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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tony LaRussa invades booth to argue with Pirates braodcaster

Despite not being division rivals, the Pirates and Diamondbacks have a bit of bad blood dating back to 2014, when Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt were at the center of a hit-by-pitch war. McCutchen suffered a rib fracture as a result of being hit.
Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the two teams again traded hit-by-pitches. Pirates righty Arquimedes Caminero hit both Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed with pitches up around the head, which is always scary. D-Backs righty Evan Marshall responded by ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, pittsburgh pirates

Mangan: Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch in Baseball

Also, Scott and Lassus Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch on the Self-Immolation Thread…

The Mets lead in K-BB%, GB%, FIP and xFIP. They trail only the Cubs in ERA and only the Nationals in strikeouts per nine innings. They place 4th in this group in WAR, although that is primarily a function of the fact that they have the fewest innings of the bunch — the Mets have 17 starts from this duo while the other couplings have 19 or 20. This is owing to the fact that Syndergaard has yet to make his tenth ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:35 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, pitching, rankings, steven matz

Uncompetitive Minor League Wages Might Be Deterring Talent

For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume that there are two types of amateur prospects: You have the elite ones who ultimately get big signing bonuses. Then you have the non-elite ones who aren’t good enough to get big signing bonuses. If you are in the first group, you’re certainly going to go pro regardless of your socioeconomic status. You get a big signing bonus and get to play baseball for a living. That’s a win-win.

Now let’s say you’re a player in this second group. You’re ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league, salaries

Dodgers Call Up Julio Urias for Friday Start

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to usher in the big-league career of their top prospect Friday when left-hander Julio Urias makes his major-league debut in New York against the Mets.

The club is expected to purchase the contract of the 19-year-old Urias, adding him to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster. Friday’s expected starter, Alex Wood, will miss his outing with triceps soreness, but the Dodgers are expecting him to return to action Monday at Chicago against the Cubs.

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 01:04 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-26-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 26, 1916:

Ohio State university baseball team boasts a one-armed pitcher in Herman F. Recker, freshman agricultural student. University baseball coaches say he has the smoke and stuff to give many a western conference heavy hitter the shivers.
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“It takes just one arm to throw the ball—and I’ve got one,” Recker says. He has no place to wear a glove, but is a wizard at spearing hot liners barehanded.

He’s got a point. It only takes one arm.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Stew Thornley’s macabre adventure: Visiting every dead baseball Hall of Famer’s grave

I’d have to admire his tenacity. The most I’ve ever done is visit the graves of the deceased 300-game winners, and visit them again with a small figurine.

In the shorthand parlance of men and women who collect graveyard experiences, Thornley is what’s known as a “graver.” While his search for the plots of long gone standouts, such as Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Rube Waddell in San Antonio, is nominally about allowing him to cross another name off his list, it’s ...

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ajnrules Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, general, hall of fame

Derek Jeter: I want to own a MLB team to bring baseball back

Where did baseball go?

Former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter told CNBC on Wednesday his “ultimate goal” is to own a Major League Baseball team.
“In my mind, this is the greatest sport in the world,” Jeter told “Squawk Box,” saying a key motivation for owning a team would be help the game grow.

“I think baseball is taking somewhat of a back seat to some of the other sports,” said the ex-Yankees captain and shortstop, who retired in 2014 after a 20-year career with the team. “Some of the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, ownership

Poz: Switch Your Style Up

Just one game (perhaps one inning) to shrug off ... or a sign of what’s to come?

The results have been striking. Batters are not swinging and missing Sale’s pitches in the same way — his swing and miss rate is all the way down to 9.2 percent. Hitters are not chasing his pitches out of the strike zone like they did. And even when they do chase, they’re connecting a lot more often. For the first time in his career, Sale is not striking out at least one batter per inning.

And the overall ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, small sample size, strikeouts, white sox

From internment camp to Dodgers and Cubs clubhouses, these brothers became part of baseball history

The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.

On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.

Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to ...

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OMNICHATTER 5-26-16

“The CHATTER Must Go On” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 26, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Jeurys Familia sets Mets record for consecutive saves

Yes, it was interrupted by three blown saves in the World Series. But New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia now owns sole possession of the franchise record for consecutive regular-season saves.

Zach Posted: May 26, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Twins player confronted play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer about his calls

Losing has a way of grating on you, though, and with the Twins a MLB-worst 11-34 heading into Wednesday’s game against Kansas City, there’s been plenty of losing to go around. That may have been what led to the incident Bremer described to Fargo, North Dakota radio host (on 970 AM WDAY) Mike McFeely last week:

Surprisingly, Bremer said one player has confronted him this season about being too critical of the team. Bremer wouldn’t name the player.

“I make it a practice to go in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 25, 2016 at 05:05 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dick bremer, twins

Clickhole: An Oral History Of The 1998 Major League Baseball Home Run Chase

Wow, what an inspiring story.

Bud Selig: It was a tight race. Every time McGwire hit a home run, Sosa would hit one right back.

Tony La Russa: Sometimes, McGwire would hit a home run, and when he finished rounding the bases, a fist would punch through his stomach, and the crowd would scream in horror as Sammy Sosa clawed his way out of Mark McGwire’s body and revealed that the home run had just been hit by Sosa in a clever disguise. Then, the real Mark McGwire would come out of the dugout ...

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Texas Rangers: Grant: How can Rangers ensure Yu Darvish is still pitching in October? | SportsDay

Bubble wrap and a large protective glass case?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-25-2016

Pittsburgh Press, May 25, 1916:

Manager Lee Fohl of the Cleveland Indians does not agree with Clark Griffith that cigarets are bad for professional ball players.

Griffith is deadly opposed to cigarets and his players know it, for any member of the local club caught smoking a cigaret is fined $10.
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Fohl said: “You’ve got to show me where cigarets ever harmed a ball player. I will admit that perhaps they would be better off without smoking, but I don’t believe it hurts them much…In the first ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tobacco

Dexter Fowler exemplifies why MLB’s free agent system is broken

Fowler has been one of the premier leadoff hitters in baseball, hitting .314 with a .435 on-base percentage, including five homers and 21 RBI. He has the third-highest WAR among NL position players, and the Cubs, not coincidentally, are 29-14.

Yet, he was available 10 days into spring training when the Cubs signed him to a one-year, $13 million contract, because teams were so intent on retaining the first-round draft pick they would have forfeited to sign Fowler, one of 16 players who rejected ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: May 25, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent compensation

Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled | New York Post

There is no greater transgression to the press than a player leaving the clubhouse before talking to waiting reporters. As this article shows, the vilifying begins immediately.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Mariners Leonys Martin hits walk-off home run | MLB.com

Martin isn’t putting up M.V.P. numbers but if he can keep this up, he’s a valuable contributor.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

Wacha routed again and can’t figure it out | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

From reading some of my Twitter follows I conclude his issues must be due to pitching the most innings in a year following Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, michael wacha

New York Mets weigh next step for Matt Harvey as right-hander’s struggles continue

Harvey’s performance was not pretty.

In Tuesday’s rematch, Harvey surrendered a career-high 20 total bases before departing. Of the 90 pitchers to make at least nine starts this season, he is one of four to fail to reach the seventh inning at least once. The others are Michael Pineda, Wily Peralta and Shelby Miller.

The Mets had implored Harvey to fire his fastball more forcefully on Tuesday than in previous starts. And Harvey actually had his best velocity of the season in the early innings, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

New York Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud resumes throwing, headed to Port St. Lu - Mets Blog- ESPN

New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has resumed throwing at home in California and should report to the team’s Florida complex midweek, assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday.

D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He has been working at home with his personal physical therapist/trainer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

OMNICHATTER 5-25-16

Here we are! Born to be kings! We’re the Princes of OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 294 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Science news: Throwing fastballs may be linked to Tommy John surgery in MLB pitchers

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Major League Baseball pitchers who throw a high percentage of fastballs may be at increased risk for Tommy John surgery, according to research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Researchers suggest that throwing fastballs nearly half of the time puts pitchers at risk of injury to their elbow. MLB pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery threw on average 7 percent more fastballs than pitchers who had no surgery.

Researchers found no statistical ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:36 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: science, tommy john surgery

Near the bottom in MLB attendance, the Marlins are now suing ticket holders

This year, even with a team that’s flirting with the .500 mark for the first time in years, Miami is averaging just 20,508 fans per game, which ranks 26th in the league.

The answer to the team’s box-office woes, obviously, is to start suing season ticket holders.

SteveM. Posted: May 24, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cheapskate, miami marlins

Thornography » Bill Lee is reportedly running for governor of Vermont

I can’t wait until he’s President.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, expos, red sox


Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

Log onto any mainstream website or media outlet (certainly any program within the ESPN empire) and 30 seconds cannot pass without extreme statistical analysis, which didn’t exist 20 years ago, hijacking the conversation. But not in “BlackWorld,” where never is heard an advanced analytical word. Not in urban barbershops. Not in text chains during three-hour games. Not around office water coolers. Not even in pressrooms or locker rooms where black folks who make a living in the industry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, analytics, michael wilbon

DSPN: Unspinning The Mythical Gyroball, The Demon Miracle Pitch That Wasn’t

The shuuto isn’t new or unique. Its first introduction to Americans was as “the great equalizer,” the pitch that constantly bedeviled Tom Selleck in Mr. Baseball. Only the name is exotic. In MLB, the shuuto has been thrown for decades, but under a different identity. You know it as a two-seam fastball, or a circle change, or a screwball. It’s any pitch that breaks to a pitcher’s arm side. The shuuto in Japan generally falls somewhere between a change-up and a fastball in velocity, but it’s ...

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what rhymes with STIGGLES Posted: May 24, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

The Adventures of a Gaijin Fan: Three Games in Japan

QVC Marine Field is one of the most unique venues in NPB. Fans in the upper deck can see the ocean behind the right field wall. The sea can play havoc with the winds, but were calm on this day. It’s an outdoor stadium, but the turf is artificial, which allows doorless Audi convertibles to cart in relief pitchers without breaking the field. The most unique in-play feature is the vast stretch of foul territory; during a game in mid-May a runner advanced to second on a sacrifice fly to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japan baseball

Tony Gwynn’s Family’s Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco

The family of Gwynn, who played for the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001, filed the lawsuit against Altria Group Inc., the company formerly known as Philip Morris. They allege the company induced Gwynn to start dipping when he began college at San Diego State University in 1977 with free samples of their product, knowing its health risks. As The New York Times reports:

For 31 years—1977 to 2008—Gwynn used one and a half to two cans of smokeless tobacco (usually Skoal) per day. It was the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: litigation, tobacco, tony gwynn

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