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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Oakland A’s to lower stadium beer prices

We can’t afford Josh Donaldson, but we can afford cheap beer!

In a video posted to the A’s Facebook page, Kaval revealed that a 20-ounce serving of one of the 77 beers on tap will cost $10 for premium selections and $8 for domestic during the 2017 season. Comparatively, a 12-ounce beer at the Coliseum cost $5 in 2016, or about $.43 an ounce, according to Team Marketing Report. The discounted domestic beer will cost three cents less per ounce.  According to Kaval, the Coliseum now offers the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, beer

Each year, projections are down on Buck Showalter’s Orioles. Each year, they outperform

The first week of February is one of Buck Showalter’s favorite times of the year, and not only because sprig training is right around the corner. It’s usually around then that the top sabermetric websites release their win projections for the upcoming season, and Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, takes perverse pleasure in finding out how awful his team is going to be. The projections rarely disappoint.

His favorite is PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’s projection model….

By ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pecota

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-15-2017

Seattle Star, March 15, 1917:

Joe Wood, the Indians’ $15,000 gamble, won’t be in shape to pitch when the season opens. He admits his costly arm has developed a kink—a sort of “grating in the shoulder.” Doctors are working on Joe.

The Cleveland Indians ought to burn up the American league. They’ve just bought $15,000 worth of wood.

As you know by now if you’ve been following the Dugout, Joe Wood’s arm was completely and irredeemably scragged at this point. He turned into a pretty good outfielder, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, smoky joe wood

Sporting News: Collusion hurt Al Oliver’s Hall of Fame case; can he still get in?

The former National League batting champion had last played in 1985, unable to get a contract for the following season. But on Jan. 10, 1995, arbitrator Thomas Roberts ruled that collusion by Major League Baseball had cost Oliver and nine other players jobs in 1986. Roberts awarded Oliver $680,031.05.


For Oliver, the stakes were high when he lost his livelihood. Oliver stalled out at 2,743 hits and a .303 lifetime batting average. A few months past his 39th birthday heading into the 1986 ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: March 15, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: al oliver, collusion, dave parker, hall of fame

Joe Maddon wants Cubs relievers ready for any situation - Chicago Tribune

Sorting out the bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger unfazed by slow start to spring training - The Orange County Register

“During the (Arizona) Fall League, the first couple games were like that,” Bellinger said. “For some reason that happens, but that’s baseball. It’s a game of adjustments. Your hands aren’t going to be in the right spot 100 percent of the time.”

Ward believes there’s more to it than that.

“You’ve got to go through things in the course of the season and the course of spring,” Ward said. “Always, there’s little adjustments to make. I wish I could say it’s one thing, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, prospects

Pay attention to Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino - Minor League Ball

How do their shoe sizes compare?

Further offensive development is not impossible at all. The parallel that comes to mind is Yadier Molina, who like Trevino was a defensive specialist without a strong bat at first, but who maintained low strikeout rates as he moved up, got a major league job with his defense, and eventually developed as a hitter.

They even have the same height/weight data, both 5-11; Trevino is at 195 and Molina is 205 pounds, but when Molina was Trevino’s age he was also 195 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex trevino, prospects, rangers


Mets send ‘great’ Amed Rosario away, but keep the door open | New York Post

Another great looking New York shortstop prospect. He clearly needs some offensive refinement. I’m not sure how much playing in Las Vegas will help him, though.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” Collins said, referring to the possibility of Rosario making his major league debut this year. “He’s got to shrink the strike zone a little bit — he gets a little bit too big — but he’s shown that last year.

“That’s what the big challenge was last year, to get deeper in counts, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Gleyber Torres isn’t making a demotion easy on Yankees | New York Post

He has looked great this spring training. There is no way he breaks with the team, though.

Of course, there’s still the reality that Torres has never played above Class A and is expected to open the season with Double-A Trenton.

General manager Brian Cashman has cautioned that Torres also hasn’t played in cold temperatures.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture - GammonsDaily.com

Grey Poupon for everyone!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, clubhouse culture

Mets give Lucas Duda insurance policy a test drive at first base | New York Post

Bruce was tested twice against the Astros. In the second inning, Wilmer Flores bounced a throw from third base that Bruce scooped to record the final out. In the fourth, Bruce fielded a grounder and flipped to Jacob deGrom covering the bag for the final out. On that play, Bruce hesitated on his flip — a brief miscommunication — before getting the ball to deGrom.

“You’ve got to get the ball to Jake a little quicker,” Collins said. “But I saw stuff [Bruce] can learn and thought he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, lucas duda, mets

The Gurus Behind Baseball’s Search for the Perfect Swing - WSJ

Somewhere Ted Williams is thinking, “I told you so.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, ted williams

Puerto Rico defeats Dominican Republic | MLB.com

Although I had to tap out again, I enjoyed most of the game. If critics want to complain about the lack of interest by American fans, maybe they should realize that it’s tough for most people to get into the tournament when a lot of the games are played at unwatchable times for people who work and live on the East Coast. I’m hardcore so I make the attempt. So, critics, cut the American fans slack for a tournament geared to the International market.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, puerto rico, wbc

Netherlands eliminates Cuba from 2017 WBC | MLB.com

Another Cinderella story.

Even with a talent-rich team headlined by big leaguers Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop, Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar, the Netherlands is viewed an underdog in this year’s Classic—at least in contrast to the loaded Pool F dueling on the other side of the Pacific.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, netherlands, wbc

Meet the Angels’ bullpen coach who doubles as a punk-rock star in the offseason | For The Win

The pursuits may seem inherently contradictory to just about everyone but Los Angeles Angels bullpen coach Scott Radinsky. Perhaps the only person in history who has both struck out Ken Griffey Jr. and opened for Green Day, Radinsky spent the 1990s pitching as a high-energy lefty reliever in Major League bullpens and spent his offseasons — still spends his offseasons — touring as a frontman for a series of Southern California-based punk outfits, first as a founding member of the group Ten ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, scott radinsky

Statcast’s New Defensive Metrics and Seattle’s Glove-First Outfield | U.S.S. Mariner

. I used his averages and calculated plays made above average for each player in 2015 and 2016, and then I looked at how their chances were distributed. That is, some players (Jackie Bradley, Jr.) saw proportionally more extremely difficult opportunities, while others (Kevin Kiermaier) saw fewer. The plays on the Statcast leaderboards apparently don’t include the absolutely never missed, can of corn, 100% probability balls. At least, that’s my guess just from noting that the sum of each ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, statcast

Rays, Kevin Kiermaier nearing $50 million extension

The Rays and Kevin Kiermaier are working on a long-term deal that could keep the Gold Glove centerfielder under team control for at least six more years and be worth more than $50 million, the Tampa Bay Times has learned….

Kiermaier, 26, was to make $2.975 million this year after qualifying for arbitration for the first time as a Super Two; the new contract — with an annual average value of nearly $9 million — will start this season.

Kiermaier is eligible for free agency after the 2020 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 12:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Goold: How high could prospect Sierra start the season? | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Some insight into the decision-making of proper placement of a good-looking young player on his way to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra

How discrimination keeps Haitians out of MLB

Baseball is not popular in Haiti itself, but as many as a million ethnic Haitians live in the neighboring Dominican Republic, where the game is ubiquitous. As the chicken waits on the table, Sano and Franklin Johnson Mateo, who serves as Sano’s adviser and facilitator, shout out examples of former and current MLB players who likely share their Haitian ancestry. They rattle off seven or eight names. The total number, Sano and Mateo agree, would shock most observers.

Many big leaguers from the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 04:26 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, haiti


Out Of Options 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

Full list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rosters

Let’s Play With New Defensive Data | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m not sure there’s a surprise in the bunch. Which is probably more of a good sign than a bad one — one wouldn’t think we’ve been completely wrong all this time. For as much as people have openly criticized the advanced defensive numbers, I think the bulk of the disagreement has centered on infield play, especially in the age of infielders moving around all over the place. We’ve long had a pretty good grasp on the outfield, I think. Statcast here mostly supports the information we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

The Curious Case of Cutch: Andrew McCutchen on his lost 2016, and why 2017 will be better

Only two players that debuted on the day a pitcher won their 300th game went on to post at least 10 bWAR: McCutchen and Randy Myers. Here’s hoping McCutchen can rediscover his stroke.

Regarding the worst, most mystifying season of his career, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made a startling admission to me: He lost his nerve to run.

Slumps are the viral illnesses of a hitter. They strike without warning or known cause and run their course, be they days, weeks or, in McCutchen’s case ...

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ajnrules Posted: March 14, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pittsburgh pirates, spring training, tom verducci

Tracy Ringolsby: Rockies must turn to Plan B | MLB.com

Best laid plans…

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 14, 1917:

GEORGE M. COHAN AFTER BALL TEAM

The Providence International League baseball club was sold this afternoon by William H. Draper, its owner, to a syndicate of local men for $18,000.
...
Dennis O’Brien, George M. Cohen’s [sic] attorney, was present and said that Mr. Cohen intended buying the entire holdings. It may be possible that the New York theatrical man may yet get control, taking it out of the hands of the local men who bought it just for civic pride.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

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Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in ...

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Nimmo Unlikely To Be Ready When Camp Ends

The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.

Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Bote Man Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, wbc

Venezuela rallies past Italy to advance | MLB.com

Great ending. Too bad I missed it because I had to turn in.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

WBC Chatter - March 14, 2017

2nd round action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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