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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-1-2018

El Paso Herald, March 1, 1918:

Harry Frazee, Jr., 15 years old, is an enterprising school boy. Last spring he wrote to his father, president of the Red Sox, for half a dozen new balls. Frazee, Sr., paid $1.25 each for them and shipped them immediately. Several weeks later he received another urgent request for a second half dozen, which also were sent with a letter asking what had been done with the first batch. Back came a reply which read:

“I sold the first half dozen at a quarter apiece. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Goold: After walking away from baseball, Rasmus is back to ride ‘this roller coaster’ | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

A nice piece on Colby Rasmus and his ambivalence toward the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: colby rasmus, orioles

Neil Walker sounds bummed about Yankees’ Drury trade | New York Post

Torres looks like a better fit at 2B. Walker hasn’t played much third. Add in his back issue, his poor defense, and his salary and it’s not difficult to figure out when the Yankees preferred to trade for Drury.

Walker wishes intangibles weighed more in the Yankees’ decision.

“Maybe it’s something that’s being lost in translation with teams — how are we valuing guys?” Walker said. “Are we strictly valuing them on numbers, or are we not able to quantify how they’re making an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

The most intriguing thing at every Cactus League camp

These guys have track records. Unless one of these guys has made a pretty big adjustment, I’d think he already knows who’ll be the starter. Of course, he won’t want to say it.

Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and Ketel Marte are competing for the starting shortstop job in Arizona, where manager Torey Lovullo and his staff are focusing on things that don’t appear in a box score.

While MLB goes young, here’s why the Giants are doubling down on players in their 30s
Baseball is a young man’s game these ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Clayton Kershaw’s Next Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

He’s been great. His back problems the last couple of years could scare the Dodgers enough to keep them from offering him a seven-year deal. Would Kershaw agree to language which protects the Dodgers while choosing to not push them to the very top of the market?

Whether Kershaw and the Dodgers work out an extension before he opts out or he pulls the trigger, hits the open market, and signs a new deal, it’s reasonable to assume that his new pact will be a seven-year one. Not only did he (and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers


Once wondering whether he belonged, Kyle Crick found his spot in the majors | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Crick was closing for Class AAA Sacramento when the Giants promoted him last June. The Giants were the worst team in the National League, but Crick joined a clubhouse with Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain, veterans with three World Series rings.

“They were in the weight room early, they were taking care of their bodies, rolling out, doing all sorts of stuff that as a minor leaguer, as a young kid, I had just thought was eyewash stuff until that point,” Crick said. “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle crick, pirates

Alex Cora to lean on veterans for Red Sox rules, possibly tighter dress code

Are sports coats really needed?

“I think you give them the space,” Cora said in a sit-down with NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously, we’re going to have some rules. Dress codes, and who can be in the clubhouse, all that stuff. … I will get the veterans or the core of the team in my office. Tell ‘em what I want from them, and then they meet and they’ll come back with a set of rules that they feel it’s appropriate for the team, and then we’ll discuss and we go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Melky Cabrera is one of the faces of MLB’s free agent crisis | New York Post

IT’S A CRISIS!!

Cabrera has averaged 12 outfield assists each of the past three years and committed just two errors last season.

Hey Kevin Kernan, the 1940’s called asking for their statistical analysis back.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera

How Data Transformed the Angels’ Rule 5 Pick | FanGraphs Baseball

A great example of how teams can translate data for individual player improvement.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, angels


Mets Matt Harvey debuts strong at camp | MLB.com

Will he be any good this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

The Rays Ditched Their Bad Fastball Hitters | FanGraphs Baseball

An alternative explanation for the Rays deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2018

Washington Times, February 28, 1918:

INTERNATIONAL IS SURE OF QUITTING FOR 1918 SEASON

A definite decision on the part of the International League to close its parks for the season of 1918 is expected soon, it was said [in New York] today.

Almost daily indications of a collapse of the league are found in the sale of players by the various clubs. In many cases the clubs are selling their best men.

Seems like this is the sort of thing you’d want nailed down before March. Anyway, the IL didn’t go ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Engel: Rangers, please don’t do this to your best arm

Mac Engel on converting reliever Matt Bush to starting duties:

Bush has electric stuff that belongs in the back end of a bullpen, not as a starter every fifth day. Sorry, sixth day. He is willing, and he has the talent, but he is not built for the role.

Asking a power arm on a 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame is asking for an injury. He generates most of that power from his large trunk, but this is a guy who battled through shoulder and knee injuries last season when he pitched 52 1/3 innings.

Both ...

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BDC Posted: February 28, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: conversion to starting, rangers, relievers

THT: Mike Norris on Billy Martin, Jesse Jefferson and Complete Games

“Now, it wasn’t so much his confidence growing each inning, but man, his chest started to poke out more, and I think he had this curve he was breaking off; he was unhittable that day. He became more erect on the mound, standing straight up and then later in the game, after finishing an inning, he’d look into our dugout at me with this cool little smile. Heh-heh, he sure had a little pimpin’ going on out there.”

djordan Posted: February 28, 2018 at 08:30 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mike norris, mlb

What you need to know about the injury that delayed J.D. Martinez’s Red Sox contract

Some details about the new clause in his contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Players union files grievance vs. Rays, Pirates, Athletics, Marlins over revenue-sharing spending

The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against MLB, claiming that four teams - the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Miami Marlins - have not spent revenue-sharing money in the fashion intended by the collective bargaining agreement….

“The MLBPA’s grievance against the Pirates is patently baseless” said Pirates president Frank Coonelly in a written statement. “We look forward to demonstrating as much to the arbitrator if the MLBPA ...

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TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: February 27, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: revenue sharing

Engel: Rangers need to do right by Adrian Beltre and trade him

Mac Engel on his high horse:

Hopefully the Rangers do Beltre better than the Dallas Mavericks did to Dirk Nowitzki.

Much like the Mavs with Dirk, the Rangers sold Beltre a bag of hope when it’s more of a prayer, and made him believe they had a shot at the one thing he covets, a title, when we know they don’t.

Beltre doesn’t want to think about it, or talk about it, so let us do it for him.

The second before it becomes apparent this team can’t win the World Series, the Rangers need to ...

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BDC Posted: February 27, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, nowitzki, rangers, success cycle, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-27-2018

New York Sun, February 27, 1918:

Some years ago [recently deceased professional boxer] Terry McGovern had an idea that he was a first class baseball player. He did perform with several semi-professional clubs, and got to putting in his mornings working out with the Superbas at old Washington Park. One morning Charley Ebbets found Terry coming out of the clubhouse, and Charley evidently did not like the idea of having strangers about the sacred diggings.

“Don’t you know that clubhouse is only ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 27, 2018 at 10:29 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Drafting Negro Leagues

We each drafted a sort of mini-team—eight position players, one utility player and three pitchers. This is not unlike the makeup of some actual Negro Leagues team rosters. Teams had to be lean, players had to play every day (often two or three times every day), they had to play multiple positions and so on.

The only rule for our draft was that we were taking players based entirely on their performance in the Negro Leagues. That is to say we weren’t interested in taking Henry Aaron or Willie ...

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dlf Posted: February 27, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues

Let’s hope this is not the last year of Clayton Kershaw in a Dodgers uniform

How will his back hold up this season?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Sarris: How useful are team projections? – The Athletic

Are team systems better? You would think the additional info they possess would produce better results. I doubt they are substantially better on the team level, however.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2018 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, projections, the athletic

Monday, February 26, 2018

MLB Fines Julio Pablo Martinez $100,000 | BaseballAmerica.com

MLB has no issues regarding Martinez’s age or identity. The league did not determine that Martinez traveled anywhere illegally or falsified his residency in Haiti. On Feb. 20, MLB cleared Martinez to sign beginning on March 6. However, MLB determined that Martinez had spent more time in the U.S. and Canada than the information he had submitted on forms to the commissioner’s office, which prompted the $100,000 fine.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 09:33 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, julio pablo martinez

Rockies Face Talented Challenge in Roster Decision — Inside the Seams

The Cowboy breaks down the Rockies roster options.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 05:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-26-2018

Washington Times, February 26, 1918:

“Irish” Meusel, the young outfielder once with the Griffmen and now on the reserve list of the Philadelphia Nationals, is due to receive his third contract in a day or so. He’s in the contract-receiving business.

The first contract he got from Colonel Baker angered him because of the low salary mentioned and he threw it away. Back again went another contract, calling for the same old figured. Meusel tore that up and mailed the pieces to the classical leader ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 26, 2018 at 09:37 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 26 February 2018: Hope springs eternal in baseball and politics

This is a special time for baseball fans. Major league baseball is ready to begin another season, with spring training officially opening this week. With some exceptions, fans in most cities can at least dream of watching their team play in the postseason and maybe even compete for the World Series championship. For them, hope springs eternal.

Ditto for the Democratic Party. 2018 appears to be a “wave year,” with an opportunity to win control of the House of Representatives, maybe even the ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: February 26, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 1688 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, politics, spring training

That guy standing by Cash in the dugout? All part of Rays’ plan

J-Money made a really good point in that he couldn’t believe how fast the game was. He just couldn’t believe the reactions, the decision-making. And I think he also valued watching the guys coming off the mound like if a guy struggled or didn’t make a play. That’s a perspective they’re going to value maybe a little bit more.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Rays Lack Of Spending Makes It Hard To Compete | BaseballAmerica.com

J.J. Cooper says Rays are just cheap.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Mets wondering if Amed Rosario will ever live up to expectations - NY Daily News

Player development is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

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