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Thursday, February 23, 2017

In defense of Sammy Sosa

Doug Glanville’s take.

His loyal supporters see a Hall of Fame career, the best of fan-friendly examples and the top power hitter in Chicago Cubs history. His critics see stats that were allegedly inflated by performance-enhancing drug, corked bats and an ugly end.

But Sammy Sosa’s numbers don’t tell the whole story, for better or worse.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 23, 2017 at 02:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: doug glanville, sammy sosa

Heyman: Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees


Mitt and Tagg Romney and family are bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled.

They’re expected to pay $25 million to $30 million per point and thought to be interested in one or two points. The Yankees are valued around $3 billion or more.

The Romneys are said to have offered $1.4 billion many months back to buy the Miami Marlins. But that appears to be off the table now, as the Romneys are talking about buying a very small piece of the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mitt romney, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-23-2017

Hartford Republican, February 23, 1917:

The Boston Braves were having a bad time one afternoon and George Stallings, their temperamental manager, was having one of his tantrums. At such times Stallings gives vent to language both caustic and picturesque. Motor cars were popular with the players that season but not with managers, who thought motoring and baseball did not mix
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Maranville had booted a grounder; Red Smith had let fly with an errant throw; Hank Gowdy had misjudged a high foul.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston blew away Yankees prospects

Three years ago, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he dreamed of playing for the Yankees.

He had just gone hitless in two at-bats and played left field for Florida State against the Yankees in a spring exhibition game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He had also just met Derek Jeter, one of his idols about to start his retirement tour.

Now, he’s motivating them—and telling them not to make the same mistakes that he did.

Winston surprised Yankees prospects last week. In a meeting ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jameis winston, nfl, yankees

For Jake Peavy, baseball must take a back seat

While still dealing with the fallout of an investment scandal that cost him millions, Peavy is sorting through turmoil in his personal life. Katie, his wife of 15 years filed for divorce in October, and he has spent the offseason tending to the needs of his four sons until the legal proceedings are finalized this spring.

So when teams contacted his agent, Jeff Berry, over the winter, Peavy asked for patience and a little more time. Baseball will be his priority soon enough, but there are too ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jake peavy

The Bizarre Ending to Pitching’s Greatest Winning Streak

Oddly enough, some people believed that Rube could have possibly followed the same path as the woman had his winning streak continued.  Players from Brooklyn’s squad commented after Marquard had made it nineteen wins in a row that a few more consecutive victories would have made him a prime candidate for the bughouse.

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“Did you ever work at a given task until you felt it was ‘getting’ to you – that you couldn’t think of anything else when you were awake and that your sleep was ...

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gehrig97 Posted: February 23, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn, hall of fame, history, ny giants, rube marquard

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Texas A&M Wins on Wild Pitch During IBB

On the very day MLB announced its new intentional walk rule, Texas A&M scored on a wild pitch during an IBB to win a game against Stephen F Austin.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, intentional walks, texas a&m, wild pitch

Is 300-wins club done adding members?

JoePos clearly underestimates the drive of Rick Porcello. Next 300-game winner right there.

No one in baseball now threatens that magic 300 number. The active leader in victories is Bartolo Colon with 233, and while we would be the last people to ever underestimate Colon, no, he won’t win 300. After him is CC Sabathia with 223 wins. He’s just 36, but he has been trending down for a while now. Sabathia has a combined 18 victories his past three seasons.

After that, you drop to John Lackey with ...

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ajnrules Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: 300 wins, joe posnanski, pitching, randy johnson

Restricted Free Agency, Anyone? | FanGraphs Baseball

Salary arbitration in conjunction with free agency has treated the players quite well over the years. With exploding revenues and smarter front offices, however, the players’ share of the pie has been getting smaller. No matter what changes get made to 4-6 year players, without a higher luxury cap, the players’ share will continue to get smaller. Nevertheless, it might be a good time to think about moving from the current arb system to a restricted free agency model for 4-6 year players. How? I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics, salary arbitration

MLB replaces retiring umps Jim Joyce, John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke, Bob Davidson

Jim Joyce has joined John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson in retiring from Major League Baseball’s umpire staff.

The commissioner’s office said Tuesday that Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres have been promoted to the full-time staff.

Hirschbeck, the crew chief in last year’s World Series and a big league umpire since 1984, had announced his planned retirement last year, as did Welke and Davidson. Hirschbeck and Welke—who was sidelined by knee injuries—were 33-year ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Baseball Hall of Fame to honor ‘Homer at the Bat”

Baseball’s Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show’s “Homer at the Bat” episode.

First televised on Feb. 20, 1992, “Homer at the Bat” featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith among the ringers on Homer Simpson’s Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team. Voices of actual players were used in the episode, which also included Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl ...

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NY POST Puma, M - Terry Collins weighs 3 imperfect non-Reyes leadoff options

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets’ roster is loaded with proven and versatile bats, but is there a leadoff hitter in the bunch?

Manager Terry Collins will keep that idea buried in the back of his mind for the next 5 ½ weeks, leaving plenty of time to evaluate his options. As the Mets are presently constructed, Jose Reyes is a non-starter, but guaranteed to hit leadoff when he plays.

And when Reyes, in his super-utility role, doesn’t start?

Collins recently told The Post he is considering ...

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Lassus Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-22-2017

Tacoma Times, February 22, 1917:

Grover Cleveland Alexander, after six years in the National league, has finally jumped into the class of ball players drawing huge salaries.
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He signed a contract in Philadelphia calling for a salary, it is believed, of $12,500 a year. This is $2,500 less than the sum he was holding out for and $2,500 more than he was “finally” offered by President Baker of the Phillies.

There are now five men in baseball believed to be drawing larger salaries than Alexander. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history

Baseball Reference has a New Look

What do you think?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

Rays aren’t heartbroken about losing Wieters to Nationals | Tampa Bay Times

Dollarwise, the Rays were willing to guarantee Wieters around $6 million with a chance, if all incentives were met, to squeak past $10 million. Obviously, with an opening day payroll projected in the low $60 million range, they could have gone further, though they tend to stick to their evaluations — and rarely ever win an auction.

But the Rays had good reason to offer no more than one year — as well as a team policy against player options/opt-outs (or no-trade clauses) — which is why ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, rays

Four umpires promoted to Major League crews | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced the retirement of longtime umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke on Tuesday. All four had spent several decades calling big league games.

That brings four new umpires to the full-time Major League ranks—Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

How stem cells could be the answer to baseball’s Tommy John surgery problem - CBSSports.com

What’s Richards’ secret? Would you believe orthobiologics? Here’s the story:
[The] 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries, medicine, tommy john surgery


Mariners’ Leonys Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

While in Monterrey, a kidnapping attempt was made against one of the smugglers but he managed to escape out the back of his house, Martin said.

Meanwhile, Martin had signed contracts obligating him to pay Hernandez 5 percent of his MLB deal and the alleged smuggling ring 35 percent. He was also given Mexican residency papers claiming he had a job as an “auto mechanic and painter” that Martin said was false.

With the Rangers agreement done and while awaiting a visa to come to the U.S., Martin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, leonys martin

Top Prospect Gleyber Torres’ Meteoric Rise Could Earn Him 2017 Yankees Debut | Bleacher Report

“Next year he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time,” Cashman told reporters, including George A. King III of the New York Post. “He’ll be ready whenever he’s ready. I’m not currently thinking about his timeline. Once he has extensive success at Double–A level, you can start doing that. He hasn’t taken that step yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Jung Ho Kang appears in Korean court over DUI charges, vows to become ‘exemplary player’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Player or person? Was this a problem of translation or perspective?

“I deeply regret what I have done,” Kang told Yonhap News. “If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pirates

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sources: MLB, union agree to use dugout signal for intentional walk

As part of its initiative to improve pace-of-game play, Major League Baseball has approved a change to the intentional walk rule, going from the traditional four-pitch walk to a dugout signal, team and union sources told ESPN’s Howard Bryant.

MLB has studied various ways to quicken games.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported earlier this month that MLB had made formal proposals to the players’ union to usher in both raising the strike zone and scrapping the practice of lobbing four balls toward home ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: intentional walk, pace of play, rob manfred, rule changes

Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources

Facebook Inc (FB.O) is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants….

“Facebook is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 07:45 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, streaming

Goold and Hummel on the Cards | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Questions, in a weird format, about the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred angry union won’t agree to proposesd rule changes

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, angered and frustrated that the players union will not accept any of their rule changes for the 2017 season, threatened Tuesday to unilaterally impose new rules in 2018 if an agreement can’t be reached.

Manfred wants to implement a pitch clock, limit mound visits and change the strike zone in 2018, and if the union won’t agree to the changes next year, he said the new labor agreement empowers MLB to apply the changes without union approval.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:02 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: rob manfred

How baseball players are trying stem cells to avoid Tommy John

Today, Garrett Richards is darting 98-mph fastballs again. “I feel as good as I ever have throwing a baseball,” he said Monday from Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the Los Angeles Angels, perhaps the most Tommy John-addled team in baseball, expect to break camp with Richards as their opening day starter. The 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 04:48 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: garrett richards, science, stem cell

How to Rationalize an Eric Hosmer Mega-Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

Ten-year contracts are pretty crazy. Sure, individual teams have thrown out crazy contracts on whim before but, with smarter front-offices being the norm now, pulling a great contract with a flim-flam maneuver seems harder in today’s market. (See Matt Wieters for reference.)

Eric Hosmer, right now, is not a 10-year-contract kind of player. WAR is our best measure of value, and it’s no fan of Hosmer’s. Teams know that, and their own systems would mostly agree. At the same time, you can see ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 03:29 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, royals

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before starts to ease anxiety

Former major leaguer Rick Ankiel said Monday that he drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, which came after his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs when he became the first major league pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning since 1890.

Ankiel made his comments to 590 The Fan while discussing his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life,” co-written with sports writer Tim Brown. The book will be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, cardinals, rick ankiel, social anxiety

Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ, denies PED use

Former Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa emerged this week for an interview with former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom, who now writes a personal blog. In the interview, Sosa revealed one of the most head-scratching comparisons in the history of metaphors, equating himself to Jesus Christ.

“It’s like Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem,” he told chuckbloggerstrom.com. “Everybody thought Jesus Christ was a witch (laughing) — and he was our savior. So if they talk ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 02:32 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, sammy sosa

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

2. The Rockies will finally have the pitching to make the postseason.
At the top of the rotation, the Rockies may have one of their best pitchers ever this year. Jon Gray was already pretty good (15th in K-BB% last year), and then he learned how to throw his slider two ways, and then he started throwing the curveball more, and now he has a new changeup grip. He’s exciting as a young ace with velocity, an elite slider, and the makeup to continue striving for a better, more complete arsenal.

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