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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 30, 1916:
Robert A. Unglaub, manager of the Fargo (N.D.) Northwestern League baseball club, and former major league player, died [in Baltimore yesterday] as the result of an accident last Monday.
Unglaub was crushed by machinery at the Pennsylvania Railroad shops, where he was employed as a machinist during the off-season.
Aw, man, that sucks. No snark from me today. The guy got crushed to death.
A “proto-sabermetric tome”!
Read part one and part two.
It was in Baltimore that the seeds of Johnson’s career as a manager took root. A graduate of Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Johnson devoured Earnshaw Cook’s Percentage Baseball, a proto-sabermetric tome, and persuaded Orioles owner Jerry Hoffberger to let him use the IBM mainframe of the National Brewery (of which Hoffberger was chairman), which he programmed to test his theories about baseball. Johnson came ...
Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
hall of fame
Tyler Chatwood‘s changeup has never been good, but it really looks like he’s tinkering with it, no matter which classification system you’re using. By PITCHf/x, he added nearly two inches of fade and over an inch of drop. Meanwhile, he began throwing the fastball harder and change slower, improving the gap between the two pitches by 2.5 mph, the biggest difference in the sample of 92.
That’s according to the generic PITCHf/x classifications from MLB, at least. According to Brooks ...
Posted: November 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
4. Cody Bellinger, 1b/of, Glendale (Dodgers)
Bellinger’s prospect stock continues to rise as his lean body gains strength, helping his swing work better. He was Glendale’s most productive hitter this fall, producing a .314/.424/.557 slash line, with three home runs in 70 at-bats with 14 walks. With above-average bat speed and plenty of leverage in his swing, Bellinger, 21, projects to eventually have plus power. The consensus among AFL scouts is that his first base ...
Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
I just don’t see the Red Sox being in on Encarnacion. I also find it unlikely the Yankees will get in on him too.
The guesstimate: His market is very likely limited to American League teams and he’s tied to Draft-pick compensation, but this could be the source of a good old-fashioned battle between the Yankees and Red Sox, which would obviously be beneficial for Encarnacion’s bank account. Don’t rule out the Astros, though they might be hesitant to part with a Draft pick.
Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
“He’s the modern-day Babe Ruth,” a Pacific Rim scout from an American League team said. “He’s a top-of-the-rotation pitcher and the middle-of-the-order hitter. We haven’t seen anything like him in modern times. Whenever he comes to America, he’s going to break the bank. There has never been anybody in free agency who could ever market themselves as a two-way player before.”
Players cannot become free agents in the NPB until they accumulate nine years of service time.
CBA update. As I mentioned when I posted another article, I can see tying draft picks to going over the international pool as a compromise. I’m not sure I can see the players wanting to tie picks to the luxury tax. Of course, to get unfettered free agency and other perks, they will have to move on something.
The last big hurdle for MLB and the union in CBA talks is the competitive balance tax, sources said. Commonly referred to as a luxury tax, it is used by sports leagues to penalize teams that ...
Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Drain the swamp!
The Atlanta Braves still don’t know where in Florida they will move their spring training operations in 2019, but that is not stopping them from sending campaign donations to key state legislators who could help them with stadium financing when they do find a new home.
Earlier this month, the Braves gave $1,000 to a political committee run by new Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. That is just months after the team sent $1,000 donations each to new ...
“Cespedes will re-sign with the Mets for a deal expected to be worth $110 million over four years, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.”
Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 29, 1916:
Salaries of baseball players in the American League who were signed at high figures to retain them during the war with the Federal League will be sharply reduced, B.B. Johnson, president of the league, announed [last night]. The game was conducted in an extravagant manner during the fight with the Federal League, President Johnson said, and all expenses connected with the operation of the sport next season will be curtailed.
I’m sure the players were ...Read More...
[T]he Brewers announced a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year with free agent Eric Thames, who played the last three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported the deal is worth more than $15 million.
During three years playing for the NC Dinos of the hitter-friendly KBO, Thames put together fantasy league offensive numbers, batting .348 over 388 games with a .450 on-base percentage and .720 slugging percentage.
It’s a sign of the ...Read More...
There is a lot of good stuff here.
1. His name is a mouthful
Born April 26, 1995, in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Mazara’s full name is Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian. He was asked by lonestarball.com about his name: “Well, my mother and father just liked the names Nomar and Shamir, Jiminian is my mother’s last name.”—from Lone Star Ball’s report, Nomar Mazara-The Big Chill
Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
Where will the Cubs trade Jeimer Candelario?
Third-base prospect Jeimer Candelario (2.4 zWAR) didn’t experience much success in his brief exposure to the majors at the beginning of July, but he’s already projected to play like an average major leaguer and his top historical comp is Edwin Encarnacion. He and outfielder Albert Almora (1.8) represent the best of the club’s young depth, while Chesny Young (1.0) appears to be a possible fixture among the Fringe Five. The depth ...
Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero has signed a one-year deal with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League.
The deal is worth $1.3 million plus incentives, the Central League club announced on its website.
The Marlins shored up their starting rotation Monday by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.
The 33-year-old veteran was the Marlins’ top pitching target.
According to sources, Volquez will receive a deal worth $22 million.
Phil Birnbaum puts Joe Posnanski’s criticism of WAR into his intellectual hopper.
Grant Brisbee does a great job explaining why the Dodgers debt problem isn’t a payroll problem.
Even with a payroll closer to $200 million, the Dodgers are betting on more Coreys Seager, Julios Urias, and Jocs Pederson, low cost players with youth on their side and arbitration awards just out of reach. They’ll have to make a decision on Clayton Kershaw (if they let him write out the words and numbers on the check, for example), but they’ll have Adrian Gonzalez off the books. Same with Andre ...
Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
They pick five standouts.
I was joined by fellow MLBPipeline.com reporter Jim Callis, Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com and LasMayores.com, D-backs broadcaster and SiriusXM host Mike Ferrin and MLB.com columnist and MLB Network Insider Tracy Ringlosby. Here are the five players we focused on in the first edition of “The Next Big Leaguers:”
Posted: November 29, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
Team president Stan Kasten, however, said that the Dodgers are not facing any payroll restrictions or any pressure from baseball.
“There is no mandate. There is no problem with our debt,” Kasten said. “We are continuing to operate on the same program we have since the day we walked in here in 2012. That’s building through our minor-league system while continuing to aggressively put the best team on the field that we can each year.”
Baseball issued a statement:
Monday, November 28, 2016
Shaq Thompson does not have to wonder if he chose the correct path. He was the worst professional baseball player of all time.
In 39 at bats for the Gulf Coast Red Sox in 2012, Thompson struck out 37 times. Pairing that with a rather generous 17.0% walk rate (folks, the GCL isn’t necessarily packed with high quality pitchers), Thompson managed to put the ball in play just twice — 4.2% of the time. I wrote the story of those two at bats last year but spoiler alert: they weren’t base hits. ...
We’re just a few months away from the onset of the fourth World Baseball Classic—the once-every-four-years global tournament that began play in 2006.
Turns out, we could be just a few months away from the end of the World Baseball Classic in multiple senses. That’s because the 2017 tournament could be the final edition of the WBC unless there’s a significant uptick in revenue, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN:
This is sadly predictable. While the pretense of the WBC is twofold—to spread ...
Colby Jack had grit, Roxie had moxie. When it came to Storm Davis, La Russa had enough.The luckiest pitching seasons of all-time.
It is certainly easy to understand why the Cubs can be expected to win multiple World Series titles over the next few years. Seven of the eight projected starters in next year’s everyday lineup are 27 or younger, causing the oddsmakers to universally install the Cubs as favorite to win it all again in 2017.
“There’s an intensity about Theo Epstein, and the way he pushes his employees,” said Hazen, who worked under Epstein in the Red Sox’s front office. “He demands excellence ...
Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
The debt rule is unlikely to have any impact on the team on the field—Los Angeles has been looking to trim player payroll for a few years now anyway—but going from $300 million in payroll to $200 million in the span of three years seems daunting. It shouldn’t be too difficult given the salaries the Dodgers have coming off the books the next few years though:
Gone after 2017: Carl Crawford ($21.857 million), Andre Ethier ($17.5 million salary plus $2.5 million buyout of 2018 option), Alex ...
Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
Color me skeptical.
At last, there’s this part: Segura has two more years of team control. Haniger has the full six. And what sort of impact might be expected in 2017? We know that Segura is likely to play every day. With Haniger, that hasn’t really been decided. But to even things out, let’s consider the Steamer600 projection, which projects plays out over 600 plate appearances. Segura’s projection shows a 94 wRC+, with a 2.1 WAR. And Haniger? We see a 98 wRC+, and a 2.0 WAR. There’s ...
Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
Rather than trying to find the next Fernandez at the Winter Meetings, the more realistic options are finding starters with track records of durability, as well as other pitchers who could be on the rebound.
Free agents such as Doug Fister, Ivan Nova, Travis Wood, Jonathon Niese, Justin Masterson and Edinson Volquez could be fits. So are pitchers coming back from injuries, such as lefty C.J. Wilson.
Another strategy the Marlins are considering is finding starters capable of going five or six ...
Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
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