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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Omnichatter 08-28-2016

Not your mother’s Omnichatter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter


How model for Yankees’ vision shows lightning-rebuild hope | New York Post

OK, they both traded for prospects. Other than that, where is the similarity?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, tigers, yankees

2017 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings - MLB Trade Rumors

Tim Dierkes’ free agent power rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

An Appreciation: Carlos Ruiz, the most popular person of the Phillies’ golden era | PhillyVoice

Read the article for the explanation.

But Carlos Ruiz, another important homegrown stalwart from the core that helped the Phillies win a world championship, two National League pennants, and five division crowns, was arguably the most popular person during that era.

Maybe that doesn’t make any sense when you read it. Maybe it does.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos ruiz, dodgers, phillies

Ortiz: Reyes’ father shares moment with his son | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

I bet this is something a lot of us can identify with, even if we aren’t major league players.

“My dad has always given me support and always gone to my games since I was a little kid,” Reyes said. “It’s dedication. He wants to come see me pitch. I’m happy to have a father like that. He’s always out there looking for when I’m pitching and when I’m not. It was fun having him here today.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Goold: Cardinals choose to share ‘C’ | stltoday.com

What’s the point of anointing a Captain?

Moore and Boyer were the third and fourth official team captains, respectively, following Pepper Martin and Leo Durocher, according to club history. In the modern era that singular role has been replaced by a different “C,” a leadership core. A few times during his tenure Matheny has been asked about naming a team captain or even awarding a “C,” and he has declined, saying leadership shouldn’t be consolidated.

Save the stitches. Share the responsibility.

“To me, if you have a one-legged stool you’re going to be pretty unstable,” Matheny said Friday as his team took batting practice. “It’s nice to have three. If you can have four or more the more stable you’ll be. I figured it’s semantics. Captain. Leader. Ace. It’s the same thing and every good team is going to have a certain group of guys. An ace like Adam Wainwright, or your Matt Holliday, a field general like Yadier Molina, any one of them or all of them you could throw a ‘C’ on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

MLB ambassador Billy Bean spreads inclusion message

Billy Bean, who works for the commissioner’s office as its inclusion ambassador, isn’t counting the days until that watershed moment is achieved.

“That would be a lot to handle for a player while he’s playing,” said Bean, who came out after completing a six-year career as a big-league outfielder. “I feel confident that if a guy was just a great teammate and great player, that conversation could still be held in a clubhouse. It wouldn’t have to be public. That’s a great place to aspire to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: social issues

MLB’s Statcast creates new era of data and competition | SI.com

Following up on earlier article from this week, one way for a team to differentiate itself right now is finding the best way to handle missing data.

If you are interested in sabermetrics, read this article.

Every MLB organization now has an analytics team in place to try to figure out what to do with all the data that comes from 2,430 games—roughly 750,000 pitches—a season. The 30 teams are using the data in 30 different ways, but they do all share this: an unwillingness to talk about what it is they are doing with it.

“It’s an arms race, with all the different areas to explore. As teams find benefits they’re gaining a competitive advantage that they want to hold very close,” says Greg Cain, BAM’s senior director of sports data. “It even colors how we receive requests for information from clubs. A lot of times we’ll get a long list to kind of hide what they’re looking for.”

The challenge is to know what to look for. “It’s so massive, it’s just about asking the right questions,” says Willman. “As far as the answers: The answers are all there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Strained relations? Irate Hammel not happy with Maddon | Chicago Sun-Times

Want to say on the mound longer? Pitch better.

He was visibly angry when Maddon approached the mound to remove him, sought answers during a closed-door meeting with the manager after the game and didn’t hide his irritation talking to media afterward.

“I didn’t even pitch today in my mind. I barely threw 40 pitches,” said Hammel, who actually threw 39, and kept his postgame answers to even fewer syllables. “It was a side day for me pretty much.”

As recently as Friday, Maddon was asked about the future of his rotation in the context of the team putting newcomer Mike Montgomery in the mix for next year and understanding all five starters from this year would be back – if the Cubs pick up Hammel’s option.

Maddon deferred to the front office.

But it’s becoming clear where Hammel stands in the Cubs’ plans beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason hammel

Padres claim Oswaldo Arcia, option Kivlehan | padres.com

Smart pickup for a bad team. He’s worth a flier.

The whirlwind season continues for Oswaldo Arcia. The Padres claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Marlins on Saturday and optioned infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to Triple-A El Paso. In addition, the club also transferred outfielder Jon Jay to the 60-day disabled list.

Arcia, 25, was designated for assignment by Miami on Thursday. This is the fourth Major League team for Arcia this season. He had played a total of 55 games in 2016 for Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Miami, hitting .226 (36-for-159) with six homers, six doubles, one triple, 19 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oswaldo arcia, padres

Ozzie Albies might not get September callup | braves.com

If there is a real debate, the answer should be no.

Braves executives will meet with the coaching staff within the next few days to discuss which players will be added when the active roster can expand beyond 25 players in September. Ozzie Albies stands as the most intriguing candidate, but there is no guarantee the highly regarded prospect will end this season at the big league level.

Dating back to the start of Spring Training, there has been an assumption the Braves would spend at least a portion of this season allowing Albies and Dansby Swanson to get a taste of the big leagues together and prepare to open the 2017 season as Atlanta’s double-play tandem.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozzie albies

It’s time the owner takes some blame for the disappointing Diamondbacks | FOX Sports

The instability starts at the top.

Process and evaluation matter greatly in today’s game, particularly with so much money at stake. Yet, the act that defined the D-backs’ occasional penchant for rash decision-making – the signing of Greinke as a $206.5 million free agent – was authored not by La Russa or Stewart, but by Kendrick.
...
So now what? The dismissals of La Russa and Stewart would amount to another abrupt turn, even if Kendrick determines that the moves are justified. Again: Kendrick is the owner; he can do whatever he wants. I’d just like to hear him explain how he is going to make the D-backs to a more efficient, coherent organization.

Starting at the top.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Pirates’ Gerrit Cole will miss Monday start | MLB.com

This isn’t good.

Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday in Chicago in order to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced after Saturday’s 9-6 win over the Brewers.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, injuries, pirates

Dustin Pedroia’s AB hit streak ends at 11 | MLB.com

The Laser Show is fully operational.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Sunday Notes: Jessica Mendoza, Stubby Clapp, Strahm, McGuire, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sanchez Fastest In MLB History To 11 HRs

Another day, another Gary Sanchez HR:

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez enjoyed his first career curtain call after becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on Saturday in the Yankees’ 13-5 win against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez connected for an opposite-field blast off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning, clearing the wall in right-center field and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead at the time.
.  .  .
Sanchez’s 11 home runs in August are the most hit in a month by a Major League rookie since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun also hit 11 homers in July 2007. They’re the most by an American League rookie since Mark McGwire hit 15 for the Athletics in May 1987.

Sanchez has scored 18 runs with seven doubles and 21 RBIs, and those 21 RBIs through 23 games are tied with Hideki Matsui for the second most in Yankees history, trailing only Joe DiMaggio (25). Since 1913, Sanchez’s 32 hits are the second most by a Yankee through 23 career games; DiMaggio had 42 in 1936.

Can’t wait for the kid to get a little more experience and really hit his stride.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, gary sanchez, home runs, new york yankees, phenoms, rookies

Bochy’s extension sets managerial pay record

Bruce Bochy’s three-year extension with the San Francisco Giants was announced in April of 2015 without a salary given, as so often happens these days, when teams prefer to keep secret the salaries and in some cases even terms of their top baseball people.

But it has been learned Bochy’s extension actually set a managerial pay record, as he became a $6-million-a-year man on the new three-year deal.

The Giants may consider it a five-year deal since he had two years to go when they added three years. But it’s technically a three-year extension, so he is the new per-year leader. Bochy, making $4.5 million this year, will make $6 million each year from 2017 through 2019, not that anyone should think he isn’t worth it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Omnichatter 8-27-16

Ain’t no party like an OMNICHATTER party!

Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: August 27, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

The Diamondbacks’ flexible philosophies

““So what’s next for the Diamondbacks? The owner and the CEO are the same. Will they stay old school? Will they go outside-the-box? Will they hire someone who’s got a series of impressive degrees and worked in a baseball front office? Will they go purely sabermetric? Or will they stay where they are and augment La Russa with someone he knows and trusts, like Walt Jocketty?

Any guesses about their future might be accurate because the Diamondbacks have tried just about everything. There’s no reason to believe they’ll make any alterations to that haphazard arrangement now and, judging by their somewhat bizarre history, it’s liable to work.”“

shoewizard Posted: August 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, general managers, ownership

2016 NFL thread

A place for those who would pollute the college football threads.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 27, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: football, nfl, off-topic

Hardly a Hard Day’s Night for the Cubs on Beatles Night at Dodger Stadium - Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon and David Ross visited Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully in his TV booth before Friday’s game to wish him well and give him some going away gifts.

Among the presents was the numbers 6 and 7 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard, and a variety of T-shirts from the vintage Maddon collection, including the ubiquitous “Try Not To Suck” T.

Was Maddon hoping the legendary Scully would say “try not to suck” on the air for perhaps the first time in his career?

“It would definitely put a spike in the sales,” Maddon said.

After thinking about it for a second, Maddon decided such language was “not in (Scully’s) bailiwick.”

No matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, joe maddon, vin scully

Mariners option outfielder Norichika Aoki | MLB.com

While his teammates celebrated Friday’s 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Friday night, veteran left fielder Norichika Aoki quietly dealt with Mariners officials and then made some phone calls after being informed he was being optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma.

Aoki will be one of several roster moves announced by the Mariners on Saturday as they look to shore up a bullpen that was already running a man short and now is dealing with a sore back by Tom Wilhelmsen as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, norichika aoki

The San Diego Chicken Heads Into a Sunset

Erin Blank, the owner of Keystone Mascots and a former Detroit Tigers and Washington Capitals mascot, added, “We wouldn’t be doing what we do today if it wasn’t for him.”

Giannoulas’s business model was always to go where a laugh was appreciated. For years, he pursued them relentlessly, spending up to 260 days on the road.

These days, thanks to the unpredictability of travel and a desire to enjoy life in San Diego, Giannoulas stays still — or what, for him, passes for still. He hit 11 ballparks in July and August.
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He looks uncertainly to the future, unsure about appointing a successor or retiring the character that has been his alone for decades. But he does know one thing.

“It’s not the end,” he said before the tour, “but I can see it from here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, san diego chicken

Gyorko continues his surge to aid Weaver’s win | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

22 homers in 316 PA.

“When you’re out there trying to get your first win and you get a couple of runs early, it maybe settles you down a little,” Gyorko said. “And he definitely got in a groove and was pounding the strike zone. I got a pitch I was kind of looking for. I was looking for that changeup and I put a good swing on it.”

After wrapping up the previous night’s loss with a solo homer in the ninth inning, Gyorko put a jolt into his 22nd of the season, driving it 423 feet onto the grass in center.

It left him one short of his career high of 23 homers, which he hit during his rookie season in 2013 in San Diego. Those came in 486 at-bats. Gyorko’s 22 this season have come in 289 at-bats and he is now a regular in the lineup, the only question being which infield spot he’ll occupy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jedd gyorko

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