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Monday, November 17, 2014
Milwaukee Journal, November 17, 1914:
The ever-present trouble-finding small boy got his [in Porterville, California] yesterday. A cluster of youngsters climbed to the roof of the dressing room where the touring all-star teams of the Americans and National leagues were housed and were peering between loose shingles at the diamond stars. Something besides shingles were loose, however, and the roof collapsed, injuring three youngsters. One was severely hurt. The game which followed the accident ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 21 comment(s)
Tom Tango calls Win Probability Added the ultimate “story stat.” By combining FanGraphs’ WPA and my World Series Projections, I aim to depict and uncover the stories of the 2014 World Series in the same way.
It’s no surprise that the Padres would be open to trading from a surplus—starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy all have drawn interest—but San Diego’s dynamic behind the plate has changed drastically in the last year. Incumbent starter Yasmani Grandal had a difficult-to-evaluate season, returning from ACL surgery sooner than anyone expected. Journeyman Rene Rivera had a career season, playing better than anyone expected.
So which catcher would the Padres trade first? ...
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 06:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
Four players deserve some discussion. I’m not even going to waste space on Randy Johnson since his induction is such a foregone conclusion. He is quite likely the last 300-win pitcher baseball will ever see (for those who care), and my only interest will be in the tortured excuses from voters who don’t list Johnson on their ballots. Likewise, I discussed Pedro Martinez at some length a couple weeks ago.
Gary Sheffield and John Smoltz will generate significant discussion.
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 01:30 AM | 84 comment(s)
hall of fame
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Feels like teams are rarely this straightforward about their intentions. I like it, though. Transparency!
Torii Hunter will likely continue to play baseball, but not with the Detroit Tigers.
Tigers general manager/president Dave Dombrowski told reporters today that he called Hunter to tell him he would not be pursued after the club agreed to a four-year contract with designated hitter Victor Martinez.
“I called and said it just didn’t look like it was going to fit the way the club was getting ...
This is a super-weird one in terms of team strengths and weaknesses, if nothing else.
The Cubs have announced they have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Braves for right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. The two teams also swapped international bonus slots: the Cubs receiving the Braves’ number four international signing bonus slot in exchange for their slot numbers two, three and four.
On of my favorite radio shows is MLB Network’s Front Office. The show features interviews with GMs every week. Today they had an interview with Scott Boras in which they asked him about the Bosch accusations. He answered very lawyerly. It would be interesting to see how he answers the same questions under oath. Now nobody knows the facts of the accusations yet. To find out, the matter needs a full, credible, and comprehensive investigation as the idea that Boras’ agency would be completely in ...Read More...
Another interesting column from David Lauria.
“The fatigue factor is something you to have to look at,” said Mozeliak. “Take this past year, for example. Runs were at their peak in April and at their lowest in September. I don’t know if there’s a direct correlation (with the amphetamine ban) but it certainly feels like there might be. Creating a way for players to have energy and stay fresh seems like a good strategy. There has to be some science behind how to optimize that. One thing ...
Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 38 comment(s)
It’s a guaranteed $325 million with an opt-out in five years *and* with some type of no-trade clause. $325,000,000.
The Marlins can keep Stanton for two more cost-controlled years. Right now, Stanton is *gambling* on Loria’s word for three years control. The Marlins are *gambling* that Stanton will remain healthy and productive for at least five years. Sorry, Stanton has much better odds.
This isn’t about trust.This isn’t some type of deal with the devil. It’s business, big business.
Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 30 comment(s)
A few people have written that the opt-out after five years is the mechanism for Loria to get out of the last eight years of the contract. A few have suggested the opt-out removes the risk. That’s a best case scenario where Stanton does well in the first five years. If he gets an injury that drops him from an elite to an OK, slightly above-average player (think Don Mattingly), they will end up eating a lot of money. So, no matter how you tweak the numbers, this will be an extremely risky ...Read More...
Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
Joel Sherman is very entertaining. He has a lot of ideas.
Having an extremely deep bullpen means you can get by with a weaker back end of your rotation. You still need to score runs, catch the ball, and have a couple of good pitchers at the front of your rotation. (Even deep bullpens need a break.)
The point is, as long as he has a strong and deep bullpen, Cashman doesn’t need to have a superstar-filled lineup (although he does need to have a relatively healthy one, which could be no small order, considering all his over-30 veterans). At least not ...
Posted: November 16, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday in which the MLB players were no-hit by Japan’s Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe.
“take a look at the website Five Three Eight with its numbers-ingrained copy.” Five Three Eight? Nate Silver hasn’t been this shortchanged since he once said I was his hero!
And if you don’t believe they gloat, take a look at the website Five Three Eight with its numbers-ingrained copy.
We are now inundated not only by numbers, but also by initials. MVP is old-fashioned. Now we have WAR, OPS, and WHIP. WAR translates into wins above replacement which translates into gobbledygook.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:03 PM | 58 comment(s)
A.J. was really terrible last year. He apparently loves Pittsburgh, and probably shouldn’t have left in the first place, especially since he seems to prioritize other things above money: constantly threatening to retire, and indeed taking less money to make this move. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in his preferred destination.
The Pirates announced that they have signed right-hander A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Frontline Athlete Management ...
Mismatches in player valuations and needs make the best trade partners.
Jon Daniels has known A.J. Preller for nearly 20 years. During the course of their friendship, they have been roommates, classmates, teammates and colleagues.
They may be about to take the relationship to an infinitely more complicated level.
They are about to attempt to be trade partners.
“It helps from the standpoint that they value our players,” Daniels said. “But they are probably going to be less likely to ...
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
If playing baseball simulations and watching and talking a lot about baseball is valuable, a hereby throw my hat into the ring.
But his mind has been in the game during much of the 10 years since; he has written extensively, and as an ESPN analyst watched and talked a lot about baseball.
Add that to a longtime interest in analytics he ascribes to playing the Stratomatic baseball game as a kid, and creativity and leadership qualities he has developed through life experiences, and Glanville, 44, ...
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
How bad did the Rockies screw over taxpayers? Aren’t the Braves already ahead of them?
Sorry, the biggest markets still have a big advantage.
“I don’t think we have the financial advantage that we used to,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We have a lot of resources, but with revenue sharing and luxury tax and the penalties associated with certain activity, it’s restricted a lot of the past practices that we were able to maximize our efforts in.” “It plays out in so many forms and fashions,” Cashman continued. “We’ve been beat out or stepped out of ...
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
Baseball’s top 100: Nos. 42-60, inc. Sol White, Cy Young, Dan Okrent, Ichiro. At Our Game.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
Votto has a career hitting line of .310/.417/.533 with 163 homers and 553 RBIs over eight seasons. He has nine more seasons and $206 million remaining on the contract extension he signed in April 2012, plus a $20 million club option for the 2024 season.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
“In just about every deal that we’re going to do, I’m going to try and get as much information as I can, first of all,” Stewart said when asked what he liked about Hellickson. “I touched base with a lot of people to find out about him, people who had seen him pitch and people who know him. One, they said he was competitive. And I’ve seen him pitch on a couple of occasions and he commands his fastball and throws to both sides of the plate, he pitches inside well and he changes speeds well, which ...
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
Set your DVRs.
he Peoria Javelinas face the Salt River Rafters at Scottsdale Stadium live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3 p.m. ET.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
Canseco has gone from giving MLB the middle finger to giving his middle finger to poker opponents.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 33 comment(s)
Team of MLB All-Stars?
The team of MLB All-Stars was no-hit by four Samurai Japan pitchers for its third straight loss in the Japan All-Star Series, a 4-0 defeat on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome. Though the five-game showcase has been decided, the big leaguers will try to finish strong, with two games and an exhibition remaining on the trip.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch told federal investigators earlier this year that top sports agent Scott Boras orchestrated a meeting to help fabricate medical records and concoct a cover story to explain a failed drug test by Boras client Manny Ramirez, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the claims.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Although I didn’t get to watch as many games as I hoped, I saw enough to change my opinion on a few players. Now I just need some of the winter league games to make it onto my TV and I’ll be good.
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
Q/A with Jim Callis.
Yankees prospects Greg Bird and Aaron Judge have performed well in the Arizona Fall League. How much stock do you put in AFL stats?
—Ben E., Conway, Ark.
Bird and Judge were two of the most impressive hitters in the AFL this season. A leading AFL MVP Award candidate, Bird batted .313/.391/.556 and topped the league with six homers and 21 runs while ranking second with 31 hits, 55 total bases and 21 RBIs. Judge hit .278/.377/.467 and recorded an AFL-high four outfield assists. ...Read More...
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
Meet the Man Responsible for the Slap Heard Round the Subway:
He won his freedom - but might lose his favorite jacket.
The Bronx bouncer who slapped a woman after she taunted him about an 8-Ball jacket - sparking an epic subway brawl - said Thursday he’ll have to leave the coat in the closet this winter.
“I can’t wear my jacket anymore,” a choked-up Jorge Pena, 25, said a day after it was revealed Manhattan prosecutors dropped all charges against him, relying on the viral video that ...
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 02:05 PM | 47 comment(s)
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