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Monday, April 11, 2016

Baseball’s 100 Miles Per Hour Club - Men’s Journal

House has a few more tricks up his sleeve. A big one involves the pitcher’s stride as he delivers the ball. The average stride-length for a pitcher is 77 to 87 percent of his height. He calculates that for every extra foot he can squeeze out of a pitcher’s stride, the hitter sees a virtual three-mile-per-hour gain in fastball speed. Put it this way, a 95-mile-per-hour fastball from 50 feet looks faster than from 53 feet. Same velocity on the radar gun, but because a hitter has less time to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 11, 1916:

Howard Shanks blames his failure to hit as well during the summer as he does in the spring to the fact that he is playing a sunfield most of the time, and that it affects his eyes to such an extent that he cannot hit up to his true standard. This argument Shanks made to Griffith, who, recognizing its logic, has decided to allow Shanks to continue in left field as long as he is hitting, and then shift him to a field where there is no sun to bother him.

Uh, sure, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, howie shanks

Edwin Encarnacion As Next Red Sox DH? David Ortiz Wants It To Happen

It appears David Ortiz has handpicked his successor. The Red Sox designated hitter is in his final Major League Baseball season, and there’s no doubt he’s going to leave a hole in Boston’s lineup come 2017. But Ortiz apparently has been scouting Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion as his replacement. “Hell, yeah. He’s a perfect replacement,” Ortiz told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Friday. “Because of everything, but mostly because he can hit.”

Paul d mobile Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ortiz, red sox

The Weight: Refurbished Cubs team returns to renovated Wrigley Field - Chicago Tribune

Who doesn’t love rats in the work place?

Still, some of the old standbys will be missed. Hammel joked he would miss the rats, the ones former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen often referred to when describing Wrigley as a “dump.” Hammel confirmed Guillen’s stories are not the stuff of urban legend.

“The rats were mostly in the storage areas back behind where the lockers are,” he said. “But one thing I won’t miss, if and when we’re celebrating, is I won’t have a puddle of booze puddled up in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Baseball Is Injuring Too Many Kids - The New York Times

Baseball or parents?

“I say to parents: This is not good,” Dr. Mamizuka told me that day. “Bad training. Bad pitching. Bad coaching.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: youth baseball

Hallowed ground: How Fenway Park gets ready for baseball season

There has been a noticeable improvement to the field since Dave Mellor came to Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park

Orioles understand but dislike the tobacco ban they’re about to face - Baltimore Sun

Reliever Darren O’Day, the Orioles’ union representative, said players have been briefed on the laws during spring training. He believes it’s “reasonable” to reduce the visibility of the tobacco use so as to not influence children, but said the ban is “a bit of a government overreach.”

“There’s a triple-bacon cheeseburger,” O’Day said. “Do you really need that? No, you don’t, but the government’s not going to outlaw it.

“I get it,” O’Day said. “We get it. But as I said before, there’s some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Braves (0-5) are a minor league product in a major league season | Jeff Schultz blog

NEWSFLASH: The Braves stink.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

OTP - 2016 April 11: Talking Baseball, and Politics, With Joe Buck

In the seventh episode of the Culture Caucus podcast, we look at baseball in the year 2016, how it remains central to the American experience, how presidents will throw out first pitches until the end of time, and how the game has changed along with the country itself over the decades. We also discuss how baseball’s current cultural conflict—older, white, often-Southern players grousing about the new generation of young, brash, often Latino stars—bears more than a passing resemblance to the ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 11, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 2213 comment(s)
  Beats: joe buck, politics

OMNICHATTER 4-11-16

WILL THE TWINS AND/OR BRAVES WIN TODAY?
WILL THE ORIOLES LOSE TODAY?

Well, I don’t know, but we can CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: April 11, 2016 at 12:37 AM | 163 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rockies’ Trevor Story hits record 7th home run | MLB.com

This is great.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 07:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

A Ballgame Or Snowball Fight?

Since Collins couldn’t provide an answer, the Journal contacted the person who could: Katy Feeney, the MLB senior vice president who oversees the entire scheduling process. She constantly fields phone calls from angry teams complaining about their schedules, and nobody ever seems happy with their 162-game slate.

“People tend to look at their team’s schedule and don’t realize it’s a 30-team schedule, not a one-team schedule,” Feeney said in a telephone interview this week. “Everything you do ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 05:18 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, schedule, weather

Rangers Shin-Soo Choo to DL; Mazara called up | MLB.com

The Mazara Era has begun.

The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.

Choo is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a strained right calf muscle, while Chirinos is expected to be out 10-12 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Chirinos was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Mazara, a left-handed hitter, is coming up to be the everyday right fielder while ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers, robinson chirinos, shin-soo choo

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.

A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, comebacks, tom verducci

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Opening Day in front of zero fans | MLB.com

While the April weather has resulted in plenty of postponed and delayed games in the Majors, it has absolutely decimated the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs schedule. A day before the Minor League season started this week, their four-game home tilt against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed because of the state of their field.

Rather than fall so far behind the rest of the league, the teams relocated to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa, home to the IronPigs, where the Chiefs would still play as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaa, opening day

D-backs’ A.J. Pollock unsure when he’ll return | MLB.com

“If everything goes extremely well it’s going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities,” Sheridan said. “It could be the entire season, but I’m very hopeful and look forward to the day that we see A.J. run out of the dugout and take his position and have a good playoffs this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

OMNICHATTER 4-10-16

The “If the Braves and Twins faced each other, would either of them win?” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:06 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, April 09, 2016

MLB.com: Botched infield fly costs Phils potential rally

Phillies Phorget Inphield Phly Rule

Too bad Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t coaching phirst base for the Phillies.

The Phillies had Hernandez on first and Freddy Galvis on second with one out when Odubel Herrera hit a popup in the infield, just to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Mets third baseman David Wright moved underneath the ball, but the wind blew it behind him.

No matter, the infield fly rule had been called.

But Hernandez ran to second the moment the ball hit the ground. Wright threw to ...

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bobm Posted: April 09, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: infield fly, mets, phillies

Another game ends on the controversial new take-out slide rule

Friday night, another game ended on the new and controversial take-out slide rule at second base. This time Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus was called out for an improper slide, resulting an in an automatic double play, which ended the game.

As stated in the article, the rule was collectively bargained - MLBPA not only agreed to the rule, but was part of the drafting process.  Further (again, as explained in the article) Rasmus met only 1 of the 4 conditions for a legal slide - he started before ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 09, 2016 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: utley rule

OMNICHATTER 4-9-16

The “Firm 100-Pitch Count” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Rockies’ Trevor Story hits 6th home run | MLB.com

Wonderboy stays hot.

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story became the fifth player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start a season, and the first to begin a season with six in four games when he went deep twice in a 13-9 loss to the Padres on Friday at Coors Field.

“I never would’ve thought that I’d start out like this, but it’s been great so far,” Story said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Friday, April 08, 2016

Better, Faster, Younger: Why baseball’s young stars are its best in 20 years

WISE MEN SAY the first time you feel old is when you look around and realize that most major league baseball stars are younger than you. If that’s true, a lot of folks are aging very suddenly. Young studs are everywhere around MLB these days.

Consider the best players in each league and the careers they could have in store. In the NL, that would be 23-year-old Bryce Harper, about whom my colleague Jayson Stark has written: “He’s a blend of Pete Rose and Reggie Jackson, as if that were even ...

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Meatwad Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, frank robinson, mickey mantle, mike trout

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber goes on disabled list | MLB.com

Well, this just sucks.

Kyle Schwarber, injured in a collision in the outfield on Thursday, will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to fully torn ACL and LCL ligaments in his left leg, as well as a severely sprained left ankle, the club informed reporters before Friday’s game against the D-backs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

The 6ix | By Marcus Stroman | The Players’ Tribune

I’m going to tell you something you probably didn’t know.

Toronto is a baseball city.

No, I’m serious. I know you probably don’t know this — especially if you don’t live here. You have to really experience it to know what I’m talking about. But just trust me.

Toronto. Is. A. Baseball. City.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 08, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman, toronto blue jays

Joe-eey Rickard: A man of growing legend (Dylan Bundy, Twins notes) - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Joey Rickard, Cinderella story or the real deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey rickard, orioles

Baseball’s warning track is useless

This is ridicules.

he warning tracks, however, that currently adorn every major league baseball field are essentially useless. (Did you see what happened to Matt Kemp on Tuesday night in Colorado? More on that in a moment.)

At Coors Field on Tuesday night, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp slammed into the wall, hurting his right knee and jaw.

We want to believe the warning track is this awesome alarm system that tells a speeding outfielder that the wall is coming up soon. But funny enough, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, stadiums

Mookie Betts Is Dustin Pedroia All Over Again | FanGraphs Baseball

A great examination of what makes Betts and Pedroia similarly great hitters. Pedroia’s power numbers dipped for a couple of years when his wrist injury prevented him from turning on the inside stuff with any authority, especially up. He’s looked like his old self the last two years. Assuming he’s over his leg problems from last season, you should expect big numbers from him again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, mookie betts, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-8-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1916:

According to a Cleveland war correspondent Chick Gandil swings the heaviest bat used in the American league. His sticks weigh around 56 ounces. In the National league Larry Doyle and Jack Meyers are said to use the heaviest bats.

56 ounces is ludicrously heavy. Edd Roush’s 48 ounce bat is frequently called the “heaviest in Major League history”, but if this report is accurate, Gandil’s bats were ~17% heavier than Roush’s bats.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, chick gandil, dugout, history

Felix Hernandez’s Ominous Company | FanGraphs Baseball

This doesn’t sound good.

It’s just — for one thing, you notice when a pitcher is down a few miles. It’s of particular significance when you’re talking about an ace, who also had an under-powered spring. Felix wasn’t very effective down the stretch a year ago, and the Mariners need for him to bounce back. It looks like Felix’s arm slot has dropped. And I might as well acknowledge what Andy Van Slyke said, when he claimed that Felix has been pitching through a partially torn UCL. Every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, sabermetrics

Cubs Rizzo knocks in 6, but Schwarber injured | MLB.com

Dexter Fowler somehow escaped injury.

It was not all good news for the Cubs as they watched left fielder Kyle Schwarber sprain his left ankle in an outfield collision in the second inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, kyle schwarber

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