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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Granillo: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984

Larry splains…“For the first 3 yrs of the Type A/Type B free agent classifications, Baseball Digest published lists of how Elias ranked each player in baseball (since a FA needs to be in the top 20% or 30% at his position, all players must be ranked). For example, RP Doug Corbett was considered the #1 player in the AL in 1982 because of how he ranked compared to other RPs. Here’s a look at some of the lists…”

For at least three years, though, the formula was not only publicly available, but ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Goldwater faults Cubs ballpark deal, won’t directly sue Mesa

But if you think that I’ll let the Chicago Cubs
Move in next door…

The Goldwater Institute watchdog group probably won’t sue the city of Mesa over its $99 million deal with the Chicago Cubs to build the baseball franchise a new Cactus League ballpark.

However, Phoenix-based Goldwater doesn’t like the Mesa-Cubs deal, and says its may violate the Arizona Constitution’s ban on government financial gifts to businesses.

Goldwater attorney Carrie Ann Sitren said her group would like to see ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, media

Dodgers for sale! Price: $1 billion and up!

Everything is so much clearer now.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:15 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, online

Jim Crane’s purchase of Astros appears to be two weeks away

Jim Crane’s $680 million purchase of the Astros appears headed for approval when baseball owners meet Nov. 17 in Milwaukee, according to officials with knowledge of the process.

Officials caution the deal could still fall apart, and that there are still multiple moving parts in play. One of those moving parts is MLB and Crane continuing to negotiate a price for which the Astros would move to the American League in 2013.

In addition, some owners have expressed discomfort with parts of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business

Source: Juan Rivera, Dodgers agree

Rivera will make $4 million in 2012, and the deal has a $500,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed is $4.5 million.

The Dodgers have a $4 million option for 2013. If they exercise it, the deal would cover two years and be worth $8 million.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 03, 2011 at 07:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, LuisTiant among Hall of Fame candidates

(Minnie)The Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is here (Minoso)!

Ten candidates, including Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, (Minnie Minoso) and Luis Tiant , are joined by former executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi on this year’s Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 16-member Golden Era Committee will vote Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas. An individual (Minnie Minoso) receiving at least 75 % of the vote on ballots cast will earn election ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 04:35 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Pomes: Wilpon Is Right, Minority Owners None Of Mets Fans Business

The bottom line is that Jeff Wilpon is right. The minority owners who have invested in the Mets are none of the fans’ business. I know in today’s information age we want to know everything, but this is a non-issue and I’ll tell you why.

This has nothing to do with what happens on the field. These minority owners are being brought in to infuse more cash into the team overall and not just the roster which is our business. The renovations that are being made to Citi Field are a prime ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 03:41 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Baseball great Matty Alou dies in Miami

Farewell…Matty Alou. I’m crushed.

Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.

Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.

Dominican Olympic Committee ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, giants, obituaries, padres, pirates, yankees

LA Times:  Peter O’Malley joins list of potential bidders for Dodgers

O’Malley, 73, spoke out last fall, urging McCourt to sell. At the time, O’Malley said he had no interest in returning as owner or president of the team.

He has changed his mind about that.

“The health of the organization has deteriorated in the last 12 months,” O’Malley said. “The standing of the organization in the community has deteriorated.

“I am confident I can restore it to respectability quicker, sooner and probably better than, or at least as well as, anyone else.”

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Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Havana Times: Cuba’s Baseball in the Wake of Defeat

Jumpin’ jodidos! They lost to the Demon Deacons also?!

The United States government has—once again—thumbed its nose at the will of the international community and the embargo remains solidly in place, making life more difficult for Cubans and serving as the excuse for everything that goes wrong in the country.

We didn’t think we would edge out the USA’s continental domination in the Pan American Games (except for the historic exception of 1991, when the event took place in Havana).  ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international, media

Top boppers earn Silver Slugger Awards

American League
1B   Adrian Gonzalez   BOS  
2B   Robinson Cano   NYY  
SS   Asdrubral Cabrera   CLE  
3B   Adrian Beltre   TEX  
OF   Curtis Granderson   NYY  
OF   Jose Bautista   TOR  
OF   Jacoby Ellsbury   BOS  
C   Alex Avila   DET  
DH   David Ortiz   BOS  

National League
1B   Prince Fielder   MIL  
2B   Brandon Phillips   CIN  
SS   Troy Tulowitzki   COL  
3B   Aramis Ramirez   CHC  
OF   Ryan Braun   MIL  
OF   Matt Kemp   LAD ...

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HGM Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Albert Pujols statue unveiled

The 10-foot statue was constructed outside the Pujols 5 Westport Grill.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 03, 2011 at 12:57 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Kilgore: Grady Sizemore ‘not limiting his choices’ in free agency

After the Cleveland Indians declined to exercise their 2012 option on him this weekend, free agent center fielder Grady Sizemore has received interest from several teams and is willing to play anywhere, his agent Joe Urbon said.

“He’s open to anything,” said Urbon, who is part of CAA Sports. “He’s not limiting his choices at all.”

...In choosing his next team, Sizemore wants a place he can prove himself again. He would prefer center field – the Nationals’ greatest area of need ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, indians, nationals

MetsBlog: Gammons on Jose Reyes, David Wright, and the Hot Stove

Some campylobacterrific Chicken Gammogiana served up from Francesspool’s hot stove. Dem’s eats!

This afternoon, Peter Gammons was a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN and said he believes there is a strong possibility the Mets will look to trade David Wright this winter regardless of whether or not they retain Jose Reyes.

In addition, Gammons said:

  - It’s good for the Mets that the Dodgers aren’t in the mix for Reyes, since he’d be the kind of a player a new owner would likely want to ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Brown: Greta Van Susteren begs Donald Trump to buy Dodgers

Hey…someone has to stewart this sinking ship!

Van Susteren has been fixated on this topic for the past 48 hours or so, earlier putting forth the noble, if far-fetched idea of having the Los Angeles community buy the Dodgers — like Green Bay owning the Packers. Well, short of that, how about Trump? He’s got money, a high profile, chutzpah and owning experience in sports — in the USFL, namely.

To start, Trump gave a long-winded response, saying there’s “always interest” because “honestly, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:41 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, dodgers, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2011

Toledo News-Bee, November 3, 1911:

A radical change in the present system of determining the world’s baseball championship will be advocated at the meeting of the national commission on November 14.
...

August Herrmann, chairman of the commission, has gone on record as favoring a change which will revolutionize baseball methods. Herrmann plans to do away with the present world’s championship struggle of seven games and substitute a schedule of sixty contests with the sixteen teams of the two ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Loverro: Nationals’ Johnson could manage to make the Hall

Harrumph. For Davey to catch the goliaths of managing he’d need a clokey device.

In 2014, Cooperstown likely will play host to a Mount Rushmore of recent baseball managers: Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and now the retired Tony La Russa, who stepped down after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title.

All three become eligible that year, according to National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, and probably will go into the Hall arm in arm.

Arguably, they are the greatest ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, nationals

ESPN LA: Steve Garvey wants to buy Dodgers

Again?

Garvey said he’s been working to assemble this investment group for over two years. At one point he tried to buy the team directly from embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, but was rebuffed and was later fired from his position with the club following a series of public comments he made about the team and McCourt.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 03, 2011 at 12:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Song urges Fielder to stay in Milwaukee

Tell me when it’s over, Steve…please tell me when this is all over.

Among those rooting for the Brewers to reach the World Series may have been the band, the Baseball Project. While none of the members are Milwaukee fans (or Cardinals fans), they did have a gig lined up for the Milwaukee if the Brewers made the World Series—but you know the rest of the baseball side of the story.

The group—made up of indie rock veterans Steve Wynn (the Dream Syndicate), Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey (the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 09:48 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, media, music

Dave’s 2012 Off-season (Mariner’s) Plan (Part 1)

Transactions

Trade RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Brandon League, OF Greg Halman, 3B Chone Figgins (with Seattle absorbing $16 of remaining $17 million on Figgins’ contract), and SS Carlos Triunfel to Cincinnati for 1B Joey Votto and C Yasmani Grandal.

Trade 1B Mike Carp to Milwaukee for 3B Casey McGehee and RHP Marco Estrada.

Trade OF Michael Saunders and RHP Dan Cortes to Florida for RHP Chris Volstad.

Trade LHP Cesar Jimenez to New York for OF Angel Pagan.

Sign Chris Snyder to a 1 year, $3 ...

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snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 02, 2011 at 09:15 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, mariners

Fred Claire says he’s involved in group pursuing Dodgers

Ahhhahhahhahh
Planet Claire has Dodger blue air.

Fred Claire, the general manager of the Dodgers’ last World Series championship team, said Wednesday that he has joined an investment group interested in buying the team.

Claire said he has worked since July with Ben Hwang, a onetime Dodgers batboy who is the president of the investment group. Hwang is a former senior executive at Life Technologies Corp., an international biotechnology company.

The third principal in the group is Andy Dolich, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 09:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

“Baseball Analyst” Archives Now Available At SABR.org

Now if they’ll just run those Cerrone-published Bill James bits from Baseball Magazine...

“Baseball Analyst”, a Bill James creation that he self-published from 1982 to 1989, was one of the first publications to feature articles devoted to sabermetrics — a phrase he coined in part to honor SABR. “Baseball Analyst” was a 20-page magazine compiled for most of those years by Bill and his wife, Susan McCarthy, at home in Kansas and sent out to dozens (later a hundred or so) of subscribers who ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Rahm Emanuel excited about Theo Epstein, not about taxes for Wrigley rehab

Here’s not looking at you, kid.

On Wednesday, the mayor was asked whether Epstein’s arrival in Chicago makes him any more willing to sign onto the Wrigley plan or modify the landmarking restrictions that have tied the Cubs hands.

“Do you think that by choosing a guy called Theo Epstein that this mayor, Rahm Israel Emanuel, would be more sensitive to their needs? Is that what you were asking?” said Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, referring to the Cubs’ first Jewish president of ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 08:22 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, media

Ryne Sandberg reportedly a Cardinals managerial candidate

The St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial search could begin with an old arch rival.

According to FOXSports.com, the team has asked the Philadelphia Phillies for permission to speak with Class AAA manager Ryne Sandberg about its managerial opening. The Phillies are expected to grant permission…..

Sandberg, a Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer, was viewed by many as the manager-in-waiting with the Cubs, but they chose to retain Mike Quade prior to the 2011 season. When that happened, Sandberg left his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2011 at 07:56 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Quade out as Cubs manager; Ryno not a candidate

Damn…no more Quadrophenia/Richard Foos hijinx.

Mike Quade is out as Chicago Cubs manager with one year remaining on his two-year deal, and Ryne Sandberg won’t be considered as his replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein flew to Florida on Wednesday to personally give Quade the news.

Quade told a friend the conversation was good and he appreciated being given the news directly.

The shocking news was that Sandberg would not be considered. In a statement, Epstein said ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 07:47 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

It’s Come To This: Lenny Dykstra And Jose Canseco Will Fight A Celebrity Boxing Match

Just two weeks ago, Dykstra pleaded no contest to three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false statement, which allowed him to remain free until his January sentencing. And now we learn Nails will be opposite Jose Canseco on a pay-per-view fight card Saturday that includes such other notable celebrity has-beens as Kato Kaelin, Michael Lohan, Joey Buttafucco, Coolio, Amy Fisher, Octo Mom, Bombshell McGee, and Tila Tequila. And that Dykstra (wink wink) “begged” Canseco’s originally ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:58 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Harnett: Hybrid System Needed To Determine MLB’s Best Fielders

Doom patrol awaits!...As Harnett introduces his hybrid Rawlings-SABR Gold Glove Award.

-      Keep the Gold Gloves.  They’re beautiful looking trophies.

-      Only allow everyday players (non-pitchers) who have played 100 games or more at a single position to be included on the ballot.

-      Separate the American and National League players.

-      Allow 4 groups to vote (1. Fielding Bible Panel & Additional Sabermetric Scholars, 2. Current MLB Managers & Coaches, 3. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, sabermetrics

Brisbee: Vernon Wells Does Not Opt Out Of Contract

“What did I do to deserve this?”
“We don’t deserve half the things we get.”

Angels outfielder Vernon Wells also didn’t notify Los Angeles he would leave. Wells, who hit .218 with 25 homers and 66 RBIs, is owed $21 million in each of the next three seasons.
Wells had an opt-out in his contract, but instead of chasing the money, he stayed right where he is, showing a loyalty to his team that most players aren’t capable of these days.

Wells’ 25 home runs and 66 RBI last year were more than ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: November 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays

B-ref Blog: End of the Season

Chairman Sean sez:

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. After a lot of internal debate, we’ve decided to stop posting editorial content on the B-R blog.

Site bloggers Andy and Steve say their farewells individually.

Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: November 02, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Greta Van Susteren: Sell the LA Dodgers to the people – like the Green Bay Packers!

And give them a complete orthognathiccup makeover while you’re at it!

The LA Dodgers are for sale – the victims of a rich guy’s messy finances and even messier divorce. So? How about offering them first to the community rather than have some rich guy scooping them up? The Green Bay Packers don’t have a single owner but instead millions of us. Shares cost $200 and all you get are bragging rights but it sure is fun to brag and say “I am an owner.” When I cheer for the Packers, I ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:40 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, dodgers, media, television

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