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Thursday, May 11, 2017

David Ortiz Calls Out Bobby Valentine In New Book: “Aggravating As Hell, Arrogant And Disrespectful

As excerpted by Sports Illustrated this week, Ortiz’s book describes Valentine as unreasonable and impossible to communicate with:

The drama began almost immediately in spring training. I remember fighting the thought, very early, We’re going to have an absolutely terrible year.

It was all about him in the spring. It was as if he wanted to prove how smart he was by running us through all these drills he’d used while managing in Japan, drills we had never done before. Bobby was in his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby valentine, books, david ortiz, red sox

Looking Back At The 1992 Expansion Draft (Part 1)

Dave Dombrowski and Bob Gebhard get in on the ground floor. Too bad the elevators hadn’t been installed yet.

Bote Man Posted: May 11, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, expansion, general managers

Fantasy Life: An Interview with Tabitha Soren

In 2003, Tabitha Soren went to the Oakland A’s spring training in Phoenix with her husband, Michael Lewis, who had just finished writing a book about the Oakland A’s front office, Moneyball, which would be published later that year. Soren brought her camera; she wasn’t a baseball fan, and she thought she would be bored. “I thought it was going to be a pretty place to shoot,” she told me when we spoke over the phone. She didn’t expect that project she began there would take her ...

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Swedish Chef Posted: May 11, 2017 at 03:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: books, interview, minor leaguers, moneyball, photography


Jeurys Familia Diagnosed With Arterial Clot In Shoulder

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with an “arterial clot” in his right shoulder, per a club announcement. He’ll head for a visit with Dr. Robert Thompson, with a surgical option considered possible.

Obviously, we don’t yet know whether surgery is likely. But it seems squarely on the table given that the team noted that possibility in the announcement — a rather unusual step when the treatment course has yet to be finalized.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 02:01 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jeury familia, mets

The Shelby Miller trade that almost was

Some Arizona Diamondbacks people thought they nearly had Shelby Miller traded last year, and it was potentially a deal that would have bailed them at least partly out of one of the most-criticized trades of the last decade.

Sources say the old regime was in serious talks on a deal that would have sent Miller to the Marlins last summer for multiple young pitchers, with Luis Castillo and Jose Urena main pieces, and Dillon Peters and Austin Brice also believed to have been discussed. Some recall ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 11:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, shelby miller

Derek Jeter: Thank You, New York

Jeter is going to send the whole city a fruit basket.

New York, I want to tell you a story — about a kid who grew up in the Midwest, in a town called Kalamazoo. Quiet, unsure and at times a little intimidated. A homebody at heart. About a kid with a dream who moved to a big city — to the big city. A kid who was just trying to keep up with everyone else.

A lot was asked of that kid. And I always respected the challenge to prove myself each and every day. The lights were always bright. The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, May 11, 1917:

“Big Bill” Lange, old-time Cub player, is ready to play ball to fill a vacancy for a man called to the front…he declared to-day in a letter to John K. Tener, president of the National League.

“When the army drafts all your players,” he wrote, “the chances are you will have to get some players that are 45 and over, so if you do, I will volunteer my services, as I will be 46 on June 6.”

“Sure, I’d listen if a major league ballclub called.”

Lange was a terrific ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Indians Owner Says Chief Wahoo Issue Will Be Over ‘Within A Couple Of Years’

Because they’re moving to Miami?

Indians owner Paul Dolan spoke recently at an event at a Cleveland-area temple and covered a number of topics related to the club’s 2017 season, including ace Corey Kluber’s injury and how the team has changed under manager Terry Francona. But what really grabbed people’s attention was Dolan’s explanation of what will happen to the Chief Wahoo logo. “Some want to keep (Wahoo), some want to get rid of him, but the issue is not going to go,” Dolan ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo, racism

Inside Baseball’s Balance Sheet

Interesting article.

Brian Posted: May 11, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb finances

Should Mets Pitching Woes Have Braves Worried About Own Plans?

The writer makes the case for the Braves not being the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2017 at 07:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets

Oakland Magazine: The A’s Have Narrowed Their Ballpark Choices to Two

The Oakland A’s are now focusing on two sites in the city for a new ballpark: Laney College near Lake Merritt and Howard Terminal on the waterfront next to Jack London Square, according to four knowledgeable sources. Two of those sources say the Laney College property has edged into the lead as the team’s preferred spot. The A’s now view the Oakland Coliseum site as a distant-third choice.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MLB investigating Dodgers for alleged discrimination in termination of war veteran Nick Francona

Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Los Angeles Dodgers discriminated against Nick Francona, an Afghanistan war veteran and son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, when his contract was terminated last year, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Sports.

Francona, 31, told MLB in a letter he believed the Dodgers gradually pushed him out of his job as assistant director of player development following his decision to seek an assessment at Home Base, a Boston-area ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, investigation, terry francona


City Councilman Introduces Bill To Force the Mets and Yankees to Extend Protective Netting

Back in 2015, in the wake of some high profile instances of batted balls and broken bats injuring fans in the stands, Major League Baseball issued some recommendations — not requirements, mere recommendations — to clubs to extend protective netting. Most have done so to some degree and others are planning on doing so. The lack of a requirement has caused this effort to proceed in fits and starts, however.

In New York, someone is trying to impose some uniformity. A city councilman. From the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: legislation, mets, protective netting, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2017

Tucumcari News, May 10, 1917:

“I have often wondered,” says Syd. Smith, manager of the Shreveport team, “if the seven other big league clubs were wise to the Cincinnati Reds’ signals last summer?
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Now that a year has passed, I’ll tell you something: We knew every signal that Herzog and his catchers had during the exhibition games last spring…Those signs could be read by a respectable old lady with spectacles on, they were so open, so easy to discover. And if a little minor league club could ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, sign stealing

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

As Home Run Rates Rise, MLB Offers Evidence That the Ball Isn’t Juiced

In the 2016 study, MLB received two dozen balls apiece from five teams, with each club’s contribution coming from its Rawlings-supplied stock designated for in-game use during the regular season. The BRC tested a dozen balls from each shipment immediately and stored the other dozen under controlled atmospheric conditions for at least two weeks before beginning the tests, which consisted of measuring the balls’ weight, circumference, and coefficient of restitution, or COR, a measure of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 10:47 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, home runs, juiced ball

‘Embarrassed’ Matt Harvey Begs Mets For Forgiveness

Because you can never get enough Matt Harvey.  And because he almost did everything right (well, except for that part about not ruling out filing for a grievance).  And because I look forward to his apologists explaining to us why he never should have apologized for having a migraine or playing golf or whatever. 

Captain Supporter Posted: May 09, 2017 at 04:08 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, new york mets

Why this summer’s trade market could be even more intriguing than usual

In any case, this will be a different market, if only because of the new rules regarding draft-pick compensation for free agents who reject qualifying offers and sign with new clubs.

Unlike in the past, only a revenue-sharing recipient will receive a pick immediately following the first round for such a player – and only if the free agent signs a contract for a total guarantee of $50 million or more.

All other circumstances will yield lower picks, reducing the incentive for teams that are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft pick compensation, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2017

Grand Forks Herald, May 9, 1917:

Captain T.L. Huston, part owner of the Yankees and the man who originated the plan for drilling baseball players, probably will be the first man in organized baseball to join the colors. Even before he suggested that the baseball players go in for military training Captain Huston offered his services to the war department. Saturday he received orders to report for duty.

Elsewhere in World War I-related baseball news, fans in Cincinnati are divided on whether ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Braves Release Ryan Howard

Will Big Piece find peace in retirement?

DanG Posted: May 09, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Minor league baseball is better business, not bigger business

Some Class AAA teams are valued at more than $30 million. According to Forbes, minor league baseball’s 20 most valuable teams are worth an average of $37.5 million, up 35% from 2013. The Class AAA Sacramento River Cats are the most valuable ($49 million). The El Paso Chihuahuas, who also play in the Pacific Coast League, are valued at $38.7 million. The Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League, who, like El Paso, moved to a new ballpark in 2014, have an estimated value of $47.5 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues

Raiders, just GTFO already

Meanwhile, after the Raiders’ move was announced, A’s President Dave Kaval more or less said “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” while speaking to NBC Sports California’s Joe Stiglich regarding the idea of shifting the home clubhouse into the Raiders’ locker room space.

“Well, it’s considerably bigger than our current locker room,” he said, “and so we could have a more player-friendly area, more lounge space, be more spread out. Even space for training facilities ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, football

Leadoff-hitter revolution is bringing slow, power guys up front

On May 1, these players were leadoff hitters in MLB games: Kyle Schwarber, Mike Moustakas, Seth Smith, Carlos Santana, Michael Conforto and George Springer. Among this group are power hitters, two former catchers, three guys who would generously be described as slow, and one guy who is a slow, power-hitting former catcher coming off knee surgery.

The changing face of the leadoff hitter is a revolution that has long been called for by statistical analysts, stressing that getting on base is a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: leadoff

Fangraphs: Yankees Have Been the Best Team in Baseball

Selig: “Rob you little putz, I go away for two years and you’ve screwed everything up already.”

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Kyle Schwarber’s journey to becoming the consummate Chicago Cub | SI.com

To be the next Big Papi you need to hit a little better than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

What Matt Harvey was doing the night before his suspension | Page Six

If this is the truth, maybe Harvey should just accept his suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Internal frustration with Matt Harvey lingers after Mets personnel made welfare check Saturday, sources say | Newsday

“Something had to happen,” another teammate said. “There had to be a sense of accountability.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Jedlovec joins MLB Now | MLB.com

Tip: If you can’t always watch MLB Now, here’s a link to a segment archive on MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

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