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Friday, August 29, 2014

Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki bent on playing shortstop: “I will retire before I move”

Guess who his idol is?

Despite two major surgeries to his left hip and groin area in the past two years, despite the torn left quadriceps he sustained in 2008, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has no intention of switching positions.

“No, I won’t move,” he said in a phone interview. “I will retire before I move.”

Not to third base? Not to first base, a position that could save him from wear and tear and possibly prolong his career?

“No. It’s just who I am, it’s what I do, it’s what I have ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Indians Sign Russell Branyan

Outman out, Strikeoutman in!

The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the Majors in 2011… Branyan, now 38 years of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, russell branyan, transactions

The First Hundred PAs: The Curious Case of Cubs Rookie Javier Baez

“Walk” is just a four-letter word.

[Javier] Baez has swung at pitches outside the strike zone 45 percent more often than the typical hitter. It’s no wonder, then, that he hasn’t seen many strikes… Baez swings at 37 percent of pitches that have a less than 5 percent probability of being called a strike, according to BP’s strike probability model. There are only four hitters with higher swing rates on those unlikely strikes than Baez this season: Reed Johnson, A.J. Pierzynski, Ramiro Peña, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, sabermetrics

What’s Wrong With Baseball?

BBTF denizen Tim Marchman with an interesting point.

The main issue, though—and something that McGrath curiously doesn’t bring up—is probably just that baseball is now dealing with the consequences of having spent a solid decade telling anyone who would listen that baseball is awful and no one should watch it.

Let’s take a normal 25-year-old, born in 1989. He would have spent his formative years as a sports fan in the immediate aftermath of a canceled World Series, hearing that greedy ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, strikes, tim marchman, writing worth reading

Ron Roenicke rips into home-plate umpire

ron is considered too passive by man brewers fans so this outburst is surprising. 

“Roenicke was ejected by home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the aftermath of the game-tying home run hit by Padres catcher Rene Rivera off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.

The homer came on just the third pitch thrown by Rodriguez, who fell behind Rivera, 2-0. Rodriguez eventually got out of that ninth, but it was a tough pill to swallow for a Brewers team that fought to take a 2-0 lead in the seventh ...

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FG (Zimmerman): Alex Gordon, UZR, and Bad Left Field Defense

Duh, but also, thanks, Jeff.

Outfield defense has three components, Range (ability to field balls), Arm and Errors. [Alex] Gordon has a great arm and his LF values since 2011 have ranged from 8 Runs to 11 Runs, so no change there. His Error component has gone from 0 to 2 Runs. Again, not the reason for the jump. The key difference is in his Range value at 14 Runs because his previous high was just 4 Runs…

Here are the league average values for in and out-of-zone values compared to Gordon’s ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, defense, jeff sullivan, royals, sabermetrics

Robothal: Tension growing between Astros’ manager, GM

A great way to clarify your organizational chain of command: Give Nolan Ryan some vague “executive” job. History proves it!

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter are at odds, according to multiple major-league sources.

Porter expressed his frustration with Luhnow to owner Jim Crane in a conversation earlier this month, sources said…

Porter’s frustration stems from a lack of input and from his belief that Luhnow engages in excessive second-guessing of his in-game management, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:20 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bo porter, jeff luhnow, mark appel

Cuban Gonzalez thriving as reliever in Phillies system

No, his nickname is not “Cuban” Gonzalez. (Presumably, it’s something creative like “Gonzo.”)

When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for $12 million last summer, they included performance bonuses for games started and games relieved. Ruben Amaro Jr. proclaimed his Cuban import a starter - the team negotiated a $48 million agreement before a medical examination forced amendments - although the international scouting community was divided on Gonzalez’s future role… Then Gonzalez reported ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel alfredo gonzalez, phillies

Watch a Japanese baseball player try to hit a 186 mph fastball (Video)

It’s tough to figure out exactly what’s going on in the video above because it’s in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That’s former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.

His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, japanese baseball, nope

Schoenfield: A quick note about awesome Wade Davis

Forget Wade Davis… now I want to vote for Frank Williams for MVP!

Overall, [Wade] Davis has allowed a batting average of .139 and a slugging percentage of .149, giving him an “isolated power” allowed figure of .010. I assumed that would be the lowest ever (minimum 50 innings), but it’s not. A reliever named Frank Williams for the 1986 Giants had an isolated power allowed of .006. In 52.1 innings, Williams allowed 35 hits—just one for extra bases, a double. (He also allowed just one stolen bases ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: frank williams, giants, history, royals, wade davis

Angels beat Athletics, Oakland protests game after obstruction call

The really weird play was the one where Gordon Beckham got a hit.

The Angels beat the Athletics 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday night on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick, giving the Halos a two-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. But the A’s played the game under protest thanks to a controversial obstruction call in the ninth inning… Angels shortstop Erick Aybar led off the ninth inning of a 3-3 tie with a bouncer up the first base line, then collided with A’s pitcher Dan ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, rules

OMNICHATTER 8-29-2014

OMNICHATTER. Because September is coming and after September… COMES OCTOBER.

Yes, folks, OCTOBER IS COMING.

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Adam Jones says he was joking about ‘airport’ comment at social media event

I’m Adam. Fly me the #### out of here.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn’t particularly sociable.

The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home.

After the game, Jones said he was ...

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Repoz Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2014

Chicago Eagle, August 29, 1914:

Captain John C. Leonard, United States navy, who was in command of the battleship Virginia when Vera Cruz was taken, declared the other day that “the great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.”

“Besides having a great influence in that direction,” said Captain Leonard, “baseball will supplant the brutal bull fighting.

“In Vera Cruz boys are now playing the game.

“The bull fighting was not relished by the Americans, and General Funston put a stop to it.”

Well, ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

Jesus Montero gets heckled by Mariners cross checker during rehab stint

According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero—who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season—approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker.

Lars6788 Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:38 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: jesus montero, seattle mariners, jesus montero

After awkward attempt at game-saving catch, Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki gets testy with reporters

“But now frustration and heartache is what you got…”

Ichiro Suzuki, suspected of flubbing a catch that could have saved the Yankees on Thursday, got testy with reporters who wanted to know exactly what happened on the game’s final play.

Ichiro appeared to botch an attempt to catch Mike Avila’s walk-off hit, which gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory. And when the questions persisted, an exasperated Ichiro told a reporter to watch the replay himself for an explanation, and he even slapped his ...

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Repoz Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mets call up Dilson Herrera, have “talked about” d’Arnaud to LF

Travis d’Arnaud has willed himself into becoming a keeper. He stared down deep struggle this year, and emerged as the talent he was supposed to be. For passing the emotional test that separates prospects from duds, he deserves nothing but credit.

But there remains one serious concern, though it is no fault of his: D’Arnaud is just 25 years old, and has suffered four known concussions. This is an issue that he takes seriously, and that has led some on the staff to wonder if a shift to left ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets, travis d'arnaud

Calcaterra | John Rocker to join the cast of “Survivor”

Apparently “Survivor” is still a thing. But given how close to the bottom of the barrel they’ve gotten to find “celebrity” contestants, I can’t imagine it’ll be a thing for long.


Jonny Venters Tears UCL, Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

NEW YORK—After spending the past few months battling the frustration that came courtesy of his attempt to return from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Jonny Venters received some jarring news on Thursday, when Dr. James Andrews informed him that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for a third time.

If Venters decides he wants to attempt to pitch again, he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a third time.

171 innings over his first two years ...

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CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tommy john surgery

Business Week: Houston Astros’ Jeff Luhnow Lets Data Reign

We were selling jeans here!

when [current Astros GM] Jeff Luhnow showed up for his first day of work as the St. Louis Cardinals’ vice president for baseball development, he already had two strikes against him: He was a former management consultant at McKinsey, brought in to shake up the organization. And the sum total of his baseball experience was the McKinsey fantasy league and a business school paper he’d written on how the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series…

Luhnow’s appreciation ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:46 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brady aiken, collin mchugh, jeff luhnow, sig megdal

Posnanski: Alex Gordon and the M-V-P chants

We do need a modern Foster Brooks.

Every time Alex Gordon steps to the plate at Kauffman Stadium these days, fans chant, “M-V-P, M-V-P”... At the moment, Alex Gordon is hitting .281 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs. Nothing at all about that looks MVPish… [but] Look around baseball these days… There’s a chance this will be the first full season in baseball history without either a 40-home run hitter or a 20-game winner… There are players – [Jose] Abreu, [Mike] Trout, [Giancarlo] Stanton and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:14 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, joe posnanski, royals, sabermetrics

McCoy: Bryan Price sees throwback style in current state of baseball

You haven’t lived…until you live through a Sonny Ruberto Era.

Price then became philosophic about the way the game is being played these days—much less offense, fewer home runs, fewer runs scored.

“It’s interesting in that the game seems to be trending back towards what we saw in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We no longer have these grandiose offensive numbers. When I was in Seattle for my second year (as pitching coach) we were second in the league in earned run average with a 4.50. What is ...

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Repoz Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

Ringolsby: Pete Incaviglia paying dues as independent league manager

Hopefully Laredo has some sidearmers. (And hopefully the Lemurs have guys named Joey.)

Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m. connecting flights to get from one Minor League city to another.

Now look at him. Incaviglia knows all about bus rides, and meal money that can ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, laredo lemurs, pete incaviglia

Markusen: Seinfeld, Sabermetrics and Ken Phelps

Bruce, Bill James made me love Phelps also, but c’mon, they already had Don Mattingly and Jack Clark, it was never gonna work.

this year marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of Seinfeld, arguably the most successful sitcom in the history of American television. This month (August) also marks the 60th birthday of Ken Phelps, one of the poster children for Bill James’ Sabermetric movement of the 1980s…

Phelps had had drawn the Yankees’ interest since 1985, when Billy Martin had instructed ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:36 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, ken phelps, mariners, sabermetrics, television, yankees

Padres, City of San Diego pay homage to Selig

Maybe he has a literal fetish for new architecture? Anyone ever think of that?

By the time Padres president and CEO Mike Dee caught wind of Bud Selig’s farewell tour of Major League ballparks, the wheels were already turning as to how the team was going to pay tribute to the outgoing Commissioner… the Padres honored Selig with a dedication ceremony of the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco Park, which sits behind the Western Metal Supply Building, next to 13 palm trees, waving gently in the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, padres

Fangraphs: Sullivan: Anatomy of a Disaster.

Numbers are the easy part, so let’s start with some numbers. David Price got thrashed by the Yankees, ending with twice as many hits allowed as outs recorded. He was charged with eight runs, all of them scoring in the top of the third, which Price began, but which Price was removed from without getting an out. That third inning saw Price allow nine consecutive hits, the first time that’s happened to a pitcher since 1989. The all-time record for consecutive hits in an inning by a team is 11, ...

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, david price, tigers, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1914:

If the Venice Tigers bring home the bacon next season the Maier ball park will be exempt from taxation, is the conclusion of the board of equalization, which was reached today when Eddie Maier, owner of the park, appeared before the board and requested the exemption. On the other hand, the board said that if the Tigers failed to come home with the pennant next year, the tax would be raised, instead of suspended.

Ouch. Anyway, Venice/Vernon didn’t win the PCL ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-28-2014

In which a OMNICHATTER occurs…

Gamingboy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Passan: How macho baseball culture wants to ruin Yu Darvish’s arm

It’s Texas. Even the "baseball writer" is the Cowboys beat guy.

Earlier in the month, [Yu] Darvish’s right elbow hurt. An MRI showed inflammation, which was about the best-case scenario. The Rangers should celebrate the fact that one of baseball’s five best pitchers isn’t so myopic to think he alone can solve the woes of an injury-destroyed team that owns the game’s worst record at 52-80. Pride has killed too many arms to count.

And yet it’s still one of the prevailing currencies in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, ron washington, yu darvish

Simmons’ run-saving stop

On the other hand, Fredi Gonzalez says Juan Lagares is the best center fielder in the league, so… we’re even, right?

Andrelton Simmons fields a grounder in the outfield grass, jumping and throwing to first to end the 8th and keep the Braves ahead

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

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