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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2016

Bill Speas, quoted in the [Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, May 5, 1916:

“It happened in 1906 in the Pennsylvania and Ohio league…Our opponents had us beaten, about 40 to 0 when one of them hit a ball and slammed it down the right field foul line. The umpire threw in another ball, and he knocked it foul again. Then he hit one at me in left, and after breaking my neck to keep it from rolling into the next state, I got it and threw it into the plate, only it hit the grandstand instead.

“Well, in the meantime, the fielders had recovered the foul balls and the shortstop had one running a man down between second and third, and the second baseman had the other trying to catch a man between first and second. The catcher was chasing the ball I threw in. It looked like a fire in a Chinese laundry the way everybody was running around. I was almost sick from laughing out there in left field.

Cue Yakity Sax.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 05, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rogers: ‘Run differential’ is becoming Cubs’ favorite phrase

At this point, observers might think the opposite is true—teams have to go through the Cubs—as the numbers point to a run-scoring and run-prevention pace that is unprecedented in the history of the game. The Cubs have scored 93 more runs than their opponents through the first 26 games. It is the greatest differential through 26 games since 1905 and puts them on pace to shatter the all-time record of plus-411 set by the 1939 New York Yankees. Of course, they’ll slow down, won’t they? If not, they’ll outscore the opposition by a whopping 579 runs over the course of 162 games.

Next up is the second best team in the majors.

McCoy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greatest team


Dave Dombrowski: Pablo Sandoval still ‘committed’ to weight loss

Dollars to donuts Pablo will have a lot of dollars and eat a lot of donuts over the next year.

“I’m not going to give specific weights, but he has already dropped weight during the season once he’s been under our care on a daily basis,” Dombrowski said Tuesday, via WEEI.com. “I think he’s committed to doing that, and we’re committed to doing that. We’ll have a very thorough program to address a lot of different issues between now and the next spring training.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Matt Harvey’s biggest backer admits: ‘There’s an unknown’ | New York Post

Pointless speculation.

Scott Boras agrees with Terry Collins: Matt Harvey’s early-season struggles could have something to do with his 2015 workload.

The Dark Knight’s agent also shares the Mets manager’s public optimism that Harvey will right himself.

“When you have a genius, you don’t take him out of fifth grade and graduate him from high school,” Boras said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “You may graduate him to the seventh grade. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need time and experience to take its course.

“There’s something unknown that we’re looking at. There’s an unknown here that’s operating. We’re figuring it out as we go. I’m very confident that Matt is physically healthy and very confident that adjustments will be made.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Exclusive: Tim Lincecum speaks publicly for first time since 2015 - Yahoo Sports

Will he end up back in San Francisco?

“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

Two decades after arrest, Butch Hobson finds peace. | Sports on Earth

Paul Hagen talks with Butch Hobson.

Big league coaches make far more than Atlantic League managers. If he had gotten another chance to manage in the Majors, the payoff could have been huge. He’s also 63 days short of having 10 years of big league service, which would allow him to max out on his pension plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: butch hobson, managers, red sox

More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball soon

Testing for Turinabol took a major leap forward two years ago, and as anti-doping labs have adopted the technology, users apparently didn’t get the word. Any drug someone takes breaks down into metabolites, a residue of the drug that can stay in the system long after the original or parent drug has cleared. Turinabol, like most oral steroids, breaks down relatively quickly in the body and used to be undetectable after a week, and sometimes even less time. But two years ago, researchers found that by increasing the sensitivity of their testing equipment, they could detect some metabolites that stayed in the body much longer.

“The window of detection has moved out to, typically, several weeks, and in some rare circumstances up to months after administration,” said Daniel Eichner, the president of the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Utah, which works with most major sports leagues.

As a result, players who might have used it without detection for years are finding themselves suddenly vulnerable to testing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

OMNICHATTER 5-5-16

OMNICHATTER de Cinco de Mayo

Or: The Sworn OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud’s return from DL unknown | mets.com

This doesn’t sound good.

A week after landing on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud still has not advanced to any sort of physical activity. The Mets have no timetable on when d’Arnaud, who is resting and receiving treatment at the team’s Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., might be able to begin throwing.

“I can’t predict that,” manager Terry Collins said. “A lot of times you come in the morning, and if he’s feeling good a couple days in a row, they might start getting him on a throwing program. But right now, he’s still just getting treatment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

The Marlins revelation who may doom Yankees’ Eovaldi trade | New York Post

Trades and long-term contracts shouldn’t be evaluated after one season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, yankees

Meet Bob McClure, the Phillies’ ‘mad scientist’ | FOX Sports

Pitching coach du jour.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 07:54 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Jackie Mitchell (1913-1987) The Teen Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

This is a story many here have heard before but this article has the first video I’ve seen of it.

John Northey Posted: May 04, 2016 at 07:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, lou gehrig, women in baseball

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2016 season

Embattled Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the remainder of the season for an unknown reason, the second straight season he has been so disciplined.

“We have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the season for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract,” said Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development.

Arruebarrena, 26, was hitting .182/.224/.400 with four home runs in 17 games with Double-A Tulsa, including 14 starts at shortstop. He last played on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a home run against Northwest Arkansas.

The club also suspended Arruebarrena in May 2015 for the same reason, though after appealing to the commissioner’s office his suspension was reduced to just 30 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, erisbel arruebarrena

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 4, 1916:

“Lefty” Russell, who once cost Connie Mack $12,000, is now playing first base for Baltimore.

Not only did Russell cost the Athletics $12,000 (a huge sum at the time) when he was sold in 1910, but he was a pitcher. Not a particularly good sign when your high-priced pitcher becomes a minor league first baseman.

Russell threw 58 big league innings and allowed 113 baserunners. His 6.36 ERA in the dead-ball era was good for a career ERA+ of 49. He wasn’t much of a hitter, either. Russell disappears from the minor league record at age 26 after hitting .227 with one home run as an everyday first baseman for Newark.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 12:15 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lefty russell

More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told Outside the Lines, meaning it’s all but certain that more announcements will follow.

Turinabol, whose chemical compound is dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), is not something that would likely be found in the tool kit of a modern PED guru. But it is showing up widely again: Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Daniel Stumpf were suspended after traces of Turinabol were found in their systems. The two, along with the player to be named, tested positive during spring training. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley was suspended in September after he tested positive for the drug.

MLB officials are examining what connections might exist between the players to explain Turinabol’s apparent resurgence but have not found any so far, a source told Outside the Lines. But two possible explanations exist for why positive tests are spiking, sources said: better testing technology and/or a supplement taken by athletes….

The unnamed players who tested positive have been informed, and MLB officials are still wrapping up the administrative process required to suspend them. Sources did not say when the players tested positive or how many are on major league rosters, but anyone on a team’s 40-man roster has the right to appeal, which can delay a suspension by several weeks.

LET’S WILDLY SPECULATE!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Butler befuddled with lack of playing time

Butler, one month into the second year of his three-year contract with Oakland, was on the bench again in Tuesday’s 8-2 loss against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. He hasn’t started since Wednesday—a stretch of six straight games—and he’s appeared in the starting lineup only eight times in the team’s first 28 games.

“From my end,” Butler said Tuesday, “there’s no answers as to what’s going on. I’m just not playing.

“I’ve never been in this position before. I’ve played every day of my life from when I was 7 years old, so this is something new. I don’t even know how to exactly prepare for what I’m supposed to do because I’ve never had to do it, so I just try to treat it like I’ve treated everything else, like I’m a starter. I know I can do it in this game. There’s not a lack of confidence in my abilities.”

The A’s have avoided categorizing Butler as a strict platoon player, in part, he thinks, because “it’s hard for them to justify saying that because of my career splits.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Dominic Smith turns on power for B-Mets in rout

After batting just .174 through his first 11 games, Smith has been on a tear, hitting.349 over his last 11. During that streak, MLB.com’s No. 47 overall prospect has driven in 14 runs and homered twice, raising his season average to .275.

“It wasn’t too frustrating,” Smith said of his slow start. “I know there’s a lot of things you have to adjust to. This level is the toughest level before the big leagues. There’s a lot of top prospects you have to face day in and day out. There’s a lot of different variables you have to account for when you come to Double-A.

“Last year in the Florida State League, I started off way worse than that. Probably hit .140 in the first month and a half. I feel like I started better than I did last year. I know it’s a long season and I always believe in myself. When I’m struggling and going bad, I know it can’t go much worse than that. I believe in my abilities and that it will eventually turn around.”

Smith, who turns 21 in June, is hitting .275/.320/.451 in AA.

Dilson Herrera hit a couple of homers in last night’s game for Vegas. Along with Wuilmer Becerra (part of the Syndergaard trade who is hitting .400/.440/.471 in AA) and Rosario, I think those guys that are most worth following.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers, prospects

OMNICHATTER 5-4-16

May the OMNICHATTER be with you!

Or: The Hedge OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 226 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

ESPN edited Curt Schilling out of its 30 for 30 episode on the ‘04 Red Sox and people are mad.

Four Days in October is an ESPN 30 for 30 series film that first aired in 2010. It aired again yesterday, in slightly edited format, and dopey Red Sox fans teamed up with dopey conservatives to form a coalition of derp in protesting what they believed to be a conspiracy against recently fired analyst Curt Schilling.

spanx for the memories Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox

Atlanta Braves should bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa and the teepee

We live in a politically correct world these days, with people sensitive about anything and everything. We can never be in other people’s shoes to understand why something might upset them, but there’s little doubt, it seems easy for everyone to find something that gets their goat.

Perhaps that was a disclaimer that what I’m about to write might upset some, but it doesn’t worry me enough not to write it. Twenty-five years ago when the Atlanta Braves became the team everyone loved, it was easy for Native Americans to complain about things with the nickname that upset them.

That’s a shame. But it’s time to make the Braves special again as they move into Sun Trust Park next season. It’s time to bring back some of the things we grew up with that made the team special.

It’s time to bring back the teepee. And while we’re at it, let’s bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa and Princess Win-A-Lotta.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mascots

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

Players from the Pirates and Marlins banded together in recent days to let Major League Baseball know they want to move the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium to Miami instead, sources said, a view shared by some club officials and staff members as well. Despite the widespread implications – including a possible effect on league relations with Puerto Rico as well as opening a Pandora’s box for athletes leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, another Zika-affected country – MLB is not expected to oppose the players’ choice, sources told Yahoo Sports….

It’s a lot to ask, certainly. After the players met with CDC officials in recent days and were told nobody could guarantee they would leave the island Zika-free, the concerns grew. Players answer to their families before anyone else, and the fear of birth defects among babies born to Zika-infected mothers rightfully scares those who plan on getting pregnant in the near future – particularly considering the disease can be transmitted sexually, and doctors believe it stays in men for months at a time. A study from French Polynesia’s outbreak of Zika in 2013 linking the virus to cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves, further clouds a virus still shrouded in mystery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika


On the Prospect of Owners Getting “Duped” by PED Users

It is not even clear that being caught affects future performance. Taking a different angle, I looked at the players with track records who were suspended in 2012 and 2013. What I did was took a look at their projections before they were suspended, and then pretended that was how they performed in the relevant season. I then applied the standard aging curve to the two seasons following the suspension season. I regarded this as their “expected performance” based on pre-suspension levels. Then I looked at their actual performance in the two seasons following the suspension and compared the two….

In more than 10 years, it does not appear that any owners have been taken advantage of financially to any significant degree. The players have great incentive to try and improve PED suspensions in whatever way possible as it is their livelihood. Players who use PEDs are taking money and roster spots away from those who do not. While players could take advantage of owners by signing a contract predicated on PED use, that has yet to cause any owner significant injury in terms of players who have been suspended.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, long term contracts, peds

Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.

Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear extension but said terms, including the length of the deal and compensation, would not be disclosed.

The brand, which has had Harper as an endorser for five years, will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. The company previously sold shirts with a phrase Harper filed to trademark—“That’s A Clown Question, Bro.” Harper abandoned his pursuit of that trademark in 2014.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 12:20 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, endorsements, nationals, under armour

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