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Thursday, May 05, 2016

The 1981 Split Season Still Speaks to Us

In the end, as we know, Kuhn’s misperception of his own role and the owners’ general misreading of the players’ solidarity contributed to Miller winning, in his words, the “complete and unconditional surrender” of the owners. The owners provoked the strike by implementing a system of direct compensation, and ended up negotiating a system in which teams could lose a player without signing a free agent. (This system was abolished in 1985). It was a give-back by the players, but one that ...

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Minor-league Phillies put on the healthy feedbag

Within walking distance of the Sleep Inn and Suites in Hagerstown, Md., is a Waffle House, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, Burger King, McDonald’s and a 7-Eleven tucked behind a gas station. This is where the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws stay three times a season, when they pile into a bus for a South Atlantic League road trip.

Shane Watson, a former first-round pick back at Lakewood after shoulder surgery, prefers the Cracker Barrel. A few weeks ago, when Lakewood visited Hagerstown, Watson planned ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2016 at 02:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, nutrition, phillies

Baseball’s Naturals: There Goes Yet Another Roy Hobbs

Bernard Malamud’s first novel, “The Natural,” upon which the movie was based, was published in 1952 and with no lack of publicity (it was reviewed twice in The New York Times). But it doesn’t seem that many of that era’s sportswriters were inspired to compare their subjects to Malamud’s Roy Hobbs, even with both Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, 1950s versions of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, just then bursting upon the scene.

Then again, Malamud’s Hobbs, however talented, was hardly ...

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

Bill Speas, quoted in the [Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, May 5, 1916:

“It happened in 1906 in the Pennsylvania and Ohio league…Our opponents had us beaten, about 40 to 0 when one of them hit a ball and slammed it down the right field foul line. The umpire threw in another ball, and he knocked it foul again. Then he hit one at me in left, and after breaking my neck to keep it from rolling into the next state, I got it and threw it into the plate, only it hit the grandstand instead.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 05, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Breaking down the Top 30 International Prospects list

Kevin Maitan did not just suddenly appear on the radar for international scouts. He’s been on it for three years—and he only turned 16 in February.

So it’s really no surprise that the superlatives fly in when Maitan’s name is mentioned in international scouting circles. Scouts and front-office executives describe him as athletic, big, strong and talented. They compare him to a young Miguel Cabrera and Chipper Jones, and other established Major League stars.

The switch-hitting teenage ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

Boston Globe - Red Sox usually avoid insuring major contracts

Cafardo confirms reports that Sandoval’s contract was not insured, but provides some interesting details on the practice of insuring contracts around MLB and how the Red Sox have dealt with medical red flags in the past.

Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: May 05, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: contract insurance, red sox

Rogers: ‘Run differential’ is becoming Cubs’ favorite phrase

At this point, observers might think the opposite is true—teams have to go through the Cubs—as the numbers point to a run-scoring and run-prevention pace that is unprecedented in the history of the game. The Cubs have scored 93 more runs than their opponents through the first 26 games. It is the greatest differential through 26 games since 1905 and puts them on pace to shatter the all-time record of plus-411 set by the 1939 New York Yankees. Of course, they’ll slow down, won’t they? If ...

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McCoy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greatest team


Dave Dombrowski: Pablo Sandoval still ‘committed’ to weight loss

Dollars to donuts Pablo will have a lot of dollars and eat a lot of donuts over the next year.

“I’m not going to give specific weights, but he has already dropped weight during the season once he’s been under our care on a daily basis,” Dombrowski said Tuesday, via WEEI.com. “I think he’s committed to doing that, and we’re committed to doing that. We’ll have a very thorough program to address a lot of different issues between now and the next spring training.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Matt Harvey’s biggest backer admits: ‘There’s an unknown’ | New York Post

Pointless speculation.

Scott Boras agrees with Terry Collins: Matt Harvey’s early-season struggles could have something to do with his 2015 workload.

The Dark Knight’s agent also shares the Mets manager’s public optimism that Harvey will right himself.

“When you have a genius, you don’t take him out of fifth grade and graduate him from high school,” Boras said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “You may graduate him to the seventh grade. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Exclusive: Tim Lincecum speaks publicly for first time since 2015 - Yahoo Sports

Will he end up back in San Francisco?

“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

Two decades after arrest, Butch Hobson finds peace. | Sports on Earth

Paul Hagen talks with Butch Hobson.

Big league coaches make far more than Atlantic League managers. If he had gotten another chance to manage in the Majors, the payoff could have been huge. He’s also 63 days short of having 10 years of big league service, which would allow him to max out on his pension plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: butch hobson, managers, red sox

More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball soon

Testing for Turinabol took a major leap forward two years ago, and as anti-doping labs have adopted the technology, users apparently didn’t get the word. Any drug someone takes breaks down into metabolites, a residue of the drug that can stay in the system long after the original or parent drug has cleared. Turinabol, like most oral steroids, breaks down relatively quickly in the body and used to be undetectable after a week, and sometimes even less time. But two years ago, researchers found ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

OMNICHATTER 5-5-16

OMNICHATTER de Cinco de Mayo

Or: The Sworn OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud’s return from DL unknown | mets.com

This doesn’t sound good.

A week after landing on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud still has not advanced to any sort of physical activity. The Mets have no timetable on when d’Arnaud, who is resting and receiving treatment at the team’s Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., might be able to begin throwing.

“I can’t predict that,” manager Terry Collins said. “A lot of times you come in the morning, and if he’s feeling good a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

The Marlins revelation who may doom Yankees’ Eovaldi trade | New York Post

Trades and long-term contracts shouldn’t be evaluated after one season.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, yankees

Meet Bob McClure, the Phillies’ ‘mad scientist’ | FOX Sports

Pitching coach du jour.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2016 at 07:54 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Jackie Mitchell (1913-1987) The Teen Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

This is a story many here have heard before but this article has the first video I’ve seen of it.

John Northey Posted: May 04, 2016 at 07:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, lou gehrig, women in baseball

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2016 season

Embattled Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the remainder of the season for an unknown reason, the second straight season he has been so disciplined.

“We have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the season for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract,” said Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development.

Arruebarrena, 26, was hitting .182/.224/.400 with four home runs in 17 games with Double-A Tulsa, including 14 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, erisbel arruebarrena

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2016

The [Chicago] Day Book, May 4, 1916:

“Lefty” Russell, who once cost Connie Mack $12,000, is now playing first base for Baltimore.

Not only did Russell cost the Athletics $12,000 (a huge sum at the time) when he was sold in 1910, but he was a pitcher. Not a particularly good sign when your high-priced pitcher becomes a minor league first baseman.

Russell threw 58 big league innings and allowed 113 baserunners. His 6.36 ERA in the dead-ball era was good for a career ERA+ of 49. He wasn’t much of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 12:15 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lefty russell

More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told Outside the Lines, meaning it’s all but certain that more announcements will follow.

Turinabol, whose chemical compound is dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), is not something that would likely be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Butler befuddled with lack of playing time

Butler, one month into the second year of his three-year contract with Oakland, was on the bench again in Tuesday’s 8-2 loss against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. He hasn’t started since Wednesday—a stretch of six straight games—and he’s appeared in the starting lineup only eight times in the team’s first 28 games.

“From my end,” Butler said Tuesday, “there’s no answers as to what’s going on. I’m just not playing.

“I’ve never been in this position before. I’ve played every day of my life from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Dominic Smith turns on power for B-Mets in rout

After batting just .174 through his first 11 games, Smith has been on a tear, hitting.349 over his last 11. During that streak, MLB.com’s No. 47 overall prospect has driven in 14 runs and homered twice, raising his season average to .275.

“It wasn’t too frustrating,” Smith said of his slow start. “I know there’s a lot of things you have to adjust to. This level is the toughest level before the big leagues. There’s a lot of top prospects you have to face day in and day out. There’s a lot of ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers, prospects

OMNICHATTER 5-4-16

May the OMNICHATTER be with you!

Or: The Hedge OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 226 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

ESPN edited Curt Schilling out of its 30 for 30 episode on the ‘04 Red Sox and people are mad.

Four Days in October is an ESPN 30 for 30 series film that first aired in 2010. It aired again yesterday, in slightly edited format, and dopey Red Sox fans teamed up with dopey conservatives to form a coalition of derp in protesting what they believed to be a conspiracy against recently fired analyst Curt Schilling.

spanx for the memories Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox

Atlanta Braves should bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa and the teepee

We live in a politically correct world these days, with people sensitive about anything and everything. We can never be in other people’s shoes to understand why something might upset them, but there’s little doubt, it seems easy for everyone to find something that gets their goat.

Perhaps that was a disclaimer that what I’m about to write might upset some, but it doesn’t worry me enough not to write it. Twenty-five years ago when the Atlanta Braves became the team everyone loved, it ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mascots

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

Players from the Pirates and Marlins banded together in recent days to let Major League Baseball know they want to move the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium to Miami instead, sources said, a view shared by some club officials and staff members as well. Despite the widespread implications – including a possible effect on league relations with Puerto Rico as well as opening a Pandora’s box for athletes leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, another Zika-affected country – MLB ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika


On the Prospect of Owners Getting “Duped” by PED Users

It is not even clear that being caught affects future performance. Taking a different angle, I looked at the players with track records who were suspended in 2012 and 2013. What I did was took a look at their projections before they were suspended, and then pretended that was how they performed in the relevant season. I then applied the standard aging curve to the two seasons following the suspension season. I regarded this as their “expected performance” based on pre-suspension levels. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, long term contracts, peds

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