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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Athletics Acquire Geovany Soto

TIL Geovany Soto has played okay at times in the past six years.

The Athletics have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Rangers, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets, confirming a tweet from Mark Madson. The Rangers will receive cash considerations for Soto, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets... Soto is making $3.05MM and will be a free agent this winter.

The Athletics already have two good catchers in Derek Norris and John Jaso on their active roster, but Susan Slusser of the San ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, geovany soto, rangers, trades, transactions

Madden: After coming up aces at trade deadline, Athletics and Tigers look lost at the plate

RBI’s! Fraternization! Smith Wigglesworth’s Plumbers Guide to God! More new old world speak from Bill Madden!

Whereas the Tigers’ decline in offense can be directly traced to injury-riddled Miguel Cabrera’s power outage — three homers since July 1, and just one with eight RBI in August — and the return to earth of J.D. Martinez, who’s dropped 42 points off his batting average since July 13 and has just 10 RBI (three of them in one game) in August, there also seems little doubt the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

David Justice Says Put Barry Bonds in Baseball Hall of Fame Despite Steroid Use Late In Career

Hail Barry!

Barry Bonds is one of the players whose careers and reputations have been destroyed by Roidgate. One of the greatest baseball players of all-time, Bonds will likely never be allowed into the Hall of Fame because of his alleged use of steroids. But David Justice, one of the Atlanta Braves’ most celebrated players of all time, says that Bonds should be let in at least on the strength of his pre-juicing days. The former power hitter says that he made it on his own merits for much of ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

OMNICHATTER 8-24-2014

House of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 24, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Embarrassing loss, surging Royals add importance to doubleheader for Detroit Tigers

The Twins should be punished for cruelty to animals for what they did Friday night.

The Tigers pitched poorly and made multiple defensive gaffes Friday night in a 20-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers used eight pitchers—well, seven pitchers plus shortstop Andrew Romine—in the loss. The Tigers were charged with two errors and made at least that many additional bad defensive plays. Romine gave up more than 820 feet worth of home runs to consecutive batters.

The Tigers rallied from a ...

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OMNICHATTER 8 23 2014

OMNICHATTER meets the Wolf Man

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Looking past the stat line: Mark Appel

He still can’t be more of a disaster than The Apple...

Mark Appel’s 2014 Statistics

At High-A [Lancaster]: 44.1 IP, 9.74 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 74 Hits, 11 BB, 40 K

At Double-A [Corpus Christi]: 26.1 IP, 4.10 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 28 Hits, 9 BB, 24 K...

Ron Shah of Baseball Prospectus saw three of his starts with Lancaster this season and was very critical of the profile he displayed during those starts. Shah reported that Appel sat 92-93 with the fastball and touched 94, but “mostly just grooves the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mark appel, minor leagues

MGL: Which teams are optimizing their lineups?

New order: Everyone everywhere.

Let’s recap the mistakes that managers typically make in constructing what they think are the best possible lineups. Again, we will ignore player preferences and other “psychological factors” not because they are unimportant, but because we don’t know know when a manager might slot a player in a position that even he doesn’t think is optimal in deference to that player. The fact that managers constantly monkey with lineups anyway suggests that player ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Sources:  Cubs cut grounds crew’s hours to avoid paying health benefits

Thanks a lot, Obama…

Spahn Insane Posted: August 23, 2014 at 01:45 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, August 22, 2014

Manny Machado Likely Out For Season

Pearce leads the team in WAR, have we mentioned that?

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is likely out for the rest of the season, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports tweets. He will have knee surgery at some point within the next week…

Machado’s absence will be tough for the Orioles, who currently are 73-53 and atop the AL East. Machado has hit .278/.324/.431 this season, and as usual has contributed plenty of value with his defense… The Orioles could respond by moving Chris Davis to third base and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, manny machado, orioles

Reddit AMA: Thad Levine (Rangers assistant GM)

Look at your team. Now back at me. Your players are now injured.

How difficult has social media made it to keep trade or signing negotiations private? Has this impacted your approach to these things?

You identified one of our biggest challenges. This has impacted us unfortunately quite negatively. Used to be that we could tell all the players involved in trades before it became public. Now, that is extremely difficult to do. Last year, Ian Kinsler found out through the media that he had been ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 05:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, thad levine

Brisbee: Rusney Castillo reminds us how screwed amateur players can be

The Cuban guys do almost always have better names. “Rusney” is pretty good, although the “Castillo” is uninspiring. Stuff like “Erisbel Arruebarrena” and “Odrisamer Despaigne” is just incredible.

[Rusney] Castillo got just over nine times the largest bonus ever handed out in the draft, the $8 million Gerrit Cole received from the Pirates. That’s partially because the Red Sox are expecting Castillo to help the 2015 team, which makes this something of an apples/oranges comparison, but he’s getting ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, international, rusney castillo

Pete Rose’s Reckless Gamble

I have taught a variety of sports law courses in the past seven years. Every semester, when my lecture turns to sports gambling, I get some form of this question:

“But what about Pete Rose? He only bet on his team to win. What’s wrong with that?”

The gist of my response: A lot is wrong with that.

 


FG: Ben Revere and the Emptiest Batting Average Ever

Commenters point out that, if Revere’s current stats hold up, he will join only two other post-1900 players with lower wOBA than BA, and 49 others with a 2.1% or lower walk rate.

To look for players to compare to [Ben] Revere historically, I looked for other player seasons… which had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title with a batting average at least as high as Revere’s but a walk rate and isolated slugging (slugging minus batting average) below his… In fact, since 1900 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, phillies, sabermetrics

DRays Bay: Rays to Montreal? “Smart chronicler” says yes

Pre-game conversation with a smart chronicler of the Rays, who believes team is finished in this market and eventually headed to Montreal.

— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) August 20, 2014

As I have said before, and in direct disagreement with Henning, the Rays do not have a weak market as they face almost no competition for baseball, with excellent television ratings. Baseball is a television sport.

A far more likely team to move would be the Oakland Athletics, who have a far worse stadium ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:02 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium

BA (Badler): Seven Reasons Why MLB’s New International Rules Are Backward

Major League Baseball’s new rules… restrict [international] players from going to a team’s academy until either they turn 16 or until six months before they’re eligible (whichever comes first), and counts any visit to a team facility as one of the 30 days the player is allowed to be at the academy, regardless of whether the player stays there overnight.

The motivation behind the changes, it seems, is MLB’s desire to cut back on the extreme early agreements for players who can sign on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Votto appears. . .and speaks | The Real McCoy | Cincinnati Reds baseball news

Doesn’t Joey Votto know it’s only a flesh wound!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Boswell, WaPo: For streaking Washington Nationals, runs like this don’t come around very often

Long winning streaks are part of the fabric and lore of baseball. They just aren’t part of the fabric and lore of D.C. As a kid, I became a Senators fan in third grade. I was a sophomore in high school, more than seven seasons and 1,100 games later, before I saw my first winning streak of more than five games.

We heard that other towns had streaks that stretched for weeks, not days. The 1916 New York Giants won 26 in a row, though with a tie game stuck there. The Cubs once won 21 in a row. ...

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TerpNats Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to sign with the Red Sox for $72 million

And he’s eligible for the playoff roster!

We’ve been following the derby to sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Now it looks like the Red Sox have won the derby:

Jesse Sanchez     @JesseSanchezMLB

Source: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on track for record-setting 6-year, $72 million deal with #RedSox. Check MLB.com

That’s a lot more than Yasiel Puig got ($42 million), and Puig was considered Castillo’s closest comp… Castillo, 27, is said to have plus speed and should be ready to ...

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OMNICHATTER 8-22-2014

Ghost of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

A Look Inside Baseball’s Ever-Evolving Stimulant Culture | Bleacher Report

Large quantities of potential energy are consumed, often on top of other medications, in tandem with steady alcohol consumption. The end result is guys crushing energy drinks all throughout the day, just to feel “normal.” Then the same after the game with alcohol.

One has to wonder if doing greenies wasn’t simply a more efficient and effective way of satisfying a behavior that never actually left but, just like energy, simply changed form.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, stimulants

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2014

Toledo News Bee, August 22, 1914:

Pitcher “Dazzy” Vance, aged 20, who was offered for sale by the Superior club of the Nebraska State league together with the franchise and entire club early this season for $250 with no takers, has been sold by Jack Holland of the St. Joseph Western league club to Pittsburg Nationals for $5,000.

Disgusted at the offer made by Superior, Vance bought his release for $50, joined Hastings team and was almost immediately sold to the St. Joseph club for $1,000.

The ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dazzy vance, dugout, history

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grantland: The Top Prospect Progress Poll.

Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays: Even in a lost season for Wil Myers, the Rays have gotten significant value from the James Shields trade thanks to Odorizzi’s performance, which one scout termed a “huge breakthrough.”

“Odorizzi could always pitch and he always had a deep arsenal, but the knock on him was always the lack of that put-away pitch,” another scout wrote. “Now we’re looking at a dude who strikes out hitters left and right with an upper 80s, low 90s fastball. The key for him ...

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Phillies have decisions to make heading into ‘15

And John Mayberry Jr. isn’t even mentioned! This team’s problem is too many great options to try out!!

Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said last month he wants to see other players at first base, but Ryan Howard continues to play there almost every day. Sandberg repeatedly said the organization needs to learn more about Darin Ruf, but he has only played him sporadically… The Phillies talk about change, yet there has been little change on the field.

But sources over the past couple of weeks have ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: darin ruf, grady sizemore, phillies, ryan howard

Angels Acquire Gordon Beckham

Can he pitch?

The Angels announced that they have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Beckham, 27, has struggled this season with the White Sox, hitting just .221/.263/.336 in 390 plate appearances.. he is a lifetime .244/.306/.374 batter…

Beckham will bring some degree defensive versatility to the Angels, and Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register tweets that he will come off the bench… Defensive metrics ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, trades, transactions, white sox

Downey: Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame already

Mike Downey: HOF voter.

By this point, you have made up your own mind, as so many of us have. You are from one of two camps. One is the “hasn’t Pete suffered enough?” one. The other is the “Pete got exactly what he deserved” one.

I occupy the former.

In my opinion—with utmost respect for all who feel otherwise—a life sentence is unduly harsh. We live on an Earth in which past sins can be forgiven, in which those who commit crimes do their time, pay their debts, then pray for a drop of milk ...

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Repoz Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:09 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

ESPN’s Jayson Stark: Phillies shake-up coming, Ruben Amaro not safe

this is not an onion article. 
how is this not an onion article?

Such a course of action might even pressure the Phillies to give Amaro an extension, he said.

“What would the point be of bringing him back and not extending him? Then he’d have to twist through the same sort of stuff this winter, next season,” Stark said.

 

steagles Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Cubs place struggling Edwin Jackson on the disabled list

Noooo! My HACKING MASS team!!!

After signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs last offseason Edwin Jackson struggled last season and has now been a mess this year, giving him a combined 14-32 record and 5.47 ERA in 57 starts for Chicago.

That includes leading the league in losses both seasons and leading the league in runs allowed this year. And since getting his ERA under 5.00 in early July he’s gone 1-6 with an 8.52 ERA in nine starts… Jackson failed to make it out of the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 03:34 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, edwin jackson, injuries

Japan Today: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball

My local sports team can beat your local sports team.

Whatever else you may think, opines Jitsuwa Bunka Taboo (Oct), Koshien high school baseball is, in reality, nothing more than the club activities of certain high schools that are organized into a national tournament. So what is it, the magazine wonders, that makes grownups such fanatical enthusiasts for this “sport” that they want to watch it on TV all day long?

“Reisei ni kangaete Koshien ni miryoku ga nai” (if you think about it ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 21, 2014 at 02:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: high school, japan, training, yankees

FG: Brian McCann Probably Couldn’t Be Given Away For Free

Take a real class about McCant’s!

Much has been made of [Brian] McCann and his issues facing the shift, and that’s true to an extent… [but] He’s always been shifted on. It’s overly simplistic to put it all on that.

Besides, McCann has been doing what he can to avoid it. His grounder rate of 33.0% is easily the lowest of his career, and… He’s actually in the top 15 as far as lefty hitters going the other way…

McCann’s walk rate [has declined] pretty steadily from 2010 until now, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 01:49 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brian mccann, sabermetrics, yankees

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