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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers ban high fives to avoid spread of pink eye - ESPN

How about the low five?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Twinsights: ‘Little man’ Jose Berrios making things difficult - Twins Now

Long relief?

“Conversely,” Molitor said, “if he’s not going to be here to start — IF he’s not going to be here to start — then he needs to prepare himself to go down and be extended when his season begins, wherever that might be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, paul molitor, twins


Fantasy Focus: pitching prospects | MiLB.com

Some pitchers to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers, prospects

5 things we’ve learned so far about Yankees - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

Will the Yankees contend this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wizard of Oz Night at the Ballpark

With April 1st so far away, this must be legit. Will Ozzie Smith throw out the first pitch? That would be ToTototally awesome!

natebracy Posted: March 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, minors, uniforms

Friday, March 13, 2015

WSJ: Mets Fired Executive Settles Suit Against Team

And that’s that.

Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and services, has settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer. The two sides announced the news in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.

In a lawsuit filed in September, Castergine alleged that she was fired from her executive position because Wilpon objected to her having a child out of wedlock. Wilpon denied those claims, saying that ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: March 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, jeff wilpon, mets, sexual harrassment panda

The Strange Saga of the Dodgers and a Twitter Parody Account

A Dodgers spokesperson said the team did not ask Twitter to suspend the account. But curiously, the account was suspended shortly after the Dodgers had a social media team meeting in which, according to one source, Colletti spoke about how he had been harassed on Twitter.

An email to Colletti asking for comment earlier this week was not returned. When reached by phone on Thursday, Colletti angrily inquired how I had gotten his cell phone number. I told him that as a reporter I was pretty good ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 13, 1915:

[St. Paul owner Joe Cantillon] claims to have traded [Bill] Hopper for a bird dog, and a few days before reporting for spring ptractice, in his home town, Jackson, Tenn., the pitcher was arrested on a complaint of a neighbor who charged that Hopper had assaulted him.

“Why did you attack the man?” asked the justice of the peace. “He insulted me,” replied Hopper. “What did he say to you?” persisted the guardian of the law. “Say!” shouted Hopper, almost beside ...

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Chicago Cubs camp analysis—Storylines abound - ESPN

The Cubs are a good press machine.

As a side note, this might be one of the best “interview” teams Chicago has seen in a long time. From Miguel Montero—the catcher will almost certainly be the first to lose it if things go bad—to Dexter Fowler to Ross to newcomer Phil Coke, we won’t be hard-pressed to find a good quote.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

New Sandy Alderson book offers revealing view of Madoff-impacted Mets | Capital New York

There is another general manager centered book coming out. This one is about Sandy Alderson and his trial and tribulations at running one of the lowest payrolls in the biggest market.

“I’d been working on this book for nearly four years when I suddenly found myself wondering: Why was Alderson cooperating?”, Kettmann writes on page 331. “Part of the answer was simply that I’d asked him at the right time, just as the Former state charities bureau regulator was taking over as Mets GM. ... Then, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Once beloved Pablo Sandoval sabotages his own image

If Pablo Sandoval’s recent comments were meant to sting, they did not penetrate. They were comically weak, brushed aside in the clubhouse like a passing whiff of flatulence. The only real issue was his motivation.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: March 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, san francisco giants

Robothal: Cage Match: Yankees vs. Mets

The premise is simple: Which team will win more games, Team A or Team B? In each pairing, the teams are in the same city or same state. The idea came to me one day when I started thinking, “OK, which club will be better, the Mets or Yankees?

Yankees (82 projected wins) vs. Mets (81)
My pick: Mets 84 wins, Yankees 79.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 12, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, yankees

Lindbergh: Best Shape of His Life! Does the Oft-Mocked Spring Training Declaration Actually Forecast a Better Season?

So what can we conclude? Being a best-shaper isn’t a magic bullet, but it’s not necessarily as meaningless as the reflexive jokes suggest. BSOHL position players don’t hit any better than expected, but they do tend to beat their playing-time projections and potentially play better on defense. BSOHL pitchers, meanwhile, seem to enjoy a genuine advantage. By the standards of most stories out of spring training, that makes being in better shape big news.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 12, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, bsohl, fitness, projections

Awful Announcing: Jonah Keri melts down over a concert on his flight

Alas, the knee defender is useless against annoying rock bands:

rantland’s Jonah Keri is one of my favorite baseball writers working today. On Wednesday, Keri was on a Southwest flight to Denver. The band Lifehouse was on the same flight.

All hell proceeded to break loose.

JE (Jason) Posted: March 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 231 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, jonah keri, media, music

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-12-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 12, 1915:

[John] Peters did not want to go to Detroit this year. His objection to Detroit was that it was a major league city.
...
[Peters] admits that he can throw as few men can, and a comparison of his own .307 average and the swatting marks claimed by the majority of catchers, has convinced him that he need not worry about his hitting. But he doesn’t know baseball yet, knows that he doesn’t know the game, and doesn’t care to palm himself off as a wise guy.

That’s ...

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Newsday: Lennon - Noah Syndergaard vs. Marlins: It’s not a fair fight

Wishful thinking. Knowing who was on the mound, Wednesday must have felt like looking down the barrel of a gun for the Marlins—from the wrong end. Harvey being Harvey, most of the attention focused on the Mets’ recovering ace. Truth be told, Syndergaard made even more of an impression, maybe because the Marlins previously were unfamiliar with the 6-6 blond giant who threw “thunderbolts.”

That was more appropriate than the Marlins even realized given Syndergaard’s “Thor” moniker—it hasn’t ...

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Lassus Posted: March 12, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: thor

Inside the new system that wants to revolutionize how we look at pitches - Yahoo Sports

Pitch sequencing – or how a pitcher approaches a hitter or multiple hitters by linking different types of pitchers in an intentional order – is believed to be very important, and the QOP system ignores it, considering its dependence on context inconsistent with the model.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Andrew Miller: This Lefty Reliever Specializes in Outs - WSJ

Specializing in outs gets a pitcher paid; specializing in home runs gets him released. Good choice, Andrew!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, justin wilson, yankees

Harvey-Fernandez could be historic rivalry in the making | New York Post

So, Fernandez’s timetable is 13-14 months.

Fernandez was due to throw 24 hours later. But only 30 pitches (no breaking stuff) from a bullpen mound. His surgery was May 16. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings mentioned he has never seen anyone in his 28 years in pro ball attack rehab like Fernandez has, and the blueprint has Fernandez back in the majors sometime from mid-June to mid-July.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets, tommy john

Jered Weaver’s velocity takes a dip in Angels’ 6-5 loss to Arizona - LA Times

Jered Weaver’s fastball averaged 86.8 mph last season, when he went 18-9 with a 3.28 earned-run average, but even by his standards, his velocity is down this spring. The right-hander ranged from 82-84 mph and hit 85 mph twice in a three-inning, two-run, five-hit effort. “How many velocity questions are we going to have?” Weaver said in response to his first velocity question of the spring. “I don’t pay attention to velocity. It’s more about getting location down and being able to get on pitches ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver

Japan’s Shohei Otani Hits 99 MPH, Strikes Out 10 To Outduel Kenta Maeda - BaseballAmerica.com

Facing Hiroshima ace Kenta Maeda today, 19-year-old Nippon-Ham Fighters righthander Shohei Otani held the Carp to one run over five innings, striking out 10 with no walks while hitting 99 mph. Otani’s fastball was overpowering, sitting at 94-98 mph and hitting the upper end of that range consistently. His lone run allowed came on a hanging slider to Brad Eldred, who crushed Otani’s mistake for a home run.

Otani, who’s 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, overmatched hitters with his fastball, though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, kenta maeda, shohei otani

St. Petersburg announces 1,800-seat baseball stadium at Walter Fuller complex | Tampa Bay Times

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans Wednesday to build an 1,800-seat stadium at the Walter Fuller baseball complex in western part of the city.

But he said he didn’t know how much it would cost to build or when construction would start.

“We don’t have an idea yet. We are working on finalizing those numbers,” Kriseman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadiums

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MLB Future Power Rankings (INSIDER)

1. Boston Red Sox

The overview
The challenge for the Red Sox now is to find the best way to turn some of their position-player surplus into pitching. They bet heavily on Sandoval, Ramirez and Moncada in a way other teams wouldn’t dream of because of the uncertainty involved.—Buster Olney

The dilemma
The Red Sox still lack a true top-of-rotation starter; having one would make them the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series once again. So far they’ve been reluctant to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2015 at 06:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: organizational rankings, power rankings, prospects

Trevor Bauer responds to twitter criticism

@BauerOutage Honest question, man. Do you ever feel like you’re overthinking on the mound?

@Brill_Grates I know that question shouldn’t make me mad but it kinda does. That term “over thinking” is so annoying

I don’t see an article on this yet, so here’s just the raw feed. Trevor Bauer would prefer you not to try to guess what’s going on his head as he pitches.

cmd600 Posted: March 11, 2015 at 01:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Are pitchers getting hurt more often? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Some interesting stuff from David Schoenfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pitcher injuries, sabermetrics

Reynolds raking way up depth chart with stellar spring | mets.com

He’s had some impressive at bats this spring. Can anyone provide any insight into his defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt reynolds, mets

Seven rookie pitchers ready to make an impact this MLB season - MLB - SI.com

I’m not sold on Syndergaard, especially this year. After watching him get visibly flustered the other day, it might be a good idea for him to deal with the tough pitching environment of Las Vegas a little longer. On the other hand I’ve been impressed with Carlos Rodon. I look forward to watching him pitch a little more this spring.

Saving the best for last, the 22-year-old Syndergaard was ranked right around the tenth-best prospect in baseball by BA (11), MLB.com (10) and BP (9) coming into this ...

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Parity Found: Welcome to MLB’s 2015 Projected Standings, Where Everyone (and No One) Is a Winner «

Some good stuff from Ben Lindbergh. This is just one tidbit. Read the whole thing.

The AL is a prognosticator’s nightmare. As Phil Birnbaum and Neil Paine have noted, there’s an absolute limit to the accuracy of baseball projections. Even if we were omniscient when it came to team talent levels, we wouldn’t be able to predict luck. And luck has large effects: As Birnbaum wrote, “On average, nine teams per season will be lucky by six wins or more.” So what do we do with a division like ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics


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