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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

MLB Welcomes Girls to Bat At First-Ever Girls’ Youth Tournament

Major League Baseball is teaming up with USA Baseball to hosting the first-ever Trailblazer Series, girls’ youth tournament, encouraging girls to pursue traditionally dominated male sports.

On April 15, the inaugural Trailblazer series became what is hopefully going to be the first of many girls’ baseball events.

“I didn’t know girls played baseball,” said Ja’nae Wray, a 12 year old from Douglasville, Ga., and one of the 100 girls to travel to Compton for the tournament, The Huffington Post ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball, youth baseball

Honoring a Fellow Fan, One Ballpark Bathroom at a Time

The New York Mets were leading the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, after two innings when Tom McDonald stood up from his upper-deck seat at Citi Field.

Nature was calling, and so was his obligation to his childhood friend and fellow Mets fan Roy Riegel, whose death nine years ago left Mr. McDonald, 56, vowing to honor their baseball bonds in an unconventional way: by disposing of Mr. Riegel’s ashes in ballparks across the country.

Even more unusual was his chosen method: flushing them down ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ashes, stadium

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-2-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, May 2, 1917:

President Ban Johnson, of the American League, announced here yesterday afternoon that in case the war continued until next spring there would be no attempt to open the 1918 pennant season.

Ban to newsman: Plan will stand if enlisted man’s span near the Gaugin clan doesn’t end.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Monday, May 01, 2017

Orioles’ Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, racism, red sox

‘Pitch’ Officially Cancelled After One Season at Fox

Though “Pitch” was one of the most hotly anticipated new series of the 2016-2017, the cancellation is not a surprise. Despite the early buzz, the baseball drama never connected with viewers, averaging a 0.8 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the 18-49 demo and 3 million total viewers per episode. Following its first 10 episodes, Fox did not go forth with a back-order, signaling the imminent cancellation.

Premiering in September 2016, “Pitch” last aired in early December of last year. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 09:56 PM | 188 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in television, padres, women in baseball

Man Flushing Cremated Friend’s Ashes Down Various Ballpark Toilets

The New York Mets were leading the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, after two innings when Tom McDonald stood up from his upper-deck seat at Citi Field.

Nature was calling, and so was his obligation to his childhood friend and fellow Mets fan Roy Riegel, whose death nine years ago left Mr. McDonald, 56, vowing to honor their baseball bonds in an unconventional way: by disposing of Mr. Riegel’s ashes in ballparks across the country.

Even more unusual was his chosen method: flushing them down ...

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PreservedFish Posted: May 01, 2017 at 09:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: death, plumbing, roadtrips

The Worst Offensive Month in Royals Team History

By OPS compared to the average, the Royals just finished April at 68%. That’s their worst-ever mark by five percentage points, beating out August 2005. The Royals had never hit so poorly. Don’t get me wrong, the Royals had hit very poorly, but this was probably their worst calendar month. And this is not a ballclub with a short history. It took some effort to come out this bad.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was one of the worst months of all time. Shifting to the more familiar wRC+, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:30 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: poop, royals

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs to miss 10-12 weeks with oblique strain

Tyler Skaggs has a grade 2 right oblique strain, which will cause him to miss the next 10 to 12 weeks, the Angels announced on Monday.

The latest setback for a pitching staff beset by injuries came from Skaggs’ evaluation on Monday by Angels doctors and imaging. Skaggs received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help the healing, the Angels said.

Daniel Wright is expected to take Skaggs spot in the rotation, starting on Thursday in Seattle.

Skaggs had allowed just three runs in 19 innings ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:30 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs




A.J. Preller discusses building Padres’ core | MLB.com

MLB.com: Daniels once referred to you as “a tremendous talent evaluator.” That’s not something you can learn in school. How did you develop your ability to evaluate baseball talent?

Preller: In general, any evaluator, it comes down to two things. There’s a certain level of feel that you have to have; a feel for people, a feel for ability. Then it comes down to work ethic. If you have guys that merge those two areas together in terms of a feel for looking at people, reading people and players ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Before Baseball-Reference, Statheads Relied On The ‘Big Mac’

For diehard baseball fans, a world without Sean Forman’s Baseball-Reference.com is difficult to imagine. But the site is relatively new; it didn’t grace the Internet until 2000. Before that, for seamheads interested in baseball statistics there was only … print. Print? Yes, print. You remember print.

One of those print compendiums of baseball information was a 6.5-pound behemoth nicknamed “Big Mac,” and it changed how people think about the sport. A world without the Big Mac might ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reference, rob neyer

Dustin Pedroia: I don’t do anything different because of small hands

Have you always had small hands?

Pedroia: Yes, but I’ve always hand great hand-eye coordination. Even as a kid, I was always able to make solid contact. The strength in my hands started to come when I was in high school. But it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I could really feel the strength in my hands. I was constantly doing hand-strengthening exercises and exercises for my forearms.

What player’s hand did you shake, and were stunned by the size of his hands?

Pedroia: The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 01:17 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-1-2017

Pittsburgh Press, May 1, 1917:

Philadelphia expert claims that Connie Mack knows baseball backwards. Is that so?
Well, that’s the way the Athletics play it.

Where do you think the Reds will finish this year?
In July.

Zing!

Also on the same page of the same newspaper, the inmates at Eastern penitentiary have formed a baseball team and are looking to play home games only, Germany Schaefer says it’s not his fault the country named after him is at war with the United States, and Pittsburgh ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Noah Syndergaard has partial tear of right lat | MLB.com

I guess he really doesn’t know himself very well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Fenway Park rejection shows why scoreboard proposals are a terrible idea | MLB | Sporting News

There was some serious drama going on in Fenway Park, and we’re not talking about the Cubs-Red Sox matchup.

Fans in attendance at Sunday night’s game were forced to witness the spectacle of what appeared to be a failed scoreboard proposal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: love lost, red sox

Jon Daniels on why Rangers demoted Jurickson Profar to Triple-A

In the space of a week, Jurickson Profar has gone from losing a role to losing a job.

Before the start of their 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Sunday, the Rangers claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees, then sent Profar to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. Kozma, 29, is a middle infielder and dyed-in-the wool bench guy. The Rangers still believe Profar’s ceiling is higher than that, so they are sending him to play every day.

“The way the rotation is in left field and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, jurickson profar, peter kozma, rangers

Aprils best Statcast Catch Probability catches | MLB.com

These catches are pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive plays, statcast

Friends swore he would be the next Derek Jeter, but Brandon Martin is now charged in three killings - LA Times

It wasn’t the money. Sad story.

“You can’t even fathom what that money does to an 18-year-old mind,” said Justin Hayes, a former clubhouse attendant for the Inland Empire 66ers who was one of Martin’s roommates and his closest friend.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

How Marlins sale must work: Creative deal, a Jeter fans have never seen | New York Post

Loria is in the kind of fiscal mess — with some in the game saying the team is $400 million in debt, with $75 million or more in possible losses this year and no ready avenues to borrow more money to finance the debt — that he will accept the fastest deal that meets his requests and he believes will be approved by the other owners.

Jeter’s group, which has bid $1.3 billion, is considered the front-runners and, as one involved person said, “Think how disappointed an already apathetic ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

OTP 1 May 2017: “Season of Lies” mixes baseball, politics

Dennis Hetzel has crafted “Season of Lies,” a new novel featuring the Chicago Cubs becoming enmeshed in a dirty presidential campaign.

Now that the Cubs have finally won a world championship, their chances of building a new baseball dynasty are threatened by sinister circumstances beyond the team’s control, when star pitcher Trey Von Ohmann decides to endorse President Luke Murphy for re-election, much to his teammates’ consternation.

Heh, remember when you knew a book was fiction if ...

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BDC Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:14 AM | 1799 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fiction, politics

Sunday, April 30, 2017

WaPo: Anthony Rendon Has 3 HRs, 10 RBI In Historic Rout

Tony Two-Bags had a very good day:

Anthony Rendon, who began the day as the least productive player in the starting lineup, fronted the charge by going 6 for 6 with three home runs, a three-run double and 10 RBI. The third baseman became the fifth player in club history with three home runs in a game and the 13th player in major league history — and first since 2007 — with at least 10 RBI in a game. Rendon joined Walker Cooper as the only players in major league history with six hits, three ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, home runs, rbi, washington nationals

Syndergaard injury just the latest example of one of baseball’s biggest problems

RoboThal’s latest.

...Smoltz compares pitchers to race cars. The most difficult thing for a pitcher, he explained, is distinguishing between injury and soreness. And with most taught to simply throw as hard as they can, they are unable to adjust to flashing signals on their personal dashboards.
....

“We’re getting dangerously close to every pitcher red-lining when he doesn’t really have to. They’re not preparing to learn how to pitch like it’s a six-gear car. They’re always in sixth ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, mets being mets, syndergaard

Red Sox sorely miss David Ortiz’s bat, presence

The position and spot in the Red Sox batting order are filled, but not by anyone wearing his uniform.

The clubhouse is filled with veterans who have leadership skills, but none remotely resembling that huge presence and voice.

David Ortiz, the heart, soul and spine of the Red Sox franchise for the last 14 years, is gone.

And he is not coming back.

“This wasn’t just a bat leaving,’’ former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling told USA TODAY Sports, “this was a lineup changer that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2017 at 05:56 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Ask BA: How Tough Is The Classification Jump? | BaseballAmerica.com

Good stuff.

Scouts have told me that they think the leap to Double-A is toughest on lefthanders who are reliant on their changeups and pitchers who have a “trick” pitch. A lefty with a good changeup will often be able to cruise through Class A lineups because they are generally incapable of recognizing a quality changeup.

But in Double-A, that usually isn’t enough. The pitcher will need to either spot his fastball well enough to get ahead in the count with it or he’ll have to have a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 02:13 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: player development, prospects

Caleb Joseph’s Historic RBI Drought Is Finally Over

Last September, we brought you the tale of Orioles backup catcher Caleb Joseph—closing in on the sad feat of becoming the first baseball player ever to finish a season with more than 100 plate appearances and not a single RBI.


Joseph made it through the rest of the year without an RBI, and he started this season the same way. Until today! For the first time since September 11, 2015, Joseph knocked in a runner—courtesy of a two-run shot in the ninth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Yankees.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2017 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: caleb joseph, orioles


Sunday Notes: Mendoza-Hendricks Nerdiness, Selsky as Dangerfield, Edwards Evoked ’86, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi benefitted from a scoring change earlier this week. It was made by the league office in New York, which routinely reviews decisions that are challenged. In this case, an official scorer at Fenway Park had charged a Pirates infielder with an error for not handling a throw. Here’s what happened.

With a runner on first base and less than two outs, Benintendi blooped a ball that fell safely in short centerfield. Wary that the ball might be caught, the runner got ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Dodgers hit 3 straight homers in walk-off win | MLB.com

Turned on the game just in time to see this. Then I fell asleep on the couch.

Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Hector Neris to spark an incredible 6-5 comeback victory over the Phillies. Puig got things going, crushing a 3-2 fastball to left field to cut the lead to two. Bellinger hit a first-pitch splitter off the right-field foul pole to make it a one-run game. Turner then smoked a 0-1 fastball to left ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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