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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

As storm clears, Rays focus turns back to baseball | Tampa Bay Times

But they had a lot more important things to be relieved about, principally that with Hurricane Irma largely sparing the Tampa Bay area, their houses, families and friends all said to be safe.

Plus, they are likely to head home after Wednesday’s game to host the Red Sox as planned this weekend at the Trop.

A final decision is expected today, but after determining there was no major damage or flooding at the Trop and talking with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman about staffing and public ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

High odds against Dodgers, Indians streaks | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians

Joey Votto talks strike-zone management - and praises umpires | theScore.com

“You see it changing,” Votto said. “You see the left-handed strike zone, the left-handed outside pitch moves closer to the plate - less balls are called away. The left-handed strike is moving closer to the strike zone. Pitches that are up and in, pitches that are in, are being called strikes. I can manage that.

“When I was first called up, there’s no - I don’t think there’s any debate that the pitch that was outside was called a strike more often, and sinkerball guys, guys with running ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, September 11, 2017

RIP Mel Didier: Had an Eye for Talent – Inside the Seams

We lost another great baseball man.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries


Why This Week Means More To Mookie Betts

From Sept. 10-17, the world will recoginize “World Suicide Prevention Week,” a cause that is close to Betts’ heart.

Just after leaving high school, one of Betts’ close friends, Braxton, took his own life. The two had grown up together playing basketball and football, with their families often getting together. It wasn’t the only incident Betts had come in contact involving that form of tragedy, with his family having also previously been affected by suicide.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 11, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, suicide

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2017

Butte Daily Post, September 11, 1917:

BRITISH FIND NOT A LITTLE AMUSEMENT IN AMERICAN GAME

To the average American fan his reading accounts of the game in British papers will be truly interesting. In brief, one of the London contemporaries has termed the sport “Merry Hulla-Ballo.” Thus far the foreign critics have not fully grasped the common expression of “That’s the boy.”
...
While Stanley, the Canadian twirler, was displaying an effective delivery, the fans complained that he was throwing ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Taking Back the Ballparks - Red Sox Unconstitutional Executive Order Thread

This was not an easy call. While there was some support for conducting a vote, even if it was a mere formality, there was even more backing for simply calling Fenway the winner. Moreover, there was a substantial undercurrent of thought that even having a vote threatened the project itself. It’s not an opinion I share, but given I’m relying on the support of Primates to keep thing going, it’s one I have to take seriously. Thus, I hereby proclaim that Fenway Park is the name of choice for the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: September 11, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, red sox douche, stadium names

The Dodgers Look Beyond Terrible Right Now | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron gets out the shovel.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Using a four-man outfield - Beyond the Box Score

Maybe not the next new thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, strategy

OTP 11 September 2017: Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc on minor league baseball playoffs

There are 18 minor league affiliations that play playoffs every season, and those playoffs all have different formats – some with one wild card, some with split first-half/second-half winners, some with a required 8-10 team playoff grouping. This season, the issues caused by Hurricane Irma will lead to 3 of those 18 championships being cancelled and turned into co-champions.


Baseball’s next Moneyball concept: Turning internet writers into prospect scouts - CBSSports.com

“Teams want young people with very few ties. They want people who would be willing to travel 300 days,” Newman told CBS Sports. “I was very cognizant of the fact that the only way that I could scout was if I had a team that thought I was good enough to cater to my family and some of my scheduling needs. I was also cognizant of the fact that, why would they ever do that with a thousand other people in line behind me to get a scouting job? I’m not that [freaking] special.”

Newman ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Why shutting down Aaron Sanchez provides more questions than answers - Sportsnet.ca

The blisters have become just part of the issue for the Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez, who was told just days ago by Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist, that he has damaged a ligament in his right middle finger, likely the result of compensating for the blisters and fingernail issues that have plagued him this season.

Great, eh?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays

Mark Reynolds’ grand slam give Rockies a sweep | MLB.com

Dodgers still can’t win.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians sweep Orioles, win 18th straight | MLB.com

Indians still can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Svrluga-No Joke, The Nationals Have Evolved Into One Of Baseball’s Best Franchises

His Most Reverend Barry puts the Nationals’ journey into perspective. A good read.

Stephen Strasburg was first out of the clubhouse and up the dugout steps, and Bryce Harper was right behind him, and that’s just the perfect introduction to the 2017 National League East champions – the two players who best represent the transformation from irrelevant, 100-loss jokes into what the Washington Nationals are now, which is a contender for best franchise in baseball.

Bote Man Posted: September 10, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, nationals, nl east

Scout trashes Yankees’ Gary Sanchez for laziness behind plate | NJ.com

A comparison of breaking pitches with Romine and Sanchez would make for an interesting study. Sanchez does get lazy back there. Do Yankees pitchers adjust to Sanchez by changing either their aggressiveness below the strike zone or their mix of pitches?

“Sanchez has got a ways to go defensively, and I knew it all along,” a Major League scout for an opposing club told NJ Advance Media. “He gets very lazy. He wants to reach instead of shifting his feet. He tries to get away with stuff because of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Bryce Brentz hung in there and the Red Sox hung in there with him — until they didn’t

I’ve seen enough of Bryce Brentz to believe he can be a serviceable major leaguer in the Jonny Gomes mode. I’m sure he’ll be able to catch on with another team. 

Among other things in the piece, the Commissioner speaks:

Q. Are the rumors about the new Marlins ownership slashing payroll by 50 percent true, and are you concerned by that?

A. “I talked to [new Marlins owner] Bruce Sherman this morning. I think that the Marlins, the new ownership, once they are approved, are intent on putting a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce brentz, notes, red sox

Sunday Notes: Zack Littell Knows a 20-1 Record is Relative | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Marte came over from the Mariners in last winter’s Taijuan Walker–Jean Segura trade, which means he received Hall-of-Fame-quality hitting tutorials before arriving in Arizona.

“Edgar Martinez was my hitting coach in Seattle last year, and he taught me a lot,” Marte told me in late August. “He would tell me that every time he would go to home plate, he would be looking to hit the ball to right field. He said if you’re thinking middle away, you’re going to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Rockies send Dodgers to 9th straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers STILL CAN’T WIN!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians extend winning streak to 17 games | MLB.com

Indians STILL CAN’T LOSE!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Brewers Jimmy Nelson to miss rest of season | MLB.com

Not good. At least he got a hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Twitter: Brian Kenny: Is a consistent player more valuable than a volatile player?

I’m going to have to think about it because I can’t remember off the top of my head but…haven’t there been studies which looked at this? If there haven’t, this can be simulated. As a proxy, looking at injured players with replacement players would give us an answer. It’s essentially a question about peak vs. average.

On the other part of the question related to the Jeter hitting good pitching versus a guy who feasts on bad pitchers but is overmatched against better hurlers, I also believe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Rockies hand Dodgers eighth straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers still can’t win.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Indians shut out Orioles, up win streak to 16 | MLB.com

Indians still can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles


OT - 2017 NFL thread

Free agent NFL cornerback Antonio Cromartie and his wife Terricka announced the birth of baby girl Jhett Paxton, born Aug. 30.

This is the couple’s sixth child, and it is Cromartie’s fourteenth. By our count, it is his third child since (supposedly) having a vasectomy during his tenure with the New York Jets in 2013.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 09, 2017 at 12:36 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

Friday, September 08, 2017


Braves prospect Acuna Pipeline Hitter of Year | MLB.com

This kids looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

MLB MVPs: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and ... Tommy Pham? Smart money says these are the candidates | SI.com

Jay Jaffe embraces the best way to pay for WAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

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