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Monday, January 29, 2018

Indians to stop using Chief Wahoo logo | MLB.com

What’s the next main focus for SJW? The Braves can’t be far behind. The Mariners seem a little fishy to me too.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:54 PM | 298 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Inside Baseball | Will Big Moves Thursday Spark Slow Market?

Heyman with a pretty good break down.

One thing he didn’t note, teams are paying more for relievers. If starters aren’t pitching as many innings it makes sense to reapportion where they are spending money. Of course, relievers aren’t complaining about this shift.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:46 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agency

Alex Anthopolous forced to move slowly with Braves’ roster changes

“We’re the Atlanta Braves,” he said. “The major league team is what runs this whole place. Let’s be real. We’re not here to be ranked No. 1 in Baseball America.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:42 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

NY Times: Cleveland Indians will abandon Chief Wahoo logo next year

Chief Wahoo, a cartoonish caricature of a Native American that has assumed several forms over the years, first appeared on the Indians’ uniforms in 1948. In recent decades various groups across North America have appealed to the team to renounce the logo, to no avail. But over the past year the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, has pressured Paul Dolan, Cleveland’s chairman and chief executive, to make a change.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-29-2018

An English cricketer discusses baseball in the Bridgeport Times, January 29, 1918:

I am criticized for referring to the pitcher’s play or duties as “monotonous,” yet in the same breath a critic informs me that “sometimes a pitcher has to play for nine innings, unless he is replaced by a spare pitcher.” Well, if that is not monotony, I know it not.
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For these reasons alone baseball can never be classed in the same category as cricket, and never will be by anyone who has ever played much ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2018 at 12:28 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Reserve Clause (1879) | In Pursuit of Pennants

The book will be available in paperback. It’s a great book. You should buy it.

In the meantime, enjoy their current series.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Top 100.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kenley Jansen on the frozen free agent market

Frustration is boiling over around Major League Baseball due to this winter’s slow moving free agent market. And don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s only coming from players without deals. Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who just inked a five-year, $80 million last winter, is just as irked as anyone by the lack of market-moving deals, and he’s not against doing something rash to turn things around.

spanx for the memories Posted: January 28, 2018 at 02:33 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: los angeles dodgers

Machado shifting to shortstop, Beckham to 3B

BALTIMORE—Star infielder Manny Machado made it clear this offseason he wants to play shortstop, his natural position, and manager Buck Showalter confirmed at Orioles FanFest on Saturday that the club is granting his request.

Machado has played much of his first six seasons in the Major Leagues at third base while J.J. Hardy manned short, but Hardy’s departure for free agency this offseason opened up the spot full time for the 25-year-old Machado. Tim Beckham, who the Orioles acquired in a July ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 28, 2018 at 11:56 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Why Are There So Few Third Basemen in the Hall of Fame? - The New York Times

There really are a lot of great third basemen playing right now. Catchers, not so much.

Jones had his own knee problems near the end of his career, but still ranks seventh in career games at third base. Asked how he did it, Jones laughed and said, “Blessed.” The current crop of star third basemen — Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Evan Longoria, Manny Machado, Anthony Rendon — could only hope to be so lucky.

“Maybe,” Schmidt said, “the greatest players in the game today ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Castrovince: Modern prospects playing key role

I can understand how individual players could miss this trend. How the MLBPA didn’t grasp the importance of this change is beyond me? Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr would have grasped the importance of macro movement on this level.

“Basically,” wrote an AL executive in an e-mail, “the gap between Major League veterans being a ‘known commodity’ and Minor League players being ‘unknowns’ may be shrinking due to a greater ability to study and analyze the Minor League game.”

Another executive, who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 05:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mlbpa

Haudricourt: Brewers make moves to accelerate rebuilding process

Will they need to trade excess outfield talent for pitching to make the Yelich deal and Cain signing smart?

“It’s a confluence of a number of different factors,” Stearns said. “We knew we would have an off-season like this at some point. I couldn’t have told you whether it would be this off-season, next off-season or the off-season after, but we knew at some point we would make significant outside acquisitions to supplement our team.

“A number of factors contributed to this and when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 05:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

MLB players, teams face FA standoff despite Cain deal

Wishful thinking for the players.

All of it is part of a bigger battle to come, one that is going to define the short remainder of this offseason, hang over the 2018 season and come to a head next November. The animus is strong, the players fixing for a fight, ownership inviting one. It’s real enough that one executive this week wondered if the sides might consider opening up the collective-bargaining agreement in the near term and giving the union financial concessions in exchange for labor ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 05:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa

Friday, January 26, 2018

MLBPA Raises Revenue Sharing Concerns Regarding Marlins, Pirates

The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has raised concern with the commissioner’s office regarding the Marlins and Pirates, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan had recently reported that the union was considering the idea of going to commissioner Rob Manfred with their concerns.

The root of the union’s concern is whether the two teams are appropriately reinvesting the money that they receive under the league’s revenue-sharing program, both ...

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snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 26, 2018 at 03:07 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-26-2018

Topeka State Journal, January 26, 1918:

Branch Rickey of the Cardinals is well pleased with his new manager, Jack Hendricks. Hendricks had a little wit combat with Charley Weeghman that made a hit with Rickey. Weeghman was offering a price for Rogers Hornsby. “Yes, you can have him,” says Hendricks, “for $150,000 and all of your players thrown in.” “Gosh, that’s stronger than I was ever able to make it,” says Rickey.

Seriously, Charley? Seriously? You’re still doing this? ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 26, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dead horses, dugout, history

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Brewers sign free agent Lorenzo Cain

Finally, a deal is made.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the deal is for five years and worth $80 million, which would be the largest free-agent contract so far this offseason. The club hasn’t confirmed the deal, which is pending the completion of a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 07:55 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, lorenzo cain

Brewers agree to trade for Christian Yelich | MLB.com

It appears the Brewers question Brinson’s ability to hit major league pitching. It will be interesting to see how he progresses.

The Marlins continued their rebuilding process on Thursday, trading Silver Slugger Award-winning outfielder Christian Yelich to the Brewers in exchange for three of Milwaukee’s top 14 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, and four overall—including outfielder Lewis Brinson.

The 23-year-old Brinson, who has 21 games of big league experience, is ranked by MLB Pipeline ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 07:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, marlins, trade

Mariners to revive a classic

At their annual preseason luncheon Thursday, the Mariners announced their promotional schedule for the 2018 season. The most notable date? June 30, or Turn Ahead the Clock Day 2.0.

PepTech, Intermittently Stable Genius Posted: January 25, 2018 at 06:45 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, promotions, uniforms

MLB.COM - Halo effect: Vlad will rep Angels on Hall plaque

As he breaks the hearts of Expos fans everywhere…..

“Vladimir Guerrero will be the first Hall of Famer to represent the Angels when he is enshrined in Cooperstown in July as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Guerrero said at Thursday’s news conference in New York—featuring he and fellow electees Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman—that his plaque will depict him wearing an Angels cap.”

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: January 25, 2018 at 04:14 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame

Matz hungry to return to rookie form but needs health to lead way - NY Daily News

Matz is keeping the hope alive.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 03:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-25-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, January 25, 1918:

Although underhand pitching is supposed to “kill” the man who sticks to it, Carl Mays, the Red Sox star, seems to thrive. After a good year in 1916 he repeated last season by running second to Eddie Cicotte in effectiveness, as measured by the earned runs scored against him.

That…is an unfortunate turn of phrase.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The 2018 Hardball Times Annual Is Here! | FanGraphs Baseball

You can read it all online this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hardball times

‘Catcher Was A Spy’ is a WWII Whiff

Based on a book by Nicholas Dawidoff recounting a fascinating true story, “Catcher” does a disappointing disservice both to Rudd and to the real-life catcher/spy Moe Berg. Berg was a journeyman professional baseball player better known for his engaging intellectualism than his skill on the diamond. He held degrees from Princeton and Columbia, spoke multiple languages and made short work of trivia questions on popular radio quiz shows. But he was also an endlessly secretive and mysterious man ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: January 25, 2018 at 09:17 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: moe berg, movies

Ronald Acuna leads Top 10 outfield prospects

1. Ronald Acuna, Braves
2. Eloy Jimenez, White Sox
3. Victor Robles, Nationals
4. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
5. Kyle Tucker, Astros
6. Austin Hays, Orioles
7. Lewis Brinson, Brewers
8. Luis Robert, White Sox
9. Juan Soto, Nationals
10. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

“Field of Dreams” ballfield vandalized by vehicle

One of cinema’s most iconic baseball fields suffered thousands of dollars in damage this week when a vandal apparently tore up the landscaping with a vehicle.

Denise Stillman, owner of Dyersville’s Field of Dreams movie site, said…it appears that a vehicle was driven onto the field, causing significant damage.  ...She anticipates repairs will cost thousands of dollars.  “Someone who is disturbed had some agenda to damage the field,” [said] Stillman, [who] believes it will take an ...

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Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 25, 2018 at 03:44 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cars, field of dreams, mmm... doughnuts

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chipper, Vlad, Hoffman, Thome in Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Maybe I care a little.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2018 at 07:02 PM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-24-2018

Washington Herald, January 24, 1918:

The fall of Jerusalem was predicted by Jim Bagby of the Cleveland Indians’ hurling staff.

Time and again he told his teammates that a study of Scripture showed him that Jerusalem would fall by December. He also claimed that Scripture shows that the world war will end by February.

And when the news of Jerusalem’s fall was given to the world, Bagby sent cards to several members of the team, calling attention to what he had predicted last summer.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 24, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Mooney: The Cubs set their sights on Yu Darvish – The Athletic

With the amount of talent they have assembled, it’s really tough to ignore The Athletic.

Cubs president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, run prevention coordinator Tommy Hottovy and pro scouting director Kyle Evans met with Darvish and his Wasserman representatives last month at a Four Seasons resort in the Dallas area.

Run prevention coordinator?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2018 at 09:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pay site

How can Pirates win back fans? Transparency and ‘the process’ | TribLIVE

Weren’t the Pirates a smart team just a few years ago?

What can the Pirates do to win back their fan base? Ron Dick, an associate professor of sports marketing at Duquesne University, thinks he knows the answer.

Trust the process.

“We’re getting mixed messages from the (Pirates),” Dick said. “One minute we’re told, ‘We’re going to win as many games as we can in 2018.’ Then they go out and trade their best player and best pitcher.

“They need to get in a room, all of them — the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Cut the nonsense: Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame - The Washington Post

My name is Jim. I no longer don’t care who gets in the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2018 at 09:10 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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