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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Grandal’s three-run homer is enough for Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Nationals - LA Times

I’ve heard this somewhere before. 

“Three-run homers win games,” Manager Dave Roberts said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mariners acquire pitcher Zach Lee from Dodgers for Chris Taylor | The News Tribune

Two change of scenery players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trade

Sunday, June 12, 2016

James Paxton could be key for Mariners’ staff | MLB.com

A friend was texting me during the game. He told me that Paxton was “hitting 98-100” every other pitch” and “he just threw a 92 MPH slider”. Of course, he finished with, “He’s still giving up hits. LOL.” Fangraphs discussed his increased velocity the other day. It looks like the velocity is sustainable, at least in the short term.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners

Friday, June 10, 2016

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just above them, the Angels, but the loss of Garrett Richards and Andrelton Simmons have sent their playoff odds tumbling from 26 percent to three percent.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Monday, June 06, 2016

Lookout Landing: The King may be out longer than we thought.

en James Paxton was called up late last week, we weren’t sure at the time exactly why. We came to find out that the move corresponded with a 15-Day DL trip for Felix Hernandez. It was scary news, seeing as The King has only missed like one start in his ten-year career. With his velocity down more than one tick this year, and the command all over the place, Felix has looked…different than ever before in his career. Of course, that “different” isn’t the magical 2014 version, it’s a new, maybe scarier version. It’s still an absolutely fantastic pitcher. But, it’s a pitcher currently with a strained calf.

Finally a playoff hunt and the King is in the counting house.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mariners

Mariners notebook: Cano’s bounce-back surge at one year and counting | The News Tribune

His decline will certainly come. For now, though, he’s back to being one of the best second baseman in baseball.

It was just about a year ago that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, a perennial All-Star, bottomed out in the mid-.230s in a dreadful start to the season.

Criticism was sharp that Cano, then 32, had started an inevitable decline with more than 8 1/2 years remaining on his 10-year deal. He spent much of last June muddling along to get out of the .230s before putting on a closing kick.

Fast forward a year and check the numbers.

Cano posted a .302 average with a .355 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage in 159 games from June 4, 2015 through June 4, 2016. He also had 36 doubles, 35 homers, 101 runs and 110 RBIs in that span.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Dodgers DFA Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford has been designated for assignment. That means that the Dodgers have 10 days to put Crawford on waivers, trade him, release him or send him to the minors (with his permission). Often times, this move is essentially the team cutting the player.

In Crawford’s case, this is a last resort move. Crawford, 34, is making $21.607 million this season and will make $21.857 million next season. If someone else picks up Crawford (either by waivers or simply signing him after he’s released), that team will only be responsible for the league minimum salary while the Dodgers have to pick up the rest. They are paying him no matter what.

Carl Crawford is so bad the Dodgers would rather play a second baseman in left field and pay Crawford to go away.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 05, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dodgers

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Corey Seager hits 3 homers in Dodgers’ victory | MLB.com

Seager entered Friday night’s game leading the Dodgers in home runs and extended his lead with his second multi-homer game of the season. If you combine Seager’s 12 homers with Thompson’s nine and the eight from their other roommate, Joc Pederson, the household of young Dodgers has seven more homers (29) than the entire Braves team (22).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Friday, June 03, 2016

Mariners react to historic comeback vs. Padres | MLB.com

My, my, isn’t this embarrassing.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres

Sources: Dodgers won’t be punished for using laser rangefinders to help outfielders

Friggin’ laser beams.

Baseball will not discipline the Dodgers for using a laser rangefinder to predetermine defensive positions before games, according to major-league sources.

The in-game use of such a device would violate the sport’s rules on electronics, but the league said that pregame use is permissible and determined that the Dodgers committed no infraction, sources said.

Baseball, however, notified all clubs on Thursday that golf tees, chalk and paint cannot serve as markers for positioning, addressing another issue raised by the Mets when the Dodgers visited Citi Field last weekend.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, dodgers, lasers

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cwik (BLS): A 92-year-old WWII vet threw our favorite Memorial Day first pitch

Rumor has it a Braves scout was checking out the southpaw.

While a number of our veterans acquitted themselves well when it comes to the national pastime, our favorite Memorial Day first pitch came courtesy of Burke Waldron. Waldron, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game.

As the Mariners announced just prior to Waldron taking the field, the 92-year-old navy veteran began his military service in 1943. He served at Pearl Harbor for some time, and retired from the military in 1946 as a petty officer, 2nd class.

Waldron is apparently 92 years old, but he could have fooled us. He runs better than most 42 year olds, and probably throws better than them too. We can only hope to have that much vigor at his age.

Oh, and in case you were still wondering, Waldron is 92 years old.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:53 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, mariners, veterans, world war ii

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mets are getting defensive about Dodgers’ outfield tactics

The Dodgers, after using the laser rangefinder, wanted to use markers on the playing surface to define the desired positions for their outfielders, and informed the Mets’ grounds crew of their plans.

So, rules experts, are these two tactics legal or not legal?


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dodgers Call Up Julio Urias for Friday Start

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to usher in the big-league career of their top prospect Friday when left-hander Julio Urias makes his major-league debut in New York against the Mets.

The club is expected to purchase the contract of the 19-year-old Urias, adding him to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster. Friday’s expected starter, Alex Wood, will miss his outing with triceps soreness, but the Dodgers are expecting him to return to action Monday at Chicago against the Cubs.

Here’s hoping he fares better than Berrios.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 01:04 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

From internment camp to Dodgers and Cubs clubhouses, these brothers became part of baseball history

The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.

On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.

Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to hold spring training before the war.

“Baseball was everything to them,” says Frank Kawano, who is Nobe’s son. “They loved the game.”

The brothers were never professional ballplayers. Yosh spent five decades in the major leagues as clubhouse manager for the Cubs, and Nobe held the same job for almost as long with the Dodgers.


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 | 8 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

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