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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Blitz to 13 homers puts Cruz in elite company | MLB.com

Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, nelson cruz

Elite travel baseball and basketball teams make for a youth sports industrial complex

In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

OMNICHATTER 5-3-15

The “Oh Crap I almost forgot to submit this” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

NY Post: 100 years ago, Babe Ruth hit his first home run

Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.

Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.

Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch he saw from Jack Warhop and belted it into Seat 26, Section 3 of the right-field grandstand.

It was his 18th official at-bat and fifth hit since his major league debut on July 11, 1914. His previous four hits consisted of three doubles and one single, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.

bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

MLB’s Evolving Luxury Tax | FanGraphs Baseball

A very good look at the impact of the luxury tax.

The more realistic approach for the players, then, is likely to be focusing their efforts on raising the luxury tax threshold. While the players could obviously simply agree to a more substantial set of predetermined increases to the threshold, they may be better off attempting to have the payroll limit established each year based on a fixed percentage of MLB’s estimated overall league revenues. This would help the players avoid seeing their share of revenues lag during the course of a multi-year CBA should the league’s profits end up growing at a faster pace than the union had expected, as may have been the case in recent years.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants to give him every opportunity to prove he can be at least adequate at the position and not a liability. But that rope is running short.

Mind you, Reynolds, who is hitting .317 at Las Vegas, doesn’t have a whole lot more range than Flores, but he’s steady, makes all the routine plays and has good baseball instincts. All along, the Mets have viewed him to be, if nothing else, a more than adquate space holder for crown jewel shortstop prospect, 19-year-old Amed Rosario, who’s considered to be at least two years away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson


White Sox still determining how to use Carlos Rodon | CSN Chicago

Earl Weaver believed the best place to start a young pitcher is long relief. I know long relievers are out of vogue but it seems to me having a young guy start his career there, especially when you want to limit innings, still is a good idea.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said Rodon’s 2015 innings are scarce resource. The franchise has a tried and true program for keeping pitchers healthy and therefore isn’t going to run Rodon’s inning count up to 180. But Rodon could still move into the rotation sometime in the foreseeable future. The challenge is keeping him built up enough, something pitching coach Don Cooper has a plan for just like the White Sox employed with Hector Noesi last season.

“He’s going to be pitching regularly and there are things coming up that believe me, he’s way up in the front of our minds in keeping him ready,” Cooper said. “Not only to pitch in the role he’s in, but eventually hopefully if he does make a jump in the starting rotation. But again that doesn’t worry me because we did it last year with Noesi.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, white sox

Cubs survive injury scare to Rizzo and Russell | Chicago

Injuries suck. Luckily the Cubs didn’t have to add two more guys to their list.

“It’s a scary moment. They were both giving a lot of effort on that play,” Arrieta said. “It was a little out of their reach. One of those unfortunate things where two guys are going kind of (all) out to make a play. We’re thankful that they’re both OK.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, anthony rizzo, cubs

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Brian Cashman says New York Yankees won’t pay Alex Rodriguez’s $6 million bonus for 660th home run

Cost to market A-Rod’s home run milestone? $6,000,000. Cost to make your organization look like petty, cheap jerks? Priceless.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

NotMrTibbs’s post on Vine

I don’t think that’s how a catcher should be throwing to third.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ouch, video

Pedro revels one of his secrets to pitching success - Over the Monster

An interesting observation from Felipe Alou, via Pedro Martinez. I wonder how this would stand up to a higher sample.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro martinez, pitching, the little things

Boston Red Sox call up top prospect Blake Swihart to replace injured Ryan Hanigan

Tough luck for Hanigan. He was doing a nice job for the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, ryan hanigan

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Madden: A-Rod ties Willie, cloud of suspicion won’t go away - NY Daily News

Madden sounds like a bitter ex-spouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Say Hey Rod: Rodriguez Matches Mays Milestone With Homer 660 - NYTimes.com

The coverage of the homer sure seems to suggest the Yankees and baseball gain benefit from the event.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Inside Baseball: What you want to know about A-Rod vs. Yankees - CBSSports.com

Do the Yankees really want to keep this sideshow going?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, May 01, 2015

OMNICHATTER for 5-2-15

Earth’s Mightiest OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Reds’ Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

As expected, Homer Bailey’s 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes one year, meaning the Reds expect Bailey to return sometime next season.

Bailey, who turns 29 on Sunday, missed the end of 2014 with a right elbow flexor mass injury and had surgery to repair that injury last September. The Reds say the two injuries are unrelated….

Bailey signed a six-year deal worth $105 million last February.

Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts in 2014 before his injury and made two starts for the Reds this season before going on the disabled list.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds, tommy john surgery

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


Would You Rather Start a Team With Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts

Team Mookie

Right now, I think Betts is the better ballplayer. For all the significance of Bogaerts simply being in the majors at such a young age—younger than Betts was at debut—the facts are that we’ve had a pretty good look at him, and he is, right now, about an average major-leaguer. And right now, in my assessment, Betts is better than that. (Another month of Betts’ slump might make me reconsider.) I’m taking the better now player, even if he is short and doesn’t have the same prospect pedigree.”

Team Xander

Not only is Bogaerts still just 22, but he’ll play the whole season at that age–and remains just shy of a week older than Betts. And for all of the talk of his 2014 season being a failure, there are only four shortstops who have gotten 500 plate appearances in their age-21 season and registered a higher OPS+ than his mark of 86 in the last 20 years. You’ve heard of those players: Alex Rodriguez, Starlin Castro, Mike Caruso (OK, maybe not him) and Edgar Renteria. Even without any of that prior information, it’s a basic equation. Give me the shortstop who has the floor of an every day regular and the ceiling of a superstar, versus the center fielder with a star-level ceiling and an above-average regular floor.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: future, prospects, red sox

Yankees 101: Study Confirms New York Yankees Fans are Better Looking than Mets Fans

Surely, knocking off Jim Breuer would even things out?

A study done by the dating app The Grade shows men and women who support the Yankees are liked more than Mets fans, per Chris Perez and Natalie O’Neil of the New York Post:

  Photos posted by Yankees fans were “liked” 46 percent of the time while Mets fans only have a 38 percent “like rate,” according to the study.

  The study is based on 400,000 “swipe interactions” from 6,000 app users who listed sports teams as an interest.

Well, that settles it. We are better looking and have a team that has won a ton of championships; does it get any better than that?

JE (Jason) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets, yankees

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