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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Minor league teams & managers brawl in front of hundreds of kids

This basebrawl, which went down between the Reds’ and Marlins’ single-A affiliates last week (with video only emerging yesterday), is already an excellent one: Roundhouse punches everywhere, coaches and managers raining blows on each other, total chaos. It’s made even better for having taken place on Camp Day, thrilling all the children in attendance.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinati reds, miami marlins

Outfielder Michael Brantley confident he can still help Cleveland Indians this season | cleveland.com

The optimism hasn’t matched reality so far.

Brantley has played only 11 games this season because of lingering pain from November surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He says a procedure he underwent late last week to break up scar tissue in the front of his right shoulder has helped.

“The latest procedure went well,” Brantley told reporters Tuesday before the Indians opened a two-game series against Washington. “It was pretty quick and easy. I have felt relief from it.

“I’ve had a couple of good days of hitting. Everything has gone well so far.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Reyes pulled from Memphis start; available, if needed, for MLB debut | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

The way the Cardinals have it planned, lefty Tyler Lyons will likely start Saturday’s game in Miami, but since little has gone as planned for the past week they wanted to make sure they had another, viable, even intriguing option.

Enter Alex Reyes.

The Cardinals’ top prospect was pulled from his start Tuesday night for Class AAA Memphis after three innings and 57 pitches. The reason given for the quick removal from the game was “insurance,” according to an official. The Cardinals didn’t want Reyes to throw a standard start and not be available if needed for Saturday. The righthander with the 100-mph fastball is being considered for that start, and his major-league debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Politician Who Cooked Up Horrid Braves Stadium Deal Gets Voted Out Of Office

If torches and pitchforks were socially acceptable…

As chairman of Cobb County, Tim Lee helped oversee the deal that put Cobb County taxpayers on the hook for almost half a billion dollars to finance the Braves’ new stadium. Not only has the new traffic nightmare of a ball park depleted the county’s public parks fund and ushered in a new wave of sinister legislation, residents never even got to vote on it or voice dissent at county meetings. Lee made the case that he needed to push the deal through in secret, because the Braves needed to adhere to a tight timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, braves

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor leaguers — including the Cubs’ top-rated prospect Gleyber Torres — on Monday, general manager Brian Cashman said Warren’s inclusion in the trade “was an important selling point for Hal Steinbrenner’s consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Why Yankees believe in Adam Warren as bullpen cure | New York Post

This trade was really a no-brainer for the Yankees.

If the Yankees own a late-inning lead on Wednesday night, you can bank on Adam Warren returning to the club’s late-inning mix in a more high-profile manner. Once a low-key, drafted and developed treasure, he now becomes both a crucial bullpen piece to a long-shot playoff bid and a symbol of Yankees ownership’s refusal to wave the white flag.

When the Yankees announced their trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Warren and three minor leaguers — including the Cubs’ top-rated prospect Gleyber Torres — on Monday, general manager Brian Cashman said Warren’s inclusion in the trade “was an important selling point for Hal Steinbrenner’s consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 27, 1916:

RED SOX PITCHER, ACCUSED OF USING BEANBALL, SAYS NO HURLER DELIBERATELY TRIES TO HIT AN OPPONENT

“The beanball will always be a part of the game,” said [Carl] Mays, who has punctured five men this season. “I don’t believe there’s a pitcher in any league in the country who ever deliberately tried to hit a batsman. No man’s arm is as true as a rifle.”
...
“Some [batters] ‘choke up’ to within two inches of the plate instead of sticking within the six-inch boundary prescribed by the rules of the game.”

“Naturally the pitchers who try to keep the ball high and inside on these, or any other batters are liable to hit men when they put a lot of stuff on the ball.”

There’s an accompanying photo with this article, with a caption that reads in part, “Below, Carl Mays, of world’s champion Red Sox, center of latest campaign on deadly pitch.”

Four years and three weeks later, Mays would again be the center of unwanted attention over a beanball.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, carl mays, dugout, history

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors | MLB.com

Rumors galore.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade value

Rangers recall top prospect Joey Gallo | MLB.com

Will he make enough contact to take advantage of all that power?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

OMNICHATTER 7-27-16

Keep OMNICHATTER out of the Olympics. Mainly because OMNICHATTER isn’t a sport. Heck, it’s not even a real word.

Gamingboy Posted: July 27, 2016 at 12:30 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Keep baseball out of the Olympics (and softball too)

Baseball doesn’t need to come back to the Olympics. No one missed it and the only people initially mad about its removal seemed reflexively so, as if stung by the initial insult before realizing the insignificance of such a move. There was no uproar when it was taken out. Wrestling, the ultimate niche sport, practically revolted when it initially was removed from the Olympic program and fought hard to maintain its status. Baseball and softball left with a few sad quotes from players and managers.

As if to prove the point that few cared, Major League Baseball began a World Baseball Classic in the wake of the Olympic removal. It actually featured Major League players, unlike the Olympics (MLB players won’t be playing in 2020 or, probably, ever). The Games have always used low-tier prospects, and even with the star power nobody cared beyond the rubbernecking of the inaugural event. After that, the WBC was relegated to “oh, that’s going on now?” status whenever it happened and was (briefly) covered on TV, newspapers or the internet. If you can name anything that happened at the last WBC, it probably happened to you. If you can name the last year the WBC was held, it’s because of the law of probability.

If people couldn’t even care about a stand-alone, international baseball tournament with the best players, why would they care about a baseball tournament with D-list players held concurrently with competitions in dozens of other sports that actually matter? They won’t. They don’t. Baseball’s summit is the World Series. There is no other.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: olympics

Reflections On A Weekend With The Baseball Gods

What in the name of Ty Cobb was I doing there, you ask? Good question. I was there to humbly accept the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually to someone who’s covered baseball for a long time. But let’s get this straight: The lucky baseball scribe who accepts the award is not “inducted” or “enshrined.” The writer is not a Hall of Famer. That title is reserved for players, managers, and the occasional owner or general manager who has had a seismic impact on the game…

■ Get goosebumps standing next to Juan Marichal at the omelette station in the breakfast room…

■ In mid-afternoon, 48 Hall of Famers, plus retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief Vin Mavaro, Dick Enberg, and I gather in a ballroom, where we wait to be taken to Doubleday Field. Vin and I are nervous because we are going to have to speak. Our speeches are ready in black binders. “Don’t let go of your binder,’’ says Enberg. “Johnny Bench likes to mess with people and hide their speeches.’’ After that, I hold my binder in a vise-like grip.


Schedule, free-agent compensation among issues on the table between MLB, union | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bring back the doubleheader.

Options include shortening the 162-game schedule, which takes place across 183 days, but that step will create pushback from owners who lose home gates and the amount of product they can exhibit when negotiating new TV contracts.

“There are ways to produce more off days in the schedule,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at a meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America at the All-Star Game. “Some of those have very significant economic ramifications that if in fact we were going down those roads, those economic ramifications are going to have to be shared by all of the relevant parties. You want to work less? Usually you get paid less.”

“I don’t agree that there would need to be a discussion about the loss of salary or a rollback of salaries,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told the BBWAA.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Statcast: Bradley Jr. hits 101 | MLB.com

101.1 MPH. You don’t see this every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-26-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 26, 1916:

A fight between Johnny Evers of the [Braves] and Rolla [sic] Zeider of the Chicago team enlivened the game [in Boston yesterday], which Chicago won, 3 to 2, in 11 innings. This was the first home game for Evers since suspended by President Tener. After an argument with Zeider, Evers hit him and punched him with a bat.

According to Dennis Snelling’s book Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, Evers argued with the umpire after a called third strike, Zeider demanded that Evers be ejected, Evers walked towards Zeider menacingly with a bat, Zeider stomped on Evers’s toes, and Evers responded by whacking Zeider on the knee with a bat.

In the crowd that day was a young Moe Howard*, and the world of comedy would never be the same.

(* - this part is not true.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, johnny evers


Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Mike Mayers. | Sports on Earth

What happens when your dream comes true but turns into a nightmare?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, debuts, mike mayers

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Describes His Journey To Baseball’s Top Position - Fortune

You can hear about Manfred in a series of podcasts at the link.

Manfred’s entry to the sport, as he describes it, was a fluke. After doing well on a pension case — “one of the driest areas of law that you can imagine,” Manfred said — he got rewarded with a more compelling baseball assignment, and eventually joined the league as EVP for labor relations and HR in 1998.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners, rob manfred

Angels slugger Albert Pujols racks up RBIs | angels.com

Albert Pujols is bringing the RBI back.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Statcast: Dickerson’s two-run HR | MLB.com

This is a homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Law: Cubs pay a heavy price for Aroldis Chapman, on and off the field - Keith Law Blog- ESPN

Keith Law makes the case for banning players who are involved in domestic violence incidents.

Of course, I’m on record as opposing any team’s decision to acquire and pay a player with a domestic violence incident in his past, especially his recent past. I criticized the Yankees for trading for Chapman in December and expressed my disappointment in the Mets for picking up Jose Reyes and minimizing what he did in describing his own domestic violence incident.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Chris Sale talks about White Sox suspension | MLB.com

I’m sorry. Where was the apology? FYI, Chris all those silly promotions help pay your salary. Grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Blue Jays reportedly deal for Melvin Upton Jr. | MLB.com

What a day for the Padres. Not matter what they get for him, just getting rid of that contract is a wonderful accomplishment.

According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto has agreed to acquire Upton from the Padres for a Class A prospect and the deal could be finalized today. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the deal.

Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres likely would have to cover some of those costs, but exactly how much would depend on the quality of prospect heading the other way.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton, jr.

OMNICHATTER 7-26-16

The “I’m Slipping Lately” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yoo Chang-sik under police investigation for match-fixing

Say it ain’t you, Yoo. Say it ain’t Yoo.

South Korean police say they have investigated a baseball player who confessed to his team about match-fixing.

The investigation of Yoo Chang-sik, a left-handed pitcher for the Kia Tigers, came four days after prosecutors indicted two other players on match-fixing allegations.

According to police, Yoo told investigators Monday that he deliberately allowed walks in the first innings during two games in 2014 when he was playing for the Hanwha Eagles.

Police cited Yoo as saying he took a total of $2,640 in return from a broker.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 05:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, korean league

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