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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diamondbacks still interested in James Shields, despite tight budget

As for Shields, Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to “work on groundwork.” Shields’ market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign.

Stewart said he believes Shields likes what the Diamondbacks are doing as an organization.

“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his ...

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Additional Benefits to Brewers Timeless Ticket Announced

Doug Melvin: “I decided a long time ago that I had to find an adult. A very rich, extravagant adult, to whom I could tell all my most precious roster-making secrets.”

The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced… The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.

This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2015 at 02:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Turning Back the Clock – The Hardball Times

Game length is a problem. I work. Staying up late to watch a game is something I just can’t do on a regular basis. It’s even worse going to the ballpark. When the game gets done around 10 PM, I’m home from Fenway about 11:00-11:30 PM. Add in an extra hour, though, and I’m struggling to get up in the morning.

There is one matter, though, that was a problem when Selig became acting commissioner, and has grown unchecked into something approaching a crisis. The game on the field is taking too long, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner's office, ideas to improve baseball

A Quick Attempted Measure of Team Depth | FanGraphs Baseball

This has been a subject I’ve been looking at recently. It seems like it’s the new in thing in team building. Can’t get great players? Stock your bench with really good backups to try to pick up extra value when injuries crop up.

So if you’ve been wondering why Steamer seems to like the Red Sox so much, depth is a huge reason. It’s not just the talent at the top of the roster. It’s that, when a starter isn’t playing, someone else pretty good should be playing. Most obviously, you can see ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, steamer, war

Sabathia expects to be healthy for Spring Training | MLB.com

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, on the comeback trail from knee surgery, told the New York Daily News on Friday that he is experiencing no pain and expects to be ready for Spring Training. Sabathia was in New York attending a boxing event put on by Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents him.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, yankees

Diamondbacks Agree To Sign Yoan Lopez - BaseballAmerica.com

Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez has agreed to sign with the Diamondbacks for $8.25 million.

Lopez is 21, so he is subject to the international bonus pools. The Lopez signing puts the Diamondbacks well beyond their allotted pool space for the current 2014-15 signing period, which means that, along with a 100 percent tax on their pool overage, they will not be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods, starting with the 2015-16 signing period that begins on July 2. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, diamondbacks, yoan lopez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-13-2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 13, 1915:

Jim Bluejacket, the Indian twirler of the Brooklyn Federals, is the only pitcher in baseball history who ever got credit for a victory without pitching a ball.

It happened late last summer when the Brookfeds were playing the Pittsburg Rebels. Bluejacket was ordered to the mound as a relief twirler in the ninth inning, when his own club was behind.
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Steve Yorkes [sic], the Pittsburgh second baseman, was on first. Bluejacket saw him taking a long lead ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Full Count » Daniel Nava contemplating switch from switch-hitting

So he probably hasn’t seen a really nasty curve ever?

And now, with the Red Sox flush with righty-hitting outfielders, the 31-year-old is on the verge of embracing what is working for him.

“I have thought about it. Is it something I’m going to do? I don’t know. It’s a tough thing to do,” he said. “[Shane] Victorino did it a couple of years ago, just dropping it. It definitely runs through my head. It’s definitely something I’m considering doing, but at the same time it’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel nava, red sox

Pirates’ voluntary minicamp opens up without Pedro Alvarez | TribLIVE

I sounds like the Pirates don’t love Pedro’s choice not to attend their minicamp.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro alvarez, pirates

Red Sox create new behavioral health department - The Boston Globe

The staff plans to place an emphasis on the emerging field of “mindfulness,” in which individuals consciously identify and take stock of the circumstances surrounding them to avoid getting overwhelmed or distracted. So, rather than getting distracted by a hostile crowd while batting in the ninth inning of a tie game, a player is trained through mindfulness to recognize that crowd prior to the at-bat and implement behaviors such as controlled breathing to manage his response to it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Jayson Stark on Ryan Howard

Now they are getting desperate.

Teams in touch w #Phillies say they’re talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is. That’s true. But still sounds like they have no takers

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

The all-time all-underrated team - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Some good names on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Ace Hamels still on Padres’ radar; Wil Myers not involved in talks - CBSSports.com

Can the Padres trade away every good prospect this off-season?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, padres, phillies, trade rumors

More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects | dodgers.com

This is Kapler’s debut camp and it is intentionally being run differently than previous ones. He said instead of splitting time on the field and in the classroom, this year’s camp will be overwhelmingly cerebral.

“We don’t want them ramping up in the middle of winter to impress physically,” he said. “We want them to be open-minded, nimble of thought and share experiences with a ton of interpersonal back-and-forth and talk shop.”

Kapler said player participants for the development camp were ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice ...

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Bill James and Brian Kenny discuss the significance of the Hall of Fame

Bill n’ Bri talk about how childhood heroes linger, and just for fun, STEROIDS.


Ranking the Top 25 GMs in history

From TFA: “A couple of notes on eligibility.  The GM role was created about 1920 — before then the players were signed or acquired either by the owner or manager.  For the purposes of this exercise, we are not considering GMs who were also owners or managers of the team.  If we did, John McGraw (a manager in charge of the New York Giants roster for 30 years) and Barney Dreyfuss (who owned the Pirates for 32 years and built several champions himself) would each be in the top 10.  Also, note ...

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Blastin Posted: January 12, 2015 at 05:00 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings, slow news day

Oakland’s Ben Zobrist Deal Erases Any Doubt About Billy Beane’s Strategy «

Ben Lindbergh takes a look at the A’s moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

How To Improve the User Experience – The Hardball Times

This is the first in a 10-part series commemorating baseball’s new commissioner with advice for his tenure.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

2015 ZiPS Projections: New York Mets

thetailor Posted: January 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: zips

Morosi: Selfie-analysis: MLB could stand to be more social

As I watched the scene at Stadio Olimpico from a continent away, my thoughts wandered back to the sport I cover: Baseball should do something like this.

The idea isn’t that farfetched — at least, it shouldn’t be.

Major League Baseball could place one portable camera near the instant-replay module in every ballpark. (Outside the dugout, to guard against sign-stealing and the like.) But a player who isn’t in the game — the designated tweeter, if you will — could leave the dugout and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: selfies, social media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2015

Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:

That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.

It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
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Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 12, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, mordecai brown

Which Players Participated In The Highest Percentage of Their Teams’ Runs?

If you guessed Matt Holliday, you’d be right!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


‘Percival’s Lonesome Foursome’ heard - The Orange County Register

I heard the interview with Stern and Bowden. It’s wasn’t flattering to any of the participants.

No, my vote wasn’t an attention-getting ploy, nor a protest over the 10-man ballot. It was simply a sincere expression that a guy who finished his career with 358 saves and a World Series ring and was a lockdown closer in his prime with the Angels deserved to at least remain in the conversation.

Instead, Sirius/XM talk-show hosts Casey Stern and Jim Bowden challenged me to explain why I felt ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, troy percival

Ian Desmond, Ben Zobrist were part of Nationals-Mets-Rays trade discussion | FOX Sports

The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.

The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.

The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, rays, trade rumors


Phillies should be able to find a taker for Ryan Howard | FOX Sports

Would the Phillies really kick in that much?

So, let’s say fair market value for Howard is somewhere in the $7 million to $10 million range annually. That means the Phillies would need to kick in between $40 million and $46 million in any trade – an exorbitant sum. Still, as GM Ruben Amaro Jr. repeated Saturday, “We know that we have to subsidize this. We know the level of prospect or the level of player we get back will be limited. We haven’t been unrealistic on it. We’ve been very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Ex-Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard healthy, ready to bounce back - Sports - The Boston Globe

Rose knew the consequences of his gambling should he get caught. He got caught.

More than 25 years have passed since Pete Rose was banned from baseball by commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball games.

The all-time hits leader never got on the Hall of Fame ballot.

I’ve always agreed with Giamatti’s decision of the lifetime ban, and with his decision to allow Rose to apply for reinstatement at some point. After all, gambling on baseball games while you’re uniformed personnel is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel bard, pete rose, red sox, sunday notes

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