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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Padres officially welcome Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Wil Myers. | UTSanDiego.com

“I think people forget that this was my first bad year,” said Myers, a former top prospect. “Everyone talks about ‘his swing was this, his swing was that.’ A lot of that had to do with being hurt, having to make changes in my swing to get to pitches I couldn’t when I was hurt. … This offseason, it’s about getting healthy and coming out and just being the same guy I’ve always been.”

A bigger challenge may be presented in a full-time position switch; though he’s played the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, justin upton, padres, wil myers, will middlebrooks

Hall of Fame voters still let personal bias get in the way. | SportsonEarth.com

Will Leitch’s take on the HOF process.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Stephen Drew, Yankees finalizing deal that could pay him $6M to $7M - CBSSports.com

Like the Yankees, I suppose, I expect a bounce-back year.from Drew. He’s no superstar, but he’s another nice solid pickup for the Yankees this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: stephen drew, yankees

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

SF Giants’ pitcher Hudson undergoes ankle surgery - San Francisco Chronicle

It’s not easy repeating.

The Giants revealed Tuesday that Hudson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle Friday. Recovery time is eight weeks, which means Hudson is expected to be on restricted duty and behind the other starters when pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.

However, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said in a note forwarded to reporters, “We expect Tim to be ready to go Opening Day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim hudson

Who’s in, who’s out, who’s next: Historic Hall class’ huge effect on future ones - Yahoo Sports

Take that ANGER MONKEYS!!

Now that the nonsense that has pervaded the Hall of Fame voting is out of the way, let’s get practical – novel concept – and try to understand what the results of Tuesday’s announcement mean.
Most notably: This is the largest class chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance and Gabby Hartnett got the requisite 75 percent. DiMaggio, by the way, was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He failed to get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:43 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bill James Mailbag - 1/4/15 - 1/6/15

But what does this have to do with… oh.

Bill, I saw an early return on a few (under 100) HOF ballots online, and Smoltz has over 75% needed to get in. Schilling has under 75%. Would it surprise you to see Smoltz get in ahead of Schilling?...

Well, I would certainly vote for Smoltz over Schilling. If you compare them as starting pitchers Schilling is ahead, but he wins by an NBA score. . . .98 to 93, or 102 to 97, something like that. If you put Smoltz’ three seasons of top-shelf relief pitching ...

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WaPo - Smiley Aint Esmailyn No Mo

It’s now the Wilmer Difo show, fo sho.

Alvarez sympathizes with the pressures placed on Dominican players, many trying to improve their family’s financial footing. Players aren’t allowed to officially sign with a major league team until 16, but they are often giving up school and training heavily in their early teens. “What happened to me, I did it because I didn’t know how else to get ahead,” he said.

EDIT: Link shortened. Jim.

boteman Posted: January 06, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: captain_leatherpants, dominican, nationals, prospects

WaPo - Mayor of WPB Agrees To Negotiate NatStros Site

Hey, look! An article that’s NOT about the Hall of Fame voting! WOO HOO!!

West Palm Beach will negotiate a land swap with Palm Beach County for 160 acres of land targeted for a joint training facility for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Mayor Jeri Muoio announced Monday, smoothing the path toward a new spring training home for the Nationals. The announcement represents a reversal on the part of the city, which previously had refused to negotiate such a swap.

boteman Posted: January 06, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, nationals, spring training

Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

In their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, while Craig Biggio was elected in his third year on the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 242 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

A Proposed Petition to the Hall of Fame to Remove the BBWAA as Electors

Instead, the BBWAA, in an attempt to salvage its reputation, has denied entry to those who use, or were merely suspected of using, performance enhancing drugs. Rather than being a celebration of the careers of a generation’s most cherished and accomplished players, the BBWAA has turned the yearly Hall of Fame debate into a retroactive witch hunt, fueled by rampant speculation as to who used and who did not.

Due to the fact that the BBWAA failed to report on the steroids issue, and is ...

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thetailor Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

One Royals player has a plan to fix the Hall of Fame voting process

This year, voters have tweeted or written stories about the difficulty of choosing just 10 candidates. Among the 17 new players on the ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Among the players who are on the ballot again are Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire.

You can see the dilemma some people might have. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has a plan to help out the writers. Guthrie tweeted his idea to Fox Sports’ ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jeremy guthrie

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated: Jan 6:  1:45 ~ 205 Full Ballots ~ (35.9% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

98.5 - R. Johnson
97.6 - P. Martinez
86.3 - Smoltz
84.9 - Biggio
76.1 - Piazza
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63.4 - Raines
62.4 - Bagwell
51.2 - Schilling
43.9 - Bonds
43.4 - Clemens
35.1 - Mussina
31.2 - E. Martinez
24.4 - Trammell
21.0 - Lee Smith
15.6 - McGriff
14.1 - Kent
  9.8 - Sheffield
  7.8 - L. Walker
  5.9 - McGwire
  5.4 - Mattingly ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: January 06, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 1534 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Former Orioles relief pitcher Stu Miller dies at 87 - Baltimore Sun

Reliever and long-time pitching coach passes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1915:

Larry Lajoie no longer is a member of the Cleveland Naps. The veteran second baseman, with a record of thirteen years’ service under President Charles W. Somers, was released yesterday to the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack came [to Cleveland] from Philadelphia and closed the deal—which does not involve any other players, according to Mr. Somers.

And thus ended the era of the “Cleveland Naps” nickname in the Forest City.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians, nap lajoie

Why I’m boycotting the Hall of Fame vote

With his column he has a forum to rant and rail about the issue. The boycott is silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Steele Internship Program | Baseball Hall of Fame

Looking for a cool internship?

The Hall is currently looking for candidates for our internship program. Here are the details: The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, exhibit design, membership, education, archives and collections management, recorded media, development, special events, programs and events, multi-media, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

MLB.com reporters reveal their Hall of Fame ballots | MLB.com

I don’t get as worked up by the Hall of Fame vote as many do. People are entitled to their opinions, even stupid ones. Some of the writers are very silly, though. Take Marty Noble, for instance. He’s proud of the idea that he doesn’t take the responsibility seriously enough to actually research and think about his vote.

MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Johnson, P. Martinez, Smoltz
For the second year in a row, no need to study the ballot existed. I voted for the three no-brainer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Tiger Tales: A Detroit Tigers Blog: Filling The Gap Between RBI And Runs - 2014

Imagine the following scenario.  Tigers slow-footed designated hitter Victor Martinez leads off an inning with a single and is removed for speedy pinch runner Rajai Davis.  Third baseman Nick Castellanos doubles Davis to third and Davis eventually scores on a weak grounder by Alex Avila. This sequence goes into the books as a run scored for Davis and an RBI for Avila, but Martinez and Castellanos get no credit for the team scoring a run despite contributing important hits.

To the best of my ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Ryan Howard of Philadelphia Phillies can block trades to 20 teams - ESPN

Yikes!

The Phillies have made no secret of their desire to trade Howard, who turned 35 in November and will earn $25 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Phillies have a $23 million club option for 2017 with a $10 million buyout, so Howard is guaranteed a minimum of $60 million through the end of his contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard


Hall of Fame | SABR

Want to read excellent HOF bios?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, sabr

Monday, January 05, 2015

One man’s ballot

But after asking around, I decided to stick with what Bill James advised: Vote for the 10 best players. “I don’t believe in trying to outsmart the system, no matter what the system is,” Bill said. “I think it backfires on you much more often than it works.”

So, here are the 10 players I voted for:

– Bonds

– Bagwell

– Clemens

– Johnson

– Martinez

– Mussina

– Piazza

– Raines

– Schilling

– Smoltz

I offer deep apologies to Craig Biggio, who might really ...

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medium.com: MLB Agent Fights For His Clients?—?And His Life

32 years old, 42 surgeries.

Josh Kusnick, a name that may be familiar to longtime brewerfan.net patrons or Baseball Prospectus readers or people who hang out at other spots on the internet where agents rarely chat openly, on living with and working through a major birth defect.

Der-K Posted: January 05, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, baseball prospectus, business, health

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: vegetables that look like feet.

The District Attorney Posted: January 05, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 1468 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Jayson Stark: Explaining my Hall of Fame ballot

Stark votes for: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Barry Bonds. He also excoriates the Hall for its 10-player ballot limit:

I didn’t because the Hall of Fame won’t let me. I just want you to know that. And I want those players to know that when the results of the 2015 election are announced Tuesday and they’re wondering why they never came close.

I can’t comprehend why the Hall of Fame allows me—and all of us—to ...

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CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: January 05, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Jon Heyman on his HOF Ballot

On the one hand, this might be Heyman’s best HOF article. On the other, that’s not exactly the highest bar to clear…

TJ Posted: January 05, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 5, 1915:

It is upon his pet “fork ball” that Pete Standridge, one of the [San Francisco] Seals most successful pitchers, will depend to make good with the Chicago Cubs with whom he has contracted to play next season.
...
The “fork ball” is thrown with the pellet wedged between the fingers. Ever since he first saw Bert Hall use it in the Northwestern league four years ago, Pete has worked to master it.

The forkball is most often described as having been invented by ...

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Green: Hall of Fame voting is serious business

Jerry Green’s ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

All the Record Books Are Wrong « Our Game

In the 1982 launch of The National Pastime, reissued by SABR (http://goo.gl/F8vukv), a previously unpublished writer named Frank J. Williams wrote a groundbreaking article. “A breakthrough,” I called it then: “the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for deciphering won-lost decisions of the dead-ball era.” In the years since, every record-keeping book, website, and organization has been guided by the principles Williams deduced from his awe-inspiring coverage of games from 1876 to 1919. Self-described ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Hall Vote: It’s Not a Perfect 10 « Write ‘em Cowboy

Tracy Ringolsby’s ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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