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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Hank Conger’s suspect framing numbers - Beyond the Box Score

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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hank conger

Making the case for a Yoenis Cespedes-Johnny Cueto trade | FOX Sports

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds

Source: Mets leaning toward trade for outfield bat rather than free agents - Newsday

You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers - CBSSports.com

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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs

Rockies willing to listen to offers for Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki | FOX Sports

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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brad Halsey dies in climbing accident

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.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, yankees

Los Angeles Angels pick up Nick Tropeano, Carlos Perez for Hank Conger | MiLB.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros

Royals, Braves feature top Defensive Players | MLB.com

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

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, wilson defensive players of the year

Geeks inherit the Earth, or at least the Dodgers front office

It’s throwback Wednesday. Let’s all harken back to 10 years ago when this type of hit piece was all the rage.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hackneyed writer themes

Ken Arneson - 10 Things I Believe About Baseball Without Evidence

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.

boteman Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: research, sabrmetrics

MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy shuts down Ryan Theriot’s ridiculous argument about GMs | For The Win

Something tells me Ryan Theriot is not on the GM fast track.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, general managers, ryan theriot

Alex Rodriguez really, really wanted to be a Red Sox - Over the Monster

Alex, Alex, Alex! It’s always about Alex!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rangers, red sox, yankees

Rob Parker: MLB’s New Trend, Leaving Out Black Managers

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 ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, managerial search, managers

Maury Brown: Florida Is A Bandwagon State, And The Worst At Supporting Pro Sports

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 ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, expansion, florida, tv ratings

Addison Russell, Peter O’Brien, Jason Adam, Blake Taylor talk about their experience being traded | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, blake taylor, jason adam, minor leagues, peter o'brien, trades

Fielding Bible and Gold Gloves | Joe Blogs

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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding bible

Ask BA: How Should The Red Sox Handle Their Catcher Logjam? - BaseballAmerica.com

Excellent analysis about the Red Sox catching situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2014

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 ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lee magee

How do you solve a problem like Gold Glove voters? | FOX Sports

The process is headed in the right direction. As more managers become more statistically savvy the two worldviews will continue to converge.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves

Dodgers hire Farhan Zaidi as GM

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)
  Beats: dodgers

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Money talks: The postseason share

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 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2014 at 11:25 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mike coolbaugh, money, post-season, post-season share

Brad Halsey Death Tweeted by Agent

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)
  Beats: obituary

ML announces Gold Glove winners

WINNERS:
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 ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: November 04, 2014 at 08:05 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

ML announces award finalists

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.

cardsfanboy Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors


EXCLUSIVE: Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez paid cousin Yuri Sucart nearly $1 million to keep quiet about his PED use - NY Daily News

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, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:53 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin - CBSSports.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, russell martin

The Yankees Found Another Way To Outspend Every Other Team

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 ...

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JJ1986 Posted: November 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Angels To Sign Cuban Infielder Roberto Baldoquin For $8MM Bonus

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. ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: November 04, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cuban free agents, roberto baldoquin

Defending the Michael Cuddyer Qualifying Offer

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.

thetailor Posted: November 04, 2014 at 11:34 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: michael cuddyer, qualifying offers, rockies

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