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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Only Nolan « Our Game

Ed Nolan was, in sum, the ultimate phenom, the Sidd Finch of his day. No man at any level of professional baseball, before or since, has won 64 games. It was during this year that he won the name “The Only,” which was also applied to his batterymate, Silver Flint, later famous with Anson’s White Stockings. In the major leagues, Hoss Radbourn won 59 for Providence in 1884; John Clarkson and Guy Hecker also topped 50 wins. In the National Association, Al Spalding went 54-5 in 1875 and 52-16 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Latest move leaves Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria with plenty to explain | FOX Sports

The Dan Jenning move to the dugout has Ken Rosenthal even more worked up about the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 18, 1915:

A Detroit judge will soon be called upon to decide a difficult question. It was in the middle of a recent ball game. The score was tied. Two men were out and three on bases. Ty Cobb was up to bat.

“Kill ‘em old hoss,” yelled Joseph Stevenson of Detroit. “Knock the hide off her.”

Someone touched him on the arm. It was his wife who had appeared when least expected…Stevenson hurled some uncomplimentary remarks at the umpire, and—“str-r-r-r-ike three, yer ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The 1961 Expansion Draft and Baseball’s Anti-competitive History

Meet the Mess!

These players were good enough to get the Angels to 70 wins in their inaugural season and 86 victories in their second. The Mets would not be so lucky. By pushing the expansion draft date forward by two months, National League owners made a repeat of the damage done by the Angels in the first expansion draft impossible. With the earlier expansion draft date, the list of players available to the Mets and fellow expansion franchise Houston Colt .45s included none of the hot young ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colt .45's, expansion, mets

Boston Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada to make minor league debut this week

The dawning of the Yoan Moncada era. At his Hall of Fame induction you will surely remember what you were doing at gametime.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the next big thing, yoan moncada

Chicago Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber stays hot, homers twice for Tennessee Smokies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Unlike Pete O’Brien, I liked what I saw of Kyle Schwarber this spring training. He won’t be Johnny Bench, but he should be able to catch well enough to fit his explosive bat into the Cubs lineup.

“You really have to find time for the defensive things, because there are not many times set aside just for that. You try to push yourself every day because you want to be boring back there. You want to have the same footwork, the same arm slot, the same exchange. In the offseason, I spent more time ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, the next big thing

Montreal’s Denis Coderre to confer with MLB commissioner - CBC Sports - Baseball - MLB

I hope he brings a big bag of money.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal

Sunday, May 17, 2015

5-18-2015 OMNICHATTER

As of this writing, it has been 0 days since the Marlins have fired a manager. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: May 17, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 254 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnicahtter

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has some explaining to do | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal with a strong opinion on the Redmond firing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins, mike redmond

Adrian Beltre blasts 400th home run of career

I know 400 isn’t a huge milestone any more, but it’s a number where if the player was good at other things you go “oh that guy could hit some home runs, too.”

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 17, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Statcast: Richards spins his way to success

When you look at Richards’ full repertoire, you can see that he’s actually got several pitches that rank near the top in spin:

• Four-seam fastball: 2498.88 (seventh)
• Two-seam fastball: 2468.69 (first)
• Cutter: 2390.75 (seventh)
• Slider: 2779.35 (second)

When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?

And then they ...

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Sunday Notes: Archer & Ono, De Leon, Medeiros, more

David Lauria on Yoko, pitch framing, and a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Who are the Best and Worst Defensive Teams So Far? | Articles | Bill James Online

KC has the best. Philadelphia has the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Downtown Ollie Brown Dies at 71

Ollie Brown had power to spare, both in terms of his ability to hit home runs and make throws from right field. According to former Padres and Pirates catcher Chris Cannizzaro, only Roberto Clemente had a stronger throwing arm than Ollie Brown. That is high praise indeed.

Bruce Markusen Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, padres

‘Another Harvey’: Scouts compare, rave about Syndergaard and Matz | New York Post

Put me down in the Stephen Matz column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Blake won super fans | Boston Herald

Meet Blake Swihart.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Purdy: The most powerful man in Bay Area sports - San Jose Mercury News

An interview with the Giants Larry Baer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, larry baer

White Sox catcher Geovany Soto says he doesn’t have the yips | Chicago

Nobody likes having the yips.

Geovany Soto’s ritual after every pitch has mystified baseball fans, and on Friday night, A’s broadcaster Eric Chavez seemed to believe Soto suffered from some version of the “yips.”

The White Sox catcher falls forward every time he throws the ball back to the pitcher, and he appears to grab some dirt in his throwing hand and wipe off home plate after each pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: geovany soto, white sox

Bobby Valentine looking forward to working at Fenway again - Sports - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Doug Fister placed on DL with forearm tightness; A.J. Cole recalled (UPDATED) - The Washington Post

The Washington Nationals fearsome starting rotation suffered a blow Friday when Doug Fister was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The Nationals wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury, although elbow injuries sometimes present themselves with symptoms in the forearm.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals

5-17-15 OMNICHATTER

The ESPN game of the week is Tigers-Cardinals. Talk about that and all the other games here in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: May 17, 2015 at 01:21 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers—Los Angeles Angels front office prevented me from talking to owner Arte Moreno

Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.

“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Marshall needs second shoulder surgery | reds.com

This is not good.

Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall’s efforts to come back from shoulder surgery took a terrible turn when it was revealed he will need another season-ending operation in the same shoulder.

Marshall is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sean marshall

MLB, Atlantic League Sign Player Transfer Agreement

It’s one small step for baseball, one giant leap for the Atlantic League.

Very quietly this January, the Atlantic League signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball to put on paper the league’s rules for transferring player contracts to Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.

In practical terms, very little has changed. The Atlantic League has been selling the contracts of hundreds of players to affiliated ball in past years. The new formalized agreement doesn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2015 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, independent leagues, minor leagues

Third time isn’t the charm for Rays | FOX Sports

Sometimes people overcomplicate things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

I pay for MLB.TV package. I can watch every game except the Red Sox. If the local game included the local commercials, how is the team penalized? This makes no sense to me as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: television rights

Pipeline Inbox: Who should D-backs select? | MLB.com

Jim Callis answers some questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Inside Baseball: Tulo needs to go and here are the options; Plus MLB news - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column includes more fanciful trade speculation.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rockies

Troy Tulowitzki’s Trade Value | FanGraphs Baseball

The Red Sox aren’t in the Tulo market. Bogaerts has made some real strides defensively this season. He’s still 22. Eventually he’ll be a really good hitter.

Boston

This is the one place where a one-shiny-thing offer actually could work, as the Red Sox would be displacing Xander Bogaerts if they acquired Tulo to take over at shortstop, so if the Rockies prefer one big asset over several smaller ones, this is probably their best fit. But if the Rockies want pitching, the Red Sox might not be the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

What can be learned from batted ball data? - Beyond the Box Score

File in the “Needing Follow-up:” category.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

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