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There is plenty of crying in baseball.
This is just how it is. We should stop looking for perfect easy outs, formulas that are never coming, the 100 percent of applause of those judging us. If you receive the honor of getting a Hall of Fame vote, work hard on it, apply what you value and — remember — there is no crying in baseball.
Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Friday, December 30, 2016
MLB GMs are evaluating players very similarly now. It’s not a coincidence they aren’t willing to pay the glut of hitters excessively.
Overall, next year’s class is probably slightly better for position players. Cain, Frazier, Lucroy, and Moustakas — along with Hosmer, Martinez, and Santana — present more upside and production than Bautista, Cespedes, Encarnacion, Fowler, Reddick, and Turner. After this year’s deep freeze in free agency — perhaps complicated by CBA negotiations — we ...
Posted: December 30, 2016 at 07:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
Chicago Eagle, December 30, 1916:
Connie Mack was catching for the Pirates in 1893 and he roomed with George Moreland when the team was on the road…One night Moreland entered their hotel room before Mack and dug up the latter’s best catching mitt. He started to cut a hole in the center of it, and was still engaged at this task when Mack came in.
“Hey, George, what are you doing?” asked Mack. This was a natural query for a catcher to spring when seeing his best glove being treated in this ...
Who were the best players to toil “in the shadows,” so to speak? Those whose accomplishments far outstripped their fame due to the lack of attention paid to their teams?
Posted: December 30, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 32 comment(s)
Somewhere out there is a New York writer ready to make this quote, “Dansby Swanson, I watched Derek Jeter. I knew Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter was a friend of mine. Dansby Swanson, you’re no Derek Jeter.”
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Part of the Boston Blowhards, which also includes Shaughnessy and Massarotti. The part about getting respect from people who disagree with his opinion is particularly rich.
But I know I must rise above such pettiness, so I try to put that bias aside and examine each case on its merits. Except with Raines being so borderline for me, I can’t say it didn’t play a role in my final vote. Just being honest. I’m human.
I’d just prefer that those who disagree can respect my position, even if it ...
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 116 comment(s)
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Grand Forks Herald, December 29, 1917
Jack Fournier, utility player of the Chicago Americans, has invented an indoor contrivance which he believes will bring back a batting eye, according to a letter received [in Chicago] today.
“I rigged up a batting contrivance in my house,” said the letter, written from Aberdeen, Wash., “and the ball is suspended on a heavy rubber cord. I give the ball a push and then stand in batting position and see how I can drive it. I’ve ruined a perfectly good room ...
The true secret to his success?
“It makes me feel really good because my grandma, my mom, my cousins . . . everybody is able to watch me play,” Nunez said. “In the minor leagues it’s hard for my family to watch me play. So here, everybody goes to the field and watches me . . . It makes me feel real good.”
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
These newfangled writers need to watch a ball game once in a while. AND GET OFF MY LAWN!!!
I’m not naïve to think that there are people in the Hall of Fame already who cheated or bent the rules. I’m in no space to ride high on the horse of morality into the church of baseball. I’m just trying to pick the very best from a very select group of outstanding players that I actually have seen play and not simply judge them from a WAR/JAWS/WHIP/OPS spread sheet. I study and research their ...
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 44 comment(s)
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This one includes an off-shoot of the “good face”.
4. Bruce Hurst, lefthanded pitcher
1976, 22d overall selection
Scout: Gordon Lakey.
What he said: “Tremendous natural ability. Premium draft. Mormon religion. Can become above-avg. major league pitcher. Desires to play basketball in JC even if he signs.”
What we say now: Hurst, a star of the 1986 World Series, is tied with Dennis Eckersley for 20th in Red Sox history with 88 wins. One nitpick with the scouting report: Lakey cites ...
Roger Clemens and missed opportunity in the draft.
Jay Jaffe’s work on JAWS has a far reaching impact on the HOF voting. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it referenced; I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Two quick notes: First, huge thanks to Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe for creating his JAWS system, which provides statistical context for this Hall of Fame discussion, and all the work he’s done breaking down the candidates on the ballot. Invaluable resources. Here’s the landing page for his breakdowns of the candidates. And, second, all ...
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
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MLBPipeline.com’s new Top 100 list doesn’t come out until the end of January, but the Pipeline crew is hard at work trying to sort out who should go where. The list will undoubtedly include players who weren’t previously Top 100-type prospects. There might be others who don’t start the year on the list, but they could make a jump that could land them there down the line.
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
Jon Heyman’s latest notes column includes the following. I can’t see how misreading the market for his client
was wasn’t a big mistake.
There’s a lot of criticism of Encarnacion and agent Paul Kinzer for not immediately jumping on the Jays’ initial $80 million, four-year offer, but the reality is that while that was obviously quite a reasonable bid (and the highest one he’d receive, as it turns out; he also got one for $66 million and three years from the Astros) there is no one who would ...
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
We’re supposed to see a gassed reliever on the mound, and so that’s what we see. If the velocity readings are 100 and 101, then we look for something else. “Here’s the thing,” Alex Rodriguez said later during the rain delay. “When you’re fatigued, you don’t lose miles per hour, per se. But what you do lose is command and movement.” But Chapman didn’t lose movement. He didn’t lose command (arguably, he doesn’t need command anyway). If you didn’t see Guyer’s ball split the gap and you didn’t know ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 28, 1916:
Charles (Chick) Evans, Jr., national amateur and open golf champion, is going to teach batting “form” to members of the Chicago National League Club. Evans today accepted he invitation of Charles H. Weeghman, president of the club, to make the spring training trip to Pasadena, Cal.
President Weeghman believes that Evans will be able to improve the batting of every player on the team.
“There is form in the driving of a golf ball,” [Weeghman] said, ...
Curt Schilling — I respect but don’t agree with a voting writer’s decision to cite the character clause to vote against any candidate when it comes to PEDs or political beliefs or sense of humor or musical taste. I don’t believe I’ve ever injected partisan politics into my baseball coverage. I fall into the First Amendment absolutist, ACLU card-carrying ranks when it comes to players and ex-players speaking their minds, which must be why I can’t quit the belief that Schilling and ...
After graduating from Stanford in 1998, Dave Kaval and a buddy gave themselves a gift, a cross-country road trip in which they visited all 30 Major League ballparks. They wrote a book about it called “The Summer That Saved Baseball.”
Now, almost two decades later, Kaval has found a higher calling: Saving baseball for Oakland.
Posted: December 28, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
For as much as the Mets want to move Jay Bruce and his $13 million, that is a one-year headache. David Wright is beloved in his clubhouse, and looks as if he will be the first above-average player to spend his entire career with the Mets. But he has four years at $77 million left, and due to his spinal stenosis, the organization has no idea how much he can play moving forward and to what level.
Posted: December 28, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 74 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
What are they dangling?
USA Today reported New York was interested in acquiring both Quintana and Robertson from the White Sox, while The New York Post reported the Yankees have not discussed acquiring both players. The Yankees have not commented on the reports.
Posted: December 27, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
Washington Herald, December 27, 1916:
Tom Hughes, known to the local followers of baseball a few years ago as the “iron man” of the Nationals, denies the story that he has quit baseball and is one of Salt Lake City’s “finest”.
In this letter Tom denies a great many of the “fairy stories” that have been printed about him recently. The “Tighten-up” wizzard [sic] claims that he was never kidnapped by any Cleveland gamblers…He also claims that he was never left in [Salt Lake City] by any manager ...
Jaso, who also will work at third base and in the outfield, picked up the first-base position quickly this year and had only five errors in 748 innings there this season. He could be an option to enter late in games to spell Bell, a role Sean Rodriguez has filled the past two seasons.
“Josh Bell is going to grow into being a really good defensive and offensive player and he won’t need that,” Jaso said. “But if that’s a role I can have and that the team would want me to that, that ...
Posted: December 27, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
So, the Pirates won’t be able to follow their own blueprint.
Those three defining characteristics sum up the Pirates — if not in their entirety, in large part. Success with developing prospects, bringing in free agents, and tweaking pitchers is a big reason why the Pirates are reloading, not rebuilding, and ready to carry their success over into another generation of prospects. Unfortunately, those defining characteristics seem fairly unique to the Pirates; they’re products of luck, ...
Posted: December 27, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
Germany’s national football team will monitor human rights in Russia during World Cup 2018, German sports officials said. We have heard similar statements before the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. Is it deja vu?
According to German national football team manager Oliver Bierhoff, “we will definitely not turn a blind eye on violations of human rights in Russia.” “We” stands for both the German Football Association and the national football team.
In general, the remarks from the German official ...
Posted: December 27, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 764 comment(s)
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