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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Who is MLB’s best manager? The survey says ...

ESPN.com surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, big league coaches and media analysts and asked them to select the game’s best managers in a multitude of categories. The overall winner: Bochy, whose three world championships in five seasons have put him on a Hall of Fame track and raised him above the crowd.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

The MLB manager tree

I remember Bill James writing up something like this.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Injuries to Bundy and Harvey hurt Orioles in more ways than one | Baseball Essential

How many teams can afford to see all their young starting pitching prospects not pan out?

The Orioles are a team that cannot afford to see their young starting pitching prospects shrivel up in the minor leagues. This is a team one or two bad years away from beginning the vicious cycle of rushing pitchers to the Majors or being stuck with retreads like Bruce Chen and Kevin Millwood. Offense was never the problem as the losses piled up from 1998 to 2012. It was always pitching, especially the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, hunter harvey, orioles


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2015

Keokuk Daily Gate City, July 14, 1915:

When the mountain declined to come to Mahomet you know what happened, and for the same reason W.O. Anderson…took his business to the baseball park.

Anderson, finding that the ball game would not be played in his wholesale house, paid for a box at the ball park for the season, installed telephones, office paraphernalia, took his stenographer out, and while watching the game, directs his business.

Occasionally a customer trying to close an important deal ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, good old days, history

Lawsuit Seeks Better Protection for Fans From Foul Balls and Broken Bats - The New York Times

“Section 211 in the second deck”? If you can’t pay attention enough or can’t move fast enough to get out of the way, either sit further back or don’t go at all.

The lead plaintiff, Gail Payne, is an Oakland A’s fan who feels vulnerable because her seats in Section 211 in the second deck at O.co Coliseum are not protected by netting. A fan beside her was injured by a foul ball, her lawyer said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, safety


No one in Red Sox history deserves the benefit of the doubt more than David Ortiz - Red Sox - Boston.com

One of the dopes pushing this baloney was Tony Massarotti who, along with Michael Felger, hosts the dumbest talk radio show in the Boston market. The pairing groups together two of the least insightful people ever to hit the airwaves.

The conjecture is that Ortiz begged out of the game and started his All-Star break early because he didn’t want to play first base. Yep. That’s it. I know, that sentence looks even stupider in print than it sounds on the radio, but there you go. This is the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Still counting after all these years | FOX Sports

Rob Neyer’s perspective on the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Todd Frazier Wins Home Run Derby at Home and at the Buzzer

Sabermetric people helped him make the All Stars too.

“It took a while for me to get over trying to strike everybody out,” Burnett said. “I still like my strikeouts, but use that two-seamer, man; let them beat it into the ground. My ground balls are back to where they used to be. That’s all it is, executing pitches. I haven’t found no fountain of youth. I haven’t done anything different. I’m just trying to keep the ball down and doing a better job of it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Dallas Keuchel: ‘Sabermetric people have helped me out a lot’ - CBSSports.com

All you sabermetric people are some of the best people.

“I think the sabermetric people have helped me out a lot, just based on my exit velocity and all of those stats. Because everybody in their dog keeps asking me in how I’m leading me in weak contact (and) ground-ball ratio and all of that stuff. With all of that talk, it helps me out as well just to know that other people appreciate the work that ‘non-strikeout’ pitchers are doing in the league. I think Zack [Greinke] would say the same ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel

Full Count » How Red Sox minor leaguer Rafael Devers is like Carlos Delgado; Manuel Margot surprised many in Sox organization

Nice comp.

Devers is projected to be a power hitter once he fully grows into his body and is already drawing comparisons to a former major league All-Star.

“Just because of the way his hands work, how loose they are and the bat whip that he gets, he reminds me some of, similar to Carlos Delgado in my opinion,” Hyers said. “Being left-handed and that looseness. Carlos had kind of the hands high and the bat tilt at times. He reminds me of the bat speed and the ability to drive the ball to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manuel margot, rafael devers, red sox

Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby at home | MLB.com

OK, I couldn’t make it to the finals. First, I just can’t take Chris Berman for that long. I tried muting but I just couldn’t take the hair any longer. Second, it was just too boring. Not as boring as the old format, maybe. But, still too boring to finish.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, home run derby, todd frazier

Monday, July 13, 2015

The 2015 All-Star Game OMNICHATTER

The 2015 All-Star Game from Cincinnati.

Starting Pitchers:

AL: Dallas Keuchel (for 1-2 innings)
NL: Zack Greinke (who Bruce Bochy will probably have in for seven just to screw with the Dodgers)

Game officially starts at 8, but you never know with these things.

Gamingboy Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 339 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter


The nerd who throws 98: Meet the top prospect who stays true to his gamer roots - Yahoo Sports

Giolito has an interesting background.

From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects

Mozeliak taking ‘disciplined’ approach to trades : Sports

Call it the Pedro Principle.

A trade, when built around urgency and not reason, has the likelihood of rising to the level of ineffectiveness. Mozeliak has pointed several times to the Feliz trade as a lesson for him and his brain trust. In the years since, Mozeliak and his closed-circuit front office have continued to refine their approach to trades, and as this year’s July 31 deadline nears the word Mozeliak has used often to describe it is “disciplined.” With “data-driven ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, data-driven decisions

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stadiums (HBO) - YouTube

Maybe this will help wake people up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadium financing

Five years after death of ‘The Boss,’ Steinbrenner family remains committed | Tampa Bay Times

The Steinbrenners aren’t going anywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Maybin having a career season with help from Seitzer

Health and a coach that you click with have a possible impact on a player. It will be interesting to see if Maybin can sustain this level of play.

“From the moment I’ve met him,” Maybin said, “I’ve been comfortable with the way he’s conveyed his message to me. It’s made a lot of sense. And the confidence he has when he’s telling you about the things that he believes are going to help you — all it does is make you want to believe in it.”

Belief is fine, but Maybin wasn’t playing regularly at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin, padres

IMPORTANT: Snoop Dogg thinks Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame - CBSSports.com

OK, this changes my mind.

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati this coming Tuesday, and all-time hit king Pete Rose will be involved in the on-field ceremonies in some capacity. Needless to say, many have been asked about his lifetime ban, and several believe it is just.

Rapper-slash-A-list celebrity Snoop Dogg, however, is not most. He believes Charlie Hustle belongs in the Hall of Fame and told your Eye on Baseball scribes exactly that during the annual celebrity softball game ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose

Top 10 Futures Game moments | MLB.com

Lucas Giolito looks like a stud.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospect

Albies showcases talents at Futures Game | braves.com

If he’s not already on your prospect radar, it’s time to put him there.

MLB.com ranks Albies as the Braves’ fifth-best prospect and considered him to be the top speed prospect on the World Team roster that was assembled for the Futures Game. The 18-year-old shortstop has played just 137 games at the professional level, but in the course of doing so, he has given the Braves reason to believe he has special talent.

Albies has batted .343 with a .410 on-base percentage and 47 stolen bases (60 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozhaino albies, prospects

Ostler: Duffy’s surprise first half makes Sandoval a distant memory - SFGate

“The general manager’s job isn’t easy,” Duffy said, “and if you try to play GM, you’re going to go nuts.”

Last year Duffy was a shortstop in Double-A and, “I didn’t even expect to be called up last year. I thought I was capable of playing third and stepping in, but it wasn’t really on my mind at the time. I was just focused on being the best player I could be at Richmond, and whatever the organization saw fit for me next, my mind was always on the next level, Triple-A.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt duffy

The Oakland Athletics are the unluckiest team in baseball | FOX Sports

If only…

They just haven’t been able to overcome hideous middle relief. Maybe Doolittle can fix that; maybe he can’t. When a team feels an arm short in the bullpen, it usually is two arms short these days. Then again, being an arm (or two) short in the bullpen isn’t supposed to hurt this badly. It’s clear that Beane’s bunch is more like a second-tier contender than a bottom-feeder, in terms of actual ability. Expected runs allowed paint a fairer picture of the A’s than actual runs allowed; ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors

Pirates notebook: ‘Extreme’ seller’s market expected at trade deadline | TribLIVE

What surprised the Pirates, and many industry observers, was the Tampa Bay Rays preferred a return of young, major league players. The Boston Red Sox also traded their ace, Jon Lester, for a major league player in Yoenis Cespedes prior to the deadline. Huntington said the focus of the sellers has again been on major league talent — not prospects — as the July 31st trade deadline approaches.

Why the change?

“It’s a seller’s market, so there are fewer teams that are looking to trade ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, trade deadline

MLB found a smarter way to woo millennials

from the article

In the realm of technology, Major League Baseball is far ahead of the curve, and has been for years; it’s so far ahead that many members of the baseball media, still busy carping about the merits of the “human element” and whether steroid users belong in the Hall of Fame, have failed to notice.

For one thing, millennials don’t watch TV, so TV ratings aren’t a useful index of whether a sport is popular among them. Robert Bowman, CEO of baseball’s digital media ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, mlb_fancave

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2015

Toledo News-Bee, July 13, 1915:

Larry McLean, under suspension from the New York Giants, is again without an occupation on Tuesday. McLean has been playing in the Delaware Co. [Pennsylvania] ball league, but was released because Manager Bill Cloud thinks Larry “hasn’t class enough for the league.”

And that, as far as I know, is the end of Larry McLean’s baseball career. It’s probably safe to assume McLean drank his way out of this gig, as by this time, alcoholism had completely destroyed his ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, larry mclean

2015 HR Derby OMNICHATTER

Discuss the HR Derby (and the Celebrity Softball Game) here!

Gamingboy Posted: July 13, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 274 comment(s)
  Beats: hr derby, mlb, omnichatter

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