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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jones’ Gold Glove ‘D’ again on display | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see (if the data is made available) what the new metrics have to say about Jones’ defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, orioles

Torii, Molitor ejected for arguing balls, strikes

Watching Hunter made me miss Earl Weaver and Lou Piniella.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: torii hunter, twins

Yankees fans are clearly ready for the Bryce Harper Era in New York - The Washington Post

This is amusing.

“Are the Yankees in Bryce Harper’s future?” asked the New York Post. “Fut-ure Yank-ee” and “20-19″ chanted fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium during New York’s 6-1 win. (Harper is under the Nationals’ control through the 2018 season.)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, yankees

Right field bleachers open - Chicago Tribune

The right field bleachers are finally opening.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Bernie: Matheny’s teams are tough like La Russa’s : Sports

That toughness is certainly being tested.

The subject of mental and physical toughness has popped up multiple times in Matheny’s online blog.

“Every once in a while,” Matheny wrote in 2013, “you find a group that almost seems to stand up taller and straighter when things get tougher. You see them stick out their chin and say ‘Okay, bring it on.’ I love the fight in these guys and the fact that they can’t wait to prove people wrong. To me, that is toughness.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Clemson’s Schmidt receives first cancer treatment, drafted by Re - FOX Carolina 21

Let’s hope Clate Schmidt beats this before embarking on a nice career.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mets eyeing Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman, sources say - Newsday

According to Foxsports.com reports, the clubs have engaged in preliminary discussions, though the talks have gained little traction.

[Aramis] Ramirez, 36, is a three-time All-Star with plans to retire after the season. He is off to a slow start, hitting .213 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 48 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 05:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis ramirez, brewers, mets

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

OMNICHATTER 6-11-2015

I’m a mighty, mighty OMNICHATTER, I’m young and I’m in my prime…

Gamingboy Posted: June 10, 2015 at 11:12 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The anatomy of a bad-ball hitter - Beyond the Box Score

Some hitters have better skills at putting the bat on the ball. Who knew?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 01:21 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dodger Dogged: How Don Mattingly Has Shaken Off the Critics and Embraced the Challenge of Managing in L.A. «

Jonah Keri looks at Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-10-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 10, 1915:

In the event of the Federal league giving up the ghost or some sort of a compromise being made between organized baseball and the new circuit, there is danger of Baltimore being entirely eliminated from the game.

That city’s history in baseball is such that even the weakest minor league would hesitate about putting a club in there when the field is cleared. No club in the history of the town has ever been supported in Baltimore.
...
When the present situation is ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 10, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Video: Correa’s first career homer | MLB.com

Some exciting young players have debuted this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Votto joins Bench in record books with 3 homers | reds.com

Joey Votto on Tuesday night etched his name on a Reds list that only Johnny Bench is also on.

Votto knocked three home runs against the Phillies to lead Cincinnati to an 11-2 victory and secure the three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The three-homer game was Votto’s third of his career and catapulted him into the record books as one of only two Reds to ever have three career three-home run games—with the other being Bench.
“It’s very cliche to say it, but any time you’re alongside a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Updated Giants notes: DL is a strong possibility for Hunter Pence, Blanco scratched, setting the schedule for Cain and Peavy, SF’s draft list includes a familiar name - Giants Extra

Hunter Pence wasn’t sure if he’d need to go back on the disabled list. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is willing to wait a day.

This much is clear: Pence’s left wrist remained too sore to return to the Giants lineup Tuesday night as the club opens a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Pence felt more discomfort in his wrist when he tried to swing off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice.

As Pence himself noted, Tuesday would be the seventh day he hasn’t played. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Mets turned biggest strength into a mess that’s not going away | New York Post

Is it the Mets or the sportswriters turning this into a mess?

The arrangement already has infuriated Gee, who has felt yo-yoed. The Mets have tried to trade him since the beginning of last offseason and may have been able to swap him to the Dodgers for Juan Uribe (before Uribe was moved to the Braves). But at the time the Mets did not think David Wright’s absence was going to be extended much further and were comfortable with the pre-DL Daniel Murphy playing third.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


All Star Ballot Update: Royals taking over the world

We have yet another in a seemingly infinite loop of All-Star balloting updates, and it appears the Kansas City Royals fans aren’t losing steam. In fact, they are gaining it. Seven of the nine starting spots in balloting currently belong to Royals with Omar Infante real close to Jose Altuve at second base. Not only that, but Alex Rios is fourth in AL outfielders—though it does seem a total longshot to get him past Mike Trout.

Still, it’s something to behold. Check out these Royals.

I have no ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 10, 2015 at 01:14 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: as game, ballot stuffing, lulz, royals

6-10-15 OMNICHATTER

Galaxy News OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 10, 2015 at 12:07 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

ESPN: Starks: It’s time to trade draft picks in MLB

In those other sports, it’s part of life, part of the intrigue, part of the drama of draft day. Who’s trading up? Who’s trading down? Who’s scheming? Who’s listening?
In those other sports, the trading of draft picks is a given. Taken for granted. Buzzed about for weeks. An indispensable part of the fun.
And in baseball? Still stuck in a 50-year-old time warp. Still banning something that would increase interest in the draft by about a billion times. Trade your first-round pick? Still ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: stuck-in-a-time-warp, trades

Simon: Q&A with Max Scherzer

But does having eyes of different colors remain a market inefficiency?

Simon: “Two things have become much more popular lately: pitch framing and defensive shifts. What are your approaches with regard to each of those?”

Scherzer: “Framing is there. Certain catchers get more calls than others, but the pitcher has to put the ball in the right spot to let the catcher do that. It’s more parts catcher, but there is a pitcher part to that, especially if you want to work the outside edges and down and ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, max scherzer, nationals, pitch framing, sabermetrics

Lauber: Xander Bogaerts blossoming into a star | Boston Herald

Since reintroducing an old toe tap at the plate, Bogaerts has looked like a different hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-9-2015

Harrisburg Telegraph, June 9, 1915:

Christy Mathewson will be out of baseball for several weeks, it was said yesterday, after the pitching star of the New York Nationals had undergone a rigid examination by a nerve specialist.

Suffering from a nervous disorder of the left shoulder, Mathewson has been unable to take his regular turn in pitching for some time…He had been unable to sleep more than three hours a night, he said, because of the pain. The disorder extended to the right shoulder ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 09, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history

No more anticipation, Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa delivers in debut - SweetSpot - ESPN

The Correa era begins in Houston.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

2015 Draft: Best Available For Day Two - BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s best available for day two.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tulo, CarGo leading Rockies’ resurgence | MLB.com

Much to my disappointment, I was just too tired to make it through the second round. Still some good players available for day two.

The top 10 players, according to the MLB.com rankings, still on the board, are:
23. Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville HS (Tenn.)
28. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke
31. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)
33. Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (Ga.)
39. Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Acadamy (Fla.)
41. Jalen Miller, SS, Riverwood International Charter School (Ga.)
45. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Chris Sale strikes out 14 Astros in White Sox’ 3-1 victory

Chris Sale was dominant last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

OMNICHATTER 6-9-2015

OMNICHATTER Tactics

Gamingboy Posted: June 09, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, June 08, 2015

Baseball’ Flawed Genius Reviewed

Simon says You Can Call Me… Billy

The meat of the book is Martin’s stormy managerial career. Martin was clearly a managerial descendant of Casey Stengel, there’s a little Chuck Dressen influence there, too. At least that’s what Martin said at some point. You could make a peak argument for Martin being one of the best, if not the best managers of all time.

fra paolo Posted: June 08, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

SB Nation: Newspaper celebrates MLB’s first amphibious pitcher

One if [he pitches] by land, two if by sea…

Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can’t be too busy to fact-check things like “the word for someone who can use both hands equally well.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, newspapers, oakland a's, pat venditte

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