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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth for $100,000 Cash

Johnny Igoe, Ruth’s business manager, who is in Boston, having recently returned from the Pacific Coast, notified Ruth last evening by telegraph of his sale to the New York club, and at 11:30 received the following telegram from “Babe”:

“Will not play anywhere but Boston. Will leave for the East Monday.”

Igoe gave as a reason for Ruth’s objection to playing with any club other than the Red Sox, that the big fellow had invested his money in the cigar business in Boston and that he ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, transactions, yankees

First BSOHL of 2016 - Bartolo Colon

On Tuesday, the former Cy Young award winner and three-time All-Star took to the streets of his native Dominican Republic for an intense morning workout, putting his physical gifts on display for some locals.

bbmck Posted: January 05, 2016 at 02:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bsohl, legend, mets

OT: 2016 NFL Playoffs Thread

To allow those of us without the moral fiber to quit following the NFL the space to talk about it for one month per year.

jmurph Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 2292 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl

Sherman: DePodesta to the Browns

Whoa. Did anyone see this coming? Will the Mets get Ricardo Rincon in return?

I have learned Paul DePodesta leaving #Mets to run the NFL Cleveland Browns as executive VP, answerable only to team owner/pres.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cleveland, executives, mets, moneyball, paul depodesta

Are Curt Schilling’s GOP Politics Keeping Him Out of the Hall of Fame? - Bloomberg Politics

We’ll see what the vote is tomorrow.

Maybe you agree with Curt Schilling’s politics, and maybe you don’t. Maybe you think he’s obnoxious and should be a little quieter about his off-field beliefs to stop distracting people from what he did off the field, or maybe you think he should scream his views from the nearest mountaintop. What appears undeniable, a year after his comments, is that he was exactly right: His right-wing views have cost him votes. The proof is right there in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

This year will feature plenty of international intrigue for MLB

This much is clear: 2016 can be a watershed year for baseball’s international growth, if MLB and the MLBPA partner effectively amid collective bargaining negotiations scheduled to begin this spring.

A synopsis of the packed schedule:

● MLB/MLBPA-operated World Baseball Classic qualifying tournaments in Australia, Mexico and Panama in February and March, followed by another in Brooklyn in September.

● a possible trip by the Tampa Bay Rays to Cuba for two exhibition games in March.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international, london, mexico, puerto rico

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2016

Washington Times, January 5, 1916:

Charlie Weeghman, the Chicago Federal League magnate, is expected to close his deal for the Cubs today, paying in the neighborhood of $500,000 for the club.
...
“It’s up to Weeghman now to pay his money and take the club,” said [Newark Pepper owner Harry] Sinclair, when asked for a statement.

The Chicago restaurateur is expected to return home tomorrow or Saturday in possession of the controlling interest in the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 5, 1916:

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Dave Stewart: D-backs want to keep Draft pick | dbacks.com

I’ve read some criticism of Stewart for not wanting to give up the pick to sign Kendrick. Since the D’Backs are rumored to be talking to Kendrick, it seems he made the statement to lower Kendrick’s asking price. I doubt the difference between Kendrick and the other second base options would be worth losing the pick anyway.

“We’re not going to give up the pick,” Stewart said of the D-backs, who have the 37th selection (Competitive Balance Round A). “It’s just tough after we’ve already given up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Hall of Fame’s purging of voters might help Bagwell - Houston Chronicle

The backlog won’t be cleared.

“It’s probably going to help to skew the electorate younger, maybe with a bit more sympathy toward advanced metrics, maybe with a bit more tolerance toward the PED question, just generally a bit more liberal in terms of their voting tendencies,” Jaffe said. “Maybe fewer single- or two- or three-candidate ballots. Although we’ve seen more of those the last few days. On the whole, it’s going to help accelerate the progress of a lot of these guys toward the Hall.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Monday, January 04, 2016

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting | MLB.com

A bunch of good ballots and some not so good ones. This one is awful.

MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Griffey, Kent

No need to explain a vote for Griffey. He could be the first unanimous inductee, but he won’t be, which means we can look forward to someone’s outside-the-box—outside-the-universe—reasoning for omitting Junior.

I’d like to have a loop video of his swing—it was perfect.

Kent is the Babe Ruth of second basemen. His run production dwarfs that of others at his position. If Kent was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Morgan Ensberg now Astros Minors mindset coach | astros.com

Ensberg says it’s all about supporting the players and doing everything the organization can from an analytical side to figure out the best way to teach them the game. But, he warns, he’s not a psychologist.
“It’s something the players, coaches and managers can trust that will stick with them when things go bad,” he said.

And Ensberg admits he could have used a mindset coach when he played. It was sink or swim.

“I always ended up being that guy for other guys, and it’s really because I care,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Nine get Hall of Fame nod on my ballot this year - Twins Now

Mike Berardino’s Hall of Fame ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 07:28 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

It’s Not Cricket, but It’s a Ballgame in Australia - NYTimes.com

A nice article about the Australian Baseball League.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, international players

Sportswriters: start criticizing your colleagues. - Craig Calcaterra

I agree with some of the stuff Craig wrote but I’m not sure how calling Loverro “a poor writer, a poor thinker and an attention-seeking troll who writes inflammatory columns so he can have fodder for his bad radio show and vice-versa” isn’t aimed at the person but the work.

This is why you see so much bad sportswriting. While no one likes to be criticized, it’s undeniably the case that criticism – even sharp criticism, as long as it’s aimed at the work and not the person – leads to a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Retired Pitcher Dan Haren Goes on Funny Twitter Tell-All About MLB Career | Bleacher Report

Some funny stuff. Click through to the article.

After contemplating retirement last offseason when he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Miami Marlins, Haren decided to hang up his cleats after this past season, finishing with a career record of 153-131 and a 3.75 ERA.

But even though he has walked away from the game, he is still making sure he stays in shape. On Monday, Haren tweeted that he would be dishing out some thoughts on his career while he worked out:

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 05:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren

Baseball Prospectus | Caught Looking: Declaring openWAR

I really wish people would stop reusing the name WAR for their creations. It just confuses people. As for this version, I believe there is a place for a context laden player omnistat. bWAR and fWAR really shouldn’t be used for MVP discussions.

While openWAR is unlikely to move the sabermetric community toward an agreed-upon measure of WAR, the authors of the model have set an admirable standard for transparency and reproducibility. There will still be those who prefer a measure stripped of all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: openwar, sabermetrics, war


AmazinAvenue FANPOST-NDmetsFan: Two trades that will get the Mets back to the world series

Trade #1: Mets trade Zach Wheeler, Logan Verrett, Brandon Nimmo, and Alejandro De Aza to Yankees for Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.

Trade #2: Mets trade Wilmer Flores to Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott Van Slyke

Release the hounds!

Lassus Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2016

Ogden Standard, January 4, 1916:

Star ball players have been trembling in their shoes since the peace pact between the National and American leagues and the Federals has been ratified lest their high salaries would be lopped off.
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Tris Speaker will be the first to have his salary cut down. The salary of fifteen thousand simoleons, which went to him in pay checks in exchange for helping Mr. Lannin win pennants and world championships…is a thing of the past, according to the report circulated ...

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OT: Soccer Thread - January 2016

I remain too lazy to map out the schedule.

No European play.
Transfer Window is open.
FA Cup action.
Capital One Cuppity-Cup Semi-final ties.
Bundesliga break ends Jan. 22.
USMNT Camp Cupcake 2016.

Sean Forman Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 410 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off-topic, silly-season, soccer, transfer-window

OTP - 2016 January 4: Mark Your Calendar: Must-Know Political Dates for 2016

With debates over policy issues like immigration, personal issues like which candidate is “low energy,” and fundamental arguments about who is or isn’t qualified to be commander-in-chief, the nuts and bolts of how a candidate is chosen can get lost in all the noise.

But here are the critical dates to guide you through this chaotic nominating contest.

MLB starts April 3rd.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: January 04, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 2323 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, schedule

Mike Piazza didn’t get my Hall of Fame vote, and here’s why | FOX Sports

Jon Paul Morosi’s explanation leads me to believe math isn’t his strong suit.

So, why did I vote for Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker ... but not Piazza?

The reason is mathematics.

The Hall imposes a 10-player limit on every BBWAA ballot. The 10 names I listed above are either more deserving than Piazza or closer to the end of their time under consideration by the writers.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 163 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sunday Notes: Niekro Brothers, Manaea, Napoli, HoF, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Edit: Linked fixed. Sorry. Jim.

Perusing Ryan Thibs’ Hall of Fame tracker [links to OneDrive spreadsheet], I was struck by the number of voters who checked off two, three or four names. There’s nothing wrong with being a “small hall” guy, but a few of these voters — not all of them — aren’t taking their privilege seriously. Judging by their ballots, they’re simply trying to draw attention to themselves. Unfortunately, it’s understandable. If you’re a columnist who makes his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, notes

Harper: Yankees should look to Mets to deal Miller for ace - NY Daily News

Why would the Mets make this deal?

As impactful as the Yankees’ new three-headed bullpen monster of Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller might be in 2016, I believe GM Brian Cashman would trade Miller if such a deal could bring back a high-end starting pitcher.

Finding a trade that makes sense on both sides is the hard part, but there is one that would seem to satisfy that requirement.

If only the Mets and Yankees would be willing to take the chance.

Because wouldn’t trading ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Statcast altering MLB statistics landscape | MLB.com

“In the end, there are only certain things that [players] can control,” Chernoff said. “And Statcast™ or scout data, or anything like that, doesn’t give you how to make it better. It just tells you where you are. So, it’s an assessment tool. What our coaches can do is use that to help show a player, ‘Hey, here’s where you stand. Let’s try to work to make it better.’ That’s a much more complicated process that you can’t just use data for.”
After only one season, Statcast™ is becoming a part ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 07:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

San Diego Padres should sign Ian Desmond because its a perfect fit | FOX Sports

Unless his asking price plummets and he’s willing to do a one-year deal, I don’t see the Padres as a good fit.

The San Diego Padres are having ongoing discussions with the agent for free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, according to major-league sources. While there’s a natural fit between the parties, no deal appears close — yet.

Two months into the offseason, the position-player sector of the free-agent market remains a multimillion-dollar staring contest. For those growing weary of the wait, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Reuniting Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and David Price…. with the Red Sox? - Bluebird Banter

I agree. Not gonna happen.

vacation from baseball was rudely interrupted by a tweet pointing to a post by Ian over at The Blue Jay Hunter, which, in turn, points to Jerry Crasnick’s “MLB Most Interesting People in 2016” column at ESPN that had this juicy nugget buried in the part where he named Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion the 10th and 11th most interesting persons in Major League Baseball (emphasis mine):
“But much of the attention in Toronto will focus on Bautista and Encarnacion, who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, jose bautista, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Baseball’s big hitters aren’t connecting on free agent market - The Boston Globe

Globe’s Sunday notes.

We’ll also see how analytics continue to affect the game. Opponents feel the numbers have made the game stiff with silly defensive shifts that take away the effectiveness of some of the biggest sluggers in the game.

No batter in baseball had shifts employed against him more times than David Ortiz, with 626. Chris Davis was next with 517. Last season, Ortiz had only 21 singles that were pulled, down from 33 in 2013 and 29 in 2014.

There will be discussions about limiting ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


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