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Monday, August 14, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Rangers voting thread

So, we’re down to four.

The overwhelming choice in the nominees was some kind of return to the original name for the Rangers joint, though opinion seemed divided on the full name or the half-measure. So, we’re leaving both options available.

Choose between any of the four selections. However, if you prefer Choice A), then please follow it up with 1) the naked version or 2) the full throw-back to the Ballpark in Arlington.

For those who don’t like either of these options, you’d ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium names

Monday, August 21, 2017

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

According to my information, Sano’s weight has gradually risen all season and is now well above 260 pounds, which is the number listed on the Twins roster. He might be 20 to 25 pounds heavier than that.

Sano is 24 and until this week he had not suffered any injuries related to his bulk, but even his strength and assorted other athletic gifts will not allow him to be the player he should be if he isn’t careful.

Pablo Sandoval comes to mind. The two-time All-Star third baseman failed to ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diet, disabled list, fat, food, sano, twins

Justin Verlander’s domination of Dodgers looked like an Astros audition | ESPN

“I went out there against the best team in baseball, and this morning I just kind of told myself I was going to take a playoff type of intensity out there and not let these guys sweep us,” Verlander said.

“It’s impossible to really create a playoff atmosphere without being in the playoffs, but I tried my best to do that and use that much more focus and intensity on every pitch.”

It’s almost as if he took out a full-page ad in a Houston paper saying, “This is Justin Verlander dialed up to ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, verlander

Sunday, August 20, 2017

CC Sabathia went from lowest low to highest high in two weeks | New York Post

From retirement to rescue, all in a 12-day span for CC Sabathia.

If it didn’t quite match Homer Simpson going through the five stages of grief in less than 60 seconds (Season 2, when he eats the poison blowfish), well … that was make-believe. This actually happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Sunday Notes: Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield is Playing to Win | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Jake Arrieta is pitching like an ace again — just in time for free agency - Chicago Tribune

“We’re just trying to win this division, that’s what we’re focused on,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said Friday when asked about Arrieta’s future. “Offseason stuff, we’ll deal with it when the time comes. Nothing has been determined, and that story is not written yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Charlie Morton’s secret to pitching: throw harder - Beyond the Box Score

Morton hasn’t always been a hard-throwing righty, either. His average velocity on both his four-seam fastball and his two-seam fastball (or sinker) are at career-highs this year, at 96.0 mph and 95.4 mph, respectively. Morton touched 99.1 mph with the two-seamer earlier this year. “Charlie Morton can throw 99 mph” is not a sentence I expected to write when beginning this piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, charlie morton

Jeffrey Loria has ‘no sad feelings whatsoever’ about selling the Marlins - Sun Sentinel

Marlins fans share his sentiments. Without all the cash, though.

“I have no sad feelings whatsoever,” Loria said. “I love this game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

MLB umpire protest: Umps unlikely to get sympathy from fans | SI.com

She’s got that right.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

MLB World Umpires on Twitter: ”

Bad umpires of the world UNITE!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Gregg Olson: Orioles’ emphasis on talented, structured bullpens is nothing new - Baltimore Sun

“I’m a firm believer in people knowing what their jobs are and what they’re roles are,” Olson said, “and the times that I really struggled were times when I was in bullpens and I didn’t know when the phone rang that it was me. So, I wasn’t spending the 30 minutes before that preparing for who’s coming up, how I want to face them, what situations I’m walking into.

“My five years here, I knew what the situation was when the phone rang and I took off my coat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, orioles

Roberto Osuna is in a better place after openly discussing anxiety issues - LA Times

In the culture of professional sports, where players try to play through injuries and sometimes consider talking about injuries a sign of weakness, it is remarkable that Osuna is willing to talk openly and comfortably — and in a second language — about what happened in those dark days.

“I was just feeling lost,” he said. “I didn’t feel like myself. I was feeling dizzy. I wasn’t sure where I was. It was really weird.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Mets have only themselves to blame for cheap shots | New York Post

There is nothing wrong with saving some cash by getting rid of expensive players who aren’t in your plans for the next season. As long as the money gets put back into the team. Mets fans don’t have a lot of trust in the Wilpons to do it.

He explained how slicing salary now allows him to prove to ownership that it can be done. He said that allows ownership to loosen its purse strings in the winter. He admitted he couldn’t swear that every dollar saved this year will automatically go toward ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Daren Willman:“Breaking down the quality of contact chart (exit velocity / launch angle)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reusse: Twins’ altercation in 1967? Part about a gun on team bus was avoided

The “by-play” among Ted Uhlaender, Tony Oliva, and Dave Boswell on the Twins team bus from the Detroit airport to the hotel is evidently a euphemism for gunplay.

Then, Tony took the copy of the Star’s front sports page, looked at the headline – “Ermer’s Strong Hand Calms Twin Squabble’’ – and offered the slight smile that indicates he’s interested in something.

“There was a part of this that no one would talk about, and the writers didn’t write,’’ he said. “Boswell ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 19, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, guns, history, twins


MLB.com: O’s/Angels hit 10 home runs; Manny caps it off with Walk-Off Grand Slam

After an early five-run deficit, Machado—who had already homered twice—came up with the bases loaded and did the unthinkable: blasting a grand slam to catapult Baltimore to a 9-7 walkoff win over the Angels.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 19, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, grand slam, manny machado, mike trout, orioles, walk-off

MLBTR: Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson

The Dodgers fortify the postseason roster while the Mets receive a few shekels to help meet the bankers’ demands.

Granderson, 36, gives the Dodgers yet another interesting piece to work with. The timing of his addition is particularly notable given that Los Angeles just welcomed veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, which seemingly left breakout young star Cody Bellinger slated for at least some additional time in the outfield. Then again, it may turn out that Gonzalez will ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 19, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, dodgers, madoff, mets, money, ptbnl

Friday, August 18, 2017


‘Skunk in the outfield’: How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball

There were 16 plays, with a page or two of explanation for utilizing and defending each. A lot of the plays were clearly cheating, such as the runner going from second to home, skipping (or “cutting”) third base when the umpires were looking the other way. Some were just plain baseball, stuff every team did, like a delayed steal. Some didn’t seem likely to work, and some didn’t seem realistic. Then there was a play called “skunk in the outfield.”

That’s how it came to be that a Portsmouth ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 18, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hidden ball trick, skunks, trick play

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 18, 1917:

The pennant winner of the Southern association is to play a post-season series of games with a team composed of the best players from clubs that finish second, third and fourth, according to an announcement by R.G. Baugh, president of the league.

That’s a cool idea. I like that a lot.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB Commissioner says approval for sale of Miami Marlins is on track | Miami Herald

Is the removal of the sculpture a condition of the sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: franchise sale, marlins

Twins Byron Buxton evolving as a hitter | MLB.com

If Buxton never learns how to hit, the glove alone—depending on your metric, he’s one of the best outfielders in baseball along with Ender Inciarte and Mookie Betts—makes him useful. If he’s a league-average hitter, he’s a star. If Buxton is actually the dangerous hitter we saw last September and are seeing now, the sky is almost literally the limit.

We’re a long way from that, of course. Buxton is only 23. He’s been poor at the plate more this year than he’s been an asset. But when a player ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Summer Top-100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

New top ten

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox
2. Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
3. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
4. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
5. Ronald Acuna, CF, Atlanta Braves
6. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
7. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
8. Victor Robles, CF, Washington Nationals
9. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox
10. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Nomar Mazara has five RBIs for Rangers | MLB.com

The Rangers are in it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, wild card hunt

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Red Sox want to do away with ‘racist’ legacy of famed Yawkey Way

Henry said he would like to see it changed to David Ortiz Way or Big Papi Way, in honour of the Dominican Republic-born Red Sox great who retired following last season. A portion of the street was named David Ortiz Drive in his honour this past June.

winnipegwhip Posted: August 17, 2017 at 08:24 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: limousine liberalism, phony outrage, red sox, steroid heroes

Pitching through pain

The story of Danny Hultzen (#2 overall in 2011). I have to ask where the coaches/managers were. On the bright side, he signed for $8.5 million and the story doesn’t suggest any financial troubles. Best of luck on the long-shot comeback.

Walt Davis Posted: August 17, 2017 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, danny hultzen, mariners

Arthur: Buster Posey Has Quietly Become A Lock For Cooperstown

The Giants’ record might make Posey easy to overlook, but his combination of hitting and defense makes him almost a lock to one day join the Hall. In fact, despite being only 30 years old, Posey might already have a Hall of Fame résumé if he retired today.

538’s baseball coverage hasn’t been great, has it?

Baldrick Posted: August 17, 2017 at 03:57 PM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, fivethirtyeight, hall of fame


Mets’ Gsellman irritates GM Sandy Alderson with ‘I don’t care’ comment

Robert Gsellman has done himself no favors with how he’s pitched this season, and he didn’t help himself Tuesday with a brash comment.

When asked if he had heard that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he needed to pitch better, Gsellman responded: “No. I don’t really care.”

Alderson made it clear Wednesday he was not pleased with the 24-year-old’s comment, and reiterated that Gsellman needs to pitch better down the stretch.

“I’m going to give him a pass on that for the moment,” ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robert gsellman

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