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Sunday, July 30, 2017

CBA targets international signing violations

Per the CBA’s International Amateur Talent System regulations, under a heading labeled “Circumvention,” no team or player may enter into any understanding, agreement, or transaction, or make any representation, whether implied or explicit, that is designed to defeat or circumvent the provisions of the International Amateur Talent System.”

The CBA then lists “a non-exclusive list of conduct that will subject Clubs (and Club personnel) to sanctions.” Some of the examples:

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MLB planning to play games in Asia, England

Major League Baseball plans to start the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia and play regular-season games in England in June of both years.

The collective bargaining agreement reached in November was finalized and sent to the clubs Friday, and it contains a schedule for international play through 2021 along with how much extra money each player will receive for making the trips.

“Playing major league games abroad is critically important to growing the game internationally, and we are very pleased ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international games, japan, korea, london

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of the worst trades in baseball history

Two decades ago, the Mariners needed relievers. They traded for relievers. It didn’t work out.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair. There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Mariners traded ...

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Who Gets to Call the Game? - The New York Times

Two criteria for being a color person in the booth: 1) share interesting insights; and 2) make the broadcast of the game entertaining. If you can do that, great; if you can’t get out of the booth. For me right now, she’s kind of a mixed bag. She can be entertaining and insightful at times but she’s inconsistent. She still needs to find her niche, her lane, so to speak, in the booth. Hopefully she’ll find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasters

A Brief Hall Tour | Joe Posnanski

A look behind the curtain.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bud Selig proud of legacy as he enters HOF | MLB.com

Bud Selig’s mixed legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

Rockies Make Statement About Intent to Win – Inside the Seams

If the team is truly committed to winning this year, it will be interesting to watch the playing time of Carlos Gonzalez.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

2 From Baseball’s Front Offices, Not Its Fields, Get a Cooperstown Moment - The New York Times

Article includes a discussion of which current GMs might join the Hall some day.


Ken Rosenthal - On Sonny Gray

Need?

The Yankees view Gray as a No. 3 starter, maybe a No. 2 on certain days, but not a No. 1. Fair enough — Darvish probably is the guy you’d pick if you had one game to win. But again, the contractual situations are entirely different. Darvish is a rental. Gray, Severino, Montgomery and Tanaka (if he stays) could form the nucleus of the Yankees’ rotation through at least 2019.

The staredown continues, but perhaps not for much longer. The Yankees need Sonny Gray. The Athletics need to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, yankees

Spending a day in a baseball beat writer’s shoes | Tampa Bay Times

No, Marc does not get free tickets. No, the food in the press box isn’t free (and it isn’t always that tasty). No, he’s not buddies with the players. In fact, like any good journalist, Marc does not care about the outcome. He’s there as an extension of the readers, explaining what is happening and why, even if it means he occasionally gets the stink eye from players, the front office and even fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, rays

Olney: Madison Bumgarner might not rediscover his velocity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Bumgarner’s velocity has also been down to some of the lowest readings of his career. In his final outing before the accident, he averaged 92.1 mph with his fastball (April 19 vs. Royals). Here are his average readings in the three starts since he returned, per FanGraphs:
July 15: 89.7 mph
July 20: 90.4 mph
July 25: 90.4 mph

It’s too early to interpret the diminishment in velocity. It could be that, much like a pitcher working his way through spring training, Bumgarner is still in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, notes, orioles, pace of play

Mariners’ Mitch Haniger hit in face by pitch | MLB.com

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger suffered a lacerated lip after being hit in the face by a 95-mph fastball from Jacob deGrom in the second inning of Seattle’s 3-2 win over the Mets on Saturday and will be headed to the 10-day disabled list, according to manager Scott Servais.

“Obviously anytime something like that happens, it’s a little bit scary,” Servais said. “He’s got no fractures, his teeth are OK. He’s got a pretty severe laceration on his upper lip, and he’s getting some work on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mitch haniger

John Schuerholz, Hall of Famer: He changed the Braves – and Atlanta | Mark Bradley blog

What he did with the Braves remains a source of awe. Over his first 14 completed seasons, Schuerholz’s team finished first without fail. Fourteen times running, the Braves left spring training and played beyond the 162nd game. No team had done that. Maybe no other team will. “The significance of that, the uniqueness of that, it separates itself,” Schuerholz said Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, john schuerholz, royals

Indians’ Danny Salazar is key to their playoff hopes | SI.com

While he might be the third starter in the rotation, Salazar is just as crucial to the Indians postseason prospects as Kluber and Carrasco. If the Indians are going to get past the rest of the AL pennant contenders, most notably the Astros, they’ll have to do it on the strength of their rotation. As good as Kluber and Carrasco are, it’s hard to see the Indians making it all the way through the AL gauntlet without a strong third starter. Salazar clearly has to be that starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians

Evan Drellich: David Price contradicts himself over and over again

If players are bothered by Eckersley’s comments, the solution for them is to grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dennis eckersley, red sox

Claire Smith receives Spink Award from HOF | MLB.com

Standing outside the door and needing quotes, Smith implored a fellow writer to ask Garvey to come out to talk to her. Garvey soon appeared, and Smith, exhausted and panicked with a deadline, started to break down.

“When he saw that I was becoming emotional after having been manhandled, he uttered the most important words an athlete ever said to me,” Smith said. “‘I will stay here as long as you need me to, but remember, you have a job to do.’”

At this point in the speech, Smith asked Garvey ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, spink award

MLBTR: Twins, Yankees Moving Toward Jaime Garcia Trade

The Twins are sellers now? What a difference a week makes.

7:10am: Talks between the Twins and Yankees are “at the 1-yard line,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Yankees will continue to talk to the A’s about acquiring Gray as well even after the Garcia trade is finalized.

12:53am: Yankees Double-A pitching prospect Zack Littell is part of the talks, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Yankees scratched the righty from his start Saturday. MLB.com ranks Littell as New York’s 22nd-best ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trade deadline, twins, yankees

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Robbie Ray to concussion protocol after line drive to head

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said pitcher Robbie Ray, who was hit in the head by a line drive during Friday night’s game against St. Louis, is doing well and will be put in concussion protocol.

A line drive by Luke Voit hit Ray squarely in the head in the second inning. Ray, a left-hander, dropped flat on the mound.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 06:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: concussion, diamondbacks, robbie ray

What is wrong with the AL East’s most talented team

It’s all about structure

Captain Supporter Posted: July 29, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox


Eric Hosmer crushing with fewer ground balls | MLB.com

Interestingly enough, Hosmer has done all this by hitting the ball with less authority. That 43 percent hard-hit rate has dropped to 40 percent since April 26, and just 33 percent over the past month. While hitting the ball hard is the most important thing a hitter can do, Hosmer appears to have found a nice middle ground, trading some exit velocity for elevation and location. Since hard-hit balls on the ground don’t help him, this is better.

Now whether or not this is a hot streak or “the new ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, royals, statcast

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka dominates Rays | MLB.com

Tanaka’s Jekyll and Hyde season continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 08:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

3 trades highlight busy Friday near Deadline | MLB.com

I guess the Orioles aren’t selling.

The Phillies were active on the trade front Friday night, sending infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Nationals, and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles. With Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, the Marlins and Mets also completed a deal that sent Miami closer AJ Ramos to New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, phillies, trades

Phillies trade Jeremy Hellickson to Baltimore Orioles

That last start proved to be unnecessary as the Phillies, according to a report by MLB.com, traded Hellickson and cash considerations to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, lefthanded pitching prospect Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus pool space. The trade occurred a few hours after he was scratched just 30 minutes before he was set to take the mound, signaling the likelihood that a deal was near. Hellickson was replaced by Jake Thompson, who pitched five ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 12:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy hellickson, orioles, phillies

Mets bolster bullpen with pickup of A.J. Ramos from Marlins

The New York Mets have acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Miami Marlins for a pair of prospects: Class A pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.

New York is seeking stability in a bullpen that’s been a mess since the loss of Jeurys Familia, who served a domestic violence suspension at the start of the season and then got hurt. The Mets have blown 13 of 36 save opportunities entering Friday’s game in Seattle and rank 26th in the major leagues in bullpen ERA at 4.81

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 12:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ramos, marlins, mets

Friday, July 28, 2017

Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Nationals have struck a deal to acquire infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick from the Phillies in exchange for minor league left-hander McKenzie Mills, reports PhillyVoice.com’s Ryan Lawrence (Twitter links). Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported that the Nats were working on a deal to land Kendrick (on Twitter).

The 34-year-old Kendrick hasn’t had his healthiest season, but he’s been extremely productive when on the field. Through 156 plate appearances, he’s posted a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 10:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: howie kendrick, nationals, phillies

NEWEST CBA COULD DIMINISH BIGGEST SPENDER’S DRAFT PICKS

The new CBA adds two surcharge thresholds on top of the competitive balance tax that was included in the previous CBA. Spend more than $217 million in 2018 and a team will be hit with an additional 12 percent tax on top of the 20 percent, 30 percent or 50 percent tax they will be hit with (depending on how many consecutive years they have exceeded the tax threshold).

But the penalties really kick in for a team that spends more than $237 million in 2018. Not only will the franchise be hit with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 09:36 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, draft

Major League Baseball Has A Cocaine Problem

The player, who told me this story under the condition that no one in it be named, ended up with three organizations before retiring last year. During his career, he said, he used cocaine “a handful” of times and marijuana frequently. “Of the 400 days of [big league] service time I had, I probably smoked on 150 of them,” he told me. “A lot of guys would wake up at 9 a.m. and smoke, but I never wanted to do anything mind-altering until after the game.”

The above anecdote is far from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: cocaine, drugs


How to Get to Cooperstown - WSJ

Another glowing review of Cooperstown Confidential.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2017 at 12:40 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews

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