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Monday, May 08, 2017

Sierra makes big jump for big league debut | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

This is very surprising.

When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny walked into the clubhouse early Sunday morning he found one player sitting there, “beaming from ear to ear,” he said. Magneuris Sierra, the 21-year-old prospect from high Class A, left Jupiter, Fla., at 3 a.m. and still beat most of his new teammates to SunTrust Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra

K-Rod ‘embarrassed’; Brad Ausmus: Tigers will discuss closer situation

“We’re going to have to have a discussion,” Ausmus said. “He’s not closing out games. It’s something he’s done for a decade. So I think it’s very obvious that it’s not the same Frankie.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

The Predictable Bias of MLB Network – The Hardball Times

Why wouldn’t they spend more time on the biggest fan bases?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: media


A-Rod reportedly passed on opportunity to oppose Derek Jeter in Marlins bidding

We could have had two prominent Republicans, each with their own former Yankee superstar, bidding against each other for the Marlins. Why can’t we have nice things?

Hank G. Posted: May 08, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, jeter, marlins

OTP 8 May 2017: FIBA to allow Muslim athletes to compete while wearing hijab

Nothing to do with baseball this week, but an important development at the intersection of sport, religion, gender, and politics:

Muslim women now will be able to compete in basketball while wearing hijab, thanks to a rule change by the international governing body for the sport.

The ruling, which takes effect Oct. 1, is the culmination of a study by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that began in September 2014 and follows a trend in which more governing bodies are allowing ...

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BDC Posted: May 08, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 1817 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, muslims, politics, women in sports

Sunday, May 07, 2017

60 Minutes: How the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years

Epstein devised a five-year-plan to go all the way from worst to first. Starting with the draft.  Most teams take young pitchers but Epstein chose hitters. He said hitters don’t get hurt as much. 

Theo Epstein: Not only were they safer bets, but we also felt we could change the culture a little bit easier by building around talented position players with high character.

Bill Whitaker:  So you’re looking for more than just their skills. You’re looking for character.

Theo Epstein: Yeah. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2017 at 10:31 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: 60 minutes, cubs, theo epstein

Mets suspend Matt Harvey three days without pay for violating team rules

Matt Harvey has been suspended for three days without pay for violating club rules, Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. Though Alderson wouldn’t say what the starting pitcher was disciplined for, team sources said the suspension stems from a compilation of issues dating back to last year. The suspension is not related to the sex toy spotted in Kevin Plawecki’s locker on Friday night, a source said.

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon were spotted on the field having a heated ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dildo, matt harvey, mets


No activity for Noah for six weeks

Once Syndergaard finishes that period of inactivity, he likely will need almost a personal repeat of spring training to get his arm back to where he can pitch again for the Mets.

“There’s going to be a period of time after that to ramp him back up,” general manager Sandy Alderson said of the six-week inactivity, “so we can all speculate about how long that will take. But I think realistically it’s going to take a while, so we don’t know when he’s going to be back. … It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Cito Gaston reflects on Adam Jones, history of racism in baseball - Sportsnet.ca

Cito Gaston gives some historical perspective.Although progress has been made we still have a ways to go.

It wasn’t the racist insults hurled by the fan that stung Cito Gaston the most. The vitriol certainly hurt, but he’d heard it all before. What bothered him even more was the fact that the man showing up to every game to express his blind hatred always brought his son with him. The little boy stood beside the grown man, soaking in his father’s bigotry as he took in America’s pastime. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2017 at 08:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: race in baseball


Saturday, May 06, 2017


Tim Tebow Huge Draw In Minors

If you sign him, they will come:

The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback has minor league fans around the Single A South Atlantic League flocking to stadiums and jamming ticket lines to see the Columbia Fireflies outfielder and designated-hitter.

The Hickory Crawdads sold out four games with the Fireflies, its total of 17,500 for the series surpassing the 15,900 they drew their first eight games. “We had 4,500 people in the stands,” Crawdads season ticket holder Christopher Pack ...

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NYDN: Mets accidentally tweet photo showing sex toy in Kevin Plawecki’s locker

Shrug. Third-string catchers need to find ways to keep themselves entertained.

Meat the Mets.

Following the Amazin’s huge comeback win over Miami, the team’s Twitter account posted a photo of T.J. Rivera wearing a crown, a new franchise tradition for the player of the game.

But they immediately had to take it down after fans pointed out that the picture clearly shows a large sex toy sitting at the base of Kevin Plawecki’s locker, behind Rivera.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: May 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, lolmets, mets, sex workers

Friday, May 05, 2017

Our 2017 Goose-Egg Reliever Rankings Are Here

But as Ben Lindbergh recently documented over at The Ringer, the hegemony of the save may have loosened just slightly. So far this year, the Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller — who might be the American League’s best reliever — has made five appearances that stretched over multiple innings. Miller, who has yet to allow a run on the season, doesn’t have any saves. But he does have 10 goose eggs, tying him for third in baseball. (All statistics in this article are accurate through the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, goose eggs, relievers

MLB won’t suspend Chris Sale for throwing behind Manny Machado

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for throwing behind Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Sale threw a 98 mph fastball at the knees and behind Machado in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park, leading plate umpire D.J. Reyburn to issue warnings to both benches.

The incident came a day after Boston’s Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy—another incident in an ongoing ...

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Eric Gagne signs with Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks

Former Cy Young award winner Eric Gagne has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Friday.

Gagne, 41, is attempting a comeback in affiliated ball after appearing with team Canada in March’s World Baseball Classic. He has not appeared in the majors since 2008, when he was with the Brewers.

“He’s signing [with Long Island] with an eye on getting back with an affiliated club,” agent Scott Leventhal said. “Multiple clubs will be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, eric gagne, long island ducks



Struggling Polanco still hitting cleanup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I really thought he was due to break out this year. Luckily there is still a lot of season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

Mets tease Jose Reyes return to shortstop, but there’s a big hitch | New York Post

This sounds like a precursor to Amed Rosario coming up later in the year.

The Mets have discussed a face-lift to the left side of their infield, but at this point a plan that would entail Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera switching positions has gained little traction, multiple sources told The Post on Thursday.

Cabrera, who is battling knee soreness that has limited his range, is against the idea of moving from shortstop to third base and club officials are hesitant to force the issue on a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, jose reyes, mets

Revealing Top 30 International Prospects list | MLB.com

Click through to see the full list.

The baseball bloodlines run deep with international prospect Wander Franco. His idol, Padres shortstop Erick Aybar, is also his uncle.

“I’ve learned a lot from him, not only baseball and fielding, but also my approach to the game and how to behave on and off the field,” Franco, 16, said. “He has always been a hero to me and I want to follow in his footsteps.”
Franco is on his way to fulfilling his own big league dream. The switch-hitting shortstop from the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

Inside Baseball | Are These 5 Frontrunners For Real?

Heyman’s latest.

AL Notes and NL notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Curt Schilling calls Fenway racism story ‘bulls—t,’ says Adam Jones is ‘the boy who cried wolf’

On Wednesday night, two days after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones told reporters that Red Sox fans at Fenway had hurled racial slurs (and a bag of peanuts) at him, the former Phillies pitcher tweeted a link to a story from the country’s preeminent sports outlet, turtleboysports.com, titled “Fenway Bleachers Vendor: I Was There And No One Yelled Any Racial Slurs At Adam Jones.”...

On Thursday, the pitcher-turned-conservative-pundit went all-in with his comments prior to his show on the Brietbart ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:27 PM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, curt schilling, orioles, racism, red sox

Steven Wright to have knee surgery, miss rest of the season

The Red Sox announced today that Steven Wright will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery, providing another hit to their starting pitching depth.

Wright will undergo a cartilage restoration procedure in his left knee on Monday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

The team said that Wright is anticipated to be ready for the 2018 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright


The Unplugged Effect: How cord-cutting could become baseball’s next huge crisis

The biggest disruptor of that perfect storm is technology. As Zimbalist noted, sports fans have so many ways to watch games now; that strips control away from cable networks, and makes it tougher for those network to pass rights fees onto customers. Meanwhile, consumers also have exponentially more entertainment platforms to choose from, sports-related or otherwise. That means fewer people are likely to watch games live—doubly so for younger generations lured away by Twitch and other exploding ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 177 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, mlb network, mlbam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2017

Butte Post, May 4, 1917

ANGERED OVER SUGAR, A BASEBALL MANAGER KILLS NEGRO WAITER

Clarence Euell, a negro waiter in [an Indianapolis] hotel, who was shot last night by Dan Shey [sic], manager of the Milwaukee baseball team in the American association, died from the effects of the wound soon after being removed to the hospital.
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The trouble started over the amount of sugar in a bowl and the baseball man became angered at the manner in which the waiter took more to the table, it is said.

That ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Arizona football to add QB Donavan Tate, former 3rd overall MLB draft pick

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez before an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
The Arizona Wildcats are adding another name to their starting quarterback competition, and it’s a player who is eight years removed from his football career. Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, will join Rich Rodriguez’s team as a 26-year-old freshman.

Rodriguez announced the addition of a former baseball player ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, donovan tate, padres

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