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Monday, July 08, 2019

‘(Expletive) play!’ Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina rips play that injured Jonathan Lucroy | USAT

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy was sent to the hospital Sunday as the result of a collision in a play at the plate with the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick.

Lucroy got a CT scan and was being evaluated for a possible concussion as well as broken nose, the Angels said. Despite the violent nature of the incident, the play reignited debate online regarding MLB’s play-at-the-plate rules (Marisnick was called out for the collision).

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals star Yadier Molina was one of the many voices who weighed in on the play, and he was not happy to see a fellow catcher get leveled in such brutal fashion. He let his anger for Marisnick and the situation at-large known in a profanity-laced post on his verified Instagram ...

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How The Home Run Derby Became America’s National Pastime

An ominous, dystopian account of how Home Run Derby supplants baseball as the National Pastime:

Two things became clear from the success of non-major leaguers in the derby: The skills required to hit 40 home runs in 10 minutes against grooved 70 mph pitches were very different from the skills required to hit one home run every four days against 94 mph cutters; and the derby skills could be trained, with proper focus. For major league hitters making $35 million per season, the incentives didn’t favor developing the derby skill, especially not at the expense of the traditional hitting skills. But for scores of muscular minor leaguers, the incentives shifted. The minor leagues required long bus rides for terrible pay and extremely long odds of ...

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Pete Alonso is Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets saving grace

Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce was hitting two home runs, giving him three for the weekend and four, total, against the Mets so far. So there was that.

Four home runs — as in the total number for Robinson Cano in his first 242 at-bats as a Met.  [...]

In Cleveland, the two cornerstone players of the Cano deal — Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — played in the Futures Game by night and charmed a gaggle of local scribes by day with their poise and their candor, so there was that.

In Tampa, Travis d’Arnaud — discarded by Van Wagenen like an empty beer can after all of 25 plate appearances this year, followed up his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another run and making a terrific defensive ...

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bobm Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets

Angels’ Lucroy carted off after collision at plate

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy was carted off the field in the eighth inning after a collision at the plate with the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick.

The Angels said Lucroy was sent to a local hospital to receive a CT scan and will be evaluated for a possible concussion and fractured nose.

“It certainly didn’t look like a clean play,’’ Angels manager Brad Ausmus said after his team fell to the Astros 11-10 in 10 innings. “I don’t know what actually happened, but it looked like Marisnick took a step to the left and bowled into him with his arm up. The call was right. Really, I think Major League Baseball should probably take a look at it. Consider some type of suspension, quite frankly.’‘

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: collisions

Cervelli: I’m done catching after 6th concussion

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli said Sunday that he is done catching after suffering his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.

“That’s enough,” Cervelli told DKPittsburghSports.com. “This time is different. I can’t live like this.”

He hasn’t played since suffering his latest concussion after taking a broken bat to the chin against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25.

Cervelli, 33, told the website that his decision isn’t being pushed by the team.

“I’m ready to do anything,” he said. “Wherever I am in the field, I’m still catching the ball, right?”

He has been getting work at third base and other infield positions after being cleared to resume baseball activity.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 8, 1919:

With a possible flag in sight and his outfield hitting on only two cylinders, Manager Pat Moran of the Reds has wired Honus Wagner, the famous Flying Dutchman, asking him to join the club.

When Honus received the message his heart was sorely tried and yesterday afternoon he came out to seek repose or counsel among his pals, particularly Jack Miller, whom Honus loves like a brother.
...
The lure of the great game is tugging away at the feelings of the picturesque one, but he has business matters which are holding him at present and which, he says, will prevent him from jumping into a uniform for Pat.

Honus was 45 years old at this point and hadn’t played since 1917. Judging by his age 42-43 seasons, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 08, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The Whalehead Baseball League (OOTP) is Looking for New GMs

My 30 year-old sim league is half-way done with our first year using OOTP. Things have gone pretty well so far this season. Unfortunately, a couple of guys aren’t able to continue running their teams.

We’re currently looking for two people to take over two existing teams. We’re also looking for someone to be an expansion team at the end of the year (one expansion team is already filled).

I’d prefer to fill the spots with people with OOTP experience but any fantasy baseball fanatic who’d like to play something more realistic is welcome. 

For OOTP players: we have a unique set up where we play one season per year. We update MLB player ratings at the end of the year using OOTP live rating updates. Minor leaguers are updated when the new ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2019 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in heated meeting with Mets coaches

A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources.

The incident occurred following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Edwin Diaz imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in his latest meltdown.

An irate Van Wagenen assembled manager Mickey Callaway and the coaching staff in the coaches room immediately after the game, according to a source, and lashed out at the individuals present, bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted. Accompanying Van Wagenen at the meeting was assistant GM Allard Baird.

After ripping the coaches, according to ...

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The Run Fairy Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mickey callaway

Joel Sherman: Solving the Mets’ defensive nightmare before it gets worse

[... This season] the Mets were fourth worst in the majors in turning balls put into play into outs. Tacitly, there may be a cascading negativity. One member of the team told me he thought pitchers were impacted in pitch selection and how they attacked hitters because they were concerned in letting the ball be put in play.

Fangraphs has the Mets as the majors’ worst overall defensive team. The stats corroborate the eyeball test when it comes to this team and fielding. [...]

Amed Rosario is the new Ruben Tejada — every season the Mets will say this is the key one to prove what kind of player he will be, and this exercise will go on for years. Rosario is still just 23. But the growth on both sides of the ball is coming begrudgingly, ...

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bobm Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, stinky

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Decade by decade, baseball trades becoming more and more analytical

The specifics of how teams assign value to players is closely guarded, but there are some rough guidelines to keep in mind as the bartering plays out.

Performance-measuring systems like Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, offer a quick estimate of how much value a player is providing. A win is worth about $9 million in the game right now, so Mike Trout, for example, who’s already delivered 5.6 WAR this season as calculated by Baseball Reference, has provided the Los Angeles Angels with $50.4 million of value this year. Against his $36.8-million salary, he’s already provided $13.6 million worth of surplus value.

Now, teams have projection models for how a player can be expected to perform over time – again, these vary in calculation and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Carlos Carrasco diagnosed with leukemia

Last night, in a snippet of an interview Carrasco gave to Frank Camilo of Dominican Republic news network CDN 37, Carrasco says that he has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The full interview will air Sunday afternoon, but the video below is being shared now. It’s in Spanish, but in it Carrasco says that after having problems with his energy level, he underwent tests that revealed abnormally high platelet levels and was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after. Carrasco said the condition is currently “under control,” though what that means in a medical sense is unclear:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco

Former MLB commish Bud Selig on Barry Bonds, F-bombs and baseball’s image

SELIG: That we were slow to react on steroids. That’s just wrong. And I know people said, even when I got in the Hall of Fame, there was some young writers, I remember I talked to a couple of them. They hadn’t covered it. They just were like, you should’ve done this and that. And when I said to them, “It’s a subject of collective bargaining. The commissioner doesn’t have the unilateral power.” They said, “Oh, really?” And so that’s why I was very blunt in the book.

SN: That’s one of the subjects I wanted to talk with you about. On page 196, you admit that because of the economic issues that were facing baseball, you are more focused on that than steroids and PEDs. When you look at that in hindsight, do you wish that you would have pushed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig

Loverro: Expos Legacy Has No Place At Nationals Park. No Place At All

I can only speak to this anecdotally, but a number of times at Nationals Park, particularly after it opened in 2008, many instances of meeting middle-aged men with their fathers, who had grown up watching the Senators as far back as Griffith Stadium, and were now sharing these moments of the return of baseball to Washington. Sometimes I would see three generations, all connected by baseball in Washington — a remarkable scene, considering that there was no baseball in the city for 34 years.

That’s the passion that is the story of baseball in Washington.

Bote Man Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, relocations

Friday, July 05, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2019

Chicago Eagle, July 5, 1919:

In a recent game between the Agana and Sumay [United States Marines stationed in Guam], running through 15 innings, the last four innings were played by the light of a full moon rising over the palms which border the plaza. In a game played by moonlight almost anything is likely to happen. Manion of Sumay started things for his team when he mailed a ball in the post office through a hole in the screen of one of the windows. The Agana fielder was unable to recover it without violating section H20 of the local postal regulations and the Sumay boys walked home with the bacon.

It would have taken an impressive amount of foresight to have set ground rules for balls hit through the screen in the post office window.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets Still Pondering Trade Deadline Approach - MLB Trade Rumors

It’s time to sell.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

NYT: Bud Selig: By the Book

What’s the best book about baseball?

There are many excellent books about our national pastime, but a couple that come to mind are “The Boys of Summer,” by Roger Kahn, and “Summer of ’49,” by David Halberstam. They are both classics. Kahn tells the remarkable story of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1950s — the days of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and others: how they triumphed and the effect the club had on America. The author, Roger Kahn, was a sportswriter who covered the Dodgers during those days. And Halberstam tells an equally remarkable story, primarily about the pennant race between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox that wasn’t determined until the very end of the season. The book reminds me of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2019 at 06:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig

Thursday, July 04, 2019


Baseball’s off-season could benefit from a little TMZ-like coverage | The Star

The sky is not falling for free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2019 at 07:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: off-season

38-2

Worst loss, well, at least most lopsided, I’ve ever taken was a 56-0 beating in an international tournament game against the Singapore team.

And I pitched most of it, I shudder to think of my pitch count, I’m surprised I still have a right arm attached.

Half way through, the Singapore coach made all of his hitters turn around and hit from the opposite side.

Now to give us some small solace, we were all 10-11 and the rules were loose enough that the kids we were playing against were probably 13-14.

We kept thinking ... why does that dude have hair on his face?

It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: July 04, 2019 at 05:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: milb

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Tommy La Stella injury update: Angels All-Star has broken leg | Sporting News

Tommy La Stella will be sidelined for at least two months.

The Angels infielder underwent a CT scan Wednesday, which revealed a broken right leg. He will be out for 8-10 weeks, according to the team. La Stella fouled a ball off his right shin in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 9-4 win against the Rangers and had to be helped off the field.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 03, 2019 at 07:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, angels, injury, tommy la stella


Baseball, Judgment, and Technocracy

(Alan) Jacobs, a life-long fan, explained why the game was losing its hold on him. Chiefly, it amounted to the triumph of fine-grained analytics dictating team strategy. As Jacobs succinctly put it, “Strangely enough, baseball was better when we knew less about the most effective way to play it.”

This paradoxical point, with which I tend to agree, raises an interesting question. By way of getting to that question, I’ll first recall for us Heidegger’s distinction between what is correct and what is true. What is correct may not yet be true, in part because it may be incomplete and thus potentially if not actually misleading. Perhaps we might similarly distinguish, along the lines of Jacobs’s analysis, between what is correct and ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-3-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 3, 1919:

“If I was Mack, I’d tell them guys,” piped the guy in the brown derby, “there ain’t no baseball law, written or unwritten, that prevents them from winnin’ more than two games in a row.”
...
Babe Ruth wants to know if the national prohibition law applies to the American League.

Not much baseball news in the papers of July 3, 1919, as everybody was getting hyped up for the Dempsey-Willard championship fight on July 4.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

While Rays pull Rays things, fans left to wallow in embarrassment

Trevor, a University of Florida student who was born and raised in Tampa, said it’s just hard to be a Rays fan, even when they’re winning.

“There was a period from 2008-2010 when everyone was diehard Rays fans,” he said, “but then they got rid of the manager and fired all the players.” Even if that’s not quite right — baseball teams rarely fire their players — it’s indicative of the perception in Tampa Bay that the Rays’ desire to win while sticking to their self-imposed budget trumps their desire to field a team of exciting talent. It’s why they were one of the teams that Players Association filed a grievance against last year for failing to spend sufficiently.

This last point is key. Some people have argued that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2019 at 03:41 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-2-2019

Washington Times, July 2, 1919:

The New York Yankees…are performing at the famous Polo Grounds in the metropolis for their last season. This became known today when advices from New York told of the amitious plans being made by the New York National League club for the improvement of the property.
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The owners of the Yankees…will have to rustle around and find new quarters before the 1920 campaign gets under way. This move was threatened five years ago, the entrance of the Federal League into the world of baseball causing a postponement.
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The Giants feel that, after going to great expense of making the Polo Grounds the ideal baseball field in the metropolis, they should be permitted to enjoy it by themselves.

The Yankees got a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 02, 2019 at 12:41 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees Are About To Sign a 16 Year Old Superstar Who Is Being Compared To God, Mike Trout, and Mickey Mantle - Barstool Sports

Tomorrow is a special day in the history of mankind. It’s the day Jasson Dominguez becomes a New York Yankee. I normally wouldn’t write a White Sox Dave-esque blog about a prospect because I know you guys don’t really care, BUT Jasson Dominguez might actually be the best baseball prospect in the history of the sport. He is what I like to call a God Child. And no, I will not stand for those saying there’s no way he’s 16 and that he’s actually 25. Brian Cashman is a good man with good values. Also, the rest of baseball better hope he’s 25 because if he’s actually 16 he’s still growing into his body and has limitless potential.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ifa, international free agents, yankees

Pirates slugger Josh Bell bashes three homers in rout of Cubs

“Bell is pumped for the chance to step into the batter’s box and swing for the fences with everyone in baseball watching”<

Josh Bell has gotten little ink this year compared to Yelich and Bellinger.  Maybe it’s been the need for bigger and bigger sample sizes to validate his regular season performance, or maybe it’s because those other two’s rate stats were otherworldly for so long.

Half a season in, Bell is on pace for 112 extra base hits.  No way, right? 

Or ... ?

Lest we forget Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: extra base hits, josh bell, pirates, superstars

Mets sorry for having 2 living alums in memorial

Mets being Mets.

Walt Davis Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, July 01, 2019

Twitter: MLB issued a statement about the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Sad news.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 05:14 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

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