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Monday, July 17, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - San Francisco Giants

Welcome to the initial nominating thread of Taking Back the Ballparks, where today’s palatial, taxpayer-funded ballyards will be reclaimed from Fortune 500 companies, in-pocket politicians and onerous owners, and returned to the fans who fill them. Over the course of however long this takes, we’re going to select new, distinct and appropriate names for each of the 30 major league ballparks instead of the corporate-sponsored monstrosities they currently call themselves. And, in some cases, ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: July 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 188 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Man Who Brought Sabermetrics to Japanese Baseball

An interesting look at Japan’s version of Bill James.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, sabermetrics

Versatile Asdrubal Cabrera’s trade value rising; Yoenis Cespedes homers in win | Newsday

They both want him out of town?

“We’re on the same page,” Cabrera said after making his third career start at third base in Tuesday’s 6-5 win against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Red Sox reach deal on trade for Eduardo Nunez | MLB.com

The Red Sox added a right-handed bat with defensive versatility on Tuesday night, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants for two Minor League pitchers.

The Red Sox are sending Minor League right-handers Shaun Anderson (their 18th-ranked prospect) and Gregory Santos to the Giants for Nunez, who could fill a few roles for Boston given his ability to play third, short and the corner outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, giants, red sox, trade

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Heyman | Mets Likely To Promote Shortstop Amed Rosario Soon

With the Mets luck this year…

Two weeks later he gets DL’d “with a minor league injury”. Two months later his leg gets amputated.

Top prospect Amed Rosario may be called up soon by the New York Mets, with a source telling FanRag Sports that the team may call him up from Triple-A Las Vegas in a week or so.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 06:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Ken Rosenthal - Cubs and Verlander

Here’s something interesting you might know about the Cubs: Their luxury-tax number for 2018 is $74.6 million, leaving them more than under $120 million under the threshold, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
So, if the Cubs want to pursue Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander – one of perhaps 20 trade options they are considering, according to major-league sources – they’ve got the financial flexibility to pull off such a move.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, justin verlander



The Cooperstown Casebook Is a Crowning Compendium – The Hardball Times

He likes it! I’m behind my reading but whenever I get caught up, I’ll be buying this book. Here’s an excerpt in you need more incentive to dig into your pocket.

I love to have books like this that I can refer back to. My copies of The New Bill James Historical Abstract and The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers are never far from reach. The Cooperstown Casebook is in league with these books. You could draw parallels also to yearly books like the Baseball Prospectus Annual, The Hardball Times Baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, hall of fame

Bellinger homer gives 30-year-old rookie win in MLB debut - LA Times

On the first day of life without Clayton Kershaw, rookie Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers on his shoulders. With the Dodgers five outs from a defeat, Bellinger hit his 28th home run, a three-run shot that powered the team to a 6-4 victory Monday over the Minnesota Twins.

The crowd chanted for a curtain call. Bellinger obliged, with a nudge from Enrique Hernandez.

Update: Here’s the video.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-25-2017

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 25, 1917:

Mention in the news that their baseball experience makes Pershing’s men quick to learn the trick of the hand grenade is a reminder of the time the champion baseball thrower of Honolulu stopped a revolution here with two well-aimed bombs at the old bungalow in the palace yard.

Well, that certainly led me down a rabbit hole. The revolution in question was the 1889 Wilcox rebellion and there’s more information about the baseball aspect of the story here. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets giving sizzling rookie a shot in Zack Wheeler’s place | New York Post

On Monday the Mets right-hander was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, as he deals with soreness in his humerus bone. Wheeler was previously on the DL last month with biceps tendinitis.

“I am not going to be dumb and try to push something I think would hurt me after missing two full seasons — that would be stupid,” said Wheeler, who missed 2015 and ’16 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Chris Flexen will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton on Thursday ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres

I like a good “gimme all your guys” trade.

Royals send back Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and an a-ball IF


With injuries piling up, will the Nationals need to change their deadline strategy? - The Washington Post

Not another one.

But Sunday, the shock of Strasburg’s early departure, and the nebulous “forearm stiffness” that caused it, affirmed a disturbing reality. For as easily as the Nationals have built this lead in the National League East, they are one or two injuries away from being another elite team that fell short in the end. With a week until the trade deadline, will they alter their plans accordingly?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals, stephen strasburg

Dealing For Further-Away Prospects An Emerging Trend | BaseballAmerica.com

At the rate baseball is going, by 2020 teams will be signing international prospects on July 2 and trading them on July 3.

In the never-ending attempts to find an edge, the 2017 trade deadline has shown a developing pattern. Teams are willing to dig deeper into the furthest recesses of farm systems in an attempt to land a bargain.

Already a full one-fifth of Baseball America’s 2016 Top 20 Dominican Summer League Prospects list has swapped teams. Royals middle infielder Esteury Ruiz became ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trades

Texas Rangers ready to move ace Yu Darvish in ‘right deal’

He said; he said.

Sources told ESPN.com that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began calling potential suitors Monday and telling them the team is open to trading Darvish for the “right deal.” If no team offers a return package to the Rangers’ liking, Daniels has informed clubs that Texas will hold onto Darvish and continue to make a push in the American League wild card race.

The latest development appears to be the Rangers’ most declarative statement yet on Darvish, who instantly becomes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, yu darvish

Pitchers Are (Slowly) Adapting To The Home Run Spike | FiveThirtyEight

But for every hole in the zone that the league’s batters close, another one opens. “It goes in waves, the pitching changes its philosophy, and the hitting changes up, and the pitching adjusts, and on and on,” Baker said. With batters adopting uppercut swings to generate loft even on low pitches, it stands to reason that pitchers could go even higher in response. Previous research has shown that when a fly-ball hitter meets a high strike, the result is often a popup or weak contact. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs

Jose Altuve continues torrid July in Astros win over Phillies - Houston Chronicle

Jose Altuve has made a giant dent in Aaron Judge’s American League MVP candidacy, which at the end of the season’s first half looked close to a slam dunk.

With a second consecutive four-hit performance in the Astros’ 13-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, Altuve improved his AL-best batting average to .365. He’s batting an astounding .507 in July with six games left in the month. During a career-high 16-game hitting streak, he’s batting .528.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

Rangers leaning toward not trading Yu Darvish | MLB.com

“I know we are confident we are going to make it to the postseason,” Darvish said. “That’s how we are playing.”

Darvish met with the media briefly before Monday’s game in preparation for Wednesday’s start. He usually meets with the media two days ahead of a start, but he prefaced this session by making it clear he did not want to discuss trade rumors.
It has been a mentally challenging time for the right-hander beyond the normal rigors of a 162-game season. He is a free agent at the end of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, yu darvish

Yoan Moncada tops 2017 midseason Prospect list | MLB.com

One theme at the very top is youth. At age 22, Moncada is the elder statesman. Rosario is 21 and the next eight are 20 or younger. There are a pair of teenagers now in the top 10: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays and Ronald Acuna of the Braves.
1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox
2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets
3. Gleyber Torres, INF, Yankees
4. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox
5. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays
7. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
8. Ronald Acuna, OF, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dodgers beat Braves in 10 after losing Kershaw | MLB.com

UPDATE: Projected to miss 4-6 weeks.

No, no, no, no. no.

Kershaw, who missed 2 1/2 months last year with a herniated disk, left with lower right back tightness suffered while warming up for the second inning after an eight-pitch first inning. Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb (1-6) struck out nine but also issued five walks in six innings, two of them scoring ahead of the homer by Barnes inside the left-field foul pole on an 0-2 pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 02:59 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 24, 1917:

INFIELD WORKS IN 232 STRAIGHT GAMES

Playing in 232 games the Louisville American association infield is believed to have established an all-time baseball record. The infield is composed of Jay Kirk at first, Joe McCarthy, second; [Red] Corriden, third, and Wilbur Roach at short. The members played in 167 games last year and 65 this year without a member missing a game.

Yep, it’s that Joe McCarthy. I’m not sure how long the streak continued or if it’s still a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 24, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The sweet friendship forming in Yankees’ rising-star outfield | New York Post

Give Clint Frazier credit. At 22, he’s figuring it out. He is having poised at-bats.

Frazier has sat back and watched how fellow rookie Aaron Judge has handled himself in tough times and in good times, and that has made all the difference. Listen to what Frazier told The Post about Judge:

“He’s the new Jeter,’’ Frazier said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 09:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday Notes: Jose Berrios’s Breaking Ball is Bugs Bunny | FanGraphs Baseball

Sunday notes, one day late. Sorry.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Dan Shaughnessy: What went down between David Price and Dennis Eckersley

I find it shocking—SHOCKING!!—that Dan Shaughnessy has ever been confronted by a player. As for Eckersley, his honesty and broadcasting style make him my favorite part of Red Sox telecasts. That Price didn’t issue an apology says a lot about him as a person.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Nick Cafardo: Every team needs a character player — even during this analytics age

It’s never been all about analytics. Ever.

Sometimes it’s as if baseball has become all about analytics. It’s good to know there’s still a human side to the game. Even analytics-driven teams such as the Astros, Yankees, and Red Sox understand you need players with character who provide elements that can’t be measured with numbers.

These players not only do it between the lines but off the field. They generate good karma and help teammates relax, and act as mentors for younger players.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Rafael Devers gets the call

I hope fans temper their expectations. Of course, they won’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

The Complete Handbook of the Hall of Fame: The Jay Jaffe Mega Q&A

Simply speaking, it is the definitive bookshelf analysis for the Hall of Fame selection process. Jaffe delivers the most objective, sober look at Baseball’s loudest conversation.

djordan Posted: July 24, 2017 at 05:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jay jaffe, mlb_network

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