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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Scout Doug Gassaway remembered for keen eye | MLB.com

Another great scout passes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, scouts

“There Are Very Few Individuals as Fascinating as Lefty O’Doul”

Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).

After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dimaggio, japanese baseball, lefty o'doul, macarthur

Monday, April 03, 2017

Syndergaard was aghast after his mother took a photo with his nemesis, Mr. Met

Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard’s mother, Heidi, after Monday’s game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:

Mother! How could you?!?!?

Somehow, this feud continues to be funny.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met, thor, twitter

Robert Megerdichian Is The Baseball Glove Whisperer [Boston Globe]

CAMBRIDGE — Robert Megerdichian’s idea of bliss is sitting in his kitchen listening to Boston Red Sox games on the radio as he refurbishes baseball gloves….

“Why would someone buy a new glove when they could just fix the old one,” Megerdichian asked Saturday as he stood in the kitchen that doubles as his glove repair workshop. “I’m old fashioned. Old-fashioned people fix things.”

Bote Man Posted: April 03, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, gloves, old school, red sox

Will Votto grow old before Reds grow up?

Yes. Next obvious question.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

We know why you wear a baseball cap

Hats off to you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, hats, history, reds

MLB Opening Night on ESPN: Highest-Rated Since 2010

Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!

MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.

Additionally, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball ratings, cardinals, cubs, espn

Source: Cardinals complete extension with outfielder Piscotty

The Cardinals will announce a long-term extension with Piscotty on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. St. Louis time. A source confirmed the deal to The Post-Dispatch.

Terms of the deal were not yet clear.

Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would likely include all of his remaining control years—through 2022. The Cardinals prefer to make such deals with players when they also include some free agent years. If so, that would give Piscotty the longest ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stephen piscotty

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 3, 1917:

Ty Cobb declared formally that he would not play another game in the [current exhibition series against the Giants] and Jennings, manager of the Tigers, announced that he had made arrangements to send him to Cincinnati to finish his training with the Cincinnati Reds. This action was taken as a result of the clash between Cobb and Herzog in Dallas on Saturday.
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Jennings agreed to [Cobb’s] withdrawal and upholds his stand, calling Charley Herzog, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

On Opening Day, Rick Porcello aims to put playoff stinker behind him | Boston Herald

It’s Red Sox Opening Day! I always take the day off as a religious holiday. So, may a Red Sox win be with you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, red sox

Tigers GM Al Avila says Tigers can compete | MLB.com

“Cleveland obviously is the class of the American League, if not Major League Baseball,” Avila said. “They’re an excellent team. But the American League Central Division is still very tough. The Chicago White Sox still have a very good team. The Kansas City Royals have an excellent team. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest division, in my mind.

“It’s not going to be easy. If anybody thinks it’s going to be easy, they’re not thinking right. But we do feel we have a good team, a team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

MLB preview: Q&A with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington

Huntington: A lot of it was conceptualized before we came in the door. After talking with Bob (Nutting) and Frank (Coonelly), we bought into the concept of let’s see what the 2008 could do. They’d done a nice job (in 2007) and appeared to be ready to take the next step forward. There were some established position players, although most of them were approaching free agency. There wasn’t much in the farm system other than (Andrew) McCutchen, (Neil) Walker and Brad Lincoln. We knew we were going ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, neal huntington, pirates

April 3rd - 2nd Opening Day Omnichatter

It’s Opening Day…again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

OTP 3 April 2017: The Nationals Leave Politics Aside

Honestly, if Adam Eaton said something on Twitter that I disagree with, I would probably think he was the other Adam Eaton anyway.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he issued no new directives after the 2016 election than he has in the past. … “I’m all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They’re grown men,” Rizzo said. “You’ve seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express ...

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BDC Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 1356 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, politics

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Longtime baseball official Katy Feeney dies

Katy Feeney, a former major-league executive with roots in San Francisco and the daughter of the late Giants general manager and National League president Chub Feeney, died Saturday, the Giants announced.

Feeney died of “natural causes,” according to the club, which gave no further details.
She was baseball’s senior vice president of club relations and scheduling until her retirement after the 2016 season. She was familiar to fans who watched news conferences in the postseason, which ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 09:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: katy feeney, obituary

Indians announce four-year contract extension for Roberto Perez

On the eve of their 2017 season, the Indians announced that they have signed catcher Roberto Perez to a four-year contract extension.

The deal runs through the 2020 season and includes club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Per MLB.com, the extension is worth $9 million guaranteed with options valued at $5.5 million and $7 million, respectively.

Perez, 28, figures to start the year as the No. 2 catcher behind Yan Gomes, though he’ll likely receive more starts than the typical backup. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 04:16 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

Ex-Braves catcher Bethancourt makes Padres roster as a pitcher (THIS IS NOT AN OMNICHATTER THREAD)

Bethancourt, traded by the Braves to the Padres in December of 2015, has made San Diego’s roster and he will be used as both a pitcher and a backup position player.

 

Rickey! No. You move. Posted: April 02, 2017 at 03:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

New Yorker: The Dream Catchers of Pro Baseball

In her photo essay “Fantasy Life,” Tabitha Soren has captured this sense of tentative possibility. For years, she followed the careers of the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 draft class: twenty-one players, all drafted at the same time. A handful made it to the top, like the former New York Yankee Nick Swisher, who enjoyed a twelve-year major-league career, including a World Series title, in 2009; most did not. But in Soren’s pictures all of the men are in the throes of their own baseball ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: doug glanville, moneyball, oakland a's, photography

Melvin Upton Jr. Won’t Make Blue Jays

Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. won’t make the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Jays are listening to offers for Upton, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who lists the Tigers, Orioles, Rays and Giants as sensible fits.

Toronto hasn’t finalized its roster yet, though the last spot was reportedly down to Upton and out-of-options infielder Ryan Goins as of Tuesday. Notably, the Blue Jays signed utilityman Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton

2017 MLB Prediction Thread

Put your 2017 season predictions here!

Andere Richtingen Posted: April 02, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: prediction


OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

SB Nation: WHY BASEBALL GAMES ARE SO DAMNED LONG

Grant Brisbee watches an 1984 and 2014 game with the same score, the same # of pitches, the same # of pitching changes, and the same # of batters faced and figures out why the games are so damned long.

“Commercials aren’t the primary villain. They don’t help the pace of the modern game, but I figured that was going to be the half-hour difference right there, and the conclusion would be simple. But the 1984 game had 33 minutes and 13 seconds of commercials, and the 2014 game had 42 minutes ...

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Sean Forman Posted: April 02, 2017 at 02:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: harry caray, pace of play

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Brewers reliever ponders job in which he’s ‘treated like a human’ after not making roster

Brewers 27-year-old reliever Tyler Cravy thought he had a realistic shot at cracking the team’s 25-man roster coming out of spring training, but those hopes were dashed on Saturday when he was cut. To hear Cravy tell it, the Brewers’ front office informed him and fellow reliever Tyler Scahill that they’d be competing for a bullpen spot in Milwaukee. As it turns out, Cravy and Scahill each had a strong spring training—2.03 ERA and 0.73 ERA, respectively—but along the way the team’s plans ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 11:45 PM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Report: Rangers demoted Keone Kela because of a clubhouse incident

On Friday, Rangers’ right-hander Keone Kela was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock to start the season. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the demotion wasn’t because of roster overcrowding or poor performance during camp. Instead, it appeared to stem from an undisclosed incident during one of the Rangers’ “B” games on Wednesday.

Rosenthal’s sources said that Kela exhibited less-than-acceptable behavior during the game, which provoked “a series of heated discussions” among ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 07:21 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: keone kela, rangers

The Best Player in Baseball Doesn’t Want to Be a Superstar

The first remarkable thing about Trout is how big he is. At listed dimensions of 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Trout isn’t as bulky as The Mighty Giancarlo Stanton. He’s not incredibly tall for a ballplayer, either, and he doesn’t have quivering Disney bad-guy muscles popping out from under his uniform. Trout just looks big, the way a truck or an office building is big. Despite that, he’s unbelievably light on his feet — fast, but not bouncy, leaning forward as he chops down the ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Michael Brantley likely to make Indians’ roster for opener

The Cleveland Indians left fielder likely will make the team’s Opening Day roster—and could start the opener—following a spring in which he slowly worked himself back into shape after playing in only 11 games last season because of a shoulder injury.

Brantley will travel with Cleveland to Texas this weekend as the American League champions prepare to start the season Monday against the Rangers. Manager Terry Francona doesn’t have to submit his roster until Sunday, but all signs are pointing to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 12:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Ranking the 15 Opening Day matchups around baseball

15. Ricky Nolasco vs. Kendall Graveman (Angels at A’s)
This will mark Nolasco’s 28th year in Major League Baseball, yet this is his first Opening Day start. And, no, I’m not looking that up. Feels true, though.

Nolasco was excellent for the Angels for 11 starts after they acquired him, though his overall season was kind of a drag (4.42 ERA, 93 ERA+). He has the third-highest ERA of any starter with 50 starts or more since 2014, and the two pitchers with worse ERAs are a non-roster ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 12:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Rays Designate Nick Franklin For Assignment

The Rays have designated infielder Nick Franklin for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Jumbo Diaz, Daniel Robertson, Mallex Smith and Peter Bourjos have all made the Rays’ Opening Day roster.

The 26-year-old Franklin batted a solid .270/.328/.443 in 191 plate appearances with the Rays in 2016, but he posted subpar defensive numbers and was out of options. He also rarely plays shortstop and therefore doesn’t make an ideal utility infielder, and Rays manager Kevin Cash ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: nick franklin, rays

When Lefty O’Doul Spoke, DiMaggio and Williams Listened

“No one will ever change [my swing] and if anything ever goes wrong with it, I’ll go back to Lefty and get it straightened out.”—Ted Williams

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O’Doul was eager to let New York baseball fans know the treat they were in for, insisting that DiMaggio was as good as any player ever to come out of the pcl. “Barring injuries,” said Lefty, “he will be voted the Most Valuable Player in the American League in three years.” [Editor’s note: Lefty was off by a year: DiMaggio claimed his ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 01, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe dimaggio, lefty o'doul, ny giants, ted williams

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