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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. UPDATE: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Great Lawn, Field #2. -vi

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 | 275 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rays To Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

The Rays and Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). The Rays will send outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark to the Marlins in return. The Rays will pay the remainder of Hechavarria’s salary, according to Spencer.

Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, marlins, rays

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has never heard of ‘Seinfeld,’ teammates hilariously respond

The Dodgers’ 21-year-old rookie Cody Bellinger revealed that he doesn’t know who Jerry Seinfeld is on SportsCenter on Friday night.

As Scott Van Pelt laughed and was in shock, the Arizona native said, “I’m not gonna lie to you. I know the name, but I couldn’t put a face to the name. I don’t really know what he does, man. I’m sorry.”

Bellinger recognizes Seinfeld, but he has never heard of the TV show. He has no idea. He was born in 1995 and was only two years old when the last episode aired. Can you blame him?

The rook’s teammates were not too happy about this.

Hey Cody, the jerk store called, and they’re all out of you!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger


The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

All of which makes me wonder what the heck to do about this passage from Ken Rosenthal’s latest column. It’s about the reeling San Francisco Giants. They have all kinds of issues — their offense is putrid, their pitching isn’t much better and they’ve been without their ace most of the year — but today Rosenthal looks at their team chemistry. It’s a quiet and subdued clubhouse, he notes, and it has a lot of people wondering if something is wrong there. What could it be?

Sandoval, who was an often noisy and boisterous presence during his time with the club, departed as a free agent after that season. Pence has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and declined offensively, making it difficult for him to be as vocal as he was in the past. Some with the Giants muse that the team even misses Angel Pagan, who created an odd sort of unity because most of the players disliked him.

Read that last sentence again. And then go on with your talk about how team chemistry is a legitimate explanatory concept regarding what makes teams win or lose as opposed to a post-hoc rationalization of it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan, clubhouse chemistry, giants

Everybody wins by pushing the draft back

A few quick fixes could make both events work better, and a Sports Business Journal report reveals MLB is moving to improve the draft’s visibility. The report indicated the potential to move the draft back to July during the all-star break. Also, the draft would move out of MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., likely rotating to the site of the All-Star Game.

Hosting the draft while the NCAA Tournament is going on (even during super regionals this year) doesn’t make sense. It’s an anachronism. Baseball has kept its draft in the first (or second) week of June while the college season now lasts three or even four weeks longer than it used to. And it is simply unfair to college baseball to have many of its top players having their attention split between helping their teams get to Omaha while having to deal with the pressure of draft day.

Moving the draft to the Monday of the all-star break—one day after the Futures Game, two days before the All-Star Game—would (a) put the draft in the “offseason,” at least for amateur players; (b) give major league teams time to watch all players before meeting to line up their draft boards, and (c) allow MLB to initiate, at the least, a medical combine if not a scouting combine.
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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-26-2017

Since we missed it over the weekend…

New York Sun, June 24, 1917:

A no hit, no run, no man reached first base pitching performance by Ernest Shore, Boston twirler [and] an assault upon Umpire Owens by Babe Ruth…were incidents of the world champions’ double victory over Washington to-day. The scores were 4 to 0 and 5 to 0.

Shore’s entry into the select list of pitchers who have shown perfect performances was made possibly by Ruth’s banishment from the first game. Ruth had pitched only to Ray Morgan and Umpire Owens had given the latter his base on balls. Ruth argued the decision. The umpire ordered him off the field and Ruth then struck at Owens.

Shore came in, Morgan was caught stealing second, and then Shore retired 26 batters in a row for one of the most memorable pitching performances in history.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, perfect games

Nationals fan’s obituary blames bullpen for blowing ‘yet another lead’

Some type of salve could have prevented this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals


Every year, players emerge from nowhere to become All-Stars; here are this year’s candidates | The Seattle Times

Who could forget?

Remember Bryan LaHair for the Cubs in 2012, or utility man Brock Holt for the Red Sox in 2016 or Michael Saunders for the Blue Jays last season? Each year it seems a sure bet that an unexpected All-Star will make the team.

Who will be that player this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

Record homers, strikeouts show something not adding up in MLB | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

It sucks when our gods stumble.

No one is safe. The best pitcher in the game, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, already has allowed 17 homers. Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees, who pitched against the Rangers on Friday night, has given up 21.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs

Big Read: You should know Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette - Sportsnet.ca

Typical?

Typical Bo Bichette story: During his introduction to professional baseball last summer, an 18-year-old Bichette was absolutely tearing up the Gulf Coast League, batting .431/.450/.750 with 31 hits through his first 18 games. It was just a month after he’d been drafted and Bichette was already hearing murmurs he was close to earning a promotion. But somewhere along the way he picked up an injury to his midsection. It hurt like hell and it kept him up all night, yet it wasn’t enough to keep him off the field or prevent him from picking up a pair of hits practically every day.

But then, after two weeks of playing through it, Bichette was forced out of a mid-summer game after only one plate appearance, the howling pain preventing him from even swinging his bat. He went straight to the hospital, where they told him it was likely a virus and that he merely needed to rest. A week later, as he lay screaming in agony in his bed, Bichette reckoned it might not be a virus. So, back to the emergency room he went, where doctors looked at CAT scans and realized something was missing. Turns out, sometime over the preceding weeks, Bichette’s appendix had ruptured. Generally, when that happens, toxic and infectious substances from within the appendix spill into the abdominal cavity, which can cause extreme inflammation and, if not treated immediately, death.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bo bichette

Top 10 Prospects: June 26 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

Heard an excellent discussion on the Front Office on MLB Radio Network yesterday. They discussed Adams, including some insight from Brian Cashman. They followed up with a radio interview where Adams confirmed that he needs to refine his change up before the team brings it up. He says he finally has a grip he’s comfortable with but needs to be able to consistently get movement on it. He can’t do that, as Jim Bowden mentioned, if he’s only throwing it four times in a game (which he did his last start).

6. Chance Adams, RHP, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 14 G, 1.65 ERA, 81.2 IP, 47 H, 5 HR, 32 BB, 84 K at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

With Torres now out for the year, his replacement on the list is Adams. While he doesn’t have Torres’ upside—no one but Moncada does—he offers plenty of potential as a hurler with three pitches that can miss bats. His fastball gets into the high 90s, and his slider and change are both above-average pitches. Add in the ability to throw those pitches for strikes and great feel for all of his pitches, and you get a hurler who can miss bats and limit the self-inflicted damage. Expect the Yankees to give him a chance to pitch before the end of the summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Dodgers use wild pitches for 10th straight win | MLB.com

Cody Bellinger doing it all; Adam Ottavino, well, freakish appearance.

“People always talk about hitting is contagious, winning is contagious,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There is certainly a vibe or mentally that we’re going to win each day; regardless of who takes the mound or what circumstance, we’re not going to get down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 05:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, clay bellinger, dodgers, rockies

Sandy Alderson: Mets on the verge of being sellers

Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson are among the players who could be of interest to contenders.

“I think we have to be realistic about where we are,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “That’s not to say we are throwing in the towel by any means, but we haven’t played very well the last 10 days. We need to play better.

“Things can turn around the next 10 days, but guess what: they need to. In the meantime we have to be realistic about where we are in the division race, realistic about where we are in the wild-card. I don’t want to whitewash this. We haven’t played very well. We need to play better and if we don’t we have to be prepared to recognize that.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 26, 2017 at 01:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Nationals’ bullpen killed a man.

KILLEBREW, Patrick, “Pat,” age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 25, 2017 at 05:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen, nationals, obituary

Jorge Mas To Offer $1.1 Billion For Miami Marlins

The latest bidder is Jorge Mas, as first reported by the Miami Herald. My sources tell me that Mas is going to offer somewhere close to $1.1 billion for the MLB team, $500 million less than the handshake agreement Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had in February to sell the franchise he bought for $158 million in 2002.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that Jeb Bush has joined forces with Tagg Romney and Wayne Rothbaum to make a bid of more than $1.1 billion for the Marlins. Bush and Derek Jeter had been part of a group trying to buy the Marlins for $1.3 billion but withdrew their bid at the end of last month when they couldn’t come up with the money. Romney’s group was also reportedly willing to pay $1.3 billion originally. But now the combined Romney-Bush group has chopped their price by $200 million—and they still don’t have the dough.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It is a legitimate promotion, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.



Creeping Coachism

In 1972, the Rangers’ inaugural season, the team had five coaches: Joe Camacho, Nellie Fox, Sid Hudson, George Susce and Wayne Terwilliger. This was not unusual. During that season, some teams had five and some had four. A cursory examination of major league teams during the nadir of the Depression reveals that the number varied from one to three.

In 2017 the Rangers’ on-line roster contains 12 — count ‘em, twelve – names listed under the Manager & Coaches category. Aside from manager Jeff Bannister, the others are:

Tony Beasley, Third Base Coach
Josh Bonifay, Field Coordinator
Doug Brocail, Pitching Coach
Steve Buechele, Bench Coach
Mark Connor, Special Assistant, Pitching
Josh Frasier, Bullpen Catcher
Brad Holman, Bullpen Coach
Anthony Iapoce, Hitting Coach
Bob Jones, Replay Coordinator
Justin Mashore, Assistant Hitting Coach
Hector Ortiz, First Base Coach
Admittedly, only seven of these men have the formal “coach” appellation. But all of them save one (Mark Connor, a former pitching coach) are shown wearing Ranger caps. I can only assume that they also wear uniforms and are therefore eligible to appear in the dugout and on the field on game days.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2017 at 01:19 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching staffs

Tangotiger Blog: Statcast Lab: Is playing CF about opportunities or degree of difficulty or both?

Some of the most interesting work being done right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna dealing with anxiety issue

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said he is dealing with an anxiety issue and is unsure when he will be available to pitch again.

Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after not pitching in a save situation for the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander did not pitch again Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, although Toronto was not faced with a save situation in the 3-2 loss.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
“I really don’t know how to explain it. I just feel anxious. I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now,” Osuna, who is from Mexico, said through a translator before the game. “I’m just a little bit lost right now.

“This has nothing to do with me being on the field. I feel great out there. It’s just when I’m out of baseball, when I’m not on the field, that I feel just weird and a little bit lost.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: anxiety, blue jays, mental issues, roberto osuna


Kenley Jansen vs Craig Kimbrel as top reliever | MLB.com

I dig expected wOBA. If you look over the list of Top 400, who’s the first guy you don’t recognize? Asking for a friend.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dodgers, kenley jansen

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