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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Commissioner starts to press Cleveland Indians about their logo

Among those who think it is time for the club to decisively move away from the logo is the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, who in continuing discussions with the team’s ownership is beginning to apply a little bit of pressure on the club to come up with a plan of action.

In a statement to The New York Times, Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said Manfred, in his talks with the Indians’ owners, had made clear his “desire to transition away from the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo, rob manfred

MN Twins, Byron Buxton’s struggles mount in Detroit Tigers loss

He needs the day off to get his head in a better place.

“It’s all about trusting the process,” Dozier said of Buxton. “He’s learning that. We all have gone through it. If the stats aren’t there in September, then we’ll talk.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy [FG]

Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were ...

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Bote Man Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, hitting, mets, nationals


Angels rally for another late victory

In the aftermath of the Angels’ previous mind-boggling comeback victory, Cliff Pennington suggested that it could carry over. The next time they’re a few downs run, he said, they’ll be confident they can win.
His theory was proven correct in the very next game.

The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and the winner on Carlos Perez’s safety squeeze in the 10th, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

On the heels of Sunday’s seven-run rally to win in the ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome sauce, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-12-2017

Topeka State Journal, April 12, 1917:

Connie Mack refuses to be stampeded by the war. In spite of the high cost of living he still allows his players to enter the park without paying admission.
...
Various colleges have abandoned baseball on account of the war, thereby causing considerable surprise. Few of the public ever believed that college teams played baseball.

Zingers galore!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Michael Brantley wins home opener with double | MLB.com

“I don’t know if you can write it up any better,” Brantley said. “I guess if you hit a home run, but we got a win. That’s all that matters. A lot of hard work went into this offseason. A lot of time away from my kids and my family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley



Blue Jays making sense of slow start, where to go from here - Sportsnet.ca

How can this be? From all the preseason predictions I thought all the teams had to play the same way as last year?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Marlins in ‘fourth inning’ of sale talks, table pursuit of naming-rights deal for ballpark - Sun Sentinel

What’s the worst possible stadium name option for the Marlins? (Guaranteed Rate Field is already taken.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, stadium names

Stats All, Folks: WAR, what it is, what it’s good for and the absolute best WAR Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com

fWAR and bWAR, it’s no wonder people get confused.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics, war

Why the Rays’ Mallex Smith is headed to the minors | Tampa Bay Times

Smith, personable and charismatic as well, isn’t basking in what he has done, the 4-for-19 at the plate (.211) offsetting the hustle on the field and basepaths (3-for-3 in steals) in Mallex-facturing runs. “A good first week,” he said. “But there’s a lot of things I could do better.”

He’s determined to prove he is more than just fast, that “being talked about as a one-dimensional guy kinda irks me.” And he is sharp enough to know there isn’t much he can do to extend his stay but keep playing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mallex smith, rays

Will New York Yankees’ Jean Afterman be baseball’s first female GM? The sport should be so lucky

“####### it,” The Boss exploded. “I can’t believe [Irabu] guy. I’m going to stick him on the next plane right back to you.”

Afterman listened as the knockdown pitch sailed up and in. She never tolerates being spoken to disrespectfully—even by someone as legendary as The Boss.

“Seriously, great!” Afterman countered, raising Steinbrenner’s ante. “I’m going to be at the f—-ing airport. You send him back with his f—-ing signing-bonus check and we’ll go right to the bank and we’ll cash it.

“Make ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Is the World Baseball Classic Injury Effect Real? – The Ringer

Would Smyly be hurt if he hadn’t played in the WBC? That’s an open question. If I were a GM of a team, I wouldn’t want my pitchers in the WBC because I’d expect my training staff to know my players better which *should mean* they’d be in a better position to have my players better prepared to open the season healthy.

It’s understandable that team officials would “remain wary of the WBC,” as Rosenthal wrote. Teams have many millions of dollars tied up in their players’ well-being and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, wbc

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MLB Video: Ripken on defensive runs saved

WARNING: You’ll never get these minutes of your life back.

Neil Weinberg of Fangraphs responds:

Why did MLBN let Bill Ripken do a five minute segment on DRS without explaining how it works at all?


MLB Video: Syndergaard goes for a joyride

Better Phanatic’s ride than his wife, I suppose…

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 11, 2017 at 06:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, noah syndergaard, phillies, thor

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Knee sprain sends Jackie Bradley, Jr. to disabled list

The Red Sox placed Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles, but at this point, the belief is that the center fielder’s right knee sprain will be a short-term ailment.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 11, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jbj, red sox

Baseball Team Values 2017

. The average MLB team is worth $1.54 billion, 19% more than one year ago (to see the impact on the Forbes SportsMoney Index, click here). Values were driven higher by new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, surging profitability, and the escalating value of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the Internet and technology arm of MLB.

While over the past few years most of the new local television deals involved big market teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: franchise value

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 11, 1917:

It is hardly conceivable that the Pirates can prove disappointments this season. Very few persons are optimistic enough to concede them a chance to make a good showing in the National league race, which opens today. It’s a cinch that they can’t land lower than eighth at the finish and if they go higher than eight, they will apparently prove a big surprise to many critics and rival players. Just listen to this from the Cincinnati Enquirer: “The Cleveland Indians ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Ron Cook: Hurdle deserves extension despite the odds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How about reading it from the greatest manager in Pirates history?

“Clint Hurdle has gotten a lot of credit for becoming a Pittsburgher, and rightfully so,” Jim Leyland said earlier this month. “He’s gotten a lot of credit for being a motivator, and rightfully so. But Clint Hurdle has not gotten enough credit in Pittsburgh, in my opinion, for being the game manager that he is. He is a terrific game manager. I don’t think that has been recognized because the other stuff has kind of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, pirates

This is the elusive peek at a Michael Pineda who doesn’t blink | New York Post

The Yankees, considering so many question marks in the rotation, would be hard-pressed to even make a strong run at the playoffs without excellence from the 28-year-old righty, whose motivations can hardly be stronger since he can be a free agent after the season.

Romine said he believes this performance will “help” Pineda when everything is not working quite as ideally as it did in the home opener, serving as a reminder to trust three pitches and his skills.

But as glorious as Pineda was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees


Mets’ Jay Bruce homers twice vs. Phillies | MLB.com

Jay Bruce winning friends and influencing people in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Forgotten Rivalry: The Reds and Dodgers Battle for Supremacy of the 70s

“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”

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It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, big red machine, dodgers, garvey, morgan, reds, rose, sutton

The 100 most powerful people in MLB

I’m not sure what to make of this block.

49. Sean Forman

The founder of Baseball-Reference.com, the most complete source of baseball statistics on the Internet. MLB executives, as well as writers, broadcasters and fans rely heavily on the database Forman – and his company Sports Reference—has collected and maintained since 2000. One of the site’s major contributions to the sabermetric revolution is its efforts to roll all of a player’s contributions into a single, quantifiable number: ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2017

Topeka State Journal, April 10, 1917:

“Color,” writes Christy Mathewson, “is what they want in baseball, and plenty of it. Rube Foster is ready to furnish all the color baseball requires.”

Big Six: class act.

Also in the newspapers 100 years ago today: Wind destroys part of the grandstand at Reading’s stadium, the Circus Maximus. I mention this because Circus Maximus is perhaps the best name for a ballpark I’ve ever heard.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rays Tales: Fundamental change in pregame preparations | Tampa Bay Times

“It’s a reminder to keep doing what we’re doing effortwise but also using our heads at the same time,” Baldelli said. “We don’t have to challenge the defense every time.”

To reinforce that, he had a sign installed in the clubhouse that reads:

Run the bases hard, but take what the defense gives you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

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