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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Hahn stresses “arrow’s pointing up” for White Sox

There is still a lot of time left in the season.

Of course, much of the talk with a last-place team centers around what it’ll do before the July 31 trade deadline. The Sox are no different, and even though Hahn said “let’s see what the next 30 days have to hold for us, because right now we feel guys are starting to come around” he also stressed “there’s no magic date” when they have to say whether they’re in or out.

“Obviously as you get closer to July 31 you have some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Wieters back in a big way after injury | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how well Wieters plays the rest of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Fan injured by broken bat, taken out on stretcher at Fenway - Sports - The Boston Globe

A woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck in the face by the shard from a broken bat that flew into the stands in front of horrified fans during the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Friday night, officials said.

With the fans enjoying the game on a cool evening, and their team leading 1-0 in the second inning, Oakland Athletics batter Brett Lawrie hit a ball and shattered his bat, leaving only the handle in his hands while the barrel of it went screaming into the crowd. It struck ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Skunks nest found in Cardinals dugout at Dodger Stadium

Four skunks, reportedly two adults and two children, were trapped by Dodger Stadium workers under a photographer’s well inside of the visitor’s dugout Friday night. After a “skunk whisperer” (who identified as a bee wrangler) and local animal control failed to wrangle the critters away, it was decided to leave them trapped in the dugout during the game, and to capture them afterward using fresh salmon as bait. Not the canned stuff. And not Tim Salmon, either.

Looks like the road woes followed ...

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Angels attendance is way down, Arte doesn’t care

Per game attendance is down at Angel Stadium by 4,300 fans. That’s compared to their numbers last year, but if you want to compare it to the height of Red October days, then that number is closer to 8,000. The benchmark for every season since 2002 was 3 million Angels fans passing through the turnstiles every year, and from these early estimates, they are not going to be hitting that mark. Are the Angels worried? Well, if Robert Alvarado, the VP of marketing and ticket sales is to believe, ...

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Halofan Posted: June 06, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, attendance, tickets

OMNICHATTER 6-6-15

The Brotherhood of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 06, 2015 at 12:18 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 05, 2015

Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte makes Major League debut

Lord take me now, because I will never see anything more awesome than this.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his big-league debut tonight at Fenway, and pitched a nearly perfect sixth inning—retiring Brock Holt with his left arm, seen above, and then after allowing a single inducing a Mike Napoli double play with his right (which you can watch below).

Three videos at the link, including one of the switch-hitting Blake Swihart having to run back to the dugout to grab his lefty batting ...

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Statcast: Eovaldi’s fascinating low-spin splitter | MLB.com

If my memory isn’t faulty, I also remember some commentary about Eovaldi’s lack of deception in his motion, which means hitters get a better view.

Just look at how poorly Eovaldi has fared on getting swinging strikes on his blazing fastball over the last two seasons, compared to all pitchers who threw at least 200 pitches:

2014—5.44 percent swinging strikes—80th overall
2015—4.66 percent swinging strikes—115th overall

Why is such a hard fastball so unimposing? In part because Eovaldi’s spin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

Inside Baseball: Emerging Astros seek star starter; would Hamels OK them? - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s Sunday notes column on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cole hamels, phillies, sunday notes

WaPo: Nationals Victims of 2 Bad Umpire Calls, Replay No Help

Because the Nationals lost the challenge, they couldn’t ask for any more reviews until the seventh inning, when the rules allow them to as the umpiring crew chief to look at a play and determine if a review is needed. But their next close call came in the sixth.

After the play, Harper lingered at first base thinking Williams would emerge from the dugout to challenge the play. But he couldn’t.

“I think [umpire reviews] should be from the fifth on probably,” Harper said. “There are so ...

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boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, replay sucks, umpiring

Why Cleveland has the best – and most futuristic – rotation in baseball - Yahoo Sports

Why not call them both up? Urshela has hit .276/.327/.475 in 500 AAA PA. The Indians third basemen have collectively hit .230/.270/.383. Why not try to help their pitchers with improved defense on the left side?

So much of the trouble with new ideas is the eggheads in the front office will dream them up only to see them die on the field. The Indians are committed to breaking that cycle. With shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Giovanny Urshela, they’ve got two Gold Glove-caliber ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Best spot for Angels star Mike Trout to hit? Not as easy to figure out as 1-2-3 - The Orange County Register

Lineup talk and the greatness that is Mike Trout.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Toolshed: 2015 Major League Baseball Draft preview | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Listing the top prospects. Here’s an explanation of how the slot system works.

Ahead of the 2012 Draft, Major League Baseball instituted a slot system to put a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. A designated amount is assigned to each pick (greater amounts for higher picks), and the collective amount for an organization’s total picks is considered its cap. The more or higher picks you have, the bigger your pool. For instance, the Astros, who have two top-five ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Switch-pitcher placed on path early by dad | MLB.com

There is a new freak in town.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

OMNICHATTER 6-5-15

The OMNICHATTER was never meant to save anyone

Gamingboy Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Is Cleveland Being Too Conservative With Francisco Lindor? | FanGraphs Baseball

Is Lindor really ever going to be a good hitter? Regardless, Cleveland’s shortstops have a .509 OPS, ranked 29th in OPS, so far this year. Their Off Runs (Fangraphs) at shortstop sit at #27 with -11.0 runs. Overall, their shortstops rank 29th with -0.6 WAR. In other words, their shortstop play stinks anyway, so why not bring up Lindor now?

Francisco Lindor could help the Indians with his glove right now, and perhaps his bat — if Ramirez doesn’t start piling up enough hits to keep the wolves ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Pirates starter Charlie Morton’s mechanics sound again at last, and the results prove it | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Morton pitches well this season, the Pirates may beat the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, pirates

Rosenthal’s improvement is a stretch : Sports

It’s not so much throwing strike one rather than ball one, said Rosenthal. “It’s throwing quality strike one and not just throwing it over the plate,” he said.

Manager Mike Matheny touched on one aspect of his game that Rosenthal hadn’t referenced — the fact that Rosenthal has been pitching exclusively from the stretch. Matheny would like to see most all his relievers do that.

“It’s simplified pitching,” Matheny said. “I’m waiting for somebody to convince me otherwise, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, trevor rosenthal

Why manager Joe Maddon bats the pitcher eighth in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup

Jayson Stark with a nice article about Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher 8th.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lineups

Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval take center stage in Boston Red Sox debacle

Debacle? It was a loss. Despite their inconsistent play, despite their breakdowns, despite their failures to play up to expectations, this team has enough talent and, more importantly, time (5.5 back of first) to right the ship and win the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2015

El Paso Herald, June 5, 2015:

Should the Boston Braves fail in their efforts to tear off another National league championship, William N. Jarvis, a local baseball enthusiast, has agreed to walk from [Cambridge, Massachusetts] to Philadelphia and return, having as his guardian a big mud turtle, Lucy Lee.

Jarvis and a friend, Fred Woodland, made the bet, the latter standing to lose $100 if the Braves land the bunting, while Jarvis will be compelled to walk the entire distance.

Lucy Lee is to ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 05, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, dugout, history

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Astros plan to remove Tal’s HIll for 2016

The Astros have received preliminary approval from the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority their plans for a $15-million renovation to Minute Maid Park that would include the removal Tal’s Hill in center field and moving the flag poles so they’re no longer in play.

Astros owner Jim Crane thanked the Sports Authority for their support at a meeting Thursday morning and said the renovation project would begin as soon as the season ends and would be finished in time for the 2016 season. The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, stadium renovations

OMNICHATTER 6-4-2015

I don’t want to set the OMNICHATTER on fire….

Gamingboy Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Caught in the Draft | Baseball Hall of Fame

Some Hall of Fame draft history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hall of fame, history

Braun leaves Brewers for right thumb procedure

Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left the team Wednesday to travel to California to undergo a second cryotherapy procedure on his troublesome right thumb.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell downplayed the significance of this latest development, saying the procedure was pre-planned and referring to it as “maintenance.” But it was the first public indication of any kind that Braun’s first such procedure in October, during which a specialist injected a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

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

Pittsburgh Press, June 4, 1915:

The Chicago National League club may may have new stands next year. The present structures are regular eyesores. They have been patched and repatched and their plans altered so many times that the Cubs’ park is the worst-looking architecturally of any in the major leagues.

The Cubs did have new stands in 1916, but it didn’t happen the way the writer expected.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, history, wrigley field

Adjusting offensive positional expectations - Beyond the Box Score

How much of the change is due to a shift in philosophy? It makes sense for teams to look for more defense at shortstop and catcher when offense drops.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘huge difference’ that had Tanaka resembling ace of last year | New York Post

“Today he pitched like an ace, and that’s what we need,’’ Mark Teixeira said after Tanaka shut down the Mariners 3-1 at Safeco Field on Wednesday to give the Yankees a sweep of the series. “He was throwing 95, throwing his splits, you are just really happy to see that.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

McCullers spins complete game gem

Righty Lance McCullers, the rookie with lightning, was the one still searing that 96 mph so late in the game, in just his fourth big league start. The 21-year-old kid’s first complete game since high school — and the first nine-inning complete game of his life — was so near….Hinch on Wednesday went to the mound before Davis stepped in, as suspenseful a moment as any pitch itself. Closer Luke Gregerson was warm in the ‘pen, with McCullers’ chance to go the distance in the balance.

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GrumpyFan Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Study: Pittsburgh is America’s second best baseball city | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh was ranked the second-best city in the United States for baseball fans, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company.

The study rated 272 cities based upon 11 metrics split into two categories — “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement.” The study took into account MLB and college teams. The Pirates and the Pitt baseball team represented Pittsburgh in the study.

“There’s been rumblings for a couple years now if whether ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, pirates

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