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Thursday, November 05, 2015
Players are ranked by total median projected contract value — and then, in such cases where players have received the same median contract estimate, by the total average contract value. A spreadsheet containing the results is available here. Statistics are from 2015. Offensive and defensive value are expressed relative to league average. Defensive value accounts both for defensive runs and positional adjustment. One can read more about both metrics here.
Posted: November 05, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 59 comment(s)
Beane says “trading Gray is not something I think we could do. We have to put a representative product on the field, and continue to dream we get a ballpark. We should have good pitching, with Gray, Jarrod Parker, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, maybe Sean Manaea during the season. I just cannot see us trading Gray or (Josh) Reddick.”
Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Rany, they are all good.
So here’s to the 2015 Royals, for taking us there. For being the team I’ve waited my entire life to root for. For dominating the regular season from start to finish. For being the most unkillable baseball team October has ever seen. For finishing the season with a Game 5 that so perfectly embodied their season that it’s as if they had planned it all along.
If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see ...
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
Nearly six months after the trial hearing, and three years after the dispute began between MASN and the Nationals, the verdict is in on the court case involving tens of millions of dollars of rights fees. The thirty-page decision provides the immediate conclusion that the court has thrown out the ruling made by baseball’s panel - a victory for the Orioles - but offers no other resolution to the case.
Page 27 of the ruling is particularly interesting.
Under the circumstances, the Court ...
God blesses America, but it comes at a price!
A new report from two Republican senators slams the Pentagon for paying $6.8 million to the NFL and other sports leagues for patriotic events.
Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake slam the activities as “paid patriotism.”
The pair examined 122 contracts between the Pentagon and various sports leagues, including $49,000 for the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” at Milwaukee Brewers games; ...
Rock Island Argus, November 4, 1915:
Plans are nearing consummation to terminate the baseball war by absorbing into the National league the men who hold the federal league’s bank roll.
The scheme as outlined is for [Harry] Sinclair to become part owner of the Giants, [Phil] Ball to purchase the Britton equity in the St. Louis Cards, [PittFeds owner Edward] Gwinner to be bought out by Dreyfuss or to be allowed to buy into the Pirates, and the Whales and Cubs to be consolidated and play on the ...
A team should hire the best candidate. The Dodgers have an established track record of doing that. So, if Roberts is the best candidate, they will hire him; if he isn’t, they won’t. And that should be that.
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 37 comment(s)
Where will the good luck charm land?
This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:
“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s ...
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
I don’t need to see the translation of his stats to know he profiles as a bench guy at best.
The 33-year-old DH/corner infielder, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has been a productive player in Japan over two years with the Orix Buffaloes and the past two seasons with SoftBank.
He is a .293 hitter in Nippon Pro Baseball and is coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 31 longballs—his highest power total during his time in Japan.
His upside includes his ability to get around on fastballs, and he ...
Collins is not a good tactical manager. I’m still shocked that he let Harvey talk him into staying in the game. I’m even more shocked that he also left him in after he served up a leadoff walk.
Now, Collins has been given the opportunity to chase another championship, and to do so on his own terms. Sources told Newsday on Tuesday that Collins, 66, agreed to a new two-year contract that will keep him in the Mets’ dugout through the 2017 season.
The deal officially will be announced Wednesday at ...
Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
“None of us should be surprised at this,” said Bowden, who resigned as Nationals GM in 2009 amid an FBI investigation of illegal scouting practices in Latin America. “The Lerner families have a history of this. When I was the GM there, Joe Girardi was the selection of the baseball people there, a recommendation by me. The ownership was not willing to pay Joe Girardi what was fair, so Manny Acta was the manager, and that was the guy who ended up running the team. Joe Girardi went on to the ...
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Executive summary: teh Lerners are CHEEEEEEEP!
The Lerners already had shown, in their dealing with previous managers, that they don’t put much value in the position. They have never paid a premium for a manager, even as they developed a roster that was good enough to win a World Series. This, people familiar with the franchise’s structure said, is typical of how the club operates.
You’ve got an opinion on the Eric Hosmer play. Y’know, the one where he broke from third on a ground ball that didn’t get out of the infield grass and scored the tying run in the ninth inning of the World Series? Y’know, the one where if he would have been out, the game would have been over but he wasn’t and now the Royals are world champions? That’s the one. You’ve got an opinion on the Hosmer play, I’ve got an opinion on the Hosmer play, and even if you say you don’t have an ...Read More...
Posted: November 03, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 47 comment(s)
You have got to see this Taiwanese animated video summarizing the World Series. It’s worth the 30 second commercial.
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 3, 1915:
If Charley Comiskey has his way, Chic [sic] Gandil will be playing first base for the White Sox next season.
Griffith has made it known that he intends to have Judge, a youngster of only 20 years, at the bag when the season opens, and it is not a secret that with this in view he intends to make some sort of a disposition of Gandil. Gandil would come pretty near to making the Chicago team, which is sadly in need of both a first and third baseman.
Don’t do ...Read More...
Bryce Harper *IS* your 2015 Most Offensive Player.
If your hire isn’t worth market rate, maybe something needs to be reevaluated:
Five days after the Washington Nationals picked veteran Bud Black to be their next manager, the team did not announce a hiring Monday because contract talks crumbled over the weekend, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal wasn’t expected to be announced until after a contract was signed and after the World Series. But the playoffs ended Sunday and there was still no public word from the team ...
Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?
In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.
While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.
Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, November 02, 2015
A few batters later, Hosmer had his own choice, and he decided to go home. Third baseman David Wright fielded a groundball with one out, looked at Hosmer, but with third base unoccupied (Wilmer Flores somewhat sheepishly ran over to cover, but he was going to be far too late to matter) Hosmer was able to hold his pretty-good lead off the bag and leave as soon as Wright fired to first. It was going to be close. Lucas Duda misfired. The throw wasn’t caught. Hosmer scored. “Brilliant ...
Poz weighs in as only Poz can.
This will be a story about luck and magic and the Kansas City Royals, but why don’t we start with Art Stewart? That’s him over there by the wall, yes, the little guy, the scout with tears in his eyes. He’s 88 now, and he has been in this game long enough that he timed a young Mickey Mantle running to first base. Positive? Nobody has ever been more positive. One time, after the Kansas City Royals drafted a young outfielder named Chris Lubanski, the Royals ...
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
This is a real article that was actually written by someone.
“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” [...]
Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them ...
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:13 PM | 84 comment(s)
“The Steroid Hunt” by Bryan Curtis
It’s easy to go through my Grantland favorites; roughly 60 percent of my brother’s emails to me are links from the site. I loved this story on how baseball reporters tiptoed around the steroid crisis, trying to figure out exactly how far they could go with their questions. Should be required reading for journalists on any beat.
–Leah Libresco, news writer
A good collection of stories new and old from Grantland’s short, sometimes glorious run. I ...Read More...
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
“Make [Lucas] Duda throw the ball. Make [Travis] d’Arnaud throw the ball,’’ was presented to every Royals player.
Alex Skillin does a great job identifying why the Royals are winning. Of course, you don’t have to believe him. You could just believe what Dayton Moore said himself in his book, More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture. I’ve been reading the book which has some interesting insight into Dayton Moore. I recommend it.
Grand Forks Daily Herald, November 2, 1915:
There is just the suggestion of a “batting scandal” in the National league similar to that which caused the row in the American when Lajoie was allowed to get his eight hits on the final day in St. Louis. The intimation is that they were overly kind to Larry Doyle at Braves field on the final day of the National league race when he registered four hits and thus took the lead in batting for the year.
I had never heard this accusation before. It’s a lot ...Read More...
Every championship is sacred.
Every champion is remembered fondly, but this one is different even by that high standard. Some of that is in wiping away two decades of losing, and some of that is in the way they attacked every day, every game, every inning, every pitch. Kansas Citians bought more tickets than ever before, and spent more time watching on TV than ever before. Following this team became more than a pastime, and more than a habit. It is now an addiction.
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
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