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Thursday, April 18, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 18, 1919:

Reports from the Redsox are that [Ray] Caldwell, the former Yankee pitcher, is acting up again. Further it is reported that Ed Barrow has asked for waivers on the big pitcher and is prepared to turn him adrift. Caldwell has long been his worst enemy.
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[Several years ago] Caldwell disappeared [after being suspended] and finally was located pitching for a team in Panama under an assumed name. Evidently Ed Barrow refuses to be bothered with Caldwell.

Barrow put up with Caldwell for a few months, having just acquired the flaky pitcher in an offseason trade. The Sox released Caldwell in August, he signed with the Indians later that month, and five days later got struck by lightning while he was on the mound. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Vizcaino undergoes surgery, expected to miss rest of season

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery Wednesday in New York. Altchek cleaned up Vizcaíno’s labrum, while also removing scar tissue from the right shoulder joint, the team said in a release.“He was in pain and tried to pitch through it,” Anthopoulos said. “He, with the club, his agent as well, decided this was the best course of action for him, short-term and long-term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arody vizcaino, braves

White Sox-Royals benches clear, managers go after each other | The Kansas City Star

Why can’t we all just get along?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tim anderson

Red Sox injury: Where things stand with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee | WEEI

If the Red Sox really want to get Chavis acclimated at 2B maybe they should play him there more than half the time.

The likely short-term solution is Tzu-Wei Lin, who impressed in spring training and has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-for-9 in his last two games. Top prospect Michael Chavis has shown good power (4 homers .250 batting average, .954 OPS), but is still acclimating himself to playing the second base position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox


Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 17, 1919:

Five members of the regular pitching staff of the St. Louis Nationals were injured [in St. Louis] yesterday when an automobile in which they were riding collided with a street car. The injured were William Doak, Leon Ames, Oscar Horstman, William Sherdel and Lee Meadows. The car was driven by Meadows.

That could have been very bad. Those five pitchers combined for 60 starts and 517 innings in 1919. That’s roughly 43 percent of their pitching staff.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Cardinals keep pitching to Christian Yelich, and he keeps making them pay for it

A quirk of Yelich’s season so far…all his homers have been hit at home.

Yelich’s splits.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, christian yelich

Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

“One of those nights,” Callaway said, more than once.

“That,” Matz said glumly, “was just a poor effort tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Brian Cashman defends Yankees medical staff after Greg Bird injury

Is it time for the Yankees to just move on from Greg Bird?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

This pitcher went full ‘Matrix’ to avoid line drive

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, collin mchugh

Exclusive: Giants acknowledge it’s finally time to explore moving in the fences at Oracle Park – The Athletic

The problem isn’t the park; it’s the players the Giants are playing. .

One of the owners, making casual conversation, asked whether the time has come for the Giants to reconfigure their beauty of a ballpark on the shores of McCovey Cove. Should they remove the hazard of bullpens in foul territory? And if so, should they seize that moment as an opportunity to reassess whether their pitcher-friendly ballpark has shifted from charming and idiosyncratic to disadvantageous and extreme?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

Contract Extension Fever Isn’t Just About Economics | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The MLBPA needs to greatly raise minimum salaries. They should also push for added money for players based on playing time.

The table is sortable, so you can play around with it as you would like, but I’ll admit that I find it difficult to draw any general conclusions by examining each deal in its particulars. It does seem to be true, broadly speaking, that the deals involving several free agent seasons have been signed mostly by established players (Trout, Arenado,  Hicks, Bogaerts, and Goldschmidt) while those deals locking in cost certainty for years already under team control are mostly the province of younger, less-experienced players (Bote, Jiménez, Acuña, Albies, etc.). The young stars ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Sox recall Leon from Triple-A; Swihart DFA’d

This was a surprise and smells of desperation.

“By no means [am I] saying that we’re putting this on Blake,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “It’s just, our guys haven’t pitched very well. There’s a combination of factors. But we just felt at this time it was better to bring up more of a veteran-type catcher to handle a veteran starting pitching staff, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, sandy leon

Carlos Zambrano launches the most unlikely comeback

Carlos Zambrano, a longtime starter primarily with the Cubs who hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012, is edging his way back to the game, transitioning into a reliever and beginning a comeback with the independent Chicago Dogs.

Quite a long shot comeback for sure, but I would be excited if he could somehow make his way back to the bigs.

 

Red Voodooin Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, cubs

Christian Yelich hits three home runs after extra batting practice

Dude is 2018 NL MVP and in top ten in a lot of good categories and he’s not cool with the results

Master of the Horse Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, milwaukee, milwaukee brewers, mvp

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dark, Existential Reality of Pitching Is Here For Clayton Kershaw | SI.com

For most people, the experience [of aging] is one of gradual diminuendo, small bargains with yourself. It’s one of feeling fine, feeling invincible, until suddenly, you don’t—suddenly, your back starts to hurt every once in a while; suddenly, you get a hangover after just two beers. You don’t quit, of course. You just make necessary adjustments. (And some people make them better than others.) A pitcher loses velocity. We measure, in excruciating detail, just how much of himself he isn’t. He adjusts—until, finally, one day, there are no more adjustments left for him to make.

Dark contemplations on Clayton Kershaw’s first start back.



OT - NBA thread (Playoffs through off-season)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, and this one only cares about the NBA thread and the Cubs so I have no idea what the rest of the website cares about.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:18 PM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 16, 1919:

Babe Ruth, referred to by followers of the national pastime as baseball’s “superman,” will match his mighty bludgeon against the wizardy [sic] of American league pitchers as a regular in the lineup of the Boston Redsox, according to the reports from the training camp of the world’s champions in the south.
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The slugging giant will be used as an outfielder rather than as a pitcher, according to the present plans of Manager Barrow. He may be sent to the mound occasionally by the Redsox leader if his services are badly needed…

It is hardly likely that the demon slugger will be found in left field day in and day out. As the big youth finds it rather hard to successfully bat against southpaws it is believed ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Are upstart Padres now in market for pitching? Nothing’s changed, says A.J. Preller - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres returned to Petco Park with the National League’s best record. Their record, 17 games into the season, was tied for the third-best start in franchise history, matching the 11-6 marks set by the 1991 and 2010 squads and trailing only the 1984 (12-5) and 1998 (14-3) teams.

It’s a nice position to be in, to be sure.

However, it does not, General Manger A.J. Preller said Monday, alter their plans for the season, in particular the way they’ve aligned the rotation to start the year.

“It’s good that we’ve gotten off to a decent start,” Preller said, “but there’s not much different from a planning standpoint. … Until you get a little deeper in the season, whether we get past the draft and we’re 60 games in, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Barry Bonds’ 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

Barry Bonds holds baseball’s all-time home run record, with 762 of those bad boys being hit over the fence. So when he hit that 762nd homer, one could assume that ball would be worth a lot.

And it turns out, it just might be.

And, in this case, it’s all about timing.

When the historic ball first went up for auction in 2008, it sold for $376,612. Not bad. But now it’s possibly worth about double.

Question, for those who may know:

Is this value on the high end, the low end, or where it ought to be?

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, home runs, memorabilia

Dodgers, MLB honor Jackie Robinson’s centennial year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration Monday night.

Scully greeted 96-year-old Rachel Robinson with a kiss after being introduced to the crowd, with Scully drawing the loudest cheers in a rare public appearance.

He stood behind Rachel with his hands holding her arms during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium. They were joined by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, and son, David, who linked arms with their mother as they walked on the field.

An account concerning events of the day.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jackie robinson day, vin scully

Luis Castillo forgets to run, thrown out at first

Always keep your eyes on the ball.

Reds pitcher Luis Castillo learned that lesson on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Leading off the third inning against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, Castillo punched what looked like an opposite-field single into right field. But Castillo didn’t run out of the box. Instead, he stared at his bat, which he appeared to chip.

Is this what defenders of the designated hitter see every time a pitcher has an at-bat?

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, pitchers hitting

Yasiel Puig’s ‘complicated legacy’ in Los Angeles

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has written the story I think everyone knew was going to come out sooner or later: the “now that Yasiel Puig is gone, what did the Dodgers really think of him?” story. And you know what? It’s a good, even-handed story and not the hit job that other, say, more senior columnist types at the Times might have done if they were given the assignment. Thank goodness.

Unlike a lot of past coverage which has sought to cast Puig as some malevolent force in the Dodgers clubhouse, the picture that comes away from this story is that Puig was more of a frustration than a team cancer. Indeed, Dodgers people — players, coaches and managers — generally liked Puig and still like him. They knew and accepted ...

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QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, legacy, yasiel puig

ESPN confuses Hank Aaron, Sam Jethroe last night

ESPN had Hank Aaron in the booth last night during the Mets-Braves game. That’s cool. Hank Aaron is a legend, so any time you can talk to him you should do it.

It’s also cool that, on the day before Jackie Robinson Day they talked some about Jackie and his impact with Aaron, who himself played in the Negro Leagues for a spell before joining the Braves.

There was a bit of confusion on ESPN’s part, however, during this portion of the discussion. Note the photo they ran during the segment

The Network Which Mistook Sam Jethroe For An All-Time Great.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hank aaron, sam jethroe

Orioles’ Chris Davis hits home run vs. Red Sox

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak over the weekend, hitting an RBI single on Saturday for his first base hit in 55 at bats. Today he did one better: he hit a homer. It was his first round-tripper since August 24 of last season.

[Insert jokes concerning state of Red Sox pitching here.]

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, home runs, orioles

Hernandez’s late bomb makes up for base-running gaffe in Jays’ win over Twins

Teoscar Hernandez had quite the blooper for Toronto on the basepath, a lapse in focus that could have proved costly.

Two innings later, he more than made up for the mistake.

Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth, giving the Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Or, a reminder as for why one must pay close attention to balls and strikes.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, blue jays, teoscar hernandez

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