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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christian Yelich starting to hit for power | MLB.com

Yelich hits the ball hard. Everybody has just been waiting for him to start putting a little more loft into his swing. Maybe he’s starting to do that.

Yelich has long been considered a “pure hitter” who works the gaps, and he’s living up to that reputation. With two hits on Friday, his slash line is now .320/.396/.499.
The past couple of years, Yelich has ranked at the top of all players in ground-ball percentage. Last year, for instance, his ground-ball percentage was 62.5 percent, compared to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

(*) MASTER NOTES: Statcast and me, part 1 of many (I hope) | BaseballHQ.com

Give us the defense!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Moe Berg: Catcher, Lawyer, Horndog, Spy - Twinkie Town

Why did Berg, who could have done anything, choose to do nothing?

Nicholas Dawidoff wrote a fascinating biography of Berg, from which I stole all of this. And I don’t care: “The Catcher Was A Spy” is being made into a movie starring Paul Rudd, so Dawidoff has that Hollywood cash cash money money now, I can steal with a clear conscience. Dawidoff writes:

Berg ... ever on the move, always avoiding sustained relationships where people might get a get clear look at him. And he was equally ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: moe berg

Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly weighing change at manager

Who else can be blamed?

Sources indicated on Friday that the club was considering making a change, not exactly a stunning revelation in a season that ranks among the most disappointing in franchise history. Triple-A Reno manager Phil Nevin, who was a finalist for the managerial job two years ago, is expected to be a candidate if Hale is fired.

Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart would not answer specific questions.

“I don’t want to comment on rumors,” Stewart said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, diamondbacks

Up close and personal with Mike Piazza and his post-baseball life | New York Post

“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

#MLBRank: Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb make Stark’s all-time top 10

Jayson Stark’s all-time top ten.

1. Babe Ruth

My buddy Schoenfield ranked the Bambino fourth, based on the supposition that Ruth wouldn’t have been the same player in our time that he was in his time. Fun argument. But I’m not here to even attempt to rank Ruth in any alternative universe. So let’s just ask what he was in the universe he existed in. Answer: Oh, only the most important and transformative hitter/pitcher/larger-than-life character ever. That’s all. In that brief period when he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Russell Martin suffers an injury after staying in the sauna too long - CBSSports.com

On top of that, his skin was very pruney.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, russell martin

Heyman - Welcome To Worst Starting Pitcher Market Ever - TKB

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Yankees beat Giants on 8th-inning error | MLB.com

It’s tough to be a seller when your team keeps winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Baseball Prospectus | DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS

Baseball Prospectus updates its pitching metric.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER 7-23-16

What is this, some kind of OMNICHATTER?

Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2016 at 12:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kansas City Royals add ultrasound system MuscleSound

Looking for an edge.

Kenney says the players remain divided on the new technology, with some fearing that any information—the technology does read the quality of a muscle—will get used against them in future contract talks, but others stay “very, very interested to see where their body is taking them.”

“We are trying to get guys to optimal levels and increase performance levels,” Kenney says. “That is our intended use.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, science

OMNICHATTER 7-22-16

It’s chatterific!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

MLB Scores Big Win in Minor-League Wage Lawsuit

Last October, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball’s minor-league pay practices scored an important, albeit preliminary, victory when the court tentatively certified the case as a collective-action lawsuit. As I noted at the time, this meant that rather than have to file individual lawsuits for every player allegedly denied the minimum wage or overtime, current and former minor-league players could instead opt-in to the existing litigation and have their claims ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 22, 1916:

Hans Wagner, holder of diamond records galore during twenty-one years of big league ball, has added another mark to his string in the form of home run No. 106.
...
His total of 106 probably never will be equaled.

Certainly there’s no chance it could ever be equaled by anyone playing big league baseball in 1916, right?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Rockies’ Mark Reynolds crushes 484-foot homer | MLB.com

This is a giant-sized homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mark reynolds, rockies

Ichiro Suzuki records 2 hits, 4 shy of 3,000 | MLB.com

It can happen any day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ted Berg: I badly wanted MLB to adopt replay before 2014. Now I find it boring and dumb

I get that it’s a complicated thing and there are a million factors I haven’t considered. But the way it is right now kind of stinks, and I can’t imagine it’s actually improving MLB’s on-field product even if it’s technically making it more fair.

Like sports talk radio, it starts more arguments than it solves.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 21, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules

Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM? - StarTribune.com

Souhan thinks Pohlad is a bumpkin.

Hiring the next big thing is an exercise in research and perceptiveness, and it is difficult. When MacPhail left the Twins after the 1994 season to run the Cubs as one of baseball’s most respected bosses, he wanted to hire a general manager to work below him. On the flight to Chicago, he showed me a list of potential candidates that included Sabean, who has won three of the past five World Series with the Giants. Then he hired Ed Lynch.

On Monday, Pohlad did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Heyman - Stewart Defends D-backs From Unnamed Accusations

The best way to answer the critics is to win.

The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.

Seems like an unlikely reason to make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers


Pokemon Go craze hits Chicago Cubs clubhouse—sort of - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

You don’t really have to catch them all.

Has the Pokemon Go craze found its way into the Chicago Cubs clubhouse? That was the question put to players this week, as their ability to travel the country and catch Pokemon make them prime candidates for the addicting and popular game.

“I’ve caught two so far,” pitcher Jason Hammel said. “The first one might be a gimme so they can hook you. I’m going to show it to my son, and he will love that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Physics of Catchers’ Knees – The Hardball Times

My knees hurt just from reading the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 21, 1916:

The Cleveland Club has protested to [American League] President Johnson that the grass at Shibe Park should be cut. Manager Fohl claims that the grass is so long that the outfielders are in danger of tripping or turning an ankle. It is a fact that the grass is longer than any we have ever seen in a major league park, but Mack says it will not be cut until the Mackmen depart for the West. He argues that it would be impossible to cut the grass ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, groundskeeping, history

Top Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman makes first start in left field, notches three hits for Fresno Grizzlies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Bregman sees time in left field.

Alex Bregman can hit. He can play shortstop. He can play third base. On Wednesday night, he added another line to his defensive resume and kept swinging the same bat that has Houston abuzz.

With rumors flying about an imminent promotion to the Major Leagues, the Astros’ top prospect made his first professional start in left field—where he contributed two putouts—and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored as Triple-A Fresno topped Round Rock, 8-5.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Rangers’ Prince Fielder has herniated disk | texasrangers.com

Free Joey Gallo!

The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disk in his neck.

Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.

The herniation is just above a previous injury that was surgically ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, prince fielder, rangers

Rays shut down Cobb to deal with fatigue, mechanical issues | Tampa Bay Times

Their season is over; why push him?

The Rays returned Cobb from his rehab assignment and essentially stopped the 30-day clock, thus, given a mandatory seven-day wait, postponing his next start until at least Monday. Cobb left his second rehab start July 11 after one inning, so he will go at least two full weeks between games. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today at the Trop, then possibly a live batting practice next.

“He’s had some fatigue issues in his arm, and that, along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, rays

Cubs get Mike Montgomery in 4-player trade | MLB.com

The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, trade

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