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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Sources: Steven Wright likely to be replaced on playoff roster

Turns out that having aging stand-up comedians pitch for you isn’t recommended…..

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox, steven wright

MLB playoffs: Chris Sale’s velocity rebounds as he gives Red Sox their longest playoff start in five years

The Boston Red Sox started their American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday night by sending ace Chris Sale to the mound. The question with Sale was where would his velocity. For at least a night, he seemed to put those concerns to rest.

Sale completed 5 1/3 innings, holding the Yankees to five hits and two runs in a 5-4 victory. He did strike out eight while averaging 94.6 mph on his fastball. He topped out at 97 mph and his final pitch, No. 93, clocked in around ...

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QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, pitching, red sox

Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox aren’t America’s team this postseason, but guess who is?

What do the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have in common? Well, aside from each having massive payrolls and all still being alive in the postseason?

They’re all not the team America is throwing its support behind during the League Division Series. At least not according to the above infographic put together by Sportsbetting.ag, which shows each state’s rooting interest based on geotagged Twitter data.

The team that’s earning the most support from the most ...

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QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, geography, postseason

Friday, October 05, 2018

OT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom knew the old thread would get closed, thus detracting from what this site is really about: the baseball playoffs, maybe?

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 05, 2018 at 03:43 PM | 484 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2018

Los Angeles Herald, October 5, 1918:

Candidates for the presidency of the National League, notwithstanding the comparatively “dead times” of baseball that now temporarily prevail, are bobbing up and launching their claims for consideration.

While I [Sam Crane] was in Chicago attending the resent world’s series, Dick Kinsella announced his willingness to accept the position made vacant to suddenly by John K. Tener, and now, Joe O’Brien, who was once the president of the American association and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Hartford Native Peter Bjarkman, Foremost Expert, Author On Cuban Baseball, Dies At 77

Peter C. Bjarkman, a Hartford native who went on to become one of the foremost experts and most prolific writers about baseball in Cuba, died on Monday in Havana. He was 77.

“In America, everyone fancies himself a baseball expert,” wrote John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, “perhaps in Cuba, too. But no American has joined the past, present and future of each nation’s view of the game as Bjarkman has.”

Details of Bjarkman’s death were not immediately ...

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QLE Posted: October 05, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, history, peter bjarkman, rip

Thursday, October 04, 2018


Dipoto: Ichiro will be on Japan Series roster

Possibly the worst kept secret in the history of baseball?

While Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says there are many questions to be answered as the upcoming offseason plays out, one answer is already known. Ichiro Suzuki will be on the Major League roster when Seattle opens its regular season in Tokyo against the A’s in the Japan Series next March, as long as he is healthy.

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 04, 2018 at 04:54 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, japan

What Happened to the Houston Astros’ Hacker?

The Dogs went undefeated, consistently thrashing even the powerful All-Blacks. Something to put on my résumé, the Dogs’ coach thought to himself, mordantly. FPC Cumberland championship softball coach. His CV had once been impeccable. He had been Chris Correa, the former doctoral student who had steadily ascended through the front office of the Cardinals to become their scouting director, in charge of their amateur draft. No longer. Now he was Christopher J. Correa, federal inmate 04550-479.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

DeWitt on Cardinals chasing improvements for 2019: ‘We’re aggressive and we’ve got resources’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinal Way is not dead.

“They’ve certainly put pressure on themselves to get us where we want to go,” DeWitt said Thursday, including himself as part of that “collaborative” group. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we better win the division next year or we’re going to turn everything upside down.’ That’s not our view. I think that’s a dangerous approach because then you put people in position going all-in as the model. ‘Forget about two, three, five years down the road when, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, October 4, 1918:

Yeoman Robert W. Shawkey, U.S. N., is now at sea, having been transferred from the League Island navy yard at Philadelphia, where he was an accountant, to a transport.

According to statements made to the writer by a certain Philadelphian, Bob’s sea trip followed his decision to pitch for the Yankees when his services were desired by the League Island team, writes John W. Lawrence in the New York Mail.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

“Mr. Equilibrium: Jeter, Reggie & Papi’s Playoffs Performance vs Regular Season

Legendary October performers like Jackson, Ortiz and Jeter merely produced as they would during any other time of the season. Although playoff and Fall Classic outliers like Steve Garvey, Dave Henderson and Pablo Sandoval certainly exist, there are some players who just gave you almost exactly what they would at any time over 162 games.

djordan Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Average viewership for all seven of MLB Network’s daily studio shows increased in 2018

I love the channel (and MLB Radio too).

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: television

ALDS: This isn’t the Yankees-Red Sox of 2004

Does Passan have early onset Maury Chassism?

Baseball in 2018 is a rigid set of facts delivered, interpreted, distilled, tweaked and applied in hopes that the next set will have produced an outcome likelier to succeed. It is a multivariable math problem masquerading as a game. It is, in other words, the homo sapien to baseball in 2004’s homo erectus.

The comparison of those two years is no accident. Those were the days of mystique and aura, the time when it was cool to be a bunch of idiots. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Theo Epstein End-of-Season Press Conference: Everything – Dude Touches on *EVERYTHING*

Facebook Live feed of the press conference.

On the offense, Epstein’s tone and comments can not be misconstrued. He was clearly extremely disappointed and offered some sobering thoughts: “I mean this with no disrespect to any of our players (and coaches and front office and everyone involved): part of getting better is facing the problem. Our offense broke somewhere along the line.” Indeed, it did. According to Epstein, after a good first-half, almost every single indicator (a.k.a. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:31 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

This year, Red Sox had resting players down to a science

It’s tough to keep secret sauce all to yourself when some of your chefs move on to other jobs.

As Houston’s bench coach, Cora saw the fruits of how the Astros had sought extra opportunities to rest players. Moreover, he was struck by the information-based decision-making employed in planning for a seven-month season.

“I learned last year that [workload management] is very important,” said Cora. “Coming into this situation, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with the roster ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Brian Snitker had long journey to postseason | MLB.com

As the Braves prepare to open the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Thursday night, it’s incredible to think about where Snitker was from a mental perspective just more than a year ago, when his battles with Atlanta’s former general manager, John Coppolella, and former president of baseball operations, John Hart, had brought Snitker to the brink of giving up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Snitker said. “I thought for a while, ‘Well, I might ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bravesway, brian snitker

Yankees beat A’s in AL Wild Card Game | MLB.com

It’s been a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Marty Pattin, a major league All-Star in 1971 who won 114 games in a career that spanned 13 seasons, died Wednesday at the age of 75.

Pattin pitched for the Royals from 1974 to ’80 and also the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox. He had lived in Lawrence since 1982 when he accepted a job as head baseball coach at the University of Kansas where he led the Jayhawks from ’82 to ’87.

According to a source close to the ...

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QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marty pattin, rip

Epstein: Maddon to return for fifth season as Cubs manager

The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager’s office.

Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.

“He’s the manager of this team and I’m very happy about that,” Epstein said.

“And, if I end up not being so, I know some people in Boston who know exactly how to drive a guy away”, he later said off-the-record.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Cincinnati Reds to interview at least 3 more managerial candidates

The Cincinnati Reds are moving to the next phase of their managerial search and have started interviewing candidates outside the organization.

Joe Girardi, David Bell and Brad Ausmus will receive interviews, a club source confirmed Wednesday. There could be more candidates interviewed throughout the upcoming weeks.

The Reds had five internal candidates interview for manager: interim manager Jim Riggleman, special adviser John Farrell, third-base coach Billy Hatcher, interim bench coach Pat ...

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QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, david bell, joe girardi, reds

Cubs fan loses bet with internet, writes 1,000-word apology for doubting Brewers

Every Chicago Cubs fan lost a little something when the team completed its disappointing season with back-to-back losses at Wrigley Field this week, but one fan lost a little more.

Once the Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League Central division tiebreaker and the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game, it was official: Nathan Marzion had lost his very viral bet.

Back in May when the Brewers were looking hot and held a 3.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central, a ...

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QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, bets, brewers, cubs, fans

UGA baseball player Adam Sasser dismissed from team amid allegations of racial slurs

A Georgia Bulldogs baseball player who allegedly shouted racist remarks during Saturday’s Georgia football game has been dismissed from the team, the school announced Wednesday.

Adam Sasser, who played first base and was one of the Bulldogs’ top hitters, was alleged to have shouted racist remarks at Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, according to a Facebook post made by another student, Klarissa Gulebian, a third-year animal science major from Lawrenceville, Georgia.


Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Addison Russell suspended 40 games for violating MLB domestic abuse policy

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Russell’s suspension is retroactive to Sept. 21 and the league said in a statement says he has agreed to not appeal the ban.

The statement says Russell “will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.” Russell’s suspension will be unpaid.

It’s a bad week for the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:44 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, domestic abuse policy

‘Cold Hard Cash’: How Brian Cashman played the long game and used analytics to transform the Yankees’ culture – The Athletic

Some great stuff about the Yankees, including a mention of an old Usenet baseball legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian cashman, yankees


Year-end MLB Top 100 Prospects list

The next big thing.

Wander Franco, SS, Rays (No. 40 to No. 14)
Signed in July 2017, Franco had one of the most stirring professional, and United States, debuts in recent memory, making the Rookie-level Appalachian League look easy with a .351/.418/.587 line with 11 homers and 57 RBIs in 61 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 03:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings

How Alex Rodriguez whiffed in his ESPN playoff showcase

I wish I had known about the alternative broadcast on ESPN 2. I could have avoided talking to my TV and getting odd looks from my wife. The teams’ poor analysis of Freeland was especially irritating when compared to some spot on analysis of Freeland on MLB Network earlier in the day. And again, someone needs to tell the team they don’t have to fill every moment with uninteresting chatter. Please.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 03:25 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, broadcasting

Onetime A’s phenom Claudell Washington, fighting cancer,  take stock of a long career, one game in particular.

Charlie Finley had an idea. Charlie Finley always had an idea. This one was audacious even by his standards. The A’s owner called manager Alvin Dark and instructed him to put the 19-year-old phenom into the lineup. The kid who grew up in Berkeley. The kid who had only one major league at-bat under his belt.The move appealed to Finley’s theatrical inclinations. The game was one of the A’s Family Nights on which tickets were half-price. A crowd of 45,000 was expected. The opposing pitcher ...

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Texas Rangers: Why the remaking of the Rangers’ pitching staff has to start by trading Nomar Mazara | SportsDay

Development is not linear. Trading Mazara doesn’t sound like a good idea. Putting Choo at DH, moving Mazara to left, and installing Gallo in right seems like good moves to me. I have no idea what to do with Calhoun. Neither did the Dodgers, of course, which is why they dumped him on the Rangers.

What the Rangers have to hope is that someone else agrees with James and believes in the potential of a hitter who has three years in the bigs, yet doesn’t turn 24 until April.

Daniels needs to make a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

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