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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 267 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Saturday, July 04, 2015


Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees getting the baseball from his 3,000th hit after all

The Yankees, in a news release, said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game. Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
...
During their opening remarks, Rodriguez accepted an apology from Hample, who before recovering the 3,000th-hit ball compared Rodriguez to the devil, on Twitter.

“First of all, you are forgiven,” said Rodriguez, 39. “I have a Ph.D. in saying some dumb things over the years.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Theo Epstein on trade that brought Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs

Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, athletics, billy beane, cubs, theo epstein

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees settle dispute over bonus payment

Aren’t the Yankees and A-Rod wonderful people?

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Reddick criticizes A’s front office over his playing time | CSN Bay Area

Maybe he should worry about doing better in the AB he does get against lefties.

“I have no idea. It doesn’t come from anywhere in this clubhouse. Everybody knows what situations our general manager puts up there. I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.”

Reddick, who’s hitting .330 in 209 at-bats against right-handers but just .152 in 66 at-bats against left-handers [emphasis added], brought up Tuesday’s game against Colorado as an example. He told Fosse he was originally slated to start against Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, but he received a text message from Melvin in the afternoon saying the idea had been vetoed.

“I know Bob’s in there fighting for me,” Reddick said. “The other day I was supposed to play against De La Rosa, and Bob texts me at around 1:30 and told me he had been ‘trumped,’ was the word he used. I understood right away. I know it’s not Bob. He’s fighting for me to be in there every night. It still frustrates me beyond belief when I don’t play …. I wanna be in there helping my team no matter if a guy’s throwing right-handed, left-handed or center-handed. Whatever you wanna call it, I just want to be in there, be able to compete and help my team win.”

Reddick’s career splits:

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick

Charges pending in alleged St. Louis Cardinals computer intrusion of Houston Astros - CNNPolitics.com

Correa’s attorney, Nicholas Williams, said: “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior.”

The probe by investigators at the FBI’s Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting action by the Houston U.S. attorney’s office. A U.S. attorney spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Houston U.S. attorney’s office said “no charges have been filed and we obviously cannot provide any information that is not contained in our public court record nor confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of an investigation.”

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said the agency “aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems.”

“Once our investigations are complete, we pursue all appropriate avenues to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” she said.

The intrusion isn’t considered computer hacking. Instead, investigators believe Cardinals employees used an old password belonging to a former employee who went to work for the Astros in order to gain access to the Astros database.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Ben Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get | New York Post

Ben Zobrist? Don’t get me wrong, He’s a good player. But he’s the GUY they would overpay for? He is a free agent next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, mets, trade rumors

Friday, July 03, 2015

No Chicago White Sox front office rift

So there’s a rift in the White Sox front office ...

Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, rick hahn, white sox

Who is baseball’s best manager? The survey says ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘

Jacob Posted: July 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, buck showalter, joe maddon, managers, terry francona

Brewers bullpen catcher eats 23 cheesesteaks, breaks Citizens Bank Park record | MLB.com

He’d just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Phillies’ 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon—and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos’ four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch Wily Peralta’s pregame bullpen session.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, tasty sandwiches

Say hey, baseball: The Dodgers don’t care about your dumb spending limits - SBNation.com

The Dodgers had a budget of $2,020,300 to spend, the fourth-lowest in the game. On Thursday alone, they signed two players who would have busted that budget by themselves, and a third who would have come close: Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez signed for $16 million, while Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito agreed to bonuses of $2.6 million and $2 million, respectively. What’s even better about all this is that the Dodgers signed nine players total, but we don’t yet know the bonuses for four of them. Oh, and there are 11 months left in this signing period: the Dodgers are already $20 million over budget, and guaranteed to go higher than that. And that doesn’t count the 100 percent tax on their spending that they’ll owe. Yup, the Dodgers casually dropped over $40 million yesterday, from a starting point of just over $2 million.

You have to appreciate the audacity of it all, though, especially since Los Angeles used a portion of their allotted budget to trade for other players yesterday as well. The $2,020,300 allowed for them is actually broken into smaller chunks, which can be dealt to other teams. So, since the Dodgers were over budget anyway and there is no extra penalty for being even further over, they sent more than half of their assigned budget elsewhere to teams trying to follow the rules. One wonders if the owners who were trying to cut spending/hoard their money regret their lack of foresight right about now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, international players

It’s disgusting how jokester GM, cheap owners watch Mets burn | New York Post

The torches are out in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Michael Conforto is the upgrade Mets too afraid to summon | New York Post

What’s the worst that can happen? The guy could come up, get buried, lose his confidence, and become a used up husk of a player.

Sandy Alderson recently chided media members for overzealousness by dubbing them the denizens of Panic City. Funny. Alderson has a dry wit. What he doesn’t have is a good enough offense to support a superb rotation. What he doesn’t have yet is a trade market ready to deliver him a bat to enliven a comatose lineup.

The answers, for now, must come internally. And while Alderson might see Conforto as the kind of gambit the mayor of Panic City would love, I don’t. I see it as a low-risk gamble. If he hits, great; that is a found bat at a moment of crisis. If not, he is just like everyone else on the roster, and he can be returned to the minors to continue his development.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

OMNICHATTER 7-3-15

Friday’s OMNICHATTER, which lacks a reference or anything today.

Gamingboy Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Video: Statcast: Molina’s amazing throw | MLB.com

OK, you might want to turn the volume on this it. It’s a great throw, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: video, yadier molina

Inside Baseball: 12 possible sellers, who might go and proposed deals - CBSSports.com

Sunday Notes, on Friday! Many tidbits, including this one.

Proposed Trade: Cueto to the Astros for young outfielder Domingo Santana and infield prospect Nolan Fontana. (Though it may not be so easy to get Reds GM Walt Jocketty to get together on a trade with his Astros counterpart Jeff Luhnow—word is, ex-Cards execs Jocketty and Luhnow are even less close than Luhnow and the remaining Cardinals front office folks).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Blind Resumes: A Fascinating Keuchel Comp

Some interesting player comparisons.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dodgers acquire four Minor Leaguers in moves | dodgers.com

If understand the slot system, this means the Dodgers got four players and saved spending $1.3 million, which further reduces their pool, which means they will pay a higher tax on the money they already spent. Right?

With the two deals, the Dodgers acquired four players for $1,320,300 in overage tax for international signings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cardinals fire Scouting Director for hacking Astros

Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify whether the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Correa did not leak any Astros data, and is not responsible for additional hacks that the FBI has alleged occurred or leaking any data, said the source.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking, scouting

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

Glenn Fleisig is the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute, which has long been the leader in understanding sports-related injuries and as such has worked with many major-league teams.

He says that many of those teams openly admit that they put too much emphasis on fastball velocity. Part of it is that pitch speed is so easily quantifiable, where other factors like character and mechanics and work ethic can be vague. He hears over and over again that if two prospects are otherwise comparable, the one with more velocity will be more highly regarded because they figure to have more potential.

Fleisig thinks the teams should be taking the opposite approach.

“I’m trying to tell them that if you have two guys with the same results, with the same makeup, same injury history,” he says, “I would actually rather have the one with less velocity. Because if all those other things are equal, he has less chance of injury.”...

All of it is evidence to reinforce a point Fleisig has made to teams. A few years ago, he ran data to correlate fastball velocity and performance, as measured by ERA. He found the relationship to be non-existent. Zero. Nothing.

Maybe that surprises you. It surprises some scouts. It does not surprise Young, halfway through another season showing that fastball velocity is overrated and overpaid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babip, chris young, injuries, royals, velocity

Al Newman gets fine, suspension from Northwoods League for violating pitch count rule

Dusty Baker would have been banned from this league forever.

Alexandria Blue Anchors manager Al Newman wanted to give his pitcher an opportunity to throw a complete game on Monday afternoon against the Willmar Stingers.

It’s a move that ended up costing him a 14-game suspension and a $1,000 fine from the Northwoods League (NWL). Newman says he thought he was within the legal pitch-count guidelines set forth by the NWL when he sent Angelo State’s Graylon Brown out for the ninth inning on June 29.

“I never even gave it consideration,” Newman said on Thursday morning. “I thought the rule was that he can’t start an inning after 100 pitches. So when he didn’t have 100 pitches, in speaking with the pitching coach [Travis Lawler], we decided kids need to learn how to finish. He was pitching an outstanding game, had not had a stressful inning the whole game. In essence, yes, I broke the rule. I’m not going to say I would do it again because it’s a league rule, but I’m being punished for going past the 110 pitch limit with Graylon Brown.”

Northwoods League pitching guidelines state that a pitcher cannot begin a new inning after throwing 100 pitches and also can’t face a new batter after throwing 110 pitches or more.


CSN Philly: GIF: Kyle Lohse tackles Ryan Howard to the ground

Careful! The Phils don’t want to see Howard’s trade value go down.

Kyle Lohse went from pitcher to hitter to NFL safety in the time it took him to run to first base.

The Milwaukee Brewers righthander had himself a night against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, picking up the win and racking up three hits in a 9-5 victory over the worst team in baseball. One of those hits did not come easy, however, as Lohse wound up running right into the backside of mammoth first baseman Ryan Howard while trying to leg out an infield single.

Lohse is listed as 6’2”, 215 pounds. Ryan Howard is 6’4”, 250 pounds (if you believe that).

Howard wound up hitting the deck.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 03:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, kyle lohse, phillies, ryan howard

Manny Ramirez loves coaching the Cubs, and the Cubs love having him around | For The Win

Manny Ramirez, hitting savant.

“Sometimes people just worry so much about how they feel,” he says. “You’re not going to feel good every day, so just go and compete. Just focus on what is out there. The game is still easy. Everybody throws 95, OK, but they still make the same mistakes.

“The strike zone is a little bit bigger, but the game’s the same.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, manny ramirez

The Forgotten Story of ... the world’s best baseball stadium – that was never built

The best major league baseball park that was never built was given a name: Labatt Park. It had a site; in downtown Montreal, just southeast of the Bell Center, home to hockey’s Canadiens. The best major league baseball park that was never built was going to be tiny, with only 35,000 seats. It would have given fans in even the worst seats a sense they were close to the field. It would have had a grace unique to any ballpark – modern but not utilitarian. It would have been … perfect.

“Ahhh it’s a shame it didn’t get built,” Eugenio Carelli said with a sigh. Carelli is the architect who designed Labatt Park. Before the late 1990s, when Provencher Roy was approached by the Montreal Expos to create their new home, Carelli had never built a stadium. This didn’t bother him. He designed grand civic buildings in public places. The Expos park gave him a chance to make something memorable, something distinctive.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball stadiums, expos, montreal

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