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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

2019 Draft Class - 2080 Baseball

You want video? 2080baseball has video.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

Mets fans angry at Tom Brady plan to send Patriots QB message | SNY

So, are these jerseys and memorabilia they already own or are they purchasing them for the occasion?

Mets fans plan to gather at Upper East Side restaurant Sojourn on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a “Boston T.B.” Party, where they will dump jerseys and memorabilia of Brady into garbage bags filled with beans.

Seaver’s former Mets teammate, Art Shamsky, will be in attendance at the rally to discuss the legacy of the one and only “Tom Terrific” while fans will hold a press conference demanding Brady apologize to Seaver, his family and Mets fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 07:33 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

SNY fired Nelson Figueroa after he showed up “in a state not fit to work,” after they demoted or passed over him four times

It’s certainly not particularly common to see a network fire an analyst in the middle of a season, and it’s even more uncommon to see that firing play out the way it did with SNY and Nelson Figueroa. The 45-year-old Figueroa (who had a long playing career as a pitcher with several MLB teams, in the minors, and in foreign leagues) had worked for SNY since 2015 as a Mets’ analyst, but as Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reported Friday, the network parted ways with him Friday after an incident Thursday night.

Figueroa was let go Friday morning after he showed up Thursday in what was described by sources as a state not fit to work. Figueroa allegedly demanded to still appear on SNY’s evening program, “Baseball Night in New ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2019 at 05:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Monday, June 03, 2019

Mets’ Mickey Callaway was never made for this

I sense an impending feeding frenzy.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 06:49 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Inside the Astros’ cutting-edge approach to minor-league pitching development – The Athletic

As the Astros’ reliance on technology has increased, their number of scouts in the field has decreased. Their 2019 media guide lists only seven amateur area scouts, two cross-checkers and senior scouting advisor Charlie Gonzalez under domestic scouting supervisor Kris Gross. They have two Houston-based amateur scouting analysts plus one dedicated video technician tasked with collecting video of prospects around the country. Their international staff under department manager Eve Rosenbaum consists of an assistant director, two scouting supervisors, four traditional scouts and four video scouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, pay site, player development

How the Houston Astros Revolutionized Player Development - The Ringer

Looking forward to reading this book.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 01:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, player development

MLB mock draft on June 2 |

Last time to get mocked.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 11:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

Texas A&M baseball player hits rare ‘Golden Homer’ in NCAA Regional

Here’s a baseball term that doesn’t get mentioned all that often: Golden Homer.

I’d never heard the term before Bryce Blaum stepped to the plate for Texas A&M with two outs in the ninth inning and the Aggies trailing West Virginia by three runs on Sunday. Blaum hit a walk-off grand slam and Texas A&M beat the Mountaineers 11-10 in an NCAA Regional game in Morgantown.

That’s called a Golden Homer.

Zach Posted: June 03, 2019 at 11:46 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, golden homer, texas a&m, walkoff wins, west virginia

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2019

Toledo News-Bee, June 3, 1919:

Struck on the elbow by a pitched ball, Frank Galit’s fingers became locked on the baseball bat and it required four men to pry them loose. Galit’s arm was paralyzed about an hour by the blow.

I’m not a doctor—I didn’t even stay at a hotel last night. But I can’t even imagine how this would happen.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 03, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Zaidi set to embark on first Draft with Giants

In about 50 words
This will be a pivotal Draft for the Giants, who are looking to restock their farm system and improve their organizational depth after losing 187 games over the last two years. While the Giants rode a core of homegrown stars to three World Series championships in the first half of this decade, they have traded away recent top Draft picks and missed on others, drying up the flow of impact talent in their pipeline.

What they’re saying
Holmes had served as the A’s assistant scouting director since 2009 and will take over for John Barr, the man responsible for drafting franchise star Buster Posey with the fifth overall pick in 2008. Barr remains in the Giants’ front office, and he will be available as a resource to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

MLB Draft Tracker |

Just what it says. See your favorite team’s picks, including scouting reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

2019 MLB Draft Final Mock w/ Explanations, Comps and Alternative Picks – Baseball Farm

A nice mock draft with player comps.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

MLB Mock Draft: The Athletic’s beat writers project the first round – The Athletic

The Athletic breaks out their crystal ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, rule 4 draft

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Ranking the ultimate all-star lineups in NCAA baseball history

USC has twice as many CWS titles as the next-best schools (LSU and Texas), but it’s been nearly two decades since the Trojans were last seen in Omaha. Under the legendary Rod Dedeaux, the Trojans won six championships in seven years from 1968 to 1974. The Trojans have had 15 first-round picks, plus a slew of high picks back when the secondary phases of the draft existed. Two of the greatest pitchers of all time played for the Trojans, and the roster is so deep that Mark Prior, the No. 2 pick in 2001 and the highest-drafted Trojan, can’t crack the team….

The Trojans come close to Arizona State’s power—the starting nine hit 2,240 home runs—but they have Seaver and Johnson, two Hall of Famers who are at the top of any discussion of the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Phillies To Acquire Jay Bruce

The Phillies and Mariners were rumored to be very close yesterday on a deal that would send first baseman/outfielder Jay Bruce to Philadelphia, and Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia (Twitter link) is reporting that the trade has been completed.  Bruce could potentially join his new club as early as today — the Phillies are in Los Angeles completing a series with the Dodgers, while the Mariners are at home this weekend against the Angels.

The exact return headed back to Seattle isn’t yet known, though The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Mariners would receive a minor leaguer and some money back from Philadelphia to cover the roughly $21.6MM owed on Bruce’s contract through the end of the 2020 season.  As ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:20 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce

Mariners Reportedly Looking to Sell

The Mariners, who’ve gone a staggering 12-33 after a 13-2 start in which the club made its fans forget the cavernous dimensions of T-Mobile Park, are “deep in sell mode,” tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, who lists Edwin Encarnacion, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Mike Leake and Tim Beckham among the players the club is “talking” about.

None in the group seem likely to net a significant return – the 36-year-old Encarnacion may be the most attractive piece, despite the some $18MM remaining on his contract – though it’s possible GM Jerry DiPoto would simply like to clear space for younger players. One feather in Encarnacion’s (and the Mariners’) cap is his renewed vigor in the infield: the one-time third-baseman is on pace for ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Anarchy, ingenuity and a lot to gain: How one team could blow up MLB draft

Before unveiling the plan, an important primer on how the draft works. Every pick in the first 10 rounds is assigned a dollar value. The sum of these values constitutes each team’s bonus pool. Teams can exceed these pools up to 5% without serious penalty. Between 5% and 10%, they lose the next year’s first-round pick, all of which come with at least $2 million in pool money. If they’re 10% to 15% over, they lose a first- and second-round pick. And anything above 15% means forfeiture of their next two first-round picks.

Which sounds pretty bad. It’s meant to. The disincentive is strong. Just not stronger than the plan.

Here’s how it works. Teams must be willing to spend significant amounts of cash, be able to engender trust from players ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Days ahead of the Draft, here’s our latest mock

Last MLB Pipeline Mock Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2019 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

Adley Rutschman’s rank among best prospects in MLB Draft history |

The Draft is coming!!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2019 at 01:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (June 2019)

The 2018-19 TV season is history, so here’s [Deadline’s] annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing from mid-May through August in various dayparts.

Bill Buckner: I Sing the Body Glyptodon

Like the glyptodon, Buckner was an odd specimen of a player who had few professional antecedents and no descendants. He too went where he wanted to go and did what he wanted to do, never thinking much about the consequences. Throughout his career he was lauded as an ultimate gamer who had made a celebrated commitment to playing hurt—after a severe ankle injury suffered in April 1975 he was always playing hurt. This invited the question of whether playing hurt is always a good thing, and why we celebrate the kind of self-sacrifice that also sacrifices the good of the team.

Hank Gillette Posted: June 01, 2019 at 07:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bill buckner, replacement level, sabrmetrics

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inside the Reds’ historic pitching turnaround

In October, David Bell was hired as the team’s new manager. His first coaching hire was to convince Derek Johnson to jump from the Brewers, where he’d spent the previous three seasons garnering positive reviews for his work as Milwaukee’s pitching coach. They later added Caleb Cotham, who had pitched in 23 games for the ‘16 Reds, as assistant pitching coach with a focus on analytics. Cotham had been teammates with a few current Reds, and he’s been tasked with bringing the Reds up to date on the technical revolution overtaking the game.

“Feel, a lot of times, just isn’t real,” Cotham told in January. “A lot of guys think they’re throwing a 12-6 curveball, but then you look at it and it’s closer to a slider. Without high-speed ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Greinke is the master of the ‘slowball’

This season, Greinke has thrown 80 pitches under 70 mph. That’s by far the most of any pitcher. In fact, the next-closest “pitcher” is Greinke’s own teammate, John Ryan Murphy ... who you might recognize as a catcher. Murphy, designated for assignment last week, pitched in two blowouts, and just lobbed the ball in. Greinke’s thrown nearly double the sub-70 mph pitches as the next-closest true pitcher, Oakland’s Chris Bassitt, who’s thrown 45.

But here’s the best part. In the at-bats decided on those sub-70 mph eephus-like curves, hitters are 0-for-31 with 12 strikeouts. On about three-fourths of the 80 slow curves he’s thrown in total, Greinke has gotten either a strike (called, swinging or foul) or an out on a ball in play.

...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: zack greinke

The Downside Of Being The 26th Man

The problem for Reed, though, is that because he was not technically on the 25-man roster as the 26th man in a doubleheader, he’ll recover from that injury on the minor league injured list rather than the Major League injured list. Logic would seemingly dictate that a player injured while performing in a Major League game would rehab that injury while receiving the benefits of the MLB IL — that is, service time and MLB pay. That won’t be the case for Reed or future players who are injured while serving as the 26th man, though.

It may not seem like a major distinction, but consider the discrepancy between the prorated Major League minimum salary and the monthly salaries that a players make in Triple-A. Reed is fortunate in the sense ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 26th man

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2019

El Paso Herald, May 31, 1919:

Funds are rapidly accumulating for the erection of a monument or tablet to Capt. Eddie Grant, baseball’s hero of the Argonne, and generous contributions have been made by the officers of the 77th division, with which he fought, to the purse started by baseball men in New York last winter. The Grant memorial fund, which has charge of the moneys, is now seeking a suitable site for the location of the memorial and it is probable that the Polo Grounds, in New York, will be selected as the spot for its erection.

The memorial was, appropriately, unveiled on Memorial Day in 1921. It’s not crystal clear where the plaque is now. The Baseball Reliquary probably has it, but some have said their plaque might be a prototype ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie grant, heroes, history, memorial day

Pretty as a picture: Ranking the best pitch framers among MLB catchers – The Athletic

Flowers is number one.

5. Jeff Mathis, Rangers
At the season’s end, SIS presents The Fielding Bible Awards to the top defender at each position. Mathis won the award at catcher despite catching only 63 games last season. But this was not a case of giving a Gold Glove to Rafael Palmeiro for barely playing first base.

Mathis won on the merits — for being an outstanding pitch blocker and pitch framer. Regarding the latter, Mathis is elite when it comes to getting strikes on low pitches, whether they are in or out of the strike zone. He frequently beats the ball to the spot and ensures he’s catching it with momentum going toward the zone. His hands are fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, catchers, pay site

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