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Monday, November 13, 2017

Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

Anthopoulos was the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays between 2009 and 2015. He is credited for leading the team to the 2015 World Series playoffs and its first 90-win season since 1993.

For the last two years, the 40-year-old Montrealer has been working as the vice-president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he landed after refusing to continue with the Jays in 2015.

Rickey! the first of his name Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, everybodydoesit

OTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport

Like legions of Giants fans who hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, Le rooted for the Houston Astros to beat them in the World Series. But he changed his mind, swallowed hard and began cheering for the Dodgers after Yuri Gurriel, a Cuban-born Astro, hit a home run against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish then was caught on camera pulling the corners of his eyes with his fingers in a racist gesture.

“I couldn’t really be OK with them winning any longer,” Le said of the Astros.

With Gurriel’s ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 1977 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Saturday, November 11, 2017

How the Astros learned to apply their trove of pitching data | SI.com

Some interesting stuff from Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Cardinals’ DeJong Joins Scientist To Test Effect Of Heat On Baseball « CBS New York

Dr. Rocks certainly has the mad scientist look down cold.

In a chemistry lab at Long Island University Post, an alliance between sports and science has been born. Dr. Lawrence Rocks is the world-renowned scientist, while Paul DeJong is a shortstop with the St. Louis Cardinals who has a degree in biochemistry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, paul dejong

Mets pitchers Syndergaard de Grom | Newsday

One way to stop the insanity of really long games and help offense would be to limit teams to 11 pitchers on the roster.

The Mets intend to rethink the way they use a pitching staff that disintegrated during a 92-loss season, sources have told Newsday. It’s a philosophical shift that will shape their decisions as general manager Sandy Alderson begins a critical offseason reboot.

With the exception of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Mets starters may be shielded from facing lineups more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Hall for Halladay – Dizzy Deane

The reports invariably mention the highlights of Halladay’s career: a Cy Young Award in each league, a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and a divisional series no-hitter on October 6 of that same year.  Nice résumé items, people agree, but they are not so unanimous when it comes to the Hall of Fame.  Many seem to think Doc is a borderline candidate at best; after all, he won “just” 203 games with a modest 3.38 career ERA.

Borderline?  With the possible exception of Clayton Kershaw, Roy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy halladay

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fansided: Two Teams Take Lead in Stanton Stakes

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger.

Not to be arch about it, as the answers are large as life in the tags.

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, marlins, trade rumors

Detroit News: Gardenhire’s Unenviable Situation

Chance will play a big role for as long as the roots are not severed, all is well.

So where does that leave manager Ron Gardenhire and his newly-assembled staff? Is he going to play the role of former Astros manager Bo Porter? The guy who takes all the requisite lumps and losses, and then gets brushed aside when the club is ready to compete?

Guaranteed that is not how he views it. He said as much at his introductory press conference.

 

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rebuilding, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2017

Boise Evening Capital News, November 10, 1917:

M.E. Cantillon, president of the Minneapolis Baseball club and one of the real powers in the American association, issued the following statement today:

“The fact that the Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo clubs may withdraw from the circuit, will not disrupt the American association…[the remaining league owners] will see to it that clubs are placed in Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo, thereby keeping the circuit intact…In regard to Toledo, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | Hall Of Fame Historical Overview Committee Got It Right

Steve Garvey?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOF committee: Whitaker’s case discussed, fell short this time

“There was no decision not to include Lou Whitaker,” said Jack O’Connell, a longtime Hartford (Conn.) Courant writer and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“His career was discussed along with many others, but he did not get sufficient support to make the ballot. There were quite a few other players from that era who might have been worthy of inclusion, but we were limited to 10. This does not mean Whitaker or anyone else who did not make the ballot ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 09, 2017 at 04:14 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, lou whitaker, veterans committee

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2017

El Paso Herald, November 9, 1917:

Miller James Huggins, the new manager of the Yankees, is a midget with a big baseball intellect. There are few more interesting men connected with the national game. Urged by his father to become a grocer, Huggins studied law, but while in school became so engrossed in baseball that he adopted it as a profession.

Huggins is a firm believer in the science of phrenology. He has been “shown.” Fowler, a celebrated Cincinnati phrenologist, examined Huggins’ skull ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

BA: Minor League Free Agents 2017

572 players, with a mix of names you know, names you knew, and unknown unknowns.


SF Chronicle: A’s Interest in Yelich, Ozuna

One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich.

Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books. Though the A’s ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, hot stove, marlins

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks expected to pursue J.D. Martinez, agent Scott Boras says

As for the why the Diamondbacks might not be involved, it likely will come down to money. They enter the offseason with a roster projected to earn around $115 million when factoring in guaranteed contracts, arbitration raises and minimum salaried players. Trades and/or non-tenders could free up cash, but it likely would take a big increase in spending or a major trade or two for the club to afford what Martinez seems likely to command on the open market.

Also:
Jerry Crasnick
@jcrasnick
Teams ...

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shoewizard Posted: November 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agency, j.d. martinez, scott boras

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel flores, red sox

How Bad Was Amed Rosario’s Debut, Exactly? | FanGraphs Baseball

Not exactly an optimistic view of Rosario’s future. Of course, it’s not exactly based on a lot of data.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Pitch-Framing Data Is Going Insane | FanGraphs Baseball

What about the umpires? Aren’t they learning as well? Might some of the *tricks* of being a good pitch framer not fooling the umpires as much? It would be interesting to see whether umpires are more consistently calling the strike zone and whether that consistency has improved over this timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:38 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles

Only two starting pitchers have won four World Series titles while having never pitched for the Yankees, and both won a World Series for their hometown teams. Can you name them? (Without looking at the article)


Rowland’s Office: Braves Looking at Retreads for GM

Apparently not very brave thinking in Atlanta.

At a time when the game is skewing young, the Braves remain stuck in the past. The fact that Jim Hendry is a candidate for GM or president of baseball ops or whatever says it all. The other five retreads vying for the job don’t inspire much confidence, either, with one possible exception.

fra paolo Posted: November 08, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager

SI: How Are Teams Compensated for Losing a Free Agent?

MLB introduced the qualifying offer back in 2012 to replace its old free-agent compensation system in which teams were gifted draft picks based on a calculus that divided players into two pools, Type A (the top 20% available) and Type B (the top 21–40%). But in the latest CBA, the qualifying offer was overhauled. Before, signing teams would have to forfeit their highest draft pick (unless they were in the top 10 of the draft) to the player’s old club. Now, things are a little more ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 8, 1917:

“The Pacific Coast league will fight tooth and nail for its rights. If the new Union league is to be exempt from the draft, then the Pacific Coast league also must be exempt.” Allen T. Baum, president of the Coast league, made this statement today, commenting on the proposed merger of clubs of the International league and American association into the Union league.

I guess I hadn’t considered it before, but yeah - the PCL probably would have been seething ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Offseason Outlook: Chicago Cubs - MLB Trade Rumors

I can’t see Otani fitting into a NL club. If his goal is to remain a two-way player, it will be much easier for an AL team to get him ABs.

The ideal candidate for the Cubs’ rotation, of course, is 23-year-old righty Shohei Otani.  If MLB, the players’ union, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Nippon Ham Fighters are able to reach an agreement, Otani may make the leap to MLB despite being subject to international bonus pool restrictions.  While Cubs fans are surely dreaming of Otani ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Year Three of xStats–A Review | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

This is interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

Toolshed: Behind the BABIPs of top prospects | MiLB.com News

If you are a fan of BABIP, Sam Dykstra has your minor league fix.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, prospects reports

2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

AL WINNERS
P Marcus Stroman, TOR
C Martin Maldonado, LAA
1B Eric Hosmer, KC
2B Brian Dozier, MIN
SS Andrelton Simmons, LAA
3B Evan Longoria, TB
LF Alex Gordon, KC
CF Byron Buxton, MIN
RF Mookie Betts, BOS

NL WINNERS
P Zach Greinke, ARI
C Tucker Barnhart, CIN
1B Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
SS Brandon Crawford, SF
3B Nolan Arenado, COL
LF Marcell Ozuna, MIA
CF Ender Inciarte, ATL
RF Jason Heyward, CHC

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 08, 2017 at 04:53 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. He was 40.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a small single-engine aircraft piloted by Halladay was reported down in the Gulf of Mexico earlier Tuesday afternoon.

I have no words for this.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 07, 2017 at 04:36 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: roy halladay

Red Sox Won’t Avoid Going Over Luxury Tax Threshold « CBS Boston

Break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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