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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Jimmy thinks Hardball is a weird way for Sherman to talk about himself in the third person.
That is why it was so easy to name Epstein Hardball’s Most Interesting Person in Baseball heading into 2016.
The choice is less clear this year. But again Hardball will pick an executive facing ever-intensifying heat to win it all. When Andrew Friedman joined the Dodgers as president of baseball operations after the 2014 season and surrounded himself with former general managers, he forged the most ...
Posted: February 12, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
More wonderful Statcast stuff.
So the way we’ve identified “competitive throws” is to identify a player’s 90th percentile arm strength, and then take the average of all throws above the 90th percentile, as a good proxy for tracking only throws where a fielder was trying to make play with some urgency. Of the 107 outfielders who had at least 10 such throws last year, Aaron Hicks’ average of 99.4 mph was baseball’s best (remember this?), and Khris Davis’ average of 72.5 mph was the weakest. That’s ...
Posted: February 12, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
Biggest hurdle is probably Phillips no trade clause. Of course, if they tell him he’ll be a bench player if he stays might incentivize him to accept the deal.
Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.
It’s not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips ...
IF IT FIELDS SEXY, WEAR IT
Maddon dropped the term ‘‘D-peat’’ during his media briefing outside the White House after the Cubs’ visit with President Obama last month. He meant the Cubs’ top-flight fielding in 2016 might be even better in 2017, and that could be the key to the franchise’s second set of back-to-back titles.
No? Consider that if Albert Almora earns the lion’s share of time in center field, the Cubs will go from good to Gold Glove-quality at that position. And ...
Posted: February 12, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Dodgers continued a flurry of late free-agent additions Friday night by agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran Chase Utley. Earlier in the day, they agreed to a deal with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the heels of an agreement for reliever Sergio Romo.
Posted: February 11, 2017 at 03:40 PM | 18 comment(s)
Part of the Koufax orthodoxy, of course, is his legend: Retired at 30, at the height of his game, the height of his fame. And then, gone. He never hawked a book, lent his name, or became an autograph factory. Never sat in the booth, or grabbed a mike. Never a hint of scandal, a suggestion of bad behavior. He’d make his Spring Training visits to the Mets or the Dodgers, to see old friends and talk to the kids, and the press covered these casual afternoons like matters of state. Then he’d ...Read More...
1. Andrew Benintendi of, Red Sox
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50. ETA: 2017.
2. Yoan Moncada 2b/3b, White Sox
Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70. ETA: 2017.
3. Dansby Swanson ss, Braves
Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. ETA: 2017.
4. Alex Reyes rhp, Cardinals
Fastball: 80. Curveball: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 50. ETA: 2017.
5. Gleyber Torres ss, Yankees
Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. ETA: 2018.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Owners who try to win should be applauded. It’s a shame the team couldn’t give him a championship before he died.
Condolences to his family and friends.
Mike Ilitch, one of the most famous Detroiters of his time, died today at the age of 87, according to his company, Ilitch Holdings. His family will honor him at a private funeral service.
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 242 comment(s)
Specifically, MLBAM and their BAMTech spin-off unit have created an enormous technological powerhouse by moving early into streaming technology, and BAMTech is now one of the world’s dominant players for hosting and providing over-the-top content…..
While nothing in life is guaranteed, that money is pretty likely to be distributed at some point in the not-too-distant future, so anyone buying the Marlins (or any other MLB team) is likely to get a pretty significant rebate on the purchase ...
Good stuff from Joe Posnanski.
“I don’t know much about football,” Francona says, “but I do think as a coach or manager, you’re supposed to take your guys and get the most out of them. … That’s what this is, putting players in position to do what they do well and minimizing what they don’t do well.
“That’s not easy. If you’re a manager like me who likes to run, and you don’t have guys who can run, well, it’s silly to run. You see Bill taking who he has and making the most out of them. Even ...
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 35 comment(s)
Jeff Passan on the potential sale of the Marlins.
Mercy was not the exclusive domain of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday. Early in the day, simultaneous feelings of joy and fury accompanied the Forbes report that Loria had agreed to sell the Miami Marlins to an unnamed buyer for $1.6 billion. Joy because the owner who played arsonist to his own franchise was relinquishing his Zippo. And fury because one of the worst owners in sports had turned a $158.5 million investment into something worth 10 ...
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:25 PM | 35 comment(s)
“This is the path I have chosen. I am going to work hard and stay positive. That is why I am here early. Maybe that is why the pitching coach, Stew Cliburn, said good things.
“I still have my dream, to succeed in major league baseball.’’
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
byung ho park
His 101 OPS+ as a firstbaseman was really impressive.
The all-time hit king is now eligible for the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame.
The Phillies tell CBS 3 they have received permission from Major League Baseball to make Pete Rose eligible for the organization’s honor.
Rose was an integral part of the Phillies winning their first World Series championship in 1980.
Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for gambling on games while playing and managing the Cincinnati Reds.
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:12 PM | 8 comment(s)
“It’s amazing how little regard people actually put into how many young players we put on the field last year. The conversation kept going all season long without people really acknowledging it. We had to throw Aledmys Diaz into the lineup at the last second when he had spent the previous season at Double-A. Kolten (Wong) really hasn’t found the traction in the league yet. Those two guys were in the middle. We had to search to find a center fielder, and Randal Grichuk hadn’t spent a ...
And on Wednesday at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that he is monitoring the issue and re-thinking pro baseball’s long-held stance on the issue.
“There is this buzz out there in terms of people feeling that there may be an opportunity here for additional legalized sports betting,” Manfred said. “We are reexamining our stance on gambling. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing with the owners.”
When fans bet on games, Manfred ...
Posted: February 10, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 34 comment(s)
In a wide-ranging interview with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Fielder discussed his future away from the game. When asked about what he’s doing to keep busy, the 32-year-old dropped the news he’ll be hosting a cooking/interview show on Netflix and Hulu with his wife as co-host.
“I have a food show that’s going to be streaming on Netflix and Hulu. It’s coming out around the beginning of spring training in March, I believe. It’s not just baseball people. It’s a mixture of baseball ...
Three swings, and Jerry Hairston Jr. believed.
“I was blown away,” the former major leaguer said, recalling the first time he saw Sanders Commings hit.
Hairston had not known what to expect from Commings, a former defensive back at the University of Georgia and for the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Commings, who turns 27 on March 8, wanted to return to baseball, a sport he played well enough at Westside H.S. in Augusta, Ga., to be selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 ...
Chicago Eagle, February 10, 1917:
[Tacoma infielder] Fred McMullin came in from third on the dead run and slid for the plate. McMullin knew he didn’t touch it, but he was afraid to slide back as the catcher had the ball in his hand.
“He wasn’t safe, was he?” demanded Cadman, who was catching for Seattle. The umpire shook his head. At this, Cadman, holding the ball in his hand, dashed over to the Tacoma bench to tag McMullin. Fred waited until he all but reached his end of the bench, and then ...
For the 11th straight year, the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada, is the first sportsbook with MLB season win totals, and it set the Cubs’ number at 95.5 for betting that began Friday morning.
After opening the Cubs at 89 wins last year—second in the National League behind the San Francisco Giants—head oddsmaker and Atlantis sportsbook director Steve Mikkelson is now a believer….
In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers (91.5), Washington Nationals (90.5), New York Mets (89.5), St. Louis Cardinals ...
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Dick Allen did all the things that TO did, but was much worse than TO. I know I have mentioned this, but I met TO a couple of times at a convention in Portugal. He was just absolutely charming—as Dick Allen was, to many people—and I certainly don’t want to knock him or to dwell on his past mistakes. I also don’t know enough about Terrell to engage in that discussion.
But off-the-field conduct is very, very relevant to the success of teams. When teams fall apart at the center—that is, when ...
I thought someone would take a flyer on him.
Designated hitter Byung Ho Park has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Class AAA Rochester.
Park was designated for assignment last week as the Twins made room to add free agent righthander Matt Belisle. It was a gamble that no team would claim Park, considering he batted .191 in 62 games for the Twins last season
Any team that claimed him would have to pick up the $9 million remaining on his contract. And, at this time of year, most teams ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
byung ho park
Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Miami Marlins president David Samson has said that there is a $1.6 billion “handshake agreement” for the MLB team. Jeffrey Loria paid $158 million for the baseball team in 2002.
My sources would not say who the $1.6 billion handshake agreement was with other than he is a real estate developer based in New York City. The problem, according to these sources, is the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning he does not have the cash to ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
Now we have Greene. Greene touched 97-98 mph on occasion last summer on the showcase circuit, but after an offseason of rest and workouts, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t tickle triple digits this spring. Scouts have already seen him touch 101 mph in games this month and he isn’t even fully stretched out yet.
Pint’s velocity came with effort in his delivery. Greene’s is easy. It makes it easier for scouts to project him to consistently locate his fastball, something he’s already ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
Although I’m sure the missing plays in Statcast will need to be address, I’m looking forward to seeing better data for infielders.
The Miami Marlins have a “handshake agreement” to sell the team for $1.6 billion, according to Forbes.
The publication, citing two unnamed sources, said Marlins president David Samson has said the team has an agreement to sell the franchise….
Loria paid $158 million when he bought the team in 2002.
According to Forbes, the $1.6 million handshake agreement is with a real estate developer based in New York. But the article went on to say that “the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 55 comment(s)
They must have a certain je ne sais quoi. Or not.
Although a few things made me scratch my head, overall it’s worth a read.
While those pitchers share certain statistical markers, they also share something intangible. Identifying an ace isn’t always scientific; it’s also about feel, the marriage of perception and reality brought on by sustained dominance. Certain accomplishments and thresholds help define the standing, but there are no absolute requisites. It’s as much about reputation ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 20 comment(s)
So apparently former Rangers and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson has some interesting post-baseball plans lined up already.
“I’m a rookie car dealer now,” he told Fresno’s KFSN-TV on Wednesday.
He’s bought a Porche/Audi/BMW dealership in Fresno, Calif., and looks to get into auto racing as well as selling cars at his new dealership.
In his interview with the station, Wilson said that racing has always been part of him.
“I’ve been into racing since I was a kid. I started karting ...
Tacoma Times, February 9, 1917:
Ban Johnson, American president, and Chas. Weeghman and Owner Comiskey of the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, approve the “preparedness plan” of Captain Houston, part owner of the Yankees.
Houston, who saw service in the Spanish-American fracas, and comes by his title honestly, plans for an hour or more each day to be devoted to military training in the federal camps. Trench digging and other military maneuvers, under the direction of an army officer, would ...
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