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Monday, May 18, 2015

Montreal’s Denis Coderre to confer with MLB commissioner - CBC Sports - Baseball - MLB

I hope he brings a big bag of money.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal

Sunday, May 17, 2015

5-18-2015 OMNICHATTER

As of this writing, it has been 0 days since the Marlins have fired a manager. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: May 17, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 254 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnicahtter

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has some explaining to do | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal with a strong opinion on the Redmond firing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins, mike redmond

Adrian Beltre blasts 400th home run of career

I know 400 isn’t a huge milestone any more, but it’s a number where if the player was good at other things you go “oh that guy could hit some home runs, too.”

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 17, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Statcast: Richards spins his way to success

When you look at Richards’ full repertoire, you can see that he’s actually got several pitches that rank near the top in spin:

• Four-seam fastball: 2498.88 (seventh)
• Two-seam fastball: 2468.69 (first)
• Cutter: 2390.75 (seventh)
• Slider: 2779.35 (second)

When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?

And then they ...

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Sunday Notes: Archer & Ono, De Leon, Medeiros, more

David Lauria on Yoko, pitch framing, and a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Who are the Best and Worst Defensive Teams So Far? | Articles | Bill James Online

KC has the best. Philadelphia has the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Downtown Ollie Brown Dies at 71

Ollie Brown had power to spare, both in terms of his ability to hit home runs and make throws from right field. According to former Padres and Pirates catcher Chris Cannizzaro, only Roberto Clemente had a stronger throwing arm than Ollie Brown. That is high praise indeed.

Bruce Markusen Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, padres

‘Another Harvey’: Scouts compare, rave about Syndergaard and Matz | New York Post

Put me down in the Stephen Matz column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Blake won super fans | Boston Herald

Meet Blake Swihart.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Purdy: The most powerful man in Bay Area sports - San Jose Mercury News

An interview with the Giants Larry Baer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, larry baer

White Sox catcher Geovany Soto says he doesn’t have the yips | Chicago

Nobody likes having the yips.

Geovany Soto’s ritual after every pitch has mystified baseball fans, and on Friday night, A’s broadcaster Eric Chavez seemed to believe Soto suffered from some version of the “yips.”

The White Sox catcher falls forward every time he throws the ball back to the pitcher, and he appears to grab some dirt in his throwing hand and wipe off home plate after each pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: geovany soto, white sox

Bobby Valentine looking forward to working at Fenway again - Sports - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Doug Fister placed on DL with forearm tightness; A.J. Cole recalled (UPDATED) - The Washington Post

The Washington Nationals fearsome starting rotation suffered a blow Friday when Doug Fister was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The Nationals wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury, although elbow injuries sometimes present themselves with symptoms in the forearm.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals

5-17-15 OMNICHATTER

The ESPN game of the week is Tigers-Cardinals. Talk about that and all the other games here in the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: May 17, 2015 at 01:21 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers—Los Angeles Angels front office prevented me from talking to owner Arte Moreno

Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.

“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Marshall needs second shoulder surgery | reds.com

This is not good.

Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall’s efforts to come back from shoulder surgery took a terrible turn when it was revealed he will need another season-ending operation in the same shoulder.

Marshall is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sean marshall

MLB, Atlantic League Sign Player Transfer Agreement

It’s one small step for baseball, one giant leap for the Atlantic League.

Very quietly this January, the Atlantic League signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball to put on paper the league’s rules for transferring player contracts to Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.

In practical terms, very little has changed. The Atlantic League has been selling the contracts of hundreds of players to affiliated ball in past years. The new formalized agreement doesn’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2015 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, independent leagues, minor leagues

Third time isn’t the charm for Rays | FOX Sports

Sometimes people overcomplicate things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

I pay for MLB.TV package. I can watch every game except the Red Sox. If the local game included the local commercials, how is the team penalized? This makes no sense to me as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: television rights

Pipeline Inbox: Who should D-backs select? | MLB.com

Jim Callis answers some questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Inside Baseball: Tulo needs to go and here are the options; Plus MLB news - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column includes more fanciful trade speculation.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rockies

Troy Tulowitzki’s Trade Value | FanGraphs Baseball

The Red Sox aren’t in the Tulo market. Bogaerts has made some real strides defensively this season. He’s still 22. Eventually he’ll be a really good hitter.

Boston

This is the one place where a one-shiny-thing offer actually could work, as the Red Sox would be displacing Xander Bogaerts if they acquired Tulo to take over at shortstop, so if the Rockies prefer one big asset over several smaller ones, this is probably their best fit. But if the Rockies want pitching, the Red Sox might not be the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

What can be learned from batted ball data? - Beyond the Box Score

File in the “Needing Follow-up:” category.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz | redsox.com

If Farrell could do it over again, he would have had Layne intentionally walk Cruz. And then the southpaw could have faced left-handed batter Kyle Seager.

Instead, Farrell called on Tazawa, daring Cruz to beat the Red Sox. And that he did.

“Yeah, we’ve got it set up, two outs, [can] easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager. As we sit here in this moment after the walk-off, that’s the move to make,” said Farrell. “Like I said, terrible ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, red sox

Giants rout Reds on eve of Pence’s return - SFGate

“A little sooner than we probably thought,” said Bochy, adding that the Giants decided to activate Pence “because of the way he feels, the way he’s been playing and swinging. He’s ready. The last couple of games have been really good for him. He said he never felt better, so he’s on his way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich blasts media, has no plans to trade Troy Tulowitzki - The Denver Post

“What’s gone on the last few days, especially the last 72 hours, really has a been a media production, more than anything else,” Bridich said. “It started with a couple of articles coming out of the East Coast — MLB.com and another one on NewYorkPost.com. Since then, it’s really been mostly a media production.”

Bridich said the Rockies’ recent woes stoked the Tulo trade talk.

“In my opinion, it’s something that has come out of a tough two week stretch for the Rockies, and one, obviously, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Friday, May 15, 2015

5-16-2015 OMNICHATTER

And, LO! There came an OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

FiveThirtyEight:  Chase Utley Is The Unluckiest Man In Baseball

Meet Chase Utley, the unluckiest man in baseball. The Phillies second baseman is cursed with a .115 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), meaning that about a tenth of the balls he puts on the field get him safely to base. An average BABIP mark is about .300, and while there is some variation between players, it’s usually on the order of a few dozen points, not 200.

Some have argued that Utley ought to be benched. Given his age (36) and the wear and tear second basemen face, Utley could ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: May 15, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dee gordon, phillies

Hosmer’s Odyssey: Is It Finally Time to Believe in Kansas City’s Mercurial First Baseman?

I WANT TO BELIEVE

More broadly, Hosmer is hitting the ball harder and killing worms less often than ever before: His ground ball rate sits at 46.8 percent, and he’s on pace to hit into fewer double plays than in any previous season. Meanwhile, he’s been a line-drive machine, whacking liners at a career-high rate of 26.1 percent.3 Not coincidentally, he’s hitting the ball harder than he has in three years,4 and he’s pulling the ball more than ever before (38.5 percent of the time).

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2015 at 12:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jonah keri, royals

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