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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 | 240 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Saturday, May 23, 2015


The M&M Boys: A Profile in Civility

Nothing new, but who doesn’t like reading about Mantle and Maris?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey mantle, roger maris, yankees


Fans angry after Miami Marlins players skip charity event | Miami Herald Miami Herald

When I read the headline, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Committing to the event and not showing up, however, is weak.

Caught up in the disappointment of a seven-game losing streak, the handful of Marlins players who had committed to attending the event skipped out, bringing ire from fans Friday who paid between $100 and $175 to be there.

Although the event was optional for players to attend, team president David Samson said he was disappointed that none of the ones who had committed showed and promised there would be a follow-up in the clubhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Mike Trout teaches expert lesson in the art of sliding | MLB.com

Nice slide.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, red sox

MLB needs more minority managers; a list of the best available candidates - CBSSports.com

What! No Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, or American Indian and Alaska Natives on the list?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Inside Baseball: Blue Jays tried for Hamels, stick with Gibbons; plus notes - CBSSports.com

According to sources, the Blue Jays inquired about Cole Hamels but were told Hamels would not waive his 20-team no-trade clause to go to Toronto, as is his right (Hamels, meantime, has handled things professionally; he hasn’t complained and generally pitched well for the non-contending Phillies). That Hamels call was a blow to the Phillies, who likely saw Toronto, with all its young pitching talent (Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, etc.) as a potential landing spot, especially considering their frustration in landing the marquee prospect they desire and these two teams’ solid trading history.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, phillies

Friday, May 22, 2015

NYTimes Columnist: Bryce Harper coming to Yankees, A-Rod is worse than Satan.

Come for the arrogance:

When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.

When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.

“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.

But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.

Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had literally nothing to do with the topic of the article:

Today’s Yankees are aging and aching, with their biggest star, Alex Rodriguez, a serial liar pushing 40 (years, not homers). The rest? C. C. Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are on the downside of their career. Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Red Sox star, cannot seem to stay healthy and is now on the disabled list, where Mark Teixeira has also spent substantial time in recent years.

Like it or not, Rodriguez is the face of the Yankees, whether he is bashing homers and striking out in the ninth or repeating, over and over again, that “I just want to play baseball.”

If Harper does join the Yankees Mancur will no doubt suddenly find that she loathes him because of the same qualities she’s lauding him for in this article.


A Baseball’s Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter, One Part Pitcher

But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 22, 2015 at 08:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, pitching, statcast

Paul White: For baseball lifer, game goes on

I will always remember calling the Baseball Weekly offices to try and get an answer to a baseball question about playoff tiebreakers. When the person who answered the phone didn’t have the answer, he said, “Let me get Paul.” I was surprised when Paul turned out to be Baseball Weekly’s editor, Paul White. We then had a very nice conversation about the MLB playoff tiebreaker, Baseball Weekly, and baseball in general. I appreciated his time. I have always appreciated his writing. Enjoy your retirement, Paul, and thanks!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball writers

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2015 season

S ANGELES—Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended by the team for the remainder of the 2015 season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract,” the team announced on Thursday.

The infielder hasn’t played for any of the four Dodgers minor league affiliates currently in season, and was held back for extended spring training at the club’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

“Erisbel is still a developing athlete. Our plan is to work with him in Arizona for a while,” Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler said in April. “We’ll examine and explore multiple ways of sharpening his all-around game.”

That all-around game is now off for the rest of the season, with team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman telling Bill Plunkett of Orange County Register the suspension of Arruebarrena was “an internal matter.”

Arruebarrena hit .259/.304/.417 in 68 games across four minor league levels in 2014, and in 22 major league games was 8-for-41 (.195) with a double, three walks and 17 strikeouts. He started nine games at shortstop for Los Angeles last year.

He was designated for assignment on Dec. 31, removing him from the 40-man roster, and sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Jan. 9 after clearing waivers.

The Dodgers signed Arruebarrena, now 25, to a five-year, $25 million contract in February 2014 that included a $7.5 million signing bonus. He has a $3 million salary in 2015 which, if the Dodgers have their way, will not be paid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban, dodgers, erisbel arreuarrena, suspensions

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe

“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels

With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.

Perhaps players in the group won’t make the necessary adjustments in their approaches. Perhaps they simply won’t be as good against upper-levels pitchers. Perhaps they will be derailed by injuries.

The Sox are well aware of the lessons of stud prospects who missed (or at least have not yet seen their careers take root) for a host of reasons, from Lars Anderson to Ryan Kalish to Will Middlebrooks to . . . certainly, the list is extensive.

“That guy who is the can’t-miss first-round draft pick misses,” acknowledged Fenster. “You never know how guys are going to develop. You never know how and when guys are going to peak. If we had that crystal ball, we’d all be doing something a lot different.” [Emphasis added]

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

45 Ruth Pics from Library of Congress

The Library of Congress opened its photo vault and unleashed these great Babe Ruth pics. (from si.com hot clicks)

bbmck Posted: May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

Brewers pitcher Will Smith ejected for using foreign substance

Umpires just don’t understand.

Brewers reliever Will Smith was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves after umpires found a foreign substance on his arm.

With one out and Jace Peterson at an 0-1 count, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez asked umpire crew chief Jim Joyce to take a look at Smith’s arm, where he claimed to have seen something that wasn’t exactly sweat. Joyce went up, touched Smith’s arm, and quickly and calmly ejected him.

It’s not like it was particularly well-hidden, either.

Brewers television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder discussed after the ejection how foreign substances are, of course, illegal, but that many pitchers will use them anyway. However, the rule book is clear, Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not “have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.”


Holding Separate Elections For Player and Non-Player Candidates Would Greatly Improve the Hall of Fame’s Era Ballot Vote Process

By holding separate elections for players and non-players, the Committee would be able to continue to add candidates who lasted 15 years in BBWAA voting while also having enough room on the ballot for candidates such as Grich, Evans, Hernandez, and Whitaker whose Hall of Fame cases are strengthened by advanced metrics but were too quickly dismissed by BBWAA voters.  In addition, putting the non-players on their own ballot would not only give the Committee space to select a solid candidate like Piniella but could also allow for intriguing non-managerial candidates such as Johnny Sain, Dave Duncan, and Leo Mazzone—each of whom made their mark as pitching coaches—to make their way onto their respective Era ballot.


Remembering How Mike Trout’s Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured

“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
...
It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville because you always saw something good. it was fun to spend time with him.”)

But there was a definition in seeing a kid like Fuentes, who was excelling in the year-round baseball-playing climate of Puerto Rico.

“We just had less of an opportunity to scout Trout,” Haas said. “Some of us thought we had more of a powerful outfielder in [Ryan] Westmoreland than we probably did. And you’re sitting there watching Jacoby Ellsbury steal 40-50 bags in the big leagues and totally impacting the success of the organization and you would like to get that again. A lot of people probably thought here’s the next Ellsbury.”


OMNICHATTER 5-22-15

TGIF OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 22, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

wtop.com | Marvin Hudson is a stooge

Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.

He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.

Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with the Braves, Hudson has been a bizarre thorn in their side.

Consider this: Hudson has ejected just eight players or managers since September of 2012, a number that is quite reasonable and fewer than a good number of his peers. But of those eight, six have been Washington Nationals.


5 things MLB can learn from baseball in Japan. | SportsonEarth.com : Molly Knight Article

This.

1. Really make hitters stay in the batter’s box.

Sorry Bryce Harper. I love you forever, because you’re the best, but you were wrong Wednesday night when you argued balls and strikes, took a leisurely stroll toward your dugout, and then flipped off MLB’s new “stay in the batter’s box” rule by tapping the chalk with your toe after the home plate umpire told you to get your ass back in there.

At first I was against this particular pace of play rule change, because I thought it would be awkward and rush epic confrontations that require as many mental gymnastics as fast-twitch muscle fibers. But in the Giants/Swallows game, the innings flew by, in part because batters only left the box if they fouled a pitch off into the crowd, and that was so they could give the home plate umpire time to retrieve a replacement ball from his side pouch and toss it back to the pitcher.

MLB made this a rule before the season, but hitters mostly ignore it, with Harper himself explaining after he was tossed yesterday: “I’ll take the fine, because it’s not a priority for us to get in the box unless we really need to.” Um, Bryce, you really need to. Trust me. The sport needs you to move it along, and may have to do so by making the batter’s box rule stricter than it is now. You may be annoyed, but on the bright side you won’t have to wait as long to hit again. And reducing the time between your at-bats, and Mike Trout’s at-bats, and Joc Pederson’s at-bats, would only make the game that much better.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, May 22, 1915:

President Somers of the Indians on Friday announced he had discharged Joe Birmingham as manager of the team. Unsatisfactory progress of the club is blamed. No successor has been chosen.
...
[Portland Beavers] Manager McCreedie…stated on Friday that he could not accept the managership of the Cleveland Indians, for which he has been mentioned since Owner Somers deposed Birmingham.

Asked why, McCreedie declared: “I don’t like to say, but there are reasons. I will talk about it further if the managership is offered me.”

Sources say he had a guy on the other line about some whitewalls.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Predictions of baseball’s demise from 1866 | Baseball: Past and Present

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Ricketts Family Buys 3 More Rooftops Across From Wrigley Field « CBS Chicago

Exactly how many of these businesses are there?

There are more than a dozen rooftop businesses along Waveland and Sheffield avenues, and the Ricketts family now owns six of those buildings after one of their entities purchased three buildings on Sheffield Avenue from Sheffield Finance, the Tribune reported

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

MLB commissioner: Yankees in the right on A-Rod’s $6M | New York Post

The teams’ man agrees with a team. STOP THE PRESSES!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, commissioner's office, yankees

Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez’s home run bonus if .... | NJ.com

If you are going to release part of the contract, release the whole contract. I believe their claim that his homers weren’t marketable isn’t accurate. Sure, they *might* not have been able to make as much money as they potentially could have if ARod hadn’t gotten caught juicing but that’s debatable. With his start, Yankees fans surely don’t have him classified as a villian.

The team has released a portion of the contract that says it’s up to the Yankees to decide whether Rodriguez’s home run chase is commercially marketable. A-Rod’s run up to Mays, the Yankees determined, wasn’t marketable because of the stains from his PED scandal and season-long suspension in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

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