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Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 244 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Video: Must C: Davis’ eventful homer | MLB.com

That is a weird one. The home plate umpire was right there. I don’t see conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, khris davis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-26-2015

Milwaukee Journal, May 26, 1915:

“Lime juice is the greatest thing in the world for keeping an athlete’s blood in condition,” said Charlie Huber, the veteran trainer of the Newark Federals.
...
“Baseball makes a man move around fast. That has the effect of churning up his blood and heating it. Lime juice tends to act as a cooling influence and furthermore it aids in throwing off the blood impurities. If a player will drink the juice from one lime daily he never will be troubled with his blood.”

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 26, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lime juice

Sabermetric Research: Do defensive statistics overrate the importance of fielding?

Phil Birnbaum doesn’t like dWAR. Soon, if MLB allows researchers to access their new fielding data, dWAR for current seasons will be calculated in an entirely different manner.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics, war


Monday, May 25, 2015

Javier Baez heating up but is there a place for him?

Baez hit two home runs on Sunday against Tacoma, raising his batting average to .322, and now has five long balls since rejoining Iowa after the passing of his sister.

For the moment, Baez simply doesn’t have a place on the big league team—not that the Cubs have even determined he’s ready.

VoodooR Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

OMNICHATTER 5-25-15

Memorial Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Bernie Williams Day reminds us Yankees’ glory days are over - Newsday

What the current Yankees are experiencing is separation anxiety. With an uncertain, unremarkable future ahead, they can’t seem to let go of the past. Hanging a new plaque every once in a while is a worthy hat-tip to the glory days. But too much of a good thing can be suffocating for the 2015 Yankees, even for Joe Girardi, who has the unique perspective of both playing with and managing those icons.

“I think it kind of went to pasture when Derek left,” Girardi said, “because it’s a whole new ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bernie williams, yankees

Angels again are stung by Mike Napoli in loss to Red Sox - LA Times

Manager Mike Scioscia has juggled the batting order in an effort to spark the offense, but it doesn’t matter how the Angels line up if the majority of them aren’t hitting.

“All the things we need to create offense are not there on a consistent basis,” Scioscia said. “We have confidence in the guys on our roster and some of the guys on our depth chart, but they haven’t performed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

College Seniors Find Little Leverage - BaseballAmerica.com

Good stuff about senior draft picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

All-Star Game shouldn’t stop slumping Reds from firing Price | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal wants Bryan Price fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan price, reds

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mets’ David Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis, shut down for at least a week.

“They thought it would be gone by now, but the fact he is still feeling something,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco explained Saturday afternoon. “I think the initial diagnosis was stenosis, which is a narrowing of his spinal column, not anything structural.

“At this point he should be feeling pain-free for the most part and he is not,” Ricco said. “This is the way they recommended to try to heal it. Strengthen the core and hopefully stabilize the back.”

Stenosis can be very ...

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Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: May 24, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mariners notebook: Cano looks back to 2008 struggles in effort to keep even keel as current slump deepens | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

It’s bad enough to pay a huge contract to a free agent. It really sucks when that guy doesn’t produce like you hope, which, of course, happens most of the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Seattle Mariners Catcher Mike Zunino Interview

From what I have seen, the hardest thing for Mike Zunino is making consistent contact.

Professional baseball’s starting catchers kneel for nine innings, day after day, for upwards of 120 games a season. They are struck by foul balls, hit with bats during backswings and — even with rule changes to lessen the chances of home plate collisions — occasionally run over by large men sprinting at full speed. In conclusion, it’s really hard work. We wanted to know what it was like to experience all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino

Nothing will disturb this serious Marlins fan’s very serious thinking | MLB.com

This guy must be a Primate. OK, fess up!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Brian Matusz of Baltimore Orioles ejected for foreign substance

To show they take these things seriously, MLB needs to suspend Matusz for a quarter of the season!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian matusz, orioles

Shaikin: Rally monkey, chew on this: Dodgers try the rally banana

Time flies like an arrow—but Enrique Hernandez flies like a banana.

The Dodgers had not scored in 35 innings, their longest stretch of zeros in 53 years. Someone had to do something.

Enrique Hernandez decided to grab a banana.

Not to eat. To wave.

This was the fifth inning Friday. The Dodgers scored. Hernandez put down the banana.

Then came the eighth inning. Hernandez picked up the banana and waved it again. The Dodgers scored again. They won, 2-1.

“You can call it coincidence,” he said, ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: crazytown bananapants, dodgers, monkeys, superstition

Is switch-hitting a lost art? - Sports - The Boston Globe

There aren’t very many switch-hitters any more. Except, of course, for the guys who still do it. If I have some time later, I’ll put together the numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Sunday Notes: Funky Lefties Holiday Edition | FanGraphs Baseball

A short version this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

OMNICHATTER 5-24-2015

The OMNICHATTER 500

Gamingboy Posted: May 24, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WaPo: Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

Aaron Barrett proudly displays his Star-Spangledtude.

The game hardly mattered by the time it began. A mere baseball game, especially one played in May between the charging Nationals and the sputtering Phillies, could not possibly carry the emotional weight of the test of human spirit, of will and of hope, that preceded it. The Nationals won Friday night’s game, 2-1, and that was good, of course. But first, Aaron Barrett won one of the longest post-anthem standoffs in recent memory — one the ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: May 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: contests, nationals, nats, silly, star spangled banner

DJ Short: UPDATE: David Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

Stenosis? I hardly know her.

UPDATE: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. That doesn’t sound good. The Mets believe that the injury will heal, but there’s no timetable. They probably can’t count on him anytime soon.

2:50 p.m. ET: Rough news for the Mets here, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that David Wright has been shut down for another week due to continued back issues.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 23, 2015 at 04:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injury, mets

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee | MLB.com

Not an attractive pairing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: randy johnson

Money is MLB’s biggest obstacle to a 154-game season

Replacing eight games with eight extra days off makes no sense to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 01:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

MURRAY CHASS: FIVE PERCENT IS NO SOLUTION

Come, Bob Watson, come! The game is afoot!

As if blacks and Latinos don’t have enough difficulty getting managerial jobs, the Counsell and Jennings hirings show how much more difficult it is.

Manfred underlined that reality in a memo he sent to all clubs earlier this month.
“In those instances when a qualified internal candidate is under prime consideration to fill one of these positions, I will be open to communicating with Clubs about the possibility of allowing a different interview ...

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bobm Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: minority hiring, rob manfred

Alex Rodriguez ties Babe Ruth for 4th on all-time RBIs list at 1,992

Because RBIs were not considered an official statistic until 1920, there is some discrepancy as to how many RBIs Ruth should be credited with. However, Elias Sports Bureau, the statistician of Major League Baseball, has Ruth at 1,992 for his career.

bb-ref has Ruth at 2214 RBI. If you ignore everything before 1920, it becomes 1990 RBI. So it would seem that they’re ignoring everything before 1920 and have two extra RBI unaccounted for. Maybe they came from the same game as Ty Cobb’s two extra ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, babe ruth, yankees

Measuring MLB’s best game-callers

No Vin Scully?

1. How do you measure game-calling?

Here’s a fun task: Try quantifying something as ephemeral as game-calling. Well, after a decade of research, that’s just what we’ve managed to do—by crafting a statistical model that attempts to quantify the value of everything from stolen-base prevention and directing pace of play to identifying hitter tendencies like swing behavior in various game situations and knowing which batters expand hit zones in RBI opportunities. Sound ...

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MLB.com: Rays 5, Athletics 2

The Rays don’t seem to be attracting much notice this season and I wanted to highlight them. They lost their GM and manager during the offseason, traded away various players including ones who had been a key component of the team in the past, and didn’t make any big splashy free agent signings (as usual). Things haven’t been easy during the season either as Alex Cobb went out for the year without throwing a pitch, Drew Smyly only made three starts before going on the DL and is out for at least ...

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Jim Wisinski Posted: May 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

BtBS: Do hard-hit balls produce more errors?

What can the batted ball speed data from StatCast tell us about the frequency of errors? And how much do official scorers influence what’s called an error?

bobm Posted: May 23, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: errors, statcast

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