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Friday, July 15, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1916:

Arthur Shafer, the former McGraw third baseman, is coming east and he may join the Giants. Shafer was one of the best infielders in the game, but he did not like baseball and went to California, where he owns a large garage. He found, after he had retired, that like the rest he hankered for a little baseball. Now he is coming to New York to see John McGraw and he may get back in the game.

Tillie Shafer was a good player, not great, but certainly good. The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lenny Dykstra Crawls from a Hole He Joyfully Dug for Himself

“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.

Zach Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, literature, mets

Cubs get back to work — and there’s lots of work to do | Chicago Sun-Times

I hope he can bounceback so he doesn’t get released.

Turns out he’s a man, not a machine. Once seemingly unhittable, Arrieta (12-4, 2.68) now is barely hanging on to a spot among the N.L.’s top 10 in ERA. And this is alarming: He has walked more batters — 43 — than any of the N.L.’s top 20 starters in ERA.

Arrieta probably can forget about repeating as Cy Young. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg and even ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Kopech Hits 105 MPH Against Wilmington

Between the Groome signing and Kopech coming back, Dombrowski may have felt trading the 18 year-old Espinosa would be a loss the team could overcome.

opech sat at 98 mph last night, but he touched 100 mph and beyond on a regular basis. That’s nothing new for a pitcher who sat at 100 mph in his high Class A debut for four innings at Carolina.

But even for a pitcher who regularly throws 100 plus, the 105 jumped off the page when the Salem pitchers turned in their charts after the game.

“We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, red sox

Heyman - Hosmer And The Royals’ Closing World Series Window - TKB

This column comes to you from Scott Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox agree to terms with top draft pick Jason Groome

After a month-long courtship, the Red Sox have their Groome.

According to multiple major league sources, Jason Groome, the team’s first-round selection (No. 12 overall), agreed to terms with the Red Sox in advance of Friday’s deadline to sign. The 17-year-old lefthander out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School received a $3.65 million bonus.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, prospects, red sox

OMNICHATTER 7-15-16

The start-of-the-second-half OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ isn’t a big fan of the bagged milk sold in Canada

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ grew up in Iowa, and as such he has correct opinions about milk storage. He was traded to Toronto last season and went on to learn of the atrocity that is bagged milk. We know this because of one of the great sports interview exchanges from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet. Here is a sampling:

Is there anything you’re still not used to in Canada?

I think I’ve gotten used to most of the stuff. Grocery shopping is a little different. I still don’t understand the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canadia, j.a. happ, milk bags

MLBTR: Diamondbacks option Shelby Miller to AAA

That trade sure worked out well.

The Diamondbacks announced tonight that they have optioned struggling right-hander Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno. Arizona did not announce a corresponding move at this time.

Esoteric Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Red Sox deal for Padres’ Drew Pomeranz | MLB.com

The Red Sox reportedly acquired left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the Padres on Thursday, a source told MLB.com.

The Red Sox reportedly trade a top pitching prospect. I like Pomeranz, if he can stay healthy. This now gives the Red Sox two pitchers who were hurt punching things. Of course Pomeranz hit a chair, not a person.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, padres

No one watched the 2016 MLB All-Star game

If the players and managers don’t really care, why should we? It’s an exhibition game in the middle of the season.

On top of that, no one really cares that the game determines home field advantage in the World Series anymore. The players are there to enjoy themselves, as are the managers. No one is treating this like a real game. That’s not a criticism. Above all, the event should be fun.

The numbers are in the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:42 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

DARRYL STRAWBERRY SAYS HE HAD SEX IN THE CLUBHOUSE BETWEEN INNINGS

ESPN is premiering a 30 for 30 documentary from Judd Apatow, called Doc & Darryl tonight, and it covers the careers of Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry as they went from phenoms to burned out Woulda Beens for the Mets after some hard living off the field. Strawberry appeared on Mad Dog Radio earlier in the day to discuss his career, and some of the things he did on and off the field. Naturally, the focus is on the, um, sexy stuff.

Some of the things he discusses are pretty routine, or at least ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: btf after hours, darryl strawberry

Heyman: Eric Hosmer and the Royals’ closing World Series window

Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?

Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jon heyman, scott boras

Posnanski: Matt Harvey’s Sacrifice Didn’t Come Without Consequences

An interesting (and quintessential Poz) take on the Matt Harvey saga and how finicky we all are, as sports fans.

We ask pro athletes to play through extreme pain and we are not especially open to their complaints. We get angry at them when they ask for more money. We get REALLY angry at them if they unionize to get a larger sum of the pie. We feel no sympathy for them whatsoever when they get so much less than they are worth on the open market. After all, Harvey is getting paid $4 million this ...

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Planning the ultimate 30-way trade. Who says no?

Real baseball returns tomorrow.

Full disclaimer: I know this is stupid. Yep I know. This is just for fun. Yes I discriminated and undervalued your player intentionally because I hate your team specifically.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: silly, trades

Detroit Tigers send Anthony Gose to Double-A after incident

The Detroit Tigers announced today that they suspended outfielder Anthony Gose for three days after he failed to show up for a Toledo Mud Hens game on Sunday, a day after he had an argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon.

Gose did not play in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and then didn’t show up Sunday.

After reinstating him today, the Tigers sent Gose to Double-A Erie.

“After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, July 14, 1916:

It looks as if one of the greatest comedians of modern baseball will return to the big time. The St. Louis Nationals are after Ping Bodie, the former White Sox outfielder, whose real name is Francisco Pizzola.
...
Bodie hit well while with Chicago but his base running caused the writers to poke fun at him.

The Ping Bodie Experience is fascinating to me. He was a pretty good hitter (.275/.335/.396, 109 OPS+) but from everything I’ve read he was just ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ping bodie

Home groan: Twins have trouble drafting and developing starting pitchers - StarTribune.com

The Twins are hopeful about their current group of prospects.

The Twins like their current stable of starting pitching prospects. Berrios had a rough baptism when called up in May but has made adjustments at Rochester and is close to a promotion.

Jay, a lefthander taken sixth overall last year; Kohl Stewart, a righthander drafted fourth overall in 2013; and lefthander Stephen Gonsalves, taken in the fourth round in 2013, all have been promoted to Class AA Chattanooga.

Internationally, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

BenFred: Cards have no bigger woe than problems in the field | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.

But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.

“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, defense

MLB’s brave new world of big data is game-changer | Toronto Star

Give us more defensive mapping and the run values of the difference between players!!!

Give it to us now!!!

Please.

MLB currently web streams one Statcast-infused game each week with real-time illustration of exit velocities, spin rate and all the other information.

Could some of those elements eventually be incorporated into regular broadcasts or even displayed in the ballpark?

“I can certainly see that happening,” said Mike Petriello, an analyst for MLB.com who focuses on Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The New Science Of Hitting | FiveThirtyEight

More Statcast looks now. Please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

statmuse | Search for Sports

If you like your baseball stats in graph form with player caricatures, you might like this site. I like the caricatures, I’m not sure I’d want to keep going back for the graphs.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

ESPN: Ranking the All-Stars Based on Fun

7. Bartolo Colon—Then there’s Bartolo, who is larger than life. His home run was the most fun event of the year. Well, unless you’re James Shields.

He ranks Jon Lester #31 out of #68. He’s a great pitcher, but I’d have him a lot lower than that.


D-Train Derailed: Don’t feel sorry for Dontrelle Willis

And by that spring, at 33 years old, it had sent him to a part of Phoenix called Maryvale, to a last-chance spring training with the Brewers, where his neck hurt and his shoulder ached but another group of young players was finding out what it means to be a Dontrelle friend, a Dontrelle teammate.

“Awesome,” said Will Smith, who turned 14 the summer Willis won the rookie of the year award for the Marlins and now found himself Willis’ locker mate and throwing partner. “If you had to pick one ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dontrelle willis, marlins, pitchers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, July 13, 1916:

Tris Speaker ran over into right field in the eighth inning of the second engagement with the Yanks [in New York] Tuesday, and pulled down a hard drive from Baker’s bat.

As the ball settled into the great outfielder’s hands, a man sitting in the right wing of the grandstand, jumped up and hurled a pop bottle. The missile narrowly missed Speaker’s head. It might have fractured his skull.
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Two special policemen ran to the spot from which the bottle had been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tris speaker

Canadian All-Star Michael Saunders reacts to anthem incident - SBNation.com

Canadians are such trouble makers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, michael saunders

Baseball thriving thanks to young superstars | MLB.com

When wasn’t this true?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

2016 Mid Season Top 50 | Prospect 361°

They are a bit high on Glasnow, especially over Reyes.

2. Tyler Glasnow (Pit, RHP) – Promoted: 7/7/2016

The size and stuff is all there for Tyler Glasnow to pitch at the top-of-the-rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The problem is his control has taken a step backwards this year and he’s now walking nearly five per nine.  It hasn’t mattered as nobody can hit him as he’s only given up 57 hits in 96 innings.  At 6-foot-8 and a tremendous stride to the plate, it’s still going to take ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospect reports

How modern media killed the All-Star Game

Every generation has great players. As for his complaint about the game not being special any more…who cares? I’d much rather watch all the games I can now *every single day* than get all excited about watching one *special* meaningless exhibition game in the middle of the season.

The players are still great even if it’s about as hard as it has ever been to get a hit, so dominant has pitching become. And my generation certainly was spoiled by living during a time when many of the game’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Rob Manfred, Tony Clark discuss CBA matters | MLB.com

In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.

The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

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