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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Notes: Saber Seminar, Yelich, Shipley, Hooton, Aardsma, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Tom Tippett took questions from the audience after speaking at this weekend’s Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball seminar in Boston, and one in particular caught my attention. Boston’s senior baseball analyst was asked to compare Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington and Dave Dombrowski, all of whom he’s worked for as a member of the Red Sox front office. His response (edited here for concision) was as follows:

“Theo was very analytical,” said Tippett. “Very creative, always ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, notes, saberseminar

Bannister saw benefits of PITCHF/x system early on - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Most scientists conduct their experiments in the seclusion of their labs, far away from eyes that might judge their work before they’ve reached conclusions. Back in 2008, when they were pitching together with the Kansas City Royals, Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke conducted their experiments in front of more than 37,000 people.

Bannister and Greinke had come across early data on pitch velocity and movement generated by a camera system mounted at major-league stadiums, a system now widely ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, pitchfx, red sox

Let’s hear it for Joe Girardi, the true hero of this Yankees season

For once, Loopy gets it exactly right

Captain Supporter Posted: August 14, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, new york yankees

Mejia’s epic streak ends, then extends to 50 | MLB.com

The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospects

MLB.com: Yanks Duo First To HR Back-To-Back In First AB

There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:

Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin ...

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OMNICHATTER 8-14-16

The OMNICHATTER Throw

Gamingboy Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, August 13, 2016

William Shatner throws out first pitch at Boston Red Sox game to kick off Comic Con in Boston (video) | masslive.com

That’s a pretty good throw for an 85 year-old actor.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, red sox

Dodgers’ Kershaw plays catch for 2nd day in a row

Baby steps.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Michael Brantley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery - MLB Daily Dish

Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Klapisch: The many reasons why I will miss Alex Rodriguez - Sports - NorthJersey.com

Don’t worry. We’ll end up seeing more of him.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Jonathan Papelbon released by Washington Nationals - Washington Times

Don’t they preplan these things now?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelton, nationals


Mejia Extends Hit Streak To 49 Games - BaseballAmerica.com

He’s still going.

Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.

After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians

What Mets must do to keep season from spiraling out of control | New York Post

Get everybody healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Jameson Taillon Beginning To Blossom Into A Star

“The catchers are smart,” Taillon said. “The catchers and Ray really game plan quite well. I’m keeping my head down. I don’t shake much, I just do what Ray says and throw whatever those guys put down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

New York Mets: Zack Wheeler Has More Elbow Discomfort

This doesn’t sound good.

Although his rehab lasted into the 2016 season, Wheeler was anticipated to be a part of the Mets rotation down the stretch. Instead, his rehab had been delayed due to elbow discomfort, bringing Wheeler’s return into question. Now, one has to wonder if he will pitch for the Mets this season, as Wheeler will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss further discomfort in his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, zach wheeler

Dylan Bundy providing Orioles rotation a lift | orioles.com

Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.

Finally.

The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.

Finally.

And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

New York tabloid takes parting shot at Alex Rodriguez

OK, who is their source?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Rewind: Home is where the power is for Khris Davis | CSN Bay Area

“He’s got the most power to right field that I’ve seen,” A’s shortstop Marcus Semien said. “Wherever the pitch is, he’s trying to hit it there. He knows he can hit it out of the park anywhere, so that’s a special gift to have.” Davis, 28, came over in a February trade from Milwaukee, and while he was floundering through a rough April during his first month with his new club, hitting coach Darren Bush still credited the work ethic he was showing in the batting cage. Now that Davis has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, khris davis

Alex Rodriguez was a fantastic baseball player and we were lucky to watch him play | For The Win

A lot of people who know Alex praise him. A lot of other people who know Alex criticize him. Whose right? Both. I appreciate Alex Rodriguez as a player. I enjoyed watching him play.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

First step for Sonny Gray begins with strengthening exercises

That’s not a good record.

“We don’t want to see that again,” Melvin said of the A’s setting an Oakland record by having used different starters in eight straight games. “We’re probably status quo with the rotation the next time around. Then we’ll see when Jesse comes back. We still have Mengden, Cotton, Alcantara; they may be a little big later in coming.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, sonny gray

OMNICHATTER 8-13-16

The 800 Meter OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 13, 2016 at 12:10 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, August 12, 2016

Gaylord Perry statue to be unveiled at ATT park Sat.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants will put the finishing touches on honoring their San Francisco-era Hall of Fame quintet by unveiling a statue in right-hander Gaylord Perry’s honor before the Aug. 13 game against Baltimore, the organization announced Monday.

The bronze image of Perry, 77, will join the sculptures of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda that are located along AT&T Park’s perimeter. Each played virtually all or a significant amount of his career with the Giants ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: August 12, 2016 at 05:01 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: san francisco giants

Holliday suffers broken thumb as mistake-prone Cards lose in 11 | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The injuries keep pilling up in St. Louis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 12, 1916:

When Charles E. Hughes, Republican candidate for President, visited the Athletics-Detroit game in Detroit, Cobb was introduced to the candidate. Ty then presented Mr. Hughes with a baseball which was among his most treasured possessions and which any fan would be glad to own. The horsehide bears the signature of Theodore Roosevelt, Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and Ty Cobb.

As a baseball nerd, a history nerd, and a baseball history nerd, this sounds to me ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman - Inside Look At Yankees’ Sale And What May Come Next

Yankees and notes.

While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, yankees

Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin - LA Times

Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.

“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium

The Seattle Mariners didn’t panic at the deadline and it’s paying off | FOX Sports

Hope is alive in Seattle!

“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.

“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Angels’ Garrett Richards hopeful he can begin throwing Monday - The Orange County Register

A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”

Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

OMNICHATTER 8-12-16

The A-Rod Farewell OMNICHATTER

or…

The “Please Stand for the National Anthem of OMNICHATTER”

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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