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Saturday, August 09, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-9-2014

The OMNICHATTER makes lame Hunter Pence signs.

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Kernan: Derek Jeter’s greatness about much more than milestones

If there’s a formula for turning obvious errors into hits…Derek Jeter has discovered it.

Jeter then cut to the chase, explaining something that is lost a bit in today’s game.

“I’ve always tried to do everything on the field to help the team try to win,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In all different ways, offensively, defensively, moving runners up to score a run. That’s how you win games. You can take all these formulas and stuff and throw it out the window.’’

Jeter moved the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Friday, August 08, 2014

Chris Young dumped by Mets

Commodore Dekker joins Captain Kirk!

Chris Young has been designated for assignment by the Mets.

Matt den Dekker will be promoted.

Den Dekker will serve as the regular left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis rotating around the outfield and Eric Young Jr. facing some left-handed pitching.

The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:46 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, matt den dekker, mets, transactions

Orioles-Nationals MASN Dispute: The case that Major League Baseball has cheated the Orioles

It’s not just conjecture by MASN that the RSDC ignored the Bortz methodology. The Managing Director of Bortz stated in an affidavit that the RSDC “improperly ignored facts and intentionally ignored other applicable reports that applied the established methodology” - all in order to find in favor of the Nationals, which, as far as MASN/the Orioles are concerned, it had planned to do for years, going back to when MLB was selling the Nationals franchise.

One way that the RSDC juked numbers ...

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birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: August 08, 2014 at 12:36 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, masn, nationals, orioles

Mike Schmidt: Today’s hitters don’t want much help

One of the most telling stories was shared by George. He said when he was hitting instructor last year, there were two indoor cages, and he would be in one flipping balls and the assistant coach in the other. The young Royals hitters were lined up to hit in the cage with the assistant, and none to hit in George’s cage.

I find that hard to believe, but at the same time know why. George, one of the greatest hitters ever, was there to coach, to offer his expertise, to suggest mechanics that might ...

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Bill James Mailbag - 8/6/14 - 8/8/14

But Jeff Bagwell’s son won’t pass for a while…

... do you think that baseball is best served if Felix and Kershaw et al are there pitching the whole game, and if their bodies can’t handle it, then the structure of baseball should adapt to allow for it?...

... I think it would be desirable to have cleaner matchup. “Conceptual clarity” sounds like an esoteric concept, but it is fundamental to the success of any esthetic medium. You go to a movie, you want to know what the movie is about. If you ...

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Atlanta tops Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s most miserable sports cities

The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.

That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports ...

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Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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

Pittsburgh Press, August 8, 1914:

“Dolly” Grey [sic], a catcher, was more or less forcibly taken from his home in Hastings [Michigan] and brought to Kalamazoo to catch for the local South Michigan club yesterday. Kalamazoo was without a catcher, and Grey did not want to come. He was rushed [to Kalamazoo] by an auto and consented to catch.

Pretty sure it’s illegal to kidnap catchers, even when you really need one.


Jennings takes liner off head in Marlins loss to Pirates

In one seventh-inning instant, the game became secondary.

The Marlins and Pirates played through a horrific episode that saw lefty reliever Dan Jennings take a Jordy Mercer liner off the left side of his head. The ball went straight up and into the glove of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

A shocked and disoriented Jennings went down and got up immediately. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia arrived and helped him down to a knee. PNC Park went silent. Jennings’ teammates gathered and Mercer in a ...

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Decline of the Curve

The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
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In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general, history, pitches, pitching

Did The Enquirer Take Down a Castellini Arrest Story?

Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.

Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. ...

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-8-14

It’s not a Unichatter, it’s a OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:33 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Was Chrissy Teigen drunk during first pitch?

Chrissy Teigen was worried she’d throw a first pitch worse than 50 Cent before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium, but as usual, she wound up looking pretty good.

Balkroth Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, first pitch

McCoy: Reds HOF inductee Oester about more than numbers

Plenty of Oestertag jazz.

Oester was more known in his playing and coaching days for things he did behind the scenes, his leadership in the clubhouse and for his ability to do things on the field to win games that didn’t relate to personal numbers.

...There was a day in the mid-1980s when outfielder and teammate Cesar Cedeon spent considerable time on the disabled list and was still on the disabled list when the Reds were playing the Houston Astros. Oster, known for playing hurt, was not in ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie on DL with third oblique strain in two years

Brett Lawrie is back on the disabled list, this time with a left oblique strain that could force him to miss roughly a month of action with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lawrie’s latest injury comes at a critical time for the Jays, who are battling for a playoff spot with three of their key offensive players on the disabled list.

The club announced Thursday that Lawrie was back on the DL, just two days after returning to the lineup after missing 36 games with a broken right index finger. It was ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brett lawrie, injuries

Ohio state senator urges Cleveland Indians to change team name, mascot

Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…

Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.

In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:

  “A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, legislation, mascots, native americans, ohio, politics

Calcaterra - First Salvo Launched In MASN Rights Battle

The upshot of the arguments, for those who do not wish to read: MASN is asking that the arbitration be set aside for conflict of interest for the most part.

Read the temporary restraining order at Craig’s link.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: August 07, 2014 at 04:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, rights

Joe Kelly Notches Hit Against Friend Shelby Miller, Wins ‘Bet’

That alibi is Nickolay Lame!

Joe Kelly came out on the winning end of his faceoff with Shelby Miller in more ways than one.

Though neither pitcher earned a decision Wednesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the two best friends had a chance to step into the batter’s box against each other for the first time in their major league careers.

Kelly, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, shared earlier in the week a wager he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 07, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, gambling, joe kelly, red sox, shelby miller

Dodgers Acquire Roberto Hernandez

The second white flag trade Hernandez has been involved in! (Wait, what?)

The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash considerations…

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5MM deal last winter, and he posted a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 121 innings for them, with a strong 52.0% ground ball rate. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has played parts of nine seasons, also spending time with the ...

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Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

OMNICHATTER 8-7-2014

Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP….

OMNICHATTTTEEEERRR

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

‘King of NY’: Derek Jeter’s cleats not lacking in superlatives

Cleat Voyeur, if you will.

jhg

The Yankees shortstop sported a new pair of cleats during Monday’s game against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, and the shoes list nearly every incredible statistic in the career of the future Hall of Famer.

On the back, the Captain was even given another nickname — “King of NY.”

 

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:

[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.

“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Great Minor League Home Run Race

GIANT photos and big time home run power dominate this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, kris bryant, matt olson, peter o'brien, prospects

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

“Hunter Pence Signs’ follow Hunter Pence from New York to Milwaukee

Over the weekend, Mets fans started a movement. That movement: to write weird Hunter Pence anti-jokes that confuse announcers on signs. It was a nice break from the usual signage, which is centered around “loving” one player or “hating” another. These seem to be somewhere in the middle.

Well, like most things, this gem started in New York and has moved west. The Giants took on the Brewers in Milwaukee last night, and Wisconsinites showed that they, too, have odd things to say about ...

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MLB Telecasts On Regional Sports Networks Dominate Prime Time Television

Major League Baseball is king during prime time at the regional level thus far this season for regional sports networks (RSNs) winning the key prime time slot in the US markets that Nielsen Media Company tracks.

The data bolsters the position that baseball continues to be a solid programming choice for networks in the summer when the major networks are in reruns.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, television

Baez goes boom: First big league blast wins it

Evidently, the timing was right for Javier Baez to get to the big leagues.

Playing his first Major League game, Baez launched the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan leading off the 12th inning into the bullpen for his first big league homer and hit to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.

That’s a lot of firsts, and Baez will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the game, including the home run ball, which landed in the Rockies’ bullpen.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, home runs, prospects

Chirinos Leads Rangers to 16-0 rout of ChiSox [and Adam Dunn Pitches]

The laugher ended with designated hitter Adam Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder allowed one run on two hits and a walk. He did not speak with reporters afterward.

“If (Dunn) hits someone, we can’t charge him—he’s too big,” joked Beltre, who added, “He was throwing power sinkers. Obviously, they were too nasty for J.P.” Arencibia fouled out.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: big donkey, rangers, white sox

Fangraphs: Andrew McCutchen’s Injury Is A Huge Blow

In the original draft of this post, this portion talked about how it was at least plausible that being hit in the back one night and coming up with a strained oblique (which is what this really looked like) the next night could be unrelated. We could infer, but not say for sure. Pirates fans could be angry at the Diamondbacks, but no one could be certain. Now, it’s come out that McCutchen actually fractured a rib – he has *deep breath* “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral ...

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Esoteric Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, kirk gibson is a prat, pittsburgh pirates

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