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Friday, April 19, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 19, 1919:

Not only did the South treat the Pirates harshly in the matter [of weather], but it chilled the bank rolls of two Pirate athletes. Earl Hamilton and Erskine Mayer both reported losses [yesterday]...Mayer lost $60 and a lot of personal papers. Hamilton lost a few dollars less, but several notes and all told the loot amounted to a considerable amount.
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Investigation revealed that the money had not been left loose in their room but that the rooms had been entered during the night and cash and other valuables stolen. Neither one of them lost any jewelry, the thief taking only the wallets.

Stealing from Pirates is a good way to end up walking the plank. Speaking of which, it really bums me out that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ Out At Yankee Stadium Over Racist Songs

The Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics.

But don’t getcher hopes up too much.

Bote Man Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: god bless america, music, yankee stadium

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Brewers’ Jeremy Jeffress talks about epilepsy, rehab realizations and his dog

SN: Was there a specific moment that you’re like, OK, I’ve gotta fix this? Or was it a gradual maturation process?

JEFFRESS: I think it was gradual. But there have been times you just open your eyes. Open your eyes, for real. People are trying to help you and you’re just steady going backwards. Sooner or later they’re going to stop. Coming up through the minor leagues, I’ve been to two rehabs. When I went over to Texas, I went through one rehab, and those moments … I was there with lawyers, judges in one rehab. I’m talking about professional people, you know? They had money, had their lives taken care of, but they’re still dealing with depression or pills or crazy drugs. They’re way older than me? You know, I could still be a successful ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 04:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy jeffress

Major League Baseball abandons plans for $10 million academy at Birmingham’s George Ward Park

Major League Baseball no longer wants to build a $10 million baseball and softball academy at Birmingham’s George Ward Park and has instead turned its attention to a baseball complex in Vero Beach, Florida.

In an email obtained by AL.com, MLB representative Tony Reagins wrote: “We believe the youth of Birmingham would benefit from our programs, however the timing is not right and quite frankly may never be.”...

“I’ve spoken with Tony Reagins a large number of times. He said he was appalled at Birmingham politics and some of the comments made during the process. No one proposed an alternative. So, it seems to me Birmingham’s not interested as it may have seemed,” Abbott added.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 04:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: youth


From ‘blimp folder’ to Foot Locker: Fake jobs MLB players use to fool fans

Zack Britton, New York Yankees: I was out with my cousin one time and got to talking to some people, and inevitably someone asked what we do. We just didn’t feel like bringing up the whole baseball thing, so my cousin told him that we were football pylon manufacturers. First, he was like, “What’s that?” There happened to be a football game on, so we’re like, “See the thing at the goal line? Those are pylons.” He was like, “What? That’s a business?” There can’t be that much to know about manufacturing football pylons, right? We kind of just rolled with it, and the guy lost interest immediately. It’s not a conversation starter—it’s a conversation ender. And that’s kind of the whole point.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: players


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 18, 1919:

Reports from the Redsox are that [Ray] Caldwell, the former Yankee pitcher, is acting up again. Further it is reported that Ed Barrow has asked for waivers on the big pitcher and is prepared to turn him adrift. Caldwell has long been his worst enemy.
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[Several years ago] Caldwell disappeared [after being suspended] and finally was located pitching for a team in Panama under an assumed name. Evidently Ed Barrow refuses to be bothered with Caldwell.

Barrow put up with Caldwell for a few months, having just acquired the flaky pitcher in an offseason trade. The Sox released Caldwell in August, he signed with the Indians later that month, and five days later got struck by lightning while he was on the mound. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Vizcaino undergoes surgery, expected to miss rest of season

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery Wednesday in New York. Altchek cleaned up Vizcaíno’s labrum, while also removing scar tissue from the right shoulder joint, the team said in a release.“He was in pain and tried to pitch through it,” Anthopoulos said. “He, with the club, his agent as well, decided this was the best course of action for him, short-term and long-term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arody vizcaino, braves

White Sox-Royals benches clear, managers go after each other | The Kansas City Star

Why can’t we all just get along?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tim anderson

Red Sox injury: Where things stand with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee | WEEI

If the Red Sox really want to get Chavis acclimated at 2B maybe they should play him there more than half the time.

The likely short-term solution is Tzu-Wei Lin, who impressed in spring training and has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-for-9 in his last two games. Top prospect Michael Chavis has shown good power (4 homers .250 batting average, .954 OPS), but is still acclimating himself to playing the second base position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox


Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 17, 1919:

Five members of the regular pitching staff of the St. Louis Nationals were injured [in St. Louis] yesterday when an automobile in which they were riding collided with a street car. The injured were William Doak, Leon Ames, Oscar Horstman, William Sherdel and Lee Meadows. The car was driven by Meadows.

That could have been very bad. Those five pitchers combined for 60 starts and 517 innings in 1919. That’s roughly 43 percent of their pitching staff.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Cardinals keep pitching to Christian Yelich, and he keeps making them pay for it

A quirk of Yelich’s season so far…all his homers have been hit at home.

Yelich’s splits.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, christian yelich

Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

“One of those nights,” Callaway said, more than once.

“That,” Matz said glumly, “was just a poor effort tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Brian Cashman defends Yankees medical staff after Greg Bird injury

Is it time for the Yankees to just move on from Greg Bird?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

This pitcher went full ‘Matrix’ to avoid line drive

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, collin mchugh

Exclusive: Giants acknowledge it’s finally time to explore moving in the fences at Oracle Park – The Athletic

The problem isn’t the park; it’s the players the Giants are playing. .

One of the owners, making casual conversation, asked whether the time has come for the Giants to reconfigure their beauty of a ballpark on the shores of McCovey Cove. Should they remove the hazard of bullpens in foul territory? And if so, should they seize that moment as an opportunity to reassess whether their pitcher-friendly ballpark has shifted from charming and idiosyncratic to disadvantageous and extreme?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

Contract Extension Fever Isn’t Just About Economics | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The MLBPA needs to greatly raise minimum salaries. They should also push for added money for players based on playing time.

The table is sortable, so you can play around with it as you would like, but I’ll admit that I find it difficult to draw any general conclusions by examining each deal in its particulars. It does seem to be true, broadly speaking, that the deals involving several free agent seasons have been signed mostly by established players (Trout, Arenado,  Hicks, Bogaerts, and Goldschmidt) while those deals locking in cost certainty for years already under team control are mostly the province of younger, less-experienced players (Bote, Jiménez, Acuña, Albies, etc.). The young stars ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Sox recall Leon from Triple-A; Swihart DFA’d

This was a surprise and smells of desperation.

“By no means [am I] saying that we’re putting this on Blake,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “It’s just, our guys haven’t pitched very well. There’s a combination of factors. But we just felt at this time it was better to bring up more of a veteran-type catcher to handle a veteran starting pitching staff, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, sandy leon

Carlos Zambrano launches the most unlikely comeback

Carlos Zambrano, a longtime starter primarily with the Cubs who hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012, is edging his way back to the game, transitioning into a reliever and beginning a comeback with the independent Chicago Dogs.

Quite a long shot comeback for sure, but I would be excited if he could somehow make his way back to the bigs.

 

Red Voodooin Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, cubs

Christian Yelich hits three home runs after extra batting practice

Dude is 2018 NL MVP and in top ten in a lot of good categories and he’s not cool with the results

Master of the Horse Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, milwaukee, milwaukee brewers, mvp

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dark, Existential Reality of Pitching Is Here For Clayton Kershaw | SI.com

For most people, the experience [of aging] is one of gradual diminuendo, small bargains with yourself. It’s one of feeling fine, feeling invincible, until suddenly, you don’t—suddenly, your back starts to hurt every once in a while; suddenly, you get a hangover after just two beers. You don’t quit, of course. You just make necessary adjustments. (And some people make them better than others.) A pitcher loses velocity. We measure, in excruciating detail, just how much of himself he isn’t. He adjusts—until, finally, one day, there are no more adjustments left for him to make.

Dark contemplations on Clayton Kershaw’s first start back.



OT - NBA thread (Playoffs through off-season)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, and this one only cares about the NBA thread and the Cubs so I have no idea what the rest of the website cares about.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:18 PM | 233 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 16, 1919:

Babe Ruth, referred to by followers of the national pastime as baseball’s “superman,” will match his mighty bludgeon against the wizardy [sic] of American league pitchers as a regular in the lineup of the Boston Redsox, according to the reports from the training camp of the world’s champions in the south.
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The slugging giant will be used as an outfielder rather than as a pitcher, according to the present plans of Manager Barrow. He may be sent to the mound occasionally by the Redsox leader if his services are badly needed…

It is hardly likely that the demon slugger will be found in left field day in and day out. As the big youth finds it rather hard to successfully bat against southpaws it is believed ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Are upstart Padres now in market for pitching? Nothing’s changed, says A.J. Preller - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres returned to Petco Park with the National League’s best record. Their record, 17 games into the season, was tied for the third-best start in franchise history, matching the 11-6 marks set by the 1991 and 2010 squads and trailing only the 1984 (12-5) and 1998 (14-3) teams.

It’s a nice position to be in, to be sure.

However, it does not, General Manger A.J. Preller said Monday, alter their plans for the season, in particular the way they’ve aligned the rotation to start the year.

“It’s good that we’ve gotten off to a decent start,” Preller said, “but there’s not much different from a planning standpoint. … Until you get a little deeper in the season, whether we get past the draft and we’re 60 games in, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Barry Bonds’ 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

Barry Bonds holds baseball’s all-time home run record, with 762 of those bad boys being hit over the fence. So when he hit that 762nd homer, one could assume that ball would be worth a lot.

And it turns out, it just might be.

And, in this case, it’s all about timing.

When the historic ball first went up for auction in 2008, it sold for $376,612. Not bad. But now it’s possibly worth about double.

Question, for those who may know:

Is this value on the high end, the low end, or where it ought to be?

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, home runs, memorabilia

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