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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mike Trout may be a weather geek

In which a Reddit user discusses his theory that Mike Trout really wants to be a meteorologist.

I developed this theory by spending a day looking through all of Trout’s photos on Twitter ... and I saw a pattern start to form. I saw the Trout tweeted about weather rather often, and has been for a while.

Another user notes that on Twitter “Trout follows 17 different meteorologists and 20+ weather related accounts.”

PreservedFish Posted: April 14, 2015 at 01:22 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, weather

4-14-15 OMNICHATTER

Here’s today’s OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Rocks eye move to Double-A next season

Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.

The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.

Now his ...

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Well-rested Sale hits ground running, heater in tow | whitesox.com

Sale is a freak.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Betts behavior: Boston phenom does it all | MLB.com

This is a good day. (Click through and watch the videos.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Hidden-ball trick during Triple-A game leaves broadcasters in silent confusion

You can judge the quality of a hidden-ball trick by the number of seconds of dead air it produces from the broadcast booth while everyone is trying to figure out what just happened. In this case: 16 seconds.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 03:15 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: general, hidden ball trick, minor leagues

ESPN: Billboards near Citifield urge Wilpons to sell team.

Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old Mets fan who lives in New London, New Hampshire, raised $6,700 on Kickstarter to pay for the placards. He was frustrated when the owners cut spending as they dealt with the fallout from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Now he’s angry the Mets maintain a payroll similar to those of middle-market teams, even though they say they hope to contend with a club buoyed by the return of star pitcher Matt Harvey from elbow surgery.

“They asked us to be patient through the ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, wilpons

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 13, 1915:

Joe Jackson has suffered a nervous collapse as the result of his family troubles. Within the last 10 days he has lost 15 or 20 pounds in weight as the result of not eating and brooding over his troubles.

In an effort to get in shape after his layoff of nearly two weeks he worked throughout Saturday’s game at Columbus and looked like the same old Joe. Twice he sent Mensor back to the left field fence to capture his long drives. He got a single and a triple, his ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe jackson

Hector Noesi of Chicago White Sox among MLB pitchers using Kevlar ballcaps

Here’s the hard hat crew.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, uniforms

Royals crush Angels 9-2, but Yordano Ventura leaves early with another cramp | The Kansas City Star

That Ventura kid is pretty good, even if he’s very crampy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Rays’ Nathan Karns has strong bounceback start | Tampa Bay Times

Rays notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Down On The Farm with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson | A’s Farm

This is a week old but worth reading.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Barry Bonds on A-Rod: ‘I can’t wait until he hits 660’

Can the Yankees really avoid paying him by just ignoring the event?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

4-13-15 OMNICHATTER

Home openers in Flushing, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Francisco and Toronto. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Angell: Sox 6, Yankees 5, in Nineteen Innings

Anybody can stay up till one in the morning. What eats at you, numbs you, puts you into coma watching is the bottomless party: another pop-up, or another three-hop infield grounder that ends the inning and rolls around the next, on and on, perhaps forever. BB ad infinitum.

As stated, I’m glad I wasn’t there—and believe or strongly guess that the the later, game-tying Yankee runs were greeted by outer cheers and inner groans by some or many in pinstripes last night.

It’s all in ...

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The Season’s Best Baseball Books - The Daily Beast

Some good books on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books

The night is dark and full of errors: MLB teams as Game of Thrones characters - DRaysBay

If you are a fan of Games of Thrones, this is an article for you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: culture

Pitchers boosting pace to slow running game : Sports

Good stuff.

The focus on getting to 1.2 seconds is simple math, a triangulation of the time it takes for the catcher to make a throw to second and the time it takes the runner to get there. As a catcher, Matheny wanted his “pop time” — the time it took to go from his mitt to the middle infielder’s glove at second — at less than 2 seconds. Hundredths of a second mattered. Yadier Molina has been known to throw in the 1.80s. The time left over has to be covered by the pitcher, and most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stolen bases

Is criticism of Jon Lester’s pickoff move much ado about nothing?

I’m sure his opponents will work to prove whether this is a real issue or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester


Royals need to be different than last season to return to playoffs, and we’re seeing a glimpse

Sam Mellinger breaks down this year’s Royals.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Jenrry Mejia tests positive for stanozolol, so what is it? - NY Daily News

Not a smart decision.

Four Major League Baseball players have tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol since March 27, the most recent being Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia. The others are David Rollins of the Mariners, the Braves’ Arodys Vizcaino and Ervin Santana of the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

M.L.B. Teams Nurture Players’ Mental Health - NYTimes.com

For Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer, Josh Lifrak is just like the hitting coach John Mallee or the pitching coach Chris Bosio.

Lifrak is the director of the team’s mental-skills program, while Mallee and Bosio are two vital members of Manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff. Hoyer looks at each of them in a similar way, and he knows what that means in terms of a shift in thinking when it comes to mental health and major league baseball.

“I think that it used to be the kind of thing that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health

Mets Insider: Terry Collins keeps faith in Wilmer Flores - NY Daily News

“He is going to play,” Collins said of Flores after the Mets’ 5-3 defeat Saturday night. “I am going to play Ruben (Tejada) tomorrow, but I knew going in Ruben was going to play on Sunday. I don’t think there is any set date (to judge how Flores is doing). I told him today, ‘Hey relax. Go play a game like you did in Florida. The thing I want you to understand is you are going to have good nights and bad, get over it and get ready to play the next day.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores


OMNICHATTER 4-12-15

This week’s ESPN Game of the Week is, of course, Angels-Royals.

Kidding, it’s Yankees-Red Sox.

Gamingboy Posted: April 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels owner’s stance in Josh Hamilton case puts players in tough spot

Wilson said he agreed with columnists who have written the Angels would be treating Hamilton differently if he was playing like the five-time All-Star he was in Texas and not the disappointing and oft-injured player he’s been in Anaheim, where Hamilton hit .255 with 31 homers in his first two seasons.

“Some of the commentators had a lot of insight — if the situation was this, it would be turned around and be different,” Wilson said. “Josh went through the whole process with an arbitrator. It ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, josh hamilton

Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, domestic abuse, jesmuel valentin, phillies, suspension

Mets’ Mejia suspended 80 games for PED use | MLB.com

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.

Mejia, 25, is currently on the disabled list battling right elbow inflammation. He posted a 3.65 ERA last season with 28 saves in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2015 at 06:31 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, suspensions

Philly.com: Stan Hochman passes away at age 86

RIP.

Sadly, Philadelphia lost one of its literary legends when Hochman died at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Thursday after a recent illness. He was 86.

Hochman, according to Pat McLoone, managing editor of the Daily News, could be summed up in one word: “Great.”

“When you think that Stan Hochman came on the Philadelphia sports scene in the late ‘50s, made a mark right away and has been great, truly great, for more than 50 years, it really is overwhelming,” said McLoone, who was sports editor from ...

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AndrewJ Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary

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