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Friday, June 03, 2016

Major League Baseball Should Have an Asian Heritage Month

ajor League Baseball has held a Hispanic Heritage Month every season for the past several years, and during that time many teams in the league trot out special edition jerseys with their team name rendered in Spanish.
Several teams take this occasion as a chance to have a bit of fun with their branding and create some really great jerseys:

Since this program is such a fantastic way to reach new Hispanic fans, I think it’s time Major League Baseball start taking a similar approach to court ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: asian baseball players, heritage, promotions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2016

Chicago Eagle, July 3, 1916:

“Iron Men” is the latest nickname for the Toledo baseball club. Two Toledo sport writers are using the name exclusively in referring to the club. Whether it will become popular is problematical.

Rajahs and Bresna Hens were two names that for a short time seemed to strike the popular fancy, but fandom decreed that neither was suitable andreturned to the old name of Mud Hens.

Toledo’s baseball team was owned at this point by Roger Bresnahan, by the way. I’d have been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Heyman: Harper and Machado long shots to stay?

But the issue with Harper is not just his supreme talent – he’s generally seen as one of the two best players in the game, along with Mike Trout – but also his stunning youth. That the sides haven’t seriously talked may be a reflection on the fact there’s thought to be no common ground. Or maybe it’s just an assumption that there’s none. Maybe the Nats have heard the whispers that the asking price may be $40 to $50 million a year, and perhaps for 15 years (that could make it as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jon heyman, manny machado

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2016

Toledo News Bee, June 2, 1916:

Breakfast Food Ball Is the Latest Shoot Used By Some A.A. Heavers To Fool Batter

Latest substance used by American association pitchers in making the old baseball do convulsive leaps as it is hurtled towards the plate, is oatmeal. This, rolled oats or some other mealy matter is kept in the back pocket of the flinger, who sprinkles the ball and then polishes it on his trouser leg.
...
Our old friend, Lefty James, here on Thursday with the Louisville club, is the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, foreign substances, history

Jurickson Profar needs four games a week for long-term stay with Texas Rangers | The Star-Telegram

When you play well, the manager will usually find a way to get you in the lineup.

“In Jurickson’s case, I think the concern and need with him is the everyday process,” Banister said. “When you haven’t played every day for two years, getting the body back up to speed to play every day and continue to play every day, we need to make sure we monitor that.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Ryan Howard is benched: “I know where I’m at right now ... I understand.” | PhillyVoice

Howard: He talked to me today. We had a conversation. I told him, I get it. I know where I am right now. You know, I understand. By no means am I trying to relinquish my job or anything but you know, I’ve played the game long enough to know and understand. Hey, I want to win. And I’m going to get my stuff figured out. Going got continue to focus on getting my stuff figured out. Take this time and recoup and keep working. I went over—after I talked to Pete—I went over and told Tommy. Because ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Astros beat D-backs in 11 for 5th straight win | MLB.com

Astros walk off!  They are now 25-29 and 6 1/2 back in the West with 2/3 of the season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, george springer

Red Sox option Joe Kelly to Pawtucket - providencejournal.com

At some point the Red Sox need to accept Joe Kelly for what he is. Put him in the bullpen and hope the uptick in velocity will offset his lack of command.

“It came down to the inconsistency of his command overall, particularly fastball command,” manager John Farrell said. “That’s an area that has been kind of the nemesis for Joe. Blessed with a golden arm and tremendous stuff, the execution of it has not been as consistent.
“You exit early, it taxes a bullpen deep, and we’ve got to get another ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Giants lose 9th-inning lead, fall to Braves, lose Pence to injury - San Francisco Chronicle

Hunter Pence is hurt. No, this isn’t a repost from last season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

OMNICHATTER 6-2-16

The Undiscovered OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 02, 2016 at 12:00 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

San Diego Padres exec calls his team ‘miserable failures’ | FOX Sports

I’d say the housecleaning start with the executive chairman.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:51 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

OT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread

Special Randy Jones Summer Soccer Thread!

Upcoming Dates of Note
June 3 - Copa America begins (US v. Colombia) All games on Fox family.
June 10 - Euro 2016 begins (France v. Romania) All games on ESPN family.
June 28-29 - Champions League first round qualifiers.
June 30 - Europa League first round qualifiers.
August 3- Women’s Olympic soccer beings (many games including USA v. New Zealand) All games on NBC family.
August 4 - Men’s Olympic soccer begins (many games including Mexico v. Germany) ...

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Barry Bonds: mea culpa

Barry Bonds in an interesting interview:

“Yes, Bonds was surly, angry, dismissive, grumpy, rude, obnoxious, nasty, selfish, ungrateful and combative toward many people during his 22 seasons through 2007 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. But given my interactions with him, that wasn’t the real guy, and guess who was responsible for such a misconception?

“Me. It’s on me. I’m to blame for the way I was [portrayed], because I was a dumbass. I was straight stupid, and I’ll ...

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Howie Menckel Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pirates

Report: Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, faces a 162-game suspension

Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports that Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and faces a 162-game suspension. This has not yet been confirmed by Major League Baseball, but it is expected to be soon.

The suspension would be Byrd’s second for PEDs. The first came in 2012 when he tested positive for tamoxifen, which is used to deal with the side effects of steroids. Byrd served a 50-game suspension then. As of now, a second offense brings a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds, suspensions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-1-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 1, 1916:

It has become known that when George Harold Sisler was declared a free agent by the National commission, a “gentlemen’s agreement” was entered into, whereby all other clubs were to keep their hands off the player, and allow Pittsburg to sign him. Of course, this was not reduced to writing—it was a “gentlemen’s agreement.”

Pray, what is a “gentlemen’s agreement?” Well, in baseball it is a combination of the double cross and the dagger in the back.

Somewhere, Pop ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista won’t stop speaking his mind

As long as they still have the First Amendment up in Toronto, Jose Bautista will speak freely.

The epic bat flip was the perfect accelerant in the virtual world: shareable, brief, visual, dramatic, meme-provoking. It was an apt display for these times, if not the century of baseball that preceded it. Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, for instance, called Bautista “a disgrace to the game.”

“That’s always going to be there. They’re purists,” Bautista says of his critics. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

The Ringer: Meet Joe Buck

That is a disgusting act by The Ringer.

Beisner had seen Buck in NFL press boxes for years. He seemed like a swell guy. Her reaction, she later realized, was inspired not by the man himself but by the ineffable sense of Joe Buck–ness that wafted through her TV screen. She finally pinpointed it to Buck’s National Car Rental commercial, in which he pulled a roller suitcase behind him and talked in his absurdly perfect voice. “He had this look on his face that seemed so smug and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joe buck

Jon Heyman Reaches Agreement to Write for FanRag Sports Network | The Big Lead

Jon Heyman has a new home.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: news

B-Pro: Consequences of Raising the Bottom of the Strike Zone

High Strike, Low Strike, All Around the Zone

Last week, Major League Baseball announced a proposed change to the strike zone. In response to a zone that continued to sag downward, MLB’s competition committee has recommended that the definition of the bottom boundary of the strike zone be changed from the hollow under the kneecap to the top of the knee.

There are those who blame the low strike for ushering in an era of depressed offense and depressed fans who don’t like watching 2-1 games. ...

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It’s Simply Time to #KilltheWin

Time for the annual State of the Win Address from everybody’s favorite analyst Brian Kenny.

I picked the type of game where we can all agree on it being good enough to get a win most all of the time: eight innings, two runs. That’s a 2.25 ERA. That ERA would be good enough to be among the Top 10 most years throughout baseball history. Yet from 1920 to 2014, a pitcher throwing such a game, got the win—brace yourself—just 33.6% of the time.

Soak that in. A pitcher leaves after eight innings, ...

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ajnrules Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, clayton kershaw, gerrit cole

What impact would raising the strike zone really have?

Now fast-forward to the age we live in. Where umpires are graded on every pitch, after every game they work, by how close they come to the rulebook strike zone. And where every umpire who has reached the big leagues in the past decade has been trained to call that zone.

The result is the largest strike zone, as measured by pitches being called strikes, that has ever been measured. According to Jon Roegele, who has done amazing work on this subject at Hardball Times, the zone has grown by more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Ticking clock hangs over Yankees’ internal Michael Pineda debate | New York Post

As Sherman notes later in the column. The Yankees don’t have many options.

Pineda reaches four years and 172 days of service time on June 14, and 172 days equates to a full season when accounting for service time. Thus, Pineda becomes a five-year player on that date and a player can no longer be sent to the minors without his consent when he accrues five years. So the Yankees are two weeks away from losing a tool to deal with a struggling Pineda, though he has two minor league options left.

In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees


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

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