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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Manfred supports D-backs on ballpark issue | MLB.com

As Dan Szymborski noted on Twitter last night, “The one thing MLB is always decisive and in full agreement on:  that taxpayers should be paying for their stuff.”

“I understand how old the stadium is,” Manfred said. “I think the real issue is, has the landlord made the capital improvements that are always necessary in the stadium in between its 10th and 20th years in order to keep it of a Major League quality. And I think the county’s own study, as well as those studies that have been done by the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium renovations

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Jerry Remy: Translators for pitchers should be illegal

The Red Sox analyst made his remarks on air after Tanaka was visited by Japanese translator Shingo Horie and pitching coach Larry Rothschild in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium.

“I don’t think that should be legal,” Remy said, telling play-by-play man Dave O’Brien, “I really don’t.”

“Learn baseball language. You know, learn; it’s pretty simple,” Remy continued. “You break it down pretty easy between pitching coach and pitcher after a long period of time.”

O’Brien answered: “I would say ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry remy, translators

Mariners working on multi-year contract extension with shortstop Jean Segura

After years of searching for a productive shortstop since the departure of Alex Rodriguez, the Mariners have found one in Jean Segura and they are working to keep him.

A Major League Baseball source confirmed an initial report from Jon Morosi of the MLB Network that the team is working on signing Segura to a multi-year extension. The two sides are in discussions and no parameters of a possible deal were given from the source….

But a report from the Dominican Republic put the deal at 5 years, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Reds’ Scooter Gennett 17th MLB player with four home runs in one game

Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett hit four homers—including a grand slam—and drove in a career-high 10 runs in a 13-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Gennett had an RBI single and his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, who hadn’t allowed one since 2013. He followed with a two-run shot and a solo homer off John Gant, and another two-run shot off John Brebbia that put Cincinnati ahead 13-1.

He became the 17th major leaguer with four home runs in a game and the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scooter gennett

Inside The Draft Room: The 2002-2003 Dodgers - MLB Trade Rumors

Some good scouting/draft stories from Logan White.

“We actually had him over Xavier Paul, who we took in the fourth round. Xavier was going to Tulane, but I knew I might be able to sign him if we took him in the fourth. But if I took Matt in the fourth and Xavier in the sixth, I probably would just be able to sign Matt. So that became part of our strategy in how we drafted them. That’s where Mike did a great job. And that’s an important part of scouting – to get a feel for where you have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, scouting

Ryan Howard’s Career Is Dead. The Shift Killed It. | FiveThirtyEight

But although Howard succumbed to the shift, his demise also tells us about the future of the tactic — and why its effectiveness might eventually tail off. When modern teams first started realigning the infield, there were plenty of obvious candidates who would be vulnerable to its effects. But as players like Howard get pushed out of the league by the shift, there will be fewer and fewer hitters on whom it can be used so effectively. Eventually, the rewards of slick defensive positioning will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 07:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard, shifts


How Statcast has changed MLB and why not everybody seems all that happy about it - CBSSports.com

Don’t be talkin’ bad about Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 03:27 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Chicago Tribune: Why Not Hawk Harrelson for the Hall of Fame?

“But, if contribution to baseball is the main criterion for election, Harrelson belongs in the Hall of Fame because he changed the game by popularizing a revolutionary piece of equipment. Today virtually every major-leaguer uses it, as do kids at every level down to Little League, and most girls use it in softball as well.”

DanG Posted: June 06, 2017 at 12:29 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, hall of fame, ken harrelson

Mike Schmidt wouldn’t build team around Odubel Herrera or Spanish-speaking players

It started when Angelo Cataldi brought up Odubel Herrera, and mentioned that Herrera isn’t the kind of player Schmidt was. Schmidt’s response?

“Almost exact opposite.”
Cataldi then asked if a player like Odubel is a guy you can build a team around. And here’s where things get bad.

“My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of things,.” Schmidt said. “First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: mike schmidt, odubel herrera, phillies

Rick Porcello is far from his Cy Young form - Beyond the Box Score

Not coming back seems a little extreme.

I believe that Porcello’s 2016 is not coming back, but I also believe that Porcello is better than his current 5.21 RA9 might indicate given some of the bad luck he has had. ZiPS projects a 4.03 RA9 and Steamer projects a 4.30 RA9 for the rest of the season. That seems like a pretty reasonable range to me, and it would be worth 2-3 WAR the rest of the way. If David Price pitches like vintage Price and Chris Sale keeps pitching the way he has been, I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Baseball Rediscovers the Two-Way Player

Players might convert—Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen spent his first five minor-league campaigns as a catcher—but no one has simultaneously succeeded as a full-fledged member of a pitching staff and everyday lineup.

“It wouldn’t shock me if at some point in the future somebody does find their niche as a guy who can do both,” said Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who will pick third in the draft. “We’d be open to at least going down that path with certain guys.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene

Prospect Team Of The Month: May | BaseballAmerica.com

More good news for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Major league litter: Can a strategic bat toss turn trash into treasure?

The detail is his bat. Normally Contreras drops his bat directly behind him in the batter’s box, but as he starts toward first base, he pulls it into fair territory and lets it go right where the dirt around the plate meets the grass of the infield. He leaves it directly in line with where a throw home would travel, close to the spot where a one-hop throw would hit the ground, and perpendicular to the foul line so that it provides the widest possible obstacle. The perfect position to disrupt a ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game


FSL notes: Phils’ Kilome raising his profile | MiLB.com News

More hope for Phillies fans.

Kilome—ranked as the Phillies’ No. 5 prospect—hasn’t been quite as dominant so far this season after the move up to the Clearwater Threshers in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but he has definitely stamped himself as a pitcher to watch. Signed for $40,000 by the Phillies as a rail-thin 17-year-old in 2013, Kilome’s profile has risen along with his physical development.

“I’ve grown at least an inch and gained about 60 pounds,” said Kilome, who is now ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: franklyn kilome, phillies, prospects

Barrel FIP Leaderboards – RO Baseball

One of my favorite new stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Mets can’t let Super-2 rule get in way of Amed Rosario call-up - NY Daily News

He’ll be up soon. When he arrives, Amed Rosario will not save the Mets season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2017

Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1917:

If Hans Wagner has any intention of returning to baseball—and he seems to have, judging from the fact that he has been turning out every morning to practice with the Pirates—the fans are hopeful that he will sign a contract soon, and get into the game.
...
If he reports, it would not be at all surprising to see him covering first base. Bunny Brief is a fair man, but he has weaknesses which are becoming more apparent. He was credited with being a very quick thinker ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Swing Up, Stupid: How Statcast Fueled MLB’s Home Run Surge - Vocativ

If you hit the ball hard but are hitting the ball on the ground, tweaking your swing to get more balls in the air is smart. (See Ryan Zimmerman.) If you don’t hit the ball very hard, you shouldn’t be doing it. (Billy Hamilton shouldn’t be making the adjustment.)

Again, this just seems like common sense to me. What am I missing?

“You’re seeing a lot of mistakes get hit out of the ballpark whereas before you were seeing hard line drives and maybe doubles in the gap,” Ellis said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting philosophies

MLB air ball revolution requires hard hit ball | MLB.com

This is simple common sense. Like I asked yesterday, who is trying to get all hitters to hit alike?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The Mets are the suckers | New York Post

“We’re not going to fold up the tent yet,” Terry Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Teammates knew Zack Cozart was an All-Star, now voters are catching on

But Cozart has been the National League’s best shortstop this season. His 3.1 FanGraphs WAR is by far the best in the league, with Seager’s 1.8 second. Entering Monday’s game, he led all qualified National League shortstops in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.432), slugging percentage (.622), home runs (9) and RBI (33). He’s also FanGraphs’ highest-rated defensive shortstop.

“It’s important, because obviously when somebody deserves something, it’s nice that they get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all star, reds, zack cozart

D-Backs: Yeah, yeah, new stadium management contract, just give us our $187m, okay? | Field of Schemes

In other words, just adding a few more concerts isn’t going to stop the D-Backs owners from suing for $187 million, which makes total sense if they think they have a shot at winning. Beus added that they’re only suing for “the ability to talk to other alternatives so we don’t risk our franchise altogether when they don’t do the capital repairs they’re required to do,” which is pretty hilarious for a franchise worth an estimated $1.15 billion and that had an estimated $47.2 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals, stadium renovations

Mets relievers could begin pitching multiple innings | Newsday

Enlightenment!

Will the Mets resort to a throwback bullpen?

Until their starting pitchers can produce longer outings, the Mets might return to a bygone era by asking their relievers to throw multiple innings.

Closer Addison Reed had a six-out save against the Pirates on Saturday night, and the next day, general manager Sandy Alderson told an audience of season-ticket holders: “I don’t think that’s the last time you’re going to see that. Our starters don’t go long enough in games for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Ringolsby lists seven under the radar signings | MLB.com

Mediocre starter becomes good reliever. Who could see something like that happening?

Angels right-hander Bud Norris signed a $1.75 million deal with the idea he could be a swingman, but injuries opened up late-inning opportunities. Norris finally earned his first save on April 20. Beginning with that game, he is 10-for-11 in save situations. He has allowed only six earned runs in 20 1/3 innings over 22 appearances, striking out 27 and giving up only 11 hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Pedro Martinez thinks David Ortiz is ready for a comeback and knows a team that could use him | MLB.com

On MLB Tonight, Pedro also said Ortiz asked him, “Are you going to get me new legs?”

Ortiz isn’t coming back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Astros’ homers help extend win streak to 11 | MLB.com

11!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

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