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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LCS OMNICHATTER for October 17, 2017

Dodgers lead the Cubs, 2-0.
Astros lead the Yankees, 2-1.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 17, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 17, 1917:

The Chicago White Sox, winners of the 1917 world series, defeated the New York Giants in an exhibition game yesterday, 6 to 4, before 6,000 soldiers from Camp Mills, at Mineola. The soldiers were members of the 165th United States Infantry, most of them New Yorkers, and of the 149th Artillery, composed of men from Illinois.

The Sox finished off the Giants in six before the two teams played this exhibition for American soldiers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Cubs could really use 2016 Javier Baez right about now - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

Will Almora’s play push Kyle Schwarber out of Chicago? Schwarber really should be a part-time catcher/full-time DH.

“You’re not going to be perfect,” teammate Albert Almora Jr. said. “You’re going to have your week or two that you’re not feeling at your best. I know I went through it. The way he’s handling it, he’s not bringing anybody down. On the contrary, I actually saw—one of the first guys I saw when I looked into the dugout when I hit the home run [in Game 1] was him cheering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

frJohn Manuel - Leaves BA and Joins the Twins Organization

BA loses one of its best prospect gurus.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, twins

Astros’ Lance McCullers will start Game 4 of ALCS - Houston Chronicle

Hinch chose McCullers over Brad Peacock, who had the superior regular season on the whole. Essentially, the Astros are betting on McCullers’ upside. Peacock also has experience out of the bullpen and can be the first pitcher warm if McCullers encounters trouble.
“He’s a really good pitcher,” Hinch said when asked about McCullers. “He’s got really electrifying stuff, some of the best stuff in the big leagues.
“Getting him in a normal routine, normal warmup into the game, big-time breaking ball, the whole league knows it, he’s got a really good fastball. He had a really good bullpen (session) in between his last outing and the next outing (Tuesday).”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: houston, playoffs, yankees

Frazier’s three-run homer | MLB.com (video)

I’ve read some complaints about the homer. It’s happened before. It will happen again. Ballparks matter.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, todd frazier, yankees

ALCS Game 3: The mistake pitch that led to the Aaron Judge of old for one at-bat

Judge had a great all-around game. He did a great job getting to the inside fastball on his homer. It was a good job of hitting.

Finally, in his second at-bat of the night, he got it: 93 mph, high for most but right at his belt, inside but not so far he couldn’t whip around the head of his 35-inch, 33-ounce bat, the kind of pitch that can change a series. And not because the three-run home run Judge topspun into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium had a particularly profound effect on the ultimate outcome of New York’s 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3. It didn’t. In case Judge needed a reminder, though, that this hack-a-thon in which he’d participated over the previous two weeks didn’t render moot his ability to play this game as well as anyone still alive in this postseason, well, this was a push notification that went off at the exact right time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, astros, playoffs, yankees

Cincinnati Reds GM Dick Williams 2017 review 2018 preview

CE: After this past season, how close do you think you guys are compared to 2016 to being the next winning Reds team, and how does that color your offseason plans?

DW: The lesson we’re all collectively learning is the difficulty of putting exact timetables. Some people are coming quicker than we thought and some people are coming slower. It’s really difficult to say when it will all come together. I had a guy run it the other day,  we were the fourth-youngest average age for offensive players this year, and we were the youngest team in baseball for pitchers, average age, for the season. It’s mostly prospects that are driving those young ages. That tells me these next couple years, we will have a very good opportunity to grow into that success.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 05:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, reds

Breaking down Todd Frazier’s ‘cheap’ Yankee Stadium home run from ALCS Game 3

Plenty of folks will grumble about it being a Yankee Stadium cheapie, but it’s worth noting that Frazier’s home run actually did travel a longer distance than the homer Carlos Correa hit in Game 2—and besides, it wasn’t anywhere near being the cheapest hit of the inning:

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 17, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, todd frazier, yankees

With His Bat and His Glove, Aaron Judge Lifts Yankees Past Astros | NYT

The Yankees, who had the best home record in the American League during the regular season, continued to look like a different team at a re-energized Yankee Stadium, where they have won all four games in the postseason. The Astros, who played two airtight games in Houston over the weekend, seemed to feel as uncomfortable in the Bronx as the Minnesota Twins did in the wild-card game and the Cleveland Indians did in the division-series round.

“Our players are used to this field,” said Manager Joe Girardi, who will send Sonny Gray to pitch against the Astros’ starter, Lance McCullers Jr., in Game 4 on Tuesday at 5:08 p.m. “They know how to hit here and our fans — our fans are great. I’m watching them in the first inning in left field and they’re banging on the wall. And I love it.”

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 17, 2017 at 02:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, yankees

Monday, October 16, 2017

EXPANSION COULD TRIGGER REALIGNMENT, LONGER POSTSEASON

There seems to be a building consensus that baseball will soon be headed to a 32-team configuration.

Lol, wut? I thought the consensus was that there were already two too many teams (Athletics, Rays) and that expansion is off the table until those teams find a home, anyway:

One proposal would be to geographically restructure into four divisions, which would create a major reduction in travel, particularly for teams on the East Coast and West Coast, and add to the natural rivalries by not just having them as interleague attractions, but rather a part of the regular divisional battles.

It’s an interesting idea, but one that would mean the end of pitchers hitting (or less likely the end of the DH) and reduce the schedule by 6 games per year.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 16, 2017 at 04:00 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, montreal, portland

ALCS Game 3 OMNICHATTER, for October 16, 2017

Houston leads New York 2-0.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 16, 2017 at 02:31 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Perrotto: Managerial Rumors and Rumblings

Gossip covers the following—

Phillies: Mickey Callaway, Gary DiSarcina, Juan Samuel
Tigers: Fredi Gonzalez, Gabe Kapler
Mets: Robin Ventura, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Bob Geren

fra paolo Posted: October 16, 2017 at 01:29 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mets, phillies, tigers

Joe Maddon calls John Lackey, not Wade Davis | MLB.com

He’ll be well rested for game 3.

“I really just needed him for the save tonight,” Maddon said. “He had limited pitches. It was one inning only, and in these circumstances, you don’t get him up and then don’t get him in. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That’s it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Scandal surrounding the Atlanta Braves is creating more questions | The Telegraph

The allegations include tampering charges, inappropriate conduct with international prospects and the bundling of international signing bonuses. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported this past week the Braves’ breach of rules violations are “unprecedented in scope.”

Sources have told The Telegraph that Major League Baseball continues to be surprised at how many potential violations are being discovered. Numerous calls, from agents, scouts and other teams, have been made to the Major League Baseball office with additional allegations since the news broke of the investigation.

Word is that Coppolella was offered a financial buyout of severance from the Braves and turned it down this past week and that he has hired an attorney with lawsuits possibly coming. I asked several scouts if they had ever heard of a fired executive being offered a severance, especially after being let go for these type allegations. All were amazed that Coppolella would be offered a financial package after being forced to resign.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

OTP 16 October 2017: Sorry, Yankee fans: Trump’s claim that he can ensure victory simply isn’t true

As is sometimes the case with Trump’s tweet’s, his claims don’t hold up. We identified 14 games that Trump has attended since 1988, including two preseason games and the game above. Of those 14 games, the Yankees won eight and lost six — 57 percent of the time during seasons when the Yankees won 60 percent of their games overall.

In other words — Trump might be a jinx.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 16, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 750 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, politics, yankees

Sunday, October 15, 2017

With bat flips and fly balls, Yasiel Puig puts on a swaggering Game 1 show | Plaschke

He ran out of the dugout during introductions with his tongue wagging playfully out of his mouth. He took off his cap to reveal lightning bolts shaved into his haircut.

Then, a couple of hours later, with a bat flip and a chest thump and roars that made Dodger Stadium literally shake, the Yasiel Puig Show officially began.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 15, 2017 at 12:52 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, nlcs, yasiel puig

NLCS Game 2 OMNICHATTER, for October 15, 2017

The Dodgers lead the series 1-0.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 15, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Nick Cafardo: Brian Cashman and the Yankees followed the Red Sox’ blueprint — and may have done it better

“I tried to take what successful franchises like the Red Sox and Indians did and what Theo and Ben and [Indians president of baseball operations] Chris Antonetti were doing and how they handled their young players with their amateur scouting and drafting and building a farm system. I looked at everything,” said Cashman, who has won five championships.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, yankees

Josh Reddick saves Astros with great plays | MLB.com

Gardner, no slouch on the basepaths, ran from home to third base in 11.24 seconds, his third-fastest time this year—just not quite fast enough.

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick discusses his key defense in Game 2, including a leaping catch at the wall and an outfield assist.

“I was just a little out of whack running from second there,” Gardner said. “I still caught the inside of the bag, but I wasn’t able to push off it like I needed to.

“I knew I was out by three or four inches. I slid to the outside of the base and knew it was going to be a close play, but it was a good relay throw.”

In the same way he was stationed for Gardner, Reddick played Headley in the gap, allowing him to take an ideal route to the wall.

“That was an awesome play,” Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez said. “Who knows what was coming after that? He’s one of the best outfielders in the [Majors]. What can I say about our defense? The way we’ve been playing, it’s incredible.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, josh reddick

Charlie Culberson learns of grandmother’s death, then delivers in big way to Dodgers’ win - LA Times

Said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: “I looked at it just like everyone looked at it and, as the rule states, he was in violation.”

The debate hit home for Culberson, who came up with Posey in the Giants’ minor league system. The alternative to the rule, Culberson said, would be to let him run over the catcher in trying to dislodge the ball, with all the injury risk that entails for both parties.

“It’s a run,” Culberson said. “Our lives, and our health, is a little more important.”

Life meant just a little more to Culberson on Saturday. He called the day “bittersweet” and said he had dedicated the game, and the rest of the postseason, to the woman he had fondly called his grandmother.

“I play for my family,” he said. “I played for her today. Choked up a few times today thinking about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Bullpen’s failure, Joe Maddon’s decisions cost Cubs more than play at plate - Chicago Tribune

Maddon spent the rest of the postgame news conference addressing a controversial play that didn’t affect the game as much as the bullpen’s failure, the offense’s ineffectiveness or his own judgment. Relievers Rondon and Mike Montgomery gave up home runs and the Cubs managed four hits, so remember that when declaring how wonderful it was that Maddon made a strong stand against a weak rule.

Umpires ejected Maddon in the sixth inning for arguing after a replay review reversed a call, declaring Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson safe because Willson Contreras broke one of baseball’s most hotly contested rules by sliding his left foot in front of the plate. With the intent of getting tossed, Maddon charged from the dugout immediately.

“I have to stick up for my boys,’’ Maddon said. “I’ve got to stick up for everybody that plays this game.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

MORRISSEY: Jose Quintana stays focused despite long, scary journey | Chicago Sun-Times

This wasn’t the plan.

Or, if the plan was to have the Cubs’ flight diverted because the wife of the next day’s starting pitcher needed medical attention, forcing the plane to sit on the tarmac for five hours in Albuquerque and the pitcher to stay with his wife in New Mexico before flying that night to Los Angeles, then it needs to go on the permanent record of whoever planned this for Jose Quintana.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose quintana

Yankees’ playoff run is already creating new memories for fans - NY Daily News

“I was so high up that night,” a friend of mine from television was saying the other day, talking about that time when the Yankees began to matter again. “But I was there.”

It is part of the beauty of sports, not just baseball. There was a night a few years ago when Jack Nicklaus was talking about people who meet him and want to talk about all the championships that he won in golf, the way we’re talking today about other championships the Yankees have won.

“They want to tell you where they were,” Jack said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Ex-teammate thinks Sanchez has done ‘exceptionally well’ | New York Post

Gary Sanchez’s rough postseason took another bad turn when he botched Didi Gregorius’ throw to the plate in the bottom of the ninth that allowed Jose Altuve to score on Carlos Correa’s double to give the Astros a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Still, Brian McCann, now on the other side of the field with the Astros, said he believes too much has been made of Sanchez’s defensive issues. And Sanchez has performed well for the most part this postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

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