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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Verducci: Lack of Success for Japanese Stars Opens Debate About Next Wave

What does the 16-year history of transitions from Japan to the states mean for Darvish’s market? Not as much as you might think. One executive evaluated Darvish as a No. 2 starter. Another described him as “a middle- to top-of-the rotation starter now. He has the size, strength and age to overcome some of the transition problems. And if he does come out this year, there [are] not a whole lot of starting pitchers on the market, so that works in his favor.”

Darvish, a long-strider with a ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: November 15, 2011 at 08:29 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, international, japan, red sox

Baseball, softball weigh merger for Olympic bid

By their powers combined….

Baseball and softball could merge into one international governing body in hopes of returning to the Olympics.

The sports are meeting with Olympic officials this week to find out how much co-operation is required to regain their summer games status, International Softball Federation President Don Porter said Tuesday.

“There are a lot of benefits of being an Olympic sport. That is what you have to weigh against losing your identity,” Porter told The Associated ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2011 at 08:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: international, olympics

BBWAA: Justin Verlander Wins Cy Young Award Unanimously

Detroit Tigers righthander Justin Verlander, who won the Triple Crown of pitching by leading the American League in victories (24), earned run average (2.40) and strikeouts (250), was a unanimous choice for the league’s Cy Young Award.

Verlander, 28, was named first on all 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city for a perfect score of 196 points, based on a tabulation system that rewards seven points for first place, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

El Tour de Tucson: Ride features Barry Bonds

Thought Bonds said he never cycled…

Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s disputed home run king, is expected to ride in El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

Founder Richard DeBernardis said Bonds, who broke baseball’s single-season (73) and career (762) home run records amid accusations of steroid abuse, has registered for the ride.

The former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants outfielder - who retired after the 2007 season - will attend with Olympic cyclist Mari Holden, a friend, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 06:34 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history

Fangraphs: Isaacs: If Elias Used WAR

Obviously…Bill James would then have to protect himself.

Finally, I compared the current rankings as calculated by Elias and the idealized rankings using WAR where the top 20% of players according to WAR would be considered type A. The Venn Diagram below shows two sets and their intersection with each other. The red circle is the number of type A players according to the Elias ranking, and the blue circle is the number of type A players according to my WAR ranking. The intersection of the two ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 05:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, projections, sabermetrics

Orioles go back to the 80?s with new caps, jersey

Holy Lenn Sakata!!

The Baltimore Orioles turned back the clock on their uniform set today when they unveiled their new home and road caps as well as a new orange alternate jersey for the 2012 season.

Coming back is the cartoon bird head which was featured prominently on the Orioles caps from 1966-1988, the logo is wider than the version worn in the 1980s and has been modernized slightly also to include the Orioles alternate “O’s” logo cap on the head of the oriole.  This means Orioles ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2011 at 04:53 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Ken Davidoff: The best general managers, 2011

I’m assuming Dayton Moore just missed the cut.

3. Brian Cashman, Yankees (5 in ‘10, 6 in ‘09, NR in ‘08, 8 in ‘07) . It was a banner year for the Yankees’ baseball operations department, even if it didn’t end with a new banner to fly over Yankee Stadium.

(Sorry.)

After seeing their top target Lee bolt to Philadelphia, Cashman put his faith in the likes of Ivan Nova (whom he had refused to trade to Seattle for Lee in July of ‘10) and low-rent free agents Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. No ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2011 at 04:26 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, athletics, business, cubs, miami, phillies, rangers, rays, tigers, twins, yankees

Sullivan: Mark Ellis, Dodgers Agree on Two-Year Contract

But who has the Authority to sign Ellis??

During the 2011 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave the bulk of their starts at second base to Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles. One of those players has signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins while the other player is Aaron Miles, so the Dodgers were in need of some help. On Monday, they’ve found that help, or at least they hope they’ve found that help, as they’ve signed free agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year contract worth ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 15, 2011 at 03:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Yankee Analysts: “Recommended Slots” Make Sense for All Parties to New Baseball CBA

Although the recommendation system being proposed could have the effect of dampening amateur demands, it doesn’t constitute a hard cap. As a result, individual draftees can still make the case that they merit a team either paying a tax or losing a draft pick.

Ultimately, the amount of the slotting recommendations will determine just how fair this compromise turns out to be, but in the abstract, it really is no different from that which tenured players in the MLBPA currently face, namely the ...

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Posted: November 15, 2011 at 03:35 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Neyer: Hanley Ramirez Not Thrilled About Making Way For Jose Reyes

The Miami Marlins already have a shortstop, and according to Clark Spencer he’s not real interested in becoming an ex-shortstop:

  Source: H. Ramírez is not at all pleased at prospect of changing positions if Marlins sign Reyes; the two aren’t the friends many portray.

What’s more, even if they were the best of pals, H. Ramírez wouldn’t necessarily appreciate being moved from shortstop; most shortstops don’t, particularly those shortstops who are 27 years old and were, just scant months ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 02:21 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

Rosecrans: Rookie award may not predict future success

Or…My bucket Listach has a definite hole in it.

With that in mind, I wanted to look back on the past Rookie of the Year winners and what players had the best careers after winning the award and which ones peaked in their first year. Because this particular argument needs time for perspective, I’ve broken up the last 20 years in five-year increments. Below are the winners of the awards each year for both leagues, as well as their Wins Above Replacement (from Baseball-Reference.com) for both ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, projections, sabermetrics

Frank McCourt apologizes to Dodgers fans

“Take out the garbage, maybe, but the dishes don’t get done…”

Frank McCourt apologized to Dodgers fans for the ownership struggle of the last two years and said he was “at peace” with the result of battles in which he took on his ex-wife in divorce court and Commissioner Bud Selig in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers two weeks ago, signing a document that renders the decision “irrevocable.” In his first public comments since then, he said Monday that he had no regrets ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2011

Milwaukee Journal, November 15, 1911:

MOUNT VERNON, O., Nov. 15.—This city must pay Al Schweitzer, outfielder of the St. Louis Browns, $400 damages because the baseball player fell in a ditch here and injured his throwing arm.  The accident happened in 1907, when Schweitzer was playing with the Newark (Ohio and Pennsylvania [League]) team.

It could be worse.  He could have been hit by a train.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Griffin: Jays’ J.P. Arencibia surprisingly blanked in AL rookie voting

However, after that there was certainly room for the steady Arencibia on someone’s ballot as a third-place vote. Catching is the toughest position on the field and Arencibia, in addition to racking up 23 homers and 78 RBIs, both second among AL rookies, had to worry about handling the complicated, physical demands of the position. No other rookie candidate had to worry about leading a staff through nine innings and controlling the running game while trying to correct flawed footwork behind ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 02:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays

Aramis Ramirez’s agent lashes out at Bob Brenly

Give it to a skidder!

Paul Kinzer, the agent for third baseman Aramis Ramirez, today lashed out at TV analyst Bob Brenly, who called Ramirez a “numbers gatherer” last month on a local radio show.

Ramirez is a free agent, and he won’t be back with the Cubs, but Kinzer said there was no problem between Ramirez and the Cubs. Brenly, who often criticized Ramirez during telecasts, made his radio comments on WMVP in Chicago.

“For a broadcaster to come out and say that, I think it was very ...

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Repoz Posted: November 15, 2011 at 12:41 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cubs, media, sabermetrics

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rosenthal: Kemp, Dodgers agree on deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are in agreement on a deal that would land the 27-year-old outfielder $160 million over eight years, pending a physical, sources told FOXSports.com.

It would rank as the seventh-largest contract in baseball history.

Kemp’s sixth season in the majors was his best. He hit .324 with personal highs of 39 home runs, 126 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2011. His .586 slugging percentage and .985 OPS were also career highs.

Kemp has produced 128 homers and a .294 ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 09:46 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

Olney: Latest on CBA Talks

Continuing in MLB’s plan to make sure that two-sport athletes never choose baseball over football ever again:

• There will be slot recommendations for the first 10 rounds. No team is required to honor the individual recommendations, but there will be a cumulative number—a bonus ceiling—based on those recommendations assigned to each team for the first 10 rounds.

• If a team goes over its cumulative slot recommendation, there will be a tax for the first time, and the second time they will ...

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CraigK Posted: November 14, 2011 at 08:57 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur

BBWAA: Jeremy Hellickson Wins AL Award, Craig Kimbrel Wins in NL

Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who went undefeated in five consecutive starts against American League East opponents in September as the Rays earned the wild-card playoff berth, was voted the AL winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

Hellickson, 24, was listed first on 17 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, second on five and third on two to amass 102 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. The right-hander posted a 13-10 record and led ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, braves, rays

Forbes: How Jeff Loria Became The Miracle Marlin

Art dealer is in the eye of the stockholder…or something.

Yet Loria stands in stark contrast to the biggest problem baseball faces today, irresponsible owners who are sinking important franchises with their own reckless behavior. Loria is building something in south Florida, an important market where the game has a good shot to expand. His Marlins have put down $155 million for their new stadium and now appear poised to invest more money at precisely the right time—when its new stadium ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 06:40 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, miami

True Blue L.A.: Dodgers, Kemp ‘Getting Close’ On Eight-Year, $160 Million Extension

During the hot stove season, the rumor mill is constantly churning and it is important not to get too excited one way or another. That said, it’s impossible for Dodgers fans to not see this news and not be ecstatic. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

  Sources: #Dodgers, Kemp in serious discussions on eight-year, $160M contract. #mlb

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports chimed in as well:

  Confirming @Ken_Rosenthal get, the Dodgers and Kemp are getting close. 8 years and $160m is about ...

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Tripon Posted: November 14, 2011 at 05:20 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, rumors

THT: Jaffe: Ten greatest career-ending performances of all time

Completing his trilogy…Jaffe adds, “Having previously looked at the worst and weirdest career-ending performances, today I cover the “Ten best career-ending performances.”

4. Sept. 28, 1974: Don Wilson: It’s more enjoyable if you don’t know the story about why this was his last game

I checked God only knows how many starting pitchers but found only one man who tossed a complete-game shutout in his finale.

It was Houston’s Don Wilson, who tossed a two-hit shutout despite fanning zero ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 03:17 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-1911

Mansfield Daily Shield, November 14, 1911:

Connie Mack has said that you can go back as far as you like and it would be hard to find a better infield than McInnis, Collins, Barry and Baker.  Up to the present writing Connie hasn’t had any one to debate the subject.

The 1908 Cubs (Chance, Evers, Tinker, Steinfeldt) are the only team that would have had a legitimate argument.

100 years later, we still haven’t seen an infield that was inarguably better than the 1911 Athletics.  There have been ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2011 at 02:10 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NYBD: Silva: Stop Overrating Jose Reyes

But, but…what’s to come of my 2001 Bowman Chrome Jose Reyes refractor rookie card?!

The final question you have to ask yourself is do you put your job on the line for Jose Reyes? Most teams live in the $100 to $110 million dollar payroll range or less. Paying Reyes $20+ million AAV on a contract means you are dedicating a quarter of your payroll to his legs, attitude, and durability. Does his track record outside of ’06-’08 make you feel good about that risk? You could argue the Mets ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 01:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: general

VEB: Why the St. Louis Cardinals Should Rid Themselves of Theriot & Schumaker

The Riot On The Number 3…and 55.

The greatest baseball skill possessed by both Theriot and Schumaker is the ability to hit for average—and they are not even exceptional at it. Therein lies the problem. Neither draws many walks, hits for power, or plays good defense. They bring nothing to the table except the ability to make contact. If they don’t hit .300, both make too many outs. This creates a drag on a lineup while simultaneously unduly taxing the pitching staff due to their defensive ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 01:26 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, projections, sabermetrics

Passan: From Another Era And Another Sport, A Sex Abuse Scandal Still Inflicting Pain Today

Before Jerry Sandusky—before he allegedly used the Penn State football complex to commit sex crimes with young boys and before the university spent more than a decade covering up his sins and before the grand-jury report revealed the appalling details of his abuse and before the campus rioted over legendary coach Joe Paterno losing his job amid it all—there was Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who lured Ogletree and at least a dozen other young, African-American boys ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox

HHS: Projecting Albert Pujols’ Career

Been having a knockdown-drugout bargument with a guy that contends Pujols is still the best in the game and will be moving forward.

Let’s see what the other guys did in their careers after the age of 31:

    Willie McCovey: played until his Age 42 season, accumulating 4,467 more plate appearances with a 134 OPS+
    Frank Robinson: played until his Age 40 season, accumulating 4,091 more plate appearances with a 149 OPS+
    Stan Musial: played until his Age 42 season, accumulating 5,966 more ...
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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, projections, sabermetrics

Dodd: On Hosmer, the Rookie of the Year and why age matters

Intermocking NY Yankee fan that threw Hosmer’s 1st career HR back…begins now!

In just his third full year of professional baseball, Hosmer batted .293/.334/.465 with 19 homers and 27 doubles in 128 major-league games. His adjusted on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS+) was 118. And if you want to put all these numbers in historical context, here we go:

Here is the list* of players that batted at least .290/.330/.465 with a 118 OPS+ at the age of 21 (with a couple qualifiers):

*During their ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 06:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, royals, sabermetrics

Arizona Diamondbacks Agree To Terms With Second Baseman Aaron Hill

Can’t slick talk on the day of judgment
Your movement’s similar to a serpent

According to beat writer Nick Piecoro, the Arizona Diamondbacks have come to terms with second baseman Aaron Hill.

The deal is reportedly worth just over $10 million for two years and shores up the D-backs infield for 2012.

The District Attorney Posted: November 14, 2011 at 03:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Freakonomics: Boo . . . Who?

The newest Freakonomics podcast explores the why of booing, including an interview with Johnnie “Boo” LeMaster that begins at about 23 minutes and 45 seconds.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

The Cardinals name Mike Matheny their new manager

UPDATE:  The Cardinals have hired Matheny.  Wow.  Between him and Robin Ventura in Chicago, no managerial experience is the new thing for 2012.

The Cards are going to formally announce Matheny tomorrow.

Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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