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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bernie Williams hits right notes in pursuit of music degree

I’ve always admired athletes who have interesting post-playing careers. Especially one like this, where a former superstar had to humble himself by going back to school. Well done, Bernie.

Bernie Williams will graduate Friday from the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s in jazz composition as he works on his second All-Star career. Remarkably, in a city where he remains a huge celebrity and ran with the likes of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a former life and earned over $100M in ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 13, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retired players

Tigers’ Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench.

Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field.

There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot in center.

Just what in the heck is ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

OMNICHATTER 5-13-16

The “Sorry I Was So Late With the OMNICHATTER yesterday’ OMNICHATTER


OR.. Captain OMNICHATTER: The First Avenger

Gamingboy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Mets fan loses bet, now has giant Bartolo Colon face tattooed on his arm

There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in ...

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Dan Holmes: The greatest pitching rotation there ever was

All four were right-handed and possessed excellent fastballs. The oldest of the quartet was an American hero and one of the most famous athletes in the world. Another was the son of immigrants who could hardly speak English but who had what Ted Williams called an “unhittable pitch.” One of them was a pitcher by necessity: he had started his ballplaying career as an outfielder but switched to the mound after it became apparent that he couldn’t hit breaking pitches. The final member of the ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bob feller, bob lemon, cleveland indians, early wynn, mike garcia

WTOP.com: Racing FDR: Disaster or opportunity?

My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…

The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, nationals, presidents

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard takes Dodgers counterpart deep—twice

One day shy of the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game as New York Mets pitchers continue to be lethal with their bats as well as their arms.

Syndergaard became the only pitcher in the majors with three home runs of 400 or more feet since he made his debut on May 12, 2015. Jake Arrieta ranks second with two. Syndergaard’s homers Wednesday went 407 and 400 feet.

Arizona’s Micah Owings on ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: thor

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Special K’s: Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout night is an ode to efficiency - The Washington Post

This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.

So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Steven Matz will miss next start after pitching elbow flares up | New York Post

This isn’t good.

Instead, there is some level of concern about Steven Matz, who will miss his next scheduled start because of elbow discomfort, according to manager Terry Collins.

The rookie had a “flare up” following his Monday start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two earned runs over six innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Noah Syndergaard goes full Thor, but reveals elbow scare | New York Post

Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.

There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.

“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Howie Rose Interviews Vin Scully

17 minutes covering how Vin Scully got his start calling a football game from the roof of Fenway and riding the bus with the players in Spring Training and calling Hank Aaron’s home run #715.

I had trouble playing the interview in Firefox while it played fine in Chrome.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, interview, vin scully

Roscher (BLS): Bartolo Colon’s dinger mashed up with ‘The Natural’ is perfection

Better than the original…

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first career home run is a thing of majesty and beauty all on its own. Between the dugout reaction, the fan reaction, the announcers’ reaction, and Bartolo’s magnificent home run trot, you might think it can’t get any better.

But it can.

A Mets fan and video editor named Mark Evans created a mash-up of Bartolo’s home run and the famous home run scene from The Natural, and it feels so right you might wonder “Is this how it ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, incredible, mets, the natural

Braves trade Chacin to Angels for lefty relief project

The Braves traded starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for 6-foot-8 left-hander Adam McCreery, a low-level relief prospect who’s 23 and hasn’t pitched above the rookie-league level.


First Strasburg, Then Arrieta

“The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency,” Arrieta said of Boras. “I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I’d stay here. That’s just one side of the story. We’ll see.”

When asked whether he’d give a hometown discount to the Cubs, Arrieta flatly said “no” while shaking his head.

Arrieta said “aces get 7 years”—just as Strasburg got—so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.

Boras is 63 and ...

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bbmck Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: boras, cubs, jake arrieta, strasburg

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-12-2016

Seattle Star, May 12, 1916:

Tigers Who Commit Mental Miscues Face Electric Chair—in Clubhouse

Electric chairs, peculiar to our foremost prisons may be used in the future to inject “pep” in brain-weary athletes who commit boners on the ball field. One has been installed in the clubhouse of the Detroit Tigers, but to date Hughey Jennings has refrained from applying heroic treatment to members of his flock who have been guilty of mental faux pases.

One shock has a tendency to nerve the wildest of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Does MLB’s replay system need to be fixed?

Please make it go away. That’s unless fans love seeing a big play then having to watch everybody stand around wondering if the play will be challenged and then having to wait until the replay ump decides to overturn the play or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: replay

A.R. Foster and the Ride to Kankakee — 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas

Good stuff.

Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fiction

MLB Investigates Red Sox Over International Signings

Follow the money.

During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.

In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2016

Harrisburg Telegraph, May 11, 1916:

The latest evidence of the growing parallel of baseball ad trapshooting is found of the co-operation between the baseball and gun clubs at Buhl, Idaho.

Realizing the fact that the followers and devotees of the two sports are the same people, the officials of the gun club have made an arrangement with the baseball club for the holding of the shooting events on the same field that the ball club occupies.

When the ball club is not playing, the grounds will be ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Red Sox director of pitching analytics Brian Bannister is working with pitching coach Carl Willis to help rotation

BannyBeingBanny

Bannister has a track record of finding areas that need to be tweaked with pitchers. He helped Rich Hill re-establish his major-league career with the Red Sox at the end of last season. Hill dominated down the stretch and ended up signing a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland, less than six months removed from pitching in independent league baseball.

This year, he worked with Sean O’Sullivan, suggesting the righthander add a cutter to his repertoire which led to fewer walks ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, carl willis, red sox

Baseball and the Armed Services, Part Three « Our Game

Part three of a great series.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The Pirates Have Their Own Thoughts on Outfield Positioning | FanGraphs Baseball

The Pirates are always looking to improve.

Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, pirates, sabermetrics, statcast

Which pitching rotations stayed together the longest?

Here are the seven teams who kept a five-man starting rotation together for at least three seasons. Six of them had at least one Hall of Famer in their rotation, the other was a quintet that Billy Martin overused to the point of ruining their careers.

Wahoo Sam Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 1981 a's

Sonny Gray is almost unarmed.

Yesterday’s big news was that the Nationals agreed to a long-term extension with Stephen Strasburg. So that’s exciting for him, and for them, but you always have to think about the side-effects of these things. Several people pointed out that, without Strasburg, the upcoming pitching market sucks. And several people also pointed out that, with Strasburg locked up, this puts Billy Beane in a better position with regard to Sonny Gray. There’s just the one problem right now: Sonny Gray ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Raul Mondesi Jr. suspended 50 games for PEDs found in cold medicine

Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Tuesday. The suspension is effective immediately.

Mondesi, 20, is on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, though he is currently in Double-A. His suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 games because he showed Clenbuterol can be found in cold medicine.

“I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, raul mondesi, royals

Five Changes I’d Make If I Ran The Minors

2. Bring The Majors To The Minors

During the final few games of spring training every year, some teams leave their team’s spring training site and play a few games somewhere else before heading out for their first regular season game. The Mets this year played the Cubs for two games in Las Vegas‚ which worked because it’s the home of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate and is the hometown of (among others) Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant. The Phillies, too, got in on the fun. Their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Baseball’s New “Secret Weapon”: High-Tech Vision Training

Maybe John Sterling should try this…

Contact lenses and LASIK are but the first steps of eyesight improvement. Hitters trying to track the spin, speed, and course of a pitch are increasingly resorting to new methods of keeping pace: 3-D training programs, liquid-crystal strobe glasses, beaded Brock strings, patterned pendulums, vision-enhancing vitamins, and even virtual and augmented reality headsets.

 

eddieot Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, neil walker, pedro alvarez, training

OMNICHATTER 5-11-16

Iron OMNICHATTER 2

Gamingboy Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:12 AM | 285 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Baseball and the Armed Services « Our Game

Part one. You can read Baseball and the Armed Services, Part Two as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2016 at 01:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

The War on Bunting Is Over: The Nerds Are Victorious

Overall bunting is down throughout baseball from once every 109 plate appearances in 2004 to once every 179 this year. But that’s not the half of it. If you ignore pitchers altogether and look only at position players, batters are bunting once every 337 plate appearances this year versus once every 162.5 in 2004. That means that non-pitchers are bunting an average of about once every nine games, according to Stats, LLC.

It took baseball’s collective minds a long time to realize that men ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, sabermetrics, small ball

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