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Friday, April 08, 2016

Mookie Betts Is Dustin Pedroia All Over Again | FanGraphs Baseball

A great examination of what makes Betts and Pedroia similarly great hitters. Pedroia’s power numbers dipped for a couple of years when his wrist injury prevented him from turning on the inside stuff with any authority, especially up. He’s looked like his old self the last two years. Assuming he’s over his leg problems from last season, you should expect big numbers from him again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, mookie betts, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1916:

According to a Cleveland war correspondent Chick Gandil swings the heaviest bat used in the American league. His sticks weigh around 56 ounces. In the National league Larry Doyle and Jack Meyers are said to use the heaviest bats.

56 ounces is ludicrously heavy. Edd Roush’s 48 ounce bat is frequently called the “heaviest in Major League history”, but if this report is accurate, Gandil’s bats were ~17% heavier than Roush’s bats.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, chick gandil, dugout, history

Felix Hernandez’s Ominous Company | FanGraphs Baseball

This doesn’t sound good.

It’s just — for one thing, you notice when a pitcher is down a few miles. It’s of particular significance when you’re talking about an ace, who also had an under-powered spring. Felix wasn’t very effective down the stretch a year ago, and the Mariners need for him to bounce back. It looks like Felix’s arm slot has dropped. And I might as well acknowledge what Andy Van Slyke said, when he claimed that Felix has been pitching through a partially torn UCL. Every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, sabermetrics

Cubs Rizzo knocks in 6, but Schwarber injured | MLB.com

Dexter Fowler somehow escaped injury.

It was not all good news for the Cubs as they watched left fielder Kyle Schwarber sprain his left ankle in an outfield collision in the second inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, kyle schwarber

The Physics of the Cutoff: Part II – The Hardball Times

Hit the cutoff man!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney not concerned about long-term impact of injury - The Orange County Register

Despite the fear that Andrew Heaney’s forearm tightness is a precursor to something far more serious, at the moment Heaney and the Angels are remaining optimistic.

Heaney may miss only a few weeks if all he has is a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

“I saw the MRI for myself,” Heaney said Thursday. “Obviously I’m not a doctor, but the way they explained it to me, it looked perfectly sound and healthy.”

In this case, “it” refers to the ulnar collateral ligament, which ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

OMNICHATTER 4-8-16

WILL THE PADRES SCORE TODAY? This and other questions are to be determined. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2016 at 12:49 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Adelanto’s baseball dream turns into a $1-a-year nightmare

High coin, baby. [High Desert, that is.]


E:59 - The Play That Never Happened

From Cody Decker and the people that brought you “On Jeff Ears”. Starring Cody Decker, with guest appearances from Peter Gammons, Keith Olberman, Nick Swisher, and a surprise guest star.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody decker, comedy, espn, film, minor leagues, nick swisher

‘Laws of Base Ball’ documents dated 1857 establish new founder of sport

The 1857 documents titled “Laws of Base Ball” establish the essentials of the modern game: The distance of the base paths is 90 feet, the length of the game is nine innings and nine players are in the field.

And they do it three years earlier than the 1860 birth date now recognized.

The documents were authored by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, making him the founding father of America’s pastime, not Alexander Cartwright, who now is credited.

ajnrules Posted: April 07, 2016 at 04:21 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: doc adams, history, john thorn

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas.

Sky Sox owner David Elmore and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced in a city council meeting Thursday that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate is headed to Texas for the 2019 season, according to the San Antonio News-Express.

The move is contingent upon a new downtown baseball stadium.


Keep the Isotopes in Springfield!


Overland Park man buys baseball from Eric Hosmer’s World Series dash, loans it to Royals Hall of Fame

Then Lucas saw JB044155 and this description:

Session Name: 2015 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 KC@NYM

Session Date: November 1, 2015

Additional Information: BATTER — SALVADOR PEREZ, PITCHER — JEURYS FAMILIA, TOP OF 9, GROUND OUT

Lucas did a double-take. Wasn’t that the ball Mets first baseman Lucas Duda threw away as Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer dashed home to tie Game 5 of the 2015 World Series?

Zach Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jeurys familia, memorabilia, royals, salvador perez, world series

Kenta Maeda hits a home run, pitches Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Padres - LA Times

This is a pretty good first game. Of course, it was against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenta maeda

How a Baseball-Obsessed Programmer Is Helping Us Live Our Hardball Fantasies | Motherboard

I’ve played a lot of baseball games. This is one of my favorites.

“I haven’t watched a baseball game in years,” said Chris Flora, a tax consultant in Florida who has played OOTP since 2004. “But I read Baseball Prospectus before each season starts, and then I get lost in these Out of the Park universes, thirty or forty seasons in a row, that are always better than the real thing—whatever ‘real’ means.”

Flora compared his experience to that of J. Henry Waugh in Robert Coover’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

The Very Respectable Adventures of Gentleman Matty and Dime-Novel Frank – Narratively

A lot of great stuff in this article.

Mathewson was through as a pitcher after 1916. He managed Cincinnati until midseason 1918, when he joined the armed services and served as a captain on the Western Front. He was hit by a whiff of poison gas, and two years later he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in both lungs.

He was sent to Saranac Lake, New York, for treatment, where one of his lungs collapsed. Betrayed by his body, Matty let his mind wander back to the infinite intricacies of baseball, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Sam Hinkie steps down as Philadelphia 76ers general manager, president of basketball operations

Posting this because of some of the factors related to his resignation are relevant to MLB front offices.

I haven’t had time to read the full thirteen pages of his long-winded resignation. With that in mind…as much as I buy into having an objective “process” in running a sports organization, you need people skills and ownership backing to get buy in or your franchise will be a muddled mess. Ultimately, though, you either find success or you end up unemployed.

Update: Finished reading the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 241 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, process, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2016

Toledo News-Bee, April 7, 1916:

There is a story [in New York] to the effect that the most important baseball deal of the season will be completed [there] on Friday or Saturday. By the deal the world’s champion Red Sox will lose their big sticker, Tris Speaker, who will go to Bill Donovan’s Yankees.
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As part of the deal for Speaker, Fritz Maisel, the little third sacker, will be sent to the Red Sox.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Press reports that Red Sox president Joe Lannin denies the Speaker ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, trade rumors, tris speaker

Braves prospect John Gant has one of the strangest deliveries you’ll ever see | MLB.com

Who is the MLB VP in charge of the Ministry of Silly Windups?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, john gant

Is A’s reliever Sean Doolittle the most interesting man in baseball?

He is an enormous Star Wars fan who wore a Chewbacca costume to the opening of “The Force Awakens.’’ (He also bought Dolan a Darth Vader costume to wear. She was less than thrilled.) “I don’t know if those are costumes,’’ Doolittle says. “I think they’re technically pajamas.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sean doolittle

On Tim Lincecum and Labral Tears – The Hardball Times

Everything you wanted to know about labral tears.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, tim lincecum

Red Sox president defends Fenway Park’s high beer prices

I call bullshit. The beers are priced to maximize profits.

Small beers come at a big price at Fenway Park.

Last season, a beer at the Red Sox’ home ballpark cost $7.75, tied for the highest price in the league with the Phillies and Cubs. Philadelphia and Chicago, however, sold their $7.75-beers in bigger cups. Fenway served 12-oz beers, Wrigley Field served 16-oz beers, and Citzens Bank Park served 21-oz beers.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy joined CBS Boston 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, beer

Chance (the Rapper) to sign with White Sox

The Cubs are hoping to soon close their deal with the surviving members of Chicago.

Walt Davis Posted: April 07, 2016 at 02:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: music, white sox

Washington Post: Weirdest, Most Confusing Pitching Delivery In Baseball

I’ll see your Carter Capps, and raise you a John of Gant:

Enter Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Gant, who mesmerized those who watched the Nationals’ 3-1 win at Turner Field Wednesday night with his shaky leg, jittery motion and near full stop in the middle of his delivery.

Video & more at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, balk, john gant, pitching mechanics, weird

OMNICHATTER 4/7/16

The Padres won’t score today either (because they aren’t playing). CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2016 at 12:28 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Some Yankees Tickets Require a Long Walk

Yankees encourage StubHub users to get more exercise.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stubhub, yankees tickets

The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball

It’s not that I love bat flips, etc. so much. It’s just that the people objecting are so full of themselves that I feel compelled to be on the other side.

Hank G. Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:01 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, black players, latino players

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own ...

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Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Where Braves top 30 prospects start the season | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline is publishing a series of articles on where each team’s Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

MLB needs to tweak draft to create greater disincentives for losing | FOX Sports

Team which lose are given a bigger budget. Why not tie the difference to the luxury tax threshold and revenue sharing system? Right now the Reds have a pool of $13,923,700. The Cubs have a pool of $2,245,100. Why not strike a balance? Let the Cubs a little more room under the threshold?

The difference between the two, $5.64 million, is $1.14 million greater than the difference was in 2012, the first year of the CBA. How meaningful is that growth? Well, $1.14 million is the approximate value of a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

VR Baseball Home Run Derby Released

The future has arrived.  And in the future you won’t be so terrible at sports.

This is basically a glorified tech demo at this point, but I can imagine a time just a few years from now when you can field entire teams of real VR players around the world, all playing together in real-time.

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 06, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, gaming

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