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Monday, April 22, 2019


Mets need struggling Noah Syndergaard to back up his words

Thor can’t close the door.

This strange Sunday could have had a much different ending if not for another poor outing from Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard did enough wrong on his own to merit the loss, but he got little help on defense from shortstop Amed Rosario. Rosario’s second-inning error helped the Cardinals to three runs on their way to the 6-4 victory at Busch Stadium.

The big right-hander allowed six runs, four earned, as his ERA shot up to 5.90. The Mets lost six of the last eight games on this 10-game trip.

“The entire beginning of the season my performances have been unacceptable,’’ Syndergaard said. “I have to be better and I will be better.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Is this the craziest double play ever? Maybe!

A’s center fielder Ramón Laureano has added to his superb defensive reputation with a handful of astonishing plays this season, but Sunday’s tops them all.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ramon laureano

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 22, 1919:

Ray Schalk, who’s quite a catcher, has made public “Ten Commandments” for aspiring young backstops. He told them to George S. Robbins, Chicago scribe, and they’re worth passing along. Here they are:

Don’t steal, except to pilfer your opponents’ signals.
Don’t overeat. Many young players eat themselves out of the big leagues, and they begin on the spring trips.
Don’t have too many signs, and don’t overwork the army by unnecessary throwing.
Don’t get chesty. What old heads dislike in a youngster is for him to get fresh.
Don’t loaf in the winter time. Work keeps a player from drinking and other bad habits in the off season.
Don’t be an open book. Keep your intentions away from your opponents.
Don’t ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 09:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ray’s Ramblings: April 22nd – Prospects365.com

Some good prospect updates.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique – HardballTalk

More bad news for the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tangotiger Blog: How much better is it to throw your fastball at 95mph than 91mph?

Throwing harder is better.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Red Sox notes: Nathan Eovaldi considering surgery to treat loose body in elbow

It started as an unsettling off day Thursday, when Eovaldi suddenly realized he couldn’t straighten his arm. An MRI revealed loose bodies in his elbow, an issue he also had in March 2018, when he needed arthroscopic surgery to remove them and missed two months while still with the Tampa Bay Rays.

This time, though, he could return even quicker since he’s not simultaneously recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he felt like prolonged his recovery and encouraged the Rays to be more cautious with him.

“It’s very similar to what I had last year,” he said. “I finished my outing in New York (Wednesday), felt great, never had any symptoms. And then it was my off day, later that night, I tried to straighten my arm and couldn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, red sox

Brewers’ Christian Yelich has become an absolute monster at Miller Park

Freaky. One home run from the record of most home runs in March/April. Nine more days are left in the month.

How easy? After hitting two more home runs Saturday night in the Brewers’ 5-0 victory at Miller Park, these are Yelich’s numbers in 13 home games: .435 batting average, 13 home runs, 29 runs batted in, 19 runs scored, 1.326 slugging percentage, 1.868 OPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Jacob deGrom plays catch, may not need MRI after all | Newsday

Maybe all is not lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Two pitchers who have been there before explain why repeating as World Series champions is so difficult

Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball Notes column, now written by Peter Abraham.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday Notes: Tucker Barnhart is Embracing Data, Because Now He Can | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Friday, April 19, 2019

Pedroia gets good news on latest knee injury

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he received good news about the irritation in his left knee that led to his return to the 10-day injured list.

The 35-year-old was activated April 9 after starting the season on the injured list with inflammation in the knee but left Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees in the second inning. He was examined Thursday, when Boston put him back on the IL.

“More kind of scared me than anything,” Pedroia said before Friday’s game at Tampa Bay. “I was nervous, obviously, to feel that. We’re just going to let it calm down for a few days and then it should be all right. I hadn’t had any issues up until this point.”

Mind you, if the story goes as it has so far, that means he’ll be ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, knee, red sox

Justin Verlander wants to be the Tom Brady of baseball

It’s Justin Verlander’s 36th birthday.

The day he officially moves closer to 40 years old than 30. The day he creeps nearer to middle age and further away from the best physical version of himself. Not that you’d ever know it.

“Happy birthday,” shouts pitcher Brad Peacock, who’s seated on one of the tan leather couches in the middle of the Houston Astros’ spring training clubhouse. It’s 8:16 on a balmy south Florida morning, Feb. 20, and Verlander has just entered the locker room. Dressed in a powder blue, collared shirt and navy shorts, he is a whirlwind alpha-dog presence.

“Twenty-seven again,” shouts Verlander with a broad and mischievous grin. Though the comment is directed at Peacock, he speaks loudly enough for everyone in the ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:49 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tom brady

Harding ‘Pete’ Peterson: General manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates during its World Series triumph, ‘a brilliant baseball mind,’ started as Rutgers catcher

Baseball lost one of their biggest icons in a trade with God on April 16, 2019 when Harding “Pete” Peterson passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

Pete will be remembered as a brilliant baseball mind, who as general manager, coordinated the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. At earlier positions with the Pirates, he also was part of the championship teams of 1960 and 1971. Pete entered his baseball career as a catcher for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they headed to the college World Series in 1950. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and went on to become general manager for the organization. He also had the privilege of being general manager for the NY Yankees.

Pete was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Oct. 17, ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, pete peterson, pirates, rip

MLB’s juiced baseball is juicing Triple-A home run totals

There has been considerable evidence amassed over the past year or two that the baseball used by Major League Baseball has a lower aerodynamic profile, leading to less drag, which leads directly to more home runs. If you doubted that at all, get a load of what is happening in Triple-A right now.

The minors have always had different balls than the majors. The MLB ball is made in Costa Rica at a Rawlings facility. The minor league balls are made in China. They use slightly different materials and, by all accounts, the minor league balls do not have the same sort of action and do not travel as far as the big league balls. Before the season, as Baseball America reported, Major League Baseball requested that Triple-A baseball switch to using ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: juiced baseballs, triple a

Gio Gonzalez fires Scott Boras

Gio Gonzalez has had a rough few months.

Despite being a pretty solid pitcher over the years, he claims he only received one offer all offseason: a minor league deal with the Yankees. He signed that in late March and the Yankees have kept him in the minors. If they don’t call him up by tomorrow, he can request his release. For what it’s worth, Gonzalez has not pitched well in Triple-A, likely because he didn’t get a spring training (this past month has been his spring training for all practical purposes). A such, it seems doubtful that the Yankees will call him up and likely that he’s going to be a free agent once again by this weekend.

He’ll be a free agent with a new agent, too, as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, scott boras

Craig Kimbrel could help any NL East contender solve a division-wide problem

WASHINGTON— Progressively, the lines of desperation and declined price will have to intersect.

At least it would seem. Craig Kimbrel’s demands reportedly are receding during his extended unemployment. The needs of contenders in the National League East’s rock fight continue to increase day by day. The sides should be on a path to merge. Right?

Take this week.

Atlanta announced closer Arodys Vizcaino underwent right shoulder surgery. He’s out for the season. This the day after his would-be replacement, A.J. Minter, gave up three earned runs in ⅔ of an inning. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged he heard the chants from Braves fans Tuesday night demanding he sign Kimbrel.

Unlike Ichiro, who could only help any ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, nl east

Santana becomes US citizen before Braves, Indians postponed

CLEVELAND (AP) — Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana’s joyful smile.

The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention. Afterward, Santana beamed with pride.

“Thanks, Cleveland, for giving me an opportunity,” said Santana, who was born in the Dominican Republic. “This is my residence, my city, and I’m proud and happy for that. Thank God I’m an American.”

Remember, ladies and gentlemen, correlation does not mean causation….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, citizenship, postponement

Blue Jays super prospect Guerrero feels ready for majors

BUFFALO, N.Y. — While saying he’s ready to make his major league debut, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero didn’t need a translator to insist he’s not frustrated over still playing in the minors.

“No. No,” Guerrero said before continuing in Spanish on Friday.

Interpreter Jesse Guerrero, who’s no relation to the player, then completed what the 20-year-old bopper said by adding: “He continues to play 100 per cent. And when the time comes for the call, he’ll welcome it.”

So, given his injury at the start of the season, why are they still stalling?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Man Sues L.A. Dodgers for More Than $2 Million, Alleges Security Guards Attacked Him ‘Unprovoked’

A man filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, alleging he broke his ankle after he was attacked by security guards during a game last year.

Daniel Antunez is seeking more than $2 million in damages, according to court documents obtained by KTLA.

The man was at a game with friends celebrating his birthday on April 24 last year when one of his friends spilled her beer on another fan seated below them. The fan called security guards who came over and asked Antunez and his friend to leave with them, according to the complaint filed Tuesday.

While standing with about 10 security guards, Antunez told them he needed to use a nearby restroom and proceeded to walk towards it. Three security guards then grabbed the plaintiff ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, security

Frustration with MLB umpires growing again after series of heated confrontations

It seems every season there’s a point where frustration with umpires starts to boil over.

We might have already reached that point this season following a series of heated confrontations that culminated with members of the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants calling out the umpiring crew from their series.

Specifically, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he felt disrespected by Wednesday’s home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after disagreeing with his strike zone.

So, how long before the managers end up screaming at robots?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:06 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

The Mariners are fighting to be more than just average

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dee Gordon crooked his finger, raised his eyebrows and said, “Y’all wanna story?”

He started across the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium and with his baseball bat motioned to follow.

“C’mon,” he said.

When average wasn’t good enough for the Seattle Mariners, who actually were a lot better than average but refused to believe it, they chose to be something other than average, because there is no glory in average. Given their options, then, they opted for less than average, which seemed a bit of a cop-out, right up until they won 13 of their first 15 games this season. And if Mariners management was not going to fall for 89 wins in 162 games, imagine the shrapnel when trying to wrap its head around ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Yankees sign Logan Morrison, who once beefed with Gary Sanchez and called their fans ‘stupid’

The New York Yankees have signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal, the team announced on Friday. He will go to extended spring training before he ends up with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Morrison has an opt-out date of July 1 and will make $1 million if he’s added to the major league roster, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Morrison will have to prove himself before getting the call-up to the big-league lineup, but it’s going to be very interesting if he does end up in the New York clubhouse. When Morrison didn’t get an invite to the 2017 Home Run Derby, he took out his frustration on Gary Sanchez.

“Gary shouldn’t be here,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, logan morrison, yankees

MLB hands out suspensions after White Sox-Royals fight

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller was handed a five-game suspension Friday for intentionally throwing at Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson – an act that sparked a benches-clearing fracas at Guaranteed Rate Field earlier this week.

Anderson and White Sox manager Rick Renteria were also suspended one game apiece for their roles in the kerfuffle, which came after Anderson flipped his bat following a home run off Keller in the fourth inning of the Royals’ 4-3 win on Wednesday.

Sadly, I don’t think suspensions this short will do the slightest in discouraging this behavior….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, royals, suspensions, white sox

With elbow ‘barking,’ Mets’ Jacob deGrom sent back to New York for MRI

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is having his Saturday start pushed back because his elbow has been “barking” and will undergo an MRI, manager Mickey Callaway said before Friday’s game.

“DeGrom is going to be pushed back tomorrow, he’s not gonna pitch,” Callaway said. “He’s been under the weather, his elbow is a little barky. We’re gonna get him back to New York. Get him checked out, have an MRI, and go from there at this point.”

DeGrom had initially been pushed back from Friday to Saturday due to strep throat. As far as the elbow issue, Callaway said he first started feeling it Friday.

If enough of the Mets and Yankees get injured, while the teams have to merge for the rest of the season, and, if so, what name do they call themselves? ...Read More...

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, jacob degrom, mets being mets, mri

Warriors get trolled by Athletics after Khris Davis extension

The Oakland Athletics are keeping slugger Khris Davis around for at least two more seasons. The team agreed to a two-year, $33.5 million extension with Davis on Thursday.

Locking players up is something that deserves to be celebrated, so it’s no surprise the A’s took out a full-page newspaper ad announcing the signing. The team’s decision to poke fun at the Golden State Warriors in that ad, however, was a bit unexpected.

The ad read, “KD commits to Oakland.” The team used the same phrase in the press release announcing Davis’ extension, so they were obviously referring to Khris Davis and not the other KD in town.

Remember when it felt like abuse to take cheap shots at the Warriors, instead of the exact opposite?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, basketball, kevin durant, khris davis

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Counterfeit Bryce Harper Jerseys

PHILADELPHIA – Well that didn’t take long. Transnational criminal organizations are quick to counterfeit any popular consumer merchandise and Bryce Harper’s Philadelphia Phillies jerseys are no exception.

Since Major League Baseball’s opening day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have seized 314 counterfeit Harper jerseys and detained many more. If authentic, the jerseys would fetch a cool $44,040.

The seized jerseys arrived in six express delivery shipments. The largest shipment contained 204 Harper jerseys, the remaining parcels contained between 18 and 25 jerseys. All parcels arrived from Honk Kong and were destined to addresses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

A sign that they were ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jerseys, the long arm of the law


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