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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Lou Trivino thriving in loaded A’s bullpen

Yes, you read that right.

Just three years ago, when Trivino was a starter for Class A Advanced Stockton, he says his fastball sat in the low 90s on a good day. Mike Connors, who Trivino enlisted at the Tri-State Elite Baseball Academy in Quakerstown, Pa., emphasized urgency and discipline to a revamped conditioning regimen that slowly led to an uptick of nearly 10 mph.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, lou trivino, prospects

How Not to Call Up a Position Player Prospect

Despite their third-place finish, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about the Rockies’ future in 2016. That year, Baseball America ranked David Dahl (22), Ryan McMahon (43), and Tom Murphy (97) among the Top 100 Prospects in the game, and Raimel Tapia (49) joined them in 2017. All four had advanced at least to Double-A by 2016—Tom Murphy was in Triple-A and had already made his major-league debut—and Rockies fans believed that well-regarded, young reinforcements were on their way ...

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Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:12 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

After a pep talk from Pedro Strop, Javier Baez hits his 25th HR in the Cubs’ 3-1 win - Chicago Tribune

It’s a building narrative.

Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Cubs’ 3-1 win over the Royals, and he also gave Javier Baez a pep talk during a 22-minute rain delay after the slugger was upset about his two early strikeouts.

“I was screaming to him,” Strop said. “ ‘Wake up! You got a game to play. You’re the man. The next two at-bats, watch. You’re going to get two hits.’ ”

Baez responded with a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning against reliever Kevin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

It’ll take more than blind optimism for Aaron Boone to resurrect Yankees

The whole Chicken Little baseball coverage irks me. The Yankees have injuries. Some of their better healthy players aren’t playing at their peaks. It happens. It’s a long season, though. The Yankees can pull things together in September, win the Wild Card game, and crush everyone in the playoffs. If it happens, their current stretch won’t matter. A Red Sox historic season would be tarnished. And all that is assume the Red Sox don’t get crushed by injuries and the Yankees don’t quickly rebound, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2018

New York Tribune, August 7, 1918:

The resignation of John K. Tener as president of the National Baseball League was received here yesterday at National League headquarters.

In a letter, addressed to all the club presidents in the National League, President Tener said:

“Having declined to serve further on the National Commission for the good reason familiar to each of you, I must ask that my resignation as your president, tendered last December, be now accepted.”

The “good reason” was that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

No hits? No problems!

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Winning a game when you get no-hit, getting no hits, and the extra inning free runner rule.

stevegamer Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, no hitter, phillies, yankees

FG - Juan Soto Looks Like the Best Teenage Hitter in History

Jeff Sullivan is not even being hyperbolic to get clicks! Really!!

(Please don’t watch him play left field, though. TNX!)

Bote Man is no David Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, hitting, juan soto, nationals

Can Jose Ramirez Achieve the Rarest “Double Double” in Baseball?

Eric Davis couldn’t do it.
Alex Rodriguez couldn’t do it.
Willie Mays himself couldn’t do it.

Jose Ramirez? Jose Ramirez might do it.

gehrig97 Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, jose ramirez, ty cobb, willie mays

How the Mets can save Amed Rosario

Although he’s eating up service time on the Mets, sending him down won’t necessarily fix his problems. Watching him this season, he’s shown glimpses of figuring it out. As long as it’s not a confidence problem, and it doesn’t appear that it is, let him keep working against the best competition in the world and see how it plays out. He’s proven he can handle the minors. Remember, player development is not linear. Sometimes a team just needs to be patient.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

OTP 2018 August 7: Book Explores Trump, Taft and Other Presidents Baseball Ties

“William Howard Taft, all 300 pounds of him, was a big act to follow in every sense of the word. Taft was an amateur baseball pitcher in the 1880s. He wanted to became a major league pitcher, but he settled instead to become President, and in fact later became the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As Chief Justice, he scheduled his speaking engagements around the country in Major League cities, so that he could give a speech and then go out to a ballgame in the afternoon,” ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:13 AM | 1114 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics


Dodgers Corey Seager to Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Hip Tuesday

The Dodgers announced Monday that Corey Seager will undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Tuesday in New York.

The All-Star shortstop has been off the field since April when the team announced he would miss the remainder of the season following a Tommy John surgery to repair a right UCL sprain.

Seager seems awfully young to have to have all these surgeries. Maybe his youth is a good thing here? I dunno. Seager is slated to be cleared for baseball activities in January.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 07, 2018 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, pain

Lance McCullers Jr. likely out until September

The-24-year-old Astros starter was placed on the disabled list this weekend with right elbow discomfort. But, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that McCullers has a muscle strain and he is unlikely to return before September (via the Houston Chronicle).

Well, that’s not great.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 07, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, disabled list, lance mccullers

Monday, August 06, 2018

OT - 2018 NBA Thread (Pre-Season Edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about: Trying to get one of us hired as the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 06, 2018 at 03:38 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic


Top 10 Best Minor League Stadiums and Ballparks

I haven’t been to any of these parks. I need to get to get to Portland and Hartford.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:09 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league parks

MLB: Former MLB 3B Eric Chavez lands first managerial gig

Less than 24 hours after his name was mentioned as potential candidate to replace Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as he will reportedly step down next year, former Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has landed his first job as a professional manager.

Chavez, 40, will step in as manager of the triple-A Salt Lake Bees for the rest of the season. Current manager Keith Jonson has been promoted to the Big League staff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, eric chavez

Top prospect Eloy Jimenez ‘really close’ to joining the White Sox - Chicago Tribune

Sox player development director Chris Getz also has an idea, and he told WSCR-AM 670 on Sunday that Jimenez is “really close” to joining the big-league club.

“He has done nothing but perform,” Getz said. “This guy’s been able to drive the ball to all fields. He’s been able to set up pitchers. ... He’s got a pretty good arm. We just want to make sure he’s as ready as possible. We’re getting really close.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2018

Washington Herald, August 6, 1918:

If you can find a bunch more essential than the following, step aside and cry quits. Kindly note the batting order:

Coffey, Tigers, shortstop.
Wheat, Dodgers, left field.
Lamb, Joplin, second base.
Weafers, Syracuse, first base.
Rice, ex-Washington, right field.
Haddock, Binghamton, catcher.
Mays, Cards, center field.
Bacon, ex-Athletics, third base.
Hogg, Phils, pitcher.

Crum of the Bostons would make a fairly good substitute if the supply ran out. A number ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Jezspin: What’s Your Baseball Walk-Up Song?

The best part about attending a baseball game is eating a hot dog or three and drinking an overpriced beer while wearing a baseball hat and yelling at millionaires. The second best part is listening to the walk-up music—10 to 15 second snippets of songs the baseball men have chosen as their motivational inspiration to hit the ball and run like their pantaloons are on fire.

I’d need a rotation of clips set to different game scenarios, but I strongly recommend reading the comments for much ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 06, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: deadspin, walk up music

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sandoval out for season; Cueto has TJ surgery

May 7:

San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained right elbow and will not have Tommy John surgery. “It is great news,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I was hoping for the best and hoping he would not need surgery.”

August 2:

Cueto underwent successful Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cueto is returning to San Francisco on Friday and will meet up with the Giants when they ...

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Report: Angels manager Mike Scioscia expected to step down at end of season

Scioscia is in the final year of a 10-year contract, and the decision to not seek a new contract is his alone, according to the report, which cited major league sources.

The 60-year-old Scioscia is in his 19th season at the helm of the Angels. They last made the playoffs in 2014 and last won a postseason series in 2009, but Scioscia’s Angels did win the World Series in seven games over the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

Scioscia isn’t retiring, he’s just not going to be back in Anaheim. 18th ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Three prospects who could be the final piece in Archer trade - Minor League Ball

You include PTBNL for a reason. Most likely they haven’t settled on the player and will wait until some clause of the deal is satisfied. Steve Phillips recently talked about making a deal where one party would get a better prospect if the other team made the playoffs. (Sorry, I can’t remember the details.)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, ray


WaPo: The 2018 Red Sox bring to mind the ’17 Dodgers, but can they write a different ending?

The two best regular-season teams of the past half-century remain the 2001 Mariners, who went 116-46, and the 1998 Yankees, who went 114-48. But only one of them is in the discussion as the best team in modern history. 

...

Many factors could go into the discussion of whether a team can be called the best ever — including win-loss record, run-differential and even the number of future Hall of Famers on a roster — but unless the Red Sox win their final game, and lock down another World ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 04, 2018 at 11:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history, red sox

Families of victims in deadly Jose Fernandez crash settle lawsuit against his estate

The families of the two men who were killed in addition to MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez in a 2016 boat crash have settled their lawsuit against his estate, according to the Associated Press.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found that Fernandez was operating the boat when it crashed off Miami Beach on September 25, 2016. A toxicology report released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department a month later showed that Fernandez had cocaine in his system, and had a ...

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Jacob deGrom vs. Pitchers at the Plate Is the Most Lopsided Matchup of 2018

From article—
That’s one successful sacrifice bunt and an 0-for-33 batting line, with 22 strikeouts and a grand total of three balls hit to the outfield. Collectively, pitchers have recorded a batting average of .000, an on-base percentage of .000, and a slugging percentage of .000.

He’s one of only a handful of pitchers in league history to strike out at least 64 percent of opposing pitcher-hitters in a season, and he already ranks fourth all time in most batters faced (34) with a .000 ...

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Master of the Horse Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, mets, new york mets

OT - August/September 2018 College Football thread

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Is positionless baseball MLB’s next big thing?

Let’s remember: We are not talking about a team that has chosen to value offense over defense. We are talking about the best defensive team in the majors.

In other words, the Brewers have achieved this elite defensive standing as much through scheming, shifting and analysis about where players should stand as they have through individual play. Consider defensive games played, a count of every player who has appeared at every position (except pitcher). For example, if you have three players ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers, positional adjustments, shifts

Red Sox pitcher finds Tony La Russa’s lost World Series ring in surprising place

[Insert joke concerning 2004 World Series here]

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has enough rings from his baseball career to nearly fill one hand. He was a three-time World Series champion as a manager, winning one with the Oakland Athletics in 1989 and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals during the early 2000s. Of course, his Hall of Fame induction in 2014 came with a ring too, bringing his total to four.

As we learned on Friday, it can be a chore to keep track of that much precious ...

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QLE Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: count da ringz, joe kelly, red sox, tony la russa

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