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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cuban prospect Jorge Ona cleared as free agent, expected to sign with Padres | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Break up the Padres!

Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Oña has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, a source said Tuesday. The 20-year-old is expected to sign with the Padres, which would continue a massive influx of talent into their farm system.

San Diego already has committed about $50 million, including overage taxes, during the 2016-17 international signing period, which opened July 2. Adding Oña, perhaps the best amateur talent left on the market, would give the Padres their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international signings, jorge ona, padres

Exit Speed and Home Runs – The Hardball Times

I divided up the launch angle into 50 buckets, then found the mean exit speed for each of those buckets, for both 2015 and 2016, pre ASG. And I have to admit that I am very puzzled by this plot. While there is a clear increase in mean exit speed for launch angles in the home run sweet spot, 200-350, the mean exit speeds are essentially identical for line-drive type angles, 00 to 100. This is not what I would expect to find if the ball were indeed juiced. If anything, I would expect the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 02:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Hall of Fame hopes for Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, more MLB stars

Jay Jaffe looks at the Hall of Fame chances of twelve current stars.

With the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions set for this coming Sunday, I took a look at the progress that a handful of stars 35 and older—David Ortiz, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and others—are making toward joining 2016 honorees Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. in Cooperstown sometime in the next several years. Now it’s time to take a closer look at some players who aren’t as far along but who are building cases for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 01:57 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jaws


Seeking help for the rotation, Pirates look inside the system and out | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Glasnow and Taillon and the options rumored to be out there, I can’t see the Pirates making a deal.

“A very good first half as a starter, and San Diego did a terrific job of turning that into a, some feel, top-20 prospect in the game,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “It reminds us that it’s a seller’s market and the acquisition costs are going to be steep.

“And it also reminds us that it’s really important to develop your own pitching.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Sources: Dodgers are open to trading struggling Yasiel Puig | FOX Sports

It’s easy to forget how young he still is.

Perhaps the Dodgers will keep Puig, buying into his latest surge and banking on the fact that he is only 25. Or perhaps they finally are at wit’s end with his performance if not his personality, and will try to sell relatively high, assuming Puig does not regress in the next two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, nationals, notes, padres, twins, yankees, yasiel puig

Cubs hoping Jake Arrieta can get back on track | MLB.com

A more coherent take on Jake Arrieta’s problems.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Baltimore Orioles, So Consistent, Crave Another Measure of Success - The New York Times

Thank Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter.

The Baltimore Orioles have the most victories in the American League in the last five seasons. Let that sink in for a moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Indians’ Carlos Santana kisses Terry Francona’s head as part of pregame ritual | FOX Sports

Terry must be using a very nice skin softener on his head.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, indians, terry francona

A theory on Jake Arrieta’s downturn and why Cubs are optimistic about another comeback | CSN Chicago

So, the theory is that he’s not executing???

Since the beginning of June, Arrieta has a 4.81 ERA, the Cubs winning only three of those seven starts. Their ace has thrown 100-plus pitches five times during that stretch, and gone more than six innings just once.

“I just know that I’ve prepared, I’ve planned ahead (and) I have a good idea of what I want to accomplish,” Arrieta said. “Just try and focus on executing. I am confident with all of my stuff. It’s better than good enough to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Texas Rangers: The next step in Nomar Mazara’s development: Finding the way out of his first extended slump | SportsDay

Nice use of Statcast info.

While Mazara hasn’t changed his approach at the plate, pitchers seem to have made some changes to him. Mostly, they have taken to throwing more inside, Banister said. And they’ve also refused to give in when Mazara gets ahead in the count, throwing secondary stuff even when behind. Evidence: He’s been ahead in the count more often in the last month than in either of his first two in the majors.

The result: Mazara has gotten jammed more often, hit more ground balls and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

The strange sensation of wanting Wilmer Flores in the lineup |

But…they have Jose Reyes now.

For nearly two months now, Wilmer Flores has been one of the best hitters on the team. Since coming off the DL in late May and getting regular playing time, Flores has posted a .293/.346/.537 line in 136 PA. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. No one will ever confuse me for being a Flores fan. But right now, the Mets need his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Terry Collins says Mets may tab Michael Conforto to play in center

This doesn’t sound like a good plan.

Michael Conforto rejoined the New York Mets on Monday after a three-week stint in the minors. He may have returned as the team’s primary center fielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Mariners notebook: Who loses out in looming shift to four-man rotation? | The News Tribune

Updates on some pending roster moves, including King Felix’s return.

The Mariners have Hernandez positioned to start the July 31 night game at Wrigley, which will be televised by ESPN. That will be the Mariners’ first appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in more than 12 years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Zack Wheeler throwing bullpen sessions, sources say | Newsday

Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.

He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard, zach wheeler

Visitor’s guide to Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown | The News Tribune

Anyone have addition tips?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of very good

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-19-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 19, 1916:

Chicago forfeited to Brooklyn [yesterday] by the technical score of 9 to 0, because Manager Tinker refused to leave the field when Umpire Byron ordered him away…[In the top of the tenth inning with the score tied 4-4,] Byron charged [Vaughn] with delaying the game, finally calling a ball, while the Cub pitcher held the sphere in his hand.

Manager Tinker voiced a violent protest and refused to leave the field, claiming that Brooklyn players were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch 105.1 mph | MLB.com

Chapman showcase!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

OMNICHATTER 7-19-16

The OMNICHATTER is not a candidate for GM of the Minnesota Twins.

Gamingboy Posted: July 19, 2016 at 12:42 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 18, 2016

Former Cardinals Exec Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Astros

Wow.From prank to almost 4 years in prison.

Brian Posted: July 18, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

The case for Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees and other trade rumors

Would the Cubs trade him for Miller and Chapman?

“Cash thinks he can hit 50 home runs there,” one source with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said, and, well, that isn’t altogether farfetched. Schwarber is a 30-home run hitter in any park, presuming he comes back from the torn ACL that has sidelined him almost all of 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:32 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber, notes, trade rumors

Twins dismiss Terry Ryan | MLB.com

Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as Twins executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis.

“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, terry ryan, twins

MLB stars don’t want to see robot umps

Full title at Sporting News Rage against the machines: MLB stars don’t want to see robot umps

Sporting News asked several All-Stars and found, overwhelmingly, that the game’s best players do not want to see a change, for a variety of reasons. Here is what they had to say.

The law of unintended consequences is always in play. Worth a read.


Report: Reducing MLB season to 154 games has ‘gained momentum’ - CBSSports.com

Maybe they should put a 10% or 15% across the board salary cut on the table to get it done.

According to David Lennon of Newsday, the idea of reducing the schedule to 154 games has “gained momentum” of late, as MLB and the MLBPA negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on December 1, and there’s no indication a work stoppage is on the horizon, thankfully.

The biggest problem with reducing the schedule is the financial impact. Eight fewer games means four fewer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Roger Clemens heads roster of MLB alums to play together in NBC World Series

Clemens, a 53-year-old seven-time Cy Young winner and 11-time All-Star, headlines the Kansas Stars, a 25-man team that includes 24 ex-MLB players….Fort Scott native Adam LaRoche and Wichita native and Wingnuts co-owner Nate Robertson, both former MLB players, began to organize the team after last year’s tournament and brought in ex-stars such as Josh Beckett, Tim Hudson, Roy Oswalt and J.D. Drew.

If this team faced off against the Braves in a 21 games series - before the injuries could pile ...

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Mike Webber Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clemens, laroche, national baseball congress, wichita

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 18, 1916:

Peeved over the loss of [yesterday’s] ball game, John J. McGraw is accused of having “sicked” Catcher Kocher on Miguel Gonzales, the Cards’ Cuban backstop. A fist fight that extended from the Cards’ dugout to the home plate brought a riot call to the police. [National League] President Tener watched the fight from the stands.
...
While the fans shouted “Lock ‘em up” Gonzales and Kocher were led away. At the Dayton Street Police Station the belligerents ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, john mcgraw

Cespedes’ new OF preference creates odd-man-out dilemma | New York Post

Who goes to the bench?

“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

A’s Rich Hill exits after five pitches, Sean Manaea forced into action - San Francisco Chronicle

He has to pitch to have value.

Rich Hill, one of the top trade chips on the mid-summer market, left Sunday’s start five pitches in after a blister on his left hand appeared to pop.

Hill had been scratched from Friday’s start because of the blister but reported that his side session that day went well and he was fine.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rich hill, trade rumors


Rays offense stalls again in loss to Orioles (w/ video) | Tampa Bay Times

Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.

“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”

Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays, trade rumors

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