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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 | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

McClendon confident, but can Mariners really turn it around? | FOX Sports

McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.

“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: lloyd mcclendon, mariners

Starlin Castro wants to take charge of his problems - Chicago Tribune

Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.

“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs to make better throws, too. If you stay back, I have to get quicker. That’s why my arm goes down or up and that’s why.

Castro has been visibly emotional after committing several of his recent errors, and he said he wanted to release some tension after hitting his home run and taking nearly 30 seconds to complete his jog around the bases.

“It’s emotion,” Castro said. “But I don’t really do it to offend anybody. It’s been a long time (May 8) since I hit a home run. May was a tough month. We start June, and we hit a home run right away. It makes me more excited.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Nationals’ Strasburg Diagnosed With Strained Left Trapezius - NYTimes.com

Washington manager Matt Williams said Tuesday the trapezius was the cause of the neck and upper back discomfort. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts and failed to last four innings in four of five outings in May.

“As soon as he feels good, he’ll get back to throwing,” Williams said before Tuesday’s doubleheader against Toronto. “We don’t know when that will be, though. ... But it could be within days that it feels better and he’s able to get back out there and do all the things he needs to do.”

Williams said he and his staff have not observed any mechanical issues with Strasburg during his recent struggles.

“We’ve looked at it extensively,” the manager said. “There’s minor adjustments that guys make over the course of a season, but nothing that glares at us that he’s changed that is drastically different, no.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Joey Gallo on Twitter: “Way back in the day when me and @Bharper3407 were 8 and 9 years old!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, joey gallo, rangers

New York Mets’ six-man rotation about protecting arms, young and old - Mets Blog - ESPN

Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.

“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.

“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man rotation. They are trying to avoid burnout of an older guy like Colon. They are trying to take the innings limit that they’ve placed on Matt Harvey and stretch it out to the end, just in case they’re still in contention. So I think this use of the six-man rotation reflects a measure of planning rather than an emergency situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics, six man rotations

Darowski-Hall of Stats:  First Look: The 2016 Pre-Integration Ballot

An early look at potential that candidates could appear on the Pre-Integration ballot which will be released this Fall.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2015

Toledo News-Bee, June 3, 1915:

LARRY DOYLE PULLED A NEW STYLE BONER

Larry Doyle, Giant leader, has always been recognized as one of the National league’s smartest players. At Boston on Wednesday he pulled a stunt for which Brave fans think he should be consigned to the boneyard. The play cost the Giants the game.

With Burns on third, Doyle flied to Moran in right. He trotted down to first. After the catch Burns started in from third and would have scored easily. Moran whipped the ball in, but Doyle stopped it at first, saying the throw was too late to catch the man at the plate. The umpire called the runner out for Doyle’s interference. The game ended 5 to 5 in the 10th.

Thankfully, unlike the famous Merkle and Snodgrass plays, this one didn’t help to decide a championship. The 1915 Giants finished in last place.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 03, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, larry doyle

OMNICHATTER 6-3-2015

OMNICHATTER, OMNICHATTER never changes.

Gamingboy Posted: June 03, 2015 at 12:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gallo homers in second big league at-bat | MLB.com

Kris who?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, next big thing, rangers

Full Count » John Henry: John Farrell’s job is secure; Ben Cherington will be general manager of Red Sox for a ‘very long time’

A faith in the process.

“Why do I believe that? Because I have worked with a lot of people over the years and these are two people that are really likable, respected — they are committed,” Henry said. “They are very good at what they do. John has provided the kind of leadership that we need through a tough period and I just don’t think you can blame the manager for this. I watch these games. They’ve been painful games to watch. To me it’s not the manager’s fault the way that we’ve been playing. I just don’t see that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, john farrell, john henry, red sox


Giancarlo Stanton is a monster who eats his Kit Kats whole

It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop and there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. These are known scientific facts. But, there’s definitely a wrong way to eat a Kit Kat. As the old adage goes, one must “break me off a piece” of a Kit Kat bar.

That strategy has been passed on from generation to generation since the dawn of time, but Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to care.

PreservedFish Posted: June 02, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, unwritten rules

Have relievers really gotten better? | FOX Sports

If relievers are truly getting better, maybe a team won’t need so many of them. How about a couple less relievers and a few more quality pinch-hitting options?

Now that we know that teams have better bullpens at their disposal than they used to, what’€™s the counter-move? One that’s been suggested is that hitters should stop being so patient and just attack what the starter gives them. In fact, there’€™s evidence that one reason for the recent rise in strikeouts is that hitters are being too patient. If the batter comes up saying, “€œI won’€™t swing until you throw me a strike,”€ the pitcher is likely to say, “€œOK, here”€ and we end up in an 0-1 count. If bullpens really are getting better, maybe it’€™s worth it to go after the No. 4 starter and make sure that it’€™s already 7-2 by the fifth inning so that the All-Star bullpen doesn’€™t matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, sabermetrics, trends

Sonoma Stompers Give Writers a Chance to Run Team

The Sonoma Stompers, they’re an independent professional baseball team in California’s wine country. Think grape stomping. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller do a weekly podcast where they said they would love to run a team, and the owners of the Stompers heard this and decided to take them up on it. The two writers are passionate about sabermetrics, the kind of baseball number-crunching made famous in the movie “Moneyball.”
...
And so, they have more freedom in terms of what they can do, and that’s what appealed to us. Sonoma plays as part of the Pacific Association, which is a California league, relatively new, relatively small. So we’re hoping it’s the perfect place to kind of be a testing ground for some things that might not work as well in the majors.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, sabrmetrics

Sketch of National Game of Baseball by George Wright « Our Game

George Wright (1847-1937), the first hero of the professional era in baseball, presented this little essay in person at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1919. It was published by the Society in the following year. Much of what Wright relates predates his earliest experience of playing the game, at age 14 in 1861, and is a bit of an undigested hash. But baseball was surely discussed in his household when he was a tyke, for his brother Harry had joined the Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1857, and his father, Sam, had been the professional of the St. George’s Cricket Club before that, and must have been present for early baseball matches. Some material may also reflect the received wisdom of Henry Chadwick and Albert Spalding, especially as gleaned from the latter’s America’s National Game (1911). Caveats aside, this is an interesting recollection by septuagenarian George Wright, a full half century after he wore the Old English “C” of the undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings and became the idol of the age.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Grant Brisbee breaks down each of Oakland’s 15 one-run losses

Getting to this a bit late, this was published on May 28th and since then the A’s have increased the number of one-run wins by 50%... to give them a 3-15 record overall.

4. Astros 7, A’s 6 - April 26

Key moments:
I’m caught between wanting to throw my hands up and say, “You get the idea” and continuing to pile on at the risk of my sanity and yours. I’ve chosen the latter strategy. May we all find peace in this world.

If only there were an image to symbolize this awful game.

OH COME ON.

That’s a fastball above Evan Gattis’s nose, which he hit for a two-run, ninth-inning double. The lead run was on base because Brett Lawrie had a brain fart and threw to second base on a fielder’s choice when the runner was already there. Again, that was a bad baseball play, but of course it happened in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, gifs, oakland a's

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2015

Tacoma Times, June 2, 1915:

[Federal League Umpire Bill Brennan] climbed about a train to go to the park and happened to be sitting bak to back with the players. He overheard them plotting.

“I’ll call him a big rummy, a stiff and tell him he’s all swelled on being umpire-in-chief,” said one. “He’ll can me. Then you run at him and bawl him good and strong. Then we can sneak back to town and meet those dolls.”

It happened per schedule. Never did an umpire take more abuse and grin. The players grew desperate and called him everything they could think of. Finally along in the sixth inning Brennan remarked:

“You two loafers keep quiet. You couldn’t get out of this game with an airship. Besides that I’m liable to beat you there and steal those dolls before you can get dressed.”

Brennan 1, Schemers 0 (Final).

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 02, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Is the Red Sox’ defense really that bad? - The Boston Globe

Hanley is the only real issue with the Red Sox defense. He has been brutal in left. Pedroia has been as good as he ever has been. Xander Bogaerts has noticeably improved at shortstop. Sandoval has been O.K. at third. I have no complaints about the rest of the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, red sox, sabermetrics

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL | dbacks.com

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

Nationals’ Bryce Harper doesn’t care about his so-called ‘breakout’ | Toronto Star

“Truly, I don’t care,” Bryce Harper said.

He wasn’t even being cocky. Well, not any more cocky than is inherent for someone who was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and touted as “Baseball’s Chosen One.”

“I’m not saying that just to say that,” he added, genuinely. “I know what I can do and I just don’t really care what people think or say or anything like that, because at the end of the day it’s what I think, it’s what my teammates think and what my family thinks.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Is Joey Gallo going to Rangers or Round Rock? | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

The Rangers called up Joey Gallo to replace Beltre.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

OMNICHATTER 6/2/15

The OMNICHATTER within

Gamingboy Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dean Martin roasts Hank Aaron

OMG!

Walt Davis Posted: June 01, 2015 at 10:08 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hank aaron

OT: Soccer June 2015

June 6 - Barca v. Juventus (Champions League final)

Women’s World Cup
June 6 - Canada v. China (opening match)
June 8 - USA v. Australia
June 12 - USA v. Sweden
June 16 - Nigeria v. USA
June 20-23 - Round of 16
June 26-27 - Quarterfinals
June 30-July 1 - Semifinals

Baldrick Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

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