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Friday, September 25, 2015

Jon Gray is winless, but Walt Weiss can see success - The Denver Post

It’s not good when the park is in your head.

“I’ve pitched fine on the road,” Gray said. “I just can’t find that whatever it is to make an adjustment and pitch in this place.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Mike Hazen appears made for the Red Sox GM job - The Boston Globe

More background on the Red Sox new assistant GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike hazen, red sox

Cyril Morong on Twitter:

I love this.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Journal of Sports Analytics - Volume 1, issue 1 - Journals - IOS Press

Ready to get your math geek on?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Don Orsillo being pursued by Padres - The Boston Globe

Don Orsillo will land on his feet somewhere. That team’s fans will enjoy his broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 25, 1915:

According to a statement given out by John G. Taylor Spink, publisher of the official organ of organized baseball, the Federal league is not paying any attention at all to its official schedule and are playing for the gate.
“The policy of the Federal league has been to play as many doubleheaders as possible where its games conflicted with the games played by National and American league clubs,” said Spink. “In this manner many of the better teams, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, lying liars

Nats’ GM Noncommittal About Matt Williams’ Return in 2016 « CBS DC

I don’t think Williams survives.

“And then, after the season, we’re going to take a look at all aspects of our operation, from general manager’s office all the way down to the 40-man roster, and we’ll make decisions based on what our findings are, and how to proceed to make this organization continue to be playing meaningful games in September and October and to be one of the real vital franchises in baseball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

Ranking the 30 Minor League Systems Statistically | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve always used Blengino’s stuff to add a different perspective to my prospect rankings. I’ve found he sometimes identifies players that haven’t been mentioned elsewhere. Be aware, though, his methods also have a higher miss rate.

It should be said up front that these purely statistical player rankings shouldn’t be taken as gospel. These lists basically constitute a master follow list, with traditional methods then used to tweak the order. There are no adjustments for park effects or ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Royals win first AL Central title |

“It’s something I’ve expected from the first day of the season,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It was kind of like ‘This is supposed to happen.’ Last year was tooth and nail every game. I just had a real confidence with this group from the middle of Spring Training on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Chris Sale suffers a rare misstep against the Yankees

Baseball is awesome.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox, yankees

Tension building inside Orioles organization | FOX Sports

I can’t see Duquette getting the boot one year after the team prevented him from leaving.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, general managers, orioles



Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2015 at 12:21 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Front-office veteran Mike Hazen named GM of Red Sox

Someone has to get Dombrowski’s coffee in the morning.

The Boston Red Sox have hired Mike Hazen as general manager, the first big move by Dave Dombrowski since he took over as president of baseball operations in August.

Hazen has spent a decade in several areas of the team’s major league operations, including player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, major league scouting and pro scouting.

“Over his 10 years with the Red Sox, Mike has proven to be an invaluable member of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 05:37 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general manager, mike hazen, red sox

Royals announce that reliever Greg Holland will miss remainder of the season

Greg Holland’s season is over.

The Royals announced Thursday that Holland will not pitch again this year due to an injury to his right elbow. The team said the severity of the injury will be determined next week when he is examined by Neil ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthapaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

The prospect of Tommy John surgery looms over Holland, who was 3-2 with 32 saves and a 3.83 ERA this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow injury, greg holland, royals, tommy john surgery

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-24-2015

100 years ago yesterday, a Pirates legend said farewell. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 24, 1915:

With Manager Fred Clarke playing in his old position, left field, for half of the game, the Pirates defeated the Boston Braves in an interesting contest yesterday. Fred went in to play at the request of many loyal fans and admirers and the day was observed in his honor, Mayor Armstrong taking a part in the ceremonies. Going to bat twice, Clarke got one hit, the veteran hitting the ball hard on ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred clarke, history, pirates

Exit velocity proves pitchers provide minimal power to long balls

The focus of this article is on the (somewhat minimal) effect of pitcher velocity on exit velocity, but the mechanics of StatCast are the most interesting to me.

Some clubs turn on their TrackMan system to scout an opponent’s batting practice because that information is deemed viable. Olshan said that, from measuring just 35 contacts’ worth of exit speeds and launch angles, it is possible to reliably estimate a player’s isolated power, which measures the rate at which a batter slugs ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 24, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, velocity

The changing face of the role of the MLB general manager

David Stearns sounds like he has the potential to be a very good GM. Being smart and analytical while possessing great people skills should be a minimum requirement of GM candidates. Ultimately, though, the ability to make smart judgments on players is a GM’s most important skill. How he makes those judgments is irrelevant. He can either be the best talent evaluator around or be astute enough to hire the best talent evaluators, both on the scouting side and analytics side.

“To see such a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Walker has 6 RBIs as Pirates clinch postseason |

They did it again. Can they get past the Wild Card game this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, playoffs

Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds Deserve their honors

The PED hysteria is a witch-hunt, and the performance of Alex Rodriguez at an advanced age and after missing more than a year, shows that PEDS did not create his amazing performances of the past, according to former MLB consultant on player evaluation, Mike Gimbel.

caiman Posted: September 24, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, barry bonds, steroids, witch-hunt

Poz: Yogi

The image that lingers is from the last time at Yogi’s last birthday party. Yogi looks up; he is 90. Rachel is 92. Their eyes meet. They say what they always say when they see each other.

“Safe,” Rachel says.

“Out,” Yogi says.

And then they hug for a long time.

30 for 30 Shorts: The Pittsburgh Drug Trials

Cocaine is a helluva drug.

Pittsburgh was the center of the sports world in 1979, home to the Super Bowl champion Steelers and the World Series champion Pirates. The Pirates and their rallying cry of “We Are Family” brought a renewed sense of pride to the city. But as it turned out, the family was dangerously dysfunctional, with many members succumbing to the temptation of cocaine and dragging baseball into a nationwide scandal. This film revisits that era and paints a picture of how, by ...


Grantland (Keri): The Big Three: Hudson, Mulder & Zito

A look back at the big three pitchers of the Oakland A’s.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 24, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, jonah keri, mark mulder, oakland a's, tim hudson


The OMNICHATTER isn’t over until it’s over.

Gamingboy Posted: September 24, 2015 at 12:18 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Angell: Matt’s Case

It was 11–2 Yankees in the end, by which time I was snug in bed with the lights out, reviewing the debacle. There in the dark, I suddenly found myself thinking of Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain,” a bygone, not-always-read-all-the-way-through classic that offers many heavyweight causeries among weakened but gallant TB patients and attending staff in a mountain sanatorium. Action, as I recall (I was seventeen when I first read the book), is outweighed by long-winded—no: ...


Detroit Tigers send Bruce Rondon home for season due to ‘effort level’

Maybe the whole team should just pack it in for the year.

Bruce Rondon is long gone.

Rondon went from the closer to the Detroit Tigers to being banished for the remainder of the season due to lack of effort.

“Bruce Rondon, because of his effort level, has been sent home,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday afternoon at the start of his pregame session with media members. “Other than saying that (general manager) Al Avila and myself completely agreed on it, there will be no other ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce rondon, tigers

Does It Matter Who You Beat On the Way to the Playoffs? | FanGraphs Baseball

I can’t stress enough how rough this study is. The .500 line is somewhat arbitrary, and this says nothing about the timing of playing those .500+ teams and sub-.500 teams. And, record isn’t always the best indicator of performance. On, and on. I know where most of the flaws are in here. I also know this quick study in no way encourages me to dig deeper, because I’m not convinced there’s anything there. It’s true that the Mets have played a soft schedule. It’s true that the Jays have ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

NY Times:  Late Rally for Doc Adams, a Jeter Before There Were Mitts 

Before Derek Jeter made his mark as New York’s most illustrious shortstop, there was another player, popularly known as Doc Adams, who in the mid-1800s invented the position while playing for a different local powerhouse, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club.

Daniel Lucius Adams (that was his formal name) was a pioneering figure in the sport’s early years, when mitts were unheard-of, balls were spongy, pitches were thrown underhand and the game’s rules were far from standardized — ...

bobm Posted: September 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: doc adams, history

Full Count » Scott Boras won’t rule out extension talks for Xander Bogaerts

Ugh, I didn’t know Boras is Bogaerts agent.

According to Boras, the breakout year shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

“From an evaluation standpoint, two years, three years ago, four years ago, when we first saw Xander play when he was just an entry-level player, we felt he was going to be a superstar,” the agent noted. “He had the ability. Then the question was getting the durability, the strength, and then getting the performance acumen that you can only learn at the major league ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Mariners notebook: Felix Hernandez expects to make his next start on schedule | The News Tribune

The final word on whether Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will make his next start on schedule will hinge on how his elbow feels after playing catch on Wednesday.

But Hernandez still harbors no doubt he’ll stay on schedule. He had no problems Tuesday in playing catch and foresees nothing preventing him from starting Friday against the Angels in Anaheim.

“It ain’t happening,” he said dismissively.

Hernandez exited Sunday’s 9-2 victory at Texas as a precaution in the sixth inning ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Yogi Berra quotes |

My favorite.

About a St. Louis restaurant: “No one goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Edit: More great quotes at USA Today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees, yogi berra

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