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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well. UPDATE: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Great Lawn, Field #2. -vi

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come by.  Rob Neyer, Tommy Lasorda, Benny Agbayani, Robothal, Pete Rose, no target too high.  Or too low.  So maybe Calcaterra could make it.

Let’s hear it, who’s coming?

Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 293 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2017

El Paso Herald, June 28, 1917:

Smoky Joe Wood, who essayed a comeback four weeks ago against the New York Yankees in Cleveland, must begin all over again. In other words, he overtaxed his arm when he pitched those eight innings…

When [Wood] told [his doctor] that he had pitched eight full innings, Dr. Drury threw up both hands, exclaiming: “It’s a wonder you have any arm left—you should have started gradually, finished up a game here and there, going one, possibly two innings, until your arm was entirely strong.”

That was Wood’s final major league start. He made six more relief appearances between 1917-1920, but Smoky Joe was almost exclusively an outfielder starting in 1918.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Miguel Montero shifts blame to pitchers after Nationals steal seven bases - Chicago Tribune

What’s Montero’s pop times? Statcast, Cubs Nation looks to you for answers.

“What can I say?” said Montero, who has thrown out only one base stealer in 32 attempts, according to baseball-reference.com. “A couple of times (Tuesday night) I didn’t even try to throw because there was no time, no chance to throw (out anybody).”

The situation became even more embarrassing for Montero in the fourth when Michael A. Taylor stole second and scored while stealing third when Montero sailed a throw wide of the base and into left field.

“So why am I even going to make a throw, or what happened at third? (I) try to make a throw to third and throw to left field because I tried to be too quick.

“It’s frustrating for a catcher because it really hurts me. I feel like I can still throw. I have a good arm, my arm feels great. I just try to be quicker, I try to be perfect. And to make those two together is hard to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miguel montero, stolen bases

Ron Darling rips Mets’ muscle-head trainers as a ‘joke’ | New York Post

Is this a real link?

The former Met and current SNY color analyst tore into the team’s current approach to training its players after watching Robert Gsellman become the latest casualty in an injury-plagued season. The Mets have been playing catch-up all season with each star player that hits the disabled list, and Darling suggested on live television he’s found the reason why the injuries keep piling up.

“[These] trainers, get them in a room with some of the old trainers and people that took care of baseball players and how to keep them healthy,” Darling said in the SNY booth with Gary Cohen during the Mets’ 6-3 loss to the Marlins in Miami. “And get them in a room and try to tap into their knowledge on how you train baseball players — not weightlifters, not six-pack wearers — baseball players.

“They’re doing a disservice to their million-dollar athletes that they’re paying. It’s a joke to watch this happen each and every night.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, ron darling

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Freeze popular with MLB fans and players | MLB.com

Every superhero has a back story, of course, and so it is for The Freeze, who came to life on June 9, 2017, when Nigel Talton saw that guy celebrating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, promotions, the freeze

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young dead at 51

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young has died, according to ex-MLB player Lenny Harris. He was 51. The Mets later confirmed his passing.

Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January. He said in February that doctors treated the growth as cancerous because it was located on the brain stem, meaning it was impossible to do a biopsy to test its malignancy. He underwent chemotherapy and reported at the time that the tumor had shrunk. Harris said earlier Tuesday that Young had fallen into a coma.

Young played six seasons in the majors—three with the Mets, two with the Cubs and one with the Astros—and had a career ERA of 3.89. Most baseball fans remember him as the man who lost 27 consecutive decisions—14 as a starter and 13 as a reliever—from May 6, 1992 to July 24, 1993. Young, though, grew to accept that the streak would be his lasting mark on the game, even though he chalked it up to bad luck.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:07 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony young, cubs, mets, obituaries

Indians manager Terry Francona leaves game after not feeling well

Indians manager Terry Francona left Cleveland’s 15-9 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night because he wasn’t feeling well.
 
He was evaluated by the medical staff and checked out “fine,” the team said, but he did not return to the game.

The team said he experienced symptoms similar to those he had during a game earlier this season. Francona was hospitalized on June 13 following a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. He underwent a battery of tests and was released a few hours later. He returned to work the following night.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona


Is There Still a Place for Ladies Night in Baseball?

Casey Landman, 39, is a lifelong Phillies fan and has attended Baseball 101 every year from 2010 to 2016. Having played softball for 14 years, she’s no stranger to the diamond, but getting to run the bases at Citizens Bank Park, to throw in the bullpen with the Phillies’ pitching coaches, to catch pop-ups and field ground balls with the infield coaches, and to hit in the cages is a fan experience she says is unlike any other. “I just love being as close to baseball as I can and it’s a really rare opportunity to be able to do things that.”

Landman says that even if the event weren’t just for women, she would go. “I’m not offended if they market to a different part of the female audience [for more traditional ladies nights], but personally I just want to see the game.”

But what about the teams who do host the more traditional Ladies Nights? Is there a place for these promotions? “With [the Round Rock Express’] ladies night we were sensitive to some of the issues we’ve seen about not-done-well women-targeted events in baseball,” said Cacic. “At the same time, there are women who like baseball and want to get a manicure and get wine.”...

Some women, like Brewers fan Megan Brown, feel like having gender-specific events at all is a problem. “There’s zero need to further divide female sports fans,” she says. After all, women who like sports are already seen as “women who like sports” instead of just “fans.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

Yankee Stadium Charity Is Called Into Question

In the summer of 2006, when the Yankees broke ground on a gleaming new stadium in the South Bronx, they offered an olive branch to a community furious that more than 25 acres of treasured public parkland had been seized for the project. The Yankees created a charity, called the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, which it intended to distribute almost $40 million in cash grants and sports equipment, along with 600,000 baseball tickets, to community organizations in the borough over four decades.

Ten years later, however, an examination of the fund’s public financial records and interviews with community members and a former administrator of the fund show that it has operated with little oversight or public accountability, neglecting those who live near the stadium and instead sending money to other, often wealthier parts of the Bronx that were not affected by the construction.

The fund also regularly donates to organizations with which it shares common board members. And although the Yankees provide $35,000 a year to cover operating expenses, the fund in 2011 began to allocate 10 percent of the grants it awards to cover its own “additional administrative costs.” Those costs have never been publicly explained.

Many Bronx organizations say they have benefited greatly from the fund. But they are generally not in neighborhoods around the stadium. Of the $6.8 million distributed by the fund between 2008 and 2015, the last year for which records are available, only 30 percent — $2 million — went to charities occupying the same ZIP code as Yankee Stadium or four bordering ZIP codes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Aaron Judge or Cody Bellinger?

There, atop the home-run leaderboard for the year, are two young stars on great teams in big media markets: Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. That’s a match made in heaven, at least for barside arguments around the country. Which one would you rather have?...

Judge has the advantage in raw totals — which isn’t surprising, considering he’s also played more — but he’s also superior in the rate stats right now, both walking more often than Bellinger and offering greater defensive value so far.

It might be worth pointing out that Judge’s line is buoyed up by a .426 batting average on balls in play. There are a few modern ballplayers in the career leaders in BABIP (minimum 1000 plate appearances), but even the two at the very top — Miguel Sano (.365) and Mike Trout (.360) — are well below Judge’s current tally.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, cody bellinger

Phillies Nation: When do the Phils pull the plug on Mackanin?

Soon please, for Pete’s sake!

We can go on and on about how the skipper has nothing to work with, but in reality, Mackanin hasn’t done his part either. Let alone the questionable on-field moves, it’s the lack of communication and discipline on this team that’s causing the demise of the third year manager.

eddieot Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pete mackanin, phillies, worst team in baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2017

Butte Post, June 27, 1917:

The prince of southpaws is through.

Edward S. Plank, the greatest of them all, has pitched his last major league game, if reports from several of his friends are to be believed.

Suffering from a nervous breakdown and preparing for a minor operation, there is little chance that Plank will ever toe the rubber again.

When Plank left the Browns a few weeks ago, he was reported to have gone to his home in Gettysburg, Pa. He really went to a Philadelphia hospital.

The Post published this story on June 27, 1917. Plank pitched two scoreless innings for the Browns on June 28, 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie plank, history


Travis d’Arnaud is making the Mets move on from him | New York Post

When your value is tied to your offense and your offense stinks, yeah, it’s a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Pitch command not a problem for Sean Newcomb

It still seems weird reading new fangled stats on mainstream publications.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean newcomb

Sprint Speed shows fastest at each position | MLB.com

None of them would beat Speedy Gonzalez in a race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Fox Sports eliminates digital writing staff in favor of promoting their debate shows

Must be because of their liberal takes on politics!

Fox Sports has axed their digital writing and editing team to create more video positions and promote their on-air personalities. Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw reported the news at 1 p.m. Eastern Monday, citing an internal memo from Fox Sports’ Jamie Horowitz (Fox’s president of national networks, and also the head of Fox digital following Mark Pesavento’s exit) that was actually sent to staffers after the Bloomberg article was published….

Update:  Here’s the list of layoffs Awful Announcing has learned of so far, in alphabetical order:

Chris Bahr (editor), Pete Blackburn (writer), Jonathan Bradley (writer), Dan Carson (writer), Cam DaSilva (writer),  Sam Garner (writer), Dan Graf (editor), Tom Jensen (editor), Dieter Kurtenbach (writer), Damon Martin (writer),  Caitlin Murray (writer), Brett Pollakoff (writer), Nate Scott (editor),  Chris Strauss (editor), Nick Schwartz (editor/writer), Aaron Torres (writer), Barry Werner (editor), Aaron West (writer).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 12:11 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, media

Monday, June 26, 2017

Different seams no longer bothering Twins’ Jose Berrios

This story has balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Rays To Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

The Rays and Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). The Rays will send outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark to the Marlins in return. The Rays will pay the remainder of Hechavarria’s salary, according to Spencer.

Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, marlins, rays

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has never heard of ‘Seinfeld,’ teammates hilariously respond

The Dodgers’ 21-year-old rookie Cody Bellinger revealed that he doesn’t know who Jerry Seinfeld is on SportsCenter on Friday night.

As Scott Van Pelt laughed and was in shock, the Arizona native said, “I’m not gonna lie to you. I know the name, but I couldn’t put a face to the name. I don’t really know what he does, man. I’m sorry.”

Bellinger recognizes Seinfeld, but he has never heard of the TV show. He has no idea. He was born in 1995 and was only two years old when the last episode aired. Can you blame him?

The rook’s teammates were not too happy about this.

Hey Cody, the jerk store called, and they’re all out of you!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger


Forbes: Seattle Mariners Owning Social Media And Not Just Sticking To Baseball

Instead of shrinking back and acting out fear that fans might be turned away by the team’s celebration of LGBT pride, the Seattle Mariners stood their ground on social media.

On the team’s Facebook account, the Mariners announced they were “proud to celebrate equality,” changing the team’s profile picture to an image of the Mariners logo in the foreground of a rainbow pride flag.

DanG Posted: June 26, 2017 at 01:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lgbt, seattle mariners, social media

Video: Idiot Mets fan catches foul ball at Dodger Stadium, nearly drops baby, wife ready to kill him

Baseball is fathers playing catch with sons.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:56 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: fatherhood

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