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Monday, November 03, 2014

Baseball Still A Major Draw On TV

Fans who stayed up to watch Fox’s prime-time-and-beyond broadcasts of the World Series had a reason — seven reasons, as it played out — to be tired. But they’re not nearly as tired as the stale gripes that baseball is dying…

It helped Fox win prime time for the sixth time during the Series. Given that Royals-Giants wasn’t perceived as a marquee national matchup, the 9.1 overnight rating for the series wasn’t terribly far off from the 10.1 the network drew for the six-game Red ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dying, fox, tbs, television

Brewers optimistic Ryan Braun is making progress after thumb procedure

Braun was a far cry from the offensive superstar who averaged 34 home runs and 107 RBI while batting .313 over a six-year period from 2007-‘12.
...
The Brewers have a huge financial stake in Braun being able to return to his previous form as a hitter. After next season, during which he has a $12 million salary, a five-year, $105 million extension kicks in that carries through 2020, with a mutual option for 2021 worth at least $15 million more.

That financial commitment is huge for the club ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Showcase planned for Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada « Jesse Sanchez at the Park

There is a lot of info in the article about his signing status.

Scouts believe Yoan Moncada could be the best teenage prospect to come from Cuba in years.
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Scouts have called Moncada the next Jorge Soler and his skills have been matched up against Yasiel Puig’s at the same age. He once beat new Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo in a base running competition during the Serie Nacional all-star festivities in Cuba and his power has been compared to Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, prospects

Q&A: Mike Elias, Houston Astros Director of Amateur Scouting

Another interesting article from David Lauria.

Elias on the Astros amateur scouting staff: “A lot gets made of what we do analytically, and rightfully so, because we put a lot of work into that, but we also have a very skilled scouting staff. We have a lot of baseball guys. My department, amateur scouting, is a 20-man staff with a wealth of experience. We have former big-leaguers, we have guys who had minor-league careers, we have guys who just had college careers. They all played the game at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: interview, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2014

Pittsburgh Press, November 3, 1914:

Will the next world’s series be played in the Yale bowl? Baseball authorities of no less prominence than Harry Hempstead, president, and John B. Foster, secretary of the New York National league baseball team think it can be played there.
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If the post-season games can be brought [there] crowds of 72,000 can be accommodated easily, doubling the receipts from the games.

Man, I’m happy that precedent didn’t get set. Neutral site World Series would be so much ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 03, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Arizona Diamondbacks appear willing to move catcher Miguel Montero | FOX Sports

This is an odd rumor. Unless the the team is ready to risk starting Pete O’Brien, it doesn’t really have a replacement ready.

Montero, 31, is owed $40 million over the next three seasons. And though his offense declined in 2013 and ‘14, he still could be a realistic alternative for teams that strike out on free-agent catcher Russell Martin, particularly if the D-Backs help pay down his remaining obligation.
The D-Backs want to upgrade their starting pitching, but team president Derrick Hall told ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, miguel montero

Santana expected to get qualifying offer from Braves | braves.com

The qualifying offers have started.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana, free agents, qualifying offers

Sunday, November 02, 2014

2014 Fielding Bible Awards

C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B: Josh Donaldson, OAK
SS: Andrelton Simmons*, ATL
LF: Alex Gordon*, KC
CF: Juan Lagares, NYM
RF: Jason Heyward*, ATL
Multi-Position: Lorenzo Cain, KC
P: Dallas Keuchel, HOU

* = unanimous selection

The District Attorney Posted: November 02, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding, fielding bible

Wilpon responds to sexual discrimination suit | Capital New York

Is there ever any good news associated with the Wilpons?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff wilpon, mets

Anderson’s 2015 option not picked up by Rockies | rockies.com

It’s crazy to think he’s only 26 It seems like he’s been hurt a lot longer than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, rockies

Minnesota Twins offer manager contract to Paul Molitor - ESPN

It’s Molitor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Yankees’ Bird leads East to Fall Stars victory | MLB.com

The Arizona Fall League’s most dangerous hitter this season continued to pound pitchers in the prospect circuit’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday evening. Yankees first baseman Greg Bird opened the scoring with the longest home run in the game’s nine-year history, triggering a four-run second inning that held up for a 6-2 Eastern Division victory.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Hanley decision leads Friedman’s Hot Stove season | MLB.com

The most pressing decision is whether to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez by Monday. That would assure Los Angeles of a supplemental Draft pick between the first and second rounds if Ramirez rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, but it also gives Ramirez the choice of accepting the offer and committing to the Dodgers for one year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hanley ramirez


Might be time for the Red Sox to break the bank

Break the bank or make some deals?

More than at any time in recent memory, the link between spending and winning is tenuous. Most players don’t reach free agency until age 30 or later, but the production of players in their 30s has fallen off steeply in recent years. The Red Sox aren’t the only team to be have been victimized by spending too much money and counting too heavily on one-time stars past their primes.
Young players under team control are the game’s new currency, meaning rich ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Madden: As imperfect San Francisco Giants prove, baseball is far removed from days of super teams

Fresh off his H. V. Kaltenborn “Suave Voice of Doom” audio collection, Madden spreads…

Besides the aforementioned problems with the college scholarships and in the youth leagues, perhaps the biggest reason even the best teams in baseball are significantly flawed — as the Giants were — is because there are simply too many teams in baseball. In his farewell tour, Selig has understandably repeatedly said he has no regrets about anything he’s done in his impactful 23-year stewardship. And ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Saturday, November 01, 2014

MLBTR: 2014-15 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions

MLB Trade Rumors runs an annual free agent prediction contest. Writer Tim Dierkes predicts¹:

Scherzer - Yankees, Lester - Cubs, Shields - Red Sox, Hanley - Yankees, Panda - Giants, V-Mart - White Sox, Melky - Blue Jays, R. Martin - Cubs, N. Cruz - Orioles, Y. Tomas (Cuban defector) - Phillies, E. Santana - Giants, Maeda (Japanese league) - Astros, D. Robertson - Cubs, B. McCarthy - Pirates, F. Liriano - Red Sox, Headley - Red Sox, A. Miller - Tigers, Masterson - Cubs, Aramis - Brewers, Rasmus ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rumors

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Tampa’s choice on tampering charges—MLB - ESPN - Insider (Sub Required)

Where’s the proof? Maddon had a opt-out clause in his contract. He reportedly was reminded about the clause by TB’s Matt Silverman, “The opt-out clause, Maddon said, was something of a fine-print treasure revealed to him in a call from Matt Silverman, the Rays’ president of baseball operations, just after Friedman left. “I had totally forgotten about it,” Maddon said. “Andrew leaves, and I get a phone call that I have an opt-out clause. Otherwise I would not have known, I swear to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers, rays

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: whether communicable diseases are politicians’ fault.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tangotiger Blog: Are there more mid-inning relief changes these days?

Commenter “fivetwentyone” wrote:

heres what I got from retrosheet, so for example, 1.02 start-of-inning changes and 1.93 mid-inning changes, per team per game,

. Comments include a plot of annual start-of-inning changes and mid-inning changes since 1950.

bobm Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: relief pitching

OTP Politics November 2014: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing

The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.

The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.

“The termination of her employment,” the Mets and Wilpon said in their filings in United States ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: November 01, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 3871 comment(s)
  Beats: general, politics

OT - November 2014 College Football thread

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 499 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent | MLB.com

One of favorite things to watch. If we could get the other AFL games on demand at MILB.com, I would be even happier.

The game, which starts at 5 p.m. MST/8 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Tigers extend qualifying offers to Scherzer, V-Mart | MLB.com

The Tigers announced qualifying offers to free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez among a flurry of moves Friday, including the loss of Andy Dirks off waivers to Toronto and Patrick McCoy off waivers to Baltimore.
Detroit also purchased the contract of outfielder Wynton Bernard from low Class A West Michigan and outrighted the contracts of utilityman Don Kelly and reliever Evan Reed to Triple-A Toledo. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, right-hander Drew VerHagen and relievers Bruce Rondon and Luke ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Cubs hiring Maddon to replace Renteria as manager | MLB.com

A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Why the Dodgers should hang on to Andre Ethier - LA Times

So let’s judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances.

Despite all the Pederson hype, though, he looked like anything but a can’t-miss kid after his late-season call-up. You never want to judge a player’s potential on just 38 plate appearances, but for now it’s impossible not to notice he went 4-for-28 with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. He turns 23 in April, it’s not like starting the year back in triple-A is going to ruin his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Giants’ foundation rock solid with architect Sabean | MLB.com

Shortly after Brian Sabean became general manager of the Giants, he orchestrated a trade that was arguably one of the most unpopular in franchise history. He sent third-base fan favorite Matt Williams to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that brought back at the time little-known second baseman Jeff Kent, infielder Jose Vizcaino and reliever Julian Tavarez.

The outrage among the folks in the Bay Area, including the media, was so strong that Sabean finally called a news conference to explain, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Jays to play Reds in Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4

Youppi!

Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:

As of time of writing, event ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, montreal, olympic stadium, reds

Statcast: Dissecting Gordon’s odds of scoring | MLB.com

One more time with Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 04:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, world series

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