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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jacobs: Bobby Valentine Will Be Fun With Red Sox, But It Won’t End Well

O ye men who dwell in the streets of broad Lansdowne!

Boston’s need to eat its baseball skippers is well documented, even if the documentation at times needs to be rinsed through the hyperbole cycle. Off-day pitchers scarfing down fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse? Child’s play compared to Valentine’s 2002 Mets. There were accusations of at least seven players smoking dope. Keith Hernandez claimed the team quit on Valentine, although he later apologized. When the owners weren’t feuding, ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, red sox

Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore

Even as other teams made him offers, Grady Sizemore knew there was only one that made sense for him.

He still belonged with the Indians.

“I wasn’t ready to say goodbye and move on,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Indians re-signed Sizemore to a one-year, incentive-based contract, bringing the oft-injured former All-Star outfielder back for another chance to become the electrifying player whose career has been derailed the past three seasons by injuries and surgeries.

Sizemore’s journey into ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, indians

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Megdal: (Mets Need) Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Megdal has the “The Seinfeld-Reyes Solution”.

I am a longtime, unabashed fan of Jerry Seinfeld. And not only am I a fan of his work, I’m a fan of how he’s lived his post-Seinfeld life- doing what he wants, calling Steve Somers and talking Mets for 45 minutes, etc. It’s pretty much exactly what I will do once I have a hit TV show that pays me a ludicrous amount of money in perpetuity.
Lately, I found another similarity: like me, Jose Reyes is Jerry Seinfeld’s favorite player. And he’s ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:53 PM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets, television

Ben Goessling, MASN: The new CBA, the Nationals and the end of signability

So what will it mean for the Nationals, now that they’re picking later in the draft than they have before? Well, in the short-term, they won’t be at as much risk of losing their first-round pick for signing a Type A free agent as they would have been under the old system. But it seemed less likely they were going to pursue a big-name free agent this year than they were last year anyway. This has been a team built on scouting and development; Rizzo constructed his entire front office around the ...

TerpNats Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, college, high school, nationals

PADRES: Team acquires catcher Baker for LeBlanc

Will LeBlanc fare well away from his primate teammate?

The Padres have strengthened their catching situation with the acquisition of John Baker from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Wade LeBlanc.
Baker is two-plus years removed from reconstructive elbow surgery and was limited to 31 games between the majors and minors last season. He hit .154 with one RBI for the Marlins in 13 at-bats.

But the left-handed hitting catcher averaged seven homers and 41 RBIs with a .281 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 03:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, padres

Yankees Raise Bleacher Prices; ‘Bald Vinny’ Not Happy

Sy Sprawling rulz! ‘Bald Vinny’ not being happy pleases me to no end.

The Yankees are raising bleacher prices next season in an effort to cut down on resales by ticket brokers. New York said Tuesday the price of the seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5.

“The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and were bought up by ticket brokers,” chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “The folks that really wanted it for affordability couldn’t get it.”

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1911:

Orvie Overall, former star pitcher on the Cubs, is an outlaw, according to information which reached here on Wednesday that the big fellow had signed up with the pirate Pacific coast organization.  Five thousand is the mark which, it is reported, landed Overall.  The promoters of the league are trying to land Mordecai Brown.

Easiest $5,000 Overall ever made if this report was accurate.  He blew out his arm late in the 1911 season and was unable to pitch in ...

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 02:22 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NYT: Torre Draws Inquiries From Suitors for Dodgers

Only Costello on his way to the Susquehanna Hat Company has left more damaged hats behind.

At 71, you would not expect Torre to manage again or become a general manager.

“I’m not part of any group,” he said by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “But I’ll tell you there’ve been a number of people who’ve reached out and inquired, but I’ve made no alliance, no commitment, as of this minute.”

Could his situation change in a month? “Who knows?” he said. “It’s certainly ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Plaschke: Writers strike out not choosing Matt Kemp as MVP

Wow!...I haven’t agreed with Plaschke since he wrote that fistive tribute to Kickboy Face. Oh, wait…that was Plus Key, from “Cuddly Arsenic Convulsion” punkzine. Sorry.

Somebody tell me. Somebody show me. Use sabermetrics. Go to the video. I don’t care. If there is one piece of concrete evidence that says Kemp should not have been voted MVP over Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, I want to see it.

This is a robbery greater than a Kemp leaping catch. This is a steal more blatant than a Kemp sprint. This ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers

Kovacevic: Baseball sticks it to Pirates

Raise the Jolly Roger’s Amateur Draft Luxury Tax!

I asked Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ president, what’s in this for them.

He cited a new draft feature that will award six bonus picks — Nos. 31-37 overall — to lower-revenue teams by way of a lottery, as well as a cap on international signings that’s staggered in inverse order of the standings. Both will be welcome.

Coonelly also was adamant that baseball wasn’t out to get his team.

“Is this everything the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped it ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, pirates, prospect reports

Kobritz: Madoff would be proud of Marlins’ tactics

Wonder if John would be…

In reality, the Marlins are engaging in nothing more than a charade designed to deceive fans into thinking the team might actually spend some of the additional revenue they are certain to generate next year in an attempt to field a competitive team. None of the offers were attractive to the players and didn’t stand a chance of being accepted, a fact well known to Loria and Samson but, they hoped, not to optimistic and gullible fans that are currently being solicited ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, miami

On The Passing Of Greg Halman

I don’t even feel right referring to Greg as a baseball player. Obviously he was a baseball player, and that was how we knew him, but I don’t feel right giving him that label, that identity. Still, while “baseball player” wasn’t Greg Halman’s full identity, it was a part of it, so it’s worth noting how much Halman achieved, and what he came to represent. He wasn’t just a Mariners prospect on the brink of a big league career. He was the first Dutch-born, Dutch-raised, and Dutch-developed player ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 23, 2011 at 01:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, obituaries

The Zen Master And Amateur Baseball Players

You know, I’ve found that anger is the enemy of instruction.

Wow. Five more years of labor peace ensured, zero public rancor between the owners and the players, and yet all anyone’s talking about in the TwitterBlogoSphere is how terrible the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is…

One thing that everyone seems to forget about labor negotiations (and politics, and just about everything else): they’ve got nothing to do with right and wrong. They have everything to do with interests and leverage. ...Read More...

The District Attorney Posted: November 23, 2011 at 01:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, business

Granillo: A One-Man Game of Baseball on the ISS

Larry sez…“Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recently played a little baseball on the ISS - by himself. Here’s a quick look at it (since the video is stuck on a Japanese site, unembeddable)”

Aboard the International Space Station these past six months, Japanese astronaut and baseball fan Satoshi Furukawa recently found a little time to play the game on the station. With the cramped spaces, however, it could only be a game of one. Luckily, with the microgravity found the ISS, that wasn’t as ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 01:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: international, steroids

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals

Wonder if I still have that Ed Kurpiel Fan Club invitation…

1. Shelby Miller, rhp
2. Carlos Martinez, rhp
3. Oscar Taveras, of
4. Zack Cox, 3b
5. Kolten Wong, 2b
6. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp
7. Lance Lynn, rhp
8. Eduardo Sanchez, rhp
9. Matt Adams, 1b
10. Jordan Swagerty, rhp

Mozeliak encouraged his amateur scouts to seek out speed, athleticism and middle infielders in the 2011 draft. The result was Wong (first round), center fielder Charlie Tilson (second round) and outfielder C.J. ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 12:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Scott Boras says CBA draft provisions will lessen the value of franchises

Scott Boras believes baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement includes “a lot of positives” and sees ways in which it will help “the integrity of the game.” But the new provisions regarding the draft, the domain in which Boras has helped drive signing bonuses and become perhaps the most prominent agent in sports, is not one of those positives.

In a phone conversation, Boras argued that the new rules governing draft spending will affect baseball to the highest reaches of the ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 12:44 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yellen: At Last, MLB Expands Replay Review—ALMOST Far Enough

More inter-league games! Expanded instant replay!! Elston Howard Batting Donuts don’t really work!!!.....MY HELL AWAITS!!!!

All baseball fans should give credit to MLB and MLBPA negotiators, who have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that extends labor peace for five more years. By the end of this deal, there will be 21 consecutive years without a labor stoppage in baseball. There are a number of important things agreed to by the two parties, but to me, the most important change ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, television

BBWAA: NL MVP: Ryan Braun

Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, whose slugging and clutch hitting helped the Brewers win the National League Central title, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Braun, who turned 28 last Thursday, was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32, submitted by two writers from each league city, to score 388 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 06:48 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers

Ingraham: Why I left Justin Verlander off my MVP ballot

In Graham Land…things can get very lonely.


Obviously, I’m in the minority in this year’s MVP voting. I expected to be. I’m sure many wonder why I didn’t at least have Verlander somewhere on my ballot — second, third, fourth — if not first. My answer to that is this: If Verlander was going to be on my ballot at all, he was going to be first.

But once I decided I didn’t think it was fair to compare pitchers with position players for this award, meaning I wasn’t going to give Verlander a ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 06:33 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, sabermetrics, tigers

ESPN: Jacobs: Verlander MVP-WTF!

Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American League MVP Voting.

I will make this short-Verlander is a terriffic pitcher. Funny when you look at his 2011 season he started out as the same pitcher he was before. great stuff but a thrower then it kicked in and he kicked tail- However in no way-shape-form or fashion should a pitcher EVER win an MVP award. It’s really that simple. The same way no Running back should be the leading tackler on your Football team. verlander for all his achievments ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 06:11 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: media, sabermetrics, tigers

Billy Beane dives into A’s stadium issue

Billy Beane should have never written this article.

“It’s now impacting our baseball planning,” Beane said, “so I feel a need to get involved with this.”

According to a major-league source, Beane accompanied owner Lew Wolff to meet with Commissioner Bud Selig in Scottsdale, Ariz., two weeks ago. Beane declined to confirm or deny his presence or that the meeting even took place…

Oakland lost money last season for the first time this century, with an expected shortfall of several million ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2011 at 04:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, giants

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates

I so wanted Dave Doorneweerd to make the bigs…

1. Gerrit Cole, rhp
2. Jameson Taillon, rhp
3. Josh Bell, of
4. Starling Marte, of
5. Luis Heredia, rhp
6. Kyle McPherson, rhp
7. Tony Sanchez, c
8. Robbie Grossman, of
9. Stetson Allie, rhp
10. Jeff Locke, lhp

The Pirates have used the strategy of exceeding MLB’s bonus recommendations in the later rounds to sign pitchers away from solid college commitments. While that has stocked the lower levels of the system with live arms, none is ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 02:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, pirates, prospect reports, scouting

BTiA: Evan Grant: Wrong By Any Measure

Mor on, the Evan Grant MVP ballot.

Evan’s ballot, however, is not a disagreement between traditional statistics and advanced statistics. This is a question of credibility and whether Evan Grant has any after this absurd vote.

At best, this vote is disingenuous. I simply cannot believe that Evan Grant truly felt that Michael Young was the most valuable player in the American League this year.

... If Evan Grant decided that he wanted to use the ‘eye test’ to determine his MVP, then he needs ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rangers, sabermetrics

A’s Michael Taylor Has Been Interning at a Radio Station and No One Knows

Muttering Michael...

Seeing professional athletes do the work of the common person is always entertaining.  There’s something people generally enjoy about watching a guy who makes millions of dollars per year try to conquer the rat race.  A’s outfielder Michael Taylor has done just that.  During the offseason, Taylor has been interning at KNBR radio station in California — the official station of the San Francisco Giants.  He is responsible for walking around and interviewing people on ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 02:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, media

Bandbox Schmandbox: Citizens Bank Park Is Not Playing Like A Hitter’s Park

So let’s review the facts:

1) For the past 4 years, Citizens Bank Park has NOT been a hitter’s park

Over the past 4 years, the Phillies and their opponents have scored 8.79 runs per game at CBP, and 8.69 per game in the other teams’ home parks.  So CBP has boosted offense by 1.2%.  Here is how that 1.2% compares to the same data for the most hitter-friendly parks over those same four years:

Coors (COL) +26.5%
Arlington (TEX) + 17.3%
Chase (ARI) +12.8%
Fenway (BOS) +10.1%

CBP’s 1.2% ranks ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, projections, sabermetrics

Ex-Yankees cheer labor peace, HGH test

Reggie Jackson is enthused about testing for HGH.

“I think it’s great. You look at the last three or four years or maybe five and the (home-run) numbers have come down,’’ Jackson said. “There were players you never heard of hitting 50 homers. It’s nice to see them get their arms around it and try to get the game back where it should be.

“You have to tip your cap to [commissioner] Bud [Selig]. The game wins in this situation.’’

Like Jackson, Damon has been a backer of ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, steroids, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 22, 1911:

Rube Marquard, the pitcher who brought the pennant to New York, is a holdout.  He is not holding out against the New York baseball club, but he is holding out good and strong against the theater with which he signed a vaudeville contract.

He thought he was to become a real Thespian, but when he learned that he was to do his turn in a 25 cent moving picture house located in the roof garden above the theater where he thought he was to appear Marquard ...

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history

Torres: Seven changes could make baseball better

Torres del pain: Scaling down.

1. Shorten the season and playoffs. Do we really need the World Series going until Halloween? OK, it was only Oct. 28, but seriously? Forget the 162-game season and go back to the 154-game slate. The final games of the 2012 MLB season are scheduled for Oct. 3. Let’s shoot for a Sept. 12 season finale and get the playoffs started by Sept. 15. This will eliminate frozen tundra games and keep baseball from losing too many viewers to football fans. The playoffs? ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history

Orioles close to announcing deal with Chong Tae-Hyon

Good… I miss Korean submariners.

The Orioles are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Korean pitcher Chong Tae-Hyon… Chong, 33, is a submarine-style right-hander who would work out of the bullpen for the Orioles.

“He’s a clutch pitcher who was on the mound when Korea beat Cuba for the WBC championship and again when Korea won the gold medal in China,” [GM Dan] Duquette said. “He has a unique delivery that would be an interesting addition to any major league bullpen, according to Buck ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2011 at 03:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: international, orioles

Bobby Valentine Formally Interviews for Red Sox Job

Even Agent Van Alden loves the switch!

Asked for his philosophy of discipline, Valentine said he learned from his time in Japan that players appreciate having rules that are enforced because it helps them stay in line.

“Discipline is not 30 whacks with a whip these days,” Valentine said. “But I think everyone likes discipline. I think everyone likes structure. Everyone likes to be acknowledged when they do things properly. Discipline and rules and things like that - it’s just about right and ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 02:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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