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Friday, June 10, 2016

Cespedes vs. Heyward and the debate over advanced analytics - NY Daily News

Hey, why not bash when you can. If there is any time to make definitive judgments over long-term free agent signs, it’s 1/3 through the first season of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

MLB Draft Room Power Rankings: Magnets, Man Buns, and More «

Ben Lindbergh’s take on draft rooms.

Sometimes the patience needed to see your draft picks pay off gets a GM fired.

So which players will be pleasant surprises and which will be busts? Which teams made the smartest selections? And which scouting directors deserve to be drawn and quartered in comments sections and on baseball Twitter?

We’ll be able to start answering those questions in just five or so short years! By then, the college draftees will be reaching their primes, and the most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Draft Day One Sees Several Surprises - BaseballAmerica.com

John Manuel’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Day 1 of Draft’s best moves, biggest surprises | MLB.com

More draft analysis by Jim Callis.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Royals’ Yordano Ventura appealing suspension | MLB.com

Ventura gets nine days. Manny gets four days.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, suspensions, yordano ventura

White Sox sign Justin Morneau to contract for rest of 2016

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 American league MVP, to a contract that will pay him $1 million for the rest of the season.

Morneau is being placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

The news was first reported by CSN Chicago. Here is the website’s report.

During his 11 years with the Twins, Morneau hit 15 home runs in 64 games at U.S. Cellular Field along with a ,271 average at the Chicago ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: justin morneau, white sox

Murphy: Phillies need a dose of good luck with Moniak

This year was the second kind of year, so adjust your expectations for Mickey Moniak accordingly. The Phillies made the San Diego-area high school star the first overall selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday evening, and while they were thrilled to do so, they also realized that they were picking a kid who had not yet received his high school diploma (that will occur Friday). Moniak has a swing that enamored everybody from the organization who saw it, not the least of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mickey moniak, phillies

Red Sox draft pitcher Jason Groome in first round | Boston Herald

Red Sox get BA’s highest rated player with #12 overall pick. He dropped so far because of questions about his makeup.

After an eligibility issue following a transfer from the IMG Academy in Florida, where Groome spent one season, the lefty returned home and had a strong performance during his final year at Barnegat High School (N.J).

All the while, his stock was slipping.

By midsummer, Vanderbilt was no longer interested in having Groome attend, according to a source familiar with the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Inside Baseball - 30 Name Players Who Could Be Traded

Although I don’t always agree with his analysis, it’s nice having Jon Heyman back reporting on the web.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

MLB Draft: Pick-by-pick selections, analysis | MLB.com

Jim Callis breaks down the first day of the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

OMNICHATTER 6-10-16

OMNICHATTER Beyond

Gamingboy Posted: June 10, 2016 at 12:10 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, June 09, 2016

White Sox Designate Mat Latos For Assignment

The White Sox have designated right-hander Mat Latos for assignment, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Hayes tweets that Latos’ roster spot will go to 2013 second-round pick Tyler Danish — a 21-year-old right-hander with a 4.42 ERA, 5.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 75 1/3 innings (12 starts) for Double-A Birmingham this season.

Latos, 28, has been in the Chicago rotation since Opening Day after signing a one-year, $3MM contract this offseason. However, after a brilliant start to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mat latos, white sox

Mike Piazza agrees to buy Italian soccer team

About six weeks before he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former major league catcher announced Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to buy Italian soccer team A.C. Reggiana 1919.

Reggiana spent 2015-16 in Lega Pro A, the third tier of Italian soccer. The club had a brief run in top-flight Serie A in the 1990s.

Piazza has had an eye on owning an Italian club for some time. He told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in 2015 that he was interested in buying the more ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike piazza, soccer

2016 MLB Draft Primer - MLB Trade Rumors

Steve Adams does a great job putting together a primer of the amateur draft. .

The 2016 Rule 4 Amateur Draft will begin tonight at 7pm ET, when the Phillies will be on the clock with the first overall pick. For those who haven’t followed the draft in prior seasons or simply would like a refresher on the intricacies of the system, we’ll provide a quick recap in this post followed by a roundup of some of the top draft resources available to fans online.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 02:31 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-9-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 9, 1916:

White’s Wonders, a ball team composed of seven one-armed boys, using two-arm men only at first base and behind the bat, now touring the south, started their season with an easy victory over the Elberton [Georgia] Home Guards, 11 to 3. Five batters on the Wonder team each poled triples. Brown, pitcher for the one-arm team, allowed six blows. The Wonders committed three errors.

They blew it. Should have called the team the Oneders.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Searching for Biases in the First Round of the Draft – The Hardball Times

Interesting, even it doesn’t really tell us much.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, history

Pirates have pivoted away from pitching in recent draft selections | TribLIVE

Because of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in the professional game and the increased amount of pitching prospects with medical red flags — many believe the trends are tied to sport specialization and the showcase circuit — have the Pirates made a turn in philosophy?

Have they elected to reduce risk and target position players over pitchers with premium picks?

“It’s simply how the board has played out, the players we felt had the best potential impact to us,” Huntington said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates


Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he battled Zika in offseason

He battled the virus, but eventually gave up a two-run double to it.

Rodriguez, a 34-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, contracted the virus this past offseason and learned just how serious the illness can be. He was laid up for two weeks with severe bodyaches, joint pain, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms. Considering the effects of the illness are even more devastating for women, especially pregnant women, he advised any athletes contemplating participating in the Olympics to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco rodriguez, tigers, zika

Five things we learned Wednesday: James Shields flops for White Sox - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shields’ first game in Chicago was not good. Not exactly a surprise.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, white sox

Willson Contreras under Cubs’ minor league microscope - Chicago Tribune

And there’s a reasonable chance they’ll get a look at Triple-A Iowa catcher Willson Contreras, who is batting .343 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 48 games.

“I’ve heard nothing but good stuff,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You’ll see him here at some point. I’m certain of that. I don’t know when. He’s doing everything properly. I’m hearing a lot about his defense.  You think he’s going to hit.”

However, there are a few roadblocks for Contreras, 24. The Cubs currently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, willson contreras

New blood hopes to change Rays’ fortunes in draft | Tampa Bay Times

I just hope the Red Priestess Melisandre didn’t get hired by Tampa. If she did, things could get ugly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rays

Texas Rangers pull Yu Darvish after five innings Wednesday June 8, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

Manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers will know more Thursday about the injuries Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish experienced Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Phillies’ Velasquez suffers biceps injury | phillies.com

The Phillies always loved Vince Velasquez’s talent and potential, but they also had concerns about his durability.

Those concerns popped up Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, as Velasquez left the game after throwing just two pitches in an 8-1 loss to the Cubs. Velasquez’s fastball registered only 86 and 87 mph on the radar gun, which were bigger red flags than the red World Series championship banners that fly in center field, considering his fastball averaged 95 mph this season.

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

2016 MLB Draft News | MLB.com

I know what I will be doing tonight.

Day 1 coverage begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Opening-round picks in 2016 MLB mock draft | MLB.com

They agree on 1) Moniak, 2) Senzel, 3) Ray, and 4) Puk.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

OMNICHATTER 6/9/16

OMNICHATTER into Darkness

Gamingboy Posted: June 09, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A Q&A with Tom Tango: MLB’s New Data Guru

DC: What do you imagine your primary role will be at BAM?

TT: The primary role would be to do as much as I can in data analytics, data management, metric construction, and just general saber-creativity. Basically try to parse through the mountains of data, and come up with an organization of the data that will allow for compelling stories. We have a thousand questions to ask, so I will come up with ways to present that data so that, when someone asks a question, that person will be able to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: data, mlbam, tom tango

Ted Diadiun: Muhammad Ali ushered in the era of preening, swaggering athletes

In which Ted Diadiun(whowever that is) decides that Joel Sherman should not be the only turd in the sportswriters’ punch bowl.

In addition to his indisputable boxing skills, his instinctive showmanship, his inspirational role as a confident young black man and the warm fuzzies that his eventual turn as the kindly old gentleman of sport have produced, Ali’s legacy includes a few other things.

The first is his creation of the preening, prancing, unapologetically boastful demeanor that has ...

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eddieot Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: sportswriting, ugh

Jazayerli: An Irresistible Force Rises in Chicago

It’s hard to talk about the 2016 Cubs without descending into what can only be called baseball stat porn. The numbers that surround this team range from the astonishing to the unbelievable. Here is the simplest way to sum up how good this team is with facts that should be mutually exclusive:

1. The 2016 Chicago Cubs are on pace to challenge the all-time record for victories in a season.

2. They are underachieving….

What is unprecedented is just how they’re managing it. The Cubs aren’t ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 02:17 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

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