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Monday, November 07, 2016

Taxpayers may help pay for the Rangers’ $1bn ballpark – but at least they’ll get aircon | Tom Dart | Sport | The Guardian

Oh boy. Crazy.

At a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.

Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old.

The election raises the question of how much a team is really worth to its community, and whether, just a few days ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium financing

Mike Hazen aims to learn from time spent under Dave Dombrowski

Of course, then comes the purge.

So what did Hazen learn about that transition?

“Do a lot of listening. Try to meet with as many people as you can and get their thoughts,” he said. “We’re looking at it from across the country, so it’s more about gathering the opinions of that staff that’s been here and what they think went wrong and then maybe layering over some objective opinions on that as well to hopefully figure out a way to turn it around.”

That echoes what Hazen said impressed him most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamond mind baseball, general managers, mike hazen

Tracking MLB qualifying offers before deadline | MLB.com

Someone at MLB will be updating this document.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, qualifying offers


The Greatest Game Ever Played? « Our Game

John Thorn tells the story.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Top 25 MLB free agents of 2017 | MLB.com

Boras is selling that Wieters will be a much better player in his 30s that his 20s, and should be paid as such. If you can’t sell reality, sell the dream.

19. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
2017 WAR projection: 1.1
2017 age: 31
The switch-hitter accepted Baltimore’s qualifying offer last offseason but then put together a fairly disappointing 2016. Wieters’ wRC+ of 88 ranked 14th out of 16 catchers with at least 400 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Falvey: Twins’ goal is building ‘a sustainable, championship-caliber team’ - StarTribune.com

How will they be better than other front offices?

Falvey and Levine, who both got five-year contracts, were introduced at a news conference later Monday morning. The two are part of the wave of baseball executives who place an emphasis on analytics, but Falvey said, “We will have a commitment to understanding metrics but we’ll always be making human decisions.”

Said Levine: “In the healthiest decisionmaking cycles, analytics plays a meaningful role but not a decisive role … [analytics] will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 7, 1916:

A letter written in the home of Joe Tinker in Chicago and reaching [Philadelphia yesterday], told that Frank Chance, the veteran manager, had been appointed leader of the Cubs to succeed Tinker. The letter was received by Wade Powers, a local fan, from his mother, Mrs. J.A. Powers, who left Philadelphia last week to visit the Tinker household. Mrs. Powers is a sister of the mother-in-law of Tinker…

When incredulity was expressed, Mr. Powers said: “You ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe tinker, rumors

MLB Awards Season, Pt 2: The Logic Escapes Me

The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”

In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold ...

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OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 4331 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, politics, world series

5 Mets options to replace Cespedes: Trade for McCutchen? | New York Post

He is an option.

Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bud Black reaches agreement with Colorado Rockies to become new manager

“This is a tough place, a fun place and a not-so-fun place to play all wrapped into one. No lead feels safe,” Black said about Coors Field during his last season with the Padres. “And no lead feels insurmountable when you are trying to attack. You always feel good about your ability to come back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

Heyman - Mariners Acquire Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers - Linkis.com

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.

According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trades


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Benevolence or stupidity? Cubs pay Hammels to go away

For a paltry 12 million, the Cubs could have had a really good long man/spot starte; or they could have signed and traded him. But they paid 2 million to let him walk.  Hammels stands to make millions from this move as he becomes one of the best starters on the market.

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 06, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency

Rays ‘open to everything’ to improve in offseason | Tampa Bay Times

“The trade market is our primary avenue to address those needs,” Silverman said. “It’s market-driven based on the teams’ interest in our players, what (teams) provide to us that meets those needs, both short term and long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 12:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

SNL: Chicago Cubs and Bill Murray on Weekend Update [video]

Chicago Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler perform “Go Cubs Go” with Bill Murray.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, go cubs go, saturday night live, video

Top performers from AFL Fall Stars Game | MLB.com

MLB needs more of the AFL on television.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Mets needs to lock up Cespedes long-term — no matter the price - NY Daily News

Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.

Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.

As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.

But we’ll see if he delivers on it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

2016-17 MLB qualifying offer predictions | MLB.com

Mike Petriello looks at the players who may or may not get qualifying offers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Cubs Joe Maddon’s style unique, unprecedented | MLB.com

Joe Maddon was in charge of the Angels’ instructional league program one fall three decades ago when he heard Gene Mauch‘s gravelly voice behind him.

“I don’t know how you’re doing it, son,” Mauch said. “But you’ve created a great environment here.”

To this day, Maddon considers it maybe the greatest compliment he has ever received, because Mauch was a legendary tough guy—taciturn, demanding and frugal with praise. He also had one of the greatest baseball minds ever, someone who’d studied the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Rays restructure front office; existing execs get new titles | Tampa Bay Times

Silverman said the responsibility sharing is “unique” but said it works in their situation. “It’s custom-fit to our histories together and to our working relationships,” he said. “Because of their decade-long working relationship, Erik and Chaim are ideal partners to team up on the daily management of our department.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Phillies Acquire Pat Neshek - MLB Trade Rumors

Win-win presumably.  Astros to get lottery ticket or money for a guy whom they would have released. The Phils get some bullpen help which they really need.  It’s not like the Phils have 5 can’t-miss bullpen arms waiting to come to the majors in April.
I’ll set the over/under on comments for this thread at 1.5

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Chicago Cubs: What’s in future after World Series win? | SI.com

The Cubs may be just getting started, as they’re exceptionally well-built for the long haul. Counting Willson Contreras (instead of Miguel Montero) as their starting catcher, they have every member of their starting lineup under club control through at least 2019 except for Fowler. First baseman Anthony Rizzo is locked into a very affordable deal that includes options for 2020 and ‘21, second baseman/leftfielder Ben Zobrist and rightfielder Jason Heyward are on board via more expensive ones, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Why The Union Should Push Back At International Changes | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler makes the case against raising the international minimum signing age to 18.

There will still be some Latin American players who can get to the majors at 21 and hit free agency still at their traditional peak years, but raising the signing age from 16 to 18 reduces the number of them who will. That hurts players in the union—and not just Latin American players. While international amateur players aren’t in the union, the players’ association would be smart to push back against ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international draft, international free agents

Friday, November 04, 2016

Love, loss and the Indians

MLB.com writer shares his thoughts on the Indians, the World Series, and his late son.

neck Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Prospecting on the Beautiful Island

As the game of baseball continues to globalize, major league organizations are looking beyond the prospect hotbeds in the Americas. For many organizations, this includes scouting in Taiwan, which 16th-century Portuguese sailors dubbed Formosa, “The Beautiful Island,” owing to its natural fusion of green fields, forest ranges, mountain tops and water bodies.
The San Diego Padres, for example, recently signed Taiwanese pitcher Wen-Hua Sung, who turned 20 in September. Sung, whom the local ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international, prospects, taiwan

Arizona Diamondbacks pick Torey Lovullo as manager

The usually reliable John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports is reporting that the team will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as the new manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. While there has not yet been an official announcement, the choice has since been confirmed by others, including Nick Piecoro and Jon Heyman, so it appears to be close to a done deal. Lovullo will become the 10th manager in team history.

This is no great shock: as soon as Red Sox GM Mike Hazen was appointed to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Is the Postseason Becoming Too Different?

Or, if we want to look at it another way, relievers threw 43% of all the postseason innings this year. That’s up from 39% a year ago, and over the last five years, it had held pretty steady between 35-40%, right in the same range as the 63%/37% split we see during the regular season. It certainly feels like this year is the start of a shift, and teams are going to continue to push their bullpen usage in October, especially given how well it worked this year.

But that brings up a bit of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dave cameron, post-season

Why Aren’t There More Gay Baseball Players?

Spoiler alert! There’s no single great answer to that question. Complex spoke to every living professional baseball player who’s come out publicly: Conroy and Denson, plus four others who came out after retiring, and all of them had somewhat different takes.

“I think people are misguided in thinking that it’s connected,” says Billy Bean, the one-time major leaguer who came out four years after his pro career ended and wrote a book about everything, now serving as Major League ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: gay players, gay rights, rob neyer

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