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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beltran, Cashman talked about job, but that may not be enough | New York Post

It sounds like Beltran could be a good manager some day. I expect he’ll take a year or two off. Then spend a few years coaching before becoming a manager.

Carlos Beltran wants to manage and has talked to Brian Cashman to express that desire. Is that enough to get him into the running to replace Joe Girardi?

Probably not. In a text, Beltran said Tuesday that he had yet to be asked to come in for an interview and since the Yankees are nearing the end of the first phase of interviews, that would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, yankees

Callaway aims to reduce Mets’ injuries with analytics, research - NY Daily News

“One of the things that we realized is that backing off is no way to condition a pitcher to stay healthy,” Callaway said. “You have to get after it. You have to push yourself.

“You can’t go run a marathon without pushing yourself to condition yourself the right way. So we’re going to push guys to the limit to make sure that they can endure everything they’re going to have to go through in a major league season.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cardinals, other teams know Stanton ‘has all the power’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Giancarlo situation isn’t unprecedented. It’s similar to the ARod situation in Texas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giancarlo stanton

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 14, 1917:

There will be no third quasi major league. This fact became evident yesterday, when the committee on the revision of the constitution in the minor leagues decided to recommend to the National association that the American association be left out of any redistricting that may take place…

[American Association clubs] Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Milwaukee refused to be frozen out, and their appeals have been recognized.

It would have been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carlos Beltran: Muchas Gracias, Béisbol

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer.

And I am blessed to be a champion.

But now, my time as a player has come to an end.

Today, I am officially announcing my retirement.


Judge, Bellinger named BBWAA Rookies of Year | MLB.com

An expected result.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2017 at 07:03 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rookie of the year

Muchas Gracias, Béisbol (Carlos Beltran announces retirement)

“Thank you.”

This is and always will be my response when someone thanks me for what I’ve done in this game. Because I am so eternally grateful.

I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years.

I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations.

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: November 13, 2017 at 04:47 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mets, retirement, royals

Fanrag: Alex Cobb Destinations

Gotsulias can tie him to three clubs.

Plenty of teams need a solid starter but won’t break the bank — Cobb fits the bill. He’s also younger than some of the other more expensive free agents such as Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, which makes him an attractive target. MLB Trade Rumors sees Cobb getting a four-year deal worth $48M.

fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, rangers, rays, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, November 13, 1917:

Dan Shay, former manager of the Milwaukee American Association Baseball Club, charged with the murder of a negro waiter [in Indianapolis] May 3, will rely on a plea of self-defense, it was said yesterday, when his trial started. When court adjourned at noon not a juror had been accepted finally by either side.

According to testimony given at the Coroner’s inquest, Shay and a young woman entered a local cafe late at night. It was deserted except for the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

Anthopoulos was the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays between 2009 and 2015. He is credited for leading the team to the 2015 World Series playoffs and its first 90-win season since 1993.

For the last two years, the 40-year-old Montrealer has been working as the vice-president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he landed after refusing to continue with the Jays in 2015.

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, everybodydoesit

OTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport

Like legions of Giants fans who hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, Le rooted for the Houston Astros to beat them in the World Series. But he changed his mind, swallowed hard and began cheering for the Dodgers after Yuri Gurriel, a Cuban-born Astro, hit a home run against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish then was caught on camera pulling the corners of his eyes with his fingers in a racist gesture.

“I couldn’t really be OK with them winning any longer,” Le said of the Astros.

With Gurriel’s ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 2202 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Saturday, November 11, 2017

How the Astros learned to apply their trove of pitching data | SI.com

Some interesting stuff from Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Cardinals’ DeJong Joins Scientist To Test Effect Of Heat On Baseball « CBS New York

Dr. Rocks certainly has the mad scientist look down cold.

In a chemistry lab at Long Island University Post, an alliance between sports and science has been born. Dr. Lawrence Rocks is the world-renowned scientist, while Paul DeJong is a shortstop with the St. Louis Cardinals who has a degree in biochemistry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, paul dejong

Mets pitchers Syndergaard de Grom | Newsday

One way to stop the insanity of really long games and help offense would be to limit teams to 11 pitchers on the roster.

The Mets intend to rethink the way they use a pitching staff that disintegrated during a 92-loss season, sources have told Newsday. It’s a philosophical shift that will shape their decisions as general manager Sandy Alderson begins a critical offseason reboot.

With the exception of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Mets starters may be shielded from facing lineups more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Hall for Halladay – Dizzy Deane

The reports invariably mention the highlights of Halladay’s career: a Cy Young Award in each league, a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and a divisional series no-hitter on October 6 of that same year.  Nice résumé items, people agree, but they are not so unanimous when it comes to the Hall of Fame.  Many seem to think Doc is a borderline candidate at best; after all, he won “just” 203 games with a modest 3.38 career ERA.

Borderline?  With the possible exception of Clayton Kershaw, Roy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy halladay

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fansided: Two Teams Take Lead in Stanton Stakes

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger.

Not to be arch about it, as the answers are large as life in the tags.

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, marlins, trade rumors

Detroit News: Gardenhire’s Unenviable Situation

Chance will play a big role for as long as the roots are not severed, all is well.

So where does that leave manager Ron Gardenhire and his newly-assembled staff? Is he going to play the role of former Astros manager Bo Porter? The guy who takes all the requisite lumps and losses, and then gets brushed aside when the club is ready to compete?

Guaranteed that is not how he views it. He said as much at his introductory press conference.

 

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rebuilding, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2017

Boise Evening Capital News, November 10, 1917:

M.E. Cantillon, president of the Minneapolis Baseball club and one of the real powers in the American association, issued the following statement today:

“The fact that the Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo clubs may withdraw from the circuit, will not disrupt the American association…[the remaining league owners] will see to it that clubs are placed in Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo, thereby keeping the circuit intact…In regard to Toledo, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | Hall Of Fame Historical Overview Committee Got It Right

Steve Garvey?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOF committee: Whitaker’s case discussed, fell short this time

“There was no decision not to include Lou Whitaker,” said Jack O’Connell, a longtime Hartford (Conn.) Courant writer and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“His career was discussed along with many others, but he did not get sufficient support to make the ballot. There were quite a few other players from that era who might have been worthy of inclusion, but we were limited to 10. This does not mean Whitaker or anyone else who did not make the ballot ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 09, 2017 at 04:14 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, lou whitaker, veterans committee

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2017

El Paso Herald, November 9, 1917:

Miller James Huggins, the new manager of the Yankees, is a midget with a big baseball intellect. There are few more interesting men connected with the national game. Urged by his father to become a grocer, Huggins studied law, but while in school became so engrossed in baseball that he adopted it as a profession.

Huggins is a firm believer in the science of phrenology. He has been “shown.” Fowler, a celebrated Cincinnati phrenologist, examined Huggins’ skull ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

BA: Minor League Free Agents 2017

572 players, with a mix of names you know, names you knew, and unknown unknowns.


SF Chronicle: A’s Interest in Yelich, Ozuna

One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich.

Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books. Though the A’s ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, hot stove, marlins

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks expected to pursue J.D. Martinez, agent Scott Boras says

As for the why the Diamondbacks might not be involved, it likely will come down to money. They enter the offseason with a roster projected to earn around $115 million when factoring in guaranteed contracts, arbitration raises and minimum salaried players. Trades and/or non-tenders could free up cash, but it likely would take a big increase in spending or a major trade or two for the club to afford what Martinez seems likely to command on the open market.

Also:
Jerry Crasnick
@jcrasnick
Teams ...

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shoewizard Posted: November 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agency, j.d. martinez, scott boras

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel flores, red sox

How Bad Was Amed Rosario’s Debut, Exactly? | FanGraphs Baseball

Not exactly an optimistic view of Rosario’s future. Of course, it’s not exactly based on a lot of data.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Pitch-Framing Data Is Going Insane | FanGraphs Baseball

What about the umpires? Aren’t they learning as well? Might some of the *tricks* of being a good pitch framer not fooling the umpires as much? It would be interesting to see whether umpires are more consistently calling the strike zone and whether that consistency has improved over this timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:38 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles

Only two starting pitchers have won four World Series titles while having never pitched for the Yankees, and both won a World Series for their hometown teams. Can you name them? (Without looking at the article)


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