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Monday, December 11, 2017

After losing out on Shohei Ohtani, here’s who Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners could target next | The Seattle Times

“If history tells you anything, it’s that there’s always more activity when we all get together,” he said. “In this particular case because it has been a slow to develop market, I think there will be a flurry of action because there has been so little to this point. My guess as we get closer to this weekend, history tells us, that as teams start to make their way toward the winter meetings that there tends to be an uptick in the activity. I’d be surprised if that wouldn’t be the case this year as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mariners Acquire Gordon As Marlins Pick Up Trio Of Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Mariners acquire:

Dee Gordon, 2B/CF

Age: 29

A two-time all-star with the Dodgers and Marlins, Gordon will move to the outfield for the first time in his eight-year big league career in 2018. Gordon’s plus speed, which helped him to a major league-best 60 stolen bases last season, should help ease the transition, however. As long as Gordon proves he is capable of playing an average centerfield, his bat should help the Mariners immediately. Last season, the Mariners’ primary centerfielder was Jarrod Dyson, who hit .251/.324/.350 in 111 games––all numbers in which Gordon should be able to match, and surpass, with a repeat of his offensive production from a year ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, mariners, marlins, trades

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Miller: Giancarlo Stanton a Dodger? Unlikely and unnecessary – Orange County Register

Let’s be honest, the whole process is a complete mystery. Here we are debating the merits of adding a $295-million slugger, trying to determine how much – if at all – such a move would improve the Dodgers.

Meanwhile, there’s no arguing that this team’s batting order became decidedly more whole this summer when $535,000 Chris Taylor was moved to the leadoff spot.

Ridiculous? Sure, but if baseball made sense, there’d never be a day when Derek Jeter would be leading the Marlins and Alex Rodriguez’s girlfriend would be campaigning for Rodriguez to lead the Yankees.

And, if trading for Giancarlo Stanton were that easy, there’d be no excuse for missing the chance, especially for the Dodgers.

But this is one juicy, belt-high fastball they should let pass. There’s a reason players rarely are signed for 10 years or more. Unless Stanton is going to opt out, the Dodgers shouldn’t opt in.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Friday, November 24, 2017

The fault in Dipoto’s (prospective) stars - Lookout Landing

Dipoto is chasing a closing window.

Which brings us back to today, and the recent trade of Juan Then (17-year-old 2016 international signee) and JP Sears (21-year-old drafted in 2017) for Nick Rumbelow (26 years old, 15 2⁄3 innings of major league experiences). In an article in the Seattle Times, prior to this trade, Dipoto said, in discussing his moves over the last season “‘We got younger and we didn’t get younger at the A level. We got younger at the big-league level.’” It’s true; Dipoto has gone out of his way to acquire players who are major-league ready and all around 26 years old. Prior to his takeover, the M’s had one of the oldest rosters in the league, so this strategy is good in a vacuum, but has unfortunately been executed at the expense of young talent. I worry about what these moves say about Dipoto’s priorities, and I worry about what these moves say about the priorities of the organization overall but, most importantly, I worry about what these moves say about the Front Office’s confidence in their own systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, November 13, 2017

OTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport

Like legions of Giants fans who hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, Le rooted for the Houston Astros to beat them in the World Series. But he changed his mind, swallowed hard and began cheering for the Dodgers after Yuri Gurriel, a Cuban-born Astro, hit a home run against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish then was caught on camera pulling the corners of his eyes with his fingers in a racist gesture.

“I couldn’t really be OK with them winning any longer,” Le said of the Astros.

With Gurriel’s gesture, yet another major sporting event in the United States came to be viewed through a prism of race, politics or both.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 2202 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.
...
In his 12 major league seasons — all with the Dodgers — he made two All-Star teams and batted .285 with 162 home runs. His 303 doubles rank second to Willie Davis in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

Drafted by Oakland, but acquired for the low, low price of one Milton Bradley!!!


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Houston Astros organization and the team’s fans. You did it!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Monday, October 30, 2017

OTP 30 October 2017: Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture unleashes World Series debate about racism and political correctness

The episode, caught on video and repeated endlessly on television and social media, opened up a new heated conversation about race and identity in professional sports, which has already been grappling with NFL players taking knees during the national anthem.

Many found Gurriel’s antics as juvenile and insulting as they were sadly familiar.

“It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” Jason Chu, a Chinese American rapper based in Los Angeles. “People don’t even pause. They think that this is acceptable, socially, to target Asian Americans in this way, or Asians in general.”

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 30, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 1917 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Astros on verge of title after beating Dodgers in epic Game 5 | Houston Chronicle

In a back-and-forth battle between two heavyweights, the Astros overcame three deficits and countless momentum swings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-12. The final Minute Maid Park crowd of the season was treated to a game that was all sorts of crazy and ultimately left the American League champions merely one win away from their first championship.

That. Was. Awesome.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 30, 2017 at 03:48 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, game 5, world series

Friday, October 27, 2017

Turner Ward helping Yasiel Puig succeed | MLB.com

Puig isn’t new and improved. He’s just better than he was, and he can thank Ward for the change of pace. The timing is perfect. The Dodgers and Astros split the first two games of the World Series presented by YouTube TV in Los Angeles, and now the Series shifts to Houston for three games starting Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2017 at 06:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Game 2 filled with crazy moments | MLB.com

I thought it was over when Jansen came in the game. I was wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Bombs Away: Astros Escape World Series Game 2 With Dramatic Extra-Innings Win | SI

What a night. In one of the craziest World Series games you’ll ever see, the Astros rallied in the ninth, took a two-run lead in the 10th, gave it up in the bottom-half of the frame, then rallied again with a George Springer two-run homer in the 11th and almost blew it again before finally finishing off the Dodgers, 7–6, in World Series Game 2. It goes down as Houston’s first-ever win in the Fall Classic, evening up the series as it moves to Minute Maid Park for the next three.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 26, 2017 at 02:50 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Wednesday, October 25, 2017



Statcast of the Day: Turner’s HR helped by heat

As we noted before the game, research has shown that every 10 degrees of temperature can add approximately 3.3 feet of distance to a batted ball, and the average temperature in Los Angeles at this time of year is 77 degrees. Because the temperature at the start of the game was 26 degrees higher, it was fair to expect that a fly ball on Tuesday could possibly go seven or eight feet farther than it might have on a regular Southern California evening.

Kind of surprising how big of an effect the temperature can have on how far the ball travels.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 25, 2017 at 01:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, statcast, world series

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dodgers add Brandon McCarthy and Corey Seager to their World Series roster – Orange County Register

The Dodgers made two changes to their 25-man roster for the World Series, adding pitcher Brandon McCarthy and shortstop Corey Seager, and removing outfielder Curtis Granderson and catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age – Orange County Register

It’s not your daddy’s Moneyball.

The Dodgers and Houston Astros are playing in the World Series this week. But this is also the Proprietary Information Super Bowl.

Fifteen years into the post-Moneyball era, an analytics department is as essential to a major-league team as fungo bats and sunflower seeds. In the early 2000s, the disparity between the sophisticated and the unsophisticated was wide. Not anymore, every team now searches for advantages in algorithms and metrics, taking the data available from sources like StatCast, PITCHf/x and Trackman and squeezing it for all its worth.

“You should know there are at least a half a dozen, maybe 10 teams that are all in on analytics,” says Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten. “Most of the teams in the playoffs were those kind of teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2017 at 01:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros, dodgers, sabermetrics

Monday, October 23, 2017


Scioscia says ‘88 World Series team was special — and so are these Dodgers - LA Times

The 1988 Dodgers shocked the world. Nobody will be shocked to see this year’s Dodgers team win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, world series

World Series 2017 Dodgers Astros breakdown | MLB.com

Catcher
With all due respect to the quality Houston pair of Brian McCann and Evan Gattis, Dodgers backstops Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal have the edge. The Dodgers’ catchers (.261/.343/.468, 30 homers, 116 wRC+) outhit their Astros counterparts (.251/.318/.445, 30 homers, 104 wRC+). They were better at catching runners, putting up a slightly above-average 29-percent caught-stealing rate compared to Houston’s Major League-worst 12 percent. And they were far better at pitch framing, topping the big leagues with +34 framing runs, well above Houston’s -6.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 - LA Times

I’m not a fan of the Dodgers but I am a fan of the best teams getting to the World Series. The Dodgers were clearly the best team in the NL.

“I’ve always felt like part of the job for the front office of this organization was being the caretaker of the greatest pitcher of this generation,” Zaidi said. “I really believe that’s what he is. Sometimes we all forget he’s 29 years old, because he’s been around for so long, and carried such a burden for this franchise for so long. To be able to build a team around him that’s gotten to the World Series, and for him to get a chance to pitch on that stage, yeah, it feels incredible.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Must C: Hernandez’s trio of HRs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, kiki hernandez, playoffs

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 | LA Times

On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through four. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:07 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, world series

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs hold off Dodgers in Game 4 of NLCS | MLB.com

These 9 PM East Coast starts are a killer. I fell asleep around the third inning. It looks like I missed a good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The story behind Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor’s unbelievable season

Adding to the mystery, I’d been told that spectral forces outside the big league ecosystem are responsible for transforming Taylor, 27, from a 4A—too good for Triple-A, not good enough for the majors—player with the Mariners into a revelation. It’s a little dicey; big league coaches are proprietary and for the most part conventional. There’s an ongoing jiu-jitsu between them and the growing number of individual gurus whose teachings often begin on the margins and stray from there.

My search for explanation led to Rancho Cucamonga, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, and Craig Wallenbrock, a 71-year-old hitting consultant who quit the baseball team at San Diego State in the late ‘60s to become “a hippie, pot-smoking surfer living on Mission Beach.” His background has created a mentality that accepts differences and despises labels, and he has to be the only hitting coach in recorded history—well, in baseball, anyway—who teaches based on the precepts of a 374-year-old text. He has a booming voice, a bottomless well of self-confidence and a bum ankle that feels better today after yesterday’s cortisone shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris taylor, dodgers

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