Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Fans Newsbeat

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Bill James says MLB can improve fan safety by punishing bat tosses, broken bats

Noted baseball historian, sabermetrics creator and Boston Red Sox consultant Bill James has an idea to improve fan safety, and it includes punishing batters for throwing and breaking their bats.

In a tweet sent Friday afternoon, James says bat tosses and broken bats can put fans and players at risk, and in most cases should lead to the batter being ruled out.

That’s… interesting.

While James doesn’t specifically mention celebratory bat flips in his original tweet or his responses to baffled fans, one has to wonder if he might includes those under guidelines.

After this statement, Bill James went outside, where he yelled at several passing clouds…..

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, bill james, fans, safety

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones has Petco Park fan ejected for vulgar language

SAN DIEGO — Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones said a fan in right field at Petco Park was berating him with profane language on Wednesday, and he spoke with ballpark security to have the fan removed from the game.

Jones has had past incidents with fans spewing racial insults – notably at Fenway Park in 2017 – but he said this did not rise to that level.

“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said. “I’ve said it many times, and obviously I’ve had altercations with fans. My biggest thing is, keep the banter polite – we suck, I struck out, the team’s not good. Keep it light, keep it smart. There’s kids in the stadium. But the second you start cussing me out like I’m a little kid, that’s a no-no.

We know the real crisis has begun when the fans start making up new lyrics to “Tessie” again.

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, ejection, fans, petco park

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Braves rookie calls fan in hospice care to let him know he made the team (video)

Big things are expected from Atlanta Braves rookie Kyle Wright. After being drafted in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, the 23-year-old Wright quickly rose through the minors to make his major league debut last season.

Despite that, his inclusion on the team’s opening day roster in 2019 was no guarantee. With the Braves relying on a bevy of young pitchers, Wright had to earn his spot in the rotation.

He did just that, and upon hearing the news, Wright decided to let one of his biggest fans know he was going to take the mound for “Sunday Night Baseball.”

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fans, kyle wright

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bryce Harper gets first taste of Philly passion in the form of boos after quiet debut

PHILADELPHIA — In the fourth inning of his first regular season game as a Philadelphia Phillie, Bryce Harper came up to bat with Jean Segura, another offseason acquisition, on third base. Segura was 90 feet away from giving 44,469 fans something to cheer about. Then Harper struck out, the stadium groaned, and down on the concourse, along the third base line, someone said “Geeze, it’s just the same old Bryce.”

You can dress him up in red pinstripes, but the guy who slashed .249/.393/.496 in 2018 will have to do a little better to deliver on the frenzied expectations of a city practically planning a parade route already despite six straight sub-.500 seasons.

PECOTA has the Philadelphia Phillies just barely winning the NL East with 89 wins this season. The morning of opening day, a butcher at the Reading Terminal Market said they were the “best team in baseball.”

Given that Harper seems to have skin so thin it’s transparent, it’s going to be interesting to see how his relations with the fans go…..

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Monday, March 25, 2019

Phillies fans are planning a takeover of Nationals Park for Bryce Harper’s return

Washington, this is your warning. On April 2, the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are planning a takeover.

While Citizens Bank Park is going to be packed with Phillies fans all season, busloads of Phillies fans are taking the trip down I-95 to Nationals Park for the first road game of the season. That is, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Joe DiBiaggio, founder of Phans of Philly, which organizes trips and tailgates for Philadelphia sports fans, took a chance even before Bryce Harper signed and purchased a block of 500 tickets for the April 2 game in Washington, Harper’s return to the city he spent his first seven seasons. The tickets will likely be sold out.

Site members who live in and around the District- I would recommend being as far away as possible on that day, ideally in a location in the Central Time Zone or further west.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, nationals, phillies

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Phillies fans threaten Trent Thornton on Twitter after he hits Bryce Harper with pitch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton is the newly crowned least popular man in Philadelphia after he plunked Bryce Harper in the ankle with a 96 mph heater in Friday’s spring training game.

The pitch was seemingly not intentional, and Harper is only day-to-day after undergoing X-rays, but that hasn’t stopped bringing the worst out of Philadelphia Phillies fans.

From a video of a fan confusing Javy Guerra for Thornton and calling him a coward as he walked toward the team bus to fans threatening Thornton on Twitter, it was not the best day for the many good fans of Philadelphia.

The sporting fans of Philadelphia get angry when people comment on their general reputation- then they act like this….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies, trent thornton, twitter

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2019 Baltimore Orioles Season Preview: Little hope for fans or fantasy players

Let’s just be real from the jump here. If you’re a Baltimore sports fan, you’re better off spending the next few months daydreaming of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens than concerning yourself too much with the Baltimore Orioles.

Baseball in Baltimore last season was bad. Real bad. We’re talking 115-loss, worst-record-in-the-league bad. And there’s not too much reason to believe 2019 will be much better.

This year’s Orioles are playing a full season without Manny Machado instead of half of one. They’ve got a new manager and a new GM, but many of the same problems: Not enough starting pitching, not enough production from Chris Davis and no real hope coming up from the farm system.

Don’t hold back- tell us how you really feel!

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fantasy sports, hopeless, orioles

Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘Give us a chance’: Marlins make plea to fans entering 2019

MIAMI — The outfield grass at Marlins Park was a worn-out mess on Saturday, with those who arrived for the team’s annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.

When it comes to the Marlins, many things are a work in progress.

Wearing new uniforms with the rebranded team logo, in a stadium that has gotten spruced-up since last season ended, some of the 2019 Miami Marlins gathered for the first time to greet fans and start hyping the new season. Pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training home in Jupiter on Wednesday.

All three of the Marlins’ remaining fans are sorry that they have reached this state.

 


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SB Nation: The unwritten rules of being a baseball fan

Are you an adult who wants to bring a mitt to a baseball game? Are you wondering if it’s OK to leave the ballpark early? Here are the definitive, binding answers to your very important questions about being a baseball fan.

bobm Posted: January 29, 2019 at 08:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, unwritten rules

Monday, January 21, 2019

Overheard at Cubs Convention: A collection of the funniest and weirdest moments from the 2019 fan fest

The only Harper in attendance at the Sheraton Grand Chicago over the weekend was the Winter Storm Harper, not that dude named Bryce.

The Cubs seamlessly jumped from Cole Hamels to Kyle Hendricks in the alphabetical introductions at Opening Ceremonies Friday night, crushing the dreams of anybody who believed there would be a surprise visit from the superstar outfielder.

“The sad thing is it’s going to be snowing this much in April too,” one fan quipped. And it doesn’t look like Harper will be in a Cubs uniform by then, either, as Theo Epstein reiterated it’s “extremely unlikely” the Cubs sign a mega free agent of any kind this winter.

Scenes from a convention- of interest for those who have an in sport culture as well as sport itself.

 

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: convention, cubs, fans

Thursday, January 17, 2019

After a polarizing offseason, Cubs owners decide to skip fan fest

After a tumultuous offseason, Chicago Cubs fans might have some … let’s go with interesting questions for the team’s owners. Unfortunately for those fans, the opportunity to have their voices heard just got taken away.

The Ricketts family will skip the team’s annual fan convention in Chicago over the weekend. A Twitter user called @crawlyscubs first reported the news, which was confirmed by Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald.

The family will instead be on Ryan Dempster’s late night program Friday night. Dempster has done something similar in the past. While the Ricketts are busy Friday night, the convention lasts all weekend. They could have held a panel Saturday or Sunday.

Granted, if I were a team owner, I wouldn’t be attending events of this nature, so….

QLE Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fans, ricketts

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reds fan pays off gross chili-chugging bet following unexpected trade

It isn’t easy being a Cincinnati Reds fan these days. The storied franchise that once dominated Major League Baseball during stretches of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, just completed its fifth consecutive losing season.

When the going gets tough, fans understandably get angry and anxious. And when sports fans reach that state of angst, regrettable promises are more likely to follow.

That’s how we would classify this situation regarding a Reds fan who was so desperate to see the team trade Homer Bailey during the offseason, he promised to shotgun three cans of cold Skyline Chili once a trade was completed.

What’s worse: Being a Reds fan and getting driven to do strange things like this, or being Joey Votto and stuck on the Reds?

 

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, fans, reds

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Tommy Pham Says The Rays Have “Really No Fan Base At All”

Talks with area officials on a potential new stadium fell apart earlier this month, so the Rays are back in their generation-long limbo. Perhaps matters in Oakland are more pressing for MLB, but eventually, something’s going to have to give here—and as Rays outfielder Tommy Pham so brutally but accurately put it, it’s likely going to have to be “a new ballpark, or maybe a new city.”

Pham, who was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline and went on to post career-best numbers with the Rays, is currently playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, and did an interview with MLB Network radio in which he compared the crowds in St. Louis and St. Pete, and it’s not pretty.

Shortly after these statements, Pham had announcements to make about water being wet and bears doing unspeakable things in the woods.

QLE Posted: December 29, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, rays, tommy pham

Friday, November 09, 2018

Red Sox fan wins $100,000 grand prize after playing jersey numbers in lottery

TEMPLETON, Mass. —After winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have now helped a Massachusetts man win the lottery.

Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won a $100,000 grand prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Mass Cash game by playing the jersey numbers worn by five key members of the Red Sox championship team.

Aylward’s winning combination of 11-16-19-22-25 represents the jersey numbers of third baseman Rafael Devers, left fielder Andrew Benintendi, ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr., starting pitcher Rick Porcello and World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The numbers were a perfect match for those selected in the Monday Mass Cash drawing.

Is this what the folk who talk about fandom being ultimately rewarding have in mind?

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, jersey numbers, lottery

Sunday, October 28, 2018

World Series 2018: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts booed before Game 5

Dave Roberts did not receive a warm reception before Game 5 of the World Series.

Los Angeles fans booed the Dodgers manager during pregame introductions Sunday, according to multiple reports. The Dodgers entered the matchup trailing the Red Sox 3-1 in the series.

The harsh reaction came one day after some questioned Roberts’ decision to remove starting pitcher Rich Hill with one out in the seventh inning in Game 4. The Dodgers were winning 4-0 at the time but their bullpen failed to hold the lead.

Half-surprised to see Dodger fans get this angry- most of the time, they’re leaving at that point in the game…..

 

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 10:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, fans

Thursday, October 25, 2018

College students line up for a shot at $9 World Series tickets

The cold and rain never bothered college students anyways — especially if there’s a World Series ticket in it for them.

Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox partnered this postseason, offering 100 student tickets for every postseason game for a measly $9.

The catch?

Why were my students never this ambitious?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college students, fans, the things we do for tickets, tickets

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Backlasher
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Gonfalon Cubs2019 Season Predictions
(95 - 12:52pm, Apr 22)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogOT - NBA thread (Playoffs through off-season)
(220 - 12:49pm, Apr 22)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogMets need struggling Noah Syndergaard to back up his words
(9 - 12:48pm, Apr 22)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2019
(3 - 12:48pm, Apr 22)
Last: The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie)

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread, v.2019
(1233 - 12:40pm, Apr 22)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

NewsblogAaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique – HardballTalk
(15 - 12:32pm, Apr 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogIs this the craziest double play ever? Maybe!
(7 - 12:23pm, Apr 22)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (April 2019)
(353 - 11:48am, Apr 22)
Last: Lassus

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1915 Discussion
(15 - 11:34am, Apr 22)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogJustin Verlander wants to be the Tom Brady of baseball
(41 - 11:16am, Apr 22)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogGio Gonzalez fires Scott Boras
(4 - 11:06am, Apr 22)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER! has risen, but is still sleepy, for April 22, 2019
(1 - 10:50am, Apr 22)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

Sox TherapyA Weekend of Necessity
(1 - 10:49am, Apr 22)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogJacob deGrom plays catch, may not need MRI after all | Newsday
(14 - 10:16am, Apr 22)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogRed Sox notes: Nathan Eovaldi considering surgery to treat loose body in elbow
(19 - 10:13am, Apr 22)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Page rendered in 0.9800 seconds
119 querie(s) executed