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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Numbers adding up in Pirates’ favor going into second half of season | TribLIVE

Travis Sawchik looks into the crystal ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:04 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

 John Hart: ‘I never made promises we were built to win’ | www.myajc.com

Nice interview with John Hart.

Q: So it’s not as if you expected a better record.

A: I’ve never made any false promises that we were built to win this year. We felt we had an energy and a good makeup. But you don’t trade your closer opening day, trade for draft picks, trade middle-of-the-order bats and expect to win. I won’t lie to fans.

Bad news on Freddy Freeman.

Q: Freeman was supposed to be back a while ago. What happened?

A: It’s more serious than we expected. I’m hoping ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, interview, john hart

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 16, 1915:

George Perring of the Kansas City Feds has a bat that he cherishes almost above all other earthly possessions…Perring’s father, George Perring, Sr., was a ball player of note in his day and when the old Ohio State penitentiary was dismantled some 30 years ago he procured a stout hickory joint from the prison scaffold on which many an Ohio criminal had gone to his doom.

The elder Perring had the piece turned to suit his desires and used the bat for 20 years. The ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 16, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, creepy things, dugout, history

The Magnus Effect is why a Ball With a Bit of Backspin Goes Like This

Who doesn’t just love the Magnus effect?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Statcast Storylines Feature Aroldis Chapman | MLB.com

WE NEED MORE DATA!!!! GIVE US THE FIELDING DATA!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Fraley: How Angels became team to beat for Rangers entering second half | Dallas Morning News

Big midseason series.

The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.

They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Arizona Diamondbacks go down to wire with No. 1 pick

The slot system definitely removes a lot of leverage for most top picks.

The Diamondbacks have the second-biggest bonus pool, at $12,816,100, to spend on their top-10 picks. The first overall selection has a pool value of $8,616,900. Arizona has agreed to at-slot deals with each of their other top-10 draft picks, except for ninth-rounder Pierce Romero, who received just shy of $130,000 over slot.

That means the Diamondbacks should have plenty of cash to sign Swanson. That may not matter, as the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teardown Artist «

Rany Jazayerli eviscerates A.J. Preller.

It’s as if Preller were unaware of the first rule of Rounders: “If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” Preller was the sucker. Preller was the guy obsessed with acquiring big names — Upton was the no. 1 pick in the 2005 draft! Kemp finished second in the MVP vote in 2011! Myers was AL Rookie of the Year in 2013! — while his competitors were working the angles. Middlebrooks was a power guy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Scorching Moncada hits inside-the-park homer | MLB.com

He certainly is fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Zack Greinke highlights a crop of MLB aces who rely on baseball’s advanced stats | For The Win

Chris Sale is not like the others.

In addition to his pitching, Greinke is known for his exhaustive understanding of and interest in the sport, up to and including preparing pre-draft scouting reports on potential picks. And in a New York Times feature during his 2009 campaign, Greinke explained that he pitched to keep his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) as low as possible. By that number, which estimates a pitcher’s value based on his walk, strikeout and home-run rates, Greinke was indeed ...

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Will MLB revert back to a 154-game schedule?

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, each said Tuesday that the topic would be heavily discussed in negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement, which expires in December 2016.

“In looking back from the time I played to now that I’m watching what these guys are doing, I don’t know how they do it,” Clark said. “What these guys are being asked to do with respect to games’ start times, with respect to the travel ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2015 at 05:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: rob manfred, schedule

Too much good stuff: Ken Rosenthal empties his All-Star notebook | FOX Sports

Notes, notes, and more notes.

A.J. Burnett. Asked him why he is wearing Batman cleats for the All-Star Game, and Burnett joked, “You don’t know what I do when I sleep.” He continued, “Pittsburgh is my Gotham. They accept me as that guy.” Burnett isn’t kidding—on the day he turned down his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, he called Pirates GM Neal Huntington to say that he wanted to play his final season in Pittsburgh, and nowhere else. Huntington said it was “almost awkward”—he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Take me out to the brain game

“The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.”
-Yogi Berra

When the two researchers hopped on a conference call with Bradley’s coaches in early November to discuss their findings, they finally got a sense of the scope of the concept they were developing, and what it could mean for baseball. The coaches immediately requested the results of one player who seemed to struggle at the plate, despite obvious athleticism and a picturesque swing. Muraskin patiently explained the metrics he had ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, neuroscience, science

Stock Watch: First-Half All-Risers team | MiLB.com

A look at the prospects with the most helium this year.

Edit: Link fixed. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

From fringe prospect to All-Star starter: Dallas Keuchel - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ take.

If you look at Keuchel’s career going back to college there is a clear pattern: when he reaches a new level, he often struggles initially but makes some adjustments and ends up performing very well in the end. It happened in college; it happened when he reached Double-A; it happened when he reached Triple-A, and it happened in the majors.

Keuchel’s adaptability and intelligence maximize his physical tools, a key advantage in the Darwinian environment of professional ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, prospects

Careful With That Bat, Chief

That was an awkward moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

2015 Trade Value: #30 to #21

I was going to wait until Cameron finished his list, but today is a pretty slow news day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Rob Manfred sees expansion in MLB’s future

It’s tough to extort money from communities if you don’t have viable cities as options.

Montreal, Charlotte, North Carolina, San Antonio, Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey, Mexico, are among the markets that could eventually land on baseball’s radar as potential locations for new or relocated franchises.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion

All-Star MVP Mike Trout, HR Derby champ Todd Frazier share jet home to N.J.

Watching the pre-game on MLB Network, I was struck by how likeable most of the game’s great young players are.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, mike trout, todd frazier

Perfect compromise for solving the Pete Rose controversy | New York Post

That’s the problem. If he’s the same guy he was 25 years ago, he doesn’t deserve a second chance.

“If [Commissioner Rob Manfred] is a fair man, if he’s going to give someone a second chance, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world,” Rose told Fox’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. “But I understand he’s got a tough job. But I’m a good guy. I’m not the same guy that I was 25 years ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, July 15, 1915:

A tornado struck the grandstand at the Decatur [Illinois] ball park on Wednesday just as the Decatur and Rockford players were lining up to play.

The entire roof of the grandstand was torn off and a portion of it fell upon the crowd below. A number of people were badly bruised, but there were no serious injuries.

Players on the Decatur and Rockford clubs rushed to the rescue of the people buried under the wreckage. The damage is estimated to be in the ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, weather

AAA All-Star Game 2015 OMNICHATTER

The AAA All-Star Game is tonight in Omaha. So, uhm, if you gotta OMNICHATTER hankering after last night, do it here.

(I gotta admit, I’m more submitting this so I remain in the habit and don’t forget)

Gamingboy Posted: July 15, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

12 News (Phoenix): Piestewa family: Adding name to highway in bad taste

I have no problem with the temporary co-naming of the highway but IMHO not contacting the family beforehand was a pretty big misstep.

The family of Lori Piestewa said they were never contacted about a plan to place former Diamondback pitcher Randy Johnson’s name alongside Piestewa’s on the Piestewa Freeway.

Piestewa was killed in a firefight in Iraq in 2003. Private Jessica Lynch was kidnapped during that same firefight and was later rescued from captivity.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Gov. ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 14, 2015 at 11:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, randy johnson

Nelson Cruz: David Ortiz Tried To Recruit Me To Red Sox Again During Offseason | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

David Ortiz apparently tried his darndest this past offseason to recruit Nelson Cruz to join the Boston Red Sox.

And no, this isn’t a reprint of a story from last July. Speaking with reporters before Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Cruz detailed how, for a second winter in a row, Ortiz made a push to bring him to Boston. “Yes, he did. It’s huge,” the Seattle Mariners slugger said, via WEEI.com. “I mean, he doesn’t make the calls. I guess they listen ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nelson cruz, red sox

Franchise Four Selections

Baltimore Orioles: Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox: Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski
Chicago White Sox: Harold Baines, Paul Konerko, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas
Cleveland Indians: Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline

Houston Astros: Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan
Kansas City Royals: George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Bret ...

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bbmck Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:01 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, great baseball players

MLB’s new golden age of 25-and-under All-Stars

But wait, we’ve got even more evidence that this is the deepest group of young hitters in a generation: You’ll find 14 hitters age 25 or younger with at least 200 plate appearances and an Adjusted OPS+ of 125 or better. We’ve seen only two seasons since 1900, according to baseball-reference.com, when that many position players 25 and under finished the year with an OPS+ that far above league average (minimum 400 plate appearances). One was 1969, when men such as Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Barnwell: MLB Needs a Player Loan System

The pitch:

imagine a variation on the loan process in which an out-of-contention team could send a useful veteran away to a club in the thick of a playoff race while receiving a prospect in return permanently. The team in last place would get a young player for the future and its veteran back for what one would hope to be a more promising season in 2016. The playoff team would be able to fill a short-term hole without having to give up the same sort of prospect haul it would normally consider in ...

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Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: July 14, 2015 at 01:07 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: out of the box

Cafardo: Isn’t it time to forgive Pete Rose and put him in Hall of Fame?

Rose has had a tough time convincing the powers that be that the 26-year sentence is enough. There are hard-liners who believe Rose committed the most mortal sin of all, and that redemption should never come.

The high-horsers won’t relent. Deep down, Rose can’t possibly think anything’s going to change. That the mind-boggling 4,256 hits he got in major league baseball will never make him a Hall of Famer.

Shouldn’t the BBWAA, or the Veterans Committee, have the opportunity to decide ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, hall of fame, pete rose

What Should Determine Home-Field Advantage for the World Series? – The Hardball Times

With this attitude fans might as well take a break from the sport during the All Star Break.

Pat Neshek, who took the loss in the 2014 All-Star Game, shares the notion that, to many players, winning isn’t the primary focus. “You’re there to enjoy the week,” said Neshek. “Everybody is having fun, and baseball is the last thing you’re worried about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

For Andy MacPhail, a game-changing version of money ball

No. No. No. No. No. Aaron Nola is the kind of player the Phillies should be holding onto right now. While I don’t think he’ll be an ace, he can be a nice starter in the middle of a rotation when the team is ready to contend again.

How much is Aaron Nola worth as a trade chip? Is there an Anthony Rizzo out there to be acquired in exchange for a team that desires an Andrew Cashner?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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