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Friday, July 24, 2015

Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 316 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, trades

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 | 332 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Randy Johnson, Dominance didn’t come easy

“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.

He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.

The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in waiting.

Oh, and the umpires included a Phoenix resident who would become the first (and still only) woman to rise to the ranks of Class AAA baseball, one notch below the big leagues.”

Plus ASU’s 4th outfielder, a kid named Mike Devereaux who was the only team-member not to vote the starting left fielder off the team, because he didn’t want to get his starting job that way.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, asu, barry bonds, big unit, hall of fame, hof, randy johnson, usc

Mets Continue to Act Like Small-Market Team | FanGraphs Baseball

Just finished Frank Cashen’s book. There wasn’t a lot of insight and way too much filler. I did not come away with the impression that Cashen liked the Wilpons much.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Giants miss out on first place — lose 5-2 - San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a lot of baseball left, and there’s no point in looking at the standings because they don’t mean anything right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game goes on through September, and there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been through this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants


PawSox intensify pitch for Providence stadium

When do they start passing around stacks of money to Rhode Island’s elected officials? Historically it’s the most effective way to screw over taxpayers, especially in that state.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have invited business, government, media and real-estate developers to travel with managing partner Larry Lucchino to Durham, North Carolina, on Aug. 5, to meet elected and business leaders there, including the owner of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team, and to attend a Durham Bulls game.

E-mailed invitations from Carol Krushnowski, who was the late principal owner James J. Skeffington’s assistant at the Providence law firm Locke Lord, invite recipients to “see the transformative effect a downtown Triple A ballpark can have on a community.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadium financing

The Moore the Merrier: Dayton Lands Ben Zobrist, the Perfect Piece for the World Series–Hopeful Royals «

Rany Jazayerli likes what the Royals are doing.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

WHAT NATS’ TRADE FOR PAPELBON SAYS ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN STOREN

Of course, they know him best.

If the Nats truly were confident in Storen, they would show it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1915:

Two fights with the umpire marked [yesterday’s Federal League] double-header between Brooklyn and Kansas City…

In the first contest Umpire Corcoran called two Brooklyn runners safe on what [Kansas City] contended was a perfect double play. The argument which followed was punctuated with fisticuffs by George Stovall, manager of the locals, and he was sent to the club house. In the second game Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn team, objected to a decision of Umpire Corcoran on balls and strikes called on Kauff. Magee struck Corcoran and when Corcoran drew blood from Magee’s lip Kauff came to Magee’s rescue. Magee and Kauff were both banished.

It’s remarkable that people actually wanted to be umpires 100 years ago. Getting punched in the face for doing your job doesn’t sound like much of a selling point.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, umpires

Nationals trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon | MLB.com

Storen reacts like expected. Storen and Papelbon have one thing other thing in common, neither of them are team first players.

Storen didn’t sound like a guy who was happy about the change.

“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Troy Tulowitzki says trade caught him by surprise, hopes to revive career with Blue Jays - The Denver Post

Yes, it was naive.

“I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation,” Tulowitzki said in his first comments since the deal went down. “So it definitely caught me by surprise. I was shocked and it caught me off guard. I think maybe I was a little naive to think I would be so connected to the (trade) process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki

OMNICHATTER 7-29-2015

The Properly Inflated OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Report: A potential Cubs — San Diego Padres trade still in the works

Stalin Castro in San Diego? That sounds like another disappointment for Padres fans.

According to ESPN writer Jim Bowden, the Cubs still have interest in Padres No. 2 pitcher Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 132 strikeouts, while Kimbrel has 29 saves with a 2.73 ERA this season.

Bowden said Chicago would give up a lot for the two pitchers. The Cubs would have to offer shortstop Starlin Castro, minor league pitchers C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, trade rumors, tyson ross

MLB.com : Royals’ amazing play.

Omar Infante fields Roberto Perez’s grounder and backhand flips to Alcides Escobar, who barehands and throws to first for the out.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games | MLB.com

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Mejia’s suspension is effective immediately.

Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season. He missed most of the year due to an 80-game suspension for his first positive test.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: jenrry mejia, mets

Top 25 MLB players 25 and under | MLB.com

You will never guess who is number one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 06:31 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

2015 midseason Top 100 Prospects rankings | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline has updated their Top 100.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Baseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters

BOOM!

Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.

The Hall says in a statement “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Ben Zobrist to Royals: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction | Bleacher Report

The Oakland Athletics have traded infielder Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea on Tuesday, the Royals confirmed.

Jane Lee of MLB.com added the A’s will also send cash to the Royals in order to offset Zobrist’s salary.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletcs, ben zobrist, royals, trades


Braves Take Unorthodox Approach to Overhaul

A year after Arizona gave Toussaint a $2.7 million bonus as the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Braves assumed about $10 million owed to Arroyo to get Toussaint for themselves.

Arroyo is unlikely to throw a pitch for the Braves; Gosselin was included so the Diamondbacks would get something, besides financial relief, in return.

Clearly, the Braves believe it is more than $10 million. And it should be no surprise that Hart found a way, within the system, essentially to buy a prospect.

—-

Late in spring training, the Braves acquired Trevor Cahill, a fading and overpaid right-hander, from Arizona for a prospect. The Braves assumed $5.5 million in that deal and then made a separate move with the Diamondbacks on April 6, sending away another prospect in exchange for the 75th pick in the draft.

Some in the industry believe those moves were related because draft picks can be traded only during the season, but the Braves have denied the link. In any case, Cahill has since been released, and the Braves drafted a college pitcher, A. J. Minter, at No. 75.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Philadelphia Phillies want “best” offers for Cole Hamels by Wednesday

The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they’d like to get their “best” offers by Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com.

The team would then make a decision about where—and whether—to trade him.

The Phillies have continued to speak with a large number of teams—a group known to include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox—about Hamels.

However, sources said that in the case of about half of that group, the Phillies initiated those talks in an attempt to reopen discussion about players whom those clubs had said previously they’d be unwilling to trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Source: Jonathan Papelbon will be traded | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

“Papelbon will be traded[emphasis added],” a baseball source with knowledge of the situation told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday.

The question is where?

And when?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelbon, phillies

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