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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rosenthal: St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright believed to have season-ending Achilles injury | FOX Sports

This is very bad news for the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is believed to have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday morning.
Wainwright was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field. The team said afterward that Wainwright would have an MRI and be further examined when the Cardinals return home. They wrap up a six-game road trip Sunday in Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, injuries

Tigers notes: Verlander can’t throw until he’s pain-free

“He can’t pick up a ball until he’s completely pain-free and no fluid in the area,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

And until the soreness in his strained right triceps subsides, Ausmus said, he will be sidelined. There is no timetable for him to throw a ball again.

The fluid in the area, Ausmus explained, is inflammation, which was found by an MRI last week.

“My understanding is that it wasn’t fully recovered which is why it became sore again,” Ausmus said. “We have to have him completely free of pain and inflammation because you don’t want to have a return to that scenario.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Meet the Clubhouse Crew, the team behind the Tampa Bay Rays | Tampa Bay Times

Have you ever wondered who was responsible for keeping Longoria’s jock socks clean?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Rockies get great infield defense from glittering glove box - The Denver Post

The Brittle Bunch wasn’t even an option?

The newest nicknamed bunch, the “Coors Shield,” plays in the dirt in LoDo. The name, nominated by a fan, Drew Baker, in an online poll at the fan website Purple Row, beat out two other finalists. The infielders, though, might not be ready for a nickname. They’re more focused on groundballs than on brand names.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Mariners notebook: Strained back muscle forces Iwakuma to disabled list | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Iwakuma informed club officials after his start last Monday that his shoulder felt “fatigued.” He then began taking anti-inflammatories in hopes of alleviating the problem prior to his scheduled Friday bullpen workout.

When Iwakuma reported the same symptoms in that workout, the Mariners moved quickly by placing him in the disabled list for what they characterized as a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle in his back.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Carlos Beltran making case for NY’s most hated player | New York Post

Do Mets and Yankees fans really hate Beltran?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, yankees

All-around catchers among most valuable commodities in baseball - The Boston Globe

The Globe’s Sunday notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball: At 40, Koji Uehara in a pitched battle - Sports - The Boston Globe

Koji has not looked good. Fastball around 86 MPH. His splitter has looked good but he’s throwing it an unsustainable rate. Eventually teams will stop swinging at it, get ahead in the count, and tee off on his very hittable fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: koji uehara, red sox

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more | FanGraphs Baseball

I haven’t had much time to read so I am still working on this book. It’s excellent and very well researched.

A fascinating tidbit from Mark Armour and Dan Levitt’s excellent book In Pursuit of Pennants.

In October 1962, the St. Louis Cardinals hired 80-year-old Branch Rickey as a consultant. One of Rickey’s first recommendations was that 41-year-old Stan Musial, coming off a .330/.416/.508 season, should retire. His advice wasn’t taken. Stan the Man returned for a final season and hit .255/.325/.404.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

4-26-2015 OMNICHATTER

The ESPN game of the week this week is… Mets-Yankees.

Talk about that and every other game here in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: April 26, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: April 25, 2015 at 07:18 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, obituaries

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back | MLB.com

Not good news for the Marlins or Yelich.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas | MLB.com

The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, suspensions, white sox

The emergence of Matt Harvey 3.0—and a matchup vs A-Rod - NY Daily News

His absence had a very different cause than Harvey’s, and his best years are long past. But when A-Rod steps into the box against the new king of New York baseball, we will see two men, born elite and gifted at creating buzz, competing for the first time. It will be riveting.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, yankees

Minor League Ball Gameday - Saturday, April 25th - Minor League Ball

Here’s an interesting utility to help track top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Source: Angels close to trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers | FOX Sports

This sounds workable.

Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will relinquish some money to the Angels that had been due to him. Traditionally, the Major League Baseball Players Association has prevented proposed agreements under which players give up financial benefits in their guaranteed contracts. However, in this case the MLBPA apparently views playing in a state (Texas) with no state income tax as a benefit unto itself.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

4-25-2015 OMNICHATTER

The “Day After Felix Day” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 25, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 24, 2015

Giants Splash: Patience with McGehee, and who goes when Pence returns - San Francisco Chronicle

I am not a fan of Casey McGehee, who only has 42 plate appearances. The Giants will give him more time, though, as they should.

1. How long will Bochy go with Casey McGehee when Matt Duffy is raring to go on the bench?

You know the Bochy/Giants drill by now. McGehee was targeted in trade to be the third baseman. The front office wanted him for a reason, and they certainly are not make a statement against McGehee by benching him one-eighth of the way through te season.

There is a pecking order here. Management goes into the season seeing what it is then adjusts, veterans first, youngsters second.

Which means Duffy needs to wait his turn.

In any event, I was certain Bochy would not sit McGehee for any considerable time ahead of the Giants’ visit to Colorado, and especially after McGehee got the hit that started Thursday’s game-tying rally. This is a place where bats get healthy and confidences rise, so McGehee will continue to get his chances.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mcgehee, giants, hunter pence

Baseball Savant: Your Source For Advanced MLB Statistics

More good stuff from BaseballSavant.com.

Top 5 weakest hit pitchers
1 Sale 81.9 MPH
2 Wainwright 83.14
3 Chen 83.33
4 Collmenter 83.65
5 Keuchel 84

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Josh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com

No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Cuban-born Jose Fernandez becomes U.S. citizen

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….

“This is one of my important accomplishments,” Fernandez said. “I’m an American citizen now—I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”

The new citizens sworn in represented 22 different countries. They heard taped presentations from President Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in Czechoslovakia and became a U.S. citizen in 1957.

Picture of the ceremony here.


Oh, Barry Bonds, How Could We Have Doubted You? - NYTimes.com

You won’t like Juliet Macur when she’s angry.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, rants

Andrew Miller hasn’t faced a lefty hitter yet

I don’t know how whether this is very odd or not but I noticed Andrew Miller has yet to face a lefty batter in the seven games that he’s pitched. 29 plate appearances, all against right-handed batters. Even without facing a lefty, he’s been dominant. .

Graphic of Andrew Miller's splits

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2015

Syndicated columnist Hugh Fullerton in the Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1915:

Here is Ty Cobb’s newest play—and his most daring one.

Cobb is on first when the ball was bunted. The throw is made to second, but Cobb beats it and, without stopping, starts for third. The batter meantime turns first. Cobb reaches third by a narrow squeak and the batter lands in safety on second.

Every time Cobb has tried it so far this year—it was quite a part of the training trip—he has been put out by a foot or two at third.

That’s because it’s a terrible idea, as far as I can tell. Nobody can run 90 feet more quickly than a ball can be thrown 90 feet.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

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