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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blue Jays’ Saunders making legitimate case for being MLB’s most productive hitter - Sportsnet.ca

The guy is having a great month/season.

And Saunders nearly had a fourth, as he smoked a 2-2 fastball 330 feet to left field in the third inning, where it fell right in front of the outfield wall marker that reads “333.” Five more feet and Saunders would have made history.

“Michael’s in a nice little groove. He’s having a hell of a year for us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “And he’s using the whole field, too. He’s not just hitting his home runs pull side. He’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, michael saunders

Did Lou Gehrig actually die of ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’? | PBS NewsHour

Virtually every American today, be they a baseball fan or not, knows Lou Gehrig’s “bad break” was his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fierce neurodegenerative disorder that robs one of muscle control, swallowing, breathing, and ultimately, life.

Two months earlier, on May 1, 1939, Gehrig gallantly took himself out of the lineup because he could no longer will his body to perform the athletic miracles that made him, arguably, the best baseball player ever to play the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: history, lou gehrig

Ever spot a French press in the Nationals dugout? Here’s how it got there. - The Washington Post

The secret is out.

That same day, a few minutes after Espinosa chose the French press, Clint Robinson opted for the normal coffee pot.

“Too bitter,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t get it down.”

The French press coffee, it seems, is an acquired taste. Thanks to two of their most productive contributors off the bench, though, these Nationals have acquired it — and with it, though perhaps not related to it, a firm hold on first place in the National League East.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tyler Chatwood is starting to figure out Coors Field. | Sports on Earth

For outsiders, Chatwood is in the unenviable position of having the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in baseball yet the potential to be hamstrung by his own ballpark. But as Hundley notes, a lot of it is in your head when you’re on the mound in Denver.

“If you go out and try to control the atmosphere, the barometric pressure, the humidity levels, if you’re worried about that stuff, big league hitters are gonna eat you alive,” he said. “Tyler believes in himself and he believes in his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, tyler chatwood

OMNICHATTER 6-18-16

A OMNICHATTER to the Past

Gamingboy Posted: June 18, 2016 at 01:00 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 17, 1916:

Tom Hughes, lanky Brave pitcher, broke a fast curve ball over the outside corner with Honus Wagner at the plate [yesterday] afternoon. Umpire Bill Klem’s right arm swung in strike fashion and with that gesture Long Tom’s name was flashed to the baseball Hall of Fame. The achievement was a no-hit game against the Pitates and the Braves scored a shut-out victory, 2 to 0.

Hughes’ feat is the first of its kind in the major leagues this season.

The baseball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, no-hitters, salida tom hughes

Giancarlo Stanton mired in career-worst slump | MLB.com

Stanton is having a hard time making contact on pitches in the zone, particularly those up and in. If he’d actually moved off the plate, he’d in theory be in a better position to hit those, but that’s not what’s happened. In fact, since Stanton’s mechanics starting his swing look the same, a reasonable assertion would be that if the side was an issue, not only would he struggle to make contact, but he’d have a hard time being on time with his swing. That’s exactly what’s happened. Over the past ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

As Pete Rose tries to steal attention, let’s appreciate Ichiro instead - Yahoo Sports

Even if he’s correct? Yes, Pete Rose is correct. Ichiro isn’t near his record. Nevertheless, what Ichiro has done is well worth mentioning and celebrating.

This will not fall down that wormhole of ignorance. This will be a rejoinder to it. Because even if Pete Rose is correct that the 4,257th hit of Ichiro Suzuki’s professional baseball career, laced down the right-field line on Wednesday afternoon, doesn’t place Suzuki in Rose’s all-time company because the first 1,278 came in Japan – and he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, pete rose

Mark Attanasio downplays trade rumors with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy

Are they actively listening?

“Much ado about nothing so far,” Attanasio said of the constant speculation that either Braun or Lucroy, or both, will be traded before the Aug. 1 deadline.

“We’re not actively out shopping either of these guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy, ryan braun

Inside Baseball With Jon Heyman - Trouble In Los Angeles

You can’t take the long view when you are writing on a deadline. The Dodgers and Angels only similarity is where they play. They are two teams on different courses.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OMNICHATTER 6-17-16

OMNICHATTER’s Adventure

Gamingboy Posted: June 17, 2016 at 12:09 AM | 255 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Royals move on from struggling second baseman Omar Infante, designate him for assignment

Would he still wear a Royals uniform when he starts the All-Star Game?

The Royals officially cut their losses with second baseman Omar Infante on Wednesday, designating him for assignment to clear room on the roster for left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn.

The move results in a significant amount of dead money for the Royals. Infante is still owed roughly 60 percent of his $7.75 million contract this season, which comes out to about $4.7 million. The Royals also are on the hook for $8 million ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: omar infante, royals

What kind of pitcher are Red Sox really in market for?

As I mentioned the other day. The Red Sox don’t need to make a deal for starting pitching right now.

If Price, Wright, and Porcello’s performances prove sustainable, then the Sox’ approach to the trade market may likewise end up being relatively modest. As much as Dave Dombrowski is known for big-splash trades such as his acquisition of Price at the trade deadline in 2014, he more frequently focused on mid-rotation names at past trade deadlines to considerable effect, most notably with Doug ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

David Wright has surgery, season is likely over - NY Daily News

After weeks therapy and oral and local medications, David Wright has decided to have surgery to repair the herniated disc in his neck. The surgery was scheduled for Thursday in California with Dr. Robert Watkins, the Mets announced Thursday morning.

While the Mets said there is no timetable for Wright’s return, the Mets captain’s season is effectively over.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:34 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-16-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 16, 1916:

WAMBSGANSS PICKS HIMSELF FOR BENCH

Fans are wondering what will happen when Manager Fohl finally decides to put Ray Chapman back in the Indian’s [sic] lineup—a thing which won’t happen, says Fohl, as long as the tribe is hitting its present great winning clip.

But Chappie’s going to get back there sooner or later, and then the rooters are guessing whether it’ll be Ivan Howard or Bill Wambsganss who’ll go to the bench for utility infield duty.
...
[Wambsganss:] ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 16, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers Sign Yordan Alvarez As Signing Period Closes - BaseballAmerica.com

With the 2015-16 signing period over, 10 teams are now in the penalty box for the upcoming 2016-17 signing period, which begins on July 2. The Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees all will be unable to sign any players subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000. However, they have no restrictions on signing players who are exempt from the bonus pools, such as third baseman Yulieski Gurriel, second baseman Jose Miguel ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

Fangraphs: The Knuckleball Is More Conventional Than It Seems

Eno Sarris questioning conventional wisdom about the knuckleball:

But once you peal (sic) back the layers on the pitch, you start to see that each truism about the knuckler isn’t necessarily true. In fact, there are probably more ways in which the art of throwing a knuckleball is similar to the art of throwing other pitches than it is different.

(I know a Steven Wright article just got posted. I think the more general discussion of knuckleballs here deserves its own thread.)

villageidiom Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: eno sarris, fangraphs, knuckleball, r.a. dickey, steven wright

Angels activate Andrelton Simmons ahead of schedule - The Orange County Register

Good news for the Angels.

Simmons, who returned early from thumb surgery, made three difficult plays in his first game back, including one eye-popping backhand play in the hole.

“He made some tough plays look easy,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.

Simmons even had two hits and he drew a walk, an all-around good return for one of the many key players the Angels have lost to injury this season.

When Simmons tore the UCL in his left thumb on May 8 and had surgery on May 10, the initial prognosis ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

Red Sox knuckleballer deserves consideration as All-Star Game starter | Boston Herald

Wright has been impressive. He’s the next great knuckleballer.

“I just try to go out there and do everything I can to change speeds with the knuckleball,” said Wright, who fanned four, walked one and allowed three runs on six hits. “I feel like I can pitch three different knuckleballs at three different speeds, and then I use my fastball as much as I can, within reason. That’s one pitch I don’t want to get hurt on, but I try to go out there and do everything I can to make a quality ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Yoenis Cespedes knows Cuban star’s talent better than anyone | New York Post

Gourriel hasn’t played at a high level of competition in a while. Thinking he can step in and help the Mets this year is probably far-fetched.

“At the time that I left that was the best ballplayer in Cuba,” Cespedes said through interpreter Melissa Rodriguez. “He is a five-tool player. When I was in Cuba we were best friends.”

The Mets need to make a serious run at the free agent. With David Wright likely heading to neck surgery, the Mets desperately need to find a solution to their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes, yulieski gourriel

Simkus: Ichiro Suzuki, Minnie Minoso and 4,000 career ‘professional’ hits | Society for American Baseball Research

Cobbling all these things together — plus adding in base hits collected during the postseason, which gives you Julio Franco and Derek Jeter, too — this is how the all-time “professional” leaderboard currently stands:

Pete Rose, 4,769
Ty Cobb, 4,379
Hank Aaron, 4,245
Jigger Statz, 4,093
Julio Franco, 4,074
Minnie Minoso, 4,073
Derek Jeter, 4,059
Ichiro Suzuki, 4,027
Stan Musial, 4,023
Note: This list may not be comprehensive.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: records

Meet the All-Star autograph chaser who became a Yankees draft pick | FOX Sports

Lynch gave him a call.

“I said, ‘This is the opportunity I was offered, what do you think?’” Lynch said. “At first he was like, ‘No way.’ He couldn’t believe it. When you think of an autograph-card collector, you don’t exactly think of the most athletic person in the world. Us collectors have that stereotype.

“Professional baseball, we probably talked about for five minutes. The next thing you know, we’re having a 45-minute conversation. ‘What is your most recent autograph?’ There was more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: autographs, general

OMNICHATTER 6-16-16

The Legend of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 16, 2016 at 12:29 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The rest of this season could make or break Joey Votto’s Hall of Fame case

Votto has had his detractors, people who don’t ascribe to sabermetrics, people who say he walks too much. Perhaps these people could knock Votto as well for the Reds not winning any championships during his career, though great players don’t always experience this. Until this season, Votto’s critics have mostly looked misguided…


Others needed their mid to late 30s to solidify their Hall of Fame cases or watch them collapse.

Take Hernandez, who looked like a Hall of Famer through his ...

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Rockies’ Jose Reyes designated for assignment | MLB.com

Reportedly still owed over $44 million.

The Colorado Rockies announced today that shortstop Jose Reyes has been reinstated from the restricted list and subsequently designated for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2016 at 01:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-15-2016

Bismarck Daily Tribune, Jule 15, 1916:

BOYS TRY OUT AXES ON GRAND STAND

The Bismarck Baseball Club has been aroused by the industry of certain small boys in trying out their new axes on the ball park grand stand.

Considerable damage has already been done, which will necessitate extensive repairs before the next game.

Ice Bear will take care of it.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 15, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 review - Beyond the Box Score

Is anyone playing this game?

Final thoughts: Overall, I thought the game definitely had some appeal, especially the regularly-updating player cards. I didn’t get to play for a full 162-game season, but getting a whole season’s worth of stats to look at for every MLB player would be very interesting as well. However, the combination of the cost and the fact that it just wasn’t differentiated enough from fantasy baseball is what really drove me away from recommending this product. On the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: games, reviews, simulations

New York Mets’ David Wright mulls surgery for herniated disk in neck - Mets Blog- ESPN

—New York Mets third baseman David Wright may opt for surgery to address the herniated disk in his neck rather than continue a conservative rehab process, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.

“By the end of this week we’ll know something more about David’s situation,” Alderson said.

Wright has been on the disabled list since June 3.

The captain has spent the past week in Los Angeles with Dr. Robert Watkins, who previously had treated Wright for spinal stenosis in the lower ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Baltimore Sun: Ubaldo Out, Gallardo In Orioles Rotation

Buck gives Ubaldo the boot to the bullpen as Gallardo returns from the DL.

As Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through May and slumped to the status of, statistically, the worst starting pitcher in the majors, his job remained his because the answer to any questions about a replacement was a question of its own: “Who else?”

Manager Buck Showalter on Tuesday finally had an answer. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the disabled list Saturday and start in Jimenez’s place ...

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Chris Fluit Posted: June 15, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dumpster fire, orioles, ubaldo jimenez, yovani gallardo

OMNICHATTER 6-15-16

Charge of the OMNICHATTER Brigade

Gamingboy Posted: June 15, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 149 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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