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Friday, May 02, 2014

BBTF 2014 Softball Game

Time again for Softball!

Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 550 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, softball

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MLB: Tarp problems at Yankee Stadium

It’s a…

 

Repoz Posted: July 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goldman: Eliminating the shift a bandage for a phantom wound

Oh Bandage Up Yours!

Fans like offense. That’s what professional writers such as Buster Olney and Tom Verducci are saying as well: We dwell in a low-offense valley, and they miss the offense.

Olney suggested “perhaps lowering the mound again, or changing the composition of the ball.” Verducci wants to outlaw the shift. The terrible, painful irony here is that they fail to recognize that such remedies for the current lack of offense are no different from the use of drugs to get the same effect. What doesn’t seem to have occurred to those asking for more offense is that they are requesting the manipulation of scoring levels by artificial means, which is exactly what Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez supposedly did.

What they are suggesting is actually worse, because the efficacy of PEDs was never untangled from all the other phenomena at work during that period, particularly stadium design, ball composition and a highly variable but generally shrinking strike zone, whereas if you (say) lowered the mound, or lowered it and moved it back from its traditional 60’6” from home plate, if you moved all the fences in to 250 feet, if you shrunk the foul territory in ballparks like Oakland’s and told the Rockies to deactivate their humidor, we know what would happen. You’d fix offense, in the sense that the 1919 World Series was fixed.

Self-appointed purists have complained that baseball’s sacred record-book was pillaged by drug users, but it was always subject to manipulations like these. Remember 1930, the average hitter in the National League averaged .303 and slugged .448. After that season, the NL deadened the ball by publicized choice, whereas the American League stayed with the rabbit ball for awhile longer. That’s why from 1931 through 1938 the AL had 14 seasons of 40 or more home runs and the NL had none, why Lou Gehrig and Hank Greenberg had seasons of more than 180 RBI and the NL topped out with Joe Medwick’s 154 (one of only two NL seasons of more than 138 RBI during that period), the NL had seven seasons with batting averages above .350 while the AL had 18, and so on.

We won’t rehash all the other ways that baseball’s record book is bogus except to mention the biggest one: Apartheid major league baseball was a minor league.

Repoz Posted: July 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Nats Fan in Colorado Shows Support with Curly W BEARD

You can’t make up stuff like this. Google “curly w beard”, be entertained.

I just saw him on TV, it’s for realz.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 23, 2014 at 04:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: beards, fans, nationals

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)...

Competitive Balance Round A

  Marlins
  Rockies
  Cardinals
  Brewers
  Padres
  Indians

Competitive Balance Round B

  Reds
  Athletics
  Mariners
  Twins
  Orioles
  Diamondbacks

As MLB.com’s Jim Callis explained earlier in the week, teams that have one of the 10 smallest markets or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds (Round A) or between the second and third rounds (Round B).

Its about time the Cardinals got some help to become more competitive.


Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

This may actually improve the Padres terrible offense.

It was announced today that OF Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

In a statement released by the team, Padres manager Bud Black said that “Our club fully supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cameron has accepted full responsibility for his violation and apologized to his teammates and coaches. We are all looking forward to his return.”

The suspension begins immediately and Maybin will be eligible to return to the Padres’ active roster on August 20th, when the team is in Los Angeles for the second game of a three-game series against the Dodgers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin, padres, peds, suspensions

CSN: Enough is enough — time to move on from Ryan Howard

The budget Ryan plan…

At what point does this experiment end? Howard is hitting .224 with a .305 on-base percentage. He has one home run in his last 121 plate appearances. He has three doubles in his last 55 games dating back to May 22.

The Phillies are throwing away games and costing themselves wins by batting Howard fourth nearly every night. It hurts to write that about a player as gregarious, as friendly, as easy to root for as Howard, but it’s the truth. There is no longer a logical defense for him.

Howard’s backers cite his RBI total, that he’s driven in 60 runs. Well, so have 17 other major-leaguers. And Howard has had more plate appearances this season with men on base than any player in baseball.

In 224 of Howard’s plate appearances, one or more runners have been on base. He’s driven in just 14.8 percent of them. More than 175 players have a better rate of plating their baserunners.

Howard is owed $25 million next season. He’s owed $25 million the season after that. In 2017, he’s on the books for $23 million but can be bought out for $10 million. So he will be paid at least $60 million over the next three seasons, making him completely untradeable unless the Phillies pick up just about every dollar.

...Playing him everyday, batting him fourth everyday, will not turn this situation around. Howard has hit .236 with 40 home runs in his last 1,026 plate appearances. His OPS over that span is two percent below the league average. That’s a pretty indicative sample size.

At this point, Darin Ruf deserves the opportunity. Bat Marlon Byrd cleanup until/unless he’s traded. Maybe bring up Maikel Franco and give him a two-month look against major-league pitching. See what they can do with all of the RBI opportunities that have gone to waste.

Because the easy route, the loyal route, the status quo that values feelings over results ... that isn’t working.

Repoz Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:08 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

Jeff Francoeur’s Teammates Prank Him, Again

Isn’t the prank that he has to play for the San Diego Padres now?

Earlier this year, Francoeur’s teammates convinced him that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf, which turned into a lovely short film by first baseman Cody Decker. This time around, the gag was less complex. Decker again filmed the payback delivered when Francoeur unwisely used the coaches’ bathroom. With some help from Travis Buck and Carlos Quentin, who was rehabbing in Triple-A at the time, the group turned the cushy bathroom into a cushy prison for Frenchy.
Jeff Francoeur’s Teammates Pulled A Hilarious Weeks-Long Prank On Him

Jeff Francoeur’s currently playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres’ Triple-A…Read more

Without spoiling the end, Francoeur made his escape, but not through either of the doors. Bless him.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2014 at 02:31 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, padres, prank

Korea’s Hanwha Eagles have robots for fans who can’t attend

Across lots of land and water in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles (former team of Hyun-Jin Ryu) have gone “next level” by providing robots to stomp and yell unifying chants for those who cannot attend the game in person….

In any event, this sentence—“At important moments, the Fanbot encourages group cheering”—is the most creepily utopian baseball-related sequencing of words ever uttered. May it one adorn the flag of every formerly sovereign nation on earth.

Let us now look forward to being mauled at a urinal by one of these.

Best Fanbots in Baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hanwha eagles, korean baseball, robots in baseball

OMNICHATTER 7-23-2014

Holy OMNICHATTER, Batman!

Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

SportsNet: Kawasaki: ‘A monkey never cramps’

Time flies like a Fernando Rodney and fruit flies like a banana.

In the latest must-see interview with Munenori Kawasaki, the Toronto Blue Jays infielder reveals his remedy for cramps to Barry Davis.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, interview, monkeys, munenori kawasaki

Rubin: deGrom for NL rookie of the year?

Curtain risin’ on a new age
See deGrom’s still waitin’...

Jacob deGrom for rookie of the year?

Why not? It’s not like there is a runaway candidate this year.

So far, the monthly NL rookie of the month winners have been Arizona’s Chris Owings, St. Louis’ Kolten Wong and Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton.

DeGrom limited the Seattle Mariners to one run on five hits in seven innings in a 3-1 win Tuesday. He improved to 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA.

Showing no ill effects from a nine-day layoff because of the All-Star break, deGrom now has a 1.59 ERA in six starts since June 21. He has not allowed a home run in his last 52 2/3 innings.

“He’s always flown under the radar. He still is,” Terry Collins said. “This guy has got numbers to match up with any rookie in the league, and you never hear his name mentioned.”

 

 

Repoz Posted: July 23, 2014 at 07:31 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2014

The [Missoula, MT] Daily Missoulian, July 23, 1914:

Grover Cleveland Alexander, a bear with the Phillies only two seasons back, has taken a hurry-up drop. In view of his poor work last season and this year his release by the Phillies had been anticipated, but it was thought he would go to a class AA organization. Instead he has been consigned to Syracuse in the New York State league

Yeah, Ol’ Pete had a really rough 1914. He only led the league in wins, innings pitched, complete games, and batters faced.

I have absolutely no idea what the author of this blurb was thinking, but Alexander didn’t pitch in the minor leagues again until 1930, when he was a washed up 43-year-old.


Bucs Dugout: Manel: Pirates getting creative with defensive shifts

Both Rollins and Barmes were surprised to hear that BABIP on grounders was up, but they also said that ground ball data wasn’t the whole story when it comes to the utility of shifting.

Rollins shook his head, “Hmm, yeah, you’d expect the [ground ball] numbers to be down.” After taking a moment to consider how to explain what was going on, he asked, “What about line drives?” I didn’t have an answer because I hadn’t thought about what suddenly appeared obvious. “I’ve seen so many line drives right past the first baseman and that third or second baseman is sitting there in that hole, and you’re saying, ‘It’s not fair.’

“From what I see, looking at line drives may be the place to look [for the effectiveness of the shift]. I mean, we see it with Ryan [Howard], [Domonic] Brown a little bit, and balls that come off that bat, he’s like, ‘Yes!’ and the guy’s sitting there,” Rollins continued, jokingly adding, “And that should be illegal, it’s stacking the field.”

bobm Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clint barmes, clint hurdle, jimmy rollins, phillies, pirates, shift

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change

Lefthanded hitters have lost 22 points on their batting average on balls in play to rightfield this year alone – and 85 points in nine years.

Good material with some good numbers in here.  But it’s questionable that this is the solution:

Support of an “illegal defense” rule – or at least the consideration of it – is gaining some traction in baseball. Such a rule might stipulate, for instance, that you cannot have three infielders on one side of second base. A shortstop would be able to shift as far as directly behind second base on a lefthanded hitter, but no farther.

Karl from NY Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, rules of play, sabermetrics

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo taking the Minors by storm

The act billed as “Tim ‘Wild Thang’ Lepard and Team Ghostriders” has become one of minor league baseball’s best-sellers, with fans filling ballparks to watch Lepard’s cowboy-clad capuchin ring-tailed monkeys riding on the backs of border collies, chasing after big-horned sheep.

For a sport that embraces the offbeat like no other, the cowboy monkey rodeo—which now dots three-dozen teams’ promotional schedules—seems like a natural fit.

“What I tell people is that if you can watch the cowboy monkey rodeo and not smile, you have no soul,” said Harrisburg Senators (Eastern) general manager Randy Whitaker, whose team has booked Lepard each of the past four seasons.

this isnt a re-translated copy of Jimmy James book, its a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo!

Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, monkeys

Chase Headley traded to New York Yankees from San Diego Padres - ESPN New York

The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley in a trade Tuesday with the San Diego Padres.

The Yankees dealt infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego in exchange for Headley, who could boost New York’s struggling lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trades, yankees

Rangers’ Yu Darvish Pushes for a Six-Man Pitching Rotation - NYTimes.com

Why stop there? How about once every two weeks?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

FSAZ: D-backs cut off McCarthy’s cutter controversy

McCarthy [digs] in.

Brandon McCarthy has two quality starts since joining the New York Yankees and he credits a return to the cut fastball, a pitch he said the Diamondbacks did not want him to throw.

After a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, McCarthy said his expanded arsenal made the difference. He threw about 20 cutters while giving up one run and six hits in six innings.

“It’s something I know that I need to be successful,” McCarthy said. “It was something I didn’t totally agree with.”

The D-backs would not be drawn into the discussion.

“Yeah, well, I wish him well,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said when McCarthy’s comments were relayed Monday. “People handle things different ways. The way I’ll handle it, let’s just say it was all my fault, OK?”

Greg Franklin Posted: July 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yankees

MLB: Astros telecasts catching on to advanced metrics

Meanwhile back in the media capital of the world…derisive “analyst” Paul O’Neill says: “Frank Thomas was a one dimensional player.”

The idea was bandied about last year by CSN Houston senior producer Carl Patterson, who discussed with his staff how to realistically work some of this into the telecasts. Because the Astros’ front office relies so much on advanced metrics, introducing some of it, independently, into the telecasts seemed like a logical next step. The question was, how to do it?

“Normally, the standard thing is RBIs, batting average, home runs,” Patterson said. “Last year, we talked about doing a whole game where we just talked about sabermetrics stuff. But we kind of realized that none of us understood it well enough to talk about it intelligently. So I spent the offseason just thinking about how to do it.”

...This is something Astros TV analyst Alan Ashby—who admittedly is not a huge sabermetrics fan—feels comfortable with, and often expounds on it when a WAR stat pops up on screen.

“One of the reasons that I bring it up is some part of it is subjective on the defensive side,” Ashby said. “You’ve got Mike Trout from a couple of years ago that has so much WAR positive created on his defensive side. That’s the kind of stuff that makes it intriguing to me.”

Patterson limits the metrics-speak to five main concepts: WAR, BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play), wRC (Weighted Runs Created), FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and Z-Contact% (Inside-the-zone contact percentage).

“I feel like five is enough,” Patterson said. “Pick five that make sense to our guys, then talk about it fluently and passionately.”

Repoz Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, media, sabermetrics

Three Moves The Red Sox Should Make - Tony Massarotti - Boston.com

1. Trade Jake Peavy.
2. Trade Will Middlebrooks, Garin Cecchini or Deven Marrero (or some combination of the three).
3. Trade Felix Doubront or Andrew Miller – or both.

1. If they can get something truly useful for him (like a good young outfielder), trade him. If not, hold onto him.
2. It’s always good to trade players when they have the most value. With Middlebrooks and Cecchini, that’s definitely not the case. Although Marrero has had a really good year, I suspect most teams are like me and would like to see him hit again next season or in the AFL before really investing in getting him.
3. Doubront is in a similar place to Middlebrooks and Cecchini. I’d try to reclaim some of his value before I ship him off. Miller, on the other hand, has never pitched better. For now, I’d keep him. If the team keeps playing well and is closer to the top of division near the end of the month, the Red Sox will certainly be able to use him down the stretch. If the team goes 0-6 the next week, by all means get what they can for him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Poll: Does Citizens Bank Park really need metal detectors at the gates?

“Phillies fans arriving at the game against the San Francisco Giants Monday night were greeted by new security measures in the form of walk-through metal detectors at the right-field gates of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.

The metal detectors, installed earlier in the month, were rolled out for use for the first time on June 21 as part of a pilot program at the stadium….”

NattyBoh Posted: July 22, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_rules, phillies, stadiums

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 22, 1914:

Pain and thoughts of injury disappeared when Guy Copeland, 22 years old, who had been injured in a ball game at Fifteenth st. [sic] and the Paseo, awoke from a semi-conscious condition and found himself in an undertaking shop, where he had been taken for treatment.
...
Copeland sprang from the table. It was too far to the door, and he plunged through a window, taking screen and all with him…Copeland forgot his aching head; he just kept on running…He finally was caught and the wound, which was not serious, was treated. “I thought they’d made a mistake and thought I was dead,” gasped Copeland.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 06:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, July 21, 2014

OMNICHATTER 7-22-14

Submitted a bit early to make sure… IT’S THE TUESDAY OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tony Oliva turns 76; Gardenhire: ‘He should be in hall of fame’

Went to a Gardenhire to reminisce…(drive/truck)

Twins special assistant Tony Oliva celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday.

The eight-time all-star remains a beloved figure inside the Twins clubhouse and throughout the team’s fan base.

“He’s huge,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Look what he’s done. He has a track record. He should be in the hall of fame. That’s probably one of the great injustices in this game as far as Minnesota goes: Tony Oliva not being in the hall of fame. This guy was a great baseball player and a great ambassador for our game.”

Oliva’s .304 lifetime batting average is the second-highest for any Cuban-born player with more than 26 career at-bats. Only Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (.308) ranks higher.

...“For Tony to stay around here and talk with some of our young Latin kids and everybody else out here, he’s been pretty special,” Gardenhire said. “For me just to have him around is pretty cool. I’ve been out on caravan with him. I don’t always understand what he’s saying, but I love him.”

Repoz Posted: July 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, twins

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