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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Giants’ turmoil ahead with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija? - SFChronicle.com

Jeff Samardzija needs to worry about getting outs first otherwise the only action he’ll be getting is mop up duty.

When Giants starter Jeff Samardzija recently called the concept of openers “a load of crap,” and Madison Bumgarner seemed of a like mind, it looked like the team could be heading for friction and turmoil this season.

But it’s spring training, for goodness’ sake, a time to be positive.

So, the Giants are perfectly positioned to help major-league baseball ease into the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 01:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, madison bumgarner, opener

Mets have versatile Jeff McNeil working on potential switch to outfield | Newsday

How much playing time can Jeff McNeil realistically get?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcneil, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2019

John McGraw talks about pitcher Bugs Raymond in the Harrisburg Telegraph, February 12, 1919:

“I had a record of Raymond’s night out, and sent it to [Giants owner John] Brush, along with Raymond. This record showed ‘Bugs’ had swallowed forty-two beers and seven green onions. Mr. Brush cross-examined Raymond, and after a long time he finally admitted that he might have sipped the beers, but he was sure he had nothing to do with the onions.
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Once we were playing a tight game with the Pirates…I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Introducing The Athletic Fantasy Baseball – The Athletic

I usually avoid linking to content from pay sites but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I regularly link to The Athletic content. The reason is simple, they have too many quality writers to ignore. Yesterday they added even more interesting writers. Who knows how long they will be able to sustain their business model but while they can they will be on my must read list.

One thing we stress at The Athletic Fantasy is making sure we are earning your subscription. We’re pretty normal people who know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy, pay site

Kyler Murray chooses to pursue NFL, ‘fully committing’ to becoming QB

The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner announced Monday he was “firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback.”

Murray was also the No. 9 pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft and was due to report to spring training on Friday. But now his focus will turn to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, which begins Feb. 26.

“Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” Murray wrote in a picture posted to Twitter. “I was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: kyler murray

Orioles Radio Voice Joe Angel Is Retiring

In the 1970s Angel broadcast for the San Francisco Giants (1977–78), as well as Stanford University football and University of San Francisco basketball. Stints with the Minnesota Twins (1984–86), Baltimore Orioles (1988–90, 1992) and New York Yankees (1991) followed. In 1993, he left the Orioles to become the Florida Marlins’ first radio voice, and was behind the microphone for the Marlins’ first world championship in 1997.

Bote Man Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, radio

Pitcher tracks data to plan diet, workout regimen, sleep

BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE!

Boyd underwent DNA tests to determine what foods his body reacts to better and what health conditions he might be predisposed to genetically. He had his heart rate and other vitals tracked to determine workout recovery and optimal sleeping patterns.

Some changes were obvious, others more individualized. With help from McKee, Boyd adjusted his diet to take in more monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and grass-fed beef. He cut out whole grains and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt boyd

5 spring training storylines you’re going to be real sick of in a month

Look, I don’t blame anyone in Chicago for getting excited about baseball this week. It’s been 20 degrees every day since early October. We’re getting our third ice storm of the year this week.

If you want to put all your eggs into the baseball-starts-this-week basket, go right ahead. There are probably worse ways to spend winter’s last leg than living vicariously through 15-pitch outings and ranking non-roster invitees based on their baserunning skills.

With that said, any professional sports ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, spring training

Drivers Wanted: how you can apply to drive the Nationals’ bullpen cart

The driver’s seat for the Nationals bullpen car is open.

According to the job listing, which was posted Monday, duties include charging the cart’s battery, monitoring a live feed for potential pitching changes, and of course, driving the cart to and from the bullpen, dugout, and center field gate.

The lucky driver gets a team radio to communicate with other employees as well as a “pitcher preference document” that lists which players do and do not want to use the cart to get to the mound. ...Read More...

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts, nationals

Garth Brooks in spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.

The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.

The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004). His workouts start Thursday.

Mr. Brooks later admitted that he considered trying this for the Marlins, but decided not to ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: garth brooks, pirates, spring training

Name game: Britton says wife, Yanks led to spelling change

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name.

Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old New York Yankees reliever said last week that going forward his name should be spelled Zack.

“I was born with a ‘ch’, sorry, excuse me, the ‘ck,‘” Britton said Monday after his first pre-spring training workout at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

The sort of loopiness that one wishes were more prevalent this ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: name change, yankees, zack britton

Gerrit Cole goes to arbitration with Astros

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone to arbitration with the Houston Astros, asking to be given $13.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $11,425,000.

Cole made $6.75 million last year, when he earned his second All-Star selection and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. He earned $6.75 million.

Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Steven Wolf and Walt De Treux heard the case Monday and are expected to decide later this week.

So, what comes first: the end of this year’s arbitration, the ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, astros, gerrit cole

Dave Dombrowski “happy” with Red Sox roster despite bullpen concerns

The Boston Red Sox don’t have a closer with spring training about to begin, but the architect of the team’s roster still feels pretty good about where things stand.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t add any marquee free agents to his roster over the winter, and he has yet to find a replacement for star closer Craig Kimbrel, who remains unsigned on the free agent market. However, Dombrowski is content with the group that will open the 2019 season.

“We are happy with ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, dave dombrowski, red sox

Eduardo Rodriguez is in The Best Shape of His Life

We’ve had far fewer BSOHL reports this winter than ever before. Is it because, by now, everyone knows that it’s a cliche that we’ve been mocking for years and years? Or is it because those quotes usually come after interviews that take place after a guy looking to bounce back has signed a deal someplace and . . . no one is signing anyplace?

NO MAN CAN SAY!

But now that players are starting to trickle into spring training camps, expect some more of these bad boys. Like this one, from ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, best shape of his life, eduardo rodriguez

Report: Padres hire A.J. Ellis as special assistant to baseball operations

MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that catcher A.J. Ellis has been hired as a special assistant to the Padres’ baseball operations department under executive VP and GM A.J. Preller. That’s a lot of A.J.’s.

There’s got to be a good dissertation in analyzing why back-up catchers seem to flow into baseball management, although I’m not sure if it’s something for the sociologists, the psychologists, or the people in schools of business and administration.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ellis, padres, special assistant

Derek Jeter on Marlins low win projection: ‘I would take it as a slap in the face’

The 2019 Miami Marlins aren’t projected to win many games. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after the team traded catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies last week.

Because of that, FanGraphs projects the Marlins to win just 65 games in 2019. When asked about that low win total, Jeter didn’t get angry or try to refute that number. He instead tried to use it as a motivational tactic for his current players.

Jeter said he would take that projection as a “slap in ...

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Astros SP Justin Verlander Says Free Agency System is ‘Broken’

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said MLB’s free agency system is “broken” on Monday, tweeting about the “100 or so free agents left unsigned.” The seven-time All-Star also noted the ongoing negotiations between teams and 26-year-old superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, both of whom remain unsigned with the first spring training games less than two weeks away.

It seems that these sorts of articles are piling up, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin verlander

Christian Yelich fires back at former Marlins executive over free agency comments

Is it really that sporting to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent?

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, david samson

Mets GM tells Mike Francesa that team doesn’t have room for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

If their top decision-maker is to be believed, the New York Mets really would love to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on their team. They just have some pesky players that are also pretty decent in the way.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show on Monday, and the conversation naturally turned to baseball’s two biggest free agents.

Van Wagenen praised both players, but he also indicated that he doesn’t believe they are the right fit for the ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hot stove, mike francesa

Monday, February 11, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-11-2019

Washington Herald, February 11, 1919:

Babe Ruth, Red Sox star, championed the cause of a number of women and squelched a group of rowdies who were annoying them at a local dance Saturday night.

Ruth was present with Mrs. Ruth. The baseball giant bided his time, waiting for some one in authority to halt the rough tactics, but when no one did, he acted. A short snappy talk about “throwing them through the door” caused them to quiet down and leave the gathering…When Ruth came [outside] he ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside The Numbers: The Player Salary Battle Lines Between MLB And The MLBPA

It is here that the story of last season surfaces and shows that even if there is an uptick in 2019, as of now it is possible that it does not come back to levels seen as of 2017. From 2006-17, the percentage in player compensation across MLB, MiLB, and amateur signings was 56.5%. In 2018, the average was 54.8%. This occurred as the growth of league revenues increased at a faster pace than compensation back to the players grew:...

The percentage in player compensation has not moved smoothly. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: labor

Most underrated players in the NL East

The Phillies, Nationals, Mets and Braves have had active offseasons.

The Phillies have added J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

The Nationals have spent upwards of $183 million in free agency, by far the most of any major-league team.

So, who are the most overrated players in the NL East?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, johan camargo, nick pivetta, nl east, underrated, zack wheeler

Nationals Sean Doolittle named MLB Network’s second best reliever

Sean Doolittle, who the Nationals acquired in summer 20187, has been named to the MLB Network’s list of Top 10 Relievers.

And the 32-year-old comes in at No. 2 on the list, right behind Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox.

I was hoping that this would mean that the MLB Network was about to pull Chris Russo from the mound, but we’re never that lucky, are we?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_network, relievers, sean doolittle

A healthy Yu Darvish: ‘I really want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs’

On this day last year, Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Cubs.

One year later, the 32-year-old is healthy and looking to have a bounce back season.

Here’s what the right-hander had to say after throwing 45 pitches on Sunday.

“For”, or “To”?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, yu darvish

Report: Mariners still intend to trade Edwin Encarnación

The Mariners acquired DH Edwin Encarnación as part of a three-team trade that involved the Indians and Rays back in December. The Indians received Jake Bauers and Carlos Santana, the Rays got Yandy Diaz and minor leaguer Cole Sulser, and the Mariners got Encarnación, cash, and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

After winning 89 games last season, the Mariners held a fire sale, trading James Paxton to the Yankees; Alex Colomé to the White Sox; Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz to the Mets; and ...

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QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, white flag

Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.

Joey Votto and crew will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms, including a navy blue and a red-pants “Palm Beach” version, during a season-long celebration of the city’s baseball heritage highlighted by the undefeated 1869 Cincinnati team that barnstormed coast-to-coast in post-Civil War America. Baseball’s first openly ...

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QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: anniversaries, reds

Alex Cora admits ‘bombing’ Tigers interview before second chance with Red Sox

No one in Major League Baseball had a better 2018 than Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

The first-year skipper took over an established contender that was searching for answers after back-to-back quick eliminations in the ALDS. In a span of 12 months, Cora unflinchingly provided all of the answers and even rewrote most of the questions.

Cora helped transform Boston into an unstoppable force that won a franchise record 108 games during the regular season, before plowing through the postseason ...

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QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, interview, tigers

Opinion: Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been the favorites to land free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper all winter, suddenly have serious competition in the San Francisco Giants.

One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.

The Giants indeed plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal, but have no desire to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September. ...Read More...

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, hot stove

Sunday, February 10, 2019

MLB notebook: Indians’ Lindor (calf) out two months

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will be sidelined seven to nine weeks after sustaining a right calf strain, the team announced Friday.

The Indians said Lindor recently hurt the calf while preparing for spring training in Orlando, Fla. An evaluation on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic confirmed there was a moderate strain.

The timetable makes it likely Lindor, 25, will miss all of spring training and possibly the first two weeks of the regular season. Cleveland opens the regular ...

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QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, injury

Universal designated hitter? Possibility of new MLB rules spark conversation

As humans, a lot of us hate change. As baseball fans, well—some want to embrace change and others (like me) feel like you shouldn’t mess with the game of baseball ... much.

Without a doubt, Rob Manfred is considering every one of the rule changes proposed in this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, rule changes, rules

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