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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Previewing Hot Stove season for 30 MLB teams | MLB.com

Links to 30 team breakdowns.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: off-season

Blue Jays making push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion - Sportsnet.ca

The Toronto Blue Jays are making a push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion after some fruitful talks have apparently given the free-agent slugger something to think about, industry sources told Sportsnet.

Things have the potential to move fast, but that’s no guarantee the sides will reach an agreement. An important factor at play is Encarnacion’s desire to remain with the Blue Jays, but he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams starting at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday night and will be highly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, free agents

2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions - MLB Trade Rumors

1.  Yoenis Cespedes – Dodgers.  Five years, $125MM.  Cespedes chose to opt out of the remaining two years and $47.5MM remaining on his Mets contract and re-enter free agency, which came as little surprise.  Last winter, an acceptable five or six-year offer never materialized for Cespedes, but we think he’ll have greater success the second time around given less competition and another strong year.  Despite missing time with a quad injury, the 31-year-old Cespedes hit 31 home runs in 132 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Huffington Post: Remington:  The Gashouse Gang: A Decent Book About the Most Memorable St. Louis Cardinals Team

Another old essay, but also one that I found interesting.

Sports writing—and baseball writing in particular, because statistics have become such a strong part of the modern game’s analysis—is deceptively difficult. Fifty years ago, it was enough to write colorful anecdotes about beefy jocks, gathering stories by drinking with the boys and preserving access by withholding any unflattering anecdote, describing their achievements in hyperbole and doggerel. Nowadays, a good sportswriter is ...

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Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 08, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB Players Appear In Videos Opposing International Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

How much influence do they have within the Players Association?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

Monday, November 07, 2016

South Korea Charges 21 With Match Fixing

Say it ain’t you, Yoo!

The South Korean police said Monday that they were pressing criminal charges against 21 people, including two professional baseball pitchers in the KBO League, on suspicion of match fixing.

In 2014, the pitchers, Lee Sung-min of the NC Dinos and Yoo Chang-sik of the Hanwha Eagles, deliberately walked batters in return for gifts and cash from match-fixing brokers, the police said. Lee now plays for the Lotte Giants and Yoo for the Kia Tigers.

The police said two NC ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 07, 2016 at 11:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, korean baseball, match-fixing

This so-so pitcher refusing $17M is ultimate free agency peek | New York Post

He has his work cut out with this sale.

Boras mentioned age (30 in April), spin rate on his breaking ball (fourth-highest revolutions per minute among those who threw at least 100 curves this year), his improved cutter since joining the Phillies in 2016 and how much better Hellickson has pitched since distancing himself from February 2014 surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow (3.84 ERA in his 46 past starts dating to June 2015).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:55 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jeremy hellickson, phillies

Theo Epstein actually ate a goat, because of course he did

That expert’s name is Stephanie Izard, and after winning the fourth season of Top Chef, she opened a Chicago restaurant called The Girl and the Goat. She serves a number of goat-focused dishes there, like goat empanadas and goat carpaccio, and she also offers entire goat legs for pre-order. There’s no one better they could have found to roast a whole goat for them in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Rockies made right choice hiring Bud Black | MLB.com

“Bud talked about it, that urgent feeling of belief that is brewing among our players as they look at themselves and they look around the league in the division and go, ‘OK, we should really start to win games and put pressure on ourselves and pressure on the rest of the division and the National League to get back into the playoffs here,’” said general manager Jeff Bridich. “That’s a wonderful place to be, and I think it’s an honest place to be for who we are right now.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

2016 BBWAA Award finalists announced | MLB.com

Not many surprises. Corey Seager in the top three for MVP was a little surprising, though.

National League
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Corey Seager, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Cleveland Indians: Future still bright despite curshing World Series loss | SI.com

Or the Indians can regress, get injured, and end up being a one-year wonder.

With Bauer, Carrasco, Kluber and Salazar, the Indians are in good shape in their rotation, leaving Tomlin, Mike Clevinger and Cody Anderson as fifth-starter/depth alternatives. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team bring in additional options, but barring a trade, don’t expect any big names. Expect opposing teams to make calls about Carrasco and Salazar this off-season, presenting Antonetti and Chernoff with options ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

2017 Ford C. Frick Award Ballot | Baseball Hall of Fame

The eight finalists for the 2017 Frick Award are: Gary Cohen, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Bill King, Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats. The winner of the 2017 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., and will be honored during the July 29 Awards Presentation as part of the July 28-31 Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 in Cooperstown. All candidates except King and Martin are living.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ford c. frick award, hall of fame

Twins GM Thad Levine listens closely, acts ethically

Mike Berardino seems smitten.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: thad levine, twins

Taxpayers may help pay for the Rangers’ $1bn ballpark – but at least they’ll get aircon | Tom Dart | Sport | The Guardian

Oh boy. Crazy.

At a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.

Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old.

The election raises the question of how much a team is really worth to its community, and whether, just a few days ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium financing

Mike Hazen aims to learn from time spent under Dave Dombrowski

Of course, then comes the purge.

So what did Hazen learn about that transition?

“Do a lot of listening. Try to meet with as many people as you can and get their thoughts,” he said. “We’re looking at it from across the country, so it’s more about gathering the opinions of that staff that’s been here and what they think went wrong and then maybe layering over some objective opinions on that as well to hopefully figure out a way to turn it around.”

That echoes what Hazen said impressed him most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamond mind baseball, general managers, mike hazen

Tracking MLB qualifying offers before deadline | MLB.com

Someone at MLB will be updating this document.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, qualifying offers


The Greatest Game Ever Played? « Our Game

John Thorn tells the story.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Top 25 MLB free agents of 2017 | MLB.com

Boras is selling that Wieters will be a much better player in his 30s that his 20s, and should be paid as such. If you can’t sell reality, sell the dream.

19. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
2017 WAR projection: 1.1
2017 age: 31
The switch-hitter accepted Baltimore’s qualifying offer last offseason but then put together a fairly disappointing 2016. Wieters’ wRC+ of 88 ranked 14th out of 16 catchers with at least 400 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Falvey: Twins’ goal is building ‘a sustainable, championship-caliber team’ - StarTribune.com

How will they be better than other front offices?

Falvey and Levine, who both got five-year contracts, were introduced at a news conference later Monday morning. The two are part of the wave of baseball executives who place an emphasis on analytics, but Falvey said, “We will have a commitment to understanding metrics but we’ll always be making human decisions.”

Said Levine: “In the healthiest decisionmaking cycles, analytics plays a meaningful role but not a decisive role … [analytics] will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 7, 1916:

A letter written in the home of Joe Tinker in Chicago and reaching [Philadelphia yesterday], told that Frank Chance, the veteran manager, had been appointed leader of the Cubs to succeed Tinker. The letter was received by Wade Powers, a local fan, from his mother, Mrs. J.A. Powers, who left Philadelphia last week to visit the Tinker household. Mrs. Powers is a sister of the mother-in-law of Tinker…

When incredulity was expressed, Mr. Powers said: “You ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe tinker, rumors

MLB Awards Season, Pt 2: The Logic Escapes Me

The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”

In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold ...

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OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 4331 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, politics, world series

5 Mets options to replace Cespedes: Trade for McCutchen? | New York Post

He is an option.

Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bud Black reaches agreement with Colorado Rockies to become new manager

“This is a tough place, a fun place and a not-so-fun place to play all wrapped into one. No lead feels safe,” Black said about Coors Field during his last season with the Padres. “And no lead feels insurmountable when you are trying to attack. You always feel good about your ability to come back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

Heyman - Mariners Acquire Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers - Linkis.com

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.

According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trades


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Benevolence or stupidity? Cubs pay Hammels to go away

For a paltry 12 million, the Cubs could have had a really good long man/spot starte; or they could have signed and traded him. But they paid 2 million to let him walk.  Hammels stands to make millions from this move as he becomes one of the best starters on the market.

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 06, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency

Rays ‘open to everything’ to improve in offseason | Tampa Bay Times

“The trade market is our primary avenue to address those needs,” Silverman said. “It’s market-driven based on the teams’ interest in our players, what (teams) provide to us that meets those needs, both short term and long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 12:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

SNL: Chicago Cubs and Bill Murray on Weekend Update [video]

Chicago Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler perform “Go Cubs Go” with Bill Murray.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, go cubs go, saturday night live, video

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