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Paul Zeise: The Pirates front office looks foolish — yet again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I’m sure they don’t believe they are smarter than everyone. I’m pretty sure, though, they know they are smarter than Paul Zeise.

The Pirates are within striking distance of a wild-card berth with an exciting young pitching staff, and there is a strong chance they will finish the season with a winning record for the fourth time in 25 years.

These are the things fans and media should be talking about; instead, they are talking about biometric data, Clay Holmes and Casey Sadler. The thing is, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Ronald Acuna hits two leadoff homers | MLB.com

I watched both Braves games yesterday. Acuna put on a real showcase of his skills. I know Juan Soto is getting some well deserved attention. Having watched the two play, Soto will be the better hitter but Acuna will be the better overall player. In pretty much equal playing time this year, bWAR currently gives Acuna the edge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Latest bigotry reminds us that baseball is a white man’s game.

When Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones famously said two years ago that “baseball is a white man’s sport,” he was castigated in some corners, lauded in others, the bifurcated reaction a pretty reasonable foretelling of America today. Jones was right, of course. Major League Baseball is a white man’s sport. Its teams are owned, disproportionately, by white men. They are run, disproportionately, by white men. The league’s top executives are, disproportionately, white men. The ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:48 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, washington nationals

David Bote’s Path

America’s greatest hero.

Seriously, a nice story about a hard-working kid

Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: africa, cubs, david bote, grand slam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2018

Toledo News-Bee, August 14, 1918:

Dazzy Vance, up for the steenth time, proved a hopeless case and Manager Miller Huggins of the Yankees has shipped him to Rochester in the International.

At this point, Vance was 27 years old and had allowed 22 runs and 23 walks in 33 big league innings. He didn’t make it back to the majors until 1922. If Dazzy didn’t have the least likely Hall of Fame career of all time, he’s gotta be close.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, August 13, 2018


If you need a consistent, even-keeled manager, Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke is the guy

Isn’t this the point of the deadline? It’s supposed to be difficult.

1. There’s a movement within baseball to get rid of the waiver trading period and extend the non-waiver trade deadline until about mid-August. While there are trades made during the waiver period, the exercise is time-consuming and creates a lot of administrative paperwork that even Major League Baseball would love to eliminate. “It’s just a stupid exercise,” said one National League official. “You pass players ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sunday notes

Fangraphs: Jackie Bradley, Jr. and the Error Rule

To summarize:

1. The MLB rules state that the part of the error rule about ordinary effort is an objective standard.

2. The part of the error rule that says it’s all dependent on the judgment of the official scorer establishes a subjective standard.

3. Statcast is more 1. than 2.

IMO the standard of “ordinary effort” applies to any part of the fielding process, not the sum total. If a fielder gets an extraordinary jump, runs with extraordinary speed on an unusually efficient route, and ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2018

Toledo News-Bee, August 13, 1918:

[Reds owner] August Herrmann and Hal Chase held a conference today and the great first baseman was duly warned as to the nature of the charges against him. The charges resulted in his recent suspension.

“I wish to tell you, Mr. Chase,” said Mr. Herrmann, “that charges have been brought against you affecting your integrity as a ball player. These charges shall be submitted to the National League for due consideration and till the league has acted your suspension ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

David Bote hits walk-off grand slam for Cubs | MLB.com

This is a pretty nice way to end a game.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david bote

Best all-time general manager: Introducing the GM rating system

This looks interesting.

Edit:
Bill Felber’s page looks like the best way to find the individual GM write-ups.
Link fixed. Sorry!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Giancarlo Stanton’s Baseball Savant Page

The Statcast team keeps adding more and more useful content to the Baseball Savant site. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, check it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

OTP 2018 August 13: ‘Don’t confuse sports with politics,’ Kosovo tells Bosnia

Kosovo’s team was scheduled to play against the Bosnia and Herzegovina side on Thursday, the first day of the tournament which runs until August 16.

However the Kosovo Basketball Federation (FBK) told local media that by late Wednesday it still had not received an answer from Bosnia’s nearest embassy in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, about the status of the team’s visa applications.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 13, 2018 at 08:31 AM | 530 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Sunday, August 12, 2018

10 Yrs Later - Reflecting on maybe the Craziest Red Sox Game Of All

Consider the basics:

- In the bottom of the first inning, the Red Sox took a 10-0 lead over the Texas Rangers, sparked by two 3-run home runs by David Ortiz.

- The Rangers rallied to take a 16-14 lead.

- The Sox responded, ultimately prevailing on a Kevin Youkilis 3-run home run with two outs in the 8thinning for a 19-17 win.

- The 36 runs scored tied a 58 (now 68)-year-old record for most runs scored in an American League game.

But what made this night truly bizarre, singularly weird ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 12, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: knuckleball, rangers, red sox

Ramon Laureano threw the s**t out of this baseball.

Ramon Laureano has played a total of five games in the majors, all this season, all since the start of August. It’s been a fun start! He’s already had a number of defensive highlights, and his first hit in the bigs was a walk-off game-winner in extras, in his first career game.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 12, 2018 at 12:23 PM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

Chris Davis on struggles, false theories and whether he’d quit - School of Roch

Good interview with the struggling Davis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2018 at 08:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Saturday, August 11, 2018



Friday, August 10, 2018

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Mets still plan to go outside for next GM, here are potential candidates being mentioned

Considering their payroll situation Cherington would be a good fit. Of course, he’s probably smart enough to wait for a better situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2018 at 07:46 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, mets

Mets reportedly leaning toward hiring old-school GM, worried about being too ‘analytics driven’

Unfortunately for Mets fans this isn’t a redirect to The Onion.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Kenley Jansen to be sidelined about a month

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will miss about a month while being treated for an irregular heartbeat, a source tells MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The timeline was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Jansen was hospitalized prior to Thursday night’s 8-5 win over the Rockies, and after initial tests, he flew back to Los Angeles to meet with his cardiologist for additional tests on Friday. Jansen felt the irregularity at the team hotel and never made it to Coors Field.

Scary stuff - ...

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Some of my favorite Javier Baez statistics

This is a fascinating piece, breaking down Baez’s swing rates by pitch type, and the (mostly favorable) results. 

You may be surprised to learn that the article only underscores Baez’s uniqueness.

Spahn Insane Posted: August 10, 2018 at 01:28 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Cardinals executive on radar in Mets’ GM search

In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration.
[...]
Multiple individuals connected to the team have indicated Mets patriarch Fred Wilpon, 81, is unlikely to hand the organization’s reins to a young, purely analytics-driven GM with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting. The growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person.
[...]
There is thought among team officials that ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2018

New York Sun, August 10, 1918:

TENER’S GOOD-BY QUICKLY ACCEPTED

The last chapter in the career of John Kinley Tener as a baseball executive was written yesterday when a group of local club owners, acting as a committee for the National League, formally accepted the former Pennsylvania Governor’s resignation as president of the league.
...
[The letter of acceptance reads, in part,] “In taking this action we feel that we have sustained a heavy loss, and in accepting your resignation we wish to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Here are the best Players’ Weekend nicknames from each team

Players’ Weekend is back, which means it is time once again to celebrate the expansive variety of nicknames we have in today’s game—and see them featured on the alternate jerseys worn by the players.

My favorites:

D-backs: Brad Boxberger—BOX HAMBURGER
Marlins: Jarlin Garcia—JARLIN THE MARLIN
Athletics: Sean Manaea—MANAEALATOR
Indians: Shane Bieber—NOT JUSTIN

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2018 at 04:25 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: nicknames

Thursday, August 09, 2018


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