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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Keep calm and mash: How the relaxed Twins are rewriting HR-hitting history

On Sunday, Nelson Cruz homered again. It was his fourth straight game in which he went yard, in his first five games back from the injured list. No big deal for a guy who came into this season with 203 home runs over the previous five seasons, right? Back in December, the Minnesota Twins signed the 38-year-old designated hitter to provide this kind of power. But what they didn’t necessarily anticipate was that Cruz would be just one slugger among many, because today’s Twins are putting on an unprecedented display of power at the plate, virtually a season-long Home Run Derby.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, June 13, 1919:

Manager Hugo Bezdek received a telegram from the National League officies just before the game began yesterday instructing him that he had been suspended indefinitely for his actions toward Umpire Charles Rigler on the previous day.
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Officials of the Pittsburgh club stated last night that they thought Bezdek was the victim of rather severe treatment. Hugo is a man who refrains from the use of profanity, and they seemed to be at a loss to know why he should draw this punishment.
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[Rigler:] “I want it understood that I like a fighting ballplayer and one who can make it kick without trying to make the umpire look as if he didn’t know his business. Bezdek did not swear when he addressed me on the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:46 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

6 suspects, including gunman, arrested in Ortiz shooting – Boston Herald

Read the article for more information.

An alleged gunman and five accomplices have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, Dominican officials said Wednesday, while providing no information about why a group of young men would try to kill their country’s most beloved sports hero.

Four other suspects were also being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle, assisted by two other groups of people in cars.

“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez said.

“Nobody involved in this unfortunate episode will escape justice, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2019 at 06:23 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz

Brewers vs. Astros - Verlander Strikes Out 15 - ESPN

Verlander Ks 15.

On a night when the Milwaukee Brewers struck out again and again, piling up a season-high 24 K’s against the Houston Astros, one big swing by Mike Moustakas made all those whiffs way easier to swallow.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2019 at 06:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander

Sources: Tigers open to dealing big-name vets

The Tigers are positioned to be one of the most intriguing sellers in baseball ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline, and sources said this week the team is open to moving virtually any veteran on its roster.

In other words, now that the Draft is over, the Tigers will listen to offers for starter Matthew Boyd, closer Shane Greene and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Hunter Pence hits a bizarre, uncontested inside-the-park home run at Fenway

Tuesday night’s game between the Red Sox and Rangers at Fenway Park was basically a clinic in weird baseball. It saw a starter need more than 70 pitches to get through three innings. It saw both managers get ejected. It saw an inside-the-park home run, and a pretty bizarre one at that.

Taps Posted: June 13, 2019 at 05:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, texas rangers

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2019

Washington Herald, June 12, 1919:

Major League Players Preparing for Strike

Another baseball war is imminent. Like a bolt from a clear sky comes the report that professional baseball, in the midst of what surface indications pointed to the most successful and most peaceful season in its history, in reality tottering on the brink of its most trying moment and with its very existence threatened. The Bolsheviki movement has hit the players of the two majors and three Class AA organizations.

Contending that they and not the club owners are paying and will continue to pay in settlement of the $240,000 suit of the Baltimore Federal league club…these players have recently been organizing and planning warfare of a most destructive sort.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Navy draft pick embraces double challenge—Duty first, Red Sox soon

By the time junior year arrived, as more scouts trickled into the stands for games, Navy’s coaching staff and Song’s family began realizing he had a chance to also play baseball professionally. The velocity had steadily increased over the previous two seasons to 95 and 96 mph, while he added in a slider, which would be a major strikeout pitch during his senior season. Song entered the draft after his junior season, but he told teams he would not sign unless he received a seven-figure signing bonus, which he would need to help repay the government for his collegiate education. Signing after his junior year would also require him to forgo his service—the reason he had come to the Naval Academy in the first place.

“I told him that if he got ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: noah song, red sox

Mets must get out of .500-area limbo to be true contenders

This headline deserves to be mocked.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 09:28 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Edwin Encarnacion hits AL-leading 21st HR | Seattle Mariners

Where the best fit? What can the Mariners get in exchange?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners

Alex Cora, Andrew Benintendi ejected: ‘I’ve got to go out and defend my player,’ Cora says - masslive.com

Of course, Benintendi isn’t wrong.

Andrew Benintendi’s simple message for home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez led to Benintendi getting ejected for the first time in his career.

“I grounded out and was frustrated and all I said was, ‘You suck,’” Benintendi said.

Benintendi, who disagreed with a called strike earlier in his fifth-inning at-bat against Rangers starter Ariel Jurado, yelled as he walked toward the dugout. First-base umpire Vic Carapazza immediately threw him out.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, andrew benintendi, angel hernandez sucks, red sox

2019 Cape Cod Baseball League: Bourne Braves 2019 Preview — Prospects Live

The Cape league is a great showcase. Nice to find some prospect write-ups about the league.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cape cod league

Dodgers’ Corey Seager suffers hamstring injury, likely out for weeks – Orange County Register

Is it too early to call him injury prone?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Yordan Alvarez homers in first two MLB games | MLB.com

Another player development win in Houston!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yordan alvarez

Luzardo, Puk strong in returns for Ports | MiLB.com News

A.J. Puk, MLB.com’s No. 35 overall prospect, struck out four over two innings, allowing one run in his first appearance since 2017. He was followed by 13th-ranked Jesus Luzardo, who threw three scoreless frames before Class A Advanced Stockton rallied for a 4-3 victory over San Jose at Banner Island Ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 05:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. puk, athletics, jesus luzardo


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gary Sánchez’s Offensive Surge Can’t Mask a New Woe Behind the Plate

Article summary: The Yankees catcher is on pace to break the position’s long-standing home run record, but his drop-off in pitch framing is costing New York almost as much as his bat can make up

Master of the Horse Posted: June 11, 2019 at 05:08 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, new york yankees, pitch framing


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-11-2019

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, June 11, 1919:

The strangest double play seen around here came off in the third. Luderus was on first. Cravath lifted a foul that [Cubs catcher Bill] Killefer nabbed. With the catch Luderus put on full steam for second. Killefer pegged to first. Ludy dashed back. Killefer’s throw was bad and Merkle dropped the ball, but Luderus overslid and Merkle got the ball in time to tag him.

Cue Yakity Sax. Why did Luderus try to tag on a foulout to catcher? Why did Killfer throw to first? Why did Luderus turn around and go back to first?

There are things in this world that we will never fully understand.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Does Mike Soroka Do It? | FanGraphs Baseball

How does command fit into projecting pitcher performance? It has to fit in there somewhere. The existing metrics, however, just don’t fit.

When you’re forced to look at a pitcher’s sequencing to figure out why he’s effective, it’s a good bet that the obvious culprits (whiffs and strikeouts) don’t explain the production, and that’s definitely the case with Soroka. Watching one of his starts isn’t like seeing Chris Sale, a whirling mass of limbs that produces impossibly-angled sliders and swinging strikes galore. It’s more like watching Kyle Hendricks, sinkers and changeups just eluding the fat part of the bat as groundballs end at-bat after at-bat. Still, though, whoever he resembles, Mike Soroka has been one of the best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mike soroka


Joey Votto’s incredible journey to the Reds | MLB.com

Votto and the Reds, a love story.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds


New outfield jump burst route metrics at Baseball Savant | MLB.com

Robbie Grossman?

2019 Jump leaders (leaderboard)

+3.0 feet above average—Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
+2.9 feet above average—Guillermo Heredia, Rays
+2.0 feet above average—Leury Garcia, White Sox
+1.9 feet above average—Robbie Grossman, A’s
+1.7 feet above average—Harrison Bader, Cardinals
+1.7 feet above average—Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
+1.5 feet above average—Ender Inciarte, Braves
+1.4 feet above average—Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense

Monday, June 10, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2019

New York Sun, June 10, 1919:

Frank Talcott, Yale’s great pitcher of 1918, says he is through with professional baseball. Talcott some time ago broke into the big leagues with Detroit. He remained with the Tigers just long enough to decide that he had no chance of making an early start in an American League game, so he asked Hughey Jennings for his release and led himself to the Philadelphia Nationals…But there too he was delegated to pitching divers no hit, no run games in the bull pen in addition to grooving the ball for the batters in practice.
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Talcott could get a job with any minor league club, but he cannot see himself pitching in the lesser company, because playing ball in the minors is not profitable work.

Tough to blame him. A ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 10, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Developing More With Less: Does Efficiency in Player Development Lead to Success? - Driveline Baseball

Another interesting article from Driveline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: player development

Max Muncy trades verbal barbs with Madison Bumgarner in Dodgers’ win - Los Angeles Times

By the time Muncy rounded first the two were in a full-blown argument, screaming and gesturing at each other. Plate umpire Will Little intervened, but the two were still jawing at each other as Muncy pulled into the plate.

“He took exception to me watching the ball, I guess,” Muncy said of Bumgarner. “He said, ‘You don’t watch the ball. You run.’ ”

And Muncy’s response?

“I told him, ‘If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go in the ocean and get it,’ ” he said. “I don’t even know if he heard it. As I was rounding the bases, I yelled it at him. He was yelling at me. We were kind of going back and forth and that was it. Just a couple guys competing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, madison bumgarner, max muncy

Sunday, June 09, 2019

David Ortiz Wounded in Shooting

Ortiz, 44, was “shot in the back at an incident that took place at Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo,” Felix Durán Mejia, spokesperson for the Dominican National Police, told CNN Espanol.

Latest I’ve seen is the Chief of Police has reported he is in surgery but in stable condition.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:34 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, dominican republic, red sox, shooting

Kumar Rocker pitched the greatest game in college baseball history

A pitcher with a name like Kumar Rocker is bound to get noticed. With his performance on the mound Saturday night, Rocker left no doubt. That he pitched a no-hitter for Vanderbilt is a story in itself. But it gets better.

Rocker pitched that no-hitter to deliver a 3-0 win over Duke in a game Vanderbilt had to win or else they would have been eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament super regional of which they were the host. That adds intrigue, and ups the stakes, providing much needed context for Rocker’s dominance.

Vanderbilt, the No. 2 team in the country, still needs a win on Sunday to advance to the College World Series. But that they even have a chance is thanks to the amazing Rocker.

That Rocker STRUCK OUT NINETEEN BATTERS ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

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