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Saturday, September 08, 2018


Dodgers just 0.5 games behind Rockies

Dodgers now just 0.5 games behind the Rockies after a 4-2 road victory in Coors Field. The Rockies with 1 game in hand. They clash again today (Kyle Freeland, 2.96 in 170.1 innings, vs Walker Buehler, 2.92 in 104.2 innings) and tomorrow, plus three more times in SoCal in two weeks. Dodgers now healthy, Kershaw back from DL. Dodgers still yet to play @ Cards 3 times, plus they close the season with a tough six games @ Arizona and San Francisco. Rockies will play D-Backs twice more, SF on the ...

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BrokenBat Posted: September 08, 2018 at 11:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nl west, playoffs, rockies

Players union criticizes Blue Jays for not calling up Guerrero - Sportsnet.ca

Yesterday on MLB Now, Eno Sarris suggested an idea which could be workable related to service time. He suggested teams get a fixed amount of time for minor and major league service time. I believe he mentioned somewhere around 8 years, dependent on draft age. A more workable timeframe would probably be 10-11 years but I believe with more work, there could be something to the idea. The question is, though, what other compromises on both sides would be needed to get it done. In CBAs there is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cba, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Ryan Yarbrough has broken how Fangraphs calculates WAR - DRaysBay

Another reason not to use fWAR for pitchers.

The FIP shown isn’t the FIP that is used to calculate their brand of WAR. One has to add infield fly balls and the home park’s FIP park factor to reach the right calculation. After factoring in the 21 infield flyballs that Yarbrough has induced improves his 102 FIP- to 99 ifFIP- (in other words, he has been 0.8% better than the average American League pitcher).

It all comes down to replacement level. The other pitchers discussed have been used a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: ryan yarbrough, war

Friday, September 07, 2018

Could a pitching staff built around guys who throw 88-mph balls succeed in today’s MLB?

This is a little old but it’s relevant to some recent events.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 09:10 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, tommy john

Superstition is the way for MLB players, and that includes haunted hotels

Only 80%?

Hawes thinks more than 80 percent of claims of ghostly activity can be disproven. (That percentage might be higher among ballplayers: Bradley’s second book included a chapter on ghost-related pranks.) Still, he warns that players could be at greater risk for ghost-related mishap because they’re a large group who are frequently charged up with emotions from the night’s game. The player’s mood can work against their minds, leading them to believe every little noise or breeze is a ghost’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ghosts

Braves, Cobb in legal dispute over millions in stadium costs

We can be sure of only one thing…taxpayers will be screwed either way.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

White Sox rookie Michael Kopech likely to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss 2019 due to torn UCL

Michael Kopech had recently joined the Chicago White Sox rotation after years of being heralded as a top prospect. Four starts into his big-league career, he’d shown some of why he’s considered a potential future front-of-the-rotation starter.

Unfortunately, Kopech will miss the rest of the season and potentially all of 2019 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and likely undergoing Tommy John surgery, per the team:

jobu Posted: September 07, 2018 at 06:45 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: the sky is blue, tinstaapp, tommy john surgery, white sox


2018 Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Year

A year after making their full-season debuts, Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease dominated the Minor Leagues throughout 2018. Guerrero made a run at becoming the Minors’ first .400 hitter in 29 years and Cease was unhittable for much of the season, especially down the stretch.

Guerrero was a no-brainer choice as MLB Pipeline’s Hitter of the Year, and Cease was nearly as obvious a pick as our Pitcher of the Year. They also headline our annual ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 02:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

How to fix MLB service time dilemma impacting Vlad Jr. - Sportsnet.ca

So, the owners are going to kick in $60 million *and* have to fund a reestablished MLB Scouting Bureau just so a handful of players get called up a little earlier? Wouldn’t that kind of money be better used by getting controllable players a higher minimum wage and/or expanding pension benefits for players who currently don’t qualify? Unless they flame out, which makes the missing service time irrelevant anyway, guys like Bryant and Vlady will get their big payday eventually. At the same time, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: service time

What Gary Sanchez can improve | 09/07/2018 | MLB.com

The last couple of days on MLB Network radio Eduardo Pérez has been putting a lot of blame for Gary Sanchez’s defensive problems on the current Yankees coaching staff. Although they might deserve some blame, I’d say the lions share of the responsibility falls on Gary Sanchez.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, gary sanchez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2018

Omaha Daily Bee, September 7, 1918:

The Chicago Nationals put the world’s series on a 50-50 basis [yesterday] by defeating the Boston American, 3 to 1, in a good, old-fashioned game of base ball.

Tyler, pitching for Chicago, was the hero of the contest, for he projected a steady stream of bafflers and capped the climax by shooting a single over second that scored two runs.

All of Chicago’s runs were made in the second, when Bush, on the bridge for the Red Sox, could see periscopes bobbing up ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mark Shapiro says the Blue Jays’ decision to not call up Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. “has nothing to do with business”

Mark Shapiro then went on to say that, despite appearances to the contrary, bears were not going into the woods because they had business to attend to.

Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro appeared on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. When asked by super-prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was not called up after rosters expanded on September 1, Shapiro said the decision “has nothing to do with business.”

The full quote:

It has nothing to do with business. It has nothing to do with ...

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QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark shapiro, september roster expansions, vladimir guerrero jr.

Report: John Gibbons and Blue Jays to part ways after this season

So, anyone here considering applying for this job?

Less than a month after John Gibbons said he wasn’t overly interested in going through a rebuild in Toronto, a new report suggests he won’t have to.

The Blue Jays and their manager are set to part ways at the end of the season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. And while this development won’t shock anyone who has been following the team, it does mean that Gibbon’s second stint in Toronto is all but officially coming to a ...

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QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, managers

Marlins Man prepares epic return to Marlins Park

It’s hard to make jokes when almost every line is its own punchline…..

The best-known fan in sports, Marlins Man, is planning an unforgettable return to Marlins Park. You can be part of it and eat/drink for free.

Laurence Leavy, a lawyer-turned-superfan, will attend his first game of the season at Marlins Park on Monday Sept. 17 against the Washington Nationals.

But Marlins Man is doing it up huge.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: and they even alienated him, fans, marlins, the one fan the marlins have left

Sources: Fox Sports Detroit’s Mario Impemba and Rod Allen involved in physical altercation

Sadly, because of Disney’s purchase of FOX, I suspect that we can rule out any airings of When Announcers Attack in primetime in the coming weeks.

When Mickey​​ York and Craig Monroe threw to the booth during Wednesday night’s broadcast of Fox Sports Detroit’s “Tigers Live” pregame show, an unexpected duo appeared on screen — that of Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson.

Conspicuously absent from the show was the regular tandem of play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba and analyst Rod ...

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QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, detroit, fight, fight, fight, tigers

Rockies’ Trevor Story hit the longest home run in Statcast era on Wednesday

Five hundred and five feet.

That’s how far Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story hit a home run on Wednesday night at Coors Field during a game against the San Francisco Giants.

Zach Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, tape measure home runs, trevor story

Thursday, September 06, 2018


Should We Adjust How We Evaluate Pitching Prospects? | FanGraphs Baseball

Each season I consolidate prospect ratings and rankings from multiple sources. The last two years, based on research about typical WAR yields, I’ve shifted most pitchers downward and now spend most of my top picks on position players and try to stock up on pitchers later in the drafts. My stockpile of position players is really growing, while I’m still occasionally hitting on pitchers later.

My interest in these three specific pitchers relates to my work on last winter’s top-100 list with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-6-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 6, 1918:

“Stuffy” McInnis and “Babe” Ruth Heroes at World Series Opening

With runners on first and second base in the fourth inning of the first of the world series games at Chicago, “Stuffy” McInnis rapped a line single to left field and Dave Shean sped across the plate with the only run of the contest…It was the first time a 1 to 0 score has decided a world’s series game since 1905…

The battle was rated a great triumph for “Babe” Ruth, who outpitched another ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 06, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Tommy John Surgery recommended for Shohei Ohtani

Everything is the worst.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2018 at 06:12 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, everything is the worst, shohei ohtani

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez Are Latest Victims Of MLB Free Agency System That Needs Changing


But that’s not true. They had a say in their collectively bargained agreement. They didn’t prioritize getting the service time system changed. Even now, I’d say they have other priorities which would supersede ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 12:57 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, service time

OMNICHATTER has an early start….09/05/2018

Day baseball in Atlanta (noon) and Cleveland (1PM).

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:55 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 5, 1918:

With the sky partly overcast and showers threatening, the Cubs, champions of the National League, and the Boston Red Sox, pennant winners in the American League, took the field this afternoon in the opening game of what probably will be the last world’s series until hostile armies cease their strife.
...
If conditions made any difference it was to add to the chances of the Bostonians in the minds of the fans. Betting, which has been inclined ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

End of season top 100 prospects part 1 (1-50) the top players I saw in 2018 |

Stumbled on this site today. Looks promising.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tricking an Umpire

(Formerly titled Todd Frazier Tricked an Umpire with a Rubber Ball)

The link at the top goes to an article on Todd Frazier’s play the other day, for which there’s already a thread. This thread is being re-deployed to discuss times when umpires were tricked, intentionally or not, into making the wrong call. BDC’s post #5 below is a great example.

PreservedFish Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating

Join Jim’s OOTP League

About six years ago, I invited people to join my league. My request was successful and a few great people became valuable and fun additions to my Whalehead League. Due to a change in our simulation from Dynasty League Baseball (DLB) to Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), we have three open teams. 

We are a hardcore, dependable, competitive, and funny bunch. If you are dependable, knowledgeable, competitive, and aren’t sensitive to trashtalk, I encourage you to contact me. If you are funny as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

Joe Maddon’s circle of trust shrinking as Cubs struggle

So, how long before he has twenty pitchers on his roster and only uses three of them?

MILWAUKEE—For contending teams, September often can be about finding out who you can trust in big moments—and who you can’t. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon might be able to use Tuesday’s ugly 11-1 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for the latter category as his circle of trust might be shrinking right now.

Let’s start on the mound, where he’s still searching for plus and minus relievers—those guy who ...

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QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, pitching

10 Degrees: MLB’s absurd rules that keep prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. out of the majors

And just last week someone was arguing with me that there’s no game theory in baseball!

What’s most frustrating about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jiménez not gracing stadiums, nightly broadcasts, highlight shows, sizzle reels, memes and every other square inch of baseball-related programming this September is the reason for their absence from the major leagues. It is the purest and most repugnant distillation of capitalism in baseball, and it feels silly to even type something this ...

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QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: control issues, eloy jimenez, greed, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

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