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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well. UPDATE: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Great Lawn, Field #2. -vi

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come by.  Rob Neyer, Tommy Lasorda, Benny Agbayani, Robothal, Pete Rose, no target too high.  Or too low.  So maybe Calcaterra could make it.

Let’s hear it, who’s coming?

Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Indians manager Terry Francona leaves game after not feeling well

Indians manager Terry Francona left Cleveland’s 15-9 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night because he wasn’t feeling well.
 
He was evaluated by the medical staff and checked out “fine,” the team said, but he did not return to the game.

The team said he experienced symptoms similar to those he had during a game earlier this season. Francona was hospitalized on June 13 following a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. He underwent a battery of tests and was released a few hours later. He returned to work the following night.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona


Is There Still a Place for Ladies Night in Baseball?

Casey Landman, 39, is a lifelong Phillies fan and has attended Baseball 101 every year from 2010 to 2016. Having played softball for 14 years, she’s no stranger to the diamond, but getting to run the bases at Citizens Bank Park, to throw in the bullpen with the Phillies’ pitching coaches, to catch pop-ups and field ground balls with the infield coaches, and to hit in the cages is a fan experience she says is unlike any other. “I just love being as close to baseball as I can and it’s a really rare opportunity to be able to do things that.”

Landman says that even if the event weren’t just for women, she would go. “I’m not offended if they market to a different part of the female audience [for more traditional ladies nights], but personally I just want to see the game.”

But what about the teams who do host the more traditional Ladies Nights? Is there a place for these promotions? “With [the Round Rock Express’] ladies night we were sensitive to some of the issues we’ve seen about not-done-well women-targeted events in baseball,” said Cacic. “At the same time, there are women who like baseball and want to get a manicure and get wine.”...

Some women, like Brewers fan Megan Brown, feel like having gender-specific events at all is a problem. “There’s zero need to further divide female sports fans,” she says. After all, women who like sports are already seen as “women who like sports” instead of just “fans.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

Yankee Stadium Charity Is Called Into Question

In the summer of 2006, when the Yankees broke ground on a gleaming new stadium in the South Bronx, they offered an olive branch to a community furious that more than 25 acres of treasured public parkland had been seized for the project. The Yankees created a charity, called the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, which it intended to distribute almost $40 million in cash grants and sports equipment, along with 600,000 baseball tickets, to community organizations in the borough over four decades.

Ten years later, however, an examination of the fund’s public financial records and interviews with community members and a former administrator of the fund show that it has operated with little oversight or public accountability, neglecting those who live near the stadium and instead sending money to other, often wealthier parts of the Bronx that were not affected by the construction.

The fund also regularly donates to organizations with which it shares common board members. And although the Yankees provide $35,000 a year to cover operating expenses, the fund in 2011 began to allocate 10 percent of the grants it awards to cover its own “additional administrative costs.” Those costs have never been publicly explained.

Many Bronx organizations say they have benefited greatly from the fund. But they are generally not in neighborhoods around the stadium. Of the $6.8 million distributed by the fund between 2008 and 2015, the last year for which records are available, only 30 percent — $2 million — went to charities occupying the same ZIP code as Yankee Stadium or four bordering ZIP codes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Aaron Judge or Cody Bellinger?

There, atop the home-run leaderboard for the year, are two young stars on great teams in big media markets: Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. That’s a match made in heaven, at least for barside arguments around the country. Which one would you rather have?...

Judge has the advantage in raw totals — which isn’t surprising, considering he’s also played more — but he’s also superior in the rate stats right now, both walking more often than Bellinger and offering greater defensive value so far.

It might be worth pointing out that Judge’s line is buoyed up by a .426 batting average on balls in play. There are a few modern ballplayers in the career leaders in BABIP (minimum 1000 plate appearances), but even the two at the very top — Miguel Sano (.365) and Mike Trout (.360) — are well below Judge’s current tally.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, cody bellinger

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2017

Butte Post, June 27, 1917:

The prince of southpaws is through.

Edward S. Plank, the greatest of them all, has pitched his last major league game, if reports from several of his friends are to be believed.

Suffering from a nervous breakdown and preparing for a minor operation, there is little chance that Plank will ever toe the rubber again.

When Plank left the Browns a few weeks ago, he was reported to have gone to his home in Gettysburg, Pa. He really went to a Philadelphia hospital.

The Post published this story on June 27, 1917. Plank pitched two scoreless innings for the Browns on June 28, 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie plank, history


Travis d’Arnaud is making the Mets move on from him | New York Post

When your value is tied to your offense and your offense stinks, yeah, it’s a problem.

SoSH U at work Posted: June 27, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Sprint Speed shows fastest at each position | MLB.com

None of them would beat Speedy Gonzalez in a race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Fox Sports eliminates digital writing staff in favor of promoting their debate shows

Must be because of their liberal takes on politics!

Fox Sports has axed their digital writing and editing team to create more video positions and promote their on-air personalities. Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw reported the news at 1 p.m. Eastern Monday, citing an internal memo from Fox Sports’ Jamie Horowitz (Fox’s president of national networks, and also the head of Fox digital following Mark Pesavento’s exit) that was actually sent to staffers after the Bloomberg article was published….

Update:  Here’s the list of layoffs Awful Announcing has learned of so far, in alphabetical order:

Chris Bahr (editor), Pete Blackburn (writer), Jonathan Bradley (writer), Dan Carson (writer), Cam DaSilva (writer),  Sam Garner (writer), Dan Graf (editor), Tom Jensen (editor), Dieter Kurtenbach (writer), Damon Martin (writer),  Caitlin Murray (writer), Brett Pollakoff (writer), Nate Scott (editor),  Chris Strauss (editor), Nick Schwartz (editor/writer), Aaron Torres (writer), Barry Werner (editor), Aaron West (writer).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 12:11 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, media

Monday, June 26, 2017

Different seams no longer bothering Twins’ Jose Berrios

This story has balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Rays To Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

The Rays and Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). The Rays will send outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark to the Marlins in return. The Rays will pay the remainder of Hechavarria’s salary, according to Spencer.

Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, marlins, rays

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has never heard of ‘Seinfeld,’ teammates hilariously respond

The Dodgers’ 21-year-old rookie Cody Bellinger revealed that he doesn’t know who Jerry Seinfeld is on SportsCenter on Friday night.

As Scott Van Pelt laughed and was in shock, the Arizona native said, “I’m not gonna lie to you. I know the name, but I couldn’t put a face to the name. I don’t really know what he does, man. I’m sorry.”

Bellinger recognizes Seinfeld, but he has never heard of the TV show. He has no idea. He was born in 1995 and was only two years old when the last episode aired. Can you blame him?

The rook’s teammates were not too happy about this.

Hey Cody, the jerk store called, and they’re all out of you!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 126 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger


Forbes: Seattle Mariners Owning Social Media And Not Just Sticking To Baseball

Instead of shrinking back and acting out fear that fans might be turned away by the team’s celebration of LGBT pride, the Seattle Mariners stood their ground on social media.

On the team’s Facebook account, the Mariners announced they were “proud to celebrate equality,” changing the team’s profile picture to an image of the Mariners logo in the foreground of a rainbow pride flag.

DanG Posted: June 26, 2017 at 01:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lgbt, seattle mariners, social media

Video: Idiot Mets fan catches foul ball at Dodger Stadium, nearly drops baby, wife ready to kill him

Baseball is fathers playing catch with sons.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:56 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: fatherhood

The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

All of which makes me wonder what the heck to do about this passage from Ken Rosenthal’s latest column. It’s about the reeling San Francisco Giants. They have all kinds of issues — their offense is putrid, their pitching isn’t much better and they’ve been without their ace most of the year — but today Rosenthal looks at their team chemistry. It’s a quiet and subdued clubhouse, he notes, and it has a lot of people wondering if something is wrong there. What could it be?

Sandoval, who was an often noisy and boisterous presence during his time with the club, departed as a free agent after that season. Pence has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and declined offensively, making it difficult for him to be as vocal as he was in the past. Some with the Giants muse that the team even misses Angel Pagan, who created an odd sort of unity because most of the players disliked him.

Read that last sentence again. And then go on with your talk about how team chemistry is a legitimate explanatory concept regarding what makes teams win or lose as opposed to a post-hoc rationalization of it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan, clubhouse chemistry, giants

Son of Keith Lockhart On Life Support

Jason Lockhart, son of infielder Keith Lockhart, was playing in a baseball tournament in South Carolina on June 17 when the catcher threw a ball back to the pitcher as Jason was crossing the plate and it hit him in the face, WXIA reports…

On Tuesday, Jason had surgery and the next day, doctors discovered there was an artery cut by the fracture, according to FOX 5. By Friday, he was put on life support and sedated in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, high school baseball

Everybody wins by pushing the draft back

A few quick fixes could make both events work better, and a Sports Business Journal report reveals MLB is moving to improve the draft’s visibility. The report indicated the potential to move the draft back to July during the all-star break. Also, the draft would move out of MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., likely rotating to the site of the All-Star Game.

Hosting the draft while the NCAA Tournament is going on (even during super regionals this year) doesn’t make sense. It’s an anachronism. Baseball has kept its draft in the first (or second) week of June while the college season now lasts three or even four weeks longer than it used to. And it is simply unfair to college baseball to have many of its top players having their attention split between helping their teams get to Omaha while having to deal with the pressure of draft day.

Moving the draft to the Monday of the all-star break—one day after the Futures Game, two days before the All-Star Game—would (a) put the draft in the “offseason,” at least for amateur players; (b) give major league teams time to watch all players before meeting to line up their draft boards, and (c) allow MLB to initiate, at the least, a medical combine if not a scouting combine.
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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-26-2017

Since we missed it over the weekend…

New York Sun, June 24, 1917:

A no hit, no run, no man reached first base pitching performance by Ernest Shore, Boston twirler [and] an assault upon Umpire Owens by Babe Ruth…were incidents of the world champions’ double victory over Washington to-day. The scores were 4 to 0 and 5 to 0.

Shore’s entry into the select list of pitchers who have shown perfect performances was made possibly by Ruth’s banishment from the first game. Ruth had pitched only to Ray Morgan and Umpire Owens had given the latter his base on balls. Ruth argued the decision. The umpire ordered him off the field and Ruth then struck at Owens.

Shore came in, Morgan was caught stealing second, and then Shore retired 26 batters in a row for one of the most memorable pitching performances in history.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, perfect games

OTP 26 June 2017: Confederations Cup shows how sports media in Russia differs from politics

And a lot of those perceptions are based on truth. Though a lively and influential group of independent outlets still provide critical news coverage in Russia, their staffers are under continual pressure, and are menaced regularly with legal and financial threats (and on occasion even physical harm) over unfavorable stories, which often obligates them to commit self-censorship. According to the watchdog group Freedom House, Russia’s news press is classified as “not free,” television often “functions as a propaganda tool for the government” and the media is “also expected to conform to official narratives.”

Yet much of the sports media here seems to exist on a different plane. State-run television outlets in particular are as slanted as ever, but while some might imagine a situation similar to North Korea’s—where sports news famously included reports on leader Kim Jong-Il’s fantastic golf round in which he (allegedly) shot 38-under par for 18 holes and recorded five holes-in-one—the reality is that many of the sports outlets in Russia are critical, if outright acerbic, in their coverage.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: June 26, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 339 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, soccer

Nationals fan’s obituary blames bullpen for blowing ‘yet another lead’

Some type of salve could have prevented this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals


Every year, players emerge from nowhere to become All-Stars; here are this year’s candidates | The Seattle Times

Who could forget?

Remember Bryan LaHair for the Cubs in 2012, or utility man Brock Holt for the Red Sox in 2016 or Michael Saunders for the Blue Jays last season? Each year it seems a sure bet that an unexpected All-Star will make the team.

Who will be that player this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

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