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Thursday, March 01, 2018

BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Field: Great Lawn, Field 7
Post-game meetup: TBA

I will update the above as we get more details. I don’t know who JE is booking the field, nor when we’ll know. But let’s start talking softball.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

J.D. Martinez open to making more permanent relationship with Red Sox | WEEI

Let’s enjoy the rest of this season, next season, and get Mookie signed before we worry about getting J.D. extended.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Why the Cubs and Yankees Should Swap Tyler Chatwood and Sonny Gray

The biggest reason this perfectly reasonable idea wouldn’t happen is that Chatwood is guaranteed more money, but I like the idea behind it, at least:

Gray is still getting decent or better swinging-strike rates on his primary pitches. His velocity is pretty stable this year — and might actually be up a tick over last year — so there’s no obvious explanation for Gray’s struggles except for the change in approach he adopted when he came to New York. As for Chatwood, we knows he’s ...

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Orioles have deal in place for Manny Machado, working through trade specifics

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an “outside chance” to land the four-time All-Star.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2018

Washington Times, July 17, 1918:

Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pirates, is against [National League] President Tener’s stand in the Scott Perry case.

“There will be no baseball war over the Perry case,” said Barney today. “For one, I shall not support Tener’s position. The only thing to do is to reorganize the National Commission, something that has been necessary for years.”

And so began the slow pulling of the rug out from under Tener as the NL President. The New York Sun reports most of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mike Trout joins MLB Tonight | 07/16/2018 | MLB.com

Watching this interview just makes me appreciate Mike Trout even more. Baseball needs more Mike Trout. (Sean Forman, you will love this interview.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

Monday, July 16, 2018

Texas Rangers: ‘When that happens, I’m going to be nasty again’: Why Rangers’ Joey Gallo says banning shifts would get him back on track | SportsDay

I’m a fan of Gallo but this is just lame. (Not as lame as the start of Home Run Derby but lame nonetheless.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:02 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, shifts

ASG All-Star Week Thread

Catch-all thread for Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, cussing Bryce Harper, and whatnot.

Bote Man Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 197 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star break, omnichatter


Max Scherzer doesn’t fear hitters or swimming with sharks

Q: What drives you?
A: To be better. That drive to get better for me is my No. 1 goal. To find deficiencies within my game that I believe I can get better at.

Hank G. Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, sharks, washington nationals

9 Pirates 7, Brewers 6 (10): Two late leads slip away

The Brewers ended the first half with six consecutive losses, getting swept in the five-game series by the Pirates. The bullpen’s inability to hold leads ruined a great day by Brett Phillips, who tripled in three runs in the eighth and singled in another in the 10th after being summoned from the minors.

A brutal end of the pre-break part of the season for Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Pirates have joined the back end of the wild card race and start a tour of beautiful Ohio on Friday.

Nasty Nate Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers

OTP 2018 July 16: Why Does President Trump Balk At Attending Baseball Games?

As the World Cup finale plays in my living room, it’s seems like the right time to reflect on “America’s pastime” – baseball – and its curious standing these days.

The sport gets it close-up on Tuesday night, when the Major-League All-Star Game is played in the nation’s capital. President Trump is not expected to be attendance, though he easily could zip over to the festivities upon his return from his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 611 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Is Chase Utley a Hall of Famer?

Jumping ahead somewhat to the meat of the argument…

According to Baseball Reference, Utley’s career 65.6 WAR ranks 15th all-time at his position, and is higher than Hall of Fame second basemen Jackie Robinson, Craig Biggio, Joe Gordon, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Evers, Nellie Fox, Billy Herman, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Mazeroski, Bid McPhee and Red Schoendienst.

Using that measurement, Utley has been more valuable than 11 of the 20 second basemen already in the Hall of Fame. Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, ...

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QLE Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, hall of fame, jaws

A rival’s struggles may make it even tougher for Mets fans

Of course the Nationals are mired in mediocrity … at a juncture at which the Mets would kill for mediocrity.

Hank G. Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, washington nationals


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2018

Washington Herald, July 16, 1918:

Bill Phelon, the Cincinnati scribe, breaks out with the following on the situation [with the Reds]:

“The loyal fans of this town have stood about all they can. The work in the last month has capped the climax and the slogan heard among the boys is ‘never again.’ The attendance has dropped to such proportions that it takes a man with a powerful magnifying glass to see the crowd. The fans have quit Cincinnati.
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[The Reds system] gets the hits, but no runs. It ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Three players Mets can ditch to prepare for a brighter future

The Mets need a front office overhaul.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don’t fix baseball, even if it’s broken

Today’s all-or-nothing baseball is too one-dimensional. There are too many strikeouts… Also, too many of the hits are home runs. It was imprecise for Crash Davis (Kevin Costner’s character in “Bull Durham”) to say that strikeouts are “fascist,” but he was right that they are “boring,” a… And “on average, you have to wait [3 minutes and 45 seconds] between balls put in play — 41 seconds longer between movement than 20 years ago.” Steals (hence pitchouts), sacrifice bunts, ...

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NattyBoh Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, george will, shifts, speed-up-the-game, strikeouts

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Some insight into what the Braves are thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mike Matheny Fired

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#STLCards announce that they have fired Mike Matheny.

Interim manager: Mike Schildt. John Mabry and Bill Mueller also fired.

Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

NYTimes: The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination

I mean, be reasonable: How often, as Derek Jeter’s retirement approached in 2014, were we made to endure the squealing ecstasies of television announcers too bedazzled by the fastidious delicacy of his dainty coupé-chassé en tournant on grounders to his right to notice his minuscule range or flimsy arm? Why were we forced to see him awarded a preposterous two additional Gold Gloves in his dotage when his defense was scarcely better than mediocre in his prime?

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Who Ya Got? An MVP Primer

The MVP goes to the best player on the best team — except when it doesn’t.
Players from bad teams never win the MVP — except when they do.
MVPs are players who show up for work every day — except when they’re not.
MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law…

gehrig97 Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, mookie betts, mvp, red sox

SABR 48 Pittsburgh Review

Mark Armour shares his SABR experience, and also provides the details on a fascinating new game, WAR war.  I think this may be bigger than blackjack.

Meanwhile, Joe Dimino and I started playing “WAR War” with the stacks of 1989 cards laying around.

If you have never heard of WAR War, don’t feel too bad. I sort of made it up on the spot, but I think, like Monopoly or Scrabble, it has a chance to become a craze.

Mike Webber Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, sabr, sabr-bbtf chapter, war

How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics | McKinsey

I picked up Astroball the other day. It was OK, but not particularly informative. I actually learned more about the Astros process from this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow


Billy Beane on the A’s rush into contention — ‘I prefer to be a buyer’ (subscription)

TK: I’ve got some thought that you could really just set up for a big run in 2019. Is that possible — compete this year but plan mostly for 2019?

Beane: No, in our situation we’ve got to grasp every opportunity we can. In any sport, you can sit there, ‘oh well, we’re just going to wait,’ and it never arrives.

For us, until we have a different venue, we are going to be somewhat hand-to-mouth. The idea that we can sort of push off an opportunity because we think we’ll be better ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane

Phillies Reportedly Increase Offer For Manny Machado

The Phillies have improved their offer to the Orioles for star infielder Manny Machado, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). In recent days, the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees have been categorized as the favorites to land Machado. However, Rosenthal suggests that while the Dodgers and Yankees have the strongest offers on the table, the Brewers are beginning to fade from the mix, while the Diamondbacks are, at this point, “on [the] periphery” of the market.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:10 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles, phillies

Dodgers’ Chase Utley, citing family, says he’ll retire at end of 2018

LOS ANGELES—Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia Phillies and an elder-statesman role with the Dodgers.

“I’m no spring chicken. My hair is going gray. There’s a lot of things letting me know it’s time,’’ Utley said.

The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:05 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Friday, July 13, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 13, 1918:

WALT JOHNSON ANOTHER RUTH

Walter Johnson is getting jealous of Babe Ruth. Inspired by the all-round skill of the Boston heaver, the Washington mound star went into center field on Friday and was a big factor in the win over Detroit. Johnson clouted a triple and a single and accounted for three of the Nationals’ five runs. He got a fourth himself.

Well, okay, so maybe he wasn’t exactly another Babe Ruth, but Johnson wasn’t shabby with a bat. He hit .246/.294/.369 ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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