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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘I Find It Very Difficult’ to Watch: Why MLB Greats Think Baseball’s in Trouble | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

I’m not a fan of how long it takes to play games but, other than that specific complaint, baseball is awesome. I say this as someone who, thanks to streaming, gets to enjoy more games than ever. As for the rest…pitchers are better than ever. Batters hit the ball harder than ever. (Jimmy loves the long ball.) Fielders are the most athletic than they have ever been. I love the game. If they just cut down the time between pitches and between innings, It would be perfect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: general, get off my lawn

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, August 21, 1918:

If the stories about Hal Chase and his alleged gambling on ball games are true he should be driven out of baseball never to return.
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He is said to have bet against his own team and, according to sworn testimony of two players on the Giants—Pol Perritt, the pitcher, and Ross Young [sic], the outfielder—they were approached by Chase and virtually asked to resort to questionable methods to beat Cincinnati.
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The most damaging testimony was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 21, 2018 at 11:05 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lindbergh - The Opener’s Opening Act

Before Kevin Cash and the Rays made headlines for their starting rotation experimentations, Tony La Russa and the 1993 A’s implemented a pioneering plan to limit their starters’ exposure. Their tinkering came too soon to set a trend, but with hindsight, it’s proving prophetic.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitching, relief pitching, rotation

An oral history of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

The 17th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon begins Tuesday on WEEI and NESN, two iconic Boston sports stations which carry the Red Sox games but devote 36 hours each summer to these stories of tragedy and triumph. You think David Ortiz is strong? Wait until you meet Ben Finer. You think Tom Brady knows how to live? That’s because you never met Todd Schwartz. Or Avalanna Routh. Or so many others whose stories turned a modest fundraiser into a New England institution.

The sadness can be ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, good people, red sox

Monday, August 20, 2018

What did David Price change? – The Athletic $

Eno Sarris does David Price’s homework.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 08:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, david price, red sox


Three reasons why Mets may not promote Peter Alonso this season | SNY

Service time and shoddy defense are the main reasons. He doesn’t even need to be added to the 40-Man Roster this year.

3) Concern that his fielding will overwhelm him, impact his bat and throw off his development
If I had to guess, I’d say while the above two reasons are a legit factor, it’s Alonso’s fielding that is the bigger issue for the Mets.

I’ve heard from countless scouts and player development people during the past six months that Alonso’s reactions and feet are slow in the field. His ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, peter alonso

How are the Diamondbacks 200 runs better than the Phillies on defense? | The BIS Blog

I received a tweet recently that asked if I could demonstrate the difference between the team with the most Defensive Runs Saved (the Diamondbacks with 120) and the team with the fewest (the Phillies with -102).

It seemed a reasonable question to wonder – can the difference between the two be more than 200 runs? We wouldn’t question the best and worst teams being that far apart in terms of their offense or their pitching. But for defense, we don’t have as good a feel for the value of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, drs, fielding, phillies

10 Degrees: The unbelievably close National League and how 2018 may provide an all-time-great pennant race

By the time Sunday’s games ended, the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers all stood within 1½ games of each other. Three of them were tied for two wild-card spots, and the two teams that led their divisions did so by ½ game. Six weeks remain in the baseball season, and the National League is a beautiful, sloppy free for all.

When the best team in the league has played at a 93-win pace, ...

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QLE Posted: August 20, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: pennant race, schedule

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2018

Hugh Fullerton in the New York Evening World, August 20, 1918:

Chicago’s Cubs and Boston’s Red Sox in all human probability will contest for the world’s championship if the War Department permits such a series.

The National Commission, which has been the supreme power of baseball up to the time the affairs of organized baseball got tangled up with the war, is reported to be meeting in Cincinnati to arrange a World’s Series, and yesterday the Red Sox, by beating Cleveland 6 to 0, practically ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 August 20: Sick of divisive summertime politics? Baseball’s thrills offer an escape

First, things starting with the letter “L” come to mind when thinking about this summer.
“The Summer of Lying?” Nah, let’s keep this positive.

It seems like certain politicians and college coaches have been competing in a never-ending race to the bottom of the dishonesty cesspool.
“The Summer of LeBron?” Maybe. But no, LeBron James doesn’t need any more attention.

But his decision to build a new public school for at-risk kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and cover all student costs ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 20, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 2230 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dodgers lose to Mariners in extra innings with walk-off balk

Question for us all: of the various uncommon ways to have a walk-off win, are there any more entertaining than the walk-off balk?

The movement was small enough that it might not be noticeable in another situation. But this was the 10th inning of a tied game between two teams with playoff aspirations. When Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro stepped off the mound with the bases loaded, his team’s fate was sealed. It was a walk-off balk in a 5-4 defeat to the Mariners, one which left the Dodgers ...

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QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, dodgers, mariners, walkoff wins

Minnesota Steakhouse Pranks Umpire Joe West With Braille Menu

Joe West has been an umpire for 42 years, long enough to have seen pretty much damn near everything there is to see in the sport. Six World Series, nine League Championship Series, eight League Division Series, and three All-Star Games will do that to you. Bet he’s never been owned by a restaurant, though.

In honor of his 5,164th game on Wednesday night, the second most in MLB history, West went out to dinner with two Minnesota Vikings legends at a local Minneapolis steakhouse. There, ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpiring, yer blind, ump

WaPo - Washington Nationals Unveil Bullpen Cart

He’s got a ticket to ride, but he don’t care!

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts, nationals

Yankees 1998 reunion was missing Derek Jeter and completely ignored Joe Girardi

[Insert jokes concerning loyalty of the Steinbrenners/the question as for what team Jeter really is working for here]

The 1998 New York Yankees reunited at Yankee Stadium Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their World Series championship.

Well, most of the 1998 Yankees reunited. There were a few notable absences, including former captain Derek Jeter and former catcher-turned-manager Joe Girardi.

How the Yankees handled those absences may have been the most notable takeaway from ...

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QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, joe girardi, yankees

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Friday, August 17, 2018

It’s official: PawSox to move to Worcester - The Boston Globe

Another sucker steps up.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:39 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: red soxs

Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme

A hot new sports media startup may not be the place you’d expect to find a braindead take lifted straight from a dead-tree columnist’s 1996 notebook, but then you remember that The Athletic, in its quest to destroy all print sports sections, did hire plenty of middle-aged white guys. One of those guys is Joe McDonald, and he’s got one hell of a column out this week.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 17, 2018 at 05:56 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pawtucket red sox


Calcaterra - Dusty Baker Drops Truth Bombs

In which Craig Calcaterra reads The Athletic $ piece by Ken Rosenthal, then writes this piece that you can read for free.

I say that because every time someone gets to Dusty Baker for an interview, he drops some major truth bombs that make you wonder why anyone wouldn’t want him in charge. Sure, like any manager he has his faults and blind spots — more so in his distant past than in his recent past, I should not — but the guy is smart, has more experience than anyone going and is almost ...

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Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 17, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, manager, nationals

8,000 baseball fans recreated Animal House food fight during game

The St. Paul Saints welcomed fans to the game (against the Sioux Falls Canaries) with complimentary waterproof ponchos.  Attendees were then “given access to prepared food packets, mashed potatoes, marshmallows, powdered donuts and popcorn.”  Then everyone patiently waited until the bottom of the 5th inning, when Animal House’s memorable food fight scene started playing on the “big board.”

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op2RVoARcY8[/video]

Now they could have done it with ...

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Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, fight, fight, fight, food, st paul saints

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 17, 1918:

“The most peculiar happening in baseball during my career took place when I was with the St. Louis Feds,” said Bob Groom. “In a game at Pittsburgh, we had the bases filled and Larue Kirby came to bat. He hit for a home run, his hit accounting for four runs. Then the Pittsburgh management discovered that according to the score card Delos Drake should have hit ahead of Kirby. The umpire ruled Drake out for not having batted and allowed Kirby to hit over again. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, batting out of order, dugout, history

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rays Disrupt Baseball’s Tanking Industry by — Get This — Trying to Win - The New York Times

One of the complaints I’ve heard about the opener is it costs pitchers wins. The other day one of MLB Radio’s hosts made an interesting comment about wins. He said using an opener will help a pitcher get more wins not less.That’s because as a starter a pitchers needs to go five innings to get a win. A reliever, of course, has no such requirement. With such high reliever usage a pitcher can come in the second, pitch three or four good innings and end up with a win. True this. Of course, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Ronald Acuna elbow OK | MLB.com

Some good news for the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 01:50 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-16-2018

Pittsburgh Press, August 16, 1918:

Gamblers have been trying hard all season to fasten their slimy grip upon baseball…Says Bill Phelon in the Chincinnati [sic] Times-Star:
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“It is said that gambling cliques, operating in Boston and New York, have been trying to corrupt big league players all season, and that 50 major league stars could tell of the offers made them. One player—and not Hal Chase, either—was approached by the gamblers at New York, and offered a fat flock of bills to make infield ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 16, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Looking back at the Gio Gonzalez trade.

On December 23, 2011, the Washington Nationals made a deal with the Oakland Athletics that helped to shape the best six-year run in franchise history. The Nats obtained Gio Gonzalez and minor league pitcher Robert Gilliam for prospects A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, and Brad Peacock. Less than a month later, the Nationals locked Gonzalez in to a seven-year extension that bought out his first three years of free agency. Seven years later, let’s see how the deal turned out.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:15 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, washington nationals


Luis Severino struggling with slider

His slider is one part of the problem. I’ve watched a few of his starts. What I noticed is his fastball location is off. He’s catching too much of the middle of the plate. To verify I looked at his fastball heatmaps on Baseball Savant. Here’s what I found:
severino_before_after

Edit: Missed the labels somehow. On the left is Severino’s fastball before July 2nd; on the right is his fastball after July 2nd.

A slider, which isn’t breaking as much, mixed with a straight fastball, which is finding too much of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2018

Washington Times, August 15, 1918:

Hal Chase, crack first baseman of the Cincinnati Reds, suspended on charges of frequenting poolrooms and making bets, denied he had made any wagers on ball games.
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[Chase:] “Perhaps it is hardly best for me to agitate the affair, or to talk too freely right now, but I can’t help saying a few things just the same…Let’s not dodge around the bush or mince words. I’m accused of frequenting poolrooms and making baseball bets. I’ve gone into poolrooms, yes; I’ve ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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