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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 | 452 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 | 30 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 | 3 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 | 0 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 | 6 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 | 81 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


Wainwright impresses Giants’ Bochy

Count San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy as among the many intrigued to see how Adam Wainwright’s start goes Saturday in the wake of the brilliant six-inning, nine-strikeout, two-hit, no-run performance turned in by the 37-year-old Cardinals righthander Sunday against Los Angeles.

“Amazing,” said Bochy. “That’s what great athletes are able to do. They never stop learning or they never think they’ve arrived.

“They’ll try things. They’ll reinvent themselves and because ...

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QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, bruce bochy, giants

Detroit Tigers’ Victor Martinez: Saturday will be final game of career

Victor Martinez plans to end his career at Comerica Park.

Martinez said his last game will be Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, according to a Tigers spokesperson.

Martinez, speaking to a scrum of reporters, thanked Tigers fans on Friday for their support over the years and said, according to MLive, “after tomorrow, it’s going to be it. That will be my last game. This is one way to thank everybody.”

QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, tigers, victor martinez

Yuli Gurriel has 7-RBI night as Astros clinch playoff berth

In a season with little doubt that the defending World Series champions would return to the playoffs, Yuli Gurriel and Gerrit Cole ensured on Friday night that the Astros will compete in October again.

Gurriel harassed pitchers with his two home runs and seven RBIs. Cole bullied batters with 12 strikeouts in seven innings. George Springer’s three-run homer in the eighth dealt a gratuitous blow.

The Astros overwhelmed the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 at Minute Maid Park for a win that clinched ...

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QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yuli gurriel

Jaime Jarrin Inducted to Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor

Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin became the 12th inductee into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor Friday evening, recognized for his 60 years with the team and helping boost its following among Southern California’s Spanish-speaking population.

Longtime Dodger outfielder, coach and broadcaster Manny Mota removed the blue curtain covering a microphone with Jarrin’s name near the left field foul pole. It is next to the 10 jersey numbers that have been retired, which are displayed ...

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QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, jaime jarrin

Friday, September 21, 2018

How Pitch-Framing Became More Important—and More Common—Than Ever - The Ringer

Amid this heightened focus on framing, the league-wide strike rate on taken pitches is no higher in 2018 than it was at the dawn of the PITCHf/x era in 2008, but pitches were thrown in the strike zone at a higher rate back then than they are today. On pitches taken inside the rulebook strike zone, the called-strike rate has climbed from 74.7 percent in 2008 to 87.3 percent this season. That’s partly—or maybe even largely—a product of umpires getting graded on their accuracy and hewing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2018 at 05:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, pitch framing, tyler flowers

Jeff Banister fired as Texas Rangers manager

The managerial merry-go-round strikes again.

In the span of four years, Jeff Banister went from first to worst.

He will not get a chance to reverse the club’s course again.

With the Rangers headed for a last-place finish and the team’s second consecutive losing season, the Rangers decided to make a change, the team announced Friday. Banister, 54, will not return for a fifth season in 2019. Banister is due $950,000 for 2019, according to a salary survey from USA Today earlier this season.

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ajnrules Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, managers, rangers

Red Sox Fan Dies Climbing On Top of Train Leaving Yankee Stadium

A Red Sox fan was killed on his way home from Yankee Stadium Wednesday while trying to climb his way onto the top of a train, NBC10 Boston reports.

Michael Vigeant, 24, was electrocuted during the act. The car on Metro-North was heading from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn. His brother also attempted to get on top of the train, but was safely removed by officials.

And you thought the two guys with the banner were the dumbest Sox fans of the week.  Build a better mousetrap…

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrations, dumbass, red sox, yankees

Addison Russell’s Ex-Wife Releases Detailed Allegations Of Abuse

It’s the second time that allegations have been brought forth against Russell. The first instance came when a friend of Reidy spoke out on Instagram; [Melisa] Reidy, in the process of separating and filing for divorce at the time, did not cooperate with MLB’s investigation. Now, it stands to reason that this latest account from the alleged victim herself will bring forth a second and more serious investigation from the league. It’s unclear whether the relevant law enforcement authorities ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 21, 2018 at 01:27 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, domestic abuse


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2018

Washington Herald, September 21, 1918:

For pitching nine innings against the Hartford, Conn., club last Sunday, Babe Ruth received more money than he got out of the world series with the Cubs. For working that one game Ruth was given $1,300, while in the six world series games his share was less than $1,100. Ruth is in big demand throughout New England and the independent club which played against Hartford had to bid high to get the big Red Sox hurler to pitch the game.

I’m sure there’s a valid ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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