Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Not Onion Newsbeat

Saturday, September 24, 2016

WHAT A PLAY! UTLEY GETS ‘PRETTY LUCKY’ WITH NO-LOOK THROW

I know Chase Utley is hated by 98% of Primates, but the man can play a little ball.  This is how you recover from a ####up.

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 24, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cool

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: That’s The Way I Like It And I’ll Never Get Bored

Sam Miller did a great job at BP. Congratulations on his new gig at ESPN. I hope he and Dan Szymborski get on the same sack race team at the company picnics.

Congrats to Aaron Gleeman on his new position at BP. With all the great new Statcast stuff on the horizon, I look forward to seeing BP’s use of the new metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: writers

How Have The Mets Stayed In Contention

For all the legitimate criticism for his strategic gaffes, one thing that cannot be denied about manager Terry Collins is that the players have continued to play hard for him and they did not give up on the season when the injuries finally appeared to be taking their toll when the club fell under .500 in late-August.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Texas Rangers: Three takeaways from Rangers’ AL West clinching win  | SportsDay

The Rangers clinch the West!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rangers

OMNICHATTER 9/24/16

The Designated OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 24, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, September 23, 2016

Respect mutual between Vin Scully and umpires | dodgers.com

Froemming retired from field duty at the end of 2007 and will retire from his position with MLB as a special umpiring assistant at the end of this season. Just so happens he’s scheduled to be at the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco that doubles as Scully’s final series, so the umpire will have one last chance to say hello—and goodbye—to his old friend.

Asked what message he would deliver to Scully, Froemming made a perfect call.

“You were down the middle, and you were fair,” he said. “An umpire can’t ask for more than that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, vin scully

New Statcast metric barrels has best-hit balls | MLB.com

How well does this correlate to HR/PA?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-23-2016

Chicago Eagle, September 23, 1916:

Monte Cross is responsible for a story of two base runners being put out by a batted ball. While the Athletics were playing the Browns years ago Cross was on second and Clements on third. With two out and three and two on the batter, both base runners started with the windup. The batter hit along the third base line, winging Clements, and the ball carromed off the latter’s shin and struck Cross just as he reached third, both being declared out as the result of being hit by a batted ball.

I’m going to call shenanigans here. With two outs in the inning, two baserunners were put out on the same play? As fun as the mental image is, I don’t buy it.

Checking back in on the 1916 Giants, they’re still rolling. Slim Sallee scattered seven hits yesterday en route to a 5-0 shutout win over the Cubs. That’s New York’s 17th win in a row. St. Louis is in town for a doubleheader this afternoon.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A new Yasiel Puig giving Los Angeles Dodgers what they’re looking for - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Since his promotion, after rosters had expanded in September, Puig has been a changed man. He has not been 2013 rookie Puig—not even close—but he has established himself as a possible solution for the lefty issue, and he now looks like he will be of use on a potential playoff roster when a month ago the odds of that happening seemed Powerball-sized.

“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to just return to the team,” Puig said, when asked if his goal upon his return was to make the playoff roster. “It’s up to them now if they’re going to put me on the playoff roster, but I’m just trying to work hard and trying to get to the end of the season, to the playoffs and give my best for this year and the next.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Masahiro Tanaka scratched from next start with elbow strain | New York Post

he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.

Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.

The strain is located more toward the wrist than the elbow, meaning the UCL isn’t involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

No manager blends the human and the math quite like Terry Francona | FOX Sports

Cubs fans might disagree.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona

Adam Jones Wants To Know Where All The Orioles Fans Are

Through these first three games against the Red Sox, a huge series for their playoff hopes and traditionally a big one for fan interest, the crowds at Camden Yards have averaged just 19,903 a night.

“I’d say that it’s just, it’s a little, what’s the right word to say it’s a little, you know, not sad, just like, eerie, a little bit,” said center fielder Adam Jones, the team’s longest-tenured player.
That’s part of a larger trend: the Orioles rank 20th in MLB attendance this season at 26,440 per game, down from more than 29,000 last season and nearly 30,500 in 2014.

There are a whole mess of theories as to why, and this Baltimore Sun article examines some of them: it’s been particularly hot this summer and rainy this spring; ticket prices are higher at Camden Yards, with seats an average of $5 more than last season; suburban fans may be less likely to come to downtown Baltimore in the wake of protests after Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, attendance, orioles

Why women have every opportunity to succeed—and fail—in professional baseball

According to coach Siegal, while more than 100,000 girls play youth baseball, only 1,000 of them end up playing at the high school level. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 1,290 girls played high school baseball in the 2015 to 2016 school year. While some of that could be due to attrition, the blame falls largely on two reasons: the lack of opportunity for girls at the high school level, and softball.

“Too many schools are telling girls that they can’t try out,” Siegal said. “These girls aren’t being supported in their efforts to move up the chain.”

And then there’s softball, which siphons girls who might’ve had an interest in baseball away from the sport from the very beginning. For author Ardell, it’s no coincidence that in the same year Little League allowed girls to play baseball, they also created a girls softball league, which now has 360,000 participants worldwide, according to its website.

“That is my favorite conspiracy theory,” Ardell said. “People are still more comfortable with girls playing softball—it’s nice and neat and tidy. Softball, over the last 50 years, has really been a problem for girls who want to play baseball.”

Softball is often deemed the girls’ equivalent to baseball, a notion that former professional pitcher Borders vehemently disqualifies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

The fraudulent myth of Big Papi

9F)ans and obsequious sportswriters will continue to lap up every last pre-game ceremony of Ortiz’s farewell tour (the one he swore he’d never take). But while they continue their relentless peddling of the myth of Big Papi, the rest of us should feel confident in this truth: David Ortiz is a jerk.

Scott Ross Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, boston red, david ortiz

Ball Four, You’re Out: How A Classic Baseball Book Became A Failed Baseball Sitcom

One of the main obstacles Bouton and his co-creators faced in writing the series was the issue of translating ballplayer dialogue to network television in a realistic and/or believable fashion, since Joe Schultz-style epithets were obviously not going to fly on network TV. “You couldn’t say ‘Horseshit,’” Bouton explains. “You could have ‘Horse!’, or maybe ‘Horse-crock!’ There were all sorts of ways they had to neuterize it.” But swearing wasn’t the only aspect of life in the majors that was deemed off-limits; because CBS had scheduled the show to run on Wednesdays during Family Viewing Hour—the FCC had mandated in 1975 that all network shows broadcast in the first hour of prime time must be “family-friendly” in content—CBS’s Standards and Practices department also forbade any spitting, burping, chewing of tobacco, popping of “greenies,” or any other potentially offensive behavior from the show’s characters. “We were not allowed to put any of the grittiness of life in the majors on the screen,” Bouton says. With every network note, Ball Four the sitcom became less and less like Ball Four the book.

If sanitized content was an automatic strike one against Ball Four, then strike two came when the network decided to cast Bouton as the show’s lead. Bouton would portray Jim Barton, an aging pitcher who alienates his teammates on the fictional Washington Americans by writing tell-all pieces for Sports Illustrated. Bouton certainly had the real-life qualifications to play the part, and he’d acquitted himself nicely as the creepy playboy Terry Lennox in Robert Altman’s 1973 production of The Long Goodbye, but sitcom acting was, well, a whole other ballgame. “They probably thought casting me would be inexpensive, because I was not a real actor,” laughs Bouton. “And who knew what a difficult chore that would be?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ball four, jim bouton, television

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carlos Beltran might struggle to make the Hall of Fame

The players who got in relatively quickly to the Hall of Fame with the writers, for the most part, hit antiquated statistical milestones such as 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, or they had images that suggested more value than they had sabermetrically. That’s not Beltran, who’s built much of his Hall of Fame case around consistency and longevity.
...
Will Beltran be the next Dwight Evans for Hall of Fame candidates? The two are close in WAR, JAWS, and Hall Rating, with Beltran enjoying a slight edge in all three. The two players share fairly similar narratives, as solid, unsung contributors to many winning teams. They even share some of the same deficiencies, ranking as two of the best defensive outfielders in baseball in their early seasons before declining steeply in their 30s. The key differentiator could be that Beltran played in an offensive era that inflated his peak stats somewhat. This should help him a little with voters.
...
Beltran could also be the next Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies legend and former National League MVP who at last check was struggling to stay above 10 percent in the writers’ vote for Cooperstown. Walker actually rates far above Beltran by Hall Rating and is roughly comparable by JAWS, though if he gets in the Hall of Fame, it seems likely to come via committee. Former Rockies seem to fall into their own special class of candidates.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, dwight evans, hall of fame, larry walker

Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated ‘like animals’

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger fired off controversial tweets Thursday in response to civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C., calling for protesters to be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger has a private Twitter account, but reporter Jon Humbert of KOMO-TV in Seattle captured screengrabs of the tweets.

The Mariners issued a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” the statement read.” While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”


Bryce Harper told the Nationals he is not hurt, and they seem to believe him - The Washington Post

“Bryce said it didn’t come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report,” Baker said. “The trainer said no.”

According to multiple people familiar with the situation, Rizzo commandeered Baker’s office for an informal deposition after the report came out Tuesday. He brought in Harper and trainer Paul Lessard, hoping to learn whether there was some issue Harper had not told them about. If not, they hoped to identify the source of the information.

Rizzo asked Harper if the reports were true, and Harper said they were not, according to a person familiar with the situation,who also said Lessard told Rizzo and Baker he had treated no shoulder issue since the stiff neck cost Harper five games in August. All of that reinforces, with more detail, what Baker and Rizzo told reporters Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

6 MLB managers who are on the hot seat as the season ends | FOX Sports

Ouch.

Walt Weiss, Rockies
The Rockies, showing significant progress, need only two more victories for 75, which would be their highest total since their last winning season in 2010.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 22, 1916:

The complaint of the Brooklyn Ball club against the Flatbush Hygeia Ice Co. for permitting cinders to pour out into the air and get into the eyes of the Dodgers, was dismissed by Magistrate Voorhees yesterday. The case was called while the baseball men were outside the court taking the air. The club’s appeal to reopen the case was denied.

I’ve gotten cinders in my eyes before. It’s no fun. On the other hand, if the cinders were getting into the Dodgers’ eyes, they were also getting into the opponents’ eyes.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 22, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Trout’s HR carries Angels over Rangers

What is Mike Scioscia thinking batting Andrelton Simmons fourth in the order? He has no power. His on base skills aren’t great. It makes me scratch my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mike scioscia

OMNICHATTER 9-22-16

The “Oh My God Vin Scully Is Actually Going To Be Retiring” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run—convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes’ drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

... Inciarte had a first step of -0.73 seconds on the play, which means he was actually moving before the crack of the bat. He reached a top speed of 19.2 mph and covered 104 feet.

Ender Inciarte can see into the future.

Brian White Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte, mets

ESPN: Gary Sanchez Is Having Maybe The All-Time Best Start

Maybe?

Sanchez hit two more home runs and drove in five in Wednesday’s 11-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He is the fastest baseball player in history to record 19 homers; it has taken him just 45 games. The Boston Braves’ Wally Berger belted 19 homers in 51 games back in 1930. No one had hit them at a quicker rate until Sanchez arrived for good on Aug. 3.

“I never thought it was going to be like this,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez has hit homers in four consecutive games. Wednesday was his third multi-homer game. He also added a first-inning RBI single. Plus, he caught the whole game, taking a back swing off his elbow in the ninth, causing trainer Steve Donohue and Girardi to rush out. Girardi, fortunately, didn’t pass out at the sight. Sanchez stayed in.

Can’t wait for the kid to get a few more games under his belt and really hit his stride.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baseball’s Savviest (And Crappiest!) Bullpen Managers

We’re calling the resulting metric weighted reliever management plus (wRM+), and in the style of other “plus” statistics, it’s been rescaled for ease of interpretability: 100 is average, with numbers above 100 corresponding to the percentage factor by which a manager is better than average (or worse than average, for scores below 100). For example, Joe Torre grades out as the best manager since 2000 with a score of 113, meaning his bullpen management was 13 percent better than average.

At a glance, this leaderboard passes the sniff test. Aside from interlopers such as erstwhile Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez and former A’s manager Bob Geren, it’s a list of eight well-respected tacticians. Moreover, the first five men listed have all won Manager of the Year awards, as have seven of the top 10. While it is famously difficult to predict who will win that honor, which suggests the award might not be the most robust measure of managerial quality, it’s still good to know that our new metric isn’t coming completely out of left field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, fivethirtyeight, managers

Page {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dcurrent_page} of {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dtotal_pages} pages {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dpagination_links} | Site Archive

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam S
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - September 2016 College Football thread
(314 - 6:34pm, Sep 24)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogOTP 2016 Sep 19 - Race for the White House: The Greatest Circus on Earth
(1383 - 6:33pm, Sep 24)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogCarlos Beltran might struggle to make the Hall of Fame
(109 - 6:23pm, Sep 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogWHAT A PLAY! UTLEY GETS 'PRETTY LUCKY' WITH NO-LOOK THROW
(1 - 6:22pm, Sep 24)
Last: eric

NewsblogBall Four, You're Out: How A Classic Baseball Book Became A Failed Baseball Sitcom
(13 - 5:55pm, Sep 24)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9/24/16
(26 - 5:37pm, Sep 24)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: August 2016 Soccer Thread
(576 - 5:29pm, Sep 24)
Last: Mefisto

Sox TherapyThe Red Sox Are Not Doomed (But This Garbage Has To Stop)
(33 - 5:02pm, Sep 24)
Last: Bad Fish

NewsblogWhy women have every opportunity to succeed -- and fail -- in professional baseball
(22 - 4:39pm, Sep 24)
Last: AuntBea

NewsblogThe fraudulent myth of Big Papi
(68 - 4:15pm, Sep 24)
Last: SandyRiver

NewsblogHow Have The Mets Stayed In Contention
(2 - 3:36pm, Sep 24)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogAdam Jones Wants To Know Where All The Orioles Fans Are
(36 - 3:24pm, Sep 24)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogMariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated 'like animals'
(215 - 2:33pm, Sep 24)
Last: dejarouehg

NewsblogNew Statcast metric barrels has best-hit balls | MLB.com
(6 - 12:51pm, Sep 24)
Last: Sean Forman

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Three takeaways from Rangers' AL West clinching win  | SportsDay
(4 - 12:11pm, Sep 24)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

Page rendered in 7.4249 seconds
165 querie(s) executed