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Monday, October 22, 2018

Mets narrow GM search down to three: Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom

I say Melvin gets it.

On Monday, the Mets eliminated MLB executive Kim Ng and Tigers VP of player development Dave Littlefield from consideration, according to sources, leaving Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom as the remaining known candidates for the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

Do the Nationals need to go modern and develop a hybrid reliever? - The Washington Post

It’s not new. Teams have used multi-inning relievers in the past. I’m just waiting until they move to four-man rotations with guys throwing 75-85 pitches per start.

But as the Nationals consider potential improvements to their pitching staff next season, might it make sense to try to develop a Josh Hader-esque reliever, the kind that can go multiple shutdown innings in big spots, the kind that mollifies the pain of a short start? Might they have the arms to fill such a role on their roster ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Davidson Aiming To Be Legitimate Bullpen Option

White Sox infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson has added serious pitching work to his training this winter, with the goal of becoming the next two-way player in baseball. The White Sox have given Davidson the freedom to embark on this endeavor and plan to assess the situation throughout the offseason, as Davidson is headquartered near their complex in Arizona.


“I grew up as a pitcher,” Davidson said. “I didn’t really play a position full time until my junior year. I was a ...

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Greg Pope Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: two-way players, white sox

Hochman: In new baseball world, money still has loudest voice | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

“We’re deep, we’re versatile, and more and more in the modern era, that’s real important,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten told The New York Times after Game 7. “The last couple of years, that’s how we’ve worked, depth and versatility, using not just the 25-man roster but the 40-man roster. A lot of teams do the same thing, but a lot of breaks went our way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics

Yankees mull Manny Machado, free agents, more

Starting pitching
Cashman said that seeking starting pitching will be a “focus point.” There are vacancies to be filled, with J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia eligible for free agency, and the club open-minded toward moving Sonny Gray in a trade. Patrick Corbin is believed to be among the Yankees’ top targets and has made no secret of his desire to wear pinstripes. The left-hander would probably fall behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka as a solid mid-rotation starter, albeit one who could be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OTP 2018 OCT 22: Meet the New York Teenager Who Created the ‘Mets Are a Good Team’ Super PAC

The FEC’s paperwork made it appear like the work of one person, someone named Ben Aybar. He’d listed himself as the chairman, treasurer, and custodian of records. The headquarters was a residential address in the suburbs of New York City, and the organization’s listed preferred bank was nearby. There weren’t any of the typical signs of organized activity—there weren’t multiple people involved, there weren’t any office buildings or P.O. Boxes, the headquarters and bank were in the ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 22, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 290 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, off topic, politics

mets gm search kim ng | Newsday

On paper, Ng very much fits the mold of what the Mets are believed to be looking for. She is a baseball lifer after graduating from the University of Chicago, where she played softball. Ng joined the White Sox’s front office in 1990 and is said to be adept at blending new-school analytics with old-school scouting. She even spent part of her childhood in Queens.
Currently, Ng oversees all of MLB’s international operations — an arena ripe with corruption that the league has been trying to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 06:01 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, kim ng, mets

Baseball’s Top Staffs Have Come Around On The High-Spin Fastball | FiveThirtyEight

Everything you want to know about spinrate and Bauer Units.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 05:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching mechanics, statcast

Glanville: Fall to Spring - A player’s offseason changes meaning with each changing season | NBC Sports Chicago

It’s always the same except when it’s different.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 05:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: doug glanville

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Brad Ausmus named Angels manager | MLB.com

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT news conference at Angel Stadium on Monday. Ausmus, who managed the Tigers from 2014-17, spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. The former big league catcher beat out nine other candidates for the position, including fellow special assistant Eric Chavez, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and longtime MLB infielder Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brad ausmus, manager

Reds select David Bell as team’s new manager | Cincinnati Reds

Completing a process that began in April, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager on Sunday and signed him to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

After two terrific postseason starts, Nathan Eovaldi should hit it big in free agency

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Mookie Betts to second base? Alex Cora isn’t ruling it out | Boston.com

What have reporters done? Overreacted, of course.

“You’re going to see Mookie taking ground balls at second,” Cora said. “But he’s doing that the whole season, so do not overreact. That’s part of his preparation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Dodgers advance to World Series with 5-1 victory over Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS - Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t had ‘easy’ in the playbook all year,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “So for it to come down this way shouldn’t be surprising. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the talent in this room won out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox | MLB.com

It will be TITANIC!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Speier:How the Red Sox beat baseball’s best pitching staff

Boston Globe articles appear to be behind a paywall, but the site allows a few free articles. This is a pretty interesting look at what Boston’s scouting turned up, with help from ex-Astros (Cora and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson:

The Red Sox had a feel for how the Astros would attack – helped not just by ample video and heatmap data but also by input from Cora (last year’s Astros bench coach) and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, who had worked in the same role with Houston in 2017 and thus ...

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puck Posted: October 20, 2018 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, houston astros, red sox, scouting

Astros’ Jose Altuve underwent surgery to repair right knee injury

Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

An Introduction to Driveline Hitting Assessments: The Why, What and How - Driveline Baseball

It’s my opinion that technology will never replace the coaches, but the coaches who knows how to use the technology will replace those who don’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting mechanics

Best 2018-19 Hot Stove value may be in trade

Let’s make a deal!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: team building, trades

Brewers win NLCS Game 6 vs. Dodgers

Bullpenning on parade.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

The Brewers are becoming more and more positionless on defense | SI.com

Down is up and up is down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, strategy


The Athletic:  “When I see somebody wearing it, I go ‘I’ve got a story for you’”: The inspired, melancholy life behind the Brewers’ beloved logo

Great article (behind a paywall) about the man behind a great logo. RIP, Tom Meindel.

Meindel wasn’t a fan of baseball. But he was intrigued by the challenge. In various interviews through the years, he described sketching the idea during a psychology class. His breakthrough came when he mashed together an M and a B. To him, it looked like a baseball glove. When he returned home that day, he presented the design to his wife.

“Do you see anything different about the logo?” he asked.

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AndrewJ Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logo, obituary

Friday, October 19, 2018

Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

But it’s safe to say stadium backers are looking at a combination of ways to pay the projected $892 million cost for a ballpark in the team’s preferred Ybor City location — among them, a community development district, tourism tax revenues, naming rights, corporate sponsorships and a team contribution.

And one other option, called an Opportunity Zone, that has captured the imagination of deep-pocketed investors, developers and politicians interested in reviving depressed inner city ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: October 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

MLB must fix glaring problem that ruined an all-time classic

The games start too late and last too long. I love baseball but there is no way I can make the kind of commitment it takes to watch complete games. Five o’clock in the morning comes too quick.

Despite the length, the TBS ratings for Game 4 were still good (the most watched show on all of cable Wednesday) — but that has much to do with mammoth numbers in Boston and Houston. Elsewhere, devilish decisions between sleep or not on a work night were undertaken as the game ebbed toward a 1:12 a.m. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Alex Cora has some words for a vocal critic of David Price | Boston.com

Why didn’t he just mention the Mad Dog?

“There was a lot of noise,” Cora said. “I was saying today — and I don’t want to pick battles with the media — but I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David, blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason.”

...

The belief paid off Thursday.

“When he was throwing 94 miles per hour and the [changeups], I was thinking about that segment on MLB Network today,” Cora said. “I don’t know, probably the guy is going ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: david price


Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game by EconTalk | Econ Talk | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Baseball stats guru and author Bill James talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of understanding complexity in baseball and elsewhere. James reflects on the lessons he has learned as a long-time student of data and the role it plays in understanding the underlying reality that exists between different variables in sports and outside of sports. The conversation closes with a discussion of our understanding of social processes and the connection to public policy and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, podcasts

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