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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The three people who explain baseball right now | FOX Sports

A few interesting tidbits.

(Does anyone know why JABO doesn’t note the publication date of articles?)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, front office, gabe kapler, hank conger, michael cuddyer, sabermetrics

Yankees likely won’t go to Max for Scherzer - NY Daily News

Despite recent buzz that the Bombers are considering a run at Max Scherzer, sources said the Yankees have not abandoned their plan to stay away from the top batch of free agents, looking instead at mid-level starting pitchers to bolster their rotation while continuing their search for a shortstop and third baseman.

The Daily News reported earlier this month that the Yankees did not plan to be players for the top free agents, and three weeks into the process, not much has changed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, yankees

Stanton’s megadeal makes perfect sense - Jayson Stark Blog - ESPN

I don’t believe the trade is crazy. It is extremely risky, especially for a franchise that has cried poor for years.

According to Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Stanton is the fifth player in history to hit 100 more home runs than the average player in his league before his age-25 season. The other four—Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott—all went on to join the 500-Homer Club and end up in the Hall of Fame.
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So tell me again then, please, why this contract is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Jon Lester offer on table from Boston Red Sox - ESPN Boston

The checkbook is open!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-19-2014

Pittsburgh Press, November 19, 1914:

William Neill, scout of the Phillies…is confident that the Phillies have landed in Dave Bancroft a man who should will the hole at shortstop.
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“Bancroft looked mighty good to me,” said Scout Neill. “I watched him play in a dozen games. He has a wonderful pair of hands and is as quick as a flash…You can never tell what a young fellow will do when he comes up to the majors, but Bancroft certainly has the ear-marks of a man who will develop fast.”

Shaky ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 19, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave bancroft, dugout, history

Former Cardinal and Met Ray Sadecki dies at 73

He might be best remembered for being the wrong side of a one-sided deal, but he also won 20 games for a world champion and helped the Mets to a pennant in 1973.

Bruce Markusen Posted: November 19, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Athletics To Sign Billy Butler

Will fans end up celebrating, or Grieve-ing?

The Athletics have agreed to a three-year, $30MM deal with free agent DH Billy Butler, as first reported via Twitter by Robert Murray. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that the deal is finalized.

The District Attorney Posted: November 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler, free agents, transactions

Some Wrigley rooftops face foreclosure

Fifth Third Bank, which lent rooftop owners Thomas Gramatis, Max Waisvisz, Daniel Finkel and various holding companies about $18.6 million between 2006 and 2012, says the owners haven’t kept up with mortgage payments and owe in excess of $36 million in principal, interests and other fees, according to the court document.

Photo: http://chicago.curbed.com/uploads/rooftopforeclosure.png

McCoy Posted: November 18, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


How Giancarlo Stanton Contracts Would Have Gone | FanGraphs Baseball

This is the best look at the Stanton contract that I have read.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Jose Canseco tweets he will sell finger he shot off on eBay - NY Daily News

Still looking for some stocking stuffers?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jose canseco

Giancarlo Stanton’s $325M with Miami Marlins heavily backloaded - ESPN

Wow! In the short term Stanton is walking away from a lot of money. Don’t get me wrong. His option years make up for it if he goes in the tank. If he plays well, though, he’s leaving a bunch of money on the table. 

If Giancarlo Stanton opts out of his new 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins after the first six seasons, he’ll be walking away from a staggering $218 million over the final seven seasons, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.com Tuesday.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

White Sox To Sign Zach Duke

The White Sox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com (Twitter link)...

Duke quietly had a dominant season in the Brewers’ bullpen in 2014, pitching to an electric 2.45 ERA with 11.4 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 57.7 percent ground-ball rate. Opposing lefties hit just .198/.267/.302 against Duke last year, though righties couldn’t figure him out either, mustering a mere .242/.288/.298 against the well-traveled lefty… With ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, transactions, white sox, zach duke

IOC to bring in cheaper, easier bidding for Games (also: Baseball/Softball could be in for 2020)

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Sports will also not wait seven years from approval to their Olympic first appearance, and instead could be brought in for just one Olympics to maximize the Games’ reach and attraction.

The first Games to benefit could be the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with organizers pushing for the inclusion of baseball and softball.

Gamingboy Posted: November 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: international, olympics


Giancarlo Stanton may actually prove to be worth reported $325M contract - MLB - SI.com

Jay Jaffe’s take on the Stanton deal. He estimates Stanton’s value of the contract based on the cost per win on the free agent market. I’m not a huge fan of the approach when players are extended. Teams don’t win championships by paying “market” rates for players, especially those still under control for two years. Using the market approach, teams would be making sound financial choices if they spent anything less than $284.2 million for a 95 win team in 2014. (95 wins = 47.6 base wins + 47.4 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Is Madison Bumgarner the World’s #1 Starting Pitcher?

The system is straightforward. When a starter makes his major league debut, he begins with 300 points. From there, his rating will go up when he pitches well (based on Game Score). His rating goes down when he pitches poorly or doesn’t pitch at all (including the offseason). Complete details of the system are available both in The Handbook and on Bill James Online.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 18, 1914:

Charles W. Murphy, former president of the Cubs, and credited with still holding a large interest in the club, announced on Wednesday that the deal by which Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federals, was to purchase the Cubs, is off.

...meaning another year of the Federal League-Organized Baseball war. But you all know that already.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Might Yanks revisit their low-key winter plan and shoot for Scherzer? - CBSSports.com

I bet Boras is the one pushing this report.

The Yankees and Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, are said to have had a brief contact sometime since returning from the GM meetings, and word is the Yankees may “revisit” their inclination not to make any big expenditures this winter.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, max scherzer, yankees

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League | MLB.com

This must be depressing for Angels fans.

Best Prospect: Kaleb Cowart has struggled the last two years in Double-A and his woes continued in Arizona, where he batted .185/.224/.259. He did make some nice plays and demonstrated a strong arm at third base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, scouting reports

Full Count » Sources: Blue Jays continue to show interest in Jon Lester

The Blue Jays are in spending mode. They must have realized most of their core is getting up there.

According to Cots Contracts, the Blue Jays’ payroll landed at $137,770,000 last season, with Mark Buehrle slated to make the most money of any player on the roster in ’15 ($19 million).

Buehrle at $19 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jon lester

Monday, November 17, 2014

D-backs Announce Analytics Department

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Dr. Ed Lewis as the team’s Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization’s increased efforts in those areas and work closely with Assistant GM Bryan Minniti, Baseball Operations Data Analyst John Krazit and Baseball Operations Coordinator Sam Eaton, with additional staff likely to be added. Lewis will report to General Manager Dave Stewart, who made the announcement.

shoewizard Posted: November 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, sabrmetrics

Lisa Saxon, the Woman Who Helped Change Sports Writing Forever

The meeting was brief, and the message was simple: “Lisa, from here on in, you’re not fighting alone. To get to you, Reggie’s gonna have to come through us. We’re tired of watching it.”

“And at the ballpark that night, Reggie tried to come after me, screaming [about the story]. And sure enough, here comes Hendrick and Candelaria, tall and imposing. ‘To get to her, you’re gonna have to go through us.’ Reggie got so mad. He took his fist and banged it into the wall. And ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2014 at 04:02 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, females in baseball, reggie jackson, sportswriting

Braves, Cardinals Trade Jason Heyward For Shelby Miller

Must have been disappointed in Heyward’s MVP showing.

The Cardinals have acquired right fielder Jason Heyward and right-hander Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for righty Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins, the teams announced.




Joe Maddon impressed with Rays’ managerial candidates | Tampa Bay Times

He shouldn’t comment on this process. It’s like breaking up with a girl and then months later telling her, “Your new boyfriend seems like a solid candidate to fill the gaping void that I surely left in your life.”

They’ve created a wonderful list, they really have,” Maddon said. “They’ve given themselves an opportunity to interview some really qualified people and make a typically very good Rays decision at the end of the day. I really believe that. You know it’s going to be well thought out, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe maddon, rays


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2014

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 ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 17, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Interactive 2014 World Series Probability Added Chart Reflects Mad Bum’s Dominance | Rational Pastime

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, sabermetrics

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