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Friday, April 01, 2016

2016 New York City Softball Game

Looks like it will be August 20th this year.

Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 434 comment(s)
  Beats: community, meetups, new york, skillz

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jose Fernandez pitches Marlins past Royals | MLB.com

I watched a Baseball Tonight clip of Fernandez in a few ABs. I was surprised by the number of sliders he was throwing. Checking out Brooks Baseball’s game breakdown shows that he threw 55 *curveballs*, 7 change ups, and 49 fastballs. I put asterisks around curveballs because it appears PitchFx classifies the giant break on his slider as a curveball. Anyway, for the year, Fangraphs PitchFx totals breaks down his season totals as 1189 four-seam fastballs 50%, 817 curves 34%, 296 changes 12%, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Mark Teixeira: You Would Walk Gary Sanchez With Babe Ruth On Deck

Time to break out the hyperbole:

It is not a rare occurrence, except when the hitter being walked is in career game No. 21 and the batter behind him has 404 career home runs. The Seattle Mariners did not intentionally walk New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez once Wednesday to face Mark Teixeira—they did it twice. And even Teixeira knew they had no choice.

“Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him,” said Teixeira after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the ...

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OMNICHATTER 8-25-16

Guaranteed OMNICHATTER Field

(Sorry about yesterday!)

Gamingboy Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Conlon Collection Auction this Weekend

The archives of the famous Conlon Collection of baseball photographs is up for auction this weekend.  The article claims the winning bid could be a million dollars.  It should go for a lot more…....

pthomas Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: conlon, history, photography

Five California League expansion options

Why it works: Oxnard is a sweet spot for minor league franchises in California, close enough to have a rabid fanbase of a major league team, but far enough (and along such a heavily-trafficked route) that many fans can’t get to the games. With baseball passion, beautiful scenery and a large fanbase to draw from, especially once nearby Ventura’s population is included, Oxnard checks the boxes for a successful minor league franchise.

Why it doesn’t: The area is so Dodgers-heavy, it would ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: california league, minor leagues

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

U.S. Cellular Field Changing Name To Guaranteed Rate Field

Yuck.  It’ll always be The Cell to me.

U.S. Cellular Field will change its name to Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced Wednesday afternoon.

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate, a national mortgage lender, have signed 13-year naming rights deal, according to the Sox. But the name could last even longer — the Sox have an option of extending the deal past 2030.

Worst new stadium name?  It’s up there.

Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dumb, naming rights, the cell, white sox, why

Report: A’s owner to tour waterfront site for new ballpark

Momentum may be building for an A’s stadium at the Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square.

A’s co-owner John Fisher will take what the San Francisco Chronicle called “a hush-hush tour” of that site at Port of Oakland, which mayor Libby Schaaf has long promoted as a landing spot for the team.

Fisher, who is usually quiet publicly but holds a majority stake in the A’s, will reportedly be joined on the Thursday visit by port officials familiar with real estate, environmental aspects and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, new ballpark

Famed MLB ghost hunter Jon Gray finally got to explore Milwaukee’s notorious haunted hotel

He ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.

In June, we had the opportunity to speak to Gray about his fascination with the spiritual world, and he told us he had long dreamed of exploring Milwaukee’s famed Pfister Hotel. Now, we see, he’s made that dream a reality.

Why would Gray be so interested in the Pfister Hotel? Well, it has something of a reputation:

The hotel, reportedly haunted by its original owner, Charles Pfister, has been compared to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion by Giancarlo Stanton . Even ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ghosts, haunted, jon gray, milwaukee, rockies

Royals’ Cheslor Cuthbert regularly calls home to check on his chickens

When a young man receives a significant amount of money to sign with a Major League Baseball team, it’s no surprise that he won’t wait long to spend some cash.

You’ve probably heard about ballplayers buying fast, expensive cars or nice clothes or even a big house.

But Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert apparently dropped some money on chickens. Seriously.

Zach Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ain't nobody here but us chickens, cheslor cuthbert, royals

Backup OMNICHATTER 8-24-16

Cause someone has to do it.

Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: August 24, 2016 at 03:31 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 24, 1916:

A freak feature of the Whitesox victory at the Polo grounds Saturday was the scoring of three runs by the Sox on four pitched balls, with no hit good for more than one base. Here is the way it happened:

Eddie Collins hit the first ball pitched by Mogridge in the fourth inning for a single to center. Jackson hit the next one to center and Collins camped on second. Flesch [sic] hit the next one to center and when Magee’s throw rolled through Baumann and to the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mookie Betts makes amazing throw from right | MLB.com

The one knock on Betts was his arm. It appears that knock is no longer valid.

“I didn’t know I could really do that,” Betts said. “I think we were all kind of surprised there.”

For the second straight night, the Red Sox used an eighth-inning defensive play to preserve its advantage in a crucial game. With the Blue Jays beating the Angels on Tuesday, the Red Sox needed—and got—a win to stay tied with the Blue Jays atop the American League East.

Betts said he knows his arm has gotten stronger in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Orioles Chris Tillman headed to disabled list | MLB.com

Not good.

Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch Thursday at Washington, but he felt pain in his shoulder while throwing his bullpen session Tuesday, and he was examined by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl.

“I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing,” Tillman said after the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris tillman, injuries, orioles

Justin Verlander is Good Again, So Enough with the Zach Britton

As you may have read, some smart people are making a case for a reliever winning the Cy Young (and/or MVP) Award. How is this a thing in 2016?

Hint: It’s not. Not really. Writers gotta write. Beasts need to be fed. Zach Britton for Cy Young isn’t a thing (at least it shouldn’t be)

Know what is a thing?

Justin Verlander is very good again.

gehrig97 Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, detroit tigers, mvp, plate coverage, verlander, zach britton

The Rangers release Josh Hamilton

Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.

Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pirates extend David Freese

The Pirates have announced that they’ve extended David Freese through 2018, with a club option for 2019. Via Jon Heyman, Freese will receive $11 million guaranteed, with the contract taking an unusual front-loaded structure—Freese gets $6.25 million next year, $4.25 million in 2018, and $6 million or a $500,000 buyout in 2019.

Freese is already 33 and is a complementary type rather than a star, so at first glance, it seems a bit odd that the Pirates would extend him. Their recent trade of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david freese, pirates

5 one-year deals working wonders for clubs

1. Mike Napoli, Indians ($7 million)
Rajai Davis, at $5.25 million, has also proven to be a wily add for the AL Central leaders. His speed (33 stolen bases) has aged well. But Napoli has been the power right-handed bat this club sorely needed. A full year removed from invasive surgery to address his sleep apnea issues, Napoli is on the cusp of reaching 30 homers for the first time since 2011, and his rate of at-bats to RBI (4.91:1) has been among the best in baseball. Though there’s a lot of ...

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Why Yankees shouldn’t be so quick to trade Brian McCann | New York Post

Posturing.

“They [McCann and Sanchez] are our best two catchers by far, and our best team has both on the field. I would venture to guess that Sanchez-McCann would be the top catcher tandem in the game. McCann has struggled in the second half, but he was a borderline All-Star this year. So as far as I am concerned, he has a lot of value to us, let alone anyone else.”

Maybe that is posturing, but I don’t think so. Cashman said the playing time is skewed now because Sanchez is hot. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brian mccann, yankees

Emergence of Benintendi gives Red Sox elite defensive outfield - providencejournal.com

As long as he keeps hitting, the Red Sox pitchers will benefit from some great outfield defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Yasiel Puig Earning Promotion On The Field But Is It Enough

In 12 games at Triple-A through Aug. 21, Puig is hitting .419 with three homers, 11 RBI and a 1.200 OPS. Clearly, minor league pitching is no match for him. The issue is, we don’t know if he can take whatever zone he’s in at Oklahoma City and transfer it to big league pitchers who have a very simple book on how to get him out. We don’t know — and this is the front office’s worry — if he will put in the work to make the necessary adjustments at the big league level.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

The Kansas City Royals will miss the MLB playoffs; they have too much ground to make up | The Kansas City Star

Sam Mellinger is not optimistic about the Royals.

They have virtually no chance at making the playoffs. Still.

This is true, even now, with eight straight wins and 11 of the last 12. This is true, even now, with a wild-card deficit cut from 9 1/2 games to 3 1/2 . This is true, even now, with the starting rotation soaring and Alex Gordon hitting and Paulo Orlando making a sneaky case for team player of the year.

This is true, even now, for two main reasons:

Math, and July.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2016

Grantland Rice via the Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 23, 1916:

The Giants of 1916 will always be held as one of the main mysteries of the game…First [the club] loses 13 out of 15. Then the same club wins 19 out of 21. Then comes another big drop. Then comes a rally that yields seven out of nine, then a slump that leaves but two out of eight.

At this point Buck Herzog and Sheriff Sallee are added. Now, exclaims the multitude, the machine is rounded out at last. As a starter it wins 13 out of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mike Hill talks key issues for Marlins | MLB.com

Marlins info.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mike hill

Edwin Encarnacion fighting back against ‘frivolous’ STD lawsuit

“Avoid the clap.” -Jimmy Dugan

Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in RBIs, is fighting back against a lawsuit by a woman who claims that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases.

Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, issued a statement Tuesday morning calling the claim against the Blue Jays’ All-Star slugger “completely inappropriate and meritless.”

The suit, first reported by TMZ Sports, seeks more than $11.5 million in damages from Encarnacion, who is expected to be one of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, stds

OMNICHATTER 8-23-16

The Notorious O-M-N-I-C-H-A-T-T-E-R

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Reds prospect Nick Senzel raking in Minors | reds.com

With his hitting skills, Senzel could be on the fast track to the Majors. He watched with interest as three 2015 first-round picks were recently promoted to the Majors in their first full pro seasons. That included overall No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson by the Braves, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman by the Astros and seventh pick Andrew Benintendi by the Red Sox.
“You’re always hopeful. You look at those guys ... get there their first full year, as a player and a college hitter that makes you hungry to get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Mark Trumbo’s last seven hits have been home runs, as he just can’t stop launching Trum-bombs | MLB.com

Trum-bombs?

With this, Trumbo became the first Oriole to have home runs on seven straight hits. The MLB record is 11 straight, set by Mark McGwire in 2001, and nobody else has more than eight to his name.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Dodgers smash seven home runs to beat Reds | MLB.com

For all the criticism the Dodgers front office has received, they have consistently put a playoff caliber team on the field.

If the Dodgers’ bats came alive in Sunday’s win, they were downright perky on Monday. With seven home runs, including four slugged during the top of the fifth inning, Los Angeles took a wild 18-9 victory over the Reds to gain a split of their four-game series.

Adrian Gonzalez did the most damage with three homers and a career-high eight RBIs, including a three-run shot in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, August 22, 2016

A’s clubhouse fight: Danny Valencia, Billy Butler altercation details

After the rep departed, the players said, Valencia confronted Butler and told him, “Don’t you ever loud talk me in front of a rep. That was wrong,” and walked aggressively toward Butler. Butler turned around, took a couple steps toward Valencia, and according to both witnesses, said, “I can say whatever I want and your b— ass isn’t going to do anything about it.”

One player said that the men leaned in, bumped heads and then started pushing each other, Valencia started swinging ...

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For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: August 22, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, danny valencia, fights, oakland a's

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