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Friday, August 08, 2014

Jennings takes liner off head in Marlins loss to Pirates

In one seventh-inning instant, the game became secondary.

The Marlins and Pirates played through a horrific episode that saw lefty reliever Dan Jennings take a Jordy Mercer liner off the left side of his head. The ball went straight up and into the glove of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

A shocked and disoriented Jennings went down and got up immediately. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia arrived and helped him down to a knee. PNC Park went silent. Jennings’ teammates gathered and Mercer in a ...

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Decline of the Curve

The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
[...]
In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general, history, pitches, pitching

Did The Enquirer Take Down a Castellini Arrest Story?

Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.

Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. ...

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-8-14

It’s not a Unichatter, it’s a OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:33 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Was Chrissy Teigen drunk during first pitch?

Chrissy Teigen was worried she’d throw a first pitch worse than 50 Cent before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium, but as usual, she wound up looking pretty good.

Balkroth Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, first pitch

McCoy: Reds HOF inductee Oester about more than numbers

Plenty of Oestertag jazz.

Oester was more known in his playing and coaching days for things he did behind the scenes, his leadership in the clubhouse and for his ability to do things on the field to win games that didn’t relate to personal numbers.

...There was a day in the mid-1980s when outfielder and teammate Cesar Cedeon spent considerable time on the disabled list and was still on the disabled list when the Reds were playing the Houston Astros. Oster, known for playing hurt, was not in ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie on DL with third oblique strain in two years

Brett Lawrie is back on the disabled list, this time with a left oblique strain that could force him to miss roughly a month of action with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lawrie’s latest injury comes at a critical time for the Jays, who are battling for a playoff spot with three of their key offensive players on the disabled list.

The club announced Thursday that Lawrie was back on the DL, just two days after returning to the lineup after missing 36 games with a broken right index finger. It was ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brett lawrie, injuries

Ohio state senator urges Cleveland Indians to change team name, mascot

Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…

Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.

In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:

  “A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, legislation, mascots, native americans, ohio, politics

Calcaterra - First Salvo Launched In MASN Rights Battle

The upshot of the arguments, for those who do not wish to read: MASN is asking that the arbitration be set aside for conflict of interest for the most part.

Read the temporary restraining order at Craig’s link.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: August 07, 2014 at 04:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, rights

Joe Kelly Notches Hit Against Friend Shelby Miller, Wins ‘Bet’

That alibi is Nickolay Lame!

Joe Kelly came out on the winning end of his faceoff with Shelby Miller in more ways than one.

Though neither pitcher earned a decision Wednesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the two best friends had a chance to step into the batter’s box against each other for the first time in their major league careers.

Kelly, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, shared earlier in the week a wager he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 07, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, gambling, joe kelly, red sox, shelby miller

Dodgers Acquire Roberto Hernandez

The second white flag trade Hernandez has been involved in! (Wait, what?)

The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash considerations…

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5MM deal last winter, and he posted a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 121 innings for them, with a strong 52.0% ground ball rate. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has played parts of nine seasons, also spending time with the ...

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Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

OMNICHATTER 8-7-2014

Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP, Chat it UP UP UP….

OMNICHATTTTEEEERRR

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

‘King of NY’: Derek Jeter’s cleats not lacking in superlatives

Cleat Voyeur, if you will.

jhg

The Yankees shortstop sported a new pair of cleats during Monday’s game against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, and the shoes list nearly every incredible statistic in the career of the future Hall of Famer.

On the back, the Captain was even given another nickname — “King of NY.”

 

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:

[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.

“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Great Minor League Home Run Race

GIANT photos and big time home run power dominate this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, kris bryant, matt olson, peter o'brien, prospects

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

“Hunter Pence Signs’ follow Hunter Pence from New York to Milwaukee

Over the weekend, Mets fans started a movement. That movement: to write weird Hunter Pence anti-jokes that confuse announcers on signs. It was a nice break from the usual signage, which is centered around “loving” one player or “hating” another. These seem to be somewhere in the middle.

Well, like most things, this gem started in New York and has moved west. The Giants took on the Brewers in Milwaukee last night, and Wisconsinites showed that they, too, have odd things to say about ...

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MLB Telecasts On Regional Sports Networks Dominate Prime Time Television

Major League Baseball is king during prime time at the regional level thus far this season for regional sports networks (RSNs) winning the key prime time slot in the US markets that Nielsen Media Company tracks.

The data bolsters the position that baseball continues to be a solid programming choice for networks in the summer when the major networks are in reruns.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, television

Baez goes boom: First big league blast wins it

Evidently, the timing was right for Javier Baez to get to the big leagues.

Playing his first Major League game, Baez launched the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan leading off the 12th inning into the bullpen for his first big league homer and hit to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.

That’s a lot of firsts, and Baez will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the game, including the home run ball, which landed in the Rockies’ bullpen.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, home runs, prospects

Chirinos Leads Rangers to 16-0 rout of ChiSox [and Adam Dunn Pitches]

The laugher ended with designated hitter Adam Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder allowed one run on two hits and a walk. He did not speak with reporters afterward.

“If (Dunn) hits someone, we can’t charge him—he’s too big,” joked Beltre, who added, “He was throwing power sinkers. Obviously, they were too nasty for J.P.” Arencibia fouled out.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: big donkey, rangers, white sox

Fangraphs: Andrew McCutchen’s Injury Is A Huge Blow

In the original draft of this post, this portion talked about how it was at least plausible that being hit in the back one night and coming up with a strained oblique (which is what this really looked like) the next night could be unrelated. We could infer, but not say for sure. Pirates fans could be angry at the Diamondbacks, but no one could be certain. Now, it’s come out that McCutchen actually fractured a rib – he has *deep breath* “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral ...

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Esoteric Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, kirk gibson is a prat, pittsburgh pirates

Fresno Grizzlies ‘TMNT Night’ featured a cosplay wedding proposal

I’ve heard of the Splendid Splinter, but this is ridiculous!

The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team flooded the Internet in the past couple weeks leading up to their “TMNT Night,” which by all accounts was a rousing success. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed jerseys and hats, the Turtles even showed up in person, free pizza was given away, the team mascot dressed up like Splinter. Good times were had by all.

In fact, it was even a life-changing night, as two TMNT ...

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Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: frank white, jackson county, kansas city, politics, royals

Calcaterra: Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles: Adam Dunn pitched last night.

Not gonna lie: I’ve seen big bulky relievers with worse-looking mechanics than Dunner here. He was a college quarterback, after all, and football-throwing skills do transfer. Maybe not 100% cleanly after 15 years and a lot of beers and T-bone steaks like Dunn has likely seen come and go, but muscle memory can be pretty useful.

The line, alas, was not so great: one inning pitched, two hits, a walk and an earned run. But (a) he was more effective than the White Sox pitchers who gave the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, white sox

Mets Latch On to Cupping Therapy, and Have the Marks to Prove It

The millennia-old art of cupping traditionally involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside a glass bulb, which is then applied to the skin for as long as 15 minutes. Blood is pulled to the area, causing bruising and, ostensibly, relief of tight, sore muscles. Some believe that cupping can also help with arthritis, eczema and migraine headaches, among other ailments.

Today, teams like the Mets and others that practice cupping use a mechanical suction pump to create the vacuum. Nick ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, mets

Must C: Ball gets loose on field

Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, reds, umpires, umpiring

Padres said to have chosen A.J. Preller for GM

Good hire. He’s pretty funny in those Sprint Framily commercials.

The Padres are expected to introduce Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as their GM on Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the news….

Preller was in his 10th season in the Rangers organization, where his current duties have him overseeing the team’s player-development and scouting departments, though it’s in the international market—Latin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, rangers

Derek Jeter gets the tongue from Joba Chamberlain, then gets plunked

Say aah…shiit!

Chamberlain appeared to stare down Jeter while the retiring shortstop went through his pre-at-bat routine with the game tied at 3-apiece in the bottom of the 10th inning.

And when Jeter tipped his cap to Chamberlain — the future Hall of Famer does it to every pitcher — Chamberlain’s tongue emerged from his Grizzly Adams beard.

The at-bat ended with Chamberlain hitting Jeter with an inside fastball. It didn’t seem intentional, however, as Chamberlain appeared quite upset ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 6, 1914:

The Chippewa Indian baseball team recently lost a game to the American Giants in Chicago and blamed the music of the band for their defeat.

Which recalls the story of the protest filed by a German team in Cincinnati years ago. The Germans were playing the Popular Stars, a team that began with O’Ryan and ended with Grady—and a band was out.

The Irish team won, 12 to 4, and the Germans protested. They claimed the band played “The Wearing of the Green” every time ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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