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Saturday, July 30, 2016

MLB Games Are Slow Again, And It’s Helping Older Hitters | FiveThirtyEight

I love baseball but the games are too long.

Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.

But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Source: Phillies, Rangers in ‘pretty deep’ trade talks about Vince Velasquez | CSN Philly

I can’t imagine how much the Phillies would want for him right now. The only plausible scenario is the Phillies don’t think he’ll physically hold up.

It would take top talent to get Velasquez, a 24-year-old right-hander with a power arm. The Phillies acquired him over the winter from Houston as the centerpiece in the deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros.

The Rangers had several scouts at the game, including Scott Littlefield, one of their top talent evaluators.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors | MLB.com

Really?

The Braves have no intention to trade Francoeur unless they are presented with an offer they can’t refuse. Ditto for Inciarte. Olivera has limited trade value because of his domestic violence suspension, which expires Tuesday, but Atlanta could try to package him in a deal with an attractive trade piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trade rumors

OMNICHATTER 7-30-16

Joe Mauer Walk-Off Walk OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 30, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Washington Post: Nationals Execute Historic Triple Play

The Nationals were in a jam, so Dusty Baker inserted his Triple Play Defense:

The San Francisco Giants had loaded the bases with no outs against two Nationals relievers — Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen — and Baker was back out seeking a remedy. First, he replaced the right-handed Treinen with the left-handed Sammy Solis to face left-handed hitting Brandon Crawford. His next move was to double switch Ryan Zimmerman into the game by replacing Clint Robinson at first base and batting Zimmerman ...

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Friday, July 29, 2016

New Movie About Baseball’s Most Colorful Players | Bauer and Bo Show | Fox Sports 910 Phoenix

I attended my first ballgame at Fenway on my eighth birthday. Since my father hadn’t been to the park since he was a little kid, we left for the park extremely early. With a lot of time to kill we sat outside the park where we met two teenage girls who regularly hung out to get autographs. We were very lucky. As each person walked by the girls would tell us if the guy was a player. One of the first players to walk by (and yes players would just walk up to the park in those days) was Bill Lee ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 06:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, movies, red sox

Carlos Gomez trade ‘has not and will not transpire,’ Sandy Alderson says | Newsday

As they say, some of the best deals are the deals you don’t make.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 06:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade deadline, trades

State police, prosecutor to reveal findings of 38 Studios investigation

The Rhode Island State Police and the state attorney general said they would report the findings of the criminal investigation into 38 Studios at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
They declined to release any details of the years-long investigation beforehand.

EDIT: The linked article’s headline has been updated to reflect the reported findings: State police, attorney general: No charges in 38 Studios case.

“A bad deal doesn’t always equate to an indictment,” state police Col. Steven O’Donnell said.

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Scott Ross Posted: July 29, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilli, karma

Mets looking a lot more like they are reverting to last season’s form

We’re talking about the bleak, no-offense days when it was clear the club needed a jolt. Any kind of jolt. Just about a year ago, no one was convinced the Mets were headed anywhere, certainly not toward a thunderbolt second half and a roaring ride through the National League playoffs to the club’s first World Series berth in 15 years.

That was great, of course. But now it’s starting to feel like the bad old times again, especially when the Mets blow winnable games to inferior opponents, ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 29, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tangotiger: StatCast Lab: Once we hit 88mph exit speed, we’re going to see some serious…

You can read about some of the things Tangotiger is working on over on his blog.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Eduardo Nunez deal win-win for Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants - SweetSpot- ESPN

This is exactly the kind of trade an organization like the Minnesota Twins has to make: Cash in on a veteran player having a career year and obtain a prospect who should be able to help in the future.

Eduardo Nunez, a career utility guy who had become the Twins’ starting shortstop this season as much by default as anything, is hitting .296/.325/.439 with an AL-leading 27 steals and represented the Twins in the All-Star Game. He’s under team control through 2017, but the Twins traded him to the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, twins

Marlins to acquire Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea | MLB.com

The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor—ranked as Miami’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline—a source told MLB.com on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo—who is the team’s No. 6 prospect—according to Yahoo! Sports.

Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, colin rea, josh naylor, marlins, padres, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1916:

Bands must cease playing in American League ball parks while games are in progress, according to a ruling made today by President Johnson. His decision was the result of a protest made by the Cleveland club because Umpire O’Loughlin stopped a band in the Indians’ park.

“People come to ball games to see baseball,” said Mr. Johnson. “Music is all right between innings, but not while the game is on. I shall instruct all umpires to follow O’Loughlin’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Breaking down all 30 MLB general managers | MLB.com

I don’t buy into the classifications but an interesting look at today’s GMs.

Farhan Zaidi, Dodgers
Zaidi holds the title of GM, but this front office also features Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes, Gerry Hunsicker and Ned Colletti, all of whom are former GMs with varying degrees of influence. Stan Kasten is the club president, but it appears that all baseball decisions run through president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, a former small-market guru who now runs the team with baseball’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

OMNICHATTER 7-29-16

The Eduardo Nunez Trade OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 29, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Reds’ Joey Votto is the super-villain baseball needs

Joey Votto appears to be auditioning for a role as a WWE heel.

Moe Greene Posted: July 28, 2016 at 06:52 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds


Vice Sports: How Traded Players Reconfigure Their Lives at a Moment’s Notice

“By now, we had begun working with a company called Stay Fit Housing, which handles all the little things about getting moved to a new town and set up again, and gives players flexible leasing options that are easy to terminate if you’ve got to move again fast, as we had to this year,” he said. “We weren’t set up this way at all in Denver—we were looking at the long-term there—but this time we were ready.”

Erica Ruiz, Latin American client coordinator for the full-service player ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2016 at 12:32 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: lives of players, trade

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-28-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1916:

Ump Silk O’Loughlin stopped the fracas between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians three times [yesterday] and threatened at one time to forfeit the game to Boston—all on account of a band, the feature of which was a bass drum soloist. The band, and particularly the drummer, got on the nerves of the Red Sox especially when the Indians started batting rallies.
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The drummer soloist shut his eyes and whanged away in such fashion that the Boston ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Braves trade RHP Lucas Harrell to Rangers | texasrangers.com

Maybe Demeritte isn’t a great prospect.

The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dario alvarez, lucas harrell, rangers, trades, travis demeritte

Rob Manfred Baseball can be gateway to college | MLB.com

Of course, college baseball scholarships are much smaller than basketball and football scholarships. So, if a poor kid wants to use sports as a pathway to a college education, he’s better off focusing on other sports instead.

“Some of you may walk up to a different podium in a few years, have me shake your hands as you’re announced as a drafted player to Major League Baseball,” Manfred told the group. “For some of you, baseball can open a door to college. Even if you’re not going to be a big ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners


OMNICHATTER 7-28-16

The OMNICHATTER has never brawled on Camp Day.

Gamingboy Posted: July 28, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Minor league teams & managers brawl in front of hundreds of kids

This basebrawl, which went down between the Reds’ and Marlins’ single-A affiliates last week (with video only emerging yesterday), is already an excellent one: Roundhouse punches everywhere, coaches and managers raining blows on each other, total chaos. It’s made even better for having taken place on Camp Day, thrilling all the children in attendance.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinati reds, miami marlins

Outfielder Michael Brantley confident he can still help Cleveland Indians this season | cleveland.com

The optimism hasn’t matched reality so far.

Brantley has played only 11 games this season because of lingering pain from November surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He says a procedure he underwent late last week to break up scar tissue in the front of his right shoulder has helped.

“The latest procedure went well,” Brantley told reporters Tuesday before the Indians opened a two-game series against Washington. “It was pretty quick and easy. I have felt relief from it.

“I’ve ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Reyes pulled from Memphis start; available, if needed, for MLB debut | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

The way the Cardinals have it planned, lefty Tyler Lyons will likely start Saturday’s game in Miami, but since little has gone as planned for the past week they wanted to make sure they had another, viable, even intriguing option.

Enter Alex Reyes.

The Cardinals’ top prospect was pulled from his start Tuesday night for Class AAA Memphis after three innings and 57 pitches. The reason given for the quick removal from the game was “insurance,” according to an official. The Cardinals didn’t want ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Politician Who Cooked Up Horrid Braves Stadium Deal Gets Voted Out Of Office

If torches and pitchforks were socially acceptable…

As chairman of Cobb County, Tim Lee helped oversee the deal that put Cobb County taxpayers on the hook for almost half a billion dollars to finance the Braves’ new stadium. Not only has the new traffic nightmare of a ball park depleted the county’s public parks fund and ushered in a new wave of sinister legislation, residents never even got to vote on it or voice dissent at county meetings. Lee made the case that he needed to push the deal ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, braves

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 27, 1916:

RED SOX PITCHER, ACCUSED OF USING BEANBALL, SAYS NO HURLER DELIBERATELY TRIES TO HIT AN OPPONENT

“The beanball will always be a part of the game,” said [Carl] Mays, who has punctured five men this season. “I don’t believe there’s a pitcher in any league in the country who ever deliberately tried to hit a batsman. No man’s arm is as true as a rifle.”
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“Some [batters] ‘choke up’ to within two inches of the plate instead of sticking within the six-inch boundary ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, carl mays, dugout, history

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