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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.

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 | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Monday, April 24, 2017


The New Generation of Ballparks Is Pushing Us Away

While it’s difficult for probably a number of reasons — building sites, parking, the demands to maximize revenue streams, etc. — to totally recapture the classic ballpark experience, the new model of parks has failed to improve the fan experience in some crucial ways. And thanks to Andrew Clem’s fine web site, I have the cross sections and diagrams of stadiums to prove it.

Travis is 100% right, in my opinion.


Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.

Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.

He did not hesitate with his reply.

“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”

The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early performance of the DBacks’ rotation, which ranks sixth in the NL in ERA. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, in particular, looks ready to fulfill the top-of-the-rotation potential he showed in 2013, before he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rockies

‘Really bro, Pokemon?’ Addison Russell is building baseball’s most unusual autograph collection

Not just any player is worthy of signing a Pokémon card for Addison Russell’s collection. It needs to be a player the Cubs shortstop admires—and one who matches the traits of the Pokémon character on the card being autographed…

“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”

PreservedFish Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, autographs, baseball cards, pokemon

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity - GammonsDaily.com

Gammon on catching.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, defense

2017 UZR Updates! | FanGraphs Baseball

MGL updates UZR.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, uzr

Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in David Robertson, Alex Colome

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.

Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox seemingly tried all winter to find a trade partner, but no team was willing to part with the necessary prospects and take on the final two years of Robertson’s deal. He’s making $12 million in 2017 and is due another $13 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.

While the Nationals may be poking around closers, Bowden reports the asking prices on Robertson and Colome remain extremely high.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 24, 1917:

Manager Mathewson of the Cincinnati Nationals, announced that he had obtained the services of Jim Thorpe of the New York Nationals. The deal involved a straight sale, but the price was not announced.

1917 was the closest Thorpe came to being a regular in the big leagues, and he wasn’t awful. Thorpe hit .237/.275/.357 (96 OPS+) in 103 games, and legged out 10 triples in 308 at-bats. He put up 0.5 WAR, which isn’t great, but at least suggests that he deserved to be in the majors.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe


OTP 24 April 2017: Talking politics (and baseball) with the mayor

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on politics:

“Who thinks it is acceptable for a kid to come Downtown with a handgun in his pocket?” he asked. “Who thinks it is OK for kids who aren’t even 18 to be walking around with guns? I don’t think you can find anyone who thinks that is acceptable.”

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett on baseball:

“Some call it slow, or even boring. But it’s deliberate for a reason. It’s a situational game. Every batter, every pitch, presents a different situation and a different challenge. What I love about baseball is that I’m 60 years old and I’ve been watching baseball for as long as I can remember, but I’m still learning.”

I’m with him on gun control and agin’ him on pace of play.  What say others?

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

 

BDC Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: indianapolis, politics

Mariners DFA Leonys Martin

I see he’s been struggling mightily but this still surprises me. While it seems clear he’s not going to deliver on the promise he showed early in his career, he’s still got 10 career WAR, 3 WAA through age 28 and seems to still play a competent CF. Price tag if grabbed on waivers is whatever is left of $4.9 M.

Walt Davis Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, seattle mariners

SportsGrid: Noah Syndergaard Hints That He Gets Killed In His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene

In a coat of blue or a coat of orange…

It makes sense that the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard would be cast as a Lannister general in Game of Thrones — he discussed his appearance in Season 7 recently on Sports Illustrated Now, and confirmed that he’s already filmed his part in Spain.

Syndergaard’s part is little more than a cameo, but he did say that he either “kills someone or is killed.” Seeing that he’s a general, and the killing is usually left to the soldiers, it’s probably the latter. But we’ll have to wait at least until July 16, when Season 7 debuts. There will be seven episodes in Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8, the last for the show.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

Shelby Miller leaves with forearm tightness | MLB.com

“These are tough things for me to address,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s really unfortunate. Shelby’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Numbers aside, you just hate to have something like his pop up. We’re going to be optimistic.”

Miller says he has never experienced this type of issue before, but a forearm injury sometimes is a precursor to elbow problems and ultimately Tommy John (ligament-replacement) surgery.
“Personally, I feel like I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” Miller said. “I don’t think it’s that big of an issue. I think it’s more just one of those things that flare up when you’re out there. Physically, I don’t think it’s damaging at all. It’s just what it is, a little tight.

“Their plan is just to give me an MRI to see where it’s at. It’s just a safe bet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

What is wrong with Jose Bautista? - Beyond the Box Score

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Klapisch: How did Mets become such a train wreck?

Train wreck?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Farm Report: Lewis Brinson is feasting

An update on some top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Manny Machado at center of another incident | MLB.com

Some clear thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, manny machado, orioles, red sox

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watch Matt Barnes Get Ejected For Throwing At Manny Machado Despite Foul Ball

The Boston Red Sox’s payback on Manny Machado took bizarre form Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman drew the ire of the Red Sox on Friday for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia, which injured the veteran second baseman. Boston didn’t retaliate Saturday, but the issue finally came to a head late in Sunday’s series finale. With one out in the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes appeared to throw at Machado’s head — although the ball ended up hitting Machado’s bat for a foul ball.

Barnes immediately was ejected by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher despite the ball hitting Machado’s bat. And if you’re wondering if a pitcher can be tossed while technically dealing a strike, the answer is “yes,” as it was pretty clear Barnes was targeting Machado.


The Baseballist: Three Reasons Why Adding DH Makes Sense For NL | BaseballAmerica.com

What about the strategy? Plus watching a quality major league hitter take his cuts isn’t as entertaining as watching a pitcher swing at a fastball like he’s a blindfolded three-year old trying to hit a pinata!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter


Smokeless Tobacco is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse

Before a recent game at Citi Field, one player stood at his locker, peeked from left to right and then slipped a can of smokeless tobacco into his back pocket. There was a reason for his surreptitiousness. Since last April, a city law has banned such products for use at both the Mets’ home ballpark and at Yankee Stadium.

And yet the player may not have had to act that secretively. Although similar laws against use of smokeless tobacco now extend to 12 major league stadiums outside New York, there is no evidence that municipalities are trying to closely monitor tobacco use inside clubhouses or that they are attempting to fine players for violating any of the recent legislation.

However, Major League Baseball, which supports the bans, is doing monitoring of its own and said it has acted when it has perceived that a player has violated the local laws. First-time violators receive a written warning along with a referral to the doctor now being used as a consultant to help players to stop using smokeless tobacco. A second violation brings a fine consistent with those listed in the local ordinances.

Major League Baseball said fines had been issued but would not say how many. The fines called for in the local ordinances — sometimes just in the hundreds of dollars — are small by baseball standards.

Still, baseball officials and the local authorities seem to be hoping that perhaps more than any fines, the publicity generated by the new laws will paint a starker picture of smokeless tobacco and serve as a stronger deterrent to its use — and not only among major leaguers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2017 at 02:39 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: smokeless tobacco

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Bullpen dominance; Tillman starts; roster crunch - BaltimoreBaseball.com

This year is shaping up to a very interesting race in the AL East this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Early AL Rookie of Year debate shows Yankees’ plan at work | New York Post

What is the Super Two date this year?

Going into the weekend, Haniger actually led the majors in Baseball Reference’s version of Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Judge was 11th in the stat, which tries to encompass hitting, baserunning and defense. Benintendi, the preseason favorite, was hitting .322 with an .838 OPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rookies

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