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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

Questions linger after Rangers ship out DeShields

The Rangers have sent regular center-fielder Delino DeShields, who has been stellar in the field and lousy at the plate, to AAA Round Rock – and brought up, you guessed it, another relief pitcher.

The main question is not so much “Why did you demote the guy batting .204?” as “Why are you keeping the guys batting .195 (Ryan Rua) and .143 (Carlos Tocci)?”

Manager Jeff Banister, who wasn’t the only voice in the decision-making process, was the messenger of the news. The message opened him up ...

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BDC Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rangers, rosters


Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Wins above replacement — Baseball-Reference.com’s metric that attempts to gauge a player’s value over a typical replacement — credits Utley with 65.7 WAR, placing him among the top 100 position players ever.

Then again, several players with more WAR than Utley are not enshrined, including fellow second basemen Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich and Willie Randolph.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, hall of fame, philadelphia phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-26-2018

Washington Times, July 26, 1918:

A Detroit woman recently sued her husband for divorce because he so far forgot himself in his joy at seeing Ty Cobb crack out a hit that he slammed her in the jaw and sent her out for the complete count.
...
Hubby jumped around with joy-frenzied jumps and began to swing his arms. The fist at the end of one arm somehow or other landed flush upon wifie’s chin. Wifie crumpled and then flopped for the count.

I’m not going to joke about this - I don’t know what ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 26, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Neil Walker Is Worried About This Winter | FanGraphs Baseball

Interesting article with interesting comments.

DBA455
So I quickly threw some numbers together which will be a mess if I paste in here, so I will I try to summarize.

For the top ~50 FA signed last winter, if you assume their 2018 comp is just their average comp for the course of the deal (which I think is generous, since the early years of FA contracts are typically considered the ‘bargain’ portion that the players allow for to reflect an understood over-payment in the later years AND ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 09:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Phillies beat Dodgers in 16-inning game lasting nearly six hours [Daily News - Breen]

It was past 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Trevor Plouffe stood on the steps of the Phillies dugout and realized the Dodgers were turning to an infielder to pitch the 16th inning.

Plouffe, a 32-year-old journeyman who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in April to keep his career alive, asked manager Gabe Kapler whether he ever faced a position-player pitcher. Kapler told him he embarrassingly struck out nine years ago against Nick Swisher.

Perhaps that memory was enough for Plouffe to ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 25, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kike hernandez, phillies

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ted Williams | American Masters | PBS

If PBS isn’t part of your TV package, you can watch the show at the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2018 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ted williams

Mets finally calling up one sizzling prospect [Jeff McNeil]

The Mets are calling up Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Tuesday morning, after he tore up the Eastern League and then Pacific Coast League. The utilityman hit .368/.437/.600 in Vegas [after hitting .327/.402/.626 at AA Binghamton] and the Mets will hope he can help replenish a lineup that has struggled to produce.

The corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, though there is no shortage of expendable players in the Mets’ infield.


Is this ...

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Adam Starblind Posted: July 24, 2018 at 11:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2018

Former Cubs owner Charles Murphy, quoted in the Washington Herald, July 24, 1918:

“...when Shettsline, now secretary of the [Phillies], was manager of the team, an important stage came where runs were badly needed. Philly got runners on first and second before anybody was out. It was then Delahanty’s turn at bat.

“Shettsline called Ed to one side and said: ‘You lay down a sacrifice bunt now, and I’ll have the next fellow try to hit one out and score both men.’ Delahanty nodded. ‘All right,” he ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 24, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, July 23, 2018

New York Daily News layoffs: Which sports writers are out?

It was a dark Monday in the journalism world as the New York Daily News laid off roughly half of its newsroom, including a number of talented and popular sportswriters..Per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Daily News cut its sports staff from 34 employees down to just nine.

NattyBoh Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:32 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: media, new york, newspapers, sportswriters

Why social media unfairly branded this Cubs fan a villain

But who doesn’t love a good witch hunt?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:28 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fans


Ode To Joy

A Sox Therapy thread has evolved into a topic I think makes for a good general discussion, so I’m creating a new thread for that. Which players are the most delightful to watch? Which players bring you the most joy?

villageidiom Posted: July 23, 2018 at 03:33 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball, delight, happiness, joy

PBS American Masters: Ted Williams

Showing tonight, at 9 PM local time for me. YMMV; check your local listings. (EDIT: link to online version here, h/t to Jim Furtado. Link says the video expires 8/20/18.  -vi)

In honor of the centennial of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, American Masters presents a new biography of the Boston Red Sox player who may have been the greatest hitter who ever lived.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2018

Washington Herald, July 23, 1918:

The pennant in the American Association was awarded to the Kansas City club at the close of [yesterday’s] game, which marked the end of the 1918 season, by John J. Hickey, president of the league.

Elsewhere on the same page:

The American Association and the Eastern and Virginia leagues shut up shop after yesterday, and thus the New International is now the only remaining so-called minor league in action. Hand it to the circuit for being game.

The minor league ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 July 23: How sports and American politics made each other

In January 1942, as the United States committed itself fully to World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that baseball, then the national pastime, should sustain civilian morale during the lengthy struggle ahead. He implored its commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, to make sure the games went on, despite worldwide armed conflict. And so they did. Professional baseball players, Roosevelt argued, “are a definite recreational asset.”

Roosevelt did not extend that consideration to ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:42 AM | 1431 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off topic, politics

108 degrees? Pfft.

On Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, about 15,000 fans braved a first-pitch temperature of 102. And that kept going up, topping out at 108 before the game ended around 4:40 p.m.

Clint Whitaker, his two sons and nephew, drove in from Fruitvale (about 60 miles east of Dallas) to celebrate son Cash’s 10th birthday. They were sitting in the seats they bought, in the sun behind home plate on the lower level.

Cannon, 4, was handling the heat just fine in the second inning, but didn’t hold ...

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BDC Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: air conditioning, heat exhaustion, rangers

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Biggest Years by the Smallest Players

Just a lil’ sumpin’ sumpin.’

gehrig97 Posted: July 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, berra, jose altuve, morgan, puckett, yankees

Oakland lands Jeurys Familia from Mets for 2 prospects

The A’s, in the midst of an unexpected playoff push, have acquired reliever Jeurys Familia from the Mets. In return, the Mets will receive third baseman Will Toffey, Oakland’s 17th-ranked prospect, and Minor League reliever Bobby Wahl. The Mets will also receive $1 million in international slot money as part of the deal.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 22, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, oakland athletics


Mexican League Umpires Suspended for Possibly Worst Call Ever

Angel Hernandez now has an aspirational goal

Master of the Horse Posted: July 22, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mexican league, umpires

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

White, a noted Detroit Tigers fan, co-owns the company that made the bat, Warstic, with Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler—the company seeks to merge “beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals.”

NattyBoh Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball bat, cooperstown, hall of fame, ian kinsler, jack white

Now in Living Color: Ted Williams’s Last Game

Some guy had this 8mm film from Ted Williams’s last game basically stashed in a drawer for 60 years.  Includes the homer.

Several years ago, Murphy said he telephoned ESPN but an associate producer showed little interest.

Murphy also initiated a cordial conversation with the Red Sox, but the team did not request to see the film either.

Unbelievable.

Perry Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: film, holy moly, ted williams

Baseball Is The Most Listened To Sport On Radio

Just a short blurb from Inside Radio to chew about until real games resume.

Nearly 12% of all adults have listened to a game broadcast on radio in the last year, according to Nielsen Scarborough. Radio trails in park watching of baseball (13.9%) and TV viewing (41.7%). Overall, 28.7% of U.S. adults say they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in Major League Baseball, according to Nielsen Scarborough USA+ 2017 Release 2 (June 2016 - November 2017).

Baseball is dying.

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Bote Man is no David Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: media, radio, sports media

Agent: Mets should trade Jacob deGrom if not interested in long-term deal

Jacob deGrom wants the New York Mets to consider trading him if they aren’t interested in signing the ace pitcher to a long-term contract.

DeGrom’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said in a statement to The Athletic that the All-Star is interested in “exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.”

“If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now,” Van Wagenen said in ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, mets


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2018

Bridgeport Times, July 20, 1918:

Baseball is a non-productive and non-essential industry. Ball players of draft age are hit by the “work or fight” order; they must shift into essential industries or lose such deferred classifications in the draft as they have received through dependencies and other reasons.

Such was the decision of Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War, yesterday, in the appeal of Edward Ainsmith, catcher of the Washington team of the American league.
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The Secretary of War says: ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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