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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2016

Williams [Arizona] News, April 20, 1916:

An improved baseball bat is the recent invention of George J. Blahos, a sailor on board the U.S.S. Mississippi. His device can be applied to any bat by any carpenter, says New York World. It consists of cutting slots in the thick or batting end of the bat, inserting in them strips of nonresilient material, cardboard, for instance, fastening these with a peg driven through at right angles to them.

And thus, George J. Blahos invented the corked bat. Anyway, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, dugout, equipment, history

How to Value Opt-Outs – The Hardball Times

So, having a better idea on how well a player will perform in the future will make projections of value better?

Ahh, thanks for the insight.

Most of the assumptions tended to have relatively limited effect on the approximate value of the opt-out. The key parameter is the standard deviation of forecasted WAR, which affects that last term reflecting the expected value post-opt-out conditional on not opting out. Further research into how projections change over time as the year in question gets ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, opt-outs

Watch: Padres manager Green snaps over balk call | theScore.com

This play was discussed on MLB Radio this morning. According to the hosts, the umpires reversed the call back after talking to Hurdle *and* after viewing a replay on the Jumbotron. If that’s true, MLB has a problem because balk calls aren’t reviewable. Of course, we are headed toward 30 second mound visits for pitching coaches to speed up the game and 10 five-minute replay reviews every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, padres

No, ESPN Did Not Air Cardinals Fans Yelling Racial Slurs At Jason Heyward

Although there were a few vague chants, we couldn’t hear anything offensive. So we asked ESPN. When reached for comment, a spokesperson said that the game audio was being reviewed, but to their knowledge no slurs had been picked up.

When Heyward came to bat in the sixth inning, the Worldwide Leader cut to Bryce Harper’s at-bat in a game against the Marlins. Some people on Twitter attributed it to the network wanting to avoid any recurrence of audible slurs while Heyward was at the plate: ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jason heyward

Bryce Harper has knocked it out of the park. Now Lerners must step to the plate. - The Washington Post

Step up to the plate or back up the truck?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

OMNICHATTER 4-20-16

The “Insert Marijuana Joke Here” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Teams are striking out more than ever, and that’s not a bad thing

These are just factors though. The overriding cause, as Bill James says, is that the incentives of the game point to more strikeouts. From the pitching side, well, it’s obvious that to win you want pitchers who strike people out. The best pitchers are, with very few exceptions, strikeout pitchers. You look at the best pitchers in the game now — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner, David Price — all finished in the Top 10 in strikeouts last year. Zack ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: joe posnanski, strikeouts

Steven Wright sends gift to Chris Colabello after beaning Jays 1B

“[Wright] went above and beyond in my eyes,” he said. “It was pretty obvious there was no intent. You could see by his reaction.”

Colabello said the act of a pitcher sending a gift to a player after hitting him “happens more than people know. You build relationships with people.”

Wright said he did it because it scared so many, including Colabello’s parents, who were in the stands. Colabello graduated from high school in Milford, Massachusetts, and played college ball at Assumption in ...

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Giants fans grabs fair ball, possibly ruins life

In the bottom of the seventh inning of last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game, a Giants fan sitting near the left-field line accidentally reached out and grabbed a fair ball. This happens all the time at baseball games, but things took a turn for the tragic in this instance.

spanx for the memories Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: san francisco giants

The Phillies Are Curveballing Their Way Into The Future

Nobody’s starters are throwing the curveball like the Phillies starters are throwing the curveball. More than a quarter of all pitches thrown by the Philadelphia rotation have been curveballs. The single-season high by a team in the PITCHf/x era is 24%, by the 2012 Pirates. After that, it’s just 19%, by the 2010 Cardinals. This Phillies team might have the most curveball-heavy rotation since we started tracking such things. Phillies starters have thrown 431 curveballs this season. No other ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: curveball

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Jason Heyward blitzed with N-word taunts from Cardinals fans in return to Busch Stadium

Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.

In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.

Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.

Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward, racism

Noah Syndergaard, David Wright shine for Mets | MLB.com

Maybe David Wright’s eulogy was a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Making baseball players more popular is key point of the next CBA | FOX Sports

Is this really a problem? I like some of the players but I’m more a fan of the laundry than the players.

After meeting with the Giants last offseason, Zack Greinke took a walk to explore San Francisco.

No one recognized him, according to people who were in contact with him that day.

Think about that: Greinke, then a free agent, soon would receive the highest average salary of any pitcher in major-league history. Yet he went unnoticed in a city where fans should have been quite familiar with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and clauses the Cardinals were willing to add they could never offer what he truly wanted.

They didn’t play in Chicago.

They didn’t have the Cubs’ young players.

“It came down to Chicago was really where I would like to be at the time,” Heyward said Monday. The Cardinals “made a trade for me. They traded a couple good pieces. I feel like they ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward

Noah Syndergaard throws so hard he branded his catcher’s chest | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Maybe he should take off his necklace in the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, kevin plawecki, noah syndergaard

OMNICHATTER 4-19-16

Ask not for whom the OMNICHATTER chatters, it chatters for thee!

Gamingboy Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OTP: Randy Levine on GOP’s Foul Ball: Rules Deny Voters’ Will, Trump Wins

Working party officials, much like coaches work referees is acceptable. Sen. Cruz is doing exactly this.

But once a state votes and the results are in, the candidate who wins the most votes should be awarded the most delegates. Even more important, voters should be allowed to participate in every manner throughout the process.

A situation like Colorado, where party officials changed the rules to exclude voting is akin to a rainout that was never rescheduled or played. A game in which the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: donald trump, opinion, politics, randy levine, yankees

Braves stock to begin trading Monday

Talk about junk bonds…

Shares of stock in the Braves are expected to begin trading Monday, according to team owner Liberty Media.

Liberty said it completed a long-in-the-works transaction late Friday to exchange its existing stock for three new tracking stocks – one tied to the Braves (Liberty Braves stock), one tied to the company’s 61-percent stake in satellite radio provider SiriusXM (Liberty SiriusXM stock) and one tied to the company’s other holdings (new Liberty Media stock). ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.

“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”

The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, peds, rafael palmeiro, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2016

Toledo News-Bee, April 19, 1916:

HORRORS! PEANUT SUPPLY RUNS OUT

Along about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Swayne field (in Toledo) some of the fans who had been in line since about noon in order to get seats, began to grow hungry. Then came the demand on the peanut men. It was so great the supply ran out and crackerjack had to be substituted. Before the end of the game the crackerjack supply was pretty low.

#OpeningDayProblems

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 07:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, April 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 18, 1916:

For the first time in 20 years and the second time in baseball history in the major leagues brother was scheduled to pitch against brother at League Park [in Cleveland yesterday].

Manager Lee Fohl of Cleveland announced that Stanley Coveleskie [sic], right hander, procured by Cleveland from Portland, would oppose his left-handed brother, Harry Coveleskie, picked by Manager Hugh Jennings to hurl for Detroit.

Harry Coveleskie refused to pitch against his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry coveleski, history, stan coveleski

Yanks’ bullpen is redefining nasty — with monstrous help coming | New York Post

Now the Yankees just need to score more runs so their bullpen will have more leads to protect.

Betances has struck out eight straight batters and 14-of-15. Miller, who picked up his third save, has struck out seven in a row and 12 of the 17 guys he has faced this season. Neither has yielded an earned run.

“Those guys are ridiculous,” Brian McCann said. “They’re as uncomfortable an at-bat as you can have in baseball.”

Yet help is coming in the form of Aroldis Chapman after he serves ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

DirecTV 4K MLB debut didn’t air as planned

4K is coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: television

The future is now as MLB pushes real-time data technology | The Star-Telegram

The guys in the control room need to get out and watch a ballgame once in a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, technology

Madison Bumgarner is a cowboy at heart | MLB.com

The Cowboy talks with another cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Felix Hernandez Is Not Right | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

If you are a Felix owner, he has done you all a great favor by not allowing a homer, posting just a .200 BABIP, and stranding over 80% of runners. All that good fortune has masked his poor pitching so far and given you a window with which to shop him. Surely someone in your league will stop at the 1.00 ERA, think all is fine, and be willing to give up a pretty good hitter, or even a comparable pitcher. How about Corey Kluber?

This may all just be an early season blip, and for all we know, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Altuve HR sets Astros on course for first series win - Houston Chronicle

Jose Altuve, home run hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

OTP 2016 April 18: How politics played a major role in the signing of baseball great Jackie Robinson

The Communist newspaper The Daily Worker, which was published in New York City, began campaigning for integration in baseball shortly after Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Sportswriters for The Daily Worker, including sports editor Lester Rodney, compared the racism in Nazi Germany to the racism in the United States.

During the next decade, the newspaper published hundreds of columns and articles calling for the desegregation of baseball. Its ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 18, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 1976 comment(s)
  Beats: integration, jackie robinson, politics

OMNICHATTER 4-18-16

It’s Marathon Monday, so that means the action starts early today in Fenway. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 18, 2016 at 12:40 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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