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Sunday, July 10, 2016

OMNICHATTER 7-10-16

Today is Sunday. This is the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Washington Post: Tom Boswell: Nationals, Mets Take Far Different Approaches In Care Of Young Arms

Boz examines pitching philosophies:

The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?

Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.


FOX: Facing possible lifetime ban, Cody Stanley is living every player’s nightmare

Does it make sense that a player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs would use the same substance again while serving his penalty?

Does it make sense that the player would commit a third violation and invite a lifetime ban just weeks before he was due to appeal?

Those are the questions that free-agent catcher Cody Stanley is asking — and he said that his inability to find suitable answers makes him fear for his fellow players.


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Jake Arrieta in the Body Issue

ESPN’s Body Issue is out again.  Remember that the shots, while really impressive and showing the dynamism of athletic bodies from across the sports universe, are still of naked people and NSFW.

Arrieta’s are some of the best of the bunch, but Vince Wilfork curled into a ball of potential energy looks like goddamned Atlas and I’m pretty sure I’d drown if I tried carrying a rock across the bottom of the ocean like Courtney Conlogue is doing here.


Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard injuries make bad day even worse for Mets | Newsday

There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.

How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.

Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, noah syndergaard, yoenis cespedes

Quantifying Pitcher Command – The Hardball Times

We begin today’s story with MARS.

Not the delicious candy bar that sticks to your teeth; nor the planet that can grow Matt Damon’s potatoes. Rather, it is Multi-variate Adaptive Regression Splines, or MARS for short. MARS is a trademarked term, so the R or Python implementation is usually referred to as “earth.” Essentially, the MARS approach to regression improves upon basic multiple linear regression in three ways:

It breaks apart each regression line into multiple formulae (for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics

Red Sox acquire Brad Ziegler from D-backs | MLB.com

Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.

To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trades

OMNICHATTER 7-9-16

OMNICHATTER GO

Gamingboy Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

McShane: Bartolo Colon named to National League All-Star team

For pinch-hitting duties, right?

Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been named to the National League All-Star team. The 43-year-old takes the place of Madison Bumgarner. This will be Colon’s fourth All-Star appearance and first since 2013, when he made the game as a member of the Oakland A’s.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, bartolo colon, mets

Friday, July 08, 2016

Midseason Top 100 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Yoan Moncada 2b Red Sox So far, Moncada has managed to live up to the hype generated by his $31.5 million signing bonus.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 03:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects reports

Heyman - Early MLB Trade Deadline Predictions - TKB

Jon Heyman speculating about trade speculations.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade rumors

Minor league team to celebrate cats on Saturday | FOX Sports

This is just very, very wrong. Certainly Dan Szymborski will be able to clue us in on the festivities.

The BlueClaws will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities (shown in the image above). For your best chance to secure a jersey, join us at the game, but an extremely limited quantity will be available online next week.

Fans are able to bring their cats to the game (will need to sign a waiver and be in a case or on a leash and cats are admitted ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 02:19 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions

Aaron Hill provides depth for Red Sox

Not a blockbuster but hopefully he can help out a third. It’s not a big move but they didn’t really give up much.

The Red Sox kicked off their midyear process of filling needs, dealing for Brewers second baseman/third baseman Aaron Hill in exchange for Triple A righthander Aaron Wilkerson and High A second baseman Wendell Rijo.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox

Trea Turner to join Nationals in New York - The Washington Post

He’s been getting some time in centerfield.

Trea Turner is on his way to New York, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. It is unclear what move might be made to clear space for him on the Nationals’ active roster, though with Ryan Zimmerman ailing from some as-yet unidentified trouble and an already short bench after Michael A. Taylor was sent down to make room for Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals need right-handed reinforcements.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Matt Harvey to have season-ending surgery | MLB.com

Matt Harvey will undergo season-ending surgery to resolve his thoracic outlet syndrome, agent Scott Boras told ESPN on Friday. Neither the Mets nor Harvey have confirmed his decision, though general manager Sandy Alderson on Thursday painted it as inevitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Who will host future All-Star Games?

Here are the current MLB stadiums that have never hosted an All-Star Game:

Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia
SunTrust Park, Atlanta (opening next year)
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Yankee Stadium, New York (the new one, of course)

There are also five active stadiums that haven’t hosted the game in more than 20 years:

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (1980)
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (1987)
Wrigley Field, Chicago (1990)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (1991)
Camden Yards, Baltimore (1993)

So, with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star

Mark Trumbo, Todd Frazier lead 2016 Home Run Derby participants

Defending champion Todd Frazier and current home run leader Mark Trumbo headline the participants in the 2016 Home Run Derby. The field was announced on Thursday’s SportsCenter….

Frazier won last year’s derby, defeating the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson in the finals.

In the other matchups, No. 4 seed Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners (20 homers) is paired with No. 5 seed Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins (19 homers), and No. 3 seed Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds (22 homers) matches up ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 8, 1916:

President Ban B. Johnson of the American league fined “Wild Bill” Donovan, leader of the Yankees, $100 for sending his trainer, Jimmy Duggan, into the upper pavilion at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, last Saturday to wallop a noisy spectator.

Walter B. Shive yelled down to “Wild Bill,” telling the Yank manager something about his early history. Bill was too busy with his managerial duties at the time to climb to the second pavilion, so called for his pinch hitter to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 08, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 7-8-16

This is OMNICHATTER 7-8-16.

Gamingboy Posted: July 08, 2016 at 12:28 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Mets need their Dark Knight | SNY

Yesterday, the Mets announced that Harvey has been put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, which sources say could be thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Newsday’s David Lennon.

In surveying people the last 12 hours—be it insiders, media, fans, etc.—I see people split 50-50 on whether they think this is a legit injury or just a cover to get Harvey two weeks away from the team.

The Mets will hopefully make an official announcement today about Harvey’s status. In the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Yankees’ top prospect mouthed off to execs and got suspended | New York Post

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that was announced Wednesday night.

Because he will be suspended, Mateo will not participate in the Futures Game this Sunday in San Diego. News of the suspension was delivered through the Yankees public ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 02:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, yankees

Baseball Prospectus | BP Top 50

BP’s midseason prospect Top 50.

1. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Why He’ll Succeed: He has the broadest base of skills in the minors, and one of those skills is plus defense at shortstop. Couple that with a strong hit tool and approach, note the double-digit home run potential, and you may be looking at a perennial all-star at shortstop.

Why He Might Fail: Crawford hasn’t hit as much against upper-minors competition as you’d like to see from your top prospect, the glove and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 12:05 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects reports

Jeff Passan on Twitter: “A giant tree limb fell on my deck and destroyed the railing today. But at least I’m not @Mike_Ferrin. https://t.co/NKqU3Lbp1z”

Hmm.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, mike ferrin, mlb network radio

Dusty Baker Says Nats Fans Could Be More Boisterous

“Some of the guys on the team wish our fans were a little more boisterous and crazy. A little bit like we see in different stadiums when we’re on the road. We also realize that a lot of our fans are new Nationals fans. A whole bunch of them were Cubs and Mets [fans], wherever they come from. That’s the dynamics of D.C., which you realize. But we’re trying to win everybody to us.

We need their energy, big time. Especially on days, there are some days when you don’t have the energy. There’s ...

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Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, fans, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-7-2016

Milwaukee Sentinel, July 7, 1916:

HERZOG TOO EXTRAVAGANT FOR CINCY STOCKHOLDERS

Red Manager Stops at Best Hotels on Road and May Lose Job as Result

Let the denials fall where they may, Charles Herzog, present manager and shortstop for the [Cincinnati] National league club, is about to reture as leader of the Reds, and he will be succeeded by Hal Chase…

Herzog is dissatisfied with his present job because of the refusal of the Cincinnati stockholders to work in harmony with him. Herzog, a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history

Seven Changes that Would Improve the Era Committee Hall of Fame Election Process

Thus far, each sub-committee has convened twice with the Expansion Era voting in 2010 and 2013, the Golden Era voting in 2011 and 2014, and the Pre-Integration Era voting in 2012 and 2015.  However, in its short history the Era Committee process has drawn a fair share of criticism for a variety of reasons and with December’s Pre-Integration Era vote representing two full cycles under the current format it is likely that the Hall of Fame board members will review and possibly modify to the ...

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OMNICHATTER 7-7-16

Okay, so apparently screwed something up last night. Oh well. The secret code OMNICHATTERS will have to wait for next week.

Until then, welcome to the Lucky 7 OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 07, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 164 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Pirates call up prospect Tyler Glasnow | MLB.com

At this point he has great stuff but only so-so command.

The club has not confirmed the news that Glasnow, Pittsburgh’s No. 1 prospect, is coming up from Triple-A Indianapolis. But a Pirates source confirmed that Glasnow is expected to start Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

MLB—Bad teams shouldn’t keep stars out of All-Star Game

There once was a time when every team in baseball deserved to have an All-Star to call its own. Unfortunately, that time was, oh, about 1957. Not now.

So on Tuesday night, when the 2016 All-Star teams were announced, Eduardo Nunez wound up on this team—as the Minnesota Twins’ mandatory rep—but Carlos Correa didn’t.

And Alex Colome was on this roster—as the Tampa Bay Rays’ designated All-Star—but Aroldis Chapman wasn’t.

The Philadelphia Phillies had to have an All-Star, too, so Odubel Herrera ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, all stars

The Atlanta Braves Borrowed Their Parking Scam From Dan Snyder

Last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Braves had quietly asked for and received new traffic ordinances from Cobb County lawmakers. The Accessory Special Event Parking rule, which is among those edicts, bans all privately owned parking lots near the team’s new stadium from operating on game days when it opens next season.

There will be no public transportation to the stadium, so people will have to drive, and park, and the rule effectively stipulates that only the team ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 06, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, scumbags

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