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Monday, May 09, 2016

Mike North: Jessica Mendoza is worst announcer in baseball

Mike North: “I’ve got to tell you something folks. You know, I’ve been called every name in the book doing this job since the early 90s. Good names, bad names, and everything in between. I’ve been called everything from a pillar in the community to a guy who’s the best who did it in Chicago’s history to a racist and a sexist. I’m going to just tell you right now what everybody else doesn’t want to say, except maybe the regular fan who you see on social media: Jessica Mendoza is the worst ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn, jessica mendoza, women in baseball

Important Articles - Please Read - Ron Shandler

What a mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy sports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2016

Tacoma Times, May 9, 1916:

The Great Falls team in the Northwestern league will hereafter be known as the “Electrics.”

This name was selected by the directors from several hundred submitted in a contest conducted by the newspaper. It is the same name by which the former Great Falls teams have been known.
...
Bill Harley has signed so many old timers to his clib, that the nicknames of “Veterans,” “Granddads,” and “Vets” have automatically affixed themselves to the club.

They blew it. Granddads ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 May 9: There’s no politics in baseball

Only one problem. The national tournament May 28 through June 4 is being held for the eighth-straight year in North Carolina. And Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last month prohibited state employees and state agencies from traveling to North Carolina in protest of that state’s new law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms designated for the gender with which they identify.

The governor’s ban didn’t apply to MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) campuses like ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 09, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 2064 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, politics

Javier Baez homer wins it in 13th as Cubs rally past Nationals - Chicago Tribune

The Cubs just aren’t natural. Which type of black magic are they using?

At what point does winning 24 of their first 30 games — including the last seven in a row —become surreal?

“Hasn’t it?” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said with a chuckle. “I mean, I think you’d have to look inside a season to see that kind of a stretch, but when it occurs at the beginning of the season it really stands out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

David Ortiz, Steven Wright lead Red Sox past Yankees | Boston Herald

Steven Wright has been very impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, steven wright

Mets edge Padres to split four-game series | MLB.com

The highlights suggest he had three pitches working.

For the first time this season, Harvey’s velocity regularly spiked up to 97 mph. So it was little surprise that the strikeouts followed. Whiffing the side in the first, Harvey struck out six of the first eight batters he faced, finishing with 10. It was his first double-digit strikeout game of the year and the 11th of his career.

Matt Harvey twirls six excellent innings against the Padres, striking out 10 batters for the first time this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

WHAT BAN MIGHT REYES FACE?

Jon Heyman breaks news on Facebook now?

Half a season with no testimony from his wife and no formal charges would be an extremely aggressive punishment. It will be interesting to read the explanation from the Commissioner and the MLBPA response.

Jose Reyes should hear his penalty from MLB for domestic abuse soon, and word is that it’ll be at least 60 games and perhaps significantly longer than that.

Eighty games, or about a half a season, may be a fair ballpark estimate, according to some. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, rockies

USA TODAY: Bryce Harper saw 27 pitches against the Cubs and didn’t swing at a single one

The Nationals outfielder had seven plate appearances in Washington’s 13-inning loss. He was walked six times and also hit by the pitch once. The six walks ties an MLB record for most walks in a game. [...]

Jayson Stark ✔ ‎@jaysonst
That’s 6 BB & one HBP for Bryce Harper today. @ESPNStatsInfo reports no player in the last 100 years has reached base 7 times without an AB!
6:47 PM - 8 May 2016

From 1913 to 2016, (requiring ROE=0, TOB=6 and AB=0), sorted by greatest TOB

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bobm Posted: May 09, 2016 at 02:19 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals, records

WSJ: Falling Fish Delays Japanese Baseball Game

What is the air-speed velocity of a half-eaten fish, Swallows?

The weather in Hyogo, Japan, was mostly sunny with a chance of fish.

A half-digested fish that rained on the outfield of Koshien stadium in western Japan caused a baseball game to be delayed for a few minutes on Sunday.

According to a spokeswoman for the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, the condition of the fish made it clear that it couldn’t have been thrown in from the stands and likely was dropped by a bird that flew over the ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, japanese baseball, npb, weird

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Red Sox, Price don’t know cause of left-hander’s struggles - providencejournal.com

Remember when the Red Sox didn’t believe in huge contracts for 30+ starting pitchers?

The main reason to be concerned, though, and what manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis kept coming back to on Saturday, was Price’s diminished velocity. He sat 92 with his fastball on Saturday — his lowest mark of what’s already been his lowest season on the radar gun.

“We just haven’t seen the velocity that he’s had before,” said Willis of a pitcher used to pitching 94 or 95 mph.

While ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Harper: Yanks could land big haul for Aroldis Chapman at deadline - NY Daily News

How much value would a two-month closer rental have?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Nick Cafardo: How baseball’s key offseason trades have worked out so far - The Boston Globe

Boston Globe Sunday Baseball Notes column.

According to MLB, entering Thursday, the National League was averaging 4.47 runs per game compared with the American League’s 4.01. The NL has not averaged more runs per game than the AL since 1974 (4.15 to 4.10). The difference of 0.46 runs per game is on pace to be the largest in favor of the NL since 1945, when the NL had a 0.56 advantage (4.46 to 3.90). During the AL’s current 41-year run of averaging more runs than the NL, only five times did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trades


New York Mets’ Matt Harvey out to rediscover 2015 form in San Diego - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Matt’s feeling good,” Terry Collins said. “There are no arm issues. There’s none of that stuff. He’s just got to make better pitches, and he knows that. You’re talking about one of the best pitchers in the game, who’s not pitching like we know he can. Sure he’s frustrated. I think that’s the easiest word to use. I don’t blame him. We’re all in the same boat.

“These guys will all tell you that they’re their own worst enemy. Their expectations of themselves are more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Bartolo Colon hits first home run of career | MLB.com

If he can do it, so can you!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

OMNICHATTER 5-8-16

The “BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO BARTOLO” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 08, 2016 at 12:30 AM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Julio Urias leading option for Dodgers bullpen | dodgers.com

Sounds like a great way to get his feet wet while limiting his innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Indians notebook: Closer Cody Allen not tied to save situations; Cody Anderson returning; Roberto Perez has surgery - Indians - Ohio

On Cleveland’s bullpen and the recall of Cody Anderson.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 01:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Alex Anthopoulos reflects on time Blue Jays | MLB.com

On his reasons behind walking away at the end of 2015…
Anthopoulos: “I know a lot was made that I wasn’t as forthcoming, or maybe it should have been a little more specific, but I wanted to keep that more private overall ... I did my best to try to enjoy the playoffs. I really made a conscious effort to try to enjoy it. And until the decision is final, it’s not final.
“I would say through the end of the month of August, I expected to be here for five, 10, 20 years, whatever it was going to be, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Lincecum throws 41 pitches in return to the mound | CSN Bay Area

Lincecum comes out of hiding.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, tim lincecum

Taijuan Walker Expects to Make Next Start after Leaving Game with Neck Spasms

HOUSTON – Taijuan Walker was removed from the Mariners game against the Astros after pitching just two innings with what was announced shortly after to be neck spasms. After the game, Walker said he believed that he slept wrong Thursday night and was confident he could make his next start.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Aaron Hicks’ first home run powers Yankees | MLB.com

That is a tough way to lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

OMNICHATTER 5-7-16

The Ron Kulpa Strikezone OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 07, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Spector: David Ortiz’s game-changing K was embarrassing; robot umps, anyone?

Looking at PitchF/X data from Brooks Baseball, Farrell was both right and wrong. The 3-1 pitch was a strike. The 3-2 pitch, after which Ortiz had to be restrained from going after Kulpa, was low. It was not so low as to match Farrell’s assertion that Ortiz “needed a hockey stick” to reach it, but it should have been Ball 4.

It’s important to remember, though, that the 3-2 pitch came after the 3-1 pitch and a reaction by Ortiz that was so animated, Farrell needed to come out and get ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, strike zone, umpires, yankees

Giancarlo Stanton hits longest homer of 2016 | MLB.com

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton once again stands alone when it comes to pure home run distance. The three-time All-Star connected on a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning on Friday that lifted Miami to a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

Friday, May 06, 2016

Boston Globe: It’s time to talk David Ortiz out of retiring

We’re still talking about this retirement thing?

Maybe there will be some stretch this season when David Ortiz plunges into a prolonged slump, giving some indication of why the designated hitter felt it necessary to retire following the 2016 campaign.

But right now, Ortiz’s offseason announcement seems more like a premature caprice than an unavoidable choice.

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Team owner John Henry ought to have an intimate discussion with his most important player about deferring his decision at ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:29 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, entitled fans, red sox

Le ‘Spin:  Manfred likes Montreal and Mexico City for Expansion

MLB has plenty of #### to get together before it starts thinking about expansion, and commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledges that. The collective bargaining agreement expires this winter, so that’s foremost. The stadium situations in Oakland and St. Pete are dire. But once all that’s out of the way, it’s time for more baseball teams!

“Baseball’s a growth business and growth businesses tend to expand,” Manfred said yesterday on the Red Sox-White Sox broadcast. (Fun fact! Yesterday ...

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Where Have All The Southpaws Gone?

In fact, the number of left-handed starting pitchers has been declining since 2012, when lefties started 32.0 percent of all big leagues, a number that’s down to 25.5 percent this year. What used to happen every third game is now happening every fourth, a projected difference of 315 starts over the course of a full major league season.

“There is a shortage of left-handers,” Gonzalez said.

And no one’s quite sure why.

“I’ve spent most of my professional life trying to find more ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: left-handed pitchers

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