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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Notes: Vladimir, Redmond, Michigan-OSU, Schoolboy, Boo, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: What are the sticking points in baseball’s CBA talks?

This makes no sense at all.

I vote for steroid guys who I believe are Hall of Famers (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens). I believe Manny Ramirez is Hall-worthy, too, but he will not get my vote because of his repeated violations. The only thing I wrestle with is that Manny never tested positive until the final act of his career. I expect Jeff Bagwell and possibly Tim Raines to be elected this year. First-time nominee Ivan Rodriguez should reach in his first ballot, but suspicion of PED use will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Heyman - CBA Talks Back On As Deadline Looms

Some on the players side also would prefer that first-year draft allotments are done away with so that the very top players, such as Kris Bryant a few years ago, can get closer to their true market value. Bryant received $6.7 million as the No. 2 pick of the Cubs, less than half the $15 million Stephen Strasburg got under the old system. But even a generous reading of the losses there pales compared to the qualifying offer system that MLB already has offered to eliminate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 06:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Goodbye to All Them: The Players Who Quietly Retired in 2016

Chone Figgins started out as a utilityman, too, but he became so much more. Drafted as a shortstop, he moved second base in the minors, and in his rookie year, 2003, he played second, short, left and center. The following year, he was switched to third, a position he had barely played as a professional, and he wound up spending more time there than at any other position in his career, though he received more than 190 starts each at second and in center, and more than 15 starts at shortstop and ...

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New York Yankees to start Gleyber Torres with Double-A Trenton Thunder in 2017 | MiLB.com

Coming off an MVP campaign in the elite proving ground that is the Arizona Fall League, Gleyber Torres is in line for a promotion.

The Yankees plan on assigning their second-ranked prospect to Double-A Trenton to start the 2017 season.

“He’s never played above the Florida State [League],” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post. “Next year, he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time. He’ll be ready ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Why Jean Segura Won’t Regress In Seattle

Someone shares the Mariners’ hope.

It’s hard to fathom why the Mariners would deal a starting pitcher with as much promise as Walker has, especially when his 2016 struggles can be attributed to his foot issues, which were addressed with surgery in October. It’s even more difficult to understand, given how tight the starting pitching market is this offseason, until you consider that defense was the Mariners’ biggest weakness this past season. Their shortstop defense, in particular, was one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval | Boston Herald

I don’t really see the point of just dumping him. He’s not star but he’s a serviceable, usable player when healthy and in decent shape. Bring him in, try to rebuild some of his value and *then* trade him if Moncada or Devers is ready.

At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald.

How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Binghamton Mets Change Team Name To Rumble Ponies

This happened Novemeber 3rd; not sure why it wasn’t already posted. Embarrassment?

The winning name submission came from Nicole, of Binghamton. Her inspiration for Rumble Ponies came from “The Carousel,” a children’s book written by Binghamton University professor Liz Rosenberg about carousel horses that sleep in the winter, but come to life in the spring. Nicole was awarded season tickets for life and the first home jersey produced for winning the Name the Team Contest.

The losing finalists ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 26, 2016 at 02:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, new york mets, silly

Friday, November 25, 2016


Boston Globe: Boo Ferriss, 94; helped lead Sox to 1946 pennant

Dave “Boo” Ferriss, the Red Sox righthander who as staff ace helped pitch the team to the American League pennant in 1946, then saw his career cut short by a shoulder injury, died Thursday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He was 94.

Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, obituaries, red sox

Batting Around: Clarity emerges in the Carolina League | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The other new Carolina League club now has a name and location attached to it as well: the Buies Creek Astros. This central North Carolina town, which has a population of approximately 3,000, is home to Campbell University. The Buies Creek Astros will play at the university’s Jim Perry Stadium, which was built in the 1940s and is being renovated so it seats some 2,000 fans. The facility will be shared with Campbell University’s Fighting Camels baseball team, with scheduling conflicts pushing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 11:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league affiliations

The Braves steal Sean Rodriguez - Beyond the Box Score

Ronnie Socash like Sean Rodrigues. He really likes him.

Moving forward to 2017, the Braves secured someone they could plug in at second base and immediately see top-level production. Through the adjustments he made in his swing, Rodriguez could be considered a 20 home run threat for at least 2017. If he continues to provide the above-average defense he’s known for, Rodriguez could provide the type of value that will make him the free agent bargain of the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, sean rodriguez

Gleyber Torres has real chance to make Yankees great again - NY Daily News

All aboard the hype train!

“He’s just ridiculously good. He was clearly the best player in the league. It seemed like he hit a line drive every time up.’’

A scout for a major league team who hadn’t seen Torres since May, when he was still in the Cubs’ farm system, offered a similarly glowing report after observing him in the AFL, which concluded Saturday.

“He’s progressing at an advanced rate,’’ the scout said. “The more you see him, the more impressed you are with his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Rumors And Rumblings - Pitch Framing Gets You Paid

What can the Cubs get for Soler?

While there is a lineup spot open for Bird in New York, it seems that outfielder Jorge Soler is not a fit with the Chicago Cubs.

Soler’s best chance for playing time in 2017 is likely to be the short side of a platoon in left field with left-handed-hitting Kyle Schwarber. Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. are likely to platoon in center field while Ben Zobrist would be the everyday right fielder and Matt Szczur would serve as the fifth outfielder.

If the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes

Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto top Oakland A’s farm system in 2016 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Franklin Barreto, Midland (119 games), Nashville (four games): While scouts grade Barreto’s speed as average, the A’s top prospect contradicted that notion by stealing 30 bases to lead Oakland Minor Leaguers. But after also being caught stealing 17 times, Christenson sees plenty of room for improvement.

“He definitely has above-average speed. I think he’s a daring baserunner. He’s trying to figure out when is the best times for him to run,” the manager said. “I think that’s the main ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Astros could be next season’s Cubs — and are spending like it | New York Post

“When you have a core you have identified, you want to give them a chance because nothing is guaranteed in this sport, including winning,” Houston manger A.J. Hinch said by phone.
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The Cubs’ decision making has been better, most notably with Houston taking Mark Appel with the first pick in the 2013 draft and Chicago following with Bryant (imagine an infield with Bryant, Correa and Altuve) and in 2014 when the Astros took Brady Aiken with the first overall pick (he did not sign) and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Kelly: Tim Raines is a poster boy for sports injustice, but his snub doesn’t deserve our obsession - The Globe and Mail

Let me spend time writing about something too dumb and not important enough to discuss. Really?

What’s dispiriting is how complicit smart people are in their own dumbing down. Play sports, watch sports, talk sports, care about sports. That’s all great. But not if you begin to think that sports and how they turn out explains something vital about your culture. They only do that if you choose not to pay attention to anything else.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, tim raines

Homegrown Cleveland Indians’ Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez long shots to enter Cooperstown together | cleveland.com

Roid rage, an outburst of temper, is a byproduct of steroid use. Belle was always mad at somebody. If he wasn’t cursing at reporters, he was taking a bat to the postgame meal or a teammate’s boom box. Fury always seemed to be close at hand with Belle.

After he retired, Belle was asked if he ever used steroids. He said simply, “No, I was just an angry black man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

MLB rosters should not be allowed to expand without restrictions | SI.com

Please give teams another option on the bench.

Baseball’s owners and players have talked about expanding rosters to 26 men as part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. If they do so without limitations on pitcher usage, it will be the worst thing to happen to the sport since Astroturf and threaten to end the game’s period of record growth.

I’ve been telling you for years that relief pitching is an internal threat to baseball’s appeal. The growing inventory of pitchers with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful

This photograph makes me so happy. It was taken at the White House, of course, on the day that 21 people received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I first saw it on Vin Scully’s Instagram page. I am thankful that Vin Scully has an Instagram page.

Joe Posnanski isn’t as generally revered here as he once was, but dude can write a personal essay.

frannyzoo Posted: November 24, 2016 at 10:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Arizona Diamondbacks trade Jean Segura to Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker

Mike Hazen’s reasons for the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mike hazen

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes around MLB | MLB.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! May your day be filled with laughter and love (and no political talk) this holiday!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: thanksgiving

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miller—Going to WAR—The mystery of Robbie Ray

Speaking as someone who spent a couple years of his life working on a WAR system before WAR was cool, too many people put too much credence in WAR. Too many don’t put enough. It’s something nice to look at and works well for a lot of different questions. Despite what some think, even with the advances in technology, it will always be just a reflection of reality. And that’s OK.

“One might assume.” One might assume that, if Martin Perez’s WARs are 1.8, 1.8 and 1.9 (as they were in 2016), that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, robbie ray, sabermetrics, war

Heyman - Yankees Casting Wide Net On Free Agent Market

The Yankees are out there, waiting, planning.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Talks progressing between MLB, union with lockout deadline looming

Jayson Stark with some optimism.

Two sources who had spoken with both sides told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they now sense there is “a path to a deal,” following negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night.

Owners and the players’ union have been hung up for weeks over several major issues, most notably an international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.

Owners had begun making preparations for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Arizona Fall League’s top 25 prospects in 2016 | MLB.com

Well, a comp like this will get your attention.

3. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Mesa (Cubs No. 2): Another precocious 19-year-old, Jimenez wasn’t as spectacular in Arizona as he was when he starred at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and won the Class A Midwest League MVP award this summer. Yet he still exhibited as high a power ceiling as any Fall Leaguer, with scouts comparing his upside with Giancarlo Stanton’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Watch the fastest baserunning of 2016 according to Statcast | MLB.com

Speedsters.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The ugly, awful, violent, big-dollar world of illegally smuggling Cuban baseball players

On Monday morning, the government filed its witness list in the case of the United States of America vs. Bart Hernandez. Among the 77 men and women it hopes will testify in federal court are some of the most high-profile Cubans in baseball today, including Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. The smuggling of men like Abreu is the impetus behind the government’s prosecution of Hernandez, a longtime player agent now accused of trafficking baseball players from Cuba to the United States. ...

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Zach Posted: November 23, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, human trafficking

Thanks For The Memories Boston

Those are the things I am going to remember. In 50 years, when people say the name David Ortiz, I don’t care if people know my numbers. It would be great to be remembered as a Hall of Famer, but let me tell you what I really care about.…

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought people together and brought a lot of fun to the game.

This game is supposed to be fun, right?

I remember when I first came to this country, I noticed that in America, people only hug when bad things happen. ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 23, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, pedro, red sox

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