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Sunday, August 30, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-30-15

OMNICHATTER, fresh out of the kitchen.

Gamingboy Posted: August 30, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 29, 2015

mlb.com: Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Former Major League pitcher Zach Day, who works at TrackMan, a pitch-tracking system employed by both the Mets and Statcast™, noted that spin rate correlates quite closely with swing-and-miss rate. That, in turn, is an excellent indicator of success—one way to quantify what pitchers refer to as “stuff,” or as Day puts it, “your life on your fastball.” So it is worth noting that as Harvey’s velocity and spin rate have fallen, particularly in comparison to the game’s other elite starters, his strikeouts have fallen in kind—from 8.81 before the All-Star break to 6.75 after it.

“I think I got tired a little bit earlier than I kind of expected,” Harvey added. “I think going down the stretch, going into September and hopefully October, this little rest will mean a lot.”

But Harvey has still been consistently successful since mid-June, lending credence to pitching coach Dan Warthen’s contention that it’s not all weariness; the right-hander’s much-publicized change in approach is also playing a role. Following an Aug. 11 win over the Rockies, Harvey noted that he has been trying to pitch to contact more, at least until he reaches two strikes on a batter. Warthen has encouraged Harvey to conserve energy by operating around 90 percent until he needs a boost, meaning the pitcher’s dips in velocity and spin rate are not entirely physical—they’re strategic, as well.

bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, statcast

BtBS: Do players outperform their projections in walk years?

Of the 76 players who are currently in their free agent walk year, 29 overperformed their projections, 44 underperformed their projections, and three hit their projections right on. One one end of the spectrum, players like Yoenis Cespedes and David Price are on pace to outperform their preseason projections by just over two wins. On the flip side, Matt Joyce and Ian Desmond have had rough years and could fall nearly three wins short of their preseason projections. On average, players were underperforming their projections by a quarter of a win.

bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: walk year

Do some stats suggest Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is below average? - LA Times

Andrew Friedman farts in Fangraph’s Defensive Stats’ general direction.

The Dodgers have benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who batted .169 in July and is batting .114 in August. The team had stuck with him for weeks, even as his offensive performance dropped, citing his outstanding defense.

However, according to a variety of statistics available on the Fangraphs website, Pederson’s defense ranks below average among major league center fielders.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, declined to discuss the team’s internal evaluation processes but said they rank Pederson’s defense much more highly.

“There are real limitations to the defensive metrics in the public sphere,” Friedman said. “Through watching him on a daily basis and through our information, we’re very confident Joc is an above-average defender.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Zduriencik the latest GM discarded in MLB’s executive shuffle | FOX Sports

Jon Paul Morosi’s recent notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Reds Raisel Iglesias continues hot August | MLB.com

Some good news about this season.

“He’s a stud,” Price said. “These games are very personal to him as they are to all of us. I think he wants to be that guy that goes out there and wins a ballgame for us. I think he showed again great emotional durability because he had a rough first inning and he bounced back and gave us some really good baseball—six innings of one-run ball. That’s how you do it. He’s taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s growing up. That part has been great to watch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Swihart’s inside-the-park homer | MLB.com

Blake Swihart is one fast catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, video

Pirates notebook: Hurdle mulling rotation options | TribLIVE

When asked whether top prospect Tyler Glasnow would be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis when rosters expand on Monday, Hurdle was coy.
“It’s a big, fresh arm and a kid we like a lot,” Hurdle said. “It wouldn’t behoove him or me to say whether he could help us this year or not right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

It seems anything is possible for Stroman the optimist: DiManno | Toronto Star

“He hasn’t made a start yet, even in the minor leagues.” Still, conceding: “Alex was always wanting me to try to start him, where I thought he was going to be in the bullpen, realistically. But, wrong again,”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News

Cold.

The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine

OMNICHATTER 8-29-15

The “Jack’s Going, Vin’s Staying” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, August 28, 2015

Inside Baseball: Keys to Cubs’ success, plus more MLB news and notes - CBSSports.com

Ha!

Chris Davis (35 home runs) has put himself in position for a big payday, though it will likely be elsewhere. Baltimore’s offer a couple years ago wasn’t in the ballpark of the asking price. As one Orioles person put it, “Scott (Boras) was looking for part of the TV deal.” That was a joke, but word is the comp being used a couple years ago was Joey Votto’s $225-million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.

Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to have a new GM in place as soon as practical.”

“We have great respect for Jack and his work ethic. He was an excellent representative of the Mariners both within the game of baseball and in the community. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish him and (his wife) Debbie all the best, and thank him for all his efforts.”
 
Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will serve as the interim general manager for the remainder of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

SI: Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and never finished a season higher than third place in the division under Zduriencik’s direction.

Entering Friday, Seattle sits 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division with their 59-69 record.

But what about the weight room?

Monty Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Its OK to have the hots for baseball players: A Manifesto

I have no problem admitting my love for Alex Gordon.

Female sports fans in general are treated like a stock list of stereotypes: served up infantilizing Hello Kitty merchandise and given institutionalized opportunities to “better understand” the game, invited to wine-soaked MLB-sponsored ladies’ nights, or dressed up in Victoria’s Secret gear that invites kisses on the kiss cam.

Further, it seems that sports culture can’t reconcile female desire with knowledge, so if you’re admiring the finer points of Josh Donaldson’s unstoppable swagger—his “liquid hot sexual gold,” as certain aficionados have been known to call it—you can’t possibly understand the mechanics of his MVP-worthy work at third base. Logic would dictate that I can find him stunning and still understand how the game works, and even be an expert on it. Yet, for whatever reason, acknowledging that I notice how pretty he is somehow becomes a shameful admission. I am forever a guest in a man’s house, and am expected to watch what I say and police what I feel accordingly.

Quite frankly, I’ve grown real tired of pretending that Bryce Harper isn’t a scorchingly beautiful specimen of masculinity. I’ve become exhausted denying that Buster Posey has the most adorable, angelic boy-band face I’ve seen since perusing Tiger Beat as a teenage girl. I’m weary from saying that Justin Verlander’s pants look “uncomfortable,” or that Matt Kemp looks “like an athlete.” I’ve actually come to think that every time I deny my inevitable attraction to players—I’m only human, and you know what Matt Kemp looks like—I’m supporting that terrible notion that real fans don’t have crushes, or that crushes hysterically cancel out all other considerations, and finally that women should simply shut up about how they feel if they want to watch a game with everyone else. A more cynical observer might even wonder if this gag rule has more to do with a threat to the general fan base’s masculinity than any real “respect for the game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Los Angeles Dodgers can hit and get on base—so why can’t they score? | FOX Sports

The way I figure, it comes to four things. Very slightly, the Dodgers have underachieved with men on base. They’ve been a bad baserunning team. They’ve very infrequently reached on errors. And then some of this is probably just simple bad luck. Combine those and I imagine you can account for the missing half-run a game. You at least get close. That’s why the Dodgers haven’t scored as many runs as you’d think.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, sabermetrics

Martino: Mets should use Steven Matz out of pen in playoffs - NY Daily News

The Mets are already thinking about their playoff roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro teaches Carlos at ASG | MLB.com

Good stuff from Pedro.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos martinez, pedro martinez, pitching mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1915:

John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, has just signed the youngest ball player ever placed under any form of contract by a big league club…
...
Waite Hoyt of Brooklyn is the youngster. He is 15 years old, but large for his age, and weighs around 165 pounds. He is a pitcher.

Nice pickup. Very well done, Mr. McGraw. The kid could definitely pitch, he just mostly did it elsewhere for the next couple decades.

McGraw traded Hoyt to Rochester in 1919 and the youngster eventually became a star as a Yankee. A reasonable trade, though: Teenage Hoyt, a handful of mediocre players, and cash for Earl Smith, a catcher who hit .296/.371/.439 (111 OPS+) and won two World Series rings as a Giant.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john mcgraw, waite hoyt

Each season has an autopsy. Here’s an early version for the Nationals. - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell article reads more like an obituary.

“We do an autopsy on every season after it’s over and also every month. Sometimes I feel like I do it every night,” said General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose Nats still trailed the Mets by 6 1/2 games after Thursday’s win over San Diego. “I always say, ‘In the end, you are your record.’ This August has been my worst month ever” as a general manager.

The Nats’ “end” hasn’t arrived yet. Last year the team got healthy at approximately this juncture in the season and ended on a 33-13 streak. Then, they did it with decreasing September pressure as they pulled away. This year they need a repeat but with increasing pressure each day they don’t gain ground. A different test.
...
“We have [star] players who had a combined WAR of 28.5 last year, and this year they are negative . That’s a swing of 29 wins,” said Rizzo, naming nobody but working from some combination of Rendon, Werth, Desmond, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Span, Fister and Strasburg, all down, Rendon by 6.9 wins, Werth by 6.0 (to -1.9) and Fister by 4.6.

“It’s injuries. It’s coming back without your timing and not hitting for a while. It is bad years [for good players]. It’s everything,” Rizzo said. “Twenty-nine lost wins [in player production] — and that’s on the manager ?”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Old News in Baseball, No. 18 « Our Game

The picture of Huggins and Ruppert is worth a click.

1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him. In the ensuing battle of wills, owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize to the team before he is reinstated.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Dan Shaughnessy: With Don Orsillo news, Red Sox drop the ball again - The Boston Globe

It’s not often that I agree with Shaughnessy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, red sox, television

JON HEYMAN: MLB prevails over Barry Bonds in collusion case over his career ending

Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn’t get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out of the game, CBS Sports has learned.

Bonds’ career ended at the time, when no job was forthcoming.

The ruling, made within the last few days, came in the form of an opinion written by Horowitz, who heard Bonds’ case back in May.

Bonds, with the assistance of union lawyers, tried to make the case through circumstantial evidence that MLB’s powers must have colluded against Bonds, as no free-agent players coming off an excellent year fails to get a job.

bobm Posted: August 28, 2015 at 01:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, collusion

8-28-15 OMNICHATTER

The Great-Tasting OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy

Since 2000, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has conducted a stealth campaign to take over every team domain, undoing any damage caused by its slow start in registration. MLB and other leagues have tried to snap up team sites not only to attract more traffic and ad revenue, but to avoid the unwanted attention that can come from a site like Cowboys.com, which became an “online dating community for men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle,” after the NFL’s Dallas franchise passed on it at auction.1 Both to streamline the process and to avoid hurting its leverage by letting potential sellers know there was big money behind its overtures, MLBAM has worked mainly through intermediaries like Monte Cahn, the founder of URL registrar Moniker.com and the president/director of RightofTheDot, LLC.2

According to Cahn, some of the URL squatters that MLB hoped to dislodge were “taking advantage of misspells and mistypes of famous brands,” like latter-day Twitter trolls who tweak prominent writers’ handles to break fake trades before the deadline. By placing ads on those sites, owners could profit from the traffic that flowed their way from baseball fans who hit the wrong keys. Most, Cahn says, “were unaware of the actual online domain registration laws vs. traditional trademark laws, so some registered names because they were fans of the teams or felt another fan would come and buy it from them, not knowing it could violate the trademark of the owner.” Still others owned sites with words that weren’t subject to trademark. “If you owned a domain like ‘Cardinals,’ your choice would be to just hold it, build a bird website — not that exciting or lucrative, probably — or sell it to MLB through us or other brokers,” Cahn says.

The decades-long scavenger hunt is close to complete. This February, MLB bought Rangers.com for $375,000. That triumph followed the 2013 purchase of Rockies.com (for an undisclosed price), the 2012 acquisition of Athletics.com, the 2010 addition of Angels.com (which went for $200,000 at auction), and the 2009 addition of Cardinals.com. Between 2004 and 2007, MLBAM acquired 12 team addresses, and had already brought 10 into the fold before that. That brings the total of MLB-owned team sites to 27, leaving three holdouts: Giants.com, Rays.com, and Twins.com.

Clown Penis Dot Fart clown penis dot fart from Galen Kennedy on Vimeo.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, mlbam, twins

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