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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

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Full Count » John Henry: John Farrell’s job is secure; Ben Cherington will be general manager of Red Sox for a ‘very long time’

A faith in the process.

“Why do I believe that? Because I have worked with a lot of people over the years and these are two people that are really likable, respected — they are committed,” Henry said. “They are very good at what they do. John has provided the kind of leadership that we need through a tough period and I just don’t think you can blame the manager for this. I watch these games. They’ve been painful games to watch. To me it’s not the manager’s fault the way that we’ve been playing. I just don’t see that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, john farrell, john henry, red sox

Giancarlo Stanton is a monster who eats his Kit Kats whole

It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop and there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. These are known scientific facts. But, there’s definitely a wrong way to eat a Kit Kat. As the old adage goes, one must “break me off a piece” of a Kit Kat bar.

That strategy has been passed on from generation to generation since the dawn of time, but Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to care.

PreservedFish Posted: June 02, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, unwritten rules

Have relievers really gotten better? | FOX Sports

If relievers are truly getting better, maybe a team won’t need so many of them. How about a couple less relievers and a few more quality pinch-hitting options?

Now that we know that teams have better bullpens at their disposal than they used to, what’€™s the counter-move? One that’s been suggested is that hitters should stop being so patient and just attack what the starter gives them. In fact, there’€™s evidence that one reason for the recent rise in strikeouts is that hitters are being too patient. If the batter comes up saying, “€œI won’€™t swing until you throw me a strike,”€ the pitcher is likely to say, “€œOK, here”€ and we end up in an 0-1 count. If bullpens really are getting better, maybe it’€™s worth it to go after the No. 4 starter and make sure that it’€™s already 7-2 by the fifth inning so that the All-Star bullpen doesn’€™t matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, sabermetrics, trends

Sonoma Stompers Give Writers a Chance to Run Team

The Sonoma Stompers, they’re an independent professional baseball team in California’s wine country. Think grape stomping. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller do a weekly podcast where they said they would love to run a team, and the owners of the Stompers heard this and decided to take them up on it. The two writers are passionate about sabermetrics, the kind of baseball number-crunching made famous in the movie “Moneyball.”
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And so, they have more freedom in terms of what they can do, and that’s what appealed to us. Sonoma plays as part of the Pacific Association, which is a California league, relatively new, relatively small. So we’re hoping it’s the perfect place to kind of be a testing ground for some things that might not work as well in the majors.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, sabrmetrics

Sketch of National Game of Baseball by George Wright « Our Game

George Wright (1847-1937), the first hero of the professional era in baseball, presented this little essay in person at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1919. It was published by the Society in the following year. Much of what Wright relates predates his earliest experience of playing the game, at age 14 in 1861, and is a bit of an undigested hash. But baseball was surely discussed in his household when he was a tyke, for his brother Harry had joined the Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1857, and his father, Sam, had been the professional of the St. George’s Cricket Club before that, and must have been present for early baseball matches. Some material may also reflect the received wisdom of Henry Chadwick and Albert Spalding, especially as gleaned from the latter’s America’s National Game (1911). Caveats aside, this is an interesting recollection by septuagenarian George Wright, a full half century after he wore the Old English “C” of the undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings and became the idol of the age.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Grant Brisbee breaks down each of Oakland’s 15 one-run losses

Getting to this a bit late, this was published on May 28th and since then the A’s have increased the number of one-run wins by 50%... to give them a 3-15 record overall.

4. Astros 7, A’s 6 - April 26

Key moments:
I’m caught between wanting to throw my hands up and say, “You get the idea” and continuing to pile on at the risk of my sanity and yours. I’ve chosen the latter strategy. May we all find peace in this world.

If only there were an image to symbolize this awful game.

OH COME ON.

That’s a fastball above Evan Gattis’s nose, which he hit for a two-run, ninth-inning double. The lead run was on base because Brett Lawrie had a brain fart and threw to second base on a fielder’s choice when the runner was already there. Again, that was a bad baseball play, but of course it happened in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, gifs, oakland a's

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2015

Tacoma Times, June 2, 1915:

[Federal League Umpire Bill Brennan] climbed about a train to go to the park and happened to be sitting bak to back with the players. He overheard them plotting.

“I’ll call him a big rummy, a stiff and tell him he’s all swelled on being umpire-in-chief,” said one. “He’ll can me. Then you run at him and bawl him good and strong. Then we can sneak back to town and meet those dolls.”

It happened per schedule. Never did an umpire take more abuse and grin. The players grew desperate and called him everything they could think of. Finally along in the sixth inning Brennan remarked:

“You two loafers keep quiet. You couldn’t get out of this game with an airship. Besides that I’m liable to beat you there and steal those dolls before you can get dressed.”

Brennan 1, Schemers 0 (Final).

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 02, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Is the Red Sox’ defense really that bad? - The Boston Globe

Hanley is the only real issue with the Red Sox defense. He has been brutal in left. Pedroia has been as good as he ever has been. Xander Bogaerts has noticeably improved at shortstop. Sandoval has been O.K. at third. I have no complaints about the rest of the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, red sox, sabermetrics

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL | dbacks.com

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never getting another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

Nationals’ Bryce Harper doesn’t care about his so-called ‘breakout’ | Toronto Star

“Truly, I don’t care,” Bryce Harper said.

He wasn’t even being cocky. Well, not any more cocky than is inherent for someone who was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and touted as “Baseball’s Chosen One.”

“I’m not saying that just to say that,” he added, genuinely. “I know what I can do and I just don’t really care what people think or say or anything like that, because at the end of the day it’s what I think, it’s what my teammates think and what my family thinks.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Is Joey Gallo going to Rangers or Round Rock? | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

The Rangers called up Joey Gallo to replace Beltre.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

OMNICHATTER 6/2/15

The OMNICHATTER within

Gamingboy Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dean Martin roasts Hank Aaron

OMG!

Walt Davis Posted: June 01, 2015 at 10:08 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hank aaron

OT: Soccer June 2015

June 6 - Barca v. Juventus (Champions League final)

Women’s World Cup
June 6 - Canada v. China (opening match)
June 8 - USA v. Australia
June 12 - USA v. Sweden
June 16 - Nigeria v. USA
June 20-23 - Round of 16
June 26-27 - Quarterfinals
June 30-July 1 - Semifinals

Baldrick Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl elects to have spleen removed

Wow!

Outfielder David Dahl, the Colorado Rockies’ top prospect, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to have his spleen removed at a Hartford, Connecticut, hospital, four days after being involved in a serious collision while playing for the organization’s Double-A club.

Dahl made the decision after consulting with the Rockies, said his agent, Adam Karon. Dahl was initially expected to miss the rest of the season while his lacerated spleen healed. Now he is hoping to return in four to six weeks, said Karon, who said the recovery period for the surgery is similar to having an appendix removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

David Price, Doug Fister, Outlook for 2015-16 free agent pitchers could be dimming | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal writes up an update on the next free agent class.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pitchers

Dodgers’ class of ‘68 tops list of 10 best Drafts

Los Angeles signed six future All-Stars in 1968 who would combine for 23 All-Star Game appearances, both Draft records. Washburn (Kan.) University outfielder Davey Lopes was a second-rounder in the January secondary phase, while California high school first baseman Bill Buckner (second), University of Houston outfielder/defensive back Tom Paciorek (fifth) and Alabama prep right-hander Doyle Alexander (ninth) were part of the regular June Draft. The cherry on top was a pair of college third basemen in the June secondary phase: Michigan State’s Steve Garvey (first) and Washington State’s Ron Cey (third).

University of Michigan left-hander Geoff Zahn (fifth, January secondary), Connecticut high school outfielder Bobby Valentine (No. 5 overall, June) and University of the Pacific outfielder Joe Ferguson (eighth, June) also enjoyed lengthy careers. The Dodgers inked a total of 11 future big leaguers who combined for a total of 235.6 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference version), another record.

The Dodgers not only had the best Draft of all time in 1968, but they don’t even have a legitimate challenger for that title. Boston’s 1983 Draft (see below) was the only effort that comes within 50 WAR of the Dodgers’.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, draft, indians, red sox, royals, tigers

OT: Politics - June 2015. Settlement clears way for Kokomo baseball home opener

KOKOMO, IND. — A dispute involving the federal and state governments over how Kokomo built part of a baseball stadium in a flood-prone area meant to remain green space has been resolved on the eve of the opening game.

Gov. Mike Pence said in a news release Friday that a dispute involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security had been settled, commending the two agencies for “working together in good faith.”

Bitter Mouse Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:10 PM | 326 comment(s)
  Beats: aruba, jamaica, politics

Video: Draft Special: Dansby Swanson | MLB.com

I missed the MLB Draft Special. Here’s a look at one player.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson

NYPOST - Braziller: A torrid series later, the Mets have found their 3rd baseman

He’s making the most of that chance thus far. The oft-criticized infielder was a major reason the Mets avoided a sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday, driving in the game-winning run with a double in the 4-3 victory at Citi Field.

That was just a microcosm of his big weekend. Tejada played a solid third base and went 5-for-12 at the plate, including a three-run double in Saturday’s 9-5 loss. Of his eight RBIs this year, seven have come against the struggling Marlins.

He was so impressive Collins said Tejada is the guy at third base until Wright returns from his back injury, whenever that is.

I like Ruben Tejada.  We can use this fact as a starter for a general Mets thread.

Lassus Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - June 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: trusting the Red Sox process.

The District Attorney Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:11 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

6/1/15 OMNICHATTER

First Day of June OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 01, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Martinez channels emotions to honor Taveras | cardinals.com

Admittedly overcome by emotion as the Cardinals reflected on the one-year anniversary of Taveras’ debut, Martinez turned away while a video tribute played above him.

“In that moment in the bullpen, I had seen too much,” Martinez said, speaking via a translator. “For a second, I thought, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can throw today because I’m so sad.’”

“You saw that it was hard for him to see that,” added catcher Yadier Molina, who was with Martinez in the ‘pen.

Martinez wiped away tears as the video ended, but then he used those emotions as a springboard to one of the best starts of the right-hander’s young career.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez, oscar taveras

United Hemispheres Magazine | Time Isn’t on Their Side

In what turned out to be baseball’s equivalent of a New York minute, on September 28, 1919, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in a contest that lasted only 51 minutes, still a Major League record for a nine-inning game. Almost 87 years later, on August 18, 2006, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played the longest ever nine-inning game, taking 4 hours and 45 minutes—more than five times as long as the Giants and Phils—to complete a 14-11 struggle.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history

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