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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What Is Baseball’s Equivalent of the Vikings’ Miraculous Victory?

For fabulous finishes in sports history, it’s hard to top Stefon Diggs’s 61-yard touchdown catch on Sunday, as time expired, to lift the Minnesota Vikings over the New Orleans Saints and into the N.F.C. championship game. As my colleague Ben Shpigel noted, it happened on the site of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis, where the Twins won the final two games of the 1991 World Series in extra innings.

Ben would know; he’s a former baseball writer. And as much as I love watching the N.F.L., I ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 16, 2018 at 07:28 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: history, miracle finishes

2018 Top 10 Right-handed pitching prospects

It’s top prospect season!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2018 at 06:56 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, January 15, 2018

Japan Times: Hideki Matsui elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Matsui was inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame on Monday along with former Hanshin Tigers star Tomoaki Kanemoto and ex-Yomiuri Giants skipper Tatsunori Hara.

Matsui becomes the youngest-ever inductee at 43 years, 7 months, surpassing former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, who was 45 years and 4 months old.

Matsui and Kanemoto were chosen by the Players Selection Committee. Matsui garnered 91.3 percent of the vote (336 votes out of 368) to surpass the 75 percent threshold for ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 15, 2018 at 11:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, japanese baseball

Marcell Ozuna reveals the once place he didn’t want to be traded to.

Marcell Ozuna, the new St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, met the local fans for the first time Sunday at the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up event and relayed a story that will surely endear him to Cardinals fans for years to come.

And it might earn him some boos the next time he’s in Oakland.

As you might recall, Ozuna’s trade from the Miami Marlins to St. Louis was held in a bit of limbo during the Winter Meetings before it finally became official on both sides. Ozuna — who hit .312 with ...

spanx for the memories Posted: January 15, 2018 at 08:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: miami marlins, oakland athletics, st louis cardinals

Giants, Pirates Agree To Andrew McCutchen Trade

The end of an era of hope and promise ends, back into the wilderness for another 20 years.

Russ Posted: January 15, 2018 at 04:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Pirates, Giants agree to McCutchen trade

No details yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 04:11 PM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, giants, pirates, trade

OTP 15 January 2018:Mississippi’s anti-gay marriage law is hurting two college baseball teams

The “stick to sports” mantra took on a life of its own in 2017, as the interweaving of sports and politics was undeniable and, ultimately, angered quite a few sports fans. Still, protests during the national anthem or political tweets by athletes never actually got in the way of the action or stopped games from being played.

But politics have halted a college baseball series between the University of Southern Mississippi and Stony Brook University, a public school in New York. The two ...

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 15, 2018 at 03:13 PM | 2103 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, off topic, politics

Nats’ Victor Robles tops 2018 All Defense Team


Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 02:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

4 Reasons Mets Signing Adrian Gonzalez Makes Sense

1. He’s cheap.
2. He’s injury prone (so he’ll fit right in).

Sorry, that’s all I have.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, mets

Source: Kendrick returning to Nats on two-year deal - Nationals Pastime

Open the floodgates!!

Kendrick and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract, a source familiar with the deal confirmed, ensuring the club has a valuable bench piece - not to mention a backup plan at both second base and in the outfield - returning for 2018 and 2019. Completion of the contract, which was first reported by USA Today, is pending a physical, the source said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, howie kendrick, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2018

Richmond Palladium, January 15, 1918:

Jimmy Walsh, the Red Sox outfielder, has a job in the fire department of his home town of Syracuse, New York, and he likes it so well that he may not return to the game this summer. If he doesn’t care to play with Boston there are several other teams that would be pleased to have him, as Jimmie is just over the draft age.

Walsh had a guy on the other line about some whitewalls, apparently.

Jimmy Walsh was a pretty decent ballplayer. Nothing special, but a ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Andruw of Center Field

The real issue is that people who see themselves as pro-analytical or post-analytical revolution, people who see themselves as sophisticated consumers of information, are in fact behaving in a manner which is identical to the pre-analytic arguments commonly used before 1975.  They argue that Andruw Jones has 63 WAR or whatever it is and that other players who have 58 WAR are in the Hall of Fame, therefore Andruw should be in the Hall of Fame as well.  This is no different than arguing that ...

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 15, 2018 at 08:38 AM | 213 comment(s)
  Beats: andruw jones, bill james, hall of fame, sabermetrics

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mets reportedly discussing a deal with Adrian Gonzalez

The Mets are involved in “serious discussions” to acquire free agent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Mets had reached out to Gonzalez following his release from the Braves in December, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported at the time.

Gonzalez was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in December, but was designated for assignment following the trade.

Gonzalez, who plagued by a back injury last season, hit .242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs in 71 games for the ...

Lassus Posted: January 13, 2018 at 10:32 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, lololololmets

Astros land Gerrit Cole in trade with Pirates

Is it true this time?

Gerrit Cole may be finally on the move. After weeks of trade speculation, the Astros have acquired the hard-throwing right-hander from the Pirates in a deal centered around righty Joe Musgrove and third-base prospect Colin Moran, a source told’s Adam Berry on Saturday.

The clubs have not confirmed the trade, which will send four players to Pittsburgh, a source told’s Mark Feinsand.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported the Pirates will also get ...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2018 at 07:08 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gerrit cole, pirates, trades

MLB Hot Stove storylines to watch this week |

Wishful thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2018 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, free agency

SNY - Mets reportedly considering reunion with Lucas Duda

The Mets are considering a reunion with free agent 1B Lucas Duda, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Duda, 31, was traded by the Mets to the Rays last July 27 in exchange for RH reliever Drew Smith. He hit .217/.322/.496 with 30 HR in 126 games last season with the Mets and Rays

For his career—which has been spent enitrely with the Mets aside from the last two months of the 2017 season—Duda has hit .242/.340/.457 with 138 HR in eight seasons.

The Mets are reportedly in agreement with ...

Lassus Posted: January 13, 2018 at 06:38 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets

Friday, January 12, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2018

New York Tribune, January 12, 1918:

The International League will be in the field in 1918, it was stated yesterday by a club owner of this Class AA organization. The circuit is not in such dire financial straits as was suspected when at the annual meeting…last month it was voted to cut former President Ed. Barrow’s salary from $7,500 to $2,500 a year.
The scheme to slash Barrow’s salary in such a scandalous manner was not prompted by economic necessity. It was done to intimate to Ed in no ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-11-2018

New York Tribune, January 11, 1918:

“Stuffy” McInnis, of the Philadelphia Americans, the last survivor of Connie Mack’s old champions, will be a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1918. The deal for his services was completed over the long distance telephone [yesterday].
[Red Sox] Manager Barry said…the deal for McInnis was held up because the Sox would not give up a player Connie Mack wanted, but that this angle was straightened out by telephone a few moments before the announcement of ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, technology

Heyman | Red Sox And JD Martinez Remain In Stalemate

Six years at $30 million per? I’d rather see the Sox put that money toward getting another Manny.

Top free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have been engaged in a staredown/stalemate for weeks. And judging by Martinez’s commitment to the cause, it may go on quite awhile longer.

Miami acquaintances of Martinez say he is willing to “hold out,” certainly into spring training, for what he believes should be his market value. The Red Sox have offered Martinez a five-year ...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 09:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez

Jay Bruce deal: Patience pays off again for Alderson and Mets

Bruce has returned to the Mets for three years and $39 million, an eminently reasonable deal for a 31-year-old-to-be who brings power and durability to an environment sorely in need of both.

Nowaday’s high price of mediocrity, I suppose, or the mehiest meh that ever mehed.

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 11, 2018 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Heyman | Yankees Having Trouble Finding Taker For Ellsbury

The New York Yankees are said to be willing to pay at least half of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $22 million salary but are still having trouble stirring much trade interest at this point.

That could be because there are so many similar players still available on the free-agent market, though, and it’s possible they could find some takers later.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 09:15 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, yankees

THT: The Boston Red Sox Are the MLB Draft Kings

Which team has accumulated the most “Future WAR” with its draft picks during the draft era while averaging the least advantageous spot on the board? Remarkably, the Boston Red Sox are the only ball club to amass over 2000 Future WAR while averaging the second-lowest picks in the draft. Only the New York Yankees have worked with a lower average pick, and they are 14th in total Future WAR.

djordan Posted: January 11, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, draft

MLB agent Jason Wood fired; accused of filming clients’ showers

I don’t even know what to say about this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 06:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: agents


It’s not collusion. It’s sanity. It’s also the MLBPA making a very bad deal. Instead of focusing on a very small part of its membership, it should have been focusing on increasing money for a majority of its members.

So, when we see explicit reports by establishment voices like Ken Rosenthal assert that “teams are using a new playbook” when it comes to free agency, we should not be shy to critique such a system and those who perpetuate it. The evidence of collusion, or something ...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 05:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Restricted Free Agency Could Benefit Players | FanGraphs Baseball

This isn’t a good idea for a small-market team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, mlbpa

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sources: Jay Bruce returning to Mets on 3-year, $39M contract

With Bruce back in the fold, the Mets’ 2018 starting outfield is likely to consist of Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center and Bruce in right.

Conforto hit 27 home runs last season and made his first career All-Star team before suffering a dislocated shoulder in August and undergoing surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule. Although the Mets have said his rehab is going well, it’s questionable whether he’ll be ready by Opening Day.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 10, 2018 at 10:41 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Astros, Pirates have ‘no deal’ for Gerrit Cole yet

Morosi and Rocco DeMaro say yea, Passan says nay.

Mike Emeigh Posted: January 10, 2018 at 03:03 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gerrit cole, pirates

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