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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Madden: Who’s the boss now? Helter-skelter dealing and spending by Dodgers and Red Sox make Yankees

Unbelievable.

As for Castillo (.286/.318/.415, three steals, three doubles in 46 games entering Saturday), he spent most of the season either at Triple-A or on the disabled list, obviously falling far short of the 2015 projections (31 doubles, 22 HR, 32 steals) by Bill James, Red Sox owner John Henry’s resident sabermetrics fraud. James, who ought to be Dombrowski’s first “exit velo” candidate, also projected Allen Craig — whom Cherington acquired last summer from the Cardinals with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, yankees

NY Post: Sherman: Forecasting Harsh Fallouts from 10 Most Disappointing MLB Teams

6. Mariners

How can a team invest in Robinson Cano one offseason and Nelson Cruz in another, yet in 2015 be averaging fewer runs than it did in 2013 and the third-fewest in the AL? Even if GM Jack Zduriencik has an answer it might not matter. He is on tremulous ground, and that probably means manager Lloyd McClendon is as well.

Zduriencik has had three top-five picks in the draft — Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino and Danny Hultzen – that have not worked out, nor has the salary infusion. ...

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bobm Posted: August 22, 2015 at 06:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Saturday OMNICHATTER 9/22/2015

It’s not your mama’s Omnichatter!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Astros Catcher Discusses Fiers’ No Hitter Against Dodgers

“His fastball’s only about 90,” Castro said. “But he pitches up in the zone effectively. His curveball is such that it looks like his fastball, like an up-in-the-zone fastball. He gets a lot of swings on it and he’s got pretty good depth on his curveball. So, I think kind of the play on those two pitches — that tunnel effect that (pitching coach Brent) Strom talks about a lot — he does that really well, and his changeup’s one of his better pitches that he could throw to righties ...

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GrumpyFan Posted: August 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Norris frustrated, injury worse than Tigers thought

Apparently Sanchez and Norris are the same guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, daniel norris, tigers

NY POST: Astro Survives Unreal Pitch Count For Thrilling No Hitter

[Mike] Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first career complete game and the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this season. Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-no on Aug 12.

bobm Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, no hitter

Nationals Disaster: Remember When Washington Was Supposed to Be the Best Team in Baseball? «

Ultimately, the story of the 2015 Nats is one of a team that’s had way more things go wrong than go right. Today, every major DL’d player is back and playing except Span, and that means the opportunity is still there for the stars of 2014 to come storming back. The season might look close to doomed, but if there’s any silver lining, maybe it’s this: We were so wrong about them to start the year, why couldn’t we be wrong again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

What a free agent push!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Facing Chris Sale of Chicago White Sox is a complete nightmare

“He’s that guy who, [when] you see he’s pitching, all of a sudden your hamstring gets tight or something,” Minnesota’s Brian Dozier says of Sale. “You don’t know if you can make it that game.”

“I try to save up any sick days or off days I have, and use them when he’s starting,” says Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis. “I’ve timed it up perfectly, I think, since 2013. If I had an off day coming up, I’d push it back a week until we were playing the White Sox and use it on him. I play dodgeball with him. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox


Inside Baseball: More GMs and managers on the hot seat; plus notes - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s latest includes speculation galore on the GM moves this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Friday, August 21, 2015

MLB announces a domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy

The treatment and intervention part will include the creation of a Joint Policy Board which will be responsible for evaluating a player and supervising the treatment of a player if treatment is deemed appropriate. If the player does not adhere to a treatment program, he will be subject to discipline.

Discipline will not carry a minimum or maximum penalty, but rather the Commissioner can issue the discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” Discipline ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: child abuse, domestic abuse, rob manfred, sexual assault

Umpires Are Less Blind Than They Used To Be

Umps are getting better, and they’re also remarkably consistent. An ump who makes more accurate calls in one year will likely do the same the next; an ump who misses more calls in a given season will likely be as bad the next. Umpire accuracy is more steady than a player’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA, and as consistent as OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wins above replacement.

Also interesting: umpires lately have been calling more strikes strikes, while calling an equal rate of ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires, umpiring

Urban explorers find $1 million worth of collectable sports cards inside an abandoned factory in Detroit

A collection of sports cards estimated to be worth more than $1 million has been discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit.

Millions of the Topps cards were packed away in dust-covered crates, with thousands more strewn over the floor of the derelict building.

The mint-condition collectibles, dating from the late 1980s and 90s, were discovered by a team of urban explorers whose hobby is to venture into forgotten man-made structures.

While only estimated to be individually worth ...

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Karl from NY Posted: August 21, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: collectables, detroit


MGL: Why WAR is a terrible metric for an MVP discussion

Now, obviously WAR will correlate very highly with non-context-neutral performance. That goes without saying. It would be unlikely that a player who is a legitimate MVP candidate does not have a high WAR. It would be equally unlikely that a player with a high WAR did not specifically contribute to lots of runs and wins and to his team’s success in general. But that doesn’t mean that WAR is a good metric to use for MVP considerations. Batting average correlates well with overall offensive ...

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Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: August 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: leverage, sabermetrics, war, wpa

Cal Ripken Jr. says he had ‘serious discussions’ about becoming Nats manager - The Washington Post

“Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early,” Ripken said then. “I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he’s got to replace a manager. So I said, who’s your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, managers, nationals

Injured Stroman making strides | Blue Jays | Sports | Toronto Sun

“I feel ready to go now. It’s just a matter of getting my pitches where they need to be and getting back to the big leagues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Cubs selling playoff tickets - Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon has been talking playoffs since spring training, and now the Cubs season ticket holders have been contacted about the possibility of buying tickets for the postseason.

Season ticket holders have until Sept. 8 to pay for a full slate of tickets for a wild-card game on Oct. 7, the National League Division Series, the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

Tickets for the wild-card game and division series range from $45 (upper deck reserved outfield) to $160 (club ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Brian Cashman told Derek Jeter in 2010 he’d rather have Tulo - NY Daily News

I hope he doesn’t ask the same thing before settling on the appropriate gift basket.

The story, written by S.L. Price, says that in one of their final face-to-face meetings, Jeter asked the GM, “Who would you rather have playing shortstop this year than me?”

Cashman replied, “Do you really want me to answer that?” Given the go-ahead, Cashman named Tulowitzki, then a star with the Colorado Rockies, and was prepared to rattle off a list of others, the story said. Cashman also added, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, derek jeter, yankees

The 2015 In-Season Prospect Update | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel updates his list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Arrieta Picks Up 15th Win, Cubs Pound Braves 7-1 - The New York Times

Lester is not the ace in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Indians’ Shapiro a strong candidate to replace Blue Jays’ Beeston | FOX Sports

Other than moving out of Cleveland, is Toronto really a better franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: front office

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2015

Seattle Star, August 21, 1915:

Visions of another pennant floating over the South Side ball yard came to White Sox rooters today when President Comiskey confirmed dispatches from Cleveland that his club had purchased Joe Jackson, slugging outfielder, from Cleveland.

Indians owner Charles Somers, one day earlier, quoted in the Washington Times after signing Jackson to a contract extension:

“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the ...

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OMNICHATTER 9/21/2015

Eat your vegetables today!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 192 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Rating every trade Dave Dombrowski made for the Tigers

No, the Tigers didn’t win a title with Dealin’ Dave at the helm, but his moves were often genius to the point that they bordered on criminal. He grabbed players from other teams and rarely gave away anything of significant value. While the Tigers kept winning, the players the team traded away (often young “prospects”) were rarely if ever missed.

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 21, 2015 at 01:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, trades

Marlins open to Ichiro returning to pursue milestones in 2016

The next target is 3,000 hits in MLB, which is within reach next season. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Saturday there have been internal discussions about offering Ichiro the chance to continue chasing milestones at 42 in Miami.

“Just watching him play and his contribution night after night. Certainly achieving some of the milestones, and the way he’s respected in that clubhouse by his teammates and what he does and what he brings on the field, there is still plenty left in the tank,” ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 21, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, marlins

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The New Yorker: Are Minor Leaguers Paid Legal Wages?

Depending on how you do the math, pay for minor-league baseball players may work out to something below the federal minimum wage, according to court documents. Working fifty-hour weeks—and sometimes seventy-hour weeks—minor-league baseball players generally earn between three thousand and seventy-five hundred dollars, total, during a roughly five-month championship season, with no overtime pay, according to court documents. Contracts may also restrict their ability to play overseas or for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: labor laws, minor leaguers, wages

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2015

Washington Times, August 20, 1915:

Whatever chances any club might have possibly had of buying Joe Jackson from the Indians were knocked into a cocked hat today, when it leaked out that Charlie Somers had signed his slugging outfielder for three more seasons. Jackson is now the property of the Indians until October, 1918, and his salary is the largest paid any member of the team.
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“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the slightest ...

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The Dave Dombrowski hire: Whom it impacts - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Some more info about the change at the top in Boston. It includes some interesting quotes, including this one:

Dombrowski said he saw an MLB network segment this spring in which Ramirez was ranked the No. 1 left fielder in baseball entering the season.

“I remember at the time saying, ‘How can people make that statement when they don’t know if he can play left field or not?”’

So, he’s clearly not a fan of “The Shredder”.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

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