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Monday, March 16, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-16-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 16, 1915:

The Tampa promoters are behind financially on the Cubs’ games and are trying to attract the fans.
...
Merito Costa [sic] of Washington is developing into a corking good third baseman. It seems a pity that he cannot throw right handed so that his usefulness might be enhanced 50 per cent.
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Dummy Taylor, former New York Giant pitcher, has signed as umpire in the Kansas State league. Dummy will not be hampered by his lack of speech or hearing as he will use a ...

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Hahn talks focal points on locking down core players | whitesox.com

According to general manager Rick Hahn, there are focal points to be met when the White Sox think about [signing players long term].
“It’s a combination of feeling, one, that the player is a key part to what we have going here and want to make sure we are able to have him longer than the normal six-year control period,” Hahn said. “And second, probably almost as important if not more important, is the belief that the guaranteed money wouldn’t change the player’s approach to their preparation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, avisail garcia, rick hahn, white sox


Twins tell Miguel Sano he’ll open the year in Double-A - TwinCities.com

“(Twins manager Paul Molitor) told me I’m going to start in Double-A,” Sano said. “I’m fine. I’m OK. I’ll go to the other side for work. I’ll have the same plan I had over here. I’m feeling normal and happy. I want to have a good season. I’m really excited to go to the other side. Everything is good.”

How long would Sano, who turns 22 on May 11, expect to be at Double-A, which is where he finished the year in 2013?

“Probably one month,” Sano said.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Pirates, South Korean star Kang optimistic bat will translate to MLB | TribLIVE

Partly because of his size, there are believers the power will migrate. Dan Farnsworth, a swing analyst for Fangraphs.com, predicted immediate stardom for Kang, just as he did for another unknown, Cuban hitter Jose Abreu.

The believers include the Pirates. Kang peppered the metal roof of batting cages beyond the left-field fence at a Pirate City back field early this spring. In his second spring at-bat, he homered to right-center against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada.

While ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, korean baseball, pirates

Barry Zito – what are the odds he’ll make A’s rotation? - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Barry Zito is going back to the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito

Cuban shortstop Baldoquin joins his Angels family - The Orange County Register

Meet Roberto Baldoquin, and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cuban baseball, roberto baldoquin

Marlins eyeing Olivera, not shopping any starters « The Fish Pond

Did the Dodgers really offer $77 million?

The belief is Olivera is sifting through his options. Miami’s is willing to offer a seven-year package in the $50 million range. There has been speculation that the Dodgers had a $77 million offer on the table, but within Miami’s organization, the belief is that figure is not accurate.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hector olivera, marlins

Phillies get firsthand look at Blake Swihart - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

The Red Sox are clearly not trading Blake Swihart this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, phillies, red sox

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New book introduces Mets fans to passionate Sandy Alderson - NY Daily News

An excerpt from Steve Kettmann’s upcoming book.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, sandy alderson

Baseball having trouble keeping kids interested - Sports - The Boston Globe

You statheads broke baseball. THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN the next time you talk about WAR.

The media landscape has also changed, with baseball stories now reading like technical documents. The human stories of players and their histories have gone the way of their WARs and WORPs, and I’m not sure kids see that as fun.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2015 at 04:06 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes


It Happens Every Spring: The Jeff Francoeur Comeback Story

This may be our last one, alas.

“In August 2005, after Francoeur batted .432 and hit eight home runs over his first 23 games as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves, Sports Illustrated splashed him on its cover, the headline “The Natural” bisecting his torso like an arrow. The subhead asked the question that established an unreachable standard for him, and that shadowed him thereafter: “Can anyone be this good?”

No, anyone cannot.”

Howie Menckel Posted: March 15, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

ESPN: Al Rosen dies at 91

Al Rosen’s success in baseball didn’t end after he left the diamond for the final time.

A muscular third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who won the 1953 AL MVP and later worked in the front offices of several teams, died Friday. He was 91…In 1953, Rosen batted .336 with 43 homers and 145 RBIs. He nearly won the Triple Crown, but was beaten out in for the batting title by Washington’s Mickey Vernon, who hit .337. Rosen was unanimously picked the AL’s top player.

..Rosen is the only person ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 15, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Ben-Gedalyahu: Farewell to Jewish Baseball Legend Al Rosen

May his memory be for a blessing.

Al Rosen, the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1953, died at his home in California on Friday at age 91.

The former third baseman for the Cleveland Indians also was president of the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.

He also was proud to be a Jew, and he refused to play on the High Holy Days.

Rosen was born in South Carolina and moved to Miami at a very young age. He was known to be proud of being a Jew and ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: March 15, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-semitism, indians, rip

Saturday, March 14, 2015

After being scratched, Bryant hits two homers | MLB.com

How can the Cubs sell not keeping him on the 25-Man Roster? If they really are serious about winning this year, he has to be up to start the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 07:44 PM | 229 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Mariners’ Taylor to miss 4-6 weeks because of fractured bone in right wrist | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

This is the worst way to lose a spring training battle for a position.

The Mariners’ spring shortstop came to an abrupt end Saturday when an examination revealed Chris Taylor suffered a broken bone in his right wrist.

The injury is expected to sideline Taylor for four-to-six weeks and effectively sends Brad Miller into the season as the club’s starting shortstop.

Taylor suffered the injury Friday in a 10-5 victory over Milwaukee when hit on the wrist on what was ruled a foul ball. He ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris taylor, mariners

Rangers should consider trading Beltre - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

It’s official: Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2015. It’s a big loss for both the Rangers and for fans; if you didn’t enjoy watching Darvish pitch, you don’t like baseball. As we awaited news of his fate the past few days, I wondered if this worst-case scenario would mean that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would consider trading Adrian Beltre. Joe Sheehan suggested the same thing Thursday in his newsletter:

“The next challenge for Daniels will be a painful ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

The Yankees’ 6-day solution to keep Tanaka healthy | New York Post

Are they going to have one guy on their bench?

The Yankees have been talking about going to a six-man rotation for a while. Part of the problem is they already lost their fifth starter, Chris Capuano, to a quad injury. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley are in play for that spot now. But if it is a grab-and-go six-man rotation, reaching down into the minors whenever that starter is needed, that makes the situation a bit easier and more manageable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

‘A young Derek Jeter’: How Gregorius is handling unreal hopes | New York Post

“When I saw him, he reminded me of a young Derek Jeter,” Towers said at the time.

Now that Gregorius is preparing to take over for an old Derek Jeter, Towers was asked about the comparison.

“That was kind of taken out of context,” Towers said by phone. “As a scout with Pittsburgh, I saw Jeter in high school in Kalamazoo (Mich.) in the early ’90s and Didi reminded me on defense with some of the things he did.

“He had Jeter-like mannerisms and a similar first step. He’s affable ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, yankees

Pablo Sandoval of Boston Red Sox fires back at former San Francisco Giants teammate Aubrey Huff - ESPN Boston

Pablo Sandoval is not backing away from his comments about leaving the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

New pitchers head protection gains MLB approval - ESPN

Will any other pitchers use this cap?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, pitching

Milwaukee Brewers ban high fives to avoid spread of pink eye - ESPN

How about the low five?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Twinsights: ‘Little man’ Jose Berrios making things difficult - Twins Now

Long relief?

“Conversely,” Molitor said, “if he’s not going to be here to start — IF he’s not going to be here to start — then he needs to prepare himself to go down and be extended when his season begins, wherever that might be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, paul molitor, twins


Fantasy Focus: pitching prospects | MiLB.com

Some pitchers to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers, prospects

5 things we’ve learned so far about Yankees - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

Will the Yankees contend this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wizard of Oz Night at the Ballpark

With April 1st so far away, this must be legit. Will Ozzie Smith throw out the first pitch? That would be ToTototally awesome!

natebracy Posted: March 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, minors, uniforms

Friday, March 13, 2015

WSJ: Mets Fired Executive Settles Suit Against Team

And that’s that.

Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and services, has settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer. The two sides announced the news in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.

In a lawsuit filed in September, Castergine alleged that she was fired from her executive position because Wilpon objected to her having a child out of wedlock. Wilpon denied those claims, saying that ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: March 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, jeff wilpon, mets, sexual harrassment panda

The Strange Saga of the Dodgers and a Twitter Parody Account

A Dodgers spokesperson said the team did not ask Twitter to suspend the account. But curiously, the account was suspended shortly after the Dodgers had a social media team meeting in which, according to one source, Colletti spoke about how he had been harassed on Twitter.

An email to Colletti asking for comment earlier this week was not returned. When reached by phone on Thursday, Colletti angrily inquired how I had gotten his cell phone number. I told him that as a reporter I was pretty good ...

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