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Monday, May 30, 2016

Cardinals notes: Punishment for hacking ‘unlikely’ before this June’s draft | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The sentencing hearing for former Cardinals executive Chris Correa has been delayed several times, and as a result the commissioner’s office has not resolved its investigation into Correa’s admission that he illegally entered the Houston Astros’ database. The Cardinals have been braced for punishment of some kind, but the timing has been unclear. Two sources with knowledge of the commissioner’s thinking said it would be “unlikely” that any punishment could be exacted before this coming draft. There isn’t time, said one, and the plan has been to wait until after the sentencing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Ryan Braun out with neck injury vs. Reds | MLB.com

On the same day the Boston Globe quoted one National League scout as saying Ryan Braun is “the hot name out there” on the trade market, that name was again absent from the Brewers’ starting lineup. And this time, it’s a new physical ailment.

A stiff neck sidelined Braun for the start of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds at Miller Park, marking the eighth time in the Brewers’ last 14 games that Braun was on the bench for the opening pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Royals rally to top White Sox for series sweep | MLB.com

Champions doing champion things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

OMNICHATTER 5-30-16

The Search for OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 30, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MLB has lost its way with replay, Chase Utley Rule

“Prince of Darkness” Tom Haudricourt with some valid criticism of the demise of the neighborhood play and instant replay.

So, in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night with the score tied, 6-6, the Reds had the bases loaded with one down. Adam Duvall, whose three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the seventh that erased the Brewers’ seemingly safe 6-1 lead, grounded into what appeared to be a routine 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

But, wait a minute. The Reds’ video replay specialist, running the play over and over on his replay screen in the clubhouse, noticed that Gennett had pulled his foot off the bag ever so slightly before fielding the toss from shortstop Jonathan Villar. He notified manager Bryan Price, who notified umpire crew chief Jim Joyce that Gennett likely violated the “neighborhood” rule.

 

foop Posted: May 29, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, neighborhood play, reds, replay, replay sucks, utley rule

Yu Darvish wins in return to Major Leagues | MLB.com

Darvish showed up before a sellout crowd and pitched like he had never been away. The only tangible difference was that the outing was a little shorter than normal, but other than that, Darvish looked to be at his best in holding the Pirates to one run in five innings. He walked one, struck out seven and left after 81 pitches.

“Physically I could go more innings, but mentally I was done,” Darvish said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Royals rally for 7-run 9th to beat White Sox | MLB.com

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

Terse Clay Buchholz doesn’t appear happy with move to bullpen | Boston Herald

If he pitched better, he’d still be in the rotation.

Clay Buchholz didn’t belabor the point as he does innings.

The Red Sox righthander for the second straight day on Saturday declined an interview about his move to the bullpen, telling the media waiting for him near his locker that he got moved to the bullpen and they should write it down, with a curse word mixed in as he walked away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Red Sox bring back good memories for Ruben Amaro Jr.

Wow!

The numbers associated with the Red Sox that are really impressive? Those of groundskeeper Dave Mellor. He’s had 43 surgeries, including a knee replacement, hip replacement, four back fusions, a pin in his foot, and a pin in his hand, all the result of when a deranged woman drove into County Stadium in Milwaukee, where Mellor was the groundskeeper, and ran him over in 1981. He was in severe pain for years, but Mellor is finally feeling better. The reason? A medtronic spinal cord stimulator, which was introduced to him by Dr. Jeff Arle at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “There’s a lead wire that attaches to my spinal cord and a little pacemaker implanted into my skin so I can send out electrical impulses [with a remote control] that interrupts the pain signal from the time it happens to the time it gets to my brain,” explained Mellor. “The stimulator has been life-changing. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ellis burks, red sox

How are you liking the decision to keep Matt Wieters now? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Things can change in a hurry. Yesterday, the Indians stole five bases on Wieters (Jimenez 4, Givens 1), including SB by the speedy Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Napoli, and Carlos Santana. So, I guess respect only goes so far.

Flash forward to now: Thanks to a torrid recent run, Wieters headed into Saturday slashing .292/.333/.451 with four homers and 16 RBIs. More important, he’s playing more often behind the plate and his defense has been noteworthy. His catcher’s ERA is 3.28, which is 13th overall in the majors and third among players with at least 25 starts at catcher.

Perhaps what’s more impressive is that Wieters is 4-for-8 in throwing out would-be basestealers. What stands out to me are the eight attempts. Teams are respecting his arm again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Syndergaard ejection exposes MLB’s lack of consistency | FOX Sports

What made Syndergaard’s pitch to Utley different?

“The ruling was that he intentionally threw at the batter,” crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter. “And with that, we have a judgment of whether we thought it was intentional. And if it was, we can either warn or eject. And with what happened in that situation, we felt the ejection was warranted.”

Fine. Just tell me why Bush and Hughes were not ejected, along with many other pitchers who have commited similar acts. Just tell me why a ruling on Syndergaard in New York was the complete opposite of the ruling on Bush in Texas.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: ejection, mets, noah syndergaard

Padres discussing potential James Shields trade with White Sox | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The Padres are discussing a potential trade of right-hander James Shields with the Chicago White Sox, and it appears those talks have significant momentum, sources familiar with the discussions said Saturday.

It is unclear if a deal is imminent, but one source described the discussions as having “energy” at this current stage. While Shields has pitched well this season, posting a 3.06 ERA through 10 starts, the Padres are 10 games under .500 after Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to Arizona and would like to move some of their pricier contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

OMNICHATTER 5-29-16

The Wrath of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 29, 2016 at 12:22 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Did the Tigers throw games in 1917 to help the White Sox win the pennant?

It’s likely that most players on both sides were aware of the arrangement, but most of them were not directly involved. In that era if a key player, a pitcher for example, wanted to make some extra cash he might “Have a bad game.” A pair of players: Detroit pitcher Bill James and White Sox shortstop Swede Risberg later claimed that as many as three Detroit pitchers were promised a reward if they were to perform poorly in the four-game set. Those pitchers were probably James, Bernie Boland, and Willie Mitchell.

Wahoo Sam Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, detroit tigers

Epic fall: Royals score seven in ninth to stun White Sox

Tough loss to Omaha, I mean, the Kansas City Royals.

It came the day after the bullpen blew a three-run lead to start a nine-game road trip. It was the Sox’ fifth loss in a row and 13th in their last 17 games and it left more than a couple players sitting at their lockers in stunned silence, a scene more common in late August or September than late May.

“When they won, I was like, ‘This is true?’ I can’t believe it,’’ Sox left fielder and former Royal Melky Cabrera said. “I just can’t believe it.”

Nor could a Sox fan base that saw its team storm to a 23-10 start and six-game lead in the American League Central. As the Cleveland Indians, who took three of four from the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field to start the week, won in Baltimore to knock the Sox out of first for the first time since April 22, “fire Robin Ventura” petitions were circulating on the Internet.

“You get to that ninth, and the way games have been going, you go to the guy to close it out, because we haven’t been able to get to him,’’ said Ventura, noting Robertson’s light workload of four appearances in the last 18 days and his first in five days. “There’s no time clock. If you can’t close it out, that’s what happens. And today we couldn’t close it out.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2016 at 10:57 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, royals, white sox

Mets Acquire James Loney to Shore Up First Base

This season, Loney was hitting .342 for El Paso of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He batted .280, with four homers and 32 R.B.I., last year with Tampa Bay before he was released this spring. Loney, a left-handed hitter, ranked as the second-toughest hitter in the American League to strike out in 2015.

depletion Posted: May 28, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Carlos Beltrán, 400 Home Runs, 2,500 Hits, and The Hall of Fame

Beltrán’s career is winding down and it is doubtful he will attain the 500 home run or 3,000 hit-milestones that would make his Hall of Fame candidacy an open and shut case.  Nevertheless, Beltrán has quietly put together a fine career and, by reaching the secondary milestones of 400 home runs and 2,500 hits to go along with his other accomplishments, the veteran slugger has greatly strengthened his Hall of Fame case.


Mets are getting defensive about Dodgers’ outfield tactics

The Dodgers, after using the laser rangefinder, wanted to use markers on the playing surface to define the desired positions for their outfielders, and informed the Mets’ grounds crew of their plans.

So, rules experts, are these two tactics legal or not legal?


Questions for the Cubs before they open a giant outdoor bar | Chicago Sun-Times

Quality of life is on the line, people, on the line!

Measured in baseball time, the Cubs’ venture into the outdoor bar business looks to be in about the fourth inning.

The Cubs can’t possibly believe this game is close to over, right?

Not when the Cubs’ proposal for an open-air drinking establishment next to Wrigley Field remains vague. Not when the quality of life in a whole neighborhood is on the line.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Remington: How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves

Watching the team fail so spectacularly, and seeing the front office blame the manager for losing with a roster that Babe Ruth and Joe McCarthy couldn’t save, raises a disturbing question: is the team being torn down and rebuilt by people ill-equipped for the task?

On May 1, the Braves tried to call up Emilio Bonifacio, a player they’d released in spring training then re-signed to a minor league contract. It turned out he was ineligible due to a rule that teams must wait 30 days to call up players whom they have cut and re-signed, a rule the front office had overlooked. “They bungle these little things,” says Bill Smith, a disability benefits specialist in Chattanooga. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing.”

Worse was the team’s blockbuster trade for Cuban defector Hector Olivera. Team scouts and then-manager Fredi Gonzalez loved him and pushed the front office to trade young pitching and prospects for the 30-year old third baseman, who was in the Dodgers’ minor leagues at the time, getting back into playing shape after two years moving through the administrative process of defection. Shortly after the trade, the Braves announced that he was moving to the outfield because they didn’t believe he could stick at third.

In early April of 2016, he was arrested on domestic violence charges and placed on administrative suspension by major league baseball. Before the league announced his punishment, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that the team was trying to trade him, only to find — predictably — that he is perceived around the league as untouchable. On May 26, the league handed down an 82-game suspension, announcing that Olivera will be ineligible to play until August 1. There is a chance that he may never play another game by the Braves.

“It feels like every move has backfired,” Tremayne says.

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 28, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta, barves, braves, fans, suckgate

Atkins on Blue Jays’ reputation: ‘I think we’re misunderstood’ - Sportsnet.ca

Ross Atkins recently wrapped up draft meetings with the club’s scouts in Florida and California and has also had an opportunity to review the club’s farm system. His take on what’s left after last summer’s trade deadline buildup? “There are some positives within our system,” he said. “There are some things that you guys saw in major-league spring training that give us reason to believe that we have some guys who could be every day major-league players. I think where we’re lacking is the depth of those guys that could turn into major-league players, that larger number of what we call in the industry a Role 4 player, someone who is maybe not an everyday player but a solid contributing player, who could turn into a five. That’s where we’re lacking a little bit of depth. Less margin for error. We have to make sure the guys that we feel are going to be great every day major-league players, become them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general manager, ross atkins

OMNICHATTER 5-28-16

OMNICHATTER: The Motion Picture

Gamingboy Posted: May 28, 2016 at 12:22 AM | 215 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, May 27, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1916:

The Reds were playing the Boston Braves and Wade Killifer smashed out a home run. A fan, who is known as the “Milkman,” who paid his quarter to get into the bleachers, became so enthused over the home run that he went outside the park and purchased a bouquet for Wade. The “Milkman” rushed back to the park, paid another quarter to again get inside the park and gave the flowers to a ground attendant and they were presented to Killifer.

...and then Killifer filed for a restraining order, hopefully.

If this story is true, this has to be the game in question. Killefer hit a two-run inside the park home run in the fourth inning. I’m sure that would have been exciting, but it doesn’t seem like something you lose your mind over: A guy hitting a fourth inning home run to give his sub-.500 team a 2-1 lead in a nondescript mid-May ballgame.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: crazytown bananapants, dugout, fans, history

OMNICHATTER 5-27-16

I see a little silhouette of a man, OMNICHATTER OMNICHATTER can you do the fandango?

(Shout-out to “There’s a bustle in Misirlou’s hedgerow”)

Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2016 at 11:48 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Baseball Prospectus | Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out

Sign a player with an opt-out and hope he gets stupid? Oy.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

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