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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 | 267 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tigers place Miggy on DL with calf strain | MLB.com

Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base.

The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel cabrera, tigers

Brian McCann’s Three-Run Homer in 12th Helps Yankees Walk Off With a Victory - The New York Times

Trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 5-3 in the 12th inning on Friday night, Teixeira had an opportunity to ignite a rally with runners on first and third and one out. Suddenly, fireworks began going off outside the Stadium, minutes before the Fourth of July officially began, and Teixeira responded with a run-scoring single.

Moments later, McCann capped the show with a three-run homer to right field, propelling the Yankees to a 7-5 win, their first walk-off victory of the season.

“It’s one of the best feelings that you can possibly have,” McCann said of hitting the winning home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, yankees

Klapisch: Mets’ 16-13 win over Braves in 1985 an instant classic

Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…

The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.

“Need that story.”

It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.

The Mets and Braves had staggered to the finish line of a 19-inning game that’s remembered as one of the longest and craziest ever played. The Mets won, 16-13, but the NFL-like score leaves out the incredible details – like the 43 players used by both teams, the 46 hits, the 37 runners left on base, the 22 walks, Keith Hernandez hitting for the cycle (albeit in 10 at-bats) and Gary Carter catching the whole way.

And me? I was a beat reporter at the New York Post, back when the tabloid had seven editions, including its sports final at 1:45 a.m. designed to include West Coast results. But the edict came down when the Mets and Braves blew past the last deadline – they would hold for the final score.

Little did my editor know what he’d gotten himself into. Already, because of rain, the game was delayed by nearly two hours – first pitch wasn’t delivered until 9:04 p.m.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, extra innings, mets, pitchers hitting, rain delays


Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees getting the baseball from his 3,000th hit after all

The Yankees, in a news release, said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game. Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
...
During their opening remarks, Rodriguez accepted an apology from Hample, who before recovering the 3,000th-hit ball compared Rodriguez to the devil, on Twitter.

“First of all, you are forgiven,” said Rodriguez, 39. “I have a Ph.D. in saying some dumb things over the years.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Theo Epstein on trade that brought Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs

Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, athletics, billy beane, cubs, theo epstein

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees settle dispute over bonus payment

Aren’t the Yankees and A-Rod wonderful people?

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Reddick criticizes A’s front office over his playing time | CSN Bay Area

Maybe he should worry about doing better in the AB he does get against lefties.

“I have no idea. It doesn’t come from anywhere in this clubhouse. Everybody knows what situations our general manager puts up there. I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.”

Reddick, who’s hitting .330 in 209 at-bats against right-handers but just .152 in 66 at-bats against left-handers [emphasis added], brought up Tuesday’s game against Colorado as an example. He told Fosse he was originally slated to start against Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, but he received a text message from Melvin in the afternoon saying the idea had been vetoed.

“I know Bob’s in there fighting for me,” Reddick said. “The other day I was supposed to play against De La Rosa, and Bob texts me at around 1:30 and told me he had been ‘trumped,’ was the word he used. I understood right away. I know it’s not Bob. He’s fighting for me to be in there every night. It still frustrates me beyond belief when I don’t play …. I wanna be in there helping my team no matter if a guy’s throwing right-handed, left-handed or center-handed. Whatever you wanna call it, I just want to be in there, be able to compete and help my team win.”

Reddick’s career splits:

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick

Charges pending in alleged St. Louis Cardinals computer intrusion of Houston Astros - CNNPolitics.com

Correa’s attorney, Nicholas Williams, said: “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior.”

The probe by investigators at the FBI’s Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting action by the Houston U.S. attorney’s office. A U.S. attorney spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Houston U.S. attorney’s office said “no charges have been filed and we obviously cannot provide any information that is not contained in our public court record nor confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of an investigation.”

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said the agency “aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems.”

“Once our investigations are complete, we pursue all appropriate avenues to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” she said.

The intrusion isn’t considered computer hacking. Instead, investigators believe Cardinals employees used an old password belonging to a former employee who went to work for the Astros in order to gain access to the Astros database.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Ben Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get | New York Post

Ben Zobrist? Don’t get me wrong, He’s a good player. But he’s the GUY they would overpay for? He is a free agent next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, mets, trade rumors

Trevor Bauer imitates teammates batting stances during an at-bat.

Trevor Bauer’s third plate appearance during Friday’s game against the Pirates was ... interesting. Either the Indians’ batters were telepathically controlling their pitcher from the dugout, or Bauer decided to show off a few very accurate impressions at the plate.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 04, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, rich little, trevor bauer

7-4-2015 OMNICHATTER

Today, we celebrate, our OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 04, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 03, 2015

No Chicago White Sox front office rift

So there’s a rift in the White Sox front office ...

Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, rick hahn, white sox

Who is baseball’s best manager? The survey says ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘

Jacob Posted: July 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, buck showalter, joe maddon, managers, terry francona

Brewers bullpen catcher eats 23 cheesesteaks, breaks Citizens Bank Park record | MLB.com

He’d just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Phillies’ 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon—and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos’ four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch Wily Peralta’s pregame bullpen session.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, tasty sandwiches

Say hey, baseball: The Dodgers don’t care about your dumb spending limits - SBNation.com

The Dodgers had a budget of $2,020,300 to spend, the fourth-lowest in the game. On Thursday alone, they signed two players who would have busted that budget by themselves, and a third who would have come close: Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez signed for $16 million, while Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito agreed to bonuses of $2.6 million and $2 million, respectively. What’s even better about all this is that the Dodgers signed nine players total, but we don’t yet know the bonuses for four of them. Oh, and there are 11 months left in this signing period: the Dodgers are already $20 million over budget, and guaranteed to go higher than that. And that doesn’t count the 100 percent tax on their spending that they’ll owe. Yup, the Dodgers casually dropped over $40 million yesterday, from a starting point of just over $2 million.

You have to appreciate the audacity of it all, though, especially since Los Angeles used a portion of their allotted budget to trade for other players yesterday as well. The $2,020,300 allowed for them is actually broken into smaller chunks, which can be dealt to other teams. So, since the Dodgers were over budget anyway and there is no extra penalty for being even further over, they sent more than half of their assigned budget elsewhere to teams trying to follow the rules. One wonders if the owners who were trying to cut spending/hoard their money regret their lack of foresight right about now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, international players

It’s disgusting how jokester GM, cheap owners watch Mets burn | New York Post

The torches are out in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Michael Conforto is the upgrade Mets too afraid to summon | New York Post

What’s the worst that can happen? The guy could come up, get buried, lose his confidence, and become a used up husk of a player.

Sandy Alderson recently chided media members for overzealousness by dubbing them the denizens of Panic City. Funny. Alderson has a dry wit. What he doesn’t have is a good enough offense to support a superb rotation. What he doesn’t have yet is a trade market ready to deliver him a bat to enliven a comatose lineup.

The answers, for now, must come internally. And while Alderson might see Conforto as the kind of gambit the mayor of Panic City would love, I don’t. I see it as a low-risk gamble. If he hits, great; that is a found bat at a moment of crisis. If not, he is just like everyone else on the roster, and he can be returned to the minors to continue his development.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

OMNICHATTER 7-3-15

Friday’s OMNICHATTER, which lacks a reference or anything today.

Gamingboy Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Video: Statcast: Molina’s amazing throw | MLB.com

OK, you might want to turn the volume on this it. It’s a great throw, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: video, yadier molina

Inside Baseball: 12 possible sellers, who might go and proposed deals - CBSSports.com

Sunday Notes, on Friday! Many tidbits, including this one.

Proposed Trade: Cueto to the Astros for young outfielder Domingo Santana and infield prospect Nolan Fontana. (Though it may not be so easy to get Reds GM Walt Jocketty to get together on a trade with his Astros counterpart Jeff Luhnow—word is, ex-Cards execs Jocketty and Luhnow are even less close than Luhnow and the remaining Cardinals front office folks).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Blind Resumes: A Fascinating Keuchel Comp

Some interesting player comparisons.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dodgers acquire four Minor Leaguers in moves | dodgers.com

If understand the slot system, this means the Dodgers got four players and saved spending $1.3 million, which further reduces their pool, which means they will pay a higher tax on the money they already spent. Right?

With the two deals, the Dodgers acquired four players for $1,320,300 in overage tax for international signings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cardinals fire Scouting Director for hacking Astros

Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify whether the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Correa did not leak any Astros data, and is not responsible for additional hacks that the FBI has alleged occurred or leaking any data, said the source.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking, scouting

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