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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The best MLB ballpark giveaways for 2018: Look at each team’s best free stuff - CBSSports.com

Want.

Kansas City Royals
The Royals generally have a strong promotional schedule and we can almost always find a good one related to the ever-lovable George Brett. How about this one? On May 19 vs. the Yankees, it’s a George Brett bobblehead. I mention the Yankees, because it’s not just any Brett bobble. It’s a pine tar bobblehead:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2018 at 11:54 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giveaways

Free year of MLB.TV for T-Mobile customers

Tap “Redeem” via the T-Mobile Tuesdays App on the “Free Season of MLB.TV” offer

spycake Posted: March 27, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-27-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, March 27, 1918:

The latest from Outfielder Cy Williams via St. Pete is to the effect that there may have been chicanery in the deal by which it was proposed to send him to the Phillies. It states that there was no disagreement as to salary offered by President Baker, but that the fault for the misunderstanding on the part of the Philly club was due to the Cub management. The inference is as plain as a direct charge that the Cub management knew he had quit the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 27, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

John Harper sits down with new Mets manager Mickey Callaway

Interesting interview.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, interviews, mets, mickey callaway

Brewers: Not enough pitching, too many outfielders creates conflict

With 12-13 pitchers on rosters extra single position outfielders and first baseman aren’t easy to fit on a roster.

The Brewers aren’t counting on Ryan Braun to be an everyday outfielder, with plans to start him at first base in Thursday’s season-opener against the San Diego Padres. First baseman Eric Thames will be platooned at first base, playing primarily against right-handed starters. Domingo Santana, who hit 30 homers and drove in 85 runs last year, could be sitting when Braun is standing. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Report: Ronald Acuña turned down $30 million contract extension from Braves

He needs to stay healthy.

Arturo Marcano of ESPN Deportes reports that Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuña turned down a $30 million contract extension from the Braves. This comes on the heels of recent extensions signed by Scott Kingery (six years, $24 million) and Ketel Marte (five years, $24 million).

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Monday, March 26, 2018

A baseball scout and his hotel room: A love story spanning four decades

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:59 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouts

Scott Kingery and the Problem of the Prisoner’s Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

Never listen to the people.

There are two things in baseball that really pique my interest: rules and things that have never happened before. The Kingery extension is an example of the latter. This is something new, and that makes it interesting. What makes it doubly interesting is how my Twitter feed populated immediately after news of this deal had percolated through the interwebs for a time. People seemed to have one of two reactions:

1) Kingery signed a below-market deal just to avoid ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Albert Belle Arrested for DUI and Indecent Exposure:  Whereabouts of Chris Truby Unknown

Former MLB player Albert Belle was arrested Sunday at a Diamondbacks spring training game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., as reported by FOX 10. According to arrest records from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Belle was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of DUI.

. . . . . . Posted: March 26, 2018 at 12:28 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: albert belle, satanism

Tangotiger Blog: Shift v NoShift Preliminary Statcast Research

Don’t have time right now to read this right now. It looks interesting, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

2018 MLB Trade Value Rankings - Sportsnet.ca

Jonah Keri takes over the rankings. Today are the people who missed the Top 50.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: trade value

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-26-2018

Oklahoma City Times, March 26, 1918:

“Cy” Williams, former Cub star, has quit baseball, and for good, he says. He wired President Baker of the Phillies that he had returned his contract unsigned and that no further negotiations would do any good…The player has an extensive farm in northern Wisconsin which he intends to take active management of himself. He left for the north last night.

The number of players who “quit baseball” to “work on their farm” circa 1918 is remarkable. Much like most of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 26, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A’s may not want to stay at the Coliseum. But just in case, they want to buy it

The Oakland A’s are pitching a sweeping offer to the city and Alameda County: The team wants to buy the entire Coliseum site.

That includes the stadium where the A’s have played since 1968, the arena soon to be vacated by the Warriors, the parking lot — everything.

“We think the best way to guarantee our long-term viability and success in Oakland is to own our own home,” A’s President Dave Kaval told us.


Many city officials have pointed out that the Coliseum site already has the ...

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Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

OTP 2018 March 26: He struck out at baseball, but made it big in politics. Now he’s returned to his first love

In 1937, a group of standouts from the Negro baseball league, as it was known, was lured to the Dominican Republic for a barnstorming tournament against the country’s home-grown talent. Soon enough, the sun-and-fun adventure became a life-and-death proposition; the competition, it turned out, was for the benefit of the homicidal dictator Rafael Trujillo. The instruction given the visiting all-stars was simple: “You better win.”


While baseball is at the heart of the book, “The Pitcher ...

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Rosenthal: Why Altuve’s deal makes sense; Boras gives his side; stop worrying about Ohtani; more notes – The Athletic

Glad to see Robothal back on the beat.

*Will Boras adjust his frequent strategy of waiting out the market in future off-seasons after the practice appeared to backfire with some of his 2017-18 free agents?

I had not even finished the question when Boras started to answer.

“Everyone talks to me about waiting. I’m talking about offers. We didn’t get any offers on these players until February. There was no waiting. There were no offers made. The clubs all waited to begin this process until ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pay site

Rays Make Roster Cuts, Nearing Final 25-Man Roster

Most notably, they informed Dan Jennings and Daniel Hudson that they would not make the 25-man roster.  The Rays have said that they plan on having resolution for the two players within 24-48 hours.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Scott Kingery signs 6-year deal with Phillies | MLB.com

The Phillies and Kingery signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for ‘24-‘26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com. If Kingery becomes a superstar like the Phillies believe he will, it will be a marvelous, club-friendly deal. Kingery, meanwhile, just became set for life. Kingery’s teammates? They believe they just got a whole lot closer to their postseason dreams.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rupp sent out to make room for Drew Hutchison on Phillies Roster

Remember Drew Hutchison? He’s back. In NRI/long reliever form. Giving the Phillies two long relievers, along with Mark Leiter Jr. This on a team that is also expected to have a short bench, making an unnecessary choice between Roman Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin for the last spot. The obsession with relievers only gets worse.

Sad to see Rupp go after 4 1/2 seasons dating back to when there were still World Series winners all over the squad, but Andrew Knapp has been better than expected (his ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, phillies, roster battles

Alex Cora Has Had an Eye Opening Few Days

“It was good, man,” Cora said. “That experience last year, I needed that. For however prepared I was without coaching a full season in the big leagues, in that position, those conversations were going to be awkward. It was natural. I don’t know if you guys notice, we have a couch there now in the office to make it more casual. It was a good conversation. He was honest. I was honest. And we move on. And he’s in a good place.”

Short but somewhat interesting story about Alex Cora dealing ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 25, 2018 at 12:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Madison Bumgarner injury: ‘Horrible news’ for Giants as X-rays reveal fractured left hand

Bum hand.

The Giants’ hopes of a major bounce-back this season have taken a major blow in the past few days, specifically to the rotation. Earlier this week, we learned No. 3 starter Jeff Samardzija will begin the season on the disabled list due to a strained pec muscle. That news was nothing compared to this: Madison Bumgarner has a fractured left hand.

The ace lefty was hit by a line drive off the bat of Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield in spring action Friday and immediately exited ...

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Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 24, 2018 at 03:14 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner, owchies

Minorleaguers to lose minimum wage protection

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season were stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation signed Friday.

ronh Posted: March 24, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay, minor leaguers, wages

NY POST - Kerber: Wilmer Flores becoming the Mets’ human version of Spackle

For Russlan:

PORT ST. LUCIE — It was Friday. Or Wilmer Flores gets to play first base day.

And don’t confuse it with the other days of the week, such as Wilmer goes to the outfield day, or Wilmer plays on the left side of the infield day. The Mets’ human version of Spackle — you got a hole, he can fill it and look good with a little buffing — is thankful Wilmer catches or pitches days never make the calendar.

But Flores’ versatility that allows him to play anywhere in the infield ...

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Lassus Posted: March 24, 2018 at 07:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Friday, March 23, 2018

Leitch: Baseball’s Very Tepid Offseason Is Finally Over

When a player is finally in a position to sell himself on the market, he’s often already in decline. Which is how it came to pass that of the 25 highest-paid players in baseball last season — all of whom were, at one point, high-dollar free agents — almost one-third weren’t even average ballplayers. The worst player in baseball last year, according to FanGraphs, was Albert Pujols, who made $26 million — and is still under contract for four more seasons, for which he will be paid ...

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bobm Posted: March 23, 2018 at 01:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

‘Roberto was our brother’: Dave Parker recalls first Pirates spring training after Clemente’s death

Roberto Clemente was more than a humanitarian, more than our spiritual team leader, more than a baseball angel. Roberto was our brother, and I never experienced a life shock this close to me. I started getting phone calls from friends and family, asking whether I heard what happened. Sometimes people want to connect with you over a tragedy, be there for you, and it’s genuine and all, but sometimes you just need to sit down by yourself and process what happened.

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They had me playing ...

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Miguel Cabrera calls most of his teammates ‘bro’ because he doesn’t know their names

“I say, ‘Hey, bro. What’s up, bro?’”

PreservedFish Posted: March 23, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, rebuilding, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-23-2018

Washington Times, March 23, 1918:

So many of the small minor leagues in the Middle West have disbanded or temporarily suspended operations for the period of the war that there are now only a few organizations in the vicinity of St. Louis to which major league clubs can farm out young players.

In view of this, [Branch] Rickey has conceived the idea of organizing a team which he will enter in the justly celebrated “Muny” League of St. Louis, and independent professional circuit that has municipal ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ken Brett two-way phenom | MLB.com

My father raved about Ken Brett. I didn’t get it then, but now that I’ve watched so many hyped phenoms burn out, I get it now. Watching Frank Tanana was the first for me.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: ken brett

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2018

Washington Times, March 22, 1918:

[Reds catcher Harry Smith describes an attempted triple steal:] “We had a manager…who had an elegant set of signs, and one of them was the order to steal a base, made by tapping himself on the forehead with his right hand. One afternoon we had the bases full and none out in a most important game, when he gave the sign to steal. Nothing to do but obey, so everybody stole with the bases full. Of course, the cruel enemy rounded us up and made it a triple play. The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2018 at 12:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Camden Depot: Baseball Booms, Minor Leaguers Still Exploited

Some useful information about minor league pay is provided. I’ve mentioned it a few times that I blame the owners and the MLBPA. The players in particular understand the conditions of their siblings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay

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