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Monday, September 11, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Washington Nationals

Part 5: Nationals Park

The rare modern stadium without a corporate sponsor. Alas, Nationals Park doesn’t exactly ring out as requiring a lot of deep thought, though it is a nod to the place that predated old Griffith Stadium.

One would think the club’s D.C. location would offer ample naming opportunities for the ballpark. Then again, one would think the club’s D.C. location offered the architects ample opportunities for exciting backdrops, and they failed miserably in what’s an otherwise OK park, as I recall from my one visit there.

If nothing else, can we try to keep this thread from going all OTP: Politics, please?

Ballpark History


Built: 2008

Capacity: 41,339

Name: Nationals Park (2008-present)

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: RFK Stadium 2005-07. Previous DC teams played at Griffith Stadium, 1911-1965, Boundary/Nationals Field, 1895-1911

Distinctive Features: A sliver of the crowd can get a glimpse of the Capitol. Cherry blossoms line the leftfield pavilion.

Ballpark Highlights: Randy Johnson beat the Nats 5-1 to win his 300th career game while pitching for the Giants.

President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch to kick off the 2010 season, a toss that proved conclusively that baseball was not his sport.

In 2010, top pick Stephen Strasburg was absurdly dominant in his closely watched Major League debut, striking out 14 Pirates* and walking none in seven innings. 

In 2012, after almost seven full seasons of futility that bore striking similarities to another famous Washington outfit, the Generals, Teddy Roosevelt won the President’s Race.

Jayson Werth’s ninth-inning home run off Lance Lynn gave the Nats a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the NLDS, the first time Washingtonians had seen the home nine win a postseason game in 79 years.

*At the time, the equivalent of fanning 11 major league hitters.


TBtB Selections To Date:


San Francisco Giants - China Basin

Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington

San Diego Padres - Mission Field

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

SoSH U at work Posted: September 11, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names, washington nationals

Saturday, September 23, 2017

How the Astros’ trade for Justin Verlander came together | SI.com

If you are interested in trade discussions, this is a must read.

“The reality is that any economic modeling that includes projections is not going to like a deadline deal, where you’re trading what could be an enormous amount of future value for a decent amount of present value,” says Luhnow. “The math does not support these types of deals. It’s a matter of using your best judgment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Bellinger blasts Giants, Dodgers clinch NL West

“You know, I could play Otani every day,” he said, with a faint smile. “Oh, I’d put him out there. Trust me.”

The Giants will make every effort this winter to court Shohei Otani, a generational talent from Japan who conjures comparisons to Babe Ruth with his 102 mph fastball and his ability to turn them around at the plate.

Maybe next year the Giants will have Otani on their side. Maybe they will have Giancarlo Stanton’s chiseled form in the middle of their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, shohei otani


Arizona Diamondbacks had a dinosaur throw out the first pitch - SBNation.com

Don’t worry; it wasn’t a real dinosaur.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wondering if Jiménez is making his final start with Orioles - School of Roch

He’s had an interesting career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, ubaldo jimenez

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger sets NL rookie home-run record with 39th

Bellinger breaks the NL rookie home run record in the same game the Dodgers clinch their 5th straight division title. And he’s still got 8 games left to pad the record.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, home runs, rookie of the year

Friday, September 22, 2017

Canadian Fakin’ - Goins uses hidden ball trick to get Frazier

Ryan Goins is known for being a magician with the glove, but in Friday night’s 8-1 win over the Yanks at Rogers Centre, he unveiled his sneakiest move yet: The hidden ball trick.


Jeter Cleans House Via Remote Control

Derek Jeter doesn’t even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball’s Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon), and the player known as Mr. Marlin (Jeff Conine), according to two MLB sources.

And here’s the twist: Jeter asked Marlins president David Samson to fire those four Marlins luminaries for him, because Jeter didn’t want to do it.

Even more strange: Jeter made the request after telling Samson what he already knew: that Samson would not be returning as team president.

I wonder if they received gift baskets?

Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:46 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: douchebag, firings, front office, jeter, marlins

The subtle change that saved Aroldis Chapman’s season | New York Post

He stopped throwing pitches down the middle?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Karl Ravech on Twitter: There is no conversation worth having ...

What, he doesn’t care about the children in the bleachers?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nets

How Marlins pitcher Junichi Tazawa helped create 90 jobs in a North Carolina candy factory

Tazawa. Candy. Baseball. This is a fun one.

jmurph Posted: September 22, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: candy, marlins, red sox


Albert Pujols is having the worst season for a 37-year-old in MLB history

Pujols has four more years on this contract, making him the favorite for the worst ever season for a 38-year-old, a 39-year-old, a 40-year-old, and a a 41-year-old.

Hank G. Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2017

Updates on international baseball in the Chicago Eagle, September 22, 1917:

The American boys in France are finding out that they are not the only men who can play ball. Not counting the Canadians, or “Americans,” there are in the Australian part of the British empire’s army a lot of very nifty baseballers.

The Japanese government, it is reported, plans to send two college [baseball] teams in a tour of its territory in Manchuria, partly to make the Japanese colonists there feel in touch with the home land, and further to get the natives interested, so that they will have less time to grumble about Japanese governmental policies.

If I’m a Manchurian in 1917, I’m going to make an effort to figure out what the Japanese are doing, then do the exact opposite. I wonder if resentment towards Japan had anything to do with baseball’s failure to take hold in China.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Robinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com

Moms dig the long ball.

Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday’s 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

Cano had a special fan in attendance as his mom, Claribel, had flown in from the Dominican Republic earlier this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, milestones, robinson cano

Marlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel

“It’s almost like you see yourself. Oh, there’s a Brian Anderson up there. Maybe that’ll be me one day,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool experience, seeing a guy with your name. That said, it also makes you realize you’re really common, so you’re not going to stand out much with your name.”

Anderson, the Miami Marlins’ third baseman, stood out enough anyway to earn his first major league call-up this month, becoming the third Brian Anderson in major league history. Out of the 19,169 players ever to play in the bigs, Brian Anderson is tied with several others as the 14th most common name, according to Baseball Reference.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brian anderson, marlins

Baseballs Are More Consistently Juiced Than Ever | FiveThirtyEight

Making the balls more consistent might further affect MLB’s overall home run rate, but it also means pitchers and hitters should end up with a more even playing field. Such consistency won’t help every player, but at least they’ll have a better idea of what they’re working with — a ball that travels farther and flies faster than it used to.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseballs

Ozzie and the MVP | Articles | Bill James Online

Dave Fleming on the 1987 MVP race.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, mvp, ozzie smith

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rangers release artists’ renderings of their new ballpark

Good news for BDC, I guess.

Hank G. Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:07 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rangers


Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

He hasn’t retired yet, but when he does Baer is poised to bring him to San Francisco in some kind of official capacity. “There’s definitely a place in the Giants world for Linecum,” he said. “I mean, that goes without saying.”

Until then? Lincecum is believed to be back here inhabiting the shores of Lake Washington, although no one with the Giants could say for sure. Someone thought maybe he was in Arizona. When the team tried to invite him to throw out the first pitch before a playoff game against the Chicago Cubs last year, Lincecum was in Hawaii.

Wherever he is now, he’s keeping a low profile. The Freak is now The Ghost.

Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, told the Bay Area News Group in August that Lincecum is keeping in shape and hopes to pitch again. But Thurman did not respond to voicemails, texts or e-mails in search of additional details for this story. Lincecum’s father, Chris, who was once a frequent and chatty radio guest, did not respond to texts.

Lincecum is not on social media. The last missive from his confirmed (but never verified) Twitter account came in 2012, when the four-time All-Star tweeted about a “food coma” after a trip to Benihana’s.

A handful of Giants employees who specialize in media relations or alumni events say Lincecum is the rare ex-player they can’t keep tabs on. A current Giants player said he sent The Freak a text on his 33rd birthday on June 15. Weeks later, he still hadn’t heard back.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, retired, tim lincecum

Inside Baseball AL Notes | Young Yankees Re-Writing Record Books

Heyman’s latest. You can find the NL Notes here.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Raul Mondesi, former Yankees outfielder, sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption while mayor of San Cristobal

Former Yankees outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for corruption he took part in while mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.

Mondesi, who was mayor of San Cristobal from 2010 to 2016, was also fined 60 million pesos for the corruption, according to a report.

That’s $1,257,336.00 in US Dollars.


‘Highly unlikely’ Mets risk Harvey burning them — with another team | New York Post

The Mets appear willing to gamble on the disappointing right-hander, even at the risk of potentially wasting $6 million in 2018 should the struggles that have defined Harvey’s last two seasons persist.

And that means tendering a contract to the arbitration-eligible pitcher.

“It’s highly unlikely that we’re not going to bring him back next year,” general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post on Wednesday after the Mets’ 9-2 loss to the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

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