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Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Mets should consider Alex Cora and Ron Darling in front office search

I don’t want whatever Joel is having.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Carlos Santana at third base in 2019? He’d be open to it | NBC Sports Philadelphia

Maybe they should cut their losses and trade him (at a discount).

Recently, Kapler has used Santana at third as a way to improve the Phillies’ outfield defense. With Santana at third, Rhys Hoskins can move from left field to his natural first base and Kapler can use a stronger defender in left. On Monday night, he used an outfield of Roman Quinn in center, Odubel Herrera in right and Aaron Altherr in left. It was all about covering the vast green that is the Coors Field outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2018

Washington Times, September 25, 1918:

Christy Mathewson has very likely ended his baseball days. It is whispered that he means to continue in the army, even after Heinie quits.
...
He took a commission in the chemical warfare division of the army and will do all in his power to stifle the Huns. If he sticks to the army it will be baseball’s loss and the army’s gain in every way imaginable.

It’ll also be a loss in ways nobody possibly could have imagined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

10 Degrees: It’s the real ‘Golden Era’ as baseball today has the greatest group of young, prime players in the sport’s history

Here is a fact: There is more prime everyday talent in baseball today than ever in the game’s history. It is absurd, really, just how good today’s players are. Bud Selig used to jabber about how he oversaw the game’s “Golden Era.” No. That is right now. Those who won’t acknowledge it are ignorant. Those who disagree with it are wrong. And those not witnessing it, for one reason or another, are doing themselves a disservice.

First, it’s important to define prime. The long-held ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: golden era, questionable claims, statistical abuse

Angels’ Mike Scioscia says he wants to keep managing

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next year.

The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels’ dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.

When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: “I’d like to.”

Somewhere, Mike Trout is ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, manager, mike scioscia, not going away

Detroit Tigers food services employee in custody after video showed him spitting on pizza

A Detroit Tigers food services employee is in police custody after a video emerged in which he spits on pizza intended for Comerica Park customers, according to WXYZ.

Video of the incident emerged Saturday, when another employee posted it on Instagram. The video shows the man spitting on pizza crust before covering up his spit with sauce. The post is still up on Instagram, but we must warn you that it’s pretty gross.

The incident occurred Friday. Representatives from Delaware North, the ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: comerica park, employees gone wild, food, tigers

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it ...

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Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Nine Innings: How the Red Sox Can Survive October, Contract-Year Surges and Three Words on Every Team

Boston manager Alex Cora learned from his experience last year as bench coach of the Houston Astros how to prepare for the postseason. He remembered how the Astros sat down with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in September to explain how they would “taper” their innings.

“Dallas just goes, ‘Okay,’” Cora said, “and Verlander goes, ‘That’s okay, but in my last start I’m going seven innings and throwing 120 pitches.’ He knew how to get himself ready.”

Verlander tuned ...

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QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, playoffs, red sox

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Felix Hernandez routinely performs his craft in front of tens of thousands of people, but that doesn’t make the Seattle Mariners starting pitcher nervous.

But passing the tests, including one in civics, to become an American citizen? Now that is a different story.

One with a happy ending.

Does this mean that he has renounced his claim to be King?

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 03:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: citizenship, felix hernandez

Monday, September 24, 2018


OTP 2018 September 24: Baseball and the presidency

He tells us that Theodore Roosevelt, for all his heroics and man of action persona, detested baseball. For TR, the game was too slow, too staid, too devoid of the rough and tumble he loved – even though as a good pol he sang its praises as it grew in popularity.

His daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth: “Father and all of us regard[ed] baseball as a mollycoddle game. Tennis, football, lacrosse, boxing, polo, yes. They are violent, which appealed to us. But baseball? Father wouldn’t watch ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 24, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 759 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Fowler, still owed almost $50 million, eager to be part of Cardinals’ future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Does Fowler really still have a place in the Cardinals outfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler

Forecasting The Qualifying Offer Market - MLB Trade Rumors

A brief refresher on the qualifying offer: it is a one-year deal worth the average of the league’s top 125 salaries.  (This year’s QO figure will be a bit higher than last offseason’s $17.4MM price tag, but let’s stick with $17.4MM for reference purposes in this post.)  Teams have until five days after the last game of the World Series to issue a QO to a player, who then has ten days to decide whether or not to accept.

If a player accepts the offer, he simply returns to his former ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offers

Alen Hanson gets back-to-back starts, likely still in Giants’ plans

ST. LOUIS — Alen Hanson started just twice between Sept. 8 and Sept. 21, making some fans wonder if the Giants really viewed him as part of their future. With his speed, left-handed pop and defensive versatility, it’s hard to imagine the 25-year-old not being on the team next year.

He lost playing time because regular second baseman Joe Panik got healthier and the organization wanted to give Chris Shaw a look in left field.

Hanson started at second base Saturday, then made his Giants ...

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QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: alen hanson, giants, the future

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually ...

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QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:09 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, ken giles

Long-time White Sox broadcaster ‘Hawk’ Harrelson bids emotional farewell in home finale vs. Cubs

For the last 35 years, the man known as “Hawk” Harrelson has been calling White Sox games (he dialed back his workload these last few years), but he has now retired after calling the White Sox’s final series versus the Cubs in 2018. Harrelson is very well known in the baseball world for some of his catch phrases:

-Yelling “stretch!” on a possible home run ball.
-“He gone!” for a White Sox pitcher recording a strikeout.
-“You can put it on the boooooooaaaaaaarrrrrrrrd ... YES! HELL YES!” ...

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QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:02 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: announcing, hawk harrelson, retirement

Bobby Evans’ days as the Giants’ GM appear to be numbered

In a world where GMs have increasingly gone down a level in terms of their authority, will this matter much, especially since the article seems to be expecting Sabean to stick around?

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby evans, general manager, giants

Didi Gregorius possibly out for season with cartilage tear in wrist

Less than 24 hours after celebrating the clinching of a Wild Card spot, the Yankees suffered two losses. First, the team dropped the series finale to the Orioles in deflating fashion. The worse loss, however, came with Aaron Boone’s postgame conference. It’s here that he told reporters that Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered a cartilage tear in his right wrist.

The injury occurred last night, as Gregorius scored on Aaron Hicks’ walk-off hit. Didi slid head first into home, scoring ...

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QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injury, yankees

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fancred Sports : A lot of intrigue over Mets GM pursuit: old school vs. new school

Mets fans deserve better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Oakland A’s All-Star Jed Lowrie’s Career Has Been Fueled by Data

“As a player, all you can do is hit the ball hard. Sometimes that’s easier said than done when, at the end of the day, you’re still being evaluated on batting average, on-base percentage. You want to see those results, but sometimes you have to have a long-term view point and know that if you hit the ball hard consistently, you’re going to have those results.”

“I check [Statcast] regularly. We have our system upstairs in the clubhouse, so if you see me leaving the dugout, 99 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jed lowrie

Five Tool Players | Articles | Bill James Online

A lot of the picks are debatable, as you’d expect.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: five tool players

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

MIAMI—The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.

Mind you, I would be far more shocked if this game was a sell-out….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, nobody shows up, reds, tickets

Tim Anderson’s eventful day at the yard ends with shot at Joe West: ‘Everybody knows he’s terrible’

Talk about an eventful night at the ol’ ballpark for Tim Anderson.

It looked like it was going to be a day worth celebrating for Anderson, whose developmental progress reached a milestone during the third inning of Saturday’s Crosstown matchup with the Cubs. He hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming the first White Sox shortstop ever to have a season with at least 20 homers and at least 20 stolen bases.

A heck of a feat, one that should stand out when White Sox fans and observers spend ...

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QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, tim anderson, umpiring, white sox

D-backs’ Brad Ziegler tweets his frustrations on costly replay review

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a breaking point in the eighth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies Friday night, and reliever Brad Ziegler objected to the replay review of that breaking point after the game.

With a runner on and one out in a tied 2-2 score, starter Zack Greinke exited the game. Jake Diekman took his place, and hit Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon with his first pitch.

That was all for Diekman, who was replaced by Ziegler.

Any thoughts from all of you concerning the ...

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QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ziegler, diamondbacks, replay

Mike Clevinger joins 200-K club; Cleveland Indians only team with four 200-strikeout pitchers

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Mike Clevinger, on a night when home plate was apparently jumping around, joined the 200-strikeout club to make the Indians the only team in history to have four pitchers with 200 or more strikeouts in one season.

Clevinger reached 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career when Boston center fielder Jack Bradley Jr. was called out on strikes for the second out in the second inning.

In the first two innings, Clevinger threw 47 pitches. He had three walks, four strikeouts ...

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QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, corey kluber, indians, mike clevinger, strikeouts, trevor bauer

Mariners extend longest postseason drought in major North American sports to 17 years

The Seattle Mariners made some noise early in the season, leading the American League West as late as June and coming within a half-game of the division lead in July, but it was ultimately the same story with some fancier trappings. The longest postseason drought in North American sports has extended another season.

Despite a 13-0 blowout win over the Rangers on Saturday, the Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention due to the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. ...

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QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: futility, mariners, playoff drought

Madden: Hey, Rob Manfred! The analytic geeks are ruining starting pitching and it’s making a joke of the game - NY Daily News

It’s tough when you can’t keep up with trends.

Most relievers aren’t worth big paychecks because their performances are more unpredictable from year to year. At the same time relievers, in general, are worth more than in the past because they are pitching a bigger percentage of their teams’ innings.

It’s silly to suggest teams aren’t trying to develop starters.

The money will sort itself out. The MLBPA needs to work to update the factors considered in arbitration. (Like most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 11:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Saturday, September 22, 2018


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