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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks riding closer Fernando Rodney into postseason

If the Diamondbacks find themselves with a slim lead after eight innings on Wednesday night, they will put their season in the hands of a closer few in baseball trust. The bullpen door will swing open and Fernando Rodney will begin his slow trek to the mound. The image alone creates anxiety for Diamondbacks fans.

Good stuff on the ups and downs with Rodney this year.

shoewizard Posted: October 04, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, diamondbacks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2017

Pittsburgh Press, October 4, 1917:

Rogers Hornsby has asked for a three-year contract without the release clause, calling for $22,500, to remain with the Cardinals. President Rickey has offered $5,000 for one year. Hornsby says: “It is my price or I will close my baseball career with this fall series.” President Rickey, according to Hornsby, said: “I will save money if you do not come back next season.”

Pay the man, Branch. Just trust me on this. He’s worth it. I promise. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rogers hornsby

WaPo: One of Mike Francesa’s callers predicted Luis Severino’s early exit … and he was mocked

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment. (Were he real.)

“Let’s just say, inning one, right away, you can tell Severino doesn’t have it,” the caller asks. “Do you go to [Yankees reliever] Sonny Gray first or would you go right to Chad Green?”

Francesa, who already had predicted that Severino “was gonna go deep, he could go as many as eight innings,” scoffed at the notion as only Francesa can.

“How many games this year did Severino come out in the second inning, out of his ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 04, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, mike francesa, yankees

A’s brass addresses offseason concerns, will continue to focus on youth - San Francisco Chronicle

The one regular in the A’s lineup, then, who might be dangled for bullpen help is corner infielder-designated hitter Ryon Healy, should the front office want to risk breaking up the tight-knit core of youngsters who have come up through the organization together.

Healy is 25 and he blasted 25 homers in his first full big-league season, but he isn’t an accomplished fielder and moving him would free up the DH spot for Davis and give Oakland more options in the outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Downside of Baseball’s Data Revolution—Long Games, Less Action - WSJ

Is it analytics or players taking too long between pitches? That’s what I see.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 08:21 PM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Marche: The Error in Baseball and the Moral Dimension to American Life

Why do we still score errors?

Baseball goes to the trouble to record a highly subjective decision that does not affect the outcome of the game and fails to communicate meaningfully a player’s ability. Why?

The short answer is “because it used to meaningfully communicate something about events that happened frequently,” but of course as with so many traditions, inertia supersedes usefulness.

Via Language Log, which notes that, wonderfully, the word “bobbles” was spelled erroneously in the ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2017

The link is to a nearly half-page ad in the Butte Daily Post for One Touch of Nature, a short film featuring John McGraw and the New York Giants.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2017 at 10:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, films, history

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins - StarTribune.com

“The reality is, there are cycles to this game,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “You want to avoid significant valleys, the long downturns, and unfortunately, we’ve been unable to do that. But the good news is, it feels like that’s behind us now. We believe we are on the cusp of an upturn that could result in some great things — including, hopefully, bringing another world championship here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

The 2 moments that turned afterthought teen into Yankees’ ace | New York Post

Nice feature on Severino.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Braves’ John Hart talks about John Coppolella | MLB.com

With Coppolella gone, Hart now must oversee and handle more of the daily responsibilities in a front office full of new faces.
“We won’t miss a beat going forward,” Hart said while trying to remain optimistic during the early stages of an unenviable development.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone | Mark Bradley blog

The international player market is a murky place. (Scout Gordon Blakeley, an old pro on the international scene, also resigned Monday.) Everyone had the Venezuelan teenager Kevin Maitan ticketed to sign with the Braves long before he was eligible to sign with any team; sure enough, Maitan signed with the Braves in July 2016 and is regarded, at age 17, as one of the 10 best prospects in what has become the sport’s No. 1 farm system. That farm system would never have gone from fallow to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

Monday, October 02, 2017

Jeffrey Loria Is Sending His Bobbleheads To Cooperstown

Outgoing Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is taking one of his prized belongings, his collection of 900 bobbleheads, and giving them to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The remaining 300 to 400 bobbleheads that weren’t part of his private collection will continue to be displayed at Marlins Park.

Those bobbleheads are perhaps the best reason to go to Marlins Park.

Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2017 at 04:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, marlins park

Coppolella resigns as Braves’ GM

Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned from his position, the Braves announced on Monday afternoon.

The resignation came as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market, the Braves’ statement said.

Most of the stories are still updating, so there’s not a lot in this link.  More info is on twitter, from people like Passan and Rosenthal:

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-2-2017

Bismarck Tribune, October 2, 1917:


There’s also a fun cartoon about Red Faber at the link.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 02, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2 October 2017: Oakland Catcher Bruce Maxwell Breaks Baseball’s Politics Line

It’s worth asking why baseball has been behind other sports. Some of the surprise over MLB players’ reticence to protest is rooted in a misreading of baseball history. Because of icons like Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente (and, less so, another social-justice icon, Curt Flood), the sport has always had a superficial patina of progressiveness. But baseball has always been a conservative sport.

Jackie Robinson was a giant, and his tenacity in breaking another of baseball’s “color ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 02, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 1440 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's, politics

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton wins HR, RBI titles | MLB.com

“It was tough not to think about,” Stanton said of the home run attention. “But at the same time, if I hit 60, you guys would be sitting here saying, why didn’t I hit 61 or 62? I’m fine with the way my season went.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Marwin Gonzalez’s versatility key for Astros | MLB.com

When talking about fungible utility players, I used to say, “You know, the Marwin Gonzalez type.” I need to find another example.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marwin gonzalez

Bartolo Colon wins, doesn’t plan to retire | MLB.com

The Energizer Colon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, twins

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

1. Tigers (64-98, .395)
2. Giants (64-98, .395)
3. Phillies (66-96, .407)
4. White Sox (67-95, .414)
5. Reds (68-94, .420)
6. Mets (70-92, .432)
7. Padres (71-91, .438)
8. Braves (72-90, .444)
9. Athletics (75-87, .463)
10. Pirates (75-87, .463)

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, October 01, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

If you are going to be bad, you might as well be the worst.

The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, tigers

Terry Collins fights back tears as he steps aside | New York Post

Nobody manages forever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 09:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry colins

OT - October 2017 College Football thread

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2017 at 03:30 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic


Saturday, September 30, 2017


D-backs rally to help Fuentes, Puerto Rico

Kendrick sends private jet to bring outfielder’s family to Arizona

shoewizard Posted: September 30, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, puerto rico

Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry begins with Sunday’s preseason opener

...The Heat, which announced earlier this year it was going to be the first franchise in the NBA to completely transition entry into AmericanAirlines Arena from tickets to smartphones, will begin the switch with its first exhibition game.

Parking at AmericanAirlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace will also be mobile only….

NattyBoh Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mobile, stadiums, tickets

Former All-Star Carl Crawford Is Making $21.9M to Not Play, and He’s OK with It | Bleacher Report

Who doesn’t appreciate a good severance package?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carl crawford

Red Sox have nothing to celebrate after another loss to Astros

Two more tries. And the Yankees can help out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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