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Monday, July 13, 2015

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nieuwenhuis belts three home runs in historic game for Mets

In a historic performance at Citi Field, the Mets outfielder connected for home runs in each of his first three at-bats against Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Randall Delgado. In doing so, Nieuwenhuis became the first Mets player to ever hit three home runs in a single home game.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: July 12, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Leaving Cuba: Why Pirates bullpen coach Euclides Rojas risked everything for freedom | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Euclides Rojas.

Yes, Euclides. He was the first closer in the history of the Cuban national team, a good friend and teammate.

“Euclides was intelligent,” de la Torre recalls. “To be a good reliever, you should have the nerves of a surgeon and the control of a robot. With these qualities, you can do what you want.”

They have not spoken in more than 20 years, since Rojas’ desire for freedom pushed him into the ocean on a makeshift raft with his wife and 2-year-old son. De la Torre ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, euclides rojas

End the Home Run Derby

Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby, set for Monday, is a tedious monstrosity of batting-practice gluttony, a swing-killing relic of the steroid era. It is an elephantine affront to the grace, agility and precision of the game….the allure — along with the ratings, which last year were the lowest recorded since 1997 — is gone….

And mega-stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and Colorado Rockies standouts Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki want no part of it. Chicago Cubs manager Joe ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: general

The ‘glove-stealing’ flameout — and Mexican revival — of Yanks’ next ‘Mantle’ | New York Post

A reminder that the next big thing might not be.

Of course, far from all of Sunday’s participants will attain their full potential, and the game’s poster boy for untapped promise — or wasted talent, as some might put it — would’ve stood alongside A-Rod and Jeter in that hypothetical ’95 game.

As a matter of fact, if you’re not familiar with the tale of Ruben Rivera — No. 2 on that ’95 list, right behind A-Rod and two ahead of his Yankees teammate Jeter — you can go see him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Best tools to be on display in Futures Game | MLB.com

The Futures Game’s best tools.

Fastball

U.S.: Lucas Giolito, Nationals (80). With all of the velocity that will be on display, Giolito has the only 80 fastball, an upper-90s (you might see triple digits) heater that stands out even more because of his abilty to command it.

World: Frankie Montas, White Sox (70). Montas has touched triple digits and could do so again on Sunday in his short stint, with many feeling he might belong in the bullpen long-term.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Robin Ventura’s faith in White Sox is being rewarded - Chicago Tribune

The White Sox haven’t given up yet.

“They just go out and pitch well,” Ventura said. “I don’t know what they’re expecting when they go out there, but they know their room for error might be a little (slim). But they’re continuing to battle. With what (Samardjiza) did (Thursday) and what the kid ( Rodon) did (Friday) … I think it’s great for him to come and pitch in this environment and do what he did.”

Sale has been so brilliant of late that allowing one run while striking out 10 on Saturday ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Five teams that need to beat the MLB trade deadline - Sports - The Boston Globe

A bunch of notes.

Longtime Red Sox coach, minor league manager, and special assistant Dick Berardino has heard once too often how the Sox and the late Lou Gorman were fleeced on the Jeff Bagwell-Larry Andersen deal in 1990. Berardino was a coach on Joe Morgan’s staff and defends Gorman to this day. “It was the right thing at the right time,” said Berardino. “Andersen really helped us that year (15 appearances, 1.23 ERA in 22 innings) win the AL East division. I really get tired of people ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mark melancon, notes, tidbits, trades

Sunday Notes: Drafting Aiken, Yankees, Marlins, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Rob Refsnyder made his major league debut last night, starting at second base for the Yankees against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Before the game, I asked the highly-regarded 24-year-old how he’s preparing for his at bats against Eduardo Rodriguez.

“I was just looking at the scouting report,” said Refsnyder. “I like seeing what a fastball is doing – I looked to see if it’s moving – and I’ll go from there.”

For Refsnyder, a .290/.387/.413 hitter in Triple-A, things get simple ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rob refsnyder, yankees

Rockies Q&A: GM Jeff Bridich on MLB trade deadline, Tulowitzki

Q: What is the percentage chance that Troy Tulowitzki is on your team next year?

A: (Laughs) I don’t know. What do you think it is?

Q: 95 percent chance? Wild guess?

A: I really don’t know. I think we’ll know more over the next two weeks.

Q: His situation has changed though. He’s been healthy. He’s hitting well.

A: To this point, yeah. He’s healthy. He’s basically playing most of the time, like he should be. We’ve given him regular rest, like we should, with any player who has played a lot ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Marlins Lose Gordon to Thumb Injury in 14-3 Win Over Reds - The New York Times

Gordon was hurt leading off the seventh inning when he slid headfirst into first base for an infield single, the first of a record nine consecutive hits as Miami won 14-3.

Gordon will miss the All-Star Game but might be sidelined only a week or two. X-rays were negative, and there was no apparent ligament damage, the Marlins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

Joe Pepitone on Smoking Weed, Screwing With Sinatra and ‘Seinfeld’ | Rolling Stone

An interview with Joe Pepitone, a legend on and off the field.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joe pepitone, yankees

Rolling Stone: The Savant of Spray Charts: Meet the New Star of Baseball Analytics

Daren Willman is as much a coder as he is a baseball fan. And his site, Baseball Savant, is bringing Sabermetrics to the masses. For free [...] This is also a realization on the promise of advanced Sabermetrics that is built on the gobs of PITCHf/x data collected from MLB games. It’s a movement kick-started by sites like Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs, companies like Sportvision and Baseball Info Solutions, and people like Nate Silver and Dan Brooks, who is an experimental psychologist by ...

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bobm Posted: July 12, 2015 at 01:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball savant

OMNICHATTER 7-12-2015/Futures Game Chatter

All-Star Week Begins with the Futures Game. Also: Last day of the first half.

Gamingboy Posted: July 12, 2015 at 12:28 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Under-30 superstars key to baseball’s future | MLB.com

It really is an exciting time.

There’s not that signature position player in the Big Apple on center stage, but there is Trout in Anaheim and Joc Pederson, Kershaw and Yasiel Puig in Los Angeles. Bumgarner and Joe Panik are in the City by the Bay and Paul Goldschmidt is in Phoenix. Nolan Arenado is in Denver, and Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer are in Kansas City. Sale’s on the South Side and Kris Bryant the North in the Windy City, and Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez are opening ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 07:50 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars

Why MLB Can’t Stop the Dodgers From Spending Truckloads of Money on International Free Agents: A Guide

When MLB first implemented these rules, the expectation was that we’d see no more than a few million go into the league’s kitty, since the penalties would discourage teams from going over their budgets. After this most recent July 2 period, the penalty fund since the new system was put in place has now exceeded $80 million — and might even be considerably higher. Since nobody planned for this, nobody knows what to do with all of that cash. For now, it just belongs to Major League ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 11, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jonah keri

Dozier’s denial exposes the system | FOX Sports

The All-Star game just isn’t the same. It used to be an event. Players in one league wanted to show the players in the other league that their team was better. It’s was also one of the only chances for fans to see players outside our home team’s league.

That’s not the way it is now. With interleague play, MLB.TV, and the games available on cable TV, we get to see any player just about any time we want. It’s also become a game with 1,000 players on the roster where everybody has to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, brian dozier

Boston Red Sox forced to wait on status of Clay Buchholz’s elbow - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

This doesn’t sound good. Hopefully, it’s not the worst.

Farrell warned that it was premature to speculate on Buchholz’s condition.

“There’s some tightness, some stiffness in the elbow area,” Farrell said. “He’s undergoing the full workup with imaging. Until we get any further information, that’s all we have right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Woman injured by foul ball at Fenway | Local News - WCVB Home

I know it might be hard to believe but she was hit by a rocket by *Didi Gregorius*.

Others ducked on the foul ball before it hit her. You could tell by the bounce that the ball just skimmed her head. Now, I don’t know whether she was distracted or just had a slow reaction. What shocked me, however, is how quite a few fans in her section were still fixated on watching people attend to her while the game was still going on. If you are going to sit in seats that close to the action, you need to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fans hit by projectiles, red sox

Yanks finally call up sizzling, prized prospect Refsnyder | New York Post

The kid can hit a little bit but I will be shocked if he can hit enough to off-set that glove.

Infield coach Joe Espada said Refsnyder looked better in spring training than when he watched him last year as a scout.

“Compared with what I saw the previous season scouting, there were a lot of improvements with his maturity and decision-making on the field,” Espada said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ve got.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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