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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Corey Seager is living up to high expectations | MLB.com

I look forward to watching him just get better and better.

You have to watch Corey Seager to appreciate him, and not just when he is at bat or playing shortstop for the Dodgers. You have to watch him in the dugout. You have to watch him during batting practice. You have to watch him in the clubhouse, constantly viewing video, seeking input from his teammates.

And then, once you have gotten more than an eyeful, you can understand that all that offseason hype about him being an impact player as a rookie was, if anything, an understatement.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Here’s the secret to why Paul Goldschmidt steals so many bases - CBSSports.com

Check it out.

The assumption to make, then, is that Goldschmidt possesses other qualities that manifest in his base-stealing success. He does. What Goldschmidt lacks in straight-line speed, he atones for with a combination of attributes that are tougher to measure, like his reaction time, his pattern-recognition skills, his opportunism, and his boldness. Let’s look at some examples of what we mean. Here’s Goldschmidt stealing second and third base off Noah Syndergaard:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Tim Tebow to display baseball skills in tryout | MLB.com

I am all for chasing dreams. This one is more than a little far-fetched.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs

Red Sox roll past Rays behind Betts, Porcello | MLB.com

On MLB Network this morning Todd Hollandsworth was talking about pushback he was getting for the suggestion that Rich Porcello is a Cy Young candidate. He may not be the favorite but he’s in the conversation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

The four contenders in AL’s cutthroat MVP race

Go to Rio for a month and look at what happens. Babe Ruth is resurrected, and he’s hitting right-handed and playing catcher. The Giants, the best team in baseball at the All-Star break, are literally the worst since. Ian Kennedy’s ERA in August can be spelled out in binary code. Baseball does this. Every month is its own little season of the absurd, the impossible, the unrepeatable, the glorious.

Only two things are the same.
a) Clayton Kershaw, on the disabled list for two months, still has the best numbers of any pitcher in baseball. (This is patently absurd, by the way.)

b) The American League MVP race is a completely jumbled mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Beauty of Baseball’s “RedZone” Channel – The Ringer

I will try Game Changer tonight.

Redzone was exciting but bare-bones, single-minded in its pursuit of high stakes. Earlier this season, Dan Hirsch, proprietor of historical stats and analysis site The Baseball Gauge, built on Brooks’s concept and assembled a more fully featured script, which he recently renamed the “MLB.TV Game Changer.” (Get it?) I tried Game Changer for a few days last week, which was enough to make me a convert, although your mileage may vary depending on the way you watch the sport.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 02:02 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv

OMNICHATTER 8-29-16

Gamingboy belongs on the side of an OMNICHATTER carton.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:45 PM | 355 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Hey, ump! Why’d you eject that player or manager?

An article about ejections without an Earl Weaver reference is woefully incomplete.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, umpires

MLB Network’s Matt Yallof suffered a stroke

This awful news just popped up on my Twitter feed.

MLB Network reporter Matt Yallof suffered a stroke late last month, and friends are asking for donations to aid his recovery process.

According to a donation page on YouCaring.com, the 46-year-old Yallof suffered a stroke in his basement on July 29. He is apparently doing OK after spending seven days in the ICU but will require physical therapy, transportation and other rehabilitative needs that insurance won’t fully cover.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers


Dodgers place Triple-A Superstar Yasiel Puig on trade waivers

Will anyone take a chance on The Wild Horse?

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2016

Rock Island Argus, August 29, 1916:

The most interesting deal of the 1916 baseball season, or for years for that matter, was swung last night between the Cubs and the New York Giants. The deal involves the transfer of Heinie Zimmerman, the recalcitrant infielder, to the Giants in return for Larry Doyle, Hunter, an infielder, and Jacobson, an outfielder.

Because of the fact that both Doyle and Zimmerman are two of the widest known players in the National League at present, the deal is easily the feature of the 1916 season. In fact, from the Chicago fans’ standpoint it can be ranked as one of the most important transfers negotiated in the parent body since the modern era of the game under the national commission.

It was kind of a big deal. Zimmerman hit .372 and led the league in home runs, hits, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases in 1912, but wore out his welcome doing things like fixing ballgames and not trying very hard. Doyle was the reigning National League batting champion, and back in 1912 when Zim was leading the league in every offensive category including nose hair, it was Doyle who came away with the Chalmers Award as the league MVP.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history, larry doyle, trades

Lasers in the outfield—Infield isn’t only place where defense is shifting

When it comes to positioning their outfielders, the Yankees literally keep the information under their hats. Before each game, bench coach Rob Thomson, responsible for the outfield defense, gives Gardner, center fielder Ellsbury, right fielder Hicks and rookie outfielder Aaron Judge an index card with precise locations for each opposing hitter.

Those locations are determined by a proprietary computer program developed by the Yankees’ analytic squad, headed by David Grabiner. It takes a multitude of factors—among them the hitter’s power, his tendency to pull or not pull the ball, and his career history against the Yankees’ pitcher that night—and spits out a spray chart which places the outfielder in the optimal position to make a play.

“We have analytical assessments that show specifically where guys hit the ball,” a Yankees staffer told ESPN.com. “I mean, it shows us exactly where guys hit the ball just about every time. And it’s hitter/pitcher specific, based on pitch velocity and location. Positioning is based on a lot of factors, including the speed of the defender.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, technology

Cubs star Kris Bryant has a chance to be a very unique MVP | FOX Sports

Has anyone else tried to quantify the value of position flexibility? I’ve investigated the topic a little myself for my WAR system for the simulation league I play in. Despite some effort I’ve always ended up using WAR without any additional adjustment.

But while Bryant is only in his second season and Musial is a Hall of Famer, the two could end up sharing a unique distinction.

Musial is the only player to win an MVP award after a season in which he started 30 games in both the infield and outfield, according to STATS LLC.

Bryant could become the second.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cubs, kris bryant, mvp, stan musial

OTP 2016 August 29: Minor-league team offers Trump, Clinton bobbleheads with real hair

On Sept. 3 some lucky game-goers will receive a bobble of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and said bobblehead will be adorned with real hair. Putatively, this is a feature and not a bug.
But wait: That’s not all!

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 253 comment(s)
  Beats: bobblehead, bobbleheads, minor leagues, politics

Boston Red Sox must find solutions for struggling bullpen - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

The Red Sox bullpen needs help.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Cubs wear onesies on trip from Los Angeles - Chicago Tribune

Fashion mavens they were not.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Yankees look to refinance $1B debt from new stadium | New York Post

The Yanks are roughly breaking even now. That’s just the team and doesn’t include other businesses, such as the YES Network or Legends Hospitality.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing, yankees

Blake Swihart says he’ll be back for spring training

Talking about roster rules.

How many times have we written about this? How many times have we broached this subject? There are always managers and general managers who rail against the current September roster system, which allows as many 40-man roster players as each team will allow.

MLB and the Players’ Association are currently in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, and the September roster issue is on the table, according to a major league source familiar with the talks.

So will anything happen?

“I do think we need to equalize them,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “There are many ways to do that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, rules

Blue Jays’ MVP Josh Donaldson hits 3 home runs | MLB.com

Josh Donaldson brought the rain with his first career three-homer game, and the Blue Jays brought the brooms, completing a sweep of the Twins, 9-6, and handing Minnesota its season-high 10th straight loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto’s third come from behind victory of the series was fueled by the reigning American league MVP. Donaldson’s two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh put the Blue Jays in front for good, and his second solo home run of the day in the eighth put the icing on the cake.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, twins

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Omnichatter 08-28-2016

Not your mother’s Omnichatter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter


How model for Yankees’ vision shows lightning-rebuild hope | New York Post

OK, they both traded for prospects. Other than that, where is the similarity?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, tigers, yankees

2017 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings - MLB Trade Rumors

Tim Dierkes’ free agent power rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

An Appreciation: Carlos Ruiz, the most popular person of the Phillies’ golden era | PhillyVoice

Read the article for the explanation.

But Carlos Ruiz, another important homegrown stalwart from the core that helped the Phillies win a world championship, two National League pennants, and five division crowns, was arguably the most popular person during that era.

Maybe that doesn’t make any sense when you read it. Maybe it does.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos ruiz, dodgers, phillies

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