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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Red Sox could bring on Omar Minaya to baseball ops staff

Well, we know where he learned obp from…ops, I’m not quite sure.

With the Red Sox considering changes in baseball operations, including in international scouting, is it possible Omar Minaya could be added to the staff? According to a source, the Sox may be interested in Minaya for a position in the organization.

...Minaya was appointed GM of the Mets on Sept. 30, 2004, a position he held until the end of the 2010 season, when he was let go with two years remaining on his contract.  He was not ...

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expos, history, mets, red sox

Spending time with a local legend: Jim Landis

Or as we used to mockingly sing when his horrific Challenge the Yankees card would pop up…“This Landis YOUR Landis”.

Your (White Sox) teammates volunteered you to be the player rep one year and you asked on their behalf for $50 in appearance fees. Weren’t you traded pretty soon after?

Landis: Ha ha, you bugger. How did you hear about that? No, I wasn’t traded. What he’s talking about is our player rep got traded somewhere — I think it was Detroit — so they made me (player rep) and I ...

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2011

Today could very easily have been the 100th anniversary of the biggest one-for-one trade in baseball history.

Toledo News-Bee, November 17, 1911:

An effort was made in Chicago Thursday by Manager Callahan of the White Sox to secure Tris Speaker from the Boston Americans.  Jimmy McAleer was willing, but wanted Ed Walsh.  This quickly stopped the deal.

The Palehose should have pulled the trigger.  Career (BB-Ref) WAR after 1911: Speaker 113.8, Walsh 11.9.  In terms of Win Shares after the trade, ...

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs offer manager’s gig to Brewers’ Dale Sveum

The Cubs’ search for a new skipper could be over.

According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum was offered the vacant position at some point Wednesday night…

[Sveum] was also a candidate for Boston’s managerial opening, but they’re now expected to continue that search for another couple of weeks.

Look for Sveum to make a decision on the offer soon, probably within the next 12-24 hours.

To be precise, what Heyman actually wrote was “Cubs offer sveunm ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 17, 2011 at 05:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, red sox, rumors

Rubin: Mets Meet with [Frank] Francisco’s Agent

The Mets, whose primary spending this offseason should be on the back end of the bullpen, met with the agents for Frank Francisco, Newsday reported.

Pitchers who throw chairs at fans are the new market inefficiency.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 17, 2011 at 02:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLB: Braves campaigning to get Murphy into Hall of Fame

Murphy buzz or Buzz Murphy?

With Murphy scheduled to be on the Hall of Fame ballot just two more times, Braves president John Schuerholz has intensified the efforts to campaign for one of his organization’s most beloved figures. Schuerholz has sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters and other members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking them to take a closer look at Murphy’s credentials.

Dear Hall of Fame Voter:

As you prepare to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s ...

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 01:01 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, history

Q&A with Astros GM Ed Wade

Out Of Our Tree…and still out of his.

Q: Despite the Astros’ final regular-season results in 2011, what are you most proud of as the team’s general manager?

A: I like the way, despite the fact we played so poorly from a win/loss standpoint, that our guys gave a really solid effort each day. I think that’s a tribute not only to the players, but also to Millsie [manager Brad Mills] and the staff. I am proud of the way the young guys, when given opportunities, have stepped up and responded. It ...

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 12:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, history

Magruder: Kirk Gibson’s intensity, intellect a winning combo


“But he’s prepared for everything. He has the feel for the game, and he also takes all the sabermetrics and all that stuff and combines it into what he wants to have available.”

“You wouldn’t think it of ‘Gibby,’ but that’s part of his repertoire of a manager,” Williams said. “He has an idea of what he wants to do and has an idea of what the other club is going to do, and he reacts accordingly. I think it worked very well.”

...Mark ...

Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, sabermetrics

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fielder’s next stop: Brewers unlikely, Parma possible?

The free agent slugger was in Parma, Italy, last Saturday as part of a European tour with fellow major leaguers Adam Jones, Mike Stanton, Dexter Fowler, Roger Bernadina, Greg Halman, and Dutch-born right-hander Rick VandenHurk. Former All-Star Bobby Bonilla, an executive with the players’ union, joined the group as they conducted youth clinics in Parma, Amsterdam, and Prague.

Why Parma? Baseball is more popular there than just about anywhere else in Italy. Cariparma Parma is one of the most ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 16, 2011 at 11:28 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, international

The London Rippers?

The return of professional baseball in London, Ontario is off to a controversial start.  The London Rippers will begin play in the independent Frontier League in 2012.  The nickname was introduced Tuesday and its likeness to serial killer Jack The Ripper is drawing plenty of criticism.  London City Council has asked the club to reconsider its moniker.

Paul D(uda) Posted: November 16, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Haudricourt: Craig Counsell won’t be back

Damn, I haven’t been this bummed…since I found out GBV’s Let’s Go Eat the Factory wasn’t an aborted tribute to us.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin just told us that he doesn’t plan to make an offer to re-sign free agent infielder Craig Counsell, a Milwaukee native who has played the last five seasons with the club.

...I contacted Counsell at his home in Milwaukee and he said he was aware that the Brewers would not try to re-sign him.

“I’ve talked to Ron (Roenicke) a couple of times and ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 07:46 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

BBWAA: Manager of Year: Kirk Gibson Wins NL Award, Joe Maddon Wins in AL

Kirk Gibson, who directed the Arizona Diamondbacks in a worst-to-first season as winners of the National League West title, was voted NL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA.

Gibson, 54, placed first on 28 ballots and second on the other four of the 32 ballots, submitted by two writers in each league city, to score 152 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. He was the only manager in either league this year to be named to every ballot.

Joe Maddon, who guided Tampa Bay from a ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 06:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, awards, rays

Cubs to give Carlos Zambrano a chance

MILWAUKEE—Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met face-to-face with Carlos Zambrano on Monday afternoon and said the starter will get a chance to return to the team in 2012.


“We met today at his request,” Epstein said. “It went well. He expressed a strong desire to be a Cub (again) and an even stronger desire to have a strong 2012 season. He’s in great shape. He’s working out twice a day, pitching down in Venezuela. I told him that we’d let him earn his right back ...

Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: November 16, 2011 at 05:47 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, japan

Kevin Goldstein: Orioles Top 11 Prospects

System In 20 Words Or Less: Elite-level draft picks lead to a pair of studs, but without them, it’s a mess.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2. Manny Machado, SS
Four-Star Prospects
3. Jonathan Schoop, INF
Three-Star Prospects
4. Nick Delmonico, 3B
5. Jason Esposito, 3B
6. Robert Bundy, RHP
7. Parker Bridwell, RHP
8. Dan Klein, RHP
9. Ryan Adams, 2B
Two-Star Prospects
10. L.J. Hoes, OF
11. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Nine More:
12. Clayton Schrader, RHP: Put up remarkable numbers; ...

Tripon Posted: November 16, 2011 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, orioles, prospect reports, scouting

Chad Harbach:  (Almost) Winning in Milwaukee

This was too long for my Internet-addled mind to get through in one quick sitting (and it has footnotes!).  Let me know what it says.

I could tell the crowd was serious by how little Packers garb I saw despite the autumn Sunday — even in the height of summer there’s usually more green and gold. Fans in red had to be vetted for Badger or Cardinal alliance — if they were wandering instead of tailgating, they were probably from St. Louis. The Cards fans’ beefiness looked different from ...

Fat Al Posted: November 16, 2011 at 03:22 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Detroit News: Paul: One down, one to go? Verlander wants the MVP, too

“But that doesn’t make him a slam dunk for anything more than he won Tuesday. He still has plenty of competition for MVP, among the candidates, three outfielders — Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox, Curtis Granderson from the Yankees and Jose Bautista from the Blue Jays.

“Curtis Granderson, he’s a friend,” Verlander said of his former Tigers teammate. “If I don’t win, that’s the guy I hope has the best opportunity.”

Still, Verlander’s as competitive as it gets. On the mound. On the golf ...

Don Malcolm Posted: November 16, 2011 at 02:54 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Reds move up Opening Day to accommodate parade

And the Tupolev Tu-160’s are all gassed up for parade flyovers!

Thanks to a concession by the Marlins, the Reds were able to move Opening Day up to Thursday, April 5, at 4:10 p.m ET at Great American Ball Park. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, April 6.

The Reds asked Major League Baseball to move the game up even before the schedule was announced in September.

The Marlins had to approve the switch since they are opening the season Wednesday, April 4, with a single game against ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-16-2011

Pittsburgh Press, November 16, 1911:

A short season in both the American and National leagues, followed by another season of games among all the teams of both circuits, is not likely to receive serious attention at the hands of the National Commission this winter.
[National League president Thomas Lynch:] “The game as it is now conducted by the two leagues is in a most prosperous condition…The commission members feel we should be content to ‘leave well enough alone’ and not try to force more ...

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: November 16, 2011 at 12:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tom Gage’s AL Cy Young Award ballot

I gotta’ tell ya’, it’s a barrage
It’s a mirage
We are the Tigers

The News’ Tom Gage had one of the 28 votes for the Cy Young.

1. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers — Slam dunk.

2. Jose Valverde, RP, Tigers — Wasn’t afraid to put another Tiger second. In the American League, his 49-for-49 in saves was the second-best pitching accomplishment of the season.

3. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels — Excellent most of the way, but won only four games the last two months.

4. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees — ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Chicago Cubs

Hey, Bongiovanni…my patience is wearing thin.

1. Brett Jackson, of
2. Javier Baez, ss
3. Matt Szczur, of
4. Trey McNutt, rhp
5. Dillon Maples, rhp
6. Wellington Castillo, c
7. Rafael Dolis, rhp
8. Junior Lake, ss
9. Josh Vitters, 3b/1b
10. Dan Vogelbach, 1b

Epstein and Co. have their work cut out for them. The big league club has more bad contracts than young cornerstones and will need at least a year to rebuild, even with the Cubs’ vast resources. Outfielder Brett Jackson is ready ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Joura: From 1966-2011, one move a year Mets should have made

Opens Mets pfeil…Gak! No mention of Rich “0 fer 10” Puig!

1966 – With the top overall pick in the draft, the New York Mets take Reggie Jackson
1967 – Keep Tommy Davis or at least don’t trade him for Tommie Agee.
1968 – With the top overall pick in the draft, the New York Mets take Thurman Munson

1977 – Ban Dick Young from the clubhouse
1978 – Have Joel Youngblood take off his cap just once while my sister was watching so she could see he was bald
1979 – Never, ever trade for ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets

Strauss: Cards not interested in Fielder if Pujols leaves

The Cardinals tipped their hand in early September by re-signing right fielder Lance Berkman to a one-year, $12 million extension. Though Mozeliak publicly has never connected the dots, the club intends to move Berkman to first base and install Allen Craig in right field should Pujols go elsewhere.

Speaking on the first official day of baseball’s general managers meetings, Mozeliak said that the Cardinals are more inclined to spend heavily on Pujols because of what he represents to the ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, cardinals

Corcoran: Verlander’s outstanding season puts him in Hall of Fame discussion

10 - (a) 9 - (count) 8 - (down) 7 - (to) 6 - (the) 5 - (first) 4 - (mention) 3 - (of) 2 - (Jack) 1 - (Morris)

It’s still early in Verlander’s career—he’ll be 29 in February as he prepares for his seventh full season—but he is very much on pace to be a future Hall of Famer himself, and this award is a big reason why. After six seasons, Verlander has made four All-Star teams, won the Rookie of the Year award (and is now the first AL Rookie of the Year to later win the Cy Young), was the ace of a ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 02:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics, tigers

J.D. Drew may continue his career


Agent Scot Boras said J.D. Drew may continue to play baseball in 2012

“I just think it depends, frankly, on the locale, winning situation, that kind of thing,” Boras said.

Drew, who resides in Georgia, finished a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Red Sox in an injury-filled 2011. Drew has been contemplating retirement for a couple of years and certainly didn’t end things on a good note suffering a broken knuckle that sidelined him most of the final month of last season after his ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 02:12 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Former Astros players bothered by talk of move to American League

Skip it!...demands Skip Quinn. And other divine blubberations.

“It bothers me a lot,” said Larry Dierker, who won 137 games for the Astros from 1964-1976, managed the team to four division titles from 1997-2001 and has been affiliated with the franchise for virtually his entire adult life. “It will probably bother me even more when it happens. We’re just a victim of circumstance.”

...“The team that should be in the American League is Milwaukee,” said former All-Star outfielder ...

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 01:51 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, history

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MLB: Xavier Paul victim of identity hoax in ABL

Pirates outfielder Xavier Paul has become caught in the middle of an identity hoax that had officials with the Australian Baseball League expecting Paul’s arrival at the start of their season, which began earlier this month.

Problem was, Paul had never actually agreed to go.(...)

Posing as an agent, [Diamondbacks minor leaguer Breland] Brown offered the ABL a deal in which Paul would agree to play in Australia this offseason if Brown was also invited. The ABL accepted the agreement. Brown was ...

Austin Posted: November 15, 2011 at 08:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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

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