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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2011

Pittsburgh Press, December 8, 1911:

Long Larry McLean, in all probability, has caught his last game for the Reds.  President Herrmann, backed up by the board of directors of the club, has decided to sell his release or to trade him if a profitable deal can be arranged…

This action on the part of the officials of the Cincinnati club is taken not because Larry is not a first class catcher…but on account of his cheerful and congenial habits, which are believed to unfit him for work on a ball club ...

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

John Rocker Still Trying to Clear Name

Pearlman: Give ‘Em Enough Rope (sent this over to


...errr, Jeff).

Rocker says he’s written the book partly in response to a 1999 Sports Illustrated article that he says ruined his good name forever.

Interviewed during Eyewitness News at 6 Wednesday, he referred to the old proverb that says “Don’t pick up fight with a guy who buys ink by the truckload.”

He told 13WMAZ’s Frank Malloy, “I decided to buy my own truck.”

...Rocker says he wrote the book with J. Marshall Craig to add “meat” ...

Repoz Posted: December 08, 2011 at 01:42 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: books, braves, history

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Buehrle to sign with Marlins

Mark Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen reunited: The free-agent pitcher reportedly will sign a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 09:58 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, white sox

Salfino: Why Ruben Tejada likely will not hit enough

Ruben, Ruben: He hasn’t hit in years…but every Met fan he meets falls in love with him!

I’m concerned about his isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting average). I understand he’s been playing as a 20 and 21 year old.

...So this gives us a career projection for Tejada in isolated slugging on the high side of 0.92 and on the low side of about 0.70. It seems to me that in the post-expansion era, anything below .100 in ISO regardless of position is pretty terrible. The problem is ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 09:20 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

Pirates make $4.5 million deal with left-hander Bedard

The Pirates and free agent left-hander Erik Bedard agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday, according to an industry source.
The Pirates will have to remove two players from the 40-man roster to make room for Bedard and Nate McLouth, who a source confirmed agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 08:47 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Stan “The Man” unveils rather short Christmas wish list

Screw Greg Szlapczynski’s greatest hits CD!


Flanked by his grandson, Cardinals great and baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial displayed a rather simple-albeit direct-wish list for the holiday season: “All I want for Christmas is for Pujols to be a Cardinal.”

Brian Musial Schwarze shared the picture, taken Wednesday morning at Stan Musial Inc. in West County, with members of the St. Louis media.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 08:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Strubel: Trust and Loyalty no guarantee

I hate when I confuse Wally Sandberg with Ryne Backman.

Wally Backman trusts his former manager Davey Johnson when he told him he felt “strongly that I’m going to manage (the Mets) someday.” Add to that advice Backman’s loyalty to the Wilpon’s for giving him an opportunity when no other team would and Backman was sold on staying with the Mets organization, hoping these personal qualities will one day pay dividends.

From the outside, Backman’s decision to trust Johnson and remain ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 06:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

MLB issues dress code guidelines for media members - Baseball- NBC Sports

Good grief. Can bloggers still show up in their pajamas?

The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.

Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.

...
Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 05:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Source—David Ortiz to accept Boston Red Sox’s arbitration offer - ESPN Boston

Welcome back, Big Papi! Will next year be his “too late” year?

Designated hitter David Ortiz plans to accept the offer of salary arbitration that the Red Sox extended to him, meaning that he will return to Boston for the 2012 season, a source told on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:59 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rangers step up pursuit of left-hander C.J. Wilson

DALLAS—These winter meetings aren’t all about C.J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers. Seriously.

Club brass has hardly left the Hilton Anatole, much less their war-room suite, over the first two days as they hunt down team needs such as a utility infielder and another bullpen piece.

But while a rotation addition isn’t seen as a necessity, the pursuit of a starter, led by Wilson, remains the dominant Rangers storyline.

To that end, general manager Jon Daniels finally met with Wilson’s agent late ...

sptaylor Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rumors

MLB agreement says Frank McCourt must sell Dodgers by end of April -

The Dodgers mess continues, at least for a little while longer.

Frank McCourt must divest himself of the Dodgers and their stadium by April 30 but has sole authority to decide whether he keeps or sells the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the terms of his sale agreement with Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Closer Matt Capps to be back with Twins in 2012

This would never happen if baseball had a salaried Capps.

The Twins are finalizing a deal to re-sign closer Matt Capps, who struggled last year when handed the closer’s role during the season. Two sources with knowledge of negotiations confirmed the deal.
Capps was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Twins last season. He replaced Nathan as closer in April but lost the job later in the season. It was discovered later on that Capps was pitching with a sore forearm that affected his slider ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Padres get Huston Street from Rockies to replace Heath Bell

UPDATE: Thomas Harding of reports that it’s a done deal, with the Padres assuming “most” of Street’s contract and sending the Rockies a player to be named later in exchange….

Olney describes the talks as “ongoing” and Street has been linked to several other teams at various points this month, with the Rockies now preferring Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning.

He’s pricey at $7.5 million with a $9 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2013, but Street is still just ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rockies

Rockies get Kevin Slowey from Twins

Well he tells you right in his name he’s going to suck. What did you expect Minnesota?

The Minnesota Twins have traded winless pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.

The deal was announced Tuesday during baseball’s winter meetings.

Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA this year and was out from May to August because of an abdominal strain. He made eight starts and six relief appearances and the Twins went 0-14 in those games.

Slowey became the first major league ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, twins

BHOF - Tim McCarver Named 2012 Ford C. Frick Award Winner for Broadcasting Excellence

Tim McCarver, who has served as a national analyst on networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

McCarver becomes the second primary television analyst to win the Frick Award, joining Tony Kubek, who received the honor in 2009. McCarver will be honored as ...

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

Burwell: Cards taking a risky approach

Albert Productions: Minus the Cardinal?

In the high-priced world of major league baseball, no one can say with a straight face that Pujols was ever paid anything near his true value. And this is what frustrates me so much about how pro sports works. Everyone moans when a player doesn’t live up to his big contract. But where are those whining voices of public dissent when a player exceeds his contract and seeks to balance things out at the negotiating table?

So whatever the Cardinals might end ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:36 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

NY Post: Yankees trying to trade Burnett

The Yankees have inserted A.J. Burnett into the trade market at the Winter Meetings, The Post has learned.

According to multiple teams, the Yankees have let it be known they will listen to offers for Burnett and are willing to pay $8 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons.

“We will listen on anybody,’’ GM Brian Cashman said without getting specific.

Even with the Yankees swallowing about a quarter of Burnett’s contract, they haven’t gotten a nibble. ...

bobm Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:44 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors, yankees

MLB: Enter to be a Part of MLB Fan Cave 2012

As the lone comment sez…“Baseball Wives isn’t embarrassing enough?

Major League Baseball announced today that the MLB Fan Cave in 2012 will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one winner is crowned before the end of the World Series. Multiple contestants will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave and watch every single MLB game each day while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, fantasy baseball, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-7-2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 8, 1941:

CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 7—“It is impossible just now to say what effect the war will have on baseball,” said William E. Benswanger, president of the Pirates. “I do not know any more about it than the other fellow, but one thing is very certain at this time: We must keep our heads cool and keep our feet on the ground.”

The Pittsburgh executive had a radio installed in his suite…it was his intention to hear a concert on the air this afternoon, but shortly ...

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:40 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international, japan

MLB issues media dress guidelines

Well…at least they don’t have to worry about banning flannel. Huh, ohh.

Muscle shirts, ripped jeans and flip-flops—fine for the beach, not so fine for big league press boxes starting next season.

Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings.

The no-wear list also includes visible undergarments, excessively short skirts or anything with a team logo.

“This is not in response to any ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

Pirates reportedly signing Betemit, McLouth

The return of Russ’s former favorite Pirate, plus a useful utility infielder:

Wilson Betemit, who the Royals sent to the Detroit Tigers in a midseason deal, has earned the interest of the Pirates while Nate McLouth could come back to the place where he was most successful.

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the McLouth deal is done pending a physical.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 07, 2011 at 05:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Harper: Yankees should trade Jesus Monetro to Oakland A’s for Gio Gonzalez

Hell, if they give up Jesus Monetro and not Jesus Montero…it’s a great deal!

But would Cashman do it?

He has insisted he won’t deal Montero unless it’s for someone like Cliff Lee, and Gonzalez isn’t quite on that level. However, he is one of the best lefthanders in the American League, a strikeout pitcher who won 31 games over the last two seasons for a team that doesn’t score runs.

...“Put him on a team like the Yankees that scores runs and the walks would come down because he ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:52 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, yankees

Francisco to Mets

What, did Ed Wade become the GM overnight?

The team has agreed to a two-year deal with Frank Francisco, pending a physical, tweets Ken Davidoff of Newsday.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 07, 2011 at 03:12 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Giants Acquire Pagan From Mets For Torres, Ramirez

The Giants and Mets have agreed on a deal that will send Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez to New York and Angel Pagan to San Francisco, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal is pending physicals, Sherman reports (via Twitter).

Thanks to Magoo.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:57 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mets

Mets Sign Jon Rauch

The Mets have signed relief pitcher Jon Rauch, pending a physical. Jim Duquette’s reporting that the deal is for $3.5 million, including performance bonuses, presumably for one year.

Rauch has bounced around quite a bit over the past few years, but he spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, earning $3.5 million in the process. Toronto held a club option for the 2012 season at $3.75 million but chose to decline it, paying Rauch a $250,000 buyout instead.

After pretty good years in ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:21 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Albert Pujols mulls 3 offers: Cardinals, Marlins, and 1 more

DALLAS—Marquee free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, fueling the most lucrative bidding war in baseball history, obtained three 10-year contract proposals Tuesday that would pay him in excess of $200 million, an official close to the negotiations told USA TODAY.

The official could not comment on the negotiations because they are ongoing.

Pujols, who could announce his decision as early as Wednesday, has offers from the St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins and a third team that has publicly ...

Gamingboy Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, miami, rumors

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Biz of Baseball: How the BBWAA is Adapting to the Online World

Well…it’s about freakin’ time Seymour Siwoff watched Douglas Engelbart’s debut of the computer mouse video!

Some knew—many didn’t—but last year I applied for inclusion into the BBWAA. I spent a great deal of time combing through the Baseball Writers’ bylaws and constitution, and worked diligently to meet the criteria. Fulltime, paid write?,Check. Accredited with league? Check. Went to a good number of games? Check? LLC?… World Series?…. Winter Meetings and other jewel events?…. ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 09:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, online

Megdal: What can the 2012 Mets get for $15 million and maybe David Wright

The organization’s finances are a mess, meaning that the only question now is whether Alderson can somehow build a decent club by making cheap additions to the unintimidating roster he currently has to work with.

After all, Alderson, the former general manager of the Oakland A’s, has a proven track record of accomplishing a lot with meager resources (though it bears noting that he did his winning in Oakland when he spent money on stars like Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco).

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Winter Meetings Heat Up With Rumors That Hotel Has An Indoor Pool | The Onion Sports Network


Team owners across the major leagues were galvanized Monday by news that the Hilton Anatole hotel, which will host professional baseball’s official 2011 winter meetings, may feature an indoor pool. “Aw, man, I’m totally gonna bring my trunks,” said Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, adding that he hopes the pool is “one of those ones where half is indoors and the other half is outdoors.” “I’m definitely spending all my time in there. And I’m gonna splash [Boston Red Sox ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2011 at 07:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general

White Sox trade Sergio Santos for Blue Jays prospect Molina

Sergio: Once Upon a Time in the East…Duck, You Sucker!

The Chicago White Sox sent closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina in a trade of right-handed pitchers Tuesday.

Santos, 28, saved 30 games in 63 appearances in his first full season in the majors in 2011.

Molina, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, was 12-3, pitching at Class A Dunedin (Fla.) and Class AA New Hampshire for the Jays last season. For his minor-league career he is 22-7 with a 2.21 ERA.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 06:23 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, white sox

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