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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Andrew Benintendi Alex Reyes top prospect poll | MLB.com

While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.

“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:

UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE

Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.

[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires, umpshow

Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot: The All-Overlooked Team

For stat-minded fans of a certain age, Grich’s absence from Cooperstown ranks among the great injustices of the universe, making him the keystone equivalent of long-neglected, belatedly enshrined third baseman Ron Santo. From 1970 through ‘86, Grich combined good power with excellent plate discipline and outstanding defense (+71 runs) while playing on five division-winning teams in Baltimore and Anaheim. He earned All-Star honors six times, won four Gold Gloves and led the AL in homers and ...

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OT: January 2016 Soccer Thread

Who will end Chelsea’s run? Will Real Madrid’s brand of super-star-driven conventional football keep the rest of La Liga at bay? Is this the year Big Sam finally gets relegated? Do Bundesliga fans prefer their corporate overlords Razenballsport or T-Mobile flavored? Whither Swansea? Does Pep need a pick-me-up?

These and other important questions answered in the second half of the season!

The Marksist Posted: January 04, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Blue Jays’ identity crisis could lead to end of short-lived Toronto renaissance - CBSSports.com

Jonah Keri talks about the Blue Jays being caught between a rock and a hard place.

If Shapiro and Atkins truly wanted to build the team their way, they could have shopped all-world third baseman Josh Donaldson at the height of his value, rather than waiting until, say, the end of the 2017 season, when he’ll be one year from free agency. They could have shopped Happ and Estrada coming off big seasons, offering suitors strong and inexpensive starting pitching alternatives at a time when the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Phillies are perfectly positioned to take advantage of crowded market for hitters | FOX Sports

Moss does seem like a great fit.

A hitter such as Bautista or Bruce could thrive at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Moss, because of his left-handed bat and ability to play first base, also could provide support for Tommy Joseph, who slugged 21 homers in 315 at-bats last season but was better when he had the platoon advantage against left-handed pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

OF Rajai Davis to join Oakland on 1-year, $6 million contract

The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.

Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rajai davis

Reds sign relief pitcher Drew Storen

Right-hander Drew Storen and catcher Tucker Barnhart go way back to their high school days near Indianapolis. So do Storen and the Cincinnati Reds. That’s why the 29-year-old reliever signing with Reds for one year and $3 million guaranteed on Tuesday feels a bit like a homecoming.

“For Halloween, I was Chris Sabo multiple times,” Storen said. “It’s kind of nice to have my own name on a jersey.”

The addition of Storen is the first major offseason move by the Reds this winter, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, reds

Royals acquire outfielder/catcher Peter O’Brien in trade with Arizona

“We’ve always liked his ability to hit with power,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of O’Brien. “He’s got a couple of options remaining as well. So it fits in line with what we’re trying to do going forward.”

The options mean O’Brien can be stashed in the minor leagues for the next two seasons. A former catcher who has transitioned to the outfield, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound slugger lacks a natural defensive position. But the Royals also view him as a potential flier in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, royals

Arizona Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County to explore leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.

The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.

The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, legal, stadiums

What Statcast spin rate means for fastballs | MLB.com

Although I’d don’t believe it’s possible with the current technology, one stat which would be great to see for pitchers is something that measures the time a hitter gets a clear look at the ball during the pitcher’s delivery. Everybody who has played knows batters get better looks at some pitchers more than others. To me this is the last important piece of the pitching puzzle that needs to be measured to quantify a pitcher’s stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 04:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-3-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, January 3, 1917:

That certain baseball magnates are considering a plan to utilize their ball parks for professional football and to back financially a league of national proportions next fall is the report brought here from Detroit.
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The plan involves the organization of a league along the lines of professional baseball…Among the cities mentioned as prospective members of the new league are Chicago, New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, football, history

Phillies Nation: The Carson Wentz-Mike Trout friendship means …

... absolutely nothing. But, hey, a fandom can dream… and it was a very cool moment.

Okay. Calm down. Trout was, again, at the Eagles game on Sunday (they beat the Cowboys … yay). And Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Birds the lead. And then, after throwing that pass, Wentz handed the ball to … oh boy … yup … to Mike Trout.

eddieot Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, phillies, carson wentz

Charlie Comiskey

This story by Harvey T. Woodruff, originally headed “Comiskey Plans World Tour,” ran in the Chicago Tribune in 1913. It is of less interest for its headline event than for its profile of one of the most revered, later reviled, and most recently revised life stories in baseball history, that of Charles A. Comiskey, founding owner of today’s Chicago White Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie comiskey, history

Starting pitching key to success over bullpen | MLB.com

You can’t win in the playoffs if you don’t get there.

And durable rotations have been a key to success.

In the past 21 years, 74 of the 178 teams that advance to the postseason had at least four starting pitchers work at least 162 innings, including nine World Series champions and 21 of the 42 teams that reached the World Series.

The Cubs quintet of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel reinforced that over the course of the 2016 regular season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

Gray, Paxton among 2017 breakout pitchers | MLB.com

Mark these names down for your drafts.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

Monday, January 02, 2017

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot - GammonsDaily.com

Peter discusses his ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia keep Cleveland Indians strong after trades | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Catcher—Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (42 games), Lake County (60 games): Already one of Cleveland’s most talked-about prospects, the 20-year-old entrenched himself in the Minor League record book with a 50-game hitting streak in 2016. In just his fourth professional season, Mejia sported a slash line of .342/.382/.514 with 11 homers and 80 RBIs in 102 games while improving his defense all the while.

“He certainly put his name out there, didn’t he?” Hawkins said. “Not just by his numbers or the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

OTP: 2 January 2017: In a world of 24-7 entertainment, art, sport and politics are the poorer

Entertainment once hummed along creating the background noise of our lives. Nowadays, it has come to the foreground. We live in “sensurround”, surrounded by billions of bits of information – audio, visual, graphic, factual, fictional – all distributed on algorithmically generated social media formats, played on gadgets of ever-decreasing size laid over traditional platforms like radio, television and cinema.

Over the last decade, all manner of gimmickry and novelty has been rolled out ...

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BDC Posted: January 02, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 1809 comment(s)
  Beats: art, cricket, media, politics

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Meet the MiPS: The Mets are gonna be good in 2017—just ask them

“The fact that we’re all kind of like a tight-knit brotherhood within ourselves, we’re always rooting for one another,” Syndergaard told reporters last week. “We’ve got a really good camaraderie.”

So what if they’ve, ya know, never actually pitched together in one complete turn of the rotation. Like, ever. All that matters is that they love each other like five brothers from another mother. Mind you, chemistry isn’t the only thing the Mets starters have going for themselves. To hear them tell ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 01, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Question: What Would We Name the Team Today?

New York Mets

It began as the Metropolitan Baseball Club. In the 1880s, newspapers listed the team as the Metropolitans as a way to distinguish it from the neighboring New Yorks. The name Metropolitans then sat unused for nearly a century until New York’s 1962 expansion team, replacing the departed Giants and Dodgers, revived it.

WWWNTTT: Any name we might consider for the Yankees, we might also for the Mets. Well, not any name. We couldn’t call them the Empires. The Yankees are the Evil ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 01, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: team names

Sunday Notes: HoF Balloting, Managers, Pitchers Hitting, Spud, more | FanGraphs Baseball

While I agree that voters might be influenced by early voting, they are also influenced by a great deal of things, including the direct promotion of candidates. In the whole scheme of things, the impact of early voting seems like a small issue.

More and more writers are making their ballots public well in advance of the January announcement, and they are being scrutinized ad infinitum on social media. While mostly a good thing, this could unduly influence a small yet meaningful percentage of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, notes

Murray Chass On Baseball » ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE SILLY SEASON

Murray Chass was once a great baseball reporter. He has devolved into a self-parody.

The Internet is responsible for this sort of inane behavior. It is free to all and allows all to behave like mentally deficient jerks. I had initially planned on disclosing and discussing my Hall of Fame ballot in this column, but those MDJ’s will have to wait, if I ever reveal it at all.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: cranky old man, hall of fame

Ring in the New Year with resolutions for all 30 Major League teams | MLB.com

Happy New Year to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Boston Red Sox Top 20 prospects for 2017 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels breaks down the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2016 at 07:10 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects reports

Electing Selig shouldn’t sway voters in Hall full of contradictions | New York Post

There is plenty of crying in baseball.

This is just how it is. We should stop looking for perfect easy outs, formulas that are never coming, the 100 percent of applause of those judging us. If you receive the honor of getting a Hall of Fame vote, work hard on it, apply what you value and — remember — there is no crying in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox may regret passing on Jose Bautista

The Boston Sunday Globe baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Friday, December 30, 2016

Next Year’s Free-Agent Hitters Offer More of the Same | FanGraphs Baseball

MLB GMs are evaluating players very similarly now. It’s not a coincidence they aren’t willing to pay the glut of hitters excessively.

Overall, next year’s class is probably slightly better for position players. Cain, Frazier, Lucroy, and Moustakas — along with Hosmer, Martinez, and Santana — present more upside and production than Bautista, Cespedes, Encarnacion, Fowler, Reddick, and Turner. After this year’s deep freeze in free agency — perhaps complicated by CBA negotiations — we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2016 at 07:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-30-2016

Chicago Eagle, December 30, 1916:

Connie Mack was catching for the Pirates in 1893 and he roomed with George Moreland when the team was on the road…One night Moreland entered their hotel room before Mack and dug up the latter’s best catching mitt. He started to cut a hole in the center of it, and was still engaged at this task when Mack came in.

“Hey, George, what are you doing?” asked Mack. This was a natural query for a catcher to spring when seeing his best glove being treated in this ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history

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