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Monday, April 06, 2015

Tanaka doesn’t look like himself in opener; Didi doesn’t resemble Jeter

You thought it couldn’t get more over the top, did you?  You were wrong. 

Beyond the loss, the game raised questions about 1) Tanaka, 2) the Yankees offense, and 3) the unfortunate sap charged with the impossible job to replace the great Derek Jeter…Though it’s hard to recall a major-league player attempting something quite so foolish, certainly not in his debut with a new team, nor while replacing the perfect player.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:56 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, yankees

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello To Four-Year Extension

Dude’s on track to make a whole lotta money in this sport.

The Red Sox announced that they’ve signed right-hander Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension that covers the 2016-19 seasons… Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter) that Porcello will be guaranteed a sizable $82.5MM over the four years. Per Speier, Porcello receives a $500K signing bonus before earning $20MM in 2016 and 2017 then $21MM in 2018 and 2019. Porcello was already slated to earn $12.5MM this season ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:23 PM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Grantland: 2015 MLB Predictions: Our Playoff and Award Picks, Surprise and Flop Team Selections, and Much More

It’s Opening Day! Baseball is back! You might have heard! Grantland’s MLB writers and editors are here to offer their predictions for the upcoming season, so grab a hot dog and a cold one, shake off your worries about the Cubs’ seemingly insurmountable 0-1 start, and join the fun. We’ve never been wrong before …

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

Comeback detoured: Barry Zito accepts assignment to Triple-A Nashville

Zito was reassigned to the Oakland’s Triple-A team in Nashville. Zito, who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since 2013, had the right to refuse the assignment and pursue a major league job elsewhere. That thought, apparently, never even entered his mind.

“I’m gonna take it,” Zito said after the game. “Just continue to have fun pitching. That’s been my goal all along. I knew I was going to take a year off, and I was going to come back. I’ve been having a lot of fun this spring. I just want ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito

Geekwire: Mystery MLB team uses a Cray supercomputer to help win more games

Theo, I recommend plugging it in.

The 43-year-old company won’t reveal the specific MLB team using its Urika-GD appliance — which costs anywhere from $100,000 to more than $1 million — due to privacy and competitive reasons. But in an interview with GeekWire, Cray VP of Marketing Barry Bolding explained why his company’s products are now attractive to sports franchises and baseball clubs in particular.

For starters, Bolding notes that 95 percent of baseball stats have been created ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, moneyball, rumors, sabermetrics

Nationals Park to host 2018 All-Star game

After a nearly 50-year absence, the MLB All-Star game is set to return to the nation’s capital.

Big news. There hasn’t been an MLB All-Star Game in Washington since the Senators hosted it at RFK Stadium in 1969.

This is also a promise made good by Commissioner Rob Manfred. In the coming years, Manfred is hoping to move toward a Super Bowl-type bidding process to determine which city and franchise hosts the All-Star game, but promised the event would come to Washington and Miami first. The ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, nationals

C.J. Wilson calls Angels statement on Josh Hamilton ‘kind of disheartening’

In fact, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register, many of Hamilton’s teammates were left speechless yet undeniably affected when the statement played over the TV in the Angel Stadium weight room. Speechless, with the exception of C.J. Wilson, who has a friendship with Hamilton dating back to their time with the Texas Rangers.

When prompted for a response to Dipoto’s statement, Wilson didn’t have to say much to say a lot.

Wilson called it “kind of disheartening,” before ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

These videos will get you hyped for MLB’s opening day

Every year about this time, the various networks and brands associated with MLB debut their commercials and all of them do a pretty good job of getting you jacked up for our National Pastime. So, let’s watch some videos, shall we?

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: videos

Alex Rodriguez gets a ‘warm hand’ from Yankees fans in first at-bat

Given the circumstances surrounding his situation, there was considerable intrigue over how the home crowd would react to seeing the 39-year-old back in pinstripes.

After being announced in the stadium, Rodriguez received a “warm hand,” according to announcer Michael Kay. Some fans even stood up and applauded as A-Rod stepped to the plate.

It’s worth noting that Rodriguez came out to Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement.” The song begins with the line “allow me to reintroduce myself,” so it ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

FOX Sports: Season predictions: Who brings home the hardware in ‘15?

Robothal
AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Card: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels
AL Pennant Winner: Chicago White Sox

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres
NL Pennant Winner: Washington Nationals

World Series Winner: Washington Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Sanchez

NL MVP: Andrew ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

Baseball and Fathers and Sons

I may be biased, as I am the current owner of this book, but I think every baseball fan will do well to read this inscription each spring.

deputydrew Posted: April 06, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: books, opening day, tearjerker

Was Ty Cobb the White Oscar Charleston?

Charleston also annoyed Londos by shouting “WHAT?” whenever he tried to talk.

His players called him Charlie, and when it was his turn to drive the team’s red, white, and blue bus, it was like having Ty Cobb at the wheel. Of course the players never said so, because sportswriters and white folks were always calling him the black Ty Cobb and Charlie hated it…

John McGraw [proclaimed]: “If Oscar Charleston isn’t the greatest baseball player in the world, then I’m no judge of baseball ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history, negro leagues, oscar charleston

Deadspin: “An Absolute #### Show”: Tales From The Wrigley Field Bathroom Lines

You’d think Cubs fans would be experts at holding on.

There were, according to USA Today, only two working bathrooms in the whole of the main concourse—that’s the sort of disaster that leads to fans peeing into plastic cups. We asked readers who were at the game to tell us what it like; below are their emails.

...

I was at the game last night and can verify that peeing in cups/corners was happening all over the concourse. I waited almost an hour when I tried after the 2nd inning. It was ...

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Predictions for every MLB team on eve of Opening Day | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

Padres Keep Building and Borrowing, Add Craig Kimbrel | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan breaks down the deal.

The Braves are shedding just over $80 million in guaranteed future salary. The Padres, meanwhile, are shedding about $24 million in guaranteed future salary, meaning, in the end, the Braves save about $56 million, and the Padres add that much. Kimbrel has both potential performance-based bonuses and a club option, but we’ll stick with the guarantee for now. Here’s the simplification of this deal: the Padres are trading one of their top prospects, and a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, carlos quentin, craig kimbrel, melvin upton, jr., trades

Moving in a new direction, Rays hope they’re on right course

Uncle Charley
Does Uncle Charlie really believe the Rays will be better offensively?

The same brainy and creative 20-man baseball operations staff now run by Matt Silverman, who merely changed seats after a decade working alongside Friedman, and backed by the same cutting-edge computer system — still named Uncle Charlie — packed with proprietary data and research that is at the core of much of their decision-making.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

OTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal

When the last weekend of a race for mayor coincides in Chicago with Easter and Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the candidates know where to go to close the deal.

Bitter Mouse Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 2644 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, off topic, politics, religion

Os await roster deadline « Britt’s Bird Watch

The Orioles have to set their Opening Day roster by 3 p.m. ET today and they’re still trying to make a trade to give them some flexibility.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2015

Tacoma Times, April 6, 1915:

H. E. Westgate of [Los Angeles] has applied for a patent on an automatic umpire he has invented that records strikes and balls, returns the ball to the pitcher, and presents a right or left hand dummy batter by a simple twist of the wrist. The device has been tested by league pitchers and they declare it is accurate to the fraction of an inch.

Cool idea. The patent application can be found here.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers set MLB record payroll at $270M; average is $4.2M

That is one extremely poorly worded headline.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

OPENING DAY 2015 OMNICHATTER

And so it begins…

Blue Jays (Hutchison) at Yankees (Tanaka), 1 PM, ESPN
Twins (Hughes) at Tigers (Price), 1 PM
Rockies (K. Kendrick) at Brewers (Lohse), 2 PM
Red Sox (Bucholz) at Phillies (Hamels), 3 PM
Orioles (Tillman) at Rays (Archer), 3 PM
Mets (Colon) at Nats (Scherzer), 4 PM, ESPN
Braves (Teheran) at Marlins (Alvarez), 4 PM
White Sox (Samardzija) at Royals (Ventura), 4 PM
Angels (Weaver) at Mariners (King Felix), 4 PM
Pirates (Liriano) at Reds (Cueto), 4 PM
Padres (Shields) at Dodgers ...

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Gamingboy Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 437 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports

Baseball, for decades now the national pastime only through the nostalgic lens of history, is a thriving business. Revenue is at an all-time high. Attendance in the 30 major league parks and in minor leagues around the country is strong. Baseball players on average make half again as much money as football players. But since he took office this year, Manfred has been sounding a startling warning bell: The sport must address its flagging connection to young people or risk losing a generation of ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: doom and gloom

HOF Broadcaster Lon Simmons dies at 91

Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments in Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr.

Only makes sense to trade Kimbrel (never mind dump B.J.) if you’re rebuilding… but I thought they’d, y’know, get something…

The Braves will acquire [Cameron] Maybin and [Carlos] Quentin, [Ken] Rosenthal tweets. The Braves will also acquire pitcher Matt Wisler, as FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweets. [Fangraphs’ Kiley] McDaniel tweets that the Braves will also receive outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck. Rosenthal tweets that the Braves will also receive the 41st pick in this June’s draft.

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NY Daily News: Madden: Healthy David Wright and pitching depth will lead the Mets to NL East crown

As for the offense, obviously I’m banking on Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud all building on their 2014 seasons and David Wright, his shoulder fully healed, regaining his 20-homer/100 RBI form — and possibly even Curtis Granderson benefiting from the pulled-in fences in right-center and the reunion with his favorite batting coach, Kevin Long, to have a year more befitting his $13 million salary. I don’t think any of that is a reach. At the same time, the Nationals have a ...

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bobm Posted: April 05, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Indians Extend Cory Kluber for 5Y/$38.5M

The deal also includes two extra club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The Indians have announced signing reigning CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber to a five-year contract, which runs through the 2019 season and contains club options for 2020 and 2021. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian tweets Kluber’s guaranteed five-year portion is worth $38.5MM while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets the contract, plus its unique escalators and trade language, is the largest guarantee ever for a ...

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Esoteric Posted: April 05, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians

Bad call by Cubs in sending Kris Bryant to minors - Sports - The Boston Globe

Lost of good stuff in Cafardo’s notes columns. This tidbit is a little silly.

And Swihart might not be the catcher long term.

There are whispers about changing his position because he’s so athletic.

Whispers by who? Why would the Red Sox move Swihart?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cubs, kris bryant, red sox, sunday notes

Matt Harvey is back for the Mets ... And better than before | NJ.com

Better.

According to the Mets’ internal numbers, the spin rate on those two pitches was higher this spring than it was in 2013 - and more consistently so too. Spin rate measures the revolutions a baseball makes on its way to the plate. The higher the spin rate for breaking balls, the harder they are to differentiate from a fastball and to make solid contact with.

“Everything is better,” Warthen said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s ...

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Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox

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