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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Marlins should explore possibility of A-Rod being their next manager

Centaurs fulfill the diversity requirements of the “Selig Rule”, right?

Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week. Maybe that’ll happen after more losses—Miami has dropped seven of nine since the managerial change, including a tough loss Tuesday—or after more changes in the coaching staff. Maybe the Marlins will turn it around, and Loria will still switch managers. As the old saying goes, the only sure things in life are death, taxes and a new Miami manager.

The next time Loria considers a change, assuming that conversation doesn’t take place until after the 2015 season, here’s a name he ought to seriously think about: Alex Rodriguez.

Yes, of course there are a lot of reasons why you wouldn’t hire Rodriguez, but before we delve into those, think about the qualifications that Rodriguez would bring to the table for the Marlins. (And let’s be clear about this: Rodriguez would be a good fit for the Marlins and perhaps only the Marlins, and perhaps no other team.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, centaur managers, marlins

Vintage Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers over Braves - LA Times

The reports of the death of Clayton Kershaw’s stuff have been greatly exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

If this doesn’t bring the fans into Miller Park, what will?

The “Selig Experience” attraction opens this week at Miller Park. It’s billed as a state-of-the art tribute to the franchise’s history and symbol of baseball’s rock-solid future in Milwaukee.

“Everything is really, really extraordinary. I can’t emphasize that,” said Selig, who got an early glimpse at the exhibit. “I am rarely speechless in my life. I was speechless.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bud selig

Cleveland Indians shave their heads in support of Mike Aviles’ daughter | cleveland.com

The Indians in a show of support for Mike Aviles and his daughter are shaving their heads.

“It’s a team thing,” said second baseman Jason Kipnis. “It started with Mike’s daughter because of what she’s going through. Unfortunately, she’s going to be losing her hair soon from chemotherapy and we all wanted to join in.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike aviles

Good Riddance to Little League

Stotz found the bigness of Little League to be awful in part because it seemed like an exploitative ploy that used kids’ athletic ambitions to fill adult-sized voids. As the league grew and became more corporate, there was less and less opportunity for kids to enjoy the thrill of low-stakes, good-natured organized competition. In his fascinating paper “ ‘A Diamond Is a Boy’s Best Friend’: The Rise of Little League Baseball, 1939-1964,” University of Chicago historian Michael H. Carriere argues that Little League was a force for normative morality in a postwar America terrified that children would fall prey to sexual perversion, juvenile delinquency, and, presumably, the beatnik menace. For children, Carriere argues, Little League served to reinforce social order; it was “a highly supervised activity that engendered in children a healthy respect for law and order, taught proper gender roles, and, most importantly, brought families together.”...

So who cares whether youth baseball really is waning in Newburgh? As long as they can play pickup games, the town’s children will be fine.

People who let their kids play unsupervised pickup games should have their children taken away from them.


Rays Cash on umpiring: “It’s terrible ... It’s embarrassing” | Tampa Bay Times

Tell us how you really feel, Kevin. Fine in 10…9…8…7…

“Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,’’ he said. “We spend so much time on pace of play, let’s just the damn call right on the field. It’s terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, umpiring

Video: Statcast: Bryant’s 477-foot shot | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Reflections on baseball moving on from RBIs. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article

The RBI still has a warm place in my heart, like Cheez-Its.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Larry Lucchino: Downtown park will be R.I. gem - Providence, RI

Self-serving tripe from Larry Lucchino.

Buy the land and build the stadium yourself, Larry. The taxpayers have more worthwhile things to spend their money on.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league deal, pawtucket red sox

Charter Communications to offer Dodgers TV channel - LA Times

Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV.

“We are going to get the Dodgers on,” Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times.

“We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen,” Rutledge said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, television

Braves, Dodgers To Swap Callaspo, Uribe In Six-Player Deal - MLB Trade Rumors

Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alberto callaspo, braves, dodgers, juan uribe, trade

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1915:

The Cardinals have signed Roger Hornsby, the fast shortstop of the Denison (Tex.) team. He is the first man to be grabbed from the minors this year by a major league team.

That worked out fairly well for them.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rogers hornsby

OMNICHATTER 5-27-15

The “OMG, BRYANT AND HARPER BOTH HOMERED LAST NIGHT” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The first batch of All-Star vote tallies are out and the Royals are dominating

Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.

Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.

Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and overall vote leader Salvador Perez lead their positions. At the positions where Royals aren’t first, they’re second. Even Alex Rios, who has played just seven games this season is in sixth place for outfielders, ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista and Michael Brantley. Totally warranted, right?


Hardball Talk: Phillies Unhappy About Soft Music At Nationals Park

Sounds serious:

The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band.

Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.


ESPN: Crasnick: Harper Taking Baseball By Storm

Some notice being taken:

Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four years of service time.
.  .  .
The early numbers are staggering. Barely past the season’s quarter mark, Harper leads the major leagues in runs (39), extra base hits (26), walks (40), OPS (1.198), isolated power (.393) and Wins Above Replacement (4.1). He’s even wielding some serious leather. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Harper leads big league right fielders with 10 Defensive Runs Saved. St. Louis’ Jason Heyward, the confirmed gold standard at the position, has four DRS.

On pace for 14+ WAR this season. Is that good?


Careers at Baseball Info Solutions | Baseball Info Solutions

BIS is looking to hire a full-time Business Development Associate!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 03:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: job posting

Callaspo-for-Uribe trade falls through | www.ajc.com

He had a right to do it. That doesn’t mean he was right to do it.

A proposed multi-player trade centered around veteran infielders Alberto Callaspo of the Braves and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers fell through Tuesday morning and was not expected to be revived.

The deal died when Callaspo exercised his right to reject the trade, a person with the proposal said, confirming a FoxSports.com report. Callaspo, as a free agent who signed last winter, can’t be traded without written consent until after June 15.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers

Baseball’s best catchers visualized - Beyond the Box Score

This allows for reviewing players by position and plotting their salary against their WAR values. FanGraphs includes a measure that estimates the dollar value a player has delivered, which creates an apples-to-apples comparison—their pro-rated salary compared to their FanGraphs Dollar Value (FG$V). This makes it very easy to see who’s delivering value—and who isn’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, sabermetrics

Player’s View: Kill the Win | FanGraphs Baseball

How about just putting it in a coma?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: kill the win, sabermetrics

The Pitcher’s Art « Our Game

The next ball that seemed to bother the batters was introduced by [Henry] McCormick, of the Stars, of Syracuse [winner of 59 games in 1877]. This young pitcher had Mike Dorgan, now of the New Yorks, for catcher. They shut out about all the crack clubs of the country that paid them a visit. The ball he deceived the batsmen with was a raise curve, now used by Radbourn, of the Bostons. He gave his field easy chances; the out-field had most of the work to do off his pitching. I never saw him pitch a ball below a man’s belt. He had perfect control of the ball and a cool head.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The 10 Cheapest Teams of the Last 10 Years

5. 2007 Florida Marlins: 71-91

Actual salary: $30.5 million / Translated salary: $35.4 million
Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera / $7.5 million
Players over $1 million: four
Best position player: Ramirez / 5.3 WAR / $0.4 million
Best pitcher: Sergio Mitre / 2.3 WAR / $0.38 million
It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially Marlins team. Okay, actually, it’s not—you’ll see a few Marlins teams that are even more Marlin-y down below. This team, though, certainly looked like it had the young core of a perennial contender: Ramirez, Cabrera, Johnson, Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez, all 24-and-under. It’s hard to imagine a core this great getting away from any team other than the doggone Marlins.

Also only 25 at the time, with a ceiling as high as the sky and 16.2 career WAR under his belt before this season started was Dontrelle Willis. Oh Dontrelle, how we miss you. This would be the last season that Willis would throw 100 major league innings — plus he was fifth on the whole team in wRC+.

4. 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 66-96

Actual salary: $24.1 million / Translated Salary: $28 million
Highest-paid player: Crawford / $4.12 million
Players over $1 million: six
Best position player: Carlos Pena / 5.5 WAR / $0.8 million
Best Pitcher: Kazmir / 5.1 WAR / $0.42 million
This isn’t the only year this is the case, but in 2007, Florida’s two teams barely combined to create the salary of a single mid-market team. In Tampa, this was the last year that the team was called the Devil Rays and it was also the last time they weren’t the coolest doggone team around, what with their storming into the 2008 World Series the next year.

In case you forget why that 2008 team was so surprising, things were still pretty rowdy with this 2007 version. Breakout contenders do not, for instance, tend to have players like Elijah Dukes taking hundreds of plate appearance. They tend to not have 5.53 staff ERAs. But, doggone it, that’s what happened. By 2008 Opening Day the Rays’ payroll nearly doubled, up to $43.7 million, with the team paying (comparatively) big bucks for Troy Percival and Cliff Floyd in free agency.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marlins, padres, payrolls, rays, royals

Mets Pitch Advantages of a Six-Man Rotation - WSJ

A six-man rotation with a stacked bullpen won’t help the Mets score more runs.

“I’m trying not to have any more Tommy Johns,” Collins said. “I’m trying not to have any more sore shoulders. I’m trying to make sure we’re all rested and that, in September when we’re playing for something, your guys are out there pitching.”

Compared with those alternatives, the six-man rotation was the most palatable option. “You know what, they all nodded their heads, and whatever they said when they walked out of the room, I really don’t care at this moment,” Collins said. “We had to do what we think is best.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Phillies fans ‘don’t understand the game,’ Ruben Amaro says

Come out and watch our team, you idiots!

In addition to keeping quiet about a long list of trade possibilities involving veterans, Amaro also remains adamant about not rushing prospects who could replace those veterans.

“I think we’re going to be conservative,” he said (via CSNPhilly.com).

Moreover, he doesn’t care that that won’t sit well with fans who are enduring a 19-28 start after last season’s 73-89 disappointment.

“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they ##### and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, phillies, ruben amaro

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