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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Tricking an Umpire

(Formerly titled Todd Frazier Tricked an Umpire with a Rubber Ball)

The link at the top goes to an article on Todd Frazier’s play the other day, for which there’s already a thread. This thread is being re-deployed to discuss times when umpires were tricked, intentionally or not, into making the wrong call. BDC’s post #5 below is a great example.

PreservedFish Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating

Join Jim’s OOTP League

About six years ago, I invited people to join my league. My request was successful and a few great people became valuable and fun additions to my Whalehead League. Due to a change in our simulation from Dynasty League Baseball (DLB) to Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), we have three open teams. 

We are a hardcore, dependable, competitive, and funny bunch. If you are dependable, knowledgeable, competitive, and aren’t sensitive to trashtalk, I encourage you to contact me. If you are funny as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

Joe Maddon’s circle of trust shrinking as Cubs struggle

So, how long before he has twenty pitchers on his roster and only uses three of them?

MILWAUKEE—For contending teams, September often can be about finding out who you can trust in big moments—and who you can’t. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon might be able to use Tuesday’s ugly 11-1 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for the latter category as his circle of trust might be shrinking right now.

Let’s start on the mound, where he’s still searching for plus and minus relievers—those guy who ...

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QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, pitching

10 Degrees: MLB’s absurd rules that keep prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. out of the majors

And just last week someone was arguing with me that there’s no game theory in baseball!

What’s most frustrating about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jiménez not gracing stadiums, nightly broadcasts, highlight shows, sizzle reels, memes and every other square inch of baseball-related programming this September is the reason for their absence from the major leagues. It is the purest and most repugnant distillation of capitalism in baseball, and it feels silly to even type something this ...

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QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: control issues, eloy jimenez, greed, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Mariners show some pregame fight with an altercation in the clubhouse

I have to suspect that Clive Anderson would have done a far better job at keeping the clubhouse in line….

Dee Gordon was very polite in his request.

As the media stood near the doors of the Mariners’ clubhouse in Safeco Field, waiting for a 3:20 p.m. media availability with manager Scott Servais, Gordon approached the group and said quietly, “Could you guys clear out of the clubhouse for just a few minutes, please?”

It wasn’t an unreasonable request. Perhaps a meeting of some sort ...

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QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, fights, mariners

Did Todd Frazier trick the umpire?

The linked video review seems to indicate that he didn’t only not catch the ball, but had a non official baseball in his glove that he showed the umpire.

stevegamer Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, mets, trick play

MLBPA hires Bruce Meyer as lead negotiator

The Major League Baseball Players Association has hired longtime sports law attorney and litigator Bruce Meyer as senior director of collective bargaining and legal.

Meyer will focus on negotiation and enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement and report to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, who announced the hire Monday. Meyer has advised players’ unions in basketball, football and hockey, most recently working the past two years under former MLBPA executive director Don Fehr ...

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Master of the Horse Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, union, wartimeconsigliere

Legendary baseball broadcaster gripes about LeBron James wading in political waters

““Well, I used to watch LeBron but no more,” Harrelson said.”

Legendary? 

Jeepers, stick around long enough, and you’re ‘legendary’.

Lest we forget Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hawk harrelson, lebron james, politics, white sox

OTP 2018 September 4: Candidate for governor pitches politics at Jacksonville baseball game

The Democratic candidate for governor spent his Labor Day in Jacksonville and attended a Jumbo Shrimp game at the baseball grounds.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum called for his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, to have a more civil campaign, but New4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney doesn’t think the political attacks will slow down.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 1496 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Tuesday, September 04, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2018

Toledo News-Bee, September 4, 1918:

American and National League clubs closed up the wobbly 1918 season on Monday and staged some burlesque games in several cities.

Detroit twice defeated Chicago, making 16 hits in the opener and 21 off Cicotte in the second. In the latter pastime Bill Donovan, Cobb and Veach took their turn on the rubber.
...
According to its plan Cleveland failed to show for the St. Louis games, and the Browns claimed a double forfeit.

The league disagreed with the Browns - ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball on pace for lowest batting average since 1972

Let the bickering about what this means begin!

The batting average for the major leagues is on track for its lowest finish in nearly a half-century.

This comes despite slightly more robust offense of late — hits topping strikeouts the past two months.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 7,134 hits and 6,818 strikeouts in August. That left the season totals at 34,350 hits and 34,103 strikeouts, the first time this season hits led at the end of a full month.

QLE Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: batting average, strikeouts

Jacob deGrom posts new MLB mark for consecutive games allowing 3 runs or fewer

Can you imagine what the reactions would be if he were playing on a remotely competent team?

The New York Mets ace went into Monday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 1.68 ERA, .978 WHIP, 224 strikeouts and 41 walks allowed in 182 innings pitched.

He left having pitched another gem, allowing two hits, and one earned run with six strikeouts in six innings pitched. And a place in the MLB history books.

The outing means deGrom is the first MLB pitcher to complete 25 straight ...

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QLE Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets being mets, mets let him down, records

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Top prospects among 2018 September callups

Some interesting players.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, september roster expansions

Fangraphs: Jeff Sullivan: The Particular Skill of Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland has been the Rockies’ best pitcher this season, currently with an ERA+ of 160 and a bWAR of 6.8.  That WAR total is the second best season in Rockies’ history. (Ubaldo Jimenez is #1 with 7.5 WAR in 2010.)

Freeland’s ERA (2.90) is far better than his FIP (3.80) and other peripherals-based stats would suggest.  Jeff Sullivan writes about Freeland’s strengths, comparing his location to Mariano Rivera and Tom Glavine:

I’ve mentioned Rivera and Glavine, and I’ve shown you their ...

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puck Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, kyle freeland, rockies

Phillies reliever Austin Davis has cheat sheet confiscated by Joe West

Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. West said that was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.

You don’t see this every day…..

Posada Posse Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, joe west, phillies

OT - 2018 NFL thread

Quarantine procedure in effect.

The Raiders and Bears have finalized a deal that will send pass-rusher Khalil Mack and a second-round pick to Chicago in exchange for four draft picks—including two first-rounders—a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The Bears gave up first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 2019, the source said. In addition to Mack, Chicago also gets a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional fifth-round pick in ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

Twins hope to ‘make amends’ with Byron Buxton and his agents

At least he’ll only have one option left at the end of the year. With his play this year I can’t see him winning his grievance.

While Buxton, a Platinum Glove Award winner in 2017, will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter as a so-called “Super 2” player, he will fall 13 days shy of the service time threshold that would give him three full years in the majors. Barring a successful grievance from Buxton’s agents, B.B. Abbott and Al Goetz, the Twins now gain ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, cba, service time, twins

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Eloy Jimenez’s camp unhappy he’s unlikely to play for White Sox this year

What’s the potential CBA fix? Where does this issue fit into the MLBPA’s priority list? I would think gaining a bigger share of MLB revenue would be a more pressing problem to address. The revenue share is also a problem which impacts every member, unlike the service time problem.

Alluding to the players already protesting, Kinzer said, “Eventually, you’ll probably have to add us to the list.”

Not that he seems to be overly optimistic about their prospective case. There’s nothing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, eloy jimenez, service time, white sox

Saturday, September 01, 2018


OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (September 2018)

The new TV season is upon us.

[H]ere is Deadline’s annual rundown of fall premiere dates for new and returning series. The list covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming shows bowing between September 1 and December 31 and some high-profile one-off programs.


The long road to success for the National League’s hottest hitter

LOS ANGELES – David Peralta could have gone home and hardly anyone would have blamed him. Hardly anyone would have noticed. Maybe he’d become a trainer or a coach or work with his dad. He was young enough to go back to school, start over, forget this love affair with baseball. It clearly didn’t love him back, having dumped him once and threatening again. Always threatening.

Not a single morning, he said, did he wake up and wonder if this was all a waste of time. Not when he was in ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks

What the heck is The Eck talking about? | Boston.com

Red Sox broadcast need more Eck.

“JOHNSON’’

Ecksplanation: An important home run, but not a grand slam.

Proper use in a sentence: “Ortiz has to be the Red Sox’ all-time leader in Johnsons.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, baseball lexicon, dennis eckersley

Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

Pity my former PhD program no longer has a softball team- I have a feeling we could have obtained players from the Nationals just by asking for them.

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, ryan madson, trades, white flag

Wright rejoins Mets, hopes to get back on field in September

Given how the year has gone for the Mets so far, I can’t rule out Wright coming back….

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Wright rejoined the New York Mets on Friday, though he remains on the disabled list, and said he met with team officials to discuss what he needs to prove physically in order to get back in a major league game for the first time since 2016.

The seven-time All-Star third baseman took grounders before the Mets faced the San Francisco Giants and said he’s “cautiously optimistic” ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Indians get three-time All-Star Josh Donaldson in trade with Jays

Would that I could be as optimistic as Chris Antonetti seems to be…..

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians, who are hoping the 2015 American League MVP can bolster their lineup and help them get back to the World Series.

The Blue Jays will receive a player to be named later.

“This is one of the most dynamic players in the game on both sides of the ball when he’s healthy,’’ Indians president Chris Antonetti said late Friday night. “We ...

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QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, josh donaldson, trades

‘It’s Enrico Pallazzo!’: The inside story of ‘The Naked Gun’ baseball game

“There’s so much that’s taken seriously about baseball,” Abrahams said. 

That’s an understatement that was as true in 1988 as it is today. So much of baseball culture is seen as stiff and joyless. Just consider the traditionally stoic nature of everything, the ongoing debates over bat flips, home run trots, pace of play and the rest of the unwritten rules. It’s ripe for parody.

Laughing at the normally stiff and serious is “a very healthy laugh,” Abrahams said.

“In a ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 01, 2018 at 03:11 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: enrico pallazzo, naked gun, reggie jackson

Friday, August 31, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 31, 1918:

When the baseball rules are getting their next revision, whenever that may be, an effort will be made to change the present interpretation in regard to home runs which decide ball games. Under the system now in vogue a batsman may hit the ball outside a park, but if the runners on bases [sic] settle the game the hitter does not get credit for his home run, and it does not go into the records as such.

I guess I understand how that came to be - when the scoring ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Andrew McCutchen deal comes amid questions about Aaron Judge

As Judge continues to recover from a chip fracture in his right wrist, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for McCutchen, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. McCutchen, a 31-year-old, five-time All-Star outfielder, will bolster the Yankees’ offense and defense until their big power-hitting, hard-throwing, 26-year-old right fielder can come back.

And when that will be remains anybody’s guess.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, andrew mccutchen, yankees

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