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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 11, 1914:
Bennie Kauff, the sensational Indianapolis Federal league baseball player, miraculously escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when his automobile was wrecked at New Winchester, Ind., six miles west of Danville. Kauff’s face was badly lacerated and Jack Page and Owen Holmes, both of [Indianapolis], who were riding with the player, were slightly bruised.
Bennie was arrested by Danville authorities and fines on a charge of speeding.
Benny and cars just ...Read More...
Can he play shortstop too?
Listen to Jay Alou — agent for free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas – for his first two sentences and you’ll come away with a dose of reality.
“I don’t see a need. They have their outfielders,” Alou said when asked at the general managers’ meetings Monday about the Red Sox‘ interest in the 23-year-old slugger.
But then, in mid statement, came the push.
“I mean, he could play third base. Everybody could use some pop,” Alou ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
The part about the Jays signing Martin because they “have enough positions in flux” so he can move to another position is funny.
As I reported last week the Blue Jays will take a shot at signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who is said by some industry insiders to already be leaning in the Chicago Cubs direction. Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years, similar to or a little more than the deal Brian McCann received from the New York Yankees last winter. An ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
The “well-connected baseball executive” sounds like someone in the Red Sox camp. The executive sounds like he has some wishful thinking. I don’t see Lester settling for $20 million per year.
But Monday night, a well-connected baseball executive who has had conversations on the subject with the Red Sox, predicted that Boston will indeed re-sign Lester, and may make an exception in Lester’s case to their pledge not to offer a long-term deal to pitchers north of 30 years old.
How high would the ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
According to the quotes in the article, the White Sox will either sign a big contract or they won’t. Thanks for the insight!
But the White Sox general manager expects his club to be prominently mentioned in baseball gossip this offseason if only because of their position; they could have $40 million to spend with multiple upgrades needed. Not only that, the White Sox intend to kick a lot of tires to see what’s out there.
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
Prospects are prospects. Will Profar ever pan out or will injuries derail his future?
Andrus’ eight-year, $120 million extension does not even begin until next season and runs through at least 2022. Texas would love to unload that deal as it searches this market for starting pitching. The Rangers can go inexpensive in the middle infield with some combination of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas. However, they would be more comfortable doing that if they knew for sure Profar was ...
Bob Nightengale’s latest.
They are intent on dumping first baseman Ryan Howard and the remaining $60 million on his contract, but after finding no takers during the season, they have surprising interest from a small-market club with one baseball’s lowest payrolls.
The Royals aren’t about to rip up their payroll, and David Glass suddenly isn’t about to go all Steinbrenner on us, but if the Phillies are willing to eat most of the contract, the Royals have had internal discussions ...
All 12 free agents who were given the $15.3 million offers last week chose not to accept by Monday’s 5 p.m. EST deadline.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards were announced on Monday, with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu the unanimous selection in the American League and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom taking home the honor in the NL.
Apparently Cuddyer wasn’t too nuts about Colorado… and is confident he’ll be awful in 2015!
The Mets announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.
Cuddyer, a client of Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, was the surprise recipient of a qualifying offer last week that caused many to believe that he would be the first to accept the offer. However, Colorado’s decision to extend the QO appears to have been a wise one, as they’ll now net a ...
In keeping with another November tradition, ESPN.com polled 28 general managers, assistant GMs, senior advisers, scouts and other baseball talent evaluators on eight questions that will be front-and-center during Hot Stove season. They responded via email or phone on the condition of anonymity.
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
(The link is to Yakyu Baka, a blog on Japanese baseball)
Okay, so, just in case, here’s a OMNICHATTER thread for the MLB tour of Japan. All games are on MLB Network and MLB.TV.
Exhibition Game (Koshien Stadium): MLB All-Stars (Chris Capuano) vs. Yomiuri/Hanshin Combined Team (Atsushi Nomi), Nov. 11, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair).
Game 1 of Japan All-Star Series (Kyocera/Osaka Dome): MLB All-Stars (Matt Shoemaker) vs. “Samurai Japan” (Kenta Maeda), Nov. 12, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair)
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
For the misdemeanor player, chased and cheated by pursuit
And we gazed upon the Chimelis of freedom flashing.
But I have reached the point where I feel I am stalling. My ambivalent, wait-till-next-year approach to Piazza is the coward’s way out.
Unlike the more tarnished superstars (Barry Bonds, Clemens, etc.), Piazza is close. He pulled 62.2 percent last year, up from 57.8 percent in his first year, 2012.
That was higher than Bagwell, whose credentials are less obvious to some voters ...
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:36 PM | 77 comment(s)
More than 17,000 people have played Major League Baseball. Countless others have contributed to the game from working in front offices to writing about baseball and more. It’s hard to say who matters most, players or everyone else and it’s an age-old debate. Personally, I believe both groups are important. Few people can play at the highest level. And without a range of support, they wouldn’t do so professionally, at least not in a league that generates close to $10 billion annually. ...
Rick Hahn isn’t number two in Chicago.
I love Tulowitzki. With his contract, though, he’s a tough pickup for any GM. GMs get fired for being wrong on trades like this.
Tulowitzki, in particular, creates difficulty. He is homegrown. He is the most popular player in Rockies history. When right, he is arguably among the five best position players in the game. But here is how many games he has started at shortstop in the past five years: 122, 140, 47, 119 and 88. Those are 516 starts in his age 25-to-29 seasons, barely more than 100 a ...
Rosenthal says Puig is safe.
Sources have informed FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal that new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the L.A. brain trust are aggressively trying to move an outfielder, and that nearly all are in play.
I realize there is pressure from Werner and Lucchino to placate the fans with a big free agent signing this off-season. I also agree that Sandoval would be a nice fit in the Red Sox lineup. (His ability to go the other way from the left side will play well in Fenway.) I’m not convinced, however, that he will age well. So, if they have to make a splash, I’d rather they spend the money on Lester.
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
Here’s a potential buy-low pickup.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is expected to try to gauge trade interest in outfielder Michael Saunders over the next few days.
Saunders, who turns 28 later this month, is a left-handed hitter who doesn’t appear to fit with the club’s future plans. Even so, club officials believe Saunders has value; nothing suggests they are looking to just dump him.
One possibility is Toronto, which is looking for someone capable of playing left and/or center ...
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 10, 1914:
Danny Green, at one time a star outfielder on the Chicago National and American League baseball teams, died [yesterday] in an institution in Camden, N.J. While playing with the Minneapolis team of the American Association several years ago, Green was struck on the head by a pitched ball and never recovered from the effects of the injury.
Green was 38 years old.
I’d never heard this story before. Anyone have any other details? This is a fairly ...Read More...
The Dodgers are shopping their expensive outfielders.
As Friedman, Byrnes and Zaidi gathered in Arizona over the weekend to set an offseason agenda and prepare for this week’s GM meetings in Phoenix, they might be coming to the realization that they’ve traded one set of financial handcuffs for another – perhaps velvet-lined but restrictive nonetheless.
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
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