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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Despite hometown ties, Walker realizes time with Pirates likely nearing the end | TribLIVE

It sounds like the decision has already been made.

Everyone in the clubhouse can do the math.

“It’s going to be hard for (Walker) not to be here next year, for him not to be in a Pirates uniform,” shortstop Jordy Mercer said. “It’s going to be weird not to have him around. I hope they’re going to do whatever they can to bring him back.”

General manager Neal Huntington knows what kind of reaction to expect from fans when Walker leaves.

“I anticipate it will be incredibly negative ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: neil walker, pirates

Reds notes: Latest on Billy Hamilton’s shoulder

Price said there’s also a chance that the Reds will shut him down so he can concentrate on rehabbing the shoulder.

“You hate to shut the kid down if he can help us in any way, shape or form. In the same respect, if he needs to do a concentrated rehab, staying active to try to play kind of counteracts his ability to invest completely in his rehab,” Price said. “I know (team medical director) Dr. (Timothy) Kremchek, (head athletic trainer) Paul (Lessard) and (general manager) Walt (Jocketty) ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, brandon finnegan, brayan pena, j.j. hoover, reds

Sunday Notes: Melancon, Anthopoulos, Tracking Pitches, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Some good stuff in David Laurila’s latest.

Alex Anthopoulos is a big believer in blending scouting and analytics. Many general managers are. The extent to which they balance the two, relative to each other, is a matter of conjecture. Ditto what they value most within each discipline.

The Toronto GM has an idea where his contemporaries lean, but only to a degree.

“You can see certain themes, but I don’t know that we know all that much,” said Anthopoulos. “There are certain GMs who have ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, mark melancon, notes


The OMNICHATTER would win an Emmy if it were a TV show.

Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

OT: NBA Pre-Season Thread

I estimate only 5 Primates posted in the August NBA thread (and we didn’t even bother to do a September thread.), but with media day already here, we make our own pre-season thread here so we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Make America Great Again #Trump2016

RollingWave Posted: September 20, 2015 at 04:24 AM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off topic, offseason

Saturday, September 19, 2015

2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers are set

Initial opening-round matchups (including home and visitor designations) as well as ticket information will be announced at a later date by the host venues. The pools for each qualifier are:

• Qualifier 1 (Feb. 11-14 in Sydney): Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa
• Qualifier 2 (March 17-20 in Mexicali): Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany and Nicaragua
• Qualifier 3 (March 17-20 in Panama City): Colombia, France, Panama and Spain
• Qualifier 4 (Sept. 22-25 in Brooklyn): ...

Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: international, wbc, world baseball classic

Blue Jays OF Chris Colabello takes incredible journey to the majors

You have to pull for a kid like him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, chris colabello

Ex-pro baseball player arrested in Corona double murder

A former pro baseball player was arrested Friday in a double murder case in Corona.

Brandon Martin was being sought after the bodies of two men were found inside a home in the 1000 block of Winthrop Drive Thursday night.

Martin once had a bright future as a pro baseball player. Now, the 22-year-old is suspected of murdering his 64-year-old father Michael Martin and 62-year-old Barry Swanson, a sub-contractor for ADT Security.
Neighbors were in shock over the identity of the suspect. ...


After 2-run 9th-inning rally, Royals fall to Tigers 5-4 in 12th | The Kansas City Star

What do they do with Holland?

Scarcely 10 minutes had passed since the walkoff hit that sunk the Royals — perhaps ending Greg Holland’s tenure as the team’s closer — fell into left field at Comerica Park. Manager Ned Yost understood the implications of Holland’s latest stumble, which cost the club a 5-4 defeat in 12 innings to Detroit and slimmed the Royals’ lead over Toronto for home-field advantage to just one game.

But Yost did not intend to discuss the fallout of Holland’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, royals

Pirates notebook: Kang’s injury prompts Hurdle to suggest re-examining slide rules | TribLIVE

Jung Ho Kang was injured because he didn’t clear the bag properly.

“By definition, they are legal slides (at second). Is there a way we can change the definition of a legal slide to possibly ensure better safety?” Hurdle said. “We always want to try to find a way to ensure safety to the best of our abilities without taking away from the game. I think we’ve been able to do that at home plate. The amended rule to home plate (collisions) has turned out to be excellent for the game. Those ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, jung ho kang, pirates

Scherzer refuses to be lifted |

Max Scherzer and Matt Williams aren’t buddies.

The fist pound attempt was very awkward.


Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, max scherzer, nationals

The Met, the Myth: Searching for Noah Syndergaard’s Viking Roots in Denmark - The New York Times

More than 120 years ago, Simon Hansen Sondergaard left this town in southwest Denmark for the United States. He settled in Iowa, along with four of his five siblings, where he farmed and raised a family.

Four generations later, his great-great-grandson was born in Mansfield, Tex. Noah Syndergaard — with a surname slightly Anglicized from his Sondergaard ancestry — would go on to become a budding star pitcher for the Mets, beloved by the team’s fans for his fastball and, in part, for his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

One surprise (and one money) reason Marlins want Ichiro back | New York Post

With the healthy return of Giancarlo Stanton, will Ichiro be able to get enough AB to reach 3000 hits? He has 89 hits in 368 AB this year. Although he should get a few more in the last couple of weeks, he’ll probably need about 60 hits next year. If he hits .250, he’ll need 240 at bats to get there.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, marlins

Inside Baseball: Samardzija still OK, plus other walk years, MLB notes -

Heyman on the upcoming free agent class.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Meet the Dodger who learned to have fun and provide serious value

“I think what you see is what you get,” Scott Van Slyke said of Turner. “He doesn’t have the stereotypical red-head, gets-angry, short-tempered thing. Because of that, he makes people around him better. He’ll sit with Joc and talk situational hitting. He’ll lighten the bench. You know there’s gonna be days you hate your job and you’re on the bench and you’re not hitting. That’s when you gotta find a way to enjoy it.”

Attitude over aptitude, that sort of thing. And then, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner

Valencia’s 2 Homers Lead A’s Over Fading Astros 4-3 - The New York Times

The Twins are one game back of the Astros. The Angels are two games. The Indians are three back. It’s pucker time in Houston.

Oakland’s Sonny Gray (13-7, 2.56) opposes former Athletic Scott Kazmir (7-10, 2.63) when the series continues Saturday. Gray is 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. Kazmir, who was traded to Houston in July, allowed seven hits and four runs in a loss to Oakland on Sept. 8.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics


The Unwritten Rules of OMNICHATTER:



Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, September 18, 2015

Joe Maddon compares Cardinals to Tony Soprano after Rizzo hit

“I’m really disappointed in what the Cardinals did right there,” Maddon said after the game. “We did not hit their guy on purpose. That was an absolute mistake.

“To become this vigilante group that wants to get their own pound of flesh, that’s absolutely insane, ridiculous and wrong. We don’t start stuff, but we will stop stuff.”

Voodoo... Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:31 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, fights

Former President and Braves superfan Jimmy Carter ended up on the Turner Field kiss cam |

It’s nice to see President Carter at the ballpark. His kiss was just long enough to be uncomfortable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

A’s Prospect shot in head, torso in NY

A minor league baseball pitcher is in very serious condition after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting early Friday in the parking lot of a Yonkers Burger King, according to police.

spanx for the memories Posted: September 18, 2015 at 02:07 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Sports on Earth: The Subway Series’ Best

A fun retrospective on some of the players and moments that have been part of the New York-New York series since the start of interleague play.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 18, 2015 at 01:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giambi, matsui, mets, piazza, subway series, teixeira, wright, yankees

It’s Now the New York Mets’ City as Crucial Subway Series Begins | Bleacher Report

Shouldn’t Subway be the sponsor or this series?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Starter Mat Latos, acquired July 30, designated for assignment by Dodgers

Money to burn….

Pitcher Mat Latos will not finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team designated him for assignment on Thursday.

Latos, a right-hander who arrived from the Miami Marlins as part of a 13-player trade on July 30, has struggled in almost all of his appearances since the trade. He finishes his time with the Dodgers with an 0-3 record, 6.66 ERA and 31 hits allowed in 24⅓ innings.

Latos is set for free agency this offseason after signing a one-year deal with ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mat latos



Gamingboy Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rival major league scouts sound off on the state of Seattle’s Mariners | The News Tribune

Not very complimentary.

Is there a viable in-house partner for catcher Mike Zunino?

“Is that a serious question?” one scout asked. “If they had a truly legit guy anywhere in the system, they’d have sent Zunino to the minors in May.”

From another: “They had that guy in (Welington) Castillo, and they traded him (to Arizona). Now, I’m a (Mark) Trumbo guy. I’d rather have Trumbo (than Castillo) unless I really needed a catcher. They really need a catcher.”

From a third: “They ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 18, 1915:

Umpire Rigler gave the double-header [between the Pirates and Giants] an unusual feature when he chased 19 New York players including Manager John McGraw to the club house for their actions following a disputed strike decision in the second game.
Grant flied out, and as he was passing Umpire Rigler on the way to the New York bench he made some remarks to the official. A few minutes later, Rigler halted the game and gave McGraw the sign to leave ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cy rigler, dugout, history, umpshow

Rewind: Beane says Semien could fit anywhere on the diamond | CSN Bay Area

His improved play might not be enough to keep him at the position, however.

But it’s really been a tale of two halves for the East Bay native. Just six of those errors have come in the 51 games since the All-Star break. In watching Semien on a regular basis, it’s clear he’s handling shortstop with more confidence and fluidity over the second half. His athleticism has been on display on some highlight-worthy plays recently, including a terrific stop in the hole against the White Sox on ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

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