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Friday, November 28, 2014
Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim ...
Washington Times, November 28, 1914:
Connie Mack is said to be willing to trade this big slugger, J. FRANKLIN BAKER, because he is not working in harmony with the other members of the Athletics. Larry Gardner and a pitcher was asked from the Red Sox, but Bill Carrigan turned down the offer. A sneaking rumor has it that Baker has seen his best days, and is on the down grade.
According to Baker’s SABR bio, the third baseman wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of ...Read More...
Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
Interesting stuff. I hope the next step is specifically looking at areas within the strikezone.
Posted: November 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thought this would be of interest. I’m sure you can find video of it somewhere. Basically, from the photo I saw, it managed to catch him below/behind the ear where the cricket helmet offers no protection. The estimate I saw had the ball clocked at about 85 MPH (not sure at what point that measurement is taken) and it of course bounced before it got to him.
Posted: November 27, 2014 at 01:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.
The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
He’s got to be kidding.
After working to confirm the scoops by Fink and Murray, Rosenthal said that he was overwhelmed by similar requests. “I’m getting tons of tweets every day from young kids: ‘Hey, I’ve got a story, can you confirm it?’ It’s funny in one way, but it’s getting to be a little much in another.” Rosenthal may traffic in the flow of information, but he nonetheless marvelled at the success of some of these neophytes. “I am frankly surprised that these guys have ...
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
So, we have Cespedes and Napoli going to Seattle, with the Mariners sending Miller and Hultzen to Washington. What do the Red Sox receive from the Nationals to make the trade work for everyone? Zimmermann is the key piece, obviously, but the Sox are dealing two sluggers and watching the Nationals acquire a potential 11 years of young talent in exchange, so they might not settle for just the one year of Zimmermann’s services and the draft pick they’d get if he left next winter. To even ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 26, 1914:
The baseball series for the championship of the world will consist of 11 games next year instead of seven and prices will be lower, according to B.B. Johnson, president of the American League, when he made public tonight a letter he had received from August Herrmann, chairman of the National Baseball Commission.
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 26, 1914:
Chairman August Herrmann of the national baseball commission Wednesday night denied that he had ever ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
You have to like the off-season posturing teams do.
The Mets would be happy going into spring training “with what we have,” Alderson said. He praised Flores’ work and potential to improve defensively at shortstop, but also admitted that there is a possibility that Matt Reynolds could be the Mets shortstop at some point next year
“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said. “The interesting thing about Reynolds is that he didn’t play shortstop in college, he played third base. One reason ...
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 54 comment(s)
Why would they? They are already paying third baseman Alex Rodriguez $22 million.
he Rule 5 draft is fascinating because of its timing and its format. Positioned right in the middle of the baseball offseason, it gives everyone a chance to scour rosters and dream on talented players with flaws.
In reality, the change of eligibility rules in 2007 that gave teams an extra year of protection before players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft reduced the importance of the Rule 5 draft significantly. That extra year has made it easier for teams to make decisions on players, and ...
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
rule 5 draft
The Red Sox aren’t restricted by the luxury tax.
“The way it’s structured, you can blow through [the threshold] one year,’’ Henry said. “Again, for next year we have tremendous flexibility, so we could go through for one year. It would not overly affect us [trying to re-sign Lester], but we’re hopeful.’‘
The Sox owner left no doubt that the homegrown Lester remains the team’s No. 1 target.
Red Sox owner John Henry, seen here saying goodbye after Jon Lester was traded to the A’s, said a large ...
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
An interesting look at park adjustments by Tony Blengino. I have always preferred park adjustments by BIP rather than AB or PA. I would have liked to have seen their 2014 numbers translated to Fenway rather than just adjusted rate stats.
The way the Yankees and Dodgers have dominated the last few years proves that topping the payroll list guarantees World Series appearances and championships. There is no way teams like the Royals, Rays, A’s, and the Cardinals can compete.
There is never going to be competitive balance in baseball. In a game where the players have proven time and time again that they will strike to prevent it, perhaps it was never meant to be.
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM | 55 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule.
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 05:24 PM | 9 comment(s)
“What I’m hearing is the Chicago Cubs have made a significant offer - significant north of $135 million,” Kaplan said.
Kap also said he’s hearing the Cubs’ offer would be for six years.
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
Dan talks about ZiPS.
In this episode of the Enterprise Tech Cast, Blue Hill Chief Research Officer Hyoun Park and ESPN’s Dan Szymborski discuss how Dan got started in building statistical models and built the ZiPS player projection system. Anybody who wants to learn to develop an ongoing projection and forecasting system, and wants practical insights and how-to’s should listen to this podcast. Also, we stray off the enterprise path and discuss baseball free agency, including whether Pablo ...
How to be like Mike (Trout) this offseason:
MO: You’re home in New Jersey, right? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
MT: I usually go to two dinners. At my parents’ house, then my girlfriend’s house. They have a dinner too. Nothing too crazy.
MO: Since you’re the youngest of three kids, do you think having an MVP will give you extra clout at Thanksgiving this year? Biggest piece of pie? You get to eat the last roll?
MT: It’s first come and first serve in my house and in my family. ...
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 14 comment(s)
Comparing conventional baseball coverage to how reporting functions on Twitter is like comparing a raw but hard-throwing pitcher to a cagey veteran. The new kid might be faster, but its command isn’t as good. The immediacy of twitter inevitably leads to inaccuracy.
““It’s a great tool for getting information and a great tool for dispensing information,’’ said Olney. “You have to remember that and not the five percent frustrating level between the tone of Twitter – it’s the ...
Don’t let recent success blind you to an ample history deserving of scorn. After running arguably the worst non-arms-manufacturing company in the world, Walmart, Glass became sole owner of the Royals in 2000 and immediately treated baseball the way Walmart treats people.
Amid a jackal pack of ownership that included a (future) commissioner guilty of collusion to fix player salaries, Glass – then the team’s president and CEO – stood out as an anti-labor hardliner during the 1994 strike, ...
Rubin’s near perfect HOF Ballot: (10) - Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Smoltz, Piazza, Schilling, Raines.
Here is my Hall of Fame ballot. I used all 10 slots I was allotted, and still was unable to fit Lee Smith (whom I voted for two years ago, but now do not have room to include).
First-year candidates Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz get my vote. So does Mike Piazza, the ex-Met who garnered 62.2 percent of the vote a year ago—within striking ...
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, November 25, 1914:
Connie Mack opines the reason he did not congratulate George Stallings after the world’s series was fear that Stallings would hit him on the nose. His fears were useless. Stallings hit a more vital spot—the pocketbook.
Stallings did threaten to punch Mack in the nose before the series.
Can anyone make a case for Markakis getting more money from a team other than the Orioles?
So how do you feel about Melky Cabrera?
I’m just curious, since I’ve heard from multiple people that he’s a “fallback option” for the Orioles if they can’t re-sign Nick Markakis. His name has been discussed. He’s on the radar, as the kids say.
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