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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bryce Brentz hung in there and the Red Sox hung in there with him — until they didn’t

I’ve seen enough of Bryce Brentz to believe he can be a serviceable major leaguer in the Jonny Gomes mode. I’m sure he’ll be able to catch on with another team. 

Among other things in the piece, the Commissioner speaks:

Q. Are the rumors about the new Marlins ownership slashing payroll by 50 percent true, and are you concerned by that?

A. “I talked to [new Marlins owner] Bruce Sherman this morning. I think that the Marlins, the new ownership, once they are approved, are intent on putting a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce brentz, notes, red sox

Sunday Notes: Zack Littell Knows a 20-1 Record is Relative | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Marte came over from the Mariners in last winter’s Taijuan Walker–Jean Segura trade, which means he received Hall-of-Fame-quality hitting tutorials before arriving in Arizona.

“Edgar Martinez was my hitting coach in Seattle last year, and he taught me a lot,” Marte told me in late August. “He would tell me that every time he would go to home plate, he would be looking to hit the ball to right field. He said if you’re thinking middle away, you’re going to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Rockies send Dodgers to 9th straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers STILL CAN’T WIN!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians extend winning streak to 17 games | MLB.com

Indians STILL CAN’T LOSE!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Brewers Jimmy Nelson to miss rest of season | MLB.com

Not good. At least he got a hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Twitter: Brian Kenny: Is a consistent player more valuable than a volatile player?

I’m going to have to think about it because I can’t remember off the top of my head but…haven’t there been studies which looked at this? If there haven’t, this can be simulated. As a proxy, looking at injured players with replacement players would give us an answer. It’s essentially a question about peak vs. average.

On the other part of the question related to the Jeter hitting good pitching versus a guy who feasts on bad pitchers but is overmatched against better hurlers, I also believe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Rockies hand Dodgers eighth straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers still can’t win.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians shut out Orioles, up win streak to 16 | MLB.com

Indians still can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles


OT - 2017 NFL thread

Free agent NFL cornerback Antonio Cromartie and his wife Terricka announced the birth of baby girl Jhett Paxton, born Aug. 30.

This is the couple’s sixth child, and it is Cromartie’s fourteenth. By our count, it is his third child since (supposedly) having a vasectomy during his tenure with the New York Jets in 2013.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 09, 2017 at 12:36 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

Friday, September 08, 2017


Braves prospect Acuna Pipeline Hitter of Year | MLB.com

This kids looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

MLB MVPs: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and ... Tommy Pham? Smart money says these are the candidates | SI.com

Jay Jaffe embraces the best way to pay for WAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Dodgers’ Walker Buehler solid in debut | MLB.com

The next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

2017 Minor League All-Star Team | BaseballAmerica.com

That’s a lot of Blue Jays.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect lists, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2017

Seattle Star, September 8, 1917:

Shortstop Lavan and Second Baseman Pratt, of the Browns, have each filed suit against P.D. Ball, president of the club, for $50,000 damages, for alleged slanderous statements contained in an interview in a St. Louis paper.

The petitions assert Ball, “by his statements, meant and intended to charge that the plaintiffs and other players failed to play a good game of ball, and that the plaintiff was unfaithful and dishonest in his business and profession of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | 7 Potential Landing Spots In Giancarlo Stanton Trade

If the Marlins are truly committed to slashing payroll to the core, Stanton has to go. As Heyman mentions, trading him after this season maximizes the get. How many teams, though, would be willing to eat the salary *and* kick back quality prospects?

As for Heyman’s thoughts on potential landing spots…if the Marlins are looking to slash payroll, I don’t see them taking Ellsbury back.

4. YANKEES
The Yankees did make a call, and while there hasn’t been a lot of internal buzz about them, they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Baseball Nuggets: Spalding’s Official Base Ball Record books

OK, this is pretty cool.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Twitter: Even Stupid Stuff Like This Can’t Redeem Twitter

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra

Rockies’ Arenado hits homer off Kershaw | MLB.com

Dodgers can’t win. Even Kershaw is getting shelled.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians win 15th straight, sweeping White Sox | MLB.com

Indians can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Bonds was blackballed like Kaepernick and excuses were the same - NY Daily News

Longtime Primate and good guy John Brattain gets quoted a lot in this piece. He was a real favorite of mine and a lot of the members here. He’s still missed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:06 AM | 203 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Where New York Yankee Aaron Judge’s Second-Half Slump Ranks in History - The Ringer

Ouch.

However, that apparent case of the hiccups has continued for seven subsequent weeks. Judge, who’s hitting .183/.350/.355 with a 34.1 percent strikeout rate since the All-Star break, has only eight homers in that span, and while idle Wednesday relinquished his long-held AL home run lead to Oakland’s Khris Davis. Judge no longer has the worst WAR of the second half, but he’s closer to the bottom of the leaderboard than the top, ranking 125th of 168 qualified hitters. His 0.3 postbreak ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Inside Baseball NL Notes | David Wright Wants One More Shot

Heyman’s latest.

AL Notes here.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Heyman | D-Backs GM Hazen Credits Past Regimes

My bank account would appreciate the D’Backs staying hot and winning the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Gene Michael was much more than man who saved the Yankees | New York Post

Gene Michael was an exceptional baseball man.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 12:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: gene michael, obituaries, yankees

Baseball Is Moving Away From the Sinker | FanGraphs Baseball

Again, but quicker: My theory is that teams are increasingly selecting for four-seamers because they’re trying to combat the changing swings and approaches. Hitters grew extremely good at punishing the sinker down. It’s still possible to succeed down there — consider, say, Dallas Keuchel — but you need to pitch with ever so much precision. The four-seamer can turn into easier strikeouts, and it stands to reason that’s something teams could continue to chase until hitters get better at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2017

El Paso Herald, September 7, 1917:

[Pirates manager Hugo Bezdek:] “Ty Cobb says the trouble with the Germans is that they don’t play [baseball]. Well, why don’t they? The answer is easy; They’ve never been taught to play it. Germany has no national sport which calls for the meeting of man against man in competition. There’s your answer for the things they have done in Belgium and in France: they have never been taught fair play and good sportsmanship. I tell you it makes a difference.

Okay, so ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sabermetrics Starter Cards | Banished to the Pen

Get your sabermetrics cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

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