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All Star Game Newsbeat

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All-Star MVP Mike Trout, HR Derby champ Todd Frazier share jet home to N.J.

Watching the pre-game on MLB Network, I was struck by how likeable most of the game’s great young players are.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, mike trout, todd frazier

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MLB’s new golden age of 25-and-under All-Stars

But wait, we’ve got even more evidence that this is the deepest group of young hitters in a generation: You’ll find 14 hitters age 25 or younger with at least 200 plate appearances and an Adjusted OPS+ of 125 or better. We’ve seen only two seasons since 1900, according to, when that many position players 25 and under finished the year with an OPS+ that far above league average (minimum 400 plate appearances). One was 1969, when men such as Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and Reginald M. Jackson were just pulling onto the highway to Cooperstown. The other was 1963, when an amazing group of future megastars was led by Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Billy Williams and that Yastrzemski guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

What Should Determine Home-Field Advantage for the World Series? – The Hardball Times

With this attitude fans might as well take a break from the sport during the All Star Break.

Pat Neshek, who took the loss in the 2014 All-Star Game, shares the notion that, to many players, winning isn’t the primary focus. “You’re there to enjoy the week,” said Neshek. “Everybody is having fun, and baseball is the last thing you’re worried about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Still counting after all these years | FOX Sports

Rob Neyer’s perspective on the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby at home |

OK, I couldn’t make it to the finals. First, I just can’t take Chris Berman for that long. I tried muting but I just couldn’t take the hair any longer. Second, it was just too boring. Not as boring as the old format, maybe. But, still too boring to finish.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, home run derby, todd frazier

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dozier’s denial exposes the system | FOX Sports

The All-Star game just isn’t the same. It used to be an event. Players in one league wanted to show the players in the other league that their team was better. It’s was also one of the only chances for fans to see players outside our home team’s league.

That’s not the way it is now. With interleague play, MLB.TV, and the games available on cable TV, we get to see any player just about any time we want. It’s also become a game with 1,000 players on the roster where everybody has to participate. Like the NBA’s and NFL’s games, it’s a meaningless exhibition. Although MLB wants us to think it really matters, everybody knows better.

I will probably watch the game because I’m a baseball nut who watches a lot of baseball. But, if my wife brings home a good movie, I’m might just skip it and watch the highlights in morning.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, brian dozier

Rose: Open to ‘almost anything’ regarding return to game

He said he will be honest with Manfred and about his life and baseball, but doesn’t know what he could present to the commissioner to get reinstated.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, pete rose

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Final Vote underway for last AL, NL spots |

You can vote online, using a mobile phone, or via Twitter. At least using Twitter shouldn’t produce more spam.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Monday, July 06, 2015

Full All Star Team Rosters

Brock-bleeping-Holt is the Red Sox rep?!

RHP: Chris Archer, Rays
RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP: Brad Boxberger, Rays
LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles
RHP: Wade Davis, Royals
RHP: Sonny Gray: Athletics
RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
RHP: Darren O’Day, Orioles
LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins
LHP: David Price, Tigers
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox

C: Russell Martin, Blue Jays
C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics
1B: Albert Pujols, Angels
1B: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
SS: Jose Iglesias, Tigers
IF/OF: Brock Holt, Red Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: J.D. Martinez, Tigers
DH: Prince Fielder, Rangers

Final Vote candidates
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers
SS: Brian Dozier, Twins
OF: Brett Gardner, Yankees
3B: Mike Moustakas, Royals

C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS: Alcides Escobar, Royals
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners

LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP: A.J. Burnett, Pirates
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets
RHP: Zack Greinke, Dodgers
RHP: Mark Melancon, Pirates
RHP: Shelby Miller, Braves
RHP: Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
RHP: Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
RHP: Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals
RHP: Michael Wacha, Cardinals

C: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
2B: Joe Panik, Giants
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
3B: Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF: Joc Pederson, Dodgers
OF: A.J. Pollock, D-backs
OF: Justin Upton, Padres

Final Vote candidates
RHP: Johnny Cueto, Reds
RHP: Jeurys Familia, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
2B: Dee Gordon, Marlins
3B: Todd Frazier, Reds
SS: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 06, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Monday, June 29, 2015

HR Derby to feature brackets, timed rounds

Instead of a set number of “outs” per round, each player this year will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. A running clock will begin counting down upon release of the first pitch, though it will stop for any home run hit during the final minute. The clock will stop immediately after those home run balls land and will not begin again until a non-home run ball lands or the batter swings and misses.

cardsfanboy Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, homerun derby

Friday, June 19, 2015

How Royals fans have turned MLB’s All-Star voting into anarchy - Yahoo Sports

What a mess.

More than 300 million votes have been accepted, according to the league, and the record of 390 million should fall sometime this week. Almost certainly a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2. And that doesn’t include the massive amounts of votes Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, said the league disallowed because of concerns over fake or improper voting.

“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 million votes that have been canceled. We don’t really trumpet it because if someone thinks they’re getting away with it, they’ll try to again.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I hacked the MLB All-Star voting page in under 20 minutes

To be fair, “hacked” really isn’t the right word. That word implies some kind of username/password cracking, which in turn implies some kind of secure system, and quite frankly, the All Star voting page set up by MLB is anything but secure. With a basic knowledge of HTML, a bit of Javascript, and a few minutes to play around, I was able to exploit MLB’s All-Star voting system quite easily.

The key to exploiting the system was realizing that—are you ready for this?—there is zero verification surrounding the most important piece of information supplied in the voting process: your email address. The voting page asks you to supply an email address, along with some other information such as a birthdate, a zip code, and a favorite team, but unlike most systems that at least try to implement some form of security, MLB does not require you to validate your email address. There’s no confirmation email sent with a “click here to verify” or “use this five-digit verification code” message, some way of ensuring that the email address you supplied in the voting process is actually yours.

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, royals, voting



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