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Monday, August 07, 2017

Rockies offered four-year extension to Carlos Gonzalez last spring

The Rockies reportedly offered outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a four-year extension that was rejected during spring training, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. While Nightengale does not specify exactly how much money Gonzalez turned down, he does go as far as to describe the offer as “lucrative.”

Gonzalez, 31, has really struggled offensively in 2017 with just a .642 OPS and .298 OBP. A free agent after the season, Gonzalez has spent nine of his ten seasons with the Rockies and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:37 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies

Counsell: Crew isn’t built to rely on small ball

Counsell remained candid during the media scrum in the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field on Monday, prior to his club’s series opener with the Twins. The Brewers have 27 sacrifice bunts this season, below the National League average of 29. In addition, 23 of their 27 bunts have been recorded by pitchers.

“If I put on a bunt sign, it’s not a 100 percent guaranteed success,” Counsell said. “I think people say, ‘Well, he’s a big league player and he should bunt.’ I don’t think that’s a fair ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bunting, craig counsell

Ike Davis is a Pitcher Now, Apparently

Now, as a 30-year-old, Davis is a full-time professional pitcher. Sunday, he made his debut for the AZL Dodgers and struck out the side in the sixth inning, earning a hold in his team’s 13-5 win over the AZL Padres.
FanGraphs’ lead prospect writer Eric Longenhagen reports that Davis’ fastball was sitting 88-92 mph.

PreservedFish Posted: August 07, 2017 at 07:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis

D-backs 50/50 raffle now available online for TV viewing audience

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has extended the 50/50 Raffle, supported by Western Refining, to be available for all fans in Arizona, even if they aren’t inside Chase Field during D-backs home games. The 50/50 Raffle will now be available for fans to purchase raffle tickets online at dbacks.com/5050raffle.


Do other teams do this ?

shoewizard Posted: August 07, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, gambling


The Dodgers Have A Real Chance To Break The All-Time Wins Record

According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo model, which simulates the remainder of the season using power ratings and each team’s probability of winning every game, the Dodgers are on pace to win 112 games. But that’s just their average outcome — in some simulations they win more, and in some they win less. In a shade over 20 percent of sims, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fivethirtyeight

Boston Red Sox director of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski always works to stay on the same page as ownership

Nice interview with Dave Dombrowski.

“I think I’ve probably have had as autonomous a career you can have as a general manager, president of baseball operations, whatever your title may be,” Dombrowski said. “But I think you’re always on the same page with your ownership. You need to be . . . If we were making an option of a player [to send him to the minors], I would not call [ownership] and consult with them, that’s a day-to-day operation. But if you are making a big acquisition for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

Yankees’ Luis Severino dominant vs. Indians | MLB.com

“Sevvy is really good,” manager Joe Girardi said. “[What needs] to continue for him is to take steps forward. I’ve said all along: Sevvy’s stuff does not fall off. As he gets late in the game, it does not fall off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Sources: Astros, Tigers talked Verlander deal

The Tigers and Astros have had recent contact regarding the possibility of a Justin Verlander trade, sources told MLB.com.

Verlander has cleared trade waivers, according to the Detroit Free Press, leading to even more extensive contact between the teams than in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, sources said.
While it’s unclear if progress toward a deal has been made, several factors have increased the viability of Verlander as a trade option for the Astros:
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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Baseball Researcher: A Portrait of Mickey Mantle in Decline

When you really want to know something you put the time in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey mantle, photos, research, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 7, 1917:

“The proposal to sent baseball players to France at the end of the season to entertain soldiers is the most absurd thing I ever heard of.”

This is the way President John K. Tener of the National League felt about it today when told an offer had been made to finance such an expedition.

“The idea of sending a bunch of big huskies over there with their expenses all paid to perform for the benefit of men who are ready to sacrifice their lives for their ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Glory days: Former major leaguers win the NBC World Series

The Kansas Stars won the National Baseball Congress World Series, defeating Everett 7-1 in Sunday’s championship game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Let’s talk about how strange that is.

Ben Sheets was the winning pitcher. Seventeen years ago, Sheets was the winner in the United States’ Olympic gold-medal winning game over Cuba. He had an entire major-league career in between and probably became the only person ever to be the winning pitcher in Olympic- and NBC-clinching wins.

Ryan ...

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SABR: Cool Maps of MLB Radio Networks

These maps give you a pretty decent visual of each team’s sphere of media influence, with the occasional entertaining outlier (e.g., not just one, but two Cardinals radio affiliates in Hawai’i!

I’m not sure the Red Sox are broadcast in Wyoming and New Mexico any more. Still, interesting maps.

villageidiom Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: maps, radio, sabr

FTW: Noah Syndergaard’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo finally happened and it was glorious

After the battle, the Mets trainer treated Thor Lannister and, wouldn’t ya know, he’s now unavailable to battle the White Walkers.

Syndergaard appeared as a Lannister soldier in the climatic battle scene (which led to a fire-breathing cliffhanger), and of course, he got a chance to show off his arm.

It turns out that Syndergaard’s super-human arm strength makes for a deadly spear throw. While we only got a quick glimpse at Syndergaard, the injured Mets pitcher confirmed that it was indeed his ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 08:06 AM | 266 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

OTP 7 August 2017: Women’s Rights, Baseball And Politics: 12 Talks Not To Miss At Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

“Tweets, Leaks, and Turmoil: Covering the Trump White House”

This sold-out opening panel (the only event that requires paid tickets) features the subject that has embroiled the nation and every corner of social media: the White House.

Ashley Parker (Washington Post) and Glenn Thrush (New York Times), highly regarded White House correspondents from dueling papers, will discuss covering the administration in a period of uncontrolled leaks, Twitter feuds and shake-ups. Specific details will ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 07, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 2147 comment(s)
  Beats: books, politics

Ex-Phillies star Darren Daulton dies at age 55 of brain cancer

Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors removed during brain surgery July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:47 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darren daulton, phillies

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Gary Sanchez gets day off, challenged to improve defense

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi benched All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez on Sunday because of his failures on defense this season.

Girardi is starting usual Yankees backup Austin Romine even though they are playing a day game after a night game. Girardi had said that Sanchez would be behind the plate Sunday, but the manager said he changed his mind after seeing how well Romine caught on Saturday.

“The start is not the message,” Girardi said. “The message came from us verbally that, ‘Your ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Steve Lyons’s absence from NESN is due to domestic battery charge

Former Red Sox utilityman and current NESN analyst Steve Lyons has been missing from Red Sox telecasts in recent weeks because he’s dealing with a domestic battery charge after an incident at his Hermosa Beach, Calif., home in January.

Lyons was arrested and charged with domestic battery assault and would likely go to trial in September if attempts to have the charges dismissed are not successful.

A redacted police report provided by the Hermosa Beach police does not include the name of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, nesn, red sox, steve lyons

Mariners acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Oakland A’s

The Mariners acquired the veteran left-handed hitting first baseman from the A’s on Sunday morning in waivers trade, sending outfielder Boog Powell back to Oakland in return. A 25-man roster move will have to be made to add Alonso on Tuesday. It’s likely the Mariners’ extra reliever they are carrying — Casey Lawrence — will be sent out.


The 30-year-old Alonso is a rental bat for the final two months since he will be a free agent after the season. He made his first All-Star game this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mariners, yonder alonso

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager keeps quiet, but his excellent play speaks for itself - LA Times

Know it all computers. Pfft!

Cody Bellinger has made headlines with his prodigious power, Justin Turner has become the people’s champion, but it’s Seager who remains the team’s best position player. He continues to bat second in the order — “according to my computer, the most important spot in the lineup,” half-joked general manager Farhan Zaidi.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Mastrodonato: Dave Dombrowski ahead of the count on his trades with the Red Sox | Boston Herald

Jason Mastrodonato evaluates Dombrowski’s trades, so far. His timeline, however, is useless. We’ll see how things look 10 years from now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox


Cash Considerations: Did Kevin Cash just “white flag” a 1-0 game? - DRaysBay

Something for our Rays fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

D-backs’ rotation has made huge 2017 rebound | MLB.com

My $100 100-1 bet on the Diamondbacks in February still has a chance. Go D’Backs!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Rick Hahn, Ben Cherington, and Others from Saber Seminar | FanGraphs Baseball

“From time to time, you think you’re potentially getting away with something by picking out a guy out of low-A, or the DSL (Dominican Summer League) or rookie ball,” said Hahn. “Inevitably, the other GM will say to you, ‘That’s some good scouting. He’s under the radar, and our guys really like him.’ Whether that’s true or not, you get that a lot. When you get, ‘Ooh, that’s good scouting,’ it’s either A: good scouting, or B: the general manager never heard of that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Olney: What should the Mets do with Matt Harvey? - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Over 2016 and 2017, Harvey has allowed 97 runs and compiled 130 strikeouts in 163 innings. I asked some evaluators and agents this week: If Harvey didn’t throw another pitch this season, what could he get as a free agent on a one-year deal? Most of the projections were in the area of $10 million, with some as high as $12 million, with incentive clauses based on games started. That’s more than what he’ll make with the Mets through his last round of arbitration, so he continues to be seen ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Gary Sanchez has to grow out of his bad habits | New York Post

“He needs to improve,” the Yankees manager and former catcher said of Sanchez, who was charged with his industry-leading 12th passed ball and failed to block two wild pitches.

Before the Yankees’ 2-1 win on Saturday night, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Post’s George King that Sanchez’s effort to gain muscle last winter has backfired, as it has hindered the catcher’s flexibility.

“It was good intentions and bad results,” said Cashman, who dismissed the notion ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

The Dodgers’ catchers will help Yu Darvish in a specific way - Beyond the Box Score

Nice detailed look at the change.

Here are two things we know about the 2017 Major League Baseball season:

Jonathan Lucroy (formerly of the Rangers) has gone from one of the best framing catchers in baseball to literally the worst in baseball.

The Dodgers starting and backup catchers are two of the best framers in baseball.

That’s simple enough. It doesn’t take any more information than that to conclude that Yu Darvish will almost definitely benefit from throwing to his new Los Angeles ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yu darvish

BR | Dodgers Complete Best 50-Game Stretch in MLB Since 1912 with Win vs. Mets

With a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the best 50-game stretch in Major League Baseball since 1912 by going 43-7.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 06, 2017 at 03:59 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jinx, mets, superteam of destiny

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