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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, September 13, 1916:

Hal Chase, in spite of being a left handed thrower, has played magnificently at second base for the Reds. The records show that the only southpaw infielders of any account were Hulen, Keeler, and Jimmy Ryan.

I understand why left-handed infielders are so rare, but it does seem like an extremely talented lefty first baseman (Keith Hernandez in his prime, for instance) could have pulled it off. Okay, maybe they might drill a few baserunners in the face with ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets fire Wally Backman after manager went rogue

Wally Backman’s tenure in the Mets organization officially concluded Monday, with general manager Sandy Alderson’s announcement the popular figure from the 1986 World Series-winning club has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

But a club source indicated Backman was fired.

Backman spent the last seven years managing in the minors for the Mets. He guided the organization’s Triple-A team at Buffalo and Las Vegas for the last five years. In 2014 he was named Pacific Coast League ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, minor leagues, wally backman

Anyone see this coming from Kyle Hendricks? | Sports on Earth

A funny thing happened on the way to mediocrity.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle hendricks

OMNICHATTER 9-13-16

The OMNICHATTER wears sunglasses at night.

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Milestone Approaches for Mike Trout (Yawn)

Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero. 

Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).

gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, barry bonds, ichiro suzuki, mike trout, mvp, war

Adam Jones on MLB’s lack of Kaepernick protest: ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’

“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’

Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, race

OMNICHATTER 9-12-16

If Cookie Monster ate the OMNICHATTER, it’d be the the OM-NOM-NOM-NICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-12-2016

...in which a quiet, intelligent, thoughtful ballplayer who mostly kept to himself threatens to beat the crap out of every single person on his own team. In the leadup to this incident, the Dodgers had lost seven of nine and had fallen out of first place.

Pittsburgh Press, September 12, 1916:

In one corner of the [locker] room Jack Coombs arose, quietly and unobserved.

“Boys, I would like to talk with you for a few moments,” he said. Now, the Brooklyn ball club has been talked to before, often ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Reds’ Next Starting Rotation Full Of Potential

Hope in Cincy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

The Fresno Bee: John D’Acquisto Book Release This Week

One of the early chapters explores D’Acquisto’s impressive year in Fresno. During the 1972 season, the San Diego native led the league with 245 strikeouts and had a winning percentage of .739 as he went 17-6. He was voted the best pitching prospect in the league.

djordan Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb_network

Yoenis Cespedes comes up big for wild-card chasing Mets

The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.

Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.

But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Ye Gods of BABIP, Let My Fly Balls Go! – The Hardball Times

So, pitchers can impact BIP. Who knew?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OTP 2016 Sep 12: Iraq, Hillary and baseball

Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”

Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”

“I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1346 comment(s)
  Beats: politics


2016 Scouting Report - By the Fans, For the Fans

Support this project.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Cubs back Arrieta to win series vs. Astros | MLB.com

The Cubs magic number is five!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs

David Ortiz moves into 18th on home run list | MLB.com

This is far down on his list of big homers but it’s meaningful nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

The Japan Times: Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

Always good to see a different team win. In my case, especially when it’s the one you root for.

The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship.

On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a 6-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.

 

vortex of dissipation Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Athletics release Billy Butler

The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.

Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:54 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Can We Move This Along?

Once upon a time, the average ballplayer was paid about the same as a factory foreman, and the games were almost the length of a movie. Alas, those days aren’t coming back, but even progressive, analytics thinkers know today’s game has to change.

“Pace of play is vitally important on many fronts, mainly with the entertainment product that’s out there for younger viewers,” says Brian Kenny of MLB Network. “And not just because, ‘Oh, these millennials have no attention span.’ No, how ...

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yogiberramuseum Posted: September 11, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bunting continues to vex Minnesota Twins hitters

Their problem has been identified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Groin injury puts A.J. Pollock’s season at risk

A.J. Pollock’s lost season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks, injuries

Andre Ethier makes long-awaited 2016 debut with Dodgers - The Orange County Register

Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.

“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Sunday Notes: Brewers’ Erceg, Francona’s Computer, Lamb’s Power, Miller, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Terry Francona didn’t have a computer when he managed in Philadelphia, although he did write out match-ups on the back of the lineup card every day, which he equates to dabbling in sabermetrics before having learned the word. He did have a computer when he was the bench coach in Oakland. Ditto in his managerial stints in Boston, and now Cleveland.

Francona said on Friday that he loves getting information that makes him think. (He jokingly added that he probably makes Sky Andrecheck, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Boston Red Sox plan to leave Yoan Moncada on bench down the stretch - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

The guy is an incredible talent. That talent needs to be refined.

Farrell said Moncada can benefit from simply watching games from the dugout and asking questions of his veteran teammates.

“If you notice in the dugout, he’s in and around a number of guys, and that’s done on purpose to just walk through game situations, to think the game, to rehearse certain things,” Farrell said. “When he finds himself back in the spots, hopefully he’s lived it in his mind a little bit.”

Said Moncada: “What ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez delivers the bad news for Joe Maddon - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

Joe Maddon is the best.

“Perfect example was last year,” Martinez said. “Anthony Rizzo says, ‘I want to play 162 games.’ All of a sudden we get to the playoffs and he said, ‘Man, I was tired.’ So I tell him, ‘Hey, take your days off. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Take them. Relax.’”

Rizzo talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday, but you can bet he’ll get a day off soon. Maddon usually has good reasons ready for the tough conversations. Last week he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dave martinez, joe maddon

Rays’ Archer shares thoughts from Tebow to anthem protests | Tampa Bay Times

On 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stance of not standing for the national anthem:

It’s his constitutional right, and everybody chooses different ways to get their message across. It’s a little bold for me personally, but he has the right. And it seems like he’s putting other actions behind it, too, monetarily and getting out in the community (like talking to military veterans). And that’s the most important thing for me.

Taking a knee during the national anthem, that’s one thing. We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, rays

Terry Collins’ strategical blunder costs Mets — and hurts Flores | New York Post

What was the bench coach doing?

You could see the pain in Terry Collins’ eyes.

This loss was on him and he knew it. And as soon as the 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Braves was complete Saturday night at Turner Field, Collins fell on his sword.

He blew it.

He did not pinch run with two outs in the eighth inning and Wilmer Flores on second base after Flores crashed a ball near the top of the center-field fence for a double.

The Mets roster is bulging with players in September, and Collins did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

What I’ll never forget about baseball’s return to New York after 9/11 | FOX Sports

Fifteen years later, I know I was silly to be upset about the debate over when play should resume. The debate was appropriate. Baseball had to return at some point. But at the time, it was difficult to see things clearly, to remove the emotion from the moment.

The sadness was overwhelming. I remember welling up with tears several times a day after the attacks, for no particular reason. I well up even now thinking about those days, and I’m sure many of you do the same. But when I flash back ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, september 11th, yankees

You know who’s not surprised by what Dustin Pedroia is doing? Dustin Pedroia - WEEI | Rob Bradford

The Laser Show has been operating at full power this season.

It’s impossible to know how Pedroia’s future will unfold. He is signed with the Red Sox through 2021 after his eight-year, $110 million extension. (He would have been a free agent after last season under his old deal.) Using this season as a guideline, however, and the Red Sox should be optimistic regarding the evolution of their second baseman.

But here’s the problem: Why many sit back and look at what Pedroia doing with some sense ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

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