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Monday, August 04, 2014

8-5-2014 OMNICHATTER

TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW! TROUT VS. KERSHAW!

(Also, Price’s first DET start and a WS rematch in STL)

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:38 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Report: Pirates’ McCutchen expected to go on DL, may miss a month

An oblique for a hand leaves everyone oblique and handless.

The Pirates are expected to place reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list with a severe oblique strain, reports Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He could miss three weeks to a month according to Cook’s source…

The Diamondbacks hit McCutchen with a pitch in his back and near his oblique on Saturday as retaliation for the Pirates accidentally hitting Paul Goldschmidt on Friday. Goldschmidt suffered a broken ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, injuries, pirates

Matt Cain out for season, Giants say

Cain is unAbel.

The Giants right-hander will have bone chips in his right elbow removed next Monday in San Francisco. He is expected to be sidelined for about three months, but should be healthy in time for spring training.

“It’s been frustrating for him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Matt’s been battling this for a while. It’s time. He could keep trying to push it but it’s inevitable, it looks like. Let’s have this done and get him ready for spring training.”

Cain hasn’t pitched since July 9 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, matt cain

What can we expect from Javier Baez?

Cubs recall Baez for Tuesday night’s game in Colorado, where he’ll play second base.  The youth movement is finally arriving.

Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs

Grantland: The Diamondbacks’ Disgrace, or: A List of Things Kirk Gibson Can Kiss

It’s annoying when the Diamondbacks complain about who jumps in their pool or bad-mouth a player who’s on the way out, under the cover of anonymity. They’re going to lose a lot, which matters to me not at all, because I’m one of the fortunate folks whose happiness isn’t based on the Diamondbacks’ success. I can even live with Gibson and Miguel Montero taking the “we’re not happy until you’re not happy” approach after losses, because if the Diamondbacks aren’t going to have ...

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OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Link to July Thread.

Fantasy Premier League. Code for BTF League is 585849-148849.


Aug. 4: Man U vs Liverpool (ICC Final), MLS Homegrown Team vs Timbers U23

Aug. 5: Champ. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champ. League (inc. Montral Impact vs FAS)

Aug. 6: UEFA Champ. League Qual., Nacional vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, Napoli vs Barcelona

Aug. 7: Europa League Qual., CONC. Champ. League

Aug, 8: LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 opener)

Aug. 9: ...

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Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM | 1004 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Tanaka plays catch, feels good after throwing for first time since injury

Tanaka was sweaty and smiling after 50-pitch game of catch. Told me he felt good and no pain. First of many steps.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014

Manager Joe Girardi will meet with the media at approximately 4 p.m. ET, at which point he will surely discuss Tanaka’s throwing session and the next step in his rehab process.

Tanaka, 25, suffered the ligament tear the week before the All-Star break. He was examined by three doctors and all three agreed the tear was small enough ...

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Cubs call up Javier Baez

“The Cubs are calling up top shortstop prospect Javier Baez, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. He will join the team for their series opener against the Rockies on Tuesday.”

“In 104 Triple-A games this season, Baez is hitting .260/.323/.510 with 24 doubles and 23 homeruns. He hit .229/.285/.424 with 11 homers and a 33.7 percent strikeout rate in his first 66 games of the year, but has put up a .315/.384/.657 batting line with 12 homers and a 23.8 percent strikeout in 38 games since. ...

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SouthSideRyan Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

This MLB hate map confirms everyone detests the Yankees

George Steinbrenner’s American Shiit Building Company is now a world wide success!

Hate maps are back folks, this time with the much-anticipated MLB edition. Unlike the regional wars that fuel the NFL there’s a pretty clear delineation here: Almost everyone hates the Yankees.

Florida hates the Red Sox: This is wonderful because you can guarantee this is purely based on New York retirees heading to the Sunshine State.
Arkansas has strong feelings about the Cubs: Honestly, it’s just nice to see ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Kapler: In Rays We Trust

Mike Francesa hasn’t heard of Warren Buffett either.

The perception that the Rays received a paltry haul is based on the precedent set by the 2012 deal in which they acquired Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard from the Royals. We are now two years down the road, and prospects are overvalued by the industry.

My grandfather remembers when he could buy a bottle of Pepsi for a nickel. He’s still pissed off about the price hike. Regardless of how he feels about it, when ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, rays, trade deadline, trade value

OMNICHATTER 8-4-2014

Monday and the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Trainer Says Yankees Left Dominican Prospect At The Altar

Its “Adam and EVE” not “Adam and Christopher”!

The Yankees backed out of a seven-figure signing agreement with a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to the player’s trainer, but the team says there was never a deal in place.

Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, according to his trainer Orlando Mazara, reached an oral agreement in October 2013 to sign with the Yankees for a $2.1 million bonus, with the understanding that Torres would officially sign when he became eligible on July ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dominican, prospect, scouting, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2014

Logan [Utah] Republican, August 4, 1914:

We hereby issue a challenge to the Mendon baseball team to play a game of baseball on the B.Y. campus at once, the sooner the better, for $100 a side and winner to take all gate receipts.

We have understood that the Mendon team is crowing that it can defeat the team compused of the Kidmans’ [sic] of the valley. Now put up or shut up as the Kidman boys are ready.

LYMAN KIDMAN,
Manager Kidman Team

I really like the idea of family-only ballclubs roaming ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs announce ‘Hipster Night’ at Wrigley Field – The Heckler

Let’s hope this never becomes an official event, especially when I visit next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, funny

The utility guy the Yankees actually wanted at the deadline | New York Post

Before acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Yankees inquired about the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.
Nevertheless, when Seattle asked for minor league right-hander Bryan Mitchell, the discussions essentially ended because the Yankees view the 23-year-old right-hander as a rotation candidate either this year or next.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Braves swept by lowly Padres for their sixth loss in a row; now trail in division by 3.5 games

SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman ...

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Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, padres

DallasNews: Time and Money (4-part series on youth select sports)

The Industry, first in a four part series

At the final tournament of the season, with the finish line in sight, the couple counted up how many games their sons had played — and they had attended — since the seasons started in the spring. The total: 167, five games more than a major league team’s calendar.

More doesn’t necessarily mean better, though. With the increased intensity comes a price — often in time and money, or in some cases, the child’s interest in the sport or even ...

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Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 03, 2014 at 02:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, money, youth sports

Pouliot: Just Fire Kirk Gibson Already

On Saturday, the Diamondbacks flat-out embarrassed themselves. Because of their mentality, it was a given that they’d seek revenge after Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game. There was nothing intentional about that pitch, something Goldschmidt himself acknowledged. But the Diamondbacks were going to drill Andrew McCutchen last night regardless.

No, what was pathetic about the whole incident was that the Diamondbacks did nothing the ...

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Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong

A BTF favorite is back… and he’s ready to take your money.

“I became addicted to money,” he conceded. “Money was my drug, and a few other ones, too. But whatever. This is a pretty entertaining interview, isn’t it?”

Guapo Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:53 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, finances, grit, idiocy, lenny dykstra, mets, phillies, prison

Livingston: Jim Thome is Cleveland Indians’ HR leader, but statue should have been Omar Vizquel

Updating the Lord Livingston calendar…

Thome played for six teams and spent nine seasons elsewhere, despite saying, before he left Cleveland the first time, “They’ll have to tear the uniform off my back,” although really all the Phillies had to do was dangle a massive contract while the players union squeezed, and off popped the uniform, neatly enough.

A lot of Indians from the 1990s, led by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, chased the last dollar without saying their laundry would have to be ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

MLB.com writers share favorite baseball books « Baseball Books

Although I have read and enjoyed most of the books listed, my favorite was Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: books

OMNICHATTER 8-3-2014

SUNDAY OMNICHATTER.

ESPN GAME OF WEEK: Yankees vs. Red Sox. Shocker.

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Orbit and Jose Bautista Play With Dolls — Wait, What?

That is really what happened before Saturday night’s Astros-Blue Jays game. Yes, the Astros won 8-2 in a game filled with insanity, home-run robbery, Altuve hustling home from first after two errors, home runs (by Castro and Carter), an inside-the-park home run for Jon Singleton and even an open roof in August (the roof was open in August for the first time since August 6, 2004). But one of the most entertaining highlights took place off the field before the game. When Orbit and Jose Bautista ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, jose bautista, mascots

Detroit 11, Colorado 5: Tigers score in every inning

The Tigers scored in all eight innings in which they batted. According to STATS, inc., the Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912.

Per baseball-almanac.com, this is the 7th team to score in all 8 innings they batted in the AL (none in all 9).  7 NL teams have scored during EVERY Inning of a 9 Inning Game, but only 3 since 1901.

H/T to Ulysses S. Fairsmith

bobm Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: score in every inning, tigers

TSN.ca: MacArthur: Buehrle shows fellow hurler Stroman the way

Mark Buehrle teaches baseball’s off-field unwritten rules to Marcus Stroman.

The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie.

“I think he’s been doing the dumbest stuff and I’ve had to call him out,” said Buehrle. “I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, I’m not going to sit there and take credit for anything. We’ve talked a few times about little things but I think the ...

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Boileryard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 10:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman, mark buehrle, unwritten rules

Paul Goldschmidt has fractured left hand, goes on DL

PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks’ dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.

Goldschmidt, who finished as the runner-up in the National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list, and there was no word on how long he is expected ...

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shoewizard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, injury

Pete Van Wieren, longtime Braves broadcaster, passes away

Pete Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 69 after his long battle with cancer.

Another all-time great gone.

PeteF3 Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, obituaries

OMNICHATTER 8-2-14

Come and get your OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thin chance of Yankees success rests on one brain | New York Post

Prado is a flexibility machine. I’m surprised Girardi didn’t mention Prado at second base and first base. In his career he’s played 245 games at 2B and 56 games at 1B. Talk about Headley playing in the OF is just silly.

“These moves give us a lot of flexibility,” Girardi said in a pregame news conference. In the approximately eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters, Girardi used the word “flexibility” six times. He scored points by staying on point.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, joe girardi, martin prado, stephen drew, yankees

National Football League and Zebra Technologies to Provide ‘Next Gen Stats’ for the 2014 Season

The National Football League announced today that it will install Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system (RTLS) for sports in 17 stadiums during the 2014 NFL season.  This innovative technology will track players and officials, providing location based data known as “Next Gen Stats” to fans.

Zebra receivers installed throughout the stadium will communicate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise ...

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Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: August 02, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, ot, sabermetrics

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