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Thursday, May 04, 2017


The Unplugged Effect: How cord-cutting could become baseball’s next huge crisis

The biggest disruptor of that perfect storm is technology. As Zimbalist noted, sports fans have so many ways to watch games now; that strips control away from cable networks, and makes it tougher for those network to pass rights fees onto customers. Meanwhile, consumers also have exponentially more entertainment platforms to choose from, sports-related or otherwise. That means fewer people are likely to watch games live—doubly so for younger generations lured away by Twitch and other exploding ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 177 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, mlb network, mlbam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2017

Butte Post, May 4, 1917

ANGERED OVER SUGAR, A BASEBALL MANAGER KILLS NEGRO WAITER

Clarence Euell, a negro waiter in [an Indianapolis] hotel, who was shot last night by Dan Shey [sic], manager of the Milwaukee baseball team in the American association, died from the effects of the wound soon after being removed to the hospital.
...
The trouble started over the amount of sugar in a bowl and the baseball man became angered at the manner in which the waiter took more to the table, it is said.

That ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Arizona football to add QB Donavan Tate, former 3rd overall MLB draft pick

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez before an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
The Arizona Wildcats are adding another name to their starting quarterback competition, and it’s a player who is eight years removed from his football career. Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, will join Rich Rodriguez’s team as a 26-year-old freshman.

Rodriguez announced the addition of a former baseball player ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, donovan tate, padres

Red Sox officially ban fan caught using racial slur at Fenway Park

I applaud the step. How will the Red Sox enforce the ban, though? Casinos use facial recognition software to enforce bans. That doesn’t seem like a practical solution for baseball stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Twins’ Byron Buxton shows off blazing speed | MLB.com

This guy is a special player. He just needs to be a more consistent hitter to be a star.

Edit: Aaron Gleeman wrote a little about Buxton today over at BP.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Bogaerts HBP, Gausman ejected | MLB.com

Sam Holbrook was horrible behind the plate last night. This call was the worst example. A pitcher doesn’t try to hit a batter with a 77 MPH slider.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ejection, orioles, red sox

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Yankees’ Gary Sanchez to return against Cubs | MLB.com

Sanchez looks to be back vs. the Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 07:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees


Cole Hamels Reportedly Will Miss 8 Weeks with Oblique Injury

The struggling Texas Rangers have been dealt another blow with Cole Hamels reportedly expected to miss eight weeks due to an oblique injury.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 03:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Baseball fan grazed by stray bullet during Cardinals game at Busch Stadium

Police are investigating after a woman was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet during Tuesday night’s Cardinals game inside Busch Stadium.

Police sources say there had been a call for shots fired near the 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue area moments before the woman was struck, and that the bullet may have come from someone shooting into the air.

That intersection is less than a mile from Busch….


In a statement, the Cardinals confirmed the incident and said: “There is nothing more important ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:32 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

What Happened to Adam Jones Isn’t Just a Boston Problem

I’ve lived in sheltered Northeastern suburbs, big cities in the South, and the hippie utopia of Madison, Wisconsin, where white liberals with Birkenstocks and a four-beer buzz can roam free in a place that is quietly and comprehensively segregated by race and class. From housing discrimination to racial slurs to carefully calculated dog whistles to NIMBYism to broken windows policing, racism is in the foundation of bourgeois white America from sea to shining sea. Pointing at, laughing at, and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:26 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, racism, red sox

The Cubs World Series trophy was damaged while crowd surfing

The Boston Globe reports that the Cubs’ 2016 World Series was damaged over the weekend. While crowd surfing.

Theo Epstein brought it and the Red Sox’ 2004 trophy to a concert called the “Hot Stove Cool Music” benefit for his charitable foundation. The trophies were passed around by those in the crowd like Michael Stipe in the “Drive” video (sorry, I’m an old Gen-Xer, so you get old Gen-Xer references).

According to the report, some of the flags on the Cubs’ trophy were dinged ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-3-2017

Pittsburgh Press, May 3, 1917:

Two one-time members of the Giants are going into the army at the earliest opportunity. Eddie Grant, third baseman for McGraw several seasons ago and also pinch hitter, and Harry McCormick, right fielder and pinch hitter when his fielding days were over, have applied to the necessary authorities to go to Plattsburg.

Eddie Grant was killed by an exploding shell in the Argonne Forest a few weeks before the end of World War I. He was an interesting guy - he earned a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Orioles turn bizarre triple play on Red Sox | MLB.com

This is a weird one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox, triple play

Judge on plate approach | MLB.com

He seems to have figured out how to translate his power from BP into games.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Matt Harvey feels better on the mound | MLB.com

I haven’t watched this start yet but it doesn’t sound promising.

The issue, Harvey said, is not stuff, but location—as soon as he fixes that, he implied, he’ll be back to his old self. But fixing it won’t be easy. As Collins noted, there is not much precedent to determine when Harvey might fully recover from the thoracic surgery he underwent last July—or, truth be told, if he ever will.

“Not a lot of guys really have ever come back to be 100 percent again,” Collins said. “When you’ve lost ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Manny Machado Had Strong Words For the Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

There is a difference between throwing behind the guys head and throwing behind his legs. Sale threw behind his legs. Still, I’m a little surprised this is lingering.

Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:

“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, manny machaco, orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Honoring a Fellow Fan, One Ballpark Bathroom at a Time

Nature was calling, and so was his obligation to his childhood friend and fellow Mets fan Roy Riegel, whose death nine years ago left Mr. McDonald, 56, vowing to honor their baseball bonds in an unconventional way: by disposing of Mr. Riegel’s ashes in ballparks across the country.

Even more unusual was his chosen method: flushing them down public restroom toilets in the ballparks between innings.

The key here is that Mr. Riegel was a plumber, so how better to honor him than by pumping his ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 02, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rest in p

Former Red Sox player, scout Sam Mele dies at 95

Former Red Sox player and longtime instructor and scout Sam Mele died last night at his home in Quincy. He was 95.

Born Sabath Anthony Mele, he signed as an amateur free agent with the Red Sox prior to the 1946 season. He went on to play 1,046 games over 10 seasons, including parts of five with the Sox (1947-49, 1954-55). He hit .278 for Boston over that span, including .302 as a rookie in 1947.

Mele went into coaching after his playing career and managed the Minnesota Twins for parts of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 10:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, red sox, sam mele, twins

Chris Sale throws behind Manny Machado in latest edition of Red Sox feud with Orioles

It did not end there, however, as Dylan Bundy drilled Mookie Betts in the hip Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Fenway Park. So naturally, with Chris Sale on the mound Tuesday, this pitch happened in the first inning.

The benches were warned after Sale’s inside pitch to Machado, though Machado and Orioles manager Buck Schowalter appeared to have some choice words for the umpires and the Red Sox dugout after the incident.

The inside pitch did not set Sale back at all, however. ...

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Re-grading MLB offseason moves

Three that earn D or F grades through the first month


Jose Bautista (one-year, $18.5 million deal with the Blue Jays)

The Blue Jays were hoping to collect a draft pick had Bautista signed elsewhere during the offseason. When that scenario failed to transpire, they took the plunge and bet that he would have a bounce-back year at age 36.

Not so far. Toronto is off to a 9-17 start, and Joey Bats has five extra-base hits in his first 94 at-bats. Maybe the Jays can trade him at the deadline, but ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 05:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, greg holland, jose bautista, wade davis

Could Ichiro Have Been a Power Hitter?

But it does remind us of another great response Ichiro provided — one that gave life to the idea that he would be a great Home Run Derby entrant. “If I’m allowed to hit .220, I could probably hit 40 [homers],” he told Bob Nightengale back in 2007. “But nobody wants that.”

Ben Lindbergh once looked at the hypothetical shift in Ichiro’s outcomes if the player had attempted to hit for power, but now that we have even better batted-ball data, we can maybe take a look and see if he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 05:19 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki

A’s prospect Casey Thomas dies unexpectedly at age 24

Athletics minor leaguer Casey Thomas has died suddenly, the team announced Tuesday. He was 24.

Thomas was the son of A’s pro scout Tom Thomas.

“We were devastated to hear of this tragedy within the A’s family,” A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to Tom and his family on their loss; Casey was a wonderful young man and teammate, and will be missed by all in the A’s organization.”

Thomas, who was with the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 05:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, obituaries


Mock Draft: Twins grab McKay, Greene to Reds

1. Twins
Callis: Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville. While Minnesota is considering as many as seven candidates, most teams at the top of the Draft believe McKay will be the pick. Whether it’s as a first baseman or a left-handed starter remains to be seen.
Mayo: McKay. It’s still unclear whether he’ll be drafted as a hitter or a pitcher, regardless of what team takes McKay, but it does seem almost certain he’ll go in the top few picks.
2. Reds
Callis: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene, jim callis, mock draft, reds, twins

The Yankees played before their smallest crowd in 13 years last night

Last night the Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays. Paid attendance: 25,566.

That’d be fine for some teams — nine teams are averaging less than that per game so far this year — but it was a dubious record for the Yankees. Indeed, it was their smallest home crowd since they moved into the new Yankee Stadium back in 2009 and their smallest crowd overall since 2004.

For the season, the Yankees are averaging 35,588, which is the sixth best in baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, yankees

The untold story of ‘It’s a Long Way to October,’ a groundbreaking, forgotten baseball documentary

Torre’s attention and instruction certainly proved helpful, even if Murphy felt a tinge of embarrassment when it played out publicly in the documentary.

“Not because of what he did or said — it’s just because it was on TV,” Murphy said with a chuckle. “It was cool and hard to watch at the same time.”

Sometimes, the audio setup provided accidental, but made-for-TV entertainment.

During a crucial game against the Dodgers, Torre went ballistic over an umpire’s decision to send ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dale murphy, documentary, joe torre

Bregman apologizes for Tweet about Rangers

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apologized Monday night for sending out a tweet prior to the start the Lone Star Series that served as bulletin-board material in the Rangers clubhouse before Monday’s game, which the Astros won, 6-2.

The tweet said “opperation (sic) BTSOOTR”

“I made a rookie mistake,” said Bregman, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored. “I shouldn’t have tweeted that out. It was more of just trying to fire up our team. I shouldn’t have put it on social media at all. They have ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, bulletin board, rangers, social media

MLB Welcomes Girls to Bat At First-Ever Girls’ Youth Tournament

Major League Baseball is teaming up with USA Baseball to hosting the first-ever Trailblazer Series, girls’ youth tournament, encouraging girls to pursue traditionally dominated male sports.

On April 15, the inaugural Trailblazer series became what is hopefully going to be the first of many girls’ baseball events.

“I didn’t know girls played baseball,” said Ja’nae Wray, a 12 year old from Douglasville, Ga., and one of the 100 girls to travel to Compton for the tournament, The Huffington Post ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball, youth baseball

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