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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How gambling can help make baseball America’s pastime again

Because Americans – well, Americans may well love to gamble as much as anyone, and that the country needed a multi-billion-dollar underground economy to swell for decades felt particularly un-American. Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that took away Nevada’s monopoly on legal sports gambling served as the first step to this brand-new world where our sports gambling options will be as plentiful as our minds allow.

Want to bet on whether a pitch will be a ball or strike? It’s coming.

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Robinson Cano Reportedly Suspended for PED

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, according to multiple reports, including Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

From what I’ve read Hector Gomez, a reporter in the Dominican, is the one who broke the story.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:09 PM | 249 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, steroids


Taking Back the Ballparks - New York Yankees

Ah, perhaps the toughest entry of all for me to come up with, given how I place the Yankees just above Pol Pot and one spot below You Tube stars on my hierarchy of historical malevolence, and that’s only because the Yankees have slipped down a few spaces after the nice anti-bullying video they recently did.

Yankee Stadium III is that rare new park that seems to be least appreciated by the fans of the club, particularly in comparison with the facility it replaced. From what I can tell, it ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 15, 1918:

By hitting home runs in three consecutive games he participated in Babe Ruth a few days ago tied the record for homers in consecutive games. Curiously enough the record has only been accomplished by pitchers, Ruth and Ray Caldwell.

I’m beginning to think Babe Ruth might be good at baseball.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reds sweep Dodgers, whose 16-24 record is the worst 40-game start since 1958

If this isn’t rock bottom, the Dodgers don’t want to know.

The Dodgers have to be better than this, or so they keep telling us. They just got swept by the team with the worst record in the National League. They are one game out of last place in the NL West.

Their 16-24 start is the worst by any Dodgers team since 1958, the inaugural season in Los Angeles.

You are who your record says you are, right?

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 05:31 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, reversal of fortunes


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2018

Bridgeport Times, May 14, 1918:

Ferdie Schupp, the Giants’ youthful southpaw, whose pitching arm has been troubling him all Spring, paid a visit to Bonesetter Reese in Youngstown, Ohio yesterday.

The specialist, after a close examination of the arm, found that the young pitcher had pulled a tendon close to the shoulder. He snapped the tendon back into place and ordered Schupp to refrain from pitching at least a week, after which he said the arm would be as good as ever.

Schupp reported last ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Taking Back the Ballparks - Chicago Cubs

We just passed the halfway mark in this endeavor. Yet like the baseball season itself, the second half won’t take quite as many days to complete.

Just as College Week gives Jeopardy host Alex Trebek a younger group of contestants to insult, and Fleet Week depletes the stock of antibiotics on our nation’s maritime vessels, By Acclimation Week is going to speed up the Taking Back the Ballparks project.

If my assumptions are correct, each day this week we’ll check off another team, a ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, stadium names

How seasoned rookie Brandon Mann achieved his big-league dream after 17 years, a stint in Japan and a suspension

Mann reached his goal after 267 minor league appearances, three seasons in independent leagues, two seasons in Japan and one suspension for use of a banned substance.

“It means everything,” said Mann, who got the final five outs in the Rangers’ 6-1 loss to Houston at Minute Maid Park. “Lots of reflecting on the journey of where it’s been. This is pretty awesome.

“I always told myself I was a big leaguer. To keep grinding for that opportunity, you have to believe that you are.”

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The Score: A’s Maxwell not allowed into Canada, won’t play vs. Blue Jays

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell will be forced to miss his team’s four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays next week due to ongoing legal issues that will prevent him from entering Canada, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: immigration, legal, oakland a's

Taking Back the Ballparks - Colorado Rockies

The westernmost park I’ve ever visited. My one night there, I watched Aaron Cook throw a 79-pitch, four-hit, no-walk shutout against the Padres in a nifty one hour, 58 minutes. I haven’t been paying attention: Does it still play as such a severe pitcher’s park?

Truthfully, it’s behind only PNC on my personal favorite list. Just a beautiful place in a really nice setting. And that’s something coming from me, as I don’t like spending time west of the Mississippi, or south of the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, stadium names

Taking Back the Ballparks - Baltimore Orioles

Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains the template for the modern park, in all the right ways. Place it in a convenient, central city location? Check. Incorporate the surrounding area into the design? Check. Offer the customer new ways to enjoy the game beyond what was previously available? Got that.

Only two problems. They almost got the name perfect, but the Oriole Park part was simply unnecessary. Without its useless appendage, Camden Yards would be on the Mount Rushmore of baseball park ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, stadium names

Taking Back the Ballparks - Milwaukee Brewers

Of all the paid-for ballpark names, this one probably works the best. The title sponsor’s name is short and kind of generic, so we aren’t dealing with something that’s obviously corporate. Miller’s ties to the city run long and deep. And, of course, the team’s nickname pulls from the very industry of the brand. You could argue that Miller Park would be one of the best names for the park even if the brewery wasn’t forking over the dough for the privilege.

The park itself is a blend ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, stadium names

OTP 2018 May 14: Political leadership, fans needed to bring baseball to Portland: Guest opinion

Today I’m not writing to promote the virtues of Major League Baseball or Portland as a baseball city. I’m writing from the perspective of one who worked on the last successful effort to bring a professional sports team to town—the Portland Timbers—and as someone who has worked in state and local politics for nearly 30 years. Few situations are fraught with as much politics as bringing a professional sports team to a community. If you look closely at cities that have experienced these debates, ...

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Bad day for Mariners as they lose Robinson Cano, series finale in Detroit

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was struck on the hand by an 88-mph fastball from Tigers starter Blaine Hardy in his second at-bat. The ball rode up and in on Cano, who couldn’t get out of the way. It made a sickening sound as it struck the back of Cano’s hand flush against the bat, fracturing the fifth metacarpal below his pinky finger.

“It was a rough day,” manager Scott Servais said. “It’s a freak accident. I don’t know how long he’s going to be out or where we’re ...

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Wainwright likely headed back to DL after difficult start, loss to San Diego

From the beginning, it was clear that Wainwright did not have his best feel for pitches or the velocity expected.

After the game he said he lacked “snap.”

His fastball hovered below 90 mph, and there were times he had a cutter at 84 mph or 82 mph. His changeup, which usually would be in that range, slipped into the 70s mph. He was able to get outs with his curveball and find a way through two scoreless innings. In the third, a single with the bases loaded produced the Padres’ first run and ...

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A walk-off win at Angel Stadium, another Sunday with Shohei Ohtani

Scioscia has refrained from using Ohtani the days directly before and after his starts and the player said his has physically responded well to the schedule.
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His condition has made the Angels wonder if it’s possible for them to get more out of him, with Scioscia already saying he will likely pitch once every six days at some point this season.

“In the big picture of where I think we will need to be with our rotation, it’s going to be very helpful if he can come back and pitch on that sixth ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:15 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Padres’ Chase Headley experiment is over

“Chase has been great to this organization for a long time,” manager Andy Green said. “This has been a tough start to the season, and he got very limited opportunity. It got to the point where it was probably best for everyone involved to make that move. … Nothing but gratitude for the way he went about his job, the professionalism. He showed up every day, (he made) an investment in these guys. He was trying to make an impact every day.”

Headley had spoken in recent weeks of his ...

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Twins special assistant Jim Kaat wants to see baseball go to 7-inning games

Kaat’s primary points about the change include the fact it would restore the importance of starting pitchers, with the starter going five and then the setup man and closer taking over; the size of pitching staffs could be reduced (clearly this has no chance of flying with the union); and teams could bring back four-man starting rotations.


We interrupt this Minor League contest to bring you a real, live snake on the field

[T]he Double-A San Antonio Missions—like all great Minor League clubs, really—are innovators. They weren’t just content to trot some bird or woodland creature out there while locked in a tight game against the Frisco RoughRiders on Friday night. No, they enlisted the help of an enormous and terrifying snake:



Friday, May 11, 2018

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth.

Spoiler: He’s not. But this is an interesting read anyway.

Perry Posted: May 11, 2018 at 08:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dna, genealogy, jim palmer, orioles


Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Ex-Reds starting pitcher Kyle Lohse announces retirement

After 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Kyle Lohse announced that he’s calling it quits after the Kansas City Royals released him on Thursday.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2018

Photo caption in the Washington Times, May 11, 1918:

Here’s Roger Hornsby, the star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is now playing his third and last major league campaign. He will receive $350,000 for Texas oil properties he owns and plans to get out of baseball.

Hornsby did get out of baseball. When the Reds fired him as manager. In 1953.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Joy From Eloy: Fast start for Jimenez catches the attention of White Sox fans

Outfield Eloy Jimenez is enjoying an incredible start to his season with the Double-A Barons of the Southern League, and this comes after he suffered a minor pectoral strain at the end of workouts in Glendale for Spring Training.

Activated from that injury on April 19th, Jimenez has been on a tear ever since.

At age 21, Jiminez is the youngest player on the Birmingham Barons.  He will likely be up a level (or two) at some point in the summer.

Nasty Nate Posted: May 11, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Thursday, May 10, 2018

White Sox prospect Jake Burger tears Achilles tendon for 2nd time

Hahn said the long-term prognosis remains positive and he expects Burger to have “no restrictions” once his leg heals. Hahn said the latest injury occurred at Burger’s home in Arizona.

“He was walking in his backyard and took a step and unfortunately felt a pop,” Hahn said. “It appears nothing could have been done to prevent this, much like the first one.

“Doctors are very optimistic that this repair, the second repair, will take, especially with the graft-tissue attachment. ...

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Ned Colletti Goes Inside Baseball

Controversy surfaced when the question of “juicing” or steroid use came up. Colletti mentioned legendary hitter Barry Bonds, saying, “It hurts me that Barry’s not in the Hall. He was one of the greatest, smartest players I’ve been around —genius.”

While commenting that he never saw any drug use, Colletti did say that of course it was suspected, but that management’s hands were tied because the players’ union did not allow drug testing for athletes. He claims, though, he ...

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