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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Blitz to 13 homers puts Cruz in elite company | MLB.com

Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, nelson cruz

Elite travel baseball and basketball teams make for a youth sports industrial complex

In my area regular little leagues are dying as many hands-on parents are pulling their kids in favor of the travel teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

OMNICHATTER 5-3-15

The “Oh Crap I almost forgot to submit this” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

NY Post: 100 years ago, Babe Ruth hit his first home run

Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.

Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.

Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch ...

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bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

MLB’s Evolving Luxury Tax | FanGraphs Baseball

A very good look at the impact of the luxury tax.

The more realistic approach for the players, then, is likely to be focusing their efforts on raising the luxury tax threshold. While the players could obviously simply agree to a more substantial set of predetermined increases to the threshold, they may be better off attempting to have the payroll limit established each year based on a fixed percentage of MLB’s estimated overall league revenues. This would help the players avoid seeing their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson


White Sox still determining how to use Carlos Rodon | CSN Chicago

Earl Weaver believed the best place to start a young pitcher is long relief. I know long relievers are out of vogue but it seems to me having a young guy start his career there, especially when you want to limit innings, still is a good idea.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said Rodon’s 2015 innings are scarce resource. The franchise has a tried and true program for keeping pitchers healthy and therefore isn’t going to run Rodon’s inning count up to 180. But Rodon could still move ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, white sox

Cubs survive injury scare to Rizzo and Russell | Chicago

Injuries suck. Luckily the Cubs didn’t have to add two more guys to their list.

“It’s a scary moment. They were both giving a lot of effort on that play,” Arrieta said. “It was a little out of their reach. One of those unfortunate things where two guys are going kind of (all) out to make a play. We’re thankful that they’re both OK.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, anthony rizzo, cubs

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Brian Cashman says New York Yankees won’t pay Alex Rodriguez’s $6 million bonus for 660th home run

Cost to market A-Rod’s home run milestone? $6,000,000. Cost to make your organization look like petty, cheap jerks? Priceless.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

NotMrTibbs’s post on Vine

I don’t think that’s how a catcher should be throwing to third.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ouch, video

Pedro revels one of his secrets to pitching success - Over the Monster

An interesting observation from Felipe Alou, via Pedro Martinez. I wonder how this would stand up to a higher sample.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro martinez, pitching, the little things

Boston Red Sox call up top prospect Blake Swihart to replace injured Ryan Hanigan

Tough luck for Hanigan. He was doing a nice job for the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, ryan hanigan

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Madden: A-Rod ties Willie, cloud of suspicion won’t go away - NY Daily News

Madden sounds like a bitter ex-spouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Say Hey Rod: Rodriguez Matches Mays Milestone With Homer 660 - NYTimes.com

The coverage of the homer sure seems to suggest the Yankees and baseball gain benefit from the event.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Inside Baseball: What you want to know about A-Rod vs. Yankees - CBSSports.com

Do the Yankees really want to keep this sideshow going?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, May 01, 2015

OMNICHATTER for 5-2-15

Earth’s Mightiest OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Reds’ Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

As expected, Homer Bailey’s 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes one year, meaning the Reds expect Bailey to return sometime next season.

Bailey, who turns 29 on Sunday, missed the end of 2014 with a right elbow flexor mass injury and had surgery to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds, tommy john surgery

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the ...

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Would You Rather Start a Team With Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts

Team Mookie

Right now, I think Betts is the better ballplayer. For all the significance of Bogaerts simply being in the majors at such a young age—younger than Betts was at debut—the facts are that we’ve had a pretty good look at him, and he is, right now, about an average major-leaguer. And right now, in my assessment, Betts is better than that. (Another month of Betts’ slump might make me reconsider.) I’m taking the better now player, even if he is short and doesn’t have the ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: future, prospects, red sox

Yankees 101: Study Confirms New York Yankees Fans are Better Looking than Mets Fans

Surely, knocking off Jim Breuer would even things out?

A study done by the dating app The Grade shows men and women who support the Yankees are liked more than Mets fans, per Chris Perez and Natalie O’Neil of the New York Post:

  Photos posted by Yankees fans were “liked” 46 percent of the time while Mets fans only have a 38 percent “like rate,” according to the study.

  The study is based on 400,000 “swipe interactions” from 6,000 app users who listed sports teams as an ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets, yankees

MLB fixes the Trea Turner problem for everyone else

Because draft picks are not eligible to be traded for 12 months from their signing date, the Padres and Nationals are not allowed to confirm that Turner has indeed already been traded, and he remains in the Padres organization at this time. However, it’s public knowledge that Turner will be changing organizations mid-summer, creating an awkward situation where the Padres are stewarding another team’s asset. As I wrote after the trade was made and Turner was unofficially revealed as the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, ptbnl, trades, trea turner

Brian Auld, Rays plan a neutral environment for Baltimore

I wonder if they’ll play “Seven Nation Army” every five minutes to make Orioles players feel at home.

Moving the series was a monumental task, but one the Rays have been able to execute under the leadership of VP of Operations Rick Nage, team President Brian Auld, and VP of Sales Brian Richeson. Nafe said the air has been like post season play, with sudden mobilization to make the series happen.

Tickets are general admission for the weekend, lower-bowl only, and according to Brian Auld the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore riots, orioles, rays

Bryce Harper voted MLBs “most overrated player” by his peers for second consecutive year

For the last three years the baseball world’s been waiting for Bryce Harper to break out. Yes, his forearm muscles have certainly popped onto the scene, which isn’t quite the impact everyone around the sport expected when the Nationals took him with the first overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft.

All told, in parts of three seasons Harper’s put up a slash line of .272/.351/.465 with 55 home runs. Solid, respectable numbers. The key number when talking about Harper is games played. ...

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Joey B. Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Starting Rotations April 30, 2015 | Bill James Online

My real purpose in doing this was to educate myself about the 30 major league rotations.  If I can force myself to do this once a week—which I probably can’t, but if I could—then I would develop a stronger understanding of who was in the rotation right now for all 30 teams, who their #1 starter was, etc.  I’m old; I have a hard time lodging all of that information in my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, pitching, sabermetrics

Minor League Ball Gameday - Friday, May 1st - Minor League Ball

I have all of John’s books. He’s had a tough couple of years physically. If you’ve enjoyed his books in the past, help keep them coming by purchasing this year’s book. It may be too late to use the info in fantasy draft but it’s still a good reference.

One last thing before we get to the goodies. If you happened to peruse the comments section of the Gameday (highly, highly recommended if you don’t already), John passed along an update of The 2015 Baseball Prospect Book. To quote Mr. Sickels from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, minor leagues, prospect reports

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