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Monday, November 14, 2016

OTP 14 November 2016: Curt Schilling Mocks Matt Damon

Curt Schilling was giddy following the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The former Red Sox pitcher and possible future Senate candidate chatted with TMZ Sports on Wednesday to express his joy over the results and to mock Hollywood stars who supported Hillary Clinton. In particular, Schilling singled out Matt Damon, saying that he and other celebrity supporters should “go away” now that America has decided it’s next president.

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BDC Posted: November 14, 2016 at 04:45 PM | 1616 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, red sox

MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENTS 2016

Sorry if this was posted already, I missed it if it was.

The group includes (with original drafting organization) first-rounders Michael Choice (Athletics), Alex Wimmers (Twins), Kellin Deglan (Rangers) and Cito Culver (Yankees); supplemental first-rounders Matt Lipka (Braves), Taylor Lindsey (Angels), Asher Wojciechowski (Blue Jays), Drew Vettleson (Rays) and Peter Tago (Rockies); second-rounder Stetson Allie (Pirates); and third-rounders Rob Brantly (Tigers), Pat Dean (Twins), Leon Landry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league free agents

Desired dollars—Should we care what free agents are seeking?

It may not hurt to ask but it can sometimes be funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Anthony Rizzo Wins Platinum Glove as *THE* Best Defender in the NL

Anthony Rizzo did lead all MLB first basemen in defensive runs saved (11) and was third in UZR, but obviously doesn’t come close to any of the leaders in overall defensive runs saved or other metrics … after all, that’s why he’s playing first base. To be certain, each of his teammates Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist were higher rated overall defensive players in 2016.

What a dumb award.

Voodoo Posted: November 14, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, gold gloves

Myriad O’s thoughts: Trumbo’s QO; Peterson’s departure; coaching vacancies; awards talk - BaltimoreBaseball.com

He’s one of the most interesting free agents out there. Is anyone really going to pay him full value on his 2016 season? I doubt it but sometimes teams surprise.

It would be absolutely, positively shocking if he accepted the one-year, $17.2 million deal from the Orioles. It just doesn’t make sense for him. And though I’ve heard from some optimistic fans who aren’t giving up hope until they hear official word, Trumbo’s not going to settle for a one-year pact. That’s the obvious reality. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

2017 Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Staumont at #1 in Baseball America?

MLB Pipeline ranks him 10th. The biggest issue is clearly his control.
MLB Pipeline’s Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Here’s what they had to say about him.

Staumont can maintain a mid-90s fastball into the late innings as starter, work in the upper 90s as a reliever and hit 102 mph with riding life. He also can run a two-seamer into the high 90s with heavy sink. He has ace-caliber stuff when he can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, royals

MLB Network Breaks Several Viewership Records At End Of 2016 Season

I’m just waiting for the MLB Network to introduce a streaming option which isn’t tied to cable television to cut the cord. Right now it’s the only channel keeping me with cable TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2016

Seattle Star, November 14, 1916:

Prepare to shed a tear or two, ye baseball fans.

“Germany” Schaeffer [sic], the village cutup who has kept fans in the American and Federal leagues in chuckles of mirth during more than one contest on the diamond, has decided to leave the diamond forever.
...
Bill Donovan gave him a chance with the Yanks, but playing was needed, and not comedy, and “Germany” failed to deliver.

In fairness to Schaefer, the “chance” that he got with the 1916 Yankees consisted of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Best Statistical Non-MVP seasons – The Hardball Times

Number one.

1941 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox LF: 11.0 WAR; 143 G; 135 R; 37 HR; 2 SB; .406 AVG; .553 OBP; .735 SLG; .568 wOBA; 221 wRC+; -8.8 DEF
Williams’ 1941 campaign was one of the greatest in baseball history. Seventy-five years later, Williams is still the last player ever to hit .400 in a full season. He cemented the feat by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Aside from batting average, he also led the majors in WAR, runs, home runs, walks, on-base ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, mvp

Baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end | FOX Sports

So, let me get this straight, 10 players received qualifying offers this year. 10. So Kenny thinks it’s much better to screw over all international free agents in order to help 10 players? That doesn’t seem like a nice big-picture solution. Wouldn’t it be better for the players to concede on another issue to get this changed?

The owners will want significant concessions from the players to effectively grant them unrestricted free agency, something that never has existed in baseball. Well, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Why Gary Sanchez has real shot to be named Rookie of the Year | New York Post

I would have voted for Fulmer.

The Baseball Writers Association of America’s “Awards Week” kicks off with the announcement of the Rookies of the Year. Whereas the National League honor figures to go unanimously to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the American League trophy is up for grabs between Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets traded to Detroit for Yoenis Cespedes on July 31, 2015.

Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin is the third finalist for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gary sanchez, rookie of the year, yankees

Carlos Beltrán Reaches a Bunch of Milestones, Chris Archer and James Shields Just Miss Losing 20, Chase Utley Goes the Entire Season Without Grounding into a Double Play and Other Statistical Tidbits of 2016

Beltrán’s strong hitting in 2016 was key for the veteran as achieving 400 home runs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs will help him garner votes with the more traditional/old school Hall of Fame electorate who favor round milestones over analytical value.  Moreover, at season’s end, Beltrán sat at an impressive 70.4 Wins Above Replacement and 36.4 Wins Above Average for his career, so he will undoubtedly draw strong support from younger, more sabermetrically-inclined voters as well.  ...

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Saunders: Bud Black certain he can work, thrive with Rockies’ front office

Given that history, I pulled Black aside after his introductory news conference. I asked: “The last two managers left with hard feelings between them and the front office. I assume you would not have taken this job if you were not in concert with Jeff Bridich, correct?”

Black answered: “I had not met Jeff before. I hadn’t met with (assistant GM of player personnel) Jon Weil, (owner) Dick Monfort or (assistant GM of baseball operations) Zack Rosenthal. But it was a great dialogue, it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks’ winter spending could be limited

A team can’t sign expensive free agents every year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

For Red Sox, extending young stars now could prove fruitful down the road

I’d rather have the Sox spend money locking up their young core than pick up a pricey new DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB award winners: Previewing the week ahead | MLB.com

Interesting week of award announcement coming. Will Mike Trout win the AL MVP?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

MLB Hot Stove: Here are the hot-button items during ongoing CBA talks - CBSSports.com

I can’t see how a deal doesn’t get done. I’m sure the deal will screw over international players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Sunday, November 13, 2016


The Undefeated: Marannis: No Gentle Saint—Roberto Clemente Was a Fierce Critic of Both Baseball and American Society

Marannis:

In its effort to adjust to the times, baseball is being shaped today by two trends that sometimes work at cross-purposes.  One is the demand by many ballplayers that they be allowed to express their individuality and not be forced to conform to old-school baseball conventions…

The other trend is the evangelism of analytics. I’m an agnostic when it comes to this religion. I have nothing against using statistical analysis to figure out the best way to win, for each at-bat and over ...

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Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 13, 2016 at 09:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Braves sign Jordan Walden to a minor league deal; possibly predicted by Henry David Thoreau.

“Whether he finally survived that combat, and spent the remainder of his days in some Hotel des Invalides, I do not know; but I thought that his industry would not be worth much thereafter.“

While I’m excited about Walden’s return to the Atlanta organization, the last place he had considerable success, I urge caution. Shoulder strains and injuries can be bad news, and they often portend the beginning of the end of a career. While none of us want that for Jordan, it can’t be ruled out ...

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Jervis Posted: November 13, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, jordan walden

Cody Bellinger continues power display in AFL - True Blue LA

I’m a big believer in Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, dodgers, prospects

Nick Cafardo: CBA stalemate could hinder MLB’s big-ticket free agents

GMs need to know what the the luxury tax threshold is going to be. This, Cubs stuff, and a bunch of tidbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

Sunday Notes: Awards Voting, Benintendi, Beresford, Kuhl, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Every draft contains decisions gone awry. Some prospects flop. Others simply fail to attain the same level of success as players taken with subsequent picks. Mike Trout was famously bypassed by 21 teams in 2009, with the Nationals and Diamondbacks each missing a pair opportunities to grab the future superstar.

Things didn’t go much better for Arizona the next two years. In 2010, they took Barrett Loux with the sixth pick when they could have had Matt Harvey, Chris Sale or Christian Yelich. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tom Grieve on analytics in the 80s. | MLB.com

MLB.com: You had an analytics guy in your front office in the 1980s.
Grieve: Yes, Craig Wright. He really was the trailblazer. Actually, he was hired in 1981, when Eddie Robinson was the general manager, Joe Klein was the farm director, and I was the assistant farm director. It was before anyone knew what sabermetrics [were]. Craig was well accepted by our manager, Bobby Valentine, and the pitching coach, Tom House.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabermetrics

Low-cost alternatives to high-cost free agents | MLB.com

You might want that Lexus but how about this used Yugo instead?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

A History of the MLBPA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement: Part 3 – The Hardball Times

Mark and Dan finish up. You can read part 1 and part 2.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Friday, November 11, 2016

Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick in trade | MLB.com

They believe they found one Friday. The team announced it had traded Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick. Kendrick, 33, will be the team’s everyday left fielder, although he spent the majority of his 11-year career at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 09:18 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, howie kendrick, phillies, trades

International Draft Is About Money, Not Balance Or Transparency | BaseballAmerica.com

Truth. I can’t help but think baseball will get some negative unintended consequences from the change.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

Rich Hill leads return of curveball pitchers | MLB.com

Curving pitchers into quality hurlers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, statcast

Theo Epstein has ‘no doubt’ Jason Heyward will fix offense in offseason - Chicago Tribune

Epstein said at the general managers meetings this week he has “no doubt (Heyward) will address it” and praised the way he handled the season-long slump.

“He never backed down from his struggles, and a lot of players with the performance he had after signing a big contract would have found their way to the disabled list or found their way to avoid the big moment,” Epstein said. “Instead, he was fully engaged with his teammates and even assumed the leadership position at the very end. So that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:02 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward, theo epstein

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