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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Days ahead of the Draft, here’s our latest mock

Last MLB Pipeline Mock Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2019 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

Adley Rutschman’s rank among best prospects in MLB Draft history | MLB.com

The Draft is coming!!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2019 at 01:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft


OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (June 2019)

The 2018-19 TV season is history, so here’s [Deadline’s] annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing from mid-May through August in various dayparts.


Bill Buckner: I Sing the Body Glyptodon

Like the glyptodon, Buckner was an odd specimen of a player who had few professional antecedents and no descendants. He too went where he wanted to go and did what he wanted to do, never thinking much about the consequences. Throughout his career he was lauded as an ultimate gamer who had made a celebrated commitment to playing hurt—after a severe ankle injury suffered in April 1975 he was always playing hurt. This invited the question of whether playing hurt is always a good thing, and why we celebrate the kind of self-sacrifice that also sacrifices the good of the team.

Hank Gillette Posted: June 01, 2019 at 07:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bill buckner, replacement level, sabrmetrics

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inside the Reds’ historic pitching turnaround

In October, David Bell was hired as the team’s new manager. His first coaching hire was to convince Derek Johnson to jump from the Brewers, where he’d spent the previous three seasons garnering positive reviews for his work as Milwaukee’s pitching coach. They later added Caleb Cotham, who had pitched in 23 games for the ‘16 Reds, as assistant pitching coach with a focus on analytics. Cotham had been teammates with a few current Reds, and he’s been tasked with bringing the Reds up to date on the technical revolution overtaking the game.

“Feel, a lot of times, just isn’t real,” Cotham told MLB.com in January. “A lot of guys think they’re throwing a 12-6 curveball, but then you look at it and it’s closer to a slider. Without high-speed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Greinke is the master of the ‘slowball’

This season, Greinke has thrown 80 pitches under 70 mph. That’s by far the most of any pitcher. In fact, the next-closest “pitcher” is Greinke’s own teammate, John Ryan Murphy ... who you might recognize as a catcher. Murphy, designated for assignment last week, pitched in two blowouts, and just lobbed the ball in. Greinke’s thrown nearly double the sub-70 mph pitches as the next-closest true pitcher, Oakland’s Chris Bassitt, who’s thrown 45.

But here’s the best part. In the at-bats decided on those sub-70 mph eephus-like curves, hitters are 0-for-31 with 12 strikeouts. On about three-fourths of the 80 slow curves he’s thrown in total, Greinke has gotten either a strike (called, swinging or foul) or an out on a ball in play.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: zack greinke

The Downside Of Being The 26th Man

The problem for Reed, though, is that because he was not technically on the 25-man roster as the 26th man in a doubleheader, he’ll recover from that injury on the minor league injured list rather than the Major League injured list. Logic would seemingly dictate that a player injured while performing in a Major League game would rehab that injury while receiving the benefits of the MLB IL — that is, service time and MLB pay. That won’t be the case for Reed or future players who are injured while serving as the 26th man, though.

It may not seem like a major distinction, but consider the discrepancy between the prorated Major League minimum salary and the monthly salaries that a players make in Triple-A. Reed is fortunate in the sense ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 26th man


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2019

El Paso Herald, May 31, 1919:

Funds are rapidly accumulating for the erection of a monument or tablet to Capt. Eddie Grant, baseball’s hero of the Argonne, and generous contributions have been made by the officers of the 77th division, with which he fought, to the purse started by baseball men in New York last winter. The Grant memorial fund, which has charge of the moneys, is now seeking a suitable site for the location of the memorial and it is probable that the Polo Grounds, in New York, will be selected as the spot for its erection.

The memorial was, appropriately, unveiled on Memorial Day in 1921. It’s not crystal clear where the plaque is now. The Baseball Reliquary probably has it, but some have said their plaque might be a prototype ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie grant, heroes, history, memorial day

Pretty as a picture: Ranking the best pitch framers among MLB catchers – The Athletic

Flowers is number one.

5. Jeff Mathis, Rangers
At the season’s end, SIS presents The Fielding Bible Awards to the top defender at each position. Mathis won the award at catcher despite catching only 63 games last season. But this was not a case of giving a Gold Glove to Rafael Palmeiro for barely playing first base.

Mathis won on the merits — for being an outstanding pitch blocker and pitch framer. Regarding the latter, Mathis is elite when it comes to getting strikes on low pitches, whether they are in or out of the strike zone. He frequently beats the ball to the spot and ensures he’s catching it with momentum going toward the zone. His hands are fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, catchers, pay site

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Astros send prospect Forrest Whitley to minor league injured list with shoulder fatigue - Houston Chronicle

Amid an awful start to his Class AAA season, Forrest Whitley was placed on the minor league injured list with right shoulder fatigue on Wednesday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

No structural damage was discerned from visits with Astros doctors. Whitley will rehab at the Astros spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., Luhnow said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2019 at 11:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, forrest whitley

Almora overcome with emotion after foul ball hits child in stands

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora reacted as any parent might when a foul ball he hit in Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros struck a young girl in the stands.

Almora, a father of two, immediately put his hands on top of his head, then sunk to a knee on the ground as play came to a halt. Teammate Jason Heyward put his arm on Almora’s shoulders and Cubs manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout to offer words of support.

All major league teams have extended the protective netting around home plate in recent years, but it does not cover the entirety of the lower bowl.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, nets, netting

Phillies face depleted bullpen because of injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gable Kapler could have draped a stethoscope around his neck in his office that seemed more fit for an urgent care.

“I have notes on injury stuff,” Kapler said Wednesday, not long before Philadelphia’s scheduled game against St. Louis went into a rain delay. “There’s some stuff to report.”

Just a few notes.

One reliever had surgery. Another went on the injured list. Three more relievers may not return until some time in June.

In retrospective, investing a fortune on a right fielder with a 110 OPS+ might not have been the brightest idea in the world….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, injuries, phillies

APNewsBreak: Cubs-Cards set for London on June 13-14 in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are set to play at London next season in a two-game series at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.

St. Louis will be the home team for both games, according to a draft of the 2020 preliminary schedule obtained by The Associated Press.

Chicago will be at Philadelphia from June 8-10, then has a pair of off days. The Cubs will be off June 15 and then start a homestand at Wrigley Field against the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

“I’ve had experience traveling over there and the time difference is pretty dramatic, especially when you go that way,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “When you come back, you’re always able to catch up, when you’re going back in time as ...

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QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, london, neutral site games

MLB roundup: Cubs’ win over Astros marred by fan’s injury

Kyle Hendricks pitched eight effective innings, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant homered, and the visiting Chicago Cubs averted a series sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 2-1 interleague victory Wednesday.

The game was briefly delayed in the fourth inning when Chicago’s Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball that struck a young fan in the stands. The Astros confirmed after the game that the child was taken to a hospital, but according to Houston radio station KBME 790 AM (SportsTalk790), the fan was expected to be all right.

The incident shook up Almora, who struck out to finish the at-bat. After the half-inning, he was seen sobbing after talking to a security guard stationed near where the child was seated.

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QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: albert almora, astros, cubs, fans hit by projectiles

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says broken rib was caused by in-home massage

News broke earlier Wednesday that Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa is due to miss four-to-six weeks with a broken rib. All we knew at the time was that Correa wasn’t with his team at the ballpark and that his manager didn’t say how the injury happened. That remains the case leading up to Wednesday’s game:

Correa, though, has issued a statement. And, well, hold onto your hats:

“I’m extremely disappointed about not being on the field with my teammates. I sustained the rib fracture during a massage at my home on Tuesday. To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating. However, I will work hard to get back on the field as quickly as possible to help our team achieve our goal of winning another championship.” ...Read More...

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, injury, massage

Indians end shocking, record-setting drought in most convincing way possible

The Cleveland Indians have been searching a lot during the 2019 season.

Most notably, they’ve been searching for better luck in the health department and more consistency between the white lines.

But it’s not just those important elements that have proven elusive. Some stats have gone missing as well. In particular, the Indians entered Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with a giant goose egg in a statistical category that will probably shock you.

The Indians went an MLB-record 54 games without a triple to start this season. But they finally put that streak to rest in convincing fashion, collecting three triples in their 14-9 win at Fenway Park.

A bit of a strange park to break such a streak at, though, in the current ...

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QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, triples

Former MLB outfielder Angel Pagan rescued after boat capsizes in Puerto Rico

Former MLB outfielder Angel Pagan and two others were rescued at sea Tuesday morning after their boat capsized off the coast of Puerto Rico.

According to a report on conlasbasesllenas.com, Pagan, former minor league reliever Orlando Roman and a 16-year-old boy had their boat flipped by a 15-foot wave near the mouth of the Cibuco River on the northern coast of the island.

Telemundo reports Roman was treated for a head injury. Pagan and the minor were not injured.

When I was wondering where he was now, this wasn’t what I had in mind….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan, boat

Royals-White Sox Beef Gains New Life As Pitcher Tossed For Hitting Tim Anderson In The Head

The beef between White Sox shortstop and good bat-flipper Tim Anderson and the Kansas City Royals reared its ugly head again Wednesday night, when Anderson was plunked in the helmet in the second inning by Royals starter Glenn Sparkman. In an effort to get out ahead of any escalating hostility, home plate umpire Mark Carlson immediately tossed Sparkman for what upon further review could very easily have been a poorly thrown changeup.

As the Royals broadcast was at pains to point out, Sparkman’s pitch didn’t have the velocity of the usual chin-music message pitch, clocking in at a relatively breezy 86 miles per hour. Sparkman’s fastball goes into the low to mid-90s; both his changeup and slider coast along in the mid-80s, suggesting ...

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QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: feud, hit by pitch, royals, tim anderson, white sox

Not bad for a summer job, but are baseball’s ‘advanced defensive metrics’ accurate?

Slog through the fine print of advanced baseball metrics and you often find a passage that says, Yeah, these numbers might not be accurate, but it’s the best information we’ve got, so let’s go with it.

Which is pretty much the same thought process that led to the belief that the Earth was flat, the sun orbited around it and a good way to identify a witch was to tie her up and throw her in the nearest lake to see if she sank.

“Sure, we might be ‘wrong’ and drown a few people, but it’s the best system we’ve got.”

Here’s the problem with that: When we accept and use these numbers without question we give them validity, and players are now being judged by metrics that even the metrics’ advocates admit may not be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-30-2019

Liberty [Mississippi] Southern Herald, May 30, 1919:

All the blackboard stuff in the world can’t help when such a play is pulled as came off in the Cardinals-Reds game on April 24. In the third inning with one down Heathcote on first, Hornsby hit as clean a smash as ever was poled. It was good for three bases at least. Heathcote ran as far as second, listened to [Cincinnati second baseman] Morris Rath a moment and then raced back for first. He met Hornsby on the way. Rogers passed him and was called out. And there stood Heathcote back on first base, well satisfied with himself.

That’s not a TOOTBLAN, that’s a COOTBAGID*.

* - called out on the basepaths, another guy is dumb.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 30, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cootbagid, dugout, dumbness, history

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, May 29, 1919:

Ty Cobb Sued For $10,000 As Result Of Hotel Fight

Ty Cobb is the defendant in a $10,000 damage suit filed April 26 by Ada Morris…it became known yesterday when Judge Clyde J. Webster signed an order of default, attorneys for the plaintiff claiming they served notice of the suit during the baseball game [in Detroit] on that date and that Cobb ignored it. The plaintiff alleges that Cobb kicked her following an altercation in a Detroit hotel on April 25.

Sounds like Cobb could have played in the NFL if it had been around then.

Anyway, according to reports, Cobb dropped an N-bomb on Morris and she responded unfavorably, so he kicked her in the stomach and knocked her down a flight of stairs. As one does. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2019 at 10:05 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: asshats, dugout, history, racism, ty cobb


Don’t look now, Mets have a new best pitcher

Don’t look now but Matz’ 3.55 ERA is the best among Mets starting pitchers. Better than Jacob deGrom. Better than Noah Syndergaard. Better than Zack Wheeler.

“That’s the best Matz has ever pitched,’’ Mickey Callaway said. “He got the ball and threw the ball, not one ounce of emotion. You could tell he was locked in. He did what he had to do against a lineup like that. He’s been our most consistent starter.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2019 at 06:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz


Video: Randal Grichuk misplay turns into inside-the-park homer for Avisaíl García

Tropicana Field influenced a misjudgment from Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk, leading to an inside-the-park solo home run for White Sox DH Avisaíl García in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night. Ahead two balls and no strikes against Clayton Richard, García popped up a fastball to shallow right field. García hung his head in disappointment for not hitting the ball well. Grichuk lost the ball in Tropicana Field’s roof. The ball ended up dropping some 30 feet behind him, bouncing all the way to the fence in the right field corner. García came all the way around to score, boosting the Rays’ lead to 2-0. They would go on to win 3-1.

Tropicana Field is frequently the cause of baseball’s stranger plays. Along with ...

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QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, inside-the-park home run, randal grichuk

LEADING OFF: Smeltzer’s amazing story, Paxton vs Paddack

The inspiring story of Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is sure to spread following his dazzling debut in the big leagues.

Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he was just 9 years old, Smeltzer wasn’t deterred in his goal to reach the majors. He made it Tuesday and pitched six shutout innings for Minnesota against Milwaukee at Target Field.

The lanky, 23-year-old lefty with a funky delivery gave up three hits, walked none and struck out seven. He got a no-decision in a game the Twins won.

“I know that tomorrow, between the lines, may not happen. It’s been told to me before, and I don’t take a day for granted out there,” he said later.

 

QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, debuts, devin smeltzer

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