real guy, and guess who was responsible for such a misconception?

“Me. It’s on me. I’m to blame for the way I was [portrayed], because I was a dumbass. I was straight stupid, and I’ll ...

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Howie Menckel Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pirates

Report: Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, faces a 162-game suspension

Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports that Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and faces a 162-game suspension. This has not yet been confirmed by Major League Baseball, but it is expected to be soon.

The suspension would be Byrd’s second for PEDs. The first came in 2012 when he tested positive for tamoxifen, which is used to deal with the side effects of steroids. Byrd served a 50-game suspension then. As of now, a second offense brings a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds, suspensions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-1-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 1, 1916:

It has become known that when George Harold Sisler was declared a free agent by the National commission, a “gentlemen’s agreement” was entered into, whereby all other clubs were to keep their hands off the player, and allow Pittsburg to sign him. Of course, this was not reduced to writing—it was a “gentlemen’s agreement.”

Pray, what is a “gentlemen’s agreement?” Well, in baseball it is a combination of the double cross and the dagger in the back.

Somewhere, Pop ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista won’t stop speaking his mind

As long as they still have the First Amendment up in Toronto, Jose Bautista will speak freely.

The epic bat flip was the perfect accelerant in the virtual world: shareable, brief, visual, dramatic, meme-provoking. It was an apt display for these times, if not the century of baseball that preceded it. Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, for instance, called Bautista “a disgrace to the game.”

“That’s always going to be there. They’re purists,” Bautista says of his critics. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

The Ringer: Meet Joe Buck

That is a disgusting act by The Ringer.

Beisner had seen Buck in NFL press boxes for years. He seemed like a swell guy. Her reaction, she later realized, was inspired not by the man himself but by the ineffable sense of Joe Buck–ness that wafted through her TV screen. She finally pinpointed it to Buck’s National Car Rental commercial, in which he pulled a roller suitcase behind him and talked in his absurdly perfect voice. “He had this look on his face that seemed so smug and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joe buck

Jon Heyman Reaches Agreement to Write for FanRag Sports Network | The Big Lead

Jon Heyman has a new home.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: news

B-Pro: Consequences of Raising the Bottom of the Strike Zone

High Strike, Low Strike, All Around the Zone

Last week, Major League Baseball announced a proposed change to the strike zone. In response to a zone that continued to sag downward, MLB’s competition committee has recommended that the definition of the bottom boundary of the strike zone be changed from the hollow under the kneecap to the top of the knee.

There are those who blame the low strike for ushering in an era of depressed offense and depressed fans who don’t like watching 2-1 games. ...

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It’s Simply Time to #KilltheWin

Time for the annual State of the Win Address from everybody’s favorite analyst Brian Kenny.

I picked the type of game where we can all agree on it being good enough to get a win most all of the time: eight innings, two runs. That’s a 2.25 ERA. That ERA would be good enough to be among the Top 10 most years throughout baseball history. Yet from 1920 to 2014, a pitcher throwing such a game, got the win—brace yourself—just 33.6% of the time.

Soak that in. A pitcher leaves after eight innings, ...

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ajnrules Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, clayton kershaw, gerrit cole

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