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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ken Rosenthal - Posts

Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook column. (Let me know if you can’t view it.) Would someone please help him set up a Wordpress account??

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Inside Baseball NL Notes | Nationls Call On Orioles Britton

Missed this the other day. Here’s the AL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Why these Dodgers might be the closest thing to a great team

Boston Globe Sunday Baseball Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, notes

Friday, July 07, 2017


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sunday Notes: Blake Parker is an Angel Who Can Save | FanGraphs Baseball

“I don’t know if this is a good analogy, but the only thing I can compare it to is picturing yourself sitting on the beach,” [Taylor] Rogers told me. “If you can close your eyes and picture yourself on the beach, you can start to hear the waves, and feel the sand, and the warm air. It’s kind of like a daydream. It’s, ‘OK, Chris Davis is coming up, and here we go.’ By the time I get out there, my brain has already seen him.”

What it hasn’t seen is the result of the pitch. For Rogers, visualization is about execution, not imagining what he has no control over.

“I’m visualizing the shape of the pitch, and the location of the pitch,” explained Rogers. “I’m not visualizing the result. After the ball leaves your hand, it’s out of your control. Round ball, round bat, and all that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Olney: Aaron Judge is chasing history by not chasing bad pitches - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

But his walk rate in 2017 shows he understands a lot of principles that some hitters never conquer. A common response to a thriving young hitter is to tempt him with pitches out of the strike zone, and so far, Judge has demonstrated unusual discipline. As of Saturday morning, his chase rate was 24.4 percent, 30th best in the majors and better than old pros like Dexter Fowler, Logan Morrison, Matt Holliday and Buster Posey.

Joey Votto is regarded as a master of plate discipline, perhaps the best example of a great hitter who will not swing at pitches out of the zone, and Votto’s chase rate in his first full season was 24.4 percent—exactly Judge’s percentage now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, notes

Monday, June 19, 2017

What are the odds the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? Probably good | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Catcher trips to the mound? It’s becoming an issue baseball needs to address

Yes, yes, yes.

Does it drive you crazy when the catcher constantly goes to the mound to talk to the pitcher about who knows what?

It’s not just aggravating to fans and the media. It’s also aggravating to Major League Baseball, managers, and coaches. At some time this offseason this will become a front-burner issue, if it isn’t already.

For someone who hates changes in baseball, even I would admit there has to be a limit on catcher/pitcher conferences, doesn’t there?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
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Sunday Notes: Father’s Day Meanderings | FanGraphs Baseball

I never thought I’d see this day.

“(Sabermetrics) have become more common, in practice,” acknowledged Gregg. “Statcast has its own realm, and there are other things, like WAR, Defensive Runs Saved, and Fielding Independent Pitching. We’re starting to get to the point where we can put them into our game notes, but they’re not understood by 100% of the people who consume them, so that’s something we need to balance. But the game is evolving, and as a student of the game, you have to evolve with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Inside Baseball NL Notes | Dodgers Could Surprise For Quintana

Heyman’s latest.

AL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Notes: Tigers’ Daniel Norris Channels Clayton Kershaw | FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of good stuff this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer and his work to try to stop sex trafficking in overseas brothels

Nick Cafardo’s latest. He and I agree about instant reply.

2. Here’s where I stand on instant replay: My first preference would be to get rid of it altogether, but understanding that’s not realistic I’d get rid of central command in New York, and take challenges away from managers and allow umpires to review any play they deem close.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 07:19 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday Notes: Acta’s Analytics, Banister’s Fire, Phillips’ Folly, Porcello Up Down, Rowdy, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Brandon Phillips told reporters this week that it was “a slap in the face” to see Scooter Gennett wearing No. 4 on his jersey. Apparently, the erstwhile Cincinnati second baseman feels the Reds should be well into the process of retiring his old number.

Phillips might want to use that slap in the face as a wakeup call. Yes, he had a good career in the Queen City before being exiled to Atlanta. ‘Dat Dude’ has every right to be proud of what he accomplished as a Red. But to suggest that no one should be allowed to wear his number — the same one that Hall of Fame catcher, and Cincinnati legend, Ernie Lombardi wore? In my opinion, that comes off as a little arrogant.

I’m not saying the Reds shouldn’t honor Phillips, nor am I saying that retiring his number would be a bad idea. Frankly, it’s likely to happen down the road, and I’ll be among those applauding from a distance. Even so, complaining about a perceived slight is a bad look.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Nick Cafardo: After two months of baseball, which teams are trending up and down?

Need or want? Jon Gray is coming back soon. Jeff Hoffman has looked good in fill-in time.

4. Colorado Rockies — Bud Black has done a terrific job pulling this team together. The Rockies’ offense is explosive and their starting pitching has been much better than anyone could have imagined. Whether that keeps up will be the story leading up to the All-Star Game. Greg Holland has been the signing of the year. Observers say they will need a pitcher, but will they pay the price for one?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 07:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ray finds an old friend – Joe Blogs – Medium

Ray was dominate last night with great command of his fastball which sat 95-98. As much as the curve is a nice wrinkle, with a fastball like that he doesn’t need to have the best curve to make him effective.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, robbie ray

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is off to record-setting start – and will get better | FOX Sports

Cody Bellinger possesses that rarest of baseball gifts.

“He has the ability,” Dodgers first base coach George Lombard said, “to make everything look easy.”

Lombard said that the Dodgers’ staff didn’t know Bellinger all that well at the start of spring training. His arm proved better than they expected. He ran better than they expected. And his power . . . it’s doubtful that even Bellinger’s father, former major-league infielder/outfielder Clay Bellinger – expected this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, notes

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inside Baseball AL Notes | Royals Slow Playing Their Free Agents

Heyman’s AL notes.

NL notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 03:22 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

Boston Globe Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Inside Baseball NL Notes | How Stanton’s Contract Impacts Marlins

Sorry, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family the last few days. Here’s something to start getting caught up.
Inside Baseball AL Notes | Astros doing homework on starters

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Sunday, May 14, 2017

These bullpens are saving — and sinking — some seasons

Bullpenning.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Sunday, May 07, 2017


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