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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Pitch-framing numbers answered questions we didn’t know we had. A new statistical category emerged out of nowhere, and before long, the research proved its own worth. That was the birth of the revolution. Every team now wants good-receiving catchers. Every team, additionally, wants to develop more good-receiving catchers. The market is going to end up flooded with good-receiving catchers. By then we’ll no longer recognize them as good-receiving catchers. Pitch-framing is sufficiently ...
Posted: December 24, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
Friday, December 23, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, December 23, 1916:
Dutch Leonard has invested most of his money in California plum orchards, and is reaping substantial dividends through the sale of prunes. There are some “prunes” in baseball, but that is no fault of Leonard’s.
Leonard made millions of dollars growing plums and grapes, which is millions more than the number of friends he made in baseball. Dutch was almost universally hated by players and umpires, to the point where his own manager (Ty Cobb) intentionally ...Read More...
Sources report to FanRag Sports that Ender Inciarte has been inked to a five-year extension worth just over $30 million. The deal will take the 26-year-old outfielder through all four arbitration years as a super-two player, plus one year of free agency.
Posted: December 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
The Blue Jays made the best offer. It was rejected. I get that fans will miss Encarnacion. Any complaints about the front office decision-making, however, seems misguided.
Posted: December 23, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
“We’ve stayed in touch on a number of different fronts, but for the most part, it’s being patient,” Daniels said. “We need to add depth in certain areas. Between trades and free agents, there’s still a lot of opportunities out there for us and others.
“We’re just trying to talk through a bunch of different scenarios and trying to stay patient with things.”
Posted: December 23, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
Standing in front of his locker at PNC Park on Sept. 29, Ivan Nova made his preference clear. He did not want to leave the Pirates’ clubhouse, he said, and he would do whatever he could to return in 2017.
Nova stayed true to his word. The Pirates addressed their biggest offseason need on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the veteran right-hander. The agreement, confirmed by an industry source, is pending a physical. The contract will pay Nova $26 million, according to reports by ...
Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Here starts the run of first baseman.
The deal is reportedly worth around $20 million annually and contains an option for a fourth season. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the deal guarantees $65 million, with a $5 million buyout on the option.
Washington Times, December 22, 1916:
[Gavy Cravath] tells this [story] on himself:
“Every year since I have been playing ball in the East, I have spent my winters in California. I generally land there in November, and lead the simple life for about three months. But I have always been a mystery to the nice old lady who boards me.
“Last winter she was entertaining a caller who made some inquiries about me.
“‘I don’t know much about Mr. Cravath,’ my landlady confided to her caller. ‘He goes ...
When Statcast fixes the missing plays problem, DRS and UZR will go the way of RF and Fielding Pct. Nobody will use them. Regardless, most often it’s a misunderstanding of what the numbers mean and using them improperly that is an actual problem.
“I’ve seen the defensive statistics that say that Hechy (Adeiny Hechavarria) is not a good shortstop, and that’s just stupid,” says Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. “You can’t say that and have any sort of credibility at the same time. I ...
Yeah, not having a short-term and long-term answer is a real problem.
Shortstop Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top overall prospect, has logged some time on the right side of the bag in the minors and most recently in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old Barreto figures to begin this season with Triple-A Nashville but will likely make his big league debut sometime in 2017.
Unlike center field — where the A’s lack both a short and long-term answer — team officials at least like their ...
Posted: December 22, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.
“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. ...
Can he get a GM to agree?
Outfielder Jonny Gomes says he intends to make a comeback, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports on Twitter. The lefty masher, who is now 36, last played in the majors in 2015 and appeared briefly in 2016 in Japan.
Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
With the offseason underway, Heyward is looking to get his swing back on track. The 27-year-old showed off some of the changes he’s been working on thus far, and it looks like Heyward could feature a much different stance next year.
Will it work? We have no idea. The offseason is a time for optimism. You always want to believe a player is in the best shape of their life, or that a new pitch will help that questionable starter turn into an ace.
It’s the same thing here. We won’t know ...
Posted: December 21, 2016 at 06:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
vortex of suck
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1916:
PITCHER RUTH OF RED SOX INJURED AS AUTOS CRASH
Word reached [Baltimore] last night of a serious automobile smash-up in Boston in which Babe Ruth, the left hander whose sensational pitching for the Red Sox won him great renown, and his wife figured. While the big fellow escaped with a few cuts and bruises, Mrs. Ruth had to be removed to a Boston hospital.
Babe and his wife were enjoying the comforts of a recently purchased machine in a suburb of ...
Most of his suggestions are less practical than watching a game on time shift with the fast-forward button at the ready.
Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 94 comment(s)
pace of the game
$13 million is way too much to pay for rotation depth.
Tobias doesn’t make the Sox better now.
And now the Red Sox’ rotation depth is just two, rather than three, tweaked obliques from having to turn to Roenis Elias, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson as a spot-starting savior. The old adage that you can never have enough starting pitching is one that not-new-anymore president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has not sworn allegiance to.
Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
Who wouldn’t want to see the 70 year-old Susan Sarandon hitting on an 18 year-old minor leaguer?
Manager Crash Davis? Is Nuke his veteran pitcher, back in the Minors after a long stint in the big leagues? Do Annie and Crash have a kid that’s a young, up-and-coming catcher also on said MiLB team? The possibilities are endless. What do you say, Ron Shelton?
Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 57 comment(s)
We had a thread about this guy’s weird list of 2000 prospects in 2010, then forgot about it. He’s still at it! But it seems that his most recent list was in March 2015. It remains unclear what his definition of “prospect” is. It may be all a strange joke (check out who the last name on the list is).
The 2015 list does not have as many bizarre names as the 2010 list. (Exceptions: Gage Hinsz, Tito Polo, Jiandido Tromp) Read More...
Today’s player is more likely to be named after a hunky soap opera ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Stay on target, Eric Wedge!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is, like its subtitle says, the latest movie from the Star Wars franchise. It is, according to A’s reliever and movie critic Sean Doolittle, a worthy entry in the canon. It also gives us great character names like Jyn Erso and Baze Malbus to go alongside Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett.
You know what other rich, sprawling universe has great names? Professional baseball.
Below are 10 names. The question is simple: Does the name belong to ...
Posted: December 20, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
Meanwhile, a clause in the contract struck between the Marlins and local government in 2009 would have forced the Marlins to share a massive 70 percent of the proceeds from a franchise sale the next year; that figure dropped all the way to 5 percent by 2014, and would amount to a fraction of that now, according to last week’s report by the Miami Herald. In essence, Loria engineered a deal that handcuffed Miami into supporting him at all costs for five years, followed by him being ...
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