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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Power display erases Valbuena’s slow start | astros.com

Silly.

After starting the season 0-for-10, Valbuena is hitting .323 with five homers and seven RBIs in the past eight games. He’s hit safely in seven of those games, including three multihit contests.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, luis valbuana

With suspensions looming, Royals hope to move on from ‘emotional’ series with Oakland | The KC Star

Sure.

The gesture was broadcast on the television screen inside Ned Yost’s office. Ejected from Sunday’s game, Yost witnessed Kelvin Herrera point to his head after throwing a pitch behind the back of Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie. As a spectator, Yost experienced a reaction common to viewers across the country.

“You look at it, and you’re like ‘God, what’s he doing that for?’” Yost said.

Herrera received an ejection of his own, as one of five Royals tossed from Sunday’s fracas. After the game, he insisted he lost his grip on the baseball, even if it was the second pitch he threw inside to Lawrie, the antagonist for Kansas City all weekend. When asked the meaning of his gesture, Herrera said he was saying to Lawrie, “Think about it.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article19097880.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, royals

Angels have a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton - LA Times

They are in no rush.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

How Common Are Early-Season Manager Firings? – MLB Trade Rumors

Is Mike Redmond in trouble?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mike redmond

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him to Chicago as the key to the Cubs’ side of the Jeff Samardzija trade. Baseball Prospectus ranked Russell the No. 2 prospect in the game heading into the 2015 season, while Baseball America ranked him No. 3. MLB.com placed him at No. 5, praising his offensive game and noting that he’s received comparisons to Barry Larkin and Miguel Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Monday, April 20, 2015

4/21/2015 OMNICHATTER

The “I submitted this early so I don’t have to fight with the stupid Equate ad taking up the window and leaving the rest of the window blank for some reason glitch” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2015 at 11:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

A profane Bryan Price vents frustration

Man, C. Trent Rosecrans is like Jerry in Parks and Rec.

Audio of the interview mentioned in this article will be posted soon.

Upset by the accurate reports that All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team for Sunday’s game in St. Louis, [Reds manager Bryan] Price went on a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade in his daily session with reporters… The final tally was 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).

The basis of Price’s argument was that he was not fond of sharing information with the media that could be used to his opponent’s advantage.

Ah, f***. I’m just, I’m f****** p****** up a rope in this f****** business. Because everyone has to know everything all the f****** time. That’s not my f****** obligation, it’s not their obligation. You know why f****** Billy Hamilton didn’t f****** play? The other day? Because his f****** finger’s hurt and he couldn’t hit right-handed comfortably. Right? So that’s something that I need to know and no one else needs to know. No one else needs to f****** know it, and all of a sudden it’s out there. His f****** fingers are sore. It doesn’t benefit us. It wasn’t from you, but it doesn’t benefit us one bit to f****** announce to the f****** other teams that we’re playing to bring in lefties when they need to f****** get Billy out. There’s no benefit. So, I’m f******, to be honest with you, I’m f****** sick of this s***. I’m sick of listening to this f****** s***, I’m sick of f****** the f****** second-guessing b*******, you guys can do whatever the f*** you want, but I’ll tell you this — I’m not going to f****** tell you everything about this f****** club, because you f****** guys are going to out there and sniff it out anyway. I don’t f****** like it one f****** bit. I bend over backwards to be honest and direct with you f****** guys and you stick it right up my f****** a** — and the f****** team’s a**. And I’m sick of it. What do you got? If you don’t got anything, get out and I’ll do this f****** interview with Marty. You don’t have anything? Just get out, please.


WSJ: He’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around.

The debate has been raging for years in the sandlot baseball league of New York attorney Brian Mangan. Seeking to settle it, Mangan tweeted a question on March 13: “Batting around—is that when all 9 hitters bat, or does the first guy need to bat twice?”

As a contributor to MetsBlog, a popular website, Mangan boasts a baseball-loving Twitter following. Dozens responded, their views divided about equally on whether it takes nine or 10 batters to bat around. Some of the answers included elaborate graphics—diagrams, circles, lines and arrows—in support of either argument. “Call me when ‘around the clock’ means 25 hours,” wrote a proud Niner.

Sorry random quoted guy in a WSJ sports article, after you’ve gone around the clock you enter the 25th hour.

Anyone here who militates for nine should have their children taken away.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rdp bait, vin scully

VICE SPORTS: AGAINST ESPN’S K-ZONE, WHICH IS THE WORST

The centerfield camera sits at the center of this operation, and only its ubiquity keeps us from recognizing it as the miracle it is. With this shot, pioneered by NBC producer Harry Coyle in the middle of last century, anyone at home—or at the bar, or in line for takeout—can see the flight of a pitch better than all but a handful of people in the actual stadium. It makes what had been in the pre- and early-television days the work of conjecture or imagination—the particular break of a slider, the height of a high fastball—plainly visible. It makes your sofa, when it comes to matters of pitch-to-pitch clarity, the best seat in the house.

Still, the view is imperfect. Ask Orlins. “Centerfield cameras are a little bit of an illusion since they are slightly off to the side,” he said during his spring PR derby. “You might think you can tell when the ball is over home plate, but you really can’t.” ESPN’s new box is here to correct that imperfection, to close the gap between sight and knowledge.

But whatever small gains the K-Zone delivers in terms of clarity—not many, to my agitated eyes—are far outnumbered by the jarring, video-gameish aesthetic presence. Philosophically, it’s even worse: K-Zone coats live action in crude binary, every pitch and swing decreed good or bad according to which side of the border the circle appears on and its closeness to the gray line. Though the markings themselves are light enough, as Orlins has been sure to stress, their mere presence makes the old appreciations nearly impossible. A swing and miss at a pitch in the zone becomes less forgivable—it was right there!—and a fastball just off the corner, instead of being clever but untaken bait, is just a big white ball. A called strike that does not show in the rectangle, of course, is tragic and unjust.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on television, espn, k-zone, media

Notes: ‘Fastball’ documentary a home run for fans | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

A truly disgusting suggestion.

Over at SI Richard Dietsch has a piece in which he asked several broadcasters and media members about changes they’d make to sports broadcasts and reporting. Fox’s lead play-by-play guy said this:

Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver’s seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night’s game. Old rules die. Someone is “in the well” before they climb on deck? They can be asked what they are trying to do in their next at bat. Cameras in the batting cage during a game would then let us see how a DH is getting ready for a big at bat. Bringing fans into the experience is paramount.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fox, joe buck, media, terrible ideas

Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan suspended 80 games for PED violation

No surprise if you look at his home run totals.

Atlanta Braves lefthander Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for violating league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday….

McKirahan was a Rule 5 pick acquired from the Chicago Cubs by the Miami Marlins. The Braves acquired him after the Marlins waived him in March.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mckirahan, braves, peds, suspensions

Poz - The Museum of Nice Players

The best players by position that Poz considers to have no HoF support.

You will notice that all my Museum of the Nice Player inductees are from the last 40 years or so. I think this is because before 1960, many of the Nice Player candidates have been elected to the real Hall of Fame. Bill Mazeroski would have been a good choice, but he’s in Cooperstown (and, to be fair, he probably had too much Hall of Fame support from fans anyway).

C: Darrell Porter
1B: Mark Grace
2B: Chuck Knoblauch
SS: Jim Fregosi
3B: Buddy Bell

LF: Brian Downing
CF: Cesar Cedeno
RF: Jesse Barfield
P: Mark Langston

bbmck Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of very good, lists

New York Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud to fractures - MLB - SI.com

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry blevins, mets, travis d'arnaud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender

WEEI: O’s rip Buchholz for ‘forever’ pace on mound

Good things come…

Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t believe that the two half innings by Buchholz took nearly 40 minutes of the three hours, 24 minutes it took to complete the game. More annoying to Showalter was the impact it had on his starter Chris Tillman.

...

“I wouldn’t say it’s mentally tough,” added Tillman. “It’s more physically challenging. I’ve been in that situation enough to prepare myself in the dugout to go back out to make pitches from the get-go. First couple of times it was tough.”


4-20-2015 OMNICHATTER

It’s the Patriot Day OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Economist: One swing is all you need

Why one moonshot can matter more than years of past performance: applying Bill James’s concept of “signature significance” to home run distance.

The group of 22 players who have hit at least one 477-foot homer over the past eight seasons…features Mike Trout…Giancarlo Stanton…Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz, Justin Upton, Edwin Encarnación and Mark Teixeira…

For each foot beyond the distance of a league-average longball (usually just under 400 feet) that any individual home run travels, an additional 0.06% of that batter’s other line drives and outfield fly balls in that season become home runs…If a player about whom we had no other information—say, a recent arrival from Cuba—hit a home run of average distance in his first at-bat, we would expect him to hit about 6% more homers than an average player for the rest of the season. In contrast, if the player hit a 477-foot home run like Mr Rodríguez’s in his first at-bat, we would expect him to hit around 50% more homers than average…

The fact that [Alex] Rodríguez propelled a single baseball 477 feet means there is a very strong chance he is not the player we thought he was. Guys who are washed up just don’t hit 477-foot homers. Not even once.


White Sox To Promote Carlos Rodon

He was also working on his defense.

The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.

The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, minor leagues, white sox


Giants not off to a winning start - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, sunday notes

More from Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Brett Lawrie, the voice of reason?

Lawrie said first-base umpire Greg Gibson commended him on how he handled himself, and Lawrie said, with a little grin, “He hits you with one, and there’s two things I can do. I can blow up right here, or I can just take it and walk to first base and let him get in trouble and let it get the better of him.

“What’s the crowd want me to do right there? They want me to blow up and create a huge scene, but why fuel the fire? Why dump another thing of gasoline on it when I can just put a smile on. I was on first base, got to be on first base, and we won the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick, royals, yordano ventura

‘Hybrid’ Sale battles early, cruises with big lead | whitesox.com

Sale wasn’t sharp yesterday but, when you have stuff that good, you can still be effective.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

The myopic ignorance in hailing Alderson for Mets ‘revival’ | New York Post

It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, omar minaya, sandy alderson


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