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Monday, December 05, 2011

Rosenthal: Marlins need pitching more than Pujols

Hot off the muscle wire…Robothal’s latest.

The Marlins gave Albert Pujols the grand tour of their new ballpark. They made him a nine-year offer. They plan to meet with his agent, Dan Lozano, at the winter meetings on Monday or Tuesday and apply even more of a full-court press, major league sources say.

But the Marlins should not sign Albert Pujols.

...You can almost see the Marlins’ logic: Neither Wilson nor Buehrle is a true ace, so why not load up on the best available hitters? Pujols ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, miami

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1911:

HAVANA, Dec. 4.—Manager John McGraw of the New York National Baseball Club, and Umpire Rigler have felt the heavy hand of Cuban law. They have been fined $20 each for making alleged derogatory statements about Cubans.

Last night while dining in a cafe they were accused of making a public declaration that all Cubans were merely negroes, whereupon a policeman was called to arrest the baseball men. McGraw and Rigler stubbornly resisted because the ...

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: December 05, 2011 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

McGrath: Minnie Minoso a Legend, But Not Hall of Fame-Worthy

He messed around with a bloke named Smoky Burgess

Minoso’s influence is less celebrated, though as a Spanish-speaking, dark-skinned Cuban he had to overcome a daunting language barrier as well as a reluctantly falling color barrier when he reached the big leagues for good in 1951. He was traded to the White Sox that year, and became a baseball treasure in Chicago, a dynamic performer on the field and a cheerful, charismatic presence in the community.

While multiple ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 03:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, white sox

Twitter / @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: #Marlins, Reyes i ...

That’s a lot of cabbage for a guy who will be hurt a good chunk of the contract.

Reyes in agreement on six-year, $106M deal, pending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2011 at 03:14 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

ESPN: Source: Marlins up offer to Jose Reyes

Sound the Doom Trumpet! (just happened to be rummaging through them/him)

The Miami Marlins have put themselves in a position to acquire shortstop Jose Reyes.

The revamped franchise has offered Reyes a deal worth a minimum of $111 million, sources told

According to the sources, Miami would pay Reyes $106 million for six years, with an option for a seventh year for $22 million. If they decide not to use the option, they would pay Reyes $5 million.

Earlier in the ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 12:25 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Manny Ramirez wants to return to baseball, but the better question may be, does baseball want Manny Ramirez?

Ramirez, 39, retired in April after he faced a 100-game suspension after his second violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program. He has now applied for reinstatement from MLB’s voluntary retired list, agent Scott Shapiro tells Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Ramirez would still have to serve his suspension before returning to the field, but Heyman ...

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 09:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: business, steroids

Sherman: Yankees aim to trim payroll by 2014 to escape luxury penalties

The Yankees are not going after C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle because they do not like the costs especially in 2014.

To understand the Yankees’ current thinking, you must understand that no team stands to lose or gain more from the newly agreed upon collective bargaining agreement.

...This would mean the only big shot the Yankees fire this offseason already has occurred, with their CC Sabathia retention/extension. It also means they will be bystanders as organizations such as the Marlins and ...

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 03:53 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish needs to ‘post’ in a hurry if he wants 2012 MLB job - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN


Both the Red Sox (Matsuzaka) and Yankees (Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawa) have experienced failure with Japanese pitchers. But both badly need to upgrade their rotations, and new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine — who managed against Darvish in Japan — “loves” the righty, according to a source.

It’s all very tantalizing — that is, if Darvish ever agrees to be posted.

“I am told the club and player cannot agree on what is an acceptable posting fee,” a scouting executive with one ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Highly touted Cuban outfielder available for the taking - ESPN

That’s a lot of cash for a guy who hasn’t played in the majors.

When Katz says teams should view Cespedes as a “free-agent outfielder’’ rather than pigeonhole him as a “Cuban free-agent outfielder,’’ clubs take it as a sign that Cespedes aspires to much more than the $30.25 million deal that pitcher and fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman signed with Cincinnati in 2010. The buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign Cespedes, and in recent weeks the estimates ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:36 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Boston Red Sox - Parade of possibilities at the winter meetings - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe’s Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:32 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Hoops icon Dick Vitale voices some support for Mariano Rivera


When Dick Vitale heard prior to Thanksgiving that Mariano Rivera was headed for vocal cord surgery, he attempted to reach out to baseball’s all-time closer.

Having undergone surgery on his vocal cord in 2007, the college basketball television announcer and Yankees fan wanted to recommend the doctor that operated on him.

“I had Dr. Steven Zeitels in Boston,’’ Vitale told The Post. “He did mine, Steven Tyler, Adele and James Taylor. He is the Michael ...

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, yankees

Boston Red Sox - Johnny Damon says pinstripes would suit David Ortiz - The Boston Globe

A couple of nice quotes in this article. I bet the second quote only makes Astros fans more excited at the prospect of Friedman coming to Houston.

Damon also had some advice for Ortiz: Sign with the Yankees and take advantage of that right-field porch at Yankee Stadium.

“Shoot, I was trying to tell him if he went to New York his 30 home runs turns into 40,’’ Damon said. “He still has a great chance to win. I’m happy I got to experience both sides [of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry]. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rays, red sox

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers

Bill Bene should never have written that book on scouting!

1. Zach Lee, rhp
2. Allen Webster, rhp
3. Nate Eovaldi, rhp
4. Alfredo Silverio, of
5. Chris Reed, lhp
6. Garrett Gould, rhp
7. Chris Withrow, rhp
8. Josh Lindblom, rhp
9. Joc Pederson, of
10. Tim Federowicz, c

The farm system provided plenty of contributions, most notably Dee Gordon, who hit .304 and showed spectacular defensive ability at shortstop. Rubby de la Rosa, Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen and Jerry Sands also showed ...

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 12:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Pedro Martinez to Announce Retirement Soon After Spending Two Seasons Out of Baseball

And in the middle of his eighth season out of baseball…Grady Little still won’t think he’s done.

Pedro Martinez hasn’t pitched since the 2009 World Series, but he’s yet to officially retire from baseball. That will change soon. reports that the former Red Sox right-hander will soon announce his retirement, and he’s going out in a way that only Martinez could.

“I’m going to [officially announce it], I’m going to do it, but I want to throw a party too,” Martinez told “I want ...

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 03:46 AM | 278 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, red sox

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Phil Rogers: Making the Hall of Fame case

Butch points out that “Rogers is now using Bill James, WAR, WTF!, etc”

Second tier: Ken Boyer

Rogers rank: No. 6.

The case for: Bill James ranks him as the 12th best third baseman of all-time. His career WAR (wins above replacement) of 58.4 is third among these candidates, behind only Santo and Tiant. He won the 1964 MVP and was an All-Star six consecutive seasons. He won Game 4 of the 1964 World Series with a grand-slam homer and delivered in Game 7, helping the Cardinals upset the Yankees. ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 11:09 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Hardball Talk: UPDATE: Angels trade Jeff Mathis to Blue Jays for Brad Mills

UPDATE: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times confirms that the deal is done.

12:10 PM: Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Angels are on the verge of trading catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays for left-hander Brad Mills.

The Angels acquired Chris Iannetta from the Rockies earlier this week, which made Mathis a virtual lock to be non-tendered. The 28-year-old backstop stands to make close to $2 million in his second year of arbitration, so it’s a wonder why the Blue Jays ...

Tripon Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:26 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays

Heyman leaving SI for CBS Sports

CBS = The Boras Network?

Jon Heyman, who has been breaking baseball news at Sports Illustrated for the last five years, is leaving SI for CBS Sports, The Big Lead has learned.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:19 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, online

Passan: SEC targets Marlins’ shady business

There was that stuff about miscalculations on the parking structure a few days ago, but this is… more broad.

For two decades now, Major League Baseball has funded its rise from corporate slacker to gilded cash cow on the backs of taxpayers bullied into building new stadiums. It’s a marvel the government took so long to sniff out the rot that emanates from these deals, though not much of a surprise that the Miami Marlins were the target when they did.

The Security and Exchange Commission on ...

Gamingboy Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, miami

Bois: Skybox Thunder, When Baseball Card Writers Tried To Rap

I have the complete set of this lively dead text.

Rap is great. Sports cards are terrible. 1999 was terrible. Rap in 1999 was really, really terrible. Rapping sports cards in 1999 are the very worst thing. In this edition of Sports Cards For Insane People, we visit a ridiculous rapping card set.

Until I discovered the 1999 Skybox Thunder baseball card set a few days ago…

Mike Lansing card:

One ... two ... three, four, five. Brother, your game is all the way live. With all your skillz, ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 03:52 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, memorabilia

Investigation of Babe Ruth Forgeries Endorsed by Bambino’s Granddaughter

However, industry experts, collectors and even sources at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have questioned whether the majority of these high-end beauties are worth more than the vintage baseballs they are signed upon. The most spectacular examples that have sold at auction for prices ranging between $50,000 and $100,000 are now the targets of a new investigation endorsed by Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth-Tosetti.

Tosseti has followed closely the proliferation in the marketplace of ...

Pop Snyder Posted: December 03, 2011 at 03:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia

NYBD: Silva: The Wild Ride of Bobby Valentine and Steve Phillips

Another…Greatest Sports Argument Of All Time!

Steve Phillips and Bobby Valentine were reunited yesterday on the “Evan and Phillips Show” on Mad Dog Radio. It was a reunion of two men that appeared would never mend the fence after a tumultuous six years as the Mets GM/field manager combo. For as much criticism both Phillips and Valentine receive after the fact, they have the second best run in franchise history.

...Many point to Phillips firing Valentine’s coaches in June of 1999 as to ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, mets, red sox, television

Royals Review: Royals Fired Frank White For Being Too Critical?

I wasn’t pitch-fork ready when I heard that Frank White was not returning to Royals broadcasts in 2012. However, Jeff Passan has made the discussion a little more interesting:

I’m told the Royals fired Frank White because team thought he was too critical. To fire him is bad. To fire him for that is unconscionable.

...The Royals are in a tough spot here. The team/FSKC has every right to go in another direction, and in the past White has been fairly prickly about being denied or removed from ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, royals, television

Brookover: Freddy Galvis remains an option at shortstop for Phillies

Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ new director of player development, recently watched the 22-year-old Galvis play for Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League and turned in a favorable scouting report to Amaro.

“I really liked the reports I have gotten from Joe Jordan on Galvis,” Amaro said. “The reports were good on how he has progressed offensively.”

...Amaro said he was still in discussions with Rollins and other free-agent shortstops. He also conceded that there would be some risk in starting a ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 12:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, phillies

Mike Schmidt: Kaat deserves Hall of Fame induction

Kaater’s skill falls into Schmidt’s lap. How novel.

I knew Jim was considered by the system as borderline for Hall membership, but what I didn’t know was that he has more wins than seven current members. That he played for 25 years, third-longest career in history, won 16 Gold Gloves, had a career 3.45 ERA and a World Series championship to go along with those 283 wins.

Add in some modern research, he had 365 starts of six innings with three or fewer runs allowed. By today’s standards, his ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 11:31 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Friday, December 02, 2011

When A Team Leaves Its Stadium, What Do You Do With the Building?

Back in February, an architecture conference focused on “concrete modernism” met in Houston. Included on the agenda: a tour of the famed Astrodome. The 65,000-seat domed stadium, the first of its kind when it opened in 1965, was the perfect destination for the group. But the visitors’ path through the venue had to be changed when, just hours before the event, an electrical fire broke out in the facility. The blaze wasn’t major, but it illustrated the extent to which the facility, once ...

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 02, 2011 at 09:47 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, memorabilia

Bill Deane thinks former Barry Larkin will get 79 percent of the HOF vote

Hep up…former preeminent expert on Baseball Hall of Fame voting patterns, Chris Jaffe!

Bill Deane, the preeminent expert on Baseball Hall of Fame voting patterns, predicts that former Reds great Barry Larkin will be elected to Cooperstown in 2012 with 79 percent of the vote.

...The way Deane does his analysis is to look at how many votes are freed up by a previous year’s election – Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected in 2010 – and then estimating how that might impact the ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds

Omar Minaya hired by San Diego Padres for undisclosed front office position

I get my Naval Base Percentage from San Diego!

A year after seeing his five-year stint as Mets general manager end with a thud, Omar Minaya is back in the baseball biz after being hired by the San Diego Padres to an undisclosed front office position.

The move, first reported by, will most likely see Minaya in an advisory role to Padres GM Josh Byrnes and deal with scouting – particularly in Latin America – and trades.

Minaya, 53, who was fired by the Mets in October 2010, was the ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, mets, padres, sabermetrics

LA Times: Dodgers sign Chris Capuano; Hiroki Kuroda looks gone

Lean to the left:

The addition of the fragile Capuano all but ends right-hander Hiroki Kuroda’s four-year career with the Dodgers, and leaves the Dodgers with three left-handers in their rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly and Capuano. Chad Billingsley is their only certain right-handed starter. Right-hander Nate Eovaldi is currently in line to be the team’s No.3 starter.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 02, 2011 at 08:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

BASN: Gray: Baseball Does Not Get It

A friend of mine once got wicked bombed, took a header, split his head open, popped up and announced…“I GOT A SPLOSION IN MY HEAD!”

How many more times will Americans read the headlines that tell of another baseball player being suspended for the alleged use of steroids. Somehow the sport of baseball does not get it. That’s just baseball being baseball and losing fans with each passing year.

Black Movie Director Spike Lee stated many times “DO THE RIGHT THING”, which is what baseball ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 06:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history, media

Borges: Tony Conigliaro’s 25 a very good first step

That’s the fat Jack!

“Well, there was a group of numbers available,’’ Valentine explained when asked how he ended up choosing Tony C’s number out of all those available on hooks down in the clubhouse.

“I don’t think 2 was available. Neither was 22, which is my second thought. I knew 25 really as Tony C’s number. I might have been his last roommate. I think I was. He was trying to make a little comeback when I was with the (San Diego) Padres (in 1976). I had such admiration for ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox

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