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Monday, October 15, 2018

Projecting the composition of A’s bullpen in 2019

The A’s bullpen was probably the greatest strength of the team in 2018. Oakland’s pen ranked third in Major League Baseball with a 3.37 ERA and second with a .220 opponents’ batting average, while pitching the second most innings in the league.

The bullpen should still be a strength next season, although it will likely look a bit different. Veterans Fernando Rodney and Jeurys Familia are long shots to return, while Shawn Kelley and Cory Gearrin are questionable at best. But the A’s will still ...

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QLE Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullpen, projections

Red Sox exorcise their postseason demons to beat Astros and even ALCS

Sometimes in baseball, you need to throw away the narratives and just see which way the ball bounces.

In Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, thanks to some help from the Green Monster and some passed balls from Houston, everything bounced in the direction of the Red Sox.

The big difference? A Jackie Bradley Jr. double that careened off the Green Monster and then pinballed its way to the fence between the field and the stands and ...

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QLE Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, red sox

ESPN: Olney: Pine tar in the postseason could put MLB in a sticky situation

Because everybody in the room will understand that most pitchers participating in the postseason probably use sunscreen or pine tar or something that violates baseball’s rule against the use of foreign substances. [...]

But everybody involved in the sport knows how prevalent the use of sunscreen and pine tar and other stuff has become. Many catchers have pine tar on some part of their person, to apply as needed. Baseball officials would prefer that no foreign substances are used, but they also ...

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bobm Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, foreign substances, pine tar, postseason

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 15, 1918:

Three-fourths of all the male Americans under 40 years of age who have played baseball have been able at one time or another to throw a curve ball. Probably the estimate is unnecessarily conservative. Nearly everybody who can chuck the horsehide at all can perpetrate a roundhouse outshoot.
...
On this afternoon in 1878—thirty-nine years after baseball had succeeded townball as a game—and argument arose regarding rumors that there lived a certain man who ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 October 15: The shift in focus from sport to politics

Since I’m hinting at it, here’s my shameless plug: if you can sit through four hours of football and its stoppage time, you can’t justify calling baseball boring. October belongs to America’s pastime. I feel that this whole landscape will look different a decade from now, with football at the lower half of the totem pole.

My opinion isn’t entirely biased. This issue with politics bleeding into the discussion is a serious crutch for an otherwise praised NFL, and until that’s no ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 15, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, October 14, 2018

All jokes aside, Bob Uecker seriously loves baseball

A true legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:16 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, bob uecker, brewers

Cora breaks character, gets tossed in Game 1

BOSTON—The warm glow of a television screen served as Alex Cora’s window into the final four innings of a 7-2 Red Sox loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night, the rookie manager’s punishment for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire James Hoye.

Cora was ejected after a close Justin Verlander pitch to Andrew Benintendi was a called third strike, ending the fifth inning. Benintendi didn’t agree with the call, firing his shin guard, bat ...

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QLE Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, balls and strikes, ejection

Umpire Joe West Hit By Throw From Red Sox Catcher Christian Vazquez

BOSTON (CBS) — Saturday night was a mostly disappointing affair for Red Sox fans, but there was at least one moment of levity — for everybody except Joe West, that is.

The crew chief was at second base for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. Though manager Alex Cora was ejected earlier in the game for arguing with home plate umpire James Hoye, West had done his job without issue throughout the night. In fact, an out call he made on an Astros would-be base ...

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QLE Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, hit, joe west

Astros beat Red Sox to take a wild—in every way—Game 1 of ALCS

BOSTON – On the anniversary of Derek Jeter’s famous flip and David Ortiz’s famous home run that caused Torii Hunter to flip over a fence, no indelible moment seared itself into baseball’s memory Saturday. Instead, Game 1 of the 2018 American League Championship Series was wild in smaller ways, from the pitches to the umpires to the hit-by-pitch that may make an already-interesting series that much more intriguing.

What germinated from it all was a 7-2 victory for the Houston Astros ...

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QLE Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, red sox

The Brewers Are The Rare Team To Win The Offseason And The Actual Season

But last winter, something unusual happened: The Milwaukee Brewers won the offseason and went on to win in the actual season. The Brewers, who will begin the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, acquired the best player in the trade market last winter in Christian Yelich and the best player in the free-agent market in Lorenzo Cain. They also found an undervalued arm in Jhoulys Chacin.

Nicely written article about the Brew crew’s offseason success ...

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Russ Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Justin Turner homers, Dodgers win NLCS Game 2 | MLB.com

Good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

Lance McCullers Jr. on Being Studious and Not Throwing to Blank Spaces

A peek into the mind of a pitcher and how he goes about his job.

Throwing to a blank space isn’t going to allow you to repeat your best rep at a high level. The best guys in the game — Scherzer, deGrom, Dallas, Cole, Kershaw, Kluber… all these guys who are so dominant all the time, it’s not because of great stuff. They do have great stuff, but they’ve also found a way to repeat their best rep more than anybody else. For whatever reason — however they managed to accomplish that — ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching mechanics, secrets

Superstition is the way for MLB players, and that includes haunted hotels

Don’t look in the closet.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2018 at 11:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: superstition

NLCS: George Webb to give away free burgers if Brewers win

Another take on free burgers in Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Brewers’ 12-game winning streak means free hamburgers for Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night, and in doing so helped the city of Milwaukee to free hamburgers.

Friday was the 12th straight win for the Brewers, fulfilling a prophecy made by the founder of George Webb Restaurants seven decades ago. From the Webb-site:

It started with George Webb himself in the 1940s with the Brewer teams of the American Association. George, ever the baseball fan and home team booster, ...

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QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, food, giveaways, milwaukee

Ups and downs of bullpenning on display as Brewers take Game 1

A lengthy consideration of pitcher usage- the crux of the argument is probably here:

It was the perfect example of not just how the roles of pitchers are changing before our eyes, but why it’s happening. Kershaw is the practitioner of an art that is still vital and hopefully always will be, but sometimes, the masters of that art will be overtaken by the collective. Of course, here we’re not talking about Woodruff’s hitting, but the thing he’s actually on the team to do: get hitters out.

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QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bullpenning

Brewers relief pitcher Woodruff homers off Kershaw in NLCS

It’s always an entertaining thing to see a pitcher hit a home run, and it gets even better in its broader context….

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon woodruff, clayton kershaw, home run

Friday, October 12, 2018

Yankees Will Shop Sonny Gray This Offseason

Sonny Gray’s tenure with the Yankees hasn’t panned out nearly as well as the organization had hoped, and general manager Brian Cashman candidly told reporters Friday that he plans to explore trade scenarios this offseason (Twitter link via Newsday’s David Lennon). “We’re entering the winter open-minded to relocation,” Cashman said of Gray. “…It’s probably best to try somewhere else.”

It’s highly atypical to see a baseball executive display that level of candor when ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: sonny gray, that was fast, trade rumors, yankees

Where Are All the Women in Play-by-Play Broadcasting?

She scrambled to come up with a signature home run call, eventually deciding to play on the fountains at Coors Field. The night before her debut, her husband played an MLB: The Show video game between the Rockies and the Padres and she practiced her call whenever an animated Rockie hit the ball out of the park.

She didn’t have to wait long to try it out; the next night, in the bottom of the first inning, Nolan Arenado got ahold of a Bryan Mitchell pitch.

“In my mind I’m going, ‘Oh my ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:13 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, women in baseball

Szymborski: Elegy for ‘18 - Toronto Blue Jays

Faced with a lot of things that went wrong and few that went right, Toronto took the risk of neither rebuilding not retooling, but rather simply hoping that enough things going right in 2018, combined with improving the team’s depth, would preserve just enough oomph on the roster to be competitive. Then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette would arrive, like Blücher and Zieten at Waterloo and the Jays could…uh…exile Brian Cashman and Dave Dombrowski to Elba? I need to work on that ...

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The Run Fairy Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:09 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dan szymborski, toronto blue jays, vladimir guerrero jr., zips

Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Didi Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Yankees announced on Friday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:21 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, yankees

HBT - Rebuilding the Orioles in Peabody Heights

The Terrapins, they called them. Their home field appeared on the north side of East 29th Street, where Peabody Heights now serves its flagship beer, an American lager called Old Oriole Park Bohemian; the name came with the permission of Peter Angelos and the Orioles, of course.

“At the beginning we asked [to use the Orioles’ name],” O’Keefe recalls, “and Mr. Angelos said, ‘All right, I probably won’t sue you.’”

The Terrapins spent the spring of 1914 warming up in North ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, beer, federal league, history, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2018

Chicago Eagle, October 12, 1918:

There is now some talk in England, where baseball is invading the sport domain, of a sort of compromise game which should embody some features of cricket and baseball…The two pastimes would mix about as well as oil and water.

But English critics of baseball continue to offer suggestions, and one of them in a recent issue of an English periodical bewails the fact that the baseball “foul” is not allowed to figure in the run getting. He thinks it should be as ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Now quietly watching as adviser, former GM Doug Melvin got ball rolling in Brewers’ rebuild

Thinking of Harvey Wallbanger as the Brewers start the NLCS.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Here’s what happened in Thursday’s AFL action

I wish more of the games were available on TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

BenFred: Harper would make the Cardinals must-see TV

Bryce Harper sure loves his shows.

It turns out he spends his off nights like Cardinals fans during the past three postseasons — on the couch, clicker in hand, trying to dodge the sting of watching other teams’ champagne celebrations.

A recent Washington Post column named the TV series the Nationals star is into these days. “Suits,” “Yellowstone” and even some old-school “Gray’s Anatomy.”

So, how would you react if Harper became a Cardinal?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 03:43 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Dodgers’ impressive run needs that final exclamation point

The Dodgers came within a victory of a winning the World Series last season.

That wasn’t much of a consolation, was it?

The Buffalo Bills once came within a Scott Norwood field goal of claiming a Super Bowl and that didn’t earn them a piece of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Championships are all or nothing and the Bills still have an empty trophy cabinet. The four consecutive Super Bowl appearances they made are remembered less as an achievement and more as a failure for their inability to ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad analysis, dodgers, winning

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.

He can hit for power. He can steal bases. He plays strong defense.

Batting leadoff for his Fall League team, Long showcased all of it. He went 1-for-4 with three RBI, two walks and one stolen base. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the Reds’ farm system by MLB.com, he’s trying to make the leap to the Majors.

Wonderful ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, prospects, reds, shed long

The seven managerial decisions that could decide the NLCS

MILWAUKEE – The challenge is to guess right, and then hope a line drive finds a glove for no reason other than good fortune, and that’s the whole job. That, and keeping 25 men with little in common but their work clothing from inflicting permanent harm on each other. That, and agreeing with mostly everything sent down from your boss’ office. That, and appearing tranquil and not panic-stricken for the TV cameras.

That, and bearing the responsibility if any of the above happens to go ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: craig counsell, dave roberts, nlcs

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