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« on: November 18, 2015, 04:07:07 pm »
David Carpenter elects FA after the Nats kick him off their 40-man roster.

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2015, 03:49:52 pm »
Southpaw Fernando Abad, who went from outstanding in 2014 to considerably less so in 2015, DFA'd by A's.

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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 02:38:34 pm »
Former Astro farmhand Jio Mier, aka the guy the Astros drafted in 2009 instead of Mike Trout, signed a minor league deal with Toronto with an invite to ST.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015, 03:43:08 pm »
Could've had Randal Grichuk in that draft as well.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 05:07:39 pm »
Evan Grant ‏@Evan_P_Grant  14 minutes ago
Rangers lose minor league field coordinator Casey Candaele, who becomes Seattle 1B coach.

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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2015, 05:17:02 pm »
Joining Candaele as a coach for the Mariners under manager Scott Servais is Mike Hampton, who'll serve as bullpen coach.

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Candaele and Hampton were teammates of course on the Astros with Servais (91-93 for Candaele and Servais, 94-95 for Hampton and Servais).

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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2015, 05:31:21 pm »
Just to beat this fucker in to the ground, other coaches with Astros ties on Servais' new Seattle staff are Tim Bogar (bench coach) and ex-minor leaguer Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. (pitching coach).

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2015, 08:07:08 pm »
Original Colt 45 Ken Johnson, he the only loser of a 9-inning no-hitter in MLB history, passed away this weekend.

NYT obit (via a tweet from Robert Ford)

Didn't realize until I read the above that he threw a knuckleball.

(Note to the Times: one of the players you mentioned is not a HOFer.)

Check out the boxscore and note the number of future managers in that no-hitter.

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2015, 10:49:55 pm »
Original Colt 45 Ken Johnson, he the only loser of a 9-inning no-hitter in MLB history, passed away this weekend.

NYT obit (via a tweet from Robert Ford)

Didn't realize until I read the above that he threw a knuckleball.

(Note to the Times: one of the players you mentioned is not a HOFer.)

Check out the boxscore and note the number of future managers in that no-hitter.

I see three mgrs., all on the Cincy side. Robinson, Rose and Skinner. Am I missing more?
Not sure who you are referencing that is not a HOFer. The Rose reference does not refer to him as such.
I remember reading later that Johnson threw a knuckler but I don't remember him doing so. Must not have been a big part of his game.
What sticks out to me is the number of CGs he threw. Totally different era.
I remember listening to that game on the radio. I had forgotten Fox made the error.


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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2015, 11:07:21 pm »
I see three mgrs., all on the Cincy side. Robinson, Rose and Skinner. Am I missing more?  Eddie Kasko, Bob Lillis and Pete Runnels on the Houston side (though Runnels was just an interim manager).
Not sure who you are referencing that is not a HOFer. The Rose reference does not refer to him as such. They've corrected the article since I first posted.

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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2015, 11:16:28 pm »


I don't know how I missed  Lillis as mgr.

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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2015, 04:33:48 pm »
David Carpenter elects FA after the Nats kick him off their 40-man roster.

Signs a minor league deal to return to the Braves.

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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2015, 11:24:27 pm »
Bud Norris signs a 1-year/$2.5MM deal to become a Brave.

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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2015, 10:28:58 am »
Bud Norris signs a 1-year/$2.5MM deal to become a Brave.
They're not kidding about this tanking thing.

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2015, 11:13:08 am »
Bud Norris signs a 1-year/$2.5MM deal to become a Brave.

I can't believe he sold himself so short... He must not have confidence in his abilities to land a better deal. Shame on the Braves for taking advantage of this.

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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2015, 06:31:20 pm »
I can't believe he sold himself so short... He must not have confidence in his abilities to land a better deal. Shame on the Braves for taking advantage of this.
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2015, 06:59:27 pm »
J.A. Happ returns to the BJs--3 yr/$36MM.

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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2015, 07:12:44 pm »
J.A. Happ returns to the BJs--3 yr/$36MM.

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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2015, 02:09:36 pm »
Justin Maxwell and Paul Clemens sign minor league deals with the Marlins.

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May see more signings in Miami of former Astros given long-time Houston FO guy Paul Ricciarini's move last month to become the Marlins' senior advisor for player personnel.
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2015, 03:22:44 pm »
Southpaw Fernando Abad, who went from outstanding in 2014 to considerably less so in 2015, DFA'd by A's.

Went unclaimed and was outrighted to the minors.

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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2015, 04:56:58 pm »
Went unclaimed and was outrighted to the minors.
Wow, just 'cause he had Abad year.
He breezed him, one more time!

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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2015, 01:15:00 pm »
Jason Lane named to coaching staff of the Brewers.

Asst hitting coach plus other duties.

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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2015, 01:58:20 pm »
Jason Lane named to coaching staff of the Brewers.

Asst hitting coach plus other duties.

Good for him. Seems like a good guy. Do other duties incl. working with pitchers? I'm kidding but why not?

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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2015, 08:49:33 am »
Qualls to the Rockies:

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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2015, 07:09:43 pm »
Zobrist to the Cubs for 4/$56M.

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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2015, 07:46:32 pm »
D'backs get Shelby Miller for Aaron Blair, Ender Inciarte, and 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson. Nuts.

Edit: Cabrera is also apparently a Brave.
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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2015, 08:56:28 pm »
D'backs get Shelby Miller for Aaron Blair, Ender Inciarte, and 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson. Nuts.

Edit: Cabrera is also apparently a Brave.

This is crazy...in both threads. WTF are the Dbacks thinking?
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« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2015, 06:34:29 pm »
Brian Bogusevic signed today with Orix Buffaloes of the NPB, (per Heyman tweet).

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« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2015, 03:15:24 pm »
This is crazy...in both threads. WTF are the Dbacks thinking?

It's CoRussa. I think that they got fleeced. Swanson was the best player in the SEC that I've seen in a long time. In my opinion, he's better than Bregman, who ain't no slouch.
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« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2015, 04:17:04 pm »
It's CoRussa. I think that they got fleeced. Swanson was the best player in the SEC that I've seen in a long time. In my opinion, he's better than Bregman, who ain't no slouch.
Did you get to see much of Chris Cotton?

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« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2015, 06:45:29 pm »
Did you get to see much of Chris Cotton?

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« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2015, 10:52:37 am »
Grossman signs with the Indians to a minor league deal.

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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2015, 11:19:28 am »
Did you get to see much of Chris Cotton?

Soft-tossing lefty.  Relies on movement and location and has been quite effective with both.
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« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2015, 02:58:05 pm »
Felipe Paulino signed a minor league deal/NRI with Indians.

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« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2015, 03:37:48 pm »
Philip Humber, who pitched as badly in Korea last year as he did in 2013 with the Astros, signed a minor league deal with SD.

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« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2015, 06:31:01 pm »
Brewers GM David Stearns signs familiar faces Jim Presley and Jake Elmore to minor league contracts/NRIs (per tweets).

Marc Krauss did the same with the Mets.
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« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2015, 07:47:33 pm »
80's mariners 3B Jim Presley?
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« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2015, 08:26:22 pm »
80's mariners 3B Jim Presley?

Yeah, that guy. Presently going by Alex.

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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2015, 11:29:15 am »
Thatcher is an Indian.

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« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2015, 06:37:52 pm »
Indians DFA CJ.
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« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2015, 07:29:15 pm »
Indians DFA CJ.
Wouldn't mind the astros taking a look at him as a potential platoon guy.

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« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2015, 09:27:26 pm »
Who?
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« Reply #43 on: December 17, 2015, 09:39:13 pm »

Who?

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« Reply #44 on: December 18, 2015, 04:25:06 am »
Fernando Abad signs a minor league deal with a spring training invite with the Twins


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« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2015, 08:43:37 am »
Wouldn't mind the astros taking a look at him as a potential platoon guy.

Is there some value in getting him on the cheap?  Cleveland is responsible for his $7.5M this year and $9M next so the Astros would only need to pay the delta for whatever they'd sign him for.  It would have to be next to nothing as his production has been in a steady decline for a few years now.
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« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2015, 09:07:56 am »
Is there some value in getting him on the cheap?  Cleveland is responsible for his $7.5M this year and $9M next so the Astros would only need to pay the delta for whatever they'd sign him for.  It would have to be next to nothing as his production has been in a steady decline for a few years now.

Would rather see them give Duffy a chance personally.

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« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2015, 09:35:46 am »
Would rather see them give Duffy a chance personally.

me, too. no need for retreads.
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« Reply #48 on: December 18, 2015, 10:06:43 am »
Is there some value in getting him on the cheap?  Cleveland is responsible for his $7.5M this year and $9M next so the Astros would only need to pay the delta for whatever they'd sign him for.  It would have to be next to nothing as his production has been in a steady decline for a few years now.

Eh.  He's an asshole. 
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« Reply #49 on: December 18, 2015, 10:37:14 am »
Indians DFA CJ.

When I read this, I thought we were talking Nitkowski.
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« Reply #50 on: December 18, 2015, 12:27:01 pm »
Former Astros 3B Chris Johnson


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« Reply #52 on: December 19, 2015, 09:03:35 am »
When I read this, I thought we were talking Nitkowski.
Or Charlton Jimerson.
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« Reply #53 on: December 21, 2015, 08:59:36 pm »
Indians DFA CJ.

Released after unsurprisingly clearing waivers (per mlb transactions page).

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« Reply #54 on: December 23, 2015, 12:22:47 pm »
OF Jason Bourgeois signs minor league deal with the D-Backs.

Spring training Astro 1B Nate Freiman does the same with Braves.

Recently-dropped from the 40-man roster LHP Luis Cruz goes to the Cubs.
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« Reply #55 on: December 27, 2015, 10:18:14 am »
Troy Patton signs a minor league deal with the Marlins with a ST invite


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« Reply #56 on: December 28, 2015, 03:10:39 pm »
RHPs Jose Cisnero and David Martinez, who both saw some action in 2013 and 2014, signed minor league deals with the D-Backs and Twins respectively.

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« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2015, 11:51:16 am »
For a month or two there, it looked like they had a good setup man, possibly future closer, in Cisnero. Then... it didn't.
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« Reply #58 on: December 30, 2015, 08:17:15 am »
He has only pitched 21 innings in the last two years. He had TJ surgery and missed most of 14 and almost all of 15.  He still could be a solid bullpen arm if he recovers fully.
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« Reply #59 on: January 06, 2016, 05:07:11 pm »
Chris Carter goes to Brewers on a 1 yr/$2.5MM contract.

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« Reply #60 on: January 06, 2016, 09:57:36 pm »
Chris Carter goes to Brewers on a 1 yr/$2.5MM contract.
He and Domingo Santana will help keep the fans at Miller Park cool next season.
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« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2016, 10:33:54 am »
He and Domingo Santana will help keep the fans at Miller Park cool next season.

I bet Santana will out-homer him.

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« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2016, 02:27:05 pm »
After acquiring him (along with Leonys Martin) back in November from the Rangers, Mariners have now released Anthony Bass so he can play in Japan.

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« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2016, 04:23:30 pm »
Ronald Torreyes (who was protected on the 40-man roster last year over...oh never mind, I'm sure Drellich will remind us) DFA'd by the Dodgers. If claimed, that'll be his 4th organization in less than a year.

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« Reply #64 on: January 08, 2016, 08:26:59 pm »
Minor league deal for 1B Jesus Guzman with the Cubbies. A not-so-good 2014 with the Astros was followed by time in Japan last season where he hit .230/.336/.420 in limited action with Hiroshima.

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« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2016, 12:29:03 pm »
Wesley Wright signed by the D-Backs to a minor league deal.
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« Reply #66 on: January 12, 2016, 02:50:01 pm »
Chris Johnson apparently has signed with the Marlins.

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« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2016, 07:13:32 pm »
Ronald Torreyes (who was protected on the 40-man roster last year over...oh never mind, I'm sure Drellich will remind us) DFA'd by the Dodgers. If claimed, that'll be his 4th organization in less than a year.

Acquired by Yankees in a deal with LA.

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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2016, 04:55:12 pm »
Injury, brief time with the Twins and a subsequent release were the "highlights" of 2015 for Jordan Schafer. Tries to resurrect his career by signing a minor league deal today with the Dodgers.

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« Reply #70 on: January 14, 2016, 07:42:54 am »
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« Reply #71 on: January 15, 2016, 04:50:55 pm »
Ronnie Torreyes now has a chance at his 5th organization in less than a year after being DFA'd by the Yankees today after just being acquired from the Dodgers.

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« Reply #72 on: January 19, 2016, 12:07:47 pm »
Mark Appel still believes in his abilities, looking for the proverbial fresh start/change of scenery with the notoriously patient fans in Philadelphia:

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« Reply #73 on: January 22, 2016, 01:01:35 am »
In addition to his continuing duties with the Padres, Moises Alou is also the GM for Escogido who're in the finals of the DWL playoffs*.

*Wandy the once and future Astro is (or was) on Licey, the Leones opponent in the finals.
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« Reply #74 on: January 22, 2016, 01:14:00 am »
ICYMI, Matt Albers re-upped with the ChiSox.

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« Reply #75 on: January 22, 2016, 10:42:32 am »
And Steve Pearce apparently agreed to a 1-yr deal with the Rays yesterday.

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« Reply #76 on: January 24, 2016, 12:25:29 am »
From this profile of Brett Oberholtzer at CSNPhilly.com:

“This is a guy who has made 42 starts and thrown 250 innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in his major-league career while pitching in a hitters’ park,” Klentak said.

Excellent grasp of the facts, Mr. Phillies GM.

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« Reply #77 on: January 24, 2016, 06:06:29 am »
I'm interested to see how Brett has matured emotionally and if he can develop some consistency. He has potential to be a good 4 or 5 starter. So often he has been his own worst enemy.
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« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2016, 02:04:52 pm »
Ronnie Torreyes now has a chance at his 5th organization in less than a year after being DFA'd by the Yankees today after just being acquired from the Dodgers.

Say hello to the Angels, Mr. Torreyes!


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« Reply #79 on: January 26, 2016, 02:27:57 am »
From this profile of Brett Oberholtzer at CSNPhilly.com:

“This is a guy who has made 42 starts and thrown 250 innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in his major-league career while pitching in a hitters’ park,” Klentak said.

Excellent grasp of the facts, Mr. Phillies GM.

But Jose Lima!  Remember that one Jose Lima season in 2000!   Thus, it must be a hitters' park.

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« Reply #80 on: January 26, 2016, 04:08:42 pm »
LJ Hoes DFA'd by the Orioles.

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« Reply #81 on: January 26, 2016, 05:53:28 pm »
Carlos Corporan signed a minor league deal with the Yankees.

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« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2016, 01:09:02 pm »
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Say hello to the Angels, Mr. Torreyes!

The adventure continues: Torreyes now DFA'd by the Angels. A 6th organization in 8 months now a possibility.


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« Reply #83 on: January 28, 2016, 05:24:17 am »
The adventure continues: Torreyes now DFA'd by the Angels. A 6th organization in 8 months now a possibility.
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« Reply #84 on: January 28, 2016, 03:47:02 pm »
Everybody wants him, just not that much.

He has been relegated to the baseball equivalent of the friend zone.
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« Reply #85 on: January 29, 2016, 06:07:40 am »
Everybody wants him, just not that much.

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« Reply #86 on: January 31, 2016, 04:16:04 am »
Not much there you could call "news" but still a nice profile on Darin Erstad, his interviewing for the Dodgers managerial position and choosing to stay with the Cornhuskers.

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« Reply #87 on: February 01, 2016, 04:04:25 pm »
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« Reply #88 on: February 01, 2016, 04:12:44 pm »
All these front offices are just messing with him now.

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« Reply #89 on: February 06, 2016, 11:09:46 pm »
Hey, former Astros broadcaster* Dewayne Staats published an autobiography last year!

*post-Loel Passe, pre-Milo Hamilton

From the cover:

"Staats reflects on his vast experiences in the booth that include: Being a partner with three Hall of Fame announcers: Gene Elston with the Houston Astros, Harry Caray with Chicago Superstation WGN covering the Cubs and Tony Kubek with the MSG Network doing the games of the New York Yankees, as well as working as a national baseball broadcaster for ESPN. Calling nine no-hitters (among them Nolan Ryan's record-breaking fifth and one of the game's most dramatic - thrown by New York's inspirational, one-armed star Jim Abbott)."


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« Reply #90 on: February 08, 2016, 08:25:50 pm »
Congrats to J.D. Martinez who signs a 2 yr/$18.5MM deal with the Tigers ahead of arb hearing.

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« Reply #91 on: February 08, 2016, 09:25:12 pm »
Congrats to J.D. Martinez who signs a 2 yr/$18.5MM deal with the Tigers ahead of arb hearing.
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« Reply #92 on: February 09, 2016, 04:53:36 pm »
ICYMI--Walt "No Neck" Williams passed away recently. I tend to remember him with the White Sox, forgetting that he was signed by the Colt 45s in 1963 and made his major league debut with the club the following year.

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« Reply #93 on: February 10, 2016, 12:49:43 pm »
ICYMI--Walt "No Neck" Williams passed away recently. I tend to remember him with the White Sox, forgetting that he was signed by the Colt 45s in 1963 and made his major league debut with the club the following year.

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« Reply #94 on: February 10, 2016, 02:22:19 pm »
ICYMI--Walt "No Neck" Williams passed away recently.

Pretty decent hitter and platoon/utility player. I wonder how much he liked being called "No-Neck".

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« Reply #95 on: February 10, 2016, 05:09:10 pm »
Has a grand-nephew - I guess you'd call it - in the majors now, I believe.

Mason Williams.

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« Reply #96 on: February 10, 2016, 05:43:24 pm »
Pretty decent hitter and platoon/utility player. I wonder how much he liked being called "No-Neck".

Has a grand-nephew - I guess you'd call it - in the majors now, I believe.

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« Reply #97 on: February 11, 2016, 07:57:22 pm »
John Hudek's daughter got her first collegiate win for the Bossier Parish CC baseball team.

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« Reply #98 on: February 12, 2016, 03:23:32 pm »
Josh Zeid, who pitched in the minors in 2015 for the Tigers, back in the AL West after signing a minor league deal with the Angels.

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« Reply #99 on: February 12, 2016, 06:10:29 pm »
Brewers GM David Stearns picks up another player he's familiar with from the Astros, acquiring C Jake Nottingham (plus another player) from the A's in exchange for Khris Davis. Nottingham went to the A's in the Kazmir trade.

Chris Carter, Alex Presley, Jake Elmore, Jonathan Villar, Jason Lane (coaching staff), Nottingham all since Stearns took over.
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« Reply #100 on: February 12, 2016, 07:15:12 pm »
Verrrrrryyyyyy innurestin. Makes me wonder a) whether Billy Beane and the A's soured a bit on Nottingham for some reason since they acquired him, and b) if maybe Stearns really loves Nottingham and opposed including him in the Kazmir deal last summer.

It does make some sense from the BrewCrew side because now they have a spot to play Santana besides CF (although they need to find a CF).
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« Reply #101 on: February 15, 2016, 01:06:43 pm »
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« Reply #102 on: February 15, 2016, 03:54:36 pm »
Verrrrrryyyyyy innurestin. Makes me wonder a) whether Billy Beane and the A's soured a bit on Nottingham for some reason since they acquired him, and b) if maybe Stearns really loves Nottingham and opposed including him in the Kazmir deal last summer.

It does make some sense from the BrewCrew side because now they have a spot to play Santana besides CF (although they need to find a CF).

I think they are saving the spot for Phillips and it wouldn't surprise me to see him up mid-season.

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« Reply #103 on: February 18, 2016, 11:32:03 pm »
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« Reply #104 on: February 19, 2016, 12:11:53 am »
Unlike some of us, Mark Melancon apparently likes hanging out with phlebotomists.

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« Reply #105 on: February 19, 2016, 11:10:18 am »
Unlike some of us, Mark Melancon apparently likes hanging out with phlebotomists.

I think this would be beneficial to ALL of us.    $500 per test seems a bit steep but the info it gives is near priceless.    The article said the tests are portable so I wonder what the actual drawing of blood is like.   Would you just have to pop into your local phlebotomist?

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« Reply #106 on: February 25, 2016, 07:44:49 am »
LHP Troy Patton was released by the Marlins before spring training even began.  According to a source, they didn't like the looks of his MRI. 
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« Reply #107 on: February 25, 2016, 03:32:24 pm »
Dexter Fowler reups with the FTC.
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« Reply #108 on: February 25, 2016, 03:57:19 pm »
Dexter Fowler reups with the FTC.

Based on some early reports on the dollars involved looks like he pissed away about $3MM by not taking the QO.

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« Reply #109 on: February 26, 2016, 01:41:49 am »
Weird. I thought he had a 3-year deal with the O's?
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« Reply #110 on: February 26, 2016, 03:42:24 am »
Weird. I thought he had a 3-year deal with the O's?

In a quote, he said that his heart was with the FTC. He's dead to me!!! Dead to me, I tells ya!
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« Reply #111 on: February 26, 2016, 06:03:00 am »
Weird. I thought he had a 3-year deal with the O's?

I'm hearing the Orioles are getting a reputation for being ridiculous about physicals (see Gallardo saga).  To the point that one might think they're using information from the physicals that other teams might overlook to specifically gain leverage to renegotiate deals.  When listening to MLB network the other day one analyst stated that he wondered how the Gallardo saga might be making Fowler feel as his physical with the Orioles was to take place the next day.  He said if he were Fowler he wouldn't be looking at the Gallardo saga as a positive.  Sure enough, I guess Fowler decided to cut his losses and take the best deal he could and will try his hand at FA again next season.

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« Reply #112 on: February 26, 2016, 07:35:04 am »
Casey Close, who is Fowler's agent, was not pleased.

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"In my 25 years in this business, never before have I witnessed such irresponsible behavior on so many fronts," Close wrote in a statement posted on his agency's Twitter account, Excel Sports Management. "Both the Orioles front office and members of the media were so busy recklessly spreading rumors that they forgot or simply chose not to concern themselves with the truth.

"The Orioles' willful disregard of collectively bargained rules governing free agency and the media's eager complicity in helping the Orioles violate those rules are reprehensible. Dexter Fowler never reached agreement with the Orioles and did not come close to signing with the club; any suggestion otherwise is only a continuation of an already disturbing trend."
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« Reply #113 on: February 26, 2016, 10:18:31 am »
Casey seems to get righteously indignant a lot. First it was the Aiken thing that wasn't his fault and ended up costing his player several million $ and now he has cost Fowler a few million as well.  And Fowler will have to go through it again next year if the Cubs give him a qualifying offer. 

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« Reply #114 on: February 26, 2016, 10:57:10 am »
Casey seems to get righteously indignant a lot. First it was the Aiken thing that wasn't his fault and ended up costing his player several million $ and now he has cost Fowler a few million as well.  And Fowler will have to go through it again next year if the Cubs give him a qualifying offer. 

Casey may be the worst agent around right now.  It is not even close.

What he did to Aiken was clearly malpractice. Does he still represent Aiken?
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« Reply #115 on: February 26, 2016, 11:15:09 am »

Casey may be the worst agent around right now.  It is not even Close.
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« Reply #116 on: February 26, 2016, 11:19:59 am »
I see what you did there ...

I actually caught that one too. Blind squirrel gets nut.
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« Reply #117 on: February 26, 2016, 11:22:35 am »
Yeah, whether the Orioles had completely honest intentions or not, Close is a fuckin' whiny little bitch and should learn to keep his mouth shut for the good of his clients. And to also blame "the media"? What an absolute dumbass. Baseball media's rumor-mongering is a huge part now of maintaining and increasing fan interest in the game. And thus a big reason why players are getting more money than ever.
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« Reply #118 on: February 26, 2016, 01:08:08 pm »
now he has cost Fowler a few million as well.  And Fowler will have to go through it again next year if the Cubs give him a qualifying offer. 



I was wrong.  The contract comes with a 5 million mutual buy out.  So basically he gets 13 Million for this year (8 + 5 either way) and he is a free agent next year with no comp pick tied to him.  The qualifying offer was 16 million.  So he is out 3 million.  The gamble he is taking is that the FA outfield crop isn't a packed next year but he has to produce this year. 
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« Reply #119 on: February 29, 2016, 01:14:07 pm »
Sam Deduno signed a minor league deal with the Orioles (per the BA transactions page).

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« Reply #120 on: March 02, 2016, 12:12:11 pm »
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« Reply #121 on: March 02, 2016, 03:16:05 pm »
Velasquez and Oberholtzer pitched today for the Phightins. VV got nicked for two earnies and three hits in two frames, striking out three, while Oberholtzer threw two scoreless frames.
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« Reply #122 on: March 03, 2016, 06:18:07 am »
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« Reply #124 on: March 03, 2016, 04:59:57 pm »
Mark Appel allowed 4 walks and a hit in 2 IP in his Phillies debut.

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« Reply #125 on: March 05, 2016, 07:39:18 pm »
Didn't realize until I read this that Jed Lowrie will be manning 2B for the A's.

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« Reply #126 on: March 06, 2016, 12:42:35 pm »
David Carpenter elects FA after the Nats kick him off their 40-man roster.

Signs a minor league deal to return to the Braves.

Released by the Braves yesterday.

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« Reply #127 on: March 07, 2016, 12:46:31 pm »
After a lousy 2015 with the Twins (that would be the Korean version), Lucas Harrell is returning stateside this season and has been working out for various teams including the Tigers.

Did in fact sign a minor league deal with Detroit.

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« Reply #128 on: March 08, 2016, 05:21:02 pm »
Brownie on the broadcast today says Brandon Duckworth is currently a scout for the Yankees.

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« Reply #129 on: March 08, 2016, 05:34:32 pm »
Mark Appel allowed 4 walks and a hit in 2 IP in his Phillies debut.

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« Reply #130 on: March 10, 2016, 07:12:35 pm »
Randy Wolf called it a career after 16 years in the bigs.

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« Reply #131 on: March 11, 2016, 09:09:53 am »
Randy Wolf called it a career after 16 years in the bigs.

Did a nice job in his brief Houston stay.

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« Reply #132 on: March 11, 2016, 09:56:47 am »
Randy Wolf called it a career after 16 years in the bigs.

Good move. He had lost so much velo that he became a soft-tossing lefty who only could pitch down and away.
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« Reply #133 on: March 11, 2016, 04:05:41 pm »
David Carpenter elects FA after the Nats kick him off their 40-man roster.

Signs a minor league deal to return to the Braves.

Released by the Braves yesterday.

Signed by the Rays today after that quick hook in Braves camp.

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« Reply #134 on: March 11, 2016, 05:57:15 pm »
After that excellent 2015, Jim Hickey says Xavier Cedeno set for a "huge role" in the Rays bullpen this season.

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« Reply #135 on: March 15, 2016, 12:43:19 pm »
Kazmir's velo down in Dodger camp.

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« Reply #136 on: March 15, 2016, 02:33:58 pm »
Randy Wolf called it a career after 16 years in the bigs.

One of the highlights of his career had to be inspiring the creation of the Wolf Pack in Philadelphia.

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« Reply #137 on: March 15, 2016, 03:34:19 pm »
One of the highlights of his career had to be inspiring the creation of the Wolf Pack in Philadelphia.

Those guys were awesome.

The Wolf Pack and the Padilla Flotilla were a high-water mark for player-specific fan groups. 
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« Reply #138 on: March 15, 2016, 03:43:32 pm »
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« Reply #139 on: March 15, 2016, 04:08:13 pm »
What was the name of the sombrero wearing group with the stick horses  that hung out along the rail near the center field concourse?
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« Reply #140 on: March 15, 2016, 04:17:34 pm »
Los Caballitos
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« Reply #141 on: March 15, 2016, 04:18:11 pm »
What was the name of the sombrero wearing group with the stick horses  that hung out along the rail near the center field concourse?

Los Caballitos.
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« Reply #142 on: March 15, 2016, 04:32:55 pm »
That they wore Mexican sombreros to celebrate a Panamanian player always pissed me off. I went put there once and told them they were using culturally inappropriate headgear and they looked at me like I was some sort of fucking lunatic.
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« Reply #143 on: March 15, 2016, 04:34:31 pm »
That they wore Mexican sombreros to celebrate a Panamanian player always pissed me off. I went put there once and told them they were using culturally inappropriate headgear and they looked at me like I was some sort of fucking lunatic.

Did you say it in Spanish?
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« Reply #144 on: March 15, 2016, 04:57:11 pm »
What was the name of the sombrero wearing group with the stick horses  that hung out along the rail near the center field concourse?

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« Reply #145 on: March 15, 2016, 05:04:57 pm »
That they wore Mexican sombreros to celebrate a Panamanian player always pissed me off. I went put there once and told them they were using culturally inappropriate headgear and they looked at me like I was some sort of fucking lunatic.

I wish that I'd been present for that lecture.
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« Reply #146 on: March 15, 2016, 07:41:26 pm »
That they wore Mexican sombreros to celebrate a Panamanian player always pissed me off. I went put there once and told them they were using culturally inappropriate headgear and they looked at me like I was some sort of fucking lunatic.

In their defense, you are kind of a fucking lunatic, regardless of the correctness of your observation.

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« Reply #147 on: March 16, 2016, 08:17:39 pm »
That's as may be but I'm not simply allowing myself to be annoyed for the pure joy of being annoyed. Panama and the province of Cocle in particular - Carlos' home province (and mine) - have an outstanding millinery tradition. No self respecting interiorano would venture out into society without his sombrero pintado, many of the finest of which are made right here in Cocle.

In general they look like this:

http://tinyurl.com/zetzlre

But most fellows wear the front and and often the back brim, too, popped up, carefree and insouciant.

For example this gentleman:

http://tinyurl.com/jgsu4dv

Note that he has the back part down. He also wears his hat well back on his head JimR style. I pull mine down on my forehead.

Ah, I thought I would never find this, Carlos himself in a pintao:

http://tinyurl.com/zqtv4q7

The guy on his right is the current president and neither a very stylish hat man. The guy on our far right apparently keeps his in the back of his closet under eighty pounds of who knows what. Or maybe it was trampled by some of Carlos' cattle, although it looks suspiciously clean.

Anyway, you get my point. It should be emphasized that these have nothing whatever to do with what is commonly called a Panama hat. Those are worn by tourists in sport sandals and fanny packs that one encounters throughout Latin America, and by hippy chicks pretty much anywhere. They're fucking annoying and people should know better. Although if you're wearing sport sandals I suppose having a stupid hat is probably the least of your problems.
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« Reply #148 on: March 16, 2016, 08:38:29 pm »
Anyway, you get my point. It should be emphasized that these have nothing whatever to do with what is commonly called a Panama hat. Those are worn by tourists in sport sandals and fanny packs that one encounters throughout Latin America, and by hippy chicks pretty much anywhere. They're fucking annoying and people should know better. Although if you're wearing sport sandals I suppose having a stupid hat is probably the least of your problems.

As any respectable hat man knows, "Panama" hats, at least them worth wearing, come from Ecuador. They became known as "Panama hats" because 1) that was the place they were sent to market, so buyers from other parts of the world just knew them from their Panamanian distribution, and 2) they were popular with workers on the Panama Canal, and seen in old photographs, so people assumed they were local.  And there is nothing wrong with wearing one in the proper context.  Unlike sport sandals. 
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« Reply #149 on: March 16, 2016, 10:50:40 pm »
This may be the stupidest argument ever conducted on this usually very intelligent site. Please stop.

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« Reply #150 on: March 17, 2016, 12:09:14 am »
This may be the stupidest argument ever conducted on this usually very intelligent site. Please stop.

sounds we found a sport sandal wearer.  Burn him!

Although I find fanny packs to be even more egregious.
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« Reply #151 on: March 17, 2016, 05:16:42 am »
I like to wear my tan sports sandals with pink shoelaces while donning a big Panama with a purple hat band. Man oh man.
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« Reply #152 on: March 17, 2016, 08:13:11 am »
This may be the stupidest argument ever conducted on this usually very intelligent site. Please stop.

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« Reply #153 on: March 17, 2016, 08:18:52 am »
Sooner or later someone will find the Towlie or Palin threads.  This isn't anything.
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« Reply #154 on: March 17, 2016, 09:42:23 am »
Sooner or later someone will find the Towlie or Palin threads.  This isn't anything.

Those threads are awesome.  Leave Towlie Alone!
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« Reply #155 on: March 17, 2016, 10:49:00 am »
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« Reply #156 on: March 17, 2016, 02:46:33 pm »
This may be the stupidest argument ever conducted on this usually very intelligent site.

Swap the adjectives and you're closer to the truth.
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« Reply #157 on: March 17, 2016, 07:04:24 pm »
Velasquez (16 Ks/4 Ws in 14 IP) and Oberholtzer (8 scoreless) both doing well in the competition to be the Phillies 5th starter.

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« Reply #158 on: March 18, 2016, 11:40:48 am »
Sooner or later someone will find the Towlie or Palin threads.  This isn't anything.

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Palin. WTF?

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« Reply #159 on: March 18, 2016, 11:47:46 am »
But most fellows wear the front and and often the back brim, too, popped up, carefree and insouciant.

For example this gentleman:

http://tinyurl.com/jgsu4dv

That fellow does not appear to be all that carefree to me (of course, I could just be showing cultural ignorance - maybe being carefree in what is officially one of the happiest countries in the hemisphere does not require overt facial expressions or body language to convey one's level of carefree-ness ... if so, I deeply apologize), but he is the epitome of insouciance, no question.
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« Reply #160 on: March 18, 2016, 11:50:08 am »
Goin' for a bus ride.

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« Reply #161 on: March 18, 2016, 12:00:36 pm »
Hard to believe it's been 8 years since those started.

Wow. I didn't realize those two were essentially running at the same time.

Must have been a full moon or something that week.
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« Reply #162 on: March 18, 2016, 12:53:24 pm »
Wow. I didn't realize those two were essentially running at the same time.

Must have been a full moon or something that week.

Hurricane Ike hit in the middle of page 67 of the Palin thread, which cost us several weeks of posts.  It would otherwise be a lot longer than 120 pages. 
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« Reply #163 on: March 18, 2016, 01:31:10 pm »
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« Reply #164 on: March 18, 2016, 01:56:59 pm »
So much fun.  I can't believe you have to get all the way to page 6 before you learn where oil comes from.

In hindsight the only way this makes any sense is for me to view it as an extended performance art piece.

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« Reply #165 on: March 18, 2016, 02:37:10 pm »
In hindsight the only way this makes any sense is for me to view it as an extended performance art piece.

I'm not a big breakfast eater but I would be delighted to learn that the price of cereal has also plummeted.

I tried wading into the Palin WTF thread by skipping ahead a dozen of pages or so, but it's a lot more boring to re-read than I would have guessed.  Towlie's delightfully absurdist thread gets better every time. 

I've actually been getting back into breakfast now that the market has softened. 
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« Reply #166 on: March 19, 2016, 10:15:31 am »
Hard to believe it's been 8 years since those started.

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« Reply #167 on: March 20, 2016, 06:12:43 pm »
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« Reply #168 on: March 26, 2016, 03:48:56 pm »
Thatcher is an Indian.

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« Reply #169 on: March 27, 2016, 01:13:47 pm »
Derrick May named asst hitting coach for the Cardinals today. He had been a coach in their minor league system since 2005.

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« Reply #170 on: March 28, 2016, 09:51:13 am »
Velasquez (16 Ks/4 Ws in 14 IP) and Oberholtzer (8 scoreless) both doing well in the competition to be the Phillies 5th starter.

Velasquez named 5th starter (Oberholtzer will make club as bullpen arm).

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« Reply #171 on: March 28, 2016, 05:00:16 pm »
Wesley Wright signed by the D-Backs to a minor league deal.

And gets released today by Arizona.

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« Reply #172 on: March 28, 2016, 08:41:13 pm »
Clint Barmes, in camp as a NRI, was released by the Royals today.

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« Reply #173 on: March 28, 2016, 09:01:23 pm »
Nick Tropeano optioned to AAA Salt Lake, unable to seize the day despite a thinned-out Angels starting rotation.

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« Reply #174 on: March 29, 2016, 12:58:10 am »
The Angels also sent to the minors today Gregorio Petit, who was in camp as an NRI.

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« Reply #175 on: March 29, 2016, 11:02:12 am »
Justin Maxwell, a NRI in Marlins camp, exercised his opt-out and is now a free agent.

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« Reply #176 on: March 29, 2016, 12:07:16 pm »
Philip Humber, who pitched as badly in Korea last year as he did in 2013 with the Astros, signed a minor league deal with SD.

The Rice-ex announced his retirement today.

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« Reply #177 on: March 29, 2016, 12:13:12 pm »
Justin Maxwell, a NRI in Marlins camp, exercised his opt-out and is now a free agent.

As did Roberto Hernandez today with the BJs.

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« Reply #178 on: March 29, 2016, 02:03:24 pm »
The Rice-ex announced his retirement today.

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« Reply #179 on: March 29, 2016, 02:32:04 pm »
Mark and I saw him get torched in ST.

He had nothing when he was here. I actually felt sorry for him taking the shellings out there. Nothing sucks much worse than getting knocked around the diamond.
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« Reply #180 on: March 29, 2016, 06:38:40 pm »
Brewers GM David Stearns signs familiar faces Alex Presley and Jake Elmore to minor league contracts/NRIs (per tweets).

Elmore was notified a couple of days ago he hadn't made the club and would start the season in AAA but remains in camp for now. Presley is one of three players still in contention for the 2 remaining backup OF spots.

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« Reply #181 on: March 29, 2016, 06:48:37 pm »
Fernando Abad signs a minor league deal with a spring training invite with the Twins.

Apparently has won the LOOGY role in the Minnesota bullpen.

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« Reply #182 on: March 30, 2016, 12:32:28 pm »
Human ping-pong ball Ronald Torreyes named backup infielder for the Yankees MLB club.  Carlos Corporan, however, did not have the same fate:

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« Reply #183 on: March 30, 2016, 12:36:48 pm »
Human ping-pong ball Ronald Torreyes named backup infielder for the Yankees MLB club.  Carlos Corporan, however, did not have the same fate:
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« Reply #184 on: March 30, 2016, 03:14:10 pm »
Rene Rivera, the Rays primary backstop last season, got released today. Which apparently means Hank Conger will be in line to at least split the catching duties in TB this year.

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« Reply #185 on: March 30, 2016, 03:33:51 pm »
One other Rays-related note:

David Carpenter, who's effectively been released twice already this offseason (by the Nationals and Braves), can now add TB to the list.


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« Reply #186 on: March 31, 2016, 05:26:31 pm »
Grossman signs with the Indians to a minor league deal.

Notified that he wouldn't make the big club, elected to not exercise his opt-out and will begin the season at AAA Columbus.

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« Reply #187 on: April 01, 2016, 12:56:31 pm »
Folty sent down to AAA with the Braves but maybe not for long.

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« Reply #188 on: April 01, 2016, 01:57:10 pm »
If you bought a Dan Straily Padres jersey, you pulled the trigger too soon. He's on his way to the land of Skyline Chili having likely never put on the Friar's cap.
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« Reply #189 on: April 01, 2016, 06:42:31 pm »
If you bought a Dan Straily Padres jersey, you pulled the trigger too soon. He's on his way to the land of Skyline Chili having likely never put on the Friar's cap.
I tried to, but wouldn't you know it, they were sold out. Whew! Dodged a bullet there, eh?
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« Reply #190 on: April 02, 2016, 12:20:14 pm »
Michael Bourn DFA'd by the Braves today.

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« Reply #191 on: April 02, 2016, 01:06:00 pm »
Brewers GM David Stearns signs familiar faces Alex Presley and Jake Elmore to minor league contracts/NRIs (per tweets).

Elmore was notified a couple of days ago he hadn't made the club and would start the season in AAA but remains in camp for now. Presley is one of three players still in contention for the 2 remaining backup OF spots.

Presley has also now been told he won't make the roster to start the season. So that leaves the Brewers with three former Astros (Carter, Santana, Villar) to open the year.

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« Reply #192 on: April 02, 2016, 03:48:29 pm »
Human ping-pong ball Ronald Torreyes named backup infielder for the Yankees MLB club.  Carlos Corporan, however, did not have the same fate:

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As part of his contractual out, the Yankees will send an e-mail today offering Carlos Corporan to the 29 other clubs, Brian Cashman said.

Rays acquire Corporan for cash. Early reports say he'll go to AAA Durham.
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« Reply #193 on: April 03, 2016, 12:28:27 pm »
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« Reply #194 on: April 03, 2016, 01:54:50 pm »
If you bought a Dan Straily Padres jersey, you pulled the trigger too soon. He's on his way to the land of Skyline Chili having likely never put on the Friar's cap.

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« Reply #195 on: April 04, 2016, 12:05:38 pm »
Several players who signed over the winter with other organizations got released at the end of spring training: Jose Cisnero by the D-backs, Jesus Guzman by the Cubs, Josh Zeid by the Angels.

Also, it was noted previously that Joe Thatcher didn't make the major league roster with the Indians. He subsequently refused a AAA assignment and was granted his release.

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« Reply #196 on: April 06, 2016, 05:42:14 pm »
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A scoreless streak of 23.2 IP for Albers.

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« Reply #197 on: April 06, 2016, 06:47:13 pm »
A scoreless streak of 23.2 IP for Albers.

If healthy he is serviceable.

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« Reply #198 on: April 11, 2016, 09:37:15 pm »
Justin Maxwell, a NRI in Marlins camp, exercised his opt-out and is now a free agent.

Signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

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« Reply #199 on: April 13, 2016, 10:14:07 pm »
Justin Maxwell, a NRI in Marlins camp, exercised his opt-out and is now a free agent.

Signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

As did Wesley Wright.

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« Reply #200 on: April 14, 2016, 01:14:44 pm »
VV off to another good start. 4 2 0 0 0 6. Up 1-0 top 5

Now 6 3 0 0 0 9 through six. 74 pitches.

Now 7 3 0 0 0 11 86 pitches, 63 for strikes.
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« Reply #201 on: April 14, 2016, 02:40:56 pm »
VV off to another good start. 4 2 0 0 0 6. Up 1-0 top 5

Now 6 3 0 0 0 9 through six. 74 pitches.

Now 7 3 0 0 0 11 86 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Wow! Finished with 16 whiffs in the CG shutout. Has now whiffed 25 in just 15 IP in his first 2 starts for the Phillies without giving up a run.

ETA:
Just saw this stat: only 6 pitchers to ever have at least 16+ K, 0 ER, 0 BB in a game--Scherzer, Randy Johnson, Clemens, Kerry Wood (wonder who that was against?), Gooden, Tiant. Now seven.
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« Reply #202 on: April 14, 2016, 03:10:25 pm »
Wow! Finished with 16 whiffs in the CG shutout. Has now whiffed 25 in just 15 IP in his first 2 starts for the Phillies without giving up a run.

ETA:
Just saw this stat: only 6 pitchers to ever have at least 16+ K, 0 ER, 0 BB in a game--Scherzer, Randy Johnson, Clemens, Kerry Wood (wonder who that was against?), Gooden, Tiant. Now seven.

Well, I think we can all take comfort in the fact that at least 1 of those guys was only great until he flamed out prematurely due to a drug problem, amIright?

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« Reply #203 on: April 14, 2016, 03:14:59 pm »
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« Reply #204 on: April 14, 2016, 09:04:17 pm »
Who saw that coming? I always liked VV but never would have expected that dominance.

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Who saw that coming? I always liked VV but never would have expected that dominance.

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I was a believer.

Me too, but I tend to be a pretty serious homer.

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« Reply #207 on: April 15, 2016, 06:39:40 am »
He has pitched against the Mets who have the lowest team batting average (.192) have scored the next to fewest runs (20) in 8 games. 

He has also pitched against the padres, who rank 22nd in average .223, 28th on OBP .275. They also lead the NL with 97 strike outs in 10 games. 

These are two bad offensive teams.  I am glad he is off to a good start but I am not sure he will fair as well against the Nats, Pirates, Cubs and Marlins.
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Me too, but I tend to be a pretty serious homer.

I figured homer had posted this.
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« Reply #211 on: April 15, 2016, 09:36:44 am »
He has pitched against the Mets who have the lowest team batting average (.192) have scored the next to fewest runs (20) in 8 games. 

He has also pitched against the padres, who rank 22nd in average .223, 28th on OBP .275. They also lead the NL with 97 strike outs in 10 games. 

These are two bad offensive teams.  I am glad he is off to a good start but I am not sure he will fair as well against the Nats, Pirates, Cubs and Marlins.

the Padres are a bad minor league team.
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I was a believer.

When you saw his face?
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I always liked VV's arm, but the fact remains that he had trouble putting hitters away when he needed to.  He may turn out to be the next Johnson, Clemens, Tiant, what have you, but the Astros needed a swing and miss closer and acquired one they thought could be it.  It may not work out, not every move does.  But losing good prospects such as VV are part of being a winning team.  You always hate to lose players, but success has a price. 
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When you saw his face?
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« Reply #215 on: April 15, 2016, 10:44:27 am »
VV has real talent, but the guy is a major health risk. I don't blame the Astros for cashing him in when they did. Let's not fuss too much over the first week of returns on a long-term deal.

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You are not old enough for a Monkeys reference.

maybe you are not either. That would be MONKEES.

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maybe you are not either. That would be MONKEES.

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VV has real talent, but the guy is a major health risk. I don't blame the Astros for cashing him in when they did. Let's not fuss too much over the first week of returns on a long-term deal.

I agree that it's way too early to poo-poo the deal. With that said, I'm fearful that the club doesn't have enough of a starting rotation to compete, but the bats sure aren't helping one bit.
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« Reply #219 on: April 15, 2016, 12:22:36 pm »
I agree that it's way too early to poo-poo the deal. With that said, I'm fearful that the club doesn't have enough of a starting rotation to compete, but the bats sure aren't helping one bit.

When they get McCullers back, that's a rotation of Keuchel, McHugh, McCullers, Feldman and Fiers.  I think that's pretty strong.  Of course, I'm higher on Feldman that might be reasonable.  Still, the top three are damn solid.
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« Reply #220 on: April 15, 2016, 12:29:23 pm »
I agree that it's way too early to poo-poo the deal. With that said, I'm fearful that the club doesn't have enough of a starting rotation to compete, but the bats sure aren't helping one bit.

It seems to me that they have almost the same starting rotation as last year once LMJr gets back except they have replaced Kazmir with Fister which should be an upgrade. I don't know if that is enough or not. It would not take much for Keuchel and McHugh to fall off a little and the F's are mediocre. If they are competing by trade deadline I look for an arm added again. Maybe Devenski in the rotation would be an upgrade over someone at the back end.

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Written and originally recorded by one Diamond, Neil.

For a kid of the 60s like me there is a lot of interesting Monkees trivia. Like guys that were rejected for the act such as Stephen Stills and Michael Murphey although Murphey's buddy Naismith was selected. The fact that much of their recordings were done by studio musicians including the great ensemble The Wrecking Crew as well as Stills and Neil Young.

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For a kid of the 60s like me there is a lot of interesting Monkees trivia. Like guys that were rejected for the act such as Stephen Stills and Michael Murphey although Murphey's buddy Naismith was selected. The fact that much of their recordings were done by studio musicians including the great ensemble The Wrecking Crew as well as Stills and Neil Young.


Stills claims that he auditioned some of his songs, trying to sell them to the show, but not for a role on the show, and he recommended his friend, Peter Tork, who was the only real musician of the bunch. 
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« Reply #223 on: April 15, 2016, 01:05:21 pm »
When they get McCullers back, that's a rotation of Keuchel, McHugh, McCullers, Feldman and Fiers.  I think that's pretty strong.  Of course, I'm higher on Feldman that might be reasonable.  Still, the top three are damn solid.

You're probably right, but I wish that 2/5 of the rotation wasn't comprised of guys who pitch to contact, although Fiers has the most swing-and-miss stuff of the three, i.e., Feldman, Fiers and Fister.
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maybe you are not either. That would be MONKEES.
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« Reply #225 on: April 15, 2016, 03:25:36 pm »
It would not take much for Keuchel and McHugh to fall off a little and the F's are mediocre.

FWIW, Dave Cameron of FG is wringing his hands a bit over the velocity drop (and not getting the close calls) of the former.

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FWIW, Dave Cameron of FG is wringing his hands a bit over the velocity drop (and not getting the close calls) of the former.

And splashing some cold water on White's breakout:

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« Reply #227 on: April 15, 2016, 05:27:52 pm »
FWIW, Dave Cameron of FG is wringing his hands a bit over the velocity drop (and not getting the close calls) of the former.
This is more than a bit nuts after two starts in the cold.

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« Reply #228 on: April 15, 2016, 07:46:23 pm »
I always liked VV's arm, but the fact remains that he had trouble putting hitters away when he needed to.  He may turn out to be the next Johnson, Clemens, Tiant, what have you, but the Astros needed a swing and miss closer and acquired one they thought could be it.  It may not work out, not every move does.  But losing good prospects such as VV are part of being a winning team.  You always hate to lose players, but success has a price.

Definitely. I like VV, but I think the front office did what was needed to make the team better this year. Whether the move works out or not is irrelevant, in the sense that it did seem to be the right move at the time it was made.

I think VV might be really good. But I think the Astros might be really good too, and trading him was just part of making the Astros better.

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« Reply #229 on: April 15, 2016, 11:45:21 pm »
From MLBTR:

"The Rays were confident that they could cure Hank Conger’s throwing woes when they acquired him from Houston this offseason, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, but Conger permitted five stolen bases in yesterday’s contest and is 0-for-7 in throwing out runners to begin the season. An 0-for-7 skid wouldn’t necessarily be an extreme concern for many catchers, but Conger threw out just one of 43 attempted base stealers last season and has now yielded 44 consecutive stolen bases."

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« Reply #230 on: April 16, 2016, 04:22:58 pm »
Also, it was noted previously that Joe Thatcher didn't make the major league roster with the Indians. He subsequently refused a AAA assignment and was granted his release.

Signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers.

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« Reply #231 on: April 17, 2016, 10:25:28 am »
I remember when Conger threw a guy out late in the season last year. I was really happy for him, because it was his first CS in a long time, and it would literally double his CS%. Then they challenged the call and it got overturned. The guy was just barely safe.
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« Reply #232 on: April 17, 2016, 01:21:09 pm »
I caught a little of the Dodger game last night (need to hear Scully while we can). Kike Hernandez is getting a lot of  playing time and doing very well.

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« Reply #233 on: April 18, 2016, 08:34:33 pm »
Dan Straily, who had been effective in 3 previous games out of the bullpen, even more effective in his first start for the Reds tonight: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

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Scott Merkin ‏@scottmerkin  8 minutes ago Oakland, CA
Matt Albers has not allowed a run since Aug. 4 of last season.

A scoreless streak of 23.2 IP for Albers.

Scott Merkin ‏@scottmerkin  9 minutes ago Chicago, IL
Albers scoreless streak now at 30 innings over 27 appearances.

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« Reply #235 on: April 21, 2016, 09:32:46 am »
Hank Conger, playing his first game since allowing 5 SBs vs the Indians last week, had 2 more swipes against him last night. Makes it 46 straight and counting.

Also, Alex Presley was called up by the Brewers.

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« Reply #236 on: April 22, 2016, 10:34:55 am »
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« Reply #237 on: April 22, 2016, 11:23:34 am »
Meanwhile, Pence still doesn't know the difference between asparagus and kale.
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Meanwhile, Pence still doesn't know the difference between asparagus and kale.

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« Reply #239 on: April 22, 2016, 11:58:04 pm »
A Khris Karter update:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/376795551.html



“I’m just hitting more balls the other way,” Carter said. “My homers this year have been to center, right-center. That’s something that I didn’t do that much last year until the end of the year.


Khrist... Wasn't this the approach the Astros wanted him to take for two seasons?!

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« Reply #240 on: April 25, 2016, 01:54:06 pm »
Humberto Quintero, released by the Blue Jays earlier in the month, signed by Detroit and is now playing at AAA Toledo.

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« Reply #241 on: April 25, 2016, 02:08:05 pm »
A Khris Karter update:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/376795551.html

“I’m just hitting more balls the other way,” Carter said. “My homers this year have been to center, right-center. That’s something that I didn’t do that much last year until the end of the year.

Khrist... Wasn't this the approach the Astros wanted him to take for two seasons?!

Totally meaningless statistics 101 (saw this on twitter yesterday but don't know who tweeted it): Carter has more RBIs (15) in 18 games played with the Brewers than Carlos Gomez does (14) in 59 games played with the Astros.

Also, Alex Presley hit a 2-run PH homer yesterday to help the Brewers to a win.

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« Reply #242 on: April 25, 2016, 05:14:38 pm »
After a rough April (including getting pounded yesterday in his start against the Dodgers), the Rockies today sent Jordan Lyles to the minors.

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« Reply #243 on: April 26, 2016, 12:21:53 am »
Matt Dominguez, out of the majors since 2014, called up by the Blue Jays.

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« Reply #244 on: April 26, 2016, 08:17:31 am »
Matt Dominguez, out of the majors since 2014, called up by the Blue Jays.

He was called up to fill in the spot of Chris Colabello, who was suspended 80 games for a banned substance.
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« Reply #245 on: April 26, 2016, 05:23:02 pm »
After a rough April (including getting pounded yesterday in his start against the Dodgers), the Rockies today sent Jordan Lyles to the minors.

Ditto for Jarred Cosart, the Marlins sending him down to AAA New Orleans today.


ETA:

Lyles, Cosart and Folty all currently pitching in the minors.
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« Reply #246 on: April 27, 2016, 02:11:17 am »
I took in the Mudhens-Braves game tonight with Mrs. Happy. Q caught tonight for the Hens.  Rio Ruiz scalded a couple of balls, they were both at'em balls, so he got nothing to show for them.
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« Reply #247 on: April 29, 2016, 10:11:34 am »
Wandy signed a minor league deal with the O's.
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« Reply #248 on: April 29, 2016, 10:24:35 am »
Wandy signed a minor league deal with the O's.

How in the world is a minor league deal with the O's better than a minor league deal with the Astros? 
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« Reply #249 on: April 29, 2016, 03:37:16 pm »
Another ex-Astro apparently losing his starting pitching job. Like Lyles and Cosart, Bud Norris sucked in April to the tune of an 8.74 ERA and 1.985 WHIP. He's "available out of the bullpen" starting today says Braves manager (as of this afternoon anyway) Fredi Gonzalez.

Folty was scratched from his start at AAA Gwinnett scheduled for today, leading to speculation that he'll be called up to take the Budster's spot in the rotation.

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« Reply #250 on: April 29, 2016, 03:50:41 pm »
How in the world is a minor league deal with the O's better than a minor league deal with the Astros?

Perhaps the Orioles simply offered a better deal (higher salary, earlier opt out date, etc.) and/or Wandy saw a quicker path back to the bigs with them rather than the Astros. Although the relative state of each team's starting rotation would seem to make the latter implausible, Yovani Gallardo did just go on the DL for the Orioles so maybe Rodriguez saw an opportunity there. Or maybe Wandy was just pissed at Houston because he thought he pitched well enough in ST to stick with the big club.


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« Reply #251 on: May 01, 2016, 02:37:50 pm »
In the biggest news of the thread, Conger threw out a base stealer, breaking his streak of 48.


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« Reply #252 on: May 01, 2016, 04:52:56 pm »
Velasquez spins six scoreless en route to a 2-1 win over the Tribe. VV now 4-1 1.44.
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« Reply #253 on: May 01, 2016, 05:13:03 pm »
Velasquez spins six scoreless en route to a 2-1 win over the Tribe. VV now 4-1 1.44.
Ouch. Good for him, I always liked him a lot, but fuckin' ouch.
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« Reply #254 on: May 01, 2016, 11:31:23 pm »
Velasquez spins six scoreless en route to a 2-1 win over the Tribe. VV now 4-1 1.44.

That gives the Phillies a 6-game winning streak and they're now 15-10. One of the surprise teams of the year thus far (on the plus side).

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« Reply #255 on: May 02, 2016, 05:20:39 am »
That gives the Phillies a 6-game winning streak and they're now 15-10. One of the surprise teams of the year thus far (on the plus side).

They also had a great spring. I watched most of their sweep of the Indians. They're not the steM or Nats, but they struck me as an 81 win team, i.e., better than I thought they'd be..
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« Reply #256 on: May 02, 2016, 09:32:05 am »
Perhaps the Orioles simply offered a better deal (higher salary, earlier opt out date, etc.) and/or Wandy saw a quicker path back to the bigs with them rather than the Astros. Although the relative state of each team's starting rotation would seem to make the latter implausible, Yovani Gallardo did just go on the DL for the Orioles so maybe Rodriguez saw an opportunity there. Or maybe Wandy was just pissed at Houston because he thought he pitched well enough in ST to stick with the big club.

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« Reply #257 on: May 02, 2016, 07:43:10 pm »
Folty goes 3 2/3 for the Braves tonight using 98 pitches.  Gave up 3 HR to the Mets.  He is relieved by Bud Norris.
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« Reply #258 on: May 03, 2016, 09:15:28 pm »
Chris Carter has 2 longballs tonight against the Angels (both off Nick Tropeano), 9 on the season. Batting .291.

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« Reply #259 on: May 03, 2016, 09:24:21 pm »
Not sure if I should be happy or sad.

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« Reply #260 on: May 04, 2016, 12:43:03 am »
Not sure if I should be happy or sad.

I'm happy. I liked Khris. Regardless of how well he does this season remember how unbelievably shitty he was for months at a time last season. It's easy to blame your own team when a player does well elsewhere but sometimes a swift kick in the pants and a "last chance" is what a player needs to succeed. That wasn't going to happen with the Astros and they did all they could for CC.

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I'm happy. I liked Khris. Regardless of how well he does this season remember how unbelievably shitty he was for months at a time last season. It's easy to blame your own team when a player does well elsewhere but sometimes a swift kick in the pants and a "last chance" is what a player needs to succeed. That wasn't going to happen with the Astros and they did all they could for CC.

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« Reply #262 on: May 04, 2016, 01:46:28 am »
+1 I almost always pull for individual players to succeed (except when they play us).
Me too, but I was pulling for Tropeano in that match-up.
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« Reply #263 on: May 05, 2016, 09:18:45 pm »
Alex Presley hits his 2nd longball since being called up by the Brewers 2 weeks ago, Chris Carter with #10 tonight.

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« Reply #265 on: May 05, 2016, 11:57:52 pm »
Scott Merkin ‏@scottmerkin  9 minutes ago Chicago, IL
Albers scoreless streak now at 30 innings over 27 appearances.

Reached 35 innings before having it snapped tonight by giving up a solo shot against the BoSox.

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« Reply #266 on: May 10, 2016, 03:14:41 pm »
Michael Bourn agrees to minor league deal with the Blue Jays.

Released by Toronto over the weekend, he signed a minor league deal today with Arizona.

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Former #Astros infielder Brandon Laird wins $10,000 & year's supply of beer after homering off a beer ad in Japan.

Laird is playing his 2nd season in the NPB with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

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Robert Ford ‏@raford3 29 minutes ago
Former #Astros infielder Brandon Laird wins $10,000 & year's supply of beer after homering off a beer ad in Japan.

Laird is playing his 2nd season in the NPB with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

After visiting Japan I have to say the jewel of that award is not the cash. Congrats Brandon.

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« Reply #269 on: May 11, 2016, 10:03:34 pm »
So Ausmus now has been involved in three 20 strikeout games during his career--two as a player (Wood and Clemens) and one as manager (Scherzer).

There have only been five such games in MLB history.


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« Reply #270 on: May 13, 2016, 03:13:47 pm »
DeShields sent down by Rangers to call up Matt Bush.


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« Reply #271 on: May 13, 2016, 03:24:11 pm »
DeShields sent down by Rangers to call up Matt Bush.


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« Reply #272 on: May 13, 2016, 03:50:24 pm »
David Carpenter, who's effectively been released twice already this offseason (by the Nationals and Braves), can now add TB to the list.

The journey continues: after spending some time in the indy Atlantic League with the Bridgeport Bluefish, had his contract purchased by the Angels and is now pitching at AAA Salt Lake.

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« Reply #273 on: May 13, 2016, 10:15:05 pm »
The Angels also sent to the minors today Gregorio Petit, who was in camp as an NRI.

Gets called up today to the big club.

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« Reply #274 on: May 15, 2016, 10:41:45 am »
Folty with 8 shutout IPs last night against KC.  7H, 0BB, and 4Ks. His ERA for the year sits below 3.
Evens his record at one apiece.

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« Reply #275 on: May 15, 2016, 05:45:19 pm »
Michael Bourn agrees to minor league deal with the Blue Jays.

Released by Toronto over the weekend, he signed a minor league deal today with Arizona.

And gets called up to the Diamondbacks today after playing 5 games in the minors.

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« Reply #276 on: May 15, 2016, 05:50:58 pm »
I saw Bourn play for Mobile (AA) on Friday night. If the speed is gone, not sure if he has anything left.
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« Reply #277 on: May 15, 2016, 06:17:12 pm »
Folty with 8 shutout IPs last night against KC.  7H, 0BB, and 4Ks. His ERA for the year sits below 3.
Evens his record at one apiece.
This is one depressing thread, but nice to see that Folty is doing well.

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« Reply #278 on: May 15, 2016, 06:20:52 pm »
This is one depressing thread, but nice to see that Folty is doing well.

Just wait for Hader and Phillips to arrive in Milwaukee. I'm going to have to learn how to code just to hack away the "ex-Bus Rider news" thread.

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« Reply #279 on: May 15, 2016, 09:24:36 pm »
Just wait for Hader and Phillips to arrive in Milwaukee. I'm going to have to learn how to code just to hack away the "ex-Bus Rider news" thread.

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« Reply #280 on: May 15, 2016, 09:35:21 pm »
Jimmy Paredes, who hasn't played this season due to a wrist injury and just completed a rehab assignment, placed on waivers by the O's.

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« Reply #281 on: May 16, 2016, 05:07:10 pm »
Jimmy Paredes, who hasn't played this season due to a wrist injury and just completed a rehab assignment, placed on waivers by the O's.

Claimed by the BJs.

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« Reply #282 on: May 17, 2016, 03:22:34 pm »
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« Reply #284 on: May 19, 2016, 09:17:12 pm »
Folty with 8 shutout IPs last night against KC.  7H, 0BB, and 4Ks. His ERA for the year sits below 3.
Evens his record at one apiece.

His line tonight:

3 IP/ 7 H/ 5 R/ 4 ER/ 0 BB/ 1 K/ 1 HR

Record moves to 1-2.   ERA up to 4/15

He is having a Jeckle and Hyde season.  Two great starts and two awful starts.
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« Reply #285 on: May 20, 2016, 11:32:16 pm »
In his first game for Minnesota, Robbie Grossman goes 3-4 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Twins still lose.

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« Reply #286 on: May 21, 2016, 08:04:08 am »
In his first game for Minnesota, Robbie Grossman goes 3-4 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Twins still lose.
I wonder if they'll offer him a long term deal.

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« Reply #287 on: May 21, 2016, 08:47:10 am »
Briefly talked w Doug Drabek last weekend.  He is pitching coach for the Mobile Bay Bears (AZ AA affiliate).
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« Reply #288 on: May 21, 2016, 09:22:11 am »
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« Reply #289 on: May 21, 2016, 09:31:05 am »
I wonder if they'll offer him a long term deal.

His agent is Bud Norris.....

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« Reply #290 on: May 21, 2016, 07:26:46 pm »
After a lousy 2015 with the Twins (that would be the Korean version), Lucas Harrell is returning stateside this season and has been working out for various teams including the Tigers.

Did in fact sign a minor league deal with Detroit.

Released earlier this week by the Tigers, signed a minor league deal with the Braves and assigned to AAA Gwinnett.

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« Reply #291 on: May 23, 2016, 01:45:30 pm »
Humberto Quintero, released by the Blue Jays earlier in the month, signed by Detroit and is now playing at AAA Toledo.

And the Tigers released him last week.

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« Reply #292 on: May 24, 2016, 12:34:09 am »
Clint Barmes, in camp as a NRI, was released by the Royals today.

Has retired.

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« Reply #294 on: May 24, 2016, 09:05:02 pm »
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« Reply #295 on: May 24, 2016, 09:11:33 pm »
Sorry, he broke Vogelsong's face with a fastball.

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« Reply #296 on: May 25, 2016, 09:31:23 am »
"riding_cum.mp4"?  I'm afraid to even ask.
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« Reply #297 on: May 25, 2016, 11:38:48 pm »
Dueling former Astros: Kazmir and Straily combined for 23 strikeouts and 3 walks in 13 IP in the Reds/Dodgers game tonight.

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« Reply #298 on: May 26, 2016, 09:10:49 am »
Dueling former Astros: Kazmir and Straily combined for 23 strikeouts and 3 walks in 13 IP in the Reds/Dodgers game tonight.

I wanted Kazmir to stay.
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« Reply #299 on: May 26, 2016, 10:48:07 pm »
Justin Maxwell and Paul Clemens sign minor league deals with the Marlins.

May see more signings in Miami of former Astros given long-time Houston FO guy Paul Ricciarini's move last month to become the Marlins' senior advisor for player personnel.

Further signings (as indicated previously) were Troy Patton and Chris Johnson and now today a minor league deal with Carlos Corporan (who last week was released by the Rays from AAA Durham). Assigned to the New Orleans Zephyrs.

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« Reply #300 on: May 28, 2016, 03:08:12 pm »
guess the fans from the other teams look at some of our signings the same way
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« Reply #301 on: May 28, 2016, 03:18:28 pm »
guess the fans from the other teams look at some of our signings the same way

I imagine that some AZ fans are wondering why Will Harris has caught fire with the Astros.

By the way, his baseball-reference entry has something I've never seen before: his ERA+ is 1020 right now.
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« Reply #302 on: May 30, 2016, 02:39:32 pm »
Jimmy Paredes, who hasn't played this season due to a wrist injury and just completed a rehab assignment, placed on waivers by the O's.

Claimed by the BJs.

And now DFA'd by Toronto after hitting .267/.353/.533 in limited appearances.

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Why do I keep confusing Paredes and Villar?


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« Reply #304 on: May 31, 2016, 08:09:09 pm »
Speaking of Villar, he's off to a good start as an everyday SS: 307/410/425 in 215 PAs.

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« Reply #305 on: May 31, 2016, 10:41:59 pm »
Speaking of Villar, he's off to a good start as an everyday SS: 307/410/425 in 215 PAs.

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« Reply #306 on: June 01, 2016, 02:13:13 pm »
Jimmy Paredes, who hasn't played this season due to a wrist injury and just completed a rehab assignment, placed on waivers by the O's.

Claimed by the BJs.

And now DFA'd by Toronto after hitting .267/.353/.533 in limited appearances.

Acquired by the Phillies for cash.

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« Reply #307 on: June 03, 2016, 03:27:48 pm »
Acquired by the Phillies for cash.

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« Reply #308 on: June 03, 2016, 03:28:37 pm »
Robbie Grossman has been playing LF for the Twins, hitting fifth.
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« Reply #309 on: June 03, 2016, 05:18:15 pm »
Robbie Grossman has been playing LF for the Twins, hitting fifth.

.364/.451/.636 in 13 games.

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« Reply #310 on: June 03, 2016, 05:19:25 pm »
Jerome Williams signed a minor league deal with STL.

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« Reply #311 on: June 03, 2016, 05:38:36 pm »
Pence! out for 8 weeks as a result of torn hammy. Tough break.

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« Reply #312 on: June 03, 2016, 08:14:06 pm »
.364/.451/.636 in 13 games.
I always thought he had that kind of potential.





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« Reply #313 on: June 04, 2016, 02:56:27 pm »
Speaking of Villar, he's off to a good start as an everyday SS: 307/410/425 in 215 PAs.

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« Reply #314 on: June 04, 2016, 03:47:31 pm »
I just assumed he was part of the Gomez deal , but it was straight up for Cy Sneed.  Has the potential to be one ugly trade.

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« Reply #315 on: June 04, 2016, 04:21:20 pm »
I just assumed he was part of the Gomez deal , but it was straight up for Cy Sneed.  Has the potential to be one ugly trade.

It would have made the Gomez deal even uglier had he been a part of that. Since he has single-handily out-produced Gomez.

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« Reply #316 on: June 04, 2016, 04:21:52 pm »
I just assumed he was part of the Gomez deal , but it was straight up for Cy Sneed.  Has the potential to be one ugly trade.

I thought they just released him. I need to pay more attention.
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« Reply #317 on: June 04, 2016, 04:39:54 pm »
I just assumed he was part of the Gomez deal , but it was straight up for Cy Sneed.  Has the potential to be one ugly trade.

Would you rather have him over Marwin?  He was out of options.  They got something for him, which is better than just letting him go on waivers. 
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« Reply #318 on: June 04, 2016, 04:46:46 pm »
false choices. No one got them into this position but themselves.

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« Reply #319 on: June 04, 2016, 07:41:19 pm »
false choices. No one got them into this position but themselves.
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« Reply #320 on: June 04, 2016, 09:15:45 pm »
One where you don't have to (or feel you have to) "unload" an everyday shortstop/player for a lark.

Nobody made them use his options and nobody made them construct a team in a way felt they wouldn't need him or couldn't use him. He's a versatile player.

I'm no Luhnow basher and I understand if you make enough moves, some will be bad, but why go to such lengths to defend everything he does?  Hopefully Sneed will eventually help.

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« Reply #321 on: June 04, 2016, 09:24:10 pm »
I am happy to see Villar do well, but I would much rather have Marwin on the Stros.
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« Reply #322 on: June 04, 2016, 10:17:34 pm »
When had Villar ever demonstrated that he was likely to field any position well enough to be an everyday player? He was an error factory at SS and 3B. We all could see he had tools but always appeared to lack the mentality to smooth out his defense and baserunning. Nor had he consistently hit all that well, for that matter, even in AAA.

You don't think it's just a little silly that you're blaming Luhnow for using Villar's options? His options were used because he was given chances to be an everyday SS. Were you, or anyone, this upset when the trade happened?

I'm gonna echo Bob's sentiment here. Glad he's doing well. Too bad it didn't happen here, but no one could have predicted his current level of play.
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« Reply #323 on: June 04, 2016, 11:32:06 pm »
First off, I was basically unaware of the trade, and knew nothing of Sneed.  Sneed could end up a stud, and Villar fall off and the trade looks great.  It's possible but not likely.

Secondly, just because you thought he sucked and couldn't see past his errors, doesn't mean that everyone else did. I've never shared a pessimistic view of Villar. I'd seen him since AA and noticed continuous improvement, and knowing his athleticism, it doesn't surprise me that he has improved further. The whole idea that one looks at minor league stats, and then later throws up their hands and proclaims "who could've known" when the future doesn't match the past is a joke. It's like the anti-essence of what GMs are paid for. They are paid good money to know their trade and should be held accountable when they don't. 

Anyways, I think Luhnow has done a tremendous job, but I'm not going to blindly look past his mistakes.

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« Reply #324 on: June 05, 2016, 12:06:35 am »
I watched as much of Villar as I wanted to in an Astro uniform. I wasn't sad to see him go but I'm glad he's done well. Sometimes a change of scenery and the thought of your dream slipping away is what it actually takes for some players to figure it out. He was terrible as an Astro and he received a substantial "chance". You can't hold on to everybody and hope they all figure it out, you have to make moves that win games at the MLB level. The Astros had Lowrie and eventually Correa at his position (Villar looked terrible at 3rd imho). Villar has a long way to go until he has "made it" and even if he does... So what?

I'd put it in the same category as JD Martinez. Where was JD going to play the year the Astros released him? At the time it made perfect sense, the same applies to Villar. If Villar and JDM are perpetual all-stars then good for them! Saying that it's somehow Jeff Luhnow's fault discounts every coach and analyst employed by the Astros. There were plenty of people that passed on both of them (other teams included). Sometimes (Will Harris, Sipp, occasionally Rasmus) players do well in some places but not others. It's not an exact science.

eta: in most cases I like the fact that a former Astro does well somewhere else. It doesn't reflect a failure of the organization but rather the fact that the Astros saw what that player was capable of. There are far more players in EVERY organization who had "great potential" and shit the bed than players that spent more than 3 years playing mediocre or better baseball with the team that believed in them. Occasionally you hit the jackpot (Altuve).
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« Reply #325 on: June 05, 2016, 07:20:44 am »
I watched as much of Villar as I wanted to in an Astro uniform. ... He was terrible as an Astro and he received a substantial "chance". You can't hold on to everybody and hope they all figure it out.

eta: in most cases I like the fact that a former Astro does well somewhere else. It doesn't reflect a failure of the organization.
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« Reply #326 on: June 05, 2016, 07:31:51 am »
Colin McHugh another good example. On balance, hard to get them all right but can't really complain about the ability they've demonstrated to find guys with potential not  yet realized.
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« Reply #327 on: June 05, 2016, 07:45:02 am »
The Brewers have a SS down on the farm who's just about ready. Villar is nothing but a bridge right now. I'm glad he's doing well, but I'm glad that he's not an Astro because we had no room for him. He made way too many mental mistakes.
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« Reply #328 on: June 05, 2016, 11:59:30 am »
I don't think you can compare Villar to JD for several reasons.  Luhnow actually got something for Villar (Sneed has been killing it in Corpus) and there was no place for him to play just like Lowrie.  JD's spot was utilized by the future Twin Hall of Famer Robbie Grossman and he wasn't really given a chance to make the roster that year.

I'd like to think Luhnow learned something from the JD fiasco and that's why he got something in return for Villar and Lowrie, but he also gave away Dan Straily this year who would have been our third best starter by WAR.

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« Reply #329 on: June 05, 2016, 12:14:15 pm »
When had Villar ever demonstrated that he was likely to field any position well enough to be an everyday player? He was an error factory at SS and 3B. We all could see he had tools but always appeared to lack the mentality to smooth out his defense and baserunning. Nor had he consistently hit all that well, for that matter, even in AAA.

You don't think it's just a little silly that you're blaming Luhnow for using Villar's options? His options were used because he was given chances to be an everyday SS. Were you, or anyone, this upset when the trade happened?

I'm gonna echo Bob's sentiment here. Glad he's doing well. Too bad it didn't happen here, but no one could have predicted his current level of play.

Lack the mentality? Seriously?
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« Reply #330 on: June 05, 2016, 03:18:08 pm »
Lack the mentality? Seriously?
Yes. Mental errors, lack of consistent focus, etc. What would you call it?
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« Reply #331 on: June 06, 2016, 12:33:10 pm »
I don't think you can compare Villar to JD for several reasons.  Luhnow actually got something for Villar (Sneed has been killing it in Corpus) and there was no place for him to play just like Lowrie.  JD's spot was utilized by the future Twin Hall of Famer Robbie Grossman and he wasn't really given a chance to make the roster that year.

I'd like to think Luhnow learned something from the JD fiasco and that's why he got something in return for Villar and Lowrie, but he also gave away Dan Straily this year who would have been our third best starter by WAR.

I'm glad that somebody mentioned Sneed is having a very good season in AA.  Striking out more than a batter per frame, mostly in a starting role.
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« Reply #332 on: June 06, 2016, 12:39:41 pm »
JD's spot was utilized by the future Twin Hall of Famer Robbie Grossman and he wasn't really given a chance to make the roster that year.

Actually, JD was signed under minor league contract.  They let him go because they didn't want to pay him 7 figures to play at AAA nor take up at bats there.  Which at the time seemed really odd given his offseason adjustments and immediate success he had with it at winterball.    Detroit signed him as a minor league free agent.  Detroit didn't add him back to a 40 man till after he demolished AAA.

Villar and JD aren't in the same category.  Nobody wanted to even give up a 40 man spot for JD.  He was untradeable.   The Astros were unknowingly granted a gift when JD resigned with the Astros under a minor league contract.  Unfortunately, the Astros chose poorly when they decided not to grant the then 26 year old a spot on the AAA roster and save some cash.  Honestly, a defensible move by them given their expected time table in fielding a playoff team.  That money and roster spot was reallocated to players with assumed higher ceilings.  Though it could be easily argued that it was a really poor decision given Adron Chambers(then 27 year old) and a 310 pound(then 26 year old) played opening day for OKC.  Which means it all came down to the almighty dollar, of which none are mine.
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« Reply #333 on: June 06, 2016, 02:30:32 pm »
Actually, JD was signed under minor league contract.  They let him go because they didn't want to pay him 7 figures to play at AAA nor take up at bats there.  Which at the time seemed really odd given his offseason adjustments and immediate success he had with it at winterball.    Detroit signed him as a minor league free agent.  Detroit didn't add him back to a 40 man till after he demolished AAA.

I didn't realize he was on a minor league contract.  If it really was a money issue it makes it sadder because he wasn't arbitration eligible until 2015 so he only made $500K in 2014.

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« Reply #334 on: June 06, 2016, 04:25:06 pm »
   The Astros were unknowingly granted a gift when JD resigned with the Astros under a minor league contract. 
This statement is false.  He did not "resign."  Not sure if after clearing waivers JD had the option to bolt.  He was outrighted to OKC, after successfully clearing waivers.  But I believe the outright carried his major league salary, making him one of the highest paid AAA players. 

Part of the "positives" for releasing JD was his AAA salary was scaring off other teams

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« Reply #335 on: June 06, 2016, 11:39:11 pm »
Felipe Paulino signed a minor league deal/NRI with Indians.

Recently released after working out of the pen at AAA Columbus.

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« Reply #336 on: June 07, 2016, 02:50:07 pm »
Matt Dominguez, out of the majors since 2014, called up by the Blue Jays.

After two recalls from the minors this season (and going 0-11 in the process), DFA'd by Toronto today.

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« Reply #337 on: June 07, 2016, 04:41:14 pm »
This statement is false.  He did not "resign."  Not sure if after clearing waivers JD had the option to bolt.  He was outrighted to OKC, after successfully clearing waivers.  But I believe the outright carried his major league salary, making him one of the highest paid AAA players. 

Part of the "positives" for releasing JD was his AAA salary was scaring off other teams
Does the major league minimum really scare other team away?  It sounds like a pretty cheap lottery ticket to me.

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« Reply #338 on: June 07, 2016, 08:59:36 pm »
Does the major league minimum really scare other team away?  It sounds like a pretty cheap lottery ticket to me.
I doubt it was even the major league minimum. Just something bigger than the average AAA salary.
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« Reply #339 on: June 08, 2016, 12:44:37 pm »
Vince Velasquez pulled from his start today after throwing 2 87mph fastballs.  Hate to see that.
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« Reply #340 on: June 08, 2016, 12:53:45 pm »
Vince Velasquez pulled from his start today after throwing 2 87mph fastballs.  Hate to see that.

Hopefully, not too serious.

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« Reply #341 on: June 08, 2016, 07:24:50 pm »
Wandy signed a minor league deal with the O's.

Opts out of his contract with Baltimore. Had been pitching in EST.

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« Reply #342 on: June 09, 2016, 09:51:08 pm »
Josh Zeid, released by the Angels at the end of spring training and subsequently pitching in the indy Atlantic League, signs a minor league deal with the Mets.

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« Reply #343 on: June 10, 2016, 01:12:43 pm »
Hopefully, not too serious.

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« Reply #344 on: June 10, 2016, 02:02:11 pm »
Daniel Mengden (sent in the Kazmir deal) to start for A's tomorrow.
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« Reply #345 on: June 11, 2016, 09:07:39 pm »
Daniel Mengden (sent in the Kazmir deal) to start for A's tomorrow.

Went 5 2/3 innings,  gave up 6 hits, 2 runs both earned.  Fanned 5 and walked 4.  Gave up a bomb to Jay Bruce. 

Winning pitcher was Dan Straily. 

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« Reply #346 on: June 12, 2016, 09:06:05 am »
Went 5 2/3 innings,  gave up 6 hits, 2 runs both earned.  Fanned 5 and walked 4.  Gave up a bomb to Jay Bruce. 

Winning pitcher was Dan Straily.

Straily is now 4-2 3.15.
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« Reply #347 on: June 12, 2016, 11:00:00 am »
Straily is now 4-2 3.15.
It should've been obvious from the way he dominated AAA last year that Straily was an Ace in the making. They were fools to let him go. Fools!
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« Reply #348 on: June 12, 2016, 11:33:55 am »
It should've been obvious from the way he dominated AAA last year that Straily was an Ace in the making. They were fools to let him go. Fools!

They were fools to get nothing for him. Actually less than nothing considering how Kratz played.

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« Reply #349 on: June 12, 2016, 12:12:28 pm »
Yeah, I don't have an opinion on Straily, but the whole "he didn't kick ass at X point in time, so who could have known" logic is so lame. It amounts to holding absolutely no accountability to talent evaluation.  I mean, if the minor league projection model got it wrong, it must be indecipherable.  Who the fuck needs talent evaluators when we have baseball reference to tell us the future?

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« Reply #350 on: June 12, 2016, 01:32:39 pm »
They were fools to get nothing for him.

Obviously, given how much Cincinnati traded to get him from SD.
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« Reply #351 on: June 12, 2016, 01:33:44 pm »
Yeah, I don't have an opinion on Straily, but the whole "he didn't kick ass at X point in time, so who could have known" logic is so lame. It amounts to holding absolutely no accountability to talent evaluation.  I mean, if the minor league projection model got it wrong, it must be indecipherable.  Who the fuck needs talent evaluators when we have baseball reference to tell us the future?

Do you even comprehend what you're saying?
You know the team employs scouts, right?
Do you have a freaking clue how options and the 40-man roster work?
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« Reply #352 on: June 12, 2016, 01:35:31 pm »
The answer is yes to all three, whatever the fuck your point is.

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« Reply #353 on: June 12, 2016, 01:43:20 pm »
The answer is yes to all three, whatever the fuck your point is.

Your apparent point is that the team has no "talent evaluators", or scouts. But since you now acknowledge that they are employed, your apparent point is that the team employs them only to ignore them.

So in your infinite wisdom, who should have been removed from the OD roster to keep Strailly?
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« Reply #354 on: June 12, 2016, 02:13:54 pm »
Obviously Feliz.  The last bullpen spot was between him, Straily and Hoyt.  Had they kept Straily for at least a few weeks they could have gotten a better backup catcher if the in-house option didn't impress.  Straily's last (and only) start was dominant and he mentioned that he might have turned the corner because of work with Strom or something to that effect.  That start was supposed to be a showcase, he couldn't have pitched better, and he was still given away for nothing.

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« Reply #355 on: June 12, 2016, 02:14:28 pm »
Your apparent point is that the team has no "talent evaluators", or scouts. But since you now acknowledge that they are employed, your apparent point is that the team employs them only to ignore them.

So in your infinite wisdom, who should have been removed from the OD roster to keep Strailly?
You have a reading comprehension problem, regardless of how "long you've been here."

I didn't say, nor do I believe, that teams don't have scouts.  If you can read, my point was to the statement that "who could have known the guy would perform better, his AAA stats didn't predict that."  I don't believe that statement came from the Astros.

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« Reply #356 on: June 12, 2016, 02:17:32 pm »
I mean, if the minor league projection model got it wrong, it must be indecipherable.  Who the fuck needs talent evaluators when we have baseball reference to tell us the future?

Yeah, I can only read the words you wrote.
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« Reply #357 on: June 12, 2016, 02:22:48 pm »
Once again, that was not directed at the Astros, but to a post above. I don't actually think the Astros operate that way, but in your "always protect Luhnow" sensitivity, it doesn't surprise me that you read it that way.

If I was going to trash Luhnow over the Straily trade, I wouldn't have prefaced it with "I have no opinion on Straily."

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« Reply #358 on: June 12, 2016, 02:24:29 pm »
That start was supposed to be a showcase, he couldn't have pitched better, and he was still given away for nothing.

So if teams were willing to offer more, then the Astros were just foolish to take Kratz for him.

Did all of these hypothetical offers just vanish in the three days he was in San Diego's roster? How else would Cincy have been able to claim him?
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