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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Le Batard: It’s difficult for us to understand Puig’s lack of understanding.

I found the anecdotes about the other players particularly interesting.

Blastin Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:42 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

NY Times: Kepner: A Rapidly Shifting Philosophy of Infield Play

Teams shifted about 2,400 times in 2010 and 2011, said Ben Jedlovec, a vice president for the company, and about 4,500 times in 2012. Last season, the total jumped to about 8,100, and teams are on pace for 13,000 shifts in 2014.

“Clint Hurdle said nine of 10 balls up the middle used to be hits — and now, two of 10 are,” said Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski, referring to the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It just shows how different it is.”

Dombrowski’s Tigers ...

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bobm Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: muppets, shift

Neyer: Kissing the Rolaids Relief Award goodbye

In 2006…. the Rolaids brand was acquired… Johnson & Johnson drastically reduced its distribution of Rolaids-brand products, and the attendant promotion of those products… [Heath] Bell and Rafael Soriano, the winners in 2010, didn’t get their trophies. José Valverde and John Axford, the winners in 2011, didn’t get theirs, either…

The way the Players Association saw it, the Rolaids Relief Man Award was still being promoted on a corporate website in 2010 and ’11, so somebody owed four ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, relievers, rob neyer, rolaids relief award

Zuckerman - Character test for battered, beaten Nationals

Span, Zimmerman, Fister, Ramos, Hairston out. Werth day-to-day. Who knew that Adam LaRoche would be the poster boy for the Nationals Institutes of Health???

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals

Robothal: Red Sox’s lowball offer might cost them Lester

This is is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester’s last season with the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox’s most recent offer to Lester was far below market value—four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team’€™s clubhouse.

Lester, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, rejected the offer and will not resume negotiations with the club until the offseason, the sources said.

The Red Sox will have an exclusive negotiating ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, red sox

We’re Moved! (And Burst.net can bite me!)

Update Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:30 AM: I’ve been working on the new site set-up. Although things are running pretty well, a few more tweaks should get it running better. I’m also prepping stuff for an upgrade of the site’s underlying CMS. At the same time I’ve been working on the new member group that I set up for contributors. At this point I need to start manually linking member accounts with Paypal. When that’s done I will also need to work on automating that process, although that will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

On Jeff [Francoeur] Ears

Frenchy’s minor league teammates convinced him that one of the pitchers on his team was deaf. For a month.

NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, delta, idiocy, padres

Bill Madden: Ooh, my arm! Yankees and Mets caught up in thick of injury epidemic in baseball

Woo-eee! Bill Madden hasn’t been this worked up since Richard Crooks’ Hollywood Walk of Fame Star went missing!

Aaaarrrghhhh!

Such is the resounding cry again being heard throughout baseball as pitcher after pitcher comes walking off the mound grabbing his elbow and position player after position player suddenly comes up lame with a hamstring, groin, calf, wrist, oblique, lat or quad injury. It’s an epidemic, like all the strikeouts, that’s getting worse and worse in baseball.

After the ...

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Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Scott DeSmit: Just give me a kid who can play the game

The Daily News: Serving Genesee…and by the looks of it, even harder shiit!

Mike Trout deserved the MVP because of Pythagorean expectations, speed scores, ultimate zone ratings, VORP, wOBA and PECOTA, or Player Empiracal Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm.

Think baseball was boring before?

Grrrrr.

Yes, baseball has always been stat-driven. That’s why I love reading box scores.

But it’s also driven by gut instinct.

Taking David Ortiz out of the World Series lineup based on ...

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Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 07:08 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER for April 13, 2014

Hey, guys, guess what this week’s ESPN game is?

Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beyond the Box Score: Is the infield shift ruining baseball?

If the shift is really transforming baseball [...] by rendering pull-heavy hitters less valuable, we would want to know just who these hitters are. To identify them, I create a simple “balance factor” to judge how frequently these hitters pull the ball as opposed to going up the middle and to the opposite field. I used FanGraphs’ batted ball data for the location of balls put in play and calculated the “balance factor” with the following equation:

(((Center Rate + Opposite Field Rate) ÷ 2) - ...

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bobm Posted: April 12, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: shift

The Beyond the Box Score guide to looking beyond the box score

TOOTBLAN

Perhaps baserunning errors are your thing. There is a wonderful site dedicated to tracking all extra base outs, which are outs on would-be sacrifice flies, pickoffs, double offs, fielder’s choice outs with an open base, batter’s interference, runner interference, or any other method for which a baserunner makes an out on the base paths (excluding stolen bases).

bobm Posted: April 12, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Closer Koji Uehara of Boston Red Sox held out with stiff shoulder - ESPN Boston

He isn’t an ironman.

Uehara said after the game he could have pitched, but didn’t want to risk aggravating the condition. He said he felt the stiffness in the same area he did while playing catch on June 10, 2012, when he was with the Texas Rangers. That injury was described as a strained latissimus dorsi, a muscle in his upper back, and he missed 66 games. After his return on Aug. 26, he made 17 appearances for the Rangers and posted a 1.23 ERA, striking out 21 and walking 1 in 14 2/3 innings.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: koji uehara, red sox

Fixing MLB’s qualifying offer system - ESPN

The best way to cut down on the number of players getting qualifying offers is, players need to not overestimate their market and accept the offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, free agent compensation

Trust in Dave Dombrowski «

Bum Phillips famously said of Don Shula, “He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” Well, Dombrowski can trade his’n for your’n and win the trade, then take his’n back and win some more.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2014 at 07:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, tigers

OMNICHATTER for 4-12

Omnichatter this, Omnichatter that.

Gamingboy Posted: April 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tigers Great Denny McLain: Joe Nathan’s Dead Arm Is ‘Ridiculous,’ ‘Excuse’

The Wicker Sham.

Denny McLain threw for well over 300 innings twice in his MLB career, so it should come as no surprise that the Tigers’ legendary right-hander has no remorse for current closer Joe Nathan and his dead arm.

McLain joined Fred Heumann on Mad Dog in the Morning Thursday and ripped into Nathan.

“What the hell is a dead arm? Can you tell me please?” asked McLain, baseball’s last 30-game winner.

“Get a shot of cortisone, put a little dirt on it, Joe, kick yourself in ...

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Repoz Posted: April 11, 2014 at 03:42 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Steve Goldman: To the Mats with Eduardo Nunez hate mail

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trashy Yankee Fans…till now.

I’m withholding names, because the intention is education, not mockery. At least, that’s my intention. I’m not perfect, and neither , as we will see, is Yogi Berra, master of time, space, dimension, and seven secret spices. Finally, all typos are from the originals.

1. “Nunuez: 270-game conspiracy pretending that he was a major league player”
Nunez hit .267 over that time. Only a completely ignorant person would say that is ...

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Repoz Posted: April 11, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Seduction of ‘donut contracts’ has MLB players leaving millions on table

Baseball players are underpaid.

In a vacuum, the issue gets a big, fat #richpeopleproblems hashtag. If the MLBPA’s biggest problems revolve around a guy not getting enough millions, whooptie damn do. At the same time, that ignores an important principle, and one the union is stressing as long-term deals swing more and more in favor of teams: Baseball is a $9 billion industry, and every dollar that doesn’t go to the players who make the game what it is funnels straight into the suit pockets of ...

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eddieot Posted: April 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, mlbpa, salaries

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 11, 1914:

The old reserve clause in the contracts of organized baseball players was held to be invalid and unenforceable in a decision handed down on Friday by Federal Judge Clarence W. Sessions denying the application of the Chicago Federal league club for an injunction to restrain Catcher William Killifer [sic] from playing with the Philadelphia National league club.

Contracts of such nature were held by Judge Sessions to be “lacking in the necessary qualities of ...

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Frank Deford: Bud Selig and Derek Jeter: Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings

Don’t experiment…just buy Deford!

It should be Derek Selig and Bud Jeter. After all, the Yankee captain - listed as the 11th greatest leader in the world by Fortune magazine, in what is surely the most asinine poll ever concocted - is the ultimate buddy. Everybody loves him, even Yankee haters. He can doeth no wrong.

But really, like the commissioner, Captain Jeter is not so much a traditional leader as he is a cohesive force. He succeeded Cal Ripken as the perfect counterpoint to all the ...

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Repoz Posted: April 11, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OMNICHATTER for 4-11-2014

What’s the 411 in baseball on 4-11? Well, discuss it in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: April 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scouting Children: Why MLB Has Teams Competing For 14-Year-Olds

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic—It’s an early January morning at the Yankees academy in the Dominican Republic. In a couple of hours, hundreds of scouts will be here to watch some of the top Dominican prospects in the 2014 signing class.

For now, on one field, the Yankees are holding a private workout with a pack of team personnel there to evaluate the players. On an adjacent field, with only a few people watching, a pair of infielders are out early taking grounders.

They both look ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

PHOTOS: Is Michael Pineda using pine tar to shut down Red Sox?

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So, as you read this, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is dominating the visiting Red Sox in a big way. However, is he doing so with pine tar illegally smeared all over his pitching hand? Check out the visual evidence from Thursday night’s game ...

Thanks to Wormeye.

Repoz Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:03 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Avisail Garcia needs shoulder surgery, will miss rest of season

I haven’t seen so many injuries in a sport since Harvey Keitel got his in Taxi Driver.

White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has a torn labrum in his left shoulder after injuring it during Wednesday’s game in Colorado. He’ll need surgery to repair it, which will end his 2014 season. The White Sox made the announcement official Thursday afternoon.

Garcia, 22, was attempting a diving catch in the sixth inning Thursday, after which he was in obvious pain laying on the field. He laid there for a ...

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Repoz Posted: April 10, 2014 at 04:16 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox


If Hank Aaron Had Never Hit a Home Run, Would He Be a Hall of Famer? | FiveThirtyEight

This just in…Hank Aaron was no Dave Kingman.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hank aaron, sabermetrics

Astros game gets a 0.0 TV rating again

SoCalDemon Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, tv ratings

Granillo: David Ortiz Sets the Record for Slowest Tater Trot

Wow! 32.91 seconds! That’s about 25 minutes in instant replay time!

David Ortiz has always been near the top of the Tater Trot Tracker leaderboard with his classic Papi trots. In 2010, he was the first player to break the 30-second barrier. Since then, he has dominated the “Slowest Trot” lists every year. Last year, for example, Ortiz had 7 of the 10 slowest trots of the year.

Despite all of that, the single slowest trot of the Tater Trot Tracker era (non-injury division) belongs to Bobby ...

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Repoz Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mad Met: Tommy Davis on the 1967 New York Jazz Scene

See that’s the thing.  I had one of my best years in New York and I think a lot had to do with my mindset.  You look at the back of the baseball card and notice a season that sticks out from the others and you wonder why the guy played so well that one particular year.  I was very happy in New York.  My wife and children were back in L.A. and I missed them terribly, but the ambient, rolling sounds of the subway trains as I fell asleep at my mother’s house after home games, the common ...

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djordan Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, tommy davis

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