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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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 25, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

ESPN: Mets to demote Conforto, promote Nimmo.

The New York Mets will demote struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to the minors Saturday and promote outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin and multiple reports.

I guess he’s not actually better than Kris Bryant.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Edinson Volquez may have just thrown the worst start of the modern era

Royals starter Edinson Volquez entered Friday night’s appearance against the Astros with a 106 ERA+—meaning, in the simplest terms, he’d been an above-average pitcher on the season when things like his ballpark and the league as a whole were taken under consideration. Volquez then had one of the worst starts in big-league history, thus ensuring that was no longer the case.
Not only was Volquez lifted after recording just three outs—he failed to get anyone out in the second inning—but he yielded 12 runs (11 earned).

It’s worth noting that Volquez’s negative-18 Game Score ranks as the 15th-worst of all-time. All but one of the starts worse than Volquez’s came before World War II, however, with Mike Oquist being the lone contemporary pitcher to perform so horribly—he threw five innings, allowed 14 runs, and gave up four home runs. As such, it would be fair to argue that Volquez’s effort is the worst of modern times.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, royals

Heyman: 8 dream trade scenarios

1. Aroldis Chapman to the Nats for Trea Turner. The Yankees will wait a month to see if they will get serious about a sale for the first time in nearly three decades. But if they do hold one, there will be a feeding frenzy over their two veteran closers, two of the very best in the game. The Nats could have used late-inning fortification even before Jonathan Papelbon went down with an intercostal injury, and Nats manager Dusty Baker is said to love Chapman from their Reds days together. Turner seems blocked at the moment by Danny Espinosa, who plays the defense Baker seeks and has 13 home runs, but Turner should be starting on the infield for someone now….

4. Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers for Joey Gallo. Gallo is blocked, at least at third base, for two more years by Adrian Beltre. The Nats, Arizona Diamondbacks and others were also in the mix for Lucroy this winter but those two teams have gotten as much production from catcher as anyone. The Rangers haven’t seemed desperate for catching either, but Lucroy represents a chance to solidify their mantle as the A.L. favorite. “You put Lucroy on the Rangers, you’ve got to put them at the front of the line,” one A.L scout said. The Brewers have gotten superb seasons from both Lucroy and Ryan Braun and could still consider an extension for Lucroy, who at 30 is still a great building block for a young team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bad trade ideas, jon heyman

OMNICHATTER 6-25-16

The Minish OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 25, 2016 at 12:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 24, 2016


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-24-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, June 24, 1916:

Several years ago while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, [Fred] Anderson was studying dentistry on the side. Finally he decided to give up baseball and follow his other profession. He bought out the practice of an old tooth carpenter down in Georgia and hit 1.000 in the prosperity league.

Finally his health broke under the strain. A physician advised him to take a long rest and be outdoors as much as possible. The Federals, just starting up, offered an opportunity and Anderson grabbed it, signing with Buffalo.

“I guess, Doc. If you insist I need to be outside, I’ll go play big league baseball.”

Anderson was a pretty good pitcher, certainly better than you’d expect from somebody who didn’t really want to play pro baseball. He led the 1917 National League with a 1.44 (!) ERA and never had a single season FIP above 2.59. As you’d expect, he went back to dentistry when he was done playing baseball.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred anderson, history

Mariners minor leaguer Boog Powell gets 80-game suspension for PEDs

He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: June 24, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: boog powell, peds, seattle mariners

Semien, Davis lead A’s to 5-4 win over Angels - Yahoo Sports

Not a good second start for the Freak.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, tim lincecum

The List: Nine Hitting Prospects Who Might Be Better Than You Think - BaseballAmerica.com

Keith Law was much higher on him than everybody else. They are both looking good right now.

2. Kevin Newman, ss, Pirates

Team: Double-A Altoona (Eastern). Age: 22.

BB/SO: 1.13. BB: 8.6%. SO: 7.6%. ISO: .121.

The former Arizona shortstop and 19th overall selection in 2015, Newman only recently advanced to Double-A from high Class A Bradenton. Regardless, his hitting approach is professional grade, and he has a long track record for hitting for average and for showing balanced strikeout and walk rates. Only below-average power could impede Newman’s impact potential at higher levels.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin newman, prospects

Say what you will, but the Orioles are doing something right | FOX Sports

Can they really get much for him with his injury history?

Which raises the question: How far would the Orioles go to upgrade? Would they trade right-hander Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2011 and who is finally healthy and contributing as a reliever after missing most of the previous three seasons with injuries?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

OMNICHATTER 6-24-16

Four Swords OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 24, 2016 at 12:30 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Commish’s Classics: They Weren’t Just The Mets; They Were Pond Scum

‘Commish’ Hummel looks back on the 1980s STL-NYM rivalry, points and laughs at young Chris Dial’s tears of rage and anguish. Worthy topics!


Sandy Springs erupts over ‘nightmare’ plan to run Braves traffic through its streets

Cobb County’s plan for handling traffic generated by the Atlanta Braves next year is to get fans off I-285 and onto surface streets in adjacent communities.

The mayor and city council of Sandy Springs learned of this for the first time on Tuesday. They are not pleased. ...

The news account quotes a “visibly angry” Mayor Rusty Paul as calling the Cobb plan “our nightmare.” The mayor also said he had made calls to ranking Cobb officials to discuss traffic planning, but had never heard back.

We contacted Paul last night. He declined to escalate the situation – saying he was “optimistic that a solution can be achieved.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, traffic

Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve watched Espinosa a number of times over the years. He’s a useful player. I watched Trea Turner up close last night at Pawtucket. After the Super Two cutoff, the Nationals will be putting an inferior shortstop on the field if they stick with Espinosa.

Danny Espinosa is not a star, and maybe Trea Turner will turn into one. But for 2016, the Nationals have correctly identified that Espinosa as their starting shortstop may very well be their best option, and not just their best option until the Super Two deadline passes. With a quality all-around game, there’s nothing wrong with the Nationals committing to Espinosa as their starting shortstop for the rest of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: danny espinosa, nationals, trea turner

Topps Custom Cards - Trading Cards - Collectibles

OK, I haven’t paid for anything yet but I have gone through the process and created an image file using a screen capture. If you ever wanted a Topps baseball card. Here’s your chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, fun stuff

News 8 analysis: Arlington could give away millions in stadium deal | WFAA.com

When $500 million isn’t enough.

City of Arlington officials have touted a “50-50” private-public partnership to build a proposed $1 billion retractable roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.

A WFAA-TV investigation, however, has found taxpayers may instead pick up to 80 percent of the tab, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars more than initially promised by city leaders.

Last month, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a “Master Agreement” to ask voters to extend sales, car rental, and hotel occupancy taxes that have been used to build AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

“What If” Montreal Expos World Series Hat

Sorry about the World Series.  Tough luck about the team.  Anyway, just $37.99.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 23, 2016 at 11:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, seligula, strike season

Texas Rangers: Colby Lewis to miss two months; Rangers place Derek Holland on disabled list | SportsDay

Yup, that’s a bad day.

The Rangers’ depth in starting pitching will be put to the test after the loss of two front-line pitchers on Wednesday.
Right-hander Colby Lewis, a lead figure on the club, will not throw for four weeks because of a strained lat muscle in the right shoulder and probably will land on the 60-day disabled list. Left-hander Derek Holland went on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.

With right-hander Yu Darvish already on the disabled list, the Rangers are down to two front-line starters: left-handers Cole Hamels, who worked six strong innings in a 6-4 win against Cincinnati on Wednesday, and Martin Perez.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: colby lewis, derek holland, rangers

Oh Scorecard, My Scorecard – The Hardball Times

I used to keep score about 50% of the time. With my smartphone and MLB At Bat, the effort just isn’t needed.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: scorekeeping

Velasquez “back to normal,” but will he rejoin Phillies next week? | PhillyVoice

“I feel good, everything is fine,” Velasquez said in the Double-A Reading’s clubhouse on Wednesday night. “Talking to the guys behind home plate with the radar gun, everything seems like it’s back to normal. I kind of took a peek at their speedometer and it was 97. That kind of shows I’m back to normal.”

Velasquez hopes to rejoin the Phillies rotation in five days, when the team takes their current nine-game road trip to Arizona.

But the Phils could opt for a more cautious route for the pitcher with an electric arm and with durability issues throughout his minor league career. Velasquez has pitched more than 100 innings just once (in 2013 in A-Ball) since he was drafted by the Houston Astros six years ago this month.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2016

Milwaukee Journal, June 23, 1916:

[Ban Johnson] is of the opinion that managers are carrying things so far in their constant shifting of pitchers they are not only injuring their pitchers, but are reducing the interest felt by the steady patrons in the players, and consequently in the game itself.

President Johnson declared: “They are making a joke out of the pitchers by taking them out of the game if a couple of hits are made in succession, or by removing a pitcher who is going along finely to permit some bench warmer to go to bat and strike out or fly out for him.

“I am hearing from the patrons of baseball constantly about this increasing tendency to change pitchers without reason.

His head would explode if he watched baseball these days.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How badly have the Red Sox fallen off in June?

My manic depressive Red Sox fan friends are in a panic. Deep breaths, deeeeeeeeep breaths, people.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Melvin Upton enjoying return to adequacy after years of ‘forcing the issue’

And yet, he still isn’t very good.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: melvin upton, jr., padres

Jon Gray pulled for “arm fatigue” as Rockies look toward tough stretch – The Denver Post

“It’s been that way for a couple weeks,” Gray said. “It’s just now getting to a serious point.”

Already down an ace after Tyler Chatwood wrenched his back pitching in Miami during the weekend, the Rockies return home Thursday with even more concern for a suddenly hobbled pitching staff. Combined with lefty Chris Rusin, who’s on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the Rockies could be without their three best ERAs just when the schedule gets tricky.

...

“His arm felt heavy,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said of Gray. “He didn’t look good from the get-go. Fastball command wasn’t there. There are always concerns when you have to take a pitcher out of the game for physical reasons.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

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