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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blue Jays have no timetable for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. debut

Atkins said the team will see how spring training progresses when asked about Guerrero’s debut.

“There’s no firm timeline on when he arrives and when he plays in Toronto for the first time but we want to make sure he’s the best possible third baseman and the best possible hitter he can be,” Atkins told reporters, according to the Toronto Sun and Baseball Toronto.

“This is going to be a fun and exciting time for him and a fun and exciting time for the organization.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 02:02 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Braves think their fans are idiots

Back to money.

Q: Liberty reported significant revenue increases for 2018. Fans see that and expectedly want you to invest in players.

McGuirk: The last thing you can do is follow our bouncing ball of economics, with debt. It costs a lot to build this edifice.

I have no idea what this means other than front offices think of all player salaries as pure liability and that the end game of a baseball team is profit, not winning baseball games.

Wait, I don’t need to infer that. McGuirk says so ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 01:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Trevor Bauer: Indians presented ‘character assassination’ against him

Maybe Bauer doesn’t have the temperament to go to arbitration every year. As Sean Casey will tell you, “It’s not business; it’s personal.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, indians, trevor bauer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-14-2019

Pittsburgh Press, February 14, 1919:

Clark Griffith of the Senators says he would have “Babe” Ruth on first base every day in the week if “Babe” were with the Washington club, writing to a baseball friend [in Boston]. Griffith declares that he can’t see Ruth at all as a pitcher or as an outfielder.
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“As a pitcher, Ruth is a joke. I know all about his record, too, when I say this. I could go up and get two hits off him in every game he pitched against me; that’s what I think of his pitching. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 14, 2019 at 09:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mets’ heightened expectations put Mickey Callaway on hot seat

Does any manager have more pressure to succeed than Mickey Callaway?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway


Jason Kipnis And The Dark Side Of An Increased Launch Angle

Tony Blengino thinks increasing launch angle hurt Jason Kipnis.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jason kipnis

Tim Tebow turned down AAF offer to pursue baseball, Steve Spurrier says

Former college football star Opens a New Window.  Tim Tebow turned down another shot at a professional football contract in order to continue his bid to make a Major League Baseball roster as a member of the New York Mets.

Steve Spurrier, the college coaching legend and current head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos, told “Pro Football Talk” this week that he asked Tebow to join his team in the offseason. Tebow, however, declined the offer.

“I don’t blame ...

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Angels’ Shonei Ohtani has no regrets hitting through year, delaying surgery

TEMPE, Ariz.—Shohei Ohtani tossed his water bottle toward a clubhouse garbage can and missed, instead landing it in a laundry bin. He laughed out loud, smiled big as he so often does, then retrieved the trash and put it in the proper place.

That’s about as close to throwing as the Japanese two-way star is right now.

Ohtani wouldn’t change how he handled his elbow injury late last year, continuing to hit for the Angels until season’s end even if it meant delaying reconstructive surgery and his ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, two-way players

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says several positions open

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The sun wasn’t shining on Brandon Hyde’s first workout as Baltimore Orioles’ manager.

Rain delayed the start of workouts Wednesday for about an hour. But eventually, 15 pitchers threw bullpens and the Orioles rolled out some new cameras to help the team evaluate them.

Baltimore has three confirmed starters: Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb. Last week, the Orioles signed Nate Karns, who didn’t pitch in 2018. They hope he can be their fourth starter, and ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, orioles

White Sox still waiting for Manny Machado

GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Chicago White Sox opened spring training still waiting for Manny Machado.

“We’ll just see when it happens,” first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, said Wednesday.

Machado, among the offseason’s top free agents, still hasn’t agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday.

Waiting For Manny Machado is commonly regarded as a legendary play in the Theatre of the Absurd.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, white sox, yonder alonso

Something Special About First Workout for New Texas Manager

Chris Woodward thinks long-term and appreciates the everyday grind of the game, having been a utility infielder over a dozen seasons and serving as a third base coach in the World Series each of the past two years.

Still, Woodward allowed himself to consider where he had come from to being a first-time manager when the Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training Wednesday.

“There’s something special about it. To think, just kind of go back to my career, and ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers, workout

Biometric scanning is coming to the ballpark. It’s a really bad idea.

A consideration of new approaches in baseball ticketing- anyone here with knowledge on the subject matter that can offer feedback on this?

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: biometric data, tickets

Doug Fister retires

The agent of pitcher Doug Fister, Page Odle, told MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that his client is retiring. Odle said, “”He’s been contemplating this for a couple months. The main reason is that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. This is 100 percent family driven. He’s really excited about being a dad and husband. He’s very much a family-oriented guy.”

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, retirement

MLB notebook: Phillies extend Nola, announce Arrieta surgery

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers made news on Wednesday, with the announcements that Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension and Jake Arrieta underwent pre-spring training surgery on his left knee.

Terms of Nola’s contract were not released, but ESPN and The Athletic placed the value at $45 million. Nola, 25, had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week.

Meanwhile, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Arrieta’s surgery, performed a few weeks ago, repaired a meniscus ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, jake arrieta, phillies, pitching

Twelve years later, Matt Harvey is an Angel trying to earn his way back

TEMPE, Ariz. — There is a place where he may be proud and regretful, where today is just going to have to be better than yesterday and so is just going to have to be good enough, where that guy he knew from way back when remains a work in progress, where that pitcher from the same time remains possible.

Where, in a way, he can be 18 again.

“I wish,” said Matt Harvey, for the first time wearing the colors of the team that drafted him 12 years ago. He smiled.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, comeback, matt harvey

Andrew Friedman says Dodgers have chance to be ‘an elite team’

GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to win 90-plus games and a division title for a seventh consecutive season, yet the prevailing narrative surrounding them has focused mostly on the moves they failed to make over the winter. Specifically that they didn’t sign Bryce Harper, didn’t acquire J.T. Realmuto and didn’t trade for Corey Kluber.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, knows this well.

He basically hears about it every morning.

“You can go to ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, elite

Brewers trying to keep rival Cubs fans out of Miller Park again

The Milwaukee Brewers have made it clear: They would prefer the least amount of Chicago Cubs fans to fill Miller Park as possible.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Brewers announced presale tickets for their 10 home dates against the Cubs, tickets that will only initially be made available to residents of Wisconsin.

“If last season’s Game 163 taught us anything, it’s that every single game matters - especially in a rivalry like this. And, while we don’t dislike all Cubs fans, we just ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, miller park, tickets

Astros’ Alex Bregman Says There’s ‘No Other City’ He’d Rather Beat Than Boston

There appears to be a rivalry brewing between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. Or, at the very least, there’s a rivalry brewing between Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and the city of Boston.

Apparently, Red Sox fans have no love loss for Bregman, who was a focal point of the American League Championship Series between Houston and the Red Sox, as his social media antics riled up not only inhabitants of New England but those inside the Red Sox organization, too.

So when the Red Sox ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, boston, rivalries

Yankees Open Spring Training as World Series Favorites

So, is it that the bookies know more than we do, or is this something designed largely to get some action?

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, odds, world series, yankees

CC Sabathia has chance to bolster Hall of Fame case before retiring after 2019 season

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is expected to announce on Saturday that the upcoming season will be his last, but he still has plenty on the line in 2019.

Not only are the Yankees odds-on favorite to win the World Series, but on the cusp of 3,000 career strikeouts, Sabathia has a chance to pad his resume for a chance at induction into the Hall of Fame.

Baseball is a game of numbers, and boy do people love round numbers. While he won’t have a chance at 300 wins – unless he ...

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QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, retirement tour, strikeouts

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

From a Church in Philadelphia, Sports Reference Informs the World

The ubiquitous Sports Reference family of websites — Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball- Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Hockey-Reference.com, and so on — are some of the most popular sports almanacs on the internet.

They draw users of all kinds, from people casually searching for a trivia answer to owners of professional teams. Aided by an overhaul of its mobile website, Sports Reference’s founder and president, Sean Forman, said the group of sites drew one billion page views ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sean forman

The Cobra Playlist: Dave Parker on Parkinson’s and the Music of His Life

Dealing with Parkinson’s disease is tougher than handling a Nolan Ryan fastball on a chilly April evening. The most simple tasks become a chore. I need to think twice before lifting my grandchild in the air or even carrying her school bag to make the bus stop on time. My golf swing lacks the power of someone my age and even working with young baseball players can be a challenge. There are nights I’ll be watching a game, and my body reminds me that I have the disease. When this happens, I ...

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djordan Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:24 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dave parker

End of free Cubs games on local TV: Team partners with Sinclair to launch regional sports network in 2020

The Chicago Cubs are teaming with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch a regional sports network in February 2020 that will become the exclusive television home of the Cubs.
The Marquee Sports Network will air the full regular season schedule, expanded pregame and postgame coverage, classic broadcasts from the archives and other local sports programming.

It marks the end of more than 70 years of over-the-air broadcasts for the Cubs, and the beginning of an ambitious endeavor to sell cable and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2019 at 08:49 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize impresses with new-age ideas, old-school ethic

Mize, for one, is a huge believer in this technology. In fact, it led him to change the shape and grip of his slider. 

“It’s the most efficient way to develop a pitch,” he said. “The numbers are right there in front of you. You can see the flight of the ball, the path of the ball. You know how it’s playing off your other pitches. With the slow-motion cameras, you can see the last thing the ball touches out of my hand.”

Mize, after studying the spin axis and release of his slider ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 01:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, technology, tigers

2019 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

1. Vlad
2. Franco
3. Tatis
4. Whitley
5. Robles
6. Lewis
7. Senzel
8. Jimenez
9.Bichette
10. Tucker

Franco and Whitley a little higher than some of the other lists.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 11:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Baseball is back — except for the 100 or so remaining free agents. Is this the new normal? - Chicago Tribune

One of the *fixes* I’ve seen mentioned is players getting to free agency sooner. That might help a relatively small percentage of players. It will only make things worse for the middle of the road players. Having more of them on the market won’t drive up their salaries.

Asked whether it’s a problem for MLB to have so many free agents unsigned as spring training begins, Epstein predicted things would be “re-ordered” by the time the next collective bargaining agreement is agreed upon by MLB ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 13, 1919:

The $900,000 damage suit which was brought against organized baseball several seasons ago by the Baltimore Federal League club has again bobbed up, and President John A. Heydler of the National League…announced that the case would be heard on March 10. The action is brought under the Sherman anti-trust law.
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Not only the major leagues are defendants in the action, but also the Wards of Brooklyn, Harry Sinclair, who owned the Newark Club in the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2019 at 09:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers: Internal expectation is to win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“We’ve been pretty clear that this wasn’t the winter we would be looking to put the finishes touches and we were not competing at the highest level of the trade market or free agency,” Daniels said. “Can we go out there and compete without signing folks and some of the good things we’ve got going on? I absolutely think we can

“But focus has been and will be on the future. Everybody that we’ve hired and all the transactions we’ve made have been with that in mind. When you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

In slow market, Adam Jones’ free agency confounds former Orioles teammates: ‘Unfortunately, it’s where we’re at’ - Baltimore Sun

Adam Jones is one of my favorite players. From what I’ve read the reason he isn’t signed is that he’s holding out for a salary based on the player he was, rather than accepting a salary for the player he is. I hope he changes his mind.

“Unfortunately, it’s where we’re at,” outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo said. “You’d think somebody with that kind of bulk and track record, especially with how much he brings in addition to the baseball side of it — it is kind of hard to wrap your head ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 09:17 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

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