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Monday, February 09, 2015
The post-Selig era begins in earnest.
MLB is shutting down the Fan Cave, its much-acclaimed 4-year-old social media hub in New York City, representing an early sign of the unification of business operations under new Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The move, led by Bob Bowman, president of business and media, is an attempt to consolidate all of baseball’s social media activities under MLB Advanced Media and the MLB Network. MLBAM had its own active social media agenda separate from the Fan Cave, ...
Calling all BBTF IP lawyers to litigate WalletHub vs MLB.
Evolution Finance has been locked in a trademark dispute with lawyers representing the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs for two years after Major League Baseball, on behalf of the teams, opposed their attempt to trademark the white-and-green logo.
The league asserts that the WalletHub logo bears a strong resemblance to Ws trademarked by the two teams, and that granting Evolution Finance rights to use the mark without restrictions ...
Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?
Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.
I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, ...
Better late than never. A few of this month’s interesting games:
Feb 10: Spurs vs Liverpool, Bournemouth vs Derby (top 2 teams in the table)Read More...
Feb 11: Chelsea vs Everton, Soton vs West Ham, Partick Thistle vs Celtic
Feb 14: FA Cup Quarters
Feb 15: FA Cup Quarters
Feb 17: Bayern vs PSG
Feb 18: Schalke vs Real Madrid
Feb 19: Spurs vs Fiorentina
Feb 22: Spurs vs West Ham, Liverpool vs Soton
Feb 24: Man City vs Barca, Juventus vs Dortmund
Feb 25: Leverkusen vs Atletico, Arsenal vs Monaco
Feb 26: ...
It has now been eight years since Julio Franco last played in MLB, but his playing days are still not over. The 56-year-old Franco went 6-for-27 (.222) in seven games with the independent Fort Worth Cats last season, and now he’s heading to Japan to continue playing. According to a report, Franco has signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars, a semi-pro team in Japan.
He made his MLB debut in 1982.
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, February 9, 1915:
Ray Corhan, star shortstop of the Pacific Coast League, who signed a contract with the St. Louis Federals and accepted $500 advance money, will be allowed to remain with the Los Angeles team, Phil Ball of the St. Louis Feds announced today.
“Probably we could force him to play, but I don’t see the use. We will let him go to the little old Coast league if he returns the $500 and you may bet he’ll return the coin. Corhan kicked about the St. Louis ...
Dan Haren is ready to be part of the Marlins’ rotation and ace Jose Fernandez could be back as early as June 15, according to general manager Dan Jennings.
Posted: February 09, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
e Padres have agreed to sign free agent right-hander James Shields to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season, according to major-league sources. The deal is currently pending a physical, and is likely to be announced early in the week.
Shields, 33, is the last major free agent starter to sign with a club in a winter that has already seen Jon Lester join the Cubs and Max Scherzer sign with the Nationals on multi-year deals. His deal is expected to be in the ...
Sunday, February 08, 2015
“I’d like Billy Beane to be able to tell America, ‘Take that!’ when this is all over,” new bench coach Mike Aldrete said during the Q-and-A.
“One thing I’ve always heard around the league is, ‘Billy knows what he’s doing,’” new first baseman Ike Davis said. “I figured he had a plan, just be patient, and now that you look at it, it’s a pretty exciting team.”
Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
ADELAIDE, 8 February - For the fourth time in five years, Perth reign supreme atop the pedestal of the Australian Baseball League. The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat beat the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, 12-5 in Sunday’s third and final game of the ABL Championship Series presented by ConocoPhillips, to take home the Claxton Shield for the second consecutive season.
The Yankees of Down Under.
Posted: February 08, 2015 at 02:26 PM | 9 comment(s)
Not much to add beyond the title. Same price as 2014 (129.99 for the Premium). What is odd is that the MiLB.tv option is still only available on computer or an iPhone, apparently it won’t work on an iPad which makes very little sense to me.
Classic good make-up.
“I don’t know if God has blessed me with being being the biggest or the fastest or the strongest, but He has blessed me with a burning desire to be better,” Rob Refsnyder says.
Edit: Link fixed. Jim.
Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
Ultimately we would like our core guys to have a good sense of where they’re hitting in the lineup,” Cash said. “Some would be planted, whether in the No. 3 spot or No. 4 spot or wherever. And some we’d like to have it be, ‘You’re going to hit either fifth or sixth’ or ‘You’re going to hit first or second,’ something of that degree. Our goal coming in is to have a righty lineup and a lefty lineup, and have that be very similar on a daily basis.”
So whether the Rays decide to put Evan Longoria ...
Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 13 comment(s)
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Ultimately, though, every manager—every single one—falls into the same basic patterns with the late innings. They’ll go with committees only to the point that one member of that committee catches fire, and then they’ll ride that guy in the ninth for as long as his arm and effectiveness will allow.
I asked Showalter why that is.
“There are four parts of a season,” Showalter said. “Spring Training, when you manage pitchers completely different; the regular season, when you manage starters and ...
Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
The devil is in the details.
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he intends to award the All-Star Game with a bidding process, rather than alternating leagues as has been the practice generally every season since the game was put in place in 1933.
Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 59 comment(s)
all star game
I’m interested in seeing how Jaso does as a full-time DH. About a 1/4 of his PA so far have come at DH. He’s essentially hit about the same as he does behind the plate.
“We have an understanding that they want me to hit, and putting me in the instance where I could be in harm’s way — where I would then be on the bench for the rest of the year — that’s not worth it at this point,” he said.
Jaso said he plans to eventually return to catching, though it’s possible — and potentially better ...
Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
Since the largest uncertainties are principally independent of one another, they can be combined in quadrature to establish the 90% confidence interval on FIP’: 0.538 runs per 9 innings. The largest contributor to the uncertainty in FIP is the HR/FB rate. xFIP mitigates this uncertainty contributor considerably by adjusting each pitchers’ HR/FB rate (xFIP therefore has less total uncertainty). Pitch-based techniques can be used to reduce the uncertainty in each of the other major ...
Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
“The guys I’m concerned about are, there are players out there who are talked about where there is literally nothing. They have nothing, other than, you know, ‘He looked like X.’ Trust me, from somebody who spent a lot of time [investigating], you can’t decide whether or not somebody was using steroids, based on what they look like. That is not enough evidence to make that determination.”
Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 18 comment(s)
hall of fame
James Shields under the sabermetric microscope.
Friday, February 06, 2015
As baseball fans probably know, The Washington Nationals used to be the Montreal Expos. When the team packed up and left Canada in 2005, they left behind their name, their logo, their uniforms—and their mascot, Youppi!.
A fun piece on mascots from a great radio show.
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