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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Neyer: Russell tussles with knuckles

Last season, Dickey had a personal catcher: Josh Thole. And it wasn’t just last season. First with the Mets and then the Blue Jays, Thole backstopped Dickey’s butterflies for five seasons.

This season, Josh Thole’s in the minor leagues, at least until the Jays trade Dioner Navarro. So Wednesday night, Russell Martin got the start behind the plate.

I got to wondering about the relative importance of framing knuckleballs, and asked our friends at Baseball Info Solutions to look at some numbers. ...Read More...

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, r.a. dickey, russell martin

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Calcaterra: A’s rookie Mark Canha did the “Bull Durham” cliche thing after his debut

Whaddaya know? Meat wrote it down.

This morning in the recaps I noted that I had never heard of A’s rookie Mark Canha. Now I am certain to never, ever forget him, because he is an instant legend.

No, not because he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in his debut (though that’s awesome) but because he dropped the “Bull Durham” “Good Lord Willin’ . . .” cliche speech in the postgame interview, basically word for word.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, baseball movies, bull durham, rookies

MLB sends pace-of-game warning letters to players

Who do you think got em?

MLB officials have begun issuing written warnings to several players who have violated the league’s new pace of game rules.

MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told Perform Media on Wednesday night that fines for violating the rules would begin May 1, but players would have a “grace period” during the first month of games.

“We’re working with the players on this and want to use April to educate them,” Teevan said.

The Associated Press reported that at least 10 letters have ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, pace of play, rob manfred

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 9, 1915:

Reb [sic] Faber of the Whitesox, is a contortionist. He was doubling his feet back of his head and playing other tricks in the lobby of a hotel at Little Rock. “That guy don’t need to play ball,” said Happy Felsch. “He could stand on the corner and make a living.”

Hopefully Felsch didn’t need to play ball in order to make a living.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, happy felsch, history, red faber

Red Sox Sell Most Expensive Tickets And Beer In MLB At Fenway Park « CBS Boston

Going to Fenway certainly isn’t cheap.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Eyes on new front office to spark Braves renaissance | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal isn’t here to bury Frank Wren; he’s here to defend him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Examining Potential MLB Expansion Cities, Part 1 – The Hardball Times

EXPAND, EXPAND, EXPAND!! Put another team in New York City!!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion

High Heat: John Thorn joins Mad Dog Russo to talk Franchise Four

The Hidden Game of Fetch

Christopher Russo is joined by legendary baseball historian John Thorn to discuss how fans will be voting for each Franchise Four

Repoz Posted: April 09, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The youngest players on Class A rosters « MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog

Here’s a list of some of the youngest whippersnappers around.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Don’t Let Op-Eds Ruin Baseball | FiveThirtyEight

Don’t let comments about op-eds ruin baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Hyun-jin Ryu rapped about credit cards in a Korean commercial

Opa Hyun-jin Style?

Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu is a big star in his native Korea, which is why he stars in goofy commercials like this one.

Last fall, Ryu starred in an ad for ramen that also featured a fake Clayton Kershaw. Now he’s rapping to promote credit cards for a Korean bank. His outfit is spot-on and the Mission Impossible theme makes for a pretty good beat.

Ryu is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He’ll be back soon enough, but it’s nice to know that he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commercials, dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, korean, rapping

OMNICHATTER 4-9-15

During the time you read this, Adrian Gonzalez may have hit another home run.

Pirates (Burnett) at Reds (DeSciafani), 12:35
Mets (one “Matthew Harvey”) at Nationals (one “Stephen Strasburg”), 1:05
Twins (Gibson) at Tigers (Greene), 1:08
White Sox (Danks) at Royals (Volquez), 2:10
Indians (Bauer) at Astros (Wojciechowski- and, yes, I copy-pasted that name), 2:10
Rangers (N. Martinez) at A’s (Graveman), 3:35
Giants (Hudson) at Padres (Kennedy), 6:40
Red Sox (Masterson) at Phillies (Buchanan), ...

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Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Mike Gimbel’s RPA ratings updated

I just posted, on my website, the RPA screen shots from my software for every MLB hitter in 2014 with at least 200 computed plate appearances. These screen shots contain the data and RPA ratings against each of the 6 types of pitchers faced. You will need an adequate sized screen to see the detail.

Also: the team ratings (including every player and pitcher) on every American league Team from 1901 - 1980 and EVERY National League team from 1900 - 1970 can also be viewed.

The URL I listed will ...

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caiman Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings

ASG Promotion - Vote for Best Players by Franchise

Voting for Top 4 players by franchise, from Negro Leagues, Pioneers and all Living Players.

bbmck Posted: April 08, 2015 at 04:16 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, great baseball players, negro leagues

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values - BaseballAmerica.com

Draft figures.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Harper: Tanaka concern may have been lost in translation - NY Daily News

It’s just a misunderstanding.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Babe Ruth’s Autobiography, as Written in 1920; Section III « Our Game

More good stuff from John Thorn.

Part 1
Part 2

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history, yankees

Curtis Granderson’s continued evolution of his offensive approach - Beyond the Box Score

I’m sold on Curtis Granderson this year. First, as the article mentions, he made some adjustments in his pitch selection last year. Second, he’s tweaked his swing this off-season, cutting out most of the hitch he had in his swing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets, sabermetrics

Red Sox collecting Justin Mastersons | FOX Sports

Good stuff from Dave Cameron.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox, rick porcello

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1915:

Manager Bill Carrigan of the Red Sox expects to depend largely upon his left-handed pitchers during the first months of the season. He has Leonard, Collins and Ruth ready to do their share of the work, and Foster, Shore, and Mays to help them.

Ruth? Ruth is going to make the team? There’s no way that kid’s ready. He has flop written all over him.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 08, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bill carrigan, dugout, history

Huffington Post: The 50 Greatest Baseball Books of All Time

This should be good for an argument…

Rather than ranking the 50 greatest nonfiction baseball books, I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by author. Scroll down the list and find books that will entertain and educate. And if some of your favorite baseball books are missing, post a comment and let the rest of us know.

AndrewJ Posted: April 08, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: books, lists

Baseball is realizing the value of taking a day off. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

Too tired to play? Major League players need to embrace the napping lifestyle.

“I think we’re getting more analytical about this and asking ourselves how we can preserve these players over the course of a season,” says long-time Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. “If a guy does great playing four games in a row but doesn’t do well on the fifth day, why are we playing him when we have a fresh guy on the bench who could be better? I think we definitely see a decrease in performance when people get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: general


Shea: Henderson has plenty of faith in Zito - San Francisco Chronicle

I hope Barry Zito gets back.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, rickey henderson


OMNICHATTER 4-8-15

The first day of 15 games! Everybody is playing!

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2015 at 12:33 AM | 240 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Posnanski: How do you solve a problem like Dalkowski?

One July 10, 1962, a minor miracle happened — though only a few people witnessed it. That was the day that Andy Warhol unveiled his odd Campbell Soup Cans work of art, though that wasn’t the miracle. A company called Telstar launched into space the first privately owned satellite. That wasn’t the miracle either.

No, that day, a somewhat clunky and generally unimposing young man with thick glasses took the mound for a minor-league baseball game in Elmira, N.Y. There were, by official ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 07, 2015 at 07:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, history, joe posnanski, orioles, steve dalkowski

Randy Johnson throws out D-backs’ first pitch, could still probably strike you out

Soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Famer Randy Johnson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for opening day, taking the mound to throw out the first pitch.

Johnson stood taller than everyone around him on the field, them calmly walked out to the mound and zoomed his first pitch over the plate like he wasn’t even trying, like he was doing these things yesterday. Johnson, 51, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009 but obviously isn’t out of practice, even though he devotes his time to photography ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 07, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, big unit, randy johnson

Pitchfork at the Plate

Baseball season is under way, folks. To celebrate Opening Day, we polled Pitchfork staffers on the song they would choose if they were stepping up to the plate. Here are their responses.

I’d probably go with Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”, but then I’m way too unhip to write for Pitchfork.

Swedish Chef Posted: April 07, 2015 at 05:13 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: at bat music, hipsters, music, muzak, trivia

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