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Sunday, November 02, 2014

2014 Fielding Bible Awards

C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B: Josh Donaldson, OAK
SS: Andrelton Simmons*, ATL
LF: Alex Gordon*, KC
CF: Juan Lagares, NYM
RF: Jason Heyward*, ATL
Multi-Position: Lorenzo Cain, KC
P: Dallas Keuchel, HOU

* = unanimous selection

The District Attorney Posted: November 02, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding, fielding bible

Wilpon responds to sexual discrimination suit | Capital New York

Is there ever any good news associated with the Wilpons?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff wilpon, mets

Anderson’s 2015 option not picked up by Rockies | rockies.com

It’s crazy to think he’s only 26 It seems like he’s been hurt a lot longer than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, rockies

Minnesota Twins offer manager contract to Paul Molitor - ESPN

It’s Molitor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Yankees’ Bird leads East to Fall Stars victory | MLB.com

The Arizona Fall League’s most dangerous hitter this season continued to pound pitchers in the prospect circuit’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday evening. Yankees first baseman Greg Bird opened the scoring with the longest home run in the game’s nine-year history, triggering a four-run second inning that held up for a 6-2 Eastern Division victory.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Hanley decision leads Friedman’s Hot Stove season | MLB.com

The most pressing decision is whether to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez by Monday. That would assure Los Angeles of a supplemental Draft pick between the first and second rounds if Ramirez rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, but it also gives Ramirez the choice of accepting the offer and committing to the Dodgers for one year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hanley ramirez


Might be time for the Red Sox to break the bank

Break the bank or make some deals?

More than at any time in recent memory, the link between spending and winning is tenuous. Most players don’t reach free agency until age 30 or later, but the production of players in their 30s has fallen off steeply in recent years. The Red Sox aren’t the only team to be have been victimized by spending too much money and counting too heavily on one-time stars past their primes.
Young players under team control are the game’s new currency, meaning rich ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Madden: As imperfect San Francisco Giants prove, baseball is far removed from days of super teams

Fresh off his H. V. Kaltenborn “Suave Voice of Doom” audio collection, Madden spreads…

Besides the aforementioned problems with the college scholarships and in the youth leagues, perhaps the biggest reason even the best teams in baseball are significantly flawed — as the Giants were — is because there are simply too many teams in baseball. In his farewell tour, Selig has understandably repeatedly said he has no regrets about anything he’s done in his impactful 23-year stewardship. And ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Saturday, November 01, 2014

MLBTR: 2014-15 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions

MLB Trade Rumors runs an annual free agent prediction contest. Writer Tim Dierkes predicts¹:

Scherzer - Yankees, Lester - Cubs, Shields - Red Sox, Hanley - Yankees, Panda - Giants, V-Mart - White Sox, Melky - Blue Jays, R. Martin - Cubs, N. Cruz - Orioles, Y. Tomas (Cuban defector) - Phillies, E. Santana - Giants, Maeda (Japanese league) - Astros, D. Robertson - Cubs, B. McCarthy - Pirates, F. Liriano - Red Sox, Headley - Red Sox, A. Miller - Tigers, Masterson - Cubs, Aramis - Brewers, Rasmus ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rumors

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Tampa’s choice on tampering charges—MLB - ESPN - Insider (Sub Required)

Where’s the proof? Maddon had a opt-out clause in his contract. He reportedly was reminded about the clause by TB’s Matt Silverman, “The opt-out clause, Maddon said, was something of a fine-print treasure revealed to him in a call from Matt Silverman, the Rays’ president of baseball operations, just after Friedman left. “I had totally forgotten about it,” Maddon said. “Andrew leaves, and I get a phone call that I have an opt-out clause. Otherwise I would not have known, I swear to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers, rays

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: whether communicable diseases are politicians’ fault.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 972 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tangotiger Blog: Are there more mid-inning relief changes these days?

Commenter “fivetwentyone” wrote:

heres what I got from retrosheet, so for example, 1.02 start-of-inning changes and 1.93 mid-inning changes, per team per game,

. Comments include a plot of annual start-of-inning changes and mid-inning changes since 1950.

bobm Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: relief pitching

OTP Politics November 2014: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing

The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.

The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.

“The termination of her employment,” the Mets and Wilpon said in their filings in United States ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: November 01, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 4189 comment(s)
  Beats: general, politics

OT - November 2014 College Football thread

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 567 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent | MLB.com

One of favorite things to watch. If we could get the other AFL games on demand at MILB.com, I would be even happier.

The game, which starts at 5 p.m. MST/8 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Tigers extend qualifying offers to Scherzer, V-Mart | MLB.com

The Tigers announced qualifying offers to free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez among a flurry of moves Friday, including the loss of Andy Dirks off waivers to Toronto and Patrick McCoy off waivers to Baltimore.
Detroit also purchased the contract of outfielder Wynton Bernard from low Class A West Michigan and outrighted the contracts of utilityman Don Kelly and reliever Evan Reed to Triple-A Toledo. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, right-hander Drew VerHagen and relievers Bruce Rondon and Luke ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Cubs hiring Maddon to replace Renteria as manager | MLB.com

A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Why the Dodgers should hang on to Andre Ethier - LA Times

So let’s judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances.

Despite all the Pederson hype, though, he looked like anything but a can’t-miss kid after his late-season call-up. You never want to judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances, but for now it’s impossible not to notice he went 4-for-28 with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. He turns 23 in April, it’s not like starting the year back in triple-A is going to ruin his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Giants’ foundation rock solid with architect Sabean | MLB.com

Shortly after Brian Sabean became general manager of the Giants, he orchestrated a trade that was arguably one of the most unpopular in franchise history. He sent third-base fan favorite Matt Williams to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that brought back at the time little-known second baseman Jeff Kent, infielder Jose Vizcaino and reliever Julian Tavarez.

The outrage among the folks in the Bay Area, including the media, was so strong that Sabean finally called a news conference to explain, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Jays to play Reds in Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4

Youppi!

Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:

As of time of writing, event ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, montreal, olympic stadium, reds

Statcast: Dissecting Gordon’s odds of scoring | MLB.com

One more time with Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 04:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, world series

2014-2015 MLB free agent power ranking

Where will they all sign?

4. Hanley Ramirez

With Derek Jeter gone, we have a new why-is-he-still-playing-shortstop champion. If Ramirez still insists on playing short wherever he goes, feel free to slide him one down on this list. Ramirez isn’t the average-fueled monster who hit .345 with 20 homers in a half-season in 2013, but he’s still an excellent power hitter in a free agent market that isn’t flush with them. And, okay, technically he can still play up the middle.

If Shin-Soo ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Relix: Watch the Exact Moment the Phish Crowd Found Out the Giants Won the World Series

This is a pretty remarkable video, one that will surely give you chills if you have any connection to a sports team. During the first set of Phish’s show at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the San Francisco Giants were on the verge of clinching their third World Series in five years, cementing themselves as a modern-era dynasty.

As “The Moma Dance” kicked in, Pablo Sandoval caught the final out in foul territory, setting off the celebration. In the age of social media, ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: music, san francisco, san francisco giants

Gabe Kapler to the LA Dodgers Front Office? Misadventures in Twitter Direct Messages

So Gabe Kapler tweeted and deleted this tweet… #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/ee94pEUzuw

— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 31, 2014 ” cols=“100” rows=“20”

Gabe Kapler, who has been a baseball analyst with Fox Sports 1 and appeared on the MLB whip around coverage, may be going to the Los Angeles Dodgers in some front office capacity, if his apparently accidental tweet is an indicator. Kapler sent out (and has since deleted) the following, that may have been intended as another direct message to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, gabe kapler, social media

MLB.com - In pursuit of Maddon, Cubs dismiss Renteria

The money quote:

“Rick deserved to come back for another season as Cubs manager, and we said as much when we announced that he would be returning in 2015. We met with Rick two weeks ago for a long end-of-season evaluation and discussed plans for next season. We praised Rick to the media and to our season-ticket holders. These actions were made in good faith.

“Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon—who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ...

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The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rick renteria

Sending Gordon | Joe Blogs

I will say this, though: If the Jirsch HAD sent Gordon home and Gordon HAD been thrown out by something comical like 30 or 40 feet, that would have created one hundred times the second-guessing that’s going on now. It would have been one of the greatest blunders in sports history. And people would still be wondering what was behind those other curtains, the ones that would never be opened.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Talking Ball with Jeffrey Radice – The Hardball Times

Few people ever have been more complicated—or controversial—than the late Dock Ellis. One moment, he could have been complaining publicly about something as trivial as the length of his hotel bed in San Francisco; the next, he might be visiting hardened criminals in the state penitentiary, doing his best to advise them on a straighter and narrower path.
It’s only natural that someone like Ellis would become the subject of a full-length documentary. Directed by Jeffrey Radice, No No: A ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dock ellis, documentaries, pirates

Free Agency Contract Calculator - Beyond the Box Score

I don’t have time to read this too closely but on a quick read it looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, sabermetrics

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