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Friday, January 24, 2014
Came across this as I was researching a goofy Pluto Jonze/Bruno Mars halftime riff.
The Aphex software uses competition-wide data based on a formula built by the pair plus their own form of ‘Moneyball’, the revolutionary baseball theory of recruiting players based on analytics and statistics.
Their version is the football WAR (Wins Against Replacements): a feature that allows teams to find the on-ground value of every player.
It is a tool being used through the trade and free agency period ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
And Kevin Mather as the president. (F Frank Bank)
The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to team president and chief operating officer on Friday, replacing Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Mather had been serving as executive vice president of finance and ballpark operations. He has been with the team since July 1996 and had held that position since 1999. Mather oversaw Seattle’s financial and ticket services, retail operations, technology and daily operations of ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
The four-time All-Star and 1991 American League Rookie of the Year is set to become the 27th member of the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23, when he is inducted during a special on-field pregame ceremony before the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.
DL from MN
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
hall of fame
But will the Nets retire no. 14?
With their move to Brooklyn, the Nets got rid of blue from their color palette, but in a nod to the tradition of their new home, the team is set to unveil alternate jerseys in the familiar blue and grey from the Brooklyn Dodgers days.
The Nets will first wear the blue and grey sleeved jerseys for the game against the Boston Celtics on March 21 and will wear them for four other games, to be called “Brooklyn Blue Nights,” before the season is over.
Freddy retired in my Baseball Pro 98 league this offseason with exactly the same career record as his real life counterpart. Pretty awesome.
With Fredi’s tendency to shred arms, it appears it will not last.
Warning Chimelis: Low fuel level.
The election of Frank Thomas to the Baseball Hall of Fame has been treated as a groundbreaking step for the selection of future designated hitters.
Red Sox fans in particular seem prone to look at the first-year election of Thomas, who played 1,351 of his 2,322 games as a DH, as a sign that David Ortiz’ immortality will inevitably follow someday.
Don’t be so sure.
People are probably tired of arguing about the Hall of Fame vote, but baseball season is not ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 161 comment(s)
Washington Times, August 24, 1914:
The refusal of one, August Lichtenberg, an amateur ball player of St. Louis, to adopt an Irish name cost him a trial with the Detroit Tigers. Jimmy Burke, one of Hughey Jennings’ scouts, was passing through the Mound City last summer in search of young talent when the work of Lichtenberg caught his eye.
Burke…offered Lichtenberg a contract, under the condition that he should take a short Irish handle like Kelly, O’Brien or Burke.
Lichtenberg refused to listen ...
MLB.com’s new Top 100 Prospects was released Thursday, with Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton as close to a unanimous top prospect as there’s been in recent memory. There were 35 newcomers named to the list this year.
The time has come once again to unveil a new prospect rankings. The new Top 100 Prospects list is out and ready for you to tear down, err, analyze.
There were a total of 30 graduates to the big leagues from last year’s list. It started with six of ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 06:04 AM | 46 comment(s)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
No word on what cap logo he’ll use.
He brought a special intensity to Mariners Baseball in 1993. He gave Mariners fans their first taste of the postseason baseball in 1995. His 10 years as manager of the Mariners resulted in seven winning seasons. Today the Seattle Mariners announced that Lou Piniella will become the eighth member of the organization’s Hall of Fame when he is inducted on Saturday, August 9, at Safeco Field during a ceremony prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox. ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 19 comment(s)
Dirk Hayhurst COULDN’T hack it…again!
In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday, Dirk Hayhurst confirmed that he would not be returning to Sportsnet next season. Bob Elliott had first grumbled about the possibility around the end of December, burying the news in the middle of some silly listicle he wrote for the Toronto Sun.
I contacted Dirk to see if there was anything else that he could add, but he politely declined, explaining only that their parting of the ways was amicable, and that he ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
Seen the Lights Go Out on Michael Broadway…
The Washington Nationals, in partnership with Live Nation, announced on Thursday in a press conference at Nats Park that Grammy-winner Billy Joel will perform at the stadium on July 26. After headlining the first ever concert at the venue in 2009, Joel is back for another summer stop.
The event was announced just 24 hours prior and featured Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, as well as D.C.’s deputy mayor Victor Hoskins. The Billy Joel part was ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:05 PM | 284 comment(s)
Tony La Russa
....t’s the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me…....
“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so ...
The Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a four-year contract with free-agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to multiple reports.
The 30-year-old Garza’s contract is worth $52 million, FoxSports.com reported on Thursday
Another pitcher signs for a $13 million average.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 64 comment(s)
Another one of Cuba’s best players has left the island, the latest in a wave of defections that isn’t expected to slow down.
Rusney Castillo, a 26-year-old center fielder who had been one of the top players in Cuba, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned.
Castillo has played five seasons for Ciego de Avila in Cuba’s top league, Serie Nacional, so he will be able to sign as a free agent exempt from the international signing bonus ...
Cherington, formerly the Sox’ director of player development, has plenty of experience in terms of both the reality of pitching prospects hitting on their ceilings and the impact of trading away young talent.
The Red Sox have had 22 instances of pitchers in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list since 2000. While the career arcs of the most recent pitchers who were thusly recognized (Casey Kelly in 2010; Anthony Ranaudo and Drake Britton in 2011; Matt Barnes, Allen Webster and ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sabermetrics and fighting cancer. Can there be a better cause to support? On top of that, if you act quickly (there are only four left), you can get a ticket to the event at a discount.
Help make the 2014 Saberseminar a Reality!
Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball, a weekend seminar for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund, puts you up close with some of baseball’s top coaches, statisticians, scouts, doctors, and scientists.
Following the success of our previous events, the 2013 ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
After playing 13 seasons with the Orioles, Brian Roberts will be in Yankee pinstripes in 2014. Today, in his first interview since joining the Yankees, he made some comments sure to draw the ire of some O’s fans.
On a YES Network interview, Roberts was asked about the Yankees’ sales pitch to get him.
“As you know, I don’t think they need a whole lot of sales pitch most of the time,” Roberts said. “When you have the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise and an organization that is ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 06:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
Lafayette [Louisiana] Advertiser, January 23, 1914:
Prof. McNaspy, director of athletics at the Institute [now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette] sends us the following letter which is self-explanatory:
Does Lafayette care to see the Cincinnati Reds in action this season? I have been corresponding with Manager Herzog of this team and they have offered to play the Institute team an exhibition game of baseball on the Institute campus Friday, Mar. 27th, for the sum of $200. The ...
Fox worthy, indeed.
Royals manager Ned Yost laughs when he says that he could be the punch line of a joke told by one of his best buddies, comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
It would go something like this: “When you name the deer you are hunting, you just might be a redneck.”
When Yost and Foxworthy hunt deer together in western Georgia, they are so familiar with the big bucks that roam their land, they do give them names.
“We don’t name them all,” Yost said. “Only the very special bucks ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Red Sox have signed Grady Sizemore, the former Cleveland Indians center fielder, who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2011.
According to a report by CBS Sports, the one-year deal was for $750,000 but is loaded with incentives up to $6 million.
Sizemore, 31, has battled a plethora of injury problems and has had several surgeries on his right knee and back. He had been in negotiations with the Cincinnati Reds as well.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 55 comment(s)
Brewers Hall of Fame radio voice Bob Uecker, who has a statue outside of Miller Park, soon will have one inside the stadium.
The Brewers announced Wednesday that Uecker will be honored with a statue in the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.
The statue will pay tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In the commercial, Uecker ended up in the last row. instead of the great seats he ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
Sabathia and his wife Amber attended a wedding over the weekend, and Amber shared a couple photos of a slim-looking CC. Sabathia also posted a photo on his Instagram last week of him hanging out with the cast of “Entourage.”
I still expect him to be the subject of BBTF fat jokes.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 26 comment(s)
Essentially, the Yankees just signed Tanaka to a four year, $108 million deal with a unilateral player option for 3 more years at $67 million.
Granted, the Yankees have locked up Tanaka’s “prime” by having the four guaranteed years be his age 25 through 28 seasons. However, the Yankees are paying $26 million per year for those four years, making it the second richest pitcher contract of all time, by average annual value (h/t River Ave: “Kershaw ($30.7M), Verlander ($25.7M), Felix ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 77 comment(s)
Even (scenes deleted) OSS Agent Michael Burke is intrigued!
And that brings us back to MacPhail and his buccaneering fellow travelers. Perhaps fearing the at-marathon-length bureaucratic run-up to bringing the Kaiser in to face justice, this crew decided to, as it were, “take back the streets” on their own time and without going up the chain of command. (I’ve read other accounts that cited unchecked group drunkenness as the scheme’s author and executor, which certainly sounds plausible ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 11 comment(s)
What a great deal for Tanaka. If he stinks he gets $155 million and if he lives up to expectations of many he gets an even bigger contract in four years.
Masahiro Tanaka has decided to sign with the New York Yankees, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Tanaka’s deal with the Yankees is worth $155 million over seven years and includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year, according to the source.
Tanaka’s agreement with the Yankees was earlier reported by Fox Sports.
Best revival? We shall see.
Lucas Duda is the Biff Loman of baseball with less defensive range, doomed to jobs he’s simply not capable of doing by the New York Mets, with unrealistic Biff dreams and a Willy Loman bank account.
Duda should be in his prime years as somebody’s perfectly capable first baseman or designated hitter. But the Mets have tried for years now to see him as more than that, something he isn’t (an outfielder), as Willy saw Biff: “I’ll see him in the morning; I’ll have a ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
The ten dogs begin to bark all over my neighborhood…
So it’s no surprise to hear the 86-year-old blast Alex Rodriguez and other PED users.
“I’m telling you I don’t like cheaters. They don’t belong in the game,” Lasorda told reporters Tuesday. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager was appearing at a New York fundraiser for the Baseball Assistance Team, which assists ex-players who have fallen on hard times.
...ON A-ROD: “I always had great admiration for him. I knew him even before he ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 141 comment(s)
Diamond Challenge Roto breaks out eraser.
It appears that the Indians third base job will be an open competition beginning next month in spring training. The man in the middle of that competition could very well be former catcher Carlos Santana.
Santana recently told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.com that if the regular season began tomorrow, he would expect to be the Tribe’s starting third baseman. Santana has been the team’s opening day catcher for the last three seasons.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
Thick and zesty…It’s in there.
A fanboy should not be a sports columnist, a TV analyst and a website editor. A fanboy should remain a fanboy, root vacuously for his teams and leave the serious work to the trained journalists. Several years ago, ESPN turned a fanboy named Bill Simmons into a blogging cartoon character — the Sports Guy, he was called — who was cast as a role model for legions of other fanboys unqualified for professional sports media and used by the network to generate ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 423 comment(s)
Salt Lake Tribune, January 22, 1914:
[Tigers] President Navin received a letter today from Pitcher Edgar Willett, who yesterday jumped the Detroit team, to sign the [sic] St. Louis Federals, in which the erratic blonde hurler explained why he deserted. He resents the bonus clause which is annually put into his contract, the same stipulating that if he treads a straight line all summer he will receive $1500 more than otherwise.
The Tigers didn’t lose much. Willett went 6-20 with a 4.35 ERA (76 ...Read More...
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