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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

White Sox DH Adam LaRoche planning to step away from baseball

White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche said Tuesday that he plans to step away from baseball following a personal issue.

The 12-year major-league veteran said he is confident in his decision, but his teammates asked him to reconsider during a nearly two-hour-long team meeting at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning….

LaRoche joined the Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract before the 2015 season, but his first season with the Sox was one of the more frustrating of his career. He hit .207 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:01 PM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, retirement, white sox

MUNENORI KAWASAKI AND THE HISTORY OF RACIAL MASCOTS

The Cubs, who’ve become known for having one of the more relaxed camps in the game, indulged in some Spring Training levity, donning headbands featuring the phrase “Just Win” in Japanese, and went about their team warmups to the sound of some pop hits. That’s when the day truly veered into the queasy: “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Gangnam Style” blared from speakers as the Cubs did their kinetic warmups. If you think about it even for a little bit of time, that doesn’t really make ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, japanese, munenori kawasaki, race in baseball

The Teams with the Most Dead Money

Almost all of the Los Angeles Angels money is going to the Texas Rangers so they can pay Josh Hamilton after the unusual falling out between the Hamilton and the Angels organization. The team is also paying a portion of Erick Aybar‘s salary with the Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have spread their money out among many players. Hector Olivera with the Braves, Michael Morse for the Pirates, Matt Kemp for the Padres are all receiving some money from the Dodgers this season. In addition, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, josh hamilton

Looser restrictions allow Cuban MLB players to legally earn in U.S.

President Barack Obama’s administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for more Cuban athletes to one day play Major League Baseball and other U.S. professional sports.

Major League Baseball is negotiating with both the U.S. and Cuban government to create a legal means for Cuban baseball players to play in the U.S. without having to abandon their country, ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 15, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, cuban free agents, presidents

Sources: Mets place IF Ruben Tejada on waivers

Tejada has been placed on waivers, paving the way for the Mets to free themselves from paying a large portion of the infielder’s salary, multiple baseball officials told ESPN.

Tejada was due to be on Tuesday’s trip for a Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals, but his bag was left behind when the bus departed.

thetailor (Brian) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 12:04 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, waivers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-15-2016

Norwich Bulletin, March 15, 1916:

George Sisler may be kept on the bench as a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns.
...
Manager Joe Tinker of the Cubs has opened up a baseball correspondence school. It will be called the Joe Tinker bureau of baseball instruction. Percy Skillin, a former Dartmouth pitcher, and Dr. Pitts are partners with the Cubs’ manager.

Seems like baseball is one of the topics for which a correspondence school would be least useful. Sisler, by the way, was the Browns’ ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history, joe tinker

Monday, March 14, 2016

No. 34: Mel Ott

From 1941 to 1946, Mel Ott hit 123 home runs to put himself over the 500-homer mark. And do you know how many of those 123 he hit at home? One hundred. Yeah. For those final years, he hit 81% of his homers at home. The last four years, he hit 58 homers at home and eight (yes EIGHT) on the road.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 14, 2016 at 05:16 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: polo grounds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 14, 1916:

Attributing his “come-back” as a pitcher to playing a violin, Fred Goodhart, of Dickinson college baseball nine, is for the first time since the summer of 1910 in good physical shape. His arm is without any trace of the soreness which handicapped him for six seasons.
...
In 1915 Goodhart was able to twirl one game—that against Bucknell—which he won. His arm was so lame afterward that he was dropped from the squad.

During the past winter, Goodhart, in his spare ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP - 2016 March 14: No political baseball for Mets as team told to steer clear of talk about presidential race

Former Yankees outfielders Paul O’Neill and Johnny Damon endorsed Trump earlier this week. O’Neill attended a Trump rally on Tuesday in Florida, while Damon told the Daily News he supports his former “Celebrity Apprentice” boss’ vow to a build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico and his immigration policies.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ex-World Series hero David Freese finds new home in Pittsburgh

Ice to see you, Mr. Freese.

Freese is 32 years old and is more than adequate as a corner infielder. He is a World Series hero, though, he granted, from what seems, “forever ago.” He is a terrific guy to have around, a quality gaining favor again in light of the revelation not all numbers are the same.

So, yeah, with at least some residue of his prime remaining and his sport being more flush than it’s ever been, Freese stood in the middle of that thoroughfare. And rose the shade on his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: david freese, free agency, pirates

Fernando Perez: The Wade Davis Experience

Fernando Perez was a pretty thoughtful player, and now he’s a pretty interesting writer.

With that in mind, here are two pitchers who make compelling cases for bullpen conversion:

Ivan Nova:

After two years of back-end-of-the-rotation numbers as a rookie and second-year pitcher, Nova showed promise in 2013 when he posted a 3.10 ERA in 139.1 IP. In his last two seasons he has underachieved while battling injuries. Nova’s average fastball velocity of around 93 MPH is similar to Wade Davis’ ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2016 at 09:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin jackson, fernando perez, ivan nova, relievers, wade davis

Saturday, March 12, 2016

DSPN: Jose Bautista And The Phillie Phanatic Have A Fitness Contest

this is the funniest mascot video i’ve ever seen. it’s legitimately good.

STIGGLES wagon carpool dragons Posted: March 12, 2016 at 07:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots

Top 20 Rookies For 2016 - BaseballAmerica.com

More young players to get excited about.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rookies, scouting

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits first spring homer | MLB.com

“I’m trying to be more patient than last year,” said Gallo, the Rangers’ top prospect. “That’s the biggest difference from last year. It wasn’t that I couldn’t hit, I just wasn’t patient. I’m going up there with a different feeling. Early in spring I was trying to see more pitches. Now I’m being more aggressive.”

Gallo, called to the big leagues when Adrian Beltre went on the disabled list in June, played in 36 games for the Rangers as a rookie last season and hit .204 with six home runs, 14 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Spring Headlines: Asdrubal Cabrera shut down with knee injury | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

All was looking good with their new double play combo too. At least until Thursday, when Cabrera tweaked his left knee while running the bases. Now they’ve learned Cabrera suffered a strained patella tendon and will be shut down for at least two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

Red Sox like to create good will with salaries for young players - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

I doubt it buys them much good will.

At a time when money is pouring into the game and young players are playing a more prominent role in teams’ success, the payscale for pre-arbitration players may deserve a closer look during this year’s collective bargaining negotiations.

As all that was going on, Boston quietly announced its agreements with pre-arbitration players. Included among them was a $650,500 salary for shortstop Xander Bogaerts — roughly 30 percent more than league minimum for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez happy with spring debut - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

He pitched well yesterday but I’m moving him down on my draft board this spring just in case.

Given that this team that will lean heavily on its starting rotation, Martinez’s health has been much-discussed this spring. The 24-year-old went 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA and struck out 184 batters last season, generating great expectations for 2016, but he also wore down and finished the season with a sore right shoulder.

He has been moving at a slower pace than the other starting pitchers this spring ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

2016 SABR Analytics Conference-Friday (with images, tweets) · sabr · Storify

See Sean Forman juggle. Really.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Mike Scioscia may be old school, but GM Billy Eppler says Angels manager embraces new metrics too - LA Times

“The analytics vs. scouting thing, it’s so tired,” he said. “It’s so East Coast-West Coast rap. Uncle. Uncle, you know what I mean?

“It’s almost like you have to be Republican or Democrat. Are you East Coast rap or West Coast? Are you for stats or are you for scouting? I don’t know. Can I really be in between? Because I am.

“It’s only black and white. Nobody wants gray, but gray’s the best. That’s what makes this game great. There is no absolute.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, sabr

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley clears big hurdle, takes live batting practice - Indians - Ohio

While Brantley wants to play in Cleveland’s opener on April 4, it appears unlikely the outfielder will be able to do so. He still must work his way back into game shape before being inserted in a regular-season lineup.

If Brantley feels he’s able to play when opening day rolls around, however, Francona will listen to him.

“We don’t want to hold him back,” Francona said. “He asked us to trust him and that’s really not a very hard thing to do.”

Any setback with Brantley’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Jarrod Parker refractures elbow

An MRI showed the right-hander had refractured his right elbow while throwing a pitch during a bullpen session Thursday. Parker’s latest injury originally was diagnosed as a muscular impingement, which is much less serious.

spanx for the memories Posted: March 12, 2016 at 03:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jenrry Mejia will appeal lifetime ban from baseball, lawyer accuses MLB of ‘dirty cop tactics’

Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia will appeal the lifetime ban MLB hit him with for a third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, the closer’s lawyer said Friday.

“My client feels he has no choice but to fight,” said Vincent White with Mejia by his side at a press conference in Queens.

White accused MLB of “dirty cop tactics,” and claims to have spoken with several witnesses, one of whom, White says, accuses MLB of hacking players’ online accounts….

White also said he’d ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty cop, jennry mejia, mets, peds, suspension

Garcia, Diaz are versatile prospects for Cardinals at shortstop | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

A rundown of the Cardinals options at short.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

2016 SABR Analytics Conference - Day 1 (with images, tweets) · sabr · Storify

This looks like a good time.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, sabr

Texas Rangers: Signs from spring training; Mazara looks legit, Perez looks ready for big role, do these games actually matter? | SportsDay

Who has impressed you the most in spring training?

Grant: Nomar Mazara looks legit. Has great approach at the plate. Stinging the ball. It’s not surprising that he is performing well since he’s a top prospect, but maybe a bit surprising since this is his first major league spring training. Also: Martin Perez. He just looks ready for a big role. And seven ground balls in two innings in his first spring start is further evidence the Tommy John issues are a thing of the past.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-11-2016

Toledo News-Bee, March 11, 1916:

Ty Cobb, world-famous ball player, is mourning the loss of a $600 diamond ring which he has been wearing for the past 10 years. The ring is resting somewhere along the Big Four railroad tracks between Ivorydale and Lockland, near Cincinnati.

Cobb lost the ring when it was washed from a new style basin unknown to Cobb. Cobb walked the ties, but was unable to locate the expensive stone. He has offered a big reward for its return.

Don’t look at it as the loss of a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Grumpy old codger grumps

“Bautista is a f—-ing disgrace to the game…[Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”

Shockingly, it gets worse.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 10, 2016 at 02:56 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: blowhards

Bryce Harper: Baseball ‘a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself’

“If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That’s what makes the game fun.

Fun?  This is baseball we’re talking about.  You’re not supposed to look like you’re having fun.

Srul Itza Posted: March 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Another year of the Jered Weaver experiment

At this point it’s safe to call it a spring tradition: Eyebrows get raised in response to Jered Weaver‘s underwhelming velocity, and Weaver tells the media he doesn’t care. There’s nothing wrong with Weaver’s reaction, because he is more of a command pitcher, and he knows he’ll be fine if he locates. I’m sure he’s beyond tired of this repeating conversation. But from the outside, it’s significant that Weaver’s fastball continues to surprise, because it just keeps getting ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 10, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, velocity

Yoan Moncada making a strong impression in camp - The Boston Globe

I say he ends up in LF.

He could become the third baseman who replaces Pablo Sandoval. Or he could become the left fielder who replaces Rusney Castillo.
[snip]
“He moves way better than I anticipated,” Kelly said. “He’s quicker than I thought. I underestimated him.

“He’s got so much mass on his body. There’s nobody in the history of baseball who has been that strong and that big [as a second baseman].

“I work out with NFL football players in the offseason. I see them every day, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

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