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Wednesday, June 01, 2016


New York Mets owners to make initial payment to return profits from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

How were they allowed to keep their team?

Right now, the figure owed is down to $61 million from the original $162 million.

That’s because the trustee has recovered more than 57 cents on the dollar of principal for Madoff investors who lost money. So the Wilpons can get a credit of roughly 57 percent of the $176.6 million in principal they lost from some funds before having to pay back the $162 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

For Mookie Betts, does it get any better than this?

Small sample size.

He’s 4 for 32 against lefthanded pitching, three of those hits being home runs.

Why he struggles against lefties is anyone’s guess. It’s one of those quirks of baseball.

This was Betts’s greatest game, but you just get the feeling it won’t be his last.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Reds Rebuild: A long and painful process | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Who said rebuild are easy?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

OMNICHATTER 6-1-16

The OMNICHATTER Frontier

Gamingboy Posted: June 01, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Royals fans are once again stuffing the ballot boxes for the MLB All-Star Game

As you can see, Royals catcher/warrior-poet Salvador Perez is right now the leading vote-getter in the AL, and he’s right now the only AL-er to top the one million vote mark. Eric Hosmer is also in line to be a starter, as is Lorenzo Cain. Elsewhere, there’s no earthly justification for having Omar Infante ahead of Robinson Cano in the balloting, but fans shall behave like fans. Such are the hazards of direct democracy.
If you recall, Royals fans were put under intense scrutiny a year ago for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2016 at 04:34 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star voting, royals

Giants ask SF for tax break on AT&T Park, say value has fallen

How does property in San Francisco drop in value?

The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago — even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time.

In an appeal filed with the city, the Giants have asked that their property-tax bill be slashed in half for the years 2011 to 2014. That would come to a reduction ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2016 at 04:01 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, public financing, stadiums

‘Trails end, baby, they all end’: Texas removes Augie Garrido after 20 seasons

For someone who has played and coached baseball for the better part of 70 years, Augie Garrido surprisingly says he doesn’t love the sport. After particularly excruciating losses, Garrido has been known to dip into his bank of one-liners and damn the game “a cruel mistress.”

On Monday, he learned just how cruel it can be. At a morning meeting with athletic director Mike Perrin, Texas ended months of speculation and dismissed Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, for not winning ...

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Zach Posted: May 31, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, texas

‘Trails end, baby, they all end’: Texas removes Augie Garrido after 20 seasons

For someone who has played and coached baseball for the better part of 70 years, Augie Garrido surprisingly says he doesn’t love the sport. After particularly excruciating losses, Garrido has been known to dip into his bank of one-liners and damn the game “a cruel mistress.”

On Monday, he learned just how cruel it can be. At a morning meeting with athletic director Mike Perrin, Texas ended months of speculation and dismissed Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, for not winning ...

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Zach Posted: May 31, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, texas

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 31, 1916:

Manager Charles (Buck) Herzog of the Reds was struck on the head and rendered unconscious by a thrown ball shortly before [yesterday’s] game started. Ivy Wingo was warming up the pitchers and threw one a little wild which struck the manager on the side of his head as he was running to his position.

Herzog did not regain his senses for 15 minutes, the athlete recoving consciousness in the club house. He told the writer after the game that he would be able ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history

WaPo: Could Daniel Murphy Hit .400?

Realistically, the answer is “no, of course not.” But my God what an unexpectedly great signing for the Nationals. 2.5 WAR already and the season is only 1/3rd over.

PHILADELPHIA — Read the headline. Shake your head. Dismiss the notion. Could Daniel Murphy hit .400? Of course not, silly. What a preposterous notion. As crazy as, for example, as the third second baseman the Washington Nationals pursued this offseason turning into the one of the 10 best players in the National League by Wins ...

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Esoteric Posted: May 31, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, washington nationals

Here’s what keeps Royals officials up at night | The Kansas City Star

Winning is difficult.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: royals


Henning: Jose Iglesias’ hitting woes worrisome

Is this really a surprise?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jose iglesias, tigers

What are the odds of finishing in the money after a slow start? - Ron Shandler

So he’s saying that my 2016 Yahoo team still has a chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Need a wedding song? O’s reliever Brad Brach (and wife) has you covered - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Posted as a public service for engaged Primates.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brad brach, orioles

Ballhawks still congregate outside Wrigley Field despite lack of action - Chicago Tribune

“People don’t realize when they do stuff like that, it’s the memory,” Ross told cubs.com the next day. “I’ll always remember that guy gave me that ball and was kind enough to do that. Now that guy is connected with me for life in my memory.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, wrigley field

This is why Mets put up with Matt Harvey | New York Post

Back to the Future!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

OTP 2016 May 31: Trump campaign eyeing big stadium for acceptance speech

Donald Trump’s campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland’s big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say.

The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city’s Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump’s acceptance speech on the final night of the convention.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 1393 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, politics

Lohud Yankees Blog: ‘Long run, this should make (Severino) better’

“I think when you look at Luis, you’re looking at long term,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Long term, we have to get this straightened out. This isn’t a guy that’s 34, 35 (years old) that has a long track record. This is a kid with a lot of talent, and we want, the next time he comes up, to be a finished product. He came up last year—some of it was based on need—and did very well. Sometimes when you enter your second season and people have seen you, you have to make adjustments probably ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Bucco Blog | Monday Mop-Up Duty: Who’s out when the music stops ?

They aren’t all coming up this year. At least they aren’t all pitching in the rotation this year.

What you have to like if your office is on Federal Street, or if you’re a fan of the club, is that not only do the Pirates have the third best record in the NL, they have three of the International League’s top nine ERA leaders: Chad Kuhl leads the IL in ERA (1.03), Jameson Taillon is fourth (1.82), and Tyler Glasnow (2.25) is ninth.
Hurdle and Neal Huntington have said the young arms will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

OMNICHATTER 5-31-16

The OMNICHATTER Home

Gamingboy Posted: May 31, 2016 at 12:08 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cwik (BLS): A 92-year-old WWII vet threw our favorite Memorial Day first pitch

Rumor has it a Braves scout was checking out the southpaw.

While a number of our veterans acquitted themselves well when it comes to the national pastime, our favorite Memorial Day first pitch came courtesy of Burke Waldron. Waldron, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game.

As the Mariners announced just prior to Waldron taking the field, the 92-year-old navy veteran began his military service in 1943. He served at Pearl Harbor for ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:53 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, mariners, veterans, world war ii

Cardinals notes: Punishment for hacking ‘unlikely’ before this June’s draft | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The sentencing hearing for former Cardinals executive Chris Correa has been delayed several times, and as a result the commissioner’s office has not resolved its investigation into Correa’s admission that he illegally entered the Houston Astros’ database. The Cardinals have been braced for punishment of some kind, but the timing has been unclear. Two sources with knowledge of the commissioner’s thinking said it would be “unlikely” that any punishment could be exacted before this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Ryan Braun out with neck injury vs. Reds | MLB.com

On the same day the Boston Globe quoted one National League scout as saying Ryan Braun is “the hot name out there” on the trade market, that name was again absent from the Brewers’ starting lineup. And this time, it’s a new physical ailment.

A stiff neck sidelined Braun for the start of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds at Miller Park, marking the eighth time in the Brewers’ last 14 games that Braun was on the bench for the opening pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Royals rally to top White Sox for series sweep | MLB.com

Champions doing champion things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

OMNICHATTER 5-30-16

The Search for OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MLB has lost its way with replay, Chase Utley Rule

“Prince of Darkness” Tom Haudricourt with some valid criticism of the demise of the neighborhood play and instant replay.

So, in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night with the score tied, 6-6, the Reds had the bases loaded with one down. Adam Duvall, whose three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the seventh that erased the Brewers’ seemingly safe 6-1 lead, grounded into what appeared to be a routine 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

But, wait a minute. The Reds’ video replay ...

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foop Posted: May 29, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, neighborhood play, reds, replay, replay sucks, utley rule

Yu Darvish wins in return to Major Leagues | MLB.com

Darvish showed up before a sellout crowd and pitched like he had never been away. The only tangible difference was that the outing was a little shorter than normal, but other than that, Darvish looked to be at his best in holding the Pirates to one run in five innings. He walked one, struck out seven and left after 81 pitches.

“Physically I could go more innings, but mentally I was done,” Darvish said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Royals rally for 7-run 9th to beat White Sox | MLB.com

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

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