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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Josh Donaldson feeling healthy and confident |

I keep hearing the Braves haven’t done anything this off-season. Donaldson is nothing?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 08:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, josh donaldson

Derek Jeter wants Marlins fans to focus on the experience, not wins and losses

Derek Jeter knows the Miami Marlins aren’t going to be a good team in 2019. Instead of trying to go out and add talented players who are still sitting on the market, Jeter is opting for a bold, new strategy: Act like you’re a minor-league team.

Attending Marlins games shouldn’t be about who wins or who losses the game this season. It should be about whether you had a good experience, Jeter told WPLG in Miami.

“This is professional sports, and I feel bad for even saying this, but it’s impossible to win every single game. But one thing you always remember is the experience you had while you were at the park. We want it to be a positive experience. We want people to enjoy themselves, and look, a lot of times people come [and] they ...

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 08:22 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, gift baskets, marlins

Steven Wright tests positive for GHRP-2, suspended 80 games

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Red Sox starter Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2). Via the MLBPA, Wright released a statement:

I was notified by MLB that I failed a test under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program during this past offseason. Although I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked as I have never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes. I have fully cooperated with MLB and will continue to try and identify the source of the result.

Wright, 34, underwent an arthroscopy and a debridement procedure on his left knee in November.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 08:22 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

KBO to Distribute Dust Masks to Protect Fans

Free surgical masks for the first 75,000 fans, brought to you by Fine Dust.

South Korea’s professional baseball league announced Wednesday that it will hand out masks to fans to protect them against dust that continues to blanket the nation.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said it will distribute 75,000 masks to each of the league’s 10 clubs. A KBO official said the league will try to have the masks ready at the earliest possible date, though they may not be available on the first day of the new regular season on March 23.

In January, the KBO instituted a new rule to allow games to be canceled when air quality advisories are in place.

KBO’s game operations officials assigned to each stadium will have the option of calling ...

Greg Franklin Posted: March 06, 2019 at 08:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: environment, health, international, kbo, korea, south korea

Top MLB GM Candidates: Ranking Potential Hires Entering 2019

With Cubs’ player development issues and with a farm system ranked near the bottom of baseball, is McLeod’s star still on the rise?

Senior VP Of Player Development And Scouting

McLeod, 44, has been the third cog of the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer leadership team with the Cubs since 2011, and he has been a bit picky in passing on some opportunities for advancement (including the Padres) to keep the band together. But his reputation will continue make him attractive to other teams, and the right opportunity may well arise. McLeod did good work in San Diego and Boston before coming to the Cubs. His primary experience is in scouting and player development, with Epstein bragging at the introductory 2011 media session that ...

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

These 2 teams won the offseason ... by a lot

What kind of trophy do they get?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 02:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

Red Sox’ Christian Vazquez will never let go of World Series final-out ball – Boston Herald

World Series balls, who has them?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Want more MLB drama? Adopt a split-season schedule

Let’s go to a split-season schedule in Major League Baseball.

Hey, it works in the minor leagues. It was pretty cool in 1981 after the players’ strike. And, man, does it ever give new life to teams who are hopelessly out of it by the All-Star Game.

It will strongly discourage teams from tanking. It will permit teams who suffered a rash of early injuries to recover. And it gives renewed hope to everyone who stunk the first half.

Certainly, it helps the small-market teams. They may not be able to compete for an entire 162-game season, but surely they have a shot to contend for 81 games.

“I know people roll eyes at it,” Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz says, “but it works in the minor leagues. Teams can now compete in the second ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 01:40 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: split schedule

Giants’ Cameron Maybin arrested on DUI charge

Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin was arrested on a DUI charge in Scottsdale early Friday morning, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Maybin had a blood-alcohol level of .142, almost twice the legal limit of .08, and failed multiple field-sobriety tests, according to the police report obtained by The Chronicle….

“Maybin stated that he was in Arizona for spring training with the Giants and that he was sorry for this,” the arresting officer said, according to the report. “Maybin went on to say that he was going to meet his agent at the Scottsdale Villas.”

The report said Maybin was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 11:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin

Rangers agree to contract extension with closer Jose Leclerc

The Rangers are making Jose Leclerc part of their long-term future.

According to two sources, the club has agreed on a contract extension with the emerging closer on a long-term deal

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jose leclerc

Sources: MLB All-Star ‘Election Day’ planned

As part of sweeping changes to the collective-bargaining agreement increasingly likely to be ratified by Major League Baseball and the MLB Player Association, the sides are planning to overhaul All-Star voting and create an Election Day for fans to pick the starters, major league sources familiar with the plan told ESPN.

The parties also are discussing increasing prize money for Home Run Derby participants in hopes of convincing the game’s biggest stars to participate, according to sources.

The larger deal would include an expansion of rosters to 26 players with a 13-pitcher limit as well as a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers to be implemented in 2020. MLB and the union also are committing to discuss more complicated economic ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 10:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star voting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2019

Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1919:

[John] McGraw has received and is considering an invitation from J.P. Davies of the Curtiss Aeroplane Corporation, in which the Giants leader is urged to fly to Philadelphia, with his team mates for the opening game there on April 23. McGraw has indicated his desire to accept the invitation.

On one hand, that seems like an awfully short trip for an airplane. On the other hand, I have absolutely no idea what kind of range passenger planes would have had in 1919.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 09:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs’ reworked deal with Brad Brach underscores 2019 financial, bullpen limits

Turns out the Cubs spent even less on players during the winter than originally thought.

And the story behind reworking reliever Brad Brach’s contract after the pitcher failed his physical because of mono might offer insight into the state of their bullpen and maybe even just how close team president Theo Epstein has had to watch payroll dollars this winter.

Brach agreed to a contract that paid $3 million in base salary this year plus a mutual option for 2020 that included a $1.35 million buyout, which made the minimum value of the deal $4.35 million.
But after blood tests as part of Brach’s physical detected the Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleosis, the Cubs renegotiated the deal down to a $1.65 million base for 2019, also reducing ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 09:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

MLB teams need catchers at spring training. They just don’t want to pay them.

Pitchers and catchers arrive to Major League camps before position players because the pitchers need extra time to get ready for the season and because without catchers, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, there would be a lot of passed balls. Teams bring so many extra pitchers to camp because they’re likely going to need them. Teams bring so many extra catchers to camp because someone’s going to need to catch those pitchers.

Like all players in camp, the catchers will earn no more than per diem stipends during the month and a half they spend in mandatory preparation for the regular season. Baseball players do not get paid for spring training.

And it’s players in Saez’s situation, especially — catchers participating in big-league camp ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues

Luis Severino Shut Down For Two Weeks Due To Shoulder Inflammation - MLB Trade Rumors

2:53pm: The MRI showed inflammation to Severino’s rotator cuff,’s Bryan Hoch tweets. He’ll rest for at least two weeks while undergoing treatment, including injections and anti-inflammatories, before picking up a ball. That’ll likely knock Severino out for Opening Day, though it seems the broader prognosis is still generally optimistic.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo more open to bunting vs. shifts | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Meanwhile, back at Surprise Stadium, Joey Gallo bunted, which is probably bigger news than Lynn’s pitching or Woodward’s talking. As we all know, there isn’t much that gets some fans’ dander up more than Gallo not bunting against an infield shift.

“We’re you not here? Then it didn’t happen,” Gallo said. “Yeah, it was cool.”

Gallo has shown bunt in each of his past two games. He did it in the first inning Saturday against the San Francisco Giants’ four-outfielder shift, which left the left side of the infield bare.

“I went to bunt against the Giants, and the pitch was three feet outside and it was called a [bleeping] strike,” Gallo said. “And then I was 0-1, but I couldn’t bunt. The approach was there, and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

The wonder of Wander, who is on the Rays’ fast track

Will Franco be the next?

Since 2000, just 11 players have made their major league debuts before their 20th birthday, including former Rays outfielder B.J. Upton. Others on the list Felix Hernandez (Mariners), Bryce Harper (Nationals), Jurickson Profar (Rangers), Juan Soto (Nationals), Julio Urias (Dodgers), Dyland Bundy (Orioles), Wilson Betemit (Braves), Mike Trout (Angels), Justin Upton (Diamondbacks), Jose Reyes (Mets). Source: Baseball Reference. [Times files]

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, wander franco

Max Muncy’s challenge after breakout season with Dodgers – do it again – Orange County Register

Do teams really need a year to figure out a player now?

Muncy acknowledges the “Year Two challenge” will be considerable.

“One of the biggest differences probably is, when I go up there in the batter’s box, teams aren’t going to be thinking, ‘Oh, here’s a guy – we know what he did in Oakland. He struggled,’ ” Muncy says. “Now it’s going to be, ‘OK, we can’t make a mistake against this guy.’ I do think that will be one of the biggest differences – that guys are going to be obviously a little more alert. Not saying I’m Miguel Cabrera out there. I think that will probably be one of the biggest challenges from Day One. It’s not going to be easy.

“That’s probably the challenge everyone faces. You talk ...

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 05:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max muncy

Angels contact MLB regarding Bryce Harper’s possible tampering with Mike Trout

The Angels have contacted Major League Baseball regarding Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper’s public recruitment of Angels star Mike Trout, a possible violation of tampering rules.

Harper, who signed a $330-million, 13-year contract with the Phillies late last week, told a Philadelphia radio station Tuesday that he plans to ask Trout to join him on the East Coast as soon as Trout becomes a free agent.
“If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy,” he said on SportsRadio 94WIP.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 05:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: tampering

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

MLB, MLBPA enters into player transfer agreement with Mexican Baseball League

Major League Baseball announced today that it, the MLBPA and the 30 teams have ratified a two-year player transfer agreement with the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB). It’s similar to the agreements MLB has recently entered with professional leagues in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and FCB Cuba.

Under the new agreement all Mexican League players who are under contract will become eligible to sign with any Major League club the off-season after the player qualifies as a “Foreign Professional” under MLB’s collective bargaining agreement (i.e., when the player is at least 25 years old and has six or more years of professional baseball experience abroad). Mexican League players who are released before that time can sign in the U.S. as well. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2019 at 07:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mexican league

Twins’ Miguel Sano has heel procedure, will be out until May

Miguel Sano had a debridement procedure Tuesday to repair a wound above his right heel and will not play for the Twins until May.

The All-Star third baseman was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a laceration on his lower right Achilles area, the team said. He flew to the Twin Cities on Monday when the Twins became concerned that the cut, suffered in January, wasn’t healing at an acceptable pace.

Twins head trainer Tony Leo called it “an aggressive intervention.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2019 at 07:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano

Jessica Mendoza joins Mets as advisor

And the hits just keep on comin’!

The Mets are getting a lot of advice this year.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 05, 2019 at 02:51 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Is Rockies’ David Dahl on the brink of stardom? His teammates sure think so

Star or just a very good player?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2019

Pittsburgh Press, March 5, 1919:

Charley Herzog recently was delivering an address on baseball. When he concluded, a bright youth arose and said: “Mr. Herzog, I have been a baseball fan for years, but I think the world’s series may have been ‘fixed.’ Do you know of any series having been ‘fixed?’”

Herzog came back quickly with the following: “No, my friends, there never was a world’s series ‘fixed.’ I have been in four world’s series, and in two interleague series in my major league baseball career, and have been on the losing side every time. Now if the world’s series were fixable, do you think I’d let them ‘cold deck’ me four times in a row. Not C. Lincoln Herzog.”

Everybody relax. Buck Herzog says it’s impossible to fix the World ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2019 at 11:00 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Raleigh Declares Run For Baseball is live.

Today we officially declare Raleigh, North Carolina a candidate for a Major League Baseball franchise. We hope to show, beyond a doubt, that our City and its people are ready. Join the Movement and let’s create something special. #RaleighonDeck

Well, I declare! I guess the biggest question now is whether they will serve vinegar-based BBQ??

Bote Man Posted: March 05, 2019 at 10:22 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: carolina league, expansion, territorial rights

Seattle’s analytics team is changing the game

The new in-crowd in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2019 at 06:47 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Expectations Sky-High For Aaron Judge In Year 3

Could be an interesting season:

“See, that’s kind of the thing that drives me, to be honest,” Judge said in front of his George M. Steinbrenner Field locker earlier in spring training. “Nobody really knows. I don’t even know.

“People can speculate and say, ‘He’s like this guy, he’s like that guy.’ But that unknown is kind of what drives me. Like, how good can you be? How good could somebody be? Just having that constant motivation of the unknown is kind of what pushes me.”
.  .  .
“His competition, for me, is in the monuments. His competition, for me, is the history of the Yankees,” said Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, referring to the plaques in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.

...

All or Nothin’: Joey Gallo and the Worst 40-HR Seasons in History

“He makes this list because he played the outfield with all the grace and style Peter Boyle brought to the monster in Young Frankenstein.”

gehrig97 Posted: March 05, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, joey gallo, ryan howard

Monday, March 04, 2019

Jack White to Help Restore Detroit-Area Negro League Baseball Stadium

Jack White has lent his efforts toward helping restore a Detroit-area baseball stadium that served as home for the Negro League’s Detroit Stars.

Hamtramck Stadium is one of the last Negro League-era ballparks still standing, and the rocker, along with the Piast Institute and the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, have launched a campaign to raise $50,000, with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation matching donations up to $50,000. White will contribute $10,000, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The money will be used toward restoring the site “for baseball and soccer games in advance of a planned restoration of its historic grandstand.” The ballpark’s existing grandstand – which witnessed Hall of Famers like Josh ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2019 at 08:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues

Mets Hire Al Leiter As Baseball Operations Advisor

Leiter says NO to YES.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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