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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Robin Ventura makes controversial decision not to challenge key play in White Sox loss - Chicago Tribune

Everyone was in a tizzy!!!

There was no hypothetical man in the bleachers with binoculars causing controversy in the White Sox game against the Tigers on Friday at Comerica Park.

It was a hypothetical challenge that had everyone in a tizzy after a 2-1 Sox loss to the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, white sox

Ichiro Suzuki’s Hitting Remains Constant Amid Changes - NYTimes.com

He has 2,849 hits in the majors and is closing in on 3,000. He probably needs another season to do it, but Suzuki is exceptionally fit, and motivated. Asked how badly he wants to reach 3,000, he responded this way:

“That question is really similar to ‘Do you want to get a hit this at-bat?’ or ‘Do you want to go to the World Series?’ ” said Suzuki, who is 5 for 21 this season. “You want to get a hit every time you get up there, and everybody would love to go to the World Series. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, marlins, michael morse


Angels teammates say Josh Hamilton is physically ready to play - LA Times

If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

4-18-15 OMNICHATTER

The Kris Bryant 0-4 Memorial OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 18, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top 50 Draft Prospects: April Update - BaseballAmerica.com

It sounds like the draft is a jumble.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 09:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

The Obvious, Hidden Value of Roberto Perez « Major League Bastian

Apparently, Roberto Perez can catch the ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

The Rays’ Radical Reliever Experiment | FiveThirtyEight

The job of sabermetricians is done.

This unconventional strategy is emblematic of the cutting edge of modern, in-game sabermetrics. With every team from the small-market Rays to the moneyed Dodgers now employing a host of analysts, all the obviously beneficial tactical techniques are already in use. All that remains are the scraps. So even as the tactics have become unconventional, the margins have become thin and the advantages minute. For clever front offices like the Rays, negotiating the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Statcast breaks down Jones’ homer off CC | MLB.com

Bryant went hitless with three k’s in his first game. He did make some nice plays in the field and cured cancer during infield warm-ups in the 5th inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Elite Daily: What if players played for their hometown states?

When it comes to producing MLB stars and Hall of Famers, in particular, some states have a leg up. So just which of the best ball player-producing states could claim the best fantasy lineups of all time?


Eater: Craft Beer Line-Ups at All 30 MLB Stadiums

Well done, Mariners.

Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)

Some of the craft beers available:

Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis Stout
Northwest Brewing Joker Amber Ale
Black Raven Trickster IPA
Black Raven Session IPA
Fremont Interurban IPA
Iron Horse Brewing Irish Death
Spire Dark & Dry cider
Stone Brewing Company IPA
Schooner Exact King Street Brown
Pike 5X Stout
Pike Kilt Lifter
Pike Naughty Nellie
21st Amendment Watermelon wheat
7 Seas Port Royal stout
Full Sail Amber
Victory Prima Pils
Bale Breaker Top ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: beer

Giancarlo Stanton becomes Marlins all-time HR leader

Longoria is also the franchise leader in HR.  Braun and Wright need 21 to catch Yount and Strawberry.

bbmck Posted: April 17, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, marlins

Kris Bryant and Floor Versus Ceiling | FanGraphs Baseball

Here are some realistic expectations.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The future is now: Bryant gets callup to big leagues | MLB.com

I will surely watch the game. Just so I don’t miss it, which inning will he walk on water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant


U.S. Supreme Court asked to overturn baseball’s anti-trust exemption

Leading off…..Roberts…..John Roberts….

For the first time in four decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to reconsider baseball’s notorious exemption from antitrust law. On Wednesday, the city of San Jose, California filed an appeal with the nation’s highest court, asking it to overturn professional baseball’s nearly century-old immunity from the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The appeal is the latest step in the litigation surrounding the Oakland A’s proposed move to San ...

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How new baseball stadium will use grassy berms, underground… | www.mypalmbeachpost.com

How much is the taxpayer on the hook for in this deal?

Don’t expect the new $135 million spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to be a carbon copy of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ballparks, nationals, spring training

Craig Stammen has flexor tended tear, headed for surgery

Rafael Soriano is available.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 17, 1915:

The Brooklyn club will celebrate tomorrow its twenty-fifth birthday, as it was on April 18, 1890, that the Dodgers played their first game in the National League, losing to Boston by a score of 15 to 9. This was a bad start, but the Brooklynites copped the pennant their first year out.

The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers: April 18th’s Birthday Team.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, history

Derek Jeter says he doesn’t miss playing baseball at all and hasn’t even watched | FOX Sports

Jeter isn’t playing for the Yankees this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

Clay Buchholz sorry for effort | Boston Herald

(Ten) million dollar arm, ten cent head.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Dodgers outfield adjusts to the information age - LA Times

Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, dodgers, joc pederson, yasiel puig

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

4-17-2015 OMNICHATTER

The Kris-Bryant-Possible-Debut-Day OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: April 17, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 207 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DODGERS USE FINANCIAL MIGHT TO PUT MONETARY VALUE ON DRAFT PICK

let’s just recognize the Dodgers paid $2.75 million (Webb’s salary) for the pick. You might say they were also getting Webb as a reliever and Ward as minor-league catching depth, but Webb was released by the Dodgers on Monday, even after accepting his assignment to Triple-A. It was an odd situation, as Webb was a somewhat competent reliever, but the Dodgers’ front office felt it was content with its reliever depth in the high minors.

What the Dodgers clearly valued was the draft pick. ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Cubs To Promote Kris Bryant

Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!

The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...

the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, minor leagues

Should players be allowed to climb over the fence and camp out under a home run?

I say let them climb the fences, they’re only doing jobs Americans don’t want to do.

Pros to changing the rule

It would be something that came up about .0004% of the time. We could go an entire season or two without a player even attempting it. Then, when the stars align and a ball is hit just right in the perfect spot at the appropriate ballpark: magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.

It would happen infrequently enough that baseball would essentially be adding something as rare as a perfect ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive plays, fences, rule changes

Statcast ready for its 2015 debut | MLB.com

It’s coming. I just hope we get all of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

REMEMBERING THE WORST ATTENDED MLB GAME OF ALL-TIME

Someone ought to move that team to San Jose!

April 17, 1979, was not exactly the night they hit rock bottom: the A’s would lose 99 more games that year on their way to a 54–108 record, to date the most losses in the franchise’s 114-year history. They would finish with the second-worst record (a game above the 109-loss Blue Jays), lowest whole-season attendance (306,763), most errors, and the lowest batting average in the AL.

But the scene that empty April night drew coverage around the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, charlie finley

Report: Addison Russell to play 2B for the first time

Because La Stella is putting them through hell-a.

Here we go.

Maybe the Addison Russell watch can start a little sooner than we think.  According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs “other” elite prospect will be playing 2B and batting 2nd for Iowa…

We could downplay this but in recent Cubs history under this front office, a change in position has often signaled that a promotion is at least under consideration in the near—not distant—future. Could that be the case with Russell as well?

Maybe. But ...

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The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

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