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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Clinching scenario: Chris Sale could use a rest

Neither case is ideal. Eight days is a long time between starts.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday night he hadn’t decided whether Chris Sale would pitch again in the regular season. If Sale did, it would be in the regular-season finale on Sunday. But that would mean he would face the Houston Astros, with a potential rematch four days later in Game 1 of the Divisional Series.

Of course, this all presumes that the Red Sox clinch the AL East.

If Sale doesn’t pitch, he’ll get eight ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Baseball league to allow agents starting in 2018

Following a meeting of its board of directors, the KBO said only those who have passed a qualification test set by the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association will be allowed to represent KBO players. Each agent or agency may only work with a maximum 15 players, and with no more than three players from the same club.

That’s an interesting restriction. I wonder how it’ll play out?



Before You Vote, Some Other Things to Consider | FanGraphs Baseball

This isn’t your grandpa’s MVP debate.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, mvp

Molina undergoing MLB concussion protocol

Molina took the first shot directly off his mask and fell over frontwards onto his knees. He was soon back to his feet as Matheny and trainer Chris Conroy came from the dugout.

“That first one obviously gave us some concern,” said Mike Matheny. “Went out and saw him, the medical team was okay. He was ready to go, he just needed a second.”

“We’ve been through that conversation many, many times. He was fine. Trainer kind of put him through a couple of things and everything was ...

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Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, concussions, yadier molina

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, September 26, 1917:

NEW YORK BETTOR MAKES $120,000 BY GIANTS VICTORY

With the National League pennant clinched on Monday, wagers were paid off yesterday, and [Arnold] Rothstein’s confidence in the ability of the Giants to capture the flag—a confidence born last fall—netted him the tidy sum of $120,000.

He wagered on the Giants at odds varying from 100 to 1 to even money, but the bulk of it was places at 5 to 6.

Goodness. It’s almost like Arnold Rothstein knows what’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild | MLive.com

Shrinking payroll and victory total.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Pain, no gain for Red Sox in loss to Jays | Boston Herald

Mookie Betts left the game in the eighth inning with left wrist pain, Eduardo Nunez reaggravated his knee injury and left in the fifth inning and Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox’ clear No. 2 starter, lasted only two-plus innings, allowing five runs while pitching with lower-than-normal velocity for the second straight game.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Yankees Aaron Judge sets MLB rookie HR record | MLB.com

He is the fifth player in Yankees history to hit 50 home runs in a season, joining Babe Ruth (four times), Mickey Mantle (twice), Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Monday, September 25, 2017

Silverman: Yankees-Red Sox Is Exactly What MLB Postseason Needs

Everybody’s gonna party like it’s 2003 (or 2004)?! Aaron F. Boone! Bloody Sock! Grady F. Little! Varitek vs. Jeter! The Slap! Big Papi! What else are we forgetting?

Baseball’s postseason has regularly been swallowed up by the NFL, and despite lesser TV ratings and alarm bells going off over long-term CTE issues, the NFL continues to dominate — last year’s Cubs-Indians World Series was an exception to the rule.

But there’s a chance that baseball could again have a postseason to ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: September 25, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: media, postseason, red sox, television, yankees


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 25, 1917:

Cases against George Weaver and Fred McMullin of the Chicago American League club were dismissed in the [Boston] Police Court [yesterday]. They were charged with assaulting Augustine J. McNally of Norwood during a disturbance on the ball field during a previous visit of the Chicago club to this city…The complainant and his witnesses failed to appear.

Obviously Buck Weaver and Fred McMullin were fine, upstanding ballplayers who would never commit any ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 25 September 2017: CC Sabathia won’t visit the White House if the Yankees win the World Series

Ballplayers, however, will likely continue to speak up. The latest: Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who was asked yesterday whether he would visit the White House if the playoff-bound Yankees won the World Series. From the Daily News:

“Never. I just don’t believe in anything that is Trump. So there wouldn’t be any reason for me to go at all. I just think it’s stupid. I just think it’s dumb that he’s addressing players and stuff that he shouldn’t be. But it is what it is, and ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 25, 2017 at 07:41 AM | 1989 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, politics, yankees

Please enjoy Jayson Werth as Jon Snow and Bryce Harper as his trusty Direwolf | MLB.com

I guess winter is coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Cubs’ Jose Quintana silences Brewers bats

2 1/2 back.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Angels come from behind to beat Astros, snap losing streak at 6

4 1/2 back.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

DeWitt Q-&-A: Matheny is ‘right guy to lead us into the future’

I completely wrote off this team earlier this year. Although they might fall short in their playoff push, they still proved me wrong.

DG: The team hasn’t made a deal like that where it packages a group of prospects for a single player since 2009, for Holliday. Are you more reluctant to make a deal like that?

BD: I think clubs who have premium players have high expectations in terms of prospects. They want your best prospects, the very top. And multiples of them. Even close to the major ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

24 years ago, Nolan Ryan pitched in his final game - Houston Chronicle

My favorite player. My eldest son’s name is Ryan. It’s not a coincidence.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, nolan ryan

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts keeps Yasiel Puig on bench after baserunning blunder - LA Times

After a season filled with positive press, a crack in the narrative is exposed.

“When I put a player in the lineup, every situation, every pitch, every out is important,” he said. “It’s important that I guys I write in the lineup, I can trust them. So that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Puig took off for second base with two outs in the ninth inning but was thrown out when he didn’t slide, saying he felt something in his left ankle as he neared the base. Roberts said Puig was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change | Mark Bradley blog

How next year won’t be like this year: “I think we’re going to see a younger team. We’ve got arguably the best prospect in the game (outfielder Ronald Acuna) pushing his way up to Atlanta. He’s going to be given every opportunity in spring training. When he’s ready, nobody’s going to stand in his way. I said the same thing about Ozzie Albies this spring, and it’s the same way. You saw where we moved Brandon Phillips to third base. We will move other people to make way for this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Olney: Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton’s future - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Others who have seen the Marlins’ books all say the same thing: The unpopular franchise is saturated with debt. The club’s current television contract runs out in a few years, and it’s unclear how much growth the Marlins can expect, given the club’s struggles on the field. A lot of Miami baseball fans have been unhappy with the way that the team’s relatively new ballpark was funded, and they have stayed away from a place that isn’t easy to access before games and isn’t easy to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:56 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Diamondbacks Clinch Playoff Berth

Go Diamondbacks!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jacob deGrom reaches significant 200-inning plateau for first time in career

Jacob deGrom has been the last ace standing for the Mets for most of this season, pitching more innings than Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz have thrown combined.

Coming off of season-ending elbow one year ago, it is of no small significance that deGrom reached the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his major-league career on Sunday. DeGrom tossed another six strong frames, despite suffering the defeat to Washington ace Max Scherzer in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

“It’s ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 24, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Francona ... points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS

Francona: Clevinger going to bullpen “to be a weapon.” Indians leaning toward 4-man rotation for ALDS.

Francona didn’t name the 4th starter, but sure points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS, if Game 4 needed. Team still weighing Salazar’s role.

cmd600 Posted: September 24, 2017 at 05:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: genius, homers, indians, postseason

Electronic device speeds Byron Buxton’s hand recovery

Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand.

“That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon as he sat at his Comerica Park locker.

In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryon buxton, twins

The case for Jose Altuve as the American League MVP, and a look at the rest of the contenders

Nick Cafardo embraces WAR.

WAR numbers can also vary based on the formulas used to calculate them. Defensive metrics are also getting more refined and accurate. And there are these things called your eyes. If you’ve followed a player all season you understand his value regardless of what the numbers say. Usually the numbers back up the eyes and the instincts.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday Notes: Travis Shaw and the Brewers are Sneaky Good | FanGraphs Baseball

When I first wrote about Matt Olson, he was 20 years old and wrapping up a season where he led the Pacific Coast League with 37 home runs. Three years later, he’s showing off his prodigious power in an Oakland uniform. Since being called up by the A’s in mid June, the sweet-swinging first baseman has gone deep 24 times in 210 plate appearances. His slash line is a McGwire-esque .262/.357/.667.

The bridge between those aforementioned seasons included an impactful mechanical adjustment. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Yankees look ahead after postseason clinch | MLB.com

I’m giving this the thumbs down!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

ASK BA: Can A Team Promise Otani A Lucrative Extension? | BaseballAmerica.com

The CBA says, “The Commissioner may impose strict penalties on any Club that attempts to circumvent the system.” What exactly would the Commissioner do? Loss of pick(s)? Fine? Spanking? Would any team blow through the cap to sign Otani?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings

A’s Bruce Maxwell kneels for anthem | MLB.com

Baseball players join the movement.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bruce maxwell

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