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Friday, November 11, 2011

BPP: Any player/Any era: Pedro Martinez

Era he might have thrived in: We’re putting Martinez on the last great team Connie Mack managed before the Great Depression forced him to scuttle his dynasty. The ’31 A’s boasted the likes of Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Mickey Cochrane, went 107-45 in the regular season, and then took the Gashouse Gang St. Louis Cardinals to seven games in the World Series. I don’t know if Martinez could have filled in for Grove’s 31 wins, given that he pitched more than 200 innings just seven times ...

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Christensen: Time has come to put Camilo Pascual in the Twins Hall of fame

With Patrick Reusse’s urging, I’ve been voting for Pascual, but I must admit that I knew little about the Cuban righthander’s career this summer, when we were putting together stories for Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame induction. I started interviewing folks about Blyleven’s legendary curve ball, and the ones who remembered, were quick to mention his predecessor.

“The best curve ball in history, and a guy who gets overlooked, is Camilo Pascual,” White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone said.

Hawk ...

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, royals, twins

Pete Rose serves players as unofficial advisor

Bet Advisor: I Analyze, you lose.

Rose regularly attends games each season in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, two of the places where he played during his 23-year career, and is often introduced to players.

“Then they end up texting me all the time,” Rose said. “I have play-hard credentials. No b———t, no non-sense credentials and I think players respect that. That’s why young players like me today.”

...Rose said it’s not a matter of proper coaching not being available for today’s ...

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds, sabermetrics, yankees

Indians’ newest addition Derek Lowe wants to take command

Lowe: Never Stop Improvising.

Asked if he had altered his arsenal of pitches the past few years, he said: “I’m not at the stage of my career to start throwing a knuckleball. But I started throwing a cutter a couple of years ago. I’ve become a breaking ball pitcher, and for me, that’s not the way to go.

“I have to be a fastball pitcher, a guy who throws down and away. Last year, that was my problem. I have to get back to throwing my fastball, to commanding my fastball.”

Lowe has ...

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians

Pujols to meet with Marlins, possibly Saturday

The wooing of Albert Pujols is about to get under way in earnest.

An industry source told on Thursday that Pujols’ camp is scheduled to meet in Miami with the Marlins within the next few days, possibly as early as Saturday. Pujols is a free agent for the first time after he and the Cardinals were unable to reach an agreement last winter.

Pujols, 31, is the biggest-name free agent on the market this offseason, but one of several that Florida (soon to be Miami on Friday) is considering. ...

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 04:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, miami

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pat Burrell says his career is likely over

In tribute…all Philadelphia bars will be at half-staff.

Pat Burrell says his baseball career is likely over because of a right foot injury that limited him in 2010 for the Giants.

While Burrell acknowledged late in the year that he would contemplate retirement if he couldn’t return to full strength, he now says that’s probably the direction he is headed this winter—though he has yet to make a final decision.

The 35-year-old Burrell came to the Giants last year after being cut by Tampa Bay, ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 11:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history, phillies, rays

Moneyball Author on Baseball, Economics, & Psychology

The paper that resulted five years later, the abovementioned “Prospect Theory,” not only proved that one of the central premises of economics was seriously flawed—the so-called utility theory, “based on elementary rules (axioms) of rationality”—but also spawned a sub-field of economics known as behavioral economics. This field attracted the interest of a Harvard undergraduate named Paul DePodesta.


Outside of baseball there had been, for decades, an intellectual revolt, led ...

Morty Causa Posted: November 10, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Pirates, Barajas agree to one-year deal

An aggressive pursuit of free agent Rod Barajas paid off Thursday for the Pirates, who were able to ink the veteran catcher to a one-year deal that includes as club option for 2013.

The addition of Barajas, 36, eliminates one item off the Pirates’ offseason to-do list, as the team needed to find a starting catcher for the 2012 season. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Barajas was signed to be the team’s No. 1 catcher.

Barajas will make $4 million in 2012, according to an industry ...

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

FanGraphs: Cameron: Trying to Figure Out Mark Buehrle

So, uhh, what’s left? He’s not preventing hits. He’s not preventing home runs. He’s not stranding runners. How is Mark Buehrle keeping so many runs off the board?

The answer might be that he’s not, and a real part of the explanation for Buehrle’s gap between his ERA and his FIP/xFIP is actually a bias in how ERA is calculated. As you know, Buehrle is a ground-ball pitcher, and pitchers who put their infielders to work see a larger share of their balls in play result in errors. ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 07:10 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, white sox

Baseball: All-stars shine light on Taiwan mob rule

Despite Taiwan’s ardent love for the game, its China Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has been struggling, in large measure because of the influence of the underworld and its intimidation, gambling and game-fixing.

According to experts, the MLB all-star series, which the visitors wrapped up 5-0 on Sunday having drawn tens of thousands of fans, highlighted the huge gap between American baseball and the management of the sport in Taiwan.

“I don’t understand the point of this MLB ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Posada: My Yankees career over

Battle of Posada: Severin all ties with Yankees?

Jorge Posada doesn’t know if he’s going to be playing anywhere next year, but he knows where he won’t be: The Bronx.

“I don’t think there’s even a percentage of a chance that I could come back,” said Posada, who hopes to make a decision about whether he’ll play anywhere next season by February.

The longtime Yankee said his agents have been contacted by five or six teams and his old team was not among them.

“It’s not gonna ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

HHS: Projecting Prince Fielder’s career

Thursday is Prince fusilliness day!

Prince Fielder has been a beast over the last 3 years. He missed only 1 game in that time while posting a 155 OPS+.

Since 1901, Fielder is tied for the 35th-best OPS+ over the 3 seasons comprising Age 25, 26, & 27 (minimum 1500 plate appearances.)

...So let’s just take our best guess (an average of the 3 HOFers) and suppose that he finishes his career with 8,347 additional plate appearances and a 127 OPS+. What does Fielder look like with a 127 OPS+? Well ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, projections, sabermetrics

NYT: Kepner: Mets Could Go From Bad to Dreadful

Bill Hepler can only smile…unless that’s some normalized Topps-fearing frigore facial paralysis just settling in.

General Manager Sandy Alderson is viewed as a realistic decision maker. He could let things become worse for a while if it means a sound future for the organization. The healthiest thing Alderson did last season was trade Carlos Beltran for the minor league pitcher Zack Wheeler, who is now considered the Mets’ best prospect.

“Sandy’s not afraid to say, ‘If we’re not ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2011

Pittsburgh Press, November 10, 1911:

Davis Robertson, a young pitcher secured by the Giants from Elizabeth City, N.C., is hailed as a second Mathewson.  He hails from Norfolk, Va., and won 25 out of 26 games last season.  His strikeout record is 19.  He is 19 years old, weighs 195 pounds and is six feet tall.  They all look good in the winter.

The Giants signed Robertson on the condition that he would quit playing football at North Carolina A&M.  He talked McGraw into letting him play three more ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, giants, history, prospect reports

NYTimes: Yu Darvish Situation Puts Spotlight on Japanese Player Posting System

Japanese teams post a player through their commissioner’s office, which notifies its American counterpart to make an announcement to all 30 clubs. Interested teams have four days to submit a secret bid, known as the posting fee. If the highest bid is accepted, the team making it has 30 days to negotiate exclusively with the player. If no deal is reached, the posting fee is returned to the major league club and the player’s rights revert to his Japanese club.

The posting system was created to ...

bobm Posted: November 10, 2011 at 06:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, athletics, blue jays, dodgers, japan, mariners, padres, rangers, red sox, reds, yankees

Bob Larsen still a fan, but not of new Yankee Stadium

Actually it’s Don Larson, but hey…nobody’s perfect.

Q: What do you think about the current Yankees team?

A: They’ve been doing OK. They draw like nuts, I know that. I am not fond of the new stadium. I like the playing field, but I wouldn’t go to the ballpark to go shopping at the (dang) mall.

Q: What would you change about today’s game?

A: I would probably cut their salaries about 75 percent and keep the rest myself. ... It’s not my business to tell them what to change. They screwed up ...

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2011 at 06:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, yankees

ESPNLA:Source: Dodgers stuck until sold

The Los Angeles Dodgers will not be able to bid on free agents such as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols until the team is sold, a source close to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt told on Wednesday.

The team is expected to sell for in the neighborhood of $1.2 billion, the source said, adding the process will likely take 4-6 months, spilling into 2012 and further reducing the Dodgers’ chances of acquiring players through free agency.

Tripon Posted: November 10, 2011 at 03:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers Sandy Alomar Jr interviews for Red Sox manager job

BOSTON—Ben Cherington was in his first year in a major league front office—as an advance scout for the Cleveland Indians—when he came across Sandy Alomar Jr.

“He didn’t know who I was, in ‘98 with Cleveland,” said Cherington, who is now the Red Sox general manager and leading the search for a new manager in Boston. “But I saw him in the clubhouse—I was in the clubhouse all the time—and I saw the leader he was back then, the respect he had in that clubhouse. I’ve been sort of following him ...

bobm Posted: November 10, 2011 at 02:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Battle of the 2008 top 100s (prospect list comparisons)

Adam’s also got comparisons for 2007 and 2010 posted. For 2007 it’s just BA and BP along with Project Prospect; he added Keith Law for 2008 and AOL’s Frankie Piliere for 2010.

Methodology: Each list was given weighted WAR values based on how high or low it ranked players (starting at 150% for its No. 1 prospect and dropping to 51% for its No. 100. Players who appeared on only one list gained an added 50% WAR multiplier. Players who appeared on every list but one had their value (with an added ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 10, 2011 at 01:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports

Report: Nationals C Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped

Couple of other tweets out there on this too. Can’t find a link yet, will update when I find one.

UPDATE: Spanish-language story in El Nacional.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Memorabilia show organizer: Dykstra “has mental health issues”

Nuttiest thing to come out of Philly…since Rev. Heidnik lost a fortune on a Crazy Eddie investment!

If you were hoping Lenny Dykstra might re-schedule that sports memorabilia show appearance at the Oxford Valley Mall he blew off last weekend to participate in a celebrity boxing match in Hollywood (which he also blew off), don’t hold your breath.

The memorabilia show’s organizer Eric Poppel doesn’t want the former Phillies centerfielder back.

“I would never consider working with Dykstra ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 11:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, memorabilia, phillies

Kelly: Nailing down a closer just got a little tougher for Jays

Uhh…the Neyer-fueled Clubhouse Confidential on closers will be replayed at 7:30.

This doesn’t solve Toronto’s number-one off-season conundrum — that of blown saves. The Jays’ closer platoon cost them 25 games last year. If the club’s ninth inning staff had converted a dozen of those frittered-away games, Toronto finishes 93-69 with a wild-card berth.

So, given these two conflicting impulses, where does Anthopoulos stand?

“All (last season’s struggle) did was confirm our ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 11:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, projections, sabermetrics

Some ‘food for thought’

The area lost another of its sports gems with the passing of Paul “Jake” Martin on Tuesday.

For those who don’t know, Martin grew up in Fayette City, was a graduate of Marion High School and played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.

He pitched two scoreless innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers after signing his pro contract, which included a $20,000 signing bonus, and later that season suffered an arm injury that cut short his career. He pitched in seven games for the Pirates before the ...

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 09, 2011 at 09:03 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, pirates

ESPN: Mike Quade doesn’t lament roster

Bell Boy! Keep my lip buttoned down…til now.

The Cubs put Zambrano on the disqualified list, and when he was activated after a grievance was filed, he was not invited back to the team. His future with the Cubs is uncertain.

“The thing with Z, I got the biggest kick out of people talking about him being disrespectful in that situation,” Quade said. “Z’s blown [his stack] with a number of guys, Lou [Piniella], Dusty [Baker], Derrek [Lee], pick your guy. That’s just his nature. When things go ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 06:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Gleeman: Former top prospect Jeremy Hermida is headed to Japan

Jeremy fall. Jaded.

Jeremy Hermida was once a top prospect for the Marlins, ranking fourth on Baseball America‘s list of the best prospects in the game back in 2006, but he never developed beyond a decent role player and now he’s headed to Japan at age 27.

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Japanese report that Hermida has signed with the Yomiuri Giants, who this year had former major leaguers Brian Bannister, Seth Greisinger, Jonathan Albaladejo, Michael Nakamura, Alex Ramirez, ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 06:46 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

red sox - Money in the ninth: Ryan Madson deal raises bar for Jonathan Papelbon, closer market - WEEI | Alex Speier

Wow!! If there is another team foolish enough to give away that much money over that many years…I wish Papelbon success with his new team!

The starter’s pistol for free agent closers went off on Tuesday, and teams in the market for free agent closers were floored when it did so. The Phillies and closer Ryan Madson were reportedly nearing a four-year, $44 million deal that also included a $13 million vesting option for a fifth year.

Word of such a contract arrived as the equivalent of nails on ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Korean star pitcher Yoon could be in MLB in 2012

Right-hander Suk-Min Yoon, the 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization who starred in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, could play in the major leagues as soon as next season, his agent said Tuesday.

Scott Boras, whom Yoon and another WBC standout, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, hired recently, said he would speak with Yoon in the near future about entering the posting system, in which major league teams bid to win exclusive negotiating rights with a player. If Yoon, 25, chooses against ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 09, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Cybermetrics: The Pirates were lucky to win the 1971 World Series, but how lucky?

A friend of mine stopped following baseball after the O’s disaster, but then again…he stopped following music after Conrad Schnitzler left Kluster. He’s one lonely dude.

Their OPS differential for the whole season was .073. That translates into a winning pct of .592 using my equation Pct = .5 + 1.26*OPSDIFF. The Orioles had a differential of .096, good for a pct of .621. That means that the Orioles would have 53% chance of winning any given game using Bill James’ Log 5 method. I came up with ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 11:14 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, pirates

Sullivan: Learning To Appreciate Willie Bloomquist

“A good job and now this!
Someday we’ll recall
The greatest day of all
Jeff, I love you!
Jeff Sullivan”... (from Bye Bye Bloomquist Jokes)

It’s all the same crap as always. Very little about Willie Bloomquist has changed. But I’ve changed. Through my recent experiences watching terrible Mariners teams, I’ve come to realize that Bloomquist isn’t some walking joke. He’s a moderately useful baseball player who is not out of his element in the major leagues.

It makes sense that the Giants would ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 10:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2011

AP via Meriden Journal, November 9, 1961:

The athletes Uncle Sam pulled into the Army because of the Berlin crisis aren’t yelling “foul!”

“This,” said Pvt. Tony Kubek, star shortstop of the World Champion New York Yankees, “is a much bigger thing than any baseball game.”

Three other prominent soldier-athletes of the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division expressed similar sentiment…They are Pvts. Bob Taylor, Milwaukee Braves outfielder; George Thomas, Los Angeles Angels outfielder; and Doug ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

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