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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mets’ Jay Bruce homers twice vs. Phillies | MLB.com

Jay Bruce winning friends and influencing people in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Forgotten Rivalry: The Reds and Dodgers Battle for Supremacy of the 70s

“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”

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It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, big red machine, dodgers, garvey, morgan, reds, rose, sutton

The 100 most powerful people in MLB

I’m not sure what to make of this block.

49. Sean Forman

The founder of Baseball-Reference.com, the most complete source of baseball statistics on the Internet. MLB executives, as well as writers, broadcasters and fans rely heavily on the database Forman – and his company Sports Reference—has collected and maintained since 2000. One of the site’s major contributions to the sabermetric revolution is its efforts to roll all of a player’s contributions into a single, quantifiable number: ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2017

Topeka State Journal, April 10, 1917:

“Color,” writes Christy Mathewson, “is what they want in baseball, and plenty of it. Rube Foster is ready to furnish all the color baseball requires.”

Big Six: class act.

Also in the newspapers 100 years ago today: Wind destroys part of the grandstand at Reading’s stadium, the Circus Maximus. I mention this because Circus Maximus is perhaps the best name for a ballpark I’ve ever heard.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rays Tales: Fundamental change in pregame preparations | Tampa Bay Times

“It’s a reminder to keep doing what we’re doing effortwise but also using our heads at the same time,” Baldelli said. “We don’t have to challenge the defense every time.”

To reinforce that, he had a sign installed in the clubhouse that reads:

Run the bases hard, but take what the defense gives you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Can This Man Revive the Yankees? - The New York Times

“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Best Ballparks In The Minors | BaseballAmerica.com

Some of them didn’t come cheap.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league ballparks

Someone’s Got a Case of the OMNICHATTER

No vaccinations required.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Could Manny Machado be one of the all-time great third basemen? | FOX Sports

Manny moving to shortstop seems like a fanciful idea to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Twins considering Louisville lefty Brendan McKay for top pick

A franchise doesn’t get 1/1 in the draft every year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

PawSox envision smaller stadium than league requirement

The Providence Journal is proving to be the leading shill for a new park in Pawtucket. If they want to get fans back in the seats, maybe they shouldn’t be trying to fleece taxpayers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium deals

Red Sox bet Andrew Benintendi can join Mount Rushmore of left fielders

First there was Mookie, now Andrew Benintendi is here. Two of the most naturally gifted hitters I’ve watched at Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Klapisch: What exactly is wrong with Steven Matz?

Ever since Steven Matz revealed he’s suffering from a strained flexor tendon, Mets officials have been privately asking who made the diagnosis. “Our [doctors] found nothing wrong,” said one person with knowledge of Matz’s care. The team is both frustrated and flummoxed, in the dark as to what’s actually wrong with Matz and when he’ll be able to pitch again.

It’s a sensitive subject among Mets executives, who say they like Matz personally and are convinced he’s talented enough to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nets, steven matz

Statcast of the day Angels 9th inning rally | MLB.com

Now that’s a comeback.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Buster Olney: MLB Must Rewrite The Foreign-Substance Rule

Olney thinks MLB should do something before players get stuck together on a play at the plate:

The folks in uniform, as well as the reporters, could be rescued from this ridiculous dance if Major League Baseball and the players’ association would quickly rewrite the foreign-substance rule. The needed changes would relieve the players of the inevitable and silly accusations of cheating, something that Molina is wading through right now, by providing a cover of legitimacy to a common practice. And ...

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Base-Bong: Ex-Marlins pitcher working in marijuna industry

Ryan Tucker has gone from Marlins pitcher to marijuana producer.

According to Leafly, “the largest cannabis website in the world,” Tucker is developing a marijuana dispensary and greenhouse cultivation business in his home state of California.

“I got into the cannabis industry because it saved my life,” Tucker told the publication. “I remember asking myself, ‘Is this my future?’ And four or five years ago might have been a bit early to want to try this. But it went okay and I ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marijuana, marlins, ryan tucker

Former Braves, Yankees outfielder Otis Nixon missing, according to police

Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was reported missing on Sunday.

The Woodstock, Ga. Police Department tweeted a recent picture of Nixon and stated the 58-year-old was last seen Saturday at 10 a.m. leaving his residence in a gray 2011 Range Rover

Local police told Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta Nixon was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black sweatpants and a black baseball cap with black Adidas shoes with white stripes.

He reportedly left to play golf but never arrived at the course. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 09:41 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, otis nixon

OTP 10 April 2017: More sports teams want in on 50-50 raffles

[Texas] lawmakers in 2015 approved a plan to let 10 professional sports teams in Texas hold … 50-50 raffles during sporting events, and voters also approved the plan.

[Team] officials said they were “very pleased” with the support they saw from Rangers fans during the first year of the Texas Two Split.

“We were able to raise significant funds to support Rangers Foundation programs, including the construction of the new Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, ...

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BDC Posted: April 09, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 1484 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, gambling, politics, rangers

Nine tweets show how historically awful Jeremy Guthrie’s start was Saturday

ormer Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned 38 on Saturday, and he was having a great day until the early evening.

Guthrie made a start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, his first appearance in the majors since his days with the Royals in 2015. It should have been a happy day for him.

But it was a terrible outing for Guthrie, as the Phillies pounded him to the tune of 10 runs on six hits and four walks. He got just two outs. The Phillies ended up scoring 12 runs overall in the opening ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie, nationals

Haudricourt: Rebuilding a team leads to roster roulette

“Inexperienced rosters are going to be more fluid,” said manager Craig Counsell, whose job is to put the puzzle back together every time the pieces change.

“There are challenges, certainly. The challenging thing is making roster decisions when it’s not always about performance. That’s because we have to manage 25 players (in the majors), 40 players (on the protected roster), options, bullpen availability, small injuries.

“It doesn’t always come down to performance. It comes down ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2017 at 12:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rebuilding


Saturday, April 08, 2017

What’s behind the ludicrous roster on baseball’s biggest tank | New York Post

It’s a long-term rebuild. If you take a look at their farm system, you can clearly see where the Padres are going. Before the *expected* payoff, though, there is going to be some bad baseball in San Diego.

The problem, though, is as much who assembled the roster as the roster itself. If Theo Epstein, for example, had hatched this plan, it might not be beloved, but the criticism would be more muted. Often without being provoked by a question, scouts I talked to in Arizona and outside-looking ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 08:52 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Nick Cafardo: Billy Beane turned down the Red Sox 15 years ago. He has no regrets.

Bovada says the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle is the favorite to be the first manager fired, at 7/2 odds. Not sure about that one. The Reds’ Bryan Price is 4/1, the Angels’ Mike Scioscia is 5/1, the Twins’ Paul Molitor is 6/1, the Tigers’ Brad Ausmus is 13/2, and the Padres’ Andy Green is 15/2. The Red Sox’ John Farrell is 10th at 16/1.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 04:25 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nebraska native, former Husker and MLB star Bob Cerv lived ‘lucky’ life; in prime, he was All-Star i

The trade that sent Bob Cerv to Kansas City after the 1956 baseball season pulled him away from marquee times with the New York Yankees, but also gave the Nebraska-born athlete a chance to be more than a platoon player or pinch hitter.

Cerv before long would have a year good enough to make him an All-Star and put him fourth in voting for American League MVP.

Cerv bashed 38 home runs for the Kansas City Athletics in 1958, and his final statistics for 141 games included 104 RBIs, a .305 batting ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2017 at 03:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bob cerv, kansas city athletics, obituaries, yankees

ESPN: Astros shut down RHP Collin McHugh (elbow) for 6 weeks

Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh will not throw for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mchugh, ow

Shohei Ohtani is Japan’s Babe Ruth. His next stop is the big leagues. | SI.com

What are the loopholes?

For all his other gifts, Ohtani’s timing is lousy. Had he decamped to the majors after last season, he would have been eligible for a hefty eight-figure annual salary. (The Rangers will pay Darvish $11 million in 2017; Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will earn $22 million.) But the collective bargaining agreement signed over the winter—perhaps with Ohtani’s arrival in mind—slashes the earning potential of international players under age 25, treating them as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 12:19 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei otani

OMNICHATTER is not just a river in Africa, April 8, 2017

Kyle Hendricks, Aaron Sanchez, and Bronson Arroyo (!) make their first starts today.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnicahtter

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is baseball’s next big thing

Isn’t he already a pretty big thing?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Who held Craig Kimbrel out Friday: John Farrell or Kimbrel?

Kimbrel should have finished the 8th. The excuses are lame.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox

Ringolsby: Rox bullpen coming to rescue now | MLB.com

And he is enjoying being a part of a bullpen that has so many interchangeable parts.

“[Friday] we knew it was going to be Estevez, Oberg and myself, but we didn’t know who’d pitch the ninth,” said McGee. “It depended on when the left-handed bats were coming up.”

That, he said, is what makes it so much fun to think of what might be in the next six months.

“[The front office] has put a great bullpen together,” McGee said. “We have depth. Think about it. We have no Holland, no Dunn and no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

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