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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Phillies prospect Mark Appel has season-ending elbow surgery

The news just keeps getting worse on Mark Appel.

Mark Appel, a Phillies prospect and former first overall pick, underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Appel, who turns 25 next month, was on the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder injury. He injured his elbow, the Phillies said, when he restarted a throwing program as part of his rehab. The team does not believe Appel has an additional shoulder problem.

But Appel will lose crucial development time. The team said his expected recovery time is four to six months. He should be ready for spring training in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 04:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Notes: Market for Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel is heating up | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Matt Carpenter joining some of elites, when it comes to leadoff hitters.

Matt Carpenter, a 13th-round pick in 2009, has re-imagined the leadoff spot for a modern game and is on his way to claiming two of the best seasons ever by a leadoff hitter. Carpenter has made a strong All-Star push with a remarkable month. Since the birth of his daughter, Carpenter has hit .385 with a .491 on-base percentage and a 1.231 OPS. He has reached base almost as many times (57) as he has outs (59) in that span. With another two hits Tuesday night in Kansas City, Carpenter has raised his season average to .300, his on-base percentage to .420, and his slugging percentage to .592. He’s a 3-4-5 hitter (.300/.400/.500), and he’s doing it from the leadoff spot. Let’s put the argument of where he should aside, and look only at what he’s done from the top spot in the order. It’s Hendersonian.


SABR 46 Convention in Miami

Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.

This is going to be one of the best conventions yet.  Much of the change of the conventions to focus on panels, as well as research presentations, has been incredibly well received and has been some of the most entertaining aspects of the conventions of late.  The speakers SABR has been nothing short of incredible.

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

Top prospect Aaron Judge making case to be on the New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

“I think if you felt you can get a jolt from anyone, you would ask for it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Cash would do something about it. I know [Judge] is swinging the bat well. I know who is swinging the bat well all the time, but that is not my call. We need something. We need to start playing better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.

“We were down to almost nothing,” manager Joe Maddon said after using 22 of the 25 players on his roster. “Travis, my God, what an athlete. ... Travis made everything possible. He may have had his best stuff all year.”

It was fun watching Maddon play around with the roster and lineup.  I don’t have a ton of specific criticisms to any of the individual moves (I am not a Coghlan fan); and while some might say he was being cute for the sake of being cute, I think each move made sense in context.  Too bad no one hit a ball to any of the pitchers in LF. 

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2016 Futures Game rosters full of prospects | MLB.com

The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on MLB Network). Rosters for the prospect-filled game were announced on Tuesday, and as has become the tradition of the game, it is jam-packed with talent that will soon be filling big league rosters.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

OMNICHATTER 6-29-16

Phantom OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous | FanGraphs Baseball

My focus is going to be on grounders in particular, because I want to show you the kind of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed on grounders, according to Baseball-Reference. At that point, of course, the Cubs led baseball in lots of stuff. Anyway, since then, the season sample size has doubled. Here’s the new big-league landscape.

In first place, now, we have the Cleveland Indians, edging out the Cubs and Red Sox. The Cubs have been good! The Red Sox have been good. The Indians have been a little bit better, by this measure. Grounders are almost exclusively about the infield, so we can say the Indians’ infield has been terrific. They rate well enough, too, by DRS and UZR, but those numbers can get confused by the various shifts. I like looking at the team picture when I can. Slugging allowed is slugging allowed, and it doesn’t tell you any lies.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2016

Washington Times, June 29, 1916:

[Cleveland manager] Lee Fohl makes a bid for popularity when he numbers his players, but what’s the use?

In these latter days of baseball in the major leagues, every park is well equipped with score boards and official announcers. There is no need of numbering players in such an open game as baseball.
...
Let correct score boards be given away at all major league parks, and have some brains spent in the management of the scoreboard, that’s all that is necessary for the fans to get all the information they wish.

And get those darn kids off my lawn!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grumpy old men, history, uniforms

Coastal Carolina Stays Alive in CWS

After dropping the series opener to Arizona on Monday night, Coastal Carolina bounced back with a 5-4 win Tuesday to force a Game 3 rubber match in the 2016 College World Series. The Chanticleers’ tournament run thus continues for one final game against a Wildcats club that had given up just six runs in Omaha before Game 2…

Never mind that the Chants were the 2016 Big South regular season and conference tournament champions. They beat last year’s CWS champs Virginia, 5-4, back in February. They beat Duke, 10-6, and Ohio State, 3-2, a week later. They beat North Carolina, 6-3, in Chapel Hill. All before the postseason had even begun—to say nothing of their tournament triumphs over NC State (twice), LSU (twice in 24 hours), Florida, Texas Tech and TCU (twice in 24 hours).

The Chants can play, especially with their backs against the wall, and with the win, they’ve gifted us all a deciding matchup between two of the most entertaining college baseball teams in recent memory.


Andrew Mccutchen in the country of baseball.

It starts with a man walking to a park to watch a baseball game. He doesn’t know why, other than the park is near his house. He has no connection to anyone on either team. He’s there for the most basic of reasons: It’s something to do.

He figures this is where he belongs. He coaches a team that plays in this park, Peterson Park in Lakeland, Florida, and he feels fullest when he’s on a ballfield. And so here he is, sitting in the clamped air of a central Florida summer watching what he comes to learn is a Dixie Youth League All-Star game. The kids are unremarkable, except for a 12-year-old on the team from Fort Meade, a rural speck on the map about 25 miles up the road.

spanx for the memories Posted: June 29, 2016 at 01:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Billy Beane’s Athletics need to embrace a rebuild

Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane’s A’s). And it’s well-earned; when the going gets tough, A’s players get going.

spanx for the memories Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Report: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston

He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out. 

Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to Vanderbilt and instead elected to choose junior college. The move allowed him to become eligible for next year’s draft, so if he opts to not sign this year, he doesn’t stand to lose money in the long run

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:57 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Marcell Ozuna having breakout season for Miami | MLB.com

If Marcell Ozuna’s breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn’t terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we’d named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ “five-tool players.”

Okay, we’ll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, because tenths of a point of partial-season WAR aren’t really significant) for the most valuable position player in the National League. Using park-adjusted offensive stats, Ozuna’s .322/.373/.578 makes him one of the dozen best hitters in the game, as effective as Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna, marlins, statcast

BA: Kevin Maitan Is Venezuela’s Next Great Prospect Read

Aside from older Cuban players who have come over, Maitan, a 16-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, is the best international prospect for July 2 since Miguel Sano signed with the Twins for $3.15 million in 2009. Scouts considered both players potential impact, middle-of-the-order bats, though staying at shortstop was never a realistic option for Sano. With Maitan, he might be able to stay there, which is why you can argue he might be an even better prospect.

It takes a lot longer than that to find a Venezuelan prospect as good as Maitan at his age. It’s not that the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Maitan is similar to Miguel Cabrera, but it’s easy to see why there are Venezuelan scouts who consider Maitan the best 16-year-old amateur prospect the country has produced since Cabrera signed with the Marlins 17 years ago for $1.9 million.

Rickey! [quote], not [code] Posted: June 28, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hype machine, prospects

Colabello wants to clear his name

Colabello claims, “I can give you a thousand different theories [on how the metabolite showed up on the test]. My mind has literally gone to every possible corner that you can imagine. It’s gone to my mom’s breast cancer medicine. It’s gone to my dog’s medication.”

Unfortunately for Colabello, the damage is already done. His theories and words aren’t sufficient enough to clear his name or drop the 80-game suspension he’s currently serving without pay. He’ll have to step back onto the field with an air of doubt surrounding him.

This isn’t anything new for him, though.

“I have to prove myself every day,” Colabello said. “That will never change for me … I think it keeps me on edge, it keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired. I always say like anytime somebody doubts me it’s just one more stick for the fire.”

The sports world has seen this storyline play out before, and often it ends in a mea culpa. But Colabello won’t be apologizing.

“I wish I could say I’m sorry,” he said passionately. “I can’t do that. I’m not gonna do that. That’s not what happened here. This isn’t an ‘I’m sorry’ kind of moment. I would never, have never, and will never compromise the integrity of baseball. Ever. Period. End of story. And not just the game of baseball, but life.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chris colabello, peds

Mets greats slam Dykstra for Davey Johnson ‘drunk’ accusations | New York Post

Dykstra won’t be invited to Davey Johnson Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: davey johnson, keith hernandez, lenny dykstra, mets, ron darling

Bird was nearly obliterated by a pitch and a bat at Royals game

While Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was pitching to Cheslor Cuthbert, a bird flew near home plate at Kauffman Stadium.

Not only did the bird narrowly miss the ball, but also the bat as Cuthbert swung.

Zach Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bird, near miss, royals

OMNICHATTER 6-28-16

Twilight OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mushnick: New-school thinking has taken all the wonder out of baseball

Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress.

The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going to third on a single to short left, and scoring on a sac fly. Fabulous.

Next was Daniel Murphy hitting one deep to right. The ball hit the top of the wall and rolled toward the infield. Running all the way, Murphy easily made third, whereas “the game has changed” posers and joggers would’ve been at second, if not thrown out at second. Murphy then scored on a single.

This was maximized-opportunity, play-the-right-way baseball — even if Ichiro and Murphy risked the mockery and condemnation of ESPN’s Dan Le Batard for playing “the white way.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, old man yells at cloud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2016

Washington Times, June 28, 1916:

A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
...
The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted to climb in, but was prevented by his team-mates. Umpires, police, players and fans crowded about the principals and there was much excitement. Ty pointed out the offender to the police, and he left the box.

Ty being Ty.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

How Strat-O-Matic Baseball Changed My Life Forever - Culture – Forward.com

Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: board games, games, simulations, strat-o-matic

Mike Napoli on Twitter: “Shirt available by @108Stitches or @Indians Weds”

Mike Napoli, clubhouse god.

(Editor’s note: I cleaned up the thread title link. -vi)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike napoli

Mengden finally gets run support in A’s victory - San Jose Mercury News

It’s the power of the stache.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, daniel mengden

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