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Thursday, April 25, 2019

You Are Cordially Invited to SOFTBALL IN THE CITY

Permit application process has been started, with any luck we’ll be frolicking in the North Meadow of Central Park some sunny Saturday in July or August.* Attendance will be taken! Those not in attendance will be talked smack of!

Further details will be posted as they become available, or as I remember them. If you’re in contact with primates (or other beings) who don’t regularly visit the site, make sure to let ‘em know! They don’t need to be good, there are already enough of you who make me look bad.

RSVP before game time, whenever that turns out to be. Or just show up.


*Okay, I requested 11 - 2 on July 20, we’ll see what happens
**Per post #130 below, it’s Saturday, August 10, 11 - 2 on North Meadow field #4. I’ll try to keep the ...

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Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: community, hot town, injury-plagued, meetups, softball

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carig: In lashing out at Manny Machado, umpires’ union reveals itself to be tone deaf – The Athletic

More stuff.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 09:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, umpires

Schoenfeld: Ketel Marte All-Stars

As is often the case, the real mystery is ... hitting coach Darnell Coles?

Walt Davis Posted: June 19, 2019 at 09:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ketel marte, wascally wabbit balls


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2019

Perth Amboy Evening News, June 19, 1919:

News has been flashed from France that Joe Harris, first baseman of the Cleveland club, was seriously injured in a motortruck crash recently. According to this report Joe suffered from a fractured skull and had his two legs and several ribs broken.

Harris must have made a miraculous recovery. He made his 1919 debut on June 30 and hit .375/.472/.489 as a more-or-less every day first baseman the rest of the season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Jordan Yamamoto dominates Cardinals | MLB.com

Two starts into his MLB career, and Jordan Yamamoto already is making history.

The 23-year-old from Kailua, Hawaii, turned in his second consecutive outing of seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the Marlins’ 6-0 victory on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Yamamoto is the first pitcher since at least 1908 to begin his career with consecutive outings of seven-plus innings pitched, no runs and three or fewer hits. Yamamoto’s 14 consecutive scoreless innings are also a record for a Marlins starter to open his career. Josh Beckett held the previous record of 10 innings in 2001.

“I definitely didn’t imagine this,” Yamamoto ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jordan yamamoto, marlins

Five years later, a different Kershaw still shuts down the opposition

The power of the bobblehead.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Freeman heading to Carolina League | MiLB.com News

Lindor’s replacement.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Padres’ Logan Allen savors the moment in impressive debut - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some interesting side stories make for an interesting first game for Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: logan allen, padres

Alexander: Which Cal League All-Stars will become big league stars? – Press Enterprise

Consider: From that 2015 Cal League-Carolina League game, 10 players out of the 42 who played in it were in the big leagues at last look. Bellinger, of course, but also pitchers Ryan McMahon (Rockies), Zack Godley (Diamondbacks), Paul Fry (Orioles), Tyler Beede (Giants) and Nick Pivetta (Phillies), catchers Kyle Farmer (Reds, also part of the Puig trade) and Omar Narvaez (Mariners) and infielders Jack Mayfield (Astros) and Johan Camargo (Braves). Twelve others have had one or several cups of coffee in the big leagues.
And the crazy thing about that game, a 9-2 California victory? Bellinger was 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Quakes teammate Brandon Trinkwon was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and was named the game’s MVP.

Two years ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

The stadium wars have entered the minor leagues

The Aberdeen Ironbirds are the Class-A short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The team is owned by Tufton Professional Baseball, LLC, and if you’ve never heard of that company before, you will have heard of the two men who own and operate it: Cal Ripken, Jr. and his brother Billy. Late last year, the Ripkens (or, rather, Tufton acting at the direction of the Ripkens) sued the city of Aberdeen for purportedly failing to live up to its obligations regarding maintenance of Leidos Field, where the Ironbirds play. While the Ripkens (through Tufton) own the team, Aberdeen owns the stadium and the land on which it sits….

The lawsuit says that an assessment of the stadium concluded that more than fifty improvements needed to be made ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2019 at 05:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Felix being tested for further injury after setback

32? 33 going on 50.

Manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old was getting an MRI exam on Tuesday after being evaluated on Monday by the Mariners’ doctors. He threw 31 pitches in 2 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in San Antonio, but he had hoped to build up to 50-60 pitches in that start.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

MLB calls umpire union statement about Manny Machado discipline “inappropriate” – HardballTalk

“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline.  Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires.  We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado

Alex Cora: ‘Vibe is different’ with Boston Red Sox. ‘You come to the ballpark every day now and it feels like last year’ - masslive.com

“The vibe is different,” Cora said at Target Field before the Red Sox-Twins game Tuesday. “I can tell you that right now. There’s not much searching. And you feel it. You come to the ballpark every day now and it feels like last year. We’re finding ways to beat teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Brewers pull plug on Brett Lawrie experiment without return to action

The Milwaukee Brewers pulled the plug on the Brett Lawrie experiment Tuesday after insufficient progress was made during 3½ months of the unique project.

The Brewers signed the former major-league infielder to a minor-league deal at the outset of spring training with the understanding that he needed extensive physical rehabilitation after suffering leg and hip injuries with the Chicago White Sox in 2016. He was released by that club the following spring.

The hope was that Lawrie, 29, would eventually get back on the field with a minor-league affiliate but the process never advanced to that point, so it was mutually decided to part ways, according to Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brett lawrie, brewers

Top 50 Trade Candidates For The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline - MLB Trade Rumors

1. Will Smith, RP, Giants: What really is there to say? A shut-down rental closer who throws from the left side and isn’t all that expensive ($4.225MM) … yeah, that’s going to be a popular trade target. Smith would upgrade every contender’s roster and suit every payroll. Accordingly, the acquisition cost will be high. Want more on Smith?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 07:39 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

M.L.B. and Players’ Union Set to Begin Early Labor Talks - The New York Times

“What you see going on here is really a distribution issue, how the players want salary distributed. How salary is distributed among our teams is an issue that systems can be designed to address.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 07:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collective bargaining agreement, mlbpa

The Sinker Paradox | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m left with a sinking feeling about sinkers.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching


Edwin Encarnación and the New York Yankees Are Built for the Modern MLB - The Ringer

Does this qualify as bludgeon baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, yankees

Angel Hernandez’s Lawsuit Against MLB Just Got Really Interesting | FanGraphs Baseball

But Hernandez missed something. Hernandez’s lawyers should have pointed out to the court that whether or not a labor relations privilege exists depends not on the forum state of the lawsuit, but instead based on the law of the state where the communications occurred. If Hernandez spoke with his union in St. Louis, for example, he would have done so in reliance on Missouri law, not New York procedural law. Without that, though, Hernandez was arguing only public policy – what the court should do, not what the court can do. As a matter of public policy, Hernandez had the better argument. As a matter of procedure, MLB had the far better argument. The court heard oral arguments on this issue, and on June 12 decided to side with MLB: the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, angel hernandez sucks

Blue Jays’ Trent Thornton aiming to show Astros what they missed out on - HoustonChronicle.com

He’s alternated brilliant and bad starts with the Blue Jays. Four of his 14 starts have concluded before the fifth inning, but Thornton is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. On May 24 against the Padres, he struck out 10 in six innings of three-run ball. He fired seven innings of one-hit ball against the Rangers on May 3.

Thornton pitches with an unorthodox delivery, incorporating a pronounced leg kick. His curveball and splitter each induce ample swing and miss to complement a four-seam fastball that hovers around 94 mph.

“Yeah, there’s a chip on my shoulder that I never had an opportunity with them,” Thornton said. “And I kind of want to show them, yeah, to a certain point what they missed out on.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, trent thornton

Astros’ Phenom Pitcher Forrest Whitley Won’t Make MLB Debut This Year - The Runner Sports

The info in the article doesn’t really match the headline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, forrest whitley

California dream? These stars pace MVP races

The Angels’ Mike Trout and Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger remain comfortably atop the latest polls for the American League and National League Most Valuable Player Awards as the season nears its halfway point.

Trout and Bellinger each received 30 of 34 first-place votes in their respective leagues when MLB.com reporters were asked to rank their top three choices, with players receiving five points for a first-place vote, three for second and one for third.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 09:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

Royals’ Martin Maldonado wore a tie on his catching gear during Father’s Day game

Rule 3.03(c) of the Major League Baseball rulebook states: “No player whose uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate in a game.”

So technically, Royals catcher Martin Maldonado shouldn’t have been allowed to wear a tie* during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

*Yeah, a tie ... a clip-on, no less

But, c’mon, this was a cool way to commemorate Father’s Day. And, it’s probably never been done in the history of baseball.

Zach Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: father's day, martin maldonado, royals, rule 3.03c, uniforms

Monday, June 17, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2019

El Paso Herald, June 17, 1919:

[Ping Bodie on why he’d rather play center field than left field:] “Center field is easy on the eyes, like September Morn or something. Now, get me, what I mean to say is that in left field you are always looking into the sun and you get razzle-dazzled in the vision…I figure that playing left field knocks about 25 to 30 per cent off an outfielder’s hitting.”
...
Ping’s argument is a sound one, to say the least. Even with smoked glasses to wear when the sun is burning down at its brightest the left fielder, unless he has an abnormal pair of “glims,” must find things looking hazy after he has peeped into the eye of Old Sol a couple of times, only to be called on a romp in to the bench, pick up a bat and face ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, razzle dazzle

Padres, Rockies set new modern era record with 92 combined runs in four-game series

Along with 92 runs, the Padres and Rockies combined for 131 hits of which 17 were home runs. Charlie Blackmon had four hits in the first three games and three hits on Sunday, overall going 15-for-24 with four homers and 10 RBI.

CraigK Posted: June 17, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: colorado rockies, general, san diego padres

Angels designate former closer Cody Allen for assignment amid disastrous season

The Angels on Saturday designated right-handed reliever Cody Allen for assignment, which means they’ll have a few days to decide whether to trade or release Allen or persuade him to accept an outright assignment to the minors. Very likely, he’ll be released.

Allen, as you might have guess, has struggled badly this season:

In terms of FIP, which is fielding-independent pitching (i.e., what a pitcher’s ERA should be given average luck and defensive support), Allen checks in with a grisly mark of 8.33. That largely flows from the fact that he’s walked 20 batters, all unintentionally, in just 23 innings this season and allowed nine home runs over that same span. Along the way, he’s lost a good bit of fastball velocity.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody allen

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