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Sunday, June 26, 2016

How Clayton Kershaw’s peak stacks up with all-time greats. | Sports on Earth

Verdict: I’m sorry, but Johnson, after all these years, still wins. Yes, there were only 16 teams, and they were all white guys from the United States, but as far as dominating the sport from the mound, no one has done the job at the level and the volume of The Big Train.

There were some surprises in this exercise. Johnson still reigns. Pedro may still take the modern division, but Maddux is right there with him. Grove has two separate career peaks. And amid the names of Pedro, The Meal Ticket, The Franchise and Big Six, Clayton Kershaw fits right in.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, history

15 hitters contenders could try to acquire at the trade deadline

The Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox


Touching all the bases in the Cape Cod League

It sounds like The Hurler makes one want to hurl it later.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 12:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, cape cod league

Baseball making big shift in defensive strategy | The Sacramento Bee

Meulens is blunt about his feelings on the shift.

“It should be illegal, really,” he said. “Why should there be a guy standing in (shallow) right field?”

Well, for a defense, because it works. Baseball Info Solutions calculates shifts saved 267 runs last season and already have saved 194 this year. But while it’s easy for defenses to reposition an infielder or two, Meulens argues, it’s not so easy for hitters to adjust.

“It’s hard for guys to change their swings on 90-plus-mph fastballs, or on cutters inside,” Meulens said. “How are you going to hit that the other way? You’re going to pull it as a left-hander.”

Somewhat resignedly, Meulens said, that’s how the game has changed. Hitters may try to beat the shift with the occasional bunt, but many don’t feel comfortable doing so. Mostly, Meulens said, changing your approach against the shift is “the last thing you want to do.”

His advice to those hitters, then?

“Just hit the ball as hard as you can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, strategy

Cuban team visit shows US baseball relations still caught in past - NY Daily News

Change can’t come fast enough for Cuban players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Are we getting a glimpse of life after David Ortiz?

Holt will be back soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, clay buchholz, david ortiz, red sox

Cleveland Indians riding high, but still need to make deal: Rant of the week | cleveland.com

The Indians can win with what they have. Frazier may be ready fairly soon. Brantley may also be contributing after the break.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday Notes: Yonder, Yankees, Dodgers, Pitch Selection, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I asked Jason Motte the same question. The Rockies reliever began his professional career as a catcher, so he too knows what it feels like at each end of the 60-feet, six-inch pathway. With 13 seasons under his belt, the 34-year-old righty doesn’t dwell on results as much as he used to.

“When I was a hitter, I thought way too much,” said Motte. “Maybe that’s why I wasn’t very good? But are you more in control when you go out there and pitch? You are and you aren’t. At the end of the day, it’s all about the process. Whether you’re hitting or pitching, you don’t control the outcome; you can only control the process that goes into it. You can make a perfect pitch and give up a hit and you can smash a baseball right at someone.

“If I execute a pitch, great. If I don’t, OK, who cares; that pitch is done; worry about the next pitch. Sure, you get frustrated when you give up runs, but at the end of the day, all you can do is make pitches. I’m kind of at the point now where it is what it is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Jose Reyes must demonstrate sincere remorse in return to Mets - NY Daily News

Something must be wrong with Harper, he sounds reasonable.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Starting Nine: Should the Pirates consider trading face of the franchise McCutchen? | TribLIVE

They won’t get full value if they trade him now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Yanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post

The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.

This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is the money. Teixeira (at $22.5 million) is in the final year of his contract. Rodriguez is being paid $20 million this year and next. From this point forward, the Yanks owe the duo approximately $45.4 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mark teixeira, yankees

Paul Giamatti, a Baseball Commissioner’s Son, Makes His Own Calls - The New York Times

I didn’t know he was the former Commissioner’s son.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioners, movies

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jay Jaffe: Most deserving players without retired numbers

Alan Trammell (No. 3) and Lou Whitaker (No. 1), Tigers
Fernando Valenzuela (No. 34), Dodgers
Dan Quisenberry (No. 29), Royals
Ted Simmons (No. 23), Cardinals
Dave Stieb (No. 37), Blue Jays
Larry Walker (No. 33), Rockies
Edgar Martinez (No. 11), Mariners

Barry Bonds (No. 25), Giants; Roger Clemens (No. 21), Red Sox/(No. 22), Yankees; Mark McGwire (No. 25), A’s/Cardinals; Sammy Sosa (No. 21), Cubs

Derek Jeter (No. 2), Yankees; Ivan Rodriguez (No. 7), Rangers; Jim Thome (No. 25), Indians

bbmck Posted: June 25, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of merit

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 | 5 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 | 6 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 | 94 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 | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

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