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Sunday, January 03, 2016


A NAME OF SHAME AND THE HALL OF FAME

Great entry by Chass.  My nickname is officially The Digital Dandy.

DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: January 03, 2016 at 02:24 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, chass, sabermetrics

Saturday, January 02, 2016

BBWAA writers should relinquish throne as HOF’s moral gatekeepers

The ballot machinations have been interesting this year. Some voters hid behind the so-called character clause for years in declining to vote for Bonds, Clemens, Mike Piazza or others linked to performance-enhancing drugs, and are now reversing course without truly acknowledging a complete flip-flop or any previous mistake they’ve made. Which is a cop-out.


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And as has been written here for years, the character clause should hold no weight, because even with current Hall of Famers, it ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: January 02, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, hof

Cubs 2016 ZiPS Projections

Welcome your new insect overlords

Walt Davis Posted: January 02, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Standings Help Set Value Of Closers - BaseballAmerica.com

Closers get paid. Not as much as number three starters, though.

That makes it tough to rank closers in our Top 10s and Prospect Handbook, which we sent to press just before this issue of the magazine. We try to view them as one continuum, and that’s where the BA Grades, which are exclusive to the Prospect Handbook, help us line up relief prospects.

The way we see it, the best closer (a Wade Davis type) would get a 55 grade, equal to a No. 3 starter in value or a first-division regular as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Jake Bauers among prospects poised to surge | MLB.com

Click the link to see some guys to keep an eye on.

A year ago, Orlando Arcia was regarded as a slick fielder with modest offensive promise. Alex Reyes and Jose De Leon were two raw but intriguing arms in Short Season Class A. A.J. Reed, the reigning college player of the year, was a second-round pick who posted a solid pro debut. Max Kepler was known as the best German prospect ever yet little else.

Fast forward 12 months, and Arcia (Brewers) not only is one of the game’s best shortstop ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Breaking down Mets’ next young pieces: Rising bats to help aces | New York Post

I can’t say I’m excited about any of the current Mets top prospects.

“We’ve seen it throughout the league,” DePodesta said. “The most successful teams, year after year after year, their farm system is an integral part of their success. Look at the Braves [from 1991 through 2005]. They found a way to incorporate a key, young player basically every year. Ryan Klesko. Kevin Millwood. It’s difficult to do. But if you want to lengthen your window, your farm system has to be a critical part ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Dayton Moore was up for consideration as our ‘Person of the Year’ for 2015

Of course, since it’s an ESPN award, does it really matter? For that matter does ESPN really matter anymore?

Bryce Harper, Joe Maddon and Jake Arrieta were all worthy candidates for ESPN.com’s MLB “Person of the Year” for 2015, but no one better embodied the spirit of winning than Moore, the architect of Kansas City’s championship club and a man who stayed true to his vision while the Royals were averaging 93 losses a year from 2009 to 2012.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dayton moore, royals

LOVERRO: ‘Cheated Generation’ soon to get Hall of Fame voice - Washington Times

He won’t vote for the cheaters. As if anyone really knows who the cheaters are.

I made my ballot public weeks ago on social media — Jeff Bagwell, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell — nine, and you are allowed to vote for 10.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Dodgers have gone from potentially fabulous to probably flawed | FOX Sports

Exhibit 73243: great reporters aren’t great analysts.

The expectations probably were unfair, but they existed nonetheless: When the offseason began, the Dodgers were supposed to re-sign Zack Greinke and lure David Price to L.A. with an astronomical offer, creating a rotation for the ages.

The Dodgers seemingly had operated without a budget since Mark Walter purchased the team in 2012. Why start now?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, January 01, 2016

OT: Monthly NBA Thread—January 2016

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: what a guy pretending to be Joe Mauer thinks of the new Star Wars movie.


Rubin: Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez remains unsigned by SNY

Re-sign Mex! Never mind his entertainment value, someone’s needed to throw out runners attempting to score from third base on routine ground balls.

Popular SNY New York Mets analyst Keith Hernandez remains a free agent, but contract negotiations to remain with the Mets-oriented regional sports network are expected to begin shortly, now that the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have passed.

Hernandez, 62, has been a commentator on Mets telecasts on SNY for 10 seasons. He has been joined by ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: January 01, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, cable, keith hernandez, mets

Happy New Year: Taking a look at 10 Orioles to watch in 2016 - Baltimore Sun

This does not look like it will end well.

1. Dylan Bundy
The Orioles’ top prospect’s role on the major league club – and most importantly his health – will be one of the top storylines of spring training. Bundy, who signed a major league deal in 2011 after the club selected him fourth overall, is out of minor league options. So the Orioles must carry him on the big league roster or they would undoubtedly lose him on waivers. Provided he’s healthy, Bundy can help the Orioles, most likely ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, December 31, 2015

MLBTR: Dodgers To Sign Kenta Maeda

The guy’s a righty? Well, so much for the VLHC…

The Dodgers have reached agreement on a deal with Japanese righty Kenta Maeda, Christopher Meola reports on Twitter. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed the signing via Twitter.

Updated report:
Reports: Maeda, Dodgers agree to 8-year deal

The Dodgers apparently followed up the signing of Scott Kazmir by reaching an agreement Thursday with Japanese free-agent starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, as reported by Christopher Meola and confirmed by Jon ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 31, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agent, jon heyman, kenta maeda

Proposing a Third Option for MLB’s Schedule - THT

Ultimately, though, no adjustment is going to handle the central conflict baseball faces in this regard: Short postseason series don’t necessarily reward the best teams, and so any system that relies on short series is going to lead to unsatisfying outcomes (from a competitive fairness perspective). The fairest way of resolving this would be to have a perfectly balanced schedule and a single regular season champion (as is done in European soccer). The team that plays the best over the course ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: December 31, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-31-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 31, 1915:

[Boston Red Sox owner Joe] Lannin has read a lot of stories in which Benny [Kauff] has said about his prowess at smashing baseballs, and he makes no secret of the fact that Benny must prove it first.

“I suppose this Kauff is a pretty good ball player,” said Lannin, “but I can’t see where he gets the nerve to talk of himself in the same breath with Ty Cobb. Why you have to consider the class that Kauff has been playing in for the last two years. When ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 31, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: benny kauff, dugout, federal league, history, ty cobb

Clark Griffith Remembers « Our Game

It was the day the Senators were battling John McGraw’s Giants in the seventh game of the World Series. Bucky Harris, a great manager, had pulled the sixth game out of the fire by singling in the tying and winning runs.

1924 World Series, Game 7
1924 World Series, Game 7

The baseball writers had called it “Griffith’s Folly” when I named the 27-year-old Harris manager of my club before the start of the 1924 season. He had only been a minor league manager for two years and he was rated ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

School of Roch: More on Orioles’ interest in Denard Span

Not really true, but great line.

With the Orioles in the market for another left-handed bat and searching for one more outfielder, it’s natural to link them to Denard Span as we approach 2016.
Span also would fill their need for a leadoff hitter, allowing them to lower Manny Machado in the order. They place a great deal of emphasis on defense, and Span isn’t suited for New Year’s Eve celebrations because he rarely lets a ball drop.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, orioles

Arizona Diamondbacks still quietly looking to improve

“If your pitching and your defense, if they play well, then we can afford to give up some offense,” Stewart said. “We’re just being cognizant and, quite frankly, doing my job to look at everything and the areas that may be deficient. And if we are deficient in some areas, then I’ve got to try to improve them if I can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Holway: JOSH GIBSON, WORLD’S GREATEST HITTER

If Josh Gibson had played in the American league, Babe Ruth’s home run record might not have lasted a dozen years. In 1939 against top Negro League teams, Josh smashed 23 in only 117 at bats. That’s 98 per 550! Babe’s record was 60 in 540 AB. Josh’s target was 408 feet down the line in Washington; Babe’s was 296 feet in New York….

In 1943 Gibson slammed ten balls into the distant Washington bleachers in 40 games. The entire American League, which shared the park, hit only one out ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 30, 2015 at 10:02 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: josh gibson, negro leagues


Dodgers Sign Scott Kazmir - MLB Trade Rumors

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Kazmir’s deal is for three years and $48MM total (Twitter link). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds a very interesting wrinkle, however, reporting that Kazmir receives an opt-out in his contract after the first year of the deal, allowing him to re-enter the market in a pitching-depleted 2016-17 free-agent class if he remains healthy this year

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, scott kazmir

A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano | The National Pastime Museum

Click the link and read the rest.

A turning point in my baseball reading, when I began to appreciate the impressive history of the game’s literature, came with my teenage discovery of Charles Einstein’s three (later four) volumes of The Fireside Book of Baseball, an anthology of game accounts, columns, poems, illustrations, and cartoons covering several decades. The series had been around a while before I ran across it, but I first read the words of Ring Lardner, Heywood Broun, and Damon ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: books

HOF Tracker Explorer

Neat.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 01:54 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Yoenis Cespedes making his free-agent case | MLB.com

Also not helping Cespedes is the simple fact that we’re in the midst of what’s a very tough market for outfielders, given that there’s no shortage of them still available—Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler and Denard Span, plus Carlos Gonzalez and others via trade. For outfield-needy teams without unlimited funds like the Angels, White Sox, or Giants, is it worth all that risk when more inexpensive options are available?

But that hot month, you protest. If we’ve learned anything this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes


MLB Network To Air Documentary On Ken ‘The Hawk’ Harrelson

In a new documentary titled Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson, MLB Network will dive deep into the life of the famed player-turned-broadcaster, who is celebrating his 50th year in Major League Baseball.

Airing Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT, the hour-long documentary, narrated by Bob Costas, will feature Hawk telling stories of what “Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams thought of each other’s playing ability; his friendship with Mickey Mantle; meeting Hall of Fame NFL coach Vince ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: documentaries, hawk harrelson, mlb network, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-30-2015

El Paso Herald, December 30, 1915:

Only the unwritten rule that bars negroes from major league participation has kept out of organized baseball one of Cuba’s most wonderful players—“Black” Gonzales.

Gonzales has an ear so finely attuned that the instant the bat hits the ball he can tell where it is going. Time and again he has been blindfolded and then called off the exact direction in which the drive is going. Very often he has fielded the ball while in an outfield position with his eyes ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 30, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, dugout, fiction, history, negro leagues

Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro more concerned with winning than being well-liked: Post Sports’ People of 2015

Everything you might have wanted to know about Mark Shapiro.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark shapiro


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