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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tim Raines’s Hall of Fame Candidacy in Last of the 10th - The New York Times

This is the year.

Candidates once had 15 years to be considered by the baseball writers who controlled the ballot, after a five-year waiting period following retirement. Now, the limit is 10 years, and Raines, who is in his final year on the ballot, has steadily gained support. In his first five years on the ballot, he hovered between 22 and 48 percent of the vote, with 75 percent needed for election. Last year, he shot up from 55 to 69.8 percent, right to the doorstep of Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 265 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tim raines

Examining why Yankees hope these young starters will be different | New York Post

OK, I have a problem. In my sim leagues I pretty much never acquire Yankees because I hate routing for Yankees players to do well, especially when they face the Red Sox. I know, it’s an issue but I just can’t help it. Nevertheless, I had to buy low on Severino this year because I’m enamored with his stuff. Whether he becomes a dependable starter or not is still up in the air but, at his floor, I see a dominate reliever.

Severino

After his impressive 2015 rookie cameo in a pennant race, he came ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Projecting the 2019 lineups for the Yankees and Mets - NY Daily News

Jose Reyes?

LINEUP: A.J. Pollock, CF; T.J. Rivera, 2B; Michael Conforto, RF; Yoenis Cespedes, LF; Dom Smith/Peter Alonso, 1B; Jose Reyes, 3B; Amed Rosario, SS; Tomas Nido, C.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Jim Bouton: An Improvisational Life

Another interesting article from John Thorn.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history, jim bouton

Sunday Notes: Ziegler’s Change, Catchers at Coors, Saves, Milone, more | FanGraphs Baseball

AJ Hinch was asked about the save rule when he met with the media at the Winter Meetings. Not surprisingly, the Houston Astros manager had an erudite answer:

“I probably shouldn’t say this out loud — this is my inside voice talking — but things that are important to your players have to be important to the manager to some extent,” said Hinch. “I say that knowing that you’ve got to create a culture and environment that your players buy in on.

“The way we compensate saves, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox willing to squeeze fielders for new seats | Boston Herald

Now that teams are screening a larger portion of stadiums, it makes perfect sense to add more premium seats closer to the action.

Patrons with seats in the current first two rows between the dugouts will retain their claim to premium Dugout Box seats in the two new rows. Seventy-eight such seats will be added between the dugouts at a price of $225 each per game, generating $1.4 million in additional revenue per year.

Fourteen new first-row Dugout Box seats will be added adjacent to the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Rays open to rebuild but stay focused on improving current squad | Tampa Bay Times

Enough with the rebuilds already. Of course, the Rays do seem to lack the ability to put together a viable offense.

If lured by massive return, they remain open, as they feel they have to be, to make a big deal — or a couple — that could greatly impact how they look and what chances they have to win in 2017.

“I think we’re at a position where we feel like we need to at least play it forward and take a crack at it,” GM Erik Neander said Friday. “If the interest and market dictates that we go ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Nick Cafardo: Why Chris Sale’s delivery works for him

Brian Kenney gets another supporter.

Cooper, as you can tell, loves Sale and will miss him.

“He’s got 5½ years of Hall of Fame-production numbers,” said Cooper. “We weren’t able to support him [with offense] as much as we would have liked and that happens and that’s baseball. A pitcher should not be graded on wins and losses. If you don’t get runs or don’t catch the ball, there’s nothing a pitcher can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, notes, red sox, white sox

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Marlins agree with Brad Ziegler on 2-year deal | MLB.com

Reliever Brad Ziegler and the Marlins have reached an agreement on a two-year deal valued at $16 million plus incentives, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ziegler, free agents, marlins

Marlins’ David Samson: ‘Truly no response’ to report Jeffrey Loria open to selling team - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins are thinking about selling. Their free agent signs make a little more sense now.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Castillo’s commitment, Wieters’ legacy and more from Davis - School of Roch

I also read somewhere that Castillo will be working on his pitch framing this winter. If he can improve his defense, he’ll be a really, really nice sign for the Orioles.

The most encouraging part of yesterday’s conference call with Welington Castillo involved his commitment to improving his defense. He’s focused on the right aspects of his job. It’s the only way he’s truly going to fit in with the Orioles.

“I know my part, I know what to do. My No. 1 job is being on the same page with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, welington castillo

Embrace the Barrel — Baseball’s Newest Statistic

Although this is an improvement, I’m still not a fan of FIP.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, sabermetrics, statcast

Dodgers, Yankees among record six MLB teams to pay luxury tax

A record six teams are paying baseball’s luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million.

Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner’s office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics

Friday, December 16, 2016

Jeff Loria Open to Considering Selling the Marlins

Rob Manfred would consider being open to Jeff Loria being open to considering a sale of the Marlins…IFF the price is right.

Now all they need is Bob Barker. And a new ballpark.

Bote Man Posted: December 16, 2016 at 10:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, sucks

ESPN: Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon misused me during the playoffs

“There were couple of games, but the one I can point to is Game 6,” Chapman said when asked for specifics for his criticism. “The game was open and I don’t think he needed to [leave] me in the ninth. The important game was going to be Game 7 because we had that game almost won. The next day I came in tired.”

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: December 16, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, joe maddon, world series

Get ready for more day baseball, everyone

Bad news for vampire baseball players.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Major League Baseball Players Association prioritized the sanctity of getaway days during the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations, and what they got were rules that prevented day games in a new city after night games far away.

Major League Baseball will require teams to start many games earlier than normal beginning in 2018, thanks to a provision in the new labor agreement that goes into effect when ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2016 at 02:28 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, day baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-16-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 16, 1916:

One piece of news that leaked out [in New York] today as to the effect that Cactus Cravath, extra-basehit specialist of the Phils since he joined the team in 1912, will not be with the team next brush. Cravath is booked to end his baseball career in the Pacific Coast league.
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At a nominal salary he could still be a valuable man for a team as emergency batsman, but he can’t command a full pay envelope for doing pinch work.
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On the Broad and Huntingdon ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 16, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gavvy cravath, history

Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun not short on confidence - The Orange County Register

Where does he end up playing?

Calhoun knows exactly what he needs to work on whether opportunity knocks this spring or later. The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft has always been defined by his bat. After hitting .316 with a .909 OPS at three levels in 2015, he hit .254 with 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .788 OPS with Double-A Tulsa last year. But he wears the label of a hitter without a position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects, willie calhoun

MLB’s Other Shohei Otani Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

From what I can read in the CBA a team can’t sign Otani to a one-year contract which makes him a free agent the following year. Does anyone know if my reading is correct?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, japanese baseball, shohei otani

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Phillies sign extension with Odubel Herrera

5 years, $30.5 million to buy out all remaining arbitration years for Odubel who has two seasons in the bigs now, both with an OPS+ of 111 while playing LF well and CF not very well. Looks like we have our first official building block for the next dynasty.

2022: Club option for $11.5 million
2023: Club option for $12.5 million

The Phillies are usually pretty reluctant to make multi-year deals with players with many years of club control left. Or maybe they haven’t had any good young players ...

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The Pros And Cons Of Superteams In Major League Baseball

Even if we disagree about superteams, I hope we can all agree about the value of superfly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Why the Orioles should look into trading baseball’s best closer - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN

Trying to stink is all the rage today. Remember when teams were supposed to do their best to win?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees prospect shot dead in Venezuela | New York Post

Alexander Figueredo, a 20-year-old lefty pitcher in the Yankees’ minor league system who missed the entire 2016 season while on the suspended/restricted list, was shot and killed on Nov. 27 in his native Venezuela.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 05:13 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, yankees

The 25 Worst Contracts In Baseball

24. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Four years, $131 million guaranteed; four years, $135 million possible (through age 32)
23. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels. Four years, $119 million (through age 28)

Kershaw will make more than $30 million this year, with an opt-out after 2018; and Trout’s salary jumps up over $33 million a year in 2018, making it the richest contract ever signed by a player with less than three years of service time. Both of them will be able to sign at least one ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 15, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

Rod Carew will have heart transplant today | MLB.com

Well wishes to Mr. Carew and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rod carew

Calcaterra: Suck it up, Hall of Fame voters

I’ve been a baseball writer for over seven years and, because of the topics which interest me, my disposition and the sort of writing I do, I often find myself at odds with other writers. One thing I have learned in those seven years is that sportswriters hate to have their work criticized. Many seem to find such criticism illegitimate on its face. This isn’t mere speculation. Some have told me that directly. Many more have privately groused about me taking issue with their work, only to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Meet the Danny Espinosa All-Stars - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shouldn’t this be called the Rob Deer All Stars?

Second Base: Ryan Schimpf, Padres

Schimpf hit .217 in little more than half a season as a rookie with the Padres, but he showed elite power, hitting 20 home runs, including 13 on the road.

Something to watch: Schimpf qualified for this lineup because of a late-season skid in which he struck out 41 times in 90 at-bats in his last 28 games. He’s going to need to make adjustments in his second season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lists

Who is the Most Intimidating Hitter in the Game?

As Don Sutton once said, “he doesn’t just hit you; he takes your dignity.”

gehrig97 Posted: December 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bonds, giancarlo stanton, miguel cabrera, ortiz, trout

Life | Joe Posnanski

Longtime site favorite Joe Posnanski appears to on the move. He’s teasing us with this article.

Where are you going, Joe Posnanski? Primate nation turns it’s wondering eyes to you.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: writers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 15, 1916:

When the National League magnates agreed yesterday that something should be done to improve the batting and base-running, they took a step in the right direction…

It’s hard to see, however, how the magnates can rectify present conditions. One magnate suggests that a batsman be given a base on three balls instead of four, while another asks a recall of the present foul-strike rule. He contends that if a rule were made whereby a batter was penalized ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

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