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Thursday, October 05, 2017

MLB Playoffs: Key relievers to watch for each team - Beyond the Box Score

I still see Musgrove as a starter. The problem I saw was he was in the strike zone too much. The confidence gained in the bullpen might be the jump he needs to become an effective starter. Next year.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros

Musgrove underwhelmed as a starter early this season, posting a 6.12 ERA over 72 innings. But a move to the bullpen has invigorated Musgrove, as he’s posted a 1.44 ERA with a 21.7 percent strikeout-minus-walk rate in 31.1 relief innings.

Struggling starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, relievers

Girardi won’t rule out a Severino bullpen appearance | New York Post

One bad game shouldn’t wipe out a great season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees


Kevin Millar Recalls Confronting Dan Shaughnessy During 2004 ALCS « CBS Boston

“I remember sitting in the room with David Ortiz and we were watching ESPN, and John Kruk said something about our defense or something, I forget what it was,” Millar said. “And I’m like, ‘Who in the hell does he think he is talking about our defense?‘ So the thing about it is this: When you’re working with a team — and I know sometimes we gotta say what we gotta say — but at the end of the day, is it worth it to bash your own team or say something? I’m not saying ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin millar, red sox

Lessons Learned From The Royals’ Run | BaseballAmerica.com

Sunday, the core of the Royals’ 2014 American League championships and 2015 World Series champs graduated to free agency.

One of the best farm systems of the Baseball America era grew up, went to two World Series, won one and then said goodbye Sunday with an emotional bon voyage that began with a standing ovation for Eric Hosmer, which he responded to by hitting one more home run. It ended with Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain being pulled from the game at the same time ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

KC studying $450m stadium for Royals, because old one was renovated eight whole years ago | Field of Schemes

I am so tired of these stories. When will taxpayers wake up?

The city of Kansas City is funding a study of at least four potential sites for a downtown baseball stadium for the Kansas City Royals, according to documents obtained by The Star…

[Kansas City Manager Troy] Schulte said the studies started after the Downtown Council approached City Hall about the feasibility of downtown baseball. Schulte added that he agreed to help fund a study to consider whether the four sites would work so that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing, stadium renovations, stadiums

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2017

A World Series preview from the Pittsburgh Press, October 5, 1917:

The batting [of the first basemen] is about even. Gandil strikes out right-handed, while Holke misses ‘em from the left-hand side of the plate…Both [second basemen] are firmly opposed to the Hohenzollerns…McMullin is the best man on the bases, when he gets on, but he never gets on…[Buck Weaver] can throw that old pill farther than any strong arm in the establishment. Weaver often bounces a dollar-and-a-quarter baseball off a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Shohei Ohtani impresses in latest outing | MLB.com

Ohtani Fever is coming!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 08:18 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani


Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with ‘modern’ focus | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The new coach “has to understand modern strategy, modern analytics, and how we can leverage that to optimize our staff,” Mozeliak said. “Clearly when you look back at the success of our pitching, it’s been good. But I felt like the process was not ideal for future growth. This is a unique spot. We have to get this right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Heyman | Real Wild-Card Loser Is Pace Of Play

When they were just finishing the third inning around 10 PM, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end. I don’t need the games done in two hours. Somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 hours would be fine. 4+ hour games with 8 PM start times means I’m missing the end. That bites. Tonight I have an extra incentive to stay late. I’ve been rooting for the D’Backs all year since I put $100 down on them at 100-1 odds back before Spring Training started. Unfortunately, I might have to find out if they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, twins, wild card, yankees

Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks riding closer Fernando Rodney into postseason

If the Diamondbacks find themselves with a slim lead after eight innings on Wednesday night, they will put their season in the hands of a closer few in baseball trust. The bullpen door will swing open and Fernando Rodney will begin his slow trek to the mound. The image alone creates anxiety for Diamondbacks fans.

Good stuff on the ups and downs with Rodney this year.

shoewizard Posted: October 04, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, diamondbacks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2017

Pittsburgh Press, October 4, 1917:

Rogers Hornsby has asked for a three-year contract without the release clause, calling for $22,500, to remain with the Cardinals. President Rickey has offered $5,000 for one year. Hornsby says: “It is my price or I will close my baseball career with this fall series.” President Rickey, according to Hornsby, said: “I will save money if you do not come back next season.”

Pay the man, Branch. Just trust me on this. He’s worth it. I promise. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rogers hornsby

WaPo: One of Mike Francesa’s callers predicted Luis Severino’s early exit … and he was mocked

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment. (Were he real.)

“Let’s just say, inning one, right away, you can tell Severino doesn’t have it,” the caller asks. “Do you go to [Yankees reliever] Sonny Gray first or would you go right to Chad Green?”

Francesa, who already had predicted that Severino “was gonna go deep, he could go as many as eight innings,” scoffed at the notion as only Francesa can.

“How many games this year did Severino come out in the second inning, out of his ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 04, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, mike francesa, yankees

A’s brass addresses offseason concerns, will continue to focus on youth - San Francisco Chronicle

The one regular in the A’s lineup, then, who might be dangled for bullpen help is corner infielder-designated hitter Ryon Healy, should the front office want to risk breaking up the tight-knit core of youngsters who have come up through the organization together.

Healy is 25 and he blasted 25 homers in his first full big-league season, but he isn’t an accomplished fielder and moving him would free up the DH spot for Davis and give Oakland more options in the outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Downside of Baseball’s Data Revolution—Long Games, Less Action - WSJ

Is it analytics or players taking too long between pitches? That’s what I see.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 08:21 PM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Marche: The Error in Baseball and the Moral Dimension to American Life

Why do we still score errors?

Baseball goes to the trouble to record a highly subjective decision that does not affect the outcome of the game and fails to communicate meaningfully a player’s ability. Why?

The short answer is “because it used to meaningfully communicate something about events that happened frequently,” but of course as with so many traditions, inertia supersedes usefulness.

Via Language Log, which notes that, wonderfully, the word “bobbles” was spelled erroneously in the ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2017

The link is to a nearly half-page ad in the Butte Daily Post for One Touch of Nature, a short film featuring John McGraw and the New York Giants.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2017 at 10:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, films, history

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins - StarTribune.com

“The reality is, there are cycles to this game,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “You want to avoid significant valleys, the long downturns, and unfortunately, we’ve been unable to do that. But the good news is, it feels like that’s behind us now. We believe we are on the cusp of an upturn that could result in some great things — including, hopefully, bringing another world championship here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

The 2 moments that turned afterthought teen into Yankees’ ace | New York Post

Nice feature on Severino.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Braves’ John Hart talks about John Coppolella | MLB.com

With Coppolella gone, Hart now must oversee and handle more of the daily responsibilities in a front office full of new faces.
“We won’t miss a beat going forward,” Hart said while trying to remain optimistic during the early stages of an unenviable development.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone | Mark Bradley blog

The international player market is a murky place. (Scout Gordon Blakeley, an old pro on the international scene, also resigned Monday.) Everyone had the Venezuelan teenager Kevin Maitan ticketed to sign with the Braves long before he was eligible to sign with any team; sure enough, Maitan signed with the Braves in July 2016 and is regarded, at age 17, as one of the 10 best prospects in what has become the sport’s No. 1 farm system. That farm system would never have gone from fallow to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

Monday, October 02, 2017

Jeffrey Loria Is Sending His Bobbleheads To Cooperstown

Outgoing Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is taking one of his prized belongings, his collection of 900 bobbleheads, and giving them to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The remaining 300 to 400 bobbleheads that weren’t part of his private collection will continue to be displayed at Marlins Park.

Those bobbleheads are perhaps the best reason to go to Marlins Park.

Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2017 at 04:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, marlins park

Coppolella resigns as Braves’ GM

Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned from his position, the Braves announced on Monday afternoon.

The resignation came as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market, the Braves’ statement said.

Most of the stories are still updating, so there’s not a lot in this link.  More info is on twitter, from people like Passan and Rosenthal:

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-2-2017

Bismarck Tribune, October 2, 1917:


There’s also a fun cartoon about Red Faber at the link.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 02, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2 October 2017: Oakland Catcher Bruce Maxwell Breaks Baseball’s Politics Line

It’s worth asking why baseball has been behind other sports. Some of the surprise over MLB players’ reticence to protest is rooted in a misreading of baseball history. Because of icons like Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente (and, less so, another social-justice icon, Curt Flood), the sport has always had a superficial patina of progressiveness. But baseball has always been a conservative sport.

Jackie Robinson was a giant, and his tenacity in breaking another of baseball’s “color ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 02, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 1440 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's, politics

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton wins HR, RBI titles | MLB.com

“It was tough not to think about,” Stanton said of the home run attention. “But at the same time, if I hit 60, you guys would be sitting here saying, why didn’t I hit 61 or 62? I’m fine with the way my season went.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

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