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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated 9:00 ~ 79 Full Ballots ~ (13.8% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

98.7 - P. Martinez
98.7 - R. Johnson
87.3 - Smoltz
82.3 - Biggio
79.7 - Piazza
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73.4 - Bagwell
64.6 - Raines
58.2 - Schilling
44.3 - Bonds
43.0 - Clemens
43.0 - Mussina
29.1 - E. Martinez
22.8 - Trammell
17.7 - McGriff
15.2 - Lee Smith
13.9 - Kent
  7.6 - L. Walker
  6.3 - Sheffield
  6.3 - McGwire
  5.1 - Sosa
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  1.3 - ...

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Repoz Posted: December 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM | 344 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist can play infield and outfield, is 33 and will be a free agent after next season, so it’s time to examine potential trade partners because it makes sense that the Rays will try to move him | FOX Sports

From what I have read and heard from the Rays front office, they aren’t throwing in the towel on competing in 2015. I don’t see them trading Zobrist unless they start off next season poorly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Ace Maeda re-signs with Carp | The Japan Times

He would have gotten more than $2,492,437.04 in MLB.

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda on Wednesday re-signed with the Central League club for ¥300 million, up ¥20 million from last season.

“The club not only valued my results but also the way I played,” the 26-year-old said after signing the new deal at Mazda Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Benjamin Hill’s Minoring in Business announces first annual Bizzies award winners | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The CLAWlossal is not something I would order.

Therefore, what follows is my first annual “Minoring in Business” Awards—the Bizzies, if you will—culled from my extensive ballpark travels during the 2014 season. The eight inaugural honorees, each representing an arbitrarily chosen category, have all gone above and beyond in their quest to make the Minor League Baseball fan experience as memorable as possible. Congratulations to all of the winners, as being included in this article surely ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor league promotions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 26, 1914:

The superstitious idea of a “jinx” is not uncommon in baseball. The worst case was that of poor old Kid Baldwin, one of the grandest catchers of his time.
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Pitchers began to fear to pitch to him. It was strange, but it seemed as if some misfortune happened to all the players who were his closest friends. It drove him out of the business. He tried the minors; and found them even worse.

When he left Cincinnati he gave away a pair of baseball shoes. Oddly ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, kid baldwin

Buckley: Hall of Fame voting needs transparency | Boston Herald

At some point in this column I am going to share my selections for this year’s baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

But before I do — and, sincerely, this isn’t a cheap device to hold your attention — some annual housekeeping needs to be done.

First of all, voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who do not reveal their choices are hacks, cowards and, oh, I don’t know, maybe even racists. Wouldn’t you like to know the names of the 23 press box sages who didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, December 25, 2014

HardballTalk per MASN: Orioles Re-Sign Delmon Young

Happy Xmas Orioles fandudes—you’re getting a Delmon!

Delmon Young is staying in Baltimore, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the 29-year-old former No. 1 overall pick has re-signed with the Orioles on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: delmon young, orioles

Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter

The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories.

Let us count the ways:...

If you did not see this decaying performance, you were watching with your heart, not your eyes, and/or you get all of your baseball information from The Players’ Tribune…

NattyBoh Posted: December 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, derek jeter,, retirement tour, yankees

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Braves To Sign A.J. Pierzynski

Mmm, pierogi and grits.

The Braves have reached a one-year deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports on Twitter.

The District Attorney Posted: December 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pierzynski, braves, free agents, transactions

Rosecrans: Hall of Fame voting raises more questions than answers

Too sensible!

As for the steroid era, I believe performance-enhancing drugs work. I believe they were an unfair advantage used by many in the game — and continue to be used and abused in the game. What I don’t know is who used and who didn’t. We all have our suspicions and beliefs, but we don’t know for sure.

In the end, what I know for sure is what happened on the field. So that is the only thing I know for sure and the only basis of judgment I can make…

That means both Barry Bonds — ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hof confusion, peds

The Twins May Have Weakened a Weakness | FanGraphs Baseball

Do the Twins really need defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, twins

Santa Claus remembers Cleveland Indians whether they’ve been naughty or nice | cleveland.com

It’s gift time in Cleveland.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

J-Roll: John Middleton aspires to be ‘Steinbrenner South’ | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Salisbury goes on to ask what Middleton is like, suggesting a George Steinbrenner of the South type of figure who is willing to go to whatever lengths possible to put a winner on the field.

“That’s his ambition, to be Steinbrenner South,” Rollins said.

“You can feel it when you meet the guy, he wants to put a winner out there. But he wants to be in control, don’t get it wrong. But he wants to put a winner out there very badly. I know he would like to have more influence, obviously have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sports Analytics: The Extra Man

Posting this primarily for the summary at the end of the article:

The way to operationalize any sports analytics initiative would be to follow the below steps:

Data Engineering Layer – The first and critical step is to ensure there’s integration of all the available data (both internal and external) into a common database since incomplete data will yield non-optimized results/analysis.

Structured Problem Solving Platform - While most analytics products focus on complex analytical ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics

Orioles still interested in Padres’ Seth Smith and Will Venable, sources say - Baltimore Sun

Smith and Venable aren’t great but they are useful players.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, padres, trade rumors

Big gap still exists in Mets’ Tulowitzki talks—and Yankees check in on SS - CBSSports.com

Will one of the New York teams ante up?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-24-2014

Milwaukee Journal, December 24, 1914:

With the money obtained from the sale of a herd of steers, Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the Washington American league club, yesterday mailed a draft reimbursing Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago Federals, for the bonus given Johnson when he signed a Federal contract. The draft was for $6,000.
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“As far as I’m concerned the incident, which has proven an unpleasant one to me , at least, is now closed,” Johnson said. “There is nothing more I can ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Topps Bunt app: Can the company save itself and a beloved hobby with baseball cards that live inside your phone?

Shoutout to Sy Berger.

“The initial thought exercise, in 2012, was, If you were to re-create a baseball card, in our day and age, what would it look like?” Michael Bramlage told me. “First thing was, it should live on your phone. You know, the phone in your pocket is about the same size as a baseball card.”

Bramlage, the vice president, digital at the trading card giant Topps, is talking about Bunt, the free app I used to open a pack of Topps Frozen Phenoms.  My phone shuddered, and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, business, internet, topps

Is Yasiel Puig baseball’s worst baserunner? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

A look at Puig on the bases.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 07:03 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, sabermetrics

Sherman: Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter

Pasta diving Lupica:

The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories.

Let us count the ways:

Hal Steinbrenner ordered his re-signing — and at decent money — though Jeter was coming back from a horrific ankle injury, there was infinitesimal history of a shortstop succeeding at Jeter’s age and despite there being pretty much zero chance Jeter was going to ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, derek jeter, ped, yankees

Steve Popper’s First HOF Ballot

Popper’s Votes- Bonds, Clemens, Unit, Pedro, Smoltz, Piazza, Bagwell, Biggio, Schilling, and Mussina.

If voting for PED suspects is OK with, you, it’s a pretty good ballot/article- nice job, rookie!

TJ Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

How’s that Wil Myers trade look now?

Here are three Wil Myers stories that might be of interest:

1.) During one spring training, there was a video made that featured Wil Myers and George Brett. The Royals Hall of Famer was going to show the Royals prospect how to put pine tar on a bat, but the Royals prospect started arguing … with George Brett … about pine tar. A small thing, but it might have indicated an attitude problem.

2.) While Myers was in the Rays minor-league system, he said he didn’t need a two-strike approach ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, royals, wil myers

Bill James Mailbag - 12/20/14 - 12/23/14

Is it time for the airing of grievances yet?

Bill, Will Myers was just trades to the Padres? Can you think of someone traded TWICE while in the minors and/or their early career and went on to become a great player? The only one I can think of is Sammy Sosa.

The Big Papi. Joe Cronin. Edd Rousch, Paul Konerko, Curt Schilling. Bobby Abreu, maybe.

Gary Sheffield was traded twice by 25.

Right, but he had a big season before the second trade.

Hey Bill, if I’m not mistaken, you referred to Herman ...

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The Cubs, the Red Sox and a Blank Check | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, economics, red sox

The Magic and Mysticism of Baseball’s Projections – The Hardball Times

That’s the nature of projection. They are meant to be conservative. I usually only use them as a reality check for minor league players.

Thus far, there only seems to be one acceptable way for our projectionists to establish an authority for their method: lower the RMSE, or “root mean square error.” In an analysis of numerous projection systems at Baseball Prospectus this December, Rob Arthur found what I consider to be a shocking amount of agreement. Arthur points out that players who had ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

Fangraphs: How the Teams are Built

Looking at the A’s 40-man roster, 27 players were acquired via trade, the most in the MLB, and five more off waivers. The A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to their payroll, and so the A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to how they’re built.

Sean Doolittle is the longest-tenured A’s player, drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. A.J. Griffin was a 13th-round draft pick in 2010, and Sonny Gray was a first-round pick in 2011. The fourth guy is Renato Nunez, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 40 man rosters, athletics, free agents, homegrown, mets, trades

Here’s how MLB teams weigh injury worries. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

As Wade points out, overall risk has increased greatly in recent years, because with the amount of money and years involved, contracts have become virtually uninsurable; endless exclusions and high premiums make them cost-prohibitive when added to the cost of the actual contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agents, injuries, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2014

Tacoma Times, December 23, 1914:

Eddie Collins came near never being a member of the Chicago White Sox because his wife refused to believe that the biggest men in baseball wanted to see him.
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“Hello,” said a voice [on the phone]. “This is President Johnson of the American league. I want to speak to Mr. Collins.”

“We’ve had practical jokers call us up before,” replied Mrs. Collins sweetly as she hung up the receiver.

Five minutes later the telephone rang again and a voice said: “This is ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

Changes coming to MLBPA agent certification | FOX Sports

This sounds like a nice set up for existing agents, especially big agencies. The college degree requirement is a curious one. So a person who gets drafted, plays twenty years, is actively involved with the union, and has knowledge of the intricacies of player contracts can’t be an agent?

But ask the industry about bad agents, and you’ll get a list of infractions that don’t necessarily focus on felonies, CBA rules, or players on the forty-man. Agents can make mistakes when it comes to handling ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, mlbpa

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