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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well.

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come by.  Rob Neyer, Tommy Lasorda, Benny Agbayani, Robothal, Pete Rose, no target too high.  Or too low.  So maybe Calcaterra could make it.

Let’s hear it, who’s coming?

Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Chicago Cubs’ Circle of Trust - WSJ

What about a Cone of Silence?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 03:42 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


Gwinnett Braves plan to change team name for 2018 season, ask for fans help in naming contest

What about “Barves”?

“The Atlanta Braves are still currently the only major league team that owns the majority of their minor league teams and a major part of the Braves footprint and the Braves expanding their brand throughout the Southeast is to continue to have minor league teams use the Braves name,” Johnson said. “When the team was in Richmond, that made great sense. If you were going to a Braves game, you knew you weren’t going to Atlanta. You were definitely going to Richmond.

“When we moved here, it was important we maintain the Braves name so people understood who we were, that we were a part of the Atlanta organization, because minor league baseball had never been in this area before. There were a lot of reasons to maintain the name and it was important for the Atlanta Braves to continue their brand.

“Fast forward nine years later, we’re in our ninth season, and our reality is a lot of confusion in the market with which team is which. It’s moreso for us. … We’ve had folks, on multiple occasions, who had tickets for a Gwinnett Braves game and showed up at Turner Field. Folks have turned up at Turner Field for a fireworks show and it turned out it was our fireworks show night. It’s more to clean up confusion on the marketing side, mostly from our end.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gwinnett, mascot, minor league

Is John Farrell Officially On Hot Seat As Red Sox Manager? « CBS Boston

I’d expect them to get a more emotional manager to replace him. Farrell isn’t a bad manager; of course, he’s not a good one either.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Focus on Jeter should inspire memories of Garciaparra’s peak

“it’s as if Jeter stands alone as the shortstop talent for a generation.

It’s too bad, considering that Garciaparra was every bit the player Jeter was. And in his prime, he was better.

There’s no question that Jeter brings the superior career to a debate between the two. Injuries derailed what Garciaparra could become from a legacy standpoint, and cost him the Hall of Fame”

Shortstops with most seasons of 6+ WAR, debuting 1969+:

Name            Yrs From   To   Age
Cal Ripken        6 1983 1991 22
-30
Alan Trammell     6 1983 1990 25
-32
Alex Rodriguez    6 1996 2003 20
-27
Nomar Garciaparra 6 1997 2003 23
-29
Ozzie Smith       4 1985 1989 30
-34
Troy Tulowitzki   4 2007 2011 22
-26
Robin Yount       3 1980 1983 24
-27
Barry Larkin      3 1988 1996 24
-32
Derek Jeter       3 1998 2009 24
-35 

 

DanG Posted: May 22, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hall of fame, nomar garciaparra, red sox, yankees

We road-tested MLB’s foray into VR game streaming | New York Post

When will this be a thing? The technology seems a long way away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2017

Tacoma Times, May 22, 1917:

Baseball trades are funny propositions.

A week ago the Tacoma team traded Ray Alexander, pitcher, and Toots Bankhead, outfielder, to the Seattle team for Kid McIvor, southpaw pitcher.

Bankhead refused to play for Seattle, and quit organized baseball by starting east. McIvor has a good job with a Seattle shipyard and refuses to come to Tacoma. He plays ball in the Seattle shipbuilding league.

I know it’s because I’m looking at it from the perspective of 2017, but it seems bizarre that Tacoma would be too far from Seattle. I guess playing in the Northwestern League wasn’t lucrative enough for McIvor to live in Kent, buy a car, and commute 20 miles.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Terry Collins, Mets need to find way to relieve strain on bullpen | FOX Sports

A quality bullpen can’t exist when your starters are getting knocked out early every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Mets need Matt Harvey to get his act together now more than ever - NY Daily News

One amusing moment during the Mets game was Mike Trout AB against Milone. Trout had a bad swing on a Milone pitch and Keith Hernandez (I think) made a comment about not needing to throw 95 to be effective. I turned to my wife and said, “Trout’s going to take him deep now.” Five seconds later, boom!

After the game, Terry Collins said the Mets are probably going to push Zack Wheeler back a day from his scheduled Wednesday start to give him an extra day’s rest and they might do it with Jacob deGrom, who developed a blister on his right ring finger in his last start. That means Milone, who only threw 43 pitches in Sunday’s embarrassing 12-5 loss, would come back and start on Wednesday.

“Have we pushed him too hard? I don’t think that,” Collins said of Wheeler, who missed the last two seasons rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. “We were kind of anticipating there might be a time, been so long since he pitched, he might be a little fatigued. ... He said to Dan (Warthen, the pitching coach) I could use an extra day and that made sense.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Top Yankees Prospect Gleyber Torres Promoted To Triple A

All is proceeding according to plan:

The Yankees have promoted top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The move was announced after Sunday’s game by manager Bobby Mitchell on the team’s weekly radio show. Torres, 20, was hitting .273/.367/.496 in 32 games at Double-A and had homered in four of his past seven games, including a grand slam on Friday against Portland.

“Every since we’ve gotten him in the organization, he’s shown the ability to give quality at-bats every single day,” said Yankees farm director Gary Denbo, who was in attendance at Trenton over the last three games. “He’s shown some power, he’s played some exceptional defense for us, his throwing has been accurate and he’s getting better and better on the basepaths. So all the things that we want him to check off on the way to major league player, he’s been doing it for us.”

 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red Sox are too good to be this average

The Red Sox need a trade, a benching, a tipping over of the food table moment, a stern meeting. They need to be shaken up.

They are 21-21 after a terrible 8-3 beating Saturday at the hands of the Oakland A’s, a last-place team the Red Sox have helped revive.

The Red Sox should be way better than this. It was an awful day. They fell to .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 to begin the season.

“Yeah it’s disappointing. We’re not a .500 team,” insisted Chris Young. “At the same time we just have to keep things into perspective. We’re a better team than we’re showing. It’s still May and if we’re as good as we think we are, we’ll be there.
“If we were losing by mental mistakes or not playing hard I’d be saying something different. I honestly don’t feel that’s what’s happening right now.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nick cafardo, red sox

Dodgers’ newest pitcher could be outfielder Brett Eibner

The Dodgers manage their roster with a short bench and a surplus of creativity. The player who has pinch-run most often this season is pitcher Ross Stripling.

So it might come as little surprise that the Dodgers are experimenting with outfielder Brett Eibner as a pitcher. He played the outfield and pitched at the University of Arkansas from 2008-10, so he would be working on seven years rest.

“I’m also 25 pounds heavier, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

This isn’t just about a position player saving the bullpen in a blowout. Eibner has thrown several bullpen sessions at Dodger Stadium and at Oklahoma City, working on building arm strength and developing secondary pitches to accompany a fastball he said hit 95 mph in college.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:38 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brett eibner, dodgers

OTP 22 May 2017: George W. Bush photobombs a sports reporter

Former president George W. Bush attended a Texas Rangers baseball game Wednesday evening, and happened to be heading to his seat with drink in hand right when sideline reporter Emily Jones was live on TV.

So Bush did what any normal person would do — seize the opportunity to be on TV and make a funny face.

Mark my words, the Donald will be doing this a couple of decades from now, and we’ll all be nostalgic for the innocent, rosy days of 2017.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: May 21, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 248 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, politics, rangers, television

Brewers Stir A Little Beef By Suggesting That Cubs Called Rainout For Reason Other Than Rain

A few hours before the scheduled first pitch, the Cubs called to reschedule yesterday afternoon’s game against the Brewers due to rain. But when the original game time rolled around, it was no longer raining—and things stayed pretty dry for the rest of the day. An ordinary display of caution by the Cubs? A simple judgment error? Not according to the Brewers!

Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, general manager David Stearns stopped short of accusing the Cubs of any “actual shenanigans.” But he accused them of having a bad forecast, different from anything that the Brewers were looking at, and said he had already talked to the team directly about his frustration:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, postponement, rain



Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

Boston Globe Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, orioles

Heyman | Luis Robert Has Deal With White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have an agreement with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, and the contract is expected to be worth between $25-$30 million, sources told FanRag Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: luis robert, white sox

Inside Baseball NL Notes | How Stanton’s Contract Impacts Marlins

Sorry, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family the last few days. Here’s something to start getting caught up.
Inside Baseball AL Notes | Astros doing homework on starters

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Bobby Grich, Rick Burleson, and Their One Full (Strike-Shortened) Season as a Dominant Double Play Combination

The pairing of Grich and Burleson not only brought together two of the game’s best all-around players but also two of its fiercest competitors.  Grich and Burleson were both known for their intensity and determination to win—earning reputations as hard-nosed players, not afraid to get their uniforms dirty.  Umpire Ron Luciano once said that Grich “always wore uniforms that looked like ‘before’ on detergent commercials.”  Early in his career Burleson was given the nickname “Rooster” by Boston third base coach Don Zimmer one day during infield practice, who remarked “with his hat off and his hair standing up, he looks like a rooster walking around.”  The nickname perfectly fit the shortstop and his aggressive style of play.  Contemporary infielder Alfredo Griffin recounted the complete game Grich brought to the ballfield, “He had it all - a great glove, power, an all-around game.”  Zimmer also recognized Burleson’s abilities on both sides of the diamond saying, “He hits pretty well because he hits like he plays.  He’s a little bulldog up there.”  Future major leaguer Tim Salmon remembers Grich “as a real no-nonsense player, really aggressive with high energy and high emotion.”  Former pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee described Burleson’s tenacious desire to win, “Some guys didn’t like to lose, but Rick got angry if the score was even tied.”  Lee, who was teammates with the fiery shortstop on the 1975 Pennant winning-Red Sox also added that Burleson “was very intense and had the greatest arm of any infielder I had ever seen.  The moment he reported to camp, he brought a fire to the club that we had been lacking.”  Broadcaster Joe Garagiola said this of Burleson, “He’s even-tempered.  He comes to the ballpark mad and he stays that way.”


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