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Monday, June 22, 2015

Rusney Castillo disappointing | Boston Herald

I would option him to Pawtucket and recall Jackie Bradley.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: 10 steps to fix the broken Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

I am glad most baseball writers aren’t in charge of teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Team president Pat Gillick says his replacement likely will be hired soon

Pat Gillick on the state of the Phillies.

“It’s sort of like what they do at private schools,” Gillick told the Inquirer. “They hire a headmaster a year ahead of time. I’m working with ownership and we’ve got some people under consideration. I think probably it’s going to happen somewhere in the not-too-distant future.”

Gillick said the intent is to give his eventual replacement time to observe the remainder of the season and then make decisions concerning general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pat gillick, phillies

Giant manager Bruce Bochy left behind by team bus | FOX Sports

That will teach him!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants

WATCH: King Felix’s kid owns this first pitch

Prior to Sunday’s Astros-Mariners game, the son of M’s ace Felix Hernandez was among those tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch(es). As it turns out, the young scion of King Felix attacked and then demolished these obligations with a powerful sense of mission. Please witness ...

you mess with the meat you get the wada Posted: June 22, 2015 at 03:43 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, future star

OMNICHATTER 6-22-2015

The “Gordon Beckham Must Really Love His Parents” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Braves See Value In High-Risk Acquisitions - BaseballAmerica.com

The Braves think injured pitchers are the new market inefficiency.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, tommy john

The Brewers are sellers. Will anyone buy?

Testing the limits of supply-side economics:

For years, Melvin put together slugging lineups to take advantage of hitter-friendly Miller Park. But the Brewers no longer hit home runs with regularity, and with a terrible OBP they don’t get enough runners on base to sustain rallies.

....

Obvious trade candidates are veterans on the last years of their contracts with big salaries, such as third baseman Aramis Ramirez ($14 million), Lohse ($11 million) and reliever Jonathan Broxton ($9 ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: June 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, trade rumors

Video: Correa’s leaping catch | MLB.com

Great catch!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, video


Analytics at heart of Cards’ success, federal probe : Sports

A history of the Cardinals’ Baseball Development department

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

Why 2016 Is The Year To Break Your International Bonus Pool - BaseballAmerica.com

Here’s a good read about the international bonus pool.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international players

OMNICHATTER 6-21-2015

Nearly-perfect OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Influx of Cuban players to MLB could increase steadily - LA Times

I would think Cuba would be able to produce as many major league players as the Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves | MLB.com

Another nice trade for John Hart.

The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bronson arroyo, diamondbacks, phil gosselin, touki toussaint, trades

Lookout Landing: Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach

The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.


Yankees Surprise Mel Stottlemyre With Plaque

Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, a day like no other:

Stottlemyre, who had to convince his oncologist to let him fly to New York, sat in the Yankees’ dugout as Randolph received his Monument Park plaque. He watched as his fellow Old-Timers were introduced, a history of the club unfurling in front of him. He waited for his name to be called until he was the last one left. “I was sitting there by myself, and I actually thought they forgot me,” he said.

As Stottlemyre sat in the dugout, he saw ...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Madden: Recapping a baseball week to forget - NY Daily News

Why isn’t Madden writing a blog with three readers?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bad analysis

Ford: Utley’s berating a death knell for Sandberg’s tenure

What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ryne sandberg

Mets MGR Terry Collins on life and his Dad

if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one

“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.

“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”

Howie Menckel Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, mets

OMNICHATTER 6-20-15

The “A-Rod Had His 3000th Hit” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Robothal: Rays’ will to win overcomes any obstacle in their path

Robothal is hitting .500 in yesterday afternoon’s columns.

The point is, Tampa Bay is competing, as Tampa Bay always competes, even as Rays owner Stuart Sternberg describes the team’s current run as “beyond improbable.”

Sternberg, in speaking to reporters, was referring to all of the injuries, all of the rookies. But really, the Rays expected to be good last season, when many of us picked them to win the division, if not reach the World Series. Injuries and poor performance in ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: first place, injuries, ken rosenthal, rays, small market, trades

Sale ties mark with 12-plus K’s in 5th straight | MLB.com

The White Sox have some problems but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Red Sox need to dump Sandoval, Ramirez, like, now | FOX Sports

Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Holding On to a Special Ball, With No Apology

Two security officials led the way through the Yankee Stadium crowd on Friday, and a group of reporters followed, as Zack Hample clutched the ball that was Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit so tightly that his knuckles were white….

Hample was not exactly awe-struck. He had, to a degree, planned this all out. He had bought a season ticket in right field knowing that it would be a prime location for home runs. The Yankees described him as a professional home run catcher, and the whole scene felt ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 20, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees

Big League Stew: Notorious ballhawk Zack Hample catches A-Rod’s 3,000th hit

Yo, Randy Levine: Market this.

He’s been on the receiving end of several notable milestones over the years, including Mike Trout’s first major league home run on July 24, 2011 at Camden Yards. He also caught Barry Bonds’ 724th career home run at Petco Park in 2006, and over the years has caught several balls at the Home Run Derby in numerous locations.

Now he adds Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, which should prove to be the most valuable of them all.

Of course, no one knows that better than ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, a-rod, fans, souvenirs, yankees

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Angels’ rookie league team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.

This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...

I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly ...

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As Cardinals acknowledge ‘rogue element’ in hacking of Astros, a third breach is found - Ultimate Astros

What a mess.

The Chronicle on Thursday learned that the Cardinals had unauthorized access to Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known. Cards owner Bill DeWitt Jr., meanwhile, for the first time acknowledged that his organization had played a role in accessing proprietary information belonging to the Astros, blaming “roguish behavior.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

How Royals fans have turned MLB’s All-Star voting into anarchy - Yahoo Sports

What a mess.

More than 300 million votes have been accepted, according to the league, and the record of 390 million should fall sometime this week. Almost certainly a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2. And that doesn’t include the massive amounts of votes Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, said the league disallowed because of concerns over fake or improper voting.

“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Tampa’s Wilson does it all in marathon win -  Backstop catches 15 innings, hurls two frames, slugs first pro homer

Officially, Yankees prospect Wes Wilson is listed as a catcher. Unofficially, he’s an iron man two-way player, a lights-out closer, a jokester, and after his late-innings exploits Thursday, somewhat of a Tampa hero.

Wilson caught 15 innings behind the plate before tossing two perfect innings of relief and capping his mammoth night with a go-ahead homer in the 17th frame as the Class A Advanced Yankees outlasted the host Bradenton Marauders, 5-4.

It’s not every day that you see a 17-inning ...

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