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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Teams will wear ‘MLB 150’ patch on uniforms this year

Major League Baseball evolved more than it was invented, but generally everyone agrees on 1869 as the date after which baseball was a truly professional pursuit. That was when the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-salaried baseball team. Prior to that teams paid some players, but not all, and majority professional teams would often play fully amateur clubs on the regular.

1869 was 150 years ago and, since people like numbers that are divisible by 5, 10, and 25, Major League ...

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QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: anniversaries, cincinnati red stockings

Giants have been talking with Cameron Maybin

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Giants have had contract discussions with free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin. Olney notes that adding Maybin would give the Giants a safety net in center field and would pair well with the left-handed-hitting Steven Duggar.

Exactly the sort of free agent the Giants have historically grossly overpaid for!

 

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin, giants

SEE IT: Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine plays the ‘Baseball Dating Game’

With Chuck Barris and Jim Lange gone, it isn’t the same, is it?

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby valentine

Matsuzaka sustains freak injury during spring training

TOKYO (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and Japan but none quite like this.

The Chunichi Dragons say Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous fan pulled his throwing arm during a fan event at spring training in Okinawa.

Matsuzaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing arm as a result of the incident, and the Dragons on Tuesday told him not to throw for the time ...

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QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daisuke matsuzaka, flukes, japanese baseball

Dodgers’ Cory Seager is running at nearly 100 percent

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With Corey Seager’s expected return by opening day and the acquisition of right-handed hitting center fielder A.J. Pollock, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not expected to be platooning.

Seager was limited to 26 games last season and did not play after April 29. He had Tommy John surgery on May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Aug. 7.

“There is a certain narrative on us platooning last year, and I think that was ...

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QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, corey seager, dodgers, platoon

Former Yankees star Jorge Posada is joining the Marlins. This is what he will be doing

The player who made the final out for the New York Yankees when they lost to the Marlins in the 2003 World Series is switching sides.

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has been hired as a special advisor to baseball operations for the Marlins, a source confirmed.

Posada, who spent his entire 17-year major league career with the Yankees, is a friend and former teammate of Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter.

Arnold Johnson wasn’t this shameless when he was in the tank for the ...

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Adnan Virk seeks settlement, denies leaking ESPN information: ‘I did nothing wrong’

Former ESPN personality Adnan Virk is seeking a settlement with the network that fired him after he reportedly leaked confidential information about its broadcast plans.

A rising star who called baseball games, hosted “Baseball Tonight” and made regular appearances on ESPN’s radio network, Virk addressed his firing in a Tuesday in a statement to the New York Post.

Sadly, this is still less embarrassing than FOX’s coverage of baseball….

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

MLB breakout players you need to know for 2019

Chad Pinder getting more love.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 01:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Giants’ turmoil ahead with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija? - SFChronicle.com

Jeff Samardzija needs to worry about getting outs first otherwise the only action he’ll be getting is mop up duty.

When Giants starter Jeff Samardzija recently called the concept of openers “a load of crap,” and Madison Bumgarner seemed of a like mind, it looked like the team could be heading for friction and turmoil this season.

But it’s spring training, for goodness’ sake, a time to be positive.

So, the Giants are perfectly positioned to help major-league baseball ease into the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 01:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, madison bumgarner, opener

Mets have versatile Jeff McNeil working on potential switch to outfield | Newsday

How much playing time can Jeff McNeil realistically get?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcneil, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2019

John McGraw talks about pitcher Bugs Raymond in the Harrisburg Telegraph, February 12, 1919:

“I had a record of Raymond’s night out, and sent it to [Giants owner John] Brush, along with Raymond. This record showed ‘Bugs’ had swallowed forty-two beers and seven green onions. Mr. Brush cross-examined Raymond, and after a long time he finally admitted that he might have sipped the beers, but he was sure he had nothing to do with the onions.
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Once we were playing a tight game with the Pirates…I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Introducing The Athletic Fantasy Baseball – The Athletic

I usually avoid linking to content from pay sites but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I regularly link to The Athletic content. The reason is simple, they have too many quality writers to ignore. Yesterday they added even more interesting writers. Who knows how long they will be able to sustain their business model but while they can they will be on my must read list.

One thing we stress at The Athletic Fantasy is making sure we are earning your subscription. We’re pretty normal people who know ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy, pay site

Kyler Murray chooses to pursue NFL, ‘fully committing’ to becoming QB

The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner announced Monday he was “firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback.”

Murray was also the No. 9 pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft and was due to report to spring training on Friday. But now his focus will turn to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, which begins Feb. 26.

“Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” Murray wrote in a picture posted to Twitter. “I was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: kyler murray

Orioles Radio Voice Joe Angel Is Retiring

In the 1970s Angel broadcast for the San Francisco Giants (1977–78), as well as Stanford University football and University of San Francisco basketball. Stints with the Minnesota Twins (1984–86), Baltimore Orioles (1988–90, 1992) and New York Yankees (1991) followed. In 1993, he left the Orioles to become the Florida Marlins’ first radio voice, and was behind the microphone for the Marlins’ first world championship in 1997.

Bote Man Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, radio

Pitcher tracks data to plan diet, workout regimen, sleep

BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE!

Boyd underwent DNA tests to determine what foods his body reacts to better and what health conditions he might be predisposed to genetically. He had his heart rate and other vitals tracked to determine workout recovery and optimal sleeping patterns.

Some changes were obvious, others more individualized. With help from McKee, Boyd adjusted his diet to take in more monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and grass-fed beef. He cut out whole grains and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt boyd

5 spring training storylines you’re going to be real sick of in a month

Look, I don’t blame anyone in Chicago for getting excited about baseball this week. It’s been 20 degrees every day since early October. We’re getting our third ice storm of the year this week.

If you want to put all your eggs into the baseball-starts-this-week basket, go right ahead. There are probably worse ways to spend winter’s last leg than living vicariously through 15-pitch outings and ranking non-roster invitees based on their baserunning skills.

With that said, any professional sports ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, spring training

Drivers Wanted: how you can apply to drive the Nationals’ bullpen cart

The driver’s seat for the Nationals bullpen car is open.

According to the job listing, which was posted Monday, duties include charging the cart’s battery, monitoring a live feed for potential pitching changes, and of course, driving the cart to and from the bullpen, dugout, and center field gate.

The lucky driver gets a team radio to communicate with other employees as well as a “pitcher preference document” that lists which players do and do not want to use the cart to get to the mound. ...Read More...

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts, nationals

Garth Brooks in spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.

The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.

The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004). His workouts start Thursday.

Mr. Brooks later admitted that he considered trying this for the Marlins, but decided not to ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: garth brooks, pirates, spring training

Name game: Britton says wife, Yanks led to spelling change

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name.

Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old New York Yankees reliever said last week that going forward his name should be spelled Zack.

“I was born with a ‘ch’, sorry, excuse me, the ‘ck,‘” Britton said Monday after his first pre-spring training workout at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

The sort of loopiness that one wishes were more prevalent this ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: name change, yankees, zack britton

Gerrit Cole goes to arbitration with Astros

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone to arbitration with the Houston Astros, asking to be given $13.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $11,425,000.

Cole made $6.75 million last year, when he earned his second All-Star selection and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. He earned $6.75 million.

Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Steven Wolf and Walt De Treux heard the case Monday and are expected to decide later this week.

So, what comes first: the end of this year’s arbitration, the ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, astros, gerrit cole

Dave Dombrowski “happy” with Red Sox roster despite bullpen concerns

The Boston Red Sox don’t have a closer with spring training about to begin, but the architect of the team’s roster still feels pretty good about where things stand.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t add any marquee free agents to his roster over the winter, and he has yet to find a replacement for star closer Craig Kimbrel, who remains unsigned on the free agent market. However, Dombrowski is content with the group that will open the 2019 season.

“We are happy with ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, dave dombrowski, red sox

Eduardo Rodriguez is in The Best Shape of His Life

We’ve had far fewer BSOHL reports this winter than ever before. Is it because, by now, everyone knows that it’s a cliche that we’ve been mocking for years and years? Or is it because those quotes usually come after interviews that take place after a guy looking to bounce back has signed a deal someplace and . . . no one is signing anyplace?

NO MAN CAN SAY!

But now that players are starting to trickle into spring training camps, expect some more of these bad boys. Like this one, from ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, best shape of his life, eduardo rodriguez

Report: Padres hire A.J. Ellis as special assistant to baseball operations

MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that catcher A.J. Ellis has been hired as a special assistant to the Padres’ baseball operations department under executive VP and GM A.J. Preller. That’s a lot of A.J.’s.

There’s got to be a good dissertation in analyzing why back-up catchers seem to flow into baseball management, although I’m not sure if it’s something for the sociologists, the psychologists, or the people in schools of business and administration.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ellis, padres, special assistant

Derek Jeter on Marlins low win projection: ‘I would take it as a slap in the face’

The 2019 Miami Marlins aren’t projected to win many games. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after the team traded catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies last week.

Because of that, FanGraphs projects the Marlins to win just 65 games in 2019. When asked about that low win total, Jeter didn’t get angry or try to refute that number. He instead tried to use it as a motivational tactic for his current players.

Jeter said he would take that projection as a “slap in ...

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Astros SP Justin Verlander Says Free Agency System is ‘Broken’

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said MLB’s free agency system is “broken” on Monday, tweeting about the “100 or so free agents left unsigned.” The seven-time All-Star also noted the ongoing negotiations between teams and 26-year-old superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, both of whom remain unsigned with the first spring training games less than two weeks away.

It seems that these sorts of articles are piling up, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin verlander

Christian Yelich fires back at former Marlins executive over free agency comments

Is it really that sporting to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent?

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, david samson

Mets GM tells Mike Francesa that team doesn’t have room for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

If their top decision-maker is to be believed, the New York Mets really would love to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on their team. They just have some pesky players that are also pretty decent in the way.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show on Monday, and the conversation naturally turned to baseball’s two biggest free agents.

Van Wagenen praised both players, but he also indicated that he doesn’t believe they are the right fit for the ...

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QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hot stove, mike francesa

Monday, February 11, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-11-2019

Washington Herald, February 11, 1919:

Babe Ruth, Red Sox star, championed the cause of a number of women and squelched a group of rowdies who were annoying them at a local dance Saturday night.

Ruth was present with Mrs. Ruth. The baseball giant bided his time, waiting for some one in authority to halt the rough tactics, but when no one did, he acted. A short snappy talk about “throwing them through the door” caused them to quiet down and leave the gathering…When Ruth came [outside] he ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside The Numbers: The Player Salary Battle Lines Between MLB And The MLBPA

It is here that the story of last season surfaces and shows that even if there is an uptick in 2019, as of now it is possible that it does not come back to levels seen as of 2017. From 2006-17, the percentage in player compensation across MLB, MiLB, and amateur signings was 56.5%. In 2018, the average was 54.8%. This occurred as the growth of league revenues increased at a faster pace than compensation back to the players grew:...

The percentage in player compensation has not moved smoothly. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: labor

Most underrated players in the NL East

The Phillies, Nationals, Mets and Braves have had active offseasons.

The Phillies have added J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

The Nationals have spent upwards of $183 million in free agency, by far the most of any major-league team.

So, who are the most overrated players in the NL East?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, johan camargo, nick pivetta, nl east, underrated, zack wheeler

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