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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Saturday, May 30, 2015

St. Thomas Bobcats pitcher Ben Ancheff is our new favorite athlete - SBNation.com

Which ROUND is this guy going in? (You have to click the link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Video: Must C: Hamilton goes deep twice | MLB.com

So far, the Rangers are getting the Angels money’s worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers, video

Jerry Dior, Designer of Major League Baseball’s Logo, Dies at 82 - NYTimes.com

It looks like Killebrew to me.

Per his instructions, he drew a generic baseball player. (In interviews years later, Mr. Dior stressed that the figure was not modeled on Harmon Killebrew as many people, including Killebrew himself, believed.) He executed the design in Magic Marker, originally making it blue and green before switching to a patriotic palette.

“It just came to me,” Mr. Dior told The Wall Street Journal in 2008. “I did the rough sketch and cleaned it up a bit, and that was that. I never thought anything about it until I turned on the television and saw it on the New York Mets’ uniforms,” where it was emblazoned for the 1969 World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Chili Davis: “I don’t worry about David Ortiz” - providencejournal.com

Now might be a good time to start spot starting David Ortiz.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Peralta is baseball’s most productive shortstop | cardinals.com

Please, MLB decision makers, make the Statcasty defensive numbers available.

While a large part of Peralta’s value comes from his underrated defense, we can also look at Statcast™ and see just how much the ball is jumping off his bat. Peralta’s second double on Friday night, this one coming in the seventh inning off of Juan Nicasio to drive in Kolten Wong with the game’s final run, came off the bat at 103.8 mph. That’s the sixth-hardest tracked non-homer ball of the season for Peralta, who appears near the top of the leaderboards for hardest hit average ball among shortstops:

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta, sabermetrics

Inside Baseball: Eight possible spots for Ryan Howard, and more notes - CBSSports.com

One good month doesn’t convince me he’s worth a flyer, even with a huge markdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

OMNICHATTER MAY 30, 2015

Saturday OMNICHATTER goes here.

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, May 29, 2015

The New York Times:  ‘Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty,’ by Charles Leerhsen

Cobb remains a puzzle missing certain pieces. This biography takes the crudely drawn monster away, and in place leaves a more common figure in the world of sports, the player who is “at once the dreaded enemy and the biggest draw.” Leerhsen gives him to us incomplete but human, rather than as a myth served up whole.

bobm Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:13 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: biography, books, ty cobb

The Astros Are Making A Historic Turnaround

The Astros’ turnaround becomes historic, however, when you look at how bad they were two years ago. In 2013, the Astros finished 51-111, good for a .315 winning percentage and the bottom of the division. The team was not felled by injuries or misfortune — it was genuinely terrible in every phase of the game.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Dan Uggla is a good hugger, Washington Nationals say

Uggla is known for his hugs. Freddie Freeman, with the Braves, is perhaps more well-known for his many on-field hugs, but Uggla said he taught that to Freeman. Fans have held up signs at games such as “I Want a Huggla from Uggla” at games. His nickname is, sometimes, Huggla.

“That’s one of our pregame things: hugging before the game,” Harper said. “I don’t konw. Hugs for Uggs, right? That’s what everybody says. I’m a big hugger, too. I hug [Drew] Storen out there every time he closes a game.”

Uggla also shares a daily hug with Tyler Moore. Why?

“It’s a hard place to be in, man,” Moore said, referring to the major leagues. “Getting a little bit of love every day won’t kill anybody.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: May 29, 2015 at 02:29 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hold me gently, nationals

OMNICHATTER 5-29-15

The OMNICHATTER is here today. Hooray!

Gamingboy Posted: May 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

An advance scout’s theory on why A-Rod is so good this year - NY Daily News

Too bad he’s so unmarketable.

Like most other evaluators, this scout has seen A-Rod appear tense over the years, squeezing the bat in pressure situations. This year has brought noticeable change.

“He has the easiest swing I’ve ever seen from him,” the advance scout said. “He just looks like he doesn’t give a sh-t. And that’s a good thing.”

In other words, a famously self-conscious man is finally allowing himself to let it rip, and enjoy the game.

The scout went on to theorize that the year off, forced by a PED suspension, had left A-Rod more appreciative of the game, and able to enjoy it more than ever. That jibes with A-Rod’s own account.

In a year when few expected A-Rod to even play—including the Yankees, who in mid-March were still saying privately that they did not believe he would make it through spring training—it is remarkable to watch how his newfound relaxation has made him a valuable run-producer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Prince Fielder’s Foul Ball Lands In Woman’s Nachos; Cheese Goes Everywhere [VIDEO] « CBS Detroit

Fan gets cheesed up over Fielder foul!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

The MLB Pipeline just expanded their draft list to 200 players.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

The Expanded Strike Zone: It’s Baaaack… – The Hardball Times

Why do the umpires hate offense?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, strike zone

Oak Mountain’s David Dahl suffers lacerated spleen in collision in minor league baseball game | AL.com

What an awful injury.

At 3:15 p.m. CDT Thursday, Mike Dahl said his son was in surgery.

“They’re trying to save the spleen,” Dahl said. “There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They’re just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that’s the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn’t remember much about what happened. No broken bones or nothing—all the CT scans were negative.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injury, minor leagues, rockies

Let’s play two: Baseball would be better with a split season | FOX Sports

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is open-minded to any suggestion that would make baseball better, so here’s another idea for him to consider:

A split season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Grant Balfour Leaning Toward Retirement

If Balfour’s career is coming to a close, he’ll finish with a 30-23 record, 84 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 539 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing righty averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine innings over a 12-year big league career split between the Twins, Rays, Athletics and Brewers.

Best MLB Aussie ever?

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: grant balfour, rays

See Veteran’s Stadium come back to life on this week’s episode of ‘The Goldbergs’

Please just let it die.

On this week’s episode of the family sitcom, Adam Goldberg and his dad go to a game in Veteran’s Stadium, where the Phillies played from 1971-2003. You thought it you’d never see it again, but thanks to the magic of TV, look!

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2015

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 29, 1915:

Harry Harper...has pitched three games for Minneapolis, and all of them were remarkable affairs in their way. In his first game he struck out 16 batsmen, walked 12, made three wild pitches, and although he allowed but seven hits, he was beaten, 9 to 5. In his second game Harper allowed but four hits, but was beaten, 11 to 1, because he walked 15 men and hit another.
...
Harper’s third game resulted in a no-hit, no-run victory that was one of the most remarkable in baseball. He walked eight men and made a balk, while his teammated erred three times…Thus in three games Harper has allowed 11 hits, but his opponents have scored 20 runs; he has walked 35 men, an average of almost 12 to a game; has struck out 36 men and has made one balk and three wild pitches.

I wonder if he hit the mascot too.

Anyway, Harper figured it out and spent ten seasons in the big leagues, putting up a career ERA+ of 105. He had a reasonably high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) and a lower strikeout rate than you might expect from this excerpt (4.5 K/9), but Harper was a solid MLB pitcher for the better part of a decade. Your move, Brad Pennington.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry harper, history

For de Blasio, a Red Sox Fan, the Simple Pleasure of Baseball Gets Complicated

“I’ve waited over 20 years, almost my entire adult life, for a Democratic mayor,” complained Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “For him to be a Boston Red Sox fan? Come on.”...

Mr. de Blasio has said he plans to attend a Yankees game soon. The team has extended a standing invitation.

“He told me he’s brave,” Mr. Levine said, anticipating a Bronx cheer. “He’ll take the pounding.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 29, 2015 at 05:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Montreal Mayor Wants Regular-Season MLB Games in the City in 2016

[Mayor] Coderre says Montreal is a real baseball town and that six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing games in the city next year.

SeanBerry Posted: May 28, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal

Fire Ben Cherington and John Farrell? That’s not going to happen - Sports - The Boston Globe

A GM has to balance short-term desires and long-term needs. Cherington is a patient sort who leans towards long-term part of the spectrum. Despite having three world championships in the last 12 years, the typical Red Sox fan, like most fans, falls firmly on the short-term desire side of the spectrum. When you add in a rabid, impatient press, that’s not a good mix.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, john farrell, red sox

The Accurate RBI Record of Babe Ruth | SABR

The 2012 edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records states that Ruth holds the top AL mark in four seasons: 1920 (136 RBIs); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); and 1926 (151). This venerable record book is edited by long-time SABR member Seymour Siwoff, president of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians for Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, MLB.com, the official website for Major League Baseball, states that Ruth was first in RBIs in six AL seasons: 1919 (114 RBIs); 1920 (137); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); 1926 (146); and 1928 (142). The statistics presented on MLB.com are the responsibility of SABR member Cory Schwartz, Vice-President of MLB.com.

Something’s out of whack here: How can such disparate RBI statistics come from two official entities of Major League Baseball?

To address this situation I decided to ascertain the accurate RBI record of Babe Ruth for his entire major-league career (1914–35). The results of my comprehensive and in-depth research are provided in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history, rbi, records

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