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Friday, May 29, 2015

Grant Balfour Leaning Toward Retirement

If Balfour’s career is coming to a close, he’ll finish with a 30-23 record, 84 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 539 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing righty averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine innings over a 12-year big league career split between the Twins, Rays, Athletics and Brewers.

Best MLB Aussie ever?

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: grant balfour, rays

See Veteran’s Stadium come back to life on this week’s episode of ‘The Goldbergs’

Please just let it die.

On this week’s episode of the family sitcom, Adam Goldberg and his dad go to a game in Veteran’s Stadium, where the Phillies played from 1971-2003. You thought it you’d never see it again, but thanks to the magic of TV, look!

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2015

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 29, 1915:

Harry Harper...has pitched three games for Minneapolis, and all of them were remarkable affairs in their way. In his first game he struck out 16 batsmen, walked 12, made three wild pitches, and although he allowed but seven hits, he was beaten, 9 to 5. In his second game Harper allowed but four hits, but was beaten, 11 to 1, because he walked 15 men and hit another.
...
Harper’s third game resulted in a no-hit, no-run victory that was one of the most ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry harper, history

For de Blasio, a Red Sox Fan, the Simple Pleasure of Baseball Gets Complicated

“I’ve waited over 20 years, almost my entire adult life, for a Democratic mayor,” complained Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “For him to be a Boston Red Sox fan? Come on.”...

Mr. de Blasio has said he plans to attend a Yankees game soon. The team has extended a standing invitation.

“He told me he’s brave,” Mr. Levine said, anticipating a Bronx cheer. “He’ll take the pounding.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 29, 2015 at 05:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Montreal Mayor Wants Regular-Season MLB Games in the City in 2016

[Mayor] Coderre says Montreal is a real baseball town and that six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing games in the city next year.

SeanBerry Posted: May 28, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal

Fire Ben Cherington and John Farrell? That’s not going to happen - Sports - The Boston Globe

A GM has to balance short-term desires and long-term needs. Cherington is a patient sort who leans towards long-term part of the spectrum. Despite having three world championships in the last 12 years, the typical Red Sox fan, like most fans, falls firmly on the short-term desire side of the spectrum. When you add in a rabid, impatient press, that’s not a good mix.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, john farrell, red sox

The Accurate RBI Record of Babe Ruth | SABR

The 2012 edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records states that Ruth holds the top AL mark in four seasons: 1920 (136 RBIs); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); and 1926 (151). This venerable record book is edited by long-time SABR member Seymour Siwoff, president of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians for Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, MLB.com, the official website for Major League Baseball, states that Ruth was first in RBIs in six AL seasons: 1919 (114 RBIs); 1920 (137); 1921 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history, rbi, records

Joe Kelly: Perennially an Adjustment Away | FanGraphs Baseball

It’s not his mix that’s a problem; it’s his command. Although he could find the magic elixir as a starter, I just don’t see it. Kelly’s place should be the pen, where a simple fastball/slider mix could allow him to be a real weapon.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Noah Syndergaard Is Front and Center in Mets’ New Six-Man Rotation

They plan to begin a six-man rotation and carry it through mid-August.

This is not unprecedented, but it usually does not last long. The natural attrition of pitchers has a way of changing plans.

The rotation plan, they hope, will shave three to four starts off each starter’s regular workload. Colon, who is 42, rarely throws off the mound between starts and has told Dan Warthen, the pitching coach, that he likes the idea. Others are skeptical.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, six man rotations

A House of Worship, Converted

Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall. “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den.

In the summer of 2012, the Sons of Israel synagogue, which had not housed a congregation since 1991, was repurposed as a souvenir store for the minor league baseball team next door. Before this season, ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cubs, indiana, judaism, religion

Rick Porcello is showing no signs of being an ace - Sports - The Boston Globe

This ace fixation is out of hand. The Red Sox don’t need Porcello to be an ace. If he pitches like a solid number-three guy, he’ll be doing the job he’s being paid to do.

Rick Porcello seems like a nice guy, hard-working and very well-intentioned. He takes losses and bad performances to heart. All fine traits.

Here comes the “but.”

He’s not an ace. Not now, anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

School of Roch: Updates on Bundy, De Aza and Miranda

Is Bundy a star-crossed pitcher?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Adams might miss rest of season : Sports

His fantasy owners and Cardinals fans surely shed a tear at this news. I know I did.

[Matt] Adams, who had an MRI on Wednesday, said, “The results came back worse than what we were expecting. The timetable is three to four months. If things go well then, hopefully, I’ll be able to get back at the end of the season.

“It was just something that needed to be done. There’s a torn tendon in there that needs to be repaired. It’s a tough break. It’s not what I wanted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injury, matt adams

Gene Collier: When it comes to playing baseball, Kang needs no interpreter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Kang keeps playing well, he’ll help some Korean players (and their teams) get a lot of money.

Like Suzuki, Kang studied American pitchers feverishly before crossing the Pacific Ocean, and like Suzuki, his adjustments appear to have gone swimmingly.

“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, korean baseball, pirates

In Which Derek Norris is Blamed for Home Run Problems, Plight of Humankind | Padres Public

Remember when some sabermetricians scoffed at the idea that guys like Brad Ausmus are very valuable.

Maybe the biggest lesson here is that framing pitches involves many different parties, from the catcher to the pitcher to the hitter to the umpire. For his part, Norris seemingly hasn’t done a good job receiving this season despite a track-record that includes mostly league average-ish numbers. Norris’ framing deficiencies, especially when compared to last year’s Rene Rivera-Yasmani Grandal ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, padres, pitch framing

Blue Jays can seize opportunity in weak AL East - Sportsnet.ca

This division is wide open.

The Toronto Blue Jays seem to believe they can still win this division, and despite all that’s gone wrong for them this year, it’d be tough to disagree.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

How alarming is Mets’ current condition? Rating the issues - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman on the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-28-2015

Fungo Tennis, from the Pittsburgh Press, May 28, 1915:

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Hey, LA: Why the trade? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal explains why the Dodgers made the Uribe deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Average time of nine-inning game shrinks to 2 hours, 52 minutes in May

The average time of a nine-inning game has been two minutes faster in May than in April, and now has shrunk by 10 minutes per game compared to last season, as players continue to adjust to Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-game rules.

MLB has recorded fewer violations per game in each week of the season of the rule that requires batters to keep a foot in the box during an at-bat. Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports

Games have averaged 2 hours, 52 minutes in May, compared with 2:54 in April and 3:02 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees takes sole possession of all-time AL RBI list

All the Yankees fans I know just can’t stop talking about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Winning and Losing, Take 2

If the idea of the pitcher win statistic is — as I think it is — to determine which starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win, then let’s actually record what starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win.

 

Jacob Posted: May 28, 2015 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joe posnanski, kill the win

5-28-2015 OMNICHATTER

The OMNICHATTER: Not nearly as corrupt as FIFA

Gamingboy Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Are RBIs a worthless statistic? Ask Rusty

Guess he showed you NERDS.

Rusty then asked me what was the toughest run to drive in and then told me it was a runner on second with two outs. At that point Mitch Maier — Rusty’s future replacement — walked over and Rusty asked Mitch if Mitch got pitched to differently with a runner on first base than he did when there was a runner on second.

“Totally.”

With a runner on first base the run is still two singles away from scoring and pitchers will be much more aggressive, throwing ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: clutch hitting, lee judge, rbi, royals, stats

Scouting Reports on Roger Clemens

Astros on Clemens: “Worth $38,000.” About $90,000 in current money, according to Internet calculators.

The Astros took catcher Robbie Wine. He had six hits in 23 games and that was the end of his MLB career.

bbmck Posted: May 27, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clemens, scouting reports

Braves minor leaguer Elmer Reyes charged with rape, kidnapping in Ohio

Yikes.

man met Reyes after Friday night’s Gwinnett Braves-Columbus Clippers game and agreed to go to a bar with him.

The woman said Reyes then paid for a hotel room because he didn’t want the women to drive after they had been drinking. One of the women fell asleep upon entering the room, and Reyes allegedly pinned the other to the bed and forced her to have intercourse.

The woman later called 911 and reported the incident. Court records show rape and kidnapping charges were filed Saturday. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 03:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kidnapping, legal, minor leagues, police blotter, rape

ABC-TV ONCE SUGGESTED THAT MLB REDUCE THEIR REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE TO 60 GAMES!

Gotta make room for “Battle of the Network Stars.”

Nothing nostalgic about a solution that ABC television came up with over a half century ago to reduce the season, though.  They didn’t suggest 154, or 144, or anything as incremental as that. Their suggestion: play a 60-game season, on weekends only, and promote it the way that football is promoted, as a major television event.

This idea brought chuckles of disbelief from their rivals at CBS and NBC and the kind of dismissals reserved for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: abc, baseball on television, shorten the schedule

Marlins should explore possibility of A-Rod being their next manager

Centaurs fulfill the diversity requirements of the “Selig Rule”, right?

Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week. Maybe that’ll happen after more losses—Miami has dropped seven of nine since the managerial change, including a tough loss Tuesday—or after more changes in the coaching staff. Maybe the Marlins will turn it around, and Loria will still switch managers. As the old saying ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, centaur managers, marlins

Vintage Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers over Braves - LA Times

The reports of the death of Clayton Kershaw’s stuff have been greatly exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

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