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Friday, June 22, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Arizona Diamondbacks

Following the lead of the Rangers, the Diamondbacks owners were in negotiations over the conditions of their 20-year-old ballpark, which I like to think of as Miller Park Southwest (I’ve only been to Miller, but they strike me as pretty similar. Their retractable roof set-ups look alike from my screen, and the Bernie-only slide in Milwaukee is countered by the pool built in the desert for inebriated Phoenicians and celebrating Dodgers). That issue appears to be settled. At least for now. You ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: June 22, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium names

Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Field: Great Lawn, Field 7
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Monday, June 25, 2018

CUT4: Alex Bregman shaved his mustache between at-bats because personal grooming is very important

Alex knows how to exploit the latest market inefficiency.

After the game, Bregman’s teammate Gerrit Cole had some thoughts, as passed along by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

“After the game? During? I had no idea. I don’t pay attention to Alex’s shaving habits in the middle of the game. I did like the mustache, I thought it played. It was Jeff Kent-esque. It was on top of his lip when he stabbed that soft liner in the first inning, which got us out of a jam. Personally, I’m a fan of the ‘stache, ...

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Stormy JE Posted: June 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, market inefficiency, shaving

OTP 2018 June 25: Charles Krauthammer’s Love Of Baseball Leaves A Lasting Legacy

In recent days, many of Charles’ admirers had honored his formidable body of work and conservative convictions. I’m here to pay respects to his love of baseball, which made him and the world a happier place.

“If you believe, as do I, that God created baseball as a relief from politics, I herewith offer, as a public service, a column about [Bryce] Harper & friends,” he wrote in an exquisite column for The Washington Post in 2016.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: June 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: politics


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-25-2018

Christy Mathewson quoted in the Bridgeport Times, June 25, 1918:

“One time at Forbes field I was warming up near the grandstand and a fan called out to me: ‘Who’s going to pitch today, Matty?’ I answered ‘Marquard, I believe.’ Then the fan replied, ‘Why, you poor hunk of cheese, Marquard can’t pitch.’

You see, this fan called me a hunk of cheese because I had been pleasant enough to answer his question.”

Old-timey insults never fail to amuse me. And maybe it wasn’t an insult. Maybe the guy was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Nimmo breakout rare positive for Mets

Jon Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2018 at 06:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest

A friend of former Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez dropped his name in an effort to avoid arrest while transporting fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts in April, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs, according to documents filed in US District Court in Boston.

Ramirez is not under federal investigation and has not been linked to any drug ring, according to several people with direct knowledge of the case. The 34-year-old has been a free agent since the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2018 at 10:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (let’s call it July 2018)

With so much time spent fostering garbage takes on food, perhaps many of you missed Tom Breihan’s “A History of Violence” series, which kicked off in 2016 with a celebration of Bullitt:

When you talk about the history of action movies, you sort of have to define what an action movie is first. As with any movie genre, lines blur, and movies can be multiple things at once. Action—fights, chases, bodies forced into extreme circumstances—has been a part of narrative cinema since narrative ...

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Donald Hall, author of Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, dies at 89

At the link is a photo of Hall in a mid-70’s Pirates uniform.  #43, not #17.

Whaddaya think of that, John Moore? Posted: June 24, 2018 at 02:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: the country of baseball

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Report: Cops Looking Into Hanley Ramirez’s Possible Connection To Fentanyl Trafficking Ring

ABC investigative journalist Michele McPhee says authorities are looking into Hanley Ramirez’s possible relationship to a large fentanyl distribution case in Massachusetts.

McPhee, who broke the news of Aaron Hernandez’s murder charges in 2013, told WBZ-FM Friday afternoon that during a car stop in which police found a “significant amount of drugs,” the suspect claimed an item found in the vehicle belonged to Ramirez—and then proved by it FaceTiming the three-time All-Star in front ...

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Friday, June 22, 2018



Mike Trout Is Compiling a Historic Season and the Angels Are Wasting It Again

“This June is on track to be the best month of Trout’s career.”

Bouncing and pounding
My head the backboard
I need release to let it flow
And I was ready
Really ready
I was ready to explode

Oh wasted time

Lest we forget Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, goat, mvp, trout

Mariners rallying to get Ichiro in Home Run Derby

Since Day 1 of his major league career, Ichiro’s home run-hitting prowess in batting practice has been a well-known legend… There was always a long-held belief that he could be more of a power hitter if he chose to be, but as a speedy leadoff man he concentrated more on getting on-base with base hits.

PreservedFish Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, if he wanted to

Late Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors: A Character With A Huge Appetite For Life

Billy Connors, the former Yankees pitching guru who died on Monday at age 76, was a man of prodigious appetites.

He could eat – at the time of his death, he must have weighed close to 300 pounds, and according to friends, hadn’t been out of a chair, literally, in years. Reggie Jackson told me on Wednesday that during his days as the Yankees pitching coach, Connors would make a big show of coming to the ballpark each day with two dozen donuts that he would leave out for the players.

One ...

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Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, gluttony, lust, yankees

Omaha to host Tigers-Royals game as kickoff event for 2019 CWS

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman on Wednesday.

The collaboration between Major League Baseball and the NCAA to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS was first reported by The Associated Press.

A news conference with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS.

The Tigers-Royals game would ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: college world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2018

Chicago Eagle, June 22, 1918:

George Burns of the Giants is still wondering what happened to him in the last game in St. Louis. He was on second, and after Fletcher’s foul had been caught George danced about a bit as if he contemplated trying for third. When he turned around to go to second he found Center Fielder J.C. Smith there just receiving the ball. Burns was out.

I totally understand not noticing the center fielder sneaking in behind you, but how do you not see someone throwing the ball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-21-2018

The [Fairmont] West Virginian, June 21, 1918:

For the first time since its organization the National Commission, baseball’s court of last resort, has been defied.

Never, since the commission was founded, some 18 years ago, when the National and American Leagues decided not to war against each other, has a magnate taken issue with the rulings of the body, until Connie Mack of Philadelphia ignored the right of the commission to award the services of his young pitcher, Scott Perry, to the Boston ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2018

Toledo News-Bee, June 20, 1918:

LIFE’S FROLICSOME IN TEXAS LEAGUE

Umpire George Blackburn was a storm center in a recent hard fought Fort Worth-Dallas series at Dallas. In one game Lee of Fort Worth, angry over a decision, threw dirt in Blackburn’s face.

The maddened umpire struck the first player he saw, who happened to be Clarence Kraft, who retaliated by giving his umps a beating. It took a half dozen policemen to pull him off Blackburn.

Frolicsome indeed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How Major League Teams Are Using Bobbleheads to Skirt Tax Laws

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments last Wednesday in a dispute over taxes on promotional items purchased by the Cincinnati Reds and offered to fans through promotional ticket packages. Ohio state law exempts companies from paying taxes on items they buy and resell, but the issue is whether promotional items like bobbleheads are being sold as part of a ticket package or given away in an effort to increase ticket sales. Simply put, if the team gives away bobbleheads, they pay tax. If they ...

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Bote Man Posted: June 19, 2018 at 08:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, money, screwing taxpayers, taxes

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley ...

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Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2018

New York Tribune, June 19, 1918:

It is not the fault of Señor Jose Campos, of the visiting Mexican journalists, if his readers of “Excelsior,” a Mexico City daily, do not understand baseball perfectly now that he has explained the finer angles of the game to them. The other day Don Jose saw the Giants and the Cincinnati Reds play and he sent the following to his paper, according to a morning contemporary:
...
“In place of a bull baseball has an umpire, a man who does not play the game, but is ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brewers Surprise Bob Uecker by dressing as him for flight to Pittsburgh

Bob Uecker was one of the first passengers aboard the Brewers’ charter flight Sunday for a rare road trip, and he had an inkling something was up when he noticed one of the flight attendants wearing a shirt with his name on it.

Uecker knew something was up when first-base coach Ed Sedar climbed aboard wearing a loud sport coat over his T-shirt bearing an infamous image of Uecker in a Speedo, the one that had been splashed across the pages of Sports Illustrated a decade ago.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers, uecker

Market for Moustakas could be slow, says Ken Rosenthal

Oddly, Rosenthal points to the $3 million owed Moustakas over the last two months of the season as a hindrance, although that seems to be a very low price for an established slugger, certainly cheaper than other third basemen that could potentially hit the market like Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, or Adrian Beltre.

It does seem as if the market has moved away from (a) sluggers who bash home runs, since everyone can seemingly hit home runs; and (b) rentals like Moustakas who are eligible for ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: robothal

Monday, June 18, 2018

Deadspin: Former Blue Jay Kelly Gruber Disinvited From Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame Festivities

That’s Gruber making an excruciatingly awkward, jarringly hostile entrance at PitchTalks, immediately making what seems to be some kind of pass at host Ashley Docking, then responding to her effort to direct his attention to the crowd by shouting over her and declaring her inessential to the proceedings. Docking, to her enormous credit, manages to confront his wildly disrespectful behavior without punching him in the face, which is probably what he deserved.

Is he drunk? Seems like he might ...

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DanG Posted: June 18, 2018 at 01:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canadian hall of fame, jerks, kelly gruber

MetBblog: Mets reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for ‘virtually everyone’

The Mets are “ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone” on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

Adam is gettin’ upset!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: June 18, 2018 at 12:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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