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Monday, January 19, 2015
... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.
According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…
I like Fowler because he’s, like, the last leadoff hitter left.
The Cubs are close to acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com tweets. The Astros will receive big-league players in return, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets, and one of those is pitcher Dan Straily, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes (on Twitter)...
Fowler, 28, hit .276/.375/.399 in 505 plate appearances in his first season in Houston in 2014, though he posted poor ...
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, January 19, 1915:
“Will you please deny for me the stories printed in several New York papers that I was a candidate for the position of secretary or business manager of the Yankees,” writes Ed Barrow, president of the International League. “These stories were copied by the papers of our circuit and have caused some unpleasant and unfavorable comment on the part of several sporting writers.”
Barrow stayed with the International League until the end of the 1917 ...Read More...
What do I see? Well, raw IERP (and also raw DRS, not shown) has the same volatility as BABIP. Annual BABIP is mostly a crapshoot, so that confirms my expectation. ISO, wRC+ (and also wOBA, SLG, OBP, though not shown) are a fair bit better than BABIP. I don’t know about you, but when I see a one-year jump in ISO or wRC+, that’s a cause for interest. A one year blip may be a “breakout”, or the change might not last. We need to look deeper. Self-regression of IERP achieves that level of ...
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
Jon Heyman says it’s a done deal.
op right-handed starter Max Scherzer and the Nationals are in agreement on a seven-year deal, CBSSports.com has learned.
Details of the deal beyond the seven years are not known.
No speculation on the Brewer return.
Jeff Sullivan looks into the crystal ball to see Max Scherzer’s possible future. (Keep in mind that 2 of the 10 comps he used didn’t do particularly well.)
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are the favorite to land Scherzer and are “very close” to a deal.
A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Nationals won’t have the financial flexibility to sign Scherzer unless they have a trade in place to move starter Jordan Zimmermann and possibly shortstop Ian Desmond. As of Saturday, Stark reports, the Nationals did not have trades in place for either Zimmermann or Desmond.
Max Scherzer, the ace of a free-agent class that included Jon Lester and still features James Shields, on Sunday appeared to be nearing an agreement on a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
“It’s heating up,” a source familiar with the negotiations told Yahoo Sports.
The contract could be worth in the neighborhood of $200 million.
Lester, in December, signed with the Chicago Cubs for $155 million over six years. Boras believed Scherzer was worth more than that, and indeed ...
Posted: January 18, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell party for Bud Selig.
New head honcho Rob Manfred announced a complete overhaul of major league baseball’s hierarchy and among the new restructuring he named Mets owner Fred Wilpon the new chairman and head of the MLB Finance Committee… Wilpon, who allegedly lost about $700 million in the largest Ponzi scheme in American History – the second time he was ...
I think we missed this one…?
[Jordy] Mercer… might be the player most directly affected by the Pirates’ impending signing of Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang, who took things a step further by essentially stating his intent to be the Pirates’ regular shortstop…
“It’s nice to see [Kang’s] confidence, for sure. I’m not going to come back at him. There’s no reason for that,” Mercer said. “I think we can settle on the field. All that will take care of itself, really. There’s no reason for me to come ...
Visiting hitters won’t have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium’s famous bleachers won’t be open for the first month of the 2015 season.
The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field bleachers, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said at the team’s convention Saturday. The bleacher reconstruction is part of the first phase of a $375 million renovation of the famous ...
I guess Alomar doesn’t get smart, fun baseball writing delivered to his inbox.
Alomar on Morris: “Jack’s a winner, he pitched to the score. If Jack was winning 6-0 he threw strikes, he didn’t want to walk anyone. If the game was close he’d pitch guys away. Jack loved big games (Morris made 13 starts in seven different post-season series, starting Game 1 six times).”
Morris was named on 61.5% on the Baseball Writers of America Association ballots, shy of the required 75% in 2014, his ...
Posted: January 18, 2015 at 12:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I saw someone here refer to Forster’s batting average champ status, so, why not.
Though he was never an All-Star, never won any awards, Terry Forster — who turned 63 this week — had a pretty interesting big-league career. In addition to leading the American League in saves with the ’74 White Sox, winning a championship ring with the ’81 Dodgers, and making 614 appearances (most of them in relief) over the course of 16 years in the majors, the left-hander was also the last A.L. pitcher to ...
It’s the best way to replicate Travis Ishikawa’s defense, without the inelegance of constantly falling down.
The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2016 season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Aoki, a client of CAA Sports, receives a $4.7MM guarantee plus performance bonuses, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). He’ll earn $4MM in 2015, and his 2016 option contains a $700K buyout, according ...
Baltimore was supposed to get the 2016 All-Star Game. This is what happens when you mess with the king, Baltimore…
Here are the details behind Baltimore getting shut out of their All-Star Game.
Norichika Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million contract with the Giants on Friday.
The deal is for 2015 plus a club option for 2016, a relatively short-term contract for someone reportedly seeking a multi-year pact. Aoki will earn $4 million in 2015, per Shea, plus a $5.5 million option, plus up to $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses. The 2016 option comes with a $700,000 buyout.
And a mandatory refresher on the player the Giants are acquiring.
Do they really need a clock? Can’t the umpires just speed up the pace by making the batters get in the box quicker and making the pitcher deliver the ball as soon as the batter is in the box? The Rules of Play already cover this. Rule 6 (The Batter) and Rule 8 (The Pitcher) already place time limits on the batter and pitcher. So, they don’t need to change the rules; they just need to enforce them.
Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
rules of play
Kimbrel was a topic of conversation for some of the MLB Radio shows yesterday. In the morning Steve Phillips insisted he had to go. In the afternoon a host insisted he shouldn’t go anywhere. IMHO, it depends on their timeline. If they truly believe they can be competitive when the new park opens, they should hold onto him. If their timeline is longer than it makes sense to send him away for more prospects. John Hart has stated that he believes the Braves can be competitive for a playoff spot in ...Read More...
Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 31 comment(s)
Friday, January 16, 2015
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.
Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)
Posted: January 16, 2015 at 09:05 PM | 50 comment(s)
St. Louis Cardinals fans – enduring a month of voting by readers of Ball Eight – were chosen as the “Most Insufferable Fans” in baseball. After easily advancing to the finals, Cardinals fans dismantled Yankees fans 77 percent to 23 percent – a bigger margin of victory even than the semifinals against Braves fans.
Topeka State Journal, January 16, 1915:
The fame of Caruso is safe. Ivy Wingo, catcher of the St. Louis Cardinals, indorses [sic] him. In writing to a friend in St. Louis the near Cincinnati Red said:
“I have just bought a phonograph and bunch of records and a lot of them are by this Caruso. He is there. I would rather be Caruso than anybody in the world but Ty Cobb. At that, I’d like to be Cobb in summer time and Caruso in the winter. I have never seen the big [1915-era Italian racial slur ...
Beat out Paris Hilton, I gather.
One year ago, Hank was cold and alone—a stray pup who had wandered into the Brewers’ Spring Training facility looking for a place to sleep. Days later, Hank not only had found a family in the Brewers organization, but he had become an Internet sensation who was loved all around the world…
By the end of the year, he had helped raise over $130,000 for the Humane Society… On Thursday night, the pup finished his magical year with the airing of the World Dog Awards… ...Read More...
The District Attorney
Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
Here’s a pretty good article about chemistry with an interesting perspective on the clubhouse dynamic between Spanish and English speaking players.
“With non-English-speaking players, they try to learn English as quickly as possible or shy away from it immediately,” he said. “The American players either really see an effort that they are trying to endear themselves, or they feel the Hispanics are sticking together and they feel they are alienating themselves. So the dynamic can be tricky. When ...
Posted: January 16, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 23 comment(s)
In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Jose’s claims that baseball’s refusal to allow the A’s to move to a downtown ballpark violates federal antitrust laws. The appeals court concluded that baseball’s nearly century-old exemption from antitrust laws forecloses San Jose’s legal case.
“Like Casey,” 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote, “San Jose has struck out here.”
San Jose says it will appeal to the Supreme Court. ...Read More...
The Yankee Clapper
Posted: January 16, 2015 at 02:29 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals. It’s not often that a ballplayer gets to attend a State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of a U.S. senator.
So when the office of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called with an invite to sit in on President Barack Obama’s speech next week as recognition for the All-Star’s charitable work, Lucroy accepted the opportunity.
. . .
A fan favorite ...
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