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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Report: D-backs making teams aware Shelby Miller ‘is available’

This is a terrible indictment on their decision-making process.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Rockies have several players who could be targeted for trade with deadline near – The Denver Post

The Tulowitzki trade last summer sneaked up on nearly everyone outside the GM’s office, including Tulowitzki, who was furious he was kept in the dark. But Bridich had that trade in the works for months. Trading Gonzalez could give a playoff-contending team a hearty slugger at an affordable price. His contract may be undervalued for his production.

“I’ve seen a lot of players that follow the money and they’re not happy,” Gonzalez told The Denver Post. “Money isn’t everything. You want to be in a place where you’re happy, your family is happy and it’s a place where you can succeed and contribute and reach your goals.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies


Slate: Out at Home

Reds fans couldn’t help but think the Griffeys should’ve reunited in Cincinnati. Junior’s ancestral connection to the Big Red Machine explained a lot of the fervor over his eventual homecoming. Just as important was his star power, which transcended his sport in a way that doesn’t really happen in baseball today. (Try to imagine local news helicopters tracking the homecoming of, say, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw.) Griffey had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nabisco, and AOL; he had a hugely popular video game; he had a sprawling relationship with Nike, seen most famously in the ads that pushed “Griffey for President.” And yet, in an era when TV money had not yet semileveled the playing field, baseball’s most famous player chose to go to Cincinnati, one of the game’s smallest markets. To make that happen, Griffey agreed to a team-friendly extension: a nine-year deal for $112.5 million that made him just the seventh-highest-paid player in the game (And that didn’t even account for the fact that more than half of the money was deferred.) “If the player owns a Rolls-Royce and he chooses to sell it at Volkswagen prices, that’s his right,” agent Scott Boras groused. The contract’s details reportedly moved Bud Selig to the verge of tears.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr., mariners, reds, trades

Baseball: Sport more than a passion for these women | Times Record

Great stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Report: Yankees say Aroldis Chapman trade near | MLB.com

The Yankees are informing other clubs that they are nearing a trade of closer Aroldis Chapman but will hang onto fellow left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Saturday night. The club has not confirmed the report.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, trade rumors, yankees


Changes are coming to baseball Hall of Fame’s veterans’ committees | FOX Sports

Good stuff.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame has again revamped its veterans’ committees, attempting to increase consideration for more contemporary players, managers, umpires and executives.

Under the change announced Saturday by the Hall’s board of directors, there will be separate committees for Today’s Game (1988-2016), Modern Baseball (1970-87), Golden Days (1950-69) and Early Baseball (1871-1949). Today’s Game and Modern Baseball will vote twice every five years, Golden Days once every five years and Early Baseball once every 10 years.

“There are twice as many players in the Hall of Fame who debuted before 1950 as compared to afterward, and yet there are nearly double the eligible candidates after 1950 than prior,” Hall chair Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement. “Those who served the game long ago and have been evaluated many times on past ballots will now be reviewed less frequently.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Ken Griffey, Mike Piazza set for Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Today’s the day! Congratulations to Ken Griffey and Mike PIazza. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

Tyler Glasnow erratic start ends with injury | pirates.com

The team said the 22-year-old Glasnow was lifted because of right shoulder discomfort, but did not elaborate further, including Hurdle and Glasnow both declining to say what Glasnow’s status is other than “taking it day by day.”

Hurdle said Glasnow did not tell him his shoulder was bothering him; Glasnow said he did not attempt to talk Hurdle and Tomczyk into letting him stay in the game.

“Just visually, we looked at him moving his arm around—didn’t like how it looked and looked like it was uncomfortable,” Hurdle said. “So we went out at that time and talked to him and removed him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, pirates, tyler glasnow

Chris Sales sent home because of argument over uniforms

CHICAGO—The White Sox scratched ace Chris Sale from Saturday night’s start against the Detroit Tigers due to a reported dispute over the team’s uniforms.

According to ESPN and multiple reports, Sale expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox’s 1976 navy, collared throwbacks, and the matter escalated from there, leading to a confrontation with a member of Chicago’s front office. The team then decided to send Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 24, 2016 at 01:04 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox

OMNICHATTER 7-24-16

Induction Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2016 at 12:21 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christian Yelich starting to hit for power | MLB.com

Yelich hits the ball hard. Everybody has just been waiting for him to start putting a little more loft into his swing. Maybe he’s starting to do that.

Yelich has long been considered a “pure hitter” who works the gaps, and he’s living up to that reputation. With two hits on Friday, his slash line is now .320/.396/.499.
The past couple of years, Yelich has ranked at the top of all players in ground-ball percentage. Last year, for instance, his ground-ball percentage was 62.5 percent, compared to his fly-ball percentage of 15, according to FanGraphs.

This year, his ground-ball percentage has lowered to 58.9 percent, with a fly-ball increase to 16.7 percent.
“I know he’s working on some things,” Mattingly said. “If that continues, he turns into a really, really, scary guy from the standpoint of if he starts hitting for that kind of power, then the RBIs will start piling up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

(*) MASTER NOTES: Statcast and me, part 1 of many (I hope) | BaseballHQ.com

Give us the defense!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Moe Berg: Catcher, Lawyer, Horndog, Spy - Twinkie Town

Why did Berg, who could have done anything, choose to do nothing?

Nicholas Dawidoff wrote a fascinating biography of Berg, from which I stole all of this. And I don’t care: “The Catcher Was A Spy” is being made into a movie starring Paul Rudd, so Dawidoff has that Hollywood cash cash money money now, I can steal with a clear conscience. Dawidoff writes:

Berg ... ever on the move, always avoiding sustained relationships where people might get a get clear look at him. And he was equally determined to skirt situations where he might be forced to look at himself. Berg suffered from an insecurity so severe that at times it debilitated him completely. More often, his lack of self-esteem banished all tranquility from his life.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: moe berg

Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly weighing change at manager

Who else can be blamed?

Sources indicated on Friday that the club was considering making a change, not exactly a stunning revelation in a season that ranks among the most disappointing in franchise history. Triple-A Reno manager Phil Nevin, who was a finalist for the managerial job two years ago, is expected to be a candidate if Hale is fired.

Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart would not answer specific questions.

“I don’t want to comment on rumors,” Stewart said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, diamondbacks

Up close and personal with Mike Piazza and his post-baseball life | New York Post

“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

#MLBRank: Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb make Stark’s all-time top 10

Jayson Stark’s all-time top ten.

1. Babe Ruth

My buddy Schoenfield ranked the Bambino fourth, based on the supposition that Ruth wouldn’t have been the same player in our time that he was in his time. Fun argument. But I’m not here to even attempt to rank Ruth in any alternative universe. So let’s just ask what he was in the universe he existed in. Answer: Oh, only the most important and transformative hitter/pitcher/larger-than-life character ever. That’s all. In that brief period when he was pitching for a living, he was the most unhittable left-handed pitcher in baseball. (Look it up sometime.) Then he found other stuff to keep him busy. And once he grabbed a bat full time, he was so much better than anyone else at hitting a baseball over a fence that he had a season in 1920 in which there was only one team in the entire sport that hit more home runs than he hit. So has there ever been anyone like that in any sport? Best pitcher. Best hitter. Best personality. Best gate attraction. Best headline generator. Best nickname. Best reason for his team to build a ballpark tailored pretty much for him. All I know is, if he were alive today, he’d definitely host the ESPYS. So I’ll be happy to listen to any and all arguments for other guys as the No. 1 player of all time. But here’s how I’d describe those arguments: Wrong!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Russell Martin suffers an injury after staying in the sauna too long - CBSSports.com

On top of that, his skin was very pruney.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, russell martin

Heyman - Welcome To Worst Starting Pitcher Market Ever - TKB

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Yankees beat Giants on 8th-inning error | MLB.com

It’s tough to be a seller when your team keeps winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Baseball Prospectus | DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS

Baseball Prospectus updates its pitching metric.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER 7-23-16

What is this, some kind of OMNICHATTER?

Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2016 at 12:03 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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