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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Having room on the 40-man roster is great, but some of the reasons why are concerning -

Because there are going to be several more Brugman types joining the Orioles in the next few weeks, maybe few months. For variety-sake, that can be a good thing, I suppose.

It’s also a bad thing – or at least it points to a bad thing: The Orioles’ lack of minor league talent, especially at the upper levels of the farm system.

The Orioles were able to land Brugman, a left-handed hitting outfielder who’s had some solid success in his pro career so far, because they only had 33 players ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 12:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Impact of stadiums on Giancarlo Stanton |

The future (or present for some teams) of adjusting for parks. Of course, it doesn’t factor in changes of approach, but this is interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

BA: Most Players Skipped MLB’s Workout For Former Braves Prospects

Of the 12 players, just three—outfielders Antonio Sucre and Brandol Mezquita and shortstop Angel Rojas—were at the workout, which was at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. According to multiple sources, several players did not show up to the workout because they are in the middle of their offseason and felt that MLB did not give them sufficient time to prepare themselves to be showcased for clubs.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2017

New York Sun, November 28, 1917:

[Ban Johnson on scheduled doubleheaders:] “Playing two games for one admission cheapens the sport and creates in the minds of the fans the belief that they are not getting their money’s worth out of a single game of nine innings. Double headers have done more to injure professional baseball than any other one thing.

Some of the minor leagues have played the double header card to the limit and owe much of their financial trouble to that fact.”

Johnson was trying ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scouting top contenders to sign Shohei Ohtani |

A nice look at the teams with the best chances of landing Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Hall of Stats: The Hall of Fame Case for Scott Rolen

Positional Adjustment: +34 runs

If you’re not familiar with WAR’s positional adjustment, I recommend you dig more into it on Baseball-Reference. But the gist is this—an average player at shortstop (or catcher, etc.) is more valuable than an average player at first base (or a corner outfield spot) because players who fill those roles are harder to find. I don’t think that’s rocket science, but if it is you can probably feel free to stop reading now.

Baseball-Reference says that third ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, scott rolen

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more -

Gammons gets his digs in defense of Joe Morgan.

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers had been.

I worked with Joe Morgan for years. We disagreed, sometimes heartily, always with respect. I get his recent letter to Hall of Fame voters, I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan, notes


Dan Duquette gets some love.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2018 - MLB Trade Rumors

Possible non-tender candidates.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, non-tenders

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday Notes: Dick Williams is Bullish on Cincinnati Pitching | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s Sunday Notes, one day late.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2017

New York Tribune, November 27, 1917:

Secretary John B. Foster of the Giants may be able to start a smart baseball man into a profitable business. John has been forced to turn down two offers which would have given play to his executive abilities. Both the British and French governments were anxious for him to look over the field in those countries with a view to opening professional baseball leagues. Baseball, it seems, is catching on abroad.

I think that, if the British and French governments ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international, world war i

OTP 27 Nov 2017: Will Supreme Court open a ‘dam burst’ of legalized sports betting?

But only one thing can prompt him to stop what he’s doing and look up: a loud cheer from the throng of bettors gathered at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, which houses the largest sports betting operation in the world.

“Usually,” he says, “cheering is not good for us.”


Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 27, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 2792 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, politics

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s agent asks MLB teams for written answers | AP

NEW YORK — Major league teams were given homework this weekend by Shohei Ohtani.

The agent for the star pitcher and outfielder asked for written explanations in English and Japanese on how Ohtani would fit into each organization intending to bid and what makes the team attractive, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 26, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: didntyougetthememo, shohei ohtani

Friday, November 24, 2017 What’s the toughest-to-find skill?

Perpetual power machines plentiful; now what’s in short supply?

“It’s hard to answer,” says Cardinals GM Michael Girsch. “We try to think of players as a combination of skills and what those skills ultimately do. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking, ‘How hard is it to find X?’

“I can’t shop for a skill,” Girsch continues. “I have to shop for a player and so I don’t think of the world in terms of skills very often.”

fra paolo Posted: November 24, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, hitters, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-24-2017

Chicago Eagle, November 24, 1917:

“It is just like listening to a drum corps when you come to bat with Ray Schalk catching,” writes Oscar Vitt. “He is always whistling. He uses a trill note and occasionally bursts into song. A batter has to be on his guard all the time to keep his mind on the game, for this boy Schalk is always chatting or doing something behind the bat.

Distraction is the new market inefficiency.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ortiz: Plea to consider ‘character’ alters Hall of Fame vote | Jose de Jesus Ortiz |

Why are so many people actively working to make the Hall of Fame completely irrelevant?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Who, me?! Why your team’s next closer will probably be a total surprise—even to him

It’s hard, looking at that group now, to appreciate how weird a list of names it is. Of course, Hector Neris and Corey Knebel look like closers now, now that we’ve seen them do it and carried them for months on our fantasy rosters. But 12 months ago, Neris and Knebel had two career saves apiece. So let’s try this: I’m going to predict the 30 pitchers who will be closers in September 2018, and you’re going to look at me like I’m insane:

Cody Allen, Henderson Alvarez. Jacob Barnes, Cam ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: closers

Top 25 prospects from 2017 Arizona Fall League |

Nothing shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

The fault in Dipoto’s (prospective) stars - Lookout Landing

Dipoto is chasing a closing window.

Which brings us back to today, and the recent trade of Juan Then (17-year-old 2016 international signee) and JP Sears (21-year-old drafted in 2017) for Nick Rumbelow (26 years old, 15 2⁄3 innings of major league experiences). In an article in the Seattle Times, prior to this trade, Dipoto said, in discussing his moves over the last season “‘We got younger and we didn’t get younger at the A level. We got younger at the big-league level.’” It’s true; Dipoto ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at the end of the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yahoo: I (Jeff Passan) am giving up my Hall of Fame vote because of Joe Morgan’s letter

Of the 1,069 propagandizing words sent Tuesday to Baseball Hall of Fame voters urging them to just say no to steroids, none encapsulated the museum’s winning combination of self-reverence and tone-deafness quite as blatantly as the six in which it called itself: “The most sacred place in Baseball.” If, by sacred place, the Hall means one in which racists, wife beaters, drunks, gamblers and purveyors of manifold moral turpitude otherwise are celebrated, well, Cooperstown is a shining ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 23, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes from MLB |

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thanks for making this site a good place to talk about baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hall makes room for an “idiot” on the ballot

If this were Dave Borges, I’d assume he’s talking about Schilling again.  But instead, it’s just a basic HOF summary article, with the strangest headline I’ve seen so far.  The identity of the “idiot” is not stated anywhere.  Any guesses?

Peter Farted Again Posted: November 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2017

Boise Capital News, November 22, 1917:

Ban Johnson, president of the American league will ask the war department to grant exemption from military service to 18 men on each of the 16 major league clubs, in order that baseball may continue during the war.

That Ban Johnson’s suggestion for exemption of big league baseball players should be the beginning of his end was the official view expressed at the provost marshal general’s office today.

[National League]President Tener today told the United ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

What’s next for Maitan and other former Braves |

Maitan’s stock has clearly dropped. It will be interesting to see whether teams will wait for Otani to sign

By going back into the international amateur free agent pool, teams will have to use their bonus pools for such players to sign Maitan or any of the others. Since the signing period began back in July, millions of dollars have already been spent, so teams will be somewhat limited. The top five teams in terms of remaining pools, as of Tuesday, are:
Texas Rangers, $3.535 million
New York ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shohei Ohtani MLB posting deal reached |

As first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and subsequently confirmed by with multiple sources, the MLBPA wanted MLB and NPB officials to change certain aspects of the agreement, including a shorter window for players to be posted that would be less disruptive to the pace of the domestic free-agent market, as well as a rule that would prevent NPB teams from keeping a player if teams are unsatisfied with the size of the MLB contract (and, in turn, the amount of “commission” ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani

Sources: MLB hammers Atlanta Braves, declaring 12 minor league players free agents

More like sledgehammers the Braves. I was going to excerpt the punishments but I’d have to include too much of the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, international free agents

A Discussion of WAR Wherein I Ardently Attempt to Avoid any WAR-Related Puns |

It’s really tough to have a debate on Twitter. Comments, posts, and replies get so disjointed. I’m not sure Bill is actually as “steadfast” in the absolute certainty of his position. Now, he may have been at the beginning of this debate but, as the discussion has evolved, his comments, IMO, have softened as he’s heard/read other people’s comments. Again, my opinion.

In any event, Sean makes his case.

Now through years of arguing and debate, I have come to the conclusion that these two ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Prospectus Feature: Bill James vs. The Noise - Baseball Prospectus

I am a big fan of WAR and even have my own WAR system. Although I don’t agree that we *need* a better value system for use during MVP discussions, I also believe having alternative statistical views helps us find better answers to very complex questions.

Having said that, if Votto was placed on the Astros the outcome of his performance would actually help the Astros get more wins than his production buys with the Reds. That’s because the Astros overall offense would be more efficient in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: war

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