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Monday, July 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER 7-8

O-M-N-I-C-H-A-T-T-E-R

Gamingboy Posted: July 07, 2014 at 11:55 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Yankees Fan Caught Sleeping In Stands Sues Everyone For Defamation

What a dope.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2014 at 09:35 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuits, yankees

Daniel Nava’s playoff beard… on a baseball card!

One person recently opened a pack of 2014 Allen & Ginter from Topps baseball and pulled a card of Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava that includes real strands of hair from the playoff beard he grew during Boston’s 2013 World Series championship run.

The card pulled is serial numbered 8/25, which means 25 of these Nava beard cards can be found in this year’s Allen & Ginter set.

Dear Topps,

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

Sincerely,

Sports Card Collectors ...Read More...


ESPN: All Star Game To Feature Self-Service Beer Stations

Self-serve beer stations are up and running in Target Field, so Minnesota Twins fans and those who attend the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week can decide what they want and even how much they want of it.
.  .  .
Fans attending Twins games can go to a cash register, show their ID and preload a $10 or $20 card. For the All-Star Game, a $50 card will be available. Fans then scan the card at the machine and can choose between four beers and regulate how much they want to have ...

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Former minor leaguer preparing to sue MLB for minimum wage

He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft, early enough in the then-50 rounds that it came with a $160,000 signing bonus.

Broshuis is now a lawyer compiling data and evidence for a class action suit against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig. He started with three players in February, suing the Miami Marlins, the San Francisco Giants, and the Kansas City Royals, along with MLB and Commissioner Selig.

Slowly over the course of the next two months, ...

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Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 07, 2014 at 06:40 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, lawsuits, minimum wage

LAT: Angels’ Mike Trout to start All-Star game; Garrett Richards snubbed

The excitement of a 6-1 victory that capped a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday was tempered when the Angels learned that only one player from their club, which has the third-best record in baseball, was named to the American League All-Star team.

...

Snubbed were pitcher Garrett Richards, who got the win over the Astros on Sunday to improve to 10-2 with a 2.71 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings, and slick-fielding shortstop Erick Aybar, who is hitting .278 ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 05:45 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

BA Midseason Top 50: Injury Can’t Knock Buxton From No. 1

It has been a dangerous year to be a top prospect. Injuries happen every year, but the 2014 season has been worse than usual. The top prospect in baseball, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, has missed all but five games with a wrist injury. Another preseason top 10 prospect, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, had Tommy John surgery this spring. Injuries are a recurring theme, but the Joey Gallo-Kris Bryant home run race has given fans something more enjoyable to watch.

Note: 2014 draftees, players ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 07, 2014 at 03:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, prospects

Keith Hernandez: Starlin Castro ‘too unreliable’

You know I am only teasing. I love you slackers out there—always have!

With the Chicago Cubs now flush with shortstops, count Keith Hernandez among those not in favor of the Mets attempting to acquire incumbent Starlin Castro.

Castro, 24, is hitting .287 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 342 at-bats for Chicago this season.

...“We’ve seen enough of Castro to know that he’s just too unreliable, too loose,” Hernandez said during Sunday’s Mets-Rangers telecast on SNY.

When partner Gary Cohen ...

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Repoz Posted: July 07, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Gleeman: Rays sign No. 1 rated international prospect Adrian Rondon for $3 million on his 16th birthday

I think I got a turtleneck for my 16th birthday.

Today is the first day Adrian Rondon is eligible to sign because it’s his 16th birthday and the Rays moved quickly to add the right-handed-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic.

Tampa Bay must believe that Rondon is destined for stardom because Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that by going so far beyond their designated spending limits the Rays will be forced to pay a 100 percent tax on all international spending above $2 million ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 11:08 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican, international free agents, rays

Maury Brown: The Biggest Media Company You’ve Never Heard Of

YR is not amused.

But what if I told you there was a company nestled in New York’s Chelsea Market near the Apple Store and across the street from Google’s offices that will see revenues of $800 million in 2014; with targeted revenues of $1 billion by 2016. That this company engaged in streaming live video of 18,000 hours in 2009 and is expected to hit 400,000 this year. That not only are they providing that, they’re a key company for online ticket sales, but isn’t StubHub. That key ...

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JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, business, mlbam

OMNICHATTER 7-7-14

There will be OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 07, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Autin: Scoring is down (again). Should something be done?

Yes, but recalling Tucker Barnhart is not it.

So, what should be done?

Perhaps there’s a way to discourage so many pitching changes. One idea for the AL (although the union would fight it) is to link the DH to the starting pitcher: Once the starter exits, the reliever must take a spot in the batting order. He wouldn’t have to take the DH’s spot, as rules already permit the DH to move to a fielding position, with the pitcher batting in place of the exiting fielder. This would be some ...

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Repoz Posted: July 07, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-7-2014

Washington Times, July 7, 1914:

“Iron Man” McGinnity, president of the Tacoma, Northwestern League club, formerly a big league twirler of renown, is enthusiastic today over a ground drying machine he has invented. The machine is similar to a huge blow torch, is about four feet long, and mounted on three wheels. Four distillate burners furnish the heat. After a hard night’s rain McGinnity claims the machine will dry out the diamond in two hours.

Well, it might, as long as Juan Pablo Montoya ...

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Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 07:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe mcginnity

Two Mets minor leaguers were arrested on Friday

the city of Kingsport, Tennessee, reports that two Mets minor leaguers were arrested for drag racing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour early Friday morning. The two were 19-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra and 20-year-old outfielder Vicente Lupo. Drag racing is a Class B misdemeanor offense.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Jaime Garcia: “I’m frustrated … you try to be patient with people”

Mozeliak added. “In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more. … From a medical staff, we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. Obviously, again, he chose to go down ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injuries

Jose Bautista calls MLB’s replay system “a joke”

“This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:03 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista, replay sucks

Sunday, July 06, 2014

MLB All-Star Game Snubs and Flubs

Ventcher spleen here!!

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 06, 2014 at 09:59 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Minor League Baseball Team’s Fireworks Turn Into Stadium Fire

It’s not good when that happens.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2014 at 04:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: burning down the house, minor league promotions

Yankees designate Alfonso Soriano for assignment

As I said yesterday about Soriano… “but after kinda embarrassing Jeter today defensively, the end might be near.”

The Yankees have designated outfielder Alfonso Soriano for assignment, manager Joe Girardi announced. The team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Soriano, 38, has hit only .221/.244/.367 (68 OPS+) with six home runs in 238 plate appearances this season. He had been relegated to platoon duty with Ichiro Suzuki getting most of the starts in right field.

The Yankees ...

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Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 02:04 PM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Rosenthal: Yankees acquire RHP McCarthy from D-backs

The New York Yankees have acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, FOX Sports 1 Insider Ken Rosenthal reports.

The benefit for the Yankees here seems fairly obvious. I’m a bit more quizzical about the Diamondbacks’ perspective - maybe they were primarily motivated by a desire to unload McCarthy’s salary, and plan to stick Nuno into the LHRP slot just vacated by Thatcher?


Hitting just .201, Chris Davis is having an unprecedented slump

Jeez…I haven’t seen a Davis go this silent since Lillian Hall-Davis!

What’s wrong with Chris Davis?

The Orioles first baseman goes into Sunday’s game hitting just .201, floating just above the dubious Mendoza Line.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, Davis was 0-for-8 with six strikeouts and one walk, including one span over the two games in which he struck out in six consecutive plate appearances.

Over his past 10 games, dating back to the Orioles’ doubleheader against Tampa Bay on June 27 ...

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Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Bill Madden: Mediocre Yankees and Mets just part of MLB’s offensively challenged, endless games

And scroll down to where Madden squeezes out a foundation deposit for the ‘77-’78 world championship Yankee teams.

Now that Alex Rodriguez has been revealed to have even been doping as a Yankee, and in particular his 2007 MVP season, should the title of Greatest Yankee Third Baseman revert to Graig Nettles? That would be the Graig Nettles who spent 11 seasons as a Yankee (as opposed to seven for recently plaqued Tino Martinez) and was a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, ...

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Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB.COM: Eight Run Seventh Catapults Angels to Comeback Win

I was resigned to a loss tonight as Hector Santiago gave up a grand slam early and the Angels were down 5-2 in the 7th.  Then…..

David Freese, Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron all homered in the (seventh) inning, with Freese’s two-run shot trimming the deficit to one, Pujols’ two-run dinger putting the Angels up by one and Cron’s three-run blast supplying insurance runs.

For the Angels, the eight runs were a season high in one inning.

This season is starting to resemble 2002 in the AL ...

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Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 06, 2014 at 02:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, comebacks

John Lackey on Nelson Cruz: ‘There are things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to’

Lackey: Unnatural Tissue.

Saturday night left a bitter and disgusting taste in the mouth of John Lackey.

It wasn’t so much the 10 hits, five runs and 120 pitches over just 5 2/3 innings. It wasn’t even taking the 7-4 loss to the Orioles on his record, dropping him to 9-6 on the season.

It was the man who did the most damage against him, including a laser beam homer to left in the fifth. John Lackey clearly hasn’t forgotten or forgiven Nelson Cruz.

“I’m not even going to comment on ...

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Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 12:56 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

OMNICHATTER 7-6-2014

The “Samardzija on a Good Team” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 06, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Hardball Times: The Royals and “Anti-Three True Outcomes”

There is a definite trend line/correlation between a team’s homer and walk percentages and its overall winning percentage. [...]

[The 2014 Royals HR+BB rate of 8.0% is] right there with the lowest total of any team over the past 40-plus years. You’ll also notice that few, if any, teams have been able to win even at a .550 clip without having a nine-percent homer-plus-walk rate. These Royals need only look at similarly walk and homer-challenged teams to realize their chances of a winning ...

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bobm Posted: July 05, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, three true outcomes

Fangraphs: How Telling are a Teenager’s A-ball Stats?

I considered all 321 player seasons where a teenager logged at least 400 PA’s from 1995-2008. [...]

Stats alone can’t tell us everything, but there are definitely some obvious trends. Most notably, players who hit for power appear to be much more likely to play in the majors than those who don’t.  Completely ignoring strikeouts and walks, 70% players from the high power group made it to the bigs compared to 65% of players with average power and just 44% from the low power demographic. ...

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bobm Posted: July 05, 2014 at 10:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez growing tired of losing in Colorado

...said Tulowitzki, reviewing the 17 years Helton spent as the face of a franchise that never won a division title. “He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”

With the expanded playoffs, that’s everywhere.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 05, 2014 at 06:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: big whiny baby, rockies

Diamondbacks send Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana to the Angels

The Diamondbacks’ are on the verge of making the first of what could be many trades this month, agreeing to a deal that will send left-hander Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels.

In exchange, the Diamondbacks are receiving a pair of minor leaguers, right-handed reliever Joey Krehbiel and outfielder Zach Borenstein.

I know it’s not a trolling article about sabermetrics from an old fogey sportswriter, but we need to fill the front page with something, and I guess ...

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Kepner: Hitters in M.L.B. This Season Have Struggled at Historic Rates

I lived through Jose Vidal once…ain’t doing it again.

As teams passed the 81-game midpoint of the season, they were averaging just 4.13 runs per game through Wednesday. If the average stays at that level through the end of the season, it will be the majors’ lowest mark since 1992. Strikeouts continue to rise; walks and home runs continue to decline; and the major league batting average, .251, is the lowest since 1972, the year before the creation of the designated hitter.

A stronger testing ...

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Repoz Posted: July 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: fselig, history

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