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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 239 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Friday, May 22, 2015

Paul White: For baseball lifer, game goes on

I will always remember calling the Baseball Weekly offices to try and get an answer to a baseball question about playoff tiebreakers. When the person who answered the phone didn’t have the answer, he said, “Let me get Paul.” I was surprised when Paul turned out to be Baseball Weekly’s editor, Paul White. We then had a very nice conversation about the MLB playoff tiebreaker, Baseball Weekly, and baseball in general. I appreciated his time. I have always appreciated his writing. Enjoy your ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball writers

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2015 season

S ANGELES—Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended by the team for the remainder of the 2015 season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract,” the team announced on Thursday.

The infielder hasn’t played for any of the four Dodgers minor league affiliates currently in season, and was held back for extended spring training at the club’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

“Erisbel is still a developing athlete. Our plan is to work with him in Arizona for a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban, dodgers, erisbel arreuarrena, suspensions

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe

“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels

With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.

Perhaps players in the group won’t make the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

45 Ruth Pics from Library of Congress

The Library of Congress opened its photo vault and unleashed these great Babe Ruth pics. (from si.com hot clicks)

bbmck Posted: May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

Brewers pitcher Will Smith ejected for using foreign substance

Umpires just don’t understand.

Brewers reliever Will Smith was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves after umpires found a foreign substance on his arm.

With one out and Jace Peterson at an 0-1 count, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez asked umpire crew chief Jim Joyce to take a look at Smith’s arm, where he claimed to have seen something that wasn’t exactly sweat. Joyce went up, touched Smith’s arm, and quickly and calmly ejected him.

It’s not like it was particularly ...

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Holding Separate Elections For Player and Non-Player Candidates Would Greatly Improve the Hall of Fame’s Era Ballot Vote Process

By holding separate elections for players and non-players, the Committee would be able to continue to add candidates who lasted 15 years in BBWAA voting while also having enough room on the ballot for candidates such as Grich, Evans, Hernandez, and Whitaker whose Hall of Fame cases are strengthened by advanced metrics but were too quickly dismissed by BBWAA voters.  In addition, putting the non-players on their own ballot would not only give the Committee space to select a solid candidate like ...

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Remembering How Mike Trout’s Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured

“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
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It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville ...

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OMNICHATTER 5-22-15

TGIF OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 22, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

wtop.com | Marvin Hudson is a stooge

Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.

He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.

Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with ...

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5 things MLB can learn from baseball in Japan. | SportsonEarth.com : Molly Knight Article

This.

1. Really make hitters stay in the batter’s box.

Sorry Bryce Harper. I love you forever, because you’re the best, but you were wrong Wednesday night when you argued balls and strikes, took a leisurely stroll toward your dugout, and then flipped off MLB’s new “stay in the batter’s box” rule by tapping the chalk with your toe after the home plate umpire told you to get your ass back in there.

At first I was against this particular pace of play rule change, because I thought it would be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, May 22, 1915:

President Somers of the Indians on Friday announced he had discharged Joe Birmingham as manager of the team. Unsatisfactory progress of the club is blamed. No successor has been chosen.
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[Portland Beavers] Manager McCreedie…stated on Friday that he could not accept the managership of the Cleveland Indians, for which he has been mentioned since Owner Somers deposed Birmingham.

Asked why, McCreedie declared: “I don’t like to say, but there are reasons. I will ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Predictions of baseball’s demise from 1866 | Baseball: Past and Present

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Ricketts Family Buys 3 More Rooftops Across From Wrigley Field « CBS Chicago

Exactly how many of these businesses are there?

There are more than a dozen rooftop businesses along Waveland and Sheffield avenues, and the Ricketts family now owns six of those buildings after one of their entities purchased three buildings on Sheffield Avenue from Sheffield Finance, the Tribune reported

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

MLB commissioner: Yankees in the right on A-Rod’s $6M | New York Post

The teams’ man agrees with a team. STOP THE PRESSES!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, commissioner's office, yankees

Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez’s home run bonus if .... | NJ.com

If you are going to release part of the contract, release the whole contract. I believe their claim that his homers weren’t marketable isn’t accurate. Sure, they *might* not have been able to make as much money as they potentially could have if ARod hadn’t gotten caught juicing but that’s debatable. With his start, Yankees fans surely don’t have him classified as a villian.

The team has released a portion of the contract that says it’s up to the Yankees to decide whether Rodriguez’s home run ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Cup Of Coffee Club

Of the 17,808 players (and counting) who’ve run up the dugout steps and onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers.

pthomas Posted: May 22, 2015 at 03:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: careers in baseball, history

Keri: the History of the Eephus

That slow curve from El Duque that A-Rod launched into orbit was magnificent. But I wish I could have seen more of the true, 15-25 foot high eephus pitches.

If you ever want to watch 45 seconds of baseball magic, I direct you to this 1981 This Week in Baseball feature on Yankees relief pitcher Dave LaRoche. In the clip, LaRoche describes an at-bat against Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas: “Bob Lemon had just become the manager,” the veteran left-hander says. “He wanted to know if I wanted ...

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keith Hernandez gets part of the credit for Lucas Duda’s southpaw success

“I’ll give most of the credit to Lucas Duda,” Collins said. “He is the one who has said, ‘I can hit lefties. I always have hit lefties.’ And I’m going to give Keith some credit.”

Hernandez—who hit .291 against southpaws during his career—downplayed his impact, but acknowledged Duda requested a session.

“We had one day where we worked together,” said Hernandez, a five-time All-Star as a lefty-hitting first baseman. “I just imparted to him tendencies of left-handers that ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hern, lucas duda, mets

Will two-way player Shohei Otani be Japan’s next MLB export?

How about a pitcher who can swing for the fences? San Francisco Giants ace and reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner—who has two career grand slams and homered four times last season—is one such dual threat.

So is Shohei Otani. If you haven’t heard about the 20-year-old Japanese sensation, you will soon. He plays for the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, the highest level of baseball in Japan, but he has designs on playing major league baseball. His current team could ...

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Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: May 21, 2015 at 05:26 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, japanese baseball

Dustin Pedroia’s rep for delivering big things goes back to college

Some good stuff about Dustin Pedroia in college.

“I remember him just talking about wearing pitchers out—‘Yeah, I got him.’ He never met a pitcher he didn’t think he could hit.”

The bravado was nonstop.

“No fear,” Evans said. “His sophomore year, 2003, we went into Long Beach State. Abe Alvarez, who later played for the Red Sox, pitched Friday night and ASU got beat pretty good.

“Dustin does not like losing at all. He’s leading off the Saturday game against Jered Weaver, best pitcher in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, laser show, red sox

How pitch framing has hurt Andrew Cashner in 2015 - MLB

How much this is impacting other pitchers on the team? Tyson Ross’ walk rate has exploded this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 03:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, padres, pitch framing, sabermetrics

How has instant replay changed baserunning? - Bucs Dugout

As Brandon Phillips put it, the game changes and adjustments simply have to made. The keys for fielders today are simply to be more precise with their tags, and to make sure baserunners who should be called out are, in fact, called out.

“But now you have to make sure to try your best not to make any mistakes because people can reverse the call,” Phillips said. “So that is one that does cross everybody’s mind. They want to make sure that they do make things happen, that they make sure they do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, pirates, reds, rules of the game

OMNICHATTER 5-21-15

The “Oh Crud I Forgot To Put This Up At Midnight Because I Was Watching Letterman” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 126 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Survey: Athletes making $17.94 billion on 333 top teams

Baseball players are paid too much! Argle-bargle!

But it’s the NBA that has the highest average per-player salary. At $4.6 million, the NBA ranks just ahead of India’s IPL cricket ($4.3 million) and MLB ($4.2 million).

The top three NBA teams are the Brooklyn Nets ($6.2 million per player), New York Knicks ($5.9 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($5.3 million). The Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.0 million) lead baseball and the Royal Challengers Bangalore ($4.5 million) head the IPL list. Wondering ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletes, dodgers, money, nfl, salaries, soccer, yankees

Slumping Crisp to see neck specialist - San Francisco Chronicle

That’s not ideal.

Crisp said before the season that he believed the neck problem might be a lifelong issue. The fact that it cropped up again just 13 games after he returned from the disabled list makes it a major concern. Crisp changed the way he hit last season to deal with the neck problem, and hit .203 the final two months while dealing with the injury.

Since coming off the DL after arthroscopic elbow surgery, Crisp is batting .044, but has played extremely well defensively, and that’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp

Twins: Ervin Santana not eligible should team make postseason - TwinCities.com

This is new info for me.

Suspended pitcher Ervin Santana would be ineligible for the postseason should the resurgent Twins make it that far for the first time since 2010.

The Joint Drug Agreement added that provision in 2014 after Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta went from 50-game suspensions to postseason appearances the previous October.

According to Section 7-H-2 on page 41 of the 60-page document, any player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs “shall be barred from participating in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, ped suspensions, twins

Why Children Are Abandoning Baseball - WSJ

How much impact do travel teams have? A lot of people I know have kids on AAU and other travel teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

Where Are They Now? Brent Strom now pitching to Astros aces - NY Daily News

Brent Strom, the second pitcher to get Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brent strom, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1915:

Buck Weaver was speaking of the one-hit game Jim Scott pitched against the Mackians Monday: “If I had known that scratch hit of Larry Lajoie’s would have been the only one of the game off Scotty I would have bungled it up so you scorers would have had to give me an error,” he announced.

I don’t buy it. Buck Weaver would never intentionally underperform.

By the way, for whatever it’s worth, Weaver was Jim Scott’s brother-in-law.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 21, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buck weaver, dugout, history

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