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Thursday, August 02, 2018

The most influential role in baseball may cease to exist

The Tampa Bay Rays have dispensed with the traditional starting pitcher—and succeeded

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:13 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, rays, starter usage

Displeased but not ready to dismantle, ‘Mo’ says moves give Cardinals ‘a peek at the future’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I like the moves the Cardinals are making. One remaining move that needs making…cutting the cord with Dexter Fowler. Fowler’s been a decent player for his career but he’s never been a good outfielder. Now that he’s not hitting he’s not give a lot of value. I know that jettisoning approximately $54.5 million (over 3.33 years) is tough for the decision makers who signed off on the contract but at some point you have to face reality and embrace the sunk cost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Diner Question: Should Dan Duquette continue as Orioles’ top baseball man? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

With the muddled set-up at the top, it’s tough to evaluate Duquette the last few years. From his track record, though, I’d be inclined to still grade him out as an above-average GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

MLB Team Fielder Positioning | baseballsavant.com

Somebody needs to share this with Billy Ripken.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

ZiPS Trade-Deadline Roundup, National League | FanGraphs Baseball

In case you missed it…Dan Szymborski is on staff at Fangraphs.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 08:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

Sarris: How A’s closer Blake Treinen is riding a new pitch to new heights – The Athletic $

Eno Sarris’ articles are always interesting to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blake treinen

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Dave Martinez couldn’t shore up Nats’ clubhouse

The media pressure builds:

These Nationals are fragile, and the man in the lead chair at the moment is made of porcelain.
Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2018 at 06:22 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: childish behavior, dave martinez, mike rizzo, nationals


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2018

Washington Times, August 1, 1918:

Baseball is due to hit the rocks Saturday [August 3]. Whether it will survive is not known. The great American public seems to care little either way.

[National League] President Tener has called a meeting of his magnates to be held in New York Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. Chairman Herrmann has called a meeting of the national commission at Cleveland Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. President Johnson has called a meeting of the American Leaguers at Cleveland ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Every deal made during Trade Deadline season

And, if you missed it, there were a lot of deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Brewers acquire Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

“Gonzalez spent his last seven seasons in Washington, and ranks first in franchise history in wins (86), WAR (21.4), and strikeouts (1,215). The two-time All-Star is 124-97 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons overall.”

Hank Gillette Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, trades

Angels 2-way star Shohei Ohtani scheduled to return to mound Sunday vs. Astros

Let the games begin again!

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

It will be his first start since June 6 after it was revealed that he had suffered a UCL sprain.

Through nine starts of his debut MLB season, the 23-year-old has posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.135 WHIP while striking out 61 and walking 20 through 49.1 innings.

QLE Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, plasma, shohei ohtani, stem cell, two-way players, ucl

Will eliminating one out per inning save baseball? Spoiler alert: No.

The Wall Street Journal posted an article today entitled “A Radical Pitch to Save Baseball.”

To save you a click, the main takeaway is that in order to move the game along more quickly and try to avoid blowouts, they propose a change to the game that would remove one out per inning from a team when they take the lead. So when the score is tied, the game is played as normal. However, when one team takes the lead, they only get two outs per inning, instead of three.

Meaning that if there ...

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bobm Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don't tell manfred

Twins use four man outfield against Jose Ramierz

On one hand, if you see this kind of shift, you should probably just aim to slap a weak ground ball the other way for an easy single. On the other hand, Jose Ramirez did not aim to hit a weak ground ball, and hit an absolute rocket instead. On the third hand, he hit that absolute rocket right at the fourth outfielder.

Brian White Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fourth outfielders, shifts

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (August 2018)

After watching the pilot episode of “Deadwood,” I got up, lowered the blinds, dimmed the lights and burned through the rest of the DVD in a fugue of wonder and excitement. I didn’t leave the series until the next day, staggering limply into the harsh sunlight like Ray Milland in “The Lost Weekend.”

It was 2004, and I had been the chief television critic at The New York Times for about a year. HBO had sent me advance screeners of its new western. And I was discovering binge watching. ...Read More...


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Father’s Memories of Working with Carl Yastrzemski at Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm in the Early Eighties

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski worked as a spokesman for Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm.  Being a well-known baseball player with a memorable Polish last name, Yastrzemski was the perfect fit to help the company grow its kielbasa and smoked sausage market share.  When Yastrzemski and the Red Sox came into town to face the Baltimore Orioles, my father got the unique opportunity and rare privilege to work alongside and get to know a future Hall of Fame baseball player.  Over the years, my ...

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Sale placed on DL with shoulder inflammation

The Red Sox placed ace Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday (retroactive to Saturday) with mild left shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Sale was originally set to start Thursday vs. the Yankees, but instead Brian Johnson will take the ball when the American League East rivals square off at Fenway Park.

This kinda feels like a move that’s just meant to give Sale some extra rest.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 31, 2018 at 06:47 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, disabled list, red sox

Bryce Harper not being traded by Nationals, says GM Mike Rizzo - The Washington Post

And therein lies another awkward part of all this, that while the Nationals did not want anyone to know they would be listening on Harper, they cannot deny it now. Harper will know they considered offers that would have sent him elsewhere. He is an already talked-about presence in a much talked-about clubhouse with a vastly underachieving team, a combination that could prove volatile. Whatever they do by 4 p.m. Eastern, the Nationals will be 5 1/2 games back in the National League East when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

OT: Soccer Thread (2018-19 season begins!)

Let’s get it on!

August 3 - English Championship (Reading v Derby)
August 4 - Scottish Premier League, League One (ENG), League Two (ENG)
August 10 - English Premier League (Manchester United v Leicester City), Eredivisie, Primeira Liga
August 11 - Ligue 1
August 17 - La Liga
August 18 - Serie A
August 24 - Bundesliga (Bayern v Hoffenheim)
August 28 - UEFA Champions League Playoff Round
September 6 - UEFA Nations League

TV Rights:
UEFA Nations League - ESPN
UEFA Champions League - Turner ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 31, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 840 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2018

Pittsburgh Press, July 31, 1918:

The Homestead Grays are ready for the big series which opens at Forbes Field tomorrow at 5:45 o’clock with the famous A.B.C. colored team of Indianapolis.
...
In the series starting tomorrow there is one A.B.C. player who will have to be watched closely by the Gray’s pitcher [sic]. He is Middle Fielder Charleston, who clouted the ball for eight hits and scored five runs in the three games with the Chicago Giants.
...
The Gray management has not decided who is to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 31, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Adam Jones has earned the right to say ‘no’ to trade - BaltimoreBaseball.com

I’m a big fan of Adam Jones. He certainly has earned the right to stay in Baltimore. As a pending free agent, though, I wonder whether this will hurt him next year. Had he accepted the deal and made an impact with a team like the Phillies, he would be more marketable. Instead he’ll finish out the season out of the national eye. With aging veterans getting squeezed in free agency, getting an opportunity to showcase skills in a pennant race and post season can help put extra dollars into a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Bryce Harper trade rumors

It’s tough being in the middle.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, July 30, 2018


‘I guess we’ll find out’: What does the future hold for Joe Mauer?

Herein lies the question(s), then: Clearly, Mauer can still hit a bit, but does his offensive profile have any market value, especially in the face of his other deficiencies? And, moreover, does the possibility of qualitative value - the benefit of having a potential mentor in Mauer - make palatable the opportunity cost of committing a roster spot to an aging, power-deficient first baseman?

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: July 30, 2018 at 04:26 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, joe mauer, minnesota twins

Passan: 10 Degrees on the Underachieving Nationals

#FireDeivi

“The clubhouse is a mess,” said one source, whose account was corroborated by three others who spoke to Yahoo Sports on the condition of anonymity out of fear the organization would punish them for speaking publicly. While the sources pinpointed a number of causes for the internal acrimony, they agreed that it was not purely a function of the Nationals’ underachievement but something that has festered throughout the season.

Some of the blame, they said, falls on first-year ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2018

Pittsburgh Press, July 30, 1918:

After arriving at his summer home, whither he went before the war secretary had announced his final decision with regard to the future of baseball, President John K. Tener, of the National league, announced that he did not believe any world’s series would be played.

At the same time, the magnates were already beginning to plan for the annual classic, and there is at present every reason to believe that the series will go through.

It begins to look as if the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 July 30: Now Running for Office, Adam Greenberg. You May Remember His First At-Bat.

Greenberg dug in for the first pitch, slightly bending his knees. It was a 92-mile-an-hour fastball.

“You get three-tenths of a second,” Greenberg said. “The first tenth I’m thinking don’t bail because if it’s a curve I look stupid, and it’s strike one. The second tenth I realized the ball wasn’t breaking. By the third tenth, my only thought was to get out of the way, and the only thing I could do was to turn into the catcher.”

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 1266 comment(s)
  Beats: beaning, cubs, off topic, politics

Detroit Tigers’ Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame speech

It must be done.

“I believe in the human heart and human spirit, and no analytics can define them.”

Lest we forget Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, hall of fame, jack morris

Was the Baseball Hall of Fame Sending a Message with Babe Ruth’s Plaque?

The inscription on Jack Morris’ plaque is four times as long as that of Babe Ruth. But really, that’s not the worst of it: Bud Selig’s testament is longer than Jackie Robinson’s. And that seems… not great.


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