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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mushnick: New-school thinking has taken all the wonder out of baseball

Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress.

The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going to third on a single to short left, and scoring on a sac fly. Fabulous.

Next was Daniel Murphy hitting one deep to right. The ball hit the top of the wall and rolled toward the infield. Running all the way, Murphy easily made third, whereas “the game has changed” posers and joggers would’ve been at second, if ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, old man yells at cloud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2016

Washington Times, June 28, 1916:

A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
...
The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

How Strat-O-Matic Baseball Changed My Life Forever - Culture – Forward.com

Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: board games, games, simulations, strat-o-matic

Mike Napoli on Twitter: “Shirt available by @108Stitches or @Indians Weds”

Mike Napoli, clubhouse god.

(Editor’s note: I cleaned up the thread title link. -vi)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike napoli

Mengden finally gets run support in A’s victory - San Jose Mercury News

It’s the power of the stache.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, daniel mengden


Eduardo Rodriguez sent to Triple A after another Red Sox loss | Boston Herald

Yesterday’s performance was brutal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

A New Way to Look at College Players’ Stats – The Hardball Times

Some interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college, sabermetrics

Texas Rangers Reaction for Monday June 27, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

This is crazy. I’m shocked they didn’t call the game.

Good news: I have discovered something that is worse than a two-out pitching change in the ninth inning.

A rain delay in the ninth inning.

Wait, there’s more: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay.

What’s that? Still more? Yes: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay in a game that saw its first pitch delayed by 21 minutes because of the threat of rain even though rain wasn’t falling.

That’s the ticket. At least I’ll have a story ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito to start Tuesday | MLB.com

I know what I will be watching tonight.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Nationals Park against the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg, where he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, nationals

Kris Bryant has historic 3-homer, 2-double win | MLB.com

This guy looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

This is a must read.

Dykstra earned roughly $36.5 million during his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

But it never was enough. Ask him to pinpoint a moment or two (or three) when things began to spin out of control on him, and he says it wasn’t really one moment.

Then, he pauses. Long. Several seconds pass.

“Money became, like, the driving force of my life, you know?” he says slowly. “Even though I had a ton of it, I wanted more. Money’s important; we all need money ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, peds, phillies

Monday, June 27, 2016

Notes: Oakland needs to refrain from breaking up the band

We’re not selling band t-shirts here.

Oh, Billy Beane could still have his usual deadline fun, moving left-hander Rich Hill (if healthy), third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever John Axford, perhaps even closer Ryan Madson if some team will overpay, maybe a few others.

But it’s time for the Athletics to commit to a direction, going all-in with their veterans who matter most, and allowing that group to serve as a foundation while the team’s next wave of prospects emerges.

The A’s live in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, josh reddick

Yasiel Puig or Jeff Francoeur?

Specifically because of Puig’s track record, I don’t think we should assume this is what he is, now. He deserves more time to come out of this, because he is terrifically gifted. That being said, Jeff Francoeur was also terrifically gifted, in many similar ways. He and Puig have employed a similar approach, and Francoeur’s productivity with it was unsustainable. I’m not sure what Puig’s future holds, but it’s pretty obvious one way he could go.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 03:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

40 years ago, Mark (The Bird) Fidrych was ‘some kind of unbelievable’

Bob Uecker, who along with Bob Prince and Warner Wolf called the action for ABC, warned the new Bird watchers.

“He’s one of the funniest guys I have seen come along in baseball in a long time. He has outstanding stuff and you’re going to see a lot of antics from this young right-hander tonight.”

As noted in his 2013 biography, “The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych,” author Doug Wilson wrote: “Mark seemed to be all Prince, Uecker and Wolf were able to talk about on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mark fidrych, tigers

Why Mark McGwire would make a great manager someday | FOX Sports

Green told me McGwire is the most humble superstar he has ever been around. He doesn’t want to talk about himself or his career, he always wants it to be about their current players. He also said it only took about a couple weeks for Big Mac to get his flow and learning what Green needs from him during a game. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for two guys who had never worked together.

So when I asked him if Mark McGwire could be a big-league manager one day, Green was hesitant to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mark mcgwire, padres

ESPN: Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadlin

I am a little surprised Levine said this. He’s 100% right, but publicly dissing writers for saying stupid stuff usually doesn’t happen.

Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadline: “I don’t pay any attention to any of that. That’s for you guys [with] nothing more important to write about that to write nonsense. When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know. The difference is that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: media, yankees

MLB Rookie Report: Chad Kuhl, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates - Minor League Ball

Another Chad Kuhl scouting report.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chad kuhl, scouting reports

BA: Scouting Reports For Top International Prospects For July 2 (subscription req’d)

1. Kevin Maitan, ss, Venezuela
Born: Feb. 12, 2000. Height: 6-2. Weight: 175. B-T: B-R. Video….

The biggest split among scouts is where Maitain projects best defensively. He’s a shortstop now and should be able to stay there at least early on in his minor league career. He’s athletic and a plus runner underway, though with his body type he will probably slow down a grade. Maitan has good hands, footwork and body coordination at shortstop. His arm is another plus tool, though his arm ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 12:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international signing

Yankees to sign deal with StubHub to be official ticket resale partner

The New York Yankees will announce Monday morning that they are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team’s new fan-to-fan ticket exchange.

Financial terms were not available, but the business is believed to be worth more than $100 million to the Yankees over the term of the contract.

The deal brings to an end a long battle between the team and StubHub, which began in 2012 when the Yankees were one of two ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: stubhub, tickets, yankees

Bucco Blog | Monday Mop-Up Duty: the core collapsed, now can it rebound?

Pirates notes.

Chad Kuhl accounted well for himself in his debut against Clayton Kershaw. He was competitive. His fastball sat between 95-97 mph. He has a live arm. His secondary stuff lags behind his fastball and it’s in part why he didn’t put up monster strikeout numbers at the minor league level. He lived up to his Baseball Prospectus scouting report:
“Kuhl would have an above-average fastball just based on velocity (he sits in the low 90s), but what makes it a plus pitch is that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

This kid at the TCU-Coastal Carolina CWS game is our new comedy hero | MLB.com

This kid is great.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: college world series

OMNICHATTER 6-27-16

The “Whoops Sorry About Yesterday” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Stroman shows signs of progress but still hasn’t quite found it - Sportsnet.ca

Stroman, meanwhile, will try to lock in on the gains he made Sunday and leverage them when he starts the Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

“You don’t want to think when you’re out there, but I’ve been struggling so obviously I’ve been thinking in between starts, just doing everything I can to get myself where I need to be, but for the most part when I’m out there, I’m not thinking, I’m just trying to execute my pitches and get on the same wavelength as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Angels pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney hoping stem-cell treatment helps them avoid Tommy John surgery

When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.

The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.

Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he ...

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Marty Barrett and the disappearance of baseball’s hidden-ball trick

“I guess Bobby Grich just loved it,” Barrett said. “It was like the greatest thing for him.”

Not so much for DeCinces, who apparently allowed the embarrassment to eat at him. According to the book, Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball’s Oldest Ruse, his aggravation seeped into the following season’s playoffs. Because he had been victimized, he vowed revenge against the Red Sox, according to author Bill Deane. DeCinces tried the trick against the Red Sox ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hidden ball trick

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 27, 1916:

Cleveland American League players wore numbers on the sleeves of their uniforms in [yesterday’s] game with Chicago, for the first time in the history of baseball so far as known. The numbers corresponded to similar numbers set opposite the players’ names on the score cards, so that all fans in the stands may easily identify the members of the home club.

Numbers? On uniforms? It’s a fad. It’ll never stick.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, uniforms

Mets to trade top prospect? Source says: “Rosario going nowhere” | Newsday

They say he isn’t going anywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Odubel Herrera staying in center field | MLB.com

“Go out there and take some fly balls to change your perspective a little bit,” Mackanin said about his motivation to have Herrera work in right field. “That’s it. There’s no plans to move him. If he reads something into it, good. Maybe he’ll think that he needs to do better. There’s nothing imminent. There’s no plans for me to move him out of there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Trumbo on All-Star support: “It makes you feel pretty special” - School of Roch

Trumbo began last week trailing the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts by only 27,023 votes for third place in All-Star balloting, which will be updated again today before teams are announced on July 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. He’s batting .279/.330/.554 with 22 home runs that lead the majors and match his 2015 total. His 55 RBIs lead the Orioles.
Mark-Trumbo-back-on-deck-white.png“I don’t actively check it,” Trumbo said. “I have updates that come in from time to time. I guess it’s a nice situation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars, mark trumbo, orioles

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