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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Omnichatter

Just trying to see if I can get this started.

cardsfanboy Posted: June 30, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Clayton Kershaw placed on DL

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural shot in his lower back and will go on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.

Kershaw had his second-worst outing of the season Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up four runs on nine hits. A day later, as the Dodgers finished a four-game series in Pittsburgh, he was being examined in Los Angeles for what was then labeled as minor back discomfort.

Hopefully, it’s not a huge deal. In other news, ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:31 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Report: Marlins trade for Fernando Rodney

The Miami Marlins have been a somewhat surprising contender this season, and now, they are trying to improve their chances. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post,  the Marlins have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire reliever Fernando Rodney.

The 39-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28.2 innings of work. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and boasts a minuscule 0.872 WHIP. Rodney strengthens what is an already solid Miami ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando rodney, marlins, trade

Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from Braves

The Dodgers have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports two minor-leaguers will go to Atlanta in the deal.

Norris, 31, will provide immediate starting depth for a Dodgers’ rotation that has dealt with injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson so far this season. He has posted a 2.15 ERA over his last five starts, becoming a viable trade chip for a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bud norris, dodgers, trade

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof suffers serious eye injury, has surgery

Awful news.

A Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher suffered a potentially career-threatening eye injury in a freak training accident in the Class A Florida State League late last week, his agent confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.

Clearwater Threshers pitcher Matt Imhof, the Phillies’ second-round pick in the 2014 MLB first-year player draft, suffered a “significant injury to his right eye’’ during postgame arm care band work, agent Adam Karon said.

Imhof, 22, was taking part in a routine ...

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Congress and MLB are working together to screw minor leaguers

The way MLB treats minor leaguers is bad enough without Congress expressly enabling them. Fortunately, despite the headline, this is only a bill submitted in the House, and one of the Representatives introducing the bill has already withdrawn her support (due to overwhelming negative reaction).

Hank G. Posted: June 30, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Firing Farrell Will Satisfy Bloodlust, Fix Nothing

I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again—Farrell may be part of the problem, but he’s certainly not the reason the floundering Red Sox are suddenly in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. And firing him would let his players off the hook when they don’t deserve it.

No manager is blameless when his team plays .385 ball for a month, but Farrell’s sliver of blame pie could barely feed a waif compared to the 1,600-calorie slab that is his roster.

A new manager ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Willson Contreras won’t be Kyle Schwarber 2.0 - Beyond the Box Score

Contreras may not have the impact Schwarber had in 2015 as an all-around offensive force, but defense considered, the Cubs have essentially replaced Schwarber with a slightly different version of himself. It’s just that this version trends toward contact and more advanced defense behind the plate, with the same versatility options the Cubs and Maddon love to have available.

The question moving forward for the rookie backstop is whether his bat will keep him in the lineup when he’s not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, willson contreras

New ‘sub-max’ training technique aids Gerrit Cole’s rehabilitation from triceps injury | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Very strong praise.

Pitching coach Ray Searage already swears by the rehabilitation program. He called Tomczyk “a ... genius” for implementing it. The problem in typical rehab, Searage said, is pitchers rely on long toss, stretching out to 150 feet or more, and they can pick up bad habits that way.

Searage said sub-max was “an epiphany.” If Cole throws at 75 percent intensity from 90 feet, using the same delivery he would use on the mound, his mechanics stay sound — his release point ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, injuries, pirates

The Sonoma Stompers are set to make more history by signing two women to their roster | MLB.com

Only one question really matters to me, are they good enough to compete? If they aren’t, it’s just another stunt.

“This isn’t a one-day event. That’s been done a dozen times. Let’s give women a chance to be part of a team, let’s give women a chance to play against men. What will they learn? What have they not been coached because they haven’t had the same coaching as boys? I remember being really disappointed with my sister’s coaches because they coached the girls a lot different than how I was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions

Lennon: Jose Reyes may be too little, too late for Mets

Anyone claiming the ‪#‎Mets‬ goofed by not re-signing Murph is blindly assuming that the Wilpons had enough $ for both him and Yoenis.

It’s just imperfect timing for a seriously flawed team. Terry Collins has clung to the Reyes’ dream like a drowning man to a life preserver, but more and more, this is beyond one player sprinting to the rescue.

Not Lucas Duda, who should be ready for the Tour de France after all this time spent on the stationary bike. Not Yulieski Gourriel, the Cuban ...

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Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, jose reyes, mets

The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday.

The Associated Press, which did not previously publish minor league game stories, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper of the minor leagues:

Automated game stories are now available for all Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, minor leagues

It’s Time for the Sabermetric Revolution to be Televised – The Hardball Times

As long as most sabermetricians aren’t on camera we should be good. Otherwise, things might get ugly.

Ahh, no offense. :P

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:03 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 30, 1916:

So thoroughly incensed has Ty Cobb become as a result of the outrageous abuse to which he was subjected by [St. Louis] fans during the series just closed that he intends to bring the matter officially to the attention of President Johnson of the American league.

Johnson, it will be remembered, promised at the time of the Tigers’ famous strike four years ago that the ball players would be protected from personal abuse.
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This promise is not being kept, for Cobb ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb, whining

Resurgent Matt Moore could help Rays here or as trade chip | Tampa Bay Times

And he pitched well enough to ignite a trade market that the Rays would benefit from warming as a third choice to a $7.5 million option and a $2.5 million buyout for next season, with the Rangers already hot on Moore’s trail and three-four others expected to join the pursuit.

“He’s a top-of-the-rotation guy,” said good buddy Alex Cobb, who is nearing the end of his own TJ rehab. “He showed that before he got hurt, and it took him a little while to get back. But it seems like he’s back to being ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays

Congress members introduce act to limit minor league wages

Kentucky congressman Brett Guthrie and Illinois congresswoman Cheri Bustos have introduced a new act to the House of Representatives to limit the salaries of minor league baseball players.

The “Save America’s Pastime Act” act comes in response to a push for minor-league players to make more money and a lawsuit arguing that federal overtime laws should apply to players.

If the bill is passed, minor league players would not be protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Minor ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: labor, legislation, minor leagues, wages

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Phillies prospect Mark Appel has season-ending elbow surgery

The news just keeps getting worse on Mark Appel.

Mark Appel, a Phillies prospect and former first overall pick, underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Appel, who turns 25 next month, was on the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder injury. He injured his elbow, the Phillies said, when he restarted a throwing program as part of his rehab. The team does not believe Appel has an additional shoulder problem.

But Appel will lose crucial ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 04:22 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Notes: Market for Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel is heating up | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Matt Carpenter joining some of elites, when it comes to leadoff hitters.

Matt Carpenter, a 13th-round pick in 2009, has re-imagined the leadoff spot for a modern game and is on his way to claiming two of the best seasons ever by a leadoff hitter. Carpenter has made a strong All-Star push with a remarkable month. Since the birth of his daughter, Carpenter has hit .385 with a .491 on-base percentage and a 1.231 OPS. He has reached base almost as many times (57) as he has outs (59) in that span. With another two hits Tuesday night in Kansas City, Carpenter has raised ...

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SABR 46 Convention in Miami

Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.

This is ...

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Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

Top prospect Aaron Judge making case to be on the New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

“I think if you felt you can get a jolt from anyone, you would ask for it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Cash would do something about it. I know [Judge] is swinging the bat well. I know who is swinging the bat well all the time, but that is not my call. We need something. We need to start playing better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.

“We were down to almost nothing,” manager Joe Maddon said after using 22 of the 25 players on his roster. “Travis, my God, what an athlete. ... Travis made everything possible. He may have ...

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2016 Futures Game rosters full of prospects | MLB.com

The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on MLB Network). Rosters for the prospect-filled game were announced on Tuesday, and as has become the tradition of the game, it is jam-packed with talent that will soon be filling big league rosters.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

OMNICHATTER 6-29-16

Phantom OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous | FanGraphs Baseball

My focus is going to be on grounders in particular, because I want to show you the kind of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed on grounders, according to Baseball-Reference. At that point, of course, the Cubs led baseball in lots of stuff. Anyway, since then, the season sample size has doubled. Here’s the new big-league landscape.

In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-29-2016

Washington Times, June 29, 1916:

[Cleveland manager] Lee Fohl makes a bid for popularity when he numbers his players, but what’s the use?

In these latter days of baseball in the major leagues, every park is well equipped with score boards and official announcers. There is no need of numbering players in such an open game as baseball.
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Let correct score boards be given away at all major league parks, and have some brains spent in the management of the scoreboard, that’s all that is necessary ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grumpy old men, history, uniforms

Coastal Carolina Stays Alive in CWS

After dropping the series opener to Arizona on Monday night, Coastal Carolina bounced back with a 5-4 win Tuesday to force a Game 3 rubber match in the 2016 College World Series. The Chanticleers’ tournament run thus continues for one final game against a Wildcats club that had given up just six runs in Omaha before Game 2…

Never mind that the Chants were the 2016 Big South regular season and conference tournament champions. They beat last year’s CWS champs Virginia, 5-4, back in February. ...

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Andrew Mccutchen in the country of baseball.

It starts with a man walking to a park to watch a baseball game. He doesn’t know why, other than the park is near his house. He has no connection to anyone on either team. He’s there for the most basic of reasons: It’s something to do.

He figures this is where he belongs. He coaches a team that plays in this park, Peterson Park in Lakeland, Florida, and he feels fullest when he’s on a ballfield. And so here he is, sitting in the clamped air of a central Florida summer watching what he ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: June 29, 2016 at 01:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Billy Beane’s Athletics need to embrace a rebuild

Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane’s A’s). And it’s well-earned; when the going gets tough, A’s players get going.

spanx for the memories Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Report: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston

He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out. 

Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:57 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

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