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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Omnichatter

Just trying to see if I can get this started.

cardsfanboy Posted: June 30, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Clayton Kershaw placed on DL

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural shot in his lower back and will go on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.

Kershaw had his second-worst outing of the season Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up four runs on nine hits. A day later, as the Dodgers finished a four-game series in Pittsburgh, he was being examined in Los Angeles for what was then labeled as minor back discomfort.

Hopefully, it’s not a huge deal. In other news, the Dodgers have traded for Bud Norris, who’ll start in place of Kershaw until he returns.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:31 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Report: Marlins trade for Fernando Rodney

The Miami Marlins have been a somewhat surprising contender this season, and now, they are trying to improve their chances. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post,  the Marlins have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire reliever Fernando Rodney.

The 39-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28.2 innings of work. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and boasts a minuscule 0.872 WHIP. Rodney strengthens what is an already solid Miami bullpen that features power arms such as A.J. Ramos, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando rodney, marlins, trade

Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from Braves

The Dodgers have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports two minor-leaguers will go to Atlanta in the deal.

Norris, 31, will provide immediate starting depth for a Dodgers’ rotation that has dealt with injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson so far this season. He has posted a 2.15 ERA over his last five starts, becoming a viable trade chip for a rebuilding Atlanta squad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bud norris, dodgers, trade

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof suffers serious eye injury, has surgery

Awful news.

A Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher suffered a potentially career-threatening eye injury in a freak training accident in the Class A Florida State League late last week, his agent confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.

Clearwater Threshers pitcher Matt Imhof, the Phillies’ second-round pick in the 2014 MLB first-year player draft, suffered a “significant injury to his right eye’’ during postgame arm care band work, agent Adam Karon said.

Imhof, 22, was taking part in a routine stretching regimen after a game at Brevard County when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and he was struck in the right eye, a baseball source told ESPN.com. Imhof has undergone surgery and is likely to need further procedures, the source said.

Imhof, a 6-foot, 5-inch left-hander out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, received a signing bonus of $1,187,900 from the Phillies as the 47th overall pick in 2014.


Congress and MLB are working together to screw minor leaguers

The way MLB treats minor leaguers is bad enough without Congress expressly enabling them. Fortunately, despite the headline, this is only a bill submitted in the House, and one of the Representatives introducing the bill has already withdrawn her support (due to overwhelming negative reaction).

Hank G. Posted: June 30, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Firing Farrell Will Satisfy Bloodlust, Fix Nothing

I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again—Farrell may be part of the problem, but he’s certainly not the reason the floundering Red Sox are suddenly in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. And firing him would let his players off the hook when they don’t deserve it.

No manager is blameless when his team plays .385 ball for a month, but Farrell’s sliver of blame pie could barely feed a waif compared to the 1,600-calorie slab that is his roster.

A new manager won’t magically fix David Price’s 4.74 ERA or propensity for allowing deafening contact. A new manager won’t reach October with the bottom two-thirds of the rotation pitching like John Wasdin. A new manager can’t win with a Triple-A bench or Marco Hernandez, Deven Marrero and Ryan LaMarre getting key at-bats because there’s nowhere else to turn.

Farrell’s not the reason Koji Uehara hangs half his splitters, and he’s not the reason Craig Kimbrel keeps triggering heart attacks. He’s not why Clay Buchholz can’t get out of his own way, Jackie Bradley hasn’t hit in a month, or Travis Shaw once again resides below sea level.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Willson Contreras won’t be Kyle Schwarber 2.0 - Beyond the Box Score

Contreras may not have the impact Schwarber had in 2015 as an all-around offensive force, but defense considered, the Cubs have essentially replaced Schwarber with a slightly different version of himself. It’s just that this version trends toward contact and more advanced defense behind the plate, with the same versatility options the Cubs and Maddon love to have available.

The question moving forward for the rookie backstop is whether his bat will keep him in the lineup when he’s not catching, or if his eventual regression lands him in a platoon role with David Ross and Miguel Montero. Looking at rest of the season projections, the case trends more toward a platoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, willson contreras

New ‘sub-max’ training technique aids Gerrit Cole’s rehabilitation from triceps injury | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Very strong praise.

Pitching coach Ray Searage already swears by the rehabilitation program. He called Tomczyk “a ... genius” for implementing it. The problem in typical rehab, Searage said, is pitchers rely on long toss, stretching out to 150 feet or more, and they can pick up bad habits that way.

Searage said sub-max was “an epiphany.” If Cole throws at 75 percent intensity from 90 feet, using the same delivery he would use on the mound, his mechanics stay sound — his release point isn’t altered by tilting back and throwing deep in long toss — and he’s not breaking down his arm.

“I’m telling you, I’m all in on this,” an animated Searage said Sunday. “You’re building up the volume at those increments, but not to the point where you’re breaking them down. ...

“I’m telling you, this is major. This is major. We could do this with the young kids that just came over from high school or college that want to impress everybody and throw the crap out of the ball. Have a guy back there saying, ‘Uh uh, back it off.’ “

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, injuries, pirates

The Sonoma Stompers are set to make more history by signing two women to their roster | MLB.com

Only one question really matters to me, are they good enough to compete? If they aren’t, it’s just another stunt.

“This isn’t a one-day event. That’s been done a dozen times. Let’s give women a chance to be part of a team, let’s give women a chance to play against men. What will they learn? What have they not been coached because they haven’t had the same coaching as boys? I remember being really disappointed with my sister’s coaches because they coached the girls a lot different than how I was coached.”
...
“Both of these girls are on the roster,” Fightmaster said. “They’re gonna play however much they earn. They are not gonna be in the starting lineup every night so we can sell more tickets. It’s a big game on July 1 and they’ll both be in the lineup and after that we’ll see what their performance dictates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions

Lennon: Jose Reyes may be too little, too late for Mets

Anyone claiming the ‪#‎Mets‬ goofed by not re-signing Murph is blindly assuming that the Wilpons had enough $ for both him and Yoenis.

It’s just imperfect timing for a seriously flawed team. Terry Collins has clung to the Reyes’ dream like a drowning man to a life preserver, but more and more, this is beyond one player sprinting to the rescue.

Not Lucas Duda, who should be ready for the Tour de France after all this time spent on the stationary bike. Not Yulieski Gourriel, the Cuban star still jet-setting to more major-league auditions. Not Michael Conforto, currently working on his swing and confidence out at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Know who might have helped? Daniel Murphy, if the Mets had chosen a different offseason strategy. We realize it’s a low blow to regurgitate that all over again. But what Murphy has done to his former team this season — while batting cleanup for the Mets’ biggest rival — is getting ridiculous.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, jose reyes, mets

The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday.

The Associated Press, which did not previously publish minor league game stories, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper of the minor leagues:

Automated game stories are now available for all Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, covering 142 MLB-affiliated teams and 13 leagues. The stories also will appear on MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League Baseball, and the official sites of the teams being covered.

The Associated Press has been using automated writing in some form since July 2014, when it began using technology from Automated Insights to produce earnings report stories. The AP now uses automation to produce more than 3,500 earnings reports stories about U.S. companies every quarter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, minor leagues

It’s Time for the Sabermetric Revolution to be Televised – The Hardball Times

As long as most sabermetricians aren’t on camera we should be good. Otherwise, things might get ugly.

Ahh, no offense. :P

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:03 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 30, 1916:

So thoroughly incensed has Ty Cobb become as a result of the outrageous abuse to which he was subjected by [St. Louis] fans during the series just closed that he intends to bring the matter officially to the attention of President Johnson of the American league.

Johnson, it will be remembered, promised at the time of the Tigers’ famous strike four years ago that the ball players would be protected from personal abuse.
...
This promise is not being kept, for Cobb was called every vile name that the bleacherites could think of all through the series.

I don’t really heckle athletes, but I’m certain that if I read this in 1916, I would go out of my way to mock Cobb incessantly every time he came to my town.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb, whining

Resurgent Matt Moore could help Rays here or as trade chip | Tampa Bay Times

And he pitched well enough to ignite a trade market that the Rays would benefit from warming as a third choice to a $7.5 million option and a $2.5 million buyout for next season, with the Rangers already hot on Moore’s trail and three-four others expected to join the pursuit.

“He’s a top-of-the-rotation guy,” said good buddy Alex Cobb, who is nearing the end of his own TJ rehab. “He showed that before he got hurt, and it took him a little while to get back. But it seems like he’s back to being the All-Star Matt Moore.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

Congress members introduce act to limit minor league wages

Kentucky congressman Brett Guthrie and Illinois congresswoman Cheri Bustos have introduced a new act to the House of Representatives to limit the salaries of minor league baseball players.

The “Save America’s Pastime Act” act comes in response to a push for minor-league players to make more money and a lawsuit arguing that federal overtime laws should apply to players.

If the bill is passed, minor league players would not be protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Minor League Baseball announced its “full support” of the act on Wednesday.

Bill text here.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: labor, legislation, minor leagues, wages

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 | 25 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 | 33 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 | 21 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 | 71 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

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