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Monday, August 14, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Rangers voting thread

So, we’re down to four.

The overwhelming choice in the nominees was some kind of return to the original name for the Rangers joint, though opinion seemed divided on the full name or the half-measure. So, we’re leaving both options available.

Choose between any of the four selections. However, if you prefer Choice A), then please follow it up with 1) the naked version or 2) the full throw-back to the Ballpark in Arlington.

For those who don’t like either of these options, you’d probably better head to the still-open nominating thread to coalesce behind a single alternative among the expected also-rans.

A) The Ballpark
    1) The Ballpark (by itself)
    2) The Ballpark in Arlington
B) Lone Star Stadium
C) The Stockade
D) Vandergriff Park

Voting will be open until this time next Monday, at which point we’ll announce the BTF choice, then throw out our third team.

SoSH U at work Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium names

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 22, 1917:

If dreams come true Outfielder Harry Wolter will pitch a game for the Chicago Cubs before the season comes to a close.
...
While taking his nap [Cubs manager Fred Mitchell] dreamed Wolter was pitching a game for him against the Giants at the Polo Grounds and that the score was 0 to 0 in the fifteenth inning. How the contest came out Mitchell never will know for he woke up before it finished, but with a hunch, and that was to pitch Wolter in one of the contests on this trip.

...Wolter has been asking for a chance to twirl for several weeks, since it became apparent that the Cubs required another left handed pitcher.

Wolter never did get to pitch for the Cubs, but it wouldn’t have been completely crazy. He originally came up as a pitcher and was converted to the outfield.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2017 at 10:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Who Was George Wright? – Our Game

A guy with a very bad haircut is only part of the story.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: george wright, history

Mets’ Steven Matz goes on disabled list | MLB.com

“It’s tough,” Matz said. “But I talked to some guys who have had this procedure done before, and they came back feeling good and it solved their problems. I’m happy that there’s an answer to it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

How much is Tanaka worth? MLB execs weigh in on $67M mystery | New York Post

A second high-ranking official of a second big-market club offered this anonymous wisdom: “I suspect Tanaka, with only three years [left], may look to get more, but I think a bigger factor is how much he likes playing there. It’s hard for me to see him opting out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mashahiro tanaka, yankees

OTP 22 August 2017: The myth of baseball’s depoliticalization

The cornerstone of a democratic republic is civic engagement in service of civic virtue, to be aware of fellow citizens’ struggles and to doggedly fight injustice and oppression. In today’s America, much of this engagement is missing, and it is viewed less as a responsibility held by every citizen than the task of few professional groups. But when it comes to Nazism, it should be the duty of every person, doubly so for white people, to vociferously denounce the individuals and the ideals themselves, to stamp them down in every area of society. The silence of white MLB players is thus telling of the way baseball players in the past have interacted with politics and its relationship to the larger degradation of American democracy.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 22, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

The totality of Rafael Devers, who is eclipsing everything thought possible

Devers won’t be able to sustain his current play forever. (His .377 BAbip would rank him 3rd all time.) Nevertheless, he looks like a great young player who has great bat-to-ball skills and an ability to make adjustments. I am looking forward to watching his career.

For reference, he’s the top 30 in BAbip (minimum 1000 PA):

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rafael devers, red sox

MLB Central: Cat and Mouse Game | MLB.com (VIDEO)

Smoltz talks about the ability of Miguel Cabrera to make adjustments and the inability of Reggie Sanders to do the same. (Neither of them had a lot of success vs. Smoltz. Click the links.) This is a very interesting part of the game. It’s an area of the game that players and coaches know about but, to this point and to my knowledge, there are no metrics to quantify the ability of players to make adjustments. With Statcast equipment getting added to more and more minor league parks, I would think better quantifying this ability would give a team a slight advantage when making moves or advancing players. Don’t get me wrong, I know teams already make note of this ability. I’m talking about more systematically examining the ability of all players using big data.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: video

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colon becomes third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams

Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon became the third active MLB pitcher to beat all 30 teams with a 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

“It means a lot to my career,” Colon said through a translator after matching the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cubs’ John Lackey, who accomplished the feat last season. “Now, I haven’t won in two stadiums, so that’s the next goal.”

Chris Fluit Posted: August 21, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, diamondbacks, john lackey, max scherzer, twins


Future Phillies Report: J.P. Crawford makes more sense at 3B than Scott Kingery | CSN Philly

Some info on the Phillies prospects. I thought Crawford’s defense was above-average at short?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Can Scouts and Statcast Coexist? | FanGraphs Baseball

Yes, still beating this dead topic. At least there is a new spin.

“I think context on a personal level,” Daniels said. “I think in general, when we talk about evaluating players, that is the piece [missing]… You’re not there everyday. And that includes myself… That’s becoming more and more the skill of the scouts; their top responsibility is to identify that context. Identify that personal piece… that is an element you cannot access unless you are on the ground. The best scouts are able to fill in that blank.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2017

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, August 21, 1917:

The American Giants’ baseball team, of Chicago, Ill., have been matched by Jack Roden to meet the two leading negro baseball clubs of this section the latter part of this month.
...
The Chicago team is recognized as the negro champions of the West and will meet the Bacharach Giants, of Atlantic City, the eastern champions, in a two-game series for the negro championship of the country, on August 29 and 30.

That would have been an amazing series to watch. John Henry Lloyd, Bruce Petway, Dick Redding, Rube Foster, Pete Hill, Bingo DeMoss, Dick Lundy, and Bill Pettus in one place at the same time. Goodness.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Taking Back the Ballparks - San Diego Padres

Part 3: San Diego Padres
Ooh, It’s the new Petco Thread.
The Padres have an interesting history, in the fact they have so little of it. Other than Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, it’s a franchise short on long-time Pads. Eric Show, he of the John Birch Society membership, Pete Rose’s Ty-breaking hit and a drug-related demise, remains the club’s all-time win leader, and its retired numbers list includes a famous, and widely loathed, Dodger.
The ballpark, by most accounts, is among the league’s best. It replaced a stadium once named for a sportswriter, which was a nice feature for this former member of the frat. Oddly, it was the original park that underwent multiple name changes, from San Diego to Jack Murphy to Qualcomm, and for one night in December 2011, Snapdragon Stadium. However, that was when the building’s sole tenant was the now-departed Chargers.
Petco is the only name the new place has ever owned. Will inertia be enough to keep it?
Perhaps Robinred could come out of hibernation to help us out here. Eh, we’ll probably just get a Gambling Rent return.

Ballpark History

Built: 2004
Capacity: 40,209
Name: Petco Park (2004-present)
Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Qualcomm (San Diego, Jack Murphy) Stadium 1967-2003. 
Distinctive Features: The Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner; a ship’s whistle from the USS Ronald Reagan sounds upon a Padre homer or victory; it’s located in San Diego for crying out loud. What else do you need?

Ballpark Highlights:
Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs played the first game in the park, setting an NCAA attendance record.
Japan defeated Cuba to win the first World Baseball Classic title here in 2006.
In 2007, Barry Bonds homered off Clay Hensley to tie Hank Aaron’s record for career dingers. 
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum threw the park’s first no-hitter against the Padres in 2013. When he repeated the feat the following year at China Basin, he became the first pitcher to no-hit the same team twice since Addie Joss.
Once a year, the Padres don the sport’s worst uniforms, saluting the strong naval presence in the city by dressing as if they’re in the army.

Edit

And, by Dag’s request: the winner of the most recent naming competition: Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington.

SoSH U at work Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium names

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

According to my information, Sano’s weight has gradually risen all season and is now well above 260 pounds, which is the number listed on the Twins roster. He might be 20 to 25 pounds heavier than that.

Sano is 24 and until this week he had not suffered any injuries related to his bulk, but even his strength and assorted other athletic gifts will not allow him to be the player he should be if he isn’t careful.

Pablo Sandoval comes to mind. The two-time All-Star third baseman failed to control his weight, and it has severely damaged a promising career. And for all of his talent and accomplishments, Sano has not yet put together a full, outstanding big-league season.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diet, disabled list, fat, food, sano, twins

Justin Verlander’s domination of Dodgers looked like an Astros audition | ESPN

“I went out there against the best team in baseball, and this morning I just kind of told myself I was going to take a playoff type of intensity out there and not let these guys sweep us,” Verlander said.

“It’s impossible to really create a playoff atmosphere without being in the playoffs, but I tried my best to do that and use that much more focus and intensity on every pitch.”

It’s almost as if he took out a full-page ad in a Houston paper saying, “This is Justin Verlander dialed up to postseason intensity.”

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:18 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, verlander

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Giants eliminated in NL West with loss to Phillies, race is on to draft first

We have our first division race casualty of 2017.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

YES: Epic Don La Greca Rant

Responding to a caller blaming Girardi for not pinch hitting for Judge in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Mets. (Seriously.)

You’re a clown, Steve. I’m tired of the clown show! Tired of it! You’ve got a playoff team. You’ve got a team that’s won three in a row and you’re miserable because you love being miserable. Because that’s what you’re about. You’re a clown, Steve. I’m tired of it! I’m tired of you wasting our time on the air with your clown shoe garbage! Tired of it.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, rants, talk radio, yes network

CC Sabathia went from lowest low to highest high in two weeks | New York Post

From retirement to rescue, all in a 12-day span for CC Sabathia.

If it didn’t quite match Homer Simpson going through the five stages of grief in less than 60 seconds (Season 2, when he eats the poison blowfish), well … that was make-believe. This actually happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Sunday Notes: Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield is Playing to Win | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Jake Arrieta is pitching like an ace again — just in time for free agency - Chicago Tribune

“We’re just trying to win this division, that’s what we’re focused on,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said Friday when asked about Arrieta’s future. “Offseason stuff, we’ll deal with it when the time comes. Nothing has been determined, and that story is not written yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Charlie Morton’s secret to pitching: throw harder - Beyond the Box Score

Morton hasn’t always been a hard-throwing righty, either. His average velocity on both his four-seam fastball and his two-seam fastball (or sinker) are at career-highs this year, at 96.0 mph and 95.4 mph, respectively. Morton touched 99.1 mph with the two-seamer earlier this year. “Charlie Morton can throw 99 mph” is not a sentence I expected to write when beginning this piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, charlie morton

Jeffrey Loria has ‘no sad feelings whatsoever’ about selling the Marlins - Sun Sentinel

Marlins fans share his sentiments. Without all the cash, though.

“I have no sad feelings whatsoever,” Loria said. “I love this game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

MLB umpire protest: Umps unlikely to get sympathy from fans | SI.com

She’s got that right.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

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