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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Does batting order matter in Major League Baseball? A simulation approach

Been a while since I’ve seen an article of this type: an academic with apparently zero familiarity with the rich history of sabermetrics attempts to answer a fundamental question that many others before him have already addressed, probably in better detail and with deeper understanding.

I’ve simulated baseball games where 9 batters make successful hits according to a pre-determined Batting Average (BA) and make singles (64% of all hits), doubles (20%), triples (2%), and home runs (14%) ...

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PreservedFish Posted: July 08, 2018 at 06:54 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Cubs Prospect Oscar De La Cruz Receives 80-Game Suspension

Cubs prospect Oscar De La Cruz has been hit with an eighty-game suspension, per a league announcement. He tested positive for the same banned masking agent/diuretic, furosemide, that led to the recent suspension of Robinson Cano.

Entering the season, De La Cruz was seen as a prospect to watch, with an intriguing combination of size, stuff, and command. MLB.com rated him third among Cubs farmhands, in fact, after seeing him turn in a dozen solid starts at the High-A level in 2017. Though he ...

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John DiFool2 Posted: July 08, 2018 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, peds

Here’s what the 2018 All-Star teams should look like

“On Sunday, Major League Baseball will announce its All-Star teams, a combination of fan voting, player ballots and league picks. There will be questionable choices. There will be snubs. There will be 62 names, with two more to come from the Final Vote and even more via injury and pitching replacements. Those are the teams you’ll see July 17 in Washington, D.C.

These are the teams you should see.”

Hank G. Posted: July 08, 2018 at 06:54 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, jeff passan

Saturday, July 07, 2018


Friday, July 06, 2018

Relax, Mike Matheny. If the Cards Pile Up the Runs, John Mabry Has No Worries. - 101Sports.com

They need to swap Mabry for Giambi.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2018 at 07:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Jeff Passan on Twitter: “1) I totally buy the idea that players can bring significant value via defense. 2) I have not seen every Cubs game this year, so maybe I’m missing something. 3) I stand by my years-old contention that publicly available defen

When you find a metric which surprises you, it’s best to dig into the data a little before you say something silly. Anway, and I know this is an outlier, the entire ?thread? is worth reading.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:45 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics

Matheny, Mozeliak and Fowler Need to Book a Guest Spot on Dr. Phil - 101Sports.com

So what would be the justification for benching Bader or Pham of keeping Martinez away from right field to accommodate Fowler?

Answer: There is no justification. Baseball always brings us surprises; the Cardinals may need to turn to Fowler when we least expect it. But you don’t play guys that are having hideous seasons based on past performance or size of contract. You go with the guys who will give you your best shot at winning. And the Cardinals must prioritize winning. They can’t be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler

Should the Nationals consider trading Harper?

Washington has lost 21 of 31 since May 31, a .323 winning percentage that’s better than only the Mets, Orioles and Royals in that time span. Maybe a question that sounds objectively crazy on its face actually isn’t: Should the Nationals, in the face of a tremendously disappointing season, trade the man who was expected to headline one of the best free-agent classes of all time this offseason?

The answer is clearly, “Not yet, obviously,” and not just because the Nationals certainly aren’t going ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:43 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, trade deadline, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 6, 1918:

TY COBB ARGUES THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLACE BASE HITS IN BASEBALL

...Cobb admits that it is impossible to place hits with any great agree of accuracy. “It might be,” the Peach admits, “if every ball delivered by the pitcher cut the plate at a certain pre-determined spot. In fact, when a batter gets one in his “groove” he is able to place it with pretty fair accuracy.

“But the wise pitcher is keeping the batter guessing—throwing him off his balance—keeping him ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

J.T. Ginn Not Signing with Dodgers

J.T. Ginn, the Dodgers’ first-round selection (30th overall) in last month’s MLB Draft, posted a message on Twitter on Thursday indicating he has decided not to sign with Los Angeles and instead will pursue collegiate baseball at Mississippi State University.

I don’t know how Dodger fans are reacting but until Turang signed a lot of Brewer fans sounded super ridiculous.  These guys are 18 years old and making a life altering decision.  Even a month may not be enough time. ...Read More...

Master of the Horse Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gobulldogs, los angeles dodgers

Scott Boras says shifts are partly why Bryce Harper isn’t enjoying a typical Harper season

“Boras has strong opinions on many baseball matters, and during a 25-minute session with reporters Tuesday, he espoused a few about why his client Bryce Harper — slated to perhaps sign the richest contract in American professional sports history this coming winter — is not enjoying a typical Harper season.

Harper is batting .215 after he went 0 for 4 in the Nationals’ 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox, but Boras insisted evaluating Harper through batting average is misguided because he ...

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Hank G. Posted: July 06, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras, shifts

Thursday, July 05, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2018

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, July 5, 2018:

It’s worth the price of admission to see this husky young person [Ruth] clout the pill. He is so sincere when he whangs the ball that every one on the field is pulling for him.
...
Babe probably holds the record for hitting the longest sacrifice fly in the history of baseball. In Boston on April 19 of this year he stepped up to the plate with one out and Scott on second. Ruth leaned against one of Ed Monroe’s benders and hammered a long fly to right ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2018 at 11:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

City Journal: Bullets and Baseball on the Fourth of July

Some offbeat reading for the holiday…

At 30 minutes past noon, as the Dodgers took the field for batting practice, Doyle leaned forward in Seat 3 of Row C in Section 42 and started to say something to young Otto. But before he could speak, he lurched backward in his seat, stone dead.

At first, the ballpark cops suspected a heart attack. Then they noticed the hole in Doyle’s left temple. The game went on as Doyle was carried out of the stadium, though several members of the overflow crowd ...

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AndrewJ Posted: July 05, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fourth of july, guns, polo grounds, yankee stadium

2-time World Series champion Shane Victorino officially announces retirement from MLB

“I think it’s time to hang it up and call it a career. I’ve been blessed with that opportunity as a baseball player, as a little boy growing up in Maui, getting an opportunity to represent my state, represent my people, so it’s about that time,” he said. “It’s time for me to say, it’s time for me to move on, time for me to enjoy retirement. Officially, Aug. 3 will be the date. I’ll go back to Philly and probably sign a one-day deal, and hang it up and call it a career.”

His announcement puts a ...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of OMNICHATTER! July 4, 2018

Red Sox / Nationals already underway (11 AM start).

villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2018 at 11:22 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Nationals Reportedly Interested In Matt Harvey, Raisel Iglesias

Harvey, 29, has undeniably raised his stock since joining the Reds in a trade nearly two months ago in a trade that sent Devin Mesoraco to New York. Through 53 2/3 innings out of the Cincinnati rotation, he’s worked to a 3.86 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.17 HR/9 and a 43 percent ground-ball rate. More encouraging than the bottom-line numbers is the fact that Harvey has steadily improved his velocity over the course of his tenure in Cincinnati; he’s averaged nearly 95 mph on his fastball ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-3-2018

Lake County Times, July 3, 1918:

Owner Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox recently ordered Pitcher Williams and Catcher Lynn out of his ball park when he learned that they had decided to accept lucrative offers from the Steel league.

“There is no room on my ball club for players who wish to esxape the army draft by entering the employ of shipbuilding concerns and steel mills,” said the irate Commy the other day. “Players like Scott and Faber, who have enlisted in the army and navy, respectively, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 03, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, July 02, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-2-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 2, 1918:

Hap Felsch jumped the Champion White Sox on Monday just after getting his monthly pay check and went to his home in Milwaukee, where he intends working for a gas company, and plans to play semipro ball on the side. It is suspected Felsch is planning to go to the “Steal League.”

Later in the summer, Felsch expressed an interest in returning to baseball, for any team other than the White Sox. Comiskey should have listened.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 02, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets celebrate Bobby Bonilla Day by writing huge check

Promnesia ....Deja Vu ..... Groundhog Day .....

“I know Bobby is happy about it”, his agent said.

Lest we forget Posted: July 02, 2018 at 06:50 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby bonilla, contract, fred wilpon, madoff ponzi, mets

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Angels encouraged by Shohei Ohtani’s first days of batting practice

“They were very happy with how he swung the bat,” Scioscia said, referring to the trainers and staff who watched Ohtani hit. Scioscia said Ohtani had five or six rounds of batting practice against a coach on each day.

Scioscia said Ohtani could be ready to face an actual pitcher in a simulated game-type setting this weekend. The Angels could bring a minor league pitcher to Anaheim to face Ohtani, although they’d want to be careful that it wasn’t someone so raw as to risk hitting him ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 01, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

A look back at the ‘Grand Hatching’ of the San Diego Chicken

Embroiled in a legal battle with local rock station KGB over the rights to his creation, [Ted] Giannoulas put together one of the most publicized media stunts of the late 1970s. He called it the “Grand Hatching,” set for June 29, 1979, at a sold-out Jack Murphy Stadium to end his chicken persona’s brief absence from San Diego Padres games.

Giannoulas brokered a deal with the Major League Baseball team. The Padres paid him $1.50 a ticket above their average attendance, and by the end of the ...

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QLE Posted: July 01, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, origins, san diego chicken

Jerry Kelly maintains U.S. Senior Open lead; John Smoltz misses cut after 85-77

There’s something to be said for honesty, at least…..

• Even John Smoltz got into the mix. The Hall of Fame pitcher chipped in from the rough near the 12th green for a birdie as part of a sweet ending to the his fantasy-camp stay with the world’s best senior golfers. He followed his opening-day 85 with a 77.

“People think this is easier than it is. They think they can hit those shots,” Smoltz said. “These are the best in the world, but it brought me to my humbled knees.”

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QLE Posted: July 01, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: golf, john smoltz, playing multiple sports, something to do in retirement

Saturday, June 30, 2018


A field of broken dreams: Homestead may demolish its ill-fated sliver of MLB history

The Homestead baseball stadium has been a lot of things in its time— a practice field for striking major-leaguers, a clandestine clubhouse for kids, a place where petty criminals were booked and held before moving to county jail, but mostly, a bit of an embarrassing money-suck for the city. Now, Homestead is considering bids to demolish the aging structure, a move that could seal the fate of one man’s 30-year old dream that never came true.

NattyBoh Posted: June 30, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: florida, free agents, spring training, stadiums

Friday, June 29, 2018


The 2018 Free-Agent Class No Longer Looks Poised to Change Baseball - The Ringer

How much money will he get?

Harper, approaching his 26th birthday, has sandwiched two useful but far-from-spectacular seasons (2016 and 2018) around a productive but injury-curtailed 2017, and 2015 remains the sole season in which he reached five FanGraphs WAR. Subsequent analysis attached a caveat to that campaign too, revealing that Harper’s results had far exceeded the stats that his batted balls seemed to dictate. For years, fans and media members speculated that Harper would be bound for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

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