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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled into the Angels 2017 plans, without Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

The Other Weird Thing About the Home-Run Surge | FanGraphs Baseball

Everybody is doing it. The chicks must dig it.

I’m not saying anything here is conclusive. And it’s possible we have a population change and a baseball change. Some of the evidence for a different baseball is very convincing. But now there’s more power coming from baseball’s middle class. And there’s more power coming from baseball’s lower class. The upper class has more power, too, yet not really by a whole lot. Homers are being distributed fairly equally, perhaps more than ever before, and so it’s not just Jean Segura who’s opened a lot of eyes. There’s evidence to believe more hitters are just going for it. There’s evidence to believe that it’s working.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER 9-29-16

The Last-Thursday-Of-The-Regular-Season OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Untitled — We all want the real Pitch, but…

Great stuff by Rob.

The difference was massive. Male pitchers averaged roughly 37 meters per second; females 27 meters per second. That is, women threw 73 percent as hard as the men. Apologies, but this would really be stretching the definition of “a few miles per hour slower.”

Technically, of course, “a few” can mean just about anything. But a reader might be mistaken for thinking “a few” means three miles an hour slower. Or six, or maybe seven.

I got Fleisig on the phone because I wanted to be sure of my facts. While we were talking, he converted the meters per second to miles per hour. The young men averaged 81 miles an hour; the young women, 60 miles an hour.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: woman in baseball

Steven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow

While Matz, 25, announced his presence in the Majors last summer with an excellent debut, he didn’t pitch enough innings for his rookie status to expire. The 2016 campaign has technically been his rookie year, and it’ll come to a close with a 3.40 earned run average and a 129-to-31 K/BB ratio that was compiled over the life of 132 1/3 innings out of the New York rotation. Matz becomes the third Mets starer to require season-ending surgery, joining rotation-mates Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome) and Jacob deGrom (ulnar nerve in right elbow) in that category. Meanwhile, right-hander Zack Wheeler was never able to return to a Major League mound this season after suffering setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last spring.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, youngpitchingwillbreakyourheart

Theo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs

They’ve always said it was inevitable, but the later in the season it got, a little doubt started to creep in.

Chairman Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein hammered out a new deal that will keep Epstein in charge of the Cubs’ baseball operations for five more years. Epstein’s contract had been set to expire at season’s end.

The deal surpasses the $8 million annually that Dodgers baseball czar Andrew Friedman garnered in fall 2014 to become their president of baseball operations, sources said. Friedman’s deal had been an industry standard.

Worth every penny.


White Sox will retain Robin Ventura if he wants to return: report - Chicago Tribune

Has he really earned a new contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, robin ventura, white sox

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Of course he did.

Tebow, batting second, was making his debut in Port St. Lucie, Fla., against the Cardinals’ instructional league team. His homer came off left-hander John Kilichowski, the Cardinals’ 2016 11th-round pick out of Vanderbilt, who gave up just one homer in 47 at-bats vs. left-handed batters in the Minors this year.

eddieot Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Time For MLB To End Rules That Jeopardize Safety Of Scouts - BaseballAmerica.com

“MLB’s rules that limit our ability to travel a Venezuelan guy to the Dominican Republic, that limit our ability to get them in a complex at different ages, all these rules are solely contributing to the risks that all of us are taking traveling from complex to complex, facility to facility in the streets,” said one international director. “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time, and it’s on MLB when it happens, because they’re the ones who created these rules. They haven’t thought this through to any degree where they have any regard for the human lives of scouts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects, scouting, venezuela

Fan loses ring while proposing during game at Yankee Stadium

Generally, I’m not a fan of the marriage proposal at a sporting event.

It’s become such a common event that most people just roll their eyes when there is a proposal on the big screen at a stadium. Teams, such as the New York Yankees, even encourage fans to propose at games.

However ... there are times when it’s pure magic.

Zach Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, yankees

Cracked: Baseball Is Carefully Crafted To Skirt The Limits Of Human Ability

[scroll down to #1]

On any regulation baseball diamond, the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound is weirdly specific: 60’ 6”. That distance isn’t a two-thirds ode to the devil; it’s an important design feature. That’s the empirically determined balancing point which puts the pitcher and hitter on an equal playing field. Moving the pitcher’s mound back even five feet would change the game wildly, giving batters a huge (20 percent) increase in the time they had to prepare their swing, thus leading to more hits, more home runs, and more depressed pitchers.

 

John DiFool2 Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Here Are The 2016 MLB Prime Time Television Ratings For Each Team

The data from Nielsen NLSN +0.06% that covers the 29 U.S. clubs in the league from April 3-Sept 25 shows that nine clubs had the No. 1 ranking across all TV networks in prime time (Royals, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, Indians, Red Sox, Mariners, and Giants). More than half the league (16 out of 29) saw them rank in the top 3 across all television networks. Out of the 29 clubs charted, 24, or 83% of the league saw the No. 1 rated programming in primetime on just cable over the course of the season.

Overall, for the 29 clubs, ratings were up 1% over last year’s data of the 29 U.S. teams. Fifteen of the 29 saw ratings increases over their prime time ratings in 2015.

For the second year in a row, the Kansas City Royals led the league with a stunning 11.70 rating, down from the whopping 12.98 in prime time last season on FOX Sports Kansas City. The Royals were the only club this year to see their average rating in prime time in double-digits. Coming in with the second-highest ratings for the league in consecutive years was the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8.54 rating on FOX Sports Midwest, down from a 10.86 last season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dead, television ratings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2016

New York Sun, September 28, 1916:

The great winning streak of the Giants looked deader than Dickens’s door nail on the Polo lawn yesterday when the ninth inning came rolling around. With two out in the ninth and the Cards leading at 2 to 0, the boys in the stands were edging toward the exits. Then came the explosion.

A warm slap to right by Charley Herzog was converted into a triple by Owen Wilson’s keystone komedy fielding, and Lew McCarty and George Burns rushed home with the tieing runs. The St. Looey lads then staved off defeat for one inning, but gave way before a Harlem attack in the tenth.

This was the Giants’ 23rd consecutive win. That’s pretty good.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Pete Rose petitions Hall of Fame for inclusion on ballots in lengthy letter

This is tiresome.

Disgraced hit king Pete Rose has asked National Baseball Hall of Fame officials to reconsider the bylaw that blocks his candidacy for enshrinement, petitioning Hall president Jeff Idelson in a seven-page letter that argues for his inclusion on future ballots.

The letter, obtained by Yahoo Sports, contends the terms of Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling – drawn by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti – intentionally excluded language that would have barred Rose from Cooperstown and that, 27 years later, Rose has been unjustly kept from consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Tigers rely on young pitchers in next 4 games | MLB.com

It’s Fulmer today, Daniel Norris tomorrow.

He would have Verlander pitching the regular-season finale on Sunday, particularly if a postseason bid is at stake. But as for Friday and Saturday in Atlanta, it’s two from the threesome of Matt Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann and Buck Farmer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Baseball Prospectus | Pitching Backward: What We Know About Spin Rate

Your head might be spinning by the end of this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, sabermetrics

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak refects on 2016 | MLB.com

On how the organization intends to improve its defense before next season:

“Any time you identify something you want to address, whether it’s defense, power, the pitching, a lot of times it’s at what cost? And what I mean by that is, to get better defense, we may have to take a step back offensively. In terms of internal analysis that we do upstairs, that’s certainly an exercise we’re going to do. Then we’re going to decide what makes us look like a better club. But none of us is satisfied with 81 wins. So as we look to the offseason, we’ll certainly explore all the available options that we feel can help us improve.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, general managers, john mozeliak

Is Oakland’s Mount Davis Killing Fly Balls? | FanGraphs Baseball

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, oakland coliseum

Comedy writer/baseball announcer Ken Levine reminisces about Vin Scully

Levine:
Here’s something that will make you groan. I asked if he kept all of his scorebooks down through the years and he said no. At the end of each season he just chucked them. To me that’s like throwing away the Ten Commandments.

...There was some guy on the internet selling full game broadcasts from the ‘50s-‘60s. He had some Dodger games so I bought them. I’m driving to the stadium one night listening to Vin call a game at Wrigley Field from 1966. I get so caught up in the drama of his description that when Ron Fairly hit a long fly ball down the rightfield line that just missed being a home run by inches I slammed my hand down on the dashboard in disgust. Then I thought, “This is insane. This game has been over for decades.” I told the story to Scully later that day and he said with mock urgency: “Oh, I hope we won.”

...One of the (many) amazing things Vin could do is recall plays and moments from games he saw 60 years ago. He then recounts them naming the specific players and game situations. He’s a walking baseball Google. And of course, no one else has that link with the past. No one else can tell Jackie Robinson anecdotes. I once asked him how he remembered all that stuff. He said he couldn’t just recall it at random, but something will occur in a game that triggers a memory. I said, “It’s very impressive. But how do we know you’re right?” He laughed and said, “You don’t.”

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 28, 2016 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, vin scully

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OMNICHATTER 9-28-16

The last-Wednesday-of-the-regular-season OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own off-topic thread, we won’t distract from what this site’s really about: other off-topic threads. (Link goes to the Nylon Calculus projections page.)

jmurph Posted: September 27, 2016 at 10:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: nba

Surgery possible for Tyson Ross - The San Diego Union-Tribune

I’m surprised it took them so long to get to this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, padres, tyson ross

Marlins sign Martin Prado to 3-year, $40 million extension

he Marlins have agreed to a 3-year, $40 million contract extension with third baseman Martin Prado, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Prado was slated to become a free agent after the season.

The signing of Prado represents a small bright spot in an impossibly tough week for the Marlins, who lost ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident early Sunday. Prado has been one of the club’s leaders since news broke of Fernandez’s death, and was the only player to speak at the team’s first press conference Sunday afternoon.

On the field, Prado has performed well in his second season with the Marlins, posting a .305/.360/.415 line with seven home runs in 149 games. The 32-year old will now stay with the Marlins through the end of his age-35 season in 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, martin prado

MLB MOVES VENEZUELAN SHOWCASE TO PANAMA

This year’s showcase will have one major difference: it won’t be in Venezuela. Instead, MLB’s annual Venezuelan national showcase will be in Panama on Nov. 16-17, a change that appears to be due to the increasing safety concerns in Venezuela, both for American scouts and local scouts living in Venezuela.

The problems in Venezuela are complex, but over the last few years, the country has been hit by a deep economic recession and soaring inflation. Controls on foreign imports have led to shortages of basic goods and food, leading to long lines for groceries where available. Venezuela has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, with Venezuelan major leaguers, prospects and their families having become victims of kidnappings and murders. American scouts have reduced their travel to Venezuela—some have stopped going altogether—and most take precautions not to travel at night or drive through remote areas when they do go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2016 at 05:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings, venezuela

Pakistan’s National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist

Pakistan was mercy-ruled during the first game of the tournament Thursday afternoon after Brazil went up 10-0 in the 7th inning. They were mercy-ruled again Friday night, losing 14-0 to Great Britain after the 7th inning.

It was the outcome expected by all. The night before the game against Brazil, at the downtown Brooklyn Marriott where the teams were lodged, Team Pakistan’s manager Syed Fakhar Ali Shah told me, “Obviously we know what the result is gonna be, but we are not mentioning it to the players. We are not mentioning it because we want to give them a good heart. We want them to fight like tigers.”

Baseball came to Pakistan in 1992, when Syed Khawar Shah—then secretary of the sports board in Punjab, the nation’s most populous province—learned that baseball would be an Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, and decided the sport should be introduced to Pakistan.

Pakistan’s sports culture is largely centered around cricket, another bat-and-ball sport that was implemented during British colonial rule. Shah used his connections to receive used equipment from the United States, and received VHS tapes of major-league games to study.

Then he had to figure out how the game was played.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2016 at 05:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, pakistan, world baseball classic

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