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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Tangotiger’s Fan Scouting Report gives him below average numbers for his defense. Are the Astros overestimating Conger’s defense? I haven’t watched Conger closely enough to form an opinion. What do our Angels fans think?
The moderately-misleading quote rings true, as does most everything on FanGraphs. So how does it apply to Conger? Well, in his two most recent seasons — the ones in which, you’ll recall, he framed phenomenally — he racked up a combined…1172.1 innings. That’s barely a full ...
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
I get where Cameron is coming from. I don’t see, however, how opening up a hole at the top of the Reds rotation really offsets what they’d be getting in his proposed deal.
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
If the Red Sox and Cubs are in the mix for Hamels, the Phillies should be able to make a nice deal?
The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into Hamels, who’s comparable to the top two free-agent pitchers, and also available.
It isn’t known how the ...
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 28 comment(s)
They aren’t shopping them; they are just keeping their “eyes and ear open” for potential deals. (Wink, wink.)
For the first time, the Colorado Rockies sound willing to trade shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.
The mere willingness to discuss Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a departure for Colorado, which previously ...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.
In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter’s diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium. In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds’ 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
What does this mean for Jason Castro?
The Angels sent catcher Hank Conger to Houston for a pair of 24-year-old prospects in right-hander Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez, the teams announced Wednesday.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
It’s all by the numbers. Please don’t tell Steve Dilbeck.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
2B: Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
3B: Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
LF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
CF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
RF: Jason Heyward* Atlanta Braves
P: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
C: Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
At least he doesn’t believe that Martians are stealing his luggage!
Let me say that again: statistical analysis (that we in the public are aware of) takes the most important element of the sport, and ignores it.
It’s like having Newtonian physics without relativity and quantum mechanics. There’s a lot you can do with Newtonian physics, but at the extremes, it begins to break down, because it is ignoring some deeper, more fundamental truths.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
Something tells me Ryan Theriot is not on the GM fast track.
Alex, Alex, Alex! It’s always about Alex!!
BBC might have been on board with Parker’s rant ... until he wondered aloud about Ausmus.
The Maddon hire isn’t the problem. He’s a veteran skipper who has had success. It’s the Molitor hiring that should make aspiring black and Hispanic managers feeling salty.
While a great player, Molitor doesn’t have any managerial experience - not in the minors or majors.
That’s a new trend in MLB, hiring guys who have never managed before. Some have never even been a coach on the minor league ...
For a moment, I thought Maury was offering to sell Florida back to the Spanish.
But, for pro sports, well…
Don’t hate me for this, hate the numbers. Consider the following: including partial seasons in the NFL, NHL, and NBA for 2014 and dating back to 2010, for leagues that have 30 teams (NBA, NHL, and MLB) and the NFL (32 teams), the nine professional sports teams in Florida average a ranking against their peers based upon attendance at an abysmal 21st. If not for the Heat (average ranking ...
While new teammates are nice, there’s one aspect of being traded that can prove particularly tough: what to wear.
“That was a little bit of a process, because we had flown to Colorado Springs, so my truck was at the airport in Omaha,” Adam said. “I left it there for the rest of the season, and I flew straight into New Britain. I got in and watched the rest of the game and was just a normal guy on the team the next day.
“We had been on a five-day road trip and I had in my suitcase just enough ...
Joe Posnanski’s ballot.
I also know why Fielding Bible voters are averse to Jones — his defensive numbers are annually mediocre. The Dewan plus/minus system, which tries to measure how many plays a player makes against the league average, calculates that every single year since 2009 Jones has made FEWER plays than the average outfielder. His other defensive numbers are not very exciting either.
When you add in his arm and Good Plays Made, Jones is actually a little above-average in ...Read More...
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1914:
“Lee Magee can jump into the lake or the Federal league for all I care,” declared Schuyler Britton, president of the Cardinals, today, after he had digested the import of Magee’s ultimatum delivered Monday.
Magee called his employer on the phone last night and informed him that he (Magee) was leaving for Chicago to consult with Manager Tinker and Owner Weeghman of the Chicago outlaws.
[Britton:] “Last spring when Magee returned from the world’s tour, I ...
The process is headed in the right direction. As more managers become more statistically savvy the two worldviews will continue to converge.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
The Los Angeles Dodgers will name Oakland Athletics assistant GM Farhan Zaidi, a Berkeley-educated economist, as their next GM, baseball sources confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday night.
This is the third consecutive Dodger GM to have been hired away from an assistant GM position from a Bay Area team.
Joyful Calculus Instructor
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
n the autumn of 2007, Amanda Coolbaugh was dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, Mike, who had been killed that July when a line drive struck him in the head while he was coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. She had two young sons, ages 5 and 4, and she was eight months pregnant. So as the baseball season was winding down, she was struggling. How would she be able to raise her children? How would she pay for their college educations? How would she ...
Former Major League left-hander Brad Halsey died on Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a tweet by Halsey’s agency, O’Connell Sports.
No details yet.
#6bid is partially elite
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 11:10 PM | 7 comment(s)
AL left fielder: Royals’ Alex Gordon
AL shortstop: Orioles’ J.J. Hardy
AL first baseman: Royals’ Eric Hosmer
AL catcher: Royals’ Salvador Perez
AL second baseman: Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia
AL third baseman: Mariners’ Kyle Seager
AL pitcher: Astros’ Dallas Keuchel
AL center fielder: Orioles’ Adam Jones
AL right fielder: Orioles’ Nick Markakis
NL first baseman: Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez
NL second baseman: Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu
NL shortstop: Braves’ Andrelton ...
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 08:05 PM | 53 comment(s)
awards and honors
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed their top three finalists in the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player on Tuesday night on MLB Network.
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
awards and honors
Jay Jaffe gives a rundown of three new managers.
Hey, Arod’s back.
Hell hath no fury like a cousin scorned.
Alex Rodriguez’s infamous “Cousin Yuri Sucart” threatened to expose the Yankee superstar’s doping secrets unless the scandal-ridden slugger coughed up “enormous sums of money,” according to court papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Rodriguez caved, entering into a confidential settlement with Sucart on June 5, 2013, agreeing to pay Sucart one $700,000 payment for his silence, ...
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:53 PM | 37 comment(s)
The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25 million, five-year deal, are going to target top free-agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said.
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
With limited avenues to spend their money, where have the Yankees turned now? Minor league free agents. Starting today, free agents can sign with any club and most fans will focus on the splashy big money major league signings. Sometimes, a former standout major leaguer that’s past him prime will sign a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite and fans may hold out hope this player can regain past form. Below even this radar are the often first time free agents with little to no big ...
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 40 comment(s)
The Angels have reached an agreement with 20-year-old Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin on a record-setting $8MM bonus, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The agreement is pending a physical and the $8MM bonus is the most ever for an amateur player under the current international signing rules.
Baldoquin has three seasons of professional experience playing with Las Tunas in Serie Nacional, Sanchez writes, and he also appeared on the Cuban National 16-and-under team when he was eligible. ...
It could be worse, right?
Should we assume that there is about a 10% chance that Cuddyer rejects the QO and tests the free agent market, the net value of the QO becomes even closer to zero, even before you consider what Cuddyer might return in a likely midseason trade.
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