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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

FiveThirtyEight: We Rated Every Rotation In MLB. How Does Your Team’s Stack Up?

Today, we’re hoping to provide you with an answer to one of those types of questions: Who has the best rotation in baseball? Mets fans like to think they do, in part because their starting pitchers have the league’s greatest hair. The Dodgers have a rightful claim since they employ Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball. And the Red Sox have a pair of aces, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, haunting the AL East, with David Price waiting in the wings.

But all of them are behind the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 12:15 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, pitching

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mets’ Seth Lugo hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery for partially torn UCL, reports say

Newsday reports Lugo has a “slight tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Of course, an injury to the UCL leads to concern over the need for Tommy John surgery.

To that end, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports noted Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews is reviewing Lugo’s records.


Marc Carig is also reporting that the Mets think Lugo’s injury may have come from his stint in the World Baseball Classic.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo


San Diego Padre for Life: Team Continues Support for Disabled Former Pitcher

As for the San Diego Padres, they could have ended their contract with him, since he was no longer able to fulfill his obligations on the mound. Instead, they have continued to sign LaChappa to a Minor League contract each year, for more than 20 years – thus ensuring that he has a small income plus the health insurance he needs.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, padres

About All These Velocity Spikes

This year, however, with Statcast officially replacing PITCHF/x in the big leagues, the data being pulled publicly is now from the Trackman radar. While PITCHF/x velocity numbers were reported at a defined point along each pitch’s trajectory — usually at the 55 foot mark — so that velocity didn’t have to be calculated at every x/y point along the pitches path, Statcast outputs the highest velocity that Trackman records along the flight of the pitch, which due to physics, is going to be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, velocity

Pedro Guerrero, feared Dodgers slugger, reportedly ‘fighting for his life’

Pedro Guerrero, whose big bat powered many of the Dodgers’ best teams in the 1980s, was hospitalized Monday in the Dominican Republic. Initial reports offered conflicting information about Guerrero’s current state.

Miami-based journalist Antonio Puesan reported that Guerrero has died. Three other reports indicated Guerrero is alive, but in failing health. ESPN’s Renato Bermudez reported that Guerrero suffered a heart attack, while ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Guerrero suffered a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:03 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, pedro guerrero

How do you build a winning outfield? Mariners mixing up the blueprint

Picture the prototypical corner outfielder, and a classic image springs to mind: He has strong wrists and forearms and the ability to hit 20 home runs by accident. The defense might be spotty, but he’ll compensate with a penchant for driving balls into the seats.

That’s the stereotype, and Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t hesitant to admit he bought into it until his analytics department took a dive into the numbers.

“If you look at what’s available in today’s game, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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

Pittsburgh Press, April 4, 1917:

John Donaldson, a colored pitcher, who ranks with the fastest hurlers among the dusky club, has, so it is stated, been [illegible] a salary by a big league manager, conditioned on his going to Cuba, learning Spanish, pitching a season on the island, and returning under a Cuban disguise and a Spanish name. Donaldson has declined the proposition.

...and rightfully so. They may as well have said he could join the team if he figured out a way to become white.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rey Ordóñez And The Outer Boundary Of Range | VICE Sports

Debates about Rey Ordonez were a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, rey ordonez

A’s dedicate Rickey Henderson Field | MLB.com

Rickey Henderson Field is now the greatest stadium name of all time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rickey henderson, stadiums

Scout Doug Gassaway remembered for keen eye | MLB.com

Another great scout passes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, scouts

“There Are Very Few Individuals as Fascinating as Lefty O’Doul”

Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).

After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul ...

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gehrig97 Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dimaggio, japanese baseball, lefty o'doul, macarthur

Monday, April 03, 2017

Syndergaard was aghast after his mother took a photo with his nemesis, Mr. Met

Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard’s mother, Heidi, after Monday’s game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:

Mother! How could you?!?!?

Somehow, this feud continues to be funny.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met, thor, twitter

Robert Megerdichian Is The Baseball Glove Whisperer [Boston Globe]

CAMBRIDGE — Robert Megerdichian’s idea of bliss is sitting in his kitchen listening to Boston Red Sox games on the radio as he refurbishes baseball gloves….

“Why would someone buy a new glove when they could just fix the old one,” Megerdichian asked Saturday as he stood in the kitchen that doubles as his glove repair workshop. “I’m old fashioned. Old-fashioned people fix things.”

Bote Man Posted: April 03, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, gloves, old school, red sox

Will Votto grow old before Reds grow up?

Yes. Next obvious question.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

We know why you wear a baseball cap

Hats off to you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, hats, history, reds

MLB Opening Night on ESPN: Highest-Rated Since 2010

Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!

MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball ratings, cardinals, cubs, espn

Source: Cardinals complete extension with outfielder Piscotty

The Cardinals will announce a long-term extension with Piscotty on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. St. Louis time. A source confirmed the deal to The Post-Dispatch.

Terms of the deal were not yet clear.

Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would likely include all of his remaining control years—through 2022. The Cardinals prefer to make such deals with players when they also include some free agent years. If so, that would give Piscotty the longest ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stephen piscotty

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 3, 1917:

Ty Cobb declared formally that he would not play another game in the [current exhibition series against the Giants] and Jennings, manager of the Tigers, announced that he had made arrangements to send him to Cincinnati to finish his training with the Cincinnati Reds. This action was taken as a result of the clash between Cobb and Herzog in Dallas on Saturday.
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Jennings agreed to [Cobb’s] withdrawal and upholds his stand, calling Charley Herzog, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

On Opening Day, Rick Porcello aims to put playoff stinker behind him | Boston Herald

It’s Red Sox Opening Day! I always take the day off as a religious holiday. So, may a Red Sox win be with you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, red sox

Tigers GM Al Avila says Tigers can compete | MLB.com

“Cleveland obviously is the class of the American League, if not Major League Baseball,” Avila said. “They’re an excellent team. But the American League Central Division is still very tough. The Chicago White Sox still have a very good team. The Kansas City Royals have an excellent team. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest division, in my mind.

“It’s not going to be easy. If anybody thinks it’s going to be easy, they’re not thinking right. But we do feel we have a good team, a team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

MLB preview: Q&A with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington

Huntington: A lot of it was conceptualized before we came in the door. After talking with Bob (Nutting) and Frank (Coonelly), we bought into the concept of let’s see what the 2008 could do. They’d done a nice job (in 2007) and appeared to be ready to take the next step forward. There were some established position players, although most of them were approaching free agency. There wasn’t much in the farm system other than (Andrew) McCutchen, (Neil) Walker and Brad Lincoln. We knew we were going ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, neal huntington, pirates

April 3rd - 2nd Opening Day Omnichatter

It’s Opening Day…again.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

OTP 3 April 2017: The Nationals Leave Politics Aside

Honestly, if Adam Eaton said something on Twitter that I disagree with, I would probably think he was the other Adam Eaton anyway.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he issued no new directives after the 2016 election than he has in the past. … “I’m all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They’re grown men,” Rizzo said. “You’ve seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express ...

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BDC Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 1356 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, politics

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Longtime baseball official Katy Feeney dies

Katy Feeney, a former major-league executive with roots in San Francisco and the daughter of the late Giants general manager and National League president Chub Feeney, died Saturday, the Giants announced.

Feeney died of “natural causes,” according to the club, which gave no further details.
She was baseball’s senior vice president of club relations and scheduling until her retirement after the 2016 season. She was familiar to fans who watched news conferences in the postseason, which ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 09:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: katy feeney, obituary

Indians announce four-year contract extension for Roberto Perez

On the eve of their 2017 season, the Indians announced that they have signed catcher Roberto Perez to a four-year contract extension.

The deal runs through the 2020 season and includes club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Per MLB.com, the extension is worth $9 million guaranteed with options valued at $5.5 million and $7 million, respectively.

Perez, 28, figures to start the year as the No. 2 catcher behind Yan Gomes, though he’ll likely receive more starts than the typical backup. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 04:16 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

Ex-Braves catcher Bethancourt makes Padres roster as a pitcher (THIS IS NOT AN OMNICHATTER THREAD)

Bethancourt, traded by the Braves to the Padres in December of 2015, has made San Diego’s roster and he will be used as both a pitcher and a backup position player.

 

Rickey! No. You move. Posted: April 02, 2017 at 03:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

New Yorker: The Dream Catchers of Pro Baseball

In her photo essay “Fantasy Life,” Tabitha Soren has captured this sense of tentative possibility. For years, she followed the careers of the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 draft class: twenty-one players, all drafted at the same time. A handful made it to the top, like the former New York Yankee Nick Swisher, who enjoyed a twelve-year major-league career, including a World Series title, in 2009; most did not. But in Soren’s pictures all of the men are in the throes of their own baseball ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: doug glanville, moneyball, oakland a's, photography

Melvin Upton Jr. Won’t Make Blue Jays

Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. won’t make the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Jays are listening to offers for Upton, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who lists the Tigers, Orioles, Rays and Giants as sensible fits.

Toronto hasn’t finalized its roster yet, though the last spot was reportedly down to Upton and out-of-options infielder Ryan Goins as of Tuesday. Notably, the Blue Jays signed utilityman Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton

2017 MLB Prediction Thread

Put your 2017 season predictions here!

Andere Richtingen Posted: April 02, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: prediction

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