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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brewers minor-leaguer comes out publicly as gay

from the article because i do not know how to place anything in italics

efore revealing his secret to teammates, Denson figured it was time to finally tell his family, and did so in the spring. First, he told his sister, Celestine, a professional dancer married to former Brewers farmhand Jose Sermo.

“She said, ‘I’ve known since you were little,’” said Denson. “I said, ‘How did you know?’ She said, ‘You’re my little brother. I’m around you all the time.’”

Telling his parents, Lamont and ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 16, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Royals magical 2014 postseason is leading to baby boom in Kansas City

Much has been written about the romance of a baseball game: The perfectly green grass like spring in bloom, the highly charged one-on-one battles between pitcher and batter, the foul lines like ley lines laid down by Eros himself.

For Royals fans, this has led to at least one hospital setting a record this July for most babies born in a month with 473—this coming exactly nine months after Royals’ magical World Series run. These newborns even carry reminders of Kansas City’s first postseason ...

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eddieot Posted: August 16, 2015 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Baseball Reference blog: What is the Little League Home Run?

An important poll is being run! And it’s fun, because you get to watch highly paid professionals performing very badly.

manchestermets Posted: August 15, 2015 at 02:49 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, statistics

Prospect Purgatory: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season «

But the biggest reason the M’s have fallen on their faces this year is the same factor that has essentially torpedoed the entirety of GM Jack Zduriencik’s tenure and the same one that makes their outlook so murky: They’re terrible at developing prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

The Giants’ new ‘Full House’ promotional video is creepy in all the right ways - McCovey Chronicles

I don’t know what to say.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

OMNICHATTER 8-15-15

The “Get Well Soon, John” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 15, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 266 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Astros’ George Springer cleared for baseball activities - Ultimate Astros

It seems like Springer last played in another season.

Astros right fielder George Springer, who has been out since suffering a fractured right wrist July 1, was cleared to resume some baseball activities Friday morning.

“I didn’t really know what to do, to be honest with you,” Springer said. “I prepared myself for no and yes. I got told yes and it was just kind of a relief. It’s obviously been hard these last six weeks to not be able to play out there with these guys. I’m almost ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, george springer

Best Minor League systems in baseball | MLB.com

Jim Callis updates the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


Jose Reyes clears waivers; could Yankees be a fit? - CBSSports.com

Unless the Rockies would be picking up a LOT of cash, this sounds like a bad idea for the Yankees.

It’s no surprise Reyes cleared waivers as he’s surely worth a bit less than the $55 million remaining in his Marlins deal that goes through 2017. Reyes doesn’t really feel like a fit in Colorado (originally, they had preferred to do the deal without him), and while he was polite about it, Reyes sounded like a guy who wouldn’t mind a return to New York and the Mets in interviews when the Rockies ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, yankees

Matt Kemp hits first Padres cycle | MLB.com

As he chugged hard between second and third base in the ninth inning on Friday, Matt Kemp was well aware he had never hit for the cycle in a big league career that has spanned 10 seasons.

Kemp just wasn’t aware that the Padres—a franchise born in April 1969—hadn’t had one of their own, either.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, padres

Friday, August 14, 2015

John Farrell, Red Sox Manager, Diagnosed with Lymphoma

Can this Sox season get any worse?

Per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Farrell will begin chemotherapy Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the team for the remainder of this season.

Farrell described the lymphoma as “localized and highly curable,” per NESN.

eddieot Posted: August 14, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, red sox, standup2cancer

Game Theory Says R.A. Dickey Should Throw More Knuckleballs

I taught Game Theory this summer. Too bad this article didn’t yet exist at the time.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 14, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: game theory

The Giants’ new ‘Full House’ promotional video is creepy in all the right ways

Have mercy!

The Giants are holding a “Full House” night on September 30, and their promotional video for it is spot on.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: full house, giants, promotions

Deadspin: Aroldis Chapman Broke MLBs Statcast

Aroldis Chapman throws the baseball very fast. So fast, in fact, that he ruined MLB.com’s Statcast Leaderboard. That’s where MLB shows a glimpse of the data from its player-tracking technology, listing the leaders in a bunch of categories. One is fastest pitch, and the problem was that the 50 fastest pitches this season, from a high of 103.9 MPH to a “low” of 102.4 MPH, were all thrown by Chapman. Yeah, we get it, he throws hard, but who else does? Enter a cutesy solution: the Chapman ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, fastballs, reds

More on Game Theory and Defensive Shifts

OK, whose job will be to man the whiteboard when the front office flunky explains the math to David Ortiz?

Despite Ortiz hypothetically succeeding 55% of the time he bunts during a shift, our mixed strategy nash equilibrium calculation shows us that he should actually swing away around 88% of time he sees the shift and only bunt in 12% of those plate appearances. That 12% would become even smaller meaning Ortiz would bunt even less if he increased his rate of bunting success.

Alright, I am ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: game theory, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2015

Washington Times, August 14, 1915:

The Svelte and the Plump members of the Electric Vehicle Association are scheduled to mingle this afternoon in the play-off contest for baseball supremacy.

Capt. James Orme, of the corpulent aggregation, has promised Government officials not to slide into the bases on the Monument grounds and to refrain from knocking foul balls into the observation room of the monument.

I can’t believe this was a thing. And I absolutely love the phrase “corpulent aggregation”. ...Read More...

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: corpulent aggregations, dugout, history

Column: Defense no longer optional for Pirates - DK on Pittsburgh Sports

I thought the Pirates defense was good because of all the shifting that they do. :/

And hey, does that mean defense is no longer optional?

I felt compelled to ask Hurdle one-on-one afterward: Could he find a way to help this awful defense by essentially playing chess all night?

“I think there are things a manager can do, sure,” he answered. “Things obviously will get clearer when J-Hay and Jordy get back, so that’ll make a difference in that regard. But yeah, I’ll do what I have to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, pirates

Schwarber, Lester power Cubs to seventh straight win - ESPN Video

Rick Sutcliffe said about Schwarber, “Obviously he prefers to be at AAA catching because that’s what he prefers for his career.” I call bullshit!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Is it time for Alex Rodriguez to take a seat? - Yankees Blog - ESPN

It seems as if there will be no rest for the weary on Friday; Price, a left-hander, is starting, and Rodriguez, a right-handed batter, will be expected to face him.

“That’s just the nature of our game,” Girardi said. “I think sometimes we can overthink it. Do I think there’s some heavy legs today? Absolutely. There’s heavy legs on both sides, but they’ve got to learn to fight through that. As long as you’re playing 162 games in 180 days, it’s not going away.”

Alex Rodriguez ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Forecasting Pitcher Platoon Splits – The Hardball Times

Not any shocking findings but interesting nonetheless.

Managers, it appears, stack their lineups with more lefties when facing right-handed pitching but pay little attention to the projected platoon split of the pitcher. The right-handed pitchers projected to have reverse splits faced roughly as many left-handed batters as the right-handed pitchers with the most extreme projected splits and dramatically more left-handed batters than the left-handed pitchers with the weakest projected splits. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, pitching, sabermetrics

Early returns haven’t been good for Dodgers - True Blue LA

Break up the Dodgers front office.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade deadline

Giants may be willing to pay luxury tax to pursue Phillies’ Utley | FOX Sports

The San Francisco Giants, seeking their fourth World Series title in six years, have crossed a new payroll boundary and might continue to add salary before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters.
For the first time, the Giants are in position to exceed the luxury-tax threshold, according to major-league sources. Yet, the team continues to explore trades for hitters such as Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, sources say.
The threshold, introduced in the 2003-06 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, luxury tax

Rolling Stone: George R.R. Martin Goes Out to the Ballgame

Who better than Rolling Stone to report on epic fantasy?

The score was 10-1 in favor of the Staten Island Direwolves by the time he grabbed the mic and took the field, but George R.R. Martin was there to warn the boys of summer that winter could still be coming. “If they can only hold on for another couple innings,” the man behind the Game of Thrones phenomenon said, “I won’t have to kill another Stark.” The crowd roared. And when the live arctic wolf accompanying him took a dump near the third ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 14, 2015 at 12:34 AM | 247 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, minor league promotions

Thursday, August 13, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-14-15

OOOOOMMMMMMNIIIICHAAATTTTEEEERRRR

Gamingboy Posted: August 13, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 185 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Braves’ pitching plan a throwback to their glory days

The Braves followed the old John Schuerholz-Paul Snyder-Bobby Cox model by focusing on athletic, “high upside” players in the June first-year player draft. They chose high school players with their first four selections, and invested 24 of their first 31 picks in pitchers. Assistant general manager John Coppolella calls the surplus of arms a “happy coincidence,” but acknowledges it is appropriate given the organization’s pitching-rich history.

“We see Max Scherzer getting $210 million on the ...

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Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: August 13, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The WAR is over, even if Buster Olney doesn’t know it

In short, the WAR war is over. If it wasn’t over when Felix Hernandez won the 2010 Cy Young Award with a 13-12 record, it surely was last year, when Clayton Kershaw became the first National League pitcher to win the MVP since 1968 — in no small measure because his 8.0 WAR led the majors, with the closest position player in the Senior Circuit being Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy at 6.8. And, of course, the fact that they are on the back of the Topps baseball cards, which is as close as the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, buster olney, rbi, the sporting news, war

David Robertson pans ‘bush league’ Mike Scioscia for standing in way

Icing the closer?

Shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal. Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. White Sox manager Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay ...

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The Real Cardinal Way: How Cluster Luck Is Once Again Propelling St. Louis’s Astonishing Success «

The Cardinals are a real cluster luck!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Yankees calling up Greg Bird | MLB.com

The Yankees are making room for their future. They will promote Greg Bird, their No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The club has not yet announced the move.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

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