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Friday, March 04, 2016

Braves Sean Newcomb takes lessons from start | MLB.com

Still, even though Newcomb has tremendous promise and a high ceiling, he has made just seven starts above the Class A Advanced level. In other words, he had never faced a lineup that included the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez before Thursday.

“It was definitely different looking in and seeing [Cabrera], but that’s what I’m going to have to be dealing with, so I’ve got to get used to it,” Newcomb said. “It’s just simple mechanical stuff that I’ve got to take care. Stuff that I can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean newcomb

Analysis: Dodgers’ gamble on pricey pitchers is a dream deferred due to a slew of injuries - The Orange County Register

Some patience is in order.

“You never want to tap into that depth this early. But this is sort of the benefit of having that sort of depth,” Zaidi said. “As soon as something like this happens, you hope you can backfill and create some more options for yourself. But we’re also in the position where we have a lot of options and don’t have to do that.”

Much of that depth is young and talented, but also unproven and largely untested, even in the minors. Nineteen-year-old Julio Urias ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Hal Steinbrenner says family has no intention of selling New York Yankees

It’s not the same without George.

“This is a family business and we’re all involved,” he said, referring to siblings Hank, Jennifer and Jessica. “We all love being a part of this. We all know our dad wanted us to be a part of us, and we all know he’s watching down on us and happy that we’re all a part of it. Believe it or not, to us, that’s a big deal. The idea is, let’s keep it going.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes Plans to Join PGA Tour After Baseball

Does Yoenis Cespedes have a future on the PGA Tour?

The New York Mets slugger certainly seems to think so…

“He’s got a complete game, honestly,” trainer Chris Wray told the The Times. “If he would take lessons and leave baseball, he could play on the Tour. He’s a three, four handicap, and he’s playing part time.”

 

PreservedFish Posted: March 03, 2016 at 07:13 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: golf, mets, retirement tour, yoenis cespedes

Bark and Switch: Hank the Ballpark Pup is an impostor

He just went to a farm upstate.

Now, there is nothing wrong with the new Hank. Hank II is, like his predecessor, a Very Good Baseball Dog. But do not lie to me and try to tell me that the dog on the left and the dog on the right are the same dog. The coloring in the face and the ears is all wrong, the face isn’t shaped the same way, and his ears don’t lay in the same spot. They didn’t just dunk him in a bucket of bleach and poof him up a bit. These are different dogs, folks.

None of this was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, conspiracies, coverups, farms upstate, mascots

Braves are discounted on field but not at Disney box office (wait, $49?) | Jeff Schultz blog

So how much are you willing to pay to watch so many “Braves of the future” attempt to seize their opportunity? It’s a given that the team will not be good this season: sportsbooks’ projections range from 65 to 66½ games (or 97 to 95½ losses) and the team is expected to have the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll.  So how good will spring training baseball be?

Well, the price gougers at Disney have put a price on the product. And it’s absurd. The Braves are quick to point this is not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, spring training

The idea of replay is good; in practice, fans often bristle.

I am not a fan of replay as well. I’d rather live with some blown calls than have my timed wasted with a thousand of these game interruptions each season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks

Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista and the future of athletic preparation and longevity - GammonsDaily.com

He has studied all the aging metrics, and defies them the way he defied his projected career path of being a utility player. When Jose was 30, he led the league in homers (43), walks, slugging, OPS and OPS+.

At 40? “I am preparing to be physically capable of doing the same,” Bautista says. “I am preparing to defy those aging curves by my strict adherence to physical, mental and nutritional routines. When I missed time (at 31) with hip problems, I changed everything,” he says. “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Which Jackie Bradley Jr. Will The Red Sox Get This Season?

The Sox are betting that the Bradley who hit .294 with nine home runs, slugged .613, and posted a .366 on-base percentage in the final 50 games of the lost 2015 season is closer to the Real Jackie than the young player who looked overmatched and “lost” during the 2014 season, hitting just .198 in 127 games.

“That was my first time being able to say I truly struggled,” said Bradley, who won two national championships at the University of South Carolina and rocketed to the big leagues in ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 03, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Family finds not one but 7(!) 100-year-old Ty Cobb baseball cards

Joe Orlando, the president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, California, who verified the find, said it is “spectacular” and “miraculous” to have come across such a cache.

“I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery,” Orlando said in a statement.

Morty Causa Posted: March 03, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, ty cobb

Mets need Wilmer Flores to handle new role ‘like a veteran’ - NY Daily News

He seems like a nice kid. If he really was surprised, he might not be the brightest player.

So after playing short for the Mets in the World Series, it was a bit of a blow to Flores when the Mets signed veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera this past winter.

“I was surprised,” Flores admitted. “My agent called and told me when it happened. I didn’t know what it meant for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

A’s stick with Marcus Semien at shortstop - SFGate

“There isn’t a guy I’ve been around in all my years not only who works as hard as he does but is accountable, doesn’t complain,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t remember seeing anyone at the big-league level having to go through what he did last year.

“There is a reason you stick with guys. And it’s easier to stick with guys like him that work hard and don’t complain about things and don’t make excuses. On top of that, there’s quite a lot of talent there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Klapisch: Mets staff has an ace, or three, up its sleeve - Sports - NorthJersey.com

If they can stay healthy, the Mets will be a fun team to follow this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson to have tests on back - LA Times

Anderson and Ryu already having issues.

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers

As Marlins await Carter Capps’ MRI, Kyle Barraclough a viable option | Miami Herald

It’s shocking that a guy with Capps’ mechanics has elbow issues.

Mattingly said Wednesday afternoon he had no update on Capps, who had an MRI to check on soreness he felt in his right elbow, the same one that has caused him to miss significant playing time the past two seasons.

“We’re hoping for the best with Capps, and we’ll see where it goes,” Mattingly said. “Best-case scenario for all of us is he just needs a few days, and he can come back and he’s ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: carter capps, marlins

MLB proposes new path for Cuban players | MLB.com

MLB’s proposal includes the creation of a license that allows players from Cuba to enter the United States on a visa. Additionally, the plan includes the creation a new non-governmental body made up of Cuban entrepreneurs, MLB officials and the MLB Players Association. According to the proposal, a percentage of salaries paid to Cuban players would go to the non-governmental body to support sports initiatives and education, and improve sports facilities on the island.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-3-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 3, 1916

Hal Chase may get a job after all. The Warren, Pa., club of the Interstate league has offered him $5,000 to manage the club and play first base during the season. Chase has a Federal contract calling for $8,000 a year for two more seasons so he doesn’t care whether he lands in the big league or not.

Yeah, but fixing games in the Interstate League isn’t terribly remunerative.

This was a pretty reasonable offer for a guy who was having trouble finding ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hal chase, history

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Posnanski: No. 36: Cal Ripken

The countdown resumes.

It took the mad genius of Earl Weaver to see a future for this guy at shortstop. Ripken had always been a third baseman. In 1981 and early 1982, when Ripken came to the big leagues, he was a third baseman. But Weaver was aching to move the kid to shortstop. No one in the organization agreed with him — not one person. But 1982 was Weaver’s last year as manager, and he didn’t give a $*$%* what anyone thought even before he became a lame duck. On July 2, he put Ripken ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 02, 2016 at 10:12 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, lists, orioles, posnanski

Kolten Wong agrees to $25.5M, 5-year deal with Cardinals

Best Contract Extensions in Baseball

Taking a long-term commitment to Kolten Wong as their second baseman, the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Wednesday to a $25.5 million, five-year contract with the 25-year-old.

Wong gets $1.25 million this year, $2.5 million in 2017, $4 million in 2018, $6.5 million in 2019 and $10.25 million in 2020. St. Louis has a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

He would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2016 at 07:56 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, kolten wong

Rough spring debut for Twins’ Byung Ho Park – Twin Cities

Park, 29, went down swinging his first two times up, swinging through four pitches, including a high fastball from Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens to leave the bases loaded in the first inning. Facing righty Noe Ramirez in the third, Park struck out on three pitches.

He went down looking at a curve in the fifth after fouling off a changeup from right-hander Anthony Varvaro.

Of the 11 pitches Park saw on the day with Tim Timmons behind the plate, just two were called balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 05:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Book Review: ‘The Cardinals Way’ Digs Deep Into Club’s Success - BaseballAmerica.com

You can skip the preamble.

That preamble is a long-winded way of saying that Howard Megdal’s “The Cardinals Way” (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99) easily meets the standards of a good—or even great—baseball book. It is an enjoyable read because it does an excellent job of explaining the Cardinals’ viewpoint on developing a successful baseball team, tying together the origins of long-time coach George Kissell, owner Bill DeWitt, general manager John Mozeliak and many others into a common ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 05:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, books, cardinals

Michael Cuddyer’s retirement didn’t save the Mets full 12.5 million

According to an industry source, Cuddyer received a buyout valued in the $2 million to $3 million range to terminate his contract with the Mets in December. The veteran outfielder was due $12.5 million in the final season of a backloaded two-year deal, and the buyout was added to even out the contract. Cuddyer earned $8.5 million during a disappointing 2015 season in which he was plagued by injuries and inconsistency at the plate.

The 36-year-old Cuddyer’s retirement created payroll ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 02, 2016 at 03:40 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, buyouts, mets, michael cuddyer


Royals, Salvador Perez “Moving Close” To Extension - MLB Trade Rumors

I look forward to the Jon Singleton renegotiation. Perez shouldn’t say anything bad about Royals ownership ever.

The Royals have officially agreed to a new contract with catcher Salvador Perez. The deal covers six years for the Beverly Hills Sports Council client, including the coming season, and does not include any options. It guarantees three preexisting club options and adds two new seasons at the back end, with a total guarantee of $52.5MM.

All told, then, Perez will be promised the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-2-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 2, 1916:

When the second squad of Giants leaves [New York] for Marlin Springs [Texas] tomorrow morning it is likely that Eddie Grant, the utility infielder, will not be among the players. Grant is a lawyer and has an office in Boston, and has decided to give up baseball for his law practice.

Grant was a Harvard Law grad, so this was no bluff - he had things to do that weren’t baseball. Unfortunately for him, one of the things Eddie did was to enlist in the Army. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 02, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie grant, history, world war i


Texas Rangers: Jon Daniels: How Josh Hamilton and Ian Desmond will co-exist if and when Hamilton is healthy | SportsDay

Will Hamilton really contribute much this season? I’m not feeling it.

I hope Ian’s playing well and come May, Josh is healthy and ready to roll. Even before the last few weeks where Josh’s knee acted up again, internally we were all discussing what is the right number of games for Josh and I don’t think anyone felt like it was 150. At 34, going to be 35, he’s had multiple knee surgeries, he’s 240-plus pounds, a big man on a knee that’s had some issues.

Even before the last few weeks, all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, jon daniels, josh hamilton, jurickson profar, rangers, royals

Rays trip to Cuba for March 22 exhibition finally set | Tampa Bay Times

Commissioner Rob Manfred:  “Major League Baseball is excited to play in Cuba and to have the Tampa Bay Rays representing our 30 Clubs. During a time of historic change, we appreciate the constructive role afforded by our shared passion for the game, and we look forward to experiencing Cuba’s storied baseball tradition and the passion of its many loyal fans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, rays

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Pick the best bet in MLB for 2016

Grant Brisbee’s annual Vegas over/under column.

This is a tradition around these parts. Every year, SB Nation gives you a fake $100 bill and asks you to make a fake baseball bet. Welcome to the 2016 over-under bets. Your job is to pick the one team that will win more or less than the total set by a bookmaker.

This used to be a fun, whimsical tradition. In 2013, our combined bets led to a profit of $290, or 45¢ per person. In 2014, our combined bets led to a profit of $56,535, or $16.50 per ...

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Brian White Posted: March 01, 2016 at 10:22 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, go ahead bet against the royals i dare you

Astros Use Cutting Edge Technology To Get Better At Baseball

Lance McCullers wants to master his changeup, so he mimics a master…McCullers wants his changeup to look the same way Hernandez’s does in the eyes of opposing batters, so he seeks out data from the Astros’ analytics team. The club, like every other team in baseball now, has access to data from Trackman, the pitch-tracking radar technology employed by MLB’s Statcast. That information shows McCullers where and when Hernandez releases the pitch, and its spin rate: The number of times it ...

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GrumpyFan Posted: March 01, 2016 at 09:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sabrmetrics

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