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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Rosenthal: He’s 53 and hasn’t played in the majors since 2005, but Rafael Palmeiro is eyeing a comeback, and redemption – The Athletic

You don’t need to get beyond the payroll.

As crazy as it sounds, Palmeiro is thinking about trying to return to the majors. Part of his motivation stems from his belief that he can still help a club. Part of it stems from the way his career ended in disgrace, with teams shunning him after he was suspended in August 2005 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I can do it,” says Palmeiro, who ended his career as one of five players to reach both ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, rafael palmeiro

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2017

Wsahington Times, December 6, 1917:

Enraged at constantly recurring stories from Chicago that have Charlie Weeghman, the Cubs’ president, buying this Cardinal and that one, President Rickey slammed Weeghman right on the beezer today.

“I’m tired of this chatter about buying my players,” said Rickey, frothing at the mouth, “and especially tired of Mr. Weeghman’s hot air. He did make a conditional offer for Hornsby, but it was so ridiculous that I gave it no attention. He can’t buy Hornsby from ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 06, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees would be wise to acquire Kyle Schwarber to fill DH role - NY Daily News

Wishcasting.

So how about Dellin Betances and Chance Adams for Schwarber?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yankees

Alex Cora’s outburst with broadcaster a footnote or an omen?

Why is this coming out now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, astros, red sox

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

THT - A Special Revenge for Luis Tiant

Alfonso Tusa shares fond memories from winter ball in 1971.

Between the remote scents of the sea breeze and the countryside freshness coming from the oaks and wild flowers, Dad insisted to know what a no-hit, no-run game was about. I tried with all my efforts to find a situation related to Dad’s everyday routine to make the explanation easier. He pressed his cigarette against the ashtray and raised the radio’s volume. “After eight complete frames this game is still 3-0. Now Tiant stops by ...

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villageidiom Posted: December 05, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, boston red sox, cuban players, luis tiant, red sox, winter leagues

The 2018 Hall of Fame Election Forecast - Bill Deane

Bill Deane’s annual predictions. He picks three - RTFA to find out who.


Where The Former Braves Prospects Are Signing | BaseballAmerica.com

Maitan signs with the Angels.

Kevin Maitan, ss – Angels, $2.2 million (Braves bonus: $4.25 million)

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2017 at 03:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2017

New York Sun, December 5, 1917:

John K. Tener, president of the National League, yesterday announced his opposition to an eighteen player limit for the duration of the war, as suggested by August Herrmann, chairman of the National Commission.
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According to Chicago advices, President Johnson of the American League also is in favor of an eighteen player limit, and intends to recommend such a limit to his club owners next week.
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“I am against any reduction to eighteen players,” said [Tener] ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 05, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 04 December 2017: Baseball group accused of ‘united front’ tactics

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said that the baseball association should bear the brunt of the blame for letting Taiwanese players become political tools in China’s “united front” strategy and for giving Chinese media an opportunity to promote the “both sides of the Strait are one family” view without restraint.

China is not a top-tier nation in baseball and positive effects on Taiwanese baseball from the tournament would be limited, Hsu said.

The Chinese ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 05, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 1746 comment(s)
  Beats: china, politics, taiwan

MLB Pipeline’s 2018 Top Draft Prospects list | MLB.com

Top 2018 DRAFT PROSPECTS
Rank Player, Pos.
1 Brady Singer, RHP
2 Ethan Hankins, RHP
3 Matthew Liberatore, LHP
4 Nolan Gorman, 3B
5 Shane McClanahan, LHP
6 Nander De Sedas, SS
7 Brice Turang, SS
8 Casey Mize, RHP
9 Ryan Rolison, LHP
10 Jackson Kowar, RHP

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, December 04, 2017

Voting panel released for Modern Baseball Era Ballot

The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Modern Baseball Era features Hall of Fame members George Brett, Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, John Schuerholz, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount; major league executives Sandy Alderson (Mets), Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Bob Castellini (Reds), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals) and David Glass (Royals); and veteran media members/historians Bob Elliott, Steve Hirdt and Jayson Stark.


Cahal Kelly: Metrics Supplant Managers

The onus moved from learning the game’s codes and secret handshakes to understanding spreadsheets and numbers.

(An extreme example of this is an Azerbaijani soccer team, FC Baku. Five years ago, it hired a 21-year-old to run its player-acquisition set-up. His chief competency? Being very good at the video game Football Manager.)

The effect of metrics on hiring has been slowly (and now rapidly) trickling down. A manager is no longer a teacher. He doesn’t need an intimate knowledge of the ...

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fra paolo Posted: December 04, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, metrics, yankees

Heyman | Shohei Ohtani Down To 7 Teams

With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes recently picking up some serious steam, a source close to the situation has now informed FanRag Sports that the Japanese phenom has narrowed down his list of potential suitors to seven teams. Ohtani is still considering the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2017

Ogden Standard, December 4, 1917:

George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, attended the state fair in Macon, Ga., recently and carried off ten prizes with the Shorthorn cattle from his Haddock plantation. On the way home from the fair Stallings was arrested for speeding and was fined $25.

He must have been really mooving.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 04, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Shohei Ohtani won’t sign with New York Yankees | MLB.com

This is a shocker.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2017 at 06:32 PM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, yankees

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2017 - January 2018)

December 29   8:30 PM  Cotton Bowl            USC v. Ohio State

December 30   4:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Penn State v. Washington
              8:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Wisconsin v. Miami

January 1     1:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Central Florida v. Auburn
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Georgia v. Oklahoma
              8:45 PM  Sugar Bowl             Alabama v. Clemson

January 8     8:00 PM  Championship Game      Rose winner v. Sugar winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 03, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Miguel Cabrera deserved better in 2017 | MLB.com

Mike Petriello follows this section with some hopeful numbers from Statcast. Of course, he will be 35 next year with a bad back.

In 2017, Miguel Cabrera had the least productive year of a near-certain Hall of of Fame career, though by his lofty standards, even his “least productive year” isn’t that bad. His .249/.329/.399 line, when framed through park-adjusted metrics, was just nine percentage points worse than league average.

Still, each of the three numbers in Cabrera’s triple-slash ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Miller: Giancarlo Stanton a Dodger? Unlikely and unnecessary – Orange County Register

Let’s be honest, the whole process is a complete mystery. Here we are debating the merits of adding a $295-million slugger, trying to determine how much – if at all – such a move would improve the Dodgers.

Meanwhile, there’s no arguing that this team’s batting order became decidedly more whole this summer when $535,000 Chris Taylor was moved to the leadoff spot.

Ridiculous? Sure, but if baseball made sense, there’d never be a day when Derek Jeter would be leading the Marlins and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, marlins

MLB Players Ought to Fight for a Payroll Floor | FanGraphs Baseball

Will players support a system where their top salaries are effectively capped?

Scott Boras said during the 2015 offseason that revenues had dropped to 43% when including MLBAM revenue — about a 10-point difference from MLB’s numbers. Boras knows how efficiently teams are being run, as he has developed a practice in recent years of doing an end-around of front offices and appealing directly to ownership.

Disputes between millionaires and billionaires typically don’t engender much sympathy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics

Friday, December 01, 2017

Major League Baseball has a serious Florida problem - NY Daily News

Bill Madden with a typical Bill Madden column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2017 at 09:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Aaron Boone is Yankees’ new manager | MLB.com

We have a winner.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2017 at 09:06 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, manager, yankees

Heyman | Morgan Has Right To Express Opinion—Now Ignore It

Tell us what you really think, Jon.

If the issue is the messenger, I’ve got no issue with the complaints. As annoying as Morgan was announcing baseball games, he was fifty times more annoying than that in person. He acted like he had his own personal caste system, with himself at the top, other ballplaying greats next, people who could help him after that and the rest of us lower than the dirt he played on. There are a few other arrogant former players, but he was the king of arrogance.

In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

Jays analyst Gregg Zaun fired by Sportsnet for ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Company says it received complaints about former MLB catcher from multiple female employees

crict Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, inappropriate behavior

Derek Jeter-led Marlins parted ways with scout while he was in hospital after undergoing cancer surgery

Nice to see the Captain bringing class to his new franchise. Just. Wow.

Marty Scott, who joined the Marlins as a vice president in 2011 and in recent years had worked as a scout, said he was told his contract would not be renewed Oct. 16 while at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, where doctors three days earlier had removed a cancerous tumor and polyps from his colon. Doctors initially found the cancer in late August as Scott underwent a battery of tests in preparation for a kidney ...

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eddieot Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:39 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Doesn’t Take Perfect SAT to See We’re Going About Hall of Fame Voting All Wrong

Let us ponder the SATs.

Great scores come in many forms, but they’re not all created equal. If you hit 700 on verbal and math, the resulting 1,400 will qualify you for some pretty good schools. That same 1,400 might get you into MIT, however, if 800 of it comes via math, or Amherst if you similarly crush the verbal.

There’s more to college admissions than test scores, and yeah, yeah, most MIT and Amherst grads aced both halves of the SAT, but for the purposes of this exercise, which student ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:26 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Red Sox Announce 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Kevin Youkilis, Derek Lowe, Mike Lowell and the late Buck Freeman are the 2018 inductees into the team Hall of Fame.

The July 21, 1959 major league debut of Pumpsie Green, who was the first African American player in Red Sox history, has been chosen as the “Memorable Red Sox Moment”

Yooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuk

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-1-2017

New York Tribune, December 1, 1917:

Ed Bang, the well-known baseball critic, of Cleveland, advocates as a solution of existing major league troubles a merger of the National and American circuits.
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The proposition contemplates one club for each of the following cities: New York, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis.

That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Ed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bryce Harper is hanging with Kris Bryant at a Vegas Golden Knights game, so feel free to speculate wildly

Harper, scheduled for free agency after the upcoming 2018 season, is batting 1.000 when it comes to getting fans to read into each and every move he makes, hoping that everything he does has some sort of hidden clue about where he wants to sign his next gargantuan contract.

And of course Cubs fans are hoping it all means he’s coming to the North Side.

His most recent activity? Hanging with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant at Tuesday night’s Vegas Golden Knights game.

I’m starting to think the ...

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Greg Pope Posted: December 01, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, hockey, kris bryant

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2017

Oklahoma City Times, November 30, 1917:

Frank B. Gilbreth, an efficiency expert of Providence, R.I., recently made some tests as to the speed of a thrown ball. The results of these tests show that the average speed attained by a fast pitcher is about 2.4 miles per minute.
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Gilbreth found some exceptionally fast pitchers, who delivered a ball at the rate of 2.88 miles per minute.

Yes, 172.8 MPH is indeed exceptionally fast.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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