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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dodgers going organic this season

“We are the healthiest team in pro sports,” was written across the top of the menu at Camelback Ranch Thursday. That day’s lunch was organic seared pork chops, free-range herb seared chicken, organic baked potatoes and organic sautéed asparagus. Not exactly low-calorie, but fortifying and low on toxins.

Because nothing says healthy like pork and potatoes.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 28, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, February 27, 2015

Juan Pierre officially announces his retirement

Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.

A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Keep an Eye on Korean Baseball

Not Carlos Correa, South Korea.

Putting a blanket statement on the level of talent in the KBO is an unwinnable situation.  Both Nitkowski and Sadowski said that while there are guys there who could not crack a Double-A roster in the U.S., there are players, such as Ryu, who clearly have the talent to be difference makers in the majors.

“I don’t know that there’s a Triple-A team that could roll in and necessarily beat the Doosan Bears,” Nitkowski said. “Even to say that it’s Triple-A, I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. Maybe the rosters don’t run as deep. Maybe they don’t have Triple-A players one through nine, but one through six, one through seven, a lot of teams are really good. I really hesitate to put a number on it or a level on it.”

Sadowski echoes this view, citing Americans who go to Korea as they come down from the peak of their career with no major league teams willing to keep them.  “It’s really hard to compare because those guys had major league tools at some point,” he said. “When teams get hurt and their replacements come in, they’re not being replaced by a Triple-A player or a guy who could play in the big leagues. They’re getting replaced by a younger guy who has only been playing two years of professional baseball or may be short on tools.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 09:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, korean baseball, kyeong kang

Baseball’s Fight With Fatigue - WSJ

Who would think I’d be using the word “innovation” to describe the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, innovation, mariners, marlins

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Report: Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy

The contract is a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.

I’ll have to see how much money this is for before I can say whether or not I approve.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why Is Julio Urias So Awesome? - Minor League Ball

What’s the fuss about Julio Urias?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Monday, February 16, 2015

Victor Sanchez, Mariner prospect, has been seriously injured in a boating accident

This news has also been confirmed by the Tacoma News Tribune, also by Jeff Passan via Twitter. Most sources seem agree he is in ICU and it was a head injury. Apparently he was hit by a boat while swimming in the ocean. Best wishes to Mr. Sanchez and his family.

Sunday silence Posted: February 16, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Source: Mariners reach deal with free agent Weeks | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how he’s used by the Mariners. The question at this point is, did he cost himself some money this year by refusing to play the outfield last season?

The Brewers talked of using the right-handed-hitting Weeks in the outfield last season. He balked at that idea, but could presumably be used as a corner outfielder or utility infielder by Seattle. The Mariners have Dustin Ackley returning in left field and acquired veterans Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano this winter to likely platoon in right field.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE TOP 10 MLB LINEUPS FOR 2015

2. Blue Jays: Were Dalton Pompey more established, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak more reliable and second base not such a worry, I’d strongly consider the Blue Jays for the top spot on this list. Alas, those are, of course, all big questions.

Still, there is a lot to like about a lineup that begins with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Those are five steady on-base presences and a middle of the order that can straight-up mash.

There are big questions to be answered in Toronto, but you’d be hard-pressed to find (on paper, at least) a lineup with a better top five.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Yasiel Puig is really close with a particular family in Los Angeles, and that family has a 10-year-old Cardinals-loving boy who has made it his mission to exasperate the Dodgers’ eccentric outfielder….

“His mom calls him ‘The Cardinal,’” Puig deadpanned. “We don’t even know his name anymore. … I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He’s driving me nuts. I can’t win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that’s it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again.”...

Puig spoke highly of the Cardinals, how great their team is and how smart their manager is. He thanked them for teaching his team the proper way to play baseball and said they’ve become the Dodgers’ truest adversary, more so than even the defending-champion and division-rival Giants.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 30, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, yasiel puig

BILL JAMES ON FIELDING, PART 7

My locker was back-to-back with Campy’s. I came in one day with a New York paper and showed Campy the box score. “This says Erskine losing pitcher,” I said. “Shouldn’t it say Campanella losing catcher?” He just smiled and said, “You can always shake me off.” But if you shook off Campy, you had to explain it to Walter Alston, the manager.

cardsfanboy Posted: January 30, 2015 at 04:21 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mariners notebook: Montero’s weight down; targeting another outfielder; four spots set in rotation

i bet he is in the best shape of his life.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects | dodgers.com

This is Kapler’s debut camp and it is intentionally being run differently than previous ones. He said instead of splitting time on the field and in the classroom, this year’s camp will be overwhelmingly cerebral.

“We don’t want them ramping up in the middle of winter to impress physically,” he said. “We want them to be open-minded, nimble of thought and share experiences with a ton of interpersonal back-and-forth and talk shop.”

Kapler said player participants for the development camp were selected with different criteria than the past.

“We wanted the organization’s top athletes, but also wanted men open to help share the philosophy,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice throughout baseball within five years.
What else?

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

This, too, is a move that seems so obvious - yet it’s 2015 and the Dodgers are making news by doing it.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

These three NL teams will make a leap in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Tracy Ringolsby Article

The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, marlins, predictions

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brandon McCarthy: PED users shouldn’t be kept out of Hall

The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.

  From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths gives baseball a depth unlike any other sport we have in this country. Because of this, writers should leave Hall of Fame voting to on-the-field accomplishments and let their words shape the stories and reputations we pass down to the next generation.

McCarthy also gave his picks for who should’ve been inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame class. In addition to those who were chosen (John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio), McCarthy says he would’ve voted for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Mike Piazza.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, hall of fame, peds

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Gray Area: Inside the Mafia-Run World of Baseball Match-Fixing in Taiwan | VICE Sports

Is he worth signing?

Last week, reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Dodgers were close to signing Tsao, now 33, to a minor league contract—a transaction that would hardly be notable if not for the fact that Tsao hasn’t pitched professionally since that 2009 season in Taiwan, a result of having been named in a match-fixing scandal in his home country. Tsao was banned for life from the CPBL despite a Taiwanese court having acquitted him of any charges.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, taiwan

Saturday, January 03, 2015

What the Padres Have, and Might Have, in Brandon Maurer | FOX Sports

Given that Maurer was all but finished as a starter in Seattle, there’s no guarantee he can start with San Diego. He might simply not be up for it, or he might simply not be able to achieve a sufficient level of consistency. If Maurer can’t start, he can relieve, and he can relieve well, in a prominent role. But if Maurer can start? The A’s didn’t think Ross could start. Ross is, today, a big reason why the Padres think they could field a 2015 playoff team. The Padres no longer had much of a use for Smith. They can use Maurer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon maurer, mariners, padres

Friday, January 02, 2015

New Mariners’ outfielder Seth Smith knew a trade was likely | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Smith and Denorfia are good, serviceable players.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, cubs, mariners, seth smith

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Padres, Mariners To Swap Seth Smith, Brandon Maurer

Brandon Maurer is the kind of name you’d expect in the movie “Rural Juror.”

The Padres and Mariners have agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Seth Smith from San Diego to Seattle in exchange for right-hander Brandon Maurer, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter). Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle was the first to report earlier today that a trade of Smith to the Mariners was close.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 05:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon maurer, mariners, padres, seth smith, trade

Dodgers To Sign Taiwanese Pitcher Who Was Banned For Game-Fixing

Is that Tsao?

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies’ organization (lol, sure), but what he’s most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan amidst allegations of throwing games.

Tsao was banned by the CPBL following the 2009 season, when an investigation into rampant game-fixing in the league revealed that he had accepted “unsuitable benefits” from a gambling ring led by a gangster known as “Windshield Wiper.” And what exactly were those unsuitable benefits? Sex, mostly.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 05:11 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: chin-hui tsao, dodgers, gambling, game-fixing, taiwan

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


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