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Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: TBA
Field: TBA
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jung Ho Kang Receives Visa, Set To Rejoin Pirates

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has received a work visa and is expected to resume his career with the team, according to a report from Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Kang had not been able to secure a visa for quite some time after being convicted of a DUI in his native South
Korea.

For the time being, Kang will remain on the restricted list as he works his way toward MLB readiness with in extended Spring Training at the Pirates’ complex in Bradenton, Fla. There’s no indication from the team as to how long he’ll spend ramping up in Florida.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 26, 2018 at 05:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pirates, stealing our jobs

Ronald Acuna hits first homer | MLB.com

He showed off his power. Two ABs later he showed off his wheels beating out an infield hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Tampa Bay Rays promote LHP Jonny Venters

The greatest story of perseverance in baseball history has added another chapter.

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham.

Jonny Venters last pitched in a major league game on October 5th, 2012 while he was still a member of the Atlanta Braves.

 

JJ1986 Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: tampa bay rays, tommy john surgery

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames goes on DL with torn thumb ligament

Thames was injured Tuesday night in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ game against Kansas City, when he dived to his right to snag a grounder from Mike Moustakas, flipping to reliever Dan Jennings covering the bag for the out. Thames jammed his glove hand hard into the ground making the play and exited the game after that inning.

Before the season, they seemed to have a logjam of capable position players.  That logjam is now defunct, with the primary playing time beneficiaries likely to be Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar.  Aguilar has slugged north of .500 in 350 PAs since being claimed on waivers from the Indians before last season.

Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers

The Greatest Season That Never Was

A man is granted three wishes, but there’s a catch: He has to use them to create the perfect baseball player. It almost worked.

gehrig97 Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinnati reds, eric davis, rickey henderson, willie mays


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2018

New York Tribune, April 26, 1918:

A decision as to whether Christopher Mathewson will be released from the management of the Cincinnati National League club in order to go to France to promote baseball among the American troops may be reached at a conference in Pittsburgh to-day between Mathewson and August Herrmann, president of the Cincinnati club.
...
In the event that Matty goes to France it is said that Hal Chase will manage the Reds during the absence of the old master.

Avoid France, Matty. Trust me.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Today’s Phillies-Diamondbacks game available only on Facebook

The league’s first Facebook game, a rain-delayed April 4th matchup between the Phillies and the New York Mets, earned mixed reviews from viewers and sports media observers due to the interface’s laughably-large graphics, a comments bar that often obscured the action on the field and issues relating to the livestream.

But MLB has been tinkering with its Facebook broadcast in recent weeks, reducing the size of the score bug and shifting it to the right side of the screen, which has improved the game’s presentation not only on desktop, but on tablets and mobile devices as well.

Are sports bars allowed to show the game through a Smart TV?

Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2018

Albuquerque Morning Journal, April 25, 1918:

Just fifty years ago they had a great ball club in Cincinnati. It was the Cincinnati Reds and the roster included the great players of the late sixties.

Forty-nine years ago this club went through an entire season without meeting defeat. During the season they won eighty-one games.

In memory of this great team of half a century ago Cincinnati is going to unfurl a baseball flag this year, a flag which was presented to those Reds of 1868 and which has been stored away in moth balls since the end of that season.

In honor of the 1868-1869 Reds, the 2018 Reds will attempt to go through an entire season without winning a game.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kyle Schwarber hits 2 homers in Cubs’ win

He’s been crushing it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:19 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Ronald Acuna being called up by Braves | MLB.com

The Acuna Era will begin in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Raissman: Mike Francesa returning to WFAN in the 3 pm - 7 pm time slot, sources tell News

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment.

Unless there is a last-minute snag in the negotiations, Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa will soon return to WFAN, the Daily News has learned.

Francesa will be back in the 3 p.m.-7 p.m. slot, according to well-embedded Hudson Street (FAN Headquarters) rats. The sources said the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. slot will be divided between Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, currently FAN’s 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. team, and CMB, aka Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, who replaced Francesa earlier this year.

Stormy JE Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, mike francesa, radio, wfan

The unwritten rules of using a position player to pitch ... when you’re winning big

The last time a position player entered as a reliever when his team was well ahead — at least, as far as I can tell, no refunds — was October 3, 1920. With the St. Louis Browns leading the Chicago White Sox, 16-7, the Browns sent George Sisler in to pitch. The Hall of Famer, who hit .340 for his career, was apparently keen on giving the crowd at Sportsman’s Park a laugh on the last day of the season, and I would guess the White Sox were fine with it. Sisler had just set the all-time record for hits in a season (257), which would stand for another 84 years, and he was one of the biggest stars in the game.

Bored Posted: April 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: george sisler, unwritten rules

Pujols’ Age Revisted

An old subject with a little bit of new information.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, pujols, scouting

Brandon Belt sets MLB record, sees 21 pitches in AB before lining out

The sequence was Foul-Ball-Swinging Strike-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Ball-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Foul-Lineout.

There were also 4 pickoff throws to first during the plate appearance.

Nasty Nate Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon belt

VIDEO: Rockies Announcers Sound Like Complete Idiots Talking About Javier Baez

The Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 9-7 to win the weekend series on the road and it was quite an interesting finale on Sunday afternoon. Several weird events transpired, including Javier Baez trying to block DJ LeMahieu’s view at second base that drew the ire of the Rockies broadcast team.

Javy is fun.

Meatwad Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:28 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javy baez, rockies, sign stealing

Long-Term Battery Combiniations

As of the end of the 2017 season 132 battery combinations had logged at least 3000 outs (1000 innings) since the establishment of the modern pitching distance of 60 feet 6 inches…...

Nine pitchers are listed twice:
Steve Carlton (Bob Boone, Tim McCarver), Hooks Dauss (Oscar Stanage, Johnny Bassler), Whitey Ford (Yogi Berra, Elston Howard), Bob Gibson (Tim McCarver, Ted Simmons), Carl Hubbell (Gus Mancuso, Harry Danning – whose careers were nearly coincident), Walter Johnson (Eddie Ainsmith, Muddy Ruel), Christy Mathewson (Frank Bowerman, Chief Meyers), Mike Mussina (Chris Hoiles, Dan Wilson), and Cy Young (Chief Zimmer, Lou Criger).

KJOK Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history


It’s quittin time - the tale of an umpire

I have no idea the quality of the data but it’s interesting. I think it common knowledge that zones expand when the result of the game is no longer in question. This is deeper.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game times, tto, umpires

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1918:

A new swatting crown—the timely hitting championship—will be awarded in the American League this year.

Two new columns—“runners scored” and “chances offered”—have been added to official box scores.

In the first column the batter is to be credited with all runs scored as direct result of his hits, bases on balls, sacrifices, infield outs and being hit by pitched balls.

In the “chances offered” column, he is to be charged with the number of men on bases when he comes to bat. Each runner represents a man whom he has opportunity to put across.

Well done, old timey people.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stats

Monday, April 23, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 23, 1918:

Eddie Collins was shooting for a record today. If he completes the White Sox-Tiger game he will hold the record for consecutive games. Yesterday he equaled the mark set by Sam Crawford, former Tiger, with 472.

Meanwhile, a high school student named Lou sits at a Manhattan soda fountain, utterly unimpressed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 23, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 Apr 23: The Dominant-Sport Theory of American Politics

All true, and I have joined in the tut-tutting. Yet I can’t help noticing that the people making these criticisms are mostly a bunch of white guys born in the 1960s. I came along near the start of that decade, so I’ve seen a few cultural shifts in my day, and the first one came via early-1970s headlines proclaiming “Baseball No Longer the National Pastime,” after polls showed that football had become America’s most popular sport. Pundits lamented football’s rise (“violence punctuated by committee meetings,” in George Will’s memorable phrase, though he was certainly no stranger to the press box at Redskins games), and indeed, the change coincided with a trend toward greater complication, bureaucratization, and crudity in American life. After brushing off the 1980s soccer scare, football remained unchallenged for decades.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: April 23, 2018 at 08:10 AM | 1008 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, nfl, off-topic, politics, soccer

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