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Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: TBA
Field: TBA
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2018

Albuquerque Morning Journal, April 25, 1918:

Just fifty years ago they had a great ball club in Cincinnati. It was the Cincinnati Reds and the roster included the great players of the late sixties.

Forty-nine years ago this club went through an entire season without meeting defeat. During the season they won eighty-one games.

In memory of this great team of half a century ago Cincinnati is going to unfurl a baseball flag this year, a flag which was presented to those Reds of 1868 and which has been stored away in moth balls since the end of that season.

In honor of the 1868-1869 Reds, the 2018 Reds will attempt to go through an entire season without winning a game.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kyle Schwarber hits 2 homers in Cubs’ win

He’s been crushing it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Ronald Acuna being called up by Braves | MLB.com

The Acuna Era will begin in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Raissman: Mike Francesa returning to WFAN in the 3 pm - 7 pm time slot, sources tell News

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment.

Unless there is a last-minute snag in the negotiations, Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa will soon return to WFAN, the Daily News has learned.

Francesa will be back in the 3 p.m.-7 p.m. slot, according to well-embedded Hudson Street (FAN Headquarters) rats. The sources said the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. slot will be divided between Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, currently FAN’s 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. team, and CMB, aka Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, who replaced Francesa earlier this year.

Stormy JE Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, mike francesa, radio, wfan

The unwritten rules of using a position player to pitch ... when you’re winning big

The last time a position player entered as a reliever when his team was well ahead — at least, as far as I can tell, no refunds — was October 3, 1920. With the St. Louis Browns leading the Chicago White Sox, 16-7, the Browns sent George Sisler in to pitch. The Hall of Famer, who hit .340 for his career, was apparently keen on giving the crowd at Sportsman’s Park a laugh on the last day of the season, and I would guess the White Sox were fine with it. Sisler had just set the all-time record for hits in a season (257), which would stand for another 84 years, and he was one of the biggest stars in the game.

Bored Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: george sisler, unwritten rules

Pujols’ Age Revisted

An old subject with a little bit of new information.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, pujols, scouting

Brandon Belt sets MLB record, sees 21 pitches in AB before lining out

The sequence was Foul-Ball-Swinging Strike-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Lineout.

There were also 4 pickoff throws to first during the plate appearance.

Nasty Nate Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon belt

VIDEO: Rockies Announcers Sound Like Complete Idiots Talking About Javier Baez

The Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 9-7 to win the weekend series on the road and it was quite an interesting finale on Sunday afternoon. Several weird events transpired, including Javier Baez trying to block DJ LeMahieu’s view at second base that drew the ire of the Rockies broadcast team.

Javy is fun.

Meatwad Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:28 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javy baez, rockies, sign stealing

Long-Term Battery Combiniations

As of the end of the 2017 season 132 battery combinations had logged at least 3000 outs (1000 innings) since the establishment of the modern pitching distance of 60 feet 6 inches…...

Nine pitchers are listed twice:
Steve Carlton (Bob Boone, Tim McCarver), Hooks Dauss (Oscar Stanage, Johnny Bassler), Whitey Ford (Yogi Berra, Elston Howard), Bob Gibson (Tim McCarver, Ted Simmons), Carl Hubbell (Gus Mancuso, Harry Danning – whose careers were nearly coincident), Walter Johnson (Eddie Ainsmith, Muddy Ruel), Christy Mathewson (Frank Bowerman, Chief Meyers), Mike Mussina (Chris Hoiles, Dan Wilson), and Cy Young (Chief Zimmer, Lou Criger).

KJOK Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history


It’s quittin time - the tale of an umpire

I have no idea the quality of the data but it’s interesting. I think it common knowledge that zones expand when the result of the game is no longer in question. This is deeper.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game times, tto, umpires

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1918:

A new swatting crown—the timely hitting championship—will be awarded in the American League this year.

Two new columns—“runners scored” and “chances offered”—have been added to official box scores.

In the first column the batter is to be credited with all runs scored as direct result of his hits, bases on balls, sacrifices, infield outs and being hit by pitched balls.

In the “chances offered” column, he is to be charged with the number of men on bases when he comes to bat. Each runner represents a man whom he has opportunity to put across.

Well done, old timey people.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stats

Monday, April 23, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 23, 1918:

Eddie Collins was shooting for a record today. If he completes the White Sox-Tiger game he will hold the record for consecutive games. Yesterday he equaled the mark set by Sam Crawford, former Tiger, with 472.

Meanwhile, a high school student named Lou sits at a Manhattan soda fountain, utterly unimpressed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 23, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 Apr 23: The Dominant-Sport Theory of American Politics

All true, and I have joined in the tut-tutting. Yet I can’t help noticing that the people making these criticisms are mostly a bunch of white guys born in the 1960s. I came along near the start of that decade, so I’ve seen a few cultural shifts in my day, and the first one came via early-1970s headlines proclaiming “Baseball No Longer the National Pastime,” after polls showed that football had become America’s most popular sport. Pundits lamented football’s rise (“violence punctuated by committee meetings,” in George Will’s memorable phrase, though he was certainly no stranger to the press box at Redskins games), and indeed, the change coincided with a trend toward greater complication, bureaucratization, and crudity in American life. After brushing off the 1980s soccer scare, football remained unchallenged for decades.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: April 23, 2018 at 08:10 AM | 570 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, nfl, off-topic, politics, soccer

Sunday, April 22, 2018

AT&T Park, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field top list of Rockies’ favorite ballparks

This is a fun story based on a simple idea: Ask the Rockies what ballparks they like or dislike.

“I’m not a big Wrigley guy,” Blackmon said. “I mean, yeah, it’s cool. But I don’t like being cramped, with no (batting) cages, no weight room, none of that stuff. The dugout is small and I hit my head on the top of the dugout — every time.

“And in the bathroom, near the dugout, I can make eye contact with the people in the stands while I’m using the bathroom. So that’s never good.”

Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 22, 2018 at 03:42 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rockies

Forget that one call; Sean Manaea deserves our full attention

Rule 5.09(b)(1): Any runner is out when he runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely.

The play: In the top of the sixth, Benintendi hit a slow chopper up the line that was fielded by Oakland first baseman Matt Olson coming in on the ball. Olson picked up the grounder and dove to tag Benintendi, who veered right—with both feet clearly outside the outer edge of the running lane—and then dove back into the first-base bag. Olson never tagged him. At first, Benintendi was called safe before the play was overturned.

Bored Posted: April 22, 2018 at 02:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, no hitter, red sox, rules of the game, sean manaea

‘Family’ and sense of ‘brotherhood’ has Diamondbacks picking up right where they left off

Ever since Lovullo came aboard, the former bench coach for the Red Sox made it a point to establish core principles with the Diamondbacks revolving around trust, unity and an unbreakable bond of team-wide belief. That’s what carried them through their 93-69 season a year ago, and it’s what helped put them in position to try and become the first NL club since the 2003 Giants to win their first seven series to open a season.
They couldn’t do it without talent, and the Diamondbacks have plenty of that judging from the win column. But glossy statistics and next-level analytics isn’t what fuels this franchise. It’s the intangibles and an invisible but undeniable force.

Kumbaya !

shoewizard Posted: April 22, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, April 21, 2018

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

The commotion in the White Sox dugout was the first sign something was wrong Friday night.

Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar collapsed just minutes after he threw 15 pitches against the Astros in the sixth inning of an eventual 10-0 Sox loss. As the game carried on at Guaranteed Rate Field, Sox trainers and emergency medical technicians quickly surrounded him, carried him into the clubhouse and eventually loaded him in an ambulance.

After performing tests at Rush University Medical Center, doctors found Farquhar had suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. As of Saturday afternoon, Farquhar was stable but remained in critical condition under the care of Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the Rush neurosurgical team.

kthejoker Posted: April 21, 2018 at 08:16 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox

NYTimes: Now Batting in Class AA: Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero

Each player has a striking difference or two from his father. Dante Bichette was a muscular outfielder; Bo is a wiry shortstop. Craig Biggio hit right-handed and came up as a catcher; Cavan hits left-handed and has played five positions as a pro, but never catcher. Guerrero is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, shorter and stockier than his father at the same age. He played the outfield when he signed, like his father, but switched to third base for the Blue Jays.

I didn’t realize the Jays’ AA affiliate also has Biggio’s son.  The team also has Lourdes Gurriel, brother of the Astros’ Yuli, and a coach, Andy Fermin, son of Felix Fermin.

puck Posted: April 21, 2018 at 06:57 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bloodlines, blue jays, prospects

Callaway says Harvey might not make his next start after performance in 12-4 loss to Braves

Four games is a small sample size, but the early signs are not positive for Harvey as he attempts to rebound in the final year of his contract. The results are all too familiar to the previous two seasons when he struggled while dealing with injuries.

Harvey even sounded like he did the past two years by glossing over how poorly he pitched and instead focusing on what he believed to be a bright spot.

The righty put the Mets (13-5) in a 3-0 hole in the first by allowing a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki, and Atlanta doubled the lead two innings later. Nick Markakis’ RBI single pushed the lead to 4-0, and Preston Tucker’s two-run double put Atlanta up by six runs.

Harvey ended his night by retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, and he viewed his success in the fourth through sixth innings as a “big breakthrough.”

“I dug myself in a hole the last four starts,” Harvey said. “I really feel those last three innings were a big step out of that hole.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 21, 2018 at 02:32 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: doomed, mets

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (April - June 2018)

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.

It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor.

Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time.

Trial to see if there’s sufficient support to make this a thing.


ESPN’s top 50 players

You won’t believe #9!!

Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, time killer

Angell: Night Moves

The Mets’ new manager, Mickey Callaway, has so far proved imaginative and unafraid during the first sixteen games of his tenure, encouraging steals and the unexpected extra base in mid-rally. What is needed now to exorcise the bogey-team Nats is for him to emulate Fry’s example. Since baseball’s dimensions are different, he need only pee at the termination of the right- and left-field foul lines, where they meet the wall, and then—in consideration of the heavy in-game traffic around the plate—in the nearest men’s room behind home.

Citi Field can be still populated at midnight after or during most games, but Thursday, May 3rd, brings us a day game against the Braves, Mickey. Plenty of time for you to suddenly remember a forgotten watch or wallet, and rush back, late, to get this done. Do it, Mickey.


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