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Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Biggest Years by the Smallest Players

Just a lil’ sumpin’ sumpin.’

gehrig97 Posted: July 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, berra, jose altuve, morgan, puckett, yankees

Oakland lands Jeurys Familia from Mets for 2 prospects

The A’s, in the midst of an unexpected playoff push, have acquired reliever Jeurys Familia from the Mets. In return, the Mets will receive third baseman Will Toffey, Oakland’s 17th-ranked prospect, and Minor League reliever Bobby Wahl. The Mets will also receive $1 million in international slot money as part of the deal.

spanx for the memories Posted: July 22, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, oakland athletics


Mexican League Umpires Suspended for Possibly Worst Call Ever

Angel Hernandez now has an aspirational goal

Master of the Horse Posted: July 22, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mexican league, umpires

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

White, a noted Detroit Tigers fan, co-owns the company that made the bat, Warstic, with Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler—the company seeks to merge “beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals.”

NattyBoh Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball bat, cooperstown, hall of fame, ian kinsler, jack white

Now in Living Color: Ted Williams’s Last Game

Some guy had this 8mm film from Ted Williams’s last game basically stashed in a drawer for 60 years.  Includes the homer.

Several years ago, Murphy said he telephoned ESPN but an associate producer showed little interest.

Murphy also initiated a cordial conversation with the Red Sox, but the team did not request to see the film either.

Unbelievable.

Perry Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: film, holy moly, ted williams

Baseball Is The Most Listened To Sport On Radio

Just a short blurb from Inside Radio to chew about until real games resume.

Nearly 12% of all adults have listened to a game broadcast on radio in the last year, according to Nielsen Scarborough. Radio trails in park watching of baseball (13.9%) and TV viewing (41.7%). Overall, 28.7% of U.S. adults say they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in Major League Baseball, according to Nielsen Scarborough USA+ 2017 Release 2 (June 2016 - November 2017).

Baseball is dying.

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Bote Man is no David Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: media, radio, sports media

Agent: Mets should trade Jacob deGrom if not interested in long-term deal

Jacob deGrom wants the New York Mets to consider trading him if they aren’t interested in signing the ace pitcher to a long-term contract.

DeGrom’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said in a statement to The Athletic that the All-Star is interested in “exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.”

“If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now,” Van Wagenen said in ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, mets


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2018

Bridgeport Times, July 20, 1918:

Baseball is a non-productive and non-essential industry. Ball players of draft age are hit by the “work or fight” order; they must shift into essential industries or lose such deferred classifications in the draft as they have received through dependencies and other reasons.

Such was the decision of Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War, yesterday, in the appeal of Edward Ainsmith, catcher of the Washington team of the American league.
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The Secretary of War says: ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Indians deal for ace reliever Brad Hand

The Indians have acquired All-Star closer Brad Hand and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Padres for catcher Francisco Mejia, their top prospect and the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

Hand and Cimber should help bolster a bullpen that ranks among the worst in baseball this season—Cleveland’s bullpen ERA of 5.28 is the second-highest in the Majors behind only Kansas City (5.45)—for a club with championship aspirations. When the Indians reached the World ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 19, 2018 at 12:29 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, padres, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-19-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 19, 1918:

Baseball on a wholesale scale has been presented to followers of the Chicago Cubs the last three days. In this short time 55 innings were played by the National League leaders. They staged a double header of nine rounds on Tuesday, put over the 21-inning game on Wednesday, and battled 16 periods on Thursday. This is a major league record.

That’s more than 18 innings per day. Great for the fans, less so for the players.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wilson Ramos Placed On DL, Expected To Be Sidelined Beyond Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

With teams like the Nationals and Astros at least exploring the market for catching upgrades, the Rays were a near-certainty to cash in on Ramos and land a new prospect or two to add to their minor league ranks. That now looks unlikely — at least in the month of July. It’s possible that Ramos could return at some point in August, though it’s doubtful that he’d clear waivers. Still, that doesn’t necessarily preclude the possibility of a deal coming together.


Manny Machado blockbuster makes Dodgers the NL’s team to beat

Machado is expected to play shortstop for the Dodgers, as he did with the Orioles, although shortstop actually hasn’t been a problem. Seager played his last game on April 29; since then, with Chris Taylor getting most of the starts (plus a few from Enrique Hernandez), Dodgers shortstops rank fifth in the majors in wOBA. The bigger issue has been second base, where Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley haven’t provided much production and the Dodgers rank 20th in the majors in wOBA.

Adding Machado ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 18, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, manny machado

14 minutes of sound footage from the April 1931 Yankees-Red Sox season opener (YouTube)

SEE!  The Sultan of Swat spit!  SEE! The Sultan of Spit swat!

SEE!  “Charlie” Ruffing get an RBI!  SEE!  Mayor Jimmy Walker steal a baseball!  SEE!  The #4 subway train stop for the national anthem!  And hats!  Hats!  Hats!

NOT SHOWN!  The two home runs in the game!  One from Babe Ruth (his first of 46 that season) and—that’s right, you guessed it—Tom Winsett (his first of 1).

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 18, 2018 at 05:13 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, batting practice, film, hats, lou gehrig

Rob Manfred: Mike Trout limits his popularity because he won’t market himself

So, Trout should consider self-marketing?

“Player marketing requires one thing for sure—the player,” Manfred said earlier in the day. “You cannot market a player passively. You can’t market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged and having higher-profile players and helping our players develop their individual brand. But that involves the player ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, mike trout

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2018

Bridgeport Times, July 18, 1918:

The 1918 season’s record for long games was established [in Chicago] yesterday afternoon when the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 2 to 1, in a thrilling contest that ran twenty-one innings before George Tyler, the famous Chicago southpaw, won the verdict over “Mule” Watson, the Phillies’ comparatively unknown righthander.

Both Tyler and Watson threw complete games. Watson’s career through July 17, 1918: 339.1 IP, 3.10 ERA. Watson’s career after throwing 20 innings in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Aaron Judge — Huge Talent, Phenomenal Trade Bait

...at the moment there lies an opportunity for Cashman to test his courage as never before.

That would mean jumping in with both feet to snatch Manny Machado from Baltimore and then getting on the phone with his good friend Omar Minaya, part of a triumvirate making baseball decisions for the Mets, and telling him he doesn’t want Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, the two most coveted starting pitchers on the market.

He wants them both.

And to land them he’s willing to (gulp) send Aaron ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 18, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, orioles, yankees

10 Years Ago, Two Trades Broke The Mold For MLB Deadline Deals

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of not one but two exceptions. In July 2008, CC Sabathia went from the Cleveland Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers and Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams needed help to reach the playoffs; both teams got it, and then some. Over the second half of what became a riotously entertaining season, Sabathia and Ramirez laid waste to the National League, vaulted up its leaderboards, and—briefly, gloriously—put a dent in ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: July 18, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

J.D. Martinez open to making more permanent relationship with Red Sox | WEEI

Let’s enjoy the rest of this season, next season, and get Mookie signed before we worry about getting J.D. extended.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Why the Cubs and Yankees Should Swap Tyler Chatwood and Sonny Gray

The biggest reason this perfectly reasonable idea wouldn’t happen is that Chatwood is guaranteed more money, but I like the idea behind it, at least:

Gray is still getting decent or better swinging-strike rates on his primary pitches. His velocity is pretty stable this year — and might actually be up a tick over last year — so there’s no obvious explanation for Gray’s struggles except for the change in approach he adopted when he came to New York. As for Chatwood, we knows he’s ...

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Orioles have deal in place for Manny Machado, working through trade specifics

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an “outside chance” to land the four-time All-Star.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2018

Washington Times, July 17, 1918:

Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pirates, is against [National League] President Tener’s stand in the Scott Perry case.

“There will be no baseball war over the Perry case,” said Barney today. “For one, I shall not support Tener’s position. The only thing to do is to reorganize the National Commission, something that has been necessary for years.”

And so began the slow pulling of the rug out from under Tener as the NL President. The New York Sun reports most of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mike Trout joins MLB Tonight | 07/16/2018 | MLB.com

Watching this interview just makes me appreciate Mike Trout even more. Baseball needs more Mike Trout. (Sean Forman, you will love this interview.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

Monday, July 16, 2018

Texas Rangers: ‘When that happens, I’m going to be nasty again’: Why Rangers’ Joey Gallo says banning shifts would get him back on track | SportsDay

I’m a fan of Gallo but this is just lame. (Not as lame as the start of Home Run Derby but lame nonetheless.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:02 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, shifts

ASG All-Star Week Thread

Catch-all thread for Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, cussing Bryce Harper, and whatnot.

Bote Man is no David Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star break, omnichatter


Max Scherzer doesn’t fear hitters or swimming with sharks

Q: What drives you?
A: To be better. That drive to get better for me is my No. 1 goal. To find deficiencies within my game that I believe I can get better at.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, sharks, washington nationals

9 Pirates 7, Brewers 6 (10): Two late leads slip away

The Brewers ended the first half with six consecutive losses, getting swept in the five-game series by the Pirates. The bullpen’s inability to hold leads ruined a great day by Brett Phillips, who tripled in three runs in the eighth and singled in another in the 10th after being summoned from the minors.

A brutal end of the pre-break part of the season for Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Pirates have joined the back end of the wild card race and start a tour of beautiful Ohio on Friday.

Nasty Nate Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers

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