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Friday, June 19, 2015

Let’s Watch Carlos Correa Do Something Amazing | FanGraphs Baseball

Some great info on Carlos Correa.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Who’s next to 3,000 hits, Alex? A-Rod needs 1 more | MLB.com

A-Rod is one hit away. Prepare your celebrations!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 6-19-2015

The A-Rod 3K watch OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 19, 2015 at 12:25 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pretty Good, episode 3: Lonnie Smith fought the 1980s and beat its ass down

This is pretty good.

Lonnie Smith is mostly remembered for about a five-second span of the 1991 World Series, but his entire career is one of the most fascinating sports stories of my lifetime.

 


OMNICHATTER 6-18-2015

The “Oh Crud, I forgot about the day games” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 18, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 154 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Lindbergh: Capps’ Hop Quantified

When Capps is pitching, 60 feet, six inches shrinks to roughly 52 feet, four inches. That’s enough to inflate his perceived velocity by almost 3.5 mph, topping 101, passing Chapman (who gets a much smaller boost), and crowning Capps as baseball’s hardest-seeming thrower.

bbmck Posted: June 18, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: capps, statcast, velocity

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

I hacked the MLB All-Star voting page in under 20 minutes

To be fair, “hacked” really isn’t the right word. That word implies some kind of username/password cracking, which in turn implies some kind of secure system, and quite frankly, the All Star voting page set up by MLB is anything but secure. With a basic knowledge of HTML, a bit of Javascript, and a few minutes to play around, I was able to exploit MLB’s All-Star voting system quite easily.

The key to exploiting the system was realizing that—are you ready for this?—there is zero verification ...

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Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, royals, voting

Dodgers pitcher complains about heat at Rangers’ park; is lack of roof a problem?

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t like the Texas heat.

“No clue why you would ever want to pitch for the Rangers,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The climate is beyond awful.” …

The lack of a retractable roof at Globe Life Park is the one big issue that could force the Rangers to seek out a new home, whether in Arlington or elsewhere.

The Dallas Morning News spins the pitcher’s comment toward the factor that may make the Arlington ballpark “obsolete” after just 20 years: no AC. 

Oddly ...

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BDC Posted: June 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hades, rangers, stadium renovations, weather

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2015

My favorite ballplayer of the 1910s is back in the news! Pittsburgh Press, June 18, 1915:

When “Tubby” Spencer left Philadelphia, it was thought that he was through as a catcher. Spencer was at one time considered the most promising catcher in the country. He was the son of a Scranton millionaire, and traveled the pace that ruins all athletes.
...
Spencer was a brilliant chap, and he saw the error of his ways and gave up the bright lights. The big, good natured catcher is now treasurer of the ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 18, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tubby spencer

Inside the plan for Chicago Cubs top prospect Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN

If he can stick behind the plate, he could be the most valuable catcher in baseball within a few years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Padres’ Wil Myers to undergo left wrist surgery, expected to miss eight weeks | UTSanDiego.com

Thursday in Arizona, Myers will have a bone spur in his left wrist trimmed. The Padres hope he can resume baseball activities in six weeks, but eight weeks might be more realistic. By then, it will be mid-August, Myers will need a significant amount of rehab games and sitting out whatever remains of the season could be the wiser course of action.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, wil myers

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak committed to find out what happened

“Unequivocally,” Mozeliak said, “I knew nothing about this.”

He just wants answers.
Cardinals owner on investigation: ‘These are serious allegations’

“I don’t know the outcome of this or where it’s going to go,” he said, “but our hope is that when everything comes to light, people will realize that it wasn’t something that was organizationalwide. It shouldn’t be something that takes away from any of the success this organization has had.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NHL Will Allow Single Team Streaming Packages

NHL will be offering single team NHL GameCenter Live packages over a five year period starting with the 2015-16 season for a discount on the full league package.

Fans wanting to simply buy a single team package will received a discount of “at least” 20% on the cost of the full league package (which ran $159 for the 2014-15 season). There will also be a discount of an extra 17.25% on early bird, renewal, and full season packages for the upcoming season…

Blackout restrictions are still in ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 17, 2015 at 04:10 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, nhl, streaming, tv

PLAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

The most overused, overwrought cliché in baseball? Play the game the right way. What does that even mean, though? The answer to that question must take into account three important factors: When, Who, and Where.

This article describes how cultural differences affect how “playing the right way” is perceived. Baker tells us about his experience in the Dominican Winter League and how different their etiquette was there. Even though this is an article completely about baseball it really goes ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 17, 2015 at 02:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: playing the game the right way

Did lack of player development lead to Bud Black’s firing? | FOX Sports

Firing the manager is easy. Building a winner is hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, padres, pat murphy

The Paul Goldschmidt Dinger Test | FanGraphs Baseball

The wonder of Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Video: Holt hits for the cycle | MLB.com

The Brockstar has a big day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, red sox

Orange is the new blast: O’s hit club-record 8 HRs

That’s a lot of homers.

The Orioles set a new franchise record by hitting eight home runs in Tuesday night’s 19-3 victory over the Phillies. Six different Baltimore players clubbed homers as the Orioles became the first team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox did so against Detroit on Sept. 4, 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 17, 1915:

While the Brooklyn outfield is showing signs of a revival in hitting, Uncle Wilbert Robinson still thinks it would be well to have another outer gardener. With that end in view he is negotiating for a young fellow in the Texas league…Robbie will not give the kid’s name, but says he is the proper sort of person, being full of pep and action. The best evidence of his forceful character was furnished year before last when he offered to whip the Giants individually ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: al nixon, dugout, history

Ventura: Lincoln-Sudbury’s Kirk Fredericks victim of entitled parents | Boston Herald

With the growing public uproar, athletic director Peter Elenbaas will have to elaborate on the firing of a coach with his track record.

Coaches throughout the state have been put on high alert.

If a coach as highly decorated as Kirk Fredericks — he’s made the tournament in each of his 14 years at the helm, has won nearly 80 percent of his games (269-68) including three state titles, has sent numerous players to the college level and has run a program that was a model for many others — ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, high school baseball

Brad Ausmus boils over after replay goes against Tigers

The umpires are consulting with “angels”?

“After viewing all relevant angels, the Replay Official felt that he could not definitely determine that the runner touched home prior to being tagged,” home plate umpire said through a pool reporter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, tigers

FBI probe of Cardinals makes it fair to question series with Dodgers - LA Times

So, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in two sports.

Just call them the New England Cardinals … or maybe the St. Louis Patriots … or maybe just call them phonies in the wake of a New York Times report that they are being investigated by the FBI for hacking computer networks and stealing information about the Houston Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers

OMNICHATTER 6-17-2015

The Cardinals-Hacking/Position-Player-Pitching OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 17, 2015 at 12:17 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Francoeur pitches! (game recap)

Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, jeff francoeur, orioles, phillies, pigs flying

Wei-Yin Chen is not happy about his demotion and he may have a point

Seems like a strange way to treat your good young front line pitcher.

villainx Posted: June 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, orioles, weird

This is what Fenway Park used to look like - Red Sox - Boston.com

54 pictures of Fenway Park through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Keith Hernandez says he still makes $3,000 a year from ‘Seinfeld’ royalties

He’s got money. Why doesn’t he just pay a mover?

Elvis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 04:34 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hernandez, mets, seinfeld, tv

Deadspin: The hottest possible take on the Cardinals hacking the Astros

This take is somewhat hotter than the core of the Sun.

There is, of course, only one course of action that baseball can take in the wake of this hilarious, impossibly joyful development: CONTRACT THE CARDINALS. That’s right. Destroy them. Raze their stadium. Arrest their players and fans. Intern them all in some kind of horrible Bud Light Mixx Tail tent (with a dress code), where they can wander around in a daze, whispering to each other, “They said it could never happen here, but it ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 16, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hackgate, hot takes

Murphy named Padres’ interim manager | MLB.com

The Dave Roberts era is officially over.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, managers, padres, pat murphy

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