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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mariners Leonys Martin hits walk-off home run | MLB.com

Martin isn’t putting up M.V.P. numbers but if he can keep this up, he’s a valuable contributor.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

Monday, May 23, 2016

Plate umpire Rackley leaves game

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Plate umpire David Rackley left Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game after getting hit in the groin by a foul bunt attempt by Joc Pederson.

Rackley immediately collapsed and was down for about five minutes and was tended to by a Padres trainer. He had to be helped to his feet. He left the field under his own power, and handed a ball to a kid on his way to the tunnel.

And then they played another 12 innings.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, padres, umpires

Clayton Kershaw Great Numbers so far for Dodgers - Stats

That Kershaw guy is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Thursday, May 19, 2016

The two bad trades of Mike Piazza

According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t about baseball.

Now it was Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski’s turn to play pass the Piazza, and to make a deal that would spark the Marlins’ rebuild. Mets owner Fred Wilpon had publicly denied interest in Piazza, and GM Steve Phillips had cracked, “I’d have the best platoon catching tandem in the history of baseball,’’ with both Piazza and Hundley, “but I don’t see a fit for us.”

Nevertheless, on May 22, Piazza was headed to Shea Stadium.

“This town is ready and waiting for Mike,’’ Wilpon said, as if the whole thing was his idea. Piazza just sounded tired: “I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who’s been with three organizations in a week,” he said. “I’ll be with three teams in a week. Isn’t that bizarre? It’s like rotisserie baseball.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, marlins, mets, mike piazza

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Former Angels and Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren opens up about the inner turmoil that led to his retirement from baseball

Dan Haren repeated a ritual after the miserable outings, and during the last four years of his baseball career the miserable outings became too numerous to count. He trudged off the mound and through the dugout, embarrassed by the reassurances from teammates, so he could find his phone in the clubhouse and text his wife, Jessica.

I quit, Haren would write after games for the Angels or the Dodgers or whoever employed him.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I’m sick of the stress.

I quit.

I quit.

Zach Posted: May 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dan haren, dodgers, stress

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prospect Heat Check: The kid with more hype than Clayton Kershaw - Yahoo Sports

He has three Red Sox prospect in the top four. That can’t be right.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Howie Rose Interviews Vin Scully

17 minutes covering how Vin Scully got his start calling a football game from the roof of Fenway and riding the bus with the players in Spring Training and calling Hank Aaron’s home run #715.

I had trouble playing the interview in Firefox while it played fine in Chrome.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, interview, vin scully

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Julio Urias leading option for Dodgers bullpen | dodgers.com

Sounds like a great way to get his feet wet while limiting his innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Taijuan Walker Expects to Make Next Start after Leaving Game with Neck Spasms

HOUSTON – Taijuan Walker was removed from the Mariners game against the Astros after pitching just two innings with what was announced shortly after to be neck spasms. After the game, Walker said he believed that he slept wrong Thursday night and was confident he could make his next start.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, May 06, 2016

We’ve Never Seen This Felix Hernandez | FanGraphs Baseball

Is he still the King or has he abdicated his throne?

We have a Felix who isn’t throwing as hard, and we have a Felix who isn’t throwing consistent strikes. Still, we have a Felix who’s remained moderately effective, so it’s not all bad news. He remains a difficult pitcher to square up, but with a reduced margin of error, it seems Felix might be trying to be more careful. That’s the somewhat positive spin. The more negative spin would be that better contact is coming, and maybe Felix is just hurt, plain and simple. I see it, and I get it. I always try to give ace pitchers the benefit of the doubt. Of course, at some point, every ace pitcher stops being an ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2016 season

Embattled Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the remainder of the season for an unknown reason, the second straight season he has been so disciplined.

“We have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the season for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract,” said Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development.

Arruebarrena, 26, was hitting .182/.224/.400 with four home runs in 17 games with Double-A Tulsa, including 14 starts at shortstop. He last played on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a home run against Northwest Arkansas.

The club also suspended Arruebarrena in May 2015 for the same reason, though after appealing to the commissioner’s office his suspension was reduced to just 30 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, erisbel arruebarrena

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Latest MLB PED Suspension Much Bigger Than You Think

This doesn’t sound good.

Josh Ravin isn’t well known. Dee Gordon is an All Star and a batting champion, but he’s not well known outside of baseball. Both have been suspended within a week, but while more know who Gordon is, it’s the substance Ravin tested positive for that’s a much bigger story.

While early reports were that Ravin tested positive for HGH, the actual substance is, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, a peptide. Peptides are a class of performance enhancer that is relatively new, relatively complex and have some very dangerous side effects. I’ve been writing about these substances since 2013 and I’m surprised it’s taken this long for them to make their way into American sports.

Multiple sources tell me the peptide Ravin tested positive for was GHRP-2, which in studies has shown a significant increase in plasma growth hormone levels. Because it is causing the body to create a higher level of it’s own GH, it tends to be more accessible. GHRP in any of its various forms could also be used to mask the use of HGH, though it’s unclear if this actually works absent close monitoring and lab tests.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, peds

Vin Scully Talks Beards For Five Minutes

Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is going all out during his final stint in the booth. The season’s only a month old, and we’ve already had two great episodes of Storytime With Vin Scully. Two weeks ago, he debunked the myths surrounding the number 13, and this weekend he gave us the entire history of beards:

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:09 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, vin scully

Saturday, April 30, 2016

An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run

La Russa:

“So here’s what I thought. I thought, Gibby, he’s hittin’ on one leg. … My thought was, lookit, he’s hurting, I wanted to bring the outfield in because I didn’t think he could hit the ball out of the infield. So I was just trying to protect [against] the bloop. … So I was worried he was going to hit a ground ball through a hole or hit a blooper. So [pitching coach Dave] Duncan says, ‘You know, Steve Sax is on deck. And Eck’ll walk through him like he’s water.’ I said, ‘Hey, who’s the manager? We’re gonna pitch to him.’ ”

Crystal:

“So Duncan asked the same question I did.”

La Russa:

“Dunc didn’t ask it. He said, ‘Walk Gibson.’ I said, ‘I’m making the decisions here.’ And as we walked off the field, he says, ‘Dumb ass.’ “


Monday, April 25, 2016

A Record Setting Five Koreans Debut in Major League Baseball

When most fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) think of players from the Pacific Rim, players imported from Japan’s professional league tend to come to mind. Whether it be Ichiro or for a period Dice K Matsuzaka, there have been a string of high profile players coming from Japan to the United States. That perception may be about to change. While more Japanese professionals have played in the major leagues, players from Korea are increasingly making their mark in MLB as well.

Because of the thriving professional leagues in Korea and Japan, a posting system remains in place that limits the flow of talent to the majors from Korea and Japan relative to what the overall level of talent in either country would warrant than in comparison from Latin America. This has begun to change somewhat in the last decade or so thanks in part to the success of players such as Ichiro and more recently to Koreans such as Choo Shin-soo with the Rangers and Ryu Hyun-jin with the Dodgers.

In the case of Korea, this all began with Park Chan-ho. Park became the first Korean to play in the major leagues when he briefly made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994, but would go on to become a star once he had established himself in the majors by 1996. Park’s success helped to pave the way for other players from Korea to come to the United States, with a peak of 8 Koreans playing in the majors in 2005.

While the number of Koreans playing in MLB tailed off after 2005, the 2016 season has seen a resurgence in Koreans playing in the majors. Five Korean-born players have already made their debut this season and the number of Korean-born players on MLB rosters is again at an all-time high of eight. However, if prospects such as Lee Hak-ju of the San Francisco Giants make their debut this season, 2016 could represent a high-water mark for Koreans in Major League Baseball.

The following is a brief look at the five Korean-born players to have made their debut this season in the majors:


Yasiel Puig crashed a high school prom after game in Colorado

Only to be thrown out by that stuffy Dean! I’LL GET YOU PUIG!

Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig had a little time to kill on Saturday night after Kenta Maeda and company made short work of the Colorado Rockies. So he decided he would surprise some Denver area high school students by crashing their prom party.

True story.

Puig shocked the students from Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.— which is a suburb of Denver — a little before midnight. He even posed for pictures with the students to commemorate the occasion, which will someday validate some prom stories that no one else would believe otherwise.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hijinks ensue, yasiel puig

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes incredible throw | MLB.com

Too bad he missed the cutoff man.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, great throw, yasiel puig

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Bret Boone book: alcohol problem derailed stint with Twins - StarTribune.com

The Boones are baseball’s first family?

But in a new book titled, “Home Game: Big League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family,” set to go on sale May 10, Boone reveals that it was more than a simple matter of aging that caused him to fall so fast. Instead, he writes, he was a “substance abuser” whose alcohol problem grew worse during that period.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: books, bret boone, mariners, twins

Monday, April 18, 2016

Felix Hernandez Is Not Right | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

If you are a Felix owner, he has done you all a great favor by not allowing a homer, posting just a .200 BABIP, and stranding over 80% of runners. All that good fortune has masked his poor pitching so far and given you a window with which to shop him. Surely someone in your league will stop at the 1.00 ERA, think all is fine, and be willing to give up a pretty good hitter, or even a comparable pitcher. How about Corey Kluber?

This may all just be an early season blip, and for all we know, Felix could be back up to 91+ mph, with improved control thanks to a mechanical fix. But the alarm bells are blaring and the risk is higher than ever that Felix is dealing with a serious issue. Better to reduce your risk and see what you could get for him, then hold and hope for the best.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Brinson: Actual story about Madison Bumgarner told by national treasure Vin Scully last night on the Dodgers broadcast

Scully alternately tells a wonderful story about Madison Bumgarner and his wife, Allie, and calls a Howie Kendrick plate appearance.


Dodgers’ Hernandez pounds Bumgarner in win | MLB.com

This was a very good day for Kiki Hernandez.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kiki hernandez

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chip Hale upset with Rick Honeycutt | MLB.com

He was probably offended by their new uniforms.

D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s official: Vin Scully Avenue is now a city street - The Orange County Register

FYI, Vin Scully is a long-time lurker on BBTF so, if you show him some love, he might read it.

Thanks for all the fond memories, Mr. Scully!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, vin scully

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Kenta Maeda hits a home run, pitches Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Padres - LA Times

This is a pretty good first game. Of course, it was against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenta maeda

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