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Monday, February 16, 2015

Vote now for 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners | SABR

Tonight is the deadline. Last chance to vote!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

ESPN: Yankees To Retire Andy Pettitte’s Number

Some Core Four ceremonies coming up:

Andy Pettitte will have his No. 46 retired by the New York Yankees and receive a plaque in Monument Park, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. Pettitte will become the 18th member of the Yankees to have his number retired. Pettitte was known for his big-game performance, helping the Yankees win five championships during his career.
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Pettitte finished his career with a 256-153 record and 3.85 ERA. With the help of the expanded playoff format, he has won more ...

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Victor Sanchez, Mariner prospect, has been seriously injured in a boating accident

This news has also been confirmed by the Tacoma News Tribune, also by Jeff Passan via Twitter. Most sources seem agree he is in ICU and it was a head injury. Apparently he was hit by a boat while swimming in the ocean. Best wishes to Mr. Sanchez and his family.

Sunday silence Posted: February 16, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The 50 most fascinating figures in baseball | New York Post

Joel Sherman makes a list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 07:26 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: people

Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The rewind: Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Gordon’s base hit and the ball rolled to the wall at Kauffman Stadium, where left fielder Juan Perez complicated matters by mishandling it. Gordon kept running, not always at full go, until given the stop sign by Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele.

What if Gordon had kept motoring and tried to score from third?

The answer remains forever unknown. But the wondering will never cease.

In that spirit, the Rockhurst University ...

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Zach Posted: February 15, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, dead duck, giants, royals, world series

A Yankees target, Cuban star Yoan Moncada nearing decision | New York Post

I will be shocked if Moncada doesn’t end up with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yoan moncada

Preller follows his own map | UTSanDiego.com

Winners never sleep.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

The strategies and secrets of a five-time fantasy baseball experts-league champ - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN

A lot of good advice for fantasy players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Sunday Notes: Coaching Salaries on the Farm, Bullpen Scatalogy, Cards STEP, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I have a hammer. I don’t use my hammer to scramble eggs. That doesn’t mean my hammer is useless.

Colleagues sometimes agree to disagree. That happened this earlier this week, when Mike Petriello and I had a brief back-and-forth on Twitter. Referring to a Jeff Sullivan piece on Ben Revere, Mike called outfield assists “a hilariously useless stat.”

I responded that no stat is useless when taken into context. Delving into “Kill the win” territory, I said I’d rather know Denny McLain won ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

LeBreton: Forget sabermetrics, Rangers should be much-improved team

Good thing Daniel Okrent never dined at the Le Bretôn Française restaurant.

With the newsstand costs rising to $7.99, of course, most of the preseason periodicals truly are no longer worth the paper they were printed on. Yet, their popularity persists, because with the rise of fantasy baseball has come a surge of championing preseason projections, the fair-haired child of the game’s shotgun analytics marriage.

Spare me the emails. I enjoy baseball’s new math, and even agree with most of ...

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Repoz Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabrmetrics

Get ready for an awkward spring training with the Phillies

The ghosts of bad spring trainings past.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

As camp nears, Astros’ focus shifts from future to present - Houston Chronicle

They don’t know what role Gattis will play?

“There’s a few questions, but more about what specific role they’re going to play,” Luhnow said. “What role Evan Gattis is going to play, what role Chris Carter is going to play, those are two fundamental questions we need to answer because there’s only one DH position. So that’s a big piece for us.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Starlin Castro’s changes in approach - Beyond the Box Score

Breaking down Starlin Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Yankees’ big plan to harness Nathan Eovaldi’s 100-mph heat | New York Post

The article forgets to talk about one thing…the plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:22 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

How new Rangers manager beat cancer, potential paralysis; what his tattoo says | Dallas Morning News

Sean, you need to get on this.

In fact, Baseball-Reference.com and Wikipedia still incorrectly list his birthdate as Jan. 15, 1965 — a year later than his actual birthdate.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bannister, rangers

School of Roch: Which Orioles bring the most spring curiosity?

Orioles questions that need answering.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

FanGraphs - YouTube - Top 200 Prospects

This is some good stuff from Fangraph’s Kiley McDaniel. Although it’s nice reading about prospects, it’s even better to get a glimpse of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Rankings baseball’s top 10 defenses for 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

I liked the Semien comment. A lot of people don’t think Semien has the chops to handle shortstop on a regular basis. When you look at it from this perspective, though, it doesn’t seem to be a stretch to have him stay there.

Man, so many changes to this roster in such a short time. But attention to detail on defense is a constant. Brett Lawrie, if healthy (that’s always the “if” with Lawrie), is a major defensive asset at the hot corner. Ben Zobrist can handle seemingly every position on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, predictions

Brewers release Nick Delmonico

from article:

Delmonico, 22, is still under a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine late last July. Baseball America reported he has been signed by the Chicago White Sox.

Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore in exchange for reliever Francisco Rodriguez in late July 2013 and immediately was listed among the Brewers’ top prospects. The organization had a void at that position and it was hoped he would rise through the system and fulfill his potential.

But Delmonico missed ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Andrew McCutchen | Left Out

A bunch of 12-year-old kids had their hearts broken this week. Jackie Robinson West, a team from Chicago’s South Side, won the U.S. title at the 2014 Little League World Series. They achieved their dream in dramatic fashion. I remember watching their pitcher give up the go-ahead homer against Nevada in the title game and he was so crushed that he physically doubled-over on the mound. His team fought back and won in an amazing game, and the joy on that kid’s face after the final out was ...

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ESPN: Fate Of Ernie Banks’ Remains Disputed

Not as bad as Ted Williams’ fate. Yet.

Ernie Banks, the beloved Cubs great who once said he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field, is at the center of a battle over his remains, as his estranged wife has gone to court to prevent a longtime friend of “Mr. Cub” from having his remains cremated. .  .  . According to court records, Elizabeth Banks filed a petition to prevent a woman who describes herself in the documents as a longtime friend of Ernie Banks, his caretaker and the ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, death, ernie banks, fights, final call, lawsuits, legal, rip, wrigley field

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Megdal: Capital Sports-Biz Report: The state of the Wilpons; Red Bulls as anti-Galacticos

Does the new column mean Howard’s no longer in the running for the NBC Nightly News gig?

Welcome to Capital’s new Sports Business Report, a weekly digest of news on the top players and institutions in one of New York’s highest-profile industries. ...

Here are the numbers you have to actually remember, and what keeps Fred Wilpon and his partners up nights (and Wilmer Flores entrenched as a low-cost shortstop). The Mets’ parent company, Sterling Equities, continues to finance the $250 million ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: February 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, madoff, mets, troy tulowitzki, wilpons

Armour on Top GMs | MLB.com

Mark Armour talks with Chris Russo about his new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #1 — Branch Rickey

I’ve always been fascinated and awed by Branch Rickey. His selection as the number one general manager is well deserved.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #2 — Pat Gillick

Maybe the Phillies should let Pat Gillick do whatever he wants.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, pat gillick

The Limits of Prospect Lists | FanGraphs Baseball

This is a few weeks old but I don’t believe it was posted. Kiley McDaniel makes some very good points about prospect rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects

Pioneering Toronto Star baseball writer Alison Gordon dead at 72

Some touching stuff on baseball’s first female beat writer.  Good quotes from Lloyd Moseby, and you get a hint of what she went through in the early 80s.  RIP

It was in the late 1970s that female sportswriters began to push back against their long held prohibition from men’s locker rooms. After Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was barred from the New York Yankees’ clubhouse during the 1977 World Series, she filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball. She won the ...

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Paul D(uda) Posted: February 13, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, females in baseball, journalism, obituary, toronto blue jays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 13, 1915:

[University of Michigan pitcher] George Sisler, southpaw extraordinary until he strained his arm last spring, dug up a mitt, tossed a few balls and joyously informed his college mates that his offside wing was as good as ever. If Coach Lundgren agrees with him, that means that George will bear the brunt of the mound work this spring.

Sisler was in the big leagues for good as a 1B/RF/P by June 1915.

Obviously he was a terrific hitter, but (as I’ve mentioned ...

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Searching for a Comp for the Ultimate Signature Pitch | FanGraphs Baseball

Cutter-ing it up.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

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