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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 267 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

WATCH: Buster Posey ‘sorta’ handles other kinds of deliveries

There’s no doubt that Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is a top hitter and a skilled catcher, ready and eager to handle the delivery of most any teammate except possibly for Tim Lincecum.

But is he ready to handle the delivery of a baby?

That’s the question this TV commercial for Esurance asks. He’s “sorta” the woman’s doctor. They both wear gloves. And they always deliver in the clutch. Right?


Cardinals rookies in full uniform buy coffee at Starbucks next to Wrigley Field - SBNation.com

Maybe they should have gotten some espresso shots today.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

That A-Rod Ball Was Worth Far More Than Initially Thought - Hall of Very Good

I suspect someone’s jock collection just got bigger.

“The Yankees have given me all the things they initially offered, such as meeting A-Rod, doing a press conference at Yankee Stadium, being interviewed live during the game on TV and the radio, and receiving signed memorabilia and free tickets, including tickets to this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Cincinnati.” Hample told The Hall exclusively. “I will also have opportunities to write for Yankees Magazine, get a special ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, collectables, yankees

Scout Hiring and Pay Practices Challenged in New Lawsuit

Who would ever believe teams would collude to suppress pay?

In a new class action lawsuit filed last week in New York federal court, former Kansas City Royals scout Jordan Wyckoff contends that MLB teams have unlawfully agreed not to compete with one another for the services of their amateur and professional scouts. As a result, the suit – Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball – asserts that a number of MLB scouts currently make less than the minimum wage and are not paid ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 03:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor, lawsuit, legal, scouting

Robinson Cano’s trying year: Lingering illness, grandfather’s death test him

I see an endorsement for Prilosec in his future.

In a Spanish-language conversation with USA Today Sports, Cano provided some previously undisclosed details about a stomach ailment that has sapped his energy. He also spoke of the impact of losing his paternal grandfather, Ovidio, who died of lung cancer in March, calling him, “like a second father to me.’‘

Cano, 32, said he was especially reluctant to talk about the stomach problem because it might be perceived as making excuses for his poor ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 12:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Justin Turner cites philosophical differences for Mets departure

Former Mets utilityman and current Dodgers star Justin Turner cited philosophical differences as a reason why he and the Mets’ front office did not always get along. Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-2013, says that his approach at the plate clashed with the organizational philosophy promoted by General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“[Alderson] is a ‘Moneyball’ guy,” Turner said to ESPN Los Angeles. “I don’t know if ‘Looking to walk’ is the right way of saying it, but he talks about on-base ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner, mets, moneyball, sandy alderson

Angels tried convincing Red Sox to help them trade for Josh Reddick

“C’mon, just helps us. All the cool kids are doing it.”

e Angels could use another bat, as Matt Joyce hasn’t worked out in their outfield and C.J. Cron isn’t getting it done as the designated hitter. According to MLB’s Alden Gonzalez, they wanted to pry Josh Reddick from their division rivals, the Athletics, but didn’t have the resources to do so. Gonzalez reported that the Angels’ (and then-GM Jerry Dipoto’s) solution was to get the Red Sox involved in a three-way trade to make it happen, but ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, jerry dipoto, josh reddick, red sox, trade rumors

SmartSports founder Corrine Vitolo on her sports technology SmartKage and having an idea ahead of its time - Bizwomen

Has anyone seen the SmartKage?

“Suddenly 10 years later, everyone says it is a great idea,” Vitolo, CEO of Tyngsborough, Mass.-based SmartSports told Bizwomen. “It is hard to have to wait for the market to catch up with what you know. That being said, it has been a fantastic opportunity to focus on innovation, and it forces you to find the best minds — the innovative and inventive people — because you are building something that doesn’t exist.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Perhaps the Phillies just got bad and have stayed bad

It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. The Phillies stink. Although it’s a handy excuse to explain their current predicament, other teams and GMs have proven it’s possible to be successful over a longer period than the Phillies timeline.

The criticism of this franchise I think has been that maybe they tried to keep the party going too long,” the Phillies president-in-waiting said in an interview with the MLB Network.

MacPhail opined that “this game is designed to punish the successful” by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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

Pittsburgh Press, July 7, 1915:

Jack Coombs, the veteran pitcher, fainted in the pitcher’s box as he was winding up to hurl the ball to a Boston batsman in the fourth inning of the first game between Brooklyn and the Braves. Coombs fell to the ground, and had to be carried off the field.

An examination at the clubhouse disclosed the fact that the veteran twirler had strained a tendon in his left leg. He soon recovered from the attack, but it was thought it would be a week or ten days before he ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack coombs

Fraley: Nearly two years out of baseball, Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar facing tough road to recovery | Dallas Morning News

It doesn’t sound like his return is a sure thing.

Profar, who was not available for comment, is going through daily rehabilitation sessions at the Arlington clinic of team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He undergoes an MRI test about every four weeks and advances if the result is good. Daniels said the club is looking for ways to keep Profar engaged and avoid discouragement about his situation.

“Ultimately, it is extremely tough on these guys when they’re away,” Daniels said. “You try to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Notes: Rangers will need to get creative to move Choo | FOX Sports

I don’t think he’s representing Kenny’s beliefs but maybe I’m not reading Kenny right. Intangibles are real. They are just really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

Some sabermetricians — I’m talking to you, Brian Kenny — dismiss the significance of intangibles, contending they are impossible to quantify and insignificant to winning.

Well, I wish Kenny could have heard Mets manager Terry Collins talk about the lift that David Wright gave his teammates upon meeting them at Dodger ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlin byrd, mets, notes, rangers

Final Vote underway for last AL, NL spots | MLB.com

You can vote online, using a mobile phone, or via Twitter. At least using Twitter shouldn’t produce more spam.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays | MLB.com

He only struck out six but he finished the game with 108 pitches and a win.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Peter Gammons: Manager-GM Collaboration; Trade Deadline Ambiguity - GammonsDaily.com

The older age is improved and empowered by the new age, the new age buoyed by the eyes, ears, experience and human understanding of the traditionalists. Scioscia and DiPoto should have worked. Did each make mistakes? Probably. But while Moreno is running his own businesses, he needed to define the Angels organization and, instead, sometimes making capricious decisions (like Josh Hamilton) and not having a clear, defined structure, created confusion.

This is not about stat freaks and baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, trade deadline

Video: Must C: Lester’s first hit | MLB.com

He’s now hitting .015, 1-68

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

OMNICHATTER 7-7-2015

The Jon Lester Hit-Streak OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 07, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 06, 2015

GIFs, Twitter suspensions, and social media: an open letter to MLB Advanced Media

See, when someone, say, fellow SB Nation “blogger” Grant Brisbee, posts something as innocuous as a Vine of a silly happening during a baseball game—I have no idea what it was as you can see below—the post is targeted for removal because By Jove! One of these Internet Types is stealing our banwebs! Delete the pictures and return the stolen files, although it was probably something that never would have made it onto any of MLB’s social media accounts which are notoriously ill-equipped for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2015 at 11:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fair use, gifs, legal, mlb advanced media, social media, twitter

Fewer walks and bunts, more shifts among midseason trends - MLB

Walks are down and shifts are up!

New commissioner Rob Manfred took plenty of heat when, in a January interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech, he claimed he was open to the idea of restricting defensive shifts.
Number of shifts, MLBYear No. of shifts
2010 2,464
2011 2,357
2012 4,577
2013 8,180
2014 13,298
2015 18,698 (prorated)

Manfred essentially walked those comments back, and with good reason, considering the use of shifts shows no sign of letting up. According to Baseball Info Solutions, teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 10:24 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Full All Star Team Rosters

Brock-bleeping-Holt is the Red Sox rep?!

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Pitchers
RHP: Chris Archer, Rays
RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP: Brad Boxberger, Rays
LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles
RHP: Wade Davis, Royals
RHP: Sonny Gray: Athletics
RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
RHP: Darren O’Day, Orioles
LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins
LHP: David Price, Tigers
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox

Reserves
C: Russell Martin, Blue Jays
C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics
1B: Albert ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 06, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Recreating Memorable Trading Cards

They’re hardly a Hall of Fame crew; they rarely even get recognized at Starbucks. But slap a sombrero on one of them, hand him a saxophone or a novelty-sized glove, and —Hey! I know that guy. They’re the players—mostly journeymen (39 combined stops) and utilitymen (35 positions)—whose faces you remember from collectible cards, their backs stained with bubble-gum sugar. And they want you to know that they appreciate your love.

bbmck Posted: July 06, 2015 at 01:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: collecting, humor

Nationals, Astros WPB Spring Training Site Approved

Monday morning, Scott made the change officially official with a bill-signing ceremony held with Nationals and Astros representatives on hand, an acknowledgement of the return of Spring Training baseball to West Palm Beach for the first time since the Braves and Expos left decades ago. That the Astros and Nationals will move to Palm Beach County — if all stays on schedule — means there will be five teams within a 30-minute drive of one another on the east coast of Florida, a good sign for ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 6, 1915:

An invitation to join the Brookfeds is contained in a letter received by Angelo Aragon, former Yankee, who has been doing spectacular work at shortstop for the Richmond Internationals. Aragon, a Cuban, can’t read English, so had Manager Dunn read the letter to him. Magee’s letter described his Brookfeds as a club in flourishing condition. Aragon laughed aloud.

He was right to laugh, but it’s not like Aragon went on to fame and fortune in the big leagues. He had ...

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New York Mets, David Wright don’t have surgery as a top option | Newsday

Want to know about David’s condition? Read the article.

What are Wright’s thoughts on potential surgery?

“I have very little knowledge of it,’’ he said. “I sat down for the consultation with the doctors, the first couple of meetings. I was made aware that there is a surgery for it. I was also made aware that Dr. Watkins was going to do everything in his power to make sure that I do not need that surgery, and that’s really the only time we’ve talked about it. He made me aware there is a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

U of T engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine | Toronto Star

Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and science, they want answers.

As such, four mechanical engineering students at the University of Toronto set out to “demystify” the knuckleball by attempting to build the world’s first pitching machine that would replicate the notoriously capricious pitch on a consistent basis.

“The idea was if we could control everything maybe we could get a knuckleball to be the exact same every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: knuckleballers, science

Collins says Mets pitchers ‘need to get over’ frustration with 6-man rotation | FOX Sports

Of course, by September they may already be out of the race.

“I guess the best way to say it is, ‘Matt, we’ll go back to a five-man, but I hope you enjoy watching the rest of the season sitting on the bench in September when we need you.’ We’ve got to make the adjustment, and Matt knows that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The stories behind Dodgers’ deep-seated Yasiel Puig resentment | New York Post

So a few of the arguments were with Zach Greinke. Huh.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Catcher framing revisited - Beyond the Box Score

OK, so now Russell Martin is one of the worst pitch framers?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, russell martin, sabermetrics

Neyer: Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire

This contest determined by popular vote has totally devolved into a popularity contest!

Flat-out question: If you’re building two teams for the rest of the season and you get two of everything including six outfielders, how many Royals’re you choosing?

You know what? I think Gordon and Cain actually make my team, perhaps even as starters! With Perez backing up Russell Martin. So, yes—with the exception of Escobar, the Royals’ starters are pretty well-deserving. By this standard that ...

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