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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: The Fall of the Ryan Empire

Last year’s fluke record raised expectations to unrealistic levels. The Twins, as they were at the start of last season, are in the middle of a rebuild. 

Amid all the losing the Twins have assembled a highly rated farm system. The young core—first-round picks Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios, plus Smith-signed international prospects Miguel Sano and Max Kepler—is one they can potentially build around. This is a team on the rise, albeit with a massive step backward taking place this season. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Phillies GM Matt Klentak would consider acquiring bat, but not at cost of rebuild | CSN Philly

The 2015 Twins in Phillies uniforms.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

OMNICHATTER 5-19-16

Age of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 19, 2016 at 12:56 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Angels’ Jered Weaver vows improvement, says others ‘would’ve shut it down’

“It’s no secret,” Weaver said. “My stuff isn’t that great.”

It is unfair to compare almost any pitcher to Kershaw, who sports a 22-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last six starts. But the juxtaposition is especially sharp with Weaver, whose neck and shoulder stiffness have transformed his pitches into sluggish, inconsistent offerings.

According to Fangraphs, Weaver’s fastball is averaging just 82.8 MPH this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, owchies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-18-2016

El Paso Herald, May 18, 1916:

CUTSHAW CLOUTS OUT FREAK HIT; BALL CLIMBS FENCE; A HOME RUN

Cutshaw, Bewildered All the Way Through, Runs Back and Forth Between Bases, Not Knowing What to Do Until Some One Tells Him He Has Made a Home Run; Then He Walks Home, Scoring Tally.

This one’s completely absurd and the whole article is a fun read. Apparently the ball hit something on the fence on the fly, bounced straight up, balanced on the top of the wall for what seemed like an eternity, then dropped ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history



New York Mets’ David Wright overruled by Terry Collins on Tuesday - Mets Blog- ESPN

The problem can only be managed. Hopefully, Collins will protect Wright from himself.

“This is the first time this year where I’ve come to the ballpark where I felt the significance of it—the back. Most of the days have been fairly mediocre. Today was more toward the bad. I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought the extra treatment and the extra preparation that I put in would help. And I wanted to give it a go. Terry just kind of said no-go. More than anything, I’m mad at the situation. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

For The Angels, There’s No Such Thing As A Good Trade For Mike Trout | VICE Sports

How often do the magic beans actually grow anything?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Bartolo Colon’s double life with secret family | New York Post

And the public shaming commences….NOW!

Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has been living a double life that gives new meaning to his nickname “Big Sexy” — siring two secret love children with a woman while married to his devoted wife of 21 years, The Post has learned.

The 42-year-old hurler has been dragged into Manhattan court by Alexandra Santos, 38, who claims the $7 million-a-year player is a deadbeat dad who failed to pay child support for their elementary-school-age kids.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Rehab Put On Hold: Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez Suffers Setback « CBS Boston

The Red Sox are halting Rodriguez’s rehab stint after the pitcher told the club he is still experiencing soreness in his right knee.

“It’s something he came to us (with),” Boston manager John Farrell told reporters in Kansas City on Tuesday. “We were trying to evaluate the performances and talk to him about what he was feeling and talk to him about what we’d like to see, if possible, and that’s where he revealed, that, he’s on occasion feeling this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

Yankees coaches sound fed up with Pineda after latest disaster | New York Post

The alarm has gone off concerning Michael Pineda’s miserable season.

“It’s easy to say it will turn, but it’s been too long,’’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild said following Pineda’s latest lousy outing Tuesday night at Chase Field, where the Diamondbacks hung a 5-3 loss on the right-hander in front of 30,913. “We are almost a quarter of the way through his starts. We need to straighten it out, especially in the stretch. He is going through a major bump in the road right ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Free Agent Compensation Must Die – The Hardball Times

Ahh, because teams are part of the process. Free agency is collectively bargained and is not some inherent right for players.

My question is this: Why should teams that lose players to free agency receive any sort of compensation whatsoever?

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agent compensation

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with increased length of games

Three hours is too long. I love baseball. I’d love it even more if the games were 20-30 minutes shorter.

Through Monday, the average time of a nine-inning game this season was 3 hours, 26 seconds. At the same stage of last season, about six weeks after MLB implemented much-ballyhooed new pace-of-game rules, the average game time was 2:53:33. That pace did slow, however, and the average time by season’s end wound up at 2:56:14.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: game times

May 18, 2016 OMNICHATTER

OMNICHATTER of the Galaxy

Gamingboy Posted: May 18, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Feldman (NYDN): Binghamton Mets Double-A team to stay in town, change name

I’m going with Heroin Hubs.

“We’re thrilled to be keeping Double-A, New York Mets baseball here in the community but with a new name that everyone in Binghamton can call its own. The new name will bring in a new era that proudly represents a crown jewel of the community.”

The Binghamton Mets were bought after the 2015 season by Florida-based Main Street Baseball, but the sale was rejected by the Eastern League after the buyers announced that they wanted to move the team to Wilmington, ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:40 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: binghamton, mets, minors, nicknames

Report: Rangers’ Rougned Odor suspended 8 games by MLB for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista

OAKLAND, Calif.—Major League Baseball gave Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor an eight-game suspension on Tuesday for his role in a weekend brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Heyman, citing an unnamed source, said Odor plans to appeal the suspension.

Without naming sources, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Odor will also face a $5,000 fine.


Cervelli extension locks up another Pirate long-term

The Pirates signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2019 season, the team announced today.

The Pirates have Cervelli, Gerrit Cole, Gregory Polanco, Josh Harrison, Jung Ho Kang and Starling Marte all under contract through 2019.

Cervelli, 30, was going to reach free agency after this season.

The Pirates acquired Cervelli from the New York Yankees before the 2015 season. He hit .295 with a .370 on-base percentage, set ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 12:27 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli, pirates

Braves fire Gonzalez as manager

Jeff Francoeur knows a good airline to get him out of town.

The Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday, after one of the worst half-seasons in the franchise’s 140-year history was followed by its worst-ever start to a season. They have a majors-worst 7-28 record.

An announcement of the firing and his replacement was expected from the team later Tuesday.

Although it’s widely known that the Braves are in the midst of a rebuilding effort that gutted the major league team while ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fired, fredi gonzalez

The trailer for ‘Pitch,’ a new TV series about MLB’s first female pitcher, is here

We noted last week that FOX had greenlit “Pitch,” a new TV series about the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball. And on Monday, the first trailer arrived. Check it out below:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in fiction, television, women in baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-17-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 17, 1916:

Baseball fans never warm up to a thuggish player. If a player must hit something they’d rather see him hit his stride.

Rougned Odor didn’t get the memo.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Garrett Richards of Los Angeles Angels opts to get stem-cell injection in elbow, avoid TJ surgery

I guess it doesn’t hurt. I’m not so sure how effective the treatment will be.

- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow Monday.

Manager Mike Scioscia says there’s no timetable for his return. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, leaving the injury-riddled team without its best starting pitcher.

Richards decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Mets’ Steven Matz Said to Have No Damage to Elbow Ligament - The New York Times

But the Mets got good news on Monday when the left-handed Matz visited a doctor and was found to have no ligament damage in his throwing elbow, according to a person who was briefed on the matter. The person requested anonymity because the Mets made no formal announcement.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz


OMNICHATTER 5-17-16

Captain OMNICHATTER: The Winter Soldier

Gamingboy Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ejected, leaves sweatshirt over home plate

Well, you can definitely say Brad Ausmus isn’t going down without a fight. Ausmus was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during Monday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. He may or may not need that sweatshirt later this season, though.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

Tim Lincecum agrees to deal with Angels

Tim Lincecum, who recently auditioned for teams to show he is healthy, has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

The deal is pending a physical.

Lincecum spent nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, but he has not pitched in the majors since last June. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Chicago White Sox and Giants were two of the last teams to not make the cut.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: timmeh

Monday, May 16, 2016

Minor League Fantasy Baseball Is Real And Kinda Cool, Maybe?

Fantasy players assemble weekly rosters from 100 of the game’s top prospects, with points distributed for certain on-field events (four points for hitting a home run, one point for striking a batter out, etc.) A minor league game, however, presents challenges that don’t exist in other fantasy sports.

“I had one guy this week that just got called up to San Diego, so that kind of defeats the purpose if they get too hot,” Kevin Kievit, a 38-year-old AFLAC insurance salesman in Rhode ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, minor leagues

PIRATES’ GERRIT COLE: CUBS AREN’T THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

When a reporter posed the question that Cole just shut down the best team in baseball, the Pirates pitcher politely corrected the statement:

“It’s just an opportunity to salvage the series,” Cole said. “I don’t really think they’re the best team in baseball.”

Of course, the Cubs are currently the best team in baseball - the only team still in the single digits in the loss column halfway through May.

The Cubs sit at 27-9 overall with a +109 run differential. In fact, their run differential ...

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McCoy Posted: May 16, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lalaland, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 16, 1916:

They’re finicky fellows, those Washington ballplayers. Whenever they visit the Polo grounds in New York they lug along their own dirt from the capital city for hand-drying purposes. They claim the soil in and around home plate in Gotham is “trick dirt,” asserting that instead of drying the moisture on their hands it makes them slippery and the balls and bats harder to handle.

Pine tar, you guys. Use pine tar.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, trick dirt

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