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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pirates can’t find way in ninth against Royals | MLB.com

I watched this live last night. What was the third base coach thinking? Down by three runs in the ninth and he sends Marte. Down three runs. In the 9th. Watch the video. (Sorry, it wasn’t available to embed.)

Trying to make it all right with another of their patented ambushes of a premier closer, the Bucs had Marte open the ninth with a single off Greg Holland and Kang followed with a smash over center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s head.

Cain to Alcides Escobar to Salvador Perez erased Marte.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, pirates, third base coach

Astros talk Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross as well as Cole Hamels - Ultimate Astros

Multiple sources said the Phillies are willing to eat money in a Hamels deal depending on the package received, while one noted the asking price in terms of prospects was high, both in quantity and quality of players.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, trade rumors

Troy Tulowitzki wants to stay in Colorado | MLB.com

This should work out to his liking.

“I didn’t sign my contract because I wanted to be somewhere else,” Tulowitzki said of the 10-year, $157.75 million deal that includes an option for 2021 that would add another $11 million to the total value. “I signed my contract because I want to be with the Rockies.”
That hasn’t changed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Dodgers’ Brett Anderson exits with injury | MLB.com

He has interesting injuries. I will give him that.

odgers starter Brett Anderson is no stranger to injuries. He’s had three surgeries throughout his Major League career and can list problems to his back, fingers, ankle, forearm and knee among his ailments.

But in the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night, the 27-year-old lefty felt discomfort in an area he’s never injured before: his left Achilles.
Anderson had to leave the game in the third inning after tweaking the tendon and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers, injuries

Mets trade talks with A’s for Ben Zobrist heating up - NY Daily News

Mets notes.

While nothing is imminent, the Mets have gotten as far as discussing pieces with the A’s for a possible deal for Ben Zobrist, a source told The News Tuesday afternoon. The A’s have identified the prospects they would need to send the veteran utility man to New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

OMNICHATTER 11-22-15

The Day: Tuesday. The Chatter: OMNI.

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2015 at 11:36 PM | 207 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Yordano Ventura, Royals’ opening day starter, sent to minor leagues as team activates Jason Vargas

Any time you have a chance to keep Joe Blanton, you take it.

The frustrating sophomore season of Yordano Ventura has reached its nadir: The Royals have optioned Ventura, their opening day starter, to Class AAA Omaha to make room on the roster for Jason Vargas.

The Royals agreed to a $23 million contract with Ventura before the season began, and expected him to build off his impressive rookie campaign. Little has gone right for Ventura, who has been hampered by injuries, emotional outbursts ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, royals, yordano ventura

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons talks a little about the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jacob degrom, mets, red sox

Competitive Balance Draft Lottery 2015 | MLB.com

For half of Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs, Wednesday’s Competitive Balance Lottery will provide a shot at a valuable extra selection in the 2016 Draft.

The Lottery, which was first held in 2013 after being created under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, gives the teams with the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools chances at one of 12 extra Draft picks. The picks are divided into Rounds A and B, with six falling after the first round and six after second round of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, competitive balance lottery

Robinson Cano more production fewer grounders | MLB.com

Baseball is a game of adjustments.

That’s the kind of solid contact that ought to lead to production, but confoundingly for Cano, it didn’t. But over the past 30 days, Cano has looked like the star we saw in New York. You might expect that he has been hitting the ball harder, and indeed he has. But perhaps just as important, Cano has changed his average launch angle. That is, he’s stopped pounding the ball into the ground, or pumping out low and easily-caught liners, and managed some elevation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, sabermetrics, statcast

Time for Red Sox to go young - The Boston Globe

I am not one to bail on a season but the Red Sox hole has gotten really big. Sorry, it’s time to start thinking about next year.

A year ago, hope flickered for the Red Sox around the All-Star break with a stretch of five straight victories. A subsequent string of four consecutive losses through July 25 told the Red Sox all they needed to know. At nine games under .500 and with a deficit of 10 ½ games in the division and 7 ½ in the wild card race, there was nothing left. After a Friday night ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Listen to Keith Hernandez losing his mind during Mets’ sloppy 18-inning win | For The Win

Keith Hernandez doesn’t like long games.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hernandez, mets

MLB Fan Power Ranking

some blog tried to determine the ‘best fans in baseball’ in the form an of index

from the article:

We have taken data from various sources including ticket sales, social data, attendance, and team revenue, and used it to compile a ranking of MLB fan bases.

Here’s how we did it:

Average attendance for 2014 as a percentage of stadium capacity
Average ticket price on the secondary market (driven by demand) for the 2014 regular season
Annual team revenue for 2014 as provided by Forbes
Total ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, fans, nl central, power rankings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 21, 1915:

Honus [sic] Lobert is interested in the statement by Jimmy Clabby, the boxer, that tennis is a great game for developing speed. Clabby plays tennis a great deal, and says it improves his footwork.

Lobert likes tennis. He is not a bad player, and he would play regularly if he had not had orders from McGraw to leave it alone…McGraw believes tennis slows up a ball player. He argues that the sudden stopping and starting, the quick changes of course that a tennis ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 21, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tennis

Monthly Fantasy Baseball Thread July/August 2015

I thought BTF could use an open thread for fantasy baseball discussion.

Sonny Gray's Got a Yakker for Your Culo Posted: July 21, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Cuban defector Yoan Moncada has turned a corner for the Red Sox affiliate in Greenville - Minor League Ball

I spoke with Greenville manager Darren Fenster after the game and he discussed Moncada’s disappointing start.

“His first month and half he didn’t perform the way he expected to, and the way a lot of people expected him to.” said Fenster. ” There’s a lot of things you can probably attribute to that, whether he was putting undue pressure on himself, whether because of the layoff or just coming into a new culture. Here in the second half he’s really turned the corner and put a lot of things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Slot This: Examining Two Puzzlers Following an Otherwise Unsurprising MLB Draft Signing Deadline Day «

Some draft oddities.

The no. 2 pick, Alex Bregman, gave the Astros a discount in excess of $1.5 million, most of which went toward Houston signing the no. 37 pick, Daz Cameron, to a deal worth nearly two and a half times the draft slot value. That’s usually what happens when one player signs for less than his slot value: The money shows up later in the draft, allowing the team to grab another quality player who would’ve gone back to school unless the price was right.

Usually, but not in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Tigers face new reality: They’re ready to sell at trade deadline

The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.

Yet, when contacted Monday, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told USA TODAY Sports that no decision had been finalized.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, trade rumors

Handful of teams a trade from winning it all | MLB.com

Is Cueto hurt?

But even with so many teams still in contention, there will be impact players changing teams, possibly several of them. Reds ace Johnny Cueto could be the best, but there is a long list of others, including Cueto’s teammate Mike Leake.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, mets, orioles, trade deadline, trade rumors, yankees

Dolinar: The Use and Frequency of Emoji in MLB Twitter Engagement

Never mind analytics, fire Ruben Amaro Jr. for not adopting the fire emoji.

Emoji

Emoji is the new addition to this round of Twitter analysis. The Rockies had 401 tweets that contained an emoji. While the Rockies tended to use emojis more often than other, they had an entire game where their social-media account tweeted in nothing but emoji, which put them over the top.

In stark contrast, the Royals, who rank last in emoji usage, only managed to tweet an emoji four times.

Fire Emoji

The ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: social media, teams, twitter

OMNICHATTER 7-21-2015

The Ominous OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 226 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Edwin Jackson designated; Soriano called up

Availability yet to be determined

Walt Davis Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, edwin jackson, not that one, rafael soriano

The Best MLB All-Star Teams Ever

Probably the one with the most Royals.

The best All-Star team ever? According to this method, that mantle belongs to the roster that represented the National League in 1966 — and it’s not hard to see why. Sandy Koufax started the game on the mound, to be relieved by Juan Marichal, Jim Bunning and Gaylord Perry — Hall of Famers, all. The starting outfield was outrageous: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente. Ron Santo and Willie McCovey manned the infield corners. Along with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Ex-slugger Hideki Matsui pitching, batting righty in Sunday rec league

“He’s not just a baseball player in Japan; he’s like a deity unto himself,” said Reilly, a bond trader for a bank. “We’ve all followed him since our high school days. So whenever he comes to bat, everybody stops.”

Their everyday lives could not be much different. Team Matsui included a corrections officer, a television cameraman, a human resources manager, accountants, bond traders and a hairdresser.

Still, Matsui treated his teammates Sunday as if they were Derek Jeter and Jorge ...

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eddieot Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hideki matsui

Monday, July 20, 2015

Michael Cuddyer forced out of Mets’ game with balky left knee | Newsday

The Mets had already been seeking an outfielder in the trade market. But their search could intensify if Michael Cuddyer’s balky left knee doesn’t respond well to what he called a last-ditch effort to manage the pain.

If it doesn’t work, Cuddyer will likely land on the disabled list.

The 36-year-old veteran left in the eighth inning of Sunday’s marathon 3-1 win over the Cardinals in 18 innings.

Once again, he felt pain stemming from the bone bruise in his left knee, which has plagued him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2015

Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1915:

[St. Cloud batter Jake Thielman hit a ball which was] driven clear to the fence and hit a rabbit browsing in the long grass. The startled rabbit started for the diamond, touched second base, sped along the base line a few jumps ahead of Thielman, rounded third base on account of the fans on the side line, and dashed across the home plate with the local player hard on his heels.

“If we’d had another base to go,” said Thielman, “I would have had to tell the ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But ...

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Cole Hamels’ scuffles continue amid trade talk | MLB.com

This doesn’t help his trade value, part 2.

If Cole Hamels made his final start for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, it will be a forgettable conclusion to a memorable career.

Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one in just three innings in an 8-7 victory over the Marlins, which gave the Phillies their first series sweep since May. Hamels’ poor effort Sunday followed his July 10 start at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he allowed a career-high nine runs in 3 1/3 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Johnny Cueto has rare rough outing vs. Indians | reds.com

This does not help his trade value.

“You have a better chance of coming out and seeing him throw a one-hit shutout then you have him walking six guys and walking in some guys with the bases loaded,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was just a bad day.”
“I feel really well today, I feel outstanding today,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “But things happen. This is what happened. I don’t think [very often] in my career I’ve walked six batters in one game. It just happened. Things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds

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