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Monday, August 04, 2014

Cubs announce ‘Hipster Night’ at Wrigley Field – The Heckler

Let’s hope this never becomes an official event, especially when I visit next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, funny

The utility guy the Yankees actually wanted at the deadline | New York Post

Before acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Yankees inquired about the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.
Nevertheless, when Seattle asked for minor league right-hander Bryan Mitchell, the discussions essentially ended because the Yankees view the 23-year-old right-hander as a rotation candidate either this year or next.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Braves swept by lowly Padres for their sixth loss in a row; now trail in division by 3.5 games

SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman ...

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Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, padres

DallasNews: Time and Money (4-part series on youth select sports)

The Industry, first in a four part series

At the final tournament of the season, with the finish line in sight, the couple counted up how many games their sons had played — and they had attended — since the seasons started in the spring. The total: 167, five games more than a major league team’s calendar.

More doesn’t necessarily mean better, though. With the increased intensity comes a price — often in time and money, or in some cases, the child’s interest in the sport or even ...

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Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 03, 2014 at 02:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, money, youth sports

Pouliot: Just Fire Kirk Gibson Already

On Saturday, the Diamondbacks flat-out embarrassed themselves. Because of their mentality, it was a given that they’d seek revenge after Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game. There was nothing intentional about that pitch, something Goldschmidt himself acknowledged. But the Diamondbacks were going to drill Andrew McCutchen last night regardless.

No, what was pathetic about the whole incident was that the Diamondbacks did nothing the ...

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Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong

A BTF favorite is back… and he’s ready to take your money.

“I became addicted to money,” he conceded. “Money was my drug, and a few other ones, too. But whatever. This is a pretty entertaining interview, isn’t it?”

Guapo Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:53 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, finances, grit, idiocy, lenny dykstra, mets, phillies, prison

Livingston: Jim Thome is Cleveland Indians’ HR leader, but statue should have been Omar Vizquel

Updating the Lord Livingston calendar…

Thome played for six teams and spent nine seasons elsewhere, despite saying, before he left Cleveland the first time, “They’ll have to tear the uniform off my back,” although really all the Phillies had to do was dangle a massive contract while the players union squeezed, and off popped the uniform, neatly enough.

A lot of Indians from the 1990s, led by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, chased the last dollar without saying their laundry would have to be ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

MLB.com writers share favorite baseball books « Baseball Books

Although I have read and enjoyed most of the books listed, my favorite was Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: books

OMNICHATTER 8-3-2014

SUNDAY OMNICHATTER.

ESPN GAME OF WEEK: Yankees vs. Red Sox. Shocker.

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Orbit and Jose Bautista Play With Dolls — Wait, What?

That is really what happened before Saturday night’s Astros-Blue Jays game. Yes, the Astros won 8-2 in a game filled with insanity, home-run robbery, Altuve hustling home from first after two errors, home runs (by Castro and Carter), an inside-the-park home run for Jon Singleton and even an open roof in August (the roof was open in August for the first time since August 6, 2004). But one of the most entertaining highlights took place off the field before the game. When Orbit and Jose Bautista ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, jose bautista, mascots

Detroit 11, Colorado 5: Tigers score in every inning

The Tigers scored in all eight innings in which they batted. According to STATS, inc., the Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912.

Per baseball-almanac.com, this is the 7th team to score in all 8 innings they batted in the AL (none in all 9).  7 NL teams have scored during EVERY Inning of a 9 Inning Game, but only 3 since 1901.

H/T to Ulysses S. Fairsmith

bobm Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: score in every inning, tigers

TSN.ca: MacArthur: Buehrle shows fellow hurler Stroman the way

Mark Buehrle teaches baseball’s off-field unwritten rules to Marcus Stroman.

The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie.

“I think he’s been doing the dumbest stuff and I’ve had to call him out,” said Buehrle. “I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, I’m not going to sit there and take credit for anything. We’ve talked a few times about little things but I think the ...

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Boileryard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 10:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman, mark buehrle, unwritten rules

Paul Goldschmidt has fractured left hand, goes on DL

PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks’ dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.

Goldschmidt, who finished as the runner-up in the National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list, and there was no word on how long he is expected ...

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shoewizard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, injury

Pete Van Wieren, longtime Braves broadcaster, passes away

Pete Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 69 after his long battle with cancer.

Another all-time great gone.

PeteF3 Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, obituaries

OMNICHATTER 8-2-14

Come and get your OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thin chance of Yankees success rests on one brain | New York Post

Prado is a flexibility machine. I’m surprised Girardi didn’t mention Prado at second base and first base. In his career he’s played 245 games at 2B and 56 games at 1B. Talk about Headley playing in the OF is just silly.

“These moves give us a lot of flexibility,” Girardi said in a pregame news conference. In the approximately eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters, Girardi used the word “flexibility” six times. He scored points by staying on point.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, joe girardi, martin prado, stephen drew, yankees

National Football League and Zebra Technologies to Provide ‘Next Gen Stats’ for the 2014 Season

The National Football League announced today that it will install Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system (RTLS) for sports in 17 stadiums during the 2014 NFL season.  This innovative technology will track players and officials, providing location based data known as “Next Gen Stats” to fans.

Zebra receivers installed throughout the stadium will communicate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise ...

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Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: August 02, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, ot, sabermetrics

Jonah Keri: Pedro!

Great, great podcast of Jonah Keri talking to Pedro Martinez for an hour. An absolute must if you’re a fan for one of the most interesting players in the last two decades. Keri is alright, too.


TSL: The Rise and Fall of Phillies First Baseman Ryan Howard

Don’t know what’s worse…throwing the PED’s or HOF out there.

But who could have predicted that Howard’s decline would be so abrupt and precipitous? He’s obviously in the last stages of a dwindling career. A combination of injuries and age deterioration has caused Howard’s abrupt demise. The shock of it hit Philly fans like a brick and it has taken them some time to grasp the fact that Howard wasn’t dogging it. He didn’t just suck for no reason. He wasn’t trying to play bad to hurt ...

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Repoz Posted: August 02, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, August 01, 2014

Mike Carp designated for assignment, Mookie Betts called up - Over the Monster

When you have a .198/.320/.279 slash line, it’s not a great idea to request a trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Graphic designer creates Star Wars/MLB mash-up logos for all 30 teams

Graphic designer Mark Avery-Kenny clearly had some fun when he created Major League Baseball logos with a Star Wars theme. Here is a sampling of some, including the Royals. All 30 logos can be found on his Instagram account

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: graphic design, logos, star wars

Neyer: The Jim Johnson Gambit fails

Gambit always fails.

Last winter, Matt Murphy noticed that a bunch of teams were signing veteran closers to good-sized contracts, even though the clubs already had impressive young closers-in-waiting. Was this merely fealty to Proven Closers run rampant? Or was something else going on?

Murphy focused on the A’s and found something else. Something really interesting. Murphy found that paying a veteran now means saving millions of dollars later, because your impressive young closers-in-waiting, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jim johnson, rob neyer, ryan cook, sean doolittle, strategy

Jose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Jays’ lack of deadline activity

Who does Bautista want them to bring in, Drax the Destroyer??

Toronto was 38-24 and in first place by six games on June 6, but the Blue Jays have gone 22-26 since then and general manager Alex Anthopoulos did nothing at the trade deadline yesterday.

Several veteran players talked publicly about their unhappiness with the lack of moves, led by closer Casey Janssen telling Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com:

For us not to do anything, most of us had some ideas that we were going to improve this club a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:29 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron gleeman, blue jays, casey janssen, jose bautista

Giants Designate Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin

Thus ends Colvin’s Saberhagening.

The Giants have designated [Dan] Uggla and [Tyler] Colvin for assignment, tweets Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News…

Uggla struggled mightily in his short time in San Francisco, failing to register a hit in 12 plate appearances while striking out six times (to go with three errors in the field). Of course, that is a continuation of his difficult time this year and last in Atlanta. Since the start of 2013, the 34-year-old has slashed .171/.291/.326 over 694 plate ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:22 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dan uggla, giants, transactions, tyler colvin

OT:  2014 College Football pre-season thread


Rk Team (1st)           Pts
 1 Florida State 
(56)   1543
 2 Alabama              1455
 3 Oklahoma 
(3)         1382
 4 Oregon 
(1)           1314
 5 Auburn               1271
 6 Ohio State 
(1)       1267
 7 UCLA                 1085
 8 Michigan State       1050
 9 South Carolina 
(1)   1009
10 Baylor                965 


” cols=“100” rows=“20”

The coaches sports ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:19 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Rosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges

It has not been a good summer for former Yankees outfielders accused of sexual impropriety.

A Nassau County jury convicted a former player for the Yankees, Rosendo “Rusty” Torres, Thursday of sexually abusing a girl at his baseball clinic in Plainview several years ago.

The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Torres, 65, of Massapequa of charges that he sexually molested another girl who attended the clinic, which he ran from 2008 to 2012 while he was employed by Town of Oyster ...

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OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: the history of Algeria??  ####### seriously???  #############…

Ahhh… that’s better.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 300 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Bill James Mailbag - 7/13/14 - 7/22/14 (Subscription Required)

And what about the VORP of Geddy Lee?

... Have you ever looked at the decline (% wise) of nicknames historically? Seems to me like they are way down - unless made up for show now days (“King’ James LeBron). Jeter, Trout, etc., are not referred by nick names now…....any thoughts? An aside, one of my aunts had a family nickname back in the day, and her husband of like 30 years of marriage, called my mom to ask what her real name was ....... we used to be named and defined by our nick names, now ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, music, nick markakis, nicknames, orioles, sabermetrics

Diamondbacks call up former elite prospect Andy Marte

He better not do anything, 2010 is when I released him.

Once upon a time Andy Marte was one of the best prospects in baseball… But wait, his story may not be over quite yet. Marte is now 30 years old and has spent this season playing at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks, who just called him up to the majors for his first big-league action since 2010.

Marte was having a great season at Triple-A, hitting .330 with 13 homers and an .898 OPS in 102 games.

The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 11:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andy marte, diamondbacks

Miklasz: Mozeliak sets off a loud wake-up call

This was a baseball trade, yes. Mozeliak dumped the unproductive Craig’s salary and essentially filled out Matheny’s lineup card by clearing the RF spot for hotshot prospect Oscar Taveras.

Mozeliak sacrificed Kelly’s talent and future growth potential in exchange for a hardcore veteran competitor with vast big-game experience that includes 16 postseason starts, 104 postseason innings, and two World Series-clinching wins.

But this was also a move that attacked the team’s creeping lethargy.

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Mike Emeigh Posted: August 01, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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