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Friday, January 08, 2016

Former Cardinals scouting director to be indicted for hacking the Astros today

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that ex-Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will be indicted today on charges arising out of the hacking of the Houston Astros’ database in 2014. Correa is expected to plead guilty to charges related to hacking the Astros.

Costa says between 5-12 charges will be filed. While the charges are yet unknown, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would cover such activities. The FBI has been investigating for months. There are serious ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros, cardinals, criminal, hacking, proprietary

Wally the Green Monster… has a sister

Her name is Tessie. She’ll be at the Winter Carnival later this month. I assume that’s not the end of it.

(Link goes to a video production at mlb.com.)

villageidiom Posted: January 08, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, please make it stop, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2016

Washington Times, January 8, 1916:

ATHLETICS’ ROOKIE MAY LOSE HIS ARM

As a result of being bitten in the arm by an opposing player in what stands to reason was a very rough football game at South Bethlehem, Pa., last fall, Earl Potteiger, crack outfielder on last year’s Worcester (New England League) club, and slated to go south with Connie Mack’s Athletics in the spring, may have to have the member amputated and thus retire from baseball.
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The [football] game was rough, with much slugging, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 08, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Manny on PEDs, Hall: ‘Sometimes you think you’re doing right, but you’re not’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would players already talented enough to play at high levels in the majors, already capable of making millions in the game, capable of lasting a decade or longer in the majors, take performance enhancers? Take the chance?

After all, those are the players in question when it comes to the Hall of Fame debate – exemplified most by Bonds and Clemens if you believe the timelines of their alleged uses.

“Life is like that. You make mistakes,” Ramirez said. “Everybody makes mistakes. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, manny ramirez, red sox

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Denard Span gets 3-year contract from Giants | MLB.com

The Giants and free-agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical.

The deal is reportedly worth $31 million ($10.33 million per season) plus performance bonuses.

Span, who turns 32 in February, is coming off a season in which he played just 61 games because of various injuries. The initial thought throughout the industry was Span would seek a one-year deal to re-establish his value, but his versatility and play when healthy—posting a career-high 184 hits in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, free agents, giants

USA Today:  The 5 MLB teams without any Hall of Famers

Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg are both a long way off from securing their Hall credentials, but both players have Cooperstown-caliber talent.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 07, 2016 at 07:31 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Braves bringing back veteran Kelly Johnson

Who says the Braves aren’t committed to winning?

The Braves are bringing back versatile veteran Kelly Johnson, who agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, $2 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The deal was pending a physical.

Johnson, who’ll be 34 in February, hit .265 with 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances last season with the Braves and Mets, including 13 homers in 300 PAs against right-handers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kelly johnson

Brewers sign veteran first baseman Chris Carter

The power is out there.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns liked the way first baseman Chris Carter handled himself during the rebuilding process in Houston, where Stearns worked the last three seasons.

“He’s a player who has gone through the type of process we’re going through now,” said Stearns, who was hired to oversee the Brewers’ massive rebuild. “He understands how quickly it can turn. That’s one of the things he and I talked about. We need his influence with that.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris carter

Mariotti: Hall momentum for Bonds appalling

What am I missing? Barry Bonds cheated like a fiend, loading his swollen body with performance-enhancing drugs to break what once was sports’ most celebrated individual record. His connection to the BALCO cesspool was well-documented and voluminously detailed by skilled investigative reporters. He remains a heinous example of why teen athletes shouldn’t partake in steroids, which, when not halting heartbeats or rotting a user’s insides, have been known to kill.

Yet even so, because a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, jay mariotti, millennials

Brayan Pena: The Window

Brayan is a delight.

We walked over to the bathroom and I turned to him and kind of laughed.

“I don’t think you’re going to want to be in there for this one. Come on, where am I gonna go?”

“Okay Peña, you got five minutes. Hurry up.”

The door closed behind me. The window was open.

This was real. This was really happening. I started breathing so hard I thought I might pass out. On the other side of that window might be anything. It might be my friend. It might be security. Or ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cuban baseball

Roger Clemens responds to Roy Halladay’s anti-PED tweet

The Blue Jays were using all these PEDs and couldn’t even win a division title????

Ahead of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s announcement of the class of 2016 on Wednesday, former pitcher Roy Halladay tweeted his stance on allowing alleged PED users into the Hall.

“When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly!” Halladay wrote. “Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!”

Halladay was referring to widespread suspicion that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds, roger clemens, roy halladay

The 1998 Indians had a “dream team” front office.

John Hart’s real legacy.

“It’s one of those things you get a sinking feeling,” Hart said. “But we were doing so well and people want to take your guys.”

Success affected the front office in other ways, in O’Dowd’s estimation.

“The culture changed when we got really good,” he said, “because everybody wanted something for themselves within that process, including me. It changed the dynamic of the relationships. Sometimes it’s harder to manage success than failure. When you fail, there’s this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers, indians, john hart

Piazza, Mike | Baseball Hall of Fame

It doesn’t look like Piazza will be going into the Hall as a Dodger.

Hat tip to MetsMerized.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 7, 1916:

Federal league magnates will come to bury Caesar and collect his life insurance next Wednesday when they cluster again in New York for their final meeting as Federal magnates.
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Formal obsequies over the league are expected to include the signing of a joint pact by all the club-owners agreeing to the withdrawal of their suit against organized baseball and the signing of certain agreements by the organized owners to protect their brethren now that the outlaw ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Predicting the next four HOF Classes (SportsOnEarth/Mack)

A clear-eyed look at the next four years of Hall of Fame voting.


Rangers continue quest for pitching depth | The Star-Telegram

But the Rangers also believe that Darvish is in the same class as elite pitchers who have returned from Tommy John and had fewer issues.

The performances of Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Jose Fernandez and even John Smoltz in their first season after Tommy John have buoyed the Rangers’ hopes for Darvish, who will resume his throwing program next week.

“The No. 1 priority is to get him back to full health, and we’re on a good path toward that,” Daniels said. “I look at upper echelon ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Junior and Piazza elected to Hall of Fame

The first pick of the 1990 draft and the 1390th pick of the 1988 draft are going to Cooperstown. Griffey Jr. is the first #1 overall pick to be selected and Piazza is the lowest round pick (62cnd) ever selected and they go into together.


Moskovitz: Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman Sue Al Jazeera America Over Doping Report

Ryans unite!

Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have each sued Al Jazeera America, reporter Deborah Davies, and hurdler Liam James Collins today in federal court for Al Jazeera’s report on athletes and doping, which included both baseball players. In their lawsuits, Zimmerman and Howard both claim one count of libel and one count of false light invasion of privacy while laying out similar issues.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuit, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman, steroids

Baseball Hall of Fame selections: The Daily News ballots - NY Daily News

Three more ballots.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Alex Gordon signs four-year deal with Royals

As you can tell, I am happy.

Alex Gordon has re-signed with the Royals according to Jeffrey Flanagan. Buster Olney reports the deal is a four year, $72 million contract.

At the outset of free agency, it was thought Gordon could command a deal as large as $100 million. The Royals had been said to “lowballing” Gordon with a four-year offer worth $12-13 million per year. Reports surfaced that the Royals had “no chance” to re-sign Gordon with what they were offering. Gordon refuted that report, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 6, 1916:

Pitcher “King” Cole, aged 30, of the New York Yankees, died at his home [in Bay City, Michigan] today. He had been ill for some time with cancer of the lungs.
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He was fairly effective in 1914, but last year was ill nearly the entire season. Toward the end of the season he showed signs of recovery and finished strong.

Man, that’s rough. The article is correct, though: In his last three MLB appearances, presumably while suffering from terminal cancer, Cole ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, king cole, obituaries

Evaluating the Prospects - Boston Red Sox (FanGraphs)

Long-term, the cupboard is still well stocked with young talent, and the Red Sox should have enough in the pipeline to contend not only in 2016 but beyond as well…

(Andrew) Benintendi’s combination of a high ceiling and low risk makes him the top prospect in the organization. Look for him to move quickly through the system, with his power likely being the last tool to fully develop as he hits his way into the upper minors.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Baseball’s Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The ’60s | FiveThirtyEight

The game is better than ever but recent players don’t get the Hall of Fame love.

Read an article that would get Murray Chass’ blood boiling!!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Junior’s achievements: 24 of Ken Griffey Jr.‘s most remarkable feats

Griffey was a great player. He wasn’t the best center fielder to ever play the game.

“I would say he’s the best center fielder who ever played the game,’’ said Jay Buhner, Griffey’s good friend and former teammate. “He had the sweetest swing, the biggest smile and the hat-on-backward thing. His energy was infectious and contagious. You talk about guys who could carry a team for a week or a month, well, Junior could carry it for a year.

“He was around the game all his life. He grew up around ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr.

Los Angeles Dodgers hire former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos for front office

The smartest front office just got smarter. Now they just need to actually win something more than their division.

Former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been hired to play an unspecified role in the Dodgers’ front office, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, dodgers

Dave Dombrowski has one more offseason issue to deal with - The Boston Globe

It wasn’t just last year.

If last winter taught us anything, it’s that selecting which major league teams are the offseason winners or losers is a pointless exercise. The Red Sox were among the big “winners” a year ago, then finished in last place, 15 games out.

I wish the Boston writers would get off this bandwagon. The Red Sox didn’t sign Hanley for his fielding. Ramirez was hitting last season before he ran into the wall and hurt his shoulder. I fully expect him to hit again. Selling ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Buckley: Time for Hall voters to show it or lose it | Boston Herald

I agree 100%.

To take this a step further, I’m calling out the BBWAA: Public ballots should be mandatory.

While I remain firm in my belief the BBWAA does a mostly phenomenal job of determining Cooperstown worthiness, I’m also firm in my belief that baseball fans should be invited into the smoked-filled room to see how it all plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

There is no right way. As the article points out, there is a cultural aspect to how the game is played. If culture is truly something to be respected, respect needs to go both ways.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game etiquette

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

FIVE THINGS LEARNED TALKING HALL OF FAME WITH MIKE LOWELL

“The Tim Raines thing really baffles me. I don’€™t think anybody would argue that Rickey Henderson isn’€™t a Hall of Famer. He’€™s absolultely a Hall of Famer, first ballot. I look at what Tim Raines did for a good 8-10 years in the National League and he’€™s basically Rickey Henderson.

“Schll’€™s another one. If you did something extraordinary in the postseason, you get bonus time. For me Curt was so outstanding, and had some moments, especially in ‘€™04 with the ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, red sox

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