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Saturday, March 05, 2016

The connection between Braves’ Hector Olivera and his manager - Jayson Stark Blog- ESPN

“He’s not 23,” Gonzalez said. “He’s 30. And ... how many big leaguers play to the age of 35? Not many. And the guys who do have been playing since the age of 19 or 20 in the big leagues. They’ve had long careers. So shoot, I’m not worried about (what he’ll be at) 35 years old. I’m worried about now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban players, hector olivera

This day in MLBPA history: The first Spring Training tours

On March 5, 1966, Marvin Miller was hired as executive director pending a full vote of the membership, and he set off on the Players Association’s first camp-to-camp tour of Spring Training to meet with players.

bobm Posted: March 05, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marvin miller, mlbpa

Tom Knight, Brooklyn’s Baseball Sage, Dies at 89

As decades pass, fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, perhaps the most fervidly nostalgic partisans in the history of sports, are growing fewer and fewer. The 2016 baseball season, now getting underway, is the 59th since the team decamped to Los Angeles, leaving Brooklyn’s baseball die-hards with pangs of heartsickness for the loss of Gil Hodges, Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese and venomous animosity for the never-to-be-forgiven betrayal of the team owner, Walter O’Malley, who took them away.

Of ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn dodgers

Yankees Share for Sale: 1% Can Be Yours for About $24 Million - Bloomberg Business

OK, who is breaking open the piggy bank?

A minority owner of the New York Yankees is selling a 1 percent stake in the franchise for about $24 million, according to documents associated with the transaction and reviewed by Bloomberg News. The team as a whole is worth $2.75 billion to $3.25 billion, the documents say.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, March 04, 2016

Brewers’ beloved Hank the Dog not replaced | MLB.com

Well, that’s settled.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 06:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Red Sox reporter Jessica Moran resigns amid questions about manager John Farrell

Jessica Moran, a reporter for Comcast SportsNet who covers the Red Sox, resigned from the network Friday amid questions about the nature of her relationship with the team’s manager, John Farrell.

“I have stepped away from Comcast SportsNet as I thought it was in my best personal and professional interest to do so,” Moran wrote in a text to the Globe. “They have been extremely supportive during my tenure at the network — and with this decision — and I am very appreciative of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2016 at 05:58 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, journalism, red sox

Kris Bryant, Cubs agree to $652,000 contract

The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, agreed to a one-year, $652,000 contract.

Bryant will receive a raise of more than $145,000 - a substantial amount considering he has less than one full year of major league service time. Bryant also will receive $111,000 more than Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who will earn $541,000 despite more than two years of service time.

This almost most likely doesn’t help the Cubs sign him in 6 years, ...

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Mariners pitcher Nathan Karns leaves the analysis to others this spring | The Seattle Times

Yes, he’s already 28.

When Karns, 28, was younger he would analyze every pitch and decision, sometimes second-guessing himself and always holding an outing to his highest standard.

“I would be so tough on myself,” he said. “In the past I’d be very critical of every little thing. That just comes with lack of experience.”

Worst of all, he would have wondered how all those little things could affect his chances to make the Mariners’ opening-day roster.

“Now with some experience, I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nate karns

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-4-2016

Toledo News-Bee, March 4, 1916:

Sixteen thousand baseballs will be used this season. The bombardment already is under way in the training camps. During their sojourns in Dixie the big league troops consume 1,500 pellets. The same number is required by each club in the National and American leagues during the pennant dash.

New York uses more balls at the Polo grounds than any other club. This is because fewer balls are returned from the stands after dropping into the crowds. On the other hand, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 04, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, siberian pony leather

How important is Bayes in advanced defensive metrics? | MGL on Baseball

Some good stuff about the problems with defensive metrics. Statcast will fix some of the issues but not all.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

WBC helped MLB build bridges with Cuba | FOX Sports

Some background on Cuba participation in the WBC and the state of MLB’s relationship with Cuba.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, world baseball classic

Braves Sean Newcomb takes lessons from start | MLB.com

Still, even though Newcomb has tremendous promise and a high ceiling, he has made just seven starts above the Class A Advanced level. In other words, he had never faced a lineup that included the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez before Thursday.

“It was definitely different looking in and seeing [Cabrera], but that’s what I’m going to have to be dealing with, so I’ve got to get used to it,” Newcomb said. “It’s just simple mechanical stuff that I’ve got to take care. Stuff that I can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean newcomb

Analysis: Dodgers’ gamble on pricey pitchers is a dream deferred due to a slew of injuries - The Orange County Register

Some patience is in order.

“You never want to tap into that depth this early. But this is sort of the benefit of having that sort of depth,” Zaidi said. “As soon as something like this happens, you hope you can backfill and create some more options for yourself. But we’re also in the position where we have a lot of options and don’t have to do that.”

Much of that depth is young and talented, but also unproven and largely untested, even in the minors. Nineteen-year-old Julio Urias ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Hal Steinbrenner says family has no intention of selling New York Yankees

It’s not the same without George.

“This is a family business and we’re all involved,” he said, referring to siblings Hank, Jennifer and Jessica. “We all love being a part of this. We all know our dad wanted us to be a part of us, and we all know he’s watching down on us and happy that we’re all a part of it. Believe it or not, to us, that’s a big deal. The idea is, let’s keep it going.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes Plans to Join PGA Tour After Baseball

Does Yoenis Cespedes have a future on the PGA Tour?

The New York Mets slugger certainly seems to think so…

“He’s got a complete game, honestly,” trainer Chris Wray told the The Times. “If he would take lessons and leave baseball, he could play on the Tour. He’s a three, four handicap, and he’s playing part time.”

 

PreservedFish Posted: March 03, 2016 at 07:13 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: golf, mets, retirement tour, yoenis cespedes

Bark and Switch: Hank the Ballpark Pup is an impostor

He just went to a farm upstate.

Now, there is nothing wrong with the new Hank. Hank II is, like his predecessor, a Very Good Baseball Dog. But do not lie to me and try to tell me that the dog on the left and the dog on the right are the same dog. The coloring in the face and the ears is all wrong, the face isn’t shaped the same way, and his ears don’t lay in the same spot. They didn’t just dunk him in a bucket of bleach and poof him up a bit. These are different dogs, folks.

None of this was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, conspiracies, coverups, farms upstate, mascots

Braves are discounted on field but not at Disney box office (wait, $49?) | Jeff Schultz blog

So how much are you willing to pay to watch so many “Braves of the future” attempt to seize their opportunity? It’s a given that the team will not be good this season: sportsbooks’ projections range from 65 to 66½ games (or 97 to 95½ losses) and the team is expected to have the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll.  So how good will spring training baseball be?

Well, the price gougers at Disney have put a price on the product. And it’s absurd. The Braves are quick to point this is not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, spring training

The idea of replay is good; in practice, fans often bristle.

I am not a fan of replay as well. I’d rather live with some blown calls than have my timed wasted with a thousand of these game interruptions each season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks

Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista and the future of athletic preparation and longevity - GammonsDaily.com

He has studied all the aging metrics, and defies them the way he defied his projected career path of being a utility player. When Jose was 30, he led the league in homers (43), walks, slugging, OPS and OPS+.

At 40? “I am preparing to be physically capable of doing the same,” Bautista says. “I am preparing to defy those aging curves by my strict adherence to physical, mental and nutritional routines. When I missed time (at 31) with hip problems, I changed everything,” he says. “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Which Jackie Bradley Jr. Will The Red Sox Get This Season?

The Sox are betting that the Bradley who hit .294 with nine home runs, slugged .613, and posted a .366 on-base percentage in the final 50 games of the lost 2015 season is closer to the Real Jackie than the young player who looked overmatched and “lost” during the 2014 season, hitting just .198 in 127 games.

“That was my first time being able to say I truly struggled,” said Bradley, who won two national championships at the University of South Carolina and rocketed to the big leagues in ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 03, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Family finds not one but 7(!) 100-year-old Ty Cobb baseball cards

Joe Orlando, the president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, California, who verified the find, said it is “spectacular” and “miraculous” to have come across such a cache.

“I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery,” Orlando said in a statement.

Morty Causa Posted: March 03, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, ty cobb

Mets need Wilmer Flores to handle new role ‘like a veteran’ - NY Daily News

He seems like a nice kid. If he really was surprised, he might not be the brightest player.

So after playing short for the Mets in the World Series, it was a bit of a blow to Flores when the Mets signed veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera this past winter.

“I was surprised,” Flores admitted. “My agent called and told me when it happened. I didn’t know what it meant for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

A’s stick with Marcus Semien at shortstop - SFGate

“There isn’t a guy I’ve been around in all my years not only who works as hard as he does but is accountable, doesn’t complain,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t remember seeing anyone at the big-league level having to go through what he did last year.

“There is a reason you stick with guys. And it’s easier to stick with guys like him that work hard and don’t complain about things and don’t make excuses. On top of that, there’s quite a lot of talent there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Klapisch: Mets staff has an ace, or three, up its sleeve - Sports - NorthJersey.com

If they can stay healthy, the Mets will be a fun team to follow this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson to have tests on back - LA Times

Anderson and Ryu already having issues.

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers

As Marlins await Carter Capps’ MRI, Kyle Barraclough a viable option | Miami Herald

It’s shocking that a guy with Capps’ mechanics has elbow issues.

Mattingly said Wednesday afternoon he had no update on Capps, who had an MRI to check on soreness he felt in his right elbow, the same one that has caused him to miss significant playing time the past two seasons.

“We’re hoping for the best with Capps, and we’ll see where it goes,” Mattingly said. “Best-case scenario for all of us is he just needs a few days, and he can come back and he’s ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: carter capps, marlins

MLB proposes new path for Cuban players | MLB.com

MLB’s proposal includes the creation of a license that allows players from Cuba to enter the United States on a visa. Additionally, the plan includes the creation a new non-governmental body made up of Cuban entrepreneurs, MLB officials and the MLB Players Association. According to the proposal, a percentage of salaries paid to Cuban players would go to the non-governmental body to support sports initiatives and education, and improve sports facilities on the island.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-3-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 3, 1916

Hal Chase may get a job after all. The Warren, Pa., club of the Interstate league has offered him $5,000 to manage the club and play first base during the season. Chase has a Federal contract calling for $8,000 a year for two more seasons so he doesn’t care whether he lands in the big league or not.

Yeah, but fixing games in the Interstate League isn’t terribly remunerative.

This was a pretty reasonable offer for a guy who was having trouble finding ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hal chase, history

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Posnanski: No. 36: Cal Ripken

The countdown resumes.

It took the mad genius of Earl Weaver to see a future for this guy at shortstop. Ripken had always been a third baseman. In 1981 and early 1982, when Ripken came to the big leagues, he was a third baseman. But Weaver was aching to move the kid to shortstop. No one in the organization agreed with him — not one person. But 1982 was Weaver’s last year as manager, and he didn’t give a $*$%* what anyone thought even before he became a lame duck. On July 2, he put Ripken ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 02, 2016 at 10:12 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, lists, orioles, posnanski

Kolten Wong agrees to $25.5M, 5-year deal with Cardinals

Best Contract Extensions in Baseball

Taking a long-term commitment to Kolten Wong as their second baseman, the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Wednesday to a $25.5 million, five-year contract with the 25-year-old.

Wong gets $1.25 million this year, $2.5 million in 2017, $4 million in 2018, $6.5 million in 2019 and $10.25 million in 2020. St. Louis has a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

He would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2016 at 07:56 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, kolten wong

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