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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Orioles closer Zach Britton rises only after he embraced the sinker - Baltimore Sun

“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

It’s only one game, but Hanley Ramirez sure looked good Tuesday - The Boston Globe

“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Matt Harvey Throws Hard Heat at the New York Press Corps

The Dark Whiner.

Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

‘No man alive’ could hit these three Noah Syndergaard pitches | New York Post

Syndergaard is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Gibbons: ‘Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow’ - ESPN Video

Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, utley rule

Rockies rookie Trevor Story HRs into records | MLB.com

This is a great way to start off your career.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Draft prospect Jason Groome dominates in start | MLB.com

A left-handed high school pitcher is the number one draft prospect. I kid you not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

MLB approves wearable technology for two devices this season

“The next thing you know, the pitcher’s going to have a phone in his pocket taking selfies,” New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Rays win on bizarre walk-off interference call | Rays Index

Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.

The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

OMNICHATTER 4/6/16

It’s the first day of the season that isn’t an Opening Day!

Gamingboy Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Bryce Harper wants to Make Baseball Fun Again

CSN video of interview in question.

But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!

Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 05, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fun, nationals, party poopers

Did Gregory Polanco sacrifice too much in his new deal with the Pirates? | FOX Sports

If. If. If.
Remember when the conversation was about Jon Singleton? “If Jon Singleton becomes a star his deal will end up well below-market.”
A player can’t spend the cash if things don’t turn out as well as pundits think.

But if Polanco becomes a star—or even a consistently productive regular—the deal will end up being well below-market, considering that he is giving up three free-agent years.

Polanco’s new contract runs from 2017 to ‘21. The annual breakdown is not yet known, but the two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

2016 Draft Bonus Pools, Pick Values

A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball’s largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s Draft at $13,923,700.

Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team’s choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 05, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Theo Epstein ready to make the big deal when Cubs need pitching | CSN Chicago

“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.

“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.

“It’s certainly something that we talk about every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

“The Arm” Has Perfect Pitch – The Hardball Times

I’ll add it to my reading queue.

This dedication to find every story sets the book apart from less ambitious projects, but it also sets itself apart from the competition in two other ways. One is by weaving in the stories of Hudson and Coffey. The pair are ever present throughout the book; their tales of trouble and triumph get their own chapters, but also pepper the chapters that focus on others. The other is by not just looking for stories, but also for solutions.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, pitching

David Wright’s failures clouded by nostalgia — and $87 million | New York Post

Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.

Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Giants’ Bruce Bochy likes what he sees of pitcher batting 8th - SFGate

Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.

“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, lineups

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1916:

The Morris [Illinois] Reds baseball nine today started suit to restrain Farmer Thomas Anderson from plowing up their outfield to plant corn. Anderson owns the ground but the club claims a two-year lease.

“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s Morris, Illinois.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Utley Rule costs Atlanta Braves a baserunner vs. Washington Nationals

This rule is overkill and an overreaction.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nick markakis, rules of the game

Opening Day PART III OMNICHATTER (Tuesday): OMNICHAT HARDER

Maybe, just maybe, the last of the MLB teams can play their first game of the season today. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:54 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, April 04, 2016

Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93

Long live the meme!

Walt Davis Posted: April 04, 2016 at 11:18 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: admiral ackbar, lonnie smith

Ron Darling Recalls The Ridiculous Amount Of Drugs The 1986 Mets Did During Games

Darling notes when he first made it to “The Show”, there was a jar in plain sight that contained different doses of amphetamine pills called “white crosses” and “black beauties”.

“The five-milligram amphetamines were known as white crosses—and these were passed around like candy, if that was your bag. The heavier doses were black beauties.”....

Apparently, this level of performance-enhancing (or reducing, in Darling’s eyes) has been going on for decades.

“In the era of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drug abuse, mets, ron darling

The complete oral future of outlandish ballpark foods

....The West Michigan Whitecaps introduced the 4,000-calorie Fifth Third Burger. The Lake County Captains responded with a three-pound fish sandwich on a loaf of bread. Then the major league teams stumbled along like a dad with a backwards hat, deciding they needed to get in on the action. The Texas Rangers came out with a two-foot hot dog slathered in death. It didn’t stop.

By the year 2016, teams were tripping over themselves trying to be more outlandishly caloric than the next team. Thirty ...

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WSJ:How Drugs and Alcohol Fueled the 1986 Mets to a Championship

In his new book, former pitcher Ron Darling recounts how the Mets relied on a cocktail of amphetamines and beer between innings to get through a World Series-winning season….

” You’d see guys toward the end of a game, maybe getting ready for their final at bat, double-back into the locker room to chug a beer to “re-kick the bean” so they could step to the plate completely wired and focused and dialed in. They had it down to a science, with precision timing. They’d do that thing where ...

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HBO’s John Oliver rips the Yankees brass for elitist ticket policies

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

Come Tuesday, fans won’t be gaining entry to Yankee Stadium’s Opening Day with print-at-home tickets.

Some fans, however, will get to see the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros from behind home plate on the dime of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver—under one condition.

The comedian is offering a total of six Legends Suite tickets to the three Yankees home games this week for 25 cents each to people who can conjure up the most creative, original ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: April 04, 2016 at 02:49 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: new york yankees

Interpreting The Ray Searage Effect and All of Its Parts |

I just stumbled upon this. Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, ray searage, sabermetrics

Luke Gregerson to be Astros closer | MLB.com

I’m guessing they are using Giles in high leverage situations.

Luke Gregerson will open the season as the Astros’ primary closer, manager A.J. Hinch announced Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ken giles, luke gregerson

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado always rakes in a never-ending Wiffle Ball game

Charming.

Arenado plays Wiffle Ball at the end of every summer for 2½ months. This major-leaguer, he’s still a kid.

For 16 years, the Rockies’ star third baseman, with his brothers and cousins and friends, wage a never-ending, always-rambunctious game of Wiffle Ball in Lake Forest, Calif. The game is always the same, now and forever. They just have to wait until after the 162-game major-league season.

“It’s what we do. We go play Wiffle Ball,” Arenado said.

He is 24 now and about to start ...

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Perry Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, wiffle ball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2016

Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:

“Bat’ries for today’s game!”
“Get that of’shul score card!”
“Peanuts!”
“One o’ those lo-o-ong innings!”
(Deleted by censor).
“Larceny!”

These and many other cries of the great American fan and his minions are heard along the western edge of the United States today, yea, even from Salt Lake’s icy mountains to Vernon’s coral strangs, or whatever they make strands out of there.

It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

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