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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Full Count » How Red Sox minor leaguer Rafael Devers is like Carlos Delgado; Manuel Margot surprised many in Sox organization

Nice comp.

Devers is projected to be a power hitter once he fully grows into his body and is already drawing comparisons to a former major league All-Star.

“Just because of the way his hands work, how loose they are and the bat whip that he gets, he reminds me some of, similar to Carlos Delgado in my opinion,” Hyers said. “Being left-handed and that looseness. Carlos had kind of the hands high and the bat tilt at times. He reminds me of the bat speed and the ability to drive the ball to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manuel margot, rafael devers, red sox

Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby at home | MLB.com

OK, I couldn’t make it to the finals. First, I just can’t take Chris Berman for that long. I tried muting but I just couldn’t take the hair any longer. Second, it was just too boring. Not as boring as the old format, maybe. But, still too boring to finish.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, home run derby, todd frazier

Monday, July 13, 2015

The 2015 All-Star Game OMNICHATTER

The 2015 All-Star Game from Cincinnati.

Starting Pitchers:

AL: Dallas Keuchel (for 1-2 innings)
NL: Zack Greinke (who Bruce Bochy will probably have in for seven just to screw with the Dodgers)

Game officially starts at 8, but you never know with these things.

Gamingboy Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 339 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter


The nerd who throws 98: Meet the top prospect who stays true to his gamer roots - Yahoo Sports

Giolito has an interesting background.

From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects

Mozeliak taking ‘disciplined’ approach to trades : Sports

Call it the Pedro Principle.

A trade, when built around urgency and not reason, has the likelihood of rising to the level of ineffectiveness. Mozeliak has pointed several times to the Feliz trade as a lesson for him and his brain trust. In the years since, Mozeliak and his closed-circuit front office have continued to refine their approach to trades, and as this year’s July 31 deadline nears the word Mozeliak has used often to describe it is “disciplined.” With “data-driven ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, data-driven decisions

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stadiums (HBO) - YouTube

Maybe this will help wake people up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadium financing

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

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